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C.S.S. Hunley Civil War Submarine

13 hours 12 min ago
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Disclaimer: Mikro-Mir's 1/35 CSS Hunley is probably one of the more accurate representations of this iconic Civil War submersible.  As preservation of the original craft continues, more details come to light regularly.  There are numerous interpretations of different features of the boat, and online research probably raised more questions for me than answered them.  In the end, I elected to go with my best judgement of how to represent these features, most of which involve the spar torpedo arrangement.  It's also quite possible that the actual configuration changed during the Hunley's brief career, so my interpretation is just that - an engineering judgement on my part.  Here are several websites that may be helpful to you if you elect to build this kit:

https://www.hunley.org/ is the official Hunley website, and well worth a visit

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Soviet Tupolev TB-1 Heavy Bomber

13 hours 33 min ago
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History

The Tupolev TB-1 heavy bomber was a historically significant aircraft, in that it was the world's first all-metal multi-engined bomber.  After World War I, Dr. Hugo Junkers established an aircraft plant in the Soviet Union, and Russian designers, notably Andrei Tupolev, learned from the Germans' techniques of building metal aircraft, and   began design and construction of a twin engine prototype bomber in 1925.  The prototype was built in Moscow, but in  November, 1925, the aircraft was flown, and the decision was made to place the plane in production as the TB-1. A former Junkers plant in Fili, near Moscow,  was used for production. Powered originally by British Lion engines,  the production models had  680 hp. Russian  Mikulin M-17 water cooled engines, which were developed from German BMW VI's. 

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3588 Valentine Mk. II/IV w/ Desert Fenders for Tamiya Kit - Eduard

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 14:42
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This is a Big Ed set which contains three Eduard PE sets for the new tooled Tamiya Valentine Mk.II /IV kit.

In the Big Ed sets the following sets;

Eduard PE Set 36 359 Details Set

  • 1x Photo Etch Sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

Eduard PE Set 36 360 Desert Fenders Set

  • 1x Photo Etch Sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

Eduard PE Set 36 361 Cannister Holder set

  • 1 x Small Colored Photo Etch sheet
  • 1x Photo Etch Sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

 

Construction

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Junkers Ju87 Stuka; Wings of the Black Cross series

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 21:06
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Mark Proulx has enthusiastically studied World War II history for decades. During that time, his primary focus has been on the air battles over Europe. He has written a number of books for the Wings of the Black Cross series.  Earlier on, that interest drove him to an airline career, where he now works as a training captain for one of North America's larger regional airlines. In addition, his research has also been directed toward a number of EagleCals produced by Eagle Editions.  Mark currently lives in Alberta, Canada where he is married with one daughter. 

Steve Deisley is a graphic artist that has recently joined Eagle Editions and provides the color profiles and color scrap details.

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Roden O-2A Skymaster Landing Gear & Nose Ballast

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:55
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IPMS/USA appreciates the ongoing support from Ross and his team at SAC for supporting the reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases.  These extremely useful and well-thought-out landing gear additions for the modeling community continue to prove their worth.  Thanks also to IPMS leadership for sending it for review.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the 1/32 Roden.  When I learned of the O-1 release a couple of seasons ago, I thought "cool, that surely means they are going to invest in on O-2 as well!"  I should be named Claire Voiant, because here in our hands we now have finished the triparty of USAF Forward Air Controller (FAC) aircraft; the OV-10, the O-1, and now the O-2.  I don't see Trumpeter jumping up and down to release the two-seat F-100 in 1/32, (Heck yes I'll invest in one if they do) so that tells me we will have to do without the "Misty" FAC for a while. 

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Dutch Walrus Submarine

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:43
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OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria that you may not be too familiar with.  The company focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales and they have an extensive list of products available.  They produce full resin kits with photo-etch enhancements, as well as resin, photo-etch and white metal conversion pieces for other models.

The kit I reviewed is a 1/700 scale version of the Dutch Walrus class submarine.  The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN) currently operates four submarines.  These submarines entered service with the RNN in 1990 and are named after sea mammals (Sea Lion, Porpoise, Dolphin, Walrus).  The four boats are currently going thru an upgrade program and the picture on the cover of the model box is a photo of one of the submarines being worked on in a dry dock.

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Hawker Hurricane

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 14:49
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Osprey Publishing just released a new book devoted to the Hawker Hurricane, the work-horse of the Royal Air Force during War World Two.

 

This book has a new format; it is about 5 inches tall and 8 inches wide. I think it is the first one from Osprey that has this shape. But don't let the relatively small footprint of the book fool you. With 136 pages, the book is packed with useful information.

 

The book is broken down in the following sections.

