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Masterbox's three new sets from America's wild frontier in May

The Modelling News - Mon, 04/15/2024 - 11:02
We look at some mortal combat, Daniel-less Mohicans & see a gold digger's loaded ass in Masterbox's two kits of May. We look at the two sets and the stories behind them in our preview...Read on... »
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Preview: Lathe Machine from MiniArt in 35th scale

The Modelling News - Sat, 04/13/2024 - 08:28
MiniArt powers our dioramas with new plastic kits that were previously only the space of resin & obscure kit makers. This massive lathe is their latest workshop accessory in 1/35th scale. We look at it in our preview...Read on... »
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Hasegawa Apr 2024 News

Model Builder International News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 18:57

1/48 F-104 STARFIGHTER (C Version) “VIETNAM WAR 479th Tactical Fighter Wing”
Scale … 1:48
Item no … 07533(07533)
Estimated No. of parts … 143
Category … Modern U.S. Jet Fighter
Size length …367mm width …160mm

Markings
1) U.S.A.F. 479th Tactical Fighter Wing Code: 70928
2) U.S.A.F. 479th Tactical Fighter Wing Code: [70925:Smoke II]

1/72 F-15J EAGLE™ “304SQ NAHA SPECIAL MARKING 2023”
Scale … 1:72
Item no … 02469(02469)
Estimated No. of parts … 140
Category … Modern U.S. Jet Fighter
Size length …267mm width …179mm

Markings
J.A.S.D.F. 9AW 304SQ “304SQ NAHA SPECIAL MARKING 2023” Code: 945 (42-8945) Naha A.B. Dec.,2023

1/200 E-767™ AWACS “Airborne Warning & Control Wing 40th ANNIVERSARY”
Scale … 1:200
Item no … 10860(10860)
Estimated No. of parts … 50
Category … Japanese Airbone Early Warning and Control
Size length …242.5mm width …239mm

Markings
J.A.S.D.F. “Airborne Warning & Control Wing 602SQ 40th anniv.” special marking Code: 501(64-3501) Dec., 2023

1/72 Kawasaki T-4 BLUE IMPULSE “Acro View”
Scale … 1:72
Item no … SP593(52753)
Estimated No. of parts … 67
Category … Japanese Jet Trainer
Size length …181mm width …138mm
*Bonus: A postcard is included.

Markings
J.A.S.D.F. aerobatic team “BLUE IMPULSE” 2023

1/72 Kyushu J7W2 INTERCEPTOR FIGHTER SHINDENKAI “352nd Flying Group”
Scale … 1:72
Item no … 02468(02468)
Estimated No. of parts … 42
Category … WWII Japanese Interceptor
Size length …131mm width …154mm

Markings
1) I.J.N. 352nd N.F.G. Code: 352-90 1947 (Imaginable marking)
2) I.J.N. 352nd N.F.G. Code: 352-97 1947 (Imaginable marking)
3) Luftwaffe Yellow-14 1947 (Imaginable marking)

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New etch & 3-D printed improvements for your kits from Rado Miniatures in April

The Modelling News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 11:52
Rado Miniatures have brand new 3-D printed wheels for your Morris & 8-Rad vehicles, mesh grilles, insignia & MG's for your tank hunters already on sale We look at them in our preview...Read on... »
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Build sequence preview: 35th scale Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma" Schwerer Panzerspähwagen full interior kit from MiniArt.

The Modelling News - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 07:57
A bit of a break with the norm today as we see MiniArt's new Puma armoured car in a build sequence from their designer. We look at the major parts of the construction of the full interior kit going together in our preview...Read on... »
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Italeri Apr 2024 News

Model Builder International News - Wed, 04/10/2024 - 12:39

1/12 Fiat 500 F Upgraded Edition

IMPROVED DOOR HINGES – UPDATED STEERING SYSTEM

Upgraded moulds – Opening hood and trunk – Opened or closed top – Opening doors – Steering wheels – Working suspensions – Rubber tires – Photoetched and chromed parts

