Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Air Modeller 27

The Modeller wanting to have this 1:72 scale aircraft in his collection has apparently many options. The Su-27 is produced in kits by Revell, Hasegawa, Airfix, Heller, Italeri and Nakotne. Unfortunately, many of these suffer both in their shape and accuracy, with most of them having been released in the early 1990's when accurate and detailed information on the Flanker was difficult to obtain. Many modellers are still waiting for a quality model Su-27. Hopefully soon their wishes will be fulfilled by Trumpeter with a Flanker which has been listed for some time in their catalogue. I decided some time ago, to build the Su-27 from kits available at the time and reviews regard the kits from Airfix and Hasegawa as the most usable kits. After comparing the two kits I decided to use the Hasegawa kit after comparing these two models. Their kit has a beautiful surface, subtle but sharp engraved panel lines, typical of models from the Japanese manufacturer.

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AFV Modeller Issue 49

Spurred by the shortage of Continental radial engines, the Armored Board began a search for alternative tank power plants that could be produced in existing facilities. Ford's GAA Petrol V-8 engine was a modification of an experimental V-12 aircraft engine. The engine produced 500 h.p. and was relatively compact. It fitted quite well into the Sherman's engine compartment which had been designed for the tall radial engines. Its drive shaft passed much lower below the turret basket and connected to the existing Sherman transmission. The subsequent modifications to install the Ford engine brought about the M4A3. 1690 M4A3 dry-stowage 75mm tanks had been completed when production ceased in Sept. 1943. The M4A3 was the preferred type by U.S. forces. Later variants were the basis of 76mm gunned tanks, 105 howitzer tanks, and many received the later wide tracked HVSS suspensions.

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Verlinden Modeling Magazine Vol.9 No.4

The inspiration for D-Day -25 came from a multitude of stories about the preparations done by the Allies for the invasion, and statements such as: "there was so much equipment and so many men on the isles that only the barrage balloons kept them from sinking", and a single photo of a dock area crammed to the hilt with invasion ships, vehicles, equipment, and men. I love all things British from the WWII era. The setting had to be English, the equipment and landing craft were so by choice. Although many modellers have dioramas that double as dining room tables, I felt that this large of a scene would be prohibitive in size; and so chose to do it in 1:76 scale, thus creating a comprehensive scene within the dimensions of 3 feet by 2 1/2 feet. For this scene I wanted to bring several elements surrounding the crowded, cramped, and chaotic preparations for the invasion to life. The key elements- rail, sea, and dock areas were emphasized by placement at three different levels.

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