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The best of 2017

By Modeler Site | 12.25.2017 11:39

Over the end of the year, we are offering a preview of the articles we were proud to have during 2017. Enjoy them and happy new year.

Building the Pocher Ducati 1299S Panigale 1/4 scale

By Adie Gerber | 11.01.2016 12:24

This is the Pocher 1/4 Ducati 1299S Panigale. The kit was released in 2015 and reached South Africa in early 2016. I was fortunate to build this one for a friend who collect hi end car models.

Model Factory Hiro 1976 Tyrrell 007 using Tamiya P34 parts 1/12 scale

By Alex Nahooy | 12.15.2015 11:14

The Derek Gardner designed Tyrrell 007 made his marks true the ’74 and ’75 seasons.In expectation of there new P34 challenger the first 3 races of 1976 were raced by the final and revised version of the 007.
I would liked for MFH to have made the ’75 version,but by making the ’76 version MFH could use more parts of the Tamiya P34…resulting in this beautifull transkit ;correct rear wing and support,rear radiators ect.Most of the rear end parts of the 007 indeed come from the Tamiya donor ( Engine,gearbox,suspension and rear wheels).

Detailing the Hooben T-55 R/C 1/16 scale

By Mario Covalski | 10.15.2015 12:55

Few years ago I got a 1/16 Hooben T-55 kit, the full kit which included all the electronics (DMD and MFU). Much has been said about the Hooben T-55, and probably all the negative comments and claims are true. Here I’m showing what I have done, basically on the plastic which I think is the worst and probably the more difficult to work with. This is not a formal article but a lot of pictures that I have collected during the build and I thought it was worth it to show them.

Porsche 956 Rothmans - photo array

By Fabrice Marechal | 02.01.2015 10:01

The best of 2014

By Modeler Site | 12.01.2014 10:52

Over the end of the year, we are offering a preview of the best articles we were proud to have during 2014. Enjoy them and happy new year.

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

By Mario Covalski | 03.11.2014 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. 

The best of 2013

By Modeler Site | 12.23.2013 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.

Your own factory of models? It is worth a try

By Mario Covalski | 11.16.2013 10:52

Modeler Site’s editorials are in general very well received and read by modelers, but the one issued last month ( Go on buying... though…) seemed to bring a greater effect than the usual, because of the incredible number of emails sent by readers, making comments about it.

Weathering with the sponge technique

By Patricio Delfosse | 05.24.2013 11:42

Weathering with the salt technique

By Patricio Delfosse | 05.24.2013 11:39

Sometimes a simple trick allows us to get a finishing that otherwise it would take us many hours of work. This is an easy technique that you can take on with excellent chances of success. Try it!
It's based on the use of salt as mask, and it allows you to give the appearance of the chipped paint over any flat surface of a vehicle. The idea is to let the base color ( which can be of any other color, priming or naked metal), show through the last coat applied. 

Featuring the Tamiya Ferrari Enzo- Semi-Assembled Premium Model – 1/12 scale

By Mario Covalski | 04.09.2013 12:27

On 2005 Tamiya offered the Ferrari Enzo for their already built series. Although the models were offered like die-cast, just the motor, floor and other chassis parts were made of white metal, other parts were plastic and a gorgeous painted ABS body. I obtained the model on 2001 in an auction at eBay for a ridiculous low price. I wanted the red but the low price immediately made the yellow as my favorite color.  My first impression, when I received the terrific packaging, was little disappointed. The engine and brakes were poor detailed and crude painted, although the carbon fiber texture, interior and fabric seat belts was well represented.

Featuring the Aoshima Toyota Hilux, 1/24 scale

By Alexander Yañez | 03.18.2013 11:02

I had been keeping this 4x4 truck in my waiting list for years and before purchasing it, I had already thought that I would add some off-road accessories. I began cleaning the parts with dishwashing detergent, cutting them from the sprue as I needed. First, I set to work on the body. I used wet sand #1200 to remove flashes, mold marks, and to get a better adherence of paint. I sanded with wet sandpaper until getting a matt body.

