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  1. Amazon have just delivered this, the Revell reboxing of Matchbox’s Panzer II. This will be my 4th entry. I built the Tamiya 1/35 version a while back for another group build, looking forward to adding this one to the collection.
  2. Hi folk's,been on the search for Matchbox's 1/32 Bf109 for a while still not found one in good condition at a reasonable price so out has come this re-box of their Skyraider kit I got for a tenner last year. Good parts count nicely molded too but very little detail compared to more modern kits but it is Matchbox so I love it. And three interesting schemes on offer not sure which one to do though.
  3. I apologise - we started this one a few weeks ago I've been meaning to post a WIP but just didn't get round to it... My son received the Revell 1/72 Sea Vixen for Christmas. It's one of his favourite aircraft - we have fond memories of seeing XP924 / Foxy Lady at airshows down here in the south before her belly landing. I've read up on the 'imperfections' of this kit. But for my son and me it resembles a Sea Vixen, so it's one for the stash and the collection. The main aims of this kit (for me at least) were to channel my inner perfectionist and let my son do the lion's share of the build - with me assisting. Obligatory box shot (sorry forgot to take a photo of the sprues). My son then started wondering if it was possible if we could actually make XP924. The Revell kit supplies decals for 899 squadron. I then looked online and found some decals from the old Xtrakit box. Ordered and the arrived pretty promptly from Czechoslovakia... In the meantime we made a start. Painting the parts for the cockpit. All OOB. Cockpit instrument decals were applied onto a few spots of Humbrol gloss and the cockpit assembled. Somewhere at this point I read online if a cockpit really is black don't paint it black. A bit late at that point. As @Harry_the_Spider said in his WIP - darker than the back of Satan's sock drawer in there - It was a good start. And then today we noticed this as we cut the lower fuselage from the sprue... Initially I thought we must have broken something as we cut - but no that wierd bit on the RH undercarriage bay just looks like a bad part where the plastic didn't get to the edge of the mould... Jr is a bit gutted. We've got plenty to be getting on with whilst we wait to see how this gets resolved. We can prepare the twin boom tail, the ordnance. Mask the canopy. Hopefully it will get sorted soon by the shop the kit was purchased from or Revell
  4. Hello guys, I finished my Ta 154 in 1:48 from Revell yesterday. Decals, which were issued in 1999, worked pretty well.
  5. Hi all - I had this kit in my stash for some time but when I saw Simon Dyer's build in 79 Squadron markings I was inspired to get it built - I always wanted to finish it in the 79 Squadron scheme & had the same decal sheet for XG228 - I did some research on the internet and found some colour photos of these aircraft at RAF Brawdy & with a bit of fiddling with decaI sheets was able to turn it out as XG160 tail number 22 - a bit of a nostalgia trip as our family lived in nearby Solva when my dad was posted as a CPO to Brawdy in the late 1950's - it was in the Navy's hands as the FAA's base for Hawker Seahawk fighters back then & very interesting for young boys. The model is basically from the box apart from the True Details resin cockpit set which after some minor fettling fitted remarkably well. I borrowed David Mooney's idea of using 2mm x 1mm micro magnets to attach the outer pylon stores so I can alternate the fuel tanks or rocket pods if I ever get the urge - this is his F4D link https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235100540-132-f-4d-spook-on-a-spook/#comment-4225499 The Revell kit decals were showing their age and the yellow stencil were translucent when applied but I found an alternatIve set of 1/32 Hawker Hunter stencils made by DEKL'S in South Australia and these went on quite well. I tried but could not get a good result dry brushing the moulded on instrument dials so replaced them with AirScale decals The green hose on the Ejection Seat is a bit of guitar string I only did some light smearing on the belly with Tamiya weathering colour and highlighted some panel line with a sharp 2H pencil CJP
