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  1. MikroMir is to release a 1/48th Kaman OH-43D (HOK-1) Huskie kit - ref. So for sure a family of Huskie Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1925194124224981 First 3D renders - a damn complex heli! V.P.
  2. Here we have Mikromir's lovely 1/144 German World War 1 Coastal U-boat type UB-1, UB-10 depicted. WIP Brush painted with humbrol enamels, brass rod added for ariel's and handrail, with flood holes opened out. All the best Chris
  3. After the Sikorsky HO3S-1 (link), AMP is to release a 1/48th Bristol Type 171 Sycamore kit - ref. 48004 I really like these vintage small helicopters... In the right (quarter) scale! Source: the HO3S-1 box V.P.
  4. Thanks Maks MikroMir is reported working on a 1/144 Tupolev Tu-22KD "Blinder-B" kit - ref. Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/967-анонсы-моделей-авиации-mikromir-официальная-тема-производителя/?do=findComment&comment=62413 3D render V.P.
  5. MikroMir is to release a 1/48th Supermarine S.5 kit - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1959896374088089 V.P.
  6. MikroMir AMP is to release 1/72nd E.E. Canberra kits. Among them T.11/ B.2 /Tp.52 Swedish air force etc. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1768192206591841 V.P.
  7. Source: http://sandmmodels.co.uk/misc-news/piston-provost-released-next-week/ My hope: a 1/48th Hunting Percival Provost T.Mk.1 after the 1/72nd kit http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234984749-172-percival-provost-tmk1-by-s-m-models-test-shotbox-arts-release-november-2015/ V.P.
  8. After the Sikorski HO3S-1 (link) AMP is to release a 1/48th Westland Dragonfly kit. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1668994186511644 3D renders V.P.
  9. Hello all! Just for a change, I decided to do a kit that was issued within the last couple of years rather than something as old as me! Oh yes, and it was relatively big too. The Blackburn Beverley. I remember seeing these flying when I lived out in Aden, and was always impressed with them. I was very surprised when MikroMir indicated they were producing an injection-moulded kit of it, and it went to the top of my 'watching' list at Hannants! It duly arrived in my stash, and I got round to building it back in June this year. My overall impression of the kit was good, there was plenty of detail (how accurate I know not): there was a central console, instrument panel (with dials), control columns and a pair of seats. I added some tape seatbelts just for fun. I had to sand a bit off the assembly and remove the location ledges on one fuselage half to get the fuselage to close up, but it was nothing untoward. This aircraft needed a lot of weight to not tail-sit, so I built some 'cargo' in the shape of a large crate (modeled from memory of the crates we used when relocating overseas) and loaded it with lead and CA'd it in place. The wings went okay, with quite a good trailing edge. The four wing halves each needed a small triangle cutting off (indicated in the instructions) and the slots on the fuselage needed a little paring from the inside to allow the wings to fit. Clamshell doors were a good fit too, and they (along with the wings) only needed a little filler to blend in nicely. I needed to do a bit more work with the engine nacelles, and they were not too bad, but when I came to put in the engine faces I could not get them to sit straight. They were eventually hidden by the prop spinners. Transparencies fitted well, and there were even masks supplied for painting. The tail assembly was okay when fitted, but I left off the vertical parts for later. I drilled out all the portholes as they were represented by black dots on the transfer sheet. I sprayed the whole thing Tamiya White Primer, then gloss white for the cabin roof. I then hit a hitch. The instructions suggested Light Stone and Dark Earth for the upper camo colours, but Light stone looked too pale to me, so I asked for help in the Cold War section here on BM. Light Stone was correct (I always thought the lighter colour was darker and more yellow), so I used Humbrol 121 Pale Stone and 29 Dark Earth. For some reason I kept thinking 121 was Light Stone, and that may be the reason it looked wrong. Anyway, during the chat on the other thread, I decided to repaint the Light Stone with another colour, and when it was confirmed that it should be Light Stone, I decided to start from scratch. I went out and bought some Tamiya Light Sand (yes I know, I STILL got the colour wrong!), and sprayed over the paintwork... The topic was discussed here, where you can see the transfer problems: You can tell what is coming next, can't you? Yep, It made the paintwork underneath blister and go 'orange peel'. OOPS! Well, I sanded it back as best I could, and then repainted it in the original colours I had chosen, 121 and 29 with Revell Matt Black undersides. Lesson learnt (I hope). I brush painted the black and camouflage colours, with a mixture of enamel and acrylic paints. The transfers went on brilliantly, no trace of silvering at all, but it had been pointed out that there were a number of hitches on the transfer sheet. The fuselage roundel placement was wrong on the instructions, but in the right place on the box top for my chosen 84Sqn aircraft, the Scorpion motif looks like it should have red in the body but is black only and I am not sure if they face the right way. 