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  1. PLUSMODEL Big Wicker Baskets (12 resin pieces) Catalogue n.º 537 Price tag: $20/€14 – directly from Plusmodel Once again, here I am reviewing another set of Wicker Baskets… this time some bigger ones. As usual, the quality behind all Plusmodel is top noch. All the parts come with the usual packing, in small paper boxes with the parts wrap in bubbles plastic. The set of Big Wicker Baskets are used in everywhere in the world and for a very long time, so you can use this in a XVIII diorama, a WWI ou WWII or even a Vietnam diorama. So you practically can use it everywhere. In the box, you find 6 different types of wickers baskets, only four of them are duplicated. Has I said in the other review, I’m overwhelmed by the parts details. The texture, the wick interlace is really notice and very well done in realistic manner. The small details as handles and lid are cast in separate parts, which is quite good as its gives the modeller much more display options. There aren’t any in this set and is not really need it. Conclusion What can I say?? A perfect set for any diorama modeler that would like some extra detail. This set is just jaw-dropping. I know it´s simple set but the detail finesse and real look of the wicker is too good to be true. What do you want more? VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND Our truly thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. PLUSMODEL Stabile Engine (catalogue n.º 505) Available from Plusmodel Prize tag:33.30$/23.40€ And here I go again, reviewing my favourite diorama/accessories brand. To be honest was quite difficult to try to understand and know what the hell is a stabile engine. So I had to ask and cry for help to Petr from Plusmodel that told me that a “stable engine is an internal combustion engine designed to drive agricultural machinery, such as cutter, threshing machine, etc.” So it´s fair to say that is a “stability engine” made by the company “Slavia”. I didn’t found much but for what I have research, this light engine was in fact commonly used in farm works early part of 20th century. Not much I know but I even found a video from Youtube with the exact stabile engine that Plusmodel reproduce: Or this one also from “Slavia” So this little engine is quite suitable since WWI, I think. And I already have a project for it. As all product from Plusmodel, the stabile engine came with the usual packing, in small paper boxes with the parts wrap in bubbles plastic. Inside there are 30 resin parts, PE fret and decals with metal wire. The resin is in dark grey with a bit of flash but nothing that you can solve with a new n.º 11 blade but the casting is top quality as usual Also no bubbles or wrapping is notice in all resin parts... as usual, top noch from Plusmodel. The PE is unpainted and contains several little details and two mesh. All parts looks very fragile so handle with extra care. The decal sheet, as all others ,looks like Plusmodel own production, with very good registration, color pigmentation and very thin carrier film. 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. No color guide is given but the boxart is a good color reference. Conclusion Well, I got no much to say that I haven’t said before. Once again Plusmodel did it: quality, easy to construct, originality and good prices. This engine, as most of Plusmodel set is easy to be a part of a larger project... I sure mine will! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND Our truly thanks to Plusmodel for these review samples.
