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New Review: North American P-51 IVa (K) – British Camouflaged Mustangs

Mon, 2018-06-04 11:21
I was drawn to this decal set for two reasons: One, I thought that camouflaged Mustangs are not seen as much as the bare metal US aircraft, Two: I had to do the Aussie Southern Cross marking being an Aussie! LPS Hobby is a decal manufacturer from Brazil. The decal sheet, instruction sheet and cover page are contained within a generously sized zip-lock bag. This small decal set contains marking for three British camouflaged P-51K Mustangs from Royal Canadian, South African and Royal Australian Air Forces: read more View the full article

New Review: Metal gear set for Revell 1/32 P-51D-25

Mon, 2018-06-04 11:08
MORE SAC FUN! Yes, the Revell P-51D-5 receives the SAC treatment because it's a big kit, and Ross and his team came up with metal gear for this kit. Thanks to Phil for sending it and Fearless Leader John for approving my working the set. Included in this set are two main gear, two Oleo strut braces, and a tail gear strut. All replace the Revell kit parts, and fit is just like the plastic except it's stronger and can be re-adjusted as required. read more View the full article

New Review: FW-190A seatbelts STEEL 1/48

Mon, 2018-06-04 10:57
IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set for the new Eduard FW-190 series. And thanks to Phil and John for running the team... This seat harness is simplicity itself. There are four parts. That's it, four. FOUR-lap belts, and over the shoulder harness. Installation? Carefully bend these durable steel belts into place. No paint flaking, no fiddling with parts that are too small for even surgical standard tweezers to hold. Just install and admire. Far better than tape and paint, the STEEL series seat harnesses should become one of Eduard's fastest sellers for upgrading kits that don't have harnesses attached. Competitively priced too! Thanks once again to Eduard and their groundbreaking technology leaps and for keeping AMS alive in those of us who have it! View the full article

Riley #33 Mercedes AMG

Sun, 2018-06-03 22:49
Here are the completed pics. of my latest build. It's my first official Tamiya sports car build so there were some small challenges to it. I also had a time with some challenging decals, especially the side panels so I ended up adding some subtle weathering to help minimize the flawed decal application. It was so much of a different, fun build than what I'm used to building I'm looking forward to attempting another one real soon. Oh, and yes, the paint job is part gloss and part matte finish.

New Review: United States WW2 Naval Ensigns (Flags)

Sun, 2018-06-03 01:45
Thanks to Eduard for supplying the set. Bottom Line:At first glance these steel, foldable flags look bright and colorful, but there are a few limitations. On a real model, they are good enough. Not to mention the unspoken scandal of oversized flags for all 1/700 WW2 warships kits, decals or paper. In that case, Eduard's flags are at least good enough, sturdier and more flexible than other options. AFTERMARKET UPGRADE PARTS SET REVIEW: Flag Facts read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-25 Foxbat Landing Gear (ICM)

Sat, 2018-06-02 23:05
We at IPMS continue to thank Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with what has turned into a monthly release schedule with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the crowd out here in the modeling world. This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the relatively new 1/48 ICM Mig-25. As to the basic kit, it is well designed and accurate BUT also is not for beginners. A lot of locations are vague on where parts should line up. I have struggled with the afterburner/augmentor petals, and the overall assembly of the basic fuselage. The landing gear is no different, as the angles and installation are to be expected to cause grief. It gets done but prepare yourself mentally and lay off the adult beverages while trying to line everything up. read more View the full article

New Review: P-51D 75 Gallon Fuel Tanks

Sat, 2018-06-02 22:17
Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN 75 Gallon Fuel Tanks 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: resin: 2 parts decals: yes photo-etched details: yes Upon removal of the components from the package you will notice the great level of detail with the fuel tanks and the added photo-etch adds some great touches. read more View the full article

Industria Mechanika's Red Star 47

Sat, 2018-06-02 13:47
Based off an illustration by Christophe Deese comes this future retro flyer. It comes with a lot of resin parts, a lot of TINY PE, and some clear resin, wire, and thread While the thread if for cabling for the steering vanes, I think I will replace that with some stretch sprue (for durability). There's a lot of WIP pics, that I put on my site. Here's the finished flyer. Thanks for looking.

