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  1. Zvezda is to release in 2015 a 1/144th Ilyushin Il-76MD "Candid" kit - ref.7011 Source: http://scalemodels.ru/news/8359-katalog-zvezda-2015.html V.P.
  2. In the framework of the recent toy tradefair Mir Detstva 2017, held at Moscow, Zvezda is reported having announced, as follow up to it's Il-76 kit (link), a 1/144th Ilyushin A-50 "Mainstay" for 2018. To be followed. Source AlexGRD: http://master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=100171&sid=b7252e4ad3d849de8e26c4c009281a81 V.P.
  3. Another finish for 2018, the lovely Zvezda 1/72 BF109F built as one of Hans Joachim Marseille's planes. Paints were Mr Color and Alclad. Markings were a mix of aftermarket and tail kill markings from a truly horrible Mistrecraft "kit". For this one I threw everything at it, resin guns, oil dot weathering, paint chipping with a prismacolor pencil, a funky way to simulate armoured glass and even tried to replicate yellow sand on the undercarriage. WIP is here. And finally, in a "I bought it so I'll use it" moment, a little plastic model, going round and round, just like a Zamboni... Cheers and a happy weekend to all. A
  4. Ahh the end of another brain wrecking contract means I can indulge in the Zen that is 1/72 aircraft. First up in the new workspace(s) is this simple , snap fit but nicely detailed 109F: Markings will be Marseille's F courtesy of this truly horrible pile of misshapen styrene, got for 2 Euros! Well did you expect them to spell his name right for that? Pit has been assembled, given a good blast of Mr Paint RLM 66, bit of detail painting and some Eduard belts popped on: The sun is still shining, so I think it's dejeuner sur l'herbe time as we say in Basingstoke, a barbecued wagyu burger and cold Estrella are calling , mazeltov! A
  5. I have to make a confession first, I never finished a scale model of the Bf 109 So time to change this. As I had the three new kits in my stash, why not to do a "comparative" build of them. They are from largest to smallest box - Eduard, Tamiya and Zvezda. Upon opening the boxes, the Eduard box looks rather empty. The Tamiya box looks to have more in it. And the Zvezda box is full up to the rim! But this is a bit misleading as several frames are from the older F model. There are plenty online reviews of the three kits and they are all reasonably favorable. According to them, the Zvezda kit which is based on their F model lacks in details and looks rushed. Eduards Mk.II kit is now in 1/48 at last, but still has some shape issues. And Tamiya with the latest addition looks to be another shake the box kit to build it. So lets start the comparison with the wings. As can be seen, there is a slight variation in wing span. The Zvezda wing is actually a bit shorter still as it isn't casted with the dihedral in place. Here a close-up of the two bulges and the difference in shapes And here the a picture how these two bulges do look. Lets move to the top of the wing. Here the length diffrence is now more visible, with the Zvezda wing about 1mm too short. And the comparison of the undercarriage bulge. To compare the fuselage is a bit tricky due to the construction of the engine covers. The Eduard fuselage is maybe placed a bit too forward. Considering this, they are equal in length. Also note the different shapes and sizes of the bulge under the horizontal stabilizers. And these bulges on the real aircraft. It looks there was a bit of variation on the real aircraft too. But there are differences in the representation of maintenance panels. The res circle show the missing panels. I believe Tamiya has one too many, Eduard is correct and Zvezda has some missing. The Tamiya instructions have this to say about the panels above and the bulges below. And here the other side. The two bulges are very noticable on the Tamiya kit, very tiny on the Eduard kit and none existent on the Zvezda kit. Here a close up. One known issue with the Eduard kit is the fuselage height. In comparison with the Zvezda kit, it is 0.6mm too high. Comparing the Zvezda and Tamiya fuselage results in a perfect match. I am sure that all three kits will result in very nice models of the Bf 109 G-6. The Tamiya kit looks to be the easiest build. Eduard has some nice details and Zvezda needs a bit of work. My goal is to have the three models built in similar finishes prior painting. That means that I will rivet the Zveda and Tamiya kit. I may use after market parts for the wheel and exhaust which would also correct the other problem on the Eduard kit, the too wide opening for the exhaust. My next update will be a comparison of the cockpits ready for painting. I won't use the Eduard PE parts in the cockpit to have a fairer comparison. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Peter
  6. In the framework of the recent toy tradefair Mir Detstva 2017, held at Moscow, Zvezda is reported having announced a "surprise" new tool 1/48th aircraft kit for 2018. Bets are open La-7, Fw.190... To be followed. UPDATE : IT'S A YAKOVLEV YAK-130 "MITTEN" https://vk.com/wall-29859496?own=1&w=wall-29859496_2175134 Source: https://vk.com/wall-29859496?own=1&w=wall-29859496_2000050 Source AlexGRD: http://master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=100171&sid=b7252e4ad3d849de8e26c4c009281a81 V.P.
