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  1. Mirage Hobby has just released a late version from its 1/48th Halberstadt CL.II kit - ref. 481405 New variant from a 2009 kit link Sources: https://mhshop.com.pl/en_US/p/Mirage-481405-148-Halberstadt-CL.II-Late%2C-Presentaion-and-Special-version/13082 https://www.facebook.com/MirageHobbyOfficial/posts/3855608661129196 V.P.
  2. Continuing my Bulgarian theme, we now jump further back in time to 1937 and opt for the PZL P.24B finished in His Majesty's Air Army (VNVV) colours with roundels based on the Bulgarian Tsarist Coat of Arms. I am using the Mirage Hobby kit, conveniently available in the Bulgarian markings. Biggest decision on this kit is what colour to finish it in. I've decided to go with Dénes Bernád recommendations from his MMP title "Bulgarian Fighter Colours 1919-1948: Vol. 1" with Polish Khaki and Light Blue rather than the green as portrayed on the box art. Now Polish Khaki, for the uninitiated and I was one before selecting this subject, is one of those wonderful colours worthy of pages of text and discussion on any media source about accuracy, actual colour, fading and variation and formula changes. I have had a look at ipmsstockholm.org, a few threads on Hyperscale, ww2aircraft.net, Fine Scale Modeller, and the Hataka blog. Much research has been done in trying to match the colours to Federal Standard equivalent and these are often referred to. Am I confused? I have decided it will be a toss up between FS 34088 (Bernád) and FS 30118 (PZL 11C discovery under the nameplate during restoration). The latter often referred to as the lighter/faded khaki. I also have AK's Real Color RC024 "Olive Drab Faded" which seems a nice each way bet. AK's FS 30118 will arrive this week and the experiments can start. For the underside, I think it is a little more simple, some adjustment and fading of RLM 65 will do the trick. Maybe a touch of light grey or opt for RLM 76. We'll see. I have posted the colours (recognising the vagaries looking at these on digital media) using that wonderful comparative resource from Mr Waligorski. Any input from BM members on latest research or alternative resources is most welcome. The kit - not a large parts count but is does appear it will build into a fine model. I like the rendition of the corrugated skinning although the panel lines are a little heavy. Not enough to worry me and I plan to build as is. Engine detail is a little soft. I think I can jazz it up enough to avoid buying a resin replacement. Cockpit looks like it will come up very nice indeed. Some white metal parts are provided. Radiators, fairings and exhaust manifold are welcome. Those MG's (Bulgarian aircraft were fitted with 7.9 mm MG's) will go into the spares probably to remain there for the remainder of my life unless I come up with a diorama where I need some giant corkscrews. I can substitute these with some telescoping micro-bore brass tube or use the plastic rendition supplied. Some PE and the decals: Most reviews complain about the decals - brittle red stripings and difficulties with the complex wheel spat shape. I see some more experimentation coming up, possibly improving the decals with a coat of Microscale Liquid Decal Film. One cheat's way out is to not use the wheel spats which clogged with mud, snow and ice and were usually removed. I do like the look of the P.24B sans spats, very purposeful and usually the mode where the MG's are mounted. I plan to paint the rudder stripes. With spats, no MG's. Canopy roof in place. Forward canopy side panel usually removed for ventilation following a pilot gassing incident. May or may not be in this image. Typical later set up. No spats, With MG's. Some with canopy removed and canopy roof with rear side panel still in place. Another image: Spats, No MG's. No canopy roof. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that the fin number was usually considerably smaller that the fuselage number. The Mirage Hobby decal sheet has all numbers at the same height at 9.5 mm. I will need to see what I can modify to produce the small fin numbers. So another GB ready to go. Looking forward to the kick-off next weekend. You can tell some parts are already off the sprue. Couldn't wait to dry-fit a few major components. Ray
  3. Mirage Hobby has just re-released its 1/48 PWS (Podlaska Wytwórnia Samolotów) RWD-8 kit as - Luftwaffe Training Aircraft - ref. 481406 Sources: https://www.super-hobby.co.uk/products/RWD-8-PWS-Luftwaffe-Training-Aircraft.html https://www.mn-modelar.cz/1-48-rwd-8-pws-luftwaffe-training-aircraft/ V.P.
