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Issue 254 December 2016 EDITOR Marcus Nicholls editor@tamiyamodelmagazine.com

Contents Co Cont e t en 4 NEWS DESK New kit and model product news and our ‘Mosquito give-away’ winners 6 SUBSCRIBE AND RECEIVE A FREE TOOL SET! A very special TMMI subscription offer! 8 KOREAN WAR BIG SHOT Brett Green takes a look at Tamiya’s magnificent new 1:35 M40 US self-propelled 155mm gun 10 PRIZES FROM BELGIUM! Tamiya’s 1:20 Williams FW11 ‘86 Belgian GP 16 A NEW AND NEAT NAKAJIMA Airfix’s recently released 1:72 Nakajima B5N2 ‘Kate’ torpedo bomber 26 LOWRIDER LANG, PART THREE Just a brief update on Tamiya’s RC Jagdpanzer IV /70(v) Lang long termer 44 NEW RELEASES ACCESSORIES New and recently issued modelling accessories

A MCLAREN FOR A GOOD CAUSE! Fujimi’s 1:24 Gulf McLaren MP4-12C GT3 PAGE 40

48 NEW RELEASES KITS New full kits, reviewed 54 BOOK REVIEWS New and recent books related to scale modelling 56 1:48 KIT OF THE YEAR, 2015? Jean-Luc Formery feels that Zvezda’s new-tool Petlyakov Pe-2 is worthy of the title 64 CONTACTS Where to buy the products used and reviewed in TMMI 66 THE EDITOR’S PAGE We look forward to Tamiya’s next 1:35 armour kit

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NEW FROM TAMIYA 1:48 SD.KFZ.184 ELEFANT Tamiya has announced a new kit of the mighty WW2 German Elefant tank destroyer in 1:48 to join the Tiger I and Tiger II in Tamiya's 1:48 armour range. More details on this model soon! (Photo of Tamiya's 1:35 Elefant kit shown; TMMI Issue 203) www.hobbyco.net

NEW FROM TAMIYA 1:48 JGSDF KOMATSU 4X4 LIGHT ARMOURED VEHICLE

Here is the factory-photo of Tamiya's new 1:48 Komatsu LAV, the perfect partner for the new Type 10 MBT, the full-build on which will be in TMMI soon! www.hobbyco.net

NEW FROM DRAGON 1:35 IDF M3 HALFTRACK The IDF version of the famous US M3 halftrack is on its way fro Dragon. The special adaptations made by the Israeli forces are included and plentiful external stowage will be found in the box. Unfortunately the seven figures shown on the box top are not provided. www.hobbyco.net

THE GREAT MOSQUITO GIVEAWAY – THE WINNERS!

CARS ON THE WAY FROM TAMIYA

As you might imagine, we had a record number of entries for our Tamiya 1:32 Mosquito FB Mk.VI giveaway that was held in Issue 250, made possible by our friends at The Hobby Company, Tamiya's UK importer and distributor. Everyone sure wants that kit! We picked eight winners at random (four from emailed-in entries, four from posted-in entries) and here are the names; Winners from email entries; - Per Ekstrom, Sweden - Michael Lydon, Glasgow, UK - Laurence High, Birmingham, UK - Richard Humm, London, UK Winners from posted-in entries; - M Moore, Nottingham, UK - Mrs B Brooks, Trowbridge UK - Bill Schulz, Louisville KY - Andrew Yates, Rhyl, UK Thank you all for entering. Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to those who didn't succeed this time. There will other chances to win kits in the future in TMMI! www.hobbyco.net

The 1:24 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI plus the Martini version are amongst the latest re-issues from Tamiya and it's great to see them back again; very cool cars and superb kits. Also new is the 1:10 RC Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3, an amazing-looking car www.hobbyco.net

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NEW FROM ZVEZDA 1:35 T-14 ARMATA RUSSIAN MAIN BATTLE TANK

Factory photos of Zvezda's allnew 1:35 Russian T-14 MBT have arrived, confirming it's a good-looking kit; more news when the sample arrives. www.hobbyco.net

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NEW FROM EDUARD 1:48 PHOTO-ETCH

Airfix's new 1:48 Curtiss P-40B Warhawk is barely on release and already Eduard have a photo-etched detail set for it! This is great news for modellers who have bought the kit. More news soon! www.eduard.com

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KIT PREVIEW TAMIYA 1:35 US SELF-PROPELLED 155MM GUN M40 ● KIT NO.35351

KOREAN WAR BIG SHOT Brett Green takes a look at Tamiya's magnificent new 1:35 M40 self-propelled 155mm gun

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ast month we announced the creation of a new kit of the US M40 155mm self-propelled gun in 1:35, and in the intervening time, the ‘Big Shot’ model has arrived at TMMI. Only the suspension parts from the Tamiya's previous M4A3E8 'Easy Eight' Sherman (35346) are re-used, the rest being completely new. Although the vehicle never fought en-masse in WWII, one example of the T83 prototype did make it to the European Theatre of Operations. The M40 served mainly in the Korean War and was eventually replaced by the M53 vehicle. Tamiya visited the US Army Field Artillery Museum in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, USA to study a real M40 to create this kit, so it is extremely accurate from the tracks to the muzzle brake. It comes with the full complement of eight crewmen; an aluminium gun barrel with brass ammunition will also be released for separate purchase. Full-build article coming soon! Kit contents and highlights • 424 parts in olive-drab plastic • Fifty parts in grey plastic (the figures) • Twenty parts in clear plastic • Ten photo-etched parts

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Two lengths of flexible vinyl tracks Seventeen polythene caps Two brass tubes Two steel pins One chain plus screws, nuts and string The model comes with eight figures and two markings-options recreating Korean War 937th Field Artillery Battalion M40s Hydraulic dampers include metal outer tubes for a realistic finish Rear deck can be assembled up or down; individual pulley parts are included Includes photo-etched parts to recreate engine grilles Clear parts included for lights, plus sights on twin driver and radio operator cupolas One-piece flexible tracks included A range of accessories include separate shell and propelling charge depictions. Metal barrel

AVAILABILITY; Tamiya models, paints and accessories are widely available from good model shops and online. UK import and distribution by The Hobby Company Limited; www.hobbyco.net

Separately available aluminium gun barrel (opposite page, bottom) will be released at the same time as the M40 kit. The tip of barrel interior features rifling detail and comes with brass parts and decals to depict ten projectiles with fuses attached. ●

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FULL-BUILD: FORMULA 1 TAMIYA 1:20 WILLIAMS FW11 ● KIT NO.20019

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BELGIUM! Lesley Eyckerman builds the Tamiya Williams FW11 as it appeared at the 1986 Belgian Grand Prix

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irst, a little history. As a Belgian citizen and a Spa-Francorchamps Circuit fan, I want to build as many F1 cars as possible that drove or won the Belgian Grand Prix. In 1986 Nigel Mansell won the Belgian Grand Prix with his Honda-powered Williams FW11 and to me it's one of the most beautiful F1 cars ever. I like the turbo area very much; they were monsters, with their 1.5 litre V6 turbocharged engines and almost over 1000bhp, raw racing in my opinion.

MODIFICATIONS AND PARTS-PAINTING

When I started to build this kit, I needed to decide what to modify to make it look like the Belgium GP car and how I wanted to present the model. It came out that I only needed to do one thing; add some plastic card to the radiator vents on the side pods, no biggie. I made a template with some Tamiya tape and a pencil, cut out the template and placed it on a piece of plastic card. Once cut and sanded to shape, I glued it in place and we were good to go. I decided to build this model curbside, because I didn't want to paint all of the colours. I glued all main body parts together to create a nice and clean fit to the chassis. Also, the front suspension needed to be fixed. In my opinion, a mistake was on the front suspension design. According to the instructions, you need to assemble the suspension first to two parts of the body and glue them in place on the actual body. Not good. So I cut the complete front suspension in two parts and glued the two separate body parts to the actual body then filled-in the seams with superglue and baking powder. I sanded it smooth and filled the small gaps with Tamiya Polyester Putty and sprayed on some Tamiya primer, to make sure the seams where filled.

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Views of the car’s underbody areas where the author made some modifications for this specific version

Modifications were also made to the cooling system pipework

1mm. I then bent some 0.5mm black wire around a 2mm aluminium rod, cut them to size and fixed them to the shocks. This way it looks more realistic than the moulded-in ones. The brakes were also modified. I glued them together, filled the caps with Motip Polyester Putty and drilled The rear suspension was assembled directly some holes to make onto the gearbox as is the norm in F1 design them more realistic. After that I gave all I also modified the the parts a good wash with rear shocks, cutting the some soapy water and let moulded-in springs, drilling them dry for a few days. four, 1mm holes and glued When the parts where dry in an aluminium rod of I primed them with some

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Vallejo grey primer. After a few days I painted them with Motip Gloss black for metal finishes and Motip semi-gloss black for a black finish. Motip paints are spray cans, but I decanted them and sprayed them with my airbrush. I used Alclad II Polished Aluminium on the radiators and Alclad II Chrome on the exhausts. I also noticed that the side-pod intakes are Kevlar, so I made some templates and laid down some Scale Motorsports Kevlar decal on the floor. I then cemented the rear suspension to the engine/gearbox and glued the exhausts in place. After a dry fit, I glued the chassis to the floor.

PAINTING THE BODY

After a dry fit with the completed chassis, I gave it two coats of Tamiya White Primer and let it dry for a week. After checking for dust particles and correcting some mistakes, I sprayed the body with Brilliant White from Zero paints. After two days I masked off the white areas and sprayed Zero Paints Yellow, similar to TS-16. Again, after two days of drying time I masked off the yellow and white areas and applied Zero Paints' Blue, similar to TS-15. Before decalling, I sprayed a single layer of Zero Paints two-pack clear and let it dry for a few days. I used the Shunko Model decals for this

Above, we can see the various steps of painting the bodywork; a base-coat of Tamiya White Primer over which the classic Williams blue and yellow were sprayed; the colour coats all colour coats come from Zero Paints; www.zero-paints.com

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project, because the Tamiya kit decals where yellowed and old. Started decalling with the stripes and moved my way to the logos. Used a bit of Daco Medium decal setting solution instead of Microscale Sol, just to try it. The decals went on smoothly and had no problems; I used just two decals from the original decal set. The 'Tactel' decals for the front-wing endplates were not included in the Shunko decal set, so used the originals from the Tamiya kit. After decalling all body parts, I cleaned it and let it dry for clear-coat. In the meantime I started to work on the wheels and tyres. I sanded the tyres smooth with some 400-grit sandpaper and cleaned them. I masked them to put the Finishers' Templates on, so I could paint the Goodyear markings on the tyres. After removing the tape and templates, I mounted the tyres on

the semi-gloss black painted wheels, applied the Fondmetal decals plus some air valves from Hobby Design. I also modified the seat, sanding out the moulded in seatbelts, painted it semi-gloss black. Masked off the seat and sprayed the backing with Tenco Proto's scale fabric spray and replaced the sanded moulded in seatbelts with 2.5mm silk ribbon and PE seatbelts from F1 Specialties.

The rear wing was first painted white, decalled, then clear-coated. Once this had cured, the white areas were masked up and the black inner faces then painted. An unusual but effective approach.

