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Tamiya motorised Brewster Buffalo, Kitty Hawk 1:32 F-5F, Revell 1:48
Dassault Rafale, plus new kits, books and modelling accessories…
KIT PREVIEW
TAMIYA 1:48 SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE MK.I ● KIT NO.61119

BIRTH OF A NEW ICON


Tamiya have created an 100%, all-new 1:48 kit of the
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I and it has to be seen to be believed

T
he Supermarine Features:
Spitfire needs little
• The airframe's form was accurately
introduction. As the
replicated in miniature after numerous
best known aircraft
in-depth study sessions of real Spitfires
deployed by the Royal
Air Force – and arguably • The model can be assembled with the
the most famous aircraft canopy section and access door open or
closed. Two different fuselage inserts are
of the Second World
provided for these options
War – Reginald Joseph
Mitchell's fighter battled • Spitfire Mk.I cockpit is a near perfect
the Luftwaffe in 1940 for miniature of the real thing
control of the skies over the • Photo-etched metal parts for bulkhead
English Channel during surface, compass bracket, seat harnesses
the the Battle of Britain. and rudder foot-straps
The Spitfire Mk.I had a • Three individual decals provide the dial
streamlined form with faces for the instrument panel
elliptical wings designed • Pilot figure comes with separately
for speed and fast turns in moulded head for fine detail
dogfights. It was powered representation
by a twenty-seven litre, • Initial-variant Mk.I gunsight is recreated
V12 Rolls Royce Merlin with photo-etched parts
engine that produced around
• Choice of two clear-moulded parts for
1,300hp in flight. Spitfire Mk.I reflector gunsights
Now, thanks to Tamiya,
this legendary British • Three types of front canopy are included;
two with different bulletproof glass
fighter gets completely
designs and one without
re-tooled for totally updated
appearance in the 1:48 • Slide-in one-piece horizontal stabilizer
Aircraft Series. ● assembly and rudder for perfect
alignment
• Wing-gun muzzle detail is included to fill
the wing gun ports
• Hoses and photo-etched grilles are
provided for the underwing engine and oil
radiators
• Two types of aerial mast and pitot tubes
are included
• Multi-part exhausts allow for extreme
accuracy and detail
• Three markings-options are offered;
DW-K (P9495) of No.610 Squadron, Battle
of Britain 1940
FZ-L (K9906) of No.65 Squadron, pre-war
1939
QV (N3200) of No.19 Squadron, Operation
Dynamo (Dunkirk) 1940
• Canopy masking sheet provided
• Propeller is mounted on a polycap to
allow rotation
“ Tamiya’s brand new 1:48 scale
Spitfire Mk.I delivers innovative design,
• Recessed panel lines across entire
airframe
outstanding detail, an accurate outline
and crisp, subtle surface textures...
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Issue 280 February 2019
EDITOR
TO Marcus Nicholls
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Contents
4 NEWS DESK
New kit and model product news

8 VIVA LA REVOLUTION!
Tamiya’s motorised 1:48 Brewster Buffalo with
spinning prop

20 MOBILE FAUN!
Das Werk 1:35 Faun L900 and Sd.Anh.115
trailer, previewed
26 REV
REVS YOUR HEART
Tamiya’s
amiya’s all-new 1:12 Yamaha 22 ANY COLOUR, SO LONG AS
YZF-R1M in detail IT’S FAST!
Tamiya’s new 1:24 Ford GT, previewed

36 LIKE A GUST OF WIND


Revell’s excellent 1:48 Rafale M with a
weathered finish

44 WORKHORSE OF THE DDR


Balaton Modell’s superb 1:35 IFA W50 truck,
previewed

46 OSHKOSH, MY GOSH!
Takom’s 1:72 M1070, M1000 HET with a D9R
dozer, previewed

48 EARNING YOUR STRIPES!


Kitty Hawk’s new 1:32 Northrop F-5F Tiger,
full build

60 BOOK REVIEWS
54 WELCOME New and recent books related to scale
modelling
TO ALTAIR IR IV,
GENTLEMEN 64 CONTACTS
Polar
olar Lights’ wonderful Where to buy the products used and
1:12 Robby the Robot reviewed in TMMI
kit with electronics
66 THE E EDITO
EDITOR’S P PAGE
Some inspiration for a Panzer IV project

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IN BRIEF... ON THE WAY FROM TAMIYA


Marder III M ‘Normandy’ in 1:35
Tamiya's excellent Marder III M Tank
Destroyer gets a re-issue and a makeover, in
'Normandy Front' form. The kit will now come
with three new-tool full body figures and one
new half figure. Link-and-length type tracks
replace the one-piece flexible items and
two marking-options are offered for Marder
IIIMs active in the 1944 Normandy campaign.
Photo-etched component are provided for the
hull-rear exhaust cover.
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NEW FROM TAMIYA


1:35 M551 Sheridan tank
We have been plugging this fantastic new kit for
several months now and the full-build article will
TAMIYA appear soon. Here are some more images of the
- 1:32 Mini4WD Hexagonite
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- 1:32 Mini4WD Geo Glider
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- 1:32 Mini4WD Pig Racer GT
- Mini 4WD Aluminium Spacer Set
- 1:48 JGSDF Type 16 MCV
- 1:48 German Heavy Tractor SS-100 & 88mm
Gun Flak37
- 1:18 RC Dynahead 6x6
- Fine Engraving Blade 0.4mm
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MENG
- 1:35 Leopard C2
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cover
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HAULER
- 1:72 42cm
Haubitze M.17(t) ON THE WAY FROM RYE FIELD MODEL
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More information has emerged on Rye Field Model's
all-new M551A1 Sheridan, the variant that served
ON THE WAY through the late 1970s and into the 1991 Gulf War.
Great times for lovers of this unusual AFV
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The sinister-looking 1:35 Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus
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U-2A spyplane is come comes with a hefty price-tag (around £130), but it
in 1:48 from AFV Club is the only kit of this monster with a full interior,
and it looks like a from front to back. It
beauty. The sun shade will make a spectacular
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- 1:35 2P16 Launcher with 2K6 Luna Missile 1:24 Chrome Stratos Pocketbond are the new UK
- 1:35 Soviet KV-9 Heavy Tank A slightly left-field release from Tamiya importers and distributors for
- 1:35 Soviet SU-102 SPA Late-WWII turretless is the 1977 kit of the Lancia Stratos, but Gecko Models, makers of some
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ON THE WAY FROM REVELL 1:35 WWII British MG team


in combat (NW Europe), 1:35
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The drop-dead gorgeous Porsche 356B is coming from Revell, in (Beute), 1:35 Cruiser Tank
their accessible 'Easy-Click' line. It's a big, beautiful production Mk.IIA, A10 Mk.IA, 1:35 Cruiser
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TAMIYA’S 1:48 January
SUPERMARINE 2019
SPITFIRE MK.I
When Tamiya released their 1:32 scale Spitfire
Mk.IXc in 2009, they set a new standard for plastic
model kits. As one of the most popular subjects in
the history of scale modelling, we should not be
surprised to find that Tamiya has now released an
all-new Spitfire kit in 1:48 scale.
Tamiya’s brand new 1:48 scale Spitfire Mk.I
delivers innovative design, outstanding detail, an
accurate outline and crisp, subtle surface textures.
This model has nothing at all in common with their
1993 kit.
Between these covers, we provide an exhaustive
step-by-step illustrated guide to building
Tamiya’s 1:48 scale Spitfire Mk.I straight from Only
the box plus tips on painting and weathering.
Plenty of inspiration is offered with two different £14.95
plus p&p
configurations plus a conversion to the Photo
Reconnaissance version with models by Brett
Green and Marcus Nicholls.
Also included are a walkaround of a surviving
Spitfire Mk.I, a
summary of other
Spitfire Mk.I model
kits available in
1:48 scale, a list of
available accessories
and decals plus a
catalogue of helpful
references.

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FULL-BUILD: MILITARY AVIATION
TAMIYA 1:48 BREWSTER F2A-2 BUFFALO US NAVY PROPELLER ACTION ● KIT NO.89581

VIVA LA REVOLUTION!
Jean Luc Formery digs out Tamiya's
motorised 1:48 Brewster Buffalo from
the stash and gets the prop spinning!

N
icknamed the 'Flying As its landing gear was too
Barrel, the Brewster fragile for landing on aircraft
Buffalo did not leave carriers, it would ultimately
many fond memories be mainly used by foreign air
for the pilots who flew it forces. Within the US Navy,
during the Second World the Buffalo's operational
War, with the notable career ceased immediately
exception of the Finns. The after the Battle of Midway,
first monoplane fighter in when the aircraft proved
the United States Navy, just significantly inferior to the
over 500 were produced. Japanese Mitsubishi Zero.

8 February 2019 TMMI 280


IN A NEW BOX... particularity, like other BACK TO THE FUTURE American pre-war aircraft.
The Tamiya model of the releases of this period, to If the original model dates The edition in my possession
F2A-2 Buffalo dates from have both recessed and from the time of Disco, the had the distinction of being
1974, and at the time I raised airframe panel lines, kit I had in my possession motorised. The box contains
was just seven years old! so this was the perfect was a reissue of 2001. a small electric motor
Today the model shows opportunity to test the new Gone, therefore, are the powered by a battery to
its age because the level Tamiya engraving tools. metallised plastic vintage drive the propeller, a wiring
of detail is below current The latter take the form of parts and instead we have system with switch and a
standards, but the overall four tungsten-carbide tips grey mouldings that are plastic base on which the
quality of plastic parts of different widths (0.1m, much more serious-looking. model sits when complete. As
remains at a good level, 0.2mm, 0.3mm and 0.5mm) The decals, on the other a bonus, Tamiya provided a
especially regarding the that can be used with the hand, have not changed sheet of self-adhesive masks
assembly. The kit has the blade holder, 74139. in almost thirty years and to paint the canopy posts.
remain the same for two These must however be

“remains
The quality of plastic parts
at a good level...
colourful 'Yellow Wings'
decorations, typical of
trimmed out with a scalpel
because they are not die-cut. U

Curiously, but as was often the case at the time, A plastic base and a small electric motor are The new Tamiya engraving tips have different
some panel lines of the kit are recessed while included in the limited edition (89581 of 2001) widths including 0.1mm 0.2mm, 0.3mm and 0.5mm
others are raised

To guide the lines to be engraved, the new Tamiya Simply slide the tip gently along the plastic along The interior of the cockpit is spartan. It is however
Masking Tape for Curves was put to use the masking tape to engrave the surface sufficient if one installs the pilot figure in the seat

The Wright
R-1820-40 radial
engine is quite
simplified, but it's
largely hidden by
the propeller boss

The electric motor


is tiny. Only the
two wires feeding
it betray its
presence!

