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  1. After the 1/48th models (link), Dora Wings is to release 1/72nd Republic P-43/A/B Lancer kits. - ref. DW72027 - Republic P-43 Lancer - ref. DW72029 - Republic P-43A-1 Lancer - China AF - ref. DW72031 - Republic P-43B/C Lancer Source: https://www.facebook.com/pg/dorawingsofficial/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2895357487361476&ref=page_internal 3D renders V.P.
  2. Dragon Models is to re-release its 1/144th Rockwell B-1B Lancer kit - ref. 4624 Source: http://www.dragon-models.com/d-m-item.asp?pid=DRA4624 V.P.
  3. 1/72 - B-1B Lancer - by Modelcollect
  4. Republic P-43 Lancer (DW72027) 1:72 Dora Wings via Albion Alloys Ltd The P-43 Lancer was a work-in-progress in the mid-30s, and bears more than a passing resemblance to the pinnacle of its design, the P-47 Thunderbolt. Republic’s name was changed from Seversky, and it was their P-35 that was the jumping-off point for a number of designs in the period when it wasn’t yet certain that the US was going to join the war in Europe. The P-43 was one of the more successful designs, but it was an aircraft with some limitations, only performing at its best at higher altitudes where it was fast enough to catch and kill high flying reconnaissance aircraft. Lower down it wasn’t so great, so while it went into limited service with the US Air Force and other operators in small numbers it was soon obsolete thanks to the speed of technological progress during war. Some aircraft found their way to the AVG, flying against the Japanese before the US entered the war officially, where they were well-liked enough that when they were withdrawn, petitions were made by the Flying Tigers to keep them. They also served as high altitude reconnaissance with the RAAF who received a few airframes, and to intercept the aforementioned reconnaissance aircraft, but with only just under 300 built they were never destined for fame, and the P-44 Rocket that was to replace it didn’t even reach service, as the P-47 was just so good. The Kit This is a brand-new tool from our friends at Dora Wings, who have a short but interesting history of producing unusual subjects in various scales. I built their P-63E KingCobra kit when it was released, and thoroughly enjoyed it, despite a few trials, some of which were of my own making. Perusing the sprues of this kit gives me the impression that the moulding has moved on somewhat since then, and detail is good too, with decent transparencies, instrument panels with decals for each one, and a well-moulded engine, some PE parts with an alternate instrument panel and even some masks (not shown). That’s a pretty good package. The kit arrives in a small top-opening box, with four sprues in grey styrene, a clear sprue, a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, a small pre-cut vinyl mask sheet and a medium sized decal sheet, with the colour A5 instruction booklet that has painting and decaling instructions in the rear completing the package. Moulding is neat, with fine restrained pannel line, with no moulding issues that can be seen. Construction begins with the cockpit, starting with the instrument panel (IP), which can be either built with moulded-in dials and decal over the top, or with a flat panel to which you apply the decal then the PE panel to allow the decals to show through more realistically. Rudder pedals are fitted to the back of the IP, sidewalls are detailed with additional parts, then the sections are joined together on a floor panel and rear bulkhead, strengthened with the side panels and with the seat and PE belts glued in place and a short control column in front. The cockpit is put to the side while the firewall and engine mounts are made up, then the tail wheel bay, landing gear with 2-part tyres and separate scissor-links, and finally the engine. This is well-detailed, with both cylinder banks fully replicated with push-rods, reduction housing bell at the front, ignition harness and finally the close-fitting cowling added. The initial cowling comprises three parts plus a PE grille in the bottom, with the cowling lip added to the front and the PE cooling flaps inserted into the gap at the rear, giving a scale look and a view into the engine, so you’ve not wasted your time painting it. The prop is also made up, with all blades moulded together, a spinner at the front and a tiny ring at the rear. All of this makes for a very fast final assembly, and is akin to the process many modellers take when building a model. The cockpit and firewall are joined together first, then trapped between the fuselage halves along with the tail wheel bay, while the full-width lower wing has the two bay parts inserted then closed over with the upper wing halves, filling the gap in the middle with the fuselage. The ailerons are also separate parts, which is also the case with the tail feathers, giving you some options for a more candid pose. A clear gunsight, headrest and the rear canopy section are fitted first, then the rest of the canopy