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Building the Opala SS 1976 from Salvat publisher 1/8 scale

By Mario Covalski | 10.16.2019 12:42

 

This is the 1/8 Chevrolet Opala SS 1976 from the Salvat Publisher. It’s basically an Opel Rekord born from the fusion between GM and Opel during the ’70. As far as I know, it was only manufactured under the name Opala in Brazil, in two versions, 4 cylinders and 6 cylinders. It looks like a big car for a 4-cylinder engine but you have to consider that it had 2.5 liters of displacement and 80CV. It was available with two types of engine: 4-cylinder "Iron Duke", and 6-cylinder 250 cubic inches, both derived from the Chevrolet Impala offered in USA. According to its manufacturers, this combination was the one that gave the name to this car, since “Opala” can be presumed as an acronym of the name “Opel Impala”, because the Opala was an Opel, with Impala engine.



Building the Ford Falcon 1963 from Salvat publisher 1/8 scale

By Mario Covalski | 10.09.2019 18:23

This is the 1/8 Ford Falcon 1963 from the Salvat Publisher. The model is provided in 100 weekly fascicles, each one includes history and parts to build the model. The model is mostly made of diecast and plastic parts, is heavy as 9 or 10Kg, but lacks of details, mostly in the engine bay area, and some parts are odd represented. So I added lot of them, fuel lines wiring...etc.


Building the Bandai STP turbine Indy car 1/12 scale

By Mark Laird | 05.13.2019 13:54

For years I wanted to build the 1/12 Bandai STP Turbine car. It is very unique piece of Indianapolis history, but the price that they were bringing was just more than I was willing to spend. I was lucky enough to find a complete kit on eBay for 200 US dollars. It was a “Buy it Now”, so I purchased it, and waited for it to arrive.


MFH Ferrari 312PB 1/43 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 12.10.2018 12:02

The kit has been completely reworked so that the front and rear cover and the wheels can be removed and re-placed, I have shared a video to show it. Details have been added to the engine, such as spark plug wires and fuel lines etc. The rest of the build was completely done out of the box, less the necessary modifications to make workable the mentioned parts. The bodywork was painted with Ferrari red from Gravity Colors Spain and has been varnished with 2-component lacquer also from Gravity Colors Spain. Here pictures I have taken during the build.


Le Phoenix Ferrari Dino 206 1/43

By Fabrice Marechal | 12.10.2018 12:02

The Ferrari Dino 206 is a Le Phoenix kit which is no longer available commercially and very difficult to find even on collector sites. As the Porsche 917, all air vents have been perforated. The bodywork was first painted in red with DS Colors and blue stripes delimited and painted Gulf blue also from DS Colors. The white lines were made using white decals. The body was then varnished with 2-component DS Colors. Here pictures I have taken during the build.


Paddock Porsche 917 1/43

By Fabrice Marechal | 12.10.2018 12:02

The Porsche 917 is a Paddock kit that is no longer commercially available. It's sometimes available on collector sites such as Modelart111. The body has been completely reworked at the level of the vents, all was perforated. The body was painted with Gulf Gravity Colors blue, the orange decals were then applied and retouched with a brush with X-6 Tamiya orange. The body was then clearcoated with 2-component Zero Paint varnish. Here pictures I have taken during the build.


Model Factory Hiro Ferrari 250 GTO 62 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 07.19.2017 11:45

A photo gallery of other model from the master!


Panda-Hobby Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.E/F R/C 1/16 scale

By Mario Covalski | 05.23.2017 10:27

When I bought the Luchs from Classy Hobby and the conversion for RC from 35RCtank I asked about the 38(T) conversion which had been out of stock since some years. They told me that would have a reissue in few weeks so I ordered as well. Here the results, I built both models at the same time. It was funny and easier than the Luchs, less the track links which I had to drill one by one with 05mm first and 1mm then. The 38(T) is like a WWI tank plenty of rivets which makes showy the weathering. I enjoyed the build, and as happened with the Luchs I had to modify the sequence of construction to make removable the upper hull. I recommend the kit and conversion, it's a beautiful small tanks but still 1/16 for those who like the big scale. I didn’t write an article because there are many online and since the point of view of the RC conversion is similar to the Luchs' , so you can have references from there.


