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Arctic Splinter Aggressor from Kinetic in early 2020


Arctic Splinter Camo scheme in 48th scale was released by DN Models as a mask set quite a while ago. Our line of Aggressor camouflages covering most interesting camo schemes on the market was somewhat incomplete without a proper Hornet among them. That was a mask set that was accompanying our ATARS Tiger camouflage, which was surprisingly released from Kinetic as a part of their Gold Series not so long ago. We knew from the very first release of Kinetic's new Hornet that ATARS set will be included somewhere along the line, because the ATARS pod was on the sprues from the beginning. However we never imagined that part of the Kinetic line will feature kits that match exactly our mask releases.

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This was done a while ago with DN Models' Masks. Jarek was very kind to allow us to use those.

Kinetic's latest announcement is coming as another surprise with Arctic Splinter Aggressor scheme, about to be on the shelves in January 2020. It will be basically the same good Hornet that they offer, inspired by the demand by the modelers and probably the fact that the upcoming Top Gun Maverick movie will feature Hornets /although Super/. Kinetic are not stupid, they know that people will start paying more attention to all Hornet variations soon enough.

And what better option than a proper Aggressor Hornet, Top Gun-inspired camouflage combined with a contemporary tooling and good decals?

Camouflage Paint Masks for F/A-18 Hornet Aggressor/Adversary VFC-12 Fighting Omars 1/48

It is hard to miss the fact that Kinetic are releasing kits that match some of DN Models' mask sets, with some decent delay. It is something that may be a pure coincidence. It may be as well inspired by the demand, because modelers all around the World admire and love Aggressor paint schemes. Whatever the case is, we at DN Models are way ahead of their game. We released the Tiger ATARS before them /check for a full video below/ and we did the same with the Arctic Aggressor a while ago. And we are more than happy that Kinetic are getting up to speed with their own releases, because that will give modelers the best possible combo of kit and aftermarket mask sets so they can complete their kits more easily and straight-forward.

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Check Jarek's Facebook Page. He is an amazing modeler!

One thing you must be aware of though: most of the companies do not pay much attention on the accuracy of the camo schemes they publish. We, on the other hand are all about that. And if you want to be sure that your scheme will match the real deal, follow our mask set offerings' instructions. We made sure that we are as close to the real aircraft as possible. We try to always do our homework.

What Kinetic are about to offer with their new Aggressor release, is another subject. And we will soon find out. Is their camouflage will match the real thing is just an aspect of the whole thing. How many options will be included is another. And hopefully that won't be their last Aggressor along their F/A-18 line. Nor they won't limit themselves to the Legacy Hornet only and we will see the "Super" soon. From our end at DN Models, well, you can expect a lot more on the Hornet subject. Both - Legacy and Super. And most likely we will be again - the first to offer them. But nevertheless, the others, like Kinetic in this case - are more than welcome to follow!


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MiniArt T-54B Soviet Medium Tank Review

