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NEVER WAS A stylish build of Fujimi’s fantasy 1:12 Kawasaki ZX-10R

A FRENCH/ AMERICAN AFFAIR! Wingnut Wings’ fabulous 1:32 Salmson 2-A2 ‘USAS’


Tamiya’s new 1:35 Jagdpanzer IV /70 Lang in detail

Tamiya’s new 1:35 Somua S35 previewed, 1:8 Ayrton Senna MP4/4, plus kits, books and accessories…

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THE BIKE THAT NEVER WAS A very stylish build of Fujimi’s 1:12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R PAGE 44

Issue 233 March 2015 EDITOR Marcus Nicholls

Contents Co 4 NEWS DESK New kit and model product news from Nuremberg! 6 ONE STEP AT A TIME, PT.1 Work begins on DeAgostini’s 1:8 McLaren Honda MP4/4, Ayrton Senna’s 1988 Championship-winning car 10 THROWN INTO THE FURNACE OF WAR... Zvezda’s new-tool Sukhoi Su-2 in 1:48, in detail

A FRENCH/AMERICAN AFFAIR! Wingnut Wings’ spectacular 1:32 Salmson 2-A2 ‘USAS’ PAGE 18

24 SOMUA BREEZE! The Editor makes a start on Tamiya’s latest 1:35 tank kit, the French Somua S35 40 NEW RELEASES ACCESSORIES New and recently issued modelling accessories 43 A SHIMMERING APPARITION Kinetic’s new 1:48 Mirage IIIE, previewed 50 DIAL 999 FOR A GOAT! The second version of Tamiya’s Gama Goat, previewed 52 NEW RELEASES KITS New kits to hit the model shop shelves 55 DOUBLE AMPHIBIAN DELIGHT! Wingnut Wings’ 1:32 Felixstowe F.2a and Hansa-Brandenburg, previewed 56 HOLY INJECTION MOULDINGS, BATMAN! Moebius’ all new 1:8 injection-moulded Batman, previewed 58 BOOK REVIEWS New scale modelling-related books, reviewed 60 DIORAMA IDEAS A ‘Wespe’ self-propelled 105mm howitzer, knocked out near Mortrée, Normandy. 64 CONTACTS Where to buy the products used and reviewed in TMMI 66 THE EDITOR’S PAGE The Editor’s thoughts on scale modelling topics

NEW LANG SYNE Spencer Pollard builds Tamiya’s latest 1:35 kit, the Jagdpanzer IV /70 (V) PAGE 26

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NEW FROM TAMIYA 1:24 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING One of the most iconic cars of the mid-twentieth century is coming to the 1:24 Sports Car Series, one of Tamiya’s most popular ranges. The 300SL kit will have a detail space-frame chassis, working doors and bonnet, plus full engine detail. More news soon!

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The 1:35 Military Miniature series welcomes a new subject, with the Somua S35. You can see parts of the model in our extended preview on pages 24/25 this issue and here's the factory photo of the model direct from Tamiya! Full build next issue.

The ubiquitous PzIV went through many iterations throughout WW2 and one of the last was the Ausf.H Late Production. This vehicle is now about to appear in 1:48 range, complete with schurzen side-armour.

RIICH MODELS 1:35 US M1 57MM Anti-Tank Gun LED Searchlight set A LED Searchlight set B LED Searchlight set C TOP STUDIO 1:20 PE for MP4/5 1:12 details for Ducati 1199 Panigale TOMMY’S WAR 54mm Peace At Christmas tommy’

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Carl Robertshaw takes the plunge and begins the enormous 1:8 McLaren Honda MP4/4 – Ayrton Senna's 1988 Championship-winning car – a kit that comes in multiple instalments from DeAgostini. So what are his first impressions?


hen I was offered the chance to build this model for TMM my first response was to jump on the DeAgostini web site and look up what I was being offered - my only impression of this name being those adverts on TV. I’m sure I’m not alone? The cake decorating front page of their site certainly adds to the uncertainty, yet it turns out DeAgostini do more than trains, sailing ships and cake decorating! I did expect this to be a kit in monthly instalments and there are 20 in total, so that makes this complete in just under 2 years!! A long time? Well some of my models take that long to build and - OH! Surprise!! When you


get to their Model Space site, things look a lot more exciting. (It turns out that ADH Publishing are also running a diary build of the 1:7 scale RC Red Bull Racing RB7 in the sister publication Racer). OK, my answer is a solid YES to this build.

Pack 1 contains three sizeable blister packs very nicely presented and promises quality from the outset.


I’ve built this car before! As a child, in Lego, in 1988 (and not that you would recognise it as the iconic McLaren, but in my imagination when I was little, it was that car) inspired by the racing on TV I didn’t know too much but what I did know, the red and white cars were the best! 26 years later and having built several Tamiya racing car kits, RC cars, the big Lego

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Technic F1 car and inspired by the film Senna, my hope is that DeAgostini can do justice to eponymous legend, with its clean lines, that dominated the 1988 season, and deliver an experience that meets my expectations. I look forward to what subsequently arrives in the post.


Pack 2 contains one blister pack and parts packaged in lay flat more akin to an RC car model.

The photographic style instructions I am having an issue with. The landscape format is not the most practical for the workbench.

The first box arrives! It could house a whole RC car of the same scale! Impressive! Opening it straight away it doesn’t disappoint. There are 3 large blister pack trays with an array of crisp model parts and two tyres. These tyres give the game away – this is going to be big; like Lego F1 big! In fact within the accompanying ‘publication’ you get a double page spread showing the exploded view of the finished model, elevation photos with dimension (describing it at 552mm x 124mm x 268mm) and a quote from Gordon Murray himself (the designer of the real car) “It is rare to see such a detailed and authentic representation of any Formula 1 car, and especially rare to see one that shows what goes on under the bodywork” Apparent from the cover and throughout you are reassured that the model has been designed by the Kyosho Corporation. New to me, but not to the modelling world, their experience lends another stamp of quality and reassurance to first impressions.

PRINTED INFORMATION The background and detail in Pack 2. All this detailed information is ideal for adding to the models detail in the future.

Even the tracks of each race are described and illustrated, including the grid starting order, and the race statistics.

Thumbing through the magazine, there is a lot to take in! All in full colour the list of sections reads as follows: The Senna Story. Covers the highs and lows of Ayrton Senna’s career, tracing his racing history back to his first karting days in Brazil and on to his Formula 1 years. Racing the MP4/4. An in depth account of each 1988’s 16 Formula 1 races, the story of the all-conquering MP4/4 – and the relevant statistics. Senna’s World. The people and places that were major parts of Ayrton Senna’s life – including his family, friends, team-mates and key F1 personalities. Senna’s Car. A detailed overview of the F1 cars that Ayrton Senna drove, starting with the featured model, the McLaren MP4/4. Assembly Guide. The

step-by-step instructions for the highly detailed 1:8 scale McLaren MP4/4 model.


The information and photo references from back in the day are numerous and thorough, which is great for building the model. Getting down to the detail on show – the parts are all pre-painted, the ‘red’ looks correct, the silver parts have varying sheens and tones, the logos all look crisp. What is very noticeable even still in the plastic packaging is the number 12 on the rear spoiler end plate. The white is too translucent and the underlying red shows through giving it an orange cast. This may need some attention at a later stage. The instructions look thorough too - detailed photographic steps with written descriptions spelling out every last point. This looks reassuring and encouraging and all very impressive.


I get a chance to start the build after the second instalment arrives. More of the same! Another impressive box arrives, not as large this time, but still large enough to wow. The instructions and magazine sections are in line with the first, and there are two posters! One side with Senna and the car in action, the reverse, an exploded view of the kits parts. The parts content are packaged in one blister pack and a series of heat-sealed lay flat plastic much like an RC car would be. Breaking the parts free from the packaging the bin is full in minutes with ripped card backing and clear vac formed plastic extrusions. The parts look and feel quality – and there are several metal castings; heavy! I’m looking forward to this.


The build starts at the nose and front wing. The nose cone plastic is quite thick, but I guess this won’t show. The instructions show the parts you will be working with to assemble each stage and the tools you’ll need. It recommends and describes test fitting too. Nice and educational. The steps progress and you find yourself scraping paint off areas to glue bare plastic together. Fine. Use of tape is shown to hold the gluing parts together. This is all very straightforward and


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The collection of parts from Pack 1 ‘in progress’ during the build.

V within our usual experience

as scale modellers. This progresses nicely. The plastic Honda logo is then temporarily taped to the metal cast cam cover – why temporarily I wonder? Stage 2 has you screwing the front wing end plates in place with the flaps. The screws are tiny and the appropriate size screwdriver is supplied thankfully, but no spare screws – so watch out! This is where I came up against what turns out to be a real problem for me. All of the detail and intricate description in the instructions is just too tedious. I’m spending more time reading than making the model, just so that I don’t miss one tiny detail that isn’t shown in the photos – because not all the detail is in the photos. A few pages on, different glues are described, and there is a very handy little photo and tip showing how you can hold a screw in place on the screwdriver with masking tape (I shall be using that a lot – on this model and around the house..) Wheels are next, but I shall leave those until I have all four. Brake discs, callipers and pads are up next – all in plastic – which means more scraping away paint before gluing, then another temporary fitting of the engine block assembly.


Pack 02 has you adding the clutch to the engine block rear, then to the block itself. Another set of brake callipers


The glossy nose and front wing. The tiny screw heads may be visible in this photo – in front and above the Goodyear logo.

The glossy nose and front wing complete, engine block and brake callipers pegged while the glue sets.

means more scraping. This time I am working on a kitchen towel to catch the shavings. Rear wing? Love the look of this, but yet more scraping and this is getting a little backwards and I’m getting annoyed. Needless to say we are used to building and painting our models in a certain order and this feels like progress. I have to readjust my expectations, because the process involved with building the MP4/4 involves removal of so much material. The instructions have an unnecessary amount of text, broken up by photographs with coloured arrows, stripes and blocks, that to my trained graphic-design eye, are poorly done and distracting – Continuo Creative who design the editorial and quote on their site; we produce “easy to read layouts with imaginative use of images and text” should assess their claim, look at Lego and Tamiya instructions for guidance and go on a Bauhaus-led intensive design course to up their game. Good design doesn’t have to cost more. I speak from first hand experience; the instructions let whole production down somewhat. To highlight an example, Step 5/Stage 7 instructs you to glue a cut-out part (plastic) to complete the Plenum Chamber (metal) using CA glue, then the Pressure Regulator (also plastic) into the cut out plastic section. Simply

The plastic moulded engine block body with the metal cast face and cam cover temporarily screwed in place. I just wonder how many times over the next 20 months we will be unscrewing and re-screwing parts?

These are plastic parts with very convincing paint finish boasting different shades of metals. The callipers are four parts each with separate pads, while the disc is a two-part affair.

put - Metal to plastic to plastic. Three simple parts, blindingly obvious in their positioning. DeAgostini in their rabid enthusiasm instruct you over seven paragraphs of text interrupted with twelve photographs! To me this feels way over-complicated

and frustrating. Maybe it isn’t obvious to DeAgostini’s target market for this model – but who is their market? It is not clear to me. Is it adults or children, or both? At £40 per month, and for twenty months, (part of which goes to the Ayrton Senna Institute)

The rear wing in surgery. The amount of scraping paint off areas to be glued is tedious and messy. A kitchen towel helps to contain the shavings, while a dusting pump prevents me spitting all over the parts when blowing the debris away. The scraping and scratching is a turn off to others in the house too – ‘sounds like nails down a chalk board’ I hear from the other room. I could use sanding pads but this is quicker and there are lots of location knobs to avoid.

Thankfully good old Revell Contacta (professional mini) glue can be used and pegs to cement the parts making this pain free.

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there must be an adult involved. If that’s the case, the instructions should assume some common sense of the reader. Maybe this is aimed at Bankers? Maybe DeAgostini need to ‘spell it out’ to justify the high price and make it appear more than it is? I don’t think so, the kit is quality enough.


My gripe with the instructions aside, the quality and finish of the parts, the publication and the packaging are all first class. They need to be. DeAgostini promises a lot with the cost, and mantle that this car holds, irrevocably tied as it is with Ayrton Senna's story. This package does deliver, albeit in small bite sized chunks. This is both a positive and negative. Being used to kits with hundreds of parts, rearranging the order of construction and having it all at once is the norm. With this build you need to recalibrate that expectation and hold back. I will look for ways to improve the model over the coming diary entries, but for now I need to clear the mess of paint scrapings from my desk and calm down from the frustration of wading through the bog of muddy instructions. What I do have in front of me is a collection of very promising parts that allude to the steady growth of something quite impressive for the display shelf. I am eager for the postman to deliver the next instalment! What will be in that box I wonder? ● The engine block with metal cam covers temporarily screwed in place. At least the plastic Honda logos are glued in now, of course using CA glue. The alternator in grey is simple, though more scraping is needed to expose the plastic contact surfaces for glue. Bottom right in this picture is the Plenum chamber with the pressure regulator glued in place. This is one large metal part with 2 plastic parts glued to it. Does it really need 12 photos and 7 paragraphs to describe how to glue these 3 little bits together?