Superdetailed Tamiya Williams FW14B 1/12 scale

By Omoto Kouzi | 05.18.2017 12:35

This is an outstanding work from our friend Omoto Kouzi. We hope you enjoy the pictures and encourage you to build a Tamiya Williams. We have a tutorials about the kit, not so detailed but good guide enough for newcomers.


Superdetailed Tamiya McLaren Mp 4/6 1/12 scale

By Omoto Kouzi | 05.15.2017 11:56

This is an outstanding work from our friend Omoto Kouzi. We hope you enjoy the pictures and encourage you to build a Tamiya McLaren 4/6. We have a tutorials about the kit, not so detailed but good guide enough for newcomers.


Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1 09 Monster Yamahatec 3 1/12 scale

By Ricardo Gonzalez | 03.20.2017 11:06


Italeri MTB PT-109 #05613 1/35 scale

By Mario Covalski | 04.01.2016 11:03

Some year ago I built the large Italeri kit, an amazing piece. It's so big to be static and I converted to RC. I made some modifications to be able to remove a portion of the deck to maintenance and charge the battery. I painted grey as it was before to be fleet to the Pacific.


Tamiya King Tiger Porsche turret R/C 1/16 scale

By Mario Covalski | 01.04.2016 14:50

I took advantage of the end of the year to make the final touches to the KT Porsche turret. It was all a challenge for me the weathering and made it RC.


Hasegawa Honda RS250RW 2007 1/12 scale

By Ricardo Gonzalez | 12.22.2015 13:47


Datsun 240Z Safari Tamiya 1/12 scale

By Thomas Halvarsson | 03.01.2015 14:12


Heng Long M41 Walker Bulldog R/C improved 1/16 scale

By Mario Covalski | 01.01.2015 19:24

This is a Heng Long M41 radio controled which I improved... a lot!


Yardley McLaren M23 - photo array

By Fabrice Marechal | 11.04.2014 20:07


Tamiya Yamaha XS1100 Midnight Special - 1/6 scale

By Mario Covalski | 05.07.2014 12:00


Scania 124c 470 8x4 truck transporter 1/24 scale

By Erik Fontein | 10.20.2013 11:00

This typical Danish truck is used by FALCK in Denmark for transport of a range of vehicles. For not drivable cars, campervans, trucks, forklifts, 4x4, agricultural vehicles etc. But of origin is it intended for the transport of broken and stranded agricultural vehicles. Many farmers in Denmark are connected to the FALCK organization. So if there's an agriculture vehicle with technical problems or stuck, than FALCK will help. During a holiday in Denmark I have been given the opportunity to take photos of a similar vehicle and trailer. Also I could take the measures of both.


Porsche 911 Roadster - Tamiya based 1/12

By Mario Covalski | 10.11.2013 21:07


Tamiya Caterham: the last ones - 1/12 scale

By Mario Covalski | 10.02.2013 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.
 


AMT 34 Ford Red Skin - 1/25 scale

By Denis R.S.Bomfim | 06.24.2013 10:16

This kit is the AMT 34 Ford very modified. When I opened the kit box inmediuately I realized I wanted to make a different car, and using references of real cars, I got this result. The roof was lowered, the door windows were changed, for the nose I used the one from the 37 Ford Delivery. The front grille was scratchbuilt, I placed the exhausts on the side, the fuel fill cap on the fender, all the interior was remade. Many other details can be seen in the pictures. I hope you like it ...!


Super detailed Repsol Honda RC211V 2006 - Tamiya 1/12 scale

By Martin Ulreich | 05.23.2013 10:19

This winter I tried to do a row of 3 RC211V bikes, one of them detailed with the corresponding top studio kit and some more stuff. There was some learning curve associated to all that detail, at least for me, but also a lots of fun. A big issue was the handling of Alclad treated parts, it is very easy to damage the metallic look of the paint. In the meantime Alclad offers a water based sealer that shows promising results and should help here.


1/16 Jagdtiger from Matorro for R/C

By Henschelporsche | 05.16.2013 12:58

This is a highly detailed 1/6 Jagdtiger, based o n the Matorro R/C toy.  Michael did a great job with all the added details plus the extensive and deep weathering.  Have in account this baby is 60cm long!


