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Tamiya 1/32 Vought F4U-D Corsair

JUST IN!
We are pleased to share with our visitors the first pictures of the upcoming Tamiya 1/32 Vought F4U-D Corsair. We don’t know if this are test or production shots of the sprues, but either way, the detail is exquisite.

Tamiya 1/32 Vought F4U-D Corsair

Star Wars R2-D2 Boeing 787-900 by Pas Decals

Star wars or commercial airliners fans are gonna love this new set of decals for the line of Boeing in 1/144 by Pas Decals from Russia. Intended for the Zvezda models, but may work to the Revell version too,  you can make a fantastic representation of the 2015 repainted Boeing 787 Dreamliners from the ANA Airlines from Japan. Take a look to this fantastic Decal Sheet!

 

 

GreenStrawberry, breaking the mold with Sci-Fi ‘After Market’

Along we are pleased to show some of the latest products released by our friends at GreenStrawberry.  Not too long ago this company started offering a set of photo etch grille set for the then new 1/44 Millenium Falcon from Bandai. A more comprehensive set for the Falcon (01616-1/144) was added to their catalog and the rest is history. Since then, Green Strawberry has been growing exponentially offering more high quality photo etch and transkits for our beloved Star Wars, Star Trek, Galactica, Insterstellar and other well known model kits in the hobby business.

All photo etched sets from Green Strawberry do come in a nicely designed packaging which tells me how much they care about their product presentation as well. Their photo etched sets for *my personal taste* are in the Goldilocks zone, not too thick, not too thin.

Their fit is outstanding on every single piece.

Unlike it has been commented on social media by an individual most likely afraid of serious competition, all the subjects are researched in my knowledge and personal observation as a model kit builder and Star Wars fan. In some instances and as with any model kit builder with ingenuity, Lukáš Zátopek, president of Green Strawberry, takes artistic license creating designs for goodies with little to no reference material available at all. Don’t have the means or materials for a dio? Green Strawberry comes to the rescue with sets like the Hangar Deck 01 (DP-01) and 1/72 Hangar Equipment vol.1 (02616-1/72 both pictured below.

Like a cherry on top of a Sunday, Green Strawberry is now offering masks for the Bandai Star Wars kits. Paying homage to their name, they are die-cut green masks. There’s a set for the 1/72 Bandai A-Wing Starfighter AM007-1/72, Tie Advanced x1 AM008-1/72, Tie Interceptor AM009-1/72. These sets have masks not only for the canopy but also for the model itself. Other mask sets will be joining the line soon.

Sci-Fi model kit manufacturers, if you’re looking for a high quality photo etch set to accompany that upcoming model kit or re-run of a previous model, don’t hesitate to contact Green Strawberry to make it a reality.

Note from the Author
My best wishes to Lukáš in all his upcoming endeavors. Here’s a humble guy you can have a beer (or two) with. I can say that if I ever visit the Czech Republic, I have a place to visit.

PS,

This products are highly recommended and soon will be used in upcoming builds.

Warp Nacelles for Revell kit #04880

1/600 Resin Shuttle type ‘F’ from Green Strawberry

During the mid-2260s, class F shuttles were based at starbases and aboard Constitution-class starships, which were standard equipped with four shuttles of this class, along with other shuttle classes. (TOS: “The Galileo Seven”, “The Doomsday Machine”, “The Omega Glory”; TAS: “Mudd’s Passion”, “The Ambergris Element”) The class F shuttlecraft remained in service until the 2270s, when they were still being deployed to and from the San Francisco air tram station. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture Directors Edition).

Source and more info here.

Kit is primarily designed as set for Revell kit 04880.

Just in from our friends at Green Strawberry. This is a resin 1/600 Star Trek Shuttle type ‘F’ TOS.
This tiny model kit is very cleanly cast in resin. It comes with markings for your choice of:

  • Galileo NCC-1701/7
  • Columbus NCC-1701/2
  • Setar NCC-1631/4
  • Picasso SB11-1201/1

There’s is also a small photo etch fret to depict the center leg pad detail. The kit doesn’t have a lot of parts to fiddle with but worth mentioning that as usual with Green Strawberry, the instructions are very clear and straightforward. Decals go without a hitch but you will literally need a magnifying glass. The decal sheet seems to have been covered completely with the clear film carrier so I suggest to cut your decals as close as possible to the art.

