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Hm, so I guess, looking at this one review, there is no photo etch for the railings for this particular kit? Seems like, sometimes, PE rails are included, and other times they are not.

Anyone know for sure if PE rails is a required aftermarket purchase for this kit?
1:350 Destroyer Admiral Chabanenko (Trumpeter 04531)
Destroyer Admiral Chabanenko
Trumpeter 1:350
2007 | Changed parts
19. June at 11:53:04 Share
Tim Jacobs There are no PE rails in this kit. There's a bare bones set with radar antennas and latice towers, but nothing else.
18. July at 04:02:31
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July 1, 2019

I am ready for this kit. :)
1:72 B-Wing Starfighter (Bandai 0230456)
B-Wing Starfighter
Bandai 1:72
0230456 (2380173)
2018 | New tool
8. May 2018 at 13:50:28 Share
11. June 2018 at 12:00:07
Kees Kleijwegt Ready too, I am! :)
11. June 2018 at 12:17:42
Arne Greve Is there no german shop, who have this kit?? :(
26. June at 10:52:54
slateman It should be no problem, as Revell starts to sell the Bandai kits here in Germany.
26. June at 20:10:42
Dave Flitton Me Want!!!
26. June at 20:33:20
Arne Greve @slateman Dann heißt es nur, Geduld haben????
1. July at 17:01:38
slateman Denke ja
1. July at 17:31:43
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June 28, 2019

Treehugger added the Lindberg Brain / Skull Combination (1:1) to his stash.
1:1 Brain / Skull Combination (Lindberg 71301)
Brain / Skull Combination
Lindberg 1:1
199x | New tool
28. June at 17:44:15 Share
Ahaha. I just found this kit stashed away. 1:1 human skull. I appear to have the 71301 kit (written on the box), but afaik without the brain and with a different looking kit box. :D

I must have been reading Hamlet at the time.

Skull seems a little small, definitely not an adult size.
1:1 Brain / Skull Combination (Lindberg 71301)
Brain / Skull Combination
Lindberg 1:1
199x | New tool
28. June at 17:44:06 Share

June 26, 2019

I am currently moving to a place where I can get to have a dedicated work area, and not sit at this one desk, eating, surfing and building models.

However, moving my stash was troublesome as I live on the fifth floor. It helped to put the smaller kit boxes in a large box, but for the larger kits, I had to stack them and carefully bring them down to the ground floor. That is 100 steps up, and 100 steps down. :|

And even when I thought I had moved it all, there is still a small pile left to move. I did manage to put some of the finished models that I liked, into a box, and gently moved it to the new place.

I thought at first that I should drain the compressor for oil, I think I read that in a manual, but.. I decided against it and just put the compressor in the box it came in and gently moved the box around.
(Assorted Vallejo paint, glue and whatnot in a box, and compressor in another box. Don't remember what was in that third box there in the photo.)
26. June at 12:32:40 Share
Holger Kranich Thats a serious pile of skulls, äh kits! ;)
26. June at 12:40:15
Patrick Hagelstein In every model builder's life, situations like this will happen. I feel you!
26. June at 14:35:35
Slavo Hazucha We keep this industry going by consistent stash/build ratios of 15-20/1 :D
26. June at 14:53:37
Holger Kranich Yeah, we are part of the oil industry - we invest in oil based stuff. And we have a bunch of it. ;) A f*cking bunch!
26. June at 17:13:46
Treehugger At least this stuff has long shelf life, as opposed to eh fresh bread.
26. June at 18:43:49
Treehugger So many kits i want to build. There is a Takom twin flak gun there in 1:35 scale seen in the stash.
26. June at 18:45:26
Nathan Dempsey I think it has been said before, but it is always worth repeating: Buying and building models are two separate hobbies.
26. June at 18:56:22
Rui S Hehe. I think I have to agree with Nathan.
I also pass that a few months ago. But i think I was luckyer. I used to live in the third floor. But Without elevator ;) so i Lost count the time I had to go up and down :o
At least kits are lighter than books
26. June at 19:58:19
Patrick Hagelstein See, modeling ìs comparable to fitness! :D
26. June at 20:13:13
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June 24, 2019

