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  1. The Yakovlev Yak-28 (Яковлев Як-28) was produced initially as a tactical bomber, it was also manufactured in reconnaissance, electronic warfare, interceptor and trainer versions, known by the NATO reporting names Brewer, Firebar, and Maestro respectively. Based on the Yak-129 prototype first flown on 5 March 1958, it began to enter service in 1960. Yak-28L (Izdeliye 28L; NATO reporting name: "Brewer-B") was a tactical bomber with ground-controlled targeting system using triangulation from ground-based transmitter sites. A total of 111 were built. The build was a trial all the way. By comparison, Airfix kits are shake'n'bake. A six-footer at best.
  2. This kit somehow found its way into my car when I was at Modelkraft Model Show at the weekend. I had never heard of this type but looks rather interesting. First some 'fluff'. The Russian Shavrov SH-2 was an amphibian aircraft in a sesquiplane design that was developed in the 1930's for use as a trainer, fishery protection, patrol and an ambulance. The SH-2 was made primarily of wood and was powered by Shvetsov M-11L 5-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, driving a 2-bladed propeller that was capable of producing 100 hp. Being an amphibian, the SH-2 was fitted with wheels that could be lifted by a hand crank that was fitted on the cockpit dashboard. The cockpit had seats for the pilot plus one other and in the ambulance roll, had room for a stretcher patient behind the seats. Over 700 were built when production started in 1934 and proved very popular with pilots, staying in service until 1964. The kit. The boxart, looks rather cute. 1 plastic sprue. Second sprue. Third sprue. Clear bits. Decals. This will be the first time that I have encountered an Amodel kit and I have few illusions of the work that will be needed with a limited-run kit. A quick inspection of the main sprues show the usual flash and the detail is a little lacking. The glazing is a little thick with a number of options available. Decals look good but only time will tell how well they will go. If anybody knows anything about this puppy that could be useful, chip in. Stuart
  3. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd Lee-Richards annular monoplane No.3 kit - ref. 3D renders V.P.
  4. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie kit - ref. 72372 Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/plastic-model-1-72-cobalt-co50-valkyrie-amodel-72372.html Box art V.P.
  5. Considering SOVA-M is to release a UAV DA-42 kit (link) we can reasonably expect a 1/72nd Diamond DA-42 Twin Star kit by Amodel - ref. To be followed V.P.
  6. Amodel is to release a 1/144th Grumman UF-1 Albatros kit - ref. 1424 Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/grumman-uf1-albatros-amdl14424-a-model-amdl1424-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=79900 Box art V.P.
  7. My first build of an AModel kit. One of my favourite types of aircraft, and I was looking forwards to a nice quick build. I could not have been further from the truth! Started this in November, and only now at a point where I'm ready to put decals on her. Anyhow, I would like to share with you all how much trouble this lovable little aircraft has been! I don't know how many of you have had experience of AModel kits before, but I'll say this - don't bother unless you have a lot of patience, filler, sanding strips,films etc, and a desire to create something that no other manufacturers do. The main issue is the fit of quite a number of the major pieces. The tail was warped, and didn't sit flush with the fuselage, even with some careful sanding to re-profile, I was left with a considerable gap to be filled on either side of the vertical fin. The horizontal stabilizer needed quite a bit of reaming out on the inside to enable it to fit onto the top iof the vertical fin. Oh yes - before that though, I had to use that good old hot water method to bend out the offending warp in the fin. Wings: Well, the upper and lower surfaces did fit together quite nicely - just a little filler needed along the gap at rear edge where the flaps would be. It was far to big to be written off s the flap itself! Fitting the assembled wings to the fuselage was, going off a dry fit, need considerable work to be done to the area where they fit atop. Fuselage: There is an interior cargo section as well as the cockpit. both very lightly detailed, which came as no surprise for a kit this size - It's hardly going to be seen. The purpose of the main cargo bay then, seems to be to provide some rigidity and form to the fuselage. Well it would had the bulkheads not been way oversize. Cue lots of gentle sanding until they conformed to the inner diameters. Got that glued into place, then dry fitted the other half of the fuselage to check for fit. Not bad - a little gap, that would need filling, but it would also be hidden by the landing gear belly area which fits to the fuselage underside. The cockpit floor fitted perfectly, but I didn't bother adding the exceedingly basic seats and panel, as they won't be seen once the fuselage is together, and the windshield is in place. I did make sure they were painted in that nice Russian cockpit interior blue/green though!. Back to this landing gear/belly part. Oh Dear. huge gaps on the front and rear edges. Not only that, but it was about half a mm too wide on both sides, which doesn't sound much. but on 1/144 its like a cellar step! - This would need sanding flush, but wouldn't be too bad as not much in the way of panel detail here. The other gaps needed a hefty amount of filler, and some judicious but careful sanding to make them conform to the fuselage. Rear Ramp: Oh god no..... Well, I decided to do this as a nice clean version, with the ramp up as if it's ready to taxi out. The rear ramp and rear under tail area is in two pieces. the ramp itself, and the fuselage piece. Rear fuselage part was, like the belly, too wide, and would need sanding flush, as well as some filler being used. The ramp was a good 1mm too long at the front and back, and was also the completely wrong shape to fit to the fixing area of the fuselage, which necessitated a fair bit of shaving, filing, and sanding. Once in place, there were a coupe of very small but unavoidable gaps that would need a bit of filler. Wing attachment: The wings should sit into a recess on top of the completed fuselage, that is way too small for the chord of the wings. Once again I had to do some careful shaving and sanding at both front and rear edges to allow the wings to fit. This still left a gap, but was easily filled. To the wings then needed to go the engine nacelles. These looked to dry fit well together, but once the fan assemblies were made up and sat in place, it became clear that the fan diameter is way too big for the nacelle interior. Cue files and sanding stuff again! One part had to be removed altogether, as it seemed to serve no purpose other than to hinder the assembly. I ended up with as good a fit as I dared to sand down any further with, so once again out came the filler! No, its all together! She's been primed, and had her paint put on. Gloss coat is on too, and I'm leaving her overnight now and will deal with the decals over the weekend! Now, I do have a load of photos I have taken of this build - can anyone tell me how I can show these to y'all?!!
