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  1. ICM is to release 1/48th Cessna O-2 kits in 2020 - ref. 48290 - Cessna O-2A Skymaster, American Reconnaissance Aircraft - released Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM48290 - ref. 48291 - Cessna O-2A US Navy Service NEW - release September 2020 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM48291 V.P.
  2. ICM is to release in Q3 2020 a 1/72nd MiG-25RU "Foxbat-C" kit - ref. 72176 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM72176?result-token=DpGyx V.P.
  3. ICM is to release 1/72nd Polikarpov Po-2 kits - ref. 72243 - Polikarpov U-2/Po-2VS WWII Soviet Light Night Bomber (100% new molds) NEW Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM72243 - ref. 72244 - Polikarpov U-2/Po-2, WWII Soviet Multi-Purpose Aircraft NEW Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM72244 V.P.
  4. Chernobyl#3 Rubble Cleaners (35903) 1:35 ICM via Hannants One of the big problems with the clean up at Chernobyl was the fact that large chunks of highly radioactive parts of the core were in inaccesable places. They had tried robots to clean this up by the radiation field there electronics. In a move called "human robots" men would be used to clear up this debris. Many of them conscripts from the Russian Army who really had no idea of what they were being asked to do. Using primitive protection suits and respirators each man was allowed only 2 minutes working time as the radiation was so intense. It has been estimated that a third of men who worked on the roof have died from the after effects of it. This new set from ICM in their Chernobyl series brings us a set of five figures. four shovelers and a man holding a radiation detector. Also included in the box is a background scene and some chunks of core for the guys to shovel up. Conclusion Another first-rate set from ICM as a tie in to the HBO drama. Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Stearman PT-17/N2S-3 Kaydet (32050) 1:32 ICM via Hannants The Stearman Aircraft Corporation was founded in 1927 by Lloyd Stearman. then in 1929 it was sold to The United Transport & Aircraft Corporation. This would then split in 1934 due to US Antitrust legislation with Boing which had been a part of it becoming its own business again; Stearman then became a subsidiary of Boeing. At about this time they designed what would become their most famous aircraft the Model 75 Kaydet. The new aircraft was a conventional tail wheeled biplane with an un-cowled radial engine. The aircraft was selected as the basic primary trainer for the USAAF and the USN, as well as for the Royal Canadian Air Force. In USAAF Service it would be designated the PT-13 with a Lycoming R-680 engine, The PT-17 with a Continental R-670-5 engine, and a PT-18 with a Jacobs R-755 engine. The USN had the NS, and NS2 with a variety of engines. Canadian PT-27 aircraft were USAAF PT-17s supplied under Lease Lend. In total over 10000 aircraft were built, many were sold off post war, and a lot of these still survive today. The Kit This is a new tool kit from ICM. The quality of the plastic is first rate with nice moulding inside and outside of the main fuselage. Fabric effects are very good. The kit arrives on 4 main sprues and a small clear sprue for the two screens. Construction starts with the main framework that forms the internal structure for the two pilots. The two sides have additional parts such as the throttles added, along with the rudder pedals The floor frame has the duel controls added, and then the two sides can be joined up. There is a front V shaped frame to be added however this has strangely been missed off the instructions. The one piece seats can then be added to their support frames and installed in the main cockpit frame. This is now ready to be installed into the fuselage. The tail wheel has to be put in at this stage and then the fuselage can be closed up. The main landing gear and wheels can now be attached to the main fuselage. Next up are the wings and rear control surfaces. The tail planes with their separate control surfaces are added first, followed by the large rudder. The main lower wing is next. This is a single part lower section with left/right uppers. Once this is on the windscreens are added for ease of access. The upper wing can now be constructed (single part upper & lower sections). The mounting struts are then added to this wing before mounting it to the airframe. Next up its the engine. The engine mounts and exhaust parts are added to the fuselage and then the engine itself can be constructed and added. The engine is quite detailed as its on show but there is penalty of room for detailing it up further. Decals A large in house sheet gives markings for three aircraft. PT-17 USAAF, 63rd AAF FTD, Douglas, Georgia 1942 (in the classic Blue and yellow training scheme) PT-17, WAASPs, Avenger Feild, Texas, 1943, (All over Aluminium scheme) N2S-3 USN, Unit not known 1943, (Yellow / Aluminium scheme) Conclusion Another first-rate kit from ICM of an important training aircraft. Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  6. ICM is to release 1/32nd Stearman Kaydet kits in 2020 - ref. 32050 - Stearman PT-17/N2S-3 Kaydet American Training Aircraft (100% new molds) - Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM32050 - ref. 32051 - Stearman PT-17 with American Cadets - III quarter 2020 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM32051 - ref. 32052 - Stearman PT-13/N2S-2/5 Kaydet, American Training Aircraft - IV quarter 2020 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM32052 V.P.
  7. Hi All, So this is my first work in progress, posting is a little daunting but not as much as seeing if I can get pictures to appear correctly. Also I may not be updating quickly, I have a four year old and a four month old so time of an evening is unpredictable at best. (Admins if I'm not posting enough let me know.) So this is my second build since picking up the hobby again, my first was Zvezda's Dreadnought which I learned a lot from, I may stick a few pics in the ready for inspection if for no other reason that to record my progress. I took the view that was effectively an experiment and hopefully I'll put the lessons in to practice. So here is hopefully picture 1; This build is also an experiment as I'm trying to set it up for possible future RC conversion. Given the kit was a steal at £12 off evil bay if it all goes wrong it's not the end of the world. So part one, I've had a look over the parts for any glaring issues and it all looks pretty good aside needing a bit of a scrub to remove some smoke staining (again it was £12 so I cant complain). ICM give you a full 1/350 scale deck and profile plan which is a nice touch. I'm told that these kits have issues with some parts from different sister ships ending up on the wrong corresponding kit, given you can find pictures of the same ship on the net but with different names it doesn't lead to a lot of confidence. So with that said I'm going to take the scientific approach of guessing where I need to. The moulding looks very crisp to me and there are some impressive fine plastic parts. I'm planning on a largely OOB build with additions of Barrels from Aber and some railing from MK1 (this will be my first venture into the world of photoetch and upgrading the masts. First issue I've found is as much as its crisply moulded in places the deck doesn't actually fit! minorly disappointing having been spoiled by Zvezda with Dreadnought where the fit was so good I could have got away without any kind of glue on a lot of bits. oh I slapped a bit of primer on the lower hull. Post more tomorrow, Sam
  8. ICM is to release in 2020 1/32nd Fiat CR.42 Falco kits - ref. 32020 - Fiat CR.42 Falco, WWII Italian Fighter (100% new molds) NEW - IV quarter Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM32020 - ref. 32021 - Fiat CR.42 LW , WWII German Luftwaffe Ground Attack Aircraft NEW - III quarter Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM32021 - ref. 32022 - Fiat CR.42 LW with German Pilots NEW - IV quarter Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM32022 V.P.