FINISHING UP

After spraying two coats of Zero Paint clear, it was time to finish this build. I didn't need to polish the clear, because I didn't think it was needed; I could see my own reflection in the finish! I still needed to paint the front and rear wings black, so I masked off the areas not to be painted with Tamiya tape and Gunze Liquid Masking Sol Neo. Sprayed them black with Decanted

The same technique used on the rear wing was employed for the front wing; the masking must be perfect when working this way around

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removed the masking after. The day after I cemented the front wing and seat on to the body. I glued the body to the chassis with some two-pack epoxy glue and dry-fitted the front suspension. I painted the front suspension parts with Motip semi-gloss black and glued them on to the body together with the rear wheels. I then placed the model on the floor panel from a display case and glued the rear wing in place, correcting it to make it sit straight at all angles. I fixed some PE rivets from Hobby Design to the car to make it look more realistic, glued the mirrors in place and called this one finished.

THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BUILD

I think this kit is great. No major fitting issues and a good and tight fit all round.

Painting all the colours is a bit of a pain, but that's what modelling is all about. And in the end, the result is all that counts and that you are happy with it, like I do! ●

TECHSPEC... TAMIYA 1:20 WILLIAMS FW11 KIT NO.20019 Materials; Injection-moulded polystyrene, waterslide decals, synthetic rubber tyres Decals and PE used; - Hobby Design Gulf decals, - Studio 27 photo-etched set Paints used; - Tamiya White Primer - Alclad II Polished Aluminium, Chrome - Zero Paints Yellow, Brilliant White, Blue (ZP-1075), Clearcoat Set ZP-3006 Availability; Tamiya models, paints and accessories are widely available from good model shops and online. UK import and distribution by The Hobby Company Limited; www.hobbyco.net Zero Paints; www.zero-paints.com

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FULL BUILD AIRFIX 1:72 NAKAJIMA B5N2 KATE â—? KIT NO.AO4058

A NEW AND NEAT NAKAJIMA Rahmi Kocaman builds Airfix's recently released Nakajima B5N2 'Kate' torpedo bomber and adds an Eduard PE set for a touch of extra detail

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he new-mould 1:72 Airfix Nakajima B5N2 'Kate' was recently released and I obtained the kit as soon as possible. My main modelling interest is actually the WW1 era, but lately I am into building 1:72 WW2 combat aircraft. This newly tooled B5N2 is attractive even inside the box, with features and details that look very promising. The engineering of the kit allows you to model the kit with its wings

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folded and it doesn't require too much extra effort. For my build, I chose the build the wings straight. All smaller details are in scale and the level of detail is very high compared to the scale of this kit. Despite this high level of detail and nice engineering work, the kit is relatively inexpensive. As a result, at a first glance inside the box, I can recommend this kit to all who work in 1:72. Before I started the

assembly, I waited for some time for aftermarket manufacturers to release detailing sets. After browsing through the available sets, I decided to use Eduard's set No.73536 set on my model. In addition, I felt that the machine guns provided in the kit could be improved, so I also added a Lewis MkIII set from Mini World to my shopping basket. This gun will be modified to look like the Japanese Type 92 machine

gun. The pilot figures inside the box are among the best I have seen from Airfix. Still, in order to give more character and detail to my pilots I chose to order resin Japanese pilot figures from PJ Productions (these resin figures are more 'in action' with tilted heads and raised arms). I generally like the decals provided by Airfix. One of the colour profiles in the box caught my eye and I decided to use the kit's decals for my project.

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Eduard’s detail set was used on this project, adding some crucial details

The Airfix kit comes with a decent cockpit, although most of it will be hidden thanks to the Kate’s small cockpit apertures

The three pilot figures really bring the model to life

Time to seal the crew in with the fuselage sides!

STARTING THE KATE

The assembly of the kit begins with the detailing of the cockpit, which in turn is attached to a single large sub-assembly composed of the lower fuselage and lower wing sections. The assembly and detailing was quite straightforward, using Eduard's set and the kit parts. The flight crew was painted with basic figure painting methods to the best of my abilities (I'm definitely not a figure modeller, mind

you). I tried to create as much contrast as I could with the figures. The cockpit is tight and when the canopy is closed and very little of the figures will be visible, so that's why contrast was required in my opinion. After the cockpit and the figures were ready, I cemented the upper wing parts, as the instructions suggest. I generally don't follow instructions on my builds and cement the upper half of the wings

on the fuselage to avoid gaps between the wings and the fuselage. This gap occurs on most kits when you assemble the wings separately and then try to fit them flush with the fuselage. For this kit, however, the engineering of the kits makes sure that the fit is proper, so I chose to follow the instructions. Before I assembled the rest of the fuselage and parts, I decided to apply rivets to the parts. First,

I found a rivet template and drew this on the fuselage and wings using a soft-tipped pencil. Then, using a Rivet-R tool from RB Models, I went over my template to add the rivet detail to the parts. Once this was done, I was free to complete the assembly. I took a look at the instructions and the parts to be assembled. After giving it some thought, I decided not to follow the instructions and assemble the parts in

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Subtle airbrushing has created this realistically uneven underside paint finish

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left halves of the fuselage were cemented to the wings and the lower fuselage parts. After these were dry, I cemented the left and right halves and exerted some force on them, so that I could avoid nasty gaps or parts warping. While doing this, I constantly checked the model on a level surface with a ruler to see if the fuselage or wings started to warp out of shape. The worst thing that can happen in such assemblies is parts warping slightly and realizing this only after you assembled and painted everything.

TIME FOR COLOUR

Once everything had dried, it was time to paint the model. I decided to use Mr Hobby Color acrylic

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On the upper surfaces, the camouflage pattern was carefully airbrush, replicating the mottled look of the original

line and picked paints 60 and 61. I never use model paints directly in my builds due to 'scale effect' (less light is reflected from a model compared to the real aircraft, so the paint applied to the model should be a lighter colour than the real thing to match the colour). I first painted my model with Mr Hobby Color 61, then applied several very thin paint layers of a lighter shade of this colour. After that, I added mid-tone colours and dark coloured shaded areas to increase the contrast, then blended everything together with the base colour I prepared. The model was now ready to receive its mottling. Before I applied the mottles, however, I cut out circular masks taking measurements

from the Hinomarus (circular Japanese insignia). My masks were slightly larger in diameter, so that there would be a small unpainted area between the Hinomarus and the mottles. On the real aircraft, the mottling was applied after the Hinomarus were painted and there was some space between them in order not to disrupt the shape of the insignia. I applied the masks and now I was ready for the mottling. This aircraft is covered in mottles, so the biggest mistake would be trying to paint them all at once. If you get inconsistency with your paint or your airbrush, if paint dries on your airbrush causing stutters or if any of the probable accidents happen, part or all of your

paintwork may be ruined and you risk everything. Instead, I first prepared a very thin paint mixture and painted the outlines of the mottles. Then, using a thicker paint mixture, I carefully filled in these outlines, working one area at a time carefully and checking the consistency of my paint. To paint the black area at the nose, I used Tamiya's new flexible masking tape (white coloured) to mask the edges and easily painted the area. This flexible tape is a wonder, it works perfectly on circular areas and shapes that can't be easily masked with conventional masking tape. With the black area painted, the model is now ready for a gloss coat and decals.

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DECALLING

I always use Tamiya's X-22 thinned with lacquer thinner for my gloss coats. The best results can be obtained with 80% thinner and 20% X-22 ratio, sprayed in multiple layers carefully. The model was sprayed in this manner and I waited for twenty-four hours for the gloss coat to cure completely. Don't forget to secure the model in a safe environment free of dust and similar particles, as the gloss coat is like a magnet for them. I used Airfix's paper-like (thick) decals, that give surprisingly good results. I also used Tamiya Mark Fit Strong to help the decals adhere to the surface better and it reacted well with Airfix decals. I waited for another twenty-four hours to let the decal solutions and water on the decals to evaporate completely and sprayed another gloss coat to protect the decals. Time to wait for another twenty-four hours for the gloss coat to cure, so that I could apply washes. I applied Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color Dark Brown on all details and cleaned the excess wash with an old cloth dampened with turpentine. After allowing the wash to dry, I sprayed Tamiya XF-86 Matt Varnish over the model until I was satisfied with the sheen. In order to get the best result from this varnish, you need to mix it thoroughly and find the optimal thinnervarnish ratio. I generally test the varnish consistency by spraying on a gloss test surface and use it when it becomes matt enough. The project continued with the assembly of the landing gear and the bombs. Then it was time to remove the canopy masks and see if any touch-ups were needed. I forgot to mention the masks. I didn't use ready-to-use masks on this model. Instead, using a powerful light source and Tamiya masking tape, I cut my own canopy masks. The details on the Airfix canopy are very prominent, allowing you to easily cut your own masks. There was no touch-up required on the canopy, so I painted the navigation lights at the wing tips and made an antenna from sprue to complete the model.

Tamiya decal softener was used when applying the markings

FINAL WORD

An important note here if you wish to use the Mini World metal machine gun set. The parts for the set are very small, so make sure you work in a well-lit area with a level and clean desk. If you lose one of the parts (i.e. carpet monster eats a part that flies away), there is no replacement in the set and you may need new set to complete the assembly. The Airfix 1:72 Nakajima B5N2 Kate was a joy to build and I had a lot of fun when I was building it. I hope you like the article and the photos and have fun building one yourself. â—?

MODELSPEC... AIRFIX 1:72 NAKAJIMA B5N2 KATE KIT NO.AO4058 Materials; Injection-moulded polystyrene, waterslide decals Availability; Airfix kits are widely available from good model shops and online PE and details used; Eduard; set 73536, Pilot figures; PJ Productions Paints used; Mr Hobby Color acrylic; 60 and 61

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FULL-BUILD: MOTOGP TAMIYA 1:12 KAWASAKI KR1000F ● KIT NO.14012

IT'S EASY BEING GREEN! Philippe Devos shows us how to make the most of an 'old' Tamiya kit using the many accessories available today, plus a professional finish from Zero Paints

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Studio27 offers a decal sheet for create two machines piloted by Eddie Lawson in the early '80s; the KR1000F from the Eight Hours of Suzuka in 1980 and the KR500 AMA Championship from 1982

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mong the distinguished riders of the end of last century, Eddie 'Steady' Lawson is remarkable in more ways than one; he won three Championships including two, consecutively with two different marques – Yamaha and Honda – in 1988 in 1989. He was the first to do it, fifteen years before the feat of Rossi on the same brands, but in reverse order. Previously, Lawson had worn his leathers on a Kawasaki, in AMA, the American Superbike series, from 1980 to 1982 and at the Eight Hours of Suzuka season of 1980. Together

with the Australian Greg Hanford, he finished second in this test, riding a specially prepared Kawasaki KR1000F notably free from of side fairings. The 1:12 kit of this machine as produced some years ago by Tamiya (1983) does not offer the 'de-cowled' version but the Japanese artisan maker 'Studio27' marketed a set of 'E Lawson' decals of excellent quality with which came a template to cut back the fairing parts. Although the model is showing its age is some areas due to the technical limitations of the time, it is still an accurate replica in

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In anticipation of future styrene surgery, the fairing was firmly assembled. It still bears the scars from to the clamps used to hold the parts in place while the glue set. The other fairings are those of the KR500, started simultaneously

Before sanding operations, the locations of the windscreen rivets (non-existent) were symmetrically drilled through a guide in masking tape

A little chemistry on a Sunday... The gaps were filled with bunch of kit plastic pieces melted in trichlorethylene. This must be done outside and with protective equipment (gloves and mask). The result was supposed to literally weld the materials together, which was the case, but at the cost of endless hours of drying and a surface studded with tiny air bubble holes. For a first, it was a fiasco!

