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6mm Soviet APCs and improved T-55s from Heroics&Ros

This Salute I purchased a lot of goodies for my modern Soviet army to fill in the gaps I still had. Heroics and Ros was an obvious choice for some of the stuff. They only just released new T-55 models with improved armour. I have to say that the level of detail on them is much better than on other H&R tanks, so it’s nice to see that company that produces good quality stuff anyway still finds a room for improvement.

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Also got some of the older models. As usual with H&R products, there were no mould lines and very little flash to get rid of. You can see some of them are older models, as BTR 50 and MT-LB transport lacked some detail that you can find on newer models, but still good enough. PT-75 looks very nice as well.

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Scotia Grendel 6mm Soviet Artillery review

I recently decided to upgrade my Soviet artillery park, so started looking for a manufacturer that would do all the missing artillery for my army. Scotia Grendel had most of stuff I needed in their offer so I promptly made an order.  Models were dispatched very quickly and with no problems, with one missing element quickly replaced.

Models themselves are very nice. Good detail, no mould lines to get rid of, very little flash to clean, exactly what I like. Most of artillery pieces are cast already on small bases with shells, crates etc added on to it, which makes it look really nice.

Below are ZIS 2 57mm anti-tank guns with some Heroics and Ros crew added on. Each gun came with elements to build either firing or limbered version, which is a plus as you can represent them being in transport if you want to.

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Also got a lot of heavier guys as well: 240mm mortars, 130mm field guns, s-23 180mm field guns and BM-24 rocket launchers. That should add enough firepower to my modern Soviet army :)

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Last thing to add were two MT-LB transports with 82mm mortars. Again, nice models with enough detail on them.

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This batch of Scotia Grendel kits was very good, definitely happy with them and also with prices (very affordable) and customer service. Definitely recommended!

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6mm Heroics&Ros Mi-6 Hook helicopter

I have been waiting to add Mi-6 Hook to my Soviet paras for a long time. After disastrous purchase from Skytrex ages ago (review of that model is somewhere on this blog) I kept hearing that H&R meant to release one. Two years ago at Salute I have seen work in progress and it looked good. At this years Salute it was finally available and I was a first person to buy it :)

Model costs 15 pounds. It’s not cheap but it is massive and definitely worth it. Nicely sculpted body cast in green resin plus other elements such as wheels and wings in metal. Rotors are high quality brass ones and just add the professional look to the model.

Elements fit very well, there was tiny amount of flash on metal elements and none whatsoever on the main body. There is a satisfying level of detail on it as well.  My only minor gripe is that a hole for front is too much forward, although perhaps it was just my copy that was cast that way. Apart from that model is very good and it looks fantastic when assembled. Well done Heroics&Ros!

(picture of an assembled helicopter is without wings as I received two same wings by accident and currently awaiting replacement, also I put wheels wrong way around for this picture, but they are in the right position now! :)

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Railway station set from 6mm Resin Cast Buildings/Leven Miniatures

I have been pretty busy recently, so I didn’t really have much time to write any new reviews. Already few weeks ago Mick from 6mm Resin Cast Buildings/Leven Miniatures sent me his newly produced railway station set.As usual price is very affordable and for nearly 25 quid plus postage you are getting a big lot of buildings allowing you to build complete railway station together with all extra buildings plus gives you plenty of tracks as well, railway bridge and arches to allow you to build tunnel through the hill/mountain.
As with the airfield set buildings are very nicely cast, almost no flash to remove and no visible mold lines. Detail on everything is also very crisp, although I would recommend sticking some card or other form of support under tracks as they are pretty thin… just to stay on the safe side ;)
I honestly cannot recommend this set and other terrain produced by Mick enough. It is good both for II World War games and for modern conflicts in Europe.
Mick has more buildings in the pipeline, his list of planned stuff is pretty impressive and you can already check the pictures on his website. All in all that new small company is a great addition to 6mm gaming.
S.

Website for the buildings is: http://www.leven-village.co.uk/buildings/buildings.htm

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6mm Resin Cast Buldings range- review

It all really started by accident. i was looking on Ebay for some affordable 6mm scenery to use in our cold War commander games and then found few buildings that looked interesting. I managed to win one of them (RAF control tower) and when I got it, inside there was a little leaflet with few website details and saying that there is more 6mm scenery available there. I checked the address and I was simply in awe. I am not sure how Mick and his casting project remained relatively unknown till now, but amount of stuff offered there was amazing and exactly what I was looking for. After finding out about the prices (now they are on the website) I realized that the buildings not only look good, they are actually very cheap as well! So I made quite a big order, getting mostly stuff to build proper air base, but also few industrial buildings such as small brewery, granary and warehouse. Items arrived very fast, extremely well packed.
What can I cay? That was great bargain. Looking at each building I was surprised with amount of detail that is there and how crisp they are. No miscasts, no mold lines to clear and not much flash. I can only say that I am really, really happy with those buildings. Mick has a lot of projects in the pipeline, including full railway station set (tracks and couple of buildings are already available, but I will wait till I can get the lot :) and it is definitely worth keeping an eye on his website.
S.