  8. 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
  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 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
  11. PLUSMODEL 1:35 Caravan (90 resin pieces and photo-etched set and one decals sheet to 3 version) Catalogue n.º 504 Price tag: 118,20$ (83€) – directly from Plusmodel. Plus Model was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic. Their product range is comprised primarily of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurathane plastic. For many years up to today that Plusmodel was creating in a clear and serene form, their own space in modeling, especially for 1/35 scale with fantastic resin kits and accessories for dioramas. If you want something different and it will stand out in your diorama or vignette, Plusmodel is the answer. Once again, now we do have an item that will stand for itself in any work, as a unique and original item: 1:35 Caravan. As far I could get some intro for this. I have failed miserably. I had no references for this caravan, in use in the Wehrmacht or those marking that I will show later on this review. I asked even to some expertise friends and still nothing. I did get some pictures, directly from Plusmodel, that kindly given permission to publish them here. So back to the box, you get a usual sturdy box in an open top. It`s very well packaged, with all the parts coming inside of a bubble bag. The dark gray resin is perfectly molded and you well may struggle to see bubbles in the 90 resin parts as they will see not a single one. Outstanding casting as it was expected by Plusmodel. All resin parts come in a plastic bag and in a smaller plastic bag, the decals and photo-etched. The box art is very attractive and is not more than the fully built and painted model which highlights the quality of Plusmodel. But let's get to it: All the resin pieces are easy to work out and quite simple to clean the flash and the resin blocks. All the undercarriage is very well detailed and presumably, it`s quite well reproduced. All the springs, axles, suspension system, tabs, etc is represented given the modeler the possibility to put in upside down or even turn over. Checking up the caravan itself, it’s constituted for 4 sturdy resin walls that don’t show with any distortion or bubbles which is quite outstanding considering the size of those parts. The surface detail is very good. The two end parts are in the same quality casting with a door in one of then, just you can just leave it open. The caravan as no interior but it as doors and windows so it’s up to the modeler to create the interior… some sleeping bed, war machinery (radios, shelves, chairs, etc). The wheels are well cast, with detail and no bubbles and raised details very well achieved. Plusmodel gives the modeler every detail possible in resin like a small chimney, bolts and side boxes. The small photo-etched sheet contains some small parts for the suspension and trailer itself and a skylight hatch. These small details (as hinges, handles and tubes) give a realistic touch to the model. The decal sheet has a good color registration, made usually by Plusmodel itself. The color and letters look fine by me but I have no reference at all of the options given. The civil options are totally unknown for me, but I googled “OldenBurg” or “F.W. DEUS” or “Joh. Grüters” and nothing, zero… Was quite frustrating… As I already said, the only pictures I have were, generously given by Plusmodel. The instructions are quite noticeable, with simple comprehension without any difficulty to the modeler with the parts numbers very well identified and the place where to, being quite easy to follow to the intermediate modeler. Conclusion: This caravan is possible to be almost every theather in WWII… I confess that I didn’t found anything about it on the internet, really nothing, but the pictures given by Plusmodel are just great. In this kind of subjects, more obscure ones, I think Plusmodel could put some history in the instruction and even a link to some pictures where they had their inspiration. As for the product, the quality is of the highest level, with castings at most higher standard and detail is one of the best in modeling world, as resin concern. Very Highly recommended. With my sincere thanks to Plusmodel for this review sample. To purchase directly, click this link. Francisco Guedes
  12. PLUSMODEL AERO line 1:32 Tempest Pilot Catalogue number - AL3001 Price tag: $23,90/€16,80 Available from Plusmodel Another pilot on this Easter day and once again from Plus Model A couple of years now, Plusmodel was a new line called “AeroLine” with figures, details sets and others accessories for aircraft and here on Lage Scale Modeller we have the honor of review almost every item of this line. Let´s see the box. The usual clear plastic box, shows what you get, three resin pieces containing a 1:32 representation of a WW2 Tempest pilot in a relaxed pose, retaining one hand a cup of coffee or more probably, a cup of tea and another the helmet. This figure comes in three pieces with both arms separate from the main body (Head, Torso, and legs). The main body, cast in a single piece, with sharp details in the cloths. The detail is really awesome and just continues to prove that Plusmodel knows what is doing. The sculptor did a hell of a job on this (love the relaxed look and the cup of tea!!) and Plusmodel did a fantastic casting of it. The figure of the pilot has a good attitude and a great facial expression. For painting instruction, the label’s back is printed with a large full-color draw of the figure. Conclusion: The figure is spectacular with a very cool look and full and genuine details making it a must have to be right at SP 1:32 Tempest. Undoubtedly, a great figure with a great style that will look great next to a 1:32 Tempest. Very Highly recommended. Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link
  13. PLUSMODEL Wicker Baskets (27 resin pieces and one small PE sheet) Catalogue n.º 507 Price tag: $27,30/€19,10 – directly from Plusmodel Plusmodel is my favorite diorama accessories manufacture in the modeling world as they do allied quality with originality. If your project is a vignette or a diorama, then Plusmodel is your solution. Wicker Baskets are used in everywhere in the world and for a very long time, so you can use this in an XVIII diorama, a WWI or WWII or even a Vietnam diorama. So you practically can use it everywhere. All the parts come with the usual packing, in small paper boxes with the parts wrap in bubbles plastic. In the box, you find 5 different types of wickers baskets, two of each and one wicker box. The detail is such outstanding… I really don’t have words to express how amazed I was when I saw them. So I will just let here the pics. The small details as handles and lid are cast in separate parts, which is quite good as it gives the modeler much more display options. The Pe sheet is just for straps for one wicker. The instructions are a simple paper sheet with an assembly diagram of some of the baskets. Conclusion I`m afraid that I becoming quite annoying about Plusmodel quality but is their fault. This set is just jaw-dropping. I know it´s simple set but the detail finesse and real look of the wicker is too good to be true. What do you want more? VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND Our truly thanks to Plusmodel for the review sample.