LEC CRP01 - British GP Practice David Purley 1:43 metal kit by This Way Up

The rear wing assembly and front end plate skids under construction. The instructions have you using plastic glue and taping the joints, letting them cure for hours before moving to the next step. Cyano glue was used instead, speeding up the process from hours to minutes.

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Berna clamps hold the rear wing assembly while the glue sets.

Graph paper below the wing helps ensure the correct alignment of the rear wing stay while it glues.

VW Polo WRC - Rally France 2013 1:24 plastic kit by Belkits

Brabham BT46 ‘fan car’ - 1st Sweden 1978 1:12 resin & metal kit by Model Factory Hiro

What you have after the first two instalments. This all looks promising for the coming months.

Editor's note; The next instalment of this diary-build will appear in TMMI when the author has moved the build on by a significant amount, so it might not be in every issue.

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ven today, the Sukhoi Su-2 remains overlooked and therefore, not very well documented, suffering in comparison with its famous successor, the Ilyushin Il-2 Stormovik. Yet it is interesting as a representative example of the aircraft designed in the mid-1930s that were then thrown into the furnace of air combat from the start of the Second World War, when they were already obsolete. Let us, therefore, turn to Zvezda's recent Su-2 in 1:48, a kit that seems attractive but has some pitfalls that I will discover and avoid in this article.


The first thing to note is that the cowling aperture is too big and it must be reduced substantially in diameter; compare the illustration on the box top with the photos of the finished model on the back to see that something is clearly not quite right. After sizing up the magnitude of the correction to be made, I reduced the opening with Evergreen styrene strip, semi-circular in cross-section. To ease of the initial placement of the strip, I pulled the it between my fingertips to force it to curl up a little and then glued it in place within the kit's cowling aperture with cyanoacrylate glue. The new cowling lip was then sanded heavily to blend it in with the moulding. Three reinforcements were finally added to simulate the sheet metal attachment areas. This modification is

neither difficult nor very time consuming and is really worth the effort, because it addresses an error in a very visible part of the model. Naturally, this type of 'styrene surgery' is best performed with period photographs and detailed plans to hand. For the Su-2, these resources are extremely rare and I would strongly advise the only book on the subject, by Khazanov and Gordyukov. Unfortunately, this is a book entirely in Russian and its availability is

uncertain but it is the most comprehensive source of information. In French, an article was devoted to the Su-2 in a recent 'Fanatic of Aviation' but it's pretty poor technical information for the designer. So, try to obtain issue No.1 of Air Magazine (available on some internet sites selling second-hand). This includes part of the plans and photographs of the Russian book and has the advantage of being in French (good for me, but not so good for our Englishlanguage only modellers!)


The shape of the cowling is incorrect because the opening is obviously too large at the front. So, it must be reduced by using plastic rod, rounded off with extensively sanding. Three outer reinforcements were added to the joints of the model parts for more realism.

The truck's cargo is not included in the Tamiya kit. The author used parts of the Zvezda kit (bombs), items from the spares box and objects made from Tamiya Epoxy Putty.

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The cockpit proposed by Zvezda is pretty spartan, so the author added some additional elements from the spares box. In particular, the side consoles were greatly improved.


With their other 1:48 fighters (La-5, Yak-3 and Bf109F), Zvezda has modellers expecting very detailed interiors, yet this is not the case for the Su-2. Certainly, the basic elements are there, but if we refer to the literature cited above, we note that the manufacturer taken some shortcuts. Therefore, roll up your sleeves again because in the end, everything will be clearly visible through that big 'greenhouse' canopy. The cockpit consists of a solid floor, a back wall, a seat, control stick, rudder pedals and side consoles. These are equipped with levers but apart from that, they are perfectly smooth, which is not very realistic. A simple solution was to dip into the spares box and 'borrow' the parts from another model, in this case, and Eduard Fw190! After painting, the illusion worked well. Zvezda offers

two instrument panels in this kit, the first completely smooth (to receive a decal), while the second is moulded in relief so it can be painted by hand. Not convinced by either of these two solutions, I opted for a third, which was to refine the parts and then drill holes for the instruments. When bonded with decals sandwiched in between, I finally obtained the best of both approaches. The second crew member is unfortunately not much better off. Zvezda seems to have forgotten to equip it with sufficient detail; only the removable steering wheel (C11 parts and C23) is included as well as instruments in a basic form (decal). I therefore added the collapsible rudder pedals and control-cables, using piano wire. Improved the radio console with the addition of elements made using the punch plus fine wire. As for the interior colour, the instructions recommend

The position of the second crew member also underwent a facelift. Folding rudder pedals were added, plus control cables, levers, steering wheels, running boards and a card holder. Most of these elements were salvaged parts.

'Gull Grey'. Tamiya's XF-54 (Dark Grey Sea) fits the bill, especially after undergoing the usual ageing operations (drybrushing with grey and application of a colour-wash) to bring out the details. Some elements are in black, such as the instrument panels, side consoles, steering wheels, seat cushion and the camera. The coloured controls are limited to a few red and white knobs and a bottle of oxygen in blue. The M-88 engine does not need much comment; it is composed of two rows of cylinders, a crankcase, pushrods and an exhaust manifold. Not much of the engine will be visible in the end, because it's very deep in the cowling, so no need to spend all night on it.


Gluing the fuselage halves together posed no particular problem. The elements of the cockpit fit well and you

just have to take care with the adjustments, especially regarding part A19, the upper gunner's position. Once the sub-assembly of the cowling and the engine is installed, you can finally concentrate on the wing. The latter is conventionally composed of upper and lower halves, however, we must first complete and paint the bomb bay, not forgetting to install the two lower windows and ailerons. These are a little too short and reveal an ugly gap that will need elimination with a little plastic card.


After much hesitation, I settled on my camouflage choice; a green and black scheme, very representative of the 'Operation Barbarossa' period, the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. This was a dark period for Soviet aviation and the Su-2, like many other aircraft types, was simply


The instrument panel was remade using the kit parts and decals, modified by the author for more realism. The instrument panel for the second crew member was made using plastic card and a punch and die.

The radio set is present in the kit, but it is devoid of any detail. The modeller must therefore add cables and buttons to give it a more operational look.

The M-88 engine offered by Zvezda is rather basic but is sufficient as it is, because very little is visible in the end. The exhaust manifold, for example, disappears completely from view.

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The separate fins are too small and require extending with plastic card to avoid an unsightly gap.

To match real aircraft, the lower glazing must be masked off to represent the reinforcing strips.

The wing/fuselage junction line runs through the middle of the wing root fairing. This required some tedious sessions of puttying and sanding.

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Green and black camouflage was applied freehand by airbrush. The colours used were mixtures made by the author.

After having been coated beforehand with a layer of aluminium paint, some areas were then treated with the liquid mask. Here we see the walkway at the left wing-root.

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Luftwaffe. An initial layer of aluminium paint (Revell AquaColor 99) was applied to the surfaces of the model. Then, in areas where worn-through paint might develop, 'Mr Masking Sol' masking fluid were applied using an old paint brush. Be careful not to exaggerate the effect when doing this, and avoid any areas that were not metal, such as the wooden fuselage. The green and black camouflage was applied freehand by airbrush to create feathered colour boundaries, like on the real aircraft. The colours used were my own mixtures of acrylic paints from Tamiya and

Gunze, using 'AKAN' (a paint range for Russian model) as references. The blue was created by mixing Tamiya XF-23 with Gunze H25 and H46. The green was mixed from XF-62 Olive Drab with some XF-3 Flat Yellow and XF-11 JN Green. The black was mainly XF-85 Rubber Black with a few drops of XF-8 Flat Blue. After removing the liquid masks, several layers of Johnson's Klear were applied in order to form a smooth surface for the decals. The varnish also serves to protect the surface of the model in preparation for applying a colour-wash using 'Panel Line Accent Colors' from Tamiya. After

Decals were applied onto a gloss surface, created using Johnson's Klear floor polish, but Tamiya X-22 Clear can also be used.

the decals were in place and had thoroughly dried, a coat of Gunze H20 matt varnish was sprayed on. The model was now ready for the weathering processes, which consisted of micro-paint effects (surface staining

applied by an extra fine brush using thinned paint) with shading created with a Faber Castell felt-tipped pen. Traces of cordite, dust and exhaust were applied using Tamiya Weathering pastels.

Two stages of weathering are clearly visible in these two photos. In the first one can see the micro-painting work, created with an extra-fine brush. The second allows us to assess the effects of 'volumising' achieved by the Faber-Castell 'Pitt' felt-tipped pens.

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Assembly continued with the fitting of the most fragile parts. The landing gear, despite a rather complex appearance, turned out to be fine. The spinner has a joint line that did not exist in reality, so it was sanded off, and the holes in the wing for the machine guns must be drilled out. The pitot tube, attached to the left wing, was removed early on because it was too fragile to endure handling; it was replaced by Evergreen styrene rod at the end of the assembly. Visible within the cowling when viewed from the front are the support struts, which fix directly to the engine. Their configuration is quite tricky to recreate correctly and to create something realisticlooking, the Russian reference book by Khazanov and Gordyukov mentioned earlier is essential. The glazed areas represent a final hurdle. They are very clear and fir well, except for part D15 which seems oversized and which may require gluing with a little force applied for a flush fit. If one opts for an open canopy, this won't be a problem, because this part will not be used anyway.

The transparent part (D7) incorporates the fixed and sliding parts of the canopy. We must therefore also mask off the inside surfaces so that they have the correct appearance.

The two 250kg bombs were fitted with straps made from aluminium tape. Markings were then added with a fine brush.


Tamiya's new 1:48 GAZ-MM Russian truck arrived a few days before finishing the article and was naturally invited to the party. Building it strictly out-ofthe-box, it was loaded up with a cargo consisting of items from various sources; bombs from the Zvezda kit (with the priming fuses removed), ICM petrol cans and resin oxygen bottles of unknown origin (from the spares box) plus home-made items created with Tamiya Epoxy Putty. The truck only needed a few hours, just the opposite of the Su-2 which took much more time and attention to create an accurate and good-looking reproduction! â—?

With good documentation, it is possible to correct some of the manufacturer's omissions. Here we see the three struts that fasten the cowling to the engine. The figures included in the kit are beautiful and fit perfectly into the cockpit. The two men wear winter flying suits typical of that period; even in the spring, it is very cold at high altitude!

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The faded camouflage and light chipping help to add texture and realism to the model’s airframe.



Grey and transparent injection-moulded polystyrene, waterslide decals.

Paints used;

Tamiya Acrylics: XF-1 Flat Black, XF-2 Flat White, XF-3 Flat Yellow, XF-8 Flat Blue, XF-11 JN Green, XF-23 Light Blue, XF-62 Olive Drab, XF-85 Rubber Black Prince August Acrylics: 815 Chair Base, 908 Carmine Red, 914 Green Ochre, 950 Black, 951 White, 952 Lemon Yellow and Blue 963 Medium Gunze: H20 Matt Varnish. Revell Aqua Color: 90 Silver and 99 Aluminium.

Materials used;

Cyanoacrylate glue, Faller Expert Glue, Tamiya Putty (Basic Type), Mr Gum Masking Sol, Tamiya Panel Line Accent Colors, Tamiya Pastels, Faber-Castell Markers, white glue


Su-2 Khazanov and Gordyukov, Air Magazine # 1


The Su-2 could never be called a ‘pretty’ aircraft, but it was a functional and quite effective design, albeit obsolete by the start of ‘Barbarossa’ in June 1941.

