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  1. 1:48 Polikarpov I-1 От ивна Catalogue #4801 Available from modelstroy@mail.ru for 65€ I got knowledge of this new release from this entirely new russian company on Facebook, and got in touch with Maxim, creator and owner of this new brand that called От ивна. Translating from Russian you got “Otivna”, that means…well according to Maxim is something like “ignition” for I could told from Maxim message. So a new manufacture in 1:48 launching the first Russian monoplane fighter, the Polikarpov I-1. The Polikarpov I-1 was the first indigenous Soviet monoplane fighter. It had to be redesigned after the crash of the first prototype, and was eventually ordered into production in small numbers, but it was never accepted for service with the Soviet Air Forces. The I-1 (I = Istrebitel or fighter) was a single-seat, low-wing, wooden aircraft. The first prototype, known as the IL-400, was designed around the 400-horsepower (300 kW) Liberty L-12 piston engine. It used the radiator and propeller of the Airco DH.9A. The fuselage and wings were covered with a mix of plywood and fabric. The landing gear was braced by wires and the wingtips were protected by tubular curved skids. On the IL-400's maiden flight on 15 August 1923, the aircraft stalled and crashed because its center of gravity was too far aft.[1] A second prototype, designated as the IL-400bis or IL-400B, was built, but it had to be redesigned to cure the center of gravity problem. A new, thinner, aluminum wing was designed and the tailplane and vertical stabilizer were enlarged. The cockpit and engine were moved forward and the radiator was replaced by a Lamblin type. It made its first flight on 18 July 1924 and was cleared for production on 15 October as the I-1.[2] Thirty-three aircraft were ordered, but the first production aircraft was still a prototype. The aluminum skin was replaced by plywood, the radiator was switched for a honeycomb type, and two synchronised 7.62 mm (0.3 in) PV-1 machine guns were fitted. The production aircraft differed from one another and all were used for testing. This showed that the I-1 did not easily recover from a spin and Mikhail Mikhaylovich Gromov was forced to make the first Soviet parachute jump during one such incident on 23 June 1927. The aircraft never entered operational service.[2] General characteristics · Crew: 1 · Length: 8.3 m (27 ft 3.75 in) · Wingspan: 10.80 m (35 ft 5.25 in) · Wing area: 20 m2 (215 sq ft) · Gross weight: 1,510 kg (3,329 lb) · Powerplant: 1 × Liberty L-12 piston engine , 298 kW (400 hp) Performance · Maximum speed: 264 km/h (164 mph, 143 kn) · Range: 650 km (404 mi, 351 nmi) · Service ceiling: 6,750 m (22,150 ft) Armament · 2 × synchronised 7.62 mm (0.3 in) PV-1 machine guns. This aircraft is represented here for the first time in 1:48. ICM a few year back (1999) release the First Soviet Fighter-Monoplane (pilikarpov I-1) in 1:72, and as far I know, it was the only kit available of this aircraft until now. So this new Polikarpov from Otivna and their first product, comes in sturdy box with a picture of the real aircraft, one of few pictures available. Let`s crack the box. Inside everything looks quite neat and very well protected. You got quite a few resin parts, and it is a full resin model kit with mask for the insignia but no seatbelts. Before getting to the resin parts, it’s a bit deception not having some PE in this model. The I-1 has an open cockpit so for me it’s a major detail missing, specially for the price you paid for the model. Anyway you will to scratch build one with no reference Maxim told me that a English DH9 Seatbelts could do but I would probably to some I-15/1-16 similar seatbelts. But let´s move on. The resin parts are “almost” flawless. The resin comes in grey color and all the parts are very well cast with no distortion or bubbles. The detail is keen and vey crystal in the surface. Example of that is the engine and all its components. The engine is a piece of art itself with very subtle and fantastic details. The exhaust are hollow and exquisite. Starting with wings, one wing is flawless with detail very well made and with two important location holes to be easier to get the wings in place. However my example did had one problem: one wing has suffered of some kind of reaction as you can see. Well, doesn’t look very hard to solve it Moving for the fuselage, you got two halves with the internal skeleton incastrated. A nice touch indeed but those will not be seen in the end. The external fuselage have really nice soft details. As for shape, not been a Polikarpov experts and for the pics I saw on internet, Otvina got the shilluete and look very well, with an elegant fuselage profile. The internal detail is quite good and comprehensive with the wood floor well represented, handles, oil pump, pedals, machine-gun, and the stick. The instruments panel does have good engraved details but with no decal, the modeler must get some on the spare parts to get a good dials representation You also get 3 intersections that represent an the interior support from the cockpit to the engine. A small clear part for the windshield is included and it in clear resin with very good transparencie. The remaining parts like the propeller, the radiator , wheels undercarriage ae in perfect shape and quality, with, like all others, very little resin block