  9. 80 years ago today, Lt. Herbert Huck, Gefr. Georg Kerkhoff, Uffz. Paul Plischke and Fw. August Skokan of 9.KG26 based in Stavanger, Norway were briefed to attack the airfield at Leuchars in Fife with shipping and dock facilities in the Firth of Tay as an alternative target. They departed mid-morning in Heinkel He-111H-3 1H+FT but there seems to be some confusion over whether this was in the company of other aircraft or alone. We will examine this later. We next hear of the Heinkel approaching the city of Aberdeen from the North, a good 60 miles northeast of its intended target. One possible explanation is that the crew had opted to minimise their time over the North Sea, making landfall over the nearest part of Scotland to Norway, then making their way to Leuchars inland avoiding the massed defences and radar sites around the firths of Tay and Forth. Their hopes of remaining undetected en-route to the target were frustrated by a raid earlier that day which had left the Observers Corp, responsible for tracking enemy movements inland, on full alert and able to sound the alarm in time for the three Spitfires of yellow section, 603 (City of Edinburgh) squadron to be scrambled from RAF Dyce (now Aberdeen Airport) and intercept the intruder. The Heinkel flew across Aberdeen towards the sea, harried by the Spitfires and jettisoning its bomb load until reaching the sea it turned southwest, possibly deterred by the barrage of fire coming from the defences on the coast and ships in the harbour. Pilot Officers J. R. Caister and G.K. Gilroy and Sergeant I. K. Arber finally delivered the coup d'grace over the city's Duthie Park and the Heinkel plummeted into a nearly completed ice rink on South Anderson Drive striking the top of a tree on the way. All four members of the crew were killed instantly. Eye witnesses related how one crew member was hanging out of a hatch on the aircraft when it crashed, presumably attempting to bail out. Friday 12th July 1940 was known as Black Friday in Aberdeen for many years afterwards because of the bomb damage caused that day. Hall Russell shipyard was struck along with a nearby bar where many of the yard workers were spending their lunch killing 25 and injuring close to 100 men, according to council records. Several other areas in the city also received damage with further loss of life. As you can imagine, this was a memorable event for Aberdonians and growing up, I often had the tree the Heinkel had hit pointed out to me. Right enough, it did have a bit of a lean and a truncated look to it. So when I saw that this group build was coming up, I decided that I would build the doomed machine as it might have appeared before setting out on its last flight. To my surprise, I discovered that this would not be the first time 1H+FT has appeared on Britmodeller. @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies built this very aircraft here and I will be brazenly appropriating some of his findings such as the fact that the aircraft appeared to be carrying its full serial on the underside of its wings. As Jamie says in his build, there doesn't seem to be much information available about this aircraft so much of this build will be based on hopefully not too wild surmise. I'll be building the ICM 1/48 He-111H-3 as one of the few things about this incident there seems to be much consensus on is that the Heinkel was indeed an H-3 and this was the only model of that version I could find readily available. I'll be building it OOB apart from some PE harnesses. Finally, a personal note. Seconds before plunging into the ice rink, the Heinkel narrowly missed the houses of the Ruthrieston area of the city. At the time there was speculation that Lt Huck had made heroic efforts to avoid the houses, though others maintained that he was instead trying to reach the open fields beyond the ice rink or had mistaken the rink for a factory and had decided to make the ultimate sacrifice for the Fatherland. It's equally likely that Lt. Huck had been killed or disabled by that point and the aircraft was out of control. Whatever the truth of this, the fact is that my mother, who would have been 7 at the time, was living in one of the houses under to the doomed aircraft's flight path and a small alteration in its course might have resulted in me never existing at all, a small matter in the great scheme of things but pretty important to me. Makes you think. More soon, Craig.
  10. I was asked to build this by Airfix Model World for this Octobers issue. A subject I wouldn't have chosen, but one I came to love and enjoy researching and building with the challenge of fixing a prototype plug and play system by Magic Scale Modelling. I'm happy with how it went and I hope you enjoy looking at it too. I won't spoil the article about the build... suffice to say it was very interesting to put together! Bravo to ICM for a cracking kit and Magic Scale Modelling for thier technology.
  11. Thought I’d make one of the bad guys as well. Planned to wait till finished with previous entries, but I don’t have patience to watch paint dry, so while the Defiant and Hurricane is going through that I’ll start fiddling with this: I only bought this kit because the carpet monster ate an Airfix E-4 canopy and this kit, which contains an extra such, turned out the most cost-effective way of getting a new. But now the bonus kit that came with the canopy comes in handy. I shall build the box-art machine, with factory number 3714 and in which Heinz Bär was shot down by a Spitfire in September. He parachuted into the Channel, swam around for two hours and clung onto a buoy until rescued. For this he got an audience with Göring who asked what Bär was thinking, lying there bathing. Bär reportedly answered something along the lines of ”your speech, where you said England is no longer an island”. Bär had a modest background and had joined the airforce to gain enough experience to become a Lufthansa pilot. He had bad timing and instead ended up flying missions from beginning to the end of the war, never to fly Lufthansa. He shot down 10 planes during the BoB but also got forced down a couple of times himself. Wiki has a bio, from where I got the above. Here’s a sprue shot. One opaque, one clear sans the superfluous canopy: Compared to the Airfix E-4, the details appear finer and the prop has not been on a diet. For those who like resin exhaust pipes it may prove annoying that these are moulded into the fuselage. There are recesses on the outlets so hollowness can be more easily simulated than on the Airfix. I will not use any aftermarket anyway, except swastika decals (I feel that evil Nazi planes without swastikas are missing something, it feels like white-washing history, and German laws do not apply here).