'MIDDLE EAST' was spealt 'MIDLE EAST' so I have left that off for now until I can source replacements. Having got that out of the way, a few minor mods to the wheel location holes were needed before the plane was able to sit on its back four wheels and its tail, which therefore meant I needed to add more weight! Off came the nose transparency and in went loads of spare lead, and eventually it sat how a Beverley should. Amazingly ALL wheels touch the surface. Masking the props was an exercise in patience but was worthwhile. My verdict? This was a cracking kit of a rather ungainly aircraft, and although it stretched my skills a lot, it was well worth getting. The only bit I did not like was the way the props went together. Each one had problems - the props would not seat inside the spinner too well, and no matter how much I trimmed the openings they would not fit. When I was pressing them in, each spinner cracked like an eggshell, but some Tamiya Extra Super Fast Drying Cement put them back together again. Enough waffle, here are some photographs: That last photo shows just how ropey my paintinwas for the props, but they do not look so bad in real size on the model, honest! Finally, just to show the paint problem I had after respraying: I suppose I could say the wings are made from fake leather! I was so impressed with the quality of the kit I went into Hannants on Tuesday and bought the MikroMir Argosy (and an ATR-72, a DH-88 Comet, a DHC Chipmunk and five transfer sheets for other kits) and hopefully will do it better justice than this one. You never know, I might even get the colours right! Thanks for looking, any advice or suggestions are welcome. All the best, Ray
  10. McDonnell Douglas MD-11 1:144 MikroMir After the first generation wide body airliners were established into service, thoughts naturally turned to the future. Of the major companies, Boeing continued to develop the 747 whilst also working on 767 and 777 next generation wide bodies, as did Airbus with the A330 & A340 . Lockheed were unable to do much more than offer minor variations to their Tristar, and Douglas were similarly short of cash, meaning that they too were not able to look at creating a new aircraft. There were several proposals from the 1970’s onwards to develop the DC-10 with fuselage stretches and reductions, but for one reason or another they came to nothing. It was not until 1986 that the MD-11 was finalised and offered for sale. The design featured a 5.6 metre fuselage stretch, redesigned wing & tail, a glass cockpit, and the use of composites in construction, and new fuel efficient engines. The MD-11 program suffered from various delays, and the first flight was seven months late, in January 1990. Performance was also below forecast, with the aircraft unable to meet its range/payload figures. December 1990 saw Finnair introduce the MD-11 into service just days before Christmas 1990. Several airlines were disappointed with their MD-11’s, American Airlines keeping their fleet barely 5 years and Singapore cancelling their entire order. Production lasted just seven years for the passenger version, with the final cargo MD-11’s being built in 2000, giving a total build of 200 MD-11’s of all versions. Of those still flying, all are cargo versions, with FedEx and UPS having the largest fleets. The Kit Developed in partnership with Eastern Express, the MD-11 is an all new tooling of this much wanted subject. Upon opening the box it is quickly apparent that it shares the same design approach as the Eastern Express L1011 Tristar released last year. The plastic is very similar, with the same delicately engraved panel lines and detailing, and most obviously a separate rear fuselage and fin unit. The two fuselage halves are quite big and will need their mating surfaces cleaned up and smoothed off with a sanding block. There are some sprue attachment and a little bit of flash, just as there is on the Tristar kit, and having built a Tristar I can say that it is a simple and quick job. Construction starts with the cockpit, which is very unusual for a 1:144 airliner, but most welcome if like me you sometimes find yourself scratch building to fill the empty space. With those large cockpit windows I expect that this detail should be visible on the completed model. With 10 parts to make up the nosewheel bay and leg there is also more detail than usual. We have come a long way since the shallow recesses provided as wheel bays on the likes of Airfix airliners. With the bay and cockpit completed, they can be inserted into one fuselage half, and fuselage closed up. The instructions show the two main fuselage halves being joined, then the two rear fuselage sections