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  1. Plusmodel aero line series 1:48 F-106 Ladder #AL4084 Introduction This small, simple yet detailed set by Plusmodel, represents a access ladder for any 1:48 scale F-106 delta Dart. What’s on the box Inside the card box there’s 1 spruce containing 14 plastic parts confined on a plastic bag. The instructions are provided on the box’s back as two steps (one diagram showing the parts layout and a second one with the complete piece). The detail Is adequate for the scale and my “less” regard is the mould line on the centre of the pieces, nevertheless a sharp blade and a new square of 600 / 1200 Sandpaper will quickly eliminate the mould line. Also, some care is needed to proper remove the stairs from the sprue, due to their size. To ease the assembly task, the ladder structure has moulded holes to facilitate the stairs alignment between the two main halves. Conclusion This is a very simple and accessible accessory for our 1:48 F-106, so go and take Monogram’s ancient and classic 106 or the more recent release by Trumpeter and adorn it with this accessory to complement a very elegant model! Recommended! Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link Ricardo Veríssimo
  2. Plusmodel aero line series 1:48 F-22 Ladder #AL4085 Introduction This is my first review of this small and simple set by Plusmodel, representing access ladder for any 1:48 scale F-22 Raptor. What’s on the box Inside the card box there’s 1 spruce containing 11 plastic parts confined on a plastic bag. The instructions are provided on the box’s back as two steps (one diagram showing the parts layout and a second one with the complete piece). The image on the box’s front suggests a colour for the ladder, but a quick internet search returns some interesting deviation (red, black, red or grey) options. The detail Is adequate for the scale and my “less” consideration is the flash line at the centre of the pieces, nevertheless a sharp blade and a new square of 600 / 1200 Sandpaper will quickly remove the excess plastic. Conclusion This is a very simple and accessible accessory for our 1:48 Raptor, that can differentiate our model, making it more “real” and if painted red or blue, really make it catchy. Recommended! Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link Ricardo Veríssimo
  3. Plusmodel aero Line Series 1:48 Crew F-14 Tomcat #AL4089 Introduction Plusmodel offers aeroplanes modellers fans, a quick and easy way to complement a simple vignette with a 1:48 scale F-14 Tomcat. As previous releases and reviews made by me at LSM, the word associated with these products is: simplicity. So let's look at the box We are presented with a transparent blister type package that allow to properly observe the content. The back paper shows a draw of the set that can be used as assembly and painting guide. No colour guide is supplied. The set represents a F-14 flight crew on it's pre flight briefing. Pilot 1 This figure represents a flight officer holding a clipboard on one hand and the other one pointing to a hypothetical paper containing mission notes. It’s dress with full flight suit, including anti G jump suit, helmet and breather. This pilot has its harms represented in two separated pieces in order to facilitate the painting process. Attachment to the body is made by a ball pin allowing a strong bond to the torso. Pilot 2 Presented in a relax pose with both hands in a “Rest” position, at the hips, it has the head slightly turning right in a pose typical of someone receiving a briefing. As by the pictures, the detail is adequate and with a good quality brush and steady hands can create a very appellative complement to our model airplane. As special note, a modeler with a gifted hand can create a very impressive paintjob on the helmet, as some pilots carry very colorful ones. Conclusion This is a nice and easy addition to any 1:48 F-14 Tomcat available on the market. A simple base with the bird and pilot(s) is always a perfect duet! Recommended! Thanks to Plusmodel for the sample review Ricardo Veríssimo
