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  1. A&A Models is to release in September 2021 a 1/72nd Beechcraft 200 Super King Air kit - ref. 7224 A Beechcraft 350 King Air kit is also expected - ref. 7226 Sources: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2464665557011398&id=1048501705294464 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/beechcraft-super-king-air-200-aa-models-aam7224-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=180778 The same in 1/48th please and a complete family of military C-12. V.P.
  2. A new Ukrainian model company - name still unknown but reported linked to Art Model - is to introduce at the Nuremberg International Toy Fair 2017 (01-06/02/2017) a new tool 1/72nd Dassault Mirage IVA kit to be followed later by a IVP (P for Pénétration) the version carrying the ASMP air-launched cruise missile. Of interest in the picture 1 is the Hurel-Dubois CT-52 recce pod dedicated to the Mirage IVA & P fulfilling the strategic reconnaissance role. Another 1/48th secret project from the same company should be also unveiled at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2017. Also a Mirage IV? That's the question. Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/2803-mirage-iva-в-172-масштабе/ V.P.
  3. A&A Models is to rebox the 20 years old SIGA/ACE Models kit (ref. 72302 - link ) 1/72nd Martin AM-1 Mauler - late version - under ref. AAM7239. Release expected in December 2022. I suppose we might also expect soon or later a rebox from the SIGA/ACE kit Martin AM-1 Mauler - early version - ref. 72301 (link ). Sources: https://www.modelsvit-eshop.com/c/aviation-1/am-1-mauler-attack-aircraft-late-ver-190 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AAM7239 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/en/modelling/am-1-mauler-late-vers-carrier-based-us-attack-aircraft-expected-december-2022-aa-models-aam7239-191242.html V.P.
  4. Bf.109Z-I Zwilling (4809) 1:4 A&A Models by Modelsvit As the tide of war turned against the Nazis during WWII, a need for powerful and heavily armed interceptors was identified, and in order to shorten development time, it was decided that an existing type should be the basis from which to develop a new aircraft. The Germans already had experience of creating Zwilling or Twin aircraft by mating two airframes together, using a straight centre-wing section, which would also be a useful load-carrying area into the bargain. The 109Z was essentially two Bf.109Fs joined by the aforementioned centre wing section, a single elevator panel suspended between the two rudders, and the pilot in the port cockpit, the starboard aperture faired over for aerodynamics, and IIRC it could also hold additional fuel. An initial prototype was completed in 1943, but this was damaged during an Allied air raid, which led to the project being cancelled in 1944 to concentrate scarce resources on other projects that were considered more worthy by the higher echelons. The twin Mustang created by North American in the USA was basically proof that the concept had some validity, although it kept two cockpits to split the workload between the pilot and radar operator, and it had a relatively short career thanks to the advances being made in jet-engine technology. Incidentally, there is a kit of the F-82 from Modelsvit in 1:48 scale. The Kit This is a new tool from A&A Models/Modelsvit, although it may share a few sprues with their other Bf.109 kits in this scale, but I don’t have any of those, so can’t say definitively. It arrives in a top-opening box, and inside are a surprising thirteen sprues in grey styrene, a clear sprue, a sheet of pre-cut vinyl masks for the canopy and wheels, decal sheet plus another small instrument dial decal sheet, and a portrait A4 instruction booklet with spot colour on glossy paper. This is a short-to-medium run kit, and as such the sprue runners are slightly utilitarian, and there is a little flash here and there. You also can’t expect the same level of detail from these types of kits, as they aren’t able to use the advanced production methods available to larger companies. That said, the detail is quite impressive, and with the inclusion of engines, bombs and a well-appointed cockpit there is plenty to go at, and if you want to improve on what’s there, there’s a good foundation to work upon. Construction begins with a choice of whether to pose the engine cowlings open (Version 2) or closed (Version 1), which will mean some changes to the cockpit and the engines, which will have more detail added to it, plus some alterations to the fuselage halves. Speaking of the cockpit, it is the first assembly to be made, starting with the seat, which bears