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  1. If you want serials for any Meteor then any of the sheets from Marmaduke Press Decals contain enough for any RAF airframe
  2. Brian’s ’95 Mitsubishi Eclipse (07691) Fast & Furious 1:25 Revell There’s a little-known petrol-head friendly film franchise called The Fast & The Furious that started out with Vin Diesel and the late lamented Paul Walker in a film by the name of “The Fast and the Furious” that now extends to nine films with a two-parter as 10th and 11th of the saga, plus a spin-off movie with two more planned, one with the ladies in charge, and one for the men. I lost touch with it after number 2, as it I felt it was getting a little extreme in terms of what a car can do on the open road without CGI and wires helping out. The Eclipse is a sport compact car produced in 4 generations between 1989 and 2011. According to Mitsubishi the car was named after an unbeaten 18th-century English racehorse that had won 26 races? The 95 would be a second generation car developed in 1994. The 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse is a customized sports car manufactured by Diamond-Star Motors and Mitsubishi Motors. The Eclipse is driven by Brian O'Conner and plays a minor role in the film. This car has a 420a 16-valve dual overhead cam 2-Liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 165hp before turbo with a full Robo Car Aero Armor Eclipse Body Kit, custom made carbon fiber front splitter, a custom GT style roof scoop, a APR two level GT2 style wing, carbon fiber mirrors, 1997 spec Eclipse headlights, and green neon lighting, alongside SE7EN 18-inch wheels by Axis Sport Tuning Inc. in 225/40ZR18 Toyo Tires. (Details from The Fast and the Furious: The Official Car Guide written by Eddie Paul). The Kit This is a rebox of an original kit from 1990 with new decals for the film. It arrives in the usual end-opening box; two things strike you on opening it, you need sun glasses for the bright green plastic; and Revell have used a total of 9 plastic bags here, not very green for a bright green kit! As well three bodyshell part there are, two chromed sprues, two clear sprues, three green sprues, four white, four soft black tyres, a screw, and two metal axles. It also features a colour instruction booklet with colour profiles on the rear pages. Time has been very kind to the sprues, and there is plenty of detail moulded-in. Construction begins with the engine, which is well-detailed and includes the transmission. The pulleys are installed on the front of the engine with paint and/or decals to add a little detail. To the inner floor pan pair of front seats are made up these are racing seats with the belts as decals. These are installed on the floor pan, which has the centre console with gear stick added. A fire extinguisher and a representation of large speakers is installed in the rear of the interior. The dash mount, and inside panels then fix to the floor pan. To lower, or outer floor pan at the front a sub frame containing the front axle and steering is made up and added to the floor pan. The engine and radiator with twin cooling fans then gets installed on the top side at the front. The inner an outer floor pans can then be assembled, with the single screw holding them together at the front. Various detail parts are then added to the engine to complete tis stage. The main bodyshell has glazing added. The dahs has the steering wheel and boost gauge added before it goes into the body shell. The bonet can then be care fully fitted in if the modeller wishes for it to open as planed to show off the engine. The floor pan and the bodyshell can now be joined. Under the bonnet a cross brace to stiffen the suspension is added. The front bumper and head lights go one, followed by the rear bumper and rear lights. Underneath the car the rear suspension parts go in along with the drive shaft which is followed by the exhaust. Additional detail parts of the rear spoiler, roof vent, and mirrors then go on. She’s not going to go very far without wheels, so the kit includes two pairs of chromed hubs that slip inside the tyres, and are fixed to styrene hubs. Metal axles go through the frame and the hubs fit on by friction Markings You can paint the model any colour you like as long as it’s Green! (thats if you want to paint it) That’s if you want to be true to the movie car anyway. Decals are printed in Italy which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. There are a lot of seatbelt decals, stencils, stickers and the carbon fibre for the bonnet. Conclusion A nicely timed reboxing of a decent kit that builds up into a good replica of the smoke & mirrors of a Hollywood cash-cow franchise. Recommended. Currently, Revell are unable to ship to the UK from their online shop due to recent changes in import regulations, but there are many shops stocking their products where you can pick up the kits either in the flesh or online. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  3. The show is on and ive not seen a thread here for so will post it up. St Ives Model Show (IPMS Brampton) Show Times: 10:00 - 16:00 Sunday 26th September 2021 Burgess Hall, One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Road, St. Ives, England PE27 6DW, United Kingdom https://ipmsbramptonscalemodelclub.co.uk/club-show
  4. Again we have a complaint this thread has been bumped, and again I stress NOTHING wrong is being done here.
  5. Gents can we step away from any comments of a legal nature which may bring this site into trouble. We will have no more of it. Thx
  6. Well the messages to me and Posts you made would indicate you are not telling the truth, and I dont seem to understand why you needed to rake it all up again after your 30 day suspension?
