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New Review: Revell USS Oriskany

Sun, 2018-02-11 00:00
HISTORY The Oriskany (CV34 ) was an Essex class carrier, laid down on May 1, 1944, and launched on October 13, 1945. She was too late for World War II, and construction was suspended in 1946. Construction was restarted in 1950. Oriskany was commissioned on September 25. 1950. She was built as a straight deck carrier, and served in the Korean War. Oriskany went to San Francisco in 1956 for a complete refit. The wooden deck was removed and a new aluminum angled deck installed. The hydraulic catapults were replaced with more powerful steam catapults. Oriskany was recommissioned in 1959. Oriskany served off Vietnam for six cruises. Her most famous pilot was Lt Cdr John McCain, who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, and was a POW until 1973. John McCain is now senator from Arizona. read more View the full article

New Review: Osprey Boer Guerilla versus British Mounted Soldier

Sat, 2018-02-10 14:55
This title is from Osprey's well received Combat Series of books. It is number 26 in the series. From the cover: South Africa 1880-1902 Waged across an inhospitable terrain, which varied from open African savannah to broken mountain country and semi-arid desert, the Anglo-Boer wars of 1880-81 and 1899-1902 pitted the British Army and its allies against the Boer Commandos. Independent and individualistic, the Boers were not professional soldiers but a civilian militia, expert shots who moved on horseback but dismounted to fight. Although the British Army's initial over-dependence on conventional tactics led to a string of Boer victories, the British experimented with mounted infantry units of their own, melding the benefits of regular cavalry mobility and discipline with the advantages of fighting on foot. This fully illustrated study reveals both sides experience of combat in two savage conflicts, from the initial Boer victories of 1880-81 through to the final battles of 1900-02. Review: read more View the full article

Twitter and Facebook

Sat, 2018-02-10 13:35
If you use either of these two social media tools, the Phoenix 2018 convention now has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IPMSNATSPHX2018/ and a Twitter account: @IPMS2018phx Please spread these links, Thanks, Mike Mackowski PS - I'm wrangling the seminars so if any one has a request or offer, get in touch!


Sat, 2018-02-10 09:32
I need help in locating resin tires to replace those rubber tires that come with Trumpter's AD3 Skywarrior. I know Steel Beach made some but are OOP. Thanks.

New Review: GAU 8 Avenger Gun & Pitot PE

Sat, 2018-02-10 08:01
History Developed in parallel with the AX program which eventually led to the A-10 Thunderbolt II the General Electric GAU-8 "Avenger" was designed as a tank killer. The seven-barrel 30 mm cannon can fire over 3000 rounds a minute. When coupled with depleted uranium cored ammunition this weapon can penetrate most known armor. During my time in the USAF I was posted with the 23rd TAC who flew the shark mouthed A-10s of Flying Tiger fame. Part of my duties required maintenance visits to the firing range where I got to see these weapons awesome power first hand. A number of model companies have produced the A-10 in 1/48 scale and while the airframes are very good in most cases the gun is a solid piece without hollow barrels. Scratch building a GAU-8 is certainly possible but not necessary with this masterpiece of an aftermarket set. The Set read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard P-51D Hamilton Standard Propeller

Sat, 2018-02-10 07:51
Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN Hamilton Standard Propeller 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: Grey resin components (7 pieces) Etched brass part (1plus spares) A resin assembly jig Upon removal of the components from the package you will notice the great level of detail with the inside of both the spinner front and back-plate boasting some great touches. The blades are great and the shape on these are perfect. The set also comes with a jig to help with location of the blades and is also nice to help hold the assembly if you want to drill a hole in the center for the prop to spin, read more View the full article

Bulma, Son Gokou and Oolong in Kings Ox Vehicle

Fri, 2018-02-09 22:03
From the Bandai Dragon Ball series. Thanks for letting me share!

