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  1. Hobby Boss is to release in 2018-2019 two 1/32nd B-24 kits - ref. 83211 - Consolidated B-24J Liberator - ref. 83212 - Consolidated B-24D Liberator Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/ms.c.eJxFkdGRRTEIQjvaUVGj~;Te2czHmfTJROJhWQVhLnOo~_8tefdtVWg5Zdbfm9F3w0kOaR0Xr1Eeo4d16KWnu0VY~;~;zjfol3cewjzrmwcbHpfV~;vmlYPMP5yN3nzxp6w8M3~;I6~_Vt9~_3Bf8~_5bkz~_xPDH5uvk6~;rr~_ciZv74Wk3~_vv8b37735GHom9j7P~;4y~;6xet7gv20lof3anl8xXdcPyTvW~_8~;qumHWp7J0~;wHK7NkWQ~-~-.bps.a.910352652456662.1073742118.103526326472636/910353465789914/?type=3&theater V.P.
  2. As the title says, is the noseweight provided on the Hobby Boss 1:48 Me 262A-1a heavy enough to avoid the aircraft from tailsitting? The weight doesn't feel too heavy. I was thinking on adding another 30 grams or so in the space between the cannon and cockpit's bulkheads. Adding the armament might also help. I could also delete the roof of the nose gear (where the cannons are glued), add the nose bulkheads, and then add another weight in there as a roof. Any help is welcome. Funnily enough, I wasn't able to find any build reviews for this kit
  3. I decided to post this here and not on my local Facebook modeler´s group because you lot seem more, polite and civilised. The Strike Witches anime is based on an alternate reality, where the Earth has been invaded by an alien race known as Neuroi in 1939, and the only ones who can fight them effectively are young girls with magical powers called witches, who use machines called Striker Units to fly and fight the Neuroi in the sky. The girls and their Striker Units are based on famous WW2 aces and aircraft. One of the characters of this anime is Gertrud Barkhorn from Karlsland, who uses an Fw 190D-9 as her Striker Unit. I got the inspiration to build this model after seeing Hasegawa´s release: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10531089. Since I knew I wouldn´t be able to get it, I got into the task of getting aftermarket decals and spares to make this version. And yes, I have the Dragon 190D-9 with decals for Gerhard Barkhorn´s aircraft, but the model is covered with imperfections, so I´ll use the decals of that kit on the Hobby Boss one. I used Revell Aqua colours, Skymodel decals for Gerhard Barkhorn´s markings, and Eduard´s Iron Crosses from a Bf 109F-2. Stay tuned, because there´ll be an Me 262 painted in bright red from the same show in the future.
  4. HobbyBoss is to release in late February 2019 a 1/72nd Douglas A-4E Skyhawk kit - ref. 87254 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=129&l=en It'll be the first of a 1/72nd Skyhawk family. - ref. 87254 - Douglas A-4E Skyhawk - ref. 87255 - Douglas A-4F Skyhawk - ref. 87256 - Douglas A-4M Skyhawk V.P.
  5. HobbyBoss is to release in late August 2017 a 1/18th Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-5 kit - ref. 81802 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=92 Box art V.P.
  6. Hobby Boss is to release in 2019-2020 a new tool 1/48th Boeing Bell MV-22 Osprey kit - ref. 81769 Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/pcb.1159171700908088/1159171487574776/?type=3&theater V.P.
  7. The Hobby Boss catalog is usually unveiled in early December. 2017-2018 - link 2018-2019 - link I'm really curious to discover the 2019-2020 catalog a/c novelties. To be followed V.P.
  8. Besides the Roden Bird Dog, my dad decided to build the Model USA kit from our stash too. Let´s see which of the two models makes it first to finish, or not at all DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  9. Jb65rams

    A Clowder of Wildcats

    I have always had a spot spot for the Wildcat, but to date have never built one. The Wildcat always struck me a rugged, purposeful little fella. I hope to put this right with this group build. My proposed builds are 1/48 Hobby Boss F4F-3, with yellow wings. 1/48 Hobby Boss F4F-3S, the Wildcatfish 1/48 Tamiya F4F-4, with Wolfpack Designs folded wings. If it ok with the host, I would like to document the builds in a single WiP, as I plan (ambitiously) to build them simultaneously.
