Tracks are always a problem: rubber tracks are often too short and usually don't look that great on your kit, and sometimes don't take paint that well. Link-and-length tracks are better, molded in plastic they look good enough but can be tricky to assemble. And then there are Dragons Magic Tracks and the likes: plastic track links that look great. But they can require a lot of work.
The Kenworth Aerodyne is a Class 8 truck, meaning it is the heaviest class of trucks in the US Heavy Transport Vehicle classification table, and people unfamiliar with US trucks might recognize it as a Matchbox model released years ago in the early to mid-eighties. This particular model of the Aerodyne line, the Cab Over … Continue reading Review: Revell 1/32 Kenworth Aerodyne
The F-22 was designed as a replacement for the F-15 Air-superiority Fighter, and it was not enough to just replace the F-15. It would feature a lot of firsts: Stealth, Supercruise and a whole range of other technical stuff. It's probably the most advanced fighter aircraft in existence and while still untested in air-to-air combat it … Continue reading Review: Trumpeter 1/144 F-22A Raptor
Does the Ilyushin Il-2 'Sturmovik' need an introduction? Deemed as important for the Red Army as air and bread by Stalin it was the flying T-34 of its time. Well armed and armored it was produced in massive numbers as a ground attack aircraft, seeing considerable success during World War 2. What the T-34 tank … Continue reading Review: MisterCraft 1/72 Il-2m3
The Dornier Do 335 'Pfeil' was a heavy fighter designed by the Dornier Flugzeugwerke during WW2. The design hearkens back to Dornier' extensive experience with push-pull engine layouts featured on many of their successful flying boats like the Do J or Do X.
The Mil Mi-28N Havoc is the Russian answer to the AH-64 Apache, a heavily armed attack helicopter that can carry a surprising amount of weaponry. It carries a 30 mm dual feed autocannon, with both Armor piercing sabot and High Explosive rounds, selectable by the gunner. On the pylons it can carry anything from unguided rockets to heat-seeking air-to-air missiles and anything in between. Developed in the early eighties as a variant to the venerable Mil Mi-24 Hind but without the troop carrying capacity and with a radar, making it All-Weather capable, much like the Apache.
The Jagdpanzer 38 (Sd.Kfz. 138/2), also known as the Hetzer was a light Tank Destroyer of the German Wehrmacht in World War Two. Featuring heavy frontal armor for a light tank, 60 mm sloped 60 degrees and armed with a 75 mm gun it was small, fast and easy to produce. Exactly what a country in a losing war would need. Based on the Czech Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) with modified running gear it also proved to be quite reliable, something that couldn't been said of it's brothers in arms: the Jagdpanther and Jagdtiger.
The M50A1 Ontos (Greek for 'Thing') was a light, mobile anti-tank vehicle intended for Airborne units. Armed with 6 M40 106 mm Recoilless Rifles it could fire at an target in rapid succession, thus ensuring a hit. When the Airborne units lost interest the US Marine Corps picked up the project and were quite happy with it in the Fire Support role, for obvious reasons.
After reading Hans Ulrich Rudels somewhat controversial book 'Stuka Pilot' in which he chronicles his time as a Stuka pilot, flying a little over 2.500 combat sorties and killing 519 tanks, damaging the Soviet battleship Marat, sinking a cruiser and destroyer and 70 landing crafts and 800 plus vehicles of any kind. His Stuka of choice was the Kanonenvogel (Gun bird) but he also flew nearly 500 sorties in ground attack versions of the FW 190.
The original Fiat 500 was the Italian answer to the VW Beetle: a small, economic and affordable car for the people. Launched as the Nuova 500 (New 500 in Italian) in 1957 as a successor to the pre-war Fiat 500 Topolino ((Mickey) Mouse). The car was a great hit in and outside Italy. Small, cheap and good looking it was perfect for the time and provided lots of people with mobility.