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New 1/72 Canberra
Belkits’ 1/24 Ford
B.2 from S&M Models Escort RS1600
Apr 2018
Issue 89


We build Airfix’s new 1/48 Ju 87R-2/B-2
FOR 2018


from ICM Revell’s 1/35 M48A2GA2 MBT





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December 2017. or re-worked, we’ll take the baffling why it took so long!
This is the fifth year in which aftermarket route to enthuse more This month’s edition offers
we’ve grown our sales, and I experienced modellers. Meanwhile, new tooling in the shape of S&M
must say a very big thank you our reporting and building of other Models’ 1/72 Canberra B.2, along
to assistant editor Stu Fone, brands will forge ahead across with a cutaway drawing and photos
designer Tom Bagley and the all genres, and there is plenty to of the real aircraft. Inspiration
entire contributor team; most of savour in the coming months. aplenty for modelling one of the
all, though, I should offer heartfelt One of the most exciting RAF’s best (and longest serving)
thanks to you the readers. developments in the past year jets. I hope this whets your
There is no ‘magic bullet’ in or so is that of tank kits with full appetite for a build or two of said
terms of AMW’s success, but interiors, and this trend is set to kit, but for those who favour larger
our watchword has always continue, with well-appointed 1/35 scales, ICM’s MiG-25RBT and the
been ‘quality’ in terms of our Panthers from the likes of Takom Airfix Ju 87R-2/B-2 should be just

ithout wishing to sound editorial, the models and how and Rye Field (Ausf.A and Ausf.G the ticket.
like a broken record, it’s they are photographed, history respectively), MiniArt’s same-
that time of year when features and in-box review/news scale Russian T-60 and others.
Airfix Model World coverage. It’s great fun working Previously, if one wanted detailed
receives its official copy sales with the Airfix/Hornby team, innards for a tank, the only option
certificate from the Audit Bureau and while there may not be as was boutique aftermarket items,
of Circulations… many new Airfix toolings this and almost always at wallet- Chris Clifford, Editor
and I’m thrilled to year, we still have three exclusive thumping cost. Manufacturers

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06 News
The latest happenings in the world
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12 Show Scene
At-a-glance model show calendar.

72 Free Gift!
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74 On the Shelf
Seventeen pages of reviews
highlight the latest modelling and
reference products from around
the world.

98 Archive
Our new closing item offers a
stunning reference image each
month. In this issue we visit 1960s

jets in a revealing period study.

NEW FOR 2018

24 Nuremberg
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14 Intermediate Build – MiG’s Mach 3 Marvel
ICM’s hotly awaited 1/48 MiG-25RBT Foxbat-B is assessed and detailed by
Andy Davies.

24 Out and About – Bavarian Bonanza

Assistant Editor Stu Fone travels to Nuremberg’s Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair to
discover what modelling delights are forthcoming for this year.

28 Figure Build – Adversaries in Africa

Jay Blakemore combines Mitches Military Models’ 120mm Rorke’s Drift Zulu
and 24th Foot Colour Sgt figures, to create a striking historical vignette.

34 Intermediate Build – Desert Dive Bomber

Airfix’s 1/48 Stuka has been re-issued as the R-2/B-2; Alan Price reveals the
parts changes and adds aftermarket enhancements.
50 42 Intermediate Build – Teddy’s Twin-Jet
S&M Models’ eagerly anticipated bomber canopy Canberra, the first 1/72 kit of
the type for many years, is built by Andy Davies.

50 Cutaway Artwork – Canberra B.2

Annotated drawings reveal the Canberra’s innards; splendid reference for
scratch-builders seeking extra refinement for their builds.

52 Photo Focus – ‘Cranberry’ Strikes a Pose

Key Publishing’s archive offers a varied and revealing collection of Canberra
B.2 family photos.

56 Out and About — Nature’s Marvel

Assistant Editor Stu Fone enjoys his first modelling event of the year...the
Bolton Model Show.

58 58 Intermediate Build – Mäkinen’s Milk Float

Belkits’ 1/24 Ford Escort RS1600 Mk.I is built as a 1973 RAC Rally-winning car
by Ian Grainger, in tribute to legendary driver Timo Mäkinen.

66 Basic Build – Bundeswehr Patton

In tackling Revell’s 1/35 M48A2GA2, Steve Abbey shows how to get the best
results straight from the box, with advice on repairing textured surfaces.

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Albion Alloys’ bow, with the release
of packs of aluminium sheet,

AND TROOPS perfect for scratch-builders

to replicate metal skins on
aircraft, ships and vehicles.
The first two sets each offer two
4 x 10in (100 x 250mm) sheets
of 6-thou (0.15mm) and 11-thou
(0.276mm) thickness aluminium
(SM09M and SM10M respectively).
Unlike other metal products,
aluminium holds its shape once
bent, with similar properties to
soft lead (but without the health
hazards). The applications for this
product are vast, with obvious
worth in creating battle damage,
realistic vehicle/airframe panels
and hull plating. Details on these
TOOLING NEW and old is gracing with markings for the RAF’s
and other accessories are at:
Airfix boxes in the coming weeks. 78 Squadron 75th anniversary
Aircraft fans will be pleased to (1991), and a white and red Royal
know the 1/72 BAe Hawk T.1 from Norwegian Air Force example.
2009 makes a return with new
RAF decals for a Chivenor-based,
From the vintage era, the
company’s 1/72 B-26B Marauder NEW GUSTAV FROM JAPAN
green and grey 151 Squadron (A04015A) is back with new
aircraft from 1983, and an overall decals, and in a move that will
black 208 Squadron ‘special’ delight many, Airfix’s 1/72 soft
painted in 2016 (A03085A). styrene World War Two soldiers
Another re-release, this time re-emerge, via the following
of more recent plastic, is the releases: German Infantry,
1/72 new-tool Sea King HAR.3 British 8th Army, Afrika Korps,
(A04063), which was available in US Marines, US Paratroops and
overall yellow as part of a Starter British Infantry. For further
Set. The kit now reappears details visit:

IT MAY seem odd it took this long and one can also build a tropical
for Tamiya to kit one of the world’s version courtesy of the correct air
most famous combat aircraft…but intake filter and umbrella brackets.
the wait has been worth it for this Self-adhesive canopy masks are
all-new Bf 109G-6. present too.
Some may question the need for It is worth noting that due to the
another 1/48 ‘Gustav’, with Eduard’s parts breakdown, other Bf 109
splendid offerings currently variants may be forthcoming from
available. Tamiya’s product (#61117), Tamiya, and let’s face it…why go to
though, is worth considering due the trouble and expense of such
to the firm’s famous standards of classy tooling, simply to offer one
engineering and fit…and ingenious version? Three colour schemes

CENTENARY CHALLENGE features. These include not just an

entire engine, but the provision of
represent well-known Luftwaffe
units on different fronts, and the
AIRFIX WILL host a sponsored groups, Air Cadets and other parts for open and close engine options are:
24-hour modelling marathon as organisations will endeavour to cowlings, which can be swapped to • Yellow 1 + I, 9./JG 54, February
part of nationwide celebrations build as many Airfix 1/72 Spitfires taste (via polycaps, magnets and 1944
to mark the Royal Air Force’s 100- as possible in that time. There metal washers). • White 9 + I, Emil Clade, 7./JG 27,
year anniversary. will also be model displays and a The styrene portrays early to late- Crete, December 1943
The Squadron Scramble collection point for the Modelling production airframes, with the • Yellow 1 + wavy line, 9./JG 52,
event is at the Hornby Visitor for Heroes charity. Public access standard framed hood, optional Novo-Zaporozhye, October 1943
Centre, Westwood Industrial will be from 10am to 4.30pm on radio aerials, D/F loop and head This is a welcome release from
Estate, Margate, Kent, CT9 4JX March 31. Further information is armour. Rustsatze R6 underwing Tamiya and look out for a build
and will run from 10.15am on available from: visitorcentre@ gun pods and a centreline fuel tank article in AMW soon. For images of
Saturday, March 31 to 10.15am on or (with alternative lower halves) are the parts runners and decals, visit:
Sunday, April 1. Local modelling uk-en/hornby-visitor-centre provided, as is a full nose gun bay,

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DRAGON’S LATEST 1/35 Tiger I carried on Das Reich Division service, from during Kharkov
kit is one with a difference, as it Tigers. DS-Styrene tracks are (without the nickname), through
reproduces a famous German included, along with a photo- two turret number changes, to
tank involved in the battles of etched brass fret for the engine its final incarnation at Kursk.
Kharkov and Khursk in 1943. grilles. Markings are supplied More details are at:
Assigned to 8./SS Pz.Rgt.2 for the tank at four points in its
and eventually wearing turret
number S34, this vehicle also
gained a nickname, ‘TiKi’...
perhaps the name of a crew
member’s girlfriend or wife, or
a contraction
of ‘Tiger Kind’
(Tiger Child).
Dragon’s release
(6885) tweaks
its Tiger I Early
runners with a
new turret bin,
starter handle, gun
mantlet and other fittings as


two or more figures, and light light-up machine gun. The
and sound effects. While the larger 1/100 UNSC Pelican
latter will undoubtedly attract (1767) has 43 components,
youngsters, the moulded and features a lit cockpit and
detail is of sufficient quality to thrusters, associated sounds,
give adult modellers sufficient rotating wings, an opening
scope for embellishment, rear hatch and a reasonably
especially to replicate well-detailed interior. More
these machines’ war-weary details are at: www/revell.
appearance from the game. de/en
HALO COMPUTER game fans The 1/32 United Nations
will need no introduction to Space Command (UNSC)
the iconic United Nations Warthog (1766) comprises
Space Command (UNSC) 53 styrene parts (including
Warthog and USNC Pelican, three multi-pose figures) and
which Revell has released as a small sheet of stickers. It
snap-together kits. offers a working suspension,
Each comprises a combination wheels, rotatable gun turret
of coloured and pre-painted and a series of in-game
styrene components, with sounds to accompany the


ICM’s basic 1/35 King Tiger was a a new three-piece gun barrel
great value mid-range offering; now (with solid centre section to avoid
it’s even more so with the addition a seam). Commander, gunner,
of a comprehensive interior. loader and driver positions are MODELLING IS a cyclical hobby, This is a superbly detailed and
Its Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.B King Tiger well appointed, although the with fads coming and going, and well-designed kit, which can
Late Production (35364) might radio operator’s section is, sadly, surface-to-air missiles are back be configured in deployed or
not have ‘full’ innards as described empty. All parts are well moulded, in vogue…with AFV Club being transport configuration; AFV
on the box, but it’s not far from with crisp features and excellent the latest company to join the Club has taken great pains to
it, offering seven new runners to weld seams. Considering its price throng with its MIM-23 Hawk. ensure accuracy, notably on the
complement the existing three, there’s much to enjoy here, and This 1/35 offering (AF35283) missile and trailer stencils. There
plus four more for the individual- with one or two hatches closed, provides sufficient parts on are four schemes, each in a
link tracks (replacing the original the lack of radio operator’s station its eight styrene runners for different overall colour, depicting
one-piece vinyl items). This means won’t be visible. Four schemes are a single towed triple-launcher US Marine Corps, US Army,
there’s a busy engine compartment, included, for s.Pz.Abt 501 and 503 unit, including a small photo- South Korean or Israeli Air Force
main gun breech mechanism, machines, with another from the etched brass fret, two vinyl tyres launchers. Further information is
full 68-round 8.8cm ammunition s.Pz.Abt Feldherrnhalle. For more and a length of flexible tube. at:
load, gearbox, transmission and information, visit:

cars and trucks, and while most
attention is paid to the former,
the content is equally applicable
to the latter. All aspects are
covered in depth; materials,
preparation, construction (and
repairs), painting and finishing,
while showcasing AK’s varied
product range.
Separately, the Black Interiors
and Cream White Paint Set
(AK9010) comprises six 17ml
bottles of AK’s acrylic paint;
AK092 Cremeweiss, AK723 Dust,
AK778 Fresh Timber, AK164 EDUARD DELIGHTED many with the
Light Base, AK704 Middle Grey announcement of its new 1/48 and
and AK735 Flat Black. Finally, 1/32 Löök series of accessories.
there is Two Component Ultra Recreating accurate replicas of
Gloss Varnish (AK9040), which instrument panels, with their many
appears similar in application dials, placards and stencils can be
to Zero Paints’ 2-pack system. challenging, but these new resin and
Thinner and Component 1 are PE products remove most of the
supplied in 60ml glass bottles, difficulty. Löök’s main elements are
with Component 2 in a 20ml the perfectly cast, pre-painted and
container and two 5ml syringes, glazed instrument panels, designed
to be used when combining the as drop-in replacements for kit parts;
liquids. Clear instructions are the items for Revell’s 1/32 P-51D
WELL KNOWN for its paint busy cars and civil vehicle range. supplied, along with guidelines for Mustang are shown here. As a bonus,
sets for military subjects, AK The first is a lavishly illustrated setting times. More information there are pre-painted seatbelts, to
Interactive has released the first volume on building, painting on these and other items is at add that finishing touch to a cockpit.
items in what promises to be a and weathering techniques for Check for updates,
and reviews in AMW.

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CULT STYLING and there are metal springs,
poly-caps and super-low-profile
rubber tyres. As part of the
re-styling, LW enlarged the
wheel arches and Aoshima
provides templates (and new
arches), so modellers can do
the same. There’s all the high-
fidelity detail one expects
from Aoshima, in areas such
as the new dashboard/facia
and suspension, and masks for
the glazing are supplied. For
further details, visit:
SUPERCAR tuner/styler
Liberty Walk is renowned for
its custom transformations of
thoroughbred sport autos.
Thankfully for car modellers,
the firm has supported Japan's
Aoshima to bring us this
Liberty Walk Nissan R35 GT-R.
The 1/24 kit is based on the
firm’s standard GT-R, and offers
14 styrene runners in black,
white, chrome and clear red,


SHIP MODELLERS are in for fittings. The PE elevates it to a the painting guide includes
a treat with Flyhawk’s jaw- masterpiece, with new cranes accurate Royal Navy colours.
dropping 1/700 HMS Prince of and radar housings besides the Flyhawk has released a deck
Wales, regardless of whether
Wales usual railings, radars, ladders, masking set (FH710030)
one selects the standard or mast and myriad deck fittings. and self-adhesive laser-cut
deluxe versions. The ship is configured for wooden decking (FH710029).
The latter (FH1117S) is a limited- December 1941, when it and For more on these and other
edition product, so in addition HMS Repulse were sunk by products by the firm, visit:
to the ‘basic’ 35 styrene Japanese Navy aircraft, and
runners, separate upper/lower
hull halves and superstructure
elements, there’s a
comprehensive photo-etched
(PE) brass update set (available
separately as FH710031),
turned brass barrels and 90
resin deck vents. There’s a
staggering level of detail on
the styrene parts, including a
ten-piece Supermarine Walrus,
three-part octuple pom-poms
and integrally moulded deck


FOR YEARS, the only 1/48 He 111s engines (each Jumo 211 comprising
were the re-boxed and gracefully more than 20 pieces), and these CHINESE FIRM Modelcollect has standout item is the Kugelblitz
ageing Revell-Monogram offerings, can be displayed thanks to separate taken the concept of German turret, as the lower half has
so ICM’s stunning H-3 variant is a cowling panels. Other options ‘paper panzer’ projects to its integrally moulded cannon
most welcome release. include open/closed bomb bay and limit, with its Fist of War 1/72 barrels, with muzzle brake detail
It comprises eight styrene runners, entrance hatch and a choice of MG four-and six-legged walkers equal to that of larger scales.
all moulded to very high standards; 15 or MG FF defensive armament based on experimental and Two schemes are suggested
even the ejector pin marks are (including separate glazing panels prototype tank designs. (there is a generic decal sheet),
relatively small, and positioned for each). The decals are delightful, Its E75 Heavy Panzer (UA72107) offering differing camouflage
away from raised relief. The latter with good colour density (notably the is a clever blend of standard E75 and a choice between Panzer
is a double blessing as the interior white sections) and perfect register. kit parts, with a new main hull, Grey or primer red-coloured leg
is packed with detail, from the busy Four schemes are offered, three ‘Kugelblitz’ turret (more common outers. It will make for a very
bomb bay (with accurate bomb cells for Western Front airframes, and a as an anti-aircraft weapon...think different model or diorama, and
and SC 250s), to the well-appointed single Eastern Front machine, all clad Panzer IV) for the underside, Modelcollect is to be commended
cockpit/navigator/bombardier and in standard RLM 65/70/71 splinter and four armoured legs. There for letting its imagination run riot
radio operator’s compartments. As camouflage. For more information, are eight styrene runners, and as this will be fun to build. More
with its Ju 88, there are complete visit: the moulding is superb, with details are available at: www.
crisp detail devoid of flash. The


has followed its examination of US
Navy Atlantic Fleet F-14s with a
study of Pacific Tomcats.
Bert Kinzey’s company seems
to have found its feet in the
digital world, after so many
years publishing traditional (and
excellent) reference works. This
second F-14 product only confirms
the fact…and offers many more
pages than a ‘paper’ equivalent.
After a basic introduction, one is
HELICOPTER SPECIALIST Lee-on-Solent (HMS Daedalus). treated to chapters such as Stencils
Whirlybird released its first multi- In RAF Blue Grey and Fluorescent & Standard Markings (which offers
media 1/72 Westland Whirlwind kit Red Orange, it’s an attractive superb illustrations of maintenance/
in 2015, and we built it in AMW’s beast, which also benefits warning data), and US Navy Pacific
September issue that year. from ‘drooped’ rotor blades, Fleet Squadrons…a large, unit-by- two examples featuring. Reserve
The mostly resin kit portrayed two sets of vacform glazing, unit guide to all frontline Pacific Tomcat units VF-301 and VF-302
the HAR.10, but now the firm has a well-appointed cockpit and Fleet F-14 operators, with famous are included, as are adversary/
released an HAR.9 (#WPX72052) cabin (the later with bulkheads names; VF-1 ‘Wolfpack’, VF-51 aggressor aircraft (Top Gun),
with similar main components, and ‘web’ seats), and optional ‘Screaming Eagles’ and VF-213 Naval Strike & Air Warfare Center,
and white metal/photo-etched flotation ‘doughnuts’ for the ‘Blacklions’ to name but a few. The and test/evaluation machines.
brass. The detail is impressive, undercarriage. The decals are photography is magnificent and With 442 dedicated pages, this
and this boxing offers markings printed beautifully too. supported by detailed captions and is an all-encompassing reference
for XL875/12, the search and For more details visit: unit badge artwork, but there is an tool for modellers who love the
rescue/ship’s flight asset of RNAS obvious shift from relying on colour F-14 in various guises. Visit: www.
profile artwork, with just one or for more details.

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TWO YOUNG LIONS 67 ‘Bulwinkle’ ECM and SAIP
(TACTS) training pods carried
by the Aggressor. Other stores
comprise GBU-12 and Griffin
laser-guided bombs, Mk.82s,
and Python missiles.
Fans of 1/72 are not ignored
either, as the all-new kit in this
scale (86002), echoes much
of its larger counterpart, but
offers a second Israeli livery,
this being for a low-vis grey
C2. Oddly, though, while the
ATAC livery is also present,
AMK does not provide the
Bulwinkle/TACTS pods for said
AVANTE GARDE Model Kits camouflage (Arava Guardians aircraft. Both kits, though, do
has corrected its 1/48 IAI C2/ squadron). Kit 88001A also offer alternative ejection seats
C7 Kfir…and released a brand- offers markings for the US to reflect the relevant time
new 1/72 tooling of this famous civilian adversary company periods. For further details
Mirage V derivative. ATAC, as well as the AN/ALQ- visit:
The quarter-scale ‘lion cub’
(AMK’s firm’s first kit) was
criticised on its appearance in
2013 for having an incorrect
fuselage shape, but the
responsive Macau-based
manufacturer has created a
new, accurate fuselage and
given fresh decal options
for Sri Lanka, Colombia,
Ecuador and Israel…the
latter’s airframe wearing ‘old
school’ sand, brown and green


ITALERI’S 1/35 S-100 was Set (5617). A large PE fret, slightly softer features. Three
well received, but with a few two thicknesses of thread, schemes are offered; all in the
minor tweaks, its hard-working acetate sheet (for glazing) standard Schnellbootweiss,
predecessor, the S-38 type, is and assorted nuts and bolts Schiffsbodenfarbe Rot and
now available. complete the package. There’s Schlickgrau 58 livery, with two
This impressive 33⅓in much to savour, from the English Channel vessels (S-46
(99.9cm)-long kit comprises comprehensive wheelhouse/ and S-105) and one Black Sea
nine styrene runners, four of radio room to the excellent craft (S-51). Overall this is a
which are new; four come from open bridge and revised spectacular package, offering
the S-100 release (along with torpedo launch control points. plenty of refinement for most
the hull/main deck), while the While the moulding standard modellers, but still allowing
final frame supplies a 4cm is generally high, there is scope for super-detailers.
Bofors (FlaK 28) from the disparity between new and old More details are available at:
same firm’s PT Conversion parts, with the latter exhibiting

At-a-glance model show calendar

Model Show
Date: April 8
Hosts: Shropshire Scale
Address: RAF Museum Cosford,
Shifnal, Shropshire,
TF11 8UP
Times: 10am-4pm
Prices: Free

April 7-8 Modellexpo 08 – Open 2018 21 Model Classic 2018 22 Model Kraft 2018
Hosts: IPMS Stockholm Hosts: IPMS North Virginia Hosts: Milton Keynes Scale Model
1 100th Anniversary of RAF – Address: Skytteholmsskolan, Modellers Club
Open Cockpits Day Ankdammsgaten 14-16, Address: Fairfax High School, Address: Stantonbury Leisure Centre,
Hosts: Newark Air Museum Solna, Sweden 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA Milton Keynes, MK14 6BN
Address: Drove Lane, Winthorpe, Times: Sat 12-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm 22030, USA Times: 10am-4pm
Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY Prices: Adults SEK 80, IPMS members Times: 9am-4pm Prices: Adults £5, seniors £3,
Times: 10am-5pm and under-15s free Prices: Adults US $8, under-17s free children free
Prices: Adults £9, over-65s £8, E-mail: E-mail: E-mail:
children £4.50, under-5s free Web: Web: Web:
14 Scale Model Exhibition 21-22 Moson Model Show 29 15th Modellbaufreunde-Siegen
Hosts: IPMS Dorset and Poole Vikings Hosts: Mosonmagyaróvár Modelling Hosts: Modellbaufreunde-Siegen
7 Welling 2018 Model Club Club Address: Festhalle Wilnsdorf,
Hosts: Welling Model Club Address: Parkstone Grammar School, Address: UFM Aréna, Városi Sportcsarnok, Rathausstrasse 9, D-57234
Address: Falconwood Community Centre, Sopers Lane, Poole, Mosonmagyaróvár, Gorkij út 1 Wilnsdorf, Germany
The Green, Welling, Kent, BH17 7EP Times: Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 7am-5pm Times: 10am-5pm
DA1 2PG Times: 10am-4pm Prices: Free Prices: Adults €2, under-12s free
Times: 10am-4pm Prices: Adults £3.50, children £1 E-mail: E-mail:
Prices: Adults £2 E-mail: Web: Web:
E-mail: Web: www.poolevikingsblog.
Web: TBC
21-22 3rd Exposition Maquettes 28-29 Scottish National Scale
Et Miniatures Model Show
7 IPMS West Suffolk Open Day 14 Sword and Lance 2018 Hosts: M54S Hosts: Scottish National Scale Model
Hosts: IPMS West Suffolk Hosts: Darlington Military Modelling Address: Salle Omnisports, Saulxures Show Team
Address: Odd Fellows Hall, Whiting Street, Society les Nancy, France Address: Dewars Centre, Glover Street,
Bury St.Edmunds, Suffolk, Address: Darlington College, Times: Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm Perth PH2 OTH
IP33 1NX Haughton Road, Darlington, Prices: Adults €2, concessions €1, Times: Sat 10am-5pm
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With ICM having released its much-

anticipated MiG-25RBT Foxbat-B, Andy
Davies finds out exactly what’s on offer

iG’s Foxbat was a placed in a single resealable plastic
response to the bag, although thankfully the clear
advanced aircraft parts were packed separately. ICM’s
designs in the US mouldings were crisp and flash-
Eduard’s exterior set at the time, principally the Mach free, and while there were several
provided fine surface 3-capable Lockheed A-12 and North ejector pin marks present, just
details for areas such as American XB-70. those in the engine intakes needed
the engine intake inlet The first MiG-25 prototype to be addressed. Detail levels were
ramps, adding definition to flew in 1964; it entered service
the lacklustre kit parts. in 1970 and production ceased
in 1984 after 1,190 aircraft had
been built. The highly capable
reconnaissance versions were
upgraded throughout the aircraft’s
long career, with the RBT variant
being an enhanced version of the
basic RB aircraft.

