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Nuts & Bolts Volume 36: Büssing’s schwere Pz.Spähwagen Part 2 – schw.Pz.Spähwagen (7,5 cm) (SdKfz.233), schw.Pz.Fu.Wg (SdKfz.263) (8-Rad) & Panzermesskraftwagen

The latest title from the Nuts & Bolts team is part two of the Pz.Spähwagen series. Although I have other great reference works such as the Panzer Tracts for scale plans and production information, this is still a worthy addition to the library. Since the title’s target group includes modelers, I will state that AFV Club recently released kits of the Sd.Kfz. 233 & 263 in 1/35th scale. As printed, the book has 208 pages not

Hands on Vallejo Metal Colors

Howdy folks! Hope you all are doing and modelling great. Here's another interesting topic that I had to work on because frankly, I was really interested in checking out how good and effective in real life the Metal Colors from Acrylicos Vallejo are. To give these colors a real life test, I decided to use some of them on the nice 1/72 Electric Lighting F.2A model kit from Airfix. There were 2 main reasons why I wanted

Ray Ban the Aviator shades

The Aviator sunglasses Ray-Ban is famous for were first developed for pilots in the war. However, there’s an additional, little-known part to that story. In the First World War, pilots used full goggles to protect their eyes from the wind and the cold in their open cockpits. As aircraft technology advanced and planes reached higher and higher altitudes, goggles eventually became unsuitable because they would freeze over and couldn’t protect against the glare of the

Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa

In the spring of 1942, the Japanese had surprising air superiority in the Pacific. This was achieved by the much lauded Mitsubishi Zero of the Imperial Japanese Navy and its army counterpart, the Nakajima Ki-43. At the beginning of its six and a half year production, the Ki-43 was a formidable adversary for contemporary Allied designs. Its appearance was a complete surprise, and its superior performance helped a number of Japanese fighter aces establish their

A look at Tamiya’s XF-84 & XF-85

A not too long time ago in not a galaxy too far away Tamiya added a colors to their mini jars paint chart. They were colors suited for British and Japanese modelling subjects. Soon local hobby shops and online retailers updated their paint racks with these news Tamiya colors. However this didn't happen with the colors below as it did with the British and Japanese colors. By the time this entry was drafted, many known online

Nuts & Bolts Volume 34: Sd.Kfz. 7 – 8 ton Zugkraftwagen Krauss-Maffei and Variants

The latest title from the Nuts & Bolts team is on the SdKfz 7 series. Although I have other great reference works such as the Wings & Wheels publication for photos and Panzer Tracts for scale plans and production information, this is still a worthy addition to the library. Since the title’s target group includes modelers, I will state that Dragon, Tamiya, and Trumpeter have all released kits of this halftrack in 1/35th

1/32 Revell Fw190 F-8 (Build Log UPDATE)

I was excited when I heard that Revell was going to introduce yet another kit in 1:32. I have been impressed with their Uhu and with their Bf109s. I am also very pleased at the price...I paid less than $30 (delivered) for this. Once I got the kit in the mail, I inspected the sprues and was was very taken with the quality and detail. My experience with their 109s is that the fit would/should

Support the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler.

Just in from the Boeing Company Thank you for your continued support of the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler. We wanted to let you know that the Growler is featured on the June cover of Boeing’s Frontiers magazine. In this story, you’ll hear first-hand from EA-18G Growler flight crews stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island who operate and maintain these aircraft. Boeing’s electronic warfare fighter jet is used extensively in combat today. By detecting enemy threats,

Zoukei Mura Pro Zetsu Nippers

This is now my favorite tool to cut parts free from the sprue… After seeing some lively discussions on side cutters as used for plastic modelling, I found two camps formed between users of Tamiya and those using Xuron products. Not having a Tamiya side cutter, I fell into the latter having a Xuron knock-off, Testors Modelmaster (made by Xuron) sprue cutter, and Xuron’s 2175ET professional sprue cutter. For me, the test is how cleanly it

Nuts & Bolts 33: ”Leichte Feldhaubitze 18, GW II für le.F.H. 18/2 ”Wespe“ and ”Hummel-Wespe“

One thing I respect about Nuts & Bolts is that they are ready to revisit earlier books on vehicles they find new information on and don’t seem concerned if other publishers have touched the subject.   I had bought the original many years ago when it first came out.  It is still a very good volume so I was interested to see what new information has turned up. Other great reference works have come about such as

1/32 Trumpeter Me-262 W.I.P.

Well, I am off and running with my next project. The Me-262 from Trumpeter in 1/32 scale. I just started with the cockpit and so I thought I would show you. Speaking of cockpits; do you know how that term got started? It is a left over from old sailing ships. The place where the ship was piloted was a round pit built into the deck. It reminded the crews of the pits they used

MPC Millenium Falcon WIP

Hey folks, here is a current side project I'm working on. Here is the Millenium Falcon from MPC. I'm adding some tiny pieces from my spare box. As some of you might know, the side walls on this kit are too thick and they will be replaced for stock styrene instead. As the story goes, the Millenium Falcon has been heavily modified by Captain Solo. This will be my humble version of the Millenium Falcon

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