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  1. After the German IDS boxing, Revell is to release in 2015 a 1/48th MRCA Tornado GR.Mk.4 kit - ref.04924 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973128-revell-172-shackelton-aew-2/ V.P.
  2. Right. Here we go then. First WIP for Quack. I thought I'd have a go at a WIP thread, never having done one before. The kit is this one....the Revell / Hasegawa 1/48 Spey Phantom FGR2. I fell in love with these brutes growing up near Leuchars, and loved to watch and listen as they thundered out on training or QRA sorties. OK in fairness they were largely FG1s from 892 Sqh FAA, or 43 / 111 Squadrons when the airframes were gifted to the RAF, buy I can't find a 1/48 FG1 so this'll have to do for now. With any luck ZM will get around to issuing Spey Phantoms in 1/48 scale.....(!?) 02 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr Always a sucker for "little extras" I have already invested in a Big Ed set and Aires ejection seats. 04 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr The Big Ed set is fairly pricey but you do seem to get a lot of stuff for your cash, and I don't do many builds in a year so my overall annual expenditure on "toys" is reasonable (errrr...I think it's reasonable don't you Dear??) The plan is to finish the build as XV474 using the Xtradecal set. 06 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr The idea behind doing this thread is to stretch myself a bit further and gain more experience / consolidate my skills. I'd really appreciate it if folk would feel free to comment, especially to give tips on construction from their own experience, and to tell me of any howlers they observe so I can try to correct glaring errors and cock-ups! Thanks in advance. Finally - a warning.......don't expect a quick build here. I'm a notoriously slow builder and this may take some months........It'll NOT all be over by Christmas! OK, on we go. The Eduard cockpit details look a bit scary, as it involves a fair bit of plastic mangling , especially the Nav's console, but I think the result should be worth a bit of risk taking, don't you? The detailing on the side consoles has been sanded off, never to return. 08 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr A few brass bits added. 08 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr Bits ready for a first dose of primer... 12 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr The Aires seats look absolutely amazing - so detailed. I hope I'll be able to do them justice when it comes to painting. 14 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr First dose of primer lets me see how things are shaping up. Early days. Beginning to relax into this build and enjoy it. 16 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr Thanks for tuning in and please do offer construction tips. Next instalment hopefully before Christmas!! Q Sorry Dear.....Whats's that about the credit card bill?
  3. Evening All, Was debating whether or not to enter this GB as wasn't convinced I'd complete in time, I'm a leisurely modeller, especially at the beginning when its all the fiddly bits I'm not that good at! However, with a deadline into December, I ought to be OK. I got a Revell GR.1 for Christmas a couple of years ago just after they'd gone out of service so this GB was rather timely. I'm doing this pretty much OOB, although undecided on markings at this point. Might stick to the 9 sqn in the kit or go after market for something else. Also unsure about the weapons, but that decision can wait. One question that has occurred to me is the presence of the refuelling probe. I remember reading that the RAFG Tornados didn't do a lot of AAR, given that the baddies were on the doorstep. Did that equate to the IFR not being fitted on the whole? And if that was the case, did it change after Op Granby when their expected operations were a lot more widespread? Obligatory box photo: Lots of bits in here, probably the most complex kit I've built since restarting modelling a couple of years back. A fairly meaty instruction booklet too! And now the usual conundrum - how many pots of paints do I need to buy for the cockpit detailing? I reckon I need 4 or 5 for the cockpit and the exterior metallic bits. Added to the complication is the varied paint brands stocked by my local model shops, struggling to find one place that has all the ones I want. But an online order is going to incur (relatively) hefty postage costs Need to phone around tomorrow and see who's got what.. And that's it - stuck one of the seats together just to show some progress. Just hope I haven't made painting it a pain now! Al.
  4. Hi Folks, I’ve not posted my work(on here)for some time but would like to share my latest build with you. It’s Revells 1/48 fat face Skyraider. Picked it up for £10 from The Works website(uk) as I’ve always liked Skyraider’s but not been willing to part with Hasegawa prices. It’s the old Matchbox kit I believe and is lacking in detail with raised panel lines(which I re-scribed). Really enjoyed the build and fairly pleased with the result, the wing joints were a pain as was the ‘blue rinse’ for the rear glazing. Main paints are hataka lacquer for LGG and Tamiya white. I thought the hataka white was too dark. Quite pleased with the result but feel free to comment.
