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F-104G Luftwaffe Starfighter (K48083) 1:48 Kinetic Model The F-14 starfighter was designed by the famous Kelly Johnson from Lockheed after a series of visits to USAF Bases in Korea where he sounded out pilots about what kind of aircraft they wanted. Their main focus was on a small simple aircraft with a high speed/altitude capability. The new General Electric J79 engine was chosen to power the aircraft and he would wrap around this the lightest possible airframe he could. The new aircraft would be all metal with wings located further back than most designs to allow a minimum drag angle of attack. The aircraft would feature an internal 20mm Gatling gun with additional missile armament. One downside to the new aircraft was the downward firing ejection seat which was developed after concerns of a normal seat clearing the tail. The seat would later be replaced by a conventional one, but only after a significant number of deaths during low altitude ejections. Many operators would replace the Lockheed seats with Martin Baker ones. The F-104G was developed by Lockheed at the time the USAF was not happy with the aircraft. The Luftwaffe at the time was looking for a new multirole aircraft and the Starfighter was reworked with a stronger fuselage and wing, larger fuel capacity, a larger vertical fin, new landing gear, and upgraded avionics. Many of these models would be built under license by Dornier, Fokker, Fiat, Canadair and SABCA. The aircraft had a poor safety record with the German forces leading it do be dubbed the "Widow maker", pilot workload was high and it emerged that original fatigue calculations had not taken into account the new role of the aircraft. It would later transpire that underhand methods secured many overseas orders with German and Dutch officials accused of accepting bribes. The Kit This is a new tool from Kinetic. The Box top is branded as Kinetic Gold, with no explanation anywhere to what makes it a "Gold" kit. The kit features an open electronics bay behind the cockpit, nose radar There are three sprues of grey plastic, a clear spure and a small PE fret. The plastic looks to be upto the recent high standards of Kinetic., the panel lines are very fine and I fear will disappear under primer and paint to a greater degree. Construction begins with the cockpit, and the seat is the first thing to be built up. This is multipart affair and there is a C-2 seat and a Martin Baker one. The back and sides attach to the seatpan, the head part with the handles is attached and the seat gun fitted to the back. Seat rails are then fitted to the sides. PE belts are then fitted. The cockpit tub is built and the control column followed by the seat are installed. Next up we have a few sub assemblies to make. The radar and electronics boxes for the nose are made up. Its worth noting there is no parts in the kit to fold the radome back to expose the radar? The rear jet pipe and the exhaust nozzle follow. For the undercarriage the front and rear bays are made up, and lastly the nose cone is put together. All of these can then be added into the main fuselage and it closed up. Some additional panels are then added to the underside. The top to the T tail is then added as is the rudder. The three part intakes (each side) are built up and added to the fuselage. The nose wheel is now built up and added as well. Two different types of wheel are included, however there is no information as to which to use for any aircraft, so the modeller will need to check their references. The nose boy doors can then be added after the nose gear is in. The main gear is now built up as well, again two types of wheel are supplied, and again without any information. Once the gear is on the doors can be added. Moving to the rear of the fuselage the air brakes can be installed. We now move onto the stubby wings. There is a main centre section with separate leading edges and flaps. Holes must be made if using the underwing pylons. If not using the wing tip tans then there are PE faces for the end of the wings. Once made up the wigs can be attached. Back to the fuselage the cover for the electronics bay behind the cockpit is added. This can be open or closed. The glazing is now added. There are PE parts for inside the canopy. Small parts are then added tot he airframe including PE AOA indicators. For stores, fuel tanks are provided for the wing tips, and underwing pylons. A double sidewinder adaptor is provided for under the main fuselage. Markings There are designed by Crossdelta and printed by cartograf. It is noticeable there are very few stencils on the sheet. 22+39 Fighter Bomber Wing 34 Memmingen 1984-87 With Earlier type Splinter scheme 21+64 Fighter Bomber Wing 34 Memmingen 1984-87 With Later type subdued scheme 26+60 German Naval Air Wing 2, Eggebek, 1985 Conclusion .This is a good new tool from Kinetic, Recommended. In association with