  4. Plusmodel 1:72 Propeller for C-46 Commando #AL7033 Introduction This recent release from Plusmodel was designed to replace the propellers of a rare and vintage model: William Brothers 1:72 C-46 Commando. Being the only game in town for this classic transport mule, this set is a must improvement comparing the model’s original offering. What’s on the box Inside the clear blister you’ll 6 resin objects composing: 2 sets with four propellers 2 propeller hubs 2 early type Spinners The back paper presents a colour picture of a completed and painted propeller as reference. This allow to represent the Curtiss electric cuffed propeller usually associated with early versions of the C-46. Nevertheless, please remember that this airplane still flies nowadays and check your reference about the propeller used. Propeller hubs The propeller hubs are nicely detailed. Despite the fact that no jig is provided to properly align the propellers to the centre hub, plusmodel came up with a clever system: The area where the propeller meets the hub are sloped, so in order to proper fit the parts, they need to align in a reverse mode. This guarantees a proper alignment of all propellers around the hub. Propeller The propellers are nice detailed and the removal from the casting mould is (almost) trouble free, just take your time, a fine saw and a mask (to protect from resin powder) should do the job. As mentioned early, the propeller base has a mark to cut in angle for proper fit on the propeller hub. Spinner The spinners, on my analysis, are the difficult items to work, due to their small size and by their connection points to the casting block located on the front of it. Careful removal and sanding are required to guarantee a proper shape and pristine finish. Comparing…. I was lucky to get my hands on the original model (Thanks Pedro!) and plusmodel set are a major improvement over model’s offering. Conclusion This set is a strait forward replacement and improve over the model’s parts. Some attention is necessary on the spinner mould block removal and in the end you’ll get a better and detailed model of this iconic airplane. Highly recommended! Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS Link Ricardo Veríssimo
  5. Plusmodel 1:72 Wheels for C-46 Commando #AL7034 On our beloved hobby, on what airplane modelling concern, there’s still room for new models. It’s not the case for the model for which this set is intended. The 70’s 1:72 Williams Brothers C-46 is the only offer if you pretend to build this model. What’s on the box The box is clear about the content. Two main wheels and a rear one. On the back paper, photographs of the set already paint and weathered, to serve as inspiration. As many WW2 American airplanes, the wheel hub’s painted Metallic and the tyre painted on the eternal black, or tyre black, or dark grey, whatever suites the modeller’s personal interpretation. Main wheels The main wheels are composed by the tyre and front rim and the rear rim as a separate part. The removal of the casting blocks can be done with no effort, using a small saw, as the attachment to the casting mould is minimal and it’s located on the area of the tire in touch with the ground. The tires are mould with weight effect. The overall detail of the wheels is good specially comparing to the kit’s offering. Rear wheel This is the smaller wheel to fit on the tail landing gear. As the main wheels, detail is good and it will enhance, again, the kit’s offering. Comparing Plusmodel’s wheel with the plastic one the gain Is clear, despite some surgery is required to remove the kit’s original with the resin replacement. With some patience and a panpipe playlist on your favourite digital player will do the job. Conclusion This set is a improve on the kit’s parts, mainly to the fact that the mould has its first release on the 70’s. The main wheels are an easy replace to the original ones and the rear one will require a small intervention to replace but nothing too difficult. This is a must set to enhance the look of the original model and as so, recommended. Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link Ricardo Veríssimo
  6. Hi all! Let me present the first concluded build of this year. This model was hunting my workbench at least 4 years, and it was the ideal time to conclude it . The model it self is not bad at all and I've already built the RAF rendition of the Allison Engine P-51 almost a decade ago. Some attention is necessary to guarantee a decent fit or we are going to have lot of troubles with joints. In the end it will look like a early P-51 Mustang The beginning (cockpit what else...) All parts were removed from the spruce and prepared for primer and interior colour ( i opted to a zinc chromate green from Vallejo ModelAir range) All small details were brush painted with vallejo ModelColor. cockpit parts and radio rack painted with the base colours. Cockpit (almost ready) . I opted to paint the seat metallic shade, as i checked some references that