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The best of 2013 Over the end of the year, we are offering a preview of the best articles we were proud to have during 2013. Enjoy them and happy new year.

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By Mario Covalski

Realistic wire wheels for 1/12 scale motorcycles One of the biggest challenges for a modeler who builds motorcycles in 1/12 scale, is to modify a wire wheel and make it look realistic; specially without having to buy an aftermarket kit. Anyway, there are no kits for this kind of modification (except for one of the Acu-stion for the Tamiya XV1600 kit), so it's not possible to get one. So any modeler attempting to do this task must rely in his/her ability in order, to get a good result.

By Gary Wickham

Advanced techniques: Building the P-51D Mustang "Lt Col John Myers" Petie 3rd Dragon 1/32 scale The infamous Dragon P-51D in 1/32. This model was started before Tamiya announced their kit, and I have to admit that during this build I did consider scrapping it more than once. In the end, I am very glad I did not. Despite the challenges and limitations of this kit, I am very happy (and proud) of the end result.

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes

Building the Mini Cooper S Countryman, a guide for beginners Hasegawa #24121 - 1/24 scale The aim of this article is to give the reader a detailed and comprehensive guide. Here you’ll have typical indications for the most experienced modelers but very useful for newcomers or for those about to take their first steps into scale model cars. In spite that this kit is simple, it’s very important to follow the instructions to avoid unexpected surprises. In spite that modelers use to skip or change the order in the instruction steps, I’ll build this kit as per instructions.

By Mario Covalski

Building an improving the Protar Mclaren MP 4/2C - 1/12 scale ( revised with new pictures) My objective when I built the PM4/2 was to have a depiction of that car, with the quality aspect of Tamiya's McLaren MP4/6 kit, due to the similarity of both cars, and the building materials. The purpose of this note would not be to tell you how I built the model, because this kit has been discontinued more than ten years ago, so it is quite difficult to get one. I don't think it is reasonable to write a thorough note on specific details; so I will concentrate in general detailing that can be applied to other models with similar characteristics... and quality.

By Mario Covalski

Tamiya Caterhams, a step by step guide for novices 1/12 scale The first Catherham from Tamiya coming to my hands at the end of 1994, was the “Cycle Fender Special” (10202), since the “Super Seven BDR was out of stock, and it was impossible for me to get it from the stores I used to buy kits. From that moment on, my affair with which, I think is the best scale car kit ever produced, began. And here my comment: probably, you have seen better detailed kits, or even superb models limited editions.

By Roberto Jacobone

Tamiya Porsche 911, A weekend project for novices 1/24 scale This Porsche 911 has been built in a few nights to be entered at the “Trofeo Tamiya” which took place the day I completed the model. I normally have no problems in starting new projects but then I struggle to finish one, except if I have to enter a contest. At that time the 911 Carrera was a relatively new issued kit, so mine would have been the first one seen at a contest in my area, that’s the reason why I choose a non-standard eye-catching color and showy wheels.

By Patricio Delfosse

Detailing and weathering the JSU-122 Dragon #6013 1/35 scale This note aims at showing the corrections made from scratch, as well as pointing out the necessary modifications to include the Eduard's improvement set to the kit. Also, I focused on the painting aspects to get a weathered effect.

By Denis R.S.Bomfim

Building rusted cars - VW 1966 - 1/24 scale It all started with a joke, I built a rusted Mustang GT 350 to make a gift to a friend who only builds Mustangs. It was at a modelers meeting when he received a homage and the joke consisted of letting him know the arduous remodeling and restoration work he would have with this rusted Mustang. I took advantage of my work and presented it in a contest that took place in Campinas city. Finally, the model was “best of the show” and they called me mad for giving a winning model. My answer was.... I will have to make another rusted model for me.

By Mario Covalski

Building 1/12 F1 resin model kits: A step by step guide for novices This article aims at offering an illustrated guide, with pictures, explaining step by step the tasks that should be done, how to and the reasons, it’s basically a visual guide, based on the construction of two MG models: the 2002 Ferrari and the 2003- GA.

By William Chan

How to build a winner Ferrari 310B, first place TamCon 2003, Tamiya 1/20 scale F310B was a 1997 Ferrari F1 contender. It was very close to take away world championship from Jacque Villeneuve that year until the final nasty collision caused by Michael Schumacher. As a result, Schumacher was the one got thrown off the track and Villeneuve went on the win the driver championship. Later Schumacher was disqualified that year too. Very memorable year especially when Schumacher was fighting all points back and it made thing exciting.

