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Building the Spanish FV 101 Scorpion, from the AFV Club kit 1/35 scale

By Ramon Segarra Guerrero | 01.24.2017 15:54

The kit gives the option of building the model in the British, Belgium or Spanish versions and remembering my time in the Spain Marine Corps, I chose this version. The decals supplied with the kit for the Spanish version are not enough, so I had to get the decals of the Marine Corps from FC Modeltips.

The Spanish Scorpions: http://www.modelersite.com/en/737/the-spanish-scorpions


Building the Hero Model Kits Schwimmwagen 1/35 scale

By Mario Gabas Ruiz | 01.08.2017 12:50

To reproduce this mythic vehicle, I used one of the first kits of this new brand Hero Model kits. It’s a very simple kit easy to build where the rear vent grilles stand out cause are very well machined. No doubt is a nice kit to enjoy with the painting stage which I’ll share with you in this article.


Building the Zvezda BMP-2 #3554 1/35 scale

By Ramon Segarra Guerrero | 10.24.2016 11:19

The BMP-2 is a Soviet/Russian infantry fighting vehicle, its design belongs to the 70s and was introduced at the beginning of the 80s. BMP stands for Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty (Infantry fighting vehicle). It was developed to replace the BMP-1. The Zvezda model kit #3554 needs a lot of work to improve its details, since it’s poor and with several parts of the vehicle that don’t come represented.


An abandoned truck. Painting the Mirror Models Diamond T969 Wrecker 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 09.20.2016 11:18

I received a sample of the Mirror Models kit as soon as it was available, and I was anxious to put my hands on it, I already have made a couple of kits of this company and I was quite happy with them. But this time was a bit different as I already had in mind an idea of what to do with the kit, I had seen many pictures of long time abandoned trucks like this one heavily rusted in the middle of nowhere and I liked much that scenery. So when the model got home I put aside other projects I had running and I started with it immediately.


Painting the Dragon Panzer III Ausf. J 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 08.09.2016 11:36

Nowadays it can be a bit reiterative to write an article about the Panzer III history as there is one in every model magazine from time to time, and the web is saturated with them in every language for everyone who desires to read them. So I will concentrate in telling how I built and painted the model.


Building the Dragon Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. A #6356 1/35 scale

By Alfonso Selva | 07.11.2016 11:47

The Dragon kit (Pz.I Ausf.A Modified Version w/Interior ref. 6356) offers very good detail and complete interiors, with no assembly difficulty. The fit parts are excellent and instructions are clear. The kit supplies a PE fret which I complemented with the Eduard PE#35722 and the Aber 35L-90 of 2 barrels for German machine guns to have more detailing options.


Building the Asuka Models Bantam BRC 40 1/24 scale

By Federico Collada | 06.01.2016 00:16

Not long ago, when Asuka was still Tasca, they started to add some beautiful 1/24 scale models to their catalogue. The Panzer II and the BMW were as outstanding as they 1/35 Shermans, a referent worldwide. When a few months ago I saw the forthcoming Bantam BRC 40 in this scale I was a bit surprised for the model chosen to continue the 1/24 catalogue, a little known Jeep that lost the race against the Willys.


Building the Takom WWI Heavy tank MARK IV Male #35008 1/35 scale

By Kristof Pulinckx | 05.12.2016 11:54

I’ve always been a fan of WWI armour and was just waiting for a decent kit to arrive on the market. The Mark IV was high on my wish list and with recent releases from Tamiya and Takom we have plenty of choice in high quality kits. But which one to choose? After reading several reviews on the internet I opted for the Takom ‘Male’ kit as its detail is slightly better than the Tamiya one. Although the latter would be easier to built.


Building the Takom French St. Chamond 1/35 scale

By Laurent Rolleri | 03.05.2016 12:06

The time that some companies started to gratify us with kits that represent vehicles of the Great War finally arrived; this is the case of Takon that began to offer the Saint Chamond in 1/35 scale.


Building the ICM Henschel 33D1 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 02.11.2016 10:57

From some time to now ICM is producing very interesting models from the Wehrmacht that were not available in plastic before; the Stoewer Kfz. 1 and 2, the Ford 3000s, the Mercedes G7 and the Henschel 33D1, a very typical truck from the WWII period.


Tamiya 1/16 JGSDF Type 10: tips and tricks to make its construction easier

By Mario Covalski | 01.18.2016 12:56

I needed over a year to get one to build and when I had it in my hands, there were several articles and WIP in forums about its construction. But something I noted was that almost all of them are focused on the mechanisms, features, critics…etc. Almost none of them try to give novices a simple guide as help to solve some problems that the construction offers, since building a RC tank is more than applying grease to the gears. So. the aim of this article is to share several advices and tricks to solve construction and painting problems, basically cosmetics, but lead to the final aspect of the model and allow to be proud of it in the end.
 


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.


Building the Italeri Sd.kfz.232 6 Rad #6433 1/35 scale

By Michel Perez Blasco | 11.24.2015 11:22

There are only two options if you want to build a reproduction of this peculiar vehicle, the HaPM kit (Sd.Kfz.231) or this one from Italeri. Not much to think, Italeri win. Anyway, once the references were consulted, I found out that it also has errors, mainly due to the fact that the kit doesn’t represent any of the three types of six-wheel vehicles manufactured by Mercedes, Magirus and Busing Nag.


Building the MiniArt AEC Mk.I Armoured Car #35152 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 11.17.2015 11:55

The Miniart´s model is accurate, complex and beautiful. A year ago Miniart surprised everybody placing in the stores the three versions of this vehicle in 1/35 scale, it was very good news as it was the first time that a plastic kit of the AECs was available. The first one was the Mk.I model which showed the “state of the art” engineering of the Ukraine firm that provided a kit so full of details and subtle parts that the model became a modellers trending topic at the forums for many days.


GAZ 66, building it as a tactical truck Revell #03051, 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 11.17.2015 11:12

Since time ago, I’ve been thinking to add a wheeled vehicle to my Middle East vehicles collection. Looking for an interesting kit, I found the Revell Gaz-66 (ref.03051), which is also marketed by Eastern Express. However, after investigating, I realized that there were just a few versions to accomplish Quite apart from the soviet green, there was not much to play.


Building the Centurion Mk 5/2 AFV Club #35122 - 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 11.17.2015 10:41

When I bought this kit, over two years ago, the IDF S’hot Centurion1967 version was not announced yet. Actually this was the model I wanted to build, perhaps I acted hastily and this was my first mistake. The Voyager 35110 etched set was excellent, it was thought for the Australian Centurion Mk 5/1 instead of the Mk 5/2 Nato, for which there was no specific PE available. This was the second mistake. To make things worse, I bought the etched set before purchasing the kit, so I didn’t know whether I would need it or not.


Building the Dragon sIG 33 Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf.B #6259 1/35 scale

By Dario Risso | 10.28.2015 16:12

This kit is an excellent representation of this vehicle, moulded in Dragon Models Ltd’s traditional light grey coloured plastic including highly detailed parts and several sprues coming from other kits of the same brand, the Panzer I, the Panzerjäger I and the towed sIG 33.


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.


Building the Italeri 17 Pdr. SP M10 Achilles #6485 OOB for beginners 1/35 scale

By Ramon Segarra Guerrero | 09.22.2015 11:14

The new kit from Italeri offered in 2010 is a re-box of the Academy British Tank Destroyer Achilles #1392 released some years ago with the only differences being a new decal sheet and instruction sheet, to be distributed in Europe. Since time ago, I wanted to add the M10 to my collection of armoured vehicles and although there are other available brands such as AFV Cllub and the old Tamiya, The primary aim of this article is to share with the reader the work made on the kit, focusing myself on the showy livery I chose for it.


Building the Fine Molds Type 97 "Te-ke" 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 08.31.2015 11:58

Contrary to the real vehicle, the kit is gratifying. It’s no surprising since Fine Molds have always produced full detailed kits and this is not the exception. The weak point is that instructions are in Japanese except for the color overviews. The kit includes a PE part, individual track links and two figures, besides of the plastic parts, of course. To take advantage of the detailed interior, I decided to leave all the hatches open so that everything could be visible.
 


