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  1. Trumpeter 1:32 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat VF-4 USS Ranger (CV-4) Atlantic Early 1942 The Grumman Wildcat began service with the United States Navy in 1940. First used in combat by the British in Europe, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942; the disappointing Brewster Buffalo was withdrawn in favor of the Wildcat and replaced as units became available. It had a top speed of 318 mph (512 km/h), the Wildcat was outperformed in the Pacific theatre by the faster 331 mph (533 km/h), more maneuverable, and longer-ranged Mitsubishi A6M Zero. However, the F4F's ruggedness, coupled with tactics such as the Thatch Weave, resulted in a claimed air combat kill-to-loss ratio of 5.9:1 in 1942 and 6.9:1 for the entire war. Often forgot is the USN involvement in the Atlantic theatre, where the Ranger was the largest carrier in the Atlantic after being transferred from the Pacific, deemed to be too old, slow and small. Starting initially with Neutrality Patrols in the area of Trinidad and Tobago. She was heading for her home port at Norfolk in December of 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. After leaving Norfolk she took up patrol duties in the South Atlantic. From there she moved to more northern duties as an escort carrier although she mainly took part in training exercises. She was also called on to deliver Curtis P-40s to Africa for onward transportation to the famed Flying Tigers. She was first equipped with the Wildcat F4F-3 in December 1940, replaced with the F4F-4s as they become available. The Wildcats didn't see much action until Operation Torch in December 1942 The Wildcat I have reproduced is one of the early deliveries to the Ranger And thus looks very new and clean. Painted with Mr Paint and after market decal from Techmod. The decals, although thin didn't want to pull down with normal setting solution so in the end I ended up carefully applying Tamiya X20A thinner to gather to pull down into the detail. The base is one provided for review by Costal Kits being one of their new circular range available in 200mm and 300mm diameters. Thanks for looking
  2. Hi all, I thought I'd post some photos of my 1/32 Trumpeter Ju 87A, done in Condor Legion colours. The markings are custom masks, as is the emblem on the spat. The model was built with Eduard extras, and the paints are from MRP (Mr Paint, Slovakia). In all, a trouble-free project. I modded the cowl to correct a couple of anomalies but didn't bother with the lower spat shape. I could live with that. This model and build article are in the latest edition of Military Illustrated Modeller, which should be in the shops right now.
  3. Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a/U3

    Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a/U3 built with AIMS resin conversion and decals Why do I do this? Ok, there will be an update on the 1/32 Fw 189A-1 in the next days, and this is on the runway for completion in a few weeks. Despite this, I still have an open topic for the Sea Hornet that I'm hoping to make progress on in the next months......BUT, how about an infill project? Converting the 1:32 Trumpeter Me 262A-1a fighter into a reconnaissance machine, Me 262A-1a/U3. These were rare machines, with many being converted from standard fighters at Cheb airfield in the Karlovy Vary Region of the former Czechoslovakia. The seed for this project was sown a couple of years ago when a good friend of mine gave me a part of a fuselage stringer from one of these rare machines, shot down, possibly by a Mosquito, whilst in the Cheb area. When AIMS announced a conversion kit, I decided to get this and stash it for future use. This is a fairly simple conversion, and whilst I yet have to get the associated decals for it, I thought I'd plant a flag here, right now and say that I WILL build this one. On top of the resin conversion, I'll be adding the AIRES cockpit and main gear bay set too. This is the basic kit: And these are some photos of the conversion from the AIMS site.....something to aim for!! Hope you like it.
  4. Trumpeter 1/32 Mig29K

    Here is Trumpeter's 1/32 Mig 29K built straight from the box. Really no problems building this kit which made it quite enjoyable. Thanks for looking Bevan
  5. Trumpeter P40B

    I cracked this open mid summer '16 with hopes to finish by 7 Dec for 75 anniversary. Pearl Harbor P36, P40B, A6M2b. As usual, life, family and another wrecked knee kept my bench-time to a minimum. My bench is configured as a standing bench and the wrecked knee dictated my time to something like 30 minute sessions. Trumpy's P40B with all it's known short comings. Will address cockpit, wheel well, fabric and rivet issues. P40B "White 300" based at Bellows Field 7 Dec, 1941. This Bellows Field post 7 Dec P40B has seen better days.
