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

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. 😉
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.  We don’t feel that these boxes beat the Preiser standard, and of course, they are thousand miles away of a 28mm multipart set.  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 “Hummer” – 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. 🙂

 

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.

nº23 – 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.

nº19 – 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.

nº22 – Altaya IXO – MCV 80 Warrior

7th Armoured Brigade Iraq 2003

Technical Details.
3 Crew + 7 Transported
1 L21A1 Rarden 30mm
1MG 7.62mm
650Km Range

Well, it has been some long since our last update of the Altaya Collection, we will resume our publishing activities during this year, we promise it.

The Warrior tracked armoured vehicle is a family designed long time ago, during 70’s. Of course it has received several updates in this time and has seen action in all the latest conflicts were the Bitish army has been involved, such the Iraq invasion in 2003, has the concrete model depicted by Altaya. More updated has come since 2003 and still more are planned for the future, so seems that this family will be in service many more years. You can learn some more in the WikiPedia.

Some details don’t look specially good, as usual, the aerials are too thick and paint work is nothing special. A collectors piece, and why not, usable for some modern wargame.
Revell and Trumpeter have this vehicle in their ranges, if you prefer to built up yourself.

Dragon M4A1 (76) W VVSS

I love Dragon Shermans, and especially the M4A1 with the 76 mm gun. I also think, as other Sherman lovers, it has the most “sexy” lines from all M4 range. I chose a registration from “Operation Cobra” with the distinctive black patches camo over the Olive Drab.

I started with the bogies; the skids were taken from an UM kit, and proved to be the ideal solution. However I had to add two more bolts on the interior of the skid, cause they were missing.

I glued the bogies into position and continued with the back engine doors. The tension mechanisms of the idler wheels was corrected, with the three bolts oriented downwards, not like Dragon indicates.

The tail lights must be moved a few millimetres back until it is aligned with the edge of the hull. I used aluminium beer can strips to simulate the brackets for fixing the tools on the hull.

The siren brush-guard was the most difficult to make, as it is not provided with the photo-etched parts in the kit.

I also modified the front fenders, as the one from the kit were incorrect.

But the most difficult part was to make and add the casting registration number on the turret. I also made a few modification, mostly on the rear of the turret, where I replaced the MG cradle and the L frames. After that I modified the loader’s split hatch into a “low profile” D94598 and add the MG barrel bracket.

The final assembly and adjustments.

After that I sprayed Vallejo Olive Drab and the camo black patches.

And the final result, after weathering with oil paints and some pigments.

 

This model is available in our utility here.

Strelets M012 Military Order Warriors

After the First Crusade, Military orders was raised to protect the way to Holly Land, and the Holly Land itself. They were not only the biggest Christian force overseas, their power grow to become some of them in great forces in the continent, which some times caused
suspiciousness and problems with Kings and Feudal Lords.

There a good mix of clothes and weapons, including leather armours, coat of mail and different helmets and shields, which seems to be quite correct.

Shields are quite big for battle, even one of the figures have a Pavise, more common to see on archers or crossbowman.

The box haves 48 figures in 12 poses (4 equal sprue). Around a 1/3 of the figures are kneeling, so it’s a good set to depict a wall standing for a charge. Sculpture style is the usual of Strelets, sometimes not compatible with other makers, but detail is shape.

Figures haven’t flash, all the separate parts (just a few) fit quite well, although spears quality is not the best.

Italeri WWII German Sd.Kfz. 232 6 Rad 1/72.

Hello all,

This Early war German armoured reconnaissance car has been designed with war gamers in mind. It has only has one spruce which goes to say how simple the kit is, well saying that I still managed to have fun and games building this kit. A few fiddly bits and pieces to get lost or broken.

I love all things early war, I am not a fan of the “Tigers and Panthers” not that I wouldn’t build them, just I like the unusual. This kit fits the bill, you have the choice of four decal options, ranging from a vehicle on exercise to the blitzkrieg across France.

The body of the car has only four parts which fit together very well indeed, I believe this kit is a new tooling from Italeri which explains this. The turret is simple to build, but has closed hatches which is a shame. Opening them up is a little beyond my skills at the moment.