  12. Hello Britmodellers! I bought this little kit some time ago and while the plastic soldiers from the U.S. 1st Infantry Division are waiting for the diorama base and Vigilante - for the riveting - I decided to share the build with you. An attractive box art (that’s why it was picked up): The box content - it’s only 94 parts to build: Sprue A with a fuselage halves, rudder and engine shroud: Sprues B and E with a wings and canopy glazing: Sprue C with a cockpit, engine details and the rest of the parts: The decals, instructions and the B&W painting guide: The instruction is the only one (smaller than the A4-sheet) and looks very simple: I like the painting scheme pictured above, but I saw the drawings of the «Yellow 14» with a red rudder... Thanks for watching!
  13. AC-40-137A Soviet Firetruck (35519) 1:35 ICM via Hannants The ZIL-131 is a general-purpose utility 6x6 truck, one of the mainstays of the many Eastern Block armies along with the Ural-375, with over a million made. The basic model is a general utility tuck powered by either petrol or diesel engines, depending on the type. Like most armies the chassis for a general truck has been used for a multitude of different versions from a fuel truck to the BM-21 rocket launcher, to a fire truck. The Kit This is a re-boxing with a few extras from ICM of their ZIL. The kit was previously issued in a Chernobyl boxing. Inside the large box are 7 sprues in grey styrene, one in clear, 8 knobbly flexible tyres, and a smallish decal sheet Detail is excellent throughout Construction begins with the chassis, which consists of two rails and multiple cross-braces to which tanks, transmission, transfer boxes and even the engine are attached, with lots of parts used in the process, including a pretty full rendition of the 8-cylinder power pack and the stamped, welded fuel tanks on outriggers to each side of the chassis. Leaf suspension, exhaust and drive-shafts are also fitted to the chassis along with a winch power take-off behind the large bumper irons and under the radiator. Then it’s a case of building up the axles, with two at the rear on their own leaf-springs, fitted with dampers and drive-shafts for better off-road performance. The front axle is a single one with drive-shaft again, which slots into the front suspension and benefits from another few extra dampers. The wheels are simple but well-detailed, consisting of a hub with separate centre that a big black tyre is pressed onto, handed into sets of three each side. The crew cab is next with its structure made up from individual panels fitted to the shaped floor, onto which the driver controls are added, including pedals, gear and ratio sticks, then with a dash slid inside the scuttle area after adding some dial decals following painting. The steering wheel and crew seats are then made up and put in place, having a separate seat for the driver and a wide two-man seat for the passengers, both with adjustment framework between it and the floor. The rear compartment for the rest of the firemen features one bench the full width. Windows are fitted to the sides and the cab can be boxed in. Sidesteps are attached and then the windscreen and dash can be fitted, following this the roof goes on. The crew cab can then be fitted to the chassis. The rear firefighting compartment and water tank is the next step for construction. At the rear the pump housing is built up and the tank then built around this. At this point without its top it is added to the chassis. The switching to the underside the exhaust is added along with the rear mount spare wheel and its carrier. We can then switch back to the rear section of the vehicle. The final sides are put onto the tank to be followed by its roof. The rear section with steps upto the roof is then put on. There is a hatch into the pump area which can be modelled open or closed, Hose stowage pipe for the roof are put on along with the ladders. Other ancillary parts are then also fixed to the roof. With the addition of the mirrors and light protectors the fire truck is then finished. Markings There are a few markings on the small sheet or the truck markings and number plates. There are 4 options for the Frie Departments of Sergiev Posad, Moscow, Kiev & Vinnytsia. Decals are well-printed with good register, sharpness and sharpness, and should leave you with plenty of spare Soviet Bloc number plates and emblems in your decal drawer. Conclusion It’s a shrewd decision by ICM to bring out this reboxing of the fire truck on its own. Very highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Model T 1913 Speedster with American Sports Car Drivers ICM 1:24 (24026) The Ford Model T car has gone down in history as the worlds first mass produced car. As early as 1909 the model T competed in the transcontinental race from New York to Spokane in Washington State. Seeing the potential for racing bodies were stripped of heavy items and bucket type seats installed. Glazing was reduced and most additional items removed. Stripped down the car was more than just a mass transportation vehicle but a fun Speedster. The Model The model arrives in the usual sturdy box with a separate top sleeve with a nice artist’s representation of the vehicle on the front. Inside, within a large poly bag, are four sprues of light grey styrene and, in a separate poly bag, two clear sprues, and four natural rubber tyres. As with the previously released Model T kits from ICM, the parts are really well moulded, with no sign of flash or other imperfections. There are a number of moulding pips, some of which are on quite fragile looking parts, so care should be taken when removing. The sprue gates attaching items like the exhaust are also quite heavy and I can see these parts breaking if you’re not careful. The build starts with the nicely detailed engine with the block and gearbox halves glued together followed by the addition of the rocker covers, fan belt, dynamo, exhaust manifold, cooling fan, cooling pipes, and other sundry items. The radiator is attached to the front axle and just needs the radiator grille glued to it to complete the assembly. The radiator/axle is then glued to the front of the floor pan/chassis. The rear axle, drive shaft and differential are built up from only three parts and fitted to the underside of the chassis along with the two piece exhaust/silencer unit. The front and rear axle support frames are then added, as is the steering rack. The four wheels, rubber tyres are added to the spoke wheels and are glued to the axles, the construction moves to the body work. The rear engine wall (not a firewall as its not solid) is made up and added, the engine covers are then added. The seat frames are added to the floor pan an then the two seats are made up and added in. The four part fuel tank is then made up and added directly behind the seats (an early safety feature NOT) this is then followed by a tool box behind the fuel tank. Up front the hand brake and foot controls are added. The steering column is then made up and the steering wheel added. On the speedster there is no windscreen on the body, but a small oval screen is fitted directly to the steering column. If carrying a passenger they have to fend for themselves! The last items to be made up are the head lights, lights and the motormeter for the radiator. Decals There are no decals included in this kit. Figures This set of figures is for the Speedster . One is a female driver and the second is a male passenger. Both are what would be considered well dressed for the period . In general the mould in crisp and clean with plenty of detail. Conclusion This is a good combination in a large enough scale for the detail to pop out. Highly recommended if you have any of the ICM model Ts. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Luftwaffe Ground Personnel (1939-45) (32109) 1:32 ICM via Hannants This new set from ICM brings us three ground crew from the Luftwaffe. One refueling from a drum, one with a tool box and one carrying what could be an oil or water can. As with all ICM figure the sculpting and mulding is good. The set includes a separate sprue with the fuel drum, tool box etc; these is also a length of plastic refueling hose. Conclusion Another first-rate set from ICM will help bring your latest 1/32 Luftwaffe build to life. Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  16. In 2019 ICM is to release a new tool family of A/-B-26B/C Invader kits: - ref. 48281 - Douglas B-26B-50 Invader, Korean War American Bomber - release expected in Q3 2019 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM48281 - ref. 48282 - Douglas A-26B-15 Invader - release expected in Q4 2019 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM48282 Dedicated decals by ICM: - ref. D48001 - Douglas A-26B/C Invader (WWII) - release expected in Q3 2019 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICMD48001 - ref. D48002 - Douglas B-26B/C Invader (Korean War) - release expected in Q4 2019 Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICMD48002 V.P.
