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  1. Small Arms for Volkssturm Set 3 (P35003) 1:35 3D Print by Special Hobby During the closing days of WWII, the people of Berlin and the surrounding areas were pressed into service as make-do militia soldiers by the desperate hard-core Nazis, and when we say people, it was mostly old men, teenagers and those that had been injured and invalided out of service previously. Some women even took part, and there’s a famous piece of film of a German lady being taught how to use a Panzerfaust by a soldier with a nervous smile on her face. They were given basic training, often no more than on how to operate the weapons they had been given, and sent off to almost certain death, in order to delay the Allies from reaching the higher-ups. The weapons were often old and outdated, so overall they stood little chance of giving a good account of themselves against hardened Allied troops and heavily armoured and armed tanks. This set from Special Hobby is part of a new range that is using direct 3D printing using light-cured resins, which is a technique that is rapidly becoming suitable for making realistic models, even at the budget level. These sets are being produced on more high-end machines, and no layers were visible to my eyes, even with magnification! It arrives in a standard blister pack with orange branding, and lots of foam within to keep the parts safe during transport. The instructions are in the rear, sandwiched between the blister and the card header. Inside is a single printed block of parts that are printed in a light orange resin with what appears to be a lot fewer support struts ensuring that the freshly printed parts don’t sag under their own weight before they are properly cured. There is also a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) for the rifle slings, which should be annealed in a flame to soften before use for your own ease. At first look it looks like a badly strung clothes tree, but on closer inspection you can see a number of weapons and parts within that should be removed with a pair of sharp-nosed clippers, being careful that you don’t accidentally also trim a barrel or stock tube as you go. Care is the watchword here. Once released, you will see that there are four weapons, as follows: EMP44 submachine gun MP3008 submachine gun Volkssturmgewehr VG1 rifle MG81 machine gun The rifles are recipients of the slings, and the instructions show where they fit. The 3008 was a last-ditch design for a cheap, easily produced sub-machine gun, so it is apt that it appears in this set. The MG81 consists of three parts, with separate cocking handle and bipod to be glued in place, and no sling. This was a development of the MG34 used primarily by the Luftwaffe when they moved away from the MG15, and again it was an attempt to reduce costs and material use toward the end of the war. The EMP44 was a failure in terms of design, having only progressed as far as a working prototype by the end of the project, and resembles some really poor plumbing more than a rifle. It is also incorrectly noted on the site’s page as an RMP44. Finally, the VG1 was a simple rifle that was designed as a last-ditch type for the defence of the Reich, with a simple 10-round magazine and was crudely machined and designed when compared to more well-rounded rifles such as the Gehwehr98 that saw action through the whole of WWII. Conclusion Special Hobby have taken full advantage of the advances in 3D printing here, and the results are exquisite, if a little delicate if you’re a fat-fingered goon like me. Take care when handling, and you will end up with a superbly accurate set of arms to add to your next Battle for Berlin project. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Small Arms for Volkssturm Set 1 (P35001) 1:35 3D Print by Special Hobby During the closing days of WWII, the people of Berlin and the surrounding areas were pressed into service as make-do soldiers by the desperate hard-core Nazis, and when we say people, it was mostly old men, teenagers and those that had been injured and invalided out of service previously. Some women even took part, and there’s a famous piece of film of a German lady being taught how to use a Panzerfaust by a soldier with a nervous smile on her face. They were given basic training, often no more than on how to operate the weapons they had been given, and sent off to die to delay the Allies from reaching the higher-ups. The weapons were often old and outdated, so overall they stood little chance of giving a good account of themselves against hardened troops and armoured tanks. This set from Special Hobby is part of a new range that is using direct 3D printing using light-cured resins, which is a technique that is rapidly becoming suitable for making realistic models, even at the budget level. These sets are being produced on more high-end machines, and no layers were visible to my eyes, even with magnification! It arrives in a standard blister pack with orange branding, and lots of foam within to keep the parts safe during transport. The instructions are in the rear, sandwiched between the blister and the card header. Inside is a single printed block of parts that are printed in a light orange resin with lots of support struts ensuring that the freshly printed parts don’t sag under their own weight before they are properly cured. There is also a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) for