  4. Weld Lines – Copper Strip 1:72, 1:48, 1:35, 1:16 Mirage Hobby Many models have left their moulds with welding beads missing or badly represented, and to a great extent this has gone unnoticed by most of us, and they have previously been a pain to recreate with rolls of putty pushed and tooled into place. Mirage Hobby have recognised this and have released this set of four sizes of copper weld lines in various scales, although they can be used at any scale to recreate lines of varying widths. Each one arrives in a card box, with a roll of copper in a ziplok bag held within, safe from harm. The copper is soft, so malleable and easy to cut, which should make it easy to use. The rough profile of the strip is half-round, but this has been flattened slightly by the tooling process, which has impressed a "stack of coins" pattern over the surface, which is typical of finished welds. The back is flat, so lends itself to joints between panels, but it can be set at an angle to be used as a quadrant weld with just a little care. Below is a table of what you will find in each box. Product Code: 224001 Scale: 1:24, 1:16 Length: 150cm Width: 1.25mm Product Code: 235002 Scale: 1:35 Length: 150cm Width: 0.95mm Product Code: 248002 Scale: 1:48 Length: 100cm Width: 0.56mm Product Code: 272001 Scale: 1:72 :Length: 100cm Width: 0.49mm Conclusion If you enjoy scratch-building, or just enjoy adding bits and bobs to your builds, these four gauges of weld bead will come in very useful. I wouldn't read too much into the scale figures, as even at the larger scales you will find different widths of bead, so a full set will come in useful unless you're only going to model in 1:72. When I get a moment, I'll be using some on my 1:16 RC Jagdpanther, which is woefully lacking in weld details. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Here's the twin-turret Polish 7TP tank with the design copied from the Vickers Mark E. Bought for £7 from super-hobby.com in Poland in January just for this GB. I've got the single turret version as well, so might go for broke and build both. Panzer III moves in for an easy kill:
  6. Mirage Hobby has just released a new variant/boxing from its PZL.43 kit - ref. 481404 - PZL.43A "Chaika" Bulgarian Air Force 1941-1944 Source: https://mhshop.com.pl/en_US/p/MIRAGE-481404-148-PZL.43-A-CHAYKA-Bulgarian-Air-Force-1941-1944/10810 V.P.
  7. Mirage Hobby is to rebox the AJ Model (link) 1/72nd PZL W3 Sokół kit. Source: https://www.detailscaleview.com/2019/02/spielwarenmesse-2019-impressions.html On display at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2019 V.P.
  8. Mirage Hobby is to re-release its 1/48th PZL P.11c kit with skis - ref. 481101 Sources: https://www.mhshop.pl/pl/p/MIRAGE-481101-148-PZL-P-11c-wersja-z-nartami-produkcji-Szomanskiego-/9721 https://www.facebook.com/MirageHobbyOfficial/posts/3847773961912666 V.P.
  9. Mirage Hobby has just released a new variant/boxing from its P-23 kit a 1/48th PZL P-23 Karaś II 1939 version - ref. 481601 Sources: https://www.facebook.com/MirageHobbyOfficial/posts/3840342709322458 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/pzl-p23b-karas-ii-481601-mirage-hobby-5901461816016-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=175096 https://www.martola.com.pl/pl307/produkty91331/pzl_p_23_karas_ii_1939_version V.P.
  10. This is the Mirage Hobby 1/72 scale kit, It goes together well and was an enjoyable 1-week build. My build log can be found here: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/viewtopic.php?f=47210&t=315601&p=1527618&hilit=m3+lee#p1527618 Thanks for looking.
  11. Hello all. This is my first GB entry. I'm a bit late, but at least I made it on time. This model have some small story behind it. Usually such vehicle would not be in my field of interest, but a few years ago I was playing a World of Tanks, around five I think, and I had so much fun with this vehicle. Around this time a new model shop opened in my city. It was mostly a RC one, but it had a set of models from Mirage Hobby, so I decided to pick up this one. Unfortunately it was closed soon after that. Then I had noticed a GB proposition, I looked through my stash and and decided to join with it. There is a story of tank taken from instruction. Other sources also mentions, that designers were caught into Stalin purge, and incomplete hulls were left. Model have vinyl tracks, and surprisingly, a complete interior with possibility to open hatches. However, I'm not a fun of opening models, also it would demand more work with for example thinning armour plates and so on, so I have decided to make a it simple, relaxing built it by making it fully closed. I'm not planning to add any sets (do any exist anyway?), but I will try improve some details like ventilation net over engine compartment. Surprisingly, in comparison to newer Mirage Hobby models, I haven't noticed any sink holes so far. I have jest started and glued hull and front drive wheels. My English still isn't perfect to say it lightly, feel free to correct me. I will improve quality of photos too.