Dear kit makers: Please stop molding the rain wipers onto the clear parts. It really is not necessary and just creates so many problems, and doesn't look that good anyway.
24. June at 07:32:33 Share
Holger Kranich True words!
24. June at 09:45:05
Rui S Good point...
24. June at 21:07:33
Jorge Ferreira I wan`t to vote too.
24. June at 21:18:44
24. June at 21:19:34
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June 12, 2019

A 1:48 Zvezda kit of the Flanker would be nice. Presumably the Zvezda version would be more accurate than with other kits.
1:72 Sukhoi Su-30SM 'Flanker-C' (Zvezda 7314)
Sukhoi Su-30SM 'Flanker-C'
Zvezda 1:72
2019 | Changed parts
12. June at 13:33:30 Share

June 9, 2019

Q: Does anybody know of any canopy vac form part(s) for this kit? Could be interesting to make my own, but ofc I don't know how to do that.
I think I have read that a concave form shape is the best, as opposed to a convex one where the plastic goes on the outside, if I understood things correctly.
1:72 An-12BK-PPS (Roden 046)
An-12BK-PPS Special Soviet Aircraft for Electronic Counter Measures
Roden 1:72
2003 | Changed parts
9. June at 11:04:46 Share

June 8, 2019

What is wrong with 1:350? :) Too big kit box?
1:450 Queen Elizabeth II (AFV Club SE45001)
Queen Elizabeth II
AFV Club 1:450
2019* | New tool
8. June at 07:42:18 Share

June 2, 2019

Treehugger added the Trumpeter D-20 152mm towed gun-howitzer (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 D-20 152mm towed gun-howitzer (Trumpeter 02333)
D-20 152mm towed gun-howitzer
Trumpeter 1:35
2013 | New tool
2. June at 18:56:37 Share
Treehugger Someone showed the real thing firing in a youtube video and I thought, well maybe there is a plastic kit for that artillery. :) And it was. I thought I already owned this kit, but I couldn't find it, so there is a 1% chance I am buying this kit for a second time not knowing where I put the old kit box.
2. June at 18:57:32
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May 30, 2019

Treehugger added the Kinetic F-104G Starfighter Luftwaffe in 1:48 to his wishlist
1:48 F-104G Starfighter Luftwaffe (Kinetic K48083)
F-104G Starfighter Luftwaffe
Kinetic 1:48
2019* | New tool
30. May at 14:09:33 Share

May 29, 2019

I won an eBay auction yesterday for a 1:35 kit known from from 'World of Tanks' as the 'waffle'. :)
It is apparently shipped by 'speedpak', and hopefully it isn't a scam this time.
7. May at 13:41:33 Share
Rene Scheiblich Nice
Not in the game anymore, but still on your desk. Obstructing the view on the monitor :D
7. May at 13:45:45
Treehugger Yes :)
I think I can expect the kit to include an aluminium barrel, unless they changed it. I think I can expect workable tracks as well (plastic).

One thing I might do something about, or just leave as is, is the seemingly missing platform for the loading crew. Presumably, there would have to be a seat for the gunner and any other crew used to operate the gun, but perhaps the loading of shells was done in some other way that didn't require a crew platform on the turret. This tracked vehicle is known for being an autoloader.
7. May at 13:58:58
Nigel According to the wiki at
"[it's] An entirely fictional tank created out of various components from the German parts bin cobbled together and filed to fit"

So the loading of shells was done by AI without the need to rest its bum! ;)
But it would be easy enough to construct something out of that German parts bin, I guess.
7. May at 14:12:11
Treehugger Looking at a photo showing this model next to the Tiger II, I like how the E-100 waffentrager is larger.
7. May at 14:15:57
Treehugger Well shit, the eBay seller is long longer registered with eBay, I guess this auction was bullshit all along.
Edit: Tracking show item having arrived at local airport 14 days ago, and local mail service 7 days ago, but then nothing, like with all scam sales from China in my experience. Usually item is always returned to sender, without being delivered to me, even though it appears to arrive at my country. Who knows what was shipped in the first place.

