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  1. Hi, everybody! I want to show you the new work. Kit from the famous Chinese producer. Assembly process very much was pleasant. Though there were small problems with connection of details. A camouflage - Mr. Hobby Gunze Sangyo. Weathering - oil paints. A varnish - AK-interactive. Thanks for attention. Yours faithfully, Konstantin.
  2. Matt182

    Meng King Tiger

    Hi Guys, I've been struggling for motivation lately but seeing that this kit is finally on sale, I couldn't resist! First impressions are very good. Surface detail is excellent, particularly the welds and rolled steel texture. Tracks are link and length which I think is the best compromise between indy links and belt type tracks. The kit comes with a few PE parts, metal barrel (first batch only), two figures and 4 decal options. At £30 for the exterior kit, only Dragon comes close to matching this. Tamyia's offering is now well and truly redundant! I'm going to be building this OOB for the most part. I have a very nice Aber barrel in the stash which needs to be used. So, a few photos before I get started Turret roof with nice weld detail. Designed to left unglued if adding the interior. Both types of mantlet included. Lower hull tub. Note that there are a lot of locating holes for the interior that will need to be filled if leaving the fenders off. Hull roof is also separate for easy viewing of the interior. Link and length tracks very nicely detailed. Not a pin mark in sight Upper hull with excellent detail PE, decals and Instructions showing some of the 5-view painting guide. Nice to see all 4 decal options having a full painting guide too. So, on to the rivet counting part (sorry ). Accuracy wise, there is very little to comment on. The only 'issue' being the the turret ring is molded to the hull roof. This should be part of the turret but it's not really an issue and it was likely done this way to keep everything lined up. The kit best represents a vehicle built between June and mid / late August 1944 and would be better off having zimmerit applied. Of the 4 decal choices, the 2 with zimmerit are closest to the details provided but '124' of Pz Abt 505 will require a few parts to be left off. The 2 options without zimmerit will require a few more changes to be 100% accurate. Most of these details are minor in reality so unless you are wanting to be as accurate as possible, it's a non issue. My only other comment would be that I have doubts about the painting guide for option 4, '324' Pz Abt 509. I'm yet to see a photo of a partial whitewash over ambush camo as depicted but would be happy to see one So rivet counter hat off, I will hopefully starting the build tomorrow. First step is the wheels. More to follow soon hopefully Cheers Matt
  3. GAZ-233115 STS Tiger-M SPN SPV Sagged Wheel Set 1:35 Meng Model Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod, or GAZ for short are the leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Russia, and specialise in all-wheel drive heavy duty trucks, buses and light commercial vehicles. The Tiger is a development of the GAZ 2330 4x4 that is designed as a troop carrier for police and military forces, with good offroad capability, high speed and good handling on sand and steep gradients. The Tiger is an upgraded vehicle with ballistic protection to the sides and roof, with a large two-man turret-ring on the roof to allow both a machine gun and grenade launcher to be used simultaneously. It is known colloquially as the Russian HUMVEE, and like the HUMVEE it does not provide much in the way of IED protection, other than a suite of electronic countermeasures. Its flat ladder chassis differs from the newer designs like the American M-ATV, which has a sloping hull to deflect blast away from the occupants. It has plenty of space for radio gear, the aforementioned ECM fit, plus ammo stowage and of course four troops in the rear, with a two man crew in the front seats. This boxing is for the newer Tiger-M vehicle which features a slightly revised body style and additional armour. The Set This set is designed as a direct replacement for the kit wheels. Unlike some sets they replace all four main wheels and the spare. The pour blocks for the resin are cleverly designed to follow the tyre tread pattern and should be easy to remove. The casting is superb, nice and crisp with no visible defects. Conclusion This is a good update set for the GAZ Tiger if you don't feel the original rubber tyres are not up to the job, or you just don't like rubber tyres.. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Following on from my Challenger 2, here's my attempt at something from the other end of the age scale: Regards J A
  5. Just a quick message to say we are now stocking Eduard's January releases - including the re-issued 1/72 Bf110G-4 Profipack (some new marking options) and the first of the weekend 1/48 Bf109G-6's. We're also stocking the latest AZ/KP releases in 1/72, which are the Bf109 V-tail and the cheap KP P-51B, Bf109G-6 and Spitfire IX. We've just got some new bargains in (as well as existing bargains!) such as the 1/72 Meng F-106 Delta Dart, Hobby Boss F-14D Super Tomcat, Eduard's 1/48 P-47D 'Jugs over Italy' amongst others. We're also stocking the new and revised Vallejo Model Air aircraft paint sets, there's loads of WW2 RAF sets, WW2 Luftwaffe which have been around for a few months now but there's also WW2 and Modern US Navy aircraft sets plus Modern USAF aircraft sets. More recently Vallejo have released paint sets for Japanese Army and Navy aircraft of WW2 and have revamped their USAAF WW2 sets, with the likes of the Curtiss Dupont colours and specific USAAF desert colours. Finally they have releases 3 sets covering the Russian Air force from the 1930's to the end of WW2. thanks Mike
  6. AndyRM101