the rifle slings, which should be annealed in a flame to soften it before use for your ease. At first look it looks like a messy Christmas tree, but on closer inspection you can see a number of weapons within that should be removed with a pair of sharp-nosed clippers, being careful that you don’t accidentally also trim a barrel or stock tube as you go. Care is the watchword here. Once released, you can see that there are four guns, as follows: 2 x MP3008 2nd Production (wood stock & tube stock variants) 1 x 6.5mm Karabiner 409(i) (originally Italian Carcano 91) 1 x MG81 Machine Gun The rifles are recipients of the slings, and the instructions show where they fit. The two MP3008s have different stocks and the tube stock variant also has a perforated barrel shroud, giving it a more aggressive look. The 3008 was a last-ditch design for a cheap, easily produced sub-machine gun, so it is apt that it appears in this set. The MG81 consists of three parts, with separate cocking handle and bipod to be glued in place, and no sling. This was a development of the MG34 used primarily by the Luftwaffe when they moved away from the MG15, and again it was an attempt to reduce costs and material use toward the end of the war. As this is a first from Special Hobby, as indicated by the product code, I decided to cut the parts from the supports, as you can’t see them very well half-buried in a forest of self-coloured resin. Cutting them with a single-edged nipper worked well, but take care with the stock tubes and barrels, as they are delicate due to being scale accurate. I managed to snap the barrel on the Carcano 91, but I suspect that was my own fault. Take care though, as they’re too nice to ruin. Conclusion Special Hobby have taken full advantage of the advances in 3D printing here, and the results are exquisite, if a little delicate if you’re a fat-fingered goon like me. Take care when handling, and you will end up with a superbly accurate set of arms to add to your next Battle for Berlin project. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Hi all, something a little different today, which I hope falls within the scope of this channel, hah. As something of an aspiring writer, I've spent many a year building up lore for a sci-fi universe, to include a lot of custom weapon and vehicle designs where I attempt to blend practicality with something aesthetically pleasing and appropriate for the setting. While I have artwork, I also made a snap decision to try something I'd never attempted before: a full size prop. I only have access to basic prop making materials and tools: styrene sheets and pieces; the insulation foam I use for diorama bases; some Green Stuff putty; and the usual no.11 blade, ruler, craft saw etc. No 3D printing or vacforming or anything like that So I guess, here are the results of the two projects (I only have these two pictures of them to hand) The pistol was the first to be built, and when that turned out better than expected, I jumped a bit further and went with the carbine. The pistol has a movable selector switch (mirrored both sides), and the underbarrel module can be removed. The carbine has a simple charging handle that can be pulled back and will (mostly) snap forward again, courtesy of some tubing, a plunger and a spring. Selectors move, trigger moves thanks to another spring. Sights can flip up and be removed through the rail, along with the grip and laser module. Magazine can be removed. Made up the little press studs with some old screw cup washers I found in the garage to finish it off. Overall, pretty happy with how they both turned out Well, that's that. Thanks for looking ^-^ Gaz
  4. US Aviation Armaments (48406) 1:48 ICM The Kit This is a new set from ICM which arrives on 4 sprues, it gives the modeller the following stores, 2 x LAU-10A Pods of 5" Rockets. 2 x LAU-69 Pods of 2.75" Rockets. 2 x LAU-68 Pods of 2.75" Rockets. 2 x BLU-23 500LB Fire bombs. (Can be made with or without the fins) 2 x BLU-27 750LB Fire Bombs. (Can be made with or without the fins) 2 x Mk.77 750LB Incendiary Bombs. 2 x SUU-14 Dispensers. 2 x Mk.81 Snakeye Bombs. 2 x MK.81 Low Drag Bombs. 2 x Mk.82 Snakeye Bombs. 2 x Mk.82 Low Drag Bombs. All of the above bombs can be fitted with Fuse extenders) In addition there are 2 MERs all with Sway braces. There are also what look to be 12 Flares to load on the MERs. All of the parts are well moulded and there are enough parts to give some additional detail to the weapons. Decals A decal sheet provides markings for all the weapons. The decals look nicely printed, in register with no issues. Conclusion This is a good looking set which will provide the modeller with a fair few USAF weapons types to hang under their model. I would have like to see more bombs included in the set though. Overall recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Greetings Building this and advised that to be correct with "Walrus" embarked which i now have built along with p/e catapult, Ishould have 2x0.5 quad vickers and 3x 2pdr multiple mounts . Can,t seem to find the correct position for the vickers and i presume multiple 2pdrs are the pom pom type aa guns. not sure of their position,Ihave after market quad 0,5,s but can,t seem to find correct position ,plans ihave are for 1942 and show no 0.5,s and 6x sets of pom pom,s. Wanted to build in plain grey paint but with aircraft hence 1939/40. Confused ex stoker needs help . Cheers Brian.