By William Chan

How to build a winner. Ferrari F2001B (First place TamCon 2005) 1/20 scale Here William offers us a large article, step by step, with pictures during the whole building and a commentary about what we are looking, he calls this a diary, but I think that’s the state of the art of the patience to take pictures. Thanks for the time and effort William spent on writing this article for Modeler Site.

By Alessandro Prini

A cutaway Testarossa Tamiya 1/24 Usually I am not concerned with production cars but, inspirated by some drawings published in Quattroruote (the most important Italian cars magazine) during the 80’s, I decided to start a series of cutaway models, revealing the beautiful technique hidden under their body panels. Some sport cars from the Tamiya range (namely Ferrari) are the perfect bases to carry out this long-term project, so let’s begin with the Testarossa.

Techniques | Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | September 2014

Building the Porsche 911 GT3-R Red Bull 1/24 scale


By Alessandro Prini | 29.08.2014 12:04
The result showed below, is a mix of Tamiya 1/24 Porsche 911 GT3, Scale Production GT3-R transkit, Quik Skins BMW M3 Gtr wheels, Scale Production and Carpena Red Bull decals sets. The Tamiya GT3 is a curbside model, lovely as usual, with the exception of the doors fenders (definitely oversized), taillights and headlights in the area of the turn signals (too simplified).

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Techniques | Armor | 1/16 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | September 2014

Building the M4A3 76mm Sherman R/C from Heng long and Tamiya parts – 1/16 scale


By Mario Covalski | 28.08.2014 13:00
The aim of this article is to share with the reader the work accomplished to fulfill this version based on the pictures taken during the construction and the materials used for it. It’s necessary to have some experience because I’ll neither go deeper in the basic constructions topics nor in the electronics or wiring, is an article oriented to the static model appearance, then each one will add what he/she wants depending on their skills, liking and budget.

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Techniques | Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | September 2014

Building the Hobby Fan M5 High Speed Tractor 1/35 scale


By Federico Collada | 28.08.2014 12:52
I think I may have built more than 20 models of the M3 and variants from many firms and each time I have a new one I feel very excited, so when I received this M5 tractor I felt like I recovered that same old excitement and I just could not wait to start with it. Although this was the first time that I had a kit from Hobby Fan I expected it to be as good as any other……or as bad.

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Techniques | Airplanes | 1/48 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | August 2014

Building the Zvezda Lavochkin La-5 FN 1/48 scale


By Jaime Pastor Pueyo | 31.07.2014 12:06
First impression the kit produced me was pleasure. Zvedza had made a great work in their incursion to this scale. Perhaps the quality is not comparable with the last news of the more well known brands, but we are speaking about a kit fully detailed comprising 110 parts with excellent fit and the weak point is the lack of details regarding ASh-82 FN engine. Though this does not mean a problem, if we compare the excellent Karaya resin engine or just as I did, we leave all the access doors closed, and the engine will not be visible, of course.

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Techniques | Formula One | 1/12 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | August 2014

Restoring and detailing an old Tamiya Lotus 49B 1/12 scale


By Keiichi Aoki | 31.07.2014 11:58
In 1970 when I was a little child, my parents bought me the 1/12 Tamiya Gold Leaf Lotus 49B. After 44 years and accidentally I discovered the model kept in an attic at my parents’ house. Fortunately, no part was lost, but obviously quality of construction was very poor, with no major modification and barely painted as well; remember I was a child who didn’t have neither a micro drill or other tools which are considered basic nowadays. Besides, many of the suspension parts even existent, were broken.

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Techniques | Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | August 2014

Building the AEC Dorchester DAK from SKP Model 1/35 scale


By Federico Collada | 29.07.2014 11:50
The AEC Dorchester 4x4 was one of the most common ACV (Armoured Command Vehicle) that the British Associated Equipment Company produced during the World War II, based on the AEC 0853 Matador 4x4 chassis. It was a simple armoured bus with a lot of space inside which made it very popular within the army, so popular that even Edwin Rommel himself used a couple of these trucks captured during the African campaign and named Max and Moritz. As you know the guys of SKP were the first to release theirs and they did it in two different versions, a “normal” one with allied decorations and then this one I made, the Rommel´s captured ones. The painting section of this article will be also valid for the AFV club one.

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Techniques | Motorcycles | 1/6 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | July 2014

Building the Tamiya Honda MB50Z 1/6 scale


By Guy Golsteyn | 30.06.2014 11:29
I have a strong nostalgic band with this bike. My first motorized vehicle was a Honda MT50, the trial version of a Honda MB50, which was more like a street machine. Back in 1979 I hesitated for a while about which model I would purchase, but since my brother went for the MT I decided to do the same.