a passing resemblance to a modern racing seat, with two sides added to the base. A double trim-wheel is mounted on its base, and the two rudder pedals are placed on another base, as is the control column. The floor of the cockpit has two notches cut from it for version 2, with spacing and size given in a scrap diagram before the sub-assemblies are mounted on it, followed by a small instrument bundle on the floor, the rear bulkhead, fuel line and the seat. A blank cockpit floor is also created for the faired over fuselage as part of the process. The gunsight has a clear glass part glued to it, and it is glued into the front of the instrument panel, using either the part with moulded-in details or a flat panel with decal. I’d be inclined to try the decal over the engraved panel to maximise the detail. The cockpit sidewalls are moulded into the fuselage halves, and are augmented by more small parts and a decal for a sloped box with twin dials on it. The engines are next, and whether you choose Version 1 or 2, you’ll still need to make up two engines, just with different parts. The closed cowlings require the minimal number of parts to fill the area, while the exposed engines are much more detailed with many more parts, including the supercharger “conch”, oil tank, engine mounts, and ancillaries behind the block. All the engines have separately moulded exhaust stubs, although they don’t have hollow tips, so black paint would be a wise move to create the illusion of depth. The section of the fuselage in front of the cockpit is a separate insert to which the instrument panel is mated, using a different part depending on whether you are exposing the engines or not. With all the sub-assemblies built and painted, the fuselages can be closed up around the cockpit, floor of the covered cockpit and the two engines, with the occupied cockpit also having an insert placed behind the pilot’s head. The closed cowlings are fitted with a horseshoe-shaped oil reservoir and a plate behind the spinner, then the supercharger intake can be added to both fuselages, the fairing is added over the empty cockpit, and the sills and instrument panel are fitted to the full cockpit. For the open cowlings, you must first remove the forward section of each fuselage half according to the scrap diagrams, then close them up around the two cockpits and insert the detailed engine at the front. Both versions have the rudder inserted in the tail fin, which appears to have some leeway for offsetting should the urge take you. Incidentally, the elevator is moulded into its panel, but scoring a line along the hinge-point should allow you to offset it if you wish. The lower wing is a single part that spans both fuselages, and has the bay walls added to it before the three upper wing segments are glued over it, the fuselages are inserted into the gaps, and the elevator panel is slotted in between the two fuselages by the usual slot-and-tab method, although it will be easier to do before the fuselages are mounted on the wings. From here on in, the instruction steps get more complex, as there is two of almost every sub-assembly, starting with the radiator housings and their cooling flaps under the wings, which have the cores made up first, placed in the recesses and then faired over with separate intake and outlet flaps. The ailerons, leading-edge slats and the flaps with their separate radiator sections are also glued to the wings at this point, then the cockpit glazing is fixed, with a choice of two styles of windscreen, head armour inside the canopy opener, and the fixed rear that has a hole for the aerial mast. The clear parts are sufficient for the job, but they are a little distorted near the edge of the panes, although they should look better after a dip in some Klear/Future or its equivalent. Moving back to the underside, the cannon gondolas under each wing are made up from two halves plus a barrel each, and are slotted into the wings outboard of the gear bays, then in the centre a short pylon to carry the included bomb is fitted on a slightly raised fairing that covers the leading-edge, and has separate anti-sway braces. The landing gear is standard Bf.109, although their positions were changed slightly to cope with the different angles of joining two aircraft together. The four gear legs are made in pairs and are a single strut with separate oleo-scissor, captive bay door, and two-part wheel, while the tail wheels are a single part that are trapped between the two halves of their yoke. All the gear legs are inserted into sockets in their gear bays, and a small door is inserted between the two paired main gear legs after cutting the part in half as per the scrap diagram. The