Yes its a tad brighter than your average kit
That green plastic is so blight I had to put sunglasses on to read the review! Nice review Juilen
Ukraine KrAZ-6322 "Solider" Cargo Truck 1/35 HOBBYBOSS via Creative Models KrAZ is a Ukrainian company which produces trucks and other specialist vehicles based in Kremenchuk in the Ukraine. The 6322 is an 6x6 truck designed for off road use and in extreme conditions making it ideal for military use. Like many trucks is comes with a wide variety of body types, the "Solider" version being the general cargo truck type. It is powered by a V8 turbocharged diesel engine giving it a top speed of 75 mph. The Kit This is a new kit from HobbyBoss of the 6322. The kit looks good on the sprues with lots of detail parts. Moulding is first rate. and the kit looks comprehensive, with PE parts, window masks, and rubber tyres.Construction starts with the V8 engine. This has quite a lot of detailed parts, in fact the first 3 pages of the instruction booklet detail mainly with its construction. The gearbox is also built up and then attached to the engine. Transmission boxes are constructed at this stage for later placement in the chassis. The chassis is then built up from two major side rails with some cross components, the engine/gear box is added along with the main transmission box with a shaft linking it to the gearbox. A chassis mounted winch is then built up and added to the chassis along with its PTO shaft. Rear light mounts are added at the rear while at the front the main bumper is assembled and added. The exhaust is also then added. Next up we move to the rest of the transmission and suspension components. The front axle is made up and added (the leaf springs being moulded onto the chassis rails), the transmission shaft then connects this to the main transmission. Shocks are then added and the wheel hubs can then be made up and added. The steering box and connector shafts are then added. The two rear axles share a common mounting to the chassis and leaf springs are added for this. The individual axles are added to this and the transmission components added and connected up with their drive shafts. The fuel tanks, battery box, air tanks, and drivers steps are all then assembled and added onto the chassis. All of the wheels and tyres are then put together and added. This now completes the chassis. We now move onto the vehicle cab, The seats are made up and added to the cab floor and the floor mounted controls added. The dashboard, steering column, and wheel are mounted to the cab front and the front glazing is added. This sub assembly is then mounted to the floor. The back of the cab with its glazing is then added, along with the doors which can be open or shut as required. Lastly the roof is put on with its lights being added. The font wings are added with the grill then going on as well. The bonnet is added and the air cleaner made up and mounted to the side. Last up the mirrors and wipers are added to the cab, The cab is then mounted to the chassis. At the rear of the cab an equipment locker and spare wheel carrier are made up and added along with the spare wheel. Last up for construction is the rear cargo body. The underside stiffeners are added then four sides can be added to the main floor. Seats familiar to every military truck are then added to the sides, these can be raised or lowered as needed, Back on the underside the mounting points and mud flaps are added, The body can then be added to the chassis. If wanted a large one part moulded rear cargo body canvas cover is provide. Your truck is now complete. Decals Decals are provided for for one Ukrainian truck and one Russian one Conclusion This is a great looking kit from HobbyBoss and their attention to detail is to be commended, the only downside is the one part cover for the back, it looks too toy like, and there are no seperate supporting frames for the back to display the kit with the rear cover off. It is thought good to see more military softskin vehicles being kitted. Overall Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
Team 'T' or Team 'F'?