  8. Hi All. Here is my freshly completed AModel Caravelle in SATA. Decals by 26Decals (of course) and all paints from rattle cans.
  9. Here's my Amodel 1:144 Canberra T.17 which I built in 2010. It represents WF916/EL of 360 Squadron, RAF, based at RAF Cottesmore and RAF Wyton (from August 1975 onwards), UK, 1970s. Not an easy kit but the only one of this variant in this scale. I built it OOB adding several missing aerials. The kit was painted by brush with only the varnish being airbrushed. Thanks for looking Miguel
  10. Amodel kit of the 2nd prototype CMC Leopard with homemade vacform canopy as the kit one had a flaw in it that I couldn't remove. Different engines and other minor details to the 1st prototype. Nice kit but very fiddly due to the small size. Together with the 1st prototype - more photos Thanks for looking. Steve
  11. Amodel kit of the CMC Leopard with homemade vacform canopy as the kit one had a flaw in it that I couldn't remove and homemade decals as the kit ones are for a scheme the aircraft never flew in. Nice kit but very fiddly due to the small size. Thanks for looking. Steve
  12. So! Hot off the Bugle Buggy build, I sat down and pondered what to build next. Luckily sitting down is a skill I master quite well and t'was a clear evening and no clouds to obscure the stars. As I sat there, staring at the stars, and letting my mind wander, it suddenly hit me: How 'bout a Comet - no - not one, but two! I happen to have two AModel 1/144 DeHavilland Comets in the 'stash - a 4B and a 4C. They'll be built almost OOB and mostly for the fun of it. So - 'nuff said - let the building commence: Cheers Hans J
  13. The K-5 aircraft were the basis of the USSR's civilian passenger fleet in the 1930s. Sometimes they were used as agitation, sanitary, transport or even military transport. This USSR L-607 was mobilized in 1939. This machine was used during the Soviet-Finnish conflict to transport ammunition and evacuate the wounded. During the service in the VVS RKKA over the civilian registration numbers were painted red stars.
  14. Amodel Jetstream 31 with radome, engines and propellers from the old Magna Jetstream T2. Home made DERA decals. Thanks for looking. Steve
  15. G-OBEA was the first Jetstream 31 delivered to Birmingham Executive in 1983 and flew from Birmingham for many years in a variety of colour schemes following a succession of takeovers. It has been stored in Florida since 1998. This is the AModel kit with home made decals and has been built for a very good friend of mine who used to work for BirmEx. Thanks for looking. Steve
  16. Amodel is to release in July 2018 a 1/72nd Cessna YH-41 Seneca kit - ref. 72366 Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/cessna-yh41-seneca-expected-july-2018-72366-a-model-amdl72366-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=154921 V.P.
  17. I feel like it's been decades since I did any proper modelling, becoming a dad last Sept, growing my business and everything else in between just gets in the way. Using an old photo for the time being but will get more up later when I have the camera to hand.. Using this kit twice, I shall be building two different aircraft as the sprues allow you to do a 215 and 415 (and 215T if you really wanted). Nice little kit, including a small etch fret and a nice '50 years' special scheme decal sheet.
  18. I know it's a bit of a challenge but I thought I'd give it a go. It's been in the stash for a few years and it's a beautiful little plane. So typical of pre-war FAA. There are 5 sprues of nice but softly moulded plastic, typical of a short run model. There is also a small film for the windshield. The sprues have a whole bundle of things not to be used. I think it's a kit for a number of two seater Hart versions. And a rather nice transfer sheet for an HMS Eagle based aircraft.
  19. Amodel has just released (new variant?) 1/72nd Spad S.A.2 kit - ref. 7260-01 Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/spad-s-a-2-fighter-amodel-7260-01.html V.P.
