Friday, February 28

We paint a picture of Evolution Miniatures new figures in our triple build review

They don’t just get white by themselves do they? During the winter in the years of WWII the soldiers on the frontline often whitewashed their vehicles to help conceal them from the enemy – well Evolution Miniatures has made a new set of three soldiers in 35th scale that represent just this, let’s have a look at them in our build review…

Tuesday, February 25

BRR! We missed out on Sotchi but our gold medal winner is a German from Hungary? We review Pathos Miniature's latest

Pathos Miniatures from Sunny Greece - We have kept an eye on the new company’s releases and January saw the release of this figure – titled “Budapest 1945 SS Totenkopf Division” this bust features one of the hardest soldiers of the German Reich in some of the harshest conditions – let’s see what Pathos came up with in our review…

Monday, February 24

KV no’s 1 & 2 are the order of the day at the PEKO Publishing’s office…

In today’s news we take a look at PEKO Publishing’s latest pictorial on the KV tanks of the Soviet Union on the battlefields of WWII

Review - This ol' Fachwerkhaus from Verlinden (ruined) in 1/35th scale

Need a vignette of a street corner in Germany during WWII? Destroyed rubble and wooden frame house? Enough pavement to house a few figures and blown up and destroyed looking to boot? Well Verlinden might have just the thing for you this month – we review their new “Ruined Fachwerkhaus” dio in today’s news..

Sunday, February 23

Review: Diego Fortes' new figure of the Midshipman comes out of the box ready to fight!

Diego Fortes from Fortes Miniatures has clearly been watching a few maritime movies in the “Master and Commander” mode. As he has just sculpted and released the figure he has created of the young Midshipman of that movie – check him out in our review of Diego’s latest released work…

Friday, February 21

Pegaso's latest mounted cavalryman -- ladies get in line - blinged up and sooo ritch!

Pegaso from Italy have sent us news of their latest figure (and horse) – from the Celtic Cavalry in the 12th/13th century…

Thursday, February 20

Nic takes a reve(aling) look at @what Revell has in store for us in 2014

Nothing makes me feel like a kid as a model-kit catalogue. I remember the fun I had when I received a catalogue and scribbled an “x” next to the models I wanted to have and build. Each time I took it,  more writing appeared in them... I guess I liked all of the kits...

Wednesday, February 19

A Lancia, a Yamaha, a Nakajima and a …..J-11? Lots more from Hasegawa this April!

We have some of the coolest cars, bikes (and a ship) coming in the preview of April’s new items from Hasegawa – something for most modellers in this bunch.

Tuesday, February 18

“Stylish Seasprite” François Laloux builds the new Kittyhawk Kaman SH-2F in 48th scale

Stop sniffing in boxes at garage-sales or dusty attics for that old 1/48 scale Matchbox Kaman Seasprite – Kitty Hawk produced a new one and it sure is a nice one! The Seasprite was the last helicopter that Kaman produced in numbers and although only 184 of the early SH-2 were built, it was for almost 40 years in service with the US Navy.

Monday, February 17

Finally some art we understand - we review the Art of Modelling's first printed English language magazine

Art of Modelling: For a long time one of the best magazines available on the hobby. But until up to now only available (in hard copy) in Dutch, French & German. However now the English speakers are in for a treat as we have the first volume of the English version of this mag up for review – how does it fare? Well read on to find out if it is indeed art we can appreciate…

Sunday, February 16

Comparison review: Barracuda studios Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet Mainwheels

We were recently very glad to see the new MENG Me-163 Komet rocket fighter in 32nd scale hit our workbench. Firstly as it was a marked upgrade on our older Hasegawa kit and secondly we knew we would be getting a lot of aftermarket stuff to match it. Well that has happened for both of these kits with new mainwheels from Barracuda Studios that claim to improve on both the Hasegawa AND the MENG offering – but are they indeed an improvement? Read on to see…

Saturday, February 15

D-Day Miniature Studio's subjects of this month's new releases are "Tommies" and "Fritz"

D-Day Miniature Studio has been sending regular updates of a steadily improving and increasing range of figures – this month they have two new “Tommies” in 35th as a set and singularly as well as some tiny Germans that have lost no detail due t their diminutive 72nd scale. Let’s take a look shall we?

Flaps away as we look at the third PE set for the Tupolev Tu-2 with Gary's review...

We finish with a flap – or two Gary’s “trilogy” of Eduard Photo etched improvement kits for the Tupolev Tu-2 from Xuntong models. These sets add a lot of depth to the wings and if you have this kit they are worth a look. 

Friday, February 14

Hobbyboss' February releases - three tanks and an Intruder...

