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  1. Hi everyone! Here's my first finished build of 2018. Yeah, I'd normally have 3 or 4 finished by now, but life got in a way a bit You can find the full article and photogallery at my modelling blog.
  2. Decent little kit that should be ready to paint soon- I need to paint and assemble some sub assemblies before I can get on with making the two crew figures.
  3. CAD images just arrived - ready to start moulding plastic....... I have no further information on actual release date - other than soon. Ken
  4. Here's my Zvezda 1/144 737-800 in Royal Thai Air Force markings, using Siam Scale decals, built for the Boeing 737 STGB. WIP is here. The Zvezda kit is very nice, goes together very well indeed. The Siam Scale decals worked pretty well, only issue was with the winglet decals which seem to have been designed to fit the Revell kit's inaccurate winglets, so needed a bit of trimming to fit. thanks for looking Z
  5. I'm going to build the Zvezda 737-800 as HS-TYS of the Royal Thai Air Force, using Siam Scale decals. Box shot: I made a start this evening. In not much more than an hour I've got the fuselage and wings assembled. The fit is superb, I don't think this is going to need much filler! The perfect kit to build in parallel with the Amodel Mil Mi-10 I'm building in the BM 10th anniversary GB. Here it is with the wings dry-fitted to the fuselage. If I get any modelling time tomorrow I'll take the wings off and clean up all the seams, which won't take much work. The bit that'll take longest is the clear cockpit roof, which stands slightly proud of the fuselage so will need to be blended in, but doesn't look like it'll take long. Thanks for looking Z
  6. Southwest 737-800

    Hi, This is my next entry in the 737 STGB. Here's the Zvezda kit, merely to show it's not started. and here's the intended colours As others have mentioned in this group build and elsewhere, the Zvezda kit is very nice and goes together easily. Options I'll choose for this one will be split-scimitar winglets, possibly later CFM56-7BE engines (if the kit engines can be modified) and a WiFi antenna on top of the fuselage. Due to the placement of the "Southwest" titles, I'll fill the windows and use the included photo real decals. This is a particular favourite colour scheme of mine and I'm looking forward to building it. Jeff
  7. T-90

    Tank T-90. As is customary to me, it is planted in the field. It's my first model camouflaged with a spray gun. I tried to spray different shades and light up according to the instructions. The patina is formed by filters and washes, a few pigments. The kit was very good.
  8. So this is going to be a first for me as I've never built an airliner model before. Therefore, when I saw the 737 GB I thought 'why not - let's give it a go'. As I haven't built an airliner before, I had nothing suitable in the stash so decided to treat myself to this: Even with the little amount of knowledge I have of airliner models, I can tell this kit is a belter! The parts are perfectly moulded with no flash, crisp fine panel lines and excellent decals make for a perfect baptism of fire. I've decided to go with the scheme on the box which is the only one in the kit as I want to keep my first airliner build as straightforward as possible. Within no time I was following the instructions with gusto and she was just falling together. I can honestly say this is the fastest I've ever started putting a model together - it almost builds itself. I made a start on the wings and underside of the plane: Within 30 mins I had made so much progress I had to stop and take stock - as I said I've never built this quickly before which is testament to the ease of the kit. So within no time this is where I was: I'm really impressed with this kit and it has certainly made me keen to make more airliners in the future as I've really enjoyed working on a completely different type of aircraft. So next steps are to get the cockpit glazing masked and fixed and to tidy up the fuselage with the odd bit of sanding. Engines will be next so hope to have some progress on these for you soon.
  9. Zvezda new 1/72nd MiG-15 "Fagot" kit - ref. 7317 Test build was on display at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2018. Do you like rivets... Source: https://ipmsnymburk.com/forum/viewtema.php?ID_tema=40056 V.P.
  10. Had started this one quite a while ago and was planning to do it for the recent MiG-29 group build but did not get around to finishing it up until a few days ago. Great kit, which builds much better than the 9.13 which had some fit issues. As with the 9.13, my main gripe is the separate wingtips which are very delicate and hard to get a perfectly smooth fit. Fit is still worse overall than the Trumpeter but it is more accurate, and includes the characteristic "pinch" behind the canopy. What's best about the kit, however, is the weapons. It's a veritable weapons set in its self with plenty of AA and AG goodies of which the only omission are R-77 missiles. Tired of the overuse of Kh-31s, I decided to arm this Fulcrum with a pair of Kh-29s along with KAB-500s. It looks menacing. I also built the fuel tank but I doubt that the aircraft could have taken off with this weapons load. Note that the Trumpeter only includes just one Kh-31 (!) which is quite lame, although it does come with R-77s. For painting, I was disatissfied with the Akan SMT paint set when I built the Trumpeter, and so used my own mixes. For this one, I used the Akan paints for the T-50. They came with a greenish rather than blueish hue which I think was appropriate. My bet paid off, as I think they look spot on. Up to you to decide! Overall, highly recommended kit.
