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  1. Silbervogel Antipodal-Bomber (72014) 1/72 AMP via A-Market Silbervogel is German for Silver Bird. It was also a design in the late 1930s for a liquid rocket powered lifting body aircraft designed for long rage bombing using sub-orbital flight. To say it was ambitious for the time is certainly right. It was one of the designs considered by Nazi Germany for an Amerkia Bomber. The aircraft was intended to fly long distances in a series of short hops. It was to be launched by beng propelled along a 3 km long rail track by a rocket-powered sled. Once airborne, it would fire its own rocket engine and continue to climb to an altitude of 145 km, at which point it would be travelling at about 21,800 km/h. It would then gradually descend into the stratosphere, where the increasing air density would generate lift against the flat underside of the aircraft, eventually causing it to "bounce" and gain altitude again; this pattern would be repeated. but because of aerodynamic drag, each bounce would be shallower than the preceding one, even given this the aircraft should have been able to cross the Atlantic, deliver a 4,000 kg bomb to the continental US, and then continue its flight to a landing site somewhere in the Japanese–held Pacific, a total journey of 19,000 to 24,000 km. When there was interest in these spaceplanes after WWII ex German Rocket Scientist Major-General Dr. Walter Robert Dornberger referred to the aircraft as the Antipodal Bomber as this was more politically correct than "Amerika Bomber" to his then American hosts under project Paperclip. The Kit This is a new tool from AMP part of MikroMir with the sprues and moulding hedging more to the shorter run style. Moulding quality is good with a small amount of flash being present on some parts, panel lines being engraved. There are two major parts for the body along with one major sprue and four smaller ones, and a complete clear nose for the front. Masks (not shown) are also included in the kit. Construction starts with the cockpit (no surprise there). The floor attaches to the rear bulkhead then the seats go in along with the control columns and instrument panels. A surprise here is that the instrument panels and side console details are provided as 3D printed decals. Once the cockpit is finished the wheel bays and and landing gear are made up. For the rear the tailfins and the rocket exhaust are assembled. Now construction of the aircraft itself can take place. The cockpit section fits to the main underside part. This is a simple butt join so will most definitely need some internal reinforcement. The wheel bays go in and the rocket exhaust at the back. The single large body part can then go on along with the clear nose. The landing gear together with the gear doors can then be fitted, followed by the tails and the main wings. There are small tabs to attach the main wings but nothing for the tailplanes, which given the size will need some reinforcement. Decals Decals are in house and look to be fine. Normal crosses are supplied for the tail. Conclusion Its good to see a new tool of this unusual aircraft / Spaceplane in 1/72. This is not a complicated kit but will look the part once built up. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. AMP is to release a 1/72nd Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar kit - ref. ? Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/3923883764355997 3D renders V.P.
  3. AMP/MikroMir is to release in 2020 a 1/48th McDonnell Model 120 Flying Crane kit Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/2646643212080065 3D renders V.P.
  4. AMP is to release a 1/48th Boeing YL-15 Scout kit - ref. 48016 Source: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2444412328969822&id=1416295571781508 V.P.
  5. AMP is to release 1/32nd and 1/48th Hughes model 269/TH-55 Osage kits. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/2272689612808762 3D renders V.P.
  6. AMP is to release a 1/48th Bendix Model J kit - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3977633082314398&id=1416295571781508 More about the type: https://www.helis.com/UpTo50s/f_bendix.php V.P.
  7. AMP (MikroMir) is to release 1/48th Piasecki HUP-2/H-25 Army Mule & HUP-1 Retriever kits Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/2065576646853394?__xts__[0]=68.ARDE7Aiyrl2hokIONc0Fu40pPZ2z0WD8o1lRIXaytwZEbhFXnAzjiW9GgpvOSe99U2yWcFG-XTqJO3ZZXwlSV30ylsFlD6v-T_eydumbvhAAq6Cfn3wpCX9It6aNOyLo_VBae_wVMRCr6XbOmtHjPsUyXLJ3KkdsbPNa8BGJvmfypM7pf_N6dQ&__tn__=-R V.P.