    Leopard 2A7

    This is Meng's new(ish) Leo 2A7, built OOB apart from the aerials which came from Leopard Workshop (set LW034). For me, it's one of Meng's best releases yet with great detail and, for the most part, perfect fit. There's a lot of PE in the kit, which almost makes it look like you've added an after market detail set to the build, but it all goes together without any problems. The only weak point in the kit is the piece of string that Meng always seem to include for the tow cable. I swapped that for some brass wire. Thanks for looking Andy
  7. simmerit

    Meng Leopard 2 A4

    As I'm sick to death of the Wokka, I've decided to take Dan's advice and bang something out 'out of the box', and what better place to start than with a Meng Leopard + some bits Its sat there for a year on the shelf. The mrs got me these for my last birthday so what the hell. I've not had a proper go at a tank for a long long time, so here goes..
  8. Mk.A Whippet and British Infantry Meng 1:35 The Model Originally released on its own last year and reviewed on this site HERE, it was great to finally see a modern release of this WWI medium tank. With this special edition release, Meng have included a set of British Infantry, perfect for use in a diorama. The single additional sprue contains four figures, each provided with a selection of accessories and weapons. There is one officer, obvious by the swagger stick held under one arm, the other three infantrymen are in various relaxed poses, one holding his Lee Enfield in a stand easy pose, one with the same type of rifle thrown over his shoulder, whilst he third man is standing with his Lewis gun butt on the ground whilst he holds the muzzle. They are all issued with steel helmets, various pouches and ammo packs, to be used as required. The mouldings are very nicely done, with great detail, including the fact that each face is different, although three do sport mustaches, which was quite natural for the time. Conclusion The Whippet kit is a very nice kit on its own, but the inclusion of the figures will bring another dimension to a diorama with the tank, or even on their own. It would be nice to have more of these figures released, particularly some in a more action oriented pose. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Calling this one done. Will try and get some better pictures done later. Thanks for looking. Rio
  10. This is the kit of a new scene I am just about to start. These are very nicely detailed, will only be using one of the robots and will see if I can build up a nice base for it. Rio
  11. Precast Concrete Walls (SPS-031) 1:35 Meng Model Another new issue from the Meng Supplies series are these handy precast concrete barriers that are often found on the road running up to a gateway or checkpoint, to force oncoming traffic into a chicane that slows them down and prevents high speed ram-raid attacks. The set arrives in the familiar black box with orange interior, and contains four barriers of two types, one being thick and fitted with lifting eyes, the other being thinner with a weighted base, and both types are sub-divided into new(ish) and beaten-up examples. They are moulded in pressure cast resin, and to cut down on weight they are partially hollow inside, with an internal framework keeping the parts rigid. They have already been removed from their casting blocks, although a little sanding will still be needed to get them to sit flat on the ground. The detail is excellent, and the texture of the rough-cast concrete is very realistic, as are the distressed effects, which are mostly confined to the edges. Both types top out at a shade under 6cm, which in the case of the thicker barrier includes the height of the two lifting eyes. The thin barrier is 6cm wide and 3cm thick at the bottom, while the thicker one is only 5.7cm wide, and 2.5cm at the bottom. If you plan on doing anything more with them than described above, you might find yourself using more than one pack, and it would have been useful if they were provided in packs of a single type to assist in this respect, but at this point this is all we have. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. German Flakpanzer Gepard A1/A2 1:35 Meng Model The German Army had fielded many different Flakpanzers through WWII, and it was no surprise that they would continue this into the cold war. The Gepard or Cheetah was developed to fill this role in the 1960's with deployment beginning in the early 1970's. The system used the proven chassis of the Leopard 1 tank carrying a large turret carrying the two 35mm auto cannons and radar dishes. The anti-aircraft system combines two radar dishes; a general search radar, and a tracking radar/ There is also a Laser range-finder. The German systems featured an S band radar for search, and a Ku Band radar for tracking, whereas the Dutch systems featured an X and Xu bad radars. The German system having a search & track range of 15kms, the Dutch having a search of 15kms, but track of only 13kms. The gun system fitted is a twin 35mm Oerlikon KDA system. Each gun can fire 550 rounds per minute. They fire a Frangible Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot and Armour piercing ammunition with a range of up to 5.5kms. The usual load is 320 frangible and 20 AP rounds per gun. The German Army ordered 377 units, the Dutch 95 and the Belgians 55 which were identical to the German ones. The Germans retired the Gepard in 2010 but they are in storage, as have the Dutch and Belgian units. The system is still used in other countries though. Brazil currently has 36, and Romania 43 obtained from Germany. Jordan purchased 60 from the Dutch. The Kit This is brand new tooling from Meng, and takes advantage of some of the Leopard parts, including hull and tracks, which is in line with the real thing so totally expected. The box is typical Meng with that satin finish I like so much, even though mine always end up