The F-5E Tiger II is effectively the FN FAL of the Western Air Forces. Developed as a cheaper to buy and operate alternative to the F-4 Phantom it saw service in a whole range of nations. A number of variants were developed, the A, B, E and F variants for example, but also Trainer, Reconnaissance … Continue reading Review: Revell 1/144 Northrop F-5E Tiger II
Time for something entirely different. I've had my eyes on some of these engine kits out there, but they are either not available or too expensive for my budget. But then this kit popped up in my local hobby store at a 60% discount. I honestly went into the shop with the idea of buying … Continue reading Review: Airfix Four Stroke Engine
The Japanese Aichi M6A1 Seiran was a floatplane used by the Imperial Japanese Navy serving on the large I-400 class submarines. Yes, Submarines. Now if you're imagining a submarine crew sharing bunk beds with aircraft parts you would be wrong. The I-400 class submarines were designed and built with a dedicated hangar in front of the conning tower that held up to three Seirans.
Revell recently released this lovely Luchs (Lynx in German), a small PzKpfw II based light reconnaissance tank used by the German Wehrmacht during World War II. Armed with a 20 mm autocannon and 7.92 mm machine gun and fitted with FuG 12 and FuG Spr radios. The Luchs was also known as the Sd.Kfz. 123 … Continue reading Review: Revell 1/72 PzKpfw II Ausf. L Luchs
If you are thinking "I didn't know this Ausführung existed" you are right: It didn't. It's one of those fantasy panzers that take Paper Panzers to the next level. Think Maschinen Krieger but based on a E-75 hull. But if the Germans struggled to make the Panther and (King) Tigers reliable, how on earth would … Continue reading Review: Modelcollect 1/72 E-75 Ausf. Vierfüßler Rheintochter 1
So now for something completely different. And about as Dutch as wooden shoes, windmills and cheese if not a little less well-known even in the Netherlands. Luchtwachttoren is Dutch for Air Watch Tower, and these towers were part of the Korps Luchtwacht Dienst (KLD) or Air Watch Corps in English. The KLD had built … Continue reading Review: TeKaMo 1/72 Luchtwachttoren
The Polish Wrzesień 1939 series is a war game series by the Polish company First to Fight and is centered around the events of September 1939 German invasion of Poland and features all kinds of interesting Polish and early German hardware that you don't often see. And that is a shame because the Polish Campaign … Continue reading Review: 1/72 First to Fight Bofors 40 mm Polska Armata