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  1. Hi All, Looks like I've got about a month off work and doctor's orders to take it easy, so it's time I started this behemoth of a kit! It seems like a good subject for a WIP thread as I'll be doing a bit each day for the next month or so - this is a BIG kit and I'll be throwing the kitchen sink at it. I've got a proper digital camera instead of my phone for pictures, so hopefully I will be able to keep a record that is visually explanatory as well as detailed in words. Trumpeter's by now familiar 1/32 Su-27 Flanker-B kit. I bought it seven years ago on my first visit to China - it cost me about £40 at the time when it was double that in the shops at home. Since then I've gradually accumulated practically every aftermarket item worth having, with still some more on the way! The main purpose of the aftermarket stuff is to deal with some of the well-documented shortcomings of this kit. I'll outline those in this post and tackle them as I go. As far as the kit goes, it was among Trumpeter's first forays into the 1/32 jet world in the early 2000s, which brought us several very popular subjects that had never been released in this scale before. No-one really expected to see large aircraft like the F-105, A-10 and Su-27 in 1/32, but Trumpeter surprised us all with their efforts. Unfortunately for all these early kits, though very nicely produced, they were blighted with some fundamental shape problems, and the Flanker was arguably the worst offender. From studying drawings, I think the shape of the Trumpeter kit is based on drawings of the earlier development airframes (T-10-10/11), rather than the production model T-10-S. That said, there isn't a kit in any scale out there that captures the correct shape of the Flanker's fore section (except, I'm told, the new Zvezda 1/72 version), and this kit is very finely detailed in good quality plastic, nicely produced with minimal flash, and fits together well. And it is seriously HUGE! The three Aires sets for the kit - cockpit, wheelwells and exhaust/nozzles: Superb quality - I haven't used many of these Aires add-ons, but they are amazingly detailed: These items are luxuries to upgrade the kit detail - out of the box the kit versions are very much acceptable! Now for the corrective items - all from Zactomodels. These are the intakes and new nose. The kit intakes are too narrow and curved along the bottom profile. The kit nose is much too short and conical and these replacements are spot on. The other problem shape is the canopy - the kit windshield is too sloped and the overall shape is too short and bulbous looking. I did get Zactomodels' canopy set as part of the combo, but since I'll be posing the canopy open, it's less apparent that the shape of the canopy is wrong. I've test fitted the canopy and Aires instrument panel coaming and there is likely to be an interference fit with the HUD as well, so I've decided only to use the canopy accessories from the Zacto set and keep the vac canopy for another day. I can't overstate how very, very good these items are. The quality is the best I've ever seen in resin. The surface is almost creamy, perfect fidelity and very finely detailed. They also fit the kit exactly. This stuff is by no means cheap, but it is good value for what you get. It's also sufficiently accurate to throw suspicion on later releases of the Trumpeter kit which mysteriously "fixed" the intake and nose problems within a year or so of Chris' (Zactomodels) release. Make of that what you will! I also have the obligatory Eduard etch sets for the ejector seat and airframe exterior - some of the exterior is for the FOD guards, but as they are based on the kit intakes, which are quite dimensionally different to the Zacto ones, I won't be using them :'( Decals - I have Linden Hill's stencil set and Guardians of the North decal sets - I've also got some leftover Begemot MiG-29 decals, so who knows what I will end up with?? I'm leaning towards one of these two at the moment - 03 Red or 41 Blue. On the other hand, it would be nice to do a bang-up-to-date 2014 version seeing as these may be becoming very relevant in the coming months! If that were not enough, I also have MasterCasters' replacement wheel set, and the seated pilot figure. The wheels are pretty much exact copies of the kit wheels but without the need to use the rubber. Personally, I have no problems with rubber wheels, and have several completed kits going back eight years with rubber wheels that have suffered no ill-effects. So I may not use the MasterCasters wheels unless I have trouble reshaping the rubber ones. The last aftermarket items (still on their way) are some wingtip Sorbitsya ECM pods courtesy of Wolfpack Designs. I could have also got these from Zactomodels, but I could buy the Wolfpack ones here in the UK. This solves the problem of the kit's mis-shapen wingtip missile rails which are conspicuously wrong and very visible. I intend to build this as a modern-day Su-27 interceptor with R-73, R-77AE and R-27(E)T missiles, so two less R-73s won't make a huge difference. The missiles will come from the Trumpeter 1/32 Russian Weapons Set which I bought years ago and luckily have all the required missiles included. They are not spot on but perfectly acceptable, as I used several for my MiG-29UB built two years ago: Well, that's that little introductory thesis over - the casting blocks are cut off, the resin is drying off after a marathon washing and scrubbing session, the parts are cut to shape - we begin at dawn tomorrow, Comrades! 8) Hope you enjoy following the build, I'll try to be as detailed and explanatory as I can, tell me if it gets too boring or tedious with minutiae!
