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Revell’s new-tool 1:35 M48GA2A2 full-build


A 1:24 VW van to survive a zombie apocalypse

Tamiya's 1:24 Mercedes-Benz 300SL full-build

THE BEST OR NOTHING P-47D with a ‘slight’ oil leak, Tamiya Type 10 diorama, plus kits, books, accessories and more…

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Setting New Standards for 1:32 Detail... 1:32 DeHavilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI • Item 60326


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Tamiya Redefine Detail Tamiya's stunning new Mosquito has revealed staggering attention to detail and levels of realism never seen before in any scale. To ensure that all this detail is maximised for the modeller the UK versions will include an extra sprue with clear engine parts. • Highly-detailed cockpit, plus depiction of four machine guns complete with ammo cases and belts • The Merlin engines are breathtakingly recreated, including depictions of the supercharger. Just like on the real Mosquito, the engine mount and landing gear struts are integrated • Tail wheel mud guard and strut are depicted. Left and right sides of horizontal stabilizer are part of the same piece, as on the actual aircraft • Adjustable flaps • Choose open or closed bomb bay. 20mm auto cannons and two 500lb bomb parts are found inside • The model can be assembled with exhausts uncovered or covered • Detailed 4-piece engine cowling offers a selection of standard or longer intake-fitted tropical filter parts • Features parts recreating propellers with early variant slim line blades or wider paddle type blades • Paintable tires use assembly tread sections and capture compression caused by plane weight • Etch detail parts, markings for 3 versions and 3 crewmen: Pilot, Navigator and Crewman • Extraordinary levels of detail on canopy parts • Engine covers fitter with magnets to allow ease of removal to expose engine detail

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Issue 239 September 2015 EDITOR Marcus Nicholls

Contents 4 NEWS DESK New kit and model product news

THE BEST OR NOTHING Tamiya’s 1:24 Mercedes-Benz 300SL in full detail PAGE 24

6 NEW ARRIVALS A quick look at some of the new kits received at TMMI 18 SLIPPERY WHEN WET Hasegawa’s 1:32 P-47D Thunderbolt with a catastrophic oil leak... 32 BUILD ONE FROM THE STASH! Tamiya’s 1:35 Type 90 Japanese MBT in an ammo-loading scene 40 STRIVING FOR PERFECTION? A close-up look at a JGTC Honda NSX with a rather interesting surface finish... 44 NEW RELEASES ACCESSORIES New full kits, reviewed 54 GILT COMPLEX Tamiya re-releases the 1968 Team Lotus 49B 56 NEW RELEASES KITS New and recently issued modelling accessories THE VOLKING DEAD A 1:24 VW van to survive a zombie apocalypse PAGE 48

59 CAEN, EN JUILLET, 1944 A Canadian Sherman Observation Post in the narrow streets of Caen 60 BOOK REVIEWS New modelling-related books 64 CONTACTS Where to buy the products used and reviewed in TMMI 66 THE EDITOR’S PAGE New Hondas for Tamiya HQ’s display...

PATTON MAKER Revell’s new-tool 1:35 M48GA2A2, built, painted and weathering PAGE 8

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ON THE WAY FROM TAMIYA! SKYLINE GT-R (R32) IN 1:24 Tamiya’s re-issue includes customised parts such as Nismo five-spoke wheels, steering wheel, muffler and interior. The engine has new parts to depict an enginebay stiffener, intercooler and turbo air inlet pipes. Metal transfers are included for the Nissan and GT-R emblems.

ON THE WAY BACK FROM TAMIYA 1:12 1983 HONDA MVX250F The 'classic' 1983 Honda MVX250F is on its way back. The real machine was a scaled down version of Honda’s NS500, with a V3 engine with two front cylinders and one rear. It featured telescopic front suspension with an air-spring cylinder. In model shops soon. Also returning is the Yamaha YZR-500 Taira Version.

NEW FROM HOBBYBOSS 1:35 SS-23 OKA 'SPIDER' TACTICAL BALLISTIC MISSILE This Cold-War missile launch system was capable of firing a weapon equipped with a fifty to 100-kiloton nuclear warhead. Scary stuff. Hobbyboss's kit includes cabin interior, missile in travel or firing modes and eight vinyl tyres.


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HAULER • 1:120 Grass chopper Melichar w/horse

The incredible Porsche 918 Spyder is the company's latest mega-machine and Revell, naturally, have a new kit of it on the way. Engine detail and a fully appointed cabin feature. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit;, @RevellGermany or

Revell are to release their own boxing of this good-looking WW2 nightfighter. Expect lots of detail! Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit;, @RevellGermany or

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BMW i8 2014 1:24 plastic kit by Revell

On the way from ICM is the Dornier Do17Z-10 and Expeditor II in 1:48 plus the KHDS3000 truck in 1:35.

TYPE 10 AND MOSQUITO BUILDS? Apologies for the lack of this month's instalment of our RC Type 10 and 1:32 Mosquito builds, they will return soon! The Editor


Win the Revell 1:241 Millennium Falcon! NEW FROM REVELL - STAR WARS KITS On the way from Revell in the coming months are the company’s new line of Star Wars kits. Most are very familiar but from recent discussions with the company, we do know that there are some all-new models coming too, from the new film which is due for release at the end of 2015. Good news for SW modellers! Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For details visit;, @ RevellGermany or

HMS NELSON DECALS Just a reminder that, if you purchased Trumpeter's 1:200 kit of HMS Nelson, you might need another nameplate decal for the other side of the hull. Please contact the kit's UK importer 'Pocketbond' at; info@pocketbond. Dept Nelson


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Citroen DS3 WRC Monte Carlo 2013 1:24 plastic kit by Heller

Aston Martin DB2 3rd Le Mans 1951 1:24 resin kit by Profil 24

TMMI is offering you the chance to win some cool Revell kits of all types, scales and subjects! This time, it’s the Star Wars Millennium Falcon Easy-Kit ‘Pocket’ – small but beautifully formed.

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New Arrivals


A brief look at kits that have recently arrived at TMMI HQ!

TAMIYA, JAPAN 1:35 BRITISH ARMY M3 GRANT • ITEM NO.35041 This kit is over forty years old but still looks good and is a quick, easy build. The only problem is the tracks whose endconnectors sit squarely on each link rather than straddling them to join them together.

KITTY HAWK, CHINA 1:48 UH-1Y VENOM ITEM NO.KH80124 This new tool ‘Y’ model of the venerable Huey reflects the huge structural changes made to the classic 1950s design. Kit features restrained airframe detail and comes with PE brass.

KITTY HAWK, CHINA 1:48 AH-1Z VIPER ITEM NO.KH80125 The AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter has reached the Zulu model which the USMC fly. The detail on this new release is fantastic inside and out and comes with a decent weapons fit.

EBBRO, JAPAN 1:24 CITROËN DS19 • ITEM NO.25005 • Ebbro’s all-new 1:24 Citroën DS19 is thoroughly detailed inside and out and features a sprue of moulded and plated brightwork, very innovative.

BRONCO, HONG KONG 1:35 RUSSIAN HEAVY TANK KV-85 ITEM NO.CB35110 The box of this new release houses an impressive pile of sprues to create a stunning miniature of this WW2 Soviet heavy tank. Fabulous detail and link-length tracks feature.

KITTY HAWK, CHINA 1:48 F9F-8/F9F-8P COUGAR ITEM NO.KH80127 This kit of Grumman’s pretty Cougar jet can be built as either the ‘standard’ aircraft or the photoreconnaissance variant. Lots here for the modeller to do!

MOEBIUS, USA 1:8 CATWOMAN ITEM NO.952 To join their new-tool 1960s TV Batman, Moebius have created Catwoman to stand alongside. Beautifully moulded in black plastic with great detail and character.

REVELL, EUROPE 1:72 PANTHER AUSF.D/AUSF.A ITEM NO.03107 www.revell/de/en To truly build either an ausf.A or ausf.D from this kit, you’ll need to do your research to ensure the traits or either variant are correct. Sharply detailed with linklength tracks.

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TAMIYA, JAPAN 1:700 JAPANESE LIGHT CRUISER MOGAMI ITEM NO.31359 • Tamiya issued Mogami in 1:350 and now she joins the everpopular 1:700 Waterline Series with this gorgeous kit. Very fine detail and perfectly moulded aircraft.

MONOGRAM, USA 1:24 BLACK WIDOW HOT ROD ITEM NO.85-4324 A vintage kit and a somewhat basic presentation. But, like all hot rods, it’s what the owner does with it that counts and this model has the potential for some cool custom work.

MONOGRAM, USA 1:25 ‘40 FORD STANDARD COUPE ITEM NO.85-4371 A wonderfully charismatic subject that will look fabulous if built ‘stock’ or customised. Nice detail touches and a straightforward build, with chromed parts and vinyl tyres.

MONOGRAM, USA 1:24 FORD ‘T’ STREET ROD ITEM NO.85-4336 Another classic car kit from ‘back in the day’ and one with lots of good old modelling fun. Solid detail throughout; the trailer is a novel addition.

REVELL, USA 1:25 FORD F-150 SVT RAPTOR ITEM NO.85-1977 The macho F-150 SVT is a big truck and this is reflected in the kit; the body is massive for a 1:25 production! Nice detail everywhere and straightforward buildability make this an appealing weekend project.

REVELL, USA 1:25 STONE, WOODS AND COOK ‘41 WILLYS ITEM NO.85-1287 This is probably the best known of the classic drag racing gassers and was a popular sight in the early 1960s. Lovely bodyshell, fab old-school detail with chrome ‘a plenty.

REVELL, EUROPE 1:72 HANDLEY PAGE VICTOR K MK.2 ITEM NO.04326 www.revell/de/en The moulds for this kit hark back to 1983 and Matchbox, and the parts sprues still look amazing, despite the raised panel lines and hefty sprue-gates. Tons of enhancement and superdetail potential here.

EDUARD, CZECH REPUBLIC 1:72 AVIA B.534 QUATTRO COMBO ITEM NO.R0010 This is a heavy box for four small kits, but the bulk is made up from the weighty, sixty-eight page reference manual plus kit instructions and separate painting/marking guide. Gorgeous plastic parts with delicate detail. TMMI 239 September 2015

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, N O T T A P 2 A THE M48A2G REVELL 1:35 M48GA2A2 ● KIT NO.03236

! E L Y T S N A M R E G ell's Sean Lynch builds Rev t new-tool M48GA2A2 ki own and adds just few of his 'tweaks'


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he M48 Patton series of tanks was developed by the United States in the 1950s. While the M48 is well known for its service with US in Vietnam as well as use in the Middle East by various combatants, the M48 has seen service and continues to see service with many countries around the world. West Germany was one of the countries that received the M48, the tank forming the backbone of West German armour for years, slowly giving way to the Leopard series of tanks. The West Germans received the M48A2 and over time upgraded it to keep up with standards of the time. In the late 1970s to the early 1980s

M48A2s in West German service would be upgraded with a L7A3 105mm gun to replace the 90mm standard gun of the tank, replace the commanders machine gun turret with a low profile cupola more in line with ones found on other West German developed tanks as well as improved fire control and night vision optics. The German Army phased out the M48A2GA2 by the mid 1990s.