T-55 Enigma: kitbashing an old Esci kit – 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 03.10.2013 11:31

Up to the arrival of the Tamiya kit, the T-55 from Esci was the best we modelers had to hand to represent the tank most manufactured by Soviets after the WWII. I had one since time ago, but with the arrival of the Tamiya’s, it was condemned to obscurity until I got the Verlinden conversion for the Enigma’s. My doubts about the conversion turned my project in an experimentation platform and, so the T-55 Enigma was born, based on the Esci kit.

Building the Porsche 550RS from Basic43 1/43 scale

By Juan Madrazo Revilla | 03.05.2013 10:33

The Porsche 550 RS is the first serious attempt to create an authentic competition car Ernst Fuhrmann was in charge of designing a competition engine (project 547) and Wilhelm Hild headed the development of a new chassis (project 550). This vehicle was displayed for the first time to public at the 1953 Paris Automobile Salon.

Grumman TBM-3 Avenger Accurate Miniatures 1/48 scale

By Giovanni Galvan | 07.01.2012 10:00

The Grumman Avenger needs no presentation, being one of the most famous protagonists of the Pacific War. But until the 90’s, there was in 1/48 scale only an old Monogram toy-style model, until Accurate Miniatures released a “state-of-the-art” mold, which is still one of the best kits ever done. Now the mold is also released by Italeri, at lower price, and it’s very recommendable to all modelers.

Focke Wulf Fw 58 Weihe Building a vacuformed kit 1/48 scale

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo | 01.01.2004 10:31

Building the RPM Ford Tfc 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 04.01.2003 14:49

Hey, webmaster! Something's wrong with the scale! This model should be a 1/72... Is it possible for a 1/35 armored vehicle to measure only 9 cm. long? Well… yes! And in the case of this model it must be added that the space is very well distributed. The model is simple and with minimum efforts and a tidy painting we can add an attractive and rare piece. After seeing many Panzers and Shermans, visitors will surely be attracted to this small armored vehicle that looks closer to a bug than a military vehicle. "What is this?" they will ask. And here is the answer.

The Spanish Scorpions

By Javier Alba | 04.01.2001 15:40

Building the Siamese Nakajima Ki-43-I Oscar, Hasegawa 1/48 scale

By Giovanni Galvan

During the war, the Kingdom of Siam (now Thailand), after a symbolic resistance, agreed a collaboration with the Japanese, which was more or less half hearted. During that period Japan sold some fighter airplanes to Siam, to substitute the old US planes such as the Hawk and the B-10. These planes were mainly old Ki-27 Nate, but in 1944 were released a number of more modern Ki-46 Series I and II. Some Internet friends sent me some rare photos of the Siamese Oscars, which inspired me to make this very exotic example.

Building the Iraqi Bf.110C from a Fujimi kit, 1/48 scale

By Giovanni Galvan

The famous Bf.110 “Zerstörer”, in spite of being frequently described as a fiasco for the Luftwaffe, wad widely used on all fronts, and in almost all roles until the end of the war. One of the most peculiar episodes of its use was the help to the revolt in Iraq against the British in 1941. During the short duration of this local war, Italy and Germany sent some air units to help the rebels, via the Vichy’s Syria. That’s why we can see many Fiat CR.42s or Bf.110s with hastily applied Iraqi insignia, now famous for decidedly more recent wars.

One more painting technique

By Mario Covalski

Le Mans Car Museum

By Peter Radcliffe

Ferrari 375MM Berlinetta Coupe

By Peter Radcliffe

Building the Scarab

By Peter Radcliffe

Chrysler LMP900 Le Mans 2001

By Chuck Livingston

Bentley EXP Speed 8, LM 2001

By Andre Canizzaro

MR Collection Porsche 911 C4S

By Tania Woodbury

USN Yorktown CV-10. At last, a 1/350 WWII aircraft carrier, thanks Trumpeter!

By Giulio Marrucci

Basically is a good kit, but if you want “make the difference” you need the photo etched parts dedicated to the Essex Class, produced by the Golden Medallion, providing reels, stairs, radar antennas, all the aerial and a lot of many other details like undercarriage doors covers, landing gear struts etc...