closed cowling version has the oil cooler under the chins made up from a three-part radiator that is inserted inside the fairing, which is then placed in the lower cowling and glued into the fuselage. A number of small intakes are added round the cowlings, the rear spinner plate is slipped over the prop-shaft, followed by the three-blade props and a cap that is glued in place to allow the blades to spin if you wish. The spinner is added over the top to complete the nose. For the open cowling, a support is placed between the bulkhead and oil reservoir cowling over the engine, then the separate cowling parts are detailed with intakes and supercharger intake, then fitted with bracing struts and glued to the centreline, while the lower cowling with the chin intake is glued underneath hanging by one of its sides. The props are built in the same way for both options, as is the pitot probe on the port wingtip, both tips also having clear lights on the sprue. Markings There was only one real example of a Zwilling Bf.109, so your only historically accurate choice is to paint your model in RLM02, but then you could always go off-book and make up your own scheme for a speculative in-service machine, based on real schemes, or covered in polka-dots if you prefer. The decal sheet allows you to depict the real machine, and any other option is up to you. Decals are well-printed with good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas, and various instrument decals on the sheet, plus another on the small sheet that accompanies it. The Swastikas for the tail are printed in halves for you to use or leave off as you see fit, or as your local laws dictate. There are a substantial number of stencils included for you to use too. The masking sheet includes masks for the wheels and the canopy, with the individual pane numbers called out at the bottom of the profiles on the back page. Conclusion The Bf.109Z is an interesting dead-end project that appeals to this modeller, and it’s nice to be able to build one in injection moulded styrene at long last, but bear in mind that it won’t be shake-and-bake. Regardless, every home should have one! Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  5. A stepping-stone between the swept-winged MiG-19 and the delta-winged MiG-21 the Ye-2 was the first member of the well known family. I'll be using the A&A Models MiG Ye-2A and converting it to the earlier Ye-2 which should be straightforward - no wing fences, remove the tail plane root intakes, and extend the jetpipe. Boxart and sprues; Steve
  6. One of the early MiG-21 configurations to determine the best wing shape and powerplant. The A&A kit is typical of the current eastern European manufacturers with more parts than necessary but producing interesting subjects. Fit of parts was pretty good with a bit of filler required but not too bad. Built straight from the box and painted with Halfords Nissan Silver. Thanks for looking. Steve
  7. A new Ukrainian company, A&A Models (https://www.facebook.com/AA-Models-1048501705294464/), is to release a 1/48th Yakovlev Yak-11 "Moose" kit. A test build was on display this weekend at the Brovary 2017 Models exhibition. Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/743509305708614/permalink/1353565128036359/ A&A Models (https://www.facebook.com/AA-Models-1048501705294464/) is reported to be issued from Modelsvit. While Modelsvit is currently changing its design technology with innovative 3D tools - providing high detail level - A&A Models will keep the old and classic designing way to edit original kits. Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/2957-як-11-в-148-от-aa/?do=findComment&comment=36488 The company is also to release soon a 1/72nd AA-60 Firefighting truck https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AAM7201 To be noted Bilek already propose a 1/48th Yak-11 "Moose" kit: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234946759-148-yakovlev-yak-11let-c-11-moose-by-bilek-released/ V.P.
  8. A&A Models is to release in late 2020 a 1/48th Messerschmitt Me.209 V-4 kit - ref. 4810 V-1 variant will follow. Source: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2028536050624353&id=1048501705294464 V.P.
  9. A&A Models is to release in May 2021 a 1/144th Lockheed C-141A Starlifter kit - ref. 4402 Roden rebox ? Sources: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2364291353715486&id=1048501705294464 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AAM4402 "Hello friends, Be advised that in May '21, we are up to release the legendary C-141A "Starlifter" (#4402) in 1/144 scale. The set includes 115 parts, painting masks and decals for 2 marking schemes (Vietnam war)." V.P.