  2. Quietstorm7

    1/32 Corsair F4U-1D

    Good Afternoon chaps, Right ho ! Seeing as building is slowing down on the Swordfish and its in to painting, weathering and final assembly my mind has begun to wonder onto what's next..... Cue fanfair !!!!!!!! Yes I know its hopelessly ambitious and it might all end as a horrible disaster but either way I'm determined to have fun and hopefully learn a few things. Not sure how long this will take or how much of the extras will find their way into the final model as its all new ground to me. Hope you'll follow an idiot on his intrepid adventure !, if you do be warned lol Toodle Pip ! Alan
  3. The Corsair is still in-the-works (You can follow it here Corsair build log) but its time to start the next one. This is another simple, get-to-be-a-better-builder-before-we-tackle-the-complex/expensive-kits-in-the-stash, so it should be a low-count, good-fit kit and hope fully will not entice to much of detailing and will allow me to horn my skills. Some images first: I was so frustrated with my other build - I had to build something - so I stated with the camera. Image is awful. That's it for now. Ran
  4. Hi all, I have finally summoned the courage to embark on the first of what I hope will be three Thud builds over the coming weeks. I'll send out my previous caveat that it will take a while as I have to fit it around many other things and time is short generally. None of that will dampen my enthusiasm, although I am impatient by nature and you may need to hold me back if I am rushing for the sake of finishing. The goal is a representative build and not a half-way copy. Many of you will have seen and been a part of my recent deliberations on WIP about this first machine, which is different to say the very least. As always she is being built in the Gentleman's scale - 1/72. Is there really anything else? I grew up with 1/72 and will stick with it. The follow on builds will be F-105D 59-1749 "Mr Toad/Marilee E" and then F-105B 54-0107 in her Phase 5 colours. So, 58-1155 looked like this: She was a test airframe that went on to operate with the USAF and then the Air National Guard and now resides in USAF Armaments Museum at Eglin AFB, marked erroneously as 59-1771/JV "Ohio Express". The debate on WIP has mainly been about the fin/rudder and nose "balloon" colour. A poor (in my view) image that is available shows this to be a pale yellow, like something you'd get from Dulux for your bathroom in the 1970s. It isn't my cup of tea but, of course, if that is what it was then it will be painted that way. My challenge is to prove this to myself. Other than that she was natural metal, International Red flashes outlined in black, (silver)-outlined lettering and Star-and-Bar, Olive/Green spine and a black anti-flash panel behind and in front of the canopy. You can see that she had a longer pitot with some test vanes and a ventral fins without arrestor hook. She also pre-dated the wire duct along the spine and the rear fuselage scoops normally seen on later Thuds. I have a couple more rewfernce shots but if anyone out there has more I'd love to see them, especially anything that confirms (or otherwise) those yellow areas ;). So far I am in the "gathering" stage - getting my bits together and starting to make a work plan. This is what I have so far: This includes an Aires cockpit for each, pitot (for Mr Toad), wheels, canopy masks, and more. Well wish me luck! I need it!!!!!! Martin
  5. 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.
