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  1. This was my long awaited Christmas present to myself, and I intended to start it straight away (as you do!), but circumstances meant it had to wait. However, the large awkward shaped box didn't fit into the stash very well, so the time has come to finally start. What's in the box then? A one piece main section of fuselage and two wings that are of a plastic coated fibreglass construction, 13 plastic sprues, a small set of photo etched parts and a decal sheet for an Orel Avia plane. Going by my normal build speed, this could be a long haul.... Dave
  2. Amodel is to release limited editions of 1/72nd Taylor JT-1 & JT-2 - ref. 72358 - Taylor JT-1 Monoplane & Taylor JT-2 Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/plastic-model-1-72-taylor-jt-1-monoplane-taylor-jt-2-amodel-72358.html box art - ref. 72359 - Taylor JT-1 Monoplane & Taylor JT-2 Titch Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/plastic-model-1-72-taylor-jt-1-monoplane-taylor-jt-2-titch-amodel-72359.html V.P.
  3. The de Havilland Vampire has always been my favourite early jet. First flown in September 1943 (5 months before the Soviet La-7, half a year before the Japanese Ki-102 and 15 months before the He 162) she should be called a wartime design. And if she wasn’t British she would be a true WW2 fighter – unfortunately the RAF had huge numbers of already proven „430+ mph” fighters to list just the Mustang, Tempest and Griffon-Spitfires, while development of another British jet – the Meteor – was six months ahead of the „crab”. Thus the plywood-clad twin-boom marvel became the Cold War era fighter. For many years the only 72nd scale kit of this most successful British - and West European - jet (some 4.500 built, or nearly 6.000 including the Venom, whose prototype was called Vampire FB.8) was the FROG F217F, that appeared in 1971 and since 1978 (after the FROG sad demise) was available under the Soviet NOVO label. Although in my youth I have built dozens of FROG/NOVO kits their F217F (later F431) is still unknown for my eyes and hands, so I can only believe it at least looked like the Vampire. Several pictures available do prove it does. Next Vampire kit in the gentleman’s scale was Heller 80283 that appeared in 1979. Although still featuring raised (and few engraved) panel lines it had ribbed undercarriage bays. The box contained 41 parts (FROG had 36) and for next 30 years this was „the kit” used by the modellers all over the world to represent the Vampire. In this period it has been also reboxed by several other manufacturers, including Revell (since 1991) and Airfix (since 1998) as the most important ones. In 2006 there appeared super-detailed resin-cast Vampires from Czech Master Resin. IIRC more than a dozen of boxes are available, including the Mk I, the Sea Vampire, the NF, the Trainer and the Venoms. Every one contains some 50-60 resin parts, a vac-formed canopy, a coloured PE fret of 30+ details and an Eduard pre-cut mask. Unfortunately their prices (some £ 27 in my country) make such high-tech kits unavailable for my wallet. And perhaps for most of us… And then the horn of plenty gave us three brand new Vampire kits in just five years. They were the Ukrainian Amodel (in 2010), the Chinese (Dragon) Cyber Hobby in 2013 and – finally – the Czech CMK (labelled as Azur, Xtrakit and Special Hobby) in 2014. All of them feature engraved detailing, plenty of parts (almost 50 in Dragon, 60 in Amodel and 70 in CMK box) and various inbox reviews call each of them beautiful (if not splendid). Really each of them look like a Vampire… until you place two of them side by side. So the problem appears: which Vampire kit in 72nd scale is the best dimensionally- and shape-wise, as the details of all “new tool” trio are at least acceptable and their prices (£9 for CMK and £10 for Amodel) are not very high when compared to £6 for the Airfix (£8 for Revell) boxing of the ancient Heller kit. At some £19 the Cyber Hobby kit is far more expensive, while not far better. Fortunately I have the opportunity to measure the real bird (a Swiss-built FB.6) at the Polish Aviation Museum where I’ve been working between 1987 and 2014. So I took 21 various dimensions of the original, scaled them down and then measured the kits. The results are very interesting, although