New Review: Osprey Early US Armor - Armored Cars 1915-40

Fri, 2018-02-09 18:48
This informative and well-illustrated book covers early US armor from steam-powered units in the late 1800s, early armored cars used in pursuit of Pancho Villa, and armored cars in action during the Great War. Armored cars were abandoned prior to World War II in favor of more lightly armored scout cars and half-track cars that would see extensive use in World War II. Prolific author Steven J. Zaloga has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. Illustrator Felipe Rodriguez Nanez works as an architect and computer graphics artist. He combines his experience in CG art and his passion for modelling in his illustrations, where he looks for a good balance between technical detail and craft. Contents: read more View the full article

F14A tomcat engine nozzles

Fri, 2018-02-09 11:18
Hello there I was watching a you tube modeler build a Tamiya 1/48 scale Tomcat and notice he build the engines in two different ways one engine was wide open and the other almost closed since I do not know to much about jets or modeling them is that the correct way to model the engines, forgive me for asking but having the engines look different looks funny If I was modeling a jet I would have the engines the same accurate or not Ronald

Italeri 1/48 UH-1D Huey Build

Fri, 2018-02-09 08:28
Starting Italeri's 1/48 scale UH-1D. Have the pilot/co-pilot seats detailed. I am scratch building the jump seats. The one in the kit are way too thick and not in correct scale. Starting the canvas for the benches today. Here are some pictures of the progress.

New Review: T-90 Standard Tank: The First Tank of the New Russia

Wed, 2018-02-07 15:56
Background The T-90 "Standard Tank" was an evolutionary development of the Soviet T-72 tank, the latter being a prime component of Soviet tank forces during the mid-1970's to the mid 1990's. The T-72 was also exported widely, including to the armed forces of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. During the 1991 Gulf War, the Iraqi T-72 tanks suffered very badly against such tanks as the U.S. M1 Abrams. Whether this was due to the T-72 being notably inferior to the West's main battle tanks or poor training and tactics on the part of the Iraqis is irrelevant: the perception in many nations following the 1991 war was that the Soviet tank was inferior. Thus, there was pressure within the Russian military-industrial complex to get rid of the "T-72" name. Hence naming the first tank out of the newly formed "Russia" the T-90. read more View the full article

New Review: RAF WWII Fighter Instrument Panels

Wed, 2018-02-07 15:43
The book is a part of MMP books "Inside" series and is an illustrated guide to some of the RAF WWII most famous fighters. The book contains so fantastic illustrations which give any modeler a great reference guide for completing cockpit instruments. This book is a very good reference guide and idea for all modelers. I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the aircraft and modeling them. Thanks go to Mushroom Model Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them View the full article

New Review: Bf-109G-6/14 Exterior Set 1/48

Wed, 2018-02-07 14:13
The new Zvezda kit picks up where the excellent Bf-109F kit leaves off. The new kit shares many of the same sprues and because of this it has some similar issues. Notably the kit needs some help in a few areas, namely the ailerons, exhausts and wheel wells. Well Vector has stepped up to the plate and provided some exquisite resin corrections. Packaged in a small ziplock bag with a paper label at the top, Vector provides you with some beautifully cast light grey resin that is blemish free. You get two new wheel wells, two ailerons, exhausts, cockpit shelf and bulged battery box. The kit ailerons feature some exquisite fabric representation on the top side, but only on the top side. The bottom is missing the fabric detail. Not a horrible thing but a noticeable oversight. It is a shame that Zvezda didn't take the time to correct this but Vector provides you with two new ailerons with beautiful detail on both sides. read more View the full article

IPMS membership number?

Wed, 2018-02-07 11:46
I just joined the IPMS about a week ago, I did it "on line" with a credit card. I now have my receipt but what about my number? Is it on the receipt & I'm just not seeing it? Thanks, Larry B

Hello from E-city NC

Wed, 2018-02-07 10:19
Finally I joined IPMS! I have been a plastic model builder since the 60's as a kid, I have built lots over the past years on and off just as a relaxing past time and once again I am starting to have that "build a model" urge. What sparked it happened last year, my wife & I built a Tamiya 1/16 Sherman tank so we could participate in the IR tank battles at Danville Va, she did the majority of the actual building with some coaching and I did the airbrush work. Our little tank project got my interest going again! I am planning on entering the IPMS show in Richmond Va in a couple of weeks with an old scratch built Disney Nautilus, I always enjoy checking out the fantastic models and all the cool stuff the vendors have to offer. I do have one question, after joining when do I get my IPMS number? I have my receipt but no number, or am I just not sharp enough to see it? Larry B

