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The best of 2023

By Modeler Site | 12.03.2023 11:46

Over the end of the year, we are offering a preview of the best tutorials we were proud to have during 2023. Enjoy them and happy new year.


Ultimate guide for the Revell / Monogram 65 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 1/8 scale

By Lars Wahlström | 09.01.2023 13:27

In 1977, as a Christmas gift from my brother, I got a model kit of a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray in 1/8 scale. The kit was made by Monogram, but the same kit was later also released by Revell. There were editions with the body in both red and blue plastic. I noticed quite immediately that the detail level was low, lower than many models in 1/25 scale. Not even the doors were operable and the chrome-plating quality was really poor. Comparing with the French Heller's super detailed 1/8 model kit of the Citroen B15, which I built earlier, the Corvette was toyish and a real disappointment for an experienced modeller. But I decided to take it on anyway.


Detailing the IXOcollections / Eaglemoss Mercedes 300 SL 1/8 scale, photo array

By Mario Covalski | 11.09.2022 11:51

With this photo array (one picture says more than thousand words sometimes) I share with the reader my experience with the model (I put together two) adding many missing details, not all, painting parts and applying plastic modelling techniques to improve the appearance of this expensive model. Also solving some problems that the kit has and showing tips and tricks to improve or facilitate its assembly.


Kitbashing the Tamiya Ferrari F40 photo array 1/24 scale

By Geo Tziafas | 06.23.2022 11:14

We use to publish large tutorials plenty of pictures and large texts, but when I saw these pictures I realized that this probably wouldn't need anything more, sometimes happens. Looking the pictures I understood all the process… besides not always contributors want to spend extra time writing, when already inverted thousand of hours building taking pictures…etc. I hope you enjoy the pictures as I did, thanks Geo!


Building the Bandai Gundam MS-06 F ZAKU II 1/100 scale

By David Guardia | 03.27.2022 11:20

The gundam universe. Huge in characters, animation series, books, comics, etc. Based on an animated series, in which humans are at war and use robots for fighting, it contributes to modeling 90% of the models sold. With a great variety of scales, this one, 1/100, is possibly the most “manageable”. At just 14cm tall, these models make for quick projects.


Building the Moebius Models Tim Flock 1952 Hudson Stock Car 1/25 scale

By Andre Pantarotto | 03.29.2020 15:44

For those who aren't familiar with NASCAR racing, mostly out of USA, Julius Timothy "Tim" Flock was an American stock car racer. He was a two-time NASCAR series champion. Moebiuos offered some time ago the 1952 Hudson “Tim” used two times during 1952, the year he won the session.


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

By Mario Covalski | 10.09.2019 18:23

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


Building the Bandai Star Wars AT-ST 1/48 scale

By David Guardia | 07.02.2019 11:48

The idea of assembling and painting this model was swirling around in my head since some time ago. It’s one of the vehicles of the saga I like best and besides, Bandai, the brand that introduced it on the market, is a very recognized one for manufacturing excellent models with “snap” perfect fit without the need of glue and highly detailed.


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

By Alex Nahooy | 12.15.2015 11:14

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


Porsche 956 Rothmans - photo array

By Fabrice Marechal | 02.01.2015 10:01


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

By Mario Covalski | 03.11.2014 14:04

This is the RC version of the trumpeter T34 1/16 scale kit. I painted it with a mix of green enamels and made the weathering (a modest one having in account how the T-34 were battered) with acrylics and pigments. 


Your own factory of models? It is worth a try

By Mario Covalski | 11.16.2013 10:52

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


Weathering with the sponge technique

By Patricio Delfosse | 05.24.2013 11:42


Weathering with the salt technique

By Patricio Delfosse | 05.24.2013 11:39

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


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

By Mario Covalski | 04.09.2013 12:27

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


Featuring the Aoshima Toyota Hilux, 1/24 scale

By Alexander Yañez | 03.18.2013 11:02

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


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

By Patricio Delfosse | 03.10.2013 11:31

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


Building the Porsche 550RS from Basic43 1/43 scale

By Juan Madrazo Revilla | 03.05.2013 10:33

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


Grumman TBM-3 Avenger Accurate Miniatures 1/48 scale

By Giovanni Galvan | 07.01.2012 10:00

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


Building the Tamiya Mclaren MP4/8 Ford 1/20 scale

By William Chan | 09.01.2006 14:45

 

