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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/

New Review: Eduard F-8E Upgrade Set

Thu, 2018-04-19 11:23
Review Eduard Models has released a nifty photoetch set to upgrade the -already very nice- Hasegawa F-8E Crusader. This fret is of the no pre-painted style and that is good, because you want to paint the detailed parts and the PE parts at the same time. The fret includes replacement engine exhaust "feathers" and actuators. Installing this part requires removing existing plastic from the original part, and you will need to bend a metal part to a circular shape. You might want to consider getting a piece of pipe or rod to be a template to shape the part to a circular form. Other parts in the fret are meant to detail the landing gear struts and the landing gear well. Either by adding brake lines to the struts, or just general detail to the landing gear well and landing gear well covers. Finally, a horseshoe shaped part is provided for the armored windscreen. It would suggest attaching that part using Future -rather than superglue- as to avoid fogging the clear part. read more View the full article

New Review: Academy Bf-109G JG 27

Thu, 2018-04-19 11:10
Review Academy Models has re-released a well-known Bf-109G2/G6. I said well-known because it has been released in the past, at least, under the HobbyCraft brand. They might have been other boxings too. When you open the box, you find 3 main sprues plus two small sprues with the clear parts. You get about 85 parts. Many of the parts are unused or optional meaning this is a simple build and you get lots of extra parts for the spares box. Not a bad thing at all. I believe the molds date to the mid-1990s and they do hold well. No flash anywhere to be found and the recessed panel lines are small and crisp. The overall surface detail is adequate for the vintage of the molds. A highlight of this boxing is the decal sheet (printed by Cartograph) and it includes a total of 8 markings, covering only Luftwaffe airplanes while deployed in Greece, Italy, North Africa, Russia and in Defense of the Reich duties. read more View the full article

Aircraft Recognition Lights

Wed, 2018-04-18 05:22
Many aircraft have lights. On WWII aircraft they used a series of lights for night time recognition and many have various lights for formation flying at night. Many times these are represented on models as mold lines or molded in the plastic. I came up with a tutorial on how to make these more realistic using Acrylic Gel Medium and Tamiya clear paints. You can see the tutorial on my website at https://davidsscalemodels.com/tips-and-tricks/recognition-lights/ Here are some pictures to see how they look:

New Review: E-2C Hawkeye 2000 "VAW-115 Sayonara" Limited Edition

Tue, 2018-04-17 19:58
Hasegawa has recently released a limited edition E-2C Hawkeye "Sayonara Atsugi" featuring two marking options: US Navy ACCLOGWING VAW-115 "Liberty Bells" Code: NF600 (166505) Atsugi A.B. June 1, 2017 US Navy USS Ronald Reagan VAW-115 "Liberty Bells" CVW-5 CAG Code: NF600 (166505) Atsugi A.B. May 2017 The marking options are of the same plane, just a few changes in terms of paint over a period of time. The E-2C Hawkeye 2000 is the fifth generation production E-2C Hawkeye and incorporates significant enhancements in data management, system throughput, operator interfaces, connectivity, and situational awareness to support the Navy's evolving Theater Air and Missile Defense mission. With its massive rotodome, it can see for hundreds of miles and is truly the "eye in the sky." The Build read more View the full article

New Review: SSN-578 “Skate”

Tue, 2018-04-17 19:34
A recent addition to the IPMS Review Corps suppliers is Mikro-Mir, whose kits remind me of what I am used to seeing with limited production manufacturers. This is not a negative comment, but more of a heads up that some building experience is required to end up with a nice finished model at the end of construction. The overall assembly of this kit was fast with only 24 plastic parts, and the 11-photoetch items that I utilized. Modelers with some experience will enjoy this kit, which can be used to represent any of the four boats of the Skate-class (Skate, Swordfish, Sargo, and Seadragon). read more View the full article

New Review: Panzer DNA

Tue, 2018-04-17 19:05
This book, published by AMMO by Mig Jimenez SL, is a guide to the subject of colors and markings of German military vehicles and units. The books stated attempt is to bring order to the complex and partly unknown topics, and to provide clarity to all of the information available on the Internet. The book is divided into chapters that deal with the main themes separately Chapter 1, The Ballenkreuz Describes the beginnings, evolution, implementation, and use of the straight-armed cross used on almost all German vehicles. Colored illustrations of variations in the cross and black & white photographs are used to illustrate examples. Chapter 2 Composition of Military Units. Explains the tactical symbols and hierarchy of military units. A color chart illustrates the Waffenfarbe (arm colors) used to differentiate troops. Chapter 3 Markings. read more View the full article

New Review: From A Porsche 962C Limited Edition

Tue, 2018-04-17 18:48
Summary: After the Porsche 956 was banned from competition in the IMSA GTP in 1981 on safety grounds because the driver's feet were ahead of the front axle centerline, Porsche made modifications to the vehicle to make it eligible for competition. The 962 debuted at the 1984 24 Hours of Daytona with Mario and Michael Andretti driving. It lead the race until lap 127 when it encountered engine and gearbox problems. These problems were worked through and it had a lot of success from 1984-1993. A total of 91 962s would be produced between 1984 and 1991, with its final victory occurring at the 1993 IMSA GTP Championship. Kit Contents: The kit consists of a total of around 70 parts on two main black sprues; a clear sprue; several sprues with wheel parts; a rubber sprue with 4 tires; two sheets of decals, one large one with the decals for the car, and the other smaller one with two decals per tire; and an 8 page instruction sheet. The Instructions: read more View the full article

