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  1. Hi all, I have been able to see with the passage of time, some examples of ISU-152 kits in the forum, with metal tracks, and I must admit without hesitation, specifically in this particular model, are an added "almost obliged ". Even more, when the quality of the track that the kit brings (Zvezda), is quite" crude ". Modestly, I think the kit I completed, seems to have been very well received (kindly) by many forum members. This has made me reconsider the idea of upgrading the kit with some extras ... The main and more than obvious and necessary, are the "dreaded" by expensive metal tracks, and then, at the heart of the question, a metal cannon, a few drag cables and a few ammo cartridges ... that do not suppose an overpayment, but sure to be a good addition. I have been able to find these tracks, at a "reasonable" price (remember that the kit is worth less than the tracks ... grrrr), but by saving the shipping costs, I think it's worth it, and always, if you do not like it was, you already have them ready for another better kit in the future ...looks good, isn`t? My first metal tracks , a lot of work to do.... Thx for watch and comments as always, cheers mates.
  2. At the request of 172flogger (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235011702-zvezda-2017-catalogue/&do=findComment&comment=2536118) I've the pleasure to open a thread for the Zvezda's future 1/72nd Yakovlev Yak-130 "Mitten" - ref.7307 Source: https://vk.com/doc49818189_438784290?hash=63b43d8bea7b22204e&dl=624ebb4a6e12f7f2a1 V.P.
  3. Here we go, a month late starting due to unfinished business with a Foxbat in the Made In Russia GB.... ( oh alright, I also forgot I signed up to this one ! ) What shall I make next...hmmm... maybe a Mig-29 of some kind.... Here's the "look ma, I haven't started it yet" photo
  4. Hello and thanks for your interest. Here's my 1/72 Zvezda Yak-3, built with the addition of Eduard photo etch, Rob Taurus vacu canopy and Begemot decals. Represents a machine of 303rd Fighter Division, 3rd Belorussian Front, East Prussia, April 1945. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. With kind regards from Vienna, Austria Roman Schilhart
  5. Hi there. Here is my, late, entry to this group build. The zvezda ekranoplan. looks like it's going to be a fairly quick build, as there isn't a lot of plastic in the box. For instance there is no cockpit, or any other interior detail whatsoever. Here's what's in the box.. Two fuselage halves. Some nice engraved details on it. A pair of stub wings. Two rather wide tail sections. This sprue contains the rest of the kit plastic. One rather small transparency. The decal sheet. Gives two options for operational craft. I'm not sure if the decals have yellowed, or not, or if they should be that colour. The kit has a tooling date of 2013 cast inside the fuselage, so doubt they've had chance to yellow. Construction has started, and will post some progress later. Matt
  6. Hello, Today I'm posting another commercial airliner, my Zvezda 787-8 in the British Airways Livery. Like my last post, this build also includes a video! Hopefully, you enjoy the pictures and the video!
  7. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is Zvezda's 1/72 Petlyakov Pe-8. I picked this kit from an IMPS swap meet many moons ago, for a very reasonable price (around 15€); that's what led me to believe it was either an old mold or a re-box of the Amodel kit. I was surprised to find out that this is a modern state-of-the-art tooling with fine surfaces and sufficient details. Eduard provide paint masks, which I used, given the plethora of small windows and turrets. I used aftermarket decals from AML, which I had bought 3-4 years ago. Their products seem to have a lifespan similar to fresh milk. I have had serious problems with their decals before, and it was troublesome with this sheet as well, with some of the stars and slogans exploding into dozens of fragments when trying to slide them off their backing paper. In the end I had to use what was left, therefore my model has a combination of silver patriotic slogans and white-bordered-stars (which I took from an old Propagteam sheet that worked well). The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. This Pe-8 is currently my biggest 72 scale model, even dwarfing the massive B-24 Liberator on my shelf! To give you an idea of its size, I parked my recently finished 1/72 Italeri Macchi 205 under the wing: All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes, thank you.
