Wednesday, February 29

Introducing GasPatch Models…

News of another new model company is great to hear but especially good to hear that it is coming from Greece! GasPatch Models has sent us news of a new 1/48th Salmson 2A2 kit soon to hit our market – we have information on all three of their first kit variations and even drawings from the company that blow the usual CAD images away – Read on to hear more from this new manufacturer…

Tuesday, February 28

Our cup runneth over as we see Eduard's April Releases

Eduard have sent us the expected release schedule for April and we have lots of pictures and a full list of what is to be expected – check them out..

Monday, February 27

Review: Revell Kit No: 07651 London Bus Part I

We have finally gotten around the elephant in the room for many modellers – The Revell London bus – or the RML Routemaster in 1/24th scale. I say elephant because the box is so big – and the fact that it is a really tempting subject to  model for not just bus enthusiasts – but most modellers – whether you are British or not have seen this box and though “I’d like to make that”. Lets have a look at it before we start to build it…

Sunday, February 26

Review - MasterBox MB3589: U.S. Marines in Jungle. WWII Era

MasterBox have sent us the three newest of their March releases so we can pour over the contents – the German housebreakers got a going over the other day – now it is time to scrutinize these four young US marines in the MasterBox kit MB3589: U.S. Marines in Jungle – straight to the point as title suggests - let's get straight on to the kit.

Saturday, February 25

Dragon shows us another StuG

Dragon have sent us pictures of an April release - their version of the tank hunting 1/35 Sd.Kfz.167 StuG.IV Late Production - Smart Kit. Full of slide mould technology and newly-tooled tricks - lets look at the kit in preview..

Friday, February 24

Mantis Dogs the opposition with their "bitchin" new releases - ohhh & some Cossacks too!

Mantis Miniatures have sent us some great new images of their latest figures and we give you some insight to the great painter who has brought these gems to life!

Wednesday, February 22

Review - Kagero Air Battles: 17 - Thunderbolts of the U.S. 8th Army Air Force March 1944 – May 1945

From Kagero we have the second part of their history of the P-47D units of the “mighty eighth” called “Thunderbolts of the US Army air Force” This book chronicles the operations of this rugged aircraft from March 1944 - May 1945. It is full of great pictures and pilots accounts of the kill or be killed air battles in the last months of the war – click on below to see what we found out about the book when we read it….

Tuesday, February 21

Review: Masterbox MB 3584 German Infantry - Western Europe 1944-1945 in 1/35th

MasterBox has three releases for us this month, some US Marines in the Pacific, A troupe of Germans in the biting cold and this kit – MB 3584 German Infantry - Western Europe 1944-1945 Which sees four late war German soldiers ready to do a co-ordinated search of a house. We will look at the quality of the kit and show you pictures and the four troopers and give our opinions of the results.

Monday, February 20

Review: Eduard Kit no: 1167. The Su-27 Flanker B in 1/48th

Eduard have just released their version of the Sukhoi Su-27 in 1/48th scale in a limited edition boxing of only 1500 kits. This kit has a past and Eduard has added to the retooling of the kit with several extra detail parts. The kit has not been without discussion on the forums so we thought we would get our hands one of the limited number to investigate for you today, let’s have a look …

Sunday, February 19

Sunday - time for a trip down a quiet country road ?

 - Not if MiniArt has anything to do with it! They want you Model one instead -
To add to their other recent additions of kits MiniArt adds a new kit of a country Road Diorama for your model placement needs - let's look closer..

Saturday, February 18

Never heard of Carl Reid : Figures.....

Figure maker Carl Reid has sent us pictures of the prototype and the built and painted up figure of his WWI stretcher bearer in resin that has just gone on sale -  click the link below for a closer look at this lovely figure..

Friday, February 17

Dragon's motley crew are looking after the Reich

Dragon form China bring us a new set of soldiers from the late WWII period which is just so undeniably popular with modellers (much to the chagrin of those who it isn’t popular with) anyway their new four figure set is called The New, 4-figure, 1/35th Scale Release is: 6694 - Defence of the Reich, Lets have a look...