being joined to each other, before bringing the two units together. Personally I prefer to avoid this method, as it often seems to result in a ’step’ on the join. I have not tried it on this kit, so it may be feasible, but on my Tristar I joined the tail units to their respective fuselages, to make two ‘normal’ fuselage halves. If you do the job on a flat surface, everything should be in line. The Tristar came out with an almost perfect join, so I will be tempted to do it this way with the MD-11 kit as well. The cockpit glazing is done with a complete unit, including the roof. The moulding captures the look of the DC-10/MD-11 cockpit windows very well, so I’ll be interested to see how it looks on the completed fuselage. A set of pre cut window masks is on the main masking sheet. The wings have restrained engraved panel lines and are nicely shaped, having the distinctive kink at the roots from mid chord to trailing edge Not easy to photograph, but I’ll give it a try. The engines in this kit are the General Electric CF6-80C2D1F, with separate hot and cold sections, compressor and turbine fan discs. The no.2 engine (tail) is also provided in full, which is pleasing to see. Most MD-11’s used this engine, although there was the option of the Pratt & Whitney 4460 or 4462. I believe that a version of the kit may be produced in the future with the P&W engines. The fuselage underside has a large insert for the wing box, in a style that will be familiar to anyone who has built any of Revell’s wide body Airbus kits. Interestingly a spar is also provided, which goes in before the under fuselage part. The wings later slide over this stub spar, which should add strength and assist in getting the wing to fuselage join lined up. . The landing gear legs are well detailed, including the characteristic central main gear leg, but all the wheels are in halves. The hub detail on them is excellent, and very sharply defined. It is a small point, but I always appreciate the wheel hubs being clearly defined from the tyre like this. It makes painting them so much easier, quite important when there are 24 hub ‘sides’ to do. Decals and markings. The box top has a very distinctive looking MD-11 of Finnair on it, and you can’t fail to notice all the cartoon characters down the side. These are the ‘Moomins’ from the childrens stories by Finnish author Tove Jansson. I know this because when my daughter was young, we had Moomin books, videos, and toys in the house! The big decal sheet contains all the Moomin decals for OH-LGF, and an alternative Santa and his sleigh scheme for OH-LGC. The printing looks really good, the colours are right, the print itself is razor sharp, and everything is in perfect register. Without a doubt these are the best decals I have yet seen from MikroMir. It they work as good as they look, I’ll be well satisfied. The Belgian airline CityBird is provided as a third option, but is only shown on the side of the box, so airliners.net will be your friend if you go for this one. The big ‘CityBird’ logos are not decals, but come as masks, meaning that you really need to spray these. (Or maybe its just me, but I’ve always had paint ‘creep’ under masks when using a brush, whereas I’ve never had any trouble with spraying I used masks on a BPK ‘Air Canada Jazz’ Bombardier CRJ-200, and was very impressed with them). Conclusion Airliner modellers have long had the MD-11 near the top of their with list, so this release is very much appreciated. It has a slight ‘limited run’ look to the plastic parts, with the fuselage mating seam needing cleaning up, the rear fuselage being separate, and the wheels being all in halves. None of this will be of much importance to most builders though, as at long last we have an injection moulded MD-11 . The quality of all the mouldings look to be very good, the fine recessed lines are very restrained and delicate, to the point that you won’t want to lose them by using too many coats of primer and paint. Undoubtedly it will build up into an impressive model, I think it is a good looking aircraft, and an essential one to have in any collection of modern airliners. It’s great to see that after many years of ’drought’, new airliner models have been released in the past couple of years, and with the Argosy & D-11 MikroMir provided a couple from near the top on many peoples ‘wants‘ list.. Already the aftermarket producers have released numerous decal sheets for the various airlines who operated MD-11’s , so it looks set to be a popular model, and deserves to be. Highly Recommended Review sample courtesy of
  11. MikroMir is to release 1/32nd Yokosuka MXY-7 Model 11 & MXY-7 K-1 Ohka kits - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1925898250821235 V.P.
  12. MikroMir is to release a 1/144th Handley Page Victor B.1 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235001063-handley-page-victor-b1-1144/ To put alongside the Great Wall Hobby (GWH) and Pit Road Victor B.2/K.2 http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234964961-1144-victor-b2-gwh-kit-l1004/ CADs V.P.
