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  1. I had a muscular envelope surgery a week ago and a whole 2 months prior to that I didn't work on a single kit.So its time for something truly special.Although I said "summer project" considering how big the kit is and how much work it requires I'll be happy if I finish it before winter (and probably will).I truly hope this will be the best kit I ever made and will put my 110% into making it.Hope you guys enjoy this WIP
  2. L-29 Delfin - for AMK Kit 1:72 Eduard The AMK L-29 Defin is a great little kit, we recently reviewed it here. This set from Eduard provides one colour fret on nickel plated metal and one brass fret. The coloured fret provides mainly cockpit details with new instrument panels side consoles, new seatbelts and ejection seat parts. The brass fret provides a new seat pan, interior for the cockpit including lower sides, details for the canopy glazing, instrument panel coamings, rudder pedals, rear cockpit bulkhead; and a complete new section for nose including decking and boxes housed there. For the main undercarriage bays there are new cable runs, interior faces, and gear bay doors. There are also cable runs for the main undercarriage legs. New flap well interiors are provided as well as new ends for the flaps. Lastly a whole host of exterior panels and aerials are provided as well as the soviet block three pronged IFF antennas. Conclusion These frets should enhance an already great kit. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Just a quick reminder of some of the latest kits to arrive at MJW Models @ discounted prices! We have the AMK 1/48 MiG-31B/BS in stock right now. We did also have the new AMK 1/72 Delfin in stock but they were snapped up straight away, so if anyone wants a Delfin, we need to know, so we can order more in! We've also had some new Special Hobby 1/72 kits in stock too. The Vautour with Cyrano Radar is in stock now and we've restocked on the simple Mirage F.1 set too. We did get the Mirage F.1B kit in stock but it was snapped up straight away by a certain Group Build Moderator! Just like the Delfin, please let us know if anyone else wants the Mirage F.1B so we can order more. Finally, a quick reminder for ship modellers that the latest IBG Royal Navy Hunt class Destroyers are also in stock now for less than a tenner each! thanks Mike
  4. Aero L-29 Delfín 1:72 AdvantGarde Model Kits Designed in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, the Delfín was a two-seat military jet trainer used by the Warsaw Pact countries that is still in operation with some countries and in private hands today. It is simple in construction and cheap to operate, with a good safety record due to its pleasant handling characteristics, which endears it to the cost conscious and anyone wishing to stay alive. Over 3,600 were made, and due to their use by the Soviet Air Force, they were dubbed "Maya" under the NATO reporting coding. As well as flight training, the Delfín is equipped with hard points to allow it to be used in weapons training, which has inevitably led to it being used in action on occasion most notably during the Yom Kippur war, but also in other "low level" conflicts over time. It has been gradually replaced by the L-39 Albatros, but still finds use with private operators for air racing, experimental flights as well as joy-rides. The Sasol Tigers in South Africa fly the L-29 as an acrobatic team, and the low cost of ownership has made it a popular entry into jet-powered flying. The Kit It is good to see AMK reducing their excellent 1.48 kit down for modellers of the one true scale The kit arrives on two main sprues of grey plastic, with a further double small sprue for the tanks & seats. There is a clear sprue with separate front/rear canopies, and a small photo-etched fret. The quality of the moulds is very good. All the parts are crisp with no flash or moulding problems visible. All the panel lines are finely recessed and the moulded on details are very good. Construction starts in the cockpit. The two seats are constructed, these have five parts each and for the scale are very good. The instrument panels are added to the cockpit tub, along with the coamings and control columns. Instruments are provided as decals. The seat rails are then installed into the cockpit tub followed by the already completed seats. Next up the nose landing gear bay is assembled along with the four part exhaust. Once these sub assemblies are complete they along with the cockpit tub can be installed into the main fuselage. The rear decking behind the cockpit is added and then the main fuselage can be closed up. Nest up are the wings. These are midway up the fuselage so you have separate left/right wings to complete. They can be modelled with the flaps up or down. If doing the flaps down then that where the photo-etched parts come into play as they provide the complex interior to the flaps. As well as these the intake parts must be placed into the wings before they are closed up. Once made the wings can be joined to the fuselage. Various antenna are then added to the fuselage. Many of these are on the centre line and it shows attention to detail that they are added as additional parts rather than being moulded onto the fuselage halves. The horizontal stabiliser is then made up and added along with the rudder. The last major step is the construction of the landing gear. The front wheel is one part added to its leg, and the rear wheels consist of separate tyres and hubs. These are added to the legs along with the outer gear door parts. The rear airbrakes can be modelled open or closed, and the underwing tanks added. Lastly the front nose cover is added along with the canopies. Markings The L-29 was used by a wide variety of operators, so the choice of marking is quite wide. AMK have elected to offer USSR Air Force Red 07 silver with red wing & tail tips and fuselage band. Czechoslovak 1978 overall silver. Czechoslovak late1970's overall silver with red fuselage band. Egyptian Air Force College Bilbeis. Sand/brown/green over red undersides. German Democratic Republic Air Force 338 green/brown camouflage over light blue undersides. Ukraine - Aeroclub of Kharkiv 2010 (as box art). The decals are glossy, in register and look colour dense. The carrier film appears minimal. Conclusion This is a great little kit from AMK. Highly recommended. We need more great kits like this in 1.72. Review sample courtesy of
  5. This is a amazing kit for me, I love it! I suggest everyone who is in fond of aircraft should try ihis kit. Not satisfied with painted, but Magister is a beautiful plane. Thanks guys.