  6. Hi everyone, it's Hornet Groupbuild time! I'm a big fan of the F-18 in its various guises, but an STGB calls for something special, right? This is a great scheme for the Super Bug, all the more for being really clean https://www.seaforces.org/usnair/VFA/VFA-154_DAT/VFA-154-Black-Knights-086.jpg (link to seaforces.org) The hi-viz, multi-coloured markings, glossy black spine and red cheatlines are really cool. Even better, this is the box art and main decal scheme in the Revell Super Bug kit. The 1/32 version is big, brash and a lot of hard work to be honest Lots in the very big box - the beautiful decal sheet which would set you back a good £15-20 if it was aftermarket. If it's anything like the previous issue, these decals will be superb. Very thick, well-produced A4 instruction booklet running to over 20 pages. The new Revell instruction style is a gigantic improvement over their previous efforts. The only aftermarket I'm using is the MasterCasters SJU-17 seats. Even these might be a bit of overkill as I plan to have pilots in the seats with the aircraft posed in flight. There's a nice selection of ordnance, which looks accurate and pretty well detailed. I might mix up the underwing load a bit with maybe goofy tanks and JSOWs, but who knows at this stage? Thanks to a spoilt canopy in the original kit issue, I ended up with three, courtesy of the retailer (Jumblies Models) and Revell's efficient spare parts dept. I'll be using the spoilt copy as a mask for painting. The original Revell 1/32 Superbug (F/A-18E) has a dire reputation which appears to be driven by an unfavourable early build review on Big'n'Tall Airplanes. In my opinion the reviewer have up far too easily and seems to have expected Lego-like fit for a Revell price. I built the last one in two weeks during the 2020 lockdown and although it certainly had its challenges, most of it fit well, especially the one-piece top section, which is a huge piece of plastic. As you can see from the paint pot, this is a BIG kit when finished! This time around will definitely take a lot longer to build due to my crazy work schedule this winter (we have five possible daily shifts now operating 24H 0600-0600!) All the best with your builds folks! Alan
  7. On 24 September 1944 LP826, a Wellington X of 85 Operational Training Unit, was lost when it crashed on the Althorp Estate of the Spencer family after the pilot had lost control of the aircraft. During a night exercise, the Wellington from Husbands Bosworth dived into ground from a considerable altitude on the outskirts of the Althorp estate in Northamptonshire with the tragic loss of all seven crew members. HARPER, Charles - Sgt(A/G) - 1829682 - RAFVR - Kirkconnel Cemetery, Dumfriesshire. SAUNDERS, Frederick Charles - Sgt (Radio Op-Air) - 1852883 - RAFVR - Clevedon Cemetery, Somerset. COLEMAN, Sydney Francis - Sgt (Air Bomber) - 1339954 - RAFVR - Frome (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Sommerset. JONES, Thomas William - Sgt(A/G) - 3031716 - RAFVR - Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery, Glamorganshire. His death was at the age of just 19. WILTON, Alan Henry - Sgt(Pilot) - 1587833 - RAFVR - Bristol (Canford) Cemetery, Gloucestershire. I do not know the names of the other two who were lost. No 85 Operational Training Unit was stationed at Husbands Bosworth from 15 June 1944 to 14 June 1945. Squadron codes for 85 OTU were 9P and 2X for this period. This is the Revell re-box of the Matchbox kit. I used Vallejo, Hataka and Humbrol acrylics.
  8. On display in the Revell stand at the Nurnberg Toy Fair 2020. Revell is to release a new tool 1/48th Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird kit in 2021 (or later as Revell is not famous for the respect of such deadlines). Source: http://www.greenmats.club/forums/topic/6758-revell-1-sr-71-засветился-в-нюрнберге/ Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2805402012855804&set=pb.100001580974587.-2207520000..&type=3&theater V.P.
  9. Placeholder for my entry, need to finish up my F/A-18A GB first though. Revell rebox of the Hasegawa kit. Got an Eduard masking set on its way, because nobody ain't got time for that, and a set of Brassin wheels because the kit ones look a bit meh to me. Going for the box art OD/NG plane.
  10. I've had a couple of false starts with models I wanted to build, I hope this project will yield a couple of decent vehicles. I've had a couple of Revell Jaguar XK120s in my cupboard for a while, I bought two because I wanted to try building this kit two different ways. The vision: One car built as factory standard. This is based on a car I saw in an old magazine; light blue with a navy and grey interior, with rear-wheel spats. One car built as a bit of a tuned-up, example with a set of Dunlop alloys and no spats. This one will be Tamiya British Green with a tan interior. Here's a mock-up, the wheels and tyres came from K&R Replicas. It might take a bit of ingenuity to fix them to the axles. You can also see that the body needs a lot of cleaning up, those mould lines are just about the worst possible place. On the early XK the ventilation flaps in the front wings need filling in, as these were never fitted as standard (although I think some owners added them later). For the tuned up XK I want to replicate the look of a later car, where the sidelights were integrated with the front wings, rather than being separate, chrome parts. This is a nicely detailed kit, but the copyright information moulded into some parts shows that it is a Monogram moulding and it feels like it might be almost as challenging as the old Monogram Maserati 3500 kit I built last year.
