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New Review: Ka-27 Helix Seats with Safety Belts

Tue, 2018-03-06 10:55
The Ka-27/Ka-29 Helix helicopter family is a follow-on to the Ka-25 Hormone helicopter. Like the Ka-25, the Ka-27/29 has contra-rotating stacked rotors eliminating the need to a tail rotor to counter torque. Like most helicopters, the Helix's cockpit is very visible and unfortunately, the seats included by most kit manufacturers do not bear any resemblance to those of the actual helicopter. This set from Aires, part of its Quickboost line, seeks to remedy this by providing very nicely detailed seats with the harnesses. The set includes four seats, which allows you to outfit two kits as there are only two seats in the front cockpit of the Helix. The seats are not identical, they each have different configurations for the lap belts, as unless the helicopter is at an airshow, on the actual aircraft, the lap belts end up in lots of different configurations depending on how they are unbuckled and set or tossed aside. read more View the full article

New Review: Brittany 1944

Tue, 2018-03-06 10:45
I think most military modelers are pretty familiar with the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944 - the single largest endeavor yet by the human race in history. What a lot of people are not familiar with, however, are the strategic needs that came up immediately in the aftermath - mainly, the daunting task of equipping and supplying the massive Allied forces now on the European mainland. For that, they needed more ports of supply, and those were for the most part still in German hands. This book details the grueling job facing the Allies of wrestling these away from the Axis as quickly and efficiently as possible. The Axis, on the other hand, were just as determined to either hold these positions or destroy their usefulness to the Allies before succumbing. read more View the full article

New Review: Technicals: Non-Standard Tactical Vehicles from the Great Toyota War to modern Special Forces

Tue, 2018-03-06 10:15
Modern warfare within the last few decades has seen some remarkable (and sometimes deeply disturbing) changes. For the most part, combat in this century is no longer a matter of state-versus-state conflicts with large standing conventional armies facing off. It has instead devolved into much more local, sometimes tribal skirmishes with small, highly mobile forces either fighting other similar units or challenging large state armies with hit-and-run tactics which are oddly reminiscent of how American citizens fought against the much larger and better equipped British forces during the American Revolution. In a sense, what goes around comes around. read more View the full article

Valleycon 28 Chicopee MA

Mon, 2018-03-05 15:10
Wings & Wheels Modelers, an IPMS affiliated scale modeling club which meets in West Springfield presents Valleycon 28 on 25 March 2018 at the Knights of Columbus Hall 460 Granby Road in Chicopee. Doors open to the public at 9:00 am. We will have 68 vendor tables including Action Figure World, Birch Tree Enterprises, Craftec Hobbies, Farina Enterprises, The Hobby Bunker, HobbyWorld USA, Sentinel Miniatures, Time Machine Hobbies, Tom’s Trains, Tru North Paints and, Turn 4 Hobbies We feature traditional IPMS style judging for the automotive and aircraft categories where the best three models in each class take an award. All other categories are judged in the Open System where each entry is judged on its own merits with no predetermined number of awards for each class. Our 31 classes include military vehicles, aircraft, automotive subjects, figures, ships, science fiction, and diorama. Two classes are reserved for juniors under 16. 18 additiona special awards will be presented. We are introducing a dedicated Gundam class. Gundams are based on Japanese animation featuring giant robots and mobile suits. The kits have a wide following worldwide and dealers say they are bringing young teenagers to septuagenarians back into the hobby stores. Our huge raffle with models, reference material and surprise items returns, of course. Contest forms can be found at http://www.wwmodelclub.org/show_pages/forms.htm. Entrants presenting prefilled forms receive two free raffle tickets. Admission is $5.00 for the first three entries. Additional entries are $2.00 each. Children under 17 get in for free and may enter up to three models at no cost. Parking is free and lunch is available for purchase from the K of C. For more information contact Al LaFleche at 413-306-1270 or ajlafleche@comcast.net.

Looking for Revolutionary/Colonial Marine figures/busts

Sun, 2018-03-04 22:00
I got it in mind to build a US Marine figure from the Revolutionary War - none of this is my area of specialty. 54mm is the smallest and I would prefer bigger. I did find 2 Art Girona 54mm figures which I have ordered. I also found a 120mm of exactly what I wanted (round hat, brim up on side) from Minuteman Models but they appear to be out of business for several years. And that's it. I have a couple books here or due-in that may help me convert something else, but right now I know almost nothing about the era and subject. Any help would be appreciated -- I have been trolling the web with various searches then working my way down the results, with little luck -- so it may be there aren't many out there. Thanks in advance.

Blitzscales, the free modelling magazine is ready again

Sun, 2018-03-04 13:46
Dear friends The Blitzscales modelling magazine is ready again, in this March issue you will find: -AML-90 from the Spanish Legion -Serbian military police BRDM-2 by Javier redondo -Flakpanzer E-100 -Fokker Dr.I 1/48 scale -The Nuremberg toy fair news -Mercedes L1500S as a milk delivery truck -3 new freebies for your modelling projects. Remember that Blitzscales is free and you can download it here www.blitzscales.com Best regards