  17. Hi folks ICM's kit completed as the Shuttleworth Collection's Gladiator 'K7985' using the Aerocraft decals (unfortunately slightly out of register). Regards J.A.
  18. Wight (16203) 1:16 ICM via Hannants This chap is described as a “Wight”, but one look at the box art makes it eminently clear that it’s one of the undead army from Game of Thrones. If you ignore the last season especially, it was quite a show and there will still be lots of fans out there that thought (like me) that the last season was unfulfilling, but doesn’t detract from the earlier seasons. We have had a few of these figures from ICM, the Great Other (White Walker – here, and the King of the Night (White King – here, all in 1:16 scale, and all with the same style of bases so you can build up a nice collection. Arriving in a top-opening box with captive inner lid, with a sprue of grey styrene, another in black, plus a single oval base. There is also a poster of the artwork that fits within the box for you to keep, plus a sheet of instructions that has a sprue diagram and paint code table in the rear. The parts on the sprue are well-moulded and have various textures as appropriate for this rather stinky, rotten fellow. He’s wearing the remains of some trousers with cloth shoes, and bits of armour on his shoulders, butt and one of his feet, with a patch of chain-mail on his groin, held up by an old belt. The rest of his tunic is missing below his rib cage, and his chest is easily seen through the gaps and holes in his clothes, which is achieved by adding sections of the outer layer over the chest. The arms are as thin and desiccated as the chest, and the head is equally thin, damaged and puckered, with lips shrunk back and teeth bared. Altogether a scary visage, as you can see from the magnified part of the photo. In his right hand he is carrying an old axe, which has his fingers separate in order to latch onto the axe. The base is moulded in black, and has a top and bottom plate to close up the fluted sides, and if you elect to add some groundwork that should make for easier creation and allows you not to bother with masking during the process. Conclusion If you’re a Game of Thrones fan this is definitely one for you, but it’s generic enough to also have a number of alternative uses if you’re a general figure painter. Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Battle of Kursk - July 1943 (DS3505) 1:35 ICM via Hannants The T-34 was Stalin's mainstay medium tank that was produced in incredible volume by extremely crude methods, and thrown into the fray against the numerically inferior German tanks on the Eastern Front. The designers combined a number of important advances in design such as sloped frontal armour, wide tracks to spread the load, and the ability to cope with the harsh Russian winters without grinding to a halt, which was a problem that affected the Germans badly after the successes in the summer of Operation Barbarossa. The part count and cost of the tank was continuously reduced during production, with plants turning out up to 1,300 per month at the height of WWII. The initial welded turret was replaced by a cast turret with more room, and later the 76mm gun was replaced by a more powerful 85mm main gun in the T-34/85 with an enlarged turret, giving even the Tiger pause for thought. The 7.62cm Pak 36(r) Anti-Tank gun was a converted and bored out captured Soviet Divisional Gun (F22), of which over 500 were taken during the Nazi’s initial successes of Operation Barbarossa. In typical Nazi fashion they were pressed into service after modification, and for a while were the Wehrmacht’s most powerful field artillery until superseded by other models as the game of technological leapfrog continued in the East and West. The Kit The model arrives in a top opening box with ICM's usual captive inner lid with painting of the tank and gun in a combat situation to give an impression of their use in the battle for the Kursk salient. Inside the box are seven sprues in grey styrene plus two hull parts in the same colour, four lengths of black flexible plastic rubbery tracks and two towing cables still on their sprues in the same material, a small sheet of decals and a varied group of instruction booklets that show where the three kits originate, the T-34 from 2015 under the code 35365 and the Pak 36(r) from 2010 with code 35701. Detail is good throughout, and a set of crew figures tooled in 2010 with the original code 35801 are added to improve value even further. T-34/76 - early 1943 Production (35365) Construction begins with the fitting of the engine cover onto the rear decking and the bow machine gun with its armoured fairing. The two intake covers are then assembled and also fitted to the rear deck. Four plates that are fitted to the underside of the rear decking to blank them off, with the large radiator panel fitting over the aft portion of the deck, then having the rear bulkhead detailed and attached. The drivers hatch is made up from two parts plus a couple of smaller covers before being glued into position. Inside the lower hull the eight Christie suspension boxes are fitted and the driver’s controls sit justified to the front left, whilst the rear mudguards are fitted to the rear. The final drive housings and five stub axles on their swing arms are glued to the hull sides as are the idler wheel axles at the very front of the hull. Two comfortable-looking seats for the driver and machine gunner are made up and slotted into place, then the two hull halves can be joined together. The road wheels are made up from pairs with moulded-in tyres, while the idler wheels are bare, as are the drive sprockets, all of which are fitted to their respective axles. Towing hooks are attached front and rear, then grab handles, stowage rails and smaller lifting eyes are added to the upper deck, then it’s time for the tracks. These rubbery plastic tracks are moulded in black, and are made up from two halves that are glued together with epoxy of super glue (standard liquid glue doesn't work), then draped around the road wheels to complete the run. If you are looking at making them more realistic, painting them is a great start, and you can also glue some sections to the road wheels to give them the correct sag. This isn’t an interior kit, but you get a fairly detailed breech and coax machine gun, which fits to the back of the pivot that is hidden behind the mantlet once they have been attached to the hull, leaving the pivot unglued to maintain movement after completion. The