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1/48 Airfix Supermarine Spitfire Mk-Vb

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb was the most widely produced variant of the Mk.V series of Spitfires. Entering service with the RAF in early 1941 the Mk.Vb variant incorporated a number of improvements over earlier Spitfires. Most notably it was the first common variant to be fitted with the ‘B’ wing, comprising two 20mm cannons and four .303in Browning machine guns. This gave the Mk.Vb a big increase in firepower, something lacking from the earlier all

Tamiya Vought Corsair F4U-1D

Designed around the new Pratt & Whitney 2,000HP radial engine and tuning the largest propeller ever attached to a fighter plane, the Vought F4U Corsair became a legend in its own time. The F4U-1 was the first production version of the Corsair. It had a inverted gull-wing and a framed canopy with a flat top. However many problems were found soon. For example, the port wing stall often gave the Corsair unstable landing. And another

Revell 1/48 Me 262 A-1a

Seems like a few days ago when Jeannette posted the Mid 2013 announcement from Revell. By the time you read this, the re issue of the 1/48th Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a should be (or about to be) on the shelves of hobby shops around the nation. The kit is stamped as 1978, so as most kits from the era, it has raised panel lines. The major sub assemblies are held here together (see the pictures)

1/48 Kitty Hawk F-35B Lightning II

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability.The F-35 has three main models; the F-35A is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the F-35B is a short take off and vertical-landing variant, and the F-35C is a carrier-based variant. The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

Tamiya HAWK Mk.66 “SWISS AIR FORCE”

Since its first flight in 1974, the Hawk has been used by the RAF as a training/light combat aircraft. The Adour 151 turbofan engine which has a 2,360kg maximum takeoff weight was fitted to the 11m long, 5.7 tons lightweight fuselage. In addition to the 30mm gun pod, the Hawk could carry up to 3 tons of ordnance such as AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles.  The Hawk which has been operated by 16 countries as well as

Academy 1/48th F-4B Pictures

Here I share a few pictures of the new awaited Academy F4-B Phantom 1/48th scale. We're hosting the pictures, hence the watermark. Some of them are surfacing at the auction site for almost $50 with shipping included from Hong Kong sellers. Having obtained model kits from Hong Kong, particularly from Academy Models, I expect the new F4-B to be in the $60 to $70 price mark here in the states. Among my acquisitions from Hong Kong,

Tamiya KV-2 Gigant Russian Tank

Following the creation of the KV-1 heavy tank, the Soviets produced a variant model armed with a short-barreled 152mm howitzer mounted in an impressively large turret. The so-called KV-2 heavy assault tank was developed as a more heavily armed tank, intended to target bunkers and other enemy strong points. The tank carried 36 High Explosive rounds for its main gun, and featured a machine gun for secondary armament. Like the KV-1, the KV-2 featured thick armor

New Academy 1:48 F-4B Phantom

Yes, you are reading right. There's a new treat to us from Academy Models in the shape of an all new tooled F-4B Phantom. One thing you can notice on the pictures below is the ''one piece'' fuselage.  Judging by the tooling pictures, this is a similar approach to Tamiya's 1/32 Phantom featured here last year. I'm not surprised at all to see this model kit sporting Cartograf decals and somehow I have the hunch that

Revell 1/48 Consolidated B-24D Liberator

Here it is, as promised during the last few weeks. This is the 1:48 scale B-24D Liberator from Revell.  This model kits has its age, but has managed the test of time based on previous Revell models I've built from around the same molding period.  The kit comes with some vintage 1/48 scale figures that most likely you have or will see in other Revell models. This model is big, so make sure you have

Hasegawa Hughes 500MD Defender ‘IDF’

The successful Hughes 500/MD 500 series began life in response to a US Army requirement for a light observation helicopter.Hughes' Model 369 won the contest against competition from Bell and Hiller. The OH-6 Cayuse first flew in February 1963. The 500 series design features shock-absorbing landing skid struts, a turboshaft engine mounted at a 45-degree angle toward the rear of the cabin pod, a fuel tank cell under the floor and the battery in the nose. The

1/48 Panzerjager Jagdtiger

Jagdtiger ("Hunting Tiger") is the common name of a German tank destroyer of World War II. The official German designation was Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B. The ordnance inventory designation was Sd. Kfz. 186. It saw service in small numbers from late 1944 to the end of the war on both the Western and Eastern Front. The Jagdtiger was the heaviest armored fighting vehicle operationally used during World War II. Due to an excessive weight the

1/48 Accurate Miniatures TBF/M Avenger

The Grumman TBF Avenger (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors) was a torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and eventually used by several air or naval arms around the world. The Avenger had a large bomb bay, allowing for one Bliss-Leavitt Mark 13 torpedo, a single 2,000 pound (907 kg) bomb, or up to four 500 pound (227 kg) bombs. The aircraft had overall ruggedness and stability, and pilots

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