  8. Little Terminator

    Sigh. The MiG-15 project was a big old fail, and the -31 just isn't drawing me in right now. I've been on something of an armor kick lately, so I'll try getting back into the group build mojo with this project. This is not your father's braille scale armor! The level of detail and finesse on the parts is simply astounding. Zoom in on that pic if you can. More close-ups of parts will come with build sequence shots. The complexity of detail comes with a complex build, but I like complex AFV kits. If I wanted simple, I'd buy diecasts. Tonight I finished one side of the suspension. Again, unbelievable detail, and for a killer price! I'm very excited about this kit. I also got Zvezda's T-90, but I don't think I'll have time to finish both in the GB time. So for now, just this.
  9. Zvezda is to release in 2013 a 1/72nd Sukhoï Su-27SM "Flanker-E/-F" kit Sources: http://vk.com/wall-29859496_160278 http://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=13474 V.P.
  10. Hi everyone, Here's another try of succesfully participating in a group build and with a Zvezda kit it wouldn't be that hard to do, as they are quite shake and bake (altough it looks like ) Bought some extra's, being some etch from Eduard and a decalsheet from Techmod containing a few options of Polish Mi-24D/W's: I allready cut off some parts and assembled a couple of weapons together with a small amount of other parts but certainly no hind to be recognised yet So for pictures, with that photobucket issue I'll have to find an alternative so behold a moment before I can add some picies! Greetings and thanks for letting me joining the game here. Tom
  11. Hi guys I'm attempting to convert zvezdas 767 kit from a -300 to a -200. I think this model is the ER version which I think has the larger cargo door. The things I will have to do will be *cut out 2 pieces of the fuselage *remove the tail bumper -if theres anything else i need to change please feel free to tell me I wish to do this in a landing state, so I will be presenting it with *gear down *flaps and slats extended (ambitious....very ambitious for me) I haven't decided on the colours yet, I'm thinking either traditional Amercian Airlines or Britannia
  12. Announcing the arrival of Linhas Aereas de Angola (TAAG) Boeing 777-300er from Luanda : Zvezda's Boeing 777-300er finished off in one of my favourite colour schemes with the help of 26decals. The model was an absolute delight to build in spite of its size - so much so that I've bought another to cut down into a 777-200 at some stage. Engine detail was excellent as can be seen from the head-on and close-up : 26decals lived up to expectations - simple to use, even with what must be one of the longest cheat-lines I've ever assembled. Portuguese titles on the port side : with the English version on starboard : Standard 4 x 4 walk-around : and the obligatory "with something else" shot - Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 720 : Time to head off to the hangar in the loft : Obrigado por olhar (Thanks for looking) mike
  13. So much hype around Zvezda's Flanker kits that I can't resist giving them a shot, especially if there's a group build involved Note: this is the SIXTH straight Russian/Soviet aircraft that I build. I've probably not had a similar streak before for a single country. This kit comes after a 1/48 Eduard I-16, two Trumpeter MiG-29s (S, and SMT), a Zvezda MiG-29S, and a KP MiG-23M. First impressions out of the box: huge aircraft! lots of pieces! Accuracy of this kit seems very well regarded by the BM community so I won't contest that. I do spot some issues: 1) Lack of cockpit detailing (decals, although they are admittedly quite nice) 2) Lack of ANY rivets. C'mon Zvezda, a few would have been nice. This is a huge aircraft and with such big panels, it could have used some rivets here and there. 3) The canopy while not terrible (like some Revell kits) isn't super smooth. I had a similar observation with their MiG-29S. 4) Wheel well detail is very poor, especially for the front: Zvezda basically didn't bother with this. Anyway, let's get started. I used AKAN for the unique Flanker cockpit color which looks spot on The cockpit decal is quite nice although detailing would have been better. The sparse wheel well detail is somewhat evident too.
