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Tamiya's new 1:35 AMX-13 begins • Painting a convincing finish on Tamiya’s 1:48 P-47D Thunderbolt

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Tamiya's new 1:12 Repsol Honda RC213V '14 full build Building Ebbro’s 1:24 Citroën DS19, 1:6 Steampunk figure, more than twentyeight new kits reviewed, plus book reviews and modelling accessories…

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Issue 247 May 2016 EDITOR Marcus Nicholls editor@tamiyamodelmagazine.com

Contents Co Cont e 4 NEWS DESK New kit and model product news 6 NEW ARRIVALS Some of the new kits that have recently arrived at TMMI 12 AMX-13 IN DETAIL A close-up look at the AMX-13 French Light Tank

SILVER DREAM MACHINE Painting a convincing finish on Tamiya’s 1:48 P-47D Thunderbolt PAGE 20

18 BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Revell’s new-tool 1:72 Shackleton AEW.2, previewed 26 STILL SEXY AT SIXTY! Ebbro’s new 1:24 Citroën DS THAT’LL DO NICELY! Tamiya’s new 1:35 AMX-10 begins PAGE 8

42 NEW RELEASES ACCESSORIES New and recently issued modelling accessories 46 NEW RELEASES KITS Twelve new full kits, reviewed 52 IN COMPLETE CONTROL Antex’s new soldering iron is ideal for photo-etch assembly 54 BOOK REVIEWS New modelling-related titles reviewed 56 ONE GIRL AND HER DOG Creating a 1:6 resin Steampunk character

MINIATURE MOTO Tamiya’s new 1:12 Repsol Honda RC213V ‘14 full build PAGE 32

64 CONTACTS Where to buy the products used and reviewed in TMMI 66 THE EDITOR’S PAGE Time for a little Gundam in TMMI?

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If you have news of forthcoming model, armour, aircraft or car events, changes of address or just interesting information to share, please write to: TMMI Newsdesk, ADH Publishing, Doolittle Mill, Doolittle Lane, Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, LU6 1QX, UK Tel: 01525 222573 Fax: 01525 222574 Email: modmagint@aol.com

IN BRIEF... BRONCO hannants.co.uk • 1:35 Duckbills for M4 T48/T51/T54/T54E1 track EDUARD eduard.com • 1:32 PE for Kittyhawk OS2U Kingfisher • 1:32 PE for Kittyhawk OS2U Kingfisher interior • 1:32 Masks for Kittyhawk OS2U Kingfisher canopy • 1:32 Spandau machine guns MR Models mrmodellbau.com • 1:35 Metal gun barrel for Takom AMX-13 • 1:35 Panhard 178 detail parts (for ICM)

NEW FROM TAMIYA 1:10 RC TEAM HAHN RACING MAN TGS Tamiya have made use of the RC TT-01 Type E chassis to cleverly create this deeply cool kit of the Team Hahn Racing MAN TGS racing truck. The cabin is a detailed but lightweight polycarbonate item which will have minimal affect on the chassis's centre of gravity. This is a full kit and you'll need an RC system, batteries, paints and the usual RC tools www.hobbyco.net

TAKOM pocketbond.co.uk • 1:35 Chieftain Tracks • 1:35 AMX-13 tracks without rubber pads

NEW FROM TAMIYA 1:10 XB MERCEDES-BENZ G320 CABRIO • 1:35 AMX-13 tracks with rubber pads TRUMPETER pocketbond.co.uk • 1:72 Su-33UB Flanker D • 1:350 HMS Astute • 1:350 PLAN Type 039G Song Class SSG • 1:350 T-90MS Tagil Main Battle Tank • 1:350 USS Wasp LHD-1 • 1:350 USS Iwo Jima LHD-7 • Display case 165x120x360mm • Display case 210x100x80

A convertible G Wagon is a slightly strange concept but it does look rather good in RC model form. Tamiya's new XB (expert built) model comes fully assembled with radio control gear www.hobbyco.net

NEW FROM EDUARD 1:72 FW190A-8 STANDARD WINGS Eduard have created a Weekend Edition of their superb 1:72 Fw190A-8 with 'standard wings'. The kit is issued without photo-etched parts to speed up the build but its complexity might make it a little too much for a Saturday and Sunday project! www.eduard.com

NEW FROM TRUMPETER SOVIET SPECIALS New kits from Trumpeter include the 1:35 JS-2M Heavy Tank Early, 1:35 KV-7 Mod 1941 and 1:48 MiG-27 Flogger D, all very interesting subjects from the days of the Soviet Union www.pocketbond.co.uk

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NEW FROM EDUARD 1:35 PE FOR TAMIYA’S NEW M4A3E8 SHERMAN Tamiya's recently issued Easy Eight Sherman comes in for a little photo-etch treatment with a new set from Eduard, which includes a host of parts to further sharpen-up this excellent kit www.eduard.com

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NEW FROM BRONCO GUNS GUNS GUNS!

On the way from Bronco are some 1:35 heavy hitters of different types; OQF 40mm Bofors antiaircraft gun Mk.I/III British version, with crew, the US M3A1 37mm antitank gun and finally, the Soviet KV-122 heavy tank. Expect the usual levels of refinement and quality www.hannants.co.uk

NEW FROM BRONCO 1:48 CURTISS P-40C HAWK Bronco are to release a new-tool kit in 1:48 of the P-40C Hawk that famously served with the American Volunteer Group. The model appears to have engine detail and open/closed canopy options. More news soon www.hannants.co.uk

Lister Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ 1st Silverstone 1958 Moss 1:43 resin kit by Renaissance

NEW FROM REVELL 1:48 MESSERSCHMITT Bf109G-10

Revell is to release this iconic modelling subject soon and it's bound to be a winner. Expect fine detail and a great price www.revell.de/en

Porsche 908/02 1st Road Atlanta Can-Am 1970 Dean 1:43 resin & metal kit by Marsh Models

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Win the 1:72 T34-85 NEW FROM TAKOM 1:35 T-55 VARIANTS Takom have four new kits of this (in)famous tank on the way; T-54B, T-55AM, T-55AMV and Type-69 II. You can count on heaps of detail www.pocketbond.co.uk

TMMI is offering you the chance to win some cool Revell kits of all types, scales and subjects! This time, it’s the small but lovely 1:72 T34-85

All you need to do is answer this question; Q; What type of US designed suspension system did the T-34 use? You can email your answers or send a postcard to our main office address, below. Please don’t forget to add your name and postal address so we can send you your prize!

NEW FROM TAKOM 1:35 CHIEFTAIN TANK VARIANTS The Mk.2 version of the British Cold War MBT is on the way, as well as the experimental Marksman SPAAG www.pocketbond.co.uk

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REVELL, EUROPE 1:72 UH-60A TRANSPORT HELICOPTER ITEM NO.04940 • www.revell/de/en Revell’s 1:72 UH-60A Blackhawk helicopter has been packaged up for the Model-Set series and comes with three pots of safe to use, acrylic ‘Aqua Color’ paint (dark green, Anthracite and light grey), a double-ended paint brush and a bottle of Revell’s superb Contacta Professional cement. An excellent gift-idea for a birthday!

REVELL, EUROPE 1:25 2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY ITEM NO.07060 • www.revell/de/en Revell’s excellent 1:25 kit of the 2014 Corvette Stingray comes with a quality, pre-painted bodyshell. The modeller needs to paint and assemble the chassis and for this, black, dark grey, silver and aluminium paints are provided, along with Contacta cement and a double-tipped paintbrush

REVELL, EUROPE 1:72 F4U-4 CORSAIR ITEM NO.03955 • www.revell/de/en Revell have followed their F4U-1A with the later F4U-4 which used an upgraded engine, visually distinguished by the air intake in the cowling. Fantastic, refined detail throughout

REVELL, EUROPE 1:144 F-16 MLU TIGER MEET ITEM NO.03971 • www.revell/de/en If you fancy a tiger-meet fighter in your collection but were put off by the often huge decals, this might be a good one to start with. In 1:144 the F-16 is pretty tiny but this kit is very nice indeed

ITALERI, ITALY 1:72 MC-130E HERCULES COMBAT TALON I ITEM NO.1369 • www.hobbyco.net This is Italeri’s oldish but still good Hercules kit (raised panel lines) with an extra sprue of parts to create the specialist equipment found on this variant. Colour options are for a two-tone grey or a dark-green/medium-green/black/light grey airframe.

ITALERI, ITALY 1:9 TRIUMPH 3HW ITEM NO.7402 • www.hobbyco.net This is a terrific kit of the handsome Triumph 3HW in military guise and at big 1:9 there’s tons of detail to see. The tyres are lovely, the engine is an excellent replica and the spoked wheels will look spot-on if very slightly thinned down

MOEBIUS MODELS, USA SUPER DEFORMED VIPER MARK 2 ITEM NO.944 • www.moebiusmodels.com Last issue we featured a couple of Tiger Models’ ‘Cute Plane’ kits and this month we have ‘Super Deformed’ Viper Mk.2! It’s a very cute little thing and still well detailed despite its chubby metamorphosis

MOEBIUS MODELS, USA 1:25 1961 PONTIAC VENTURA ITEM NO.1211 • www.moebiusmodels.com Another of Moebius Models’ fabulous American car kits has arrived and again it’s an excellent production, in the style of classic AMT and Monogram releases. Detail is superb throughout and you’ll need to be skilled at chrome trim as there’s lot on the Ventura

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TIGER MODEL, HONG KONG/CHINA 1:35 AMX-30 B2 BRENNUS MAIN BATTLE TANK ITEM NO.4604 • www.tiger-model.com Heller, Meng and now Tiger Model have tackled this French tank and the latter have added the visually striking reactive armour to the outer surfaces of their kit. Breath-taking detail abounds, including an impressive alloy barrel with moulded-in dust cover

ITALERI, ITALY STATUE OF LIBERTY ITEM NO.68002 www.hobbyco.net There are very few works of public art that are more iconic than the Statue of Liberty and now you can build a rather tidy model of her and the mighty pedestal on which she stands. All parts are well detailed although the crown looks a little undersized

EDUARD, CZECH REPUBLIC 1:72 FW190A-8 STANDARD WINGS WEEKEND EDITION ITEM NO.7435 www.eduard.com • www.creativemodels.co.uk This is the slightly less complex (no PE or resin) ‘Weekend Edition’ of the new Fw190A-8 which is a pretty fantastic kit without extras anyway. Two decal options France and Norwaybased machines, 1944 and ‘45 respectively. Superb stuff

DRAGON, HONG KONG 1:35 TIGER I TUNISIAN INITIAL SMART KIT ITEM NO.6608 • www.hobbyco.net It’s a challenge to keep up with Tiger I kit releases at times. This is Dragon’s ‘Tunisian Initial’ variant which sports the early features seen on the most famous of tanks when it battled in North Africa; the box is packed with parts, one-piece tracks included – great news for Tiger lovers

DRAGON, HONG KONG 1:35 PZ.BEOB.WG,II AUSF.C 2 IN 1 ITEM NO.6812 • www.hobbyco.net Here’s an interesting Pz.II command variant that comes with a full fighting compartment and turret interior. It’s a very comprehensive kit with fantastic moulded detail but the instructions are a little unclear in places

DRAGON, HONG KONG 1:35 PZ.KPFW.IV WITH PANTHER F TURRET ITEM NO.6824 • www.hobbyco.net This ‘frankentank’ is another later-war expedient design that combines the relatively small Pz.IV with a large Panther F turret and it looks top heavy but rather interesting. Fantastic Dragon detail and easy-to-use one piece tracks feature

ITALERI, ITALY 1:24 VOLVO FH16 520 SLEEPER CAB ITEM NO.3907 • www.hobbyco.net As a contrast from the more gaudy airbrushed schemes of late, this clean-looking Volvo tractor from Italeri makes a refreshing change. The kit is highly detailed with a full engine, chassis and well rendered cabin interior. A fantastic replica

DRAGON/ CYBERHOBBY, HONG KONG 1:72 DH VAMPIRE FB.5 ITEM NO.5058 • www.hobbyco.net This is a lovely little kit of the famous DeHavilland Vampire FB.5, which comes with plenty of detail for a quick build, as well as two colours schemes (green/grey camouflage and overall silver) and numbers for no less than eleven aircraft! TMMI 247 May 2016

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One of the smoke dischargers was removed from its mount and the remaining three were drilled out

The right side locker was left off and vestiges of its internal frame were created with plastic strip; some guesswork was used here!

