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Paul A H

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  1. German Staff Car "G4" 1:72 Revell The Mercedes Benz W31 type G4 was a large, three-axle car designed specifically for use as a staff car by the Wehrmacht. Powered by an eight-cylinder inline engine, the cars weight an impressive 3.7 tonnes. Maximum speed was limited to 42mph as a result of the chunky all-terrain tyres. Just 57 cars of the seven-seater cars were produced, of which at least three exist in their original state. One is located in Hollywood and is regularly used for war films. The vehcle is, of course, most famous for being used by Adolf Hilter during parades and inspections. The front passenger seat could be folded in order to allow the front passenger to stand during such events. Inside the surprisingly large end-opening box is one large frame of grey plastic, a much smaller frame of the same, a small clear frame, three steel rods which are used as axles and a set of soft rubber tyres. A small decal sheet is also included. I had wondered whether this was a brand new kit from Revell, but on closer inspection it's clear that this is the ICM kit which was released in 2015 and marketed as a snap-fit model. This is no bad thing however, as the ICM kit is well-regarded and nicely detailed. Surface detail is clean and crisp, and first impressions are very favourable. The instruction omit any mention of snap-fit assembly, so presumably you need to crack open the glue before carrying on. Assembly begins with the interior and body. The rear seat and door trim is painted gloss black to represent a leather finish, and the reat seat itself, as well as the wind screen, are integral parts that join the sides of the body together. Once the body has been joined to the floorpan, the bonnet, instrument panel and radiator cover can be fitted in place. At this point the model can be flipped over and all of the mechanical detail can be added. The eight-cylinder engine is pretty good, although not the most detailed I've seen in this scale. The ladder chassis is moulded with the front wings in place, and the engine mounts into this part from the top. After this, the chassis can be glued to the body, with the engine sandwiched between the two. Now that the substantive part of the car is complete, the exhaust and the wheels can be added. As mentioned above, the axles are made from steel rod and will allow free movement of the wheels if fitted correctly. Presumably the tolerances will be tight enough to make supergluing these parts superfluous. If you're wondering why Revell supply eight tyres with the kit, it's because two of them are for the spare wheels that fit either side of the bonnet. finishing details include fitted luggage and the folding roof (in folded position; ICM released a separate version of the kit with the roof up). Small flag poles and nicely detailed headlights are also included. Two different options are provides for on the decal sheet. The first is for a Wehrmacht staff car based in Berlin in 1942. It is finished in the light grey and black scheme featured on the box artwork. The second option is for a vehicle located in France in 1941. As you might expect for a vehicle used in occupied territory, it is finished in a more sombre dark grey finish. The decal sheet is small but nicely printed, however the swastikas have been omitted from the flags for the usual legal reasons. Conclusion This was a great kit when it was first released and nothing much has changed since. It's strange that Revell don't mention the snap-fit origins of this kit as kits of this nature can be virtually impossible to test fit prior to assembly (at least without a high risk of breaking the parts when trying to separate them again) but overall this should be a nice kit to build. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  2. 917t German Truck 1:72 IBG Models The G917T was a compact truck designed by Ford and manufactured around the world in the 1930s and 40s. The British version was known as the Fordson E88, while German variants included the 987T, 987TG, 917T and 997T. The German variants were manufactured at Ford Cologne until 1942, when production ceased due to the supply of components being cut off following the USA's entry into World War Two. The truck was powered by a 3.6 litre V8 petrol engine which developed between 75 and 90hp. Four-wheel-drive and stretched wheelbase ambulances were also developed for use by the Wehrmacht. IBG Models have built up quite a reputation with their range of excellent kits. The quality of casting and detail easily rivals Revell at their best, but more often than not, extras such as photo etched parts are also included. This new kit of the classic Ford-designed truck is a very welcome addition to the range. It arrives packed into a top-opening box about twice the size it needs to be (I've noticed that IBG Models always us the same sized box regardless of the model) inside which are three frames of crisply moulded grey plastic, a separately moulded tarpaulin cover, a frame of clear parts, a small fret of photo etched details and a small decal sheet. The plastic parts are crisply moulded and well detailed. Construction starts with the engine. This comprises eight parts, including a photo etched brass fan. This is quite something to behold for a kit in this scale and at this price point. The axles, drive shaft and brake assemblies are also assembled and fitted to the ladder chassis at this stage. Photo etched parts are used for some of the finer details such as the tow hooks. The radiator and wheels must be added before work on the body can begin. Both are well-detailed and the tyres are moulded onto the wheel hubs. The cab is nice detailed and includes a two-part bench seat, a steering wheel with separate column, a gear stick and handbrake. The roof and doors are moulded as separate parts. The doors are designed in such a way that they can be fixed in place in either open or