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Paul A H

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  1. Vampire Mainwheels and Nosewheel (for Special Hobby Kit) 1:72 CMK It's a while now since Special Hobby did us fans of Cold War RAF types a favour and produced a new range of De Havilland Vampires in our favourite scale. Now Special Hobby have followed up with a couple of sets of resin slipper wheels, released through their CMK imprint. There are two sets to choose from. One is for the early mark Vampires, while the other is for the Mk.5/9 and T/.11 (and thus is also suitable for the Airfix kit). The quality of casting is excellent and the parts are as well detailed as they could be given the subject. All you will need to do is remove them from their casting blocks and clean up the pouring stubs. Overall these are a good addition to an already nice kit. Recommended. 1:72 Vampire Mainwheels and Nosewheel 1:72 Vampire Mk.5/9/T.11 Mainwheels and Nosewheel Review sample courtesy of
  2. PBY-5A Catalina 1:72 Revell The Consolidated Catalina was one of the most widely used amphibious aircraft of World War II. First flown in 1935, the Catalina proved to be remarkably long-lived. It was so well suited to its role that it not only served throughout the War, but remained in service with its primary user, the US Navy, until 1957 and with the Brazilian Air Force until 1979. There are many surviving Catalinas around the world, including a significant number of airworthy examples. Powered by two Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp engines, the Catalina had a range of over 2,500 miles. Eagle eyed readers will no doubt have already spotted that this is not (thankfully) ye olde Revell kit from the late 1960s. Instead, it's the more modern Academy kit, originally released in 1993 and now repackaged in one of Revell's familiar large-but-flimsy boxvelopes. The kit features clean, crisp mouldings, fully engraved surface details and a respectable level of detail. All together there are around 140 parts spread across six frames of grey plastic and a single frame of clear plastic. Two decal options are included. Assembly begins with a series of sub-assemblies that fit inside the fuselage halves. The main landing gear bays are first and these can be built in wheels up or wheels down configuration. Wheels down will require the main landing gear legs to be assembled from four parts, and care will be required in order to ensure that the parts all align correctly. The wheel wells themselves fit into the inside of the fuselage, so make sure they are firmly glued in places just in case they pop out halfway through the build and rattle around inside the fuselage. There waist and nose gunner stations are present but fairly basic, as is the cockpit. Decals are provided for the instrument panel and sear harnesses. Aftermarket parts will definitely be required if you want to build the model to a modern standard of detail. Once the fuselage halves have been joined (remembering to add 40g of nose weight, which seems a lot) the slab-like wing is next. The wing is moulded in separate sections for the port, starboard and centre parts. The centre section holds the engine pods, to which the basic-but-good-enough engines and cowlings can be added. The outer wing sections hold the retractable floats, and as with the landing gear, these can be finished in retracted or deployed positions. The ailerons and elevators are moulded in place, as is the rudder. A number of details, such as exhausts and DF loop, are provided in different forms for both the early and late variants depicted on the decal sheet. Four bombs are provided to hang under the wings, but these could be swapped for aftermarket depth charges if so desired. The clear parts are nicely moulded. Two different options are provides for on the decal sheet. The first is for a PBY-5A Catalina of the US Naval Aviation Reserve, NAS Glenview, Illinois, 1947. The second is a wartime-ara Catalina PBY-5A of Patrol Squadron 61, US Navy, Umnak Island, Alaska, 1943. The decals are fairly basic but appear to be high quality. Conclusion Academy's Catalina is a solid kit, and although it is starting to show its age, it is still capable of being built into a faithful and convincing replica. It's not as detailed as many of the modern kits we are used to today, but it has recessed panel lines and just about enough detail to pass muster where it counts. Overall this should be a straightforward kit to build. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  3. Fokker E.V Lozenge (Limited Edition) 1:72 Arma Hobby The Fokker E.V was a German parasol-winged fighter which entered service during the final months of the First World War. The aircraft was delivered to Jasta 1, Jasta 24 and Jasta 36 in late July 1918. Leutnant Emil Rolf scored the first victory with the type on 17 August 1918, but was killed two days later when his aircraft's wing collapsed in flight. Following another similar failure, the wing failure was investigated and found to have been caused by poor construction techniques. Once remedied, deliveries continued, but with the aircraft now known as the Fokker D.VIII. Although relatively few aircraft were completed in time to see service, some were captured by Polish forces and employed during the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-20. This is the first Arma Hobby kit that I've seen, and I have to say I am extremely impressed. The plastic parts are as well-made and as detailed as anything I've seen from any of the big names such as Eduard or Tamiya. Panel lines are fine and crisp and there are no obvious flaws anywhere. The decals look excellent, while the full-colour instructions are equally impressive. The only downside is the box, which is about as robust as the box that comes with a Big Mac. Thanks to MyHermes, my copy is well and truly squished. Inside the frangible box is just the one sprue, as well as the decals and instructions. Construction gets underway by fitting the internal framework into the sides of the fuselage. The lower fuselage/cockpit floor follows suite, along with the pilot's seat, rudder pedals and control column. The level of detail is very good for the scale and diminutive size of the aircraft. The upper-front part front part of the fuselage is moulded separately and the forward struts for the parasol wing are moulded as part of this section, which should help with alignment. The pair of Spandau machine guns are very nicely rendered too. Further evidence of clever engineering is present in the landing gear sub-assembly. The fore and aft struts on either side are joined by a fine piece of sprue in order to ensure they are angled correctly. A small plastic jig fits between the port and starboard sides, thus ensuring everything lines up perfectly. Once the glue is set, the small pieces of sprue and the plastic jig can be cut away, resulting in (hopefully) perfectly aligned landing gear. The rudder, elevators and parasol wing are all solid parts, with just two struts used to support the tail and a further two to support the wing. The engine is a two-part affair and is very nicely done, while there is a choice of two propellers. The colourful decal options include: Fokker E.V 193/18 "002" 7. Eskadra Lotnicza, Lvov-Lewandowka Airbase, May 1919; Fokker E.V 158/18 "003" 7. Eskadra Lotnicza, Lvov-Lewandowka Airbase, April-June 1919; Fokker E.V 156/18, Jagdstaffel 6, August 1918; and Fokker E.V Jagdstaffel 8. As captured by the French Air Force. The decals themselves deserve special mention, particularly as this is what this version of the kit is all about. The sheet that contains the markings and stencils is excellent, but the real star of the show is the second sheet, which contains decals for the lozenge scheme. The sheet is superbly printed and the decals that represent the wood veneer parts are truly something to savour. Conclusion If this kit is representative of what Arma Hobby are capable of, then I can't wait to see what else they produce. This is a very high quality kit and it is immediately apparent that Arma Hobby have taken a lot of time and effort to produce a very detailed kit that should also be straightforward to built. The decal options are excellent too. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Remora/Sycomor Pods for Special Hobby Mirage Kits 1:72 CMK Special Hobby have released a small family of Mirage kits, and as you would expect, they have supported the kits with a range of resin upgrades from their CMK label. We have received examples of the Remora radar jammer pod and the Sycomor Chaff/Flare dispenser pod. Both pods are nicely made, with crisp detail and flawless resin. What's more, they only cost a few Euros each, so it won't cost you a lot of money in order to hang something a bit more interesting from the wings of your kit. Remora Radar Jamming Pod for Mirage F.1 and 2000 Sycomor Chaff/Flare Dispenser for Mirage F.1 Review sample courtesy of