Building the Cyber-Hobby (Dragon) M3 75 mm Gun Motor Carriage #6467 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 08.28.2015 11:38

After suffering so much trying to improve the Tamiya half-tracks; in the end Dragon offer us a series of best quality vehicles and good selection of subjects: from the early M2 to one of the last versions of the M3 chassis, the M16 with quad 12,7mm machine guns. Among all the available versions, the ones I liked best were: the M3 famous French 75mm gun and the M3 105mm. So, as soon as Dragon offered these kits, I purchased one and started its construction.


Building the Italeri AS42 Sahariana #6452 1/35 scale. Step by step

By Eduardo Andreoli | 08.28.2015 11:10

Over the last years, I did not build any Italeri kit and now I had a great expectation since the Sahariana is now featuring a completely new tooled mold, so looking inside the box, I found a detailed static display model depicting the model 42 Desert Vehicle including resin and etched parts, vinyl tires which look a little soft on tread detail, two resin crew figures and a highly detailed reference manual containing a brief history with black-and-white photos, full-color assembly guide for photo etched parts, and camouflage painting guide.


Building the Dragon Sd.Kfz. 131 Marder II #6262 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 08.28.2015 10:54

As soon as Dragon released this kit, I rushed to buy it, but when it was in my hands, I had a lot of doubts about how it would look once built. I wanted to build the African version , my mind visualized it yellow with no camo and I believed it would look like a toy and not real. Thinking the problem through, I considered the hairspray technique would be what I was looking for to get the finish that satisfied me…..and my model. Thus, I started with the construction.


Building the Academy M7 Priest 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 07.29.2015 10:38

It is very easy to find information about the M7 HMC, there many books, websites and articles everywhere for you to consult anytime so I will not extend on this part of the article, instead I will tell you about the model and the work I done with it. Up to some years ago the only M7 you could find in this scale was the old Italeri kit, even if it was not a bad kit, if suffered from the lack of the fine details that are the standard nowadays so if you wanted your M7 to reach the level you had to work a lot on it.
 


Building the Mirror Models GM Otter Mk. I - 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 06.28.2015 11:32

The recent Canadian firm Mirror Models have started their catalogue with the many vehicles based on the C15 truck in 1/35 scale, with a very high quality plastic, resin and photoetched parts models that includes the Otter Mk.I


Improving the Zvezda T-90 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 05.29.2015 11:10

In a short period of time, three companies have launched a kit of this tank into the market, the first one was Zvezda, next we could find the Meng’s version and lastly the Trumpeters’. Different articles have compared ones to the others regarding price, quality, complexity and fidelity, having each kit, defenders and detractors.


Building the Tiger I early from the Hobby Boss kit - for novices 1/16 scale

By Mario Covalski | 04.28.2015 11:31

On the occasion of one of my visits to a LHS, it was offered to me to buy a cheap 1/16 Hobby Boss Tiger I which had the upper hull missing. The Hobby Boss kit was not born to be a static model; some years ago it has been offered by WSN as a cheap RC toy. Good in some aspects while deficient and unacceptable in others. It tries to represent a Tiger I Mid production. With the kit at home, I thought it was a good opportunity of building a Tiger I early since I had a RC toy from Heng Long, a direct but inaccurate copy of the Tamiya Tiger, and that represents the Tiger early version.


Building the Hobby Boss Schneider CA-1 Late model Spanish civil war 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 03.31.2015 12:10

The Schneider CA-1 was the first operative combat tank of the world developed in France in 1916. In April 1917 it would be used in large number at Berry-au-Bac during the infamous Nivelle Offensive. This article shows how I built the late CA-1 which was used in Spain after the First World War ended. For this modification, I used the FCModeltips conversion and decals.


Building the Hobby Boss T-24 Medium tank #82493 - 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 03.01.2015 11:00

Hobby Boss is a producer that bets for constant surprising election of their models, far from other companies that provides us with every single version of the ubiquitous T-34, Panther, Sherman, etc. only distinguishable for the angle of that certain part. Hobby Boss may not be as popular but they surely are very original. This time they came up with this particular subject that has never been produced in plastic before, in any scale.


Building the Hobby Boss 152mm ShkH DANA vz.77 – #85501 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 02.01.2015 10:50

DANA means Delo Automobilní Nabíjené Automaticky, in other words: self-propelled auto-loading gun., an innovator concept The DANA was one of the first truck or wheeled large calibre artillery pieces when it was designed in the 1970s by ZTS Bubnica nad Vahom. Based on a Tatra 8x8 truck the vehicle was, and is, quite advanced with a 152mm gun.


Building and improving the Hobby Boss M706 Commando Armored Car (V-100) #82418 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 01.16.2015 11:19

There are manufacturers that get better with every kit they introduce in the market, and each one is better than its predecessor in quality, detail, fit, etc. Of course, there are exceptions and sometimes a new kit can be worse than the previous one. In my personal thinking, this is what happened with the M706 Commando Armored Car from Hobby Boss (also known as V-100). Though it was released after the M4 Truck, its overall quality was lower. Something that we have to admit is that this company use to surprise us with different models and at reasonable prices.


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!


Building the M35A1 Quad GunTruck AFV Club #35034 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 12.17.2014 19:16

Unfortunately, there are not many kits available to build a Gun Truck. The M35A1 Nancy from AFV Club is the only injection molded kit, though there are other versions of resin Gun Trucks. This kit is highly detailed and includes everything a Gun Truck needs, nevertheless, I found no picture of the Nancy as it comes to be built out of the box. All the reference pictures show the complete trailer-mounted quad .50 fitted into a steel box. Neither the trailer nor the steel box are given in this kit. eel box is easy to make from plastic card, a bit longer than the actual cargo...


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.


Building the Bronco YW-531C 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 11.30.2014 12:49

I had this project on my mind for years, not this precise model but making a destroyed vehicle. I have seen many modellers do it with more or less skill and different results. I do not know when was the first time that I thought that it would be a nice challenge to make my own “scrap” but finally I realized that it would not be a single project but the first of many to come, this would be first and the testing for some techniques that I would have to improve, complete and combine with others along more destroyed tanks to come...


Building the Spanish AMX-30E from Meng Models 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 10.30.2014 11:03

For many decades the only 1/35 model of the AMX-30 was the one produced by the French company Heller, which had some nice details but also some troublesome parts and what was evident, it lacked of subtle details so if you wanted to have a nicely detailed model of the French tank you surely had to work a lot. Few years ago, the Meng Models Company from China presented their new kit at the Scale Model World 2012 at Telford and they did it “the big way” placing the real AMX-30B from the Bovington tank museum aside so the modellers could compare and enjoy.


Building the AFV Club SdKfz 11 late version -  #35047 1/35 scale

By Pablo Martelli | 10.17.2014 11:54

This vehicle represents a version of a 3 ton SdKfz 11 manufactured at the end of WWII. To save materials, the sheet cabin was replaced with a wooden one. So far, AFV is the only brand that markets this vehicle (a plastic injection release from 2002), though the Azimut resin kit is available. The instructions are easy-to- follow, with no mistakes. There are not too many available pictures of the real thing, anyway, as I didn’t detail my kit further than what was supplied with the box, it was not necessary to search for any kind of specific bibliography .Due to the lack of plans to scale, I compared the chassis to the ones from AFV Club and Dragon models. I took this as base and due to the dimensionally correct and well proportioned parts, no measurements were needed.


Building the Meng Models M2A3 Bradley BUSK III – 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 10.01.2014 11:06

Meng Models is a relatively new manufacturer from China with very good and easy to assemble kits. The subject this article is about, is the M2A3 Bradley IFV, an infantry fighting vehicle used by US Army, designed to transport infantry with armor protection and BUSK III Urban Survivability kit which is the one deployed to Irak.


Building the M4A3 76mm Sherman R/C from Heng long and Tamiya parts – 1/16 scale

By Mario Covalski | 08.28.2014 13:00

The aim of this article is to share with the reader the work accomplished to fulfill this version based on the pictures taken during the construction and the materials used for it. It’s necessary to have some experience because I’ll neither go deeper in the basic constructions topics nor in the electronics or wiring, is an article oriented to the static model appearance, then each one will add what he/she wants depending on their skills, liking and budget.