and windscreen are added to close it over, while the engine cowling assembly is glued to the front of the fuselage onto its mounts. Flipping the model over, the supercharger, cooling flap, pitot and wing guns are installed along with the prop, which you’ll probably leave off until later, then the main gear assemblies, bay doors and tail wheel with bay doors added while it is still inverted. Job done! Markings You get a generous four decal options in the box on a medium-sized decal sheet that is bright and colourful. From the box you can build one of the following: YP-43 Lancer, US Air Force, 1941 P-43A Lancer s/n 40-2920, 55th Pursuit Group, Portland Air Base, Jan 1942 P-43A Lancer s/n 41-6721, US Air Force 1942 P-43A Lancer s/n 41-31496, Aug 1943 Decals are by DecoGraph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. On the rear of the booklet is a colour table decoding the letter codes given throughout the instructions in Mr Hobby, Tamiya, AMMO, Hataka and Life Color codes, plus a key for the instruction icons that are also seen within. The vinyl masks are ready for application to the canopy, taking some of the work out of that aspect of the build, which is always welcome. Conclusion Dora Wings are to be lauded for their efforts to widen the subjects covered in all scales, and with the improvements they have made so far in their successive products, we’re going to be treated to many more interesting and esoteric kits in the future in differing scales. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors of
  5. Next Dora Wings project is a 1/48th Republic P-43 Lancer kit - ref. DW48029 Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2526130374284191&id=1929101897320378 3D renders V.P.
  6. Academy is to release in 2019 a new tool 1/144th Rockwell B-1B kit in the MCP (Multi Color Parts) serie - ref. 12620 Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047967-academy-catalog-2019/&do=findComment&comment=3218086 Box art V.P.
  7. Wolfpack Design is to rebox in November 2018 the Academy MiG-21MF "Fished" kit into a 1/48th Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF-75 Lancer-C of Romanian AF - ref. WP14806 Source: https://www.facebook.com/wolfpackd/photos/a.554832374609972.1073741832.554818677944675/1813763462050184/?type=3&theater V.P.
  8. Aoshima Lancer Evo X - Rally Driver: Happy Peredo (Bolivia)
  9. Right so I've been getting myself back into the swing of things with this since the end of Jan/early Feb. I brought this little set last year sometime: I wont be using the Hobby-Design engine transkit though as I believe its designed after the evo IV-VI engines which were turned around 180 degrees compared to the evo I-III. The decals for the '93 Portugal event are yellowed somewhat: So I took a root around in my Decal stash and decided on these for the 1993 Monte Carlo: The only noticeable difference between the Monte and Portugal cars, aside from the obvious livery changes is that the Monte cars didn't feature roof vents. I have also decided to lower the ride height. But I'm leaving the building of the suspension pars until last so I can get a clear picture of how much needs cutting out the struts. I started by assembling the roll cage, though I left off the rear bar were the seat belts attach for reasons that will become clear later lol. I did have to repair the top bars as they had broken in transit. I don't think you can see the repair unless you look for it After priming and painting all the parts that needed to be white I made a start on the decaling. The large red, silver and black swoops on the rear were a bit of a pain and I had a bit of trouble around the C pillar. The decal instructions call for the rear spoiler to be painted TS-49 so hopefully if I decant a little I can touch up the tears. I still need to paint the red strip around the bottom of the car. The decals are useless so once I've clear coated the body I'll mask and paint them on. The wheels are ready for clear too: The past week whilst the body has been left for the decals to fully dry out I've been working on the interior. I did toy with the idea of using Kevlar decals on the sump and seat backs but I wanted a simple build to restart my modelling mojo and the seatbelts were daunting enough haha. I used Humbrol 93 as the colour matches the Kevlar decals I normally use. I think it looks good lol. The last couple of days I've been working on the seat belts and finishing off the interior parts. Now some may notice the rear bar for the roll cage in that last pic. Hindsight from my evo IV build, which erroneously uses the same floor and interior as these, taught me that trying to mount the seat belts to the bar when its attached to the rest of the cage and mounted to the interior tub is very fiddly and this way is much easier hehe. I've also got the dash 99.5% complete: I've just got to paint the bolts on the steering wheel and the row of switches above the kill switch. I should have the interior finished later today and maybe the body will get clear coated too. TTFN Ashley.