in the bin when I've finished building them. Inside the box eight sprues and three hull and turret parts in green styrene, a flexible styrene sprue, clear sprue, two sprues of different sized poly-caps, a bag of track link parts, a length of braided synthetic cord, a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE), a pair of chrome stickers for wing-mirrors, a couple of bags of track links, a small sprue of ice-cleats with jig, and a small decal sheet. The instruction booklet is portrait A4+ with colour on the outermost pages on glossy paper, and a black and white centre section where colour isn't needed. I'm a big fan of Meng's products, and this one isn't going to dent my faith in them, as straight from the box it is a quality model kit. The build starts with the pairs of road wheels, which have poly-caps trapped between them, and these are fitted onto the working torsion suspension arms along with a number of return-rollers and other suspension parts on the sides of the lower hull. The idler wheels are ostensibly the same as the road wheels, with subtle differences telling them apart, and the drive sprockets are built up from three parts each, again hiding a poly-cap in the centre. The upper hull is different in shape, but sports mostly bog-standard Leopard hardware, with an insert on the engine deck that is (sadly) covered by a PE mesh grille, before the Gepard turret adapter ring is added, which just sits over the top of the smaller turret ring of the Leopard, aft of the driver's hatch. Various boxes and lumps are added around the upper hull, plus folded PE vision block armour, towing shackles and light clusters on both sides. At the rear a large optional stowage box can be added on the back of the engine deck, or two large flexible styrene bags if you prefer, which are lashed down by some straps made form the same material. A pair of mudguards, towing cable made from the cord and styrene eyes, lights and shackles are also added to the rear bulkhead later in the build. The tracks are the same as supplied in the Leopard 1 A5 here. They take on the form of individual workable links in styrene, each link of which consists of five parts. The central piece has track-pins moulded in, and two track pads are constructed from halves, linking the pin sections together one after another. A jig is included to help with this, and the winter ice-cleats are shown with seven links between them in case you wish to use them. The track-pin part has four attachment points to the sprue, while the pads have only one each, with a double pin/hole combination differentiating between the inner and outer portions. There are very small contact patches between the pad halves, which bothers me a little in case they decide to come apart during the build, but take your time, and make full use of the jig. You need 85 links per side, so allow plenty of time for the task. The top run is almost totally covered in the next step when the side skirts and front fenders with integrated mudguards are attached, so decide for yourself whether you will do a full run, or just the parts that are visible. Finally, we get to the turret! Construction here starts with the smoke dispensers, the sights and the tracking radar, which builds up from a large number of parts, with a pair of big poly-caps holding the two side sensors in place, and a bayonet fitting allowing the whole assembly to rotate on the turret. The turret itself is built up from top and bottom sections, with an insert for the sloped panel behind the radar assembly, and an equipment insert within the rear of the turret. The sight, lifting lugs, smoke dispensers and flashing orange beacon are added to the exterior along with armoured shrouds for the crew vision blocks around the hatch, and a number of smaller assemblies. The guns are slide-moulded as single parts, with optional early barrels or late barrels that have more complex muzzles supplied, fitting into the rotating housings which hold the breeches and ammo feed. The Power Box Supply is built up over two stages, with lots of parts making for a detailed part, which then accepts the target search radar assembly at the top, with a single part moulding for the parabolic dish. This can be mounted on the rear turret in either the open or closed position, exposing the detail insert placed within earlier in construction. The two guns are then inserted into the large side mounts, interlocking and remaining movable in synchronisation. For the A2 turret, these are a few different parts, and the construction of this variant is described separately following the A1 turret. The A2 turret has a choice of different barrels, additional crew air conditioning units on the back of the turret, as well as more storage on the rear deck. Markings All markings options are based on the tri-tonal NATO scheme of green, black and brown, with the decals being what sets them apart. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. From the box you can build one of the following: 3rd Battery, 12th Armoured Air Defence Gun Battalion, Bundeswehr, Hardheim. 2nd Battery, 131st Armoured Air Defence Gun Battalion, Bundeswehr, Hohenmölsen. 2nd battery, 2nd Armoured Air Defence Gun Battalion, Bunderwehr, Exercise Caravan Guard, Westerwald, 1989. If you wanted to go off-piste for some additional fun, there are some photos of a rather fetching winter camouflage with green and white distemper floating round the net, which should add a little interest to your modern German armour display. Conclusion Detail is sharp, as is the attention to the intricacies of moulding such things as weld-lines and anti-slip texturing, and these won't be found on other kits of this unusual-looking vehicle in this scale. Construction follows a sensible route, and with the exception of the tracks, which will take some effort, the model should build up relatively quickly. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. pierre Giustiniani