Mitsubishi Pajero Dakar 1992 Tamiya 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 04.03.2013 12:50


Harley Davidson WLA Italeri 1/9 scale

By Giulio Marrucci | 04.02.2013 10:24

The old ESCI kit reissued by Italeri. Good size and detail. The moulding quality is not so bad considering the age. You need a lot of sandpaper to correctly shape almost the entire model. Decals: good quality, poor choice. Painted with model master. Wash with Vallejo. Dry brushed with Tamiya Weathering Master and Mr. Hobby powder. Suggestion: pre assemble as much as you can according to the colours and paint/weather the remaining separately. The leather and wooden parts have been painted using Vallejo acrylic. The fabric has been reproduced with tissue paper hardened with diluted white glue.


T-40 Amphibious Soviet Light Tank from STC Start 1/35 scale

By Alvaro Bortoletto | 04.01.2013 11:09

This is one of those challenges that we keep us motived for make a model kit better. This a veteran T-40 Light Tank from STC Start from Russia probably from the long ago eighties............


Italeri MAN F8 6x4 with BRO recovery unit 1/24 scale

By Erik Fontein | 03.26.2013 19:59

For this model I have used the reissue of the Italeri MAN 26.321 Formul6 kit. For references taken from the internet I removed the sleeper from the cab. On the roof rack, which was intended for the spoiler, I have a headlight and beacons placed. From the bumper I have removed the under spoiler and behind the cab is a vertical exhaust and air filter installed.


Hasegawa Lancia 037 Rally 1984 Tour de Corse 1/24 scale

By Daniele Limelli | 03.11.2013 10:51


Revell engines 1/6 scale

By Mario Covalski | 02.01.2013 12:02


M1126 Stryker from AFV Club 1/35 scale

By David Chou | 01.27.2013 08:59

These ones are both of the Stryker ICV I built. My latest work is the M1126 Stryker.
The AFV kits were built almost out of the box, but I added some storage accessories made of resin from Blast Model/Legend.


MFH Ferrari 512BB LM 1979 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 01.24.2013 20:44

1/24 scale Multi-media Kit of the Ferrari 512BB Le Mans '79. Model Factory Hiro's full kits include resin-cast bodies, rubber tires, aluminum wheels, white metal suspension, photo-etched detail parts and decals. Full engine detail makes for a more complicated kit. Markings are included for N.A.R.T.'s number 64 (Henn/Delaunay/Grandet).


Subaru Impreza WRC 1998 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 01.16.2013 12:21

Our magazine aimed since the beginning to have good content in the articles we proposed, explaining step by step the "how to" of each subject. However there was few cases where only the pictures were enough to understand how terrific a model was, and I sincerely believe this is one of them. I like very much the rally Subarus, mainly the coupes 98 and 99, and Alessandro did a good modelling work with both Tamiya 24199 kits, the Subaru Impreza WRC 1998.


Fiat 130hp French Grand Prix 1907 - Pocher 1/8 scale

By Roger Knight | 08.01.2010 12:30

The object of this build was to make the model as the Fiat raced in 1907 rather than as it appears now in the Italian museum. It is on this museum exhibit that the Pocher kit is based and it is very different.

Apart from the car being painted entirely red, including the radiator surround and front wheels there are many other differences between the exhibit and the original car.
Other changes to the kit included replacing the 'plastic wood with real wood, floor boards and steering wheel rim and re-modelling the dash board to accurately represent the original.. it was red and not wooden as in the kit. Many plastic parts have been re made in brass and metal and the radiator grill was also remade replacing the plastic item supplied.

The seats where re-covered in leather and all of the straps and buckles have been scratch built. The side 'doors', for want of a better word are canvas on the original and the fabric supplied with the kit is far to thick to ever look convincing. I replaced these with silk as it hangs and folds in a much more realistic 'scale' manner. The engine, being very simplistic in the kit was enhanced using many scratch built parts

The tires on the original were white natural India rubber, as indeed all tires where at the turn of the last century. Carbon black was yet to be added to the rubber in 1907 so the tires supplied with the kit are incorrect (being black) but are correct for the museum vehicle. Model Motorcars ( www.modelmotorcars.com) produce many high quality after market parts for Pocher kits and their extensive range includes a replacement set of white tires for the Fiat so these were used to replace the supplied tires.