  10. Was a bit of a struggle at the very end but I'm calling it done. Build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234998472-mitsubishi-lancer-rs-1993-monte-carlo-rally/ Kits built oob apart from the addition of the spare wheel and the lowering of the ride height. Pics ahoy: Thanks to those that have followed the build and as always comments are welcome TTFN Ashley
  11. B-1B Update Sets (for Revell) 1:48 Eduard The massive but ageing B-1B Lancer in 1:48 is back on the shelves after a long absence, and even though it is getting on a bit, it's still an impressive chunk of plastic, measuring almost a metre long when it's finished. Eduard's sets have been dusted off and brought back to address some of the less detailed areas, which is a good thing for anyone looking to improve the kit. As usual the sets are split into areas of the airframe, allowing the modeller to pick & choose which areas to focus on depending on budget, skill and where their interests lie. Each of the Photo-Etch (PE) sets and masks set come in the usual re-sealable flat-pack with white card insert protecting the sets as well as the instruction sheets. Interior (49737) Comprising three frets, two of which are nickel-plated and pre-printed, the larger one also being self-adhesive, while the last is bare brass. The main focus is on improving on the kit instrument panels, which take up a lot of the cockpit, replacing the main panel, side consoles and centre console and aft panel with new pre-painted parts, as well as a nicely detailed throttle box. Additional parts are included for the rear bulkhead; the four crew seats, all of which get belts and seat details, and the cockpit sidewalls. The only issue with the set is the slightly bluish grey of the instrument panel surround, but if that bothers you it is a simple matter to overpaint the background to blend it in with your cockpit paint. Exterior (48857) This set consists of two bare brass frets with a substantial part count. The nose gear bay is detailed first with additional panels and rib detail, plus bay door actuators, and a substantial upgrade of the nearby crew ladder, which receives a totally new set of steps, leaving just the side rails from the kit parts. The crew access door is also detailed internally before the ladder is attached. The main gear bay is next, and is detailed with additional panels to improve on what is already there. The large gear legs are also given additional parts, some of which are designed to be slotted into grooves in the curved top of a leg section, so have your razor saw handy. The huge weapons bays are upgraded with detail on the bulkeads fore and aft, including the big baffles that drop down to disrupt the airflow that allows the bombs to successfully leave the bay at speed. The separating bulkheads are also detailed with extra parts, which should help to reduce their dated appearance. The outer skin of the Lancer is next decked-out with a large number of aerials, static-discharge wicks, and two-part vortex generators under the tail. A few small probes and vents are also added around the nose, with additional detail installed between the twin engines on each side, with some fan detail parts inside. Mask Set (EX480) While there aren't many windows on the Bone (B-one, geddit?), they are large and rounded, the radiuses for which can be difficult to cut manually. The yellow kabuki tape is pre-cut for just such purposes, and you get the main canopy halves, side windows and portholes, most of which are of the strip type to hug the frames and avoid the compound curves that could cause wrinkles. Fill the centres of the masks with liquid mask or scrape tape before you spray for best results. Review sample courtesy of
  12. In January, February & March 2014 R.V. Aircraft (http://www.rvresin.com/plastic_kits.html) is to expand its 1/72nd "Fishbed" plastic kits family with four new boxings. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/pages/RVAircraft/412179818902422 http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2014/01/23/novinky-firmy-r-v-aircraft-na-leden-2014/?lang=CS 1/72 Chengdu J-7 III News coming in late January 2014 ! Limited edition - 500psc. only ! Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.489056307881439.1073741854.412179818902422&type=1 1/72 MiG-21 LanceR A + MiG-21 LanceR C New plastic kits in February 2014. Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.500380473415689.1073741855.412179818902422&type=1 MiG-21RF Egyptian Air Force new plastic kit ! + dedicated RF resin parts Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.502800393173697.1073741856.412179818902422&type=1 MiG-21M is in preparation ...decals and camouflage....on sale during March. Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.503822436404826.1073741857.412179818902422&type=1 V.P.