to remove. I love the resin gray look of this particular model. The instruction does have quite good design with a historical introduction of the aircraft itself in Russian and in English. Opening the instructions, you notice that it has no color carts or indications color name or any text. All you get are drawings. ~~ For this marking, a set of mask with star i givin. The mks reminds me the old mask sets from EDuard in vynil. Its a good extra and a necessary one as I already said, no decal sheet is given. There is an addendum in Russian, that I ask Maxim to translate and it said something like this: “The kit did not include some parts, the manufacture of which from resin would be either impossible or impractical, mainly due to the thickness. It is recommended to make them by hand. Well, since you bought this model, it means that you are a professional, and therefore any advice is superfluous) 1. Pitot tube. 2.Underwing arches 3. Pads for the gaps between the stabilizer and the elevators In fact, looking closely for the pics available in the addendum, you can see the missing details. These details are not very hard to scratchbuild but take attention to the pitot, it has a double end. Conclusion: I do have some mix fellings about this model. All of the resin are beautifully cast and has no flaw at all. There is a little flash in some areas, but this is so thin and will be easy to remove. The resin block are modelers friendly as theyare quite easy to remove. I confess that I`m a bit bored about the extra work that the wing will give me but I can live with that. None of the others castings suffer from seam lines or bubbles, distortion or chemical reaction. Pricey? This is no mass-produced TamigawaMeng kit. If you want a unique model that will stand out in any model contest or in your collection this is the one for you, and it will be quite unique. However for the price asked, I was expecting seatbelts and some dials for the instrument panels. Still I highly recommended to all modelers that would like to have in their collection an obscure aircraft but an important one Francisco Guedes Our thanks to Otvina (and Maxim) for shipping this out to us in such a speedy manner. To purchase this directly, sent an email to modelstroy@mail.ru
  2. Love it mate. Thanks for the great review!!
  3. WILDE SAU Episode One: Ring of Fire Eduard Limited Edition #11140 1:48 Scale plastic Kit DUAL COMBO (Quick Review) It’s been quite some time that I don’t get my hands in a Eduard model kit. Well probably since 2014, nothing against Eduard, by the contrary, but I was in another modelling wave. When I saw this combo package announced I knew that I would have to have it. Its arrived this week… excited.. First impression is WOW!!! The boxart is beautfitull with the most famous Bf109 from JG300. This package is exclusive with Bf-109 G-5 and G-6 from JG 300, JG 301 and JG302 in the Natchjagd and the Reichverteidigung. As you can see, its says: “Episode one”. That give us a quite clear clue that this is not going to be the only one in this series. Surprise: Eduard already answer to that: “The second volume of this trilogy kit will be called WILDE SAU Episode Two: The GHOST HUNTERS, and will be dedicated to the Bf 109G-14/AS and G-10, while the final installment of the series will be called WILDE SAU Episode Three: The FINAL COUNTDOWN. The latter will be dedicated to various versions of the Fw 190. The threevolumes will be released with about a year’s interval.” Just like the Lord of the Ring Trilogy, these WILDE SAU are for sure a most have for lots of modelers, and It’s definitely for me. Wilde Sau its very well know between modelers even those that are not very familiar with WWII and with Luftwaffe in particulary, specially its badge. Speaking of it, one of the bonus of this release is a pin with Wilde Sau badge. Its really cool. Cracking the box, theres lots of plastic and goodies inside enough for two completed models. The plastic parts ae from the eduard Bf-109 G-6 that have been very well scrutinized over the years. This is the “correct version- retolled” with almost no issues. To see all the points and tiny issues, please check Brett Green 2016 review on Hyperscale, here. Nothing more to says regarding accuracy of the fantastic model. Some I will make a brief look of the parts as that would a little waste of time. Anyway, you got two of each sprue so you can make two complete Bf109. The rivets and surface details are fantastic indeed taking the injection model technology to the limit. On thing I notice is that a quite substantial number of parts are marked “not for use” so there`s a lot less of parts that I thought that will be in use. The PE is mostly for the cockpit with a nice multi-layered instrument panel, coloured harness straps and other coloured details.. The detail is exquisite as usual in Eduard PE. The mask is a must in all Eduard profipack box! I will take a little more attention to the extra goodies that this dual pack brings The first goodie are the main wheels. Two sets of two wheels in a perfect resin casting with exquisite detail, being a very good upgrade of the original parts. The other resin part include is Eberspächer" acoustic pipe for the B version , a Bf-109 G-6/R6 (flow by Fw. Horts John, 3./JGJG300 Bonn-Hangelar, Germany, September 1943. So in the reality, beside the PE fret for both aircraft, the resin goodies