This model now represents accurately the 130 hp car in which Nazzaro won the 1907 French Grand Prix


Tamiya BMW R75/5 1/6 scale

By Mario Covalski | 02.01.2010 10:50


Tamiya BMW R90S 1/6 scale

By Mario Covalski | 02.01.2010 10:48


Tamiya Honda CB750F 1/6 scale

By Mario Covalski | 11.01.2003 11:54

Sometimes, something particular comes about to those lucky modelers who have been doing scale modeling for many years… to compare between two models built by the same author, but ...20 years back. (My dear friends, believe me, I wish I could be 20 years younger, and not writing this editorial :-).


Pocher Ferrari Testarossa 1/8 scale

By Mario Covalski | 03.01.2000 14:46


F-15 Eagle He'yl Ha' Avir 1/48

By Diego Vedelago


Fishbed-J Academy 1/48

By Diego Vedelago


MiG-17 Trumpeter 1/32

By Diego Vedelago


MiG-29 Fulcrum-A Academy 1/48

By Diego Vedelago


Sukhoi Su-17M3 Kopro 1/48

By Diego Vedelago


Ferrari 410 S Ch.0598 1/43 scale

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Mack H-67ST 6x4 1/25 scale

By Erik Fontein


Ferrari F40 LM Pocher 1/8

By Roger Knight


Nissan Skyline Reebok Fujimi 1/12

By Thomas Halvarsson


Toleman TG183B 1/20

By Davide Negretti


Ferrari T5 Monaco GP 1980 1/20

By Davide Negretti


T55 from PST 1/72 scale

By William Toledo Ferreira


Lamborghini Miura Fujimi 1/24

By Marco Smeriglio


Ferrari 158 F1 1/43

By Roberto Quaranta


Ferrari 126 C2 GP Belgica, Tameo 1/43

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Ferrari 126 C3 German GP, Tameo 1/43

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Ferrari 3124 T4, Tameo 1/43

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Lotus 72 German GP 1970, Tameo 1/43

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Mexican F-5F 1/48

By Jorge Bonilla


Ferrari 250P Le Mans 1/43

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Jaguar D type Le Mans 1957 1/43

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Ferrari 250 Breadvan 1/43

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Matra MS 660 Le Mans 1970 1/43

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Talbot T26 GS Le Mans 1950 1/43

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Shelby Cobra 427, Le Phoenix 1/43

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Brabham Alfa Romeo BT45 Tameo 1/43