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Techniques | Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | July 2014

Building the Kübelwagen Type 82 Holzgas from a Tamiya kit - 1/35 scale


By Federico Collada | 30.06.2014 11:23
Some years ago a friend of mine gifted me a resin kit, he had made, to convert the Tamiya Type 82 Kübelwagen into a Holzgas powered vehicle. Before that moment I have never seen a picture of such car and when I finally found one it seemed quite peculiar to me. The prominent hunch on the hood gave it a very different look from the normal Kübelwagen. Editor note: The author refers to a garage kit made by a friend of him, the brand was XS-Project and is not available anymore. Nowadays you can find the Aires kit #3011 for the Tamiya or Hasegawa kits.

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Techniques | Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | July 2014

Building a 1927 Ford hotrod 1/24 scale


By Hakan Guney | 30.06.2014 11:18
I wanted to build a hotrod but as there wasn’t a complete kit that satisfied me, I decided to build my own, starting from parts coming from different kits I had in my spare box and stash.

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Techniques | Motorcycles | 1/12 Scale | PDF Articles | 2010 | June 2014

Building and improving the Honda RC166 GP Racer: a step by step for novices - Tamiya 1/12 scale


By Martin Klein | 17.06.2014 11:20
The Honda RC166 is the first historical racing bike of the 60’s that Tamiya ever made. This era of racing was full of technical innovations and so the RC166 is a 250cc 6 cylinder 4 stroke engine with 4 valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts.

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Techniques | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2008 | June 2014

Building the Porsche 908/80 Le Mans 24 hours 1980 from a Tamiya 936 kit 1/24 scale


By Guy Golsteyn | 09.06.2014 12:03
To be able to execute this conversion I needed a 1/24 Tamiya Porsche 936 as a base. The question was: which one? Tamiya has two kits available: the 1977 Porsche 936 and the 1978 Porsche 936. More research learned me that the Porsche 908/80 in fact turns out to be a mixture of both models. The overall shape of the Porsche 908/80 comes closest to the 1977 Porsche 936, with the high side wings holding a large rear spoiler. But behind the air scoop of the 1977 Porsche are four air intakes which are not present on the 908/80. The central air intake, escorted by two air intakes to both sides and covered by some protective mesh caps are identical as shown on the 1978 model. So I decided to use the 1977 model as a base on which I made the 1978 adaptations. Finally I could start modeling!

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Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | June 2014

Building the Tasca Sherman Firefly Ic 1/35 scale


By Federico Collada | 01.06.2014 12:31
So what can I say about this new model? It is another superb model, plenty of delicate details and perfectly finished pieces. If there is something that I would change in the box it would be including a separate links tracks and a metal turned barrel as an option to the plastic two-pieces one. The box includes a little decals sheet with options for two British vehicles and one Canadian but I used a Bison Decals option for a Canadian vehicle that I already had just to alter a little.

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Formula One | Cars | 1/20 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | June 2014

Building the MFH Honda RA300/01 #K320 1/20 scale


By Edgardo Azzollini | 24.05.2014 12:01
This article aims at sharing with the reader, my experience building the model that represents the car which won the 1967 Italian Grand Prix in the hands of John Surtees. Taking advantage of the opportunity of the step by step pictures I’ve been taking, the article will be based on commenting them.

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Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | May 2014

Building the FCM 36 from Azimut Productions AZP35065 1/35 scale


By Laurent Rolleri | 01.05.2014 11:41
I’m a great enthusiast of kits that represent French tanks from WWII to nowadays. After building the Somua S35 and the AMZ-30, I devoted my attention to a kit that had been waiting in my stash since time ago, the FCM36 from Azimt Productions.

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Airplanes | 1/48 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | April 2014

Building the Northrop P-61A Black Widow from Great Wall Hobby 1/48 scale


By Gary Wickham | 01.04.2014 12:24
I have always liked the P-61. I've had a couple of the old Monogram kit in my stash for as long as I can remember, but never found the motivation to undertake the rescribing and correcting project needed to bring that model up to speed. Along comes the Great Wall Hobby P-61. The first boxing received some justified criticism for glaring errors. To the great credit of GWH they corrected almost all of the problems in the second boxing (the so called "glass nose" P-61A). To date GWH have not released a P-61B.