    Meng's Me 163B white 13

    Hi Guys A model finished for a forcoming issue of Wingmasters. A tricky kit with Aires cockpit and eduard's PE. Cheers Pierre
  14. Latest news from Meng for the AFV modeller. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=487085538071442&set=a.200850930028239.42784.195290177250981&type=1&theater The BUSK III is the Bradley Urban Survivability Kit III provided to the US Army by Bae Systems. http://www.baesystems.com/article/BAES_058241/bradley-upgrades-ahead-of-schedule-and-under-budget Julien
  15. Well its partly rubbish...a wheelie bin Also contains some vending machines. These items can be seen at modern military bases even in forward locations these days. Venry handy to add something else to a modern military diorama. Details on Meng's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/195290177250981/photos/a.200850930028239.42784.195290177250981/686262674820393/?type=1&theater Once again Meng give us something different, good for them. Julien
  16. I've been pondering the monolithic Tortoise heavy assault tank since it arrived from Meng for review a while back, and have finally caved in. A new SSD hard drive for the Workshop machine, and a new build... I started with the running gear, as per the instruction booklet, and decided that because of the sheer number of wheels keeping the hull out of the mud, I'd do a quick test build of one of the sponsons that contains four wheels to see which seamlines I could get away without fettling. The short answer is "some", but not all, and the pedant in me is struggling with the concept of leaving some unattended to. I'm sure I'll live though First up were the idler wheels and drive sprockets. The idler wheels are set on sprung tensioner units, and they are different lengths, with one set of locating points being cut off during construction. Don't worry - this matches perfectly with its mounting holes on the hull, as Meng have followed through with the asymmetry. I've scuffed up the idler contact surfaces, as they see a lot of action, and although shiny, will probably be quite scored from all the rocks and pebbles that have gone through between it and the tracks. The drive sprockets were simple to put together, and the sprue gates have been placed on the back of the part so you don't damage the teeth when you cut them off. I did manage to slip and nick one though, so glued it back in place before it fell off completely Here's a shot of the test build of a sponson and the other bits I've glued together so far: The seams that have to be addressed because they'll probably be on display are marked out on the pic below. The raised ejector pin on the pushrod is a piece of cake to trim off with a sharp scalpel, but there are 16 of them... watch your fingers! I'm going to fill at least the seams marked in white on four sponsons, as the front and rear units might be visible under the side skirts. Whether I'll paint the roadwheels in situ or not is undecided as yet The pushrod, roadwheels and the central part of the axle are all loose once the wheel-pair is glued up, with only a bar underneath holding the whole assembly together. You need a fair few extra hands to get it all together, and make sure you check alignment of the parts before you wander off for tea, as they are quite prone to drifting out of alignment if the glue is still quite liquid.