The circular photo-etched grille is included with the kit; it will be given a suitably beaten-up look once glued in place

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The tips of the aerial bases were cut down and the insulators drilled out

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I chose to depict the gun barrel's travel lock in the deployed position; this is not shown in the instructions but it is easy to accomplish and adds an interesting visual element to the front of the vehicle. I have to say I have little interest in finishing this model as a vehicle in service with the French Army; I much preferred the idea of a tank that had several owners and had fought in various guerrilla wars and was now residing in the 'boneyard' of a museum of a private collection somewhere, occasionally driven, but neglected. With this in mind, I had no qualms about leaving off the worst of the headlight brushguards (parts C56 and C57) as they proved impossible to thin down. I did attack the main guards with a fresh scalpel blade to give them a more scale-like appearance and the results can be seen in the accompanying photos. Not perfect, but better, I think. I also added some splits and tears to the rubber road-wheel tyres and some dents and dings to the mudguards and rear-mounted stowage bin. I cut off one rear mudguard entirely and replaced the stowage lockers on the righthand side track guard with pieces of plastic card to suggest what had been in that location. A vehicle in this condition would have lost its tools long ago, so I made some empty stowage brackets from photo-etched brass strip; even these were depicted in a damaged condition. To represent the tracks in a realistic manner, I will use Friulmodel metal links and I will talk about this, and the model's painting and weathering next issue. â—?

The exhaust sits under a cover (seen here fixed to the rear-mounted intercom box) , so this part was left unglued to allow the exhaust box to be painted before cementing to the model

TECHSPEC... TAMIYA 1:35 FRENCH LIGHT TANK AMX-13 KIT NO.35349 Kit materials; Injection-moulded polystyrene, photo-etched metal, soft vinyl tracks, polycaps, waterslide decals Accessories and materials used; Friulmodel metal track links ATL-130; www.friulmodel.hu Availability Tamiya model kits and paints are widely available from good model shops. UK import and distribution by The Hobby Company Limited; www.hobbyco.net

The gun elevates/depresses with the whole turret on the AMX and Tamiya's kit allows for this too, with the use of polycaps embedded within the trunnions

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MODELLING REFERENCES: POST-WAR FRENCH AFV AMX-13

AMX-13 IN DETAIL Zak Sex takes a close-up look at the AMX-13 French Light Tank

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he Gallic sports car with a punch, France's chic light tank turned heads from its inception. The AMX-13 was France's first post war tank, an innovative design which utilized an oscillating turret, magazine-fed main gun and rear-based turret with an engine to the fore. It was designed as an air-portable vehicle and as such was lightly armoured, but powered by a SOFAM Model 8Gxb eight-cylinder engine giving it a top speed of sixty kilometres per hour. The AMX-13 was to be armed with a range of main guns over its life time, from the introductory 75mm, the 90mm right up to the 105mm. It is interesting to note that not everything about the AMX was

entirely new; its first main armament was in fact a copy of the Kwk42 or L70 main gun mounted in the German WWII Panther. With its sleek modern design the light weight AMX-13 was a real departure from tank design to date and perhaps this explains its remarkable sales success, with over seven and a half thousand of all types produced (including APCs ,SPGs and AA gun variants) produced between 1953 and 1985 and slightly more than half of these being exports. Over the decades since its introduction the AMX-13 has seen much action, firstly with the French army itself during the invasion of Suez with British forces in 1956 and in the longer and bloodier campaign in Algeria, where

it was of little real use. It was with the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and Indian army that the AMX-13 saw real tank combat. The Israeli forces first used the AMX during their involvement in the Sinai in collusion with France and Britain in 1956. It was during the ferocious tank battles of 1967 that the Israelis discovered the weakness of the French tank's light armour, with heavy loses at Rafah junction and Jiradi leading to the AMX being phased out of service and sold off to Singapore and Indonesia. It must be noted however that in the hands of a tank ace such as Lt Giora Weiss of the IDF the AMX could prove very lethal as he was to knock out a number of 40 ton Patton tanks at close

quarters. Meanwhile the Indian army used the AMX-13 in their ongoing battles with neighbouring Pakistan, these low slung vehicles ambushing Pakistani M47, M48 and Type 59s in the sugarcane fields of west Pakistan. The AMX also saw action in Lebanon with various factions and in Cambodia with Lon Nol's forces against North Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge forces in a series of disastrous engagements. Finally, in one of the most protracted conflicts to date, it saw service with Moroccan forces against the Polisario in their decades long occupation of the western Sahara. It has been a long and interesting road for this little tank, one must agree. â—?

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KIT PREVIEW REVELL AVRO SHACKLETON AEW.2 ● KIT NO.04920

TMMI’s Editor inspects the sprues of Revell’s new-tool, 1:72 kit of the Shackleton AEW.2

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ver the years, the British aviation industry has produced a huge range of aircraft, quite a few of which could be considered ‘beautiful’; Supermarine Spitfire, Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde – with France – and the DeHavilland Mosquito perhaps? The Avro Shackleton is, alas, not amongst them. Maybe ‘workmanlike’ is the kindest word we could use to describe this four-engined, Avro Lancaster/Lincoln-based machine. But form follows function and the Shackleton was designed with a very serious purpose; to patrol Britain’s waters on anti-submarine warfare duties

during the terrifying years of the Cold War. The aircraft also took part in search and rescue and AEW (airborne early warning) roles, so it was a highly important machine and I shouldn’t really make fun of its ungainly looks. Revell’s kit is an all-new tooling depicting the AEW.2 and as such comes with the huge, chin-mounted radar bulge, which adds to the fun. The kit’s airframe exterior is covered with representations of the aircraft’s famous rivets (how could we have a Shackleton without them?), and though they are moulded as tiny recesses, the look is still captured. Unlike Airfix’s new-tool 1:72 kit of the Shackleton MR2, Revell’s release does not feature a full interior, but the provision of front and rear cabins is more than adequate; the rear crew door can be fitted in the open position so at least some of the internals can be viewed after completion. The detail in the cockpit is rather The decal sheet is detailed and extensive

nice and can be further enhanced with Eduard photo-etch. Surface detail across the rest of the model parts is excellent and care will be needed when cementing up the major structures to avoid damage being inflicted to fine recessed and raised mouldings. The bomb-bay doors can be fitted in the open or closed positions and if left open, the excellent detail in the bay roof can be seen. The decals provide two options, both from 8 Squadron RAF Lossiemouth – one from 1973, the other 1981 – both in overall grey. A very attractive production by Revell and a highly significant subject to choose. Actually, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I’m starting to rather like the Shackleton, very definitely caused by inspecting this handsome kit. ● MN MODEL SPEC REVELL AVRO SHACKLETON AEW.2 KIT NO.04920 SCALE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:72 MATERIALS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IM, WS AVAILABILITY; Good model shops everywhere. www.revell.de/en, @RevellGermany or facebook.com/revell

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amiya's new 1:32 DeHavilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI is a staggeringly comprehensive kit of this iconic WW2 British fighterbomber. It comes with two, complete Merlin engines with super-thin cowlings attached with micro magnets. The engines' bearers and firewalls feature some excellent detail, from plumbing and cabling to ancillaries, fireextinguishers and more. The exhausts are multi-part designs with a choice of two types; five and two-outlet designs. The engine nacelles feature structural detail on their inner faces, supplemented with four photoetched ribs on either side plus a hinge rail for the undercarriage doors, offering a neat attachment solution for the latter components. The model has complete cockpit with padded pilot's seat, photo-etched harnesses, multi-layer instrument panels featuring clear dial lenses, decal dial faces and photo-etched panel facias for ultimate detail. The four, Browning

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.303 machine guns in the nose are depicted in full with detailed renditions of the ammo hoppers and feeds within the nose-cone; a lift-off cover allows this fabulous detail to be shown off after completion. The main wing is supported by an internal, box-section spar offering great strength, necessary for a large-scale model with a significant wingspan. None of the control surfaces are hinged, but they are posable in neutral or drooped positions. When you look at the sheer size of the model's wheels, it becomes apparent that they are key focal points, so Tamiya have moulded the tyre treads in small sections allowing maximum detail to be preserved on the parts with no hard-to-remove moulding seams that would be unavoidable in a flexible material. Also, the tyres come with the exact degree of weighted 'sag' on their ground contact points, something that would be close to impossible to recreate in a perfectly round vinyl tyre; just brilliant.

THE MOSQUITO IS TAMIYA'S NEWEST AND ARGUABLY MOST EXCITING 1:32 AIRCRAFT KIT AND IS A MUST-HAVE FOR THE ENTHUSIASTIC MODELLER.

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FULL-BUILD: MILITARY AVIATION TAMIYA 1:48 REPUBLIC P-47D THUNDERBOLT RAZORBACK â—? KIT NO.61086

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E N I H C A M DREAM Karoly Bera uses Alclad 2 metallic paints to recreate highly convincing worn alloy finishes on Tamiya's sublime 1:48 P-47D Thunderbolt 'Razorback'

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e have covered the build-up of this kit before, so in this article I will talk mostly about the techniques I used to prepare and paint the exterior airframe. Even though this kit is more than ten years old, it is simply perfect; you can't find a better one on the market even today and its price is acceptable too. If you don't want a highly detailed model, aftermarket products are not necessary. You can find many choices in the box: blades, bombs, drop tanks, rocket launchers, open or closed cowling flaps and a pilot is included, as well. The moulding is accurate with many fine details.

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QUICK AND EASY CONSTRUCTION

I decided early on I wanted a natural metal Razorback so I started work with the riveting. I used riveting plan in the proper scale and I copied the lines with a pencil and flexible ruler onto the kit parts. After drawing this on I could make the rivets very quickly with my riveting tool. I didn’t sand back the rivets at this stage, I decided to do this later, after the first metal layer, because this way I could create some texture in the finish. Before painting I added some extra wiring to the engine but the cockpit was detailed enough for closed canopy. Every part was glued with Tamiya Extra Thin Cement; there weren't any gaps, so filling and sanding wasn't necessary.

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The author painted the cockpit parts with mixed Tamiya acrylics. Pre-shading techniques was used for shadows and light drybrushing to enhance the raised details. Vallejo's water-soluble acrylics were applied with a small round brush and enhanced the raised details with drybrushing technique

The paintwork began with an Alclad 2 Gloss Black base layer

Before painting, everything was checked for fit and the cockpit, wheel-bays and engine were sealed off with Tamiya masking, then the surface was cleaned with alcohol. In this view we can also see the lines of rivets created by the author

Once dry, the home-made rivets were sanded back with a piece of wet, worn Micro-Mesh abrasive. This step resulted in the first texturing effect around the rivets

After the gloss black base the author airbrushed on a simple background metallic layer with Alclad 2 White Aluminium, totally covering the surface

The author faded the first texture layer with Alclad Polished Aluminium

After the first texture layer, dark metallic paints were sprayed (Dark Aluminium and Steel) onto the areas of typical high wear; the wingroot and around the engine. This layer was an important basis for the next textures

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FULL-BUILD: MILITARY AVIATION TAMIYA 1:48 REPUBLIC P-47D THUNDERBOLT RAZORBACK ● KIT NO.61086

The second metallic texturing was sprayed over the 'salted' areas with Alclad 2 White Aluminium. This process requires some experience with the metallic paints and is not recommended for beginners. After removing the salt with a wet toothbrush, the second metal texture layer became visible

After the painted areas had dried, the author applied a salt mask on the entire surface by spraying water and dropping different sized salt crystals over the wet areas

V After the second texture layer, some panels were masked off with Tamiya tape and a mixture of Dark Aluminium and Steel metal paints were used to subtly to make these panels darker. The author didn’t cover the surface totally but let the textures remain visible

After the metallics were on, the other colours were applied using mixed Tamiya acrylics and Tamiya masking tape. The author used a sponge for texturing and fluid mask for chipping on the nose and on the leading edges. Finally, the entire surface was covered with Alclad 2 Aqua Gloss again

The author fell in love with the design of 'Kansas Tornado' so he chose Barracuda decals. It is perfect from every aspect, but he wasn’t all that impressed with the printing quality of the nose art. Mr Mark Softener (albionalloys. co.uk) was used and after drying, the decals were riveted again, textured with acrylic paints and finally protected with Aqua Gloss. Before applying the colour-washes, the entire surface was gently polished

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The author started the creation of the overall effects with a light brownish enamel filter (colour wash). The entire surface was painted with a flat brush

METAL V TEXTURISED PAINTING STEP BY STEP

I think a natural-metal surface is one of the biggest challenges for modellers. Metallic paints have specific characteristics and these require some experience. Some months ago I experimented with Alclad 2 metal paints and I got to understand the characteristics of this amazing paint. I also got some practice by using them too. I studied many archive photos of real natural-metal aircraft during the war and I noticed the metal surface is never homogenous. It was attacked by the weather and got covered with dirt, so we can see many oxidation effects on it. Many modellers simulate these effect with filters, but I wanted to create a real texturised metal surface. That is why I used my special painting process that I discovered during previous projects. I used multiple metallic layers and created three different metal textures – with sanding, with salt mask and with drybrushing – and finally unified the effects with a last transparent layer. Only the first metallic paint layer was totally opaque; in all the other steps I sprayed very thin transparent layers and faded/blended the results with Alclad 2 Polished Aluminium which is a little bit transparent. The weathering process is a very important step for me, because I think it gives life to the models. Usually I divide the weathering process

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After a few minutes a darker colour-wash was used (with a smaller round brush) concentrating on the panel lines and the extra worn areas

After about fifteen minutes the excess paint was removed with a dry cloth

The remaining colour-washes were texturised with a sponge and odourless enamel thinner

Finally, some areas were totally cleaned of colour-wash with a Q-Tip

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'global' effects over the entire model surface and to follow this are localised effects applied to limited areas. The kit was fast and easy to build without any problems. The riveting was boring, but after drawing the lines I worked quickly and the home-made rivets were perfect for metal finish. The painting process was a little bit complicated, but I think it was worthwhile because I like this texturised metal surface. I was delighted with the final result and this is one of my favourite kits. I immediately bought a bubbletop D and M version too! I think I'll build a highly detailed Tamiya P-47 soon. ●

The prop blades were first painted silver and liquid mask then dabbed on with a sponge.