  5. So here we have Revell's 1/390 747-200 in Air Canada livery. Originally released as a Matchbox kit with BA (Landor?) & Air Canada livery in 1990 it was re-released by Revell in '97 with just the updated Air Canada livery. It Has the registration C-FTOC which was infact a 747-100 built in '71 and scrapped in 1999. And here she is.... Not perfect but for £5 and a lick of paint i'm happy with it. 20200130_094006v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093943v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093914v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093841v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093807v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093745v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093731v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr 20200130_093649v2 by MikeGBlues, on Flickr Thanks for looking!
  6. Hello all! Up next is my all time fave aircraft - the F-15E. For this build, I`ll be doing a Lakenheath `mudhen` with nose art worn during operations against isis targets circa 2018. I will also build groundcrew, equipment & an R-11 fuel tanker to place around it.
  7. Hey, so I have this problem with Revell colors. I've bought Revell enamel matt 37 for the surface to look, well, matt. But that isn't the case as you can see in the pictures. The red color appears glossy. Now, I've put a matt 69 besides it for comparison, so you can clearly see the difference. I don't know what is going on. Could this be a mistake by Revell or did I do something wrong? Model looks kinda ruined for me now, because everything should have matt finish (it's a Boba Fett Slave I by Revell by the way). Is there any way to safe it? I have some varnish... Also, the paint has been drying for more than 24h, that is important for you to know. So, what to do?
  8. Welcome to my next WiP, Revell's 1/72 F14D. There's lots of Tomcats appearing on BM at the moment (i wonder if this is anything to do with the soon-to-be-released Top Gun 2?) but I've not seen much of the Revell version, could this be a bad sign?!? This is my first F14 since the mid 90s and to be honest it's not the model i was hoping to build - I've ordered the new academy kit but given up hope of it arriving from Korea after nearly 4 months. This model on the other hand had next day delivery so I just went for it. First impressions are ok, panel lines are pretty chunky but there is quite nice detail in the 'pit and wheel bays and i like the scheme. After a bit of dry fitting I'm not so sure... things don't seem to fit particularly well and i have a feeling this might be a battle, especially after just finishing two lovely ww2 eduard kits which pretty much fell together. I've started doing a bit of Tomcat research and already decided this isn't going to be museum quality accurate like one of @Tony Oliver's. I want it to have a decent load out (Grim Reapers rarely, if ever, did) and the revell version is missing loads of little details which I'm not going to chase on this build. Ill be happy if it has the "feel" of a later build tomcat, I can sort out the fit issues and the colours and weathering look good. I've also been looking at aftermarket bits and pieces: the revell canopy is horrible (thick, scratched and a bit misty), can anyone suggest a replacement in 1/72? Should i be getting wheels, nozzles, better missiles? Nothing I've seen is recommended for revell version but i guess i can make things fit? I've already gone for resin bang seat and started to scratch some detail on the blank bits of the cockpit: Anyway, my current construction pace is pretty glacial but this is all that's on the bench so will keep you updated - thanks for dropping by!
  9. I have the Haunebu II Model Kits from Squadron Models and from Revell sitting on my shelf for a while. To make this clear: This is pure Fun-Fiction for me. I am lighyears away from any Nazi-Ideas or any questionable messages that people (especially here in germany) have associated with the Haunebu after the Revell Kit came out. Both Kits offer the option to open the Bridge-Section with the "Repulsor Drive"-Unit in the middle. Both drives are pretty basic. The Squadron version is a bit bigger but just a hollow tube. Therefore my Plan is to replicate the repulsor drives in clear resin to allow LED-Lighting from the bottom an create something like a "Warp-Drive" effect that we know from Star Trek. Bridge of the Squadron Models Haunebu II Revell Repulsor Drive ...to be continued.
