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Spitfire – 32nd or 48th?

Sptifire is a whole universe by itself in terms of scale modeling, history and aviation. That is the best airplane that Britain ever created and one of the top fighters of WWII. It is sleek, fast, agile and well armed. It won a lot of air battles and saved many lives. Spitfire built a reputation of a state-of-the-art aerodynamics, innovation and capabilities. And it was produced in numerous versions, featuring very different engineering decisions, and putting them into real action all over the World. Spitfire served from late 30s till the early 60s. For a single engine propeller fighter, and living through the emerging of the jet plane era, this is a unique and respectable fact. Let's talk Spitfire scale models now: Many companies have produced various of different Spitfires during the years, and many of them were great looking plastic kits. However, nothing comes close to the latest editions of Tamiya. The Japanese company did 3 versions of it, all Merlin Powered options, and they did them with insane precision. These are the best airplane kits ever produced, and nothing comes close to them. Except for maybe Eduard. And that's what we should discuss here. Eduard made a new tooling of the Spitfire in 2013, replacing their repack of Airfix, also a great model of its time. With the knowledge that they had repacking it, and the new technologies, they put out a beautiful 48th scale bird, second only to Tamiya's 32nd scale beast. But since 2013, they put out almost twenty /yes, 20!/ options, boxed in a fashionable manner, with various options from nothing, through PE and up to Resin add ons. Something for everybody. So the question for most of us here was, which one to get, if the scale is not the most important factor. Well, the answer is both, because two Spitfires are better than one. Always. But that aside, I want to share my opinion about the kits. Tamiya stands second to none. And that includes Eduard Spit as well. Not only in terms of scale, but quality, accuracy, engineering and even branding. Tamiya is the greatest modeling company ever, and there is no doubt about it. However, Eduard are not that far behind. Which is great! That means that the Czech company is evolving, and getting out there competing with the best. One thing is sure - in 48th scale their Spit is the most beautiful one. And probably with the most options. But not only that. They have delivered a kit from modelers to modelers, allowing us to make whatever possible with that airplane and steal attention even from bigger scaled Spitfires. There are Dual Combo sets, Limited Editions, Weekends, unusual camos and so on. And while Tamiya Spitfire does not have many options from the aftermarket sellers to be elevated /not that it needs to/, the Eduard Spit in that matter is unsurpassed. In terms of price, well, Eduard are not cheap, but are cheaper than Tamiya, giving us pretty much similar satisfaction in the end. And that is because their quality is at a very high level the last years. Also, in terms of options, they offer 3 or 4 times more than the Japanese.  And they alone as a company, offer a great line of add-ons for it. Wheels, cockpits, engines, you name it. So which one is better? Neither. They are kings in their own realms. In terms of comparing them, well, Tamiya have the upper hand, just because they are better in scale, and with amazing quality. Engineering is better, and the kit is suitable for almost any modeler. And while Eduard give us pretty much the same stunning Spitfire once built, the road to that is not for everybody. However, it is mandatory to be said that there are people who are devoted 48th scalers, and that is the Spitfire for them. Honestly, built one next to another, if the pictures does not show them measured, you will hardly tell the difference.  you can hardly tell that this above is 48th scale engine... Masks from DN Models are available for Tamiya 32nd scale birds, but not yet for Eduard's. Honestly, that is one thing Eduard are better than Tamiya - decals. Whatever the case with those is though, on large scale planes it is always wiser to paint the markings instead of using decals. But if you enjoyed the article, and/or DN Models' masks, feel free to contact me in terms of 48th scale Spitfire. A set quickly can come to life! My conclusion: Both. No matter if you are devoted 48th-er or LSP fan, they both worth the money. And the set they will become built together - priceless.... Spits you can get here: Tamiya - Ver.1 , Ver.2 , Ver.3 Eduard - Weekend , Profipack , Royal Class - and many more options. These are just the three main boxings. Masks for 32nd scale Tamiya

The Howitzer of F.C. Schalke 04

Many football teams have their commercial tricks, including fancy buses, merchandise, catchy TV commercials, accessories and so on, but only one have their howitzer! The first time I saw the Panzerhaubitze 2000 painted in the famous Schalke 04 blue I was stunned. It is one thing to promote the football game with the known resources, a whole other is to paint a military vehicle and to shout out : This is The Team! And not only a regular vehicle, but one of the best, if not The Best howitzer in the World nowadays. But this is no accident. F.C. Schalke 04 is a team old enough to be called "most popular German football team". The club dates back to 1904, where the "04" comes from. And in soccer as football is called around the world, teams are A Religion. Especially the old ones. Not only that, but this is part of the German Championship, or Bundesliga - probably the best football championship ever. Not to wonder that Forbes magazine named FC Schalke 04 - The Most Valuable Football Club and UEFA ranked them - 7th Best football team in Europe. They have enormous fanbase. 3sch FC Schalke fans are probably most dedicated fans of all football fans, having even their own graveyard, again - dedicated solely to the team. They are no joke, I can tell you that. So what better commercial for such a great soccer club than to put their name on a huge gun? I doubt that there is... So far they are 7 times German Chamionship Cup Winners, so I guess, not only one, but 7 howitzers would be better! Fortunately for us, modelers /and for Schalke 04 fans of course/, there are kits on the market, representing PZH 2000 self-propelled howitzer. Revell have relatively old kit, but good enough. Meng came up with a new one quite recently, and even in two versions. Also, a Revell repack is available from MBK Models. No shortage of plastic to model from! Of course, Meng Model, being the newest one is probably the best option, but Revell is not bad either, and I can stand by that info, since I got it from a very famous German modeler, who knows his way around scale models pretty well. And now, to make the picture perfect, I decided to add a new mask set from DN Models especially for that blue SPH. I just couldn't resist to the temptation. It will be joy for the fans of the club who are modelers, and for the modelers who want something completely different in their collection. Not only, but a great gift to a fellow Schalke fan, from a modeler buddy! 2sch Eventually, that won't be for every modeler out there, or for /again modelers/ football fans of other teams fans of that vehicle. We all know the constant feuds between club fans... But for those who want to make a nice and different PZH 2000, F.C. Schalke 04 mask set is a good option. Me personally, I decided to wait for Meng Model new Panzerhaubitze, with the additional armor /TS-019/, but now, since I know about this blue howitzer, I am certain, that I will build both of them. I am not a football fan actually, but it looks nice and mean. And the idea behind it is great. Kudos to whoever thought of painting the PZH 2000 that way. And Kudos to the German Army for allowing this to happen! Masks for the F.C. Schalke 04 version can be found HERE Kits in 35th scale can be found here: Meng Model Ver. 1 Meng Model Ver. 2 Revell Down here, you can check out the presentation of the new masks including this F.C. Schalke 04 set.
Pictures of the vehicle used in this article can be found on twitter

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!