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  1. Time to put my choice on show for rest of you. I have decided to build Italeri's 1/48 Ju-87D which I have had in the stash for a while which looks like a nice kit in the box with a good amount of detail in the cockpit and nicely moulded parts with no flash and recessed panel lines and even has a small etched fret included which has seatbelts and a few other cockpit and airframe details, the decal sheet looks to be to Italeri's usual hign standard and has markings for a few aircraft in a variety of schemes ranging from the standard RLM 70/71/65 to a winter wash and a nice squiggly one used for night raids over Italy towards the end of the war. I have chosen to build an aircraft operated by the Royal Hungarian Air force on the Eastern Front and whilst it is in the standard 70/71/65 scheme it does have nice colourful markings. Here is the usual selecion of pics of the box, what is inside it and some references, starting with the box top; The contents, Some references I will be using, And what it should hopefully look like, Hope to be able to make a sneaky pre-paint of the cockpit area soon. Thanks for looking in. Craig.
  2. I got the Italeri kit, not knowing that it was just the old Supermodel kit with some recessed panel lines; a bit disappointing. Maybe I should have gone for that Sword mega-box, but what on Earth am I going to do with 6 Reggianes? The 2001 is nice , but.. *mope-mope-mope* Anyways; onward. So I saw this neat trick on how to apply mottle camo with chalk powder. I forgot who posted those models here, but; big thanks! Made me very happy with the results, hope you like it too. Full build can be seen here. Cheers, Luka
  3. Messerschmitt Bf-109F-4 in Hungarian Service Vol. II 1:72 SBS Model SBS Model are a producer of kits, aftermarket parts and decals from Budapest, Hungary. This sheet is the latest in a growing range of high quality decals, covering four different Bf 109 F-4s in Hungarian service. The schemes on offer are all more colourful than the standard Luftwaffe fare, with the winter camourflaged V-07 looking particularly appealing to my eye. The following aircraft are catered for: Red 2, 1/1. vadászszázad, Poltova, early 1943; V-07, 1/1. vadászszázad, Rossoh, January 1943. This was the aircraft flown by the ace Sgt. Dezso Szentgyorgi; V0+30, 1/1. vadászszázad, Ushyn, early summer 1943; and Yellow 7, 1/1. vadászszázad, Poltava, early 1943. This plane was also flown by Sgt. Dezso Szentgyorgi. Aside from being an interesting collection of schemes, the decals themselves look to be of very good quality. The printing is crisp and sharp, while colours are bold and solid. They look thin and glossy on the sheet, so they should perform well. Conclusion This interesting sheet has been nicely executed. If you have some of the AZ Models Friedrich in your stash, then this sheet may well tempt you to build one or two Hungarian aircraft with interesting variation in markings. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Hi peeps, Here's my latest completion for 2016, a 1/35 Tamiya Stug III representing a vehicle from the 7th Assault Gun Battalion, Magyar Királyi Honvédség 1944-45. Quite a bit done to this to make it into an May 1944 production vehicle from the Alkett factory near Berlin. The barrel is from Aber, photo etch is a mixture of Eduard and spare Dragon stuff. The side skirts are from Voyager, though the rails are left overs from my Finnish StuG III build from last year as is the roof of the fighting compartment and the gun crutch. As mentioned further down the thread, the Zimm is from Atak and represents the typical "waffle" pattern as favoured by the Alkett factory. Stowage is by Verlinden and the Jerry Cans (or should that be Magyar Cans?) are from Bronco. The drive sprocket is from CMK and the Alkett pattern all steel return rollers are from Panzer art. The track is AFV Club's Nashorn/Panzer III/IV set. Markings are from Bison Decals. Comments welcome! Mike.
  5. Hello! Today I show you an especially rare topic. This is the AN-2 "aknásznaszád" from a Hungarian short run manufacturer, Balaton Modell. Aknásznaszád is abuot minesweeper pinnace. The Hungarian Poeple's Army needed a more effective boat, then the earlier produced AN-1 in the role of cleanin' the river Danube from mines. A total of 53 made in the Danubian Ship Factory in Vác town. As the river was full with inductional mines, the hulls were made of aluminium alloy. The maximum load (sinking??) of the boat is 60 cm, so bellow twoo feets, so it can be used in realy shallow waters and also flooded areas. Main armament consisted of a DSK machine gun. 1980, aug. 20th. In 2004, 32 boats were withdrowned and sold as scrapped metal. Some remaining units are totally owerhauled, DSK shifted with NSVT mg. and still in service at the Bomb squad and Warship Regiment and on duty to neutralize mines, shells and other hazardus objects remaining form the seconf world war in the rivers Duna and Tisza, and the lake Balaton. Also nowdays they get an importent role in the migration crisis of patroling the water borders of the Schengen zone in Hungary. One in civil use A militant in summer of 2006 -lake Balaton And an other at yesteryear, near to the Parliment in Budapest. The kit itself: Howewer the manufacturer is famus for its precise and stunningly realistic moulds, this kit not successed as well as it was expected. However the moulds are overall ok, the lower hull is shorter then the deck with 3-5 mm. So I give my compliment to the BM, and they sent me a longer hull and dense request for indulgence. The spare part was still not perfect, but much longer, so I could solve the problem with just a litle plus plate at the rear. The mast and the propellers's axis replaced with injection needles, but anyway the details are nice Also we got some interrior, but I've lost the photos... Since I am into aircraft models I decided to not spend serious effort in the kit just give the feeling of the river flottila with the rough-and-ready paintjob. Some soldier for fun and to show the dimensions: As a conclusion I say it is not a difficult kit, however having some problems all of it can be fixed and gives us a realy unic unit in everyone's collection, so I highly recommend it.