  6. Hot new for 72nd scale fans:
  7. I've just finished the review of this here new kit, and you can have a read of it here if you're interested in what I thought of it before I started building. it's hot off the press & barely cooled down, and I've been snipping a few parts off the sprues already The first job is building and painting the engines. The parts are all clipped off & tidied up, and I've done a quick test fit in the lower fuselage to orient myself on how it all goes together. It fits beautifully so far, and most of the seams are hidden away in the long trunking. Can't be bad! I just applied the first bit of glue to the insert in the lower fuselage, which fitted like a glove. I eased it with light finger pressure to get it lined up, and now I'm just waiting for it to dry before I handle it again. I thought I'd better do one of the BM airframes in honour of the forum, and hope it doesn't end up like one of the other meanings to BM
  8. After MiG, i'll start a new project: the AMK's L-29 Delfin in egypt color. I will start working on it on monday, now presentation time. The box: The kt is a jewel: great detail, smart design, small amount of part. I think it can give me a lot of fun! Well done, AMK! The kit's decals sheet is beatiful, but i choose the HAD's offer. That's because i really love the "Nile" camo and the red undersurfaces give the right touch of color. I heard about a lack of photography evidence about the red undersurfaces; btw, i really like it and i think i will do this scheme. ciao Ale
  9. Mig-31BM/BSM Masks (for AMK) 1:48 HGW Models The superb new Mig-31 from AMK has quite a lot of glazing, and some of the windows are an odd shape, so a mask set would be a handy tool to have on-hand. HGW have been working hard on this Wünderkit, and have a few additional items that will be along shortly. The masks are pre-cut to shape, and are made from a very thin, flexible film that has a translucent pale grey colour. Each part is numbered on the instruction sheet, and the diagrams show where each one fits on the corresponding kit part. The masks cover the full surface of each panel, and should be easy to fit due to their translucency, with each one fitting snugly down, but adding very little in the way of thickness, which reduces the chances of paint build-up around the edges. As well as every canopy and windscreen panel, there are also masks for the coaming between the pilots and both of the landing lights in the nose gear bay door. As the Foxhound often had liberal quantities of pinkish sealant goo applied around the edges of the windscreens, if you have the initial edition without the decals for this, try adding a thin strip of tape around the edges of the masks (once applied) after airbrushing some pink paint around the canopy. Remember to add some interior green first though, so it doesn't show through! Review samples courtesy of
  10. Mig-31 Foxhound Update Set & Masks (for AMK) 1:48 Eduard AMK's kit of the Foxhound is truly stunning both in terms of detail and fit, so it was expected that Eduard's sets for it might be more in the way of "icing on the cake", and easing the painting of the cockpit for the modeller. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Just in case you've been living under a rock for the last three months, here is a shameless plug of my build of the kit OOB over the Christmas 2015 period. Mig-31BM Update Set (49752) This is two fret set, one of which is nickel plated and pre-painted to be used within the cockpit, the other being mostly used to upgrade the exhaust cans. One of the most notable items missing from the kit were the seatbelts, which this set rectifies with pre-painted belts, ejector handles and some small parts on the headbox. The instrument panels are all replaced by multi-layer laminations that are again pre-painted, as are the side console parts, which require the removal of small sections of the kit parts. The most substantial part of the update however is a complete replacement set of the inner exhaust "petals", which requires the removal of the kit's rendition from its ring, enlarging of the hole, then the rolling of the new petals into a cylinder and insertion in the newly enlarged hole. After that 18 actuators are added to the outside and 27 tiny blow-out parts to the inside where they would hang down under gravity with engines off. A new set of afterburner rings are also included, which sit deep in the fuselage and can just be seen on the finished model. The other parts include some fine details for the main gear bays, oleo-scissor skins, nose gear mudguard skins, rings for the landing lights, and a number of additional sensors and aerials around the nose, plus vanes on the pitot probe. Finally, a gaggle of static wicks are supplied to replace those easy-to-knock-off kit ones (ask me how I know). Masks (EX489) The Foxhound doesn't have a huge amount of glazing, but it does have some tricky shapes, and because of the scale fidelity, the frames can be a little indistinct, so a masking set will be handy. Using yellow Kabuki tape that has been die-cut to shape, A large number of small masks for the various windows, sensors and lights are included, plus a full set of masks for the canopy sections. The windscreen parts are solid, while the curved side glazing are supplied as framing, with the centres to be covered by either liquid mask or scrap tape. They have missed one tiny little ovoid window for the pilot's periscope however, but a couple of punched rings from the sheet would soon sort that out. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Mig-31 BM/BSM Foxhound 1:48 AvantGarde Model Kits (AMK) At the height of the Cold War, the West was terrified of the Mig-25 Foxbat, which was touted as a formidable aircraft that was capable of all manner of things, which was probably part propaganda on the Soviet's part, and part scare-mongering from those wishing to further fighter development in the West. As it turned out, the Foxbat was a big compromise, and was only really good in a straight line as an interceptor. A dog-fighter, it was not, and its handling at low level and low speed was also a little scary. In the mid-70s these failings led to a new requirement to replace the Mig-25 with a more capable airframe. It remained a closely guarded secret with much speculation surrounding it until the West eventually found out that it was in work, and promised to be the aircraft that the Foxbat wanted to be. Elongated to accommodate the additional crew-member, the Foxhound shares a lot of design cues with its predecessor, and could be mistaken for one by the uninformed (or for an F-16 by the modern press!). it is at heart still an interceptor, but is also able to provide air defence cover when necessary, as well as its core interceptor role, which includes the look down/shoot down of aircraft and cruise missiles. The production went on until the mid-90s, and they are still in service with Russian and Kazakhstan forces, with a replacement still some years away. The Kit There has been quite a hubbub about this new tooling from relative newcomers AMK, who although they