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New Review: Italeri Martin B-57B Bomber

Fri, 2018-04-27 00:05
The British developed the Canberra as a replacement for the Mosquito. The plane was so successful that the US purchased the license to build it to fit their needs. After some cockpit modifications along with a few others, the B-57B was born. read more View the full article

New Review: US Navy F-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War 1969-73

Thu, 2018-04-26 15:42
Peter E. Davies lives in Bristol, U.K. and as authored or co-authored at least twenty-seven books on modern American combat aircraft, many with Osprey Publishing. He was published by the Naval Institute Press in 1997 with his hardcover book, The Harrier Story, co-authored with Anthony M. Thornborough. His Schiffer Military History hard cover on the Gray Ghosts, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps F-4 Phantoms published in 2000 is considered a must have. Peter published a hardcover book with Crowood Press, North American F-100 Suber Sabre, in 2003. He has also covered many aircraft in Osprey's Combat Aircraft series, Osprey's Air Vanguard series, and Osprey's Duel series. Four of these have concentrated on the U.S. read more View the full article

New Review: Sopwith Snipe Landing Gear

Wed, 2018-04-25 23:46
Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces cast metal landing gear and other accessories for a host of aircraft models in every conceivable scale. This offering is designed for the Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe kit in 1/32nd scale and is a direct replacement of the corresponding kit parts. The kit contains four (4) parts in white metal. Two landing gear struts, the axel cross member and tail skid are included. All parts are nicely cast with a minimal amount of clean up necessary. A few small mold parting lines needed some clean up, with a few lights passes of an Exacto blade doing the trick. Some straightening was required to correct a few bent parts damaged in transit. This was easy to accomplish using light pressure and the kit parts as a guide. read more View the full article

IPMS/USA Region 4 Convention - Two Days to Go!

Wed, 2018-04-25 19:02
The 2018 Region IV Convention on April 27-28 in Cleveland OH at Crawford Auto/Aviation Museum, hosted by the same folks who bring you the annual Cleveland Model Show, is coming fast and we have some updates to pass along: With only two days left, we're checking off the final tasks, done our final walk-through of the venue, and we're getting pretty excited about it! That being said, here are a few last-minute updates and reminders... FIRST, We've noticed some concern regarding area parking. SO, straight for the horse's mouth, so to speak: • The Museum Parking Lot (85+ spaces) is FREE PARKING for Friday and Saturday! We're paying for it! • The VA Hospital Parking Garage one block west of the museum is FREE PARKING for the event! • All Metered Street Parking in the area - including by the museum is FREE PARKING ON SATURDAY • See the Driving/Parking Directions page on our website for details SECOND, The event is an EASY 5-10 minute drive from I-90. The Driving/Parking Directions page on the website has a linked map for your convenience. THIRD, We will be having a "BUILD & BULL" on Friday afternoon at the museum. If you're coming in Friday, please DO bring something along to sand and whittle away at! Also, we have free seminars and a Make & Take for the kids all day Saturday! FINALLY, the block of discounted hotel rooms is gone and we are down to two tables left in our expanded vending area. With springtime weather finally making its way to the North Coast and a pretty darned cool venue to wander around in, we think this'll be a good-un! Hope some of you can make it! Cheers, Doug www.clevelandmodelshow.org

F4U Corsair

Tue, 2018-04-24 19:58
F4U Corsair. Eduard PE cockpit, Eduard canopy mask, Quick Boost resin exhausts. True details resin wheels. Aftermarket decals. Vallejo paint.


Tue, 2018-04-24 19:33
This model is a P40E. The model represents a P40F (do not think there is much of an appearance difference. This plane represents a P40F of the 85th FS /79th FG, MTO, North Africa 1943(High Kicker). Vallejo paints, Eduard PE cockpit, Aries resin seat, Quick Boost exhaust pipes, Eduard canopy mask, Eduard Brassin resin 500lb bomb, CMK resin main wheels and tail wheel/tail wheel cover, CMK resin under carriage covers, AK panel line wash. Oops, just noticed the 500lb is crooked.

New Member of Columbus, Ohio IPMS Chapter

Tue, 2018-04-24 11:46
Relocated to Ohio from California and joined the Colmubs chapter of IPMS. I create dioramas that comment on pop culture. More info in my profile. See the Diorama page on our website at https://midnightoilstudios.org/dioramas/

A-4 Skyhawk Tailpipe

Mon, 2018-04-23 21:47
Can anybody confirm whether the A-4E/F had turkey feathers inside the tailpipe or not? The Hasagawa kit pipe doesn't have them nor does the Steel Beach Accessories Super Foxtrot Update kit have them. The Eduard A-4 Exhaust kit has them. I have a number of photos that show most of the tail end of a Scooter but, the inside of tailpipe is partially obscured.

Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki "Tojo"

Mon, 2018-04-23 19:58
Nakajima Ki-44. Eduard Cockpit PE, Eduard canopy mask, True detail resin wheels, WEM colourcoat, Testor model master lacquer spray semi-gloss.

Nakajima J1N1 Gekko "Irving"

Mon, 2018-04-23 19:51
Nakajima Gekko. Eduard Cockpit PE, Eduard canopy mask, True details resin wheels, WEM colourcoat enamel, .3mm lead pencil for panel lines, Testor model master lacquer spray semi-gloss.

Nakajima Ki 84 Hayate "Frank"

Mon, 2018-04-23 19:34
Ki 84 Frank of . i like my WW2 Japanese aircraft with a factory fresh finish versus the worn/scuffed looked. Eduard PE cockpit, Eduard Canopy mask, True details resin wheels, WEM Colourcoats enamels, .3mm lead pencil for panel lines, Testors lacquer spray Semi-gloss.

Kuznetsov Trumpeter 1/700

Mon, 2018-04-23 12:36
Hello friends, here I bring you the flagship of the Russian Navy, the aircraft carrier Kuznetsov. It is of the brand Trumpeter at scale 1/700 which comes very well detailed. I really liked to make this model for all the details that have been possible. https://youtu.be/aCEIS_ukdSk Greetings and I hope you like it

Long range Spitfire

Mon, 2018-04-23 02:54
Awaiting for Eduard's IXc. Also, got some interesting KITS World decals for this bird. Will need to rob some bomb racks are tear drop drop tanks from Tamiya's P -51. Evidently, the US obtained 2 aircraft from the Brits for long range experiments that flew out of Wright field. I think the aircraft were only used for experiments. Hopefully, I will will have this model built in a month or two. the left tire looks a little flat to me. This is the plane without the nose art.


Mon, 2018-04-23 00:31
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

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

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

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.

electronic registration

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

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

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/