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  1. AModel is to release a 1/72nd LearAvia Lear Fan 2100 kit - ref.72310 Source: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU72310 Box art V.P.
  2. After the Learjet 55 & 55C (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234986356-amodel-172nd-gates-learjet-55c/?hl=learjet), Amodel is also to release a 1/72nd Bombardier Learjet 60XR kit - ref.72349 Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/bombardier-learjet-60xr-72349-a-model-amdl72349-airliner-models/product/?action=prodinfo&art=131967 Box art V.P.
  3. AModel is to release a family of 1/72nd Yakovlev Yak-18 "Max" kits. ref.72318 - Yakovlev Yak-18P Source: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU72318 ref.72319 - Yakovlev Yak-18P Source: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU72319 ref.73320 - Yakovlev Yak-18PS Source: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU72320 ref.73321 - Yakovlev Yak-18 'Maestro' Source: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU72321 V.P.
  4. Amodel is to release very soon a 1/144th Beriev Be-10 "Mallow" kit - ref.1452. Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/beriev-be-10-amphibious-bomber-in-1-144-scale-amodel-1452.html V.P.
  5. Hi y'all Been working on this for a while; slow progress as I've been building a Westland Sioux but has since regained some steam and thought I'd post a WIP. The majority of photos are a rag tag of shots taken during various stages of the build The kit is the 1/72 Amodel MBB BO-105 which I'm building in North Scottish helicopter livery (they were under the management aviation umbrella and eventually became Bond helicopters). The Bölkows where used as shuttle 'taxis' in the early days of North Sea oil and gas between rigs and accommodation barges and the like. Before I get on with the show I'd like to extend a huge thanks to fellow BM'er "Troschi" (Felix) - what this guy doesn't know about helicopters isn't worth knowing I received great amounts of information on the Bölkows including drawings / pictures of the long range fuel tanks and also a lovely set of resin floats. Here we go... The kit A selection of various parts: the troop seats are scratch built. You can see the long range fuel tank (it's a bit short but with the fuselage halves closed up it looks okay). The pilot and front passenger seat have received some additions too (the last two photos show further work and the current status of them). A dry fit photo prior to the fuselage parts being glued together. Followed by pics after the afore mentioned being glued together (note the long range fuel tank poking out the back - I'm sure you've all guessed but I will be finishing this with the clam shell doors open) Below is where I'm currently at with this build. This photo was 'borrowed' from Nigel Heath (I hope he doesn't mind) The rear bulkhead and troop seats glued into position. The pilot and front passenger seats are almost finished. I just need to secure parts of the harnesses and apply some shading. I'm very pleased with seats... The pilot seat of the North Scottish operated Bölkows had a life raft fitted behind it as far as I'm aware. I rolled up some kitchen foil, painted with vallejo colours and added a seat belt from a spare etch set. I think the colour might not be correct but some artistic licence here to add a splash of colour to the interior as the aircraft will be predominately white. The warning label on the rear of the front passenger seat was an educated guess on my part and to add some visual interest. My walk around book of the Bölkow does have this sign on a German military BO105 but most likely did not appear on the livery I am intending to finish this kit in. However, my intention is to try and represent a safety card notice that we find in modern civilian aircraft. It may not be correct but again I think it will liven up the interior a little bit. This was made by painting some Tamiya masking tape with vallejo paints. Here is the aircraft I indeed to recreate This time in colour Thanks for looking *edit* another big thanks to members of Prrune and a pilot who use to fly these choppers for North Scottish for the info he has passed on.
  6. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd Henschel Hs 123C kit - ref. 72248. Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/henschel-hs-123c-dive-bomber-in-1-72-scale-amodel-72248.html Box art V.P.
  7. AModel is to release a 1/72nd Yakovlev AIR-6 kit - ref. AM72306. Sources: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10305832 http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU72302 Box art V.P.
  8. Amodel is to release a 1/144th Avro Lincoln kit - ref.14413 Source: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU14413 V.P.
  9. AModel is to release a 1/72nd BAe Jetstream 31 kit - ref. AM72238 Sources: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10305830 http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU72238 Box art V.P.
  10. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd Antonov A-40(KT)prototype flying tank using T-60 kit - ref.72202 Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/antonov-a-40-kt-prototype-flying-tank-using-t-60-amodel-72202.html Box art V.P.