There have been scale models of the M48 since the late 1950s from various manufacturers, with the first one being offered by Monogram. These have

been re-boxed over the years and the moulds used by various companies, with some adding parts to create different versions. Conversion sets for various models and variants have existed as well. However, until recently there have not been any new tool M48s since the early 1980s offering from Tamiya. Luckily, both Dragon and Revell have been releasing new tool M48s over the past couple of years, each offering different variants. Revell 'of Germany' naturally has focused on variants used by the German Army offering both a M48A2C as well as the M48A2GA2.


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The cast texture was completely removed from the engine deck as well as other areas that shouldn't have it. Detail that were sanded away were replaced as well as some details such as bolt-heads being added that weren't there originally. The weld seams were replaced by Archer Fine Transfer's resin weld decals. The lower hull has nice detail and comes in several parts. Once put together the parts didn't form a perfect match and a good amount filling was needed.

The four pieces that make up the lower hull.

While the hull parts have no actual fit issues, they do leave a very noticeable gap, which requires filling. The kit has an acceptable level of detail overall, but some can be added and/ or improved. The tie-downs are moulded as solid 'blobs' and need replacing. The detail on the drive sprocket is decent, but better alternatives are available. The MG3 detail is soft and should be replaced. The smoke grenade launcher suffers the same issue that many plastic version do and have horrible attachment points to the sprues which make for a difficult clean up. Miscellaneous wiring for lights can be added.

While the kit-provided sprockets are decent, I found that the sprockets from Dragon have better detail. Luckily, I had a M103 kit which is great for providing spare M48 parts (since that kit itself has too many issues that I found not worth fixing). What both kits are missing are the mud-relief holes. These were created by first marking where each one should be located on the sprocket. A pin vice was then used to start drilling out the opening and this was then smoothed out with Dremel bit.

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The kit provided tracks are acceptable, but do appear to be about one link too long. Additionally, the sprocket from Dragon is slightly wider than the Revell offering. The tracks from the M103 were cut to the appropriate length and installed. If you don't have an M103 kit as a donor, the tracks provided with the M48 kit are fine to use, on the standard sprockets.

TEXTURING V HULL One of the first

things that will be noticed by the modeller is that Revell has decided to follow the lead of other manufacturers and include cast texture on various parts of the model. This can be a mixed blessing and can easily be overdone (see any discussion about the recent release of AFV Club's M60A1). In Revell's case with the M48A2GA2, the texture itself is a bit too heavy but can be lived with in areas that should have cast texture, such as the lower hull and turret. Unfortunately, the texture has also been applied to areas such as flat metal plates that should not have cast texture. This requires removal and the best way is sanding, which does result in some detail being removed; this can be re-instated later. In areas that should have the cast texture, such as the turret, I decided to lightly sand to tone down the moulded texture. There are two options for painting the M48A2GA2. The first is a solid yellow-olive colour found on most West German vehicles up until the 1980s when the three-tone NATO scheme was introduced. The second, obviously, is the three-tone NATO scheme. I have seen photos of units with vehicles in both schemes in use simultaneously, so the choice really is up to the builder if you don't have specific reference photographs. I chose to go with the NATO scheme and the markings provided in the kit for a vehicle belonging to Heimatschutzbrigade 62, PzBtl 623, WietmarschenZohne #723, 1988.


The lenses for the lights are moulded solid. The right hand light is coated black, so it was left untouched. The light on the left side is a standard clear type lens, so it was drilled out with the Dremel tool and a clear lens from the spares box was used as a replacement.

The M48 has a fair number of tie-down points on the vehicle which vary in size. Tiger Model Designs makes resin replacements that I felt worked well for the larger tie-downs found on the vehicles fenders. I made smaller tie-downs by gluing 0.020” plastic rod to parallel strips of 0.050” plastic strip. These were cut and filed to shape and attached to the turret and engine deck. The kit provided twenty litre fuel cans are adequate, but the moulded strap has just a blob that is supposed to represent where the straps overlap at the buckle. Instead of replacing the cans or completely removing and redoing the straps, I decided to drill out the centre of the blob as a quick and easy fix to give it a slightly more natural look.

The kit does provide a power cable to go from the searchlight to the outlet on the turret. Unfortunately, the cable is made of a rubber material and does not hold curved shapes well. The plugs were cut off from the cable and attached to a length of telephone wire (left in its plastic sheath, which I find helps when bending wire to desired shape) and installed.

Copper and aluminium wire were used to simulate the electrical cables that feed the additional lights the Germans installed on the front and rear of their M48s. Also, the periscopes are moulded directly on the vehicle parts and lack detail. The periscopes for the commander are relatively obscured by the machine gun ring but the drivers periscopes are in plain sight. I decided not to replace them, but did add the periscope cover plates to ones at the driver's station to improve the detail.

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I found that the MG3 provided in the kit is a bit soft on detail. I found a better moulding of the gun in Revell's Leopard 1A5 of all places, though there are even better ones available.

A common problem I find with modern German vehicle models is the way manufacturers mould the smoke dischargers to the sprues. Often, the attachment point is in the middle of the discharger barrel resulting in difficult clean up. I chose to buy a metal replacement set (ME-A016) from Voyager Models. These are very nice with one exception: the bases for the discharge tubes are not correct (smoke dischargers included with other sets are), in fact noticeably so. I used the bases from the kit provided dischargers by cutting out the tubes and then fitting them to the metal ones. A casting mark was added to the right hand side of the turret from the Archer Fine Transfer line. My first attempt at the base green colour was a mix of Tamiya XF-67 NATO Green and XF-5 Flat Green. Photos of West German vehicles in this time period tend to indicate that the green in the NATO three tone scheme has more of a bluish tone versus the yellow tone applied here.

Somehow I managed to break the right side headlight guard and lose the right hand side long stowage box. The replacement headlight guard was remade with strip styrene by using the lefthand side guard as a template. The M103 kit was used for spares, providing the replacement stowage box. The green was repainted, this time using a roughly 50/50 mix of Vallejo 71014 Gunship Green and 71017 Russian Green. This mix gives the slightly bluish tint seen in photos of German vehicles in the three-tone NATO scheme.

Tamiya XF-64 Red Brown was found to be a decent match after testing several other browns. A leather brown could have been a bit of a better choice, but I find that Tamiya paints are very dependable when trying to airbrush camo patterns.

Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black completed the camo pattern and really brings out the correct tones of the other two colours when compared to photos of the actual vehicle.

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The tracks were painted with Tamiya NATO Black, which gives a nice rubber tone to the track pads. The metal parts of the track were painted by brush using a mix of Vallejo paints, with a bit of a rusty brown colour mixed in. Mud and grime was applied once the tracks were installed on the vehicle.

Dark brown oil paint, in this case Abteilung 502 Shadow Brown (Mig Productions), was lightly brushed into the shadow areas and panel outlines of the tank. The excess was wiped away with the remaining colour blended in to the base paint colour to begin the process of creating shadows.

Some details that will require washes were painted such as the searchlight housing and jerry cans. In addition, lighter shades of the base colour were mapped onto select highlight areas to start adding some contrast to base paint colour.

A gloss coat made from Tamiya X-22 Clear was applied to allow for the application of decals and provide a good surface for upcoming colour-washes to flow easily upon. The kit supplied decals went on with no fuss and had very minimal excess film area.

Here we see the model after colour-washes and a satin finish have been applied. The combination of highlights and shadows along with the washes has provided a nice look to the model. Wilder’s Deep Shadow wash from their ‘Nitro’ line was used for the wash.

Vallejo paints were used to paint most of the remaining fine details. Graphite pencil was used to add some metal chips to hatches, add metal tone to the MG3 and colour the gun ring on the commanders cupola. The clear plastic lenses were fixed to the headlights. The various lights and periscopes were base-coated in silver and the periscopes were then painted with Tamiya X-25 Clear Green. The lights were painted with AMMO Crystal paints, but the only item I wasn't completely satisfied with at this point was the searchlight lens. I decided to continue with making the vehicle dirty while I decided what to do with the searchlight (and also sought feedback from friends on what to do with it).


These new scissors from Tamiya (in the Craft Tool series) are engineered to cut plastic card and some soft metals such as aluminium and brass, for tasks such as superdetailing and converting. Made from quality materials and with a precision cut, these are well worth adding to your tool drawer.

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A thin mix of Tamiya XF-52 Flat Earth and XF-49 Khaki, with emphasis placed on the Flat Earth, was airbrushed at about 15psi onto areas of dust accumulation. This created the first layer of mud and dirt on the vehicle. In this photo only the lower hull has received the application.

Wilder’s ‘Brown Mud Spatter’ was flicked onto the lower hull and fenders to simulate mud splashes. Oversized spatter was removed or streaked with a brush wetted with mineral spirits.

AK Interactive Earth Effects followed by Brown Mud Spatter Effect was painted on with a brush. After allowing each layer to dry for several minutes, the excess was stippled with a brush dampened with mineral spirits. This removes the excess and creates a varied dirty effect on the surface it is applied to. The Wilder Mud Spatter was used to create some streaking effects as well with a fine line painted on and the wiped away with a damp brush, leaving a subtle residue.




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Wilder's 'Dark Brown Fine Textured Acrylic' was mixed with some Vallejo Brown to get the desired tone. This was then painted on to the desired heavy areas of accumulation of mud, such as the lower hull and the recesses of the tracks. This was then blended with the earlier layer of airbrushed dirt by airbrushing a new layer of the Tamiya Flat Earth and Khaki mix.

Water streaks and wet areas were simulated using AK Interactive Wet Effects and Fresh Mud, as well as Wilder Murky Water.

The solution came in the form of a mylar sheet used to reduce UV rays coming in through the windows of a house. This is translucent and has a slight silvery sheen to it. I was also lucky in that the diameter of the lens was the same as a hole punch. A quick punch and trim and the replacement lens was installed on the searchlight.

Now that the weathering was complete, I decided to revisit the searchlight lens's colour conundrum. The more I looked at it, the more I realized it just looked like what it was, a silver-painted circle. Looking back, the best option would have been to drill out the solid lens of the and replace it with scratchbuilt item and covered it with a clear replacement lens. Unfortunately it was too late to do this.

The mylar lens over the silver painted lens really adds a nice pop to the model. With this fix the model was complete!

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The M48A2GA2 from Revell is a welcome new tooling of an interesting subject. The kit is good out of the box and with some relatively easy tweaks it will build into an excellent rendition of the real vehicle. ●



Injection-moulded polystyrene, flexible, soft-vinyl one-piece tracks

Paints used;

Tamiya XF-67 NATO Green, XF-5 Flat Green, XF-64 Red Brown, XF-69 NATO Black, X-25 Clear Green, XF-52 Flat Earth, XF-49 Khaki, X-22 Clear Vallejo 71014 Gunship Green, 71017 Russian Green, Brown Wilder Brown Mud Spatter, Dark Brown Fine Textured Acrylic, Murky Water AK Interactive Wet Effects, Fresh Mud Mig Productions Abteilung 502 Shadow Brown, AMMO by Mig Crystal paints Other items used; Plastic rod, Tiger Model Designs tie-downs, telephone wire, copper and aluminium wire, Archer Fine Transfers resin foundry marks, Voyager Models smoke dischargers (ME-A016), Mig Productions Abteilung 502 Shadow Brown, AMMO Crystal paints, mylar UV sheet


Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model stores. For details visit @ RevellGermany and Vallejo, AK Interactive, Mig Productions; AMMO; Archer Fine Transfers; Wilder;

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SLIPPERY WHEN Chris Meddings hadn't built a model aircraft for a long time, so when he decided to construct Hasegawa's 1:32 Thunderbolt, he wanted to choose a subject that would be very memorable...