The cables
coming from
the engine were
not fed through
the fuselage as
recommended in
the instructions,
but through the
wings instead

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FULL-BUILD: MILITARY AVIATION
TAMIYA 1:48 BREWSTER F2A-2 BUFFALO US NAVY PROPELLER ACTION ● KIT NO.89581

The author
drilled out the
undercarriage
legs and tyres,
then threaded
the motor wires
through

The stigmas left


on the legs of
the train will be
hidden by the
hatches

In order to fit
the flat-spotted
tyres at the
right angle, the
adjustment was
made on a piece
of cardboard,
pierced to let the
wires through

V UPDATED THE AIRFRAME rounded surfaces (such as the assembly of the model is nothing inside! A major
As stated earlier, the the fuselage for example) was accomplished without scratchbuilding job can
aircraft's external structures but nevertheless thick difficulty. The quality of expected here. For my part,
are covered with a mixture enough to guide the tip the engineering, legendary I made the left this area
of raised and recessed lines of the engraving tool. In of the Japanese brand, is alone because my Buffalo
and I opted to re-engrave my opinion, this is a good already present and if we will be permanently fixed
them. For this, I used alternative to the Dymo are satisfied with the parts to its base, so it will be
a Tamiya blade holder tape, which is often used provided in the box, the almost impossible to see this
equipped with the new by designers and is too model can be completed weakness of the kit.
0.2mm engraving tip (74136) rigid. The great qualities in a few days. Fans of
that I found most suitable of the Tamiya engraving superdetailing will find the POWERING UP
for the task. Engraving was tips are their strength and interior of the cockpit a little How do we hide the electric
done simply by placing the small size, which allow simplistic, but the pilot's cables that feed the motor
blade on the surface of the access to every corner of the figure will occupy this space so that they are not visible
kit at an angle of 45° to model. I will not go so far anyway. The representation on the completed model?
60° and pressing lightly to as to say that they make of the radial engine is Tamiya recommends leading
score the plastic. Depending the engraving of a model acceptable, if simplified. the two wires out of the
on the pressure and the pleasurable, but at least Fortunately, the F2A-2 fuselage and then passing
number of passages, the the result is consistent and is equipped with a large them down into the plastic
desired depth can be easily easier to achieve than with a propeller boss, so that again, base. An easy option, but
obtained. To guide the blade, conventional needle. not much will be visible once the model is complete,
I used the new Tamiya vinyl at the end. Finally, only they will stick out like
white masking tape specially SIMPLE BUT SUFFICIENT the landing gear housings a sore thumb! This was
designed to follow curves. Because of the extreme in the fuselage really look unacceptable for me, so I
The tape is flexible simplicity of the kit like they're from another had to find another way to
enough to conform to (about fifty parts only), time. It's very simple; there proceed.

Mini Review...
BRENGUN 1:72 KI-61 Id HIEN Two aftermarket sets are on review here, one that provides a pair of underwing fuel drop-tanks and
WING RACKS AND DROP-TANKS, their pylons, the other a set of photo-etched brass details that includes undercarriage doors, pilot’s seat,
PHOTO-ETCHED DETAILS for tamiya kit extensive instrument panel (with printed clear acetate dials), gunsight, cockpit switches, radiator flap and
www.brengun.cz more. Both are tailored to Tamiya’s gorgeous little 1:72 Hien ‘Tony’ and will give a real touch of sharpness

10 February 2019 TMMI 280


The masks for the canopy provided in the kit
are unfortunately not precut. You will have to do
it yourself with a new scalpel blade

Thin strips of plastic card are needed to fill The wing and fuselage stripe were masked with Tamiya tape
a slight void under the canopy. Prevention is
better than cure!

After several delays, I dull plastic base was BIRD OF PARADISE quickly locate an aircraft in
found the simplest solution improved by adding an Before WW2, Brewster distress following a ditching.
was to pass them through aircraft carrier deck section, Buffalos in the US Navy I opted for an F2A-2 from
the legs of the undercarriage a home-made item using a were very colourful. the VF-2 3rd Section Leader
(which fortunately, are silicone mould. The piece is Although it was far from based on the USS Saratoga
thick!) then through the in resin, dyed whilst liquid being a powerful fighter, the whose colours were yellow
tyres. We can still see and cast very thin (about Buffalo's brightly coloured for the unit and blue for the
the electric wires by the 2mm). It was then cut to the paint scheme was not only patrol. So I had to paint the
dampers, but they act as right size and attached by decorative. The yellow model aluminium (Revell 99
brake lines! The somewhat the cyanoacrylate glue. wings for example were to acrylic) with yellow-orange U

A last photo before the final fixing of


the model to its base. Note the sadly
empty undercarriage bays!

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TECHSPEC...
FULL-BUILD: MILITARY AVIATION
TAMIYA 1:48 BREWSTER F2A-2 BUFFALO US NAVY PROPELLER ACTION ● KIT NO.89581 TAMIYA 1:48 BREWSTER F2A-2 BUFFALO
US NAVY PROPELLER ACTION KIT
NO.89581 (OUT OF PRODUCTION)
V wings (Tamiya XF-3 Flat come from the kit-supplied compartment of the life-raft Standard version available 61094
Yellow with some XF-7 Flat sheet. They worked well (behind the pilot), one-piece Materials:
Red), the fin and horizontal despite their age (seventeen canopy, radio antenna Grey and transparent injection-moulded plas-
stabilisers lemon yellow, years!), But it took a while wire (in the particular tic, self-adhesive canopy masks, waterslide
with the wings stripes, for them to lift from their configuration on this decals, plastic base, electric motor
fuselage band and cowling support film once soaked. aircraft) and engine exhaust Paints used:
in blue (XF-8) plus black outlets. Finally we can flick - Tamiya Acrylics: XF-1 Flat Black, XF-2 Flat
wing-walks (XF-1). The START HER UP! the switch and start the White, XF-3 Yellow, XF-5 Green, XF-7 Red,
XF-8 Blue, XF-10 Brown and XF-86 Flat
wings and fuselage strips After applying a colour-wash engine! There is still fire in
Clear
are supplied as decals but to the panel lines to the belly of this old Tamiya
- Revell Acrylics: 91 Steel and 99
it seemed more judicious to accentuate them, the detail flying barrel, despite her Aluminium.
paint them with masks. In parts were installed at the pensionable age! ● - Prince August Acrylics: 862 Black Gray, 908
contrast, all other markings final stage: telescopic sight, Carmine Red, 950 Black, 951 White, 952
Lemon Yellow
Equipment used:
Expert Fall Adhesive, Tamiya Masking Tape,

“flying
There is still fire in the belly of this old Tamiya
barrel, despite her pensionable age..!
3mm Tamiya Masking Tape for Curves
(87178), Tamiya Sealant (Basic Type), Tamiya
Panel Line Accent Color, Tamiya Pastels.

” References:
F2A Buffalo in Action - Squadron No.81

12 February 2019 TMMI 280


FULL-BUILD: WORLD WAR TWO GERMAN NAVY
ITALERI 1:35 SCHNELLBOOT S-38 WITH 4CM FLAK 28 (BOFORS) ● KIT NO.5620

MENACE OF THE
WESTERN APPROACHES
Rafał Zbigniew Lebioda makes space on his workbench
for Italeri's one-metre long Schnellboot S-38

T
he model of the Schnellboot S-38
in 1:35 scale was issued by the
Italian manufacturer around one
year ago. The previously released
model of this vessel represented the
armoured S-100 variant. The scale of
1:35 means that it is quite large in size
when complete; about a metre long.
It presents quite a challenge for the
modeller and the dimensions of the
model will determine the appropriate
preparation of one's workbench; you'll
need plenty of space!
It's a good habit to fully acquaint
yourself with the instructions so you
can prepare for the construction of
the each element of the model. Kit
instructions don't always determine
the precise order of building the
model, but in this case, I stuck with
it quite closely so as not to get lost in
the rather complicated structure of
the ship. As a reminder, the model
comprises over 600 parts, so it's a good
idea to keep everything under control.
The first stage of construction
is the assembly of the hull. The
manufacturer designed this most
important structure of the ship without
major complications, providing the hull
structure as just two main longitudinal
halves. Due to the dimensions and
weight of the model, Italeri made sure
that strength and stability was a key
feature of the model. The metal screws
included with the set are used mainly
at this stage of construction.
A good quality screwdriver came
in very handy here and screwing the
hull elements together went smoothly.
The transverse beams fulfilled their
role very well. After installing them,
I applied glue from the inner part of
the hull to the ends of the beams for
further rigidity and after the cement
had dried, I repeated the action from
the outside with a thin, penetrating
glue. All this work ensured that these
parts are really solidly connected and
would not cause any nasty surprises in
later stages of the build. I then covered
the ends of the screws with blanking
plates provided in the kit. After the
cement had cured, it was time to fill The transverse support beams fulfilled their role very well. After installing them, the author applied
and sand hull to hide the areas where glue from inside the hull to the ends of the beams for further rigidity
the screw cover-plates had been fitted. U
14 February 2019 TMMI 280
The exposed ends of the support beams’ screws were concealed with blanking plates provided in the Cementing the deck in place. The deck comprises
kit. It was then time to fill and sand hull to hide the areas where the screw cover-plates had been fitted huge mouldings for the fore-ship and midship, right
back to the stern