  10. Beaufighter 1F Nightfighter (03854) 1:48 Revell The Beaufighter was originally developed as a fighter variant of the Beaufort, aiming to utilise as many components from the light bomber as possible to speed development, construction and minimise tooling costs. It didn't quite work out that simply, as it needed additional power that could only be provided by the new Hercules engines that was in development, as even a Merlin engine would leave it underpowered as they later found out. This meant a mid-wing mount had to be created so that the props had sufficient ground clearance, and a skinnier fuselage was used to reduce weight and drag. It was still fairly quick to reach production, and although it wasn't as amazing as the Mosquito, it turned out to be a good multirole aircraft once it had matured sufficiently, able to assume roles for which it was never intended for. The initial Mk.1 wasn’t a speed demon by any stretch of the imagination, and some were converted to Nightfighter specification to gauge their performance against the incoming enemy bombers that were attacking London and the rest of England every night by that time. After a few quieter sorties, the 1F began to show promise, downing a number of bombers, the first of which was a Do.17. It was able to carry the bulky early radar equipment without serious penalties, so was a natural for the task where speed wasn’t quite so crucial in the dark. The Kit This is a minor retool of the TF.X from Revell, one of the first to be released from the newly reinvigorated company, and the first new tooling of a Beaufighter for a long time, so it’s good to see them following through with new versions. It arrives in one of their chunky end-opening boxes (think 1:48 Tornado), and inside are sixteen dark grey sprues with a slight sparkle which is a little odd. A trio of small clear sprues, the decal sheet and new-style colour instruction booklet with the obligatory safety warning sheet tucked inside. There are 163 parts in total, and when you pull the wing sprue out of the box you realise that the Beau was quite a large aircraft. Surface detail of the aircraft's skin is restrained, with lots of fine engraved panel lines, and even what appears to be an attempt at replicating the unevenness of the skin of the aircraft around the fuselage sides and on the nose cones, a few of which you won't use. You get a full-length floor inside the fuselage with plenty of interior details, which also includes the wing roots as seen from the inside, the equipment in the back and the radar Op's seat base. The differences are around the cowlings, which are smoother than the TF.X, the original flat elevator parts and the lack of rocket pack trays and thimble-nose that came later. Construction begins with the cockpit, which is stuffed into the very tip of the internal floor, with a portion of the forward spar at the rear, cockpit bracing structure and a three-sided console in front, onto which the instrument panel is fixed, and a decal can be added if you don't fancy painting it yourself. Rudder pedals are moulded-in, and a control column drops into a slot in the centre of the floor, with the seat with moulded-in belts placed hard up against the spar. The rear spar forms the box, and this is full height, with moulded-in doors into the rear compartment, and two ammo drums behind that feed the belly cannons. Behind that is the base for the radar operator's chair, which also has lap belts moulded-in, another framework bulkhead that has a central equipment rack in it. Behind that is an empty space with the tail-wheel well at the rear, which is moulded into the floor as a curved box, and can accept the tail wheel in either deployed or stowed positions by using a different strut on the same wheel. The fuselage can then be closed around the assembly, after de-flashing some holes along the top seam for later use. The nose cone is separate, and you have a choice of two, but we use the original sleek nose that gives the Beau such a nice line. The canopy is fitted next, and has an apron in front of the windscreen moulded-in to make fitting it easier, and a separate top panel for the pilot's exit. My example had taken a hit to the top roll-over bar, causing it to snap off, but as it was a clean break, I was able to glue it back with small dots of super glue. The gun-sight is also clear, and needs partially painting before installation, which would look more realistic if you add some clear green to the edges of the glazing to simulate thickness. The new rear crew member's dome is able to be fitted open or closed, with no machine gun this time around. Now for the wings. The lower wing is a full width piece, and includes a short length of the lower fuselage to give it a strong join. Four small holes must be opened up in this area before proceeding, after which the gear bays are constructed in the lower half of the "power egg" from individual panels and a front bulkhead. Behind them the flap bay is completed by the addition of an upstand part that spans the gap between lower and upper skins. This is of course repeated in both sides, and the upper wings are glued in place once this step is completed, then the flush landing light, the supercharger intakes and wingtip lights can be added along with the inner and outer sections of the flaps, which can be posed open or closed, by adjusting the leading-edge tabs that are present. The ailerons are each two parts and these fit on pins and can be left loose or posed how you see fit. Before mating the fuselage to the wings, the lower hatch is installed in either open or closed positions. Next up are the engines, and these are depicted fully with two banks of pistons and plenty of nice detail. The exhaust collector ring and the forward cooling vanes are all there, although a little bit of wiring will be needed to complete the look. The three new smooth cowling sections are all build up around the front ring, and then you have a choice of adding open or closed cooling flaps, by using one or other of the sets provided glued to the aft of the cowling. This is done twice of course, and the engines aren't handed, so the exhausts are on the same side, as are the hedgehog flame hiders that trail along the nacelles, which have glare shields over them to protect the pilot's night vision. A choice of large or small intakes are fitted to the top of the cowlings, and the tiny rear tip of the nacelle under the wing finishes off that section. The tail of the Beau is noticeably