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  1. I’m currently fiddling around with a few projects at the same time – not like me, but it’s all in the name of procrastination regarding my 1/16 Italian tank crew which I’m STILL putting off. I’ve got an ancient SMER Alfa Romeo Racing car underway over in the vehicle section, and as a foil to that very old and basic kit, I thought I’d make a start on another birthday pressie – this one a HobbyBoss Beutepanzer oddity from my girlfriend. It’s a beauty – fantastic interior detail, crisp mouldings, a good PE fret and nice, hard plastic. My recent armour builds have all been vintage Tamiya; great kits, but not up to the level of detail included in a lot of more current offerings and I’d forgotten just how good many newer products are. That said, the cover art is a travesty, and doesn’t look much like the actual vehicle at all. As with the Alfa Romeo, I made a start with the engine. Both kits seem to devote around half their parts count to the engine, but where the Alfa engine comprises 12 parts, this one is at least 50! Actually, before I did tuck into this miniature feast, I concluded that it would be a crying shame to end up hiding it all, so I plan to have as many hatches open as possible. There are a few provided as separate hatches, but not the main engine cover, so the first job was to carefully cut it out, taking care to save the upper moulded louvre for later. The inside louvre was unsalvageable unfortunately, so there’ll be a bit of scratchbuilding to come for that. I found some good interior photos of the parent Renault R35 online and as a result added a line of bolt heads and strip to the internal “shelves”, whilst shaving off the moulded cables/wires etc. I should really have done this before fixing the tub together, but it wasn’t too tricky with a curved No. 10 blade. On reflection, the bolt heads are too big, so I’ll shave them off and redo with smaller versions. I’m not too sure about interior colours – the instructions indicate that the interior should mostly be Panzer grey, but whilst It’s sort-of open topped, there wouldn’t be much to see from outside, and I can’t see the German army bothering to repaint everything inside, though I could be wrong of course. Either way, I’m happy to go with the rather more colourful interior scheme that the original French tank carried. I glued together the gear lever and drive shaft construction and added a sprue “foot” that should be hidden to support it – I’m not confident that the PE legs will stand up to it otherwise. I annealed them to assist in bending and they’re pretty floppy as a result. Putting the engine together was great fun; good fit and amazing detail – it even comes with individual spark plugs, and this is a little engine; no V12 Tiger beast here, but more like a Renault 5 4 pot. I left a couple of parts off for now until the painting is done, but it’s mostly there. I painted the engine and other sub-assemblies with a highly thinned mix of Revell red-brown and silver rub’n buff. It’s a bit light for slightly corroded steel, but the subsequent oil washes etc. will darken it down and it’s only the lowest of undercoats – the engine will be painted green/black/steel and so on over a hairspray coat, so only a few glimpses of this base colour will eventually be visible.
  2. HobbyBoss is to release 1/48th TBD-1 Devastator kits - ref. 81783 - Douglas TBD-1 Devastator - ref. 81784 - Douglas TBD-1A Devastator Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  3. HobbyBoss is to release a 1/48th Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-35 " Fulcrum-F" kit - ref. 81787 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8407857663 V.P.
  4. HobbyBoss is to release 1/48th Messerschmitt Bf.109E Emil kits. - ref. 81791 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-3 Emil - ref. 81793 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-4/TROP Emil Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  5. HobbyBoss is to release a 1/48th Consolidated B-24J Liberator kit - ref. 81774 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  6. My entry is the Hobby Boss 1/48 Grumman Avenger. My build for this groupbuild is the Hobby Boss 1/48 Grumman Avenger.The majority of my naval aviation builds are built wings folded, this is for two reasons , I like the engineering complexity of a wing fold and secondly I am running out of display space. The wingfold option is included in the kit so will be making use of it. Will post the sprue shots when I make a start.
