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  1. The ES-3A Shadow was a spin off from the Lockheed S-3 Viking which was designed as a specialist in Anti Submarine Warfare. The ES-3A was developed for Long Range Electronic Reconnaissance (ELINT). 16 S-3's have been converted to ES-3A with numerous antennas and specialized equipment. ES-3A's replaced the aging EA-3B Skywarrior and joined the US Navy in 1991. ASW and ELINT where used less and less and the ES-3A's quickly had another task, airborne refuelling station. A rather expensive solution. Only two squadrons where formed, VQ-5 Sea Shadows and VQ-6 Black Ravens. VQ-5 was assigned to Pacific Fleet Squadron and VQ-6 to the Atlantic. The ES-3A's flew as a Detachment (DET) to the carriers air wing. They used the groups letters on the tail. In 1999 all 16 ES-3A's where retired early and put into AMARG storage at AFB Davis Monthan, Arizona. Ordinary Vikings flew until 2009, often also a tanker with the well known Buddy Pod and a 300 USG tank on the other wing. I got this kit from a friend of mine and I have a lot of extra's. I plan to build a S-3B in the distant future where I will be using the Goffy Models sets as well as the Paragon wing folds. So it's Eduard and Wolfpack. I am thinking of backdating the Wolfpack IP to a ES-3A as some might be seen through the canopy. I don't plan to correct all other panels, since I only have picture of the ES-3A cockpit.. Thanks Erik! fltr.. AMT S-3A canopy, ES-3A and the Squadron, which has been vacformed over the other, making it a bit too big.. Doug's lovely Royale Resin wheels vs AMT.. AMT vs Wolfpack 133.. I'll be using Attack Squadron 300USG tank and the Wolfpack set for the Buddypod.. I like a lot.. IT FITS right away.. Let's check what will be visible..
  2. Now that you've all probably stopped laughing out there, yes, I'm going to try and build this one! Bought back when the film came out... Box art with a screen grab from the movie... A tease on the box side... What's inside (minus the instructions)... Pod & cockpit sprues plus the funky base.. Close up of Anakin...even for 1/32, he looks about 12 years old....I thought he was meant to be 6 or 7?! The engines sprues... Close up of the engine parts - some very soft detail in places.. The energy binder-thingys (purple sprue) and some metal wires so you can model it 'in flight'....which is racing mode I guess. Also in with the metal is a flat piece of clear plastic you need to curve for the windscreen...jeez, they broke their hearts in the AMT offices with that.. And that's it. I'm going to attempt to model this in flight but with only one engine supported underneath (like some other builds have done). This will be either be great......or as annoyingly bad as a certain Mr JJ Binks himself. Good luck with your builds! Dermot
  3. Hi Everyone, In memory of Leonard Nimoy, 1931 to 2015. Here is one of my four submissions for this group build : AMT 1/537 scale USS Reliant NCC-1864 from Star Trek The Wrath Of Khan. Here is the box art : The starship is 20 inches long once built and includes a display stand which fits into the warp nacelles. Sprue shots to follow. ATB, Rick
  4. Today is a 'good day'. A couple of months ago, my six-year-old started becoming very interested (then obsessed) with the whole Star Wars genre. This interest coincided with a Sci Fi 'Campaign' or 'Group-build' over on www.modelersallaince.com where I spend quite a lot of my time when I'm not hanging-around Britmodeller. . Long story short, I took advantage of Bens interest and bought this old STAP & Battle Droid kit to enter in to the campaign and to see if he'd like to have a go with Dad at building a kit. He did most of the major assembly with the minimum amount of help form me, whilst I was allowed to do the painting. We finished at 0700 this morning (only just) in-time for the last day of school and this mornings' 'Show & Tell'. Yes, today is definitely a good day. Kit - AMT/Ertl 1:6 STAP & Battle Droid Paint - All Tamiya acrylics. Decals - None Extras - 'pins' (wrist joints), patience and lots of strong coffee. As ever thanks for taking the time to look and/or comment. Because I enjoyed this 'change-of-pace' so much I spent a lot of time over the last week or so wandering around eBay looking for more Sci Fi builds to spend my money & time on. As it's turned-out, on a purely 'modelling level' this is not one of my best, however as a fantastic experience of building a kit with my wee son, it's absolutely bl**dy marvelous. AFN Ben & Ian.