cranked upward with quite a large dihedral on later variants, but this early one has flat fins with a single two-part elevator running across the full width with trim actuators added below. The tail fin isn't moulded into the fuselage, but this early fillet-less version fits into a slot on the top of the elevator assembly, and separate rudder parts allowing you to pose the rudder deflected if you wish. The main landing gear can be left off totally if you are posing your model in flight, with the single piece gear bay doors dropped into the aperture in the bottom of the nacelles. If you are building the landing gear down, you will need to construct the H-shaped legs in stages, sandwiching the two-part wheels between the legs as you go, and this completed assembly is attached to a small section of the spar for ease and strength of attachment. This is glued into the front of the bay, with another set of retraction jacks fitted diagonally from the bay rear into the lower section of the leg. The single door panel is split lengthways with a blade or fine saw and added half to each side of the bay, then the prop is fixed to the front, either with or without a spinner, which has a backplate for completeness. Then it's a case of fitting a pitot under the wing, aerial on the fuselage, and radar antennae on the leading edges of the wings to complete the model, and some wire/thread for the aerial if you're feeling brave. Markings There are two decal options provided on the sheet, and if you thought they were going to be anything other than black, there’s some bad news coming. They’re both black, but with different coloured fuselage codes to differentiate. From the box you can build one of the following: Beaufighter Mk.1F No.604 Sqn. RAF, Middle Wallop, England, April 1941 Beaufighter Mk.1F No.68 Sqn. RAF, High Ercall, England, Late 1941 <ul style="list-style-type:upper-alpha"> Decals are by Zanetti, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion I liked the TF.X and I like the Mk.1F just as well – I love Beaufighters (and an awful lot of other aircraft too, for completeness). It’s a well-detailed model that ticks a lot of boxes for the modeller, whether they’re of the out-of-box, or advanced flavour. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  11. Maverick's F-14A Tomcat (03865) 1:48 Revell The Tomcat was a much-loved and capable aircraft that had a unique look, and was brought fully into the mainstream media by the original "Top Gun" in the 1980s. It has its origins in the late 50s and a need in the 60s for a replacement to the (also much loved) Phantoms with something more agile and adaptable. After much faffing about (does all defence procurement do this?), a Grumman proposal was picked for development and to avoid any further flip-flopping by the then US Defence Secretary, building of a prototype was ditched in favour of development airframes. Only four years after first flight, the F-14A Tomcat went on its first deployment in 1974, serving with the US Navy until it was retired in 2006, accompanied by much gnashing of teeth and name-calling of its replacement, the F-18, which took some time to abate. The F-14A was the first model, and because of a change of heart by the powers that be, which resulted in the Marines leaving the list of potential operators, it did not have the air-to-ground capabilities it was originally scheduled to possess. Instead it with a pure interceptor/fleet protection aircraft, armed with AIM-54 Phoenix for Beyond Visual Range (BVR) engagements for up to 100 miles in perfect conditions. It was also capable of carrying AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder for self-defence and closer intercepts. Later in service, the ground attack capability was added to upgraded A variants, Bs and of course the later D that was dubbed the "Super Tomcat" because of its vastly improved capabilities. The Kit Now in a tie in with Paramount Pictures and the new Top Gun Film, Revell are re-issuing kits from their back catalog. Despite the optimistic date of 1993 on the sprues, it would seem this was when it was re-issued back then by Revell, and the kit is the original 1978 tooling from Monogram. While this is not Monograms worst kit of the time, it is not one of its best either. The best thing to say is that its a product of its time. In addition to the original kit parts there is a sprue with what looks to D model engine exhausts, and a small black sprue with chin camera pod on it. Construction starts with the cockpit. Here there are separate seats unlike some monogram kits of the period. Each seat is 4 parts with separate ejection seat handles. There are decals supplied for the instrument panels and side consoles. Once the instrument panels and seats are in the complete cockpit goes into the upper fuselage. While you get a 1/48 Mav for the front cockpit Goose must still be in the bar. Next on the underside fuselage engine faces are added followed by the intake trunks. The wings (which do move) are fitted into the lower fuselage and the top half is joined. To the now complete fuselage the nose cone is added along with the gun vent on the left hand side. Underneath the front gear leg is fitted along with the doors to the front gear well. At the rear the three part exhausts go in, and the arrestor hook goes between them. Four Phoenix missiles are provided along with two weapons pallets for the underside if you wish t fit them. Next up back on top the vertical stabilisers go on. Flipping the model back over (again) the main gear and their doors are fitted. The underwing weapons pylons have the Sparrow missiles moulded in so leaving them off would involve some surgery and scratch building. The side pylon for the sidewinder, and the sidewinders are separate parts. To finish up the canopy and under nose camera pod are fitted. Decals The decal sheet from Zanetti in Italy (so no issues there) provides the one option to do the Aircraft from the film, so no surprises there. Conclusion If you really want a model from the film then this will do the job. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  12. Good afternoon all, my entry is Revell's MV22 Osprey which I intend to build as one of Bells V22 demonstrator aircraft as the kit is not close enough to the MV22 detail wise. I had started this just before I saw the group build but its only 5% done, onto the kit. Slight panel gap here! And what I'll be going for, have to make my own decals should be a good learning experience.