MiG master
The large top-opening box
contained 166 parts supplied on
seven grey (and one clear) styrene
 A major error with the kit concerned the reconnaissance nose (ICM’s, bottom). The runners, along with two decal
prominent, bulged sensor fairing, and subtle angle change mid-way along the upper line sheets, comprehensive instructions
of the nose profile, were absent. Revell’s re-issue of the kit seems to have corrected this, and a decal placement guide.
however, Cold War Studio’s correction set (top) was still the best option. Unfortunately, the runners were all

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good and well rendered, though (PE) metal set, 49815 MiG-25RBT
oddly a few of the panel lines Interior, was used to enhance the
seemed to end erroneously. cockpit, while 49816 MiG-25RBT • 72 Red, Soviet Air Force, late 1980s
The 24-page instructions Seat Belts STEEL were used for the • 46 Red, 47th GRAP, Russian Air Force, May 2001
included full-colour KM-1M ejection seat. The cockpit • Iraqi Air Force, late 1980s
decal and stencil comprised a floor, rear bulkhead, • Libyan Air Force, 2000s
placement guides. rudder bars, detailed sidewalls
Markings for four RBTs and a separate engine control and
were included, two Russian, throttle quadrant. Although the
one Iraqi and a Libyan example, details were reasonable, Eduard’s
plus a slightly smaller sheet for the pre-painted PE enhanced the kit
stencils…but more on that later. parts greatly and was used in this
build. The KM-1M seat was moulded
neatly, and included a neat
representation of the quilted back
cushion. At this stage, PE parts
for the cockpit sills and canopy
framing were primed and attached
prior to painting.
Any fan of Soviet aircraft will
know Foxbat cockpits were finished
in the lurid turquoise colour
favoured by Soviet manufacturers
Turquoise terror of the time (apparently it was
The cockpit as provided supposed to have a calming effect
contained all necessary on the aircrew). To that end, AKAN
detail for the RBT version; 73006 Emerald Green (faded) was
the instrument panel was used as a starting point, though
slightly unusual, in that it this did appear to be too green
consisted of a top-layer console for MiG aircraft, so Tamiya X-14
with cut-outs, and a clear backing Sky Blue was added to represent
plate with bezels, which protruded the true shade more accurately
through the holes. No instrument (Eduard’s pre-painted PE was also  The styrene camera pack part fitted seamlessly into the Cold War Studio nose. As well
decals were included, though it adjusted to match this hue) which as adding the sensor fairing and kinked upper profile, the replacement nose also included
appears this has been amended included the interior of the canopy revised (and accurate) panel detail.
in Revell’s MiG-25RBT re-issue in and windshield.
decal form. Eduard’s photo-etched The forward fuselage was
designed to incorporate the nose
MiG-25RBT Foxbat B undercarriage bay, which also

included appropriate ribbing

and panel detail. Current kit-
Stock Code: 48901 design ethos often demands the
Scale: 1/48 undercarriage to be added at an
early stage in construction, and
Price: £49.99 this Foxbat was no exception.
Available from: Fortunately, with forward
planning, the main gear legs
could be attached at the end of
the build, making life much easier.
However, a major issue concerned
the accuracy and shape of the
RBT’s reconnaissance nose. As
provided, the kit item is more 15

The engine intake tunnels were too representative of an earlier MiG-

narrow, and replacements were 25R sub-type, as the prominent
required. Tubes of the correct underside sensor bulge was
diameter were fabricated from missing, and the upper nose profile
lengths of 2.5cm UPVC conduit was incorrect – as it should include
tubing and 1mm plastic card, a marked kink mid-way along its
moulded to the shape of length. Fortunately, aftermarket
the tunnel roofs. company Cold War Studio has
come to the modeller’s aid, with a
resin correction and replacement
set (CWS48006 MiG-25 RBT),
which thankfully addressed the
issues. The parts were cast
beautifully, and included

replacement aerials, resin spacers to hold them at the

a clear acetate instrument correct height. Plastic card of 1mm
 Russian cockpit turquoise
dial sheet and masks for dielectric thickness was used to infill areas
was achieved by mixing AKAN
Emerald Green (faded) with panels; also included were camera between the intake throats and the
a small amount of Tamiya ports that surrounded the nose. tubes, and after filling and sanding,
X-14 Sky Blue. This set was a direct replacement were painted Airframe Aluminium
for the kit parts and fitted perfectly and ALC-102 Duralumin. Do
to the forward fuselage, with no remember to fit the two tree-like
modifications needed. airflow stabilisers at this stage, as
attaching them later would be all
Heavy breather but impossible. With the intakes in
The modular system began place, the upper fuselage section
with the centre section of the was glued to the frames.
airframe. As the Foxbat’s was
basically a long, oblong box, the Big-bore exhaust
kit parts consisted of upper and MiG-25 jet nozzles were enormous,
lower fuselage panels, front- complex affairs and ICM managed
and rear-profiled frames and to capture them well, the units
two wheel bays. The assembled comprising 24 parts each, with
intake tunnels were fitted into the the afterburner spray rings being
forward frame, while the rearmost moulded particularly well. These
example acted as a location point and the inner variable nozzles
for the fuselage sidewalls. While were treated in a green anti-
the intake tunnels had good heat paint and for this, 73060
depth, they were unfortunately Green was used and shaded with
of the wrong diameter. It was Abteilung502 ABT006 Burnt
decided to enlarge them with 1mm
plastic card and 1in (2.5cm) UPVC
conduit tubing. The latter was Umber, and ABT510 Starship
cut into 2.5cm lengths and the Filth washes. Exhaust fan facings
interiors airbrushed with Alclad received ALC-103 Dark Aluminium
ALC-119 Airframe Aluminium. The with a light dusting of AMMO-MIG
kit provided under-scale engine PO3 Smoke, while the ribbed
compressor facings, so these were interior walls were painted with
replaced with larger alternatives XF-78 Wooden Deck Tan, and
from the scrap box. Once painted, weathered via ABT007 Raw
the facings were attached to the Umber blended with ABT112 Matt
 While the undercarriage doors had good surface detail, Eduard’s ED48918 Exterior set ends of the tubes and glued to the Effect Thinner. The outer petals
provided extra enhancements, which included rivet and hinge line detail. fuselage floor, with 4mm scrap and inner faces were painted ALC-

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eduArd AftermArket
The following Eduard sets were used to embellish this build:
• MiG-25RBT interior 49815
• MiG-25RBT exterior 48918
• MiG-25RBT seat belts STEEL 49816

111 Magnesium and highlighted rear end, presumably to provide

with Dark Aluminium. Further a stronger location point for
weathering with pastels would the main undercarriage legs.
be applied once main painting Real aircraft had a great deal of
had been completed. It was then plumbing in these areas, which
decided to glue the exhaust could be seen easily on the model
nozzles to the fuselage prior to with the doors open. Lead wire
painting, to ensure no gaps were from Little Cars was used in
present, as per the real aircraft, concert with yellow plastic-coated
which fitted flush to the fuselage. telephone wire, and thin strips of
These were masked, primed and Bare-Metal Foil. Once in place, the
painted prior to the fuselage bays were washed with ABT006
receiving its top colour. Burnt Umber and Starship Filth,
blended with Matt Effect Thinner.
Change of attitude The undercarriage legs had
The wheel wells were generally sufficient detail, but would benefit
well designed, though a little from extra hydraulic brake lines,
simplified...particularly at the wires and cables, and these were
 Engine nozzle and afterburner parts were painted with Alclad Duralumin and Titanium,
and soot added with AMMO-MIG Black pastel powder. The unique green afterburner parts
received 73060 Green (faded) and AK Interactive AK2039 Kerosene Leaks and Stains. 17

It was decided to glue the exhausts

onto the airframe and fill any small
gaps before painting began, to
ensure they fitted seamlessly as
seen on the real aircraft.

 With the jet nozzles and afterburners in position, the separate inner and outer sections
of the nozzle petals were added. Once assembled and painted, the unit could be slipped into
the rear fuselage.
fashioned from different diameters
of lead wire. Hose clamps were
fashioned from 0.5mm strips of
Bare-Metal foil, and screws made
from scrap plastic rod. The nose
gear was treated in the same way.
While researching the aircraft and
studying completed ICM Foxbat
models on Internet forums, it
became apparent the stance of the fuselage sides,
the model appeared incorrect. Its ensuring the wheels
fuselage seemed to be parallel with would be set at the
the ground line, almost standing correct angle. This, in turn,
on tip-toes, whereas most RBTs allowed the wheels to sit
(particularly when toting the heavy farther out from the fuselage
1,161gal [5,280lit] centreline tank), sides, which portrayed the resting
were noticeably tail-heavy, with Foxbat’s squat appearance more
the bottom of the tank only 12in accurately. This repositioning
 Another issue concerned the upper intake lip extensions; the shape and angles of the
upper section were incorrect. Two styles of intake existed, one with extended ramp lips and (30cm) or so from the ground. resulted in extra pressure being
one without, the selected aircraft ‘45 Red’ required the lips to be removed. Upon studying the model parts in exerted on the main undercarriage
conjunction with online walk-round legs, due to being positioned
images, it appeared that, as with further aft. To prevent weakness,
many manufacturers, ICM had 1mm holes were drilled in the
moulded the gear leg oleo struts upper and lower legs, and brass
in an unloaded configuration, as rods fitted with 10-second CA to
opposed to the loaded/compressed provide extra strength. The nose
condition that fully fuelled aircraft gear suffered from the same issue,
adopted. The simplest method due to the strengthening rod that
of correcting this was to remove ran from the rear of the leg to
the small oleo strut, cut and the mudguard being moulded in
separate the ‘knuckle’ joint, and the wrong position.
re-glue into the new position This was removed,
with cyanoacrylate (CA) or epoxy the oleo reduced
glue. Care was needed to position in length by
the axles, so they aligned with 1mm and the
 The undercarriage bays were well moulded, although they
lacked internal plumbing detail. This was added via a mixture of
lead wire and yellow plastic-coated telephone wire.

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assumed these were chosen to

more easily align the large single
wheels, but it just led to a sloppy
fit. To correct this, the conical
stubs were covered with short ABS
plastic sleeves and these, while
fitting tightly, located perfectly
into the wheel mounting holes...
ensuring the wheels stayed put
once the model was placed on its
undercarriage. In addition, the
wheels were canted outwards
slightly, placing even more
pressure on the undercarriage;

 The model appeared to sit at an incorrect angle. After studying reference images, it was
decided to alter the rake of the main undercarriage legs and re-position them. The length of
the nose gear oleo extension jack was also reduced, to achieve the correct stance.

assembly rotated back slightly... was applied to the mounting

and fixed permanently with CA. A points on the legs and, following
replacement strut was made from a few nerve-wracking moments,
2mm plastic rod and re-fitted in the the parts clipped into place with a Late MiG-25 paintwork was often
correct position, which improved satisfying click. The next problem weather-worn. To replicate this, pre-
the appearance and accuracy concerned ICM’s unusual decision shading was applied with a heavily
of the parts greatly. The next to use conical axle stubs, instead thinned mix of Tamiya Dark Sea Grey.
problem was to fit the main of regular cylindrical items. It was Random patches were also sprayed
gear legs into the wheel across all surfaces. Following misted
wells, without damaging the coats of AKAN Light Grey, certain
panels were lightened with white
newly modified parts. These
added to the base colour.
were intended to be installed
Flightcraft Soviet Spyplanes of the
at an early stage, and weren’t
Cold War, by Yefim Gordon and
really designed to be fitted New Ware’s NWAM0087 MiG-25RBT Expert
Dmitriy Komissarov, (Pen & Sword),
later. To simplify the process, it set was used to mask the dielectric and
ISBN: 978-1-78159-285-4
was found that not gluing the anti-glare panels. These were painted with
fuselage walls to the wheel Red Star Volume 34, MiG-25 Foxbat, AKAN Radiotransparent Grey, and fading
well sides Guardian of the Soviet Borders, was achieved with Tamiya NATO Black and
by Yefim Gordon, Medium Sea Grey.
ISBN: 978-1-85780-259-7

allowed enough movement, to

allow the parts to be rotated into
place carefully. The ideal tool for
this task was a pair of small angled
tweezers, with rubber protection
sleeves. Before being fitted, CA 19

however, although these

modifications provided a few
anxious moments, the end result
was worth it.

Grey matter
The RBT variant wore a uniform
scheme that started life as slightly
glossy medium grey but faded
quickly, in some cases to matt
light grey. This example was to be
finished somewhere in between.
The model was primed with
ALC-302 Grey Primer/Microfiller
and the surface polished with
Micro-Mesh cloth ranging from
6,000 to 12,000-grade. Pre-
shading followed via heavily
thinned Mr. Hobby H75 Dark
Sea Grey along panel lines, and
a mixture of XF-64 Red Brown
mixed with XF-53 Neutral Grey,
applied randomly across the
airframe. AKAN 73059 Grey
(faded) for MiG-25/31 was applied
in thinned, misted coats, which
allowed the pre-shade to show
through sporadically. After six or
seven coats, selected panels were
masked according to images of
the intended subject, ‘45 Red’ and
highlights/shadows were applied
via 73146 Radiotransparent
White and 73066 Gray-Navy Blue
(faded), mixed with
the grey base colour.
Appropriate masking was
aided by a bespoke set from
New Ware, which offered masks
for the wheels, dielectric panels
and glazing
Rearmost sections of the
underside, surrounding
the engine bays, were left
 Almost half the length of the MiG-25’s in natural metal, and exhibited
underside was left in bare metal. A mixture multiple shades that needed to be
of Alclad Duralumin and Dark Aluminium, applied. These panels were masked
with AK Interactive’s Xtreme Metal and polished until a blemish-free
Titanium, was applied over the area to add surface was achieved.
tonal variation.
Then, ALC-305 Gloss Black Base
was applied and polished, before
Duralumin was sprayed over
the area, followed by masking
and misted Dark Aluminium.
Thinned AK Interactive AK669
Xtreme Metal Titanium was
then airbrushed lightly, which
resulted in a realistic heat-worn
hue. Following this,
Burnt Umber was applied
to the upper edges of each panel
and blended vertically, with cotton
buds soaked in Matt Effect Thinner.
This was followed by AMMO-MIG
 Often overlooked is the fact that markings fade along with the paintwork. A heavily  Two missing fuel dump pipes were added weathering products, including
thinned mix of the base grey was misted over all insignia and stencils, at very low air from stretched sprue, and fitted between A.MIG-1203 Streaking Grime, 1407
pressure; around 10psi (0.7 bar). the huge exhaust nozzles. Engine Grime and 3007 Dark

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Earth, blended with Matt Effect However, they were printed replaced with lengths of stretched
Thinner. Sooty deposits were in red and blue, whereas they sprue. While the kit provided the
added with A.MIG-3001 Black should have been red and black four on the fin and rudder, those
pastel powder. as appropriate for this particular fitted to the wing tip and tailplane
RBT. It would appear, though, this trailing edges were omitted and Eduard (
Stencils, stencils... issue has now been corrected duly fitted. Also missing were Cold War Studio
everywhere! with Revell’s re-issue of the kit. the aileron actuators mounted (
ICM included markings for four A copy of the Revell decals was above and below the wings, and AKAN paints
different aircraft, including two obtained, and used to depict these were fabricated from plastic (
Russian Air Force machines, along aircraft 45 Red. To accompany this, card and fuse-wire. A small aerial AMMO-MIG (
with Iraqi and Libyan Air Force the excellent and comprehensive attached to the top of the fuselage Mr. Hobby paints
Begemot 48-011 MiG-25 Foxbat Full spine was also missing, and this (
Stencil sheet was also sourced. too was added from scrap. Various Tamiya paints (
After studying photographs of pitots, angle-of-attack vanes and AK Interactive (
45 Red, it became evident many an under-nose blade aerial were Abteilung502 paints
Begemot decals (
Gator’s Grip ‘Thin Blend’ PVA glue
Little-Cars lenses
of the stencils missing from the attached, including a superb Bare-Metal Foil (
kit sheet were catered for in the aftermarket nose pitot by Master; New Ware (
Begemot set, along with a detailed this was a work of art and, due to Alclad II (
placement guide. clever design, could be removed Master (
examples. To accompany the main Final detailing included items when the model was in transit Citadel Paints
decal sheet, a smaller item was such as the fin-mounted static (thus preventing possible damage (
included and contained many wicks which, as provided in the to the delicate parts). Arguably Micro-mesh (
stencils found on the aircraft. kit, were overly thick, so were the most detailed part of the

A selection of weathering products

from AMMO-MIG was used to replicate the heavily
weathered appearance, often seen on operational Foxbats.

 Once the stencils, decals and special markings were weathered appropriately, the model
received several light coats of Alclad Klear Kote Matt. This varnish didn’t dry completely
matt, but left a subtle, realistic sheen. 21

build concerned the

inner surface of the canopy;
because it swung to the side,
the interior was highly visible and
required much extra detailing.
Eduard provided the framing in
its interior set, while a piece of
1mm plastic card was scored in a
diamond pattern and painted with
H303 Green, to replicate quilting.
Appropriate mirrors came via
Eduard’s 48409 Mirrors set.
To replicate the sealant around
the canopy and windscreen, thin
strips of clear decal sheet were
cut and painted pink (a 50/50
mix of Citadel Layer GW-22-
46 Tuskor Fur and AKAN 73136
MK-7 White). Reflective landing
light lenses under the nose, and
beneath the intakes (from Little-
Cars) added extra authenticity.
and ICM is to be congratulated release, such as the nose shape the promise of another kit from
Mission accomplished on listening to modellers (and and appropriate decals. The model AMK, we will see interceptor
Finally, a quarter-scale model of for subsequently releasing the cannot be recommended highly versions in the future.
a reconnaissance Foxbat. This kit RB version with the necessary enough to all fans of Soviet ‘heavy
was an absolute pleasure to build, corrections). Revell’s re-issue metal’. Hopefully, along with For real-aircraft photos,
despite minor accuracy issues, also addresses faults of the initial further versions from ICM and visit:

The main wheel axles

were conical rather
than cylindrical, which
led to a loose fit.
Short lengths of 2mm
plastic tube were
fitted over these, and
secured with CA.

 To add tonal variation, AMMO-MIG Streaking Grime for DAK was applied to selected
panels, hinge lines and the inner undercarriage bay doors. This was blended with cotton
buds moistened with Abteilung Matt Effect Thinner.

All three landing lights were replaced

with Little-Cars reflective lenses,
and the camera windows were dipped
in Klear floor polish, masked and
tinted with Tamiya Smoke.

 To best replicate areas that suffered from swirling airflow, and a build-up of oil and
grime, Flory Models’ FMW002 Dark Dirt wash was applied. Once dry, the surplus was
removed with a moist cotton bud and tissue paper.

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A test-shot of Airfix’s
1/72 Wellington was
displayed, highlighting
the kit’s superb detail
and faithful replication
of the type’s fabric-
covered exterior.

his year’s annual featured a 1/700 HMS Exeter which included a 1/35 S-300PMU 87B-2/U4 Stuka and DH 110 Sea
modelling pilgrimage and IJN Inazuma, 1/24 Liberty (SA-20) launcher, Sd.Kfz.181 Vixen FAW. 2 test-shots, while ship
to Nuremberg was pre- Walk Nissan R35 GT-R (with full Tiger I mid- and late-production specialists can expect a 1/350
empted by several firms ‘drifting’ body kit), a 1/48 ARX-8 types, Panther Ausf.G late with HMS Exeter.
releasing their 2018 schedules Laevatein and an unknown scale interior, and Russian 2S19-M2 self- Car specialist Ebbro surprised
earlier than usual, but they still Mecha Godzilla. propelled howitzer. For aircraft many with a 1/48 HA-420
left room for surprises. There was similar variety on the modellers, there was a 1/72 Hondajet (with a fully detailed
Aoshima’s varied display Hobby Boss/Trumpeter stand, Tu-22K Blinder-B, plus 1/24 Ju interior), but there was also a 1/20
Brabham Honda BT18, Team Lotus
Type 49B and a 1/24 Citroën DS21
to whet car modellers’ appetites.
With its Bf 109G-6 earning
many plaudits (see News this
issue), Tamiya presented an all-
new 1/20 2017 Ferrari SF70H
Formula 1 car, 1/48 Churchill Mk.VII
Crocodile and 1/35 M3 Stuart
Late Production. Its lovely 1/48
Ki-61 has been scaled down to
1/72, with the standout item being
the mottled green camouflage,
provided in decal form.
Russia’s Ark Models celebrated
the 30th anniversary of the
Buran space shuttle’s first flight
with two 1/144 offerings, and
revealed its own 1/35 boxing of
the T-14 Armata (developed with
Trumpeter). There’ll also be a
 Thunderbolt trio: Special Hobby and Tarangus will be releasing several 1/72 kits of the mighty SAAB Viggen, commencing with the SK 37 limited-edition resin 1/48 Armata,
trainer, followed by attack (AJ) and fighter (JA) variants. which will arguably be the most

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accurate kit of the type to date.

It was great to see a 1/72 Mi-24P
Hind-F from Zvezda, and there
was a gorgeous 1/144 Tu-204-
100 test-shot, along with several
IL-76 Candid variants. Its growing
armour collection was joined
by a 1/35 Ural 4320, and to
complement its modern vehicles
there were two contemporary
tank crew sets.