  5. Hi all, I was busy ordering a Helicopter kit from king Kit on Friday and checking out the TV/film section(searching once again in vain for that Starsky and Hutch Torino) and saw these AMT figures for a tenner and with the sad news of Leonard Nimoy,s passing,well it was a no brainer! It arrived today and apart from the fact I,ve never seen a vinyl kit I was surprised how detailed and big it was.I won,t get a start for a week or so until I have finished a few aircraft kits but looking forward to a new Genre.I also need some advice on what glue to get and any pointers to what primer would be needed for it.
  6. AMT are releasing two versions of the old 1/25 Piranha Super Spy Car as seen in the Man from Uncle many years ago. - one in January and one in April this year. This is great news as the original kit is hard to find and goes for upwards of $150 on ebay, and I've been wanting one for ages to sit beside my DB5 Super Spy Car January Edition http://www.round2models.com/models/amt/piranha-spy-car-origin April Edition http://www.round2models.com/models/amt/piranha-spy-car
  7. Kit manufacture: AMT/ERTL Scale: 1/48 Type: A20G Havoc Extras used: Quickboost engine and wheels, Aeromaster decals Paints used: Tamiya and Vallejo An old kit, very basic. Enjoyed making it though. Would certainly build another. Completed this a while ago but my camera was being repaired so only just got round to taking pics so may have a bit of dust on it. Still need to work on my photos but were getting there.
  8. Italeri is to re-release the ex-AMT/ESCI 1/72nd Stratotanker kit as KC-135A - ref.1353. Source: https://www.facebook.com/ItaleriModelKit/photos/pb.454765391262753.-2207520000.1412880396./744625815610041/?type=3&theater Box art & profiles V.P.
  9. Hi Everyone, Here is my completed build of the Ghosbusters Ecto 1A by AMT in 1:25 scale. I am dedicating this build to Harold Ramis who died this year. RIP Harold, you were a great Ghosbuster. Anyway onto the photos. Comments welcome. Thanks for looking. Rick
  10. Finally got round to putting this on a base and finishing it off. Base has a on-off-on switch so you can have the interior lit, or the 2 LEDs in the base light up the model. Cheers, Warren
  11. Hi all, this is my next build. Mark, a good friend of mine, is really into his science fiction and has been good enough to lend me a lot of DVD box sets recently. When I asked him which was his favourite Enterprise from Star Trek, he replied that it was the D from the Next Generation series, so I'm building this for him as a thankyou. I'm going to chronicle the build so he can follow along, and so this thread will be written with a non-modeller in mind. Here's the kit - I got it from Modelzone in Portsmouth before they closed down, and it's been waiting for a reason to be built ever since: There aren't many parts, but then again it was intended as a snap together kit: The decal sheet however, is another matter. Each of these three sheets is about A4 size, and I reckon they'll cover about 95% of the finished article: Hardly needs the instructions: Except for the decals - without the map, I'd be lost! Being a fairly old kit, the sprue attachment points are huge, and there are a couple of ejector pin marks to sort out - the big circular depression on the base of the nacelle pylon: A smear of putty: ...and some careful sanding later, and it disappears under a coat of primer: The warp nacelles were a pain to clean up the seams, as the joint goes right across the corrugations. It took a lot of careful scraping and trimming to get them acceptable. The one in the foreground is done, the rear one shows the blobs of liquified plastic squeezed out from the joint still awaiting treatment: The engineering hull presented a challenge, as there should be a prominent recess all the way around the chines. One side of the hull was badly moulded, so I had to build up the mating face with plastic card to ensure the gap for the star drive was even on both sides: Next I turned my attention to how to display it. These kits don't come with a stand, as I assume that the makers thought they'd be bought by kids who'd spend all their time flying them around the living room to the accompaniment of whooshing noises. (Actually, I'm not sure what sound the Enterprise does make, but I bet Mark could imitate it - you should hear his TARDIS impression!) I bought a Tamiya stand off ebay, which I cleaned up and sprayed with grey primer: and modified it by carving out the mounting point to fit snugly against the underside of the engineering hull, and adding a piece of square section brass as the support: I broke out the square drill, and made a hole in the underside of the hull: ...and used epoxy resin to attach a larger diameter square section inside, at a suitably dynamic angle: This allows the Enterprise to be firmly attached to its stand, but still be detachable for safe transport or warp drive fantasies... A coat of matt black later, and here's the stand awaiting final assembly: I attached the