The wheels and suspension is very simplified which I do not believe is a problem because how often do you ever see the under side of a model? Unless the dio is of it jumping ten double Decker buses why worry.

The rest of the build was not as easy, things got “fiddly”. I would recommend using a quick dry glue or one with an activator for the mud guards and other little bits like the lane marks and head lights. The side lights met with the carpet monster one drunken night so they got left off. The front light met with my big sausage fingers and has not been sorted out yet.

The painting of the build did not go to plan either. I tried to hand paint it and it looked awful, so out came the airbrush and rescued it. I still think it looks a little dark but a touch of Tamiya weathering powder has lightened it up a treat.

I went for the 1940 France campaign for the decals. They like most of Italeri decals went with no problems with the help of some microsol. A great finish with that painted on look. The weathering was next, I used the normal MiG weathering pigments. This time I mixed Vietnam mud with a little dark mud and plastered the bottom and sides of the car. I tried not to go over board this time and think I like this look better.

 

Step by Step – How to Make Medieval Pavise (1/72nd scale)

They are available in Sets like Miniart’s French Foot Soldiers with Rams or Zvezda’s French Infantry of the Hundred Years War..but they come unpainted, there´s too few of them, and I’m too lazy to spend hours straining my eyes to paint them ( they wouldn’t turn out well anyway ).

So..I came up with this;

1. First up..tools etc. wood-glue (not in pic) Scissors, sharp-blade, cocktail stick, Thin cardboard, wood-grain and shield pattern printouts. The wood-grain and shield patterns I got of the web..and re-sized…there are tons of them about but look out for copyright.

2. Slice the cocktail-stick in half (lengthways) and place on the glue smeared cardboard surface. It´s best to leave a bit of the cocktail-stick sticking out as you´ll see later.

3. Cut the shield pattern out leaving a decent edge all around and place as near as possible with the center of the shield over the cocktail-stick, which will form the central rib. You have to make sure that about half a cm at the top of the shield is stuck just to the cardboard. The little bit of the cocktail stick that is poking out the bottom can be used to align or push/pull the rib into position. Using your finger nails, push the paper pattern firmly onto the rib and the backing. Turn the whole thing over and apply the wood-grain pattern , making sure that the grain is properly aligned. You can check this by holding the shield up to the light.

4. Let everything dry and cut out. I´ve found, that to remove the sticking out bit of cocktail stick it´s best to use a sharp blade. The shield now looks like this;

5. With the edge of the nib from a marker ( I forgot to put it in the top pic!!! 😀 ) colour in the edges. I´ve used brown, but red would look nice as well 😀 (I certainly won´t get any work as a “Hand model” :-D)

6. Lay the shield along the marker pen and with your thumb press down. This gives the shield it´s final curved shape.

7. A stand can be made using a paper staple. Simply make a hole up behind the paper on the back of the Pavise, insert the staple (with a bit of PVA) glue) let it dry, bend it to the angle required and cut to length.

I hope this little how to is useful and obviously this can be used for making 28mm Pavise and probably would allow a lot more detail.

Coates & Shine Set 8154 Indian Infantry IV BC

As many other ancient armies, Ancient Indian ones was mostly composed by infantry men. Forgotten by history, these men taken from the lower social caste, fight against Alexander the Great, but also joint him after Poros defeat, in Hidaspes battle.

Most of the Indian infantry was formed by archers and spear-men, well represented in the set. They used bamboo bows almost so tall as they was. Arrows were carried in large baskets in their back.

Some figures wear leather protection on chest, identifying them as heavy infantry. Armour was very uncommon in those armies, not so much as the set represent.

Second Row second figure is a “wild tribesmen auxiliary”. They usually works as archers without sword and he is the only depicted in the set.

Figure wearing feathers is mountain-men. The only difference is the absence of sword, and also is the only figure depicting these men.

The most interesting figure here is the Female Guard member. After Chandragupta Maurya king these guards was very common. Although is not sure is they fought in the battle field, is a nice detail on the set.

Clothes and weapons are well depicted here, although some variations could occur varying geographical zones and periods, figures are enough generic to cover quite well the subject.
Sculpture quality looks like all the Ancient India range by Coates & Shine. They are some flat figures, but flash is non-existent.