Zvezda kits are imported and distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Limited; and are available from good model shops

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A FRENCH/AMERICAN AFFAIR! Mikael Terfors builds Wingnut Wings’ fabulous 1:32 Salmson 2-A2 'USAS', a plane with a certain French flavour


ometimes kits are like buses; the modelling community begs and hopes for years but nothing happens. Then all of a sudden, we’re treated to several offerings at once. This is what happened with the Salmson when two manufacturers, almost simultaneously, decided to make our wishes come true. First out was Gaspatch Models releasing three kits in 1:48 and then of course, Wingnut Wings releasing two 1:32 versions, just in time for Christmas. The Salmson 2-A2 is perhaps not the best-known

type to come out of the Great War and until very recently, it had scarce attention from model manufacturers. This may actually seem a bit strange, as it has a very interesting background, and saw extensive use with several nations. The Salmson was developed by 'Societé de Motors Salmson' by pioneering company developing among other things, radial engines. Inspired by the Sopwith 1½ Strutter, it had several advanced features, such as the powerful 260hp 9z water-cooled radial engine and, perhaps the feature

most liked by its crews, self-sealing fuel tanks. The Salmson 2-A2 made its maiden flight in April 1917, and impressed the authorities into ordering it into production with several French contractors. In service The 2-A2 was liked by its crews for the dependable ruggedness, and it carried out its intended tasks of artillery spotting and reconnaissance until the end of hostilities. When the AEF (American Expeditionary Force) arrived in France it lacked planes to equip the aero squadrons. The solution was to use French

and British material. Over 700 Salmsons flew missions over the Western front in American colours – more than any other two-seater in US service. As the war ended and the AEF decommissioned their squadrons, many of the planes were burned, rather than taking the trouble of shipping them across the Atlantic. In total 3800 were built including 600 under licence by Japanese manufacturers during the 1920s, who used it as the 'Type Otsu 1' until 1933. Seems about time then, that we got some state of the art kits of this important type.

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Construction starts with the cockpit floor and its associated formers. The side formers and struts which also contains details such as the oil tank and various electric equipment cast as one piece.

The Salmson 9z radial engine is a very fine kit on its own.

The firewall and the self sealing tank together with the pilot and observers seat. Note the fine surface detail.

Dry-fitting the fuselage revealed no problems with fit. Note the very fine ‘ribs’.

Sub-assemblies were all painted separately.

The copper cylinders were treated with several coats of metallic, and finished off using Tamiya Clear Orange for added depth.

A BOX PACKED WITH TREATS Looking inside the sturdy WnW box, one can certainly say it was worth the wait. The plastic is superbly moulded with fantastic surface detail and a very nice decal sheet giving us some very colourful options. The now 'standard' WnW booklet is of course included, with a very clear overview of construction and rigging, as well as many period photos for reference. One thing apparent is the large one-piece castings of complex parts. Where we previously had to do several sub-assemblies,

the construction is now simplified, leading to easier alignment and faster progress. As far as options go, there is not that much difference between the five profiles on offer, other than the decals and smaller details. Which option to build mostly comes down to which set of colourful marking one prefers; a difficult choice, as they are all very tempting.


Construction began with the cockpit floor and its formers. This in turn formed the

Engine and radiator almost finished. The cables were added using flexible EZ-line. Here the back and the front of the engine are shown.

basis into where the other sub-assemblies were fitted. First parts to be painted here were what was to become wood and linen. The basis of this was Tamiya XF-55 Deck Tan. This was then over-painted with a brush, using Winsor and Newton burned sienna and burnt umber oils. While these were drying I started construction of the other sub-assemblies for the cockpit. Though it is very detailed, there are surprisingly few parts. The pilot's seat and the fuel tank were easily made, as was the camera and the observer's seat. The side

formers and struts come as one-piece parts. The large and sometimes, complex pieces do facilitate construction, but they also make painting a bit more demanding. I chose to mask and spray paint these parts, and then finish the details with a brush. As the various sub-assemblies were fitted into the frame, some internal rigging was done using EZ-line. The whole cockpit assembly got a wash of burned sienna and white spirit. To finish things off in the cockpit area, decals featuring meters and dials were applied – giving the construction a very convincing TMMI 233 March 2015

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Wood was textured using oils over Tamiya XF-55 Tan. The decals really made the instrument panel come alive.

V look. With this finished it was time to close the fuselage, which went without any problems what so ever, and only very small amounts of filler had to be used.


The WnW rendition of the Salmson Radial 9z engine is a real gem, and almost a kit within the kit. It is also a very eye-catching engine with bright copper cylinder heads and a very detailed exhaust and cooling system. Construction was fairly easy, but to facilitate, I painted everything before final assembly. The finished engine was then mounted on a frame and mated with the radiator, this in turn was mounted onto the fuselage frame. With the powerplant in place, the engine panels could be put in place one by one. Exactly how much of the engine to display is up to the modeller to decide, as all panels are separate. I had decided I would leave the large panel covering the generator off. This gave me the opportunity for some

Dry-fitting the struts with its associated body half.

scratch building, and would make for an interesting contrast to the all closed panels on the other side. WnW gives us a start on the generator compartment, with some details present. But if one wants to leave this area fully exposed, pipes, leads and batteries have to be scratchbuilt. Using plastic card and copper wire of various gauges, this was a pleasant exercise that took me a couple of evenings. With this done, painting was the next job to tackle.


As the war progressed the notion of camouflage and protection of the airframes became more important. Each nation solved this their own way, the British came up with the PC.10 formula, while the Germans after due consideration and experimentation developed Lozenge fabric. The French, on their hand, perfected the “five colour” camouflage – a pattern that was used

Mini Review... AIRES 1:48 F-16C FALCON WHEEL BAYS ITEM no.4370

Almost time to close the fuselage. Despite tight tolerances, there were no fit issues with the interior.

Test-fitting the engine.

As the other panels of the engine cowling were put in place, I ended up with a small gap. This was easily rectified with some plastic strips.

Tamiya TS-46 Light Sand out of an aerosol can was used as primer. As this dried, some more sanding and filling was needed.

Tamiya’s 1:48 F-16CJ comes in for some resin attention from Czech producer Aires (eye-rez) in the form of replacement wheel bays, main and front. The detail in the castings is stunning, with all missing equipment added, along with plumbing and cables. The set comes with lengths of copper wire in varying gauges for further detailing.

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in a similar way, across most airframes, with slight variation, depending on the contractor. Airbrushing French five colour is not very difficult, but it takes a bit of time end effort. After masking the cockpit and open panels, the model was sprayed with Tamiya TS-46 from an aerosol can, acting as a primer. After this had dried I masked some patches to simulate battle damage using Maskol and Tamiya tape. The undersides of the wings were the first port of call. To get a more visually interesting surface, I masked the rib-tapes, using 0.75mm wide tape, before pre-shading with Tamiya X-9 Brown. As the tape came off it revealed sharply marked ribs. This was then over-sprayed in light coats, using XF-55, before the undersides were masked off. First camouflage paint was the lime green, a mix of Tamiya XF-58 Olive green and XF-3 Yellow. To make for a smoother surface, in anticipation of the decals, the matt colours were mixed with Tamiya Clear. The instructions also called out for a small measure of silver to be mixed in with the paint, as in reality the linen was doped with a mix containing aluminium powder for protection. Metal and wooden panels were painted in a hue close to the camouflage dope –but without aluminium powder – so in actual a fact you need to spray closer to ten different colours to achieve a 'five colour' scheme. After the lime-green had dried, I cut masks from Tamiya tape using a scalpel and placed over the light green fields, before chestnut brown was applied. To make sure the surfaces didn’t come out too uniform, I mixed lighter and darker shades of the base colours. This worked to an extent and the subsequent

Wing surfaces were masked with thin strips of tape in preparation of pre-shading.

After a pass of Tamiya X9 Brown with the airbrush – the strips were removed, revealing sharp highlights.

French five-colour camouflage requires lots of paint mixing and masking tape.

As painting progressed, more and more of the body and wings were masked off.

The almost ‘lime green’ colour looks a bit sharp here, but after weathering it toned a down quite a bit.

The top-coat of Tamiya XF-55 was applied in thin layers to ensure subtle contrast between the rib-tapes and dips.

The almost ‘lime green’ colour looks a bit sharp here, but after weathering it toned a down quite a bit.

Dirt and grime, as well as fading of the camouflage colours brought the many colours together, making the model less toy-like.

The upper-wing after some rather heavy weathering, some patched up battle damage was added here as well.

The tail with the control wires installed. The rigging wires of the Salmson was apparently finished in light horizon blue.


Wooden struts and prop after painting with oils. It helps to mount them on a matchbox when working on them.

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Rigging lines were put in place in their “starting holes” before the wing was mounted.

V weathering enhanced this.

As I progressed masking off more and more of the kit, it started looking like a butterfly in its pupa stage The last colour was the 'black prints' over the upper wing and elevator, this was sprayed using Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black. As the black dried the kit was unwrapped, to display the transformation. After this a couple of coats of Johnson Klear was sprayed in anticipation of decalling. At this stage the model still looked a bit bright and toy-like, but this was about to change.


The decals went down without a hitch. I had chosen to model Salmson ‘18’ of the 91st Aero Squadron, mostly due to the very fetching knight on a horse chasing a winged devil. It was also a plane that displayed some mending patches, and looked a bit

With the kit on its back – the landing gear was attached and rigged. Here mono fishing line was used.

worn in the images I had at hand. Though I had no problems with the decals, I chose to paint the rudder, rather than using the supplied decals. I sometimes think it’s easier and quicker this way. Weathering was done using Winsor and Newton oils in two stages. First a liberal wash of white spirit and burned umber was painted using a large brush over most surfaces. This was then mopped up in places using a dry brush

and tissue, leaving 'dirt and grime' in exposed areas and panel lines. The wash dried overnight (burnt umber is a fairly quick drying oil pigment – reds for instance take a lot longer). Tank builders are no strangers to the 'oil dot filter' technique to simulate faded colours, but it’s perhaps less known among plane builders. This was achieved by applying small dots of oil paint, using yellow, blue, browns and pinks, depending on the base colour and the effect you

want. With a moist brush, the dots are then blended together, leaving a mottled and worn look. Metal panels were given a drybrushing, using light grey to make the fine details stand out. Aluminium and dark grey were applied, using a sponge for some paint chips in exposed areas. The once bright colours and decals, now looked a lot more worn and old. To seal everything Alclad Klear Kote Semi Matt was sprayed and everything was ready for rigging.

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Rigging is perhaps the stage most feared by non biplane builders. In fact it’s not as hard as it may seem, and Wingnut Wings try to make things easy for the modeller. Both wings and body have pre-drilled rigging holes already in place, which make locating them easy. It may not be necessary, but I chose to drill them out a bit to make them deeper. With the top wing underside up – strands of 0.14mm monofilament line was cyano-glued into the holes. For some of the cross bracing lines and all control wires flexible EZ-line was used. The lower wing had ‘buckles’ from ‘Bobs Buckles’ glued in place in anticipation of receiving the rigging lines from the top wing. With this job finished, it was time to finally mount the top-wing in place. Easiest way to do this, is to place it upside down flat on ones work-top, then invert the model – steering the struts into the receiving holes. This way is a lot less stressful, than trying to balance the wing in place, while peering under the wing to find the locating holes. With the wing settled, it was time to start tensioning the lines.

The Salmson has quite a lot of rig and first impression was an awful mess of fishing strands and EZ Lines all over the place. Starting from the fuselage, working my way out towards the wingtips this was sorted over a couple of evenings. The rigging of the Salmson was apparently painted in light horizon blue, so once all lines were tensioned –I painted them, using Tamiya XF-23 Light Blue. With the top wing in place and rigging done, all that was left to do was some final details. The observer's guns were put in place, as was the gunsight and the external generator. Finally the propeller was fixed in its position and the Salmson was done, and just in time for the Swedish National IPMS show, where I’m pleased to say it won its class.


Once in a while, I come across a kit that, like a really good read, I don’t want to end. This build was one of those. This was also one of those rare builds where I encountered no issues or problems. Fit was excellent throughout, and it felt easy to just build. The French camouflage is a bit laborious to mask and paint, but very satisfying once

As the author has demonstrated, the rigging is fiddly, but not too demanding; achievable by anyone.

done. Rigging is perhaps not the easiest, but with a bit of practice it can be tackled by the moderately experienced modeller. It’s also very nice to see that WnW has ventured into French territory with this kit. One can only hope there will be more treats like this in future. Though the Salmson in French colours from WnW (kit 32038) is fairly similar, I may well get one for the stash, just to know I have yet another pleasurable build to get stuck into, just like another good book from a favourite author. Highly recommended! ●



Injection-moulded styrene, photo-etched brass, waterslide decals

Paints used;

Tamiya Acrylics; TS-46 Light Sand, X-1 Black, X-2 White, X-9 Brown, X-19 Smoke, X-22 Clear, X-26 Clear Orange, XF-1 Black, XF-2 White, XF-3 Yellow, XF-7 Flat Red, XF-8 Flat Blue, XF-10 Flat Brown, XF-18 Medium Blue, XF-20 Medium Grey, XF-23 Light Blue, XF-55 Deck Tan, XF-58 Olive Green, XF-60 Dark Yellow, XF-68 NATO Brown, XF-69 NATO Black, XF-82 Ocean Grey Vallejo Model Air; 71.062 Aluminium, 71.066 Gold, 71.072 Gun Grey Winsor and Newton; 076 Raw Umber, 074 Burnt Sienna, 331 Ivory Black, 644 Titanium White, 678 Venetian Red, 744 Yellow Ochre Alclad II; Klear Kote Semi-Matt


Monofilament 0.14mm fishing line and EZ Line for rigging Copper wire Brass sleeves and turnbuckles from Bobs’ Buckles (


The Salmson builds up into an impressive machine; another triumph of model kit creation from Wingnut Wings.