main saucer to the top of the engineering hull at this stage, as test fitting showed that there were gaps to be filled here and sanding would be a lot easier without the warp nacelle pylons in my way. Here's the sanded and primed result: The edges of the saucer section gave problems too - there's a recess all the way around as on the engineering hull, and getting the gap consistent took a LOT of carving, sanding, scraping and filling. In this photo, the impulse engines still need tidying up a bit yet. One piece which needed to be painted before I closed up the engineering hull was the main deflector. As I'm not lighting this model from inside, I thought the best way to get the glowing effect in this area was to prime it, give it a coat of gloss black which acted as an undercoat for the Alclad Chrome paint on top of that as a reflector, and then a coat of Tamiya clear blue on top. I hand painted the brown areas according to my references. The idea is that once it's installed and blended in, I can use my airbrush to feather the hull grey colour over the electric blue, giving the impression of luminance. That's the idea, anyway, yet to see if it works or I'm just talking rubbish: Anyway, the engineering hull has now been closed up, and the final (hopefully) coat of white primer has been added. Here she sits, awaiting paint: And a mock up on the stand to make sure everything works. Looks ok to me: Next step, painting... Keep watching, Dean
  12. NCC-1701-C & NCC-1701-E Enterprise 1:2500 AMT Just how does one commence a review of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise in its many incarnations? It is very probable that more has been written online and elsewhere about this fictional family of vessels than will ever be written about a good many real spacecraft and I’m not sure that my commentary can add greatly to this vast body of knowledge. To summarise then, the various starships to bear the Enterprise name have traditionally been representatives of the Federation’s premier Cruiser Class (or euphemistically renamed Heavy Explorer Class) vessels, large multi-purpose starships that are equally capable in the exploration & scientific, diplomatic and military roles. The line starts in the mid 22nd century, in the timeline of the official canon at least, with the NX Class Cruiser NX-01 Enterprise of the TV series ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’, commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer. The NX it appears is then superseded in the 23rd century by the iconic Constitution Class Cruiser NCC-1701 of the original sixties ‘Star Trek’ series, which with its familiar crew led by Captain James T Kirk, is subsequently seen, post refit, as the graceful Enterprise Class in each of the first six Star Trek films. With the retirement of NCC-1701-A, the second of the eponymous Enterprise Class ships, the name is transferred to an upgraded variant of the troubled Excelsior Class Exploration Cruiser with the NCC-1701-B in the seventh feature film, ‘Star Trek: Generations’. Chronologically the next iteration of the Enterprise is, probably unsurprisingly if you’ve followed me so far, NCC-1701-C, an Ambassador Class Cruiser and this version is the first subject of this review. Enterprise-C, like its ill-fated predecessor, does not actually take the ‘Lead Starship’ role in any of the TV series or movies, only appearing alongside its immediate successor in the Next Generation episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise”, one of those time-warping episodes that the Star Trek script writers are so inordinately fond of. Despite its brief on-screen appearance, the Enterprise-C has a particular significance in the official canon because the gallant actions of the crew, as depicted in the episode in question, are critical in forging what will eventually become an alliance between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. The co-starring starship of that episode, Galaxy Class Explorer NCC-1701-D Enterprise, commanded in the mid 24th century by Captain Jean Luc Picard, is possibly the most familiar Federation starship after the original, featuring in the long running TV series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’. A much larger vessel than those that had come before, the Galaxy class Enterprise-D introduced the concept of whole families joining the complement of a Federation exploration vessel for long duration missions. Following the destruction of the Enterprise-D in 'Star Trek: Generations' Captain Picard’s crew transfer to the fifth and, in the primary timeline of the official canon, final iteration of the Enterprise, the Sovereign Class Heavy Explorer NCC-1701-E, which is the second subject of this review. Featuring in the final three movies of the original timeline, the Sovereign Class starships are, despite their innocuous description, designed to a slightly more militaristic formula than previous Federation Cruisers as a result of numerous hostile encounters with the Borg