To create localised effects the author used fine airbrush work. The exhaust stains were painted and more dirt added to the wingroot and around the engines

After the application of the black paint – plus brownish fading – the mask was removed with a wet, rough sponge to reveal metallic chipping effects

TECHSPEC... Tamiya 1:48 P-47D Thunderbolt ‘Razorback’ 61086 Paints used: - Alclad 2 Gloss Black Base, White Aluminium, Aluminium, Dark Aluminium, Polished Aluminium, Steel, Aqua Gloss (www.alclad2.com) - Various Tamiya Acrylics (yellow, green, blue, black, white, brown), - MIG Weathering products, pigments Aftermarket products: Barracuda Cals 1:48 P-47 Thunderbolts Part 2 BC48002

The kit was “ fast and easy to

build without any problems...

References: - Online references - Squadron/Signal Publications: Walk Around Number 11, P-47 Thunderbolt by Lou Drendel, Don Greer, Ernesto Cumpian - Model Graphix: Aero Detail 14, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt - Kagero: Republic P-47 Thunderbolt vol.I, vol.II, vol.III by Tomasz Szlagor and Krzysztof Janowicz - Osprey Modelling: Modelling the P-47 Thunderbolt By Brett Green Available aftermarket products: - Eduard: Masks, cockpit, gun-bay photoetched metal - Aires: Resin cockpit - QB, Vector, CMK: engine, oil cooler, wheels, exterior set - Montex: Masks and decals - HGW: Rivet decal set Advantages: Amazing engineering and moulding. Fine details. Perfect fitting, easy and quick to build Disadvantages: Nothing to mention

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FULL-BUILD: CIVILIAN CAR EBBRO 1:24 CITROËN DS19 ● KIT NO.25005

STILL SEXY AT SIXTY! The Citroën DS celebrated its sixtieth birthday last year and Ebbro marked the occasion with a superb new 1:24 kit of the DS19 version. Fabrice Maréchal builds it for TMMI

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at the front and more. Another important innovation was the monoline steering wheel, designed to avoid depressing the rib cage of the driver in the event of severe frontal impact. The comfort was outstanding with hydropneumatic suspension, a specific characteristic of the brand. The DS was quickly adopted by high society and elected representatives of the Republic, to General de Gaulle, who made it the official car of the presidency.

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1. Ebbro moulded the ribs on the rear pillars and the author accentuated their depth so they would not disappear under the paint. In the process, other engraved areas of the body were treated the same way, with the back of an X-Acto blade 2&3. In some photos, the front wings seemed to have an unsightly rib. Not finding this rib to my taste, the author removed it by sanding, making sure to keep the rounded shape of the wings. Finally, the body and its parts were sanded with 1,200-grit abrasive 4. Contrary to the instructions, the engine bulkhead (part C5) is directly affixed to the inside of the body as specified in step 4, but without the dash. This will be installed later. The body and its parts were then thoroughly washed 5. The Gravity Colors grey primer was first applied with a brush in all the engraved areas, then all airbrushed in several thin layers followed by a thicker coat. This fine primer goes on very easily but can not hide the flaws of an unprepared body

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Ebbro’s kit box sports some very stylish artwork, worth cutting out and keeping

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6. The main colour chosen by the author was none other than the famous Gulf Blue which, while not an 'official' colour, does a good job of representing the pastel shades of the time. The primer was dry-sanded with 1,500-grit abrasive paper, with water. The body was washed again and then the blue was applied by brush into the engraved detail. 7. To paint the roof and its pillars, the author's choice fell on Gravity Colors 'Ivory'. The body was then masked off and the rear pillars painted with a brush and the rest, including the roof (B10), in several thin successive sprays. 8. Gravity Colors' two-part varnish was prepared according to the instructions and then applied to all body parts. This collection of parts was then stored away for one week to allow the varnish to harden. Once the paint was dry, the body was exposed. The surfaces were then sanded with a 4,000-grit Micro-Mesh abrasive with water, to ensure a good surface for the varnish and to remove any embedded dust

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9. To airbrush the engine compartment and rear body panel with TS-29 Semi-Gloss Black, all surrounding areas were carefully masked off. Part C5 – previously fixed – was left exposed in order to also be painted black 10. Once unmasked, the engine compartment was drybrushed with a mixture of Humbrol Matt Black and Flesh. The engine compartment sidewall was drybrushed with a mixture of Humbrol Matt Black and Leather. The rear panel was not drybrushed. All engraved detail of the body was deepened with Humbrol 85 Coal Black 11

11&12. The windscreen pillars are relatively thick. In the two views above, the pillar on the left has been thinned. It's when the windscreen is installed that the difference can be observed 13. The windscreen was fitted into its frame and initially fixed with a drop of cyanoacrylate, deposited on the lower and upper central portions of the 'screen. Less 'risky' than the cyano, white glue was then applied – and distributed by capillary action – along the periphery of the windscreen to ensure optimal bonding. Five-minute epoxy was then deposited at the four fixing points of the windscreen frame 14. In the author's view, the dashboard lacks finesse in comparison with the engine. Attempts were made to enhance its surface detail without much success. Remember to fix the mirror (D6), onto the dashboard, Ebbro forgot to mention this in Step 3 of the instructions

PREVIEW! V IN Fresh out of the moulds, the test-shots made available to me for this article did not contain any indication as to the actual year the car represented. So I started by checking out the internet and indeed, looking in more detail at the body and comparing it with the first pictures that I had chosen, it was obvious that I had to make sure of a few things. I think it is a model year 1956, but I'm not 100% sure because the photos gleaned on the net do not guarantee that the vehicle is restored as per the original and the pictures of the time are not always of great clarity. Another problem for me, the instructions supplied with the kit were obviously not finalized. In addition, the draft manual that comes with the test-shots gave no information on paint colours to use. Not ideal for your author who suffers from colour blindness! The full production kit features colour indications within the instructions. Moreover,

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15. The engine halves were assembled and details in the borders between the sump, engine block and gearbox were deepened to facilitate painting. The block was airbrushed in X-5 Green 16. After masking off the block, the gearbox and cylinder head were airbrushed XF-16 Aluminium and the sump in XF-56 Metallic Grey. Tamiya dark brown colour-wash was then applied to all previously painted surfaces. Drybrushing was then applied with the same shades to highlight the detail 17&18. The valve cover was painted with XF-56, the intake manifold XF-16, the brake discs with Metalizer Steel, the exhaust manifold with Metalizer Metal Burnt, the fan shroud in Metalizer Aluminum and the fan itself in XF-55 Deck tan. Each was then finished in the usual way; colour-washes and drybrushing

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19. With the spare wheel installed, it was no longer possible to completely close the bonnet. To remedy the problem, the author thinned the tyre and the rim and removed the securing pin in the centre of the wheel. This trick is completely invisible when the wheel is in place 20. Assembly continues with the installation of the dashboard and steering column, followed by the engine and its peripherals. Some details were then touched in by brush to break the monotony of the black. The spare wheel was slightly dirtied-down with a brown colour-wash and the central nut touched in with black. This is actually an error because this 'nut' is an integral part of the wheel and must therefore be of the same colour, both on the spare wheel on the other four 21. The headlamp housings were fitted by removing their centring pins so they could be fixed with their sprue attachment points in a downwardfacing position, thus avoiding retouching. The bulb was painted in translucent yellow. Then the lenses were glued, also ensuring to remove their centring pins to position them also in the correct direction. The indicators were painted translucent orange and glued in place. Another error here; on a 1956 vintage DS, they should be white (clear glass and optical silver) with chrome surrounds 22. The cabin floor (part C16) was fully treated with Tenco Proto spray which creates a grainy texture, simulating carpet. The location points for the seats were masked off so they could be properly cemented in later 23. The front and rear seats were painted XF-60 Desert Yellow, then shaded with an oil paint colour wash in a natural earth shade. Drybrushing was then performed with the base colour, gradually thinning out 24. The parts to remain beige were masked off and the rest of the door panels were painted with the same blue as the body. Once dry, they were varnished with TS-13 Clear, via airbrush. The masks were removed, then the recessed detail accentuated with dark brown colour-wash

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25. The floor was painted with XF-69 NATO Black, given a dark brown colour-wash, then drybrushed with XF-63 German Grey. The seats were the fitted. The interiors of the rear doors were fitted with their winders and handles, then glued directly to the doors 26 26. The assembly of the door glass is achieved with a simple click, however, reinforced by two dots of cyano glue. The author decided to represent the driver's window partially rolled down by carefully cutting the clear part

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FULL-BUILD: CIVILIAN CAR EBBRO 1:24 CITROËN DS19 ● KIT NO.25005

Ebbro’s beautiful 1:24 kit perfectly captures the unique lines of the DS19

The precision of “ assembly is flawless... V Ebbro failed to mention some parts clearly present on the sprues, which brings me to point out the importance of time spent sifting through documentation and the study of the instructions to plan assembly, regardless of their complexity. With the DS, I did my best to make the

most of this beautiful kit. Ebbro has created a very nice model and the precision of assembly is flawless. The separate elements of the body are not quite as refined as Tamiya, but are much more accurate than Ebbro's kit of the Renault 4L. For the rest, any modeller

tempted to build this kit will find it a very satisfying experience. I want to thank Mr Marc Louvigné for his time to educate me about the subject. Check this web link which I am sure will be very useful for building this kit. http://id.dscollection.free.fr/ index.html (French text) ●

TECHSPEC... EBBRO 1:24 CITROËN DS19 KIT NO.25005 Materials: Injection-moulded polystyrene, vinyl tyres, decals Paints used: - Tamiya Sprays TS-13 Clear, TS-29 SemiGloss Black - Tamiya Acrylic; X-5 Green, X-26 Clear Orange, X-27 Clear Red, XF-2 Flat White, XF-16 Flat Aluminium, XF-55 Deck tan, XF-56 Metallic Grey, XF-60 Dark Yellow, XF-63 German Grey, XF-69 NATO Black - Humbrol Enamels; No.11 Silver, No.33 Matt Black, No.60 Matt Scarlet, No.61 Matt Flesh, No.62 Matt Leather - Model Master Enamels; 1415 Metal Burned, 1402 Steel, 1401 Aluminium - Winsor & Newton oils; Raw Umber, Black - Gravity Colors; GC-303 Primer, GC-121 Ivory, GC-108 Gulf Blue, Gloss Clear Products used: Cyanoacrylate adhesives, five-minute epoxy, TRON SP104, Revell, turpentine, Tamiya Mask Tape, various abrasives, Gelson Polish, Tamiya Modeling Wax Availability; Ebbro model kits are widely available from good model shops. UK import and distribution by The Hobby Company Limited; www.hobbyco.net

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FULL-BUILD: MOTOGP MODELLING TAMIYA 1:12 REPSOL HONDA RC213V ‘14 � KIT NO.14130

MARVELLOUS MIN Steeve Ingels is the first to complete Tamiya's new 1:12 Repsol Honda RC213V '14

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he Repsol Honda RC213V from the 2014 season has just landed, straight from Japan! The machine chosen by Tamiya is that of Marc Marquez, the 2014 MotoGP World Champion. To my regret, there is no possibility to build the No.26 machine of Pedrosa in the kit. The Honda RC213V was created by the Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) in 2012. During that year, Dorna (the body that manages motorcycles championships, rather like the FIA) amended the regulations and authorised engines with a displacement of 1,000cc. Four machines were produced by the manufacturer; two for the official team (Repsol), one for Gresini Racing and one for LCR. The name RC213V breaks down as follows: RC; four-stroke engine, 213; 3rd generation of the 21st century, V; V engine.

THE TAMIYA KIT

As usual, Tamiya offers us a busy box of parts providing everything we need to make a very attractive model. The box contains injection-moulded polystyrene sprues plus tubing, screws, a small screwdriver, two sheets of decals (some will not be needed) and masking sheets for the painting stages. Within this build-up I will use Tamiya's 1:12 Honda RC213V '14 Front Fork Set (12667) which also includes a metal spring for the rear swing arm as well as modified plastic parts for the brake and hub. No doubt the artisans are already working to create Pedrosa's No.26 markings. After receiving the kit, the Editor said to me that I could change some elements without altering the final result too much. So I only added a few photo-etched screw-heads, springs on the exhausts, tyre valves and a set of axles for wheels, all from Top Studio. The original vinyl tubing was replaced with electrical wiring which looks more realistic. Finally, research on the internet allowed me to decide which elements should be covered with carbon fibre-effect decal, using two sheets from Ka Models.