  10. Mikemx

    Postage for Christmas!

    Important notice! Tomorrow is Royal Mail's lasting posting day before Christmas for items going to Ireland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg and to anywhere in the UK by 2nd class/RM48! We can't offer any guarantees about how long anything will take to go through the postal system at this time of year but we will continue to despatch orders as fast as we can, on working days. If any UK customers want something before Christmas, please choose express postage (1st class/RM24) but that isn't a guaranteed service and might not get there in time. If you're really desperate for something, use Special Delivery. Royal Mail should still be delivering on Christmas Eve. Further to the above, the only service that guarantees delivery in time for Christmas is now Special Delivery (UK only). Any other postal service now used, will most likely arrive inbetween Christmas and New Year and quite possibly in some cases, in January. There's nothing we or any other seller can do about that. thanks Mike
  11. HobbyBoss is to release in late June 2017 a 1/72nd Douglas C-47 Skytrain kit - ref. 87264 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=88 V.P.
  12. I started this one as a part of the Me.262 STGB and failed miserably to complete it in time, so I guess I'm just crap at deadlines The 262 is the 1:48 Hobby Boss kit with some HGW seatbelts, and a few odds and sods scratch built on the way, such as some additional detail in the bombardier's compartment, the nose whiskers and other bits I've forgotten about. The truck is a Tamiya 3-ton Opel Blitz, with the SBS Models T-Stoff wagen conversion set that's actually intended for the old Italeri kit, but fits just fine on the Tamiya chassis, which is on the whole a better combination for detail. it was a shame to lock away all the T-Stoff handling equipment behind the doors, but I was kind-of trying to loosely replicate the picture below, so it had to be ready to tow with everything squared away. I took a while to paint the driver, but the poor devil can barely seen, so that was a waste of time! The towing hitch was scratched using some pics online as a guide, just from some styrene rod I had in stock. With the deadline long past, I've been working on this sporadically when time and health permits, and finally got the paint on in the not-too-distant past. It's all been downhill from there! Pics below: I just love the shape of the 262, and it really is a sharky-looking aircraft. For those with a bit more time or tolerance for photos, here are a few detail pics that show up the flaws! That's all from me on this one, and all that remains to do is put the missing pieces on and somehow find some space to display it in the cabinet. I think some of my older creations are going to have to go into storage now, sadly. If you want to review the process from start to eventual finish, you can find the WIP here. Thanks for watching, and remember to tip your server
  13. #33/2018 My dad´s first 1/48 armour contribution to our homeland collection. Hobby Boss kit oob, roundel decals from IPMS Austria, base colour is Revell 46 Nato-oliv for RAL7013, shaded with a selfmixed acrylic paint. Due to the lack of suiting number and tactical sign decals, the tank is displayed in a very early form with only Austrian roundels applied. When the Allied occupation of Austria ended in 1955, the Russians "donated" 27 T-34/85 for the revived Austrian Bundesheer. The tanks saw WW2 combat action and were stored from 45 to 55. Together with a bunch of US donated M24 they were the backbone of the early Austrian tankforce. In the late 50ies early 60ies they were replaced with M41, 47 and 60. A few were dug in and used as fixed positions/pill boxes until the year 2000. A few survivors still exist in some army bases and in our military museum for display. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235046526-2nd-republic148-t-3485-austrian-army/ DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  14. First 1/48 armour contribution to our homeland collection. My dad uses the Hobby Boss kit, which comes with full interior. Gonna ignore that, won´t display it open. Will do an early version with numbers and unit insignias not yet applied. 1956_Sicherung by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr T34BH-7-04 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  15. Well, what seemed like a long time in the future is now next week, and I'm scratching my head wondering where I'm going to find the time to build this, but also really looking forward to it. Why? Because I have a soft spot for the 262, and have almost all the 1:48 Hobby Boss kits, and a couple more besides in a larger scale that we won't mention. I've been waiting for the glass-nosed one to come out for ages now, as I once saw one with a conversion in 1:32 (damn!), and that's where this all started. I have the kit, purchased with my own hands, with a set of Eduard wheels, and I'm hoping to get a set of those amazingly realistic HGW seatbelts to add a bit of sparkle to the cockpit, as there doesn't seem to be a specific Eduard PE set for it, and I can't be bothered hunting through the rest of my kits to see if I have any PE hidden there. So - apart from wheels and belts, this is going to be as close to OOB as I get these days, and rather than post up a blank place-holder thread I've taken a snap of the box contents that proves I haven't started it Actually, I have removed one part from the sprue, so I could check the fit of the bulkhead with the metal forward bay. It was not good, because the white metal was a little bit warped, so out came the pliers That's it til Monday, honest!