Introduction: MiniArt T-54 line does not need introduction. The models released so far are with unmatched quality and very affordable price. So far, we've seen so-called pre-production vehicles, which were actually produced in quite some numbers. However, releases of popular and more widely used outside USSR mods are just getting started. T-54B is one of those, available on the market from this month and with two options. One of those is T-54B with interior, another - without. In this article we're going to take a quick look at the latter one: MiniArt 37019. Box and the boxart: One thing I spotted with MiniArt is that the kits with interior feature slightly polished in look boxarts. Interior versions have some landscape and look more like a picture. The ones without have pretty much the same looking tank on top, but the area behind it is separated into two, white and red, simplifying the overall appearance. The difference is easily spotted and this is probably helpful for the buyer, but unfortunately, the box lacks attractiveness compared to the other kit. For those with bigger stashes this can be a bit disappointing, but for the devoted builders this won't be any trouble. The box /in both versions/ is crowded. Typical for MiniArt we have the sprues separated into big envelopes, combining them for better arrangement. Cardboard is not roomy enough for everything and once out, sprues require attention to be put back in if you want to close the lid. This is mostly due to the track sprues which are many, but as you will see in a bit, the space was not wasted. Instructions: We have standard MiniArt instruction sheet, abundant in information and not overcrowded with explanations. It is mostly black and white and in the well-know booklet format. Color sheets with the camo schemes are on the front and back, inside being the assembly process. Many photo-etch parts are included in the set, so be sure to follow the instructions thoroughly and not miss anything. Despite the overall pleasant appearance of everything, the kit is not a simple one, nor suitable for the novices in the hobby. It will demand your full attention and devotion. Sprues: Light gray plastic, being standard for MiniArt newest kits. For already two years, Ukrainian company is using better plastic material, which is flexible and very pleasant to be worked on. The detail on the sprues is second to none too. We have absolutely fantastic welding lines, as well as many molded details, which are way ahead of the competition. In case you want to achieve the similar appearance, you will have to work a lot with scratch and still the results might not be as good as the ones we have in 37019 OOTB. We have single piece gun barrel and very thin fenders. All in all, the parts are thinner than on most of the kits on the market today, with good texture, fine detailing and flexible material. Turret details are the best of the tank. The mantled and the turret show specific texturing/also being different one from another/, which once being painted and weathered, will make the tank very distinctive from any other scale model. This will be quite helpful at any modeling show I believe. Tracks: Tracks are superb. There is no manufacturer on the market today, that offers a better option. They have castings with numbers, scaled down with absolute precision and devotion to detail. Compared to competitive kits, these are years ahead and although tricky for assembly, they do deserve the praise. I am mentioning that they are tricky for assembly, since making them workable requires a lot of time and careful work. Many modelers encountered problems with MiniArt tracks in terms of movement once they were installed on the kit. This is due to their relatively delicate appearance and assembly process. It takes time and effort but more than anything - attention is required. Photo-Etch parts: As usual, they are quite thin. I believe that Eduard and MiniArt compete in which one to be named The Best photo-etch producer in the World today. Eduard offer superb quality of their PE, especially dashboards and colored parts, but MiniArt as the thinnest one I've seen. They are more than delicate and sometimes I think that even scaled up, they will look thinner than the real thing. Especially the meshes. We have a set which is pretty much standard here, including the meshes mentioned. This time, MiniArt made a special envelope for the PE parts, which before I've seen wrapped in cardboard taped to protect them. With this kit, everything is elevated on a whole new level, looking way more professional and nice. Markings: We have four markings included in this set. It isn't much, but it is normal, having in mind that 99% of the Soviet tanks were dark green. We have three green ones and one winter camo, which I find to be especially attractive. This one can be seen on the box of the T-54B with interior. Pictures of those tanks in Soviet service are rare finds, but in museums items can be found for reference. Soviet green vehicles are quite similar in appearance, with minor differences, one of them featuring white lines on the wheels, idlers, sprockets and the fenders, and another - with logo next to the number of the tank. All things considered, I believe that these tanks will be most interesting if done in partially ruined and abandoned vehicles, without using those numbers at all, since the look of worn T-series is very familiar around the web. This can be easily done with DN Models masks, chipping out one or two numbers one over another, simulation long service life before abandoning the vehicle at some tank graveyard. Whatever option you might decide to use, you should know, that the set is not lacking variants, just the contrary. In reality, the possibilities with T-54B are endless and it is all up to your imagination. Conclusion The kit features: 674 plastic parts 19 clear parts 108 photo-etch elements Totalling: 801 parts with 4 marking options. This is pretty neat for a 35th scale kit without interior and very promising, knowing MiniArt's latest releases and their quality. T-54 is a milestone in armor history, with its variants making it the most-produced tank in the history. I hope that MiniArt will turn their T-54 line into pretty much the same production run, but scaled-down. There are many variations of T-54 and T-55, especially interesting being the Israeli and African variants. Takom has already set the bar pretty high in that matter, but I believe with MiniArt we have a superior kit. With all things considered, this is very tempting kit and whichever of the two options you decide to get - with or without interior - you won't be disappointed. You might be challenged by the build and the small details but in the end, pleasure and satisfaction is all that will come out of building MiniArt's T-54B. Highly recommended! www.dnmodels.com
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BMPT-72 Terminator II from Tiger Model. Unboxing and Review