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MINIATURE MOTO!

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bike's sub-structures, such as the engine, frame, fairing swing-arm. I noticed at this stage that the tank fairing would need to be built very solidly to avoid distortion during handling. The framework was assembled following the instructions. The rear suspension is slightly more complicated to assemble; the part is covered with numerous carbon fibre sections. Two options are available, either paint them satin black, or cover them with carbon-fibre decal. I chose the second option and for this, I initially created a series of templates made from masking tape before assembly and painting (it's less risky this way), putting the templates aside for later. The inside cavity of the swing-arm was filled with two-part putty (Greenstuff) and set aside until completely cured. During the drying time, other parts were cleaned-up and assembled. The set of parts was primed with Vallejo acrylic black and once dry, several layers of Zero Paints Super Fine Silver Metallic were applied, creating a very convincing metallic effect. Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color 'Black' was applied neat by brush to bring out the surface details. Once dry well (this takes about an hour or less if you use a hairdryer), I used a new brush moistened with thinner to clean off the excess. Acrylic gloss varnish was brushed on to the carbon flat areas to protect them.

The inside of the rear suspension arm was filled with 'Greenstuff' putty, but in the end, we can't see much anyway

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Little improvement was needed to create a compelling-looking power unit; just some photo-etched bolt-heads to detail the engine block and clutch housing, plus some carbon-fibre decal in places. The base colour of the engine block is the same as the frame (Super Fine Metallic Silver), but other housings and the cylinder block were finished with the Zero Paints equivalent of XF-56 Metallic Grey. Contrary to the instructions, the clutch housing is not a gold colour (XF-31 Titanium Gold) but rather a silver shade (XF-32 Titanium Silver). The intake tracts were covered with Alclad 2 Chrome, although all will be completely invisible after installation. Photo-etched cable ties were used in key areas, also to increase the overall realism. Finally, thin electrical wire of different diameters was added to complete the installation.

The frame and swing-arm received an undercoat of black satin. This layer is necessary for the application of the metallics and it also shows up possible defects

Zero Paints Extra Fine Metallic Silver Candy Base (ZP-4010) was applied to these elements. The finish is impeccable

Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color Black was applied around the details and into hollows to give more depth and realism to the parts

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Painting the chain

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Painting the chain

No problem if the Tamiya colour-wash overflows, the excess can be removed with a clean brush, lightly moistened with thinner

The result obtained after cleaning off the excess colour wash, most noticeable around the front of the frame

The swing-arm is shown here with its guard in place which looks highly realistic in carbon-fibre effect decal

The chain was reworked with drills and broaches to create a more realistic look. A layer of Titanium Silver was applied and the centre disc plus bolt-heads masked off with liquid medium

The second colour to be applied was gold. Following this, each link was masked using Mr Hobby liquid mask

The process ended with the application of the final colour and unmasking of the moulding

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the fluorescent orange wheels, using Zero Paints' materials. Not yet having at my disposal the new TS-96 Fluorescent Orange paint produced by Tamiya, I settled for what I had on hand. Looking back, I was too confident; the standard Repsol orange was too dark for this 2014 machine, but it was too late to repaint the rims, so I left them unchanged. Since the writing of this article, Zero Paints (www.hiroboy.com) have created a new set of Repsol paints that includes the updated shades. The rear brake disc was perforated for added realism and the front discs were detailed with photo-etched parts and painted with the new Zero Paints colour 'Carbon Ceramic Grey'. Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color was applied throughout to accentuate the details and many pieces of electrical wire were also added to simulate the various hoses and connection cables. The new parts in anodized aluminium are a real plus for this model; the level of realism has been significantly improved. The instructions recommend to paint the fenders satin black, but in reality these parts were made of carbon-fibre. Again, decal from Ka Models was used to cover these parts and I made several templates so I wouldn't have to cover the parts in one go. Given the complex shapes of these mouldings, I used decal softener and a hairdryer to ensure that no wrinkles and bubbles would occur. Several coats of satin varnish were applied once the decals had set and had been cleaned of adhesive.

Tamiya's kit includes a sheet of masking templates. Their application needs no particular comment, but try to cut them out as accurately as possible

A mixture of Zero Paints Fluorescent Orange and Yellow was used to obtain the exact shade for the machine of Marquez

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Applying Zero Paints

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PREPARING THE FAIRING

After carefully filling and sanding the glue lines, screw-heads and rivets were removed and their locations drilled in order to replace them with rivets and screws from Top Studio. I began painting by applying Vallejo white acrylic primer, which has many advantages; it is very fine-grained, covers

The bottom of the casing was covered with carbon-fibre decal

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The latest addition to Tamiya’s wonderful Educational Construction Series is this mechanical, inertia-wheel powered snail and we love it. It’s a kit so must be assembled in the normal manner and as it is powered only by the spinning flywheel, it has no need for batteries, so it’s eco-friendly too.

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Fluorescent Orange was used to paint the rims. After some checks, it turns out that this particular colour was too dark for the 2014 bike. Unfortunately, the damage was done

The exhaust pipes were hollowed out and sanded, then new outlet covers were cut out from photo-etched mesh and installed. This work was later modified by using PE mesh from a Tamiya grille that can be found in the set for the Yamaha M1 2009

The base colour of the exhaust was a mixture of Zero Paints Super Fine Metallic Gold and Titanium Silver

After the weld seams were sealed off with Mr Hobby liquid mask, a surface patina to simulate heat staining was created with Winsor and Newton Indian ink

Exhaust modifications

Exhaust modifications

When the fairing components were painted and decalled, they could then be glossed up with the two-part varnish from Zero Paints

The engine was carefully painted using Zero Paints colours. Electrical wire was installed to simulate the hoses and cabling. The clutch housing was drilled out to increase realism

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FULL-BUILD: MOTOGP MODELLING TAMIYA 1:12 REPSOL HONDA RC213V ‘14 � KIT NO.14130

the paint applied over it. The first colour was applied shortly after: Zero Paints pure white. I allowed the paint to dry for a few days before continuing with the rest of the decor. The masks were accurately trimmed out then placed/peeled several times on a clean surface in order to reduce their tackiness, which will help to avoid the paint tearing during unmasking as the paint is quite fragile at this stage. Tamiya designed the masks well and by following the instructions to the letter, no unpleasant surprises were encountered. Once the paint layers had completely dried, it was time to begin applying the gloss coats. I used Zero Paints two-part varnish, which offers an extremely bright and deep finish. It begins with the application of several thin layers, spaced a few minutes apart, finishing with one, heavier wet layer. The glossed parts were left to cure and put aside for a full week before being re-polished and 'frosted' by sanding with a very fine grit abrasive. This levels the steps between the layers of paint, the thickness of decals and removes unwanted dust particles. The inside of the fairing was painted in satin black, and a carbon-fibre decal layer was applied to the inside of the upper cowling. There is no need in this case to cover all internal cowling surfaces with decal, unless you wish to display the motorcycle without fairings. It only remained to affix some PE screws and rivets to complete the cowling. Personally I would have preferred to have separately printed sponsor decals and I might have replaced the Tamiya carbon-fibre decal with another, more in-scale product.

Final Assembly

V well, dries quickly and does not react with

With the engine mounted in the frame, the core of the Honda starts to take shape. Colour-washes highlights the raised detail perfectly

FINAL DETAILS (EXHAUSTS ETC)

Tamiya provides very accurate replicas of the exhausts, however, they don't feature the mesh over the output apertures, so I decided to alter the parts; the tips were drilled out, their interiors were carefully hollowed out and sanded and three rectangular holes were also removed. Looking in my spares box I found a PE radiator grille (for the Yamaha M1) and the mesh pattern seemed to correspond exactly to the Honda's outlet. The new PE part was cut to shape using scissors, shaped and glued in place. I also added the securing springs, absent from the kit. The exhausts' painting process began by applying a thin layer of black, to highlight possible defects and provide the basis for the colour, a mix of Zero Paints Titanium Silver and Metallic Gold. The weld seams were covered using a liquid mask (Mr Hobby) and then pure Titanium Silver was airbrushed on, later patinated with Winsor and Newton Indian ink to simulate the heating staining of the metal. Finally, a thin layer of Titanium Silver was sprayed on again in order to blend the colours together. Having unmasked the welds, I applied a very diluted black colour-wash over to accentuate the details. I deliberately focused my efforts on the visible parts of the exhausts.

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Overview of the many parts required for the assembly of the rear suspension. The damper was built up using the parts in the Tamiya fork detail set. Two small PE parts were added to simulate the adjustment nuts

Overview of the parts needed to make the front fork. Careful painting of each piece is essential for perfect results

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The carbon-fibre decalling of the front mudguard transforms this component; it contrasts perfectly with the matt grey of the brake disc

Overall view of the bike's underpinnings prior to the fitting of the cowling. The stand provided by Tamiya is excellent; Tamiya X-19 Smoke was used on the transparent wheels

A close-up view of the frame's mid-section reveals the stunning detail moulded into the kit parts, as well as the many different colours needed to finish the bike's mechanical structures

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IN CONCLUSION VAgain, Tamiya has created

a superb 1:12 bike kit! My only regret is that it didn't come with racing numbers for Pedrosa's machine. Nevertheless, I am certain that artisanal manufacturers will release accessories to create new versions of this kit. I see myself already contemplating the 2015 'VDS' variant (private teams always have earlier versions). It took me only a month to complete the full assembly and prepare the article; I hope you will be inspired to acquire this gem for your collection. I want to thank the Editor for giving me the opportunity to build this kit before anyone else! ●

Tamiya has “ created a superb 1:12 bike kit..! ” MotoGP models look even more purposeful without their fairings. Luckily, Tamiya provide all the detail behind the body to show off

TECHSPEC... TAMIYA 1:12 REPSOL HONDA RC213V ‘14 KIT NO.14130 Accessories used; - Tamiya 1:12 Honda RC213V ‘14 Front Fork Set (12667) - Top Studio; Assorted Details for 1/12 MotoGP (TD23027), rivets for 1:12 (TD23041), Muffler springs (TD23019), Front and Rear Wheel Hex Nuts with Axle for MotoGP (TD23060), 0.7mm Rivets A (TD23095) - Model Factory Hiro; Colour tube (P-975) - Ka Models; Carbon Pattern A decal Sheet, Carbon Pattern Decal Sheet B Paints used: - Vallejo Acrylics; Black Primer 74602, White Primer 74600, 70938 Transparent Blue, 70934 Transparent Red, 70992 Neutral Gray, 70997 Silver, 70968 Green Flat - Vallejo Acrylics Model Air; Turn Signal Red 71070, Chrome 71064, Aluminium 71062 Steel 71065 - Vallejo Acrylics Panzer Aces; Dark Rubber 306, Stencil 313 - Zero Paints; Pure Brilliant White ZP-1026, Fluorescent Orange ZP-1009, Fluorescent yellow ZP-1011, McLaren MP4 Red ZP-1066, Extra Fine Metallic Silver ZP-4010, Extra Fine Metallic Gold ZP-4014, Titanium Gold ZP-7031, ZP-7032 Titanium Silver, ZP-7156 Metallic Grey, ZP-7010 Gun Metal, Smoke ZP-1132, Zero Carbon Ceramic Grey Paints ZP-1319, Clear Cote ZP-3006 Availability; Tamiya model kits and paints are widely available from good model shops. UK import and distribution by The Hobby Company; www.hobbyco.net Zero Paints; www.hiroboy.com

The author applied his own carbon-fibre decalling to the small structures such as the rear camera and electrical boxes seen here

The headset detail is quite minimal, reflected in 1:12 here by Tamiya. Great precision in painting is needed to create a realistic result here

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New Releases

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Accessories

The latest photo-etched sets, resin parts, figures and accessories to enhance your scale models...

What’s in the box?