are the wheels for two aircrafts, as the pipe it`s only for the B scheme. The decal sheet is quite huge and contains 10 markings form JG300, JG301 and JG302. A) Bf 109G-6/R6, flown by Lt. Gerhard Pilz, 1./JG 300, Bonn-Hangelar, Germany, Autumn 1943 Bf 109G-6/R6, flown by Fw. Horst John, 3./JG 300, Bonn-Hangelar, Germany, September 1943 C) Bf 109G-6/R6, flown by Oblt. Gerhard Stamp, CO of 8./JG 300, Oldenburg, Germany, September – October 1943 D) Bf 109G-6/R6, flown by Ofw. Arnold Döring, 2./JG 300, Bonn-Hangelar, Germany, October – November 1943 E) Bf 109G-5/R6, 3./JG 300, Bad Wörishofen, Germany, Summer 1944 F) Bf 109G-6/R6, flown by Oblt. Alexander Graf Rességuier de Miremont, 10./JG 301, Targsorul-Nord (Ploesti), Romania, March – April 1944 G) Bf 109G-6/R6, W. Nr. 412951, flown by Lt. Horst Prenzel, 1./JG 301, Gardelegen, Germany, July 1944 H) Bf 109G-6/R6, 2./JG 302, Helsinki, Finland, February 1944 I) Bf 109G-6, flown by Fw. Fritz Gniffke, 6./JG 302, Ludwigslust, Germany, April 1944 J) Bf 109G-6, 2./JG 302, Götzendorf, Germany, July 1944 And Eduard just announced that they will release others schemes in their new line of decals. Just Perfect! The instructions are typical Eduard from quite some years, so they are quite clear even with some many sub-version that will take extra attention. Conclusion: This is a superb dual combo limited edition release from Eduard. I always had a soft spot for the Nacthjadger and specially JG300 (one of my most precious detail set is from Eagle Editons with several schemes from JG300), so I had to have this release. The model itself has been proving his quality since 2016 around the modelling world so we know what you can expected for this of quality. The new decals sheets and the resin goodies, alongside the beautiful box art, makes this limited edition a perfect edition in all senses. Very Very Highly Recommend. My truly thanks to Eduard for producing this model and to my bank account for this beauty.
  4. Very sorry to hear, my condolences.
  5. Thanks guys! All clear now, we hope!
  6. Hi Night Baron. I would love to see pictures of your work, as I have that exact model in the shelf of doom.
  7. Wow Fantastic Build!! That propeller looks amazing?? How did you do it? Did you use crayons or color pencils?
  8. Hi Bob Just contact Oleg directly by email: osrexxxx768@gmail.com Tell him that you got his contact from me or LSM. The catalog is quite good and everything looks available as is make on demand. Fran
  9. Hobby Elements Tools https://storehobbyelements.com/products Hobby Elements has been around from quite sometime and have some really good tools. Here I will just introduce you two tools: Molding Flash Sander Micro flat Files These tools are fantastic and very useful for any modeler, of any skills. Just leave you several pcitures of theses beauties in action. Note that the Molding Flash Sander is prepare to work with an electric Dremel Drill but I use it without and also works. The piece that I working is a resin bomb cart from Copper State Models, that have tons of flash and need lots of work. Enough talk. Enjoy and just go visit Hobby Element website for awesome tools. The pictures say a 100 words. And Ican only Very Higly Recommend these tools Fran Fran
  10. PLUSMODEL U.S. Telephone Trailer K-38 (catalogue n.º 538) Available from Plusmodel 17 resin parts, PE sheet and decals Prize tag:15.70€/22,40$ Plusmodel is the most prolific 1:35 model company of diorama accessories and we are lucky that over the past years, we having the privilege to have the opportunity of reviewing several sets. So for today, we got a telephone trailer! First of all, a little bit of history: “Although the K-38 is cited as produced by various manufacturers;[1] the SNL-G-685 parts list[2] reveals that the unique body parts all had AT&T part numbers. A list of serial numbers, manufacturers and dates of delivery is in compilation, and seems to indicate that Highway Trailer made the earliest units at the start of World War II, FWD production was later in World War II, and Regent Manufacturing post World War II production. The disc wheels, 4" wide by 18" diameter, are described as "motorcycle type". The earliest trailers had two tie-down holes stamped in a recess on either side of the wheel hub, visible in one of the images used here. Later plain wheels sometimes had a single hole cut in a corresponding place in each wheel centre, or a welded-on loop, and the post war Regent production had a different style entirely with more of a lattice section towards the outside of the centre disc. This variation can be attributed to manufacturers using whatever wheels were available at time of production, but all wheels appeared to have been made or altered to be able to be secured by hole(s) or loop. The bracket on the top is for a fuel-burning lantern used for roadside warning purposes, and on inspection appears rather more elaborate than it needs to be. A fabricated steel guard with mesh sides was provided for the lantern. No electrical wiring was provided on the original trailer, but a single taillight and reflector were commonly added. Security was by padlock and hasp on the main lid, the rear lower hatch being secured by a pin with a pull handle running up the rear inside of the main body. Production quantities are not known, but serial number spread suggest that FWD alone produced something over 3000 units, and