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Formula One | 1/20 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | April 2014

Building the Tamiya Lotus 79: for novices 1/20 scale


By Martin Klein | 01.04.2014 11:52
The Tamiya kit allows building two versions: the early version equipped with vertical oil coolers in the left sidepod and the later 79 version where the oil coolers had been rearranged in a similar (tilted) shape like the water radiator. The kit provides the coolers and corresponding fairings for both versions. The kit monocoque recreates the chassis numbers 2 to 4 (the first chassis had a different top section in front of the driver) so that it is possible to build all Lotus 79 versions raced from Belgium 1978 towards the end of that season. I decided to build the Belgium version where the Lotus 79 took its maiden victory in the hands of Mario Andretti who went on to win the 78 championship.

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Techniques | Airplanes | 1/48 Scale | PDF Articles | 2007 | June 2014

Improving the Boeing P-26 Peashooter, step by step Academy 1/48 scale


By Mario Zagami | 11.06.2014 12:47
We are talking about the 1/48 Academy (#2179) Peashooter kit, comprises 89 parts one of which is the clear part. It also includes decals to build three versions: two of the 94th Pursuit Squadron 1935-36 and 19th Pursuit Squadron Hawaii 1940. Though it is not a “tamigawa” kit, it’s good, including basic details and appearing dimensionally correct. It offers high quality injection molded parts without flashes, featuring recessed panel lines. The following article describe the construction and improvement made in the kit in order to get an accurate and more detailed model.

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Motorcycles | 1/6 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | June 2014

Customizing the Tamiya Suzuki Katana GSX 1100S 1/6 scale


By Mario Covalski | 29.05.2014 11:57
For the modelers like me, that build several kits annually, few new kits during several years is frustrating. Wishing to find more fun I couldn't see other way that modifying an existent model. In this article I show my customized Katana. As I would like my 1/1 Katana were, if I had one of course. (the civilian vehicles allow us certain artistic licenses). To simplify things, I worked with simple modifications, that anybody can realize, or take the idea for an own project. I decided that it had to be a quick and funny project, not an incredible one but tedious and endless.  

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Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | June 2014

Detailing the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII Wrc Tamiya 1/24 scale


By Alessandro Prini | 27.05.2014 12:26
Following the “cutaway” mood of my Enzo and Testarossa, years ago in the same period I decided to cut even a World Rally Car. At that time Tamiya released its beautiful Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII WRC, available were also some fine upgrade sets, so I had no doubts …and started cutting.

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Motorcycles | 1/12 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | May 2014

Building the Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1 2005 for novices 1/12 scale


By Ricardo Gonzalez | 23.05.2014 13:18
This article aims at sharing my experience building this model. Nowadays, there’s a lot of aftermarket available that can be added to a Tamiya Yamaha, but this also involves time and higher level of skill. The model shown here looks detailed although it received additions that a not very experienced modeler could achieve. Along this article I’ll only explained what is considered as “extra details”. The rest will be found in the instructions indications.

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Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | May 2014

Improving the ICM T28 ref # 35031 1/35 scale


By Patricio Delfosse | 22.05.2014 12:16
The ICM kit allows us to build two T-28 versions, that only differ just for the kind of cannon mounted on the main turret. These tanks production was very reduced, with only 503 units built. The manufacture was largely manual and in small batches distributed along eight years (1933-1949), with just small differences between each other. According to the vehicle we have as reference, we’ll see some differences with respect to this kit.

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Cars | 1/25 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | May 2014

Improving the Revell 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 1/25 scale


By Marcos Cruz | 01.05.2014 11:34
We all have our favourite automotive genres and subjects when it comes to building models and while I consider myself to be pretty versatile, nothing pumps me more than having a Muscle Car on my table as my next project. The newly released Revell Hemi 'Cuda is one of those eagerly awaited kits and one that I just had to build once it became available. The kit offers two different build options, one is a street machine version and the other is a factory stock version. I decided to go with the factory stock version but opted to use different tires and wheels.

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Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2012 | April 2014

Building the Hobby Boss 152mm ShkH DANA vz.77 – #85501 1/35 scale


By Pablo Raggi | 10.04.2014 10:50
DANA means Delo Automobilní Nabíjené Automaticky, in other words: self-propelled auto-loading gun., an innovator concept The DANA was one of the first truck or wheeled large calibre artillery pieces when it was designed in the 1970s by ZTS Bubnica nad Vahom. Based on a Tatra 8x8 truck the vehicle was, and is, quite advanced with a 152mm gun.

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Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | April 2014

Superdetailing the Italeri M110 1/35 scale


By Pablo Raggi | 27.03.2014 10:49
Some time ago I took an interest in a particular vehicle, more specifically in the M-107/ M-110 series. Time ago, I had modified and detailed several kits, but on opening the box, I realized this one was different. The kits I had built before, have never given me so much work as I would have if I started one of these projects. Besides, the basic kit from Italeri was terrible, as if destiny had determined I should not do that. But of course, I didn’t become discouraged.  Here you have a guide in order to plan, assemble and intend to finish a difficult kit without dying in the attempt.