  6. beefy66

    HMS Eskimo

    Starting another build now I have a clear slipway after Abercrombie is done. HMS Eskimo a tribal class destroyer built on the Tyne now this kit has a few issues so i will attempt to correct them. I will be using the WEM Tribal PE set and also the ships boat set from WEM and the North Star 4 barrel pom-pom but first I have to re-shape the shear on the Bow and re-locate the hawser pipes for the anchors As you can see the bow shear on the kit is flat this needs to be raised by 3mm back to about the breakwater It should look like this as with the Atlantic Models HMS Scorpion kit but why do all this work So I can build up my skills with the PE and all the other stuff I do not want to make a mess of an expensive resin kit so this is another practice build and the plastic kit was only £20 So will start to pack out the rise in the shear with various size plastic rods then fill in the gaps and hawser holes Wish me luck beefy
  7. Mark Hoffmanly

    Trumpeter King Tiger

    I have had this beast on my bench for months now and I have been taking pictures of the progression I have been making on it. The only problem is that I haven't uploaded them so I have over 100 pictures that need to be shared. I have been doing my best to make the tank as historically accurate as possible thanks to the book.
  8. Hello Gents, Im starting my first large build project this week and thought I'd do an online build to maybe get some feedback. I purchased a Trumpeter 1/48 scale VIIc sub and plan to do some changes. The Trumpeter kit is modeled as U-552 with the standard Turm 0 conning tower. Personally, I prefer the look of subs with the late war Turm IV installed. The version with the twin wintergarten and 3.7 cm Flak 42/twin 2.0 cm Flak 38. I've been doing some research and will convert my sub to U-380 as she looked when commanded by Albrecht Brandi, returning from a 33 day patrol Jan 21, 1944. Brandi was one of only 2 Kriegsmarine members awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. The following parts will be used: Complete photo etch from Rcsubs.cz 3D printed parts from Shapeways, designed by Sasa Drobac/DeStefan 3D Designs Brass access hatches and FuMO30 radar from Boris Nakropin www.smallrivetsstudio.com Photos to follow U-380 leaving for patrol
  9. Trumpeter 1/350 HMS Dreadnought in a scratchbuilt Portsmouth dry dock number 15. PE by WEM including the cage aerial cages, 12pdr's, searchlights and figures by Northstar, resin planks and crates from l'Arsenal. Main gun barrels from Master Barrels. Extra cutters missing from the kit from the Shapeways. The dockside cranes are also 3d printed from my own design. Rigging a mixture of Caenis and Uschi line. Sign by Paul Boyle at http://www.pbmodelmaking.co.uk/ Build WIP here; Thanks to everyone who followed the WIP and provided help and advice along the way, particularly Dave Swindell and Kris - can't believe you got your's finished before me Kris Pics are a mixture of phone and DLSR, outdoors and then in cos it started raining Few detailed views; Guys mopping the deck watched by a PO; These chaps are in trouble for something; Whilst the lucky 3 leaving the ship with bags are going on leave; And these poor buggers are loading stores onto the ship, watched by the dockyard workers; Cranes doing craney stuff; An officer being ferried over by cutter; And the Captain surveying his empire; Hope you like it, any comments gratefully received. Cheers Nick I've taken a few more pics, the idea being to use a more realistic angle and try and date some to look like period photo's; Cheers Nick
  10. Evening folks, I've put the finishing touches to Trumpeter's 1/32nd scale Flanker C over the weekend. I embarked upon this build as I have always loved the twin-seat Flanker and thought it would be a straight-forward build to be getting on with in the background and as a break from my longer term vacform and scratch-build projects when I needed it... I was wrong. I was rather disappointed with the overall quality and fit of the kit to be honest - the fit was very poor in places, in particular the wing to fuselage join was problematical as the wing was much thinner than the attachment point at the root. The fit of the intake trunking was tricky (I think the forward sections are actually slightly larger in diameter than the rear sections) and the cockpit glazing was considerably wider than the fuselage and was difficult to attach - it's still far from perfect to be honest but passable from a distance. There were numerous mold-lines and flash to clean up in many places, and the nose cone section was also a poor fit. However, perseverance is the key, but there is more filler on here than I had anticipated, especially for a 'modern' kit of this nature. There are some lovely aspects to the kit though - the gear bays are nicely detailed out of the box, jet pipes are pretty good and the airframe surface detail is lovely and comes out well after a light wash. And it certainly captures the mean, menacing look of the Flanker nicely. Sukhoi Su-27UB - "Red 64" Apart from some Eduard etch in the cockpit, the model was made from the box with Hannants' Xtracolour enamels being used along with the kit decals. All painting was completed freehand with a Badger 200 airbrush. Happy modelling! Tom
  11. #22/2018 One of my dad´s excursions to the post WW2 era. Like all Trumpeter kits, also this one has dimensional and shape issues, but it looks like a Super Sabre. Super Scale (Squadron) decals, painted with Tamiya XF-16 Aluminium, AGM-12 rockets and BLU-27 napalm canisters from Hasegawa weapon sets, kit seat with Fine Molds WW2 seatbelts, lead wire for the lower brake lines. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235015300-vietnam148-f-100d-super-sabre/& Model depicts a 481st TFS 27th TFW aircraft at Tan Sun Nhut AB RVN in 1965. DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  12. Trumpeter is to release a 1/32nd MiG-29 "Fulcrum" family in 2016-2017 - ref.03223 - MiG-29A 9.12 "Fulcrum-A" - ref.03224 - MiG-29C 9.13 "Fulcrum-C" - ref.03225 - MiG-29SMT 9.17 "Fulcrum-F" - ref.03226 - MiG-29UB 9.51 "Fulcrum-B" Source: http://scalemodels.ru/modules/news/img_9587_1449140962_10.jpg.html V.P.
  13. While waiting for some scratch building materials for my Mig-3 project I decided to do this Trumpeter IS-7 kit I had laying around, because I find Trumpeter 1/72 kits are always a pleasure to work on. I did a few modifications for added detail, but overall the kit had the nice detail that I have come to expect from these 1/72 Trumpeter kits. The last one I did was an STRV-103 from Trumpeter that I loved building, so I was hoping this would be another reasonably priced gem. Although it was missing a few details that were present on the model shown on the package, it was pretty much just as good. Hope you enjoy. For those who are curious it was primed with black Stynylrez primer (same as Mig One Shot) with some pre-shading done with light grey. Colours used were XF-13 then XF-67 NATO green for some modulation, Vallejo Metal Color steel was used for the tracks with Vallejo 70.862 grey black used for the tires. I also used the grey black for the machine gun barrels after which I dry brushed them with Mr. Metal Color iron once the final flat clear was applied. My gloss coats for decals and weathering was Future (or Pledge whatever it is now) and the final matt was Microscale Micro Flat thinned 50/50. I often see people saying they have really bad results from Microscale flat and satin clear coat, but it seems like most of the time they don't thin it enough. I at least thin it 40/60 and I have always had good results, I've tried the Tamiya flat clear but I find it just doesn't do a very good job at achieving a flat finish. Anyways that's enough of my flat clear coat rant. As far as weathering goes I just used Tamiya black, dark brown and brown panel liner along with AK European earth and dark earth pigments. Then using enamel thinner for pre-fixing pigments and then enamel pigment binder or Vallejo water based binder depending on whether applying with brush or airbrush. I also had detail upgrade parts for the main gun and plethora of machine guns mounted all over this thing. The main thing I wish I had done better were the headlights. They were just molded out of one piece normal plastic, so I made it recessed with a ball engraving bit which worked well, painted the inside silver (wish I had done a slightly cleaner job or used a bit of panel liner for the edge) then put a thick dab of microscale kristal klear on for a lens. Sadly it didn't quite dry in a convex manner as I hoped, but it still look pretty good for the scale. Any recommendations on what I could use in the future? Clear epoxy maybe? I thought about shaping something out of some scrap clear sprue, but the scale was just too small to do something like that properly.
