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Mini Art Soviet Limber

Mini Art Soviet Limber


The subject of this review is the un sung hero of the artillery soldier. The mighty limber. The hauler of ordnance and whatever else is needed as well as the often time resting place of a weary soldier. Limbers are pulled by vehicle both wheeled and tracked as well as horse drawn and sometimes moved by manpower alone.
Miniart came to the rescue with a 1/35 scale soviet limber in the form of the 52-R-353M .

The kit was purchased from red frog hobbies ( which has great service ) Cost $24.24 at first I thought that was probably a bit too much for a simple kit , by simple I imagined it to be a box two wheels and a tow post. I really wanted it for a project that is planned so I dropped the dime and added it to my order.
Well the grand day had arrived my order was here from red frog and upon opening the Limber kit ,I was pleasantly surprised at the level of detail that was staring back at me.

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Modeling for Competition: The Details


All modelers have, to some degree, AMS (Advanced Modeler Syndrome) when it comes to model building. This can manifest itself in many ways from adding simple small details all the way to scratch building whole assemblies to correct a dimensional issue. In extreme cases it can cause some modelers to declare that a model is “unbuildable” and prevent them from building at all. While making detailed models is our stock and trade those extreme details may go unnoticed in a competition especially when judges don’t care how many screws are present on panzer IV turret roof. In fact we should not expect them to know the specific nuisances of any model we make. We add those details more for our own pleasure and satisfaction. In this article let’s look at what IPMS and AMPS consider to be “details”. We may find out that our ideas about details are somewhat different from what judges are looking for.

Ok let’s start off with the IPMS rules on “details”

Details for Aircraft:

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Matho Models

Matho Models

Here comes a review of 3 items from Matho Models, It's a new Belgium company that have some realy nice new releases.

First up is a sheet with road signs, Normandy WWII in scale 1/35.


A very nice touch is that the backside of the signs also have a print, that's something atleast I have found was missing and difficult to add afterwards :good
Price: €7.95


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Next is a set with small rocks and boulders in scale 1/35 (can be used in other scales too).

They are casted in plaster and can be a good help for filling up around ruined houses on a diorama.
Set contains 8 rocks in different sizes.
Price: €5.50


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And the last piece is a set with 2 wooden barrels and a wooden pallet in scale 1/35.
All parts casted in a grey resin with nice details, the wood barrels are fitting both older and new settings but the pallet is more for the modern diorama/truck builders.
Price: €7.95


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Thanks to Matthias at Matho Models for sending me the review samples
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1/35 Trumpeter ChTZ S-65 Tractor with Cab

Brief Background
WW2 Soviet Tractor - this version was a development of the earlier S-60 version. The s-65 being the most numerous with 37,656 being produced before the ChTZ factory switched to tank production in 1941.

The Kit

- 200 plastic parts (light grey plastic)
- 234 track parts (light brown plastic)
- 5 clear plastic parts
- 8 photo etch parts on 1 sheet
- 1 decal sheet
- Instruction book of 12 pages.

An interesting subject that lends itself to many exciting diorama ideas for WW2 armor modelers, including people who want to 'walk on the wild-side' and modify the kit to depict a wood burning version, or various other configurations.
The kits parts are modeled very crisply with the detail popping out perfectly for painting and highlighting.
Bring on the scratches and Rust!
See the pictures below for a look inside.....

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Academy Sopwith Camel

Academy 1:32 Sopwith Camel


This is an inbox review of the Academy Sopwith Camel.

Historical setting
The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter introduced on the Western Front in 1917 and was manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company. Though difficult to handle, to an experienced pilot it provided unmatched maneuverability.
A superlative fighter, the Camel was credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the conflict. It also served as a ground-attack aircraft, especially towards the end of the war, by which point it was being outclassed in the air-to-air role by newer German fighters such as the legendary Fokker D7.

The Model

- 3 x sheets of sprue.
- 1 x decal sheet.
- 1 x instruction booklet.

This kit is very small and simple but nicely molded, with a choice of 2 different planes in the decals.
The wing-flaps and rudder are fixed and there is no PE.
The Instructions are simple and easy to follow.
Compared to the detail of a Wingnut kit the Academy offering is greatly simplified but good value at less than half the price, still retaining nice crisp molding with the overall look still pretty cool- it definitely looks like a Sopwith Camel.
Wingnuts are advertising one of these as their current 'under development' so it will be interesting to compare.

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