Collective. These vessels are heavily armed with powerful collimated phasers and regenerative shields that render them almost immune to most contemporary weapon systems. Slightly longer but significantly narrower in the beam than their immediate predecessor and lacking the ‘neck’ between the saucer and hull seen in previous designs, the Sovereign Class are really rather elegant, yet like their predecessors, they remain recognisably of the lineage of the original sixties Starship Enterprise. The Enterprise-C Kit Inside the rather spacious box of the Ambassador Class Enterprise-C we find two plastic bags containing just thirteen parts between them, these are numbered 18-30, revealing this kit's origins as part of a boxed set. The parts are moulded in a very slightly translucent pale blue plastic giving them a somewhat toy-like appearance. Detail on the parts is rather variable in both quality and quantity, the saucer section is nicely done with sharp raised lines representing the vast bulk of the detail and rather soft incised areas, primarily for windows, phaser arrays and so on. The situation is largely reversed on the primary hull parts, which are festooned with rather soft looking inset portholes and have some quite generous panel lines engraved into their surface, these parts also feature a rather fine grille around the 'neck', which though nicely done might prove problematical when it comes to eliminating seams. The lower hull plate and attached warp pylons feature only rather soft raised panels and look quite plain compared to the other hull parts. The warp nacelles themselves have the same mixture of features, soft inset detail, yet more more grilles and some ribs along their upper surface that align reasonably well when test fitted. Along with the bagged plastic parts we find a third sealed bag containing two large sheets of rather beautiful looking pastel hued decals and a trio of single-leaf gate-fold instruction sheets, one each in English, French and Spanish. The centre two pages of these sheets cover the actual assembly of the kit which is broken down into four steps, these are simplicity in itself, as you would expect for a kit with thirteen parts. The final page of the instruction sheet covers painting and decals using drawings of the top, bottom and right side of the subject that are literally plastered with letters and numbers, the former for the recommended generic colours and the latter for the fifty plus decals that we are to apply. This model is clearly intended to fit on a stand and includes a part that appears designed to receive one, however no stand or other means of displaying the finished model is to be found in the box. The Enterprise-E Kit The packaging and format of the Sovereign Class Enterprise-E kit are in all respects identical to that of the Enterprise C kit, once again we find two bags of parts, one containing the saucer section, the other with everything else, this time for a grand total of only twelve parts, numbered 31-42. The plastic of this kit is off white rather than blue, but displays the same hint of translucency as that of the previous subject. Detail on this kit is perhaps very slightly softer than that of the Enterprise-C, but it also appears to be just a little bit more uniform. As one might expect, the best of the detail is again concentrated on the saucer section, but in this kit the warp nacelles appear to be the weakest link, looking a little plain and also demonstrating some questionable alignment of the raised details when test fitted. As In the previous kit we find two large decal sheets sealed in a third bag, these being rather more colourful and striking than the subtle pastels of the Ambassador Class while equally nicely printed and over sixty in number. The instructions of this kit share a common format with those of the preceeding subject, again with just four steps detailing the whole assembly process, but in this instance a little more space is devoted to painting and applying the decals, a wise choice given just how many of the latter there are. Once again no display stand is included with this kit. Conclusion The first thing to strike me on opening the boxes of the AMT 1:2500 Enterprise kits was just how much room there was in there, one could easily pack two of these kits in each box and a third wouldn’t be too much of a squeeze. What plastic there is appears rather toy-like at first glance so it would be very easy to be instantly dismissive of these kits, however closer examination reveals that they do have some potential; they fit together reasonably well and obviously they will be extremely quick and easy to build and relatively simple to paint, with a brush at least, masking them for airbrushing may present some challenges. The sole area in which these kits genuinely impress is the decals and applying these appears to be the ‘make or break’ issue for most builders of these models. It seems that some of the larger decals are rather fragile and somewhat prone to shattering, however