BMPT-72 Terminator II: Some background: BMPT-72 Terminator II is a fire support vehicle, inspired by BMPT Terminator, based on a T-72 tank chassis. In general the main difference is that the BMPT-72 is a retrofit design, oriented toward T-72 operators who wants to modernize their army for less money, unlike standard BMPT which is supposed to be a new production. It is not certain what are the capabilities of the BMPT as a concept, but it is supposedly based on the experience of the Soviet/Russian army in Afghanistan and Checnen wars. It is noted in several articles that the -72 is oriented mostly towards urban warfare. In the last couple of RAEs /Russian Arms Expo's/ the BMPT is used as a show-off vehicle, but as with many Russian build machines, the show is the last stop probably for most of them. The name Terminator II is also an odd one, since it is not exactly clear what will be Terminated by it, let alone the suffix "II", which reminds to the masses of the famous Cameron/Schwarzenegger movie. But maybe that was another marketing trick used by UralVagonZavod. Maybe the future will tell, is this a formidable and sophisticated weapon system or it is just another modification of the obsolete T-72. The box: The kit from Tiger Model was succeeded by Trumpeter's announcement of their own version, which is not yet on the market. Tiger managed to pull out the rabbit of the hat first. Not only that, but they provided a very nice box, colorful and sturdy. The top is glossy, with bright and playful colors. The sides are with vehicle profiles and renders of the parts, decal and photo-etch show-offs. Nice logos, QR codes and hints about the contest of the box and its goodies. The boxart - a BMPT-72 Terminator II which looks a lot like a promo pictue from UVZ, at one of the RAE shows. Overall, very neat first impression! One of the best on the armor market, probably as good as Meng Model's boxes. The instructions: The instruction sheet is a booklet, black & white not overly thick. The instructions are only that, no colorful schemes, no useless explanations. Right to the point. Everything here resembles Tamiya: the step numbers, icons, tools drawings, the way that Tamiya engineers their instruction sheets/leaflets. The paper is not-so bright white as with the Japanese company, but it is very good. Very thorough description of every step, particularly nice on the suspension. Every arm is marked with number and you cannot go wrong with it. Simple, clear separation of the steps and their details. A little chance to miss something or confuse it like with Dragon for example. Also, an additional sheet with track assembly instructions is provided. Nothing too complex there, but there is a tool included, so just in case, Tiger Model added a little something there too. The Sprues: Before going to the plastic, I must add a very neat add-on from Tiger Model: a sticker sheet, with colorful sticker for every sprue. This will prevent the unusual roaming through the box every time you might need some part from another sprue. This, if I am not mistaken is also a Tamiya's idea dated back in time. Different colors for each sprue too. Small, but nice add-on, pleasant for the eye and useful during the build. The box is not overcrowded like Meng or some of the Trumpeter boxes, but has a decent number of plastic sprues inside. Again Tamiya resemblance with the plastic material. Something in between Tamiya and Takom is what we have here, with superb quality and exciting details. Not a lot of ejection pin marks, little to-none flash and flexible material.   Tracks are on separate black sprues. Clear parts too - separated. There are poly caps on a different material sprue too. Every sprue /besides the wheels which are combined/ packed in plastic soft envelope, exactly like Tamiya does their packing, with metal staples closing it. The top of the turret - enclosed in a separate soft plastic box with a clear cover. Very delicate! The add-ons: We have a nice decals set, but nothing too special. Small, compact, just enough for the vehicle. The photo-etch sheet though is a gem: engraved with Tiger Model logo and 28 types of PE parts in it. Packed over a black thin and soft cardboard-like material, it shines! The material is softer than Trumpeter but thicker than MiniArt, which is just about the gold standard! Nice touch here too! A flexible metal towing rope. Something, that some of you might be used to with the older DML kits, but rarely seen today. Even if present, for example with Trumpeter stuff, not even close to the quality of this one here. Even though the cable isn't particularly interested when you look at the BMPT-72 Terminator II, Tiger Model did that effort too. Then we have two