Red Pike

Soviet WWII Shchuka (Shch) Class Submarine Zvezda 1/144, Ref. 9041 The Shchuka- (or Sh-, or even Chrch-) class submarines were medium-sized soviet boats.  111 of them were built in seven different dockyards and were used in anger during WWII.  ‘Shchuka’ means ‘Pike’ in Russian.  Their numbering reflected their area of operation: the 100 Series operatedContinue reading “Red Pike”

Grrrrr..!

Russian Launch Vehicle S-400 « Triumf » SA-21 Growler Zvezda 1/72, Ref. 5068 The S-400 Triumf, NATO-coded SA-21 Growler, is a medium to long-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapon system that entered service in Russia during 2007.  The system includes a command centre vehicle, radar-carrying vehicles that are linked to several launchers. It is the missile-launcher vehicle thatContinue reading “Grrrrr..!”

Last Chance Warriors

Volkssturm. Berlin 1945 Zvezda 1/72, Ref. 6272 The Russian company that we know for their excellent aircraft and armour scale model kits have been also very busy releasing numerous board games and wargames for different markets. The wargaming community can thus take advantage of Zvezda’s wide range of 1/100 and 1/72 aircraft, helicopters, AFVs, softskinsContinue reading “Last Chance Warriors”

Kamazing Typhoon!

Russian Armored Vehicle Typhoon-K Zvezda 1/35, Ref. 3701 ‘Typhoon’ is a family of modern Russian mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) armoured vehicles developed from a common engine, suspension, protection and control systems.  Two, three and four axle vehicles are part of this family.  Over 100 companies are involved in the programme. The Kamaz Typhoon-K that particularlyContinue reading “Kamazing Typhoon!”

Sleek New Airbus

Airbus A320neo Civil Airliner Zvezda 1/144, Ref. 7037 The Airbus A319/320/321neo are part of a ‘second generation’ family of airliners built upon the successful ‘A319/A320/A321’ family designed during the latter part of the past century.  The more modern design first flew in 2014 and entered service with Lufthansa in early 2016 and, with over 7,000 aircraftContinue reading “Sleek New Airbus”

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”

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