  14. Shar2

    Fairey Firefly FR.1. 1:48

    Fairey Firefly FR.1 Trumpeter 1:48 The Fairey Firefly was a British Second World War-era carrier-borne fighter aircraft and anti-submarine aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA). Designed to the contemporary FAA concept of a two-seat fleet reconnaissance/fighter, the pilot and navigator/weapons officer were housed in separate stations. It was superior in performance and firepower to its predecessor, the Fulmar, but entered operational service only towards the end of the war when it was no longer competitive as a fighter. The limitations of a single engine in a heavy airframe reduced its performance, but it proved to be sturdy, long-ranged, and docile in carrier operations. The Model The Fairey Firefly Mk.1 has been kitted many times by AZ Models in 1:48, but they have really been short run kits and while very nice, were not easy to build for the less experienced modeller. Now, Trumpeter have thrown their hat into the ring with this release of the Mk.1. The kit comes in a nice top opening box with an artists impression of the aircraft in flight on the top. Inside there are six sprues of grey styrene, one of clear a small sheet of etched brass and a decal sheet. This will certainly be an easier build for the average modeller, unfortunately, like the Sea Vixen in the same scale from Trumpeter it does have some, ok, quite a few detail problems. Working back from the nose, the spinner is a tad too pointy, the chin mounted radiator faring isn’t wide enough and the panel behind it too wide, the chin intake far too deep to the mesh grille, the oil cooler intakes don’t have any detail on them and the intakes under them are not very well represented, the intake lip should be at a light angle, whereas it’s straight on the kit. The fuselage is missing many bumps, intakes and other minutiae, while some of the panel lines actually match the real aircraft; the majority are a figment of the imagination. The pilots canopy is quite nicely done, with the blown areas correct, but it’s not long enough, as it doesn’t include the rear strip that is prominent over the fuselage spine. Not that it matters that much as you cannot open the canopy anyway as Trumpeter have made it flush with the fuselage. The interior is more the designers imagination than to any relation the real thing, in both cockpits. Moving to the tailplane and the model gets worse. The shape of the rudder is completely wrong and the kit rudder looks like it’s made of stressed metal, not fabric. Since the rudder is the wrong shape, naturally the fin is also wrong and also with spurious panel lines, and don’t get me started on the horizontal tailplane. Totally wrong shaped elevators, and consequently totally wrong shaped tailplane. Ok, some good news, the main undercarriage legs look ok, although the oleos look like they have no weight on them, so you might want to cut them down. The wheels are rubbish, with no depth to them and rather than what we would call spoked, they look like dished, the tread pattern is a little too soft on the tyres too. The undercarriage bays give a half hearted attempt at detail, and it looks like someone has tried, but the stringers are ribs are too flat and the wrong shape, while the outer bays don’t have any angles other than 90’. Whilst we’re under the aircraft the flaps are the wrong shape, bays not deep enough and the inner bays look like they’ve been plated over rather than being able to see all the pipework that’s in there. At least the modeller won’t have to worry about the wing-fold detail as you can’t build the model with wings folded. For those of you that are still here reading this, I will go through the build as per normal. Construction starts with the front cockpit, with the two sides, rear bulkhead, instrument panel