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New Review: Bob Smith Industries (BSI) Cyanoacrylate Glue Products

Fri, 2018-03-02 21:46
Reviewer's Comments: Our friends at BSI sent along a box of current and new releases across their line of CA products. Some of these may be familiar to you, others, like their new Plastic-Cure brush on product, were new to me. Let's take a look at the family of BSI products: (left to right in photo 1) BSI-105 Plastic-Cure Adhesive - this new 1/2 ounce product comes in a bottle with a brush cap. Applied like many solvent based adhesives, it is applied to one of the mating surfaces and cures up in 10-20 seconds. It reacts to the Accelerator product as well, if an instant cure is desired. It won't fill large gaps but is ideal for joints where the two surfaces make intimate contact (think fuselage seams, upper to lower wing joints, etc.) BSI-116 IC-GEL Coral Frag Adhesive: Supplied in a 0.7 oz tube, this is a very high viscosity gel product that cures in 30 seconds. It can be applied in any orientation (interestingly, one original application is to bond pieces of coral together to make aquarium decor). read more View the full article

New Review: AV-8B Harrier Ejection Seat w/Belts

Fri, 2018-03-02 21:40
Quickboost has added the seats for the AV-8B Harrier to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a grayish resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. The seat is molded in one piece and is easy to remove from the mold block. The package states that it is for the Hasegawa kit but it would probably work well with any of the AV-8B Harrier kits. I compared it with the Hasegawa kit. Talk about a noticeable difference, the detail on the Quickboost part is outstanding. From the photos you can see that the Quickboost seat has the belts molded on it and I can't believe the amount of detail. The seat that came in the kit is so plain and flat while the Quickboost seat is much more detailed. I very highly recommend this product if you want a really nice and detailed seat for your AV-8B Harrier. All that you need to do is cut off the molding block and drop it into the cockpit with a little CA glue. Quickboost can be really proud of the detail that went into it. Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS USA for letting me do this review. View the full article

New Review: North American XB-70 Valkyrie

Fri, 2018-03-02 21:34
This is the third book in this new Osprey series authored by Peter E. Davies. The previous tomes include the Bell X-1 (1), North American X-15 (3), Bell X-2 (6), and now this book on the North American XB-170 Valkyrie (7). Peter lives in Bristol, U.K. and as authored or co-authored at least twenty 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. read more View the full article

New Review: Hawker-Tempest Mk. II /V/VI Hawker Fury/Sea Fury Cannon Tips & Pitot Tube

Fri, 2018-03-02 21:23
The Hawker Tempest was a WWII aircraft used mainly by the RAF although a few other country's flew them. Primarily being used as ground attack aircraft it saw action in Operation Overlord and it was used to target railroads and Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground. The Tempest was an effective low-level fighter interceptor, even against the new Me-262 jet fighter. When the first 100 Hawker Tempest were built they were fitted with the long barrel 20mm Mark II. The rest of the production were built with the short barrel 20mm Mk V cannons carrying 800 round of ammo shooting at 200rpg. read more View the full article

Home Guard ACW from Nuts Planet

Fri, 2018-03-02 12:18
Home Guard album Sorry, this seems to be the simplest way to post from Flikr.

Star Trek Model Kits: All-New 1:350 K’t’inga Model Kit

Thu, 2018-03-01 15:06
From Round 2 http://www.collectormodel.com/round2-models/4286-star-trek-model-kits-all-new-1350-ktinga-model-kit/#sthash.DOKEpVsB.dpbs

New Feature - Clubs

Thu, 2018-03-01 11:09
The Forum has a new feature called Clubs. Its a little mini-forum that members can create which can be private or public. Take a look at: https://forum.ipmsusa3.org/clubs/ If you have any questions, let me know. Eric

New Review: M1A2 Abrams SEP V2 TUSK II

Wed, 2018-02-28 23:33
Academy has released an update of their previously released M1A1 kit with the release of a SEP V2/TUSK II kit. Based largely on the M1A2 kit (no. 13298) released in 2016, this version provides some updates. Whereas the previous kit provided three different variants, this kit provides two. They appear to be same vehicle, one with the TUSK add-ons and the other with them removed. The only other difference between the two vehicles is the paint scheme, one is desert sand and the other largely in NATO green. For this build, I prefer the cleaner lines of the traditional Abrams, so I am going to focus on the SEP V2 variant rather than the TUSK. The Kit read more View the full article

