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  1. Finished yesterday, had a few fitting problems and I messed with decals a bit but am still pleased with the result. Regards
  2. Lancaster ED937 - Tribute to Henry Maudsley & Crew Bomber Command SIG At 21.39 on the 16th May 1943, nine aircraft took off as a first wave on the infamous raid to attack dams in the Rhur valley with the view to significantly damaging the industrial output as a result of the flooding that would follow. Piloted by Sqn Leader Henry Maudsley, Lancaster ED937 coded AJ-Z was part of the formation set to attack the Mohne and Eder dams. The route was to take them at a height of about 100ft over the Netherlands and close by to Eindhoven to avoid the heavy defenses of the Rhur. Following a successful breach of the Mohne, Maudsley along with Shannon and Knight escorted by bombless Gibson and Young to draw flak approached the Eder which was covered in fog. After 6 aborted runs by Shannon, Maudsley attacked with his bomb striking the top of the dam damaging the aircraft in the blast. Knight subsequently breached the Eder in AJ-N. With a damaged aircraft Maudsley set course back for Scampton but at about 2.35am was shot down over Emmerich with the tragic loss of all the crew. The guys of the bomber Command SIG will be displaying all 18 aircraft in 1/72 that took part in the raid in front of PA474 at Scampton on 17th May as part of the 70th anniversary event of which this is one. Built from the Revell kit, the build was a journey in itself as discussion and dialogue from the very helpful chaps on Britmodeller revealed issues that I ended up correcting best I could. I won't go into detail, but the build thread is HERE. Hope you like it.... Thanks for looking, Neil
  3. Hello, and for today yes it is me again. This Tonka has been started during the last Tonka Group Build, but because of work and other stuff it stayed on my workbench for quite a while. Like most of my Tonkas it built out of the box with decals from Mark 1 Publication and some others that have been found in my secret box. Hope you like it:
  4. Hello, it is me again and another Tonka that I want to show you. It is built completely out of the Box, painted with Revell Colors and Airbrush. The Decals are perfect and I really like the result. And here are the pics:
  5. Hello, this is my last topic for today, the black Tonka from Italy. I used the Revell Kit to creat this nice Aircraft. The decals are from Syhart. It was not the easiest to apply them to the Kit and I am not a 100% happy with the result. Another task was to paint it extremely black, almost like dust on it, but I think it looks good enough. And again here are some pics:
  6. Hello Guys, just another Tonka that I want to show you. Lucky me, and finally, I finished this one. Started that Tonka almost two years ago, but stopped working on it somehow. Now, motivated by this forum and the Special Interest group of Tonkas, I finished this one here. It is the good old Revell Kit, with a huge sheet of decals. I thought it will never end to apply them, but it did. Aircraft has been painted with Tamiya Colors and an Airbrush. I like the result, and here are some pictures for you:
  7. This is a Revell easy kit on sale for half price due to a crushed box. I would love to say it went together easy but it didn't. Since all the parts were pre-painted great care was taken trying to "snap-fit" pose-able joints. Paint had to be carefully scrubbed off in most places and I finally gave up the chase and went for a full re-paint. All the open socket/joints were filled with milliput and smoothed over, an allen key was pressed into the centres just to tart them up a bit. The pilot is some kind of vinyl with some noticable seams, could'nt do much about it, even with brand new blades, so a new paint job was as much as I could do. The base was from an old toilet roll holder and a bit of polyfilla and a very light blue wash. I also added a little bit of scenics water resin.