  14. PLUSMODEL 1:32 F-14 Tomcat Crew (6 resin pieces) Catalog n.º AL3005 Price tag: $38,20/€26,80 – directly from Plusmodel. Plus Model was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic. Their product range is comprised primarily of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane plastic. For many years up to today that Plusmodel was creating in a clear and serene form, their own space in modeling, especially for 1/35 scale with fantastic resin kits and accessories for dioramas. A few years ago, Plusmodel started a new line: AERO line. The new line work in all 3 main scales: 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32. Today we are going to take a look into 1:32 F-14 crew. The clear plastic box, typical in AERO line, shows what you get, six resin piece containing a 1:32 representation of an F-14 Tomcat crew, walking away for their plane or going to the mission. My first impression is that they are walking away after the mission but after close looking, I do have my doubts because of their facial expression. Checking closely, you will get two main bodies, only without arms. On my sample, I did get an extra arm. The body part has the flight suit and G-suit, LPU, survival vest, combat boots, and torso harness. I do like body posture and balance, giving the correct proportional to the figures. My reserves are on the facial expression and in the head. They look almost alike… the facial expression is almost the same and they have the same hair. I would like to have a different type of hair and distinct facial. The arms look like to have a good fitting, and both have on both hand the helmet and parachute. All the parts are very well casted and the details are very sharp and really awesome and just continues to prove that Plusmodel knows what is doing. The detail inside the helmet is quite outstanding and a really stand up. However, I do love the detail and the final posture of the figure. There`s no indication of colors to use but Plusmodel joins a painting (similar to "boxart" but bigger) as a guideline. However, understand that the indication of colors is actually unnecessary because of the dozens of good references in countless books and on the internet. Conclusion: A 1:32 F-14 Tomcat is a quite impressive and large bird but in a base and the set of crew it´s just the perfect combination. I do have some reservation about the facial and head of both figures, not of their quality but of their similarity. Probably it’s a minor thing because a proper paint job will get it a great result and distinct looks. As for the product, the quality is of the highest level, with castings at most higher standard and detail is one of the best in the modeling world, as resin concern. Very Highly recommended. With my sincere thanks to Plusmodel for this review sample. To purchase directly, click this link. Francisco Guedes
  15. PLUSMODEL AERO line 1:32 F4U Corsair Pilot Catalogue number - AL3002 Price tag: $23,90/€16,80 Available from Plusmodel for the prices indicated below on the text Plus Model was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic. Their product range is comprised primarily of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurathane plastic (Plusmodel web introduction) A couple years now, Plusmodel was a new line called “AeroLine” with figures, details sets and others accessories for aircrafts. Let´s see the box. The clear plastic box, shows what you get, one resin piece containing a 1:32 representation of a WW2 Corsair pilot in a relax pose, retaining one hand on the hip and another one nice a big cigar. He`s celebrating another victory. This figure comes in two pieces with the left arm (the one with the cigar) as part n.