Building the Hobby Fan M5 High Speed Tractor 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 08.28.2014 12:52

I think I may have built more than 20 models of the M3 and variants from many firms and each time I have a new one I feel very excited, so when I received this M5 tractor I felt like I recovered that same old excitement and I just could not wait to start with it. Although this was the first time that I had a kit from Hobby Fan I expected it to be as good as any other……or as bad.


Building the AEC Dorchester DAK from SKP Model 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 07.29.2014 11:50

The AEC Dorchester 4x4 was one of the most common ACV (Armoured Command Vehicle) that the British Associated Equipment Company produced during the World War II, based on the AEC 0853 Matador 4x4 chassis. It was a simple armoured bus with a lot of space inside which made it very popular within the army, so popular that even Edwin Rommel himself used a couple of these trucks captured during the African campaign and named Max and Moritz. As you know the guys of SKP were the first to release theirs and they did it in two different versions, a “normal” one with allied decorations and then this one I made, the Rommel´s captured ones. The painting section of this article will be also valid for the AFV club one.


Building the Trumpeter Hotchkiss H39 #351 - 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 07.23.2014 12:05

The Hotchkiss H39 first appeared in 1939 and was considered one of the better of the French tanks in 1940. It was intended for use by French cavalry formations. Despite production problems (common to all French tanks in the period before WWII) about 1000 were built. The tank gave a good account of itself in combat during the German invasion of France in 1940, but had too little firepower to compete with the German armor. In addition, French tactics at the time envisaged tanks being used as infantry support rather than in mass formations, diminishing its effectiveness.


Building the AFV Club Flak 18 #35088 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 06.24.2014 10:53

Since time ago, I’ve been building scale models, but I had never built an important artillery piece. This is why I decide to buy an AFV Flak 18 and face this new challenge. To find more motivation, I purchased the Voyager etched parts Ref. 35067.


Building the Tasca Sherman Firefly Ic 1/35 scale

By Federico Collada | 06.01.2014 12:31

So what can I say about this new model? It is another superb model, plenty of delicate details and perfectly finished pieces. If there is something that I would change in the box it would be including a separate links tracks and a metal turned barrel as an option to the plastic two-pieces one. The box includes a little decals sheet with options for two British vehicles and one Canadian but I used a Bison Decals option for a Canadian vehicle that I already had just to alter a little.


Improving the ICM T28 ref # 35031 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 05.22.2014 12:16

The ICM kit allows us to build two T-28 versions, that only differ just for the kind of cannon mounted on the main turret.
These tanks production was very reduced, with only 503 units built. The manufacture was largely manual and in small batches distributed along eight years (1933-1949), with just small differences between each other. According to the vehicle we have as reference, we’ll see some differences with respect to this kit.


Building the FCM 36 from Azimut Productions AZP35065 1/35 scale

By Laurent Rolleri | 05.01.2014 11:41

I’m a great enthusiast of kits that represent French tanks from WWII to nowadays. After building the Somua S35 and the AMZ-30, I devoted my attention to a kit that had been waiting in my stash since time ago, the FCM36 from Azimt Productions.


Superdetailing the Italeri M110 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 03.27.2014 10:49

Some time ago I took an interest in a particular vehicle, more specifically in the M-107/ M-110 series. Time ago, I had modified and detailed several kits, but on opening the box, I realized this one was different. The kits I had built before, have never given me so much work as I would have if I started one of these projects. Besides, the basic kit from Italeri was terrible, as if destiny had determined I should not do that. But of course, I didn’t become discouraged.  Here you have a guide in order to plan, assemble and intend to finish a difficult kit without dying in the attempt.


Improving the Somua S35 from Heller 1/35 scale

By Laurent Rolleri | 03.24.2014 10:05

I spent several years waiting to build the Somua S35 from Heller #81134, for one reason or another I didn’t do it, probably due to the kit errors. I had to find a half built Tamiya Char B1 bis in a trash can around the corner from my house, perhaps thrown by a beginner scale modeler; that I finally started this mythical tank adopted by the French Army during the 30s.


Improving the Dragon Schwimmwagen - 1/6 scale #75013

By Mario Covalski | 03.19.2014 15:17

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.


Building the Jordanian M47 Patton Italeri 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 02.28.2014 10:45

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


Improving the AFV Club M10 Wolverine #35024 - 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 01.31.2014 10:24

Up to a few years ago, if you wanted to have a M10 in your showcase, the only possible option was the Tamiya kit in the M10A1 version. A very bad kit indeed that was almost impossible to correct. By that time, a resin option offered by Accurate Armor (Ref K26 in their catalogue) already existed, but it was much more expensive than any plastic kit.
Only when nearly at the same time, AFV (Ref: 35024) and Academy (Ref: 1393) decide to manufacture a M10, there we find an excellent value for money. Neither of these kits is absolutely outstanding, but at least they are a great step forward with respect to the old Tamiya´s mould.


Improving the Trumpeter 12.8cm Sf. L/61 (Pz.Sf.V) Sturer emil #00350 - 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 01.23.2014 11:04

This kit is one of those that you think you’ll never wish to build until some manufacturer introduce one injected in plastic, with good quality details and comparatively inexpensive…something nearly impossible. But Trumpeter made my wishes came true to perfection…In 1938 Henschet started to manufacture a VK30.01(H) prototype. But in 1941 the project was given up to start with the VK36.01 (H) which would give rise to the famous Tiger. By that moment there were several operational VK30.01 (H) chassis. It was decided that two of them, would take the 12,8 cm KL/61 Rheinmetall which was an adaptation of the 12,8 cm Flak Gërat 40. So, the hull of the VK30.01 (H) was lengthened and an eighth wheel was added besides of building a superstructure without roof to protect the crew. The unofficial name of these vehicles was Sturer Emil, though this name doesn’t appear in any official document.


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

By Eduardo Andreolli | 01.07.2014 19:39

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


Building the Das Werk Miniatures 1/35 Unimog Syrian version #35100 - 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 01.01.2014 09:40

At the beginning of the 50s, Daimler Benz took over manufacture of the Unimog and means UNIversal MOtor Gerät, being Gerät the German word for machine or device. Its four-wheel drive and suspension design allowed the truck to comfortably drive not only on paved roads but over extremely uneven terrain. So much so that many armed forces purchased them in a variety of variants with an equally impressive number of uses: cargo/troop transport, communications vehicles, ambulance, fire engines etc. etc. One of these countries was Syrian that used them as cargo/troop transport and mounting them anti aircraft devices, created an armed version that would be used later by the South Lebanon Army.


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.


Building the Bronco M-24 Chaffee 35069 1/35 scale

By David Guardia | 12.23.2013 10:28

My dear friend, J.J Aos, who is himself an encyclopedia, gave me all the necessary information to place it in Pakistan. Although it is common to find pictures of Chaffles of late production, the early ones were also seen, included in the last Pakistan's 1971 conflict with India. Of course, exactly when I finished my model painting, Bronco Models offer the final release, Have you heard of Murphy’s law…?


Building the AFV Club IDF Dodge Beep WC51 - 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 12.12.2013 19:40

At times being involved in the construction of complicated kits and very detailed projects means much time consuming and makes us lose fun or dispel enthusiasm. In order to recover those feelings, I decided to involve myself in the build of this IDF Dodge WC51. I’ll not speak a lot about this well known kit of excellent quality. Recommended not only for experienced modelers but also for beginners, an easy to build kit which really was built for pure fun.


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

By Patricio Delfosse | 11.28.2013 11:38

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


Building the VRC-105 Centauro from the Spanish Army - Trumpeter 1/35 scale

By Michael Capell | 11.03.2013 10:36

I have been waiting years for a plastic version of this vehicle to appear . The Model Victoria version was simply beyond my means and I did not have the confidence to tackle an all resin kit at the time. Trumpeter to the rescue and their version with injection moulded plastic . I have my own theory concerning the design ; after all the engineers and planners had finished , they handed the project over to Ferrari to design the rest, it looks so good from every angle. That's Italian design for you. So now we have an English modeler, building a Chinese kit, of an Italian vehicle issued to the Spanish army, well this is an international magazine.