metal gun barrels. Packed in a separate box, just like the turret top. This is the cream of the cake in my opinion. They are delicate, precise, nothing close to the mediocre plastic gun barrels. BMPT and BMPT-72 has delicate barrels, which aftermarket companies supply for the other BMPT makers. Here Tiger Model spared us the hassle of buying aftermarket, providing the metal parts OOTB. The muzzle breaks are with clean cuts, no flash, no troubles what so ever. Just beautiful! The engineering: It seems to me that we have a winner here too. Comparing the Meng BMPT with Tiger BMPT-72 Terminator II, I found to have twice as much parts with Meng, but not that nice of a detail and engraving. Unusually complicated builds are thrown away with Tiger, presenting the modeler with just the right amount of part count to give you pleasure and spare you the hassle. Even with the tracks. Which are workable as you might guess from the pictures. We have detailed caps and brackets, texture on the track pads, tire treads on the wheels, welding lines along the metal assembly. We also have poly caps holding the upper and the lower part together, as we've used to see in Academy and Tamiya. Another resemblance with the Japanese company here... Fenders are superb, with curves along the imitated rubber parts of them, fine rivets and even better L-shaped hooks. Sprockets are well defined, clearly molded. Stowage boxes as well. Even though most of them are molded onto the upper part, they are not a tiny bit lesser in quality compared to Meng or Trumpeter. Just the contrary. They look better. Definition of every part here is helpful especially with those who love to prime and seal after, witch several varnish layers. No detail will be hidden. We have workable suspension, movable turret and hatches which are positionable but can be made into movable quite easily. In addition to all that we have antitank missiles included. The camofulage options: BMPT-72 Terminator II is seen mostly at the military equipment shows. As you might guess, the camo schemes are primarily demonstration ones. They are quite similar to the splinter camo used with the BMPT Terminator. We have a nice colorful with four variants of BMPT-72 Terminator II camo. Three splinter camo versions, including the famous Gray one, - which is a lot of people's favorite - and a Modern Russian semi-soft edge scheme, with the new red stars design. They are all clearly depicted, but execution of those, considering the turret shape won't be an easy task. DN Models steps up here, providing several new sets for the popular BMPT-72 camouflages. The masks that are designed for the standard BMPT are very popular among modelers and DN Models would never miss a chance to introduce new products which will be handy for airbrushing odd and difficult camo schemes. Since BMPT series are one of our favorite subjects, you can check the store for Terminator II versions if you need help with the painting process! Conclusion: We have:
  • Brand new tooling
  • Photo-etch sheet
  • Metal gun barrels
  • Metal Tow Rope
  • Workable suspension
  • 4 independent anti-tank missiles
  • Workable tracks
  • 4 Camo schemes
This is one fine kit I must tell ya! If you don't know who the maker is, you can easily mistake it with Tamiya. Instructions, plastic bags, plastic quality - everything resembles Tamiya. There are differences of course. For example the nice PE sheet which is something that Tamiya rarely uses, and not in this brass color. Also the metal gun barrels as well as the workable tracks. I checked the dimensions, since the first impression that I got was that the hull is too small for T-72. However it matches it almost perfectly with slight differences here and there. The detail of the engravings is better here, although many will scream for Meng, I know. But the truth is that this kit looks better. It has just enough parts, not unusual and useless complications. At the same time we have workable suspension and tracks, movable turret and most importantly - several different mediums: PE, Metal, three kinds of plastic and a towing rope. Just enough to satisfy the needs of the most picky ones among the modelers. Not to mention the camo schemes. They are definitely better than the standard BMPTs, probably because this is a second generation /sort of/ of that vehicle. Alongside the nice touches in the kit: packing, sprue stickers, wonderful boxart, I consider this to be among the nicest choices for a modern AFV in 35th sale on the market. The price is not bad at all and it is almost perfect OOTB. Highly recommended all together with Tiger Model as a company! You can get the kit HERE Check out the DN Models Shop for Camo Paint masks for the BMPT-72.