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Turret upper moulding showing its cast-steel texture.

Idler wheels are also cast-steel textured.

Close-up view of the cooling gills on the exhaust which sits atop the rear hull.

Idler mounts are moulded in two halves; the join line will require some careful sanding. Upper hull is a one-piece unit and fixes to the lower via polycaps, hinting at a motorised Somua in the future. Most modellers will cement them shut though. Cast steel texture is very realistic and is present on he upper and lower hull halves.

Close-up view of the access hatches on the rear deck.


on Tamiya's Marcus Nicholls makes a startSomua S35 latest 1:35 tank kit, the French


he Somua S35 was a French designed and built medium tank, the first prototype of which was created in 1935, hence the 'S35' part of its name. Around 430 S35s were manufactured up to the French capitulation in 1940. It was an effective design, powered by a V8 petrol engine which offered 190hp at 2,000rpm, propelling the vehicle at up to a very respectable 25mph. It was armed with a 47mm SA35 anti-tank gun, plus a 7.5mm coaxial machine gun. Some 300 S35s fell into the hands of the invading German forces during the Blitzkrieg and not wanting to waste anything serviceable, the Germans put them to work almost unmodified, which tells us how advanced this little machine was. Tamiya's kit is newly-tooled and not a re-boxing of old sprues. It comes moulded in sand-coloured polystyrene plus a small clear plastic sprue for

the vision slots and headlamp lenses, separately bagged individual track links, polycap wheel-fasteners, heavy gauge metal chain and a waterslide decal sheet carrying three markingsoptions for French vehicles. A well detailed commander figure is also provided, to sit on the open turret hatch. The Somua S35 is a good looking tank, the rounded surfaces of its cast-steel hull giving it an unusual and appealing appearance. The cast texture (a feature of Tamiya's kit) is also wonderful bonus for modellers, offering the chance for some creative paint techniques and weathering processes. The core of the model is a conventional lower 'bathtub' hull and a one-piece upper hull mouldings. Two side panels – which carry all the suspension location points – affix to the lower hull early on in assembly, ready to receive the four-wheeled

A series of 1mm and 1.5mm holes must be made in the bow-plate, drilled from inside using the guides moulded on the inner surface. 1mm drill and broaches were used here.

Again, we can see the cast texture in this view, which needs no further treatment - just paint!

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If car rotate

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The decal sheet includes markings for six French Army tanks; no doubt a Wehrmacht version will appear in the future.

The French number plates replicate the charismatic type-style of the 1930s.

Polycaps for the drive sprockets and hull joint are provided, along with a length of stout chain.

bogies, drive sprockets and idlers, over which outer panels and curved armour plates fit. The tracks are beautifully simple in their assembly, simply snapping together to form fully articulated runs that can then be painted. The instructions suggest fitting the tracks to the tank before the upper hull is in place, but I'd say it'll be easier to do this after the main structures are complete and painted.


I received a pre-production sample of this kit during the finishing stages of this issue, so there was only time to assemble a few parts, but from what I have built so far, it's a lovely production, done in Tamiya's inimitable style. The suspension is satisfyingly complex and fits together with comforting precision. Care needs to be taken to install the leaf spring mouldings (C21, C27) the

right way around in the front units – but otherwise it went together in an intuitive manner. That's about as far as I got before we had to send the issue to the printers, but I'm hoping to finish it in time for the April issue.


A fantastically charismatic, much-wanted subject has become reality and it's a triumph of kit design. Soon, I'll be at the painting stages and reaching for the Silly Putty to recreate one of those complex and colourful camouflage schemes... ● MODEL SPEC Tamiya model kits are imported and distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Limited; Widely available from good model shops everywhere. TMMI’S OPINION? A welcome kit of a much-desired subject. The kit, naturally, features Tamiya’s legendary parts-fit, detail and refinement.

The suspension mounts onto separately moulded lower hull side panels.

Tamiya provide the tracks as individual links which simply snap together and remain articulated. Extreme close-up on a track link; the small moulding pip can be sanded off when the tracks have been assembled.

The tiny clear sprue carries light lenses...

...the headlight

..and vision blocks! If care is taken with the cement, the suspension bogies can be assembled so the roadwheels can rotate; for a motorised version perhaps?

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* “Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788. Its traditional use is to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight. And also to welcome a new Jagdpanzer kit.

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Is Tamiya’s latest 1:35 kit a worthy addition to the Military Miniatures Series? Spencer Pollard takes time away from aircraft modelling to find out…


f all of the kits that have been released over the last few years, the Tamiya Lang was easily the one I looked forward to the most. Having built the original Tamiya depiction of this sleek armoured hunter, the chance to build another that was more in keeping with the levels of accuracy, detail and buildability found from a 21st Century offering, was one not to be missed. Now, having built and painted this kit, I can say that the excitement was not misplaced: it really is a stunner! But of course we are getting ahead of ourselves; what can you expect when this kit hits your workbench? Well, from the off the apparent simplicity of the contents will be a welcome relief from some of the more complex kits on sale today. The box is reassuringly small for a start, which points to the use of only the bare minimum of parts, nothing being over-complicated for the sake of it. For instance, the suspension mounts are moulded in one piece; the wheels in three parts (including a small poly-cap to hold them in place); the lower hull is assembled from little more than a dozen parts and the tracks are supplied as one-piece vinyl items. Taken as a whole, this is a weekend kit, plain and simple. In fact I had it built in just over a day - perfect if you want to get on with the painting and weathering or if you would like to get the basics done and dusted and then spend some time adding, or improving, the details supplied.


Across the board, the parts are beautifully moulded and superbly detailed. Over the years, Tamiya

have chosen extreme ease of construction over a mega parts-count, in contrast to the likes of Dragon and latterly, Trumpeter, who’s über-kits have set a very high standard for tiny, complex details. In the case of the Jagdpanzer, I felt that the mix of simplicity and detail was almost perfect. Being a simple vehicle to begin with there’s less detail than you’d find on a modern battle tank such as the T-90, but what there is, has been replicated with aplomb. The upper hull is particularly fine, the armour plates and weld-beads being sharp and well-defined; the bolt details and engine deck vents realistically in scale and the typically Germanic tool stowage and layout, comprehensively portrayed. It was particularly pleasing to see that the tools had been fitted out with a full set of snap-clamps and though moulded solid, these were easy to open up with careful drilling and work with a Swann-Morton No.11 scalpel blade. Once in place on the engine deck, their appearance and the time taken to open up the clamps, seemed to be more than a worthy compromise given how long it would have taken to clean up the tools and fit etched-brass clamps. I’m all for an easy life! Building Tamiya’s Lang is a fun ride with little in the way of frustration to hinder progress. Everything fits perfectly and there is very little in the way of clean-up to carry out. Indeed, if you do as we did and use the additional gun breech and barrel set (Item 12660), you’ll bypass the need to clean up the barrel halves and only have the wheels to deal with, as you would in any armour kit. Small parts, often needing seam lines to be smoothed out or removed, were so finely moulded that little more that a brush full of liquid glue was needed to prepare them for use. Large sections, such as the hull roof, fit so perfectly, you need little more than a


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in place with no evidence of joints that shouldn’t be there. In fact, I painted the upper and lower hull separately, bringing them together once complete with no need for any adjustment to create a seamless union! As you may imagine, working features are kept to a minimum. The wheels rotate thanks to those polycaps and vinyl tracks, the gun barrel moves up and down and side to side and the hatches open and close, thanks to prototypically delicate hinges. Of course, none of these working features will interest the enthusiast, but it is good to have them to allow a certain degree of flexibility later on when thoughts turn to figures, vignettes, or even dioramas.


As mentioned, I chose to use the additional ‘German Jagdpanzer IV/70(V) Lang Metal Gun Barrel Set’ (phew!) to complete our model. Frankly, I wasn’t entirely sure why this update wasn’t included as part of the kit (I guess cost was a factor) so it’s available as a separate package, featuring a plastic breech assembly and turned metal barrel. As with the main kit, detail is excellent and thanks to the enclosed instructions and notes within the larger kit, assembly is very easy, the parts integrating seamlessly within the build. As with all Tamiya armour kits, this one contains crew figures. Befitting its role during the Ardennes conflict - amongst others - the crew are modelled wearing winter tunics and soft, peaked caps. As with many of Tamiya’s recent figures, these are nicely sculpted and posed in relaxed positions within the two hatches. If a criticism could be levelled at them, it’s that the headsets are rather heavily moulded and perhaps could do

with work to create a finer appearance. Alternatively, you could use aftermarket heads such as those offered by Hornet, to address this minor deficiency. The package is rounded-off with two complete sets of instructions and a fine, albeit small, decal sheet. The instructions cover the construction and painting of the model, black and white for construction and full-colour for both painting and decalling, as well as a useful set pictures of Aberdeen’s now rather dishevelled example. What can you say about Tamiya’s instructions other than they are the best in the business? These continue that trend being not only perfectly drawn and sensibly laid out, but also wonderfully thoughtful when it comes to colour call-outs and the like. Other manufacturers could really learn from Tamiya in this regard, not a single piece being left out when it comes to their coloration, or finish. This also carries over onto the painting and decalling guide and though Tamiya obviously use their own paint references, you are left in no doubt as to what paint was used on the three options offered. The choices are as follows: •No.332, 655th Heavy Anti-Tank Battalion, Western Front, December 1944 •No.313, unit unknown, Western Front, December 1944 •No.103, unit unknown, eastern Front, early 1945 Over the next few pages I'll take you through the construction and painting of this excellent kit. Though not a complete ‘step by step’ it should give you enough information and ideas to hopefully build something similar, yourself. Let’s get started then! ●

The bulk of the hull is made up from two large sections, each of which is perfectly moulded.

Gone are the days of plain lower hull surfaces - this one is fully detailed.

Tiny rivets and access hatches pepper the lower hull. The open hole is covered by a blanking plate as construction proceeds.

The contents of the addition gun and breach set. Careful design allows the gun to elevate and depress, tiny poly-caps and a length of steel rod, keeping everything where you want it to be. The turned aluminium gun barrel is superb and simply slots in As with every Panzer IV variant place, held inside the mantlet with a produced by Tamiya, the suspension assemblies are moulded in one piece. drop of superglue.

Steel roadwheels are well-moulded and look superb in place. Note the rather heavy headset in this shot.

The standard Panzer IV roadwheels are similarly impressive. Separate hubs complete the picture.

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After a few hours of work, this is what Tamiya’s Lang looks like - clean, accurate and ready to paint. Let’s take a look at it in more detail…

As mentioned in the text, the model breaks down into a number of large sub-assemblies, all of which join perfectly. The wheels and tracks can be removed for painting.

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The add-on breach is a wonderful little sub-assembly. Detail is fine and comprehensively captured.

Though the breach was assembled for this feature, it wasn’t painted to save time, the completed breech being hidden within the model.

This is how the mantlet looks from the box, with only the addition of the add-on piston and elevation wheels, to alter its appearance.

The clever design of the mantlet and breech allows almost prototypical movement of the gun along both horizontal and vertical axis.

The lower hull completed assembled. Such is the simplicity of the lower hull and running gear, this sub-assembly takes little more than a few hours to build. Though not to everyone’s taste, the one-piece vinyl tracks are well detailed and look good in place. Carefully applied superglue, smeared over the return rollers, allows the tracks to be fixed in place with some typical sag in evidence, rather than as seen here.

And here is the completed mantlet with add-on breach glued in place. One can’t help but be impressed by this small sub-assembly and its delicate detail.

Though hardly visible on the completed model, the inner faces of the suspension units are well detailed.

I had decided early on that the tracks and running gear would be caked in mud, so before painting some thick ‘mud’ texture was added using some of Tamiya Soil Effect Diorama Texture Paint, stippled on with a flat brush.

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Before painting could begin proper, the model was sprayed with two thin coats of Tamiya Fine Surface Primer, applied directly from the can.

As with previous military vehicle builds, this one was painted entirely with Tamiya acrylics thinned with Gunze Sangyo Mr Color Leveling Thinner. The lower hull, running gear and tracks were sprayed with a mixture of Flat Black and Flat Earth (around 50/50) and then oversprayed with several layers, each lightened with more Flat Earth. The upper surfaces were then airbrushed with Dunkelgelb, mixed from Dark Yellow, Desert Yellow and a few drops of Buff. The green was then applied using IJN Cockpit Green before adding the brown using Red Brown, lightened with Flesh. All colours were thinned with around 40% thinners and sprayed on at around 30psi.