Building the Dragon Panther Ausf G - 1/35 scale

By Pablo Martelli | 10.30.2013 10:31

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


Building the JGSDF Type 10 - Tamiya #35329 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 10.23.2013 12:02

The arrival of the Tamiya kit to the market was a partial surprise. Although, it’s true that outside of Japan this was not a subject that modelers were crying out for, due to their history Tamiya felt that it was almost a must to manufacture the most recent Japanese MBT. In spite that it is not an interesting vehicle for the occidental modeling world, the new Tamiya kit is always welcome.


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

By Patricio Delfosse | 10.17.2013 09:45

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


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

By Pablo Raggi | 10.14.2013 11:40

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


Kitbashing the ICV Warrior Academy #13201 - 1/35 scale

By Pablo Martelli | 10.11.2013 10:13

For this project, I used the Academy kit reference #13201 which is no more nor less than its old mould featuring new parts and including a new decal sheet. In this way, Academy is trying to improve this kit to let those modelers who want to accomplish this vehicle in the recent Iraq campaign theatre, can do this.


Building the M7 Priest early - Academy #13210 - 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 10.08.2013 17:55

Since time ago, I wanted to make an early version of M7 in North of Africa. I had kept one from Italeri waiting to get some good M3 bogies since the ones from the Tamiya Lee/Grant did not convince me at all. To correct these bogies, I had to make a homemade conversion which would take a lot of time) or buy an expensive resin aftermarket.


Ultimate guide for the sFH 18 Howitzer Dragon #6392 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 09.22.2013 11:15

The 15 cm Schwere Feldhaubitze 18 or sFH 18 (German: "heavy field howitzer, model 18") was the basic German division-level heavy howitzer during the Second World War. Until now to accomplish this model, you could only find resin or metal kits among the available brands. My intention was to assemble this sFH18 in combat mode without limber. Let’s see which surprises this kit will bring…


Building an accurate Sherman Mk.III DV (Direct vision) CyberHobby #6527 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 09.19.2013 11:41

The DV ( Direct Vision) was always one of my favourite tanks but up to the Dragon release, the only options to build it were the conversion from Formations or the old one from Verlinden. As I don’t like to work with resin, I waited in the hope of getting a plastic injection kit. Fortunately, today is possible to assert that Tasca and Dragon offer nearly all the versions of the Sherman (with guns) that saw service during World War II.


Improving the M41 Walker Bulldog Skybow / Okuno - 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 09.09.2013 11:03

After 30 years of the Tamiya old mold, around 2002, and nearly by the time AFV Club and Skybow announced two new molds of this important light tank. Both kits (Skybow and AFV Club) are excellent, but the Skybow´s includes a mantlet cover made out of soft plastic, a similar material used for the tracks. Though this mantlet cover was not obligatory (in the real thing it was a dust cover and could be removed to leave the metal mantlet exposed), most of the pictures show it placed.


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.


Building the SA-6 Gainful, step by step Trumpeter 1/35 scale (Ref. 361)

By Patricio Delfosse | 08.28.2013 19:54

For those fans of modern Soviet hardware, there are not many opportunities to be pleased about. There are just a few releases of this kind of vehicle and in general they are from brands which offer low quality products. This Gainful is an exception, since it’s quite a good kit (though not superb, as we’ll see later on) from Trumpeter, a company that since several years ago, have been offering quality products for a very reasonable price.


Building the T-34/100 – from a T34/85 & scratch 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 08.21.2013 09:23

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...


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.


Building the M36B1 tank destroyer 1/16 scale R/C

By Mario Covalski | 07.29.2013 08:17

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.


Improving the Tamiya JS-3 Stalin ref. 35211 1/35 scale

By Modeler Site | 07.28.2013 10:58

Tamiya offers us a prototype version of 1945 that had been manufactured before being mass produced, this vehicle had been revealed during the 1945 victory parade in Berlin, and shocked Western military authorities. As these vehicles saw nearly no action, I decided to base my model on a version of the 1946 production, recreating the atmosphere during the Hungarian uprising in 1956.


Converting the Heller AMX-30 to the B2 (Opération Daguet) version, Gulf war 1991 1/35 scale

By Laurent Rolleri | 07.23.2013 11:41

The new kit from Meng is a AMX-30B, and the variant used by the French army in the Gulf War was the AMX-30B2, with some add-ons. Some time ago, Heller had released a limited edition of their AMX-30B kit which included the parts to convert it into a Gulf War tank. In this article, I’ll share with the reader how I built my AMX30-B2.


Building the Israeli M3 Scout Car, from an Italeri kit 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 07.19.2013 10:11

The M3 Scout Car(s) that Israel received from France and Italy together with the M2, M3, M5 and M9 half tracks in the early 50’s, would see service on several combats and also suffer many modifications.


Tamiya Leclerc, improved and accurately painted. A step by step guide for novices, 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 07.13.2013 10:55

The Tamiya Leclerc’s arrival caused me conflicting feelings. On the one hand, it’s always a pleasure to purchase a new Tamiya kit. It’s not usual to find daily releases from this company, and modelers get excited when one is introduced. Besides the Leclerc, it’s an important vehicle in the world scene, that’s why having a good kit of that tank, means a joy indeed!. But, on the other hand, when opening the box, I found a couple of unpleasant surprises. Perhaps they are petty details, but an oversight of that kind is unforgivable if we speak about a company like Tamiya.


Building the Syrian T-55 based on the Tamiya kit 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 07.02.2013 11:25

During some time I’ve been building standard quality kits (neither so good, nor so bad), until purchasing the Tamiya T-55 introduced in the market around the 2002. As I already knew it was an excellent kit, just to think it would need nearly no modifications made me feel pleased. Here, you’ll see that even an excellent kit may be improved, and why not, I'll show you that in this hobby the obsession for detailing is like an incurable disease. In my opinion, this kit is simply superb and pure Tamiya class.


Building the Hetzer Tamiya #35285 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 06.14.2013 10:55

Until this Tamiya release, other companies offered us the Hetzer in 1/35 scale. The oldest mold comes from Italeri and leaves much to be desired Later Dragon flooded the market with different early and late versions among them the flamethrower and command ones which though they were a step ahead of Italeri, they still had details to be corrected. A few years ago, Eduard offered us a kit with complete interiors, but excessively pricey considering its quality. Now, I can say without a doubt that this new Tamiya kit in the ever popular 1/35 scale, is far superior to them all, a fantastic kit which includes many additional parts and markings to make it quite special.


Building the Char B1bis Tamiya #35282 1/35 scale

By Juan Romero | 06.14.2013 10:53

A couple of years ago, my friend Patricio, and I started to build which was by that time, the Tamiya’s new kit . He finished the model and published an article at Modelersite and mine was under mid construction waiting for better time, you understand what I’m saying. Now it’s the moment to finish it and here’s the article with some changes, regarding especially to the improvements made on the kit and the materials used for the weathering.


Building the German 17cm Kanone 18 (K18) - Trumpeter #2313 - 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 06.10.2013 20:05

Since I am an artillery fan, this German heavy gun couldn’t miss in my collection not only due to its caliber and effectiveness but because once it’s built, it is 35cm long. Prepare the showcases!


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. 


Improving the M578 ARV Italeri 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 05.17.2013 10:57

I’ve always wanted to build a vehicle of this kind, unfortunately, there are not many available to choose. The only chance was to try the Verlinden conversion, a new reissue but somewhat old; this was what made me doubt about its quality. But as it always happens in this hobby, when we want to build a certain model, we don’t think about the consequences and then we’ve to face the problems. Luckily, this was not the case.


Building the M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo - 1/16 scale

By Mario Covalski | 05.16.2013 13:44

During my modeling years, it happened that I read an article on a superb model that was impossible to reproduce since it was scratchbuilt one and the author was a genius. The good point about this article, is that I’m not a genius and just built with things I got to hand which can be easily found. Thus, you may reproduce this model and even improve it if you have more skill and/or patience. 


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!


