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  1. Tried to find this out earlier but nothing on the web that I could see. But it's a distinctly unhelpful name to search (less so than S&M Models, but that's another story). Generally something shows up on one of those Russki forums around this time of year (greenmats?) but can't see anything there (or here for that matter). Anyone have any gen?
  2. My first build of 2018 is going to be the Amodel 1/72 Mil Mi-10 Harke. Here's the box top and contents: Pretty much standard Amodel fare: Fuselage in multiple parts that will be interesting to align, nice surface detail that I'll do well not to obliterate, no locating pins, and lots of flash. Should be fun! I have all the aftermarket I can find for it - a set of KV masks and some PE intended for an Mi-6. There's still one bit of aftermarket to decide on though - something to sling underneath - building an unloaded Mi-10 would be just plain wrong. There don't seem to be an awful lot of photos of operational Mi-10s out there - lots of photos of prototypes carrying things (particularly one of the prototypes carrying a bus at a Paris air show) but not much more than that. There are a few pointers out there on what some options could be though: A MiG-15: As Thud4444 noted in the chat thread, there's this photo of a Mi-10 which looks like it's just offloaded a MiG-15UTI: A truck or armoured personnel carrier: Seems obvious that the Mi-10 would have carried these sorts of things around and Yefim Gordon's book "Mil's Heavylift Helicopters" refers to crews in East Germany practicing with these kinds of loads. Then there's the Mi-10RVK with the Zil-135V missile launcher (which would have to be scratch-built): Or the Mi-10PP with this big ECM device underneath: Then there's the Mi-10GR which carried a Grebeshok ELINT device underneath, but I can't find any remotely useful photos of it. There's also mention online of a Mi-10 airlifting a woolly mammoth encased in ice - but of course I can't find any photos (there's a video on youtube of a Mi-26 carrying one though). Right now, the MiG-15 is the frontrunner - I like the look of the missile launcher, but don't think I'll have time to scratch build it. So I think I'm going to order an Eduard MiG-15UTI. Can't wait to get cracking tomorrow!
  3. Just finished - after it was put aside for a while - the Amodel kit of the elegant Italian Piaggio P-180 'Avanti'..... Two marking options are given in this release - a Spanish-registered charter turboprop EC-LPJ - or an Italian Marina version.... I replaced the ill-fitting clear cabin windows with black decals - printed onto clear decal sheet using my inkjet printer. Because of the decal windows, I left out the fully-detailed cabin interior (which can't be seen cleary even if the clear windows are used). The Avanti is typically Italian - like a flying Ferrari - although I have heard some people say it is ugly??? I think it's gorgeous. Ken PS - Some more photos - plus sprue and build shots.... here.
  4. 1/72 Amodel Yak-9U

    Dear fellow Britmodellers, my next kit finished is the 1/72 Amodel Yak-9U, a model I picked from the 'second hand' box of my local hobby shop this summer. The kit is typical short-run, without alignment pins, but generally good surface detail. Most parts need care and clean-up before assembly. I replaced the pitot tube with a piece of wire. Amodel's decals are among the worst I've ever seen, having a thick carrier film that's fraying around its edges and color mis-prints; what's supposed to be Red is actually Orange. I only used some instruction markings from the kit's decal sheet and replaced Red Stars, Bort number and nose art from a Print Scale sheet (72072). Much to my disappointment, I found out that some of the Red Stars on the Print Scale sheet are out of register, carrying white shadow lines. Represented is the aircraft of Georgiy Baevski, Hero of the Soviet Union (19 victories) from the 5th Guards Fighter Regiment (GIAP), Germany March 1945. Painted with acrylics from the Gunze/Mr.Hobby range, all photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Greetings from Vienna! Kind regards from Vienna.