The “Nuova 500” was produced by Fiat from 1957 to 1975. It is a real icon on four wheels and one of the symbols of “made in Italy”. Its unique and recognizable design is famous all over the World. When the small car was set up by the Italian car manufacturer, its goal was simple: to introduce on the market at a very affordable price a new compact car able to enlarge the number of potential customers. Furthermore the new car should be easy to drive, even in the city traffic, and provide very low running costs. The “Fiat 500” was released on the market in July 1957 and it was immediately a success. In 1965 was introduced the 500F, the version with the largest number of units produced. Easily recognizable for the front-hinged doors, in line with the new laws, the Fiat 500F adopted several technical and aesthetic improved solutions as the new frame and the wider windscreen. The Fiat 500F is, still today, the most “classic” version of the whole 500 production and it remains in the heart of a huge number of car fans.

1/24 DAF 95 Master Truck
The ‘Concept 95/380’ has been, for some time, the flagship product in the renowned DAF manufacturer’s lineup, representing a further development of the Space Cab series. It was recognized by the market as a significant evolution compared to its predecessors. Indeed, numerous technical and aesthetic improvements were developed and adopted, greatly appreciated by users of road industrial vehicles, especially for long-haul journeys. The soundproof cabin and advanced shock absorbers for the time provided top-of-the-market onboard comfort, and the powerful 6-cylinder ATI (Advanced Turbo Intercooling) engine ensured good performance with a particular focus on operating costs.

1/35 Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger I Ausf. E late production

LINK-AND-LENGTH TRACKS OR GLUABLE RUBBER TRUCKS – DECALS SHEET FOR 4 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTION SHEET

The Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. Tiger I is undoubtedly one of the most famous tanks of World War II. It was developed to provide the armored divisions of the Wehrmacht with a heavily armored and heavily armed tank to complement the more common medium tanks, Panzer III and Panzer IV, which were no longer effectively countering enemy tanks. Its primary armament consisted of the renowned and lethal long-barreled 88mm KwK 36 L/56 anti-tank gun. Installed in the turret and protected by a heavy 120mm shielding, it could penetrate the armor of any contemporary enemy vehicle even at long distances. Deployed on all major theatres of operation, it played an active role in German military operations in Normandy and the Western Front. Despite facing issues of reliability and deployment, the heavy tank, when operated by skilled crews, was always greatly feared by the Allied forces.

1/56 Panther Sd.Kfz.171 Ausf. A

WWll TANK COLLECTION – 40 PARTS – HIGHLY DETALIED KIT – DECALS FOR 2 VERSIONS – TURRET AND HULL WITH ZIMMERIT – FIGURE INCLUDED

The Panzerkampfwagen V “Panther” is widely recognised as one of the best tanks that was produced during World War 2. It was deployed as a direct response to the Soviet T-34 and KV-1 tanks on the Eastern Front, which were superior to both the Panzer III and Panzer IV in terms of performance and armaments. Powered by a 700 horsepower V-12 Mayback engine, it was armed with the 75 mm KwK 42 high speed gun which was a very effective anti-tank weapon. The Panther was designed with optimal armor protection, including inclined front armor. Its overall mobility, speed and armaments made the Panther one of the leading tanks of the period, and ensured its deployment on all of the main operational fronts, from the East through Italy and France.

1/56 M8/M20

WWll TANK COLLECTION – 74 PARTS – HIGHLY DETALIED KIT – DECALS FOR 2 VERSIONS – 2 ALTERNATIVE MODELS: M8 – M20 – FIGURE INCLUDED

At the beginning of World War II, the U.S. Army had lightweight and lightly armed vehicles, called “scout cars,” for advanced reconnaissance activities. Developed during the war, the M-8 Greyhound armored car, characterized by increased protection and heavier armament, represented a turning point for the American army. The vehicle provided greater operational flexibility and could be more effectively used to support ground troops thanks to the 37mm cannon installed in the turret. First used on the Italian front, from Monte Cassino to Anzio, it later participated in the D-Day operations in June 1944. Although the terrain in Normandy proved challenging and demanding during the initial phases of the operation, later on the M-8 was particularly appreciated for its speed of movement and versatility in deployment. The M-20 version was developed from the M8 version for Military Police duties and command vehicle roles.