  8. H.M.S. Tiger 1:700 Revell Originally laid down as a Minotaur class light cruiser in 1941, HMS Tiger was not actually launched until after the war had ended in October 1945. Work on the ship was suspended in 1946, and she languished uncompleted until 1954, when work resumed according to a new design. Finally commissioned in 1959, she was fitted with advanced semi-automatic 6 inch guns and fully automatic 3 inch guns, but no light anti-aircraft armament. She had a reasonably uneventful early career, with the exception of having hosted talks between British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his Rhodesian opposite Ian Smith, following the latter’s unilateral declaration of independence in 1966. She was placed in reserve soon afterwards, before being converted to a helicopter cruiser at Devenport at the end of the decade. The conversion involved landing the aft 6 inch and 3 in turrets and replacing them with a flight deck and hangar, allowing her to deploy up to four helicopters. She was also fitted with new radar and command, control and communications kit and was armed with Sea Cat anti-aircraft missiles. In 1978, Tiger was placed in reserve once again. In 1982, following the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands, work was begun to re-commission her, but the conflict drew to an end before this could be completed. She was finally sold for scrap in 1986. Revell seem to be continuing their move into the now-standard maritime modelling scale of 1:700 by re-releasing Matchbox’s back catalogue of warships. Following the release of the HMS Duke of York and Z38 destroyer kits, the latest addition to the line up is HMS Tiger. The kit has been packed into the familiar teal coloured box used by Revell for all of their maritime kits. Inside are three sprues of grey plastic which hold a total of seventy-five parts. The moulds were originally produced by Matchbox in 1979, but seem to be holding up well. There is a little flash here and there, but other than that everything looks pretty clean and crisp. Making allowances for the age of the kit, the level of detail is pretty respectable, if a little soft. The only obvious problem is with the two long parts which make up the sides of the hull. These are quite warped – almost as if the parts are too long for the sprue – but hopefully they can be coaxed into shape once glued to the waterline hull plate and upper deck. Construction begins with the aforementioned hull. The kit is waterline only, which suits me down to the ground but might not appeal to all modellers. The upper deck is in three parts, with the rear part provided in two layers which helps to create a realistic sense of depth. The superstructure and bridge is comprised of six parts. All the basics are there, but if you have some photo etch details such as ladders and doors to hand, then these will make a big difference to the kit. The lattice mast is ok, but quite clunky because of the limitations of the injection moulding process. The same applies to the large radar antenna. Again, if you have some photo etch alternatives lying around, then I suggest you make use of them. The 6 in and 3 inch turrets are pretty good, and the main guns can be posed in the elevated or depressed position. A single Sea King helicopter is provided. Made up of four parts, it is actually quite nice and will look pretty good sitting on the flight deck. A number of launches and lifeboats are included too, which all help to give the deck a nice, busy appearance. A single option is provided on the decal sheet, to depict HMS Tiger as she appears on the box artwork. There isn’t much to the decal sheet, but pennant numbers and markings for the flight deck are included, along with a white ensign. There aren’t, however, any markings for the helicopter. Conclusion Although these moulds are as old as me, the kit looks to be in pretty good shape. If the warped hull sides can be iron out, this kit should build up into a nice, if fairly basic, representation of HMS Tiger. Hopefully Revell will carry on releasing these Matchbox kits too. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  9. Building this as part of the Bomber Command sig in prep for the 70th anniversary events that are happening in May. AJ-Z was flown by SL Henry Maudslay and was part of the first wave sent to attack the Eder Dam. He attacked between 01.30 and 2am, having two failed attempts before dropping his upkeep. The bomb bounced over the damn exploding on the otherside which is believed to have damaged the aircraft. Sadly, on the return leg, their Lanc was shot down over Emmerich at 02.35 with the loss of all on board. This is my tribute to that crew. The plan.. Largely out of the box, there will be a few aftermarket replacements, namely the wheels and gun barrels which are not great in the Revell kit. I'm also using the mask set which I've come to like very much !! I'm also going to see if I can get the Falcon front turret (designed for the Airfix kit) to fit to improve the look of the nose area too unless anyone else has already tried and failed ???? Well documented is the issue with the dihedral on the wings being too low, so following a tip I've seen somewhere, the wings were assembled and the main gear bay spars inserted for strength. A slit in the lower wing was then made with the razor saw and a plastic shim added which 'forces' the wing into the correct dihedral... The unmodified wing (apologies for the poor pics, I've not got my stuff set up properly) The corrections to the starboard wing using 0.5mm plastic shim... Cheers, Neil
  10. Got back into modelling after a 20 plus year gap. i used to build 1/72 and then 1/48 kits of modern jets, the usual mix of aircraft that interests a young aviation fan. Came back thinking of going back to 72 scale but a friend said if I wanted a quick build to have a look at the revell 1/144 range, the detail was amazing, after so long away from the modelling game here was a range and scale that was better then the 72 scale aircraft I built in the past. Anyway I've ended up really liking this scale and have a nice little stash building, the size of these kits is great both on a price level and also on a shelf space level as with two young children its at a premium So here is one of my recent builds the rafale, all comments greatly appreciated, bear in mind all my kits are brush painted (still hoping the kids get me an airbrush for Christmas)
  11. I have bought a 1:400 scale Revell Typhoon class SSBN from Shar2, however I am slightly impatient and want to have a look at the i instructions for it....before it arrives at my home.... Does anyone happen to know where I can find a PDF of these instructions. I have spent absolutely ages tonight trying to find them, but have not succeeded.... Any help gratefully recieved.