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Toyota 88CV Tamiya 1/24

By Greg Hayes


Monogram Su-25 1/48

By Jorge Bonilla


Tamiya Sierra Cosworth 1/24 scale

By Roberto Jacobone


Arrows A3 1980 1/24th

By Pter Doekalek


MG TC, Gakken 1/16

By Martin Swire


Honda 750F, Tamiya 1/6

By Jose Luis Gutierrez


Troy Bayliss' Ducati 998 Italeri 1/9

By Sasa Jelic from Croatia


Ducati Desmosedici Italeri 1/9

By Sasa Jelic from Croatia


Renault Re23 Revell 1/24

By John Horst


Peugeot 206 rally 2003

By Francisco Manuel Martín Cobos


Toyota TF102 Revell 1/24

By John Horst


Lancia 037 Rally 1/24

By Rui Amará Mendes


The Hobby Shop 1/12th scale

By Dennis Nowicki


F-14A Tomcat / Diorama

By Masa Narita


Shelby Eleanor

By Felice Ferriello


IAI Dagger - FAA Malvinas 1/72

By Marcelo Ribeiro


Ferrari 365 GTB

By Carlos Perez


Airfix Ju-87 R2, 1/24 scale

By Edward Lowdell


Yoshimura Hayabusa X-1

By Mark Jones


Mazda 787B

By Peter Go


Bandai 1/16 Lotus 38

By Thomas Halvarsson


Tamiya Williams FW24 1/20 scale

By Alexander Hague


Protar Ducati 916 1/9 scale

By Alexander Hague


Hasegawa 1/24 WRC Subaru

By Darren Maharaj


Pocher Alfa Romeo

By Paul Koo


Suzuki RGV, 1/12th

By Ricardo Gonzalez


1/8 Nagano Kawasaki Z750

By Alex Klein


Zvezda Zis-5 1/35th

By Russ Sharp


1/24 Tamiya BMW Z3 Roadster

By Roberto Jacobone


Ferrari 550 Maranello

By Alexander Hague


S27 Ferrari 2002

By Alexander Hague


Peugeot 206 rally 2003

By Alexander Hague


Ferrari Modena Tamiya 1-24

By Andrea Massone


Fujimi 1/48 Mitsubishi F-1

By Sebastian Lim


Fujimi Porche Carrera

By Marc Van de Vyver


Pocher Alfa

By Rafael Zambrino


Honda NR

By Guy Golsteyn


Argentine Navy AT-6 Texan

By Jorge Dominguez


Phantom Anniversary 1/48 scale

By Jorge Dominguez


A7-A Corsair II 1/48 scale

By Jorge Dominguez


Peugeot 405 T16 GR 1/24 scale

By Carlos Ziegler


Esci's F16 cockpit 1/12 scale

By Jorge Dominguez


Ferrari Daytona Scuderia Svezia

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Argentine Navy F9-F Panther

By Pablo Gonzalez


Raybrig NSX Tamiya 1/24 scale

By Steve Desarzens


Ersatz M10 1/35 scale

By Alfredo Casciani


Tornados/Reference

By Reuben Saliba


Opel GT AMT kit # 31226

By Jean-Paul Spa


Lippisch P-13A Mauve 1/48

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo


Tamiya 18t Half-Track Sd.Kfz.9 Famo, 1/35 scale

By Nicolas Perez Fiorentini

Although the Tamiya kit is brilliant there are some interesting adds or modifications you could do. In my case I used, for details, a PE set from PART. This kit contains two PE sheets, one to detail the truck itself and the other one is a tools set to give the model more realism.


