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  1. The M3A1 halftrack is my all time favourite military vehicle, so I had to join in with this group build! I've always thought the M3/M3A1 halftrack was surprisingly under represented in kit form, especially considering how widely they were used. In 1/35 there was the Tamiya M3A2 (a version which never saw combat) and Dragon's more recent kit, which is a bit out of my price range. In 1/72 and 1/76, there is the very inaccurate Airfix offering, the long in the tooth Hasegawa version and the subject of this build, Academy's M3A1. Whilst not perfect from what I've read, it is by far the best small scale kit of this vehicle out there. Bought mine cheaply off Ebay, complete but minus box, so in the absence of that, the black and white picture on the instructions will have to suffice; Kit looks nicely moulded; Nice clear instructions; And, as you hardly ever see a photo of an uncluttered halftrack, I'll be using this Redog M3 halftrack stowage set. Used a generic Redog stowage set on my Airfix Universal Carrier, and was really pleased with how much it enhanced a simple model; Won't be starting it for a week or so, as I've got a couple of builds to finish in the Revell/Monogram group build, but I'm looking forward to getting stuck into this.
  2. In 2022, Academy is to release a new tool 1/48 Mitsubishi A6M2b Type 21 Zeke/"Zero" - Battle of Midway - kit - ref. 12352 Despite rumours It won't be a rebox from the recent Eduard kit (thread) dixit words from M. Vladimir Šulc, boss from Eduard–Model Accesorries ltd., as from M. Gustav Jung, boss from Wolfpack Design, who's closed ties with Academy Hobby Model Kits - see here: link Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=4666693050091873&set=pcb.4666695563424955 V.P.
  3. Good evening. As you can see by the sale stickers (and price!) this has been in the Vault for some time. With the joy of a cost of living crisis, I will be building this out of the box, so that will mean the original "bang seat" with the included flight crew present to negate the need for aftermarket belts. Looking forward to this. Icarus
  4. And my dad starts the next Latin American subject. DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  5. Thanks Stephen ! Rumour: there's a new tooling 1/48th Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II in the pipe line. Candidates: Wolfpack Design (too big kit for such a small producer IMO), Academy (dubious as not mentionned in the catalogue 2021, but in 2022 as the rumour source is M. Gustav Jung from Wolfpack Design who has close ties with Academy), Great Wall Hobby (is supposed working on a new tool 1/48th F-14 family, but considering the numerous new tool kits from the Tomcat... So why not a A-10), AFV-Club (after the 1/48th U-2...), Meng (after the 1/48th F/A-18E...), Kinetic (a surprise kit like the 1/48th (T)F-104, Wolfpack Design - so M. Jung - being the Kinetic distributor in Korea). All bets are off. Source: Reid Air Publications Facebook page. If you go to the link about the new A-10C decal sheet, there's a comment from Gustav Jung (aka Mr. Wolfpack Design - link) about a new tool 1/48th Thunderbolt II kit - see herebelow. https://www.facebook.com/177633712268219/posts/4024256017605950/ V.P.
  6. Wolfpack Design is to rebox (with upgrades ?) the Academy 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire F.Mk.XIVc - ref. WP14817 Source: http://www.wolfpack-d.com/htm/kit.html V.P.
  7. Hi folks Now that the M3/4 GB is finished, I would like to continue with my work here. As you can read in the title, it's about the M12 GMC from Academy, which I finished building after a lot of work, but I couldn't paint it in time. As usual, I had also planned a vignette, so I still have a long way to go. Some of you already know my model from the GB, for all those interested I would like to present a few pictures with the most important milestones of the project. In the coming months I will be painting figures, pouring water, creating decals and weathering the M12. I would be happy if you join me in this process. MD The figures were more expensive than the kit The wall to the engine compartment was revised The bogies have been reworked to show the weight The drive housing has been improved The air filters were redesigned and printed The spade was also redesigned and printed The details of the bogies have been improved The gun socket was improved... also the fuel filler caps The complete rear section was rebuilt... and provided with missing rivets and weld seams Missing details of the gun were attached The drive for the height adjustment was added The trackguards were ground thinner The front trackguards were rebuilt Adding new details to the hatches The gun support revised and made movable The ammunition rack newly created Missing weld seams and holes added Casting markings applied The protective shield improved The drive wheels modified... for new AFV Club tracks (here you can see the weight distribution well) new seats The complete new winch is a model in itself The finished model with some accessories is ready for the last steps before painting When I look at the pictures again, I realise why I didn't finish them completely See you!