MiniArt 1:16 Spartan Hoplite #16012

Before we talk Miniart Hoplite warrior, let's do some history: Hoplites were citizen-soldiers of Ancient Greece who were primarily armed with spears and shields. Their were famous with their main tactic: the phalanx formation. The hoplites were primarily free citizens: a great deal back then - propertied farmers and artisans. They were able to afford the bronze armor suit and weapons /estimated at a third to a half of its able-bodied adult male population/. Hoplites generally received basic military training. Or, at least this is what history tells us. There is some controversial info about them but in general information is pretty much similar: In the 8th century BC Greek armies adopted a military innovation known as the phalanx formation. As we all know, people in that region were military innovators. This tactic proved successful in defeating the Persians when employed by the Athenians at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC during the First Greco-Persian War. The Persian archers and soldiers who fought in the Battle of Marathon were defeated, because their bows were too weak and their arrows could not penetrate Greek shields and armor, and their own armor and shields could not hold up to the longer spears and swords of the Greeks. That is a great morale changer on the battlefield... The phalanx tactics was also successfully used by the Greeks at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC and at the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC during the Second Greco-Persian War. You all have watched the movie "300" I assume... Those above are of course not confirmed statements, but they are found in a lot of sources and they worth sharing. The word hoplite derives from hoplon , the type of shield used by the soldiers. There is however considerable debate about this as the shield was more commonly known as an aspis. Also there are debates about the way the helmets were worn, the armour, the sandals and so on. Ancient history was not preserved in written, so this is normal. For the fans of it, some companies released resin figures and they are very popular, especially among Greek modelers, who are undoubtedly - the best figure modelers in the World. However, Miniart gave us a kit in plastic... It is not a new tooling, and in terms of military modeling, it might be said that it is an ancient history as well. It was released back in 2004. Many things changed since. However, if you are curious and you are figure modeler interested in ancient history...this one is for you:

PZH 2000 Howitzer in F.C. Schalke 04 demo colors

PZH 2000 Howitzer is considered by many to be the best howitzer in the modern armor world. It is newer than many of its competitors and it is German - which guarantees its quality more or less. PZH 2000 is famous for his very high rate of fire - 10 to 13 rounds per minute and in between those two numbers stays only the heat. Even if it is 10 per minute it is extremely high rate for a howitzer with that caliber - 155mm. It is used by the armed forces of Italy, Netherlands, Lithuania, Greece, Qatar, Croatia and Germany and it is a main option for the obsolete versions of M109 in many other NATO countries. Panzerhaubitze 2000 is a product of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. Again - names that stood over time and scream "quality". The kit for this particular project is from Meng Model, who have released two options on the market in 2014 and 2015. The second one is with additional armor and won't be our point of interest here. The first one is the one that it is used for the build and it is the correct one needed. The scale model kit itself is very accurate, with active suspension, movable tracks, metal gun barrel, photo-etch and many bells and whistles, typical for 21st century scale model kit. There is a substitute for it, in the face of Revell old-ish PZH-2000, which is cheaper and not so up-to-date. It is till usable, but many will pass on that because Meng Model is superior on many different levels. Meng is easy to be build and with great fit and realism. This is what we all aim for after all. The camo scheme is bright blue with white logos, soccer balls and stars all around it. It is dedicated to F.C. Schalke 04, one of the most famous and oldest German Football /soccer/ clubs. They have won seven German Championships and one UEFA Cup throughout their career, and are one of the most fan-devoted and fan-oriented clubs on the planet. The club has 140,000 members, making it the second-largest sports club in Germany and the sixth-largest sports club in the world in terms of membership. Ain't that a fan base?!? No wonder that somebody decided to paint one big gun in the colors of the club. It is fairly easily applicable over a 35th scale Panzerhaubitze 2000, when using DN Models mask set for it. It is designed for both Revell and Meng kits and are relatively easy to use. The only problem that might arise for un-experienced modelers are the thin lines between the ball's spots which should be made by hand, but nothing un-doable after all. The blue of the FC Schalke 04 is not a color that can easily be found in the color tables of Vallejo, Tamiya or MIG, however you can mix it by yourself using different paints from all of the brands available, or use some of the sci-fi colors. As a reference, the web is full with Schalke pictures, and it won't be a problem. Overall the project is relatively easy one, considering the minimal weathering of the tank and the availability of the mask set. The only challenge might be to get the proper shade of the blue, but even that is nothing that cannot be solved. Having in mind that the PZH 2000 is rather big even in 35th scale, it promises to be very attractive kit once finished, especially placed amongst dark, muddy and beaten armored vehicles in the same category and scale. A definite show-stopper! Thanx to my friend Michael for his pictures and will to build that kit as a test bed for DN Models F.C. Schalke 04 set. Take a look at the video he made, and take a closer look at his channel, it is definitely worth it!