state that this would be possible. If it was correct or not, i liked the colour variation. Electric wiring was added to the bulkhead in order to simulate misc cables. In the end.. if you look closely to the cockpit you'll see it, but some times i wonder why i even bother to add details that no one will notice ! I also painted at that time the exhausts ( Metallic enamel paint ( XF-56 Tamiya ) then highly diluted Brown and black from Tamiya (acrylic) via airbrush followed by located brown washes. Several years later.... I decided that this model really needed to get out of my shame stash... some Putty was required on the wings root and in the bottom end ( as pictures show) . Once again i like to mention that this work was caused by the modeller that, despite several years of experience ALWAYS make the same mistakes... Perhaps due to the fact that his beloved hobby is limited to improper hours usually after a day's work and parent assigned duties. anyway I've found out that i had in stock a set of Eduard Masks for this model and what better time to use them. The wind shield required some "blending" to the fuselage with tamiya putty and Gunze Mr Surface. A tedious but worth every second spent. Gear bays and radiator outlet covered with Masking putty. Ready to paint. All the fuselage had been sanded and polished with 2000/ 3000 sand paper. I'm a clumsy modeller, one of my trade marks is one of my fingerprints carved on the plastic due to excess glue. It's like a imaginary mystic entity drive my finger to precisely the point were the glue was. Let the painting begin... I prepare my favourite primer ( in this case Vallejo Grey primer ) and applied several light coats. followed by another polish session with a 2000 Grit sanding pad . I work in a garage and it's not the most adequate place to perform such "cleaning" tasks. Then i started painting the upper colour ( Tamiya XF-62 Olive Drab) highly diluted and applied a panel at a time. When i start painting i don't have a idea of the concluded model. All i know is that i wanted to replicate a machine operating in North Africa so... so worn colours were required. I don't have the correct formula, but i added several tones of yellow and green to the base colour and.. i had fun... The bottom colour was Neutral Grey from Tamiya, also in the same pattern. I apologize as i didn't take any pictures of the process. How to complicate or spend one hour of modelling time to paint stripes The combination of decal stripes and me simply doesn't work. So.. lets paint some yellow stripes. Mark the stripes location Outline the stripes Mask the exterior Add the base ( several light layers) white Then yellow Masks removed ( damage control at standby) then i hurried up, painted the underside and sealed with a coat of clear gloss Fast Forward some weeks and the decals already in place. At this time i still didn't have a clue about the final look. so i did the logical and rational step.. i started weathering... Oils spils were created with several Oils ( what a cliché..) from (former) Mig Productions range. I kept chipping to a minimal using a silver pencil on the wing root. Ochre Oil tones were used to give the wing a Dust look. I took some artistic freedom ( remember i was having some fun with my hobby). The insignias were weathered with acrylic colours and washes. the exhausts stains were airbrush painted with grey, brown and black colours all from Tamiya Acrylic range ( XF-19 / XF-10 and XF-1) highly diluted with Tamiya's acrylic thinner Fast Forward some months... ta daaa... final result ! Canopy, antennas, navigation lights, landing gear and doors, pitot tube and cannons added. Conclusion It's concluded. And it looks like a early P-51 Mustang. I enjoy it and its concluded. Thanks for watching and i apologize for any grammatical or opinion error. Let me know your thought on the comments below! thanks once again! best regards!
  7. Hi all! I would like to present my last model ( actually the first armour model this year). It's a T-72Av 1:72 scale from Modelcollect. the model is well detailed and not very complex to complete. Im my opinion one of the weakest part of the model is the tracks ( um piece vinil / kind of Dragon's Magic tracks ). All paint used were Vallejo ModelAir . weathering was achieved with oils from (former) Mig Productions and Vallejo Pigments mixed with Airbrush Thinner. Painting with the first stage of weathering ( oils ) Finished model And the final picture, on his base, not made by me, but build by José Brito! thanks for watching!