Note from the Author

Nice set to accompany your 1/600 Revell kit with no lines from the 3-D printed versions to deal with.
Well worth the $13.99 price for 4 Shuttles, decals and photo etch fret.
Highly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Green Strawberry for this production sample.

Academy Releases New 1/700 Missouri BB-63-Modeler’s Edition

Academy Releases New 1/700 Missouri BB-63-Modeler’s Edition
Edison, New Jersey- Academy has announced the introduction of a new kit, (14223) 1/700 USS Missouri BB-63-Modeler’s Edition. This Iowa-class battleship will long be remembered as the site of Japan’s surrender to end WWII. “Mighty Mo” was considered the most powerful battleship of its time.

Loaded with details, Academy has captured it in all its glory. It can be assembled either as a waterline model or with full hull. It features photo-etched parts for railings and radar which add realism and highlights to the finished model. Armament includes nine 16” guns and twenty 5” guns, as well as three 16” and ten 5” rotatable turrets.

There are also 20mm and 40mm anti-aircraft guns that can be assembled in the modelers choice of direction. The kit is complete with display stand. Deck masking seal and an easy-to-follow painting guide come with the kit.

1/350 IJN Destroyer Type Koh Nowaki “Super Detail” Limited Edition

The destroyer was ordered in 1937. Nowaki was laid down on 8 November 1939 and launched on 17 September 1940. The ship was commissioned into the IJN on 28 April 1941. Nowaki was initially assigned to Destroyer Division 4 of the Destroyer Squadron 4. At the beginning of World War II, she was engaged as an escort during the invasion of the Philippine Islands and during subsequent operations around Malaya. On 1–4 March, while in company with the cruisers Maya, Atago, Takao, and destroyer Arashi, she was involved in sinking a number of Allied vessels during operations in the Java Sea.

On 1 March, Nowaki assisted Arashi in sinking the Dutch motorship Toranja and the British minesweeper Scott Harley, and later that day captured the Dutch steamship Bintoehan. On 2 March, Nowaki assisted in sinking the destroyer HMS Stronghold. On 3 March 1942, Nowaki helped sink the gunboat USS Asheville. On 4 March, Nowaki assisted in sinking the Australian sloop Yarra and the British Motor Minesweeper 51, tanker Francol, and depot ship Anking.

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Kit Highlights

With this set you can build any one of three IJN Destroyers including two that participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and one from the Battle of Midway. These vessels all carried six five-inch guns plus a battery of anti-aircraft guns and Long Lance torpedoes. Despite the power of the ships and the courage of their crews, all three were sunk by enemy action before the end of the war.

  • Highly detailed plastic pieces
  • Limited edition
  • Detailed hull
  • Kit Hasegawa 40094
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Scale: 1/350
  • Length: 13.68″ (347.5mm)
  • Width: 1.29″ (33mm)
  • Height: 3.42″ (87mm)
  • Skill level: 3
  • Parts: 210
  • MSRP: $139.99
  • Street Price: $124.99

MARKING
OPTIONS: One decal sheet with markings for 3 versions:
1) IJN Destroyer Nowaki Battle of the Philippine Sea June 1944
2) IJN Destroyer Hamakaze Battle of the Philippine Sea June 1944
3) IJN Destroyer Tanikaze Sep., 1943

Finally!
Something that floats arrived this week to my office. I know, this is not the Bismarck nor the Yamato. But the IJN Destroyer Type KOH from Hasegawa was also an important subject during WW2. The kit has been revisited by Hasegawa under the Famous Ship Series. It is a 1/350 scale model with that comes with heck of a comprehensive photo etched fret with all the necessary railings, ladders. The kit is printing very well. On my production copy I found little to no flash and superb engraved and raised lines. As stated above on the kit highlights, the kit included an exquisitely printed decal sheet.

I’ll be honest, this is a project that I will do on the side because this is a kit that will keep any model builder a long period of time. With model kits like the IJN Type KOH it is a good idea to leave it around the workbench and work in small increments with a pair of fresh eyes every time. The amount of photo etched detail can be overwhelming even for experienced model builders.

Note from the Author

If you like WW2 history in model kits from the Japanese perspective, the Hasegawa IJN NOWAKI is a no brainer. For the great detail it has, this model kit will not disappoint you. I highly recommend it to the experienced model builder however it is a bit of a complex model kit for a beginner. No water line option -bummer-.

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for the review sample.