  6. ALARM Missiles, GBU-31(V)1B JDAM, SUU-30A/B Early 1:48 Eduard Brassin Eduard’s range of resin weapons expands monthly, with this tranche containing three of various types. Each one arrives in the new slimline Brassin cardboard box, with the accompanying reduction in packaging, using the poly bags to protect the resin and Photo-Etch (PE) parts along with the instructions wrapped around them and the decals. The instructions contain painting guide drawings and colour callouts in Gunze colours, as is standard for them. ALARM Missiles (648549) The name ALARM stands for Air Launched Anti-Radiation Missile, which was an air-to-air missile fielded by the UK until 2013, and still in service with the Saudis at time of writing. This set contains resin parts for four missiles, each of which have a main missile body with resin mid- and aft-fins, plus four PE fins near the nose. Another PE part is attached to the rear to depict the exhaust ring, then the launch rail is fitted with another small PE panel on the rear too, with an optional adapter rail fitted depending on use. A scrap diagram shows the correct distance that the tip of the missile should be from the front of the adapter rail to ensure you attach it in the right place. SUU-30A/B Early (648557) Confusingly called the CBU-24 when filled with BLU-26 or -36 submunitions, this cluster munitions dispenser saw service in Vietnam until withdrawal in the 90s. Resin and PE parts for four canisters are included along with stencil decals, and the units are made up by adding four PE fins to the slots in the tail of the main body, plus a fuse in the nose that slots neatly into a hole in the front. At the rear is a PE cap that covers the cut-off area where the casting block was removed. GBU-31(V)1B JDAM (648562) Built around at 2,000lb Mk.84 iron bomb, the JDAM kit turns it from dumb to smart by adding a straked “girdle” around the middle and seeker head at the nose that commands the tail unit to adjust its line of flight using the umbilical between them. They are carried by many modern fighters as well as bombers, so a box of four of them should come in handy. The main body has the girdle and main section of the tail fin moulded in although you must add the tensioning straps, then you add the aft section, with a keyed join and suitably thin fins. The strakes are PE parts that fit into slots on the bomb sides, and at the nose you have a choice of three fuses, finishing off at the back by adding a PE end-cap and a small stiffening plate on the underside of the tail unit between the fins. Review sample courtesy of
  7. US Ordnance Set (88E01) 1:48 AMK Models Launched at the same time as their F-14D Tomcat, this set of injection-moulded styrene weapons and pods are ideal for modern jets, particularly of the American persuasion. It’s a generous set that includes all of the weapons in the Tomcat kit, plus a couple we’ve not seen before. They’re also included in larger numbers, so should be good enough for loading up a couple of models at the very least. To keep things tidy, the various types are arranged in sub-boxes within the main box to prevent chaffing, and each set of sprues is held in a clear foil bag for a classy feel. Let’s see what’s included: 16 x GBU-16 Paveway II Smart Bombs 4 x GBU-12 Paveway II Smart Bombs 4 x AIM-54C+ Phoenix A2A Missiles (Tomcat specific) 4 x AIM-7M/P Sparrow A2A Missile 2 x AN/ALQ-167 Bullwinkle ECM Pod 2 x AN/ASQ-713 SAIP pod 4 x GBU-31 JDAM Smart Bomb 12 x Mk.82 “dumb” bomb with conical fairing 4 x LAU-68 Rocket Pod 4 x GBU-38(V)-1 USAF JDAM 4 x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder A2A Missile 2 x LAU-3 Rocket Pod 2 x Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) 2 x AN/AAS-25 LANTIRN Targeting Pod That’s quite a list, and each one comes on a separate sprue with copious use of slide-moulding to improve detail and reduce your glue bill, so you can see why it comes in a full box. Each sprue has interlocking pips and holes top and bottom that allows them to be stacked in groups, which is great to keep them from chaffing during shipping and keep