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  1. Up next is a German panzer 4 ausf H. I'm pretty sure this is the H variant although it's labeled as G on the box This model is from the maker ZVEZDA I haven't made any models from this company before but they looked pretty good and had decent reviews so I thought I'd give one a go. Pictures of the box. Whitch is more of a cover as all the model is in a plain cardboard box inside this Pictures of the parts and frames.
  2. As much as I can, I always try to link my models to a specific event or human being. In early nineties, during a business trip, I visited a customer in Vicenza (Italy) and when I met the owner, I saw on the wall behind him a number of photos and post referring to 4 Stormo (wing) which existed during WW2 and still exist now. I was meeting Mr. Orlando Mandolini, a seven victories ace during WW2. By that time, I made for him a model of the Fiat Cr-32 fighter he flew in the early months of WW2, see first picture. More then thirty years later, when I decided to build a Macchi C-202 I decided to try to replicate in North Africa. Here are some pictures:
  3. WW2 German Most Iconic Vehicles Vol. I Author – Several Publisher: Ak Interactive Price: 24,95€ Available in English or Spanish Introduction AK has been established as a renown brand for modelling products and high-quality publications. The book is in a A4 format with 159 Pages, with soft cover with reinforced inner cover. The paper is satin finish, with a good touch and with excellent printing, giving a lot of quality to the colors and image. This publication is part 1 of 2 dedicated to models used by units of Waffen-SS, covering 12 1:35 builds from 8 modellers, ranging from medium tanks, to halftracks, self-propelled, antitank armoured and transport vehicles. A historical introduction, model presentation Historical units’ description is made by Carlos de Diego Vaquerizo. As for the content goes, and consulting the index, we have the followings: 1. Sd.Kfz 234/3 by Roger Hurkmans The first article presented is a compact one, with succinct description regarding the figure’s conversion and painting, the building, vehicle and base. 2. Panhard P204(f) by Abilio Piñeiro Grajera This article depicts a French Panhard in German use. The focus is on the vehicle paint and weathering process, concluding with a overall description on the building and base elements. 3. Sd.Kfz. 124 Wespe by Rick Lawler Using the well know Tamiya 1:35 rendition of this SPG, the article describes in a graphic step by step, the assembly, painting and weathering of the vehicle and correspondent base. 4. Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. M by Łukasz Orczyc-Musiałek This build focus on the build, detail, paint and weathering Dragon’s 1:35, using several aftermarket sets. The result is a very realistic and balanced model, using several weathering technics and materials. 5. Steyr RSO/01 by Fabio Mosca Using the old Italeri 1:35 as basis for this diorama, the author, present us with a deep and detailed article, covering several upgrades on the model, using scratch build or aftermarket parts as resource. The build is a classic example of multimedia, as several type and sources are used. The painting process is well explained in the step by step, as well as the ground build and paint sequence. 6. Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf. B by Łukasz Orczyc-Musiałek This article presents us a 1:35 resin model from Sovereign 2000 upgraded with scrathbuild items and aftermarket bits and retrieve from other models. The result is a very original diorama of a very unusual vehicle. 7. Pz.Beob.Wg. III by Jaffe Lam This article describes a complete step by step of the model and base, includes in depth pictures and description for the painting, weathering, again using several techniques and products, and on this chapter, the use of pigments and associated material to proper address the road wheels and tracks. 8. Sd.Kfz. 251/9 Ausf. D by Łukasz Orczyc-Musiałek This article presents a vignette using as a base the Tamiya Model, being the centre piece, the focus is the model assembly, painting and weathering. 9. VW Type 166 Schwimmwagen by Marcin Skrzypek This is for me, one of my favourite builds. Again, using the classic Tamiya’s model, the author descrives in a graphic step by step the assembly and painting of the vehicle. The figures also are included, with complete instructions of the paints used in the process. The house is a scratchbuild one, and despite no detailed photos are provided, some notes are presented as some close-up pictures of some details of it. 10.StuG. III Ausf. G by Łukasz Orczyc-Musiałek The 10th article presents us a very original Stug III Ausf. G, using 1:35 Dragon’s model. The author presents us with a in depth, step by step, of the painting and weathering process of this model, concluding with the base and terrain construction, detailing, painting and finishing. 