if they are applied with sufficient patience and care, they can really lift the appearance of the finished model to a level well beyond that suggested by the parts alone. See BM member Deanflyer’s build of the AMT 1:2500 Galaxy Class NCC-1701-D Enterprise in this thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234965681-enterprise-d/ In conclusion then, these are very basic kits indeed and while they would very probably hold little appeal for experienced sci-fi modellers, in my opinion they do have some merit as a subject for beginners or as AMS busters. Frankly speaking though, it would be for the decals and for the decals alone that I could recommend these kits.....Any modeller seeking to improve their decal application technique, or who wishes try out new products on a quick to build yet challenging subject, could do a lot worse than look at one of these Enterprise kits. My only real criticism in relation to the decals would be that, even with the increased space allocated in the Enterprise-E kit, far too much of the instruction sheet is taken up depicting an incredibly simple assembly process and nowhere near enough is devoted to detailing the application of the numerous decals. My biggest criticism of these kits overall would be the absence of a display stand, which to be honest I find very irritating indeed, as it suggests a distinct degree of disinterest on the manufacturer’s part. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  13. Hi Everyone, As my Shelby GT500 project is close to completion, I will be making a start on this kit in a couple of days time. As the kit includes decals for the Ecto-1 and Ecto-1A, I have decided that I will be building this kit as the Ecto-1A from Ghosbusters 2. Anyway here are the sprues. I have just noticed that the interior body section is missing from my photos. Thanks for looking, I will be posting the first WIP shots in a couple of days. Rick
  14. W.I.P. thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234955041-two-flying-wings-xb-35-and-db-lk-172/
  15. Hi Everyone, I have been looking at the AMT 1:25 scale Ghostbusters Ecto 1A kit for a while now (since I saw several builds on here) and was wondering how many people amongst the members have built it and if it could be considered a challenge to build as it doesn't have many parts ? Thanks, Rick
  16. I am trying to learn how to use an airbrush. So, to further the experience, I selected this old AMT 1/48 F9F Panther. The kit is quite inexpensive, not very detailed, easy to build, and if I totally screw it up, I won’t regret it too much. The cabin is quite barren of detail. There is basically a seat, control stick, a crappy instrument panel and that’s it. The model comes with a pilot figure so I thought I would use it to hide the lack of detail in the cockpit. Problem is my experience and skill with figure painting rivals that of using an airbrush. The contest in this kit will be see which is more rubbish, the figure painting or the airbrushing. Here is the pilot figure painted up. I know it is pathetic and deplorable. The good news, the canopy is quite thick and even with a coating of clear, lets you view the detail if you were looking through the bottom of an old coke bottle. Here is my sad, little pilot; have pity. The lesson with this kit is a can I make a glossy finish. My first attempt revealed how little effort I had made in making sure the surfaces of the kit were sanded and smoothed down. So, after the first coat revealed rough sanding marks, seams, etc., re-sanded places that needed it and polished the surface with 1500 grit sandpaper to get it smooth. The second coat pebbled. Back to sanding it back down, polishing the surface with 1800 grit sandpaper now and recoating; this time a bit more thinner was added. I was using Model Master Dark Sea Blue. Again pebbling. Sand, recoat, pebbling and bubbles. This is getting frustrating. So, decided to do a test. Is it me or is it the paint? Same set up, same amount of thinner used, same pressure, only Model Master Blue Angel Blue. Glossy coat, no pebbling, smooth as a baby’s behind. The only other thing I can think of that differed between spraying the Dark Sea Blue and Blue Angel Blue was that it was just a tad warmer outside on the day I sprayed Blue Angel Blue. However, the paints had both been inside prior to spraying at the same temperature. I was only outside for about 4 minutes to spray each coat. So either it was the difference in temperature (about 10 degrees F) or the actual paint itself. Here is the finished product. Luckily my frankenpilot is not visible and only a hint of him can be seen through the canopy. The decals for this kit were not the best. Do not know if it was their age or they never were good. I have no idea if this is an accurate kit. Seems a bit toy like. However, it helped with my airbrush learning curve. Will tackle a couple of more inexpensive kits before my first real test, either the 1/24 Airfix Mosquito or the 1/32 ZM Raiden. Comments welcome.
