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  1. Zvezda's next Flanker is a 1/72nd Sukhoi Su-30SM "Flanker-H" - ref. 7314 Source: https://vk.com/wall-29859496?own=1&w=wall-29859496_2259338 V.P.
  2. OK, time to start my thread, I'm snowed under at present with models, work, and my garden, but I've been so looking forward to this, I'm building a 1/35 zvezda king tiger henschel turret, no zimmerit, when I bought the kit, probably 2 years ago I found on opening the box the Hull bottom was horribly warped, twisted , I actually started work on attempting to straighten it during the panzer gb, using boiling water a hair dryer and a razor saw around some of the suspension arm inserts, to relieve some of the twist, on the inside of the hull, I can report its a 95% fix, the other 5% I'm hoping will be sorted upon bonding the upper and lower hulls together, the kit is actually dragon molds originally, early, granted, and basic, Scalemates helped to identify it so I Could spruce the old banger up with a couple of pe sets, I'm unsure of the scheme, I'll be doing I like the ambush camo and I did notice the knight on the horse, that's already being built in the gb, progress is expected in fits and starts at first, some pictures Cheers
  3. My proposal is to build two Tiger I's in 1943. Both carried turret number 123. These are the kits that I'll use. A quick view of the plastic ...
  4. Let rest from MiF building Project inventory: Seats and cockpit:
  5. Hello Britmodellers! That’s me again... Actually, I don’t intend to start this WIP thread because it’s a very slow and experimental (again) build. I open this box from time to time and work for 20-30 minutes - so don’t expect the regular updates. But let it be here: It’s a well-known kit, I bought it a few years ago during my hiatus. It’s a first boxing and when I looked at this I just can’t resist: I was amazed how detailed the kits are today (I can’t touch any about the ten years)... I immediately started work with a kit, but my perfectionism stopped the build and all was stored in the box. Last spring I followed the @CedB‘s thread during my work on a Voodoo: ...and I decided to look inside the box: the cockpit was practically done - why not to give it another try?! It’s a some kind of a patriotic build, as a some time ago I purchased an odorless acrylic paints from Zvezda: The colors are not so bad, except the metallics - OK, let’s try to get the best of them. Also I purchased an exterior PE set from Microdesign and the resin wheel set from ARMATA-MODELS.RU: Some subassemblies are done and some parts are in the progress now: The cockpit was done a year or so ago: And I was ready for an engines installation: An engines and the VR-24 reductor dry-fitted at the moment: That’s all for today, thanks for watching!
  6. Hello Folks. I Want introduce my new model and first completed model this year. This model was built under the impression from book about Roland De la Poype the French pilot & the hero of the Soviet Union . Best regards. Michael.
  7. The new Zvezda offering of a Russian T-28, Box art to start with ... Decided to base this build on a T-28 captured by the Finns (just to be awkward ) After much searching, decided to base this on Tank number 102 of the 1st Infantry Division. Not much information for this vehicle, apart from the one pic below I snagged of the 'tinternet! What I could glean was the 1st Infantry Division fought in East Karelia during the Continuation War in late 1941 Making a big assumption here, but going to say this tank would have been captured during the Winter War that started in Nov 1939 Looking at the kit, and again on limited research, I would say this is a T-28 Model 1937 Here is the pic ... I would say the white coat was applied before insignia, and probably by brush. For me, I dont have the skills to fully represent this, but I will endevour to emulate So far I have been purely building and i am a long way from completion Initial thoughts on the kit: Plastic is soft and waxy ... Use a fine sander or you eat into the plastic very quickly (as I have found!) ... Also, make sure you wash with warm soapy water, get rid of as much waxy\grease as possible, so base coat not affected! Quite a lot of detail, but a lot will be lost once the is build complete (i.e. between the tracks once covers added, and over the engine fan) The kit can have awkward fitting problems (especially with the hull 'roof') Quite a few injection holes, luckily most will be hidden, so do not need attention Anyway, onto the pics ... Stage 1 ... Stage 2 ... Laters
  8. Hi everyone, My latest completion for 2019 is Zvezda's Yak-130 in 1/72, a very nice kit of an attractive little aircraft. Physically the model is OOB with Begemot providing the decals and Peewit the canopy mask. Paints are Colourcoats ARG03 Africa Korps Tan Yellow and Humbrol 103 Cream for the upper surface whilst I used 65 Aircraft Blue for the underside. The cockpit is all Humbrol - 175 Hellgrau for the base with 124 Petrol Blue (both long discontinued) for the instrument panels whilst the MFDs are 85 Satin Black. Various Humbrol colours were used for all the details. Unfortunately the Begemot roundels were a bit out of register on the sheet I bought, particularly the fuselage ones and there were a few errors in both the placement of the markings and recommended camouflage pattern. I did a bit of hunting around on the 'net and found THIS thread on the Yak-130 on what's called the ForcesDZ forum which was an immense help in determing the correct colour demarcation and marking placement, although I still made a mistake with the fuselage roundels! The forum is primarily in French with some Arabic but it seems like a good source for info on the Algerian armed forces . Now for the pics: Comments and feedback welcome! Mike.