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Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2012 | March 2014

Building the VW Golf GTI ABT from the Fujimi kit – 1/24 scale


By Fabrice Marechal | 14.03.2014 18:40
ABT Sportsline is a motor racing and auto tuning company based in Kempten im Allgäu, Germany. ABT mainly deals with Audi, and the related primary Volkswagen Group brands - Volkswagen, Škoda, and SEAT. It was clear that ABT would not be satisfied just by preparing the new Golf but they would give to the Volkswagen Golf GTI a special treatment as the king of the compacts deserve.

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Armor | 1/16 Scale | Online Articles | 2014 | March 2014

Trumpeter / WSN T-34/85 RC 1/16 scale


By Mario Covalski | 11.03.2014 14:04
This is the RC version of the trumpeter T34 1/16 scale kit. I painted it with a mix of green enamels and made the weathering (a modest one having in account how the T-34 were battered) with acrylics and pigments. 

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Airplanes | 1/32 Scale | PDF Articles | 2011 | March 2014

Building the Wingnuts Wings Albatros D.V #32009 - 1/32 scale


By Michael Capell | 05.03.2014 10:20
If I had to choose my favorite aircraft from the WW1 era, it would have to the Albatros D.V. For me it has a certain character and design which makes it stand out from the crowd. Add the four different colour schemes included , with more on the way, makes it a must buy for the discerning modeller.

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Cars | 1/20 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | March 2014

Building the Lotus 72C 1970 in 3 versions: British - Italian practice & USA GPs - MFH / Ebbro - 1/20 scale


By Edgardo Azzollini | 28.02.2014 11:35
When I started to build the Lotus 72 and having the Ebbro and MFH kits, I decided to tackle the three versions of the same car used during 1970. The kits have several mistakes, in my opinion, but finally the relation price / result is good and once finished the model is a superb piece that represents well the Colin Chapman’s creation.

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Airplanes | 1/72 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | March 2014

Building the Huma Models Ju288C V103 - 1/72 scale


By Francisco Soldan Alfaro | 26.02.2014 10:48
Fortunately, this beautiful aircraft is on the market in 1/72 scale from Huma Models in the V103 version of the Ju288C. Another 1/72 kit, vacuum- formed and with perfect finish of the Ju288 A V3 had previously been released by Airmodel.

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Cars | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2008 | February 2014

Building the Revell Mercedes Benz 1450 LS racetruck 1/25 scale


By Guy Golsteyn | 04.02.2014 10:59
I have been building model cars since the seventies, and amongst the hundreds of models I've built, there is exactly one single truck. About time I started building another truck, and in this case it will be a racetruck. It is the Mercedes 1450 LS in which Steve Parrish became European Champion Truckracing in 1990. The Revell kit is based on the truck as it raced during the Nürburgring GP in which Parrish came second, so that's the one I will be building. The scale of the truck is not 1/24, as you would expect, but 1/25.

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Techniques | Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | February 2014

Improving the AFV Club M10 Wolverine #35024 - 1/35 scale


By Eduardo Andreoli | 31.01.2014 10:24
Up to a few years ago, if you wanted to have a M10 in your showcase, the only possible option was the Tamiya kit in the M10A1 version. A very bad kit indeed that was almost impossible to correct. By that time, a resin option offered by Accurate Armor (Ref K26 in their catalogue) already existed, but it was much more expensive than any plastic kit. Only when nearly at the same time, AFV (Ref: 35024) and Academy (Ref: 1393) decide to manufacture a M10, there we find an excellent value for money. Neither of these kits is absolutely outstanding, but at least they are a great step forward with respect to the old Tamiya´s mould.

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Building the Porsche Turbo RSR 934 Jagermeister – Tamiya #24328 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 14.10.2013 17:30
It was in 1978 when I saw for the first time, the Tamiya Porsche 934 at a hobby shop. Though, the 1/12 model was built straight from the box and without paint, the details seemed to be surrealist and impossible to imagine up to that mome...

Building the P-51D Mustang "Capt. Glenn Martin Webb" Glengary Guy - Tamiya 1/32 scale

By Gary Wickham | 16.05.2013 13:49
The glorious Tamiya P-51D in 1/32. This model was started immediately after I finished my battle with the Dragon P-51D. As you would expect there is no comparison between the two as this kit from Tamiya almost builds itself. Having said tha...