  14. Long delayed since I finished this over a month ago but here are pics of a 1/72 Zvezda MiG-29S. The aircraft depicted is Red 24 which has the nice Russian flag on the fins and an odd patch of dark green on the nose which offsets the otherwise standard Fulcrum gray/gray-green came scheme. All paints were Akan from their basic MiG-29 set. Decals were from the kit although the specific Red 24 markings came from the very comprehensive Begemot sheet. Now having built both the Zvezda and the Trumpeter MiG-29 (as well as the previous standard-bearer, the Italeri), the obvious question: which is the definitive Fulcrum? The answer is... neither. Both are great kits but both also fall short in some areas. Where Trumpeter wins: - Surface detail. It's gorgeous, riddled with rivets that are small enough to not look overdone. Zvezda doesn't have a single rivet. - Better fit. There are no problematic areas at all. The Zvezda doesn't snap together perfectly in all areas: the wings need some clamping among other things. - Overall better engineering. The exception is the front fuselage joint which is carried over from the Italeri kit. Requires putty and sanding off and re-scribing the delicate panel line detailing. However, the fit of the fins and horizontal stabilizers is much better; the Zvezda has issues with the fins which leave a big gap with the fuselage, almost as big as the Italeri's. Also, the wing is a single piece unlike the Zvezda where the wingtip is separate and has a stub barely one mm thick! Not only does it need filling and sanding since it runs where there is no real life panel line, it means that grabbing the aircraft accidentally by the wingtip is almost asking for a tragedy. - Intakes are a single piece. Zvezda's are a two-piece which leaves a seam on the outer side which is visible. Had the seam been on the inner side it would be less apparent. - Has the open fuselage intakes which IMHO looks better on a Fulcrum even though they're usually not open on the ground (then again, most planes don't have open airbrakes when parked and we still build them as such...) - The decals are easier to handle although may not be 100% accurate - Correct nose neutral profile (see pics below). Zvezda really screwed up the front landing gear as it leaves the aircraft with a nose up profile that is not evident in the real thing. - Cockpit. Aside from the inferior instrument panel decals, Trumpeter's ejection seat is better, the thing with lots of knobs behind the seat (is it the radio equipment?) looks more realistic, and the upright HUD is accurate; Zvezda's is a generic transparency slanted diagonally. Where Zvezda wins: - Accuracy. Trumpeter has a slight bump where the wing meets the fuselage. The rear canopy is too narrow as well (my main gripe). The spine of the MiG-29S is too skinny, whereas Zvezda's has a proper rounded (fatter) shape. This may be a carry over from the canopy issue. - Instrument panels. Ok, both use decals but Zvezda's decals are way nicer in this regard and are also split into various pieces for all the different raised bits. Trumpeter's is just one which means you need to cut it up manually or else it'll be a mess. I also don't understand Trumpeter's obsession with outlines on these decals, makes them look very toy-like. The rest of the cockpit, however, is a bit disappointing. - Decals appear to be more accurate although there seems to be an excess of decals near the engines that I don't seem to notice on the real thing. That said, Zvezda's decals are a PAIN to apply. They are extremely thin and curl easily, and on top of that, there are so many that the decal sheet is packed tight. Note that Trumpeter does not have decals for its fuel tanks which is annoying. Trumpeter is also obsessed with the big black bands around the missiles which don't seem to be used that often these days; Zvezda has the more subtle markings which IMHO look better. - Things under wings: both have fuel tanks and standard Fulcrum AA ordinance, but Zvezda adds some AG ordinance as well. - The engineering of the front fuselage is better: it's a two piece that is sepearate from the rest and joins at the middle rather than the side, thus avoiding having to sand off panel details. Unfortunately, the fit of this is a bit iffy and I found that the starboard side would have needed some thinning otherwise it doesn't align properly with the fuselage. A shame since otherwise this was quite a creative way of avoiding the ugly side seams that are the only main engineering issue in the Trumpeter. - Price. The Zvezda MiG goes for around £18-20. Trumpeter's originally sold for slightly less than that but they've jacked up the price recently and now it's at around £22 or more. - Availability. Very easy to find. Trumpeter's distribution in the UK is very erratic: their basic MiG-29 quietly disappeared a few months after release and their SMT was hardly ever stocked here at all. The MiG-29S has had better availability though. So there it is. Which to pick? If you are an accuracy buff above all else, Zvezda is the obvious choice, the nose up profile being the only obvious fault (and which I suspect could be corrected). However, Trumpeter is the more pleasurable build and if you're willing to look beyond its inaccuracies, looks better once built. P.S. avoid the Revell reboxing of the Zvezda kit. It has only markings for the Russian Falcons, no stencils, no missile markings, etc. It's an absolutely pointless rebox if you ask me. Btw, apologies for my terrible phone camera. One day I'll use a real one istead...