  9. I suppose you're all familiar with this striking artwork by Wiek Luijken for Osprey Publishing, which adorns the cover of their book of the Ju 88 Kampfgeschwadern in North Africa and the Med: It's nothing less than L1+AM, the long time ride of Joachim Helbig, the most famous aircraft of the most famous pilot/commander of the most famous bomber unit of the Luftwaffe south of the Alps. It's been said to log more than 750 combat flight hours and a total of more than 1000 flight hours, before getting destroyed on the ground due to aerial bombardment. Enough "mosts". This plane is definitely good for a ship-killer. It's combat record against 8th Army should qualify her as a tank-buster too. Probably spent several hours recceing for targets too. But a nightfighter... definitely no. I'm jealous for all you half-blind scale guys and the variety of pre-Jumo J engined Ju 88:s you're given by ICM. In the proper scale we have the very good Revell Jumo J- versions, but backdating them to A-5, D-2 and C-4 is practically impossible. So we have the Zvezda early A-4 kit, that is almost as difficult to backdate, and the out-of-the-box A-5/A-17 which is unfortunately getting very hard to find. But! ! I bought a Zvezda A-4 kit and got the surplus A-5 parts from a fellow Britmodeller's A-17 build, a very big thanks goes to @Mikemx! So Zvezda A-4 kit + Zvezda A-5 parts + Eduard masks + Humbrol enamels + AIMS and Revell decals are my way to go. Can't wait to get started - though I have a Revell A-4 to finish before that in the Maritime Patrol GB. Good to have a deadline! Best regards, V-P
  10. Zvezda kit built in the latter part of 2018. This was a practice build (and my first serious attempt at freehand camo work) before I tackled the Eduard kit. A mostly OOB affair, with the Master Models pitot tube as the only aftermarket addition. As always, thanks for looking
  11. I like to show my buildlog for the Zvezda Star Destroyer here too. So pictures. The bridge: Lighting the bridge: Trench-Hangar: Modding stuff, the part has a wrong height: Garbage Chute: More detailing: The hangar bay: The main guns: And more detailing: Lighting: cheers, Dirk
  12. Hi all - here are a few pics from my current build. I am going 'full detail' on the excellent 1/72 Hind E kit from Zvezda. I have interior PE from North Star Models, exterior PE from Ace Models, resin wheels from Armory, the JakB-12.7 machine gun and Duas probe from Master, and the Hind stencil decals from Linden Hill. I'll be doing the kit decals option from Mahlwinkel, GDR in 1993 as I like the look of the 'classic' Hind clover-leaf camo. I'll be pushing my scratchbuilding skills to the limit as I have opened up the hydraulics block (see pics) and also aim to scratchbuild the APU and air conditioning piping below the pilots cockpit on the port side. All the kit compartment options will be built 'open' including the engine bays, main gearbox and troop cabin. I have 2 excellent books on the Hind (the 'Yellow Series' book by Jakob Fojtik and the HT Model book) to help me. Photos show progress so far, I'm aiming to detail up as many parts as possible before painting. Hope you like.
  13. After the 1/48th kit (link), strong rumours say Zvezda is preparing a new tool 1/72nd Petlyakov Pe-2 kit - ref. 7283 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/f?kw=模型类新闻&ie=utf-8 V.P.
  14. The Zvezda catalog 2018 is online: https://www.scalenews.de/zvezda-neuheiten-2018/ http://scalemodels.ru/news/12358-katalog-zvezda-2018.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook V.P.