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FULL-BUILD: WORLD WAR TWO GERMAN NAVY
ITALERI 1:35 SCHNELLBOOT S-38 WITH 4CM FLAK 28 (BOFORS) ● KIT NO.5620

The application of the main colours was preceded by pre-shading. This was accomplished using an airbrush filled with well-thinned black, dark blue and red
paint (Tamiya and Mr Hobby), spraying over surfaces that had been primed in light grey. The process was straightforward thanks to the size of the model

Painting the to coats began with the deck Vallejo acrylics were used to create Some laborious masking and airbrushing was required for the
surfaces. The first layer was Mr.Hobby patches of ‘damage’ over the Mr Hobby Schnellboot, using modelling masking tape and templates around the
No.SJ2 ‘Sasebo Naval Arsenal’ grey ‘Mr Color Spray No.29 Hull Red’ aerosol detail areas, then backed up with standard tape

V Following the instructions to the WOODEN PLATFORMS rowlocks, grinding off these details
next stage, I started to cement the In the next step I took on the wooden down to the base of the upper part of
deck in place. This consists of further platforms, of which there are quite a the dinghy. I then added the missing
huge mouldings for the fore-ship lot on the vessel. After studying the detail, most notably the characteristic
and midship, right back to the stern. main, largest wooden platform from seams that run around and across
Here, we also have metal fasteners the midship area, I noticed errors in the pontoon, using thin copper wire
for which we must use a good, precise the arrangement of the framework. fastened with CA glue. The interior
screwdriver. In the next stages I One of the half-round, side parts had was fitted with transverse wooden
deviated from the assembly sequence inconsistencies in its framework, so I beams creating a floor.
presented in the instructions. I did had to remove and fit new ones. Some In the next stage, I set about
this for two reasons: a natural change Evergreen polystyrene sheet, a knife, a building the superstructure. This, due
from the monotonous activities in the file and abrasive paper was all that were to the necessity of early completion
construction of the essential structures needed for this. The modified and other of the interior, was carried out in
and to prepare some of the additional elements of the wooden platforms were several stages. Before I could proceed,
parts made for this model. 'grained' by scoring longitudinal grooves I filled the numerous ejector-pin
With the help of Mr. Piotr Czerkas with a sharp knife. I wanted to achieve marks from the inner areas and then
from the Master company (www. the effect of a wooden plank with its sanded them flush. I was then able to
master-model.pl) I received metal characteristic pattern. The railings were supplement the moulded parts of the
barrels for machine guns present on also modified by replacing the moulded superstructure with details including
the vessel: Flak M42 and Flak 38 'chains' between the hoops with RB the photo-etched parts. Everything was
(set No.SM-35-003). I couldn't wait to Model's real 1.1mm x 1.9mm chain. then primed with Mr Surfacer.
see what these guns would look like Comparing the appearance of the
after replacing the kit mouldings with kit's dinghy with the one included in PAINTING AND WEATHERING
dedicated Master substitutes. When my main reference – which I followed The hull of the S-38 Schnellboot in 1:35
taken out of their box, the barrels closely during construction – I noticed is certainly a challenge at the painting
really make an impression: beautifully significant differences. I remodelled phase as well as during construction.
detailed and very precise. After it on the one presented in the Kagero The application of the main colours
assembly, they look really stunning publication 'Schnellboot S-38A was preceded by so-called 'pre-shading'.
and add a lot of realism to this part of and S-100', making the necessary This was accomplished using an
the model. alterations. I firstly removed the oars' airbrush loaded with heavily diluted

The author noticed errors in the arrangement of The slatted ‘wooden’ gun platforms were painted in Adding the final detail parts is best done with
the framework, so he had to make new detail varying tones of brown to simulate the material tweezers, to avoid damaging surrounding areas

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The author remodelled the ship’s dinghy on the one depicted in the Kagero
publication ‘Schnellboot S-38A and S-100’, making the necessary alterations

The oars’ rowlocks were ground off, down to the base of the upper part of the The dinghy is arguably a focal-point of the model and the extra work that
dinghy. The missing detail was then added, most notably the seams that run went into correcting and up-detailing was fully justified. We see it here
around and across the pontoon, using thin copper wire, fixed with CA glue fully painted and with oars in place, it looks excellent

black, dark blue and red paint (Tamiya


and Mr Hobby), spraying over surfaces
primed in light grey. By painting
in this way, I tried to achieve an
interesting effect with light and shade
within the main colours. The process
was quite straightforward thanks to
the large size of the model, where I did
not have to apply many thin lines in
close proximity to each other. Metal barrels by ‘Master’ were used on the guns present on the The Bofors crew
vessel: Flak M42 and Flak 38 (set No.SM-35-003) plate assembly was
Painting the final colours began with undercoated in red primer
the horizontal surfaces of the deck. I
created the first layer using Mr.Hobby
spray No.SJ2 'Sasebo Naval Arsenal' The precise and well-detailed
grey. This colour was ideally suited barrels look sensational and
to recreating the dark grey colour of add a lot of authenticity to this
part of the schnellboot
the Schnellboot's deck. Then I applied
a darker shade of grey to the dried
surface with the help of an airbrush
into recesses and dividing lines. I then
used the correct shade for painting
this area; Mr Hobby 305 (acrylic), Grey
FS36118. I divided this process into
stages, stacking thin layers in several
approaches that ends with the a hue
that is significantly lighter than the
base layer. This creates discolouration
and a weather-beaten appearance.
I decided to paint the lower part of U

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FULL-BUILD: WORLD WAR TWO GERMAN NAVY
ITALERI 1:35 SCHNELLBOOT S-38 WITH 4CM FLAK 28 (BOFORS) ● KIT NO.5620

The kit comes with a certain quantity Brass wire was employed to Various tones of metallic grey were The metallising looks good and
of photo-etched brass, as can be seen up-detail the lifebuoy, secured used to finish the ring of Flak38 bring this moulded component
here on the torpedo launch-tubes with cyanoacrylate adhesive magazines that encircle the weapon to life

Wood-coloured acrylic paints were used


to finish the ship’s hooks, followed
by colour-washes with dark tones to
enhance the detail

The bridge builds up into a ‘module’


that simply drops down onto its
location. The walkways have been
given a convincing wood-effect

V the fuselage with a spray bottle using labour-intensive work due to the sheer
the new Mr Hobby product, Mr Color size of the model and the amount minor
Spray No.29 Hull Red which was ideal 'damage' needed for the cutter's surface. Setting solutions were employed to fully seat the
for painting this part of the German I applied the 'scratches' and 'scrapes' in decals on the model’s surface
boat. Having already experienced the the paint by hand, using a fine-tipped
multiple use of paint in this form, brush and acrylic paints in shades of
I proceeded to paint without any light grey, dark brown and rusty brown. regular-density CA glue, I inserted the
fear. Its application was preceded by I also used pieces of old sponge to create remaining structures in accordance with
some tedious masking with yards of some irregular scratches. the instructions and assembly logic.
tape: in the first stage, for a precise The assembly of the previously
boarder, I used a 3M product line with prepared sub-assemblies was the MARKINGS
a width of 4mm, followed by standard next stage of the project. I had left off In the kit we are provided with three
masking tape. I sprayed in thin layers sections of deck and superstructure, options. I chose a version with red hearts
to avoiding any sagging or flooding to allowing me to work on the hull on the sides (vessel S-105 operating in
model with paint. comfortably to prevent them being the English Channel, 1943). I applied
After painting the hull, it was time subjected to possible damage, but now the decals over glossy surfaces, as usual.
for weathering. I prepared for some it was time to install them. Using I used Mr. Mark Setter Neo from Mr.

AMMO by Mig ‘Oil Brushers’ were used to apply the initial rust streaks and a Pigments are always useful and here, streaks of rust were accentuated with
large, soft brush then blending and spreading them various oxide tones

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Italeri’s kit does benefit from some up-detailing,
but out of the box it’s an impressive kit

The finished model


measures around a
metre in length, so
make space on your
workbench for it!

Hobby dry pigments in rust shades, from light


which helps to dark, mixed to obtain varied hues.
to settle the decals The model was now ready and I could
in place. After applying the proceed to the final photo session. How it
markings, I moistened them with Mr came out finally can be seen in the photo
Mark Softer Neo. This fluid softens the gallery, I hope you like it! ●
decals, causing them to form perfectly on
almost any surface. After the decals had
dried, I sealed them with two layers of
TECHSPEC...
Tamiya X-22 Clear. ITALERI 1:35 SCHNELLBOOT S-38 WITH 4CM FLAK 28
The final step of this stage was to (BOFORS) KIT NO.5620
apply matt varnish, specifically Premium Materials:
Clear Flat (H series, No.103). This is one Injection-moulded polystyrene, photo-etched brass screws,
of the new products being that are an waterslide decals
extension of the well-known H series. It Paints used
has quite intense matting properties that - Mr Color spray No.SJ2 ‘Sasebo Naval Arsenal’ grey,
worked well in producing the correct No.29 Hull Red
finish for ship's hull and superstructure. - Mr Hobby Aqueous Hobby Color No.305 Grey FS36118
I used the original thinner with a - Mr Hobby Premium Clear Flat H103
retarder (Leveling Thinner) to dilute it. - Tamiya X-22 Clear
The last treatments comprised References:
some colour-washes on the upper and Kagero ‘Schnellboot S-38A and S-100’
the lower part of the hull. 'Washes Availability;
were also used to treat the deck and - Italeri models are widely available from good model shops
and online. UK import and distribution by The Hobby Company
everything that is on it, increasing
Limited; www.hobbyco.net
its intensity depending on the needs
- Mr Hobby materials are widely available from good model
of individual elements and details. I shops and online. UK import and distribution by
also re-accentuated the streaks on the www.albionhobbies.co.uk
bottom of the hull. This time I used

Just some of
the myriad
paints, glues,
materials and
references used
for this project!