  6. So, here's my Trumpeter 109G-6 done as a quick build for a workshop with Jamie Haggo the other weekend. The workshop was crackin with loads of new techniques picked up and a chance to see the master in action! Winter whitewash was the theme and this was my attempt. Anyway, I finished it off this week and knocked up a base to set a winter scene. Aaron
  7. I thought I'd port over my current LS project. I know most you guys are WW1 and 2 groupies, and I am too, but I'll share some jet love I planned to avoid 1/32 jets, but this one was too good a deal at our last show (50% off retail) that I had to get it, and well...half way through it and I'm back to 1/32 as my preferred scale for all things now. Kit: Trumpeter 1/32 A-6A Aftermarket: AMS FOD covers (I'm still trying to source the AMS wheels), Eduard Exterior and Undercarriage PE sets, True Details seats, AOA Decals. Originally I was going to use a Superscale sheet, but AOA timely announced a new A-6 sheet. I reached out to Steve Belanger at AOA and got my hands on a sample I'll be reviewing for SAMI, but I'll most definitely be using them on the build as well. I'll be doing something along the lines of this (though the mission stripe isn't present on the airframe on the sheet), but will be mimicing this weathering I hope: Won't bore you with the ticky tacky stuff, just the important stuff for now. The cockpit is complete. The True Details seats are freaking awesome. Many thanks to Matt for trying them on his build and posting all the pics he did. He sold me on them. Bits of PE dress up the gear. I actually had painted these, but didn't like my washes, so they are being re-done. This is where I was last night before my first bit of work on this one for a good two weeks. The fuselage seam was a PITA. Last night I managed to finish up the outer wings, and got the pylon PE attached and the pylons on the plane. Did some exhaust painting too. I'll get more progress pics up today sometime. Thanks for checking in and comments/critiques are always welcome.
  8. 1:35 German Armoured Train PanzerTriebwagen Nr.16 Trumpeter Catalogue # 00223 The Panzertriebwagen No. 16 (Skr. PzTrWg 16 or PT 16) was a German heavy armoured train, powered by a Voith 550hp hydraulic transmission diesel engine, and built by the Berliner Maschinenbau-Gesellschaft Actien vormals L. Schwartzkopff, in 1942. This vehicle was based on a locomotive design for an armoured train (WR 550 D14), and then encased in further armour and equipped with two armoured artillery positions, at both ends of the train. These were initially armed with two 20 mm anti-aircraft guns (2 cm Flakvierling 38) but this was modified to use two Russian 76.2 mm FK 295/1 cannon (as used on the BP42 armoured trains). The thickness of the armor Panzertriebwagen No. 16 ranged from 31mm to 84 mm, and the vehicle was the heaviest armoured rail vehicle in existence. Only one was built, and this served on the Eastern Front. By 1943, the train was used as a reserve weapon, patrolling areas that were threatened by partisans. In the spring and summer of 1944, it was in the service of the Army Group Centre, and participated in, amongst others, in the battles of Rawa Ruska and Lublin. It was then withdrawn westwards after the Eastern Front started slipping towards the borders of the Third Reich. In April 1945, PzTrWg 16 took part in the battle of Neuruppin, and between the 1-2 May 1945, was captured undamaged in Neustadt. After the end of World War II, PzTrWg 16 was pressed into service with the Polish Army, maintaining operational military communications in the areas of service. The train was on operational service in the Bieszczady Mountains, up until the end of 1947, protecting railway routes and election posts against partisans, during the referendum on the 30 June 1946. The same operations were conducted for the elections for the Polish Sejm parliament, on January 19, 1947. Trumpeter certainly like to release some oddball kits, and this is definitely one of them. It’s also an imposing box, being quite large and certainly pretty heavy too. I have quite a liking for Trump’s box artwork, and this one depicts PzTrWg 16 sat stationary, presumably somewhere near the Eastern Front, with a German officer and soldier looking on. It’s quite an understated image, but one that demonstrates the sheer size and power of this train, and its relative featureless façade, save for the armoured turrets at each end. This will certainly be an interesting and leftfield subject to tackle. Opening the lid immediately shows the reason why this box weighs so much. It is absolutely stuffed to the rafters with styrene. Some of these parts are impressive in their size too. This behemoth of a kit contains: 19 sprues, moulded in light grey styrene 6 large, individual styrene parts for train sections such as cab, chassis and turrets. 8 large styrene parts for the roadbed 1 clear sprue 510 plastic parts 3 Photo Etch frets with a total of 204 parts The box itself has a single narrow compartment set aside into which the large hull and chassis are located. You will also find the clear sprue and PE frets here too. All plastic parts are bagged too, with the cassis sat into the bottom of the cab. The remainder of sprues in the box are mostly packed in twos, but there is no need to worry about possible damage, as all is superbly packed. UPPER HULL & CHASSIS Well, I really couldn’t ignore these parts for my first look at this kit. The hull itself is the section that contains the diesel powered loco, all hidden in a seriously robust looking exterior. To give you an impression of size, this part is almost a couple of inches longer than a foot (around 340mm), and is as tall as it is wide (approx. 