About the paint you can take a look to our other worked Indian sets, such Chariots and War Elephants..

You can find this set taking a look at our utility here..

nº29 – Altaya – IXO 3.7cm Flak 43 Auf (Sf) s WS

Panzer Division “Müncheberg” Germany – March 1945

Technical Details
3 Crew
1 Flak 43 37mm
300Km Range

Another of the quick German solutions to increase the anti-air protection of their units, mounting Flak guns over almost any capable platform.
This one is a Flak43 of 37mm, mounted in a 5Ton Chassis, the same issued to the Panzerwerfer 42. Most of this tractor were issued not armoured, just as tractors, but since 1944 some of them were issued with armoured cabs.
The Flak43 was a very capable weapon, firing at a 250 rounds per minute. Mounted in this platform it was capable to fire in a -9º to 90º elevation and traverse 360º. His range was between 6500 – 4800 metres, depending of the shell type used.

Altaya’s model, as usual, comes in fixed transport mode. This one don’t looks specially good, although the quality is the IXO standard the Flak itself looks pretty bad. Even this, the basket used to collect fired shells looks good.

It’s not a very common subject in our scale, but a high quality ones can be found in the MACO range.

nº28 – Altaya – IXO – B-4 M1931 203mm Howitzer

2nd Baltic Front – Kurland (URSS) – Spring 1945

Technical Details
15 Crew.
203mm.

This monster of 19Tons needed around 15 men for firing service. It was capable to fire high explosive shells of 98,8 Kg with a range of around 18Km. Around 871 units were built and after the war it was modified to fire nuclear shells. It was in service until 70’s, when was replaced by the M1975, also 203mm.
Firing rate was low, about 1 round per 2 minutes but their destruction capability was awesome. It was deployed at Front level, and was issued specifically to destroy fortifications, bunkers and urban areas.

Altaya’s model show the usual quality of the brand, model is fixed in transport mode although the gun elevation works. There isn’t any special bad feature, maybe the worst of the model are the tracks.
Camouflage pattern is a very late war one, also used after war.
As other times, i must said that this kind of models (guns, light vehicles) looks quite well, while some of the tanks of the collection have a very bad looking and low quality details.

Again, this one is a very exclusive model in our scale, none of the major plastic manufacturers have it on their ranges, and at this moment we don’t know any metal or resin manufacturer doing it, a “big” budget in the market.
Our big brothers of the 1/35 scale can found it in the Trumpeter range.

HaT El Cid Spanish Infantry (8176)

The El Cid range along with the corresponding Moors is in my opinion, one of HaT`s better ranges. Historically, they represent the period well and as the styles of dress,weapons were pretty generic across Europe at the time they can be recruited into a Norman army, and some of the light infantry as Saxons. They are made of soft plastic, well sculpted and there is very little flash, although, due to the softness of the plastic, removal of any flash can be a bit difficult, as it just bends away from the blade. Scalpel / modelling knives, although sharp are not really thin enough for the job so I recommend using a razor blade, which needs cutting to a point to enable you to get in all the small corners. I also advise using a razor blade when cutting this type of plastic during converting the figures.

The set consists of 96 figures, which comes on four sprue of 24, divided into heavy and light infantry types. There are 8 heavy infantry poses and 8 light infantry poses, which means a few of the poses are repeated 8 times within the set.

All 16 poses

Some of the light infantry after head transplants

 

The same, heavy infantry part of the set, painted up as their northern “neighbours”, the Normans. A pretty versatile set…useful as Normans, Iberians or early crusaders.

A couple of the heavy infantry painted as Normans and stood alongside the Strelets Norman infantry.

The one really big difference between the HaT and the Strelets figures, the HaT ones have their shields held to the left or right sides of their bodies….the Strelets ones have them held forward. When the two sets are combined this has an advantage. The Strelets figures can be used to form the front part of the shield wall, the Hat Figures can be used to form protection to the left and right flanks. Combine this with a few of the figures from the Strelets Norman infantry on the march set to fill out the rear and you have a pretty decent looking battle line. The bottom photo shows 21 figures on a 12cm by 8cm Impetus wargames sized base.

