Friday, 27 February 2015

An item on the Long Range Desert Group

The Long Range Desert Group was a British/Commonwealth army unit founded after Britain declared war on Germany in 1940. Italy had a Libya as a colony at the time and was allied with Germany thus posing a possible and from June 10th an actual threat. The Italian 10th army was defeated in December 1940. The Italian forces where reinforced by Erwin Rommel and his 'Afrika Korps' and the real trouble began for the British and their allies.
The main task of the Long Range Desert Group was reconnaissance, thus monitoring enemy moves, gathering information and sometimes leading other army units through the desert. Occasionally raids on enemy outposts where conducted. The unit was formed mainly by volunteers most noticeably from New Zealand. The vehicles used by the unit where Jeeps and various trucks. These where stripped from non needed parts, equipped with special condensers to recycle water from engine radiators, a special sun compass for navigation and various heavy guns. The unit consisted never out of more then 350 men playing a vital but almost literally unseen role in WWII.

Revell kit no. 03225 is a set of a Jeep and 30 cwt Chevrolet with modifications making them suitable as L.R.D.G. vehicles. Apart from the vehicles the set also contains a lot of supplies in the form of boxes, bags and jerry cans. To complete the set 4 figures are included. I made my set without any modifications or extra details. The Chevrolet is not a completely right model as it comes from the box, it contains two separate seats while in reality there was a single broad 'bench' to sit on for the crew. For a super detailed accurate work of art, check out Florin David's L.R.D.G. Chevrolet.

I painted the Jeep from my set pink. This seems to be a weird colour but in a desert it can actually be used as a camouflage colour. It gets even weirder when I read here that some vehicles where painted bright pink. The website contains other interesting information on the Long Range Desert Group as well. The Chevrolet is painted desert yellow with blue grey camouflage. The blue grey is supposed to be faded dark grey. My models could use some sand since the look a bit to clean now.

Recommended although there are some in accuracies. Maybe not suited for a beginner because there are many small parts.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

New releases for 2015 from Revell and others.

Let's take a look the releases planned for 2015 by various manufacturers!

Revell

From Revell we have various interesting releases in different scales. Starting with armour in 1/72 scale a mix of completely new, variants of existing models and re-releases:
  • Sd.Kfz. 7/2, Kit No. 03207, variant on an existing model, available now.
  • Tiger II B (Porsche Turret), Kit No. 03138, re-release, available now.
  • M60A3, re-release, available in March.
  • T-80 BV with ERA, available in April.
  • Panther A/D, Kit No. 03107, re-release, available in May.
  • Sd.Kfz. 9 Famo, Kit No. 03141, re-release, available in June.
  • Sp.Pz. 2 Luchs, Kit No. 03208, re-release, available in June.
  • Boxer A1, Kit No. 03209, variant of the boxer APC released last year, available in July.
  • PaK 40 with crew, Kit No. 02531, probably a repack of the Italeri model, available in August.
  • Sd.Kfz. 7 & FLAK 37 set, Kit No. 03210, re-release of two separately released models, available in September. See a review here. I don't think the Kommando gerät is included anymore.
In 1/35 there are:
  • 4x4 Landrover Off road vehicle 109, Kit No. , re-release of an Italeri model, available now.
  • Zil-131, re-release of an ICM model, available now.
  • ATF Dingo 2 A3, variant of a model released last year, available in April.
  • T-34/76, Kit No. 03244, re-release(?), available in July.
  • GTK Boxer SAN (Medivac vehicle), Kit no. 0.3241, variant of a model released last year, available in August.
  • Leopard I productionbatch 2,3,4, Kit No. 03240, new model, available in September.
  • Leopard II A5NL, Kit No. 03243, variant of a model released last year, available in October.
For 1/144 fighter aircraft we have:
  • MiG 31 Foxhound, re-release(?), available in April.
  • MiG 25 Foxbat, Kit No. 03969, re-release(?), available in May.
  • Eurofighter "Bronze tiger", Kit No. 03970, variant of an earlier released model, available in June.
  • F-16 MLU Tigermeet, Kit No. 03971, variant of an earlier released model, available in July.
  • F-15E Strike Eagle with bombs, Kit No. 03972, makes you wonder why they released one without the bombs, available in August. See a review here, I've added bombs from MicroAce.
Other interesting releases include a Flower Class Corvette in 1/144 Kit No. 05132 available October. Also an ANWB Trauma helicopter (medical helicopter) in 1/72 Kit No. 04939 to be released in July. More new and pictures can be found here and here.

Toxso Model

Toxso model is a new manufacturer from Hong Kong. They released a Scud B on a MAZ543 Truck in December of 2014. For 2015 the following models are planned:
  • Sk.18 105mm howitzer and 5 figures.
  • M102 105mm howitzer and 5 figures.
  • M1141 155mm howitzer
  • T55
  • M109A2
  • M109A6 Paladin Self Propelled Howitzer
These are some unique releases, the Scub B, M1141 and M109 have never been released in 1/72 before. Available at Hobbylink Japan.

Pegasus

Pegasus is a manufacturer from the United States so there models are difficult to get by in Europe but they can be ordered at Hannats where they are know as manufacturer Pegasus(A) and Pegasus(P). Pegasus will release 3 dinosaur models in 2015 in 1/24 sacle! These models must be absolutely massive!
  • Spinosaurus, Kit No. 9552, available now.
  • T-Rex, Kit No. 9551, available April 30th.
  • Triceratops, Kit No. 9550, available April 30th.