Category Archives: After Market Accessories

Matho Models Press Release

Mathias from the recently opened Matho Models in Belgium send in their first press release. There a very interesting items in the catalog for the AMS afflicted.

”Today we are proud to announce our very first products. Matho Models is a new Belgium-based company that wants to bring high-quality accessories to the scale modeling community around the globe. Check our website:
www.mathomodels.com.”

Click here to read the full Press Release.

Matho Models 35002 Metal Buckets – 1:35
Matho Models 35003 WWI US Propaganda Posters (set 1) – 1:35
Matho Models 35005 Oak Foliage – 1:35
Matho Models 35006 German Crate Markings (airbrush templates) – 1:35
Matho Models 35007 Wooden Pallets (2 pcs.) – 1:35
Matho Models 35008 German Water Cans (5 liter) – 3 pcs. – 1:35
Matho Models 35009 German Water Cans (10 liter) – 2 pcs. – 1:35
Matho Models 35010 German Water Cans (18 liter) – 2 pcs. – 1:35
Matho Models 35011 German Water Can set (9 pcs.) – 1:35
Matho Models 35012 Wooden Barrels (2 pcs.) – 1:35
Matho Models 99001 Varnish Glue
Matho Models 99003 Display Base 14 x 10 cm
Matho Models 99004 Pipettes 0,5ml (10 pcs)

Brengun 1/48th Tomahawk Missile

The Tomahawk missile family consists of a number of subsonic, jet engine-powered missiles designed to attack a variety of surface targets. Although a number of launch platforms have been deployed or envisaged, only sea (both surface ship and submarine) launched variants are currently in service. Tomahawk has a modular design, allowing a wide variety of warhead, guidance, and range capabilities.

Variants
There have been several variants of the BGM-109 Tomahawk employing various types of warheads.

  • BGM-109A Tomahawk Land Attack Missile – Nuclear (TLAM-A) with a W80 nuclear warhead. Retired from service sometime between 2010 and 2013.[4]
  • RGM/UGM-109B Tomahawk Anti Ship Missile (TASM) – radar guided anti-shipping variant; withdrawn from service in the 1990s.
  • BGM-109C Tomahawk Land Attack Missile – Conventional (TLAM-C) with a unitary warhead. This was initially a modified Bullpup warhead.
  • BGM-109D Tomahawk Land Attack Missile – Dispenser (TLAM-D) with submunitions.
  • RGM/UGM-109E Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM Block IV) – improved version of the TLAM-C.
  • BGM-109G Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) – with a W84 nuclear warhead; withdrawn from service in 1987.
  • AGM-109H/L Medium Range Air to Surface Missile (MRASM) – a shorter range, turbojet powered ASM with bomblet munitions; never entered service, cost US $569,000 (1999).
    [Source: Wikipedia]

Here you have it folks, a beautifully cast 1/48th scale model of the controversial Tomahawk Cruise Missile. The kit (BRS 48003) comes with a small photo etch fret for added detail on the display case and exhaust section.

The cast is very clean and the separate fins are very well in scale with the rest of the missile. The kit also include a nicely printed decals sheet featuring markings for the Royal Navy, U.S Air Force  -AGM-109, General Dynamics and Tomahawk-.

 

Note from the Author
I most definitely recommend this kit. Nice as a stand alone subject next to your 1/48 aircraft display shelf or as a small diorama / vignette subject.

MSRP: $25.99 USD

My sincere thanks to Brengun Models for sending in this sample.

True Details Mk.13 Torpedo

The Mark 13 torpedo was the U.S. Navy’s most common aerial torpedo of World War II. It was designed with unusually squat dimensions for its type: diameter was 22.4 inches (570 mm) and length 13 feet 5 inches (4.09 m). In the water, the Mark 13 could reach a speed of 33.5 knots (62.0 km/h; 38.6 mph) for up to 6,300 yards (5,800 m).   Eventually,  17,000 Mk.13 torpedos were produced during the war.