You can find it at: http://www.leven-village.co.uk/buildings/buildings.htm

Don’t take my word for it, have a look at the buildings yourself:

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Review – Heroic and Ros, Lynx AH Mk.1 (ULMA402) in 6mm scale

by Lee “Safety Stick” Parnell

Background
The Westland Lynx AH Mk.1 was the principle attack helicopter of the British Army Air Corp for most of the eighties and nineties. Whilst it wasn’t as heavily armoured or armed as the Apache WAH-64 that replaced it, it was a relatively light and nimble airframe with a useful weapon load of eight TOW anti-tank weapons.
Attack helicopters are a useful tool on the modern battlefield and would be a near necessity to stop an armoured thrust by Nathan’s Russian armour. I decided to pick up a pair of H&R’s offering to see how they looked.
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Price
This is where H&R really win out. At £1.50 a chopper they come in lower than Skytrex (£2) and GHQ (£7 for a pack of two). The GHQ model looked visually appealing on the website but for something that only appears briefly in a turn…it’s hard to justify paying twice the price of the H&R model, especially as the H&R helicopters have a fairly good reputation amongst are group. After the Mil-6 incident there was no way I was going to buy Skytrex without seeing the model first!

Scale
Rotor diameter came out at about 12.6m which isn’t far off the 12.8m from the books, something that surprised me in a good way. The length was hard to gauge as it’s from nose to tail rotor center which I made to be about 11.4m; a little short of the 12.3m in real life.
I’m not sure I trust that measurement though. Gut feel is that the overall dimensions are right.

Mould Quality
Mould quality was variable. In general, detail was crisply captured. I had one Lynx with minimal mould lines and one that had quite bad flashing. The mould runs down the vertical centre of the model which leaves the mould line in between the two engine fairings, a bitch to clean up.
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On both Lynx, the mould really broke down around the tail rotor/stabilizer junction. That must be a bitch to mould without it bleeding out so it may have benefited from having the tail rotor and/or stabilizer as a separate bit to get a cleaner mould. It took a bit of butchering to clean up, and the worse of the two lynx still has a faint line along its nose. A bit of a shame.
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Form
Pretty good. The model is made of multiple parts so the launchers, skids and main rotors are pretty accurate in shape and size with no need for filling in that a single piece model requires.
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The fuselage has the rather sporty lines of the Lynx captured well. My only issue would be the engine pods which don’t really look anything like the much smoother blended ones on a lynx. The pods sharply contrast with the hull with and abrupt start and a just as abrupt rear! In reality, the intake is quite curved (thanks to particle separator) and the rear blends back into the hull with two circular exhaust vents venting sideways. It doesn’t stop the model being obviously a Lynx but it does stop it being a great rendition of the aircraft.

Detail
In some ways the model is very well detailed. The TOW pods look the business and the forward hull and tail boon are both captured well, with the canopy galzing and TOW optics turret well defined and realised. Major aerials are also present on the fuselage and tail boon which was an unexpected but welcome level of detail. However, there are a few little odd errors:
1. Although the main glazed canopy panels are very well defined, making painting easy, the model is missing the two, relatively large, windows in the lower hull. I ended up painting them on by eye alone!
2. The Cabin Door is a bit short in length which throws off the reference points of the model and makes the rear fuselage look oversized. It bugged me for ages what was making the back of the fuselage pod so weird until I realized. The Cabin Door is also modelled with two small windows rather than the single large on in reality (its never had two small windows).
3. As mentioned, the engine pods are completely wrong and are lacking in detail compared to the rest of the model. There’s no intake detail and exhaust vents are missing, necessitating painting on two gunmetal grey circles in roughly the right place! It’s quite a jarring drop in detail when the forward hull and TOW launchers are so nice.
Much as the form, what’s there is really good. But its let down a little by what has been missed off.
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Conclusions
Overall, the model was a fun one to paint, even if the preparation was a little laboured due to the mould lines. There was just enough detail to make for an effective and interesting paint job and the form leaves no doubt as to what the model represents.
I do find it a little sad that, but for an extra bit of attention to the engine pods, the model would really rival the GHQ model at a fraction of the price. As it is, the H&R lynx is still very good value for money and I would certainly suggest you consider how much worth your going to get out of the extra £2 you pay for the GHQ model.
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If you’d like to know more about how I painted the Lynx (pedantic levels of fine detail included) then head over to my blog here.
Lee Parnell

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6mm Skytrex Mi 6 Hook

This had to happen. I was debating with myself for a long time whether to write this review or not. Some people say that its better just to say nothing instead of writing a bad review.  I still decided to do it though, as one of the aism of this website is to provide people with ACCURATE information about different wargaming products out there.