Ultimate guide to build the Dragon Flak 36 (ref.6260) 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 20.04.2013 10:01
The Dragon Flak 36 is one of the last moulds from this company. Together with the initial and late versions of the Tiger(s) and the Panzer IV, make up a trilogy that shows a new tendency in modeling, where besides of offering plastic and...

Building the Steve Mcqueen Porsche 917k from a Fujimi kit 1/24 scale

By Philip Curtis | 11.04.2013 10:30
To any follower of motor racing history the Porsche 917 needs no introduction. The kit is available in several different versions including the 1970 Le Mans number 20 Gulf car that I have used. For this build I also used Studio 27 photo ...

Improving the Fokker Dr.1 - Roden 1/32 scale

By Claudio Kalicinski | 03.02.2013 23:11
The kit was manufactured by the Ukrainian company, Roden and without doubt is the best Fokker Dr.1 kit in 1/32. Regrettably, it perpetuates some mistakes common to previous models of the Fokker Dr.1 because all of them have been based on...

Superdetailing the Tamiya Ferrari 641 1/12 scale (revised with new pictures)

By Mario Covalski | 09.01.2013 10:03
This article to be useful to anybody who wants to pursue this project, I decided to write it in the form of an instruction manual, following the steps set forth in the Tamiya's instruction manual, but also indicating all modification...

Kitbashing the Yamaha YZR M-1 Moto GP 2005 - Tamiya 1/12 scale

By Jose I. Hernandez Diez
Tamiya have been offering high quality motorcycles kits very detailed and good presentation. If you add to this the modern detail sets, the result will be a superb museum piece that will look striking in any showcase, this is the case of...

Superdetailing the Tamiya Jordan 191 - 1/20 scale

By Joachim Kutt
This build report is about superdetailing the 1/20 Tamiya kit and turning the Jordan 191 into Schumacher’s ride. The kit, a typical Tamiya product of the time, represents the Silverstone race version most closely, so some modificat...

Ultimate guide for the Trumpeter Ford GT-40. Step by step build - 1/12 scale

By Fabrice Marechal
Probably this has been for many years one of the most desirable kits in 1/12 scale. This article aims at leading the reader into the building process, solving several problems of the kit due to the lack of details or wrong represented an...

Improving the Dodge Charger '73 Street Machine – MPC 1/16 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes
MPC stopped manufacturing their kits since many years ago, but now we can enjoy them again since that brand which was eventually absorbed by Ertl, today has been resurrected by Round 2 models that have been releasing during the last year...

Building the Re-8 Harry Tate Wingnut Wings #32012 1/32 scale

By Michael Capell
Looking at the kits plans the rigging looked daunting to put it mildly. Not only that but there is also additional rigging on the top wing as well, oh dear! We all know of Wingnuts much deserved accolades so instead of repeating how ...

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Formula One | Cars | 1/20 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | February 2014

Building the MFH 1967 Eagle T1G - Belgian GP winner - K297 1/20 scale


By Edgardo Azzollini | 28.01.2014 09:24
The Eagle first appeared in F1 racing at the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix. The Weslake engine appeared in the car at the 1966 Italian GP. The chassis was of the “cigar tube” type, constructed from 90% aluminum alloy, with steel reinforcement. As the car was developed, titanium replaced steel for these reinforcement, and thanks to the lightweight achieved the 104 became the winning chassis with Gurney at the wheel. Besides the weight other changes were done on the car but these will be commented later in the article.

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Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2006 | January 2014

Building the Porsche 911 Rsr 3.8 - Daytona 24hrs 1/24 scale


By Alessandro Prini | 23.01.2014 11:05
Since years I was willing to try a “fusion” among the Fujimi 911 Rsr and the Tamiya 911 GT2. I always loved this car and, since the Fujimi kit features street components instead of racing ones, the merging was mandatory.  

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Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2006 | January 2014

Improving the Trumpeter 12.8cm Sf. L/61 (Pz.Sf.V) Sturer emil #00350 - 1/35 scale


By Pablo Raggi | 23.01.2014 11:04
This kit is one of those that you think you’ll never wish to build until some manufacturer introduce one injected in plastic, with good quality details and comparatively inexpensive…something nearly impossible. But Trumpeter made my wishes came true to perfection…In 1938 Henschet started to manufacture a VK30.01(H) prototype. But in 1941 the project was given up to start with the VK36.01 (H) which would give rise to the famous Tiger. By that moment there were several operational VK30.01 (H) chassis. It was decided that two of them, would take the 12,8 cm KL/61 Rheinmetall which was an adaptation of the 12,8 cm Flak Gërat 40. So, the hull of the VK30.01 (H) was lengthened and an eighth wheel was added besides of building a superstructure without roof to protect the crew. The unofficial name of these vehicles was Sturer Emil, though this name doesn’t appear in any official document.