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German LeFH 18. 1/72 Sets with crew

Although some other manufacturers have this gun in their range, only three of them provides some kind of crew for it. From past to recent they are Revell, Zvezda and now the new Armourfast ones.

Left: Armourfast Center: Zvezda Right: Revell

It was the standard divisional field howitzer used by the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. It was designed and developed by Rheinmetall in 1929-30 and entered service with the Wehrmacht in 1935.
LeFH 18 was developed in 3 different versions, the LeFH 18, LeFH 18M (1941), which incorporates a new muzzle brake and the recoil system adjusted to allow the use of a more powerful charge and new long-range shell and finally the 10.5 cm leFH 18/40, mounting the gun on the carriage for a 7.5 cm PaK 40, additionally, a more efficient muzzle (which also upgraded some of the 18M version).

Revell 02515 German Artillery.

Revell model was the first to appear, in 1995. Set is an excellent show case of the Revell’s better works in our scale. The two guns included in the set, depicts the early LeFH 18 gun, without muzzle, and with pressed steel wheels, although it comes with a full horse limber, a missed good opportunity to include the wooden wheels. Set also have a full crew for the firing gun and a lot of excellent extras, such munition, helmets and so. Instructions are clear enough and guns have a very good detail, taking care that they are made in soft plastic.
As other times an excellent full review can be found at Plastic Soldier Review site.
This Revell model is also usable for the Spanish civil War, as this early version was shipped to Spain as part of the Condor Legion.

Zvezda 6121 – German 105mm Howitzer with Crew

The Zvezda’s set only comes with two crew men, which maybe is good for their gaming system, but not so good for other purposes. Figures have the usual good quality of the brand, but their are just two. Gun is depicted in the box as the 18M gun, the muzzle brake is clearly visible, but it looks more like the 40 version, although this muzzles also upgraded some 18M versions in the late war. Which definitively seems to be a 40 version is the carriage and wheels, which looks to be the Pak 40 ones and the modified wheels designed just for this gun, some taller than the Pak 40 ones, but smaller than the other LeFH 18 versions. Figures seems to be to classic German soldiers, more appropriated for the early war, but the gun is the last version, appropriated for the late war, so at this point Armourfast crew could be good for the Zvezda’s gun.
Plastic is quite rigid, instructions are easy and gun is mounted with just a few parts.

Our mate Cristian Florescu made an excellent review about this set in the Braille Scale Discussion Group.

Armourfast 89001 LEFH 18 Howitzer 105mm

The Armourfast version seems to be the real 18M ones, taking care of the muzzle shape. I’m not sure about the wheels, maybe this time they are wooden spoked ones ?. Crew figures are probably quite good, details are very good, and maybe the discussion could be around the poses itself. For my taste the quality of these figures are better than previous Armourfast figure set, they are hard plastic and looks pretty well. They need glue to fix the multi-part, this allow no plastic excess at any point and flash is non existent, have mould lines, but are easy to fix. These figures are all wearing anklets, a late war feature.
Instructions come in the box rear, they are clear enough to build the gun.

Figure comparison, Armourfast crew are thicker but well detailed
Zvezda figures close to the Armourfast officer. Both quite compatibles.

Conclusion
So 17 years after the Revell’s launch, their set continues to be the most complete ones. Not only by the excellent crew, it also comes full of munition and boxes and the complete limber. Although soft plastic is an odd. The new Armourfast ones is clearly oriented for wargaming environment, but we though it’s a great product for this purpose, 4 crew men per gun, robust, and shape detail in figures. Also we like the style of these figures, discussion about the poses apart. Zvezda ones is a product which don’t gets happy to much people, 2 crew is a joke and detail level of the gun also is nothing special, a wargaming product less useful than the Armourfast, even if sculpture in the figures is better. Both sets lacks of munitions, boxes and so, which is a pity.

With the three sets seems that we have the three LeFH 18 versions available for our armies.

Minor faults are present in all the sets, which have a quite simplified detail, the worst in the Armourfast could be the absence of a sight, and detail missing in the lower shield. The most ugly in the Zvezda’s ones is the gun itself, you may drill and drill to get this muzzle looking well. Also you may drill the Revell’s and Armourfast’s ones. Zvezda and Armourfast are the most robust, as correspond for wargaming models.