New Review: P-51D Bazooka Rocket Launchers 1/48

Wed, 2018-02-28 23:15
Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN Bazooka Rocket Launchers for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. The set contains: Set of resin replacement rocket launchers For the rear of the tubes you have either loaded or empty to choose from Resin racks to attach to the wings Set of PE sway braces Upon removal of the components from the package you will notice the great level of detail with the launchers and tube assembly boasting some great touches. The rocket launchers and racks are great and their shape is perfect. read more View the full article

New Review: Malta 1940-42 Axis Air Battle

Wed, 2018-02-28 21:19
The Promo on the Osprey website states, "In 1940, the strategically vital island of Malta was Britain's last toehold in the central Mediterranean, wreaking havoc among Axis shipping. Launching an air campaign to knock Malta out of the war, first Italy and then Germany sought to force a surrender or reduce the defenses enough to allow an invasion. Drawing on original documents, multilingual aviation analyst Ryan Noppen explains how technical and tactical problems caused the original Italian air campaign of 1940-41 to fail, and then how the German intervention came close to knocking Malta out of the war. Using stunning full colour artwork, this fascinating book explains why the attempt by the Axis powers to take the British colony of Malta ultimately failed." There is a familiar saying that applies to Malta, and that is "Location, location, location". Malta was located in a very strategic "cross-hair". As the book indicates, Mussolini ordered the Italian military to neutralize Malta as an Allied base of operations. read more View the full article

New Review: Finland at War – the Winter War 1938-1940

Wed, 2018-02-28 21:08
This book I found to be the most complete and detailed account of the David vs Goliath battle between Stalin's Russian forces and the small Finish Armed forces. This little known war has always fascinated me and I really enjoyed this book. The book details the history leading up to the war the full war battle by battle and the aftermath. The details are incredible and there is a short biograph for each of the major players on both sides during the campaign. The table of contents shows the dewtail: read more View the full article

New Review: Battle of Britain 1940: The Luftwaffe’s “Eagle Attack”

Tue, 2018-02-27 23:56
Battle of Britain 1940: The Luftwaffe's "Eagle Attack" is a new title in a new series called Air Campaign. The author is Doug Dildy, a USAF Academy graduate and former USAF Colonel. He has a Degree in history and a Master's Degree in Political Science. The art work and illustration are superbly done by Graham Turner. This book is a detailed account of the Luftwaffe's Operation "Adlerangriff". It details the Luftwaffe and RAF's capabilities, objectives, equipment, strategies, and changes made throughout the campaign, through to its ultimate failure. Following the introduction chapter is a chronological flow by date of the battle with summaries of directives, commands and actions. read more View the full article

New Review: Hawker Tempest Mk.V early - Hispano 20mm cannon barrels in fairings

Tue, 2018-02-27 20:02
The Hawker Tempest was a British primarily used in the RAF in WWII. The Tempest is a derivative of the Hawker Typhoon, intended to address high altitude performance. The updated design had a new thinner laminar flow wing. Having diverged considerably from the Typhoon, the aircraft was renamed, Tempest. The plane proved to be one of the most powerful fighters of the war and the fastest single-engine propeller-driven fighters at low altitude. Entering the service in 1944 the Tempest was used as a low altitude interceptor, particularly against the V-1 flying bombs and as a ground support aircraft, in operation Market Garden ( D-Day). Later targeting the German rail infrastructure and Luftwaffe aircraft factories. The Tempest was effective in low-level interception role, including the M-262. read more View the full article

New from Region5 -- Columbia, Missouri, USA

Tue, 2018-02-27 16:40
Hello. T.Mike Curry here from out in Columbia, Missouri, USA. I'm in Region5 and the club is the Central Missouri Scale Modelers. The club does the TigerCon local contest each year... 8 years running! We're a small club of about 20 folks. I can't think of a modelling subject that at least ~someone~ in the club is not in to. The club did a yearly diorama for the Tuskegee Airmen reunion each year for the past several years, but sadly its possible this year may be the last year... there's only one Tuskegee Airman left in our area. I build primarily armor 1/35th, and WWI aircraft 1/32nd. I also like classic cars (1920's to 1950's and some '60's). I also like subs and sailing ships. I have oodles of in-progress models and only a handful of finished models! https://www.facebook.com/CentralMissouriScaleModelers http://www.cmsm-ipms.org/

