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  1. This is the kit of a new scene I am just about to start. These are very nicely detailed, will only be using one of the robots and will see if I can build up a nice base for it. Rio
  2. Hey guys: Does anyone have any experience with the multitude of new 1/35 WWII military figures from China that are popping up on EBay? Some are obvious recasts but the majority look like new CAD products http./1/35 Resin WWII German Officer & Soldier Panzer Crew Unpainted Unbuild BL535 from “Fashonzon” is an example. Has anybody ordered from any of these companies? Thanks, Marty
  3. German Tank Repair Crew (35319) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd. All tanks break whether it's due to the fact that they're badly designed, pushing the technological envelope, being misused by their crews or having chunks blown off them by the enemy. When the tanks are away from home they're usually repaired in field workshops, the contents of which we reviewed recently here. Workshops need crew, so this set is complementary and provides all the sinew, sweat and tears required to repair the broken vehicles. Arriving in a shrink-wrapped figure box the set contains five figures and a selection of tools on a total of four sprues of grey styrene, although the figure sprue was originally one, but was cut to fit inside the box for expediency's sake. The five figures are broken down to torso, head, individual arms and legs, plus hats if worn. All of them are posed standing up with an officer guiding operations (of course!), while the other four pull, push yank and hit things with abandon. All are wearing uniform shirts and trousers over ankle-height boots, two have peaked caps and the officer retains his officer's cap and has a little iron cross hanging from his shirt just in case anyone forgot he was in charge. The tools include a pry-bar and sledge-hammer that two crew are wielding, and there are a wide selection of hand tools to scatter around the bench or floor nearby, plus anvil, axle stands, box plane and tool box. You can see the full range to the right on the box top artwork. Sculpting is as ever spot on, with sensible breakdown of parts along natural seams, superb understanding of the draping of different materials, and realistic poses and proportions that all add realism to the finished figures. The painting and construction guide can be found of the back of the box in colour, with paints called out as numbers that relate to a table below converting between Vallejo, Life Color, Tamiya, AK, and Mission Models brand plus the colours and their names in English and Ukraine. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. USAAF Pilots (1941-1945) 32104 1:32 ICM With more large scale aircraft kits arriving ICM have seen the chance to get a figure set out there of US Pilots. Here we have 3 figures walking to (or from) their aircraft carrying their parachutes. There are separate parts for the back harnesses which have to be used as the backs of the figures are recessed for them. The three figures all have different head gear od the period. While the set calls them pilots they could be used to represent other aircrew personnel. The instructions are on a single sheet of glossy paper, with part numbers and colour call outs that reference a chart on the rear that shows Revell and Tamiya colour codes, plus the name of the colour in English and Ukrainian (that's a guess). Sculpting and moulding is excellent as we have come to expect from ICM, and the figures will doubtless fit a few different scenarios. Conclusion A useful set of figures to add a little human scale to your latest USAAF project, with typical quality from ICM's figure people. Available from their UK importers, H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Sd.Kfz.251 Ausf.A with German Infantry (35103) 1:35 ICM via Hannants The Hanomag Sd.Kfz.251/1 was the mainstay of the German armoured Personnel Carrier fleet, but was flexible enough to also take up many other tasks within the Nazi War Machine, from Anti-Aircraft duties to Howitzer carriage and back again to armoured reconnaissance, which led to a lot of variants. With two steering wheels at the front, the rear was carried on tracks, giving it good clearance and rough ground capabilities that a truck simply could not manage once the going got tough. It was armoured sufficiently to deflect non-armour piercing rounds from small arms fire, but with an open top it was susceptible to both grenades and aerial bombardment, where the armour would concentrate the blast and reduce the interior to a tangled mess. The Ausf.A was used at the beginning of WWII alongside the Ausf.B, and was generally fitted with an MG.34 on the front cab wall, operated from inside. There were more than 20 official variants and more unofficial field modifications, but despite their seemingly ubiquitous nature in German service, not many were preserved after the war, and they are highly sought after now, with many examples being based upon post-war builds from Czech factories that have been made to look as convincing as possible by their restorers. While the purist may notice the differences in films, they're still a huge improvement on repainted American half-tracks from an authenticity point of view. The Kit This is a reboxing of kit number 35101 of the same vehicle, but with the addition of a set of German Infantry (4 figures) to accompany it. We reviewed the original kit here, where you can see all the pictures below, as well as the build process and our thoughts on the model. This boxing arrives in a similar box, with the additional sprues for the figures taking up