  12. Bought this kit on the basis that I wanted to build a Luchs and didn't want to pay the earth. It fit the bill, cheap and in the right scale. Nice big box.... ..must be stuffed full of plastic... ..ah well, there are some nice looking options, I'll go for this one... ..at least the moulds should be in good nick.... ...after serious flash removal.. ...off centre holes and slipped moulds, this could be fun. I think I must have subconsciously wanted to show solidarity with John and his old Airfix Prowler. Or maybe I'm just a masochist Progress is at stage 3 completed (but without the wheels as they are to be painted separately first). Lower chassis and torsion bars assembled/added Rear panel did not want to fit nicely... ..so I chamfered the sides to get it to fit, definitely not a shake'n'bake kit here. So that's where we stand right now. Unfortunately I didn't take any pics of the sprues before I cleaned them up but there was a lot of flash and heavy mould seams that had to be removed before I even considered cutting anything from the tree. Not sure what kind of a dogs dinner I'm going to make of this but I'll give it my best shot Thanks for looking Phil
  13. I finished this today, so here are the photos. You can see the tiny WIP thread here if you're inclined too. A few more on the half-finished base I retrieved from the loft An enjoyable build of this dinky little carrier, although I still have no idea what make or model the machine gun is. It kind of looks like some kind of MG34, but with a malformed stock. Nothing French seemed to meet the same shape requirements. Weathering was done with various LifeColor sets, some Ultimate wash, and the aforemention GNR dental plaster accessories. The decals were a bit brittle and prone to breaking up when handled, so watch out for that, although there aren't actually many to apply many thanks to for the kit, and don't forget to have a read of my In Box Review if you haven't already
  14. Renault UE 2 Universal Carrier with Transport Trolley 1:35 Mirage Hobby The diminutive Renault Universal Carrier was in service with the French army long before the war, but authorities were unhappy with its performance and spent a long period looking for its replacement. Renault had the ear of the government, and was able to shoe-horn a revision to the design into the existing production line that resulted in the UE 2 that was superior enough to its predecessor to be accepted into service. With high production levels from numerous factories the number in service soon increased above 2,000, and after capitulation the Germans saw them as a useful tool to add to their arsenal. Many were overhauled and re-engineered to perform different tasks, even to the extent that one variant mounted a number of rocket-propelled missiles. It saw extensive service with both the French and German forces during WWII but few survived to find their way into museums. The Kit This is a new tooling from Mirage Hobby, although they already have a UE and a few other tankettes in their range at time of writing. It is an injection moulded model that arrives in a small top opening box, with five sprues in grey styrene, although one has only a few parts on it. A set of "rubber-band" tracks, decal sheet, instruction booklet in black & white, with a glossy colour painting guide to round out the package. The kit is of traditional injection moulding, and as such there is no use of fancy techniques, but the detail is still good for the size of the subject, with a set of link-and-length tracks for the tractor, and a pair of rubberised plastic tracks in black for the trailer that it tows around. Construction starts with the bogeys for the tank, which has three pairs of wheels between two large panels with an idler wheel to the rear. These completed assemblies are then added to the hull, which is built up from four panels, with no interior details. The exterior is detailed up once built with additional panels, fenders and the rear assembly to which the large towing hook is added. Exhaust with shroud, pioneer tools and stowage boxes are glued to the hull, while two return rollers fit into turrets on the sides, with the drive sprockets attached to the front sides. There is little mention of the tracks in the instructions, but there is a diagram at the top showing the tracks from the side, showing lengths and numbers around the run. This corresponds with the number of links per run on the sprues, although there is no English writing in the vicinity to confirm the rumour. The armoured cowlings around the drivers' heads can be posed open or closed, although as there are no crew, which is a slight shame. The rear stowage box that fits over the engine deck is made up from individual panels with moulded in strengthening bars on the outer sides. There are some substantial ejector pin marks on the inner faces, but as they are raised, they should be the work of moments to remove. There are a few more ejector pin marks around the model, but most are hidden once complete, or can be removed with a little care. Taking a round burr to the insides of the crew blisters will soon remove the ones found in that area, with little effort. The trailer is also build up from panels, with a small A-frame at the front, and two-wheel wheel bogeys pivoting around a single axle that is suspended from the frame by leaf springs. It is finished off by a pair of fenders, and of course the rubber tracks. Markings Any colour you like as long as it's green, but you get decals for three vehicles as follows: M31 520 from unidentified French unit late Autumn 1939 M15 063 1st Polish Grenadier Division, June 1940 M62 738 Unidentified French unit June 1940 The decals are well-printed in-house, with good registration, clarity and sharpness. Each white number plate decal has a black background to improve the look, although there are a few more number plate backs than strictly needed. Conclusion A lovely little model that will build up quickly into an interesting and lesser modelled French armoured car from the early war. Don't worry about the flexible tracks, as they are able to be glued as normal, and individual track links would have been a total nightmare due to the size! Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy
  15. Mirage Hobby 1/48th Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze/PZL P.42 Dive Bomber 'ITL 1936 and 1939 ver. kit is reported in progress - ref. 481320 Source: https://www.facebook.com/MirageHobbyOfficial/photos/a.489123771111052.102883.162443477112418/872982402725185/?type=1&theater V.P.