New Review: Swedish Jet Fighter Colours

Sat, 2018-06-02 00:08
Not exactly sure where my interest in Swedish aircraft comes from. Could be because my Dad is from Minnesota and his relatives go back to Scandinavia including Sweden. But more than likely it is that cool splinter camouflage on the Viggen. No matter the reason this book is an excellent publication to wet that interest. This 200-page hardback book covers exactly what the title says it does, every jet fighter operated by the Swedish Air Force up to today. These are: read more View the full article

Airport to Hotel

Fri, 2018-06-01 16:33
What's the easiest/best way to get from the Airport to the Hotel WITHOUT RENTING A CAR?

New Review: FL 282 V-6 Kolibri

Fri, 2018-06-01 01:13
Courtesy of MiniArt Models website: The Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri ("Hummingbird") is a single-seat open cockpit inter-meshing rotor helicopter produced by Anton Flettner of Germany. The Fl 282 was undoubtedly Anton Flettner's most successful helicopter development. Prototype testing finished by July of 1940 when the helicopter entered service. In 1942 German Navy began testing of FI 282. The FI 282 was found to have good handling in good and bad weather, with stable flight characteristics in all conditions, whilst also being quite maneuverable. Several tests involved rough conditions at sea including landing in harsh conditions which the Kolibri proved itself a capable and reliable machine. In 1942 a total of twenty prototypes were in testing. Based on the prototypes' success, plans to manufacture 1000 helicopters were approved; however, these were never built in such numbers due to the allied bombing of the Flettner and BMW factories. read more View the full article

Quick Note About Pima Tour

Thu, 2018-05-31 15:40
After a quick glance at the Tours page on our website, I noticed that the way the Pima tour blurb is written, it is implied that you need an advance reservation and security check to go to the Pima museum. What it really means (and this is being corrected immediately) is that these two things are only needed for the AMARG tour that is run from the Pima Air and Space Museum onto Davis Monthan Air Force Base. My apologies for any misunderstanding this may have caused. If you know of someone who decided not to do the Pima tour because of this, please let them know of the correct information. For those of you wondering if it’s worth the trip back to Pima, since you were just there in 2010, below is a list of aircraft of some of the 53 aircraft that have been added to the collection since then. Some (noted with an asterisk) are not on display but are visible from museum grounds. The remainder of the new acquisitions not shown here are undergoing restoration and aren’t available to the public. It’s a growing collection, with many of the aircraft now located indoors in well-lit, well-air conditioned buildings and hangars. Definitely worth the trip. Aeritalia C-27A Spartan* Beechcraft RC-12K Guardrail* Beechcraft TC-12B Huron* Beechcraft T-34C* Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Bell P-39N Airacobra Boeing 727-022* Boeing 737-300 Boeing 787-8 Boeing-Vertol CH-46E* Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer Curtis F6C-4 Hawk Curtiss P-40E Warhawk** (may be on display by August) Dassault HU-25A Guardian Dassault Mystere IV De Havilland T35 Vampire Douglas A-24B Banshee Douglas C-9B Skytrain II Douglas DC-10-10 English Electric Lightning Mk.53 Fouga CM-170 Magister General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon Grumman EA-6B Prowler Hawker Siddeley GR.3 Harrier Hawker Siddeley TAV-8A Harrier Hawker Siddeley Kestrel Ilyushin Il-2m Shturmovik* Lockheed C-60 Lodestar McDonnell FH-1 Phantom McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MLD Flogger K Mil Mi-24D Hind Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi NASA Mini-Sniffer II North American F-86E Sabre Sepecat GR.3 Jaguar Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV Supermarine FR XIVe Spitfire Westland AH.1 Gazelle Westland AH.7 Lynx Westland HMA.8 Lynx * In storage but visible from museum grounds.

