Posted: May 27, 2015
Tamiya 1/48 Panzer IV late production Tamiya #23584 by Rick Hopkins
I’ve just finished building not one, not two, but six great little models.
They are the new release of the Tamiya 1/48 Panzer IV late production Tamiya #23584
This model is superbly detailed in every way. Even though this is a smaller scale Tamiya has put every effort in making this model accurate and fun to build. The tank comes molded in a desert tan with two metal tubular weights that fit into plastic sleeves on the inside. The kit also has the little rubber type grommets for you to use on the main gun hub and the front drive sprockets.
The kit supplies all plastic (no rubber style) (14 pc each side) track system that are made to be easily put together and in every case on these six models that track length came out perfect ! The kits are also made so you can add or take away the side armor on the turrets and the hulls during your build so you can make it look factory fresh or battle damaged? I also added weathering but straight from the box is cool too! On the six I’ve done here I made each one a little different that the others just to make them look more realistic….after all no two tanks where the same!
I found these kits to be a lot of fun and when I was done I have some great little replicas of the WWII German Panzer IV (late production)
Posted: May 20, 2015
Trumpeter 1:24th Bf 109 G-6 By Rick Hopkins
I’ve recently had the pleasure of building the Trumpeter 1/24th scale Bf 109 G-6 early version. This was a very detailed model kit with loads of options and super detailed parts. The surface detail on the model was also very nice and realistic and made to accurate scale.
This trumpeter kit came with the regular gray plastic fuselage parts and it also came with clear fuselage halves along with other outer items like the lower cowling and rear wings air scoop and more. It also came with two full sets of cockpit canopy class for two different versions. As normal Trumpeter kits go together great as this one is no exception! I had no problem with parts fit and following the nicely illustrated instructions. The kit comes with pro grade decals but I built this one for Kevin at Mark Twain and he supplied some aftermarket decals to fit his taste and desires.
This is a very well done kit and I highly recommend this one, although it might be a little difficult for the beginner but not discouraged!