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  1. Trumpeter is to release in 2017-2018 a 1/72nd Tupolev Tu-128M "Fiddler" kit - ref.01687 Source: https://www.facebook.com/md11mdster/posts/1578854138797554 V.P.
  2. Well I suppose I ought to show my intended build, seeing as the GB is my idea. I've been through quite a few different choices in my head as to what subject to build and am still not 100% sure which scheme to finish her in but I have at least decided which aircraft to build and have settled on Trumpeter's 1/48 Chengdu J-7B, what could be more appropriate than an Asian manufactured model of an Asian manufactured aircraft in Asian markings? The kit looks to be quite nice with good surface detailing and a fairly well equipped cockpit OOTB and comes with markings for 2 aircraft in PLAAF markings, the choice of colour scheme is like an T model Ford in reverse, any colour you want as long as it is white! Anyway onto the kit itself and starting with the ubiquitous box and contents shots. The box; And the contents, still sealed in their plastic bags; Quite a few parts for what is a reasonably small aircraft. I must congratulate Trumpeter for the way they have protected the clear sprues, they are wrapped in a foam packing and then sealed in their own little plastic bags, this absolutely removes any chance of accidental damage and really is to be applauded. you can see one sprue unwrapped and one still wrapped in the picture below, along with the dreaded rubber tyres (why?); The kit decal sheet looks to be well printed and is in perfect register; And a look at one of the options from the sheet, the other is identical apart from the aircraft's number; I wasn't over keen on an all white aircraft to begin with so I bought some aftermarket decals by Aztec which cover first generation Mig-21's and J-7's (actually F-7's when expported) which has some nice options on it; Only one of the options is appropriate for our GB, that being this one flown by the Bangladeshi Air Force from 1989 onwards; It was flown by 35 Squadron the "Thundercats", not sure which of the Thundercats flew it but my money is on either Lion-O or Tygra, Snarf couldn't reach the rudder pedals. So at some point I will need to decide which scheme to finish it in but as the aircraft are essentially identical I don't need to decide until the painting stage, and a weathered all white aircraft is growing on me. Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
  3. Apologies in advance for another 1/200 build, but this is the largest & most expensive build I've ever attempted, so it warrants documentation. I've been wanting this kit ever since it was announced, and the addition of a full aftermarket kit that could be purchased with all added extras as one unit was ultimately very appealing. Over the last couple of years, I've built three ancient 1/600 Airfix kits for a friend of mine, who decided to buy this kit for me as a thank you. Suffice to say I was over the moon! At this point in time, I'm still working on acquiring the right paints for this kit in its 1944 pre refit camouflage scheme. But with the amount of PE involved, it could be a while before the airbrush comes out at any rate. So without further ado, let's do this... While waiting for the Pontos set to arrive, I did what I could in the meantime which included adding the bulkheads and sanding smooth the plugs on the bottom of the hull. I downloaded a set of Pontos instructions and set about removing the plastic parts as per the instructions. It was way easier than expected. That's all for now, More updates soon! Thanks for looking!
  4. Time to make a start on my shark mouth GB entry - the F-105G from Trumpeter in 1/48. I have a Caracal sheet which includes a few shark mouth options - not decided which one yet but that can come later - I'm torn between one with a bigger shark mouth in standard SEA camo, or one with wraparound camo (which I think looks great on the Thud) and a smaller shark mouth. Here's the box shot: I'll be putting an Aires cockpit in it, so I've started today by playing around with the cockpit and thinking about how I'll fit it, and how much plastic I'll need to remove from the fuselage. I'll make a proper start tomorrow. cheers Julian
  5. I ordered these replacement Turrets from Micro Master on the Shapeways website last week , which arrived today ( he is based on Shapeways ) for the Trumpeter 1:350 scale HMS Hood. The existing Kit Trumpeter turrets to their 1:350 scale Hood are a dog's breakfast. With all the effort that the company put into the kit, it is amazing that they could so botch the turrets. The crowns are wrong. The front face is missing vision ports. There are missing details at the lower juncture of side plates and above all rear Turret vents for B and X Turrets . ( the 2 inner turrets ) These replacements add the correct Hex Nuts, Rivets, Periscopes, Stanchion Holders, Sighting Ports and Hatches This is the final parts I really need to get HMS Hood built ( in the future ) the reason for the delay , was the sheer upheaval and stress of a divorce early this year - which I have finally recovered from it , although the financial ' hit ' still stings . The 4 Turrets and Turret adapters were not cheap ( about 91 Euros including Shipping ) but I ordered the very best quality in printing - smoothest fine detail plastic ( you only get what you pay for ) hopefully of interest to the Forum ? kind regards 73north
  6. Trumpeter is to release a 1/72nd "Foxhound" family in 2016-2017 - ref.01679 - MiG-31 - released - ref.01680 - MiG-31B/BM - released - ref.01681 - MiG-31M Source: http://scalemodels.ru/modules/news/img_9587_1449141069_20.jpg.html V.P.