  11. Howdy! My first completion of the New Year is Revell's 1/72 P-47M Thunderbolt. A very enjoyable build OOTB and as is my want brush painted. The main camo is my own mixture of approximate colours as suggested by the instructions. The aircraft represents A 63rd Fighter Squadron Jug from the 56th FG US 8th Army Airforce Boxted England 1945. I have added the rockets and fuel tanks as per the instructions but am unsure if this particular aircraft ever carried them! But they look good to me and i like my Tbolts tooled up, so to speak. Thanks for looking ATB Greg
  12. During building a Birdcage Corsair and a French Suez Crisis F-84F, my dad thought, why not build a French Suez Corsair too? So he will start the Revell reboxing of the Hasegawa kit. DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  13. "Seek and Destroy" 41 Sqn's finest Hi everyone! Time for another Tornado build I think, this time of a 41 Sqn GR.4 in 1:72 scale. Let's get cracking, then! The Subject So the first visit I ever had to an operational fast-jet base was back in August 2017. Me and my dad tottered on up to the fence one morning while on holiday in Lincolnshire, and we were fortunate enough to see a mass launch of Typhoons. Around lunchtime, when most of the Typhoons had returned from their morning launches, we decided to walk around to the BBMF end of the base. As we rounded the corner I noticed an engine note which didn't sound quite like a Typhoon we'd become accustomed to... ... and there she was: This was the only time that I managed to see a "live" Tornado on the ground before she was retired from RAF service in April of last year. We watched as the crew taxied her to the runway and took off, never to be seen again (as it turns out, the very same aircraft was to reappear at RIAT in the "617 Sqn formation" with the Lancaster and F-35, which I'm trying to re-create to some extent in 1:72 scale). We were fortunate enough to then see a practice display by the RAF Typhoon team, followed by a totter around the BBMF hangar and a practice QRA scramble that same day. As we returned home from the holiday we stopped by Coningsby again and for the first time saw the Lancaster take to the air, having failed for many years to see her at airshows due to weather. So that's where my love of this particular airframe began. The Build This is a kit that I'm sure many will be familiar with, the venerable 1:72 Revell Tornado GR.1. The surface details and construction are exceptional for the scale and is really the only real option for a Tornado in this scale, but alas it required a FLIR pod and some cockpit scratchbuilding to bring it up to GR.4 spec. Freightdog provided the FLIR pod and Master Models provided the brass pitot tube and AoA probes. Decals came from the Xtradecal Tornado Retirement Schemes set. During my 1:32 build of ZA326 (the raspberry ripple Tornado- link to build here) I've built up quite the reference archive. Armed with that, I decided to edit the 1:72 kit to resemble ZA560 as I saw her: flaps/slats down, auxiliary air intake doors open, a variety of cooling doors open, the CAGNET aerial (thanks to these guys for their help) and a variety of other small details. The one thing I would have done differently is to replace the nose of the kit with a resin one, but hey, I think it just about passes? As with the real thing I had to salvage parts from another Tornado, in this case it was one of the nose wheels which decided to go walkies (or perhaps roll-ies?) Sadly, due to a lack of additional decals I wasn't able to follow the exact scheme/decalling as I saw her in back in 2017, but it was still the same airframe nonetheless. I can live with it! You might notice the different coloured stripes of the underwing fuel tanks, these were present on the real thing at the time- i masked and sprayed on the grey stripes; given that the grey stripes that came with the kit decals blended in perfectly with the paintwork.... As always, Vallejo Model Air paints were used; USAF Medium Gray for the main colour, some panels were picked out in Light Gray, with the nose being Sea Grey. Weathering was achieved with a mix of diluted black/brown paints and the fabulous UMP Earth weathering wash. But you're here for pictures, rather than my ramblings, and pictures you shall have! Conclusion And so, this build draws to a close. Thank you to the folks who helped out with the info on the cooling vents and the CAGNET aerial, and thank you for dropping by and having a look the build! Stay safe and look after yourselves Best wishes, Sam
  14. Hello Folks, I finshed my Tonka and wanna show you the result. Building Thread Video: https://youtu.be/J1jg-gT6iOU Materials: Mr. Colour Mr. Paint Vallejo Model Air Tamiya Quick Setting Micro Set /Sol Vallejo Putty Kit:
  15. Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupé G-Model (07688) 1:24 Carrera Revell The original Porsche 911 reached the market in 1963, and if you have one of those, you’re probably quite wealthy in theory if it’s still in good condition. The Carrera name had been used in the 70s for a special edition, and was re-used for the 1983 variant that saw the engine size increased to a healthy 3.2 litres with a choice of body styles including Coupé, Targa and Cabriolet, the Targa having a removable roof panel to give the occupants a wind-in-the-hair/scalp feel without the bodyshell flexibility inherent in removal of the whole roof. The flat-six engine was mated to a new 5-speed gearbox that gave it an impressive 5.4secs 0-60 time that was the downfall of many a Yuppie in the corners and on roundabouts. The American variant was slightly lower in terms of power, and was subject to their safety constraints that resulted in some pretty chunky over-riders being added to the bumpers, and IIRC (which I seldom do), a slightly higher ride height. The overall design remained stable for the most part until it was entirely replaced, with various minor adjustments to the package such as a revised dash and an increase to the size of the disc brakes to improve stopping-power. By the end of the 80s the type had sold well, but as sales began to drop off the next generation was already in-hand, with the 964 straddling the 80s and 90s with a subtly different look and technical specification. The Kit This is Revell’s new 2021 911 Coupé kit, the Targa