A lick of a file and a good A tiny piece of stretched sprue reduced the space between the base of layer of Tamiya Liquid Surfacer the windscreen and the fairing, for a perfect fit instead of an irritating created a workable surface for gap at the screen’s forward edge subsequent operations

the design of the machine. The kit parts, once carefully prepared, look very realistic once painted and even more so when detailed up. For this I used many accessories, including the TopStudio brand; screw-heads and photo-etched nuts, springs, heat-shrink tubing and cable ends, rivets, resin connectors and braided sleeving. These items are offered at a reasonable price and can be used for several models. The big change with this project was the creation of the tank bottom, new to me, using a body putty that cured quickly and provided a precise and solid result. It's

an understatement to say that I took my time on this project, spreading it over two years! As a MotoGP fan, I have today other 'oldies' in stock such as a Yamaha M1, Honda RCV and two Ducati 900s who patiently wait their turn... This KR1000F Kawa hasn't appeared in Tamiya's catalogue for some time, but it is likely to be reissued one day, as has already happened with other kits. Meanwhile, I can only recommend you to immerse yourself in a similar project. These bike kits are paragons of charm and authenticity and a wonderful playground for superdetailing. ●

Studio27 provides a scale template to precisely cut the sides of the fairing. Most of the work is done with sidecutters, finished off with files and sandpaper

The left headlight was first roughly patched in with a piece of plastic cut from the fairing waste parts

The challenge of this project – decided on a whim after a dry-assembly showed the absence of the fuel tank's underside – was to create one. A vertical wall of plastic card served as a template for the 'Sintofer', applied at will... After polymerization, the surplus was trimmed with a scalpel

Several coats of liquid surface primer applied by brush finished the filling job. The result is still more realistic, especially when viewed from below

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FULL-BUILD: MOTOGP TAMIYA 1:12 KAWASAKI KR1000F ● KIT NO.14012 The fairings received a layer of Zero Paint Kawasaki Green (KAW3B), specially formulated for the model-year 1980. It's lighter, with more emphasis on a yellowish hue than the green developed for MotoGP by Tamiya, the paint was perfect, spraying well and drying very quickly. A layer of Zero Paint varnish followed

A new coat of varnish was applied over the decals. More diluted this time, it did not even need to be polished for it to shine. The last elements – saddle and lights – were then fitted

The application of the decals was a formality, a common and happy occurrence with Studio27 products (printed by Cartograf). The density of the white was sufficient to be completely opaque. Some adjustments were needed on the fascia, at the air inlet and the location of the headlight

The screen was fixed with trichloThe moulded-in fuel cap detail was lost during paint prep, so they were replaced by two discs of PE metal, lined with screw-heads, also in PE. The rethylene, drawn along the joint by recesses were first painted with Alclad II Polished Aluminium capillary action. The screws are inserted into the holes prepared at the start of assembly. The small white logo hides the front of the screen The wheels were painted TS-21 Gold over a gloss black coat; they look great against the Kawa green. These are not the original rims because those three spokes are not accurate for this version. These were taken from the Yamaha YZR500 (OW70) kit with graciously donated tyres from my friend Thorfin from the Mautomobile forum

The attachment of the fuel tank was recreated with a bent photo-etched plate – fixed to the tank before painting – and a length of wire, bent and painted black with a masking tape panel. It will be fixed on the frame under the saddle when installing the tank

The reduced number of parts is a surprise, compared to current machines packed with electronic gadgets and various sensors. It will still become more complexlooking with some additional wiring

The optical parts were pre-painted silver then airbrush-coated with X-27 Clear Red. The frames will be touched in with Citadel matt black using a fine brush

The wiring of the six-cylinder engine was made using fine wire

On older Tamiya models, the engine is sandwiched between the two halves of the frame. Here, the framework was first cemented together for a uniform paint finish, but the insertion of the engine block caused some minor damage that will be addressed later (silver paint on the cooling fins, part of the joint at the header

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The installed battery was dressed with metal wires and resin connectors from TopStudio. The lines were directed to electrical equipment (lighting, ignition) by making them run along the frame, fastened with loops of fine wire

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The front fork is beautiful, and was painted with Alclad II colours and was embellished with screw-heads and resin connectors. The brake cable was guided by a small wire loop at the fender, as in reality

The radiator, suggested in the instructions to be black, looks better in an aluminium colour, treated with Smoke. The braided sleeve is a personal addition as well as the resin connectors, produced by TopStudio, instead of the vinyl sheath of the box.

The rear suspension arm was up-detailed with a resin connector to the calliper and a connection cable to the brake rod. Subsequently, numerous photo-etched screw-heads would be added according to the observations of the reference photos

The nut of the steering head is visible in the middle. These details, like many others, have been adjusted and improved over the assembly, with photo-etched and turned metal screw heads. The brass tensioners of the throttle cable on the right handle are by TopStudio

The return rod of the brake pedal was provided with a small spring from TopStudio. The clutch cable was greatly reworked; a connector and its support were glued to the edge of the bell and the lower part of the wire was stripped to reveal its core, itself trapped in an end-piece from the spares box

The exhaust is black from the engine output with a light 'bare metal' effect that fits well with the era of the motorcycle. The muffler was painted with Alclad II Chrome on a shiny black coat of polished with Tamiya compound for a perfectly smooth surface. Two small springs by TopStudio were added between the muffler and the pipe during assembly. Similarly, the selector received a little spring (a homemade one, by winding thin wire around a rod), plus nuts in photo-etch and fine mesh on the footrest

The bike during detailing. The effect is already more than satisfactory; complexity of wiring running along logical paths, faithful imitation of materials, and more!

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FULL-BUILD: MOTOGP TAMIYA 1:12 KAWASAKI KR1000F ● KIT NO.14012

It’s an older kit but remember, Tamiya’s 1:12 bike models have always been years ahead of their time, so it is still a little beauty that builds up superbly well

playground “ aforwonderful superdetailing... ”

TECHSPEC... TAMIYA 1:12 KAWASAKI KR1000F KIT NO.14012 Materials; Injection-moulded polystyrene, soft vinyl tyres vinyl tubing, waterslide decals Accessories used; - Studio27; Decals Kawasaki KR500 & KR1000F E.Lawson 1:12 (DC-714C) - Top Studio; Rivets (Type A And B), Screws (1.2mm Screws), Connectors (Electronic Plugs - Connectors Set A & B), Springs (Muffler Springs), Photo-Etched (assorted Details For 1/12 Motogp), Tensioners Accelerator Cable (Cable Tensioner), Transparent Tube (Shrink Tube) Paints used; - Zero Paint; Kawasaki Green (Kaw03) - Tamiya Sprays; White Primer, TS-14 Gloss Black, TS-29 Semi Gloss Black, TS-21 Gold, TS-83 Metallic Silver - Alclad II; Polished Aluminium, Chrome, White Aluminium, Steel - Tamiya Acrylic; X-13 Metallic Blue, X-19 Smoke, XF-1 Flat Black, X-25 Clear Green - Citadel; Black, White, Mithril Silver, Metal Boltgun - Humbrol: 33 Matt Black

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FULL BUILD: MILITARY VEHICLE TAMIYA 1:16 RC JAGDPANZER IV /70(V) LANG SD.KFZ.162/1 ● KIT NO.56038

LOWRIDER LANG PART THREE;

GUN MOUNT AND HULL DETAILING

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ast issue we looked at building the complex suspension of the model, which was quite a time-consuming part of the project. The main gearboxes were fitted and the main electronic control boxes installed and the tracks were test-fitted and this month the main gun and its the turn of the elevation and traverse gearboxes to go in. The kit offers fully workable gun motions plus a recoil action which is quite spectacular to see and it’s interesting to see how the effect is achieved through a relatively simple gearbox and small electric motor combination. To finish off the gun firing effect, a small but powerful strobe-light is provided for the gun’s muzzle. Work continues on this model and we’ll bring you the next update in the January issue of TMMI! ●

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FITTING THE GUN

The kit comes with a system to simulate gun recoil, consisting of a motor and gearbox that quickly withdraws and re-extends the barrel in synch with a gun sound effect and rearward 'twitch' of the whole vehicle. The thick black cable in the centre of the photo is for the strobe light that sits in the muzzle brake. The barrel is securely fixed to the recoil mechanism's pressed-steel bracket.

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The Editor brings us a modest update on our 1:16 RC Jagdpanzer IV /70(v) long-term build this month

Inside the orange heat-shrink is the strobe-light bulb which is passed up the length of the machined aluminium gun barrel from the breech end. The clear moulding is the muzzle break, which can be left unpainted for modellers wishing to use their models for battle scenarios. The review model's muzzle will be painted of course!

Tamiya's mantlet is a magnificent moulding that is rendered with cast steel texture and foundry marks. It's almost a shame that is will be plastered with zimmerit!

The main pivot for the gun's traverse action hangs down from the mantlet; it's the metallic pin seen here, fixed securely to the main moulding within a bracket that is held by three self-tapping screws

This is the gearbox for the gun elevation control which actually sits on the end of the traverse arm. Once the arm is in place, a linkage connects the brass ball-joint to the main gun sub-assembly

The traverse system uses a very rigid, moulded arm that is fitted with a pair of sintered-brass bearings for smooth operation. It's essential that both bearings are fully seated in order for the traverse to work smoothly

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FULL BUILD: MILITARY VEHICLE TAMIYA 1:16 RC JAGDPANZER IV /70(V) LANG SD.KFZ.162/1 â—? KIT NO.56038

A smear of grease on the traverse pin will ease the action once assembled. Note the rubber O-ring in place on the mount, which will cushion the gun mount and eliminate as much 'slop' from the barrel as possible

Once in place, the traverse-arm and its elevation gearbox have been positioned, the sub-assembly is secured with a large C-clip which snaps over a groove in the bearing pin

The hull-top sliding sight mount is linked to the gun via this slightly loose linkage; the 2x12mm screw must be fully screwed in so its tip sits in the socket on the underside (seen inverted here) of the sliding mount. It has a habit of popping out during handling and is a slight weak-point in the kit's design

In this over-view, the gun assembly has been fitted and its elevation trunnions (also with O-rings) have been screwed in position. Note the inner rotor shield in red-oxide primer; it was painted in this colour because it could just possibly be seen from the outside

DETAILING THE CREW HATCHES

As they come, the hull-top hatches have solid-moulded handles which look slightly unconvincing in the large scale of 1:16

The moulded handle was snipped off and sanded flush and the new brass handle used as a guide to drill a pair of location holes; these were drilled all the way through the hatch part

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With some brass rod (copper wire is too thin for this scale), a 'Grabhandler' by Mission Models (now sadly discontinued) the handle can be easily improved

The new handle was then fitted, making sure it sat straight and at the correct height. Cyanoacrylate (superglue) was then flowed into the holes to fix it in place

Firstly, the new handle was made with the tool, using the width of the original as a guide

More superglue was applied around the base of the handle and once cured, a dental burr in the mini-drill was used to simulate weld beads. VoilĂ ! A quick, easy and realistic new hatch handle; and there are only three to do on this model!