1/72 FW 190 D-9

NEW DECALS EDITION: SUPER DECALS SHEET FOR 6 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTION SHEET

FIGURIE INCLUDED – CONTAINS 1 MODEL

The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was one of the best aircraft produced during World War II. Manufactured in more than 20,000 units starting from 1941, it was, alongside the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the most renowned fighter aircraft of the Luftwaffe. In its early versions, such as the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8, the fighter was equipped with a BMW 801 D-2 double-row radial engine with 14 cylinders, delivering 1,700 horsepower, enabling it to reach a top speed of 653 km/h. Over time, designers capitalized on the successful aerodynamic structure of the aircraft, achieving what can be considered its ultimate evolution. The adoption of the powerful liquid-cooled Junkers Jumo 213 12-cylinder engine necessitated a revision of the aircraft’s design, resulting in an elongated nose. The D version was aptly nicknamed by Luftwaffe pilots as “Langnasen-Dora” (Long-nose Dora), but once in flight, they immediately appreciated its characteristics and capabilities. The FW-190D was indeed capable of competing on equal terms with the most modern Allied fighters, such as the renowned P-51D Mustang.

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Preview: MiniArt's 1/35th scale US Tank Chassis Repair Crew

The Modelling News - Wed, 04/10/2024 - 04:22
A perfect companion piece for your new M3 light tank release & engine repair crew, this new set of two figures, tools & accessories from MiniArt look to finish the repair job! We take a look at them in our preview.Read on... »
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Vallejo publishing's "Diorama - Construction and Painting Techniques" by Marcel Ackle

The Modelling News - Tue, 04/09/2024 - 08:11
A new book from Vallejo publishing, "Diorama - Construction and Painting Techniques" by Marcel Ackle looks to show you his knowledge on the subject in an easy to read step by step technique book. We look at what's inside in our preview...Read on... »
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Eduard Apr 2024 News

Model Builder International News - Mon, 04/08/2024 - 19:27

MiG-21PFM 1/48
Cat.No.: 8237

The ProfiPACK edition kit of Soviet Cold War jet aircraft MiG-21PFM in 1/48 scale.

plastic parts: Eduard
marking options: 5
decals: Eduard
PE parts: pre-painted
painting mask: yes
resin parts: no

F4F-4 Wildcat late 1/48
Cat.No.: 82203

The ProfiPACK edition kit of the US carrier based WWII fighter plane F4F-4 Wildcat late in 1/48 scale.
From the kit it is possible to build Wildcats of the US Navy operating in the Atlantic and Pacific and also a fighter from the US Marine Corps.

plastic parts: Eduard
marking options: 6
decals: Eduard
PE parts: pre-painted
painting mask: yes
resin parts: no

F6F-5 1/72
Cat.No.: 7077
The ProfiPACK edition kit of US carrier based WWII fighter plane F6F-5 Hellcat in 1/72 scale.
plastic parts: Eduard
marking options: 4
decals: Eduard
PE parts: pre-painted
painting mask: yes
resin parts: no

GUSTAV pt. 2 DUAL COMBO 1/72
Cat.No.: 2145

The Limited edition of the kit of the famous German WWII fighter aircraft Bf 109G in 1/72 scale.
The kit offers aircraft of G-6 late and G-14 versions.
Marking selection covers all fronts of WWII where these “Gustavs” were fighting including airplanes from the Ilmavoimat (Finish Air Force), Italian Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana and Hungarian Air Force (Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierő).

plastic parts: Eduard
marking options: 10
decals: Eduard
PE parts: pre-painted
painting mask: yes
resin parts: no

Fokker E. III 1/48
Cat.No.: 8419

The Weekend edition kit of German WWI fighter aircraft Fokker E.III in 1/48 scale.

plastic parts: Eduard
marking options: 4
decals: Eduard
PE parts: no
painting mask: no
resin parts: no

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Two schemes for your Scooter: Magic Factory's 48th scale A-4M Skyhawk kit w/colour profiles...

The Modelling News - Mon, 04/08/2024 - 07:43
Magic Factory has updated us with news on the revised schemes for their latest 48th scale A-4M kit. We look at what's new in our preview today...Read on... »
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Preview: MiniArt's 1/35th scale US Army K-51 Radio Truck with trailer..

