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Zvezda 1/72 PAK-40 with crew, kit 6257

Zvezda 1/72 PAK-40 with crew, kit 6257
Zvezda 1/72 PAK-40 with crew, kit 6257

Italeri, Heller, and more recently Roden and Dragon have released PAK-40 in 1/72. There have also been wargaming models in the scale.

Italeri’s crew are softer plastic than I like, Dragon’s “bundle” with the PAK-36 and 5 crewfigures is excellent, but hard to find and expensive. Preiser’s 5-member gun crew is similarly elusive, but tops all of them.

The cons above – along with aggressive pricing of about $3 – puts Zvezda’s new set at a very competitive position, despite the crew consisting of just 3 figures. The two sprues are molded in grey and reasonably well-detailed.

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Small scale T-90, build part 1

Admittedly I couldn’t wait to start building the kit, so here’s a bit of progress.

Detailed add-on armor for the upper glacis with wave deflector and towing hooks added.

On the second image notice the edge that aligns the add-on armor with the upper glacis (parts reversed to showedges).

Exhaust (3 part assembly) glued in place. Another 2-part assembly (fuel tank for laying smoke screen) covers the exhaust on top.

The bulldozer blade added to the lower glacis. The sprue gates are mounted between the actuating arms, so I broke one of them trying to clean the part up…

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Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-6, kit 8268

Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-6, boxtop
Box top

The Bf (or Me) 109 needs no introduction. It is such an important aircraft in the history of aviation (and the world) that I am unable to think of a mainstream modelling company that has NOT offered a version of the 109. In 2014 Eduard unsurprisingly extended their product line with a G-6, the most numerous of the WWII versions.

There are just 4 sprues in the standard box (used for most 1/48 scale aircraft the company produces AND the Royal Class editions), so contents will rattle about as you’re taking it home. Thankfully all frames are tightly packed in sealing bags and there is little to no chance parts will be damaged.

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Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026 – Small scale Zveroboy

Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026
Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026

Announced back in 2013 (or was it 2012?) the expected development of IS-2 is finally here. Please welcome ISU-152 by Zvezda!

Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026
Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026

Previous Zvezda kits in the scale had sprues on their own inside the box. That made each sound like a baby’s rattle. Parts here are sealed in a soft plastic bag, which prevents parts loss, and makes plastic less prone to breaks.

Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026
Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026

The ISU-152 is big, grey and bad@$$, and at first sight appears to have a very small amount of parts in common with the IS-2 kit from the past year (which is a very good one if I may say).  That’s sort of misleading because there is still a lot from the IS-2 – the sprues are simply re-done and parts are re-arranged for the new machine.

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Revell 1/144 MiG-29 “The Swifts”, kit 04007

Revell 04007 MiG-29 "The Swifts"
Revell 04007 MiG-29 “The Swifts”

MiG-29 has attracted the attention of multiple scale model manufacturers even when it was only seen in blurry pictures. Available kits vary in scale, accuracy and markings in area so wide it would take a book to describe.

The reason I picked up Revell’s 1/144th MiG-29 was its R-60 missiles that I used in another model. I was thinking of giving it away, because strange as it may sound I am not a big fan of the aircraft for a number of reasons. I elected to keep it though, so it will be briefly presented in this article.

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Skymodels decals 1/72 FW-190A and F, SKY72059

Few aircraft have served in as many roles as the Focke Wulf 190, the famous Butcherbird. the charismatic German WWII superfighter. Intended as a Bf-109 replacement, the 190 served alongside it till the very last day of the war.

Nearly every company that has done a model of WWII aircraft has a FW-190 in its catalog. As is customary decal variants are between 1 and 4, and most feature aircraft of certain ace pilot – e.g. Josef Priller or Hans-Ulrich Rudel. This sheet is no different, and it does feature TWO options for Priller’s mount, but it’s got a few more tricks up its sleeve.

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Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050

P-47 was the heaviest single-seat fighter of WW2 and a popular modelling subject. There have been numerous decal sheets, but none of them offer as many options as this one.

Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050
Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050

Skymodels’ sheet for the mighty Jug offers 30 (!) different options from C to the N models, from all war theaters.

Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050
Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050

The various options comprise radio codes, nose art, serial numbers, victory markings, etc. In addition there are THREE types of national insignia, the full stenciling AND an instrument panel decal available.

Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050
Stencils, prop stickers, instrument panel decal
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Begemot Decals MiG-25 Foxbat full stencil, 72-016

The MiG-25 was a wonder aircraft in terms of technical solutions, aerodynamic scheme and application versatility for an airframe this big and this fast.

For an aircraft this influential and famous its very odd we have less than 10 kits available in all scales. Just 3 of them in the 72nd scale:

– the old Hasegawa kit (reissued and poorly copied countless times though that wouldn’t count),

– the Berkut family of single- and two-seater (the sole kit of the U training version AT ALL),

– the much more recent ICM kit.

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