  7. Soviet PL-37 Light Artillery Wagon Trumpeter 1:35 History There is very little in the way of history that I can find on the PL-37, whether in my library or on the interweb. What is known is that the first Russian armoured train was built around 1915 with a number being captured after the revolution. The Soviets built up a fleet of armoured trains in the interwar years, used mostly by the Red Army, but the NKVD also used them in conjunction with their armoured cruisers. In the 1930’s this fleet was modernised with the introduction of the PR-35 and PL-37 wagons. Each train consisted of one BR-35 armoured engine, one PR-35 and two PL-37 wagons. During Operation Barbarossa, the Germans captured or destroyed most of these trains, usually through bombing as they were particularly vulnerable of this. During the war more heavily armoured trains and cruisers were built, with around 70 being available in 1945. The Model The kit comes in quite a large top opening box with an artistic impression of the wagon, strangely on its own without the rest of the train it should be attached to, firing its cannon at the enemy. As with the Panzertriebwagen No.16, reviewed HERE on opening the modeller is confronted with a box full of medium grey styrene, ten sprues in total, along with separate hull, in its own protective box, floor, turrets and five rail ballast sections. All the parts are beautifully moulded, particularly the single piece hull of the wagon, with no sign of flash and only a few moulding pips, so cleaning up after removal from the sprues should be a bit of a doddle. Being a fair bit smaller than the Panzertriebwagen there are far fewer steps in the construction, which begins with the construction of the rail tracks. The three sections that make up the majority of the track are joined together and fitted with the two end pieces, one of which needs to be modified to fit. The sleeper sections are then fitted from beneath, again with one section requiring modification to fit. The rails are then slid through the ties and joined together with two fishplates per rail. The wagon construction begins with the floor, the underside of which is fitted out with two longitudinal strengthening beams and two cross beams, on at each end. Toe plates, with added swivels are then attached to the underside in preparation for fitting the two bogies. Inside the main box structure there are four machine gun positions fitted. Each of these consists of the gun muzzle with the ball glued to the rear end. The ball is then placed in the socket of the mounting plate and covered with a semi-circular backing, allowing the muzzle to move. Each completed mounting plate is the glued into position, this is the limit of what’s in the interior. With the machine guns fitted, the floor assembly can be joined to the hull, along with the four two part buffers, two at each end. Each of the two bogies is built up from two side frames to which the two axle boxes are attached along with the parts that represent the spring suspension. Each axle is fitted with two wheels, with two axles sandwiched between the side frames, along with the bogie pivot block, which has been fitted with the four, three piece, brake shoes. The completed assemblies are then attached to the pivot mounts previously fitted to the underside of the wagon floor. The buffer plates are then attached, along with the ID plate to each end, whilst the wagon sides are fitted with the various hand rails and the access door. With the wagon the right side up, more hand and foot rails are fitted to the ends of the car, along with the five piece couplings and air line. On the side with the access door, three steps are added beneath the door and two long hand rails either side. The observation tower is made up of the single piece tower, to which the two top mounted hatches are fitted, along with the periscope cover, with the six viewing ports attached, one per side of the hexagon shaped tower. The completed tower is then fitted to the hole in the centre of the wagon roof. The two turrets are identical and consist of the single piece turret, a machine gun mount similar to those fitted to the wagon sides, a five piece main gun, made up of a two piece front barrel section, single piece rear barrel section, recuperator, and a figure of eight shaped joining piece. The machine gun, and main gun are fitted to the inside of the turret, before the turret base is attached. On the outside the turret is fitted with aiming port, periscope port, hatch hinge and an under-barrel plate. The hatch is then fitted with the other end of the hinge before being fitted into position, followed by a hinged mantlet plate, complete with two hinges. This can be posed closed up for low elevations or open for high. There are two