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JAGDPANZER IV EXTERIOR The zimmerit (described in Part 1) has been applied to the frontal areas, including a partial covering on the mantlet. Great care was taken to allow the paste to clog the areas around the break and gearbox access panels

The gun's travel-brace is assembled to the upper hull and remains workable once fitted. Note the zimmerit on the 'saukopf' mantlet

This view of the Jagdpanzer IV's rear deck shows the plethora of pioneer tools that sat here. All of these are just resting in place for the photo; they will be painted individually and re-located with small drops of superglue once the model has been painted

As with the working items, the pair of spare roadwheels are also provided with individual synthetic rubber tyres. These will be popped off for painting and re-fitted later

With the zimmerit on, suspension fitted and electromechanical systems installed within the hull, it will soon be time for paint!

MORE ON THE BIG JAGDPANZER IV SOON!

Join us again next issue to see Tamiya’s 1:16 Jagdpanzer IV take on some camouflage colours... See you again in a month!

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FULL-BUILD TAMIYA 1:35 M48 PATTON â—? KIT NO.35120

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lthough the Tamiya M48 is now showing its age, it remained for many years a reference kit and still has lots of great detail. Above all, it can still be bought for a very reasonable price. We can congratulate Tamiya then, several decades on, for producing a beautiful reproduction of this famous American Cold-War tank. Certainly there are some mistakes that meticulous be eager to rectify, but our project is here to discuss some basic ways to improve some details of this venerable kit. The second part, to be published in the next issue, will deal with the painting, without any help from the airbrush! Plus applying the decals, as well as weathering and final patina.

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In this article, Erik Dreister revisits the 'old' Tamiya 1:35 M48 Patton tank and explains many basic modelling techniques. He uses no accessories, just the model out of the box

OVERHAULING TAMIYA'S M48 PATTON Pt.1 Here are some of the key tools and products I use all the time for my work. Extra Thin Cement is my favourite because it penetrates by capillary action into every corner and dries very quickly. White glue is useful for fixing parts including clear mouldings. The two-component sealant Quick Type can scare beginners but it is actually very easy to use and always makes me countless services. You will notice the significant number of tweezers. Indispensable! Micro-scissors and nippers for model making are necessary to prepare the parts. A hobby knife, metal or cardboardbacked files complete the ideal equipment for model project. More surprisingly, the lighter is sometimes very useful, but be very careful with this and don't let young children get access to it, of course

Tamiya offers an excellent set (Basic Set) of tools, with the essential items needed to get started. I recommend it to anyone wishing to start in model building. The Cutting Mat (rubber cutting mat) is also welcome to protect your work surface

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FULL-BUILD TAMIYA 1:35 M48 PATTON â—? KIT NO.35120 There are several methods for cutting parts off the sprues, the main one being to use wire cutters for model making. Avoid handyman pliers which are often too thick and could damage your parts. Care should be taken to place the flat side against the element to be cut For the finer parts, a hobby knife is ideal. The modeller can clean off the surplus plastic with this blade

A desktop cutter (here Tamiya Model Basic Set) is also very convenient to cut the parts out and dispose of any plastic excess

A simple, inexpensive cardboard file is enough to prepare most parts. I often use these to remove visible mould-part lines on roadwheels

Often on older models Tamiya, the hull is pierced with multiple openings for the electric motor (which was very fashionable in Japan in the '70s and '80s). Today these kits are sold without their small electric motor, but plastic parts remain the same and it will jog your memory of those times

Here I used plastic card and putty to fill holes in the hull, but small tape pieces will eventually do the trick on these barely visible parts

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Other holes are also to be filled around the axis of the sprocket which drives the track

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When starting, it is important to follow the step-by-step instructions. To avoid oversights, I advise you to highlight the part numbers as they are used

Before and after! We can improve certain parts of the M48 by sanding the edges of the front and rear fenders to give them a little more finesse

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Some parts show traces of ejector-pin marks, the small, round, raised or recessed marks in the reverse face of a moulded part. (bottom). They rarely obscure the detail, are a consequence of plastic moulding. Here, fender brackets have been carefully sanded (top) to erase this fault Another solution is to fill these ejection moulding traces with Tamiya Putty and then lightly sand the piece once the putty is dry (4-6 hours)

If you want to venture a little further and you have plastic card, you can carefully cut one of the mudguards and re-make it in plastic card. The ideal is to have three plastic card thicknesses: 0.25mm, 0.5mm and 1mm, with which one can do almost anything! Here I am distorting the new mudguard (made 0.25) with two tweezers. I told you that I was using sometimes several at once!

The fender was remade plastic card and distorted. Avoid achieving this effect with a lighter because there’s a real danger that this may cause irreversible damage to your model

Also using plastic card (0.5mm here), you can easily reproduce the missing periscope parts. These small parts are best installed with tweezers. They are very thin and are perfect; they come from the Basic Set Tamiya.

Before and after! The headlights guards (C3-C4) can be easily improved by refining the frames

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The muffler (C18) of the secondary motor for rotating the turret was simply opened up with the tip of the modelling knife blade. Here again, we must act carefully. You may also want to invest in a set of mini-drills

To do this, carefully and gently sand the plastic on the outside with a firm, flat file (Basic Set). With a fine file (Tamiya #74104), we can also narrow the centre of the part. In order not to break it, we must take time and act carefully, especially as the plastic becomes thinner

The resulting joint line of the assembly of the two elements, and which remains visible on the gun barrel, is first gently scraped with the blade of a cutter or like here with that of modelling knife

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Fine sandpaper (600/800-grit) was then wound around the barrel for fine sanding and to get a good cylindrical section

We can also refine the muzzle brake on the inside with a thin round file (Tamiya # 74104)

This pack of resin accessories comprises items of kit from the French armed forces of WW2 and as such, is ideal for adorning armoured vehicles, dioramas and, of course, figures. In the box you’ll find one large pack, a storage trunk, backpacks with canteens, helmets, ammunition pouches and even some boots! Wonderfully detailed and flawlessly cast.

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FULL-BUILD TAMIYA 1:35 M48 PATTON ● KIT NO.35120

A quick and effective way to create a cast-texture on the turret is to apply Tamiya Extra Thin Cement on the plastic. This will soften the plastic, and we can then simply tap the surface perpendicularly with a cheap, flat brush. Quickly, the plastic will take on a granite-like appearance. Remember to moisten (not drench!) the plastic, brush regularly with glue and stop as soon as the plastic begins to make 'strings'. I suggest doing it outdoors because the glue for models is very harmful to your lungs!

After cementing the two main parts of the turret, the joint was sanded

Before and after! We are not obliged to uniformly texture the whole surface and I advise you to work on zones and resume them until the desired appearance is achieved. Then let your piece dry at least twenty-four hours.

The gun was covered with a grey primer (aerosol spray) to verify that all the joint lines had been removed. Now the gun-shield was cemented in place on the shield. The small parts (D5) required the use of putty to mask the joint with the main room.

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To bridge the gap between the shield and the gun turret, I used Tamiya Quick Type two-component putty, which is very easy to work with. Just mix an equal share of each colour (yellow and white) until you have a smooth paste. It hardens over several hours, giving you time to work it

The original turret seems too smooth, so giving it a ‘bare metal’ appearance will give your model a more authentic finish. Beware though, because all turrets are not as rough as the M48’s!

The dough was then rolled between the fingers and the workbench to form a ‘sausage’ which I then placed in the gap between the shield and the turret. A toothpick I was very useful to push the dough to the bottom.

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To reproduce the folds of the tarpaulin, I simply used a homemade tool from a piece of stretched sprue over a flame. The tip is blunt but sharp enough to create more or less parallel ridges in the still-soft putty. Of course, making this tarp, the barrel remains locked in this position and can no longer elevate One can also create covers a different way, with simple tissue paper and white glue; Tamiya Craft Bond is perfect for this. After cutting a piece of tissue paper and coating it with glue, I applied it to the model with a flat brush. I also used this to create small folds on the surface

After drying, the excess was simply but carefully cut away using a precision cutter. Be careful not to cut the plastic below!

Once dry, cut the sheet retains its shape and can even be separated from the main part. This same technique may also be used to make the tarp around the shield of the gun

How to drill the muzzle of the gun with a pin and a lighter?

The pin was heated in the flame, then raised and gently pushed the centre of the gun tube. The melting plastic will create a hole. Care must be taken to test beforehand on a sprue-end because if the pin is too hot, it will melt the barrel. Thus I waited a few seconds before applying the sharp end of the pin to the plastic

The installation of the part D40 reveals an unsightly seam that must be addressed

I used Tamiya putty to remedy this problem

D20 (bell of the smoke extractor) was then fitted

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FULL-BUILD TAMIYA 1:35 M48 PATTON â—? KIT NO.35120

The basket at the rear of the turret consists of several elements. The moulding joint lines visible on the main parts will be erased with the hobby knife

The handle of the loader’s hatch (D14) is reproduced a little too simplistically, so I removed with the blade of a hobby knife

It was then replaced with a new one, made of stretched plastic

To better depict part D6, which represents the rail guide for the machine gun turret of the tank commander, I remade it with stretched sprue

To create a length of the so-called 'stretchedsprue', just use a piece of sprue and hold it over a flame for two or three seconds. Once heated, it will soften sufficiently, then we can stretch it to lengthen and narrow

Thus we have stretched-sprue or fine plastic wire which may then be used to reproduce the handles of doors, various nuts or bolts, as well as antennae

I also gave the frontal hull armour some cast-steel texture by tapping the cement-softened surface with a brush, as per the turret. We must be careful not to splash non- cast areas, such as the mudguards, using a fine brush in the corners

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We can also make various tools from the falls of stretched, like those used to sculpt the tarp around the shield of the gun.

Old vinyl tracks are not the most pleasant to use. They are assembled by flattening the small projections of one end with a screwdriver tip (Basic Set), heated in the flame of a lighter

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The M48 build is finally finished. The improvement work requires only easily manageable techniques. The means are within the reach of all and even if the test of two-part putty can be frightening, it is not complicated to use

Tamiya’s model of the M48 is still a great base to have fun and have a good time. It will allow many to get a nice representation of this legendary American tank 60s without breaking the bank.

