Volume 9 – 2005


by Kai-Mikael Jää-Aro images by Harald Barth and Kai-Mikael Jää-Aro   I am a happy Anglophile, and a large part of the attraction of Great Britain (apart from the chance to have fried bacon, fried eggs, fried sausages, fried tomatoes and fried potatoes for breakfast) is the hobbyist-friendly nature of […]

On Holidays in the UK


Hawker Tornado-Typhoon-Tempest-Sea Fury Line models and photos by Raúl Hrubisko text by Martin Waligorski   Raul Hrubisko began modelling at the age of 14. His interest, lake many other modellers’, was sparked by an imaginative book, a wartime story involving the Mosquito. Soon followed the interest for the airplane and […]

Family Resemblance


Accurate Miniatures’ 1/48 TBF-1 & TBM-3 by Rafi Ben-Shahar   Accurate Miniatures’ Avenger has been credited as the best 1/48 kit ever in many forums for good reasons. And, considerable material has been published on the topic to match its class. So, why do I bother to raise the issue […]

Avengers Forever



A Moment of 1/72 P-38 Madness by Mark Davies My modelling club, IPMS Auckland (New Zealand), decided to run a “Build the Same Kit in 2 Months” competition. The Tamiya P-47 and Trumpeter Ferdinand were chosen as the 1:48 aircraft and 1:72 armour subjects respectively, and the new Academy P-38 […]

Five Lightning Strikes in 8 Weeks!


Revell P-40 in 1/32nd Scale by Stefan Ericsson and Magnus Fridsell images by Stefan Ericsson   When finding one of those ”antique” and rare kits, the first question for many modellers is ”should I build it or not”? Stefan Ericsson found an old Revell P-40 kit and found the answer […]

Something Antique


FuG Installations on Early Ju-88 Variants  by Rafi Ben-Shahar Being a diversified subject with an appealing look (to Luftwaffe fans), the Ju 88 variants provide almost endless topics to modelers. Fortunately, Dragon’s 1/48 kits have pleasing dimensions that satisfy the eyes of most if not all Experten albeit the usual […]

Nachtjäger



Shortrun Kits are Getting Easier Than Ever by Mark Davies Aircraft modelling has been transformed for me by the Czech and other Eastern European kit manufacturers. There are just so many new 1:72 kits being released of subjects I never fail to find appealing. Azur’s Breda Ba 65 falls firmly […]

Breda Ba 65


Douglas DC-3 Behind the Iron Curtain by Jerzy Ciupek Among the Douglas DC-3 operators in Europe, LOT Polish Airlines counts as perhaps more exotic one, considering that it operated behind the Iron Curtain. In 1946, LOT purchased 9 DC-3s to operate domestic airlines as well as connections to Berlin, Paris, […]

LOT Dakota


Bandai 1/144 RX-93 Nu-Gundam Fin Fannel by Joseph Lee   1/72 scale model airplanes are what I have been working on for the past 13 years or so, and I had become quite accustomed with Humbrol paints and brushes. Since year 2000, I keep discovering Gundam model kits – most […]

Gundam Fun



The Rocket that Launched America’s First Satellite by Bary Davidoff Model photos by Frank Glackin, other photos courtesy of NASA I always had wanted a model of Juno I, the Jupiter C rocket that launched America’s first satellite. It needed to match all the other rockets and spacecraft that are […]

Juno I


Tech Tips by Martin Waligorski   Few household products have made more significant career in the world of scale modelling than Future Floor Wax. A clear acrylic high-gloss floor finish, it was discovered for our hobby through the improvement it could bring to clear plastic parts – aircraft canopies in […]

Improving Clear Parts With Future Floor Wax


Lockheed Hercules 842 in 1/200th Scale by Rickard Malmborg photos by Magnus Fridsell and Martin Waligorski   I have already modelled an entire series of Swedish Air Force aircraft, most single-engine fighters but also trainers and twin-engine bombers. I must admit I have focused on numbers rather than quality, but […]

Sweden’s First Aerial Tanker



Building Tamiya’s 1/48 Aichi M6A1 Floatplane  by Rafi Ben-Shahar The Aichi M6A1 Seiran stands out as one of the most interesting innovations in the aviation field that answer immediate needs. Created to be stored at and operated from specially designed submarines, up to three of these float-equipped aircraft were able […]

Submarine Bombers


by Valter Turkalj T-34 needs no introduction. A symbol for the effectiveness of the Soviet tank arm, it was produced in mind-boggling numbers and a multitude of variants. The inspiration and will to build this model came from two sources. One was a small photograph in a Polish book devoted […]

Cheers to the Crow


   by Mark Davies The Martin Model 167 was a response to a 1938 USAAC request for a twin engine light attack aircraft. Other designs pit forward for the same requirement later developed into the Douglas A-20 and the North American B-25. Martin’s 167 never saw front line service with […]

Azur 1/72 Martin 167 Maryland