Having started to build the Modelik Udarnyj from the downloadable pages on the Modelik website, I felt that I should in good conscience actually buy the model. Due to the postage required Poland-NZ, I felt that I should also maximise the postage to get the best bang ofr buck so last night the following models arrived in the mail (along with my wife's new Wii so there was no adverse dometic reaction to 'yet more models'...):
- Modelik Udarnyj Monitor...more details in the build thread where it is being upsized to 1/72. Apart from the former templates, there was only one page of parts that was not already downloadable from the Modelik site and I am still amazed that Modelik have released these sheet online.
- Modelik Blohm & Voss P.210 Volksjager. This was a toss up between this and the Me-329 and in the end I decided to take the plunge and go for the 210 because I had seen nothing on it at all in the various fourms but it looked cool. The model is very cool with detailed cockpit, cannon bays, undercarriage bays and jet pipes (both ends) bu I do think that Modelik need to focus a bit more on their instructions as it is not clear at all how the cannon bays are displayed open. Build thread to follow when I finish one of the currnet projects.
- Answer IJN Kitakami. I have been eying this one up for a while and really like what I found in the 'box' - originally I was lining this up for an upsize as well but even in 1/200 it will be 81cm long which is big enough for me - although a torpedo boat, it is actually a cruiser and I was immediately attracted to the five torpedo 'turrets' (each with four tubes) along each side, with 4 single gun turrets forward. The instructions seem fairly intuitive and the only changes I am thunking of making are making the rail tracks to each torpedo turret more 3D, adding some more detail inside each gun turret e.g. ammo racks if I can find some references, adding internal surfaces to all the turrets as these currently only show the base side of the card i.e. white card, and perhaps showing some torpedoes in the tubes and on watever rail carts were used to transport them from the magazines (assuming reference pics cna be found.
All in all a good little haul. I purchased online from model-hobby.pl and am totoally satisfied with their service. the order was placed on 20 july and arrived last night; Postage to NZ was 18 euros for the three models although I had to juggle the models I wanted to keep it at this level e.g. selecting the Fly Surcouf instead of the p.210 increased the postage to the enxt step of some 30+ euros.
Assuming domestic approval I will be purchasing again from this supplier.