  8. After the 1/48th kits (link & link ) here are the 1/72nd Sikorsky S-51/WS-51 family by AMP Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/2571311366279917 V.P.
  9. My first pre-quarantine build is 1927 Schneider Throphy winner the N 220 S.5 flown by Flt. Lt. Webster, A.F.C. produced by Ukrainian AMP. I bought this kit right after its release on Ebay and started building it immediatelly. This kit is very challenging. Put simply, it has loads of extra plastic seals and burrs as any othter ordinary short run kit has... I admire R. J. Mitchell's lifework of aircraft constructions and this one just fits in the line leading directly to the Spitfire. (I hope the Ukrainians will continue with other types such as S.4 and S.6...) Here is just a small peek at the machine: https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/supermarine-s-5/ So the internet search was held for the purpose of gaining valuable study material. Then I started with the wings, which needed loads of grinding to achieve the smoothenes and the sharp trailing edges. I also removed the upper positive ribs and replaced them with a simple dual line of rivets (as seen on the original). I took care of the elevators too. Then I started working on the floats. But at that moment the progress stopped until now. My friend #Dusan R has just started his own S.5 from AMP and he found out a few mistakes this kit contains. For instance the float's width is smaller in comparison with the drawing and also with the photos. The starboard float struts should be longer than the port ones and there are some other issues with the engine cowling (which will be presented during the build). That will be all for now with the S.5, thanks for reading and have a good model building time during the lockdown. Cheers! Andrew
  10. AMP/MikroMir is to release a 1/48th (and later 1/72nd) Macchi-Castoldi M.C.72 kit - ref. 48018 Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/photos/a.1416729748404757/2920320958045621/?type=3&theater In design V.P.
  11. Hi Folks. I want introduce my new project completed today. Its Bristol 171 Sycamore from AMP in 48 scale. Best regards.
  12. MikroMir AMP is to release 1/72nd E.E. Canberra kits. Among them T.11/ B.2 /Tp.52 Swedish air force etc. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1768192206591841 V.P.
  13. Supermarine S-5 1/72 AMP / MikroMir via A-market The S-5 was one os a series of flying boats designed by RJ Mitchell specifically to compete in the Schneider Trophy races of the 1920s. The aircraft was designed as an all metal structure following the crash of the wooden S-4. The aircraft though was not all metal as the wings would feature a spruce main spar with ply ribs and skin. The S-5s came 1st and 3rd in the 1927 race. Later the first S-5 would crash during an attempt on the world speed record tragically killing the pilot RAF Flight Lieutenant S.N Webster. Mitchell then came to the conclusion that the Napier engine had reached its peak and looked to Rolls Royce for a new power plant which then became the S-6. These aircraft would ultimately lead Mitchell into designing the Iconic Spitfire, but that's another story. The Kit This is a new tool from AMP (Part of the MikroMir family) for 2020. This is a fine tooling on three sprues with excellent detail, there is a small amount of flash on some parts which should be easy to clean off. As well as the plastic parts the bracing wires are provided in photo etch. There is a tiny canopy with an even smaller mask. Construction starts in the cockpit which for the size is quite detailed with a control column, rudder pedals and other details going in. The frame is attached to the rear bulkhead and placed inside the fuselage which can be closed up. The engine covers and prop go on next which about completes the fuselage. The single part main wing is then attached. Next up the floats are assembled and added onto the main fuselage. All the bracing wires for these are provided as PE should the modeller wish to use the, Rigging is shown on the instructions if the modeller wants to make their own. Now the wing ailerons, tailplanes and rudder can be added. Lastly the small canopy is attached. Decals There is no printer name on the decals, though they look good and are in register. There are three markings for N220; at the factory in 1927, in Venice 1927 when it won the race, marked with No.4 race number; then finally at Calshot in 1928. Conclusion Its good to see a new tool of this important aircraft in 1/72. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. amp 1/48 bristol sycamore ,built as part of the helcopter gb, Cheers Glynn
