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Pfalz D. XII by Wingnut Wings

Sun, 2019-01-13 20:27
I've built only a couple of WNW kits but they are excellent kits. The Pfalz kit is no exception. The decals are very easy to work with, the "fit" of the parts is exceptional, and the molding leaves no flash. WNW molded in the connection points for the turnbuckles. I purchased some Gas Patch turnbuckles (again, I've used them on other projects) and they are remarkable. I'll take a little break from models that require rigging, or at least as much rigging as the Pfalz, but my next WNW project will be a Sopwith Pup.

airbrush advice

Sun, 2019-01-13 12:07
For you airbrush experts.....what do you use to thin water?

New Review: Wellington Mk. Ia/c Landing flaps

Sun, 2019-01-13 09:28
IPMS/USA again thanks the Eduard team for sending us more of their prolific output targeted toward improving already great kits. Thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... This set for is for the Wellington Mk 1/b Flap and is the now-expected as a norm high-end upgrade to the 2018 release of the new-mold Airfix 1/72 Wellington 1a/c. I consider this an EXPERT level of detail, and I failed BUT read on... I primer painted the unpainted fret, in retrospect, not smart, as the superglue tended to not bond the paint as well as the actual metal. I don't have a good option here, as the glare and requirement to cover up the brass color will come up and require priming after the build. Sigh. Of course, if I had not kept having the tweezers wick up the superglue, then the problem would not be there. Maybe Gator glue would be a better option, as you can at least clean up a bit with water! read more View the full article

New Review: Landing gear for the Minicraft 1/144 DC-8

Sun, 2019-01-13 09:15
The Aircraft The DC-8 was Douglas' version of the Boeing 707. I reviewed Minicraft's DC-8-73 back in 2014. You can read the review of the kit here http://www.ipmsusa.org/reviews/Kits/Aircraft/minicraft_144_dc8/minicraft_144_dc8.htm Unfortunately, sitting on the shelf for 5 years has taken its toll on this model. It's still quite good looking, and when Phil Peterson, who manages the sending of review items, said there was a landing gear set available, I took it. When I picked up the model from the shelf to see how tough it would be to remove the original gear, one of the main gear legs fell off. OK, SAC to the rescue. read more View the full article

New Review: EA-18G "VAQ-141 Shadowhawks"

Sun, 2019-01-13 08:52
Background The Electronic Aircraft (EA) EA-18G Growler is a modified version of the F/A-18F Super Hornet that is used in a naval strike package to jam enemy radar to make the strike package virtually invisible. The EA-18G Growler had its first test flight in August 2006, the later entered service in the U.S. Navy in September 2009. Our Australian allies later adopted the Growler in March of 2015. This aircraft is also able to provide self-defense with AIM-120 medium range air to air missiles, along with the Super Hornet's speed and maneuverability. With this advanced technology, the Growler blinds the radar and the strike package is able to deliver its weapons with pinpoint accuracy with little or no resistance. In The Box read more View the full article

New Review: Roman Legionary Versus Carthaginian Warrior

Sat, 2019-01-12 23:39
History: Second Punic War 217-206 BC The peace that followed the First Punic War was shallow and fractious, with the resumption of hostilities in 218 BC- sparked by Carthaginian expansion in Iberia- seeing Rome suffer some of the worst defeats in its entire history. The Carthaginian army was a composite affair, primarily made up of a number of levies from Africa and around the Mediterranean, augmented by mercenaries and allies, and these troops crushed the Roman heavy-infantry maniples in a series of battles across Southern Europe. Improvements made to Rome's military, however, would see Roman revenge visited on Hannibal in full measure by Scipio, who would beat the Carthagians at their own game and bring the legions to the gates of Carthage itself. In this study, the epic battles at Lake Trasimene (217 BC), Cannae (216 BC) and Ilipa (206 BC) are explored in detail, supported by carefully chosen illustrations and specially commissioned full-color artwork and mapping. read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-21MF Interceptor Weapons Overtree