AD; ACETATE DIALS, CC; CAST CERAMIC (PLASTER), CMA; CAST METAL ALLOY, CP; CHROMED PARTS, CPS; CLEAR PLASTIC SHEET, DT; DRY TRANSFER (DECALS), EM: ELECTRIC MOTOR EPS; EXTRUDED PLASTIC SECTION, F; FABRIC, IM; INJECTION MOULDED (PLASTIC), ITL; INDIVIDUAL TRACK LINKS, LCC; LASER CUT CARD, LLT; LINK AND LENGTH TRACKS, MC; METAL CHAIN, MMA; MACHINED METAL ALLOY, MR; METAL ROD, MW; METAL WIRE, MT; METAL TUBING, NM; NYLON MESH, PE; PHOTO ETCH, PEBM; PHOTO-ETCHED BADGES/MIRRORS, PCM; PRE-CUT MASKS, PMP; PRE-ASSEMBLED METAL PARTS), PS; PAPER STRIP, R; RESIN, SVT; SOFT VINYL TYRES (OR TUBING), VF; VINYL FIGURES, VFP; VACUUM FORMED (PLASTIC), WC; WOVEN CORD, WD; WATERSLIDE (DECALS), WS; WOODEN STRIP

EDUARD, CZECH REPUBLIC

www.eduard.com www.creativemodels.co.uk www.hannants.co.uk MODEL ACCESSORY SETS 1:350 USS Texas Pt.3 superstructure (53156) for Trumpeter USS Texas Pt.4 deck (53157) for Trumpeter 1:48 SETS Tornado GR.4 interior (49757) for Revell Tornado GR.4 seatbelts (49758) for Revell Tornado GR.4 undercarriage (49759) for Revell Tornado GR.4 exterior (48880) for Revell Rockin Rhino upgrade set (48878) for Eduard Gladiator Mk.I (49756) for Merit I-153 Chaika (49760) for ICM 1:35 SETS M4A3E8 Sherman (36334) for Tamiya 1:32 sets Mirage IIIc interior (32859) for Italeri Mirage IIIc exterior (32385) for Italeri Mirage IIIc seatbelts (32860) for Italeri OS2U Kingfisher exterior (32386) for Kittyhawk OS2U Kingfisher interior (32861) for Kittyhawk OS2U Kingfisher seatbelts (32862) for Kittyhawk ZOOM SETS 1:72 Fw190A-8 Weekend (SS549) for Eduard 1:48 EKA-3 Skywarrior (FE761) for Trumpeter Su-25K interior (FE764) for Směr OS2U Kingfisher interior (33156) for Kittyhawk Mirage IIIc interior (33155) for Italeri MASKS 1:72 Ju87B-2 Stuka (CX443) for Zvezda Hawk T.1 (CX442) for Revell Fw190A-8 Weekend (CX441) for Eduard 1:48 I-153 Chaika (EX497) for ICM EKA-3 Skywarrior (EX495) for Trumpeter Tornado GR.4 (EX496) for Revell Gladiator Mk.I (EX494) for Merit 1:32 OS2U Kingfisher (JX189) for Kittyhawk Mirage IIIc (JX188) for Italeri Brassin (resin and photo-etch) 1:72 Fw190A-5 cockpit (672096) for Eduard WGr.21 for Fw190 (672099) for Eduard M-2 Browning guns (672092) Fw190 wheels early (672095) for Eduard M117 bomb late (672058) Shackleton MR.2 wheels (672097) for Airfix Shackleton AEW.2 wheels (672098) for Revell MiG-29A seat (672093) for Trumpeter MiG-29A Izdelye 9-12 cockpit (672094) for Trumpeter MiG-29A weapons set (672100) for Trumpeter Brassin (resin and photo-etch) 1:48 LAU-3/A rocket pods X2 (648231) AIM-4G X4 (648187) US 108gal paper droptanks (648233) Ju88 wheels early (648244) for ICM Brassin (resin and photo-etch) 1:32 LAU-10/A Zuni rocket pods (632074) Mirage IIIc wheels (632076) for Italeri P-39 wheels late (632073) for Kittyhawk MG-14/17 Parabellum WWI gun (632071)

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XTRADECAL, UK

www.hannants.co.uk AIRCRAFT DECALS New in from Hannants are four sets of decals, three of which are for the A-7 Corsair II and one for the F4F-4B and FM-1 Wildcat in British FAA service. The Corsair II sets cover aircraft from the 1970s and are, therefore, all in 'hi-vis' schemes. There are some wonderfully colourful tail flashes here and as each set comes with four, full sets of markings you can decal-up four complete Corsairs should you wish. No less than eight schemes are offered for 1:72 Wildcats, all of which are in Extra Dark Sea Grey/ Dark Slate Grey/Sky. As with the Corsairs, a complete set of national insignia is provided for each scheme. Beautifully printed of course, with detailed application guides. • US NAVY CORSAIR II PART ONE (X72240) • US NAVY CORSAIR II PART TWO (X72241) • US NAVY CORSAIR II PART THREE (X72242) • YANKS WITH ROUNDELS PART SIX WILDCAT F4F-4B & FM-1 (X72243)

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New Releases

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Accessories

The latest photo-etched sets, resin parts, figures and accessories to enhance your scale models...

What’s in the box?

AD; ACETATE DIALS, CC; CAST CERAMIC (PLASTER), CMA; CAST METAL ALLOY, CP; CHROMED PARTS, CPS; CLEAR PLASTIC SHEET, DT; DRY TRANSFER (DECALS), EM: ELECTRIC MOTOR EPS; EXTRUDED PLASTIC SECTION, F; FABRIC, IM; INJECTION MOULDED (PLASTIC), ITL; INDIVIDUAL TRACK LINKS, LCC; LASER CUT CARD, LLT; LINK AND LENGTH TRACKS, MC; METAL CHAIN, MMA; MACHINED METAL ALLOY, MR; METAL ROD, MW; METAL WIRE, MT; METAL TUBING, NM; NYLON MESH, PE; PHOTO ETCH, PEBM; PHOTO-ETCHED BADGES/MIRRORS, PCM; PRE-CUT MASKS, PMP; PRE-ASSEMBLED METAL PARTS), PS; PAPER STRIP, R; RESIN, SVT; SOFT VINYL TYRES (OR TUBING), VF; VINYL FIGURES, VFP; VACUUM FORMED (PLASTIC), WC; WOVEN CORD, WD; WATERSLIDE (DECALS), WS; WOODEN STRIP

ICM, UKRAINE

www.hannants.co.uk Two new figure sets have arrived from ICM and both depict some very interesting subjects. The French-Moroccan Goumier troops fought with the Allies against the Italian and German Axis forces in North Africa and were excellent troops. ICM's four-figure set is a little statically posed but would be good for a small vignette with a Jeep or a truck; detail is excellent and a choice of turbans or British-pattern steel helmets is provided. The three Finnish troops are better posed and are accompanied by a reindeer! This is a wonderful set and ideal to go alongside an armoured vehicle in snow, or just in a small winter diorama surrounded by pines and snow drifts. 1:35 MOROCCAN GOUMIER RIFLES 1943 (35565) 1:35 FINNISH RIFLEMEN WINTER 1940 (35566)

AIRSCALE, UK

www.airscale.co.uk The latest release form Airscale are decals for the cockpits of modern jets; traditional dials and flat-screen displays and data plates, stencils, warning labels and yellow/black crosshatching. They are both extremely useful for detailing up the 'office' of modern fighter aircraft, which are often clearly visible through the invariably large canopies of model kits. The dials and placards will really add to the level of authenticity and, it goes without saying, they are all printed to perfection. Available in both 1:32 and 1:48. • 1:32 MODERN COCKPIT INSTRUMENTS (AS32HAC) • 1:32 MODERN COCKPIT DATAPLATE AND WARNING DECALS (AS32DAN) • 1:48 MODERN COCKPIT INSTRUMENTS (AS48HAC) • 1:48 MODERN COCKPIT DATAPLATE AND WARNING DECALS (AS48DAN)

LIFECOLOR, ITALY

www.airbrushes.com Lifecolor have created a range of 'liquid pigments' of varying colours for the weathering of military vehicles, the latest of which is 'Detail Emphasizer for Tanks and Vehicles' and from a desktop test on an old built-up model they appear to have a lot of potential for realism. They're water-based materials that carry an extremely fine pigment in suspension that flows like heavily thinned acrylic paint. The liquid dries off quickly but, unlike acrylics, the material remains soft enough to be manipulated with a paintbrush dampened with plain water. The set includes a 'remover' liquid to adjust any over flow. Very promising indeed. LIQUID PIGMENTS DETAIL EMPHASIZER FOR TANKS AND VEHICLES (LP01)

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New Releases A selection of the latest full kits in plastic, resin, metal and more!

What’s in the box?

AD; ACETATE DIALS, CC; CAST CERAMIC (PLASTER), CMA; CAST METAL ALLOY, CP; CHROMED PARTS, CPS; CLEAR PLASTIC SHEET, DT; DRY TRANSFER (DECALS), EM: ELECTRIC MOTOR EPS; EXTRUDED PLASTIC SE ALLOY, MR; METAL ROD, MW; METAL WIRE, MT; METAL TUBING, NM; NYLON MESH, PE; PHOTO ETCH, PEBM; PHOTO-ETCHED BADGES/MIRRORS, PCM; PRE-CUT MASKS, PMP; PRE-ASSEMBLED METAL PARTS), PS;

REVELL, EUROPE

TYPHOON CLASS SOVIET SUBMARINE www.revell.de/en, @RevellGermany or facebook.com/revell SCALE; 1:400 • MATERIALS; IM, WS • KIT NUMBER; 05138 The terrifyingly huge Typhoon Class submarine is a fantastic subject for a model and at the relatively large scale of 1:400, Revell’s kit is pretty substantial. The hull is covered with sonic tiles which look rather like courses of bricks; but not after they’ve been painted dark grey. Amazingly, the kit dates from 1989 but the parts look very modern and well rendered. The most appealing touch (for this reviewer) is the open missile-hatch option with two SS-20 ICBMs which, with a little work from the modeller, could be fitted above the hatches to replicate a launch, frozen in time. The display stand is the ideal finishing touch for this imposing and well moulded kit. MN

REVELL, EUROPE

EMBRAER 195 AIR DOLOMITI www.revell.de/en, @RevellGermany or facebook.com/revell SCALE; 1:144 MATERIALS; IM, WS KIT NUMBER; 04884 Revell have tooled up afresh for this model, which depicts the lovely-looking Embraer 195 commuter jet in 1:144. The kit comes moulded on two sprues of white polystyrene plus a small clear sprue carrying the cockpit windows and a sheet of decals for the ‘Air Dolomiti’ airline. Detail on the airframe is extremely subtle and appropriate for a modern commercial jet and the undercarriage is quite refined for a 1:144 model. The cockpit interior is a very effective modular design with seats, bulkhead and even a detailed centre console. Some flash was in evidence on our sample but this will be very simple to remove. Slightly more concerning are some sinkmarks on the underwing flap fairings but even these will be easy to conceal with filler. MN

Very attractive subject choice in a photogenic livery. Excellent surfacedetail and a tidy, one-piece cockpit Good detail throughout, great subject choice, open missile hatch option Blades of propellers a little thick

A little flash here and there plus some sink-marks; but all easy to eliminate

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Kit Reviews

EXTRUDED PLASTIC SECTION, F; FABRIC, IM; INJECTION MOULDED (PLASTIC), ITL; INDIVIDUAL TRACK LINKS, LCC; LASER CUT CARD, LLT; LINK AND LENGTH TRACKS, MC; METAL CHAIN, MMA; MACHINED METAL ED METAL PARTS), PS; PAPER STRIP, R; RESIN, SVT; SOFT VINYL TYRES (OR TUBING), VF; VINYL FIGURES, VFP; VACUUM FORMED (PLASTIC), WC; WOVEN CORD, WD; WATERSLIDE (DECALS), WS; WOODEN STRIP

PILOT REPLICAS, SWEDEN

SWEDISH AIRFORCE DODGE WC52 TOW TRUCK www.pilot-replicas.com SCALE; 1:48 MATERIALS; IM, PE, WS KIT NUMBER; 48-R004 Not content with producing top quality kits of aircraft in injection-moulded polystyrene, Pilot Replicas have also created a 1:48 resin model of the Dodge WC52 which was used by the Swedish Air Force as an airfield tow-truck. The kit is thoroughly detailed, featuring a ladder chassis with engine block, unitary suspension castings, cabin with a full set of controls, an in-scale and thus delicate front grille in resin and PE plus photo-etched windscreen frame. The decal sheet carries dials and placards for the dashboard, plus number plates and a red/yellow ‘follow me’ flag. The detail is very crisp on all parts and clean-up is limited to some flash on the chassis plus the usual casting-plug removal. A refined little model, ideal to place alongside your Saabs! MN

PILOT REPLICAS, SWEDEN

SWEDISH AIRFORCE BOGSERBIL 959A www.pilot-replicas.com SCALE; 1:48 MATERIALS; IM, PE, WS KIT NUMBER; 48-R001 To accompany modern Swedish military aircraft subjects (Draken, Viggen etc), Pilot Replicas have released a 1:48 kit of the Volvo Bogserbil 959A two truck. The packaging is in the same style as the Dodge and the kit, whilst larger, is similar in presentation. All the main structural parts are cast in green/ grey resin and the detail is extremely fine, with some impressive undercuts too. The cabin is a fantastic one-piece casting with beautiful detail on the front face and inside too; the wonders of digital design/production. The kit comes with the space-frame type towing bar in photo-etched brass and this might need a folding tool to form a perfectly square structure – it looks great though. This is a superb little model with top detail and a very decent range of markings. MN

Finely detailed, well cast and a good balance of complexity and ease of build

Clear resin windows way better than vacuum-formed parts. Lovely detail and very precise castings

Some experience with resin kits (assembly with superglue glue) is recommended

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What’s in the box?