  12. Second model for the year completed. Again this one has been ~90 % complete for the last 18 months or so. Built straight out of the box with brush painted Tamiya acrylics. Not one of my best, but then again not one of my worst either . Thanks for looking.
  13. “In a long forgotten corner of a junk yard, in the not to distant past stood a car that in its day was its owners pride and joy. In the intervening decades it passed from owner to owner, until one day it found its way to its present resting place...” You can view the build here. Cheers Richard
  14. As mentioned elsewhere - kit received - there's an extra sprue not shown in instructions that *looks* like it has the upper nose, different tail and a host of other parts for the HMA8!! The sprue is labelled 'Q' and includes most of the parts I *think* you need to build a Royal Navy HMA8 - with a cut and shut plus hinges to add the differing tail to the tail boom as moulded by Revell. Here's the sprue in question: EDIT: Almost tempted to make some patterns once I establish what needs to be done! (I know - should finish the Lightning stuff - but this looks a *lot* easier! ) Will post more pix/findings over next few days... Iain
  15. Hi folks, i'm very pleased to join you on my first Britmodeller Groupbuild! Here's the project: Aftermarket stuff: I have a lot of Flightpath stuff - the conversion and detail set, TIALD and ALARMs. Also, not pictured is the GBU-24 RAF version with the windmill fuse tail. I also have the indispensable Paragon seats, and the flaps and slats set. Decals from Fantasy Printshop - 18 to choose from. Too many choices! I have so little idea what to do i might just make one up out of various nosearts cos it looks good. At the moment i am drawn towards Alarm Maiden or Dallas Dhu, but i might end up doing Hot Stuff with the big sharkmouth, or whatever! Either way, it will be a Telic bird as i don't do camouflage. All the best, Al
  16. Revell Micro Wings WW2 Aircraft Kits 1:144 Revell Revell Germany has issued a set of World War Two era aircraft in their new Micro Wings 1:144 range. The set consists of eight individual aircraft kits in a format ideally suited for beginners or for a more experienced modeller to have a basic kit for further enhancing. The kits appear to be re-issues from Revells Mini Series from the 1970s which consisted of 28 kits of British, German, Japanese and American aircraft. If this is the case then, hopefully, there is the possibility of the remaining aircraft being re-issued - such as the Thunderbolt, Hellcat, Airacobra, Zero, Shoki and Hayate to name a few. The Kits Each kit comes in a handy sized carton approx 14cm x 9cm x 20cm (which is reminiscent of a small carton of chocolate bars once provided by well known chocolate makers in Birmingham) and contains a single sprue, decals, clear parts and instructions. The carton has all the hallmarks of Revell’s flimsy style of packaging however, in the case of these kits, the carton is stuff full therefore there is not such an issue with the box collapsing under the slightest weight. There is a single sprue containing the airframe parts and any peripheral hardpoints and armaments. A canopy is provided in clear plastic. A nice addition with these kits is the inclusion of a two-piece display stand in clear sprue as this allows for the kit to be built in a flying mode such as an action scene. Display stands were notably absent in model kits for the last couple of decades and it is nice to see their return in some producers offerings. Some