11.Sd.Kfz. 250/1 Neu by Fabrizio Mercuri This build is quite simple and compact but presents a lot of detail and care on it. the first part of it focuses on the vehicle assembly, starting on the interior, resorting to scratch build items and aftermarket sets. The exterior is also presented with detailed photos and captions of the process. The small base construction is also presented with a compact but very complete step by step. 12.Bocage Road (Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. C) by Roberto Del Cima The last article presented is a small vignette where the primary elements are two figures, complemented by the front part of a sd.kfz 251. As so, the focus of the build are the figures, and a very comprehensive step by step of pictures and captions, are provided, describing with detail all steps of it. also provided are the colour sets used for painting. The complex camouflage presented on the uniforms catch my attention, as these are very colourful and complex to paint. Nevertheless, the description is clear, and the author “disassemble”, making it quite simple to understand. I do think that in the end, the modeller’s hand and sight make all the difference! The secondary element, the Sd.kfz 251 is also described as a step-by-step photo guide, with captions, not as depth as the figures, but also clear. The last element to be presented is the base, with also deserving a step-by-step process. Conclusion This is a long review, but the book deserves it and I really hope that the pictures will help to understand why. Nowadays we are blessed with a boost of information from several sources but sometimes, we are at our workbench and there is nothing better that read a book, consult it, inspiring us to build, create and evolve. This book is a must, as it covers several aspects of the theme, aggregates several technics and present it in a very attractive reading and visual guide. Highly recommend! My thanks to Fernando Vallejo and Ak-interactive for the review sample.
  4. Latest project is a American Heavy tank T30/34 I will be building the T34 version and i will be using the plan camouflage scheme. I will also be trying weathering powder to put on the lower hull, tracks and on some other areas. i will also be putting weathering on parts like exhausts and gun muzzle.
  5. This is my 1st post with LSM. This project was a commissioned build for a customer in CA, USA. I had built a 1/32 Trumpeter AVG P-40, and a 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1A. So he needed to have the nemesis to these 2 birds so hence came the Zero project. It was built OOB except for the add-on decal sheet by BERNA decals. I have included many of the build photos in this post so you can get an idea of the progression in this build with several of the techniques used. He enjoys WW2 aircraft that are heavily worn and beat up so this build was not exception to that desire. We had a difficult time finding a picture of a Zero in this color scheme (Early IJN Grey/Green) that showed the wear of the green versions, mostly b/c black and white photos do not show the wear as well, and many of these early Zeros were destroyed before they got to this point, or just repainted. We did find a few and I stayed close to the appearance and patterns of wear illustrated in the photographs. Note: The reddish/brown marks are not rust. It is the reddish/brown primer showing through prior to the raw aluminium appearing. Regarding the decals. I was not completely satisfied with the BERNA decals for several reasons. 1. The tail decals required precision cutting to span across the break between the rudder and vertical stab. These decals did not have those cuts and it added a high level of frustration and required patience to try and get this right. I messed up a few times with the cuts. To my surprise the Tamiya decal sheet had the exact same blue stripe for the tail matching the color perfectly with the cuts already made. So I used the Tamiya decal for this purpose. 2. The BERNA decals just would not settle into the fine surface detail anywhere on this kit. I think they were a bit on the thick side. I used multiple solutions to include setting solution and solvents. I tried using a hair dryer on these stubborn decals but they still did not settle well. Also they did not adhere well in general some of them falling off after they dried. After this experience with the BERNA decals I decided to use the Tamiya decals for the remainder of the kit except on the tail, which I had no choice but to use the BERNA set. Regarding the kit in general: 1. Well its a 1/32 Tamiya so I did expect perfection and for the most part I got what I expected. The surface detail is out of this wold and makes this whole kit. You will be able to really notice this high level of detail in the included pictures especially after the various washes were applied to highlight this detail. 