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New Review: Osprey Warship 2018

Sun, 2018-06-17 10:38
Thank you Osprey Publishing for providing a review copy of their new ship's annual! I first thought that Osprey was publishing a new series, but in fact, Osprey is continuing the Conway imprint of naval and military books, which is excellent news. As always, I truly appreciate all those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, whose work is critical to sharing new and exciting modeling and historical products with the world. Overview Warship 2018 is part of an annual series and follows historical event anniversaries, new analysis of naval engagements, intriguing operations, and more general ship topics. Each of the 11 chapters is a stand-alone study, accompanied by abundant images, drawings and data. All writing styles are slightly different, but each is appropriate and engaging for the chapter topic. Content coverage read more View the full article

Trumpeter 1/48 Vampire FB MK 9

Sun, 2018-06-17 06:30
The next build is a de Havilland Vampire jet of the RAF. It was the second jet to be flown by the RAF. It did not become operational until after World War II in 1946, but had a successful history with the RAF until the late 1950’s. I am using the Trumpeter kit with the Eduard detail set. More photos in the build log at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-vampire-fb-mk-9/

NHRA Super Comp Dragster

Sat, 2018-06-16 21:19
Another completed build that was started over a year ago. It's an NHRA class Super Comp dragster build using a Revell top fuel kit as the base. The body and chassis has been shortened to better represent the dimensions on a super comp car. The graphics are fictitious in nature and were created on my home computer and transferred to decal film. The scoop is a resin piece that I created the master for using Renshape. And, the engine, interior and chassis is loaded with added details for wiring, plumbing, etc. If you go to my Fotki link you can see the entire buildup in pics. which also shows the change in graphics after a failure in clear coat application. http://public.fotki.com/1320wayne/my-drag-models/sportsman-cars/super-comp-dragster/

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Sat, 2018-06-16 18:16
Hi I have tried to contact via email ref pin badges but it is not working can you drop me a line david@sampublications.com Ta D

New Review: USAF Fighter Pilot with ejection seat for F-5E

Sat, 2018-06-16 10:23
If you are looking to add a figure to your F-5 Freedom Fighter, you may want to investigate the latest offering from the Aires Aerobonus line. The figure is posed in his ejection seat with his hands resting on the throttle and stick. With a little care in removing the parts from the pour plug, and some painting, this figure is an easy addition for most modelers to place in their aircraft. The packaging for this figure is simple with a clear plastic bag containing the ejection seat and majority of the body of the pilot (the arms and head are separate) as well as a folded sheet of paper that provides drawings of the assembled figure as well as painting recommendations. The build was quick and easy, as the arms and head are set into position without issue. read more View the full article

New Review: T-60 Early Series. Soviet Light Tank Interior Kit

Sat, 2018-06-16 10:09
The T-60 was a light tank designed for scout and reconnaissance missions that was rushed into production a month after the start of Operation Barbarossa. Over a two-year period, approximately 7,000 of these vehicles were built. The T-60 scout tank was lightly armored, lightly armed with a 20mm canon a a machine gun, that was roundly hated by the two-man crews who operated it. The light armor, less than effective gun and poor engine performance lead to its operators naming it the "brother's grave for two". Although it was intended to be a support or reconnaissance vehicle, it often matched up against more superior German armor where it fared very poorly. Until factories could be equipped to produce the T-34, Soviet production continued and efforts were made to upgrade the firepower to a 37mm cannon, but these plans were scraped due to a lack in ammunition, and eventually, the armament upgrades were incorporated into the T-70. read more View the full article

Detailing sets of Metallic Details

Fri, 2018-06-15 03:36
Selling the last released detailing sets of Metallic Details: Detailing set for aircraft model Airbus A380 (Revell) in scale 1/144 - $27.00 Set contains 3 photoetching boards (more than 90 parts) for detailing the exterior of the aircraft. Detailing set for aircraft model Embraer 195 (Revell) in scale 1/144 - $8.00 Set contains photoetching board 52*73 mm (40 parts) for detailing the exterior of the aircraft. Aircraft Recovery Crane NS60 in scale 1/144 - $35.00 The kit contains parts for building one crane: - 31 resin parts; - transparent film for the immitation of glasses; - thread for simulating cables; - photoetching board 110*100 mm (30 parts). The telephone box Kiosk No.2 in scale 1/35 - $35.00 The kit contains parts for building one telephone box: -13 resin parts; - transparent film for simulating glass; - two photoetching boards 94*143 mm and 37*28 mm (more than 30 parts); - film for the imitation of the mirror and the framework of information stands; - 3 variants of color posters of information stands.