and joystick. The rear cockpit is larger but of similar build with the addition of the shoulder height shelf and a couple of radio boxes. These assemblies are then glued into one half of the fuselage, along with the chin radiator which has been fitted with a PE grille to the rear. The propeller is then assembled from the boss, three blades, spinner and rear cap, which is sandwiched between the fuselage sides as they are glued together. The under fuselage radiator outlet si also fitted with a PE grille and fitted aft of the chin radiator panel, while the side oil cooler intakes are also glued into position. The wings consist of a single piece lower section and two upper sections between these are fitted the main undercarriage bays. The ailerons, cannon fairings, flap actuators, pylons and landing light lens are attached to the wing assembly before the whole assembly is glued to the fuselage. The main undercarriage is assembled, each side being made up from five parts before being fitted to their respective bays. The main gear bay doors are then attached and the flaps fitted. The kit comes with a choice of weapons to hang under the wings, two 500lb bombs and four rockets per side, in twin vertical arrangement. The tail wheel is then fitted along with the arrestor hook. The horizontal tailplane comes in upper and lower halves and single piece elevators; the assembly is then glued to the rear fuselage, followed by the two piece fin and two piece rudder. The windscreen and canopies are then fitted, followed by the exhaust stubs. Decals The largish decal sheet contains markings for four aircraft, it appears to be well printed, in register and opaque, they are also very glossy. Carrier film is fairly thin, so should take softening and setting solutions well. For those who don’t like painting the black and white identification stripes, these have been provided on the sheet. The aircraft included on the painting guide are:_ Firefly FR.1 DK477 of the Fleet Air Arm, 766Sqn, based at RNAS Lossiemouth 1949 Firefly FR.1 281, PP433 of the Fleet Air Arm, on board HMS Triumph, Far East Fleet 1950 Firefly FR.1 Z1832 of the A&AEE, Boscombe Down, during prototype trials, July-August 1943 Firefly FR.1 277, DK438, 1771Sqn. Fleet Air Arm, based on board HMS Implacable 1945. Conclusion As some will know, I am ex-FAA as is my Father, therefore I have a great interest in FAA aircraft, the Firefly being one of my favourites, so it is a great pity that once again Trumpeter have taken a wonderful British aircraft, matched it with their complete lack of proper research and ruined what could have been a very nice kit. Yes it will build nicely, yes it sort of looks like a Firefly FR.1, and if those are the standards you build by, then that’s fine, it’s your hobby, but for me this will be consigned to some other use, and I will stick with my AZ kits. Review sample courtesy o UK Distributors for
  15. RJ-WobblyHands

    T-38C Talon

    While the paint is drying / curing on my little Spitfires . I thought this would be a good time to begin my training program leading up to build some 1/48 fast jets , so where better to start than a little 'White Rocket' as they where nicknamed. The requisite sprue shots, I cannot find any horrible ejection pin marks , a couple on the intakes will need filling, the only pain I see is a centerline seem on both canopies which will need polishing out (another new technique to master)
  16. Trumpeter is to release 1/32nd Curtiss P-40 Kitty Hawk kits in 2016-2019 Source: http://www.themodellingnews.com/2015/12/trumpeter-catalogue-2016-2017-lets-see.html#more - ref. 02211 - Curtiss P-40M Kitty Hawk - ref. 02212 - Curtiss P-40N Kitty Hawk - ref. 02228 - Curtiss P-40B Warhawk (Tomahawk Mk.II) - ref. 02269 - Curtiss P-40E Kitty Hawk - ref. 03227 - Curtiss P-40F Kitty Hawk V.P.