  16. M3A1 Lee Medium Tank (Cast Hull) 1:72 Mirage Hobby The M3 was an American medium tank design which was intended as a stop-gap measure to provide both the US Army and the British Army with a reasonably well-armed tank whilst they awaited development of the more modern M4 Sherman. The resulting product was configured in a similar fashion to the French Char B and the Soviet T-35 in that it employed a large (in this case 75mm) gun mounted in the hull and a smaller (37mm) gun in a turret. This was intended to give the M3 both anti-tank and anti-personnel capability. The design had obvious limitations but was put into production owing to the chronic shortage of tanks available to the Allies (in fact the British had asked their American allies to produce Crusader or Matilda tanks in the States, but were refused). As with the M4 Sherman, the M3 was first deployed by the British during the North African campaign. In this role it was valued for its reliability and sound choice of main armament, although its high silhouette was found to be a serious drawback. The M3 was also supplied to the Russians, although it was somewhat less popular within the Red Army who named it "a grave for six"! The rivited hull of the tank was found to provide shrapnel inside in the form of the rivits when rounds failed to penetrate which lead to the M3A1 cast hull and the later M3A2 welded hull, though in comparison to the rivited hulls not that many were produced. The Kit The Mirage Hobby range of M3 tanks has been with us since the early 2000s and looks on opening the box to be a fairly comprehensive kit. There are four main sprues of parts, two smaller sprues, the main cast hull, a flexible sprue with the tracks and tow cable on, a small sheet of photo-etch and a small decal sheet. All the parts are wellmoulded with no flash or defects, the cast texture on the hull is very approriate for this scale. Construction starts with the main lower hull. The sides and front are added to the lower part. The main bogies are then made up. One wheel is moulded to the upper return roller, the other wheel is then added as the parts are sandwiched between the front and rear parts. Once three bogies are made up for each side they are added along with the single piece idler wheels and the two part drive sprockets. The plates over the wheels and the rear plate is then added. The mudguards for the rear are also added at this stage. Construction can then move to the main hull. The 75mm gun is put together this is two sides with a two part muzzle. This along with its mount are then put into the main hull. The main side hatches which are a combination of plastic and PE are then added. Once this is done the upper and lower hulls can be joined up. The upper turret is completed along with its 7mm gun. This is a complicated part with 14 separate parts. Once built this is set aside for late. Next up a complete set of handles, hatches, tools, and ancillary parts are added to the hull. Once all of these are on the tracks and turret are added. The last touch for the model is to add the flexible tow cable. Decals A small sheet of their own making provides markings for two tanks; Armoured Force School & Replacement Center - Fort Knox - 1942 Aberdeen Proving Ground - 1942 Conclusion This is a comprehensive kit in 1/72 and no doubt will look the part once built up. Highly recomended for the small scale armour builder. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Halberstadt CL.IV H.F.W. 1:48 Mirage Hobby The Halberstadt CL.IV was designed as a follow on from the same companies CL.II design. It incorporated many changes based on comments and feedback that the company actively sought from front line units. A major aim was to make the airframe lighter whilst retaining its strength, and the way this was done was by shortening the fuselage. The tailplane, fin and rudder were redesigned to compensate for the shorter coupled arrangement. The new aircraft utilised the same Mercedes D.III as its predecessor, but the improvements meant that it was actually faster and more manoeuvrable. Production was also undertaken by the Roland company, but they 'improved' the aircraft by lengthening the fuselage by some 15 inches, and reworking the wing design. The new wing proved to be weaker than The Halberstadt original, and thus delays were incurred with Roland production while they corrected this mistake. The CL.II and IV proved to be very useful ground attack machines, working in cooperation with German ground troops by flying in advance of them and softening up targets. This concept was later developed into the 'Blitzkrieg' used so effectively in the opening years of the second world war. Typical of the Halberstadt 2 seaters was the bathtub shaped cockpit opening, enabling both occupants to work in close proximity, and with excellent communication with each other. The kit. Mirage Hobby have released Halberstadt CL.IV H.F.W.