  11. Hopefully got this photo sharing thing sorted, so I'd like to join with a Zvezda -800 kit finished with a set of Nazca's Monarch decals. Dave
  12. Russian MSTA S Detail Sets Eduard 1:35 It always seems to be a busy schedule at Eduard with several releases every month, this month being no different. The Zvezda MSTA S seems to have been well received and comes well detailed out of the box. But for those modellers who really need to have an ultra detailed model these three new sets will be just the ticket. MSTA S Turret set (36366) This single sheet set contains, naturally, all the fine detail parts for the vehicles turret. To begin with you get all the tread plates for the turret roof as well as a tread guard in front of the commander’s sight and bracket plate on the right hand front of the roof. The set also includes and new stowage basket, lots of small items such as new brackets, supports, a new saw, tool brackets, shields, jerry can holder, and gun cleaning rod holder brackets. There is also a new grille for the air filter unit and ammunition box lid, handle and rear sight for the heavy machine gun Hull Set (36367) This single sheet set contains a host of grilles and fittings for the hull. The grilles include those for the engine intakes, both large and small, and air conditioning intake. The set also includes additional detail for the gun travel lock, new heat shields for the exhaust, plus a host of handles, brackets and fixings for around the hull, including all new items for the unditching beam. Fenders (36368) Again, exactly what it states on the pack. Whilst the kit fenders are quite adequate, for scale thickness you will need to use these PE fenders. Before fitting the PE parts you will have to remove the front and rear mudflaps from the kit hull. These are replaced with PE parts, and there is an additional support plate to be fitted to the fronts. The fenders are then fitted with attachment clamps between each section, plus lifting handles on the bottom edge and a heat shield under the exhaust. Conclusion These three sets are great for those who like to have extra detail on their models, but, being separate it allows the modeller to pick and choose how much or how little they wish to add. Especially as the kit itself is pretty darn good already. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  13. Placeholder while I wait for the postie. I've built the 1/100 version of this in Red Army colours so I'll be exploring paths less traveled with this build. The kit is of the more common late version (with the stowage boxes on the rear fenders for the tracks that could be used to convert it into a half track) so I have quite a choice of potential schemes to choose from. I got a good deal on the kit so I spent some of the saving on a metal gun barrel. Now I'm seriously looking at the Swedish version which had the main armament removed. Life, eh? Andy
  14. MiG-29 SMT Photo Etch and Masks for Zvezda Kit 1:72 Eduard Trumpeter aren't the only model company releasing state of the art kits of modern Soviet/Russian subjects. Zvezda have a long tradition of producing accurate, buildable kits of these subjects, and their MiG-29 kits are no exception. Well received by the modelling community, the kits are accurate and compete well with the (also very good) kits from Trumpeter. Now Eduard have released a set of photo etched parts to complement the MiG-29 SMT variant. This set includes two frets of photo etched parts. The first fret contains pre-painted parts for detailing the cockpit and includes harnesses, pull handles and a cushion for the ejection seat, as well as details for the instrument panel, cockpit sidewalls, control column, rudder pedals, canopy and HUD unit. A range of pre-painted electroluminescent strips are also included on the fret. The second fret is unpainted and contains further parts for the cockpit, such as the rear cockpit decking, as well as details for the rest of the airframe. The landing gear gets hydraulic lines and a mud guard, there are the automated guards for the engine air intakes and afterburner flame holders for the other end of the engines. There are also details for the missile rails, which is helpful if you wish to finish your model without a full load of weapons. Smaller details include a host of small aerials and plates to dot around the airframe. MiG-29 SMT MiG-29 SMT Zoom Set MiG-29 SMT Pre Cut Masks Conclusion This is a sensible and worthwhile upgrade for Zvezda's rather excellent kit. It includes all of the extra details that you would want, with the added benefit of the cheaper Zoom set if you just want to jazz the interior up a bit. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Hi all, Second Entry is the M3 Lee I'll not bother with a running commentary on the construction of this one, it all went together with no trouble and fitted well. As I said, there were no real issues building this but I now need to decide on the end user - The box artwork shows the subject in Soviet service, then there is always the option of American or British markings. These two would, according to photos, require the addition of some extra stowage boxes on the rear hull and, if going for the 8th Army option, the addition of sandskirts. Probably have a sleep on it... Kind Regards IanJ
  16. Hi all, Quick little one to start with - Courtesy of the "Art of Tactic" series produced by Zvezda... This is what you get in the box - The engineering is a bit different from what they've done in the past in that the hull is built up around a frame. And as regards building - let's get on with it! Don't blink or you'll miss it Here's the frame that I mentioned - To this attaches the baseplate, diff housing, glacis plate and all the rear gubbins. Add the hull sides and top - It's all snap together but the manufacturer suggests that it can be glued if you like, TET used in this instance. Humbrol paint pot for size comparison. And it's built - Nowhere near my PB of 12 mins for a Zvezda tank but I took a bit more time with this one - couple of gaps to fill and some filing before priming. I now have to consider colours - Would I be right in saying that it's meant to be an M4A2 76(W)? In which case who used them? Thanks for looking IanJ
  17. Hi, here’s my recently completed Zvezda 109F-2. Nice kit with plenty of details but a bit of a bugger to complete if wanting the cowling closed! Special thanks to Modelling Minion for the gratis Aeromaster decals, cheers mate. Anyway don’t overlook this kit now Eduard have theirs available as it can be built in to something much nicer than what I present below!