  17. Greetings chaps, First attempt at a wingy thing for many years and first attempt at a work in progress so forgive me any mistakes. First one being I've already done quite abit of the build before I've plucked up courage to post ! Interior and engine are assembled, painted and fitted, body is sealed and any gaps sealed, thought I'd give it a blast of primer next and see how it looks ?. Not sure if I should attach the supports or photo etch struts to the wings before painting ? Need to mask the lights off on the wings too before I prime the wings ! Really enjoying the build so far, and the kit does not seem to be fighting me too much, just nervous of starting painting it !, let alone weathering it....gulp ! Any hints tips or suggestions greatly received ! Thanks, Alan
  18. Soviet T-28 Medium Tank (Welded) 1:72 Trumpeter The T-28 was a Soviet medium tank, not dissimilar to the larger T-35. It suffered from many of the same problems as the T-35 , such as an unreliable engine & transmission, being under-armoured, and poor, out-dated suspension. The tank had a main turret lifted directly from the T-35, and two small machine–gun turrets from the T-26. The main gun was a hefty 76mm cannon, which was later upgraded to a more effective longer barrelled unit. After the initial poor showing in the Winter War against Finland, the armour was upgraded by adding appliqué panels. By 1940 the tank was hopelessly outdated and overshadowed by the new T-34, as well as enemy tanks such as the Panzer IV. As we saw with their recent T-80B, Trumpeter are once again releasing all-new AFV kits in 1:72 scale. Following on from the blueprint set by their most recent kits (and those released by sister company Hobbyboss), the kit makes extensive use of slide moulding in order to reduce the part count to a minimum while preserving detail. This is evident from the wheels and tracks, which are moulded as a single part. While compromises clearly have to be made in order to mould something like this, I still find it preferable to horrible rubber band tracks that are impossible to fix in place. Construction starts with the lower hull. This part is moulded as a single tub, on to which the return rollers and tow eyes have to be added. The inner run of road wheels, drive sprockets and idlers, along with the tracks, are all moulded as a single part. These have to be added to the lower hull, after which the individual outer road wheels, drive sprockets and idlers can be fitted. The upper hull (again, a single part), can be added next, along with the engine cover, stowage boxes and various details such as spare road wheels. The two small machine gun turrets are each comprised just four parts, including individually moulded machine guns. The main turret is only a little more complex, but includes a nicely rendered railing and a commander's cupola that is moulded separately from the rest of the turret. The stubby main gun is moulded as a solid part with a hollow muzzle thanks to the use of a multi-part mould. The small decal sheet provides three marking options, but none of them are identified as individual tanks. Conclusion This is a decent little kit that does a good job of balancing ease of construction with quality of finish. While the low part count means some compromises have been made, they are not as noticeable as you might think, and the overall level of detail compares pretty well to other manufacturers operating in this scale. Trumpeter are to be congratulated on producing a mainstream kit of this tank. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  19. Hello Everybody, this is my first Post in RFI, so I apologize if the pictures don't meet the usual standard... It's Trumpeter's 1/350 Scale LCS-3 and the first 1/350 model I completed. It took me way to long as I started this in 2014 and finished it earlier this year. Well maybe due to the fact that I started as a cadet on a cruiseship in 2015 and time for modelling was not really existing until late last year... So it was stalled and was the model to bring back my mojo. I built it mostly oob with the addition of some extra railings with trumpeter did not include, rigging from uschi, and some self butchered lighting... The kit does include a bridge interior with is pretty cool but not so well visible once installed... I also used this build to experiment on weathering with oil paints but as this is a rather new ship I tried not to overdo it. I wanted it to look like a well maintained new ship which is coming home after a long sea passage... When it comes to the lighting, I made a big mistake... I dont like cutting holes in the hull to run wiring through so I just glued in a battery pack with no chance of ever changing them... for the switch I used the smallest one I could find and cut off of iteverything thats not necessary. I tried to include it somewhere not so obvious and I guess it worked... not really well visible but the bridge is also lit, which is kinda wrong as a bridge is never lit when the ship is underway but I already installed the LEDs before becoming a seamen... next time I add lights to a model I will use SMDs to have a more realistic effect instead of one 3mm LED sticking out of a wall or ceiling... last but not least a close up of the rigging... I know it's far from perfect but I still am really proud of this model even though I would do a few things different if I would build it again. The not reachable battery pack is kinda obvious but also other things, like properly cleaning the etched parts prior to painting so I don't have so much chipping. During painting I had some trouble with my AB and I clogged some detail. also I would love to get etched rotors for the Heli and some proper Flaggs. the ones I used are paper and look way to thick and heavy... Next build is a Z-25 destroyer which is almost done and will be posted up here when I finished the rigging and weathering with pigments. After that... I might even start a WIP... Thanks for looking and reading and any kind of criticism and or sarcasm is highly appreciated. Konrad
  20. Trumpeter is to release in 2018-2019 a 1/48th Fairey Albacore kit - ref. 02880 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.