  8. I've always liked the looks of the massive “Jug”, i.e. the barrel-shaped Republic Thunderbolt P-47D, and prefer its bubbletop version to the razorback one. The painting of the USAF Thunderbolts was very colorful at the end of the war, and the well-known "Tarheel Hal" is an excellent example of that. There is still an airworthy one in the USA, painted in that colourful “camo”. Tarheel Hal was the personal mount of Lt. Davis in the 9th Air Force, on the European theatre. Tar heel is the nickname given to the residents of North Carolina, and it is also used for students at the University of North Carolina. I built my model from the Academy kit, but I got the decals from the USA through one of the international model forums. The decals are probably from an old Hasegawa P-47D model that I believe is no longer available. For the modeI also used photoetch parts from Eduard. The kit was of good quality and I didn’t encoungter any problems in the assembly. I painted the metal colour fuselage and wings with Alclad aluminium after having primed the areas with Tamiya black rattle-can spray.
  9. Academy is to release in 2019 a new tool 1/72nd Grumman F-14A Tomcat "VF-143 Punkin Dogs" kit in the MCP (Multi Color Parts) serie - ref. 12563 Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047967-academy-catalog-2019/&do=findComment&comment=3218086 Box art V.P.
  10. Hello everyone. Sneaking this model in by stealth.
  11. Sorry to be mysterious- I feel honor-bound to speak up, but as of this moment have NO idea what kit or subject I've got in mind. Maybe, just maybe, an early model in Army Maneuvers temporary markings? 48th, unless I foolishly decide to throw my 32nd Revell into the ring...
  12. First announced Academy reboxing scheduled for release in January 2023 - ref. 12353 - Vought F4U-4 Corsair - Battle of Chosin Reservoir Sources: https://1999.co.jp/eng/10935104 https://mmzone.co.kr/mms_tool/mt_view.php?mms_db_name=mmz_review&no=38038 http://www.interallied.co.jp/release/2022/11/13489 V.P.
  13. After the 2021 programme/newsletters (link) Here's the Academy 2022 - newsletter 1 http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=12365&pCategory=NEWS2 In the aircraft pages for Q1/2022: 1/48 - ref. 12345 - Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless - plastic Accurate Miniatures 1/72 - ref. 12573 - Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina 1/48 - ref. 12346 - Dassault Rafale C - Nato Tiger Meet 2012 - plastic Revell (yes 1/48th and not 1/72nd as wrongly indicated in the folder) 1/72 - ref. 12575 - Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion - plastic Fujimi 1/144 - ref. 12627 - McDD F/A-18C+ Hornet 1/144 - ref. 12??? - McDD F/A-18D Hornet V.P.
  14. AT-6C/D & SNJ-3/3C Texan (SH72450) ’Training to Win’ 1:72 Special Hobby The North American Aviation T-6 Texan has a long history dating from its inception as the NA-16 in 1935 right up to 1970, and even today there are flying versions in various Warbird associations, sometimes masquerading as Mitsubishi Zeroes in films. The T-6 (in various designations from NA-16, through B1 to T-6 etc.) was originally produced as a basic trainer but over time it was upgraded to an advanced trainer (AT-6 Texan) with improved performance for basic and combat type flying training, plus an added facility for training rear gunners. The T-6 was also supplied to Britain and Commonwealth nations and designated the Harvard (I & II) and was in service during WW2 and for many years post war. Many British, Commonwealth and American pilots earned their wings flying a Texan, although it was known to have a fairly severe stall characteristic. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp that gave it a unique harsh buzzing engine note, the SNJ-3C was fitted with arrestor gear to facilitate deck landing trials for pilots destined to serve on aircraft carriers. The Kit This is a re-boxing of the Academy kit by Special Hobby with an additional injected clear sprue for the different canopies used and some resin parts, a small Photo-Etch (PE) fret, a miniscule slip of pre-printed clear acetate sheet, a decal sheet and instruction booklet. The Academy kit is well-regarded, so the additional parts and decal sheet should give the model an additional boost by the time you have completed it. Construction begins with the cockpit, starting with the two seats, which both get a new set of PE four-point seat belts before they are glued to the cockpit floor, which also receives a linked pair of control columns running down much of the centre of the floor. The sidewalls are applied to the floor along with a central coaming, rear bulkhead and rear deck, with a decal for the instrument panel under the coaming. The front panel also has a decal, and is attached to a spur inside the front of the cockpit aperture within the fuselage, while the cockpit assembly is held in place by a number of raised supports, but first several small sections around the cockpit and front cowling are removed, as shown in red. Only one decal option doesn’t have the resin insert in the starboard side of the nose cowling, so get your decal option sorted early in the process to avoid issues. The