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1/72 – Revell – 03175 – M60 A3 w/ Dozer Blade

M60A3 w/ Dozer Blade

The M60 Patton is a main battle tank (MBT)[2] introduced in December 1960.[3] With the United States Army’s deactivation of their last (M103) heavy tank battalion, the M60 became the Army’s primary tank[4] during the Cold War. Although developed from the M48 Patton, the M60 series was never officially classified as a Patton tank, but as a “product-improved descendant” of the Patton series.[5] On 16 March 1959, the OTCM (Ordnance Technical Committee Minutes) #37002 officially standardized the vehicle as the 105 mm Gun Full Tracked Combat Tank M60.[6]

The M60 was criticized for its high profile and limited cross-country mobility, but proved reliable and underwent many updates over its service life. The interior layout, based on the design of the M48, provided ample room for updates and improvements, extending the vehicle’s service life for over four decades. It was widely used by the U.S. and its Cold War allies, especially those in NATO, and remains in service throughout the world today despite having been superseded by the M1 Abrams in the U.S. military. Egypt is currently the largest operator with 1,716 upgraded M60A3s, Turkey is second with 866 upgraded units in service, and Israel is third with over 700 units of Israeli variants.

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In 1978, work began on the M60A3 variant. It featured a number of technological enhancements, including smoke dischargers, a new flash-lamp pumped ruby-laser based rangefinder (AN/VVG-2) that could be used by both commander and gunner, and an M21 ballistic computer, and a turret stabilization system.

Late production M60A3s omitted the commander’s cupola (Israel Defence Force armor doctrine required tank commanders to fight commander-exposed, and it was discovered that non-penetrating hits upon the vehicle could dislodge the cupola from its mount while the commander was in it). The remote-controlled M85 machinegun was relatively ineffective in the anti-aircraft role for which it was designed compared to a conventional pintle mount. Removing the cupola lowered the vehicle’s relatively high silhouette. The cupola’s hatch also opened toward the rear of the vehicle and was dangerous to close if under small-arms fire owing to an open-locking mechanism that required the user to apply leverage to unlock it prior to closing.

First the picture inspiring the camouflage scheme, a variant of the MERDC cammo.

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Inspiration picture for the camouflage schema

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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!

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.

More Revell novelties for 2013.

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Plus the already announced releases for the early 2013, some more models come by the German manufacturer.
Planes and some small scale ships are out of the scope of this blog, so the list is reduced as following.

Russian Battle Tank T-90
Item no. 03190
Scale 1:72
Release Date: 09/2013

German Submarine Type IX C
Item no. 05114
Scale 1/72
Release Date: 11/2013

Sd.Kfz.7/1
Item no. 03195
Scale 1:72
Release Date: 05/2013
Note than this one, seems to be the MACO model.

Sd.Kfz. 251/16 Ausf. C
Item no. 03197
Scale 1:72
Release Date: 07/2013
Italeri has re-released the old Esci set for this subject just some weeks ago.

M4A1 Sherman
Item no. 03196
Scale 1:72
Release Date: 06/2013

British Paratroopers, Falkland War
Item no. 02596
Scale 1:76
Release Date: 05/2013
The old Matchbox set come back.

As you can see, it’s a well bunch of scale models. Unfortunately no newer figure sets are in the scope of the company.

Revell Announces for First Quarter 2013

The last newsletter by the brand comes full of announces for the next year, with some great news in our favourite scale and some oldies coming back to life. As soon as the new sets be available we will update the Ebay utility with those sets.