  7. Decent little kit that should be ready to paint soon- I need to paint and assemble some sub assemblies before I can get on with making the two crew figures.
  8. In the framework of the recent toy tradefair Mir Detstva 2017, held at Moscow, Zvezda is reported having announced, as follow up to it's Mi-24V/VP "Hind-E" kit (ref.7293), a 1/72nd Mil Mi-24P "Hind-F" for 2018. To be followed. Source AlexGRD: http://master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=100171&sid=b7252e4ad3d849de8e26c4c009281a81 V.P.
  9. Hopefully got this photo sharing thing sorted, so I'd like to join with a Zvezda -800 kit finished with a set of Nazca's Monarch decals. Dave
  10. At the request of 172flogger (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235011702-zvezda-2017-catalogue/&do=findComment&comment=2536118) I've the pleasure to open a thread for the Zvezda's future 1/72nd Yakovlev Yak-130 "Mitten" - ref.7307 Source: https://vk.com/doc49818189_438784290?hash=63b43d8bea7b22204e&dl=624ebb4a6e12f7f2a1 V.P.
  11. So this is going to be a first for me as I've never built an airliner model before. Therefore, when I saw the 737 GB I thought 'why not - let's give it a go'. As I haven't built an airliner before, I had nothing suitable in the stash so decided to treat myself to this: Even with the little amount of knowledge I have of airliner models, I can tell this kit is a belter! The parts are perfectly moulded with no flash, crisp fine panel lines and excellent decals make for a perfect baptism of fire. I've decided to go with the scheme on the box which is the only one in the kit as I want to keep my first airliner build as straightforward as possible. Within no time I was following the instructions with gusto and she was just falling together. I can honestly say this is the fastest I've ever started putting a model together - it almost builds itself. I made a start on the wings and underside of the plane: Within 30 mins I had made so much progress I had to stop and take stock - as I said I've never built this quickly before which is testament to the ease of the kit. So within no time this is where I was: I'm really impressed with this kit and it has certainly made me keen to make more airliners in the future as I've really enjoyed working on a completely different type of aircraft. So next steps are to get the cockpit glazing masked and fixed and to tidy up the fuselage with the odd bit of sanding. Engines will be next so hope to have some progress on these for you soon.
  12. Hi everyone! Here's my first finished build of 2018. Yeah, I'd normally have 3 or 4 finished by now, but life got in a way a bit You can find the full article and photogallery at my modelling blog.
  13. Zvezda is working on a 1/144th Tupolev Tu-204C cargo aircraft kit - ref. Sources: https://vk.com/wall-29859496?own=1 http://airliner-models.org/forum/topic/4281-новинки-2017/?page=7#comment-100454 http://scalemodels.ru/news/12050-anons-zvezda-1-144-tupolev-tu-204s---testovye-otlivki.html V.P.
  14. CAD images just arrived - ready to start moulding plastic....... I have no further information on actual release date - other than soon. Ken
  15. I'm going to build the Zvezda 737-800 as HS-TYS of the Royal Thai Air Force, using Siam Scale decals. Box shot: I made a start this evening. In not much more than an hour I've got the fuselage and wings assembled. The fit is superb, I don't think this is going to need much filler! The perfect kit to build in parallel with the Amodel Mil Mi-10 I'm building in the BM 10th anniversary GB. Here it is with the wings dry-fitted to the fuselage. If I get any modelling time tomorrow I'll take the wings off and clean up all the seams, which won't take much work. The bit that'll take longest is the clear cockpit roof, which stands slightly proud of the fuselage so will need to be blended in, but doesn't look like it'll take long. Thanks for looking Z
  16. Here's my Zvezda 1/144 737-800 in Royal Thai Air Force markings, using Siam Scale decals, built for the Boeing 737 STGB. WIP is here. The Zvezda kit is very nice, goes together very well indeed. The Siam Scale decals worked pretty well, only issue was with the winglet decals which seem to have been designed to fit the Revell kit's inaccurate winglets, so needed a bit of trimming to fit. thanks for looking Z
  17. Placeholder while I wait for the postie. I've built the 1/100 version of this in Red Army colours so I'll be exploring paths less traveled with this build. The kit is of the more common late version (with the stowage boxes on the rear fenders for the tracks that could be used to convert it into a half track) so I have quite a choice of potential schemes to choose from. I got a good deal on the kit so I spent some of the saving on a metal gun barrel. Now I'm seriously looking at the Swedish version which had the main armament removed. Life, eh? Andy
  18. Zvezda is to release in 2015 a 1/72nd MiG-29 (9-13) "Fulcrum-C" kit - ref.7278 Source: http://scalemodels.ru/news/8359-katalog-zvezda-2015.html V.P.
