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New Review: 25-degree Sprue Cutter

Wed, 2018-08-08 00:08
If you build models you are probably very familiar with Micro-Mark. Not only do they carry a wide range of modeling tools but also offer several kits in different media. When starting a model getting the parts off the sprue cleanly helps lower the amount of clean up you need to do so finding a good sprue cutter is a great start. This product is manufactured by Fujiya out of Japan. I tried it out on a kit I am working on for a review and it did a great job. The 25-degree angle gives good control to get up next to the part no matter the placement on the sprue. The cut was clean, but you need to make sure you are even with the part edge or you will live a bit of the connection. read more View the full article

The General

Wed, 2018-08-08 00:01
Had to add this one to the auto collection...too iconic not to

Ford Coupe "Gas Man"

Tue, 2018-08-07 23:59
Really like these old race cars after building the Moebius Hudson Hornetnot too long ago.

New Review: Coastal Kits 1/72 Armor Display Base (small)

Tue, 2018-08-07 16:34
Coastal Kits is based in Lancashire, UK, and began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012. Since that time, their business has grown and concentrates almost exclusively on printed display bases for just about any type of model you ever wanted to build in just about any scale. Looking thru the offerings on their website is almost overwhelming there are so many choices, and they will even custom-make bases. The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board, which feels like a rigid mousepad. The material is basically a waterproof plastic, with a printed display on one side. The pre-printed image is a high-quality image on a laminated, wipeable matt vinyl surface which, unlike paper products, will not raise or bubble. read more View the full article

LT-7 - Tiger

Mon, 2018-08-06 15:23
This is the 1/35 scale Junk Tank Rock LT-7. An obscure very limited run garage kit from the 2008-09 time frame. Maybe less than 100 were ever kitted. The designs only exist as kits; there was never an anime or manga. Construction was very straightforward as there were only 26 parts used in the build. I added a few greeblies and replaced the molded in handles on the fuel drum with PE and added a few tie down loops. Airbrushed with Tamiya. Paint was chipped with the HS technique. Markings are airbrushed with Montex masks and still need to be worn.

Video series of the 1:20 Aoshima McLaren MP4/2B kit from Japan

Mon, 2018-08-06 11:18
This was posted on F1M.com

2019 convention website

Mon, 2018-08-06 10:27
Is the 2019 convention website active? Mike

IPMS/USA National Convention 2020

Mon, 2018-08-06 09:12
Greetings all, Just got back to San Antonio from Phoenix last night - 13+ hour drive, not too bad...and I-10 is a rather pleasant and easy drive. It also helps that the speed limit is 80 mph in some of the more remote locations. I first wish to thank Steve Collins and Team Phoenix for an absolutely outstanding National Convention. I had an absolute blast and I hope we can return to Phoenix someday in the near future for another convention. I wanted to take some time to put some facts out there about our bid that was approved by the E-Board and announced Saturday night. I have been reading and hearing a few things over the past few days and wanted to help with some clarification. The date and location of the 2020 convention will be 29 July - 1 Aug 2020 at the Embassy Suites and San Marcos Conference Center located in San Marcos, Texas. I, along with other members of the bid team, are members of Alamo Squadron in San Antonio; there is no chartered IPMS/USA club in San Marcos. During our research for a suitable hotel and conference center (Thanks to Dick Montgomery for his groundwork here) we found that San Antonio is just too expensive. As it turns out, San Marcos, just a short drive up I-35, is the right size and price for our needs and the city is hungry for our business. The Embassy Suites have been a pleasure to work with - I even received a supportive call from their corporate HQ in Atlanta on the Friday before the convention - and the San Marcos Convention and Visitors Bureau is in constant contact with me. I will be sharing the good news with them later today. The most important note I can make today is that the core leadership team for 2020 is comprised of more than just Alamo Squadron. We have several members of IPMS Houston on the team as well as IPMS Central Texas. Austin Scale Modeling Society members will also be joining the team soon. While it was nice to be recognized as Alamo Squadron in the bid results announcement Saturday night our team really is larger than just Alamo Squadron...we are Team Texas...and this is how I will be referring to us from here on out. Thank you to those of you that came up to me both before the location was announced and after expressing your support for the 2020 show...and especially those that said you would help out any way you could. This is very much appreciated. I will be checking the forum from time to time for questions about the 2020 convention but I want to emphasize that for the next year, Team Texas will be supporting Chattanooga in any way possible and will be on the ground in force next summer to help out. As is practice with other shows we will not put anything online until after next summer's show is complete. After Chattanooga 2019 I will "hang-out" here on the forums on a daily basis to help answer any questions that may pop-up. My initial thoughts are to have web site and hotel reservations up in September of 2019. Stay tuned and see you all in Chattanooga on 7 August 2019 with all of your "wrong" models. -Len Pilhofer

