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  1. Hello, I'm a slow builder, producing on best years 3 to 4 models. and there are projects that takes a looooong time. This Sukhoï was begun more than 12 years ago, on and off ..... But now, with the lock-up, I'm back at it after 2 years untouched. It has almost all the available goodies : Zacto resin parts for air Intakes, nose and canopy, Aires wheel wells and exhausts, Black box cockpit .... This flury of aftermarkets did a lot to slow and stop that building. The wheel wells are a nightmare to fit, requiring sanding with industrial power to lodge. Aires exhaust are undersized in diameter, making way to surgery. But 3 days of work have produced their results, windshield and front sector optronics are in place, now polishing the plastic with micromesh, prior to a black base coat for working the exhausts area. Complete in progress album can be found here : Su-27 in progress album
  2. Hi All, Here's the Trumpeter Voroshilovets tractor. Great kit with excellent detail and good tracks. I have ordered the 203mm tracked howitzer to go with it. Painted with Mr Colour Russian Green and weathered with the kitchen sink. Unusual looking vehicle much coveted by the Germans apparently. Usual C+C welcome. Thanks David
  3. S-300V 9A83 SAM System (09519) 1:35 Trumpeter via Creative Models The S-300V (V for ground forces) has the NATO reporting name SA-12 Gladiator/Giant. It is different from other members of the S-300 family in that it was built by Antey instead of Almaz and its missiles were designed by NPO Novator. It is designed to form the top tier of Air Defence forces which can engage Ballistic Missiles & cruise missiles as well as aircraft. The missiles have a range 100km and can attain altitudes of 32km. Unlike other system which use the S-300 designation the S-300V is carried on tracked carriers making it more mobile. This vehicle not only transports the missiles but can fire them and provide radar illumination and guidance. The 9A82 holds two Giant missiles and the 9A83 four Gladiator missiles. The 9A82 is a more dedicated ABM platform. The radar on the vehicle can work independently or in receive target information from a variety of other systems, it is also capable of working in a totally passive mode. The system is believed to be very resistant to jamming. The Kit First impressions are excellent. This is a new kit from Trumpeter and there is certainly a great deal of plastic in the box. There are the two main casting for the hull, the two part radar mast, 4 single part missile tubes. 4 missiles, 19 sprues of grey plastic, 5 track sprues, a clear sprue, 2 sheets of PE, a length of brass wire, a sheet of masks for the clear parts (not shown); and a set of decals. The instructions are complex and jump about a bit; however you essentially have 3 kits, the main hull, the antenna mast; and the missile tubes. At the start of the build the modeller will need to decide if the model is to be in the travelling mode, or firing mode. The instructions on this point are a bit vague as to how to set thing up in the firing mode. Construction starts with the main body. Two idler wheels, two drive sprockets and 14 road wheels are built up. Next we start adding suspension parts to the lower hull as well as the return rollers for the track. Once the mounting points and suspension arms are in place the wheels can be fitted, followed by the tracks. There are 93 links per side each with a guide horn to attach, each link having 4 attachments points. these are link and length. There is a track jig on each track sprue. however on doing a short run they are easier to manipulate without using the jig. Bending them round the wheels and sprockets will be fun tho! To complete the lower hull the front cab is built up and installed. This is the only interior which comes with the kit. Moving on to the upper hull internal equipment consoles are installed in the front cab area. The externally PE grills are mounted for the engines, and a whole host of smaller external fittings and fixtures are added. along with what looks like an armoured cab roof, Exhausts are added along with the cab doors (which can be left open). The hulls can then be fixed together and external light fittings added along with mud guards. Finally the side skirts are added. This in effect finishes the main hull. Next up the antenna mast can be built up. Two major parts make up the main body of the mast. The main antenna dish is then made up at the top of the mast along with its mounting platform. The lowering and raising rams are then