of these kits have basically minimal parts to make up the aircraft; fighters mostly, however some, like the Tyhoon and Tempest have additional items such as hardpoints for bombs and rockets. Some flash is evident on the sprues however not as much as could be expected when considering the age of these moulds. I have checked each sprue and they really only need slight attention to clean the parts up ready for assembly. The cockpit area is lacking any detail however, at this small a scale, this could be overcome by painting the inside of the fuselage black. The more adept modeller should not have any difficulty constructing a basic cockpit layout with the use of some strategically placed pieces of scrap plastic card. The decals are produced in Italy for Revell and are quite crisp with decent register. The German markings are particularly nice with the black crosses looking just right. As with most European kits, swastikas are not provided on decal sheet nor are they implied on the box-art (this is due to European legislation) however I think it possible to source these as aftermarket accessories. The instruction sheet is a single A4 sheet, folded to A5, providing four pages of assembly details plus a painting guide and marking placements relevant to that kit. A final touch is the provision of a little nameplate depicting the relevant aircraft. This is to be found on the main sprue and, once painted up, can be glued to the base of the display stand and shown as a display model. Conclusion This is a nice series of kits depicting WW2 aircraft and I am pleased to see them re-issued. They are simple to construct and would suit the beginner (or as an economic present from Grandad etc. ) however the detail is good enough for the average modeller to paint them up into really nice portrayals of WW2 aircraft. In addition, the opportunities to convert or add extra detail is there because, if you do mess it up, it will not cost more than an average cup of coffee. The pricing of these kits puts them in the pocket money range for youngsters, is also good for the wargamers who may wish to obtain a few of each type and the 1:144 modelling set. I imagine that Revell will probably wait, before making any decisions on whether to issue any more kits from this range, based on whether these first eight sell well or not. I will certainly be getting some more, mainly as I like them and they are cheap, but hopefully to try to get Revell to re-issue the rest of the range. These kits are nice little offerings and at a budget price as well. I think they will be popular for the 1:144 enthusiasts and hopefully Revell will re-issue more. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit .
  17. Good evening, I like to show you the result of a quick build. It's the very good Revell-Kit. I built it OOB, with kit decals (which are very good, by the way!). Work was absolutely hassle-free, almost no filler needed. Paint used was Modelmaster Light gull grey and revell aqua antrazit. Then, after a coat of clear, a fine washing and the decals. Walkways are decals, too. Anti-ice-gloves are brush painted with antrazit. Hope you like it! Alex
  18. Slow beginnings, but I wanted to get the body shells painted so that they can cure properly before final polishing while other work gets under way. The Daytona is Zero's "Blu Dino"; the 599GTO is "Rosso Scuderia", and a matt (ish) black (ish) homebrew for the roof. These will go slowly while I work on some stuff for SMW 2012, but at least I've started! bestest, M.
