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New Review: Abandoned Little Treasures

Sun, 2019-04-14 11:14
Courtesy of the AK Interactive website: As the title suggests, Abandoned Little Treasures is a book that offers you detailed descriptions of how to create models of various abandoned objects. Following the concept of the best sellers Extreme Reality, we release this new super-book. The best modelers from around the world share their scratch-building, painting, and extreme weathering techniques in richly illustrated step-by-step articles. Amongst the subjects covered, you will find a tank, an aircraft carrier, a WWI airplane, a sci-fi vehicle, a tractor, a building, and a few others. This book shows us how realism can be achieved in scale modeling and will be a good experience for our next projects, 136 pages of quality modeling! Included in this publication are detailed articles for modeling abandoned versions of the following: read more View the full article

New Review: Air Combat: Dogfights of World War II

Sun, 2019-04-14 10:58
This is a new, hardbound publication that is comprised of the contents of four previously-released volumes in the "Duel" series from Osprey. This compendium is edited by Tony Holmes and includes: Part 1 (by Tony Holmes), Channel Clashes: Spitfire II/V vs Bf 109E (Duel 67) Part II (by Edward M. Young), Hell in the Pacific: F4F Wildcat vs A6M Zero-sen (Duel 54) Part III (by Dmitriy Khazanov & Aleksander Medved), Air War in the East: La-5/7 vs Fw 190 (Duel 39) Part IV (by Edward M. Young), Ill-Fated Defense of the Home Islands: F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 'Frank' (Duel 73) This book has been produced to very high standards, and it was a joy to hold and read through. The hard binding is extremely sturdy, and all pages have a nice semi-gloss finish that just looks and feels first-rate. Color paintings and profiles are done to a high standard as well, and photos are clearly printed. read more View the full article

New Review: REP 1912 Floats

Sun, 2019-04-14 10:40
Omega's REP 1912 Floats is a full resin kit of an aircraft designed by Robert Esnault-Pelterie. This is a difficult kit and should only be attempted by modelers experienced working with resin kits and shaping parts to get a proper fit. Background (from Wikipedia) read more View the full article

New Review: Fundekals Hawker Sea Furies of the Royal Canadian Navy and Sea Furies Pt. II

Sun, 2019-04-14 01:10
I have a couple of Trumpeter and the Hobbycraft versions of the Hawker Sea Fury in my growing stash, waiting for a rainy day project to come around. I really like the brutish appearance of this big five-bladed prop driven monster. I've had my eye on the Fundekals Sea Furies sheets for a while, with their collective choice of 18 different sets of markings for the type. I purchased several Barracuda Studios aftermarket goodies for the Trumpy kits, planning to do the colorful Canadian Navy Arctic Research version from the Pt I sheet, and maybe one of the Australian Navy blue birds from the Pt II sheet. read more View the full article

New Review: Tempest Mk. V Exhaust Stacks 1/48

Sun, 2019-04-14 00:47
This a simple resin set that replaces the exhaust stacks on Eduard's new Tempest Mk V kit. The plastic parts supplied in the kit feature solid exhaust pipes that will need to have the ends either painted black or, as I typically do, hollowed out to show depth. The resin exhausts feature nice weld seam detail and are hollowed out. They are a drop in replacement for the plastic parts. A razor saw is best used to remove the resin pour block, painting and a quick sanding readies the exhaust to be slotted into the nose cowl. Thank you to Eduard and the IPMS for the chance to review another fantastic release from Eduard. View the full article

1/72 LLRV

Sat, 2019-04-13 14:09
This LLRV is a 1:72 model from 3 Stooges Productions. The kit comes with a fret of photo etch, and a bag of about 10 resin pieces, and detailed instructions. It was sold through Tag Team Hobbies, and went through 2 editions, before I heard it went Out of Production. I guess the kit can be found on eBay, if you keep a look out. Having been intimidated with the PE, I was hesitant to start this one. But once started the metal was fairly thick so folding was fairly simple. After assembling all the parts, it was evident the craft looked rather sparse. It was time to do some additional investigating. Looking through the images it seems there was more than one vehicle. It turns out that there was a least four versions, with four vehicles made for each version. Clear images were hard to find, and it was difficult to determine which vehicle you are actually looking at. I'm pretty sure that mine ended up turning into some sort of hybrid. But thats ok, I was glad I finished. Quite a bit of styrene wire and basswood was used to make the craft as accurate as I could. Looking toward the cockpit section, again each variation had different features. I "think" I'm still close to the example I'm using. here the pilot is in his seat. There was a wide variation of what they wore - from a flame proof suit, to the orange "suit". I found a few with the pilot wearing a sort of light colored olive, that's the one I chose. In the pic it also looks like he was wearing regular brown leather work gloves. So I added that even tho the color makes it looks like he's got bare hands. Between his knees you can barely make out the yellow and black of the ejector seat ring. There was a few images where there was foot pedals - so with some bent wire, I included them. In the rear, additional wiring and plumbing were added. I added drips of super glue where needed to get rid of the wood grain that came thru the paint. These boxes are supposed to be metal, not wood.

Junior Winners entering future NATS as adults

Sat, 2019-04-13 13:59
If a junior wins at a prior NATS can they enter adult categories in future NATS with the same model. They are in effect 'moving up'.