  17. amt 763 star trek cadet the original series 3 ships scale 1:2500 The 3 ships comprise: USS Enterprise, Romulan bird of prey, Klingon D7 battle cruiser Scale The photos include that unit of measurement of miniatures: a one pound coin. Is there a "bottom" in space? anyway here is the underside view: Comments on the Kit: Cute little models. Comprehensive decals are included. Display stand(s) are NOT included. Problems Poor fit: the tightness of the "snap-fit" parts is very variable. The Enterprise pods were sloppy and very difficult to align, the "V" shaped support was a very poor fit and needed lots of filler. The Klingon upper wing surface needed so much force to "snap" it into position that I popped the seams on the "neck" of the ship. The decals "grabbed" and needed lots of micro-set to allow them to be manouvred into position. Some of them were slightly too large for the surfaces and needed to be trimmed to fit. My Build notes This is my first sci-fi kit and I (foolishly) rushed into the build. With the benefit of hindsight I should have test fit and measured everything and carefully worked out how to locate the parts and how to align them. In most cases I think it would be best to drill out the locating holes and glue the parts rather than "snap-fitting". The Enterprise pods are not properly aligned, do do so would have required me to trim the mating surfaces of the left pod and the "V" strut more than I did. I didn't follow the painting instructions exactly, in the case of the Klingon ship I used part join lines as my painting demarcation lines, rather than masking off as directed (so sue me!). Stands I bought a set of clear Airfix stands and bodged up little "Y" shaped holders on top to support the craft. Conclusion With care this can build to a nice model. If I could figure out how to do it a "tree" stand supporting all three models in formation would be nice. (However I seem to be in a junior league compared to most of the posts on this site, some sort of levitation device would be better?)
  18. Fruehauf Breaded Van Trailer 1:25 kit by AMT from Round2 models Fruehauf corporation was an American company that built truck trailers from its headquarters in Detroit, it was founded by August Charles Fruehauf in 1914, and continued building trailers until the company fell bankrupt in 1997. The company’s assets where brought and trailers are still being built around the world under the Fruehauf name. AMT issued a number of trailer kits and now Round2 are re-releasing some of these classic kits and the next kit on the review bench is the Fruehauf Breaded Van, I would date this style and model of trailer to the 1970, but I have seen photos of this style trailer still in use very recently, so will hitch behind plenty of tractor units. The kit comes in a long thin box (please note Italeri and Revell) that allows the sides, roof and floor to be cast in a single length saving the need to remove joins, and thank goodness that they are in one part as this kit has fine ribs running the length of the trailer and wrap around the front bulkhead. The parts are nicely cast and the rivet and ribs are finely cast as can be seen in a close up below. The parts are nice and straight on my review sample but this is an older kit so there is some flash and ejector pins that will require attention. The floor and roof also come in single lengths, with nice detail. The floor has cross member detail underneath and looking at the kit and photos of the real trailer it doesn’t have a full chassis as you would expect, it appears to me a monocoque structure. The final parts to the box body is the front bulkhead, this has the rib detail on the upper ¾ that mirrors the detail on the side panels, the lower part has a plate for the suzie connections. There is some basic cast detail but you will probably want to add connectors and more detail to this area. There is also a breast plate to fit under the front of the chassis and the kingpin fits onto this part. Finally are the rear doors, they again have some basic detail for the locking bars and handles, but I would sand them off and make more realistic parts from scratch, not a hard job with some rod and plastic. They can be made to function with an internal section that will clamp the doors to the hinge on the side. This shot shows the detail on the bulkhead, and the rear doors. As I stated this is a re-issue of an older kit so there is flash on the parts, and this can also be seen. Once we have the box body made we can move onto the chassis and axle bogie. The kit is a twin axle trailer with a slider bogie, this allows the trailer to be tuned for different loads and to allow the trailer to cross state boarders and comply with the differing loading, and wheelbase rules. As I said above there isn’t a chassis as such on this trailer, there are 2 short sections (top parts on the picture) that glue under the trailer floor, you the build up a bogie assembly