German Train Station Staff 1930-40s (38010) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd Railway stations take more staff to run them than you'd probably imagine (unless you work in one too), and this was more true back in the days when porters were a thing and service was more important than profits. In WWII when the men were being conscripted to fight, women were drafted in to replace them in non-protected jobs where physical strength wasn't an issue. Older workers were also conscripted back into the workforce where their experience was useful. This set is a perfect accompaniment to your railway diorama, and contains four figures as depicted on the front of the shrink-wrapped figure box. Inside are six sprues of varying sizes in grey styrene, the largest containing the figures of two female conductors/platform staff, a male porter of advancing age sporting one of those attractive short moustaches that were popular in the early 40s, but not so much now (can't imagine why), and finally a Wehrmacht soldier that seems resigned to his fate. The rest of the sprues contain the ancillaries including a full sprue of army equipment such as helmets, bags, water bottles and entrenching tools – maybe a little much for one guy, but that leaves plenty of spares for another project. Two of the remaining sprues contain the porter's trolley and sundry railway equipment such as lights, oil cans, lamps etc., with the last two sprues holding lots of luggage options for the trolley and passengers. The instructions are on the rear of the box along with the colour guide, showing the parts for each figure, plus a few of the more complex suitcases and the trolley. Paint codes are given corresponding to Vallejo, Mr. Color, LifeColor, Tamiya, AK, Mission Models, Hataka, colour swatches and the colour names in English and Ukrainian. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
USAF Flight Line Maintenance (198232) 1:32 VideoAviation.com Aircraft dont fly and generate sortie without correct maintenance. Flight line maintenance kits and figures can add an essential touch to any diorama and this set from VideoAviation is an update of a previous set. The Kit It arrives in a clear plastic bubble box, and inside there are a substantial bundle of resin parts, all in bags and protected for their safety. There are two figures, one standing as if about to start marshalling and the other fixing some thing a pilot no doubt broke There is no timeline for the figures and with the correct painting could resemble any period between the present and the cold war. There is a tool chest on wheels (with individual drawer), briefcase and 2 buckets provided. For the tool chest a whole host of PE and resin tools are provided. A couple of the news are newer ones but the majority are pretty timeless Conclusion If you're placing any of your models on a base, adding ancillary equipment and figures is a great way of enhancing realism. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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The two I can think of off the top of my head are less top coat layers needed, you can get away with lighter coats in places to simulate some modulation of colour, and if you miss a spot it won't jump out at you like grey or bare plastic might.
I've always primed my kits with standard grey acrylic primer, is there any real benefit from investing in different coloured primers? Yes, I am a numpty when it comes to these things and would be grateful to be enlightened. Mike
Nice review and it is indeed a lovely kit. I cannot reiterate this enough, and hopefully to the benefit of other modellers, Phase III mods and the addition of Vipers were quite separate, indeed WR975 portrayed in the kit is actually an MR.3 Phase III and XF703 is a Phase III (Viper). On your review sample the red in decals look almost like the wartime brick red, however in the hand they look like the proper bright red.
25th Anniversary "Benetton Ford B194" (05689) 1:24 Revell The Benetton Ford B194 was designed by Rory Byrne for the 1994 F1 season. It was based on the previous B192/3 and was to be powered by a Ford Zetec-R V8 engine produced by Cosworth. The car was very good in the hands of Michael Schumacher who won six of the first races that year. Schumacher commented that the car was hard to drive, and his team mates that season all found it very difficult to drive. Other teams suspected the car was not entirely legal due to its performance. During an investigation by the FIA launch control (which had been banned) was found in the cars software but there was no proof it had been used and the investigation was dropped. The Kit This is a re-release of Revell's 1995 re-released as its now 25 years on from the 1994 season, the kit comes in a bright green plastic presumably in order that it can be built without painting the car if needed, though it is not easy on the eyes! There is a also a set of paints & glue + a fold out A2 poster of the car in the box. Its worth noting that Revell are donating Euro 2.50 per kit sold to the Keep Fighting Foundation. Keep Fighting is a non-profit initiative that is celebrating the attitudes to “Keep Fighting” and “Never Give Up” which are directly inspired by Michael Schumacher. The Foundation is registered in Germany and operates globally through its projects. We have placed a link at the end of the review for people who would like to know more about the foundation. The build starts with the rear subframe/engine area. The engine and frame is added to the rear suspension mounts and the exhausts are added on. The rear axles are added along with their brakes. Then the rest of the engine is built up, with the suspension components being added. This sub assembly can then be mounted into the floor pan. Next up the radiators are assembled. Following this the rear spoiler is also built up. The spoiler and the radiators are then installed on the floor pan as well. We now move to the front top