there is a known spread of at least 250 units in the Highway Trailer serial numbers. The US Army Signal Corps K-38 trailer, cable splicer, 1/4 ton, 2 - wheel, seems to have been a standard civilian American Telephone & Telegraph designed product from the 1930s that was adopted into military service, and later augmented by the K-38A, a modified Willys MB/GPW jeep trailer which was outfitted for the same work - the repair and maintenance of lead-wiped telephone cable joints. The parts list below was published in January 1945, which supports the assumption that both types were in use at the end of World War II. Identical civilian trailers dated as late as 1948 have been found, albeit with slightly different wheels. Although the K-38 is cited as produced by various manufacturers,[nb 1] the SNL-G-685 parts list [1] reveals that the unique body parts all had AT&T part numbers. A list of serial numbers, manufacturers and dates of delivery is in compilation, and seems to indicate that Highway Trailer made the earliest units at the start of World War II, FWD production was later in World War II, and Regent Manufacturing post World War II production. York-Hoover and Transport Freight production has not yet been dated. USA serial number information does not seem to exist - at least in quantity, and images of the unit is service are very few. Most trailers seem to be identified simply as model "S" trailers on their respective serial plates, with just one known example of a late World War II FWD plate actually being stamped with the Signal Corps designation of "K-38". The hyphen is part of the Signal Corps designation and should not be neglected. The disc wheels, 4" wide by 18" diameter, are described as "motorcycle type". The earliest trailers had two tie-down holes stamped in a recess on either side of the wheel hub, visible in one of the images used here. Later plain wheels sometimes had a single hole cut in a corresponding place in each wheel centre, or a welded-on loop, and the post war Regent production had a different style entirely with more of a lattice section towards the outside of the centre disc. This variation can be attributed to manufacturers using whatever wheels were available at time of production, but all wheels appeared to have been made or altered to be able to be secured by hole(s) or loop. The wheels appear to be subject to more corrosion and damage than the rest of the trailer, and are a particular problem for current restorers. The bracket on the top is for a fuel-burning lantern used for roadside warning purposes, and on inspection appears rather more elaborate than it needs to be. A fabricated steel guard with mesh sides was provided for the lantern. No electrical wiring was provided on the original trailer, but a single taillight and reflector were commonly added. Security was by padlock and hasp on the main lid, the rear lower hatch being secured by a pin with a pull handle running up the rear inside of the main body. Production quantities are not known, but serial number spread suggest that FWD alone produced something over 3000 units, and there is a known spread of at least 250 units in the Highway Trailer serial numbers.” - in Wikipédia As all product from Plusmodel, the U.S. Telephone Trailer K-38 came with the usual packing, in small paper boxes with the parts wrap in bubbles plastic. Inside there are 22 resin parts, a photo-etched fret and small decal. The small decal (plusmodel self-productions I think) only have four white stars with an appearance of a solid white color. It´s does not look like to be a transparent white. The PE freet is a small one but it contains 37 pieces. In PE you will have all the small details like hinges, hooks, handles wire reel, cover supports, a sort of head “helmet” to communicate and others small exterior details. The resin is in dark grey and the majority of the parts have no flash at all. However, there´s two parts that have a protecting resin barrier to prevent damage. The trailer hinge and the axle for the springers. All parts are beautiful casted with no bubble or distortions... as usual, top noch from Plusmodel. And the surface detail is fantastic. For example, the trailer main pice have all the positive rivets and hinges well represented along the metallic reinforcements. The resin block are reduce to minimum making quite easy to remove with a saw. The trailer cover also have some really nice detail in and outside allowing the modeller to display this trailer open or close which makes perfect sense as the trailer has full interior detail. The springer and the wheels have exquisite detail, quite fine and delicated. The instructions are a simple paper sheet with assembly diagram, decal placement directions. Nothing to report on this one, as they are clear to follow in the construction and decal guidance. One more point this time and looks like Plusmodel have been reading our review: a small paragraph with a historic text about the model itself. Great! No color guide is given but the boxart is a good color reference. Conclusion Quality and Plusmodel are two words that can be together always. And to make a word “menage” you can add “creativity.” It’s a very good little kit that will enhance any diorama or vignette! Kudos once again to Plusmodel. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND Our truly thanks to Plusmodel for these review samples.