  5. <airliners.net pic removed> See below for reasoning. Здравствуйте! Представляю вашему вниманию новейшую модель. Маленькая помощь: Ту-114 Россия (сообщение НАТО: Cleat - «Клип») - это турбовинтовой пассажирский самолет с длинной дистанцией, спроектированный в СССР в 1955 году на базе бомбардировщика Ту-95. Произведен в 1961-1965 годах на заводе № 18 в Куйбышеве. Всего было построено только 31, серийный самолет. Что касается строительства, то от меня кровь сильно пила. Но ... несмотря на суставы (и, может быть, школы), конечный результат я доволен и смотрю на шкаф, он замечательный - вообще, мне не стыдно из этого! Во время строительства некоторые трудности пытались показать на фотографии.Крылья, учитывая предстоящую стрельбу в полевых условиях, обеспеченную 2-мя проходами от крыла через фюзеляж в крыло. Я особенно хочу отметить в комплекте Windows: хорошо отделить их от литника было невозможно. Так что Windows - прозрачный пластик из-под детских игрушек и еще что-то ... Съемка, как вы знаете
  6. Dear Friends, I would like to notify all of you about latest new items that arrived in our shop's stock. - DH.104 "Dove" from Amodel in 1:72 scale (AMO72294) - Passenger aircraft L-1011-500 "United" from Eastern Express in 1:144 scale (EE144114-03) - Ilyushin Il-38N antisubmarine aircraft from Eastern Express in 1:144 scale (EE144123) - Modern US infantry from Master Box in 1:35 scale (MB35193) - Bob and Sally from Master Box in 1:24 scale (MB24029) - Tank T-54A, Interior kit from MiniArt in 1:35 scale (MA37009) - T-60 Plant No. 264. Interior kit from MiniArt in 1:35 scale (MA35219) - M-Hobby, issue #9(195) September 2017 from Zeihgaus in scale (M0917) - Material for dioramas: signs of settlements, the Chechen Republic from DAN Models in 1:35 scale (DAN35411) - VJ101C-X2 Supersonic-Capable VTOL Fighter from A & A Models in 1:72 scale (AAM7202) Sincerely, Alex Scale-model-kits.com - plastic scale model kits on-line shop
  7. Good afternoon all, Hope you like my take on the 1/72 AModel Shavrov Sh-2 Hydroplane in Finland. AModel kits are good fun but you need a lot of patience... Kit required all parts to be removed from the runners with a razor saw, much reshaping and sanding (using wet n dry paper), and model filler smoothed flat using wet n dry paper - Preferably wet to cut down the dust debris. I used the new range of Lifecolor acrylic paints covering colors used by Finland - Brush painted as always. The big surprise for me was the decals they worked really well and even submitted my rough handling and application. I thoroughly enjoyed making this model kit and this won't be my last AModel kit for sure ! Comments and advice welcome.
  8. Canberra T13

    From other end of the scale after working on my Monogram F-106 comes this 1/144 Canberra. It is by A-model and I think I used nearly as much filler on this as I did on my Airfix 1/48th Canberra. To allow for multiple variants the nose centre section and tail are separate assemblies so alignment was fun. I'm not sure I got it right though. Like it's 1/48 scale counterpart no matter how much lead shot I packed into the nose it was still going to be a tail sitter so as with the real thing a prop was placed under the rear fuselage. I reshaped the nose to remove the bomb-aimers window to create a T.13 nose then disaster struck and I ruined the canopy. Hence the black painted cockpit. Something that looks ok-ish in 1/144 but I reckoned the chances of a replacement part were less than zero. The decal are mixture of the kit, which surprisingly nice, Xtradecal for the codes and the silver ferns on the roundels are hand painted. As always thanks for looking.