body of the car. The drivers head rest is added in and the front top half of the suspension is added. We then move to the front lower parts. The rest of the front suspension is built up and added along with the drivers tub, dash and steering wheel. The top and lower can then be joined together and the final suspension arms added along with the front brakes. The front aerodynamic wing structure is then constructed and added to the front section. On the sides additional aerodynamic parts are added. The front section can then be joined onto the main floor pan. The drivers wing mirrors are the last parts to be added on the front section. Next up is the rear top body. Additional aerodynamic parts are added and then this too can be added to the main body of the car. Lastly the wheels & tyres are built up with the centre of the rubber wheels being taken out. Decals The decal sheet provide markings for two separate cars for Michael Schumacher, and two from his teammate Jos Verstappen. Due to the rules on Cigarette advertising the Mild Seven decals for the car are not included, but are replaced by the word BENETTON. Conclusion This should make up to a good looking model pf the 1994 car. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
Acrylic Primer Set (PS01) LifeColor via The Airbrush Company You may prime your models or not – it's a choice that we make with some pros and cons on either side, but generally speaking I fall into the category of being a modeller that primes my models. I feel it gives a standard colour and texture over which to paint your top coats, shows up imperfections that might need some attention, and generally gives the model a key onto which you add your next layers. This brings with it some requirements for a good primer. I prefer using a primer that is sandable, and adheres well to the plastic so it doesn't pull off the paint when you remove any masking. I also spray my primers predominantly, so the ability to run them through an airbrush is also a must. This new boxed set from LifeColor is mainly aimed at armour modellers judging by the colours, but as I only had an aircraft fuselage to play around with them, that's what you get! The paints arrive in the standard box with the six colours all held in a card insert. The bottles are 22ml and have black screw caps keeping the paint in and new labels with their name and number at bottom centre. Opening up the lids you can see what they mean, as it is immediately obvious that they are pigment rich, and thicker than the usual consistency of LC paints, as evidenced by the slow sinking of my glass mixing beads into the pots. In the set you get the following 6 colours: BC01 Primer Panzer Dark Grey BC02 Primer Red Brown BC03 Primer Olive Drab BC04 Primer Tank Interior BC05 Primer Burned Base BC06 Primer Panzer Yellow Airbrush Use The thickness of the paint has a knock-on effect of requiring more thinners to get it to spray through an airbrush (my nozzle is 0.2mm), and clean-up is extended slightly due to the pigment content. I got the mix a bit wrong in the Burned Base, which explains the slightly spitty demarcation with the Tank Interior White. It's easily corrected with a bit more thinner though, and for this review I used Ultimate Thinners, as usual. When thinned correctly it sprays well and covers well, as you'd expect with the whitish shade of Tank Interior White requiring a little extra care initially to mist on the primer with heavier coats to follow. Ignoring clean-up between the colours, there was little to slow me down and my ad hoc thinning method (i.e. "that looks about right") seemed suitable. Adhesion seems good from the outset and upon trying the aggressive masking, burnishing and ripping off the tape again there was almost no paint removed despite my best attempts. The paint that was removed appeared to have possibly had its adhesion reduced by some exterior factor – possibly a little oil from my fingers. Fresh paint didn't fare too well against a sanding stick and it peeled off rather than sanded off. After the paint had cured overnight on a warm day (21oc) however it reacted better to sanding sponges, but was still a little prone to tearing with sanding sticks of coarser grades that had no cushioning layers behind the abrasive. Saying all that, you're a lot less likely to need to sand seams with AFV models, which is where these paints are aimed. Brush Painting This was a bit of a novelty for me, as I'm a dyed-in-the-wool airbrush user. I painted the insides of the fuselage halves with an AMMO #6 flat brush without thinning, and was very pleased with the results. The paint goes on very smoothly and brush marks don't seem to be much of an issue. Whether there's an element of self-levelling in the formulation I can't say for certain, but the effect suggests that there may be. Only the Tank Interior White, which is actually a slightly off-white with a hint of yellow-brown needed a second coat to achieve even partial coverage with a brush. I would have added a third coat if I was actually building the model rather than just testing the paint. The Dark Yellow also needed a second coat, but would not need another one on the basis you would be painting over it. I'm sure a veteran brush-painter could make a better job of it, and the fact that I was painting around lots of internal ribs didn't help, but overall I'm quite impressed with the quality of finish. I'm not going to throw out my airbrushes just yet mind you! Conclusion LifeColor paints are good acrylics and clean up with water, Ultimate Airbrush Cleaner or their own thinners. If you're not using it on subjects that may need further sanding after application, they're a good base for your work. Airbrush or brush painting gives a good finish, and using a similar shade primer to your top coat allows greater freedom to achieve the results you're after. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
The kits is one of the whole points of the book series.