  13. Maverick's F/A-18E Super Hornet (03864) 1:48 Revell The Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet is the second generation F/A-18 following on the the F/A-18C. The F/A-18E was developed from the original Hornet and while it may look alike its very much a new aircraft which is 25% bigger. The US Navy managed to keep the F/A-18 designation partly to make the US Congress believe it would be a low risk development from the original aircraft (not the first time in US Aviation this has happened). The new aircraft was ordered in 1992 with a first flight in 1995. The aircraft introduced a new era in electronics including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, bigger displays and a helmet mounted sighting system. To date the Super Hornet has replaced the legacy Hornet in all US Navy operations apart from the USN Aerobatic Team The Blue Angels, and even they will have transitioned by 2021. As well as the E model there is the two seat F model, and the latest development the G or "Growler" Electronic Warfare Aircraft. Now the US Navy have made the second part of their drama/documentary "Top Gun", called "Top Gun Maverick". Here we get to see how our favourite US Navy fighter Pilot is doing. Fans will be glad to know he is still in the Navy and not reduced to flying plane loads of rubber dog out of Hong Kong. Though with his record we are not shocked to see he has not climbed very far up the USN promotion ladder. He now has to train young pilots which remind him of himself for a new dangerous mission *yada yada yada". Que all the same stuff from Part I of the documentary with some equally good, if not better? flight scenes. Though unfortunately this time the rather excellent Grumman Tomcat (we miss you!) has been replaced by the new Boing Super Borenet. It seems to have now replaced everything in the USN The reviewer makes no apology for his fondness of the Mighty Tomcat, and derision at its replacement *(this may not necessarily reflect the views of Birtmodeller.com and its owner) The Kit This is was Revell's attempt to break into the F/A-18E market back in 2005. The kit is good, but perhaps could have been better but came in well under the price of its nearest competitor making it a sensible option for a lot of modellers, and to be honest with some decent work it builds up to a good looking model. Now in a tie in with Paramount Pictures its back with Mav doing his "piloting stuff". Construction starts in the cockpit with the four part ejection seat. This fits into the cockpit tub along with the control column and instrument panel. The side consoles are provided as decals, and all the instruments displays are individual decals. For the top fuselage half the spine is fitted along with a pair of inserts. We then move to the lower half, the complete cockpit tub is added then the intakes are assembled and fitted. These are full length with engine faces. An insert goes in at the rear to mount the tailplanes and then the main fuselage can be closed up. The nose section can then be assembled and added to the main fuselage. Now at the real the vertical stabilisers and tailplanes can be added on. The exhausts and arrestor hook can then also go on the rear. The front gear is assembled and along with the doors are put onto the front of the aircraft. This is followed by the main landing gear and it's doors. Under the wings the flap actuators and pylons go on. Revell provide a range of things which go bang or whoosh to hang under the wings along with a centre ling fuel tank. To finish off the canopy can be positioned open or closed, if open then a boarding ladder can be made up and fitted. Markings The decal sheet from cartograf (so no issues there) provides the one option to do the Aircraft from the film, so no surprises there. Conclusion This should make up to a good looking model if you really have to have one from the film, Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  14. My latest build is finished, Revell's 1/72 scale Arado Ar E.555 Amerika Bomber. This one wasn't bad for an older Revell kit, fit together pretty good and had about as much detail as you could fit in that cockpit. This was my first attempt at airbrushing any kind of German WWII camo and I was convinced i'd screw it up but i'm pretty happy with it. This will also likely be my last kit for a while as I may be moving in the near future & don't want to have to pack any more fragile models than I already have to. So until the next one, adios.
