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February 15, 2020

Revell Ju-88 A-1

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Here we have some of the first images of Revell’s new Battle of Britain variant of the Ju-88 A-1 slated for release this year. Looks promising.

November 29, 2019

Revell Ju-88A-1

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A hole in the 72nd scale modeling world has been an A-1 version of the Ju-88.  This was the most numerous version used in the Battle of Britain.  Now Revell has announced that they are doing one.  Given their excellent A-4 version, I have high hopes.

August 16, 2019

Magazine review: Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol.41 #5 (July 2019)

I’ve looked back and realized I haven’t done a SAM review in about 4 years.  I used to do them all the time.  Out of the habit I guess.  I still get the magazine and live through its ups and downs.  This issue is the last by its current editor.  A new editor took over for the August issue.  I’ll review that when I get the time.

In this issue, two subjects I am greatly interested are covered.  There is a long form build review of the Revell/ICM MiG-25 RB.  While the RB is a recon version is a recon version, the cover of the magazine features a nice drawing of one of the interceptor versions.  There is also a color article on pre-WWII RAF far east colors, centering around whether any Vildebeestes were wearing a blue/green far east scheme. (They probably weren’t)  A good issue.  I enjoyed it and it took me more than 30 minutes to read it, which is a good sign.

My one criticism would be that in man of the short build reviews, the models built for the review don’t look very good.  If I were a manufacturer, I’d be worried about the impression these photos left of my models.


March 5, 2019


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I’ve always really liked the He-177.  Given its teething troubles and limited success in combat, I am not sure why, but I do.  For years, the only game it town was the old Airfix/MPC kit, which I built as a teenager.  Revell of Germany came to our rescue a number of years ago with a thoroughly modern kit of the 177.  I started the kit not long after it came out, but sadly, it currently sits on the shelf of shame.

Jeff “Inch High” Groves, on the other hand, took the kit and turned it into a beautiful model.

October 24, 2018

Revell F-104G

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:37 am
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Jim Bates and I recently had a discussion regarding this release.  It is a re-release, but I somehow missed it when it was originally released about 10 years ago.  It was apparently release as both a Canadian and German bird when it was originally issued about 10 years ago, but the re-release appears to be only the German version.

May 22, 2018

Boxer APC

Filed under: Modeling,Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:01 pm
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Australia is buying the German-made Boxer APC.  For you modelers out there, there is at least one 35th scale kit of the Boxer, and more importantly, one in God’s One True Scale.

January 10, 2018

Hobbico files for bankruptcy

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Hobby distributor Hobbico has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Hopefully this won’t have too much impact on the Revell model lines.

February 15, 2017


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For years, those of us in 72nd scale had only the old Monogram Do-17.  Now we have the Airfix kit, the ICM kit and now Revell re-boxing the ICM kit.

September 20, 2016

New kit news

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Revell releasing a 72nd scale Spitfire Mk. II

A company I never heard of doing a resin SM.75

January 6, 2015

Magazine review: Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol. 36 #2 (April 2014)

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Yes, this is a review of an issue that is almost a year old.  I swear, I will catch up someday.

This issue is your typical SAM.  For the 72nd scale modeler, there is a number of articles.  An Australian Army Tiger ARH helicopter from the HobbyBoss kit. There is also a Gannett from the Revell kit in an interesting Red and Silver scheme. Also, there is a build of the Hasegawa F-15D in Israeli markings.  The Special Hobby CAC CA-13 Boomerang is featured in a build article.  There are also build articles on making an air racer from a a Trumpeter Sea Fury and a Revell IDS Tornado in some spectacular Tiger Meet markings.  The feature article is on the colors and markings of F-15s in their various makes and models.

All of the build articles are nice.  The photos are very good, but the articles lack detailed descriptive text.  Additionally, this issue suffered from the usual typos.  I don’t know why a major print magazine suffers worse copy-editing than volunteer magazines such as RT and the Journal.

I like SAM.  I really do.  I do wish there were fewer but more in-depth articles. along with other types of features.

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