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FULL-BUILD TAMIYA 1:35 M48 PATTON â—? KIT NO.35120

The most advanced may have noticed that there are still some errors on my model inherent in this kit, especially regarding the too high undercarriage by a few millimetres and the protrusion at the front of the hull should be less pronounced. To rectify these items, I would have to embark on a 'major project' refurbishment and this was not the purpose of this article

The turret is been perfectly reproduced by Tamiya and I just had to give it a rough texture. This also gives it a more realistic look

The mini-turret of the tank commander was also textured with liquid cement. I’ve temporarily installed two machine guns for the photo. The tarpaulin, often installed on the M48 is paper handkerchief soaked in white glue

The big searchlight was assembled following the instructions without any addition; the glass lens provided in the box will be fitted after painting. For this purpose, the D21 is installed here for the photo

The tarp fitting, made of two-part putty fixes the gun in a single position, but more realistically completes the kit

Next issue we will look at the painting and weathering of Tamiya's M48 Patton

TECHSPEC... Tamiya 1:35 M48 Patton Kit No.35120 Materials; Injection-moulded olive green, transparent polystyrene, poly caps, vinyl tracks, natural cord, waterslide decals Materials and products; - Tamiya Set Of Basic Tools (74016), Tamiya Hobby Knife (74098), Tamiya Cutting Mat (74118), Tamiya Thin File Set (74104), - Tamiya Grey Putty (87053) Epoxy Putty Quick Type (87051) Tamiya Extra Thin Cement, (84038), Tamiya Craft Bond White Glue (87078) Tamiya Grey Primer (87026) Other materials; Evergreen plastic card sheet (thickness 0.25 to 0.5mm), pliers and tweezers, Flat brush #10, Lighters, pin and Kleenex

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FULL-BUILD FUJIMI 1:24 GULF MCLAREN MP4-12C GT3 â—? KIT NO.125633

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Since I had the Studio 27 photo-etch sheet, I opened up all the moulded-in intake screens so the real metal mesh parts from the sheet could be added later. Then the body was cleaned up, primed, and sprayed with Gravity Colors Gulf Blue and Orange. The kit provides all the orange as decal but paint is so much better! Then I carefully cut the black stripes from the sheet and applied them

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Once the entire body was decalled I applied two liberal coats of Gravity Colors two-component urethane clear to the body. Later it was carefully polished to remove a little trash with 2000 grit wet paper and the Gravity Colors three-step compound set

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A MCLAREN FOR A GOOD CAUSE! David Thibodeau builds Fujimi's 1:24 Gulf McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and donates it to a charitable cause

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very now and then I am asked to build a model as a gift, special occasion, or in this case, for a charity event! One of my good friends and clients is a volunteer for the Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc. A huge exotic car enthusiast, he and I frequent the 'Cars and Coffee' event in St Petersburg Florida the third Saturday of every month. If any of you can get to one of these and want to see some really high-end expensive exotic cars, please, by all means do it!! Once the show is over one of the local car dealers, the Dimmitt Auto Group hold an 'after party' event following Cars and Coffee. My client and friend, Mark Hetherington, an optometrist in Safety Harbor, put on a fund raiser for the after show on July 16th, 2016. They held a raffle to raise money for the Southeastern Guide Dogs Benefit. He asked me to build a model of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3

I also completed the tires at this time. They were sprayed with Gravity Colors OZ Gunmetal. Tyre detail is decal and fine hand painted marking with a fine brush and Vallejo white

Fujimi 1:24 kit he had in his collection as a raffle gift. I was all for it as long as we could do the Gulf Livery from the 2012 season. He was ecstatic to hear I not only would do it but would build that livery. The kit is essentially curbside with upper engine detail, a very nicely done interior with full roll cage and perfect stance right out of the box. A week after I agreed to build the model it arrived along with the Hobby Design Gulf decals and a Studio 27 photo-etch detail sheet. Quickly I got to work building a clean representation of the car to provide a very nice model for the raffle. Who won the car you say? Well it was a nine-year old young man whom was totally blown away by the car and knew it was a model and not a toy. He and his parents who donated a lot of tickets with cold, hard cash had me sign the case and told me it was going in a safe place in his room! I was totally pleased. â—?

The Studio 27 PE brake-plates really add a lot of realism here. They were colour-washed with Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color black to bring out even more detail

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FULL-BUILD FUJIMI 1:24 GULF MCLAREN MP4-12C GT3 â—? KIT NO.125633

I did not go crazy on painstakingly applying carbon-fibre decals to the interior as most of it would not be seen. Instead I sprayed the interior with the Gravity Colors OZ Gunmetal paint and then two-component clear to give it a carbon look. Then further hand detailing was applied with various Vallejo acrylic colours with a fine brush

The top engine detail was detail painted using Testors lacquer silver and given a colour-wash with Tamiya Panel line black. The exhaust was airbrushed with Alclad II Hot Metal Sepia and Violet for that heat-stained look

Here you see the interior in its final stages. The seat was sprayed with a stone texture paint to give it a rough look to resemble fabric. Photo-etch belts were fitted and the rest of the interior was built very straightforwardly using semi-gloss and flat paints to make it look interesting.

The rear wing and a few exterior areas, along with the lower valence, were the only parts given carbon-fibre decal treatment. Once the rear wing carbon decal was dry it was sprayed with Gravity Colors two-component clear

The final assembly was a bit tricky but worked out in the end. What I loved the most is the kit can be built right out of the box and has a perfect ride-height requiring no adjustments

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Upper engine detail, a very “nicely done interior with full roll cage and perfect stance right out of the box...

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The classic Gulf scheme on this car looks absolutely stunning

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New Releases

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

What’s in the box?

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

TAMIYA, JAPAN

www.hobbyco.net As you can see from the preview on pages eight and nine of this issue, Tamiya's new 1:35 M40 'Big Shot' is on its way. To accompany it, Tamiya have created a special gun barrel set in aluminium which replaces the moulded item in the box. This eliminates the need to join the two halves together and then remove the cement line. More importantly, the metal item provides a perfectly circular, notch-free muzzle opening and adds a rifling effect too. Not having the metal barrel is by no means a deal-breaker, but there is a distinct advantage to be gained with Tamiya's aftermarket set. Also in the barrel pack you will find ten 155mm projectiles, lathe-turned from solid brass. These come with markings in the form of waterslide decals, making this a very worthy investment for your 155mm Big Shot project! 1:35; US M40 METAL GUN BARREL SET (12670)

BRONCO, CHINA

www.hannants.co.uk Very handy for your WWII German AFVs and softskins in 1:48, this superdetailed set from Bronco provides eighteen jerrycans and eight oil drums (the latter in two different patterns). The jerrycans feature PE weld seams and beautifully delicate, individual handles. Ideal for an airfield scene and 1:48 vehicles. 1:48; GERMAN WWII JERRYCANS AND OIL DRUMS (FB4020)

PLUS MODEL, CZECH REPUBLIC

www.creativemodels.co.uk Plus Model have created another of their lovely dioramic building sets this month, combining plaster castings for the masonry and laser-cut wood sheet for the roof and facade of the farmhouse. It's a superb backdrop for a diorama, the style suggesting traditional German or central European architecture. Also new from Plus Model is a set of 'trash' consisting of amazingly convincing tied-up rubbish bags, loose water bottles, empty cartons cardboard boxes, tied-up magazines, a discarded teddybear (for that 'Drop The Dead Donkey' scene) and even a well-fed rat. Brilliant stuff from Plus. Finally, a set of three exterior air conditioners will be the ideal addition to a modern building in a diorama. MN 1:35; • FARMHOUSE (487) • TRASH (486) • AIR-CONDITION(ERS) (491) 1:48 • FRENCH RUCKSACKS WWI (4052)

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Accessories

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

ABER, POLAND

www.aber.net.pl Tamiya's recently released SU-76M gets a new aluminium barrel with brass muzzle brake and photo-etched baffle this month and we also have Aber's take on the twin barrels for Takom's ZSU-57-2. We reviewed Magic Models' barrel set for this kit last month and it will be interesting to see who's product is better. Top quality machining and design as always from this manufacturer. MN 1:35; • Soviet 76.2mm ZiS-3 barrel for SU-76M (35 L-202) for Tamiya • German barrel for Sd.Kfz.234/4 mit 7.5cm L/48 for (35 L-211) Dragon • Armament for Soviet SPAAG ZSU-57-2 57mm S-68 (35 L-205) for Takom • Set of barrels for Soviet tank T-50 (35 L-212) for Hobbyboss • Armament for British Mk.A Whippet 8mm Hotchkiss m.1909 (35 L-199) universal set • Armament for Soviet BMP-1 or BMD-1 (35 L-160) for Trumpeter • Barrels for British WWI tank Mk.V (35 L-197) for Takom • Armament for US M6 Heavy tank (35 L-200) for Dragon • 8mm Hotchkiss Mle 1914 (35 L-195) universal set • Soviet 85mm D-5S barrel for SU-85 SPG (35 L-203) for MiniArt • Soviet 122mm M-30 barrel for SU-122 SPG (35 L-204) for MiniArt • Dummy gun barrel for Pz.Beob.Wg V Panther ausf.D (35 L-209) for Dragon • Stokes 4in mortar for British WWI tank Mk.IV Tadpole (35 L-161) universal set • Round clips for Soviet 7.62mm czkm DTZ (35 P-28) universal set 1:48; • Flak 36 and 37 88mm L/56 two-piece barrel (48 L-27) universal set • Armour for Flak 36 and 37 (48 050) for Tamiya/Italeri 1:72; • Flak 18 and 37 88mm L/56 two-piece barrel (72 L-63) universal set 1:200; • Armament for Japanese battleship Mikasa (L-07)

AMMO BY MIG, SPAIN

www.migjimenez.com Put together specifically for Takom's magnificent new ‘Tiger II with interior’ kit (although the paints can be used on any Tiger model of course) the two sets of interior and exterior acrylic paints are well thought-out and very handy. Also new are colour sets for modern Russian armour, plus those hardto-get-right greens... MN • KING TIGER INTERIOR COLORS (A.MIG7165) • KING TIGER EXTERIOR COLORS (A.MIG7166) • 1935-2016 MYTHICAL RUSSIAN GREENS (A.MIG 7160) • MODERN RUSSIAN CAMOUFLAGE COLORS (A.MIG7161) • GERMAN CAMO WEATHERING SET (A.MIG 7443) • RUSSIAN GREENS 1956 TO PRESENT SMART SET (A.MIG 7143) • ARGENTINIAN AFV COLORS (A.MIG7167) TMMI 254 December 2016

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New Releases

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

What’s in the box?

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

BRENGUN, CZECH REPUBLIC

www.brengun.cz New from Brengun this month is a photo-etched set for AZ Model's Bf109-F2/F4 and Brengun's own Yak-1 also in 1:72. Airfix's little Tiger Moth also gets some pertinent PE parts as does RS Models' Caudron C-445 Goeland. If you're modelling a 1:72 or 1:48 WW2 US fighter (P-51, P-47 etc.,) then a photo-etched droptank filler cap will add a nice spot of detail. In 1:48 we have US aircraft carrier tie-down points, in both star and cross-type designs and some very handy British aircraft landing lights. Top quality PE brass for small-scale model projects. MN 1:72 • Bf109 F2/F4 (BRL72113) for AZ Model • DH-82a Tiger Moth (BRL72108) for Airfix • Caudron C-445 Goeland (BRL72109) for RS Models kit • US drop tank caps (BRL72112) • Yak-1 (BRL72111) for Brengun • Typhoon Bubbletop vacu canopy (BRL72110) for Brengun 1:48 • Tie-down points cross-type US aircraft carrier (BRL48073) • Tie-down points star-type US aircraft carrier (BRL48072) • British aircraft landing-lights (BRL48071) 1:144 • Bundeswehr vehicles (BRL144124) for Revell • Bachem Ba-349 Natter (BRL144123) for Brengun • Avia B-534 vacu canopy (BRL144125)