New Review: USS Nautilus SSN-571

Tue, 2018-04-17 18:31
"Underway on nuclear power." With those words uttered by Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson on the morning of 17 January 1955, the United States Navy had begun a new era in how submarines (later aircraft carriers, and for a time guided missile cruisers) would be propelled through the waters of the world. The USS Nautilus, SSN-571 was built using a Tang-class hull design, with a revolutionary Westinghouse nuclear reactor providing the steam used to power and propel the boat. SSN 571 was the sixth U.S. Navy vessel to carry the name Nautilus; she was authorized for construction in July 1951, her keel was laid in June 1952, and was launched in January 1954. She was decommissioned in March 1980 after steaming over 500,000 miles, and is currently on display at the Submarine Force Museum. read more View the full article

News:IPMS/USA National Member of The Year

Tue, 2018-04-17 15:42
Information on the new IPMS/USA National Member of The Year Award has been posted at: http://www.ipmsusa.org/member_services/achievement_awards/achievement_awards_nmoy.html View the full article

BV 141 Build Part 1

Mon, 2018-04-16 19:42
Starting the build on the BV 141. Got the assembly line fired up. At the same time I am building the Hasegawa P-40E and the Tamiya IL2. So many models to build, so little time. The BV 141 Is a nice kit to build, few parts, no fit problems so far. And all the clear parts were individually wrapped to prevent scratching. I hate masking greenhouse canopies. but Eduard makes it a lot easier with their canopy masks. The interior for the cockpit calls out RLM66. I think this grey is too dark(could be wrong, maybe the real aircraft used RLM66). I will use RLM02 instead. Also, I don't like the pilots seat that came with the kit(not very detailed), so I will use a resin seat(not sure which type yet). I surprised the RLM even allowed a few to be made with this strange design. One thing that still do not understand is how the tail gunner(not dorsal gunner) fired his gun? The kit has a clear piece for the cockpit tail. The is no opening for the tail gun, so did the tail gunner have to open the glass to fire his gun? I read some kit reviews and they said the right wing was warped because of the packaging. My right wing looks okay. As you can see on the kit box the wings are somewhat gull shaped.

Maid Service

Mon, 2018-04-16 13:46
This is one of the Soda Pop Miniatures, Maid Service, part of the Takoashi University game series. Thanks!

New Review: F-4 Phantom II Warpaint Series No. 114

Mon, 2018-04-16 00:15
This is another excellent addition to the War Paint Series written by Charles Stafrace, a well-known and repeat contributor to the War Paint series. Theillustrations by Richard J. Caruana support the text and story line, and in and of themselves, are an excellent collection of Aviation Art. This book covers the development, deployment, service, and retirement of one of the most well-known aircraft, especially for those who came to maturity during the Vietnam conflict. The historian will find that the book covers the development and service of the Phantom II in detail, and the modeler will find the book to be an excellent source of information, detailing the aircraft with photographs and outstanding artwork. As a modeler, I found this book to be rich in detail with a thorough coverage of the markings that are very helpful. The photographs, especially those in the "Walk-Around" section of the book, provide a great source for "detail", as well as colors and weathering, if one is into weathering models. In short, this book is a gold mine for the modeler. read more View the full article

New Review: Tie Downs and Straps German Steel 1/35 - Eduard

Sun, 2018-04-15 23:42
This is a Photoetch Interior set of various German WWII type tie down straps. This set has one colored Photoetch sheet with both sides being colored. In the Packet is; 1 x Colored Photo Etch sheet Summary This is a fantastic set for adding some great details to any German WWII vehicle to replace molded-on straps or to attach additional aftermarket stowage materials. There are 14 straps/tie downs included of three different colors and 6 different designs. Being steel, that are very easy to form and shape. They can even be flattened again and re-formed without the paint peeling as it does with brass. I will be buying a few more sets for my many armor builds to come. Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it. View the full article

Hobby Boss BV 141

Sun, 2018-04-15 22:24
The hobby boss is going to be an easy build. I got a resin replacement propeller and all the Eduard PE and canopy mask. To me the kit seat looks awful. I would like to replace the kit seat with a resin replacement. Would a resin seat for the FW 190 work? And what about the cowling? I have read reviews about the kits cowling. Would a Ju88 cowling be a good replacement for the kit cowling?

Aurora Fokker/B25

Sun, 2018-04-15 03:20
Does anyone remember building these screwdriver kits? No glue just screw together, poseable flaps and absolutely no bottom to the top and bottom wing. I liked these kits as a kid because they were easy to build and very large. Notice the price for the Fokker, a whopping &3.50 I believe in 1968 dollars, today it sells for $200 - $700. I cannot remember how much the B25 originally went for. But I see the B25 can run from$200-$500. I think I also had the SE-5. I also think they were supposed to be flying kits.

Aichi D3N1 Type99 Val

Sun, 2018-04-15 00:36

Nakajima B5N2 Kate

Sat, 2018-04-14 23:01

C47 Dakota

Sat, 2018-04-14 22:54
Considering this model was built 25 years ago, it is still in good shape.


Sat, 2018-04-14 19:59
Guess I am feeling nostalgic tonight. How many remember Pactra authentic international colors. When these paints came out in the early 70s, I thought the colors were greater than sliced bread.