º 2. All the rest of the boy is cast in a single piece, with sharp details in the cloths. The detail is really awesome and just continues to prove that Plusmodel knows what is doing. The sculptor did a hell of job and Plusmodel did a fantastic casting of it. The figure of the pilot has a good attitude and a great facial expression. It is a figure with great detail in clothes and face. Despite no painting guide is supplied, 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 favorite search engine. However, understand that the indication of colors is actually unnecessary because of the dozens of good references in countless books and on the internet. Undoubtedly, a great figure with a great style that will look great next to a 1:32 F4U Corsair. Conclusion: The figure is spectacular with a very cool look and full and genuine details making it a must have to any 1:32 WWII Corsair out there! A simple base with the bird and pilot is always a perfect duet. Very Highly recommended. Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link
  16. PLUSMODEL Diorama Accessories Sets and a Bunker (Garden Pump; U.S.300 gallon fuel tank and German Artillery Bunker”) Available from Plusmodel for the prices indicated below on the text Plusmodel is my favourite diorama accessories manufacture in modelling world as they do allied quality with originality. If your project is a vignette or a diorama, then Plusmodel is your solutions. All the samples come with the usual packing, in small paper boxes with the parts wrap in bubbles plastic. Garden Pump Catalogue n.º 532 Prize tag: 19.70$/13.80€ In a diorama, the small details are the ones that give live to your work. This garden pump is a complete set with base, a slide, pump and two watering cans. The pump is well cast in a single and delicate with good detail. The watering cans are in two sizes and are semi-hollow, allowing the modeller to add the water. The slide is in a single piece, well cast and quite fine simulating the real structure. U.S. 300 gallon fuel tank Catalogue n.º 533 Price Tag: $22.40/€15.70 Now a set for modern subject, not really small but with not many parts, only 18 resin and a small decal sheet. All the parts are cast in light gray resin and no warps or casting imperfections. The decal sheet, as all others, looks like Plusmodel own production, with very good registration, color pigmentation and very thin carrier film. The fuel tank is support in two cement beans, giving the modellers a good details on the fuel tank structure. The fuel tank itself has lots of upper details with all gauges and valves, 8 to be precise. The instructions are a simple paper sheet with an assembly diagram, decal placement directions. Nothing to report on this one, as they are clear to follow in the construction and decal guidance. No color guide is given as it's up to anyone imagination, as practically it's up to your imagination and probably your imagination will not match the reality. German Artillery Bunker Catalog n.º 493 Price tag: $39.10/27.40€ This bunker has no resin, only plaster parts, but its big and imposing presence with 12 parts. The plaster parts are very well conceived and its quite easy to get it all together in no time. The parts don’t need any cleaning being ready to assemble and paint. The plaster texture is perfect to simulate concrete so do not soft the surface. Its rough tans its perfect like that. No decals sheet, and to be honest, none is necessary. The instructions are quite easy to follow and I believe that even with no instructions, this bunker is a shake´nd´bake. Conclusion I`m afraid that I becoming repetitive about Plusmodel quality but is their fault. These sets just have everything for your diorama: quality, easy to construct, originality and good prices. What do you want more? If these sets are what you need to enhance your diorama just do it and treat yourself and your work and project. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND Our truly thanks to Plusmodel for these review samples.