 

What we miss now is a decent winter crew for these guns, to combine with all the leFH 18 available in the market, such for example the ACE ones, with 18M and 40 versions. Note than the box illustration for the 18M comes without muzzle, which is incorrect. Also some resin manufactures have the LeFH 18 in their ranges.
A set in the way of the recently released Orion Russian Artillery Crew could be welcome for the German guns.
By the way , we also recommend to take a look to the excellent MMS material, such this.

Armourfast team at full.

Italeri 7022 DUKW

Today a transport model which was used by U.S.Troops and Britain. Model can be built in an easy way for gaming and in a more complex way for collectors. I took the hard way, although it means a more fragile model, not so ready for gaming, which is my intention.

Model comes in 3 sprue, decals plus clear plastic for windows (i didn’t put the glass).

I added some Airfix/Heller cloned boxes (from the willys jeep + cargo set), a machine gun (Airfix/Heller set) and a camouflage net which i did with putty.

About the paint i used Olive Drab and Dark U.S. Green applied by dry-brush, both from Vallejo.

Here with decals:

 

 

and here with mud and dirty, and the crew, the useful Hät tank riders. To see crew in detail take a look
here.

The set is available through our utility here.

Emhar World war one Mk.IV Captured Female tank 1/72.

Hello all,

This is a build that I did about a year ago. I am lucky enough to live near Bovington tank museum home of the first armoured vehicle “little Nelly”. I drive wife nuts dragging her around the same tanks year in year out, so it was a great surprise to find out that the refit had finished and rushed down there. I had the opportunity to sit in a world war one male tank for a talk and was shocked by how cramped it was for eight men to be bumped around the battlefield being shot at and gassed by your own engine fumes. The crew used to be evacuated to rear to recover after 24hours duty. I had to get a model of this tank and ended up with the female version which has machine guns for the anti infantry role rather than armed with main guns.

The kit is only about 33 parts, two tracks and four decal options. Two British and two “Captured” German options. Looking on the Internet most of the other builds went for the British tanks so I wanted something different so went for the German tank.

The detail on these Emhar kits are cracking, lots of rivets and panels. The build of the tank was very straight forward apart from the rail on the top which I left off. According to “On the way” modelling site the instructions are incorrect and show the rail reversed. They are quite fiddly any way and I had fun building them on the Male tank so I thought better of it.

The tracks are quite simple and are the only let down, but a good covering in mud soon sorts out that problem, if you cant see it you cant complain!

This was one of the first tanks that I painted using the airbrush. I copied the camo scheme from the art work on the back of the box so please do not shout at me if it wrong. The decals are not that great but it could be down to me being useless at decals. The gloss effect is the bane of my life. The mud on the tracks came from a Tamiya weather stick and goes on just like a lipstick and gives a great look. MiG rust weathering powder was used to give it that “One careful owner” look.

I would recommend this kit to anyone that fancies a change from “Tigers” and T-34’s”.

The set is available through our Ebay utility.

 

Caesar World war two British Commandos 1/72 pt1.

Hello all,

Here is some work I did a year ago on Caesars World war two British commandos. The commandos were set up by Winston Churchill after Dunkirk to let Hitler and the British public know that they were still in the war. They were to launch raid on Nazi occupied Europe from Norway to Greece. The men were recruited from the army and the Royal marines to undergo specialized training in unconventional warfare and sabotage. Most of this training was conducted up in the rugged Scottish highlands.

This is the first new set of commandos in about twenty years so it has a lot to do with why I like them so much. They are a great rival for the old classics like the Airfix and Matchbox set. I believe the Matchbox set might be re issue in the future but do not quote me on that. The ESCI/Italeri blokes are still on the market and are well worth looking at for the earlier period of the war.

I have always been a big fan of Caesar figures, with there multi part moulding giving them more lively poses and better sculpting and detailing. This has dropped a little on the newer modern figures weapons and they do suffer from bent weapons but this is nothing that some boiling water could not sort out.

