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Issue 226 August 2014 EDITOR Marcus Nicholls editor@tamiyamodelmagazine.com

Contents 4 NEWS DESK New kit and model product news HEAVY HAULAGE A classic Tamiya military vehicle, the M26 tractor PAGE 16

GREAT WAR WARRIOR Tamiya's new 1:35 Mk.IV Male British WW1 tank PAGE 30

6 MODELLERS OF JAPAN ON SHOW! A selection of armour and aviation models from this year’s Shizuoka Hobby Show 14 TERRIFIC TURQUOISE TURBO An in-box look at Tamiya’s new 1:24 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR Vaillant 22 DUCATI FROM BORGO PANIGALE! How does Tamiya’s new 1:12 1199 S shape up? 24 PACIFIC WARRIOR Dragon’s 1:350 USS Buchanan DD-484 Gleaves-Class destroyer 40 NEW RELEASES ACCESSORIES New and recently issued modelling accessories 52 STEALTHY OBSERVATION – NAVY STYLE Freedom Model Kits’ first release is the US Navy’s experimental X-47B 54 NEW RELEASES KITS New model kits reviewed 58 HAWKER-SIDDELEY HARRIER GR.3 Photo-references for the Harrier jump-jet 64 CONTACTS Where to buy the products used and reviewed in TMMI 66 THE EDITOR’S PAGE The Editor’s thoughts on scale modelling topics

'72 JUMP TREAT! Airfix's small but perfectly formed 1:72 Harrier GR.3 PAGE 44

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Newsdesk IN BRIEF... TAMIYA 1:10 RC TRF101w Chassis Kit 1:10 RC Rock Socker 1:10 XB The Hornet Black Metallic hobbyco.net DARK WORLD CREATIONS 70mm American Civil War darkworldcreations.com

DRAGON 1:35 Saladin armoured car 1:35 IDF Huey helicopter hobbyco.net

If you have news of forthcoming model, armour, aircraft or car events, changes of address or just interesting information to share, please write to: TMMI Newsdesk, ADH Publishing, Doolittle Mill, Doolittle Lane, Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, 1Q 1Q QX, X, UK. Tel: 07904 635 694 Fax: 01525 222574 Email: editor@tamiyamodelmagazine.com LU6 1QX,

NEW FROM TAMIYA

1:35 MK.IV MALE As you will see on pages thirty to thirty-eight of this issue, Tamiya have created an all new kit of the iconic British Mk.IV Male tank. The kit will be on sale soon, so keep an eye out for it at your favourite model kit supplier! Also new from Tamiya is a 1:72 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II (Italeri moulds) and a new 1:700 USS Saratoga, reviewed in New Releases Kits. www.hobbyco.net

PARAGRAFIX Photo-etch for Moebius Cylon Raider Photo-etch for Moebius B9 Robot paragrafix.biz

SKP 1:35 German WW2 Para Helmets www.skpmodel.eu

BRAVO6 1:35 US Army Infantry ‘Broken Arrow’ 1:35 US Marines Tank Crew ‘Nam 1:35 US Grenades & Claymores 1:35 US GIs ‘Dig Boy, Dig’ 1:35 German Tankers ‘Lili Marleen’ www.skminiatures.co.uk HAULER 1:48 Soviet Field Kitchen KP-42 1:48 Steyr K2670 Leichter Panzertriebwagen 1:48 Tatra T-141 heavy tractor 1:35 Panzerfaust 1:35 Valve Hand Wheels www.hauler.cz

NEW FROM MERIT 1:48 US NAVY ELCO 80' PT BOAT The mighty Elco 80' can now be built in 1:48, slightly more manageable than Italeri's huge 1:35 kit. Great detail and an interesting camouflage scheme give this release plenty of appeal. www.pocketbond.co.uk

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NEW FROM REVELL NEW ARMOUR KITS

On the way from Revell is a newly-tooled 1:35 M48 A2/GA2 Patton, which offers some great opportunities for conversions. Also new are a 1:35 SpPz2 LuchsA1/A2, 1:72 Spähwagen Fennek and a 1:72 GTK BOXER GTFzA1, www.revell.de/en

NEW FROM REVELL NEW AIRCRAFT AND AUTOMOTIVE KITS

On the way soon from Revell is variety of aviation and car kits, something for everyone! 1:48 Panavia Tornado IDS, 1:144 Boeing 7478F Cargolux, 1:32 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF, 1:24 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback, 1:24 Lamborghini Diablo VT, 1:24 LaFerrari, Model Set Mini Cooper Winner Rally Monte Carlo 1964, Model Set Red Bull Racing, Model Set Red Bull Racing Rb8 Mark Webber www.revell.de/en

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NEW 1:35 VEHICLES AND ARTILLERY On the way soon from newcomers Takom are 1:35 WW1 Mk.IV 'Male' and 'Female' tanks, Skoda M1916 30.5cm howitzer, Russian KV-5 'paper panzer' and a Landcruisertype SUV with a militia figure www.pocketbond.co.uk

MENG 1:35 PANZERHAUBITZE 2000

MASTERBOX 1:35 BRITISH AND GERMAN SOLDIERS, BATTLE OF THE SOMME 1916

Meng's next big release in 1:35 is the modern German army's mighty PZH2000 self-propelled howitzer, based on the Leopard chassis. The kit will come with various options; expect Meng's impressive detail and excellent fit of parts. www.creativemodels.co.uk

This six-man figure set in 1:35 re-creates a well known photograph from the First World War of German prisoners carrying a wounded comrade, escorted by two British 'Tommies'. Very well sculpted and full of pathos. www.creativemodels.co.uk

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Jaguar D Types - SCCA races 1956-1961 1:43 resin & metal kit by Marsh Models

ZVEZDA 1:35 BMP-1 On the way from Zvezda of Russia is a new 1:35 Russian BMP-2 and 1:35 Soviet Sniper Team www.hobbyco.net

ZOUKEI MURA 1:32 HORTEN HO229 FLYING WING

Aston Martin AMR1 - Le Mans 1989 1:43 metal kit by SMTS

Zoukei-Mura of Japan are getting closer and closer to the release of their new-tool 1:32 Ho229 and it's looking good; here are the latest factory photos. www.zoukeimura.co.jp

WIN REVELL KITS!

Win the 1:72 F4U-1D Corsair NEW FROM EDUARD 1:32 SPITFIRE MK.II COCKPIT

Eduard's next big aircraft detail set will be for Revell's new 1:32 Spitfire Mk.II and will feature a whole new instrument panel for those modellers who just must have that detail! www.eduard.com

NEW FROM HOBBYBOSS 1:48 BLOHM AND VOSS BV141 The very odd-looking BV141 was an experimental spotter aircraft that featured an off-centre layout. Hobbyboss's new kit will come with a detailed cabin interior. www.creativemodels.co.uk

NEW FROM PLUS MODEL 1:72 C-121 WARNING STAR

Plus Model have taken the plastic parts from Heller’s 1:72 Lockheed EC.121 Warning Star kit and added a host of resin and photo-etched parts to create a super-kit of this impressive military variant of the Super Constellation. www.creativemodels.co.uk

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Citroen DS3 WRC - Condroz 2013 Loeb 1:24 decal by Renaissance for Heller

TMMI is offering you the chance to win some cool Revell kits of all types, scales and subjects! This time, it’s the 1:72 F4U-1D Corsair

All you need to do is answer this question; Q;Which engine powered F4U-1D Corsair?

Ducati 1199S Panigale 1:12 plastic kit by Tamiya

You can email your answers to the address below or send a postcard to our main office address. Please don’t forget to add your name and postal address so we can send you your prize!

In addition to over 250 ranges of models, Grand Prix Models also publish our own magazine, Four Small Wheels.

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MODEL SHOW REPORT

SHIZUOKA HOBBY SHOW PT.2 ‘MODELLERS GATHERING’ 2014

Photography by Brett Green

MODELLERS OF JAPAN ON SHOW! Brett Green brings us a selection of armour and aviation model photos from this year’s ‘Modeller’s Gathering’ held during the Shizuoka Hobby Show, Japan

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of Japanese modellers show off their work. This year, Brett Green visited this impressive spectacle and he focused his camera on the aircraft and armour models that were on the tables for all to see. ●

We want this little Mitsubishi van for the TMMI company car!

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Specialised paints, including WW2 German three-colour camouflage with two versions of Dark Yellow, on sale from Gaia Notes (http://gaianotes.com).

Modelling demos taking place in the fleamarket.

Tank crew figures from ‘35Max Military’ (maxfactory.cms.drecom.jp/).

Lots of wonderful, rare and exotic goodies from small producers will be found in the fleamarket.

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MODEL SHOW REPORT

SHIZUOKA HOBBY SHOW PT.2 ‘MODELLERS GATHERING’ 2014

Monogram’s 1:48 A-1H Skyraider never looked better! A very tidy job indeed.

We think this is a Martin B-61 Matador! It’s nicely built and painted too.

Grumman Duck with an immaculate finish.

A beautifully painted and weathered Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien in 1:32.

An extraordinary rendition of the Japanese Dinah, in wood!

Tamiya’s 1:32 F4U-1 ‘Birdcage’ Corsair in two-tone scheme.

A fabulous large-scale Lockheed Constellation in TWA livery.

HK Models’ amazing B-17G Flying Fortress in 1:32.

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MODEL SHOW REPORT

SHIZUOKA HOBBY SHOW PT.2 ‘MODELLERS GATHERING’ 2014

Digital camouflage looks superb on this Type 10 MBT.

A deeply impressive skeletal treatment for this Spitfire.

A trio of Japanese F-104 Starfighters; the national scheme looks stunning.

Dassault Mirage in 1:48

This little diorama is a simple but effective way of showing off the crashed Polikarpov.

An extraordinary, full-size replica of a Mitsubishi Zero’s instrument panel, complete with dials and gunsight - incredible!

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Only in Japan... These bombers have been given slightly unconventional camouflage schemes...

JGSDF M61 MBT, set in an appealing depot diorama with heaps of spare track links. The displays are attractively laid out and there’s always plenty for the visitor to see.

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SHIZUOKA HOBBY SHOW PT.2 ‘MODELLERS GATHERING’ 2014

A pair of nicely painted 1:35 Hetzers from the 1945 Prague uprising.

A vast 1:6 anti-aircraft Sd.Kfz.10, scratchbuilt?

1:35 ASLAV with excellent weathering and camouflage.

An amazing railway scene with Tiger being loaded!

A nicely executed and well known diorama of the M50 at Metula, with colour paint scheme!

Evocative street scene with MiniArt tram and T-34 passing by.

Soviet T-64A; subtle but effective.

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KIT PREVIEW TAMIYA 934 TURBO RSR VAILLANT ● KIT NO.24334

An in-box look at Tamiya's new 1:24 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR Vaillant

TERRIFIC TURQU T

amiya launched the newly-tooled 1:24 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR 'Jägermeister' last year to much acclaim and enthusiasm; it was great to see a newly-tooled 1:24 kit of this amazing machine. Already we have a second edition of the model, using the same moulded parts, depicting the 1976 Group 4 GT car of the Vaillant team. The main sponsor (a German boiler/heating system manufacturer) used a very eye-catching livery on its competition cars, with a turquoise

background and purple, red and orange stripes which contrasted beautifully with the blue-green overall shade. In Tamiya's new kit, the bodyshell and chassis plate (plus some other smaller parts) are moulded in a good replica of this colour, and while most modellers will wish to paint their Porsche kit, for those who prefer to leave the bodyshell in its bare plastic (youngsters and beginners) the colour makes a useful starting point. The kit is what could be described as 'curbside' which means no full engine, just the

lower portions. The doors, bonnet and boot are moulded shut which preserves the scale-like lines of the body and greatly eases assembly. This rationalisation doesn't mean the kit is simplified in detail; the chassis is very well rendered with rear swing arms, anti-roll bar, shock absorbers, steerable front wheels and nicely moulded disc brakes and callipers. The engine's lower portion gets a separately moulded turbocharger and exhaust manifold and the turbo intercooler face is enhanced with a

photo-etched grille. The kit's cabin replicates the sparse interior of the real Porsche, with foot pedals, gear lever and handbrake on the floor, plus a multi-part rollcage, standard 911 Turbo dashboard and racing steering wheel. The racing seat comes with decals for its harnesses, something most modellers aren't too fond of, but they do the job and look fine from a distance. For a more three-dimensional look, check out www.grandprixmodels.com and www. hiroboy.com for photo-etched/ fabric seat harness sets.