2. The kit fit perfectly for 85% of the build. In this area I expected 100% perfection but Tamiya blew it in a few areas. Most of these imperfections were a result of trying to incorporate complicated moving parts using PE as a hinge mechanism. The hinges were steel and strong but to side for many of the applications on the control surfaces and the hinge support for the folded wing options. This made sandwiching these PE parts between part halves very difficult. I ended up omitting this on the elevator surfaces so I did not get any movement. The other surfaces retained their ability to move. The flaps move but just hang down due to gravity. Keep in mind this kit did not require any filler and very little sanding. The tolerance level on this kit, like all the newer 1/32 Tamiya kits are very tight. You must be perfect with assembly or the tight tolerances will bite you in the following steps. Follow the directions perfectly. 3. The retracting landing gear is a gimmick and not worth the effort, and even if you put in the effort it may not work, and/or shortly break when playing with it. The landing gear doors assemblies are the most frustrating part in this build and just do not work well and really hinder the overall build experience. If you have built other 1/32 Tamiya aircraft which followed this kit you will notice that they eliminated most of these sort of features, and the overall assembly experience with those latter kits are much better. I do give Tamiya credit for trying, but they just did not get it right. It is very over-engineered IMHO. 4. Overall, despite a few glitches, it is still a Tamiya kit and well worth the asking price, especially if you get a good deal. I paid under $70 for this kit but needed to wait 2-weeks for delivery from the Asian market. It is a very good value at this price especially considering you do not need any after-market parts to have a highly detailed museum quality model. Highlights are: as already mentioned, the fine, highly detailed surface features; the detailed engine and fit of these parts; the removable engine cowling and its overall fit; the separate control surfaces with/without movement; the highly detailed and complete cockpit detail; crystal clear and perfectly fitting canopy and windscreen; excellent documentation, picture guides, and detailed exact assembly instructions (must follow this closely). I hope you enjoy the summary provided above and the included pictures. Please feel free to comment and express your ideas regarding this build.
  6. Mirror Models 1/35 Diamond T 968A Cargo Truck What a surprise when the postman delivered this yesterday... this is the brand new kit from Mirror Models of the Diamond T 968A Cargo truck with Hard Top Cab. Obviously, most of the kit is based on the Wrecker, which I am also building here on LSM, but don't fear. I don't intend to show only the differences between the two kits, but also cover the whole build in detail. I will discuss the little changes I have made to the kit learned from the Wrecker build and show how I've done these changes. There aren't many required, but you may be interested to see them? If you follow the instructions, the first stage in the assembly is to build the wheels. There are a couple of changes made here, 1. I haven't added the Brake drums to the wheels at this stage, preferring to add them to each axle as I go and 2. As with the wrecker, shim is required between the wheel rim halves if you're fussy like me. here's how I went about doing this..... Basically, when the wheel halves are put together there is a small gap at the join of the two wheel rim halves when the tyre join is good. The flat side of the tyre could be sanded, but I have chosen to shim the gap using 0.010" card, (Actually I have used two pieces of 0.005" card as I ran out of 0.010" sheet). I first cut the sheet into 12 off 18mm squares then glued them to the wheel halves with no hub. Once the glue has dried, I had to use superglue BTW, I roughly cut out the centre of the card. Then the two halves are glued together and clamped for a few hours to dry. I should mention that the best glue to use on this kit is Tamiya Extra thin Cement. Some other popular glues don't touch this plastic?? Here are three wheels ready for finishing. Then the excess sheet is sanded down to give a straight and cylindrical seamless join just like the real thing. So, just the twelve wheels to do, then it's time to move onto the engine, or chassis, or axles.....?????