any spare space within, and on the exterior it has a new painting, which represents the more relaxed theme of the figures, which are either walking with their transport, or standing offering directions. In addition to the five grey sprues there are three in sand coloured styrene (the figures), a clear sprue (just the headlamps are used), and the flexible tracks and wheels. The instruction booklet follows the same format, and is actually the one from the earlier box, but with the instructions for the figures slipped inside, along with a separate page for sprue diagrams and painting guide for the accessories that come with the figures. The figures are four in number, and come as separate torsos, legs, arms, heads and helmets/hats. Shoulder bags, weapons and all the usual parts such as gas mask canisters, water bottles, entrenching tools, ammo pouches, pistols, binoculars, weapons and bayonets are included, most of which are found on the smaller sprue. The third sand sprue contains two lengths of link for the MG34 that is included on the aforementioned smaller sprue, which were sometimes carrier over the shoulders for easy access in event of contact with the enemy. These are moulded in a more flexible styrene, and are also a slightly different colour to the others, which can hopefully be seen from the pictures. An officer is included looking at a map, while another soldier points with one hand, with an MP40 in his other. The other two figures are depicted walking, one with an MG34 over his shoulder and a scarf of bullets, the other with boxes of ammo in his hands, and his rifle slung over his shoulder. As always with ICM, the sculpting it excellent, and the level of detail in the accessories of similar quality. Painting call-outs are included in the Revell and Tamiya ranges, with colour names in English and Ukraine for those without access to one of the many online paint conversion tools. Markings As this is the same kit, the same markings options are supplied this time around, with Panzer Grey being the colour scheme of the era. It also explains why there are no MG42s included on the weapons sprue. WH 726465 1.Pz.D., France, May 1940 WH 179074 1.Pz.D., Russia, July 1941 Conclusion We liked it first time around, and like it still, especially with the addition of these figures, which add a human scale to the model, and lend themselves to a diorama base, possibly at a crossroads in France? Highly recommended. Available in the UK from Hannants and other model shops Review sample courtesy of
  6. German Tank Crew – Special Edition (35283) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models A figure placed in or on a vehicle or diorama gives it scale, and as such they add life to our attempts at scaling down reality. This set from figure masters MiniArt depicts WWII German Panzer crew, and contains six figures in various poses, some more relaxed than others. It arrives in a standard end-opening figure box, and once you've got the film wrap off the box, you are presented with three sprues in grey styrene, plus a small ancillary instruction sheet for the sprue of weapons and kit that is included in this edition. Put the word MiniArt into discussion about figures and you know that the sculpting will be first class, which is the case with this set, having beautifully rendered depictions of cloth, unit badges and insignia, and the faces of crew members with their various headgear. Three of the figures are suitable for turret hatches, with one having no legs for those tight areas, while another could be adapted to fit a hatch, but is stood leaning forward slightly. The other two figures are sitting down with one arm up as if they are manning the front hatches, and one even has his hand out gripping a steering wheel or similar. The crew are wearing the black grey Panzer uniform, with the two front crew having their shirt sleeves rolled up, while the three officers have their jackets on. The commanding officer type is clasping maps etc. behind his back, and is wearing a similar design jacket, but in the Pea Camouflage material that was sometimes seen toward the end of the war. The third sprue contains the additional weapons and pouches as mentioned earlier, including the following: 2 x Kar 98 with ammo pouches 2 x MP40 so-called "Schmeiser" SMGs with ammo pouches and open or folded stock 1 x binocular (with slide moulded lenses) with case 1 x Walther P38 pistol with open or closed holster 1 x flare pistol with holster and ammo pouches 1 x First Aid Kit 1 x Map case 1 x flashlight The first aid kit, MP40s, map case and flare ammo pouch require some minor assembly, which is detailed in the small instruction sheet in the box. The painting guide on the rear of the box gives suggestions as to the colours to use, which is conveniently translated between Vallejo, Mr Color, Life Color, Tamiya, AK, HUmbrol, Revell, and colour names in (probably Ukrainian) Cyrillic and English. The camo swatch is also annotated for your ease, which uses 5 basic colours for your delight and terror. Conclusion Realistic poses, excellent sculpting in a box of 6… well, 5.5 figures. Perfect for crewing your latest Panzer project to give it a little life and scale for very little cash. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. It may have been brought up before on here. I'm looking for either 1/72 or 1/144 civil standing figures I want male and female dressed nice. I want these for standing outside an airliner. I've seen the Preiser ones and they are ok but I need about fifty, plus some police. Would these be the only ones that are good? I want to recreate the scene of Martin Luther King's casket being loaded on the Electra.