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DRAGON, HONG KONG

HMS DRAGON TYPE 45 DESTROYER BATCH 2 www.hobbyco.net SCALE; 1:700 MATERIALS; IM, WS KIT NUMBER; 7109 Here we have a small but very attractive 1:700 kit of the British Royal Navy’s modern Type 45 destroyer, ‘HMS Dragon’. The model comes on four sprues plus upper and lower hull parts and a display base. A little photoetched brass is included too, most importantly for the extended main rotor blades for Merlin helicopter. The kit is quite well detailed for an injection-moulded polystyrene production, although open structures such as radar arrays will look more in-scale if replaced with photoetched brass parts. The hull is split at the waterline so a seascape build would be straightforward; no sawing required. The finishing touch are the dragon decals for the forward hull sides – very dramatic! MN

EDUARD, CZECH REPUBLIC FW190A-5 www.eduard.com www.creativemodels.co.uk SCALE; 1:72 MATERIALS; IM, PE, PCM, WS KIT NUMBER; 70116 The ‘A-5 variant of Eduard’s delicious new Fw190 has arrived and of course it is every bit as good as their initial kit of the A-8. This release comes with ‘G’ and ‘J’ sprues which carry the wing, fuselage and fuselage gun cowling parts and – by following the instructions and using the indicated components – you can build an A-5 with the correct bumps and lumps. There are multiple options on the sprues (propellers, wheels, UC doors, cockpit detail and more) so it’s essential to study the instructions so you use the right parts. Fantastically subtle detail on the airframe replicates the Fw190’s major exterior structural lines and access hatches etc., which can be later highlighted with colours washes if desired. The control surfaces are moulded individually so they can be posed in slightly offset positions. MN

Good detail all round, photoetched brass helicopter rotors a bonus

An extraordinarily detailed kit with plenty of optional parts. ProfiPACK edition brings PE detailing and canopy masks

No railing provided

Tiny parts alert!

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Kit Reviews

EXTRUDED PLASTIC SECTION, F; FABRIC, IM; INJECTION MOULDED (PLASTIC), ITL; INDIVIDUAL TRACK LINKS, LCC; LASER CUT CARD, LLT; LINK AND LENGTH TRACKS, MC; METAL CHAIN, MMA; MACHINED METAL ED METAL PARTS), PS; PAPER STRIP, R; RESIN, SVT; SOFT VINYL TYRES (OR TUBING), VF; VINYL FIGURES, VFP; VACUUM FORMED (PLASTIC), WC; WOVEN CORD, WD; WATERSLIDE (DECALS), WS; WOODEN STRIP

TIGER MODEL, HONG KONG/CHINA

PANHARD VBL 12.7MM M2 MACHINE GUN www.tiger-model.com • SCALE; 1:35 MATERIALS; IM, SVT, PE, WMC, PC, WS • KIT NUMBER; 4619 Recently received from Tiger Model is the company’s latest 1:35 kit of the French 4X4 Panhard VBL armoured car. This release includes an armoured gun turret fitted with the ‘Ma Deuce’ M2 Browning HMG, moulded in sand-coloured plastic on its own sprue. The M2 is definitely one of the better ones we’ve seen and features an open-tipped muzzle and well rendered cooling holes in the barrel jacket. Markings are provided for a sand/brown camouflaged machine of the French army, with the gun turret in green/brown/ black and one front fender in green which adds a visually appealing touch of colour variation. The model comes with a thorough cabin interior that includes radio set, .50cal ammunition can racks plus roof-mounted air-con system. Fabulous! MN

TIGER MODEL, HONG KONG/CHINA

AMX-10RCR SEPAR www.tiger-model.com • SCALE; 1:35 MATERIALS; IM, SVT, PE, WMC, PC, WS • KIT NUMBER; 4607 Here’s another second version of an existing French AFV from Tiger Model and this time it’s the handsome AMX-10 RCR ‘SEPAR’, the up-armoured version of the French army’s six-wheeled tankdestroyer. Tiger Model haven’t attempted to mould too much in place; the kit is extensively detailed on its exterior, with many small parts (including PE grilles) being added to the hull and turret throughout the whole assembly sequence, a very effective approach. The additional armour comes in the form of one-piece panels that affix to the hull, significantly altering the look of the vehicle. This is a really great-looking model and with the addition of DEF Model’s fantastic resin wheels with ‘weighted’ effect tyres, it will build into a very attractive miniature. MN

Very highly detailed with some lovely touches. Clear vision blocks, PE grilles and metal tow cable all included.

Very interesting subject and very fine detail inside and out. Top marks for the cabin interior which is excellent Vinyl tyres, but they do at least feature Michelin logos. DEF resin replacements (available now) are superior

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MOEBIUS MODELS, USA

BATMOBILE FROM BATMAN V SUPERMAN, DAWN OF JUSTICE www.moebiusmodels.com SCALE; 1:25 • MATERIALS; IM • KIT NUMBER; 4607 The newest Batman film is now out and as we know, all new Batman films must have new Batmobile. The car for this film is an amazinglooking thing and Moebius have been very quick off the mark in releasing their new 1:25 kit of it. The parts come on eight sprues of blue/grey polystyrene plus one sprue in clear, topped off by four huge tyres in black vinyl. The all-black box is very slick and with striking ‘Batmobile’ graphics in yellow it looks superb. The instructions come in booklet form and the illustrations are very clear, supplemented by assembly notes. It’s a reasonably complex model (this is a good thing!), coming with engine detail, front suspension, armour shielding, two-seat cabin, multi-layer front wing and a wonderfully spidery support frame for the rear wing. Detail is excellent throughout and the model really captures the intimidating look of the ‘real’ thing. The fun with this kit will be in its painting! MN Impressively quick release following the film’s premiere, great detail levels, straightforward but satisfying assembly Front wheels are fixed in the ‘straight-ahead’ position

MOEBIUS MODELS, USA

1965 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE I www.moebiusmodels.com SCALE; 1:25 • MATERIALS; IM, MR • KIT NUMBER; 965 As always with this type of car kit, I always prefer the ‘factory stock’ version over the optioned-up car with mag wheels etc., just because I love retro things I suppose. Both set-ups are offered in Moebius Models’ new ‘65 Plymouth Belvedere, which is a wonderfully evocative kit that uses original, brochure-style illustrations on the box-top and instruction sheet. The kit comes with optional engine builds, plus steel wheels with ‘dog-dish’ hubcaps or fivespoke alloys and fat rear tyres for both styles. Sadly the tyres have no sidewall markings but this isn’t too noticeable on the finished model, which is shown in colour on the reverse of the instructions, along with the underside and both builds of the engine, extremely handy. Surface detail is excellent, particularly on the engine which is a very good replica of the Max Wedge and/or Commando V8 426 unit. MN

Lovely 1960s subject choice; factory finish is best! Great detail inside and some nice options Tyres lack sidewall details

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Kit Reviews

EXTRUDED PLASTIC SECTION, F; FABRIC, IM; INJECTION MOULDED (PLASTIC), ITL; INDIVIDUAL TRACK LINKS, LCC; LASER CUT CARD, LLT; LINK AND LENGTH TRACKS, MC; METAL CHAIN, MMA; MACHINED METAL ED METAL PARTS), PS; PAPER STRIP, R; RESIN, SVT; SOFT VINYL TYRES (OR TUBING), VF; VINYL FIGURES, VFP; VACUUM FORMED (PLASTIC), WC; WOVEN CORD, WD; WATERSLIDE (DECALS), WS; WOODEN STRIP

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SCANIA 143M TOPLINE 4X2 www.hobbyco.net SCALE; 1:24 MATERIALS; IM, SVT, WS KIT NUMBER; 3910 The Scania 143M was launched in 1987 and was a popular heavy-haulage choice throughout the late ‘80s and 1990s. In 1993 Italeri released their initial version of the R143 Streamline upon which this release is based and like almost all of the kits in this range, it was ahead of its time in terms of detail and design. In this latest iteration, we have the open-sided, heavy haulage version with standard front bumper and it is still a ruggedly handsome beast. The chassis is the full build-up type with rails and crossmembers all moulded individually. The big V8 diesel is remarkably well detailed, something at which Italeri really excel; it will be fun to paint and weather, if you’re a weathering addict like me! The cabin interior is also fully depicted, although it is lefthand drive only. This is somewhat at odds with the GB number plate options provided on the decal sheet; maybe it could be an import. MN Another impressive tractor from Italeri with an impressive engine and detailed chassis LHD-only cabin

MOEBIUS MODELS, USA

LOST IN SPACE THE DERELICT www.moebiusmodels.com SCALE; 1:350 MATERIALS; IM, MR KIT NUMBER; 965 From the September 22nd 1965 episode of the ‘Lost In Space’ TV show entitled ‘The Derelict’ comes this rather appealing alien ship, one which turned out to be anything but derelict when its ‘bubble creature’ alien crew were encountered. The subject is a good choice for Moebius Models as the ship’s design lends itself rather well model kit production, even though it looks particularly non-human in form. The main hull is made up from two, sixteen centimetre moulded hemispheres and here we have an interior of ‘neuron strands’ on a backdrop, all printed in colour on heavy card stock. The six-panelled hanger door assembly can be posed open or closed and the ‘emitter’ arrays on the propulsion unit come as delicate clear mouldings which will contrast nicely against the bulky hull. The kit even includes a little model of ‘Jupiter 2’ in either ‘legs up’ or ‘legs down’ mode. Fantastic! MN Very original subject choice and a must have for fans of kitsch TV sci-fi. Lovely detail touches throughout C’mon what’s not to love here? TMMI 247 May 2016

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EQUIPMENT PREVIEW

ANTEX TCS 50W SOLDERING IRON

IN COMPLETE CONTROL Antex has introduced the first soldering iron with a temperature control and LCD display, all built into the contoured handle; TMMI takes a look

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sually, the temperature of a soldering iron is controlled from a hefty base-station which can take up valuable real estate on the worktop, but the Antex TCS 50W has all this contained within its body. The 240V, 50-watt device frees up the workspace and shows its current temperature on the in-built display, ranging from a start-up heat of 200°C (392°F) to its maximum of 450°C (842°F). When we ran a quick desktop test, the iron reached 200°C remarkably quickly and it was a doddle to increase it with the buttons. Obviously one must allow for a little cool-down time when reducing the temperature, but this too was quick. The TCS 50W is ideal for scale modellers who wish to solder their photo-etched brass sets together, which offers hugely increased strength over superglued assembly. This is great for complex structures that can be completed before they are mated to the plastic structures of the kit and also when some weight-bearing ability is needed in the metal sub-assemblies. This is the latest Antex model fitted with the revolutionary 'Surefit®' tip system, allowing the soldering bits to simply slide-on and off. The iron comes with a long-life, 2.3mm nickel-plated bit which is designed for up to 30,000 operations. Nine different replacement tips are available to buy for the iron; 0.12mm to 6mm. The TCS 50W also features a burn-proof silicone cable which greatly improves safety. Build quality is excellent and the iron feels like a quality piece of equipment; we look forward to trying this superb instrument on various modelling tasks! ● MODEL SPEC ANTEX TCS 50W SOLDERING IRON Features; Temperature control buttons and LCD display within handle Slide-on/slide-off Surefit® tip system Comes with 2.3mm nickel-plated tip (30,000 operations) Temperature range; . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200°C (392°F) to 450°C (842°F) Price; . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MRP; 69.99 widely Available from retail outlets . . . . . . . . . . . .www.antex.co.uk

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NORTH AMERICAN X-15 1954-1968 (X-15, X-15B & DELTA WING MODELS) OWNERS’ WORKSHOP MANUAL (H5767)

DR DAVID BAKER, HAYNES PUBLISHING www.haynes.co.uk ISBN 978-0-85733-767-2 • £25 from all good bookshops In my list of top ten favourite aircraft (a collection that includes the sublime Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird as well as the B-24 Liberator and F4U Corsair) the North American X-15 is in the low numbers, so I was delighted when Haynes’ latest Owners’ Workshop Manual arrived at the TMMI office for review. The book comes in Haynes’ familiar and much loved format of hard covers, high quality paper and print (192 pages including covers) and an exhaustive approach to the subject. That is certainly the case here, with a detailed background history being given to the aircraft (should that be spaceship?), from the earliest days of 20th century rocket propulsion (the Bachem Natter and Me163 Komet are described) right up to the final flights of the mighty STS Space Shuttle. It’s important to note that this isn’t ‘just’ a coffee table compilation of NASA Kodachrome eye-candy – this has been done in print numerous times and if you love this stuff as much as me, you’ll have those books already – here we are treated to a very thorough, technical examination of the extraordinary X-15 that will prove very rewarding to those fascinated by this era of experimental high-speed flight. Inside you’ll find a combination of contemporary colour and black and white photographs, plus diagrams and illustrations from the period. The images are generally fairly small but well captioned and pertinent to the overall story. When considering the millions of calculations needed for a programme of this complexity, it’s worth bearing in mind that it would have been done using slide rules and mathematical formulae in the 1950 and ‘60s. The rocket engine is looked at in detail and the accompanying text makes for an enlightening read; did you know, for example, that the X-15’s rocket combustion chamber could reach 2,760ºC? Staggering. The airframe and all other systems are examined in detail of course and more astonishing snippets will be found throughout, such as a photo of a nose undercarriage leg with a tyre-less wheel; the leg accidentally deployed at Mach 4.2 (3,222mph) and the tyre burnt off in the heat caused by air resistance at that speed, demonstrating just how extreme the conditions were when flying that close to the ‘edge of the envelope’. So, this book takes quite a technical approach to its presentation but by no means that it is a dry read. The author Dr David Baker takes the reader on a journey through the X-15 programme (which ran from 1954 to 1968) and it is an engrossing trip. You’ll find yourself wanting to build a model of this beautiful, sinister-looking rocket aircraft and Haynes’ new Owners’ Workshop Manual will be the ideal reference volume. Highly recommended. MN