  17. 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
  18. Plusmodel (aeroline) 1:48 wheel extinguisher Plusmodel Aero Line Series #AL4074 Introduction On every airfield, this important accessory is present on several forms. On this case, it’s a 150lb (+/- 60 Kg), extinguisher, mounted on a wheel cart. For what I was able to investigate, this accessory represents a Ansul A-150 series standard steel wheel extinguisher. As an American brand, it’s correct to assume that’s a accessory presented on Americans / allied airfields. So what’s on the box Plusmodel present us with a 1:48 scale composed of 19 resin parts, a small decal sheet and a length of cooper wire, to simulate the rubber hose. The instruction drawing is on the back of the front image and it’s a simple diagram. The resin parts are well moulded and present a fair amount of detail. The steel tanks present a very interesting detail on the form of the weld seams. Just for academic curiosity : the front tank is for the dry agent powder and the rear cylinder contains nitrogen. The extinguisher wheel chassis is composed by the below parts, and besides parts 6, that will require some care to remove them from the mould block, the removal and clean up will be strait forward. The remaining parts compose the steel cases gauges, the hose nozzle and tank plunger. Each steel wheel is compose by two parts (inner and outer ring), glued together. The resin flash is easily removed using a hobby knife, but cleaning all the reminiscent flash could take some time, due to the wheel spokes. Upon assembly, a gap may be showed on the external area when the two wheels are joined. In this scenario, some putty might be necessary to properly eliminate the gap, or, a plasticard length could be glued to simulate a kind of rubber or steel layer, protecting the outside of the wheel. The decal sheet composed two warning and instruction stickers. The length of lead wire is used to simulate the hose. Conclusion This item, despite its simplicity, some care must be taken on the parts removal from the casting blocks. Also, the wheel assembly may require some attention, but on the end, and after a proper red paint coat, it will look a very unique accessory to add on a 1:48 diorama. Recommended! Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link Ricardo Veríssimo
  19. Plusmodel Aero Line Series 1:48 WWI Albatros Pilot #AL4077 Introduction Plusmodel offers aeroplanes modellers fans, a quick and easy way to complement a simple vignette with a 1:48 scale WWI Albatros Pilot. When I sat on my workbench and opened the box containing this item, my first thought was: “Nice! No need to glue parts!” If I could label this release from plusmodel I would retain: efficient and straight forward. What’s on the box? The clear plastic box, shows what you get, one resin piece containing a 1:48 representation of a WWI Pilot officer from a Albatros (family) German airplane in a relax pose, retaining one hand on the leather flight jacket and another one holding the jacket from the lining. The pose could be interpreted as if the pilot was posing in front of his airplane, for a picture perhaps? There’s a mould residue located on the leg area but easily removed with a hobby knife. The line could be completely eliminated with some light and careful water sand paper. Despite if my interpretation is correct watching the figure, with a proper painting process it will look just adequate as a component for a small base for Eduard / Revell Albatros D.V for example? No painting guide is supplied; 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 favorite search engine. Conclusion This is a nice and easy addition to any 1:48 WWI albatros out there! A simple base with the bird and pilot is always a perfect duet. Balance is created! Highly recommended! Ricardo Veríssimo
  20. Plusmodel (aeroline) 1:48 Portable Toolbox Plusmodel Aero Line Series #AL4075 Introduction Nearly on every air plane on maintenance this item is necessary for a proper access to any tool needed to repair an air bird. The toolbox model appears to resemble to a modern item and not, for example, a WWII item. So what’s on the box This release from plusmodel supplied us with 10 resin parts, a length of cooper wire and a small decal sheet with stencils. The instruction drawing is on the back of the front image and it’s a simple diagram. The box is supplied as one unique piece, attach to the moulding bloc at one of its corners, minimizing the risk of damage when removing and cleaning of the mould block. The connection is located on the lower part of the box, thus, not visible on the completed model. The front and rear wheels are represented by two identical sets, composed each by: Two wheels, front and rear wheel mount. These parts, especially the wheels mounts are particular fragile and extra care must be taken to remove them from the resin block. The junction of the wheel and the mount is made by the use of a small length of cooper wire (supplied on the set). The last item of this set is the coupler. The part is very fragile so I repeat the advice give on the wheels. Take extra care on the part detachment to the resin mould block. The decal sheet is small, but well printed. Conclusion This item, despite its simplicity, some care must be take on the parts removal from the casting blocks. Despite that, it’s a strait forward build and with a proper paint and weathering it will bring attention to any model air plane diorama in 1:48 scale. Recommended! Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link Ricardo Veríssimo
