- Published on Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00
Catalogue # See article for code and price
Available from The Airbrush Company
We all need them. It's a tool that it's almost impossible to do without. It's also a tool which, if bought incorrectly, will make your job harder than it would have been if you hadn't bought them at all. Yes folks, it's the humble set of tweezers, or forceps as the more scientifically-minded know them as. This time, Adam Wilder's new company, Wilder, has entered the market with something which is aimed specifically at those of us wanting something totally suitable for our hobby.
- Published on Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
1:48 Airspeed Oxford Mk.I/II 'Royal Navy'
Catalogue # SH48152
Available from MPM for 34.95 €
If you ever wondered how crews for bomber aircraft trained, then aircraft such as the Airspeed Oxford were typical of those that were used. The versatile Oxford was geared to training pilots, navigators, bombardiers and radio operators. When fitted with a turret, it could also be used to train air gunners. Conceived and designed specifically for both training and light transport roles, the prototype first flew in mid-1937. The 'Ox-Box', as it became affectionately known, was derived from one of Airspeed's commercial small aircraft, the 'Envoy, and was powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah X radial engines. As well as training for bomber crews, the type also found a home with maritime operations, serving as an ambulance, patrol aircraft, and even light bomber. Production ran throughout the war, and generally ceased in 1945, with over 8500 aircraft being built, covering all versions. Whilst generally used throughout the Commonwealth, and after the war, many other countries operated this, including Turkey, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, and Norway. Many Oxfords were modified for civil use at the end of the war, being re-designated as Airspeed Consul aircraft.
- Published on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00
1:32 B-25 Gun Ship cockpit detail set
Catalogue # 32198
Available from Profimodeller for 449,00 CZK
This new release is aimed at upgrading the cockpit in the 1:32 'Gun Ship' variant of the HK Models B-25 Mitchell, that we reviewed here. Kit detail is in itself outstanding, but once you let the aftermarket boys in, you just know you're going to be in for a treat. That is especially so if the set is produced by Profimodeller. Profimodeller aren't a new face here on SP&R. Indeed, we have reviewed a number of their 1:32 Ju 88 detail sets also, and will shortly publish their new sets for the HK Models Gloster Meteor. If you're lucky enough to have the B-25 Gunship, then perhaps this one will interest you.
- Published on Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00
1/48 Bf109G-6 Eduard Brassin Cockpit and Engine sets
648140 Bf 109G Cockpit 1/48 for Eduard
Available from Eduard for 29,95 €
648141 Bf 109G-6 Engine and Guns 1/48 for Eduard
Available from Eduard for 29,95 €
Eduard's all new 1/48 Bf 109G-6 has been the most talked about and controversial kit to hit the market in recent memory. While it has some flaws and dimensional inaccuracies that Eduard says they'll be addressing for future releases, overall it is a fantastic kit with exceptional fit and finish and unrivaled detail. Released alongside the kit itself are a slew of Brassin upgrades (which will be unaffected by any reworking of the kit), and today we'll be looking at the cockpit and engine upgrade sets. Let's have a look!
- Published on Friday, 11 July 2014 17:20
1:72 Battle of Britain fighter dispersal set
Catalogue # 72171/2
Available from Hannants for £9.20 for single backdrop sets
It only seemed fitting that after recently reviewing a Battle of Britain era(ish) Spitfire and then some accompanying sets, that we take a look at something from this historic period, but this time for the smaller scale modeller. Here at SP&R, we love the printed bases that Noy's Miniatures produces, so were delighted to be told that this one was on its way to us. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the Battle of Britain fighter dispersal set.
- Published on Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00
1/32 Supermarine Spitfire MkII detail sets (For Revell kit)
Catalogue # See article for price and code
Available from Eduard
Having reviewed Revells new tool 1/32 Spitfire MkII, I concluded there was a good kit in there but it could certainly do with some help! The cockpit especially was missing several prominent details such as the seat armour and the kits wheels were a poor representation, as usual Eduard are first to our rescue with not one but five sets to considerably improve on the kits rather basic detail. I think we can guess already how good these sets are but let's take a closer look.
- Published on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00
If ever there was a kit which was up for the 'Most Contentious 2014' award, it would be Eduard's recent Bf 109G-6, without a doubt. We reviewed this kit HERE. The release of this kit followed an intense one-month promotional campaign across this and six other websites. This certainly gave me an insight into the last stage development of this kit. Whilst certain factions of the online community have seen fit to denigrate the release due to an over-scale issue (something Eduard have already admitted), it does appear that the kit has generally been very well received. Without a doubt, it has set new standards of finesse for this particular modelling subject. Hot on the heels of this release was news that Eduard would release this in their famed 'Royal Class' format, and today, I have the privilege of being able to take a look at this for you.