HAULER, CZECH REPUBLIC

www.hauler.cz In this month's photo-etch releases from Hauler, you can really go to town on Revell's 1:72 King Tiger with sets for the fenders and the main vehicle. Also new are some extremely useful US vehicle jerrycan holders which can greatly improve the look of these commonly-seen brackets. Particularly useful for 1:48 vehicles is the set of windscreen wiper-blades in various sizes and patterns. Superb quality accessories. 1:35; • Euro pallet x2 (HLU35095) • US jerrycan holders (HLU35093) • Dragon's teeth tank traps (HLU35096) • Piano (HLU35094) 1:48; • BTR-60PB (HLX48375) for Mikromir • Windscreen wipers (HLX48374) 1:72; • Tiger II ausf.B Königstiger details (HLH72054) for Revell • Tiger II ausf.B Königstiger fenders (HLH72056) for Revell • Pz.Kpfw.II ausf.B (HLW72055) for S-Model • Leopard I Bridgelayer Biber (HLH72053) for Revell

MR HOBBY, JAPAN

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

REVELL, EUROPE

LUXURY YACHT 108FT www.revell.de/en SCALE; 1:72 MATERIALS; IM, WS KIT NUMBER; 05145 This is a rather magnificent new production from Revell, depicting the type of motoryacht that one might see moored at Monte Carlo, albeit one of the smaller ones. The kit comes with a detailed cabin and interior bridge, complete with eightplace dining table and chairs! The bridge features a well rendered control panel with steering wheel and throttle, plus padded-looking captain’s seat. Assembly looks quite straightforward; the real challenge with this kit will be the masses of masking operations needed to create tidy colour boundary lines on the hull sides and also the inner and deck structures. MN

PLUS MODEL, CZECH REPUBLIC

1:35 MULTICAR M-22 www.creativemodels.co.uk SCALE; 1:35 MATERIALS; IM, WS ITEM NO.458 The two-stroke diesel powered M-22 was manufactured in East Germany from 1964 to ‘74 and in those ten years, no less than 42,000 examples of the little truck were made. The M22 and other variants was used by various Warsaw Pact countries in utility roles; airfields, factories, warehouses, farms and more. Plus Model’s kit comes with a detailed engine and drivetrain, leafspring suspension and ladder chassis plus full-length exhaust system. The cabin is remarkably well detailed with all the controls you’d expect and the cargo deck comes in multiple parts for maximum detail. A delightful production in resin and PE brass; very fine detail and full of charisma. MN

A very dynamic-looking vessel; just needs a 1:72 tycoon for the deck, smoking a cuban

Very original subject choice with excellent detail and heaps of Cold War charisma

Masking and painting skills will be needed for a neat result

Nothing negative really. Some experience with resin kits will be helpful

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ITALERI, ITALY

FORD TRANSIT MK.2 www.hobbyco.net SCALE; 1:24 MATERIALS; IM, SVT, WS ITEM NO; 3687 This kit has been out of production for many years and has become quite a valuable rarity. To have it back in fresh plastic with new decals is an absolute treat as it means we can now build the kit, instead of just fondling the original release in our collection. It’s fair to say that this isn’t a state of the art production – it was initially released in 1984 under the Esci label – but all the basic parts are there and the body looks to have a very accurate outline. The cabin is well executed, with a single driver’s seat plus a two-person bench seat and a well appointed dashboard. Endless paint and weathering potential. MN

RYE FIELD MODEL, CHINA

M1A1/A2 ABRAMS W/FULL INTERIOR www.hannants.co.uk SCALE 1:35 ITEM NO.RM-5007 In this new release from Rye Field Models we have a first in scale armour modelling (we believe); a 1:35 M1 Abrams MBT with a full interior and engine/bay, all in the box. It’s an M1A1/A2 to be specific and the kit comes with a complete fighting compartment in the turret basket, driver’s position and an engine in its bay. The 120mm gun is replicated in al its glory from muzzle to breech and that is one big breech. The main fighting area of an Abrams is within the turret basket and it is here where we find the busiest area of the model; it’s a handy feature for a model too as the turret can be lifted off to display it. The rear overhang is where the ammunition is stowed and this is replicated in the kit. A very enticing kit with an absolute ton of detail. MN

Fantastic to see this classic come back. So much potential for paint and liveries we don’t know where to begin!

A fantastic production with some extraordinary detail inside and out

Some detail refinements might be needed here and there, but basically an excellent replica of this Ford workhorse

The individual link tracks look fiddly; for this tank, one-piece tracks would have been fine

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CTRIC MOTOR EPS; EXTRUDED PLASTIC SECTION, F; FABRIC, IM; INJECTION MOULDED (PLASTIC), ITL; INDIVIDUAL TRACK LINKS, LC; LIQUID CEMENT, LCC; LASER CUT CARD, LLT; LINK AND LENGTH TRACKS, PEBM; PHOTO-ETCHED BADGES/MIRRORS, PMP; PRE-ASSEMBLED METAL PARTS), PS; PAPER STRIP, R; RESIN, SVT; SOFT VINYL TYRES (OR TUBING), VF; VINYL FIGURES, VFP; VACUUM FORMED (PLASTIC),

TAMIYA, JAPAN

SD.KFZ.231 GERMAN 6-WHEELED HEAVY ARMORED CAR www.hobbyco.net SCALE 1:35 ITEM NO.37024 Tamiya have used Italeri’s kit mouldings for the Sd.Kfz.231 in this release, which represents this interesting-looking 1930s, truck-based armoured car. It saw action in the early-war years during Operations ‘Fall Weiss’ (the invasion of Poland) and ‘Fall Gelb’ (the invasion of France). Later, it was phased out and replaced by the familiar eight-wheeled armoured cars. New to the kit is Tamiya’s fantastic commander figure which is one of the company’s best ever injectionmoulded figurines; a metal gun barrel is also provided. The kit can be further improved with the use of Royal Model’s detail set for the kit, and their resin wheels/tyres. MN

KINETIC, HONG KONG MIRAGE IIIS/RS www.luckymodel.com SCALE 1:48 ITEM NO.K48058 Kinetic’s latest Mirage III now takes the form of the Swiss variant which had strengthened wings, airframe and undercarriage so the aircraft could be lifted by crane in the cramped mountain bunkers used by the Swiss Air Force. Different aviation electronics (avionics) also featured and the Thomson radar was replaced with a Hughes set. The kit is in Kinetic’s later style which means finer, more restrained surface detail and better overall moulding quality. The cockpit tub and ejector seats are nicely detailed as are the inner faces of the undercarriage doors. Chuck in an Eduard set are you’re away! MN

A decent plastic kit of the striking-looking six-wheeler with good levels of detail. The Tamiya figure is superb

Great looking aircraft and some attractive markings schemes

Needs a little TLC but can look great

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New Releases

Kit Reviews

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

What’s in the box?

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

BRENGUN, CZECH REPUBLIC

OKB CHELOMEY 16KHA PRIBOY SOVIET AIR-LAUNCHED, WINGED MISSILE www.brengun.cz SCALE 1:48 ITEM NO.BRP48001 This truly an unusual subject; a Soviet, V1-like ‘cruise missile’ developed in WW2. The pulse jets that power it were developed under the guidance of Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomey and the whole thing does very much resemble a German V1. In 1:48 the kit is a good size for a display piece and the detail is rather good. It’s a very simple build and would make a good weekend project; no decals or or photo-etched parts are provided, it’s pure plastic modelling. A nice touch is the inclusion of a work dolly so the model can be displayed in a scale-like manner. MN

ITALERI, ITALY

NORTON 500CC MANX SINGLE-CYLINDER 1951 www.hobbyco.net SCALE 1:9 ITEM NO.4602 Here we have a re-release of Italeri’s 1:9 kit of the mighty Norton 500 Manx, a monster from the 1951 TT Race. The kit box states “Moulds made with proud by Italeri 1964” (sic) so it’s a fairly historical release, but it’s also a very decent kit of this handsome machine that can be built up into a great-looking model, albeit with some added ‘tender loving care’ from the modeller. The satin-plated wheel spokes are reasonably thin but where they cross, they are moulded together, but the look of this could be improved with a dark colour-wash. The engine block is in two halves so some careful cementwork will be needed to keep the fins looking too glued up. MN

A very esoteric subject and a fun project

A vintage kit but still very decent model and a fantastic bike

References might be hard to come by

Plenty of opportunity for superdetailing and refinement, with the right references

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ARMOURED HUSSARS VOLUME 2, IMAGES OF THE POLISH 1ST ARMOURED DIVISION, NORMANDY, AUGUST 1944

JANUSZ JARZEMBOWSKI, DAVID T BRADLEY, HELION AND COMPANY ISBN; 978-1-910777-23-7 From good book sellers and www.casematepublishing.co.uk In this 168+ page, square-format book from Spanish producer AK Interactive we have a fascinating introduction to the mechanised elements of WW1; tanks, trucks, armoured cars, artillery and aircraft. The cover announces ‘never seen pictures’ which we will interpret as ‘previously unpublished’ and they are extremely interesting, depicting armour, big guns, trucks and men in sharp focus and far from the sometimes blurred and old-looking images we are perhaps used to seeing from The Great War. In fact, the images are more akin to those we find in books from WW2. The first portion of the book is filled with truly excellent colour illustrations of tanks, armoured cars, motorcycles and trucks; a very well presented production and worth adding to one’s reference collection. MN

TANK ART 1

MICHAEL RINALDI, RINALDI STUDIO PRESS From good book sellers and www.rinaldistudiopress.com ISBN; 978-0-9883363-1-5 US Modeller Mike Rinaldi is a well respected modeller and his works are recognised as some of the best examples of the modern, ‘hyper-real’ style of painting and weathering. This recent, 288+ page production presents some of his wonderful armour models in articlestyle chapters, showing their assembly, including detail improvements and crucially, their painting and weathering. The photos are pure ‘eye-candy’ as you might imagine, but this isn’t just a picture book; the author provides a readable and very useful text that explains his approach to modelling and expands on the techniques he has mastered. Highly recommended. MN

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TRUCK MODELLING

JAN ROSECKÝ, CANFORA GRAPHIC DESIGN AND PUBLISHING ISBN; 978-0-00-000978-4 From good book sellers and www.canfora.se This seems such a logical choice for a modelling book, it’s amazing that one hasn’t already been published. Truck modelling is a fascinating area of the hobby and one where the practitioner can get really creative with modifications, liveries, weathering, cabin ‘stuff’ and more. The book takes us through some superdetailing techniques (the section on adding brake and hydraulic lines is wonderful), how to paint and accurately weather-up engines, how to paint wheels, tyres, chassis parts, engine up-detailing and loads more; the models in this book are a joy to behold as they combine quite colourful civilian subjects – which makes a change from military subjects – with weathering techniques that are on the subtle and highly realistic side. The builds show different levels of difficulty and all make mouthwatering projects. Very highly recommended for all modellers, not just truck fans, as the techniques are very much transferable. MN

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FULL-BUILD

ZVEZDA 1:48 PETLYAKOV PE-2 â—? KIT NO.4809

1:48 KIT OF THE YEAR 2015? at Jean-Luc Formery feels th is Zvezda's new-tool Petlyakov worthy of this title

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ith over more than 11,400 made, the Soviet medium bomber Petlyakov Pe-2 was at the same time elegant and very effective. It demonstrated its abilities at the end of 1941 after the retreat of the Red Army, at the gates of Moscow. The Pe-2 fought until the final victory in May 1945 and remained in service in Eastern Bloc air forces until the early '50s, when its NATO code name was 'Buck'. The release of this kit at the end of last year generated genuine enthusiasm amongst modellers. This is all the more remarkable that it is neither a Bf109, a Mustang nor a Spitfire, which are more likely to generate hysteria on the hobby forums. That said, the comments on the web about Pe-2 and reactions of people who have had their hands on it were all very positive. Some have even spoken of it being the year kit! I must confessed, I was very impressed by the model and in particular by the very thorough treatment of the internal parts. It was time to get to work, to see what it was really like.