  8. Hi Maru! Thanks for the feedback! Indeed it is with some nice detail ! Now where did i put My 1:48 Corsair's stash?
  9. Plusmodel 1:72 Correct engine set for C-121 Constellation #AL7022 Introduction On our beloved hobby, on what airplane modelling concern, there are some parts, areas, location sometimes neglected as they are away from focus. This set from Plusmodel focus on the engine area and propellers for the venerable 1:72 Heller Constellation (L649 /749 or C-121) offer, as direct replacement for the kit’s parts. So, what’s on the box Inside the card box, you’ll get 4 Bags with 46 resin parts, a small PE sheet, a decal sheet and a flyer containing a simple instruction guide. All parts are numerated for an easy identification The resin parts layout is composed by the following: Engine cowlings 8x half engine covers (left and right side) for the 4 engines. This represents an early variant (with only one exhaust on either side of the engines); Please note that the radial engine itself is not included so the Kit’s part needs to be fitted when assembling. Also included the cooling grills (which allows to choose between closed and open) a part for each option and side. Also available is the oil cowl, which can be posed on the open position. Eight resin exhaust tubes are also included. Propellers On this department, this set represents the Curtiss electric cuffed prop, so it comes with the following: 4 sets of 3 propellers; 4 propeller hubs and 4 early type spinners, 4 PE parts representing the outer Hub and a decal sheet with the propeller stencils Also provided is an assembly jig, that allows the propeller correct angle on the hub. Instructions: A simple flyer is provided with all information required for the assembly, with no information regarding the paint to use (specially for the propellers), so check your references. Normally I would conclude my review on this part. Nevertheless, I felt that a small demonstration was in need to properly present this review. So, I selected a set of engine cowlings, remove it from its casting blocks (an easy task with a photoetch razor) The fit is adequate, and the panel lines are recessed with nice detail. A simple dry fit shows a small gap on the top and bottom. The parts do have location pins to ease the join between the two halves, but based on the tests made, the removal of this location pins will allow a better adjustment of parts fit, minimizing the gap. As i was not able to obtain Heller's model, i was not able to test the fit on the model, but comparing photos of the model part's with the Plusmodel's offer, they appear to be direct replace. Conclusion This set is a strait forward substitution of the model’s parts. Some attention is necessary on the engine cowling assembly, in order to minimize the gap between the half’s, and this is the main issue, but a necessary one due to the part in hand. The propeller set is also presented with a nice detail and a improve over the Kit’s offering Recommended! Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link Ricardo Veríssimo
  10. Plusmodel Aero Line Series 1:48 Pilot F4U Corsair #AL4082 Introduction Plusmodel offers aeroplanes modellers fans, a quick and easy way to complement a simple vignette with a 1:48 scale P-51 Mustang (WWII) As previous releases and reviews made by me at LSM, the word associated with these products are: simplicity. What’s on the box? The clear plastic box shows what you get, one resin piece containing a 1:48 representation of a WW2 F4U Corsair pilot, again as common feature on this series, in a relax pose, with both hands on the trousers pockets. The model is on full flight set, composing the helmet with goggles and a Mae West life jacket. Hanging from his left shoulder, a holster with service handgun. Despite no painting guide is supplied, the label’s back is printed with a large full colour draw of the figure. Lots of inspiration on this subject through a quick internet search using your favourite search engine A small mold line is detected along the length of the legs and arms, most probably due to the cast process, but nothing that a modelling knife and a 600 abrasive sandpaper won’t fix. As proof of my writing, I went to my cave and proceed with the mold and resin excess clean. At the end of 15 minutes work, this was the result: ready for a soapy wash and when dry, some primer. As by the pictures, the detail is adequate and with a good quality brush and steady hands can create a very appellative complement to our model airplane. Of special notice on a finished model is the contrasting yellow life jacket, on the rather khaki overall flight suit. Conclusion This is a nice and easy addition to any 1:48 WWII F4U corsair out there! Tamiya, Hobbyboss, Hasegawa or Academy! A simple base with the bird and pilot is always a perfect duet! Highly recommended! Thanks to Plusmodel for the sample review Ricardo Veríssimo
