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Allied Road Signs WWII (35608) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd During WWII the Allied forces often re-signposted their conquests so that their non-French or German speaking troops would be better able to find their way in the unfamiliar places they were liberating. This set is full of signs of this nature, and includes military signs to guide their troops to rally points, service areas and so forth as they didn't have the luxury of GPS and satnav back then, which is probably why we have it now. The Kit These signs relate to the European Theatre of Operations, and arrives in a figure-sized box with a painted example of what’s in the box on the front, plus a diagram on the back to help you with construction. There are three sprues of styrene parts, plus a large decal sheet with the sign fronts to complete the set. One sprue seems to be made up of wooden box sides, but these are actually repurposed into signs and are used throughout the set along with the custom arrows and the posts that they are applied to. In addition, a sprue of parts for a telegraph pole is included, but this is repurposed into more sign posts to suspend those signs you’ve got. There are 30 signs on the decal sheet for you to use as you see if, using the guide on the box or going off piste as you wish. There’s a bit of flash on some of the telegraph parts, but those are parts that get left on the sprue, so it’s not an issue. The decals are printed by DecoGraph, and have good registration, clarity and sharpness, with a thin carrier film fitted closely around the printed areas. Conclusion Great diorama fodder, as the devil’s in the details. The printed decal signs are so much better than most of us could do with a paint brush, and will add a little extra realism and a little humour to any diorama or vignette. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
Dear fellow Britmodellers, the past year has been very productive in terms of completed models. (This indicates I should probably go out more and socialize, but I prefer the solitude of my workbench over a night in a noisy club or bar. Seems to be a matter of age, as I turned 50 in May.) Here's my round-up of 2019, all models photographed by Wolfgang Rabel. 1/72 Tamiya Focke Wulf Fw-190D 1/72 KORA Focke Wulf Fw-190 F9 "Panzerblitz" (Eduard sprues) 1/72 Airfix Wellington Ic 1/72 Tamiya Mosquito FB Mk.VI 1/72 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt 1/72 Dragon Panzer IV Ausf.H 1/72 Dragon Sherman Firefly IC 1/72 Dragon Sherman M4A3 1/72 Dragon Sherman M4A1 1/72 UM M12 155mm GMC "King Kong" 1/72 Hasegawa Junkers Ju-188E 2019 was a particulary good year for modelers with an interest in Soviet WW2 aviation. Both Arma Hobby and Brengun released a new Yak-1B, while Kovozavody Prostejov re-did Smer's Ilyushin Il-2 with new parts, and Zvezda added the Petlyakov Pe-2 to their catalogue. This is Arma Hobby's 1/72 Yak-1B. 1/72 Brengun Yak-1B 1/72 Kovozavody Prostejov Ilyushin Il-2 1/72 Zvezda Petlyakov Pe-2 Not actually a Soviet aircraft, but it carries Red Stars! 1/72 Special Hobby P-40K 1/72 SBS Fiat G.50 'Croatian Air Force' (my first full resin kit) 1/72 Henschel Hs-129 B3 (comissioned build without swastikas on customer's request) 1/72 Dragon T-34/85 1/72 ACE HP8 Tourer Car 1/72 Airfix GMC 353 Truck 1/72 Armory M45 "Meat Chopper" AA gun AZ Model expanded their Bf-109 series to the Erla production version, which has never been available as an injection-molded kit in 72 scale before. I completed three of them. 1/72 Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB 1/72 AZ Model P-51C Mustang w/dorsal fin 1/72 IBG Crusader Mk.III AA Tank 1/72 OKB Grigorov M24 Chaffee 1/72 Zebrano Humber Mk.IV (resin kit) 1/72 Zvezda ISU-152 1/72 Hasegawa SdKfz 251/1 Ausf.D I would like to thank the BM members for their nice and constructive comments I've received. Special thanks to @Redboost , @PlaStix , @mathyand @Fuad for constant inspiration. I really admire your works of art. Special greetings to @Dieter, @Luis Alfonso, @VG 33 and @Sky Keg - thanks for your friendship. I wish you all the best for 2020! Greetings from Vienna, Austria Roman Schilhart
Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's what I completed this year, all 72 scale, all photographed by Wolfgang Rabel. AZ Model Mustang III Revell Avro Lancaster B.III UM M7 Priest (British Army) Fujimi Opel Ambulance Academy Hawker Tempest AZ Model (ex Heller) Potez 540 Transport Kora (Eduard sprues) Fw-190 F9 RS Models F5A Lightning Tamiya P-51D Mustang Dragon Churchill IV AVRE Airfix Mitchell II Tamiya Ilyushin Il-2M AZ Model Bf-109 G6 (ANR) Eduard Spitfire IXe (French Air Force) AZ Model Bf-109 K4 Zvezda Yakolev Yak-3 Sword Fiat G.55 Revell SdKfz 7/1 Italeri Macchi 205 Fine Molds Me-410 (commissioned build) Hasegawa Fw-190D w/Ta-152 tail Thank you very much for your interest!
Hello, here's my rendition of Kovozávody Prostejov's Piper L-4, dressed as General Patton's personal aircraft in France, 1944. Having recently built their new Mustang and Lavochkin La-5, I was suprised by the rough nature of this kit. It's a typical short-run affair with heavy sprue gates that extend onto the kit's parts, some oversized parts and poor fit, especially around the glasshouse and nose section. The wheels are a joke. They should be round - well, you know what wheels should look like. The items in the KoPro kit suffer from offset moulding and look horrible. Because of their relatively small size no replacements were found in my wheel spares, so I took the task of sanding them to shape as good as I could. The decals aren't the best either, they are relatively thick and have a strong carrier film that remained visible even after I've coated with Alclad Gloss. Plus, the Blue of the US Stars is too bright. Because of the small size on the fuselage, no replacements could be sourced from the decal spares box. To bring this kit up to modern standards you will need to invest a lot of time, effort and patience. I added the boarding steps from scratch. The model was painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. I'm not very happy how this little model turned out, but on the other hand I'm grateful to KoPro for releasing a kit of this important military and civilian airplane. With best wishes from Vienna, have a good day! All pictures taken by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes.
Hello and thanks for your interest, here's another Lavochkin La-5FN from Kovozavody Prostejov. "Yellow 8" was flown by pilot P. Rakov in summer 1944 (according to kit instructions). I used photoetch parts (for dashboard, seatbelts and landing gear covers) from an old Extratech set. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel.