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

By Mario Covalski | 06.01.2015 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.


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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.
 


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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.


June 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.


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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


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Ro-44 and Ro-43 1/72 scale

By Carmel J Attard


Troy Bayliss' Ducati 998 Italeri 1/9

By Sasa Jelic from Croatia


Ducati Desmosedici Italeri 1/9

By Sasa Jelic from Croatia


Hasegawa JU-87r2 1/48th

By Jorge Bonilla


Tamiya Opel Astra V8 Coupe

By Stuart McCallum


Yamaha YZR500 Tech3 '01

By Stuart McCallum


Bimota Tessi Tamiya 1/12

By Philippe Hiver


Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro Tamiya 1/12

By Cristobal Martinez


Suzuki Police Tamiya 1/12

By Joaquin Martin


Renault Re23 Revell 1/24

By John Horst


Mercedes CLK GTR

By Stuart McCallum


Ferrari 360 Modena 1/24th

By Stuart McCallum


Peugeot 206 rally 2003

By Francisco Manuel Martín Cobos


Toyota TF102 Revell 1/24

By John Horst


X-15 1/48 scale

By Sebastiano Tringali


Mig 21 North Vietnam

By Jorge Bonilla


Wibault 283T 1/144

By Alex Bigey


BBR Ferrari 333SP

By Tim Harris


Lancia 037 Rally 1/24

By Rui Amará Mendes


Monogram 1/48 B-58

By Bob Bartolacci


Fokker RS-11 1/48

By Carmel Attard


Ford 64 THUNDERBOLT SS

By Gabriel Contreras


Fairey Swordfish Mk I 1/48

By Mark Glidden


The Hobby Shop 1/12th scale

By Dennis Nowicki


F-14A Tomcat / Diorama

By Masa Narita


Tamiya 1/12 Renault Re20 turbo

By Jose Gutierrez


Tamiya Porsche GT2 Red Bull

By Robert Kriger


Super Etendard - ARA 1/72

By Marcelo Ribeiro


F-16C IAF 1/72

By Marcelo Ribeiro


MiG-21 MF 1/72

By Marcelo Ribeiro


F-5E Tiger II 1/72

By Marcelo Ribeiro


OV-10A Bronco

By Marcelo Ribeiro


F-102A Delta Dagger

By Marcelo Ribeiro


IAI Dagger - FAA Malvinas 1/72

By Marcelo Ribeiro


AT-27 Tucano

By Marcelo Ribeiro


Tiger I

By Fco. Javier Rubio


Ferrari 365 GTB

By Carlos Perez


Yamaha YZR 500 RED BULL 1/12

By Ricardo Gonzalez


Airfix Ju-87 R2, 1/24 scale

By Edward Lowdell


Mazda 787B

By Peter Go


Team Pons Honda RC211V 2003

By David Girard


Bandai 1/16 Lotus 38

By Thomas Halvarsson


Tamiya Williams FW24 1/20 scale

By Alexander Hague


Mig-15 Tamiya 1/48

By Hugo Alcocer Ruiz


Italeri M47, in Korea

By Russ Sharp


Italeri Hetzer

By Russ Sharp


Argentine FAA OA-4AR 1/48

By Shaky Rodríguez


Hetzer - German at Bastogne

By Alain Lecrenier


Jagdtiger Diorama

By Noel Deleye


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


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

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo
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)...


German halftrack Sdkfz7

By Russ Sharp


Mig-27 ex-DDR

By Pablo Castro


Ardennes ‘44

By Russ Sharp


Afrika Corps Kubel

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


RAF Harrier GR.7 ZD408/37

By Somchai Rattanasangsai


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


Delorean BTTF 1 Aoshima 1/24

By Steve Desarzens

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.


1936 Ford Convertible Street Rod Revell 1/24 scale

By Dave Hessler
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!


Arado Ar 234 Jager 1/48 scale

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo
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...


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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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 Patricio Delfosse

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

By 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 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 Patricio Delfosse

Painting wheels in five steps

By Rick & Jannine Bennett

Learning to paint figures step by step

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 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 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

How to build a model 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.  

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.