The kit comes with photo-etched metal grilles and chromed, self-adhesive mirror faces. The decals are dazzling and the chrome on the wheels, perfect. The new 1:24 Porsche kit is easy to build thanks to its ‘curbside’, engineless presentation.

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The bodyshell moulding is flawless and only needs a little clean-up.

Hiroboy’s Zero Paints line now offers the correct Vaillant colour; www.hiroboy.com

Tyre logos are reversed and applied face down.

Just the underside areas of the engine are provided, but the turbocharger is a separate moulding.

The interior is accurately sparse, but the floor of the cabin ‘tub’ is extremely well detailed.

QUOISE TURBO The kit comes with photo-etched grilles for the front of the body too and these will need to be bent to fit the curve of the cutouts in the front spoiler. They will also need painting in the body colour and very careful fixing in place with CA glue, or for safety, PVA glue. The smallest details are sometimes the hardest to get right and creating neat-looking rear view and

wing mirrors can be quite a challenge. Thankfully in this release, we are treated to brightly plated, photo-etched mirror faces that even come with self-adhesive patches for easy attachment to the mirror moulding and they look very cool. One of the hardest parts of any vintage 911 kit is painting the full-width rear light bar that sits above the rear bumper. The kit provides this as a

one-piece clear part, so some very careful and masking/ spraying will be required for a neat appearance. It's great to see the wonderfully colourful Vaillant livery on this fabulous 1970s Porsche Turbo and Tamiya's newly tooled bodyshell and chassis capture the bulbous lines perfectly. To top off the package, we even have a specially mixed Tamiya Spray for the colour... ●

Tyres are racing slicks, naturally.

MODEL SPEC SCALE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:24 MATERIALS: . . IM, PE, SVT, PC, CP, WS Availability: . . . . . . www.hobbyco.net TMMI’S OPINION? The much-loved Vaillant scheme makes its appearance on the new 1:24 1976 RSR and it looks superb.

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FULL-BUILD: ARMOURED VEHICLE TAMIYA 1:35 M26 ARMOURED TANK RECOVERY VEHICLE ● KIT NO.35244

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fter building mainly German armour recently, this Allied subject was a very refreshing change. I had seen the Dragon Wagon in Tamiya's top ten models (TMMI Issue 200) and immediately wanted to take on the challenge of building one. I didn't have to wait long though as my other half had bought me one for my birthday! Initially the project started off as a very slow process, simply as I had to do it on my lap in front of the TV. I was renovating the 'man cave' and I just couldn't wait for the room

to be finished before I cracked into the kit. Sooner or later though the model build started flowing nicely and being a relatively new Tamiya kit (I think it's at least fourteen years old! Ed) it was simply a joy to put together. I didn't go down the aftermarket route as I thought what was supplied in the kit was of a very high standard and I couldn't justify the extra cash needed for the conversion set. Saying that though the .50cal machine gun did get an upgrade; I chose the excellent RB Models barrel and photo-etched set for this.

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The cabin’s outer shell builds up as a ‘drop-on’ sub-assembly which greatly helps the painting process.

The armoured window flaps can be fitted open or closed.

John Simmons takes a break from German armour and science-fiction to build a classic Tamiya military vehicle, the M26 from the Dragon Wagon tank transporter

The M26’s drivetrain is depicted in full and is extremely detailed.

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FULL-BUILD: ARMOURED VEHICLE TAMIYA 1:35 M26 ARMOURED TANK RECOVERY VEHICLE ● KIT NO.35244

Painted and decalled fire extinguishers ready to fit into the M26’s cabin.

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I started off by making sub-assemblies as per the instructions, cleaned up the parts and tried to remove the ejector pin marks as best I could. The tooling of the model is fantastic and sub-structures are designed to be moved and placed in realistic ways suitable for dioramas. I chose to have my M26 with a few of the armoured flaps hanging down so that you could see into the cab. I love the look of the truck with the all the hatches open, it almost looks futuristic rather than a vintage military machine getting on for seventy years old! You can get the truck almost built before you have to start slinging paint around and this gives you a chance to think about the paint job. I wanted the appearance of the vehicle to be well used but not abused so to start this look off I sanded the tyres to within an inch of their lives. I put the rubber tyres in the freezer overnight so they would become rock hard and then took my mini-drill to them. This was a lot easier than just sanding them normally and reduced the 'fluffiness' of the tyre.

Lifecolor acrylics were used to form the faded olive-drab tones of the vehicle’s cabin and chassis.

Colour-washes using Humbrol Enamels were applied to the model to highlight surface detail.

Once the decals had been applied to a glossed-up Matt varnish was used to restore the correct finish. paint finish, Humbrol Decal Fix was used to set them. Note the rain-streaked US star in this view.

Interior of the cabin showing extinguishers in place, plus other interior items.

The tools were given particular attention, the author creating a wood grain on their handles.

I put the rubber tyres in the freezer overnight so they would “become rock hard and then took my mini-drill to them... ”

Mini Review... ZVEZDA 1:350 SOVIET ARMOURED BOAT kit no.6164 hobbyco.net

This little kit of the fascinating ‘Bronekater’ (armoured ship) depicts the The Soviet BK1125 which was used during WW2 from western Europe to Stalingrad, used more like a waterborne tank than a conventional ship. Zvezda’s kit comes with a miniature river-scape and is well detailed.

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The major sub-assemblies in their olive-drab paint, midway through the shading process.

THE PAINT JOB

I started off getting all the small parts ready for paint such as the fire extinguishers and ammo boxes and put them aside ready to go in the cab. I couldn't wait to get started on the olive drab. This was a technique I hadn't practiced much and I'm always in awe of people who can pull off a convincing shade of what really is just 'green'. I spoke to John Hale, a very experienced modeller who specializes in painting Shermans and he gave me

some invaluable advice and a real boost to get this thing looking right. I've still not mastered the colour modulation technique but I try and use it as best as I can. Lifecolor's 'Olive Drab Contrast and Desaturation Set' came to the rescue here and gave me three fool-proof shades of colour to use. This was all sprayed through the very versatile Iwata Revolution M1 airbrush. After I was happy with the paint job I started to apply filters (colour-washes) using Humbrol enamels and oil

The vehicle’s light/siren was given a red lens.

Acrylic paints were used to add a rubber-like finish to the tyres.

Enough tyres? The author scrubbed the treads off with sandpaper for a worn look.

paints. Once these had cured I applied the decals and gave it an acrylic gloss coat ready for the weathering. The tyres were given a coat of black Vallejo Primer and then a coat of 'Rubber' from AK Interactive which gave them a convincing dark grey look. The lights were replaced with AK Interactive lenses which gave a much more realistic appearance. I moved onto the hand tools next and decided to paint them while attached to the vehicle, simply placing a piece of masking tape behind

them so I wouldn't mess up the paint job on the cab. Vallejo 'Old Wood' was used for the handles and Citadel Washes 'Devlan Mud' was used for the wood grain. The hammer heads and shovels were polished with dark steel pigments. I decided to add a few items to the cab to give it a little life, so as well as some tools and a magazine, I also added Captain America's Helmet! I was going to add the shield but thought I had gone far enough as it was!

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The oxy-acetylene bottles were Plenty of wear and chipping was applied to the bumper and headlight given a chipped and battered look. guard. Note the driver’s bucket seat in this view.

A mud-splattered look was applied to the completed tyres/wheels; note how realistic the worn tyres look.

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FULL-BUILD: ARMOURED VEHICLE TAMIYA 1:35 M26 ARMOURED TANK RECOVERY VEHICLE l KIT NO.35244

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localised 'pin' washes using heavily thinned enamel paints and I gave the Allied star decals a little white streaking. At first thought I had gone a little over the top but after many washes and filters it tied it all together. When I thought the look of the washes was right I started to apply pigments. I turned the cab upside down and applied enamel thinners quite heavily. I then tapped loose 'Earth Tone Pigments' off an old brush to give the look of built up mud. The pigments absorbed the thinners at first but after a few layers it started to look convincing. I then moved onto the fifth wheel at the rear. I recently saw Scott Girvan's 'Rat Rod' model and was stunned by the realistic look of his grime and grease that he achieved using pigments. This was an area I hadn't really focused on in the past and was excited to give it a try. I applied enamel thinners as before and repeated the process that I used under the wheel arches of the cab but this time I introduced some Tamiya

The massive double winch assembly; this is a little kit on its own!

X-1 Black (gloss) acrylic paint which soaked into the pigments and gave a lovely greasy look. For the tyres, I made a colour-wash with the same pigment colour (but heavily thinned) and applied it to the tyre tread, immediately wiping away the excess with a piece of kitchen towel. This left the 'mud' effect in the grooves of the tyres and once dried looked great. I went easy on the chipping on the olive drab as this was apparently baked on and wasn't prone to chipping easily, but I did go to town on the white-painted areas. I used a mixture of AK Interactive 'Chipping Fluid'

A photo-etched brass barrel, firing handles and cocking lever were added to the rooftop .50cal gun.

and Vallejo 'German Camo Black Brown' with the sponge technique to achieve this. The chains were dipped in metal burnishing fluid to obtain a rusty look and the exhaust was painted with Lifecolor's 'Rust' set, again using the sponge technique to great effect. The winches were soaked in heavily thinned shades of dark enamel paint and then rubbed with dark steel pigment. Looking back, this was one of the areas that I would have paid more attention to as the 'wire' (which is really just nylon cord) provided in the kit gets a bit fluffy and ruins the appearance of winching

cable. I also added some graffiti with a very fine chalk pencil. I added my son's initials which has become my little thing I do to each model I make now.

Final thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed this model and it was nice to step out of my comfort zone to create something different to what I usually build. To finish it off, I mounted it on a base that was custom made (stonedesignonline@ hotmail.com) from thick slate, with 'M26 Recovery Vehicle Engraved' in a 'Gun Play' stencil font which gives the model a subtle looking presentation. l

Tamiya’s 1:35 M26 is one of the company’s best ever vehicle kits and is extremely rewarding to build.

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KIT PREVIEW TAMIYA DUCATI 1199 PANIGALE S ● KIT NO.14129

DUCATI FROM BORGO PANIGALE!

Named after the district of Bologna from where Ducati originates (plus the bike's engine size), the Panigale 1199 is another hair-raising product from the Italian manufacturer, sometimes known as the ‘Ferrari of motorcycles’. So how does Tamiya's new 1:12 kit shape up?

