Friday, 27 September 2013

Revell T-90 kit no. 03190 released and a model building competition by hlj.com!

Two news items for today! An interesting release from Revell and a model building competition at HLJ.com!

The T-90
Revell released it's model of the T-90 in 1/72 a few days ago. I got mine today and it looks very good. Someone else was first with posting sprue pictures so I won't post my own here since these by Alex Clark are very good. I haven't seen the boxart online so far so you get that one from me:





Modelbuilding competition
The Japanese webshop HobbyLink Japan organises a modelbuilding competition, or Playing with PlaMo competition as they call it (PlaMo as from PLAstic MOdels I presume). They did this last year as well but this year there is a difference, you can enter with every model you like, not just Gundam robots like last year! One of the rules is that the model you build must not be on photo's on the internet anywhere, they really want to have some new content which is a good thing in my opinion. You have to post at least 4 work in progress pictures during the competition period which lasts until the end of this year. On the PlaMo website you make a kind of blog showing your work and you can follow the work of others. This is also the place where you publish the work in progress photo's. You can enter in three categories being 'beginner', 'intermediate' or 'advanced'. This references to your modelling skills, the jury will take a look at this too and could decide to move you to an other category. In short the following rules apply to the competition:

  • The model you build must be new, that is no pictures of it should be anywhere on the web yet.
  • You are not allowed to publish pictures of the model on any other place then PlaMo website until the end of the competition.
  • Post at least 4 work in progress pictures on your PlaMo blog.
  • You can submit one model as a final entry for the jury, you can however post pictures of multiple builds so you have until the last moment to decide which of your builds is going to take a change at winning the prizes.
Click HERE to read more about the competition, rules and prizes. I wish you a lot of success with building your model!

Monday, 16 September 2013

Ancient IFV - Whippet Mk.A

The Whippet Mk.A was a light tank or support tank designed and build during the first world war. It's purpose was to serve as a faster tank as the Mk.IV's making it able to exploit weaknesses in the enemy's lines better than the slow Mk.IV's. It's maximum speed was about 13 km/h (twice that of the Mk.IV) and it was armed with 4 machine guns. The whippet had two engines in front and a crew cabin for 3 men on the rear side of the vehicle. From an operational viewpoint the Whippet was quite a success and was used after the first world war as well. It was not made to combat other tanks however, a Whippet encountered an enemy tank (an A7V) in WWI only once and was destroyed. Considering it's armor, armament, buildup an role I would say this vehicle is the first IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) rather then a MBT (Main Battle Tank). The major difference between a IFV and Whippet is that the Whippet is not able to carry a small group of infantry. I think it's modern equivalent would be the FV101 Scorpion or Scimitar. About 200 where made,the first whippet saw action in 1918 and after the war a few where exported to Russia and Japan. The Germans also captured two vehicles but they where used for tests and trials only.

Emhar is the only manufacturer making an plastic model of the Whippet in 1/72 scale (and 1/35) for as far as I am aware. The model is made out of less then 20 parts. The model is very easy to build although a little care has to be taken to make sure the cabin is constructed properly.

Decals are provided for English, German, Japanese and Russian examples.

The Whippet next to a Marder, a modern german IFV:

Recommended for everyone wanting to build a very strange looking vehicle. To me it wasn't clear at all what the front and rear part was for example (the part with the cabin was the rear it turns out). Recommended for absolute beginners also.