 

Italeri Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

The Lamborghini Countach is a mid-engined, V12 sports car produced by Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini from 1974 to 1990. Its design pioneered and popularized the wedge-shaped, sharply angled look popular in many high-performance sports cars. It also popularized the “cab forward” design concept, which pushes the passenger compartment forward to accommodate a larger rear-mounted engine. The Countach was styled by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design studio, the same designer and studio that designed the Miura. Gandini was then a young, inexperienced designer — not very experienced in the practical, ergonomic aspects of automobile design, but at the same time unhindered by them. Gandini again produced another striking design. The Countach shape was wide and low (1.07 metres or 42.1 inches), but not very long (only 4.1 metres or 163 inches). Its angular and wedge-shaped body was made almost entirely of flat, trapezoidal panels.

In 2004, American car magazine Sports Car International named the car number three on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970s, and listed it number ten on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1980s.

Lamborghini Countach / More Pictures here.

Engine:
The rear wheels were driven by a traditional Lamborghini V12 engine mounted longitudinally with a mid-engined configuration. This contrasted with the Miura with its centrally mounted, transversely-installed engine.[6] For better weight distribution, the engine is pointed “backwards”; the output shaft is at the front, and the gearbox is in front of the engine, the driveshaft running back through the engine’s sump to a differential at the rear. Although originally planned as a 5 L (310 cu in) powerplant, the first production cars used the Lamborghini Miura’s 4-liter engine. Later advances increased the displacement to 4754 cc and then (in the “Quattrovalvole” model) 5167 cc with four valves per cylinder.

All Lamborghini Countaches were equipped with six Weber carburetors until the arrival of the 5000QV model, at which time the car became available in America, and used Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. The European models, however, continued to use the carburetors (producing more power than fuel-injected cars) until the arrival of the Lamborghini Diablo, which replaced the Countach.

The Kit:

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in white, gray, black,
    and clear
  • Detailed interior and engine
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Length: 7.08″ (180mm)
  • Skill level: 5
  • Parts: 145
  • Italeri No 3683
  • Street Price: $29.99

Here it is!

This is the new previously released in the 80’s Italeri 1/24 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole kit # 3683. Back in the day many of us had plastered in our room a nice poster of Farrah Fawcett [RIP] and a Lamborghini.

Those were the days for everything. It was the 80’s darn it! Cannonball Run anyone?

I don’t recall if this model kit was sold under the Testors badge or if I did built mine from Italeri. If this kit was sold by Testors, please chime in and refresh my memory. I remember well that Testors gain lots of popularity back in the 80’s in Puerto Rico thanks to a small chain store called GT’s Toys which had a great resemblance to KB Toys. Their small section of models was like a paradise for us model kit builders compared to the very thin limited stock that local drug stores had.

The hardest part on this kit was/is mating the body shell to the chassis because of the wide body parts on the fenders area.

Other than that, this kit is very easy to build. The chassis is very well represented for a kit this old. The engine is well addressed and with all the model building experience we have gained over the years, I promise you that with some TLC, this engine can be turned into a spectacular miniature of the famous Quattrovalvole. The main body was painted with KRYLON ”Short Cuts” spray from Michaels Stores and the interiors was painted with Tamiya XF-59 Desert Yellow from my local hobby shop. It also has some minor accents in the interior of XF-1 Flat Black.

To my eyes the rims look rightfully plated, so I decided not to mess with them. The small decal sheet included with the kit is of very good quality The tires have a very realistic thread pattern and considering the age of this tooling, there was no mold lines to deal with in my sample.

This kit was completed several weeks ago and was in our draft queue. Unfortunately I spilled some glue on the windshield and had to wait for a replacement. My wait was like any other customer would. Kudos to Hobbico for dealing with replacement parts in a timely fashion.

Note from the Author

While this kit is not a more modern Aoshima, I promise you that for $29.00 USD (MSRP) you will get a very good and enjoyable model kit to build. The box art is very nice, I think I’m going to frame mine 😉

ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY RECOMMENDED!

My sincere thanks to my dear friends at Hobbico for this production sample.

PS,
Here it rest now in a protective case from Hobby Lobby.

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LIMITED EDITION Encore Models 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat – EC48007

Squadron new limited edition is the  F6F-5 Hellcat by Encore Models. The first thing you want to know is that Encore used the fantastic Eduard’s Molds (Eduard – Nr. 8222) so you can expect a very fine kit with a lot of details. The Decals provided by Cartograph will garantee you a easy and without problems application on the kit. The kit also include a set of resin wheels,Resin seat, two option for the cowl, and two options for the windshield.