  16. PLA ZTL-11 Tank Destroyer (84505) 1:35 Hobby Boss via Creative Models The ZTL-11 is a variant of the ZTL-08 developed for the Chinese Military by Norinco (China Ordnance Industries Group Corp Limited). This like many similar vehicles today is a modular designed eight wheeled amphibious light armoured vehicle. Versions include the 08 Infantry Fighting Vehicle, 08 APC, and 08 Recon Vehicle/ There is an 05 Mortar Carrier, an 09 SPG, and the 11 with a 105mm rifled gun. Some class this as an assault gun and others as a Tank Destroyer. The Kit First impressions are excellent. This is a new kit from Hobby Boss. As well as the large hull moulds & turret there are 16 sprues of plastic, a small sheet of PE, some cable and 8 rubber tyres. All parts are well moulded with no visible defects or issues. Construction starts by adding the various suspension components onto the lower hull. Once these are on the wheel hubs can be added to the tyres and they are added on. For the rear of the lower hull two water propulsion units are made up and added. The rear hull plate can then be made up and added. Construction then moves to the upper hull. The hatches and PE grill are added. To the left side is added the NBC/Air con pack and the rear exhaust, PE grills then go over both of these. Additional top armour is then added along with various grab handles and other parts including the head lights and their protective grills. The upper hull can then be joined to the lower hull. Thngs then move onto the turret. The base is added to the main turret part, the gun mantle is added at the front (from the inside) along with the main gun. The gunsight is added along with the smoke grenade launchers. The hatches are made up and added along with antenna mounts and various handles and other parts. The AA machine gun mount is also made up and added at this point. To the rear of the turret the stowage basket is added. The turret can then be attached to the main body. Markings A small sheet (not shown) of markings consists of mainly tactical number and a couple of red stars. There are 2 marking options of normal PLA camo and new Digital version for those feeling adventurous. Conclusion This looks to be a good kit of a modern Chinese wheeled AFV. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. German Panzerlok BR57 Armoured Locomotive 1:72 Hobby Boss via Creative Models Ltd. During the 20s and 30s, the German National Railway dropped their previously dismissive doctrine regarding the use of armoured trains and realised that the armoured train was an effective way of pushing the railway further toward the front line, with sufficient protection for the locomotive to counter all but large calibre, high velocity rounds. A standard 1910 Prussian series G10 locomotive (0-10-0) with was fitted with armoured plates of thickness to render them almost invulnerable to small arms fire and air attack, permitting the loco to carry on unmolested unless the track was damaged. This type of loco became the standard in track clearing duties, and often pulled/pushed armoured and armed wagons mounting surplus gun turrets, seeking out ambushes in advance of important consignments that would follow. The BR57 often pulled two tenders and both pulled and pushed a couple of such wagons from the centre of the train. The Kit Although Hobby Boss don't immediately strike you as a producer of railway kits, they and their associate company Trumpeter do have a long-running and infrequent habit of producing (mainly military) engines, rail guns and wagons to go with such things. I have a couple of these in my collection, such as the Trumpy Leopold, the BR52 loco and a Panzerjägerwagen, as well as a diesel shunter the name of which I can't quite remember as I write this. This armoured loco is a new tool, and arrives in a standard HB box with a small card divider within, protecting the bodywork and under frame from damage, with the rest of the sprues individually wrapped, and in places protected by additional foam sheet. Take heed regarding the wrapping around the chassis ends though, as it is quite tightly wound, and could damage the delicate details underneath if removed roughly. Inside the box are seven sprues and two separate parts in sand coloured styrene, a glossy A4 painting sheet, instruction booklet and no decals, which I'm a little surprised about, as military vehicles of all types usually have at least a few stencils. Moving on… The detail of the slide-moulded upper shell parts is excellent, with bulky rivets and panels on the surface. The purists will want to replace the grab rails on the loco sides with wire ones for ultimate fidelity, but care will need to be taken here not to damage the surrounding detail. The overall part count is fairly low