one can even call them horrible. It’s incomprehensible – for me at least – why can’t the 21st century kit manufacturer replicate faithfully the real plane, using instead various drawings that are far from reality. Measuring the real craft and making new drawings is far cheaper than NCM-cutting the moulds. And then we – thousands of modellers worldwide – have to use our skills to make a Vampire look like the Vampire… Full size dimensions are given in centimeters, the rest - in milimeters. Abbreviations stand for: R - real FB.5, S - scaled to 1:72, A - Amodel, C - CMK, D - Dragon Cyber Hobby, H - Heller/Revell/Airfix (FB.5) Fuselage length overall (FB.5) R610 S84.7 A81.8 C83.8 D80.8 H81.4 Sliding canopy length R122 S16.9 A18.3 C18.5 D17.8 H17.0 End of canopy to the top of nose bulkhead R192 S26.7 A26.9 C27.6 D26.3 H25.2 End of canopy to the bottom of nose bulkhead R203 S28.2 A28.5 C29.0 D28.1 H27.0 End of canopy to the tip of nose R278 S38.6 A37.2 C38.5 D37.2 H35.0 End of canopy to fuselage joint frame R105 S14.6 A13.4 C12.3 D12.4 H14.1 End of canopy to tailpipe R332 S46.1 A44.6 C45.3 D43.6 H46.4 Half of wing span R579 S80.4 A79.0 C79.9 D77.8 H79.5 Fuselage centreline to aileron inner edge R324 S45.0 A42.8 C43.4 D41.9 H43.8 Fuselage centreline to main u/c bay outer edge R262 S36.4 A34.5 C35.6 D34.7 H36.7 Fuselage centreline to flap outer edge R250 S34.7 A33.0 C33.7 D32.9 H33.0 Fuselage centreline to tailboom centreline R149 S20.7 A20.0 C20.2 D19.6 H19.3 Wing chord at aileron outer edge R99 S13.7 A13.9 C14.0 D13.0 H13.5 Wing chord at aileron inner edge R194 S26.9 A29.0 C29.1 D26.8 H25.9 Wing chord at main u/c bay outer edge R231 S32.1 A33.0 C32.3 D30.6 H30.4 Wing chord at tailboom centreline R265 S36.8 A40.5 C39.6 D38.2 H37.0 Tailboom insert into wing R190 S26.4 A26.0 C26.8 D24.4 H24.8 Tailboom length aft of joint R412 S57.2 A55.0 C56.0 D54.5 H57.4 Tailplane span (between fairings) R282 S39.1 A38.6 C38.8 D37.8 H36.8 Horizontal stabilizer chord R77 S10.7 A10.5 C12.0 D10.0 H10.6 Elevator chord R41 S5.7 A5.5 C5.8 D5.4 H5.8 So the results are: every fuselage is too short (I know that Swiss FB.6 pointed nose is longer) with CMK being the only close. Every canopy is too long with Heller being the only close – but this is easy to correct. Fuselage panel lines are wrong in each case with differences reaching 3.5 mm in scale (10” on real bird). All the wings are too short with CMK being AGAIN the only close. Same applies to the gap between the tailbooms. Chordwise Heller and Dragon wings are too narrow, while Amodel and CMK are too wide (which is easier to correct). Shape-wise only the Heller wing outline is close to real thing with aspect ratio (span to mid-span chord ratio) of 5.97:1 (a bit too slim ) compared to 5.72 in Dragon, 5.56 in CMK and 5.44 in Amodel – the original features 5.88:1. The difference in tailplane chord “by Dragon” and “by CMK” is 15% - funny, isn’t it? Using just the main dimensions (wing span and overall length) all kits are undersized with CMK being the only close (1:72.7), followed by Heller (1:73.2), Amodel (1:73.9) and Dragon (1:74.9). I made several pictures of wings, tailplanes, tailbooms and fuselage nacelles scanned from the real moulds. However it's impossible to compare the fuselage nacelle, as the CMK and Dragon kits feature horizontal split, while in Amodel and Heller there are port and starboard halves. Being unable to measure the real bird fuselage maximum diameter I can only add, that in the kits featured it varies from 16.5 mm in Cyber Hobby through some 18 mm in Heller and CMK to 19.0 mm in Amodel. Though being very difficult to correct it remains an oddity here… Happy modelling!
  4. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd Gulfstream G550 kit - ref.72327 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997175-amodel-new-172nd-1144th-kits-in-2016-update/ V.P.
  5. I just joined this community yesterday, after lurking about for many years. I thought I'd go ahead and try posting some photos of my latest completion. I like odd aircraft, and this one certainly qualifies. The kit had pleasantly good fit, and only a few issues to address. The clear parts were reasonable clear, and distortion-free, but I still did some polishing on them. I'm glad to finally complete a model, and have another unusual subject on the shelf.