  6. MIG-21 MF Hungarian, 1/72 R.V. Aircraft Building: Here Photos:
  7. Hungarian Light Tank 43M Toldi III (C40) HobbyBoss 1:35 History The Swedish Landsverk L-60 was licensed in 1938, bought MÁVAG and Ganz factory plants. On paper, the new model the armour was slightly decreased to allow a greater supply of ammunition, and agility. On 17, august, 1937, the V-4 was tested with an all-Hungarian Armament. At that time, the Hungarian armies most likely enemy was Czechoslovakia, and it needed relatively light tanks to cope with the Czech designs. The Swedish Landsverk tests in Hungary showed a need to redesign some of the internal fittings within the turret and add enhanced shock absorption. The turret was to be originally fitted with a 25 mm Bofors but the project had to be dropped when faced with pre-production and supply problems. So the well-proven 36M type 20mm infantry gun was chosen instead. It was made more compact and was already in large supplies. The turret electric rotary engine had shown that it had to always be switched on, as it was found to have a tendency to switch itself off. Considerable attention was paid to speed, but also agility, as the final goal was to perform a complete turn of 360 degrees in around a 8m radius. This was achieved by a fitting a revised five-speed gearbox and advanced steering. Each cranked axle control arm consisted of a double road wheels connected to a common hub. The first and fourth swing arm was fitted with spring shock absorbers. The chain tensioner for the return roller springs pulled the tracks up and they each had a separate cranked swing arm. During the early phase of World War two the tanks were used in Yugoslavia and later during the early phase of the summer campaign against the Soviet Union, the Toldi showed it had excellent qualities. When faced with the Russian T-26 and BA-10 vehicles it could just about cope, but when the later T34 and KV-1 tanks appeared the 20mm gun was shown to be completely ineffectual against their armour. From 1942 onwards, despite the arrival of the Toldi II, the Hungarian infantry had to continue fighting a growing number of these Soviet tanks with the same increasingly ineffective anti-tank weapon, which led to proposals or a redesign of the tanks. The Toldi II had its frontal armour increased to 30mm but was nearly identical in many aspects to the Toldi I, even so, 110 were manufactured. Later on, the Toldi IIa was introduced, mounting a 37M 40mm (licensed Bofors), L/25 anti-tank gun, whose longer calibre offered increased accuracy and muzzle velocity, which considerably enhanced their antitank capabilities. The tanks were further modernized in 1942, but the expected full upgrade never came about and instead consisted of replacing the 37M by the 42M main gun. From the beginning of 1942 up until April 1943, 80 Toldi II were upgraded as Toldi IIa. The next upgrade was taken to produce the next generation Toldi III, with thicker armour (40mm glacis and mantle) and the introduction of spaced armour. However, due to the deteriorating industrial conditions (and allied bombings), production came to a standstill and only 12 of the new 43M were delivered. The Model The kit comes in a sturdy top opening box with a depiction of two Toldi IIIs charging into battle. Inside there are 5 sprues and 2 separate hull pieces in a sandy coloured styrene and eleven sprues of brown styrene. There is also a small etched brass sheet and a small decal sheet. All the parts are well moulded with no signs of flash, but there are a number of moulding pips. Detail appears pretty good and they match well with photographs of the surviving example at Kubinka. Dry fitting of the two hull parts produced a very positive click and showed little in the way of gaps that would need to be filled. The instructions are nice and clear and pretty precise with parts placement. Construction begins with the two sprocket and rear idler wheels, each made up of inner and outer rims. With the sprockets having an extra space on the outer face fitted. The lower hull is then fitted out with the lower front glacis plate and the mountings for the road wheel torsion bars, bump stops and the return roller axles. The torsion bars, three piece return rollers, and the sprocket wheel axle plates are then fitted, followed by the sprocket, idler and road wheels. At this point the most taxing part of the build is building up the individual links to make up tracks, although the instructions do have a very clear diagram to guide the modeller. Patience is the name of the game here to get the tracks looking natural given the fact that there are 125 links per side. They also look very fragile and are held onto the sprue at three points, so great care will be needed to remove them. The two exhaust silencers and their pipe work are then fitted to the rear bulkhead, which is then attached to the rear of the lower hull. Meanwhile, on the upper hull the three intake parts are fitted to the inside of the hull, followed by the side fenders and their PE support brackets, six per side. On each of the rear fenders a storage box assembly is attached whilst at the front the drivers hatch is fitted. Several hand holds, a hand rail, headlight guards and rear engine vents are fitted into place. The upper hull is then attached to the lower hull. The turret is made up of upper and lower halves which, when glued together are fitted with the trunnion mount and mantle. The commanders cupola is fitted with several vision blocks before being fitted with the hatch cover and the assembly attached to the top of the turret. Around the sides there are three vision block hatches which need to be fitted and on top there is an aerial base. The single piece main gun has been slide moulded giving a good representation of the muzzle opening and not a seam in sight. The co-axial machine gun is also fitted at this point. Finally a turret vent, a four lifting hooks, one on each corner and a pair of PE mantle lifting eyes are fitted. The turret can then be fitted to the hull, completing the build. Decals The small decal sheet provides identification markings and national markings for just one vehicle, which unfortunately doesn’t have any information on which unit operated the vehicle. The decals are well printed and have minimal carrier film and are of good density. Fortunately the areas the decals are positioned are fairly flat so they should settle down well. Conclusion This is another super little kit of a little known tank which looks like it will be a fairly fun build, perhaps with the exception the small individual track links, which may add some consternation. Otherwise I think that with the three colour paint scheme it will be a striking looking model in the display cabinet. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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