With the camouflage complete, the centres of the wheels were roughly sprayed with the Dark Yellow mix and then the airbrush cleaned and reloaded with the underside dark brown shade. Thinned with 80% thinners, this was sprayed around the edges, details and corners, to impart the first layer of shadow. Vertical lines were also sprayed down the hull sides to hint and dirt runs and rain-wash - nothing technical, just enough to break up the camouflage finish.

The additional shadow layers are barely visible, but they are there and served as a good foundation for the remaining weathering steps. Note in this shot the track sag - easily accomplished using superglue and accelerator.

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The camouflage was completed with several layers of Games Workshop Purity Seal. This wonderfully thin satin varnish, sprays beautifully straight from the can to create a super-smooth finish that dries in minutes ready to be worked on.

I must admit to liking the model at this stage and was tempted to go all ‘old school’ on it, with limited weathering. The need to use it with an earlier model changed my mind, so I pressed on with the dirt and decay…

Weathering begins with a general pin wash around the detail on the hull. This was done using AK Interactive’s Panel Wash.

Here’s a close up of the pre-prepared running gear. Even at this early stage the dirt looks good, that textured paint looking particularly effective. Note the tight demarcations between the camouflage colours, made possible thanks to Tamiya’s paint and Gunze Sangyo’s Mr Color thinner. Additional layers of paint will further tighten up these edges.


A new addition to the ever-expanding range of finishing materials from AK Interactive are the ‘True Metals’ colours, which come in tubes in paste form. The idea is to apply them over a base coat of paint, then polish them up to create a metallic sheen. Looks promising!

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The wash was blended into the surrounding paintwork with a cotton bud moistened with a little white spirit. Brushes were also used - similarly moistened - to drag the wash down the hull sides to create neat dirt runs from items such as the tie-downs.

Here’s the completed engine deck, painted and pin washed. Time to further define the detail…

With the model now completely washed, you can see how it is already darkening and why the initial camouflage colours were so light to begin with. By the time the model is finished, the camouflage will be just about the right colour and tone.

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With the wash blended in and dry, each individual colour was very carefully drybrushed with colours that were a tone lighter than the underlying camouflage. Using enamels to carry out this task, the paint was applied simply to refresh the detail rather than create a definite layer of colour and help further soften the washed areas to blend them in to the surrounding surfaces.

By dragging the wash down the hull sides you can create some very subtle dirt streaks. Before the end of this build the details will be treated to a number of dark washes until the effect is a balanced and realistic.

Being able to remove the upper hull and paint it separately, certain helps to ease the process!

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At the last minute, I decided to add a worn, whitewash finish, on top of the camouflage. Though we haven’t space to go into this in detail, this was done using the ‘hairspray’ technique, a layer of hairspray being applied to the model followed by Flat White thinned with water. A brush moistened with warm water was then used to work the white away to reveal the underlying paintwork. With the whitewash in place, the model was treated to a number of different layers of oil paint washes (Raw Umber and Mig Productions Buff) to produce filthy, winter-worn, finish. The tracks and wheels were very heavily washed, before mixing up some Humbrol Dark Earth and Matt Black and flicking this colour and then several lightened shades, around the lower hull. There really wasn't any method to this, just repeating the steps until I was happy with the finish.

The front of the hull was painted in a similar manner to the aforementioned areas, the only difference being the use of more white, both Tamiya and Humbrol enamel.

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A lot of work went into the painting of the engine deck to create this well-weathered finish - most of which is now invisible on the finished model! The tools were painted with Vallejo acrylics: German Camouflage Black Brown metalwork washed with Humbrol Khaki Drill and Dry brushed with black; Weathered Wood handles washed with Mig Productions Dark wash and then manipulated with a soft flat brush dampened with thinners to create the wood grain; Leather Brown straps and Dark Yellow snap-clamps.

A close up of the muddy road wheels and sprocket. The bulked mud looks particularly pleasing I think, as do the metallic rims on the first two road wheels. This is certainly not a neat model!

Some of the accessories used to dress the finished model. The long track section is from the kit and all other items from the spares’ box. Everything was painted and weathered in the same manner as the rest of the build.

The mud added to the running gear – carefully applied to avoid the roadwheel tyres – adds a great deal of realism to the lower portions of the model.

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Injection-moulded styrene, polycaps, waterslide decals

Paints used;

Tamiya Acrylics; Lower hull; running gear and tracks; 50/50 mix Flat Black and Flat Earth, XF-52 Flat Earth. Dunkelgelb; mixed from XF-60 Dark Yellow, XF-59 Desert Yellow, XF-57 Buff. Green; XF-71 IJN Cockpit Green Red Brown; XF-64 lightened with XF-15 Flat Flesh. All paints thinned with 40% Gunze Sangyo Mr Color Leveling Thinner, sprayed at 30psi Vallejo Model Air; 71.062 Aluminium, 71.066 Gold, 71.072 Gun Grey Winsor and Newton; 076 Raw Umber, 074 Burnt Sienna, 331 Ivory Black, 644 Titanium White, 678 Venetian Red, 744 Yellow Ochre Alclad II; Klear Kote Semi-Matt Extras used; Monofilament 0.14mm fishing line and EZ Line for rigging, copper wire, brass sleeves and turnbuckles from Bob's Buckles (

The rear of the Jagdpanzer reveals its off-centre exhaust pipes, jacking block and full-width run of spare track links. Note the mud splattered up from below.

Availability; Views of the white ‘cloth’ sheets made by the author from putty, to simulate removable winter camouflage.

The subtly worn-off whitewash looks extremely convincing over the three-colour camouflage. Note the pile of clutter in the well over the engine deck.

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What’s in the box?


TAMIYA, JAPAN EQUIPMENT ACCESSORY Taking a cue from Iwata, Tamiya have created their own version of the inline air valve, a device that offers extremely precise control of the airflow that reaches the airbrush. It fits between the airline and 'brush and features a rotary dial that can screw in to reduce the airflow to just a whisper; ideal for delicate spraying operations and working with very dilute paint mixes. MN ✔ Well made (of course) and extremely useful for very fine control of airflow ✘ Nothing negative here AIR CONTROL VALVE (74552)

AK INTERACTIVE, SPAIN MODELLING MATERIALS This is a neat set of six 17ml bottles of acrylic paints, formulated for spraying and producing a very fine finish. There are two versions of Dunkelgelb (the mushroom-sand base colour), two versions of Resedagrun (green colour) and two browns (camouflage brown and red-brown primer). There are excellent illustrations on the box to show the appearances of vehicles in 1945, which will prove a valuable guide for modellers. Anyone researching the topic of paint colours in the closing days of the Reich will appreciate that things were getting understandably chaotic, but historically there was never an order to use Resedagrun on vehicles and there were never any official variants of the Dunkelgelb paint. Consequently, these colours should be taken with the understanding that they reflect an impression of the general appearance of the paints in 1945, rather than the official colours in which the vehicles were painted. CLS ✔ Useful variations of the muted colours in use as shortages hit paint production in 1945 ✘ Colours based on perceptions, rather than official factory production 1945 GERMAN LATE WAR COLORS (AK554)

STUDIO27, JAPAN MOTORSPORT DETAIL SET Ebbro's recently issued 1:20 1971 Tyrrell 003 gets some photoetched love in this new release from ST27. On the nickel-steel fret you'll find front wing end plates, brake disc faces, radiator matrices, bulkhead panels, engine brackets, mirror supports, footpedals, body clips and driver's harness buckles, plus more. Also in the pack is a length of blue fabric at the exact width for the seat harness straps. A very useful set for this wonderful kit. MN ✔ Some extremely useful parts, the harness set being very welcome ✘ Nickel-steel is very tough and needs hardened scissors to cut from the fret 1:20 TYRRELL 003 1971 (ST27-FP20132)

STUDIO27, JAPAN MOTORSPORT DETAIL SET On this new decal sheet from Studio27, the modeller is provided with a mass of pre-cut carbon-fibre panels for Tamiya's 1:20 Ferrari F1-2000 (20048) and the coverage is extensive. Not just the cockpit tub is lined with CF decal, but also the suspension elements, wings front and rear, engine air box, cockpit panels, steering wheel and more. Carrier film is almost non-existent which greatly helps in the positioning of each panel and the composite texture is very convincing. MN ✔ The carbon-fibre effect will add a great deal of realism to Tamiya's kit ✘ Not a quick process, so reserve several days to get all the decals in place 1:20 F1-2000 (ST27-CD20021)

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1:35 SOVIET 152.4MM BARREL FOR ML-20 AND SU-152 (35 L-134) AFV ACCESSORIES This set is labelled as suited for the Bronco kit of the SU-152 (kits CB35109 and CB35113), but it is equally suited for the Trumpeter kits (05568, and 01571), in each case the early and late versions. This ‘basic’ set from Aber is in fact extremely comprehensive, with a vast number of additional parts crammed onto four sheets of etched metal, with lengths of brass wire and rod to replace hand rails and cleaning rods. It would be easy to miss the minuscule turned brass parts to provide the ends of the cleaning rods... Just about every surface detail is replaced using this set, including some interior latches. Of great importance, the mesh screens on the engine deck are replaced with commendably thin etching with a true woven texture. CLS ✔ Very high quality replacement details for any SU-152 kit ✘ So many parts that the detailing could become overwhelming AFV ACCESSORIES On any vehicle based on the KV chassis, the fenders or track-guards are prominent and also frequently the worse for wear. Getting an accurate scale appearance can be difficult, and Aber has come to the rescue with etched metal track-guards that not only give a realistic scale thickness, but can also be suitably ‘distressed’ by bending and thus give a battered appearance. The track-guards on the SU-152 were similar to those on the other KV tanks, but differed in detail. Consulting references, the key difference is that the vertical supports were bolted to flanges which were welded to the actual track-guards This may sound complicated, but for anyone going to the trouble of replacing the kit track-guards, it should be noted that parts ‘15’ in this set should not have bolts on their horizontal surfaces – they were welded to the sheets of the fenders. To create the correct appearance of the required bolts, each bolt should be pressed from behind before fitting into place – a difficult operation! However, the overall advantage of creating accurately detailed fenders will make this set a very attractive addition to a Bronco or Trumpeter kit of the SU-152. CLS ✔ Real opportunities for battle damage on the model ✘ Nit-picking accuracy issue, easily rectified

1:35 SU-152 VOL.1 BASIC SET

1:35 SU-152 VOL.2 FENDERS (35256) AFV ACCESSORIES The 152mm ML-20 howitzer (available in several types from Hobbyboss) was mounted in the SU-152 and ISU152 vehicles. While existing kits are generally accurate, some at least have poorly proportioned gun barrels. This outstanding offering from Aber provides an accurate gun tube in turned aluminium, with a muzzle brake in brass with the characteristic vertical openings. This replacement part is a direct replacement for the barrel in any of the existing kits with a barrel of this type, removing any need for clean-up. This barrel is more accurate than the one in the Trumpeter kits, for example, and would look good on any of the available kits. CLS ✔ Highly accurate in shape, with no mould lines to remove ✘ Slight care needed when fitting to an existing vehicle kit to ensure a good join

AK INTERACTIVE, SPAIN MODELLING MATERIALS This set contains three components to give a great weathered appearance to US vehicles involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, on other words in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The first part is a base paint (AK122) which is a sandy colour for modern US vehicles – although it looks very useful for use as WW2 Dunkelgelb! This paint is ready thinned for airbrushing, and goes on as a smooth and even coat. This is an acrylic paint, in the traditional 17ml bottle. The second component is a wash in very dilute enamel, intended to darken edges around details and bring the model to life. The colour of this wash is a dark yucky brown, providing a nondescript dirt colour. The final part is another enamel, but this time a dark grey colour intended for streaking effects, as where rain has run down a surface. This is applied with restraint, creating the appearance of a vehicle that has been out in all weathers. The two enamel paints are supplied in larger 35ml bottles and are very dilute to give a transparency when applied over the acrylic base colour. CLS ✔ Very useful weathering colours to apply on a wide range of vehicles ✘ Be careful to shake and mix all three before using each one; the pigments can tend to settle out NAME OIF & OEF WEATHERING SET (AK120) TMMI 233 March 2015

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HAULER, CZECH REPUBLIC AFV ACCESSORIES This tiny etched brass sheet provides parts to replace details in the UM kit, which is slightly basic when built from the box. The parts include a scale-thickness front bumper, replacement vision ports and engine flaps, and mounts to retain the tracks that could be fitted around the rear wheel pairs. These tracks are available as a separate set from Hauler. In addition, a spade and several handles are provided, so that the model can be given a more detailed appearance. CLS ✔ Replacement parts make a significant improvement on the basic UM BA-6 model. ✘ Quite a few other details need to be replaced on the kit, and could have been included. 1:48 BA-6 (FOR UM KIT) HLX48339