Thursday, February 16

Some interesting news for all Revell (and model) fans..

Revell of Germany has been bought up by Hobbyco in the United States - who also is currently one of the leading manufacturers and marketers of model hobby products in the world - this deal brings together Revell of Germany with the Revel USA brand. Hopefully, this move will strengthen both companies and together they will be making more and better kits for us, the modellers - read on the press release to find out more...

Wednesday, February 15

More new releases "cobbled" together from J's work.

After the announcement (below this post) about the Kabuki style masks for the Hetzer tank we have these - more Do-It-Yourself groundwork debris from the Asian manufacturer of diorama equipment J's Work.

Tuesday, February 14

J's Work - More new products keep coming..

Today we have more details of new products coming from J's Work in the far east.The first thing we want to show you is the latest set of Kabuki-style masks for your Hetzer tank in 1/35th scale. latest news have sent us news of some of their new release information including info on the new Great Wall hobby Devastator (along with some nice pics of the kit) and the new range of X-acto ranges - they also let slip info on their visit to The "On Track" Model show - Read on...

Monday, February 13

Osprey publishing have sent out their monthly newsletter full of new announcements, sales, books back in stock, EBook news and a chance for you to make a difference in their future releases, want to know more? -  you know what to do....

Sunday, February 12

We play "Where's the Birdie?" with Eduard's new 1/35 "Fauna" set

PhotobucketThis is one for the birds - a sheet of photo etched coloured brass that is trying to replicate birds and other fauna in 1/35th scale from Eduard.
Sounds like a flight of fancy? Have I gone around the cuckoo‘s nest? Let’s have a look at this small sheet and see what all the flap is about…

Saturday, February 11

Review - from Kagero Monographs – Legends of Aviation in 3D: Fokker Dr.I: the Aces Aircraft


From Kagero we have the newest tittle in their Legends of aviation series this month. We start off with a suitably early aircraft for us to make our way forward in a series – namely the famous Fokker Dr.1 “Dreidecker” made famous by the German ace “The Red Baron (and by SnoopyJ) anyway this boo has had the 3D treatment of which was awarded the ME 262 book we took a look at last week – Is it worth it worth this release? Does it take away from the book or is it the best thing since sliced bread? Let’s have a look… 

Friday, February 10

Review: F.A.Q. VOL. 2 Frequently Asked Questions of the AFV Painting Techniques by Mig Jiménez

When Mig Jiménez released the first book in this series it soon became a best seller number one and a vital tool to not just Military modelling fans but all genres of model making. It became a constant companion to many modellers and a handy thing to have near the modelling bench.
Since then there has been many new techniques and products to come into our modelling lives – how have the techniques changed? Well Mr Jiménez has released his second book called – yes you guessed it AK Interactive’s F.A.Q. VOL. 2 – to answer these newest but frequently asked questions – read on by clicking the link below…

Thursday, February 9

Rata Rata! 2-in-a box kits to rival the Bf109's from Eduard

Eduard have a great release of a limited edition kit this month that ISN'T a Bf 109 -  It was the sometime rival of the German fighter actualy - the soviet designed I-16 Type 10 in 148th scale Not just one - but two kits in this Dual Combo box face off with the Messerschmitt kit - Now that seems like more than a fair fight! we will preview the kit for you and show you the contents and marking options (and there are eight!)...

Wednesday, February 8

LZ Models fords the gap with another little masterpiece

L.Z. Models have released details of an excellent new truck - the CMP Ford F15 with open Cab in 1/35th scale. With some pretty broad possibilites for swapping and updating the cargo compartment you can add Breda guns and even a flak 20mm (which we are told is coming very soon as a kit from LZ in itself) - Lets have a look at  the information you need to know about this new kit..