  13. Just finished this straight almost oob build of the Hasegawa kit. Another one from the collection I brought earlier in the year. Only slight gripe is the crack in the windscreen, was like it when I got it. Decals are the Cartograf ones supplied and are a lot better than the god awful Cartograf ones found in the Protar delta's thank god. However they don't fit the kit being very slightly too large in some areas and too small in others. Hence some sloppy paint touch ups on the b-pillar and the rear arches. Anyway pics ahoy: [ The row of vent holes atop the rear door windows are taken from Tamiya's Evo V kit as Hasegawa missed these and the boot antenna was another addition seeing as the picture on the box and instruction show it was there on the real car lol TTFN
  14. Hi, this is my rebuild of a Lancer Evo VI
  15. Rockwell B-1B Lancer Revell 1:48 The Rockwell (now part of Boeing) B-1 Lance is a four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing, jet-powered heavy strategic bomber used by the United States Air Force (USAF). It was first envisioned in the 1960s as a supersonic bomber with Mach 2 speed, and sufficient range and payload to replace the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. It was developed into the B-1B, primarily a low-level penetrator with long range and Mach 1.25 speed capability at high altitude. Designed by Rockwell International, development was delayed multiple times over its history due to changes in the perceived need for manned bombers. The initial B-1A version was developed in the early 1970s, but its production was cancelled, and only four prototypes were built. The need for a new platform once again surfaced in the early 1980s, and the aircraft resurfaced as the B-1B version with the focus on low-level penetration bombing. However, by this point, development of stealth technology was promising an aircraft of dramatically improved capability. Production went ahead as the B version would be operational before the "Advanced Technology Bomber" (which became the B-2 Spirit), during a period when the B-52 would be increasingly vulnerable. The B-1B entered service in 1986 with the USAF Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a nuclear bomber. In the early 1990s, following the Gulf War and concurrent with the disestablishment of SAC and its reassignment to the newly formed Air Combat Command (ACC), the B-1B was converted to conventional bombing use. It first served in combat during Operation Desert Fox in 1998 and again during the NATO action in Kosovo the following year. The B-1B has supported U.S. and NATO military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Lancer is the supersonic component of the USAF's long-range bomber force, along with the subsonic B-52 and B-2. The bomber is commonly called the "Bone" (originally from "B-One"). With the retirement of the General Dynamics/Grumman EF-111A Raven in 1998 and the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in 2006, the B-1B is the U.S. military's only active variable-sweep wing aircraft. The B-1B is expected to continue to serve into the 2030s, with the Long Range Strike Bomber to start supplementing the B-1B in 2030. The Model First released in 1983 this huge kit has been released three more times before this current incarnation, and this only has a new set of decals so be aware it will still have all the shortcomings of the original kit. That said, the moulds do appear to have stood up well as there is very little flash or other imperfections on the review sample. The parts look well moulded with no short shots and with the surface detail looking as fresh as when originally released. The clear parts for the cockpit windscreen and side windows are nicely tinted, although this does mean that even less of the interior will be viewable. The only real downside is that due to the nature of the semi open sprues quite a few parts have come off within the poly bags. Now, when I built this kit when first released, I’m sure it came with rubber tyres, in fact the undercarriage is about all I’ve got left of it and having rummaged in the spares box and finding them they were indeed rubber. Well in this release the tyres are moulded in halves, in some horrible, shiny, brittle black plastic which doesn’t look good at all and is a backward step in my opinion, especially as the original rubber tyres are still good after all these years. Hopefully some enterprising aftermarket company will soon bring out some nice resin to replace them. Also, over the course of time the B-1B has had several new weapons added to its armoury along with various pods and decoy units, none of which are included. It