version we reviewed a little while back, and this one has a different bodyshell to depict the hard top amongst other things. It arrives in a thick end-opening box with a painting of a silver 911 on the front, being driven by (I think) Nathan Fillon, and with a probably famous Asian lady I don’t recognise in the passenger seat. What’s going on with their artists and the occupants of their cars these days? Inside are four sprues in grey styrene, three more and a bodyshell in silver, two clear sprues and four black flexible tyres in differently sized front and rear pairs. The instructions are printed in colour with profiles on the back page, and the decals with a protective wax paper cover hidden within, along with the box-ticking health and safety sheet that you should definitely read so you don’t mutilate yourself during the build. Detail is excellent throughout, with a reasonable replica of the flat-6 engine and Getrag transmission, plus left- and right-handed dash parts that will be seen through some nice clear glazing parts. Construction begins with the motor, which is well-detailed and made up from a good number of parts with a painting guide to assist you in making a good job, which continues throughout the booklet. The basic block and transmission are set inside a frame, which is slipped into the floorpan from below along with a wide U-shaped mount that is painted black. The drive-shafts and suspension are arranged around the transmission with the convoluted exhaust system attached to the underside of the engine. The front brake disks and hub assemblies are made up with an unglued cuff in the centre of each one, joined together by the steering linkage and dropped into the front underside along with the rest of the suspension parts and a protective cover over the centre. Back in the engine bay, the ancillaries, turbo inlet and airbox are painted up and installed, then the running gear is set to one side while the interior is made up. The passenger compartment is made up from front and back sections with moulded-in rear seats and slots for the front seats in the forward section. A pair of holes need to be drilled out for the pedals of the left- or right-hand drive positions, then the central console, gear-shifter and handbrake are fixed to the centre along with a pair of pre-tensioning seatbelt receivers. The front seats are elegantly shaped with rolled cushions and separate back covers. In addition, there are a pair of contoured seat-cushions for the rear seats that fit over the moulded-in bench-type backs. The front seats secure in their twin slots in the front well, then the left door card is glued in place after a comprehensive painting and decaling, with the new rear squabs attaching in front of the simpler rears. The left- or right-handed dash is painted up and decaled with some very realistic dials, knobs and controls, to be joined by the short steering column with moulded-in stalks and a separate steering wheel, which also have decals for the logos and control instructions. The dash is glued into position with the opposite door card, then you’ll need to get some paint on the bodyshell inside and out. The bodyshell is moulded in silver, as are the other outer panels, which you will probably want to paint after the next step, which is drilling out some holes in the front wings. Incidentally, there are a couple of unavoidable sink-marks on the rear C-pillars, due to brackets on the interior. They're quite small, but it's still best to fill those right at the start to avoid any complications later. The bodyshell is filled up with the interior and floorpan whilst inverted, locating on pegs within. The front of the body is detailed with a pair of recessed headlamp reflectors that need painting with a suitable chrome paint beforehand, then have their textured lenses installed and the indicators placed in the bumper below, painting the clear part orange beforehand. The front bumper has an underside section added from below, with a choice of European or American fitments, only one of which has fog-lights and their surrounds with a number plate in the centre. At the rear, a full-width clear part fits into a groove in the back of the body, which will also need painting chrome within, and the clear part should be painted orange and red as per the diagram before insertion. The rear bumper iron shows a set of over-riders fixed either side of the number plate, but check your references to see if these are appropriately sized to the variant you plan to build. A reversing light attaches under the bumper, and this too has a clear lens that you should paint clear red. The wheels are different widths Front and Rear, so take note of the F or R on the small central sprue, although it’s fairly obvious when viewed from above. The sprue should be cut off with the sharpest blade you can find, then the hub is slipped inside to ledge on a rim at the rear after painting the outer rim chrome and aluminium, and the centres black for all four. The rims have hollow cylindrical pegs on the rear to fit onto the disk-brake hubs, and scrap diagrams show where to apply the glue sparingly. As this is the coupé version, the roof is pre-moulded into the bodyshell, so it’s a case of inserting the windscreen with rear-view mirror from the front. The doors are moulded closed, and the two side window clear parts are also inserted from outside, as is the rear window, all of which have black rubbers painted on. To finish off the build, there are two door handles, indicator repeaters and wing mirrors with separate mirror glass and a silver decal are fitted into their requisite sockets, then last of all there are twin wiper blades on the scuttle, and a retracted radio antenna added to the front-left wing. Markings The majority of decals will have been used before you get to the end, forming part of the interior or instrument panel, but also included are a set of number plates from various countries, their overseas boot stickers, plus a pair of Carrera branded showroom plates, and an engine data booklet for the firewall. The profiles show a silver vehicle as per the box artwork, but you can paint it any colour you like in reality. Decals are by printed for Revell by Zanetti, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion This is a well-detailed kit of a very famous and much-beloved German sports car that’s a classic in the figurative and literal sense for good reason. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Hello everybody This will be a build of a Revell issue of Matchbox's DH Venom kit - there are two of these kits in the GB, @bigbadbadge is also building one (link). Hopefully, this one will be an Australian example ... The box has seen better days: The plastic looks sound The instructions and decals have gone AWOL ... Fortunately, Scalemates have a scan of the instructions, so taking a look at those shouldn't be too hard. The decals ... just before New Year, I ordered some decals. They are shipping from Aus, but I hope they'll be here by the end of the month