Improving a 1/12 diecast motorcycle

By Paulo Tiago de Jesus

Miss England II by Replicast

By Peter Radcliffe

Building the Heinkel He 162 A-10 in 1/48th

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo

Focke Wulf Ta 152 H-1 Dragon 1:48 scale

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo


By Peter Radcliffe

Monza Models 2005

By Roberto Jacobone

Fiat 806 1927 - Protar 1/12

By Rafael Zambrino

Ferrari 375MM Berlinetta Coupe

By Peter Radcliffe

The Argentine Skyhawks

By Hernan Casciani

Focke Wulf F190 D9 1/72

By Hernan Casciani

Dassault Mirage F1C Ecuador

By Rogelio Benites

How to build a model

By Mario Covalski

There are a lot of plastic models manufacturers, whose instruction manuals are clear and well structured. However, there are others quite complicated in their sequential steps, making the building a real nightmare for the beginner. This happens even with the more experienced companies. From our personal point of view, the least explicit manuals are those by some American companies (AMT, ERTL, Revell and Lindbergh) because, in most cases, they don't even include a color guide. Some of the most prestigious companies have well illustrated manuals with an excellent information, although they have a certain difficulty in the building process, making the sequence difficult to follow.

Kingfisher 1/72 scale

By Mario Glozinic

IAI Dagger/Nesher 1/32th

By Julian Herrero

Iritani's Brabham BT45 1/20 scale

By Sergio Fernandez

Arleigh Burke Class DDG

By Javier Alba

ACHZARIT assault vehicle

By Hugo Huertas

Dragon's Mistel 1/48 scale

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo

Sherman B.A.R.V. 1/35 scale

By Alfredo Casciani

Scratch Building Helmets

By Tony Allen

Steyr SK 105 Kurassier

By Hugo Huertas

Trojan T-28C FAE

By Rogelio Benites

M51 ISherman 1/35 scale

By Marco Aurelio Preto

Argentine Super Etendard

By Rogelio Benites

How to paint with lacquers

By Jose Antonio Solbes

Yamaha YZR 500 1/12 scale, Marlboro team

By Nicolas Perez Fiorentini

Le Mans Car Museum in 1/43

By Peter Radcliffe

Weathering Tricks for novice modelers

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo

Panzer III on Bogie 1/35 scale

By Alfredo Casciani

Big Beautiful Doll. Deatiling a Tamiya's Mustang 1/48 scale

By Daniel Polizzi

After detailing and finishing several models of this plane, including the one from Monogram, I chose the one from Tamiya because of its good proportions; the surface detailing is very good and everything fits perfectly. I glued the wings to the fuselage using M.E.K. (methil-ethil-ketone). I like this kind of cement because it dries fast and leaves no trace of it. As I said before, the fit is very good and there is very little need for puttying. Without any doubt, the Big Beautiful Doll is one of the most beautiful versions of this plane; very well remembered, and an absolute challenge, well known by every modeler who has built this plane. The problem is with the checkerboard nose decal.

Bf-109 G6 "Arcadia"

By Pablo Castro

Saturn the dark side

By Jorge Moreyra

Road Warrior Interceptor

By Dave Hessler

Kyushu J7W1 "Shinden" Hasegawa,1/48th

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo

Ferrari 288 GTO Fujimi 1/24

By Patrick Nyquist

1926 Ford Sedan Delivery (Tall -T) Revell kit # 2982

By Jean-Paul Spa
Ford's pre 1928 "Tall T" cars peaked in popularity with street rodders in the early to mid 70's, then seemed to fall out of favor as street rod fashion shifted to high tech billet aluminum in the '80 and early '90. Today, however, the early T body styles are making a comeback, as rodders are rediscovering their classic, formal proportions and old-timey details. Of course, even with their old time flavor, most current street rods are running the thickest of automotive technology underneath, and this '26 Ford T Sedan Delivery is no exception.

