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The Duke Finishes Four More Vehicles

Sat, 2018-09-08 15:02
With all the model construction going on this past few days; I was able to finish another four models. I'll start with the three models in the Airfix RAF Support Vehicles set. Yes, I'm counting this little model as one since I did have to put the three parts together before painting it. This is the British BSA M-20 motorcycle: The second vehicle in this set is the RAF Tilly: And the third model in this set is the Bedford MWC tanker truck: I did minimal dusting on these since they were typically used on airfields where there is not much dirt and dust on tarmacs compared to streets, roads and fields. This last one I finished is the Airfix Churchill Bridgelayer tank: There you go, my latest finished armor models. Thank you for looking in, comments are welcome!

New Review: German Tank Destroyer Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther Ausf G1

Fri, 2018-09-07 14:49
This is kit comprised of about 600 styrene parts of which 508 are the track pieces, 2 frets of photo etched parts, an abundant set of poly caps and a set of braded wire for the tow cables. Not listed, but in the box was a metal barrel. It appears that it would replace part C13. The instructions include 4 different finishes, so you need to choose which one you want to make and then review the instruction to see which set you need to follow. I chose option 3 and then when thru the instruction crossing out the other options so only option 3 was showing. The 4 options are as follows: 1. #212 sPzJgAbt 654 Battle of the Ruhr, March 1945 2 #01 Headquarters, sPzJgAbt 559 Western France 1944 3. #314 sPzJgAbt 654, Normandy, France 1944 4. #? sPzJgAbt 559, Ardennes, 1944 read more View the full article

2019 National Convention Hotel info

Thu, 2018-09-06 09:31
Hello, the availability of hotel rooms for a National Convention is always a hot topic. We've tried to be as honest and transparent as we can regarding when the room blocks will be opened up and available for reservations. We announced in Phoenix that we thought it would happen in Mid-September, and I didn't realize how accurate that was. Let this serve as the official announcement (or one of several) that the room blocks for all three convention hotels will be open, and reservation links posted on the convention website (www.ipmsusanationals.com), on Friday September 14, 2018. There are three hotels at this point: 1) The Marriott. This hotel is physically attached to the Chattanooga Convention Center, and will therefore be the most convenient. The room rate is $144/night. 2) The Day's Inn Rivergate. About a block and a half away, it's a very easy walk to the CCC, and for the budge conscious, the room rate is $109/night. 3) The Read House. A historic downtown hotel, it's just now wrapping up a complete renovation. I'm told they left the "ghost room" alone, but I don't know what they did with the room that housed Al Capone as he was transported from Florida to Chicago to stand trial. An easy 2 block walk to the CCC, the room rate is $134/night. Again, all three blocks will be opened up on 9-14-18 with reservation links posted on the convention website - www.ipmsusanationals.com Thanks Mike Moore Convention Chairman

New Review: Sci-fi 4 Display Base

Thu, 2018-09-06 08:25
All of us, at some point, have finished a model after many weeks or months of work, and realized that it needed a display base of some sort to enhance the piece. But creating a base can often be just as time consuming as the model, and if you are ready to move on to another project, it may get put on the back burner or never get done. Coastal Kits is working to provide a solution to this problem with several premade, two-dimensional bases that allow you to quickly and easily enhance your model. For this review, I will be looking at the one of these bases, which is called Sci-Fi 4. read more View the full article

New Review: German Fokker E.III Eindekker

Thu, 2018-09-06 08:16
Instructions: The instructions in this kit are similar to those of all of Airfix’s new issues. They are on full size sheets, with one page of general historical information in 5 languages, one sheet of brief modeling instructions in 12 languages, and 19 detailed assembly drawings on 4 pages. There is also one sheet of excellent rigging instructions with 1/72 scale drawings, since this model needs wire rigging to look realistic. The box art has the color guide and painting references, although there isn’t a lot of interior information, especially since not all interior colors are covered. There is no sprue diagram or detailed information on the forward part of the cockpit interior. The photo on p. 20 of the Imrie book should solve this problem. Decals: read more View the full article

New Review: The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058

Thu, 2018-09-06 01:10
Thanks to Casemate Books for the review copy! read more View the full article

