Lavochkin La-15 in 1/48 by Mars models

Mars Models are set to brought us some really exciting news this year. Among them is the beautiful La-15.

Originated as a MiG-15 competitor, the aircraft saw a small production run before it was cancelled due to the narrow main landing gear, which made it unsuitable for use on unprepared runways. It saw little service in the Korean war where it established itself as a highly maneuverable aircraft, but due to the problems with its landing gear it didn’t become popular with the pilots.

There is still no actual release date, just few 3D renders and the box art for it. It looks promising and I hope to get one of these for a review and build.

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Even the interior looks promising, and if not on par with modern standards (or modeler’s expectations) I think that someone like NH Detail will come to the rescue.

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M1117, pt.3

Slow, but steady progress here.

Turret is almost done, what is left are the prisms of the vision blocks and the armament, but they will be attached once the painting is completed. No major problems here, everything went together well.

As I’m closing the build stage I need some more reference material as it looks like that the vehicles used in Afghanistan are modified in order to respond to the challenges of their mission so I’m now back to the research stage.

Bulgarian M1117, ISAF

Bulgarian M1117, ISAF

Bulgarian M1117, ISAF

Bulgarian M1117, ISAF

M1117 Guardian, pt. 2

Well, after a not so long wait I received some of the AM products for my Bulgarian ISAF Guardian.

As you can see these are decals by Echelon Fine Decals as well as mirrors by the same producer. It’ll be my first time to use such mirrors, as to this moment I tend so spray Alclad polished aluminum.

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I haven’t done much to the construction, but I hope that within the following days I’ll be able to build the turret and suspension.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

AFV’s Husky Follow-up

Few months after AFV Club unveiled their new project – Husky VMMD, an official, yet not finished build of the model emerged on their FB page. So here is a photo of what’s about to hit the shelves:

I hope it will be available on time for Christmas… I need something new for the stash.

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ZU-57-2 by Trumpeter… 1/35 of course

Few hours ago Trumpeter has announced the answer of the last guessing game and it’s ZU-57-2. The anti-aircraft system is well known by its participation in the Vietnam war and other local conflicts and should prove to be popular subject among modelers.

It’s great to see that Trumpeter didn’t fall for the Shilka hysteria started by Meng and Hong models, but instead did something unexpected by the public. Good move! Now we wait to see what they’ll bring to our stashes in coming months. Stay tuned!

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P-51D Laminar wing and scale models

It’s a question old as the Mustang itself: “Should I fill the panel lines on the wing or not?”

Today I uploaded an album to the flickr account with thirtheen pictures trying to tell you the truth. I won’t comment any further on whether you should do this or not – in the end, it is up to you to decide what you gonna do to your model as it is an easy fix. Just like on the real plane.

Happy modelling!