OPTIONS, OPTIONS...

Before starting assembly, one must first choose between two display variants proposed by Zvezda. The first is to build a grounded plane, engines exposed with the bomb bay and access doors open. The second possibility is that of an aircraft in flight with everything closed-up an a crew on board. The figures are supplied, the flying display base is not, which is rather curious.

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The Pe-2 Zvezda is a complex model. Here the author shows the parts previously painted in their respective basic colours

A complete engine is provided, in fact the same as that of the Yak-3 kit. A simple painting process enough to give it life

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FULL-BUILD ZVEZDA 1:48 PETLYAKOV PE-2 ● KIT NO.4809

M-105 RECYCLED V KLIMOV As usual, my first job was to cut out and clean up

the parts and assemble them to form a series of sub-assemblies. The many unnecessary parts were also been set aside to avoid errors. Most are on the J sprue which includes an engine, re-used from the Yak-3 kit from the same manufacturer. Please note that the piece J41 is marked as unused but this is incorrect. It's the control stick from the first stage of assembly! Once collected and/or assembled, the elements were painted in their respective basic colours: light grey, dark grey, greenish grey, black, aluminium, steel, green, yellow, red and brown. I do not pretend to know everything about the interiors of the Soviet WWII aircraft, so I limited myself to the recommendations in the instructions regarding the colours of the interior structures. The representation of the Klimov M-105 is quite convincing with its cables and hoses; it's one of the best engines in injection-moulded plastic that I have ever seen in this scale. Only resin kits can compete with such fine detail and the end result is a striking realism once painted. For the other engine nacelle, Zvezda had the good idea to include just the rear part of the engine that will remain visible through the main gear. A simple solution but absolutely effective!

In addition to the complete reproduction of a Klimov M-105, Zvezda provides the rear part of the other engine, visible through the opening of the landing gear

Once established within the engine nacelle...

...the rear part creates the illusion of the presence of the powertrain

LUXURY DETAILS

The interior of the fuselage is more than adequate. Again, it competes with what is usually done in resin and I guess we have reached the limits of what is possible with current techniques of injection-moulding at reasonable costs. The pilot and gunner's area is beautiful and that of the operator at the back no less well done. In addition, most of these items will remain visible through the many glass parts of the aircraft, especially at the front. The assembly of the various internal parts, as time-consuming as it was, went off without a hitch. Each piece fitted into place without a problem, despite the complexity of certain sub-assemblies such as the driver's seat support. The painting process was facilitated by the preparation in advance of sub-assemblies. Installing parts in half fuselages before painting is not an option as the elements are intertwined. Drybrushing followed by the application of a tinted Johnson's Klear colour-wash in dark brown homogenised all interior structures and highlighted the raised portions, creating shadows and highlight effects. The smallest details were touched in with fine brush. For the instrument faces, Zvezda provides decals. These were applied with decal softener (Mr Mark Softer), directly on the raised parts previously painted black. Each dial then received a drop of gloss.

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The engine installation is fairly easy but you must make small adjustments since there is not much space. A slight reduction in height of the camshaft covers (red arrows) and refining the interior of part F10 was needed to get everything to fit right

Individual engine covers are not provided. If we want to lay them next to the completed machine, they must be sawn in half

The re-tooled 1:48 Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 ‘Gustav’ from Eduard receives a whole new cockpit in this package, along with a sheet of photo-etched parts for the main U/C gear doors and bay liners, flaps, radio access panel and more. To complete the pack, Eduard have thrown in a set of fabric and PE seat harnesses. Anything but ‘basic’.

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The cockpit walls are well detailed. Note the dials provided in the kit as decals and the green ammunition crates at the front

Conventionally, the pilot sits on the left. The seat has not been fitted and in its absence we can see the details of the side console

The radio operator’s position is also detailed exhaustively. We can see the big radio mounted on the bulkhead, the machine gun on its support and the linkage that connects the cockpit to the control surfaces at the rear. Note also the paint masks already in place on the windows

RUSSIANS SHADES BY TAMIYA

With the fuselage closed up and a few filling operations complete, the model was ready for painting. Work began by applying a pre-shading layer of XF-17 Dark Blue over the lower surfaces and Black XF-1 on the upper surfaces. Basic colours were then sprayed freehand. To bring to life model's surfaces, it is important to vary the shades by working light coats and lightening the base colour The intensity of this effect is a matter of taste of course. The blue of the lower surface is based on Tamiya XF-23 to which was added a little Gunze H25 blue and Gunze H46 green. For the three colours of the upper surfaces, Tamiya recommended the same mixes for the IL-2 Stormovik who served with the Pe-2. The brown is a mixture of XF-52 and XF-59, the green is XF-58 and the grey is XF-24. The camouflage was then protected by several layers of Klear (Future) acrylic varnish. Once dry, the decals could be applied. In the productions of eastern countries (Zvezda and ICM for example) these were often the weak point and they were frequently unusable. As evidenced by those supplied with the Pe-2, that is not the case now! They are perfectly printed, very opaque and covered with very efficient gloss finish. With a little softener, they adhered perfectly to the surface of the model; really good news. The white tips on the tops of the vertical fins are provided, but I preferred to paint them directly for more realism; and it's easier.

The internal elements are numerous but fortunately they don't hinder the closing of the fuselage; proof that the model is well designed

AGEING

Tamiya enamel Panel Line Accent Colors Dark Brown and Black were applied over the panel-lines and the many rivets of the model. The surface detail is really excellent on the wings (a level comparable to that of Eduard or Tamiya for example) but the detail on the fuselage is less pronounced and reacted badly to the colour-wash which didn't 'hang' in the moulded recesses as well. To seal it all in, a film of matt varnish was applied in the form of a mixture of XF-86 Tamiya diluted with Klear. The patina of the apparatus is basically obtained by applying micro-spots on the surfaces of the aircraft with a triple zero brush, each shade being treated with the corresponding colour thinning. A second technique is to apply ink to dilute China (felt Faber Castell Pitt) to create shadow effects and runs, mainly around the maintenance doors. Again, the degree of implementation of these effects is a matter of taste.

IN END CHAIN

Following the main assembly I added the smaller elements so far left off. The landing gear, for example, in which Zvezda faithfully reproduces the complex design of the original. The tyres are superb with beautiful relief moulding on the sidewalls. A simple drybrushing helped show this off. I also flattened the contact points of the tyres slightly, for added realism. The shock absorber pistons were dressed up with self-adhesive aluminium foil. The installation of the inner nacelles gear legs is a little tricky, but do-able. Most transparent parts can be added at the end, apart from the two lateral oval windows, machine gun windows on each side and rear windows which need to be installed before assembly. The pilot's canopy, gunner's turret and the glazed areas at the front can be fixed with white glue at

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The presence of spars (at least their stubs) allows a strong bonding of the wings to the fuselage with the correct dihedral

Unfortunately, the joint line of passes in the middle of a panel line, one millimetre off an existing structure line. Incomprehensible!

A good session of filling and sanding is required to get rid of that unsightly joint line. The wing leading edges are inserts because Zvezda has certainly engineered this kit for the Pe-3 variant later on. After cementing, there remained a slight notch that needed to be eliminated by sanding. The operation was quite easy however

The fitting of the horizontal Once in place there is no visible stabilizers is not typical for a model joint, it’s just perfect! If only the of this kind! A recess is provided in wings were engineered this way the fuselage to receive them

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mask, to paint and clean up before installation, avoiding the presence of unsightly dust inside. The translucent plastic used by Zvezda is a bit unusual, but despite its flexibility it is quite conventional to work with and has no optical distortion. All internal details remain perfectly visible. The defensive armament received a high level of attention from the Russian manufacturer. No doubt the designers had good documentation about it. Each gun is made up of several parts; that of the turret for example is a blend of a dozen items! Note that there is an ShKAS for the fuselage side. Indeed, the radio could theoretically move from one side to the other of the fuselage. For the record, given its fragility, I cut off the outside of the barrel so it could be cemented in place at the end of assembly. The offensive armament consists of two machine guns in the nose (replaced with micro tube for the external parts) and six bombs (two 250kg and four 100kg) whose straps were made from thin strips of aluminium sticker. The propellers call for no particular comment except the yellow tips that I decided to paint a rather original way. It is not certain that this particular aircraft sported this, but this configuration was seen on some Pe-2s. The antenna wire was produced with elastic EZ-Line with tensioners fine copper wire. The final touch was to fit the crew access door.

The joint line of the wing is also poorly placed on the underside. In red we see areas that need to be filled and in green, the detail that we can keep

SO, KIT OF THE YEAR?

It's not easy to say, but in its class, Zvezda's Pe-2 is certainly a strong contender for the title. Apart from the join-line of the wings to the fuselage which runs through the middle of panel-line and rivets (a bad habit from this manufacturer) and an engraving quality on the fuselage that's slightly below that of the wings, I really do not see how we could criticise this kit. It allows, from the parts provided in the box, a superb reproduction of the Petlyakov light bomber. However its assembly does not happen by itself; 'shaking the box' as the expression goes. Indeed the number of parts and the complexity of some sub-assemblies suggest the model is aimed at experienced builders. It is possible, given the presence of separate leading edges, the fighter version of the aircraft (Pe-3) might be released later. Anyway, no complaints from me; it is a machine with beautiful lines that deserves to find itself in the spotlight... And, it's not another Bf109, Mustang or Spitfire! ●

It’s better this way; the curvatures of the wing roots are not cut down the middle! Note the patination effects were made with a fine brush and ink

The model was classically pre-shaded, using Dark Blue XF-17 on the lower surfaces and Black on the upper surfaces before application of the basic shades of camouflage

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The camouflage colours were made by mixing acrylic paints, mainly from Tamiya. One can find the ratios of the three upper tones in the instructions of Tamiya’s 1:48 IL-2 Stormovik. The basic colours were applied freehand; Russian factories were not very bothered about a fine finish on their machines during World War II

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The tops of the fins were masked up and the rear fuselage well protected before spraying white, via airbrush

It’s necessary to prevent paint damage on the peripheral projections. White is not very forgiving!

Round stickers were used to mask off the rims of the wheels because their diameter corresponded by chance. They were also used to reproduce the yellow tips on the ends of the propeller blades. The wheels are very well done, especially the tyres, which feature beautiful embossed detail on their sides

To bring out the detail of the beautiful engraving, Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color was flowed into all the hollows on the surface. The excess was later wiped off with a cotton swab soaked in white spirit and paper towels

Here you can see the excellent rendering of Tamiya enamel colour-wash on the surfaces of the kit. Warning, these materials must only be applied to an acrylic-painted surface!