95mm). This impressive feat of engineering must’ve employed some sort of slide-mould technology due to the various slots, openings and other minor external detail. The top of this clearly shows the riveted armour plating, ventilation louvres/punched panels, cover plates, and some very impressive weld seams around the forward and rear crew entry cupola points. The upper centre section is a separate piece, presumably as this is where the injection moulding point was. Small traces of sprue gate can be seen here and just need to be removed. For clean up, that’s all that’s required on this part. More neat weld seam detail can be seen around the fore and aft ends of the hull. Internally, there is no detail, but there doesn’t need to be. There are some stiffening ribs that run top to bottom along the inside walls. These help give the chassis something to sit against so that that part remains straight. That chassis is pretty featureless, simply being a floor for the hull. Onto this will fit the wheels and running gear parts. A large hollow centre will accommodate a disc that acts as a securing point for the train gear below. Again, I think this is moulded separately as it was originally the point where the plastic was injected. ARMOURED TRUCK/PLATFORM There is a turreted and armoured truck at each end of the train, and as a result, you will need to make two identical assemblies for these. There are zero differences between the two. The largest parts here are the truck base and the plastform that sits atop them (mounting the turret). Each of these two parts (4 in all) is separately bagged and requires virtually no clean up at all. Very impressive. Detail is necessarily sparse, but contains bold raised rivets, weld seams, hook and anchor points for the main hull, and slots/holes for minor external detail. ROADBED & SPRUE L TRACKS This, when assembled, is around a metre long, with the model itself measuring approximately 630mm. This would give you some space for any further display items, or maybe you could shorten the track accordingly. The track consists of four different sections, with two of each included. In the manual, these are referred to as ROAD A, B, C and D, and construction is very straightforward as they have interlocking lugs. Test fitting them does show that the side faces will need some filler and sanding to remove joints, but the ballast surface detail is more than passable, with the joints hiding reasonably well amongst the detail. Note the hollow slots. This is where the sleepers fit from below, moulded as sections. Onto this will fit the tracks and other minor, associated parts. Two identical sprue ‘L’ runners are included for the roadbed, and these are packed with protective foam in between them. This protects the fragile cleats what sit on top of the sleeper sections. These are designed so that the track actually threads down the sections. A simple but effective wood grain finish is applied to the sleepers, but perhaps the edges are just too perfect. A little nibbing here and there will improve their look. The tracks themselves look very good, but thee are some ejector pin marks running along the inside edge of them. These can be effectively hidden by ensuring that these face inwards, away from view. Lastly, the track joint plates are included here, incorporating both bolt head and threaded end/nut detail, just to break things up a little. That’s a nice touch. SPRUE A The parts here are pretty obvious, with the hull upper centre section and the lower chassis central disc being included. Parts are also included for the hulls lower running gear framework. These will be further supplemented by further sprue additions. As will most main parts on this model, detail is sparse but accurate, with large studded rivets and bolt heads being the only real order of the day on the side parts. SPRUE B (x4) We now start to see parts which tell you that this is actually a train. These sprues contain all of the wheels for this subject, plus chassis spacers, leaf spring suspension parts, wheel fixing caps and bearing housings etc. You’ll also notice parts for the train lamp bodies too, as well as footplates, handles etc. SPRUE C (x2) There are quite a number of detail parts included here. These include buffers, globe buffers, footplates/stanchions, brackets, hydraulic hoses, tow lugs, grab rails, rear platform access protective armour etc. The access doors are also moulded separately and can be posed either open or closed. However, if you want them open, you’ll have to fabricate the internal detail yourself, as none is included. A strange option by Trumpeter, and one that will only be useful if someone releases a detail set, or you can make the parts yourself. SPRUE E (x2) Both of these sprues contain parts for the turrets, exclusively. The main turret is moulded with alternative side plates as separate parts. There are 10 sides to each turret. These are quite plain looking, with only an opening in the upper face for crew entry. The reason for the separate plates is that each of these has raised detail. It would’ve been a nightmare to mould them integrally. Also present here are parts for the guns and the large turret bases. Each gun has a fabric cover for its mantlet, and these are included as plastic parts, and