  21. Plusmodel 1:35 Fluid tank 1000l Catalogue #495 The daily objects are always something to differentiate on our model miniature world. This set is one of those examples. I came across these objects on daily basis. They are modular build; allow storing a considerable amount of liquids (chemical, fuel or plain simple water) Mounted on the back of a pickup truck, allow to irrigate the most far away potato field. This release from Plusmodel is composed by two of this deposits. Upon opening the card box this is what we'll get: 24 resin parts separated on two bags. The most fragile parts are bubble bag protected. The deposits are conditioned on a separate bag. One photo etch fret containing the metal protection that surrounds the tank. Details… always the details On a closer look, the tanks are one single resin piece. On the top the filling cap is moulded closed with a nice and smooth detail. Some care is needed to remove the considerable resin block located on the bottom, despite this area is not visible on the finished model. As this tanks are gravity feed, there a hole for the tap, that allow on the real object to drain the liquid inside The remaining resin parts make the deposit base (usually a black plastic mould). Despite presented with resin flash and some mould blocks; these are easily removed and clean. A small and holding an interesting detail is the taps, which are complemented with a photoetch handle. And about the photo etch? Well.. Actually In my opinion, this is the sub set that really brings my concern regarding the approach to use in order to blend it to the resin tank. The instructions state the proper order to bend it around the resin tank. Beginning from the central folds, working towards the front. There are some vertical grooves on the resin deposit that are aligned with the photo etch rectangular pattern. With some tape is possible to fix the photo etch to the resin part and mark where to bend in order to shape the photo etch. The bond can be accomplished with cyano glue, but some will prefer to weld it. in either cases, clean the photo etch with a light abrasive sand paper. Instructions – the guide for a happy ending An A5 size paper is supplied as instruction guide. Simple and suffice. Conclusion This set is a original piece as an accessory to a modern diorama, simple and with a nice detail. The challenge to simulate a half fill tank can create a interesting focus point on a diorama, as on the real ones, and for example, if fill with water, create a discoloration on the area filled with the liquid. The assembly is not difficult, but some care and modelling engineer Is needed to add the photoetch part of the model. Highly recommended! Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link Ricardo Veríssimo
  22. Plusmodel Aero Line Series 1:72 Wheels forP2V Neptune #AL7018 Introduction On our beloved hobby, on what airplane modelling concern, there are some parts, areas, location sometimes neglected as they are away from focus. The wheels are one of those parts. They are, obvious, a important part of the real thing, as, they are on the model. If you are having our model standing on the ground, you can show it crashed, or on maintenance jacks or on their landing gear. On the base, there they are… the wheels. They can be, new, beat up, oily and greasy, covered on mud, dust or just slicks. I’m going to focus on the set, not comparing them to the correspondent parts on the model, as I don’t own a 1:72 P2V Neptune bird, despite my countries’ air force, operated the type. Nevertheless I did some research and I came up with the following: apparently the only game in town is Hasegawa’s one, which backdates to 1973 moulds. what’s on the box The clear plastic box shows what you get: three resin wheels ( 1 front wheel and two rear wheels). On the back paper, photographs of the set already paint and weathered, to serve as inspiration. As many contemporary American air planes, the wheel hub’s painted white (to facilitate any oil leaks. The tyre painted on the eternal black, or tyre black, or dark grey, whatever suites the modeller’s personal interpretation. Front wheel This is the smaller wheel to fit on the front landing gear. The detail