their space usage down. Each sub-box has a drawing and name of the contents, which will be useful for future use, as is the instruction sheet with integrated painting guide. There are also a few sentences about each type to provide extra details, plus a construction diagram that shows how they go together, then on the right a painting diagram showing the colours and where the decals go. Markings A full sheet of stencils for all the included weapons is provided, arranged by type and with each iteration boxed off from its neighbours. Decals are printed with AMK’s logo and have good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion If you don’t rate the kit weapons in your latest project and don’t want to splash out on expensive resin parts, this set offers a raft of highly detailed ordnance that is well within the comfort zone of any modeller. Scrape away the seamlines from where the sliding moulds meet, and you should be good to go. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. I like to assemble the occasional figure in 1/35, however, many of these look toylike due to awkward positioned hands and arms, especially those in firing poses. Either the rifle is not aligned with the head or the hands are not holding it tight or both. How do you solve this problem? Bending, cutting, not using that particularly figure at all? I've tried cutting and repositioning but with subpar results, I may resort to sculpting a new arm but hand are out of my league...
  9. Source: https://www.facebook.com/736521713066784/photos/a.736556396396649.1073741827.736521713066784/1247702645282019/?type=1&theater Most probably a future derived product from the elements developed for the future Su-34 "Fullback" kit. (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234996669-kitty-hawk-su-34-148-render-march/). A classic sales strategy template, see also Kinetic (via SkunkWorks) and AMK similar sets. V.P.
  10. F-4 Armaments Set 1:72 Eduard Brassin This set from the Brassin arm of Eduard seems to offer a one stop shop to tool out you 1/72 F-4 with missiles and dumb bombs. The set offers 4 Sidewinder AIM-9B, 4 Sparrow AIM-7E and 18 Mk.82 bombs. The sidewinders have the rear fins moulded on and the front ones as photo-etch. The Sparrows have the rear fins moulded on, with the front ones in resin. Both missiles have photo-etch exhaust parts. The bombs have three types of fuse each all in resin. The parts are all upto Eduard's usual standard, with crisp castings and should pose no problems. Full decals are provided for the missiles & bombs. Although for the F-4, many other aircraft carried these weapons. Conclusion This is a great weapons package from Eduard. These parts should enhance any F-4, or other kit you can think of. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Type IX U-Boat Conversion Set 1:72 CMK This is the second of two sets to be released by CMK for use with the Revell Type IXc U-Boat. Rather than just another weapon set, this contains parts to backdate the kit to a time when the Type IX’s were armed with a single 105mm cannon and a quad 20mm Flak Vierling. As with the previous set, each mounting is made from grey resin, twenty parts for the 105mm and thirty one parts for the quad 20mm mount, the gun barrels themselves are, once again, made of turned brass, which really does help with the look. There is also a sheet of etch brass that provides items such as the hand wheels and support brackets. N72020 – The build begins with the 105mm cannon with the pedestal fitted to the deck mounting plate, followed by the three piece breech section and the metal barrel. The sight fixture and ballistic controls are then attached to the upper breech section, whilst the locking jack is fitted between the underside of the breech section and the inner pedestal, this can be left off if you are using the gun crew in a diorama display. The port and starboard hand controls are attached and fitted with the PE hand wheels. Lastly the port and starboard gun crew rests and their respective supports are fitted. The quad 20mm Flak Vierling build also begins with