Modeler's Guide to Colors of Original Starship Enterprise

Wed, 2018-09-05 13:05
http://culttvman.com/main/a-modelers-guide-to-painting-the-starship-enterprise-by-gary-kerr/ http://culttvman.com/main/a-modelers-guide-to-painting-the-starship-enterprise-pt2-by-gary-kerr/

New Review: US ARMY M163 VULCAN

Tue, 2018-09-04 08:33
The M113 is a long serving fully tracked APC that was first fielded in Vietnam by the US Army in 1962. It has long been replaced by the M2 and M3 Bradley in front line roles but this versatile chassis still has a number of units in service in support roles. One of the most interesting uses of this chassis is the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System or VADS. This marries the M113 to the M168 rotary cannon, which is a variant of the 20MM M61. This new injection molded kit from Academy is one among previously released versions of the M113 chassis. It is an oldie yet goodie chassis with some new sprues that to add the parts for the M163 variant. read more View the full article

New Review: F-16 C Alaska Splinters (Part II)

Tue, 2018-09-04 08:25
The Air Force's 18th Aggressor Squadron is based at Eielson AFB in Alaska and flies specially painted F-16s in fulfilling its role of simulating opposing air forces. Over the years its F-16s have worn a wide variety of paint schemes mimicking those used by potential opponents. Recently, the Squadron painted some of its F-16s in several variations of the "Splinter" scheme recently observed on Russian Su-34s and the Sukhoi T-50. Two Bobs have now issued decal sheets in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales to allow modelers to depict these schemes. read more View the full article

New Review: Fündekals F-102A & F-106 Decals

Tue, 2018-09-04 00:48
Sheets reviewed: Convair F-102A Delta Dagger Part 1 $12.00 Convair F-102A Delta Dagger Part 2 12.00 Convair F-106 Delta Dart Stencils 15.00 Stars and Bars - Post War and Grey 15.00 each The Product read more View the full article

New Review: Chance Vought F4U Corsair

Mon, 2018-09-03 22:05
This is a very handy reference publication for modelers. In this booklet by Maciej Noszczak, there are 20 pages of beautiful line drawings, side view color plates and photos of the XF4U-1 prototype. There is little in the way of text, aside from a long paragraph detailing the basic developmental stages for the Corsair family of aircraft. The line drawings are highly detailed (including one full page inserted and removable page). The line drawings are prepared in 1/48thscale while the color plates are done in a larger unspecified scale. However, these color plates provide a number of valuable color references in both two-tone grey over white, solid dark grey, and the ever popular intermediate blue and dark blue over white schemes. Though far from an expert on the Corsair, I made several comparisons, using Tamiya's 32ndscale kit and panel lines and even rivet details appear to be accurate. read more View the full article

SAS Gunner North Africa 1941

Mon, 2018-09-03 14:15
Hello everyone. This is my first kinda commission build. A marketing agency for Testors asked our club to paint a figure for their office using only the six paints in a figure painting set they're putting out and which had to be done by 08/31/18. I'm the only one in the club that does figures to it fell to me. I chose a DEF models British SAS Jeep Gunner in 1941 North Africa with his pet monkey (I guess a Barbary Macaque) that with the theme on the packaging. The six colors were Model Master enamels Olive Drab Semi Gloss, Burnt Umber Flat, Burnt Sienna Flat, British Crimson Flat, Cobalt Blue Flat and Skin Tone Light Flat. I got the colors by using lots of mixing with Burnt Umber for the black and Skin Tone for the white. I kept only the white for the eyes by masking them and using the background white primer. The metal for the gun was done using the Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna and Cobalt Blue Flat. This was actually pretty fun. Usually for a figure like this I would use block color enamels finishing with oils, which would take about 60 years. With just the six colors and a looming two week deadline the painting moved along really fast. I was also fortunate that this was an excellent sculpt that let me paint it is several sections and so I didn't have to mask and wait for a lot of drying. Thanks for letting me share.