HAULER, CZECH REPUBLIC AFV ACCESSORIES This single sheet of etched brass consists of thirty lengths of about 9.5cm, giving a total of around 285cm of barbed wire. Being etched from flat sheet, the wire is quite two-dimensional, but can be twisted to give more of an impression of real wire with prongs in all directions. The uses for this wire are endless, with obvious applications on dioramas, but also in coils stowed on vehicles or being carried by soldiers. Although labelled as ‘WW2’, in reality this wire could find a home in any era from WW1 onwards. CLS ✔ Many applications in dioramas and models, both military and civilian. ✘ Flat 2D appearance unless twisted to rotate the spikes. BARBED WIRE WW2 (HLU35066) AFV ACCESSORIES This set contains two sheets of etched brass, each applicable to the Mini-Art GAZ-AAA 1943 (kit 35133), but also applicable for many of the other GAZ trucks. One of the etched sheets includes the crude flat-panel mudguards that replaced the earlier rounded type after hostilities broke out. The type provided in this set allows for the wing-mounted spare wheels when they were moved slightly forwards to clear the cab doors. This arrangement was found on the 6x4 AAA trucks in the later war (1943 onwards) production. The second etched sheet consists of the tracks that could be fitted around the paired rear wheels of the AAA trucks, intended to improve cross-country performance in mud and snow. These tracks could be fitted to any of the three-axle AAA trucks, and are equally suitable for the Mini-Art kits 35127 and 35173. In addition, various small details are supplied in this Hauler set, including two saws, a spade, and an instrument panel, plus more besides. CLS ✔ Excellent added details, allowing the front mudguards to be dented if required. ✘ Most parts can be used on any of the Mini-Art GAZ trucks, but the mudguards are limited to the intended AAA 1943 type. 1:35 GAZ-AAA 1943 (FOR MINIART) HLU35057

VOYAGER MODEL, CHINA AFV ACCESSORIES The Pz.Kpfw.1F was a very heavily armoured (up to 80mm thick!) infantry support version of the Panzer 1, which actually shared nothing with the original vehicle. HobbyBoss released a kit of this bizarre 20-ton monstrosity, and Voyager has released a set of etched brass and resin parts to enhance the model. Only 30 vehicles were made, and this Voyager set is for the earlier variants within the production. This set replaces the fenders (track-guards) with scale-thickness items, and comprehensively details every part from the smoke discharger mechanism, hatch details and the tool stowage. Of particular mention is the way that Voyager have approached the thick mesh covering the vents – each part is built up from five thicknesses of etched brass in order to create the required appearance. CLS ✔ Excellent detail for the Hobbyboss kit. ✘ Some very small parts to handle. WWII GERMAN PZ.KPFW.1 AUSF.F EARLY VERSION (PE35576)

VOYAGER MODEL, CHINA AFV ACCESSORIES Beautifully etched into a single sheet of thin brass, these fenders (track-guards) replace those in the kit for a better scale appearance and for the opportunity to replicate battle damage which was a virtually universal feature of Russian vehicles in service. This set is designed for the KV-85, of which 148 were manufactured between August and October 1943, and also for the experimental KV-122. Voyager produced this set to fit the Trumpeter kits 01569 (KV-85) and 01570 (KV-122), but the set will also fit the newly released Bronco kit of the KV-85 (CB35110). The fenders come with the supports underneath, as well as the lip for the outer edge. This outer lip does not have curves for the ends of the fenders (on parts D15 and D17) while the inner edges and lower support do have this feature to ease the job of getting the curve correctly portrayed. Numerous bolt heads are provided (D1) with no indication in the instructions where to use them. They can be used to give extra detail to the bolts etched onto the supports. CLS ✔ Superb addition to a KV-85 model, with true scale appearance. ✘ Bending the curved outer lip may perhaps be a challenge. 1:35 WWII SOVIET KV-85/KV-122 HEAVY TANK FENDERS (PE35578)

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Fine surface detail on the tailfin and fuselage side.

Kinetic’s new Mirage IIIE in 1:48 comes with a generous quantity of optional parts, plus some very attractive markings options



his is an all-new kit from Kinetic and what a mightily fine specimen it appears to be. It depicts the IIIE variant of the sexy delta-wing jet, which was first delivered in 1964. The kit includes optional parts to build the IIIE, IIIEA, IIIO, IIIR, IIIRD, consisting of alternative ejector seats (MB Mk4 and Mk.10), different instrument panels, dorsal panels with differing antennae fitments, alternative lower nose panels, nose cones (standard

and camera nose) and other smaller variations. Decals (by Cartograf) are provided for French, Spanish and Australian air force machines with full marking placement guides within the instructions. Like their recent Fouga Magister, this kit is a big advance on Kinetic’s earlier releases, with very fine surface detail, razor-sharp trailing edges and a general air of refinement that’s on a par with Hasegawa. Canopy mouldings are free from centre-seams and are

The Mirage’s fuselage sides showing the cockpit location points.

impressively clear and thin; two transparent mouldings are also supplied for the camera nose windows. From an in-the-box inspection, this kit looks superb, with fine, sophisticated levels of detail, plenty of optional parts and a gorgeous decal sheet. ● MODEL SPEC Kinetic products are available from; TMMI’S OPINION? A classic fighter by Dassault and Kinetic have done a great job of it in 1:48. There’s a lot in the box, with a generous ordnance fit and detail in all the right places.

Belly detail with main undercarriage apertures.

This photo has exaggerated the surface detail; it’s more subtle in reality.

Cockpit tub with reasonably good console detail.

One of the alternative dorsal panels.

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ujimi released their excellent kit of the ZX-10R back in 2010. If it's not already obvious, just know this; it's an amazing machine! The road version is powered by a four-cylinder 998cc engine, developing no less than 188hp at 12,500rpm with a weight of just 208kg, an explosive power to weight ratio. Having had this bike for real, I can tell you right now, it's mind-blowing! But if Fujimi reproduced

the details to perfection (in my eyes at least), the same can not be said for the livery of the model you see here. I should've seen it before, but when I bought this kit, I noticed that Fujimi has three versions of the ZX-10R in their catalogue; the 2010, 2011 and 2012 machines. Naturally, I wanted one of each model, all finished in differing colour schemes; purple, red and yellow seemed logical. All good, except the yellow

one. 'Eva 00' or 'Proto Eva' never actually existed in reality, but was a created by Fujimi to complement the 'Revoltech Evangelion' character from the Japanese Manga series. So in addition to ‘a motorcycle that never was’, I also found myself looking for Manga images on the 'net! Anyway, too late, the damage was done. For owners of the other kits, rest assured, the purple '01 and red '02 bikes do exist within the TrickStar team.

The second point to solve were the colours with which to paint this fantasy machine. And here, all is fair in love and war! On the 'net you can find many references for motorcycles with natural or bluish silencers, aluminium or satin black swing-arms, gold or black anodized front forks etc. But, given that '00' had never existed, I chose to paint certain details in a more customised way than I had done to date.

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To top it off, this was my first Fujimi kit, so I was anxious to see what it was really like. After opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised by the quantity of parts, rather fine mouldings and the presence of photo-etched metal; a real plus for finer details like radiator grills, brake discs and more. I advise anyone contemplating this kit to carefully read through the instructions, as some areas seemed quite complicated to me, especially if you add, as I did, additional sets. The modeller must also constantly check the fit of parts and enlarge the location holes where necessary, but that goes without saying for any kit.


With the previously mentioned points in mind, the model's construction went smoothly. Both the detail sets I chose to enhance the bike (Top Studio, Hobby Design) fitted perfectly on the model. Some will say, “why use two detail sets on one kit?�, and they would be right to ask. The answer is that Top Studio's set is comprehensive and includes new anodized aluminium forks, machined aluminium silencer, resin parts (front brake fluid reservoir, triple clamp and more) as well as the high quality photo-etched parts. The Hobby Design set is less extensive than Top Studio's offering (and it's cheaper), but it contains an excellent chain set that fits perfectly

to the kit's drive-sprocket and looks great. The rest of the photo-etched set went into the spares box.

The stand was painted with Zero Paints Aluminium after receiving a coat of black Vallejo. The wheels were painted clear red first, details being touched in later by brush. Finally, the decals were applied to the sides of the wheels.


Fujimi's instructions suggest assembling the engine first, onto which the modeller builds the two frames halves. In my opinion, this is not very convenient so I followed my own assembly sequence according to the way I wanted to build the model. The engine was partially assembled and painted with Vallejo black. Once the paint was dry, I sprayed a light layer of gloss varnish over it. The cylinder head cover and sump both received a mix of black and dark brown and were also covered with a coat of gloss varnish. The housings were covered with carbon-fibre effect decal from Studio 27 and further embellished with photo-etched screws from Top Studio. On the framework, I assembled parts D1 and D2 in accordance with the instructions, but parts C12 and E20 were not cemented to the frame at this time, in order to slightly separate the two half frames to insert the swing-arm later on. The framework received several very fine coats of Vallejo black, the decals being applied before two coats of clear gloss varnish. Having drilled holes where parts B21 and B22 (engine supports) were to fit, the engine sub-assembly was inserted and permanently fixed to the frame.

After carefully masking the transparent part, the rivets were removed as they were too thick. Holes were drilled to receive new parts from Top Studio.

Above, after an undercoat of white Vallejo, Zero Paints yellow was carefully airbrushed on. Right, once the paint was dry, the decals can be applied and then clear-coated with two-pack varnish from Zero Paints. Photos found on the ‘web show an aluminium-coloured swing-arm. The author found this idea rather attractive, so replicated it on his model.


To paint inside the fairing, liquid mask was applied with a flat brush.

After a white acrylic undercoat, the author sprayed the Zero Paints yellow and started further livery application. The majority of black and white stripes were made using stencils.

After the satin black (enamel) paint had dried, the liquid mask could be removed. Do not worry about paint overspray; a cotton swab dipped in white spirit will remove any excess without damaging the gloss varnish.

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Hobby Design's photo-etched chain offers a most beautiful effect, however, it requires some dexterity for assembly.

Various items await the final assembly phases, when they'll to be fitted to the bike.

The main screen will receive an additional case and its power cable. It was painted using only Vallejo paints.

FAIRING V THE The first black mark

A little star was painted on the brake fluid reservoir protector. This detail was seen more than once on the real machine.

One can easily distinguish the improvements to the model; boltheads, footrests, springs on the exhaust and more. All are additions from Top Studio.

The yellow tube seen here is from Model Factory Hiro (

against this kit must go to the fairings which fit together poorly. I used putty to fill unwanted gaps, whilst taking care to either remove or mark the locations of details such as moulded-in screws and holes for subsequent assemblies. After assembly and surface preparation, I could then apply an undercoat of acrylic white. It's a process that seems to work, but I noticed that the primer had the unfortunate tendency of reacting with the Tamiya putty, making sealed joints reappear, with a rough texture. So, make sure that the parts are fully base-coated in white, it's essential when using ZP yellow! After the undercoat was dry, the parts were finally painted yellow. I thought of using the black and white decal stripes, but given the quality of the latter, I chose to mask and paint them instead. So I cut out masking tape to the shape of the decals and sprayed the strips via airbrush. After the colour

coats were dry, I protected them with a light acrylic gloss coat and then the rest of the markings were applied as normal. Forty-eight hours after applying the final decals, the fairing parts were gently washed with soap and warm water to remove all traces of decal adhesive. They were thoroughly dried and prepared for the application of Zero Paints' two-pack clear gloss varnish. This was sprayed in three coats; two light ones a few minutes apart and a final, heavier 'wet layer' to complete the seamless gloss surface. To ensure the varnished parts would dry consistently and away from dust, I put them away in a clean box onto which I direct a lamp to create an ideal temperature for drying. Seventy-two hours later, the fairings could finally be handled and given a layer of satin-black paint on their largely hidden interior surfaces.


Once all the final sub-assemblies had been painted and assembled,


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Hobby Design's photo-etched chain in place; the effect is highly realistic.

Top Studio screws were used to secure the bottom of the fairing. Nevertheless– for strength – they were also cemented in place.

A well painted exhaust is, in the eyes of the author, one of the key items that can really enhance your bike kit. Initially, it was painted entirely in Titanium Silver. The welds were firstly blanked off using thin masking tape. Then, a layer of Titanium Gold was applied. The final work was done by using different colours of Indian ink, diluted with alcohol. Once the inks were dry, the tape can finally be removed, revealing the heat-stained look.

On the front alone, each disc rotor is composed of no less than fifteen pieces. Once assembled, the discs were mounted in a minidrill chuck and sanded to give them a scored surface effect.