that can slide on these rails and locks in various positions. The main rails and suspension mountings are shown in the picture above. The suspension for the trailer is multi leaf springs. They come with the inner mounting plate’s in-situ and will mate with the plated moulded on the bogie rails. There is some nice detail but there are some tricky ejection pins to remove from between the moulded axle U bolts as can be seen below. These need to be glued onto the rails before any cross members are added. The sprue below contains the cross members for the axle bogie, the wheel centres and the landing leg/ support leg assembly. Some care will be needed when removing and cleaning the parts to ensure the axle assembly is square when built. The landing leg assembly needs to be built up and added to the underside of the floor, the location for this is vague but there are some very faint pips on the cross members’ hints to the correct location. Take care and look at some references to be sure. The centre drum for the trailer wheels come on this sprue, and they need an inner ring adding sandwiching the tyre for the inner of the duel wheels. The radius rods and axles are also found on here. The axles are in two parts and could be replaced with some tube if required for aftermarket wheels and hubs. The final parts are the large mud flaps that fix behind the rear axles. No elaborate spray suppression or guards as required toady, just simple flaps with the Fruehauf ‘Anti-sail’ logos moulded on. They look a little thick and heavy to my eye so I will remove the flap from the mounting, and replace with some thin plasticard. On the centre of the sprue is the locking mechanism for the sliding bogie assembly and on the top left a support for the airlines that are included. There is a single chrome sprue, there are 8 rings for the inner and outer wheels, along with chrome brake chambers and slack adjusters. I’m not sure why they are chrome, Id strip them and paint the colour of the chassis. Lastly are two backing plates for the rear lamps. Personally I will strip the chrome and repaint a mix of the chassis colour and maybe some Alcad. There is a nice length of vinyl hose for the airlines, and these can be linked from the tractor, via a relay and the air tank to the brake chambers. There is a selection of clear red and amber lenses for the trailer, check your references and the local regulations for correct placement. 2 metal axles are included to allow the trailer wheels to rotate (off the shelf normally!) but I glue mine solid. 8 soft rubber tyres are included. They carry the Goodyear name and have good sidewall and tread detail, maybe a little heavy in places but a rub with sandpaper will give a nice worn look. AMT and Round2 have included a printed card, when folded and inserted into the trailer should give the impression of a load of kits being delivered to a model shop! There is a nice set of decals, it includes various Fruehauf logos, licence plates and legal lettering for both the trailer and the tractor unit us build to pull it, along with some colourful decals for AMT, Round2 and Autoworld, and I guess they are fictional liveries. Conclusion This is a welcome reissue of an old kit and will be welcomed by modellers. But being an older kit there is issues with flash and ejection pins and as such one for the more experienced modeller. I have made a start on this kit and it does need work to get it together and get the box square. A welcome re-issue from Round2! Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  19. This is my oldest model. Its the original issue Ecto-1a from AMT. I bought this in about 1992 from Comet Miniatures i think. Its been sitting in a box in the loft for the last few years and it was covered in dust and dirt. I got it downd and cleaned it up yesterday. I must say im impressed with my modelling skills from the 90s! Theres a few small things like the ariel and tail lights missing. I was tempted to redo some of it , but i think i will leave it as a kind of time capsule. I may get the reissue and build it to go along side. It will be interesting to see if my skills have progressed at all over the last 19 years! See i can actually keep something without selling it!!!
  20. Hi y'all. First time post by myself of a finished model! Forgive me in advance if the colors arn't to exact. I followed the boxes instructions of light grey but the box art seems quite a bit lighter. I'm not a big fan of Sci-fi or Sci-fi models but my friend's birthday is coming up and he loves Star Trek. It only seemed right to build him his favorite class ship right? I didn't care to much for the kit. The fit wasn't to hot and the decals were way to thick. Micro Sol helped a bit. After looking online the D model (my favorite) might be a bit better fit wise. Anyone know? Anyways here are the pics. With the stand- Thanks for looking! -Nick
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