protective plates fitted to each side of the barrel and these are attached along with the roof mounted radio aerial. Lastly the turret mounted rear hatch doors are fitted along with their hinges. The two completed turret assemblies are then fitted slotted into position and the railcar is completed with the addition of two armoured plates fitted either side of the couplings, each plate having previously been fitted with two hinges. The completed model can then be placed on the rail tracks. For improvements to the tracks, such as the rails, ties and ballast see the link in the Panzertriebwagen review. Conclusion I’m really loving the releases of these rail wagons. Having got all the German armoured train components, it’ll be great if Trumpeter continues with further releases of the Soviet trains. The build of this one isn’t at all complicated and would be a good first build or anyone interested in these trains, or those wanting something unusual in their collection. The camouflage possibilities are endless, with a fair few photos on the web showing how each individual unit painted their wagons differently. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  8. Back in March, when @trickyrich launched the Specialist GB I wasn't late to join in with the intention of doing a F-100F Wild Weasel. Progress was fairly swift as can be seen here: However, I got distracted by a certain deHavilland Hornet and the enthusiasm for the little WW faded for a while. Also, I had some ideas to add intakes on the bottom of the fin, enlarge/add some RWR on the fin pod and a few other things...and we all know how that goes. Correct, right into the cupboard of doom! Well, we cannot be having that no more, can we? I relaunch the thread here, in the hope of actually finishing it this time. Famous last words...I know, I know I decided to skip all further detailing, since I wasn't really feeling it anymore. Nothing was cut however so I could just carry on. And carry on was what I did...and decided to start painting that lovely burned rear end! I found this image as inspiration: Linky Armed with a sense of exploration, I decided to shoot some Vallejo metallics first The I began to ponder. How to do the burned metal? I needed something that was sort of brown-red but a bit translucent. Tamiya smoke is one way, but I felt that it's too dark. Well, I settled for a mix of Tamiya clear and flat brown, the reasoning being that it should be sort of translucent. It worked after a fashion but since I made it very thin, it was tricky to the avoiding spider runs. The fist coat turned out ok, but a bit light. I redid the mix, but starting with red brown instead. That made a better richer look: The tricky thing was to make the dots up at the wing root. It's T.I.N.Y. in 1/72! What do you think? Should I try to improve it a bit further before masking it all up and slap on some primer?
  9. Trumpeter is to release a 1/24th Junkers Ju-87A Stuka kit - ref. 02420 A test build was on display at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2016. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/INTERALLIED/photos/pcb.1577157062310657/1577157032310660/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/pcb.666914713467125/666914590133804/?type=3&theater Kit ref. number 02420 was originally announced as a 1/24th Ju-87D-3 in the Trumpeter's catalog 2016-2017. (http://scalemodels.ru/modules/news/img_9587_1449140881_2.jpg.html) V.P.
  10. Hello everyone, here's a few shots of my Trumpeter 1/35 LAV-A2 kit. Pretty straightforward and easy build, if a little spartan withouth the addition of the Black Dog Stowage set. It ultimately gives a nice effective, though Black Dog have a bit of a habit (in my experience) of flawed moldings. The rear bustle, for example, did not reach fully where it was meant to, requiring some additional stowage placement to conceal the defect, nor do the armour window pieces come with any kind of glass. A big issues is BD not including instructions, resulting in my having to look at pictures of a Voyager set to see how the telescopic ECM unit went together. Still, overall I'm pretty happy with the result Please check here for more images of it in the diorama Gaz
  11. Trumpeter is to release in 2018-2019 a 1/72nd Tu-22K "Blinder-B" kit - ref. 01695 Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/ms.c.eJw9UtmNRVEI6mhy3LX~;xiYX5X0SBRUceRYRoh5plX~;z4RQdUZ2Ww9lRPTF6uPTr14jFpYm6OfkNfl090kfUng75sfzTi9r5cfPD5dMruf6IAN~_a~;Q0s1O~;Fj9gTer~;9~_2G~;frcv~_Nrk19jXL9y~;UlC326~_eg8~;9qgv9Tj1r4B7y5~_v3~_c3fe516sv5xfpoDj7FeWz~;99AfcRT~_gX4~;6b~;1T5qebXwnz2XuK89ffoL85CpxNvVo9zo8HPed~_XtBz~_rF5CvOsGWA9vQrcJ2XUA3~_M~;L1feH8m8tC8PEI332S~_ihcoIzb4aUM~;Ff~_apv9w7JUi.bps.a.910355045789756.1073742119.103526326472636/910355559123038/?type=3&theater V.P.