Oddly enough, I ordered some reflective tape, which DID arrive, and the tracking for that shipment (letter) was nonsensical.
29. May at 17:20:12
Nigel Bummer :(
29. May at 18:00:10
Rui S If i remember the ONLY kit i've got from China took more than 3 months to arrive to Portugal. It came by ship.
29. May at 21:44:47
Chris Greathouse That waffle tank looks way awesome! Too bad your China buy was a bust, sorry mate... happens to the best of us.
29. May at 21:51:28
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I just now saw somebody's gallery for a warship, with bits of ICE around the ocean diorama. What a nice idea! I will want to try that some time, after figuring out how to make an ocean diorama. :)
29. May at 08:29:07 Share
I haven't seen 1:35 kits from them until now. :)
1:35 E75 Heavy Tank "King Tiger III" (Modelcollect UA35013)
German WWII
E75 Heavy Tank "King Tiger III" with 105mm Gun
Modelcollect 1:35
2019* | Changed parts
28. May at 15:17:37 Share
Nigel Some of their FOW kits are 1:35.
Nice to see that they're keeping their feet firmly planted in the air with their choice of prototypes though! ;)
29. May at 07:57:51
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May 22, 2019

New tool? Sounds interesting. Would be fun reading a review for this new kit.
1:350 Tovaristsch (Aoshima 057155)
Tovaristsch U.S.S.R. 3-Masted Bark
Aoshima 1:350
057155 (11)
2019 | Changed box
22. May at 19:06:23 Share

May 16, 2019

Treehugger added the MikroMir McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender in 1:144 to his wishlist
1:144 McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender (MikroMir 144-zzz)
McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender
MikroMir 1:144
2019* | New tool
16. May at 12:23:09 Share
Interesting. I hope the top rear intake is adequately shaped on the inside. I have some similar kit, but my kit in particular just have a hollow and empty shape for the rear intake.
1:144 McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender (MikroMir 144-zzz)
McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender
MikroMir 1:144
2019* | New tool
16. May at 12:22:45 Share

May 14, 2019

Q: What do modelers do with rubber tyres on ground vehicles in kits? Do you airbrush on rubber color, or do you just add weathering?
14. May at 19:40:19 Share
Thomas Kirschbaum i paint it with color or weather with varnish. i heard, it is a secure for outfloating the "Weichmacher" from the rubbers.
14. May at 19:45:34
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May 11, 2019

Treehugger added the Meng Model Mk.V Male in 1:35 to his wishlist
1:35 Mk.V Male (Meng Model TS-020)
British Heavy Tank
Mk.V Male
Meng Model 1:35
2015 | New tool
11. May at 08:13:48 Share

May 10, 2019

Treehugger added the Kinetic F-16XL-2 Experimental Fighter in 1:48 to his wishlist
1:48 F-16XL-2 Experimental Fighter (Kinetic K48086)
F-16XL-2 Experimental Fighter
Kinetic 1:48
2019 | Changed parts
10. May at 18:00:24 Share

May 9, 2019

Treehugger added the MK1 Design USS Oliver Hazard Perry FFG-7 Detail-Up Set (New Version) for Academy kit in 1:350 to his wishlist
9. May at 12:21:35 Share
Q: Does anyone know if this kit can be built into an Argentinian Skyhawk? Those don't have the hump back. Can't really tell from the manual, if there are unused parts to adequately replace the hump back on the model (apparently, there is a cavity near the tail fin, unsure if there is a part that fills that cavity).

I guess the decals for Argentinian military would have to be purchased separately.
1:48 A-4M Skyhawk (Hasegawa 07233)
A-4M Skyhawk (U.S.M.C. Attacker)
Hasegawa 1:48
07233 (PT33)
2004 | Changed parts
8. May at 12:19:01 Share
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Nathan Dempsey Holger - Part A13 is definitely the part that fills the gap when not using the hump.

Treehugger - top fin shape should be curved. This part is included in my kit on the A sprue. Canopy should match early variants and be slightly less bulged. This canopy is probably included in Hasegawa C model Skyhawks. The curved rod-like antennas on the side of the tail fin were resin parts in the Hasegawa special Argentine kit.
8. May at 15:36:32
Nathan Dempsey Also B/C model Skyhawks had a much shorter nose.
8. May at 16:02:12
Augie Yeah, no this is not the Skyhawk you are looking for to make into Argentinian one :)
8. May at 16:04:14
Nathan Dempsey Thanks Augie. I did forget to answer the original question LOL :)
8. May at 16:18:10
Treehugger Oh, shucks. Well, I'll look for something else then. :| But thanks for the feedback.
8. May at 17:33:13
Augie Hehe no worries, I didn't realise I channelled Obi-Wan when I did lol
8. May at 20:26:16
Nathan Dempsey Grrrr...
Got me looking up Hasegawa C model Skyhawks on Ebay because I want to do a pair of Argentine Scooters myself. That special edition kit is going for a min of $100US!
9. May at 03:14:28
Rv Hello,
There are different types of argentinian skyhawks:
- Falklands era: A-4Q/P, based on early A-4B/C with specific antennas.
- Modern era: A-4AR, based on the A-4M, with a modified nose and specific radio/ECM antennas. A conversion set exists:
A-4AR Fighthawk (Condor Decals 48030, 1:48)