  9. AViS is to release a 1/72nd American Gyro AG-4 Crusader kit - ref. BX72023 Sprues V.P.
  10. Here's my Amodel Antonov An-24T, built for the From Russia With Love group build. Build thread is here. It's finished as CCCP-46280, which was the fourth production An-24T, in the colour scheme it wore at the 1967 and 1969 Paris air shows. The mustard yellow colour seems quite appropriate for the era - perhaps even ahead of the time, it seems a bit 70s to me (it reminds me of the colour of our next door neighbour's Morris Marina). The kit is fairly standard Amodel - nothing fits particularly well, but with careful alignment and a bit of fettling everything goes together ok. There's some quite nice, very fine surface detail which inevitably was largely obliterated through extensive use of sanding sticks. The fuselage was in four parts, which is pretty much standard for Amodel kits of this size, which required careful work to line everything up properly - that was probably the worst of it. Not much aftermarket used - the wheels are from Armory (the kit wheels were probably ok but I hate assembling two-piece wheels) and I used KV masks (worked very well, left a bit of residue on the windows though - the best solution seemed to be to lick it and rub it off with kitchen paper) The yellow is a mix of Tamiya yellow and dark yellow. I seem to have spent quite a lot of my modelling time over the last few weekends masking! Decals are from Bsmodelle (very nice, very cheap, thin but not too thin, went on and conformed very well but you have to position them carefully as they don't want to move once they're on). All in all, a satisfying build, and I'm pretty pleased with how it's turned out. I'm quite fond of the colour scheme although I'm not sure I'd have painted the real thing like this. On to the photos:
  11. Amodel is to release a new tool 1/144th Sud-Aviation SE-210 Caravelle kits - ref. 1478 - Sud-Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III - ref. 1479 - Sud-Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-N Thanks Sergey Main sprues V.P.
  12. I had forgot all about this GB then I saw the title a few days ago just as I was about to start this, the Amodel 1/48th Yak-52. Lovely little kit but typical Amodel, flash here and there, nice decals & etch. I flew in a Yak-52 last year down at Popham, G-YAKI, a superb experience and one I hope to experience again soon and my main reason for building this kit, although I will be doing it in the kit decals, but I would love to build a G-YAKI! as for the model, two photos of the boxart and what you get. Thanks for looking in.
  13. I'm going to build two Antonov twins - an An-24T and an An-30 - both 1/72 Amodel kits. There's a lot of commonality between the two kits so I'm going to build both together. I've more or less decided that the An-30 will be in MIAT Mongolian Airlines colours and the An-24T will be in Sudan Airways colours. There are a quite a few good colour schemes for an An-30 but the Mongolian one stood out, whilst there aren't many that stand out for an An-24T - Sudan Airways being the exception. You can see what I have in mind at these links: Sudan Airways An-24T MIAT Mongolian Airlines An-30 I'll have to print my own decals for both of these. There are quite a lot of photos of the Mongolian An-30s online - plus several other aircraft in the same colour scheme - so there are some good references to work from for that one. There aren't so many photos of the Sudanese An-24, but it's a fairly simple colour scheme, so should be ok. I won't be using a lot of aftermarket - just Armory resin wheels and KV masks (a mask is essential for the glazed nose of the An-30!). Box and sprue shots (there's a lot of empty space in these boxes!): Can't wait to get started!
  14. Just finished my Amodel 1/72 Tu-134A as an aircraft of Kazaviaspas, the air operation of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Emergency Situations. The choice of colour scheme might sound a bit odd - I wanted to build it as an aircraft that's currently (or at least recently) in service, which narrows it down, and a colour scheme where I could print the decals myself, so after some googling I hit on this one. It was an enjoyable build - not straightforward, challenging enough to make it interesting but never frustrating. I used the Neomega engine details and Armory wheels, and KV masks, so pretty much all the aftermarket that's available for this kit. Decals were home made - my first attempt at decal printing, and pretty pleased with how they came out. WIP thread is here On to the photos (apologies for the state of the table top, really should have cleaned it!):
  15. OK, I'm in with a dh 60G from Amodel in 1/48. The most commented downside of this kit is that Amodel don't give a rigging diagram in the instructions - but that should be solvable from the web. In the box, there are three decal choices - I'll probable go for the forth option On the sprue, this kit looks great, and I must admit that I'm tempted to get one, or both, of the other Amodel dh60's (Cirrus or Metal Moths) ... but let's start simple(r)
  16. 1/144 AN-225 Mriya

    just found this: https://www.modelimex.com/1-144-an-225-mriya hope it comes to fruition!
  17. In a fit of either bravery or insanity, decided it was time to tackle something which has been lurking in the stash for a while.... Reference materials downloaded to Kindle.... "... we're going to need a bigger desk...." .