  7. 1/35 M19 Tank Transporter (Diamond T 980/981) Merit International LLC Catalogue Number 63501 Available from All good Hobby Shops. Retail £89.99 Imported into the UK by Pocketbond Ltd Yes, I've gone all Diamond t crazy of late!! Truth is, I am a fan of all WW2 military equipment, being the proud owner of a '44 GPW and having a friend with a Diamond T 980. When I heard this kit was being released, I held back, waiting to hear reviews as I feared this kit would be a little "Toy Like" due to the Merit box labelling. How very wrong I was..... This kit has made it quite obvious to me that Merit are very closely linked with Trumpeter and HobbyBoss. I would love to know why this kit wasn't released under the HobbyBoss label?? Its up there with the quality of the brilliant M1070+M1000 kit in my opinion. The box is well packaged with two separate areas for the Sprues, split by a smaller box containing the PE frets, tyres, clear parts, Cab and Trailer bed. There are 581 crisply moulded tan plastic parts, 17 Clear parts, 27 PE parts, 37 Vinyl tyres, a length of thread and a comprehensive instruction booklet. There are two options on the kit decal sheet, but neither are backed up by actual unit locations or dates?? This is one side of the A3 full colour glossy print, showing the British option. If you want to build an accurate model, you will need to research your desired period/unit. Apparently the British didn't use the fairlead in the front bumper, so you'll need to fill the hole if you want to build an accurate British T980 model. So, lets have a good look at we get for our money in this well packaged kit... First up we get a separately packaged one piece cab.. And a separately packaged one piece trailer deck.. Sprue A covers the chassis assembly and fuel tanks. As you can see the chassis is a multi part affair, which will need to be flat and square throughout its assembly. This guarantees far superior detail compared to the one piece chassis mouldings out there. Each tank is vertically split onto two halves, but the upper seam will be covered by some beautifully rendered PE chequer plate. Some of the rivet/bolt detail on the chassis rail You get two of Sprue B, partly protected with the white foam, just like Trumpeter and Hobby Boss. believe it or not, those triangular parts at about one o'clock are the fan belts!! Here's some inner wheel detail for the rear wheels, very crisp indeed... The Leaf springs are moulded in two halves, yes you'll have a seam to clean up, but you get no sinking in the faces. Nice!! Sprue C covers the front body panels and some chassis crossmembers, all crisply moulded again and oozing with detail. It will be a real shame to cover the chassis up!! Here we can see the engine cover vents are moulded open so no special work will be required here.... Chequer plate panels on top of the wings.. Pretty crisp, but I have seen better ;-) Moving on to Sprue D, we have the rear "box" parts. These used to be filled with massive rocks to get some weight on the rear axles for traction when dragging tanks out of a ditch etc.. Sprue E covers all the little odds and ends found throughout the truck, along with the front axle and some brake parts. The engine Fan is crisply rendered.. The top of the gearbox is moulded with exquisite detail.. Sprue F covers the engines major components, a chassis brace and gearbox components. The Hercules engine block looks lovely!! The word Hercules has cleverly been mis moulded on the exhaust manifold... a simple scrape with a scalpel and the addition of a couple of bits of stretched sprue will have it spelt correctly in no time...copyright eh!!! And so, with Sprue g we move on to the trailer parts. obviously this is the massive one piece frame which is going to be fitted to the one piece bed shown earlier. The rest of the sprue is for the upper strengthening frame over the front bogie. Just look at this lovely moulding for the front bogies, see step 21 of the instructions. Sprue H has all the parts for the a frame towing bracketry and the fully detailed manual braking system You get for off of this sprue, J, in the box. just look at all those lovely wheel rims and hubs!! The wheel hub detail is amazing!! There are 2 of these Sprues in the box. Sprue K contains the parts to make the rear ramps and rear trailer suspension components. Once again, as with the front suspension units, the rear units are beautifully moulded. Sprue L has all the parts required to build the cab interior, floor and bulkhead. It looks like Merit will be releasing a soft top version at some point? The dashboard