Defensive guns are well done. We must use a light touch to assemble them because they consist of several, sometimes tiny, pieces

TECHSPEC... ZVEZDA 1:48 PETLYAKOV PE-2 KIT NO.4809 Materials: 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-22 RLM Grey, XF-23 Light Blue, XF-24 Dark Grey, XF-52 Flat Earth, XF-58 Olive Green, XF-59 Desert Yellow, XF-86 Matt Varnish - Gunze Acrylics; H-25 Sky Blue, H-46 Emerald Green - Revell Acrylics; 91 Steel, 99 Aluminium. - Prince August acrylics; 862 Gray Black, 890 Green Refractory, 908 Carmine Red, 950 Black, 951 White, 952 Lemon Yellow, 963 Medium Blue, 983 Mat Earth Equipment used; Cyanoacrylate glue, White Glue, Mr Mark Softer decal softener, Tamiya Masking Tape, Tamiya Putty (Basic Type), Tamiya Panel Line Accent Colors, Tamiya Pastels, Castell Pitt Felt Faber, EZ-Line nylon wire References; The Petlyakov Pe-2, Editions Lela Presse (ISBN 2-914017-38-3)

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

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

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

● EAGLE EDITIONS Ltd PO Box 580 Hamilton MT 59840 USA406 Tel; 363 5415, Fax; 406 375 9270 eagle@eagle-editions.com www.eagle-editions.com ● FANTASY PRINTSHOP The Palms Oasis, New Portreath Road, Bridge, Cornwall, TR16 4QL ● FROME MODEL CENTRE 1/2 Catherine Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DA, UK +44 (0) 1373 465295 www.frome-model-centre.com enquiries@frome-model-centre.com ● GRAND PRIX MODELS 4 Thorpe Close, Thorpe Way, Banbury, OX16 4SW. Tel; 01295 278070 Fax; 01295 278072 www.grandprixmodels.com email@grandprixmodels.com ● GREENHILL BOOKS Park House, 1 Russell Gardens, London NW11 9NN, UK Tel 020 8458 6314 Fax 020 8905 5245 www.greenhillbooks.com L.Leventhal@greenhillbooks.com ● GUNZE SANGYO (MR HOBBY) Albion Alloys in the UK ● HANNANTS Harbour Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2LZ. Tel 01502 517444 Fax 01502 500521 www.hannants.co.uk sales@hannants.co.uk ● HIKOKI PUBLICATIONS LTD Ashtree House, Station Road, Ottringham, East Yorkshire, HU12 OBJ, UK ● HIROBOY (Zero Paints) Unit 59, Basepoint Business Centre Oakfield Close, Tewkesbury Business Park, Tewkesbury, Glos. GL20 8SD UK Tel: 01684 252310 (UK office hours only) www.hiroboy.com ● HISTOREX AGENTS Wellington House, 157 Snargate Street, Dover, Kent, CT17 9BZ, UK Tel 01304 206720 Fax 01304 204528. www.historex-agents.co.uk sales@historex-agents.co.uk ● HOBBYLINK JAPAN Sano-shi, Kurohakama-cho 162-1 Tochigi 327-0813, Japan www.hlj.com ● HUSSAR PRODUCTIONS, CANADA www.airconnection.on.ca ● ITALERI (The Hobby Company in UK) Via Pradazzo, 6, I-40012 Calderara Di Reno, Bologna, Italy, Tel 051 726037 www.italeri.it ● IWATA AIRBRUSHES The Airbrush Company 79 Marlborough Road (East) Lancing Business Park Lancing, West Sussex BN15 8UF Tel: +44 (0)1903 767 800 www.airbrushes.com. ● JADAR-MODEL Zielna 8/103, 00-108 Warsaw, Poland www.jadar.com.pl hobby@jadarhobby.waw.pl ● LITTLE CARS Uncle Jacks, Lavendon Road Olney Bucks, MK46 4HH, UK www.little-cars.co.uk Tel (+44) 01234 711980

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

● SQUADRON.COM Squadron Mail Order 1115 Crowley Drive Carrollton, TX 75006 - 1312. USA ● STUDIO 27 (Grand Prix Models in UK) www.studio27.co.jp ● SCALE MOTORSPORT No.3 Topside Lane, Newtown, Connecticut 06470-2023, USA www.scalemotorsport.com In UK; Grand Prix Models ● THE SMALL SHOP PO Box 580, Kalama WA 98625, USA Tel/fax; (360) 673-1255 info@thesmallshop.com www.thesmallshop.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

● PEGASUS HOBBIES (Selected items via Pocketbond in UK) 5515 Moreno Blvd, Montclair, CA 91763 USA www.pegasushobbies.com ● PLUS MODEL (Creative Models in UK) Jizni 56, 370 10 C. Budejovice, Czech Republic. plusmodel@plusmodel.cz www.plusmodel.cz ● POCKETBOND Bachmann Europe PLC Moat Way Barwell Leics LE9 8EY Tel 01455 841756 info@pocketbond.co.uk ● POL MODELS 64 Cumberland Road, Acton, London, W3 6EY UK polmodels@aol.com ● PRO-ART MODELS www.proartmodels.be ● QUICKBOOST www.quickboost.net ● REVELL UK Revell UK, Unit 10, Old Airfield Industrial Estate, Cheddington Lane Tring, Herts, HP23 4QR, UK ukbranch@revell.de ● RZM PUBLISHING (Greenhill Books In UK) PO Box 995, Southbury, CT 06488 USA Tel; (USA) 203 264 0774 www.rzm.com ● SCHATTON BARRELS Industriestrasse 6, 94347 Ascha, Germany, Fax 09961 910 7826 www.modellbau-schatton.privat.t-online.de email; modellbau.schatton@t-online.de ● SCHIFFER BOOKS Schiffer Publishing, 4880 Lower Valley Rd, Atglen, PA, 19310 USA www.schifferbooks.com ● SCHIFFER BOOKS in UK Bushwood Books, No.6 Marksbury Avenue, Kew Gardens, Surrey TW9 4JF, UK. Tel +44(0)20 8392 8585, +44(0)20 8392 9876, email; info@bushwodbooks.co.uk ● SCHUMO KITS Axel’s-Modellbau-Shop Axel und Bernd Schulze OHG Braustraße 2a 37170 Uslar, Germany Phone: +49 (0) 5571 919 100 Fax: +49 (0) 5571 919 101 www.schumo-kits.com

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

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

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NEXT ISSUE

THE DREADED '88

Tamiya's 1:35 Flak 88 in a dioramic scene

The next issue of TMMI is January 2017 (No.255), on sale December 15th

ALONG CAME A SPYDER

Revell’s 1:24 Porsche 918 Spyder full-build

JUST A MIRAGE Italeri’s spectacular 1:32 Mirage IIIC full-build

...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! Thank you for your understanding.

Order online now at; www.tamiyamodelmagazine.com ISSUE No.254 DECEMBER 2016 PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 17th 2016 Editor; Marcus Nicholls Consultant Editor (USA); Stan Spooner, Editorial Assistant; Matt Benfield Publisher; Alan Harman Graphic Design; Alex Hall TMMI Website; The Doolittle Media web team Advertising Manager; Sean Leslie Office Manager; Paula Gray Administration Manager; Hannah McLaurie Administration Assistant; Julie Lane Fitness instruction; Jim M Burship Printed by; Henry Stone Ltd., Oxfordshire, UK Distributed by; Seymour Distribution, 2 East Poultry Avenue, London, EC1A 9PT Tel; 020 7429 4000 Newstrade; Select Publisher Services, 3 East Avenue, Bournemouth, BH3 7BW Tel; 01202 586848 Email; tim@selectps.com Tamiya Model Magazine is published on the third Thursday of each month by Doolittle Media Ltd. Editorial enquiries; editor@tamiyamodelmagazine.com All other enquiries to; enquiries@doolittlemedia.com Tamiya Model Magazine, Doolittle Mill, Doolittle Lane, Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, LU6 1QX, UK. Telephone; +44 (0)1525 222573 Editorial enquiries;+44 (0)7904 635 694 Fax; +44 (0)1525 222574. Back Issues; From £4.20 Inc. P&P. Back issues from #75 onwards (excluding #79) are available from the UK address below, or online at www.tamiyamodelmagazine.com

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The Editor’s Page... Chris Harris from Top gear drops by Tamiya’s UK headquarters; www.hobbyco.net

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few weeks ago, Tamiya UK’s headquarters had a VIP visitor; none other than Top Gear presenter Chris Harris. His visit was ostensibly to show us his amazing Tamiya-themed Arai racing helmet (above) which is a little work of art, but during our meeting it turned out that Chris is actually a huge Tamiya nut! He had Tamiya radio controlled cars in his youth and was very familiar with the range of models that are stored at Tamiya HQ and as you can see from the photos, he still enjoys the RC cars to this day! It was a pleasure to meet Chris and we wish him luck with his new ventures, which we hope will include a new series of ‘that’ TV show... ●

See you again next time editor@tamiyamodelmagazine.com

Editor's Choice MR HOBBY MR SURFACER 500 I have almost certainly raved about Mr Hobby’s ‘Mr Surfacer 500’ in past issues of TMMI but I think it’s about time to mention it again! This material is a lacquer-based primer-like liquid and in the finer grades (1000, 1200) it can be sprayed as a primer. 500 is the coarsest grade and it has unique properties that are extremely useful for the modeller; it can be brush-painted onto a model’s surface in light coats to smooth out areas that have been filled and sanded, to unify the surface and in heavier applications it can be used to create a textured effect such as cast steel or padding. It dries quite quickly and can be thinned with cellulose (lacquer) thinners, or allowed to thicken up. It’s a wonderful material and everyone should have a jar close to hand. UK import and distribution; www.albionhobbies.com

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Ford Transit MK2 (3687) Italeri’s 1:24 scale model of Ford’s world famous light commercial van is an easy to assemble kit and comes complete with; the van body, three plastic sprues, tyres and clear parts. This kit can be built with the rear cargo door and the side cabin doors open as seen in the pictures. The sprue containing the body and doors comes in white plastic so they can be suitably painted according to the chosen version. The other two sprue sets come in black to reflect the chassis and drive-train, the interior parts and the grille. Two dashboards are included in the kit, which means it’s possible to build the model with either a left hand drive or a right-hand drive depending on your preference! Included is a full set of four, extremely well detailed Pirelli Cinturato tyres plus a spare. On the waterslide decal sheet, you can find a full set of European registration plates. You also have the choice of your favourite shop, company or public service that, over the years, used this transit to carry out its working duties!

ON THE ROAD

DAF XF105 “Maritime” (3920) Maritime is a UK based market leading multi-modal logistics company. They offer the complete solution for supply chain requirements including container transport, warehousing, container storage, freight management and curtain sided distribution. They operate from 27 UK Depots and have a fleet of 1,400 trucks on the UK roads. Maritime also has a Fleet Sales Division which has grown since 2005 to become the UK’s most successful reseller of used vehicles with annual sales of 300 trucks. Italeri’s DAF XF105 Maritime is a 1:24 scale model kit that comes in 310 parts, allowing modellers to build an impressive truck and trailer in an iconic and very attractive livery. The cabin of the tractor is made in an 'easy to paint' white plastic. The tractor is very simple and easy to build and this does not compromise any interior detail. The trailer can be assembled using the blue plastic sprues and the black parts for the frame. Included is a full set of tyres produced in soft synthetic rubber. This material offers modellers a superior level of quality enhanced by the latest generation rims as well as detailed treads and sidewalls. The waterslide super decal sheet 440mm x 225mm perfectly recreates the iconic Maritime livery which is the biggest transport and facility company in Great Britain.

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Italeri Kits are distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Limited, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8PG See the full Italeri range at www.hobbyco.net Italeri models are available from all good model shops

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