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Stumped pls look

4 hours 47 min ago
I came across this in my parts box and always meant to research. Can’t find a thing. Some kind of reverse Trike like a Can Am or something, but the steering levers are like those on the kid’s vintage Green Machine toy. Looks like modern production, poss Japanese? Any ideas? Tks!

The Reading Room

9 hours 35 min ago
This mini has been in my pile so long, I don't remember where it came from, or even why I bought this. Hmm... :? He comes in two parts the dragon and the egg. I scratch built the base and rocks with foam, and extra long static grass for the nest. Thanks for looking.

Valleycon 29 in Chicopee MA 31 March

13 hours 23 min ago
Wings & Wheels Modelers, presents Valleycon 29 on 31 March 2019 at the Knights of Columbus Hall 460 Granby Road in Chicopee. Doors open to the public at 9:00 am. We will have 69 vendor tables including Craftec Hobbies, Deerfield River Laser, Farina Enterprises, Gundam Galaxy, The Hobby Bunker, HobbyWorld USA, Time Machine Hobbies, Tru North Paints and Turn 4 Hobbies as well as almost 20 individual vendors We feature traditional IPMS style judging for the automotive and aircraft categories. All other categories are judged in the Open System. Our 31 classes include military vehicles, aircraft, automotive subjects, figures, ships, science fiction, and diorama. Two classes are reserved for juniors under 16. We are bringing back our popular Gundam class. This year divided into basic and advanced builds. Our huge raffle with models, reference material and surprise items returns, of course. Contest forms can be found at [url=http://www.wwmodelclub.org/show_pages/forms.htm] contest forms[/url]. Entrants presenting prefilled forms receive a free raffle ticket. Admission is $5.00 for the first three entries. Additional entries are $2.00 each up to $15 (8 entries) after which additional entries are at no additional cost. . Children under 17 get in for free and may enter unlimited models at no cost. Parking is free and lunch is available for purchase from the K of C. For more information contact Al LaFleche at 413-306-1270 or ajlafleche@comcast.net.

New Review: SAC Spitfire Mk I Landing Gear

21 hours 36 min ago
Contents Description The main landing gear is a single casting similar to the kit's plastic molded part, and the tail wheel is also included. I found a mold seam on the tail wheel and on one leg on the main gear. Both should be easily removed. Both parts appear to be a one-on-one replacement for the plastic kit parts. No fuss, no muss! I decided to paint the metal parts just for fun and to see the detail once painted and weathered. I started with Alclad black micro filler primer, and allowed that to cure for a day. Next I applied a coat of Alclad dull aluminum. A pin wash of burnt umber oil paint was applied, followed by Testors chrome silver on the oleos. What a difference a coat of paint makes! If you require a more sturdy landing gear for your new Tamiya Spitfire this is the set you should consider. read more View the full article

New Review: OKB Grigorov Pz Kpfw IV Return Rollers Type I

21 hours 59 min ago
Additional information is available on Facebook--https://www.facebook.com/OKBGrigorov/ Background OKB Grigorov is a scale model manufacturer based in Bulgaria. The business was established in 2003. Their main goal since then is to provide quality models and accessories with the maximum amount of details. The product line includes several 1/72th scale armour kits along with separate photoetch sets, brass gun barrel and idlers. Also, they offer 1/72 and 1/35 resin armor accessories, 1/350 and 1/700 scale naval accessories, 1/72, 1/48, 1/35 and 1/350 resin and PE AFV sets. Also include is a line of 1/72 scale military weapons. Their product line continues to grow. Contents Description read more View the full article

New Review: OKB Grigorov Pz Kpfw IV Return Rollers Type I

22 hours 1 min ago
Additional information is available on Facebook--https://www.facebook.com/OKBGrigorov/ Background OKB Grigorov is a scale model manufacturer based in Bulgaria. The business was established in 2003. Their main goal since then is to provide quality models and accessories with the maximum amount of details. The product line includes several 1/72th scale armour kits along with separate photoetch sets, brass gun barrel and idlers. Also, they offer 1/72 and 1/35 resin armor accessories, 1/350 and 1/700 scale naval accessories, 1/72, 1/48, 1/35 and 1/350 resin and PE AFV sets. Also include is a line of 1/72 scale military weapons. Their product line continues to grow. Contents Description read more View the full article

The Duke's Armor Finished in March

Sun, 2019-03-17 20:39
It's now halfway through March and I'm finally able to post something finished. These are my two latest finished armor models . This first one is of the Military Wheels 1/72 scale Soviet SG-122. It's a 122mm cannon mounted on a PzIII chassis and hull and covered with a casemate. It was a stopgap project that only had a bout a hundred or so built before the SU-122 was accepted: The next one is the Trumpeter 1/72 scale Russian SA-6 Gainful. I made this as an East German machine that was repainted with the West German insignia after the German re-unification: My apologies for the poor pics. These look better in person. Well, that's all I have completed so far. Stay tuned, I have more to come.