  10. This is my second build of this year and also of an A & A Models kit! As with the Me109T, this is a short run kit, in this case of the Messerschmitt Me209V-4 (1/48). This aircraft was an adaptation of the Me209V-1 airspeed record breaker, an idea of Messerschmitts' to find an eventual successor to the Me109. This aircraft of course failed in that respect but is well worth a place in any Luftwaffe collection. The kit is very cleanly moulded and comes with a small fret of photo etch, canopy masks both inside and out plus wheel masks. A small decal sheet for two markings options and a glossy, well presented instruction manual. I built this kit O.O.B adding a few wires inside the cockpit, which is very well detailed. The instrument panel was an injection moulded with detail in relief, with a decal overlay which with a coat of Micro Set which gave a well detailed panel. I must add here I was a little unsure of the decals being matt finished with no apparent clear overlay but my fear subsided when I used them, full marks to A&A. A little filler was needed but it was a nice easy build ( I look forward to A&A's forthcoming Me209V-1). The machine modelled was, of course black 14, with the wonderful snake decoration (couldn't resist}. A&A call out for the machine to be RLM02 which is probably correct but just to be different I decided to finish it in RLM63 the difference between these colours is actually minimal, at least in AK's Real Colours paint range. The only photo I have found of this aircraft shows what maybe a mottle effect on the surface finish. Whether this is just the poor quality of the photograph or the true finish, appears not to be known. My answer was to apply some mottling using the base colour to give a similar impression to the photo, I leave you to judge as to its effectiveness. This aircraft was test flown at Messerschmitt's factory airfield at Augsburg in 1939:- It appears my mottling is too subtle to show up very well on my photos but it is there - honest Cheers Andy
  11. A&A Models is to release in late October 2020 a 1/48th Messerschmitt Bf.109T1/T2 kit - ref. 4806 Source: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2171578336320123&id=1048501705294464 Kit comes with decals for 5 liveries (2 x Bf109T2/ 3 x Bf.109T1), PE sheet, adhesive masks and 2 canopies (open/closed). Box art V.P.
  12. Messerschmitt Bf.109T (4806) 1:48 A&A Models by Modelsvit When Germany first laid down the ill-fated Aircraft Carrier DKM Graf Zeppelin in 1936, the question of its complement of aircraft was already settled. It would carry a variant of the Bf.109 as a fighter, and the doughty Ju.87 Stuka as bomber, and as such was engineered with those airframes in mind, averting the need to have folding wings that add weight to an aircraft. The 109 was given the variant T for Träger, which mean Carrier in English. It had extended wings with larger flying surfaces, plus a tail-hook and catapult launch gear for taking off and landing on carriers. The T-1 was the first airframe to be completed, and underwent catapult tests before it was ordered in small numbers. With the cancellation of the carrier, those airframes were apportioned elsewhere, and a T-2 variant was created without the carrier specific components. Some of the T-1s were cross-graded to T-2 standard, which found their way to Norway with 11./JG 11, and when the carrier project was temporarily re-started it was decided that the T was outdated by then, so an alternative was sought. That too was re-assigned in a remarkable chronologically close case of history repeating itself, while the T-2s continued in service in Norway until mid-1944, after which time any remaining airframes were used as trainers. As far as we know none of them survived the war or the culling of Axis hardware that followed it, but if you extended the wings of a Bf.109E-4/N that you happened to have lying around with the DB601N engine, you’d be 90% of the way there. The Kit In 1:48 we have had one styrene kit in the past, although it is better described as mixed media, dating back to the 1990s. This is a new tooling from A&A Models, a brand of Modelsvit, and this kit can be best described as a mainstream kit, with styrene the main building material. It arrives in a moderately-sided top-opening box, and inside are four sprues in grey styrene, one in clear, a Photo-Etch (PE) sheet, decals, vinyl masks for the greenhouse canopy, plus an instruction booklet on glossy paper, printed in spot colour. In terms of detail, it is best described as a medium-to-long run kit, with a good level out of the box that although it is not leading edge, it is perfectly suitable for the majority of modellers. Those looking for a fully riveted kit, you’ll need a riveting tool, and parts will need some clean-up around the details, as there are some small elements of flash here and there. Construction