  21. Kiwikitbasher

    T26E4 Super Pershing

    This is the Trumpeter 1/72 scale kit: Thanks for looking.
  22. This is the very simple and basic Trumpeter 1/72 scale kit. It served as a useful experiment to see if self-adhesive foil tape over plastic sheet formers would make a satisfactory scratch-built canopy. I feel I could have made a second canopy better, but my first attempt served as proof of concept. I added clear parts for the cab windows and my canopy using clear packaging plastic. I also drilled out the headlamps so that I could make lenses from clear epoxy and stuck a figure in the cab as a driver (actually a civilian pilot figure I think from the Airfix Islander). I then knocked up a quick tank-biscuit base to finish this little project off. Thanks for looking.
  23. Russian T-80B MBT 1:72 Trumpeter Developed from the complex but innovative T-64 MBT, the T-80 was the first production tank to be powered by a gas turbine engine rather than a conventional diesel unit. A lengthy development period was required in order to adapt the design for gas turbine power and this resulted in a number of changes when compared to the older T-64, including redesigned running gear and tracks, a revised gearbox and simpler torsion bar suspension in place of the T-64's pneumatic arrangement. Like the T-64, the T-80 features an automatic loader and a reduced crew of three. The main gun is a development of the 2A46 125mm smoothbore gun used in the earlier tank. The considerable punch offered by the gas turbine engine made the T-80 the fastest and most mobile tank in the Soviet inventory, although range was compromised by the somewhat thirsty power plant. Later models did adopt a diesel engine that was both cheaper to produce and easier to maintain in the field. As an advanced weapon system, export of the T-80 was restricted. Nevertheless, T-80s in various configurations have been supplied to Pakistan and Cyprus, as well as a small number obtained by South Korea as payment for debts and a handful procured by the United Kingdom for evaluation purposes. Thousands of T-80s are still in service today. After an initial flurry of activity, it appeared as though Trumpeter had ceased expansion of their range of 1:72 AFV kits. This turned out not to be the case, however, and they are now releasing all-new kits once again. This T-80B covers the more modern end of the spectrum. Following on from the blueprint set by their most recent kits (and those released by sister company Hobbyboss), the kit makes extensive use of slide moulding in order to reduce the part count to a minimum while preserving detail. This is evident from the single-piece lower hull, but even more so from the wheels and tracks, which are moulded as a single part. While compromises clearly have to be made in order to mould something like this, I still find it preferable to manky old rubber band tracks that are impossible to glue with any substance known to man. Other than that, the parts are well protected in the box and the quality of moulded detail is up to the usual Trumpeter standard. As you would anticipate from the breakdown of parts, construction of the kit is simplicity itself. The upper and lower halves of the hull are fixed together prior to the addition of the individually moulded inner road wheels and drive sprockets. The beaching log is also added at this stage. The outer run of road wheels, complete with tracks, can be added next. The main compromise caused by this method of moulding is that the outer faces of the return rollers are completely plain. This is less of an issue that you would think, however, as they will be completely covered by the side skirts. These items are themselves nicely detailed and feature stowage boxes moulded in place. The auxiliary fuel tanks, necessitated by that thirsty gas turbine engine, are next and are simply split horizontally. The turret is the most complex part of the build in the sense that it is of entirely conventional construction. Once the upper and lower halves have been joined, the smoke dispensers can be added, along with the various stowage boxes, sighting systems, searchlight and the highly detailed 12.7mm DShK machine gun. The 120mm smoothbore gun is moulded as a single part with recess in the muzzle achieved through slide moulding. Conclusion This is a nice little kit that does a good job of balancing ease of construction with quality of finish. While the low part count means some compromises have been made, they are not as noticeable as you might think. In fact the overall level of detail compares pretty well to other manufacturers operating in this scale. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
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