Trumpeter Sukhoi Su-27 (Early Type)

Kuld be avoided completely; but the new Zvezda molds are the best in my opinion. Thankfully, with the new technologies and engineering used by model kit manufacturers recently, we now have a wide selection to choose from, like the classic aircraft from the cold war, or the more modern versions of the new millennia, such…

IPMS Bolton Model Show 2017 Report

This was my first of many model shows to come over 2017, and it was one not that far from my home. Bolton is just outside of Manchester, UK. The venue for the show, like many in the UK, was at a local school. Parking was ample; using one of the outdoor pitches for visitors…

Academy KAI T-50 with Dek’Ls Black Eagles Decals

The KAI T-50 could be viewed as Korea’s answer to the MB346. It’s a modern jet trainer/lead-in-fighter trainer with light combat characteristics. It’s the first indigenous jet in Korea to be supersonic, and is being sold internationally – with the Philippines, Thailand, and Iraq having placed orders over the MB346 or BAe Hawk. The aircraft…

Lift Here Models 1/72 IAR 99 Șoim

The IAR 99 Soim is the primary jet trainer of the Romanian Air Force (Forţele Aeriene Române). It was designed and built by Avioane Craiova- the Romanian aircraft manufacturer. About 20 are in current service and a new model is being designed for first flight later this year. Perhaps understandably the aircraft isn’t one that has…

Stash or Build?

Recently I’ve come into possession of a few ‘rarer’ models. Those which had limited production, and have come from companies which have collapsed. In one case, the kit’s moulds are disputed between 3 companies! This brought a massive issue to my mind; do I save these kits for when I feel more confident? Or delve…

What Scale is For Me?

This is a question that comes into a lot of people’s mind. Either when they’re re-entering the hobby (like myself), introducing a friend or child, or just looking to expand their horizons – to a new subject or skill level. With this article I hope to help you work out what scale is best for…

First Wave Jet Trainers of Europe : The Forgotten Firsts in 1/72

This article follows on from the previous article about the well known jet trainers of Europe – if you haven’t read it click here to go to the article.   Among the major jet trainers in Europe, several innovators developed other jet trainers – either to compete on the international market or to satisfy demand within…

First Wave Jet Trainers of Europe : The Big 5 in 1/72

Think of airshows of the 1950’s and 1960’s and you get a lot of images in mind. Prototype aircraft that were once in a life time opportunities, trialling the speed of modern aviation design, and the emergence of formation aerobatics – now in jets! Jets were the future. That much had been clear since the…

48-040 Begemot Mikoyan MiG-31BM/BSM – The improved ‘Foxhound’

With the release of a fantastic 1:48 kit of the mighty MiG-31BM/BSM ‘Foxhound’, it was only a question of time, when will the Russian decal manufacturer Begemot produce some nice marking options, to the three, already offered in the kit. It was a short wait indeed, as the new decal sheet hit the stores less…

1:48 AMK MiG-31BM/BSM ‘Foxhound’

And it finally arrived! The eagerly awaited AMK (AvantGarde Model Kits) 1:48 MiG-31BM/BSM ‘Foxhound’. The Macau based company really wet the appetites of the scale modelling crowds with CAD shots and later sprue parts of this iconic Soviet interceptor. By a stroke of luck and a good friendship, AMK provided me with the 3rd kit…