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  1. MB339 60th PAN Anniversary (1461) 1:72 Italeri via Wonderland Models The Italian Air Force Aerobatic team we know as Frecce Tricolori are the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (PAN) of the 313th Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico of the Italian Air Force. They were founded in 1961 when it was decided to merge the teams already in existence. They have flown the F-86 Sabre and the Fiat G.91 before transitioning to the two-seat fighter-trainer Aermacchi MB 339. 2021 was the 60th Anniversary of the team with tails of the Aircraft being painted in schemes to represent aircraft of Past Teams, Cavallino Rampante, Getti Tonanti, Lanceri Neri, Tigre Bianche and Diavoli Rossi. The Kit This is a re-boxing of the original 1997 Supermodel MB339 kit. For this boxing you get 3 of the kits and a decal sheet with 60th Anniversary markings. Here the kit is moulded in bright blue plastic so sun glasses maybe needed. Each kit arrives on two main sprues with a canopy as well. Construction begins sorpresa with the cockpit. Both ejection seats are 3 parts which fit in along with the control columns and the instrument panels. All instruments on the main and side panels are provided as decals. The completed cockpit can be paced in the fuselage and it can be closed up. 30g of nose weight is suggested to be added. Both wings can now be constructed and added top the fuselage along with the tail planes. Additional side aerials are added to the tail along with a pitot tube. At the front the console separating the consoles is added along with the canopies. The main canopy has parts for it to be displayed open if wanted. Moving underneath all the landing gear can be added along with the gear bay doors. The forward ventral airbrake is added along with the rear ventral strakes. Pylons and tanks can be added under the wings as needed. The Team normally fly with tanks under the inboard pylons with the out board pylons empty. The long range ferry tanks are provided in the kit as well for the outer pylons. The last items to fit are the wing fences. Markings You can paint your kit in any scheme you want as long as its the Display scheme! Markings are included for all the team aircraft for the 60th Anv season, enough atripes etc are provided for three aircraft as its a triple boxing. the hard bit will be deciding which to use. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion Its good to see this kit re-issued with the latest team markings. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Lamborghini Diablo (3685) 1:24 Italeri via Wonderland Models After the success of the Countach, Lamborghini developed its replacement in the mid-80s with a design brief that it should be capable of getting close to 200mph, which it later managed to surpass. A mid-project redesign took away some of the sharper lines that resulted in a sleek, streamlined design that was a huge improvement on the already gorgeous Countach, all in my humble opinion of course. It reached the market at the beginning of the 90s with a 5.7L fuel-injected V12 engine mounted in the centre of the chassis, driving the rear wheels, continuing the long tradition of Lamborghini cars that appear totally insane and want to kill you. Awesome! Later versions gained ABS, electric windows and other modern features that we now see as an absolute minimum standard for even the cheapest car. That cheap car may have better rear vision, but it doesn’t look or perform like a Diablo though. A roadster variant made its debut in ’92, and the later VT model introduced all-wheel drive, which has stayed as one of Lambo’s preferred features that makes their cars a lot less murderous of their drivers thanks to the extra grip. The car got a facelift at the end of the ‘90s, replacing the pop-up lights with fixed units, cosmetic additions and some of the more successful mechanical upgrades that had been tried out over the previous years. Various special editions and upgrades were unleashed during the rest of its time on the market, including a bored-out 6L engine and some special editions, some of which were designed with the racetrack in mind. Following a number of attempts to create its successor that finished in dead-ends, the Murciélago was developed as the Diablo’s eventual replacement, hitting the forecourts just after the turn of the millennium. The Kit This is a reboxing of the original 1990 tooling from Italeri in the de facto vehicle scale of 1:24. The kit arrives in a top-opening box with two sprues in black styrene, one sprue plus the bodyshell in red plastic, a chromed sprue containing the hubs and some small parts, four flexible black tyres in their own bag, a clear sprue, a small decal sheet and trifold A5 instruction booklet in black and white. While this isn’t a brand-new tooling, it does have some solid detail in the engine bay and the suspension area, with the interior compartment