First the new sets,

03194 StuG 40 Ausf. G

Well, another StuG never disturb, if not an original subject, for sure Revell quality will bring us a nice option for this subject, one of the most famous tank hunters during the Second World War, produced in a wide range of versions.
Expected Release date 04/2013
No. of parts 149
Length 94 mm

03199 Stridsvagn 122A / 122B

The Swedish Stridsvagn 122A is an export version of the Leopard 2A5. It differs significantly from the original with additional full armour on the vehicle front, bomblet protection for the turret roof, modified side skirts and a GALIX smoke grenade launcher system. The Stridsvagn 122B version has additional mine protection which is also included on the Leopard 2A6M.
Is the first time that this one is released in our scale.
Expected Release date 02/2013
No. of parts 168
Length 134 mm

05119 US Navy Skipjack Class Submarine

Bad news for the Moebius’ guys, who already have this one in their range. Which was an exclusive model, now have two options to choose, and for sure the Revell ones will be a high quality set as the Moebius is.
No. of parts 135
Length 933 mm
Expected Release date 03/2013

05211 Search & Rescue Vessel BERLIN

For 25 years Revell and the DGzRS (German maritime search and rescue service) have been involved in a special partnership. It all began with the model of the then ultra-modern sea rescue cruiser BERLIN. From then on every Revell model kitsold has supported the important work of the sea rescue service. During this time over 100,000 Euros have been collected.

Built 1985 (commissioned)
– 1-piece hull
– Detailed decks and superstructures
– Rails and protective mats
– Radio mast with radar screen
– Upper control position with detailed equipment
– Two water cannon fire extinguishers
– Three ship’s screws
– Detailed tender on after-deck

2 Authentic decals:
– DGzRS Berlin
– DGzRS Hermann Helms
Expected Release date 01/2013
No. of parts 208
Length 382 mm

And two figure reissues:

02507 Japanese Infantry WWII

These are good news for the Pacific theatre, together with this year re-release of the old Matchbox Japanese forces now you can put together this interesting set by Revell, both are quite compatible.

02501 Australian Infantry, WWII

Commonwealth reinforcements to fought the Axis in the Africa Campaigns. Nice figures coming back from the past.

Also some helicopters, planes, small scale ships and cars have been announced, so fro further information about this take a look to the Revell’s site.

All images copyright © Revell.

Revell Sd.Kfz. 9 “FAMO”

If someone would ask me ‘what will be the perfect small scale kit to start this hobby?’, I would definitely say Revell FAMO. This is one of the most accurate and highly detailed kit in 1/72. For those who like super-detailing, the lack of an engine could be its only “fault”, but this part can be borrowed from a Trumpeter FAMO (also a great kit).

It could easily be built out of the box, but I wanted to make mine with a tarp over the cargo area. So I added the sustaining frame, made from aluminium wire.

After that, I applied the base paint, German grey from Vallejo, and then I glued the link & length tracks over the road wheels; it fits perfectly. Another detail for a better appearance were the cabin side grip handles. Those were cut off and replaced with thin brass rod.

The tarpaulin was made from ordinary tissue soaked in a mixture from white glue and water.


At the end I put some “dust” on, with the help of pigments and oil colours. Because the original width indicators were too thick for my taste, I replaced them with new ones made from brass rod. I loaded the cargo with some accessories, and this is it:

In conclusion, this is a superb kit from Revell, highly detailed and easy to build.

This set and other from Revell are available through our utility here.

Italeri 6068 German Elite Troops – Revell 02584 German Mechanized Infantrymen

Italeri Set 6068 German Elite Troops & Revell Set 02584 German Mechanized Infantrymen



This set was first issued by Italeri and then it also was issued by Revell.

Most poses looks quite correct, except the man firing the Panzerfaust and the mortar one. All seems to be equipped for winter time.

Wrong position to fire a Panzerfaust :).

Clearly, set is designed for late war years, showing several MP43/StG44 and high differences in equipment. Most of the soldiers don’t wear all the equipment and many of them have wrong position for the shale and canteen.


Overall set is quite well sculpted, maybe the worst figure is the mortar one, a bad base and just one server.

You must correct the angle of some MG0’s bipod, which have been rotated because mould problems, but it’s not a hard task.

Paint Guide.

·Coats: Base coat WWII German Field-grey (Vallejo), Devlan Mud (Citadel) washed and then highlight again with German Field-grey.

·Trousers: Basecoat German Grey (Vallejo), Devlan Mud washed, highlighted with Green Grey (Vallejo).

·Camouflage: Middle brown base coat, dark green dotted, the light olive green and latest dark yellow. You can wash it with Devlan Mud.