  11. Plusmodel Aero Line Series 1:48 Tempest pilot Ref: AL4081 Introduction Plusmodel offers aeroplanes modellers, a quick and easy way to complement a simple vignette with a 1:48 scale Hawker Tempest pilot (WWII) As previous releases and reviews made by me at LSM, the word associated with these products are: simplicity. As a (almost) dedicated airplane modeller, the act of painting a figure to complement a set of plastic injected built and painted to look like a scale flying machine, looks scaring and a new territory. What’s on the box? The clear plastic box shows what you get, one resin piece containing a 1:48 representation of a WW2 Hawker Tempest pilot on the typical RAF flight uniform and wearing a life vest and on a rather relax pose, with both hands on the trousers pockets. As usual on this sets, no painting instruction are provided, but the label’s back is printed with a large full color draw of the figure. Lots of inspiration on this subject through a quick internet search using your favourite search engine. A close up pictures provide some detail. A small mold line is detected along the length of the legs and arms, most probably due to the cast process, but nothing that a modelling knife and a 600 abrasive sandpaper won’t fix. As proof of my writing, I went to my cave and proceed with the mold and resin excess clean. At the end of 15 minutes work, this was the result: ready for a soapy wash and after dry, some primer. As by the pictures, the detail is adequate and with a good quality brush and steady hands can create a very appellative complement to our model airplane. Please note that the "seam" visible on the interior and exterior part of the trousers are in fact the representation of the stitching line and not a fault on the mold. Conclusion This set is a nice and easy addition to any Tempest on 48 scale and it will pair with Eduard’s new release and already reviewed here ! Highly recommended! Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link Ricardo Veríssimo
  12. 100 Years of Soviet and Russian Military Parades- 1917 -2017 The Red Army on Parade Volume 1 1917 – 1945 Author: James Kinnear Publisher: Canfora Graphic Design & Publishing Pages:256 500+ photos Hardback Introduction Canfora presents us the first part of 3 books covering 100 years of Russian Military Parades. This event held annually gained worldwide fame due to the mass presentation of Military vehicles in parade on the also famous red square. Despite the fact that parades were organized on this location before the Russian Revolution, it was on this period that it started to be associated as a annual demonstration of red Army and latterly Soviet Army military might. This volume (1) covers 28 years of Russian military parades, hold on red square (1917-1945). Researched and written by James Kinnear, who had written hundreds of articles on soviet and Russian military technology, this book is the culmination of his collecting material on a subject that never had been covered so depth. The book is organized chronologically, by decades, presenting the reader the historical context of each era, focusing on the military vehicles on the parades. The reader is presented with a precise and detailed historical event, and very well documented by the quantity and quality of the included photographs. It positively surprised me, more than 500 pictures published and even more unpublished. Of particular interest are the pages dedicated to the parades staged during WWII period with focus on the 1st May 1945, 24th June 1945 – The VE Victory Parade and 7th September 1945 – The Allied Victory Parade – Berlin, where the new IS-3 heavy tank was “introduced” and paraded to the shock of foreign commanders, that had not expected to see from a country weakened by four years of war for survival. Also, worth mention is the relation of all “tekhnika” – the equipment presented on all parades, included: foreign, light, fast, medium and heavy tanks, Self-propelled and towed artillery and military transport. Conclusion This book is intended as a neutral account of the armoured vehicles and weapons systems that have been demonstrated on the red square in the past century, presented in a unique and in-depth narrative for this world-famous event. The book is hard covered with matt finish and the image reproduction is high quality even though some pictures had almost 100 years. This is a high recommended book for everyone interested on contemporary military history. To purchase this directly, click here. If you found this review helpful and decide to purchase this product, please tell them you read about it at Large Scale Modeller! Disclaimer: all photos all in low quality to preserve and prevent all copyright. Ricardo Veríssimo
  13. hi ! Great Review! As a WoT Player, i can confirm that the E-50's is one of the game's best! it's iconic! On the modelling's end, it looks a very interesting subject, due to the artistic freedom allowed when it comes to painting ! cheers Ricardo Veríssimo