Junkers Ju 188 A-2 DML Dragon 1/48 scale

By Alfonso Martinez Berlana

Ferrari F1-2000, 1/20 scale Tamiya CON 2002 winner full article

By William Chan

This is one of many popular Ferrari F1 racers. Michael Schumacher won his third championship with this famous F1-2000. Tamiya has done an excellent job in producing this famous F1 racer. I have taken 7 months to build this Ferrari....

The Mirage IIIB/C in Argentina Part II

By Juan Carlos Cicalesi


By Hugo Huertas

The Mirage III B/C in Argentina Part I

By Juan Carlos Cicalesi

Porsche 911 GT1 Tamiya 1/24th

By Patrick Nyquist

Messerschmitt Bf 109F

By Diego Cuquejo

Tamiya Con 2002 Report

By Robert Kriger

MPM's Fieseler Fi 103 1/48th

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo

Heinkel He 111 H-6 Monogram 1/48th

By Alfonso Martinez Berlana

Tamiya Yamaha YZR500

By Mario Covalski

Lockheed P-38 J "Lightning" Twin Tail Dragoon

By Alfonso Martinez Berlana

Stirling Moss' 1958 "Eldorado"

By Peter Radcliffe

Israeli Skyhawks

By Reuben Saliba

Learning to paint figures step by step

By Rick & Jannine Bennett

Monza Models 2006

By Roberto Jacobone

Ferrari Testarossa Spider Pocher 1/8 scale

By Victor Reis

The Pocher Kits, all in 1/8 scale, are beautiful and with full of details, specially the Classic Series, with a number of pieces up to almost 3000. They also have many defects and can drive you crazy, but when finished they can be a true art piece. The doors open with a key, the headlights work, the seats are in fabric, etc., but if you play with them they will not work for a long time This kits are very fragile, so it's better to let them quiet, look only.

Surtees-Ford TS16 1/12 scale

By Robert Kellermann

King Tiger II

By Carlos Massuh

MG Ferrari 330P4 1/12 scale

By Alessandro Goracci

Featuring the McLaren MP4/7 Tamiya 1/20 scale

By Sean Fischbach
Sam sent us new pictures of the model he had submitted in 2003, here the updated article.

Tamiya Con 2003 Report

By Robert Kriger

Ferrari F50,Tamiya 1/24

By Donald Currie

SE 2a of 1914 1/72 scale

By Carmel J Attard

Yamaha "OW01R1" 1/12 scale

By Ezra Shemuly

Ferrari "Enzo" Tamiya 1/24

By Alexander Hague

M 13-40, Zvezda 1/35

By Maurizio Bressan

Fiat Punto from Racing 43

By Rodney Rawlings

Profil 24's Lotus Elite

By Dave Allison

French connection

By Roger Virgo

Darth Vador arrives at Le Mans

By Peter Radcliffe

Improving the Macross VF-1S Valkyrie in Battroid mode Arii's 1/100 scale

By Pablo A. Castro

The Arii representation of the vf-1 Valkyrie Battroid mode in 1/100 scale is one of the worst ever produced in plastic (just only better than the 1/170 scale version from the very same company). It suffers from various flaws and inaccuracies but was very easy to find (nowadays it is not so), dirt cheap and has one of the best Macross box art ever...

Team Bucknum Pilbeam MP 91

By Peter Radcliffe

Hasegawa Vf-1 Valkyrie Battroid mode 1/72 scale

By Pablo A. Castro

Faithful to the their tradition Hasegawa has produced a finely detailed kit with a parts layout thought to make things easier for us modellers. The main parts are moulded in quality white plastic (although a rather soft). There are clear parts, a single red part, vinyl joints (polycaps) and even a thin PVC stripe to make the strap for the GU-11 Gatling gun.