  17. Individual Track for T-72 and T-90 Main Battle Tanks 1:35 Meng Model Meng's new(ish) Supplies line is expanding steadily, and now includes these two optional track sets for T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks, culled from recently released kits and now available separately in case you have the need for such things. Apparently, both types of tracks have been used on both vehicles, and with the T-72BA the single pin tracks were replaced later by the more robust double-pin tracks to cope with a more powerful engine. Both sets arrive in a figure-sized white box with line drawings of the tracks on the front, and instructions on the rear. Inside are the track parts in black styrene with the jigs to help you build them also included, some of which are black others clear. Single-Pin Tracks for T-72 & T-90 (SPS-029) This is the simpler track set, which gives you a bag of track links in pairs on little bits of sprue, so you have only one gate to clean up after nipping the parts off. There are two pieces of jig in clear styrene, and you place six links with their guide horns downwards into the bottom section, securing them in place with the top jig. They are secured in place by a run of five pins on one side, which are applied whilst still on their block of sprue and then set free by cutting them off with a VERY sharp blade. On the other side, a moulded-in pin holds things together, which means that the parts are placed in the jig at an angle so that it can engage with the hole in the next link. In practice this is a wee bit fiddly, and the first run I did was a bit messy, falling apart in one place when I nipped off the first pin. Once I'd seen the error of my ways, I held the pin sprue in place while I cut the gates, and it proceeded with much less hassle. Pushing the pins firmly home with the tip of your tweezers will ensure that they don't fall out in a hurry too. The friction fit isn't hugely strong however, but once painted they should stay put. Double-Pin Tracks for T-72 & T-90 (SPS-030) The tracks are the same design as those for the Terminator and more recent T-72B3 reviewed here, and have three black jigs to facilitate construction. Firstly, the guide horns are cut from their sprue and here the instructions tell you to leave them in pairs with a little piece of sprue between them. I had to test this theory, as it looked rather unwieldy to me, and I did indeed find it so when I attempted the first run of six links. For the second run of six, I removed the horns and cleaned up their sprue gate marks first, then clipped them onto the links via the moulded-in pins that run the full width of the links, whilst holding them on the jig J3. It was less fiddly, and a knack was soon stumbled on to get them clipped together. With six links on the jig, a top part J2 is clipped over the lower, holding the links in place. You then insert a section of sprue containing five flexible styrene end-caps into the third part of the jog J1, and cut them loose with a sharp blade. These are then offered en-masse to the pins on one side of the tracks, pushing in only one way due to the shape of the keys on the sides of the jigs. Here you have to be careful to insert the end-caps in the correct orientation according to the scrap diagrams in this section. Optionally, you can finally install a set of track-pads to finish off the length, or leave them rough and ready for cross-country work. They fit into recesses in the outer surface of the links, and glue in quite easily, but be sparing with it, as you'll ruin all your work if the glue gets into the pins. Conclusion In conclusion on the double-pin tracks, they are fiddly, delicate and really require your full attention, so don't expect to have them finished in an hour. The single-pin tracks were a little easier, but take care when cutting the pins free of their sprue block. I was already speeding up production by the time I'd made the 2nd run of six, and the results are worth the effort, being detailed and workable, but be prepared to put in the effort – For each run you'll need to make 96 links for the single-pin tracks, and 81 for the double-pin. Highly recommended with the caveats mentioned above. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Wonderland Models

    New & Restocked Meng Models

    We've got three brand new plastic model kits & accessory sets from Meng Models this month for you and a few restocks of popular Meng kits.
  19. Mike