(Early production batches/ short fuselage) version as a follow on to their earlier CL.IV and CL.II kits. The kit comes in a large box (for a 1:48 biplane) which is pretty well filled with plastic parts, decals and instructions. In fact the first thing to strike me was just how many plastic sprues there are in the box, full of parts. It is fairly obvious that some of the sprues are common with the other Halberstadt kits, which both makes sense and leaves you with useful parts that can go into the spares box. The plastic is a medium grey shade, forming sharp mouldings and very little flash, although there are a few minor sink marks here and there. The overall quality is very good, with some very fine parts and excellent detail. I was very impressed with the jackets on the machine guns, which have real depth to the fretted slots, and I would be tempted to use them as they are without using the etched brass alternatives. They really do look good enough to do that. The wings are single surface (I.E not a top and bottom to be glued togethcdr) and plain rib tape detail and fine trailing edges. There is a very subtle fabric sag effect, just visible between the ribs and out on the tips, which should look good once the lozenge decals are on. However it is very restrained and may also not be that noticeable, only a build up will tell. A complete Mercedes D.III engine is provided, although the detail looks a little softer than on the rest of the kit, it should still look good when built up. Advanced modellers may wish to wire up the magnetos, but very little will probably be seen once it is installed. The cockpit interior is fully provided for, with framework, bulkheads, fuel tank, instruments, radios, seat belts, ammo drums, etc. Mirage have packed a lot of detail in there, using etched brass where necessary, and it should make up into a highly impressive unit. The etched brass fret even provides a template for marking and cutting out the cooling holes in the engine cowlings for one of the versions. Instrument faces are supplied on a sheet of clear film, which will need painting white on the reverse side. While not as easy to use as decals they do give a superior glazed look when finished. The struts and undercarriage legs are very finely moulded with a 'scale' thickness to them. The fuselage interior framework looks a little more substantial, and will benefit from mould seam lines being scraped down. Decals. Four sheets printed by Mirage themselves are provided, one with all the national and unit markings to cover three different options. Two sheets of 5 colour lozenge are supplied for upper and lower, also containing plenty of rib tape material in narrow and wide strips. They are laid out as bolts of fabric material, for the modeller to apply diagonally to the flying surfaces. Again the printing is excellent, and the colours are to my eye exactly right. Lozenge colours are a source of disagreement among modellers, but I like these a lot. They have a good tone & density and no one colour overwhelms the others. Finally there is a sheet of mottle, to represent the stippled brush effect that Halberstadt applied to their fuselage sides and top. It will need cutting into shapes to apply, but should give a far better representation than most could achieve with paint. It is a lovely blend of greens and purples, and plenty is supplied. The quality looks extremely good, up there with the best producers. The printing is very sharp and everything is perfectly centred. The white borders to the Eisenkreuz are perfectly symmetrical around all four arms, for example. Carrier film is very thin, and occupies no more surface area than it needs to under each printed subject. Best of all, the colours are exactly right with the lozenge sheets being near perfect. All in all, very impressive. Conclusion. This is a very well presented kit and should build up into an impressive model. As there is a lot of fine detail and construction work it is clearly aimed at the serious/experienced modeller. Everything is in the box to produce a real winner, with no need at all for any aftermarket additions. The whole package is very well thought out, with good quality plastic parts, useful brass etch, and superb decals. The only (minor) criticism is that there are a few sink marks to be seen, but the sort of modeller who would build this kit will deal with those without even blinking. It is nice to see aircraft like this getting attention from manufacturers, particularly as there are very few Great War 2 seaters available in 1:48. This one is an essential addition to any collection. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Hi Everyone, and a Happy New Year! This is a really quick build as i build up to starting a big 1/72 U-Boat in the next month or so. It's a Mirage Hobby 1/400 Type IXC U-Boat, done as U-176 from the box with some railings borrowed from an old WEM 1/400 set. Not exactly dramatic, but goes together really nicely for such a small kit. Decided to do it as a display model with no weathering. Doesn't take up much shelf space either! I'm treating it as a little hors d'oeuvre - the Revell 1/144 scale Type VIIC I'm finishing off is part two, followed by something a lot bigger as the main dish! Cheers, Al
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