Mclaren MP4/8 is one of the most beautiful Mclaren ever made. It raced in 93 and it was piloted by Senna. Eventhough it was powered by under-powered Ford V8 engine, Senna took this machine with 5 victories. One of the most memorable race has to be Donington Park 93 where Senna mastered his way out in first lap over everyone else.



Academy T-33 Mexican Air Force, 1/48 scale

By Mike Parr | 05.01.2004 11:04


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

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo | 01.01.2004 10:31


Argentine Navy MB-326 Low Viz 1/48 scale

By Mike Parr | 09.01.2003 10:55


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.


Argentine Super Etendard Heller 1/48 scale

By Mike Parr | 10.01.2002 11:00


Detailing a Paris Dakar's BMW R80 G/S 1/12 scale

By Ricardo Dacoba | 05.01.2001 20:56


The Spanish Scorpions

By Javier Alba | 04.01.2001 15:40


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

By Giovanni Galvan

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


One more painting technique

By Mario Covalski


Le Mans Car Museum

By Peter Radcliffe


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

By Giovanni Galvan

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


Ferrari 375MM Berlinetta Coupe

By Peter Radcliffe


Building the Scarab

By Peter Radcliffe


Chrysler LMP900 Le Mans 2001

By Chuck Livingston


Bentley EXP Speed 8, LM 2001

By Andre Canizzaro


MR Collection Porsche 911 C4S

By Tania Woodbury


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

By Giulio Marrucci

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


Improving a 1/12 diecast motorcycle

By Paulo Tiago de Jesus


Miss England II by Replicast

By Peter Radcliffe


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

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo


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

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo


Chaparral

By Peter Radcliffe


Monza Models 2005

By Roberto Jacobone


Fiat 806 1927 - Protar 1/12

By Rafael Zambrino


Ferrari 375MM Berlinetta Coupe

By Peter Radcliffe


The Argentine Skyhawks

By Hernan Casciani


Focke Wulf F190 D9 1/72

By Hernan Casciani


Dassault Mirage F1C Ecuador

By Rogelio Benites


How to build a model

By Mario Covalski

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


Kingfisher 1/72 scale

By Mario Glozinic


IAI Dagger/Nesher 1/32th

By Julian Herrero


Arleigh Burke Class DDG

By Javier Alba


ACHZARIT assault vehicle

By Hugo Huertas


Studio 27 Ferrari 126 C3 1/20 scale

By Tony Allen

This is my first attempt to build a model by Studio 27 and I have to say my first impression was not very encouraging. On opening the box of a very expensive kit I found a very well moulded body with fine engraving of panels and fixings. The photoetch set again was very sharp as were the decals, but from there on things went downhill. The white metal castings I thought were crude in the extreme, suspension, engine detail exhausts etc were poor. However as this was a model for a friend I did my best.


Dragon's Mistel 1/48 scale

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo


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

By Alfredo Casciani


Scratch Building Helmets

By Tony Allen


Steyr SK 105 Kurassier

By Hugo Huertas


Trojan T-28C FAE

By Rogelio Benites


M51 ISherman 1/35 scale

By Marco Aurelio Preto


Argentine Super Etendard

By Rogelio Benites


How to paint with lacquers

By Jose Antonio Solbes


Yamaha YZR 500 1/12 scale, Marlboro team

By Nicolas Perez Fiorentini


Le Mans Car Museum in 1/43

By Peter Radcliffe


Weathering Tricks for novice modelers

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo


Panzer III on Bogie 1/35 scale

By Alfredo Casciani


Saturn the dark side

By Jorge Moreyra


Road Warrior Interceptor

By Dave Hessler


Kyushu J7W1 "Shinden" Hasegawa,1/48th

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo


Ferrari 288 GTO Fujimi 1/24

By Patrick Nyquist


Ferrari 158 - Surtees F1 1964 World Champion ABC Brianza ref # 1206b

By Mario Covalski

I made my first review of a kit a few years ago, and I remember that I said that reviewing a kit was something more than a simple description of all the parts that you look at when you open a box; you have to "transmit" a sensation and "project" and opinion, as a logical conclusion.