New Review: Tidal Wave - From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay

Fri, 2018-06-15 01:39
Introduction In Tidal Wave from Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay, Thomas McKelvey Cleaver offers a deep analysis of the political and strategic situation in the last months of the Pacific War, interwoven with engaging accounts of kamikaze raids and aerial combat. He explains how the last months of the Pacific campaign constantly challenged the crews of the US Navy ships, whose pilots conducted continual bombing missions and aerial skirmishes, how the success or failure of the ship's gunners spelled life or death for their vessels, and how the commanders had to protect their ships from the worst ravages of the Pacific Typhoons. The Author read more View the full article

New Review: Quickboost - 1/32 Fw-190D-9 Correct Cowling – QB 32-186

Fri, 2018-06-15 00:20
Quickboost, an Aires Resin division, continues to produce quick and simple resin upgrades for a wide variety of subjects. The detail parts are crisply cast and often add to or correct kit items. read more View the full article

Vindicator by Accu Mini

Thu, 2018-06-14 14:53
Just completed the SB2U-3 by Accurate Miniatures. Great detail, with a few "issues", but the end result is worth the small amount of trouble.

New Review: Mitsubishi A5M Part 2 Decals

Thu, 2018-06-14 08:46
The A5M "Claude" known internally to Mitsubishi as the KA-14 and formally as the Navy Type 96 Navy Carrier-based Fighter was the first all metal monoplane to enter service as carrier-based aircraft. The Claude is the direct predecessor to the A6M "Zero" and did see combat through the beginning of the Second World War but had been pretty much removed from combat by 1942. Late in the war a few were even used as kamikaze aircraft. There are a few 1/48 A5M Claude kits on the market in 1/48 scale with the most prominent player at the moment being the new tool Fine Molds kits. Other Claude kits in 1/48 scale include the Wingsy, an old tool Fine Molds A5M, Eagles Talon (vacuform) and an Classic Airframes kit. Thankfully Lifelike has come to the rescue with a timely re-release of their A5M Part 2 Decal set that will make a nice addition to your Claude no matter which kit you build. I should mention that Lifelike recommends the Fine Molds or Wingsy kits as they are still in production. Note: Decals are for either the A5M4 or A5M2b variants of the Claude. read more View the full article

New Review: U-295 type U-VIIC/41 + “Biber” German Submarine

Thu, 2018-06-14 01:21
If you are looking for a unique addition to your WWII U-boat collection, let me direct your attention to the kits of Mirage Hobby. In one of their latest releases, the company offers a Type VIIC boat equipped with a pair of Biber mini subs, each carrying a pair of torpedoes. Shying away from the typical 1/700 and 1/350 scales for ships, Mirage Hobby offers this and several other submarines molded in 1/400 scale. Modelers with some experience with small parts will have no issues with the construction of this kit. read more View the full article

New Review: Consolidated PB4Y-1/1P Liberator

Thu, 2018-06-14 00:55
This book covers the PB4Y-1/1P Liberator in US Naval service. Armed with the success of land based bombers used by the USAAC anti-submarine command in the Atlantic along with RAF Coastal Command on the other side of the Atlantic, the Navy went to the AAC to ask for a share of the B-24 production. This was granted in return for the Navy canceling orders for the Boeing PBB Sea Ranger thus freeing up that production capacity for B-29s. Ginter books are well known in both the modeling and aviation community for their in-depth photo coverage and history of the title subject. This book on the PB4Y-1 , number 105 in the Naval Fighters series, lives up to the sterling reputation established by all of the previous volumes. It is a great companion volume to the one on the PB4Y-2! read more View the full article

Dragon "styrene" Tracks: NEVER again!