M2 BRADLEY Tamiya 1/35

Mon, 2018-02-26 11:54
Hello friends This time I show you an infantry vehicle of the US Army, it's M2 Bradley. Manufactured from the Tamiya brand at 1/35 scale with an exterior finish of camouflage and detailed on the inside with hinged rear door. https://youtu.be/p6uWBMPZQSE Greetings and I hope you like it

P-51H

Mon, 2018-02-26 00:04
I will be making a P-51H flew by the Vermont Air National Guard. I have the Tamiya P-51D/K. What do I need to do to make a D/K into a H model?

New Review: German WW I machine gun Spandau LMG 08/15 (2pcs)

Sun, 2018-02-25 13:07
Master Models' Spandau product consists of a beautifully etched and rolled set of cooling jackets, 2 exquisitely machined barrels, two tiny muzzles, and a sheet of 3 pairs of photo etched jacket ends - the front incorporating a ring sight, the rear having a bracket. MM considerately includes a spare set of these, which, amazingly, I did not have to use - no sacrifices to the carpet gods this time. I'm currently building the Eduard DV, which includes PE parts for the Spandau. I think that you will agree with me that while Eduard's photoetched parts are excellent, the incorporation of the machined brass parts in the MM set really adds to the appearance of the finished weapon. read more View the full article

New Review: Angle of Attack Probes. US Type, 1/48 & 1/32

Sun, 2018-02-25 12:26
1/48th scale: Mfr Stock No.: 48142 Direct Link: http://www.master-model.pl/product/am-48-142.html 1/32nd scale Mfr Stock No.: 32101 Direct link: http://www.master-model.pl/product/am-32-101.html Angle of Attack probes are used on all aircraft. They measure the angle between the wing and the airflow which is what controls the lift generated by the wings. Without going deep into it, it lets the pilot know when a stall might be coming. Master Models from Poland, known for their excellent metal parts, has made a set of replacement AoA probes for modern jets. There are five pieces included in either the 1/48th or 1/32nd sets. One of the great things about these sets is that they can be used on multiple air frames. The instructions list F-4, F-14, F-15, F-16, F-18, F-111, Draken, Viggen, Gripen and many more. And with the number of parts, you can do multiple kits. read more View the full article

New Review: A-37 Cockpit Detail Set

Sun, 2018-02-25 12:06
The A-37A/B (sometimes referred to as an OA-37A/B) was developed from Cessna's T-37B trainer. With upgraded engines and eight hardpoints for ordinance, the original concept for the A-37A was ground support of troops. The A-37B had provisions for air-to-air refueling, and the ability to carry slightly more ordinance. Aires has come up with an excellent replacement for Monogram's kit cockpit. This kit has resin, printed film, and photo-etched (PE) parts The details in the Aires kit's ejection seats alone make this kit worth it, but when you add in the instrument panel, Aires' aftermarket kit really makes the Monogram kit come alive. One nice feature of the Aires kit is that four control sticks are provided when only two are required. This nice touch gives you some spares in case one column is lost or broken. read more View the full article

New Review: Mosquito seats w/ safety belts

Sun, 2018-02-25 11:55
Quickboost has added the seats for the Mosquito to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a grayish resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. Both seats are molded in one piece and are easy to remove from the mold block. The package states that it is for the Tamiya kit but it would probably work well with any of the Mosquito kits. I compared it with the Tamiya kit. Talk about a noticeable difference, the detail on the Quickboost parts is outstanding. From the photos, you can see that the Quickboost seats have the belts molded on and I can't believe the amount of detail on them. The seats that come in the kit are so plain and flat while the Quickboost seats just pop out at you. I very highly recommend this product if you want a really nice and detailed set of seats. All that you need to do is cut off the molding block and drop it into the cockpit with a little CA glue. Quickboost can be really proud of the detail that went into it. Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS USA for letting me do this review. View the full article