New Review: Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien (Tony) + Camouflage Decals

Sun, 2018-08-05 22:29
The one thing all Japanese fighters in WWII had in common was a radial engine, except for one plane, the Ki-61 Hien which the allies named Tony. This was powered by a licensed built version of the Daimler-Benz DB601 and not only faced the allied fighters of the day but also had the performance to get to the B-29s altitude. Tamiya released a new tool of the Tony in 1/48th scale back in 2016 and now has finally shrunk it down to my preferred scale of 1/72nd and a beauty of a model it is. The 45 grey and 3 clear parts are beautifully molded with fine scribed details. The low parts count leads to a quick build. A lovely cockpit is included and the wheel wells look nice. Markings are included for 3 airframes. One from the 19th Air Group in Luzon, Philippines, 1945 and two from the 244th Air Group based in Japan. More on these in a minute. read more View the full article

New Review: T-34 On The Battlefield Volume 2

Sun, 2018-08-05 22:12
Neil Stokes is a noted Soviet armor enthusiast and this is at least his third photobook in this series, with prior books covering the Su-76; KV; along with the Su-85 and Su-100 on the Battlefield. He has also authored KV: Technical History & Variants; a 560 page beast published in 2010 by Airconnection. Neil is an active member of AMPS (Armor Modeling & Preservation Society) and you can find him on www.amps-armor.org . read more View the full article

New Review: Circular Display Base CVA-11 Intrepid 1960

Sun, 2018-08-05 21:57
Coastal Kits was founded in 2011 and is based in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK. It is a family run business that originally retailed model kits and their associated supplies. Coastal Kits began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012 after their bases were well received at Telford's Scale Model World. The Business soon decided to concentrate solely on their display base product line. The range currently exceeds 220 bases in multiple scales and subjects. They also provide custom bases upon request. The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board which is a rigid, waterproof plastic. Laminated matt vinyl is used to print the subject with the latest odorless latex ink providing a permanent and waterproof finish. The benefit over alternatives like paper based products is that the display will not fade, lift, or bubble. read more View the full article

New Review: Brassin GBU-12

Sun, 2018-08-05 18:35
The GBU-12 is an American laser guided bomb consisting of a 500 lb. Mk. 82 bomb combined with a laser tracker and fins for guidance. First entering service in 1976, it was used extensively in Operation Desert Storm by US F-111's, F-15E's and A-6E's. F-111's used it to great effect in hunting down and destroying Iraqi armor (tank plinking). After Desert Storm it has been used extensively in Afghanistan and other conflicts. The set consists of four resin bomb bodies with the tail fins and nose guidance sections molded as single pieces except for the seeker head and photo-etch nose and aft guidance fins. Two options are provided for the seeker head, one with the seeker head exposed and the other with the plastic ground cover in place. I choice to use the heads with the cover installed as I plan on displaying the bombs on a parked, but armed aircraft. read more View the full article

Finding The Correct Paint

Fri, 2018-08-03 16:33
I have recently gotten into the hobby of modeling, so I don't have lots of knowledge about everything. But one of my biggest problems is finding the correct paints. Because I look every where and can never find what I am looking for. Whether it's when I find one paint that is the correct color it's not the right finish or I can't find the correct color even with conversion charts from one brand to the next. So is it sometimes you have to just get a color that's "close Enough" or am I just not looking right?

New Review: JASDF F-15J Eagle J-MSIP Modernized Special Marking "Golden Eagles" in Komatsa 2017

Fri, 2018-08-03 06:59
Introduction This is actually my second build and review of this kit (See review posted October 24th, 2015). This time around it's the same great kit with some really striking markings. My research says Aircraft # 92-8906 was specially painted for an airshow that was cancelled due to a typhoon. You do get a second marking option without the cool artwork but I can't imagine building this kit as such. I'm not going to go into the history of the Eagle as it is well documented many other places. Unlike the first build where I used a nice photoetch set, this Eagle was built out of the box with the exception of some seat harnesses from the spares drawer. read more View the full article

