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  1. Hello folks, Thanks to all for your very kind words. I second Werdna: no need to lay decals, painting and weathering My next project in this field will be Jasmine's Horten 229 "naked" in 1:72... more challenging I expect. _Bruno
  2. Hellos, This hot Summer has been the occasion to assemble a... naked aircraft. Here is my build of a 1:72 scale Messerchmitt Bf-109 E-4 from Jasmine Models of China. This is a full photo etched and resin kit which only displays the frame and structure. No covering, no decals, no weathering. Two years ago I did a 1:48 scale Hellcat from this brand: And 22 years ago I'd made a 1:72 Eduard Fokker D-VIII the same style: So I wanted to try another 1:72 build. The kit includes a single large stainless photoetch sheet with about 60 parts and some metalized resin accessories. The assembly instruction sheet is very small, cramped and difficult to read, but can be downloaded with high resolution from the maker's website. So let's start: First the cockpit. This is a real pleasure to assemble. Folds come naturally as they're very well designed. No bending tool required, just fingers and twizzers. Assembly is easy with plenty of microscopic pins which go into microscopic holes. I use CA glue: The resin seat is glued. I had to anneal the stainless belts so they come easy to shape in the seat. To anneal, just heat the part red hot with a lighter and let cool slowly. Cockpit finished: Main girder: The two wings: Fitting secondary girders, wheel wells and wing coolers: Not forgetting the instrument panel: The engine (main part in resin): Assembling the aft fuselage and tail: Let's not forget the case collector under fuselage guns: Glueing the wing guns: Undercarriage: At last, Emil stands on its legs: Fitting the resin propeller: And the canopy: Finished! Emil will get a light coat of Alclad2 to mask glueing points before final photo show. Thanks for watching! _Bruno
  3. New from l'ARSENAL 2.0: Project 1851 Soviet/ Russian nuclear submarine "Almaz" (NATO: X-RAY) Available at both 1:350 and 1:700 scale Resin and PE Project 1851 «ALMAZ» (АЛМАЗ ), NATO: X-RAY is a «first rank deep dive nuclear station». Studied during the early 1980s by Malakhit design bureau, three boats were built in Leningrad. They can operate high depth divers and ship a diving chamber. About 40m long with a displacement of 550t (surface)/ 1,000t (submerged) they have a thick titanium pressure hull and a 10MW nuclear propulsion plant. The boat standard diving depth is believed to be 1,000m. Three boats entered service between 1986 and 1995: AS-23, AS-21, AS-35. They belong to the 29th submarine brigade of the North Fleet based in Olenya Guba, near Poliarny in the Kola inlet. The Almaz can be operated as «parasite» sub under a specially modified large boat. To this purpose, former Delta III SLBM sub K-129 Orenburg (former Project 667BDR «Kalmar») was modified in 1994. The Delta III is available from Polar Bear (1:350) and OKB Grigorov (1:700). Sub adapter has to be scratched: 1:350 available here: http://www.larsenal.com/project-1851-almaz-1-350-c2x32305099 1:700 available here: http://www.larsenal.com/project-1851-almaz-1-700-c2x32305129 _Bruno
  4. Dear customers, L'Arsenal 2.0 is closed until September 6th. The whole team is on vacation and will be back in great shape to present you with new items. We'd like to thank you particularly for your understanding and patience during the last six months which have not been easy in terms of availability. Everything is starting to get back in order ... To thank you, we offer a 10% discount on all orders until September 6th Use the code: VACANCES when ordering Mélaine http://www.larsenal.com/
  5. Hello After a looooong pause due to big changes in l'Arsenal + the CoVid crisis some new products, at last: 1:32 Accessories for Mirage 2000 : Ladder for Mirage 200 (resin and PE): http://www.larsenal.com/echelle-mirage-2000-1-32-x1-c2x32304473 GBU 49 Mk82 Fr bomb, set of two in resin: http://www.larsenal.com/bombe-gbu-49-mk82-fr-1-32-x2-c2x32302682 MICA EM+LM 2266S missile, set of two in resin: http://www.larsenal.com/mica-em-lm-2266s-1-32-x1-c2x32302813 Rafaut LB F2 in resin: http://www.larsenal.com/rafaut-lb-f2-1-32-x1-c2x32302915 LM 2255 Missile rail left and right in resin: http://www.larsenal.com/rail-missile-lm-2255-ddm-droit-et-gauche-1-32-c2x32303103 ADP163 Damocles pylon in resin: http://www.larsenal.com/adp-163-pylone-damocles-1-32-x1-c2x32304365 L'Arsenal Spacio now opens a new 1:144 scale range which will include all France space rockets and satellite launchers from the national programme (1948-1975) before its cancellation to shift to the Ariane programme. This collection will include seven volumes, each with a number of vehicles. It will cover built