  15. So it didn't become Streig's Navy Corsair OOB build after all, as I had to think way too long about the markings. Instead it became a VMF-114 machine based on Peleliu in 1944, while the airfield was still under enemy fire. In what is often described as the shortest bombing run in history, these planes took off from the runway, dropped bombs and napalm about a mile or two North of the airfield and turned back to land again, with the pilots rarely even bothering to raise their landing gear. Full build video can be viewed here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsgejUE-UhU Cheers, Luka
  16. Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H Panzer IV (03333) 1:35 Revell Germany between WWI and WWII began rearming at an alarming rate in secret then in plain view, building reserves to enable them to attack and subdue the majority of Europe, including a large chunk of Easten Europe and the Soviet Union. During the annexation of the Eastern parts of Europe and France, the Panzer I and II were adequate for the task, bolstered by the heavier Panzer III and the Panzer IV, the latter going on to partake in the remainder of WWII thanks to successive upgrades to the armour and armament. By the time the Ausf.H reached the field, the armour had more than doubled all around, and with the use of a longer 75mm KwK 40 L/48 main gun, it was a capable tank. It saw battle in all the major European theatres, and although it was intended to be replaced by the newer Panther, which was Germany’s answer to the dreaded Russian T-34, the fact that the Panther couldn’t be manufactured in sufficient quantities led to the continued use of the Panzer IV until the end of the conflict. The Ausf.J superseded it with some minor changes, plus the lack of Zimmerit paste that was used to defeat magnetic mines applied by Soviet troops, a danger that had previously been exaggerated by top brass. The Kit This is a reboxing of a fairly old Academy kit of the type, but for its age (it’s a child of the 80s) it looks to be one of their better kits, and while it isn’t cutting edge, the main giveaway that it is of an older vintage is the space for an electric motor and batteries in the hull, that some of the ejector-pin marks are a little rougher and there are a few small sink marks here and there, such as in the back of the included commander figure. The kit arrives in an end-opening box, and inside are five sprues and two hull parts in a sand-coloured styrene, a sprue of black additional track links, two sand-coloured sprues of flexible poly-caps, two lengths of black flexible tracks, decal sheet and instruction booklet. Unusually, construction begins with the rear bulkhead, adding a flat tank and exhaust muffler along with a few other small parts. Then the road wheels are made up in 16 pairs with a poly-cap in the centre, which is also the case with the drive sprocket and idler wheel, the latter being of the tubular outer ring type. Eight pairs of return rollers are also glued together, after which the lower hull is prepared with bogey parts, four per side. The final drive housing is fitted to the sides of the hull (after filling ejector pin marks here), the return rollers are added, and the road wheels are attached, two per bogey plus drive sprockets and idlers on each side. Small hooks and towing eyes are affixed as this progresses, then the tracks are joined by four pins that are melted flat by careful use of a hot screwdriver blade or similar. The upper hull is fairly complete from the box, but has forward fender sections, rear bulkhead, front glacis appliqué armour panel with driver’s slit and bow machine gun added, plus a host of pioneer tools, grab-handles, fire extinguisher, crew hatches and convoy lights dotted around. Side panels, schurzen carrier rails, spare road wheel carriers, tow cables and other stowage boxes finish off the upper hull, then attention turns to the turret and its weaponry. The barrel is first to be made up, with the two halves of the gun tube joined vertically and joined by the tip of the muzzle brake, then a keyed socket on the short sleeve accepts the tube, and is joined by the rear that fixes to the breech, which is represented in full with good detail considering the tooling’s age. This fixes into the rear of mantlet and receives the barrel later on, but the commander’s hatch and turret roof are made up first, as is the commander who is given detailed painting instructions. The bustle-mounted strowage bin is fabricated from two main parts with six detailing brackets, then this is put to the side while the turret is built. The two sides are mated with the roof and glacis plate, with the gun and basket attached, then decorated with the MG34 machine gun and the side hatches that were a weak-point of the design. The completed (ish) turret is twisted into place and locked down by the bayonet connector, and a pair of optional spare track lengths can be fitted on the glacis plate as appliqué armour if you wish, and these are made up from the individual track links found on the black sprue. I said completed (ish) turret, because this boxing includes schurzen for the turret, which curves round the back and sides, held in place by brackets and bolstering the strength of the shot-trap on the front corners of the turret by wrapping around this area. The side skirts also have six paneled schurzen armour moulded as one part each side, which is dotted with C-brackets on the rear that fit over the triangular upstands on the rails. This is why pictures often show panels missing, as well as badly dinged by some slightly careless driving or weapons impacts. The final task is to add a 70mm aerial to the back of the vehicle, which you are instructed to make by stretching a piece of sprue over a candle or similar. Markings There are two options in the box and they are provided in 4-view drawings in full colour in the back of the instruction booklet. Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H (Early), Unknown unit, Normandy 1944 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H (Early), 16 Panzer Division, Operation Avalanche, June 1943 The decals are by Zanetti, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion It’s not the most modern tooling, but it shouldn’t tax anyone too much, and a lot of folks still prefer flexible rubbery tracks, and these are nicely done. You might want to fill in a few sink marks and ejector-pin marks here and there, or just have fun with it. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  17. Airbus A320Neo Upgrade Set (MD14441) 1:144 Metallic Details The A320Neo is an upgrade of the original A320 and first flew in 2014, offering New Engine Options, hence the suffix Neo. Revell’s kit has so far been boxed in Lufthansa livery, who use Pratt & Whitney engines for their fleet, although with an extra sprue other options could be considered. This upgrade set arrives in a small card box, and inside can be found some resin parts in a clear foil bag for protection, plus two frets of thin gauge Photo-Etch (PE) brass, with the folded instruction sheet providing extra protection for the set. It provides a full refurbishment of the kit engines as well as other parts around the airframe, with emphasis on superb detail. Picture shamelessly stolen from Metallic Details’ website. There are more to see there if you follow the link below. Construction begins with the overhaul of the engines, replacing the kit fans with a three-layer arrangement of blades that are centred on a resin bullet, with scrap diagrams showing the correct direction of rotation of the blades when inserted into the cowling. The kit strakes are removed from the cowlings and are replaced by a more in-scale version with two parts in a T-shape, the top of the T forming the base that is glued to the cowling. A gridwork part is applied to the engine pylon, and at the rear a pair of C-shaped baffle inserts are added to the bypass exhausts, with all of the above being carried out for each of the two engines. On the top surface of the wings there are two bumps removed and replaced by two small PE parts inserted into small holes and set perpendicular to the wing surface, plus a set of eight static wicks for the tips of the flap fairings and at the wingtips. More static wicks are included on the elevator tips and at the trailing edge of the “sharklet” fins at the tips of the wings that improve fuel efficiency. There are a number of blade antennae around the airframe, some supplied in resin and some in PE, plus a few small raised panels around the nose and some windscreen wipers for the canopy. The nose gear is augmented with PE scissor-links and additional details such as more detailed gear bay doors and landing light rings. The main gear bays are detailed with a two-layer skin in the roof of the bay, with new scissor-links and brake hoses for both legs. Conclusion Metallic Details never disappoint, and this set fits into statement perfectly, with lots of detail added to a genre of kit that doesn’t always get the attention of the military subjects when it comes to aftermarket. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Ok here´s an older pic of the core of my MTO the Third project. Never mind the "A-1" and "Battle of Britain" on the boxtops, these will become other variants and from the Mediterranean . I have these three A-1 and one A-4 kit. To convert the A-1:s to latter variants, Revell Gmbh was happy to sell me (very cheap, by the way) three sets of sprues C and D (if I recall correctly) from the A-4 kit that contain parts for the longer wing tips etc. In my spares box I have all the Zerstörer/Nachtjäger parts left over from converting a Revell C-6 kit to an A-4 a few years ago (a desperate measure but that was another time when the A-4 kits were unobtainable). That was another time the Revell service dept helped me flawlessly, thanks yet again! The He 111 build in progress will supply me a spare MG-FF. In the aftermarket section I´m still waiting for the correct mask set for the A-1. The early lower gondola and canopy rear section need the specific set, but I have two A-4 and one C-6 sets to begin with. For the decals I have the AIMS Ju 88 "Experts" and "Bomber" sets, and a separate section from one of reverend John´s earlier sheets for one aircraft, and I´ll still need to do some decalbashing for some maybe! I aim to continue the "Specialists GB" theme from last year, which means one aircraft will be recce (D-2), one night fighter (C-4), one tank buster (in this case only a ground pounding A-5/6 bomber) and one a ship killer (A-4 w/MG-FF). They might all also sport a different camouflage. I did just recently finish a Zvezda A-5 in RLM 78/79 scheme and I´m not too interested in doing another so quickly - maybe I should go for a partly blacked splinter or desert scheme then? There are some of these delicious options in John Weal´s book, so... The Heinrich Paepcke plane would be nice, but would have to be mostly WHIF. V-P
  19. Hi, I've always been impressed by the low level combat ops with Tornados. However only a decade old by the time the Gulf war aka Desert Storm broke lose, It was the first conflict which I (as probably my parents let me to) followed with great interest. Shortly after through some literature I got to see these great looking Desert Pink sprayed Tornados and I was sold :) Now only a few years short of the 40, I'm going to participate and hopefully I could do some honour to the planes and crews who flew these heroic missions so low above hostile territory. So ZD740 'AD' Dhahran Annie (thank you Dstorm.eu) it is going to be. I got a Model Alliance sheet way back already so hopefully it stood against the time. I have to build a Saudi Tornado out of it as well (One at a time shall we :) ), so fingers crossed! Pictures to follow after the start sign has been given. Meanwhile good luck to y'all and hopefully it's a fun time!