only have a few kits in their roster so far have come up with some lovely toolings and have many many more to grace their 2016 catalogue. It's an exciting time to be a modeller! AMK's ethos is to get it as close to the real thing as they can, which means that the gestation of the kit can sometimes be longer than originally anticipated when additional information comes to light. We've been following progress on Britmodeller for some months now, and now we have the kit in our hot hands. It arrives in a nicely appointed box with a picture (rather than a painting) of a Foxhound taking off on the front, and inside there are three smaller boxes to keep the upper fuselage, missiles and nose section safe from harm, with the rest of the sprues taking up the remaining space. There are fifteen sprues including the two fuselage halves in mid-grey styrene, plus another twelve one-piece sprues for the superb slide-moulded weapons load, a sizeable clear sprue, a small sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) parts, two small white metal weights, and finally the instruction booklet with painting guide to the rear in full colour. Apart from the initial "ooh, that's big!" impression, the overall package is of a high standard, giving plenty of cues in the shape of the inner boxes, the re-sealable bags for each sprue, inclusion of weights, and the general level of high detail throughout the model. The instructions are also to a high standard, and the use of slide-moulding to manufacture parts such as the nose area in one piece is pretty impressive. Attention to detail is good, even to the extent that a separate canopy has been included to ease the way for those of us that prefer to pose our models with the canopies closed. The quality of moulding on the weapons is jaw-dropping, and even the moulding seams are minimal, with no evidence of mould-slip. My one tiny gripe is that there are some ejection pin marks that are in tricky places such as on components with cylindrical surfaces, and in the low areas of ribbed panels. Sadly, that's one of the unavoidable by-products of injection moulding, but with a little work, they can be rendered invisible. Breaking with tradition, the build starts with the engines! There are a pair of engine carcasses that fill up the internal space within the fuselage, but aren't really meant to be displayed open, just to act as place-holders for the detailed two-stage front face of the compressor, and the exhaust tube, which is made up from a number of cylindrical sections to avoid annoying filling of seams within the confines of the trunking. This slips inside the engine "tube" and both engines are set aside for a while as the intake trunks are built up. They are handed, and include the main gear bays in their make-up, starting with the main trunk that is split vertically, to which a top and bottom section are added toward the front, which has a more squared-off profile, transitioning to circular aft of the gear bays. A ribbing detail part and bay sidewall are added to the underside, and then various small equipment, bulkhead and actuator details are installed. Repeat this for the other intake, then activity begins on the lower fuselage, which also includes the fuselage sides of this slab-sided monster. An insert fits within the belly, a gun fairing is added on the starboard side, and weirdly the instructions tell you to add the bay doors at this stage, which I'd ignore because they just wouldn't survive to completion! Flipping over the lower fuselage allows the intake trunking and engine/exhaust tube to be installed, with the nose gear bay placed between the two forks of underside at the front, just in front of the moulded-in bulkhead through which the intakes pass. The upper fuselage included the inner wing panels, with separate outers added to the full-width lower wing part, which is inserted in the fuselage from below, hiding away the lattice of stiffeners that hold the wings to the correct angle. The lower wing panel also has ribs and stringers moulded into it to reduce flex of the wings, which seems to be a theme for the model, as they are also present inside both fuselage halves. The multi-part leading edge slats are fitted on their tabs in either raised or lowered poses by using different parts with appropriately shaped tabs, with the flaps on the trailing edge using the same method of positioning. A single wing fence is glued on the upper wing and covers almost the full chord of the wing at that point. The upper fuselage and wings are then added to the lower fuselage, and it starts to look like an aircraft. There's still quite a bit of length missing from the Foxhound at this point, as the nose and intake parts are still on the sprues. The cockpit is built up first though, with a nicely detailed tub, sidewalls, and control column added, and then slid inside the impressive single-part nose moulding. With it glued in place, the two coamings can be added, plus a choice of closed or deployed refuelling probe, with and without fairings, depending on which decal option you choose. The nose cone and complex probe on the tip are also glued in place, and set aside while the intakes are built up. They have inner and outer skins, with both sides ending up well-detailed, and during assembly on the fuselage, the drop-doors are added in the open or closed position. The nose is also installed, and this butts up against the moulded-in bulkhead, and it is held in the correct position by a couple of sturdy pegs with corresponding holes in the bulkhead. She's still not at full length, as the tail fin also has a chunk of fuselage moulded in. The fins have a separate insert on one side, as well as a poseable rudder, and the ventral strake that fits on a long tab so that it stays vertical. The elevators are single thickness at the trailing edge, but the "meat" of them are two-layers, using an insert that follows convenient panel lines to avoid sink-marks due to over-thick plastic. They attach to the two tail sections using a set of four T-shaped parts that are inserted from within the fuselage, but the instructions aren't particularly clear that you only use one of each of the tab-parts for level flight and the other for them deflected down. The drawings show both inserted even though there is only space for one, and there is no annotation to give you a clue when inserting the tabs. You should be able to work out what goes where pretty quickly once you have the parts in your hand however. Both tails are then added to their cut-outs in the rear of the fuselage, and a very nice exhaust added to each engine. Now she really looks like a Mig-31! To get her sat on her own legs, you have the nose gear leg already installed during the nose gear bay construction, and the main wheels fit into substantial holes in the bay walls, with successive scrap diagrams showing their correct orientation. The horizontal portion is then added, along with some additional struts, after which you can add the wheels, with one on each end of the horizontal strut, each of which is made up from two tyre parts and two hubs. The tyres are well