would have been nice if Revell had brought the kit up to date, but the cynic in me thinks that the parent company are perhaps only ever interested in reboxing older kits and bringing very little new to the modelling table. So, no matter how impressive this kit is, the modeller will have to add quite a bit of scratch building and aftermarket to bring it up to a modern B-1B. The clear instructions, (on better paper than usual), start the build with the assembly of the crew access ladder which is made up of the door, two hand rails and the sliding step section. This is followed by the nose wheel bay, made up of the roof, sidewalls, front/mid/rear bulkheads, nose leg latch and cradle. The four, three piece ejection seats are assembled, before the construction of the front cockpit from the single piece floor complete with side and centre consoles to which the instrument panel and associate coaming, joysticks, seats and rear bulkhead are attached. The rear cockpit is then assembled from the single piece floor, again complete with side consoles control panel, plus the front and rear bulkheads. The two completed cockpit sections are then fitted to the roof of the nose wheel bay. Before adding the cockpit/wheel bay assembly to the nose halves, each half has to have the side windows and portholes fitted. The nose can then be closed up around the cockpits, along with an appropriate amount of weight to prevent the finished model from being a tail sitter. The windscreen is then fitted, followed by the nose mounted radar bulkhead and radar array, and finished off with the radome, which can be left off if the radar is to be shown off. Moving onto the undercarriage, with the nose wheel assembled first. The styrene tyre halves are joined together before the inner and outer hubs of the two wheels are fitted. The two part oleo is then fitted between the two halves of the nose leg, ensuring the oleo section is unglued so that the wheels can be turned to give a bit of life to the finished model. The two part steering module is then attached to the rear of the leg, whilst at the front the lights and retraction link are fitted. Finally the previously complete nose wheels fitted to the oleo and the whole assembly put to one side as the rest of the build progresses with the main wheel bays, engines and bomb bays. The main wheel bays are formed from a single piece roof, two which the rear bulkhead, side walls, front bulkhead and central wall. The completed items are glued from the inside of the lower fuselage to which, for some odd reason only the upper sections of the engine pods are fitted into position on the underside. The instructions then jump to the assembly of the two rotary launchers and the AGM-69As, all 16 of them. Each launcher comes in two halves and fitted by the two weapon support rings, whilst the weapons are made up of two halves to which the tail section is attached and are then fitted to the launchers. Each of the three weapons bays is made up of a large u shaped moulding with roof detail included, to which the two sidewalls, filled with pipe work and other details are fitted. The two forward bays have the AGMs are installed, whilst the rear bay is fitted with a two part long range fuel tank. Each launchers and tank are attached to the front and rear bulkheads of each bay before the bulkheads are slid into position. Each bay is then glued into place on the inside of the lower fuselage. The whole assembly is then put aside to set properly. The two wings are each made up of upper and lower halves and when completed are slid onto the pivots moulded into the lower fuselage. The large upper fuselage section is then carefully attached to the lower fuselage. The two air intakes of each engine pod are formed from upper and lower halves which when glued together are finished off with the front face of the engined glued to the rear. With both lower pods assembled they are then fitted to the already sited upper sections and completed with the fitting of the intakes and two piece exhausts. The eight main wheels are now assembled in the same fashion as the nose wheels and put to one side. The main bogies each come in two halves which before joining are fitted with the internal shock absorber, followed by the four piece retraction mechanism. The wheels are then fitted, with the axles passing through the two brake pipe units. These assemblies are then put to one side to set properly. The tail is assembled from the two vertically moulded halves and finished off with the tailcone. The all moving tailplane is assembled, each side is made up of two halves with the shaft moulded to one side which is then passed through the hole