New Review: Imperial Japanese Navy Pilot

Sun, 2019-03-17 17:24
PJ Production is a Belgian company that is self-described as a company who specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at amateurs of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. read more View the full article

New Review: Bf 109G-10 Mtt Regensburg OVERTREES

Sun, 2019-03-17 10:52
Eduard releases a ProfiPACK of a new kit with all the bells and whistles and at the same time, they release an OVERTREE kit with no bells or whistles. An Overtree is for people like me who have a lot of decals and don't mind not having the pre-painted fret or the masks. Now those things are available separately. Personally, I like the pre-painted photo etch and the masks and since I have a bunch of decals, including leftovers from the ProfiPACK, that I don't mind. Even the box is devoid of anything that belies the beauty inside the plain white cardboard box. It just has an end sticker. read more View the full article

New Review: Bf 109G-10 Mtt Regensburg Photo-etch

Sun, 2019-03-17 10:30
There are some things that just look better in scale thinness. Eduard agrees and produces a set for their new Bf-109G-10. This set is packaged in the standard Eduard resealable package. The contents are protected by some card stock. One fret of photo-etch is included in nickel plated brass. The parts that are very visible are the landing gear doors and flaps. Both of which will look better in brass than plastic. The one thing that I think is essential is the wheel wells shroud, which has the cutouts that are on the real plane, not like the kit parts which hints at the cutouts. There are some other things like a fuselage access hatch, strap for the drop tank and the landing gear plumbing. read more View the full article

New Review: Bf 109G-10 WNF PE-set

Sun, 2019-03-17 10:13
The Eduard OVERTREE and Weekend Edition kits are really nice kits, but I think they benefit from having the pre-painted photo etch in the model. I personally love the pre-painted photo-etch. There is detail printed on them that I could never be able to replicate with a paint brush. Packaged in the typical resealable package with a card stock protective backing is one fret of pre-painted PE. This single fret contains many essential interior parts but the biggest impact would have to be from the seatbelts, shoulder harness, and the instrument panel. Besides these key parts, there are photo etch deflectors for the engine exhausts, as well as, some other panels and rudder pedals. These parts are all important. There are oil cooler faces as well. Personally, I don't use them as I like the way that the kit parts look, but that is up to the modeler. read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-21MF Interceptor ProfiPack

Sun, 2019-03-17 08:58
Last summer Eduard released the first of its 1/72 MiG-21 kits. The kit depicts the MiG-21MF (NATO reporting name - "Fishbed J") aircraft that were built at the Gorky factory. These aircraft were primarily exported to the German Democratic Republic, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. Some of these aircraft were subsequently re-sold or passed on to other countries, such as Mali which acquired several aircraft from the Czech Air Force. According to Eduard's instruction sheet, production only ran for two years before being closed, so only a limited number were actually built. read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-21MF Stencils

Sun, 2019-03-17 08:41
When Eduard released its first 1/72 MiG-21MF kit last summer, it continued its recent trend of splitting the decals into two separate sheets, one with the unique markings for the aircraft depicted in the kit, the other being a full sheet of stencils. This method not only simplifies the decal printing process when Eduard decides to release additional boxings of the kit with new markings, but it also allows Eduard to release the stencil sheet as a stand-alone decal sheet. The sheet provides complete, and I mean complete, stencils for at least two models, depending on whose aircraft you are building. This is due to the fact that on some MiG-21MFs most of the airframe stencils are done in black, while on other aircraft, they are in blue, and others have almost no stencils at all. You will need to check your references to see which color you need. The decal sheet provides a full set in each color so you can do decal one with black stencils and one with blue ones. There are also a number of stencils in red which seem to be common to both stencil styles and there are enough of these for two aircraft as well. read more View the full article