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

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


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

By Alfonso Martinez Berlana


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

By William Chan

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


Weathering

By Hugo Huertas


Porsche 911 GT1 Tamiya 1/24th

By Patrick Nyquist


Messerschmitt Bf 109F

By Diego Cuquejo


Tamiya Con 2002 Report

By Robert Kriger


MPM's Fieseler Fi 103 1/48th

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo


Heinkel He 111 H-6 Monogram 1/48th

By Alfonso Martinez Berlana


Tamiya Yamaha YZR500

By Mario Covalski


Lockheed P-38 J "Lightning" Twin Tail Dragoon

By Alfonso Martinez Berlana


Stirling Moss' 1958 "Eldorado"

By Peter Radcliffe


Israeli Skyhawks

By Reuben Saliba


Learning to paint figures step by step

By Rick & Jannine Bennett


Monza Models 2006

By Roberto Jacobone


Ferrari Testarossa Spider Pocher 1/8 scale

By Victor Reis

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


Surtees-Ford TS16 1/12 scale

By Robert Kellermann


King Tiger II

By Carlos Massuh


MG Ferrari 330P4 1/12 scale

By Alessandro Goracci


Featuring the McLaren MP4/7 Tamiya 1/20 scale

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


Tamiya Con 2003 Report

By Robert Kriger


Ferrari F50,Tamiya 1/24

By Donald Currie


SE 2a of 1914 1/72 scale

By Carmel J Attard


Yamaha "OW01R1" 1/12 scale

By Ezra Shemuly


Ferrari "Enzo" Tamiya 1/24

By Alexander Hague


M 13-40, Zvezda 1/35

By Maurizio Bressan


Fiat Punto from Racing 43

By Rodney Rawlings


Profil 24's Lotus Elite

By Dave Allison


French connection

By Roger Virgo


Darth Vador arrives at Le Mans

By Peter Radcliffe


Team Bucknum Pilbeam MP 91

By Peter Radcliffe


AUDI at Le Mans 2003-05-06

By Peter Radcliffe


1964 "Flip Top" Cobra

By Chris Webb


Bill Thomas' Cheetah

By Chris Webb


TWR Jaguar XJR14

By Ian Edwards


Le Mans 2001 Bentley EXP8

By Guy Golsteyn


1998 Mercedes Benz CLK-LM

By Bil Attridge


Le Mans 2001

By Peter Radcliffe


Porsche 962 by Profil 24 1/24th

By Peter Radcliffe


Cadillac LMP Northstar 007

By Chuck Livingston


SMTS Jaguar type D

By Pascal Degre


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

By Michael Wong

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


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

By Giovanni Galvan

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


Once upon a time

By Peter Radcliffe


Volvo FH16 6X4 Italeri 1/24

By Erik Fontein


Applying decals, how and why

By Mario Covalski


McLaren Mercedes MP 4/14

By Mario Covalski


Tenariv Lotus 49 1/43

By John Horst


Grand Prix Moments

By Warren Monks


SMTS Brabham BT26, 143

By John Horst


SMTS Maserati 4CLT

By Peter Radcliffe


SMTS Brabham BT26A

By John Horst


Tameo Zakspeed 871

By John Horst


Brabham BT45 from SRC

By Dave Carr


Tameo Toyota F1 - 1/43

By Dan Hartz


Talbot-Ligier JS17

By Roger Dutemple


Tameo Brabham Alfa Romeo BT45

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


SHMR Maserati 151 Le Mans 1962

By Peter Radcliffe


Profil 24 Lotus Elite

By Dale King & Charles Fox


The Editor at Le Mans 2002

By Peter Radcliffe


AxelR Willys Interlagos

By Rodney Rawlings


The orange steam roller

By Peter Radcliffe


Ferrari 330P64 from Renaissance

By Rodney Rawlings


The Scarab

By Peter Radcliffe


March Ford 761B

By Dave Carr


The Panoz LMP07

By Stuart Tye


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

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


Microsport 1967 Cougar

By Chuck Livingston


Microsport 1967 Cougar

By Michael Stucker


Spotlight on VROOM

By Peter Radcliffe


Tamiya Con 2005 Report

By William Chan


Heinkel He 162 D 1/48 scale

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