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he bikes in Tamiya's 1:12 range are some of the most comprehensively detailed 'out-of-the-box' kits made by the company and their popularity has endured for several decades. Many of the major makers are covered; Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki and, of course, Ducati. This Italian marque is sometimes labelled the 'Ferrari of motorcycles' and for good reason. They are finely engineered, offer explosive performance and are highly desirable, all the attributes of the famous car maker, and they seem almost as rare. The latest in Ducati's performance line-up is the 1199 Panigale S, a machine with a 1198cc engine and a top speed of 186mph. Tamiya's kit of this exotic beast is a characteristically flawless production from the gorgeous replica of the Superquadro, desmodromic-valved 'L' engine moulded in the familiar metallic grey plastic that Tamiya uses for these parts, to the minimal frame castings, provided in black plastic here. The barely-there wheels are exquisitely moulded in black and the massive tyres carry 'lightning bolt' tread patterns that only just qualify the racing-type rubber for road use. As with pretty much any bike kit, almost every part will need to be painted before assembly and this will call for impeccable clean-up and masking by the modeller; 'work clean' is a good methodology here. The instructions are as close to perfect as you'll see in any kit and they guide you confidently through the model's build-up. It's worth studying the illustrations before cutting plastic and it's also essential that the sequence is followed to the letter as the various sub-assemblies must be fitted in the

correct order. As with all of Tamiya's 1:12 bike kits, the larger sub-assemblies are held together with small screws – some truly tiny – and a suitably diminutive screwdriver is provided. You can tell how many 1:12 bikes a modeller has built by how many of these little orange-handled tools they have in their toolbox; they are way too nice to throw away after the model is finished. The real Panigale can be bought in either Ducati red (solid) or satin/matt black. Sensibly, the kit's body parts are moulded in plain white which eliminates any chance of the dye 'bleed-through' which can even penetrate primer and gloss paint. We recommend applying primer to the body parts if you plan to use TS paints, which ever colour you choose. Once again – as if there was any doubt – Tamiya have come up with an impeccable miniature rendition of this Italian classicin-the-making, replicating its razor-sharp lines in flawless polystyrene in a way only Tamiya know how. All you might want to add is a little carbon-fibre effect decal on the front mudguard and you have a potentially stunning miniature Ducati in the making. Just add liquid cement, Tamiya Super Fine Primer, your choice of paint (TS-8 Italian Red MODEL SPEC or TS-6 Matt SCALE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:12 Black) plus MATERIALS: IM, SVT, MS, PE, WS, SS, MS, PC detail paints Availability: . . . . . . www.hobbyco.net (listed in the TMMI’S OPINION? instructions) An amazing high-tech bike and an equivalently slick 1:12 production. and the usual This will be an absolutely joy to modelling paint and build (note the order) so tools. ● long as you work in a surgically clean modelling environment!

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Tamiya factory photo

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Engine parts are exquisite; the raised and recessed detail is done in a way only Tamiya know how.

The brake discs are not drilled through; this is something the modeller can do with relative ease for a realistic appearance.

The black sprue provides the amazing lightweight wheels plus body parts and handgrips.

Body parts are moulded in white plastic, better than a pre-coloured material.

Decals provide wheel rim Tyres are beautifully moulded in black vinyl, with ‘lightning edging and dials. flash’ treads. Vinyl tubing and steel spring are supplied.

Tamiya 1:12 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Front Fork Set (12657) To accompany the Panigale kit, Tamiya have released a separate front-fork detail set that includes machined and anodised aluminium upper fork tubes and rear damper reservoir tank, metal lower fork pistons and the associated hardware for their fitment. Also in the set are the 'floating pins' for the front brake disc, formed from machined metal, and these look very special indeed. Minor drilling is required for the latter parts to fit but the dazzling result easily justifies the extra effort. TMMI 226 August 2014

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FULL BUILD: MILITARY SHIPPING DRAGON 1:350 USS BUCHANAN DD-484 1942 ● KIT NO.1021

PACIFIC WARRIOR Ulf Lundberg applies the fiddly 'Measure 12' camouflage to Dragon's 1:350 USS Buchanan DD-484 Gleaves-Class destroyer

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he USS Buchanan was one of 66 Gleaves Class destroyers, a typical representative of the destroyers the US built during the years before the war. Unlike Japan or Germany, the US did not build large destroyers, opting instead for smaller, simpler designs which could be mass produced more easily. The thinking was, that since destroyers are mostly for patrolling and escorting, numbers are more important than size. History proved them right. The USS Buchanan was awarded one 'Presidential Unit Citation' and sixteen 'Battle Stars', making her one of the most decorated ships in the history of the US Navy. In 1949 she was sold to Turkey, where she served until 1976. Her distinguished record played no part whatsoever in my wanting to build her, though. I built her because of her ultra-cool version of the 'Measure 12' camouflage!

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THE KIT

This kit was the first of a series of US and German destroyers that Dragon started to issue in 2008, some of the best ship kits ever issued in 1:350. The fit and the level of detail is

excellent and a small set of PE is included. As usual, radars and railings are not included in the PE set, so I also bought a set of PE from Gold Medal Models. An excellent set with clear instructions. Dragons instructions, on the other hand, do not distinguish themselves by their clarity. They are not their worst, but there were several occasions when I could not make out how the parts were to go together. I had to go scouting in books and on the internet to find out. It must also be made clear though, that even with high quality mouldings, this kit is no easy build and is not for beginners. For an experienced builder though, it offers the possibility of building a well detailed little gem. As reference, I would like to recommend 'Warship Pictorial No.31 USS Buchanan', which contains a number of excellent colour photos. For various reasons (having to do with my move to Berlin) I ended up not buying the book, which turned out to be a bit of a limitation. On the other hand, the kit seems to be pretty accurate and in this case my focus was

on painting and giving the model a convincing overall appearance, rather than creating a historically correct miniature replica.

STARTING THE BUILD

The build started with the gluing together of the upper and lower hull parts. Since the hull is rather small, the usual fit problems between the upper and lower parts did not occur. Plenty of liquid cement and pressing the parts hard together, basically did it. A small amount of putty and some sanding did the rest. It's not usually this easy. The fitting of the deck parts into the hull was equally problem free. What little of the joints that could be seen, would later be concealed by the railings. The upperworks, on the other hand, offered some challenges. When bulkheads and decks are glued together, a visible joint inevitably occurs and you get the classic problem: How do you fill and sand a joint, without ruining the surrounding surface detail? I solved the problem by simply sanding most of the details down and replaced them with scratchbuilt ones or with PE.

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FULL BUILD: MILITARY SHIPPING DRAGON 1:350 USS BUCHANAN DD-484 1942 â—? KIT NO.1021

The rings around the funnels were formed from a coil of copper wire and trimmed.

The Gold Medal Models photo-etched set adds railings, hatches and other surface details that will help bring the kit to life.

One of the funnels with its ladder in place.

The stencils for the Measure 12 scheme were laboriously cut from Tamiya masking tape; not a quick process but one that offers precision and control.

PAINT JOB V THE USS Buchanan's interestinglooking camouflage was, as mentioned, the main reason I built her. On the cover of Nicholas A and Armand H Veronico’s book 'Battlestations' (MBI Publishing) there is the colour photo of her that first brought her to my attention. The book contains colour photos of US ships from WWII, and is a goldmine for ship builders, especially if one is looking for reference pictures of weathered ships. True to my habit I started the paint job by priming everything with 'Chaos Black' from

Games Workshop. It sticks really well both to plastic and metal, and provides an excellent foundation for the Vallejo paints I then use. I used and airbrush throughout unless otherwise stated. Once the primer was dry, I painted the boot-line dark grey and then 'livened it up' by over-spraying it with a thin mist of brownish black in a cloudy pattern. I avoid monochrome surfaces like the plague, they kill the impression of a model. Note that I do not give you any numbers for the colours I use. I am very much against 'painting by numbers' and I think it leads to boring

The author applied his trademark treatment to the lower hull to simulate a stained and worn appearance.

models. You develop much more as a modeller and painter, if you mix your colours yourself. I masked the boot line with Tamiya tape, and then proceeded to paint the lower hull using my usual method. I spray a chaotic pattern of light brown, light green, dark brown and dark green over the black primer. Over this brown-green chaos, I then sprayed a very thin half transparent layer of brownish red. The thing is to stop in time, or you'll get a monochrome surface. In my experience it's best to stop when the contrast still looks too

stark in the strong light that I paint under. Then, when I look at the model in normal light, the lower hull will look appropriately worn and overgrown with algae. I described this painting procedure more in detail in my article on Dragon's Scharnhorst in the September 2012 issue of TMMI. The lower hull was then masked off and I went on to paint the decks. The decks of US Navy decks were during WWII usually painted Deck Blue, a colour that quickly got discoloured There are colour photos, where the Deck Blue is more brown than

Carefully cut lengths of brass rod were used to build the masts, giving them strength as well as a scale appearance.

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Emergency floats being trimmed from styrene rod and added to their photo-etched brass racks.

blue. Using Prussian Blue as a basis, I mixed a basic Deck Blue, by adding some light grey. To this mixture I then added some light brown, to make it look a little bleached. I painted the decks in this still relatively clean looking Deck Blue, then sprayed some gloss lacquer over it, and then applied the excellent decals, that represent the anti-slip surfaces. With plenty of Micro-sol and Micro-set the decals conformed really well to the engraved deck surfaces. Once the decals had properly set and dried, I 'weathered them in', by over-spraying them with several thin mists of Deck Blue mixed out with more light brown. The decks were masked off and I then painted the three-colour camouflage. I mixed the three colours, Navy Blue, Ocean Gray and Haze Gray into three empty Vallejo bottles. When mixing the colours I used samples from Squadron Signal's 'Warships No.10 Essex Class Carriers In Action' as a reference. Other books on my shelf also had samples of these colours and as can be expected, the samples don't match one another. Part of the problem is that the US Navy changed the specifications for the colours as the war went along. There is plenty of room for research here if you are into that sort of thing.

ADJUSTING THE COLOURS

I mixed my colours with the samples from 'Warships No.10' as a starting point, and then I tried them out by painting the camouflage pattern on a piece of scrap plastic. I then adjusted the shades until the overall impression of the camouflage matched that of the photos in my books. I painted the hull in Navy Blue, the darkest of the three colours. Over this coat I then sprayed a thin cloudy layer of Navy Blue, mixed with light brown, along the waterline, corresponding to the discolouring often seen in this area. The areas that were to be Navy Blue were then masked off with Tamiya tape. I put a wide piece of tape on a piece of acrylic sheet and started cutting out the camouflage pattern with a sharp knife. Ambitiously, I started to try to recreate the camouflage pattern exactly as on the real ship, but the technical difficulty of it, and lack of patience, got the better of me, so I settled for 'close enough'. Once done with the masking, I then painted the hull and the sides of the superstructure with Ocean Gray. As with the Navy Blue I also painted a brownish discolouring where the Ocean Gray is close to the waterline. On the superstructure I took care to spray at right angles to the sides and slightly

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One of the photo-etched brass radar arrays during assembly. On the right, it has been mounted to one of the gun turrets.

Time for the railings to be mounted. A photo-etch bending tool and a razor blade were used here. The anti-aircraft weaponry with gunshields, shoulder braces and gunsights glued in place.

Tiny davits and ship’s boats mounted up, ready to be painted. Note the additional photo-etched parts on the boats.

If you’ve not got shelf-room for a larger scale, this little kit of the parasol-winged Hs126 might be an attractive proposition. It’s a very simple but well moulded kit with easy to fit wing struts and a modular undercarriage unit.

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FULL BUILD: MILITARY SHIPPING DRAGON 1:350 USS BUCHANAN DD-484 1942 ● KIT NO.1021

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underneath. By doing this, the black primer will not be completely overpainted on the undersides of the surface details, which makes them darker, thus emphasizing the shadows and bringing the surface detail out. I then mixed Ocean Gray with some bleached yellow and sprayed from above, so that the upper edges of the surface details got a lighter nuance, thus bringing out the highlights. This technique of emphasising shadows and highlights allows me to use less of those hard-to-control washes in the latter stages of the painting process. Now came the tricky work of masking the Ocean Gray. It was easy enough on the flat sides of the hull, but I had to be very careful on the superstructure, where the camouflage pattern went across PE handrails and ladders. One way was to cut the masking so that it went right up to the handrail and then to cut another piece for the continuation on the other side of the handrail. Another way was to make a loose fold in the masking tape as it crossed the handrail or the ladder. I took care to not press the tape on to the fragile PE parts in order to minimize risk of them coming off or being deformed when removing the masking tape.

