Category Archives: Accessory reviews

T-72 and T-90 wheels in 1/72: OKB Grigorov vs kit wheels

T-72B in Sofia, National Museum of Military History
T-72B in Sofia, National Museum of Military History

The T-72 main battle tank is one of the most recognizable combat machines very much thanks to the mass of real-time broadcast conflicts it’s participated in during the past 3 decades. A lot of companies have released model kits, including in 1/72 scale.

Two types of roadwheels have been used during the 72’s production run: the “8-hole” (early) and the “6-hole” (late) types. They were identical in diameter and rim width – 750mm and 190mm respectively. This scales down to approx. 10,4 and 2,6mm in 1/72.

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OKB Grigorov tracks for T-90, set 72111

T-90 has been in the fantasies of a lot of Braille scale folk in the recent years. There was the ACE kit, then more recently the Revell cast and welded turret models. Tracks on all were on the underdetailed side. This set from OKB Grigorov solves the problem.

OKB Grigorov tracks for T-90, set 72111
OKB Grigorov tracks for T-90, set 72111

Now with the Zvezda T-90 out you’d imagine we have the definitive kit with great tracks. Alas, although Zvezda did create an impressive kit, the tracks supplied are extremely tense, and the entire running gear can be snapped away trying to put the track runs on.

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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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OKB Grigorov’s Winterketten and Ostketten for Pz III/IV family

OKB Grigorov's Winterketten and Ostketten
OKB Grigorov’s Winterketten and Ostketten

Today I received two of OKB’s latest releases – their Winterketten and Ostketten resin tracks for the Pz III/IV family of armored vehicles. I was impressed with the casting and level of detail, so I am in a hurry to show you what the fuss is all about.

First thing about the track sets is that they are provided in 4 bands per set, each about 102mm long, like so:

OKB Grigorov Ostketten set S72057
OKB Grigorov Ostketten set S72057

Considering you need about 175mm per vehicle side for the lenghtened III/IV chassis on which a Hummel or Nashorn was based – you’re pretty well catered for in terms of spares.

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1/72 Part PE set P72-093 for Revell’s Tiger Ausf.E

Years ago the Poles from Part have released 3 PE sets to improve the molded-on details of both Revell’s Braille scale Tigers. The three packs basically have the same main fret and mesh set, plus a third metal sheet that holds details specific to the version – P72-092 for the Ausf. H, P72-093 for the E, and P72-094 for the H1.

I got myself a set for the late variety, and here it is.

1/72 Part PE set P72-093 for Revell's Tiger Ausf.E - Fret A
Fret A

As you can notice there’s heaps of tiny detail, some so small really you will not even bother remove it from the metal sheet. There’s useful stuff like all the tool retaining straps and clasps, the side mud flaps, the exhaust heat shields, the ammo belt and can for the commander’s MG, as well as the mesh screens that are SO missing from the Revell kits.

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Brassin detail set 648 026 – MiG-21 wheels 1/48

After delivering their exquisite MiG-21MF the Eduard crew went on to produce a number of sets to further improve the appearance of this important machine in 48th scale.

One of the areas that would definitely benefit from an aftermarket set are the tires. Dimensionally correct the kit items are really “bald” and flattening them could result in holes. This set replaces all three kit wheels with beautifully cast resin items, thread present on all three of them. Two hub options, etched details and masks are also included:

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