Wed, 2018-06-13 16:08
This morning I removed one of my Dragon Panther models form the shelf to dust it and one of my fingers barely touched the L/H track, which simply disintegrated into many tiny pieces--like dropping an egg on the floor. I had completed this kit less than a year ago. After gluing it together, I kept it in a cardboard box for a couple of months before painting. During that time, the tracks leeched out an amazing amount of oil (of some kind) that soaked the box, and even after I had removed the model from the box, the tracks continued to leech out oil on the shelf until I painted them (with Tamiya acrylics). Obviously, whatever that oil was, it was what made the tracks flexible, because now they are completely dried out and as brittle and fragile as a dead leaf. Luckily I have a spare set of Magic Track to replace the styrene tracks, but IMHO, I should NOT have to do that. My purpose in posting this is to primarily relate what happened to me in the hope that others may avoid a similar experience. For the most part, I like Dragon kits--I just hate those yellow styrene tracks though. This is the second set that has self-destructed on me.NOTE TO DRAGON: I will never buy another of your kits that contains the "Dragon Styrene" tracks. They are your worst invention ever. Plus, all the Dragon kits in my stash that currently contain your styrene tracks will be disposed of. If you wish to keep me as a customer, bring back the Magic Tracks, or develop a new formula for one-piece track plastic. I would much prefer gluing those individual links together than repeat the disaster that occurred this morning. You should be ashamed.

Can anyone help PIN Badges

Tue, 2018-06-12 19:32
Hi Guys I am travelling from the UK for my Fourth US Nationals this year and I am hoping some members may be able to help me. My wife accidentally threw away the lanyard that had my pin badges on from Omaha 2017, Columbia 2016 and Norfolk 2014. If anyone has a spare pin badge from any of these shows I would love to swap a SAM Publications datafile of your choice for it at Phoenix next month. David

Exclusive - IPMS/USA National Members-only discount for Micro-Mark

Tue, 2018-06-12 12:17
IPMS/USA members: Please see the members-only section for information about a new discount offer resulting from a partnership we've made with Micro-Mark. John Noack First Vice President

Siberian Meeting of Modelists Barnaul 22-23-September 2018

Tue, 2018-06-12 08:29
September 22-23, 2018. Barnaul club bench model "Plastmaster" takes in their model embraces all the modelers to participate in the rally and competition. In this topic, we will keep in touch with all stakeholders. Let's talk about the upcoming events, the partners of the Rally and the Competition.

New Review: FW-190A-5/8, R-2/8, F-8 Landing gear

Mon, 2018-06-11 19:47
This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the Eduard 1/72 Fw 190A-5/8, R-2/8, F-8 aircraft. The white metal parts are very good and have more defined details than the original kit parts. They are a very good replacement for the already well-detailed kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts. The parts are well cast; you do need to sand off the few cast seams and metal pour points. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were easy to assemble. A couple of the parts were a little bent, but very easy to fix. I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well-detailed kit. Thanks go to Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them. View the full article

New Review: Panther in Action

Mon, 2018-06-11 19:32
The book is one of the Squadron Signal series "in Action". It explores the history and development of the Panther tank and its Variants. I have always loved the Panther design and was very happy to have this book to review. The pictures of the Panther in the book are fantastic. The book has some extremely interesting and diverse photos of the iconic Panther, there are over 180 photographs included. The photos really show the classic lines and design of this wonderful symbol of the World War 2. The book made me want to build a couple of Panther models out of my stash and start building using the book for valuable reference. The last sections of the variants are an extremely interesting addition to the book. This book should be in every tank lover's library and I recommend this book to everyone. The great reference photos are ideal for all modeler's. Thanks go to David Doyle for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them View the full article

New Review: He 111H-3/6/16 Landing Gear

Mon, 2018-06-11 19:21
This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the ICM 1/48 HE 111 H3 aircraft. The white metal parts are very good and have better-defined details than the original kit parts. They are a very good replacement for the already well details kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts. The parts include the rear wheel parts that replace part numbers D1-2, D1-10, and D2-11. With this assembly, you must drill out the location slot in the main strut to accept the part that replaces the D2-11. The two main gear struts components replace part numbers D2-3, D2-4, C9, and C7 for subassembly 108. D2-5, D2-2, C9, and C7 for subassembly 109. The part number C54 is also replaced with white metal parts. The assembly is a bit difficult but with patience and care makes for a great replacement for the main landing gear legs. read more View the full article