New Review: Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 landing gear

Wed, 2018-05-30 23:42
Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for the kits plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape. This set includes six parts, the main gear struts, two retract arms, one tailwheel trailing link and strut. All the main gear and tailwheel items are exact copies of the kit parts with most of the mold lined cleaned up. The tailwheel kit part has excessive molding flash and that is cleaned up on the SAC version. SAC gear does require some clean up for the rare cases there are still seam lines. You many also sand and prime the struts to remove some of the rough texture that appears in some areas. Installing the new gear requires CA glue or non-traditional modeling adhesives. SAC recommends that the gear is for experienced modelers that are use to working with metal gear. read more View the full article

New Review: Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 landing gear

Wed, 2018-05-30 23:29
Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for the kits plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape. This set includes four parts, the main gear struts and two options for the tail wheel. The main gear are exact copies of the kit parts with most of the mold lined cleaned up. The tail wheel offers both tail wheel versions offered by Tamiya where one has a canvas covering over the oleo strut and the other showing the strut exposed. Tamiya's instructions indicate which subject uses which tail wheel option. read more View the full article

New Review: Soviet Heavy Tank T-100

Wed, 2018-05-30 23:20
OKB Grigorov, is a Bulgarian scale model designer and manufacturer established in 2003. Their stated goal is to provide quality models and accessories with the maximum amount of details. OKB manufactures resin AFV, ships, and accessories. From Wikipedia: The T-100 was a Soviet twin-turreted heavy tank prototype, designed in 1938-39 as a possible replacement for the T-35. The T-100 was originally conceived with three turrets and was eventually built with two. The prototype T-100 tank was briefly tested without success alongside other designs in the Soviet invasion of Finland in 1939. It was never put into production due to the archaic design concept, poor mobility, and the availability of a far superior alternative, the KV series. read more View the full article

New Review: Vought F4U Corsair

Tue, 2018-05-29 21:04
I've made several of attempts to model a Corsair without much success. I either got bored with the build, frustrated with the fit and moved onto something else, or just didn't find a kit that suit my modeling style. I even resorted to conning a fellow club member into doing a buddy-build with dubious success. Mine not theirs. All of those machinations have fallen short of adding a Vought Corsair model to my collection, until now. When I first saw that AFV Club was releasing a 1/144th scale Corsair I was every excited. This diminutive size is my preferred scale for modeling aircraft and until now there really hasn't been a descent kit available. While excited to get my hands on this kit there was a still bit of trepidation. read more View the full article

1/48 F-15D Eagle

Tue, 2018-05-29 19:31
I built this for one of my dad's doctors, who is a surgeon in the Air Force Reserve. He's gotten a few rides in the backseats of F-15s when the Air Force needed to get him and his skills somewhere quickly, and expressed his desire to have a model of one like he'd been flown in, with FANG markings. I used the Nice Revell 1/48 F-15E Strike Eagle to build this model. I simply left off the conformal fuel packs, bombs, and a few other parts to backdate it to a "D". I wasn't worried about total accuracy, since it's not a contest model; nor about getting a particular tail number duplicated since he's simply looking for a representative Eagle. However, I did hang some missiles on it, as the pics he supplied from some flights made in Eastern Europe showed the planes to be armed. The Revell Strike Eagle kit goes together very well and quickly, and was enjoyable to build. I used MM paints for the camo, pencil for the panel lines, Tamiya wash for the vents, and Bullseye decals for the FANG markings. The FOD and exhaust covers are from Steel Beach. Comments, critiques, and questions welcome. Cheers! GIL

Model Entry forms on Web site

Tue, 2018-05-29 15:49
All The model entry forms are now up on the web site. Simply fill them out and print. To locate these simply click the Forms tab on the left hand side of the main convention page www.ipmsusanationals2018.org . Also please ask your respective clubs about category sponsorships to see if your club has done so. They go along way in covering costs associated with the Convention. Thanks Jim Clark 2018 National Contest Chair

VII Contest El soldadito de pavía – Spain

Tue, 2018-05-29 11:00
Here the models presented in this contest are shown in the best possible way. I hope you like it

New Review: Soviet Submarine Project 628

Mon, 2018-05-28 20:02
Project 628 was a design study, circa 1952-1953, to fit a Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomei (Vladimir Nikolaevich Chelomey) sub-sonic cruise missile to the 1,500-ton diesel-electric Soviet XIV series K-Class sub. The Russian Project 628 proposal is similar to what the US Navy did with a 'Loon' launching from a Gato Class submarine, the USS Cusk SSG-348. The original K-Class design was approved in 1936 as a long range "cruiser submarine" with a heavy torpedo and gun armament. The boats could operate as a "fleet submarine" working with the battle fleet or as long range commerce raiders. The double hull was divided into seven compartments. It was originally planned to carry a small floatplane for scouting but this concept was abandoned when the planned aircraft proved too flimsy. read more View the full article