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New Review: Operation Market Garden Paratroopers Vol. 3

Sat, 2018-03-10 17:45
This tome appears to be Piotr Witkowski's third book in English and it's a follow up to Volume 2 of his Operational Market Garden Paratroopers that focused on small arms and specialized equipment used by 1st Independent Parachute Brigade. The positive feedback he received from Volume 1 and 2 encouraged him to get this volume published. You can find my reviews on Volume I and II at the IPMS USA Review website. I've found two prior books in Polish: Polskie jednostki powietrzno-desantowe na zachodzie (Bellona, 2009) and a second edition of this book titled: Spadochroniarze Sosabowskiego: Dzieje polskich jednostekpowietrznodesantowych 1939-1945 (Bellona, 2012). read more View the full article

New Review: Defenses of Bermuda 1612–1995

Sat, 2018-03-10 10:41
Osprey's Fortress series is a well-established line of books covering a variety of fortresses around the world. The Fortress series of books started 15 years ago with the Japanese island defenses in World War II, and with this installment, Defense of Bermuda, the series is up to over 100 titles. The books begins with a history of the geologic formation of Bermuda. When people think of Bermuda, they often thing of it as an island, but "Bermuda" actually consists of 181 islands that formed when a volcano rose 14,000 feet off of the sea bed of what would eventually become the Atlantic Ocean. Bermuda was first discovered by the Spaniard Juan de Bermudez in 1505, but the first European settlers on the island were actually part of the English Virginia Company, who settled the colony of Jamestown. These settlers arrived on Bermuda really by accident when they were shipwrecked there. Located just over 650 miles from the coast of the Carolinas, Bermuda was to become an important English settlement and naval base during and after colonial times and the American Revolution. read more View the full article

New Review: The Crossbow

Sat, 2018-03-10 10:26
Mike Loades is a respected author, broadcaster, director, and action arranger who has made numerous television appearances as a historical weapons expert and military historian. Mike founded the first horse archery club in California, the California Centaurs. You may have seen his work on the History Channel or on National Geographic. One of his recent projects was the movie, Assassin's Creed, which ended up grossing over 241 million against a 125 million budget. He has several DVDs available: Archery: Its History and Forms (1995), and Going Medieval (2014). He is the author of Swords and Swordsmen (2010), The Longbow (2013) and The Composite Bow (2016). Check him out at www.mikeloades.com. read more View the full article

New Review: Greek Hoplite versus Persian Warrior

Sat, 2018-03-10 10:18
Does anyone who is into historical modeling not know of Thermopylae and the famous last stand of the 300 Spartans? Personally, I've always been fascinated by the Greek Hoplite and this period in history, although I will NOT be going into a review of the recent movie on this subject. Let it just be said that this battle and those that occurred around the same period determined, to a great degree, the world as it stands today. read more View the full article

Hasagawa 1/48 F-8E Crusader

Thu, 2018-03-08 22:34
After building the Monogram Crusader I still had a TON of F-8 aftermarket stuff as well as the Hasagawa kit on the shelf, so I decided to throw it together. This build has an Aires cockpit and Seamless Suckers intake added, as well as a Cobra Co. resin wing that allowed it to be raised and folded. I originally was going to do one of the Has. kit decal options, but they were troublesome. So, I found this scheme on an old Microscale sheet (#168) in my stash and switched to it. They worked perfectly despite their age. 3rd build of the year! Only 12 more to go to match 2017! Comments, critiques, and questions welcome! GIL

News:Executive Board Meeting Minutes - February 2018

Thu, 2018-03-08 15:44
The February 2018 Executive Board Meeting Minutes have been posted. View the full article

2018 National Convention Mail-In Registrations

Wed, 2018-03-07 23:57
I'm handling Registrar duties for the 2018 Phoenix Convention. I have received 8 mail-ins so far. I have had two emails asking if the registrations were received, and one of these went ahead and registered on line because he thought his registration was lost in the mail. DON'T PANIC. We're still setting up the computers, I have had to take a personal trip, and the convention doesn't start for another 4 months. So in the next couple of days I will email all those who sent in checks. Jim Pearsall IPMS Phoenix Convention Registrar.

48th scale AH-1G Cobra!!

Wed, 2018-03-07 16:37
The ORIGINAL, design from the ground-up gunship!! Flew in Vietnam with MANY colorful markings!! Geesh!! It's a Natural!! Bo

wanted - motorcycles 1:35 scale

Wed, 2018-03-07 13:41
any brand of (reasonably priced*) 1:35 scale motorcycles - no riders or figures needed. also, would like photo etch for same. thanks * by reasonable, I mean a kit you're never going to get around to building even though you thought it to be a good purchase at the time!

wanted - Bicycles 1:35

Wed, 2018-03-07 13:39
any brand of (reasonably priced*) 1:35 scale bicycles - no riders or figures needed. also, would like photo etch for same. thanks * by reasonable, I mean a kit you're never going to get around to building even though you thought it to be a good purchase at the time!

wanted - Kurogane 1:35 scale

Wed, 2018-03-07 13:37
any brand of (reasonably priced*) 1:35 scale Kurogane type 95 scout car or pick-up. also, would like photo etch for same. thanks * by reasonable, I mean a kit you're never going to get around to building even though you thought it to be a good purchase at the time!

Panel Lines

Wed, 2018-03-07 05:33
This may have already been covered. I have many Monogram/Revell kits is my stash. I have been avoiding building them because of the dreaded raised panel lines. Could anyone tell me the best method to use to highlight the raised panel lines? I see some built kits that mentioned a pencil was used.