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’ve always preferred the bigger, beefier looking WWII fighters to their sleeker cousins such as the Spitfire and Mustang, and few aircraft of the period say ‘power’ as obviously as the P-47 Thunderbolt. So, some time ago I decided to stray from my usual armour and try a P-47 and as someone that likes to model from a period photo, I started casting about for a good subject and soon came across the US Army Photograph of Lt Edwin L King standing on the wing of his P-47D covered, like his plane, in oil. It was a very striking image and I knew it was something I wanted to attempt.


Lt King was a flight leader with the 347 Squadron, 350th Fighter Group. On January 12th 1945 he was stationed near Pisa and had been strafing enemy gun positions near Brescia in the Po Valley in support of Allied ground forces. While strafing his targets, his oil line was cut by flak. The engine began to empty its oil all over the aircraft, quickly covering the canopy, Lt King’s goggles and filling the floor of the cockpit. Despite the near complete lack of visibility plus the knowledge that his engine could seize

at any time or catch fire, he nursed the P47 over 100 miles back to his home airfield and landed it safely. The engine seized within seconds of landing.


For the kit, I chose the Hasegawa 1:32 P-47D ‘Bubbletop’ (ST27). After studying the photos I opted to get the block tread wheels from Barracuda Cast to match the photos (BR32059). I also decided to use the P-47D cockpit set from Model Design Construction (cv32040) as the kit cockpit was a bit basic considering the size and amount visible with an open canopy. Finally I also chose to use the Master brass turned barrel set (32004). I started with the cockpit. The MDC set is pretty simple to put together, but I did encounter a couple of problems with placing a few parts. I did contact MDC for higher contrast pictures but sadly they did not get back to me. Walkarounds online eventually helped me place the two pieces that had me foxed. Other than that it went together really well, fit was superb and detail was outstanding. The only other issue I had was purely of my own making! Trying to separate the delicate and very finely moulded seat


I damaged the beautifully cast and very fragile MDC pilots seat removing it from the pour block so I made a new one from spare brass sheet. The seat was detailed with a minimum of scratch parts and the very nice details from the MDC set.

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The complete cockpit. The rich detail supplied by MDC really pops out with some careful shading and highlighting.

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managed to break it through my own clumsiness. To overcome this I resorted to brass sheet and using the MDC seat as a pattern cut one out of the brass then folded it together before detailing it. When the cockpit was more or less where I wanted it, I started work on the fuselage. I must confess I am only an occasional aircraft modeller, so I was very pleasantly surprised by the exact fit of the two fuselage halves. This made getting it together, with some light filling and sanding a very easy task. Next I tackled the engine. The kit engine looked okay out of the box. I added a little wiring but other than that It looked good so I got it fitted to the fuselage and painted it so I could fit the cowling. It was painted with Vallejo natural steel and aluminium and light grey. A pin wash picked out

the details again. I used a mixture of black and burned umber oils heavily diluted with odourless oil thinners from Winsor & Newton.


Painting this model was something of an unknown quantity to me as it involved two things I have never done; painting with lacquers and a natural metal finish. I sought advice from a number of friends, and Andy Hills at Antics Model shop in Bristol was especially helpful in helping me get to grips with what I needed and how to use it. I started by priming the model and I made a faux pas here. One thing that did not sink in when I got all the advice, was the essential need to prime in black. I primed, as is my habit, in Vallejo grey. I followed this up with spraying the whole in Alclad II aluminium as a baseline colour to work on. I gave this an hour or so to dry, but was impressed at

Wiring was added to the kit engine. The cylinders were painted with Vallejo silver and the block with Vallejo grey primer. The engine was shaded with a black oil pin wash.

A homemade mask was made from Tamiya tape. I overlapped several pieces and laid it on a smooth surface then drew on the ‘A’. I then cut the ‘A’ out and carefully lifted the new stencil and applied it to the model before spraying the red. The finished nose art after a couple of touch ups.

I found the 347th Squadron’s ‘Flying Red Asses’ nose art online after doing some research and carefully drew it out in a program called Serif Drawplus, any desktop design program will do. I then printed it out 350thFG.PDF 1/32 scaled template of the nose art. I laid Tamiya tape over the print out and rubbed it down. When I lifted it the tape it had a print of the art. I laid it on a clean surface and cut out the areas for the blue colour, then repeated until I had a mask for each colour. The result of the blue and white masks. The masks were applied one at a time and the nose are started to build up.

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The various shades of aluminium were built up using Alclad II lacquers of various aluminium shades and mixes of shades. A mix of black and burned umber oils were heavily diluted and used to colour-wash the model.

The model was masked off thoroughly, and with more than a touch of trepidation, the oil, a mix of Alclad black primer and Alclad gloss coat was applied in around three thin coats. Streaks were applied by hand.

Further colourwashes were added to bring out the detail.

how quickly it did dry. However, when I came to inspect it I found it was a fair bit duller than I expected. It transpired this was due to my choice of primer. However, not for the last time on this build it turned out to be a happy accident as it gave the used, dulled aluminium look I wanted. To add variety I masked off most of the model leaving a few panels, some large some small and gave it another couple coats of aluminium which smoothed out the finish given those panels a bit more of a lustrous metallic finish. Once that was dry I masked off again selecting new panels, and used dark aluminium. Using a new scalpel blade, and a toothpick to find them under the masking tape I cut out smaller panels on some larger panels and picked them out to add variety. I then turned the model over and used Alclad Burned Iron on the supercharger cover. Finally I used dull aluminium to add a third tone to the finish on more panels to get a deeper layer of variation of tone over the model. I was very pleased with the finish having never used Alclad II before. Not only did I get a relatively subtle variation in colour but also an impressive range of textural tone from the three different colours from Alclad. I think its fair to say they have me hooked.


Once that had dried I needed to look at the markings. The stencils and stars I could get from the kit decal sheet, but the 347th’s nose art ‘the Screaming Red Asses’ could not be found on any decal sheet in 1:32 I could find, so I searched the internet for a good image and saved it then traced over it in a graphic art program (I used one you can download for free in its basic form; Serif DrawPlus, but probably any that allow you to draw will do) then copied and ‘flipped’ it to get two

mirror images, one for each side of the nose. I printed it out and laid strips of Tamiya tape over it and rubbed it down. When I lifted the tape it had lifted some of the ink from the print and all I had to do was stick it down on a sheet of plastic and lightly cut it out with a new scalpel blade. I made several masks like this, one for each colour. Once I had my home-made ‘masks’ I laid the circle on first and sprayed the blue. Then I lined up the next mask (the slight transparency of Tamiya tape is a huge help here) and sprayed the white for the cloud, then the red for the ‘Ass’ and finally the yellow for the lightning strikes. I then picked out the eyes and teeth in white with a fine brush and the black outlines in the same way. While masking for the oil bath next I had something of a disaster. It turns out masking tape will lift decals off Alclad very readily and I now had a huge hole in the port wing stars and bars. I tried to remove it and lay a new decal from spares but during the laying I managed to trap too much air under it and it couldn’t really be recovered, so I swallowed hard, got my compasses and tools out and made a mask for that and sprayed it too. So with that done I was finally ready to commit the ‘vandalism’ to that nice natural metal finish….. I mixed Alclad’s own black primer with some of their gloss varnish and holding my breath, sprayed it on with no delay and one eye closed. It went down beautifully and I found lacquers were far better for control and fine work in my Sotar 20/20 than the acrylics I’m used to. I quickly got into a rhythm with it catching the fine curved sprays of oil just behind the cowling and I experienced less overspray that I usually get, although the masking


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The figure comes seated, the first job then was to ‘break’ and reshape the legs and feet before sculpting new trousers for him. The torso was largely rebuilt in Tamiya epoxy putty and the lower face was redone. A new parachute pack was made to allow me to post it behind Lt King as per the photos. His arms were also changed. The figure was painted and suitable oils splodges and stains added.

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it was touch dry I removed the masks and mixed up some a thinned version of the ‘oil’ mix and added the numerous fine runs visible in the picture. I carefully removed the very fine pieces of tape I had used to pick out the panel edges visible in the photos and inspected the finish. It wasn’t quite as gloss as I would like, but I was reasonably happy. There was a small amount of overspray the masking and control had missed. I masked off a couple of panels and touched them up with the aluminiums. Removing the masks had also removed the no step red panels on

the flaps, so I masked and sprayed these back in with Tamiya flat red. At this point I could remove the masking in the cockpit. I masked off the glazing with homemade masks again and sprayed the frames, inside and out, then fitted them to the model and masking again for overspray, sprayed the oil mix from the direction the leak would have flowed to get it all over the canopy and pooled in the right places. I also added splashes inside the cockpit and pools on the floor. Once all this had dried I used AMMO's wash for NATO vehicles, heavily thinned with AMMO enamel thinner to do a pin wash. This picked out the beautiful surface detail of the Hasegawa kit very well especially when I applied clean thinner to the panel lines first to assist the capillary action. I quickly went around the model afterwards with a cue tip/ cotton bud dampened with thinners to remove excess, finger prints etc When all that had dried I finished the weathering with a light coat of dust made from pigments to replicate the dusty look seen on the photos, and probably caused by landing on a dry, dusty airfield just before the picture was taken.

The finished Jug with Lt King on the wing


This came from Squadron in the US as I could not find a stockist in the UK. It’s a big old slab of resin but the detail on it is very crisp and sharp. I used light brown/ buff dusty dirt tones on the earthen corner, and Alclad dark aluminium mixed with burned iron on the PSP plates. I then washed the PSP with a thinned black brown wash and rubbed it off raised areas then let it fully dry. I finished it all by rubbing in plenty of pigments in three tones to get a ground in dusty look. Finally I added a line

of dripped oil and some scratched chocks and the build was finished.


I’d like to thank everyone that gave me encouragement on this one. As my first aircraft in a long time and one of less than five I’ve finished it was an enjoyable and different challenge. The Hasegawa kit undoubtedly made life a lot easier with its great detail and engineering. Likewise the resin from Barracuda and MDC items were a joy to use. I certainly look forward to doing more projects of a similar nature in the future. ●

I got a very good, and very large base from Squadron with great PSP plate detail that matched the photos.