attached and it can be mounted to the main body. Next up the missiles and their launch tubes can be made up. 4 single part hollow missile tubes are provided and 4 complete missiles. The missiles are made up from 4 main parts each with a few additional parts. The modeller can put all these in the tubes and leave them open or mix and match as they want. One could even be built and displayed in front for the kit? The tubes and missiles are impressive mouldings which show how far kit manufactures can go with new technology these days. The 4 tubes have a variety of external fittings added along with the top and bottom doors. Next up the cradles (left & right) for holding the tubes can be built up. As can be seen from the pictures this is complex multi part arrangement of the lifting frame/cradle. These are attached to a large lifting frame which in turn attaches to the hull. The missile tubes are then attached to the frames. Markings A small sheet of decals provides markings for the tubes and hull. Two marking options are provided; a Russian Green, and a camouflaged version. The decals look sharp and in register on the sheet. Conclusion This is an impressive kit with a high parts count not for the novice modeller. The quality of the parts looks first class and the kit is let down a little by the poor instructions. A nice touch is the inclusion of a small booklet of photos of the real thing in order to help the modeller. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Russian MiG-31M Foxhound 1:72 Trumpeter The Mikoyan MiG-31, known by the NATO reporting name 'Foxhound' is an all-weather interceptor and replacement for the more famous but far less capable MiG-25 Foxbat. Although the MiG-31 bears a close resemblance to its predecessor, it is only the basic elements of the design that are shared. The MiG-31 is a much more modern aircraft and benefits from a very capable suite of avionics which provides full look down/shoot down capability against targets are small as cruise missiles. One thing it does have in common with the venerable Foxbat is its speed. The Foxhound is one of the fastest combat aircraft around and can show a clean pair of heels to most comparable jets. The weapon of choice for the Foxbat is the long-range R-33 missile, but it is also capable of using the now obsolete R-40, as well as the short-range R-73. Some variants can deploy the KH-31 and KH-58 anti-radiation missiles in the SEAD role. The MiG-31M was an intended upgrade featuring a one piece rounded windscreen, enlarged dorsal spine, digital flight controls and multi-mode phased array radar. It was also fitted with upgraded engines. The type was prevented from entering full production by the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Trumpeter have pleased a lot of modellers with a penchant for Russian hardware of late. This kit follows their MiG-29, Su-24 and Su-27/33/34 families, as well as their MiG-31 and MiG-31B/BM kits. In classic Trumpeter style, the kit arrives in a large sturdy box with the parts packed so well that it is almost impossible to get them back in the box once unpacked. The box contains an over 330 parts, although this is relatively modest compared to their Su-34. The parts are well protected and the quality of moulding is up to the usual Trumpeter standard, with fine, consistent panel lines and plenty of detail. The overall breakdown of parts is virtually identical to previous iterations of this kit, but with revised parts to ring the changes between the original MiG-31 and the M. The cockpit is nicely replicated, with detailed instrument panels and sidewalls, as well as neat two-part K36 seats. The nose gear bay has to be built around the landing gear leg, which means painting the whole thing before it goes into the kit, but does at least replicate the detail of this part accurately. The nose and forward fuselage is a seperate part to the rest of the airframe, so I guess it could be assembled and put to one side while the rest of the beast is gradually assembled from its component parts. Construction moves on to a number of major sub-assemblies, most of which have to be completed at this stage in order to progress the build. The massive engine air intakes are full length, and contain eight parts each, not including the engine compressor blades. The main landing gear legs and bays also have to be assembled at this stage, although they look both well detailed and reasonably sturdy. Once complete, the nose gear bay, main gear bays and engine intakes can all be cemented into the large, slide moulded lower-rear fuselage, while