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1/72 – Roden 706 – Sd.Kfz.233 “STUMMEL”

Sd.Kfz.233 “STUMMEL”

During the initial stages of WWII (1939 – 1941) heavy eight-wheeled armored cars of the Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad), Sd.Kfz. 232 (8-Rad) and Sd.Kfz.263 (8-Rad) types were widely used in all the major theaters of war with considerable success. Reconnaissance and support of the front line were still their primary missions, however quite often when fulfilling these missions (especially on the Eastern Front), reconnaissance units met with strong opposition from the enemy, often including artillery. This problem could be resolved only by the introduction of a special support vehicle with a higher caliber armament, teamed up with the reconnaissance units, already equipped with standard Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad), Sd.Kfz.232 (8-Rad), and Sd.Kfz.263 (8-Rad) cars.
As part of the experimentation, in 1942 at the Bussing-NAG plant, the 75mm KwK L/24 gun was mounted on one of the regular Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad). Due to the short length of the barrel, this gun was nicknamed ‘Stumpy’. Though the dimensions of this gun were insignificant, it was still too big for the armored body of the Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad), therefore its design had to be modified. The turret was completely demounted, and most of the equipment unrelated to artillery support was removed. In spite of all these measures, the crew decreased from four to three persons due to the lack of free space inside the armored body.
The vehicle turned out to be very successful, but it was never put into serial production. Relatively small numbers of these vehicles were needed for artillery support; also after continuous military action more and more Sd.Kfz.231 (8-Rad), Sd.Kfz.232 (8-Rad), Sd.Kfz.263 (8-Rad) were being returned to plants in Germany. As a result, the heavy armored artillery support vehicle Sd.Kfz.233 (the name of the new development) was built at the Bussing-NAG plant. Construction was undertaken using parts from its predecessors. However, unlike them, the Sd.Kfz. 233 did not have ‘8-Rad’ in its type name, since the analogous six-wheeled vehicle did not exist.
The Sd.Kfz. 233 proved to be a serious weapon. The major threat for these vehicles came from ground attack aircraft – the big opening on the top of their armored bodies was very vulnerable to bombs or strafing. Despite the small quantity of Sd.Kfz.233 built, they were actively used in every theater of conflict, from 1942 until the final days of the war.

Model is very fine, no burr or sink marks, no curvature on parts.
Some small parts have been done by scratch, as side fasteners, clamps for cans, anterior antennae (from stretched sprue) and canvas.
Acrylic paints, oil weathering and pigments.

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28mm Warlord Games – Hugo Raleigh – King’s Guard Ensign

Hugo Raleigh – King’s Guard Ensign

A small update…
Obviously seeing the flag… he is not Hugo Raleigh 🙂

I used this nice figure as complement for my converted French King’s Guard and to test the paper flag, by the same brand used in the Winged Hussars, Battle-Flag.

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Sorry for the poor quality pictures, i don’t know why , today’s light was not good…

1/72 – PST – 72059 – KV-220

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The Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tanks were a series of Soviet heavy tanks named after the Soviet defense commissar and politician Kliment Voroshilov and used by the Red Army during World War II. The KV series were known for their extremely heavy armour protection during the early part of the war, especially during the first year of the German invasion of the Soviet Union.

KV-220 (Object 220) – Was an experimental tank based on KV-1. Longer chassis (7 rollers per side). Armor – 100mm. New 850 hp V-2SN engine with turbocharging. New diamond-shaped turret and 85mm F-30 cannon. One prototype was constructed in 1941. The tank was lost in battle.

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28mm – Polish Winged Hussars.

28mm Polish Winged Hussars.
The Assault Group & Warlord Games. Polish Renaissance Winged Hussars

Well, i have been working around these guys some days. Well… many days !!!!
Although both brands are quite compatible in terms of size, Warlord ones are sightly smaller, both are intended for different periods, and seems hard or very inaccurate put them together in a tabletop game.

From ancient to modern the guys from The Assault Group are the oldies, according to Osprey books very appropriated for around 1600. The assault group have 3 different blister for this subject (REN004,REN005,REN006), one of them is the command one, which includes a trumpeter and a drummer plus the officer. I also used a special blister (REN069), to have an special command and flag-bearer.
I replaced the original poles of The Assault Group, they are more accurate, as they are ticker, but they seems to be quite bendable, and that can be a problem to play with them. These men only have a pistol in one of the horse sides, and you haven’t any weapon option, all the conversion that you can see in the pictures are done with spare parts form the Warlord guys.