is adequate to the scale. The tire pattern consists of 5 parallel tread lines with no weight effect (on my research and normally on fair amount of parked air planes), the area in contact with the ground show a certain deformation or weighted effect caused by the airplanes weight applied on the wheels. This effect can be lightly reproduced by gentle sanding of the wheel area that touches the ground. Rear wheels These two wheels, as the front one, are not weighted, and do show a excellent detail on the wheel hub and tire pattern. The removal of the casting blocks can be done with no effort, using a small saw, and the main attachment point is located on the raised area of the tyre pattern. After the part separation, all that’s need is to use a sand pad and remove the remaining material. Conclusion This set is a strait forward update to the model’s parts. Using as compare guide, the Hasegawa model, this are supplied by two half that glue to form the tire. This can cause a seam hard to eliminate as could also destroy the tread pattern surrounding. The tire tread could be properly weathered after the paint process to show all detail. In the end and on the finished model, they will overstep! On point to note is that, on the all the pictures that I consulted, the tires present the “weight” effect on the tire area in contact with the ground. This is a must set to “spice” up any version of the 1:72 P2V Neptune Recommended! Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link Ricardo Veríssimo
  23. Plusmodel Aero Line Series 1:48 P-51 Pilot #AL4072 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). When I sat on my workbench and opened the box containing this item, my first thought was: “Nice! No need to glue parts!” If I could label this release I would retain: efficient and straight forward. What’s on the box? The clear plastic box, shows what you get, one resin piece containing a 1:48 representation of a WW2 P-51 jockey in a relax pose, retaining one hand on the hip and another one above the parachute bag in a pose that I could describe as looking for his plane after another working’s day! 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 mould line is detected along the length of the legs, most probably due to the cast process, but nothing that a modelling knife and low abrasive sand paper won’t fix. As by the pictures, the detail is adequate and good quality brush and steady hands can create a very appellative complement to a P-51 in 1:48 scale Conclusion This is a nice and easy addition to any 1:48 WWII P-51 Mustang out there! A simple base with the bird and pilot is always a perfect duet. Like ying and yang ! Highly recommended! Our thanks to Plusmodel for the review samples and all the support given. To purchase this directly, click THIS link Ricardo Veríssimo
  24. PLUSMODEL 1:35 Jetty and others Diorama Accessories Available from Plusmodel Plusmodel is a nonstop helper to all modelers, specially diorama builders. We are going to look today at the jerry, some beers and suitcases. Jetty (Catalogue n.º 500) Price Tag: 25 €/35.60$ (Laser carved wooden parts and 4 resin parts) This jetty can be use in any scenery so its most welcome to all modellers. Plusmodel also give some resin stuff to adorned the jetty as the life buoy and some quite of shock absorbers Its came in a small but quite sturdy box fill with wood and some resin bits. The jetty itself is made all in wood. For the jetty structure you got some pre-cut hard wood parts. These parts are in a more thick wood. The walkways are in laser cut balsa superfine wood. So in reality, is like the real thing – wood. For the first time, there was no thick back paper to protect properly these fragile parts. Nothing that we can fix it quite easily All parts fit very easily in each other and easily glued with superglue. You actually need to follow the instructions and put a duct tape under. If you don’t do it you will probably end destroying the walkways. The resin parts are quite well cast with some cleaning to do but nothing much. It’s a quite straightforward construction that will not give any problem to the modeler. No colour instructions are given for the resin bits. 1:35 Suitcases (Catalogue n.º EL061) Price Tag: 3.30 €/4.60$ (4 resin parts) This set is from Easyline brand from Plusmodel so that means that is a quite simple set with the resin almost being ready to use (almost no cleaning and just need to remove the casting block). This set you got 4 resin pieces for 4 suitcases with a small sheet to simulate some stickers from Ritz and others. 1:35 Beery and lemonade crates (Catalogue n.º 422) Price Tag: 12.10€/17.30$ (60 clear resin parts, laser carved wooden parts and decals) This small set its in fact small but not in the number of the resin parts. 60 clear resin parts given the modeler 60 glaas bottles in 1:35. All are very well cast and a good clear resin. A decal sheet with label of orange juice and other that I could figure out (but for sure lemonade) just complete the bottles. To put all those bottles in order, two laser cut wood are given to make some fantastic look crates in wood, real wood in engraved markings. Great stuff. CONCLUSION: Another must have items from Plusmodel for any modeler who wants to enhance their work. The jetty can be used almost in every scenery, WWI, WWII, and modern one as the suitcases. VERY Highly recommended. With my sincere thanks to Plusmodel for this review sample. To purchase directly, click this link. Francisco Guedes