  13. Here we have Mikromir's lovely WW1 u-boat UB 1, there are lots of detail on this kit and with a little extra gumption a very nice example can be produced. There are markings provided for a number of boats, including eyes, nostrils and mouth depending on which one is built, also a very nice camo scheme. Ive plumped for UB 10, which has a deck gun and ive found some reference photos for, as the rigging arrangement is not very clear. The example on the box seems to be a later UB as 20 were built in total, if you wish to build this you will need to scratch guard rail around the conning tower and a radio T shaped mast. So heres the box art. So starting with the hull halves i have opened up all the flood holes and the torpedo tube openings. Its worth noting that internal detail of the tube doors is included but only closed doors, so i will have to do some trimming as these seem to be of a camshell arrangement. All the best Chris
  14. Sebastiano Tringali

    Sikorsky HO3S-1 1/48 AMP

    My latest....hope you like it!
  15. AMP has 1/48th and 1/72nd Supermarine S.6B kits in project. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/photos/a.1416729748404757.1073741828.1416295571781508/1868468463230881/?type=3&theater V.P.
  16. The_Lancaster

    MikroMir Alfa Class

    Hey guys, This is MikroMir's very nicely detailed but poorly fitting Alfa. I say poorly fitting because you attempt to put the hull halves together and you end up with something that looks like a poorly peeled banana. The main fin is moulded to the upper hull half because it's so streamlined that there's no point having it separate I'd like to guess. The little (well unusually large on the real thing compared to other submarines) windshield-like thing on top of the sail was photoetch. The idea of the part was to fold it over and sandwich a piece of clear acrylic between two impressions of the windshield, creating the fold up screen that stops you ending up with a bunch of wet Russians. But I may suggest simply cutting one of the windshield pieces away and going at it without the acrylic, mainly for scale appearance because mine appears slightly too thick. The model was painted with the colourcoats (ex-white ensign) hull red and Tamiya's NATO black. This black I feel gives a better representation of the rubberised anechoic tiles the Russians slathered on the submarine to reduce the noise. The models decals were interesting to say the least. The red and white disk which is the protruding dome of the emergency buoy came in separate parts which then separated further at the first look of water. Not to mention the various other decals had about as much strength as the Warsaw Pact in 1991. Finally I added the photoetch propeller blades for both the two trim propellers and the main one of which it was mainly guestimation because the main hub-bulb thing which the blades hang off of was moulded smooth. Again, with some of my other posts you may have/have not seen, my photo set up is rough to say the least so I hope you can at least tell its a submarine! Many Thanks Sam
  17. MikroMir is to release a 1/72nd Kalinin K-7 kit - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1466199806791084&id=1416295571781508 V.P.
  18. MikroMir AMP is to release a 1/48th Sikorsky R-5 / H-5 injected kit - ref. 48001 Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1454794704598261&id=1416295571781508 In my favourite scale 3D renders V.P.
  19. WTF! Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1853391408071920 V.P.
  20. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1853390211405373 V.P.
  21. Another MikroMir project announced: 1/72nd Focke-Achgelis (DFS) Fa 225 (ref. 72001), Fa 223 (ref. 72003) & Avia Vr-3 (ref. 72005) Source: https://www.facebook.com/1416295571781508/photos/a.1416729748404757.1073741828.1416295571781508/1480231898721208/?type=3&permPage=1 Fa 225 Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Achgelis_Fa_225 V.P.
  22. New MikroMir/AMP project is to release 1/48th and 1/72nd de Havilland DH.88 Comet kits. Source: https://fr-fr.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1750103291734066 3D renders V.P.
  23. This is the MikroMir Bereznyak-Isayev BI-1 Soviet rocket plane in 1:48. The short run kit goes together fairly well but the decals are fragile. Canopy masks are provided in the kit which are a great help. The kit was reviewed here on BM. To show how small this is, that is an Airfix 1/72 Hurricane next to it. Julien
  24. Mikromir AMP is to release a 1/72nd Fairey Ultra-light Helicopter kit - ref.72002 Sources: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/3047-mikromir-рисует-fairey-ultra-light-helicopter-172/http://www.greenmats.club/topic/3047-mikromir-рисует-fairey-ultra-light-helicopter-172/ https://www.facebook.com/1416295571781508/photos/a.1416729748404757.1073741828.1416295571781508/1437141239696941/?type=3&theater V.P.
  25. MikroMir has a 1/144th Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy kit in project. Source: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/967-авиация/?do=findComment&comment=17372 To be followed V.P.