  12. Hello! My contribution for this GB will be the F100F Wild Weasel I. I've had the deepest respect for all crews involved in the SEAD/DEAD mission (or rather, I remember how tricky it was in the good old PC flight Sim EF2000 back in the 90:s) During the Vietnam war it was clear that something needed to be done about the SA-2 threat on a more permanent basis, and the Wild Weasel concept was born. A fast(ish) two seater was needed, and suitable modded to pick up and and locate the SA-2 radar. Once found, they would then mark the target to lead a bunch of strikers to take the site out. The aircraft chosen was the old (that that time) F-100F because they were available, not because they were the best choice. Equipment were different radar detectors and homing devices and to deal with the threat it was then attacked with cannon, rockets or napalm. Unfortunately the F-100F was slower than the strike team the were supposed to protect, and after less than a year it was replaced in theater by the much more capable EF-105F and the F-105G, which had the speed, equipment and weapons to be a better Weasel. This little picture sums it up best: There is a lot more to read up on the F-100F and its Wild Weasel missions on the net, and I might add that to the reference thread later on. Anyway, the plastic I've chosen is this: Trumpys model is lovely detailed and has plenty of parts which is always nice. I know about the fin having the wrong sweep angle, cockpit being way too long and its also missing all the stuff to make a Weasel out of it. I do not plan to change the cockpit nor the fin, but will make an effort to scratch all needed ECM and radio stuff. Just to show that I haven't started yet, here are the runners: Since I'm almost unable to build models without some AM stuff, I tried to keep my AMS in check and have only got this: LAU-3 and napalm canisters will be taken from the old Hasegawa weapon sets. I can already say that I have no idea of how to paint the rear fuselage with it's massive heat distorted paint/metal but I look forward to experiment on it!
  13. A simple diorama for my 1/35 LAV-A2 by Trumpeter, with Black Dog accessories and two Miniart USMC Tank Crew figures. Had originally considered doing it coming up a beach, but the beach sand texture from AK Interactive was...less than impressive. it lacked texture and cracked up, feeling more like an air dry clay in the end. So I re-purposed a Mig Ammo grass mat from another planned build for this one. Still not entirely happy with my lighting setup, especially since it seems to highlight every known scrap of dust that I cannot see with my naked eye >< Anywho, onto the pics Thanks for looking, Gaz
  14. Hi all, Another off the production line, and this time it is my conversion of a Trumpeter F-105D to a B-model, allowing me to build another test machine, F-105B-5-RE 54-0107 (the 3rd F-105B built). She is built to depict her when she was operated by the ARDC as part of the Wright Air Development Center. At that time she was used for, at least, cold weather trials in Alaska in the late 1950s, and went on to spend her entire career as a test machine, finishing her days as a preserved machine at Lackland AFB, Texas. I recorded her there during a repaint in May 1979. She is still there, as far as I know. My build WIP is here for the background on how I got to where I am now with her. What did I do/use? Well: 1. Kit – Trumpeter F-105D 1/72 and nose from Hasegawa F-105B (thanks @rossm) 2. Aftermarket – Aires seat and wheels, pitot from a Master MIG-21PF 3. Paints – All Humbrol - 27002 Polished Aluminium, 155 Insignia Red, 60 Scarlet, 3 Green, 130 Satin White (I had not Matt at the time), 140 Gull Grey, 33 Matt Black, 155 Olive Drab, 191 Chrome Steel, 121 Stone, 27003 Polished Steel, 226 Interior Green, plus ModelMaster International Orange. I have to thank @Giorgio N for his help producing the paint masks. 4. Decals – Xtradecal National insignia, a mix of kit and Microscale stencil and warning markings, Home printed the lettering and numbers (many thanks to @Rob de Bie) and the unit badges. Black walkway lining from Xtradecal. 5. Panel lining and general dirtying – Tamiya Weathering Powders and Flory Dirt. Again, like my Voodoo, I tried to dirty the NMF to show use and the grime picked up over time. Certainly there is one image on line showing her polished for an air show, but I wanted to show her as she would have been day to day. I’m not convinced that I got there, with the Flory Dirt adhering too much to the NMF in places. Unfortunately once done there is no way back other than a repaint! I guess I’m never 100% happy! I hope you like her. Certainly for any of you wanting a B-model this is an easy way to go. Martin
  15. Pictures of a test shot at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2012 (11-14/10/2012). Source: http://happy.ap.teac...gcate18/archive Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/blog/1210123 Source: http://www.hlj.com/s...12overseas.html V.P.