exhaust collector ring is slid over the fluted front of the fuselage, then the engine is made up, consisting of a bulkhead to which the engine is moulded as one part, fixing on a ledge inside the resin cowling, except the first decal option, which uses the kit part. The twin bladed prop inserts into the front of the bell-housing and is secured at the rear by a small cup that can leave the blade mobile. The low-mounted wings are supplied full-width on the underside, into which the central bay insert is placed, painting the area interior green, as well as small sections of the inside of the upper wings where the gear legs will fix. It can then be mated with the fuselage, and the completed engine assembly attaches by two pegs at the front. A resin machine gun with fairing is glued onto the starboard side in front of the cockpit for one decal option, and the gunsight is only needed that same option, folding up into a triangular shape, with the glazing replicated by the small and eminently losable slip of acetate, taking great care with the glue. The elevators are each a single part and fix to the tail by the usual slot and tab method, then the canopy can be installed, starting with the windscreen, then adding the two rear sections that are found on the additional clear sprue. Another clear part forms the glazing for the wing-mounted landing light in the leading edge of each wing, and a pitot inserts into the starboard wingtip. An intake attaches to the port side of the forward fuselage, then right in the pilot’s eyeline, a post for the radio antenna is fixed to the deck in front of the windscreen. Inverting the model (taking care of that antenna), the landing gear can be made up from individual legs with separate outer bay doors and wheels. The tail wheel has a choice of a faired-in assembly for one option, or a bare wheel with strut moulded-in for the rest. One camouflage option also needs an arrestor hook and curved bumper from the resin parts glued in front of the tail wheel. The final act is adding an intake under the rear of the engine cowling and a pair of actuators to the undersides of the elevators. You are also invited to fill a small hole under the wings in between the two main gear bays, and flat-back three raised lights under the fuselage as these variants didn’t have the recognition lights fitted. Markings There are a generous seven decal options on the sheet included with the kit, and each one has a page devoted to it with four views and a list of colours using names and Gunze codes. Most of them are painted silver, but with enough variation to appeal to most modellers, but my favourite is the one in blue grey. From the box you can build one of the following: AT-6D-NT Texan 4134617 ‘Bridget SPM Baby’, 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Middle Wallop (USAAF Station 449), Great Britain, 1944 SNJ-3C Texan BuNo. 6792, J-9, NAS Glenview, Illinois, Autumn 1942 SNJ-3C Texan BuNo. 6792, 11-1, Marine Aircraft Group 11, Cactus Air Force, Turtle Bay, Espiritu Santo, South Pacific, October 1943 AT-6C 42-3996, 77th Flying Training Wing, Foster Field, Texas, 1943 SNJ-3 Texan BuNo. 6773, Training Squadron Three, Detachment 8-B, NAS Pensacola, Florida, 1942 AT-6C Texan, 41-17249, X-508, Luke Field, Arizona, 1942 AT-6C Texan, 41-17249, X-508, Luke Field, Arizona, 1942 The decals are printed in the Czech Republic, and are in good register, colour density and sharpness, with a thin gloss carrier film over the printed areas. Looking at the carrier film I surmise that they are printed by Eduard, and as of 2021, the carrier film from Eduard decals can be coaxed away from the printed part of the decal after they have been applied, effectively rendering them carrier-free, making the decals much thinner and more realistic, and obviating the need to apply successive coats of clear varnish to hide the edges of the film. It’s a great step further in realism from my point of view, and having now tested them on my recent F4F-3 Wildcat, I’m a fan. Conclusion A welcome reboxing of a well-regarded kit with some resin and PE extras to give it some individuality, and a host of interesting decal options that you can remove the carrier film from after application. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Had this kit since it came out, just needed a good excuse to get it started & here it is. The only D-Day special that I didn't manage to get a photo of with these markings, got the other two so building this will make up for it. I've been told that 91-0603 with the D-Day stripes & yellow tail was slightly more elusive of the three which only makes me feel slightly better! So - Academy kit - 1/72 F-15E 494th 91-0603 of the 48th FW. Initially I would have liked to build it out of the box, but the engine nozzles look ok but not as refined as I'd like so if anyone could recommend some decent resin nozzles for it would be appreciated. I might even buy some 3d printed cockpit details, not sure yet. Just a small start to it. Removing the seam line on the canopy then a dip to help give it some clarity after a fine buffing. That's it for now. Will be minimum time available this week to go any further with it as I hopefully will try & get some pics at LN on my day off. Also does anybody know if the blue tail F-15C of the 493rd "D-Day Special" has been done in decal form? Would be great if this is out there somewhere. Martin
