- ARRSE Rating
- 3 Mushroom Heads
Recently, a friend of mine gave me a couple of models by Ace Models of Ukraine. At first I thought, "who are these guys", I'd never heard of them! Apparently, they've been kicking around the old Eastern bloc countries for several years until the separation of the old USSR. Since then, they have hit the mainstream market with models in 1/72 and 1/48 scales and took off!
Their standard models are made in injection moulded plastic, but recently they have also brought out a range of aftermarket kits in photo-etched brass and some cast resin accessories. The PE parts are fair but the resin stuff needs a lot of cleaning.
the 8HP Tourer.
The standard of these models is very good, but care needs to be taken when fitting parts as they are very well detailed and there are some tiny little parts. The instructions are black and white line drawings including two or three paint schemes for each kit. Decals are provided but are limited and finished quality is debatable. The one good thing about the decals are they are of obscure Headquarters units, so not all bad.
The kits are moulded onto two or three numbered sprues per kit, a little reminiscent of the earlier Airfix kits. There are plenty of mould lines and flash, which needs cleaning off, plus there are the almost obligatory mould release pin marks on the underside of most panels. There are also a few sink holes in some of the larger parts.
All in all, a good model producer with some interesting kits in the pipeline.
I would rate them 3 out of 5
Check out WWW.acemodels.com.ua/en for catalogue.