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ercedes-Benz is known worldwide, not just for its luxury cars but also for its success in motorsport. In 1952, the brand engaged in competition with the 300SL Coupe (W194). This prototype had a body supported by a tubular frame and gullwing doors, but the latter configuration

was not dictated by aesthetics, but instead was made necessary by the tubular chassis which prohibited the installation of doors with hinges at the front. Another innovation was the three-litre, inline six-cylinder, normally aspirated engine, fitted at 45° and developing 175hp. The Mercedes 300SL won

in many races, but despite this success, the car never ran in Formula 1. However, Mercedes presented the 300SL (W198) at the New York Auto Show in 1954, with an even more fluid body line. The bonnet had two ‘power bulges’, the front fenders featured grilles and an 'eyebrow' was fitted above each wheel arch. The

gull-wings doors and the six-cylinder engine from the prototype were retained, but Mercedes installed a direct-injection fuel system, a first for a production car. The power rose to over 215hp endowing the car with a speed in excess of 146mph and thanks to this performance, the 300SL gained the reputation

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Roof vents were opened up by drilling several holes in the moulded apertures. The rest of the plastic was cut out with a sharp X-Acto knife and finished with abrasives. One must be careful not to go too far when cutting, so as not to deform the flat surface behind the openings. The recesses around the windows were accentuated with the back of a new blade X-Acto. The chrome strips of the front/rear windscreens and door windows are clearly marked out too. The operation is done quite easily by following the contours of the glass, slightly overhanging the body, as a guide. Be careful not to apply stress, the body is quite thin. These engravings will be used to represent the rubber seals on the outer contours of the windows only.

Deepening the line around the boot was done again using the back of a sharp X-Acto blade; the same operation was performed on the contours of the door handles. To paint the body, the author chose the classic metallic grey. After a coat of primer, body-colour paint was applied sparingly with a brush in places less accessible by the airbrush, mainly in the aforementioned recesses. The colour paint was applied in single strokes, without returning to the treated area in order to prevent the primer being dissolved, which would create a mess.


Fabrice MarĂŠchal brings his own, personal touch to Tamiya's wonderful new 1:24 Mercedes 300SL kit

HING) of a road car capable of competing on a circuit. 1,400 cars were produced between 1955 and 1957 and the 300SL remains one of the most successful from the brand. These days, original, unmolested examples of the car can fetch huge sums at auction and it has become an icon of mid-20th century automotive design.


I opted to depict a classic metallic grey livery that was well looked after and original, rather than an over-perfect museum car; maintained but never restored, the best way for any classic car. And the tubular chassis trapped in the body lends itself wonderfully to this painting exercise, as well as the red

leather interior. Observing the body of a real 300SL, we can safely say that Tamiya has done an outstanding job with this kit. However, it is possible to go even further and give the body an extra realistic touch. On the real 300SL, there are two rectangular openings in the roof, represented in trompe l'oeil by decals. I chose to drill

these out for a much more convincing appearance. One can also note that the rubber seals around each window trap a chrome strip, a typical method of mounting windshields at the time. The chrome strips are well represented in the kit, but I tried to enhance the joint to give more depth to the finished model.


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The two inserts in the side air intakes were held in place with masking tape and then permanently fixed with two-part epoxy glue, applied to the edges. They will then be painted matt black. The body paint – Gray Coronadite 1040 from Zero Paints – was applied in several thin layers. Unfortunately, the first attempt was not so good; when I wanted to properly cover the concave parts and corners of the body, the excess paint partially softened the primer. This phenomenon, due to the build-up of solvent, created a marbled appearance in some areas. Lacking the time to start over, I sanded to remove the defects. To remedy this, I applied a thin layer of two-part lacquer that would resist the Coronadite Gray. The thin layer of varnish was sanded before re-applying the grey in several layers. This time it came out right, the paint presenting an acceptable surface for the final application of the varnish.

cylinders inline V Six The engine was assembled

almost entirely before painting, with the exception of parts B23, B27, B29 and B33. It was then sprayed with Tamiya XF-16 Aluminium and then shaded with a dark brown colour-wash. Drybrushing was performed with the XF-16. The left and right sides of the engine must then be painted satin black. The exhaust manifolds were painted 'Burnt Metal Metalizer' by brush and given a thin layer of black colour-wash, then polished with a cotton swab. A light drybrushing was then performed using Metalizer Aluminium, but only on the curved section of the headers. Finally, Testors paint rust colour was

Before the final application of varnish, Bare Metal Foil ‘Chrome’ was placed on the outline of the windshield, rear window and door windows and on their handles. Two-part varnish was then applied in several layers. Once cured, the varnish was very lightly sanded and polished. The black seals around the doors and bonnet were touched in with satin black, by brush. In case the black overflows, a small drop of liquid polish on a cotton cloth stretched over the tip of the index finger can be used to erase the overspill. The whole interior of the body was then painted matt black.

The rear lights were painted in their respective colours. The resulting parts were then attached to the body using small drops of superglue.

applied by tapping with the tip of a flat brush at the desired locations.

Those hubcaps

The tyres and rims are beautiful, although I was a little discouraged by the chrome hubcaps. Certainly, compared to the real thing, it seems a logical way to plan things, except we must paint the hubcap centres in body colour while the Mercedes star must remain chrome. Not easy to pull off, considering that the paint will not adhere well to a chrome surface. The star is moulded in relief, but Tamiya also provides a decal to dress it up after painting the trim. With its shading, the two-dimensional star creates a rather convincing result.

The interior parts were airbrushed XF-7 Flat Red, diluted with the lacquer thinner, which helps to maintain the colour intensity and create a finer surface grain. A colour-wash of Indian red oil paint was applied over all surfaces, which darkens and intensifies the red.


The headlights were assembled and attached to the body, along with grille and nylon mesh. Too bad Tamiya did not provide this part in photo-etched metal!

Several drybrushing treatments were then applied to the cabin parts using a mixture of Tamiya Acrylics XF-7 Flat Red gradually lightened with XF-8 Flat Yellow.

Once the drybrushing was complete, the red surfaces varied from gloss to matt, so to remedy this a layer of aerosol satin varnish was applied, unifying the various finishes.

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The dashboard was covered with a piece of tape, wide enough to stick it to a piece of scrap card to manipulate it for the next step.

The contours of the instrument panel and the various dials were trimmed out with a new blade. A safer solution would be to use a liquid masking material such as Humbrol Maskol.

The grey body colour was applied in several layers. Once the paint had dried, the masking tape was removed, starting on the dials with the help with the tip of an X-Acto knife inserted in centre of each dial recess.

The dial-decals were positioned, then a good coat of gloss varnish was applied across the moulding. The buttons and switches on the metallic grey area were then touched in with silver paint, by brush. Once the varnish had been applied, the result was smooth and uniform.

The instrument panel was assembled, starting with the ‘300SL’ self-adhesive metal transfer. I didn't paint the wheel white but instead chose Humbrol Cream 103. This colour was then drybrushed with a mixture of Cream and Humbrol White 34. The MB decal was then placed on the steering wheel centre and the whole thing coated in gloss varnish. The metal transfer from the Mercedes star was then positioned. The finished dashboard is very effective and is an lovely replica of the real thing.

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FULL-BUILD: CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE TAMIYA 1:24 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL l KIT NO.24338 The door trims were initially painted metallic grey around their edges. The grey was then masked off and the inner panels sprayed red and weathered as per the interior. The masks were removed and then the rivets were touched in. The handles were cemented in place and a black colour-wash applied around their bases and on the opening levers.

The final assembly of the cabin began by fitting the rear wheel wells (A12 and A13). Then came part B1, seats, dashboard, the gear lever and part B25. Before being glued in place, the plated speaker parts (D17) were first covered in satin black paint. Once dry, black was wiped off with a cloth dipped in liquid polish, leaving the paint in the recesses of the parts. Be careful not to over-polish, the plating is quite delicate.

The light ‘ageing’ of the engine was enhanced by simulating some oil leakages, made using dark brown colour-washes. The valve cover is a part that’s regularly touched and manipulated, so some scratches were made with the tip of a needle. Finally, a very light drybrushing was performed over the entire engine with a matt black mixture plus Humbrol Brown 72 to simulate dusty deposits.

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An overview of the chassis and drivetrain parts.

Once painted satin black, the frame was drybrushed with a mixture of Humbrol Matt Black and Flesh. After the first treatment had dried, light surface rust marks were simulated by drybrushing with rust-coloured paint, mainly around the welds but also on the front suspension arm and the rear axle.

The brake drums were covered with a colour-wash of rusty tones on their ribbed faces. A light drybrushing was then performed with Steel Grey 53. Rust-coloured paint was then tapped with the tip of a flat brush over the whole surface of the drums.

This close-up view of the engine compartment gives a better idea of ​​the light weathering work.

Maskol was delicately brushed onto the outer edges of the contoured hubcaps. The raised line serves as a guide to channel and stop the Maskol from spreading. However, if the application is not perfect, it is possible to repeat process.

The body colour was applied by airbrush in several thin layers. About half an hour later, the Maskol was removed with tweezers, pulled off parallel to the part and away from the painted surface. Do not try to remove the Maskol all at once, or pull upward from the part. Paint residue was scraped off with a toothpick.

The ‘star’ decals were then positioned with the help of decal softener solution plus a very light touch as they are quite fragile. Finally, the hubcaps were protected with two-part varnish, which seals everything in.

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V The assembly of the The rims were painted Aluminium XF-16. A dark grey colour-wash was applied on the entire surface of the rim, as can be seen on the lower two parts. The once dry, drybrushing was performed with the XF-16.

The tyres were mounted on their rims and the wheel covers fixed with cyano. The result is actually not bad, but metal transfers might have looked sharper.

tubular frame is a mere formality, exactly as described in the instructions. To be realistic, we must, however, devote some time to the removal of mould lines which is even more necessary if one decides to drybrush this area. The resulting structure was airbrushed with Tamiya TS-29 Satin Black and the drum-brakes brush-painted with Humbrol Steel Grey 53. The rest of the frame assembly continued, following the instructions.


Back to the body now, and on with the two quarterwindows. These are moulded in with their framework and having applied Bare Metal Foil on the rest of the window frames, it was

necessary to do the same on the rear quarter-panels. To form a little more surface for the Bare Metal Foil and to avoid any unpleasant surprises during installation in the body, the outer contours of the rear-quarter frames were slightly filed down. The foil was then placed, shaped and cut to size. The rear quarterwindows were then fitted from inside the body and bonded with a few drops of cyano. Throughout final assembly, the doors and the bonnet were held shut with pieces of tape. Aside from the dashboard and chrome bezels that complicate the painting, Tamiya's new 1:24 kit of the 300SL was a pleasure to build a model with such extraordinary precision. A kit not to be missed! ●

Tamiya’s 1:24 Mercedes-Benz 300SL is a highly detailed kit inside and out, and the model requires a patient, methodical approach to assembly and painting.

The 300SL’s space-frame chassis can be appreciated in this underside view.

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Injection-moulded polystyrene, soft vinyl tyres, waterslide decals, metal transfers, polycaps, nylon mesh, window masks.

Paints used;

Tamiya Sprays: White Primer, TS-29, TS-30 Tamiya Acrylic: XF-2,XF-3, XF-7, XF-9, XF-16, XF-18, XF-24, XF-54, X-26, X-27, X-34 Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color: Dark Brown, Grey, Black Humbrol Enamels: 33, 34, 53, 61, 72, 103 Model Master Enamels: Metallic Black (1406), Burned Metal (1415), Aluminium (1401), Rust (1785) Winsor & Newton Oil: Indian Red ZeroPaints: Coronadite Gray (ZP1040) Two-part varnish

Products used: The gullwing doors and bonnet can be displayed in the closed or open positions to show off the engine and cabin detail.