the nose section can also be slotted into place. In order the bring the whole thing together, the single span upper wing can have the lower wing surfaces added and be joined to the rest of the airframe. With the collosal fuselage complete, most of the rest of the build is spent adding a few more large parts and a whole host of finishing details. Unlike the Hobbyboss kit, the vertical tails are moulded as solid parts and have plenty of rivet detail moulded in place. This is so fine, however, that I am reasonably confident that it will disappear completely under a coat of primer, particularly given that the whole kit has quite a rough, textured finish. The jet exhausts are each made up from three parts and are suitably imposing, although not quite the dustbin-like cans of the MiG-25. The canopy is moulded so it can be finished in the open position, and of course the one-piece windscreen is present and correct. The air brakes are also molded separately and are designed to be finished in the extended position. Trumpeter aren't usually shy when it comes to ordnance, so you get fair deal with this kit. Included in the asking price are: 6 x R-37 air-to-air missiles; 2 x R-40T infrared homing air-to-air missiles; 2 x R-40R radar homing air-to-air missiles; 2 x R-73E air-to-air missiles; 2 x R-77 air-to-air missiles; and 2 x drop tanks. The painting and marking guide shows the prototype, 037 Blue, but sufficient bort numbers are included to allow other aircraft to be built, if you fancy a very mild 'what if'. Stencils are included for the airframe and ordnance, which is also nice to see. The decals themselves look nicely printed and should perform well. Conclusion This is very nice kit which comfortably moves straight to the top of the tree when it comes to MiG-31s available in this scale. It's big but not too complex, well detailed and includes a fair selection of ordnance. On the other hand, it's far from cheap, especially when compared to the main competition. My main criticism of the kit is that the panel lines and rivit detail are incredibly fine and will surely disappear under a layer of primer. Not good for an aicraft that really needs a panel line wash to match the grubby appearance of the real thing. Nevertheless, if you do choose to build one, you will be rewarded with an impressive kit. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  5. This will not be a true in-progress build, because the model was built in slow stages, over a period of two years. Not exactly a shelf queen, but close. The reason for doing this model at all, is that this aircraft led, I believe, the first combat mission by an F-100, into Laos on 9 June '64, AND it was flown by then Colonel George E. "Raven" Laven, Jr, the commander of Clark AFB in the Philippines, on what he himself said was his worst mission ever -- but it was really not due to his fault. The mission was micro-mismanaged from Washington, courtesy of LBJ and Robert McNamara, just one of the earliest ones they screwed up. I'll stop here, or this will quickly become political. The only known photo of this aircraft known to exist was depicted in the excellent book "Super Sabre Units Of The Vietnam War" by Peter E. Davies and Dave Menard, which I highly recommend for those interested in such matters. A crop of this photo: The photo caption says that this is the take-off roll from Clark AFB a day or two before the mission, which the 450-gallon drop tanks would tend to support. Question is, did they also haul the rocket pods from Clark? I sort of think this is the actual mission roll-out. However, since Dave Menard has departed this vale, and no one seems to known what happened to his photo collection, we may never see a better copy of this picture, than what's in the book! Anyway, there's no use repeating all the steps required to get the Trumpeter F-100 kits right with the world, I'll just point you to my Laven F-00C build, where it's all laid out: F-100C Build Just ignore the F-100C-specific info, such as the tail, tailhook, main gear doors, ejection seat, etc. The model as glued together with all appropriate parts inside. Since I had purchased a cockpit set (Aires?) for the Trumpeter kit long before I found out the cockpit was too narrow, I went ahead and used that, and only widened the cockpit with plastic shim, to fit the windscreen and canopy I used. Also, the Esci nose copy was added, as in the "C" build: As shown in the following photo, I began with the "bare/discolored" metal on the rear end, which will be masked off and painted with various Alclad II paints: This turned