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  1. She's a big old tube, isn't she? Nice scheme too. It's weird but when you stand under the nose it doesn't feel all that big, despite the overall size
  2. Love that box art, and I'd very much like one in 1:48 too. I do rather like a Luft'46 subject if I'm honest.
  3. Mike

    Hello from Hungary

    to the forums Bal√°zs Your translated English is understandable, so carry on!
  4. StG44 Assault Rifle (635013) 1:35 Eduard Brassin The StG44, which is an abbreviation of Sturmgewehr 1944, or Assault Rifle was a late war development by Nazi Germany to give their retreating soldiers a force multiplier and get more lead downrange than their enemy. It was highly successful in that task, although like most new designs it had a few hang-ups that were never completely eradicated. It was cheap due to the stamped nature of the shell and Bakelite trimmings, but the manufacturers just couldn't provide enough of them to make a significant difference to the outcome of WWII. Just three years after the war finished, the Russians debuted their AK-47 that bears more than a passing familial resemblance to the first true assault rifle. Coincidence? More than likely not. We're looking at you, Mikhail Kalashnikov. Unusually for an Eduard resin set it arrives in a flat resealable package, with a backing card protecting the contents and the instructions sandwiched between. Inside are eight resin '44s, and an additional casting block with four spare magazines, plus a pre-printed steel fret with the sling parts in reddish leather. The guns have attachment points along the lower edges of the stock, grip, mag and another at the end of the barrel that is removed by a vertical cut to expose the end of the barrel. The instructions give painting tips, as well as showing how the three-section sling should be attached to the gun with a double-layer at the front sling-point, and a pass-through at the rear, with the opposite side having the remainder of the sling depicted with a separate part with etched-in buckle. As the slings are steel, they're thinner and will drape better over whatever they are applied to, which is a big plus over traditional brass PE. Review sample courtesy of
  5. SUU-7 Dispenser with & without Extension Tubes (648477 & 648478) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The SUU-7 munitions dispenser was used extensively in Vietnam against the Viet-min, and were often seen under the wings of F4 Phantoms. They look like a rocket pod, but are fitted with the exit tubes to the rear and the pods remain on the pylons during and after the mission, to be refilled with various types of bomblets to go out again. They're a simple type of cluster bomb, and had 19 tubes containing the bomblets, which could be phosphorus, smoke, or explosive fragmentation grenades of various styles. As is now usual with Eduard's smaller resin sets, one arrive in the new shallow Brassin cardboard box while the other retains the older plastic version, with the resin parts safely cocooned in bags and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as padding. SUU-7 (648477) The set includes four pods with almost flush munition chutes at the rear, and a single plug fitted to the front where the unit was removed from its pouring stub. A sheet of decals is included for stencils in yellow and black and yellow "live" designation bands, including some of the smallest decals I've ever seen that are applied to the tubes themselves as a guide to the crews loading the bomblets. These are shown in detail by a separate diagram with the other painting and decaling directions on the front of the instructions. SUU-7 w/extended tubes (648478) Differing from the set above only by having the uppermost tubes extended, presumably to cope with airflow from the trailing edges of the carrying aircraft's wings, you get four pods with the little end-caps, and a different decal sheet with revised scrap diagram for the exit tubes. Review sample courtesy of
  6. I think it's just a perception that metal is "stronger", not based on any science really, so I wouldn't worry about it unduly. It could be as well to mention what type of resin gear legs are made of and their properties, as I'm sure most are aware that there are various types, but maybe not so aware of what these resins are capable of, so I guess it's about managing people's expectations and educating your audience. We're model-makers first and foremost, so don't often think about that sort of thing TBH, I'm not massively fond of the traditional "white metal" we see in the likes of commercially produced white metal gear legs, as that too is quite malleable, so not massively suited to bogie-style gear or perpendicular axles. If you're gonna go metal, bronze seems a much better option, but it's expensive and eradicating any mould or slippage seams is a chore due to the hardness. For most injection-moulded models it's frippery unless you're loading it up with a ton of nose weight and/or resin.
  7. I'm still none-the-wiser, but as it's been that way for 12+ years now, it's not a problem
  8. I've just caught-up with this, and have been rather impressed with your attention to detail and the work you've done. I've got the same task ahead of me one day with the smaller 1:96 Revell offering, which has (so I'm told) a whole heap of different problems! You'd think they'd be able to get the most well-known rocket in the world right somehow, wouldn't you?
  9. Let's not let the P get on our chips though, as otherwise we'll have little choice but to shut you down. It has been brought to our attention that tempers have been getting a little frayed in slow-motion over a period here, so I'm going to ask everyone to chill out, relax and shoot some B-ball. Also, might I remind you that there's no P, no R and it's probably best to avoid football too, as that seems to be the next most likely non-modelling topic to get people running hot. If you think you detect a troll, either ignore them (they hate that), or Report them as such. I'm not saying that 3D Stewart is a troll before anyone starts, I'm simply saying that it's best not to engage in tit-for-tat angry postings. Nip it in the bud and keep the thread open. Let it fester, and the thread will close. Alles klaar?
  10. Eh? Put me in as a tentative yes for this one, depending on what's happening when it starts. I've got a stash of vacforms and some resin kits to do too
  11. Thanks again to the pre-existing Gold Members that continue to support the server - you know who you are
  12. Mike


    Hello again! I've just seen a bloke that looks a lot like you in another area
  13. Mike


    Can't help with your quest, but I think you'd get a better response if you were to put some additional info in your topic title. As you're a new member, firstly and if you want to edit the title, just click/tap the Edit button in the bar under your first post. Make some changes and then Save it. Simple
  14. Lancaster B.Mk.I Part 1 (For Hong Kong Models) 1:32 Eduard BIG ED In the race to bring us a 1:32 Lancaster, HK Models brought us the first one that many a modeller have bought, and some of us even have a place to put it once it's built! Detail is good, but it can always be better with a little Photo-Etch (PE) and so forth. In case you're unaware, Eduard's Big ED sets are a great way to purchase all the sets you want for your model whilst availing yourself of a bulk purchase discount that can be quite tempting. The set arrives in a large cardboard envelope with the Big ED branding and a sticker in the top left that details what's inside. Within the envelope the sets are all still individually packaged to protect the frets from shuffling past each other and getting damaged until you're ready to use them. Inside that sturdy envelope you get the following sets: 32436 Radiators 32938 Cockpit 32939 Seatbelts (STEEL) JX225 Masks Cockpit (32938) Arriving on a single large nickel plated and pre-painted fret, you get a complete set of new layered instrument panels and flight engineer consoles, plus radio boxes, throttle quadrant, seat adjustment parts, and a few other small black box faces to round-out the set. Seatbelts STEEL (32939) These belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the pilot's four-point harness there are an additional seven sets of lap-belts for the rest of the crew, including the swing-like seats for the gunners. Radiators (32436) This bare brass set contains radiator upgrades for both sides of all four rad cores, the front of which will be seen from the big intake, plus the little auxiliary intakes on the sides of the nacelles with stand-off brackets that have pre-etched fold marks. Masks (JX225) Supplied on two sheets of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. On a canopy like the Lanc's, this will be a big time-saver. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, as well as a whole host of smaller masks for the wingtip lights, landing lights, gun turrets (another big time saver) and other smaller glazed parts. Conclusion With a kit as large as this, I think we all feel a little pressure to do the best job we can, so these sets will be just the ticket to improve your model in a simple manner with a discount on buying them separately. Review sample courtesy of
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