looking suitably realistic. PLASTIC SUMMARY Apart from the edges that need filling on the track sections, and the pin marks along the inner track lengths, there’s nothing at all to fault here. I can’t see any defects, such as sink marks etc, and moulding is generally very, very good. A little flash here and there is about the worst you can expect to see here. PHOTO ETCH Even though there are over 200 PE parts here, they are quite simple, if not repetitive and fiddly to fit. They mainly consist of small lugs that fit to the outside of the turrets and their carriages, as well as the hull armoured sides and roof. These are mainly carried on a large, single sheet. Two identical, smaller frets are included, with more lugs and parts for turret guns. INSTRUCTIONS These are very typically Trumpeter, with clear line drawings illustrating all construction sequences. Nothing looks very difficult with this model, but there are no colour call-outs for any part. The reason for this is probably because most things were the same colour anywhere (field grey). A colour sheet is included that shows the completed train sat on its track. Conclusion Actually, this is a very nice kit, and would make a welcome change from the usual run of the mill subjects that we all get bogged down with from time to time. It’s also a reasonably priced kit. I’ve seen this for around £75 + P&P from one retailer, and the model itself is pretty large when complete. There’s nothing here to challenge anyone, except for perhaps those PE lugs, but that’s more by necessity than a fault of Trump! Great kit. Strange subject, but with a wow factor when finished! Highly recommended My sincere thanks to Pocketbond for the review sample.
  9. 1:32 Junkers Ju 87G-2 Stuka Trumpeter Catalogue # 03218 Available from Hannants for £52.99 The Stuka is hardly an unknown amongst us modellers, and until recently, we only had the Revell/Hasegawa kits to choose from in 1:32, with the exception of the not-so-easy-to-source Ju 87B/R from 21st Century Toys. If you wanted to build the later, and sexier looking Gustav, then it was the Hasegawa and Revell (ex-Hasegawa) that were the order of the day. However, over the last three years, Trumpeter have stepped up to the plate and have released a whole range of Stuka versions, including the more unusual ‘Anton’, and also a skis-fitted machine. After a little extra parts tooling and re-jigging, the latest incarnation of this sees the only alternative ‘Gustav’ to the Hasegawa/Revell release, and of course offers a fully detailed engine, unlike the other releases. Let’s take a look under the hood of this one and see what exactly we get. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTS686z0Cbo This kit is packed into one of the rather sturdy and typical Trumpeter boxes that is constructed from corrugated card, and has a high gloss finish. I’ve always quite liked Trumpeter’s artworks, and this is no different, capturing the lines of the Ju 87G over a winter landscape. Lifting the lid shows a compartmented interior, with a number of smaller weapons sprues, vinyl tires and two small PE frets packed into there. The larger compartment of course holds the main part of the kit, instructions, a glossy colour scheme sheet, and a single decal sheet. There are a total of FOURTEEN sprues of light grey plastic here, that are mostly packed separately, plus another two clear sprues that are again separate, and also protected further by being wrapped in thin foam. SPRUES A & P The unusual nomenclature here obviously shows that earlier alphabet labels applied to the previous releases in the Stuka range. Both of these sprues though, are mainly concerned with the outer wing panels and other wing elements. Those main, outer wing panels are connected to their inboard counterparts by means of two spars that not only create some extra rigidity, but also ensure the correct angle is attained. External wing panel detail is excellent, with rivet and fastener detail only along the main panel lines. The various ports are neatly scribed too and look very good. Note that the wingtips are separate parts, presumably indicating a later release of the extended-wing D-5 version. Seems pretty logical to me. Both gun bays are moulded so they can display the weaponry within. Those gun bays are also more than reasonable for an out of box experience. They comprise of a detailed floor with stringer detail, separate sidewall parts, MG17 gun breeches, breech plates, ammunition feeds and stub barrels. Inboard upper wing panels have the characteristic stiffening strakes on their exterior too. Please note that to fit the external gun pods, you will need to open up a series of predetermined holes within the inside of the lower wing panels. Other parts on these sprues include the stabiliser struts, main wing spars, wingtips, and inner and outer flaps. SPRUEs C1 & C3 These two sprues are physically connected and concern the Jumo 211 engine. Together, they contain over 30 parts, all of which look like they are to be utilised here. Looking at photos of a 211, and referencing both detail and shape, I don’t think there’s really too much to complain about here. It’s just a pity that Trumpeter make no actual provision for displaying the engine in the model, unless you leave off the entire forward cowling sections, moulded as halves in this kit. SPRUE M This is a newly tooled sprue that is so far only specific to this particular G-2 release. Here we can see some of the sleekness of this