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Detailing the Renault Re20 turbo: a guide for novices Tamiya 1/12 scale (revised with new pictures)

By Mario Covalski | 06.01.2016 10:31

During the 80’s decade Tamiya offered what was going to be their last kit in their superb collection of 1/12 F1 models, the car was the Renault Turbo RE20. After that, the modelers had to suffer a drought of 10 years, until we had the chance to see a new model in this very well known collection, the Ferrari 641/2, which was issued in 1991. This is my second attempt with this kit, the first was many years ago, and I only remember that it was “a little bit complicated”. So, I want to begin this note with three concepts which are: 1) this is a very complex kit (I will say why later), 2) objectives, and 3) planning.


Improving the Trumpeter Sweden Strv 103B MBT 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 09.02.2013 11:30

Until the arrival of this Trumpeter Strv 103, we only had one available option of resin from Accurate Armour and I believe that one from S-Model too. Both kits are out of catalogue and difficult to build for nowadays standards. The 00309 reference (subject of this note) corresponds to the Strv 103 B, first version of this vehicle that saw service.


Improving the Revell WW II US amphibious LVT-(A)1 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 08.12.2013 10:57

The complete serie of LVT(s) had a complex evolution, with many versions called in different ways. It’s essential to gather good reference material not to make mistakes; I believe this will be the key to improve your model.


Tamiya Caterhams, a step by step guide for novices 1/12 scale

By Mario Covalski | 07.23.2013 18:53

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.


Building the Jaguar R1 2000 F1, # 7 Eddie Irvine Converted from the Tamiya 1/20 Mclaren MP4/13

By William Chan | 07.07.2013 11:02

Jaguar R1 is 2000 F1 contender. Originally it was Stewarts racing and Jaguar took over the team in year 2000. Irvine was their number one driver. The car didn't do well at all that year, but the color schema of the car is exceptional. The model I build this time follows the schema in 00 Brazilian GP. Honestly, the conversion I made can only match 60% of the real car if you compare 1 on 1 by the real car photos. But in any case, it is still fun. The model was converted from a Tamiya McLaren MP 4/13 (kit 20046) using the Studio 27 jaguar decals.


Tameo Ferrari 312T3, building it for newcomers 1/43 scale

By Juan Madrazo Revilla | 12.19.2012 13:26

To date I’ve built two F1s from Tameo, the first one was a Brabham BT45, a much more simple kit that the present one. At that time the small sizes of the box in which it came packed surprised me. You can’t imagine now, after discovering more than 300 parts inside plus a folded booklet.


December 2004

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Delorean BTTF 1 Aoshima 1/24

By Steve Desarzens | 11.01.2004 11:45

I’ve always been a huge fan of “Back To The Future” movies. When I discovered that a Japanese brand I didn’t know the name before had manufactured a kit of the famous Delorean, I had to buy it!. I built the kit following more or less the instructions sheet from Aoshima. The first stage was to place the system that allows the model to fold its wheels. Even if I built the Delorean of the first film, Aoshima has manufactured the kit in different versions according to the films. In the second movie, the Delorean can fold its wheels and turn into an hovercraft. The system is quite clever but once the wheels are stuck, they don’t put very flat on the ground. Therefore, I decided to glue the wheels definitely so as they won’t move when I handle the kit.


November 2004

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October 2004

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Arado Ar 234 Jager 1/48 scale

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo | 09.01.2004 11:40

If you want to build this model, you will need to get the ANT-06 Antaresmodels  conversion and an Arado 234 in 1:48 scale. The set was developed for Hobbycraft kits, but it can be used on Hasegawa’s Ar 234 ( or on its re-pop, the Revell Germany ones), despite that at the time of releasing the conversion set these last...


The different shades of one same thing ...

By Mario Covalski | 09.01.2004 10:46

This month’s cover note is about a Protar kit, the uncommon, difficult, and expensive (if you can get one) 1/12 scale McLaren MP4/ 2, and the note is by our good friend and collaborator Dan Parrat.
 


September 2004

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August 2004

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Constructing the Focke-Wulf "Triebflugel" 1/48 scale

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo | 07.01.2004 14:01

Without any doubt, the most advanced and radical Focke Wulf design in World War II was the Triebflugel. In the actual language of modern aeronautics, Focke Wulf’s “Triebflugel” ( driving wing) projects would be called a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)...


Will there be anybody in future to fulfill our dreams?

By Mario Covalski | 07.01.2004 12:38

I was thinking a few days ago, about the strange situations posed by modeling in our days. When I was very young, it was difficult to find a great variety of models; in those days, I used to build airplanes in 1/48 scale from Monogram, and 1/72 scale from Airfix. If I wanted something real luxurious I had to choose Nichimo, although they were more expensive and difficult to find.