  7. HobbyBoss is to release a 1/72nd Grumman TBM-3 Avenger kit - ref. 87274 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  8. Here is my take on the german Sd. Kfz. 222 scoutcar. A nice kit from hobbyboss. A lot of nice details, crisp moulding of the parts and overall a joy to build. The figures are from Warfront. All comments are welcome. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to look.
  9. Here is my contribution to the group build, HobbyBoss's VK 45.02(P) "Vorne". The VK 45.02(P) was an improved version of Porsche's earlier VK 45.01(P) updating the hull with a new sloped armour layout and a new turret equipped with the larger 8.8cm L/71 gun. Development of the VK 45.02(P) didn't leave the drawing board and it was canceled in favor of Henschel's VK 45.03(H) design which went on to become the Tiger II. I had originally planed to 3D print a VK 45.02(H) for the group build but due to some technical problems I was unable design the 3D model in time. For now I'll build its brother/rival the VK 45.02(P) and the VK 45.02(H) can join it in the future. Here are the obligatory sprue shots The hull is made from two upper and lower parts and not much more... Four sprues for the running gear, along with the few tools and handles for the hull. Most of the plastic in the box is for the turret which comes with a fully detailed interior. The tracks are individual links with each sprue containing four tracks with six connection points each. They should keep me busy for a few days... The kit comes with some photo-etch for the engine grills and also includes a generic set of number decals. Curiously they suggest painting the tank in Dunkelgrau even tho it had been replaced with Dunkelgelb by the time development of the VK 45.02(P) had started. Looking at the kit there are a few issues that stand out. The weld seams are very messy and misaligned, the ones on the side of the hull are ridiculously over sized too so I'll need to fill and re-scribe them all. The tank is also missing fenders over the tracks, I'll try to scratch build some from metal but I might also design and 3D print them instead.
  10. Hi all, With the Airfix Me-410 on hold whilst I wait for a delivery, I thought I'd crack open a quick, small project of an aircraft I love. Living very close to RAF Fairford, I've seen plenty of the current U-2S airframes fly in and out and so finally I'm building one - albeit, the earliest version. HobbyBoss released their 1:72 U-2A in 2021 with the U-2C following in 2022. The cockpit is straight forward with a fairly detailed multi-part ejection seat, however, I did add some left over Eduard SuperFabric seatbelts. They may not be 100% accurate but I plan on closing the cockpit and so very little will be seen from the inside. For this reason, I also wasn't too bothered by the lack of cockpit side wall decals. You get a main instrument panel decal, albeit basic, but nothing for the sides. Again, it will be closed up and not seen. All sub assemblies I could possibly do were carried out on the fuselage halves. This included the very good fitting engine intakes, closing the speed brakes and inserting the wheel wells. None were painted at this time apart from primer to help future processes. That's all for now, I'll do another update soon.
  11. Some time ago, I can't remember if it was spring of 2021 or earlier, I started a 'quick' project involving a few T-6 builds: I like this subject a lot and already have a few built to which I wanted to add more. Unfortunately, as it often happens, this transformed in a lenghty/stalled/frozen project, mainly due to building kits of three different makes which had different issues to solve. In the end I had to face this as three separate builds to make some progress and here I am hoping to complete the whole project. The first iteration is an Heller T-6 in the last 'Red Chequers' livery, it is actually complete but for some reason I stopped before applying the final satin coat. Will have to remember the (surely good) reasons for that before doing anything and finding later why it was a mistake! While waiting for my brain cells to work on that, I present the second build, which is an Academy T-6 with the earlier 'Red Chequers' livery in silver/dayglo red and fern leaf roundels, also courtesy of a Ventura decal sheet. The third one for the moment I won't tell, just say it will be based on the Hobbyboss easykit. Cheers Fabio
  12. Bf109F-4 of 8./JG 54 - Flown by Max-Hellmuth Ostermann. Kit is a Hobbyboss easy-assembly kit in 1/48, decals by Aims. Thanks for looking in!