Purchasing past issues of the Journal

Mon, 2018-09-03 11:47
Good morning, I was wondering how I should go about purchasing past issues of the Journal. I can see the covers and article contents, but there is no link to add them to a Cart. I was a member in the 60s and 70s, but dropped it as new interests intervened. I re-upped in the 20-teens, and would like some specific back issues. While a couple of issues came out relatively recently, I don't remember the articles listed. And obviously there will be some from between the 70s and 20-teens that I would want. I saw a comment on a 2017 posting listing Jim Pearsall and the office manager, Marie, but how does one contact them? Many thanks, Alan

IPMS UK Scale Modelworld Show 2018

Mon, 2018-09-03 03:15
The big one is on the weekend of 10th and 11th November at Telford Internationa! Exhibition Centre UK. Hope to welcome visitors from across the pond to this fabulous show!

New Review: Sturmgeschutz, Vol. 1, Legends of Warfare

Mon, 2018-09-03 01:31
David Doyle is a well-known author of over 100 books published since 2003, covering a wide range of military subjects. Adding aircraft and warship subjects to his already lengthy list of published books covering military vehicles, Doyle's portfolio of publications continues to expand rapidly, while maintaining the highest degree of quality, accuracy, and depth of coverage. read more View the full article

New Review: Special Hobby P-40N with CMK Add-On Parts

Sun, 2018-09-02 21:23
The Aircraft The P-40N was in several respects the final and some would say the definitive P-40 Warhawk or the Kittyhawk Mk. IV. The most distinguishing feature was the extended canopy, which provided the pilot with a much better view from within the canopy. While it can't be seen from the exterior, this model of the P-40N was powered by the Allison V-1710-87 engine. The Kit This kit was a pleasure to build and estimated to take only 20 hours to complete, appears to match the published dimensions in all respects, and provides an attractive addition to the Warhawk or Kittyhawk family of kits (not counting the CMK after-market items noted below). The Build read more View the full article

New Review: Charlie Company’s Journey Home

Sun, 2018-09-02 20:14
Charlie Company's Journey Home THE FORGOTTEN IMPACT ON THE WIVES OF VIETNAM VETERANS I found this book to be a compelling read on several levels. It is written about the lives of women who were involved with and or married to the men who served with Charlie Company, 4thof the 47thInfantry, 9thInfantry Division, stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. It is certainly a book full of statistics, averages and other data to provide the reader with a great deal of insight into what life was like for the very few wives already married when their husbands were preparing to go into combat in Vietnam in early 1967. As a nation, we seemed to overlook the terrible toll--mentally and physically, that the women who stay home pay. read more View the full article

New Review: We March Against England, Operation Sea Lion 1940-41

Sun, 2018-09-02 18:33
It's June of 1940. The Wehrmacht has just crushed the armies of Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The British Army has escaped across the Channel from Dunkirk, and they've left a lot of equipment behind, not to mention a goodly number of soldiers. Germany has to get their act together in France, prepare for occupation of those conquered territories, and then there's the thought of what to do about England. This book is not the usual Osprey book we review here at IPMS USA. It is mostly text, with only a few pictures thrown in. It covers the period from June 1940 to July of 1941. After this, Sea Lion became a moot point, as the Wehrmacht had their hands full in the Soviet Union. CHAPTER LISTING read more View the full article

New Review: Heinkel He 177 Units of World War 2

Sun, 2018-09-02 14:45
The title of this recent issue in Osprey's Combat Aircraft series is a bit misleading. While it is called He 177 Units of World War 2, this book is much more comprehensive than that. The entire concept, development and deployment of this interesting aircraft are thoroughly covered. Perhaps the very first paragraph of the book sums up the history of the He 177 best of all: "In the history of aviation, many aircraft, civil and military, have been the cause or subject of tortuous development, heated debate, disagreement, uncertainty, confusion, and often danger." That pretty much says it all for Heinkel's heavy bomber! read more View the full article

New Review: Detail & Scale USN & USMC WW2 Carrier-Based Aircraft, Digital-Print

Sun, 2018-09-02 09:07
Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, in a digital format and now in print-on-demand paperback format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of USN and USMC carrier aircraft of WW2, and comparing it to a more traditional format. The official title is U. S. Navy and Marine Carrier Based Aircraft of World War 2. This review of the e-book and the nearly-mirror equivalent paperback will be in three parts; 1) a general overview of both, 2) content coverage of both versions, and 3) how effective and useful the digital e-book format is compared to the traditional paperback format, from a modeler's perspective. Overview read more View the full article