represented by a large number of parts that should result in a good replica. Construction begins with the front suspension wishbones and steering components, which are covered by an insert with more structure to hold the hubs in place. The brake discs are added to the keyed stub-axles, and the discs have a concentric ring pattern moulded-in, which seems at variance with most disc brakes I’ve seen. There are also ejector-pin marks on one side, so it would probably be best to remove all the surface detail before fitting unless I’m totally wrong about the veracity of the grooves. The same task is carried out at the rear, adding the underside of the transmission block, then the chassis tray is put to one side while the interior is made up. The Diablo is a two-seater, and the cab is commensurately short to which the two seats, door cards, the dashboard with separate instrument binnacle that has decals for the instruments are added. The steering wheel is left-hand drive, and comes with a separate column that has the stalks moulded-in, a central gear-shift, handbrake on the left side for you to snag on when you exit the vehicle, and a grab-handle on the right side of the dash so that the co-pilot doesn’t end up in the driver’s lap during spirited cornering. Paint call-outs are included for everything in black circles, including the switch-gear on the door cards, and the tiny rear window is fixed to the back of the interior once internal painting is complete. The cab assembly is dropped into the lower bodyshell along with the floor of the engine compartment, which is detailed further by adding the top of the cylinder blocks and their respective air intakes, and what looks like the fuel injection rail in the recess between the blocks, again with more paint call-outs. The four wheels and their push-on tyres are added to the stub-axles using two small parts to complete the axles per wheel, then the assembly is put to the side to focus upon the topside. The bodyshell leaves the box with many of the panels moulded together as one part, but some sections are separate parts through necessity to achieve the complex shapes around the body. The prominent intakes behind the side glazing are one such insert, and at the rear there is a sink-mark on each one that should be filled before it is installed to make the task easier. The rear is also separate and made from three parts including splitters, which has the clear light parts and number plates added, with the same task completed for the front air dam. The glazing for the cab is one part that includes both the windscreen and side windows and is fitted with a rear-view mirror at the front, although anyone looking for the headlining will see through the hole in the glazing to the roof above. The exhaust tips under the rear valance are chromed for your ease, and each of the four parts attach to paired styrene pipes that disappear into the engine bay. Wing mirrors with chromed glazing are fixed to the doors, a single large windscreen wiper with separate blade are added to the windscreen/scuttle area, then the cover for the engine bay is made up of the main louvred section with a “wing” at the front, plus two small hinges that should allow you to pose it open if you wish. Markings You can paint your Diablo any colour you like, although the red on the box top looks appealing to my eyes. You get a choice of three styles of number plate decal, the afore mentioned instrument dials for the interior, some angry bull motifs for the hubs, and some badges for the sides, front and rear of the vehicle. The final decal is a D overseas badge for Germany that doesn’t appear on the line-drawn decal instructions. Decals are by Zanchetti (which I’ve just found out I’ve been misspelling for years), which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion The Diablo is a fine example of 90s excess, and this kit captures the lines well, has a decent amount of detail, pre-chromed parts and a reasonable price tag that recommends it further. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the staff at Wonderland Models. We thank you all for your support throughout the year. If you're still in the gift giving mood, watch out for the start of our after Christmas Online Sale! There are lots of bargains for all but don't delay as stocks on some items may be very limited! We have a huge range of plastic model kits from Tamiya, Airfix and Revell all at knockdown prices as well as radio controlled cars, planes, trucks and radio controlled tanks with fantastic low prices. We will also be offering unmissable deals on all our dolls houses as well as a large range of Lego construction sets. Visit our website on Christmas Day for the full list of bargains. Our store in Edinburgh will close at 5pm on Friday 24th December and re-open on Monday 27th December at 10am when we look forward to seeing you. We are the ultimate model and toy superstore; number one for selection, price and service!