Hobbyboss continue down and expected path with this month’s releases – from a modern Swedish tank, to a Renault from France and an obscure tank from the soviets in WWII there is also an “E” model intruder in this month’s preview…

Thursday, February 13

Sneak preview of Zoukei Mura’s P-51D/K/ Mustang IV in 32nd scale - plus many add on decals, pilot figures and paint sets to match

We have previewed the new 1/32nd scale Horten Ho-229 from Zoukei-Mura recently – and we have even been shown a lovely “Horten Ho-229 see-thu kit” from the SWS manufacturers – but now it is the turn of the fan of the P-51 Mustang – one of if not the most famous fighter plane in history – Zoukei Mura has produced the famous “D” version in 1/32nd scale to some acclaim – now it takes in the younger and improved "Early D" & “K” version as well as incorporating the British Mustang IV to get the comprehensive inside out treatment by this Japanese juggernaut.

Wednesday, February 12

Taking a look “Under the skirt” Eduard Tu-2 Undercarriage 1/48 review

For his second Eduard Photo Etch review this week on the Tupelov Tu-2 Gary Gets down – “way on down” as Elvis would say, to look at how they have improved on the Xutong kit’s undercarriage.. 

Tuesday, February 11

Review: Stalingrad Miniatures WSS Panzer Crewman Kursk 1943

Recently Stalingrad Miniatures released a large set of ten Panzermen of the German armoured forces in the time of “Operation Dynamo” – the battle of the Kursk Salient in 1943 – as a taster we thought we would build and review one of the figures and show you his qualities…

Monday, February 10

Far from a dull PE review - Gary reviews the Eduard PE set for the Xuntong Tu-2 bomber

OK the Tupolev Tu-2 kit from Xuntong arguably isn’t much of a draw card to a lot of modellers out there - but we think with the new Eduard additives into the mix it can be quite something of a little project – so Gary has put together three reviews of the different Eduard parts for this kit. The reviews are very good so we thought we would give each of them their time in the sun separately. Today we start with the Interior upgrade set….

Sunday, February 9

Thomas reviews the 1/48th scale from Zoukei Mura - enter the "Shin Den"

To the surprise and delight of many the Japanese manufacturer Zoukei Mura released a smaller 48th scale version of their popular Shinden fighter. We got this review submitted from our good friend Thomas from Scale Plastic Aircraft Modeller and we thought in the tradition of sharing is caring thought we should bring it to you in today’s news...

Saturday, February 8

# 59 Military Miniatures in Review – in review…

Ampersand Publishing have taken it upon themselves to send us one of, if not my favorite periodicals MMiR  - No 59 in the series get’s a review today – we will see if this one lives up to my own high expectations for this series of mags…

Friday, February 7

Kagero’s new releases cruise in to dive bomb the ace of spades out of all challengers…

Or we have four different diverse books from Kagero this month for land, sea and air modellers, British modern tanks, a Japanese cruiser, the Stuka and JG 53 get the treatment this month…

Thursday, February 6

"Hellboy” bust review - Pathos Miniatures makes us see red

Pathos Miniatures are a few releases old now – they have several creative and diverse busts already in their cannon and an interesting one planned in a scarred German soldier – but today we thought we would start you off with the kid of the family – to be specific a teenager – “Hellboy” – also known as “Big Red”

Wednesday, February 5

Italeri’s new items of January 2014 truly are a mixed bunch of interesting plastic....

Small scale classic airliners, large self-propelled howitzers, little rocket launchers and a shadow are part of Italeri’s newest kits for the first month of January this year…

Tuesday, February 4

Review: 1/32 scale T-6 Texan - the first flight of the T-6

Now when the T-6 “Texan” was announced by KittyHawk in 1/32nd scale a fair few people got very excited – and one of those people is our man Nic who got his kit last week – and has already finished it! We thought we would shoot you his build report as soon as possible so you can get a better feel for the kit...

Monday, February 3

Review build - Clayton makes a sales pitch for Bronco’s 1/35th scale Italian Light Civilian Car (Hard Top) w Lady & Girl w Dog

The little Fiat kit in 35th scale from Bronco has been a very useful new tool for them - This is the fourth development of this tiny car, so we thought we would build one to see how it goes together – We threw it at Clayton who likes small vehicles – with a gulp he dove right out of his comfort zone into the build and diorama to suit it…

Sunday, February 2

Two new figures - and make it snappy! Andrea Miniatures are on a slippery slope with their January releases

Andrea Miniatures continue to do what they do best – Wild West colonial figures and sassy Pyn-ups which cover most of the tastes of the target audience – we show you their two latest additions to the range of figures for January in our preview…