  16. Time for a new project; The 1/350 HMS Hood with some aftermarket add-ons; Artworx wooden deck; Flyhawk PE and Trumpeter after market set (mainly for the barrels; Eduard PE along with Northstar secondary guns mounts, Vickers MGs, searchlights and bridge equipment and White Ensign replacement turrets; It's going to be a long project and it's a bit hard to know where to start really - so started on the hull; Removed the moulded degausing cable and drilled the scuttles to give a bit more depth - some where filled and replaced using various photos as references along with the hawse pipe hull openings; Scrapped away the moulded chain and drilled the deck hawse pipe openings; Fore deck fitted with the bow full of filler - when it's dry I'll try and drill the hawse pipes to connect hull and deck openings. Never tried it before but if it doesn't work the anchors and gratings will cover it, so worth a go; Thanks for looking. Cheers Nick
  17. Hi everybody, as I promised yesterday I now post my second finished model. It's my only second finished model this year. You can find the build log here: Here she is: Thank you all for looking. Comments and critiques are welcome! Have a nice day Nick
  18. Hello friends! Just looked at the @Alan P‘s resurrected thread and decided to post some pictures of my Vigilante. I bought this kit some time ago for my friend and feel no rush to build it - just putting some bits together from time to time... The box is large and sturdy: And all the details are well-packed there: The Runner A contains the two fuselage halves (very big, I must say): The wings and protected intakes are on a Runner B: The Runner C with control surfaces: And D with a pylons: The Runner E contains wheel wells and the cockpit details: And the two Runners G is for the engines and some other parts: The clear Runner H, the tail and ventral canoe are packed in a separate plastic bags within a separate cardboard box: An instruction and the painting sheets with a protected decals is also here: The top box cover is already employed by my Wool Companion: And some parts are off the trees: I want to make as much little subassemblies as possible to speed up the build... As you can see, the seats are already glued and wheels already dry-fitted: The plastic is very good and the fit is well, too. Thanks for looking!
  19. Trumpeter/HobbyBoss is working on a 1/32nd Douglas A-26 Invader kit - ref. ? Sources: https://www.facebook.com/groups/767571186705677/permalink/2111108359018613/ https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/81228-132-douglas-a-26-invader-from-trumpeterhobbyboss/ V.P.
  20. Trumpeter 1/32nd P-47D Kit with the Eduard Etch for the cockpit and seatbelts and Montex Masks for the markings (mix of decals). Really enjoyed this, second big Jug from trumpeter and it's a pretty good kit. The cockpit does need the help, and all the ducting is never seen again, but no major vices and ends up pretty nice. Painted with Mr Hobby Colour / Aqueous Color and Tamiya thinned with Mr Levelling thinner, and weathered with Oils and pigments. Peter
  21. Started this last weekend, with a couple of extras Montex Masks Eduard Cockpit Etch Eduard Belts Assembled the cockpit, and weathered it down Peter
  22. From chinese sources, Trumpeter is preparing a 1/72 Sukhoi Su-24M/MR "Fencer-D/-E" kit - ref.01672 Sources: http://tw.weibo.com/supertomcat21/3751515812535600 http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=279455 Source: http://tw.weibo.com/supertomcat21/3748226886916265 V.P.
