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  1. Saw one of the above in a model shop yesterday for £6.99. Now the world is not exactly awash with Lynx moulds in 1/72. I was wondering whose mould it is. Is this a chance to obtain a Hobbyboss kit (for all its flaws) on the cheap?
  2. Here she is, in her full 1950's glory. The bright decals make it better I think. Not as simple to make as I was expecting, as the Mistercraft kit needs a bit of cutting and sanding to make an F.6, but in the end I thought I'd use one of the Xtradecal options to brighten her up.
  3. Good morning, Here is my build of the 1/72 Mastercraft Aero L-29 Delfin finished with the beautiful Armycast decals, in Uganda Air Force colours. The kit took me much longer than anticipated due to having to reshape the parts and much use of filler, however I am quite happy with the outcome. I hope you all like my build.
  4. Hot on the heals of the Canberra, another beauty from the 50s, the elegant Hawker Hunter. This is my first 'Mistercraft' kit, and looks on first glance to be quite simple; very few parts and to my less than professional eyes, a reasonable shape. Not bad for about £6 on eBay anyway! The kit decals, however, were awful! Very blotchy looking 92 sqn checks, and some 1 sqn nose flashes that seem a bit too small in my opinion. As I'll be making my Sabre in 92 sqn colours, I wanted to do something different for the Hunter, so I splashed out on the Xtradecals set. A good choice on the Xtradecals, I'm still undecided on whether to do 56, 63 or 74 sqn! They all look fabulous to the point where I may have to get another Hunter! Whichever unit, I think it'll be nice with camo upper and silver undersides - classic 1950's RAF, the best genre! So, to the kit ... Does anybody have any tips about 1/72 Hunters in general, and the Mistercraft kit in particular? Any potential traps or issues to look out for? It really does contain very few parts! I'll need to file that pointy 'pen nib' jetpipe fairing flat for a start. Interestingly, the instructions call it an F.1, but the box and markings are all F.6!
  5. Hawker Tempest Mk.V 1:72 MisterCraft The Tempest was designed by Hawkers to address some of the performance issues with the Typhoon. The wingspan was originally greater than the Typhoon but this was clipped back to be slightly shorter. The wing was changed with the cannon being moved further back. Ammunition capacity was expanded to 200 rounds per gun. The landing gear was given a wider track to improve landing characteristics. The new wing and four bladed propeller was to cure the high frequency vibrations problems suffered by the Typhoon. With a top speed of 432mph it was faster at low level than other propeller aircraft. The Tempests great speed would make it an ideal aircraft to intercept V-1 flying bombs. Over 1/3 of V-1 shoot downs were attributed to Tempests. Just over 800 Mk.V aircraft were built. The Kit The plastic in this kit is from Heller and dates back to 1978. Those in the know say that the shape is correct, and better in shape than some other kits. The kit arrives on four smallish sprues of light grey plastic. The mould look to have held up well. Construction starts with attaching the spinner to the propeller. Next up the prominent radiator is assembled. Following the it pilots seat is attached to the rear bulkhead/armour and the cockpit floor (though this seems missing in the instructions!). Construction then moved to the main landing gear. The wheels are added to the leg and the gear doors attached. The streamlined underwing tanks are next built up. Now that the various sub assemblies are built up construction can start on the main aircraft. The cockpit and radiator are installed, along with the instrument panel, and the fuselage can be closed up. Once this is done the propeller is attached with the backing part inserted through the wing aperture. The wing is then made up which is of a conventional one part lower, with left/right uppers. Once the wing is attached to the main fuselage the landing gear and tanks can be attached along with the tail wheel, tailplanes and canopy. Just a note on the instructions, don't be alarmed that they look to be for an Su-17, strange but it appears there has been a printing error and you get both a set of instructions for this kit, and the Su-17 as the Su-17 construction diagrams are on the back of the Tempest cover sheet/decal diagram and visa versa. Markings Markings are provided for 3 aircraft. Wing Commander P Closterman JV732. Wing Commander R Beamont JN732. JN766 RNzAF. The decals look to be in register, the SKY codes look a little dark to me and the tail bands will need to be matched to these. All bands and stripes will need to be painted. There is a set of White aircraft codes on the decal sheet but no reference to these on the instructions. Conclusion This is a good looking kit of the Tempest Mk.V, recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  6. MiG-29M '23rd AFB' 1:72 Mistercraft The Mikoyan MiG-29, known in the West by its NATO reporting name 'Fulcrum' is an air superiority fighter designed and built in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. As with other comparable