  19. pinky coffeeboat

    Southwest 737-800

    Hi, This is my next entry in the 737 STGB. Here's the Zvezda kit, merely to show it's not started. and here's the intended colours As others have mentioned in this group build and elsewhere, the Zvezda kit is very nice and goes together easily. Options I'll choose for this one will be split-scimitar winglets, possibly later CFM56-7BE engines (if the kit engines can be modified) and a WiFi antenna on top of the fuselage. Due to the placement of the "Southwest" titles, I'll fill the windows and use the included photo real decals. This is a particular favourite colour scheme of mine and I'm looking forward to building it. Jeff
  20. Hi all, Second Entry is the M3 Lee I'll not bother with a running commentary on the construction of this one, it all went together with no trouble and fitted well. As I said, there were no real issues building this but I now need to decide on the end user - The box artwork shows the subject in Soviet service, then there is always the option of American or British markings. These two would, according to photos, require the addition of some extra stowage boxes on the rear hull and, if going for the 8th Army option, the addition of sandskirts. Probably have a sleep on it... Kind Regards IanJ
  21. Hi all, Quick little one to start with - Courtesy of the "Art of Tactic" series produced by Zvezda... This is what you get in the box - The engineering is a bit different from what they've done in the past in that the hull is built up around a frame. And as regards building - let's get on with it! Don't blink or you'll miss it Here's the frame that I mentioned - To this attaches the baseplate, diff housing, glacis plate and all the rear gubbins. Add the hull sides and top - It's all snap together but the manufacturer suggests that it can be glued if you like, TET used in this instance. Humbrol paint pot for size comparison. And it's built - Nowhere near my PB of 12 mins for a Zvezda tank but I took a bit more time with this one - couple of gaps to fill and some filing before priming. I now have to consider colours - Would I be right in saying that it's meant to be an M4A2 76(W)? In which case who used them? Thanks for looking IanJ
  22. DŽAR

    T-90

    Tank T-90. As is customary to me, it is planted in the field. It's my first model camouflaged with a spray gun. I tried to spray different shades and light up according to the instructions. The patina is formed by filters and washes, a few pigments. The kit was very good.
  23. Had started this one quite a while ago and was planning to do it for the recent MiG-29 group build but did not get around to finishing it up until a few days ago. Great kit, which builds much better than the 9.13 which had some fit issues. As with the 9.13, my main gripe is the separate wingtips which are very delicate and hard to get a perfectly smooth fit. Fit is still worse overall than the Trumpeter but it is more accurate, and includes the characteristic "pinch" behind the canopy. What's best about the kit, however, is the weapons. It's a veritable weapons set in its self with plenty of AA and AG goodies of which the only omission are R-77 missiles. Tired of the overuse of Kh-31s, I decided to arm this Fulcrum with a pair of Kh-29s along with KAB-500s. It looks menacing. I also built the fuel tank but I doubt that the aircraft could have taken off with this weapons load. Note that the Trumpeter only includes just one Kh-31 (!) which is quite lame, although it does come with R-77s. For painting, I was disatissfied with the Akan SMT paint set when I built the Trumpeter, and so used my own mixes. For this one, I used the Akan paints for the T-50. They came with a greenish rather than blueish hue which I think was appropriate. My bet paid off, as I think they look spot on. Up to you to decide! Overall, highly recommended kit.
  24. Zvezda is to release in 2013 a 1/72nd Sukhoï Su-27SM "Flanker-E/-F" kit Sources: http://vk.com/wall-29859496_160278 http://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=13474 V.P.
  25. Zvezda new 1/72nd MiG-15 "Fagot" kit - ref. 7317 Test build was on display at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2018. Do you like rivets... Source: https://ipmsnymburk.com/forum/viewtema.php?ID_tema=40056 V.P.
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