Retail price for this kit is $41.99, and excellent price for all the resin parts that included.

Price with our coupon code $25.19 !!!  (What a Bargain!) Where to buy? visit Trains and Toy Soldiers and add to the cart the kit, then put the Code: Borinqueneers Coupon Code, click Go and you are set.You will see the discout at the checkout. Visit the website www.trainsandtoysoldiers.com and learn more about other plastic models that you can buy with this discount!

1/16 ICM – New US MARINES SERGEANT

ICM lines of Military Sentinels figures continue to grow, this time with a US Marine. The figure is dresses with the famous  “Blue Dress” that is very well recognized for ceremonies, recruitment, and in other activities were formality is necessary like Honor Guard. This dress  is equivalent in composition and use to civilian black tie.  The Honor guard from the Marine Corps use a M1 Garand rifle, Army, Navy and Air Force use a M-16.  As you can see the Rifle details are outstanding, including the Bayonet and the Sling of the rifle.

Also include a Stand base that is previously included in other figures from the series where you can select between several interchangeable floors. This kit is a perfect ad-on to any Marine Theme diorama or kit, or stand alone in a collection of figures. A Must have, take yours while you can, this kit will go out soon!

 

 

NEW Revell 1/25 Custom Cadillac Lowrider

Roll out in the style in your custom Caddy! The last of these big, bold beauties was produced in 1984. Their classic body on frame construction made them absolutely perfect lowriders. With hydraulics, they can sink way low or stretch high, and their not short on power either! Thanks to a huge 4.1 liter V-8 engine, classic Cadillacs have more than enough muscle to stop the show on the strip.

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed pieces molded in white and clear
  • Chrome plated parts and soft black tires
  • Bright gold plated spoked lowrider type wheels and your choice of stock or custom grills
  • Custom moonroof and engraved vinyl top
  • Opening trunk with lowrider hydraulic pumps, batteries and stereo speakers
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Kit # 85-4438
  • Length: 9″ (228.6mm)
  • Width: 3-1/2″ (88.9mm)
  • Height: 2-1/8″ (53.97mm)
  • Skill level: 5
  • Parts: 110
  • MSRP: $21.99 USD

Revell surprised us at the office with another release for the beginning of the 2nd quarter. This is the Custom Cadillac Lowrider 1/25 from Revell models. For the price ($21.99 approx) you get a plumped box with a nicely molded body shell. The molding in general is very clean with barely mould lines around round parts. No flash is present on our production copy. The clar parts are clean of bubbles ad flow marks.

We get with this kit also the a sprue for chrome plated parts as well as gold plated. The injection gates are from moderate to small which is very nice. It is nice to see also that the trunk can be opened thru decently sized and realistic hinges. This final surprise was on the vinyl tires. They have a ‘channel’ in which you will install the white wall also made from vinyl. That alone sold me the kit. No decals or dry transfer for the white walls to deal with.

Absolutely positively recommended!

Note from the Author
My sincere thanks to Revell USA for the review sample.

NEW Revell 1/25 Chevy Beretta Pro Street

The Pro Street Beretta has almost nothing in common with the cars you find on the street. The original is a sweet ride, but the Pro Street version is all muscle. It’s equipped with a 700 horsepower supercharged V-8 engine that delivers more muscle per mile than anything the original can dish out. Plus, with its tube frame and rear-wheel drive, there is simply no comparison. Drop in a nitrous oxide system in, and it’s nearly impossible to beat on the quarter mile.

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed pieces molded in white and clear
  • Chrome plated parts and soft black tires
  • Full Pro Street tube frame
  • Detailed V-8 with nitrous oxide injection
  • Twin rear wheeli bars
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Kit # 85-7168
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Length: 7-5/8″ (193.67mm)
  • Width: 2-1/5″ (68.58mm)
  • Height: 1-7/8″ (47.62mm)
  • Skill level: 5
  • Parts: 117
  • MSRP: $22.99

New from Revell, is the re-release of the Chevy Beretta Pro Street kit # 85-7168 under their SSP (Selected Subject Program) reserved for classic kits. Upon inspecting all the parts I must say that they are exquisitely molded in white. The car body is molded very clean with no sink marks to write home about. The clear parts are cleanly molded without flowing marks and have this slight flexibility unlike the more thick and brittle clear parts from other kits. Something that got my attention was the nice patterns on the vinyl tires. They are also free of the ugly seam line that usually the tires come with. The molding is superb with a very realistic look.