July 2004

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What does the result mind?

By Mario Covalski | 06.01.2004 12:30

After a two months break without sitting down at my workbench as I was exceedingly busy writing a couple of articles, I turned my hand to my models, as I’ve been doing just without interruptions for the last 44 years.


Building 1/12 F1 resin model kits: A step by step guide for novices

By Mario Covalski | 06.01.2004 11:51

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.


1936 Ford Convertible Street Rod Revell 1/24 scale

By Dave Hessler | 06.01.2004 11:35

If you're an avid modeler then I'm sure you're like me and have an overwhelming stash of stuff: complete kits, partially started projects, parts boxes, after-market items, etc. Don't forget that closet that's stacked up to the ceiling with your "next projects". Most of us will have to live to be 100+ years old in order to complete every, single model kit in our collections. Of course, we all still buy more to add to our "collections". Even when I finish a project I have a hard time deciding just which kit I'm going to build next. Decisions, decisions!


June 2004

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Japanese Ground Self Defence Force Type 74 Tamiya 1/35 scale Ref. 36168

By Patricio Delfosse | 05.01.2004 14:10

Here below, you’ll find not only a list with the most common and useful options for the average skill modeller, but also some brief comments about every kit manufactured by Tamiya and other brands. This article aims at offering the modeller, a clear vision about these vehicles, the availability of the kits, and two building reports, beginning the first part, with the Type 90, and the second with the Type 74.


May 2004

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Leaving our 4th year behind...

By Mario Covalski | 04.01.2004 12:22

Four years ago, late in summer during a hot southern March, the idea to bring to light and manage a virtual modeling magazine was born. Although the intention wasn’t innovating, it implied the creation of a web site in a magazine format, as a mean of communication among hobbyists, and the updates were actually new issues.


April 2004

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New generations…..new modelers

By Mario Covalski | 03.01.2004 12:17

Since several weeks ago, an idea has been striking my mind over and over: What did I do in behalf of modeling?. Well, I could adduce that Modeler Site is in fact, a contribution, with the articles we usually publish…and so forth. However, as it happens to any modeller, manufacturer or retailer, I’ve received much from this activity, and here, I’m considering all the time devoted to this hobby.


Building the argentine IA-63 Pampa a step by step guide for novices 1/48 scale

By Pablo Calcaterra | 03.01.2004 11:06

Several months ago I received this kit as a present. Though at first I was not interested in this plane, the challenge was strong so I decided to go ahead with the project. It was going to be my first kit in resin.  The box is very good and the kit is a multimedia one, with pieces made of different materials, like copper, plasticard, etc. Everything is individually packed and the placed inside the box which has bubble plastic film.


March 2004

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February 2004

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

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo | 01.01.2004 10:31


January 2004

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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


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


Mazda 787B

By Peter Go


Bandai 1/16 Lotus 38

By Thomas Halvarsson


Tamiya Williams FW24 1/20 scale

By Alexander Hague


Italeri DUKW

By Russ Sharp


Italian F-86D

By Giovanni Galvan


Mig-15

By Modeler Site


Mercedes CLK GTR Detailing and improving Tamiyas 1/24 kit

By Alessandro Prini , Text Roberto Jacobone


German halftrack Sdkfz7

By Russ Sharp


Mig-27 ex-DDR

By Pablo Castro


Ardennes ‘44

By Russ Sharp


Savoia-Marchetti S.79

By Giovanni Galvan


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


Entex Mercer 1/16 scale

By Tony Allen


Kawasaki Z1, Aoshima 1/12

By Roman Kepinski


FMA IA-58 Pucara

By Hernan Casciani


Painting wheels in five steps

By Patricio Delfosse


Argentine LVTP-7, in action

By Jose Miguel & Patricio Delfosse


RF-4E Turkish Phantom

By Giovanni Galvan


Ford Focus WRC 2001 Airfix escala 1/43

By Alfredo Molina Reynoso


Ferrari 158 / Reference

By Dan Parrat


Ferrari 156 Sharknose, MG 1/12 scale "A Dual Effort"

By Earl Petrikin and Stu Benford


1949 Ford Custom Project 1/25 scale

By Steve Boutte

While browsing an online photo album of photos from a custom car event in Paso Robles California, I saw a few shots of this particular 1949 Ford. This really inspired me to finally do something with one of the AMT 1949 Ford kits I had been having for a while. One thing was definite, the top would be chopped, but it would also be lengthened a bit , which I feel gives the car a sleeker look. Another change would be raising the front wheel wells a couple of scale inches. This is an easy way to make the body look less heavy, & once again, a bit more sleek...



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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 I 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 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 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.