The Modelling News - Mon, 04/08/2024 - 05:10
MiniArt's new K-51 Radio Truck with Trailer. This kit is without the interior for a faster build with four colourful post WWII markings from around the globe included. We look at the kit and the real truck/trailer that feature in this boxing in our preview...Read on... »
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ICM Apr 2024 News

Model Builder International News - Sat, 04/06/2024 - 16:41

1/24 Model A Standard Phaeton Soft Top (1930s)
American Passenger Car

In the 1920s, American entrepreneur and car designer Henry Ford began developing a new car model to replace the famous Ford Model T, which had been produced for 18 years. According to legend, the first drawing of the future car was made by Henry Ford’s son, Edsel. At least, it was he who made sketches of the design options for the radiator and the car dashboard. The first copy of the new car, designated as the Ford Model A, was produced on October 20, 1927, and mass production began in December of the same year. During the production run, Ford made changes to the design of the car, the main of which were associated with the installation of a body with more space and improving its appearance. Cars produced after 1930 had a modified outside radiator, a new shape of the front wheel wings, and reduced wheels. Buyers were offered a large number of different options, among which it was possible to choose different types of body: coupe, convertible, sedan, phaeton, roadster, pickup, and others. Production of the Ford Model A ceased in 1931. A total of 4,849,340 Ford Model A models were produced in all variants.

1/35 ‘Kozak-2’ State Border Guard Service of Ukraine
The ‘Kozak-2’ armored car, belonging to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, was developed by the Ukrainian enterprise ‘Scientific and Production Association ‘Praktika” in 2009. Initially, a prototype named the SRM-1 ‘Kozak’ was produced, but mass production was not initiated at that time due to several reasons. Subsequently, in 2014, specialists from Praktika began designing a new armored car based on the Kozak SRM-1, using the Iveco Eurocargo chassis. By spring 2015, the Kozak-2 variant was introduced. This armored vehicle falls into the MRAP class of combat vehicles, designed to protect the crew from mines and ambushes. Its functionalities include patrolling, vehicle escorting, communications, and providing fire support for personnel in battle. The crew is protected by armor from small arms fire with a caliber of 7.62 mm, ammunition fragments, and mines. The vehicle is equipped with anti-traumatic seats fitted with five-point seat belts for the crew and passengers. The armament options for the Kozak-2 include various types of machine guns. Armored vehicles utilized by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine are equipped with DShKM heavy machine guns as weaponry. These machine guns are highly effective and can successfully engage even armored vehicles.

1/35 Krankenpanzerwagen
Sd.Kfz.251/8 Ausf.A WWII German Ambulance with Military Medical Personnel

The platoons, companies, and battalions of the Wehrmacht included combat doctors who provided direct medical assistance to the wounded. Infantry companies also had individual non-commissioned officers of the medical service, and at the battalion level, a military doctor (Assistenzarzt or Oberarzt) was responsible for centralized medical care. Wehrmacht combat doctors were also responsible for evacuating the wounded to first aid points or collection points. Armored transporters could be used for evacuation, one of which was a special medical armored personnel carrier designated as the Sd.Kfz.251/8 or ‘Krankenpanzerwagen.’ This armored personnel carrier could carry various numbers of wounded, for which it had special stretchers and seats inside. Additionally, semicircular rails were installed on top of the hull for an awning to protect from the weather. Armored medical transporters were part of the headquarters company (Stabskompanie). For visual differentiation from standard vehicles, these transporters had large signs with a red medical cross.

1/48 Japanese pilots and Ground Personnel WWII
The aviation of Imperial Japan during World War II were organizationally part of the ground forces and navy. In 1940, the army’s aviation units numbered 36 fighter, 50 bomber, and 29 reconnaissance squadrons, and their personnel numbered 33,000 officers and lower ranks. The functions of army aviation included providing support for ground units and combating enemy aircraft. Structurally, it consisted of five air armies, each with a specific combat area. For better coordination between the Army and Air Force, at each of the theaters of operations, the air units were subordinated to the respective ground command. The uniform of Japanese Air Force personnel mirrored that of the army, with certain elements of clothing in blue. The special flight uniforms for Japanese pilots were divided into summer and winter attire, with military rank insignias worn on the sleeves or chest.

