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IPMS/USA Forum - 3 hours 27 min ago
I have yet to use some 3D printer plastic that I purchased from Shapeways. So 1/48 details for aircraft and some 1/350 details for US aircraft carrier hanger bays. What type of glue would be recommended. I do not thick the plastic is styrene? So, CA glue should probably be used. To those who are not aware of this site, Shapeways sells items produced on 3D printers. The sites has all kinds of items for sale. For example, when in the site, type 1/48 for the search. Just bought this tonight.

Inside of F-16 exhaust nozzle

IPMS/USA Forum - Sun, 2018-04-22 23:45
I have a question. I have a 1/48 scale F-16 that I plan on someday to build. I noticed that F-16s and other jets have a whitish color on the inside of the nozzle. How should I paint the inside of the nozzle to reproduce this color? Dry brush with white paint?

New Review: Mitsubishi A5M Decals - Part 1 and Part 3

IPMS/USA Forum - Sun, 2018-04-22 08:21
Links to Specific Decals Part 1- 48-053 http://www.lifelikedecals.sakura.ne.jp/48053.htm Part 3- 48-055 http://www.lifelikedecals.sakura.ne.jp/480553.htm Last year we modelers were pleasantly surprised (at least I was) to get not one, but two companies offering new-mold 1/48 scale A5M Claudes (in multiple variants no less). With the models from Fine Molds and Wingsy Kits both receiving admirable reviews, it is great to see that Lifelike Decals has issued 3 decal sheets that work with either kit. This is a review of 2 of the three, #48-053 (Part 1) and #48-055 (Part 3) Once again, Lifelike has come up with an extremely high-quality product. Each package has full-color placement guides, and multiple sheets of decals (2 in Part 1, and 3 in Part 3). All are printed by Microscale and are to their typically high standard. Glossy finish, minimal carrier, and thin. Between these two sheets, the modeler has no less than 25 schemes to choose from! And Part 2 offers another 13 schemes! read more View the full article

Wings Pallet

IPMS/USA Forum - Sat, 2018-04-21 10:18
This may be old news. I was surfing the web the other day looking for some interesting aircraft camoflauge schemes. Came across a web site called "Wings Palette". The site says it has 1,000s of aircraft from every nation / era One drawback is only the profiles are shown(akin to the old MPC profile box tops). The URL looks like the site is from Russia. I am typing on my smart TV, so I cannot copy/paste the link. Just type wings palette for the google search.

1 new photo (April 21)

IPMS/USA Gallery - Sat, 2018-04-21 06:54
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electronic registration

IPMS/USA Forum - Fri, 2018-04-20 22:52
Sorry to start a new thread for this but I didn't get a reply yet on the registration thread. I have registered electronically and was wondering two things. Will I get any confirmation, either electronic or hard copy, other than my receipt from the web site or paypal? Second, is there any way I can confirm my personal information on that registration? Thanks

New Review: USS Missouri BB-63

IPMS/USA Forum - Fri, 2018-04-20 08:44
History: USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") Academy 1/700 USS Missouri Kit: The kit is produced by Academy, a well-known company who is known for producing quality mid range priced model kits. The box art work in outstanding and shows the USS Missouri at sea. The kit can be built in her WW2 and Korean War configuration. There are no modern weapons provided with this kit for the Desert Storm configuration. This kit belongs to Academy's 1/700 "Modelers Edition". read more View the full article

1/48 Academy F-4B

IPMS/USA Forum - Fri, 2018-04-20 05:32
Starting on Academy's 1/48 F-4B with VF-111 scheme. I am also using Eduard's Cockpit detail set, Eduard's Brassin resin seats, and Eduard's Brassin exhaust cans. The cockpit tub is done and now working on the seats. The seats have over 44 parts themselves! So far all is going good. Only thing I don't like at the moment is the nose gear door link is very fragile and installs early. It is now pinned as it breaks easily. You can see and follow the build on my blog at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-academy-f-4b-vf-111/

New Review: Eduard F-8E Upgrade Set

IPMS/USA Forum - Thu, 2018-04-19 11:23
Review Eduard Models has released a nifty photoetch set to upgrade the -already very nice- Hasegawa F-8E Crusader. This fret is of the no pre-painted style and that is good, because you want to paint the detailed parts and the PE parts at the same time. The fret includes replacement engine exhaust "feathers" and actuators. Installing this part requires removing existing plastic from the original part, and you will need to bend a metal part to a circular shape. You might want to consider getting a piece of pipe or rod to be a template to shape the part to a circular form. Other parts in the fret are meant to detail the landing gear struts and the landing gear well. Either by adding brake lines to the struts, or just general detail to the landing gear well and landing gear well covers. Finally, a horseshoe shaped part is provided for the armored windscreen. It would suggest attaching that part using Future -rather than superglue- as to avoid fogging the clear part. read more View the full article