  5. Messerschmitt Bf109F-2 1:72 Revell The Messerschmitt BF 109 was certainly the most numerous, and probably the best known of all the aircraft used by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Almost 34,000 examples were produced between 1937 and 1945, and the type saw active service in every theatre in which German armed forces were engaged. Powered initially by the relatively low powered Junkers Jumo engine and later by various iterations of the more powerful Daimler Benz DB600 series of inverted V-12 engines, the later variants of the BF 109 could achieve speeds of up to 400 mph. In comparison with the E, or ‘Emil’, the F or 'Friedrich' featured a more powerful version of the DB601 engine, as well as a host of aerodynamic improvements such as a more rounded cowling, enlarged spinner, smaller, lightweight propellor and redesigned supercharger intake. The F2 was armed with 1 × 15mm MG 151 cannon and 2 × 7.92mm MG 17 machine guns. Eagle eyed readers will no doubt have already spotted that this is the Zvezda kit of 2012, which was marketed as a snap-fit kit by the Russian firm. Revell make no mention of this in their instructions, instead suggesting that conventional polystyrene cement should be used to fix the parts together. Builders would do well to note the origins of the kit, however, as snap-fit models are not so forgiving when it comes to test fitting the parts together! The parts are cleanly moulded and surface details is fine and crisp. As you might expect, the part count is fairly low, but not as low as one of Hobbyboss's easy build kits. Assembly begins with the wings. The upper wings are moulded as one part, with the floor of the cockpit moulded in place between the upper wing surfaces. The landing gear wheel wells feature basic structural detail. The cockpit is surprisingly well-detailed for a kit of this type, with a control column, rudder pedals (moulded in place) and various other controls moulded separately. The instrument panel is moulded in two parts, while the rear bulkhead/pilot's seat is moulded in three parts. Unusually for a modern kit, a pilot is included. He is moulded in three parts and is rather nicely detailed. With the cockpit and wing finished, attention turns to the fuselage. The supercharger intake and the machine gun fairings are separate parts, which adds to the overall level of detail. The rudder is moulded in place with the port side of the fuselage, while the elevators are solid parts. The propellor is moulded as one part, with a conventional three-part spinner. You won't need to drill out the hole for the 15mm cannon as a rather delicate hole aleady exists. The landing gear is pretty good for the scale, and alternative parts are provided should you wish to build your model in wheels up configuration. The canopy is moulded as a single part, but is otherwise ok. My only real grumble with the kit is the lack of decal options. Just one scheme is catered for on the decal sheet; Bf109 F-2 Stab.II/JG53, Grupperkommander Hptm. H. Brenutz, St. Omer-Arques, May 1941. The decals themselves are nicely printed but include only basic markings. Conclusion This isn't the latest, greatest kit and nor does it pretend to be. What it is, is simple, easy to build and reasonably detailed. It is also good value and perfect for younger modellers or those on a tight budget (or with ambitions to build a lot of F-2s!). Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  6. https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/1325808?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en In a nutshell, you can drag and drop an image you have saved on your computer into the search box on the Google Images homepage. Alternatively you can right click on an image (or from your phone you can long press on an image) and choose 'search Google for this image'.
  7. Reverse Google image search returns results for the Dewoitine D-720 T3.
  8. I'll see your 'messing about with phone' and raise you with 'distracted by girl on pavement with smashing, er... personality'
  9. Best case scenario: it'll be someone else's kit with worse decals.
  10. I reckon it's about two-and-a-half years or so since I last finished a model and about 12 months since I last used my air brush, but sometimes a break (of not from the hobby then at least from building) does us all good. That said, it was getting to the point where I had to stop and think what I was doing, as I'm a tad rusty to say the least. In typical Tamiya style, this kit builds like a dream, with no dramas or issues. Paint was a mixture of Mr Hobby and Tamiya, with weathering from Mig and Tamiya products. The extra stowage is a mixture of Tamiya and Plastic Soldier Co. I still need to build and paint the crew member, and at some point I need to do something about the offside rear view mirror, which appears to have snapped off without me noticing. I regret taking such close-up pictures as they really don't flatter my skills! I do love these 1:48 AFVs and will probably start the Tamiya Achilles now (although I really need to finish a half-built S&M Canberra first).
  11. I am a devotee of 1/48 armour. I dabbled in 1/35, but found it too big and expensive to justify a further extension to the stash. I like 1/72 for dioramas, but find 1/48 more satisfying overall. I wish Airfix had followed up on their Bedford Truck with some more 1/48 trucks. It seems unlikely, but that particular model appears to have sold out, so it must have been a modest success.
  12. Excellent. I must finish mine.
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