1:48 A-4AR Fighthawk (Condor Decals 48030)
9. May at 07:06:55
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May 7, 2019

It looks like there is a serious flaw or something weird going on with my albums. Lots of photos missing. And this must have happened somewhat recently I would think, not related to the website crash event from previously.
7. May at 12:07:24 Share
It looks like there is a serious flaw or something weird going on with my albums. Lots of photos missing. And this must have happened somewhat recently I would think, not related to the website crash event from previously.
7. May at 11:37:49 Share
Ooh, what is this? :) I would guess a 30-35 cm long model.
1:5000 Star Destroyer (Bandai TBA)
Star Wars
Star Destroyer
Bandai 1:5000
2019* | New tool
4. May at 13:55:55 Share
Roger Lustenberger True. But if it would be twice as big, then it would be worth the size! And impressiv ;) imo
4. May at 18:16:11
Treehugger These Bandai Star Wars models are nicely detailed. :)
4. May at 19:26:21
Roger Lustenberger Absolutely!worth the price
4. May at 20:40:53
Demigod Word on the street is there will be the lighted premium version and a cheaper version without the lighting kit.
5. May at 09:56:14
Jdalianis @ Demigod: Yes the lighted version is about 50% more than the unlighted one. The lighted one is supposed to include a special booklet and have clear parts (duh!).

If Bandai had done this a year and a half ago I would have grabbed one. As it is I spent a lot of time super detailing and lighting the Revell kit (which is slightly bigger than Banadai's) and then I bought the Zvezda with all the Resin and PE aftermarket items along with a lighting kit. The Zvezda is almost twice the size of Bandai. I love Bandai and have all their smaller Star Wars kits but this came too late for me. I will pass.
7. May at 05:21:10
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May 5, 2019

Treehugger marked this item as on order.
1:35 Waffenträger auf E-100 (Amusing Hobby 35A026)
Waffenträger auf E-100
Amusing Hobby 1:35
2018 | Changed parts
5. May at 17:44:47 Share

April 28, 2019

Looks mysterious. What is this? I think I know what a protocol droid is, but maybe this isn't just C-3PO I am thinking.
1:12 0-0-0 Protocol Droid (Bandai Spirits 5057716)
0-0-0 Protocol Droid Star Wars Celebration 2019 Exclusive
Bandai Spirits 1:12
2019 | Changed parts
28. April at 09:56:46 Share
Phileas Triple-Zero comes from the Doctor Aphra comics. It is a protocol droid of the same type as C-3PO. And a torture specialist. I guess it is just the C-3PO kit in black. Would be cool if they add extra hands like this: [img1]
28. April at 15:12:41
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April 25, 2019

Treehugger added the Revell Henschel Typ 33 D 1 (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 Henschel Typ 33 D 1 (Revell 03098)
Henschel Typ 33 D 1
Revell 1:35
03098 (80-3098)
2012 | Changed decals
25. April at 06:16:20 Share

April 23, 2019

Q: Can a metal drill bit be used to gently grind off plastic? Or, must one try use some kind of drill bit with sanding paper on instead of a metal drill bit?

There are two things I would like to achieve with a drill. One is simply removing plastic, the other is very finely sanding off the plastic on the surface, to create a subtle dent.
23. April at 10:40:53 Share
Dave Morris Yes, all my drill bits are metal :)
23. April at 19:43:13
23. April at 21:17:24
James C I use one of these for doing exactly that. Very handy little tool...
23. April at 21:38:06
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April 20, 2019

Treehugger added the Revell Henschel Typ 33 D 1 (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 Henschel Typ 33 D 1 (Revell 03098)
Henschel Typ 33 D 1
Revell 1:35
03098 (80-3098)
2012 | Changed decals
20. April at 18:35:50 Share


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