European delights
Perhaps the most varied display
belonged to Revell; for beginners
there were 1/24 Porsche Junior
108 tractor and 1/16 Porsche
356 Easy-Click kits, while the
 This year is turning out to be a quarter-scale windfall for fans of RAF subjects, with Revell’s Beaufighter Mk.X joining Airfix’s Blenheim in
RAF’s 100th anniversary is being a ‘battle of the twins’.
commemorated with several
re-releases, and a great-value An-225 Mrija. An undoubted auto Tarangus, with an SK 37 due first, fighters and an all-new resin
box set (1/72 Lancaster B.III, highlight was the stunning 1/24 accompanied by a Dornier Do 27, 1/72 Bundeswehr aircraft tug the
Spitfire Mk.Vb and Hurricane Ford GT ‘Le Mans’, and a new 1/72 FH-1 Phantom and Sunderland respective highlights.
Mk.IIb). Its 1/32 F/A-18E Super PT-109 Patrol Torpedo Boat was Mk.V. Special hobby’s sub-brands, Plus Model, Hauler and Brengun
Hornet should finally be available among the maritime exhibits. CMK and Planet Models, are offered a veritable feast of
in late 2018, along with a newly There will be a freshly tooled as busy as ever, with copious products, with more than 30
tooled 1/48 Beaufighter Mk.X 1/72 Saab Viggen in 2018, upgrades for Hasegawa’s 1/72 scheduled for immediate release,
and imposing 1/144 Antonov courtesy of Special Hobby/ World War Two Japanese but the year’s highlights

 Not content with its 1/35 armour and figures, MiniArt has dipped into aviation subjects
 It might be a static subject, but Revell captured the styling on its 1/24 Ford GT ‘Le Mans’ in the same scale, and it’s Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri (hummingbird) is a real gem, boasting a
so well the model appears in motion, and it will undoubtedly excite auto modellers. detailed engine and internal structure.

 Airliner fans will eagerly await Zvezda’s newly tooled Tupolev Tu-204-100, especially  Plus Model’s resin 1/35 Generatorwagen C-Zug M-16 is a stunning example of this company’s
given the firm’s reputation for accuracy and refinement. creative genius, with a fully replicated engine for this World War One heavy artillery tractor. 25

 This delightful resin and photo-etched brass 1/72 FuSE 65 Würzburg-Riese radar from  Renowned for meticulous research and accuracy, IBG Models is releasing a 1/35 Polish
Hauler utilises the best characteristics of both mediums, to reproduce the delicate antenna TKS Tankette, featuring a full interior and engine; highlighting the latter’s diminutive
structure and support arms. stature, the accompanying Bergepanzer III (right) is in 1/72 scale!

 Hasegawa’s F-35s are arguably the best available, and certainly feature the finest panel  Formula 1 fans haven’t seen much from Tamiya recently, but that’s set to change with
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produce a superb F-35B ‘US Marine’ (also serving with the RAF). captured the type’s sinuous lines perfectly.

include a 1/72 Würzburg radar Nakajima Ki-87/II, Nakajima E8N1 With its catalogue published
and Bachem Natter launch tower, and at least four boxings of the beforehand, it was refreshing to
followed closely by a 1/72 Yak-1M Bücker Bü 133, to join its unusual see ICM’s new products, including
and 1/35 Generatorwagen C-Zug Bf 609 Zwilling ‘what-if’ projects. a 1/32 Bucker Bü 131 trainer, MiG-
M-16 vehicle. Eduard announced a completely 25RBF reconnaissance Foxbat,
Another company with a heavy new product line, Löök, which 1/72 Do 17Z-7 night fighter and
release schedule is Ukraine’s comprises pre-printed resin 1/32 1/35 Kfz.1 staff
MiniArt, which will complete its and 1/48 instrument panels. Its car. Its 1/16 figure range continues
M3 Grant line-up, while offering eagerly awaited 1/72 MiG-21s to expand, with announcements
new 1/35 Soviet rocket launchers, should also emerge during the of a 9th Century Viking and a
early Pz.Kpfw IIIs, and further second quarter, along with a certain ‘Night King’.
examples of its Flettner Fl 282  Thunder’s 1/35 Indian 741B with Dispatch 1/48 Fw 190A-5 and re-boxed France's Heller has a busy
Kolibri helicopter. Rider is a big, but nonetheless welcome 1/72 Liberator (Hasegawa’s kit re-release schedule for 2018,
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its eclectic release programme, armour and tank transporters, offering with new runners, 13 schemes and 5, 1/24 Citroen C4s, and 1/72
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half of the year. (Frigates) E50 and E52, and 1/200
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Models’ byword, and its all-new many re-issues.
1/35 Polish TKS Tankette is packed Italeri’s catalogue features many
with detail. There are plenty of re-boxings, with new decals on its
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III, Toldi tank destroyer and Type 3 its hot item is still the new
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ZULU & 24th FOOT

 Although few in number, the resin components of both figures required the removal of
casting blocks, seams and flash.

n January 22-23, 1879,

150 men of B Company,
2nd Battalion, 24th Foot
(2nd Warwickshire)
Regiment – under the command
of Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead
– defended a missionary station
against thousands of Zulu warriors.
Known as KwaJimu (Jim’s Land)
in Zulu language, Rorke’s Drift was
a former trading post, having once
belonged to an Irish merchant
Jay Blakemore creates an action-packed 120mm vignette, named James Rorke. It was located
near a drift, or ford, on the Buffalo
courtesy of Mitches Military Models' Rorke’s Drift figures River, which formed part of the
border between the British colony
of Natal and the hostile Zulu
kingdom. Having been turned into
a supply post and hospital, Rorke’s
Drift was garrisoned on January 11,
1879, by B Company, weakening the
force then marching to quell the
Zulu nation under the command
of Lord Chelmsford. Splitting his
force yet again, Chelmsford then
established an advance camp in
the drift and marched with the
No.3 (Centre) Column of his army
towards the lands of the Zulu’s
King Cetshwayo. On January
22, Cetshwayo despatched his

Zulu and 24th Foot


By: Mitches Military

Stock Code: 120/RD1 & RD2
Scale: 120mm
Price: £35 each
Available from: www.mitches

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 The basic components assembled

easily and quickly, though it was deemed
necessary to use metal rods to strengthen
the joints.

 Metal rod inserts meant the spear and shield hands, and the delicate headgear of the
Zulu, could be painted separately.
own army, which outflanked the each figure is available separately, before washing them in lukewarm the butt-joints and cyanoacrylate
advancing column and attacked though they undoubtedly work soapy water. This latter task is (CA) glue alone, it was decided
the British camp situated at the better as a pair. Cast in pale important as it removes any greasy most items would benefit from
foot of a hill called Isandlwana. yellow resin, the figures required residue from the casting process, the insertion of metal rods. This
The encamped soldiers were considerable neatening, and which might hamper later adhesion created strength, but also meant
routed, and several Zulu regiments appeared to be early castings and of both glue and paint. certain delicate or obstructive
(Impi’s – a group of armed men), possibly not wholly representative items – such as the feathered
under the command of Prince of the production standard. That Assembly point headdress and shield – could be
Dabulamanzi, broke off the attack said, they still required significant Construction was generally attached after painting. Both
and, chasing down fugitives, modification as some important straightforward as the number of figures were therefore assembled
advanced upon Rorke’s Drift. What features were missing and would, components was minimal – the fully save for their hands and
followed was a staunch defence therefore, be more suitable for warrior comprising just ten and the all they were holding, and the
against overwhelming odds, modellers with some previous soldier 13. Although rudimentary soldier’s left ammunition pouch
which has since been enshrined experience of working with resin socket joints had been sculpted and water bottle. Much filler was
in British military history as a and scratch-building. As is usual onto the mating surfaces of the required along every joint, not just
glorious victory, with eleven with resin kits, the initial job was to larger body components, most to address the resultant gaps but
Victoria Crosses being awarded for remove all casting blocks, flash and were devoid of locating aids. to re-shape the surrounds. Milliput
this single action. The action was seams from the individual parts, However, not wishing to trust to was used for this, being a
further immortalised in American
director Cy Enfield’s, 1964 motion
picture epic, Zulu.

Rorke’s resin
The Anglo-Zulu war has been
largely overlooked by mainstream
figure manufacturers, though with
the release by Mitches Military
Models of its 120mm Rorke’s
Drift vignette, that oversight has
been rectified. Established in
2012, Mitches is a family business
based in Penrith, Wales. Over
the intervening years its range
of 120mm and 200mm kits has
grown to more than 100 different
products, featuring military
subjects from ancient to modern,
by sculptors Maurice Corry, Carl
Reid and Pavol Ovecka.
The Rorke’s Drift duo arrived
bubble-wrapped and packed within  Once assembled, the warrior figure  The Zulu was base-coated in a pale  Black, brown and blue washes were
individual boxes, each with one required filler around all joints. Milliput orange/brown mix. It was hoped this applied over the base-coat, and white spirit
half of a two-part base (not used in filled the gaps and was employed to create vivid colour would remain visible beneath was utilised to ‘clean’ areas of the darker
this build), meaning of course that new detail around the wrists. succeeding darker translucent layers. colours, creating a translucent effect. 29
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 The skin tones have been enlivened

further with subtle blue highlights, and work
has started on the eyes, tongue and teeth.

Having allowed preceding layers of

paint to harden thoroughly, a further
mix of blue and black enamels created
shadows and yet darker skin tones.

 On the soldier figure too, it was decided the joints would benefit from metal rod supports.
The rifle could then be painted separately and added once all painting was completed.

The Martini-Henry rifle was enhanced

with a new barrel and ramrod. Soft
metal wire was bent to shape, to form
hangers for the metal foil strap.

highly malleable putty that can be for the latter and was also used to finished. This method of ‘colour Leather, 73 Wine and 186 Brown.
shaped, and which hardens slowly create the straps absent from the washing’ would be impossible From the Colourcoats range (www.
over several hours, thus allowing top edges of the gaiters. with acrylics, but with slow-drying came
modifications or refinements. It can enamels (used exclusively here), Oxford Blue (ACRN31) and Black
also be cut and sanded when dry, To the colours a translucent lustre that enlivens (ACR504).
making it extremely adaptable. The The method for painting the Zulu’s skin tones can be achieved. It is Zulu warriors sported simple
same medium was used to extend dark skin tones may, to many, seem a relatively simple technique to garments more suited to ceremony
the warrior’s wrist adornments, counter intuitive, in that the base master, too. In this instance, a dark than battle, which consisted of
negating the need to later fill coat would actually become the orange/brown mix was used to arm and knee adornments called
those joints after painting…and to tonal highlights once the figure was basecoat the entire warrior. Having amaShoba, made from cow tails.
scratch-build missing details; these been allowed to dry thoroughly, Around their waists they wore a
included a button on the coat-tail, this was then overpainted with protective covering made from
part of the belt, the helmet chin a dark purple, black, brown and circular patches of tightly sewn
strap and additional jacket creases/ blue mix. The darker colour was hide, named isiNene, beneath
folds, which it was felt would add then ‘washed off’ with a flat, soft which was an apron of calf skin,
to the sense of movement in the brush moistened with white spirit, called an iBeshu, while a leopard
finished figure. Reference photos and left to dry. This process was skin head band was worn just by
also suggested the Martini-Henry then repeated via a black and warriors who’d taken a wife. On the
rifle butt was stunted, so this was blue enamel wash, emphasising figure, these items were painted
extended with Milliput and a plastic such areas as the armpits and with a mix of earthy tones, the
card butt-plate. While modifying neck, and those overshadowed intention being to limit the pallet
the rifle, it was also decided to by clothing. This process was as far as possible – and make the
 A chin strap was missing from the front
replace the solid barrel with a of helmet, so a new item was fabricated continued until the desired effect finished warrior appear a part of
short length of brass tubing, and to from Milliput. A needle and sharpened had been created. The colours the landscape. Just the black and
fashion a strap from metal foil. Old cocktail stick were the preferred tools for used during the washing process white adornments were to stand
scalpel blade packaging sufficed shaping details such as the buckle. were from Humbrol: 113 Rust, 63 out, but these too were toned

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 Metal foil straps were added to the tops  Helmet and head were almost complete;
The button and
of the gaiters and buckles, and once again the jacket was base-coated in red enamel
decorative piping
fabricated from Milliput. and the belt and straps in off-white.
were also absent
from the jacket tail,
so these were also
fabricated from fuse
wire and Milliput.

down to appear muted and dust- appearance was achieved, while ends of the sergeant’s whiskers, the surrounding areas. Once dry,
covered; in essence, a part of the on the face, dark brown skin tones to complement and reflect the lighter red hues were added via a
natural world. created shadows. Highlights were feathers in the head adornment of technique echoing dry-brushing,
added by adding white to the mix, his sparring partner. by which wet, rather than dry paint
Raising the flag blending the lighter into the darker Over a coat of Alclad ALC-302 was ‘flicked’ across the raised
The British figure, on the other colours with a soft, white-spirit- Grey Primer & Micro Filler, a bright surfaces by way of a soft brush and
hand, was to contrast completely dampened brush. Enamel paints red (153 Insignia Red) basecoat blended into the base colours. This
to the Zulu warrior, though are as malleable as oils and can was applied to the sergeant’s method was used due to the large
the painting process would be be manipulated in much the same jacket. When thoroughly dry, this surfaces that had to be painted and
complimentary, to make the way, making them perfect for was washed with darker hues would be a little crude if applied to
disparate subjects look like they creating subtle tones on figures. much as described previously, smaller scales. Lastly, highlights
belonged together. The helmet Enamel, however, dries far more to create a layered base upon were added with a thin, soft brush
and head were tackled initially, quickly, which limits blending which the details of the material with ever lighter shades of red.
with 186 Brown and 61 Flesh times but allows models to be could be added. Before the wash The sergeant’s sash was treated
basecoats respectively. Lighter completed more speedily. As a had dried completely, deeper similarly, but with a touch of 58
tones were then added gradually final touch to his features, a subtle shadows were added with black Magenta added to the highlights, to
to the helmet, until a muted white dusting of white was added to the and blue shades, blended into make it stand out from the jacket.
Trousers and boots too were
painted similarly, though more
brown accents were added during
the highlighting process to make
them appear stained and dusty.
The colours used to shade the
NCO figure were once again those
utilised to shade the warrior’s
skin, meaning the shadows would
appear uniform across both
figures. A hint of blue would also
be used when painting the base.

 Shadows have been applied to the

uniform jacket via a dark wash, and
highlights revealed by removing some of
the dark enamel. 31
ZULU & 24th FOOT

the composition of the final piece,

and the rods protruding from their
legs pressed into the soft material.
When the Milliput had hardened
thoroughly, the figures were posed
again to check their alignment,
and further holes drilled into the
base to provide mounting points. It
was felt, however, the composition
didn’t quite work when they were
displayed level, and so a dual-
level solution was envisaged, and
created by sculpting ‘mealies’
– hessian sacks used to store
millet and the like, and which were
employed as barricade walls during
the Zulu attack on Rorke’s Drift
(once again from Milliput), and
pressing the figures into the soft
material to create holes, which
aligned with those pre-drilled into
 Oakwood Studios provided an
the plinth. The sacks were then
impressive base upon which to mount the
vignette. The sandy colours and grain in worked with various craft tools
the wood echoed natural tones found in to create sculpted details. Then,
the wilds of Africa. from AMMO-MIG’s Acrylic Mud
range (,
needed a base that reflected the A.MIG-2100 Arid Dry Ground gave
colours of the African plains, upon the groundwork a suitably stony
which the real events occurred, appearance, and a section of twig
and which would further make was utilised to fill what would
the red-coated sergeant appear otherwise be a featureless corner
glaringly out of place; hopefully on the finished vignette. Careful
suggesting the overwhelming planning pays dividends when
sense of isolation the British envisaging a diorama, and finished
soldiery must have felt while pieces can look completely out of
serving in such far-flung colonies. balance if too little forethought has
 Groundwork was sculpted from Milliput to portray fallen ‘mealie’ sacks. Such obstacles
The resultant wooden plinth-base been given to arrangement.
were used to create defensive walls around the supply post before the battle commenced.
was a real beauty…the perfect Painting was once again
 AMMO-MIG’s Acrylic Mud provided a textured coat to the groundwork. This was simply complement to the vignette. It undertaken with restraint in mind,
brushed onto the surface straight from the tub and dried hard within an hour. would have been a crime to have utilising many colours previously
drilled holes into such timber, but mentioned, with just muted green
that is exactly what was required tones being added to the brown
to secure the groundwork. pallet. I used different Humbrol
Four holes were drilled into enamel varnish mixes for each
the top of the base and screws figure, giving the sergeant a
inserted, before large chunks of completely matt appearance and
Milliput were kneaded and spread the warrior a slight sheen.
across the top of the plinth,
shaping it to create an undulating A battle won
surface. The figures were then Mitches Millitary Model’s Rorke’s
posed above the base to ascertain Drift vignette proved to be a

Stand to! A short piece of branch was added,

It was apparent as soon as the which it was felt would help balance
figures were assembled that the overall scene once finished.
the finished vignette would be Badly planned groundwork can
impressively large, requiring a ruin a diorama/vignette.
sizable base, and where better to
go for such an item than Oakwood
studios (www.oakwoodstudios. Based in Middleton near
Leeds, this manufacturer has
produced quality bases for 25
years, and they’ve graced many an
awards table at premier modelling
shows. This pair of adversaries

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 Base-coated with a mix of brown enamels, the only other colours added pleasing challenge. The figures
to the groundwork were muted greens and blue shadows. Tall grasses were were a little rough around
made from old shaving brush bristles. the edges, especially the staff
sergeant, and had it been
appropriate to the build brief,
would have greatly benefitted
from re-worked facial features
and poses. As it was, those
additions mentioned above
were felt essential to correct the
deficiencies of both uniform
and rifle. That having been
said, it was a fun build,
greatly enhanced by the
wonderful base supplied
by Oakwood Studios.
Ju 87R-2/B-2

Just over a year ago Alan Price built Airfix’s new-tool Easy assembly
Construction began with the
1/48 Ju 87B-1 Stuka out of the box. Now he tackles the cockpit, which was already pleasing
straight out of the box. There were
R-2/B-2 and adds aftermarket detail ejector pin marks on certain parts,
and while most were hidden during

irfix’s re-worked Stuka allow the later-style exhausts to propeller and underwing drop construction and so could be left,
contains one new runner be accommodated. All the other tanks. To add extra detail to our a few (such as those on the floor
‘J’ (replacing ‘H’ from additional parts required for the test-shot, photo-etched (PE) metal of the gunner’s compartment)
the original boxing) and B-2 or R-2 versions are already and Brassin resin sets from Eduard were visible…and tricky to remove
carries the new nose parts to on the runners, such as the larger were employed (see panel). without damaging surrounding

 Plain brass PE parts were attached to the cockpit sidewalls before painting. The  The starboard upper wing needed the panel removing, to allow the gun bay to be
sidewalls were delicate, so were left attached to the runners until painting was completed. portrayed open. This was done by scoring along the panel lines repeatedly.

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Kit schemes
Airfix provides markings for the following two Luftwaffe aircraft:
• Ju 87R-2, S1+HK, 2./Sturzkampfgeschwader 3, Greece, spring 1941
• Ju 87B-2, T6+AN, 2./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 ‘Immelmann’, Libya, May 1942

 After painting the cockpit floor and seat, the Eduard Steel belts were glued to the pilot’s
seat. These proved to be malleable and easy to manipulate.

There were quite a few other parts to attach

to the cockpit floor, all requiring PE additions.
For the rack of ammunition boxes, each one
received a tiny PE hand strap.

detail. Given the deadline was short any replacement parts from the
on this build, it was decided not plain brass PE fret were dealt
to attend to these. The Eduard set with. Existing relief was removed
added many additional features, carefully with a scalpel and the
but also replaced existing detail, Eduard parts were attached with
which had to be cut away. To begin, Deluxe Materials’ Roket non-
it was necessary to study Eduard’s blooming cyano glue, which works After painting
instructions carefully, to see what particularly well for attaching PE the parts, many
was impacted in the cockpit. First, parts to plastic. Basic assembly pre-painted PE
of the cockpit floor and seats was components had to
Junkers Ju 87R-2/B-2 Stuka tackled, before it was time to apply be glued in place.

paint. The cockpit parts received A black pin-wash

By: Airfix helped to accentuate
Mr. Hobby H70 RLM 02 Grey and,
Stock Code: A07115 kit part detail.
once the paint had dried, the pre-
Scale: 1/48 coloured PE could be attached.
The RLM 02 paintwork was dry-
Price: £27.99
brushed with a lightened mix,
Available from: then a thin black wash was applied
over all parts and allowed to dry.
Eduard’s Steel seatbelts were then
attached to both seats; these ultra-
thin harnesses were much easier
to manipulate than traditional
PE belts and conformed to 35
Ju 87R-2/B-2

“Photo-etched metal
and Brassin resin sets
from Eduard were

the shape of the seats easily. it’s up to the modeller to decide were all secured carefully before
There were many parts for the what looks best on their model. the completed panel was set aside
cockpit, but several were not used With the main cockpit parts to prevent damage. The Eduard
where it was felt they were too completed, the sidewalls were radio sets were not used, save
hidden or didn’t add to the model. attached to the cockpit floor for the faces, which were simply
Remember…sometimes PE parts and the kit instrument panel attached to the kit part. Using the
may not be the best solution, and was positioned on the forward Eduard parts would leave nowhere
to attach the pilot’s roll-over frame.

Metal and resin

The already painted fuselage
halves were then mated
around the cockpit, the fit
With the original version of this kit having been out for some time, there was
being excellent, with very
already a wealth of aftermarket parts available, and suitable for this
little work required to
version. Though these say Ju 87B-1 they are also appropriate for
neaten any of the joins; but
the B-2/R-2, as the changes were to the engine/prop and wing fuel
rather than sand the seams alone,
tanks alone. To add to the already impressive detail, the following
though, they were all given a coat
Eduard sets were used: 49800 Ju 87B-1 and 49801 Ju 87B-1 Seatbelts
of filler and then abraded. That
Steel. These two packages provided a host of new parts for the cockpit, way, filler was removed rather than
wings and tail surfaces; both offered plain brass and pre-coloured components. bulkhead assembly. This contained the plastic forming the shape of
Also selected was Eduard’s Brassin bomb set, SC 50 German WWII bombs 1/48 the bomb-aiming window and the the model.
(648264) and, to make painting the canopy framing much easier, Eduard’s mask glazing itself had to be masked Airfix’s kit offered the option
set EX536 Ju 87B-1 was also obtained. before painting the assembly in of building the model with a
RLM 02. Eduard’s instrument panel closed engine cowling or with the
was then glued to the kit panel, powerplant exposed. The former
along with the PE rudder pedals. was selected for this build, and
The former item had a number of involved new parts on Runner J,
minute levers to attach, and these which were assembled as per the

The instrument panel

had several tiny levers
to attach, which took
great care to place
correctly. Instrument
dials were glazed with
Humbrol Gloss Varnish.

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 This kit came with a new nose, the  The gun bay, though simple to construct,
openings for the exhausts being completely contained much detail. Several PE parts
different on R-2/B-2 sub-types. were added, enhancing the area further.
 Once the fuselage was assembled, the model progressed rapidly, with the wings and tail
surfaces fitting almost perfectly. The superbly detailed cockpit is obvious.

 Once the main construction was finished,  On the underside of the nose, the bomb
delicate PE exterior parts were attached. aiming window received a PE fairing. Note
 At this stage, all seams had been treated. The undercarriage legs were assembled without Here, the rudder received very fine the sliver of white plastic at the forward
the wheels and they were left unglued to the fuselage, to facilitate painting later. actuators, replacing moulded kit detail. edge, as there was a slight gap.

instructions. Once again, the fit starboard unit. Airfix made the boxes accentuated with Humbrol using the suitably angled wing tip
was excellent and the completed plastic very thin around the bay enamels. A dark wash completed parts in the kit.
nose, minus the exhausts (which access hatch and cutting along the painting, and the wings could Undercarriage spats were
would be painted and attached at the deep panel lines several times then be assembled. With the constructed next and, for a
the end) was then glued onto the soon allowed the panel to be mainplanes attached, the tail model sat on its wheels, a small
assembled fuselage. removed. Gun assembly required surfaces were addressed, and the section had to be removed from
little modification prior to the PE separate elevators were glued the leg of each spat (to show the
Even more refinement parts being added, and these were carefully along the undercarriage in compressed,
Eduard’s PE set had parts to soon ready to paint. The interior of back of the horizontal on-ground condition); this was
enliven the wing gun bays, but it the gun bay was airbrushed RLM stabilisers in the marked clearly in the parts and
was decided to expose just the 02 and the gun and ammunition drooped position, the instructions. There was no
need to fit the wheels at this
point, as was found in the previous
build…a slight modification allows
them to be fitted at the end,
easing painting. Similarly, the
spats themselves did not need
to be glued as they push-
fitted tightly. Leaving 37
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 The propeller needed work before it could

be painted; there were unsightly gaps to fill,
where the rear of the hub met the blades.