the deck plate, spare ammunition cartridge storage racks and central pedestal. The centrally positioned controls are fitted to the rear of the pedestal, along with the seat supports and seats. Each side of the mounting is made up of the rotating part, two gun breeches, two metal barrels and two ammunition cartridges. When both are assembled they are fitted to their respective sides of the pedestal, followed by the spare cartridges in their racks and the foot pedals used for firing. The three piece gun shield is then attached and strengthened with a piece of 0.4mm wire that the modeller has to provide. Conclusion This set should give the Revell Type IXc kit a real boost, as any submarine modeller will need to have at least two to build an early and late marquee. As usual the moulding quality is superb, and what flash there si si really fined and will mostly come off without use of a blade. Once assembled and painted they will really look good on the completed submarine. Very highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  12. Type IX U-Boat Weapons Set 1:72 CMK Having released a selection of U-Boat interiors for the Revell Type IX U-Boat, CMK have now released a pair of weapons sets. The first of these is to replace the kit weapons and consists of two twin 20mm cannon and a single 37mm cannon. Each mounting is made from grey resin, eight parts for the 37mm and ten parts for each 20mm mount, but, unlike some other sets, the gun barrels themselves are made of turned brass, which is an excellent move in my view. There is also a sheet of etch brass that provides items such as the hand wheels and support brackets, plus a micro saw to cut the resin parts from their moulding blocks.. N72018 – Each mounting is made up from multiple parts and in this scale, some of them are really rather small. The single 37mm cannon construction begins with the assembly of the mounting, where the base fixing is fitted with the pedestal, which, in turn, is fitted with the seat support structure, training hand wheel on the port side, and the two seat mounts. The starboard side is fitted with a second control beam with another training hand wheel and an elevation hand wheel. The trunnion mount is then fitted to the top of the pedestal, followed by the trunnion cover and two sights. The cannon is made up from a resin breech section, into which the brass barrel is fitted. The breech is then fitted with the ammunition chute and expended cartridges chute. The completed cannon assembly is then fitted to the trunnion mount and finished off with the attachment of the gun shield. With the two 20mm cannon mounts, assembly begins with the twin breech section being fitted with the brass barrels, ammunition cartridges, expended cartridge bag, shoulder harness, trunnion and a PE fitting to the starboard gun. The single piece pedestal is fitted with the training hand wheel and spare cartridge cradle, complete with spare cartridges. The cannon mounting is fitted with the counter weight assembly before the gun assembly is attached and the whole lot fitted to the pedestal. Conclusion It’s great to see CMK releasing more items for the Type IX U-Boat, and these weapons are so much more detailed than the kit parts they really are a must have for the serious modeller. Very highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  13. Hi, before I start I have no affiliation with this company what so ever. I just thought that any builders of 1/700 US or RN warships should take a look at this site. http://www.3dmodelparts.com/ship-accessories/?sort=featured&page=2 I received my order of octuple pom pom's today and am totally amazed at the quality of the parts. These are 3D printed in acrylic resin and are very fine, they are much easier than photo-etch and have 3D barrels. They can also be set at any elevation, so are ideal for diorama's. I hope that some one finds a use for these as I think they are amazing. There are several different weapons and a few structure parts available. Mick ps, I have been chatting to the owner and he is asking for suggestions on his new items.