particular version in the fuselage and cowl sections. The fuselage is moulded without any nose cowl sections, and also has a separate rudder. As with the wing panels, you’ll notice that the rivets run along the panel lines only. I get the impression that this has been more to negate Trumpeter’s criticism of employing too many rivets, as photos I have seen of the Ju 87 do indeed show more rivets than are represented here. Hey, I’m no river-counter, ironically, and I do indeed like how Trumpeter has tackled this. Other external detail is also very good, such as engraved ports, and also a recess for the lower end of the tail strut to sit within. Also note that the upper forward fuse (instrument panel area) and section to immediate rear of gunner, are also moulded separately, and included on this sprue. The engine cowl halves are also very good and superbly detailed. It’s a real pity that they are supplied as they are instead of the separate upper and lower sections that would comprise this in reality. That’s my only real ‘downer’ on this kit, but fixing it isn’t impossible. There is no detail within the fuselage halves, as like Hasegawa, Trumpeter has moulded the internal side walls as separate parts; included here. Again, detail really is very good, and I can’t complain about what’s on offer here. With the other detail attached, only a little wiring would be needed to make this really pop. SPRUE N Trumpeter designed this kit so that the wing and fuse are built first, and then connected. To facilitate this, the lower wing section incorporating both inboard panels and lower fuse, is a single part here, including section for bomb launch mechanism, window and wing radiator points. This sprue predominantly contains parts for the cockpit, including instrumentation, panels, cockpit floor, seats, radios, control stick etc. etc…..basically, everything that you would expect to see, and Trumpeter have made an excellent job of this. A separate piece of head armour is included on Sprue Q, Here are a selection of photos showing the cockpit detail parts. You decide for yourself. I do feel the instrument panel is a little average, and the dial faces are too small. Again, this is fixable with a sanding stick and some Airscale PE bezels/instrument decals. It’s what I will use when I come to build this. Other parts on this sprue include the radiator parts. Unfortunately, the cooling flaps can’t be posed without surgery. Also on this sprue are the single-piece ailerons and antennae mast, as well as a small number of non-cockpit parts. SPRUE Q I’ve heard some criticism of some of the spats on the previous Trumpeter Stuka kits. I really don’t know if these are correct or not, but spending time looking at various photos and profiles, they do look very good, and nothing jumps out as being incorrect. Even though there is no provision for displaying the gear without the spats, the legs themselves are very reasonable, and if you’re willing to take out a saw and do a little work, then you can indeed display the struts. You would need to check the wheel hubs though, as they seem rather simple. This sprue is a real mish-mash of parts, with engine bearers, bomb carrier, engine firewall, chin radiator etc. being seen here. Also moulded here are the prop and spinner parts. I’m not totally convinced by the prop blades, if I’m honest. They seem rather flat in section, but the shape itself looks reasonable. Where this kit would benefit is from new exhausts. The kit parts are so scrawny that there is barely anything to hollow out. SPRUE R My first observation here are some plates that appear to be external armour. I can’t see any use of these in this release though. Now, onto the serious business here; namely the under-wing 37mm guns. These comprise the interior guns themselves, that are beautifully detailed, plus the external pod cases. These are moulded as handed here, whereas they were actually identical. I’m pretty sure these can be fixed with a little plasticard, filler and ingenuity. Just a pity that Trumpeter took the eye off the ball here. Still, not all is bad. The barrels are slide moulded, meaning the muzzles are hollow. You will need to drill out the series of holes in this though, or change the part for a barrel set from MASTER. SPRUE S This sprue predominantly contains the parts for the stabilisers and separate elevators, and here I see a slight faux pas …..and I mean slight. The elevator mass-balance has been moulded integrally with the curved section that is fitted to the stabiliser tip. It’s no biggie I suppose, as the elevator actuators are moulded with them being set to ‘neutral’. I would look at cutting those parts and making them separate for more realism. Externally, the flying surfaces have restrained rivets and subtle engraving. As well as the flying surfaces, you will also find ammunition drums, wheel hubs, wing gun bay doors, and a good number of small detail parts. SPRUES WA, WB(x2), WD, WE These five sprues contain the various under-wing load-outs. These are clusters of bombs, fuel tanks with ETC racks, 50kg bombs with optional percussion rods, an unidentified machine gun pod, and lastly the centreline 500kg bomb. All of these are to be optionally located to the outboard wing mounting point, with the exception of the centreline bomb, of course. The larger bombs have separate fins or at least a separate part that slots over the main moulded one. SPRUES X & Y Lastly, we come to the clear parts. We actually have a number of options