  7. Container rates had gone up 5 fold in some cases from the Far East
  8. Nice they do the later NBC pack Accurate Armour also do some sets for the Amby, Peak Turret, MCV, and Mortar Carrier 432; plus a few other bits https://accurate-armour.com/search?terms=fv432
  9. As this is a thread on the Mossie, can we keep the Blenheim stuff out of it please. If you want to discuss that please start another thread.
  10. Almost got the QL but went Apple instead
  11. I remember having the 16K (Massive at the time) RAM for the ZX-81 having to blue-tac everything to a board to stop it moving. Have to say then went to Commodore after the ZX, then an Apple ][e
  12. A man ahead of his time i so many ways. Sadly remembered more for the failed C5 than the computers he brought to the masses (including me) ZX-81, ZX Spectrum #child of the 80s https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58587521 RIP Sir Clive
  13. Work Station (39085) Revell Revell have a growing line of tools that they offer to the modelling masses via their extensive dealer network, allowing modellers to pick up tools on a whim from a shop that might otherwise not stock more esoteric brands. The workstation is quite substantial. The overall dimensions are 500mm x 400mm and its made out of 3mm thick plastic. The central area is designed for a A4 cutting matt (not supplied) There are areas at each side for parts/tools etc and at the rear a curved slot for standing your instructions up. There are a small selection of holes for standing tool/brushed up at each side towards the rear. As well as the main areas there are two shelf areas at the rear designed for the blue block which come with the workstation. These 16 blocks are 50mm square and are designed to take Revell Jars, the square Revell Acrylic paints, and Revell Contacta glue bottles. They could also be used for a variety of other bottles/glues etc. They can be placed however the modeller wants in these areas. Conclusion This is a good size workstation which offers something to the modeller who does not have a dedicated space. Its not the cheapest workstation out there and I think for the price Revell could have included one of thier A4 cutting mats as well. Recommended if you need a moveable workstation of this type. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  14. Not had an issue with lifecolor paints if stored correctly.
  15. Julien

    F-4EJ Kai Questions

    Nice link, thanks for that.
  16. Moved to ready for inspection. Please try to post in the correct area. Thx
  17. Gents can you maybe start a topic in the relevant section if you want to discus the airframe etc. Thx
  18. DH.82 Tiger Moth Correction/Update sets (For ICM) 1:32 CMK by Special Hobby The new ICM Tiger Moth kit was a welcome addition to their 1/32 line of new tool aircraft. CMK now bring us some update sets for this kit. All are cast to their ususal high standards. Main Wheels & Tailskid (5139) This set brings us the main wheels with sag in the tyres (perhaps a bit too much?) there are also two different sets of inner wheel hubs, and three different sets of outer wheel hubs including a pair with the DH logo, There is in addition a new tail skid from a harder resin material. Instrument Panels with Compasses and Coaming (5140) This set replaces both cockpits instrument panels and coamings. There are new compasses included with OE mounting brackets. A sheet of decals provides individual instruments for both panels. Luggage Box (5137) If you want tot open up some panels on your Tiger Moth then this set allows you to open up the luggage area behind the rear cockpit. As well as all the structure for the area an item of luggage is also provided to fill the bay. Correction Propeller (5138) This is a new drop in replacement propeller with separate front and rear hubs. Review samples courtesy of
  19. F-4B Phantom Upgrade Sets (for Tamiya) 1:48 Eduard There is no doubt the new F-4B from Tamiya is a great looking kit. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE), Brassin resin and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat re-sealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. SPACE Cockpit Set (3DL48040) The Eduard SPACE sets use new 3D printing techniques that lay down successive layers of different colour resin, creating highly realistic almost full complete panels that are supplied on a decal sheet. They can depict metallic shades, plus glossy, satin and matt colours too, which really ups the detail on everything they print. In addition, a sheet of nickel-plated and pre-painted PE is included for the aspects of the set that lend themselves better to this medium, such as seatbelts and rudder pedals. The 3D decal sheet contains the main instrument panels with a number of additional shaped panels to be fitted around the cockpit, plus placards and dials aplenty. The PE sheet has the extensive belts for the Martin Baker Seats along with canopy sills, and mirrors Cockpit Update Set (491212) If you prefer the more standard PE to the new 3D space sets then this set brings us the cockpit details for the F-4B. There is one main colour nickel set for the main cockpit details, and a smaller brass fret for rudder pedals, cockpit sills, canopy mirrors; and strangely for what appears to be a cockpit set 4 exhaust ends for the AIM-4, and AIM-9 missiles. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1213) 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 in the 3D cockpit set above, the small fret contains the extensive seat belts and firing handles for the Martin Baker Seats. Tface Masks (EX803) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy both inside and out, 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. In addition, you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort.