  15. Zvezda is to release in 2015 a 1/72nd MiG-29 (9-13) "Fulcrum-C" kit - ref.7278 Source: http://scalemodels.ru/news/8359-katalog-zvezda-2015.html V.P.
  16. Right folks, here goes. I've finally finished this Zvezda Mig-21 for the 70's NATO v Warsaw Pact GB (with a week to spare) and I've got to say I've really enjoyed this build (apart from the poor fit on the undercarriage bays)!! I've also learned a lot - particularly as this one was completed in NMF - something I don't seem to do very often. This is now my third completed jet, following my F-16 and Buccaneer and I'm currently racing to complete the Airfix Vampire for the de Havilland GB. The model was completed OOB with the addition of a scratched pitot tube as the kit piece was ok but not realistic enough. Completed using Revell Aqua acrylics (which I love for airbrushing - so smooth) and a panel line wash and minimal weathering. Hope you enjoy and as always I'd really appreciate any feedback and comments. Kris PS I think I got carried away on the amount of photos, but hey - who's counting?
  17. Here's my contribution for the 70's NATO v Warsaw Pact GB: It's my second GB of the year so far as I'm currently busying away on the F-16 GB. This seems to be a nicely detailed kit with fine panel lines and some nice cockpit details. So far everything seems to be going together nicely. This is my progress so far: Next job is to work on the nose cone and exhaust and then look to close her up and start bringing everything together. This is my first Russian jet so I'm enjoying the challenge so far - hopefully I can do it some justice.
  18. Hi folks, My contribution for the GB gallery - my Mig-21bis from Zvezda. Please find a WIP in the overall group build and the finished article photos in the RFI section. Thanks - Kris
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    Regards J A
  20. Zvezda is to release in 2015 a 1/144th Ilyushin Il-76MD "Candid" kit - ref.7011 Source: http://scalemodels.ru/news/8359-katalog-zvezda-2015.html V.P.
  21. I looked through the list of builds at the start of the chat thread and noticed the Russian navy in it's various forms was massively under-represented. Since I'm a very slow builder with a huge stash of Russian aircraft who hasn't built any kind of floaty thing in 35 years, my mission was obvious. I would have loved to do a pre-WW1 capital ship, maybe something from the Russo-Japanese war but I suspect a lot of them were bought in (I know Vickers Armstrong built a lot of ships and guns for both sides in the factories I could see from my house growing up). So I'm going for this 1980's Destroyer instead, on the basis that is was reasonably cheap and looks simple enough that I might finish it. The box top: The sprues (the top right one is mostly not used for this model); The instructions and modest decal sheet: Wish me luck, I'm about to launch Andy
  22. That's it. Source: http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/message/1401462248/Zvezda+109G-6 V.P.
  23. Something I think of when I think or Russia is the Cossack horsemen. Not always popular with the rest of the population, the Cossacks are an iconic peoples who have played a major part in Russian history. This will be a build of the Italeri 'Soviet Cavalry WWII Cossacks' kit - or, probably, two of their kits. Each box contains two riders and their horses. Three sprues, containing two riders and their horses. Instructions: the long and complicated short and simple instructions ... extending over many pages the back of the box. At some stage Zvezda sold the same figures, offering two sets of figures (i.e. four figures in one box). This is , I think, the first time I've tackled a Zvezda kit - even by association. Thanks to Basilisk for giving the go-ahead for this build.
  24. Decided to go outside my usual comfort zone and build something crawling I don't expect actual work to start before summer - too much unfinished builds on my shelve
  25. Hi Pals, I finally finished the kit, to my taste. Not exactly as would have imagined that over, but I like the end result. I tried some new methods for me as the most severe pigmented and do some snow. I also decided to add at the end some leaves and dried herbs, to see what they looked like, and ... there they stayed. The kit is OOB except for the slogan in Cyrillic As a final point, I have taken pictures with a SLR camera, which is, I think, the perfect complement to a finished work, for good or ill. Thanks for commenting and watch, and the support and good wishes in the thread. Included link to WIP, and vice versa the RIP To WIP: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235001060-white-hunter-red-heart-isu-152-zvezda-135/ Some shots on detail.... Cheers to all
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