  6. AviS is to release a 1/72nd Lee-Richards annular monoplane No.3 kit - ref. BX72036 3D renders V.P.
  7. Here is my recently completed Shavrov SH-2 Amphibian in 1/72 by Amodel. A limited run kit with the usual problems that had to be tamed. The subject was enhanced with the use of the PE set from NH Detail and a replacement engine from Pavla. The are of concern in this case was the central struts that had to be corrected and the manufacture of a small wind pump. Painted using Colourcoats enamel paints and a mixture of kit & DIY decals. Uschi line used for the control lines. As a new thing for me, I thought I'd make a small dio for the subject; a slipway with a bit of 'water', some scenic stuff and a figure/ fuel drum from Zvezda. WiP: Thanks for looking. Stuart
  8. This kit somehow found its way into my car when I was at Modelkraft Model Show at the weekend. I had never heard of this type but looks rather interesting. First some 'fluff'. The Russian Shavrov SH-2 was an amphibian aircraft in a sesquiplane design that was developed in the 1930's for use as a trainer, fishery protection, patrol and an ambulance. The SH-2 was made primarily of wood and was powered by Shvetsov M-11L 5-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, driving a 2-bladed propeller that was capable of producing 100 hp. Being an amphibian, the SH-2 was fitted with wheels that could be lifted by a hand crank that was fitted on the cockpit dashboard. The cockpit had seats for the pilot plus one other and in the ambulance roll, had room for a stretcher patient behind the seats. Over 700 were built when production started in 1934 and proved very popular with pilots, staying in service until 1964. The kit. The boxart, looks rather cute. 1 plastic sprue. Second sprue. Third sprue. Clear bits. Decals. This will be the first time that I have encountered an Amodel kit and I have few illusions of the work that will be needed with a limited-run kit. A quick inspection of the main sprues show the usual flash and the detail is a little lacking. The glazing is a little thick with a number of options available. Decals look good but only time will tell how well they will go. If anybody knows anything about this puppy that could be useful, chip in. Stuart
  9. My take on Amodel's Sud Aviation Caravelle III finished off in the markings of VIASA. I enjoyed the build although the undercarriage was an absolute nightmare to put together. Wings fences were made from thin plastic sheet as this boxing didn't come with photo-etched parts. (Luckily I had Amodel's 10-R version to hand, so their parts were used as templates). Classic Airlines decal sheet (CA144-419) was used and it will come as no surprise that they were beautifully printed and performed flawlessly. (It does give you the option to paint the tail and this is the route I took). Thanks for looking. mike (P.S. Looks like my entry for next year's Latin American competition has been completed )
  10. Amodel 1/72 kit straight from the box Steve
  11. Amodel is to release in 2016 a 1/72nd de Havilland D.H.104 Dove kit - ref.72334 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997175-amodel-new-172nd-1144th-kits-in-2016-update/ V.P.
  12. The Yakovlev Yak-28 (Яковлев Як-28) was produced initially as a tactical bomber, it was also manufactured in reconnaissance, electronic warfare, interceptor and trainer versions, known by the NATO reporting names Brewer, Firebar, and Maestro respectively. Based on the Yak-129 prototype first flown on 5 March 1958, it began to enter service in 1960. Yak-28L (Izdeliye 28L; NATO reporting name: "Brewer-B") was a tactical bomber with ground-controlled targeting system using triangulation from ground-based transmitter sites. A total of 111 were built. The build was a trial all the way. By comparison, Airfix kits are shake'n'bake. A six-footer at best.
  13. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie kit - ref. 72372 Source: https://hobbyterra.com/product/plastic-model-1-72-cobalt-co50-valkyrie-amodel-72372.html Box art V.P.
  14. Amodel is to release in July 2018 a 1/72nd Cessna YH-41 Seneca kit - ref. 72366 Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/cessna-yh41-seneca-expected-july-2018-72366-a-model-amdl72366-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=154921 V.P.
  15. Amodel is to release a 1/144th Grumman UF-1 Albatros kit - ref. 1424 Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/grumman-uf1-albatros-amdl14424-a-model-amdl1424-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=79900 Box art V.P.
  16. Amodel is to release 1/72nd Dassault Falcon 50 kits - ref. 72293 & 72307 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997175-amodel-new-172nd-1144th-kits-in-2016-update/ V.P.
  17. Considering SOVA-M is to release a UAV DA-42 kit (link) we can reasonably expect a 1/72nd Diamond DA-42 Twin Star kit by Amodel - ref. To be followed V.P.