 

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Soviet Midget Submarine Triton-1M

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 12:41
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Mikro-Mir is one of the Ukraine's smaller model manufacturers, specializing in submarines and odd-off aircraft in various scales.  As a limited-run company, their models require a certain amount of TLC to achieve optimal results, but their kit selection  holds so many strange and otherwise never-modeled items that they're definitely worth a look.  The Soviet-era Triton-1M is one such unique kit.

Looking very much like something out of a James Bond movie, The Soviet Triton-1M, developed in the 1960's, was a two-man midget submarine intended to be deployed off surface warships for covert reconnaissance missions and sabotage.  According to official documents, only 32 were made and they have now been largely decommissioned.  It had a "wet" cockpit (non-pressurized) and the crew wore diving gear during missions.

Mikro-Mir's 1/35th scale model of the diminutive craft includes clear parts for the canopy as well as a photoetch sheet of very tiny parts.  It also has a surprisingly high-quality decal sheet offering two variants, one being a prototype test vehicle in colorful markings. 

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Don’t Even Think About . . .

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 12:14
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No one can slight Master Box Models for a lack of both imagination and daring.  Their figures have set the bar for the entire injection molding industry in terms of concepts and boldness, and this new addition to their 1/24th scale stable is no exception.  Set in a sort of "Star Wars" cantina, this is the first of an eight-figure set which includes saucy ladies, robots, strange elfin characters and burly mercenaries.

 

The first in a series entitled "At the Edge of the Universe.  Strange Company's adventures.  Episode 1. The first meeting," shows a level of ambition I've rarely seen in plastic.  Theoretically, this is supposed to eventually include not only the original eight figures meeting for the first time in this cantina setting, but further figures in the line showing them on their adventures together - a sort of SF story in plastic.  Whether Master Box can sustain such an output and whether the market will absorb it are two different issues, but this is a very good start indeed.

 

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Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal Spring 2018 Vol 49/1

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 16:42
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C&C Spring 2018 Vol 49/1 is now available. For those not familiar with Cross & Cockade International, it is the journal of "The First World War Aviation Historical Society". As such, the publication focuses on aviation topics associated with World War 1, and an in-depth study of the historical aspects of aviation in World War 1. Those historians with an interest in the history of World War 1, especially related to aviation, will find C&C to be a gold mine of information. For modelers who enjoy building aircraft of World War 1, C&C is packed with excellent photographs, full color illustrations, and detailed information about the aircraft used.

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USN Missile Cart w/Figures

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 13:24
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Videoaviation is an Italian manufacturer of superb aircraft accessories, ground support equipment and figures in all three popular scales. I have had the luck to review a few of these and have always been impressed by the excellent casting and design of their kits. This newest set, a 1/32nd scale US Navy MHU-191 Missile cart and two ordnance man is excellent. The set consists of parts for a MHU-191 cart set up for missile transport. There are two ordnance men in different poses. All parts are cast in light tan resin with crisp details and minimal seams. Parts breakdown is as follow:

 

  • *         Missile cart- seventeen parts plus decals
  • *         Ordnance Crew #1- four parts consisting of body, head and both arms
  • *         Ordnance Crew #2- four parts consisting of body, head, satchel and right arm

 

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1/32nd Scale RAF Pilot (1960’s)

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 19:06
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PJ Productions from Belgium is well known for their wonderful resin figures and accessories. This instance is a RAF pilot in flight suit from the 1960's in 1/32nd scale. The kit includes four resin pieces with the body being one-piece cast and the arms and head separate. Casting is good with a slight amount of flash and is all done in cream colored resin. The box is your instructions as far as color for the pilot and his uniform.

 

Assembly is first with the casting lines being removed from the arms and these were attached to the body. The head can remain separate for painting if desired. Fit is good, so it can be added later. There were slight seams at the arm and I used glazing putty smoothed with lacquer thinner to eliminate the seams.

 

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1/32nd Scale RAF Pilot in Tropical Clothing (WWII)

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 18:51
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PJ Productions from Belgium is well known for their wonderful resin figures and accessories. This latest kit is a RAF pilot in tropical flight clothes from the WWII era and is made in 1/32nd scale. The kit includes five resin pieces with the body being one-piece cast and the arms and head separate. Note that there is a separate piece for the oxygen hose and it is small and between the head and left arm. Don't mistakenly throw it away. Casting is good with a slight amount of flash and is all done in cream colored resin. The box is your instructions as far as color for the pilot and his uniform.

 

Assembly is straightforward. Get rid of the casting blocks and seams by gently scraping. Glue the arms onto the body. I used glazing putty smoothed with lacquer thinner to eliminate the seams. I added the oxygen hose which fits into the hose molded into the body and runs to the side of the mask on the face.

