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  1. Hello fellow modellers, here I would like to show you my model of the Valkyrie. It is a small commuter plane for 5 passengers, no, four plus pilot. It's maiden flight was in Januar 2015, the second prototype crashed or made a forced landing in 2017. Since then no further information is available. There are some pictures in the net, showing a black aircraft, maybe the first prototype, on several occasions with different registrations. Amodel is producing several unique and exotic aircraft. although the quality has improved significantly, there are still some flaws apparent in this kit, especially in the instructions. They want to ignore the rear windows and paint the whole area black, the undercarriage doors are toolarge and had to be shortened, the holes for the undercarriage legs are positioned underneath the lower wing part and so on. I wonder wheather they never make a test build with their test shots. I wanted to close the canopy, but it was too big, so I built it open. The windows are clear in the kit, so I had to airbrush them with Tamiya smoke, which took me three attempts. I wonder how all the F-16 builders manage to do it so effortless and successfully... The opening mechanism is way too high and has to be shortened. So are the seats, or the whole inside will not fit into the fuselage. But this is what modelling is all about, isn't it? And still I will continue building these kits, because I like the aircraft types away from Spitfires and 109s. (F-4s are an exception!) Thanks for looking, Norbert
  2. Car Maintenance 1930-40s (38019) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models ltd Cars were still really in their infancy during the 30s and 40s, and thankfully for their owners were quite simple compared to today’s standards, having mostly mechanical systems with only the lights and carburettors using electricity in general. They would frequently break down at the side of the road, where a well-prepared owner could often fix them, at least well enough to enable a dash to the nearest garage for a proper fix. If the repairs were more serious, a scheduled appointment at the garage would be in order anyway. This set depicts two repair scenarios on the box, and that’s what you get. Inside the shrink-wrapped box are five sprues, four containing the figures and one containing the accessories and tools, with some of the smaller flat tools to be found on a tiny Photo-Etch (PE) fret in a card envelope. There is a lady in a knee-length skirt pumping up a tyre using a foot-pump, a man in shirt-sleeves lying on his back under the car with PE tools around him, while the two other mechanic-types are cleaning the car with a cloth, and twiddling something under the bonnet whilst leaning over the fender or radiator. In addition, a track-style pump and an old-skool car jack with PE handle are included as staging for your diorama. As usual with MiniArt figures their sculpting is exceptional with crisp detail and sensible parts breakdown plus additional parts if you wish to use them in a diorama. Conclusion The cars featured on the box art are of course not included in the set, but if you were to aggregate one or more of these figures, plus a pack of the various garage forecourt sets released by MiniArt together with some of your own buildings either bought or scratched, a detail-packedd peacetime diorama could be put together. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Middle Easterners 1:35 Meng Models Following on from their highly successful and high quality Pick-up Trucks, Meng have released this set of rather handy and topics figures dressed in typical middle-eastern clothing. The set contains four very well sculpted figures, all of which are in multiple parts to improve detail and facilitate moulding, including: Man standing and leaning against "something". Wearing a jacket and knitted hat and sporting a beard Female youth/child carrying a bag of produce on her head with a long smock dress and open-heeled shoes Woman in long robes and sandals with her lower face and hair covered Boy in open jacket and sandals Moulding is first-rate, especially for a company's first figure set, and a slide-mould has been used to give the woman figure a realistic overhanging hem to her long robes. The facial sculpting is excellent, and the female faces look distinctly female, while the males have a middle-eastern look without being caricatures of the region's people. Both male figures have separate legs to enable moulding of the creases in their trousers to go fully around the leg, and the women have separate feet that glue to the recessed bottom of their dresses. A painting guide is included on the construction diagram on the back of the box, with call-outs in Gunze Sangyo colour codes. A list of paint colours without reference codes is given on the side of the box, but in reality the world is your oyster. Check your references for the colours typically worn, and don't forget that sometimes dust and dirt makes its way onto people's clothes no matter how they try to stay clean. Conclusion Given the military activity in the Middle East during the last decade, these figures are both topical and useful in any diorama or vignette. They are well sculped, and with careful construction and painting should look very well, especially in conjunction with one of the Pick-Up Trucks I mentioned earlier. A little filling of joints will be necessary, but that's standard fare with figure construction. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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