  17. Completed my COVID isolation project (though I think my cat has run of with some of the landing gear, so technically it's not done, but whatever) Pretty pleased with it, these revell neo kits are great! I've retained the spare P&W engines to upgrade an old A319 kit to a neo (to come soon) I made it with minimal equipment and only spray cans, so the quality could only go so far, but I'm pleased with how it's turned out. I had a nice pair of flights with TAP a few month ago on this aircraft so thought I'd replicate it. Ps: don't touch the aircraft, it's probably covered in Corona. Kit: Revell Decals: TAP by 26Decals and windows by Authentic airliners
  18. Hi to all of you guys.I want to wish you a happy new year and all the best to you and your loved ones.I started this kit more than a year ago.I upgraded the cockpit with some homemade details and a resin mk-10 seat.The pittotube is a needle because the kit part was too flimsy.I have struggled with the assembly.This kit is quite bad to be honest.I have also added some riveting.In the end it looks like a mirage so I am satisfied.The paints used are Mr.Hobby and tamiya acrylics. Regards,Dragan
  19. I started another one of my Uboat kits that I bought from a local store that acquired it from an estate acquisition. I believe this kit was available around 2003. After opening it up I noticed all the sprue came in one bag. One of the sprue were heavy on the flash. A few of the same parts on the sprue had some pretty visible pits/ voids. The styrene feels a little brittle. Some of the fine edges are chipped. It’s anyone’s guess if a previous owner moved the box or handled the contents over the last 30 years before I happened to purchase this kit on a hobby store shelf. Multiple holes in the propeller.
  20. Here is my finished Revell Airbus A321-251NX in 1/144 scale and in British Airways colours registration G-NEOS. G-NEOS has a convertible cabin and is able to operate in full economy mode when being used on charters. The box was a simple OOB one with the decals being provided by RichW. The Revell kit is a good one and goes together really well. I am still torn between which one I prefer out of this or the Zvezda one. I think the fact the Zvezda one adds the antennae after is good as it helps with the filling and sanding of the fuselage during assembly. However, the surface details on the Revell kit are excellent. Paints used were Halfords appliance white and Fiat Capri blue for the fuselage and engine nacelles. Holts grey for the wings and stabilisers. Revell’s Aqua range for the metals and tyres. The decals are excellent once again having used them several times in the past. This is the first one I’ve used from Rich that incorporated the photo real windows on them. I love how they bring a sense of realism to the model. It felt strange applying over wing exits and the relevant wing markings on an A321 but I love the cabin flex layout designed by Airbus. Thank you for looking and as always comments and feedback are always greatly appreciated. This is going be one of a line of models I’ll be displaying in the coming weeks. My bench is full at the moment! Regards, Alistair
  21. Those who have followed my recent builds will know of my affinity with the 747. Whilst my current 747-436 tribute build is stalled (I'm still waiting for replacement decals), I thought I would turn my attention to some more modern 747 kits. Hopefully they will be far less hassle and go together much more easily than the venerable Revell 747-400! The only modern version of the 747 is the -800 variant. Both Revell and Zvezda have 1/144 versions of this aircraft, but which is best? There's only one way to find out - build them both! To start, here are the two boxes: First impressions - the packaging on the Revell box is superior, as are the decals. The quality of the sprues looks pretty comparable - time will tell as the build progresses... More on that later! Regarding the schemes, I am going to venture into the world of custom decals and build these two as 'what ifs'. Both models will be finished in a 'Utopia' or 'World Image' livery, used by British Airways at the turn of the century and then dropped in favour of the current 'Union Flag' scheme. It was a bit marmite(!), but I quite liked it and thought it would be an interesting side project to design something completely different and previously unseen on a 747. One model will be finished in the 'Youm al-Suq' design, representing Saudi Arabia. This scheme was only ever used on two aircraft - an Embraer 145 (G-EMBJ) and a 737 (G-GBTA). Images of these two aircraft can be seen on the artist's website: https://www.shadiaalem.com/british-airways-utopia-project I purchased some decals designed for the 737 and set to work on photoshop, amending the design to fit a 747. Here's the original decal: Then after many, many hours of work, I created something 747 sized: The other airframe will receive a variation of the 'Colum' livery used on my tribute build. This design was quite well received and there were several different versions of this design in use. I am basing my decal on G-BGDR, a 737-236. I bought these decals earlier in the week and have a few hours of work ahead of me... Here's how they look, compared with the 747: Obviously they need enlarging and I will have to make a few modifications and additions along the way! I hope to turn my attention to these two models soon - I need a break from the endless round of filling/sanding/priming which seems to be happening with all my other projects at the moment! Just gluing plastic together will make a pleasant change...