  15. Hi everyone, I have just started the Zvezda easy assembly kit of the Me Bf 109 F-2. I am actually quite impressed with this kit, as it is light years ahead of the HobyBoss Easy Assembly kits. I know, as I started quite a while back a Dewoitine D 520, and I lost my motivation while attempting to create a credible cockpit. No such problems with Zvezda, who delivers a rather exciting cockpit. Here is a photo after I sprayed a coat of aluminium paint to help with creating some scuffing/scratches after the RLM 66. I did add some PE rudder pedals, but I am wondering why , as nothing will ever be visible again. I guess I will sleep better knowing it is there. A set of PE seat harness is waiting in the aisle as well. The only problem to date is about the fit, which could be better under the wings and on the tail. Any puttying and sand papering has to be done painstakingly slowly in order not to destroy the delicate panel lines and rivets. Not sure everything will be left unscathed, but so far so good. Photos on the next post. Re the paint scheme, I think the kit's decal sheet is of very average quality, so I am doing a scheme from an Xtradecal sheet. It is the second from the top. Since I built the ancient Airfix Me Bf 109 G-6 as a kid, I have always wanted to do another JG 53 Messerschmitt, better built than the first one! Only problem: I cannot find a photo of that particular aircraft... So will extrapolate and do the same aircraft, earlier in its career, with most of the area forward of the cockpit painted yellow! It is suitably garish, and I can't wait! So if any of you has any tips concerning this build or my chosen paint scheme, please let me know! Cheers. JR
  16. #3/2018 My dad´s third and last Soviet WW2 subject for now. The excellent Zvezda kit, Eduard seatbelts added, EZ Line for the antenna wires. For the AMT-1, -4, -7 and -12 camo my dad used the new AK Interactive Real Color Air paints. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047253-soviet-pawn148-petlyakov-pe-2-peshka/&page=2 12th Guards Divebomber Regiment in 1944 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_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 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_0023 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  17. Not sure on markings for this one yet, but I love these little Zvezda kits and couldn't resist adding one to the stash, and inevitably, also the GB. I have markings in the post so final finish will be something either Ostfront or DAK most probably in a single colour because I'm not very good at camo. This is the box: And this is what comes in it. Note the tight, brand new tracks on this one in comparison to the built in track sag on the PSC version. Detail is adequate and quite nicely done, and they take paint beautifully so this should be another fun little build. When these are done I have <deep breath> A Pz 38(t), Pz II, Pz III, Panther, Ferdinand, Jagdtiger and Sd.kfz 251 in the queue. And some more Russian stuff (both GPW and modern). Then the entire 1st Polish Armoured Division. Told you I was a fan Andy Finding his niche.
  18. 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.
  19. Well before I start getting nasty notices from Six I thought that I had better mark my place with my entry for this GB for which I will be building Zvezda's relatively new 1/35 Ausf E. Now I am not an avid armour builder so you will have to forgive me any newbie errors I make and also any stupid questions that I might ask, I will also be building her OOTB complete with any errors that the kit might have, no doubt there are some, with a view to possibly finishing it as a tank operated by the Afrika Korps or DAK as they are often referred. So without further ado here are the usual box and contents shots; Quite nice box art and underneath is a very sturdy cardboard box stuffed full of parts. Lots of bits in these target boxes aren't there! Thankfully for a novice like me there are link and length tracks rather than individual links. Anyway don't get your hopes up for a record breaking build as I have the small matter of a B-17 to get finished first. Anyway thanks for looking in and any comments and tips are gratefully received. Craig.
  20. After finishing the Ju88, my dad starts the next 2-mot, Zvezda´s nice Pe-2 kit. DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  21. I would like to present you my first jet. In my opinion Zvezda's kit is really good and there is no many issues. I make few mistakes, but have a fun working with MiG. Now is showtime.
  22. Hi all, Like a few others who have posted recently this is my contribution to the ongoing and excellent Panzer IV GB, please do not judge the GB my the meager standards of my model but pop along and have a look as there is some excellent modelling going on. This is my first 1/35 armour in a very long time and on the whole I enjoyed it, I will however NEVER enjoy repetitive road wheel! Any way enough waffle here are the pics; For those of you interested here is a link to the WIP; Thanks for looking in and all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
  23. 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
  24. I needed something to get my mojo going again. My airbrushing skills, etc., have be eroding. Something simple that didn't get dragged down with overdone scratchbuilding, which for me always takes the wind out of the sails at times. This kit was in the stash and looking very smart with the fine details. Building it was not a total pleasure, the fitting of the nose cowls and landing gear was not without frustration. But happy to have a kit completed. Good from a far, but far from good is what this reminds me but happy to share. My airbrushing techniques evolve and now I am finding thinning my paints more than the usual recommendation works well for my style. At times 50-80 % thinner to paint for Vallejo Model Air. It also keeps the paint from hiding the smallest details. The decals ended up breaking apart in spots, another frustration. Comments always welcome, and I will apologize for the photo took on a bit of a greyscale effect which I don't understand. Craig
  25. Strong rumors say Zvezda is a to release a new tool 1/72nd Sukhoi Su-57 kit in 2019 - ref. 7319 V.P.
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