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The guys in formation. You have several skin patterns, clearly showing that not all are leopards or tigers.
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Overall, these figures have some less ornamentation than the Warlord ones, so they are a bit easier to paint.
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The helmets allow to paint faces and eyes.
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I had some problems putting lances in the right position. You must drill the hands and you must force them to achieve a right position for all.
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All the wings are equal, so i used some of the spare wings from Warlord to achieve more variation, although it’s a bit historically incorrect. All these wings are attached to the saddle.
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The cross in the trumpeter is made of paper. To make the two colored poles i used masking tape.

The Warlord guys are very appropriated for Vienna, 1683.

These figures are plenty full of details and poses are very good, with the exception of a horse pose, which for my personal taste, is a bit odd. Warlord have these guys available as a boxed set and also in a blister of three. The problem of the blister is that the content is random. Poles are wired ones, a real weapon, but appropriates for games, as they will not bend easily.
You have different wings patterns, that’s very good, and some of the figures accept one or two wings, and some of them can be attached to the saddle, although i put most of them in their backs.
Two of three plumes in the command helmet came broken so i replaced them by spares from other Warlord sets.

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Details in horses and figures will give you a lot of entertainment.

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Some of the figures allow 1 or 2 wings, although most of them clearly are intended for two wings.
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You have several weapons option, although you must cut the original hand and drill a hole to correctly pose the alternative weapon, which includes the hand.

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Some family pictures.

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It has been my very first commissioned work. Hopefully the client will be happy. I pray every night (to the spaghetti monster) so these guys will arrive safely and a happy customer will purchase again.
By the way, i think i will never paint again Winged Hussars, at least the Warlord Games ones, or at least in not so great number.
I have seen great works with these nice figures, i made a lot mistakes as always, but i’m quite happy with final result.

In this work the paper flags have been very important, and they are provided by Battle-Flag. You must deal with borders, as with any other paper flag, but they bend specially well. I didn’t do anything special with them, just follow their instructions here. My problem with the Warlord ones are that paper is too tick, and in this case i needed more flags than the ones provided in the Warlord boxes. It’s a pity because their designs are pretty nice.

Also a mention for the guys of http://www.warbases.co.uk/, who always have some more bases than the ones you ordered.

Both sites are a pleasure to deal with, as well as The Assault Group Company, and of course, Warlord Games.

The Warlord Games ones are also available through our utility here.

Cromwell Mk. IV – Revell 1/72

When I heard Revell reissued its Cromwell Mk IV in late 2012, I wanted to build one; this is one of their greatest kits and perhaps one of the best in 1/72 scale, every nut and bolt is in its place. I thought I could use a photo-etched set from Part, but this Cromwell is one of those rare kits so well detailed it makes the PE upgrade almost useless; some kit parts are even better than PE replacement options. The Aber gun barrel though is a nice addition.

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The assembly of the kit is easy enough, but some special attention is required at several construction sequences; dry fitting and good reference photos makes this job a lot easier. For example, I hastily glued the rear hull plate only to find out it was too low. Luckily, only a couple a minutes passed and I was able to undo with minimum damage. I was not the only unfortunate who made this error, as I later discovered. That’s why a good research before every building is a must.

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The tracks are Revell style: link & length type, with few longer sections, very well detailed on both sides. As I’ve learned from other builders of this kit, it is better to switch the top and the bottom sections, as the top section is a little longer and connects better with the other sections under the road-wheels. Cromwell doesn’t have return rollers, so you don’t have to worry about the track sag.

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The turret is nicely done, with the bolted armour plates as separate parts. Only the commander hatch can be left open; I detailed it with eight bolts and the closing mechanism. Other additions were the antenna mount and the searchlight prop from the PE set, and the wirings of the searchlight.  I also drilled both MG barrels and the searchlight to better represent the lenses and added periscope covers.

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In my opinion, the only parts that are a little overscaled and need to be replaced are the front light guards. Just use the plastic part from the kit as template and bend an ordinary brass wire into shape. I also wanted to add the tow cables, as Revell didn’t provide it; at least I could use the plastic eye loops. However, I discovered the Cromwell towing cables were quite complex in reality, and very hard to replicate in 1/72 scale, so I gave up.; I scratched the supporting brackets of the cable, though.

