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MiniArt Anti-Tank Obstacles in 1/35 scale

MiniArt Anti-Tank Obstacles in 1/35 scale

Anti-Tank obstacles of this type were known as Czech Hedgehogs.
In the past Tamiya and Italeri did some,but I think it's justified that MiniArt comes with a new offering.

MiniArt comes with the same size box,that they also use for their figure and other accessoires kits.

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Instructions as usual on the back side of the box.
Recommended paints call for Red Brown,Dark Grey and White. (what I ignored)

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You get 12 x sprue Ba1,each sprue can be made into 1 Anti-Tank obstacle.
Oddly enough I found 13 sprues in the box.

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One thing I wasn't pleased with however;you will have to use some scalpel or knive,
files and sandpaper...because the connection points between the beams are just too small! :pinch:

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Painted and weathered it turned out like this:

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Come to think about it,you can always use the Czech Hedgehogs to make the Culin Hedgerow Cutter,
found on US tanks,as the US Army did just that with them as they found them on the Normandy beaches. :cheer:

Got this kit from the local hobby shop for 14,30 Euro,but also saw it from a trader at a show for just 11,50 Euro.


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Ki-84 by Kas Labecki

I thought this build is worthy of front page news. 

Build by Hubert "Dewertus" Labecki's young son Jas. Already an award winning modeler I hope he'll be a MA Master one day (soon I'm sure). 

Congratulations young man! 

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Volume 40: Büssing’s schwere Pz.Spähwagen Part 3: schw.Pz.Spähwagen (SdKfz.234) (8-Rad Tp.) and variants

Volume 40: Büssing’s schwere Pz.Spähwagen Part 3: schw.Pz.Spähwagen (SdKfz.234) (8-Rad Tp.) and variants

The newest Nuts and Bolts volume 40 is out and its another winner. This is the third volume on the Schwere Pz.Spahwagen.


Read more: Volume 40: Büssing’s schwere Pz.Spähwagen Part 3: schw.Pz.Spähwagen (SdKfz.234) (8-Rad Tp.) and...

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Real Colors of WW2- AK Interactive

Real Colors of WW2- AK Interactive

I recently purchased this latest book from AK Interactive hoping that it would deliver on the promise that it would raise the bar on WW2 Armor colors and paint standards.....
well they didn't lie!
This publication is worth every cent and will have you rethinking your colors for a number of fronts and periods during WW2.
The index below shows you the extent that this great book goes to cover all aspects of military vehicle and equipment paints during the period.

* Important Note - some updated info was given to me by nsmekanik and I quote: apparently Mike Starmmer is none to pleased with paint matches, and according to this thread on Missing linx the German color matches are not all that good either'.
This was after I had written the article but he was kind enough to let me know before it was posted.
I followed the link and read the discussion which was very informative but at the same time disappointing in that some of the color swatches have not been processed correctly so that they(the photos of the color swatch doc) do not show the true color tone that was on the original physical document.
I still think the book has a lot of merits but it really bothers me that they could not get a simple thing like a photo correct to the original when this is what the whole book is based on!
Anyway read on ands certainly also follow the link to see what is incorrect - also note that it is not ALL incorrect.

Right up front they supply you with a color checked and calibrated chart, that is fantastic for both models and military art, so it was a must have for me. This chart and the original RAL documents inside the book (represented in full color) tie down all of the actual colors for each period to factual information that is represented clearly and logically in a time based format. This is done better than ever before as it feels like you are viewing the real documents. see the following images to get a feel for what i mean.

AK have combined this fresh presentation with color photo examples of real equipment in original colors, which just adds to the accuracy. Throughout are also various color photos and black and white pics that are of very good quality showing examples of what is discussed. Some of these you will have seen before but they have only used photos of relevance and high quality.

They have also provided some color profiles of the schemes which are sufficient but i feel are the only weak point to the book, the back page of the publication having the best examples....but that is only my opinion as i like a high quality for profile art.
I hope this review has been helpful and informative and if you would like any more info on the book before you buy just ask or send me a message and i will be happy to answer your questions.




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MiniArt Flettner FL-282 helicopter

Flettner FL-282


Here is a review of the New MiniArt kit of the Flettner FL-282 helicopter. As these aircraft weren't all that large in real life this ends up being a very small model even at 1/35th scale.

Detail on all the sprues is crisp and clean with no flash and even the larger parts have minimal ejector marks to worry about. I will say that it looks to be a delicate build and some parts including the base rods in the rotor blades are fairly fine. The rotor blades have a molded in sag to them to realistically replicate the sag on the blades of the real aircraft. All the framework appears to be to scale and it should build into a nice little replica.

There are 4 marking choices, one in green over grey and the other 3 all in grey. They are all of the same aircraft at different times during the war.

Decals are crisp and have good alignment. There is a small photo etch fret with seat belt and some framework around the opening to the engine.

It looks to be an excellent little kit from MiniArt in the Ukraine.

For pricing, on May 05, 2018 it is available from FreeTime Hobbies for under $40 US. I purchased mine from an ebay source in the Ukraine.

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