So here we go- Mi 6 transport helicopter made by Skytrex. Correct me if I am wrong but I think it is the only company so far producing this model in 6mm scale. “Hook” is a flying monstrosity, in Cold War Commander its able to transport 8 units of infantry or even towed guns, enabling you to do really devastating air assaults. I decided to go for it and bought myself 3 of them (I always liked to think big :) ordering them through Lee, who was also making some order with them.  Price was £ 4 each so I thought it was already bit expensive, but decided to bite the bullet anyway. When I finally received the models though, I was simply shocked. In my 16 years long “career” as a wargamer I have to admit that I don’t think I have ever seen such a poor excuse for a model.

First of all- It looks like simly big lump of mode, roughly in shape of the helicopter with  wheels that need to be attached as well.  Mould lines are massive, there is a lot of flash and most importantly the model simply completely lacks any detail and definition and I really mean it. Apart from few points in place of its round windows there is no more detail than that. To add insult to an injury helicopter doesnt come with rotors!!! I am not sure why is that, but I wouldn’t buy it even just for that reason.

Probably only useful thing that can be done with that model is to have it somewhere near when you are playing with very annoying opponent. Its one of the rare example of 6mm miniature that when flung at somebodys head has a very good chance of knocking them out.

It is probably the only time I demanded money back for something I have bought, luckily Skytrex customer service seems to be very good and I received a full refund.  I am sorry to say but you really want to stay away from that particular model.

S.

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Scotia Grendel Soviet trucks and vans

Yes, you guessed right- time for yet another review:)

Scotia Grendel is one of the companies that produces quite extensive range of vehicles for all modern armies. As a Soviet player I was not dissapointed with the choice offered. I got Gaz 66 airlifted truck, one with communication mode and also open topped one plus UAZ 452 light van truck  and Gaz 69 jeeps. Excellent choice for command groups for Cold War commander, each piece costing 50-60 p and you don’t have to buy 5 of each like with GHQ or Skytrex. Not much flash, no serious problem with mould lines and models are pretty accurate.

My only problem was with open topped Gaz 69 jeep. I have one from Herocis &Ros for comparison and unfortunately Scotia Grendel ones doesn’t come up well in comparison. There is lack of detail inside the jeep, no seats present making it look really weird, almost like crate on wheels rather than jeep. Apart from that one though all the others are very nice and I was happy with them.Definitely recommended.

S.

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6mm Simply 6 buildings

About a week ago I received some scenery from Simply 6. Bad news is that owner of the company decided to close the business due to personal reasons which is a shame as there were some really nice and affordable pieces of 6mm (and 3mm as well if thats your thing) scenery on sale there.

I got two small sets of white reisin ruins (£ 2.45 for 2 of bigger ones and 2.35 for 2 of smaller ones), ruined industrial building for  £ 2.50 and two town houses (one damaged and one normal ) for £ 2.50 a piece.

They are very neat building I have to say- good detail and definition on all of them, no visibkle flash or mould lines to get rid of and for that price I think its very good value for your money.

You can still get this stuff at Angel Barracks http://angelbarracks.co.uk/ while the stock lasts so I suggest hurrying up and getting some, before those nice bits of scenery dissapear completely.

s.

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Review – AC28 GHQ AC28 NATO Weapon Assortment

Background
I purchased some Heroics & Ros aircraft recently and was disappointed to find that, unlike the helicopters, they do not come with external sources. Given all aircraft do in CWC is drop large quantities of ordnance for the purposes of landscaping, this was something of an omission.

Thankfully I recalled seeing a weapons pack on Magister Militum for GHQ NATO fixed wing aircraft stores and this is the subject of today’s review.

I think it’s worth going over the pack contents because neither GHQ or Militum have a good photo or description and it may help inform your decision whether to purchase the pack.

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Now, I know an unhealthy amount about aircraft weaponry so identifying this stuff is childsplay for me. However, not everyone had a misspent youth with Jane’s “All the World’s Aircraft” as their spank material so I’ve circled the sprues and linked to wiki where possible.

A – A sprue full of AIM-9 Sidewinders. The Sidewinder, like HP Sauce, goes on everything so is probably the most useful store in the pack. GHQ have supplied it in a few forms. Dual Rail (no pylon) is handy for Falkland era Harriers and CW/Gulf I era Warthogs. Single Rails with and without pylon can be used for almost everything (single rail could also be used for AGM-122 Sideram ARM on Huey Cobra). There are also two F-15 Eagle Wing Pylons with stub rails which are probably the least versatile.