detailed, but would benefit from a rub with a sanding stick to give the impression of a bit of weight on them. The nose gear leg has two similar wheels, and is enclosed at the bag by a large mud-guard that clips to the axle ends. The cockpit is finished off by building up the two detailed K-36DM ejection seats, which are capable of turfing out the pilots safely either in flight or on the ground, which must be comforting for them! They are installed in the cockpit, and the modeller can choose whether to display them by leaving the canopies open, or button it all up to show off the 31's sleek lines. Either that, or you messed up the cockpit! AMK kindly provide a four-part canopy for the opened option, and a two-part canopy split at the windscreen to pose it closed. The mirror on the rear canopy can be posed up or down too by using the delicate plastic & PE parts supplied. The canopies in the up position have styrene inserts that fit within them and give a good representation of the interior detail that most manufacturers don't bother with. It's something that I would like to see become a trend, as a smooth glossy canopy interior isn't very realistic – good work guys! The Foxhound is able to carry quite a heap of weapons, and its under fuselage is recessed specifically to carry four R-33 missiles in a semi-recessed manner. There are four in the box, and they are moulded as one main part using a sliding mould to get detail on all sides, with additional parts to improve the detail even further. They end up to almost the same level of detail as you'd expect from resin. The missiles fit on short pylons & the tips of their upper fins fold over so they can snuggle down under the fuselage better. There are also two pylons under each wing, and you have the choice of R-73 or R-77 missiles, which again you get four each of. Check your references to get a realistic war-load or training load, as the weapons diagram shows that all wing pylons are capable of carrying either missile. Markings There are four markings options in the box, but grey is the only colour, having only their numbers and a few pennants to differentiate. It's a good job the airframe itself cuts quite a dash, as the colour schemes don't, but that's modern camouflage for you! From the box you can build one of the following: Mig-31BM Red 34, Ivan Pilipenko, Russian Air Force Mig-31BM Blue 93, Russian Air Force, Moscow Zhukovsky (Ramenskoye), 2009 Mig-31BM Blue 93, Russian Air Force, Moscow Zhukovsky (Ramenskoye), 2013 Mig-31BSM Red 25, Russian Air Force, Akhtubinsk Air Base, 2014 There are two decals sheets included in the box, one of which consists entirely of stencils for the airframe and missiles. It's no wonder then that the stencils are dealt with over four pages, which the decal designers have sensibly placed together on the sheet to save you playing hunt-the-decal too much. There are also written headings to show the theme of each area of the sheet, so you shouldn't go too far astray. The national markings and additional decals are printed on the other smaller sheet, and both sheets have good register, colour density and sharpness, with a thin, glossy carrier film cropped reasonably closely to the printing. Conclusion Wow! The aircraft itself is superb to look at, and the model is very well detailed, well-engineered and inspires enthusiasm from the moment you open the box. I'll be building this over the next few weeks and you're welcome to stop by to egg me on with words of encouragement here. Extremely highly recommended. Available any minute now from all good model shops & online retailers. Review sample courtesy of
  12. Merry Christmas to all B.M. members and their family Final build of the year for me and quite a productive one with this making number 14 Cant go into too much details as this will feature in a future issue of SAM, so only posting a few teaser shots for you. Aircraft depicted is from the Slovakian Air force and uses the kit Decals. Finished with Gunze and Tamiya paints. Weathering was kept to a minimum as reference photos seem to suggest a clean appearance of these airframes even after retirement. Seems there might be a problem with some not being able to see the photo's just in case here are the direct links, http://imageshack.com/a/img903/811/kwOpHe.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img908/7597/FuFcSy.jpg As usual comments welcome, Thanks for Looking Rick G.
  13. 1/48 swing-wing Fitter could be next Avantgarde release after the Foxhound, Tomcat and Albatros. Unconfirmed speculation at local modelling discusions but here are some connections between the AMK and Czech modellers.
  14. #36/2015 After the Pilatus PC-6 and the Saab Safir, now this year´s third addition to our homefleet. In 1959 our airforce bought 18 Magister which were used for training and aerobatics. The last ones stayed in service until 1972 and were sold to Bangladesh, Biafra, Gabun and Ireland. AMK kit with decals from the Kinetic kit. The little airscoops on the rear engine covers are also from the Kinetic kit because they aren´t provided in the AMK kit. Painted once again with Tamiya Titanium Silver. some original footage: Austrian Airforce jet history in the 2nd Republic since 1955 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlyzemrqBjA and a vid showing the former USAF Tulln Airbase, now again in Austrian hands, in 1959 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlyzemrqBjA AMK and Kinetic kit
  15. It is just simply to show how AMK develop model kits. The 10 processes are listed below: 1. Information Gathering. 2. 3D Design. 3. Sprue Design/Mould Layouts. 4. Mould Design. 5. Mould Making. 6. Plastic Testing. 7. Box Design. 8. Manual Design. 9. Decal Design. 10. Professional Review. Pictures of each process will come correspondently................
  16. After its future Aero L-29 Delfin (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234934843-148th-aero-l-29-delfin-by-avantgarde-model-kits-cad-drawing/) the next AvantGarde Model 1/48th kit should be a Potez Air Fouga CM.170R Magister - ref.88004 Source: https://www.facebook.com/AMKHOBBY?ref=stream V.P.
  17. First time I hear about a 1/48th Il-28 "Beagle" project by AMK/AvantGarde Model Kits. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234946328-mig-31bm-avantgarde-model-148/?p=2021098 AMK rumours recap: - AMD-BA Super Etendard was announced a loooonnng time ago. In de meantime Kinetic has also announced one... - Aero L-39 Albatros: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234981743-148-aero-l-39-albatros-avantgarde-model-kits-2017/ - Mil Mi-24 "Hind": http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234981741-148-mil-mi-24-hind-avantgarde-model-kits - Mil Mi-8 "Hip": http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234981742-148-mil-mi-8-hip-avantgarde-model-kits/ - Considering the current strong AMK Czech connections, a 1/48th Ilyushin Il-28 "Beagle" make sense. It's noted that Xuntong Model is also working on a 1/48th "Beagle" family: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234980747-148-ilyushin-il-28-beagle-by-xuntong-model-cads/ V.P.