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KIT PREVIEW
DAS WERK 1:35 FAUN L 900 PLUS SD.AH.115 10T LOW BED TRAILER ● KIT NO.DW35003

Dig out those 1:35


Panzer I and II kits
from your stash,
there's finally a truck
MOBILE FAUN! and trailer for them,
thanks to Das Werk

T
he Faun L900 truck panelling is released, windscreen that can be
was manufactured one of the first things to erected and a moulded
from 1937 to 1939 check for is the presence ‘canvas’ roof installed, or
and with a length of of the near-inevitable folded forwards without
10.4 metres (34 feet), was ejector-pin marks on the the roof and the choice to
one of the largest German panels’ reverse faces. use the cargo deck hoops
trucks in service during They can ruin a nicely or have them stacked up
the pre-war and early-war wood-grain textured behind the cabin’s rear
years. It was propelled cargo bed floor, but here, bulkhead. A very slick
by a huge, 1,500hp Deutz there are well hidden, solution has been found for
diesel engine and could underneath the truck and the creation of the loops;
haul 8,800Kg, almost ten trailer’s floor panels. On lengths of brass wire and a
tons. Faun wasn’t the the wood-textured panels moulded jig on which they
only manufacturer; the that can be seen from both can be bent to the correct
pattern was licensed to sides, none are in evidence. shape. This is by far the
Vomag, Fross-Büssing, A very positive start! best way to achieve this
Büssing-NAG, Krupp and The tyres are moulded in and kudos to Das Werk for
MAN to increase output. flexible black vinyl, which being so imaginative.
Its main purpose was the won’t please everyone, but The trailer has options
transportation of small it is a practical solution. too; it can be assembled
tanks such as the Panzer The only real drawback in the ‘driving’ mode with
I and Panzer II plus other with this material is both forward and rear
armoured vehicles and was the difficultly in making suspension bogies fitted, or
paired with the Sonder- flat-spots to depict a in ‘loading’ mode where the
Anhänger Sd.Ah.115 heavily loaded truck, but rear bogie is unshackled
low-loader trailer to they are well detailed and the rear ramps fitted.
increase its carrying nonetheless. A very appealing option for
capacity. The chassis builds up from dioramas, for sure. Three
In 1:35, it’s a huge the aforementioned rails basic colour choices are
and impressive model, a with cross-members and a suggested; overall panzer
fact not missed by model full drivetrain/suspension. grey, panzer grey with an
manufacturer Das Werk There’s only a sump and olive green camouflage
who have teamed-up with underside of the gearbox pattern, and the ubiquitous,
Uschi van der Rosten, in the engine bay, but the 1943-onwards, three-colour
German distributor engine bonnet is designed to scheme of dark yellow,
Modellbau Koenig (www. be kept shut, so the lack of red-brown and olive green.
modellbau-koenig.de) and an engine is no great loss. Several decal options are
Faun themselves to produce Three modes of leaf-spring included with appropriate
a truly magnificent new are included; unloaded, number plates for each.
kit. It’s a full injection- neutral and heavily loaded, Dwindling page-space
moulded production in the with differing degrees here precludes further
style of Dragon, Trumpeter of ‘bend’ in the parts to description of this kit,
or Hobbyboss and from recreate the effect. This is but suffice to say it’s an
an initial inspection of a very thoughtful inclusion extremely impressive
the nine, grey polystyrene and will add greatly to production with excellent
sprues (plus one in clear), the realism of the finished detail and some thoughtful
it looks superb. Both truck model. Just remember to inclusions that help the
and trailer will be found in decide if your model will be modeller to get the best
the box and by checking out carrying a tank on its rear from it. Top marks! ●
the 27cm-long chassis rails deck before you start adding
(roughly 10¾ inches) we the suspension parts!
quickly gain an idea of the As well as weighted AVAILABILITY;
sheer size the model will leaf-springs, the kit offers Das Werk models are available from;
build up to. Whenever a kit some other attractive www.uschivdr.com/das-werk
of a vehicle with wooden options that include a www.modellbau-koenig.de/en

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KIT PREVIEW
TAMIYA 1:24 FORD GT ● KIT NO.24346

I
f you had a spare £420,000
sloshing around in your bank
account, you might want to spend
it on Ford's new supercar, the GT.
With a hopped-up, 3.5-litre EcoBoost
V6 petrol engine (sixty-percent
of whose parts are shared with
the humble F-150 pickup) it puts
out 647bhp, enough to propel the
street-legal, carbon-fibre GT to
sixty miles per hour in under three
seconds, up to a maximum speed of
216mph. Ford will build 1,000 GTs
over the next four years, so get in
quick before they all go!
If, however, you can't quite run
to that purchase price, how about
Tamiya's new 1:24 kit of the car? It
too is new from the ground up and
will fit more easily into your garage..
The kit is a 'curbside' production,
in that it doesn't come with a full
engine, but there are six nicely
detailed parts for the powerplant's
visible upper portions, which will be U
Tamiya's new 1:24 Ford GT depicts the ultra-low
street-legal grand tourer in all its sleek glory

ANY COLOUR, SO LONG

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G AS IT'S

TMMI 280 February 2019 23


KIT PREVIEW
TAMIYA 1:24 FORD GT ● KIT NO.24346

V just enough to satisfy the eye


when peering into the narrow
glass panel in the engine cover.
The front and rear suspension
set-ups are replicated however
and they offer a decent level
of detail, plus steerable front
wheels, naturally. Only the
fully-lowered stance is offered
and the deployable rear wing/
airbrake is fixed in the retracted
position. The tyres are ultra
low-profile with excellent,
directional tread patterns, but
sadly, no moulded-in sidewall
logos or data.
The real GT's passenger
compartment is based on a rigid
and lightweight carbon-fibre tub
with an integrated roll cage. The
kit's cabin is as spartan as the
real car's and it's a bit of a black
hole with most structures being
painted in tones of black, but
the highlight is the futuristic-
looking bucket seats which just
need the addition of harnesses
(from aftermarket suppliers) to
look the part. The enthusiastic
modeller can use Tamiya's
recently released composite-
effect decals to line the interior
for a much more snazzy
appearance.
Tamiya's 1:24 Sports Car
Series has set a very high bar
and the new Ford GT matches
up well. If there were to be
any criticisms, they might
include the fixed rear wing,
lack of full engine detail and
blank tyre sidewalls, but this
is really nit-picking; the GT kit
is fantastic and will be a joy
to build and paint. Full build
coming soon to TMMI! ●

Kit specs
- Model length: 200mm, width: 94mm,
height: 46mm
- Decal sheet includes optional racing
stripes in red, silver black and white
- Die-cut masking stickers are
included to help when painting the
windscreen frames
- Plated metal transfers are included
to recreate mirror surfaces
- Steerable front wheels
- Polycap wheel retainers
- Satin 'chrome' plated wheels
- Brake calliper 'Brembo' decals
Please note that the grey plastic kit parts
shown here are from a pre-production
model and are subject to change.

Availability;
Tamiya models, accessories, paints
and materials are widely available
from good model shops and
online. UK import and distribution
by The Hobby Company Limited;
www.hobbyco.net

24 February 2019 TMMI 280


FULL-BUILD: MOTORCYCLE MODELLING
TAMIYA 1:12 YAMAHA YZF-R1M ● KIT NO.14133

YAMAHA YZF-R
REVS YOUR H
26 February 2019 TMMI 280
Philippe Devos has just
put together his 'first'
Yamaha YZF-R1M in 1:12
by Tamiya. There will be
others no doubt...

W
hen I first had the opportunity to
closely inspect Tamiya's all-new 1:12
Yamaha YZF-R1M kit, I identified
three potential shortcomings;
ejector-pin marks in the radiator (but they
can be barely seen), the absence of carbon-
fibre-effect decals (yes, but and the new
sheets marketed by Tamiya are excellent,
available and at a decent cost, or one can
be content with black paint) and the most
visible, the solid-moulded ventilation holes in
the brake discs. But as mentioned, all these
things are fixable or are best ignored.
Tamiya has, once again, managed to offer
a motorcycle kit that's state-of-the-art; we
open the box, we prepare the parts, we paint
them, we assemble them. No catches! It's
really just my own feelings, but rereading
my text, I seem to detect a bit of 'ennui' in
my remarks. This R1M can indeed be built in
a week, straight-from-the-box, but it is also
a magnificent production that will appeal to
modellers at all levels of experience. Like I
did to an extent with the review model, we
can take our time and push the refinement
upwards using aftermarket sets, composite-
effect decals and more, and then it becomes
more involving and thus satisfyingly
challenging.
I am quietly pleased with how my
carbon-fibre effect decals turned out. The
recently released composite-effect decals
developed by Tamiya are of excellent quality.
They are easy to apply and their surface is
superbly textured. They may be a little bit
thicker than Studio27 sheets but the latter
are harder to find and more expensive.
I had to face another setback during
this project; my trigger of my Tamiya
HG airbrush broke at the beginning of
the build, so I carried out most of the
paintwork directly from aerosol cans. It's
less economical but the effect, especially
with the TS-17 and TS-83 metal tones on
the fairings is really beautiful. I heat gently
my spray cans before painting by dipping
them for a minute or two in a bowl of warm
water, which makes them vaporise the paint
more finely. I was finally able to borrow the
airbrush of Frederic Chmara, aka 'Neobalik'
from the internet forum 'Mautomobile', who,
fortunately, lives only 20km from my home.