and used vehicles as well as the numerous projected which didn't enter service. Resin, PE and decals. Volume I : Sounding rockets from LRBA (Veronique et Vesta) http://www.larsenal.com/programme-spatial-francais-vol1-1-144-les-engins-du-lrba-c2x32203307 Volume II : test missiles from SEREB (Aigle, Agate et Topaze) http://www.larsenal.com/programme-spatial-francais-vol1-1-144-les-engins-de-la-sereb-c2x32204656 Volume III : the "Precious Stones" (Rubis, Emeraude, Diamant) http://www.larsenal.com/programme-spatial-francais-vol3-1-144-les-pierres-precieuses-c2x32204665 Volume IV : "Super Diamant", projected Diamant follow-ons http://www.larsenal.com/programme-spatial-francais-vol4-1-144-les-super-diamant-c2x32204679 Volume V (to be issued this Fall) : SEREB medium launcher projects Volume VI (to be issued this Fall) : LRBA medium launcher projects Volume VII (to be issued next Winter) : LRBA heavy launchers More to come very soon Please note the change of postal address: 3 Rue Arcère, 17 000 La Rochelle, France same email _Bruno
  6. Yes I'm ordering direct from their website. Due to the Covid crisis their shipment took 48h from Moscow to Roissy Airport in Paris... and then waited four weeks before departing to my home; Seems the packet lengthly toured the duty free shops here... Two weeks ago I ordered their Sputnik 2, Sputnik 3 and Vostok with full interior. https://redironshop.com/en/?id=filter&wpf=1&instock=1&pa_brand=red-iron-models-en&pa_scale=1-35-en&v=11aedd0e4327 _Bruno
  7. Hello! This is my design and build of the family of Scout small launchers used by NASA from 1961 to 1994. Forty years ago I wrote a small article for the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society: this was a two page series of profiles for the Scout different versions. I'd kept in mind the idea of doing models of them. During the following Century, with the advent of 3D printing I re-started my project. First I did the 3D design for all versions: With the complete listing of parts: Some details: Then came the 3D printing: Fairings: Fins: Main bodies: To get a perfect alignment when glueing I designed a special craddle: Assembly: After a coat of primer (Mr Hobby), masquing (Parafilm), painting (Tamiya) and varnishing (Alclad2) my little family is ready to receive the numerous custom made decals: Starting from general decoration: I designed a decal sheet: ... to be continued _Bruno
  8. Hello, This is my assembly of three 1/35 little resin + PE kits from the Russian company Red Iron Models : Sputnik 1, Luna 2 and Luna 3 Sputnik 1 is well known as the first artificial satellite ever launched on October 4th, 1957. Luna 2, launched in 1959 was the first man made object to escape Earth gravity and impact on the Moon. Luna 3, launched in 1959, was the first man made object to circle the Moon and take pictures of the Far Side. First a kit presentation : Sputnik 1 : Luna 2 (including a small part of Moon surface) : Luna 3 : Let's go to the assembly: Sputnik 1: Luna 2 waiting for the paint job: Luna 3: Preparing the black undercoat before spraying Alclad2 metallic paint: To paint the solar cells I used a Molotow marker filed with a mix of metallic blue and metallic black acrylic ink. Two coats for a convincing rendering: Base for Luna 2 with some Moon soil: Sputnik 1 is now finished: And here comes Luna 2. Funny, it looks like the Empire survey probes on planet Hoth in "Starwars V: the Empire Strikes Back": And Sputnik 3 with its surrounding solar panel which gives it an R2D2 look: The three probes together for relative size: _Bruno
  9. Hello Fuzzoli, Sorry for this late answer. I'd to check before. Well: yes, the l'Arsenal kit is rectangular and the real hangar isn't. This has a slight narrowing forward. The kit designer (not me) opted for a rectangular shape to adapt the hangar to the Tamiya kit, the hull of which is wrong in this area. Here is an extract of a (official ?) plan of the real Enterprise, which shows clearly the two forward elevators aren't aligned: elevator #1 on the right follows the hull shape, making an angle with #2. Here are pictures of two Tamiya Enterprise kits (not mine !), which clearly show those two elevators are parallel. This implies the hull lines below are wrong. For the hangar kit designer the choice was: 1- Stick to the reality, implying the #1 elevator hangar opening would have had non-parallel external and internal sides and this would have been very visible. 2- Adapt to the kit and design a rectangular shape, keeping the opening bulkhead parallel. For the rivet counters it is still possible and rather easy to "angle" the port side of hangar, starting about at #1 elevator door level: one has just to angle saw the deck plate and shorten the forward bulkhead by 3-4mm on its port side. Note, however, on the finished hangar the angle is so small it will be faintly visible and both starboard and forward bulkheads aren't visible too. This issue is another illustration of the difficulties in sticking a kit to a model which is wrong. BTW this old Tamiya kit has many other issues. Hope this helps _Bruno