THE FINAL REVEAL!

When I painted the next colour, Haze Gray, I took care to spray at right angles to the

surfaces where the masking tape crossed the PE parts, in order to avoid paint creeping in under the masking tape. As with the Ocean Gray, I let the primer shine through on the undersides of the surface details and emphasised the upper edges with a lighter nuance. Having painted and masked all these colours, the model was now almost completely covered in masking tape. Knowing how much that can go wrong in these cases, I was a bit tensed when I carefully started removing the masking tape. I was pleasantly surprised. Only one piece of PE handrail came loose, and the demarcation between the colours was surprisingly crisp in the places where the masking tape had made loose folds over the PE parts. Seeing that the basic paint job had gone so well, I put the superstructure and the guns loosely in their places, took some photos and felt quite happy with myself. All details were primed and then painted in the colour of their surroundings. Just like on the superstructure, I let the dark primer shine through on their undersides. From above I sprayed them with a lighter shade of their basic colour.

VARYING VARNISH LUSTRE

The hull, superstructure and the details were given a very thin black colour-wash and were then carefully drybrushed with a lighter shade of their basic colour.

This delicate system of props (a piece of plastic card, rod and a pair of tweezers) was used to hold the ship’s boats in place while the glue sets.

I try to minimize my use of washes, since I find them hard to control. The railings were painted in a slightly darker shade of Ocean Gray. This way they look thinner and become less prominent. With all the parts in place, all that remained was to spray the model in different mixes of half matt clear varnish. By mixing matt and gloss you can get just the flatness or shine you want. I made the area along the waterline and the decks the flattest, the upper parts of the hull sides slightly shinier and the bottom a bit shinier still. It's remarkable how much these subtle differences in shine can enhance the overall appearance of your model. It was lots of work for such a small model, but it was definitely worth it. She has that special ship model quality. The more you look, the more details you see. It

never ends. Although the waterline joint of this model gave me less trouble than usual, I still maintain that waterline joints should be prohibited! ●

MODELSPEC DRAGON 1:350 USS BUCHANAN DD-484 1942 KIT NO.1021

Materials;

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

Paints used;

Games Workshop Chaos Black, Vallejo acrylics

Extras;

Photo-etched set used; Gold Medal Models

References;

Squadron Signal 'Warships No.10 Essex Class Carriers In Action'

Availability;

Dragon model kits are imported and distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Ltd www.hobbyco.net

Extensive masking was required to form the colour boundaries between camouflage colours.

The Measure 12 camouflage scheme is very eye-catching on the model and creates an attractive subject.

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FULL BUILD: FIRST WORLD WAR TAMIYA 1:35 TAMIYA WW1 BRITISH TANK MK.IV MALE â—? KIT NO.30057

GREAT WAR

WARRIOR Marcus Nicholls builds a pre-production example of Tamiya's all-new 1:35 WW1 British Mk.IV Male tank

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ith the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War being commemorated in August 2014, model kit manufacturers are turning their attention to the key vehicles that took part in the conflict. Tamiya are one of these companies and even though the first tanks didn't appear on the battlefield until 1917, they have created an all-new 1:35 kit of the British Mk.IV 'Male' to pay tribute to the crews, the conflict and the technology. The kit will be the first WW1 model kit ever released by Tamiya and the company's researchers travelled to Britain to measure up existing examples of the vehicle and to photograph it extensively. The result is a spectacular rendering of this iconic machine, capturing its bulky outline perfectly and also its boilerplate surface detail consisting of hundreds of rivets. One slightly unusual element is the addition of a small electric motor to propel the model in a straight line forwards, via a set of fully articulated tracks. Upon its announcement, this feature caused a little controversy, some modellers seeming to think would make the kit toy-like. But in reality, it's a finely detailed, scale model that just happens to come with a motor (although our pre-production review sample came without it) and it can be completed to a high standard, bypassing the mechanical additions if so desired.

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FULL BUILD: FIRST WORLD WAR TAMIYA 1:35 TAMIYA WW1 BRITISH TANK MK.IV MALE â—? KIT NO.30057

BUILD-UP V MK.IV The model is fairly straight-

forward to build and the basic structure can be completed in a couple of days; it consists of flat panels just like the real tank and the kit parts are engineered to allow for easy alignment. As mentioned, the review model came without the motor/gearbox and associated battery box and wires and these components are incorporated into the hull as assembly progresses. To allow the batteries (two AA cells) to be changed, the gun sponsons are designed to be removable from the hull via a system of polycaps; the battery box is held in place with Velcro pads. If, like us, you do not intend to use the motorisation system, the sponsons can be cemented in place and the slight gaps around their edges sealed up for a more scale-like result. Likewise, the main hull roof is also a pull-off item to allow access to the interior and this is best cemented in place if you're going for a static display option. Unlike more modern tanks which feature large road wheels, the Mk.IV utilised a simple running gear of twenty-six rollers of two patterns along the lower portion of the side panels. The kit replicates this feature and even though they will be completely hidden when complete, both types of roller are provided. The two patterns do not simply alternate along the hull; there's a specific sequence to be followed, outlined clearly in the instructions. The gun sponsons feature detailed replicas of the 6-pounder guns that equipped the 'Male' version of the tank (the 'Female' was fitted with machine guns) and these can be at least partially observed on the finished model thanks to individually moulded crew doors on the rear face of each sponson. Other than these, there is no further internal detailing

The driver's armoured 'roof' features individual visors which can be fitted in the open position, although there's no interior detail.

Here we see the rear panel with angled armour plate.

The main structure takes shape. The internal braces keep everything in alignment.

In this view we can see the location points for the gearbox and motor, not used in the review model, as we didn't have it!

The main hull is together, and awaits its roof.

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The internal bulkhead/brace helps to support the upper reaches of the hull sides.

The front and rear panels slot into recesses moulded into the vertical side-pieces.

A view of the hull roof, showing the access 'dome' which features a separately moulded hatch.

The roof is on. It was cemented in place as no access will be needed to the interior on this build, but it can be removed thanks to polycap fasteners.

In the test shot, the drive sprockets and idlers will be found on the kit sprues and have a scale-like appearance. Harder wearing items to drive the tracks will also be included in the full-production kit.

There are a lot of little wheels in the Mk.IV’s running gear! Here we see just a few...

Some of the wheel halves can be joined while still on their sprues which speeds up assembly.

The roadwheels/rollers in place on the hull's left side

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in the kit. As you'd expect, Tamiya's Mk.IV is finely detailed and well researched and will build up into a fine replica of this historic vehicle. The motorisation feature is a slightly unusual addition and not to most modellers' tastes, but that aside, it's very welcome addition to the Military Miniatures Series. The release of a British Mk.IV Male tank is a very significant moment for Tamiya and I was delighted when it was announced. Having now built the kit – albeit from a pre-production sample with final adjustments still to be made – I can attest to it being a very fine model with all the detail touches we know and love from Tamiya. Once again, Tamiya prove their prowess in the art of injection-moulding and this model is a triumph of detail and engineering. Buy and build with confidence! ●

Once the left side wheels were in place, they were secured by fixing the central side panel

Two types of suspension roller are provided, the narrow design (left) made from two parts each and the wider style (right) from four parts each.

With the left side running gear safely assembled, it was time to turn over to build the right side.

The rollers must be fitted in a specific order and it's not just a simple, alternating sequence. The instructions show this clearly. Some groups overlap too and fitting them is quite a fiddly operation.

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Here we see the components involved in one of the gun sponsons.

This photo shows the parts that make up the 6-pounder guns.

The gun has been temporarily fitted and the sponson roof rested in place.

The assembled left side sponson showing the gun mount with trapped polycap.

The gun can traverse and elevate freely on its mount.

The gun was painted in a black/ brown colour, then rubbed with graphite powder to add a metallic sheen. The inside of the sponson was painted off-white and given a light colour-wash, with a few streaking rust spots.

Two moulded-in hatch handles on the hull roof were replaced with copper wire, but this was the only modification made to the review model.

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The tracks in Tamiya's Mk.IV are the easiest to assemble individual-link tracks ever included in a tank kit. They simply click together and remain fully articulated. A tiny moulding point is present on each tread-bar and this can be easily sanded off using a foam sanding stick.

Here we can see just how flexible Tamiya’s tracks are! They were painted in a dark brown colour then treated to a rust-toned colour wash (mixed from Tamiya X-6 Orange, XF-10 Flat Brown and X-21 Flat Base) then given a ‘dust-wash’ using the Humbrol Enamels shown on the opposite page.

The white patches were masked up and the red (Tamiya XF-7 Flat Red) was then airbrushed on. The white and red identification flashes on the forward hull and driver's roof were painted before the main colours were applied, starting with an undercoat of XF-2 Flat White.

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To seal off the markings in readiness for the camouflage colours, Tamiya masking tape was applied for the edges, back-filled with latex liquid mask (Vallejo 28.850).

The undertrack areas and roadwheels were sprayed with black/brown acrylic paint mix. Much of this will be hidden but it eliminates the chance of bare plastic being seen on the finished model. The main shade used was Tamiya XF-49 Khaki, which seemed to look right.

An undercoat of acrylic green was applied to provide an appropriately coloured base layer.

No decals were included in the TMMI sample so we had to improvise! Dry-transfer markings from an Archer set were applied to the rear hull sides.

Weathering was kept extremely simple, with airbrushed layers of dried mud/dust sprayed up the hull sides. The colour used for this was a 50/50 mix of Humbrol Matt 148 and Matt 234, thinned. This allowed the paint to be 'streaked' with a brush dampened with white spirit to create a rain-stained finish as can be seen in the photos of the finished model.

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MODELSPEC TAMIYA 1:35 TAMIYA WW1 BRITISH TANK MK.IV MALE KIT NO.30057

Materials;

Injection moulded polystyrene, motor and gearbox (not featured in article), metal chain, polycaps, waterslide decals

Paints & materials;

Tamiya XF-49 Khaki, Tamiya XF-7 Flat Red, XF-2 Flat White Humbrol Matt 148 and Matt 234 Various Vallejo paints for details

Tamiya’s new 1:35 Mk.IV Male is an impressive kit and while the motorisation will not appeal to all, it’s still a wonderful scale model with some fantastic detail.

WW1 British Infantry figures To accompany the new Mk.IV kit, Tamiya has created a set of five First World War British infantry figures, three carrying/firing LeeEnfield rifles, an officer with a Webley revolver and a machine gunner firing a Lewis gun in the prone position; this set will be included in Mk.IV kits sold outside of Japan.