R1M:
In addition to being extremely helpful and
friendly, he is also a very talented modeller:
I had the chance to admire a superb blue
R1 built by him and his gallery is worth

HEART!
the detour. A big thank you to him, without
whom my exhaust pipes would not have
seen the light of day! In conclusion, I have
absolutely nothing more to say except that I
still have three Yamaha R1M to build with
decals by Dexter Models and that I will
immediately start, with great pleasure! ●

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FULL-BUILD: MOTORCYCLE MODELLING
TAMIYA 1:12 YAMAHA YZF-R1M ● KIT NO.14133

Firstly, the
elements of the
fairings were
prepared with
grey primer. This
makes it possible
to obtain a
homogeneous
finish of the paint
to come as well
as a better 'grip'
over time. Tamiya
Surface Primer
is ideal because
it dries quickly A layer of gloss black (TS-14) was sprayed on all parts and after
and has a high drying a few days, it was polished with Tamiya Compound Fine
covering power (blue cap). Parts that will be covered with another colour or decals
may hide any appearances of the grey undercoat

A blunder by the author: the side fairings must receive the lower parts A4 and These fairings will be covered with carbon decals. For now, they were
A13 before painting! A little time was lost by gluing them and then repeating the painted with TS-17 Aluminium for the upper areas and TS-29 Semi-Gloss
sanding/priming/painting phases This was surely caused by excitement due to Black for the moulded exhaust protection below. The edges of it were
the impatience to build a brand new Tamiya model! nevertheless masked off to preserve the adhesive effect for the decals
to follow

A template was
prepared using
masking tape.
Masks F and G
provided in the box
were positioned
and completed with
wide tape and then
The decal was positioned gently,
the outline of the
avoiding tearing and then literally
part was defined
drowned in softener (here, Tamiya
by rubbing a pencil
X-20A Acrylic Thinner). It wrinkles,
along the edges
writhes and wrinkles some more...
But do not to touch it! It becomes
extremely fragile. We can work it
gently with a wet brush but that's all!
The patterns
thus obtained
were (lightly) After a few minutes, we can see that
pressed onto the the decal begins to settle, more or less
carbon-fibre effect to the convoluted forms of the kit part.
decal, facing each With brush work and new applications
other at an angle of thinner, we can possibly speed up
of 90° to obtain the work with a hair dryer, otherwise
the same direction we must be patient
of weave (from
top to bottom and
towards the front).
The sheet was
then cut, keeping
a margin of a few
millimetres all
around

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Of course, there may be some
gaps due to sharp-point relief on
Finally, the decal starts the part. Small additions of CF
to dry and becomes decal will be invisible, provided
'touchable'. The you follow the direction of the
surface can be gently composite-effect decal's weave
smoothed, the edges
pushed back into the
recesses with a brush Here is the result, after a few hours,
then with a soft and of this long and meticulous work. We
moistened cloth can achieve the look of the composite
element as a single piece that's
convincing to the naked eye

For symmetrical
pieces, we still use a
template, but it can
be stuck to the back
of the sheet, always
taking care to note
the direction of the
weave. With a clean
cut, we can recover
the patterns and stick
them on a plastic
Application of 'softener' (Tamiya X-20A) immediately causes the edges of sheet and reuse them
the decal to fold behind the workpiece. Drying will allow it to achieve a for another build, or
perfect finish for decal repairs

As for the fairings,


masks A and B
serve as patterns for
the upper cowling
and thus make it
possible to obtain
a very accurate,
composite-effect
surface in anticipation
of the border with the
aluminium colour

Mini Review...
With Tamiya’s 1990s kit and Revell’s new-tool release, we have a couple of 1:48 models of the
XTRADECAL 1:48 Bristol Beaufighter TF.Mk.X upon which to apply Hannants’ new decal set. On offer here are four
Bristol Beaufighter schemes; RAF/RCAF Coastal Command, RAF Dallachy, Scotland 1945, RAF Tengah, Singapore
TF.Mk.X ‘Operation Firedog’, Malaya 1949, RAF Coastal Command Lincolnshire 1944 and an RAF SEAC
www.hannants.co.uk machine, Burma 1944. All markings are printed perfectly of course, with excellent placement guides

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TAMIYA 1:12 YAMAHA YZF-R1M ● KIT NO.14133

When the softener is deposited


on the decal, the brush may tear
Remember to open up the a gap in the delicate marking.
location slots for the mirrors by That's why you should not 'spread'
splitting them with a new blade the fluid but apply drops of
when the carbon-decal is dry, product over the entire decal. The
then place a few drops of decal rendering of Tamiya's carbon-fibre
softener to push the edges back decal is quite exceptional
inside the hole. Once done, we
can apply the blue borders and
the 'YAMAHA' logos on the sides

For a perfect
alignment of the
blue stripes, we
Neither parts of the tank receive carbon-fibre decal, but first apply them to
remain gloss black. The tank does however receive a the tank (decals 1
Metallic Silver (TS-83) flanks which differs from the Gloss and 2) and allow
Aluminium (TS-17) of the air-box cover. This is because them to dry, then
the tank is metal and not composite material. The Tamiya temporarily fit the
masks are perfect if you cut them cleanly with a pair of cover and apply
quality scissors decals 3 and 4

Tamiya offers, as usual,


unperforated brake discs
but with the imprints of
the holes. It is therefore
imperative to use a 0.5mm
drill to open up these
holes. It takes time but the
final effect will be much
more convincing

After drilling, the back of the discs were deburred, first with a blade to remove The holes will be filled with dust, so it is therefore necessary to use the drill
the largest pieces of residue from the back, then sandpaper to refine the again in each hole, but in from other side, to obtain a circular hole
surface. We also take the opportunity to remove visible ejector-pin marks

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If all the parts of this assembly


were painted with the colours
suggested in the instructions,
it was different for the exhaust.
Instead of a mixture of
aluminium and metallic grey
for the silencer, the entire line
was painted in TS-88 Titanium
Silver (equivalent to the X-32
in a jar) which seems to be the
most realistic colour given the
many photos found on the net. A final spray of slightly Unlike the collector, the exhaust outlets are
Moreover, two small pieces thinned brown ink, airbrushed a much darker, more burned colour. Also,
in photo-etched metal (taken at a distance from the parts the brown ink was only used for curves;
from an old Studio27 sheet) unifies all the colours and Alclad 2 Jet Exhaust darkens the majority of
were glued on the flanks of the to creates the characteristic the tubes. You can play with blue or purple
central collector after studying brown shade, visible on the translucent colours around the curvatures,
an image of the bike photos of the real machine to accentuate the heat-staining effects

For the rest of the build, there is unfortunately (or fortunately) there's not
much to say. The parts are always accurate, there are no catches in the
assembly steps, the paint indications are crystal clear. After studying the
first page of the instructions, it becomes apparent that the engine block
will be painted entirely in satin black, except the lower case, so it can all
be cemented together before painting

As usual, the
author create
some depth
to the metallic
colours with
X-19 Smoke,
heavily diluted.
The chain and
the radiator are
perfect examples

Quickly, all the parts are ready. Most of the frame parts are painted in TS-63 NATO black, to reproduce the
composite appearance of the material. This gives more life to the black pieces, it is less 'boring' than plain
matt black. Note that the wiring has already begun: the Tamiya vinyl tubing was used for large diameter hoses,
otherwise it was replaced by finer cable from Top Studio. The LEGO game can now start!

32 February 2019 TMMI 280


The sub-assemblies can
be built up independently
from the sequence in Brought together, the
the instructions. Here, handlebars, wheel, fender and
the front fork was wiring that form the front forks
improved by the use of look great. The expansion tank
the front-fork set (12684) was painted matt white, covered
by Tamiya. The turned with a layer of clear yellow and
brass sleeves fit onto the then a layer of matt varnish
stirrup brackets, trapping
the dip tubes and the
black gasket, also
made of metal. Tamiya
recommends possibly
adding a few drops of
white glue to guarantee
the hold, but the soft
plastic grey polycaps
fulfil their role perfectly

The fork head


receives the top of the
metal tubes. Tamiya
recommends white glue,
but cyano glue may
seem better. Beware of
overflows!

The main sub-elements


are ready to be installed The engine and the rear shock
on the frame. An exploded take their places first, using
presentation of the machine micro-screws. Pay attention
would be aesthetic pleasing! to the positioning of the pipes
and cables through the frame
when assembling

With the fork in


place, all that
remains is to fix
the final elements:
lights, air-box and
various panels

Then follow the swingarm and the exhaust system to


which the protectors are fixed (painted in satin black, not
gloss). The swingarm is wedged with the two twin pieces
visible under the chain. They must be allowed to dry
before placing the bike on its wheels. The side stand is
secured with two screws but these quickly stripped their
threads and did not hold. A drop of glue was therefore
added but the strength of the stand was compromised.

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FULL-BUILD: MOTORCYCLE MODELLING
TAMIYA 1:12 YAMAHA YZF-R1M ● KIT NO.14133

What breathtaking realism!