B – The top of the sprue has two small drop tanks (possibly for F-16). The left has three GBU-10 2000lb Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs. The right has three Multiple Ejector Racks, each carrying six Mk-82 500lb GP bombs.

The tanks could be used for most aircraft without too much modification (clip fins off, etc). The GBU-10 are useful for CW and Gulf War I and II and will go onto most US aircraft and a few non-US ones. The MER/Mk-82 are very useful for Vietnam and Gulf War I US aircraft (A-6 and A-10 especially!).

C – Five AIM-7 Sparrow AA missile. Handy for Vietnam F-4 (which almost always had four underfuselage) and any game with air-air rules. As I was planning on only using them for CWC which is strictly mud moving I chopped these up for rocket pods.

D – Eight GBU-12 Paveway II 500lb Laser Guided Bombs on pylons. Useful for most US aircraft in any conflict since Vietnam. Some non-US aircraft use it too.

E – Topmost store is a large drop tank typically used on F-15 centreline. Remaining six stores are Triple Ejector racks (TER) carry three Mk-82 bombs each. Like the MER, these are useful for Vietnam and Gulf War I. A-10 and F-16 would usually carry these during Desert Storm. F-4, A-4 and A-7 would carry them during Vietnam.

F – The top three missiles are more Sidewinders. The left of the sprue has three more TER/Mk-82 combos. The right of the sprue has three AGM-65 Maverick triple launchers. This is a fairly odd inclusion as the Maverick was rarely carried on this launcher. A-10 used them infrequently during Desert Storm. F-16 are cleared to use them it wouldn’t be out of place on one in a Cold War game (lets face it, drag is the least of problems in that scenario!).

G – The Amnesty International sprue has more Cluster Bombs than is probably healthy (certainly for massed armor formations or schools). The left of the sprue has three MER loaded with six SUU dispensers apiece. The right has three TER carrying three apiece.

Still with me? Okay, that’s the Safetystick school of US ordnance over and done with for the moment. Hopefully it will help!

Price
£7 gets you all of the above. It’s a little pricey but there is probably about as much lead in the blister as a Chieftain pack so its not unfair, but probably ensures that this buy is strictly for those who really need their aircraft to look like they’re not just buzzing the local airshow. There is no equivalent that I’ve found so this is pretty much the only way of loading up.

Scale
Everything looks to scale relative to each other.

Mould Quality
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Detail of GBU-10. I’ve clipped the pylon off one of them and have yet to clean either to give an idea of mould quality.

Good. Mould lines were mostly easy to deal with and unobtrusive. A little flash, especially on the fins but easily cleaned. Detail, such as it is, is fairly crisp as to be expected of GHQ.

Form
The fact that I was able to identify all of the stores with little trouble probably suggests ‘good enough’!

Detail
There isn’t a huge amount of detail here, probably due to the relatively small size of the stores. The GBU-10 impressed me by having the seeker head modeled. The join between tail and warhead on the bombs was generally missing so would have to be painted on. At this scale I can’t say I was surprised and what is present is sufficient but the Chieftain’s crazy level of detail had maybe left me expecting access panels and levers to be present!

Conclusions
So, good detail, good form and plenty of options. All’s well?

No, not really.

Firstly, there are some woeful omissions here. The main one is the lack of single air to ground stores. The Mk-82, Cluster Bombs and Mavericks only come on multiple launchers which is ‘okay’ for Vietnam and the opening stages of Gulf War I but not really representative of later periods (where they could be painted as ‘smart’ versions i.e. Mk-82 = JDAM. SUU=WCMD) or even the practical realities of pylon and envelope limits in high intensity warfare (An F-16 carrying four TER is dead in the water if pounced by a couple of Russkie MiGs).
There are also no rocket pods, which is strange given how often they are used throughout late 20th century warfare. I made my own by cutting up the Sparrows (a bit small in diameter but the 1/285 scale on a 1/300 aircraft helps).

Secondly, despite being listed under NATO fixed wing on the site, the pack is exceptionally US orientated. This is okay for most forces that tend to use US kit but French and British players may wonder where the love is. I converted the GBU-10 into a reasonable facsimile of the stubbier UK 1000lb LGB
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Non-US aircraft like Jaguar and Harrier GR Mk.3 also tend to not use TER and MER making the multi-store carriers largely useless. I ended up giving most of mine to Mike to populate his H&R A-6 Intruders

So, final assessment. The quality of the contents is good, verging on great. This is a good pack to buy if you want to fit out some H&R/Skytrex US aircraft for high intensity warfare (Vietnam, Cold War, Gulf I). However, it’s not the pack for doing Falkland era Brits or Gulf era French as there will be a lot of wastage given the US focus of the contents.

Lee Parnell

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