 The cockpit framing was partly visible

on the inner canopy and Eduard provided
masks. Once the inside was finished, these
were removed, and the outside addressed.

 The fixed canopy sections were attached

before painting. There were no marks
to indicate where the centre section
should go, but the closed canopy part was
employed as fitting guide.

them unglued allowed them to be

removed, again easing painting.
At this point construction was
almost complete, and it was time Photographs of the particular aircraft
to add the more delicate PE parts being modelled feature in several
to the exterior and attach the non- books, and some of these have colour
opening sections of glazing. The profiles that offer an interesting take
open canopy option was desirable, on the camera images. The standard
and as the Stuka had internal RLM 70/71 splinter was oversprayed
framing to parts of the canopy, with patches of sandy brown colour.
this would need painting before The latter may have been RLM 79, or
attachment. Fortunately, Eduard's possibly mixed from locally available
Ju 87 set contained all necessary paint, possibly Italian…which was
masks and, once positioned, the known to have been used. Of the
order of painting was established. two profiles to hand, both had a
First the exterior framing hidden different propeller spinner colour.
below the slid-back pilot’s canopy The back of the spinner was a light
needed to be painted RLM 70 Black colour; Airfix went with RLM 79,
Having painted and Green. The remaining framing was while another profile suggested RLM
masked the underside, masked temporarily and the green
the upper surface 65. The photograph does appear to
duly airbrushed. On removing the show a slight difference in tone, so
splinter camouflage
was applied in full. interim masking, the inner framing this is possible. The tip of the spinner
received RLM 02 Grey. After the is probably red, as Airfix and some
masks were removed, the canopy of the profiles suggested, and this
could then be attached and the would be expected as it matches the
exterior masks were applied. The
colour of the fuselage letter ‘A’.
rear canopy section was dealt with
The profiles can be found in:
at the same time; this too had
internal framing, but the Eduard Junkers Ju 87 From Dive Bomber to
set, strangely, did not include masks Tank Buster 1935-1945, by Eddie J.
for this. Tamiya tape was pressed Creek, (Classic Publications),
into service to allow the framing to ISBN: 978-1-90653-728-9
be covered. Luftwaffe Colours STUKA Volume,
Eduard's PE provided small by Peter C Smith (Classic Publications),
actuators for the tail control ISBN-10: 1-903223-70-9
surfaces. To fit these, the integrally

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Ju 87R-2/B-2

“A pin wash was applied once

the decals had dried”

moulded detail for the rudder (‘B’, on the instructions) was for camouflage. First, the full splinter was purely conjecture based on
and elevators must be removed, the Libya-based aircraft with its pattern had to be airbrushed by available evidence of other aircraft.
then the new PE parts attached. unusual pattern. After priming first applying a coat of H64 RLM The wing walkways and fuselage
Actuators were also provided for the model with Mr. Surfacer 1000, 71. The splinter pattern was then theatre band were then masked
the elevator trim tabs, but oddly panel lines were pre-shaded masked and airbrushed with and airbrushed appropriately.
there were not enough of these… with black and the correct Mr. H65 RLM 70. Over this, RLM 79 Following 24 hours’ drying, a
one too few on the PE fret, so they Hobby paints selected for the patches were airbrushed freehand gloss coat was airbrushed, and
were omitted. camouflage. The underside was with H66. While there are photos decals were applied the following
airbrushed RLM 65 via H67. This to help with the starboard side evening. It was apparent Airfix’s
Unusual camouflage was then left to dry for 24 hours of the camouflage, there are no fuselage code letters were scaled
The model was now ready for paint, before masking the underside in other images to aid one replicate slightly larger than those on the
and the chosen colour scheme preparation for the upper surface the pattern elsewhere, so this actual aircraft. While Airfix

Soft-edge, Wing walkways

sandy patches were masked and
were airbrushed painted, as was
freehand over the the white theatre
splinter pattern. band on fuselage.

 A pin wash was applied once the decals had dried. The completed propeller assembly was  Eduard’s resin bombs were beautifully detailed, with just a small casting block to remove
then attached, but although the undercarriage was in, the previously painted spats were from each. The ‘whistle’ straps (which provided the terrifying sound as the device dropped)
left unglued as the fit was tight enough to hold them securely. were supplied on separate pour stubs and four of these were attached to each store. 39
Ju 87R-2/B-2

 The delicate
kit pitot tube was
replaced with
Albion Alloys’ (www.
0.6mm brass tube,
which was much

centre section attached) before

being airbrushed RLM 70. Once
assembled, the propeller was glued
into the nose opening. The rear
gun was painted, and to allow the
rear canopy to be posed open,
the cartridge collection bag
underneath the gun had to be
cut away. The gun was then
appears to have used the standard glued carefully into the
Reference size for lettering, the real aircraft
employed slightly undersized
canopy opening, and the
canopy itself attached in
Haynes’ captivating volume offers versions. The letters were aligned look of aged the open position. With
an in-depth study of the Ju 87, along a datum extending from the paintwork. The the aerials anchored
recounting its design lineage, before lower edge of the horizontal arms panel line wash and and navigation lights
examining the type’s anatomy and of the black portion of the fuselage weathering was then painted, the model
its operational career in depth. Balkenkreuz. The upper edge of protected by a further coat was complete.
Crew accounts enliven the text the letters is the same height as of gloss varnish. This is one of my
throughout, including a test pilot the top of the Balkenkreuz in the favourite models
report by the legendary Eric ‘Winkle’ photographs, but on the model, Almost mission from the current
Brown RN and Luftwaffe pilots, with they protruded slightly above this accomplished releases by Airfix. Both
several from Stuka 'experten' Hans- line. Airfix’s decals adhered without The propeller spinner required versions are a delight to build
Ulrich Rudel. This is an ideal volume trouble, though copious amounts careful masking to create the and their detail is excellent from
for Stuka modellers, with plenty of of Microscale setting solutions three-coloured section and the the box. Adding the Eduard sets
period photographs and close-ups of were used. A new scalpel blade propeller itself needed filling seen here, though, certainly
museum exhibits. was then used to cut into all panel and sanding (where the rear elevated the result.
lines, to ensure the decals settled
Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, by: Jonathan into the detail. A further day’s
Falconer, (, drying elapsed before the model
ISBN: 978-1-78521-141-6 was cleaned with warm water and
kitchen towel, to remove the decal
adhesive and solvents. The model
then received more gloss varnish,
followed by a panel line wash of
Flory Models’ Dark Dirt for the
underside and Black for the top.
Exhaust stains were airbrushed,
starting with a sand colour, then
mid-grey, and finally dark grey
in the centre. A dark red-brown
mix was then airbrushed along  Airfix's racks needed to be modified to carry Eduard’s SC 50s; the large attachment stub
various panel lines to impart the for the kit bombs was cut down, then filed to make the required carriers for the Eduard units.

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seats were vague representations

of the type’s Martin-Baker (MB)
After what seems like an eternity, we finally have a new-tool Mk.2 CS and were replaced with
1/72 bomber-canopy Canberra. Andy Davies discovers Aeroclub’s white metal items
(EJ001 – no longer in production).
if S&M Models’ B.2 was worth the wait These were detailed with lead
wire, blue masking tape and pre-

nglish Electric’s Being a typical short-run with the bomb-aimer’s station. painted photo-etched (PE) metal
Canberra, designed by offering, attachment points were The rear section consisted of the accessories from Eduard’s MB
WEW ‘Teddy’ Petter, quite thick and the parts needed navigator’s panel, table and rear Ejection Seat Handles Set (73611);
served with more than careful removal to avoid damage. bulkhead. Unfortunately, the kit Mike Grant Decals’ CKP 072
15 air forces, and was one of the No sink-marks were apparent, due provided instrument dials and
British Canberra B.2

rare foreign designs operated by in part to the lack of alignment cockpit placards.
the US Air Force (as the B-57). pins and locating holes, and no By: S&M Models There was a great deal of cockpit
When news of a freshly tooled short-shot parts were in evidence. plumbing in 1950s aircraft, so
Stock Code: SM K72-40
‘goldfish bowl’ or bomber-canopy Exterior surfaces featured fine, wire looms, conduits,
Canberra emerged in 2015, it engraved panel lines, with no Scale: 1/72 circuit-
was well received within the fading at sharp edges or around Price: £36 breaker
modelling community. For some curved surfaces, and there was no boxes and
reason, this variant has long been warpage. Interestingly, parts for Available from: oxygen
neglected, particularly in 1/72, so the T.4 version were also included piping
the arrival of S&M Models’ B.2 was in this boxing. were
anticipated eagerly (a T.4 is also fashioned from
available — see News last issue). Weighty affair lead wire. With the interior
The sturdy, top-opening box While basic, the cockpit included painted Tamiya XF-69 NATO
contained six styrene runners, a detailed pilot’s instrument Black, selected areas were
holding 66 parts and a single panel, side-walls, central fuse- lightened with the addition of
clear frame for the glazing. box console and floor, complete XF-2 White to avoid the dreaded

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Each undercarriage
bay comprised a
floor, side-walls and
a cross member;
the raised rib and
stringer details
were particularly
well realised.

Due to its short-run nature, most

components had thick runner attachment
points, which needed careful attention. A side-cutter
tool and fresh scalpel blades were the order of the day.

Kit decals
S&M provided a single B.2 scheme, along with full airframe stencilling. Unfortunately,
there were several errors on the decals, notably the fin flash (which should be
rectangular) and black wing walkway lines (which should be red/yellow stripes);
the former was replaced with a spare item, and the latter with alternatives from
Modeldecal (bottom). The kit livery was WK162/CA, 100 Squadron, RAF Marham, 1980.

Exhaust shrouds and

intake cones fitted
into the wings with
minimal fuss. No wing
location tabs were
included, although the
main undercarriage
bay wall provided a
good mating surface.

‘coal-hole’ look, while raised relief strips of 1mm Jammydog and roof, which required an element to the leg before attachment to
was highlighted with matt grey Tamiya tape. of force; without a strong bond, the bay. The wheel hubs received
enamel paint. The instructions this could easily have resulted in Alclad ALC-117 Dull Aluminium, and
made no mention of including Bay watch the bay becoming separated. The the tyres Mission Models MMP-040
adequate nose weight so, with Work then switched to the legs themselves fitted neatly into Tire Black; masking was achieved
the Canberra being a notorious undercarriage bays, which locating pins on the inner faces with Maketar’s MMS017 Wheel
tail-sitter, 35g of lead ballast was contained crisply moulded stringer of the gear doors, ensuring the Masking Kit.
glued behind the rear cockpit and rib detail. These multi-part correct angle was maintained once
bulkhead. Gator’s Grip PVA assemblies resulted in sturdy the undercarriage was attached. Classic wings
secured the cockpit box constructions, which located Extra details were added to the The mainplanes were dry-fitted
glazing, and the canopy easily into raised areas in the lower nosewheel bay and gear leg, but to check for panel alignment and
rim, navigator’s wing halves. Cyanoacrylate (CA) the forward location points were were perfect. As is common with
side and overhead glue was employed here, as the vague and required CA to stay in short-run kits, the trailing edges
windows were undercarriage legs were designed position. It was easier to fit the were slightly thick, so the mating
masked with to fit in square recesses in the bay wheels (and borrowed mudguard) surfaces were reduced with 43

Yellow and
To complement Aeroclub’s seats,
firing handles were sourced from
Eduard’s MB Ejection Seat Handles
Set 73611, which provided items for
MB Mk.5, 7, 16, 16A and GRU-7 units.
The latter were employed for this
To relieve the ‘coal-hole’ effect
project as they appeared the closest
of the black cockpit, it was decided to
to the MB Mk.2’s items and, being enliven the area with different shades
pre-coloured, negated the need for of NATO Black and dry-brushed Neutral
meticulous painting of the yellow/ Grey. Much lead weight was needed to
black stripes. ensure the model wasn’t a tail-sitter.

 As separate wing-tip lights were not

included, the engraved areas were removed
and sections of clear styrene cut and
sanded to shape; these were a considerably
better than the original.

With the cockpit added, lead

With intake and exhaust
wire, scrap resin and 2mm plastic
shrouds in place, and
rod replicated the Canberra’s complex
the replacement engine
plumbing, fuse-box connections
‘bullets’ added, the
and air-conditioning conduits.
wings took on the classic
Canberra shape.
6,000-grade abrasive paper, taped effectively a butt-type affair,
to a flat surface. The single-piece although the wing upper edges
engine exhaust shrouds were then were designed to sit on a moulded
added; thankfully, these fitted wing-root ‘shelf’ on the fuselage
well and needed just a light swipe side. The fit was excellent and
with a sanding stick to merge there were no problems with the
seamlessly into the nacelles. strength of this area (thankfully
Next, the engine intake bullets the completed model has remained
and compressor discs were fitted; stable). Similarly, there were no
 The kit seats (far left) were basic, so metal units from Aeroclub were used instead. Lead while the Avon facings on the issues with the tailplane, which
wire, masking tape strips and Eduard firing handles provided further enhancement. latter were well rendered, the B.2’s simply abutted the rear fuselage.
characteristic single-cartridge Care was needed to ensure
starter breech lacked tip detail and the correct dihedral, this being
appeared too thin. Replacements achieved via copies of official
were made from scrap resin — PE Air Publication (AP) three-view
oddments replicated the knurled drawings and detailed photographs
cartridge mechanism. With the kit from the IPMS (UK) Canberra
parts removed via a micro-drill, Special Interest Group (SIG)
the new items were attached with website (see Reference panel).
CA. By comparison, the two-part The inner edges of the engine
intake cones fitted perfectly, with intake fairings were masked and
no need for filler. sprayed with Mr. Hobby H332
The wing/fuselage join was Light Aircraft Grey, H75 Dark Sea

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“Lead wire,
scrap resin and
2mm plastic
rod replicated
the Canberra’s

Grey and H78 Olive Green; the a characteristic spoked design,

The large single-piece glazing was
latter was used as it contained a but the kit components portrayed test-fitted to check for clearance
brown tint, which matched the a later style. This wasn’t a major issues with the ejection seats.
worn appearance of RAF Dark problem, but if the modeller Fortunately, there was an excellent
Green following several years’ hard wished to build an accurate B.2, join, with just light sanding needed
service. It was decided to replace then replacements must be to blend it into the fuselage.
the kit’s navigation lights (moulded sought. As luck would have it, a
integrally with the wing halves) set of Aeroclub resin wheels
with clear styrene rod. Once
sanded to shape, the new items
were polished to a glass-like finish Manufacturers
with a Dremel rotary tool. at a glance
Mission Models Paints
A wheel dilemma
There was one slight glitch with the (
parts in this release, namely the Abteilung 502 (
 Masking commenced with the intakes (these needed protection as the inner camouflage
mainwheels. The B.2 units featured Tamiya acrylic paint (
colours had been applied earlier), and the ‘goldfish bowl was covered via three 2mm strips
Mr. Hobby acrylic paint of blue Jammydog tape, infilled with Tamiya tape.
Gators Grip ‘Thin Blend’ glue
Alclad II Metallic paint
Microscale Industries
Jammydog Micro Masking Tape
Eduard (
Little-Cars lenses
Micro-mesh (
Humbrol paint (
CMK kits ( 45

Aileron trim tabs, cut

from 2mm plastic strip,  A raised step was apparent along both wing/fuselage joins, so a fresh scalpel
were fitted to the trailing blade removed excess plastic from this area, followed by more wet
edges, and any accidently sanding and the restoration of any damaged panel lines.
filled panel lines restored
 Extra Dark Sea Grey was employed as a pre-shade, being applied to
with a scribing tool.
panel lines and in a random fashion across areas of the airframe.

 Alclad’s Grey Primer and Microfiller was applied to all areas, followed by wet sanding to
check for blemishes. Once any grit and sanding residue had been removed, the model was
re-primed and the process repeated.

were to hand and used during this before a light pre-shade of H332 applied, it was necessary to mask ensure uniformity. Dark Sea Grey
build (note there are currently no Extra Dark Sea Grey was applied the hard-edged camouflage was applied to the upper surfaces,
aftermarket 1/72 Canberra B.2 along panel lines and in a random demarcation lines along the followed by more masking and the
wheels). The nosewheels were fashion over the entire airframe, fuselage sides and wing-tip tank, lightening of selected panels via
also incorrect, being too small in concentrating on hinge points and and for this, AP drawings were the addition of a few drops of XF-2
diameter and not displaying the any moving surfaces. The model sourced via the IPMS Canberra White…more of this colour was
‘dished’ appearance of the real was then polished with various SIG website. Tamiya’s 2mm added until the tonal variation took
items, so replacements from CMK’s grades of Micro-Mesh cloth to Masking Tape for Curves (87177) on a realistically weather-beaten
Quick & Easy set Q72 121 were remove any residual dust and grit, was employed here; where the appearance. Finally, a much lighter
used. Oddly, the characteristic in preparation for the camouflage. camouflage lines curved into the hue was mixed and applied along
nosewheel mudguards were also Light Aircraft Grey was airbrushed fuselage, and along the engine the fuselage and engine
omitted, but these were sourced on the undersides and (using nacelles, inner sides of the wing nacelle tops, as these
from the spares box. online photo references), various tanks and wing leading/trailing areas would naturally
panels were masked and treated edges, additional masking tape reflect more light.
Camo conundrum to a lightened/darkened mix of the was cut to shape and applied in After studying
Alclad’s ALC-302 Grey Primer/ base tone. separate sections. Each part was RAF aircraft for
Microfiller acted as a base coat, Prior to the upper colour being then copied and cut in reverse to many years, it

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was apparent that certain matt that of the profile, with engine mostly soft-edged, White Tack a soft edge. With the masking
green paint finishes weathered nacelles depicted in green on worms set the pattern, with gaps removed, the model was polished
quickly to different tones. Often, the latter and grey in the former. filled with Tamiya tape and tissue with a dry cotton cloth to remove
aircraft painted in RAF Dark Fortunately, the UK Canberra SIG paper. Remaining exposed areas any lingering grit particles. The
Green took on a brownish hue came to the rescue once more, were pre-shaded XF-68 NATO undercarriage bays were then
and to replicate this trait, it was with quality drawings of the Brown, which complemented the masked and sprayed XF-2 White,
found that H78 Olive Green gave original camouflage pattern (see Olive Green top colour. Care was which was correct for the chosen
satisfactory results. Examining References panel), which proved needed to ensure the spray was airframe, and the model treated to
the kit colour guide, it was noted invaluable. directed over the top of the White two coats of MMA-006 Gloss Clear
the top-side view did not match As the demarcation lines were Tack rather than into it, to achieve Coat prior to decaling.

 The process was repeated for the upper surfaces, but a lighter mix was applied to panels
and along the top of the fuselage and engine nacelles, as these areas appeared naturally
lighter on real aircraft.

 The underside received thin coats of

Light Aircraft Grey, allowing parts of the
pre-shade to show through. This added
depth to the otherwise uniform grey finish.

 Inspired by online reference photos,

various panels were masked and a
lightened/darkened mix of the Light
Aircraft Grey base colour applied. Darker
tones were used inboard of the engine  Due to an erroneous camouflage pattern in the painting guide, a correct schematic was
nacelles, as these were the areas of provided by the IPMS (UK) Canberra SIG. White Tack worms set the shape, and were infilled
deepest shadow. with Tamiya tape. The layout could be reworked easily to match photos of the real aircraft. 47

“Overall, this
was a highly
enjoyable project
with the quality
and fit of parts
belying the kit’s
short-run nature”

Free transfer black lines (the

With the Canberra being such a guide also showed
widely used and often colourful them on top of the wing roundels,
beast, the markings chosen for rather than just to the edges).
this release were somewhat Luckily, Modeldecal supplies
muted. Just one kit option was them in the correct style on sheet
available, that of WK162/CA, 100 MD085 (available from www.
Squadron, based at RAF Marham
in November 1980. This was not Canberras weathered heavily
such a problem as, with many over time…hardly surprising
aftermarket decals available (some for an aircraft that soldiered on
exotic), the modeller is spoilt for for more than 50 years, despite
choice. The overall quality of the repaints. Heavy soot deposits
decals was superb, though care formed on the forward fuselage
was needed in their application sides due to the engine cartridge
due to the extremely thin carrier start system, and airflow grime
film — annoyingly, a few rolled into accumulated over many surfaces,
a seemingly hopeless knot. A quick particularly along upper and lower
dunk in tepid water, though, soon nacelle surfaces, inner and outer
 After the green was applied, a lighter mix of the base colour was airbrushed along panel
lines, with a further lightened shade used to highlight weather-worn/replaced panels. straightened them, and they were flaps, and along the bomb bay
again fit for purpose...but there doors. Weathering was achieved
 In preparation for decaling, the model was polished with 10,000-grade Micro-Mesh cloth, were also issues with accuracy. For with MIG Productions PO2
which removed any grit and provided a smooth surface for the gloss coat to follow.
some reason, the kit Black Smoke pigment powder,
fin flashes were ground graphite powder and
cut diagonally Abteilung502 ABT007 Raw
across their Umber, the latter thinned
bases instead with ABT112 Matt Effect
of being in the Thinner. The pigments
traditional were applied with a
round brush, then

oblong shape,
so were replaced from the
spares box. Another problem
concerned the wing walkway lines,
which should have been yellow
with red hatching; unfortunately,
they were represented as solid

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 Unfortunately,
the kit provided
black walkway
lines, which
were incorrect
for Canberra
B.2s. Modeldecal
provided the
correct yellow/
red striped lines,
and these were
used instead.