Building the 10.5 cm Sturmhaubitze 42 SdKfz 142/2 - Dragon #6454 1/35 scale

By Dario Risso | 05.10.2013 10:48

These new vehicles, designated StuH 42 (Sturmhaubitze 42, Sd.Kfz 142/2), were designed to provide infantry support with the increased number of StuG III Ausf. F/8 and Ausf. Gs being used in the anti-tank role. The StuH 42 mounted a variant of the 10.5 cm leFH 18 howitzer, modified to be electrically fired and fitted with a muzzle brake. Later models were built from StuG III Ausf. G chassis as well as StuG III Ausf. F and Ausf. F/8 chassis. 1,210 StuH 42 were produced from October 1942 to 1945.


Building the Sd.Kfz. 251/22 ausf. D. Dragon #6248 1/35 scale

By Pablo Martelli | 05.04.2013 10:46

Among all the existing versions of this halftrack, the /22 was loaded with the heaviest weaponry. AFV Club released a similar kit nearly at the same time Dragon released this one. Still today there are discussions about which one is better, but I can assert that Dragon’s is not bad at all.


Building the Egyptian T-122 - Dragon / Accurate Armour - 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 04.25.2013 18:58

This rarity among the armored world was for me a kind of an unreachable aim, I like to face this conversion projects with scratch, but this turret is a terrible point and it would take much more time consuming, thus I finally purchased the Accurate Armour's conversion kit. The aim of this article is to lead the reader through this building experience and share my view on how this vehicle should be painted.


Ultimate guide to build the Dragon Flak 36 (ref.6260) 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 04.20.2013 10:01

The Dragon Flak 36 is one of the last moulds from this company. Together with the initial and late versions of the Tiger(s) and the Panzer IV, make up a trilogy that shows a new tendency in modeling, where besides of offering plastic and metal parts, it involves something much more important: Research and Development (R&D).This article aims at guiding the modeler along the assembly stages. As it’s not a very common subject (you don’t mount guns every day, do you?...) it’s not possible to build it intuitively. Unfortunately, Dragon instructions are not a great help as they are not clear at all.


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............


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.


Kitbashing the BTR-152 Skif (ref #210) 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 02.28.2013 12:20

The version I chose to represent one of these vehicles, is the one I found in a picture of the book Soviet Armor Wheeled Vehicles from Concord Editorial. There, I could see two BTR-152 arrived at Syria during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. I guess they’re new since they don’t have the typical hand painted markings, as can be seen in others pictures from the ’73 and ’82. In the picture there is another BTR-152 captured which has two interesting markings: the numeral and the divisional marking painted on the mudguard. The idea was then to make a two tone vehicle belonging to the Syrian Army of the mid ‘70 but with the numerals placed as in the second picture of the book.


Building the KV-220 from scratch / Trumpeter kit 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 02.25.2013 11:31

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.


Detailing and weathering the JSU-122 Dragon #6013 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 02.24.2013 11:44

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.


Building the M4A1E8 Sherman IDF service RC 1:16 scale

By Mario Covalski | 02.08.2013 09:59

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.


Building a Syrian SA-9 Gaskin Dragon 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 02.03.2013 11:12

Some time ago, an old Dragon SA-9 Gaskin kit (ref 3515) came to my hands. It belongs to the epoch when Dragon surprised us with a series of vehicles of the Warsaw Pact before the disintegration of the USSR and the fall of the Berlin Wall. I decided to build it as in the Middle East theatre. But tired of the typical sand color and the usual Arabian inscriptions, that I had to handpaint so many times, I started to look for something different, and I thought of building a Syrian Gaskin though as can be seen in this article, this vehicle could have served in any other country.


Six of one: building six versions of the Tamiya British Light Utility Car 10HP Tilly – #35308 - 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 02.03.2013 10:51

The Austin Tilly was a typical British wartime improvisation: the conversion of a standard saloon car into a Light Utility Pick-Up Truck. Austin were not the only manufacturer of Light Utility vehicles for the British Army: Hillman, Morris and Standard all produced militarized pick-ups from versions of their own cars. Soldiers called them affectionately by the nickname “Tilly.” The Tilly served throughout the war in many theatres of operation, and even soldiered on afterwards well into the 50s, though sadly few have survived.


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.


Building and weathering the Miniart T-70M - 1/35 scale

By Juan Romero | 01.19.2013 11:54

The T-70 kit from MiniArt is a “Special Edition” called in this way by the manufacturer because it includes good quality PE to detail areas such as the grilles for the engine compartment. The kit is wholly plastic, without metal or resin parts and offers markings for nine tanks. Most of the options are overall Soviet Armor Green with a couple in white winter camo.


Building the LRDG Ford F30 with Bofors from Tamiya, Italeri kits & scratch 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 01.12.2013 18:59

When I face this type of project and there’s no commercial kit available, I try to gather as much information as possible, written information and references pictures with the purpose of giving myself the idea of the different parts I’ll need to build the puzzle. Later, I start looking for the kits from which I can take parts from. In this case, I took as base some parts from the Tamiya Ford Quad (Ref.#35045). Besides, I noticed that a feature of this Ford F30 is that it has Chevrolet axles, this was why I had to go to the Italeeri Chevrolet kit. (Ref.#6233)


Building the soviet T-80 Miniart #35038 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 01.12.2013 18:58

The T-80 was the last light tank used by the Soviet Union army during World War II. Though it nearly was not assigned to combat units (only 120 samples were manufactured), it is an interesting link in the series of light armored vehicles, this is why I was always interested in building one. The T-80 was based on T-70 chassis , so when Miniart announced the T-70, it was obvious that the T-80 would come soon.


Building an Afghan T-62 Mod.1972 - Trumpeter #00377 - 1/35 scale

By Juan Romero | 01.12.2013 18:57

This second variation of the T-62 that Trumpeter have released, this time the Model 1972 was great news for all those who like modern tanks. The T-62 was very important in the Soviet arsenal during the Cold War, and also saw service in the Army in many third World countries aligned with the Soviet bloc. The only option we had until this new release was the old and erroneous Tamiya kit, it not only suffered from great defects regarding the shape of the turret but also was a mix of different versions.


Weathering the IJA Type 98 Shi-Ke: step by step Pit-Road #G22 1/35 scale

By Juan Romero | 11.30.2012 10:27

It was a pleasant surprise to discover this small tractor. Some time ago, Pit Road had offered the same kit but in white metal. At present, the only kits they produce are made from injection-molded plastic, having discontinued the white metal ones. Japanese Armor King, also manufactured some years ago, a resin kit of this same model.


Building the Finemolds Type 5 Chi-Ri 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 12.01.2011 11:30

The arrival of the Type 5 into the market was a real event for those who love Japanese tanks. No doubt this vehicle, the only prototype built, was worth to be represented in plastic due to its good shape, big size and visually powerful.


Building the GMC 2 ½ ton with Nissan - Italeri / Arii 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 05.01.2010 11:26

Some time ago the 2.5 tons GMC Jimmy truck from Italeri, came to my hands. It’s a basic kit to which I thought I would add the Eduard ref#35068 and some homemade improvement. But I don’t know why, it still seemed to me it needed something else. Apart form its cab, just a few things of this truck caught my attention. It was one year later when I saw a picture of one of these trucks loading an old big boat.


Building the SdKfz 253 Dragon #6140 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 10.01.2009 10:36

Going on with the saga of vehicles used in the African front during the Second World War, finally, it was the turn of the SdKfz 253, a small command tank that coordinated the actions in the battle front. To accomplish this project, I used the only kit available on the market, a Dragon release which original mold was manufactured by Gunze. (Ref.#G-744)


Improving the Tamiya Sd.Kfz.7 Half-track Tamiya #35148, 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 02.01.2008 10:45

I’ve always had the intention of building a Tamiya SdKfz 7, even knowing it was a very old kit, and like many old items produced by this and other companies, they were not so detailed and accurate kits. I knew this project would take me several months of hard work ahead, besides of a lot of aftermarket and scratch to finish it to my liking. Anyway, I decided to take it on, since today this is the only kit available on the market and also there are detail sets to correct the main mistakes. So, I started to gather the things I would need.


Building the Dragon King Tiger Late Production Ardennes 1944 #6232, 1/35 scale

By Pablo Martelli | 11.01.2007 12:03

When I decided to build a late King Tiger (final version), I chose the King Tiger “late production” from Dragon (Ref #6232). It’s one of the last releases from Dragon with this mould. This box includes late style drive sprocket and also the new pattern track.