in the assembled tailplane and slid into the hole moulded into the opposite side of the horizontal tail. The nose and tail assemblies are then glued to the fuselage centre section when finally it starts to look like a proper aeroplane. The model is then fitted out with the foreplanes, undercarriage assemblies, nose and main wheel doors, bomb bay doors, (each with four hinge beams), cockpit hatches, pitot probes, wing gloves, and aerials. The prominent vortex generators have to be made up by the modeller using, as suggested by Revell, the small number tags off the sprues. You’re probably better off making them from suitable styrene sheet or even etched brass. Decals The decal sheet appears to have been designed by Revell and printed in Italy by Zanchetti. They are well printed, in good register and nicely opaque but with quite thick carrier film, particularly on the air refuelling marking and the aircraft codes. The decals are quite matt in appearance but should settle down well with the appropriate solutions. You do get a nice selection of stencils, but I’m not sure if you get a full ship worth. The no walk lines can be a little awkward if memory serves me well. Two options are provided, with markings for the following Rockwell B-1B Lancer, 77 Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, Dyess AFB, Texas, October 2012 Rockwell B-1B Lancer, 116 Bomb Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, Robins AFB, Georgia, July 2000 Conclusion Considering the age of this kit I’m pleasantly surprised how well the mouldings are holding up. The change to styrene tyres from the old rubber ones is definitely a mistake, but a well known aftermarket company has announced that they will be releasing resin alternatives, as I have been writing this review. They have also announced a raft of other upgrade sets for this kit, which will help go a long way in building a more accurate model of the BONE, although it would have been better if Revell had ungraded their moulds so that the modeller didn’t have to have further expenditure. Apparently you may also require a box full of filler too as the fit can be a bit wayward if you’re not careful. Recommended Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  16. Hi there, Some of you might remember LCAerodesign from their 1/48 IAR-81 and 1/32 Extra 300 kits. They have now released a conversion set in 1/48th scale allowing you to turn the Eduard MiG-21MF into a LanceR upgrade. The set contains the necessary bits and pieces, starting with the cockpit (there's a complete cockpit supplied, minus the ejection seat, which apparently has nothing special in comparison to a standard KM-1 as found on the classic MiG-21 and found in the Eduard kit as such), continuing with the various antennae (comm, RWR), other lumps and bumps and finishing with a nice decal sheet and a painting mask (for the roundels and aircraft reg.) should you consider paint would look better than decals in this scale (?): So, if you fancy, like every other item coming from LCAerodesign, this set can be purchased directly from the source. I bought a couple of these thinking to build a LanceR C (as directly possible from this set) and a LanceR A (delete the right hand MFD from the instrument panel and get some decals from Linden Hill or Parcmodels). Cheers, Niki
  17. Hi Everyone, I posted about this kit in my what should I build next thread and said that I wouldn't be settig up a WIP thread for this kit, but due to the amount of work involved in decalling this kit, I have decided to set one up. This kit is 1:72 scale (61.6 cm long with a 54.5 cm wingspan) and I am decalling this B1B as the "Eternal Guardian" of the 9th Bomb Squadron from the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, Texas. I have been working on the decals for 2 days and have so far got both of the sides complete and just started work on the top of the kit. Onto the photos. Tail Decal Nose Decals : Looking Down Full View Side View Full View Another reason why I have setup this WIP thread is because as you can tell by the use of the Aqua Colour pot that this big bird does not have any landing gear, this is because the gear collapsed and broke when I was assembling it originally due to the fitting method. I have studied the instructions and think I can do a better job this time, so I have contacted Revell and asked if they have the ability to get the massive list of parts for me and what it would cost. Obviously if anyone has any spare 1:72 Revell B-1B parts could they please let me know if they have landing gear sets ? Thanks for looking. Comments welcome. Cheers, Rick
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