·Metal on weapons: Dry brush Oyl Steel (Vallejo) and Babab Black washed.

·Bazooka y Panzerfaust: Tausept Ocre (citadel) and Devlan Mud washed.

 

About the bases you can take a look here.

A very interesting set, you can buy it here (Italeri Box), and here (Revell Box).

Revell 1/72nd Albatross D.III

The Albatross has to be my favourite WWI plane, in all it´s variants. The shape, the ease of build and the ease of rigging make it a great beginners plane.

The Revell Kit version may not be the most historically accurate version but it has got to be the easiest to build among all the various Albatross kits on offer. This, IMHO is a massive plus factor..who wants to get tangled in a virtually impossible build, the result of which may turn out not to meet expectations and at the cost of buying an highly accurate kit but spending frustrating hours but ending up with something not far removed from the “not so accurate” version that pleasingly took a fraction of the time?

Anyway…no long build description..the instructions with the kit are self explanatory and even a short search of the web will give plenty of decoration ideas.

Colour scheme of Lt. Bruno Loerzer, Jasta 26, western front, summer 1917.
In the colours of Lt Werner Voss, Jaste 2, Boelcke, June 1917. The pilot is from the Dark Dream Studio "Pilots of the First World War"

You can buy now the Dark Dream Studio "Pilots of the First World War"

1/72 Revell De Havilland D.H.2

This is a pretty nice little plane to build. The actual body, wings etc fit together quite well, apart from the actual cockpit, which needs care when glueing the two halves to ensure a proper fit. Also, the Lewis gun isn’t the best representation of this weapon going..but it looks the part.

To enable “easy” rigging..I drill holes where the wires will later go, using a 0.5mm drill. I then paint all the large parts and when the paint is dry I use the tip of a pin to free any paint that has got into the holes during painting.

In the above picture you can see i am using office paper clips to hold the wing-struts to the wings. This saves having to have 4 hands 😀

To rig I use “invisible” Nylon mending thread and push it (like weaving from one hole to another) using fine point tweezers. As the thread is very thin and quite difficult to see, I advise using a marker pen to colour the end that is being pushed through the holes.

Basic method. Work out a route for the bit of rigging you want to do. It´s best to work from inner cables to outer ones. The actual route depends on how competent you feel with rigging, and I suggest rigging through a maximum of 8 holes at any one time. Take a length of thread..much longer than the route to be taken. Attach one end of the thread to a wing surface, a part of the fuselage etc with a small piece of tape, then insert the free end of the thread into the first hole..and off you go 😀

When threaded through the last hole of the chosen route, cut off the access, leaving enough to be able to pull it tight and stick down using a bit of tape. Glue (an epoxy glue like Pattex) all the holes where the thread is..let dry overnight and using a razor, cut off . Some holes may need a bit of filling (PVA wood glue works fine for this) and filling flush.


Revell 1/72 02503 – US Infantry

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As box’s illustration depict, this set is an excellent choose for winter U.S. Infantry, such those who fought in the last German winter offensive in the Ardennes, the battle of the Bulge in the 1944/45 winter.

Figures haves basically three kinds of clothing, all appropriate for the period, most of them are wearing the standard jacket M1943 and rest are wearing the long coat which was not very appreciate in combat situation for his heavy weight. Just one figure is wearing the Mackinow jacket. All the figures have the helmet clasped, which was not very common due most soldiers though this was a risk against a blast.

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Straps are correct but maybe some lack of equipment is showed here, such ammunition pouches.

Weapons are well depicted, Thompson, Browning M1918 , Garand and the officer is using a pistol, which was uncommon in the late war.

Also two heavy weapons are depicted, a one men team for a 81mm mortar (x2) and also a two men team for a Browning M2HB (x2). These are quite nice figures and additions to the set.
Poses are quite standard but all figures looks natural and well proportioned. Maybe the only odd is the slim mould mark, which most times goes crossing faces. Some work to remove these are needed.

Paint guide
A brief tutorial to show how to paint this U.S. infantry guys only with Citadel paints.