  18. Hello chaps This is a very nice 1:48 delfin kit by AMK. The only aftermarket is the Eduard interior PE and the SyAAF decals. Enough has been said about the model and how it goes together in the WIP thread. For more pictures, please check my blog http://militaryaviation148.blogspot.com/2015/06/l-29-delfin-syaaf-130.html Thanks for looking and do not hesitate to comment. cheers, Vasko
  19. Hello once again Besides my freshly started Iraqi Hunter, I decided to post some build photos of this wonderful kit I started earlier - the AMK L-29 This is a special build for a friend, the author of the Luftwaffe A.S blog. That said you already know it's gonna be in livery of one of them rare Syrian birds. The plane was in NMF carrying the flag with the eagle of Saladin on the tail with nose and tail painted in red. Besides some decals I also acquired the Eduard PE interior. But enough with the talk let's skip to the photos. The AMK kit -highly recommended, excellent details, great fitting, smooth surface, hard plastic, some PE included, nice boxing... The aftermarket... The only shortcoming of this PE set is the most common problem of all pre-painted Eduard sets and that is you can't switch the color. The Delfin's cockpit might also be grey, but judging by the photos of Syrian examples that could be blue too. So blue it is... I enjoyed working with PE The structure behind the flaps is nicely detailed with the PE included in the kit The fitting of the kit is great and can be comparable to Tamiya models more to come cheers
  20. Fouga CM.170 Magister 1:48 AMK AvantGarde Model Kits The Magister is probably Fouga's most well know design even though they had been producing aircraft since 1936. Post war the company was working on sailplanes and the heritage from this can be seen in the Magister design. In 1948 the French Air Force were looking for a jet powered aircraft to replace the then piston engine trainers. Fouga's original design the CM130 was underpowered with two Turbomeca Palas engines. Fouga then re-designed their aircraft to incorporate the more powerful Marbore engines, et voilà the CM170 Magister. The distinctive V tail, and slender wings bear testament to Fouga's sailplane designs. The prototype Magister flew in 1952 with an order for the first 10 being placed in 1953. The Magister was the worlds purpose designed/built jet powered trainer. It is also worthy to note the Magister made it into carrier aviation. With a few changes to the structure and undercarriage, the addition of an arrestor hook, and sliding canopies the CM175 Zephyr was born. Interestingly carrier trials took place on HMS Bulwark and HMS Eagle. The French aircraft industry in parallel with the UK went through many mergers with the aircraft being known as the Fouga Magister, Potez Magister, Sud Aviation Magister; and finally The Aerospatile Magister; though always actually being called The "Fouga" Magister. Development of the aircraft continued right up until the French selected its replacement, the Alpha Jet. Overseas sales proved popular were made to primarily to Germany, Belgium, Finland, and Israel; with Germany, Finland & Israel building them under licence. Of a total of 929 aircraft built, 286 were built under license. The basic jet was very affordable to operate for smaller Air Forces. Other users would include, Algeria, Austria, Bangladesh, Biafra, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, El Salvador, Gabon, Katanga, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda. Many counties including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Finland; and Israel would use the aircraft for their National Aerobatic display teams. Even though primarily a trainer many of these smaller nations would use the aircraft for its light strike capacity as well. Israel would use them in combat during the 6 day war, El Salvador saw them used during its civil war, and aircraft used by The Katangese Air Force were used against the UN during the Congo crisis in 1961. The Kit Many of us have been waiting for this kit since AMK announced they would be making it. On opening the box you are not disappointed. You are presented with 6 sprues of dark grey plastic, two clear plastic sprues, a small sheet of photo-etched parts; and plastic case containing die cast metal parts. Be careful how you open the case as the metal parts have a tendency to ping out! As well as the box of metal parts, the other item to stand out from the box is that you get the complete fuselage sprue in clear plastic. This will enable the modeller to build this kit with the insides on show. The idea of a "visible" kit has been done by a few companies over the years and AMK seem to wish to carry this on. As you get this clear option you also get two complete engines, main wing spar (in metal), the centre line fuel tank, the secondary oil tank, electronics bay, pressure bay, and the nose electronics/gun bay. This kit will be a super detailers dream with all these parts to show off. There is no surprise though that construction starts with the cockpit. Each seat is made up from five plastic parts. These are installed into the one part cockpit tub. There are then a total of 16 small parts for the cockpit which will give it a really busy look. Two oxygen bottles are installed behind the front seat , followed by instrument panels and control columns. Two metal weights are supplied to attach under the cockpit to stop the model from being a tail sitter. The secondary fuel tank then needs to be assembled. Even if you are not doing the visible model this item needs to be constructed as it forms the rear cockpit bulkhead. The next stages build the internal parts which need to be built for the visible model, and can be skipped if the modeller is not doing this. The main/primary fuel tank is built. The forward face of this can be either the plastic part, or the main white metal part which looks to be the main wing spar. The main tank is made from two sides, the rear bulkhead and the front main spar part. Three additional stiffening ribs are added to each side. Next step is the rear electronics bay which sits behind the main fuel tank. This is very detailed comprising of a total of 22 parts. Even though the instructions call this an electronics bay in reality an hydraulic pump and generator. Two separate equipment racks are constructed and joined. The final internal section for the main fuselage is what the instructions call the Pressure Bay, this is in the location indicated as an equipment bay. Correctly painted and detailed all of the parts should look very good when installed in the clear fuselage. Next construction moves onto the fuselage and is the same if you are making the visible or solid version. A support is installed in each side at the rear of the V tail-planes. A plastic part can be used, or replaced by a white metal part. The cockpit is installed with the secondary fuel tank behind it. If using the visible fuselage then the main fuel tank, equipment bay, and pressure bay are installed. If the modeller is using the solid fuselage then only the wing spar part need to be installed behind the secondary fuel tank. The next stage is to close up the main fuselage. Once this is closed up the main fuselage panel is installed on the underside. Construction then moves to the top of the fuselage. The radio equipment which is mounted under the rearmost canopy section is assembled. Once the main fuselage is finished construction moves to the outside of it. The intakes and engines need to be assembled as these are not internal to the main fuselage. A full length intake is provided for each engine. This is a two part intake with an outer cover. These parts can be constructed in clear or solid plastic. Once the intakes are complete attention moves to the engines and exhausts. Two full engines are included. Each is made up from eleven parts. Once installed the exhausts are installed. Again these are supplied as plastic parts and white metal parts. Rear engine covers are then installed. These are supplied as clear and solid plastic so the full engines can be visible. Once the main fuselage is complete the canopies are added (I suspect most modellers will leave this until the end though). Some