    Russian Light AA Gun Set 1:35

    Russian Light AA Gun Set 1:35 Meng Model As part of their "Supplier" series that is aimed at providing (avoided saying supplying!) the modeller for accessories and diorama fodder, this kit kind of falls between two stools, as it really is a proper kit. In fact it's four proper kits in the one box, which makes for a very full box that wouldn't react well to having dozens of other kits placed on top of it. It arrived in an unassuming sand yellow topped box, and inside are sixteen sprues in green styrene, plus a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, no decals and an instruction booklet with the painting guide inside the rear glossy pages. There are parts in the box to make one each of the following Anti-Aircraft guns: ZU-23-2 (three configurations) Previously seen in the Toyota Hilux kit VS-004 in 2012. A two barrelled 23mm cannon towed on its two-wheeled chassis, with optional mounting on a vehicle flat-bed by removing the wheels. ZPU-1 (two variants) Previously seen in the Toyota Hilux Pickup kit VS-001 in 2011. A single barrelled 14.5mm gun on a low tripod for ground installation, also able to be built as the Chinese Type 80. ZPU-2 (three configurations for two variants) Previously seen in the Toyota Land Cruiser kit VS-005 in 2014. A double barrelled 14.5mm gun on a trailer mount that can also be flat-bed mounted by removal of the wheels. This can also be built as the Chinese Type 58. ZPU-4 (two configurations for two variants) A new tooling for this boxing in 2016. A four-barrelled 14.5mm gun on a four-wheel trailer with ground anchors for firing. It can also be built as the Chinese Type 56. As mentioned, all but the ZPU-4 have seen release as cargo for the various Pickup trucks that Meng have released over the years, so it appears that rather than release the new tooling as a small single boxing, the marketing people at Meng decided to bundle in their previous work to produce a comprehensive set of light AA guns, with a few details added to each one on the PE sheet. The barrels have all be slide-moulded, and detail is excellent throughout, irrespective of the time when they were originally moulded. The detail on the cooling jackets is superb given the limitations of injection moulding, and the guns with wheels are all styrene, split vertically. Markings It's a shame that no stencils were included in the kit, even if they were just for the ammo cans, but there it is, and if you wanted to add that extra detail you would need to source some elsewhere. The colour scheme is fairly simple with Russian Green being the dominant shade, with the option of sand for an Iraqi ZPU-4. It wouldn't be difficult to find some other colours from the many operators of these long-lived and almost ubiquitous anti-aircraft guns. The colour call-outs have been done in their new collaborative effort with AK Interactive to produce acrylic paint sets specifically aimed at their own models. We'll be reviewing some of these in the coming weeks. Conclusion A great bunch of kits that would look equally well on your shelf or in diorama settings. Well detailed and quick to build due to the simplicity of colour. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Well I enjoyed posting my first ever tank WIP with the Tamiya MkIV Male, even if the finished result wasn't quite good enough to go into Ready for Inspection. Having enjoyed building my first complete kit for years, I have been inspired to try something completely different, in the form of Meng's super detailed cavalry Bradley. Meng M3A3 BUSK III by jongwinnett, on Flickr Interior kit by jongwinnett, on Flickr
  21. My build of MENG's Stegasaurus SS-002 D9R 'Doobi' Armoured Bulldozer IDF 603rd Combat Engineer Battalion, Second Lebanon War 2006 "IT'S A BLINDINGLY GOOD KIT! ....." What can you say about this Brute? It's BIG and menacing and it's the first real, true heavyweight from the MENG stable Started on Saturday 2nd April 2016 and Finished on 23rd August This one will at the big reveal at the Sutton Coldfield Show on Sunday 11th September. For anyone building this kit, I have a Vallejo Model Air colour match for Caterpillar Tractor yellow: 3 parts 71.026 US Flat Earth : 2 parts 71.078 Gold Yellow Views and comments welcome
  22. The_Lancaster

