1/72 MACO – 7206 – sWS with 3.7cm FlaK43

Probably this is the kit that I wanted more since starting scale modelling. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get one sooner, but the wait was worthwhile. The sWS is fabulous, and its tracks are probably the best I’ve seen in 1/72 scale, very delicate and detailed, yet remaining “in scale”. I used a PE set from Part, but this kit really goes fine just out of the box. There are a few pin marks on the cargo, but that can easily be solved with mr. Surfacer or any other putty.

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The Flak is also very good, though the shield is a little too thick, but the excess could easily be sanded off. Besides that, I added few other details, based on some reference photos. I purchased the brass chains for the cargo separately.

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The most difficult part was to scratch the spent shell basket, which was missing from the kit. I used a Lipton tea bag for the net and stretched sprue for the frame, and I was very happy with the result.

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After the construction I airbrushed the basic colours, while the camouflage pattern was brush painted.

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After that, I applied oil colours for the weathering and some pigments. And I made a little base with cobblestone using some kind of insulation foam engraved with a toothpick.

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In conclusion, this is one of the finest kit I have ever built in 1/72 and the one that I’ve enjoyed most so far.

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Caesar Multipart Series InBox review. Product codes , 7211, 7213, 7214, 7216, 7217, 7215.

Well, all these new releases by Caesar have been expected as something new in the brand range, and who knows, if something new for the hobby.
We have received six boxes, for the codes 7211, 7213, 7214, 7216, 7217, 7215, the paratroopers box seems to haven’t been released jet.
Note that boxes came marked as 7711, 7713, 7714, 7716, 7717, 7715 codes.

We was happy to unpack the first box…

The first we missed out, was an instruction sheet… the only instructions are in the back box, the same in all the boxes, and four our taste, this is clearly insufficient (at least for us).

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What you get in all these boxes…
All the boxes haves the same format, there are two sprue for the bodies, which came with arms, legs and chest separated in 5 parts. These sprue allow you to built up 16 figures, with any option unless you built up less figures and try to combine parts.
This sprue is different in the six boxes.

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After this, all the boxes have 3 equal sprue with accessories such weapons, ammo pouches, helmets and so, they are enough for the bodies included in the box.
These 3 sprue are the same in the 6 boxes, we have purchased all these references, so we have 18 equal sprue in our hands. Well, we will have a lot of spare parts for other uses, but we think that some variation could be good…

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The last in the box are three small sprue with 10 faces and pistol in it, and these sprue also are repeated in all the boxes.. we have 30×6 = 180 faces for 96 figures… once again we think that some variation could be good…

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To see in detail, right click, open link in new tab, and see the full image. Another 3 of this sprue in any box.

Lets go with some figures…
We have chose the 7716 German Panzergrenadiers (in Normandy) box.
Plastic is hard, and it took well our glue (Tamiya plastic cement), you must be careful, this glue can damage smallest parts, and there are a well bunch of small parts.

Built so small figures is not always an easy question, the figures are engineered like Preiser figures, it means that position of the parts is not always clear, specially with arms, all the legs joint the other leg and then the body goes over them, this part is easy but don’t allow much (easy) variation.
As guide, you must take one of the box sides, where you will find the 8 poses of each box. Note than you have some space to variation.
Problems don’t take many time to appear… as always, maybe is my fault, but is impossible to get one Kar 98 decently posed in fire position… so both kneeling figures, well, we haven’t achieve any convincing pose with these. After some tries, we give as lost our first figure..
The prone pose haven’t interest for us… two other figures lost (it’s our personal taste).
Put the weapons in their hands is a common problem, the problem of rigid parts, and the problem of the lack of instructions or concrete suggestions.
We also don’t feel very natural the heads positions, and damage helmets when you cut of the sprue is very easy. Hats works better.

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After some assembly you will need to fill minor gaps. Weapons don’t fit hands in a natural way. These are our first three figures, after lost one.
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Attach to sprue are too tick for so small parts, is easy to damage helmets or other parts. We still have some work to do with these guys, fill gaps, sand imperfects.. You can choose a reasonable bunch of accessories for their backs.
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Comparison with the also new H077 German Soldiers with Tank Raiders, not the best Caesar box, some of the figures looks some flat… about tall as you can see they are fully compatibles.
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We can’t not say this is an excellent figure. A lot of work to achieve this, not recommended for beginners.

Three figures are enough for our first contact, a lot of work must be done to assemble the whole set, and for sure some of the pose will don’t look very natural.

And what about detail…
Well, proportions are good, these sets produces figures totally compatible with previous Caesar releases. Details is correct, but not very crisp, in fact, is difficult to see some details, and it will be worst during painting process…

So what we think…
Mmmmmmmm… we think that buy the 6 boxes have been a wrong decision by us, just one or two boxes it’s enough for us. πŸ˜‰
You get some spare parts, which can be very useful to complete other figures, to use in vehicles and so, and you can achieve some nice variation combining different accessories in the figures and arms positions + weapons, although they don’t fit always well.
You get a lot of work to put together all the parts.
These are not bad figures at all, but we are not very happy with the way they have been released, with so many sprue equals in all the boxes. More variation in the weapons would be desirable, as panzerchecks, panzerfaust, different MGs.. you get the same in all the boxes.. (no panzerchecks or panzerfaust)

Sincerely, we expected some more of Caesar.Β  We don’t feel that these boxes beat the Preiser standard, and of course, they are thousand miles away of a 28mm multipart set.Β  What do you think ?