A company in Hungary are currently developing a set of racing wheels with knock-off hubs for this kit and they look superb. Also in development is a set of bespoke luggage for the 300SL. More news and ordering info when we get it.

Cyanoacrylate adhesives, fiveminutes epoxy, TRON SP104, Turpentine, Tamiya Masking Tape, various abrasives, Maskol, Gelson Polish, Tamiya Modeling Wax, Bare Metal Foil Chrome


Tamiya model kits, paints and materials are widely available from good model shops. UK import and distribution by The Hobby Company Limited

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THE STASH! nese Pete Smith dusts off Tamiya's 1:35 Type 90 Japa ic main battle tank kit and creates a small dioram scene for it

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amiya’s kit of the Japanese Ground Defence Force’s Type 90 MBT is heading towards 'oldie but goldie' status, featuring great detail and ease of construction, just as you would expect from Tamiya. I acquired this model, plus Eduard's etched set (No.35135) very cheaply a while ago and as usual, it sat in the stash for some time. After a suitable period to mature I decided it was time to dust off the box and see what I could do with it. The basic construction holds no surprises and it all went together without any trouble. The additions I made were a mix of photo-etched and scratchbuilt items to further enhance the kit. I started by removing the solid handles on the rear deck plus the driver's, commander’s and loader's hatches. I then made some new handles from brass rod. Once this was done, the upper and lower hulls were cemented together. The autoloader was assembled and painted then installed in the turret and the turret halves then closed up. Once in place, the loader looks excellent and gives the viewer a nice glimpse into the workings of a modern tank. I should add that the kit provides a mass of ammunition rounds for you to use, plus plenty of wooden boxes and fibre cases. Time for turret detailing now and I added the photo-etched stowage brackets to the turret sides/ rear and created straps from Tamiya Masking Tape with plastic card buckles. The smoke dischargers were detailed-up with some spare chains. I managed to lose the mantlet cover, so made one using lead foil and plastic card. A few more PE bits were added at this point. When using etched sets I always just add what I feel is needed; I don’t slavishly add every last piece on the fret. That, for me, is the path to insanity! Onto the hull now and here I CA glued the photo-etched engine screens in place, plus all the tools. The detail on the hull is great, so very little needs to be done here.


After a wash in soapy water to remove any grease and dust, the model was primed using Vallejo Grey Primer. I left this for at least forty-eight hours to ensure it was fully cured. I used Tamiya’s Acrylic colours for the JGSDF; XF-72 JGSDF Brown and XF-73 JGSDF Green. I started by spraying the green and once dry, I went back over the model using a mix of green with few added drops of XF-21 Sky. Spraying at low pressure, I worked this lightened shade into the middle of panels to create some contrast. The brown went on next and I sprayed the pattern freehand. Again, a lightened mix was applied using a few drops of Sky to lighten the tone. I then kept going over the model with more Sky added to the two colours until I was happy with the effect; I thinned these subsequent mixes just a little more than normal which makes them slightly transparent. The end result looks almost pastel in tone but this will change with subsequent weathering. Modern Japanese armour does not exhibit much in the way of wear and tear, they seem to keep their vehicles in a very good condition so there is not much scope for heavy weathering. However a few areas of wear were added using Vallejo German Camo Black Brown applied with a fine piece of sponge. I concentrated my efforts around the hatches and stowage areas, these being the places most likely to show some wear from constant foot-traffic. Some fine scratches and scrapes were added next using a fine brush to apply lightened mixes of the base colours. After a good coat of gloss varnish, the decals were next. The kit gives you four, colourful options and as usual they went on with no problems.


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The completed autoloader, painted and weathered. This will look great when installed in the model.

The tank’s autoloader system with three rounds ready to be painted.

V 'filter' using AK Interactive's

Summer Kursk Earth', again thinned heavily. When this was dry, AK’s Rain Marks for NATO Tanks and Streaking Grime were applied to all the vertical surfaces. Multiple applications of pin washes, filters and streaking continued until I was happy with the overall look. The tracks received a coat of then a liberal application of MiG Productions' Weathering Pigments, mixed into a slurry with tap water. When dry, a stiff brush was used to remove the excess. The inner track pads were picked out using Vallejo Dark Rubber and the contact surfaces of the outer tracks were highlighted with graphite powder. The model was now matt varnished and once dry, I added all the shiny bits. For the periscopes and gunner's sights I used some 'party scatter' cut to size and glued in place using canopy glue. Party scatter is great for any type of coated optical device as it comes in lots of bright metallic colours. I used a purple colour for the driver's and commander's scopes and a gold colour for the gunner’s sights and commander’s master sight. Fuel stains went on next using oil paints and gloss varnish and finally a few metallic areas were created, especially on the ends of towing points. Final weathering consisted of a light spray of Tamiya XF-7 Buff and XF-52 Flat Earth on the lower hull and side skirts. Then, a heavy application of various pigments was made on the wheels and lower hull.

Brass rod handles were added to the engine deck for a more convincing look.

Photo-etched mesh screens installed on the engine grilles.

The turret under construction, with Eduard racks ready for fitting.

An overview of the turret showing the autoloader in its final, vertical position within the turret.

Here we see the mighty Type 90, all built up and ready for paint.

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The rain/dust cover over the mantlet was rebuilt from lead foil and

Close-up view of the turret side revealing Eduard racks and up-detailed smoke dischargers.

Once the wheels, tracks and side skirts were in place, more pigments went onto the rest of the model to tie it all together. I applied some mud splatters to the side skirts plus the front and rear of the tank using a stiff brush, flicked with my finger; a messy but strangely satisfying process!


From the start of this project I wanted to display the model with some of the loading figures supplied in the box, as I thought the scene would look rather good, so I assembled them with the intention of painting the camouflage pattern by hand. However, during the build I came across some 'Mr Chronicle' uniform decals so decided to give them a go. The decal comes in one big sheet so I started by cutting rough shapes out and trimming for a good fit on each figure. The decal is quite thick, so once placed on the figure it will withstand quite a bit of handling. I used Mr Setter and Softener which worked well. After about ten minutes a bit of light pressure with a cotton bud got the decals settling down nicely. I continued to work in small areas on each figure until each one was completed. To be honest, I did find it a chore and not as quick or easy as painting the uniform, but the finished result did look very realistic. Once the decals had set I painted the figures using Vallejo colours and added a colour-wash with oils to add


Base colours are on in this view and some shading has been executed too.

Views of the model, midway through the painting, shading and highlighting process.

After a glossing up, the tank’s markings were positioned and once dry, re-matted down again.

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The weathering of the Type 90 was kept to very subtle levels as modern vehicles feature tough paints which resist heavy chipping and scoring.

V some depth to the uniforms.

A light drybrushing with a sand colour also helped to blend the uniform details and give them a worn look. After a matt varnishing the figures really did come to life. The ammo was painted up next and I used a selection of rounds and boxes. Tamiya provide a full set of decals for it all, including different markings for each type of box and round. I think each box had about seven different decals to apply! To set it all off, I made a diorama base, beginning with a picture frame from IKEA and using foam to fill the void. The groundwork was built up using Polyfilla followed by fine sand and grit. This was sprayed with various earth-toned paints. Static grass and larger clumps of grass went on next. Some weeds carved from stretched sprue were glued in place and the grass areas then sprayed with a suitable colour. All the elements could now be fixed to the base and given a final dusting of pigments to tie it all together.

The kit’s one-piece flexible tracks are excellent and were painted in deep brown tones. Note the black inner bands where the roadwheels have run.

The crew figures and ammunition cases, assembled and ready for paint and decals.

The ammunition and cases that are supplied with the kit are extremely well detailed and even come with a sheet of their own data stencil decals.

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Uniform decals from Shinsengumi’s ‘Meister Chronicle’ range were used on the figures in order to obtain the exact colours and pattern of the crew’s clothing.

The decalling was quite a challenge to apply and time-consuming too, but the results in the photos here show just how effective they can look.


The Type 90 is classic Tamiya with great fit of parts and superb detail. The model was pure fun to build, which is surely what it’s all about? It’s also quite different from the norm; you don’t see that many Japanese armoured vehicles built up at shows so it does make a refreshing change. With the addition of the figures, you get an instant diorama that tells a story in a compact space. Just the job! ●

The display base is quite small, but just the right size for this simple yet effective presentation.

Views of the completed work reveal the subtle but appropriate levels of weathering and the placement of the rounds being loaded.

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Injection-moulded polystyrene, one-piece tracks, polycaps, waterslide decals

Paints used;

The Type 90 is classic Tamiya with great fit of parts and superb detail...

Tamiya Acrylics; XF-72 JGSDF Brown, XF-73 JGSDF Green, Tamiya XF-7 Buff, XF-52 Flat Earth, XF-21 Sky AK Interactive; Summer Kursk Earth' Vallejo; Track Primer AK Interactive; Rain Marks for NATO Tanks, Streaking Grime


Tamiya model kits and paints are widely available from good model shops. Imported and distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Limited; Vallejo, AK Interactive;

The animation of Tamiya’s figure set perfectly conveys the motions of a tank crew loading up their vehicle.


Side cutters are by far the best way to routinely remove kit parts from their sprues. Tamiya’s Sharp Pointed Side Cutters are some of the very best around and snip the parts cleanly from the sprue-gate, leaving minimal waste plastic on the part. An essential part of a scale modeller’s equipment.

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hatever subject we chose to build a miniature replica of, we all strive to achieve near-perfect finishes on our models; for car (and bike) modellers this is especially important, but the same principle applies to any area of scale modelling of course. We do our best to avoid creating cement-smears, visible joint-lines, areas of filler, unwanted textures and sink-marks and during the finishing stages. We strive for a perfect, wet-look glossy paint job and seamless decals when building cars and bikes. A shining example to aspire to would be something like a gleaming, Raybrig-sponsored JGTC (Japanese Grand Touring Championship, now known as Super-GT) Honda NSX from around ten years ago. Their gorgeous purple and chrome finishes must have been perfect, in order to look so good on the race track, surely? On my recent trip to Japan I had the opportunity to see one of these cars – as kitted by Tamiya in 1:24 and 1:10 RC – up close and personal, as one is on show at Tamiya's headquarters in Shizuoka City, Japan. Tamiya's display car was an actual racer and is exhibited as it though it just drove off the circuit, given a wash and was put out on exhibit. As I approached the car, camera in hand, I thought to myself “this will make a useful reference article”. And, indeed it did, but not in quite the way I had imagined! Upon closer inspection, I realised that its finish was far from perfect, with areas of paint chipping, scoring, air bubbles under the markings and carbon-fibre with less than perfect gloss varnish. Quite a few areas had been fixed with clear PVC tape. This is, of course, because the car received repairs and adjustments during its race career, plus absorbing the general knocks and bumps of racing. I find this equally, if not more attractive than a showroom-condition vehicle as these are the traces of its past and imbue the car with some character. My observations are in no way meant to suggest that we 'downgrade' our model-finishing aspirations – far from it – but it is interesting to see just how race cars can actually look up close. Some of the imperfections would be fun to incorporate into a model build! ●


PERFECTION? TMMI's Editor has a close-up look at a JGTC Honda NSX and its surface finish was rather interesting...