Not the turning point. Huge, yes - but Japan still conducted offensive ops after this. Guadalcanal with it's associated carrier battles was the decisive event since it (1) forever decimated their naval aviator ranks, forcing the carriers back to home waters or Truk sans airwing And (2) had the Marines lines around Henderson been overrun and Lunga retaken Rabaul could have transferred aircraft to regain local air superiority. Emilys and Mavis' conducting recon, etc from Tulagi area towards Noumea and Espiritu Santo would unveil USN movements. Imagine SoPac facing Zuikaku, Shokaku, Junyo and other carriers whilst in support range of the airfield formerly known as Henderson... whole different game - this is what makes the 'Canal the decisive/pivotal event in the Pacific theater. I still like the book, wish they'd spent less time on practice scale kits.
Airframe Extra No.10 The Battle of Midway 1942 ISBN: 9781912932054 Valiant Wings Publishing Many modellers these days seem to like building subjects based on a theme, which can often be historical events. This series of books from Valiant Wings will look at specific areas, and events in the history of aerial warfare with this in mind. Each title will cover the history and details details of these event. This volume contains period photographs, and colour artwork from Richard J Caruana. More importantly to the modeller each will contain kit builds; this one has builds in 1/144, 1/72, & 1/48. These are from modellers; Steve A. Evans and Libor Jekl. The book is A4 soft cover format, very well printed with clear text, good artwork and clear build photographs. The tenth book in this series covers the Battle of Midway. This occurred only 6 months after the attack on Pearl Harbour, the plan by Japan to decimate the rest of the US Navy in the Pacific. Due in a large part to US Intelligence breaking Japanese code the US Navy knew where the battle was to take place. While the US Did loose 1 carrier the Japanese lost 4, and were not in a position to replace these. The battle is generally considered to be the turning point of the war in the Pacific. The colour artwork features many aircraft taking part from both sides. The six models featured in this volume are; 1/48th SB2U-3 Vinicator (Academy) 1/72nd B5N2 Kate (Airfix) 1/48th TBF/TBM-1 Avenger (Italeri) 1/72nd SBD-3 Dauntless (Hasegawa) 1/144th A6M2b Zero (Sweet) 1/72nd F4F-4 Wildcat (Airfix) Conclusion This is a great ninth book in the series from Valiant Wings. They are to be congratulated for producing this series of books with the modeller directly in mind. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
Boxer Command Post NL (03283) 1:72 Revell The Gepanzertes Transport Kraftfahrzeug (GTK) Boxer is a combined German/Dutch development and is the latest Armoured Personnel Carrier that is replacing the Fuchs and ageing M113 derivatives in German service. It is comparatively new, having only been introduced to the German Army in 2009, and Dutch service in 2011, although the French and British Armies were originally to have participated, but withdrew to pursue their own options during development. Typical of British procurement the Defence Minister announced that after wasting £300m "looking" for a replacement to our existing equipment, that they are now going to go for the original Boxer with the first vehicles scheduled to reach British service in 2023, but as usual we should expect it when we see it as there might be more opportunity to waste money before they finally hit the battlefield. The vehicle is larger and heavier than many other vehicles which have been designed for a similar purpose, although its eight wheels give it a long and low-slung appearance. The Boxer is a utility vehicle, designed to undertake a range of different tasks though the installation of mission-specific modules, each of which can be changed within an hour. Mission modules either developed or in development include Armoured Personnel Carrier, Infantry Fighting Vehicle, mobile artillery or mortar platform, combined missile and gun anti-aircraft system, command post, a, logistics and battle damage repair. The modern design features replaceable composite armour and protection from explosions below the vehicle. It is designed to be easy to deploy and maintain and can be carried in the new A400M transport aircraft, which we have from Revell