Inbox Review – Miniart – 72019 – CITY BUILDING

We take a close look to one of the recently released buildings in 1/72 scale by Miniart, concretely the Miniart – 72019 – CITY BUILDING

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The first than will caught your attention are the 185 parts that compound this box !!!!

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Instructions are clear and complete, they follow the color guide of the parts making it more easy. Although there are only 22 steps to build the house, note that some of them are x6…

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As you can see, it’s a well bunch of sprue.

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All the parts have a correct pattern, below in detail one of the roof plates.

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And now, some detail for bricks…

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Doors….

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Railings..

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And stone parts…

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The parts fit perfectly, all are clean cast, although you need glue, they don’t are snap together parts.

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Detail is only for visible side of the parts, as you can see below, and that’s general for all the parts, there are any details inside the building.

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And that’s the big odd of this buildings, they are pretty good, big enough for 1/72 scale, well cast, nice detail, but they haven’t interior detail at all, making them less usable for gaming. In a building like this, with three floors, there aren’t floor for any of them and the roof is not planed to be removable, although that can be easily achieved.
So these building are though to be part of dioramas, or to decorate gaming tables, but can’t be used to play inside them, or it will take you a lot of work to achieve it. Add removable floors also can be achieved, but interior details of the plates is none, and inside sight for windows and so is also ugly.

By the way, the prepainted parts also haven’t any value for us, unless they make clear and easy the build up process. You must prime before paint, so all this colors will be lost after built the model. If you don’t plan to paint the model, the finishing will be very basic, remembering us to the railway buildings models.

If you take care of this questions, you will get a perfectly cast and engineered building.

InBox Review – BUM – 2053 – Canadian Trappers, Summer.

The first box for the trappers was this one, the BUM – 2053 – Canadian Trappers, Summer.

You get several items in this box, as follows.

5 Summer trappers figures. + 1 Dog.
6 Indians figures.
1 Vivac
1 Bridge
1 Barbecue
1 Chart

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The Indian figures have a good sculpture level, but unfortunately they are not so well cast, there are some flash around the mold line, so they will need many work to clean them, also they aren’t cast in the same material than trappers, and this one is not so easy to work with knife. This six figures have been seen in many of the “The Last of the Mohican’s” series.

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The Vivac have been seen in the 2054 Review, as this box is bigger this time it not comes cut.

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The bridge is a basic resin piece, not the best in the BUM range, but it can be useful for gaming.

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The best in the box are the Trappers figures, no flash, no plastic excess, no mould lines. They are very nice figures.

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The Chart is also a nice piece, it comes in three parts, the chart plus the wheels. All is well cast, the wooden pattern is present in both sides of the chart.

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Our two preferred figures in the box.

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The barbecue, although is a nice piece, came broke in our box. It can be repaired, but it will take some time to you.

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Material used for the figures is quite soft, this would be and odd for some modelers, who prefer hard plastics, but this material took good glue and can be worked with knife in a very easy way.

The two six Indians can be found in other boxes of the “Last of the Mohicans” series, the vivac also can be fount in the other Trappers box, but the rest of the box is exclusive.

Many Thanks to Francisco German (BUM) who has sent us this box for review.

Inbox Review – BUM – 2054 – Canadian Trappers, Winter.

Together with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police BUM released two boxes for trappers. Here we go with the second of them, the BUM – 2054 – Canadian Trappers, Winter.

In this box you get:
6 Winter trappers figures.
1 Dogsled + 2 dogs.
1 Vivac (Our copy came broke, although usable)

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The vicac is a basic resin piece, but usable and well cast. The two mast came cut at the base height to avoid damage during transport.

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The trappers are the big value of this box, figures are well cast, no sign of flash or mould lines neither plastic excess.

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This time, the dogsled came without driver and only with 2 dogs.

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The figure below is specially beautiful for our taste.

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Material used for the figures is quite soft, this would be and odd for some modelers, who prefer hard plastics, but this material took good glue and can be worked with knife in a very easy way.

The two dogs and the vivac can be found in other boxes of the series, but the rest of the box is exclusive.

Many Thanks to Francisco German (BUM) who has sent us this box for review.

Inbox Review – BUM – 2050 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Parade and Yukon uniforms.

Our second review is for the BUM – 2050 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Parade and Yukon uniforms.

This is the first box of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Box, you will find the following inside:

3 Figures (Two in parade uniform)
7 Dogs (six are for the gosled)
1 Dogsled
1 Resin Base

The first time in our hobby that these well know men have been depicted.

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Figures haves sharp detail and are well cast, there aren’t mould lines, flash or plastic excess in any of them.

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The dogsled with the full six dog team is a very beautiful feature of the box.

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You get one extra dog, without carriage.