 The kit wheels were replaced with

aftermarket items, as the main units
featured incorrect hubs, while the
nosewheels were undersized with raised
hubs…whereas CMK’s parts replicated the
correct ‘dished’ type.

any excess residue was blown IPMS (UK) Canberra SIG
away, before being worked gently (
into the paintwork. Raw Umber Aeroguide 7 Canberra: EE Canberra
was applied with a flat brush, B Mk.2/T Mk.4, by Roger Chesneau
left for several minutes and then (Linewrights), ISBN: 978-0-94695-806-1
removed via a thinner-moistened
Airfix Magazine October 1973
cotton bud.
(inc Canberra history, modelling
Final refinement suggestions and drawings)
All that remained were the finer Black Box Canberras: British Test and
details not included in the kit. All Trials Canberras 1951-1994, by Dave
Canberra versions had various Foster (Hikoki), ISBN: 978-1-90210-953-4
 An overall satin varnish coat was applied, before certain areas were buffed lightly with
aerial fits throughout their long English Electric Canberra, by Roland
dry tissue to add a slight sheen. With painting completed, the undercarriage, wing-tip tanks,
careers and the B.2 was no anti-collision lights and aerials were added. Beamont and Arthur Reed (Ian Allan),
exception. In the 1980 time-frame,
ISBN: 978-0-71101-343-8
a yellow blade aerial was located starter system exhaust ports at nature. Most importantly, it looked
on top of the rear fuselage, behind odd opposing angles; these were like a Canberra B.2 when finished, English Electric Canberra, by Bruce
which was a red anti-collision light. reproduced by S&M as shallow which will be more than enough Barrymore Halfpenny (Pen & Sword),
Ahead of the blade and offset to indentations. Each was part-drilled reward for most modellers. For ISBN: 978-1-84415- 242-1
the left was a small triangular with a 2mm micro-drill bit, with those wanting a truly accurate Modelaid March 1987 Canberra
Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) 3mm PE rings fitted to represent model more work is needed, and Datafile (inc history, profiles, 1/72
aerial, and under the rear fuselage the metal ports. Finally, the nose the kit could have benefited from B.6/B(I).8 drawings)
sat another anti-collision light, pitot was fabricated from 0.5mm better research in certain areas,
On Target Profiles 7 English Electric
along with a centrally mounted plastic rod, painted NATO Black, such as the wheels, decals and
Canberra Part 1: Bomber Canopy
IFF aerial. An additional yellow and positioned in the nose glazing. camouflage pattern. With the T.4
Variants in British Service,
blade antenna was located on version also available (and a PR.3
by John Freeman (Aviation Workshop),
the forward left side of the Top bombing and/or PR.7 in the offing), we can
ISBN: 978-1-90464-325-8
bomb bay door, with a further Overall, this was a highly enjoyable look forward to further versions
IFF aerial under the nose. Each project with the quality and fit of of the faithful ‘goldfish-bowl The Canberra Experience,
engine intake fairing had a pair of parts belying the kit’s short-run Cranberry’ in the future. by Steve Beeny (self-published),
ISBN: 978-0-692-78094-7
Warbirds Illustrated 51, Canberra and
B-57, by Ken Delve (Arms & Armour),
ISBN: 978-0-85368-902-7
Warpaint 60 English Electric
Canberra, by Charles Stafrace
Warplane 09 English Electric
Canberra, by Mick Gladwin (Lanasta),
ISBN: 978-9-08616-169-0 49

1 Port elevator 22 Rear fuselage access door 44 Port Rolls-Royce Avon 101
2 Port tailplane 23 Spare starter cartridges
45 Engine starter fairing
3 Rudder balance horn 24 Rear fuselage joint
46 Engine cowlings
4 Rudder trim tab 25 Bomb recording camera
47 Accessory gearbox
5 Trim tab hinge mechanism 26 Bomb bay door jack
48 Leading edge equipment bay
6 Rudder construction 27 Bomb bay door (open)
49 Air conditioning plant
7 Tail navigation light 28 Rear spar double bulkhead
50 Port undercarriage bay
8 Tailcone 29 Rear fuel tank bay
(wheel shown retracted)
9 Spring tab 30 Bomb bay roof construction
51 Mainwheel attaching
10 Starboard elevator 31 Inboard flap (lowered) fuselage frame

11 Elevator hinge control 32 Flap control motor 52 Fuselage keel box 62 Plotting table
12 Tailplane incidence jack 33 Inboard wing construction 53 Forward fuel tank bay 63 Navigator’s radar and
13 Tailplane bracing strut 34 Engine exhaust nozzle instrument displays
54 Fuselage frame and stringer
14 Tailplane construction 35 Tailpipe/duct construction construction 64 One-piece cockpit canopy
15 Elevator horn balance 36 Outboard flap control monitor 55 Fuel tank front bulkhead
65 Pilot’s ejection seat
16 Fin spar attachment 37 Wing stringer construction 56 Equipment bay access hatch
38 Air brake jack mechanism 66 Direct vision window
17 Wooden fin construction 57 Oxygen cylinders
39 Aileron tab 67 Throttles
18 Fin root fairing 58 Radio and electronics
40 Port aileron equipment bay 68 Control column
19 Tailplane control rods
41 Auxiliary fuel tank 59 Rear pressure bulkhead 69 Pilot’s instrument panel
20 Fuel vent pipe
42 Wingtip navigation light 60 Navigator’s ejection seat 70 Rudder pedals
21 Rear fuselage frame
construction 43 Leading-edge construction 61 Cabin roof escape hatch 71 Prone bombing position

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72 Bombsight 81 Twin nosewheels 89 Starter fairing

73 Pitot tube 82 Battery compartment 90 Starboard Rolls-Royce Avon
74 Bomb-aiming window 101 engine
83 Bomb bay door, forward end
75 Cockpit floor 91 Bleed air valves
84 Leading-edge equipment bay
76 Entry door 92 Front engine mounting
85 Electrical generating
77 Electrical equipment equipment 93 Engine main mounting
78 Bombardier’s ejection seat 86 Starboard main
undercarriage bay 94 Spar ring frame
79 Nosewheel bay
87 Main spar attachment 95 Main spar
80 Radio equipment bay access
door 88 Engine air intake 96 Leading-edge rib construction

97 Navigation light
98 Starboard wingtip
99 Tip-tank attachment
100 Fuel filler cap
101 Tank navigation light
102 Auxiliary fuel tank
103 Starboard aileron
104 Aileron construction
105 Aileron tab
106 Shrouded aileron balance
107 Wing rib construction
108 Starboard airbrake
109 Jet pipe duct
110 Outboard flap (lowered)
111 Engine exhaust nozzle
112 Rear spar ring frame
113 Inboard wing section
114 Trailing edge flap shroud
115 Inboard flap (lowered)
116 Rear spar attachment 51

We explored Key Publishing's archive for
these fascinating Canberra B.2 photos

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1 This wonderful shot of a 12 Squadron

Canberra B.2 was taken during a 24,000-
mile (38,624km) RAF tour of Latin America,
which began on October 20, 1952..with
export sales in mind. Note the Binbrook
Station flash on the nose.

2 English Electric Chief Test Pilot

Roland Beamont at the controls of the
first Canberra B.2, VX165. The panel with
small windows behind the cockpit would
be jettisoned in the event of rear crew
ejection. (all Key Collection)

3 Taken in July 1993, this photo shows

231 OCU Canberra B.2 WJ731/BK; the unit’s
usual leopard badge was replaced by RAF
Wyton’s station crest to mark the last flight
of the B.2 in RAF service.

4 Pristine Belfast-built B.2s await flight

testing at Short’s hangar, Aldergrove,
Northern Ireland in 1954. The aircraft are
finished in High Speed Silver.

5 Proud of their new mount, these aircrew

stand by B.2 WD948, one of the first batch
of Canberras delivered to 101 Squadron, RAF
Binbrook, Lincolnshire. The image is dated
January 8, 1952, and the aircraft wears
Medium Sea Grey over Gloss Black.

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6 Canberra B.2 WH727 is pictured most

probably while in Aden, Yemen, during its
service with RAF Khormaksar’s Station
Flight. The unusual overall white scheme
would have been to help reflect the harsh
Arabian sun.
7 Canberra B.2(TT) WH734 was employed
by the Royal Aircraft Establishment at
Llanbedr, Wales, for target work. It wears
the ‘raspberry ripple’ scheme common to
RAE aircraft, along with yellow and black
target-towing stripes. A typical load would
be a Stiletto supersonic target (as seen
here) under the starboard wing, and a
Rushton winch to port.
8 This B.2 served with six RAF units in
all, but here it sports the chequerboard tail
motif of 100 Squadron. Armourers load a 6
trio of 1,000lb (453kg) bombs into its belly.

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with much highlighting and shading to make
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on the traders’ stands for future
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late January, the the merits of their styrene distances to experience this post- few extolling the hobby’s fun side,
annual migration of treasures. This was also a meeting Christmas splurge by those keen with ‘Tiger’ tanks and a new take
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Motoring Corporation stable of

Austin Healey 3000 and Mini
Cooper 1275 S, then culminated
in a factory Ford deal. Behind the
wheel of one of Ford’s RS1600
Escorts, he dominated the RAC
Rally between 1973 and 1975,
alongside British co-driver Henry
Liddon. Belkits’ boxing of his
1973 RAC-winning Escort was an
Ian Grainger pays tribute obvious choice with which to pay
homage to a man, described by
to Timo Mäkinen, by building his those who knew him, as the “rally
1973 RAC-winning Escort via Belkits’ 1/24 kit drivers’ rally driver”.

Blue oval in a box

innish rally legend Timo conditions, than a ‘normal’ driver possess just a superficial Upon receipt of the review kit,
Mäkinen died last year, could perform in perfect weather. resemblance to their road-going the first thing noted, other than
leaving behind a legacy These iconic cars bore more original…and very few parts the striking action photograph
of wins from an era relevance to public vehicles from the factory itself. Timo’s of the pastel blue and white
when ‘road’ cars could be driven than any modern World Rally career began in a Triumph TR3, rally machine, was the official
harder and faster in abnormal Championship machine, which moved on through the British licence hologram and sticker
from Ford. This isn’t something
taken lightly by a manufacturer,
and the product in question
definitely represented the quality
required for such backing. On
closer inspection of the contents,
it comprised 144 parts, spread
across six runners; three in white
styrene, one clear (for glazing),
another in chrome plate for
lamps and bumpers, and one of
vinyl/rubber for the mud flaps,
plus two sets of four tyres (with
different treads) in the same
material. The body shell came
 In a first for Belkits, the decals for the Escort kits were produced by Cartograf, and as  Belkits supplied a small PE set including packaged in a separate miniature
such were superb additions to the overall package. belt hardware, brake disc faces and grilles. card box to prevent damage,

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 The body was secured on a Tamiya Spray Works Painting Stand for primer application.  To make the steering wheel appear more realistic, holes were drilled in the spokes before
Several holes were pre-drilled to accept items for the final build. it was added to the dash, prior to painting.

 Similarly, the interior ‘tub’ had the sturdy roll cage constructed and fitted in advance  After priming, Zero Paints’ ZP-1317 Ford Olympic Blue was applied over areas of ZP-1332
of priming. Ford Diamond White, which was masked in stages.

and all runners were bagged addition (for this manufacturer) best in the business for decal themselves were supplied as blue
separately, to avoid scratches. was the collaboration with Italy’s production. A small photo-etched and black ribbon, contained in
The mouldings were excellent, Cartograf for the decals. This (PE) metal fret included a bag with self-adhesive (white)
with no flash and very little company needs no introduction details for the various window masks, akin to those in
evidence of moulding flaws, to the modelling community, grilles, brake disc faces, and Hasegawa kits.
such as sink marks. A major new as it’s considered one of the seatbelt hardware. The latter A small sheet of self-adhesive


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body, and pre-build certain major

items for painting during the
initial steps of an automotive
build, and this was the approach
taken here, in deviation from
the instructions. Holes were
drilled in the body forward of
the windscreen as directed, for
the particular left-hand drive
(LHD) version, and another
to accept the offside
(right) roof aerial
mounting. The rear
vinyl/rubber mud
flaps required
fitting in the
final stages,
so appropriate
holes were drilled,
using these items
as templates, since
there were no
moulded locating
points. Attention
then moved to the interior
components, where the ‘office’
floor pan received the correct
drilled holes for the LHD version;
 With most of the main body glazing before the rear bulkhead was
masked, more Ford Olympic Blue was attached and the roll cage
airbrushed carefully onto the window pillars. constructed and fitted ready for
‘FORD’ emblems and mirror painting. Next the LHD dash was
‘glass’ completed the package. assembled, with 0.3mm holes
drilled into the steering wheel
Rally ready spokes for added realism.
The kit’s mouldings were Vallejo’s 73.600 White Primer
extremely crisp; however, (
minor sanding of fine seam was applied to the body, which
lines on the body and roll cage was suspended on a Tamiya
was undertaken to clean the Spray Works stand, followed by
parts further. The first stages airbrushing of the interior of the
of the (comprehensive and cabin roof liner, plus front and
clear) instructions depicted rear ‘bumper’ areas with Zero
construction of the lower Paints’ ZP-1332 Ford Diamond
chassis. It was an unusual White. This paint dried quickly, so
sequence; as it was considered with the relevant areas masked,
more logical to deal with the several thin coats of ZP-1317 Ford

 With the masking removed, the black window framing and sun visors were hand-brushed  The rear suspension components featured leaf spring units, to replicate those of the
with Abbadon Black. late-1960s-designed car.

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 The front suspension was steerable, but most of the detail was obscured by the crash  Belkits’ rubber/vinyl tyres required heating in hot water to stretch over the ‘minilite-
plate. Kit-supplied PE metal brake disc faces enhanced both the front and rear assemblies. style’ wheel hubs. was airbrushed at

Ford Escort RS1600 Mk 1

12-15psi (0.8-1.1bar), with ALC-

By: Belkits 106 White Aluminium employed
Stock Code: BEL-006 for the lower engine block and
its ‘crash’ plate, plus the rear
Scale: 1/24 differential cover. The brake
Price: £44.99 components were coated with
ALC-111 Magnesium, before the
Available from: The Hobby
rear Bilstein shock absorbers
received their trademark
colour, replicated via Tamiya’s
X-8 Lemon Yellow. With all
components painted, the
lower chassis assembly was
constructed in accordance
with the instructions. Next,
 The completed lower chassis looked the part and replicated the original’s rugged
Olympic Blue were applied to structure faithfully.
the main body shell. Next, the
front window pillars received the
same shade, after the single-
piece glazing had been masked
carefully. Once the latter was
removed, the black
framing and sun INCLUDING ABREE”
visors were
with Citadel
Black…a well-
defined ridge in
the moulding made
this much easier.

Getting on stage
The pre-constructed
dash and interior
assemblies, plus several
of the smaller suspension,
brake, exhaust and drive-train
components were separated
from their main runners,
suspended with a variety of
hand holds, and then airbrushed
73.602 Black Primer. For the
exhaust pipe, Alclad’s ALC-115
Stainless Steel (www.alclad2- 61

 The completed interior appeared workmanlike, with accurate details and accessories such
as seatbelts and buckles.

 Vallejo 73.602 Black Primer served as the base layer for the dash sub-assembly. This was
then enlivened by dry-brushed Citadel Codex Grey and decals.

the PE brake disc faces were further application of physics. With the above areas dry, the employed successfully. With
secured to their corresponding The obvious solution was to interior, seats and dash could the ‘office’ completed, it was
parts with PVA. heat the tyres, gingerly, with be airbrushed with 62.062 mated to the lower chassis
The ‘minilite’ wheels received very hot (almost boiling) water, Premium Matt Varnish. The rear and attention returned to the
black primer and were then allow them to cool sufficiently bulkhead stowage, supplied in vehicle’s main body.
brought to life with ALC-117 Dull to handle, and then stretch over vinyl/rubber, housed a bright
Aluminium. A wash of Citadel the rims. The wheels and tyres X-7 Gloss Red extinguisher and Refining the pace notes
Shade Nuln Oil had a similar were then fitted to the lower Citadel Mithril Silver wheel Alclad’s ALC-310 Klear Kote Gloss
effect on the metallic chassis chassis sub-assembly. brace. It was decided not to supplied a base for the decals,
and wheel components. Once Black interior components use the kit’s seatbelts, instead and Abbadon Black replicated
dry, an initial attempt was made were rescued from their ‘scale opting for Modeler’s Racing the window framing, so once the
to fit the tyres (supplied with blandness’ by subtle dry- Harness 1/24 P501-1100 items main body was dry and ready
the correct mud/gravel tread brushing with Citadel Codex ( This proved for handling, the kit’s markings
pattern), but on this occasion Grey, and once the instrument erroneous, as they suffered from were applied. Mr.Hobby’s Mr.Mark
Belkits’ vinyl/rubber compound dial decals were applied to the fraying, negating the advantage Setter NEO and Softer NEO, plus
proved less than helpful, making dash, the whole area took on of their self-adhesive nature, gentle heat from a hairdryer,
the task impossible without a more realistic appearance. and Belkits’ PE buckles were eased their positioning. The


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Cartograf decals were superb; all-important, rear-view mirror appropriate lenses were also
MATERIALS thin enough to conform to the
body’s complex curves, but
received its sticker along with
the lower front grille (pre-
fitted from inside the body. As
with the glazing, the main body
Zero Paints ( sufficiently strong for minor painted white); fitted from the had to be teased and stretched
ZP-1317 Ford Olympic Blue abuse during their application, interior with PVA, and not from to fit over the lower chassis, but
ZP-1332 Ford Diamond White beginning with the main white the exterior, as suggested in once located, looked perfect.
‘striped’ areas. Small RS1600 the instructions. Being the With the varnish dried and body
Alclad II Lacquers
decals, located on the front round headlamp version, the fitted, Tamiya 87070 Polishing
wings, were laid on top of PE
ALC-106 White Aluminium
rectangles, giving them realistic
ALC-111 Magnesium scale depth. Upon completion,
ALC-115 Stainless Steel the milk sponsorship looked
ALC-117 Dull Aluminium every part the 1970s period
ALC-310 Klear Kote Gloss advertising campaign on wheels;
Mäkinen’s milk float indeed! A
Mr. Hobby (
0.05mm Pentel pigment liner
Mr. Mark Setter NEO
then shaded the body panel
Mr. Mark Softer NEO
shuts to simulate scale depth.
Mr. Surfacer 1000
With the decals cured fully,
H-1 Gloss White
Mr. Color H-22 Gloss Clear was
H-12 Flat Black
selected to seal them, after
H-22 Gloss Clear
which the body was set aside for
T-110 Aqueous Hobby Color Thinner a week, before final construction
Tamiya ( and handling.
Masking tape (various widths) Small chrome-plated
X-7 Red components, such as the rally
lamp rear hemispheres, received
X-8 Lemon Yellow
a coat of Codex Grey, while X-27  Interior and chassis sub-assemblies mated with consummate ease, and this boded well
X-26 Clear Orange
Clear Red and X-27 Clear Orange for the body shell.
X-27 Clear Red
breathed life into the lamps
87003 Cement
and indicators. Interestingly,
87038 Extra Thin Cement
many modellers have been
87070 Polishing Compound Finish
compelled in the past to remove
87090 Compound Applicator cloths
the chrome plating from
Vallejo ( components and re-paint. Here,
62.062 Premium Matt Varnish the metallic finish was in keeping
73.600 White Primer with the subject and appeared
73.602 Black Primer appropriate for the scale.
Vallejo’s 62.062 Premium Matt
Games Workshop Varnish was applied to the rally
( lamp brackets on this occasion.
Citadel Shade: Nuln Oil No adhesive was required
Citadel Colour: Abbadon Black, Codex for the main glazing, which
Grey, Mithril Silver snapped into place, but needed
fettling to locate correctly. The 63


Compound Finish, with the for more accurate items from

corresponding 87090 Compound the spares box, namely those
Applicator cloth, buffed the main produced by the presumed-
components to a show shine. defunct MRM international.
Abbadon Black simulated the Company owner, Mike Rosser,
‘hole’ behind the main radiator actually used to produce a
grille; once this PE mesh was limited ‘garage’ resin kit of the
fitted, along with the headlamp Escort Mk.1 in 1/24, many years
shroud, the Escort’s iconic ago. The final element was the
‘face’ was there for all to see. radio aerial, which attached
All the remaining minor body neatly to the offside roof gutter.
components were then fitted
(via judicious application of PVA) Rally round-up
without drama. A neat feature Belkits has produced another
of this version was the inclusion high-quality kit with its Ford
of the front vinyl/rubber mud Escort RS1600. The level of
guards, which sat beneath the accuracy is a first for this subject
front corner bumpers of the in 1/24, making it the moulding
 A Pentel 0.05mm pigment liner was employed to accentuate the panel shuts, after classic ‘Mexico’ style. The kit’s PE of choice, and the manufacturer
airbrushed Alclad II ALC-310 Klear Kote Gloss, which also acted as a decal base. body fasteners were discarded continues to improve with each

 The first Cartograf decals to be applied were the broad white stripes, which conformed  Similarly, the remaining sponsorship decals settled superbly, after which they received
well to the complex body curves, albeit with the aid of decal solvents. protection from airbrushed H-22 Gloss Clear.

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 The main glazing simply snap-fitted into the main body, negating the need for any adhesive…but care was needed to
ensure the correct position.

release. Neat touches such as

the moulded vinyl/rubber mud
flaps and self-adhesive emblems,
which elevate Belkits from a
mere limited-run manufacturer,
to rivalling the Hasegawa and
Aoshima/Beemax ‘establishment’
when it comes to automotive
subjects. Cartograf decals made
the decorative stage of the
build an absolute joy. Several
after-market schemes, plus
race car conversion decals and
accessories are now available,
so the longevity of this kit
is assured. An automotive
modeller with a few basic builds  Once the front grilles and headlamps had been fitted, the model
under their belt would have looked every part an Escort Mk.I, with the type’s characteristic ‘face’
readily apparent.
little trouble attempting one
of these Escort kits. Belkits’
next release is the Opel Manta
400 Gr.B; one boxing is that of
Jimmy McRae and Rob Arthur’s
machine and is anticipated
eagerly by this modeller.

Steve Abbey tackles
Revell’s 1/35 rendering
of the Bundeswehr’s
stop-gap M48A2GA2
main battle tank

ven when the newly being developed. It was therefore enhanced by a Leopard 1-style What’s in the box
developed Leopard 1 was decided to upgrade the combat cupola. Delivered initially in This newly tooled model was
introduced in 1965, the US performance of 650 M48s, these 1978, the eventual arrival of supplied in one of Revell’s typical
M48 Patton main battle being re-designated M48A2GA2. the Leopard 2 resulted in the side-opening boxes, which
tank (MBT) and its 90mm gun The original 90mm gun was upgraded M48s being assigned contained 261 parts on six dark
continued to form the backbone of replaced with the British L7 mostly to reserve tank battalions green styrene runners. The
the German army for many years. 105mm unit (also fitted to and five companies of the German tracks and searchlight cable were
Although outdated by the the Leopard 1), while a new Territorial Army’s armoured supplied in soft black vinyl, and a
late 1970s, significant numbers targeting searchlight improved reconnaissance battalions. They length of steel wire was included
remained in service because its night-fighting capability, and remained in service until German for antennas.
Leopard 2 replacement was still the commander’s position was reunification in 1990-91. Building started from the

 Revell’s highly textured side and rear walls were attached easily to the base, thanks
to the integrally moulded locating lugs…which formed a solid, boat-shaped hull.
 Once the joins had been treated with filler (see panel), the suspension arms, along
with lift hooks, stops and dampers were added and the whole sub-assembly was set
aside to dry.

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 Several sink marks in the single-piece upper hull were treated with filler and then
sanded…along with where the front track guard supports met the main deck.

 After assembling the running gear, return rollers, and drive and return wheels, they were
dry-tested, ready to be fitted later in the build after being painted.

 To ensure a good join between the hull halves’ aft sections, they were taped tightly  The textured bow join was treated in the same manner as the lower side panels, to
while the glue set. restore the roughened surface. Note the additional filler on the track guard supports.

bottom up. Side and rear walls continuing with the build. During Attention then turned to the

were attached easily to the base, the project, it was realised running gear, after which the
By: Revell thanks to the prominent integrally Revell made a mistake on the suspension arms, lift hooks, stops
Stock Code: 03236 moulded locating lugs. Along herringbone-configured engine and dampers were all added and
Scale: 1/35 with bolts, panels and inspection exhausts, in that there was one then the whole sub-assembly
ports, Revell replicated the type’s vane missing from each side… was put aside to dry. All road,
Price: £26.99 characteristic cast surfaces however, unless one is an expert drive, idler and return wheels
Available from: Revell stockists with a distinctive roughened on the type this omission is were neatened, assembled and
surface texture. While this looked otherwise unnoticeable. test-fitted, before being painted
good, addressing gaps in the and (in a departure from the
joins required more diligence instructions) set aside for later.
than usual (see panel). As Tamiya XF-67 NATO Green was
noted on the instructions, used as a base coat, and the
several guide holes wheels’ rubber portions received
must be drilled before Lifecolor UA733 Tyre Black. 67


Revell produced this model with a highly textured finish, to simulate cast items;
unfortunately, this relief was lost easily when parts were mated, especially if the
seams were filled/sanded subsequently. However, with just minor effort, this can
be reinstated relatively quickly, with the added bonus of creating better joins.