here, such as two different parts for the windscreen and pilot’s sliding hood. There are actually two parts supplied for the gunner’s hood, although only one is shown in the assembly. However, that part isn’t included in the ‘unused parts’ list, so I really don’t know where the omission lies. The parts themselves are superbly clear and have great framing definition that will make masking a pretty easy job. A nice touch is that one of the forward pilot hoods also has separate side windows that can be posed either open or closed. PHOTO ETCH Not all parts here are to be used. The largest parts are for the ammunition feeds for the 37mm guns. Other used parts are for pilot rear mirror and internal canopy handle, gunner MG reticule parts, fuel tank straps etc. Quality is excellent, although I have to question why Trumpeter didn’t include seatbelts. Whilst I prefer fabric ones, there should have been something here for the modeller to use instead of having to buy aftermarket. VINYL TYRES Love them or loathe them, they are included. There also aren’t any options for a plastic alternative, so if you don’t like them, you’ll have to hope you can source something that will fit. Personally, I don’t like them. DECALS This single sheet has no indicator where they are printed. I think they are probably Chinese, and are certainly not as good as Cartograph, in some respects. Printing quality and register is perfect, but there is more carrier film than I would have liked to see. The glossy surface is also a little pocked where the protective paper had stuck to it. Some stencils are included too, as it a decal for the instrument panel. I don’t really care for the latter though. The schemes supplied here are for: Junkers Ju-87G-2, Stab/SG 2 <-+-, W.Nr. 484110 Junkers Ju-87G-2, Stab/SG 2 <-+-, W.Nr. 494193 INSTRUCTIONS Certainly no problems here with easy to follow, clear illustrations that also have some colour call-outs supplied. Optional parts are also easily identified. Conclusion I must admit, I really do like the Ju 87, otherwise I wouldn’t have ordered in this review kit. Am I disappointed in anyway? Well, not really. I think the only thing I would have liked to have seen here are removable engine cowls and under-wing cannon pods that aren’t handed. It’s no deal breaker though, as Trumpeter really seem to have captured the lines of the Ju 87G very well. I’m not going to say ‘perfectly’, as I can’t substantiate that due to lack of 1:32 profiles that I can check this against. Where this kit does excel over the Hasegawa kit is that engine, and also the inclusion of the wing gun bays. Trump has done a more than admirable job of replicating the cockpit too, and it should certainly keep detail fans happy, despite the AM companies doubtless jumping in to provide refinements. The kit also comprises over 340 parts too, so you’ve certainly got plenty of work to do to create your masterpiece. In all, I have to say I really like this one, and may just invest in the ‘Anton’ too. Highly recommended My sincere thanks to Pocketbond for this review sample. To purchase directly, head over to Hannants and splash the cash.
  10. Mig 29 Reference

    Hello modelling friends, Diving into the unknown here, does anybody know of any good books etc to help me not so much build the kit but to help me paint and weather it. Just love the Russian jets, they get nice and dirty just the way I like 'em . Thankyou for any input. Cheers Bevan
  11. Mig 3 naked

    Hi folks, Started building a Mig 3 a couple of years ago. After a couple of years on the shelves (cause building planes is sooooo stressful) I picked this one up and here some wips pics. For some reason (probably cause it's so cool ) I decided to finish it in bare metal, wood & green primed aluminium. But hey listen up, I'm not that much interested in historical correctness and just want to have a fun ride. So we go with some pics. The status as it was a week ago on my desk: Painting the wood starting with masking. Primed it white and applied a pre-shade. Airbrushed a basic wood color layer with some streaks. The wooden panellines were carefully masked and airbrushed. The grain effect was hand-painted using a flat brush & Liquitex acrylic ink. The bare metal was done straight from a Humbrol spraycan. Yup I'm lazy. The elevators and other stuff to steer a plane. Masking for pre-shading. And the easy way to do a pre-shade. Added a black thinned acrylic wash and after drying I sanded it with a 1000+ grain. Green painted aluminium result. The 3 materials together. Okay folks now you are all up to par. Right now I bashed some figures and will post some pics of them soon. Marcel
  12. 1/32nd EE Lightning F6

    Another of the production line recently - I had hoped to have completed it by the 60th anniversary of the Lightning's first flight (4th August) but I didn't quite make it! This is the Trumpeter 1/32nd scale kit, with the addition of an Aries cockpit set, MasterCasters wheel upgrade set and Xtradecal transfers. I also removed 2mm from the main landing gear legs, as I felt 'out of the box' the tail sits too high - the real aircraft has a slightly tail-down attitude, captured so well by Echelon's kit. A final touch was a homemade air intake cover to add a splash of colour. All paints were Xtracolour enamels. EE (BAC) Lightning F6 XS903/AM of 5 Squadron, Binbrook, 1984 I know this kit gets a harsh press from time to time, but it certainly looks like a Lightning to my untrained eye Tom