  18. Finally finished - my conversion of the new injection-moulded Amodel Be-10 'Mallow' into the proposed missile-carrying Be-10N (it never actually flew) The radar nose is from a 1/350 scale nuclear submarine - and the K-10BS anti-ship missiles are scratched from plastic knitting needles and plastic card. Nose job - converted Amodel nose (left) - and Deka vacform original glazed nose (right) More photos of the finished model - plus WIP pics - here. Ken
  19. Hello! This is the Amodel Albatross which I finished this week. The triphibian was equipped with skis so It could land on snow more than six inches deep, in case you were curious. All brush painted with humbrol mainly, some Vallejo along the way. I have an airbrush now and just learning on it - would have made quite a lot of this a bit easier I suspect! For various reasons I spent a good deal of time detailing the interior, although predictably little of it can be seen even with the door posed open! It's a great little kit and surprisingly small, even for this scale. Quite a bit of sanding and rescribing to get it done but one of the more satisfying builds of the last year. Looks the part, I reckon. Bit of a rough finish in areas but I'm happy with it. Thanks for looking!
  20. A new giant on approach by Amodel, a 1/72nd Martin JRM Mars - ref.? Thanks Tali ;-) Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/2421-amodel-jrm-martin-mars-172-тестовая-сборка/ V.P.
  21. OK a month to go on this GB so I will have a go at another model, seeing as the TU-104 is complete, bar a few aerials etc! I like the Amodel Russian subjects and they build into a decent representation of the real thing in my opinion. Here goes - quick pics so I can get cracking later today. Usual wobbly panel lines but its a simple looking kit and I think it will build quickly. Might use the Aeroflot kit decals, but not sure how good they are - anyone got any experience here? Windows I hope to fill with the Humbrol stuff if they are not too big - will do a test later. I have the Amodel Il-12 so I may build that alongside in a production line style! Again decals look questionable but what are the aftermarket options?
  22. " Сами не летаем – другим не дадим." ["Don't fly – don't let anyone else."] -- Unofficial motto of the Войска ПВО СССР, Soviet Voyska-PVO -- the branch of the armed forces which operated interceptors and SAMs for home defense. "The Soviet estimate of their own effectiveness against high altitude penetrators must have been high... planning factors for the probability-of-kill of SA-2s (given launch inside engagement parameters) were 0.8. Similarly, the handbook probability-of-kill of the air-to-air missiles on Victor Belenko's MiG-25 was 0.86. These are end-game probabilities of kill in Western analytic jargon. If the PVO command and control system could enforce at least two end-game engagements for each penetrator, the bomber attrition would have been estimated as above 0.95." -- "SOVIET STRATEGIC AIR DEFENSE: A LONG PAST AND AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE", James T. Quinlivan, RAND Corporation, September 1989 "The other attack option available to pilots was ramming- -a much celebrated tactic used in the Great Patriotic War and even in modern conditions. "Given the high value of a nuclear -armed strategic bomber this tactic presents a good trade-off and has been explicitly endorsed in the VPVOS press, but ramming requires flying skill at least as great as that for gun attacks and would be unlikely to greatly increase VPVOS effectiveness. "The conclusion of most Western analysts is that the VPVOS did not present a very effective defense against low altitude penetration during the 1960s and 1970s." -- John William Rix Lepingwell, Organizational and bureaucratic politics in Soviet defense decisionmaking: a case study of the Soviet air defense forces, MIT PhD Thesis, c.1988 I was going to do a joint Spitfire build with Cookie after I finished the Hunter, but we're both a bit worn down at the moment, and I wanted to wait until happier times to build my favourite aeroplane. The Yak-28P is probably one of the less well-known Soviet aircraft of the Cold War. It was never exported, never served overseas (unlike the Su-15 -- which used the same radar and missiles -- a few of which were apparently briefly stationed in Egypt during the War of Attrition), and labored more or less in obscurity as part of the PVO (in the USSR, the air defence command was an entirely seperate and independent