  16. Hello everyone! Here's my rendition of the much-maligned Academy 1/72 Spitfire Mk. XIV kit. Dare I say it on Britmodeller of all places, but I admit that I'm not that knowledgeable about the Spitfire, particularly the Griffin-engined marks. The kit was a gift from my now ex-girlfriend back in 2018, when she kindly tried nudge me back into the hobby as a respite from a severe work burnout. It sat in the stash for a while but over the past couple of years I found myself quite in debt (a mortgage and family health issues, not the criminal sort), so having a lot of free time at home, I started building through the kits stash, a dozen kits that were sitting idle for well over fifteen years, when I bought them back in high school. In fact, I completed this kit back in May of this year, but I've been a bit lax about taking photos and sharing the build - because if there's anything worse than my modelling skills, it's my skill as a photographer! I believe much has been written about the Academy kit. It's a strangely mixed bag of very fine engraved panel lines, excellent cockpit detail, incorrect overall shape, very incorrectly shaped radiators, thick and incorrect decals. Given my lack of in-depth knowledge on the subject, I decided to go easy on this one and not try to correct the geometry errors but build it mostly out of the box with minor improvements - I added a glass reflector gunsight, and "padded" the seatbelt decals with masking tape. This didn't turn out as good as I hoped but it's still better than flat decals on the seat. The tires are finely detailed and wight-flattened out of the sprue but there are alignment pins that causes the flat area to sit at an angle against the ground, so I had to reshape them using several layers of CA glue and a lot of sanding to get them aligned. Paints are entirely my own mix of Mr. Color acrylics, top coated with a 1-to-3 mix of Mr. Color acrylic gloss and matt varnish. Initially I used the decals for the DW-D service tag but as the Academy decals were way too dark for RAF Sky, and somewhat transparent, I had to mix a new batch of Sky and paint over them with a brush, then coat with varnish again. Definitely was a nerve shattering experience as I repainted it on the evening before taking the model to an expo last week. It seems that the yellow bands on the wingtips should be smaller but I'm going to overlook that one. Spitfire Mk. XIV RB159, DW-D, No. 610 Squadron "County of Chester, Summer 1944, flown by CO Richard Newbury who shot down 9 V-1 flying bombs. Wikimedia commons photo of the real plane. Anyway, enough blabbering, here's the end result!
  17. Here is my latest and probably my most detailed 1/72 model to date. I used the "old" but still very good kit by Academy released in 2007. Good fit, decent detail and great decals printed by Cartograf. To show more movement and detail I've dropped the front slats, ailerons and flaps and I've added the nice and crisp Aires cockpit resin set and Black Dog's box which includes the electronic bays, canon, radar, spine and engine. The Black Dog set is good but is not at the same fine level as the Aries one, and in fact some of the pieces had pretty bad fit, so I ended up replacing them with some scratch build ones like the partition wall in the engine bay or the hatches for the avionics. All weathering was done using oil paints. F/A-18A+ US Marine Corps VMFA-232 "Red Devils", USS Nimitz, Persian Gulf 2007 Thanks for looking!
  18. Hi all, My mad dash to finish up shelf-queens continues. The next one off the shelf of doom (tm) is Academy's fantastic F-84. I only changed out Academy's dodgy decals with a random Superscale sheet I had laying around. I forget the squadron, but I believe it's from a unit stationed in West Germany in the early 1950s. The kit has a well-earned reputation for being excellent, and construction was problem free. The project stalled on my desk mainly because of my fickle ways, and because I forgot to add nose-weight. I had it assembled, painted, and even partially decaled, but set it aside when I realized it would be a tail-sitter. Then earlier this year I discovered a product called liquid gravity. I was able to get enough of the tiny pellets in through the open nose to make the kit almost balanced. More weight was then added into the drop tanks, and problem solved! The Superscale sheet was sized for the Tamiya kit and so didn't fit exactly. Gaps along edges needed to be touched up with paint, and some creative centering and stretching of decals was required on areas where its less obvious. The drop tank checkers were particularly tricky, and I messed up the alternating pattern at the top where the two halves meet. I can live with it, I Imagine Airman Pyle soldered two wrong tank halves together or whatever :) If its screw-upable in 1:72 it could have been screw-upable in 1:1. Looking at the finished kit, I wonder why I let it sit unfinished on the shelf for five years. It ain't perfect l, but I'm happy with it.
