giovedì 28 febbraio 2013

Revell Micro Wings pt 2

Following the 1st part I posted yesterday, some photos of my old Revell 1/144 kits, those from the Allied side.

Above we have some US planes: the grey-blue is a Douglas Dauntless, the grey and green is a Republic P-47, the green and brown is a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, and the blue and white one is a Grumman Wildcat.
Take note that three of these kits (the Dauntelss, Wildcat and Warhawk) had the same decal sheet.
Apart from that, they're pretty nice and easy to build. The camo schemes are a bit random, I made these several years ago and I didn't have as much knowledge about camouflages as now.
I especially like the Dauntless, don't know why. The P-40 is very interesting too, it has bags of possibilities for different versions and colour schemes.

Then we have the other allied planes: two Bell P-39 Airacobra and a Hawker Typhoon.
The Typhoon (the grey and green one) has been painted in its original british scheme; the two P-39 had US decals, but I decided to hand-paint different markings: the darker one has had italian markings for the Co-Belligerent Italian Air Force, the lighter one has received soviet markings over its former US roundels.
Considering that the P-39's most important user was the Soviet Union, and that the americans didn't like it much, it was a lame choice to provide it with US decals...

Speaking of the kits, they are simple but nice,apart from the decals - which I'm sure will be replaced by better ones once they're re-released.
Clearly they're not meant as display models, and shouldn't be considered as such - but I'm sure some experienced modellers can turn them into show winners with some effort.
But this range has a huge gap: it includes british, american, japanese and german planes, and that's ok, but it doesn't include any french, italian or, even worse, soviet aircraft.
I know I have a soft spot for soviet airplanes, but considering the huge importance of the soviet air forces during ww2, it was quite a lame choice. 
Luckily, Zvezda has released some 1/144 ww2 russian kits in the last few years, and hopefully will release some others in the future.
I hope that Revell will expand this great Micro Wings collection with soviet, italian and french kits, and, why not, with some 1/144 bombers too.

And speaking of soviet stuff, below my current work in progress, a 1/72 Su-27 from Italeri - a simple and tidy kit it seems.

mercoledì 27 febbraio 2013

Revell Micro Wings pt 1

Revell has recently re-released some of its old 1/144 sets, but I had some from the original release.
I found them at a flea market some years ago, they were cheap but I couldn't buy the whole lot.
Luckily Revell decided to re-release them, even if at the moment only 8 kits from the old range have been re-released.

Let's have a look at my old stuff then, I hope this post will be helpful to those who are interested in this sort of kits, so they know what to expect from this range.

Above the whole lot. Note that not the whole range is here, because I didn't manage to buy them or I simply didn't find them. One of the kits (the Ju-87) is from the re-release, all the other are old kits.
Take also note that all the kits come with a small stand (not very stable to tell the truth), with a small plaque holding the name of the aircraft - a nice touch!

The japanese aircraft. These are the most interesting part of the series, with the less obvious choices.
We have a Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (the silver and green one), a Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (the khaki and green one), a Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (the plain green one) and a Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (the silver and red one). It's nice that all the plaques bear the original japanese names, rather than the horribly silly allied codenames. I seem to remember there were also a Zero and a Aichi D3A in the range, but my memory might fail me.

Above we have a couple of german birds, a Messerschmitt Me 262 (the dark green one) and a Iunkers Ju 87 Stuka (the green and sand one). The Ju 87 is a re-release, the other is old instead.
Other german kits of this collection were the Bf 109 and the Fw 190 - which in fact have been re-released together with these two.

An overall consideration about the range: the kits are nice, decently detail for their small scale, but really simple. Each kit had only one choice of decals, and in fact decals were the same between several kits. Not much accurate it seems...
The re-release has again only one choice of decals, but they seem to be unique to each kit, and that's a huge improvement. The mould never had been perfect it seems, indeed even older kits had already some minor faults, but that's not a big problem.
All the kits are designed to have the landing gear down, but it shouldn't be a lot of trouble to amend this, apart on a couple of kits, as the Me 262.

Take note that I didn't follow the proposed painting scheme on these, apart maybe a couple of kits, and I didn't use some of the decals either, because old decals were quite bad. Some of the markings are hand painted. The decals on the Ju 87 were really good instead, so this seems to be another improvement on the old series.

Are these kits recommended? Yes, definitely, especially if you plan to use them in wargames - just provide them some more stable stands. But don't expect too much from them as display models.

Stay tuned for the allied part of the collection...

sabato 23 febbraio 2013

Medieval russians

Quick post today... I'm short on photos about ww2 stuff, so I've decided to post something about one of my medieval armies. All the figures are from Zvezda (both cavalry and infantry) and Orion (infantry). Great figures here, Zvezda ones have great poses and are neatly moulded, Orion figures have great details but suffer from badly moulded weapons and some poses are a bit flat.
This army is meant for the XIII century, but could be used also for XII or XIV century.

Breve post... a corto di materiale sulla 2gm, ecco alcune foto del mio esercito russo per il XIII secolo.
Figure da Zvezda (cavalleria e fanteria) e Orion (fanteria).

Above the whole army. Figures are based on cardboard - this kind of basing started as a temporary solution but you know, in Italy we say "nothing lasts more than a temporary solution".

Sopra l'intero esercito. Le basette sono temporanee, in attesa di una soluzione migliore.

Command bases. Great figures here, they show all of the mastership of Zvezda at their height.

Basette di comando. Le figure sono tra le migliori tra quelle prodotte dalla Zvezda.

Knights. The army would benefit from some light cavalry too, in the mean time I can add some mongol horse archers as mercenaries or allies from the nomadic tribes.

Cavalieri / cavalleria pesante. Al momento l'esercito difetta di cavalleria leggera, ma si può rimediare aggregando arcieri a cavallo mongoli (intesi come alleati delle tribù nomadi o mercenari)

Heavy infantry in the foreground, and light infantry in the background. The heavies can also be used as dismounted knights.

Davanti la fanteria pesante, dietro quella leggera. I primi possono anche essere considerati cavalieri appiedati.

Shield walls. This sort of infantry seemingly was the backbone of many russian armies.

Unità di fanteria in muro di scudi. Questo tipo di fanteria era molto importante in diversi eserciti russi dell'epoca.

Missile troops: crossbowmen and archers.

Per finire, unità con armi da lancio: balestrieri ed arcieri.