  19. After many, many years, I have returned to modelling, and, having learnt the art of patience, do not want to make a complete bottom of my models like I used to(!) My first build will be a Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk22/24, and I will be airbrushing for the first time. I have read reviews concerning Lifecolor acrylic paints and would like to give them a try. However, I am having a few problems deciding on certain colours and I was hoping some one might be able to help. Most of the Revell colours listed in the instructions I can source as Lifecolor paints using one of the on line comparisons that are out there. However, there are a couple of blends that may have an equivalent Lifecolor match without having to do any mixing. The blends in question are: Revell Kit ID G, 40% matt black 8, 40% granite grey matt, and 20% aluminium metallic 99 Revell Kit ID H, 75% leather brown matt 84, 25% aluminium metallic 99 Revell Kit ID J, 33% yellow matt 15, 33% seagreen matt 48, and 34% stone grey matt 75 Revell Kit ID N, 60% blue matt 56, 40% mouse grey matt 47 If anyone has built this kit using Lifecolor paints I would be very interested in how you got on, and any advice on colour schemes in general for this build would be most gratefully received. Thanks in advance, Chris
  20. Thanks guys, this groupbuild is perfectly timed over the Xmas holidays season that i tend to enjoy with a bit of free days and modelling. It will present me with a good opportunity to finally complete my 1/72 Leeuwarden nightfighter base diorama that already houses three Me110's. http://www.britmodel...opic=25758&st=0 In references I have found that JG 27 was stationed here for a few months between march and june 1943 for Reichdefence duties with G4/R6 variants, the one without the Cannon bulges on the nose, with the heavy cannons underwing, hence the name Kanonenbote (Gunship) or Kanonenvogel. (Gunbird) Also nice to model the grey mottling camouflage with the colourful africa noseart of JG 27 that it became famous for. I plan to build six 109's to create a flightline with some basic groundsupport such as a filght command post. I'll building from existing G kits in the stash and rebuilding some gearless very old kits by stripping down to bares, do some mods, and disassemble to meet the 25% guideline. i'll be doing quite a bit of backdating from late G to early G to get the right G4. As one of the stash is a Russian Amodel Zwilling kit i will have a total of 5 fuselages, from which 4 will become complete aircraft, and the remaining one as a wingless rump in the hangar on the the diorama. The Zwilling is really a rough kit ... The sixth is a F model, that can also pass for a early G, also already made, and will be stripped down to components as well.. In the proces i will finally get to learn my G variants from G variants; a lack of insight i always wanted to resolve :-) For this GB i'll build it as a separate diorama, only to later graft it into the existing larger Leeuwarden diorama.
  21. I purchased the Freightdog conversion set for the Revell 1/32 Spitfire when it was first released but took some time to pluck up the courage to start it. The Revell base kit can be a bit challenging anyway as the parts breakdown for the wings is quite a strange design. Coupled with the 1970's moulding technology (this was originally produced by Matchbox) there is, shall we say, "room for improvement". Mods include, Freightdog resin conversion, Greymatters belly tank, Quickboost seat and Barracuda canopy handle from a set I bought for the Tamiya Spitfire XVI. Added detail to the wheel wells, replaced gear legs with brass tube, scratchbuilt details in the cockpit and built plasticard 'cameras' to prevent see through look in through the camera ports. WIP thread is here - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234931641&hl= I really think the Matchbox Spitfire makes a lovely looking model but I love the 'ultimate' Seafire and am very pleased to have one in 32nd scale. Overall a very enjoyable build and I'm very pleased with the result. There were a couple of errors on this build. I forgot to re-scribe the larger flap fitted to the Seafire and the spinner should have been EDSG on this aircraft, things I have to live with now. Need to check refs and instructions more carefully in the future, but I have learned from this. Regards, Steve.
  22. Hi everyone, and welcome to my first ever WIP thread. Its a return to modelling, after making and painting in a day or two - about 25 years ago! I am not going to make any apologies, but this is probably going to have a lot of photos in the thread, not only to document my progress as a first proper project, but also to allow myself to keep a record to identify areas I can improve upon, and develop further for future builds. So, onto the first details, the obligatory (from perusing the forum) box and sprue picture: Excuse the picture quality, I am going to blame photobucket for that. I am going to do an out of the box build on this, as its mainly, hopefully, a bit of a test run for doing my next project. Therefore this will be painted up in the colours as per the instructions, and decals will be the provided 27 Squadron 75th Anniversary markings
  23. OK - I've been slacking on Connie, the Ju 52 and the Lightning stuff - but I have been busy with this: It's, erm, a bit large to photograph on a kitchen worktop! Hopefully paint at the weekend Iain