  4. Wonderland Models will be attending the IPMS Scale Modelworld modelling extravaganza at Telford on Saturday 13th -Sunday 14th November 2021 and look forward to welcoming customers old and new to our stand which will be located in the International Centre's Exhibition Hall as in previous years. The IPMS (UK) Nationals, or Scale Modelworld as it is otherwise known, is one of the largest model shows in the world and is not to be missed by any scale model enthusiast. We will be offering a huge range of plastic models of aircraft, helicopters, tanks, cars, trucks and figures as well as all the paints, glues and modelling accessories including airbrushes and compressors. We will have all the latest new releases from all the leading model making brands such as Airfix, Revell, Tamiya, Trumpeter, Italeri, Dragon and Academy as well as loads of others. Look out for our yellow and blue marquee and make sure to pay us a visit. Lots of bargains with many kits at great discounts so make so be sure to get there early! Loads of trade stands along with thousands of models on display both from clubs and individuals all under one roof. A weekend not to be missed by the serious modelling enthusiast for sure. We look forward to seeing you there. Visit the Wonderland Models website: www.wonderlandmodels.com Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest
  5. Get to know us though our Meet the Team articles. Meet Dan, our resident pilot. Name: Dan How long have you been with Wonderland Models? My first shift at Wonderland Models was 18th December 2020, so not too long ago. I joined after previously working as a commercial pilot for the regional airline Flybe, with over 1500 hours experience. Unfortunately, something called COVID (whatever that is) meant that Flybe went bankrupt. Thankfully working at Wonderland was the next best thing, although the aircraft are quite a bit smaller! Role/Department: Sales assistant and web order processor. Specialist Subject: With my background in aviation, with this starting from a very young age, I’ve always had a big interest in the plastic aircraft kits. However, I also have a huge interest in cars and motorsport, so anything from plastic car kits to Scalextric also works for me. Favourite Food: Cannot beat a wood-fired four cheese pizza with a sourdough crust! Favourite Biscuit: Custard creams, every time. Favourite Film: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Favourite Character: Bane – The Dark Knight Rises Favourite sport, who’s your team? Formula 1 (although any form of motorsport is fine with me). McLaren would be my favourite team. Hobbies: As an extension of being interested in aviation, visiting military airfields and going to airshows has always been something I have enjoyed. If I’m not found at an airfield then I tend to head to race circuits. My passion for amateur photography has tied in with both of these activities quite nicely as well! For more articles check out the blog on our website - https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/
  6. Eduard's new 1/48 Panavia Tornado GR.1 Desert Babe Limited Edition Model Kit based on the 1/48 Revell kit is supplied with Eduard's 8 incredible marking options, photo-etch accessories, seat and wheel parts. This stunning kit is now available to order. We also have Eduard's 1/48 P-51D Mustang Profipack Model Kit available.
  7. Kinetic Models' new 1/48 Grumman E-2C Hawkeye VAW-115 'Liberty Bells' model kit has just been added to the range of 1/48 scale aircraft models, available to order now, there's also an excellent 1/48 Lockheed F-104J Starfighter: https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/new-kinetic-grumman-e-2c-hawkeye-jan-2020/
  8. Wonderland Models will be attending the IPMS Scale Modelworld modelling extravaganza at Telford on Saturday 9th -Sunday 10th November 2019 and look forward to welcoming customers old and new to our stand which will be located in the International Centre's Exhibition Hall as in previous years. The IPMS (UK) Nationals, or Scale Modelworld as it is otherwise known, is one of the largest model shows in the world and is not to be missed by any scale model enthusiast. We will be offering a huge range of plastic models of aircraft, helicopters, tanks, cars, trucks and figures as well as all the paints, glues and modelling accessories including airbrushes and compressors. We will have all the latest new releases from all the leading model making brands such as Airfix, Revell, Tamiya, Trumpeter, Italeri, Dragon and Academy as well as loads of others. Look out for our yellow and blue marquee and make sure to pay us a visit. There are sure to be loads of bargains with many kits at 50% off so make so be sure to get there early! Loads of trade stands along with thousands of models on display both from clubs and individuals all under one roof. A weekend not to be missed by the serious modelling enthusiast for sure. We look forward to seeing you there.