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www.ak-interactive.com • www.creativemodels.co.uk MODELLING MATERIALS This is a set of paints, designed for airbrushing, and providing authentic colours for modern vehicles in the Iraq and Afghanistan theatres. Three of the paints are for German vehicles, and include the Sand Brown, Grey Beige and Sand Beige colours. The other paints are British Sand, Iraqi Army Sand, and US vehicle base sand, each of these slightly different in appearance and accurately matched to the correct hue. These paints spray very evenly onto an undercoat, and dry very smooth and matt. They form a good base for weathering, and this set certainly fills a niche. CLS IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN (AK558)

AFV CLUB, TAIWAN

www.pocketbond.co.uk MILITARY ACCESSORIES This box contains a wealth of Bofors ammunition for placing on a diorama, or for stowing on a vehicle. Of course, these items are vital for any emplaced Bofors gun or M42 Duster, since the guns used prodigious quantities of ammunition. The set includes several types of box, including the common square metal box which could contain clips of four shells, as well as two sizes of wooden boxes which contained the shells singly in cardboard fibre tubes for transportation. Interestingly, there are also tall watertight aluminium cases, which protected the rounds when used on ships, and also saw use with USMC and US Army units in Vietnam. Large numbers of clips of shells are provided, ready for use in the gun, as well as some empty clips which were ejected from the gun once the shells had been fired. The most remarkable feature of this set is the number of tiny decals which are supplied for the ammo boxes – some boxes require no fewer than thirteen separate decals! As a result, these ammunition boxes are very time-consuming to construct, but with full detail painting they become models in their own right. Note that these are suitable for Allied guns, American and Commonwealth, and are not suitable for German, Polish or Hungarian guns, which had different packing crates. CLS AFV CLUB BOFORS AND M42 40MM GUN AMMUNITION AND ACCESSORY SET (AF35189)

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www.acrylicosvallejo.com www.creativemodels.co.uk MODELLING MATERIALS The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan includes a German contingent and this set provides eight paints to cover the various camouflage colours in use on vehicles. These are Sand-Beige, Sand-Brown, Tarngrau (camouflage grey), Bronzegrün (bronze-green), Lehmbeige (clay-beige), Helloliv (light olive), Lederbraun (leather brown), and Teerschwarz (tar black). These paints are pre-mixed for airbrushing, and the very fine pigment sprays well to produce a smooth and dense finish. Ideal for modern German vehicles, I have used these paints for other general modelling tasks, and they are certainly very handy for painting stowage on a range of vehicles. CLS UMTARNFARBEN, GERMAN ISAF COLOR SET (71.159)

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FULL-BUILD: MILITARY AVIATION AIRFIX 1:72 HAWKER-SIDDELEY HARRIER GR.3 ● KIT NO.A04055

'72 JUMP TREA This month, Spencer Pollard builds Airfix's small but perfectly formed 1:72 Harrier GR.3 and adds his own special touches

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f all of the kits that I have built over the years, the Airfix 1:72 Harrier is perhaps the most important. As a young modeller, this was one of the very first kits that I built, bought I seem to remember on holiday and then glued together without painting, soon after returning home. I also remember making a mistake during construction and rather than leave it as it was, I took the model apart, rebuilt it and then wondered why it was now covered, from top to toe, in glue… Released in 1969, the then

new Airfix kit was more of a Kestrel than a true GR.1 Harrier and though state of the art at the time, lacked any real finesse, many of the aircraft’s delicate features being treated with a heavy hand by the kit’s designers. Over the years it was reboxed and then in 1982, reworked into a Gr.3 complete with laser nose and tail mods. It was in this form that this ancient kit remained in the catalogue until Airfix decided to create a brand-new kit to replace what had for many years, been an ancient relic…

NEW AND IMPROVED…

Airfix have released two new first generation Harriers, the GR.1 and the later GR.3. Both of these kits share common sprues, details, weapons and decals differentiating the different boxes. Though this is a sensible move on their part and on the whole makes the construction of the kit very straightforward, it has resulted in a slight compromise in that the tail fins in both kits are the same. As you may well know, the fin of the GR.3 is 5” taller to take into account

the Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) fitted to its leading edge, but Airfix simply modified the GR.1 tail by adding the sensor, but didn’t notice the height issue. This is a simple fix: either add a new fin tip with plastic card, or do as I did and use an aftermarket part… That slight slip-up does little to dampen your enthusiasm for what is essentially a very fine kit. Detail is comprehensive, moulding first class and the overall levels of accuracy and finesse, top drawer. There are many features

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to enjoy. The wheel bays for instance are nice and deep; intake doors are supplied as optional, open or closed inserts; nose with or without I-Band transponder; an upper wing that is prototypically provided in one long section; tailplanes that are joined to allow a degree of deflection; weighted tyres and weapons, though hardly a comprehensive selection, well detailed and delicately rendered. It is, to all intents and purposes, a delightfully, comprehensive package. From the moment that

the Airfix brand was taken over by Hornby, the kits have seen an incremental improvement and nowhere has this been more evident than in the reproduction of panel lines. Earlier kits from this generation saw trench-like panels that were debated endlessly, comparisons being made with many of Airfix’ major rivals. As they have learned their trade, the designers have finessed these features and now, as proven in this kit, they can stand alongside many of the kits produced elsewhere. Though perhaps

still a little too deep (which is subjective, I know), they are wonderfully sharp and comprehensive. The grey plastic used by Airfix shows these off well and helps give the modeller an indication of what the

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From the box, the kit cockpit is acceptable without being award-winning. The seat looks fine, but those panels are a little bare…

The instrument panel was decorated with the decal supplied in the kit. Though flat, it doesn’t look that bad in this shot!

The interior has been painted and the intake details fixed in place. Little of this is visible inside the complete model so flat, unweathered colours were used to decorate the individual pieces.

V sufficiently defined to take

The intakes fit well, only a smear of Mr Surfacer being needed to fill any small gaps. There is a moulding imperfection that runs over the top of the forward fuselage that needs to be filled and sanded smooth. Here it is in the process of being dealt with.

Fine, stiff, sanding sticks were used to smooth over the intake joints, their inflexible nature ensuring that the surface curves remained true.

Small intakes were carefully hollowed out with fine drill bits and then shaped with the tip of a No.10 scalpel blade.

a wash, without being overdone as a result. I like them and I like the direction that the designers are going with each and every release. Alongside the quality of the actual components, one must comment of the clever design of this kit. Unlike the GR.9 that was released several years ago, this one is broken down into very simple components that in many ways mirror the original release. A full-length fuselage and large upper wing takes care of much of the airframe and as a result of not trying to milk the moulds to create a Sea Harrier, the nose in moulded in situ, only the nose cone being separate. Fit, across the board, is very good indeed. As many of the components are designed to locate across natural panel lines, careful alignment prior to reaching for the glue brush, will help cut down on the amount of filling and sanding needed to produce a seamless finish. The only areas that caused concern in this case were the upper wing to fuselage joints, slight gaps where the intakes blend into the blown fuselage sides and the lower fuselage panel that includes the airbrake bay. None of these joints was difficult to deal with, a smear of Mr Surfacer being a sensible solution. Though there is much to admire, there are a few areas that could have been better. The cockpit for instance, though featuring a neat ejector seat, lacks console and instrument panel detail. Decals are offered - and indeed, were used as part of this build but they cannot replace fine detail. When other areas of the kit are so neatly dealt

with, why not the cockpit? The weapons are similarly worthy of comment, the gun pods being rather blank affairs and then the Sidewinders heavily detailed, with large fuselage rings and overly-thick fins. Add thick sprue gates that are very difficult to clean up and the need to replace these missiles, should you choose to use them at all, becomes self evident…

CONSTRUCTION – A FEW THOUGHTS

Building this kit is not going to tax too many modellers keen to add it to their collections. The sensible nature of its breakdown and the degree of finesse that has been incorporated into not only the moulding of the components, but also their fit, ensures that all but an absolute beginner with be able to build it with ease. That said, there are a few areas worth discussing in order to improve things even further. Work begins in the cockpit. This was built from the box in this case, but a little work with some rod and strip would work wonders in improving what’s on offer. The consoles are decorated with finely printed decals, each of these fitting well. Though neatly detailed, there is no reason why a few drops of colour here and there couldn’t be painted on to garnish their look, further. The seat is well detailed, but lacks straps. In this case they were added using thin strips of Tamiya masking tape painted in various shades of khaki and grey to create the illusion of a fully detailed seat. Given the size of the cockpit in the completed model, this was really all it needed!

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The kit’s tail-fin is around 2mm too short and so it was replaced with Freightdog’s resin part.

Before closing up the fuselage halves, the instructions guide you through the construction of the intake interior and nose-wheel bay. This is where I deviated from the instructions, choosing to fix the outer intake parts in place, clean up their joints and then assemble and paint the interior. In order to ensure that the fit was not going to be an issue, the walls of the wheel bay were not joined to each half of the intake tunnel, but rather glued together, the tunnel halves painted and fixed in place, the fan added and then the now complete bay, snapped into place. Dry-runs ensured that this was possible, very little glue being needed to hold it all together once done. You’ll also see in the photos that prior to fixing the intake tunnel in place, the outer edges of the intakes/fuselage were airbrushed in their final camouflage colours, the edges of the parts creating a neat demarcation between colours without masking. Filling the intakes with a small piece of foam was all that was needed to mask these areas during the application of the camouflage, later on. With the internals dealt with, the airframe goes together very quickly. The

The new resin fin is a straightforward replacement part, simply dropping into place on the model.

instructions guide you through the removal of the auxiliary intakes that sit on top of the engine access panels (a carry-over from the GR.1 kit) as do they, the opening of the various locating holes for the under-fuselage pylon that carries the rece pod and external refuelling probe – the latter, left off until final assembly. As mentioned earlier, the tailplanes are deigned to move, a pin and slot being used to fix them to the tail. In order to not only simplify any cleaning up that may be needed around the tail, but also painting of the camouflage, it was decided to build all of the tail sans tailplanes and then split the single part into two, so that they could be fitted later on after painting. As it turned out this was a sensible move the fit of the upper panel and tail cone needing considerable fettling before the rear fuselage looked nice and smooth. Whilst working on this part of the model the small vents that are found around the tail-boom were either redefined or added to, constant checks to reference photos being needed to ensure all additional work was correctly carried out. Completing the airframe leads us nicely on to the smaller details that festoon

The openings for the gun muzzles were drilled out after joining the two halves of the 30mm Aden pods with superglue.

the aircraft, as well as the weapons and their pylons. In the main, detail is sufficiently good that most of these items can be used as-is, though some fettling to reduce the size of some of the smaller items such as aerials is a must if the illusion of fine scale is to be maintained. Though the underwing tanks and SNEB pods were used as supplied (a fair amount of cleaning up of seams being needed to do so) the 30mm Aden gun pods were improved by opening up their muzzles that are moulded solid. Care needs to be taken when doing this,

each pod being moulded in two halves and so if the glue is not fully set, the drill bit will bite into the soft joint, opening it up as it does so. In order to prevent this happening, superglue (CA) was used, an accelerator helping to speed up the drying time, setting the glue rock-hard within seconds. This method also allowed the pods to be sanded smooth with no evidence of any seams, the CA acting as both an adhesive and filler. Whilst dealing with the gun pods and with drill bit in hand, many of the smaller vents and openings that can

A test-fit of the airframe reveals that the fit is very good, precious little filler being needed to create a smooth finish ready for painting.

Before joining the fuselage halves the exterior It’s coming together now. surfaces of the intakes were airbrushed with This really is a simple kit to build. the respective camouflage colours.

The interior of the cockpit and the intakes were masked off with small cubes of packing foam.

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found on the fuselage V be were drilled out, as was the

fairing for the pitot tube, the over-scale kit part being removed, to be replaced by an aftermarket, brass part from Master. The undercarriage is well handled by Airfix, including a pleasing level of detail. More than that though, this is one of the few Harrier kits that allows the model to sit correctly. Look at any picture of a Harrier on the ground and you will see that it looks heavy, crouching down as if on its haunches. Many kits model the aircraft as if on tip-toes, its nose pointing upwards at too extreme an angle. Not so here; much like their Gr.9 kit, Airfix have gotten the stance just right, the compression of the nose gear looking like it is under load. Well-done Airfix! Constructing the undercarriage is a straightforward process, despite as done here, deviations are made from the suggested assembly sequence. The kit’s nose leg is split into two halves that trap the wheel in place. Never feeling that this allows the leg to be cleaned up neatly, or the wheel painted with any degree of finesse, the leg was assembled sans wheel, the location pegs being removed and then a hole drilled in one side of the leg to allow a plastic card axle to be used to fix the wheel in place after painting. Whilst working on this, the small door that attaches to the top of the leg was removed and a far finer plastic card piece, created to replace the grossly over-scale kit part, glued in place.