  14. Red Machines 1 T-60 Small Tank & Variants Authors: James Kinnear & Yuri Pasholok Publisher: Canfora Graphic Design & Publishing Price(EU): 34,50€ Introduction Canfora presents us a book with a different content of the ones already reviewed. This new series focus on a type of machine, and on this subject, the Russian Light Tank T-60 and series. Being the third most numerous tank-types built in the Soviet Union during the 1941-45 “Great Patriotic War”, behind only the T-34 Medium Tank and the Su-76 Self-Propelled gun. Despite the fame of being under armed and weakly armed, played a crucial part on the critical period of 1941-42 when the soviet manufacturing plants struggled to replace combat losses at the front. Canfora bring us the compiled of several years of archival research and study, on the form a hard cover book, containing the development and service life of the T-60 light tank. So what about content… This book composes of several chapters, for better understanding: Introduction Chapter 1 - Development History Takes us thru the model genesis and development notes, as also inform on the man responsible for the T-60 Design (Nikolai Aleksandrovich). Chapter 2 - T-60 Production at plant nº37, KhTZ (Kharkov) & GA (Gorky) Description of the first prototypes build, production notes and history. In fact some interesting information is described, as for example, the difficulties posed on the factories to obtain and manufacture of the tank’s parts Chapter 3 – Re-Armament and Modernization An approach on the reviews for update the T-60 during the production stage in terms of up armor protection and firepower. Chapter 4 – T-60 Production at Plant Nº264 (Krasnoarmeisk), Nº37 (Sverdlovsk), Nº38 (Kirov) Chapter 5 – The T-60 In service and combat This chapter takes thru operational combat service. Complemented with a quantity of war time photos (German and soviet origins), on capture and / or destroyed vehicles. Chapter 6 – T-60 Variants and Prototypes Present us all variants (produced and proposed) based on the T-60 Chassis. The iconic flying tank Chapter 7 - T-60 Description and Walkarounds Chapter 8 – T-60 Preserved Tanks This chapter describe location of all know restore vehicles and the background history. Also mentioned is the status of the preserved tank (static display, running condition, etc). All of this is accompanied of color photos of the restored units. Also available are several color profiles and technical drawings of the several versions produced. Conclusion This is a fantastic book, on one of the mechanic workhorse of the Soviet army on the first stage of WWII. Despite not being a expert on the subject in hands, the reading in interesting and detailed enough to keep us addicted on the reading. The graphical support (B/W photos, drawings, Color photos and profiles), are flawless, and the glossy pages gave the book a much differentiated look and touch which these days it’s not very common to see on many publications. The content is appealing for those of us who enjoy reading about military history, and the modeler is presented with some very inspiring photos and walkaround details. This book is to couple with any 1:35 scale T-60 model! Highly Recommended! To purchase this directly, click here. If you found this review helpful and decide to purchase this product, please tell them you read about it at Large Scale Modeller! Disclaimer: all photos all in low quality to preserve and prevent all copyright. Ricardo Veríssimo
  15. Plusmodel 1:72 Flaps for P2V Neptune #AL7019 Introduction By definition an Airplane is a set of metal plates, wires, screws, glue paint and luck, aggregated to form a machine that defies all laws of nature. Well, the flaps play a important roll on this balance. This release from plusmodel, allows replacing and enhancing P2V’s in 1:72 flaps and internal frames. As already stated on one of my reviews, the only game in town for this model is Hasegawa’s rendition, dating back to 1973. What’s on the box? On the cardboard box, a plastic bubble bag protects the resin parts and and photoetch fret, decals and a tread of cooper wire. The photoetch fret it has a considerable amount of parts (ribs) and spars to rebuild all interior flaps structure. The grand total is 119 parts for this set. The photoetch structure is a rather complex construction. The union of the pieces could be achieved using cyano glue and a lot of patience. The most skilled can resort to soldering all photoetch parts, which will guarantee a solid structure, permissive to tear and wear for all assembly / painting process. Some times and despite all care and love delivered on our models, a part always flies away on the painting process, and by Murphy’s Law, it’s always the smallest one. The resin parts show a nice detail and the process of parts removal from the casting block,it’s straightforward with a saw or a sharp hobby knife. The resin parts compose the vertical structure of the flaps compartment, inside the wing. The photo-etch spars and ribs will attach to this parts. The flaps itself are composed by two parts each wing. The small decal sheet contains small stencils representing the angle of the deployed flap. The instructions are presented as a small booklet with 4 pages. They are direct and objective. On my eyes, the diagram doesn’t pose any doubt regarding the parts assembly and their location. Conclusion This is an area of the airplane that, to be proper represented on this kind of birds, need some work involved. This set will definitely require some skills to assemble due to the parts detail and complexity. Nevertheless, nothing that some sessions with quality background music and drink, it will turn into a stunning scale representation. Recommended Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link Ricardo Veríssimo
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