due to the fact that much of the structure is covered by armour, but what is there is finely moulded to a high standard. Construction begins with the lower chassis, which is a long narrow ladder into which the bearings, leaf-suspension and brake blocks are added on the inside face, with the wheels on the outer face. The wheels and their connecting rods are applied to the outer face, with a good level of moulded-in detail on the single part, given the limitations of plastic moulding. More parts including the pistons at the front of the wheel runs and the connecting rods are added before the running gear is mated with the lower floor of the loco. The boiler front and tread-plates are fitted to the front of this over the pistons, and plates are added to the front and rear. The armoured body is pretty much a single part, and is moulded with three tabs on the lower edge of each side, which must be removed before it is installed over the floor. Mirrors, couplings, a short funnel, and cheek plates to the pistons are then installed to finish off the loco. The tender has a wider, shorter chassis with three pairs of wheels added inside the frame, and suspension detail moulded to the outer surface of the frame. This and the loco coupling are fitted to the underside of floor, with the armoured shell fitting over the top with steps, grips, buffers and couplings fitted to the exterior. A small valance is fixed to the shroud around the accessway, and a plate is glued to the rear underside of the loco to fix the link between the halves in place, completing the build. Happily, Hobby Boss have included a stand, which consists of four track bed lengths with end-caps that result in a 60cm base that is covered in faux ballast, which if I'm being critical is a little bit too regular. The sleepers/ties are moulded into the ballast, and you slide eight lengths of rail into the cleats, linking them together with bolted plates as per the real thing (before welded rails became a thing of course). This gives the (roughly) 25cm loco and tender plenty of space to float around, and an additional truck or two could be added for a mini-diorama. Markings There are no decals in the box, and only one colour scheme included on the sheet, which is a base of Dark Yellow, over which is applied Red brown and Field Green stripes in a similar fashion seen on Panzers of the time. Given how filthy railway gear got due to the soot and grease, there is then plenty of scope for the modeller to express themselves with weathering. Conclusion A nicely moulded kit that would have benefitted from the inclusion of the footplate and controls, so that the sliding panels over the windows could have been left open. The boiler front is also locked away behind a non-opening armoured door, which again would have been useful to be able to leave ajar for a more candid look to the finished model. That aside, it's an appealing addition to a collection of military railway hardware, which I seem to have been indulging in without even thinking about. Maybe that's where my son gets it from afterall? Review sample courtesy of
  18. German Sd.Kfz.171 Panther Ausf A w/Zimmerit (84506) 1:35 Hobby Boss via Creative Models The Panther was Germany's answer to the surprise appearance of the Russian T-34 after they finally reacted to the invasion that was Operation Barbarosa. Although the project had been in gestation some time before, they took some design cues from the T-34 in the shape of the sloped armour, resulting in the Panther that was intended to fill the gap between the Panzer.IV and the (then) new Panzer VI Tiger. It was eventually supposed to replace both the Pz.IV and the earlier Pz.III that was really showing its age, but in reality it often fought alongside the Panzer IV. It was planned as a lighter, more manoeuvrable tank than the Tiger, and was fitted with a high velocity gun from the outset, which gave it enormous penetrating power that was only equalled by the British 17-pounder fitted to the Sherman to make the Firefly. The sloped frontal armour gave it an increased effective armour thickness, but this was not so true of the side armour, which was comparatively weak, and this area became the preferred target of engaging allied tanks, especially in urban combat where this was a telling issue. Like most German WWII tanks it was complex to produce, so suffered in terms of volume produced, and this led to it being rushed into service with quite a tick-list of things still to sort out. Later production solved most of these initial gremlins, but loses in the interim were high with many being abandoned after failing during combat. Curiously, the Ausf.D was the first to enter production, with the Ausf.A following later in 1943, replacing attrition of the