Theodore Racing Wolf 1/12 scale

By Thomas Halvarsson


1/35th German figures

By Filippo Chessa


F1 car diorama

By Diego Perri


Porsche GT3 Supercup car

By Ralph Lugten


Tamiya's Matra MS11 1/12

By Tony Allen


Normandy

By Russ Sharp


Berlin Flak

By Russ Sharp


British 6pdr Gun Portee

By Russ Sharp


Honda Pons NSR5000 '01

By David Girard


Yamaha Tech3 YZR500 01

By David Girard


Ferrari dino 166F2 1/12

By Domenico Laudiero


F-5E Lightning 1/48

By Masahiko Suzuki


M13/40 Command tank

By Russ Sharp


Panzer III

By Russ Sharp


A Scout Carrier

By Russ Sharp


M31 TVR

By Russ Sharp


Italeri DUKW

By Russ Sharp


Ferrari Enzo Tamiya 1/24

By Felice Ferriello


Spitfire MKI Tamiya 1/48

By Rino Righi


Syrian Pz-IV Ausf. J

By Marco Aurelio Preto


Argentinian VCTP From Tamiya 1/35

By Diethelm Berlage


Fairey Gannet 1/72

By Orlando Rueda


Benetton B192 F1, 1/20 scale

By Maurizio Bonello


Arrows A3 1980, 1/20 scale

By Marco Peretti


Matra MS10 F1, 1/20 scale

By Marco Peretti


Leopard 1V-Chile Revell 1/35

By Diethelm Berlage


On the border

By Russ Sharp


BRM P-160 Iritani 1/20

By Luiz Iritani


Marder III H - Smart Kit Dragon 1/35

By Jaroslaw Witkowski


Honda Racer Tamiya 1/6 scale

By Mario Covalski


Suzuki Nuda 1/12

By Yi-Hung Tsai


Crusader Mk. 1 1/35

By Simon Chong


Tyrrell P34 76, Tamiya 1/20

By Alessandro Prini


Tyrrell P34 1977, Wave 1/24

By Alessandro Prini


LAV-25 USMC Piranha

By Simon Chong


F-86F Sabre JASDF

By Asao Shirai


Repsol Porsche 911 GT2

By Gergo Marosi


Volvo F12 6x4 1/24 scale

By Erik Fontein


Scania 144l 530t 1/24

By Erik Fontein


CH 46D the Guardian 1/48

By Giulio Marrucci


Boeing B-47E

By Asao Shirai


Sauber - Mercedes C9 LM 1987

By Rene Bobrovsky


Field Aid Station

By Russ Sharp


Valentine

By Russ Sharp


Winter silence

By Russ Sharp


German halftrack Sdkfz7

By Russ Sharp


Ardennes ‘44

By Russ Sharp


Otaki Porsche 911 Turbo 1/12 scale

By Thomas Halvarsson


Entex Mercer 1/16 scale

By Tony Allen


Kawasaki Z1, Aoshima 1/12

By Roman Kepinski


BMW 3.5 CSL Doyusha 1/12

By Thomas Halvarsson


Ferrari 312P Fisher 1/24

By Alessandro Prini


Harley davidson Chopper Revell 1/8

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes


Albatross DI Roden 1/32

By Thomas Halvarsson


Mig 17F Smer 1/48

By Giulio Marrucci


L-39 MPM 1/48

By Diego Vedelago


Triumph 3HW Esci 1/9

By Giulio Marrucci


Honda S600 Cab. 1965. 1/12 scale

By Thomas Halvarsson


Corvette 1978 - Doyusha 1/12 scale

By Thomas Halvarsson



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By Mario Covalski

Building the RC Leopard 2A4 1/16 scale A couple of years ago, I discover  www.Ludwigs-Hobby-Seite.de, a web site where Christian Ludwig offers his kits mostly made of  plastic, cut with the CNC technology. So, I found a kit to convert a Heng Long 2A6 to the 2A4, that is to say a previous version.

By Mario Covalski

Converting the Trumpeter T-72 MBT to RC 1/16 scale To improve the Heng Long T-90 I read some books and gathered information/photos from the web. This little research made me know more about these compact Russian tanks T-72/T-90, and so it grew my interest in them. So I bought the 1/16 T-72 Trumpeter kit. This kit was designed not only for static but also for RC. The static version has some extra details and modifications, reminds me the, T-34 from WSN, a brand with which Trumpeter sold the T-34 RC. The philosophy of the T-72 is the same, I still believe that the T-34 gearbox with its motors, would fit in the hull. Perfectly.  

By Mario Covalski

Building and improving the Italeri / Protar Alfa Romeo 179 1980 1/12 scale In May 2001 I wrote a brief preview on the Protar's 1/12 Alfa Romeo 179. This wonderful Formula One was one of the few cars in modern F1 history which chassis and engine were the same brand. Is this model really difficult? This is the key question for this model, and the answer is NO. If it were a Tamiya model, that is to say the same matrix but injected with Tamiya plastic and having the quality control of this huge Japanese company, I would say that this is one of the most delicious models I have ever built. Unfortunately, it has some flaws, mainly due to its poor quality than to the work of the Protar craftsmen.

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 Rick & Jannine Bennett

Learning to paint figures step by step

By Mario Covalski

Building 1/12 F1 resin model kits: A step by step guide. MG models Ferrari F2002 and F2003- GA 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 Jose Antonio Solbes

How to paint with lacquers

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 the Pocher Lamborghini Huracan, step by step, painting guide and tips. 1/8 scale These are the new times of Pocher, hand in hand with Hornby, the brand that offer models which represent high technology subjects as Lamborghini cars and Ducati motorcycles. Manufactured by Ixo, the Chinese company, they are the fashion of the time, huge 1/8 scale cars with metal body and chassis, already painted (luckily!). They compete with Amalgam and other brands with less expectations but to fit any budget and if you have some experience as model builder, the result will be acceptable and even excellent. The aim of this tutorial is to share the step by step in the Lamborghini Huracán construction, the last Pocher issue explaining the work achieved so that it may be useful for less experienced modelers and collectors.

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 Ricardo Gonzalez

Building and customizing the Tamiya Ducati Panigale S 1/12 scale The Ducatti Panigale is to my liking one of the most spectacular motorcycles of the past decade. Thanks to Tamiya we can have a model of it, both were the reasons why I decided to build it trying to get the most detailed model I could , taking advantage of the fact that as it was a mass production model, it would be possible for me to get a lot of references. Not only I built and superdetailed the model, but also made a slightly and own customized version, a real Panigale, as I would like to have. The aim of this article, is to show with pictures and their comments the work accomplished as a guide and to give ideas of the details that can be added or showing in some cases how to do the different tasks.

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 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 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 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

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.