  9. We have a fantastic offer on Revell's Platinum Edition 1/350th scale German Battleship Tirpitz Model Kit right now, with a huge 40% off RRP, that's a saving of £60. Limited time offer. See below for more details: https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/revell-1350-platinum-tirpitz-offer-nov-2019/
  10. #Italeri have announced more interesting #modelkit releases for #October 2019 and beyond. With many available to buy now, including the Russian MiG-21 BiS 'Fishbed' Kit in 1/72 Scale. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/autumn-winter-italeri-kits-oct-2019/
  11. Kinetic Models have added an amazing new Lockheed F-104G Starfighter kit to their range of 1/48 scale aircraft models and it's in store and available to order now. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/new-kinetic-148-lockheed-f-104g-starfighter-oct-19/
  12. We have just received a large delivery of a number of new and eagerly awaited plastic model kits from Trumpeter this morning. Including the 1/16 Panther G Late Production. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/new-trumpeter-models-just-arrived/
  13. Revell/Bandai's 1/72 'Perfect Grade' version of the #MillenniumFalcon will be back in stock this coming week! #starwars #revellmodels #modelkit #hansolo #wookie #chewbacca #bandai https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/bandai-perfect-grade-millennium-falcon-jul-2019/
  14. In just a few days, Airfix will be releasing their much anticipated kit of the Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat in 1/24 scale. With over 600 parts, lots of detail and 4 decal schemes, this will be a must-have for any aircraft modeller's collection. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/new-airfix-124-grumman-f6f-5-hellcat-jun-2019/
  15. Tamiya have three excellent 1/35 scale Tank Model Kits available now, including a British Valentine Mk.II/IV, an M3 Stuart Late Production and a German Marder III M. They have also re-released several tank model kits in 1/35 scale. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/new-tamiya-135-tank-kits-reissues-jun-2019/
  16. Airfix have now released the long awaited new tooled modelkit of the Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XIV in 1/48 scale as well as two new D-Day Quick Build kits, featuring a Spitfire & P51-D Mustang. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/new-148-airfix-supermarine-spitfire-fr-kit-2019/
  17. Italeri have just released this highly detailed model kit of a Curtiss P-40E/K Kittyhawk in 1/48 Scale. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/italeri-curtiss-p-40ek-kittyhawk-apr-2019/
  18. Airfix have just (re)released their Vintage Classics 1/76 Astronauts figure set in plenty of time for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings on 16th July 2019. There are some excellent WWII Aircraft reissues on offer too: https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/airfix-vintage-classics-astronauts-may-2019/
  19. Tamiya have just re-released several tank model kits in 1/35 scale including the British M10 IIC Achilles Tank Destroyer, US M3 Lee Mk.I and British M3 Grant Mk.I. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/tamiya-135-scale-tank-kit-reissue-may-2019/
  20. Airfix Vintage Classics sailing ship model kits are now available at Wonderland Models. Including beautiful classics such as the Golden Hind, Cutty Sark and HMS Victory. #airfix #vintage #classics #modelkit #scalemodel #ships https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/airfix-vintage-classics-model-sailing-ship-kits/
  21. ICM have just released two new model kits including a Russian/Afghan War Motorcade (Afghanistan 1979-1989) in 1/72 Scale, ideal for dioramas. They also have a German Leichttraktor Rheinmetall (1930) in 1/35 Scale. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/two-new-icm-model-kits-apr-2019/
  22. Airfix have a fantastic new kit of the Douglas A-4B/Q Skyhawk in 1/72 scale which is available now! https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/new-airfix-172-douglas-4bq-skyhawk-apr-2019/
  23. Revell Models have an excellent range of large scale aircraft kits to choose from right now including the 1/144 Airbus A380-800 Technik Kit. This amazing kit and many more are available in store and online now. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/revell-large-scale-aircraft-kits-apr-2019/
  24. Academy have an incredible five different models of the RMS Titanic ocean-liner ranging from 1/1000 Scale to 1/400 along with some Special Editions featuring LED lights, so there's something for any modeller with an interest in this iconic ship. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/5-titanic-kits-now-available-academy-apr-2019/
  25. Takom have just released two highly detailed transporter model kits including a Russian MAZ-537G Tractor & CHMZAP-5247G Semi-trailer as well as a US M1070 & M1000 with M1A2 Abrams both in 1/72 Scale. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/two-new-takom-transporters-apr-2019/
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