  20. This is not a completely new thread. Rob started it back in May and let me tag along adding what I could to help with the conversion. I won’t be reposting all those build photos I posted but will pick up where we left off when the build(s) stalled somewhat when we encountered a problem and hadn’t decided on what to, or whether to, do about it. The thread is here if the subject interests you and you weren’t following to begin with. Quite a bit of scratch building experimentation and Rob’s handy work with aluminium sticky tape. This is the donor kit, Revell’s really very nice Lockheed Ventura. This is the look we were aiming for, or at least what hoped our build would resemble. And This was the problem we encountered. The belly of the Ventura was fairly flat. Rob recons it eas squared off to accommodate the bomb load and no doubt he is correct. He’s leaving his model as is since it is closed up and foiled. Perhaps a modelling nightmare to de-foil and reshape the belly. The belly should look something like this: not completely a semi circle but not too flat either. And this is how, after much mulling over, I’ve decided to deal with the problem. TL: To get the shape I thought I needed a made a template of the top of the nose piece and tacked it to the bottom. Note the “corners” which will be eliminated. TR: that piece was removed and a block of balsa carved to match the shape of the template. BL: male and female moulds were fashioned. BR: a new forward piece as plunged out of .040 styrene. The rest of the belly, right back to the end of the bomb bay opening will be done this way. So, that’s it so far. I welcome any comments, suggestions or criticism. I will no doubt have do a little editing but just wanted to get this posted. Thanks for lookin in. Dennis
  21. Hi guys, I will be building a Heinkel He-111 P from Revell in 1/32 scale. I have some goodies for it. I will be using a mask set from Montex for a plane from 9/KG55. Here are some pictures The boxart and a box full of plastic. and some of the extra's I want to use As you can see is there the bomb rack from the H version. As I am making a later P version I need this. Also the exhaust are different and I use some from a H version. I have also got a set from Montex for the maskes including the masks for the 9/KG55. Cheers,
  22. Hi guys, I will be building a Heinkel He-111 P from Revell in 1/32 scale. I have some goodies for it. I will be using a mask set from Montex for a plane from 9/KG55. I will put up some pictures in the next few weeks. As I will be building this also for the He-111 STGB that starts in a few weeks and I will be host. Cheers,
  23. Hi everyone! After the gargantuan 777 I built last time, I quite liked the idea of doing something a little bit smaller, and far more straightforward. I've previously delved into the world of the BAE Systems Hawk, in the form of a 1:72 Airfix T1 and 2 Revell 1:72 T1's. But that was a few years ago, and I can barely remember building them! This time I will be working on 2 Revell 1:72 Hawk T1's, and an Airfix 1:72 Hawk T2. For this first T1, I'd like to do it as the 2011 display Hawk, flown by Flt Lt Jules Fleming. I can just about remember going to the 2011 Cosford airshow and watching the Royal Navy "Black Cats" team, the Reds and the solo Hawk display in what can only be described as a downpour of torrential proportions. From a bit of internet digging, I don't think the Hawk used on the day was either XX244 or XX245 (both having been painted in the 2011 display scheme) but I would like to have a crack at it anyway! So in terms of aftermarket bits, I've got: -the Eduard "zoom" set (I'll be saving the seatbelts for the second Hawk T1) -2x Pavla resin ejection seats -a Master pitot probe -the Xtradecal decal set (X72137) -2 PJ Production RAF pilot figures The plan of action, therefore, is to build this Hawk as it might appear on the flight line; with the canopy open, the nose electronic bay open, flaps down, the steps built into the port side of the nose extended, and maybe a few RBF tags too. And don't worry, I'll be breaking out the riveting tool on this one as well In terms of modifications to get the Revell kit up to scratch, I gather that there's a spot of bother with the fin fillet being too short, and the angle of the rear end being a little bit too curved (?). So i'll see what I can do with that! As for the other Hawks, I have a set for a 4 Sqn. T2, yet I'm torn as to what scheme the second T1 should be in. At the moment it's a choice between an ETPS example, an early red/white example, or one of the Centre of Aviation Medicine aircraft (I'm leaning more towards the latter, given that aviation/aerospace medicine is rather close to my heart). But anyway, thanks for dropping by and having a look! All the best, Sam
  24. while working on the Victoria ship, I also finished the Bounty ship from the Rewell company, scale 1/110. The tarpaulins are sewn and made at home, the only accessory bought outside the kit are pulleys from the company "Radekship". Perhaps I succeeded in the construction, I am curious about your evaluation. I still have a broken boat "La Sirene" from the company Heller and also a car "Bentley" 4.5 l Blower scale 1/24, also from the company Heller.
  25. I'm toying with the idea of converting the Revell/Matchbox Tiger Moth to a Fox Moth. Apart from the new fuselage. centre wing section and tweaked u/c legs, my research indicates that not much else needs changing. Does anyone have any other views to the contrary? Anyone have any scale plans?
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