True Details 1/48th Scale Mk.13 resin torpedo set

Well, here is finally a torpedo to go along my Accurate Miniatures TBF/M Avenger. It was built some time ago and went straight to the shelf in my office without the feature that distinguished this aircraft so much. Here comes the 1/48 U.S. Navy Mk.13 Torpedo #48506 from True Details.

I came across this set during a routine stop at my local hobby shop. So basically for the same price on-line with no shipping to pay, I decided to pick two torpedo sets. One is cast in a light gray resin and the other one in the traditional ‘butter cream’ resin color.

The 1/48th Mk.13 torpedo is comprised of basically of 9 parts. The torpedo itself, the wooden case, 2 propellers and 5 separate fins. There is an extra fin available in case you loose one. -that’s exactly what happened to me when I was removing them from the casting block-.

The cast is very clean on the main torpedo. There is an ‘eyelet’ on the tip that need to be opened. This should be the job for a pin vise and a small drill bit. Try to clean the extra resin from the casting on the eyelet, and you might end up blowing it up. Remember, I warned you 😉

As you can see on the provided pictures below, my MK. 13 torpedoes got a coat of Alcald 2 Gloss Black Base (ALC-304) and left to dry overnight. The leaflet included calls for a dark metal or dark gray color. Judging from pictures of the Mk.13, the color seems to be an aluminum shade either polished or dull.

I did tried Alclad 2 Polished Aluminum in a small portion of 1 of them. But this color proved to be too shiny almost chromed almost like the parts in model kit cars. I quickly changed to Alclad 2 ‘White Aluminum’ (ALC-106).

Meanwhile I left them to dry and started to work on the propellers. This is the most challenging part. Whatever you do, use a fresh #11 blade. Separating the propellers from the cast block is a very delicate job. The prop blades are  thin and VERY brittle. No matter how careful I was or method I used, I didn’t get a single propeller without ruining a blade.

This is where I believe that little fret of photo etched propellers wouldn’t raise the MSRP that much and *I* would be more than happy to pay a little extra. The blade mounts could be provided as resin ferrules. Just thinking out loud.

The front portion or warhead of the torpedo, was painted with a 50/50 mix of Model Master Acryl 4765 Light Gray and 4757 Acryl Medium Gray. After sealing just the gray area with Acryl Flat Clear, I gave both torpedoes a wash of AK Interactive Dark Brown (AK 045). One of them has the war head all scuffed while the other one was left clean as a museum piece. The stand was built with Evergreen plastic 5/32” I beam (# 215).  The exhibit plaque was made in .30 styrene. The picture and info was done with Photoshop as a .50” x .45” document at 200 DPI and printed on glossy paper.

Note from the Author
This is a nice addition to your shelf of WW-II aircraft weather you have a TBF Avenger or not. The second scuffed torpedo will be used on a second Accurate Miniatures TBF/M Avanger. I wish it had photo etched propellers. Nice weekend project, highly recommended.

Verlinden Armor Display Rail Crossing 2393

Here is the resin Armor Display Base with Rail Crossing kit # 2393 from Verlinden Productions. The base makes a nice and moody display to our Tamiya 1/48 Sturmgeschutz III Ausf.B shown here. This kit is very nice and detailed. It even has some resin fiber depicting grass. Is up to you to use it as is or add some static grass to it. I found the fibers quite convincing and to bring a subject without any alterations here, I chose to paint it as it came from Verlinden Productions.

This would be the first time I paint cobblestone on a mini diorama. The question was imminent: which color should I use to paint cobblestone? There are many pictures from those streets in WWII but they are B&W. So, I decided to take full artistic license. The following pictures have the caption of the steps I took and colors I used to paint the cobblestones of the Velinden Productions kit # 2393. In my opinion, this kit is very nice and worth its price. If only they could round up the size of this display to standard picture frame sizes. Just thinking out loud ;o) Enjoy!