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Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2007 | January 2014

Building the Ferrari FXX 1/24 scale


By Alessandro Prini | 15.01.2014 21:07
I have already admitted I do not like the Enzo and, less than ever, now the Fxx. Difficult, in my opinion to build something more ugly, but this car is pure technology and the E.Jan transkit sounded immediately like an interesting challenging project. Once studied the contents, I opted to replicate the Fxx lifted on air jacks, wheels off and doors opened. Obviously with the engine well visible.

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Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | January 2014

Building the Tamiya Mazda 787B #24326: step by step for novices - 1/24 scale


By Fabrice Marechal | 01.01.2014 11:48
In 1991 Mazda became the first Japanese manufacturer to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Mazda was also the only that produced rotary engines for competition use. Tamiya have offered the 787B chassis #002 in its 1991 Le Mans “Charge” livery. The kit of this article is a reissue of the white 787 and 787B that competed at Le Mans in 1991. Note that #18 is 787B chassis 001, whilst #56 is 787 chassis 002. The 18 finished 6th and 56 finished 8th overall at the 1991 Le Mans race.  

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Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | January 2014

Building the Das Werk Miniatures 1/35 Unimog Syrian version #35100 - 1/35 scale


By Pablo Raggi | 01.01.2014 09:40
At the beginning of the 50s, Daimler Benz took over manufacture of the Unimog and means UNIversal MOtor Gerät, being Gerät the German word for machine or device. Its four-wheel drive and suspension design allowed the truck to comfortably drive not only on paved roads but over extremely uneven terrain. So much so that many armed forces purchased them in a variety of variants with an equally impressive number of uses: cargo/troop transport, communications vehicles, ambulance, fire engines etc. etc. One of these countries was Syrian that used them as cargo/troop transport and mounting them anti aircraft devices, created an armed version that would be used later by the South Lebanon Army.

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Airplanes | 1/48 Scale | PDF Articles | December | 2013 | December 2013

Improving the Hanriot HD.1 Eduard 1/48 scale


By Claudio Kalicinski | 31.12.2013 10:58
The kit offers two versions: the Italian of the 78 Squadriglia and the other is the Belgian fighter piloted by Willy Coppens who scored 37 victories flying Hanriots, becoming not only the maximum Belgian ace but also developing an especial expertise in shooting down enemy observation balloons. I decided to represent the machine piloted by Coppens in mid 1918. It’s a Hanriot HD.1 that belonged to the 9me escadrille “Le Chardon”

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Editorials | Online Articles | December | 2013 | December 2013

The best of 2013


By Modeler Site | 23.12.2013 11:12
Over the end of the year, we are offering a preview of the best articles we were proud to have during 2013. Enjoy them and happy new year.

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Cars | 1/12 Scale | PDF Articles | December | 2013 | December 2013

Building the Tamiya Porsche Carrera GT: for novices - 1/12 scale


By Keith Christie | 23.12.2013 10:35
Tamiya introduced this kit after the success of the 1/12 masterwork series of models. This is the second in the series released in December 2012 after the Ferrari Enzo. This article is devoted to novices so as to help them to build, which is perhaps, their first 1/12 model car.

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Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | December | 2013 | December 2013

Building the Bronco M-24 Chaffee #35069 1/35 scale


By David Guardia | 23.12.2013 10:28
My dear friend, J.J Aos, who is himself an encyclopedia, gave me all the necessary information to place it in Pakistan. Although it is common to find pictures of Chaffles of late production, the early ones were also seen, included in the last Pakistan's 1971 conflict with India. Of course, exactly when I finished my model painting, Bronco Models offer the final release, Have you heard of Murphy’s law…?

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Formula One | 1/12 Scale | PDF Articles | 2008 | December 2013

Detailing the Tamiya Matra MS-11 1/12 scale


By Keiichi Aoki | 17.12.2013 21:27
My regular modeling has to do with AFV models, but at a certain time I felt “captivated” by the sleek lines and shapes of car bodies; but as an AFV modeler, I usually look for super detailing both out and inside the model. Because of that, F1 racing cars best satisfy my quest for super detailing in every model I build. That takes me to the fact that a sleek body must be mated to a chassis and engine-transaxle combination with a good deal of detailing. Current F1 cars don’t fit in that “category” due to the aerodynamic body that covers all the innards. That is why my choice went towards old cars, so I chose the HONDA F1 RA273 which raced in the 1966 Italian Grand Prix as my first “incursion” in F1 modeling.