  11. The de Havilland Vampire has always been my favourite early jet. First flown in September 1943 (5 months before the Soviet La-7, half a year before the Japanese Ki-102 and 15 months before the He 162) she should be called a wartime design. And if she wasn’t British she would be a true WW2 fighter – unfortunately the RAF had huge numbers of already proven „430+ mph” fighters to list just the Mustang, Tempest and Griffon-Spitfires, while development of another British jet – the Meteor – was six months ahead of the „crab”. Thus the plywood-clad twin-boom marvel became the Cold War era fighter. For many years the only 72nd scale kit of this most successful British - and West European - jet (some 4.500 built, or nearly 6.000 including the Venom, whose prototype was called Vampire FB.8) was the FROG F217F, that appeared in 1971 and since 1978 (after the FROG sad demise) was available under the Soviet NOVO label. Although in my youth I have built dozens of FROG/NOVO kits their F217F (later F431) is still unknown for my eyes and hands, so I can only believe it at least looked like the Vampire. Several pictures available do prove it does. Next Vampire kit in the gentleman’s scale was Heller 80283 that appeared in 1979. Although still featuring raised (and few engraved) panel lines it had ribbed undercarriage bays. The box contained 41 parts (FROG had 36) and for next 30 years this was „the kit” used by the modellers all over the world to represent the Vampire. In this period it has been also reboxed by several other manufacturers, including Revell (since 1991) and Airfix (since 1998) as the most important ones. In 2006 there appeared super-detailed resin-cast Vampires from Czech Master Resin. IIRC more than a dozen of boxes are available, including the Mk I, the Sea Vampire, the NF, the Trainer and the Venoms. Every one contains some 50-60 resin parts, a vac-formed canopy, a coloured PE fret of 30+ details and an Eduard pre-cut mask. Unfortunately their prices (some £ 27 in my country) make such high-tech kits unavailable for my wallet. And perhaps for most of us… And then the horn of plenty gave us three brand new Vampire kits in just five years. They were the Ukrainian Amodel (in 2010), the Chinese (Dragon) Cyber Hobby in 2013 and – finally – the Czech CMK (labelled as Azur, Xtrakit and Special Hobby) in 2014. All of them feature engraved detailing, plenty of parts (almost 50 in Dragon, 60 in Amodel and 70 in CMK box) and various inbox reviews call each of them beautiful (if not splendid). Really each of them look like a Vampire… until you place two of them side by side. So the problem appears: which Vampire kit in 72nd scale is the best dimensionally- and shape-wise, as the details of all “new tool” trio are at least acceptable and their prices (£9 for CMK and £10 for Amodel) are not very high when compared to £6 for the Airfix (£8 for Revell) boxing of the ancient Heller kit. At some £19 the Cyber Hobby kit is far more expensive, while not far better. Fortunately I have the opportunity to measure the real bird (a Swiss-built FB.6) at the Polish Aviation Museum where I’ve been working between 1987 and 2014. So I took 21 various dimensions of the original, scaled them down and then measured the kits. The results are very interesting, although one can even call them horrible. It’s incomprehensible – for me at least – why can’t the 21st century kit manufacturer replicate faithfully the real plane, using instead various drawings that are far from reality. Measuring the real craft and making new drawings is far cheaper than NCM-cutting the moulds. And then we – thousands of modellers worldwide – have to use our