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The resin base is maybe no the best we have seen in BUM range, it’s intended for display the dogsled, there are footprints for the dogs, so in order to uses it, you must cut of dogs of their bases, not a hard work with this kind of plastic.

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To do a nice vignette with this base it will need some work and some complements.

Material used for the figures is quite soft, this would be and odd for some modelers, who prefer hard plastics, but this material took good glue and can be worked with knife in a very easy way.

The man driving the dogsled and the dogs itself can be found in other boxes of the series, but the rest of the box is exclusive.

Many Thanks to Francisco German (BUM) who has sent us this box for review.

Inbox Review – BUM – 2052 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Finally we have found time and light enough to take pictures to some BUM boxes that we have since several weeks ago.
The first is the BUM – 2052 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police, an original subject never done before, where you will find the following content:

A dogsled with 6 dogs.
A lodge.
9 Figures, (one of them casted in the dogsled)

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The lodge came in 4 parts, all are nice and clean cast.

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All the parts fits well, you must do some work with one of the doors side, but nothing hard.

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The figure in the dogsled is pretty nice and well cast, there are any evidence of flash or mold lines in any of the figures.

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As you can see in the pictures all figures haves sharp detail.

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Material used for the figures is quite soft, this would be and odd for some modelers, who prefer hard plastics, but this material took good glue and can be worked with knife in a very easy way.
The resin used for the lodge is very hard.

The man driving the dogsled and the dogs itself can be found in other boxes of the series, but the rest of the box is exclusive.

Many Thanks to Francisco German (BUM) who has sent us this box for review.

Revell – 03147 – HMMWV β€œHummer” – Dessert Storm Scheme.

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Well, i’m not fan of modern stuff, well, i love to see any well done model, but not for myself, i usually build WWII vehicles and paint figures between WWII and medieval era. So this time is a new subject for me, and everything have a reason. My birthday was a few weeks ago, and two of my cousins, who knows my hobby, gifted to me this nice Revell box, with his best intention, so i was morally forced to built and paint this set as soon as possible and here is the result. πŸ™‚

 

Models itself are well engineered, as usually Revell does, parts fits well and flash is almost non existent, also any ejector pin is present in visible parts. Both models have a lot common parts, as all the chassis and suspension and some others. I was in trouble fitting the ambulance’s doors, i always think it is my fault, but this was the only part that not fitted so well, at least for me.

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I didn’t was in mood to try an European camouflage scheme, the typical three colors NATO scheme, so i tried to paint them for the “Dessert Storm” campaign. This was a problem, because the box only contains one set of “Desert Storm” decals, for the ambulance. In fact i didn’t found any evidence of the TOW carrier during the “Dessert Storm” in desert camouflage scheme, only some pictures of the 82nd airborne in European scheme. So i share the decals, the ambulance haven’t the distinctive marks for the operation, these were to the TOW, the ambulance have enough with the red crosses.

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A problem with the glue (Tamiya) let my fingerprint in the ambulance for the rest of his days :), i always say i’m not a fine builder.

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For this occasion i tried something new for me, to fix the pigment with “AK White Spirit” and the airbrush, it works quite well, i must say, so i also used intensively pigments in the bases.

 

About the colors i can’t say much, i avoid the usage of the brush as much as i can, so i used as base color the “The Army Painter” sand color primer, then i used pigments, AK wash, AK White spirit (to clean the wash excess), Vallejo Iraki sand (dry brushed) and not much more.

I’m quite happy with the final result, except for the fingerprint in the ambulance :).

These models go directly for the “For Sale” section, and in this case benefits goes directly to my cousins education, so be benevolent.
Price for both models are 30€ plus shipping.

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If you want to try yourself this model, take a look at our utility, to find this Revell box at the best prices.

nΒΊ23 – Pz.Bef.Wg. V Panther Ausf. G

116.Pz.Div. Germany 1945

Technical Details
5 Crew.
1 KwK 42 L/70 75mm
1/2 MG 34 – 7.92mm
200Km Range

Panther are one of the most recognizable tanks of the Second World War, and one of the best tanks employed in the conflict.
We have seen others Altaya Panthers in the old Panzer Collection, and this one haven’t any noticeable novelty.

Camouflage scheme is good, but details aren’t so good. All the tools in the hull, the aerials, and so, are very basic.

nΒΊ19 – Altaya – Ixo – M-10 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion

1st Armored Division Anzio (Italy) 1944

Technical Details
5 Crew.
1 M7 76.2mm
1 M2HB 3 – 7.62mm
300Km Range

More Ataya’s models !!
The M10 are a well know family of tank destroyers. The model depicted here is a not bad one, although some details are quite basic as usually we see in this collection.

The camouflage pattern it’s a nice one, the more easy is to paint this vehicle all Green, so this variation is welcome. The odds, the interior detail, the MG’s and the aerial.

There is some options to get this model in 1/72 scale, not only in sets to built, also more diecast options are available. Hobby Master haves no less of 10 version for this vehicle, the most similar to the showed here is this and the quality is quite better. You can take a look to the rest of the Hobby Master models here.