  20. Hello, everybody. Represent their jobs-ANT-4 with parachute cabin. To begin with, a small reference aircraft ANT-4 - prototype bomber TB-1, rose into the air on November 26, 1925 it was truly a legendary machine. Thereto in many cases the definition of "first Soviet": the first Soviet bomber designs submitted into production, the first domestic bomber-monoplane, the first Soviet all-metal bomber. In addition, ANT-4 became the ancestor of a family of multi-engine aircraft, developed under the guidance of A. N. Tupolev. It was with the advent of TB-1 that the formation of strategic aviation in our country actually began.In a closed from all sides and ventral cab CP-1 to the red army, of course, was more convenient. It weighed about a ton and could contain about the same 16 people. They were up on two narrow benches. At a signal from the commander of the soldiers slipped on the benches forward and one by one fell down into the open hatches. If " automatic
  21. De Havilland DH.104 Sea Devon C Mk.20 - 718 Sqn Fleet Air Arm - Amodel 1/72 My attempt to build at least one of everything in Ray Sturtivant's Aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm takes another step forward with this relatively obscure aircraft. The RN's Sea Devons were ex-civil machines used as VIP and light transport aircraft, based out of RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall. Definitely a short run kit, this one is very nicely formed, but needs a little care in building. The cabin windows caused me a lot of angst, but it was worth it. FredT
  22. Tried to find this out earlier but nothing on the web that I could see. But it's a distinctly unhelpful name to search (less so than S&M Models, but that's another story). Generally something shows up on one of those Russki forums around this time of year (greenmats?) but can't see anything there (or here for that matter). Anyone have any gen?
  23. My first build of 2018 is going to be the Amodel 1/72 Mil Mi-10 Harke. Here's the box top and contents: Pretty much standard Amodel fare: Fuselage in multiple parts that will be interesting to align, nice surface detail that I'll do well not to obliterate, no locating pins, and lots of flash. Should be fun! I have all the aftermarket I can find for it - a set of KV masks and some PE intended for an Mi-6. There's still one bit of aftermarket to decide on though - something to sling underneath - building an unloaded Mi-10 would be just plain wrong. There don't seem to be an awful lot of photos of operational Mi-10s out there - lots of photos of prototypes carrying things (particularly one of the prototypes carrying a bus at a Paris air show) but not much more than that. There are a few pointers out there on what some options could be though: A MiG-15: As Thud4444 noted in the chat thread, there's this photo of a Mi-10 which looks like it's just offloaded a MiG-15UTI: A truck or armoured personnel carrier: Seems obvious that the Mi-10 would have carried these sorts of things around and Yefim Gordon's book "Mil's Heavylift Helicopters" refers to crews in East Germany practicing with these kinds of loads. Then there's the Mi-10RVK with the Zil-135V missile launcher (which would have to be scratch-built): Or the Mi-10PP with this big ECM device underneath: Then there's the Mi-10GR which carried a Grebeshok ELINT device underneath, but I can't find any remotely useful photos of it. There's also mention online of a Mi-10 airlifting a woolly mammoth encased in ice - but of course I can't find any photos (there's a video on youtube of a Mi-26 carrying one though). Right now, the MiG-15 is the frontrunner - I like the look of the missile launcher, but don't think I'll have time to scratch build it. So I think I'm going to order an Eduard MiG-15UTI. Can't wait to get cracking tomorrow!
  24. Just finished - after it was put aside for a while - the Amodel kit of the elegant Italian Piaggio P-180 'Avanti'..... Two marking options are given in this release - a Spanish-registered charter turboprop EC-LPJ - or an Italian Marina version.... I replaced the ill-fitting clear cabin windows with black decals - printed onto clear decal sheet using my inkjet printer. Because of the decal windows, I left out the fully-detailed cabin interior (which can't be seen cleary even if the clear windows are used). The Avanti is typically Italian - like a flying Ferrari - although I have heard some people say it is ugly??? I think it's gorgeous. Ken PS - Some more photos - plus sprue and build shots.... here.
  25. Dear fellow Britmodellers, my next kit finished is the 1/72 Amodel Yak-9U, a model I picked from the 'second hand' box of my local hobby shop this summer. The kit is typical short-run, without alignment pins, but generally good surface detail. Most parts need care and clean-up before assembly. I replaced the pitot tube with a piece of wire. Amodel's decals are among the worst I've ever seen, having a thick carrier film that's fraying around its edges and color mis-prints; what's supposed to be Red is actually Orange. I only used some instruction markings from the kit's decal sheet and replaced Red Stars, Bort number and nose art from a Print Scale sheet (72072). Much to my disappointment, I found out that some of the Red Stars on the Print Scale sheet are out of register, carrying white shadow lines. Represented is the aircraft of Georgiy Baevski, Hero of the Soviet Union (19 victories) from the 5th Guards Fighter Regiment (GIAP), Germany March 1945. Painted with acrylics from the Gunze/Mr.Hobby range, all photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Greetings from Vienna! Kind regards from Vienna.
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