Converting the Tamiya Churchill Mk.VII into a Mk.III 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 11.01.2007 11:41

The only Churchill kit in injection molded plastic is the old mold coming from Tamiya.. Nowadays not only IMA from Hong Kong, offer excellent conversion kits for this model but also Cromwell Models offer new complete resin kits for the great many variants but, both options are more expensive than the Tamiya kit. If we want to face a straightforward project, we may try converting a Churchill Mk VII into an early model with little effort and some plastic.


Building the Dragon Panzerbefehlswagen III Ausf E #9040, 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 09.01.2007 11:41

Since time ago, I’ve spent my free time building exclusively models from the Vietnam War (just American and Australians) and vehicles that saw service in North Africa during WWII (allied and axis). After so many years devoting to this subject, there are just a few models I’ve not built yet, this is why I’m always searching for new information about kit conversions of vehicles which there is no commercial kit available around the market. And, if I find a picture of a vehicle that doesn’t exist in my collection, I start to think about facing that project.


Building the AFV Club M38A1 #35S19, 1/35 scale

By David Guardia | 07.01.2007 11:35

The AFV kit is the old Skybow mold; it’s an excellent plastic kit easy to work with, featuring some fragile parts, any kind of glue may be used here. It offers nearly no flash, and though there’s a little problem of fit with the chassis and body, it’s easy to solve.


Improving the Academy M3A1 Stuart #1389, 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli | 11.01.2006 12:40

When I decided that my next kit would be a M3A1 Stuart, there were not many available options so, I had to choose between purchasing an old Tamiya M3 (ref 35042) along with a resin conversion to convert it in a M3A1, or, this Academy kit. Comparing both kits, the Tamiya’s didn’t stand well the passage of time. The tracks are clearly in bad condition, so, they should have be replaced. The hull as well as the turret, have serious problems of size, and the details are nothing especial.


Building the Dragon Canadian Vc Sherman 1/35 scale

By Grant M Vogl | 11.01.2006 11:19

When it came to deciding on a base kit for my Canadian Vc Sherman, there was only really one option for me; the new offering from DML/Dragon. I have long been a fan of Dragon’s high-quality and low price, and its newer kits are especially appealing. While the kit isn’t exactly new, more of a re-tooling of a previously released kit, it does represent the best, and to my knowledge, one of the only injection Firefly kits available in 1/35.


Building the Academy Merkava III D Baz 1/35 scale

By Carlos Massuh | 06.01.2006 14:31

The kit I used for this project is the Merkava III from Academy. It’s a good one, with no problems of fit or dimensions, this saved me time and effort that was devoted to modify the turret. The PE from Eduard (Ref #35243) allowed me to detail critical areas such as the rear stowage basket .


Improving the Trumpeter JS-3M, 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 06.01.2005 09:51

Towards the mid of the 90s, Tamiya introduced to the market their JS-3 (Ref. 35211), which since it was coming from the first manufacturing batches, could not be painted in other way than the classic soviet green. Jaguar tried a resin kit to convert the JS-3 from Tamiya in the JS-3M post-war version, however it was nothing but a failure owing to the great deal of mistakes it featured. We had to wait for the new century to see a real JS-3M, and this time from Trumpeter (Ref.316).


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


Kitbashing the M50 Isherman VVSS hybrid Dragon / Verlinden 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi
When thinking about the projects of Sherman(s) I had in mind, I decided not to start with complicated versions but to build standard kits easily available around the market. The different versions would be built by changing parts (turret, hulls, guns, suspensions, etc).  When a Sherman Firefly from Dragon came to my hands, I found out that it had a hull from a M4A4 which was really good, though the turret would be of no use for my purposes. So, I had two options: building an Egyptian M4A4 with 75HB turret (High Bustle) or a post war Israeli M50.


Defender of Stalingrad or how to make winter camouflage Tamiya 1/35 scale

By Matej Paluda
To build this model, I used the old Tamiya´s T-34/76, 1943 kit. Although its moulds are from the eighties of 20th century, it is still good and with nice detailing. This article is intended for newcomers to armor modelling showing how to make a winter camouflage.


Detailing the Sherman M4 early production Tamiya/Verlinden 1/35 scale

By Karl-Heinz Pfarr
This model was born as a modeling project to show a tank’s interior. A kind of a museum sample to appreciate the interior of an armored vehicle. My intention was not to build an operative and worn out vehicle, on the contrary to stand out and show the vehicles’ interior that on very few occasions we have the opportunity to see in real life.


Fuchs 8x8 Revell/scratch 1/35

By Diethelm Berlage


Improving the SdKfz 11/4 Nebelwerfer AFV #35051, 1/35 scale

By Carlos Pfarr
The SdKfz 11 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 11) was a half-track military vehicle used by the German Wehrmacht during the Second World War. This vehicle played a critical role in the German war effort and served from the beginning until the end of World War II when several variants were produced and also from 1939, some 16000 of the chassis produced were used for Sd.Kfz.251. Nowadays there are four different AFV kits available to build this vehicle, the SdKfz 11/4 Ref 35051: 3-ton Ammunition Carrier Halftrack for Nebelwerfer units, subject of this article.


Leopard 2 A4 OPFOR 1/35 scale

By Diethelm Berlage


Oto Melara M-56, Argentine Army

By Juan Carlos Heredia


T55 from PST 1/72 scale

By William Toledo Ferreira


Building the Dragon Sd.Kfz 251 Ausf. D #6233 1/35 scale

By Pablo Martelli

Tamiya, Dragon and AFV Club (in chronological order) have not only a reference for this vehicle but also for the different versions of the 251. Dragon moulds have been improved version after version, correcting some errors the first editions of this kit featured. Anyway, as they’re not big mistakes, perhaps, we’d rather ignore them, unless we aim to do the “perfect model”.


Improving the Dragon Panzer I ref. #6186 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse
Until this Dragon release, the only alternative to do a Panzer I Ausf B was the old Italeri kit, that though being dimensionally correct, it lacked of certain refinement with regard to details. On the other hand, the tracks from Italeri were a weak point of their kits. All this was easily solved by Dragon. Excellent details, very good tracks and a top-level fit. The Dragon Panzer I is undoubtedly, a XXI century pure class kit due to its quality. In this model in particular, the addition of the Voyager PE improve highly the mudguards and all the tool sets...


Converting the 1/35 Tamiya SdKfz 250/9 into the SdKfz 252, 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse

In 2000, Dragon announced new references among their variety of vehicles mounted on the SdKfz chassis: this time was turn for the closed roof variants, the SdKfz 252 and SdKfz 253. A year later, this last one was released as a kit, but nothing was ever heard about the 252. Today, we’re waiting for it to be released as it’s still being announced but….there’s no news to this respect. Tired of waiting, I decided make this conversion from scratch since in point of fact, it would not mean a lot of trouble. I took as base this old kit from Tamiya, the SdKfz 250/9, simply because I had it handy. I could have chosen any Dragon kit that are comparatively better in quality than the Tamiya’s and would have been a good option.


Improving the Tamiya Sturmtiger ref 35177 1/35 scale

By Pablo Martelli

There are several ways to build a Sturmtiger, but undoubtedly trying one from a Tamiya kit will be easier. In spite of being somewhat old (the first and only release is the one from 1994), keeps a high level of details and excellent fit. Other possible options are the Sturmtiger from Italeri and the Royal Model conversion designed to convert the Late Tiger from Italeri.


Detailing and painting the 1/16 Tamiya M4 Sherman, a guide for newcomers

By Mario Covalski

Within the world of scale models, some aspects meet up at a certain point. This is quite evident with the RC tanks, when the toy melts into the scale model to get something that takes in all the aspects of the real vehicle, movements, sounds….and its exterior graceful lines, of course. Tamiya offer several models of tanks in 1/16 scale, some of them were...


Painting and detailing the Leopard 1A4 suitable for R/C, Tamiya 1/16 scale

By Mario Covalski

This note aims at offering the reader an idea about the tasks he/she will have to achieve and how to, in case of coming across a model in plastic or metal like this. This text will be a guidance for restoration, detailing and painting, leaving to the reader the work to restore the mechanism, if possible...