  22. Hello I would like to present a model of U-boot in huge scale 1:72 from Revell. Many extras was applied during a build. Enjoy.
  23. Development and design: The Atlantic is a NATO project that found its origin in the fifties of the last century. The first official order was placed on June 6, 1963. It comprised 20 aircraft for the France Naval Air Arm. Followed by 20 aircraft for the Federal German Navy. (Marineflieger) In a later stadium the France Navy ordered another 20 aircraft. These 60 airframes were all delivered at the end of 1968. That same year the Royal Netherlands Navy ordered nine aircraft, as a replacement for the decommissioned aircraft carrier Hr.Ms. Karel Doorman. Italy also joined the French-German consortium with Aeritalia and Alfa Romea and ordered 18 aircraft in October 1968. In 1986 the French Navy sold 3 airframes to the Pakistan Navy As mentioned, twenty airframes were delivered to the German Federal Naval Air Arm (Marineflieger) between 1966/1967. One was lost in a crash during landing due to crew failure. Due to the fact this was a short test sortie, the crew consisting out of pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer could depart the aircraft without loss of life. The damage was so extensive, that the aircraft was a complete write off. Cause of accident: “The aircraft landed in such a steep angle, without correction just for touch down, that on impact it more or less completely toppled over and broke off behind the nose section” (picture attached) So, you can say, that the Marineflieger, taking into consideration that the aircraft was operational from 1966 until 2005, achieved an excellent safety record Flight Characteristics in General: The aircraft empty weighs 24.000 KG. Maximum take-off weight by a long-range maritime patrol is 43.500 kg. Extraordinary is the fact that it can also land with the same weight in the airframe. Length:31.75 – Width 36.30 – Height 11.33 (All meters) Propulsion: The very reliable 2 Rolls Royce Tyne R. Type 20 MK21, each with 6105 HP, makes sure there is enough thrust for comfortable maneuvering the aircraft in all kinds of weather conditions. When the throttle is fully opened, it can reach a speed of 300 knots = 556 KM/H. Normal procedure during patrols are 170 knots = 314 KM/H. Fully topped up, under good conditions, it can “Hang” in the air for 18 hours. Flight level: From just above sea level to 10 KM maximum (32800 feet). Due to its special (boat-shape), it was able to stay afloat after a water landing in calm conditions. (See attached picture from a Dutch Atlantic in the drink. Perfect landing an no casualties.) Crew: Normally 12 persons, but there is seating arrangement for 25 persons. The aircrew is not under the command of the senior flight officer, but the Tactical Coordinator. Basically, this officer is responsible for carrying out the tasking. The Senior pilot is responsible for flight safety and follows the orders from the Tactical Coordinator. The third person in the cockpit is the flight engineer, normally a highly experienced Senior Non-Commissioned officer (SNCO – WO/WO1). Operating the on-board sensors is performed by officers and NCO/SNCO. There is a galley and dedicated toilet on board. (Not on the Neptune’s). If necessary, part of the crew can rest in folding berths. Armament: Depth charges, AS12 rockets, MK44 torpedoes, laser guided bombs (French Navy), cargo canisters, SAR equipment. Updates: The French, Italian and German Navy constantly updated airframes during their life cycle. These updates were far reaching to keep them up to date. Some airframes were even modernized to function in the ELINT role. (Electronic Intelligence Gathering) Current situation regarding the fleet of Atlantics. Germany: At this moment, the German Atlantics are all decommissioned. Some found their way to museums, but most airframes ended up on the scrap yard. The Atlantic has been replaced by second hand