lower turret with integrated ring is glued to the upper, and if you check your references, you’ll see that some were an absolute mess, so be careful not to make things too tidy! The mantlet and tip of the coax MG fit over the front and are joined by a 3-part mantlet cover with the barrel halves glued together then threaded through. Hinges, hatches, mantlet rain-cover, vision ports, lifting eyes and stowage rails are all scattered over the surface of the turret, which incidentally has an improved cast texture moulded-in, in case you didn’t spot it. Speaking personally, I would wash it with some liquid glue to soften the texture a little and give it a more irregular height in places. Final assembly includes two boxy additional fuel tanks at the rear, spare track links, pioneer tool boxes and aerial base, plus a folded tarpaulin, headlight, horn, the two flexible towing cables and a large saw attached before the model can be sent for painting. The towing cables are suffering from a little flash, and as the instructions give you an alternative of using your own braided cable and plastic towing eyes, this is probably your best option. Markings There are six markings options in the box and although the painting guide it printed in greyscale on thin paper you are fairly safe to assume that the three dark vehicles are Russian Green, while the white ones are winter distemper. From the box you can build one of the following: T-34 1st Leningrad Front Red Banner Tank Brigade, Summer 1944 (Green) T-34 1st Leningrad Front Red Banner Tank Brigade, Winter 1943/1944 (White) T-34 “Revolutionary Mongolia” Tank Column, Winter 1943/1944 (White) T-34 “Komsomolets – Severomorerts” Tank Column, Winter 1942/1943 (White) T-34 Stalingrad Front, Winter 1942/1943 (Green) T-34 5th Guard Tank Corps, Kursk Arc, July 1943 (Green) Obviously, you’ll be doing the last option if you intend to stick with the Kursk theme, but there are plenty of other options if not. The decals are printed in-house, and of the two decals that are relevant (i.e. 2 or more colours), registration is good, as is colour density and sharpness for the whole sheet, with lots of patriotic slogans for the various options in red for the winter colours, and white for the warmer weather scheme. 7.62cm Pak 36(r) German Anti-Tank Gun (35701) The tooling for this kit dates back to 2010, and as it is a smaller artillery piece than those fielded later in the war it fits on a single sprue, and has a short instruction booklet. Detail is good, with tread on the tyres and some nice moulding throughout. Construction begins with the barrel and breech, the former being split vertically with a separate two-part flash-hider that is split horizontally. The breech section fits into the end of the barrel on a square peg, with the vertically sliding block slotted into the back along with its control lever and damper. The carriage is made up from halves with the elevation guide moulded into one side and small parts added along its length, then detailed with the support frame and recoil dampers. The sighting and aiming mechanism glue onto the left frame, after which the barrel is slid onto the recoil bed from the rear. The gun support’s cross-member has stiffeners fitted front and rear, with a top surface where the frame fits added to the top, while the splinter shield is created from two layers on the cheek panels, with a second layer at the centre fitted from the inside. There are some ejector pins on the rear of the shield that will need filling, although some may be hidden by the boxes at the rear, so check so that you spend your hobby time wisely. The gun has split trails, which are made up from two long parts to make up each one with a hinge added to the front end, and the self-entrenching parts, ground spikes, pioneer tools, hitch and trail-lock parts applied, then all the sub-assemblies are joined together with the two wheels, which as mentioned earlier have a nice tread pattern, and a hollow inner face to prevent sink-marks that is filled by a separate sidewall. You get two each High Explosive (HE) and Armour Piercing (AP) shells, plus another two fluted shell cases that have separate lids and protect the rounds from accidental detonation. Colour call-outs differentiate the type for easy ID in a hurry. Markings A separate glossy sheet gives the colour codes in Model Master and English, with three schemes shown on the rear in grey. The earliest is painted Panzer Grey 1942, while the 1942/43 option is painted dunkelgelb, then 1943/45 has olivegrun mottle over dunkelgelb across the whole gun, so you can choose from either of the dark yellow options if you’re staying true to the Kursk theme. German Artillery crew (35801) Provided on a single large sprue, this set contains five figures, all wearing the standard Wehrmacht uniform of feldgrau with stahlhelm and calf-length boots, plus the usual water bottle, entrenching tool, ammo pouches etc. Two of the figures are posed walking stooped dragging two fluted shell containers to the gun to be used, while another is opening one in a kneeling position while opening it. The fourth figure is kneeling and beckoning the shell dragging men to hurry, while the last is kneeling on both knees, holding up field-glasses to sight the next target. The instructions show the figures complete, with the parts called out by numbers and the suggested paint colours marked with red letters in a box. You can find the part number in a diagram overleaf along with a table giving paint colours in Model Master codes and English again. Conclusion Even though it’s a mix of different toolings from the ICM catalogue the whole hangs together very well, and even though it’s out of stock at Hannants presently, it represents good value, especially with a 10% backorder discount. Remember that if you want to make a little piece of Kursk, you’ll need to be selective about which decal options and paint schemes you use, then you won’t go far wrong. Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  20. BM-13-16 on WOT 8 Chassis(35591) 1:35 ICM via Hannants Made by Ford UK under the Fordson brand, the WOT 8 was the last of a long line of vehicles using similar nomenclature in service of the British Army. Introduced in 1941 there were approximately 2,500 built, with a number of those sent to Russia as Lend/Lease vehicles of which a few were converted to carry Katyusha rockets. In British service they were used as a prime mover for artillery, particularly in North Africa and Italy. Its large fuel tank gave it a healthy range and a reasonable top speed thanks to the Ford V8 engine that put out 85hp, which wasn’t terrible for the day. The Kit This is a new tool from ICM as part of their WOT line, the WOT8 we reviewed here. The kit arrives in a standard ICM box with their captive inner lid and a nice rendition of the vehicle on the top. Inside are eight sprues in grey styrene, five black wheels in flexible plastic, a clear sprue, a small fret of Photo Etch (PE) brass and a tiny decal sheet that is found inside the glossy colour instruction booklet. A few of the parts aren’t used in this variant, but ICM have already indicated they’re going to do a Katyusha fitted variant this year, so we’ve got that to look forward to too. I don’t know about you, but I’m an admirer of rocket launchers and such like. Construction begins with the chassis ladder and the front sub-frame with cross-members and leaf spring suspension, plus a full V8 block made up from a good number of parts. The exhaust has a silencer near the rear and exits the underside at the rear of the aft suspension springs to which the rear axle and differential are fitted, then joined to the central transfer box by a driveshaft with the front axle having a similar reversed layout plus steering box. The drum brakes are hidden behind the wheels, which are made up from the flexible “rubber” part that is sandwiched between the inner and outer hub, plus extra detail parts on both sides, eventually slotting onto a long axle front and rear. The underside is mostly complete, and attention turns to the body beginning with the engine compartment between the two curved front wings. Radiator, air filter and fan are added along with a hand-crank for manual starting, then the radiator hosing is installed so that the side plates that isolate the power plant from the crew cab interior can be added. In the right foot well the driver’s controls are added, with a handbrake further to the rear, and a central instrument panel sits almost on top of the engine. The crew seats sit atop boxes and have separate cushions for back and base, after which the cab can be boxed in, adding detail parts and glazing panels as you go. The sloping cab is trimmed with a dash panel and steering wheel, then separate doors with handles and more glazing are put in place either open, closed or anywhere in between at your whim, then closed in with the rear cab and finally the curved-sided roof. The PE radiator grilles have to be bent to match the contours of the sloped front, and these are later joined by a rain “porch” that prevents ingress of water in the winter, and probably helps divert engine heat from the open cab windows in the summer. The spare wheel and the substantial fuel tank are built next, and positioned behind the cab. This is made from a large floor, detailed sides, front and tailgate, with stowage boxes between the front and rear angled mudguards, which have braces holding them at the correct angle to the floor. On the original kit the truck bed would now be made up (and the parts for it are still in this boxing), for this boxing though the rocket launching rails and their elevating apparatus are constructed. The eight rails are built up fr, three parts each and are then threaded together on three cross members. The modeller will need to line up the spacing of these and luckily ICM provide a jig for this. After the rails are sorted then the fairly complex raising gear is put together, this can be in either the raised or lowered position. 16 rockets can then be added to the rails (8 on the upper side, and 8 on the lower). The base for the launching system is then built up and attached to the back of the truck before the launch rails can then be added on. Two rear ground stabilisers are then added to the chassis. To finish off the vehicle lights are added and on the cab there are shutters to protect the cab when the rockets were being fired. Markings There are two no markings in this boxing Conclusion Another first-rate kit from ICM of an often overlooked British truck that was fairly common both during WWII and after. The inclusion of the a Russian Katyusha conversion extends the product line for ICM and gives us another great looking Russian/UK Hybrid vehicle. Highly recommended . Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Benz Patent-Motorwagen 1886 (24040) 1:24 ICM via Hannants We’ve been addicted to petroleum for over a century now, but in the late 1800s the predominant power source was still steam, although that just used another form of fossil fuel. When Karl Benz applied for a patent for his Motorwagen in 1885, it became the first petrol-powered production vehicle that was designed from the outset to use this method of propulsion. When you look at its three-wheel design it appears to have been the product of the mating between a horse carriage, a bicycle and a grandfather clock, with a little bit of chaise longue thrown in for good measure. A rear-mounted engine with a solitary cylinder, two seats without any weather protection and a kind of tiller for steering doesn’t really gel with our understanding of what represents a car now, but they had to start somewhere. There were only 25 made, but the precedent had been set and travelling at 16kmh was found to be quite fun and started us down the long road to becoming petrol-heads, much to our environment’s distress. The Kit This is a brand-new tooling of this important vehicle, and although it’s way out of my usual wheel-house I’m quite taken with it, especially when I opened the white-themed box to reveal the contents. There is one main sprue for the majority of the parts, with three smaller sprues in the same grey styrene for the wheels and a jig to complete the spokes on a Photo-Etched fret, which is secreted within a thick card envelope. The instruction booklet has been printed in an olde-worldy style, and a replica of the patent application is also included on thick card in case you wanted to use it as a base or backdrop. The bicycle car has spoked wheels that would normally give most modellers conniptions, but ICM have really pushed the boat out in terms of the engineering that should allow you to create a model that looks pretty realistic if you follow the instructions carefully. The supplied jig is mind-blowing both in its simplicity and cleverness that every time I examine it I end up smiling. Construction begins with the subframe and suspension, which looks more like a carriage than a chassis. Leaf-springs support the main axle beneath the slatted