  13. HobbyBoss is to release in late November 2022 a 1/48th Hawker Hurricane Mk.I kit - ref. 81777 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=216 Box art V.P.
  14. HobbyBoss is to release in 2024-2025 a 1/48th Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II family. - ref. 85815 - Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II - ref. 85816 - Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II - ref. 85817 - Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8854669690 V.P.
  15. The aircraft novelties in the HobbyBoss 2024-2025 catalogue Sources: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8844047357 https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Ug4y1S7Sh/ New kits in this folder, I mean not previously announced in red: (previous catalogue - 2023-2024 - link) 1/48 - ref. 80385 - Chance-Vought F4U-2 Corsair - thread - announced since 2021 - ref. 80391 - Chance-Vought F4U-5N Corsair (late version) - thread - announced since 2021 - ref. 80394 - Chance-Vought Corsair Mk.I - - announced since 2021 - ref. 81761 - Sukhoi Su-33 "Flanker-D" - thread - announced since 2015 - ref. 81762 - Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark/"Flanker-X2" - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81775 - Consolidated B-24D Liberator - thread - ref. 81779 - Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc/Trop - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81780 - Hawker Hurricane Mk.IId/Trop - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81781 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-6 Würger - thread - ref. 81782 - Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-8 Würger - thread - ref. 81784 - Douglas TBD-1A Devastator - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81785 - Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady / Senior Span - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81787 - Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-35 " Fulcrum-F" - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81791 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-3 Emil - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81792 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-4 Emil - thread - ref. 81793 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-4/TROP Emil - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 81794 - Messerschmitt Bf.109E-7 Emil - thread - ref. 85810 - McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet - thread - announced since 2022 - ref. 85815 - Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II - thread - ref. 85816 - Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II - thread - ref. 85817 - Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II - thread 1/72 - ref. 87265 - Douglas C-48C Skytrain - thread - announced sinc 2020 - ref. 87272 - Douglas TBD-1 Devastator - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 87273 - Douglas TBD-1A Devastator - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 87274 - Grumman TBM-3 Avenger - thread - announced since 2023 - ref. 87275 - Grumman TBM-3C Avenger - thread 1/144 - ref. 83901 - Antonov An-12 "Cub" - - announced since 2023 The targets and bins on tracks and wheels... V.P.
  16. Expected in late October in China, Hobby Boss is to release a 1/48th Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29K Izdeliye 9.41 " Fulcrum-D" kit - ref. 81786 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=238 Box art At the All Japan Hobby Show 2023 Source: https://hobby.dengeki.com/event/2089974/ Source: https://www.facebook.com/gustav.jung.7/posts/pfbid02EXMhH4KzXBy114doAH9LkGqLL3vAE4BVcGT6FkWacTsFcK57HExvQxmZYpGYihnal V.P.
  17. The HobbyBoss Tiger II with decals from the old Italeri kit. A new vac canopy from Rob Taurus was installed, together with several other improvements. Thanks for watching! Luka
  18. Here are photos of HobbyBoss's Scammell Commander released about a year ago. I recently finished reviewing it for Finescale Modeler, a US model magazine. (https://finescale.com/product-info/kit-reviews/2023/11/workbench-review-hobbyboss-135-scale-scammell-commander-with-62-ton-crane-fruehauf-semi-trailer) This was the most ambitious and challenging kit I've completed in my 50+ years of building scale models. Per the review, the kit suffers from instructions with holes and engineering mistakes for PE parts. However, at the end of the day, I'm pleased with the result. For an excellent detailed walk-through of the build, I discovered Nigel's Modeling Bench on YouTube where he has a many-part video collection of his build. I highly recommend it if you're interested in building this kit. Thanks for looking and for your feedback! Sincerely, David
  19. Hi folk's looked at this kit on a good few occasions and the recent Creative models sell off meant a mere £9:75 free delivery spurred me on to have a go. being an easy kit it is simplified especially with no choice of open cabin doors etc but is nicely molded with a beautiful clear sprue. This is the 1/72 kit by Hobbyboss built a while ago.