  14. BigSin Russian Weapons for Mig-21PF/PFM/R Eduard/Brassin 1:48 To go with the new Mig-21 releases Eduard-Brassin have now released a set of Russian weapons to go with them. This BigSin set is contained in a smallish top opening box in the rather ominous black and orange colour scheme. Inside there are four different weapon systems each complete with their own decal sheets and etched parts where required. All these particular weapons have been released in their own individual packs, this set just brings them all together. R-35/AA-2 Atoll-A There are four missile bodies with the rear fins moulded on, four blocks of four forward fins, four launch rail adapters, four clear seeker heads and four resin covers, plus a small PE sheet and a large (for the size of the set) decal sheet. RS-2US/AA1 Alkali There are four missiles cast on individual blocks, five blocks of four steering winglets, and five blocks of four bullet-shaped fairings to be attached to the tips of each of the main wings. A block of four aerodynamic fairings that normally cover the rear of the missiles are also included S-24 Rocket There are two rocket bodies, plus a pair of adapter rails that will fit onto parts A13 and A14 of any of your Eduard Mig-21 kits if you are using them for this purpose. Additionally, a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass is included for the exhausts of the solid rocket motors, and a small decal sheet containing stencils for both the rocket and its adapter rail, which are printed in black and red. UB-16 Rocket Launcher The last of the packs within the box contains two rocket launchers, each provided with an etched rear panel and a resin aerodynamic fairing for the rear of the pod. A set of Cyrillic stencils are provided in red. Conclusion This is a very useful set to go with the latest releases of the Mig-21 variants. Although I still feel that they should have been included in some of the larger limited edition releases rather than being sold separately, but that’s just me being cynical about business. All in all a got set. Highly recommended Review samples courtesy of
  15. Apart from paying through the teeth with Hasegawa weapons sets, are there any other supplies out there that members have come across of decent quality and price? I appreciate there are AM alternatives for the odd specific weapon etc, but was thinking more along the lines of a mulitple boxing. I'm trying to resist £20 for Weapons Set D! cheers
  16. I'm after photos of the twin-bomb carrier unit (BRU-55) used on Classic Hornets so they can carry 2 iron bombs (and their smart versions) on a wing pylon. Managed to dig up a few photos from the internet, but no side-on photos and no details of the rear of the unit. Help appreciated Juanita
  17. Weapons sets Aerobonus 1:48 With their ever increasing line up of aftermarket parts Aires seem to have unlimited vision on what the modeller may need to enhance the details of their models. These three sets each provide two weapons which can be used on a variety of aircraft. They each come in the standard Aerobonus poly sleeves but the parts are well protected by large extensions to the casting blocks. FAB-100 Russian WWII bombs (480 058) These two simple bombs come in three parts, the bomb, tail and arming propeller. The tail fins and arming props look rather fragile and will need to be treated gently, especially when removing from the casting block. The construction is really simple, propeller to the nose of the bomb and the tail attached to the rear, job done. As usual the attachments to the casting block don’t appear to be too problematical and cleaning up will need just a swipe or two from a sanding stick. Details are simple but will look effective when fitted to one of the numerous aircraft that carried this weapon in WWII. Mk46 Torpedoes (480 059) Each torpedo comes in four parts, the main body, tail unit, propeller and parachute canister. Removal from the casting blocks appears to be pretty easy with minimal clean up required afterwards. Be careful of the propeller shroud on the chute canister as it is very thin and fragile, as are the propeller blades. The rest of the parts are pretty sturdy though and will make up a really good looking torpedo, whether mounted on a Sea King, Lynx or the bay of a Viking by the finely moulded clamps or sitting on a trolley as part of a diorama. The instructions come with a colour paint chart although the modeller will need to do some research for which are correct for the type of torpedo they want to use as there is no other information given. LAU-3 Rocket Launchers (480 060) Each rocket container comes in five parts, the main body, two end caps with rocket noses one end and their tails at the other, and two streamlined frangible caps, one for each end. The details are nicely done and along with minimal clean up after removal from the casting blocks they should build up into good looking units. There is a colour paint chart in the instructions and a small decal sheet which provides simple stencil markings. All the modeller has to do is to decide how many he needs for his A-1, A-4, A-7 or whatever aircraft their research shows carried these launchers. Conclusion This is a very nice selection of airborne weaponry that will add that extra bit of pizzazz to a completed model. They are all pretty simple to construct but have a finer appearance than some injection moulded parts have. Recommended. Review samples courtesy of distributed in the UK by Hannants Ltd.
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