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FULL-BUILD: STEAMPUNK FIGURE 1:6 SCALE RESIN FIGURE CONVERSION

ONE GIR Barry Ford was inspired to create a Steampunk character when he came across a resin figure in his collection of unbuilt models

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f you’re anything like me you will have a stash of model kits waiting to be built; just waiting for you being able to find enough time to get round to them. Until a brand new kit is released and that suddenly jumps to the front of the queue. I’m sure you will also probably have a number of kits that you can label “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time”. One of those for me was a 1:6 resin figure kit of the actress Mila Jovovich posed as the title character from the film 'Ultraviolet'. Whilst the kit has a fantastic likeness to Miss Jovovich (the main reason for the initial purchase) her all-white costume would have lent towards a dull paint scheme, and so she was relegated to 'I will get round to it sometime' status. However, a few months ago I was having a tidy up and when I came across the kit I had one of those eureka, flash of inspiration moments and immediately knew what I was going to do to with the kit. I am a big fan of the Steampunk genre and over the years have built several dioramas in 1:35 which mainly involved a scratchbuilt vehicle with appropriately dressed figures and scenery. As the

Ultraviolet figure was quite bland I decided it would make an ideal starting point for a Steampunk character of my own design but at a larger scale than my previous genre attempts. I had some general ideas of what I would like to do and as further inspiration went through a number of books on the subject and searched the internet. During this time I decided that my Steampunk heroine should have a canine companion and decided to base this on my own dog, Honey. A search on eBay found a suitably sized ornamental dog for a reasonable price and this was duly ordered. Time to start work.

In this close-up view, we see the goggles under construction, using sections of brass tube

SOAPY TIME

As with all resin kits, before doing any work on them you need to thoroughly clean your parts. I then washed the resin to remove any residual mould release agent and grease. Once thoroughly dry I set about cleaning up the kit by using a grinding bit in my power tool; files and sanding sticks to remove seam lines and resin pour spouts. The kit had been very well cast and there were only a very small number of air holes that needed filling. The trickiest part of the clean-up

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The final highlight helps to blend in the ‘blusher’

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a chunk of resin between the underside of the chin and the torso; because of the way the figure was posed it was difficult to get into the restricted space with my modelling tools and so I ended up taking away more than necessary and then re-sculpting the area with Aves two-part epoxy putty. The first alteration I made was to add a corset to the mid-torso (now that’s something you will not normally read in a model article) and created the corset 'bones' by gluing half-round plastic strips at regular intervals around the body. The tops of these were chamfered to accept the upper torso and I used the Aves putty to smooth the join between strips and body and sculpt creases and folds into the torso. Putty was then used to add further detail to the belt and the boots. I wanted the boots to have a vertical line of buttons and sculpted a flap with putty and using a strip of masking tape as a guide for the straight line. To the upper body I only added some cloth buckles to the shirt and a panel – that would be further decorated – to the left arm, which, by this time I had glued to the torso. My other port of call when it comes to detailing Steampunk models are the scenery sets created by Airfix for their short lived Science Fiction Miniatures Game, 'Robogear'. There

were two different sets that had various parts that could be clipped together to create different structures and which I have raided various times over the years for spare parts. A couple of the connecting pieces were glued to her arms and, again, blended in with Aves putty.

GOGGLE SEARCH

When adding detail to a scratchbuilt model I, like most modellers, reach for the spares box and rummage through surplus kit parts, but in this instance I made a trip to the local arts and craft shop and raided the jewellery making aisle. I glued some parts to the jacket and trousers and blended them in with the epoxy putty. No self-respecting Steampunk adventurer would be without a pair of goggles, which I decided to make perched on her forehead so as to not obscure her face. Using a section of brass tubing I cut two rings that were super-glued to her head. Thick gauge aluminium foil in conjunction with metal jump-rings were used to create the strap that would hold the goggles on the head and then epoxy putty was used to create the section of cloth that the eyepieces would be fastened to. As the initial construction was complete I gave the model a coat of grey primer as I find this works very well for showing up any remaining defects. A little filling and sanding was required to get the model to a satisfactory standard

The figure’s trousers have been painted and highlighted. They were then masked up to create a striped effect

before applying a coat of white primer. Figure modellers have different opinions as to what colour primer to use but I prefer white as I believe it makes the skin tones more vibrant, particularly as I use artist’s acrylic paint for flesh areas which is slightly translucent. To paint the flesh areas I mix up a batch of my standard flesh tone comprising equal parts of Liquitex Acrylic Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna and Titanium White. I create a number of increasingly darker shade tones by adding more Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber to the base colour and highlight colours by adding Unbleached Titanium White. I airbrushed the darkest flesh tone first and then worked from the recessed to the raised areas using increasingly lighter tones of flesh. Once I was satisfied with the skin tones I gave the model a coat of Games Workshop ‘Ardcoat' varnish to protect the work to date.

PEANUT BUTTER?

I painted the corset using a mix of colours using Vallejo Stone Grey and Off-White, again working from dark to light. After applying a protective coat of varnish I masked off this area using Tamiya masking tape. For the trousers I decided to break open my recently purchased set of acrylic paints from Scale 75 appropriately called 'Steam and Punk'. I sprayed a base colour mixed from Bosh Chestnut and Peanut Butter and then airbrushed pure Peanut Butter (these names are getting as silly as Games Workshop) to the raised areas. A spray coat of varnish protected the work to date and once dry stripes were added to the trousers using Tamiya masking tape. The stripes were added using Arbuckles Brown highlighted with a mix of Bosh Chestnut. Once dry the masking tape was removed and any touching up was done using a fine brush. Putting the lower torso to one side for the moment I

The masking has been removed after the painting of the chaps and boots

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In the two views above, the painting of upper torso is complete. Note how all areas have been shaded and highlighted

turned my attention to the upper body and set about masking the flesh areas. Masking complex curves on large scale figures can be a bit of a pain and for many years now I have used Blu Tack, which moulds well to the curves of the model, but has quite a high level of tack and can remove the paint below, particularly if the model hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned beforehand: it also has a tendency to want to stick in crevices and tight spots. Earlier last year a colleague

recommended MXpression’s Panzer Putty for masking and I have not looked back. It is a silicone putty that easily moulds to the curves of the model but releases very easily when pulled away, leaving no residue behind. With the face masked I painted the shirt dark green using the Andrea 'Green' paint set, working, and this is going to start sounding repetitive, from dark to light going from the recesses to the raised areas. The shirt and trousers were masked

plastic card A copper sheet coat and textured the dog collar and strap were added to

wings constructed Our dog has been primed and

so that the jacket, chaps and boots could be painted Vallejo Red Leather, which was then highlighted (more so on the jacket) with the addition of Liquitex Raw Sienna. Prior to removing the masking I applied a coat of Liquitex Walnut Acrylic Woodstain, which was carefully wiped away before being completely dry to give a more aged appearance to the leather and increased the depths of the shadows. A coat of satin varnish toned down the gloss finish of the dried woodstain.

dog Further detailing added to the

lete. Note The airbrushing of dog is comp red-brown highlights on his face

FACE TIME

It was now time to set aside the airbrush and start on the detailed hand painting. I started off by painting the eyes with a pink flesh colour created using my base flesh and some Liquitex Red Oxide. The 'whites' of the eyes are never pure white and so I create a colour using a small amount of the pink flesh, mixed with Titanium White and a very small dash of Payne’s Grey: this was lightened towards the centre of the eye. The iris was base coated with an

nk dog, showing The other side of the Steampu the added detailing

The high-tech dog is complete!

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Burnt Umber to pure Black and then painted, going from dark to light working towards the centre again. The pupil was painted the same off-black, as were the eye lining and eyebrows. The lips were painted using the pink flesh colour with the addition of some Crimson Red. The hair was base painted black and then dry-brushed with Burnt Umber before being giving a black acrylic wash. The goggle strap was painted as per the jacket and chaps. All the metal parts were given a based coat of what Games Workshop used to call Tin Bitz before being dry-brushed with Vallejo Brass. With the painting of the figure complete I returned to the jewellery bits and bobs from the craft shop for additional detailing, although I did paint these once in place to give the model a consistent appearance. For very fine detailing I applied some unpainted cogs and wheels that had at one point been watch workings and which can be bought by weight on the internet. Another An overview of the piece, showing the size of the display base

addition from the craft shop were self-adhesive hemi-spherical 'gems' that were used as lenses for the goggles and for additional detailing on the jacket sleeves. To bring everything together I applied various acrylic pin washes and pigment powders to enhance the shading. Before gluing the components together I glued in place some lace trim that was intended for making dolls’ clothes at the cuffs and underside of the shirt. The girl was then put to one side while I turned my attention to her doggie companion.

STEAMPUP

The dog was given a coat cut from thin gauge copper foil with strap and collar using strips of rivet textured plastic card. When I first started the project I didn’t have a firm idea with the final direction I wanted to go with the dog, but as I was walking one day with my Cairn Terrier, Honey, and saw her chase after a squirrel, only to be frustrated as the squirrel climbed a tree, I came up with the idea of a set of mechanical wings: no squirrel would be safe. The control box came from a cut

The goggles have a very Steampunk look to them

down section of the Revell Mir Space Station that I had previously raided as parts for my Space: 1999 inspired “Uranus Probe” (pun intended). The wings were built with sections of the Robogear sets and detailing also raided from them. Before attaching the wings I set about painting the dog which was given a base coat mixed from Raw Sienna and Yellow Oxide: this was brush applied to ensure that it got into all the nooks and crannies of the fur. I then painted the fur using an airbrush in various shades of black and grey, using Honey as my source of reference. Washes and dry-brushing completed the painting of the fur. The mechanical parts were painted in a similar manner to those on the girl figure. So I won’t repeat myself, except to say that the main colour for the wings was Vallejo Copper. The wings were glued in place and final detailing consisted of more watch parts and sections of steel guitar strings to act as wing “actuators”.

given a coat of woodstain and tiles were created by cutting out square sections of plastic card painted Black and White. These were glued to the base at 45o to the base edge to be more visually interesting and then the whole thing was given several coats of gloss varnish. After a little trial and error I decided on a final arrangement for girl and dog and drilled a hole in the base to accept a section of brass rod that could be inserted into a similar hole in the underside of the girl’s foot to give the figure greater stability than gluing alone. All I had to do now was wonder where to put it and how to dust it. ●

BLACK AND WHITE DECISION

I often place my figures on a detailed base or diorama, but sometimes less is more and so I decided to keep the base simple so as not to detract from the figures. An upturned wooden serving board was

The little dog is the perfect partner to our Steampunk warrior

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● THE AIRBRUSH COMPANY Ltd 79 Marlborough Road, Lancing Business Park, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 8UF, +44 (0) 1903 767800 www.airbrushes.com

● ECHELON FINE DETAILS Available from; wwwaccurate-armour. com & http://pachome1.pacific.net. sg/~kriegsketten/