- Published on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00
Photo Etch template tools
Catalogue # See article for inventory and price
Available from Eduard
The modern modeller is indeed very lucky. There seems to be a tool for every occasion. Some of them pretty pointless, and some of them incredibly useful. As models also become more and more detailed, removing seams, using putty etc. can destroy surface detail which needs to be reinstated. Of course, the wealth of information about the real subject, to be found online, can often highlight detail which is either missing or even wrongly applied to a model. In cases like these, you need some good scribing templates. Until now, I only had my series of LionRoar sets. This is an area of modeller tool which hasn't left the modeller spoilt for choice. Thankfully, Eduard have now entered the fray and given us a set of different, mainstream template scribing tools. This is by very nature, going to be a very short article, but one which you will hopefully find useful.
- Published on Monday, 07 July 2014 00:00
1:32 Heinkel He 219 'Detail Up Set'
Catalogue # MA-32004
Available from Hannants for £83.40
Revell's Heinkel He 219 kit, released in 2012, was more than a bit of a mixed bag. A concoction of incorrect shapes/angles and spurious detail seemed to show a wanton lack of research from Revell, and the kit has been universally panned on the numerous modelling forums. I may be no Experten on the He 219, but even I could see that things weren't right. However, if you're willing to ignore these issues, the model does actually build up beautifully. Numerous companies have released upgrade and correction sets for the kit, but here's one you may not have heard of before, from MK1 Design.
- Published on Friday, 04 July 2014 00:00
1:32nd MG15/20 Cannon Pods and WGr.21 Rocket Launchers
Eduard Brassin Range
Catalogue Item # 62 034 & # 632 035
Available directly from Eduard at €14.95 each
Bunny Fighter Club Price €12.71 each
There are only a few things which are certain in modelling; There really is a carpet monster; if something leaks, it'll always leak on your model and, Eduard will always bring out a detail set for the latest model to hit the market. With the release of Revell's 1:32nd Scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 it didn't take long for Eduard Model Accessories to produce both types of typical underwing armaments suitable for the Gustav; the Wgr.21 Rocket Launchers and the MG 15/20 Cannon Pods:
- Published on Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
1/10 Resin Bust-Corporal East African Mounted Rifles
Tommy's War 1914-1918 in miniature
Available direct from tommyswar.co.uk for £30 +P&P.
It's all too easy to forget the Great War extended far beyond the confines of the Western Front with many battles being fought and a great many lives being lost in conflicts far away from those taking place in Europe. The East African Rifles were formed with the amalgamation of several smaller mounted units to develop a more structured fighting force and therefore defend the region against the threat posed by the German East African attack.
- Published on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00
1/32 (54mm) Thornycroft Type J Lorry (General Service Variant)
Tommy's War 1914-1918 in miniature
Available direct from tommyswar.co.uk for £90 +P&P.
A Brief History.
I will keep this exceptionally brief as there is a wealth of history and reference material included within the kits instruction booklet as well as on the Tommy's War internet pages and indeed across the web.
- 1:32 Albatros D.Va (OAW) from Wingnut Wings
- 1/48 DH.2 'Stripdown' from Eduard
- 1:32nd B-17 Superchargers (for HK Models kit) from Eduard
- 1:48 Gloster Javelin detail sets (for Airfix kit) from Eduard
- 1/32 P-51D Mustang Wheel Sets from CMK
- 1/48 Supermarine Seafire MkIII French Aeronavale & Irish Air Corps from Special Hobby
- 1:32nd Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa from Revell
- 13cm PE Tool and Handle Bending Tool from RP Toolz
- 1/35th 4.7cm Pak(t) Sfl.auf Fgst. Pz.Kpfw.35 R 731(f) from Hobby Boss
- 1:32 Fiat G.50bis Freccia from Special Hobby
- 1/32 Tamiya Corsair Cowl/Engine Upgrade from Vector
- Diorama Accessories Sets from Plusmodel
- 1/48 F-101 A/C Voodoo from Kitty Hawk
- 1/32 KT-04 Czech Tow Target from Profimodeller
- La-5F/FN Upgrade Parts from Vector
- Scale Model Addict Magazine #4 (Special Issue, Diorama and Vignette)
- 1/35 Scale US Indian 741B Motorcycle from Mirror Models
- 1:32 Albatros D.V/D.Va Airplane Nail set from HGW
- 1:32 Dornier Do 335B PREVIEW from HK Models
- 1/32 Erla Bf109G-10 Part 1 & 2 from Barracuda Studios