Canadair CF-104 "Starfighter" 1:32 MWP Project

Wed, 2018-02-07 08:49
Hi to all I finished the MWP (Metal Work Panels) Canadair CF-104 Starfighter project with an aluminum coating . The kit used is that of Italeri with the addition of some optional accessories and many scratch-built parts. The project envisaged the representation of the model belonging to the 417 SQN. Cold Lake Alberta year 1970 under renovation / reconditioning and rearmament with the Vulcan M61 / A cannon removed first. For the technical part, I found, among others, different interesting photographic material and to which I was inspired, directly on the website of the http://www.canadianstarfightermuseum.ca/ For the contextualization, I modified the product of the Noy Pines 3D Display expanding the three high-resolution images to reach an optimal result according to the actual dimensions of the model. These are the images of the finished work: for more info & pics:http://www.adventurephotomodels.com Thank you for your interest and for watching at this work George


Wed, 2018-02-07 01:38
This may have already been discussed. A great way to organize you paint is to use clear acryilic nail polish origanizer. that hang on the wall. Can get through Amazon. Holds about 100-120 bottles of paint such as AMMO, MIG, TAMIYA, VALLEJO, TESTORS. Also a great way to organize your paint sets is to purchase a peg board and peg board hooks.

New to IPMS

Wed, 2018-02-07 01:09
My name is Jim Pariseau. I am a new member. Been building models since I was 5 years old (54 years ago). I live in South Burlington, Vermont. Mostly I build 1/48 scale airplanes. My ever increasing stash is up to about 200 models. I have finally realized I will never build them all. But always in the market to purchase new kits and after market accessories. You can say I am a compulsive buyer. Looking to hear from other modelers. Does anyone know why Vermont does not have any good hobby shops?

New Review: GBU-43/B MOAB

Tue, 2018-02-06 23:24
The website Deagel.com describes the MOAB as follows: the GBU-43/B, also known as Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) or Mother Of All Bombs, is a 20,000-pound class bomb designed to hit large areas of enemy territory to achieve a terrifying psychological impact. It uses a GPS-based navigation system and a single blast-type warhead. The yield of this weapon is equivalent to 11-tons of TNT, obliterating an area of 200-250 meters radius. The MOAB bomb was developed to be available for the Iraq campaign in 2003 (Operation Iraqi Freedom), but it was not deployed. It has been designed to be dropped by an MC-130 Combat Talon aircraft. The final developmental test was carried out on March 11, 2003. It was employed for the first time by the US Air Force to fight the Islamic State in Afghanistan on April 13, 2017. When this weapon was used operationally in Afghanistan, video of the drop and explosion was all over the news. I kept thinking that somebody is going to release a kit of this beast before too long. That before too long has turned into now. read more View the full article

New Review: Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Bomber Units

Tue, 2018-02-06 23:22
Marco Mattioli was born January 1, 1966 in Rome. Marco has been interested in military history since he was a teenager. In 1992 he joined the Italian National Journalist Order, after which he was employed as a writer for several leading Italian history publishers. A contributor to many important Italian history and defense magazines, as well as the author of a number of books on Italian military aviation, he wrote Osprey Aviation Elite Units 38: 53deg Stormo and Osprey Combat Aircraft 106: Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Units. Richard J. Caruana, who lives and works in Malta, is best known for his technical and colour drawings which appear regularly in magazines in the UK (Scale Aviation Modeller International), Italy (Elicotteri e Aerei Militari, Aerofan) and Greece (Model Expert). His aviation art, specializing in the history and colours of the Regia Aeronautica, has also been published in the US, Canada, Australia, Portugal, Argentina and Israel. He also has 14 books to his credit as author. Check him out at https://sites.google.com/site/rjcaviationart/. read more View the full article