  13. As promised, here are a few snaps of my finished MiG-3. As those who followed my build thread saw, this was a nice, pleasant build with only some minor "modeling skills" required to improve a few areas. And, for those who prefer, it turns out there are some aftermarket sets now available to provide replacement control surfaces and prop blades, which can make things even easier. For this build I tried to replicate "Red 02" seen in a photo taken in March 1942 on the occasion of the 120 IAP, responsible for Moscow air defense, being "promoted" to the 12th Guards. Analysis of this aircraft by some authors indicates that the wings were a close match color-wise to the red on the fuselage markings. It is also clear in the photo that the outer wings do not have the leading edge slats, making it seem these were replacements from an earlier aircraft or from spares. This has led some to surmise that the outer wings were actually green. However, other winter scheme MiG-3's also have additional red markings applied, and it would not seem unrealistic that the 120 IAP would have painted the replacement outer wings of one of their MiG-3's red to celebrate their "promotion" to becoming a Guards unit. And since red looks much better than green on this scheme, it convinced me to err on the side of red. The model was painted with Mr Color paints, with the exception of the underside A II Light Blue, which was from White Ensign. As the photo of the actual aircraft shows some "crud" around the join between the engine cowls and the fuselage, I used some burnt umber oil paint to try to capture that look. The rest of the aircraft appears to be quite clean, suggesting that perhaps it had been "cleaned" up a bit for the photo-op. On to the photos! The real thing: My effort: Overall, I am pleased with the build, and the end result is a colorful addition to my display case "museum" that really stands out. Now if I can ever source a new windscreen (see build thread for details), I will build a summer scheme with my second MiG-3 kit. Thanks for looking! Doug
  14. Evening All, Now that my global headquarters is more or less settled, I thought I would chuck my hat into the ring so to speak! This is my attempt to build a small vignette with Trumpeter's 1/35th Soviet Aerosan NKL-16 + one or maybe two figures using the amazing new Precision Ice & Snow product reviewed by Jeroen Peters here: http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/1760-review-precision-ice-and-snow/ I really hope I finish this one !!!
  15. 1/35 Cockpit Detail set for Trumpeter Mi-24V Hind E Helicopter Part Photo Etch Poland Catalogue Number S35-017 Available from JADAR-MODEL.s.c. for USD$15,40 Part, a Polish PE manufacturer for all scales and genre's of scale models, make PE sets for many kits and are well respected in the world of modelling. I have heard of them being described as the Aber PE for aircraft? There's no pre printed parts or self adhesive parts, but the sets they make are very nice indeed. The Trumpeter kit, number 05103. It's one of Trumpeters best large scale kits available in my opinion. PE make four sets of PE for the 1/35 Trumpeter Mi-24V kit, Weapons, Exterior, Cabin Interior and Cockpit Interior. So, onto this set, the comprehensive cockpit set. as mentioned earlier, there's no pre-painted PE or self adhesive parts, but the multi layered construction of the panels and locations for plastic rod switches and knobs will guarantee a very 3 dimensional cockpit indeed. With the glazing and door open on the finished model, all this work will pay dividends. Once we unpack the small 85 x 130mm packaging we find all this inside. There are over 200 PE parts in this set alone!! The main fret measures 61 x 123mm. Upon closer inspection we can see how 3 dimensional the panels are. they will take some skill to paint, but will look incredible if well done. At the top of the main fret we can see these beautifully etched panels. The centre section of the fret... note the multi layer parts and holes and slots for switch gear. The second, smaller fret measuring 56 x 30mm contains 25 parts and carries on with the beautiful etch work found on the main fret. The clear acetate sheet is printed with all the gauges and dials. It measures 48 x 90mm and has 22 separate parts. Once painted behind with white paint it will really pop. ] The instructions are very small, being made from one sheet of A4, folded in half to give four sides of A5 instructions. There is no colour and the printing could be better, but none of the instructions are illegible. page one, showing the frets laid out and dealing with sub assemblies. Note the bottom left corner shows how the lovely switch panels will be assembled. Moving on to page 2 we can see the main instrument panel coming together and the gunners side panel and pilots starboard console. Page 3 covers the pilots port side panel, more IP work and some canopy details. Page four covers the main assembly of all the parts into the kit fuselage. Surprisingly, no harnesses are included??? In summary, this is a lovely set which will take a lot of work, but will be well worthwhile in my opinion. The fact that there are no belts included is a little disappointing, I guess I'll have to get the Eduard set as well?? Thanks to my pocket for buying this set. I purchased my sets from Model-art .eu.. The postage for all four sets was only £3.50 and they arrived, beautifully packaged in only three days!! Highly Recommended Watch this space for the other three sets reviews.