The windscreen is installed at the


headlight stage. This is the most
The kit offers the perilous step because, while there are
two possibilities two small location pins provided, they
of backsplash: are insufficient to hold it until the glue
tandem or single is dry. It must therefore be positioned
seat. You can have almost vertically by placing the
fun changing them screen on the bike without skidding
from time to time out of place

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TECHSPEC...
TAMIYA 1:12 YAMAHA YZF-R1M KIT
NO.14133
Materials :
Injection-moulded polystyrene, soft vinyl
tyres, vinyl tubing, micro-screws, metal
transfers, masks, waterslide decals
Accessories used:
Tamiya: Yamaha YZF-R1M Front Fork Set
(12684), Carbon Pattern Decal (12679),
Carbon Pattern Decal Twill Weave/Fine
(12681).
Paints used:
- Tamiya Sprays: White Primer, Grey Primer,
TS-30 Aluminium, TS-14 Black (gloss),
TS-29 Semi-Gloss Black, TS-83 Metallic
Silver, TS-94 Metallic Grey, TS-88 Titanium
Silver, TS-17 Aluminium, TS-63 NATO
Black, TS-51 Racing Blue, TS-13 Clear,
TS-79 Semi-Gloss Clear
- Tamiya Acrylics: XF-85 Rubber Black, X-26
Clear Orange, X-23 Clear Blue, X-25 Clear
Yellow, X-19 Smoke
- Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color Black
- Citadel: Black, White, Mithril Silver,
Boltgun Metal, Bright Red, Hazel Ink
Availability;
Tamiya models and accessories are widely
available from good model shops and online.
UK import and distribution by The Hobby
Company Limited; www.hobbyco.net

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FULL-BUILD: MILITARY AVIATION
REVELL 1:48 DASSAULT RAFALE M ● KIT NO.03901

Rene van der Hart adds a Wolfpack


resin ejection seat plus thousands of
rivets to Revell's excellent 1:48 Rafale M

LIKE A GUST
OF WIND
T
he French Rafale when standing on its wheels. wheel to clean out all the
twin-jet fighter, This kit is simply beautiful, rivets, it was time to start
built by Dassault, with delicate and sharp with the actual build. The
entered service in the panel lines. The cockpit, cockpit detail is sufficient
early 2000s. Initially the landing gear and exhausts for this scale but the area
French were partners in are wonderfully detailed, behind the cockpit and the
the Eurofighter Typhoon as are most other parts of edge around the cockpit
program but decided to opt this kit. On photos of the needed a bit of spicing up.
out in the mid eighties to real aircraft, which can get Adding plastic strips of
develop their own fighter for really dirty, the rivets on different dimensions and
both their navy and airforce the wings, tail and fuselage copper wire, the appearance
to replace ageing aircraft become quite visible, so I improved a lot. The cockpit
like several versions of the decided to replicate this on and the detailed area
Mirage and Etendard. Revell this model. around it were airbrushed
offers all major versions With a rivet wheel and with Alclad 2 Black Primer.
of the Rafale in 1:48 scale. photos of the real plane as The cockpit was painted
One of them is the M-type a reference, I made all the grey, with all raised details
which is the navy (Marine rivets, using a thin metal carefully painted with a
in French) version. The ruler as a guide to get fine brush. The ejection seat
Rafale M sports a beefier straight lines. After sanding was replaced with a resin
undercarriage and has a the surface smooth, followed offering from Wolfpack and
distinct 'pitch up' stance by another pass of the rivet brush-painted too. U

Lots of rivet lines were added ‘Rosie the Riveter’, a rivet wheel
to the upper wing surfaces designed by Petr Dousek was used to
create them (www.spruebrothers.com)
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The area around the cockpit was up-detailed with The detailed cockpit was painted with simple greys and blacks, followed by a round of drybrushing
Evergreen strips

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FULL-BUILD: MILITARY AVIATION
REVELL 1:48 DASSAULT RAFALE M ● KIT NO.03901

V A LITTLE ADJUSTMENT
Here we see the fuselage halves and
After the cockpit had been
vertical stabiliser assembled cemented into the upper
fuselage, the lower and
upper halves were glued
together. The jet intakes
were installed next but
they need some adjustment
to make them fit perfectly.
On the left side l used
some very thin plastic
sheet to fill out a small
step between the fuselage
and intake. Some careful
filling and sanding made
it all smooth. The fit of the
wings, tail and nose-cone
to the fuselage is near
perfect. Unfortunately
the leading edges of the
wings have some sinkholes
The nose
that need to be filled and
landing gear was sanded. Next, the separate
up-detailed with flaps were glued in place in
plastic scrap and a slightly lowered position.
copper wire Also, the navigation lights
were glued in place and
masked using Humbrol
The completed landing gear, painted and
Maskol. With the main
weathered construction completed,
it was time to add some
extra details to the already
excellent landing gear legs.
I used thin copper wire
and plastic bits and pieces
to replicate the missing
details. The finished legs
and wheels were primed
and painted with Alclad
2 Duralumin, followed by
a clear coat and a grey
Alclad 2 metallic paints were used to finish Bombs and missiles ready for painting!
colour-wash. Also, the
the jet exhausts exhausts were primed
and painted with Alclad
2 steel and very lightly
drybrushed.
The kit offers a large
choice of underwing
pylons, fuel tanks and
weapons. Unfortunately
the smaller fuel tanks,
usually used by the Navy,
The author The kit seat was
are not included in the
brush-painted and substituted with kit. I used the larger ferry
drybrushed resin an item from tanks instead, which
ejection seat Wolfpack; Martin I actually find better
Baker Mk.F16F looking anyway. Two air-to
Ejection seat air-missiles and two GBU
(WP48176)
bombs were assembled
and painted according to
photos of the real ones.
After the 'glass' parts
were masked and glued in
place, the whole assembly
was primed with Alclad 2
Black Primer. The Rafale
is painted in a single
grey colour, making it
essential to vary in shades
all over the model to
make the finish look more
interesting. U

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FULL-BUILD: MILITARY AVIATION
REVELL 1:48 DASSAULT RAFALE M ● KIT NO.03901

Alclad 2 black primer


was airbrushed over the
finished airframe

The base colour has


been airbrushed
over the black
primer at this stage

Salt granules were sprinkled


on a wetted surface (tap water)
and airbrushed with a slightly
darker shade of the base colour

The worn paint effect becomes The variations in the


apparent after the salt has been shades of grey is
brushed off interesting and breaks
up the monotony of the
standard scheme

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FULL-BUILD: MILITARY AVIATION
REVELL 1:48 DASSAULT RAFALE M ● KIT NO.03901

The author used a


combination of kit decals
plus some from an
aftermarket set, ‘2014
Tigermeet’ from Syhart
(syhartdecal.fr)

V VARIED TONALITY model to provide a smooth was followed by a grey refuelling probe were glued
The black base makes surface for placing the decals colour-wash brushed all in place. The masking from
it easier to make subtle and applying a wash. over the model. Excess wash the glass parts was removed
variations in colour by simply I used a mix of kit decals was wiped off after approx and the canopy installed
spraying more or less paint and from an aftermarket fifteen minutes, using a in the open position. Final
in places. Adding a few drops 2014 Tigermeet set from damp flat brush with white small vanes and antennae
of white to the paint can Syhart. All decals went on spirit to clean up hard to were glued in place and
make even more variations without a problem. Decal reach places. The separately brush painted, finishing
in the end result. After the solution was used in places painted parts were treated up this wonderful kit of
paint was dry, a few thin to make some decals conform the same way. probably the best looking
coats of Alclad 2 Aquagloss better to the surface details. Next, the landing gear, modern fighter in the world
were sprayed all over the Another coat of Aquagloss underwing stores and today. ●

TECHSPEC...
Photographs of the real Rafale show REVELL 1:48 DASSAULT RAFALE M KIT
it getting really dirty and the rivets on NO.03901
the wings, tail and fuselage become Accessories used:
quite visible, so the author decided to
Wolfpack Martin Baker Mk.F16F Ejection
replicate this on the model
seat (WP48176)
Paints used;
Alclad 2 Duralumin
Availability;
- Revell models are widely available from
good model shops and online.
www.revell.de/en
- Wolfpack: www.wolfpack-d.com

42 February 2019 TMMI 280


KIT PREVIEW
BALATON MODELL 1:35 IFA W50 KIPPER ● KIT NO.BM3559

Balaton Modell's
superb 1:35 resin
model of this East
German truck-
of-all-trades is
an impressive
exercise in how
to do a resin kit
correctly

WORKHORSE OF THE DDR


T
he IFA W50 was an extraordinarily detailed and once you have fully
one of many, many production, featuring familiarised yourself with
variants of vehicle a full engine under the the parts, assembly can
produced from 1965 cab-over bodywork, a begin. The familiarisation
until 1990 by the East detailed cabin interior, fully process is vital, because
German IFA conglomerate depicted ladder chassis, the instructions are in the
at their Ludwigsfelde plant. drivetrain and suspension semi-exploded diagram
A total of about 572,000 plus a winch, a cargo-deck style with kit parts denoted
were built here, with with support ribbing and in tiny text and fine lines
an unknown additional gorgeous, fat tyres. pointing to where each one
number of special-use The resin castings are goes. It does actually make
vehicles assembled at some of the best we have sense, but a little time
other plants. It’s a very seen, with zero air-bubbles spent planning the work
utilitarian design typical and no discernible warping ahead will make life much
of the era and country of in any of the larger easier.
manufacture, and there’s castings. You’ll need a This is a brilliant little
a distinct charm to its good quality razor saw to model of a Cold War-era
boxy, upright cabin and remove the casting plugs classic vehicle with
vertically-slotted grille. It’s that are typical of this type practically unlimited
certainly a great subject for of model, but with care conversion, painting and
a model kit because these they can be easily removed weathering potential. ●
machines have cropped
up all over the place and
make excellent ‘background AVAILABILITY;
vehicles’ in dioramas. Balaton Modell kits are available from; www.balatonmodellshop.co.uk
Balaton Modell’s kit is