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Making perfectly round holes in model decals to Air bubbles can easily become trapped under allow fasteners, rivets and body clips to remain larger areas of decal, and on the real car’s vinyl exposed is never easy, as we can see here. logos too.

Further evidence of air bubbles large and small under this section of black, self-adhesive vinyl.

Consistent shut-lines are important on model cars, but when clearance is needed on the real car, larger cut-outs may be required.

The fuel filler is missing but around the inner edge In the areas of reflection, we can see the of its recess in the bodyshell, we can see where the composite texture of the body’s structure showing through, creating an ‘orange-peel’ effect. filler nozzle has struck the surface multiple times.

Less than perfect carbon-fibre effect decal can Applying decals into corners is a fiddle on a cause panics when building models, but this scale model, and on a full-size car too. scoop on the real car might put your mind at rest.

This number of tiny and not so tiny air bubbles under the decalling would see many a model heading towards the waste bin...

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Body-panels that don’t require access during a race are often sealed shut with ‘helicopter’ tape, a tough, transparent PVC material, but when it is time to open the closed-up panel, the cut edges can get scruffy.

An adjustment in the sponsor’s logo is seen here, plus an edge along a shut-line whose decalled-edges are curling up like a British Rail sandwich...

Note the different gauges of composite weave here (1:43 and 1:24?) plus differing depths of the resin in which the ‘cloth’ is set, creating dark patches.

A filler inlet showing a lightly battered finish, particularly around the inner lip.

More helicopter tape in evidence here, plus paint chipping right through to the primer.

If your white decal tears, cut up some strips and stick them on! A down-mark on a model competition table...

The spokes are in good order but there's some light 'curbing' on the rim. Note the torn maker's logo sticker. Over the moulded-in Bridgestone Potenza logo, the manufacturer's name has been sprayed on, much larger, in white paint. Note the generally degraded finish in the stencilapplied marking, underspray where the tyre curved away from the stencil and how the logo darkens/ browns towards the wheel rim.

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Ultimate Burnishing Liquid

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

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DEF MODEL, KOREA • DEF Model sure are a productive company! They are quick on the draw too, creating upgrade and conversion sets for new kits not long after they have hit the hobby shop shelves and webstores. Newly released sets include a pack of six wheel/tyre castings for Dragon's recent Saladin Mk.2 Armoured Car, featuring subtle, 'weighted' bulges where the vehicle's weight presses down on the tyres. These are not just modified recasts of the kit parts, they are wholly re-engineered and include new details such as tyre sidewall logos plus improved hubs and rims; they are a straight swap for the kit wheels. Also in the box are pre-cut masks to ease the painting process, a very handy inclusion. Also new in this range is a similarly comprehensive set for Trumpeter's GAZ-66 truck and BTR-40 plus eight new wheels/tyres for Meng's 1:35 Cougar US 6X6 MRAP. New conversion sets include a pair of complete T-34-85 turrets plus a 'Factory No.112 Type' upgrade set, T-34-85 barrel/mantlet set and a T-34-85 'Basic PE' detail set, all of which include resin castings and more beside. For aircraft, we have no less than three sets of replacement wheels/tyres for Kinetic's 1:24 P-47D Thunderbolt, differentiated by their tread patterns and all with enhanced detail and weighted tyres. DEF's resin castings are flawless and the detail exemplary, so they can be bought and used with confidence. MN 1:35 SETS • Saladin Mk.2 wheel set sagged (DW35079) for Dragon • GAZ-66 Russian 4X4 light military truck wheel set – sagged (DW35077) for Trumpeter • BTR-40 Russian armoured personnel carrier wheel set – sagged (DW35076) for Trumpeter • Cougar US 6X6 MRAP wheel set – sagged (DW35074) for Meng • T-34-85 basic PE detail-up set (DE35010) • T-34-85 barrel/mantlet set (DM35044) • T-34-85 Factory No.112 Type detail-up set (DM35045) • T-34-85 Mod.1943 D-5T main gun conversion set (DM35046) • T-34-85 Mod.1944 D-5T main gun conversion set (DM35047) 1:24 SETS • P-47D Thunderbolt wheel set – sagged No.1 (DS24001) for Kinetic • P-47D Thunderbolt wheel set – sagged No.2 (DS24002) for Kinetic • P-47D Thunderbolt wheel set – sagged No.3 (DS24003) for Kinetic

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EDUARD, CZECH REPUBLIC • • If the standard cockpit detail in Eduard's new Spitfire Mk.XVI isn't enough for you, there is now the 'nuclear' option, offered by the kit's manufacturer in their 'Brassin' line... This resin and photoetched brass set has the potential to take the Spitfire's cabin from 'fantastic' to 'incredible', although there are some features of the plastic parts that might appeal more to some modellers than their resin replacements. The plastic parts are generally all moulded individually which can ease their painting procedure if you prefer to paint that way, plus, the polystyrene can be glued with standard modelling cement, where the resin cockpit must be assembled using cyanoacrylate glue (superglue). It's a fantastic set, but only really aimed at the advanced modeller who must have that extra bit of complexity. Also released in the Brassin line for the Spitfire Mk.XVI is a set of three-spoke wheels/tyres, with individually cast inner hubs – nice. Other neat new resin bits in the Brassin line include early and late pattern wheels/tyres for Eduard's 1:48 A-4E/F 'Vietnam Scooters' kit, plus a resin/PE jet pipe for the model. Eduard's 'Big Sin' subdivision of the Brassin range (yes, it gets a little complicated here) is a very extensive set of resin-cast underwing ordnance for the A-4E/F, including Mk.77, 81 and 82 bombs with fuse-extenders, Mk.82s with airbrakes, MERs and Zuni rocket pods; lots of resin parts, lots of data stencil decals and a few PE parts. 1:350 PHOTO-ETCHED SETS • International Marine Signal Flags (53139) • USS CV-5 Yorktown Pt.1 cranes and lifeboats (53140) for Merit • USS CV-5 Yorktown Pt.2 AA guns (53140) for Merit 1:48 PHOTO-ETCHED SETS • Spitfire Mk.XVI landing flaps (48849) for Eduard • Spitfire Mk.XVI surface panels (48850) for Eduard • Spitfire Mk.XVI details (49725) for Eduard • Spitfire Mk.XVI seatbelts (49083) for Eduard • A-E/F Skyhawk upgrade set (48851) for Eduard/Hasegawa • IJN seatbelts Super Fabric (49084) • Seatbelts Luftwaffe WWII bombers (49085) 1:35 PHOTO-ETCHED SETS • T-34-76 (36323) for ICM • Somua S35 (36322) for Tamiya • Gama Goat (36321) for Tamiya 1:32 PHOTO-ETCHED SETS • Fw190F-8 interior self-adhesive (32842) for Revell • Fw190F-8 landing flaps (32872) for Revell • Fw190F-8 seatbelts (32843) for Revell • Mosquito Mk.IV interior self-adhesive (32840) for HK Models ZOOM SETS • 1:72 Avia B.534 III serie Weekend (SS527) for Eduard • 1:32 Fw190F-8 interior self-adhesive (33149) for Revell • 1:32 Mosquito Mk.IV interior self-adhesive (33148) MASK SETS • 1:72 Avia B.534 III serie Weekend (CX416) for Eduard • 1:32 Fw190F-8 (JX181) for Revell • 1:32 Mosquito Mk.IV (JX182) for Revell • 1:35 Gama Goat (XT215) for Tamiya • 1:35 T-34-76 wheels (XT216) BRASSIN SETS • 1:72 AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles (672 064) • 1:48 Spitfire Mk.XVI wheels three-spoke (648 218) for Eduard • A-4E/F wheels early (648 213) for Eduard/Hasegawa • A-4E/F wheels (648 214) for Eduard/Hasegawa • A-4E/F exhaust nozzle (648 215) for Eduard/Hasegawa

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New Releases

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What’s in the box?


MASTERPIECE MODELS, USA New from this Washington, USA based producer is the intriguingly named 'The Corr-UGator' tool, for the creation of 1:35 corrugated iron sheeting. In the box you'll find three grey resin castings; the two-part tool itself, with male/female corrugated pattern on their inner faces, plus a sheet-cutting guide and a roll of thin, soft metal (pewter?) from which you'll make the sheets of constructional steel. It's very simple to use, just unroll some of the metal, place the guide on it and cut out a rectangle, then place the sheet on the lower part of the tool. Pressing down on the slightly curved upper 'stamp' imparts the ribbing into the metal in a very convincing pitch for 1:35. You can then paint and weather the sheet to your own taste – excellent! Nicely cast parts in grey resin and very quick and effective to use, so this is ideal for dioramists. Also new from Masterpiece are packs of fine-grain, hobby-grade cork in 25.5cm x 12.5cm sheets. The texture of this small-grain cork mimics stone and brick rather well and when painted creatively, is an ideal and easy material for walls, bridges and other masonry in dioramas. Great stuff! MN THE CORR-U-GATOR SCALE CORRUGATED IRON TOOL 1:35 (MMTL002) FINE GRAIN HOBBY CORK 1.5MM X3 SHEETS (MMCRK-001) FINE GRAIN HOBBY CORK 3MM X3 SHEETS(MMCRK-002) FINE GRAIN HOBBY CORK 6MM X3 SHEETS(MMCRK-003) FINE GRAIN HOBBY CORK 1.5/3/6MM X1 SHEETS EACH (MMCRK-004)

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QUICKBOOST, CZECH REPUBLIC Some new detail sets have arrived from Quickboost, aimed at Airfix's 1:72 Blenheim Mk.I and Revell's 1:32 Bf109G-6. This company offer easy to use add-on parts that give the kit a 'quick boost' of detail, and their products do exactly what it says on the tin, or packet! Great detail and very well cast in pale, greenish-grey resin. • 1:72 BRISTOL BLENHEIM MK.I AIR INTAKES (QB72 474) FOR AIRFIX • 1:72 BRISTOL BLENHEIM MK.I TROPICAL AIR INTAKES (QB72 475) FOR AIRFIX • 1:72 MESSERSCHMITT BF109E CONTROL LEVER/ COLUMN (QB72 470) FOR AIRFIX • 1:72 LANCASTER B.II GUN BARRELS ROUND PERF. (QB72 469) FOR AIRFIX • 1:32 MESSERSCHMITT BF109G-6 CORRECT OIL RADIATOR (QB32 169) FOR REVELL • 1:32 MESSERSCHMITT BF109G-6 CORRECT GUN BULGES (QB32 170) FOR REVELL • 1:32 MESSERSCHMITT BF109G-6 CORRECT AIR INTAKE (QB32 171) FOR REVELL

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o you remember the science fiction film 'Resident Evil: Extinction', in which the world – in a possible future – was destroyed by the 'T Virus'? Every day, humans were fighting for life because there were way too many 'walkers' (the infected), let alone having time to sitting at the table and relax over a coffee! This was where my idea for a Volkswagen T1 combat vehicle came from. In a world full of danger, a multi-function utility vehicle would be vital for surviving in the battlefield. Just like

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Huey helicopter, the purposes of the machine could be cargo-carrying, surveillance, ambulance, or even a tank, with proper modification. It all started out with Hasegawa's 1:24 kit... I had drawn several sketches of the vehicles with wheels, tracks and maglev and before long I decided that T80E1 tracks for the M47 were the equipment suitable for a world where you confront endless battles. Besides, tracks looked more compatible with its van-type body, with road wheels from a 1:35 M60.