foot well, and an additional frame is applied to the rear with a set of three small pulley-wheel parts fit on a bar and form a transfer point for the drive-belt that’s added later, with a choice of two styles for the centre section. At the very rear of the chassis is a stub-axle that mounts a huge flywheel made up from two parts to create a rim, then the single-cylindered engine is built, bearing more than a passing resemblance to an air compressor that you might have under your desk somewhere. There are a few colour choices called out along the way, and the finished assembly is then mounted on the cross-rail, overhanging the flywheel. Various small ancillary parts are added to the engine “compartment”, another drive pulley is mounted perpendicular to the large flywheel, then the two are joined by the drive band, which you can make up from the two straps on the sprue, or by creating your own that fully wraps around the pulleys for a more realistic look. A toolbox is added next to the engine, then fuel and radiator tanks are built and installed along with their hosing. There is a surrounding frame for the seat added to the small upstands on the chassis, which holds the moulded upholstered cushions to which the framed back and side-rests are fixed, with extra padding attached to the back and arms before it is inserted and glued in place. Now the PE fun begins! The power that has been transferred to an axle under the foot well is sent to the wheels by a bike-style chain, which is layered up from three PE parts that form the rings as well as the links, with one assembly per side. Now comes the really clever part. Each of the pneumatic tyres are moulded within a circular sprue runner, which has four towers hanging down. These towers fit into corresponding holes in the jig, with a small one for the front wheel and larger one for the outside, all on the same jig. This allows the modeller to keep the tyre stationary while locating the little eyes on the ends of the spokes into the pips on the inside rim of the tyre. It also sets the correct dish to the wheels when you add the temporary centre boss during construction. You create two of these assemblies per tyre, cut them from their sprues once complete, then glue them together with a hub sandwiched between them just like a modern bike wheel. You carry out that task thrice, two large, one small and it would be well worth painting the spokes beforehand. The main wheels slot straight onto the axle, while the front wheel is clamped in place by a two-part yoke, much like a set of forks on a bike. In order to steer the vehicle, the tiller is made up from a few parts and slots into the footwell floor, with a small step added to the right front corner of the well to ease access. A steering linkage joins the fork and tiller together, a small wheel pokes out of the footwell, possibly a fuel valve? I don’t know, as I’m not quite that knowledgeable on the subject. The final part is a long brake lever, which is probably intended to make up for the lack of servo assistance by using leverage. Markings There are no decals in the box, as there isn’t enough of a vehicle for anything other than paint. The colours for each part are called out in boxed letters as the build progresses, and that’s a very good idea for such a stripped-down framework with parts strapped to it. The codes refer back to a chart on the front of the booklet that gives Revell and Tamiya codes plus the colour names in English and Ukrainian. Conclusion A totally left-field hit from my point of view, as it’s detailed, very cool and quite endearing. If you’d asked me if I would ever build a car from 1886 I’d have said no way. Now I am seriously considering it, although if you gave me a full size one to drive I’d need a few beers to drive anything that doesn’t float but is steered with a tiller. Extremely highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. 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  22. A-26/B-26 Invader Brass Undercarriage (for ICM) 1:48 Aerocraft Models To the joy and surprise of modellers ICM recently gave started a new line in A-26/B-26 Invade kits. These are large and impressive kit and a bit weighty Ali at Aerocraft has thought of this and has been busy at work creating this set to replace the kit parts in tough brass to alleviate any concerns. The set arrives in an unassuming ziplok bag, with three parts inside, all made from brass. With two main gear legs and the nose leg. Preparation of the brass parts will involve removal of the casting gate with a file or a motor-tool at very low speed. The moulding marks on the top and bottom of the part should be similarly easy to remove using a small file with sanding sticks used to smooth it out once the task is complete. Conclusion This set not expensive by any stretch of the imagination, and guarantees resilient gear legs for years to come, providing you use either super-glue or epoxy to attach it to the plastic. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Hi there! I make aircraft models - but wanted to try out some cars too. I'm mainly interested in the weathering aspect of cars and adding them into diorama environment. So honestly, I'm not much of a 'car guy' but I suspect this will be fun and different kind of challenge in any case. So the kit that I have is this: And this is what we have in the box: It's a fine looking model for sure. Pretty crisp details and quite a lot of details overall. Not your average Heller 1:32 Volvo truck, eh @JeroenS ? In addition to this being my first car kit ever, it's my first ICM kit ever. First impression is good, nice box art, good sturdy box, crisp looking model and a manual that makes sense. So let the building commence. I thought I'd make a sacrifice to the carpet monster early on, before I lose something important. One of the pedals went missing so I made a new one from a piece of sprue. It's not completely straight forward kit, the exterior of the car is made from quite many pieces, have to think about a little in what order I will qlue the the parts down or do I need to paint them first. Planes tend to be bit more simple, you just paint the cockpit separately and once it's done you will put the fuselage together. Started putting together the engine too. Not much of this will be visible but it's nice that the underside of the car and the engine are well detailed too. There are lot of skinny parts - and the plastic is bit on the soft side so need to be extra careful not breaking anything. Next, some paint.