 The turret exhibited the same style of textured surface as the main hull, to replicate the
real unit’s cast nature.

surface details, there was no All in a whirl

1 The separate components were aligned carefully, to ensure the best possible join, representation of the periscope Moulded with a similar surface
with a rigid sanding stick employed to remove any imperfections, before Tamiya Extra Thin glazing, either on the hull and texture as the hull, the two-part
Cement was flowed into the seam, after which the parts were pressed tightly together. turret. Indeed, all the lights and turret required several more holes
their respective mountings were drilled for attachment of German-
moulded in solid green styrene. specific parts. The gun mount
Track supports and stowage was then sandwiched between
boxes were then added, along the halves, as they were glued
with a variety of smaller, but together. Split vertically, the L7 gun
still well-moulded details. Here barrel didn’t have any mounting
a decision had to be made over pins or holes, so care was needed
whether certain hatches should to align the halves correctly, before
be fixed open or closed, but as fitting them to the gun shield.
the kit lacked any interior, the A certain amount of filling and
latter was chosen. The gun travel sanding was needed subsequently,
lock was installed in the stowed to obtain an acceptable result.
2 Mr.Dissolved Putty was then painted over and around all the joined areas, filling position and the driver’s rear-view Another slight frustration was
any apparent gaps, and after an hour, any excess was removed, which left a thin pale- mirrors were also fixed in this encountered with the mantlet
coloured residue. By this stage, while the joins had just about disappeared, so had the manner, as both surfaces had a canvas, which was moulded flat,
texture around them, and the hull was set aside for several hours to dry fully. visible ejector pin mark. but then had to be bent around

3 Next, Tamiya Extra Thin Cement was applied to the joins, which melted both
plastic and putty, before they were blended by stippling the surface with an old
brush, working on small sections at a time, to create roughened texture. A quick
splash of paint revealed any need to repeat the process, with the advantage it
would also lessen the textured appearance, so any imperfections will be
reduced as well.

Fittings fun firmly with strips of

Revell supplied the upper hull and masking tape while
track guards as a large single-piece the glue dried; the
moulding. Unfortunately, there textured bow join
were several sink marks in this was treated to the
part, both under the guards and on same technique
the hull sides, which required filling used previously on
…as well as where the front track the hull’s lower sides
guard supports met the main deck. (see panel). Although
Both upper and lower hull pieces Revell made a good
were then mated and clamped job in replicating some

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the mantlet; due from soft vinyl material) was set machine gun wasn’t used. The two grab rails, were fitted last. After
to the limited space aside until after the model was Wegmann smoke grenade racks unsuccessful attempts to pierce
between the latter and painted. At this stage, the rest (one on either side of the turret) the kit’s antenna mounts with the
the turret, it restricted barrel of the turret details were added, were fitted next, each comprising provided lengths of wire, it was
movement severely. starting with the searchlight four launchers, although curiously decided to fashion the antenna
Sadly, the searchlight lens was stowage box, which was fixed to one was moulded on the support bases with filler. In hindsight, it
moulded integrally with that unit’s the turret rear, along with both bracket itself, with the rest would have been more prudent to
front plate, and not as a separate equipment racks. Hatches and attached separately. Two jerry cans use the unaltered styrene parts,
clear part, so the doors were the commander’s cupola were with integrally moulded holders which represented capped units
attached in the closed position installed shut, although the rather and straps were also supplied, (fitted when antennas weren’t
and the connecting cable (made simplified cupola-mounted MG3 and these, along with the turret installed on a vehicle).

KIT SCHEMES To confirm alignment and fit of the vertically split main gun barrel, brown
paint was used as a primer, which also highlighted any gaps in the seam.
Revell supplied sufficient markings to cater for one of four options, two of which
were in standard NATO three-tone camouflage, and two in overall dark green.
• Y-328642/+644, Pz.Btl 523, Heimatschutzbrigade 52, Lingen, 1990
• Y-732151/+723, Pz.Btl 623, Heimatschutzbrigade 62, Wietmarschen-Lohne, 1988
• Y-130667/+212, Pz.Aufkl.Btl 4, 4. Pz.Gren.Div, Roding, 1980
• Y-813938/+320, Pz.Btl 543, Heimatschutzbrigade 54, Hermeskeil, 1989

 The cluttered turret exterior involved a substantial parts count, with separate grab rails,  With main assembly completed, the model received black primer, before the initial XF-67
stowage, hatches, and antenna mounts. NATO Green camouflage layer, which was applied in a series of misted layers. 69

The M48 Main Battle Tank in German
Army Service, by Stefan Marx

NATO standard applied. Thin layers were misted diagrams, areas to be painted overspray was removed quickly
Initially, after removing the over the model, building the XF-68 NATO Brown were masked with a blob of White Tack, before
wheels, the whole model was intensity so 100% paint coverage with thinly rolled White Tack and the paint had a chance to dry and
sprayed with Vallejo’s 73.602 was achieved on the horizontal tape, then airbrushed in the same was then retouched as required.
Black Primer. When dry, all surfaces, while allowing a hint of manner as the green. This process The kit’s few decals were applied
periscope and light fittings were primer to show through on the was repeated for the final hue, over a coat of gloss varnish, and
masked and the first camouflage lower, and less well-lit places. XF-69 NATO Black. After each these settled onto the textured
colour, XF-67 NATO Green, Following Revell’s instruction airbrushing session, any light surface without issue. As a final

A handy tip is to use a blob of White Tack

to remove any overspray before the latter
has dried. At this stage, the painted
camouflage looked quite vibrant,
and didn’t appear to be a
form of concealment.

In accordance with Revell’s

painting guide, the upper hull
and turret were masked with thinly
rolled White Tack and tape, in
preparation for XF-68 NATO Brown.

 The kit’s minimal decals were applied to gloss-varnished surfaces, before the lights were  To start the weathering process, AMMO-MIG’s Engine Grime was applied to accentuate raised
painted with red, orange or white, as appropriate. detail and recessed panel lines…followed by the darker MIG Track Wash on the running gear.

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A misted overspray of
Dust Effects created just the
right amount of weathering
and unified all the underlying
tones, muting any contrast
 AMMO-MIG’s Dust Effects product was employed to replicate the type’s characteristic dust- between the camouflage shades.
covered exterior, and was brushed into nooks and crannies on the hull, turret and running gear.

 Reference photos indicated the track pins rusted quickly, so to recreate this appearance,  The lower rear hull panels received a heavy application of Dust Effects, to simulate
Lifecolor’s Rust Base Color was brush-painted onto these items. earth/dirt thrown up by the tracks.

touch, the vehicle lights were highlighting raised detail and brushed into nooks and crannies, to several reference photos, the
painted in their appropriate red, recessed panel lines. This was including tracks and wheels, after track pins quickly became coated
orange or white shades. followed by a few drops of the which a clean paintbrush, loaded with rust, and this was replicated
darker A.MIG-1002 Track Wash on with lighter fluid, was used to with Lifecolor UA702 Rust Base
Dust and rust the running gear, to create areas push the pigment further into Color, applied with a narrow-
AMMO-MIG’s A.MIG-1407 Engine of deeper shadow. any recesses. A thin layer of Dust pointed brush. Worn metal was
Grime is a dark grey enamel Most reference photos showed Effects was then misted gently then portrayed on the stowed tow
wash, ideal for creating the operational M48s either covered over the whole tank, with more cables with lead pencil, before
appearance of soiled surfaces in a layer of mud, or coated in a layers concentrated at the front, the addition of the searchlight
and accumulations of dirt, and patina of pale dust. To create the sides and rear, where dust was box and antennas were added to
this was applied as a pin wash, latter, A.MIG-015 Dust Effects was seen to accumulate. According complete the project.

Patton ponderings
By producing this important
variant, Revell has filled a
significant gap in the M48 Patton
family. The textured surfaces

will either be loved or hated…

but at least the effort was made,
unlike other companies. It was
unfortunate a clear runner
containing searchlight, periscope
glazing and lights wasn’t included,
but careful painting should
mitigate this. Overall, this model
was a delight to build and, with
its relatively low parts count
was soon finished, and note that
Revell also added an A2/A2C
variant to its M48 range. 71
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Spanish Nationalist and Soviet Air Javelin Boys, Air Defence from
Forces, the latter by capture. This Cold War to Confrontation
softback package in Kagero’s useful By: Steve Bond
Topdrawings series offers great ISBN: 978-1-910690-40-6
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appreciation of the A-0, A-1 and B-1 interceptor…the last aircraft
airframes and their nuances (such to bear Gloster’s name and the
as different engine cowlings), and mixed-bag result of ever-changing
these are accompanied by similar Air Ministry requirements. Known
in 1/48…but the inclusion of three as the ‘Flying Flat-Iron’ and overseas deployments to Germany,
large, separate folded sheets with ‘Harmonious Dragmaster’’, due Cyprus, Singapore, during the
Topdrawings 45 Henschel Hs 126 1/32 plans is puzzling, as there’s to its reluctance to break contact Indonesian Confrontation and
By: Srecko Bradic no kit in this scale as far as we are with terra-firma, the Javelin Rhodesian unilateral declaration of
ISBN: 978-83-65437-60-0 aware (scratch-builders could have eventually became a flexible independence. Operational flying,
Price: £18.10 a field day though!). Also provided and effective resource for the including air-intercept exercises,
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The Hs 126 was a much-employed profiles exemplify the different and hair-raising, some amusing, but in depth, along with previously
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asset for the German Luftwaffe type. This is a handy and relatively of affection for the beast. The and black and white photographs.
during World War Two, but it also inexpensive study of an interesting author covers operations from This book has it all; the derring-do,
served the Hellenic, Estonian, aircraft type. CC the first deliveries in 1956, along professionalism and dedication of
with its initial teething problems, those that flew and serviced the
288 pages through to final withdrawal in 1968. difficult, but ultimately successful
LUFTWAFFE ARCHERY Also included are accounts of delta design. AD
is covered exhaustively, from
initial sketches and test-beds, to
the V- and M-series prototypes.

Production machines then form Cocardes No.1 Mirage F.1

the core of the book, augmented By: H Brun, J Seguin, R Gire
by operational records of fighter ISBN: N/A
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While modellers in general will Format: 297 x 210mm
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if’ community will be enraptured
over the proposed concepts, This new series from French
from ‘zwilling’ to jet/propeller publisher Dragoon Editions, edited
designs. A chapter is devoted by Hervé Brun, focuses on single
to Allied post-war testing, with aircraft types and the debut delves
engineers and pilots amazed by into Dassault’s delectable Mirage
the type’s performance, and the F.1. The bulk of the main text is in
Dornier Do 335 Pfeil/Arrow volume is completed by sections French, but basically describes
By: JR Smith, EJ Creek and G on camouflage and markings, each F.1 sub-type (A, C, C-200, B, E,
Roletschek followed by a walk-round montage. CR and CT), and operators, before
ISBN: 978-1-90653-750-0 The period photos are mostly offering myriad 1/72 scale drawings
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profiles, adding greatly to the of the drawings spreads also feature also reflected by the artwork (South
Classic's second edition of its engaging narrative. Arguably, the a photo, and the captions are in Africa and France being suitable
opus on Dornier’s Do 335 builds real gems are contained in the English to ease one’s understanding. examples). Colour illustrations of
on the revelations of the first, appendices, including a facsimile There then follows a comprehensive national insignia also decorate the
yet adds even more previously copy of the official Do 335A-1 colours and markings section, with appropriate pages, while a walk-
unknown material. After an Handbook, a detailed listing of all many revealing photographs and round chapter offers close-ups of
initial recount of Dornier’s earlier aircraft built, and line drawings colour three-views for different this attractive aircraft. The softback
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80 pages

national pride, an unhealthy dose USN Battleship Vs IJN Battleship

of inter-service rivalry, and a boxful By: Mark Stille
of political intrigue. The undoubted ISBN: 978-1-4728-1719-8
highlights are the ‘what might Price: £12.99
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tri-rotor ‘Air Horse’ W.11T, Fairey’s Web:
various Rotodyne compound
concepts and Westland’s impressive In the years prior to World
twin-engined W.81. Those are War Two, the barometer of a
remarkably conventional, however, nation’s maritime strength was
when compared to Chapter 5’s the number of battleships it
ten-engined Helicrane and Bristol- possessed (and the size of the
Siddeley’s BE-53 Pegasus-powered main guns). While wartime clashes
‘Flying Pig’. It’s therefore something between opposing battleships
of a relief, when it’s realised all this were rare, Mark Stille dissects
was the precursor to the acquisition the capabilities, tactics and
The Air Staff and the Helicopter programmes for the Chinook, training of the US and Imperial training, fire control systems and
By: Chris Gibson Puma and Merlin helicopters. Yet, Japanese navies in his analysis of tactics, along with profiles of
ISBN: 978-0-9561951-6-6 in terms of intrigue, this is where the two such events from during the commanders involved in the
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With a title that sounds like a even space to include the Chinook treatment, beginning with an hits, and how luck often plays a
surreal children’s novel, this latest Mk.3 avionics fiasco. ‘What-if’ overview of the various battleship significant part, such as when USS
in ‘The Air Staff’ series covers how modellers will appreciate the various classes, which also highlights their Washington, by then the single
helicopters have been operated, embryonic schemes (and what a strengths and weaknesses, before main US combatant, was missed
maintained and used by the British display they’d make), while there’s providing a brief overview of the by multiple torpedoes, despite
armed forces, and proves the truth plenty of material on serving rotary- strategic situation in the Pacific. minimal manoeuvring. While
can occasionally be far stranger than wing platforms; however, this is far The real meat of this book begins not aimed at modellers, it does
fiction. It’s a scarcely believable mix more informative as a historical with the ships’ specifications, provide a wealth of information,
of an embryonic wartime concept, document. SF before delving into each side’s and is well worth a read. SF

47 pages

1941. Used extensively by all single- and twin-seat form. As with

branches of the German armed other works in the range, the book
forces, the vehicle served in provides port and starboard colour
France, Sicily, the Eastern Front profiles and there are 21 machines
and North Africa. Sabot’s study portrayed in this instance; the
involves black and white photos only slight criticism is that none
alone, without any captions, but of these hardbacks supply plan/
the imagery is revealing indeed underside views. That said, there
and will help modellers no end… is colour in abundance, due to the
particularly those embarking on fact the F-5 served with so many air
dioramas. The latter would be well arms around the globe…a sure-fire
served, via the superb scenes route to non-muted grey schemes!
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North American publisher Sabot and Kfz.83 searchlight generator Format: 303 x 216mm Singapore F-5T, the latter with
has various useful imprints, and carrier. Thankfully, most photos Web: special tiger artwork. Arguably
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this pictorial examination of the show prime examples of how The Spotlight series from Azarakhsh, operated by the Islamic
ubiquitous Krupp Protze truck. troops’ personal equipment and Mushroom Model Publishing Republic of Iran Air Force. All
This was a hard-worked, six- on-vehicle tools were stored, as offers much inspiration for colour profiles are accompanied by colour
wheeled transport and artillery well as the general patina induced schemes worn by individual aircraft names and/or Federal Standard
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240 pages

of period photos, mixing air-to-air and Miniature sections, with

with ground-based shots; the latter four chapters apiece, and
include a welcome sprinkling of comprehensive appendices for
maintenance-orientated scenes. kit, accessory and decal listings,
There’s a comprehensive guide but several sections have been
to colours and markings, backed tweaked. Notably, Camouflage and
by three two-view drawings and Markings now features extensive
more than 40 profiles, covering narrative, photographs and colour
everything from early splinter to profiles, covering all operators of
winter distemper and late-war the type during World War Two.
wave-pattern/scribble camouflage. Due to space constraints, not all
Well-known airframes, such as a kits are covered in the reviews,
snake-adorned desert-livery 6./ but others are addressed in the
StG 2 Ju 87B-2, sit alongside those builds section, which offers a 1/72
operated by Romania, Hungary, Fine Molds Bf 109F-4, 1/48 Eduard
Spain and Yugoslavian Partisans. Bf 109G-5 and Tamiya Bf 109G-6,
Export machines are also addressed, and 1/32 Trumpeter Bf 109G-6. As
Junkers Ju 87 Stuka and these add welcome splashes of The Messerschmitt Bf 109 Late ever, the walk-round photographs
By: Martin Derry, Neil Robinson colour. The final third is dedicated Series are superb, combining period and
ISBN: 978-152670-26-2-3 to modelling, beginning with a By: Richard A Franks museum shots with maintenance
Price: £16.99 Format: A4 fairly well-balanced review section, ISBN: 978-0-9957773-0-9 manual excerpts to cover all
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Junkers’ classic Stuka needs little certain Hasegawa, Trumpeter will enjoy the Collection chapter,
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edition delves straight into its history attention than others. However, the and Miniature releases, this is a nuances from V22 prototype to
and development, before offering build element is confusing, with no much-expanded volume, to allow K-12 trainer; however, the real
a brief round-up of the type’s clear introduction or delineation for the copious (and occasionally bonus is the fold-out 1/48 plans,
operational exploits on the Western, between models, and is let down in contradictory) material on late with one example each of the F-,
North African and Eastern Fronts. It’s places by the photography, with poor Bf 109s (F through to K and G- and K-series sub-types, along
accompanied by a splendid selection lighting and depth of field issues. SF the prototype Z-series) and the with insets of Rüstsätze/Umrüst-
multitude of kit and aftermarket Bausätze field and factory
90 pages products. It’s split into Airframe weapon/equipment sets. SF
scale, from 1997 onwards, then
Trumpeter issued 1/48 sub-types

in 2013. The latter do sport errors, Dassault Mirage 2000

so this new Warpaint title will help By: N Deboeck, R Pied
in assessing accuracy. It is pleasing ISBN: N/A
to see a more expansive study of Price: €22
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subjects tackled by the series), Web:
and besides the many excellent
colour photos, other features Having gained popularity quickly
such as tables on carrier air wing with its first two books, on the
deployments, specifications, US Jaguar and F-16, the Duke Hawkins
Navy carriers with Skywarriors, series now tackles the Mirage 2000
individual sub-types, KA-3B/ in its different guises. The same
EKA-3B serials and production approach is apparent; excellent
Douglas A3D Skywarrior blocks all help in understanding coffee table-style views, coupled
By: Charles Stafrace the subject. The canopies diagram with a wealth of close-up detail…and
ISBN: N/A Price: £19 is a boon, considering the errors while it’s not a new format by any by other users such as India, Taiwan
Format: A4 that crept into Trumpeter’s kits; means, it’s a winner nonetheless in and Brazil. There is mention of sub-
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As Guideline’s book states, the details and a modelling-focused a pleasing photo of the French readers would find more information
Skywarrior became successful in list pinpoints kits, decals and Air Force 2000D, painted to useful…simply a minor criticism.
roles for which it wasn’t designed. accessories. Charles Stafrace’s commemorate that air arm’s 1987 From a structural perspective the
Its ubiquity, though, makes it a text is generally lucid and offers attack on Ouadi Doum airfield, photo coverage is unparalleled with
fascinating subject, so it’s baffling informative and interesting in Chad (Syhart produces these what seems to be every part of the
it took so long for manufacturers narrative, the 35 colour profiles markings, reviewed last issue). The exterior airframe examined, and
to provide kits; for many years, the are of good quality, and there is 2000 is portrayed in all its glory cockpit/ejection seat, undercarriage,
only option was Rareplanes’ 1/72 also a set of 1/72 plans glued into here, via airframes operated by open panel images also feature.
vacform. Hasegawa eventually the binding (one must cut these France of course, but also the United Weaponry is shown too, as are some
took the plunge in the same out to open the sheet fully). CC Arab Emirates and Greece, but sadly, of the best French special schemes.
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P-39K/N cockpit features if posed open. Be Lightning F.6 Royal Air Force in case of breakage. Firestreak
By: Eduard Item no: 84161 careful with the wing roots though, By: F-toys missiles and over-wing tanks are
Price: €22.45 Web: as they need careful alignment (and Item no: 2400 Price: £19.96 featured, but the bulged fairing
possible filling) to ensure the correct Web: over the gun (on the ventral tank)
Eduard’s Airacobra has been dihedral. New decals provide the should be removed if modelling
around for 18 years, but still route to two interesting schemes, Platz spin-off F-toys has done an F.2A. If building said sub-type,
doesn’t disappoint. It sports plenty both representing the 35th Fighter a decent job in recreating this one must also drill gun ports
of refinement for its vintage, Group while in New Guinea. The famous interceptor. The cockpit in the nose and fill/sand those
via engraved panel lines/rivets cartoon duck nose art on the second has a fair seat, an instrument in the ventral tank. The decals
that arguably trump Hasegawa’s option is particularly large and very panel sporting moulded dial detail, are superb, with crisp squadron
standard, and there are alternative well rendered: and the undercarriage is deftly markings, walkways and ventral
Aeroproducts propeller blades, nose • P-39N, 42-18805/95 ‘Toddy III’, moulded, whereby the doors are tank striping. Bare-metal, green/
vents and gun barrels to reflect sub- Capt GA Hilbert, 41st FS, Tsili Tsili, moulded integrally on the main grey and overall RAF Germany
type differences. Eduard supplies the September 1943 units. A proper stagger is evident Dark Green are represented:
pilot doors as separate clear items, • P-39K, 42-4358/23, Lt W on the exhaust nozzles, and F-toys • F.6, XS927/N, 74 Sqn, 1970
which just need to be masked and McDonough, 40th FS, Port is to be commended for supplying • F.6, XS904/BQ, 11 Sqn, 1987
painted, and allow a clear view of the Moresby, February 1943 two re-fuelling probes and pitots, • F.2A, XN791/D, 92 Sqn, 1976


Howard DGA-15P control yokes for the former area

By: Dekno Models and a decal replicates instrument
Item no: 720700 Price: €36.50 detail. Resin transparencies are P-36A Curtiss are catered for, via alternative prop
Web: provided for the windows, cockpit By: AZ Model Item no: 7574 bosses and gun fits, and the canopy,
glazing and landing lights, and Price: £13.80 Web: windscreen and rear glazing are all
A specialist with aircraft subjects, the engine detail is worthy. Good separate pieces. Three US colour
Dekno now offers this Howard quality decals for two wartime Otherwise known as the Model schemes are present, and the decals
DGA-15P, in vivid sky-blue resin. subjects are offered, both aircraft 75, the P-36A paved the way for are admirably thin, but there was
The latter is mastered and cast being in doped aluminium: the P-40. The former machine is a slight colour bleed on one of the
beautifully; mere hints of wispy • DFL141A, Forces Aériennes represented beautifully here, with ARMY legends on our sample. One of
flash are present on one or two Françaises Libres (Free French fine engraving and delicate rivets. the choices is a noted Pearl Harbor
components, but once these are Air Forces), Pointe-Noire, Congo, Its double-row radial engine is well defender with a kill to its credit:
removed one is left with well-fitting 1942 executed, as is the cockpit floor and • PA 91, 94th PS, 1st PG, USA, 1940
parts. The cockpit and cabin have • NH-1, 29512/125, blind-flying instrument panel, the latter having • 48 15P, Lt Phil Rasmusen, 46th PS,
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are provided. H-51A-1/A-2/A-3 formats • 21, 28th Composite Group, Alaska