  20. Buccaneer S.2B Upgrade Set & Masks (for Airfix) 1:72 Eduard The new Airfix kit is one of the crop of new tool kits which are excellent direct from the box, this has not stopped Eduard from offering some upgrades. Upgrade Set (73742) Here we get a sheet of brass for the airframe parts, and a small sheet of nickel-plated and pre-painted PE for the cockpit and ejection seats. Firstly from the nickel fret you get new head boxes for the seats, firing handles, and complete seat harnesses. In the cockpit you get new multipart instrument panels and all the side consoles. New rudder pedals are provided. For the airframe you get the interior of the large prominent rear air brake, burner can details for the engines, and heat shields for the exhausts. Internal skins for the landing gear well are provided, as well as new skins for the gear door. Masks (CX601) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy both inside and out, 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. In addition, you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review samples courtesy of
  21. The Revell reboxing of the CH kit looked OK to me.
  22. AH-1G Cobra (Late Production) US Attack Helicopter ICM 1:32 (32061) Most modellers will instantly recognise the Bell AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter. The AH-1 was the first production Gunship or Attack Helicopter to see service. During the Vietnam war the US Army began to see the need for armed helicopter to escort its unarmed UH-1 Hueys into combat. In parallel to this Bell Helicopters had been investigating helicopter gunships as early as the late 1950s. In 1962 Bell displayed a mock up concept to the US Army. This Helicopter featured a 20mm gun pod, and a ball turret mounted grenade launcher. It was felt by the Army to be lightweight, under powered and not suitable. Following this the US Army launched and Advanced Aerial Fire Support System (AAFSS) competition. This competition gave rise to the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne heavy attack helicopter. However this proved to be to advanced for its time and was eventually cancelled in 1972 after 10 years of development (some things don't change!). Despite the AAFSS programme Bell stuck with its idea of a smaller, lighter gunship and invested its own money developing the AH-1. They used all of the proven components they could from the UH-1 platform, adding these to a newly designed fuselage. When The US Army therefore asked for pans for an interim gunship for Vietnam Bell was in a fortunate position to be able to offer the AH-1, or the Bell 209 as it was then called. Given the work Bell had already done the programme was completed in a relatively speed eight months and won the evaluation against the competition. In 1966 the US Army signed an initial contract for 110 aircraft. Some slight modifications were made to the production airframes. The heavy armoured glass canopy was replaced by Plexiglas with an improvement in performance. Wider rotor blades were fitted and the original retracting skids were replaced by simple fixed units. The G model was the initial 1966 production model gunship for the US Army, with one 1,400shp (1,000 kW) Avco Lycoming T53-13 turboshaft. Bell built over 1100 AH-1Gs between 1967 and 1973, and the Cobras would go on to fly over a million operational hours in Vietnam, approximately 300 were lost to combat and accidents during the war. The U.S. Marine Corps would use AH-1G Cobra in Vietnam for a short period before acquiring twin-engined AH-1J Cobras. The AH-1 went on to serve the US Army until it was replaced by the AH-64 Apache. The last one leaving active service in 1999. The AH-1G could be fitted with the The M-35 Gun System, this was a single M195 20mm cannon (a short-barrelled version of the six-barrel M61A1 Vulcan) on the port inboard pylon of the AH-1G. 950 rounds of ammunition were stored in boxes faired to the side of the aircraft. The system was primarily pilot controlled, but featured dual controls to be either pilot or gunner controlled. For this purpose the pilot was provided with a M73 sight. The Kit This is a brand new kit from ICM, and their first helicopter kit. The quality of the moulding is first rate from ICM with fine engraved panel lines and nice rivet detail on the tail boom and tail. While this boxing is the the early G you can see from the sprues that other versions will be along as there is the opposite handed tail, different landing skids, an upturned exhaust, different winglets and TOW missiles on the weapons sprures. The kit arrives on 5 main sprues of grey plastic and a clear sprue. As well as the main helicopter and armaments, the kit also comes with the ground handling attachments for the skids, something often missing from kits. While there is good detail on the kit and the option to open up the engine and gearbox area, this area is not massively detailed and will open itself up for the super detailer if they want. This boxing comes with an additional sprue for the M-35 Gun System. Work starts conventionally in the cockpit. The two five part armoured seats are built up and added into the main cockpit tub. Tail controls are added to the floor ,and for the pilots station a cyclic and collective columns go it. For the front seater the weapons control column is made up ad fitted in. Side controllers are also fitted for the gunner. Instrument panels and coamings go in for both stations with instruments being provided as decals. Now the cockpit is complete the visible parts of the engine/gear box and its compartment are built up. This is followed up by parts for the rotor controls. The tails are added onto the fuselage. Here there is quite a large part which overlaps to compete a good solid join. The tail rotor needs attaching to fuselage half before closing up if you want it to move. The engine / gear box parts are fitted into the right fuselage followed by the cockpit and cockpit rear bulkhead parts. The fuselage can now be closed up with additional cockpit armour panels being fitted at each side. At the rear of the engine housing the exhaust part goes in. At the front of the helo the nose goes on, being careful to choose the right parts for the decal option being modelled. The side applique armour panels can be fitted to the model if needed as these parts are marked as optional. Turning things over the large central fuselage insert goes on with additional parts at the nose. The chin turret is now fitted with either one or two miniguns depending on your decal option. A light goes behind the turret. The final exhaust ring goes on the back (if modelling option 3 then the anti IR upturned exhaust is fitted) and the tip of the tail is added. Next up we concentrate on the stub wings. The two wings are built up and the weapons pylons are fitted. These are fitted to the fuselage along with the rear stabilisers towards the tail. The landing skids can then be fitted. Next up the large clear canopy parts go on. A sight is fitted to the front of the central glazing section. The front and rear large side canopy parts are fitted, these can be open or closed as need by the modeller. The access panels can be fitted to each side of the open engine/gear box area; again these can be open or closed as required. We now move to the main rotor. Each of the two blades are split upper/lower, and they are joined together. The central rotor head is made from tow parts, these are upper and lower, these sandwich in the rotor blades. Once these are on the control arms to the swashplate are then added along with the central mounting shaft. The rotor this then mounted. To finish off armaments can be added to the pylons as needed. The kit provides Two M157 7 shot rocket pods, two M158 7 shot rocket pods, two M200 19 shot rocket pods; and two M18 minigun pods. If the modeller want to use them then two pairs of ground handling wheels can be made up and attached to the back of the skids, Towing bars then can be attached to the front of the skids. If fitting the M-35 Gun System then one of the pylons is left of the left stub wing as the gun fits directly to the inboard station here. The two large ammunition panniers fit to each side of the fuselage. A cross feed links the two sides at the front, and at the rear the feed to gun itself goes on. Decals The decal sheet is in house from ICM, the decals look thin, in register and have minimal carrier film. 3 Options are included; 68-17074 "The Gladiator", C Troop, 16th Cav, Can Tho, January 1972. 68-115031 "Pandora's Box", 238th AWC, Vietnam 1971. 68-15012" #1 Du Me Mi", F Troop, 4th Cav, Phu Bai, 1972. The first 2 carrying the M-35 Gun System. Now normally with ICM the decal and painting guides are quite clear, for some reason they are not for this kits, they are very dark and indistinct, a little bit of a let down. Conclusion This is another great looking kit from ICM which great tooling and possibilities for future variants on the sprues. Very Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  23. US Helicopter Pilots (Vietnam War) (32114) 1:32 ICM The Kit This is a new set from ICM no doubt to fit in with their new line of kits. There are two standing pilots and one sitting, though this third figure could also be a crew man. As well as the sprue for the figures there are two smaller sprues with flight helmets. As with all ICM figure sets the sculpting looks Conclusion This is a good looking set which will provide the modeller with some crew for their new helos. Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  24. US Aviation Armaments (48406) 1:48 ICM The Kit This is a new set from ICM which arrives on 4 sprues, it gives the modeller the following stores, 2 x LAU-10A Pods of 5" Rockets. 2 x LAU-69 Pods of 2.75" Rockets. 2 x LAU-68 Pods of 2.75" Rockets. 2 x BLU-23 500LB Fire bombs. (Can be made with or without the fins) 2 x BLU-27 750LB Fire Bombs. (Can be made with or without the fins) 2 x Mk.77 750LB Incendiary Bombs. 2 x SUU-14 Dispensers. 2 x Mk.81 Snakeye Bombs. 2 x MK.81 Low Drag Bombs. 2 x Mk.82 Snakeye Bombs. 2 x Mk.82 Low Drag Bombs. All of the above bombs can be fitted with Fuse extenders) In addition there are 2 MERs all with Sway braces. There are also what look to be 12 Flares to load on the MERs. All of the parts are well moulded and there are enough parts to give some additional detail to the weapons. Decals A decal sheet provides markings for all the weapons. The decals look nicely printed, in register with no issues. Conclusion This is a good looking set which will provide the modeller with a fair few USAF weapons types to hang under their model. I would have like to see more bombs included in the set though. Overall recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
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