Construction began by cutting away the lower areas of the body sides and the original chassis parts. The rest of the chassis was scratchbuilt in order to create enough space for mounting the road wheels and tracks. Original parts such as steering wheel and suspension were removed as they were not needed for the vehicle. The new chassis was made using 3mm thick plastic card with welts of putty applied on the inside for reinforcement. The road

wheels and brackets were carried over from the donor kit, Tamiya's M60A1. After the centre lower hull was complete, I drilled holes to fit five road wheels and one drive sprocket on each side. The wheels and

Cut the lower bodysides for track installation space.

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drive sprockets were not cemented, in order to allow adjustment (just in case). Most of the chassis parts were treated with Gunze Mr. Surfacer 500 plus a layer of diluted putty, which I

stippled using a stiff brush to create a surface texture.


To make the entire vehicle body look more functional, several

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additional panels were added to the passenger door, driver's door, side doors and tailgate. The windscreen was replaced with metal frames, meshes and panels. Several

1.2mm brass tube. Soldering up the roof rack from re any type of befo er prim l meta y Be sure to appl painting.

rivets and bolts were added to the panels. Roof racks were made by soldering 1.2mm brass tubing, on top of which were placed real wood panels


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80-grit sandpaper was used to create additional scratches and to lift the grain to emphasize the wooden surface texture. Holes were drilled on the tip of each plank for fitting rivets. The wood plates were brush-painted with Vallejo acrylics with various brown colours and then yellow, white and black were applied randomly to create high-contrast effects. The rear windscreen was removed as well because the T1 was to receive a new, heavier engine in its rear compartment and hence it would make more sense to replace the old rear windscreen with exhaust grille instead. A double layered frame was scratchbuild, then painted and weathered with AK International materials to simulate grease and engine oil. I applied some rust-coloured pigments on the grille and some fuel leak grime was brushed below the grille on tailgate panels. The T80E1 track is by Bronco; their workable set in 1:35 scale and plenty of patience was required during the complex assembly process. It was worth the effort though, because the 'workability' was quite good!

Roof rack floor panels were cut from ice-lolly sticks, sanding their surfaces in the same direction with 60-grit sandpaper to create real wood surface texture. Wood planks were painted with series of Vallejo brown colours.

Some fuel drums were placed on the roof rack.

I cut some rectangular shapes from 0.5mm plastic plate for an additional fender.

Here’s the result; it looks pretty nice. Notice that some green on the random edge makes it more realistic.

The fuel drums were sanded, making the denting on their surfaces.

The side-slide door’s reinforced body-panels were painted to simulate a rusted steel texture.

Chipping the rust on the roof rack was made by dabbing a sponge in Vallejo brown and yellow.

The brand new customized chassis with uneven surface texture.


Several chipping techniques were employed on this model, including 'sponge technique' and 'hairspray technique'. Firstly, the entire body was treated with Mr. Surfacer 1000 as a primer coat, followed by Mr. Color Burnt Umber to act as a rust colour across the body. The same treatment was applied to the additional body panels. After left to dry for several hours, I applied hairspray over the whole surface and then let it dry again. The body was painted light blue, mixed from Vallejo Blue (71008), Light Sea Blue (17089) and a little Light Grey (71050). The next step was to apply some even lighter blue on surfaces most exposed to sunlight, to create a faded effect. The entire body was

The body was painted hull red, followed by a thin layer of hairspray.

While the red colour was still soft, some coarse salt was sprinkled on.

After the salt, the body was sprayed light blue, with some highlights.

The result after the ‘salt-chipping’ technique; the author was not satisfied with the result on the roof-top.

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Peace symbols were painted on the each side of the body. The chipping within the symbols was created using liquid masking fluid.

The exhaust grilles were scratchbuilt in two layers.

colour-washed with very thin black/brown enamel paint colour, along with some streaks on corners and areas around bolts. Big 'peace' symbols were painted in white on both sides of the body, and on the right hand side two traditional Chinese characters 和平 (meaning 'peace') were also specially painted.

The crew will need some ladders to access the roof top, made from 0.6mm brass tubing.

Test-fitting the position of additional fenders. They looked too orderly when placed all together on one side, so the author decided to arrange them separately with two or three on each side.

The exhaust grille was heavily weathered using pigments.


I was not satisfied with my first attempt at chipping, using the 'salt-technique' on the roof, so I repainted it and tried the hairspray technique instead. I applied Vallejo Rust (71008), Dark Earth (71029), Burnt Umber (71040) and some medium yellow randomly on the roof. While it was still slightly


和平(Chinese character which means peace) was written on the side door armoured panels.

wet, I randomly dabbed some diluted white onto the surface using a sponge. After the white had totally dried, I applied a thin layer of dark brown covering the top, carefully controlling its transparency to create the rust texture I wanted. When this was fully dry, I applied semi-gloss clear coat over the top, followed by a thin

layer of hairspray. Vallejo white was then sprayed over the roof, along with some light grey on the edges and I used a hairdryer to shorten the drying time. Now, behold the coming of the most interesting and enjoyable part! The chipping and scoring, using 'melamine foam' (BASF product). I gently wiped the surface


This 140 x 204mm sheet of carbon-composite effect decal is ideal for adding a touch of sharpness to your RC model. The pattern is printed on self-adhesive vinyl and can easily cut with a fresh modelling knife blade and softened with a hairdryer on hot to allow it to conform to the model’s surface.

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Streaks of grime were applied to the body.

Front lamp lenses were painted with a thin layer of transparent yellow to achieve a faded effect.

The track is Bronco's T80E1 for the M47. Much patience The tracks were installed on the vehicle and is needed for this process, but they did remain workable. were ready for some serious weathering.

Here we see the repainted the roof with layers of brown and rust colours, followed by the hairspray technique and treatment with a melamine sponge.

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gently, as melamine foam is equal to 1500-2000 grit sandpaper) to create really delicate chipped edges. Colour-washes were then applied for weathering.


After all the hard work on the tracks, I applied Mr. Surfacer 1000, followed by dark grey and matt black. The track was then weathered heavily brown, rust and ochre-coloured pigments, layer by layer. All pigments were then sealed with a pigment fixer. The

first layer of the track was then finished. After the track had been installed, it was time to apply some mud. Plaster powder was mixed with earth coloured enamel paint to create a muddy paste, the first layer of which was speckled onto the wheels and the overall under-hull, the second layer using a lighter shade. After three or four layers of mud had been applied, I applied some grease effects randomly to the wheels and tracks to enrich the appearance.

Layers of dirt and mud were speckled on over the wheels and tracks.

The author scratchbuild the front winches using M60 return-rollers with plastic card support bracket fitted to the vehicle’s front face. Note ‘LLAP’ on the license plate.


On the front license plate and rear reinforcement panel, I used 'LLAP', the famous Vulcan hand gesture standing for 'Live Long And Prosper' from one of my favourite 'Star Trek' movies. This is hereby in memory of Leonard Nimoy, the creator of the gesture.


Building scale models has been at the centre of my daily life, especially when the entire process is deeply involving; not only in the work described above, but

also when I'm using my imagination and creativity to make it a little more special and outstanding. At the beginning of this article I described the purpose of the VW combat vehicle to help folks survive abominable conditions, and 'LLAP' (Live Long And Prosper) further symbolizes the strong desire to live on. Before even starting the sketches, I never thought there could be some special connection between a combat vehicle and the famous Vulcan salute, but indeed there was! ●

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Tamiya continue to re-release some of their great Formula 1 kits from the golden age of the sport and we say, bring it on! This time, it's the 1968 Team Lotus 49B


amiya have been steadily re-releasing significant Formula 1 cars from the fabled 1:12 Big Scale Series, revitalising them with photo-etched metal details, paint masks, seatbelt harness straps and even lathe-turned aluminium intake trumpets. This is an inspired idea in TMMI's opinion, as it gives everyone

a chance to build these wonderful models again, without having to crack into their original release that they've had for years, sitting in their stash. Also, the newly printed decals The latest kit in this range is the 1968-released Lotus 49B in the visually appealing scheme of gold, red and white with full-brightness chrome

wheels. This car is from the era of twin, ultra-high wings at the back and if you build the No.1 car of Jackie Oliver, you can fit the front wing too, giving the car a very unusual and distinctive look. When we look at the parts up close, it really is astonishing to think they are nearly fifty years old. The design techniques have changed slightly as

new moulding technology was adopted but really, the model's components look fresh and sharp with no trace of flash, sink marks or other common defects seen in older kits. The kit's engine is a lovely replica of the Ford DFV V8 unit that served for so many years in Formula 1 and with some wiring and plumbing it will look superb.

Tamiya factory-photos showing details of this lovely, large Lotus

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The nose is a beautiful moulding. Not bad for a nearly fifty year old kit.

New to this kit are eight, machined alloy intake trumpets.

As was the fashion when this kit was new, a driver figure is included. This is a vital inclusion in TMMI’s opinion.

Black and clear vinyl tubing, metal springs and more are included.

Also new to this re-release is a sheet of photo-etched metal that carries radiator faces, brake discs, seatbelt hardware and dial faces.

Decals are newly printed and livery masks are very helpful. Fabric seat belts make the build a lot easier.

Tamiya’s 1:12 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 engine is nearly half a century old but still looks excellent, with plenty of detail on the engine block and heads.

‘Chromed’ parts include the four-spoke wheels and the fuel injectors. The finish has a deep, flawless lustre.

The revitalised kit now comes with a sheet of photo-etched metal, providing brake disc faces (two per wheel) open-mesh faces for the radiator (mounted in the nose) plus dial faces – although the decals provided for these are far superior in detail – and maybe most importantly, the buckles and adjusters for the driver's harness.

Surface detail on the rocker covers is crisp, as it is over the whole kit.

The engine intakes are beautifully machined from aluminium and they will add a touch of refinement to the engine area. The same parts are included in plastic of course (on the plated sprue) and they look good, but they each have a pair of sprue attachment points at their rims which are rather tricky to conceal. It's really good to see this marvellous kit back

again and with added extras too. If you fancy a nostalgia trip in both subject and kit, there's no better way to do it than by building one of the refreshed Big Scale Series from Tamiya. ● MN Those big 1:12 semi-pneumatic tyres are irresistible! You just want to squeeze and sniff them...

MODEL SPEC SCALE; . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:12 MATERIALS: . IM, PE, SVT, CP, MMA, PCM, WS KIT NUMBER; . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12053 AVAILABILITY; Tamiya models are widely available from good model shops. Imported and distributed by The Hobby Company Limited TMMI’s OPINION? Still an impressive kit even after almost half a century! New plastic, decals and tyres, plus all-new PE and alloy additions add that little extra touch of detail.

The box-side illustrations from the classic ‘Big Series’ era show the model’s construction with complete clarity.