in 1:72 (proof), so it's pure diorama fodder for aviation modellers. The Kit The original tooling was released in 2014 and we reviewed it here. This is a newly tooled update and arrives in one of Revell's small end-opening boxes that is well-stuffed with parts. Opening the box you unload four sprues in light grey styrene that make a nice change from the old green plastic from days of yore. There is also a clear sprue, small decal sheet and a new-style instruction booklet folded in half to fit inside the box. Details is as good as we remember and just like the real thing it's modular nature means that three of the sprues are the same as in the original apart from their nice new colour shade. The new sprue contains the new parts including the different roof of this Command variant that has additional hatches and other exterior panels. As is often the case with AFV kits, construction begins with the lower hull. The lower part of the chassis comes first, to which the new angular glacis plate, rear and side parts of the hull have to be added, along with the internal bulkhead. A detailed interior is provided, so pay attention to the instructions. The interior includes parts for the driver's compartment and a floor pan for the rear compartment, which follows the mission-dependent modular approach of the real thing. Each wheel features independent suspension with two coil springs per wheel and steering for the front two pairs of wheels. The overall effect is complex but well detailed in fact not too far off its 1:35 big brother reviewed back in 2011. This theme continues through to the way that the wheels are designed. Instead of being made up of two parts like most kits, they are made up of three, with the central layer sandwiched between inner and outer faces in order to better capture the look of the tyre treads. Once the running gear has been assembled and fitted to the lower hull, the vehicle starts to take on its distinctive wedge-shaped appearance. The upper glacis plate fits in place over the driver's compartment, with a gap for the elevated hatch/vision block so not all of that internal detail will be hidden. Before construction turns to the rear compartment, many of the smaller details have to be added to the front of the vehicle. This serves to reinforce the modular approach that Revell have taken to cater for alternative versions such as this one. The rear compartment in this case is for the Command version as it has been supplied to the Dutch Army with the suffix NL, although it is known at the Boxer CP (Command post) in service. Essentially it's a box made up of six slabs onto which some of the external detail is added by way of additional moulded hatches and panels. External details include aerials, mirrors and lights, as well as tow cables and a large perforated wire cutter on the front to defeat decapitation ambushes on the road. A well-detailed 12.7mm machine gun is provided on a central-roof mount, and also carries an array of smoke launchers with a hatch behind for the crewmember that is tasked with operating it. Around the deck are stowage boxes of varying sizes and a beacon on a pole for use on friendlier roads. The rear has an overhanging stowage area that includes a cover over the entrance and is fitted with pioneer tools at the sides. Markings There is only one option within the box, but two number plates are included to double-up your choices, even though both of them will be painted in the three-colour NATO scheme which is probably the most common one used by the Boxer unless it is involved in desert operation. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion This is still a really excellent kit, and the new variant is welcome. The level of detail at this scale is superb, and the end results will be more than worth the effort. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
As a child at the height of the US manned space program in the 60s, I've always had a fondness for "Real Space" models of that era. Its great to see this one back in production. Your review mentions that a real Saturn V can be viewed at the Kennedy Space Center in FL, but there is another one on display in the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. Its mounted horizontally inside a museum building allowing a great view of the huge rocket.
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