former Royal Netherlands Navy Lockheed P-3C Orions. France: The French naval Air Force is still operating several Atlantic NG (New Generation). Italy: The Italian Air Force, after 45 years of service, has decommissioned its fleet of Atlantics and is in the process of replacing the Breguet with the P-72A, a militarized ATR-72-600. The Netherlands: The Netherlands lost three out of its fleet of nine with loss of life. In 1984 the last operational flight was performed. Destination was the weather ship for making meteorological observations for shipping, air lines, shore stations “Cumulus’ that was collecting weather data for worldwide use. The crew had to drop a mail canister with mail and goodies for Christmas. The Atlantics were replaced by thirteen P-3 Orions. France/Pakistan In November 1985, the remaining six airframes were sold to the French government. Rumors suggest, that of this batch, three were sold to the Pakistan Navy. Serving 29 Squadron at the Naval Air Base Karachi-Faisal, near Naval Base Mehran. Fact is that a Pakistan Atlantic was shot down by an Indian Air Force MIG 21 on the 10th of August 1999. No survivors. The Kit: This came about in 2003, with the Revell kit numbers 04329-04384. Bringing this model on the market was a risk. Big, ugly, and not highly trendy, but fellow modelers, an important maritime military aircraft. Thank you Revell for bringing this model on the market. It builds like a dream. The only thing I missed was the extra wing spar as extra support / alignment for the (large) wings. I made my own wing spar. I got it wrong with the weight and ended up with a tail sitter, despite adding 80 grams in an Evergreen box, filled with PVC glue. Most difficult, was the Super Decal Sheet. It represents the German Federal Flag, over the full length from the airframe. After completing this lengthy task, I still needed to airbrush, to get the flag complete. I can assure you, that additional airbrushing next and onto decals is nerve wrecking. You cannot use tape and must resort to pieces of carton. Loose in the hand and hope for the best. It worked out. The crew access at the end of the airframe is open, with complete interior until the pressurized door from the crew compartment. The weapons bay is open and loaded with torpedoes and depth charges. Interesting is the weapon bay door, is that they slide open on a rail, directly next to the airframe. The first slide (port and starboard) has a flexible middle, so that it can form around the root of the wing. Diorama: This diorama depicts German Navy Atlantic 61-11 in an incredibly special paint scheme, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the German Air Force in 2006. This specific Atlantic belonged to Marineflieger Geschwader 3 and was home based on the Fliegerhorst (Naval Air Station (NAS) Nordholz. The apron is quite large and gives the opportunity to add a flight crew and some vehicles to make it livelier. A time-consuming subject, and I am glad it is finished. Additional figurines and vehicles: The flight crew (Shapeways Figurines) are posed near the back entrance and is being photographed by the base photographer (ReedOak Figurines). Maintenance crew is from Preiser. Vehicles: 5ton MAN GP truck (Revell) – VW 2T Pick-up (PJ production) – Unimog tow tractor (Planet Models) – Tow bar (Revell) – Mobile air conditioning unit (Hasegawa) - APU for electric power (Hasegawa). This APU was not in use by the German Navy, but this example was in the stash. The gras is from the German firm Noch. The whole scene is very lightly weathered with a mix of umber oil/white spirit. Reference: 1. Breguet Atlantic in Dutch Service 1969-1984 by Martin de Boer 2. Air Forces magazines (Italian Air Force) 3. Air Relic magazines French Breguet 4. This months article in Scale Aircraft Modeling SAM< Vol.42 Issue 09 September 2020 Thanks for watching and reading this rather long information sheet. Regards, Orion The Netherlands.