skills to make a Vampire look like the Vampire… Full size dimensions are given in centimeters, the rest - in milimeters. Abbreviations stand for: R - real FB.5, S - scaled to 1:72, A - Amodel, C - CMK, D - Dragon Cyber Hobby, H - Heller/Revell/Airfix (FB.5) Fuselage length overall (FB.5) R610 S84.7 A81.8 C83.8 D80.8 H81.4 Sliding canopy length R122 S16.9 A18.3 C18.5 D17.8 H17.0 End of canopy to the top of nose bulkhead R192 S26.7 A26.9 C27.6 D26.3 H25.2 End of canopy to the bottom of nose bulkhead R203 S28.2 A28.5 C29.0 D28.1 H27.0 End of canopy to the tip of nose R278 S38.6 A37.2 C38.5 D37.2 H35.0 End of canopy to fuselage joint frame R105 S14.6 A13.4 C12.3 D12.4 H14.1 End of canopy to tailpipe R332 S46.1 A44.6 C45.3 D43.6 H46.4 Half of wing span R579 S80.4 A79.0 C79.9 D77.8 H79.5 Fuselage centreline to aileron inner edge R324 S45.0 A42.8 C43.4 D41.9 H43.8 Fuselage centreline to main u/c bay outer edge R262 S36.4 A34.5 C35.6 D34.7 H36.7 Fuselage centreline to flap outer edge R250 S34.7 A33.0 C33.7 D32.9 H33.0 Fuselage centreline to tailboom centreline R149 S20.7 A20.0 C20.2 D19.6 H19.3 Wing chord at aileron outer edge R99 S13.7 A13.9 C14.0 D13.0 H13.5 Wing chord at aileron inner edge R194 S26.9 A29.0 C29.1 D26.8 H25.9 Wing chord at main u/c bay outer edge R231 S32.1 A33.0 C32.3 D30.6 H30.4 Wing chord at tailboom centreline R265 S36.8 A40.5 C39.6 D38.2 H37.0 Tailboom insert into wing R190 S26.4 A26.0 C26.8 D24.4 H24.8 Tailboom length aft of joint R412 S57.2 A55.0 C56.0 D54.5 H57.4 Tailplane span (between fairings) R282 S39.1 A38.6 C38.8 D37.8 H36.8 Horizontal stabilizer chord R77 S10.7 A10.5 C12.0 D10.0 H10.6 Elevator chord R41 S5.7 A5.5 C5.8 D5.4 H5.8 So the results are: every fuselage is too short (I know that Swiss FB.6 pointed nose is longer) with CMK being the only close. Every canopy is too long with Heller being the only close – but this is easy to correct. Fuselage panel lines are wrong in each case with differences reaching 3.5 mm in scale (10” on real bird). All the wings are too short with CMK being AGAIN the only close. Same applies to the gap between the tailbooms. Chordwise Heller and Dragon wings are too narrow, while Amodel and CMK are too wide (which is easier to correct). Shape-wise only the Heller wing outline is close to real thing with aspect ratio (span to mid-span chord ratio) of 5.97:1 (a bit too slim ) compared to 5.72 in Dragon, 5.56 in CMK and 5.44 in Amodel – the original features 5.88:1. The difference in tailplane chord “by Dragon” and “by CMK” is 15% - funny, isn’t it? Using just the main dimensions (wing span and overall length) all kits are undersized with CMK being the only close (1:72.7), followed by Heller (1:73.2), Amodel (1:73.9) and Dragon (1:74.9). I made several pictures of wings, tailplanes, tailbooms and fuselage nacelles scanned from the real moulds. However it's impossible to compare the fuselage nacelle, as the CMK and Dragon kits feature horizontal split, while in Amodel and Heller there are port and starboard halves. Being unable to measure the real bird fuselage maximum diameter I can only add, that in the kits featured it varies from 16.5 mm in Cyber Hobby through some 18 mm in Heller and CMK to 19.0 mm in Amodel. Though being very difficult to correct it remains an oddity here… Happy modelling!
  12. AModel, is to release two 1/72nd Beechcraft 2000 Starship kits. Ref.AMO72279 Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/1-72-plastic-aircraft-model-kit-beechcraft-2000-starship-n82850-amodel-72279.html Ref.AMO72273 Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/1-72-scale-aircraft-model-kit-beechcraft-2000-starship-n641se-amodel-72273.html V.P.