  19. Everyone builds airplanes, but I don't. This needs to be fixed. I want to build a prototype XF6F1 Hellcat. I will use the ACADEMY model.
  20. Hello guys I would like to show you my new model F-15SA (saudi advanced) royal saudi Air Force Actually the kit I use is Academy F-15K 1/72 but I design and print some F-15SA part the decal is custom made I hope you like it ˆ_ˆ
  21. Academy is to re-release its 1/72nd Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor kit with ref. 12527 Sources: http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=9035&pCategory=NEWS1 https://www.facebook.com/academytoy/photos/pb.1450541581840342.-2207520000.1442819447./1718872271673937/?type=3&permPage=1 F-22A Raptor "94th FS, Langley AFB" V.P.
  22. Good day friends, Here is the second kit I was able to complete after my hiatus from Britmodeller. This is the F-35B from Academy. While I am not fond of the subject, I am of the kit. This offering from Academy turned out to be one of the most enjoyable and fun kits to spend some time on. The highlights are as follows………… 1. Built straight out of the box. I did NOT add the variety of ordnance, markings / decals, or other details. 2. Overall color : Mission Models Have Glass Grey #MMP-083 ( FS 36170 ) 3. Weathered using washes The level of detail is superb with this kit and more importantly, the fit is excellent!!!!! Often, when a kit has an abundance of detail, the fit between parts tends to suffer. Not with this one. This STOVL version can be built with all of the doors opened and exhaust nozzle pointed downward or in the option I chose here. Furthermore, newer versions of the F-35 are the overall Have Glass grey ( with a bit of sheen to it ) and no longer employ the complex lighter edge colors for specific panels although decals are provided to create one. I enjoyed the kit so much that I went out and purchased two more. This is a great kit and I recommend it for all skill levels. Thank you in advance, Mike ( My apologies for the poor quality of photographs of this Academy F-35 and my previous Tamiya P-47. I do not have the proper studio for the high quality photographs that are so commonly found here. Portable lighting, white poster board paper as a background, an IPad, and my poor skills do not produce the desired results. )
  23. With all that has befallen the UK in the last few days, it has been all too easy to overlook other worldwide events. Yesterday, 11th September, was the 21st anniversary of the massive co-ordinated terrorist attacks on the United States. This year also sees 50 years since the F-15 first flew. To mark both events, I have built the 1/72 Academy F-15E kit, with Two Bobs decals for "Lady Liberty" of the 48th Fighter Wing (The Statue of Liberty Wing), USAF Europe, based at RAF Lakenheath in the UK. This aircraft also bears the image of the Twin Towers along with the text "Never Forget". ... and with my other build of the month, more of which later !
  24. Hello all, This is Academy's 1/72 P-47D Razorback painted in the markings of Lt. Donovan Smith's aircraft "Ole Cock". There were a few corrections made to the kit, most notably changing wingsides for the pitot tube from right to left; but other than that the kit is pretty good and the detail is very sharp. The kit was painted with gunze and real colors acrilycs, chipping fluid was used to weather the model. The aftermarket products used are PE for the interior, True Details wheels and a Master pitot tube, I also used a spare Tamiya P-47D propeller. The decals used are Hussar, part of their book Fighting units in color 56th Fighter Group part 1. Hope you enjoy!
  25. Greetings, friends, colleagues and forum guests! I'd like to show one of my models, which I completed at the end of last year. I am not a fan of Luftwaffe models, however, German jets of the end of WWII, including "paper" projects, so called "Luft'46" excite my imagination. Me-163B "Komet" is one of them. Indeed, one of the first jet aircrafts in the world, which was put into service and actually participated in the battles, and there was only enough fuel for 7 minutes of engine operation. An interceptor fighter that did not have the opportunity to repeat the attack. There are also a lot of interesting things in its appearance: the “tailless” a/c, which threw off a cart with wheels during takeoff and landed on a retractable ski, probably had the first cockpit glass without a binding. So I could not pass by the "Komet". Those few facts that I knew about it made me eager to have such an aircraft in my collection, and an inexpensive set from Academy, which also includes a tractor, determined the final decision. As usual, I would like to show pictures of the model first and then in the next post to reveal some steps of assembly.
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