begins with laminating the cockpit sidewalls and detailing the inner surface with controls and equipment that you’ll see in pretty much every 109 kit from the past 30 years. The cockpit floor has rudder pedals and a small equipment box added, then it is attached to the rear bulkhead and inserted into the port fuselage half along with a gaggle of additional equipment and controls. The pilot’s seat is well-detailed and has four-point PE belts added, plus a tiny adjuster for the mechanism, then it is installed and joined by the control column. There are two options for building the instrument panel, both of which have styrene backing plates with decals for the instruments, then an optional PE layer that is laid over the decals so that the dials show through, then the gun-sight and various PE levers are inserted. Before the fuselage can be closed the tail-wheel needs to be completed, so the instructions have you build all the gear at once. The main gear legs have separate oleo-scissors and the large bay door captive to the strut, then the two-part wheel is glued onto the axle stub, while the tail wheel has a 2-part yoke and single part wheel. The tail-wheel is fitted into a bulkhead within the bay during fuselage closure. The fuselage has a simple rendition of the DB601 engine moulded-in, similar to that of the Airfix kit a few years back. The two halves are brought together with the instrument panel added at that time along with the aforementioned tail-wheel, ensuring that the cockpit rear deck and tail-wheel bay are painted before doing so. You can pose the engine open by adding the bearers and top of the block, or place the cowling and stub machine guns over it and close it up. Meanwhile, the full-width lower wing is fitted out with gear bay walls, then it and the two upper wing panels are joined with the fuselage, adding clear wing tip lights as you go. The radiator baths with cowlings and panels are made up, as is the supercharger intake housing and chin-mounted oil cooler intake and fairing, plus a belly-mounted fuel tank with shallow pylon for later use. Before the chin intake is inserted, the prop axle is pushed through the hole from behind, so that the single-part prop, back plate and spinner can be added, leaving it to spin if that’s your thing. At the tail the elevators and their fins are supplied as separate parts for posing, as is the rudder. The elevators are braced by two diagonal struts from below that are common on the earlier 109s. The Ailerons and flaps are also separate, with aerofoil “humps” fitted to the flaps before installation behind the radiators. Mass balances are added to the ailerons, and a T-shaped pitot-probe is affixed to the port wing underside, with the T-1 variant having a tail-hook and two small J-hooks that resemble a tow-ball, but are probably the catapult launch hooks. Staying on the underside, the main gear, optional fuel tank, exhaust stubs and a choice of two wing-mounted gun barrel types are all fixed in place, then the model is flipped over to have the canopy and aerial made up. You have a choice of open or closed by choosing different parts, with a set of head-armour inserted inside the sideways opening canopy part. An optional extra bullet-proof panel can be fitted to the front of the windscreen, which is best done with a clear gloss varnish and some care to avoid bubbles that can appear as frosting when dry. A set of vinyl masks are provided to ease masking of the many panels, which can be a bane for many modellers. Finally, the aerial is glued into the aft of the fixed portion of the canopy, with a choice of tropical or standard filers to fit into the depression in the port side of the fuselage. Markings There are four decal options in the box, two of which are T-1s, the others are T-2s without the maritime parts. They are printed on white decal paper, which is fairly unusual, and there is a good choice of schemes, despite the fairly limited use of the variant. From the box you can build one of the following: Bf.109T-1 Germany, 1941 Bf.109T-1 W.Nr.7780, Pillau, Germany, 1942-3 Bf.109T-2, 2./JG77, Lister, Norway, Summer 1941 Bf.109T-2 W.Nr.7767, JG11, Oblt. Herbert Christmann, Lister, Norway, Winter/Spring 1944 Decals are by Decograph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The stencils are dealt with in a separate page at the beginning of the profiles. Swastikas are included, although they are split to avoid issues in territories where that symbol is illegal or discouraged in law. Conclusion It’s good to have a modern kit of the 109T, and although parts clean-up may take a little longer, it will be worth your while, as you’ll have a Bf.109 with long wings that will confuse people who have never seen one before, who might think it’s a high-altitude type. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. It's finished - but I'm not happy with it..... It was a struggle all the way through - but I finally beat it into submission..... Sukhoi Su-17 Type R :- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-17_(1949) The whole front fuselage section could be detached in emergencies to act as an escape capsule..... As well as the undercarriage being ill-fitting and rather weak, the final indignity is that it's a tail sitter !! - so I had to make a prop from clear rod.... It is a welcome addition to my collection of Soviet/Russian types, so thanks A&A Models.... But it was hard work - and it 'Stole my Joy' in the end.... Ken