  23. DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 Trumpeter 1:48 The DeHavilland Sea Vixen was a twin boomed fight designed for use by the Fleet Air Arm in the 1960’s. It was the first British twin seat aircraft that could achieve supersonic speed, although not in level flight. While it was a great improvement over the previous FAA aircraft, it could be difficult to handle and many were lost in crashes during its operational history. The Royal Navy Historic Flight current has the only flight worthy example, although this too had an accident not long ago where its hydraulic system failed and it had to be landed on its belly at RNAS Yeovilton. This caused considerable damage to the underside of the fuselage. Hopefully we will see its wonderful shape in the air again in the future. The Model With the Airfix 1/48 kit now out of production and getting harder to find, modellers may be pleased to see Trumpeter releasing this kit, but be careful what you wish for. I’ve this kit a little while now, and thought it necessary to do a fair bit of research before writing this review as Trumpeter have a reputation for grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory when it comes to British aircraft types. First of all let me say that the moulding is up to the standards we expect from a modern kit, with fine panel lines, recessed and domed rivets where they thought they should be. I say this as there are some spurious panels and fastenings over the surface of the kit. On the wide upper surface of the fuselage some panels aren’t the right shape, and most of those which are fitted with quick release clips in real life don’t have these represented on the model, but more like screw fasteners. Some of the prominent vents don’t appear wide enough, plus the hot air duct around the cockpit is not wide enough. The same can be said for the underside, with none of the panels matching photos of the real aircraft, plus the sides of the airbrake bay at the trailing edge are not quite correct. The panels on the booms are either completely missing, the wrong size or have the wrong fastenings, and the raised rear sections of the booms, where they meet the tailplane aren’t prominent enough, in fact they look like they are part of the boom rather that an addition, with just a panel line where it’s meant to be. The tails are at least accurate in shape, but again the access panels are mostly the wrong shape, size and position, plus the panels on top of the tails are only represented as panel lines of the wrong shape and no fasteners. This goes for the insides as well as the outsides. While the intakes look pretty good, as do the exhausts and nose cone there is something not quite right with the nose section, some areas are too curved while others not curved enough, making other parts look wrong, particularly the navigators hatch, which is then correspondingly too narrow. Whilst in the nose area the cockpits are, shall we say, interesting. They don’t seem to match photos at all, other than general appearance. The cockpits of the Sea Vixen is cramped and very busy, you just don’t get this feeling with the kit example, but I’m sure the aftermarket companies will come to the rescue, even if you can’t see much once installed, there are prominent handles and fittings that are visible with the canopies open. Oh, and don’t get me started with the seats, they are awful and don’t resemble any seat I know and/or have worked on. Moving onto the undercarriage, while the legs are a little simplified they do at least seem to match the real thing. As for the bays, there is some nice detailing within on the roof and sidewalls, as well as the undercarriage doors, and Trumpeter do come close to achieving what’s in the real bays and doors, but they’re still not quite right. The interior of the airbrake bay is better, but appears a little too deep and the equipment not quite in the right place or the right shape even. It’s the same story with the pylons, in that they have an ok shape, although not perfect, but with the spurious panels. The kit comes with four missiles, two Red Top, with clear seeker heads and two Firestreak, with protective covers, why they did this is a mystery as the FAW 2 was generally armed with Red Top, whereas the Firestreak was used mostly by the FAW1, but not worry, that’s not the biggest problem with them, the main wings are of each missile wrong in shape and design. The drop tanks look ok though, if a little skinny. For the sake of completeness I will go through the build process as with my usual reviews. The build begins with the assembly of the nose wheel bay, which is made up from three parts into which the four part undercarriage leg and wheel is attached. The intakes are also assembled, with the single piece intakes being fitted with three piece trunks and two etched parts. The main undercarriage bays are also multi part, with the sidewalls being glued to the roof section. The nose bay, main bays, intakes and the arrester hook bay rear bulkhead are glued into the lower section of the fuselage, followed by the upper fuselage section being glued to the lower. Each of the two ejection seats are made up from five parts, then glued into the cockpit tub, which is then fitted with the longitudinal