  16. Yeh I'm being a bit cheeky putting this here, but you know, it's not a tank and but it is an LSM - Large Scale Missile. I got this when it first came out, half built it then put it back in the box for several years due to the poor quality molding (particularly on the missile itself) and pretty bad fit in areas. Just like every Trumpeter kit I've built, it's just plagued by mold slip and seams, especially on mating surfaces which for a brand new kit (I got it hot off the LHS shelf) is just crap. I built this off a black and white picture of an Egyptian SA-2 seen in a 1982 Born in Battle magazine.
  17. 1/16 Trumpeter T-34

    Hi Guys, With the need for more armour I pulled this from the shelf of DOOOOOMMM! I started this build maybe 10 years ago. Did the interior, engine and then lost interest. Still haven't gained quite enough interest to really pick this up, but maybe if someone posts his (or unlikely hers) rendering of this kit, I might get back into gear. The barrel is after market. Forgot what brand. 10 yrs ago and all.. So.. anyone ever finished one of these??? Cheers, Jeroen
  18. So this is going to be my first entrie in the the Pacific GB... F6F-5, "Death n Destruction", BuNo# 72534, Ensigns Donald McPherson, Bill Kingston, Jr., and Lyttleton Ward, VF-83, USS Essex, May 5th 1945. I will be using Trumpeters F6F-5 Kit and Avionix Cockpit set
  19. MIG-3 "Hidden 4"

    I though it would be a good idea to have two builds on the go at work... So when I drag in my compressor from home I have a few things to paint. So this is my second Lunchtime project! Trumpeters MIG-3 kit! For a while I been wanting this kit, as I have heard very good things about it and I have never built anything Soviet! My planned scheme is Hidden 4 - This MIG 3 was captured by Germans, probably in spring 1942. There are only two known photos of it and many pieces are lacking to nail the scheme down completely... So I am going to have to use some imagination to paint the camo on this one!
  20. OK , for those that know me, also know that I have been working on this beast for 3 yrs and 2 months ! I had a thread going with the old site, so now I start again. I wont bore you with the last 3 yrs ( to many pics anyway) I'll start with some not so new and go from there. As I have always said comments and criticism is always welcome. Thanks all...........Harv these are the most excellent MASTER brass gun barrels, and the were blued using...yep, gun blueing. Tires and wheels are done with powders, no paint Two hrs of work ! Getting ready for paint
  21. Hello All! Heres a quick over view of Herman's work ,,, 1/32 Trumpeter Me262 A-1a with Eduard BigEd add on,, it will be styled after the "Red Four" oob as Herman likes the camo scheme,,, With the office complete the gun bay was finished and plumbed......................... Onward too the engines and remote radio ..... As always thanks for lookin!! More to come,,,,,,,,,,,
  22. Here is another stalled project that I am resurrecting... Originally I was planning to do this as an article for MIM, but it didn't quite make it! So I have dragged it into work for my lunch time project... I will be using the Trumpeter kit and it will be finished as P-47D #42-226628, Rozzie Geth II/Miss Fire, Col. Fred J. Christensen, Jr., 62nd FS, 56th FG. The kit comes with these markings included but the art is incorrect as Trumpeter has the background white instead of yellow... So I will either applying an yellow coat to the kit decal, or just buy the new book from Kagero P-47 Thunderbolts of the USAAF which has this scheme included in the decal sheet. So I will do a quick fire up of pic's and add comments to them shortly! A lot detail is hidden away once the fuse halfs are sandwiched together... You can leave it out... but I just used the bare bones to help everything line up... Nice clear cowl so you can display that huge Pratt & Whitney R-2800... but I will be painting it!