One detail that I spotted on the reference photos and baffled my mind was the supporting arm mounted on the right front fender with a steel rod at its end. I find out it was some kind of an orientation device for the driver. A missing detail from the kit are the little fender headlights; I made them from styrene and added wirings. The side fenders and the running gear are not glued permanently, so I will be able to paint them more easily.

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Revell changed the markings from the old decal sheet. The incorrect white “45” on a red square for the 11th Armoured Division is now replaced by a black “40” over white. I don’t know if this is correct, some modelers pointed out that a white “45” over green/blue is more historically accurate. The other marking is Cromwell Mk.IV of 2nd Squadron, 2nd Battalion, Reconnaissance Regiment of the Welsh Guards Armoured Division, Normandy, France, summer 1944.

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In conclusion, this is an excellent kit, with lots of room for details, but easy to build just “out of the box”. Highly recommended!

Zvezda 1/72 Panther Ausf D

Ever since I build Zvezda’s excellent T-34 snap kit, I’ve been looking forward for their next releases in 1/72 scale: a Panther Ausf D and an IS-2. While the IS-2 launching was postponed several times, the Panther finally arrived in late 2012. Dragon released its own Panther Ausf D in 2012, marketed also as “early”, but it seems it is a mix of early and late Ausf D features. Though Dragon offers a really nice and highly detailed kit, it seems Zvezda’s Panther is a more accurate early D version. And, much more cheaper!

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All hatches are closed, so I’m sure some modelers will complain, but personally I don’t mind. Instead, I welcome a few really nice touches, as the weld seams, separate OVM tools and tow cables, and very good molded gun so there will be no need for an after-market one.

The track runs are one-piece with grooves molded-in that will help bending the tracks around the idlers and driver wheels. Again, the details on the tracks is very good.

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The kit doesn’t provide the mesh screens for the engine deck, but this can be solved with a photo-etched set.

Decals are well printed and provide two marking options – both from the battle of Kursk.

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Instructions are clear and concise and are offered both in Russian and English.

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In conclusion, this is a very good and accurate kit. It should be recommended also for its highly competitive price. I will probably buy a PE set from Part and with other few minor improvements I’m sure it will turn out into a fine looking model.

Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. C – S Model, finished

After the construction of this kit, I continued with painting and weathering. I like the Panzer grey colour, but I find it quite difficult to bring it to life.

The turret doesn’t have decals because the yellow numbers turned green, through a mysterious chemical process, or maybe just because they were too thin. There are also white numbers on the decal sheet, but I finished it without registration.

The weathering was made with oils and Vallejo pigments.

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Though marketed as a quick assembling kit, this Pz II from S-Model turns into a great little tanks, with lots of potential for upgrading.

nº14 – Altaya Panzer – Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger II Ausf. B (Sd.Kfz. 182) Porsche Turret

Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger II Ausf. B (Sd.Kfz. 182) Porsche Turret

Pz.Abt 503 Normandie France 1944

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This beast of war was armed with the formidable 8.8 cm KwK 43 L/71 gun, capable to knock out any allied tank and a thick armor .
The model showed here, with the Porsche turret prototype correspond to the first Tiger II who saw action in Normandie.
Due to problems to manufacture curved bulge on the turret’s left side, this turret was not manufactured in large numbers, around 50 of them were mounted on Henschel hull and saw action so, and did not enter in production phase, which was won by the Henschel factory. Main differences between Porsche and Henschel design were in the hull, transmission, suspension and automotive features.

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The Altaya model show an interesting camouflage pattern and no more, details are not good, specially exhausts, tools in the hull and aerial.

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Subscription Gift – Altaya Panzer – Dragon Wagon

This was a Subscription gift.
It’s strange that in a collection dedicated only to German World War II vehicles both gifts were allied vehicles, but it was so.

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The model came in two parts, both manufactured in plastic, the 6×6 armored tractor (M26) and the 40-ton trailer (M15).

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Average detail level is quite good, in fact it looks quite better than other models in the collection, although the uniform colour contributes to mask some defects.

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This formidable truck were in service till 1955, entering in Europe in 1944. Without the trailer it also was used as recovery vehicle.