AUDI at Le Mans 2003-05-06

By Peter Radcliffe

1964 "Flip Top" Cobra

By Chris Webb

Bill Thomas' Cheetah

By Chris Webb

TWR Jaguar XJR14

By Ian Edwards

Le Mans 2001 Bentley EXP8

By Guy Golsteyn

1998 Mercedes Benz CLK-LM

By Bil Attridge

Le Mans 2001

By Peter Radcliffe

Porsche 962 by Profil 24 1/24th

By Peter Radcliffe

Cadillac LMP Northstar 007

By Chuck Livingston

SMTS Jaguar type D

By Pascal Degre

Honda F-1 RA272, Tamiya, 1/20 scale

By Michael Wong

The Honda RA272 was a formula racing car that won the Mexican Grand Prix in 1965 which is driven by Richie Ginther which making it be the first Japanese racing car winning the grand prix. After building my first completed Formula racing car, the Tamiya Honda MP4/4, I decided to build another formula racing car and it is RA272. I started this project in mid of October and finished it in 2 weeks time....

Building the Sukhoi Su-11 Fishpot from resin conversion, 1/48 scale

By Giovanni Galvan

Yes, I know, the Fishpot series of the Sukhoi Air Defense fighters of the former USSR remains unknown for most of the modelers. This series was a evolution from the famous Fitter ground strike family (Su-7 and the swing wing Su-17 / 20 / 22), in fact both of the versions have common sections, as the fuselage, tail planes, and similar fins. The delta wing characterize the Su-9 and Su-11 (NATO code Fishpot), which was inherited to the later Su-15 Flagon, a similar concept twin engined interceptor.

Once upon a time

By Peter Radcliffe

Volvo FH16 6X4 Italeri 1/24

By Erik Fontein

Applying decals, how and why

By Mario Covalski

McLaren Mercedes MP 4/14

By Mario Covalski

Tenariv Lotus 49 1/43

By John Horst

Grand Prix Moments

By Warren Monks

SMTS Brabham BT26, 143

By John Horst

SMTS Maserati 4CLT

By Peter Radcliffe

SMTS Brabham BT26A

By John Horst

Tameo Zakspeed 871

By John Horst

Brabham BT45 from SRC

By Dave Carr

Tameo Toyota F1 - 1/43

By Dan Hartz

Talbot-Ligier JS17

By Roger Dutemple

Tameo Brabham Alfa Romeo BT45

By Juan Madrazo Revilla

SHMR Maserati 151 Le Mans 1962

By Peter Radcliffe

Profil 24 Lotus Elite

By Dale King & Charles Fox

The Editor at Le Mans 2002

By Peter Radcliffe

AxelR Willys Interlagos

By Rodney Rawlings

The orange steam roller

By Peter Radcliffe

Ferrari 330P64 from Renaissance

By Rodney Rawlings

The Scarab

By Peter Radcliffe

March Ford 761B

By Dave Carr

The Panoz LMP07

By Stuart Tye

Building a 1/43 scale model car, step by step

By Peter Radcliffe
The origins of 1/43 scale are the early dinky toys, which were originally produced as accessories for O gauge model railways which were popular at the time, this was a real "bastardisation" of a scale being 7 mm to 1 foot! O gauge lost its popularity but by then Dinky was established and the scale stayed as the standard for diecast toys although for some strange reason most commercial vehicles were made in 1/50th.

Microsport 1967 Cougar

By Chuck Livingston

Microsport 1967 Cougar

By Michael Stucker

Spotlight on VROOM

By Peter Radcliffe

Tamiya Con 2005 Report

By William Chan

Heinkel He 162 D 1/48 scale

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo
During the Second World War, the German aeronautic industry developed a great number of prototypes and experimental planes; sometimes, they did not materialized due to all kinds of indecisions and interferences. Some of this German projects were very advanced, taking into account the technological point of view...

Tamiya Con 2004 Report

By William Chan

Modelling a bust, Step by step

By Ariel Villalobos

Making a realistic chipped paint

By Patricio Delfosse

Tamiya Con 2004 Report Part II

By Jose Luis Gutierrez

Initiation into 1/43rd

By Robert Jacobsen

Juan M. Revilla's portfolio 

By Peter Radcliffe

Painting wheels in five steps

By Patricio Delfosse

Historic photos

By Gary Horrocks

HAWKEYE by Ian Mcloed

By Peter Radcliffe

The Williams-Ford's history 1979 to 1983

By Jens Martin

More than ten years later when building Formula-1 model cars became a hobby for me, one of the first 1/20 kits I ever built was Tamyia’s Williams FW07. During the last two years I have built models of the four follow up cars Williams produced and raced up until 1983. This gave me the idea to write a small story about the Williams cars of this era and the models. 