closed position. The front part of the body is made up of a bonnet, two sides and the separate front wings. Despite all the detail included in the engine, the bonnet is not designed to be finished in the open position. The load area can be finised with or without tarpaulin. If you choose not to use the part for the tarpaulin cover, then a wooden-sided flat load area can be added in its place. The tarpaulin cover is moulded as a single part, however, which is much easier for the modeller in a hurry! Finishing touches include a spare jerry can and a rack to hold it, as well as some tools. If you want to load the truck up, you'll need to turn to aftermarket producers for help. The decal sheet provides two options: 6th Panzer Division, Eastern Front, 1941; and DAK, North Africa, 1942. Conclusion I really enjoy reviewing IBG's kits and it's great to see them turn out another important softskin vehicle. Detail is excellent and the quality of manufacture looks to be up there with the very best. It's a shame crew figures haven't been included, but this is nevertheless a great little kit that can be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. GBU-38 Non-Thermally Protected 1:72 Eduard The GBU-38 is a 500lb air-dropped weapon that is part of the JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) family of GPS-guided bombs. The weapon is relatively modern and was deployed in combat in Afghanistan. In common with most other 1:72 scale brassin weapon sets, the set of four GBU-38s arrive packaged into the usual Eduard blister pack, complete with decals and a small fret of photo etched parts. Each bomb comprises the main body of the weapon with the ballistic tail cast in place, a choice of two heads are provided for both USN and USAF variants, both with optional protective caps. The casting is flawless and smooth, with minimal cleanup required thanks to the positioning of the pouring stubs at the tail-end of the weapon. Colours and stencil positions are marked in a colour diagram, with Gunze Mr Color paint references as usual. Review sample courtesy of
  4. International Marine Signal Flags Steel 1:700 Eduard Following a familiar pattern, Eduard have followed up on their 1:350 scale signal flags with a set for the more dextrous modeller in glorious 1:700 scale. On the fret is a full alphabet of flags, with duplicates for more commonly used (in English, anyway) letters. I'm not sure how easily these flags can be manipulated in order to give them a more 3d shape - at least without causing the paint to flake off - but they should still be better than decals or those paper ones that Revell provide with their ship kits. Now we can all pretend to be our very own Bootneck, practicing naval communication in the day of Nelson's father! Review sample courtesy of
  5. Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" (2cm Flak 38) 1:72 Revell 02367 The origins of the Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind can be traced back to the North African campaign, when large numbers of Wehrmacht vehicles were decimated by fighter bombers of the RAF Desert Air Force. A number of temporary solutions were put in place, generally involving converting a range of vehicles to carry single flak guns. As the German military situation deteriorated, particularly on the Eastern Front, it became clear that a more permanent solution was required. A number of solutions were tried and tested until the first true Flakpanzer appeared in the shape of the Wirbelwind. All-in-all, between 87 and 105 Wirbelwinds were converted from existing Panzer IV chassis. The turrets were removed and replaced with an open-topped version surrounded with 16mm armour plating. The turret was fitted with the quadruple 2cm Flak 38, providing a high rate of fire. Most of the completed Wirbelwinds were deployed to Normandy in the wake of the Allied invasion. They didn't fare particularly well in combat though, with most being destroyed, captured or abandoned. Ironically they were more effective against soft skin vehicles and infantry than aircraft. For a type that was built in reasonably limited numbers, the Wirbelwind has been reasonably well-served by model manufacturers. In 1:35, there are several options to choose from, including kits from Dragon, Tamiya and Academy (the latter based closely on the Tamiya kit). Tamiya also have a kit of the type in 1:48 scale. In 1:72 you can choose from older kits by Hasegawa or Esci, as well as this kit by Revell. The kit is effectively a reboxing of the MACO kit released in 2015, which in turn is based on the Revell Panzer IV; a kit released way back when Bob the Builder had a Christmas number one and the Millenium Dome was still a thing. Inside the compact end-opening box are five sprues of grey plastic which hold a total of 190 parts. The sprues are well laid out and the mouldings are free from flash. Surface detail is clean and crisp, and first impressions are very favourable. As is usually the case with military vehicle kits, construction starts with the chassis. There is plenty of detail to add to the hull, including a multi-part exhaust system and towing hooks. No shortcuts have been taken with the road wheels, which are proper two-part jobbies. Take it from me, however, that painting the road wheels on thirty-two individual wheels will drive you bonkers. The tracks are of the link and length variety and have been very nicely moulded. Once the running gear is in place, construction moves on to the upper hull. In keeping with the rest of the model, this is nicely detailed and extra parts such as spare wheels, tracks and pioneer tools are all present and correct. The hatches may also be posed open if desired, although there is no interior. The quadruple Flak 38 mounting is a separate sub-assembly which replaces the kit's original turret. Revell/MACO have done a good job with this part of the kit, and the high part count points to a very good overall level of detail. You will need to drill out the barrels of the 2cm cannon, but that is no hardship. You can choose from different turret configurations, although differences are small. One is described as the 'series' turret, while the other is labelled '12 PD.'