  24. Calling this finished now. Revell kit with Eduard brass, HGW seatbelts, scratch built canopy. Catalpult is HpH resin with scratch built launching frame. Thanks for looking and Merry Xmas Nick
  25. USS New York LPD 21 Revell 1:350 The U.S.S. New York is a US Navy amphibious transport ship. It is one of the San Antonio Class designed according to the principles of stealth technology. The ships of this class are used for amphibious warfare and to transport US Marines, their vehicles and equipment. The ship therefore has three decks with about 2,300 m² of space for combat vehicles. In addition to the basic crew of 360 men there is room for further 700-800 marines. The landing craft, equipment and soldiers can be landed through the floodable well deck aft. In addition the ship has a large landing deck with hangar. However helicopters are not permanently carried, but can be temporarily stationed on board for individual missions. The special feature of the ship however is its name. After the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001, the then governor of New York asked the then Secretary of the Navy to name a warship in the war against terror after the city of New York. This request was met; the U.S.S. New York was launched on 19th December 2007 and went into service on 7th November 2009. There were even 6.8 tonnes of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center incorporated in the forepart. The Model Arriving at BM Towers this large kit comes in its own cardboard box. The kits box has a representation of the ship at sea with the various landing craft and aircraft around the ship, on the flightdeck and flying. Much like the USS Wasp and USS Iwo Jima this kit is released by Revell, MPC/Gallery and I believe Trumpeter for different markets around the world. As with the other ships, this was a pleasant surprise being somewhat a left field choice of ship model. That said it is very well done with beautifully crisp mouldings, particularly the large single piece hull, (well it is if you discount the separate bulbous bow), and main deck/superstructure parts. Other than the separate hull and deck section, there are 11 sprues of light grey styrene for the ship, six for the LCACs and LCU’s, and two for the AAVP-7s. Then there are twelve clear sprues for the air complement, a large display stand in black styrene, three sheets for PE and a length of brass coloured chain. In total there are 767 parts and the completed model measures out to 594mm in length. Including the builds for the helicopters, landing craft, Ospreys and AAVP-7s, there 125 steps in the instructions to complete the model. Unlike most ship builds, this one doesn’t start with the hull, but with the interior well/dock and vehicle decks. The well deck is built up of the bottom and two side pieces, which have very nice detail moulding of the wooden dock faces that some careful painting and weathering will really bring out. To the dock sides two marshalling platforms are added either side of the loading ramp. The vehicle deck and ramp assembly, which also includes the hanger deck, begins with the deck, three transverse bulkheads and two walkways being fitted together, followed by the rear bulkhead with walkway and vehicle ramp roof. This assembly is then attached to the rear of the well deck. Since not much of this detail will be visible through the small opening in the stern, it is crying out for some lighting to be added to the build, either fibre optic or LEDs, so some thought to this will be needed before putting glue to plastic. At this point the instructions call for the modeller to build several sub assemblies. These include the main crane for the ships centre section deck. The crane is built up of a five piece operators cabin, main boom arm, hook, and the five piece Low Observable housing, including three PE parts, into which the crane folds when not in use. The starboard side boat housing, consisting of a two part RIB, (two boats are required to be built), deck and internal box structure. Two RAM launchers are then assembled, with the missile box having two PE end pieces fitted, followed by the support arms and pedestals. With these done it’s back to the main build, with three internal strengthening bulkheads, and hawsepipe fitted to the forward hull, transom to the rear and the completed vehicle/dock assembly in-between. The RIB housing and another open deck port are then fitted to the inside of the starboard side of the main deck structure. Turning the main deck over, the after bulkhead of the forward superstructure is fitted with a PE grille and glued into position, as is the hanger bulkhead with its hanger door, (which has optional parts for open or closed doors), and the stores/ammunition lift door, after which the main deck can be attached to the hull section along with the foredeck. The upper dock door is then attached to the transom, along with a lower hull extension piece and the two piece lower door with its associated actuator arms. Although it might be an idea to leave these off until later in the build as there will be a tendency to knock them off. Turning the hull over the two bilge keels can be fitted as can the rudders prop shafts, A frame supports and propellers, depending on how the completed model is to be displayed, particularly in a diorama, these items can be left