  20. Hi folk's built for the KUTA GB this is one of a few Hobbyboss 1/48 easykits I have for quick build and paint practice.Brush painted in Vellejo matalics only using the airbrush to post shade it's been a joy to discover these paints after all these modelling year's this is the second kit brushed with them next one will be moving into the Jet age with Monograms venerable F-86 Sabre.Thanks for looking in. Here's the first effort using HB's 1/48 P-47.
  21. Hi all. I´d like to show you a modell finished earlier this year. It´s the nice 1/72 scale Hobby Boss kit of the iconic U-2. I purchased the kit at an modelling fair this spring and imediatly started building it. The fit is quite nice and with some etched parts from eduard for the pit and some other details you can get a nice little spyplane. For the presentation I added a GPU from a Hasegawa set and a scratchbuilt ladder. The flaps were also lowered by myself as the kit didn´t provide this option. Regards Daniel
  22. I see @Bobby No Mac has beaten me to this one so I will follow his progress with interest. I have a bit of a thing for these early British jets, having built a Meteor and Vampire over the last few months. Maybe it is the clean, smooth lines, they just look like proper airplanes that are pleasing to the eye. I have never built a HobbyBoss aircraft before, although I have made a couple of their AFV’s. Looking in the box it all seems quite nice to me. I am planning to go with the HMS Albion version as I have never painted identification stripes before (decals are provided btw) and it will add a bit of colour to the display cabinet. I am currently involved in the Entropy GB where I am building a Tractor https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235127443-tractor-blues/ The build is nearly complete so once I get to the paint stage, I will have time to start having a go at this. I would really like to do a Hellcat as well, but will have to see how time and other commitments go before taking the plunge. George
  23. I'm building the Hobby Boss 1/48 LCM3 for a GB on another forum. I naively thought it would be a mostly OOB build when I started. But, I soon found myself pondering some of the parts, and that's when OOB left the building. As such, I thought this would be interesting to show, here, too. Here are the bits from the box As you can see, I added Eduard's PE for this kit. At first, this all looked OK. Since I would be building this for Overlord, I knew the Sherman wasn't a possibility, but I figured that a Jeep would be a fine accompaniment for the completed kit. The first steps are the hull. Turns out the very first pause came with the skeg and rudder The leading edge at the rudder hinge works out to about 4.3 inches thick! Also the rudder won't support any side loads, which I assumed would have been a strong consideration for a beaching boat... My Google-foo soon found an image with the needed detail. Turns out this enlargement showed an LCM aboard an M25, a.k.a., Dragon Wagon. Hm, if only Tamiya would release one of those in 1/48. But, I digress. Here's what I did to fix the kit. And the shot similar to my enlargement above That looks much better. Around this time, I found my subject vessel. Woohoo! A source of truth...and more questions... Details on LCMs are scant indeed. My best source of info have been videos on YouTube, which showed the next issue. I noticed that when the ramp dropped, there was some activity in that channel at the bow in the photo above. That guide is a C channel with the equalizing sheave shuttling from the aft end of the guide when the ramp is raised--as seen above--to the forward end of the guide when the ramp is lowered. HB was apparently clueless about that, as they just supplied a U channel for the part, with no other connection to the boat beside it being welded to the frames. As for ramp operations, HB guessed there were ramp winches port and starboard, and the cables ran from winch, along the deck to a sheave at the bow, and then up to a sheave at the top of the bow to padeyes on the ramp. Watching more videos and reading the contemporaneous Skill in the Surf: A Landing Boat Manual, led to a better understanding of the mechanism. There's a single ramp winch driven by the port engine, hauling on a cable connected to the eye on equalizing sheave. There's a single ramp cable (wire rope) running from a padeye on the port side of the ramp, over a sheave at the bow, down to a sheave leading into the equalizing sheave guide, around the equalizing sheave, forward to