  15. Seeing as i was unsuccessful in trying to persuade @andyf117 to part with his golden fleece aka a 72nd royal navy merlin and xtras I'd better fall back to position 2 ,and move up a scale The kit in the box looks good,and nicley done details, there's photo etch, and masks, included in the box ,being 48th scale I'm going to have to fettle the rotors to the folded position, I'll be building the box cover version and I've found this image second down for reference ,it should then squeeze on my helicopter shelf I make no promises to complete it in the allotted time because i want to do some bits insides, But i shall try , Cheers Glynn
  16. Good evening, colleagues! The world's first transport helicopter, the production of which can be considered serial. It was developed and manufactured by Focke-Achgelis, founded by the notorious Heinrich Focke. The Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 helicopter was designed exclusively as a military aircraft, capable of transporting small groups of military personnel, as well as patrolling areas with difficult access and to attack submarines - in fact, this aircraft was the first in its category to effectively cope with submarines. In total, from 1942 to 1945, about 20 vehicles of this type were built, some of which served in Transportstaffel 40 (TS / 40). Model of the Ukrainian company AMP. The kit first appeared on the market in 2018 and belongs to the short run category. The elements of the kit demonstrate a very decent performance class - they are distinguished by good detail and the level of elaboration of external surfaces. Casting is clear and clean; no serious defects were found. A high degree of study of the most important assembly sites - the BMW Bramo 323D-2 Fafnir engine is shown in great detail here, although after assembly it is very difficult to see it, the interior of the crew cabin, as well as the complex tubular structure of trusses supporting rotors. Painting masks included, plus photo-etched plate. The decals contain fragments of the marking of three helicopters from the aforementioned Luftwaffe compound. The assembly was a pleasure, excellent abutment of parts, although the abundance of thin, delicate parts did not forgive wrong movements. Deca thin, perfectly fit to the surface. There are some errors in the assembly instructions, especially for the rotors, but in general an excellent set. Paints used by Mr. Hooby, Valejio. Lucky Mr. Hobby. The rotors on the model are removable. At the time of the photo shoot, they were delivered incorrectly, found only when processing photos. Enjoy watching. Sincerely, Mikhail.
  17. AMP is to release 1/144th de Havilland Canada/Bombardier DHC-8/Dash 8 & E-9A Widget kits - ref. 144-003 - Bombardier E-9A Widget Sources: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235045628-amp-mikromir-news-questions-wishes-and-more/&do=findComment&comment=3305616 https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235045628-amp-mikromir-news-questions-wishes-and-more/&do=findComment&comment=3310075 3D renders de Havilland Canada DHC-8-106 Dash 8 - Netherlands - Coast Guard Australian Customs Bombardier Dash 8-202 Butler Bombardier E-9A Widget V.P.
  18. After the Sikorsky HO3S-1 (link), AMP is to release a 1/48th Bristol Type 171 Sycamore kit - ref. 48004 I really like these vintage small helicopters... In the right (quarter) scale! Source: the HO3S-1 box V.P.
  19. This is the AMP kit in 1/72 with Classix Ford Thames ET6 (lengthened chassis and new flat-bed), both are with homemade decals Steve
  20. Hi guys. I want to sho you some pics of my recent project, the EE Canberra T.Mk.11 from AMP. The kit is based on the S&M Models Canberra, AMP added some etched parts and two different noses for this version. I will build one of the two possible swedish aircrafts. Like most aircraft builds it starts with the cockpit. It´s niceley detailed and the seat from the box are okay too. The clear part fitts not very well, I think it´s my fault, dry fitting was not so bad. First nose test, I think i will build 8-02 with the round one and the dayglow markings at its fin. Cheers Daniel
  21. AMP is thinking about to release 1/72nd (?) Sikorsky S-54 Skycrane/CH-54 Tarhe kits Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235045628-amp-mikromir-news-questions-wishes-and-more/&do=findComment&comment=3306032 V.P.
  22. AMP is to release a 1/48th American Helicopter XH-26 Jet Jeep kit - ref. 48007 Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1890478597696534 3D renders V.P.