Tamiya Con 2004 Report

By William Chan


Modelling a bust, Step by step

By Ariel Villalobos


Making a realistic chipped paint

By Patricio Delfosse


Tamiya Con 2004 Report Part II

By Jose Luis Gutierrez


Initiation into 1/43rd

By Robert Jacobsen


Juan M. Revilla's portfolio 

By Peter Radcliffe


Painting wheels in five steps

By Patricio Delfosse


Historic photos

By Gary Horrocks


HAWKEYE by Ian Mcloed

By Peter Radcliffe


The Williams-Ford's history 1979 to 1983

By Jens Martin

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


Tamiya/Con 2005 Report, Part II

By Jose Luis Gutierrez


How to fit Photo etched windows

By Luis C. Casanovas


Building the Me 262 HG I 1/48 scale

By Marcelo Scaminaci Russo


EVA-01 Test Type Building a simple diorama

By Nicolas Perez Fiorentini


Ford Focus WRC 2001 Airfix escala 1/43

By Alfredo Molina Reynoso


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

By Geoff Brown

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


Tamiya Con 2006 Report

By William Chan


Vanwall at Goodwood 2003

By Dan Parrat


1938 Le Mans Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Coupe

By Juan Madrazo Revilla


Minardi M198

By Dave Carr


Goodwood Revival: The Races

By Peter Radcliffe


More MPH madness!

By Peter Radcliffe


Monza Models 2007

By Mario Covalski


ELVA-BMW GT160 Le Mans 1965

By Roger Dutemple



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Building and improving the Honda RC166 GP Racer: a step by step for novices - Tamiya 1/12 scale The Honda RC166 is the first historical racing bike of the 60’s that Tamiya ever made. This era of racing was full of technical innovations and so the RC166 is a 250cc 6 cylinder 4 stroke engine with 4 valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts.

By Antonio Busciglio

Superdetailing the Tamiya Honda NSR500 1984 – 1/12 scale This article is about the assembly and detailing of the Tamiya Honda NSR500 from 1984, using the awesome Hobby Design detail set and other aftermarket stuff, such as rivets, bolts heads and so on. The model is a recent release from Tamiya, and the detail of the kit is astonishing. Given the very peculiar characteristic of this motorcycle, as the fuel tank placed below the engine, and the exhausts infront of the driver’s chest, I decided to show the cowling not placed on the chassis.

By Michael Capell

Building the Wingnuts Wings Albatros D.V #32009 - 1/32 scale If I had to choose my favorite aircraft from the WW1 era, it would have to the Albatros D.V. For me it has a certain character and design which makes it stand out from the crowd. Add the four different colour schemes included , with more on the way, makes it a must buy for the discerning modeller.

By David Guardia

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

By Allon Kira

Building the Tamiya Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero 1/48 scale The model is characterized by a good level of details and an excellent level of accuracy. The build was done without any special issues. I assembled it directly out of the box except for two minor additions: Eduard WWII seat belts for Japanese aircraft and Eduard canopy mask for A6M3 – EUEX318, although the kit included canopy masks, but I was not aware of the matter when ordering the kit.

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes

Customizing the Tamiya Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 #24188 1/24 scale In the racing car world, Alfa Romeo is one of the most legendary and mythical Italian name, and each of its vehicles is synonymous with beauty, style, and racing. Precisely, the Giulia Sprint GTA, is the version which this tutorial is dedicated to. A road car, with sporty and personalized characteristics. This is the kind of car that can be found in various classic vehicle activities today.