He-177

Wed, 2018-03-07 05:22
I just bought the MPM injection molded He-177 Greif and all the aftermarket stuff. Anyone have any experience building this kit?

New Review: Ka-27 Helix Seats with Safety Belts

Tue, 2018-03-06 10:55
The Ka-27/Ka-29 Helix helicopter family is a follow-on to the Ka-25 Hormone helicopter. Like the Ka-25, the Ka-27/29 has contra-rotating stacked rotors eliminating the need to a tail rotor to counter torque. Like most helicopters, the Helix's cockpit is very visible and unfortunately, the seats included by most kit manufacturers do not bear any resemblance to those of the actual helicopter. This set from Aires, part of its Quickboost line, seeks to remedy this by providing very nicely detailed seats with the harnesses. The set includes four seats, which allows you to outfit two kits as there are only two seats in the front cockpit of the Helix. The seats are not identical, they each have different configurations for the lap belts, as unless the helicopter is at an airshow, on the actual aircraft, the lap belts end up in lots of different configurations depending on how they are unbuckled and set or tossed aside. read more View the full article

New Review: Brittany 1944

Tue, 2018-03-06 10:45
I think most military modelers are pretty familiar with the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944 - the single largest endeavor yet by the human race in history. What a lot of people are not familiar with, however, are the strategic needs that came up immediately in the aftermath - mainly, the daunting task of equipping and supplying the massive Allied forces now on the European mainland. For that, they needed more ports of supply, and those were for the most part still in German hands. This book details the grueling job facing the Allies of wrestling these away from the Axis as quickly and efficiently as possible. The Axis, on the other hand, were just as determined to either hold these positions or destroy their usefulness to the Allies before succumbing. read more View the full article

New Review: Technicals: Non-Standard Tactical Vehicles from the Great Toyota War to modern Special Forces

Tue, 2018-03-06 10:15
Modern warfare within the last few decades has seen some remarkable (and sometimes deeply disturbing) changes. For the most part, combat in this century is no longer a matter of state-versus-state conflicts with large standing conventional armies facing off. It has instead devolved into much more local, sometimes tribal skirmishes with small, highly mobile forces either fighting other similar units or challenging large state armies with hit-and-run tactics which are oddly reminiscent of how American citizens fought against the much larger and better equipped British forces during the American Revolution. In a sense, what goes around comes around. read more View the full article

Valleycon 28 Chicopee MA

Mon, 2018-03-05 15:10
Wings & Wheels Modelers, an IPMS affiliated scale modeling club which meets in West Springfield presents Valleycon 28 on 25 March 2018 at the Knights of Columbus Hall 460 Granby Road in Chicopee. Doors open to the public at 9:00 am. We will have 68 vendor tables including Action Figure World, Birch Tree Enterprises, Craftec Hobbies, Farina Enterprises, The Hobby Bunker, HobbyWorld USA, Sentinel Miniatures, Time Machine Hobbies, Tom’s Trains, Tru North Paints and, Turn 4 Hobbies We feature traditional IPMS style judging for the automotive and aircraft categories where the best three models in each class take an award. All other categories are judged in the Open System where each entry is judged on its own merits with no predetermined number of awards for each class. Our 31 classes include military vehicles, aircraft, automotive subjects, figures, ships, science fiction, and diorama. Two classes are reserved for juniors under 16. 18 additiona special awards will be presented. We are introducing a dedicated Gundam class. Gundams are based on Japanese animation featuring giant robots and mobile suits. The kits have a wide following worldwide and dealers say they are bringing young teenagers to septuagenarians back into the hobby stores. Our huge raffle with models, reference material and surprise items returns, of course. Contest forms can be found at http://www.wwmodelclub.org/show_pages/forms.htm. Entrants presenting prefilled forms receive two free raffle tickets. Admission is $5.00 for the first three entries. Additional entries are $2.00 each. Children under 17 get in for free and may enter up to three 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.

Looking for Revolutionary/Colonial Marine figures/busts

Sun, 2018-03-04 22:00
I got it in mind to build a US Marine figure from the Revolutionary War - none of this is my area of specialty. 54mm is the smallest and I would prefer bigger. I did find 2 Art Girona 54mm figures which I have ordered. I also found a 120mm of exactly what I wanted (round hat, brim up on side) from Minuteman Models but they appear to be out of business for several years. And that's it. I have a couple books here or due-in that may help me convert something else, but right now I know almost nothing about the era and subject. Any help would be appreciated -- I have been trolling the web with various searches then working my way down the results, with little luck -- so it may be there aren't many out there. Thanks in advance.

Blitzscales, the free modelling magazine is ready again

Sun, 2018-03-04 13:46
Dear friends The Blitzscales modelling magazine is ready again, in this March issue you will find: -AML-90 from the Spanish Legion -Serbian military police BRDM-2 by Javier redondo -Flakpanzer E-100 -Fokker Dr.I 1/48 scale -The Nuremberg toy fair news -Mercedes L1500S as a milk delivery truck -3 new freebies for your modelling projects. Remember that Blitzscales is free and you can download it here www.blitzscales.com Best regards

Binding a couple of decades of Journals

Fri, 2018-03-02 23:48
This is something that should be done every 20yrs or so whether you need to or not.... From Vol 7#1 through Vol 29 #6.....the end of 1994 til 2017! Ran out of the plastic 3-ring binder holders though....gotta go buy another 100 tomorrow! I actually have every issue of the Update/Quarterly and the Journal since I joined in mid 1977 (plus a few earlier issues I've picked up here and there). Lots of IPMS club history there, and a lot of changes to our hobby over that last 40yrs... GIL