  14. The latest from A&A Models growing range of obscure Soviet aircraft - the 1949 Sukhoi Su-17 Type 'R' :- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-17_(1949) Box art.... Fuselage and port fin insert..... Wings, tailplanes and upper wing fences.... Engine, wheels, cockpit etc... Two decal sheets, open or closed canopy and etched fret. Not shown are the self-adhesive masks for the wheels and canopy. Painting guide - keyed to Humbrol enamels..... The plastic parts are well moulded in light grey plastic with fine engraved panel detail. This is a very comprehensive package which includes self-adhesive masks for the canopy and wheels plus etched-brass parts for the ejection seat belts and undercarriage struts. I already have a Type R in my collection - from Legato... But this new kit from A&A is in a totally different league..... and I can't wait to get it started... Ken
  15. A&A Models is to release a 1/72nd Sukhoi Su-17 Samolet R (1949) prototype (link) kit - ref. 7208 Release expected in March 2020 - more details soon. Source: https://www.facebook.com/1048501705294464/photos/a.1090974107713890/1949183641892928/ V.P.
  16. Su-17 (1949) Advanced Prototype (7208) 1:72 A&A Models - ModelSvit The Su-17 (Aircraft-R) was an advanced porotype aircraft from Sukhoi and should not be confused with the later Su17 Fitter aircraft; it would appear that Sukhio reused the designation just to confuse us in later years! The aircraft was designed to match data developed by the Central Aerodynamic Institute in Moscow. The aircraft would feature a 50 degree swept wing fitted with air brakes and boosted flight controls. As well as an ejector seat the aircraft would feature an entirely detachable nose section. Problems with the wing design, and also the types proposed TR-3 engine would hinder the project, though not as much as Pavel Sukhoi falling out of favour did. Sukhio OKB was scrapped which ultimately ended the project. Only one airframe was built which never flew and then was used as a gunnery target. Kit This is a new tool from A&A models, part of the Modelsvit group. The kit arrives on five sprues of grey plastic, one clear sprue, a small PE fret, small decal sheet and a sheet of masks. The plastic is of good quality and while it may have a slight feel of the shorter run type of injection plastic the details are sharp and there is no flash, Construction starts with the cockpit. Behind the tub is also the front wheel well, and the sides form the insides of the intake with the cockpit being at the very front of the fuselage, A seat with PE belts is made up for the inside along with a control column being added. Instrument panel and side panel details are provided in decal form. Once these parts are together the exhaust and wheels are made up. Masks are provided for painting the wheels which is a nice touch. The main gear well is also then constructed. Once all these sub assemblies are finished they can be placed inside the main fuselage and it can be buttoned up. The opposite fin side is then added. We then move onto the wings. These are of conventional build with left & right, upper and lower parts. Three prominent wing fences are added to each wing. Clear lights are provided for each wingtip. Once competed they can be added to the fuselage along with the tail planes and the hump behind the cockpit. To finish off the landing gear is made up and added along with the gear doors. Two different canopies are provided depending of whether the modeller wishes to display it open or closed. Mask are provided for painting the canopy. . Decals A small decal sheet provides 8 red stars only for the aircraft. Conclusion It is good to see a new kit available of this design. Even though it never went any further data from the design undoubtedly went into later Sukhio OKB designs when the design bureau was reopened in 1953 after Stalin's death. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Seen on display at Brovary model exhibition 2018 the test model from one of the next A&A Models projects a 1/72nd Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH Hammerhead kit. Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/4277-мікромодель-2018/?tab=comments#comment-60157 V.P.
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