The application of carbon-fibre decals on the covers was not easy as they are moulded integrally with the engine. The use of templates to cut out the carbon is highly recommended.

The level of detail achieved by the Top Studio's set is unequivocal: they totally out-class the standard parts in the kit. However, pay particular attention when fitting them to ensure they are straight and secure.

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V I arrived at the crucial

moment of final assembly, always a moment of anxiety! Thankfully, this stage didn't raise any major issues, a great relief. I used a soft cloth to remove fingerprints, checked the alignment of the front and rear wheels and looked for any small parts that might have been knocked off inadvertently etc. The transparent parts were fixed with small pieces of double-sided adhesive and the model was ready for the photography table!


I want to thank my wife for her patience, her critical opinions and Christophe (alias Mgzr56) at the 'Racing' forum http://racing. for his valuable assistance. â—?


The individual parts composing the radiator and its pipework are ready for final assembly. The radiator received photo-etched grilles and adhesive aluminium tape in its middle. The hoses were enhanced with photo-etched clamps.



Injection-moulded polystyrene, soft vinyl tyres, photo-etched metal, waterslide decals, vinyl tubing

Fitting the chain and swing-arm tested the author's nerves to the max; but it all went together without breaking anything.

Extra sets used;

Top Studio ZX-10R 2010 Detailup set (TD23090), Assorted Details for 1:12 MotoGP (TD23027), rivets for 1:12 bikes (TD23041) Hobby Design Detail ZX-10R-up set (HD02-0185) Model Factory Hiro Color tube (P-975) Studio 27 Carbon decal CS (FP0019)

Paints used;

Vallejo Acrylics; Primer Black (74602), White Primer (74600), Transparent Blue (70938), Transparent Red (70934), Turn Signal Red (71070), Chrome (71064), Aluminium (71062), Panzer Aces Dark Rubber (306), Panzer Ace Stencil (313), Panzer Ace Highlight Germ. Black (337) Zero Paints; Camel Yellow (ZP-1134), Semi-Gloss Black (ZP-1050), Pure Brilliant White (ZP-1026), Extra Fine Metallic (ZP-4010), Titanium Gold (ZP7031), Titanium Silver (ZP7032), Metallic Grey (ZP-7156), Gun Metal (ZP-7010), Clear Cote (ZP-3006) AK Interactive; Dark Wash


Fujimi, Top Studio, Hobby Design, Studio27;, Vallejo Acrylics, AK Interactive; Zero Paints;

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Before the cowling parts were fitted, we can observe the detailed engine and radiator, complete with its hose and clips.

It may not have been a ‘real’ bike, but the ZX-10R does look spectacular in yellow.

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KIT PREVIEW TAMIYA M792 GAMA GOAT US 6X6 AMBULANCE ● KIT NO.35342 Red crosses are provided on the new decal sheet. The moulded cover for the forward portion of the Goat.

The second version of Tamiya’s Gama Goat is here, this time with big red crosses on it!

DIAL 999 FOR A GOAT! T his is the second kit of the Gama Goat from Tamiya in 1:35. Following the standard M561 cargo variant, we now have the ambulance version, which includes a (moulded) canvas cover for the rear portion of the truck, adorned with a large red cross symbol on each side and roof, providing a welcome splash of colour. The cabin also gets a cloth top (also in styrene, of course) giving the machine an extra touch of character and textural variation. As before, the kit comes with excellent levels of detail, as you’d expect from Tamiya, whilst maintaining a level of

straightforward ‘buildability’ that will allow beginners to make a great job of it, direct from the box. The front and rear sections of the truck are connected via a central polycap and a pivoted linkage, allowing the ‘Goat to articulate just like the real machine, a cool feature for dioramas. The wheels also mount to their hubs via polycaps, but unfortunately the fronts are fixed in the straight-ahead position and the hubs would need a little styrene surgery to create a steered pose. As the initial version of the kit has been out for over a year, some very useful aftermarket accessories

have accumulated, many of which are pertinent to this ambulance edition too. Voyager now offer an extensive photo-etched set for the kit (PE35627) and Legend Production offer a very well made stowage set for the cargo version including a resin cabin cover. So, a very nice new version of the M792 from Tamiya, again with masses of diorama potential. ●

MODEL SPEC DEF Model products are available from; and TMMI’S OPINION? A very appealing variant of the Gama Goat that comes with both canvas tops (in moulded styrene) plus ambulance decals

Convincing wrinkles are present in the rear ‘cloth’ cover.

Seats are now included for the ‘trailer’ section (which isn’t actually a trailer).

A superb 1:35 replica of an M16 will be found on the sprues.

Rear ‘cloth’ panel with aperture for a clear moulded window.

The standing figure is slightly static but very well detailed. A new clear sprue is provided, carrying the clear plastic windows that would have been fitted in the fabric covers; note the wrinkly texture in some of the panels.

DEF Model resin wheel set (, The best detail set of all are the replacement wheels from DEF Model of Korea, which consists of six resin wheels/tyres with extremely convincing weighted bulges; the ‘Goat seemed to run its tyres at quite a low pressure and this set alone will massively improve the look of your model. It must be noted that DEF's wheels aren't simply resin re-casts of modified kit parts; these are totally new parts, created from scratch, with superior detail in the hubs and tyre manufacturer logos on the sidewalls. They are a simple swap-fit for the kit wheels, needing just a small drop of CA glue to secure them.

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Extreme close-up on the face of the standing driver figure.

Detail throughout is crisp and refined.

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What’s in the box?



GAZOO RACING TRD86 SCALE; 1:24 MATERIALS: IM, SVT, WS, PCM, PEBM KIT NUMBER; 24337 Another version of the BRZ/GT86 has arrived from Tamiya! The GAZOO Racing TRD 86 (Toyota Racing Development) is based on the Toyota 86 and modified by Toyota’s in-house tuning shop. The GAZOO Racing version of the car ran in the Japanese TRD Rally Challenge events and has a claim to fame; it was driven by ‘Morizo’, the alterego of the Toyota Motor Company’s president, Mr Akio Toyoda. He proved to be more than just a name, picking up two wins in the five-race series on his way to the Championship for his class. Tamiya’s kit follows the familiar and much loved format of the 1:24 Sports Car Series, with body parts moulded in white, black suspension and interior parts, a chromed sprue for the headlight reflectors plus synthetic rubber tyres, pre-cut window masks and self-adhesive photo-etched mirror faces. Fantastic detail as always, with just enough parts to create atmosphere of detail without going over the top. The pre-cut window masks are a must-have. MN

Superb Tamiya quality, very helpful additions (masks, PE badging/mirrors) and perfect instructions A slightly obscure race-series, so finding references (if you need them) might be tricky. Decal seat belts are best replaced with ‘real’ 3D items


TRABANT 601S UNIVERSAL 25 JAHRE MAUERFALL SCALE; 1:24 MATERIALS: IM, SVT, WS KIT NUMBER; 02014 The Trabant has earned a near cult status in the automotive scene; it’s not a particularly good car, having a smokey, 600cc two-stroke engine and non-recyclable ‘Duroplast’ body that offered little protection in a crash. But it did bring mass transportation to East Germany when it was sorely needed and is also a cute looking thing with a lot of personality. To mark the 25th anniversary of German reunification (2014), artists from the Leipzig Graffiti Association decorated the car with scenes depicting the Fall of the Wall, or ‘Mauerfall’. This unique piece of four-wheeled art was auctioned off in October 2014 in support of the German Children’s Cancer Aid charity. Revell’s release of this version of the 1:24 601 Universal kit comes with high quality decals for the artwork to re-create the full sized car’s scheme in miniature. The model also features a full engine, accurate interior, opening tailgate and bonnet, synthetic rubber tyres, steerable front wheels and more, all extremely well detailed. MN

A cute cult car! Loads of detail inside and out and an accurate profile The large decals will need careful, patient application

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Kit Reviews



DASSAULT RAFALE M SCALE; 1:72 MATERIALS: IM, WS KIT NUMBER; 04892 The Rafale M is the naval version for carrier deployment and takes on the roles of fighter-bomber, interceptor and reconnaissance. It proved its mettle during numerous sorties over Libya and Afghanistan. Revell’s 1:72 Rafale M is not a new tooling by them; it is in fact a re-packaging of Italeri’s kit that was initially released many years back. It actually has an accurate profile, but unfortunately it sports oldschool raised panel-lines rather than the preferable recessed panel junctions seen in more modern models. In this release we have a special decal sheet with tail flashes and drop tank markings that commemorate the 90th anniversary of 11F and ten years of 12F, both fighter/attack squadrons of the Aéronavale, the French Navy’s equivalent of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. Aside from the panel lines (which would look fine after a light sanding), the kit has good levels of detail, underwing stores in the form of two auxiliary tanks and MICA and MAGIC guided missiles. MN

Good detail, accurate profile and superb new decals Raised panel lines, but they are light and easily reduced with gentle sanding


DIAMOND T 986A WRECKER SCALE; 1:35 MATERIALS: IM, PE, WC, MC, WS KIT NUMBER; 35802 This is the first kit from Mirror Models I’ve had in my hands, so before opening the box I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Upon lifting the lid and de-bagging the sprues, I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. In the substantial box (adorned with a rather excellent illustration of a wrecker in action) are no less than eleven sprues of warm grey polystyrene plus a small clear sprue, a modest but useful amount of photo-etched brass, metal chain, cord (for the crane cables) and a small decal sheet with US national insignia and vehicle/divisional numbers. The detail on the kit parts is absolutely outstanding, a good example of which are the tread-plate panels located on the tops each front wing; gorgeous. As you might imagine, eleven sprues suggests a lot of parts and indeed this is the case; the model is broken down into a phenomenal quantity of tiny parts from the chassis up to the crane. Some parts are incredibly fine (cabin shift-levers for example) and are moulded with larger than average sprue gates, so parts-removal will require a delicate touch and quite possibly a razor saw to avoid crushing the finer components. A whole sprue is dedicated to the engine alone, so this is no quick build – it will, however, be an extremely detailed, complex and comprehensive depiction of the handsome Diamond T wrecker; marvellous! MN Fantastic detail, crisp mouldings, loads of parts large sprue gates, loads of parts TMMI 233 March 2015

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TYRRELL 003 1971 MONACO GP SCALE; 1:20 MATERIALS: IM, SVT, PMP KIT NUMBER; EMSF-1 007 Ebbro’s 1:20 kit of the iconic 1971 Tyrrell 003 is finally here and what a beautiful thing it is. The parts are so refined that there’s no need for photo-etched parts, the only metal inclusions being the pre-soldered ‘tripod’ struts for the rear-view mirrors that were such a distinctive part of the 003’s design. These parts are factory made with the correct angles (then plated), something that would be extremely tricky to do by oneself. The kit’s body parts perfectly capture the profile of the car and the joy is, it’s pretty much all one colour (TS-15 Blue, 85015 or Zero Paints ZP-1067 Tyrrell Blue; www.hiroboy. com) so the paint job should be very straightforward. Ebbro’s DFV engine is well recognised as a modelling masterpiece, easily the best example of the legendary powerplant in this scale and looks superb; with some additional fuel lines and ignition cabling, it looks even better. From previous experience, the parts fit of Ebbro’s 1:20 F1 cars is as good as Tamiya, so it will build up without putting up a fight. MN


RENAULT 4 FOURGONNETTE SCALE; 1:24 MATERIALS: IM, SVT, PE, PC, PEBM, WS KIT NUMBER; 25003 Ebbro have branched out from their line of Formula 1 cars in 1:20 and have created an all-new kit of the classic French van, the Renault 4 Fourgonnette. We’ll be building this kit for a future issue, but here’s a quick in-box look at it. First impressions are very good – it’s moulded in pale grey, the ideal shade for all kits (in my opinion), comes with full engine detail (just needs a few extra cables), accurate (ie; spartan, like the real van) suspension, open or closed doors and tailgate, hinged bonnet, a choice of wheels, front grille and steerable front wheels. The detail is very Tamiya-like in all areas and there are some clever design touches, such as the door inserts and tailgate which feature integrally moulded windows, greatly helping assembly and the gearshift lever which passes through the dashboard and connects to the forward-facing gearbox, just like the real thing. A fabulous looking kit of a classic piece of French automotive design – unmissable for petrolheads of all tastes. MN

Impeccable subject choice, Tamiya-quality mouldings, brilliant DFV engine, extremely useful mirror struts

Very accurate looking profile, tons of detail and a sheet of fold-up cardboard boxes with Ebbro logos! Clever design touches throughout

Kits sold outside Japan do not come with ignition cables, but this is easily obtained elsewhere

Hard to find anything to criticise from this in-box viewing

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Fine rib detail is present on the floorboard.