This set is aimed at the latter stages of the war and could even be used for the SAS as well. This figures would not look out of place fighting along side Partisans or the resistance in Northern France or Northern Italy. This set is screaming out for lots if head swaps and conversion with the Caesar world war two British army set to increase both sets. The same could be said for the ESCI infantry and commandos as well.

I believe that this set contains some of the best 1/72 poses on the market today. This is one of them,

The image if a soldier truding his way through the Scottish highlands on a training march was the idea behind this photo,

I will go in to detail in part two of this post on how I made this diorama base, but it was intended for another set of figures and a different war all together. All in all I am chuffed with these figures even if the wooly hat is the wrong colour and the smock is a bit iffy.

The set is easy to find in Ebay and many stores.

 

 

Fredericus-rex Medieval Trebuchet + Crew

This is a big Siege weapon, the kit measures H: 11cm´s W: 12cms L: 18cm´s, an impressive piece for any 1/72nd medieval army.

The kit, laser cut Balsa-wood and card comes with full and easy to follow instructions. The only part of the kit that is not wood or card is the sling which is made of resin. The kit can be painted with Acrylics (oils are recommended) and I just sloshed it on. This kit got 4 separate layers of paint added and absolutely no ill affects. The walls of the bucket (counterweight) being very thin, warped with the first layer of paint but went back to their original flat condition after a minute or so.

The kit fits together really easily, all that´s needed are scalpel, tweezers, and wood-glue.

TIPS
I recommend painting up ALL the parts before fitting, as when it´s put together it would be IMHO pretty fiddly to get into all the corners in order to paint them. The ladder. In the instructions it shows fitting the rungs in one go, they come on a sort of comb but it is impossible to get all the rungs lined up with the holes so I cut off every rung from the “sprue” and fitted them individually, lining them up by laying the ladder on it´s back and using two CD boxes pushed up from left and right. I dripped Revell’s liquid contact glue onto the ladder to “plastify” it and make it stronger. (I recommend doing this in a well aired place due to the fumes)
The Nylon thread provided is white..so I put it in a cup of hot water, added two old teabags and a teaspoon of instant coffee powder and left it for 1/2 an hour.

Here it is pictured with the trebuchet fron Minihistory

THE CREW

Sculpted by Markus Eckmann and available from Fredericus-rex, this set can be used for not just catapults and trebuchets but as hand-workers, labourers etc. I really like the style of these sculpts..all very natural looking (the one picking his nose 😀 ) and I hope Markus adds expands the range.

There are seven metal figures in the set, a “stretcher” for carrying a catapult ball (also included) and a sledge hammer (for banging in posts or knocking-out the firing pin on any throwing device they might be the crew of) Size wise they fit to virtually every available set of 1/72nd mediaevals.

Here they are with their trebuchet..also from Fredericus-rex.

and here with a mangonel from Zvezda

 

Zvezda Siege machines Kit 1 (8014)

If you collect 1/72nd medievals then this set is a must.

The Scorpion

This is useful not only for medievals but also for Ancients, particularly the Romans / Macedonian. Although such devices in this size did exist, the scorpion in the kit is still a big one in 1/72nd scale, and would have been a rarity rather than the norm. It fits alongside 1/72nd figures well but is also useful for 28mm. The kit is a bit more complicated than the Catapult but the instructions are clear and the parts fit together well. One thing that I would recommend…don´t use the bits of plastic meant to represent the rope meant ot wind the device up, but use sewing thread. Not only does it look more realistic but the “plastic” ropes that come with the kit are too short! Two bolts are supplied as ammunition but small balls can be used as these devices were used to launch stone “shot”. One minor complaint. The torsion ropes attached to the arms. Both of them are turned in one direction, namely clockwise (from top to bottom). In a real scorpion they would be wound up in opposing directions.

The onager.

Again, a useful bit of kit for ancients as well as medievals. The kit its self isn’t too complicated, the instructions are clear and it fits together easily. The wheels can be attached as free rolling or if wished simply left off, which was probably more likely when the device was put into position in a siege. The throwing arm can be set at any angle, from vertical (just fired) to horizontal (being loaded or about to be fired ) and everything between. The kit also contains two balls, which are useful to represent stone ammunition. Again, I suggest using thread or thin copper wire to add the tensioning ropes. As with the scorpion, the torsion rope at the bottom end of the throwing arm is incorrect. It is represented as being wound up in one direction along the whole of it´s length. If this was to be replicated in reality the arm would move to the right.