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Henschel Hs 123B-1 over by the cockpit, with its

Fokker DR.I engine is a delight. PE adepts will By: GasPatch Models super-detailed oxygen regulator
By: Eduard Item no: 8162 also appreciate separate cooling Item no: 48096 Price: €45 and individual dial decals for the
Price: €29.95 Web: jackets on the paired machine guns. Web: moulded instrument panel. Other
There are six schemes, including two highlights comprise working flaps
Eduard’s Fokker is re-released for a certain ‘Red Baron’: GasPatch has already kitted the (with ‘down’ indicators) and the
in ProfiPACK format, with three • 425/17, Rittmeister M von Hs 123 A-1, but now also offers the splendid engine. In short, this is
styrene runners, a partially pre- Richtofen, JG 1, Cappy, France, B-1, with a new upper wing and biplane nirvana, with extra photo-
painted photo-etched (PE) metal April 1918 markings. Echoing the first release, etched brass details, masks and
fret and comprehensive mask • 577/17, Lt R Klimke, Jasta 27, this is a sublime package with decals for five liveries:
set. This means one gets a well- Halluin-Ost, France, May 1918 impressive engineering and clever • +N, 10 (Sch)./LG 2, Operation
detailed cockpit (including interior • 479/17, Lt A Raben, Jasta 18, fixes to certain aspects. The most Marita, Balkans, April 1941
framework), with PE adornments Montigen, France, October 1918 obvious is the card jig that sets the • +N, 10 (Sch)./LG 2, Operation
offering extra refinement. Wing • 213/17, Lt F Kempf, Jasta 2, 1917 undercarriage angle; spatted and Barbarossa, Russia, 1942
and horizontal stabiliser ribs are • 425/17, Rittmeister M von semi-spatted wheels are provided, • +4, Erg.St./LG 2, Operation
portrayed as engraved and raised Richtofen, JG 1, France, March 1918 along with different lower wing Barbarossa, Russia, 1941-42
lines respectively, which should • 564/17, Lt W Steinhäuser, Jasta 11, undersides to accommodate each • L2+AM, 4 (Sch)./LG 2, Adolf
ease painting, while the three-piece France, February 1918 style. One can’t help being bowled Galland, Poland, September 1939


RQ-4B Global Hawk almost 11in (27.9cm) wingspan

By: Miniwing Item no: Mini309 appear spot on. While the lower
Price: £8.80 Web: fuselage ‘cheeks’ are the correct
long-style fairings, they lack the Me 163B Komet engraved lines on the exterior
While unmanned aerial vehicles bulbous nature of the real items. By: Brengun Item no: BRP144004 surfaces. One challenging issue with
may not be too exciting, they Given the constraints of limited-run Price: €12.09 Web: Komets, regardless of sale, is the aft
can be impressive, notably the moulding, this is a commendable cockpit glazing, and here Brengun
RQ-4B Global Hawk, and even effort in reproducing the RQ-4, Brengun’s newly tooled Me 163B has cleverly moulded a section of
in Miniwing’s 1/144 offering it’s but minor tweaks are required for is a miniature gem, offering two the fuselage integrally with the
remarkably large. Comprising two the intake and exhaust; several diminutive fighters in this great windshield. Decals are supplied for
styrene runners, it replicates an strakes and antennas must be value pack, with a single runner three machines, with split Swastikas:
early Block 20 airframe (lacking added, too. The single scheme of crisply moulded parts for each • +9, Uffz Kurt Schiebeler, 1./JG 400,
the underside rectangular ground depicts an airframe from the 1st aircraft. For such a small model, Brandis, August 1944
moving target indicator fairing), Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th there’s a surprising amount of • +13, 2./JG 400, Brandis, July 1944
while the fuselage length and Reconnaissance Wing, Beale, USA. detail, with a three-piece cockpit, • +1, Lt Reihard Opitz, 7./JG 400,
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LET L-13/TZ-13 Blaník extensive trim markings included

By: Mark I Models on the decal sheet, and best of all,
Item no: MKM14495 Price: £11.80 there are six colourful schemes:
Web: • L-13, R11, RAF Gliding and Soaring
IMAM (Romeo) Ro-37 feast of resin- and PE-enhanced Association, Aboyne, Scotland,
By: Special Hobby detail. If one can get past the Mark I is renowned for its value autumn 1980
Item no: SH48183 Price: €37.50 challenging wing/fuselage fit issues, products, and this two-kit • L-13, Red 21, DOSAAF, Aeroclub
Web: this is an eye-catching subject, and package lives up to the company’s Novosibirsk, Soviet Union, 1970s
the markings provide verve and reputation, with each glider • L-13, White 23, CVV-14 Gliding
Classic Airframes’ A.30-powered colour. Four Italian/Austrian schemes comprising a single styrene runner Centre, Italian AF, Frosinone AB,
Ro-37 Lince (Lynx) reconnaissance are supplied: and a separate canopy. Small, but Italy, 1985
biplane reappears courtesy of • 115-3, 115a Squadriglia, 67° Gruppo perfectly formed, there’s a seven- • L-13, Black 690, Limitary School
Special Hobby. It replaces the OA, Regia Aeronautica, Bologna- part cockpit interior (including of Aeronautics, Uruguayan AF,
original’s resin entirely, with a host Borgo Panigale, November 1938 instrument panels), with the rear Pando, 2014-15
of new items, and substitutes much- • MM 10985, Österreichische seat moulded integrally with the • L-13, Blue 08, Voluntary Border
improved styrene parts for the Luftstreitkräfte, April 1936 bulkhead. The wings are single- Defence Service, Lithuanian AF,
interior while retaining the photo- • 31-4, 31a Squadriglia, 5° Gruppo OA, piece items, with delicate engraved Silute, 1998
etched (PE) brass fret. Surgery is Regia Aeronautica, Bari, 1940 panel lines, and feature the type’s • TZ-13, White 13, Air Force
needed to fit the correct engine • Black 6, 103a Squadriglia, Regia characteristic forward sweep. Academy, Brazilian AF,
cowling, but the cockpit is a veritable Aeronautica, Abbyssinia, 1935 Painting is simplified due to the Pirassununga AB, 1970s-80s


Avro Tudor IV The type’s signature ‘Wallace grin’

By: S&M Models engine intakes feature on the
Item no: SMK44-16 Price: £48 four Merlin powerplants, and the
Web: props are cast integrally with the SH-60 Navy Helicopter such as the ALQ-142 ESM and ARQ-
spinners. Wing-to-fuselage mating By: Revell Item no: 04955 44 data link fairings are present, as
Avro Tudors aren’t the most is via butt join, although there's Price: £6.99 Web: is the underside search radar, AQS-81
common subjects for kits, and a slight overlap with the trailing MAD set and Mk.46 torpedoes. No
S&M's resin and white metal edge fillet, so caution is vital for Revell’s Seahawk, despite being in chaff dispensers or nose pitot tubes
ensemble is just the second of the ensuring the correct wing dihedral. an odd scale, represents splendid are provided, but the glazing is clear
type after Welsh Models’ offering. Windows and cockpit glazing are value; 1/72-class detail but in a despite the thickness. The single
There are 28 crisp resin parts, supplied in decal form, along with smaller model. While the box simply US Navy low-vis grey scheme is
and the only surface features limited airframe stencilling and says SH-60, it is in fact an SH-60B, enlivened by a black tail (with white/
are the flap, rudder and elevator company logos. The single scheme and has most of that sub-type’s grey horse artwork), and Revell’s
demarcations…any representation depicts the overall natural metal accoutrements. The sonobuoy panel decals are well printed, benefiting
of the Tudor’s rivetted surfaces G-AHNJ, British South American is well rendered, and all panel lines from gloss carrier film:
would be difficult in this scale. Airlines, 1948-49. are very fine (mesh grilles and tail • 162126/460/HQ, HSL-46
hinge are deft indeed). Equipment ‘Grandmasters’, 2009

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Sd.Kfz.251/16 Ausf.C mit 14mm 7mm flame gun and its extension
Flammpanzerwagen hose. The company’s slide-moulding
By: Dragon prowess is evident in the superb rear German 7.5cm PaK 40 with and flake if not prepared properly,
Item no: 6864 Price: £59.99 tow shackle. Fine width-indicators Soldiers but otherwise quite resilient. Each
Web: are present, along with rifles, photo- By: Revell gun comprises nine parts, with a
etched brass details and braid- Item no: 02531 separate ammunition crate, while
Dragon has mixed runners from pattern/smooth hoses. The tracks are Price: £7.99 the crew (five on rectangular
previous ‘251 boxings with new parts individual-link styrene affairs, which Web: plinths) are in various poses
to provide this flame-thrower version. offer great refinement but are fiddly associated with laying/aiming,
Often when Dragon does this, many to assemble. Also included are three This value set is ideal for loading, directing and guarding it.
parts are consigned to spares…but superb figures in DS Styrene, two modellers or wargamers and The components are moulded to
most will be used here. The 14mm with alternative heads. Three of the supplies 12 figures (sufficient for a reasonable quality, but seams
flame guns are reproduced superbly schemes are for unidentified units, two full gun crews) and parts for will need to be tided (although
and have the complete pump engine but an overall Panzer yellow machine two PaK 40 anti-tank guns. They there is no flash). A single colour
and hoses. Also provided is the rear is from ‘Großdeutschland’ in 1944. are moulded in a soft styrene scheme provides for an overall
familiar to those who collected German Grey PaK 40 and the
EARLY SCHÜTZENPANZER Airfix’s and Matchbox’s 1/32 and crew is depicted in Field Grey
1/72 military figures; flexible uniforms, although several appear
enough to cause paint to crack to be of late-war design.


German WWII E-50 Medium Panzer

with 128mm FlaK 40 Gun
By: Modelcollect
Item no: UA72099
Price: US $21.99

This is another ‘paper panzer’

project from Modelcollect, and
it’s brilliant…mixing parts from its
baseline E-50, Rheintochter 1 and
Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.A Detail highlights are the troop 128mm FlaK 40 kits to produce this
By: ICM section floor with its treadplate, strange-looking self-propelled FlaK
Item no: 35101 Price: £24.99 the radio, separate vision hatches vehicle. Each individual element
Web: and a superb MG 34 with mount. is a delight, including a miniature
The wheels are also refined, but 1,200hp Maybach engine and cooling
Kits offering the Sd.Kfz.251/1’s the outer units are not quite units, and a fully traversable anti-
Ausführung A layout are rare, so recessed enough in comparison aircraft gun. There are 11 styrene
ICM’s new item is welcome. It’s a to those in reference photos. runners, separate upper and lower
real peach, with all the hallmarks Ultimately, though, the kit looks hulls and a small photo-etched
of this particular variant, such as splendid and will be much fun. The brass fret (the latter supplies
the tubular front bumper, frontal tracks are one-piece rubber items delicate engine grilles), with tracks
bonnet grille, external tool stowage but do look convincing. All four provided as link-and-length items.
and Funksprechtgerät ‘f’ radio set. vehicles are in the usual early war Components for the vehicle and FlaK Two notional schemes are supplied,
A complete engine is provided, the grey, and hail from the 1st Panzer 40 appear to differ in quality (almost and there are generic Balkankreuze
suspension units are well rendered Division, in France, Greece and as if they were supplied by two and hull numbers, along with unit
and there’s full interior stowage. Russia, in 1940-41. different companies), but all parts insignia for s.Pz.Abt.505 and Pz.Div.3
are devoid of flash and sink marks. on the decal sheet.

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Jagdpanzer E-100 the edges are soft and several are IJN Special Type 4 ‘Ka-Tsu’ has new hands, enabling him to
By: Amusing Hobby represented as just depressions in By: Dragon hold a camera (also provided), as
Item no: 35A017 Price: €49.95 the styrene. Otherwise it comprises Item no: 6839 Price: £89.99 if in propaganda mode. Dragon’s
Web: six crisply moulded styrene runners, Web: slide-moulding is as impressive
plus five for the individual-link tracks, as ever, producing stunning
There’s considerable interest separate upper and lower hulls and This new-tool release from Dragon detail on parts such as the
in Germany’s ‘what-if’ armour a small PE fret for the engine grilles. is fascinating, as it depicts a propeller drive cover; the props
projects, notably the Entwicklung There’s no internal detail, but the Japanese amphibious landing themselves are admirably thin.
(development) subjects. Amusing exterior features convincing cast- craft designed to be launched from Photo-etched brass axle washers
Hobby’s impressive tank-killer metal surface texture, and the weld a submarine. The finished model and an exhaust mesh cover are
features the 100-tonne design, seams are the late-war squared type. will be sizeable (approx. 31cm offered, along with copper wire for
fitted with a fixed casemate for Four notional schemes are offered, hull length), hence the heftier the rudder steering mechanism,
the large 170mm main weapon. with a broad variety of camouflage, price tag…but it is a lot of model and one-piece DS Styrene
The pepper-pot muzzle brake will and there are generic hull numbers and comes with the maker’s US tracks. A refreshing release, with
need the apertures to be drilled, as and Balkenkreuz decals. Marines Guadalcanal 1942 figure great standalone and diorama
set. One of the ‘Leathernecks’ possibilities.

M4A3E8 Sherman ‘Easy Eight’ suspension units are well rendered.

T-55/T-55AM2 Main Battle Tank T-55A and T55AM, and the Korean War There’s a new engine deck and
By: Plastic Soldier instructions feature a handy By: Tamiya excellent mantlet waterproofing,
Item no: MODV15001 Price: £21.50 colour-coded guide to each Item no: 35359 Price: £39.99 fresh Korean War crew figures
Web: www.theplasticsoldier sub-type. This means there are Web: and even a bonus enemy GAZ-67B alternatives for side skirts, main vehicle for huge diorama potential.
armament, turret armour, cupola, This is an extension of Tamiya’s Braided twine is supplied for tow
Plastic Soldier’s T-55 might hatches, glacis plate, external fuel new-tool ‘Easy Eight’ first released in cable and the .50 cal machine gun
seem pricey, until one realises tanks, hull stowage and defensive 2015, but with new parts and decals with ammunition box is superb,
it contains five kits, each on a aids systems. A basic olive-green (and some from other Sherman despite coming from a 1998 boxing.
single styrene runner (sufficient livery is suggested, but most boxings). One of the schemes is the The GAZ off-road vehicle is splendid
for a Soviet tank platoon, plus Warsaw Pact T-55s were generally standout feature, replicating the too, the seat detail being especially
a company commander). As standard KhS-5146 Camouflage aggressive artwork of Rice’s Red notable. The two Sherman Olive Drab
with other releases, this variety Green (similar to wartime 4BO), Devils…the US 89th Tank Battalion liveries are:
is boosted by options for six although export machines wore a in the Korean War, but structurally • 89/C7, C Coy, 89th Tk Bn, 25th
different variants; Soviet T-55/T- variety of schemes. Unfortunately, the kit is sound in detail, and easy Inf Div, Han River Basin, 1951
55A, Polish T-55/55A, Czech no decals are provided. to build. ‘Rubber-band’ tracks • 70, C Coy, 70th Heavy Tk Bn, 1st
portray the T80 type, and the HVSS Cav Div, near Chilgok, 1950

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Royal Navy Peacock-Class lifeboat canisters, satellite

Corvette communications radomes and
Kronprinz Either a full-hull or waterline model By: Dodo Models two 20mm cannon for the latter.
By: ICM can be built (stand included), and the Item no: 7006 Price: £25.21 While the highlight is the main hull,
Item no: S.016 Price: £22.40 parts are moulded crisply. Although Web: the casting of the other 45 resin
Web: the major highlights are the decks parts is equally impressive, and in
and boats, the gun turrets and Dodo’s splendid resin Peacock- addition to the usual PE railings
Kronprinz was the final König- funnels are equally praiseworthy, class kit oozes detail, from the and ladders, there’s a complete
class battleship, but is ICM’s third with exterior bolts and rivet heads single-part waterline hull with lattice mast and yardarms, and
release of the type (after König represented as extremely fine integrally cast superstructure, boat mounts, seats and engines.
and Große Kurfürst), sharing five of depressions. The single scheme gun mount, anchor chain pully There are markings for both RN
the six styrene runners (Frame G is depicts the vessel in 1915, but a grey and mooring bollards, to the and Irish Naval Service vessels,
tweaked slightly), separate hull, and monotone is suggested, whereas delicate PE brass components and enabling any one of HMS Peacock,
deck sections as per the latter kit. references indicate Kronprinz was resin fittings. There’s an option HMS Plover, HMS Starling, HMS
However, a different components probably painted in a two-colour for a RN or Irish Naval Service Swallow, HMS Swift, LÉ Ciara and
selection is employed, reflecting livery; a lighter grey extended from model, and there are additional LÉ Orla to be built.
changes in the mast configuration. the main deck line upwards.



Petr Velikiy and options for an open/closed

By: Revell helicopter hangar and two SS-N-19
Item no: 05151 Price: £29.99 Shipwreck launch tubes (including
Web: two full missiles). Perhaps the
most attractive feature is the Corvette 21631 Velikiy Ustyug Zelenyy Dol and Serpukhov) and,
Dragon’s Kirov-class battlecruiser markings; the decals provide for By: Combrig like the full-size versions, packs in
returns in a Revell box. Titled three of the four Kirov-class ships, Item no: 70377 Price: £36 a surprising amount of detail for
Petr Velikiy (Peter the Great), with Soviet and Russian options Web: its size. There are 44 resin parts
it contains sufficient parts to for two vessels: and two PE brass frets, the latter
enable any of the final three ships • 183 Yuri Andropov, Soviet Navy, Modern Russian naval vessels are providing all necessary railings,
to be built (Kirov had a different 1986-1992 fascinating, with several small ladders, deck fittings, lifeboat
forward deck arrangement), with • 099, Petr Velikiy (ex-Yuri corvette classes (such as the canister mounts and missile covers;
alternative close-in weapons Andropov), Russian Navy Buyan-M), punching well above there’s even the cooling pipe for the
systems, navigation/search/ • 085, Admiral Nakhimov, Soviet their displacement and size (they’re 100mm gun. This can be built just as
target- acquisition radars, and Navy, 1986-1992 armed with cruise missiles). a waterline model, and the single-
countermeasures equipment. • 080, Kalinin (ex-Admiral Combrig’s delightful 1/700 resin piece hull is a casting masterpiece,
There are features to please Nakhimov), Russian Navy kit allows any one of the first five with integral breakwater, cruise
even the most ardent detailer, • 050, Soviet Navy, 1984-1992 Buyan-M corvettes to be built (Grad missile hatches and even recesses
Sviyazhsk, Uglich, Velikiy Ustyug, for PE components.

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KING HAR.3/Mk.43

• Foldable rotors
• Moveable main rotor blade
• Optional open door
• Highly colourful marking options


No.78 Squadron, Royal Air Force Mount Pleasant, Falkland
Islands, January 1991.


No.330 Squadron, Royal Norwegian Air Force, 1996.

Length 307mm Width 262mm Pieces 135 Start as you mean to finish

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Kneeling Soldier (on left knee) SWAT Team Fighter #2

Item no: F35323 Price: €12.50 Item no: 24102
Web: Price: £11.40
Completing CMK’s figure grouping
for the US Army 2nd Infantry ICM has followed its 1/16 SWAT
Division M1126 Stryker, this M203 figure (see Feb 2018 issue)
grenade-launcher-equipped with two releases in 1/24 scale.
soldier is depicted kneeling, Despite being slightly smaller in
but unlike the very similar size, the detail is just as refined,
35322, this individual is notably on the body armour and
resting on his left knee. face. This SWAT team member
This delightful resin is portrayed with drawn pistol
ensemble comprises and carrying a bullet-proof
six well-cast parts; riot shield. There are three
there is flash on the styrene runners (including a first glance there is a veritable
main torso/legs and small frame for the two clear feast of weapon options, one
weapon, but this should be a simple and MOLLE Large Assault Pack. parts), and these offer a choice would have to cut the integrally
matter to resolve. The equipment fit The latter is perhaps slightly too of equipment, with rucksack, moulded pistol from the right
is suitable for Afghanistan, Iraq or square edged, and is missing the radios, medical pack, three hand (Part A5) to allow any
Korea, with Improved Outer Tactical four compression straps (two on helmets and goggles. While at others to be carried.
Vest, side armour plates, knee-pads each side).

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British Tank Man in ‘Pixie’ Suit Rosomak Crewman
By: Sovereign 2000 By: Toro Model
Item no: S2KW075 Item no: 35F102 Price: €12
Price: £9 Web:
Toro’s latest modern Polish figure
British Army armoured vehicle depicts a dismounted Rosomak
personnel wore various uniforms vehicle crewman. There are five
during World War Two, with the resin parts; main torso/legs, separate
1943, Oversuit, Heavy, Tank Crew, arms and head and a delightful
or ‘Pixie’ perhaps the most well AKM rifle, the latter fitted with what
Turkish Infantry (1915-1918) known. Sovereign 2000’s resin appears to be a Beryl-style buttstock
By: ICM figure is part of its Wolf range, and and holographic sights. Minimal
Item no: 35700 Price: £8.50 comprises four cleanly cast parts, neatening is required, thanks to
Web: with separate head and arms. It is WWII US Tank Crew Gunner the casting block locations, and the
portrayed with one hand on the By: Mitches Military Models detail is outstanding, notably on
ICM has done it again, with a waist and the other holding a cigar, Item no: TC02 Price: £25 the Hełm wz. 2005 helmet, body
great value figure and weapons as if chatting or waiting for that Web: www.mitchesmilitary armour and webbing/load-carrying
set (just 51p more than the latter all-important cup of tea after a equipment. Recreating the disruptive
as a separate product), offering battle, and features excellent detail pattern on the wz. 2010 uniform will
realistically themed (as opposed on the coveralls, notably on the Regular readers will have spotted be challenging, but thoughtfully,
to generic) poses. This time it’s upper half. Mitches’ resin likenesses from Toro includes decals for rank slides,
a World War One Ottoman Army the 2014 film Fury in the Jan/Feb national insignia and Afghanistan
section, comprising three rifle- 2018 issues. The final member Task Force badges.
equipped Nefers (Privates) and of the company’s 1/9 Sherman
a pistol-wielding Mülazım-ı Sani crew trio is replicated in this
(Second lieutenant), preparing excellent bust of the character
to advance; two soldiers are Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan, played by Shia
depicted running, with one LaBeouf. The light tanker’s jacket
providing covering fire and the is rendered well, with convincing
officer urging them on. Each folds/drapes, a glimpse of
figure comprises at least six neckerchief adds detail, and the
parts, with separate limbs, head helmet/goggles combination
and Kabalak (helmet)/Fez, to cries out for careful painting and
which weapons and backpacks weathering. LaBeouf appeared
are then added. The moulding is older in this movie, via a nervy
first rate, notably on the tunics performance, and the fact is
and backpacks. recreated splendidly here.

