The Challenger 1 Main Battle Tank was the successor of the successful Chieftain MBT in British service. Initially developed for the Iranian army, but with the fall of the Shah of Iran the Iranians lost interest. When the UK MBT90 project failed the British Army got interested in the Challenger and the Challenger 1 entered British service in 1983.
I don't think the venerable Spitfire needs an introduction, I don't think there are a lot of people who do not know the Spitfire and besides who hasn't built a Spit at some point during his/her model-maker career?
Sometimes a kit manufacturer comes up with something entirely new (to me). The case in point is the Panzerkleinzerstörer 'Rutscher', a small tank destroyer with two recoilless guns as it's main armament. Development started in 1943 but the project was halted in favor of the more traditional Panzerjäger 38(t) 'Hetzer' based on the chassis of the … Continue reading Research: Pz.Kl.Z. Rutscher
Strange ideas seem to be a requirement for any self-respecting German design team in the final stages of the war. This Arado Ar (E) 555 is no exception, designed for the Amerika-Bomber project to fulfill Hitlers dream of blitzing New York it looks like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. The Ar(E) 555 was powered … Continue reading Review: Revell 1/72 Arado Ar (E) 555
The Medium Tank, M3, also known as the M3 Lee or General Lee was one of the predecessors of the famous M4 Sherman. Armed with a 75 and 37 mm gun it proved to be a effective tank against the early Pz.Kpfw. IV. But it was soon replaced on most theatres by the aforementioned M4 Sherman tank.
This is one of those kits you find in your local shops bargain bin for a few Euros. It simple, it's small and it's bad. in fact it's so bad the instant you open the box you know how bad it's going to be by just looking at it for just a second. But to me this is 'one of those' kits that I just need to have because I had a Micro Machines F-19 toy as a kid (which was probably based on Monogram's F-19A 'Spectre')
Sometimes you hope a manufacturer will release that one vehicle you had in mind but nobody did. Enter the infamous Ratte. This land battleship has been on my mind ever since I started building plastic models. To my great surprise Takom has released a 1/144 scale model of it. And now there is a 1/72 kit of this released by Modelcollect. Now if only someone would release a Focke-Wulf Triebflügel please..
The Junkers Ju 52/3m is one of the most recognizable transport aircraft of WW2. In this review we're going to take a look at Revell's version of the affectionately named 'Tante Ju'
This is quite an interesting little kit released by Italeri. The box-art features a Cessna 172 landing on the Red Square in Moscow, and this drawing is based on true facts™. This aircraft was flown by the then 18 year old Mathias Rust from Germany to Moscow via Iceland, Norway and Finland, bypassing every Soviet Air Defense system on the way due to a combination of extreme luck and confusion in the Soviet Air Defense system. It seemed like you didn't need a SR-71 flying Mach 3.3 at 80,000 feet to fly all across Soviet Russia after all.