is a nice piece of moulding, and has a decal should you wish to use it? Door interior detail is provided, with no ejector pin marks, which is nice!! the clear sprue is small, but VERY clear. Clear parts just get better and better these days, some of the best I've ever seen are in this kit!! As previously mentioned in this review, you get two sheets of PE in the kit, even though 8 off parts from fret B are not required for this kit. You get no less than 37 tyres in the kit, if you don't like vinyl tyres, Real Model have produced a set of resin wheels and tyres for the kit for €27.00. The decal sheet is fairly comprehensive for the subject, giving US and British versions. So, all in all a lovely kit that will look great in your cabinet alongside your Dragon Wagon and Famo?? You could always add a captured Panzer IV for a little interest, there are actual shots of these things shifting Landing Craft!! Think how good that would look?? The next few images cover the instructions, with no text from myself, just lots of pretty pictures for you... ://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr307/NigelR32/Merit%20Models%20M-19/Instructions16.jpg[/img][/url] What more can I say, I haven't had the chance to check accuracy of ALL the parts yet but it looks pretty good at first glance. It certainly looks like it will build into a beautiful model. I look forward to the aftermarket companies coming up with the dome shape canvas roof, characteristic of this vehicle.. Thanks to my pocket for buying this kit, and thanks to merit International for producing it. I got this one from Antics Online for a bargain price...
  8. 1/32 500lb Bomb 4 set Mk1 Design, (KA Models) Catalogue Number MA-32005 Available from Hobby Link Japan USD $24.46 If you're planning on building a Diorama with your favourite Aircraft being loaded with 500lb Bombs, this set is a must. From the thin PE fins to the solid turned metal bomb bodies, they are superb. Here is what you get in the set once unpacked. It's a comprehensive set which will look far more accurate than any injected parts will look. The turned bodies and rear screw shaft are simply superb.. The larger PE fret, measures 87 x 42mm, covering the bomb fins, screws and lifting/mounting eyes. The second smaller fret has one set of four fins only. At the rear of the main body, the fins are mounted onto a screwed on "hub" which has been accurately captured by KA Models in resin. There is a small, but comprehensive decal sheet included in the set, covering all the stencilling you'd ever need. Finally, we have the small instruction sheet, showing assembly and decal placement, though I notice there is no mention of orientation between the lifting eyes and the stencils. All in all, a great little set for the Diorama, or to finish off that beautiful P-51or P-47 you've just built. Although they are constructed mainly from metal, they are very light so mounting on the pylons shouldn't pose too much of a problem. Thanks to Hobby Link Japan for the review sample. Highly recommended.
  9. Hello everyone, This is going to be my first build project here on LSM. I need a break from Aircraft, so thought I'd do an OOB Military build. I picked this up at a very reasonable price, so thought it wouldn't be too much of a shame to build it OOB. This is the later version of Karl, which utilised a different suspension set up from the earlier version. Both versions have the ability to raise and lower their suspension, and Trumpeter give the option of modelling either kit in the raised or lowered position. This kit is also kitted by dragon, but according to some reviews on the 'net, the Trumpeter is the better kit as far as content and detail is concerned but it is also a far more complex build, so beginners or someone who wants a "quick build" should maybe go with the Dragon kit. This is the box top. The kit number is 00209. Notice the wording on the box top, it states some kit features... 840mm long with 1251 parts!! Upon removal of the box top you will find Trumpeters normal great packaging, with many boxed parts and bubblewrap or foam protecting fragile areas of the sprues. The total number of sprues is a massive 30, plus upper and lower hull, tracks and no less than 8 rail sections. Just look at all that plastic!! Will I start this today...maybe???
  10. Yup... here we go! The reason Radu stalled his IAR... http://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=14223 Keen to see this one up close. I'm sure Radu's resin version would have been the bomb...
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