a 2nd sheave at the forward end of the sheave guide, around that sheave and aft above the deck to a sheave that transferred the ramp cable to the starboard side, around a sheave and forward above the deck to a pair of sheaves (bottom and then top) to the other padeye on the starboard side of the ramp. As the name suggests, this arrangement ensures that the tension on both sides of the ramp are equal, ensuring it moves freely. The green line in the image below runs from equalizing sheave to top of the ramp winch cover. The red line shows that port-side ramp cable. The yellow line shows what I believe is the ramp release cable mentioned in Skill in the Surf. I first made up a C channel from 2 strips of Evergreen C channel and strip material. Now that I had the equalizing sheave channel, I needed an equalizing sheave. This is a guess--the only part visible is the uppermost rectangular bar, which is what first caught my attention. With an equalizing sheave guide and equalizing sheave in hand, I turned my attention to the ramp sheaves. Here's HB's interpretation. I needed something more like this More searching led me to making these bits. The sheaves are disks cut from 0.01 in sheet punched using Waldron #6 and #4 punches. The rest of the bits are also 0.01 sheet. I used those bits to make these two assemblies. I first thought the winch cover was thinner than HB's part, so I thinned down the port winch cover. Turns out I was incorrect, and HB got the width about right. But the cable entered the winch cover at the top, not the bottom. I was able to refashion the unneeded starboard winch cover into a better shape. HB's winch drum looked more like a sheave. Also shown is the revised winch drum, which I corrected using my smallest square needle file, along with the mounting plate/box for the drum, which I thinned down considerably. Skill in the Surf indicated the LCM carried two 12 foot boat hooks. HB just had some unidentified hooks in the cargo hold. Eduard provided PE replacements for the hooks; they also indicated that plain 1mm rod, 95mm and 60mm long, were to be placed in the hooks. I made up two boat hooks from 0.04 rod, 3 inches long. I tapered the ends and mounted a hook fashioned from 0.026 brass wire into a hole drilled into the tapered end. I'm now working on the 50 cal mounts, shown in the enlargement below. I first noticed that the 50 cal Brownings are not mounted. Harrumph, and I just spent a couple of evenings tarting up the HB Brownings with the Eduard PE and Master barrels. Here's a before and after shot of the HB plastic. The remaining HB plastic, folded Eduard PE, and the marvelous Master barrels. And the assembled 50 cals Both HB and Eduard provide an armor plate shaped differently than shown in the photo above. This will be easy enough to fix. The hard bit, where I'm now stuck, is the elevation mechanism. My Google-foo has been unable to find anything like it.
  24. So here is my fifth completed build in the scale, Hobbyboss's Yasen Class sub. I bought it as a practise piece really as i wasn't to worried about things going wrong as it cost a whopping £3.70 off ebay...bargains can be had sometimes! The Yasen class are a series of ships from a counrty that wont be named at the moment, large as they are nuclear powered but designed as cruise missel submarines, there is a later variant that is used to fulfil a hunter killer role according to wikiepdia, Construction of the kit was simple, the seam between the upper and lower hull halves was just simple sanding, apart from that it went together in a couple of hours. The lessons came in when i came to painting it - it may work for others but brush painting modern subs seems very very hard to do if you want a really smooth surface. She isn't weathered as i build 'em clean as they say but were i to, then it may hide the many little bits that have got stuck in the paint and the un even finish. When i got to the clear coats, that was done by air brush.....so much easier and quicker. In truth she needs a pin wash or something but i got over zealous in the sanding the seam and lost several bits of detail and am not confident trying to scribe them back in. Decals went on easy, all in all if you want a simple modern sub to do then this would fit the bill, just use an airbrush not a hairy stick! Any way here she is, Thanks for looking,
  25. Another cheap and cheerful kit. This time it is the HobbyBoss 1/72 Lavochkin La-7 (80236). Built OOB and painted with a hairy stick. Dave
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