Tamiya/Con 2005 Report, Part II

By Jose Luis Gutierrez

How to fit Photo etched windows

By Luis C. Casanovas

Building the Me 262 HG I 1/48 scale

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo

EVA-01 Test Type Building a simple diorama

By Nicolas Perez Fiorentini

Ford Focus WRC 2001 Airfix escala 1/43

By Alfredo Molina Reynoso

Building the Austin Healey Sprite MK1 - Gunze Sangyo - 1/24 scale

By Geoff Brown

This model is the very first model kit made by Gunze Sangyo, (Now Mr Hobby), that I have built, I'm not really sure why, but I wish I had built some of these earlier, some of the there Hi tech series kits did have engine detail, but this kit is a simply curbside model, i.e no engine or gearbox detail, but the way the model looks at the end of the build makes up for it.

Tamiya Con 2006 Report

By William Chan

Vanwall at Goodwood 2003

By Dan Parrat

1938 Le Mans Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Coupe

By Juan Madrazo Revilla

Minardi M198

By Dave Carr

Goodwood Revival: The Races

By Peter Radcliffe

More MPH madness!

By Peter Radcliffe

Monza Models 2007

By Mario Covalski

ELVA-BMW GT160 Le Mans 1965

By Roger Dutemple

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The best of 2017 Over the end of the year, we are offering a preview of the articles we were proud to have during 2017. 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 Mario Covalski

Improving the Dragon Schwimmwagen - 1/6 scale #75013 Being a car fan, everything that has wheels attracts my attention, nevertheless, the Kubelwagen’s amphibious sibling, went unnoticed by me for quite a long time. After building the 1/6 Dragon Kubel, I was pretty excited with the Schwimmwagen, and the quality of the kit and improvements Dragon introduced a couple of years after the Kubel release, really surprised me. This article aims at offering my view about this kit construction, adding some improvements I considered necessary so as to make a worthy scale model.

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 Patricio Delfosse

Building the T-34/100 – from a T34/85 & scratch 1/35 scale The T-34 is one of the vehicles with longer operative life. Even, many are on service today in some third world countries, and until a few years ago, in Europe, they were seeing action in the former Yugoslavia. Among all the versions developed, this accomplished by the Egyptian, is the one that seems more attractive to me. In the ‘70s with the surplus of T-34 chassis, surpassed by more modern tanks, they decided to mount the Soviet 100mm BS-3 gun...

By Mario Covalski

Building the M36B1 tank destroyer 1/16 scale R/C The M36B1 was a mix of the M36 Jackson turret with its 90mm cannon, that would be used later in the Pershing, and a M4A3 Sherman chassis. This vehicle was in response to Americans to be able to face in better conditions the big German tanks during WWII. It was not a tank in the strict meaning of the word since it served as tank killer, however, in the pictures of that period, they can be seen as infantry support tanks. This article aims at sharing with you my experience building a 1/16 M36B1 R/C.

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 Mario Covalski

Building the Kawasaki Z750 Police from Tamiya / Aoshima kits - 1/12 scale In 1976 Kawasaki launched the model Z750, a smaller sister to the Z900, adapted to the requirements of the Japanese market. To my knowledge, the Z900 was an improved copy of the Honda CB750Four and, as it was common to Japanese manufacturers, each new model included several versions in order to cover the requirements of the Japanese police. This model was inspired in a small picture from the '70 decades. the picture was showing a Z750 model, perhaps a 1978 version, for the police, with the color and characteristics of the Japanese Police.

By Claudio Kalicinski

Scratchbuilding the Nieuport 6H, 1/48 scale I decided to scratchbuild this plane after seeing the scale drawings by Mike Fletcher in his web site: The Nieuport Pages. I sent an E-mail to him and he kindly sent me pictures and larger resolution scale drawings. Once I enlarged the plans to 1/48, I noticed how big the plane was....