  8. In this section you can see catalog of protuction RES/KIT in 1/48 scale (figures) .
  9. In this section you can see catalog of protuction RES/KIT in 1/35 scale (figures) .
  10. WWI US Infantry & German Infantry in Gas Masks (35693 & 35695) 1:35 ICM WWI saw huge devastation of the land of continental Europe due to the stalemate that brought about the advent of trench warfare, as the Allies and Germany slogged it out over four years for supremacy of a few hundred feet of churned up earth in some cases. Millions of young men went to their deaths due to the "war of attrition" mentality of the Generals, which included America after it declared war on Germany in 1917, bringing their industrial might to the scene, which went some way toward reducing the effects of the loss of the Russian military from the fight due to their revolution. ICM have been commemorating the WWI 100 with the release of a number of figure boxings, the latest of which includes both the US Infantry from 1918, who bore more than a passing resemblance to the Tommies at that stage, and late war German Infantry in gas masks. Both sets arrive in slightly oversized figure-style boxes, which are top-opening, but have an additional internal flap securing the contents inside, as is usual with ICM kits. Instructions and painting guides are printed on separate glossy sheets within the box in full colour, with another matt sheet containing the sprue diagrams and detail painting information. US Infantry 1918 (35693) Containing two sprues in sand coloured styrene, the set includes four figures and a full set of equipment for personalisation of the figures to your taste. The soldiers are all in action poses with weapons at the ready, and includes an officer with a 1911 pistol at the ready. As already mentioned, their equipment is reminiscent of the British solider of the time, even down to the traditional "battle bowler" that lingered in British service until the end of WWII. The enlisted men wear boots and cloth puttees wrapped around their lower legs, while the officer sports a pair of lace-up calf-boots, which along with his handgun probably helped pick him out as a target for the enemy. A full set of ammo pouches, entrenching tools, water bottles, gas mask containers and other packs are included on the weapons fret, plus rifles, machine guns (even a Lewis gun), trench guns etc., all of which are helpfully named on the detail painting sheet – even the trench periscopes. Detail is superb, even down to the seams on the clothing, with realistic drape and creasing evident all over. Each figure is made from a torso, two legs, separate arms, a head with flat top to accept helmet, and where the figures are holding rifles up to fire, their hands are separate too for fine-tuning of the pose. The detail is carried over to the weapons, with an embossed "US" on the pistol pouch, and individual facets on the M1 grenade being just two highlights. German Infantry in Gas Masks 1918 (35695) This set has four sprues in sand coloured styrene, one of which contains just the heads for the soldiers. There are four figures again, and they are broken down as torso, two legs, two arms, and a two-part head, split front and back to enable maximum detail. The WWI potty helmets are separate too, and there are four spares and a mountain of weapons parts on two identical sprues. Again, the detail painting and naming of the various items are detailed in the instructions in Cyrillic as well as English, with a wide variety to choose from including a Broom-Handles Mauser, Bergman MP18 machine gun, hand grenades etc. The figures are all in action poses, from throwing grenades to setting up a machine gun, which is a lightened derivative of the Maxim. As the 08/15 was designed to be crewed by four men, it's entirely possible to designate the entire set as the crew. As with the other set, detail is excellent, and the plethora of weapons included goes beyond generous. Four unmasked faces give you the opportunity to mix and match if the mood takes you too. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Evening Guys Am really taken by the resin figures from the manufacturer 'Tank'. Does anyone know of a UK supplier? Thanks Andrew
  12. Hey I am pleased to show you some pictures of my latest project. The figure was completed a few days ago. This is a resin and produced by Indistria Mechanika.
  13. Hi guys, I've been working for the last few months on and off with these resin kits. I thought I would get them finished off for the Halloween season. I hope to get them finished by this Saturday, they are my first attempt at painting figure models with flesh tones and also my first attempt at painting eyes. I used a cocktail stick to paint the eyes in and the details around them. I've just given the models a lacquer gloss coat to seal the work that I have already done and I shall be adding some fine details tomorrow and then giving the model a dull coat apart from the eyes and the lips which I will leave in a gloss finish. To be continued.