  13. D.H. 60T Moth 1:72 Amodel First flown nearly 90 years ago, the DH-60 Moth series of 2 seat biplanes were a great success and were widely used by civil clubs in the inter war period. By the late 1920's almost 85% of aircraft used by UK flying clubs were DH-60's of one type or another. It was developed though several versions, the most notable being the DH-60G Gypsy Moth, and the DH-60M 'Metal Moth' where the wooden 'skeleton' of the fuselage structure was replaced by a metal one. Various engines were used such as the Genet, Cirrus, and Gypsy, and this would often prefix the name of the version, and total production ran to about 1,640 examples. The final version had swept back wings, a strengthened structure, and a Gypsy III engine. It had so many changes that it became a distinctly different machine and was renamed the DH-82 Tiger Moth. The kit. Amodel of Poland have released a range of DH-60 Moth variants in 1:72 scale, covering the DH-60 Genet Moth, DH-60 Cirrus Moth, DH-60G Gypsy Moth, and DH-60X moth. Received from T7 Models for review is the DH-60T Moth trainer, which in real life was based on the DH-60M Metal Moth. The small end opening box contains 4 sprues of parts, a celluloid sheet with windscreens, a set of decals for 2 options, and the instructions. First impressions are favourable, with neatly moulded parts spread logically amongst the sprues. Moulding is with minimal flash, and no sink marks on any of the parts. The struts and other fine parts are commendably thin and delicately moulded, and the fabric effect is quite nicely done. Given that there are several versions of this kit, it is not surprising that many parts will not be required. There are optional props, rudders, wheels, exhausts, struts, headrests etc. As none of these are numbered on the sprues, reference to the parts map in the instructions will be required throughout the build. Construction is entirely conventional, starting with the cockpit. A slight oddity is that the front cockpit gets the rudder pedals, and the rear gets the joystick, as only 1 of each is provided. It will be a simple matter to scratch up a full set for both cockpits though, and you may want to source some decals for the instrument panels, as none are on the sheet. Once the fuselage is together, the lower wings and tail group are attached. Depending upon your chosen colour scheme you may wish to start the main paint job at this point, or proceed with the struts and top wing. The final stage is the fitting of the undercarriage with the smaller, fatter wheels. Rigging will be a matter of choice, stretched sprue or invisible mending thread both work well in this scale. Decals. A small decal sheet is provided for 2 options. Option 1 is a Swedish Air Force machine in a very bright red and yellow scheme. Option 2 is for PP-TZE from the Aeroclub De Santos in Brazil, wearing an overall red scheme. Conclusion. This is a neatly produced little kit that means we no longer need to rely on the ancient Frog offering for a DH-60. Amodel have got the most out of their tooling to produce a number of versions, which is a sensible and very welcome approach (The Cirrus Moth is one of my favourites). The odd lack of cockpit items is a minor detail that is quickly and easily solved, and overall this is well produced new kit that will satisfy the majority of modellers. It will go very nicely with the recent Airfix release of the DH-82 Tiger Moth, and I hope that Amodel consider kitting a few more classic aircraft from this era, a DH-80 Puss Moth would be lovely! Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd family of DH.60 kits. ref.AM72280 - D.H.60C Cirrus Moth Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285206 ref.AM72281 - D.H.60 Genet Moth Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285207 ref.AM72282 - D.H.60M Metal Moth Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285209 ref.AM72283 - D.H.60GIII Moth Major Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285210 ref.AM72284 - D.H.60T Moth Trainer Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285211 ref.AM72285 - D.H.60X Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285212 ref.AM72286 - D.H.60G Gipsy Moth Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285214 V.P.
  15. Amodel is to release two 1/144th Beriev Be-6 "Madge" kits. Ref. 1451 - Beriev Be-6 "Madge" Polar aviation Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/beriev-be-6-reconnaissance-and-patrol-aircraft-amodel-1451.html Box art: Ref. 1474 - Beriev Be-6 PLO "Madge" reconnaissance aircraft Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/beriev-be-6-plo-reconnaissance-aircraft-in-1-144-scale-amodel-1474.html Box art: V.P.
  16. AModel is to release a 1/72nd Kalinin K-5 M-22 (new variant) kit - ref. AM72287. Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10285215 German in-box review from previous variant M-15 : http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook/Amodel/Amodel_Kalinin_K-5/Amodel_Kalinin_K-5.html V.P.
  17. Hi all, I've been building a lot of armour lately, really found it to be my 'natural' genre- weathering effects are really good fun to add. So this is my first plane in abut 10 months: an Amodel 1/72 Yak-18 These were used by North Korea as 'Nuisance bombers' and as such this kit includes Korean markings and a couple of bombs. So what's in the box? All pretty standard, and like most Amodel kits- looks really simple and easy at this stage... Step 1: I added instrument panels from paper. Found a YAK-18 photo on the net and resized it. Normally I'd photocopy the large image to reduce it to the correct size- 8mm across, as this preserves the detail much better than an inkjet printer can cope with. But I didn't bother this time as I looked at the thick, cloudy canopy Amodel provides and thought, why bother!!! Will
  18. http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU03672 Blimey, I must have it!
  19. Along with the Il-40, I ordered this reissue of the AModel Yak-28PP last week (still to arrive) which contains a monograph on the subject: http://www.modelimex.com/1-72-yak-28pp-publication Searching for information on the publication revealed that it was a walkaround by V. Roman (http://www.aeroteca.com/continguts/productes.php?llengua=en&codi=11729)). How authoritative is it, and does it contain 1/72 scale plans? Thanks in advance for your replies.