Tuesday, February 7

BarracudaCals surface with their new Mustang sets

BarracudaCals Have finally fessed up with the news on their excellent 1/32 scale add-ons to turn your already darn good kit of a P-51D Mustang into a show stopper. With all of the new Mustang kits on the market (and the fact that these can all be adapted to fit them if need be) and the undeniable popularity of this aircraft these are set to be a big seller! Also there are the latest in P-51 decals, cockpit placards and even a book on the thunderbolt!  I will pass you onto Roy from BarracudaCals now to show you the good gear they have coming on sale.

Monday, February 6

AMS/Zotz new A-4C Skyhawk Conversion and decals strike!

AMS/Zotz 32056 A-4C Conversion set 
We have the latest images from AMS Resin and Zotz of their latest collaboration, a conversion for the Trumpeter A-4E or F kit to turn the model into an either US Navy or an Argentinian A-4C light fighter bomber. This set contains also a great set of decals which cover three US Navy birds and two Argentinian aircraft from the 1982 Falklands War.

Saturday, February 4

ICM Preview: build up shots of their Krupp L3H163 German Army Truck

ICM Holding has releases some more pictures of their Krupp L3H163 truck in 1/35th scale. So we thought it was time to show you now there are basic test shot built up pictures..
From the built up shots provided you can see this model has potential - a lot of gear could be added to this to make many different versions as well, and you could load it down with nearly anything to give it that beefier look - click on below to see more...

Review: Revell Kit No: 04670 - 1/72 Handley Page Halifax B Mk.I/II GR II

Revell have sent us a kit of their new tool 1/72 Halifax B Mk.I/II GR II and we have had a long and hard look at it – there has been lots of comment about this kit by all and sundry over the various forums – lets show you what we think in our review…

Friday, February 3

Cyberhobby Dive in with their latest New Tool Helldiver in 72nd

To add to their "WingTech Series" Cyberhobby have released details of the March release tooling of the famous terror of the Japanese fleet in WWII the  SB2C-4 Helldiver  in 1/72nd scale. 
This new kit promises many new features (too many to list in the preview) but things like the folding wings seperate drop in cockpit and delicate engine details impress straight away - lets dive in and check out what dragon have sent us...

Thursday, February 2

Eduard releases exact details, sprue shots and the price of their new 1/48th Emil..

The release info for the Eduard Bf 109E-1 in 1/48th scale has been releasedt - as we thought it follows its larger 1/32 scale cousin pretty closely, using the same markings but improving the plastic inside to enhance and re-design some of the critical areas which did receive some "attention". You can glean quite a bit from the instructions for the kit here...

Latest shots from IPMS Deutschland from the 2012 Nuremberg Toy festival

IPMS Deutschland
IPMS Germany has released the first lot of pictures of the 2012 Nuremberg Toy Festival that is being held this week - some very interesting news to be gleaned from the pictures - here is the link for the site - If you look carefully at the pictures you will see many new releases and surprises ready to delight us. It is nearly as interesting to see the background stuff as what is in the frame - Enjoy dissecting the shots!

Latest news in cars, superheroes and Beatles? From Round 2

Round 2  has some excellent news articles about the new car ranges from AMT and just what goes into developing them. They also have an interesting article about the work they did restoring and re-vamping the classic Hulk kit box art and the latest on their new pre-built kits of none other than the Beatles from the Yellow Submarine period - read on below for the news and then on to their site for the whole story..

Wednesday, February 1

Review - from Kagero Monographs - 3D Edition No 47 - Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe vol. II

PhotobucketFrom Kagero we have the newest tittle in their 3D series – Monographs 3D Edition No 47 - Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe vol. II in which the popular in depth Monograph series is added to with excellent 3D computer renders of the aircraft it is depicting. Is the 3D innovation helpful to modellers or a distraction – Is it good or a gimmick? Let’s look at it more and see. (Ohh – and no need to bring your glasses with this lot!)