Panzer IV F - 1 Panzer SS Leibstandart

By William Toledo Ferreira


Krupp Protze 1/35

By William Toledo Ferreira


Japanese Chi-Ha

By Russ Sharp


Tiger I

By Fco. Javier Rubio


Karrier K6 3ton 4x4 scratch 1/35

By Eduardo Andreoli


British Sherman ARV mkI

By Russ Sharp


German Brumbar

By Russ Sharp


Tamiya Tiger II

By Russ Sharp


Medics Dingo 1/35

By Russ Sharp


1/35 field ambulance

By Russ Sharp


British Grant by Tamiya

By Russ Sharp


Italeri M47, in Korea

By Russ Sharp


British Bishop SPG

By Russ Sharp


Italeri Hetzer

By Russ Sharp


Academy M18 Hellcat

By Russ Sharp


Tamiya M8 HMC

By Russ Sharp


Italeri WC62 6x6

By Russ Sharp


Tamiya Sheridan

By Russ Sharp


Panzer IV

By Russ Sharp


Ferdinand 1/35

By Russ Sharp


Jagdpanther

By Russ Sharp


T-55 1/35

By Russ Sharp


Zvezda Zis-5 1/35th

By Russ Sharp


Italeri Tiger I 1/35

By Jose Maria Cantu


Stug. III Ausf.G in Russia

By Alain Lecrenier


Hetzer - German at Bastogne

By Alain Lecrenier


Brumbar

By Noel Deleye


Jagdtiger Diorama

By Noel Deleye


Patton

By Rafael Zambrino


Panther

By Rafael Zambrino


Tiger

By Rafael Zambrino


Argentine M5 Semi-track

By Alvaro Galarza


T.A.M. Argentine Medium Tank

By Mario Covalski


ACHZARIT assault vehicle

By Hugo Huertas


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

By Alfredo Casciani


Steyr SK 105 Kurassier

By Hugo Huertas


M51 ISherman 1/35 scale

By Marco Aurelio Preto


Argentine Army VCA 155

By Fernando Benedetto


Argentine LVTP, photo array

By Hernan Casciani


Argentine Army Sherman

By Hernan Casciani


Flak 88 on wagon 1/35 scale

By Alfredo Casciani


Panzer III on Bogie 1/35 scale

By Alfredo Casciani


Ersatz M10 1/35 scale

By Alfredo Casciani


Ironside T-28 wagon 1/35 scale

By Alfredo Casciani


Weathering

By Hugo Huertas


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.


1/35th German figures

By Filippo Chessa


Normandy

By Russ Sharp


Berlin Flak

By Russ Sharp


British 6pdr Gun Portee

By Russ Sharp


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


Learning to paint figures step by step

By Rick & Jannine Bennett


King Tiger II

By Carlos Massuh


Syrian Pz-IV Ausf. J

By Marco Aurelio Preto


Argentinian VCTP From Tamiya 1/35

By Diethelm Berlage


M 13-40, Zvezda 1/35

By Maurizio Bressan


Praga Spring 1968 Building the Tamiya T-55 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse

It's long time since manufacturers have been making attempts to offer us a good T-55. The first one was from Esci which seemed to be a good kit. But as time goes on, modelers demands have been increasing, and that kit was only used as base guide for corrections and superdetailing purposes. At least, it was an improvement considering the earliest attempts Tamiya intended by the end of the 60´s.


Building the Dragon M26 Pershing #6801 - 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse

In January 1945, 20 T26E3 experimental heavy tanks that were developed to go against German's Panthers and Tigers, were shipped to Antwerp in Belgium for testing in the battle field. After arrival, they were issued to the 3rd and 9th Armored Divisions. In March 1945, the T26E3 was standardized as the Heavy Tank M26, and named "General Pershing", while tank crews called it "Pershing".


Improving a Dragon JS-2 ChKZ, ref. 6018 1/35 scale model

By Diego Rojas photos and text by Patricio Delfosse


Leopard 1V-Chile Revell 1/35

By Diethelm Berlage


Featuring an accurate Argentine UN M113 (Croacia 1996), 1/35 scale Parts I, II

By Pablo Scordo

The M113, received within its vast history, numerous camouflages, being, the one I’m going to show you along this article perhaps, the most atypical. During the O.N.U mission, UNTAES (United Nations transitory administration for east Slovakia), six M113 A2, given by the Canadian government, were assigned to the Argentine Army Combat Forces 1, which together with six Kurassier SK105, joined the Belbat (Belgian battalion), as armoured reserve. From January 1996, and during 14 months, reconnaissance missions, control and protection of engineer equipments developing tasks of terrestrial mines removal were carried out, in Brod Pustara at the North of Croacia. Once the mission was accomplished, they were transported to Argentina where they received the later traditional Argentine Army scheme.


On the border

By Russ Sharp


Sahariana AS42 Italeri 1/35

By Jaroslaw Witkowski


Marder III H - Smart Kit Dragon 1/35

By Jaroslaw Witkowski


B1 bis INDOCHINE Tamiya 1/35

By Nicolas Smata


Building your first resin kit: The ADGZ Commando 5, ref # C5-3501 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse
Working with resin kits calls for certain precautions and techniques somewhat different than the ones used for the plastic kits we’re used to building. These kits comprise fewer parts but are more difficult to build. Resin kits technology is suited to short runs, and we could say that they are not pure commercial kits but collection pieces even before being built.


Crusader Mk. 1 1/35

By Simon Chong


LAV-25 USMC Piranha

By Simon Chong


Captured T 34/76

By Nicolas Smata


SDKFZ 222 Waffen SS Unit

By Nicolas Smata


Char B1 bis Tamiya 1/35

By Patricio Delfosse


M3 Lee at Kursk 1/72

By Matej Paluda


Building the Char B1bis Tamiya #35282 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse

As Tamiya always do, once again they greatly surprised us all with a Char B, unexpectedly They provided us as usual, an easy to build kit, highly detailed, the right combination and therefore, a good choice for the average modeler. In spite of being one of the most important tanks of the early stage of WWII, to date there was no other option for the modeler than getting one of those expensive resin kits from MB Models (discontinued, of course) that needed a lot of work to get and acceptable replica.


Argentinian TAM-Family 1/35

By Diethelm Berlage


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


Afrika Corps Kubel

By Russ Sharp


Modelling a bust, Step by step

By Ariel Villalobos


Making a realistic chipped paint

By Patricio Delfosse


Painting wheels in five steps

By Patricio Delfosse


Argentine LVTP-7, in action

By Jose Miguel & Patricio Delfosse


Detailing a Panther Ausf. G Part II - Tamiya ( ref. 35176) 1/35 scale

By Diego Rojas photos and text Patricio Delfosse


Building the BS-3 - ICM 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse
The BS-3 100mm antitank gun was designed and successfully employed in the late stages of World War II, remained in service into the 1950s and was also sold to a number of other countries and in some of these countries the gun is still in service. A number of BS-3 pieces are still stored in Russian Army arsenals.


Building the PT-76B Trumpeter #381 - 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi
I can’t remember exactly when I started to build middle-east models. But I’m sure that nowadays there are many more options available to choose. Recently, Trumpeter released three versions of the PT-76, among them, the PT-76B (kit #00381) which fits perfect for the Middle East theatre.


Building the KV-2 as a beutepanzer PzKpfw 754(r) Trumpeter (#367) 1/35 scale

By Dario Risso

The kit represents a KV-2 as a "beutepanzer" (literally "trophy tank," meaning a captured vehicle). Modified by the Germans with a Panzer III cupola, Bosch light, convoy light, horns, tools, and rear storage racks for additional 152mm main gun ammo and fuel cans, this version makes an interesting comparison piece to the original Russian version, particularly in its German standard three-tone camo.


Improving the BMD-1 from Skif #223 - 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi

This is a typical Skif kit, bad fit, poorly detailed, too thick plastic. However, Skif offer a catalogue with vehicles that are not marketed by any other brand and this deserves some recognition and effort on the part of us, the modelers, since in the end, we will have something exclusive in our display cabinet.