New Review: Spitfire IX: The Longest Day - Dual Combo Limited Edition

Sun, 2019-03-17 08:29
This lovely boxing of a Limited Edition kit includes parts for two complete Mk.IX's (a "c" variant and an "e" variant) and decals for 6 different aircraft, specifically: Spitfire Mk.IXc, ML214, No. 126 Squadron RAF, Harrowbeer Air Base, June 6th, 1944 Spitfire Mk.IXc, MK924, flown by F/Sgt Michal Murayda, No. 302 Squadron, Chailey, June 1944 Spitfire Mk.IXc, MK892, flown by F/Lt. C. H. Lazenby, No. 222 Squadron RAF, Normandy, June 10th, 1944 Spitfire Mk.IXc, MH819, No. 310 Squadron, Appledram Air Base, mid-June 1944 Spitfire LF Mk.IXe, PL124, No. 312 Squadron RAF, June 1944 Spitfire Mk.IXe, MK329, flown by W/Cdr J. E. Johnson, CO of No. 144 Wing, June 1944 Also included is an extensive set of stenciling, enough for two complete aircraft. read more View the full article

New Review: B-25 Mitchell Units of the CBI

Sat, 2019-03-16 16:06
Osprey Publishing continues to expand its "Combat Aircraft" series, this time with an installment on the B-25 Mitchel Units in the CBI. Like all the other books in this series, you can expect lots of period pictures, color profiles highlighting markings and main camouflages with excellent and detailed research. The book is broken down in chronological order, which sort of follows a geographical order as the priorities in the CBI front shifted between India, Burma, and China. These are the chapters and subsections on the book: read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-25RB/RBT

Sat, 2019-03-16 15:54
Brief History The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25, NATO reporting name Foxbat, is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft that was among the fastest military aircraft to enter service. It was designed by the Soviet Union's Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau and is one of the few combat aircraft built primarily using stainless steel. It was the last plane designed by Mikhail Gurevich before his retirement. read more View the full article

New Review: U.S. Army Field Safe

Sat, 2019-03-16 15:32
Hauler produces photo-etched and resin upgrade sets for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, and dioramas. They also produce a few resin kits. Their products are in most of the common scale sizes, 1/72, 1/48, and 1/35, but they also produce a number of other items in common railroad hobbyist scales. read more View the full article

New Review: Operation Linebacker I 1972

Sat, 2019-03-16 15:21
The Air Campaign Series from Osprey Publishing covers several operations from World War II in the European (Battle of Britain, Operation Crossbow and Sink The Tirpitz) and Pacific (Rabaul) Theaters, as well as operations during the Vietnam War (Rolling Thunder, Linebacker I and Linebacker II). read more View the full article

New Review: Treaty Cruisers. The First International Warship Building Competition

Sat, 2019-03-16 10:21
Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy! This book is also available in a hardback version (302 pages) priced at $55.00. Casemate Publishers has reprinted a definitive review of the so-called "Treaty Cruisers" by Leo Marriot. The author has a long list of military books to his credit, focusing on WW2 ground actions and WW2 to modern naval subjects, including this title. He is known for an excellent book on the Titanic and The Universe, with illustrated views from the Hubble Space Telescope. You get a 9.25 X 6 inches size paperback book with three Parts, 14 Chapters and four Appendices. Although the covers have a red tint, the book is completely B&W (no color) inside. The small print text is interspersed with B&W photos of ships, most of which are seen elsewhere, but there are a few rare ones. There are also small line drawings of profiles of ships. But mostly, this book is crammed full of text. read more View the full article

New Review: How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car

Sat, 2019-03-16 10:09
Veloce Publishing has issued a number of books in their SpeedPro Series that illustrates practical automotive performance tips and advice. This softcover book conations 96 pages of honest and engaging information on "How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car." It is first and foremost a primer that shows you how to enter the field of long-distance endurance racing on a budget but it also has information and close-up photos of the kinds of modifications that can be used to recreate an authentic replica of those spartan race cars in scale. The book is British-centric and many of the automotive terms like bonnet and windscreen (just as the races are) are prevalent but are easily understood from context so it's still a pretty easy read. If you are seriously looking to get into the sport this book is a great place to start. Advice begins with an Austin Allegro project car. It describes in detail the modifications performed on the car for racing and optional products that will fit other budgetary considerations. read more View the full article