less reliable Ausf.Ds until they themselves were superseded by the Ausf.G, which became the final major variant with increased ammo storage, simplified design to ease production, and further improvements to reliability, although this was never fully cured with a high rate of attrition due to mechanical issues, some of which resulted in catastrophic fires. The Kit First impressions are excellent. This is a change to Hobby Boss's 2012 German Panther Ausf. D Flak Bergepanther with the same chassis & a new Tank Turret. There are also some other changes. The schurzen (or side plates) were PE brass in the Flak, but are now provided as laser cut plasticard. One reason for this could be that all the zimmerit for this kit is sheets of cut plasticard. Different companies seem to be trying different ways of representing zimmerit, but this is the first time we have seen it as these thin sheets of plasticard. In the box there is an upper & lower hull, turret, 11 further sprues of dark yellow plastic, a sheet of PE, 19 track sprues, and the 4 sheets of card previously mention. The plastic is of good quality with no issues visible. Before construction starts the modeller will need to decide if they are adding the zimmerit or not. If so then the coating needs to be added to the hull sides before proceeding with the suspension components. The straight parts are added to an internal rail which is inserted into the lower hull from the inside. Inside the torsion bar parts are added. The actual axle parts with the arm for the wheels are attached to the longer bars and added from the outside. Gearbox covers are added along with additional suspension components. The road wheels, driver sprockets, and return rollers are made up added at this time. The tracks are now made up these are individual links with two guide horns to apply to each of the separate 178 links! There is though no jig in the kit to get the lie of the tracks right so they will have to be done on the wheels. As a quick guide to see how they fit some were cut of a sprue with clippers and they fit without additional clean up. Once the tracks are on the covers over the tracks can be added in place, this now completes the lower hull. Construction then moves to the upper hull, a few small fittings need to be removed before the zimmerit is added if you are using it. The rear part of the hull is made up with the exhausts and tanks being added. Inside the top of the hull viewing periscopes are added along with the front hatches. The rear engine deck and fans are added along with photo etched grills. Tools and the gun cleaning equipment tube are added. The upper hull can then be added to the tank. The side skirts can then be added, as previously mentioned these are made from laser cut plasticard and need to be cut out. The turret is now made up. The gun mantlet is made and added to the front. The hatches and their machine guns were used are added and the rear turret wall added. The two part muzzle is made up and added to the gun, this in turn is added to the turret. Zimmerit The zimmerit for this kit is on three sheets of textured laser cut plasticard. It is thin and should adhere well with liberal amounts of glue. How this does work is yet to be seen, and there are bound to be parts this does not work well with, and joins were the modeller will have to apply there own. However this plastic form should be easier to work with than photo etch. Markings A small sheet of generic numbers and hull crosses is included, however the instructions make no reference to any markings at all? Conclusion This looks to be a nice kit of the Panther and less complicated than some of the other "full interior" kits on the market if the modeller does not want a full interior. The use of plasticard for the side skirts and zimmerit coating is new. Highly recommended. Metal Barrel If you want to take the kit up a notch then Hobby Boss now also offer a replacement metal barrel for the kit Review sample courtesy of
  19. Hello everyone. This is my recently finished MiG-31 Foxhound, 1/48 scale from Hobby Boss. Didn't encounter major problems throughout the build. Hope you like it.
  20. modelling minion

    A-6E from A-6E TRAM kit (Hobby Boss)

    Hi all, I was wondering if any of you know if it is possible to build an earlier A-6E from the Hobby Boss A-6E TRAM kit? I've read that the A-6E kit has the bits you need to build the TRAM version but wondered if it worked the other way around as I can get hold of a TRAM kit but want to build a straight forward E as I've got some nice decals from Furball that I would like to use, ideally I would like to do an A but believe there are not the bits in any of the E kits (other than the A/E one obviously) to do this. Many thanks in advance. Craig.