By Patricio Delfosse

Building the KV-220 from scratch / Trumpeter kit 1/35 scale The aim of this article is to share with the reader the work accomplished some years ago to build a model of a Russian tank KV-220 of the WWII. The modeler psyche is at times, curious, being so many kits available, some day we say “this is the model I want to have!” either because we saw pictures or read something about it in a book, a message in a forum... etc. No matter how, the only way to have it, is to get down to work, and I did so.

By Mario Covalski

Building the M4A1E8 Sherman IDF service RC 1/16 scale My liking for the Sherman started 25 years ago when I built the first version of the Tamiya M4 RC kit. In 2007, I decided to build all the versions, at least the available kits. At that moment I realized that to speak about the Sherman, you have to know a lot about it, and that is almost impossible to build all the versions. On the other hand, I found that I didn’t feel comfortable building in 1/35 scale, so, I left the project aside. Anyway, I went on reading and learning about Shermans, mainly the Israeli versions, just to check the little I know and the great many variants that are nearly impossible to list.

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 the IDF M50 radio controled Sherman 1/16 scale Building the M50 in 1/16 scale is a project I have had in mind for many years, and after the M51s (from the article published in May 2012) I felt the need to continue with this one. In this article, I’ll share with the reader my experience in building the M50 RC 1/16 from a Tamiya M4 -105mm with HVSS suspension.

By Mario Covalski

Building an accurate M51 Isherman from the Tamiya RC kit 1/16 scale There were many versions of the Sherman, however, the last modification the Israelis made on them, is to my liking, the most showy and the one that converted a WWII tank into one of the 60 and 70 decades. I’ll not extend in describing the history of the M51, there’s a lot of information in books and internet, just enough to say that, as well as the M50, there were so many variants, that it’s recommended to build one tank in particular if you look for historical accuracy. As is my custom….I didn’t do so and just made generic versions that could have really existed. The aim of this article is to share with the reader the 250 hours of work to convert the erroneous Tamiya 1/16 RC kit into two acceptable M51. This is not an article for you to copy exactly what I did, but it may give you ideas of how to or get the basic things you need to build two versions of the M51.

By Claudio Kalicinski

Building the Lindberg Curtiss JN-4D Jenny 1/48 scale The machine I decided to depict was a Curtiss JN-4D trainer based at Love Field, Texas during 1918. A picture of this plane can be found at the Profile Publications book about the Curtiss JN.

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 Rick & Jannine Bennett

Learning to paint figures step by step

By Jose Antonio Solbes

How to paint with lacquers

By Pablo Raggi

Scratchbuilding the IDF Leyland Contractor - 1/35 scale I always liked the transport vehicles especially the IDF transport trucks. When I got the Leyland blueprint and knowing it was difficult that a manufacturer of plastic kits made a release, I thought it was time to build it from scratch. Though it’s not easy to copy a scratchbuilt work, this article aims at sharing with readers the work accomplished, encouraging them to face the process of building a scale model "from scratch".

By Mario Covalski

Improving the Dragon Kubelwagen 1/6 scale # 75003 Action figure collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Figures made out of different plastic materials based on TV sci-fi series, sci-fi movies (for instance GI Joe action figures) and facts from real life such as the representation of different war scenarios. Soldier figures are commonly made in 1/6 scale, they’re represented with military uniforms made from genuine fabric and the weapons that real soldiers use to have, vehicles included.

By Eduardo Andreoli

Scratchbuilding military vehicles - Ford C11 ADF - 1/35 scale The art of starting a model or project from scratch, is almost literally, the art of building from the bottom up. This is really exciting. Often a desired model is unavailable in some scale or entirely non-existent. Sometimes the hobbyist may be dissatisfied with the accuracy or detail of kits that are available. Other times a hobbyist will opt to scratchbuild simply for the challenge, which gives us the opportunity to give free rein to our imagination to solve problems of construction and once finished to complete our collection with a singular piece. My intention through this article is to share with you several tips of the scratchbuilding world and the way I solve the difficulties I have to face, in this case building the Ford C11 ADF.