By Matej Paluda

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

By Geo Tziafas

Kitbashing the Tamiya Ferrari F40 photo array 1/24 scale We use to publish large tutorials plenty of pictures and large texts, but when I saw these pictures I realized that this probably wouldn't need anything more, sometimes happens. Looking the pictures I understood all the process… besides not always contributors want to spend extra time writing, when already inverted thousand of hours building taking pictures…etc. I hope you enjoy the pictures as I did, thanks Geo!

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes

Building the VW 1300 Beetle 1963 - Herbie - Tamiya 1/24 scale The Volkswagen Beetle is undoubtedly one of the most popular cars in all the history. The attractive and singular body’s shape has turned it into an icon in our recent history. At the end of the 60s, Disney Studios decide to immortalize the small car taking it to the cinema screen in Herbie, a movie in which this beetle played a central role and five sequences came later. The first movie The Love Bug which was known in Spain as Ahí va ese Bólido, was premiered in 1969.

By David Guardia

Building the Bandai Star Wars AT-ST 1/48 scale The idea of assembling and painting this model was swirling around in my head since some time ago. It’s one of the vehicles of the saga I like best and besides, Bandai, the brand that introduced it on the market, is a very recognized one for manufacturing excellent models with “snap” perfect fit without the need of glue and highly detailed.

By Pablo Raggi

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

By Fabrice Marechal

Building the Porsche Turbo RSR 934 Jagermeister – Tamiya #24328 1/24 scale It was in 1978 when I saw for the first time, the Tamiya Porsche 934 at a hobby shop. Though, the 1/12 model was built straight from the box and without paint, the details seemed to be surrealist and impossible to imagine up to that moment. It was my first approach to that Tamiya kit in 1/12 scale. Perhaps, with the aim of re releasing that success, several years ago Tamiya manufactured the same car, winner of so many championships, but in 1/24 (the most popular scale) which is the subject of this article that aims at helping the less experienced modeler to build the new Tamiya Porsche.

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes

Building the Fujimi Mazda RX7 Greddy 9 - 1/24 scale On several occasions, when surfing around HLJ, I saw the Greedy 9 on sale. To be honest, the tuning aspect of the art box showing this magnificent green Mazda RX-7, tempted me more than once, but it didn’t get me very excited cause in the short description of the kit, I realized that this is one of those models which doesn’t feature a detailed engine, and this is exactly, what I like, to get detailed engines. But, in the end, that tempting picture of the box really convinced me, thus I ordered it.

By Pablo Raggi

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

By Fabrice Marechal

Building the Tamiya Mercedes 300SL #24338 1/24 scale Looking at the photos of a real 300SL body, we find out Tamiya have made an excellent work. However, it’s possible to go even further and give the body of this Mercedes an additional touch of realism. Regarding the chassis Tamiya also made a hard work with the tubular frame, very realistic indeed! besides of being quite simple to assemble. The engine and cockpit are not far behind. To paint this marvel, I chose silver that is unavoidable for this beauty. So, the aim of this article is to share with the reader the building, painting and weathering process of some parts, in such a way that they can be reproduced by a modeller with a minimum of experience.

By Christian Franke

Building the Lancia Stratos HF Rally #4 Pirelli 1978 San Remo - Doyusha 1/12 scale Doyusha offered both in the 90s and later only the Monte Carlo’s, making finally the San Remo Rally with the Pirelli team livery. I’ve been trying to get this kit but it’s discontinued although still it’s possible to find it from some online stores/shops and on ebay. I bought one that had been partially built, which involves double work, missing parts, etc.  This article aims at sharing with pictures the experience to rescue and old odd kit, improving it to the best of my skills.  

By Mario Covalski

Building the Tamiya Brabham BT44 a step by step for newcomers 1/12 scale Among the articles I had in mind to write about, there was one that headed my list, and without any doubt, It was about the Brabham BT44. By the end of my youth, I saw this beautiful, simple and successful car, running in Buenos Aires, driven by Carlos Reutemann, one of the most expert F1 drivers of the last 30 years. The purpose of this note is to show simple guidelines following the instruction manual steps, recommending some details that can be applied to improve even more the original Tamiya kit.