  24. I-153 Chaika With Soviet Pilots (1939-43) (32013) ICM 1:32 The Polikarpov I-153 was the last of Nikolai Polikarpov's biplane fighter aircraft to enter service and despite being the most advanced entry in the series was already obsolete when it first entered service in 1939. 0The I-153 was developed as a result of a misreading of the results of the aerial combat during the Spanish Civil War. In July 1937 a meeting chaired by Stalin concluded that the Fiat CR.32 biplane was superior to the Polikarpov I-16 monoplane. The nimble Fiat fighter had achieved impressive results against the Soviet fighter, but partly because the I-16 pilots had attempted to dogfight rather than use their superior speed to break off combat. The successful introduction of the Bf 109 was ignored, and instead of focusing on producing a superior monoplane the Soviet authorities decided to work on an improved biplane. The new aircraft needed to maintain the manoeuvrability of the I-15 and I-152 while also increasing in speed. This presented Polikarpov with a problem, for he had already argued that any increase in speed came at the cost of an increase in weight (from the heavier more powerful engine and stronger fuselage needed to support it). The heavier aircraft would then be less manoeuvrable. Work on the I-153 was officially approved on 11 October 1937. Polikarpov's main aim was to reduce drag and weight in an attempt to compensate for the weight of a heavier engine. He did this in two main ways - first by introducing a retractable undercarriage, and second by returning to the 'gull wing' configuration of the I-15, in which the upper wing was linked to the fuselage by diagonal sections, eliminating its central section. This had worked on the I-15, but had been unpopular with some pilots and higher authorities, and had been removed from the I-152. As a result that aircraft had been less manoeuvrable than its precursor. The 'gull wing' on the I-152 was an improved version of that on the I-15, with a bigger gap between the wing roots, which improved the pilot's forward view when landing and taking off. The fuselage and wings of the I-153 were similar to those of the I-15 and I-152, with a steel tube framework, covered by metal at the front of the fuselage and fabric elsewhere. The manually operated retractable undercarriage rotated through 90 degrees before folding backwards into the fuselage. The first prototype was powered by a 750hp M-25V engine. Its maiden flight is variously reported as having taken place in May or August 1938, with A.I. Zhukov at the controls. Tests that began on 27 September are variously described as state acceptance or factory trials. These tests weren't entirely satisfactory and production was delayed while some of the problems were solved. In June-August 1939 state acceptance trials were conducted using an I-153 powered by the new Shvetsov M-62 engine, a version of the M-25V with a two-stage supercharger. These trials were not officially concluded until January 1941, long after the type had been superseded. Next in line was a version powered by the 900hp M-63, and this version passed its trials on 30 September 1939. Only a handful of aircraft were produced with the M-25 engine. The 800hp M-62 was used in the largest number of aircraft, around 3,018 in total. The 1,100hp (at take-off) M-63 was used in 409 aircraft. A total of 3,437 I-153s were produced, beginning in 1938. 1,011 aircraft had been completed by the end of 1939, and a massive 2,362 were built in 1940, at a time when the Soviet Union desperately needed more modern monoplanes. Production came to an end early in 1941 and only 64 aircraft were completed that year. The standard I-153 was armed with four ShKAS machine guns. These replaced the PV-1 guns used on the I-15 and I-152, and had a much higher rate of fire (1,800 compared to 750 rounds per minute) as well as being much lighter. The four under wing bomb racks could carry up to 441lb of bombs. In 1940 93 of these aircraft were delivered to the Chinese nationalists for their fight against the Japanese. They served until 1943. The Model Having done a couple of versions of the I-16, it’s great to see ICM release its biplane stablemate. Contained in a sturdy box the three large sprues of grey plastic are pretty well protected in their single plastic bag, with the clear parts in a separate bag, there is also a largish decal sheet. All the parts are superbly moulded, with no sign of flash or other imperfections and only a few noticeable moulding pips. There are a few swirl marks in the plastic, but nothing to worry about and will easily be covered when the kit is primed and painted. Since the aircraft was mostly wood there are very few panel lines, where fabric was used in the construction, the kit shows the underlying structure, but in a nicely restrained way. Construction begins with the lower wing and the two upper sections being attached to the single piece lower section, after which there are two insets that fit into the main undercarriage bay roof. The cockpit is assembled next, and is a very nicely detailed area. The two seat supports are attached to the seat back and glued to the cockpit floor, followed by the seat base. The two piece control column is glued into place along with its separate control rod and rudder pedals. The tubular framework of the cockpit is quite delicate, and care should be taken when removing from the sprues and assembling. Side tubular structures are fitted with ancillary instruments, levers, radio controls, throttle lever and flare pistol. The side sections are then glued to the front and rear sections. The whole assembly is then attached to the cockpit floor assembly and the whole lot glued to the lower wing assembly.The fuselage sides are then detailed with an oxygen bottle, and side access doors before being glued together. The fuselage is then slid over the cockpit structure and glued to the lower wing. The horizontal tailplanes, elevators and rudder all come in two halves. When glued together they are attached to the rear fuselage. The upper wing comes as single piece upper section and two piece lower sections. Once joined, the assembly is attached to the forward fuselage and the two interplane struts glued into position. The engine is quite a simple affair, being moulded in two halves, to which the valve rods are attached, followed by the exhausts. The cooling shutter ring is then fitted to the inside of the nose cowling, followed by the engine assembly, rear bulkhead, and separate exhaust stubs and five piece propeller. The engine/nose cowling assembly is then attached to the front fuselage, followed by the two side panels, top panel, windshield, gunsight and oil cooler duct. Each of the main undercarriage is made from five parts, once assembled they are glued into their respective positions. The tailplane struts are then added, along with the undercarriage bay doors and two piece tail wheel. You then have the option of adding wither eight rockets, each of three pieces, two small bombs, also three parts or four larger bombs also three parts. The bombs have separate crutches while the rockets are fitted to rails. Then it’s just a bit of very light rigging and the model is done. Decals The decal sheet is printed by ICM themselves. The decals are quite glossy, well printed, in register and nicely opaque, particularly useful for the large white numbers. There are four decal options, the four aircraft being:- I-153, aircraft No.26 of the 70th Fighter Regiment, Khalin-Gol, August 1939 in Aluminium overall, with Field Green squiggles all over the upper sides of the wings and fuselage sides. I-153 aircraft No.28 of the 15th Fighter Regiment, Lithuania, June 1939 in an overall Aluminium finish I-153 aircraft No.6 of the 72nd Mixed Regiment, North Fleet Air Force, Vaegna, 1940 in an Field Green upper surfaces and fuselage sides, and Light Blue undersides. I-153, aircraft No.102 of the 71st Fighter Regiment, Baltic Fleet Air Force, Lavansaari, Summer 1942 in Field Green over flat black upper sides of the wings and fuselage sides and Light blue undersides. Figures ICM have a great selection of figures in their catalogue, the latest set is of is for Soviet Pilots, consisting of two pilots and a member of the operations staff. One pilot is in a sitting position, just right to pose in your lovely I-16 or I-153. The other pilot is standing and should be posed with the third figure as it looks like he’s giving the pilot a briefing before a mission.Each figure is made up from separate legs/lower torso, upper torso, arms and head; the standing pilot also has a two piece helmet. Then there is a selection of map and ammunition pouches, holsters, and parachutes and goggles. The parachute packs could do with some better webbing as the two parts provided for the standing pilot don’t look that realistic. Conclusion As with the I-16, this is a very cute and recognisable little aeroplane. The biplane design, whilst out of date, makes this aircraft look a nicer design then the I-16. It’s certainly great that ICM are catering to those of us who like the larger scales and there is still plenty that could be done with the interior should you wish t go to town on it. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Just finished this one, build out of box, a rearly good kit fit was nice so no big issues, Cheers Jes
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