. Lots of additional details such as spare magazines are provided too. The kit is calling out for some crew figures, but sadly none are included. Two different options are provides for on the decal sheet. Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind", 12.PD Turret, Panzerregiment 12, Bretagne, France, Summer 1944; and Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind", Series Turret, 10. Panzergrenadierdivision, Berlin, Germany, April 1945. The decal sheet is small but nicely printed. Conclusion This is a great kit based on a great kit. Revell and MACO have done a really nice job with the conversion parts and the result is by far the best and most detailed Wirbelwind available in this scale and it should be a nice kit to build. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  6. Type 89 Japanese Medium Tank Kou (Gasoline Hybrid Production) 1:72 IBG (72039) The Type 89 I-Go was a medium tank employed by the Imperial Japanese Army between 1932 and 1942. It has the distinction of being the first mass-production diesel engined tank, although the version depicted in this kit is the petrol engined version. Armed with a 57mm main gun, the Type 89 proved to be effective against enemy fortifications in campaigns in Manchuria and China. Despite being upgraded and modernised at various points during its life, such as with the addition of a radio, it was still a fundamentally 1920s design and was considered obsolete by the outbreak of the Second World War. Based in Warsaw, Poland, IBG Models started out in 1991 as a model kit importer and distributor. They released their first plastic kit – a 1:72 scale Bedford QLD - in 2008, and have gradually built up a range of interesting kits of different vehicles from the WWII period in both 1/72 and 1/35 scale. They have kitted a variety of Type 89 tanks, with this hybrid production version being the latest in the line. The kit arrives packed into a surprisingly large top-opening box inside which are a large number of sprues of crisply moulded grey plastic. Just because this producer hails from central/eastern Europe, don't think for a moment that this is a limited run kit. It has all the hallmarks of a cutting edge kit, with high quality, slide moulded parts as good as those from any other mainstream producer. Construction starts with the lower hull, suspension and running gear. The road wheels are each moulded with separate inner and outer faces, both of which fit onto the pre-moulded leaf spring suspension units. The drive sprocket, idler and return rollers are all nicely moulded too. The tracks are very nicely rendered and are of the link and length variety, for which I have a strong preference. The box-like hull is made up of upper and lower parts, with just the front glacis plate needed to finish it off. Extensive use has been made of slide moulding in order to reduce the part count whilst retaining a high level of detail. You won't need to worry too much about the fit and finish of the suspension components, as for the most part they will be covered up by the large armoured covers. Next up are the fenders and stowage boxes, which have to be fitted to the sides and rear of the hull. Naturally smaller details such as tools are all moulded separately, which is great for detail-hungry modellers. A rather nice exhaust is included, as well as photo etched parts for the exhaust shroud. This will prove to be a shrewd move, as such as part could not be satisfactorily recreated from injection moulded plastic. The turret is made up of eight parts, and again slide moulding has been used to keep the part count down and the detail level up. The muzzle of the 57mm gun has also been manufactured using a multi-part mould to save the modeller having to drill out this small part. The commander's hatch can be finished in either open or closed positions. For once you can actually take advantage of this feature because IBG have thoughtfully included two crew figures – and very nice they are too – although they are not mentioned in the instructions and don't even feature on the diagram that shows the layout of the sprues. Just one marking option is shown in the instructions, a Type 89 tank of an unknown regiment deployed in Shanghai, China in 1937. The decal sheet itself is nicely printed. Conclusion I really enjoyed reviewing IBG's recent AFV kits, so it's great to see them turn out another Type 89. Detail is excellent and the quality of manufacture looks to be up there with the very best. The inclusion of photo etched parts and particularly crew figures is very welcome too. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Resin Seat for Eduard MiG-21 MF 1:72 Eduard 672197 Eduard's all-new MiG-21MF was one of the most hotly anticipated kits in 1:72 scale for some time. Now it is finally here, we can see that the kit doesn't disappoint. It is both accurate and well detailed and has made a lot of modellers of Warsaw Pact subjects very happy. That's not to say it can't be improved, however, thanks to the possibilities offered by resin replacements for some key components and sub-assemblies. We reviewed a bunch of these a couple of months ago here on BM, but now Eduard have released the resin seat that was previously only available as part of the cockpit set. The seat comprises two resin parts. Detail is crisp and fine and it is beautifully cast. A small fret of photo etched parts is provided and this contains smaller details such as the harnesses and the pull handles. This seat will make an ideal alternative to the more expensive full resin cockpit. While the seat provided with the kit is no slouch when it comes to detail, there is only so much that can be achieved with injection moulded polystyrene. This resin version is a considerable upgrade and is well worth consideration.
  8. Paul A H