of the decal options have a solid read canopy and this is supplied as a separate solid plastic part. The distinctive periscope for the rear seater which is on the centre canopy section between the two cockpits is added. Construction then switches to the wings. The wings are of a conventional upper & lower configuration. The internal bulkheads of the wheel wells will need to be added before closing up the wings. If installing wing pylons the holes for these will need to be drilled out. Separate flaps are supplied, and there are options for these to be in the deployed position. Photo-etched parts are supplied for the wing mounted air/dive brakes. These can be modelled in either the in, or out positions. Separate automatic balance tabs are added to the wings along with linkages which are supplied as photo-etched parts. Both types of wing tip tanks fitted to The Magister are supplied. The modeller will need to research which were fitted to the aircraft which is being modelled. Three part wheel are made up and attached to the legs. Even though strangely missing from the instructions the legs are supplied as both metal and plastic parts. Landing gear doors are attached with photo-etched hinges. The gear retraction arms are again supplied in both metal and plastic (though again missed of the instructions). The V tail-planes are assembled with the distinctive control linkages available again in metal or plastic. The last major construction step is the nose landing gear and its compartment. In The Magister the front gear is attached by a frame to the main forward bulkhead. This is accurately modelled in the kit. The main frames are available as metal or plastic mats, as is the nose wheel leg. Machine guns (if fitted) are supplied for the compartment over the nose gear. The distinctive hoop VOR antenna on the nose are supplied as metal parts. Finally it is up to the modeller to fit all the sub-assemblies together. The wings and tail-planes are added, followed by the nose section. Covers are then fitted to the nose section. Again these are in clear plastic if wanted to show off all the detail on the nose. Fuselage access hatches and antenna will be added at this point. These did change and the instructions show which need to be added for the decal options. If modelling another aircraft the modeller will need to research the aircraft antenna configuration used. For those countries which used their Magisters in the light strike role a small selection of armament is included in the kit. There are small bombs, double stacked rockets, flat faced rocket pods, and what appear to be Matra F2 rocket pods. Metal and Photo-etched Parts A small fret of photo-etched parts is supplied. The main parts on here are for the wing mounted air/dive brakes which can be modelled in either the open or closed positions. Control linkages are also supplied along with a five point harness for each cockpit. The brass will need to be annealed for these as its thicker than other photo-etch I have seen. The white metal zinc cast parts are supplied in their own plastic box. As mentioned be careful when opening this as they tend to ping out and you don't want them lost to the dreaded carpet monster. The metal parts supplied are for The Main Wing Spar, tail-plane mounting spars, exhausts, nose weights, front landing gear frame & leg, main landing gear legs, machine guns; and some control linkages. The casting on these parts is very good and minimal clean up will be needed. Decals Decals are provided for five aircraft. There is no manufacture listed on the decal sheet. The decals do look glossy, well printed and have minimal carrier film. The colours are bright and the density looks good. Its a little disappointing that the options do not include some of the smaller countries that used the Magister. The markings supplied are; Luftwaffe camouflaged aircraft. Belgian Air Force trainer. Belgian Air Force trainer - Marked "The Last Of Many". Belgian Air Force "Red Devils" Aerobatic Team. French Air Force "Patrouille de France" Aerobatic Team. Conclusion This kit is certainly a step up from other kits I have seen, and is certainly not for the novice modeller. Even though its only AMK's forth model, if they continue in this vein we should be seeing more from them. Overall highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Avantgarde Model kits AMK Kfir C2 the new and very comprehensive Kfir decals sheets " Dazzling Kings I & II" with lots of stencils in English, Spanisch, etc, to build nearly any Kfir that is not operated by the Israeli AF/DF It will be a Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) C2 with very spartan markings with the Pre 2008? roundels Interestingly SLAF Kfirs are equiped with the newer (MK10?) ejection seat (according to all pics I found on the net) which cockpit would the informed one use in this Kfir? the C2 or the C7 version? These kfirs seem to be a hybrid... :~ now the AMK kit: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234925006-148th-iai-kfir-c2c7-by-avantgarde-model-kits-released/page-3?hl=kfir The kit is very nice! Close to Tamiya quality in my opinion! Very clear panel lines, superb fit, it nearly falls together! thanks for looking and thanks as well for any kind of criticism and ideas !
  22. IAI Kfir C2/C7 1:48 AvantGarde Model Kits The Kfir is an Israeli development of the successful Mirage III, which was used by the Israelis successfully as a Mach 2 all-weather interceptor with success, but they felt it lacked the loiter time that would be needed if a ground-attack role was to be added its task list. As a result of an arms embargo, Israel built the Nesher, an unlicensed Mirage 5, which was then improved further and was suitably different to be renamed as the Kfir. It entered service in 1975, and was almost immediately superseded in the air superiority role when the first F-15s arrived from America. The C2 variant added more swept canards, dog-tooth leading edges to the wings and strakes under the nose, while the C7 had more hardpoints added under the air intakes, a new engine with more thrust, in-flight refuelling probe, plus many upgrades to the avionics, which includes HOTAS capabilities. It continued in service into the late 90s, after which it was replaced by more modern aircraft, but many are still on strength, whilst being offered for sale to potential purchasers that included Argentina. The Kit This was the first release from newcomers AdvantGarde Models, and was the second Kfir to be released in this scale in 2013. It arrives in a nicely presented box that is perhaps a little flimsy to be placed at the bottom of a pile of heavy kits for any length of time. Inside are a bunch of small and large sprues carefully packed into resealable bags that will please those of us that like to peruse our kits but keep them safe from damage and loss of parts. There are three large sprues, a separate lower wing sprue, plus twelve smaller sprues, all of which are moulded in a mid-grey styrene. Clear parts are bagged separately, as are the decals, and the instruction booklet is taller than A4, printed on glossy paper, which includes the painting and decaling guide at the rear. First impressions? Pretty good for a first kit, and apart from a few inconveniently placed ejector pin marks here and there, there really isn't much to complain about. It would appear that the ideal mould pressure and temperature have been dialled in now, resulting in the mild flash present on early injections of the kit being absent on my sample. The instructions are of good quality, making construction straight forward, and the inclusion of plenty of munitions for the pylons is a lesson to some companies. Construction starts naturally enough with the cockpit, which has a single part tub with a chunky looking rear bulkhead added to the rear. The coaming and a choice of two instrument panels are added to the front, forcing you to select either C2 or C7 variants, which had upgraded avionics, as evidenced by the MFD in the bottom left of the panel. The control column is added to a slot in the floor, but you might want to sand that floor a little before you start, as it has a few feint ejector pin marks present that may or may not be seen once