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TOYODA MODEL AA SCALE; 1:24 • MATERIALS: IM, PE, SVT, WS • KIT NUMBER; 24339 Tamiya’s latest 1:24 car kit is a slightly unusual subject, but an appealing one nonetheless. It depicts the first car created by Toyota (then called Toyoda) in 1936, of which over 1,400 were built until 1942. Tamiya issued the cabriolet version of this vehicle (the AB Phaeton) in the military scale of 1:35, as it was used as a staff car by the Imperial Japanese forces during the war. The AA kit comes with a detailed ladder chassis, leaf-spring suspension, workable steering, detailed interior and a characterful driver figure. MN

GUADALCANAL COBRAS DUAL COMBO SCALE; 1:48 • MATERIALS: IM, R, PE, WS, PCM • KIT NUMBER; 1161 In this new boxing from Eduard we have the company’s excellent P-39 Airacobra kit from quite a few years back, in fact we have two of them! The model features a well appointed cockpit with alternative, pre-coloured photo-etched brass instrument panels for the differing versions, plus resin wheels/tyres and further PE metal parts for the airframe. No less than seven decal options are provided, all for Guadalcanal-based aircraft spanning the period 1942 to 1944. Some colourful options (including sharkmouth) are offered. MN

Crisp detail throughout, closed doors, impressive chrome decals, stunning chrome parts

The kit is a few years old but still looks excellent; recessed panel lines and good detail all round

No engine (not necessarily a bad thing)

A little more challenging to build than a standard 1:48 kit, with some very small parts

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BMW I8 SCALE; 1:24 • MATERIALS; IM, WS KIT NUMBER; 07008 The BMW i8 is the ‘supercar de jour’ and Revell’s kit in 1:24 has recently arrived at TMMI’s office. The model is a fully detailed production, with a decent replica of the hybrid power unit and a nicely detailed cockpit. The swoopy bodyshell is beautifully sculpted and features individually moulded rear ‘buttresses’ over the C pillars plus open or shut doors. The only drawback are the wheels and tyres; the real car sports twentyinch rims but the kit’s are just too small to give this car the radical appearance it needs. Otherwise, a very cool kit of an impressive performance/eco vehicle. MN

Excellent detail all round, excellent cabin and powertrain mouldings Wheels/tyres too high-profile; skinnier rubber and bigger rims needed to create the right look

2013 CAMARO ZL 1 SCALE; 1:25 • MATERIALS: IM, WS, PPB KIT NUMBER; 07059 Here we have Revell’s 2013 Camaro, which was originally issued in 2010, updated for the ‘13 version. This release now comes with a prepainted bodyshell and, considering its mass-production nature, the finish is remarkably good, if a little translucent. The metallic finish looks more like a metal-flake in this scale, but it’s rather attractive. Some small scratches were present on the windscreen of our sample but they could be rubbed out. Interior, suspension and engine detail are all excellent. MN

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F-16XL EXPERIMENTAL FIGHTER SCALE; 1:48 • MATERIALS: IM, WS • KIT NUMBER; 48026 The ‘XL’ version of the ubiquitous F-16 fighter featured a compound delta-wing or ‘cranked arrow’ plan-form, conceived to demonstrate possible new technologies. It could carry twice the ordnance load of the standard F-16 and could fly 40% further thanks to increased fuel-load. Only two were built and they ended up being given to NASA for research purposes. Skunkmodels Workshop’s new kit provides the main structure in large upper/ lower halves with hard-point locations moulded open, plus a generous load-up of stores, the sprues of which occupy a large percentage of the kit box. Excellent recessed detail and well appointed cockpit and undercarriage bays. MN

Good detail all round, cleanly moulded and some nice ‘what-if’ markings options Longitudinal moulding seam in canopy will require the sanding/polishing treatment to remove


SPITFIRE MK.XVI DUAL COMBO LIMITED EDITION • SCALE; 1:48 • MATERIALS: IM, R, PE, WS, PCM • KIT NUMBER; 1198 In the box here we have two whole Spitfire Mk.XVI kits, one with the straight spine and bubble canopy, the other with the conventional canopy/spine layout, which is practically identical to the Mk.IXc. As we’ve said before, this is a gorgeous production from top to bottom, featuring amazing detail in the cockpit and you can now add an even more with Eduard’s resin ‘Brassin’ set if you want to. Everything about this kit is sophisticated, from the airframe panel lines and pre-cut canopy masks to the pre-coloured, multi-layered instrument panel. MN

A superb kit throughout and no less than eight markingsschemes are on offer here. Some small parts here, so a little modelling experience (and good eyes/tweezers) might be needed

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CAEN, EN JUILLET, 1944 A Canadian Sherman Observation Post rolls through the narrow streets of La Maladrerie, Caen


n this cropped image, we see a M4 Sherman OP (Observation Post) tank of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers entering La Maladrerie, Caen, from Franqueville on July 10th, 1944. The Sherbrooke Fusiliers were a regiment (27th Arm. Reg) of the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade (Independent). The vehicle rolls past the bar ‘Au Bon Cidre’ run by Pierre Bazin at No.130, Rue du Gènèral Moulin in the north-west area of Caen. The Google Street View image allows us to see what the building and area looks like these days. The side of the street with No.130 has survived reasonably intact, but the opposite side is now a strip of car parking spaces where the original buildings had been bombed beyond repair by Allied air forces. The street presentation would make an appealing diorama, with a few figures and maybe a Jeep added for extra visual interest. There are good representations of Normandy buildings now available from various manufacturers and the same goes for Shermans in 1:35. Happy modelling! ●

A Google Street-View image of No.130 Rue du Gènèral Moulin, where the main photo was shot.

Photo; Harold G. Aikman/Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA-162667

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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AIRCRAFT MODELLING TECHNIQUES VOL.2 INTERIORS AND ASSEMBLY DIEGO QUIJANO, AMMO MIG JIMENEZ Here we have Spanish modeller Diego Quijano’s second volume on aircraft modelling, this time focusing on interiors and general assembly, although there’s a great deal more to it than that. The book comprises 164 pages (including soft covers), with high-grade, gloss paper and full colour throughout. Throughout the production, Diego shows us how he builds, superdetails, paints and weathers his eye-wateringly beautiful aircraft models, describing everything in photographs with useful, descriptive captions. The author takes us through undercarriage up-detailing using lead wire, brass rod and more, plus and weathering/paint effects. Specialised techniques for wheels/tyres are covered in great detail. The author then turns to the creation of access-panel interiors and how he makes the ‘gubbins’ that are found inside them. To me, this is what elevates Diego from ‘great model builder’ to ‘expert modeller’ as he tends to make his own superdetails from plastic strip, rod, scraps and wire. The effects of this homemade detail work are clear to see and they look wonderful when painted and shaded/outlined in his inimitable style. Further imagery depicts the interiors and service areas of his other models, showing what is possible with more than a little imagination and precision modelling. Engines follow this and again we are shown simple but highly effective superdetail work, followed by paint techniques that make the best of the assembled part and its additional wiring, bolts, rivets etc. Fuselage assembly comes next and tips to achieve efficient and accurate build work are highlighted with some superb close-up photography, again with useful captions. Particularly helpful here is the sequence on how to re-instate panel lines and access ports/hatches that have been lost during joint-line sanding, something I find tricky to accomplish. Further constructional guides complete this production and there is some genuinely practical advice provided, as used by this world-class modeller on his own works. This is just volume 2 of a 5-volume set (vol.1; cockpits, 3; painting, 4; weathering, 5; final steps) forming a truly engaging collection of hands-on, close-up modelling guides. Very highly recommended, so far! MN

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Monday to Saturday 9am - 4.30pm SPECIALIST PLASTIC KIT MODEL SHOP. Brands include tamiya, trumpeter, italeri, revell, dragon, afv, hasegawa, roden, eduard and more

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The UK’s largest mail order company specialising in Scale Automotive model kits with a large selection of aftermarket detailing parts, accessories, books and loads more Unit 59, Basepoint Business Centre, Oakfield Close, Tewkesbury Business Park, Tewkesbury, Glos. GL20 8SD, United Kingdom. Open: Monday-Thursday: 8.00-4.30, Friday: 8.00-2.30

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We aim to stock all the tools and accessories you will ever need. Micro Mesh, Hold & Fold, Detailing Wire and Mesh, Iwata Airbrushes, MIG pigments, Adhesives.

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Contact details for companies featured in TMMI... ● ACCURATE ARMOUR/ ARMOUR DISTRIBUTION Units 15-16 Kingston Industrial Estate, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, PA14 5DG Scotland. Tel; 01475 743 955 Fax 01475 743746

● DRAGON MODELS (The Hobby Company in UK) Dragon Models Ltd, Kong Nam Ind. Building B1-10F, 603-609 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan NT, Hong Kong Fax (HK) 4110587

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

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● HISTOREX AGENTS Wellington House, 157 Snargate Street, Dover, Kent, CT17 9BZ, UK Tel 01304 206720 Fax 01304 204528.

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● QUICKBOOST ● REVELL UK Revell UK, Unit 10, Old Airfield Industrial Estate, Cheddington Lane Tring, Herts, HP23 4QR, UK ● RZM PUBLISHING (Greenhill Books In UK) PO Box 995, Southbury, CT 06488 USA Tel; (USA) 203 264 0774 ● SCHATTON BARRELS Industriestrasse 6, 94347 Ascha, Germany, Fax 09961 910 7826 email; ● SCHIFFER BOOKS Schiffer Publishing, 4880 Lower Valley Rd, Atglen, PA, 19310 USA ● 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; ● 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

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

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Olivier Crumbach creates a 1:24 replica of Sébastien Loeb's McLaren MP4-12C GT from the 2013 FIA GT Championship, using Fujimi's model plus various transkits


The next issue of TMMI is October 2015 (No.240), on sale September 17th ...AND MUCH MORE, OF COURSE!

Due to the many factors that can influence the appearance (or nonappearance) of a model in TMMI, the items listed here are shown on a provisional basis. We endeavour to bring you these articles, but please be patient if they do not feature, as all sorts of things can happen to prevent them from appearing on time… Thank you for your understanding!

STOPPING OFF FOR FUEL AT LEON'S Frédéric Dreister has built not one, but two of Tamiya's 1:35 Somua S35 kits to create his fantastically atmospheric 'France 1940' diorama

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The Editor’s Page... New arrivals at Tamiya’s Spectrum Hall

CLASSIC HONDAS, X2! Hi everyone, When I realised I had a few minutes to myself while visiting Tamiya’s headquarters in May this year, I took a little wander around the building to see if there was anything interesting going on... As ever, I was not disappointed; I walked in on a delivery of not one, but two classic racing Hondas being gently unloaded from a truck, destined for display in the lobby of the Spectrum Hall, so of course, I took some photos! The first bike to appear was a No.93 Repsolsponsored Honda MotoGP machine, followed by the 1982 Honda RS1000 Endurance Racer. Both were handled with great care – as though they were unique works of art – which in a way, they are. I was a little star-struck by being in the presence of these machines and I can now reveal that Tamiya’s 1:12 RS1000 is on its way back soon!

See you again on September 17th!

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