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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

Why choosing a certain scale? For the last 20 years, I’ve read countless articles, editorials…etc about the scales, Which is the best one?, which is the best for us?…etc; most of the notes I read were technical ones, explaining how and the reason of each scale, pros and cons…etc.

By Rick & Jannine Bennett

Learning to paint figures step by step

By Jose Antonio Solbes

How to paint with lacquers

By Mario Covalski

How to build a model Painting seems something mysterious to all of us modelers, some kind of wizardry out of our knowledge. However, what a big satisfaction we get when we finish our project and we see that it almost reached what we’ve dreamed, and the key to all that is painting.

By Mario Covalski

One more painting technique

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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

Building the Jordanian M47 Patton Italeri 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 28.02.2014 10:45
The following article is about a very popular kit and subject but not very well known version. I think you’ll find it quite interesting. In spite that it was an export product sold to many countries, most of them used it with one-tone paint scheme: green. The Jordanian, according to their needs, changed the paint scheme and this is what makes the model so interesting. The M47 was used by Jordan in the Six Day War. The version is interesting not only due to its new paint scheme different from the usual Olive Green but also to other details: on the first hand the Jordan used a desert camouflage pattern similar to the British style, that’s to say sand with olive green zig zag patches; on the other hand: over this showy scheme, they applied their so particular markings with patriotic nature.


Formula One | Cars | 1/43 Scale | PDF Articles | 2014 | February 2014

Building the Tameo Lotus 72A Gold Leaf - Jochen Rindt 1979 - 1/43 scale

By Juan Madrazo Revilla | 13.02.2014 10:32
This kit belongs to the Tameo WCT series (World Championships), highly detailed, considered as a Multimedia Super kit by those fans of the 1/43 scale models. Basically, it features the body, nose, engine and gear box plus the uprights in white metal, as Tameo usually supply. Its molding quality is good, nearly no flashes. The material is excellent offering no problems at the time of filing the parts.


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.


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.  


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.


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…?


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.


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.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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

Building the Panzer III Ausf M early Dragon #9015 - 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreolli | 07.01.2014 19:39
The kit I’m referring to, is the old Panzer III N/M from Dragon with PE for the fenders from Eduard #35916 originally for the STuG III Ausf C/D. The aim of this article is to share with you the work to convert the Panzer III M late in an early version.  


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”


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

Building the Tamiya Peugeot 307 WRC #24285, 1/24 scale

By Juan Layos Pantoja | 24.12.2013 10:29
The Peugeot 307 is one of the Tamiya last releases of rally cars. It includes a diecast lower chassis that makes the product more expensive and at first this seems to offer no advantage, however, once the model is finished, we realize the importance of this diecast chassis that not only gives the model the necessary weight but also realism. So no extra weight will be needed....


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.


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.


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.


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..


Techniques | Motorcycles | 1/12 Scale | PDF Articles | December | 2013 | December 2013

Building the Tamiya Yoshimura Hayabusa: step by step for novices - 1/12 scale

By Mario Covalski | 10.12.2013 10:26
For those who are motorcycles´ lovers, every Tamiya´s new release is full of expectations …and excitement. The Hayabusa Yoshimura couldn't be the exception, after the success, her "sister", the factory version, had. The goal of this article, is to make comments step by step with photos of the parts and assemblies about some modifications or additions which I'm sure, will be useful, specially for beginners.


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.


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 ...

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 ...


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.


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

Improving the AFV Club M115 8in Howitzer #35S-06 - 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 28.11.2013 11:38
The M115 is the not very attractive brother of the M59 Long Tom. It’s not a kit we see every day, perhaps we, modelers choose to build the M59 Long Tom with which it shares everything but the gun barrel. Anyway, I was interested in building it for two reasons: first, I had already built the Long Tom when I built the M40, that is not more than a Long Tom but self propelled, and second, because the AFV Club Long Tom kit has serious problems with gun’s size. But that’s a topic for another article. To improve several kit parts, I decided to add the old Eduard PE set 35792, the only option available today for this kit.  


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....


Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2008 | November 2013

Building the Ford Escort WRC 1997 - Circuit des Ardennes Rallye, from a Tamiya kit 1/24 scale

By Guy Golsteyn | 14.11.2013 10:35
It has been a while since I last built a rally car model in 1/24 scale. Well, I will not tease the rally fans any longer and get to work: I decided to use a CBCom transkit to convert a Ford Escort group A into a Ford Escort WRC. I'm talking about the Ford Escort used by Belgian rally drivers Patrick Snijers and Dany Colebunders during the 1997 Circuit des Ardennes Rally which unfortunately they didn't finish.


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.


Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2010 | November 2013

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.


Airplanes | 1/48 Scale | PDF Articles | 2010 | November 2013

Building the Corsair Mk.II - Pacific Pirate - Tamiya F4U-1a 1/48 scale

By Jaime Pastor Pueyo | 03.11.2013 10:44
Vought Corsair Mk.II 'Pacific Pirate' - sub Lt Don Sheppard, 1836 sqn, HMS Victorious, January 1945. Not all the Corsairs sported the USAAF markings during the Second World War. Lots of them fought with the Fleet Air Arm from the aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious, Victorious or Formidable: they were the fearsome “Pacific Pirates”. And one of their best pilots, the Canadian Lt Donald J. Sheppard was the onlyone that achieved the As distinction with the Corsair, obtaining four of his five confirmed shoot downs from the Mk.II JT410 and his fifth one from the Mk.II JT537, 4th, 1945.


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.


Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2005 | November 2013

Building the Dragon Panther Ausf G - 1/35 scale

By Pablo Martelli | 30.10.2013 10:31
The Panther is one of the tanks which received most attention from the kits manufacturers. All operational versions were offered, injected in plastic, besides of some which didn’t go beyond the prototype stage. Here, you have a report of the 1/35 D, A and G versions, which can be easily purchased at shops around the world.  


Cars | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2013 | November 2013

Building the VW 1300 Beetle 1963 - Herbie - Tamiya 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 25.10.2013 11:52
The Volkswagen Beetle is undoubtedly one of the most popular cars in all the history. The attractive and singular body’s shape has turned it into an icon in our recent history. At the end of the 60s, Disney Studios decide to immortalize the small car taking it to the cinema screen in Herbie, a movie in which this beetle played a central role and five sequences came later. The first movie The Love Bug which was known in Spain as Ahí va ese Bólido, was premiered in 1969.


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.


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

Building the Lancia Stratos HF Rally #4 Pirelli 1978 San Remo - Doyusha 1/12 scale

By Christian Franke | 23.10.2013 11:54
Doyusha offered both in the 90s and later only the Monte Carlo’s, making finally the San Remo Rally with the Pirelli team livery. I’ve been trying to get this kit but it’s discontinued although still it’s possible to find it from some online stores/shops and on ebay. I bought one that had been partially built, which involves double work, missing parts, etc.  This article aims at sharing with pictures the experience to rescue and old odd kit, improving it to the best of my skills.  


Formula One | 1/20 Scale | PDF Articles | 2007 | October 2013

Building the Model Factory Hiro Ferrari 126C4 M2 - 1/20 scale

By Martin Klein | 22.10.2013 10:59
The Model Factory Hiro kit is a full detail all metal version and most parts are packed in a plastic box so that they are not damaged during transport. MFH recently increased the price significantly but after inspecting the content of the kit I think the kit is definitely worth the money. The M2 is the last of the ’84 versions that has been released by MFH and so many parts are carried over from the early versions. The M2 was only raced in the last 3 races of the season in Italy (Monza), European GP (Nürburgring) and Portugal (Estoril). With the kit you can build the Monza version. (For the races in Portugal and at the Nürburgring the front wing was changed from the delta shape to a square version similar to the one used the following year on the 156/85)


Armor | 1/35 Scale | PDF Articles | 2009 | October 2013

Improving the Pit-Road Russian B-4 M1931 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 17.10.2013 09:45
Impressive as is, this howitzer must be among the first places of an endless lists of classic weapons of Second World War. Its big caliber, strange tracks and its participation in the famous film about the fall of Berlin in 1945, are their letters of introduction. However, it went unnoticed for the most well known injected plastic kits manufacturers. Just the resin kit companies had it in their catalogue, but so pricey as the howitzer itself.


Armor | 1/24 Scale | PDF Articles | 2013 | October 2013

Improving the ZIL-157 – Trumpeter #1001 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 14.10.2013 11:40
The Zil 157 is par excellence perhaps, a general purpose cargo truck and troops transport and for its performance it also served as the tractor for the SA-2 missiles. Although its production stopped many decades ago, still it can be seen in several countries. One of the users of this truck was Egypt and this is the version I decided to do.


Formula One | 1/20 Scale | PDF Articles | 2007 | October 2013

Superdetailing the McLaren M23 Ford Tamiya ref #20002, 1/20

By Guy Golsteyn | 09.10.2013 11:34
I have been collecting all the 1:20 Tamiya F1 kits since Tamiya started producing them back in 1978, but the McLaren M23 was missing from my collection because I had the clever idea to trade the finished model for a bow and arrows once I finished it. So I have been looking for it since ages, until I discovered Ebay some 25 years later. I paid quite a high price to complete my collection with the one missing kit, but it was the very last that I needed, so what the heck.


Cars | 1/12 Scale | Gallery | 2013 | October 2013

Tamiya Caterham: the last ones - 1/12 scale

By Mario Covalski | 02.10.2013 11:21
I have been building the 1/12 Caterham from Tamiya since 1994, right now I don’t remember how many of them I have built but think I did 14 of them. Some were sold other remains in my showcase. In fact I built more as I use to disassemble the old ones and with new techniques and / or inspiration I make new ones, always letting my imagination fly freely.  


Formula One | 1/20 Scale | PDF Articles | 2008 | September 2013

Detailing the Ligier JS11 Tamiya, 1/20 scale

By Martin Klein | 22.09.2013 11:25
The Tamiya Ligier is like all the early kits, basically a curbside one with a removable cockpit cowling. Before starting the kit, I was planning to detail it with removable front wing, sidepods and engine cover and with movable skirts, so the first step was to check my books and magazines looking for reference pictures. The result was pretty poor, so, I decided to surf the net, and this was a great success.


Techniques | Airplanes | 1/32 Scale | PDF Articles | 2013 | September 2013

Advanced techniques: Building the P-51D Mustang "Lt Col John Myers" Petie 3rd Dragon 1/32 scale

By Gary Wickham | 13.09.2013 12:13
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.


Motorcycles | 1/12 Scale | PDF Articles | 2013 | August 2013

Building the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR Tamiya #14109 - 1/12 scale

By Gennaro Zappa | 13.09.2013 11:50
Kawasaki had high expectations for 2006 Season. The new Ninja ZX-RR was a motorcycle that had nothing to do with its predecessor. New inline four cylinder engine, higher speed, and torque. New clutch re-designed as well as the gear box to provide more power.