  21. US M911 C-HET With M747 Heavy Equipment Semi-Trailer (85519) 1:35 Hobby Boss via Creative Models Any army requires transporters for their heavy equipment, and in the US this is abbreviated to HET, which stands for Heavy Equipment Transport, so you hear the use of the phrase applied to a number of heavy-haulers. Tank transport is particularly heavy, with your average M1 Abrams weighing in around 60 tons. The M911 tractor unit was a product of the 70s and was initially paired with a trailer that had previously been used with the M746 that the M911 replaced. During the Gulf War the M911 saw extensive use pulling Abrams tanks from battle to battle, which exposed weaknesses in the tractor's mechanicals that led to its replacement by the M1070, from the same Oshkosh stable. The easiest way of telling them apart is the more streamlined grille of the M1070, versus the square shape of the M911. The Kit This is a completely new tooling from Hobby Boss, and arrives shortly after Meng have done the very same combo. It arrives in a large sturdy cardboard box, and once you open it up, you're greeted by a pretty comprehensive package: Their are 10 spures of caramac plastic, 1 clear spure, 3 cab parts, 1 large trailer bed part, 13 large tyres, 17 small tyres, 3 sheets of PE, chain, rope and cable as well as decals & masks for the cab windows. Construction starts with the cab chassis. Various arts are built up at first including the transmission, air reservoir, cross beams, and differentials. These parts can then be fitted into the chassis rails . Onto these are then added the parts for the suspension units. Once made up these and their power shafts are added to the chassis. The fuel tanks and side lockers are then built up and added. The wheels can then be built up and added. At the front the radiator units is added. Construction then moves onto the cab. Seats are made up and added to the cab floor. The dash is made up along with the steering column and this is added to the main cab unit. The floor is then added to the cab. The doors and various parts such as the mirrors, wipers, lights etc are added. The bonnet is then added and the cab can be added to the chassis. The bumper and grill can then be added at the front. Tot the side the air cleaner is added. To the rear of the cab the large winch and motor are made up and added, along with the spare wheel carrier and 5th wheel plate. PE mud flaps are added to the back. The exhaust and its PE shroud are fitted. Construction then moves onto the trailer. The lower fame work is made up from two side parts and the many cross members, plus rear support frame. The lower frame can then be added into the single part top frame. The air reservoirs are built up and added in. Side reinforcement plates are then added in in the underside. Also on the underside a mass of small parts are then added. The trailer axles are made up and added. These are followed by the wheels. The landing legs are made up and added to the front of the trailer. On the bed of the trailer the central bed plates are added along the rear loading ramps. The chain is to hold these ramps up. The trailer can then be added to the truck. Markings Despite this being a big model, it has a smallish decal sheet. markings are provided for 4 units; 257th Transportation Company (Dessert Yellow overall) 1st Armoured Division, 708th Support Battalion (Camo unit, Overall green trailer) 1st Armoured Division, 708th Support Battalion (Overall green truck & trailer) 2123rd Transportation Company (overall camo truck & trailer) Conclusion It's not a pocket-money kit by any stretch of the imagination, but the effort, attention to detail and care that has gone into the design makes it a worthy addition to your stash. Once built up it will make an impressive model. Online this Kit is fully 2/3 the price of the Meng Version. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Hobby Boss is to re-release in late September 2018 its Hornet kit as 1/48th McDD F/A-18C Hornet RAAF kit - ref. 85809 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=119&l=en V.P.