    Are some of us "fascist fetishists"?

    The latter example in particular is completely unacceptable and demonstrates exactly how one idiot (or a small group of idiots) can end up getting everyone tarred with the same brush. I think this reinforces the point that reenactors and traders at such events do have a clear duty of care to the public, the organisers and one another to undertake their activities responsibly. Many items from the past are loaded with meaning and must be displayed with the utmost care and sensitivity. Who knows? Most likely you're just waiting to be triggered!
  9. Paul A H

    Are some of us "fascist fetishists"?

    Oh well done Steve. We were just developing the right amount of enmity in this thread and then you come along and spoil everything with your sensible, reasoned opinions borne out of personal experience!
  10. Paul A H

    Our latest grandchild.

    Congratulations!
  11. Paul A H

    Dust Inside My Camera Lens - Solved

    Excellent application of man-maths Let's head over to Hannants/dpreview/autotrader to see what takes our fancy!
  12. Paul A H

    Are some of us "fascist fetishists"?

    Whilst I don't claim to speak for @Procopius, I believe that quotation was applied ironically in the context of his post. Furthermore, I think the application of irony was self-evident. Yes, it was suggested that German WWII reenactors sometimes convey a false impression. But it wasn't suggested that reenactments - nor any of the examples that you cite - should be stopped or banned. None of us suggested that surviving Nazi military hardware should be turned into ashtrays. You are refuting an argument that has not been proposed. We need to get away from this straw man argument and get back to exploring the nuances surrounding this activity. Where does reenactment fit into the context of popular history? What responsibilities do reenactors have? Do they have a duty of care, or is it a case of 'observer beware'? I think these are fascinating topics and worthy of serious debate.
  13. Paul A H

    Dust Inside My Camera Lens - Solved

    A very good result I'll have to remember this trick next time the dust bunnies pay a visit! You say that now, but I have a feeling your head may yet be turned by that shiny new Canon/Sony!
  14. Paul A H

    Are some of us "fascist fetishists"?

    To suggest that reenactors could hit spectators to make the reenactment more realistic is an appeal to ridicule and doesn't address my argument. What I - and others - are saying is that reenactments do relatively little to teach us about history. They do a much better job of raising awareness of history, which is an entirely different thing. Reenactment, by definition, can seldom be realistic because of the inherent presentism of both the reenactor and observer. I think you're formulating an argument from a different starting place to mine. If it means that more people pick up a copy of Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning (like @Procopius) then I would agree. I don't want to overextend my argument however, lest I end up arguing against most war films ever made
  15. Paul A H

    Are some of us "fascist fetishists"?

    That's just it. I'm sure most of these guys are perfectly nice, but they must attract a fair few idiots as well. Still, it's a free country. Why did our ancestors fight and die in the Second World War, if it wasn't to protect the freedoms and rights of people who like to dress up as Nazis in 2018?
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