 

First a base coat of Chaos black (used as primer) and then base colour for all the different items as follow:

-Scorched Brown: Coats, helmet straps, wood on weapons, trousers and leather on boots.

-Catachan Green: Helmets and clothes on necks and heads.

-Dheneb Stone + Kommando Khaki (50/50): Jackets.

-Dheneb Stone + Camo Green (75/25): Strap, Gaiters and Canteen.

-Tallarn Flesh: Flesh.

-Boltgum Metal: Weapons’ metal parts.

Once the base coat is well dried we apply a wash with Citadel Devlan Mud. (“Magic soy” as a friend says :))

After wash:

Then is time to give them a highlight.

Highlight mostly have consisted in apply the original base colour (with some exceptions) in relief parts.

-Scorched Brown + Graveyard Earth: Trousers and coats. Coats haves two highlight layers increasing the proportion of Graveyard Earth and trousers just one and then final layer with pure Graveyard Earth.

Bestial Brown: Wood on weapons and boot’s leather.

-Catachan Green: Helmets.

– Kommando Khaki: Jackets.

-Dheneb Stone + Camo Green (25/75): Straps, Gaiters and Canteen.

-Tallarn Flesh: Flesh.

-Boltgum Metal: Weapons’ metal parts.

How to work the bases

Materials needed are: Packing rings, Pumice past, cardboard, white glue, epoxy bicomponent putty and Citadel Devlan Mud wash.

Vandal is a brand which manufacture Pumice past quite cheaper than Models’ brands ones, although Vallejo have and excellent range for this product, with different thickness.
Process is quite simple, glue the Packing rings to the cardboard and then cover it with putty.

Put the figure in the putty, with the help of a “lancet” cover all the figures’ base to ensure a good fixation.

Then apply Pumice past with an old brush. Once it is well dried apply directly the wash, Devlan mud.

An easy and quite nice figures for gaming are now ready.

We hope you enjoyed this, as much as me enjoyed doing it. For those who never have painted their minis, is an easy way to start !! Don’t be afraid.

Although new sets for American infantry are on the market this Revell’s one still performs well his task, heavy weapons are better implemented here than most of the new sets, so don’t miss the opportunity to get this one at best prices here.

Revell Africa Corps 02513

Revell Africa Corps 02513

Revell set is totally compatible with old Esci’s (also issued by Italeri and now issued by Revell) and with most old Airfix’s one. These three set also are compatible with the new Caesar’s one, but new sets releases by Italeri (DAK and Paratroops in tropical uniform) are 1 or 2 mm bigger. So if you are planing a DAK army, choose this 4 compatible sets and you will achieve a great pose range.
Revell sets have a lot of figures not very useful, like men carrying water and men drinking (also the one to seems be patrolling), but they comes with two great and complete (gunner + loader) MG42 machine guns, which is probably the most desiring from this set. This set also have two poses, the men with a grenade and the ones knelling with sub machine gun , which can be easily used as crew for guns as the next two pictures show.

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Pak 40 with Revell crew

Sd Kfz 250/10 (Esci) Revell crew & Pak 40 (Revell/Matchbox 1/76) Revell crew

I like the sculpture from this set more than ESCI/Italeri ones, proportions seems to be more natural, although ESCI have some good poses to act as sergeants for Pak or MG. The Airfix set could provide a wide range of figures firing, in very good poses.

A good set, but maybe it haves an excess of poses not very usable for wargaming, but nice as scenery.

Buy this set.

Revell 21 cm Mörser 18

Revell 21 cm Mörser 18

The Mörser 18 was designed to replace his obsolescent brother from World War I, 21 cm Mörser 16. It was one of the first guns with a dual-recoil system. His fire rate was very lower than her little brother the 17cm gun. and by this, his production was stooped between 1942-1943, but war needs resume his production until the end. With his 16,700 meters range and capacity to fire 125Kg bombs was a terrible weapon.
Usually was dismounted in two pieces for transport, but if necessary just one FAMO 18 could transport it.
Revell model is well detailed, model can be constructed on fire or transport mode, pictures below are showing fire position , with the rear suspension changed.

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Buy this set.