Sat, 2019-01-12 13:32
In conjunction with the release of its new 1/72 MiG-21 series, Eduard has released an Overtree set of the weapons sprue that is included with its new MiG-21MF kits. In looking at the weapons included on the sprue, I expect that this sprue has been designed to be a common sprue through-out all its planned MiG-21 kits. read more View the full article

A 2018 Review

Sat, 2019-01-12 13:31
Just gathered up all the info and despite finishing only 1 kit last Jan., and nothing in Feb., I came back and had a good year. Made a little collage. Thanks for looking.

Mini Hulk

Sat, 2019-01-12 13:20
This one came from DcDevitt Studios exclusively for member of his Patreon page who opted for a certain level. Troy does some outstanding work. Anyway here he is. First is the raw resin. Thanks for looking.

New Review: Otto Skorzeny: The Devil’s Disciple

Sat, 2019-01-12 12:45
Osprey Publications, the prolific publisher of books related to nearly every aspect of military history imaginable, has in recent years been branching out into more traditional history works. This work is a critical biography of Otto Skorzeny, the man who rescued Mussolini from captivity. The author, Stuart Smith, is a trained historian with a career in business. Using original records and a variety of sources, Stuart has put together a fascinating portrait of a man whose entire career was largely built on one exploit - rescuing Mussolini from captivity in 1943. As his actions in the post-war would indicate, he was also an unrepentant Nazi. read more View the full article

New Review: Pe-2 Peshka

Sat, 2019-01-12 12:33
As a little background, the Petlyakov Pe-2 was a Soviet light bomber used during World War II. Pe-2s were manufactured in greater numbers (11,427 built) during the war than any other twin-engined combat aircraft except for the German Junkers Ju-88 and British Vickers Wellington. read more View the full article

New Review: EA-18G “Pew Pew” Growlers

Sat, 2019-01-12 12:02
Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release has very interesting markings used by VAQ-209 with a "Star Wars" theme on the aircraft. A black/white Darth Vader helmet, the word "VADER" on the spine and VADER 1 on a black fuel tank are on the CAG aircraft. The line jets have a gray/white Darth Vader helmet on the tail. The sheets are printed perfectly without any print register errors. The small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. Stencils and other markings are included for the fuel tanks and jamming pods. There is one (front and back) color instructions sheet that clearly show placement of markings for the three subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied. read more View the full article

Revell 1/32nd scale Westland LYNX HAS.3

Sat, 2019-01-12 01:03
Tail rotor is done. Main rotor head is done. Painted all the bolts on both, sealed them, then applied a wash. Installed the rest of the avionics wiring on the back of the cockpit hood. All that left to do is bundle the individuals wires with black thread. I simply tie one knot, clip off the excess, then put a small drop of superglue on the knot to make sure it stays together. Same as before, put a drop of white glue on your fingertip. Pull the thread between two fingers to coat it with glue. Put it aside for about 5 minutes to dry. Glue takes all the fuzziness away, and adds stiffness to the thread. Tires are done. Seats are done. After I bundle the rest of the wiring, I'll attach the instrument panel. Next thing I'll do is paint the main rotor blades. I won't attach them until the very end of the project. After that, I'll start putting rivets on the tail boom, put PE on the inside halves of the main fuselage, then glue it all together. When everything is final sanded, and cleaned, I'll apply the rest of the rivets before I primer. One thing I did forget to mention about the 9th photo. Its a photo of 2 pieces of thread. The top piece is before glue, bottom is after.


Fri, 2019-01-11 10:59
The oldest continuous Regional convention in IPMS USA will be held on 12 and 13 April, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Express in Latham, New York ( just outside Albany). Hours are 12 Noon to 5 PM on Friday, the 12th and 9 AM to 5:30 PM on Saturday the 13th. Please google Noreastcon 2019 or IPMS Northeast New York for show details. You may also contact me directly with questions at <bpbittern@frontiernet.net>. Thank you. Regards, Nick Filippone, Convention Chairman.