In order to create a slightly more candid looking model, the ailerons were removed and set at slightly deflected angles. This was a simple job that improved the look of the model, no end…

Some aftermarket bits and pieces were bought for the model, a brass pitot tube and etched brass ladder. The ladder will be used once the model is set on a base, later this year…

In order to simplify painting and make the clean-up of the tail easier, the once-piece tailplanes were split in half so that they could be painted separately from the rest of the airframe.

Test-fitting the in-flight refuelling probe. This is a delicate piece that is best painted separately and then fixed in place at the end of the build.

CAMOUFLAGE AND MARKINGS

Airfix offer two options in their kit, a drab No.1(F) Squadron aircraft flown during the Falklands War in wrap-around Dark Sea Grey and Dark Green camouflage, or a No.4(R) Squadron aircraft with Light Aircraft Grey Undersides. Being fond of the wrap-around scheme, that was the one chosen, but to be a little different, the 1 Squadron markings on the nose were added from a

spare decals sheet, to show it after its trip to the South Atlantic. Painting and weathering of this model was kept simple. Though the demarcation between the two colours looks to be rather sharp in reality – thus necessitating some floating masks – the camouflage was sprayed freehand, heavily diluted Gunze Sangyo acrylics, thinned with Mr Color thinner, helping to get the

job done. The model was first prepared by masking off the openings and then spraying it with several thin layers a Tamiya’s Fine Surface Primer. This helps to not only reveal any surface imperfections, but also create a durable surface onto which the subsequent paint layers can bond. Along with the airframe, the smaller items such as the undercarriage, canopy, weapons and jet exhausts were mounted on

Tools of the trade for the successful application of decals…

All of the sub-assemblies have been painted in their camouflage colours and then sealed with several layers of Tamiya Clear.

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cocktail sticks and primer ready for their individual colours to be applied. With the primer dry (less than five minutes thanks to my trusty hairdryer!), the first colour, Dark Sea Grey (H331) could be sprayed on. This was done in a number of thin layers, the paint being applied in even strokes to ensure that everything was covered and the finish was smooth. Happy that was so the model was set aside overnight to dry. The Dark Green (H330) camouflage has a distinctive pattern and so the instructions were followed carefully to ensure that each area of green was sprayed on to match accurately, the drawings supplied. In order to keep the edges as tight as possible, the paint was thinned with around 70% thinners, the air pressure from my compressor being kept at around 20psi. The successful application of camouflage on any model is dependent on a number of factors: high quality paint, thinning, consistent airflow and a dual-action airbrush that is up to the task. In this case, the paint was sprayed using an Iwata HP-CH fitted with a fine head assembly that allowed the paint to be sprayed cleanly in lines around .5mm across. Though not as tight as that produced using masks, the look of the model was sufficiently natural that the compromise was deemed worthwhile.

TIME FOR MARKINGS

Having completed the airbrushing, all of the parts were coated in several thin layers of Tamiya X-22 Clear and then set aside to dry

ready for the decals. As usual with Airfix decals these days, they performed flawlessly the use of small drops of Daco’s Strong setting solution helping to snuggle them down over the kit’s surface features. You will also need to indulge in a little forward planning, too; the underwing serials and roundels sit underneath the pylons, so don’t be tempted to fix those in place before applying the decals! Slide the decals onto the model, let them dry out thoroughly and then trim out the slots with a new scalpel blade before fixing the pylons and weapons, in place. The smaller details are fun to paint, especially if you take time to add as many colours and details as you can. For instance, the rear jet pipes and fuselage panels were sprayed with Alclad II metallics over a base-coat of Tamiya’s primer, several shades being used to create well-worn, metal parts. The weapons were similarly treated to a layer of Alclad, before masking off the rocket cones and spraying them with matt black, washes with a little Dark Earth enamel to create a used look. The drop tanks are another aspect of this model that can be made to look a little more interesting with some thought. Though the instructions suggest simply spraying them dark Green, a few reference shots showed all manner of different colours, one in particular,

The underwing stores were fun to paint and weather. Note the multicoloured drop-tank – a far from unusual practice!

Once coated in a layer of Vallejo matt varnish, all of the finishing layers come together to produce a natural looking model.

The panel lines were carefully defined with thin washes of Raw Umber oil paint thinned with white spirit.

The underside of the model reveals how the codes and roundels are applied under the pylons.

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Mini Review... ITALERI 1:35 2 ½ TON 6X6 WATER TANK TRUCK ‘D-DAY 1944-2014’ kit no.210 hobbyco.net

With our feature on Tamiya’s 1:48 fuel truck last issue, it’s very good to see the return of this Italeri classic in 1:35. It’s an older kit but it comes from an era when the company was producing some excellent military vehicles and the detail still stands up today.

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The replacement tail, seen here on the completed model. In order to fit the RWR fairing onto the leading edge of the tail fin, its height was increased by 5”, which is around 2mm in 1:72, enough to be noticeable when compared to a standard, GR.1.

The 100L drop tank fitted under the starboard wing was painted to reflect a replacement front end. Note the detail painting in this shot around the weapons, their pylons and upper wing.

The nose of the aircraft is dominated by that cool-looking in-flight refuelling probe. The GR.3 kit offers alternative noses, one with the I-Band transponder in place, and the other with the original thimble nose as fitted to the GR.3. As you can see here, the former was chosen for this build. Small paint chips were applied around the clips on the engine panels to add further interest to the finish.

a front end that V revealing was painted Dark Sea Grey.

was painted Dark Sea Grey. Liking this look, one of the tanks on the model was painted Dark Green and then its front third masked off and sprayed with a layer of Dark Sea Grey. Once dry, both tanks were sprayed in Clear, decalled, vanished and then weathered to match the rest of the model. Though it would have been appropriate to go to town on the weathering of this model, a little more restraint was used, washes around the panel lines and some sooty deposits on the rear fuselage, being all that was needed to create a little interest. Given its small size, subtlety is most definitely the key here, washes that are only a couple of shades up from the underlying colours being most appropriate. I’ve seen lots of 1:72 models spoiled by the use of black for panel line washes, whereas more muted tones such as dark grey, dark green or shades of brown would have been more in keeping with the scale and size of the finished model.

FINISHING OFF…

Happy that the model was painted and weathered completely, the smaller details could be fixed in place. Work began on the undercarriage. The biggest hurdle that anyone will face when building a Harrier model is getting all five wheels on the ground at the same time. More often that not you’ll see a model with one of the outriggers floating in midair, because the twin wheels under the fuselage have been set too far down. Solving this problem though, is child’s play. Glue the nose gear and outriggers in place, ensuring that they are all at the correct angles. Adjust where necessary, twisting the nose-wheel so that its flat-spot is in contact with the ground. Leave this to set overnight. You can now fix the under-fuselage wheels in place. To do this add a drop of 5-Minute epoxy into the locating hole and then add the leg. Turn the model over so that it rests on the other wheels and let the free-floating leg drop under it’s own weight onto the tyres, once again checking that the flat-spots are in

the correct position. All five wheels should now be in contact with the ground. Leave to set. Simple eh?

FINAL THOUGHTS

I’ve waited a long time to add a first generation Harrier to my 1:72 collection and so when this kit appeared, I was keen to get cracking on it. The delicate nature of the aircraft has been well handled by Airfix and thanks to some sensible engineering and well thought out details, the resulting model is every inch a Harrier. It looks right, it sits right and there’s plenty of features to either build as is, or improve further as you see fit. This one took a little longer to build than I had planned, but now that it’s finished, I’m delighted to display it alongside my GR.9. Now, where did I put that Sea Harrier..? ●

MODELSPEC AIRFIX 1:72 HAWKER-SIDDELEY HARRIER GR.3 KIT NO.A04055

Materials;

Injection moulded polystyrene, waterslide decals

Paints & materials used; Mr Hobby Dark Sea Grey (H331) Dark Green (H330) Tamiya X-22 Clear Daco’s Strong setting solution

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Once in place, the weapons add to the complexity of the model. Modellers building a Falklands War aircraft, have the choice of fitting AIM-9 Sidewinders in place of the 68mm SNEB pods.

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The great thing about this model is the way it sits: it just looks ‘right’!

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KIT PREVIEW FREEDOM MODEL KITS US NAVY UCAS X-47B ● KIT NO.FD18001

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reedom Model Kits is a new company from China and for their first kit release they have chosen the intriguing unmanned aerial vehicle, the X-47B. This slightly sinister-looking aircraft is an experimental unmanned combat air vehicle developed by Northrop Grumman for the United States Navy’s carrier-based operations. The X-47B made its maiden flight in 2011 and successfully performed a series of land and carrier-based exercises in 2013. It continues to undergo flight testing and Northrop Grumman aims to develop the prototype into the battlefield-ready ‘UCLASS’ (Unmanned CarrierLaunched Surveillance and Strike) system to enter service before 2020. FMK’s model is presented in the popular scale of 1:48 and this results in a fairly sizeable airframe. The kit is moulded in conventional, mid-grey polystyrene and is supplemented with a 4 x 2.5cm fret of photo-etched brass. A sheet waterslide decals provides options for two schemes and the names of eleven US aircraft carriers are supplied, so you can depict your model ‘in

the US Navy’s experimental X-47B deployment’, which of course is a little previous for this experimental machine! The fuselage/lifting body comes in upper and lower halves and sensibly, they are substantially moulded with a generous wall-thickness to avoid warping. The engine intake trunking and exhaust is provided for the inside the fuselage and it comes in two halves with intake/exhaust fan discs set internally. Neither will be particularly visible on the finished model but it’s a thoughtful inclusion, and nice to know they are there. The twin weapons bays are depicted in full within the lower half and are impressively detailed, all the more so when you check out the instructions where you’ll see the nicely detailed bay doors with their individual hinges. A pair of GBU-32 bombs are provided for the bays although this prototype machine was never armed. In fact it’s the undersurfaces of this aircraft where the most interesting parts will be found; the top side is rather plain, as there’s no cockpit of course. The undercarriage appears well detailed and if you want to add more detail, references can be found online. Like

The airframe sports some excellent surface detail, with fine panel lines.

the weapons bay doors, the undercarriage doors feature individually moulded hinge rods which adds considerably to the detail here. The outer winglets can be fitted in the extended or folded position and to achieve this, a pair of well detailed hinges (non-working) are supplied for the folded option; the extended option utilises a pair of stout tabs to fix the outer wings firmly in place. The winglets also feature open/closed airbrake options, only applicable when they are extended of course. This is an impressive first release and an eye-catching and memorable subject choice too. The parts appear well engineered and of course we’ll only know if they fit together well when construction begins, but from this initial inspection it appears to be a professional presentation with fine detail and some imaginative touches. ● MODEL SPEC SCALE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:48 MATERIALS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IM, PE, WS Availability: www.freedommks.com TMMI’S OPINION? A fascinating subject choice and a very good looking kit in the box – the lack of cockpit is made up for with excellent undercarriage, bomb bay and folding wing detail.

Underside bays are replete with detail on their inner faces.

Undercarriage wheels are well formed and crisply detailed.

Undercarriage and weapon bay doors are provided with individual hinges.

Detail in the injection-moulded parts is very impressive and is free from flash and sink-marks.