service from the VVS, the tactical air force) covering lower-priority sectors of the vast Soviet Union against the possibility of NATO intruders. It was phased out around the same time as I was born in 1983, which seems more recent than it actually is. I probably wouldn't know anything about it if there wasn't a two-page full-colour spread of it and the paltry selection of stores it could carry in Bill Gunston's Modern Warplanes book, which I must have first seen in 1988 or 1989. I thought it looked incredibly unlike any NATO plane (my favourite at the time, by the way, was the hapless Tornado F.2), and spectacularly Russian. Of course, now I know it's a rather old-timey-looking design for the late 1950s from whence it sprang (it and the F-4 Phantom are contemporaries), but despite its vague resemblance to an Me 262, there's just a bit of muchness to it: the nose is too long, the wings too swept, the whole thing too pointy. I dig it. When I got back into modelling in 2011, I happened upon a secondhand kit of it in a local hobby shop and bought it immediately, only to discover it lacked a radome, which pyro-maniac kindly sent me. I then read that it was a bit of a tough build and left it at that, until now. [fanfare] 20161006_214424 by Edward IX, on Flickr 20161006_214430 by Edward IX, on Flickr Hmmm, "prefer quality". Well, I like to think I do. I like my models like I like my women, beautiful surface detail, expensive, and locked up safely in the basement. And look, only three steps, basically, and then it's all together! 20161006_214418 by Edward IX, on Flickr Sprues don't look too bad. Low parts count is good. 20161006_214442 by Edward IX, on Flickr what the butt 20161006_214457 by Edward IX, on Flickr This should be a hole. 20161006_215101 by Edward IX, on Flickr "Intriguing" fit. 20161006_215818 by Edward IX, on Flickr I've started the cockpit tub: 20161006_225434 by Edward IX, on Flickr From what I know of Sovjets, they didn't start getting their delightfully hideous vomit green cockpit interiors until the late 1960s, so this aircraft should have a restrained light grey with black instrumentation. A three-part nosewheel bay, which I then have to capture between the fuselage halves! Oh, Amodel, you spoil me. 20161006_225430 by Edward IX, on Flickr
  23. de Havilland Cirrus Moth G-EBLV

    I am planning a quick build [read: less than a month!] of the Amodel kit, and the only option is G-EBLV as preserved by the Shuttleworth Trust. According to the Wikipedia it had the Lancashire Aero Club as first owner. I wonder if in the same blue and silver livery? And the interior, light grey and wood, as suggested by the instructions? Another option (may be not so colourful, but more interesting historically) is Lady Bailys's G-EBTG, but this poses the problem (for a quick build!) of the exposed engine. Anyway, is it all silver with black registration? https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/the-honorable-dame-mary-bailey-cbe/ Any help on the above, or suggestions of other historical and colourful options that I can do with my printer (that excludes white registrations...) or with available decals very appreciated! I have all the Amodel boxes with extra parts (different fuselages, slatted wings, different props, etc) so I'm not confined to a Cirrus Moth. Carlos
  24. Amodel is to release 1/72nd CMC Leopard kits Source: http://www.72news.eu/2016/09/amodel-bunch-of-upcoming-releases-for.html Wikipedia CMC Leopard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMC_Leopard - ref. 72337 Sources: http://www.martola.com.pl/en306/produkty67049/cmc_leopard http://hobbyterra.com/product/cmc-leopard-amodel-72337.html - ref. 72341 Sources: http://www.martola.com.pl/en306/produkty67049/cmc_leopard http://hobbyterra.com/product/cmc-leopard-amodel-72341.html V.P.
  25. I can't keep up with all these new releases from the Ukraine...... Hot on the heels of the Modelsvit M-17 Mystic, comes the new 1/72 scale Amodel kit of the Soviet-era jet flying boat - the Beriev Be-10 'Mallow'. Box art..... Probably due to mould size limitations, the fuselage is in front and rear halves - which might make for an interesting joint !! The third part of the fuselage is the tail gun position - plus the centre section and wing fences. Upper and lower centre section parts.... Upper..... .... and lower wing halves.. There is quite a lot of flash present - but the engraved panel detail is well executed Ken
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