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North American P-51D Mustang wings

Sun, 2019-01-27 15:49
Good Afternoon All, I’m getting ready to start Tamiya’s 1/32nd scale P-51D. I know that when the aircraft were at the assembly plant, the wings were puttied and sanded smooth to reduce drag. Can anyone tell me how much of the wing was puttied, and which areas ?Thanks in advance. Regards Christopher

New Review: The Etruscans 9th – 2nd Centuries BC

Sun, 2019-01-27 09:51
The Etruscans are sometimes regarded as the fore-runners of the later Roman civilization, and they certainly appear to have had enormous influence over the development of that empire, and yet despite this, relatively little is really know today about them. Their language has only ever been partially translated and very little written documentation survives except later tomes by Romans and Greeks which are debatably accurate, to say the least. What is generally believed is that the Etruscans were something of an amalgam culture, having some seafaring antecedents as well as people from the Asian subcontinent and other places (which seems to suggest they were very much a merchant culture with extensive trade routes). However, there are other later writers who claimed they were native to the area of Northern Italy, so go figure. In any case they dominated Northern Italy for around a millennia, and even occupied Rome for a while before going into a steep decline and eventual extinction. read more View the full article

STRABOKRAN

Fri, 2019-01-25 17:05
Takom Strabokran diorama work in progress. Dak

New Tru-Color Releases 1/25/19

Fri, 2019-01-25 15:11
News from our friends at Tru-Color. Contact info: tcpmodelpaint@gmail.com www.trucolorpaint.com March: Military 1451: German Armor: RAL 6003- Olive Green 1452: German Armor: RAL 8017- Rotbrun #1 (Red-Brown) 1453: German Armor: RAL 8017- Rotbrun #2 (Red-Brown) 1118: Kriegsmarine: RAL 7038 Hellgrau 1119: Kriegsmarine: Mittelgrau (Medium Gray) 1120: Kriegsmarine: RAL 8013 Schiffsboden Farbe Rot #5 (Anti-fouling Red) Automobile 655: Spacegrau- BMW, 2008-2012 776: Atlanticblau (Pearlescent)- BMW, 2008-2012 777: Silverstone Silver Metallic- BMW, 2008-2012 Structure/Infrastructure 435: Matte Leaf Light Green 436: Matte Leaf Dark Green April: Military 1454: German Armor: RAL 3049- Red Oxide Primer 1455: German Armor: RAL 8000- Yellow Brown 1046: Teak 1117: Kriegsmarine: RAL 7037 Dunkelgrau 1121: Kriegsmarine: Silbergrau (Silver-Gray) Automobile 652: Indigolitblau- Mercedes-Benz, 2008-2012 791: Chromitblack Pearl- Mercedes-Benz, 2008-2012 792: Sandinbeige Pearl- Mercedes-Benz, 2008-2012 Structure/Infrastructure 447: Matte Light Brown Tree Bark 448: Matte Dark Brown Tree Bark

Completed Revell-Germany 1/32nd scale Westland Lynx HAS.3

Thu, 2019-01-24 22:37
Finally finished. The fit of all the parts on this model were outstanding. Decals were great. Rivets took awhile to put on, but it was well worth it. The entire model was painted Testors Model Master enamels. (Except for the blue cockpit window tint. That was Tamiya Clear Blue.) After I sealed the model with gloss overcoat for the decals, I applied a wash of Lamp Black artist oils thinned with mineral spirits. I let it dry for about an hour. I then took a clean cotton cloth dampened with CLEAN mineral spirits, and wiped off the excess wash. Time to move on to the next one. Regards Christopher

Hello, Is it possible to transfer my subject from the section of ready aircraft model

Thu, 2019-01-24 05:16
Hello, Is it possible to transfer my subject from the section of ready aircraft models to the section with relations during construction. By mistake and my ignorance I have posted a topic not where the pike and this is causing confusion. The subject workshop of Wedell Williams type 45 scales 1/32. Thank you, Marcin

New Review: Two Bobs EA-18G “Pew Pew” Growlers

Tue, 2019-01-22 15:55
Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release has very interesting markings used by VAQ-209 with a "Star Wars" theme on the aircraft. A black/white Darth Vader helmet, the word "VADER" on the spine and VADER 1 (white decal hard to see in picture) on a black fuel tank are on the CAG aircraft. The line jets have a gray/white Darth Vader helmet (third decal sheet) on the tail. The three sheets are printed perfectly without any print register errors. The small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. Stencils and other markings are included on a second sheet insert. There is one (front and back) color instructions sheet that clearly show placement of markings for the three subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied. read more View the full article