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nº21 – Altaya – M20 Armoured Utility Car

6th Cavalry Regiment – Germany 1945.

Technical Details
4 Crew.
1 M2 – 12.7mm
560Km range.

The M20 is a variant of the M8 Greyhound, with the turret replaced with a low armored open-topped superstructure and an anti-aircraft ring mount for a .50-in M2 heavy machine gun. It was used mainly for command purpose and forward reconnaissance tasks.

Ford produced around 3,680 units during years 1943 and 1944.

The Altaya model don’t make a favor tho this nice vehicle, all details are very basic, the MG, the interior detail and so. The rough aerials don’t contribute at all to beautify the model, so this is not the best in the collection.

Maybe after so many Altaya models in our hands we are tired to see same basic detail and problems in all the models. Their good points are just a few, while poor points are a well bunch. Better options for this vehicle are available in the market, they are expensive, it’s true, but the difference in the quality is also very appreciable.

Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. C from S-Model PS720001

The announcement of this kit was received with enthusiasm by many modelers in 1/72 scale, as a decent Panzer II was eagerly waited. S-Model delivers a very nice quick-build version, with an excellent moulding quality, but also with few shortcomings.

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The good news is there are in fact two kits in the box, packed in two identical bags.

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And there’s even more: the box includes a small PE fret (exhaust cover and a plate for identification number) and two turned brass gun barrels to replace the plastic ones, which are also very detailed. Besides that, S-Models included two MG34 with tripods (I don’t know why, but a welcomed addition for a diorama).

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I started the construction with the intention to build it out of the box. For those who want to add a few extra details, there are some things to consider: the lifting hooks on the front are missing, there is no horn, and also the towing pintle is missing. The tracks, though very well engineered (they come together as a single piece with the road wheels), are lacking in details as compared to the rest of the kit. There is also a very annoying seam line on the face of the tracks. The hatches on the turret can be represented both opened or closed (there are parts for both options). No interior detail, though. I drilled the headlights and the exhaust, and probably I will add other details later.

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In conclusion, this is a very fine kit, which can be built into a good model with minimum effort, with plenty of details.
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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.

28mm – Warlord Games – (Imperial) Cuirassiers.

Our second incursion in the 28mm Thirty Years War is not so successful as the first one.
The subject is a very beautiful one, the Cuirassiers or Reiters, used by any side at this time, but we have chosen to depict them as an Imperial unit.

Warlord figures are very nice as always, box comprise 12 mounted metal figures plus 12 plastic horses. If i’m not wrong, horses are the same used in many other Warlord boxes.

Figures have some spare arms to built a unit based in swords or pistols, and it includes a trumpeter and an ensign.

The box also comes with several paper flags, as the used.
This flags are very nice, but paper is too tight, so these flags are hard to handle.

As you can see in the pictures there are three figures not included in the Warlord Games box, they are from “The Assault Group” range, who produces a very interesting range of metal figures highly compatibles with the Warlord range.

If you want to buy them unpainted, take a look in our utility to find them at Ebay.

28mm – Warlord Games – Conversions (French Musketeers King’s Guard).

28mm Warlord Games French Musketeers King’s Guard.

Painted 28mm French Musketeers.

Warlord Games figures are easy to put together and easy to paint, they have and excellent plastic and metal range covering English Civil War and/or Thirty Years Wars. One of the odds is than you get the same plastic sprue in many different boxes, together with different metal accessories and/or special metal figures plus different flags and history fragments. That isn’t of our total approval, but any way they are excellent figures.

After paint a whole box of Imperial Infantry we needed to make something different with these figures, maybe isn’t a very accurate depiction, surely more cinematographic, but it has been a nice exercise for convert these figures in something different.

To make the well know French Musketeers King’s Guard cape we have used standard tissue paper, after several tries we use the best looking one as template to make the rest, it haves 4 parts, chest, back and the two arms.

The cross in the cape have a more intricate design than the one showed here, but we opted for this basic pattern to simplify the paint work.

More complicated was the conversion of the boots, the Warlord Games figures didn’t came with mount boots, so some green stuff was used to create the boots and the spurs (made from metal bits).

If you want to buy these figures unpainted as new, take a look at our utility to find them on Ebay. Note than several boxes come with these figures, we have linked only the Imperial Infantry box.

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