  18. My first build of an AModel kit. One of my favourite types of aircraft, and I was looking forwards to a nice quick build. I could not have been further from the truth! Started this in November, and only now at a point where I'm ready to put decals on her. Anyhow, I would like to share with you all how much trouble this lovable little aircraft has been! I don't know how many of you have had experience of AModel kits before, but I'll say this - don't bother unless you have a lot of patience, filler, sanding strips,films etc, and a desire to create something that no other manufacturers do. The main issue is the fit of quite a number of the major pieces. The tail was warped, and didn't sit flush with the fuselage, even with some careful sanding to re-profile, I was left with a considerable gap to be filled on either side of the vertical fin. The horizontal stabilizer needed quite a bit of reaming out on the inside to enable it to fit onto the top iof the vertical fin. Oh yes - before that though, I had to use that good old hot water method to bend out the offending warp in the fin. Wings: Well, the upper and lower surfaces did fit together quite nicely - just a little filler needed along the gap at rear edge where the flaps would be. It was far to big to be written off s the flap itself! Fitting the assembled wings to the fuselage was, going off a dry fit, need considerable work to be done to the area where they fit atop. Fuselage: There is an interior cargo section as well as the cockpit. both very lightly detailed, which came as no surprise for a kit this size - It's hardly going to be seen. The purpose of the main cargo bay then, seems to be to provide some rigidity and form to the fuselage. Well it would had the bulkheads not been way oversize. Cue lots of gentle sanding until they conformed to the inner diameters. Got that glued into place, then dry fitted the other half of the fuselage to check for fit. Not bad - a little gap, that would need filling, but it would also be hidden by the landing gear belly area which fits to the fuselage underside. The cockpit floor fitted perfectly, but I didn't bother adding the exceedingly basic seats and panel, as they won't be seen once the fuselage is together, and the windshield is in place. I did make sure they were painted in that nice Russian cockpit interior blue/green though!. Back to this landing gear/belly part. Oh Dear. huge gaps on the front and rear edges. Not only that, but it was about half a mm too wide on both sides, which doesn't sound much. but on 1/144 its like a cellar step! - This would need sanding flush, but wouldn't be too bad as not much in the way of panel detail here. The other gaps needed a hefty amount of filler, and some judicious but careful sanding to make them conform to the fuselage. Rear Ramp: Oh god no..... Well, I decided to do this as a nice clean version, with the ramp up as if it's ready to taxi out. The rear ramp and rear under tail area is in two pieces. the ramp itself, and the fuselage piece. Rear fuselage part was, like the belly, too wide, and would need sanding flush, as well as some filler being used. The ramp was a good 1mm too long at the front and back, and was also the completely wrong shape to fit to the fixing area of the fuselage, which necessitated a fair bit of shaving, filing, and sanding. Once in place, there were a coupe of very small but unavoidable gaps that would need a bit of filler. Wing attachment: The wings should sit into a recess on top of the completed fuselage, that is way too small for the chord of the wings. Once again I had to do some careful shaving and sanding at both front and rear edges to allow the wings to fit. This still left a gap, but was easily filled. To the wings then needed to go the engine nacelles. These looked to dry fit well together, but once the fan assemblies were made up and sat in place, it became clear that the fan diameter is way too big for the nacelle interior. Cue files and sanding stuff again! One part had to be removed altogether, as it seemed to serve no purpose other than to hinder the assembly. I ended up with as good a fit as I dared to sand down any further with, so once again out came the filler! No, its all together! She's been primed, and had her paint put on. Gloss coat is on too, and I'm leaving her overnight now and will deal with the decals over the weekend! Now, I do have a load of photos I have taken of this build - can anyone tell me how I can show these to y'all?!!
  19. A-Model catalogue 2013-2014 is available online here: http://scalemodels.ru/news/5859-katalog-a-model-2013-2014.html Front page http://scalemodels.ru/modules/news/img_5859_1360006547_02.jpg.html NEW 1/48th - ref.4806 - Yak-52 - ref.4807 - Yak-18T "Max" - ref.4808 - Yak-53 And many more in the other scales... V.P.
  20. Amodel is to release 1/72nd Kamov A-7 BIS and A-7-3A Soviet autogyro kits - ref.72257 & 72289 Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/a-7bis-soviet-autogyro-amodel-72257.html Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/a-7-3a-soviet-autogiro-amodel-72289.html V.P.
  21. Hi All. Here is my freshly completed AModel Caravelle in SATA. Decals by 26Decals (of course) and all paints from rattle cans.
  22. Amodel kit of the CMC Leopard with homemade vacform canopy as the kit one had a flaw in it that I couldn't remove and homemade decals as the kit ones are for a scheme the aircraft never flew in. Nice kit but very fiddly due to the small size. Thanks for looking. Steve
  23. Here's my Amodel 1:144 Canberra T.17 which I built in 2010. It represents WF916/EL of 360 Squadron, RAF, based at RAF Cottesmore and RAF Wyton (from August 1975 onwards), UK, 1970s. Not an easy kit but the only one of this variant in this scale. I built it OOB adding several missing aerials. The kit was painted by brush with only the varnish being airbrushed. Thanks for looking Miguel
  24. After the Jetstream 31 & 32 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234972846-172-bae-jetstream-31-32-by-amodel-released/?hl=jetstream) Amodel is to release another serie of 1/72nd Jetstream kits. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997175-amodel-new-172nd-1144th-kits-in-2016-update/ - ref.72331 - BAe Jetstream T.1 - ref.72332 - BAe Jetstream T.2 - ref.72333 - BAe Jetstream T.3 - ref.72335 - BAe Jetstream 200 V.P.
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