  23. Russian 9K79 Tochka (SS-21 Scarab) IRBM (85509) 1:35 Hobby Boss via Creative Models Mobile launch systems are a method for deploying missiles in such a way that makes tracking them down by the enemy more difficult, ensuring that launches take place before they are destroyed due to their location being known in advance. The Soviet Union had a number of such types in their inventory, which were able to move, set up and fire in short order, then escape retaliation by packing up and moving again, at least in theory. This system is known in the West as the SS-21 Scarab, with the suffix A, B or C used for improved variants over time that could reach further into enemy territory. The missile is capable of carrying high explosive, nuclear, biological or fragmentation warheads and is more accurate than its larger predecessors, with better inertial guidance, and solid propellant that makes it easier to handle and launch than equivalent liquid options. The carrier and launch vehicle is a BAZ 5921 built by KB Mashinostroyeniya with the designation 9K79, and it carries the missile in a recess that runs down the length of the chassis that has a protective warhead "cup" at the front behind the crew cab. When setting up, the missile is raised pivoting at the rear on a short platform, with corner steadies deploying from the underside to reduce instability. The chassis has 6 wheels on three axles and is fully amphibious, with water jet propulsion at the rear, and a set of long lift-and-slide doors that cover the missile when on the move. The system has been in use since the mid-70s, and still serves with the Russian military in an upgraded capacity today, as well as former Soviet states and sympathetic countries. It has seen use most recently in the ongoing Syrian conflict, causing concern and an aborted reaction by neighbouring Israel. The Kit This is a new tool from Hobby Boss, and pretty much the first injection moulded kit of the type that I could find online. It arrives in a fairly large box, which is divided internally to hold the hull parts and missile safely, with ten sprues in sand yellow styrene, plus the five larger parts that have already been removed from sprues before packing. There is a clear sprue, a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) parts, six black rubberised tyres, two decal sheets, a sheet of die-cut masks, and a short length of braided thick brass wire. It's a full interior kit, so the instruction booklet is a fairly long affair, and the painting guide includes photos of the interior built up and painted. The level of detail is excellent throughout and the exterior surface is very crisp, fitting snugly to the underside part with no adjustment. The instructions begin with the drive and steering units, of which there are six, built up in pairs due to their location on the hull. The tyres are slipped over the two-part hubs, and glued to the axles, while various small parts are fitted around the underside before it is flipped over to accept the main chassis rail. This large part sits in the space between the wheel arches down the full length of the hull, and has additional drive parts added to the inner rail, cross-members fitted between the halves, and a small deck at the rear of the frame. When it is placed in the hull, transfer boxes a fitted inside, and the basic cradle parts for the front of the missile are put in place, including the rear pivot-points. The big 300bhp engine is incorrectly mislabelled when it is built up as E-E, and later as G-G when it is installed in the chassis, so it may be worthwhile altering the instructions to remind yourself. It sits low behind the crew cab, and as joined by a number of other assemblies, such as the receivers for the rams that power the steadies, which can be fitted deployed or stowed as you see fit. The ancillary power unit is also built up from a substantial number of parts, along with the cab bulkhead with radio gear, the water jet system in the rear, the launch rail for the missile, various equipment, plus a protective shroud for the main power plant. A whole host of other equipment is made up and installed in a flurry over the next few pages of instructions, with controls for the missiles, stowage, equipment boxes and all manner of other tanks, receptacles, and of course the crew compartment, which has seats, instrument consoles and pedals fitted, plus the remainder of the parts, and even more equipment being fitted to the inside of the hull top. The missiles can be built up either ready to launch or stowed for transport, with two included so you can take your pick. The fins fold closed, and the steering baffles can be fitted to the exhaust ring open or folded up parallel to the rocket body, and it latches to the launch rail by four small tangs that fit into corresponding recesses on the sides of the missile body. The folding nose-cone shroud is attached to the chassis and can be left open or closed as is appropriate to your build option. Although it looks like you can build two missiles, they are slightly different from each other, and there are only one set of fins and baffles supplied. Turning to the upper hull, this is detailed with the aforementioned internal parts, plus the door mechanism for the missile trough, the doors themselves with separate hinges, external vents that are fitted from the inside, the top crew hatch, and of course the windscreen parts, which are actually fitted from the outside (don't forget to mask them!). Externally there are a set of pioneer tools, some PE mesh vents, side windows, hooks, light clusters, wing mirrors… the list goes on! The final act brings the two halves together, which would probably be best done before you add all the greeblies for fear of knocking them off during handling. The back page of the instructions show the two display options, either all locked away for transport, or in a deployed mode with doors open, steadies down and the missile at a jaunty angle. Markings Someone at Hobby Boss quite likes this subject, as they have included six decal options