framework, pilots rudder pedals, joystick and instrument panel, followed by the navigators instrument panel and radar stick. The completed tub is then glued into the upper nose section, along with the navigators side window. The two booms are now assembled, each of two halves. The two piece horizontal tailplane is the glued between the two tails and the whole assembly glued to the fuselage/inner wing assembly, although it might be better to glue the booms in place before adding the horizontal section to keep everything aligned. The upper nose section/cockpit assembly is also glued into position. The outer wing panels, whilst separate are not given the option to be posed in the folded position. Each is made up of upper and lower sections and fitted with the two piece ailerons, PE wing fence, and clear navigation lights before being attached to the fuselage assembly, along with the cockpit HUD, canopy, windscreen, and two piece navigators hatch. The main undercarriage legs are made up of upper and lower sections, to which the two piece wheels are attached before the assembly is glued into position, along with their respective doors. The jet pipes/exhaust are fitted with the rear face of the engines before being slid into the aperture in the fuselage. The separate nosecone, in-flight refuelling boom, front and rear airbrake bay bulkheads, and nosewheel bay doors are then fitted as are the large air-scoops adjacent to the airbrake bay. The missiles and drop tanks are assembled and attached to their respective pylons. They are then glued into their respective positions. The three piece airbrake is then glued into place, as is the three piece arrester hook several aerials and the two pitot probes completing the build. Decals The decal sheet provides markings for the three aircraft. They are very nicely printed, with no sign of carrier film, in good register and nicely opaque. Unfortunately the colour schemes indicated on the painting guide, and thus the colours of the decals, particularly the underside serials are wrong. The problems are mainly due to the undersides being depicted as grey, rather than white, which, given that the provided serials are white and not their correct black, it’s all a bit of a mess. The callouts for the upper-sides are for extra dark sea grey and dark grey, where in fact they were only ever painted in extra dark see grey over white. The options are:- Sea Vixen FAW2, 127/E XJ565 of 890 NAS. Sea Vixen FAW2, 464/C, XN654 of 893 NAS, HMS Centaur, circa 1964 Sea Vixen FAW2, 707/VL, XN647 of 766 NAS, RNAS Yeovilton, circa 1969 Conclusion The Sea Vixen is a very distinctive and surprisingly large aircraft which deserves to be well kitted. Unfortunately, no matter how beautifully moulded the parts are, or how fine the detail if it doesn’t look right then let alone be accurate it does leave the modeller a little flat. I’m sure it will still sell well, and will look the part in a collection viewed from about three feet, but, in my opinion it just doesn’t look right. I’m sure the Sea Vixen experts will have their own opinion, I have only laid out what I think is wrong with the kit. Review sample courtesy o UK Distributors for
  24. Here are the final set of shots taken outside on a cloudy day. Glad this one is over - largely my own fault having dropped it and that fact that Trumpeter and the UK distributor off now spares parts service whatsoever (I tried several times with both and received no response). The kit had the very extensive Eduard series of sets, Aires cockpit, exhaust and wheel bays, Avionix cockpit etc There are a number of mistakes - small tanks, early exhaust when it should be the later one. I am sure there are a bunch more. I also noticed post photographing that I have knocked the fuse extenders so that are not all equally spread. I was pleased with the effect of reducing the pin cushion divots that Trumpeter wanted to pass as rivets. Next stop finish the 2 x CMR Buccaneers and 3x CMR Scimitars
  25. Working on the basis that if I start a thread I'll have to at least attempt the build, here is my effort for this GB. It's one of a surprising number of Trump-Boss kits of Chinese armour and vehicles that are often incredibly cheap. This is the box: To keep you going until the weekend and the sprue shots and what have you, here's a little background culled from Wikipedia: The Type 89 (designated as ‘’’PTZ-89’’’) tracked tank destroyer was a Chinese armoured vehicle developed by Norinco in the 1980s, entering service in 1988. Armed with a 120mm smoothbore gun, it was intended to combat newer generations of Western and Russian main battle tanks. Despite a successful development process, with the end of the Cold War it became apparent that the weapon was no longer needed. Production was halted in 1995 after around 100 examples had been built. It had several shortcomings, including thin armour, high maintenance costs and an unstabilised gun that could not fire on the move. It was phased out in favour of anti-tank guided missiles. It looks to share a chassis with the Type 83 152mm SPH which itself bears more than a passing resemblance to the Soviet 2S3 152mm SPG. Truly there is nothing new under the sun. Andy
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