The mantlets.

Three are supplied, are easy to build and a good addition to the set.

Scorpion
Onager
Two of the three mantlets from the set
The Onager manned by the Siege machine crew from Fredericus-rex.

 

The set is available through our utility here.

 

Pegasus Russian BT-7 light tank PG7673 1/72.

Hello all,

This pair of models depicts Russian BT-7 Light tanks that entered service with the Russian army in 1935. It saw action in the Soviet-Japanese board war right up to the end of the second world war. It’s rather more famous successor was the T-34 and we all know a little about that tank!

This tank was armed with a 45mm l46 main gun and normally two 7.62 DT machine guns, and a crew of three.

This set consist’s of two kits of twelve parts each. The parts are some what “robust” due to the fact they made with war gamers in mind, so will stand up to some handling. The turret hatches are separate so can be modelled open or closed. I didn’t have any crew so I went for the lazy option of closing both.

The fit was great on these kits and I built them both in half an hour! I drilled out the exhaust pipes and used a pair of RB model 37mm barrels instead of the ones you get with the kit. I am now trying to use metal barrels on my models if I can get them for the kit I am working on. The certainly add to the model and are worth the investment.

Being lazy I wanted to try out the Humbrol spray cans, to see if it would save time and effort cleaning my airbrush. My photograhy leaves a lot to be desired, because the top tank is sprayed with 30 dark green and the bottom tank was sprayed with 86 olive green. You tell the difference in the flesh but the pictures don’t quite tell the whole story. I also learned not to try it after a few pints of larger. I kept touching up bits and put it on a bit thick in places.

The tracks was painted before they were added and the wheels got a coat of Vallejo panzer aces dark rubber. The only down side to Pegasus kits is the lack of decals. I bought some MiG T-34/KV-1 decals on EBay in a job lot so I thought why not.

The air brush came out for another job so I gave the side’s of the tanks a quick blast to give a more weathered look. Also a good wash with Promodeller dirt wash was applied and the tracks got a final smearing with Tamiya weathering mud stick. It is just like a lip stick and cn give quite a good look if done correctly. Then an attempt at wear and tear by rubbing a pencil lead over the edges to show exposed and wore metal. A final go with Tamiya weathering powder to finish.

 
Pegasus vehicle set are a good option for gamers, their whole range is available through our utility here.

Zvezda Medieval Peasant Army (Set 8059)

The peasants are revolting!!!! (And they smell a bit as well :-D) A very useful set which can be used to cover a wide range of the medieval period. The box art (front) claims them to be for the 13th to 14th (XIII _ XIV) centuries, the back for the 13th to the 15th centuries (XIII – XV) and the insert for the 16th century. All a bit confusing but the set fits well to any of these periods so no real problem. There are twelve main poses and if you use every figure in the set you will get a small army of 42 figures. Of the twelve poses, three are are “command” figures and come on a separate sprue. The “command” group consists of, one figure holding a sword, shield and wearing a cuirass (breastplate) ..all items a rarity among the peasantry so this figure has to be the “Boss”. The next “command” figure holds a burning torch and a Falchion, also a rare weapon for the peasantry but not unlikely. The last figure is one holding a ole..on the end of which a head has been stuck!!! Judging by the heads haircut it looks like it belonged to an upper-class person..most probably a knight

The set contains only one “odd” pose, that of a man running whilst brandishing a cudgel. Whilst the general pose is ok..the fact that he is looking down seems pretty odd.

Flash is very minimal although there is a bit of “spare” plastic in places but this is still a very useful and dynamic set.

All twelve poses that are supplied in the set.
The slinger pose converted to a staff slinger as is the head on a stick pose
The running cudgel man with leg swaps and one of the "advancing with pole-arm" converted to a crossbow man
man with flail (far right) converted to standard bearer and an "arrow catcher"
The archer pose (far right) converted using an arm from the Zvezda english 100yrs war infantry
A few other conversions (I´ve forgotten from which other poses)
A couple of fun conversions (Mules from Atlantic sets)

 
The set is available through out utility here.