New Review: Engine Details for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Sat, 2019-04-13 09:25
Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world. read more View the full article

New Review: Cockpit Details for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Sat, 2019-04-13 09:15
Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world. The photoetch frets arrived in excellent shape in an easily opened re-sealable plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo. The frets are color-laminated for the instrument panels and relief-etched polished brass for other details. The parts are crisply executed. Color instruction sheets are included in the package, and Eduard has the same instruction sheets available for download on the product page. I really appreciate having the electronic PDF format to mark up on my computer, especially the ability to enlarge the details on my computer screen. read more View the full article

New Review: Flaps for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Sat, 2019-04-13 09:03
Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world. read more View the full article

New Review: Seatbelts for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Sat, 2019-04-13 08:54
Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale-modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world. read more View the full article

New Review: Franklin's Indians: Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles B. Franklin designer of the Indian Scout and Chief

Thu, 2019-04-11 15:55
This book was first published by Panther Publishing in 2011 and Veloce Publishing Limited did a facsimile reprint in February 2018, this review is about the reprint. What we have is a biography of Charles B. Franklin, an electrical engineer, motorcycle racer, designer of Indian motorcycles and an overseer of the Indian Company racing teams. This book extensively covers the years from 1903 thru 1932 and with a wide geographic expanse well, from Ireland to Britain, then Europe and America with side excursions to Australia and back to Europe. A comprehensive account of his life and achievements to the sport of motorcycling has not been available until now. read more View the full article

New Review: M16 rifle Vietnam War - Eduard

Thu, 2019-04-11 15:33
This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 American Vietnam War Era M16 rifles in 1/35 scale. This was the most common rifle used by the Americas and it comes in two variants (4 of each) plus 4 magazines. The set contains the following sets; 8 x Resin M16 rifles (4 of each of the two variants) 4 x Resin magazines 1 x Colored Photo etch sheet 1x Instruction sheet The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the rifles and comes in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light colored straps for variation. The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas. read more View the full article

New Review: AK 47 Assault Rifle - Eduard

Thu, 2019-04-11 15:20
This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 Russian AK 47 rifles in 1/35 scale. This is the most widely used assault rifles in the world. The set contains the following sets; 8 x Resin Karabiner 98k's 4 x Resin Magazines 1 x Colored Photo etch sheet 1x Instruction sheet The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the rifles and comes in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light colored straps for variation. The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas. Summary read more View the full article

Journal

Thu, 2019-04-11 10:12
I'm new to the IPMS since the beginning of the year and I've yet to receive the journal. Is it digital or do we get physical issues? Thanks in advance.

Where is the Judging Survey?

Thu, 2019-04-11 08:33
Other than an announcement by Rusty on the Steel Navy forum and a discussion on this forum of the pros and cons of judging systems, I can find no link to the actual survey itself. Shouldn't this be posted prominently on the web site? I don't believe in conspiracy theories, but why has it not received more publicity?

New Review: Su-30MKK Flanker G Landing Gear (HB)

Thu, 2019-04-11 01:31
IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed. Consisting of 7 separate well-cast white metal parts, this gear is the usual replacement for the kit gear. Hobbyboss provides excellent kits with great detail, but usually has some things simplified. In this case the landing gear has everything it needs attached to the main gear, and as to the nose you add kit shimmy dampers, doors, and taxi lights. The FOD/Mud Guard is supplied with the set as well. read more View the full article

New Review: Air Combat: Dogfights of World War II

Thu, 2019-04-11 00:50
This is a new, hardbound publication that is comprised of the contents of four previously-released volumes in the "Duel" series from Osprey. This compendium is edited by Tony Holmes, and includes: Part 1 (by Tony Holmes), Channel Clashes: Spitfire II/V vs Bf 109E (Duel 67) Part II (by Edward M. Young), Hell in the Pacific: F4F Wildcat vs A6M Zero-sen (Duel 54) Part III (by Dmitriy Khazanov & Aleksander Medved), Air War in the East: La-5/7 vs Fw 190 (Duel 39) Part IV (by Edward M. Young), Ill-Fated Defense of the Home Islands: F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 'Frank' (Duel 73) This book has been produced to very high standards, and it was a joy to hold and read through. The hard binding is extremely sturdy, and all pages have a nice semi-gloss finish that just looks and feels first-rate. Color paintings and profiles are done to a high standard as well, and photos are clearly printed. read more View the full article

New Review: Casemate Scale Plans Messerschmitt Bf 110 C & D 1/32

Wed, 2019-04-10 23:55
This publication, with illustrations by Maciej Noszczak, is an MMPBooks publication and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP books are characterized as being of very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the Ju-88A. There is no text other than captions for the drawings. read more View the full article

New Review: The Russian Battleship Marat

Wed, 2019-04-10 23:54
Kagero's The Russian Battleship Marat is one of the latest in their Super Drawings in 3D series. This edition is in their standard 8.25" x 11.75" format softbound publication that is 68 pages (excluding covers). This volume starts off with seven and a half pages of historical text followed by 61 pages of color 3D illustrations. There is also a Centerfold full of line drawings (~26.6" x 19.0") that starts with profiles at 1/350th scale and goes up to 1/50th scale for the details. I counted 117 color 3D illustrations along with one table. There are no current nor period photographs. read more View the full article
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