New Review: Academy Bf-109G JG 27

IPMS/USA Forum - Thu, 2018-04-19 11:10
Review Academy Models has re-released a well-known Bf-109G2/G6. I said well-known because it has been released in the past, at least, under the HobbyCraft brand. They might have been other boxings too. When you open the box, you find 3 main sprues plus two small sprues with the clear parts. You get about 85 parts. Many of the parts are unused or optional meaning this is a simple build and you get lots of extra parts for the spares box. Not a bad thing at all. I believe the molds date to the mid-1990s and they do hold well. No flash anywhere to be found and the recessed panel lines are small and crisp. The overall surface detail is adequate for the vintage of the molds. A highlight of this boxing is the decal sheet (printed by Cartograph) and it includes a total of 8 markings, covering only Luftwaffe airplanes while deployed in Greece, Italy, North Africa, Russia and in Defense of the Reich duties. read more View the full article

Aircraft Recognition Lights

IPMS/USA Forum - Wed, 2018-04-18 05:22
Many aircraft have lights. On WWII aircraft they used a series of lights for night time recognition and many have various lights for formation flying at night. Many times these are represented on models as mold lines or molded in the plastic. I came up with a tutorial on how to make these more realistic using Acrylic Gel Medium and Tamiya clear paints. You can see the tutorial on my website at https://davidsscalemodels.com/tips-and-tricks/recognition-lights/ Here are some pictures to see how they look:

New Review: E-2C Hawkeye 2000 "VAW-115 Sayonara" Limited Edition

IPMS/USA Forum - Tue, 2018-04-17 19:58
Hasegawa has recently released a limited edition E-2C Hawkeye "Sayonara Atsugi" featuring two marking options: US Navy ACCLOGWING VAW-115 "Liberty Bells" Code: NF600 (166505) Atsugi A.B. June 1, 2017 US Navy USS Ronald Reagan VAW-115 "Liberty Bells" CVW-5 CAG Code: NF600 (166505) Atsugi A.B. May 2017 The marking options are of the same plane, just a few changes in terms of paint over a period of time. The E-2C Hawkeye 2000 is the fifth generation production E-2C Hawkeye and incorporates significant enhancements in data management, system throughput, operator interfaces, connectivity, and situational awareness to support the Navy's evolving Theater Air and Missile Defense mission. With its massive rotodome, it can see for hundreds of miles and is truly the "eye in the sky." The Build read more View the full article

New Review: SSN-578 “Skate”

IPMS/USA Forum - Tue, 2018-04-17 19:34
A recent addition to the IPMS Review Corps suppliers is Mikro-Mir, whose kits remind me of what I am used to seeing with limited production manufacturers. This is not a negative comment, but more of a heads up that some building experience is required to end up with a nice finished model at the end of construction. The overall assembly of this kit was fast with only 24 plastic parts, and the 11-photoetch items that I utilized. Modelers with some experience will enjoy this kit, which can be used to represent any of the four boats of the Skate-class (Skate, Swordfish, Sargo, and Seadragon). read more View the full article

New Review: Panzer DNA

IPMS/USA Forum - Tue, 2018-04-17 19:05
This book, published by AMMO by Mig Jimenez SL, is a guide to the subject of colors and markings of German military vehicles and units. The books stated attempt is to bring order to the complex and partly unknown topics, and to provide clarity to all of the information available on the Internet. The book is divided into chapters that deal with the main themes separately Chapter 1, The Ballenkreuz Describes the beginnings, evolution, implementation, and use of the straight-armed cross used on almost all German vehicles. Colored illustrations of variations in the cross and black & white photographs are used to illustrate examples. Chapter 2 Composition of Military Units. Explains the tactical symbols and hierarchy of military units. A color chart illustrates the Waffenfarbe (arm colors) used to differentiate troops. Chapter 3 Markings. read more View the full article

New Review: From A Porsche 962C Limited Edition

IPMS/USA Forum - Tue, 2018-04-17 18:48
Summary: After the Porsche 956 was banned from competition in the IMSA GTP in 1981 on safety grounds because the driver's feet were ahead of the front axle centerline, Porsche made modifications to the vehicle to make it eligible for competition. The 962 debuted at the 1984 24 Hours of Daytona with Mario and Michael Andretti driving. It lead the race until lap 127 when it encountered engine and gearbox problems. These problems were worked through and it had a lot of success from 1984-1993. A total of 91 962s would be produced between 1984 and 1991, with its final victory occurring at the 1993 IMSA GTP Championship. Kit Contents: The kit consists of a total of around 70 parts on two main black sprues; a clear sprue; several sprues with wheel parts; a rubber sprue with 4 tires; two sheets of decals, one large one with the decals for the car, and the other smaller one with two decals per tire; and an 8 page instruction sheet. The Instructions: read more View the full article