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August 16, 2019

WWII German Truck

WWII German Truck

by Gil Gonsoulin

Upon initial inspection of this WWII German Truck, the kit looks good – plenty of detail. However this amount of detail causes problems in construction.

The drive train assembly it is very hard to align everything as per the instructions: be careful.

WWII German TruckAlso there is an error on the kit’s frame rails. The instructions show the slot for attaching the fenders to the frame as being on the lower half on the rail. They aren’t. They are on the top half. This causes part A75 from step 24 to sit high off the frame.

Do not attach the running boards and supports (Parts B6 & 22, and E4&5) as per the instructions. The supports are too fragile and will break off.

WWII German TruckWith some work the front wheels can be made steerable. This makes into a nice model but not for the faint of heart.

New Stuff has a listing of what the delivery trucks brought us!

Future Releases has info from AFV Club – – Bandai – – Thunder Models – – Kittyhawk – – Estes Rockets – – AMT- – AK Interactive

August 9, 2019

F4J “Showtime” Phantom

F4J "Showtime" Phantom

by Jack Hollander

This is a fairly nice kit, as one would expect from Hasegawa. The one qualm I have about it is that the cockpit interior is a bit on the sparse side. The seats could have been better – they didn’t even have seatbelts.

Hasegawa gives you a very generous supply of decals from which to choose. Of the almost 150 decals included, I used about half of them.

F4J "Showtime" Phantom

I added Cutting Edge intakes.

It makes it look so much nicer then the traditional “blanked off” intakes. Also added were MV Lenses on the nose wheel.

The tailpipe was painted with Aluminum and Stainless buffing Metalizer.

F4J "Showtime" Phantom

The formation light on tail was done with bare metal foil, which I over-painted with a thinned down regular red. I think that a Clear Red would have worked better; it would have made it look translucent.


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