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Detail-up Parts: McLaren MP4/2C ’86 Portuguese GP

Published: July 23, 2021
Company: Platz

An available set for the Platz/NuNu McLaren MP4/2C is part Ne00001 and is made for kit PN20000. Included in the set are:

  • Four decal sheets covering carbon fiber additions
  • One decal sheet with lettering
  • One decal sheet for additional coloring for the car in orange and yellow
  • Two photoetch sheets with many extra parts
  • One stencil and metal… more

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McLaren MP4/2C ’86 Portuguese GP

Published: July 23, 2021
Company: Platz

A little background about the car the kit represents:

It was the MP4/2C that McLaren introduced to the 1986 F1 Grand Prix. The McLaren MP4/2 was designed by John Barnard for the 1984 season. The McLaren MP4/2C was the updated version powered by a TAG-Porsche 1.5 litre V6 twin turbo engine with carbon monocoque chassis. A. Prost and K. Rosberg were the drivers. Rosberg ran a one-off… more


A-10A/C Brrrrrt…to the Future

Published: July 23, 2021
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

TwoBobs has been producing decals for modern planes for a long time and has tons of superb decal sheets available. Several of the latest sheets deal with the 1/48th scale A-10 Warthog and this sheet, 48274 is titled, “A-10A/C Brrrrt to the Future”, and provides markings for three A-10’s- two A versions and one C version. The markings cover:

  • A-10A 80-0221 in special… more


Leopard 2 - NATO’s First Line of Defense, 1979-2020

Published: July 12, 2021
Book Author(s): David Grummitt
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Tankcraft is series of books from Pen and Sword covering specific vehicles in a concise format and also covering the models associated with that specific vehicle also. This latest volume covers the Leopard 2 and notes that it’s NATO’s first line of defense and covers the years 1979-2020.

The table of contents gives a good look at the way the book is laid out:

  • German Tank… more

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Audi R8 LMS GT3 2 in 1

Published: July 7, 2021
Company: Platz

Platz and NuNu have partnered to release a series of automotive subjects and accessory packs to build up some neat cars. In this case, it is the Audi R8 LMS GT3 which is a beautiful vehicle. It is a mid-mounted V10 engine sports car, and the GT3 version has been delivered to many racing teams around the world and is very active in endurance races and GT races. This model, in 1/24thmore


F-4B Phantom, Part 2

Published: June 8, 2021
Company: Tamiya USA

To start part 2, I started with the unique horizontal stabilizers. These are molded in a single piece (check out part one for a picture. This slots into the bottom of the fuselage with a rubber grommet and the two moving parts are actually separate allowing the entire thing to be posed. The fit is so good; I assembled the parts and left them off until later to ease painting.

I… more


Kit Build #6 - Vought F4U Corsair

Published: June 3, 2021
Book Author(s): Karoly Bera, Marcin Ciepierski and Richard Kovalcik
Company: Kagero Publishing

The Kit Build series from Kagero focuses on model builds of a specific type of aircraft and gives several examples. In this case, the focus is the F4U Corsair. There are three builds covered and they are:

  1. Tamiya 1/72nd scale by Richard Kovalčik, Birdcage Corsair
  2. Tamiya 1/72nd scale by Marcin Ciepierski, Early Corsair
  3. Tamiya 1/48th… more

Decals for Phantom II

F-4 Phantom II Access Door Decal Set A

Published: May 17, 2021
Company: Tamiya

Another quick addition to the lovely new Tamiya 1/48th scale F-4B is this decal set which includes decals to recreate the numerous numbers and cautions found on the aircraft's access doors. Also included are decals to recreate yellow canopy rain seals, as well as adding details to engine nozzles.

Inside the package, there is a large foldout sheet with large enough print to add all the… more

Box Art & Markings

F-4B Phantom, Part 1 - Wow!

Published: May 4, 2021
Company: Tamiya USA

When Tamiya announced they were entering the Phantom market in 1/48 scale, the Internet buzzed. And now the kit is out, a 1/48th scale F-4B Phantom. Let’s start by taking a looking the box. For starters, there are 14 sprues of perfect Tamiya grey and clear plastic. There is also a set of instructions, a set of Tamiya Tech tips and a background information booklet about the plane.… more

Front Cover

A History of the Small Arms Made by the Sterling Armament Company

Published: April 27, 2021
Book Author(s): Peter Laidler, David Howroyd and James Edmiston
Company: Pen & Sword

The dust jacket says it all in this case. This is an in - depth history of the small arms made at the Sterling Company between 1940 and 1989. And I do mean in - depth - it is clear the author’s passion for this subject and attention to detail shows through. In looking at the book, it is 352 pages and lavishly illustrated with 352 black and white pictures and 32 color.

The table of… more