aircraft of that period, such as the Su-27, F-16, F-15 and Panavia Tornado, it was produced in significant numbers and is still in fairly widespread service with air arms around the world. The MiG-29 was developed as a lighter, cheaper aircraft compared to the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker, an aircraft with which it is broadly comparable in terms of layout and design, if not size and weight. As with the Su-27, the engines are spaced widely apart, with the area between the engines being used to generate lift and improve manoeuvrability. The MiG-29 is powered by two Klimov RD-33 Turbofans, each of which is capable of generating over 18,000lb of thrust in reheat. As with many Soviet types, the aircraft is well suited for use from rough airstrips, particularly as the engine air intakes can be closed completely when on the ground, allowing air to be drawn through louvers on the upper surfaces of the wing roots. Armament is covered by a combination of Vympel R-27 medium-range air-to-air missiles and R-73 or R-60 short-range air-to-air missiles, as well as a GSh-30-1 30mm cannon. The aircraft can be used in a range of roles and is capable of carrying bombs and rockets as well. The MiG-29 has been widely exported and is still in widespread use by a variety of air arms, including several NATO member states such as Poland. There have been quite a few kits of the MiG-29 over the years, with many of the major manufacturers covering the type at one time or another. For many years, the best of the bunch were those released by Airfix and Italeri - although neither was without fault – followed by Hasegawa with a kit that is easy to build but not particularly accurate. All of that has changed over the last year, however, with both Trumpeter and Zvezda investing in brand new toolings of this important fighter. As a result, modellers may now choose from two ranges of modern, accurate and high-quality kits. So where, you might ask, does Mistercraft fit in to all this? The usually reliable Scalemates is rather circumspect about the origins of this particular kit. Some modellers say, however, that the moulds were discovered by Bedouin shepherds in a cave on the shores of the Dead Sea, tucked away behind some old scrolls. I could certainly believe that, but for the fact that the MiG-29 entered service in the early 1980s. Inside the compact top-opening box, complete with deceptively promising box art, are six sprues of plastic parts. The box states there are 60 of them, but it's hard to check this as every time I pick one of the sprues up, a part of the kit falls off. The kit sits at the basic end of the spectrum (or 'classic', if you wish to impart a positive spin), with prominent raised panel lines and fairly basic detail. Looking for positives, the instructions are absolutely first class. I mean really, really very good indeed. As you may expect of a kit with such a low part count, construction is very straightforward. If you wanted to build the whole thing unpainted, you could have it together in 30 minutes tops. Before joining the fuselage halves together, you just need to fit the cockpit. This is made up of 3 parts, but you can reduce that by a third if you omit the pilot. The fabulous instructions show a reasonably accurate looking pilot, but in the flesh/plastic, I reckon he looks more like a cross between a snooker referee and a First World War Tommy. See what you think. A similar situation exists with the K-36 ejection seat, which looks great in the instructions but... well, you know. Mistercraft have included intake covers, which is good as there is no detail inside the engine air intakes. The instructions really are superlative. The vertical tail and wings are each moulded in top and bottom/port and starboard halves, while the elevators are solid parts. The otherwise outstanding instructions are slightly confusing when it comes to the landing gear legs. This is because you are looking for a part that, when you finally locate it on the sprues, looks somewhat less impressive than they would have you believe. There is no nose gear bay at all, but on the positive side, the wheels are round. Things take an interesting twist when it comes to the finishing touches. The otherwise fantastic instructions show the addition of small parts such as the IFF and temperature probe which are not actually numbered. Presumably this is because they don't actually exist. R-27 and R-60 missiles are included. The canopy exists. Decals are a high point. You get a generous five options spread across three small sheets: MiG-29A, 1st Regiment, Polish Air Force, Minks Mazowiecki AB, 1997; MiG-29A, 73rd Jagd Geschwader, Lagge AB, Germany, 1997; MiG-29A, Ukrainian Air Force, Ivano-Frankovsk AB, 1992; MiG-29A, 1st Flight, 1st Fighter Regiment, Czech Air Force, Zatec AB, 1997; and MiG-29A, Russian Air Force, Andreapol, 2002. I really couldn't say how well the decals are likely to perform, but given the nature of the kit, I really wouldn't worry too much about it. Conclusion It's a plastic model kit. It probably is the cheapest MiG-29 on the market, but for that bargain price, you must accept one or two compromises. The instructions are fabulous though. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  7. Me again folks - this is now build 3 of my most recently posted builds. I've got the Airfix Wildcat to add finishing touches to and a 1/48 Revell Stuka to complete - I'll post both as soon as they're ready. Anyway back to this build. This is the MisterCraft PZL 7a Polish fighter. Now I hadn't really been aware of this manufacturer until I saw this kit in the Monk Bar Model Shop in York (an absolutely cracking little model shop - a must visit for any members of the forum planning a visit to York). It cost the grand sum of £2.99 so my expectations weren't that high but I was very pleasantly surprised. The kit is small but does pack a punch with various bits of detail and to be honest was just a nice straightforward and hassle free little build. The kit had 4 versions - again a big surprise for such an inexpensive model. There are 2 polish versions, a Romanian and a Luftwaffe. I went for one of the polish liveries. The only real issue with the kit was that some of the decals were out of register but as it happened didn't affect my particular choice although I thought the overall quality of the decals was pretty good. Anyway on to the photos - please as always let me know what you think:
  8. MisterCraft is to release a 1/48th (?) Mil Mi-4A "Hound" kit - ref. F04 Sources: http://www.modellbau-universe.de/produkt;mil-mi-4-hound-mistercraft;mc~f04;10;1;1;1.htm https://www.modelbouwkrikke.nl/plastic-bouwdozen/contents/nl/p44277_mistercraft-f-04-mil-mi-4-hound.html http://www.hobbycenter.pt/shop/index.php?id_product=804&controller=product&id_lang=1 Price tag suggests a 1/72nd kit and the box art reminds the old MisterCraft/Směr/KP 1/72nd kit. But ref. number is new and the kit is clearly announced as 1/48th scale. Kit ref.060046 Source: http://www.benl.ebay.be/itm/Mil-Mi-4A-Hound-Soviet-Transport-Helicopter-1-72-MISTERCRAFT-Hobby-Kits-060046-/391553938177?clk_rvr_id=1096532567915&rmvSB=true Here ref. F04 in 1/72nd: http://www.hobbysta.pl/mil-hound-p-56416.html To be followed. V.P.
  9. Su-7BKL "Fitter-A" 1:48 MisterCraft The Su-7 was a swept wing supersonic aircraft developed by the Sukhoi design bureau in the 1950's. Originally designed as a fighter it was not a great success, but would later find its role in bombing and ground attack. The Su-7BKL added a rough field capability to the BM which was itself an upgrade for the B model featuring an upgraded engine. In addition wet hard points under the wings were added, and the airframe made nuclear capable. The BKL also featured provision for JATO rockets. 267 were built and many were supplied to Soviet satellite states. The Kit The plastic in this kit is from OEZ in 1989, and has been reboxed over the years by many different companies. Even though the pastic can be a little thick this is still the best Su-7 kit produced to date. Construction starts off not in the cockpit but with the underwing thanks, ordinance, and the JATO rockets; though I suspect many modellers will leave this until later and move straight onto the cockpit. A basic 4 part ejection seat is made up, this fits into the cockpit which is built up on top of the front wheel well. Attached to the front of the cockpit is the nose radar bullet assembly. 10 grams of weight is recommended here, but it looks like as much as you can cram in would be advisable! The exhaust nozzle is also completed at this stage. The next stage of assembly is the landing gear which is fairly complex. Each main gear has 6 parts and the wheel, then the gear doors which need to be cut if doing a wheels down aircraft need attaching to the legs. The nose gear has a two part leg trapping the wheel, then two struts. Once these are made up the two part vertical tail and rudder assembly is put together. This is then followed by assembling both wings. These are of standard upper/lower construction. Now that a lot of the sub assemblies are complete construction can move to the main task. The cockpit/nose radar units along with the exhaust are enclosed in the main fuselage, then the wings are attached along with the vertical tail, and tail planes. Two prominent cable ducts are added along with the under wing hard points. The rear airbrakes can be open or closed. The landing gear is added along with the JATO bottles if you wish, and armament of your choice. Rocket pods and large single rockets are provided along with fuel tanks. Lastly the canopy is added, and a boarding ladder is provided if the modeller wishes to use it. Markings As well as having Bort numbers for nine different aircraft assigned to the Polish Air Force all in NMF, four other decal options are provided. Red 25 Soviet Air Force 1960's (NMF). White 25, Soviet Air Force in now Ukraine (4 colour Camo) 1960. 6427, Czechoslovak Air Force, 1984-89 (4 colour camo). 6514, Czechoslovak Air Force, 1984-89 (3 colour camo). The decals are seem to be well printed, colour dense and have minimal carrier film Conclusion This kit is still really the only game in town for a 1/48 Su-7. It is showing its age a bit, but builds upto a good looking model. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
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