the seat is installed. The rudder pedals are moulded into the front bulkhead in a simplified way, which may bring out the scratch-builder in you, or make you wait until the Eduard sets arrive, which I'll be reviewing soon. The ejector seat is made up from two clamshell halves, plus seat pad, drogue-chute pack and top-box for the earlier Martin Baker JM6 seat, and integrated top box for the later Mk.IN10LH seat. The overhead pull-handles for the C2 are moulded into the drogue pack, while they aren't used on the C7 seat, but both have the pull-handle between the pilot's knees. Turning over the cockpit, the nose gear bay is then built into the underside rear of the cockpit tub, from four separate panels that form the bay, with plenty of detail on each side due to the part count. After these two steps are complete, you can close up the fuselage, after removing a couple of sensor bumps that aren't appropriate to these marks. Whether that suggests other versions is entirely up to you! The wings are next on the agenda, and the same method for construction of the main wheel bays is used, namely individual panels that make up the shallow bays, which are then glued to the inside of the full width inner wing. The narrow outer sections of the bay walls are moulded into the wings, so don't forget to paint these and the inner skin of the upper wings, which are moulded with some nice detail. Cannon muzzles, a pair of clear lights near the wing tips, flap actuator fairings and a belly insert are added before the assembly is offered up to the large hole in the underside of the fuselage. The splitter plates with moulded in shock-cones are added, and to them are added the outer surfaces of the intake trunking, with the small canards mounted on small fairings at the upper sides of the intakes. There is no trunking behind this area, and frankly you wouldn't see it even if there was, because of the shock cones that take up a large portion of the space within. A profusion of auxiliary intakes and sensors are added to the spine of the fuselage, and later to the undersides, as well as a large pair of two-part intakes just aft of the main gear bays. At this stage the instructions would have you fit the landing gear and their doors, but these are probably best left until later, to avoid damage during handling. The main gear legs are made up from the main leg, plus a two-part oleo scissor-link, and a jack that runs up the leg, which then fix to the outer sides of the gear bay, plus another retraction jack that stretches toward the centreline. The bay doors have moulded in detail, plus a set of hinges, and location points for the single captive door that attaches to the leg itself. A scrap diagram shows the correct orientation of the doors from a forward view, which will be very useful for setting the angle of the large central doors. The nose gear leg has the retraction jack moulded in, but half of the Y-shaped base is a separate part, as is half of the yoke that holds the small nose wheel in position. The main wheels are made up from two part tyres with separate hubs, while the nose gear wheel is a single moulded part, and all have good detail. More choices lie ahead depending on whether you are building the earlier C2 or later C7, with the C2 having a blanking plate that fits to a hole under the nose, while the C7 has a Pave Penny laser designator pod semi-recessed into the plate, and a separate clear lens part to improve the look. The nose cone is separate and made from two parts, with different parts either removed or added, depending on which variant you have chosen, and this locates on a large peg into the front of the fuselage. At the rear of the airframe, the large hole is filled by a nicely detailed exhaust trunk, which includes a very nicely moulded set of petals, a two-part trunking section that has difficult to remove ejector pin marks in the fluted walls, which is topped off with the afterburner ring, and the rear face of the engine. This is simply slotted into the hole in the rear of the fuselage, held steady on a pair of C-shaped guides moulded into the insides of the fuselage that locate on the rail running down the sides of the exhaust trunking. The rear section of the belly insert is also added at this stage to complete the area, unless you are building the C2, which has a pair of small bomb racks added under the rear of the belly. The rudder is moulded into the fuselage halves, but a small insert containing an instrument pack is added late in the build, which again suggests other variants, plus the tip to the pen-nib above the exhaust. The two-part canopy and ejector seats are added last along with the HUD glass, two rear-view mirrors, pull-handle for the canopy and pitot probe on its mount just below the tip of the nose. The rest of the build process revolves around the construction of the munitions and their pylons, of which there are quite a choice in the box, as follows: 2 x Python-3 AAM 6 x Mk.82 Iron "dumb" bombs 2 x TER 2 x TER adaptor pylon 1 x centreline bomb pylon 1 x Napgach centreline MER pylon 2 x Griffin LGB with pylon 2 x GBU-12 LGB with pylon 1 x Centreline supersonic tank 2 x wing mounted subsonic tank Painting and decaling instructions for all the weapons are included using Gunze call-outs. A suggested load-out for both decal options is also given on the last page of the instructions, which is helpful for folks like myself that aren't yet 100% fluent in "bomb speak". Markings There are two choices of markings in the box, but only one per variant, which seems a little short on choice, but there are plenty of aftermarket decals out there if you feel the urge to be more individual. From the box you can build one of the following: C2 #874 1st Fighter Squadron 1979 - FS36320 over FS36375 (two shades of light grey) with a red/white striped rudder and desert camouflaged wing tanks. C7 #555 The Arava Guardians Squadron 1990 – Three tone sand/brown/pale green over grey with a red/yellow motif on the upper tail. The C7's pale green colour is given as FS34424 and a mix of 60% Gunze 312 and 40% 314 is suggested in order to achieve this unusual shade. A separate page on the inside rear cover for the booklet is used to show where the myriad of stencils are placed, in order not to over-complicate the main painting and markings guide. Conclusion An excellent first outing for new company AvantGarde Models, and a worthy addition to the stash. Detail is good throughout, and the inclusion of plenty of weapons makes for a well-rounded package. Highly recommended. Available from all good model shops online and in the high street. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Aero L-29 Delfín 1:48 AdvantGarde Model Kits Designed in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, the Delfín was a two-seat military jet trainer used by the Warsaw Pact countries that is still in operation with some countries and in private hands today. It is simple in construction and cheap to operate, with a good safety record due to its pleasant handling characteristics, which endears it to the cost conscious and anyone wishing to stay alive. Over 3,600 were made, and due to their use by the Soviet Air Force, they were dubbed "Maya" under the NATO reporting coding. As well as flight training, the Delfín is equipped with hard points to allow it to be used in weapons training, which has inevitably led to it being used in action on occasion most notably during the Yom Kippur war, but also in other "low level" conflicts over time. It has been gradually replaced by the L-39 Albatros, but still finds use with private operators for air racing, experimental flights as well as joy-rides. The Sasol Tigers in South Africa fly the L-29 as an acrobatic team, and the low cost of ownership has made it a popular entry into jet-powered flying. The Kit AMK are a relatively new company, and this is only their second kit to be released with more on the horizon. It arrives in a compact top-opening box that has a premium feel to it, and inside this continues with a pair of card inserts that help prevent the contents of the box from spilling out. Under these are five sprues of medium grey styrene, a small sprue of clear parts, a Photo-Etch (PE) brass sheet, square decal sheet and a glossy instruction manual with painting instructions on the rear pages. The quality feel extended to the sprues, which are individually bagged in resealable clear foil bags, with the exception of the weapons sprues, which share a small bag. The tooling is good quality, with perhaps only the engraved panel lines appearing a shade wider than I would have liked, although by the time they are primed and painted, it probably won't notice. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, using isometric line drawings to convey the assembly process, with colour call-outs in black boxes, using the Gunze Sangyo paint range which is popular in the Far East, and gaining ground in the UK. Construction starts with the cockpit, and a pair of ejection seats are built up from a two-piece frame to which the seat cushion and back cushions are added. The rear-seat has the canopy breaker framework removed, so make sure you place it in the rear cockpit once you're ready. The copckpit is a single tub into which the central bulkhead and instrument panels fit, along with the front coaming and two control columns that reflect its trainer status. Decals are supplied for the instrument panels, which is always useful to improve the look of your cockpit, and a pair of ejection seat rails are added to the back of each cockpit area, the rear set being cut shorter and adding a pair of shrouds around the rear-seater's shoulders. The nose gear bay has to be built up next along with the single engine exhaust, as both of them are trapped inside the fuselage with the cockpit. The exhausts have a fine pen-nib tip to them, which is well moulded, with the exhaust trunking made from two halves and a rear-face to the engine itself at the end. The cockpit sidewalls are moulded into the fuselage halves, and are well done with a single extra part added to each side before the cockpit is installed. The nose-gear bay is also detailed with ribbing, plus various pressure bottle that add some extra interest and colour, as they are painted light blue. The fuselage closes around the three assemblies, with the cockpit rear having an insert behind the rear seat, and the engine supported by moulded in bulkheads with cut-outs that ensure it is correctly seated. You are advised to put 15g of weight under the cockpit to prevent a tail-sitter, but if you plan on leaving the nose bay closed, you can add more there too. A clear blast-screen fits between the two cockpits, framed by a very delicate hoop that is built into the fuselage halves. I suspect some of those might end up broken or bent due to us ham-fisted modellers, so take care handling the fuselage, won't you? The wings have the flap sections removed, and if you plan on modelling them retracted, all you need to do is remove the actuator rods from them and glue them in place. If you plan on having them deployed, leave the rods on, and add ten PE rib-ends to the bays on each side. It's a shame the ailerons weren't separate too though, but you can't have everything! The intakes on the Delfín are in the wing roots and are simply curved into a central tunnel to feed the engine. The intake lips are moulded into the wing roots, and a curved part with splitter is then added into the gap behind them. The splitter plate is added to the sides of the fuselage, and a shield-shaped hole in the side of the fuselage allows the intake trunking to disappear into the darkness never to be seen again. Pitot probes are moulded into the wing halves, and I'm probably going to knock those off with my clumsiness too. A clear landing light is added to the underside of the port wing and formation lights are added to both wing tips, after which the wings are glued to the fuselage, with surprisingly short tabs but a large mating surface that make it wise to check everything it aligned properly before you leave the wings to set up. The main gear bays are moulded into upper wing skins, and detail is good, although some additional wiring would probably add more life. The mouldings are quite large, but there don't seem to have been any sink-marks on the upper surface, which is nice to see. There are a few shallow sink marks on the flaps though, but as they're on a flat surface, that shouldn't take more than a few minutes to resolve. The L-29 has a T-tail, which has a single full-width elevator, which is represented as a separate part, as is the rudder, which is made up from separate halves. This gives plenty of options for offset surfaces that give the aircraft a more candid look once complete. The landing gear parts are well detailed, with twin brake hoses running down the main legs, separate hubs to the main wheels, and retraction jacks that key neatly into both gear legs and the bays. The nose gear has a Y-shaped location/pivot point, plus a long retraction jack that extends high up into the nose, so a scrap diagram shows its correct placement, protruding into the top half of the nose, where it would be seen if you plan on leaving the nose open. Gear bay doors are also well detailed, with the outer mains captive to the gear legs and inner doors hingeing toward the centreline with retraction jacks added. The nose gear bay has a sliding rear door that sits flush with the underside of the fuselage, and a front door that hinges forward to deploy the gear, and then closes behind it. The Delfín has scabbed-on air-brakes that sit on the fuselage skin, and hinge out to slow the aircraft down using retraction jacks that sit within a small bay on the side of the fuselage. This is represented well by a pair of styrene parts with moulded in lightening holes on the inner face that sneakily hide some well-placed ejector pin marks. There is a bit of flash here on my example, which I will cut off using a new blade on my scalpel, so nothing untoward. The hinges are PE parts that affix to the leading edge of the brakes, and slot into two small depressions on the side of the fuselage. A pair of drop-tanks are provided for the underwing plyons, but if you have some references that show weapons mounted, you could always add your own pylons and munitions to spice things up a little. The canopy and nose bay cover can be posed open or closed, with the nose bay cover hingeing forward on a substantial tab. The canopy is supplied as a three-part arrangement, with a fixed windscreen glued to the front, a side-opening front canopy with optional retaining strap if you pose it open, and a sliding rear canopy with a small bulkhead behind the cockpit opening. All parts are well moulded with defined framework, and are crystal clear, so with careful masking and painting should perform well. Markings The L-29 was used by a wide variety of operators, so the choice of marking is quite wide. AMK have elected to offer eight choices from the box, which is pretty generous, and these cover 6 different operators, as follows: USSR Air Force Blue 38 or Red 07 – silver with red wing & tail tips and fuselage band. Czech Republic 1996 – 3401 silver with red wing & tail tips. Czech Air Force – 1420 silver with red wing & tail tips. Slovak Air Force – White 2 2846, sand/brown/green camouflage over grey undersides. Red nose and wingtips. German Democratic Republic Air Force – 338 green/brown camouflage over light blue undersides. Iraqi Air Force - silver with red nose stripe, wing & tail tips. Indonesian Air Force – LL-2902 pale grey with red nose, wing & tail tips and fuselage band. The decals are well printed with good register, although the black seems to be a little heavy in places, and there is stepping evident on curves and diagonals under magnification. Overall though, the sheet is nicely done, with plenty of colour, a decal for the anti-glare panel, and four instrument panel decals in case you make a mess of one set. Conclusion A nice release that looks like it should build up well. I made a start on it the day after writing this, and you can see my build thread here. For a relatively new company, the quality is there, although the decals are lagging behind a little. I'm looking forward to their new Fouga Magister though, as it looks even more detailed. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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