U.S. Armored Bulldozer – MiniArt #35188

Bulldozer kits of all kinds are rapidly entering the scale modeling world last couple of years. The big bang started with the Doobi D9R from Meng Model and continues with many others, different shapes and sizes of engineering vehicles used throughout the eras of wars. One of the latest that we got on the maret is MiniArt D7 version - an U.S. Armored bulldozer, kit number 35188. The vehicle was used in the end days of WWII, clearing the ruins of Germany's cities. These were sad times, but the dozer itself looks awesome.   Once again, I must note that the whole kit is made from the new material that MiniArt is going to use from late 2015 and onwards. This is very important while we speak about that bulldozer, because it is based on a D7 #35174, and that was the kit that caused me a lot of headaches with its cracking track pads, cracking lines, cracking handles, and overall, cracking everything. With a great sigh of relief, I must say - this is over! It is done! The new plastic material is very flexible, easy to work with and modeler-friendly. This is crucial regarding this exact model. It is a kit full with fiddly parts, it offers movable tracks, a whole bunch of handles for the driver and so on. All this, made from tiny and precise sub-assemblies needs to be done from flexible plastic. It just begs for it! So, almost year after we got the D7 #35174, MiniArt made a giant leap, going all the way to providing the great material alongside with a kit, which is standalone near-perfect! Yep, that's right, this kit, in his entirety is engineered in a manner that would satisfy the needs of the pickiest and most-pretentious scale modeler out there. But let's start from the beginning: It features more than 750 parts, including clear and PE material. It is a cabbed version, but beneath the cab we have enough to show the interior of it - a whole driver's compartment. Tracks are workable, blade seems workable enough as well /following the instructions/. On the rear of where was the winch on their first kit, we have two winch-likes motors, and it seems like these were for the dozer blade. Another cool difference is that the front radiator has a second covering plate, probably armored, which looks extremely detailed in plastic. The engine beneath that is wonderful, and it shows almost everything you can think of. Caterpillar signs, small handles, the fan, the belts, everything is there. The option to make it partially or fully visible is there of course. With so many details and small parts, the kit begs to be done in a attractive modeling manner, ripped, showing off what's inside. Unfortunately, there is only one painting option, but if you search the forums I am pretty sure you will find more. Another source is Tankograd publications. They have great book on D7 tractors, and inside you can find some pictures of the armored version of it. The more you look at the sprues of it, the more you fall in love with this kit. It is definitely not for a beginner, but it gives you so much, that you can barely comprehend it on the first  box opening. You gotta watch out with the tracks geometry, because the assembly is a bit tedious, but overall everything is easy to be build. The first D7 had almost perfect fit actually, and if it wasn't for the plastic, it would've been great. I really do hope they will re-issue that featuring the new material. From what I've built so far from MiniArt, I must say that their idea behind everything is amazing. From a small company, just out of nowhere, they became one of the heavy hitters on the market. And with these subjects....Wow! Highly recommended! Not only that, I strongly believe, that this is the BEST and the most attractive kit that MiniArt ever produced! You can get the kit here: U.S. Armored Bulldozer Other versions: D7 with Winch w/Angled Dozer Blade Clean Bulldozer Version You can watch the video review here: https://youtu.be/C2Yl4NZ5kSA