    Meng A39 Tortoise

    Hi guys! Well as part of my bench clearing escapade that I've had going on, I have been trying to clear 5 projects off my bench. Starting with the Willys Jeep which some of you might have seen I've pressed ahead with this peculiar build leaving the Easy 8 Sherman and JSU-152 for another day. I say it's a peculiar build because it started in 2012 when I had never actually built any armour and decided to ease myself in with this kit (place heavy sarcasm here). Lets just say I built it, but was scared off by the running gear so left it on the shelf of doom for about a year until my dad (HL-10 on here) felt sorry for it and finished off the running gear, painted and weathered her then got bored of her half way through the track and left her on the shelf of doom for another 3 years. fast forward to a week ago when i peeled it off the shelf and finished the track, painted the co-ax barrels and did the cabling down the side. So basically its an unloved co-op build between me and my dad, which finished surprisingly well actually considering it took 4 years to complete... The exhaust is HL-10's work so credits to him because it is pretty fab Thanks guys! Sam
  23. French FT-17 Crew & Orderly Figure Set (HS-005) 1:35 Meng Model via Creative Models The diminutive Renault FT-17 tank from WWI is a personal favourite, and Meng did a superb job of creating models of both the cast and riveted turret versions a few years back. This new figure set fills a gap in providing crew for the tank, plus a dispatch rider handing over some new orders to the two-man crew. So we have three figures right? Nope. We have six, as there are two of each figure on duplicate sprues, plus two early motor bikes on an additional sprue, making a total of three sprues in the box. Said box is the de facto standard figure box sized, and has an excellent painting of the contents, with the majority of the tank greyed out to imply for the hard of thinking that you don't get the tank too! Meng's small but growing figure line is produced under their "human Series" banner, and the sculpting is always first rate. The standing figure is wearing a beret with a chainmail anti-spall mask hanging round his neck and a pistol holster on his hip. An additional left arm is also included to give an alternative pose to vary your figure from the next modeller's. The seated figure is designed to be hanging out of the rear hatch on the turret, taking the orders off the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist figure is handing the orders up to the commander, and is supplied with a head with a leather motorcycle helmet on, or a peaked cap to add some more variation. The bike (there is only one) is a Peugeot 1917 750cc 2-cylinder bikes, according to a search of the internet, and of course it wasn't possible to mould the wheel spokes to scale, but I'm sure you can forgive the designers that under the circumstances. Sadly, one bike means that one of the figures will have nothing to sit on. There's a little flash on the figure sprues as you can probably see from the photo, but none of it seems to be on the parts, so you can ignore it. The paint codes are called out on the back of the box, which doubles as the construction guide for the motorcycle. The codes are in the new Meng paint range that stems from their collaboration with AK Interactive, supplying modellers with convenient colours for their new kits. Conclusion A figure set designed with a particular kit in mind can often be used elsewhere, and with the growth of the WWI armour genre this is bound to be handy somewhere, even if you don't have an FT-17. The figures are superb and with two sprues of them, you end up with six figures, and the remainder figure can be adapted either using the spares, or your own modelling skills. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. US Marines Individual Load-Carrying Equipment (SPS-027) 1:35 Meng Model Meng's Supplies series continues to expand with this handy set of load-carrying equipment, MOLLE bags and such that would be extremely useful in dioramas or to add to your AFV as stowage. The set comes in their usual black box with the funky orange interior, and the resin parts broken down between two bubble-wrap bags and four re-sealable clear foil bags. There are no instructions in the box, and none visible on the site, so it's either a head-scratching session while you figure out what goes where, or you can use the guide below that I've pieced together from what I know, photos on the net, and trial-and-error. The parts list online doesn't show everything in the box, so I've laid out a complete list below, with the straps and attachments cross-referenced with their part numbers in brackets for your ease. Duffle Bag (1) with harness (2) FILBE Main pack (3) with side pouches (4,5) and harness (6,7,8) ILBE Assault Pack (9) with straps (10,11) FILBE Assault Pack(12) with harness (13) MOLLE II Patrol Pack(14) with harness (15) Folded MSS Sleeping Bag (16) Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) (17) Soft Gun case (18) M4A1 Rifle with EOTech 552 Holo-Sight (19) M4A1 Rifle with Trijicon ACOG TA31 Sight (20) Folded APLS Litter (21) Casting is first rate and the detail is crisply moulded and of superb quality, with one exception being the barrel on one of the guns, which had an unfortunately placed bubble that has rendered the muzzle separate. That's fairly easy to fix though, so a dab of CA will be applied to join them up, and some light sanding to return it to the correct section. As usual, take the precaution of wearing a mask when cutting or sanding resin, as the tiny particles are harmful to your health if breathed in. Washing the parts in warm water will also improve the adhesion of paint, as there may still be some moulding release agent on the parts when you receive them. The parts fit together beautifully once you know where they go, so a little super glue (CA) and you'll be done. Review sample courtesy of