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

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AD; ACETATE DIALS, BB; BASE BOARD, CC; CAST CERAMIC (PLASTER), CMA; CAST METAL ALLOY, CP; CHROMED PARTS, CPS; CLEAR PLASTIC SHEET, DT; DRY TRANSFER (DECALS), EPS; EXTRUDED PLASTIC SECTION, F; FABR MW; METAL WIRE, MT; METAL TUBING, NM; NYLON MESH, PE; PHOTO ETCH, PCM; PRE-CUT MASKS, R; RESIN, SVT; SOFT VINYL TYRES (OR TUBING), VF; VINYL FIGURES, VFP; VACUUM FORMED (PLASTIC), WC; WOVEN COR

KINETIC, HONG KONG

4X4 MRAP ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLE www.luckymodel.com SCALE; 1:35 • MATERIALS: IM, PE, PC, WS • KIT NUMBER;K61011 Kinetic have a growing line of 1:35 armoured vehicles amidst their aircraft kit releases and their latest release is the ‘4x4 MRAP’. This is a generic name for what is clearly the International MaxxPro, but presumably they have skirted around using the name for licensing reasons. The kit comes moulded in grey polystyrene which, in this author’s opinion, is by far the most satisfactory colour for almost any model kit subject. It features comprehensive chassis detail, the main fame building up from side rails, crossmembers, leaf springs and shock absorbers to form a substantial structure to which the crew ‘pod’ is affixed. The upper cabin and crew compartment builds up panel by panel into a solidfeeling box and it features a decent level of interior detail, with seats, stowage racks, radio and more all provided. It’s worth searching online for detail photos for any extras you might wish to add to the compartment but as it comes, it’s a good enough for most purposes and will look impressive with the rear ramp lowered. The driver’s cabin is well appointed too, with foot pedals (often omitted) and a good level of detail present. The armoured cabin doors are moulded individually, so the driver’s station can be shown off to full advantage. The roof-top turret is a detailed subassembly, coming with clear glazing panels and a choice of either .50cal HMG or Mk.19 40mm grenade launcher. The tyres are provided in the form of hollowmoulded, flexible items moulded in black vinyl. They sport excellent tread detail and even feature the characteristically dimpled sidewall pattern, but they do not feature any moulded data detail, nor manufacturer logos etc. If you want this, it’s worth keeping an eye out for the DEF Model resin tyre set for this kit, which will feature the missing detail, plus a weighted, bulged appearance for complete realism. MN Very detailed inside and out; it will build into a handsome kit Maybe replace the tyres for DEF Models items and fill a few sink marks

HK MODELS, HONG KONG

DORNIER DO335B www.pocketbond.co.uk SCALE; 1:32 • MATERIALS; IM, PE, WS • KIT NUMBER; 01E07 There are a number of subjects that you sort of dream will one day be released in 1:32. Just a handful of years ago, it perhaps seemed that those subjects wouldn’t see the light of day for the foreseeable future. Of course, we perhaps didn’t vouch for a company such as HK Models making a big hit in our hobby, in more ways than one. HK Models, in quite a short period, have already brought us a B-17, three B-25 variants, a Meteor, and there is a Mosquito expected, as well as other planned B-17 kits. Apart from the Mosquito, the other releases represent the bulk of planned releases that formed the original Wingscale brand that eventually became HK Models. The Dornier Do 335B represents the first release from HK that has nothing to do with Wingscale. This kit is certainly no weekend project, and comprises fifteen light grey styrene sprues (inclusive of a couple of duplicated sprues for engines etc), and one clear sprue. It’s obvious from the break-down of this model (a test-shot is reviewed here) that HK intend to produce further variants of this aircraft. The model has a fully detailed interior, including bomb bay. No bombs can be seen in this kit though, despite an image on the HK Models Facebook Page showing one. The cockpit is always a focal point for the modeller, and when you are doing something in this scale, it needs to look correct. Bearing in mind that I have no instructions at the moment, and no way of absolutely seeing exactly what goes into the cockpit, the parts I can identify look very good. The main part of the ‘office’ is based around a single part tub which has some great console detail. There seems very little need to add any aftermarket to this at all. The kit also presents weighted wheels with separate hubs, amazingly detailed undercarriage bays, and great looking u/c struts. Ejector pin marks on the inside of the main gear doors will be hidden by attaching the strut. James Hatch Surface detail is some of the very best I’ve seen in this scale. The exterior is indeed riveted, and that riveting is quite complex looking. Panel lines are extremely fine, as are access panels and plates A few ejector pin marks and some sink marks on the propeller blades, but these might be corrected in the fullproduction kits

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Kit Reviews

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EDUARD, CZECH REPUBLIC

‘GOOD MORNING DA NANG’ F-4B PHANTOM II www.eduard.com SCALE; 1:48 MATERIALS; IM, R, PE, , PCM, WS KIT NUMBER; 1186 Very cleverly, Eduard have taken a set of modern plastic parts from an existing Phantom kit for this release and added their own ‘Brassin’ resin upgrade parts to replace the pilots’ seats, engine exhaust outlets and wheels/tyres, which make quite a difference to the detail refinement on their own. Add to this two, very packed photo-etched sets that provide a host of additional cockpit details such as the console and instrument panel faces, ejector-seat pulls, exquisite seat harnesses (in pre-cut fabric from Eduard/HGW Models), canopy frame edges (a big detail improvement) and many more enhancement and this release begins to make sense; all the extras you need are in the box. The icing on the cake are the decals, offering five, colourful schemes from the Vietnam War era (VF-84 Jolly Rogers, VMFA-542 Bengals, VMFA323 Death Rattlers, VF-161 Chargers and VF-111 Sundowners) plus a full set of airframe data stencils and you have quite a lot of kit for your money. All you really need is cement and paint! MN

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA CYLON RAIDER www.moebiusmodels.com SCALE; 1:32 MATERIALS; IM, WS KIT NUMBER; 941 I have to admit I was delighted when I opened the latest parcel from the USA and saw this kit inside; Moebius Model’s latest kit from the original TV series of Battlestar Galactica, the Cylon Raider. It’s not the first model of this fabulous design from the show of course, but this time it’s in 1:32 and therefore it is huge, as you might just be able to see from the photos of me holding some of the parts. Moebius have done marvellous job here, engineering a kit that is finely detailed and accurate in profile, whilst retaining a buildability and excellent fit of parts that will allow a relative novice to cope with assembly. The model builds up from large upper and lower hull halves and there’s plenty of space here to fit in an LED lighting system and battery box; in fact I think an enterprising modeller somewhere has already come up with such a set for this model. One very fun part of the kit is the faithful replication of the random model kit components that were used by the TV special effects people who made the prop for filming; we can see a Centurion engine deck (Tamiya?), sections of track, gun barrel halves, breech blocks, an 88mm Flak base, tank drive sprockets, F1 car gearbox halves and more. All this just adds to the fun, making this already spectacular release all the more rewarding. MN

A fantastic ‘one-box solution’ to create a wonderfully detail model of this legendary US jet

A very cool subject and a huge model in 1:32 – ideal to partner the Moebius BSG Viper

Not a weekend project for sure, but that’s a good thing!

We’re going to need a bigger shelf TMMI 226 August 2014

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GERMAN 1-TON HALF-TRACK SD.KFZ.10 www.hobbyco.net SCALE; 1:35 • MATERIALS; IM, WS • KIT NUMBER; 37016 This is Italeri’s older kit of the Demag halftrack, dating back to possibly the 1970s, and it came out at a time when Italeri were pretty much ahead of everyone when it came to armour kits; it still holds it own even to this day. With this fact in mind, it was a wise move by Tamiya to re-issue the model with a few key enhancements that give an extra touch of polish to the areas of the model that needed it the most; the rifle racks, improved canvas cover, new tools and three figures. The tracks come moulded on the kit sprues and are in ‘link and length’ form; they are serviceable but you might wish to replace them with an aftermarket set for a more naturalistic appearance, but other than that, this is an excellent model that just needs creative painting and weathering treatments to bring to life. Windscreens are provided in the form of pre-cut acetate sheets which is a nice touch. The model comes with Tamiya’s German infantry sprue (1994 vintage) which provides MG34, MG42, KAR98, MP40 plus water bottles, gas masks, bread-bags and other items of personal gear. Also in the box is Tamiya’s excellent 2010 jerrycan set which features a vehicle jack, Notek lights, towing cable ends and some boxes. MN

It’s an oldish base kit but an excellent one at that; Tamiya would never have chosen it for this treatment otherwise. Still very fine detail and accurate lines You might need new tracks for full realism although the kit-supplied ones aren’t bad at all

TAMIYA, JAPAN

US NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS SARATOGA CV-3 www.hobbyco.net SCALE; 1:700 MATERIALS; IM, WS KIT NUMBER; 31713 Tamiya have gone for a 100% new tooling for this kit of the famous United States Navy carrier and it shows; the detail is stunning, from the waterline to the Hellcats and Avengers on her deck. She’s not a small kit either, the flight deck measuring nearly fifteen and a half inches in length (around 38.5cm). Hull-sides are rendered with a subtle mixture of raised and recessed detail as are the island, funnel and other superstructure parts. The model is waterline only so you’ll need either a seascape or a smart base plate to display it once complete. The carrier is depicted as she appeared at the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945 and the aircraft appropriate to the period of the war, with radar pods on the wings and markings for the gloss blue airframe colour. The finest parts such as anti-aircraft guns, life-rafts etc., are particularly fine and will look very crisp when in place. MN A completely new kit with freshly tooled aircraft too Only four Avengers and four Hellcats are supplied; a few more would have been nice

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SUNDERLAND MK.III www.hobbyco.net SCALE; 1:72 • MATERIALS; IM, PE, WS • KIT NUMBER; 1352 This is the second incarnation of Italeri’s new-tool Sunderland kit, the Mk.I being released a couple of years back. In this issue we have a revised upper fuselage with a cut-out for the dorsal turret plus ‘hedgehog’ exhaust outlets and associated support struts. The new turret builds into a drop-in fairing and is the main visually distinguishing characteristic of the Mk.III. Italeri also provide the antenna arrays for the upper and rear fuselage and these are made up from injection moulded masts with photo-etched elements for an in-scale result, and they look good. What looks less good (still) is the somewhat over-emphasised panel detail of the fuselage which, whilst not a deal breaker, does look a bit too prominent for the scale. Some modellers have reduced the effect by painting in thinned modelling putty along the panel lines and then sanding over the top. It must be said that it looks much better under a layer of paint. Overall, an excellent version to chose and with a little extra work, an excellent model can result. MN Dorsal turret and antenna, plus new decals make this a worthwhile purchase Airframe panel detail still a bit too conspicuous TMMI 226 August 2014

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MODELLING REFERENCES: MILITARY AVIATION HAWKER-SIDDELEY HARRIER GR.3

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RAF Hendon have this GR.3 on show in an elevated position, which offers some great views of the aircraft’s undersides, showing the vectored thrust nozzles and undercarriage. Very helpfully, the Museum have left the aircraft pretty much as it arrived so the weathered and worn surfaces are original and very interesting to the modeller! www.rafmuseum.org.uk

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o give you some ideas and inspiration for painting your Harrier GR.3, here are some photos of the preserved example on display at the RAF Museum Hendon in north London. Interestingly, the aircraft is suspended quite high up, offering an excellent view of the undersides, arguably the most interesting part of the Harrier! www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

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MODELLING REFERENCES: MILITARY AVIATION HAWKER-SIDDELEY HARRIER GR.3