KV-7 Double your Pleasure, Double your Guns

Thu, 2018-08-02 14:54
The KV-7 was a prototype design that never made it into production. It was an early attempt to increase firepower against light defensive positions. The first iteration was a triplex design with a single 76mm gun flanked by two 45mm guns. This approach performed poorly in trails and it was decided to evaluate twin 76mm guns and drop the 45mm entirely. Trials didn't go to well for the twin mount either and the project was eventually cancelled. The effort wasn't a total loss, the concept eventually evolved into the SU-152. Trumpeter's kit adds a couple of new sprues to its basic KV-1 kit. The new parts aren't particularly impressive and the old parts are starting to show tool wear with some pitting and excess flash and still those damn ejector pin marks in the tracks. The base kit assembled quickly but it was only after I posted images online that I became aware of the myriad of accuracy issues with the kit. Trumpeter really dropped the ball on this one. I think they must have used World Of Tanks as their technical guide. The kit has the following errors: Incorrect roof layout Incorrect acorn periscopes Gun mantle is the wrong shape Gun shield is too thin and missing many details Casemate is placed in the wrong location - too far back Hull top armor plates are wrong size and location Nose edge armor plate is missing weld details Uses incorrect armored periscope guards Wrong transmission deck Incorrect road wheels Incorrect return rollers Missing gunner's sight opening and armored cover Incorrect shape on appliqué armor plate Incorrect fender configuration Incorrect gun barrel shape After I found this out, I set the kit aside for a while. Over the following months, I would work on it for a little while and then box it up again. I wanted to smash it with a hammer many times. Eventually I dragged it out and finally made a go at it. I reworked and scribed the roof plate and added missing bolt details. I realized there was far too much work to be done on the model to make it accurate, so I decided to add my own errors to the kit. I added a spare armored MG turret from the KV-220 model and the missing periscope guards sourced from the spares. I wasn't too happy with the MG copula periscope guards so I designed new ones in CAD and had Shapeways 3d print new ones. Here it is with a base coat of green: Currently it has brown camo pattern and awaiting weathering. Link to KV-7 Development History

MK44 Queens B Knight

Wed, 2018-08-01 18:45
The MK44 Queens 'B' Knight is a variant of the MK44 designed and released as a kit by Takaaki Saito of LoveLove Garden. I was enamored with the design when I saw the first images he posted of the master. I picked this kit up as a Christmas present to myself at the end of 2017. It took a few months before I could build the kit but it wet together quickly once I started. The Hasegawa MK44 line of kits are a breeze to build and the resin add-ons from the LLG kit make this a unique looking mecha. The only change I made was adding the shoulder armor plates from the GrobberHund Altier to the hull sides and replacing the kit hand with an unused claw from the KingKrote kit. A couple of smoke launchers were drilled out and wires are from 0.015" solder wire. The model was painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with oils, enamels and pigments. I made extensive use of oils to filter the base colors and add some interest. Additional images can be found here: MK44 Ausf G Queens 'B' Knight

New Review: Masterpiece Models Mark 49 Hellcat

Tue, 2018-07-31 11:57
Masterpiece Models manufactures and sells resin assembly kits at their Vancouver, Washington fabrication and casting shop. Their kits include Dinosaurs, WWII, Vietnam, Scifi, and aircraft bases. Each kit is cast to order. Background on the Hellcat From Masterpiece Models website: The Mark 49 Hellcat Armored Walker was developed after the 3rd World War in 2046 as a forward attack and reconnaissance Vehicle. The need for walkers after the War was due to the amount of rubble strewn thru the landscape, tracked vehicles tended to bog down in the rubble making maintenance and mobility an issue. The first Walkers developed in 2099 were quite ungainly and had limited range and power. Later on in 2112 after advanced fusion drives were developed and fitted to the walkers did they become a more practical weapons system with more power and almost unlimited range. read more View the full article

The Illusionist

Tue, 2018-07-31 11:42
See our review of the incredible book Strange Worlds on the visionary dioramas of Matthew Albanese at https://midnightoilstudios.org/2018/07/31/the-illusionist/. Train Wreck - Matthew Albanese

Scania R730 Team Chimera Italeri 1/24 Part 3

Mon, 2018-07-30 11:01
Hello friends, we continue to assemble the model, some parts are painted with primer and then painted with chrome. It is my first truck model that I make of the Italeri brand, I have some problems with the assembly of parts. https://youtu.be/Agy-HIo_LmU If you have not seen the previous parts here I leave the link: Part 1: https://youtu.be/gqYZcCjLrag Part 2: https://youtu.be/QnfScLW7fXE Greetings and I hope you like it