44 February 2019 TMMI 280


KIT PREVIEW
M1070 & M1000 US 70 TON TANK TRANSPORTER W/BULLDOZER ● KIT NO.5002

Takom recently surprised us with a


1:72 kit of the M1070, M1000 HET and
D9R dozer and it’s an impressive production

OSHKOSH, MY GOSH!
T
he Oshkosh M1070, in 1989. By July 2009, D9R heavy bulldozer. This
in A0 and A1 more than 2600 M1000 is a real bonus and we can
configurations, trailers had been ordered. but hope that the dozer
is the US Army’s The layout of the M1070 will appear as a kit in its
current tank transporter is conventional. The fully own right at some point in
tractor unit. In service, enclosed cab seats the time. Takom have done a
the M1070 is coupled to a driver, one crewman and phenomenal job with the
DRS Technologies M1000 up to four passengers. detail, with amazingly crisp
semi-trailer. The primary The original M1070 is mouldings on all surfaces.
purpose of this combination powered by a Detroit Diesel The main cabin structure
is the transport of the M1 8V-92TA 12.06-litre diesel is a one-piece moulding, as
Abrams tank. It is also engine developing 500hp at is the dozer’s body and they
used to transport, deploy 2100rpm. make for perfectly aligned
and evacuate armoured base parts on which the
personnel carriers, HET IN 1:72 modeller adds the details.
self-propelled artillery, Takom’s new kit came as Two bags of tyres are
armoured bulldozers and somewhat of a surprise, but provided and there are
other heavy vehicles and a welcome one at that. With loads of them! Take care not
Vehicle history; edited from Wikipedia

equipment of all types. Accurate Armour being to lose any, as we nearly


The trailer used with the first to launch a 1:35 when photographing them
the M1070 and M1070A1 kit of this combination as for this review... A small
is the M1000. The M1000 a multi-media production sheet of photo-etched brass
was originally developed in 2002, followed by and decals completes the
as a private venture by Hobbyboss in 2011, it was package and it will make a
Southwest Mobile Systems only a matter of time that fabulous eye-catcher when
as a response to a possible the rig would materialise complete. ●
US Army requirement for in 1:72. And what a combo
transporting M1 and M1A1 it is! Not only do we get AVAILABILITY;
MBTs. A production order the M1070 tractor and Takom models are widely available
for 1,066 M1000 units was M1000 trailer, but also an from good model shops and online.
placed by the US Army exquisite little kit of the www.pocketbond.co.uk

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FULL-BUILD: MODERN MILITARY AVIATION
KITTY HAWK MODELS 1:32 F-5F TIGER ● KIT NO.KH32019

EARNING YOUR
STRIPES!
John 'Tigger' Wilkes builds an ea
rly
production sample of Kitty Hawk's
new 1:32 Northrop F-5F Tiger

W
hen Kitty Hawk two-seater kits and this made the access ladder and one seen in one kit with no
Models released my job easier in building seated to fill the space, less than twelve air forces
the F-5E early swiftly as, I had already should you wish to add them. to choose from; Republic
last year, I was built one for Model Airplane The contents of the of Korea, Swiss, Thai,
pleasantly surprised when International and another kit box are a plentiful Singapore, US Navy, US
the two-seat 'F' version second kit for myself. comprising seven sprues in Marines, Taiwan, Royal
landed on my doorstep. At Several options are medium-grey plastic and one Malaysian and Islamic
the time of building this offered, including a choice in clear. A small package Republic of Iran. Also in
model I believe that it was of nose-cones, open or closed contains resin pilots, a the box are a pair each of
a test shot and, therefore, engine vents plus posable ladder and refuelling probe. AIM-9B, AIM-9E, and AIM-7
some things may change on air-brakes and flying Also included are four sheets air-to-air missiles, plus two
the production version. As surfaces. Like the single seat of tightly packed decals, a MK.20 Rockeye CBUs and
with the E version I was very version there is no simple set of photo-etched brass two Mk.82 iron bombs. Two
impressed with the package, method of having the canopy and a set of instructions and small and a large drop tanks
this kit even more so because closed but to be honest the painting/decal guide. Total are also included as are their
of the quantity of different cockpit is very well equipped parts-count is 425 with fine associated pylons and sway
colour schemes available in and it would be a shame to surface detail no flash. braces. Unfortunately no
the box. There are of course hide it all. There is even a Decal options are quite ACMI pods are provided for
parts used in both single and pair of pilots, one climbing possibly the most I have the aggressor birds. U
48 February 2019 TMMI 280
Both cockpits are separate tubs with associated
ejector seats which build quickly and look like
the real thing. The instruments are simple but
effective bezels over which goes a decal

There really is nothing


to catch the modeller
out with this kit and the
Cockpit sidewalls fit the inside of the
sub-assemblies were
fuselage and with hefty alignment slots
completed inside a
everything fitted nice and snugly
couple of hours

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FULL-BUILD: MODERN MILITARY AVIATION
KITTY HAWK MODELS 1:32 F-5F TIGER ● KIT NO.KH32019 A couple of colours and the whole
office comes to life. The author kept
the weathering down to just a dark
Everything test fitted and taped wash and a little dirty staining on the
together, but one might need to sand floors. Instruments are represented by
a little of the top of the gun-bay side decals which come in the kit
bulkhead to get the whole lot to sit low
enough for the top panel to drop in

V CONSTRUCTION the kit decals for the


Beginning with the instrument panels
modular nose wheel bay, a and they worked
comprehensive nose gear well, although I
leg is mounted within a well think that in Some of the instrument
equipped bay which, just my test shot decals in the kit were a
needs good painting and they may have little dark but bear in
careful assembly to get the been a too mind that this was a
most out of it. I would have little dark, so test shot. They were
simply replaced where
liked to have kept the nose a lot of the necessary with decals
gear off of the model until instruments from the excellent
later but the way in which can not be Airscale range
it is mounted means there clearly seen.
is little choice but to install
it now. As with the single ENGINES WINGS AND THINGS
seat version, a gun bay is The back end The wings on the F-5
provided with associated gun is identical family are small and
and ammo feed. to the single simple with drop-in
seat version modular wheel bays
COCKPIT and a pair of providing plenty of detail
Two full ejector seats are reasonable General and scope for the super-
provided and they both Electric J-85 engines detailers. Each wing is
build up easily although are provided. There are no provided with leading edge
there is only one set of intake tunnels to serve them slats, flaps and ailerons
seat harnesses provided in however and the space from could see in images of the that can only fit one way. I
PE brass. It wasn't until the intakes to the front fans real aircraft and replicating needed to do some careful
a little later in the build is left open; if you choose it with Micro Mark rivet trimming to get the ailerons
that I could see why; the the open side fuselage vents decals. Up next were the to fit as there is a piano
manufacturer provides one then you will see right air-brake and gear wells hinge which doesn't work
seated pilot with harness through the model. Although which are modular and full well in plastic. My method
and one complete seat I did assemble the engines, of detail; about as much of sorting this issue was
harness for the empty seat. experience had taught me as can be achieved with to simply remove a little
I was fortunate to have built that they would not be injection-moulded plastic. material on each individual
a second, single-seat version seen so I left off most of the The main gear legs were point of contact. With a little
using the pilot leaving a set external details. I did add fitted at this stage along effort you could have them
of brass harnesses which I some rivets to the exhaust with the small scissor-links offset to whatever position
used on this build. I used though, by copying what I and brake callipers. you desired.

With the nose together the author


A pair of engines is provided test-fitted the canopies; they also got a
but no intake tunnels. No polish. Not much filler was needed on the
etched parts were used on model but where necessary, Mr Surfacer
these assemblies as they 500 Black was applied as a method of
would never be seen again filling and checking small seams

50 February 2019 TMMI 280


In order to
represent the
exhaust and the
multitude of rivets,
the author added
Micro Mark decal
rivets which were
very easy to use
and under a coat of
paint looked great

Righthand wing on, and left to attach. There was


a slim seam at the wing root that needed the Mr
Surfacer treatment. There is the option of having
the flying surfaces offset with a little work

Test fitting of the centre


line pylon, tank, ladder, Completed assembly. This whole build was done over a couple of
pilot. The decision has by days and is testament to the kit itself. Just remember to open the
now been made to build holes in the wings upper surface using the marks on the inside ready,
the Singapore Air Force for the over-wing fences. This is not mentioned in the instructions
version with the refuelling
probe. This was another
item not pointed out in the
instructions I had received.

Attaching the rudder and


fin was straightforward,
although experience of
two previous kits led me sprayed with
to reduce the height of the my trusty Iwata All seams were treated to Mr The author found that the ladder –
rudder by a fraction so it airbrush and produced Surfacer 500 Black then excess which is resin – did not sit totally
would fit better. Wings were a really nice, hard surface removed with alcohol on a paper straight because of the edge of the
now fitted and they simply which I could handle and towel. This not only fills small cockpit has a slight slope forwards.
gaps, it highlights areas that need To rectify this issue, a sliver of the
slotted into place leaving paint over within an hour. any extra work. Fortunately on this left vertical side rail was removed
a fine gap that was filled I then roughly masked the model there were few and so the then reattached the top hook It now
with a couple of light coats demarcation for the dark speed-build could continue sits straighter
of super glue, then checked grey and applied FS36118
with Mr Surfacer 500 Black. Gunship Grey (C305). The
Several little aerials and same method was employed As this was a speed
lights were installed next, to apply the final colour, build the model wasn't
primed, instead the
along with gear-bay doors Black (C2). colour guide was
and the arrestor hook. The deviated from and Mr
latter is not identified on DECALS Color Light Aircraft
the instructions as being All of the markings are Grey (C332) was the
in two parts but it is – the provided on several first colour to go on
shaft and the hook – so, be well-printed sheets with a
warned! The parts are there, supplementary sheet for
numbered B8 and B9. the weapons and cockpit. I
have never really had any
PAINT issues with Kitty Hawk's U
I had a hard decision to
make with regards to the
scheme, as there were so
many that I wanted to do.
I can see me making at
least another two kits to
satisfy that itch! In the end
I went with the Singapore
Air Force tiger scheme
which looked simple enough. Second colour
In reality, it was a little was FS36118
more complicated than I Gunship Grey
had envisioned. I used Mr (C305), thinned
Hobby lacquers (Mr Color) with Mr Leveling
Thinner and
as much as possible, firstly applied with an
applying Light Aircraft Iwata airbrush
Grey (C332) diluted with Mr
Leveling Thinners. This was

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KITTY HAWK MODELS 1:32 F-5F TIGER ● KIT NO.KH32019