● AIRCONNECTION Box 21227, RPO Meadowvale Mississauga, ON L5N 6A2, Canada Tel (905) 677-0016 Fax (905) 677-0582 sale@airconnection.on.ca info@airconnection.on.ca www.airconnection.on.ca ● AIRWAVES Via Hannants www.hannants.co.uk ● ALBION ALLOYS Spacemaker House, 518 Wallisdown Road, Bournemouth Dorset, UK, BH11 8PT Tel: 01202 511232 Fax; 01202 539967 From outside UK please dial Tele; 0044 1202 511232 Fax;0044 1202 539967 ● ALCLAD II No.5 St Georges Close, Bacton, Norfolk, NR12 0LL. www.alclad2.com Tel; 01692 652166, Fax; 01692 652334 ● AMMO OF MIG JIMENEZ S.L. Navarra (SPAIN) www.migjimenez.com www.theweatheringmagazine.com Email info@migjimenez.com In UK; Creative Models ● AMPERSAND PUBLISHING (via Historex Agents in UK) 235 NE 6th Avenue #4 Delray Beach, Florida 33483-5543, USA Tel; 561-266 9686, Fax; 561-266-9786 ● ARCHER (Historex in UK) PO Box 1277 Youngsville, NC 275961277, USA www.archertransfers.com ● BADGER AIRBRUSH 9128 W. Belmont Avenue, Franklin Park, IL 60131, USA 800-AIR-BRUSH • Fax: 800-57BADGER www.badgerairbrush.com customerservice@badgerairbrush.com ● BISON DECALS Available from www.hannants.co.uk and www.pdi-model-supplies.com ● CAMMETT AND CO (Lifecolour, Scale Caliber) Unit 5 Forest Road, Greenfield Industrial Estate, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5FA, United Kingdom Phone; 01497 822757 Email; cammettco@btopenworld.com www.cammett.co.uk ● CLASSIC PUBLICATIONS Midland Counties Publications, 4 Watling Drive, Sketchley Lane Industrial Estate, Hinckley, Leics UK LE10 1YF Tel: +44(0) 1455 233 747, Fax: +44(0) 1455 233 737 midlandbooks@compuserve.com www.classic-publications.com ● CREATIVE MODELS LTD (Mig Productions, Vallejo, Accurate Miniatures); Unit 6-10, Honeysome Industrial Estate, Honeysome Road, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire PE16 6TG Tel/Fax; 01354 760022 www.creativemodels.co.uk info@creativemodels.co.uk ● CZECH SIX PUBLICATIONS 48 Station Road, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3BN UK Tel; 01932 866426 www.czechsixpublications.com

(For 1:6 Action Figures, please contact Amerang in UK)

● EAGLE EDITIONS Ltd PO Box 580 Hamilton MT 59840 USA406 Tel; 363 5415, Fax; 406 375 9270 eagle@eagle-editions.com www.eagle-editions.com ● FANTASY PRINTSHOP The Palms Oasis, New Portreath Road, Bridge, Cornwall, TR16 4QL ● FROME MODEL CENTRE 1/2 Catherine Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DA, UK +44 (0) 1373 465295 www.frome-model-centre.com enquiries@frome-model-centre.com ● GRAND PRIX MODELS 4 Thorpe Close, Thorpe Way, Banbury, OX16 4SW. Tel; 01295 278070 Fax; 01295 278072 www.grandprixmodels.com email@grandprixmodels.com ● GREENHILL BOOKS Park House, 1 Russell Gardens, London NW11 9NN, UK Tel 020 8458 6314 Fax 020 8905 5245 www.greenhillbooks.com L.Leventhal@greenhillbooks.com

● MIG PRODUCTIONS C/ Santiago Rusinol 7, Pral 2a, 08750 Molins de Rei, Barcelona, Spain www.migproductions.com In UK; Creative Models ● MODEL DESIGN CONSTRUCTION Unit 3 Hillstown Small Business Center, Mansfield Road, Bolsover, Derbyshire. S44 6LE. Tel; +(44)1246 82 77 55 orders@modeldesignconstruction.com www.modeldesignconstruction.com ● MODEL WHOLESALE UK LTD Unit 3 Dean Close, Raunds, Northants NN9 6BD Tel; 01892 680009 Fax:01892 522526 info@modelwholesaleuk.com www.modelwholesaleuk.com

● TAMIYA JAPAN Tamiya, Inc., 3-7 Ondawara Suruga-ku, Shizuoka 422-8610 Japan www.tamiya.com

● PANZERWRECKS PO Box 164, Heathfield, Sussex TN21 8WA, UK www.panzerwrecks.com

● TAMIYA UK; THE HOBBY COMPANY LIMITED Garforth Place, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8PG, UK Tel; 01908 605686 Fax; 01908 605666 enquiries@hobbyco.net www.hobbyco.net

● PEGASUS HOBBIES (Selected items via Pocketbond in UK) 5515 Moreno Blvd, Montclair, CA 91763 USA www.pegasushobbies.com

● POCKETBOND LTD (Trumpeter & AFV Club in UK) PO Box 80, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England, AL6 0ND Tel 01707 391509 Fax 01707 327 466 info@pocketbond.co.uk

● HIKOKI PUBLICATIONS LTD Ashtree House, Station Road, Ottringham, East Yorkshire, HU12 OBJ, UK

● POL MODELS 64 Cumberland Road, Acton, London, W3 6EY UK polmodels@aol.com

● HIROBOY (Zero Paints) Unit 59, Basepoint Business Centre Oakfield Close, Tewkesbury Business Park, Tewkesbury, Glos. GL20 8SD UK Tel: 01684 252310 (UK office hours only) www.hiroboy.com

● PRO-ART MODELS www.proartmodels.be

● ITALERI (The Hobby Company in UK) Via Pradazzo, 6, I-40012 Calderara Di Reno, Bologna, Italy, Tel 051 726037 www.italeri.it ● IWATA AIRBRUSHES The Airbrush Company 79 Marlborough Road (East) Lancing Business Park Lancing, West Sussex BN15 8UF Tel: +44 (0)1903 767 800 www.airbrushes.com. ● JADAR-MODEL Zielna 8/103, 00-108 Warsaw, Poland www.jadar.com.pl hobby@jadarhobby.waw.pl ● LITTLE CARS Uncle Jacks, Lavendon Road Olney Bucks, MK46 4HH, UK www.little-cars.co.uk Tel (+44) 01234 711980

● THE SMALL SHOP PO Box 580, Kalama WA 98625, USA Tel/fax; (360) 673-1255 info@thesmallshop.com www.thesmallshop.com

● MONROE PERDU Monroe Perdu Designs, 3168 Renee Court, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA. www.monroeperdu.com

● HANNANTS Harbour Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2LZ. Tel 01502 517444 Fax 01502 500521 www.hannants.co.uk sales@hannants.co.uk

● HUSSAR PRODUCTIONS, CANADA www.airconnection.on.ca

● SCALE MOTORSPORT No.3 Topside Lane, Newtown, Connecticut 06470-2023, USA www.scalemotorsport.com In UK; Grand Prix Models

● SYLMASTA Halland House, Dale’s Yard, Lewes Rd, Scaynes Hill, West Sussex, RH17 7PG Tel; +44(0)1444 415027, Fax; +44(0)1444 458606. Email; sylmasta@aol.com

● GUNZE SANGYO (MR HOBBY) Albion Alloys in the UK

● HOBBYLINK JAPAN Sano-shi, Kurohakama-cho 162-1 Tochigi 327-0813, Japan www.hlj.com

● STUDIO 27 (Grand Prix Models in UK) www.studio27.co.jp

● MODUNI VERSAND GMBH Böttgerstr. 2-14, 65439 Flörsheim, Germany Tel; 06145 5456-0 Fax; 06145 5456-11 info@moduni.de www.moduni.de

● PLUS MODEL (Creative Models in UK) Jizni 56, 370 10 C. Budejovice, Czech Republic. plusmodel@plusmodel.cz www.plusmodel.cz

● HISTOREX AGENTS Wellington House, 157 Snargate Street, Dover, Kent, CT17 9BZ, UK Tel 01304 206720 Fax 01304 204528. www.historex-agents.co.uk sales@historex-agents.co.uk

● SQUADRON.COM Squadron Mail Order 1115 Crowley Drive Carrollton, TX 75006 - 1312. USA

● QUICKBOOST www.quickboost.net ● REVELL UK Revell UK, Unit 10, Old Airfield Industrial Estate, Cheddington Lane Tring, Herts, HP23 4QR, UK ukbranch@revell.de ● RZM PUBLISHING (Greenhill Books In UK) PO Box 995, Southbury, CT 06488 USA Tel; (USA) 203 264 0774 www.rzm.com ● SCHATTON BARRELS Industriestrasse 6, 94347 Ascha, Germany, Fax 09961 910 7826 www.modellbau-schatton.privat.t-online.de email; modellbau.schatton@t-online.de ● SCHIFFER BOOKS Schiffer Publishing, 4880 Lower Valley Rd, Atglen, PA, 19310 USA www.schifferbooks.com ● SCHIFFER BOOKS in UK Bushwood Books, No.6 Marksbury Avenue, Kew Gardens, Surrey TW9 4JF, UK. Tel +44(0)20 8392 8585, +44(0)20 8392 9876, email; info@bushwodbooks.co.uk ● SCHUMO KITS Axel’s-Modellbau-Shop Axel und Bernd Schulze OHG Braustraße 2a 37170 Uslar, Germany Phone: +49 (0) 5571 919 100 Fax: +49 (0) 5571 919 101 www.schumo-kits.com

● TANK MODEL, RUSSIA www.tank-model.ru www.afvmodeller.com ● TANK WORKSHOP 345 Wynbrook Drive McDonough, GA, 30253 USA Tel; (770) 573-1409, Fax; (770) 573-0479 www.tankworkshop.com ● TRUMPETER www.trumpeter-china.com Pocketbond in the UK ● TUNGSTEN DRILLS Allan Sidney No.6, Park Gardens, Holbeach, Lincolnshire, PE12 7PJ allansid@aol.com ● U-MODELS 1103, rue de Feucherolles 78630, Orgeval, France www.u-models.com ● VERLINDEN PRODUCTIONS (Historex in UK) 811 Lone Star Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366, USA (636) 379-0077 www.verlindenonline.com ● VALLEJO (Creative Models in UK) Acrylicos Vallejo, SL Apartado 337 08800 Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain Tel; (34) 93 893 60 12 Fax; (34) 93 893 11 54 www.acrylicosvallejo.com ● WORLD WAR TWO BOOKS Military History Books Ltd (Mail order address, callers by appointment) 2 Cysgod Y Bryn, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4LR, United Kingdom Tel; 01970 623778 sales@worldwartwobooks.com www.worldwartwobooks.com ● WIDESPREAD SOLUTIONS Unit 1 Levens Hall Park, Lund Lane, Killinghall, Harrogate, West Yorkshire HG3 2BG, UK. Tel; +44(0)1423 522836 Fax; +44(0)1423 525656 info@graphicair.co.uk www.graphicair.co.uk

■ Please mention ‘Tamiya Model Magazine’ if you make contact with any of the companies listed above - thanks!

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NEXT ISSUE The next issue of TMMI is June 2016 (No.248) on sale May 19th

THAT'LL DO NICELY! Pt.2 Tamiya's new 1:35 AMX-13 French Light Tank continues ...AND MUCH MORE, OF COURSE! Due to the many factors that can influence the appearance (or nonappearance) of a model in TMMI, the items listed here are shown on a provisional basis. We endeavour to bring you these articles, but please be patient if they do not feature! Thank you for your understanding.

SECOND OPINION

Another example of Tamiya's superb new 1:35 Panther ausf.D, this time in a dioramic setting

MINT CONDITION

Belkits' 1:24 VW Polo R WRC, full-build

Order online now at; www.tamiyamodelmagazine.com ISSUE No.246 APRIL 2016 PUBLISHED ON APRIL 21st 2016 Editor; Marcus Nicholls Consultant Editor (USA); Stan Spooner, Editorial Assistant; Matt Benfield Publisher; Alan Harman Graphic Design; Alex Hall TMMI Website; The ADH web team Advertising Manager; Sean Leslie Office Manager; Paula Gray Administration Manager; Hannah McLaurie Administration Assistant; Julie Lane Skin care; Dermot O’Lodgigall Printed by; Symbian Print Intelligence, Hertfordshire, UK Distributed by; Seymour Distribution, 2 East Poultry Avenue, London, EC1A 9PT Tel; 020 7429 4000 Newstrade; Select Publisher Services, 3 East Avenue, Bournemouth, BH3 7BW Tel; 01202 586848 Email; tim@selectps.com Tamiya Model Magazine is published on the third Thursday of each month by ADH Publishing. Editorial enquiries; editor@tamiyamodelmagazine.com All other enquiries to; enquiries@adhpublishing.com Tamiya Model Magazine, ADH Publishing, Doolittle Mill, Doolittle Lane, Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, LU6 1QX, UK. Telephone; +44 (0)1525 222573 Editorial enquiries;+44 (0)7904 635 694 Fax; +44 (0)1525 222574. Back Issues; From £4.20 Inc. P&P. Back issues from #75 onwards (excluding #79) are available from the UK address below, or online at www.tamiyamodelmagazine.com

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The Editor’s Page... Time for a little Japanese modelling culture in TMMI?

GUNDAM IT!

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hat do you think of Gundam models? Obviously they are hugely popular in their home country of Japan and appear on a monthly basis in the Japanese modelling magazines, but I suppose I have become a little blasé when I see them now. But if they are given a special treatment such as some heavy weathering, they can look really cool and that’s when I begin to look more closely at them. I have a couple of articles in had on this subject, one of which is the magnificent beast you see on this page. If you are mostly unconvinced, I hope I can change your mind with a smattering of the vast robot killers in TMMI, but don’t worry, we’re not becoming a Gundam only magazine! More modelling fun next month. See you again on April 21st editor@tamiyamodelmagazine.com

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