Close-up view of the nose-leg showing landing light and hydraulics

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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 www.accurate-armour.com ● THE AIRBRUSH COMPANY Ltd 79 Marlborough Road, Lancing Business Park, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 8UF, +44 (0) 1903 767800 www.airbrushes.com ● AIRCONNECTION Box 21227, RPO Meadowvale Mississauga, ON L5N 6A2, Canada Tel (905) 677-0016 Fax (905) 677-0582 sale@airconnection.on.ca info@airconnection.on.ca www.airconnection.on.ca ● AIRWAVES Via Hannants www.hannants.co.uk ● ALCLAD II No.5 St Georges Close, Bacton, Norfolk, NR12 0LL. www.alclad2.com Tel; 01692 652166, Fax; 01692 652334 ● AMPERSAND PUBLISHING (via Historex Agents in UK) 235 NE 6th Avenue #4 Delray Beach, Florida 33483-5543, USA Tel; 561-266 9686, Fax; 561-266-9786 ● ARCHER (Historex in UK) PO Box 1277 Youngsville, NC 275961277, USA www.archertransfers.com ● BADGER AIRBRUSH 9128 W. Belmont Avenue, Franklin Park, IL 60131, USA 800-AIR-BRUSH • Fax: 800-57BADGER www.badgerairbrush.com customerservice@badgerairbrush.com ● BISON DECALS Available from www.hannants.co.uk and www.pdi-model-supplies.com ● CAMMETT AND CO (Lifecolour, Scale Caliber) Unit 5 Forest Road, Greenfield Industrial Estate, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5FA, United Kingdom Phone; 01497 822757 Email; cammettco@btopenworld.com www.cammett.co.uk ● CLASSIC PUBLICATIONS Midland Counties Publications, 4 Watling Drive, Sketchley Lane Industrial Estate, Hinckley, Leics UK LE10 1YF Tel: +44(0) 1455 233 747, Fax: +44(0) 1455 233 737 midlandbooks@compuserve.com www.classic-publications.com ● CREATIVE MODELS LTD (Mig Productions, Vallejo, Accurate Miniatures); Unit 6-10, Honeysome Industrial Estate, Honeysome Road, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire PE16 6TG Tel/Fax; 01354 760022 www.creativemodels.co.uk info@creativemodels.co.uk ● CZECH SIX PUBLICATIONS 48 Station Road, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3BN UK Tel; 01932 866426 www.czechsixpublications.com ● 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 www.dragonmodelsltd.com

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

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

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

● MODEL WHOLESALE UK LTD Unit 3 Dean Close, Raunds, Northants NN9 6BD Tel; 01892 680009 Fax:01892 522526 info@modelwholesaleuk.com www.modelwholesaleuk.com ● MODUNI VERSAND GMBH Böttgerstr. 2-14, 65439 Flörsheim, Germany Tel; 06145 5456-0 Fax; 06145 5456-11 info@moduni.de www.moduni.de ● MONROE PERDU Monroe Perdu Designs, 3168 Renee Court, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA. www.monroeperdu.com ● PANZERWRECKS PO Box 164, Heathfield, Sussex TN21 8WA, UK www.panzerwrecks.com ● PEGASUS HOBBIES (Selected items via Pocketbond in UK) 5515 Moreno Blvd, Montclair, CA 91763 USA www.pegasushobbies.com

● GUNZE SANGYO MDC in the UK

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

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

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

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

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

● HIROBOY (Zero Paints) Unit 59, Basepoint Business Centre Oakfield Close, Tewkesbury Business Park, Tewkesbury, Glos. GL20 8SD UK Tel: 07977125967 (UK office hours only) www.hiroboy.com

● PSP MODELS LTD (Mission Models in USA) Unit 19B, Applin’s Farm, Farrington, Dorset DT11 8RA, UK Phone/fax: +44 (0)1747 811 817 www.psp-models.com

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

● QUICKBOOST www.quickboost.net

● HOBBYLINK JAPAN Sano-shi, Kurohakama-cho 162-1 Tochigi 327-0813, Japan www.hlj.com ● HUSSAR PRODUCTIONS, CANADA www.airconnection.on.ca ● ITALERI (The Hobby Company in UK) Via Pradazzo, 6, I-40012 Calderara Di Reno, Bologna, Italy, Tel 051 726037 www.italeri.it ● JADAR-MODEL Zielna 8/103, 00-108 Warsaw, Poland www.jadar.com.pl hobby@jadarhobby.waw.pl ● LITTLE CARS Uncle Jacks, Lavendon Road Olney Bucks, MK46 4HH, UK www.little-cars.co.uk Tel (+44) 01234 711980 ● LSA MODELS Retail; 151 Sackville Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3HD, England. Tel/fax 01273 705420 lsamodels@McMAIL.com www.lsamodels.co.uk ● MIG PRODUCTIONS C/ Santiago Rusinol 7, Pral 2a, 08750 Molins de Rei, Barcelona, Spain www.migproductions.com In UK; Creative Models ● MODEL DESIGN CONSTRUCTION Unit 3 Hillstown Small Business Center, Mansfield Road, Bolsover, Derbyshire. S44 6LE. Tel; +(44)1246 82 77 55 orders@modeldesignconstruction.com www.modeldesignconstruction.com

● PRO-ART MODELS www.proartmodels.be

● REVELL AG Revell GmbH & Co Orchard Mews/18C High St, Tring, HP23 5AH 01442 890285 ukbranch@revell.de ● RZM PUBLISHING (Greenhill Books In UK) PO Box 995, Southbury, CT 06488 USA Tel; (USA) 203 264 0774 www.rzm.com ● SCHATTON BARRELS Industriestrasse 6, 94347 Ascha, Germany, Fax 09961 910 7826 www.modellbau-schatton.privat.t-online.de email; modellbau.schatton@t-online.de ● SCHIFFER BOOKS Schiffer Publishing, 4880 Lower Valley Rd, Atglen, PA, 19310 USA www.schifferbooks.com ● SCHIFFER BOOKS in UK Bushwood Books, No.6 Marksbury Avenue, Kew Gardens, Surrey TW9 4JF, UK. Tel +44(0)20 8392 8585, +44(0)20 8392 9876, email; info@bushwodbooks.co.uk ● SCHUMO KITS Axel’s-Modellbau-Shop Axel und Bernd Schulze OHG Braustraße 2a 37170 Uslar, Germany Phone: +49 (0) 5571 919 100 Fax: +49 (0) 5571 919 101 www.schumo-kits.com ● SQUADRON.COM Squadron Mail Order 1115 Crowley Drive Carrollton, TX 75006 - 1312. USA ● STUDIO 27 (Grand Prix Models in UK) www.studio27.co.jp

● SCALE MOTORSPORT No.3 Topside Lane, Newtown, Connecticut 06470-2023, USA www.scalemotorsport.com In UK; Grand Prix Models ● THE SMALL SHOP PO Box 580, Kalama WA 98625, USA Tel/fax; (360) 673-1255 info@thesmallshop.com www.thesmallshop.com ● SYLMASTA Halland House, Dale’s Yard, Lewes Rd, Scaynes Hill, West Sussex, RH17 7PG Tel; +44(0)1444 415027, Fax; +44(0)1444 458606. Email; sylmasta@aol.com ● TAMIYA JAPAN Tamiya, Inc., 3-7 Ondawara Suruga-ku, Shizuoka 422-8610 Japan www.tamiya.com ● TAMIYA UK; THE HOBBY COMPANY LIMITED Garforth Place, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8PG, UK Tel; 01908 605686 Fax; 01908 605666 enquiries@hobbyco.net www.hobbyco.net ● TANK MODEL, RUSSIA www.tank-model.ru www.afvmodeller.com ● TANK WORKSHOP 345 Wynbrook Drive McDonough, GA, 30253 USA Tel; (770) 573-1409, Fax; (770) 573-0479 www.tankworkshop.com ● TRUMPETER www.trumpeter-china.com Pocketbond in the UK ● TUNGSTEN DRILLS Allan Sidney No.6, Park Gardens, Holbeach, Lincolnshire, PE12 7PJ allansid@aol.com ● U-MODELS 1103, rue de Feucherolles 78630, Orgeval, France www.u-models.com ● VERLINDEN PRODUCTIONS (Historex in UK) 811 Lone Star Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366, USA (636) 379-0077 www.verlindenonline.com ● VALLEJO (Creative Models in UK) Acrylicos Vallejo, SL Apartado 337 08800 Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain Tel; (34) 93 893 60 12 Fax; (34) 93 893 11 54 www.acrylicosvallejo.com ● WORLD WAR TWO BOOKS Military History Books Ltd (Mail order address, callers by appointment) 2 Cysgod Y Bryn, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4LR, United Kingdom Tel; 01970 623778 sales@worldwartwobooks.com www.worldwartwobooks.com ● WIDESPREAD SOLUTIONS Unit 1 Levens Hall Park, Lund Lane, Killinghall, Harrogate, West Yorkshire HG3 2BG, UK. Tel; +44(0)1423 522836 Fax; +44(0)1423 525656 info@graphicair.co.uk www.graphicair.co.uk ● WHITE ENSIGN MODELS Unit 5, Cobnash Industrial Estate, Kingsland, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9RW, UK. Tel: 08444150914, Fax: 08444150916 wem@onetel.com www.WhiteEnsignModels.com

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

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The next issue of TMMI is September 2014 (No.227), on sale August 21st

...AND MUCH MORE, OF COURSE!

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I NEED YOUR CLOTHES, YOUR BOOTS AND YOUR MOTORCYCLE... Okay, so it's not quite the same bike that was in Terminator 2, but it's close... Tamiya's magnificent 1:6 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Lo, full-build, in depth article

Order online now at; www.tamiyamodelmagazine.com ISSUE No.226 AUGUST 2014 PUBLISHED ON JULY 17th 2014 Editor; Marcus Nicholls Consultant Editor (USA); Stan Spooner, Editorial Assistant; Matt Benfield Publisher; Alan Harman Graphic Design; Alex Hall TMMI Website; The ADH web team Advertising Sales; Gareth Liddiatt Advertising Assistant; Joe Brown Office Manager; Paula Gray Administration Manager; Hannah McLaurie Short-term Loans; Linda Zatenna Printed by; Symbian Print Intelligence, Hertfordshire, UK Distributed by; Seymour Distribution, 2 East Poultry Avenue, London, EC1A 9PT Tel; 020 7429 4000 Newstrade; Select Publisher Services, 3 East Avenue, Bournemouth, BH3 7BW Tel; 01202 586848 Email; tim@selectps.com Tamiya Model Magazine is published on the third Thursday of each month by ADH Publishing. Editorial enquiries; editor@tamiyamodelmagazine.com All other enquiries to; enquiries@adhpublishing.com Tamiya Model Magazine, ADH Publishing, Doolittle Mill, Doolittle Lane, Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, LU6 1QX, UK. Telephone; +44 (0)1525 222573 Editorial enquiries;+44 (0)7904 635 694 Fax; +44 (0)1525 222574. Back Issues; From £4.20 Inc. P&P. Back issues from #75 onwards (excluding #79) are available from the UK address below, or online at www.tamiyamodelmagazine.com

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The Editor’s Page... ADD SOME HEAVY METAL TO YOUR WW2 ALLIED TANKS!

CULIN HEDGEROW CUTTER The 'Culin' device is well-known to armour modellers as an addition to US tanks in the post-D-Day campaign in Normandy. Its conception (and thus its name) is generally attributed to Sgt. Curtis G Culin III although according to military historian Max Hastings, the Sergeant was apparently inspired by “a Tennessee hillbilly named Roberts” who, during a discussion on how US tanks could penetrate the dense 'bocage' (the wall-like hedgerows between the small fields that dotted some areas of the Normandy countryside) suggested “Why don't we get some saw teeth and put them on the front of the tank and cut through these hedges?”. Culin recognized the idea's potential. The teeth were thus made from the 'hedgehog' beach obstacles that had

confronted the liberation forces days and weeks earlier and thus the 'Culin Hedgerow Cutter' was born. The beauty of this device for armour modellers is that, while a general form was followed, each cutter was unique, with rough-cut edges and prominent welding seams and they are great fun to make from plastic card! So why not add one to the next M5, M4 and M10 that you build, so long it was a post- D-Day machine. Quoted text from Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944 by Max Hastings, Pan Books, London. ISBN 0-330-39012-0. See you again on August 21st! editor@tamiyamodelmagazine.com

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