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3085A BAe HA K T.Mk.1A
A0 Start as you mean to finish

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Resolve (against the
so-called Islamic State
in Syria and Iraq),
Freedom’s Sentinel
(Afghanistan) and
Unified Protector (Libya).
Bullseye is generous
here, with markings for
ten aircraft from various
USAF units; all but one
wear the standard FS
36118/36270 scheme,
the anomaly being a
Block 50 example in the
new Have Glass finish.
The research is mind-
boggling, as there are
full details on war loads, JASDF 301SQ 40th Anniversary unit, hence the 'Phantom Mother
structural nuances F-4EJ KAI Squadron' legends on the F-4EJ
and kits. Two sheets By: DXM in question, 77-8398, which is
not shown here carry Item no: 41-4114 resplendent in deep blue paint,
stencils and national Price: US $20 accented with white, orange and
insignia. Options include: Web: red trim on the upper wings and
• 94-0049/SW (Blk 50), stabilators, and a vivid medium
5th FS, 20th FW, 2016 Phantom fans looking for a blue sunburst on the vertical
Warheads on Foreheads: • 91-0352/SP (Blk 50), 480th FS, colourful build subject have the tail. Gold lettering really adds
F-16CM Viper 52nd FW, 2016 perfect product in this sheet extra ‘bling’…the Japanese
By: Bullseye Model Aviation • 89-2137/AV (Blk 40), 555th FS, from DXM, which represents never being shy when it comes
Item no: 48-005 Price: US $18.99 31st FW, Bagram AB, 2017 the dazzling 40th anniversary to special liveries. Stencils and
Web: • 91-0403/SP (Blk 50), 480th FS, scheme of the Japanese Air Self Hinomarus are also supplied, as
52nd FW, 2016 Defense Force’s 301st Tactical well as the unit's famous frog
This appropriately named decal • 91-0353/SW (Blk 50), 77th FS, Fighter Squadron. This was the badge. Mr. Hobby paint callouts
package concerns Block 40/50 20th FW, 2015-16 very first Japanese Phantom are given. Stunning!
F-16CM aircraft, involved in the • 89-2035/AV (Blk 40), 555th FS,
following operations: Inherent 31st FW, Bagram AB, 2017


M47 Patton Balkan War & Peace colour than on drab US-operated
By: Star Decals machines, with varying
Item no: 35-C 1085 camouflage decorating the M47s
Price: US $5 represented. Alternative markings Stencils for P2V Neptune items such as propeller blade and
Web: for the same vehicles also feature, By: Plus Model warning stripes, ‘Rescue’ arrows,
although Star’s instructions Item no: AL7021 jet air intake warning chevrons,
The new M47 Patton tank kits are a little confusing and lack Price: €12 yellow ‘chop here’ segments, data
from Takom would be worthy information. Examples include: Web: placards and many more items.
recipients of these decals, but • M47 Dozer tank, ‘Tucko’/’Azdaja’ The markings are very thin, with
they’d just as easily suit older 126 Sinjska Brigade (HV), Sinj, The re-release of Hasegawa’s gloss carrier film, so should adhere
offerings from Italeri/Revell etc. Croatia, 1991-95 ageing Lockheed Neptune kit has beautifully to a gloss-varnished
This collection’s focus is on the • M47, 3770/3751, Jugoslav prompted a flurry of products from surface. These markinngs are a
vehicle while employed in the People’s Army, 1959 aftermarket firms. Plus Model's fine addition to Plus Model’s other
Balkans, through the Cold War • M47, 3770/3751, Army of neatly printed decals will allow accessories for the type, such as
to 1995. There is much more Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1992-95 full stencil coverage on any P2V its resin wing flaps, reviewed in
build, and one receives diverse February 2018 issue.

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Junkers Ju 88 in Hungarian on two of the subjects. Different

Service sub-types are catered for too,
By: SBS Model and the markings are also
Item no: D72022 Price: €8 available in 1/48 scale (D48022).
Web: The options are:
Spanish F/A-18, 30 Years of ALA 15 Modelmaker has picked one of the • Ju 88D-1, F9+15, pilot
By: Modelmaker Decals best schemes worn by the unit’s If you like the Junkers Ju 88, but Főhadnagy Visnyei, 1/1
Item no: D72090 Price: €8.42 aircraft, in this 2016 NATO Tiger want something different to the Távolfelderitő század (long-
Web: Meet guise. Airframe 15-01 was Luftwaffe scheme-wise, why not range recce squadron), Harkov,
painted especially for the long- consider a colourful Hungarian 1943
The Spanish Air Force’s Zaragoza- running tactical/social event; it also airframe, exemplified by the • Ju 88A-14, B1+42, 3/1 Bombázó
based 15th Wing (ALA 15) conducts a marked 30 years of ALA 15 and four Eastern Front options on század (bomber squadron),
variety of missions with its EF-18As. had splendid tiger artwork on the SBS Model’s new sheet. It offers Russia, January 1944
outer and inner vertical four choices, with the trademark • Ju 88A-4, B.4+09, 3/1 Bombázó
stabilisers, and fuel tanks. green, white and red Hungarian század, Russia, 1943
This is a detailed offering stripes on the empennage, but • Ju 88A-14, B1+47, 3/1 Bombázó
on two sheets, with rich winter whitewash comes into play század, Russia, 1943
colour tones and sharp
printing, and one of the
sheets is Modelmaker’s MORE LUFTWAFFE BOSS BIRDS 1/72

standard Spanish Hornet Messerschmitt Bf 109 Stab Pt 2 Hptm Hans Philipp, I./JG 54,
markings; this provides By: Xtradecal Eastern Front, 1942
extra codes so one can Item no: X72264 Price: £7.99 • G-2, Double chevron – horizontal
portray other EF-18s in Web: bars, Maj Johannes Trautloft,
the fleet if desired. Colour Kommodore JG 54, Eastern Front,
photos of the aircraft are A total of 14 options fills this 1942
also on the instructions. Hannants’ own-brand selection for • E-4,—A+ —, Oblt A Summer,
the Bf 109…a follow up to the firm’s Geschwader Adjutant, JG 26,
first package for fighters flown by Audembert, 1940
NORDIC VIPER CELEBRATIONS Stab (staff) officers. All three fronts • G-6/R6, Black double chevron,
are represented by the schemes Maj L Franzisket, I./JG 27, Austria,
F-16AM Fighting Falcon 331 Sqn artwork on the real aircraft was here; Western, Eastern early 1944
RNoAF 60th & 75th anniversary designed by IPMS Norway’s and Mediterranean
markings Kjell Arne Randen, and Vingtor Theatres, with a wide
By: Vingtor Decals proprietor Nils Mathisrud. The selection of camouflage.
Item no: 72-133 Price: €10.45 subjects in question are: Desert tones rub along
Web: • F-16AM, 660, 331 Sqn, 2001 with winter whitewash,
• F-16AM, 277, 331 Sqn, 2016 heavy mottle and even
If you are the type of the inventive liveries
aircraft modeller who likes of the ‘Green Hearts’.
schemes with a difference, It’s worth checking the
Vingtor’s offering for research for the North
specially marked Norwegian Africa schemes though,
F-16s is worth considering. as Xtradecal quotes RLM
These liveries are a pleasing 68 for the undersides,
mix of standard camouflage but RLM 78 was the
overall FS 36270 and subtle traditional shade. Some
colour accents, with the of the choices are:
decoration centred on the • E-4, Black double
vertical tails (one option chevron, Hans von
also receives extra paint Hahn, I./JG 3, St Omer,
on its ventral fins). There’s late 1940
a whole host of stencils • F-2, <  +, Tech Off Lt
and national insignia, and Detlev Rohwer, 1./JG 3,
it’s worth stating that the Ukraine, August 1941
• F-4, < II+, ‘Major Beam’

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Designed to fit Ki-48 IIb light bomber.
Fujimi’s 1/24 It’s a simple affair, with
BMW, Decalpool’s plain red (and white-
sharply printed trimmed) Hinomarus,
markings boasts and beautiful unit
accurate colours, artwork for two
excellent opacity aircraft. One is painted
and two liveries in grey with green
for Jägermeister- mottle, while the other
sponsored sports solid green
participants in over aluminium, but
1992’s Deutsche both hail from the 8th
Tourenwagen Hiko-Sentai, during
Meisterschaft that unit’s operations
(German Touring Car in Burma, 1944. Ideal
Championship). The for Hasegawa’s kit,
BMW M3s were driven Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei (Lily) which is itself based on the 1970s
by Wayne Gardner By: H-Models tooling by Mania.
and Armin Hahne, Item no: HMD72099
and numbered #20 Price: £7.30
and #19 respectively. Web:
‘Pirelli’ decals are
BMW M3 (E30) Jägermeister provided for the tyres, as well as Fans of Japanese World War Two
DTM ‘92 all the necessary sponsor logos aircraft should be interested
By: Decalpool such as Bilstein, Castrol, Gardner, in this release from H-Models,
Item no: DP070 Price: US $17 Baumler men’s fashion and, of which caters for the Kawasaki
Web: course, Jägermeister.


years of the squadron La Fayette, Messerschmitt Me 410 • Me 410A-3, 8H+WH, 1.(F)/33,

formed in World War One from By: Xtradecal Munich-Reim, 1945
mostly American volunteer pilots. Item no: X48185 Price: £7.99 • Me 410B-2/U2, M8+5, 6./ZG 76,
This particular aircraft (which Web: Wien-Seyring, Austria, 1944
was also part of the renowned • Me 410A-1/U2, White 11, Rudi
‘Ramex Delta’ display team) has Stashes will be explored…purchases Dassow, 4./ZG 26, Hildesheim,
a black basecoat, over which will be made…that’s the undoubted 1944
the special red, white and blue effect Xtradecal’s new Me 410 • Me 410B-2/U4, WNr 130379,
design is applied…including the sheet will engender for Luftwaffe captured in East Prussia, test-
characteristic Native American modellers, who may already have flown by Maj I Piskunov, Russia
Indian head profile, and a large (or need to buy)
‘100’ motif on the underside. The the appropriate
quality of these decals is first kits. Hannant’s own
rate, and the maker also supplies brand offers variety
self-adhesive masks to aid in in spades here, via a
airbrushing the scheme. Whether whopping 12 schemes;
one loves Armée de l’Air subjects, all are German save
or simply special liveries, this for the captured
package is for you. example flown by the
Soviets. For those
with Meng or Revell-
Monogram models,
these alternative
markings will
undoubtedly cause
much head-scratching
Mirage 2000N no.353 125-AM ‘100 regarding exactly
Ans EC2/4 La Fayatte’ 1916-2016 which livery to choose.
By: Syhart Examples include:
Item no: 72-098 Price: €12 • Me 410A-1, U5+FE,
Web: Rudolf Abrahamczik,
14./KG 2, 1943
Syhart’s sheet allows replication • Me 410A-1/U1, F6+DK,
of the stunning French Air Force 2.(F)/122, Arthur
Mirage 2000N painted to mark 100 Kammberger, Italy,

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P-38 Lightning Armament Panzer IV Ausf.H Schürzen

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Boeing B-17G Bomb Aimer’s Item no: AM-32-087 Item no: 36357
Station Price: £4.70 Price: €29.95
By: CMK Web: Web:
Item no: 7383 Price: €9.30
Web: This set of magnificent While Zvezda’s recent Panzer
turned-brass gun barrels is IV Ausf.H has many plus points,
Last month we highlighted CMK’s ideal for any late-war P-38 the side skirt armour is overly JL 100R
bespoke engine set for Airfix’s model, supplying parts for four thick. Eduard has come to the By: PJ Production
new-tool B-17G, and here’s another two-piece .50 cal Browning rescue, though, with its photo- Item no: 481220
dedicated resin upgrade in the machine guns and single 20mm etched brass replacement parts, Price: €13.60
shape of that kit’s bomb aimer’s cannon. The former is of the with Zimmerit rendered where Web:
station. One receives the whole covered-jacket variety, so appropriate. The latter anti-mine
shebang, via a well-rendered those requiring drilled/vented coating is far from uniform, but A trademark store seen on
floor and stepped rear bulkhead, versions should use Master’s may not have enough raised Mirage IIIs and Vs was the cool-
seating, fuse/switch boxes, a fire AM-32-086 offering instead. texture for purists. Support rails looking JL 100R rocket pod with
extinguisher and that all-important These are direct replacements and mounting brackets are also rear fuel tank section. Belgium’s
Norden bomb sight. An easy, yet for the styrene items, but provided, and templates are PJ Production has captured the
desirable improvement for those mounting tubes are supplied for offered with which to mark the appearance of this unit ably (in
used to working with resin. Trumpeter’s kit. bracket locations accurately. resin), with sharp-edged nose
aperture and realistic vents.
1/35 Once the slight casting stubs
have been removed, the front
ACCURACY STREAM part slots into a recess in the
rear, for proper alignment.
Perfect for older 1/48 delta-
winged Mirage builds, or Saudi
Air Force Lightnings.


Bae Hawk T.1 Red Arrows tail

By: Thunderbird Models Footbridge
Item no: TBMR-002 Price: £4.50 By: Plus Model
Web: www.thunderbird Item no: 501 P-51D interior Price: €23.20
By: Eduard Web: T-38 Wheels Early
Revell’s new-tool Red Arrows Item no: 49853 Price: €18.75 By: Hypersonic Models
Hawk is a fine kit, but it fails Web: Plus Model’s impressive laser- Item no: 48023 Price: £7
in one aspect…it sports the cutting prowess comes to the Web:
early vertical tail arrangement, Eduard already offers an extensive fore yet again, via this neat
which is inaccurate for a Red resin P-51D cockpit for use in Airfix’s footbridge, which could be Hypersonic’s neat resin wheels are
Arrows airframe. Thankfully, new-tool kit, but for those looking for employed in various scenarios intended for early T-38 trainers. They
Thunderbird has produced an simpler (and cheaper) refinement, whether civilian or military. The comprise four-piece mainwheels
accurate resin replacement, this pure photo-etched (PE) metal thin wooden parts are rendered (including separate brake housings
which doesn’t just replicate the offering should be ideal. The pre- very well, with a modicum and two miniscule brake line plugs)
later style, but also offers more coloured components involve the of staining/weathering, and and a choice of early or late-style
detail. There is representation instrument panel and sidewall odd-shaped/worn ends to the nosewheels (check references for
of the smoke dye tubes at the features, while the plain brass items underfoot slats…but one could specific airframes). Clear guidance
back of the component, but replicate a new VHF transmitter and easily add extra wear and is supplied for the modifications to
one would arguably be better battery frame, seat braces and head tear, peeling paint etc. This is the kit undercarriage legs, along
sanding them and adding fine armour, canopy brace, antennas and a splendid centrepiece for a with how the brake lines are routed
wire versions instead. gun sight framing (with clear acetate diorama or vignette. around the scissor links to the
for the reflector glass). rearmost brake plug.

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1/72 ALL-METAL 1/48


German Tank Destroyer Elefant

By: Hauler Item no: HLX48382
Price: €9.76 Web:

Hauler’s photo-etched (PE) brass

Digital MiG-29 9-13 Masks track guards replace Tamiya’s Showcase
Ukrainian Air Force styrene items in their entirety. While By: LSG Europe
By: Foxbot the required surgery to Parts D7 and Item no: A35026 Price: €10
Item no: FM72-002 Price: £2.99 D12 is identified correctly, it should Web:
Web: also be noted the front sections and
Kfir C2 The scope for diorama
U-shaped supports/strengtheners
By: Eduard Item no: 73606 accessories is ever expanding,
Fighter schemes are seldom must be removed from Part D2 to
Price: €18.95 Web: as cool as this ‘digital’ example with laser-cut wood an
allow the PE to fit. Do study the
sported by Ukraine's MiG-29 increasingly popular medium.
instructions carefully, as this is a
Avante Garde’s new 1/72 Kfir C2/C7 9-13s. While the pixels could be Lsg Europe’s showcase/display
complex modification, with five cabinet is a cleverly designed
(see p.9) is a fine offering, but if one rendered via decals, it’s easier sections for each track guard and offering, comprising 27 parts
wants to make it a real showpiece and more realistic to employ multiple brackets and hinges…but on three frets, and requires just
then Eduard’s PE will enliven it Foxbot’s masks and real paint.
the results will be worth the effort. a sheet of thin acetate for the
considerably. Besides the presence of The livery comprises four grey
a pre-coloured instrument panel, side shades and has the Ukraine door glazing. Tabs and slots
consoles, switch panels, seatbelts trident on the upper fuselage. HIP have been engineered into the
design, making construction
and ejection firing handles, plain
brass items include canopy trim/
To portray this scheme fully, one
also needs Authentic Decals’
OPERATION relatively simple. There are also
sheet AD72-74. separate drawer handles and
mirrors, cockpit sills, undercarriage
inner/outer faces to the doors.
bay inserts, landing gear leg oleo
scissors, antenna mounts, gun TIGHT ABRASION
trough ribs, pylon facings and more. HAULING 1/350
Clear acetate gun sights also feature. BOMBS

Mil Mi-8MTV-5 /Mi-17V5

By: Neomega
Item no: N/A Price: £25
Micro Sanders Web:
By: RB Productions
RP-3 60lb SAP/HE Item no: RBT042 Price: €7.50 This set converts Hobby Boss' Ordnance Trolleys
By: Special Hobby Web: Hip kits into the Mi-8MTV-5 By: SSN Modellbau
Item no: SH32075 Price: €13.30 and Mi-17V5 (export). Besides Item no: F350 08 Price: €4.50
Web: Sanding hard-to-access areas is Russia, these have been Web:
challenging, but RB Productions’ ordered by Belarus, India and
Special Hobby’s 60lb rockets Afghanistan; the Russian
superb Micro Sanders will ease the Maritime modellers seeking extra
are applicable to 1/32 Tempest, machines look menacing, while
task. The system centres on six flat detail for carrier builds need look
Hurricane, Typhoon, Mosquito the Belarus airframes are
PE tools, designed to be held in an no further than SSN Modellbau’s
or Swordfish models. It contains impressive, with three camera
X-Acto knife handle or similar. Attach Ordnance Trolleys. This PE fret
sufficient parts for eight six- turrets. Neomega’s set offers a
piece rockets and their zero- a section of the accompanying new main fuselage with excellent supplies parts for 24 tiny single-piece
length launchers. Stencil decals self-adhesive abrasive paper to the detail inside and out, fuel tanks, trolleys, which are the lightweight
are supplied, and the painting tool and trim it to match the tool chaff/flare dispensers, a new version (for 500lb-class weapons),
diagram highlights the marking shape. There are three widths of nose, rear cabin door, rotor hub employed on US carriers until at
differences for high-explosive chisel-shaped ‘blades’, and three that and more. All parts are well cast least the early 1980s. Ten separate
and semi-armour-piercing. come to a sharp point. The provided but no decals are provided. racks are included for carriage of air-
abrasive is 240 Grit and P400 Grit. to-air missiles.

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Mitsubishi A6M5c Type 52 Hei British AS-90 Self-Propelled

Zero exterior Howitzer Side Skirts
By: Brengun By: Tetra Model Works
Item no: BRL32025 Price: €13.67 Bf 109G Wheels Ki-84-I (Ko) Item no: MA-35023 Price: £12
Web: By: BarracudaCast Hayate Control Web:
Item no: BR24325 Surfaces
One can make an impressive Price: US $12.95 By: CMK Tetra’s splendid photo-etched
model from Hasegawa’s Zero, but Web: Item no: 7376 brass and laser-cut paper set is
if extra refinement is the goal, Price: €7.80 designed to replace the styrene
then Brengun’s photo-etched brass BarracudaCast’s superbly Web: items in Trumpeter’s AS-90,
parts will be a boon. Replacement cast resin wheels are direct affording it scale-thickness
undercarriage doors are provided, replacements for Trumpeter’s Hasegawa’s 1/72 Japanese Hayate side skirts and mud flaps. The
along with small features for the styrene and vinyl items in its (meaning ‘gale’) fighter can have former are complex assemblies,
gear legs and vertical inserts to be various 1/24 Gustav offerings. more life and detail breathed into it, with four main sections per side
placed in the undercarriage bay. These feature ribbed tread on courtesy of these crisp resin control and separate bolt/hinge points,
Brengun’s PE is as finely etched the tyre, and the solid wheel surfaces. Simply cut away the kit while the latter can be built from
as ever, and has slight attachment plate with six small and large ailerons, rudder and elevators and either PE or paper components,
points for easier part removal and central hexagonal attachment bingo, one has poseable control units depending on one’s preferences.
clean-up. bolts. Although these are not with realistically thin trailing edges, Either way, these are a vast
depicted as ‘weighted’ wheels, and trim tabs where appropriate. improvement on the kit parts,
there will be a flat section and allow the usual day-to-
TEUTONIC HUES due to the casting block day bumps and scrapes to be
attachment point. SHINY SHADES replicated accurately.



German Army Early WWII Colors 2

By: AK Interactive
Item no: RCS002 Price: €7.50
Web: Bare Metal Aircraft Colors
AK’s new Real Colors range has Item no: A.MIG-7216 Price: €9.20
Web: Rolls-Royce 2-pdr (40mm) Semi-
prompted much excitement
automatic Cannon
among modellers who favour
Alclad lacquers have long been By: Coastal Craft
acrylics. This set is its first to
the medium of choice for aircraft Item no: CCA72045 Price: £10
offer German Army shades as
P-40N early (N-1, N-5) modellers seeking a realistic Web:
worn during World War Two (the
By: Yahu Models metallic finish. Acrylics are
previous package offered pre-war
Item no: YMA3226 Price: £7.50 fighting back slowly, though, and Rolls-Royce 2-pdrs were a short-lived
tones). Three ⅓ fl oz (10ml) bottles
Web: www.yahumodels. sets such as this from AMMO- addition to Royal Navy Motor Gun
are provided, these being RC002 MIG are winning new fans. The Boats - but were commonly seen
Cream White (for tank interiors),
package offers four water-based on the rear deck of Fairmile C-class
RC057 Dunkelgrau RAL 7021
Hasegawa’s P-40 is a smashing kit, shades: Matt Aluminium, Silver, vessels. Coastal Craft’s resin and
and RC056 Dunkelbraun RAL
but as with any styrene product, Polished Metal and Gun Metal. All photo-etched brass item comprises
7017…the latter two are perfect
there are moulding limitations. come in 17ml plastic bottles and three cleanly cast parts for the
for vehicles such as the Panzer
Yahu’s bespoke photo-etched metal are suitable for airbrushing and mount, pivot and main gun, with a
I, which wore grey and brown
instrument panel array will add much brush painting. As the packaging single fret for the shoulder rests, gun
camouflage during the early war
to this kit’s ‘office’, courtesy of the suggests, they should be useful shield, ammunition holder, and ring-
period. All can be diluted with
beautifully printed dial detail, with for anything from P-51 Mustangs sights. The photo-style instructions
AK’s High Compatibility Thinner
varnish already applied to portray and MiG jets, to old school provide a clear step-by-step guide,
(shown here, but must be bought
glass. Printed acetate portions for English Electric Lightnings. and this should be suitable for most
three instruments are also provided. maritime modellers.

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his evocative image
pre-dates 1967,
because the RAF
Gloster Javelin FAW.9
XH771 (second from top) was
struck off charge in that year.
Additionally, the Belgian Air
Force did not add tactical
camouflage to its F-104s until
1967 (the BAF example here
is coded FX07). Starfighters
from the Netherlands (D-8060,
wearing a coat of anti-
corrosion grey paint), Canada
(815) and West Germany
(DA+243) are also present,
but the gaggle of NATO fast
jets is bookended by a USAF
F-105D ('FH' was the force
identifier for the Thunderchief)
at the top, while at the bottom
sits a Dassault Mirage IIIC of
the French Air Force unit EC
1/2 'Cigognes' (storks). The
Javelin shown here, bucking
the trend with its covering of
two-tone upper green and grey
camouflage, served with 11 and
25 Squadrons during its
frontline career.


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