Thu, 2019-01-10 17:29
All serious model builders have a Shelf of Woe. That shelf (or shelves) of unfinished models. I have about 50 uncompleted projects. How about the rest of you. Here are a few of mine. Dak

Invaders from Mars Monster

Wed, 2019-01-09 12:36
This kit represents the monster in the 1986 remake of Invaders from Mars. The monster is a short squatty man in suit costume that reminds me of the Pig Lizard from Galaxy Quest. This monster is another where the stage lighting was so dramatic, that you don't really know what color the monster was, that is, until I found this image - In the end I toned down all the red... The kit comes in 15 parts, plus a number of extra finger claws. The parts fit together pretty nicely. One thing of note was that the main body is hollow cast, and in some spots the wall of the model was so thin, that it was easy to put a took thru it. I actually poked a hole in one spot where the leg belongs. What I should have done was give it a shot of spray foam into that hole, but didn't think of it. In the end I used 5 minute epoxy to get the arms, legs, little claw "hand" and the death ray eye - or whatever it's called. To get the claws on, the tips of the fingers needed a little sanding. The first claw is on. Thankfully there's only 5 more...

New Review: North American P-51 Mustang Pt.3 Decals

Tue, 2019-01-08 23:23
Lifelike is one of leaders in aviation decals with a unique variety of markings, usually hard to find subjects. This set covers one subject but six variants. I did not have a clue there were this many renditions of "Big Beautiful Doll" (BBD). Three restored P-51D Mustangs sported BBD markings over the years following WWII. Tragically two of these crashed recently, with one in 2011 where the pilot bailed out successfully after colliding with an A-1 Skyraider at Duxford England. The second crash in Arizona resulted in two fatalities in 2016. The six subjects, all markings worn during WWII and flown by John D. Landers and two airframes include: read more View the full article

New Review: Tru Color Paint Modern Radar Dispersers

Tue, 2019-01-08 22:20
If you are looking for some unique paints that are solvent based for your latest U.S. Air Force F-22 or F-35, Tru Color Paints has released some Modern Radar Dispersers to help you. The paints have a metallic flake added that only appears once brushed or airbrushed onto the model. The paint is advertised as being able to be airbrushed out of the bottle at 28 to 35 psig, but I added about 30% of their thinner (product TCP-015) in order to airbrush at 18 psig, which is where I usually work, even at this pressure, the metal flakes seem to go everywhere. read more View the full article

New Review: The Sterling Submachine Gun

Tue, 2019-01-08 21:06
Matthew Moss is a British author and historian specializing in small arms development, military history, and current defense affairs. Matthew has degrees from the Universities of Liverpool and Chester and has contributed to publications in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He runs the website Historical Firearms (http://www.historicalfirearms.info/#_=_), a blog that explores the history, development, and use of firearms. He co-founded the Armourer's Bench with Vic Tuff (https://www.facebook.com/armourersbench, https://armourersbench.com,) a multi-media exploration of historic small arms. Matthew has contributed to a number of print and online publications including magazines such as Small Arms Review, Popular Mechanics, The Armourer read more View the full article

New Review: I.A.R. 81 BoPi “Dive Bomber”

Tue, 2019-01-08 20:57
The IAR-80 is the best-known production fighter to come out of the Romanian plant during WW2 and has always had a certain fascination for me. Developed in the 1930s as the Rumanian Air Force was working valiantly to get into the arms race then taking place in Europe, the IAR-80 featured a license-built Gnome-Rhone 14K engine and some various bits and pieces purchased from other countries, including the machine gun armament. Despite the comparative lack of experience in such design work, the IAR-80 proved to be a relatively modern and well-thought-out design, although some fixes needed to be included during its design life, including external bracing for the rear fuselage, which had a tendency to twist during high-speed turns. read more View the full article