Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Trumpeter T-62 "Scrap metal diorama"

by Michael Rieß

This kit from Trumpeter in 1/35 scale is quite beneficial (22€) and the quality is superb. Photo etched parts and an aluminium barrel are included.

I decided to build a tank wreck, because i wanted to test some rust pigments and some new techniques.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Revell 1/24 Büssing 8000 S13

by Michael Rieß

I was in the mood to build a civilian vehicle again. This time i selected the Büssing 8000 S13 truck from Revell in 1/24 scale. The quality of the kit is superb and it costs only 25€, so the kit is very beneficial.

I painted the model with Revell aqua acrylic paints only. Mig and Vallejo pigments were used for the weathering.

During the 50s tremendous effort, vigour and energy was invested in the reconstruction of the Federal Republic of Germany. Great progress was also made in the development of the motor industry, particularly in the field of commercial vehicles. These were the years of the mighty heavy-duty lorries with their long bonnets, but they were underpowered and recognizable by the characteristic harsh noise of their four stroke diesel engines. In addition to Mercedes-Benz, MAN, Krupp, Magirus-Deutz, Henschel, Kaelble and Faun the Büssing 8000 S13 was one of the best known and most imposing lorries of the period.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

RAF P-40E Kittyhawk in North Africa

By Francis Lee

Model: (1/48 scale)
Arii / Otaki P-40E Kittyhawk

This is the same piece of model of my previous diorama of Aussie P-40E Kittyhawk. I removed the Aussie decals and then repainted the whole plane. I still have a set of US decals of this plane and I may repaint the same plane in the future.

The RAF Kittyhawks in North Africa were so famous, personally I like the
RAF desert camo. a lot. During my research of the P-40. I found footage and photos of the "Flying Tiger" in China which those crews were using
big tripod stand to pull up the P-40 engine from the plane to repair. I guess this may be a common situation in the war time so I apply that in this diorama.

Video of this diorama:

Friday, August 19, 2011

HobbyBoss 1/48 FM-1 Wildcat

by Tõnis Kuus

This here is a build completed back in x-mas time. Iv'e been a very lazy blogger to not of posted about this FM-1 Wildcat. The kit is in 1/48 scale and for a HobbyBoss kit it's really good! The rivets are a bit too big perhaps but that doesn't affect the model in a bad way! Rather on the contrary it ads a detail look to the model. No more talk about rivets, don't want to be a rivet counter!

If you're interested to view the full build you can do so at

Cheers, Tõnis! :)

M4 Sherman Po River - Diorama of the Day

This beautiful and creative diorama was created by Len Philpot and it depicts a US M4 tank submerged in the Po River flood in Italy. The crew is working frantically to secure the tank and salvage their possessions. Len has used the Verlinden 'sunken sherman' kit for the diorama, which has been sold to a private collector in Spain.

The piece is in 35th. scale and was first published on and if you follow the link you can see a lot more pictures.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

China PLA Type 99B MBT

By Francis Lee

Model: (1/35 scale)
Hobbyboss China PLA Type 99B Main Battle Tank.

This model should be one of the best sell AFV models in 2009 in Hong Kong. China had the biggest ever, military parade on October 1 st, 2009. TV broadcasted the whole parade show, after I saw these tanks passed by the Chinese leaders at TV, I rushed to hobby shop to buy, I found few of them remain at the shelves! I bought it without thinking. The price was higher than normal, nevertheless, I still have a reason to buy coz my birthday was ahead on next day!

Type 99, also known as ZTZ-99 and WZ-123 is a third generation main battle tank (MBT) fielded by the Chinese People's Liberation Army. It is made to compete with other modern tanks. Although not expected to be acquired in large numbers due to its high cost compared to the more economical Type 96, it is currently the most advanced MBT fielded by China. The Type 99 was revealed in 2000 and entered service with the Chinese Army in 2001. Only a limited number of these MBTs are operational (approximately 200-300), because of the high unit price. This main battle tank shows a mixture of Russian and Western influence in it's design and technology.

Video of this model:

Monday, August 15, 2011

D-Day Sherman - Diorama of the day

by Kasper Fischer

This is technically a vignette but let's call it a diorama. Otherwise I have to change the name of the segment and I really like it. This beautiful piece is constructed by Cheehong Ahn and posted on I really think Cheehong has been able to tell a story through the simplicity of this diorama.


The original Sherman tank on the D-Day beach.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

SF3D Krote-Gina

By Francis Lee

Nitto 1/20 SF3D Krote

I built up this kit in around 1990 summer, it is a great kit that the details and metal parts are very well made. I was sad while I was making it because there was no sign of the company Nitto reform so all SF3D fans were upset that time, not until 5 or 6 years ago, Hasagawa relaunched few of them and recently the company Wave brought all the moulds. Wave is remarket the series with new name "Ma.K."now. One thing remain unchange is the prices. They are very expensive!

I repaint this model 3 years ago, after all these years I lost the original machine gun so I remake another one (maxim machine gun cross over with a robot).

Video of this model:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Hand That Betrayed Her - Diorama of the Day

by Paul Keefe

Brave young Czeslawa, the star of this diorama. She is wearing the uniform of today's Polish Army. Her gloved left hand holds a magnetic anti-tank mine, based on the design of those used be Germany during the Second World War.

This perspective illustrates the triangle made up of the Uberkrote's belly mounted camera, Czeslawa's (ungloved) right hand (the hand that betrayed her), and the expression on her face. 

In 1958 the driverless scout vehicle Uberkrote by the Kaiser's Wanderung Panzer Werke, Spandau pl, was recognized as a standard weapon of the Imperial German Forces. Assigned primarily to the reconnaissance squadrons of panzer formations it's most noteable deployment was with the 22 Luftlande Brigade during the boarder clashes with the Polish Republic in the early 1960s. Many were lost on the Oder R. front, falling victim to the elite hunter/killer infantry teams of the Polish Defense Force. 
It has since been withdrawn from front line service.

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