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Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2011 | December 2013

Building the Tamiya Nissan GT-R: painting a step by step for novices #24300 - 1/24 scale


By Fabrice Marechal | 14.12.2013 10:29
Upon opening the Nissan GR-R box, what attracts attention is that the body is molded in light gray (looks as if primed) with interior and chassis parts molded in black. In my opinion, it would have been more practical to have a white body. Beautifully plated –matte chrome parts are provided for the stylish wheels and other parts. Among other features you may add, the engine, clear plastic parts, decals, masks for the windshields, nylon meshes, metal transfers and the tires. Tamiya made them out of a material that makes them look less real than the ones provided with previous kits..

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Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2006 | December 2013

Improving the Fujimi Ferrari F430 Option Version: step by step 1/24 scale


By Alessandro Prini | 04.12.2013 23:02
Rarely I’m building street versions of the supercars. I was honestly waiting for the Tecnomodel F430 GT when, upon request, I started working on one of the latest release from Fujimi: the Ferrari F430 Option Version, which differs from the standard one for the BBS wheels and the racing seats. Hmm… that’s ok, not a pure street version …it sounds better. The project will feature some improvements in the engine bay and, for the first time, I’ll use a Crazy Modeler product, a specific etched upgrading set intended for the Fujimi tool. Let’s go on.

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Airplanes | 1/48 Scale | PDF Articles | 2006 | December 2013

Building the OV-1D Mohawk of the Argentine Army. Anniversary version Roden 1/48 scale


By Jorge Juarez | 04.12.2013 10:48
After having been withdrawn from the US Army, it was transferred to the Argentine Army arriving to the country on December 24th 1992 piloted by Lieutenant colonel Carlos Spika. It was assigned to the 603 squadron for pilots’ training purposes. Then, it was destined to the 601 Squadron, first operative unit of this airplane.

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Cars | 1/12 Scale | PDF Articles | 2003 | November 2013

Improving the Tamiya Porsche 910 1/12 scale


By Hugh Rockwell | 25.11.2013 11:30
I purchased at HobbyLink Japan a set of Studio 27 Nurburgring decals and had planned to build the car in that silver livery but when I was looking through old Excellence magazines for reference, I found an article on a 904 which was privately campaigned by Ben Pon in 1964-65. His cars were finished in a bright orange in honor of his home country, the Netherlands. I decided that would be a good livery for the 910....

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Formula One | 1/20 Scale | PDF Articles | 2010 | November 2013

Improving the Fujimi Ferrari 248 - 1/20 scale


By Francisco Rivas Pose | 10.11.2013 11:06
This kit was announced as Schumacher’s last F1 car and represented the single-seater he raced in 2006 Brazil GP. Except for a few details, it’s a faithful replica. My intention was not to build an exact version that ran in one particular Grand Prix but to give my model as much detail as possible, in fact, I neither had the intention to show the model with the wings and cowling in place since I wanted to leave the engine with plenty of detail visible.

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Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2010 | July 2010

Building the Fujimi Ferrari 330P4 1967 Le-Mans: for novices - #123073 - 1/24 scale


By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 03.11.2013 10:48
First of all, it’s necessary to take a look inside the box to be sure if the content is complete and in perfect conditions. One of the most common and discouraging problems is that once the project has started, we can find out that there are broken or missing parts.

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Formula One | Cars | 1/12 Scale | PDF Articles | 2003 | November 2013

Building the James Hunt 1976 McLaren M23 1/12 scale


By Mario Covalski | 30.10.2013 11:22
Three years ago I bought Chevron's conversion trilogy for the Ferrari 312T to T2 '77, the Tyrrell '76 to '77, and the M23 '74 to '76. Within a year, I built the two first kits and let the McLaren for the "proper" moment (inspiration, motivation, etc.). A few months ago I had the opportunity to convince a Japanese modeler, Mr. Kenji Yagi, to translate a few pages of the instruction manual for me. This translation is available to any modeler interested on it, I will gladly send it by e-mail.

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Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2013 | November 2013

Building the JGSD Type 10 - Tamiya #35329 1/35 scale


By Patricio Delfosse | 23.10.2013 12:02
The arrival of the Tamiya kit to the market was a partial surprise. Although, it’s true that outside of Japan this was not a subject that modelers were crying out for, due to their history Tamiya felt that it was almost a must to manufacture the most recent Japanese MBT. In spite that it is not an interesting vehicle for the occidental modeling world, the new Tamiya kit is always welcome.

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