New Black Death!

Soviet Attack Aircraft IL-2 Shturmovik Zvezda 1/48, Ref. 4825 The Ilyushin Il-2 Shtourmovik certainly was one of the best ground-attack aircraft of the Second World War and with over 36,000 of them built, holds the record for the single most produced military airplane design in history. Nicknamed ‘The Hunchback’ by the Soviets and ‘Black Death’ byContinue reading “New Black Death!”

Quarterscale Furtive Fighter

Russian Fifth-Generation Fighter SU-57 Zvezda 1/48, Ref. 4824 It’s a massive box that comes from the East, full of 249 parts in transparent and medium grey plastic, including two main parts representing an almost complete, almost 42cm long, aircraft.  Also in the box, two large decal sheets, a instruction booklet and a separate full-colour paintingContinue reading “Quarterscale Furtive Fighter”

Anti-Aircraft Sewing Machine

Soviet Self Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun ZSU-23-4M Shilka Zvezda 1/35, Ref. 3635 Here is a great addition for those interested in Soviet armour, even if it’s not the first one on the market, since Meng released a 1/35 Shilka back in 2016.  The lower retail price of this new kit is certainly a major incentive ifContinue reading “Anti-Aircraft Sewing Machine”

Not So Junior Diver

Ju-87B-2/U4 ‘Stuka’ with skis Zvezda 1/72, Ref. 7323 We have here a ‘snap-fit, no glue required’ kit, particularly aimed at the younger modellers, for whom it may be their first ever kit. There are some sizeable assembly plugs to ease the build, but with a total of 89 parts (which seems a lot for aContinue reading “Not So Junior Diver”

Stalin’s Work Horse

Soviet Medium Tank Mod.1942 T34/76 Zvezda 1/35, Ref. 3686 No need to introduce the T34, widely regarded as the best armoured fighting vehicle of the Second World War.  The so-called Model 1942 introduced many refinements and simplifications to improve upon the performances and operation of the earlier variants while at the same time facilitate massContinue reading “Stalin’s Work Horse”

Upgraded MBT

T-90MS Russian Main Battle Tank Zvezda 1/72, Ref. 5065 The Russian T-90MS “Proryv” is the latest iteration of the mighty T-90A MBT.  A new turret, with advanced fire control system “Kalina” and its integrated combat information and control system, is one of the new features of the Russian vehicle. In addition, the tank is equippedContinue reading “Upgraded MBT”

Lend-lease Mainstay

Sherman M4A2 75mm Zvezda 1/35, Ref. 3702 The kit is attractively boxed up in the now usual Zvezda style, a strong blank cardboard box contained inside a thinner full-colour sleeve.  The later features a Soviet vehicle as box art and at the back, colour schemes (Olive Drab overall) for two tanks on the Eastern Front,Continue reading “Lend-lease Mainstay”

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