This was the first time the author had hand-painted


these paints from Mr Hobby and they behaved well,
giving a good solid colour. They dried quickly allowing
the stripes to be painted in one sitting for each colour
A little masking allowed
the fin to be sprayed in
readiness for the brush-
AK Interactive application of the stripes
Xtreme metal
paints were
used to paint
the gear bays.
a sticky mess – but this is most modellers to rectify,
They were easy to remove and leave the especially if you check your
subsequently markings with no decal film! references of the individual
colour-washed machine. This is probably
with Tamiya CONCLUSIONS Kitty Hawk's best kit so far
Panel Line I certainly enjoyed this and the completed model
Accent Color
Black to bring model and I will be buying looks every bit the Tiger.
out the detail several more when it Without hesitation I would
becomes available; I was recommend this model to
V markings and this kit was decals is that once on the in a rush to get this done those who have several
no exception. Several small model and settled give them and built it in just over five builds under their belt, as
errors from the first kit have approximately twenty-four days, but on the next one there are some things that
been rectified by the addition hours to set. Then, gently I shall take a bit longer! need to be carefully built
of extra sheets and this is a rub a little white spirit There are some little errors and aligned. I would like to
welcome change. One little over them and the carrier as mentioned which are thank the manufacturer for
trick I have found with these film will come away – as not beyond the ability of the review model. ●

TECHSPEC...
KITTY HAWK MODELS 1:32 F-5F TIGER
KIT NO.KH32019
Paints used;
- Mr Color (lacquers); C2 Black, C305
FS.36118 Gunship Grey Tan, C332 Light
aircraft Grey
- Vallejo; Flat Varnish
- AK Interactive; Xtreme metal paints
Availability;
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All of the stripes completed. This


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as a long rigger brush to form the
sweeping curves

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POLAR LIGHTS 1:6 ROBBY THE ROBOT FORBIDDEN PLANET ● KIT NO.5025

WELCOME T

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TO ALTAIR IV, GENTLEMEN
Scott Withers builds Polar Lights'
wonderful 1:12 Robby the Robot
kit and brings it to life with the
Starling-Tech electronics package

A
little over four life-saver and an excellent
years ago, when I learning tool.
was I bitten by the After washing the sprue
modelling bug, I trees in mild detergent,
went through a wonderful I set about priming all
little sci-fi phase. My new of the parts with Tamiya
passion for modelling and Fine Grey Primer aerosol.
for learning as many new Incidentally this was one of
techniques as possible the last models I built before
seemed to mesh perfectly investing in an airbrush! As
with a few (then) new kits cool as the robot was, the
in particular, both of which real highlight of this build
centred on subject matter was going to be the LED
from my childhood. After lighting and sound effect
cutting my teeth on Moebius’ upgrade. Manufactured by
awesome 1:6 Robot B9, I Starling Technologies, the
decided on Polar Lights’ kit included everything
Robby the Robot from the needed to bring Robby to
classic 1956 film Forbidden life, including the circuit
Planet. Both kits were fun board, memory, LED lights
and challenging builds in and wiring, a tiny, high
themselves, but I decided to quality speaker and even a
up my game and enhance remote control unit. Before
the kits with electronics the building of the figure
on both of them, which began, I first needed to
tested the limits of both my house the circuit board and
skills and patience. This speaker in the kit-supplied
build – like the Moebius B9 model base. I first sprayed
before it – would not have the base with a coat of
been possible without the Tamiya TS-46 Light Sand
outstanding build review and primed the underside
by modeller Steve Causey. black. Then with the help
His overviews and build of some five-minute epoxy
tips were indispensable and industrial Velcro,
during construction, adding the components were
aesthetic improvements, shoehorned nicely within the
process tips and material base, leaving room for the
suggestions. For a then-new required 9V battery to nestle Polar Lights’ 1:12 Robby The Robot kit can still be found online, but the
modeller it was both a in alongside. U prices vary according to who’s selling, so check around before buying

The electronic
package and
associated wiring
can all be squeezed
into Robby’s
display base

The kit parts were given a coat of flat grey


primer before assembly, to check for defects
Once cemented
together, a seam is
formed along the
legs that requires
sanding flush
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The standard of detail in the Robby’s arms and ‘hands’ have


kit is good and deserves received their paint here; TS-38
imaginative painting Tamiya Gun Metal

V ROBBY ON REMOTE ENTER PARAGRAFIX


While the unit can be Another upgrade I had
operated by the above purchased for this kit was an
mentioned remote, it can also awesome photo-etch detail set
be operated with buttons. made by Paragrafix and this
Three openings were created was the stage where it made
in the back of the base for the its debut. A curved, slotted Looking more like a scene from ‘The Wrong Trousers’ than Forbidden
power switch, voice button PE part was substituted Planet, we can see the bundle of wires and fibre optics inside Robby
and reset button, all fixed in for the kit supplied mouth
place with some five-minute grille. To enhance the light
epoxy. Work then began on effect, I placed a piece
the robot. Fortunately the of tinted acetate directly
number of parts is very small behind the grille, adding a
and the kit is an extremely glossy layer behind the dark
simple build. Starting with metal 'mouth'. I next built
the leg pieces, the halves the remaining photo-etch
were brought together and components, including the
the seams sanded down. At cool little gyros on top of
this time a hole was drilled Robby’s head, a notable
in the bottom of the right foot improvement from the
to act as a wire-way from the kit-supplied chrome plated The voice light that pulsates when
base-mounted electronics. parts. Although they drove Robby speaks required gluing a
A matching hole was then my patience to the limit, I blue LED into a supplied frosted
drilled in the base to allow must admit the end result acrylic rod before fixing into place
the wires to pass through. really paid off. LED and fibre optics leading into
The remaining components Many of the kit parts Robby’s chest plate are seen
were then assembled in had to be drilled, filed here, before being close-up
similar fashion and primed and otherwise modified in
once more with Tamiya Fine preparation for use with the
Grey Primer. Following fibre optic lighting. I drilled
one of Steve Causey’s mod out the chest button lights
suggestions, the moulded and infilled the left button
'eye' bumps were filed off of with Micro Kristal Klear glue
the face plate in preparation in order to create a large,
of using small sections of clear light lens. Working
fluorescent orange acrylic with the fibre optics requires
rod in their place. This would a lot of patience, a steady
result in an impressive glow hand and some innovative
when a few LED lights would stabilising methods. Too
be embedded in them later much force on the strands
on in the build. and they might break (thus
The body parts were 'turning off the light' at the
then sprayed with TS-38 end of the strand), or might
Tamiya Gun Metal. The break loose the glue bond that
leg assembly was attached sets them in place. Keeping
to the base, and the wires track of which strand went
were pulled up through where was also a challenge. I
the holes drilled earlier on. labelled each group of strands
Then came the fun part: the with pieces of tape marked
lights. First up I needed to with their designated LED
place the voice light (the light source to keep them
light that pulsates when all organized. I attached the
Robby speaks). This required strands to the chest and face
gluing a blue LED into a plate assemblies and allowed
supplied frosted acrylic rod the glue to set. The chest
before fixing into place. The plate was fitted to the body
back of the rod was masked after carefully tucking its
off and sprayed black to fibre optic strands into the
block light spillage, the rod chest cavity.
then epoxied in place. Spare
black Velcro was used to Starling-Tech electronics package
block light leaks at the ends includes multiple lighting effects
near the body. that bring the kit to life

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STRETCHED SPRUE INSIDE required fibre
Next up it was time to optic strands
attach the head and finish to be fed
its assembly. One last through
modification was made and routed
to the top-most bulb on through
Robby’s head: I decided the clear
to stretch clear sprue and kit parts,
shape it with heat to form making
a more realistic looking sure not to
part and cemented it in bend them
place. Attaching the fibre too much in
optic strands emerging up the process
from the neck required (otherwise they
some temporary structural would break and
support and a spare the light effect would
cardboard box fitted the be eliminated). I was sure Great care
bill perfectly. It allowed to leave plenty of extra fibre must be taken
when handling
me to lay the head safely optic length protruding from the fibre optics
to one side while I worked, the assemblies so that I or they can be
eliminating dangerous stress could trim them to length over-flexed and
on the fibre optic strands. I once completed. ‘leak’ light
was now nearing the finish The small photo-etch
Little and
line! Just a few finishing gyros and circular radar large! Robby
touches remained. antennae were then sprayed is a science-
One last hurdle was the with Testors Diamond fiction icon
'ear' assemblies. These kit Dust silver metallic and and numerous
parts needed to be drilled to cemented in place, and the models of him
have been made
receive intricate photo-etch clear head dome was glued over the years
assemblies created earlier down with Micro Kristal
on. These assemblies in turn Klear. Lastly the model base U

Even Robby’s ‘ears’ can


be fitted out with fibre
optics to inject some
light and action

The author decided to stretch


The moulded ‘eye’ bumps were filed off the face plate in preparation for some clear sprue and shape
small sections of orange acrylic rod. This would result in an impressive it with heat to form a more
glow when LED lights were embedded in them later on in the build realistic looking ‘top bulb’

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his well known photograph shows
a knocked-out or abandoned
late-model Pz.IV and it is full of
information for the modeller. The
upper hull is wrapped with lengths of
spare track links, all fitted facing outwards
so they sit closer to the tank’s surfaces
and they appear to have been held in
place with wire. Pieces of zimmerit have
flaked off the upper right corner of the gun
mantlet and track adjustment tools can be
seen on the turret roof and by the driver’s
hatch. One brake access panel is open,
revealing the steering brake inside and the
remains of camouflage foliage can still be
seen over the hull front.
It’s worth studying the photo to get
ideas for your Panzer IV build! Tamiya offer
the Pz.IV ausf.J, ausf.H, still great kits.
See you again next time
editor@tamiyamodelmagazine.com

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With so many kits these days coming with photo-etched parts as standard, it’s wise to buy
good quality cyanoacrylate glue to fix them to the model. Tamiya offer their own product of
course, but excellent alternatives
are Roket Rapid and Roket Hot
from Deluxe Materials. ‘Hot’
is super thin and perfect for
application using capillary action
and ‘Rapid’, which is slightly
thicker, is great for applying to
a kit part before it has been
positioned on the model. Highly
recommended.
www.deluxematerials.com
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