New Review: Osprey Duel 90 USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine: Pacific 41-42

Tue, 2019-01-22 15:40
This book is number 90 in Osprey's Duel series where they take two opposing forces and compare/contrast them. The two subjects are the Imperial Japanese Navy's submarines verses the US Navy's destroyers. The book explains the develop of both these forces before the attack on Pearl Harbor, then goes into greater detail of the next 13 months of fighting until the end of 1942. The book starts with a four-page introduction detailing Japanese developing submarine tactics of using their force to attack US Navy capital ships in a war of attrition leading up to a decisive grand battle between the fleets. They developed large, fleet submarines that were over 300 feet long and had airplane hangers on them. Whereas, the US Navy's destroyer force was not training is anti-submarine warfare, but rather using their destroyers surface warfare fighters. These two beginning war strategies did not serve either side well the first year of combat. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Wellington Mk. Ia/c Wheels

Tue, 2019-01-22 15:27
IPMS/USA again thanks the Eduard team for sending us more of their prolific output targeted toward improving already great kits. Thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... This set is an upgrade to the 2018 release of the new-mold Airfix 1/72 Wellington 1a/c. Consisting of three parts, it is the two main wheel/tires as one part each, and the single-part tail wheel strut and wheel/tire assembly, and a masking set for same. On the kit the main wheels are split into two halves per old-school molding, which the resin items dispense with, having a casting block on the ground section of the tire. . read more View the full article

New Review: Douglas A-1E “Fat Face” Skyraider conversion for Trumpeter

Mon, 2019-01-21 02:06
IPMS/USA extends extreme gratitude to Paul and Susy Fisher for sending us this excellent set to upgrade the Trumpeter AD-2/6 or A-1H to an A-1E Hallelujah! WE HAVE A LARGE SPAD! And thanks to Phil and John for graciously allowing me to review this set. On the "be patient" side of the ledger, Paul and Susy have had some misfortune by being located in Paradise, California. Although they lost most all their manufacturing capability and personal possessions, they are still here with us, and my last note from him showed he's temporarily out of the business until they can recover with a new place. I expect they will be back. On to modeling: This shall be a basic review of the set as received and built so you can see what is in the box. read more View the full article

New Review: Detail & Scale F4F & FM Wildcat Digital Volume 7

Sun, 2019-01-20 23:48
Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, in a digital format with 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 the F4F & FM Wildcat and variants. Overview The publication is another extraordinary compilation of history, data, and images of a USN aircraft that was critically important throughout World War II. The content is organized into history, U. S. variants, French and British versions, aircraft details, paint schemes, and a very comprehensive and current modeler's section. read more View the full article

New Review: US Navy pilot seated in A/C WWII

Sun, 2019-01-20 13:31
PJ Production is well known for its figures and this time has provided another fine example of military pilots for a specific era. Most often, pilot figures covered are US Army or international pilots. This set is specific to the US Navy which is a nice touch to their ever-expanding product line. The product contains two figures of two different styles with a small amount of flash is on the figures which is simply brushed away while detail is nice and crisp. Both complete figures (less arms), wearing helmets with the goggles up and seat belt harness on. The two have slightly different head positions and the arms only allow for right hand on stick and left hand on a throttle(s). read more View the full article

New Review: US Navy pilot seated in A/C (50s)

Sun, 2019-01-20 13:26
PJ Production is well known for its figures and this time has provided another fine example of military pilots for a specific era. Most often, jet pilot figures from the 60's through the eighties are very common but 1950s era jet pilot figures are not very easy to find especially in 72 scale. This collection leads in filling this short span of helmet and clothing styles on pilot figures. The product contains two figures of two different styles with a small amount of flash is on the figures which is simply brushed away while detail is nice and crisp. There was a small hole of the face that will need to be filled which appears to be a casting flaw. Both complete figures (less arms) are wearing helmets with the visor up and oxygen mask on. The two have slightly different head positions and the arms only allow for right hand on stick and left hand on a throttle(s). read more View the full article

New Review: Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal Winter 2018 Vol 49/4