1/48 M8A1 US Landing Mat
To quickly build temporary runways, US engineering services built various options for the airfield. Aerodrome steel plates were M8A1 used in the Vietnam War in the second half of the 1960s and early 1970s and were installed by engineering units of the US Army. Plates were connected to each other either staggered or in a row and allowed to build either separate small sites or airfields of impressive size. Most often, such coatings were used in army aviation. Various aircraft could be based on the sites created in this way, for example, combat helicopters AN-1Q Cobra, light attack aircraft, and observation aircraft OV-10A Bronco or O-2 Skymaster. Also on such sites were operated well-known B-26K Counter Invader.

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Preview: Six releases for Italeri in April...

The Modelling News - Sat, 04/06/2024 - 07:36
An upgraded Fiat, A DAF rig, a Tiger, Panther, Greyhound & a longnose in 72nd are the latest kits from Italeri in April - We look at the artwork, sprues, parts & decal/marking choices in our preview...Read on... »
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35425 M3 STUART LIGHT TANK, INITIAL PROD.

35465 PANZER CREW 1943-1945

37095 IRAQI T-55 AL FAW/ENIGMA. SOVIET MADE BASE.

38066 TEMPO A400 LIEFERWAGEN. BAKERY VAN

49005 SCAFFOLDINGS

72106 STURMGESCHUTZ III AUSF. G. APRIL 1943 ALKETT PROD.

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16006 PREATORIAN GUARDSMAN II CENTURY A.D.
35332 BRITISH TANK CREW. SPECIAL EDITION

Back to stock items:

35253 Panzerfaust 30/60 Set
35221 Pz.Kpfw.3 Ausf.B w/Crew
35195 U.S. Army Bulldezer
35331 Maybach HL 120 Engine for Panzer III/IV Family w/Repair Crew
35584 East European Home Stuff
35261 Soviet Ammo Boxes w/Shells
37017 T-54A Soviet Medium
37007 T-54-3 Mod. 1951 Interior Kit

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Video review guide Pt II: Clayton's build of Takom's 35th scale Tiger I "late" 2 in 1 kit with ATOM shades...

The Modelling News - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 07:19
The painting of an unusual Tiger is the subject of Clayton's video review today. See his continuing work on Takom's Tiger I Late-Production with the new ATOM paints from AMMO under the microscope. Weathering is next, but strap in to watch his video of how he applied the shades to his kit today...Read on... »
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Preview update: 1/35th scale Opel Blitz 3t truck "military service" from MiniArt.

The Modelling News - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 09:34
We have seen MiniArt's new Opel Blitz 3t truck in CAD & art, but today we get to see not only the plastic being assembled, but the colour profiles of the six contenders in our updated preview...Read on... »
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Preview: Special Hobby & CMK kits for April...

The Modelling News - Wed, 04/03/2024 - 08:49
Special Hobby & CMK's latest kits for April look like they have plenty of detail & great colour choices. We have picked the most interesting to show you in our preview...Read on... »
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Colours & markings of MiniArt's new 48th scale P-47D-25-RE in Free French Air Force...

The Modelling News - Tue, 04/02/2024 - 06:28
We go continental next with MiniArt's Free French jug! The 1/48th scale  P-47D-28RE Thunderbolt. Free French Air Force kit in colours & plastic are in queued in our preview today...Read on... »
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The best & latest in modern military & models in the latest Abrams Squad #42...

The Modelling News - Mon, 04/01/2024 - 08:07
We look forward to the new editions of Abrams Squad. One of the magazines that is dedicated to modern warfare diorama scenarios. We have info & images of what to expect in issue #42 in our preview...Read on... »
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Review: 3D-Printed Aircraft Missiles from FAB Scale in 1/48th...

The Modelling News - Sun, 03/31/2024 - 08:11
A new company - "Fab Scale" has launched with a bunch of new 3-D printed accessories & items for your 48th scale jets. The AMRAAM, HARM & Sidewinders are just three we will review today...Read on... »
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