  11. LukGraph has release two Dragon Rapide, one of them in Scottish version. I haven´t see the profiles from this version so LukGraph send us pic of the second scottish version. Cheers
  12. Harv, I have been told that this weekend on the FB page it will be some sales! So its a good chance to take some.
  13. ReXx Exhaust 1:32 Albatros D.V/D.Va AEG G.IV Roland D.VIb Today we have are taking a look to the new items form ReXx catalogue, all in 1:32 scale. ReXx produce exhaust from metal "galvanically”. I really have no idea how theses beauties are produce but it´s my first time I look in flesh to these exhaust so it’s really a premiere for me. Today we will be looking to the latest ReXx release: AEG G.IV and Roland Vb exhaust in 1:32, suitable directly to Wingnut Wings and Albatros D.V/DVa also for Wingnut Wings. Looking at the packaging, all the exhauts REXx exhaust sets in a small clear plastic bag, with a little piece of foam to give extra protection. To finalize all are packed in a small clear box with a cardboard surround. All the three model kits that these sets are design for, are all from Wingnut Wings so all of the models are excellent and need so little extra to add. Let`s see if, in fact, the ReXx aftermarket pieces give any extra live to the fantastic Wingnut Wings models. RX32.058, 1:32nd Scale AEG G. IV – for Wingnut Wings The AEG exhausts is a complex one with a small “hat” on one end. The kit exhaust comes in two pieces, so the exhaust is cut in half and some work has to be done to get a “solid” round piece with no marking. The “hat” system in the kit model is a bit of scale but resulting of the injection moulding limits. The main problem is how to make the exhaust hollow? It´s quite difficult, as the only way will take lots of time, patience and skill from the modeler. It´s not only drill a hole in it as most of the exhaust and the success is not granted. The only thing granted will be the time it will takes. The ReXx exhaust also comes in two pieces each, so the “hat” is a separate piece and the connect hinges are very very thin. The main part of the exhaust is in a single piece and fully hollow which makes a huge improvement from the Kit part, beside of being extremely thin, replicating the scale. The ReXx also has those tiny bolts but are really too tiny. The ones on the kit model look better to me but those bolts are quite easy replicate with the appropriate tool. RX32.059, 1:32nd Scale Roland D.VIb – for Wingnut Wings. Next up is the Wingnut Wings Roland D.VIb. This time the exhaust is a single piece, with no metal blocks to cut it off like the AEG Exhauts. The detail is very suttle but fantastic with a great reprodution on the exhaust tip The exhaust looks very thin and fragile and totally hollow… Its hyper realist… if unbelievable!! Attetion its really delicate as its look like the real thing but only 32 times smaller. It’s a fantastic extra to Roland DVIb. RX32.016, 1:32nd Scale Albatros D.V/D.Va – for Wingnut Wings. RRP US$ 9.20 / € 6.60 / £5.50 The last but not the least, the Albatros D.V/D.V.a exhaust. This is not really a new release from ReXx but I used already this beauty on my Alb. D.V that will appear on SAM Publications. Comparing with the exhaust kit, the upgrade is immediately. The fit is not as good as the kit part but with some care, it´s easy to get it in place. The exhaust is extremely fragile and all hollow with real looking. You just can work with this by using a real flame to get it burn, but be careful, its get really hot in just a few seconds. The effect is great and real! Atenttion, do not touch with your bare hands on the exhaust as your fingers will leave your fingerprint, so work with gloves. Conclusion Longtime ago, there was a brand called “Moskit” that have some exhauts that would be similar to these ones. I say “similar” has I never had any Moskit exhaust in my hand. I don’t know if ReXx and Moskit are “related” any how too. Returning to our ReXx exhaust, what can I say? Grat looking rust/platina look will save you from painting and you just can weather it more with pigments or natural fire! Or you just can put it on the model!! Its will look like the real thing! Totally hollow and very thin, these REXx sets are worth every single penny as they are very realist and will be a total plus to your model, at least a Wingnut Wing Model.! By the way I also love ReXx Logo! VERY HIGHLY recommended. Francisco Guedes My truly thanks to Oleg from ReXx models for these review samples. To order theses beauties, just go and email Oleg at osrexxxx768@gmail.com or via facebook: REXx scale model accessories
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