  20. My next entry for the group build is the 1/72 Yak-15 from Amodel, bought at the list price from Hannants (6.50 pounds): The instructions (not shown) proudly proclaim it to be the first Soviet aircraft with a turbojet. On to the sprues and decals: This will be the third Amodel kit I've built, and hopefully the third I finish. This is a warm-up for the Yak-28PP I have in the stash, and I also want to build a Yak-1 (Amodel) to examine the family resemblance. There are two schemes: one overall red, and one green-over-blue, which is the scheme I plan to do. As the photos show (or not!), there's a fair amount of cleaning, sanding and what I call therapeutic fettling to be done. My Scandinavian Spitfires will have to wait...
  21. This is the 1/72 Amodel Yakovlev Yak-15 'Feather', one of the first Soviet jet fighters, built for the 'Less Than a Tenner' group build. Full details on the build can be found on the thread I made for it on the GB subforum: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234957400-172-amodel-yak-15/ The kit and build are, well, 'typical early Amodel', with a lot of clean-up required, especially for the smaller parts. The canopy managed to react to Humbrol enamel thinner (a first for me) but was rescued by polishing and coats of Humbrol clear. The only tricky part of the build was getting the fuselage and exhuast nozzle to fit around the engine, which took a fair amount of filler. Keeping what I said about the build in mind, I also made a mess of building the wings and had to perform major surgery to get them to fit, at the cost of losing the dihedral. I finished the kit in green over light gray-blue, or Humbrol 80 over Humbrol 65/157-with-a-touch-of-Revell-32150. The pilot must have had a poor view over the nose. The decals went on fine but had a lot of carrier film that needed trimming. I finally did a panel line wash; its uneven appearance is due to both uneven surface details and my technique. I tried to add exhaust stains which did not end up too well. Just for fun, here are some side-by-side pictures of the Yak-3 and Yak-15: The latter's lineage is obvious, especially around the wings. There appear to be subtle changes in the Yak-15's empennage, though. I plan to build the Amodel early Yak-1, but not now. (refrains from bad jokes about the Yak-15 'ripping off' the Yak-3) Thanks for looking! Comments are welcome.
  22. The Yak-25RV was designed for high altitude flights along the same lines as the US U-2 and was based on the swept-wing Yak-25 family. I had the Broplan vacform of this several years ago and never did anything with it so when this Amodel kit was released I decided to cut my losses and do this instead. To add a bit more variety I got the drone version in a very unusual colour scheme which certainly makes a change to just overall silver and red stars. Amodel kits get a lot of criticism which I don't feel is entirely deserved and this one certainly didn't give me any problems. Virtually no filler used and I replaced the two nose probes with brass tube as it was quicker than cleaning up the kit parts. The only part I thought might be awkward was using the decals for the orange/red trim around the wing and fin edges. Luckily they conformed well and I only had to touch up a couple of areas with some paint I mixed to match. Painted with Halfords BMW Titan Silver and then satin varnished after decalling. Please feel free to tell me what you think..... Thanks for looking Steve
  23. Hi, Built alongside the similar An-74 and brought out of the stash by a request for a copy of the instructions by a fellow Britmodeller, this found its way onto my workbench! The Amodel parts provide a replacement fuselage from behind the cockpit and the rotodome and are very well done in their usual fibreglass. The original base kit (Toko/Roden) provides the rest and the engine panels don't fit at all well requiring much filler and sanding. To help with the masking I scanned the kit decals, printed them out and taped them onto the model. Once the white and grey were applied I started to apply the decals which decided to explode on contact with water! Luckily I had kept the scan and used it to produce my own decals which went on without any further problems. I originally was going to follow Ken Duffey's (Flankerman) example and convert the Toko kit, Ken was kind enough to send me lots of information on the An-71 about 15 years ago, which was invaluable in this build. Cheers Ken. Couldn't find any photos showing the intake on the upper fuselage for the third engine, but didn't think Amodel's 'representation' of nothing at all was very likely so I cut out a rectangle and added some mesh. No idea if it's correct but it looks better than just seeing the fuselage through the open door. Anyway here it is...... Steve
  24. Amodel has just released a 1/72nd Yakovlev Yak-32 "Mantis" kit - ref.72232. Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook/Amodel/Amodel_Jak-32/Amodel_Jakowlew_Jak-32.html V.P.
  25. AModel 1/72nd Antonov An-8 "Camp" - ref. Box art Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&start=3120 V.P.
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