The decal sheet is nicely and colorful printed with no color bleeding. The white stripes looks solid enough to look nice over the black finished body. The Chevy Beretta Pro Street from Revell must be available at your local hobby shop at the time of this entry.

Note from the Author
My sincere thanks to Revell USA for this sample.


Academy 1/35 Magach 7c ”Gimmel”

Magach 6/7 is a series of Israeli tanks, based on the American M60 Patton Tanks. From the 1970s, the M60s were upgraded in a number of areas including the addition of an Israeli-developed thermal sleeve for the 105 mm gun, the addition of Israeli-developed explosive reactive armour, installation of a new Urdan commander’s cupola (also adopted by the US Army for its M48A5 tanks), two roof-mounted 7.62 mm machine guns and the Israel Military Industries CL-3030 instantaneous self-screening system either side of the main armament. It is believed that the M60 series fitted with ERA were called the MAGACH-6 and 7 for the latest version.

It is understood that these have now been replaced by later and enhanced versions. In the beginning, the first Magach was an upgrade of M48A3 main battle tank, it was the Magach 3. By the time the 1973 Yom Kippur War erupted, some 800 Magach 3 were in active service, in addition to some original configuration M60 (Magach 6). During the 1980s and 1990s, the Magachs were gradually replaced with Merkava tanks as Israel’s front-line main battle tank. However, the large majority of the IDF’s armoured corps continued to consist of Magach variants until the 1990s, and the tank was continuously upgraded during this time.

Prior to the 1982 invasion of Lebanon (1982 Lebanon War), Magach 6 tanks were fitted with explosive reactive armor (ERA). Further work has been done on the upgraded Magach 6 models, including new armor, Merkava based tracks, new fire controls, a thermal sleeve for the gun and smoke dischargers, eventually resulting in the Magach 7 model which is still in use with the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces).

More info on the Magach 6/7 and variants here.

Kit Highlights
  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in olive green
  • New turret, large external storage basket, passive armor array,
    armored side skirts, and 7.62mm FN-MAG machine gun.
  • Assemble with hatches open or closed
  • Waterslide decals
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Length: 10.35″ (263mm)
  • Height: 3.85″ (98mm)
  • Skill level: 4
  • Kit # 13297
  • MSRP: $44.99
  • Street Price (approx) $38.99

We can finally call this model done. This is new Academy 1/35 Magach 7c ”Gimmel”. This is Academy model kit # 13297 and comes molded in tan. The kit was released by the end of 2016 and it is now up for grabs at your favorite on-line hobby supplier but remember, if you have a local hobby shop, please support it.

The kit as the real tank is based on the USA M60A. As a result you will end with plenty of leftover parts from previous versions Academy has produced with the original tooling. The Academy 1/35 Magach 7c Gimmel comes new turret and basket tooling to accommodate the side armor. There’s no interior detail on the turret in case you’re wondering. The are 4 different markings provided with the model kit.

This Magach 7c was painted with Vallejo IDF Green 71.126 and weathered after with Ammo Mig Products including pigments.

The biggest disappointment with the Academy 1/35 Magach 7c Gimmel is the same I personally had with the Academy Tiger I F-13 Gruppe. The tracks leave a lot to be desired. If the kit has been out for years and the complaint has been out as long, I don’t get why wasting the chance during the new tooling to address the tracks issue and make the subject more appealing to those eager to swipe their credit cards. I know this create a third party sub-market, but c’mon, paying for a set of after market tracks that are almost as expensive as the kit itself doesn’t sound fair. Charge us $10-$15 on the kit with a new descent set of tracks and we will happily pay for them. All the rest in upgrades will be vanity (IMHO). The tracks are about 3 links short and you can notice on the pictures from the back of the model. They are in place with CA and stapples. It is a shame because the track pattern was nicely done and printed awesome. They are just too short.

Note from the Author

I will recommend this kit to IDF model kit lovers but be aware that the tracks are a major let down. I really hope Academy and other makers take note.

My sincere thanks to Model Rectifier for the review sample.

Big shout out to the folks over at Ammo by Mig for supplying us the weathering products for this project.