Two decal sheets are provided for the insignia and camo.

Useful, well designed parts are provided in PE brass.

Wingnut Wings’ latest kit is the Felixstowe F.2a and it comes with the Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 too!

Wood ‘plank’ pattern is well executed on this moulding.



he Felixstowe F.2a was a highly successful British/American flying boat of the First World War, performing long-range reconnaissance, anti-shipping and anti-submarine duties; its five-man crew would often endure ten-hour missions. It was a large machine with a wingspan of over ninety-five feet (nearly three times that of a Mk.IX Spitfire) and a fuselage of over forty-six feet. Wingnut Wings of New Zealand have, once again, come up with an eye-popping kit of gargantuan proportions and jaw-dropping detail, in the form of the F.2a ‘Early’ and ‘Late’ models, in their adopted scale of 1:32. This, as you can imagine, results in a massive model, made all the more imposing by the tall double wing and several miles of rigging wire...

But in the box, you won’t just find the Felixstowe, oh no. This is a double boxing so there is also a Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 too! This model was issued some time back and recently went out of production, so this is a wonderful opportunity to get hold of one for your collection. The W.29 is an incredible-looking beast; a single-winged floatplane with a two-man crew and an opposing presence that is the perfect sparring partner for the F.2a. The Felixstowe’s sprues dominate the large kit box; the modeller will already know this is a fairly major project but it’s not until you see the parts that you can truly appreciate how much effort and energy WnW have put into this kit. All parts (minus the canopy glazing and photo-etched brass fret)

are moulded in light grey polystyrene. Textures, patterns, fittings and more are delicately moulded into the parts’ surfaces and the instructions are quite unique, with captioned, colour diagrams interspersed with photographs and illustrations to make each sub-assembly as clear as possible. All of the preceding points apply to both kits. There simply isn’t enough space here to describe this kit in full; that will have to wait for a full-build article, which we hope to bring you soon. ● MODEL SPEC SCALE; 1:32 MATERIALS: IM, PE, WS TMMI’S OPINION? Another show-stopping release from this New Zealand producer and one that will need a big workbench and plenty of time. Fantastic detail a very thorough treatment inside and out.

Fuselage side close-up showing the seaplane hull.

Subtle texturing is just visible here, on the upper deck area.

Early-type canopy glazing resembles a conservatory!

One of the two, massive four-bladed propellers.

Above and below, very subtle ribbing can be seen on the wings’ surfaces.

Close-up views of some kit parts, revealing the extraordinary levels of detail and refinement.

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! n a Batm An all new 1:8 injection-moulded Batman kit from Moebius? What's not to love?


The face-sculpt is very well done and a decent likeness of Adam West. The mask is a separate moulding.

A fabulous Batman logo is included for the display base! Where would the Caped Crusader be without his Baterang?

he latest kit to come from those creative folks at Moebius is a 1:8 replica of Batman as he appeared in the original TV series, played by Adam West. It's a newly-tooled model, despite the packaging resembling the look of original Aurora kits from the 1960s and the kit parts exhibit all the fine detail and precise fit that you'd expect from a modern production. Kit plastic is a smooth-surfaced, blueish-grey material that can be glued with normal kit cement (liquid or tube) not the vinyl material that was popular in the 1990s which required superglue. The arms, legs and body are broken down in halves, with two sides and a face for Batman's head. The cape is an impressive one-piece moulding that incorporates realistic folds and creases plus a pointy bottom edge to create a very Batman-like look. Also in the box is a hollow-moulded base with a rock/earth texture and shaped to give the figure a dynamic stance; much better than a straight-legged pose which could look unnaturally static. The figure is holding his Baterang in his right hand and the loop of rope in his left; both items will be found in the box. As

does the box-art, the face moulding captures the features of Adam West rather well and with some creative paintwork with shaded and highlighted flesh-tones he'll look great. Batman’s mask is a separate component so it stands away from his face in a realistic manner; far better than having it moulded in with the face. A joyful aspect of this kit are the instructions, which are dotted with speech-bubbles offering construction hints and tips, written in a Batmanesque tone, which adds a touch of humour and personality to the model. The illustrations are clear and easy to follow, making this an appealing project for modellers of all skill levels. ● MN MODEL SPEC Moebius products are available from; TMMI’S OPINION? An absolutely superb kit of this iconic character, beautifully moulded with fine, subtle detail. Superbly charismatic instructions too!

Various self-adhesive Bat emblems will be found in the kit box. The nocturnal one’s head is moulded in two halves with the join line in easy to sand places.

A moulded ‘rock’ is provided, for Batman to stand on.

Batman’s cape is a superb moulding with realistic cloth texture Surface detail is magnificent; check out the folds in the outfit and the realism of Batman’s clenched fist.

Detail across the model is exemplary, on all surfaces.

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LEE ARCHER, WILLIAM AUERBACH ISBN 978-1-908032-10-2 Panzerwrecks volume 18 has arrived at TMMI's book review desk, and once again, we have some real gems to inspire our armour and diorama modelling projects. This edition comprises 100 softcovered pages with dramatic gatefolds in each cover; the photos in these locations show the remnants of the 11th Panzer-Division with a stunning study of a Jagdpanzer IV/70 (V), the same vehicle type that Tamiya's new kit depicts. The back cover gatefold presents us with a magnificent photo of the same division as it surrendered to the US 359th Infantry Regiment at Zeltendorf in 1945; it's a diorama in the making! The pages of the book cover too many vehicle types to fully list here, but include Jagdpanthers, Wirbelwind, Panthers, Tiger I, Tiger II, Jagdtiger, halftracks, Pz IIIs, Somua S35, known in German service as the Pz.Kpf.35 S 739 (f), Stugs, Hetzers, SPGs and more. As with all the previous Panzerwrecks volumes, this one is unmissable - you wouldn't want a gap in your collection would you? MN

NICOLAS FÉRARD, HISTOIRE ET COLLECTIONS ISBN 978-2-35250-336-1 This new book from Paris-based publishers ‘Histoire et Collections’ chronicles the work of the WW2 German Propaganda photographers, known as the ‘PK’ or ‘Propagandakompanien’. They were equipped with state-of-the-art, high quality stills cameras (Leica) and cine cameras (Arriflex) and had access to the battlefront to shoot the action as it was happening. As the book’s back-cover states, “(PK) photographs and films are well-known (but) almost nothing has been revealed about the photographers, cameramen and technicians behind the cameras”. This title aims to address that problem and goes into considerable depth on the background of the men, focussing on six PKs of the Luftwaffe in particular. The photographs of the individuals, the images they created in the war’s campaigns (they were present everywhere) are shown in great detail and there is plenty of inspiration and references for modellers too, all printed large and in great detail on art-quality paper - fabulous. MN

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HAPPY MEDIUM PRESS ISBN 978-0-9575158-7-1 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Modeller Magazine has launched a ‘special edition’ in soft-cover book format, running to 148 pages, including covers. In the publication you’ll find chapters on modelling skeletons, sculpting your own zombie-horror-freak-thingy (the delightful chap on the cover with a slight skin problem) a flying saucer diorama, Bob Burns as ‘Kogar’ (Moebius kit), a disgustingly funky disembodied brain and spinal cord with snail-like antennae, a diorama featuring a vast sea creature, Frankenstein’s monster in a farm cart, an HR Gigeresque chair and egg-diorama, a fabulous Godzilla diorama plus several other monstrous creations. If you’re a fan of freaky, gross, scary and just plain weird models, this book will appeal to you - there’s some very creative work between the gory covers. MN


MARK PROULX, FERNANDO ESTANISLAU ISBN 978-0-914144-59-5 From the respected US publisher ‘Eagle Editions’ comes this special edition in the superb ‘Wings of the Black Cross’ series of books. The subject here is the Messerschmitt Bf110, a very popular modelling subject, particularly with the availability of Eduard’s gorgeous 1:72 and 1:48 kits now widespread. This is a fifty-six page, soft backed production, printed on heavyweight, glossy paper which really shows off the wartime photos to their best advantage. We are presented with a fascinating collection of original photographs of the ‘zerstörer’, from examples being serviced and re-armed to crashed and abandoned aircraft in various locations. The generally good quality photos are interspersed with excellent colour illustrations that show the colours and markings of individual machines, greatly helping the modeller. Fantastic stuff and a worthy and good value addition to any Luftwaffe modeller’s book collection. MN

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dIORAMA IDEAS... In this wartime photo, we see a German ‘Wespe’ self-propelled 105mm howitzer of the Panzer Artillerie Regiment 146, 116th Panzer-Division, knocked out near Mortrée, south-east of Argentan, Normandy


ts nemesis was a tank of the US 5th Armored Division on 12th August 1944, and it did a good job of bringing the vehicle to a halt, but not before it blew the tracks off two M4 Shermans from the same division. It looks like the US vehicle (M10 TD perhaps) hit the Wespe in the forward/upper hull side as its louvres have

been completely blown out, leaving a serious crack in the side of the upper hull, just above the engine ventilation grille; the grille behind it is also damaged. Another hit can be seen on the first roadwheel, forming a hole in the wheel and blowing apart the leaf spring of the first suspension bogie. The left side drive-sprocket is also seriously damaged.


There are some interesting things for modellers to note in this image; the open driver’s hatches (no doubt from US soldiers inspecting the vehicle’s interior), the raised pins in the spare track links on the bow plate, remnants of camouflage foliage on the upper sides and the headlamp with missing glass lens. ●

In model form Tamiya’s kit is quite a few years old, but it’s still an excellent rendition of this small selfpropelled howitzer. There’s a heap of aftermarket parts for it too, from replacement armour panels, interior fittings, driver’s compartment items and individual link tracks.

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NEW in the ‘HOW TO BUILD...’ series HOW TO BUILD... TAMIYA’S ARMOUR KITS IN 1:35 Though the modelling world is awash with an incredible variety of military vehicle kits from a huge number of different companies, one stands head and shoulders above the others in terms of originality, buildability and fun. That company is Tamiya, who have consistently provided the budding enthusiast with some of the finest kits available in the scale of 1:35. This new book brings together five detailed features that will show what is possible from this extensive range of kits. In so doing, it offers hints and tips, detailed step-by-step guides and written descriptions on all manner of techniques from basic construction, through detailing, painting and realistic weathering. No stone is left unturned in the quest to inspire the modeller to complete similar projects for themselves. It really is a one-stop-shop for the budding military modeller! Within its 84 pages you will five find features that take you through the construction and painting of the ‘Easy Eight’ Sherman, Nashorn, Elefant, Gama Goat and Tiran 5, all expertly put together by our renowned team of authors, Spencer Pollard, Brett Green and Marcus Nicholls, who have created one of the finest collections of modelling features ever published, on this famous range of kits. This then is the world of Tamiya’s wonderful 1:35 military vehicle kits plus p&p – we hope that you enjoy your visit!



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The next issue of TMMI is April 2015 (No.234), on sale March 19th


Kinetic’s new 1:48 Fouga Magister, in French Air Force colour, naturellement!

NUREMBERG ‘15! It’s showtime again! TMMI reports from the massive Nuremberg Toy Fair


A beautifully detailed 1:24 rally Škoda Fabia S2000, from the 2012 Czech Republic rally ...AND MUCH MORE, OF COURSE!

Due to the many factors that can influence the appearance (or non-appearance) 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, as all sorts of things can happen to prevent them from appearing on time… Thank you for your understanding!


Tamiya’s brand-new 1:35 kit of the French Somua S35, in detail...

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The Editor’s Page... A superglue-based, gap-filling, one-box solution to your instant filler needs!

MIND THE GAP! The box contents; two 10ml bottles of cyanoacrylate glue, plus 10ml bottles of grey and black filler powder

Supafix have come up with an interesting set product for gap filling, using a cyanoacrylate base, so I thought I’d give it a little test for this month’s Editor’s Page. The product consists of a pair of bottles (10ml) of low viscosity cyanoacrylate glue and two bottles (also 10ml) of ‘reinforcing powder’. These powders come in black and grey colours and flow freely from their bottles. The idea here is to pour the powder into the gap you want to fill, tap it a little to ensure it flows into the all areas, then carefully flood the powder with the CA glue. The cement sets instantly and can then be cut, filed and sanded until flush with the kit part. An interesting product and one I shall be using more! See you again on March 19th!

Black reinforcing filler powder.

Grey reinforcing filler powder.

First, (using grey powder here) the compound is poured into the gap.

The excess can be gently brushed off with a soft brush.

Using the extended nozzle (supplied) the CA glue is flowed into the power-treated areas.

Here we see the set glue and powder – this reaction happens almost instantly.

Here, using a curved blade, the larger areas of the hardened compound can be pared away.

Next, a sanding stick was used to further reduce the material’s height.

The result; a neatly filled gap that can be painted over.

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