  18. Hi all Panther Ausf.D from Zvezda 1/35. Painting for the customer. Best regards, Martin
  19. Zvezda catalog 2018

    The Zvezda catalog 2018 is online: https://www.scalenews.de/zvezda-neuheiten-2018/ http://scalemodels.ru/news/12358-katalog-zvezda-2018.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook V.P.
  20. Here is my bf 109 f-4z b,. W. nr 7473, flown by uffz Felix sauer of 10 (jabo) jg 53. San pietro sicilia March 43. On the 27 March this aircraft was belly landed on the beach near pozzallo could not be recovered before being swamped by the sea cousing it to be a 100% loss . Detail to the engine using lead wire, resin cockpit and wheels decals from kagero jg 53 "pik as" book painted using extracolor.
  21. Zvezda Clear Parts issues

    Hi All, I recently tried to remove a flaw from the canopy of a Zvezda 1/72 mig-29. Unlike most other manufacturer's clear parts, the canopy seems to be made of a softer, more flexible clear substance. I guess the thinking would be that it's less prone to cracking. However, this makes polishing it up nearly impossible. I've tried a few techniques that work on other manufacturers parts, but with no success. The canopy just stays a milky white colour. The best I can think of describing this is to imagine trying to polish a piece of hard nougat to a mirror like finish. I had a look at another Zezda kit I bought, the Mi-24, and the parts seem to be of the same rubbery material, and holding them up to sunlight they reveals less than impressive levels of clarity. Has anyone else had any issues with Zvezda clear parts? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  22. With some rather tasty Shapeways 3D printed extras, I have a pair of the Zvezda / Revell over-badged Imperial Star Destroyer on the bench. The packaging may be big and there is plenty of plastic inside it, however its quite a straight forward modular assembly with plenty of long flat surfaces and nice angles that butt up good and proper; however its also a kit that can probably be built in under an hour if you don't get distracted. The kit is particularly well engineered with ample detail for a kit of this large scale - it makes the old MPC kit seem like a micro-machine in many ways. Well done to the Ruskies for producing something so well designed and a faithful reproduction of the Avenger class destroyers. I'm a few hours into my build, slowed down only by the cleaning up of 3D parts and dremelling work required to fit the new Shapeway parts here goes.. to give you an idea of scale plastic surgery starts... this 3D printed hangar is designed for fibre optic lighting but after the major lighting work undertaken on my previous Randy Cooper Star Destroyer, I simply don't have the will power to start the process all over again and are happy to build these ISD's as unlit models
  23. In the framework of the recent toy tradefair Mir Detstva 2017, held at Moscow, Zvezda is reported having announced, as follow up to it's Mi-24V/VP "Hind-E" kit (ref.7293), a 1/72nd Mil Mi-24P "Hind-F" for 2018. To be followed. Source AlexGRD: http://master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=100171&sid=b7252e4ad3d849de8e26c4c009281a81 V.P.
  24. In the framework of the recent toy tradefair Mir Detstva 2017, held at Moscow, Zvezda is reported having announced, as follow up to it's Il-76 kit (link), a 1/144th Ilyushin A-50 "Mainstay" for 2018. To be followed. Source AlexGRD: http://master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=100171&sid=b7252e4ad3d849de8e26c4c009281a81 V.P.
  25. In the framework of the recent toy tradefair Mir Detstva 2017, held at Moscow, Zvezda is reported having announced a "surprise" new tool 1/48th aircraft kit for 2018. Bets are open La-7, Fw.190... To be followed. Source: https://vk.com/wall-29859496?own=1&w=wall-29859496_2000050 Source AlexGRD: http://master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=100171&sid=b7252e4ad3d849de8e26c4c009281a81 V.P.