for the kit, and most of them are quite attractive camo options in varying colours, and only one boring Russian Green version for the camo-phobic. The missile is always a medium green however, but some options sport a bright red tip, and others have decal stripes added to the sides. As usual with Hobby Boss however, you don't get any additional information of where and when these schemes were used, so you'll have to make an educated guess based on the decals, or surf the net to pick up some comparables. Decals are printed in-house and have good enough registration, clarity and sharpness for the job, and the smaller sheet includes lots of decals for the interior equipment, with dials and so forth for instrument panels. Conclusion Nicely detailed and quite petite for a mobile missile system, this should look cool in your cabinet if you choose one of the camo options, needing only a little extra headroom if you decide to portray it in the launch position. Review sample courtesy of
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  25. Delta Force FAV (82406) 1:35 Hobby Boss via Creative Models Designed by Chenowth Racing Products in the 1980s, using some VW Beetle parts that shows more than a hint of its Dune Buggy heritage, over 100 Fast Attack Vehicles (FAVs) were procured and used to give troops the speed to race to an engagement over all manner of terrain, strike fast and get out just as quickly. When the HUMVEE came into service it replaced the FAV, but didn't offer the flexibility and speed of the FAV, which were given to Special Forces until it was replaced by the newer Light Strike Vehicle, which can carry two passengers in addition to the two crew that an FAV could carry. The Kit This is a new tooling from our benign Chinese modelling overlords, and arrives in a smallish box that has a painting of the subject matter on the front, crewed up and moving forward. Inside are four sprues in sand coloured styrene, plus another with only the floor tray and one other part; four wheels in hard rubbery plastic; two clear sprues; a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass; a small decal sheet, and of course the black & white instructions with separate colour painting guide. As is usual with Hobby Boss vehicle kits, the level of detail is good, and the part count is respectable for such a small 2-man vehicle. There aren't any crew figures in the box sadly, and the floor pan has some large ejector pin marks that will be visible in the side panniers unless you fill them with stowage. Deal with these early on if you plan to, as it will get a little crowded in there later on. Construction begins with the floor pan, which has PE mesh side panels, seats and driver controls added, and here the seats are identical, so if you aren't planning on adding crew it might be an idea to adjust the drape of one seat to make it look different. The engine is exposed, and is built up from a good number of parts that will be familiar to anyone that has watched an episode of Wheeler Dealers where Edd strips out a Beetle engine. It includes all the tin-work that directs the cooling air around the engine, transmission and pulleys of the real thing, and is fitted to the rear of the floor pan once complete and painted. Suspension is installed on the rear corners with drive-shafts and their gaiters, then the roll-over frame is dropped into slots in the floor either side of the crew. The instrument panel and steering wheel are attached to a front cross-member, which slips between the two sides, and the bonnet/hood/boot then covers the front of the floor pan, hiding away a couple more ejector pin marks that won't need filling. A stowage area at the bottom of the cage is popped in place behind the crew seats, and the front suspension turrets are fitted to the front, supporting the main light cluster, with clear lenses added. Another stowage tray that covers the flexible fuel tank goes behind the crew on short stand-off tubes, with some more PE parts holding things within. The front bumper/fender and clear lensed headlights are glued on, and the front suspension is completed ready for the wheels later on, after which the air filters are attached to the top of the engine, and the exhausts to the bottom, with cooling fins closest to the manifolds. The rest of the framework is complete, with 6 spare shock absorbers lashed to the sides in case of incident, and front PE mesh covers for the light clusters giving an idea of how rough the terrain these vehicles travel over really is. A perforated armoured panel is fitted over the engine compartment, with a slot through the bottom to allow the exhaust pipe to protrude from the back. Another panel is attached to the roof, and a clear wind deflector screen covers the lower half of the windscreen area, with a single wing mirror on a stalk to check behind. Fenders are fitted all round on PE brackets, the chunky rubbery tires are each given 3-part hubs, and are fitted into the wheel wells in each corner, with rear lights and whip antenna finishing it off. Markings It's a small vehicle when completed, at barely 11cm long and 6cm wide, so it's not going to have much in the way of decals. There are two schemes shown on the sheet, one wearing a Black/Green/Brown NATO camo with unit markings on the front, and the crew names a la "Kevin & Stacey" in black lettering on the wind deflector. A more desert related tritonal scheme with a brown base, green camo and black edging is provided on the other page, and this has only US Army on the cowling and rear of the seats. A couple of instrument dial decals finish off the sheet, which as it is all black apart from some sandy backings to the unit markings for the first option. Conclusion An interesting and seldom covered subject, but this modeller would have liked to see some custom fitted figures in the box in an ideal world. It's still a cool model though, and will look good once painted, weathered and decked out with stowage. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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