 

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Mud and Water

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 01:54
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Ammo by Mig Jimenez is expanding their line of acrylic diorama products with these products; Dry Earth Ground #2101, Dark Mud Ground #2104 and Slow River Waters #2204. These products come in a large mouth, 250ml plastic bottle. The Dry Earth Ground is a tan, gritty paste like it has fine sand in it. The Dark Mud Ground is a dark brown, smooth paste. The Slow River Waters is a slimy green gel. The bottle says you can pour this, but it seems way too thick to do that. Here are the descriptions from Ammo's website to explain each product better:

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German Assault Pioneer Team & Goliath

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 01:40
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Summary

Tamiya has recently released their own boxing of the diminutive Goliath tracked mine.  The kit comes complete with two mines and control boxes, tethered by steel wire to one of three highly detailed figures.  Molded in crisp, yellow plastic, the contents of the box are typical of Tamiya kits, and the three figures are just about as good as it gets in terms of detail and craftsmanship.

History

The Goliath tracked mine - (Leichter Ladungstrager Goliath or Goliath Light Charge Carrier) was a name given to two German unmanned, disposable demolition vehicles used during World War II.  These were the electrically powered Sd.Kfz. 302 and the petrol-engine powered Sd.Kfz. 303a and 303b.  The -302 is the version represented in the Tamiya kit.

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ZZ TOP ELIMINATOR

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 18:19
Product Image The Kit   The Eliminator was built for the rock band ZZ Top and has been featured in many of the band's videos. It's a sleek hot rod made from a '32 Ford Coupe in bright red with the ZZ Top logo on the side. The Revell kit of this car is faithful to the original with decals for the side logos and logos even molded into the valve covers and air cleaner on the engine, which is nicely detailed and with the addition of an ignition system would display very well with those logos highlighted in red. The interior consists of a seat, nicely detailed dash and steering column with the floor pedals molded into the floor pan part. Details of the upholstery are given in decals, which adds a nice touch. There are 70 parts in total molded in red, clear and chromed and four nicely detailed rubber tires. A younger modeler could build this kit without paint as it is molded in the prototype's color with the chrome accents, but the advanced modeler will want to add a higher gloss finish.    Assembly   First off let me admit that I am not a car modeler.

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SSN-585 “Skipjack” submarine

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 17:50
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History

The Skipjack was a class of United States Navy nuclear submarines. This class was named after its lead ship, the USS Skipjack. The Skipjack's design was based on the USS Albacore design. This new design was maximized for underwater speed by shaping the hull like a blimp. The bow panes were moved to the massive sail to cut down on the flow-induced noise near the bow sonar array.

The Kit

Opening the box: When I opened the box, the model was packaged with three sprues one for the hull halves, one for the parts to go on the model and a sprue containing the stand the model will be displayed on. Also included was a clear plastic envelope containing the photo etch propeller and the decal sheet.

Instructions: The instructions are on a one-piece two-sided paper. There are two hull painting variants pictured on one side of the paper and a 5-step construction guide on the other. Also pictured on the instruction sheet is a layout of the sprue's with parts attached and photo-etch parts.

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T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit, Part 1

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 17:05
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Introduction

This is part 1 of the review of MiniArt's T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit. Part 2 will complete the assembly of the turret, tracks, fenders, and the remainder of the kit.

This kit is the first of MiniArt's T-55 variants and follows their earlier series of T-44/54 Russian tank kits. Following their previous versions, this kit is first released with full interior detailing. MiniArt has also announced a soon to be released IDF Tiran version of the T-55, and a T-55A Late Mod. 1965.

With over 1200 parts, this is an extremely well-detailed kit that is best suited for patient, experienced modelers. MiniArt provides full interior details of the hull, turret, and engine. The drivers' compartment provides some detail, but not as complex as the other areas. There is no detail in the rear compartment for the transmission, oil cooler, fan, etc. There is also no provision for the main fuel tank at the front of the whole. Otherwise, this tank is packed full of extreme detail!

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CH-47 Chinook in Action

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 06:30
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This latest book in the "In Action" series covers the CH-47 Chinook from prototypes to current operations.

The Chinook began as the YHC-1 prototype in 1957. Vertol, which had been Piasecki until 1956 developed the YHC-1A and the YHC-1B. The YHC-1A became the CH-46 Sea Knight, used by the US Navy and Marine Corps. The YCH-1B, which was larger became the CH-47 Chinook.

The first half of the book covers development and the various models of the Chinook.

The sections are:

  • Development
  • YHC-1B
  • CH-47A
  • ACH-47A
  • Model 347
  • CH-47B
  • CH-47C
  • CH-47D
  • CH-47F
  • MH-47

The "In Service" section consists of photos with captions outlining the various areas of operation of the Chinook. The CH-47 was heavily used in Vietnam. Later it was used in Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia, in Afghanistan, then Desert Storm in Iraq.

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Ammo Varnishes

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 01:09
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Sealing the paint before decals and weathering a model is an important step in preventing damage the base coat. Ammo by Mig Jimenez has released a line of acrylic varnishes (finishes) that are easy to use and are nontoxic. Here is the description from their catalog:

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