Squadron/Signal Publications have the latest in their series of Walkaround books - this time the subject is the B-26 Marauder from WWII, and now it has been just released and we thought that we would give it a read and tell you what we think as well as a few good pictures of what to expect inside – read on Marauder fans…
Friday, August 31
Thursday, August 30
Well MasterBox brought out a set of Motorcycle repair men before. Called “MB 3560 Deutches Afrika Korps, WWII Era” it won a “model of the year” prize at the time, and unfortunately we never got to look at it. The kit included MasterBox’s excellent motorcycle sidecar kit as well. This kit however excludes the motorcycle but keeps the repairmen. If you have no need for this bike and just need German mechanics – you are in luck! We will look at them and build them up so you can see what they are all about…
The Uschi van der Rosten website has come alive with their latest product – Do you ever remember seeing pictures of the tanks left on the tropical beaches of Flamenco Beach, Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico? After military exercises this and other tanks were left to slowly rust away - so do you remember also that people had made their own art on the side of these once fearsome beasts – which have now turned the most ornate of sand castles? Well now with the help of some friends they have made something to make your Sherman very different from the rest….
Tuesday, August 28
If you were to have just one book on the General SS… – i would like to introduce you to Andrea Press’ “Inside the Allgemeine SS 1925-1945”
Alright – it is time for one of those “no B.S. beating around the bush to keep you guessing before the conclusion” type reviews – this book is a must have for any WWII Figure sculptor/ historian/ uniform lover/ collectables fan/SS buff/Tailor/ costume buyer/ porcelain fan/ family tree weirdo/ Occult fan.. And just generally anyone interested in the uniforms and equipment of the General SS…. Oh and anyone who just likes a good read on an interesting subject – get ready to be impressed…
Saturday, August 25
Barracuda Studios have been very busy!
At an action packed NATS in Orlando they launched two of their newest sets of products in their resin and decal ranges. Some 1/48th Spitfire stuff we showed you last week and now we have the privilege of showing you the decals for the P-47 Thunderbolt in 1/72 and 1/48th scales that have everyone talking. Fans of the 362nd fighter group rejoice – your time in the spotlight has come! We look at the schemes on offer and add some pictures of the real aircraft into the mix as well..
Wednesday, August 22
Time to "watch the skies!" again - as Fantastic Plastic releases some superb kits you don't see every day
Tuesday, August 21
I have long been a fan of the Thunderbolt fighter bomber and it’s ground attack prowess – this rugged aircraft with a massive punch wreaked havoc though Europe and Asia in WWII – when the newer Thunderbolt II was envisioned and entered service you could see why it took over the mantle of the king of ground attack – The massive GAU-8 Avenger cannon and ordinance load more than delivered on the design promise – and the damage the aircraft could take and remain flying definitely echoed it’s earlier namesake.
The A-10 has been in service a few decades now what we really all want as modellers is to see the current aircraft and how it has evolved – and now there is a great book on the modern Thunderbolt II – an up to date guide that has many people singing praises already for the book’s quality – we can give you some images and info on it.
Monday, August 20
Saturday, August 18
Friday, August 17
You want us to insert our models where? Mantis miniatures present us with two new figures – some desert critters and a fun competition…
The newest releases from Mantis Miniatures are out – some winter tank crew and tank killers – and alternatively some hot weather predators from the animal kingdom - including a 1/35th scale scorpion ( Tiny - But NOT cute!)
If this isn’t enough Mantis now have a competition running with some great prizes - all you have to do is insert their models into a diorama – more in our preview..
Thursday, August 16
One in Fifty doesn't sound like good odds – but you COULD own one of the fifty of these figures from Miniature Fortes - if you are fast!
Diego Fortes has been for a long time as a well-known sculptor for commissions and collectors who are lucky enough to have their hands on one of his creations – well now he has his own Artisan project – selling very limited amounts of figures of the lucky few enough to be quick to pick them up – it is called Miniatures Fortes
Wednesday, August 15
MiniArt wants to know - Would you rather a castle for your workbench or a workshop in small scale? Dilemmas hey? Well we have just these two and an interesting new “pre coloured” kit from this Ukrainian company that keeps on coming with great ideas – click on to see more on three new buildings from them…
Tuesday, August 14
Monday, August 13
Revell of Germany have lots of exciting new releases to tempt us over the next few months – from all – and I mean ALL – genres of modelling they have provided us with new and old – and re-tooled models of ships, planes, cars and trucks and military aircraft and vehicles – there is sure to be something to tempt even the most picky modellers in amongst us! Read on to be tempted.
Sunday, August 12
MiniArt has released a bunch of figure sets this month for armoured fighting vehicles and we have second in the series of US tank crews – this time a dynamic looking set of tankers who look like they are outside the vehicle fighting to escape the battlefield – let’s look at the parts in our review...
Saturday, August 11
Great Wall Hobbies have gone from land and military based kits to their excellent series in 1/48 of aircraft - and now they are aiming for the heavens! Their new kit is in Space! Well it will be at your hobby shop soon – it is a 1/48th kit of the Chinese Space Lab Module Tiangong-1 & Shenzhou-8 Spacecraft!
Thursday, August 9
BarracudaStudios have just released a batch of great add-ons for the Spit fans in 48th scale - just in time for the NATS in Orlando Roy will be there himself to twist your arm and sell ‘em to you! The 6 new products are now up on the website and ready for pre-order for those of you who aren’t able to come and see him in person – and we have all the links and pics...
Tuesday, August 7
Going to the US Nats in Disney land this year? If so go by the Ampersand Publishing stand and you will find all of their back issues at a pretty darn good value of $5! Their new isues will be pretty well reduced in price as well so who said no bargains to be had at modelling shows ? Read on for the "T's & C's..
Luftwaffe im Focus time again! - And as we have read it cover to cover we thought we would show you one of the best quarterly pictorial periodicals on the market today. This – the 20th anniversary edition promises more colour pictures and more pages for the same price – so let’s have a look at what is in this special issue…
Monday, August 6
Sunday, August 5
Sang-Eon Lee’s new company Life Miniatures has releases a photo-realistic large scale (1/10th) bust of the controversial figure of Joachim "Jochen" Peiper. SS man and tank commander – the man trialed and convicted for the “Malmédy Massacre”. Well we will cut past these other considerations and show you this bust bare and also with some pictures - l ike the one i found (above), and as a treat we will see the completed bust – painted by Sang-Eon Lee himself…
Thursday, August 2
Wednesday, August 1
So we nearly forgot to show you this! The pics from the recent “Flying Legends” show at Duxford in Cambridge in England last month (2012) The newest of “The Fighter Collection’s” aircraft – the much repaired and re-worked Republic P-47G Thunderbolt 42-25068 'Snafu' took to the air to thrill the crowds and it was very popular indeed - as were all of the aircraft on a very busy weekend! Click on to see the gallery and some words on the day itself…