  24. Star Wars Outland TIE Fighter (06782) 1:65 Carrera Revell The new Disney+ series The Mandalorian has expanded the Star Wars universe beyond the grandiose operations of the Rebels against the evil Galactic Empire/First Order, dealing instead with the adventures of a Mandalorian Bounty Hunter in the Galactic Outer Rim after the events of Return of the Jedi. His name is Djin Djarin, a foundling that was taken in by other Mandalorians as a child, and grew up to be a feared and respected Bounty Hunter, known colloquially as Mando, as his name isn’t something he often shares. During most of the first series the remnants of the Empire are bit-players, but by the end of the season they make a profoundly effective appearance, and the Outland TIE makes an landing, with Moff Gideon at the controls. The original films glossed over the manner in which the TIE carried out landing and take-off with its unusual “bow-tie” shape with large solar* panels hanging way below the spherical fuselage. The sequel Star Wars trilogy showed us how the more modern TIE Advanced were docked aboard Star Destroyers, but it wasn’t until The Mandalorian that we saw one land on the ground without a huge ball of flames (Lookin’ at you Poe Dameron). Moff Gideon’s TIE dramatically folded its solar wings horizontally at the centreline, allowing the hull’s gear legs to deploy and land without the them hitting the ground. You’d have to pick your landing area very carefully though, as any rocks or slopes could end with a large repair bill and a temporarily out-of-service TIE fighter, plus the possibility of an invisible hand strangling you if news of your accident filtered high enough up the command structure. * That’s what they look like, but it’s anyone’s guess what they really are. The Kit We’ve started to see new kits from Revell relating to The Mandalorian, the first of which was the handsome Razor Crest, which we reviewed here, where we remarked with relief that it had been scaled to 1:72, the most common scale for Star Wars kits from the Far East of late. This kit is 1:65, which might seem a disappointing choice initially until you compare it with the standard TIE model that shares the same scale, at which point you notice that they also share a good number of sprues. If you’re listening Revell, please make any new tools in 1:72 going forward, although we’ll forgive you if it’s a Star Destroyer or Starkiller Base kit, as those may be a little…large in 1:72. The kit arrives in one of Revell’s deep end-opening boxes with their usual Star Wars branding and the helmeted Mando intimidating us from the top right corner. Inside are ten sprues in a medium grey styrene that would look OK with no paint if you were so inclined, or too young to be painting models. There is also a small sprue containing two clear parts, and a TIE pilot in shiny black vinyl will also be found in the box with a big peg in his bottom. The instructions complete the package with the decals hidden inside the disposable Safety Advice sheet that could easily be thrown away if you don’t unfold it first. We’ve reviewed the kit it is based upon recently, and it’s a nice-looking, well-detailed kit of the bad-guys’ primary fighter, with lots of greeblies where they should be, and a well-appointed cockpit to house your pilot in. The snap-fit heritage of the original is still evident from the turrets and receiver cylinders inside the main parts, but that doesn’t detract from the detail, and if you remove or ease their fit by reaming out the cylindrical receivers, you shouldn’t end up with parts that are stuck and won’t come undone even before you glue them. A new set of bisected wings have been tooled for this boxing, and a new set of fuselage halves have been created too, in order to accommodate the landing gear bays. The gear parts have been spread around the new wing sprues, while a revised exhaust part and crew hatch on the top of the hull are found next to the new fuselage halves. Construction begins with a choice of wing layout. You can set your wings vertically like every other TIE around, you can have them slightly folded outward as if it changing configuration for landing, or the final option which is landed with the wings folded up at a sharp angle to provide ground clearance. With that, the pilot is painted and added to his chair by way of his butt-peg, then the rest of the cockpit is built up with copious colour call-outs along the way, and a number of decals to be applied to the walls around the pilot. The hull and access hatch are painted inside, and the hatch is fixed into the upper half to remain openable if you don’t flood it with glue. The twin cannons are fitted to the nose, and the gear bays are painted in preparation for later. The hull is closed up around the cockpit, with the ion exhaust also painted inside so it matches the cockpit, and the iconic faceted windscreen is put in place after a coat of paint is applied to the frames. More detail is picked out with alphabetic flags that match a key at the front of the booklet, then the wings are begun. Cleverly, the new wings can be used for all flight options, leaving the original un-hinged wings on the sprues, which would come in handy if you wanted to model some of the more esoteric TIE derivatives, such as those that have appeared in the various Star Wars games over the years. Each wing half has a moulded-in frame on one side, with a separate frame for the other to avoid sink-marks, and predictably, you build up four of these in two pairs. The in-flight options involve closing over the gear bay areas with press-in doors, and the wings are then attached to the hull on either straight H-shaped brackets, or the slightly angled type of a similar format. For the landed option there are another pair of brackets that are sharply angled, and the three gear legs are each made from three parts including their open doors. These too press into the bays, and the tail leg has two separate doors that are added after the leg. For the flying options, a stand has been included that is similar to the one found in the Razor Crest, but with a cruciform adapter that cups the bottom of the hull and has a peg that holds them together. Markings All the decals are used inside the cockpit, and there is only one official scheme for the type, which is predominantly blue/grey with black solar panels, and some darker accent panels here and there. Decals are by Zanetti, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion I’d have loved this to be 1:72, but as it is based upon a previous TIE kit, we’ll let them off. Detail is good, and in the landed configuration it looks quite impressive, partly for the unusual look when compared to the usual TIE shape. Who will be first to sculpt a 1:65 Moff Gideon with Dark Saber to go with this? Highly recommended. Currently, Revell are unable to ship to the UK from their online shop due to recent changes in import regulations, but there are many shops stocking their products where you can pick up the kits either in the flesh or online. 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  25. Living in Birmingham I see the West Midlands Air Ambulances frequently and have a huge amount of respect for the work they do. This is the Revell EC135 with the Whirlybirds resin Air Ambulance interior and decals for G-OMAA, one of the three helicopters currently in use and normally based at the Strensham motorway services on the M5 but often seen across the entire Midlands region. https://www.midlandsairambulance.com Thanks for looking. Steve
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