  23. Westland Dragonfly HC.2 1/48 AMP via Mikromir The Westland Dragon Fly was a UK Built licence built version of the Sikorsky S-51. In the UK these were powered by an Alvis Leonides radial engine developing 500hp. While the Dragonfly was mainly used by the Royal Navy a few were by the RAF in the Casualty Evacuation role. These were designated HC.2 (2 built) and HC.4 (12 built); the earlier type with wooden rotors, and the later with metal ones. It is good to see companies bringing us kits of early helicopters as the are lacking. The kit from AMP (A Mikromir company) arrives on 6 sprues of plastic, four clear spures, a sheet of PE, a set of masks and resin parts for the rotor head. The plastic is more of the short run type but much better than seen before, there is little flash and the detail is better. The clear parts look a little cloudy in the pictures but its deceiving, a little polish up and they will be good. The small white resin parts seem to be made of a more durable material, the type I have seen Eduard use for tail wheels before. Construction starts in the cabin. The seats are made (3 off) and added to the cabin floor. PE belts are provided for the pilots seat. The read cabin bulkhead is then added. The instrument panel and pilots controls are also added. Next up the extensive glazing for the cabin is made up. The front bubble is actually two halves which attach to a central part, The sides are then added. The complete part is then supposed to slide onto the competed fuselage, though I suspect many modellers might tray a different approach. Next up the base for the rotor head is built up. The cabin floor and base rotor head can then be put into the fuselage and it closed up. The glazing is then slid on. The main landing gear is added at the sides along with the entry step rail. The tail rotor is then added. In picture of WF311 it can be seen there is a tail plane with an oval end plate on the opposite side from the tail rotor, however this is missing in the kit. It will not be that hard to make. Next up the full rotor head can be built up. This is quite complex so care will be needed. The blades can then be added. Last up for the main airframe is completion of the nose wheel. Lastly the side paniers to carry the casualties are made up and added. Decals A small decal sheet provides marking for one RAF Machine WF311. The instructions show this as being at RAF Yeovilton 1950. We know this is RNAS Yeovilton, and as the airframe was delivered in 1950 I would suspect this was delivered there, or could be at Westalnds site? The aircraft was used by 194 Sqn RAF (Far East Casevac Flight) and was written off on 16/3/53 when the engine failed. These airframes were fitted with external panniers for carrying the casualties. Conclusion This is something which is overdue, the kit is welcome addition to early Helicopters from AMP. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Hiller YH-32 Hornet (48005) 1/48 AMP via Mikromir Hiller Aircraft was one of the early pioneers of rotary winged or Helicopter aviation in the US. The company was formed in 1942 to develop the Hiller XH-44 for the US Army. The company would be renamed Hiller Helicopters in 1948. The YH-32 was an attempt to produce an ultra light helicopter and as such was to do away with a conventional engine. Hiller's solution was to mount two ramjet engines on the tip of the rotor blades. Another benefit from this design was that there was no need for a tail rotor and its associated equipment thus saving weight. However in practice the design had a few flaws. The rotor have to be subsonic and ramjets do not work well at these speeds. This resulted in poor performance, high fuel usage, and a poor range. The ram jets were also very noisy, and importantly for military operations were very visible at night. Versions were produced for the US Army and Navy but did not progress past the prototype stage. It is good to see companies bringing us kits outside of the main stream and the YH-32 certainly qualifies for this. Despite being 1.48 the kit is diminutive as was the real thing. The kit arrives on two sprues of plastic, a clear spure, with a sheet of PE and a set of masks. Construction starts f with the cabin. The main base is made up from mainly plastic parts, There are a couple of PE parts including the pedals and the seat frame. The seats follow with PE belts. The base is then added to the skids after they are made up. The rear body and tail assembly is then made up and fitted to the base. The large clear bubble is added along with a wire part which the modeller has to make, there as a template for this on the instructions. Finally the rotor assembly with the tip mounted ramjets is made up ad added on top. Decals A small decal sheet provides marking for 2 US Army & ! US Navy machines. Conclusion This is something which we never thought would be produced in kit form, it is one of those oddities from early Helicopter innovations that never took off (if you can excuse the pun), the kit is welcome addition to early Helicopters from AMP. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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