1/35 Disc Camo Masks Part 1

There are a lot of fans of Wehrmacht projects that never saw the light of day. 1946 would've been a year full of innovations and interesting designs. Many of those secret and unreleased projects have been released by the modeling companies. They created them using drawings, pictures, sketches and so on. Accurate or not, those models are out there and along with them, many options for camouflages and additional aftermarket appears. Disc camouflage was popular with Nazi vehicles before the end of the war, not to mention what would have been during 1946. It can be seen on STUGs, Hetzers, Panthers. A friend of mine, owner of TI Hobbies, decided to make a model that features such camouflage. We discussed the option of DN Models to put out a mask set for disc camouflage with two different patterns. Equal size roundels and different size roundels. In this article /divided into two parts/ we will make a follow-through of the process of painting a model using type 1 of those masks. "Type 1" are the masks with equal size roundels. The model used is Trumpeter E-75 Flakpanzer:
The mask set features enough masks to complete the whole model without worries, plus additional spots in case they are needed for repairs or for different patterns. In addition to that, masks can be re-used if carefully removed from the model. They leave no glue or stains over the paint, nor peel it off.
It is more interesting to follow the process of masking the model and painting over the covered areas. Then to see the end results. It is quite stunning!
Completed and painted model just before masking
Three tone camo to make it look more interesting after round camouflage is applied
In part 1 we will show you how the turret job worked out for us. In part 2 - the rest of the tank. As you can see from the pictures above, the tank looks great even without disc camouflage, so imagine the end result. So, here is the masked turret:
Then, painted with yellow paint, as eventually Germans did during the war. Yellow was based color for most of their tanks, so its logical to have more of that and use it in cases like that. Here is the painted turret, just before removing of the masks:
The masks were left on the tank overnight to let the paint cure properly, and to make sure that our test will give the best results possible. That means not to damage the paint upon removal, even after some time have passed after masking and painting. This might seem not so important to some, but a lot of the modelers out there are busy and have no time to stay on the bench for a long time day after day until they finish their project. Anyway, here is the result on the next day:
This is actually the FIRST photo of mask removal. And the first success of our testing process.
The turret without the masks.
As you can see, the results are pretty satisfying! Of course, the model is far from completion. But in part 2 we will show you the completed turret, and with a little luck - one fine built and interesting model!
Stay tuned for it, coming soon!
For more info about the turret results, check out the video of it:
Special thanx to TI Hobbies! Amazing job - as usual!

DN Models Disc Camo Mask set 1/35

This is the most recent of the masks series from DN Models. It features two options of very popular disc camouflage, seen on Panther, STUG IV, Hetzer and others Wehrmacht vehicles. The difference between both sets is the size of the discs: some of the vehicles wore disc camouflage with different diameter roundels, and others - with equal size. They looked almost the same, but if looked closely, it can be seen that there is a difference.
The sets will feature additional spots, usable for angles, hard to reach parts, gun barrel, etc. There will be masking tape plenty enough to cover the model, and in addition, if carefully applied, they can be used again. The disc camouflage is almost impossible to replicate without masks or stencils, thus this set will make life easier for the modeler. It is user-friendly, so even inexperienced modelers will have great results using it. Both sets can be combined over one vehicle, in case turret and the lower hull wore different camo sometimes.
Vehicles who were painted that way: Panther, STUG IV, E100, E25, E50, Hetzer, E74. Other probably were painted similar camouflages, but in case you want to be sure, please use reference photos. Having in mind the quantity of the German armour, possibilities are countless.
The paint masks should be applied only over surfaces already cured, in order to have guarantees that no paint will be damaged. This always means curing time of at least 24-48 hours for Acrylics, and 48-72 for Enamels.

Voroshilovets Artillery Tractor Mask Set for Trumpeter 1/35

Working on the Voroshilovets Artillery tractor I found out that when I ordered the model I forgot to get masks for it. Since masks are essential when making vehicle with glass parts /besides the tank lights of course/  I decided to do as I did with the D9 Caterpillar and make some for myself and eventually, for others interested in the model.
Eduard have done that already, but mines tend to be little different. Instead of
making masks for the rear compartment, I made some for the wheels. I've done that because engineering the tractor, Trumpeter made the glasses of the dog house separate, with possibility to be installed after painting.
On the other hand, wheels are quote a hassle, because they are many, and it will be probably better to use masks for those, instead of wasting time masking windows who can be put aside until finishing touches.
I have made instructions for the set, but I doubt that anybody will need those. The form of the masks are pretty much self explanatory, but it was fun to do it.
I hope that this will be of help for Voroshilovets fans, as much as it was for me!
Thanx for watching!