  10. New this month : 1:400 : Detail set for the Heller kits of French Navy Escorteur Rapide type E-52b Resin, PE, decals. http://www.larsenal.com/set-details-escorteur-rapide-e-52b-heller-1-400-c2x30551375 This set is for L’ALSACIEN F776 (1960-1982), LE PROVENCAL F777 (1959-1980) and LE VENDEEN F778 (1960-1981). Following the 1:48 version : 1:72 RAF airfield tractor MF-40 Resin. http://www.larsenal.com/tracteur-de-piste-anglais-1-72-c2x30653954 _Bruno
  11. Following the 1:350 USS Enterprise hangar detail set announced last month I obtained pictures of what is included in the kit. The hangar parts: The deck vehicles and ordnance: These last are also available as separate accessories kits as follows: P16 Firefighting and rescue trucks, set of 6 (resin, PE and decals): http://www.larsenal.com/p16-firefighting-and-rescue-truck-1-350-x6-c2x30261744 NC-2 Electric power plant, set of 6 (resin, PE and decals): http://www.larsenal.com/nc-2-electric-power-plant-1-350-x6-c2x30261746 MD-3 Fire tractor, set of 4 (resin, PE and decals): http://www.larsenal.com/md-3-fire-tractor-1-350-x4-c2x30261748 MD-3 tractor Short type, set of 5 (resin, PE and decals): http://www.larsenal.com/md-3-short-version-1-350-x5-c2x30261758 MD-3 tractor Long type (resin, PE and decals): http://www.larsenal.com/md-3-long-version-1-350-x5-c2x30261760 Tennant Deck Scrubber, set of 5 (resin, PE and decals): http://www.larsenal.com/tennant-deck-scrubber-1-350-x5-c2x30261763 AM27T-5 Hydraulic Portable Power Unit, set of 5 (resin and PE): http://www.larsenal.com/am27t-5-hydraulic-portable-power-unit-1-350-x5-c2x30261765 Hyster 250 Large Forklift, set of 5 (resin and PE): http://www.larsenal.com/hyster-250-large-forklift-1-350-x5-c2x30261767 Hyster 550B Forklift, set of 5 (resin and PE): http://www.larsenal.com/hyster-s50b-forklift-1-350-x4-c2x30261769 NAN-4 Nitrogen cart, set of 8 (resin and PE): http://www.larsenal.com/nan-4-nitrogen-cart-1-350-x8-c2x30261771 NS-60 Tilly Deck Crane, set of one (resin and PE): http://www.larsenal.com/ns-60-tilly-deck-crane-1-350-x1-c2x30261782 SD-1 Spotting Dolly, set of 5 (resin and PE): http://www.larsenal.com/sd-1-spotting-dolly-1-350-x5-c2x30261786 More accessories to correct the Trumpeter 1:350 kit of French battleship RICHELIEU: Twin 100mm turrets, set of 6 (resin): Brest type rafts, set of 24 (12 single, 6 double, 6 quadruples) in resin and PE: At last an announcement for those who will attend the TELFORD, UK, model show next month: L'ARSENAL 2.0 will be there on November 9 and 10th. Every pre-order passed on the website or Fb page until November 6th and retired at l'Arsenal stand will get a 10% refund _Bruno
  12. Dear customers, L'Arsenal will be closed from 7th to 20th October 2019, for the Affligem show in Belgien. There will be no shipping during this period. But, in return, shipping cost will be free until 20th October 2019 (without tracking or insurance). Regards, Mélaine
  13. At last: our new 1:350 scale super detail set for Tamiya USS Enterprise (CVN-65) HANGAR is out! This sets allows to fully build and detail the hangar for a 1970 time period. It includes 150 resin and 150 PE parts, along with a large decal sheet and a 23 page assembly leaflet. The hangar. Provision is made into the ceiling plates to custom add a glass fiber or LED lighting : In addition 12 different types of deck and hangar vehicles are supplied in number (4 to six each)in resin and PE, including, of course, a Tilly. A number of aircraft spare tanks (3 sizes) and missiles (three types) are also in the box. The vehicles: The decals: Each part is cast in PU resin from a 3D designed and printed master. Available here: http://www.larsenal.com/1-350-ss-enterprise-cvn-65-tamiya-hangar-detail-set-c2x29738723 _Bruno
  14. Dear customers, L'Arsenal 2.0 will be closed from June 23th to July 7th 2019. There will be no shipping during this period. But, in return, shipping cost will be free until 7th July 2019 (without tracking or insurance). Regards, Mélaine
  15. New this month... a space launcher set This is a resin set which includes the six main members of NASA Scout small launcher of 1961-1990 and starts a new range of 1:144 space kits from L'Arsenal Spacio. Available from l'Arsenal 2.0 here for euro 39.95 for the complete, six launchers with optional fairings set : http://www.larsenal.com/1-144-nasa-scout-small-launcher-family-1961-1994-c2x28927036 Some pictures and renderings: More space launcher kits are to follow in 2019-2021. _Bruno
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