  25. ELECTRIC CART C4-32 “Mule” Plusmodel Catalogue n.º 470 Available at Plusmodel.cz at €16.20 And here we are again check some little gem from Plusmodel, one of my favourite resin company. Super quality with super originality. Now, this little fellow. While Plusmodel just call it Electric Cart, C4-32 is actually a Taylor Dunn. So checking Taylor Dunn website, here`s their history: Davis Taylor could scarcely have known where his engineering degree would take him, but his technical background and independent spirit led him to start a company that would later become a world class supplier of industrial vehicles. Mr. Taylor initially built a small electric-powered cart for personal use in his poultry supply business. After receiving inquiries from other ranchers about the little cart, he decided to build a few of the carts for friends and neighbors. He built a 30' x 60' sheet metal facility on the orange grove adjacent to his home on Ball Road, in Anaheim, California. The year was 1949, and the business was named the “Taylor Shop.” Fred Dunn joined the business in 1951, and several years later the company changed its name to Taylor-Dunn Manufacturing Company. Before long, the company began making and selling vehicles to hundreds of ranchers and nurseries from San Diego to Simi Valley. Today, over 60 years later, Taylor-Dunn produces a broad line of electric and gas powered personnel, burden, and tow vehicles which are used in industry and commerce across the United States and throughout the world. From the day we shipped our first vehicle in 1949, we have pursued a singular goal: to build tough, rugged, dependable vehicles to move personnel, equipment, and materials. It's that simple. For over sixty years, our standard and custom vehicles - burden carriers, personnel carriers, stockchasers, electric carts, tow tractors & more - have been the leading solution for customers in a broad range of industrial, commercial, and ground-support markets. Our guiding principle is to provide application-specific solutions, which are reliable, efficient, and economical. The model comes in the usual Plusmodel box with the box art being the kit itself. All the parts comes in bubble wrap to protect them all and it’s a quite effective method as until now I did not have any damage in the parts. Cracking the box, the light gray resin was no distortion or bubbles. Plusmodel casting is top noch and the quality department also does some great work as all the review samples I have got in the past years, not a single piece came in the box with bubbles or some distortion. This little gem is made with 28 resin parts, 8 PE parts (in a very small PE sheet) and a small decal sheet with two versions options. The all vehicle structure comes in one single piece with some great rendering details of the metal surface of the vehicle. The front and the bumper are in separate parts and both have great detail. And if you are thinking in turning this fellow upside down Plusmodel do not let you down with all the under details being reproduced. So you got the rear wheel axle present alongside with a full details from steering wheel system. It’s a very small vehicle and so all the other parts are quite small and delicate. The drivers place is very well detailed with the seat, steering wheel, pedals and several handles. Quite amazing in such a small model. The tires have some great engraved details. The wheel chain are very well reproduce in PE and its quite good in detail. Speaking of PE is a great set with small attachment points. The decals sheet brings us two versions: military version (in yellow) and civilian version in orange. The instruction sheet are quite easy to follow as also the subject is quite simple but with great details. Conclusion: Well another little gem from Plusmodel at a very reasonable price tag. The casting of the light gray resin is high quality and the details on the parts are top noch. Its everything in the box to make a truly fantastic model. Its has tons of potential and diorama possibilities... It maybe will look great alonside my 1:32 Hornet. VERY Highly recommended. With my sincere thanks to Plusmodel for this review sample. To purchase directly, click this link. Francisco Guedes
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