  14. Calling this one done. Will try and get some better pictures done later. Thanks for looking. Rio
  15. Hey Folks, check out this great painted fugires of our new 1/32 sets
  16. Dear friends A second set today is German ground crewman on the ladder (not included) This beautifully sculpted figure is already available at http://www.copperstatemodels.com/main/fullDetails/145
  17. 1/48 figures are now available for all 1/48 lovers) CSM 1/48 Figures site
  18. Miniart have four new items from the kits, figures and accessories ranges out this month including: A Personenwagen Type 170V Saloon and Soviet SU-85 Mod. 1943 with Crew. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/new-miniart-sept-2016/
  19. Volkssturm, Germany 1944-5 1:35 Master Box As the war continued to go against Germany and the attrition of trained men of fighting age put more pressure on their military, many civilians and veterans of WWI were pressed into service. Men, boys and even women were trained to operate the basic weapons of defence, such as the Kar98 rifle, and the dreaded Panzerfaust that could turn a housewife into a tank destroyer, providing she could get close enough to fire it effectively. The Volkssturm, which means "people's storm" were hastily trained, often by those that had been invalided out of the service, or older soldiers that weren't fit for front-line service anymore. This set contains five figures in injection moulded styrene on one sprue that is held within a standard figure sized box. Included are the following: A moustachioed old soldier with puttees, greatcoat and forage cap, loading a Kar98 rifle, which has the bolt back and a clip of ammo being pressed home. A lady in a fur-trimmed ¾ coat with matching hat, toting a Panzerfaust on her right shoulder in the aiming position. An older soldier in great coat, boots and forage cap explaining the finer points of firing a Panzerfaust. An officer in great coat, boots and holding an instruction manual, with the option of either holding a cigarette in his right hand, or an alternative part that represents an empty sleeve, allowing him to be posed as a former soldier, recalled to duty. A gentleman in a double-breasted rain coat, trilby and brogues, watching a demonstration intently with his hands clasped behind his back. As usual with Master Box, the sculpting is first rate, and all the figures are broken down sensibly to improve detail whilst minimising joint clean-up. All figures have separate legs up to their waists, with the coat tails as separate thin parts that shroud the upper legs realistically, so there are no solid areas when viewed from below. Heads, hats and caps are separate too, as are the arms, and the lady has been sculpted on a frame appropriately smaller than the men in the set, so that she looks distinctly female. The colours, part numbers and construction notes are found on the back of the box, using Vallejo and Lifecolor paint codes as reference. Conclusion A superbly candid scene during the desperate final days of WWII is depicted, needing only a battle scarred backdrop to finish it off. Sympathetically painted, these figures will tell their own story. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. We are very happy to announce that we will be stocking Ultracast products at Sovereign Hobbies. The first order is due to land in a couple of weeks.
  21. Well, better late than never! Here is my GB entry. After much stash searching, procrastination, rethinks, and other excuses i have settled on this for my subject. Admittedly i am not a regular figure builder, and this is outside the comfort zone, but hey, its something different (for me). Heres the pics... As you can see he's quite a grumpy looking chap. I hope he doesn't make me grumpy in the process!! Thanks for watching, cheers Greg
  22. We've got some great items from MiniArt available right now, including two new kits: A Soviet SU-122 Self Propelled Gun with full interior detail and a set of Resting WWII German Tank Crew figures. For full details, please see our newsletter.
  23. There's a great selection of new Trumpeter items covering various subjects coming out this June/July, check them out below and see our amazing range of Trumpeter Model Kits on our Website!
  24. Ok this was something I originally suggested way back in 2013 but then it was just for the airforce, this was a bit restrictive. It got into this years vote and I had completely forgotten about it and didnt remove the earlier restrictions. But it seems like there is still a lot of interest in this so its now opened up completely. So if it was made in Italy or wore the Italian colours then bring it along. I have always liked the flare and passion the Italians put into their designs and if that wasnt enough then add a few more cylinders or even an extra engine!! Which would you rather listen to a Ferrari 250GTO a Lamborghini Miura or a 60s Renault or 2CV!! So lets go for a drive around Tuscany, a cruse over Lake Como, sail the Tyrrhenian Sea, or a flight along the Amafi Coast. Lets live the good life in 2016! ok the list..... 1, trickyrich - Host 2, Mitch K 3, vppelt68 4, JOCKNEY 5, Lex77 6, CliffB 7, Giorgio N 8, Prenton 9, milktrip 10, Arniec - Co-Host 11, Bonhoff 12, Caerbannog 13, Paul J 14, swat11 15, TallPaul 16, Chimpion 17, Doug Rogers 18, hgbn 19, feoffee2 20, Ettore 21, SleeperService 22, iJones 23, Shermaniac 24, Mitch K 25, maltadefender 26, JackG 27, RobG 28, 06/24 29, Enzo Matrix 30, pinetree_fella 31, Hardtarget 32, SAU 33, Blitz23 34, usetherudders 35, wellzy 36, wimbledon99
  25. There are some great new plastic model kit releases available from Master Box and Meng Models. Master Box release the next kit in their World War One series; the Hand to Hand Fight German & British Infantrymen. Meng Models releases feature a new 1/72 F-106A Delta Dart, as well as two sets of resin detail parts sets. For full details, please see our newsletter.
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