Building an improving the Pak 43/41 (ref #35059) AFV Club 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse
The PaK 43 is the natural evolution of the Flak 36 adapted for its anti tank role. A number of armored vehicles also carried versions of this gun, under different designations, including: heavy tank Tiger II (KwK 43 L/71), self-propelled gun Nashorn (PaK 43/1), as well as tank destroyers Ferdinand/Elefant (PaK 43/2) and Jagdpanther (PaK 43/3 and 43/4).


Improving the el SU-100 Dragon #6075 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi
As I usually build vehicles used in Middle East conflicts, when I purchased this SU-100, I chose to build the Egyptian version captured by the British forces during the Operation Musketeer, headed by British Army General Charles Keightley, it was conducted in October 1956 in coordination with the Israeli armored thrust into the Sinai, which was called Operation Kadesh.. Egypt's government, led by President Nasser, was seeking political control over the Suez canal. This Egyptian decision produced a conflict of interests with the British French allies who sent troops towards Port Said and saw combat with the few Egyptian armored units. The Egyptian vehicles were T-34/85, SU-100 and JS-3M, all of them were almost new.....


Building a - Land Rover Technical – from a Tamiya # 35076, 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi

A technical is a type of improvised fighting vehicle, typically a civilian or military non-combat vehicle, modified to provide an offensive capability. It is usually an open-backed civilian pickup truck or 4x4 on which is mounted a recoilless rifle, a machine gun, a light anti-aircraft gun, or another relatively small weapons system. Since time ago, a technical fever which started with the Toyota Land Cruiser release from MIG Productions, lives around the world of modeling...


Building the Ford F60L Scratch / Tamiya 35045 Quad gun tractor 1/35th

By Pablo Martelli

The idea to build this truck came to my mind after looking at a picture. No sooner had I seen it, I knew that I needed to have this model among my collection of desert trucks. Regrettably, manufacturers don’t pay too much attention to trucks and even less if they are British ones. Fortunately, Tamiya make things easier, since this truck shares some parts with the 35045 Quad Gun Tractor. Starting from this kit, and, with some simple scratchbuilt tricks, we’ll get a scale reproduction of the model in the picture that kept me awake.


Building the British 17/25 pdr Anti-Tank Gun Pheasant - Bronco #CB-35071 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreolli

The new manufacturers surprise us every day with new releases. Kits that we never thought would appear or capture someone's interest in being produced, are finally available in the market. This is the case of Bronco that delight us with this rarity, an anti tunk gun converted in campaign to be deployed in the North of Africa to tackle the Tigers that had just arrived in-theatre. The gun we are talking about is the 17/25 Pheasant.


Building the IDF M50 radio controled Sherman 1/16 scale

By Mario Covalski

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.


Building an accurate M51 Isherman from the Tamiya RC kit 1/16 scale

By Mario Covalski

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.


Building the M1A1 155mm Howitzer Bronco 35073 -1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse

For years the only kit available to build this Howitzer was the old inaccurate Italeri kit, also a rebox of the old Peerless Max kit without its metal parts. This Italeri/Peerless kit, apart from being extremely simplified, offers many problems such as the incorrect wheels.


Detailing the radio controlled M26 Pershing Tamiya #56016 - 1/16 scale

By Mario Covalski

I consider of no use to make an introduction about the Pershing, one of the best known military tanks of WWII. In my opinion the Tamiya kit let us represent a superb M26 not only for the scale (1/16) but also due to the level of details. About 30 years ago Tamiya released their first RC tank, the M4 Sherman. Since then, the quality of the models in 1/16 has improved in such a way that this version has nothing to envy his brother in 1/35 scale.


Scratchbuilding military vehicles - Ford C11 ADF - 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli

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.


Improving the LVTP 5 AFV Club #35022 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli

Vietnam war is one of my favorite scenarios, this is why in my boxes stock there was a LVTP 5 from AFV Club. It’s a model of considerable size for the scale and with flat shapes, it looks more like a shoebox than a military vehicle. In order to make it look attractive, I decided to make a laborious job of interior detailing.


Improving the Carro Armato L6/40 - Italeri 6469 1/35 scale

By Eduardo Andreoli
For some modelers, this kind of vehicles are not attractive at all, it’s small, with limited firepower, besides of being full of rivets. But for others, among I’m included in, are these features the ones that make it so attractive. It’s something different, fresh ( rare exception!!) it’s not German. Since several years ago, I’ve been searching information about this tank, with the idea of building it from scratch but luckily and to my surprise Italeri have just released a 1/35 scale plastic kit of the Italian Carro Armato.


Scratchbuilding the IDF Leyland Contractor - 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi

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".


Weathering the IJA Type 2 SPG Ho-I #FM24 step by step FineMolds 1/35 scale

By Juan Romero

Unless you are a Japanese military vehicles enthusiast, the IJA (Imperial Japanese Army) tank destroyer type 2 is unknown for most of scale modelers. This article aims at sharing with the reader the construction of this model and my view of the weathering process, step by step.


Improving the Dragon Kubelwagen 1/6 scale # 75003

By Mario Covalski

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.


Building the Russian KV2 Hobby Boss 1/48 scale

By Michael Capell
Imagine for a moment being a highly trained and motivated German soldier , with unit moral very high after successful campaigns in Poland and France. With every confidence in your superiors and equipment especially the Panzer spearhead of the advance sweeping every thing in its path. Quite impressive by any standard in history. Then comes the Russian invasion, Operation Barbarossa , and their version of how tanks should be made.


Building a Lebanese M41 Walker Bulldog AFV #35041 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi

I always liked the Walker Bulldog and I think that the AFV release is a good representation of this American tank. If I haven’t built it before, is because I like vehicles that in one way or another, saw service in the Middle East.


Building the Toyota Land Cruiser BJ44 Mig Productions 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi

Several years ago when MIG Productions introduced into the market the first Land Cruiser(s) and they shattered the preconception that a 1/35 is a military vehicle to a 1/35 vehicle which could be used either as a civil vehicle or for military purposes, I was desperate to get a couple. I purchased the BJ44 (ref # MP35-138) with the recoilless gun (ref #MP 35-141). When opening the boxes, I found beautiful and well represented kits, however as it always happens, these resin projects use to rest on the shelves for some time without being touched. I was recently taking a look at my list of kits (yes, I’m so nerd that I’ve an Excel list with the status of each kit) and I discovered the technicals in the column of “ unbuilt kits”


Building the Israeli Sherman M1: Kitbashing the old Italeri kit 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi
Looking for new variants of Sherman used in the Middle East and reading the book “Israeli Sherman” by Thomas Gannon, I found out that my next challenge was to make an Israelí Super Sherman. Called by the Israelis Sherman M1 (as all their early Shermans), this is the most well known M4A1 big batch. Actually, in current days is quite simple to make a worthy M4A1, just by choosing among the versions from Tasca or improving the ones from Dragon or Italeri. As I had one from Italeri waiting for me, I decided to start my project and, of course, I was not going to build it straight from the box.


Building the SdKfz 234/4 Dragon #6221 1/35 scale

By Pablo Martelli
To represent this model, I used the reference # 6221 from Dragon in 1/35 scale. Overall this is a superior kit to the older Italeri one especially regarding the interiors. This is an important detail considering this vehicle has no roof.


Improving the Panzer IV Ausf J - DML #6080 1/35 scale

By Dario Risso
The options of Panzer IV in 1/35 scale is wide and to fit all budgets. This Dragon kit (Ref#6080) is among the average price. Being neither an excellent nor a very expensive kit, it’s not one of the worst ones and it’s not difficult to build, of course, with the addition of some improvements which will be described in this note.


Tamiya Con 2006 Report

By William Chan


Building the T-70 - Techmod 1/35 scale

By Patricio Delfosse

The kit represents a 1943 version of the T-70 with its turret armor thicker than the 1942 version and broader link tracks too.
Even though I bought the kit knowing that it would not have Tamiya or Dragon's quality, I never thought I would encounter so many failures. The details are almost inexistent and very little beyond the basic hull's shape and the undercarriage is usable. The turret is the worst part of the kit. The shape simply does not coincide at all with the 1943 T-70....



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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 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.