out pretty good, and will be revealed in the final photos -- given that this was not a war-weary, discolored unto death aircraft. Next, the rear end was masked off with Parafilm "M", in preparation for the all-over aluminum lacquer finish that was used at the time to help resist corrosion on bare metal aircraft. This was well-represented by Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf rattle-can, decanted into another bottle by use of a soda straw. HERE IS A WARNING!!! When you shake this paint, as you must do before decanting (or spraying), apparently little bubbles of some gas or chemical are thoroughly intermixed with the paint, and IT EXPANDS LIKE CRAZY!! I had to switch to a much taller bottle to decant the paint. I waited a few minutes, then poured some into an empty Alclad bottle. Several minutes later, when I shook the bottle to mix the paint prior to painting, the little bottle also overflowed! In the end, if you decant this paint, as I like to do as it offers better control (and for later touch-ups), I would let it set in an open container for at least 30 minutes, maybe more to let the whatever gas dissipate before trying to use it. That said, the paint turned out wonderfully in the end: The final result will be shown in a moment, but first a picture of the fuel tanks: From the top, the standard Trumpeter kit tank, the 275-gallon model. Next down, the modified 335-gallon tank used for many missions in Vietnam, made by adding a scale 28" plug to the forward part of the tank. Last, the 450-gallon ferry tank used on this model, which I scratch-built. Note some F-101 tank as well as the tanks on the new Roden C-123 are the right size, but most feature the straight conical taper on the rear end, where most of the tanks I've seen in pictures on the F-100's are ogive (think "olive") tapered on the rear end. Lastly, the decals. I was fortunate enough to find a set of decals from the AMT Hasegawa F-100D from this era which had the lightning flashes, etc, and the buzz number "952", which was easy to swap around. I only had to add an extra "2" to each tail number, and I was good to go, without having to find a whole kit, or make up a lot of things. Spares box added a few markings. One last mention about the decals: I'm not certain that the wingtips and horizontal stabilizers had the colored stripes, but given Laven's colorful aircraft background, I decided to add them anyway. Also, I'm pretty sure there no white stripes between the colored stripes, but since I could trim down the decals from the Trumpeter F-100C kit, I took a dive here, and rather than having to mask and spray all the sripes individually, I only had to mask and spray the 450-gallon tanks, which turned out to be the hardest part of the whole model, BECAUSE I had chosen to add the white stripes! Anyway, the lacquer finish period for USAF aircraft didn't last very long, and it was good to add this one to my Laven collection! To sort of tone down everything shot a final coat of Alclad II Semi-flat lacquer, which really looks close to the real thing. Good thing this was the last step, as it takes weeks for this stuff to completely dry! It was however, dry enough to handle with white cotton gloves after one week, for final assembly: Without further ado, here's the teaser pic, with a few more to be added in RFI: Oh, and the pilot was from a Monogram F-105D kit. The RFI link is : HERE Thanks for looking! Ed
  6. Trumpter USMC LAV-25 Piranha Really just out of the box Trumpter Piranha based in 1991 desert colours.
  7. Coming from Trumpeter 1/35 MRLS M270/A1 German Army
  8. It seems we have some kits that have been lingering around unsold for over a year despite being at reduced prices! Is anybody out there actually interested in these kits? They are the following 1/48 Eduard MiG-21 Silver Arrows £39.90 LAST ONE! Kitty Hawk Jaguar A £32.50 Hobby Boss Tornado ECR £24.00 Hobby Boss Rafale B £22.50 Hobby Boss Rafale M £22.50 1/72 Fine Molds Kawasaki Ki-61-I Otsu (Tony) £12.48 Hobby Boss Eurocopter EC-665 Tiger (German) £8.28 AH-64A Apache £9.60 AH-1F Cobra £6.00 UH-1F Huey £6.00 SH-60B Seahawk £8.28 HH-60H Rescuehawk £9.60 HH-60J Jayhawk £9.60 Lynx Mk 90 £9.60 Mil-Mi 2US 'Hoplite' Gunship £9.60 Grumman F9F-2 Panther £9.60 thanks Mike
  9. Gentlemen, 'Kilroy is Here' of the 79th TCS of the 436th TCG and delivered part of the 377th PFA (Parachute Field Artillery) Battalion of the 101st AB Division on the dawn of D-Day. It was ship #38 of serial #10 and flown by 1st Lt. William K. Watson. I hope you like her!
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