off unlike the two part bulb which is fitted to the bow. With the now completed hull upright the rest of the build continues with the superstructure and sundry fittings. The instructions have the modeller start at the aft end and moves forward. This means that there will be quite a few fragile pieces to knock off whilst carrying out with the build, whereas it may be better to start at the bow and work toward the stern. If keep with the instructions the catwalks around the flightdeck are fitted along with their PE railings, inclined ladders and styrene aerials, in either upright or folded options, plus several styrene catwalk fittings. To complete the flightdeck, the PE side netting is fitted. Several sub assemblies can also be built, including the two part large RIB and trolley, mid section deckhouse, grilles, mainmast bases and the mainmasts, with their top aerial arrays, railings, and other fittings. The side and front of the rear superstructure are then glued into place, as are several deck fittings, a RAM launcher, rear gun turret and deckhouse,. The small RIB built earlier is now attached to its trolley and fitted to the ships mid deck section with the large RIB/trolley, PE inclined ladders and further fittings. More sub assemblies to be built are four five piece decoy launchers and two, two piece launchers, the port side transverse bulkhead/side of the mid deck section with its additional supports roof part and door. Once completed, this assembly can also be fitted to the mid deck as can the crane built earlier. The two mainmast assemblies can now be glued into place on the upper decks, as are the multiple decoy launchers, PE railings, liferafts and their PE supports, funnel assemblies, satnav dome assemblies, deck houses, navigation radar, and bridge. On the sides of the bridge pair of platforms and ECM aerials are fitted. The deckhouse structure is then built up on the foredeck, directly in front of the bridge. To this, a RAM launcher is fitted along with a further deckhouse, front gun housing and gun turret. Finally the foredeck fittings, such as capstains, bitts, footplates, and capstain control shields are glued into place as are the anchors and anchor chains. With the ship completed, it’s on to the various helicopters and landing craft. Each of these is a little kit in themselves, with the following included:- 2 x AH-1W Cobras 2 x UH-1N Hueys 2 x MV-22 Ospreys 2 x CH-46E Sea Knights 2 x CH-53E Sea Stallions 2 x LCACs 2 x AAVP-7s 1 x LCU Each helicopter comes in multiple parts, with separate skids, wheels, folded or extended main rotor blades, tail rotors, and stabilisers. Whilst the Ospreys have a single piece fuselage, wing fairing, wing, horizontal tailplane, vertical stabilisers, engine nacelles, and props either folded or extended. It is doubtful that all these aircraft would be in use at the same time on this type of ship, but any surplus could be used on either the USS Wasp or USS Iwo Jima kits that Revell have also released. The LCU is built up of lower hull, shrouded props, tank deck, deck surround, loading ramp, five piece bridge structure, exhausts and several aerials. The two LCACs consist of a two part lower hull/skirt, tank deck, fore and aft loading ramps, port and starboard bridge structures, radar aerials, and exhausts. The shrouded fans fitted to the rear of the LCACs are made up with the fans, protective grilles, drive shafts, and twin deflectors/rudders. The AAVP-7s consist of an upper and lower hull, turret, and wheel/tracks. Decals There are three decal sheets included in the kit. One large one covering the ship, including the complex flightdeck markings, which come as separate strips and circles, so will need careful placement to get them all in the correct positions. The sheet also includes decals for the ships pennant number, fore and aft, danger circles for the RAM launchers, and guns, capstain tops, depth markers and ships name for the upper dock door. There is another large sheet providing all the decals required for the various helicopters, Osprey and landing craft, plus very large national flags, both in flat and wavy form. The smallest of the three sheets, only has five decals on it, which look like some form of crest and whilst the placement sheet shows where these go, it is as unclear as to be next to useless. Research shows that these are the Never Forget crests that were painted on the anchor plates and in front of the bulbous bow markings. They should only be used if the ship is to be modelled as she was at her commissioning ceremony. Conclusion Revell have done it again with their collaboration with MRC/Gallery and produced a very well designed model of an interesting class of ship. Whilst some purists may say the latest ships of the worlds navies are quite boring due to their “stealthy†characteristics, this is the way things are going and I think its great that model manufacturers are providing us with newer classes as well as older ones. With all the parts, etch, aircraft, and landing craft this will build into a great model and whilst it is full hull the open dock with full interior will give loads of scope to super detail and use in a diorama with the dock flooded. Not for the faint hearted for sure, but it has the potential to build into an award winning model. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
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