Sun, 2019-01-20 13:16
Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter. Those interested in the newsletter can subscribe by visiting the C&CI website. The "lead" article, "Who Shot Down Alan Jerrard?" by Dr. Jiri Rajlich, answers the title question immediately. The article follows the path of FLIK 51J Ace Eugen Bonsch, and the aerial engagement of March 30, 1918 in which Alan Jerrard was shot down. The story isn't focused on the actual exchange of gun fire as it is about Bonsch's war-time experience, and his life following WWI and the onset of WWII. Credit for the aerial victory was not assigned to Bonsch, but to a superior officer. The article contains a copy of Bonsch's notes from Bonsch's diary, in German, and then the English translation of those notes. It's a fascinating story about the experiences of an airman who whom many Westerners have no familiarity. read more View the full article

Dap Plastic Wood Natural

Sun, 2019-01-20 12:30
I bought this stuff on spec a while ago, and tossed it into my scenics drawer. It was $13 for 32 oz. I don't think it would be worth it for a larger dio, but good for some smaller vignette. I decided for a mini I was building I would try it out. I dug into my collection of little bits of foam from shipping boxes I found the size I liked, and then cut more to fill in the space for the two hills I have planned. Gluing them with Woodland Scenics Foam Glue, I put everything in place. I realized I needed a smaller rise to offset the hills so I tore pieces off some sheet cork I had and added them to the center. Once dry I got out some Dap Plastic Wood that I had put away in a drawer to use as the groundwork. Out of the container it's this brown-red color, but as you'll see it turns to a light brown when dry. First I started out just using my hands, but this stuff is very sticky, and it's best to use some spatula shaped tools. It also help to keep the tools wet. From there things progressed very quickly. And you need to be quick. The Plastic Wood dries pretty fast. It was already starting to firm up in 5 minutes. Keeping it wet slows that time - a little. As you see in the pics as the putty dries it gets lighter in color, a clue that it's time to sand (if you want things smoother). Sanding is easy. The Giant was moulded to be stepping off a boulder. To have come continuity I took some landscaping bark chips and made additional boulders. The bark chips make great rocks by painting them black and then subsequent lighter drybrusings of gray. I also painted the ground a dark brown. From there is was just a matter of spreading some PVA glue around the base, and then with a static grass applicator, put the grass down. For realism, make sure to leave little bare spaces. It's the wilderness after all and not a lawn or golf course.

South Texas

Sun, 2019-01-20 01:36
Hello from South Texas. My name is Tony Southern and I just joined the forums. I am not affiliated with any chapter currently. My interest is in aircraft and cars for modeling. I am a member of several forums on the net and have met a lot of other modelers. I look forward to learning different build techniques from you folks here as well.

New Review: The Cruiser Moskva. Top Drawings

Sat, 2019-01-19 23:54
Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy! The Moskvawas specifically designed to be a US Polaris submarine hunter/killer in the Arctic Ocean, along with her* sister ship Leningradin 1962, and operational in 1967. Their primary weapon was helicopter-launched torpedoes and depth charges assisted with sonobuoys, although the ships themselves carried missiles and torpedoes. Their reason for being evaporated when the US switched to longer range Poseidon ICBMs, meaning the boomers did not need to be in the Arctic Sea anymore. Since survival of the Moskvain open waters was problematic, as was finding boomers in time before launches, these two ships were transferred to the Black Sea fleet. Moskvaspent her remaining time shuttling to and from the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Seas until being withdrawn from service in 1996 and sent to India for scrapping in 1998. read more View the full article

New Review: F-14D

Sat, 2019-01-19 21:23
If you are looking for some improved detail, and a quick way of handling cockpit controls painting for your F-14D, then Eduard has once again come to your rescue! This set consists of two PE frets, one being the Zoom set for the cockpit placards and one for additional cockpit and canopy details. Modelers with experience adding photo-etched details will have no issues utilizing this set. When Tamiya released their 1/48 scale F-14A (kit 61114), which I immediately had to add to my stash, the parts layout led me to believe that a "D" model would likely follow. Just in time for the 2018 IPMS Nationals, Tamiya did indeed release kit 61118, of the ultimate F-14, which was also quickly added to my stash. While Tamiya did a fine job in rendering the cockpit and canopy details in plastic, this PE set makes quick work for representing the various panels with pre-painted items, and improves and also adds details to the canopy. read more View the full article

New Review: F-14D Photoetch Set

Sat, 2019-01-19 17:58
If you are looking for some improved detail, and a quick way of handling cockpit controls painting for your F-14D, then Eduard has once again come to your rescue! This set consists of two PE frets, one being the Zoom set for the cockpit placards and one for additional cockpit and canopy details. Modelers with experience adding photo etched details will have no issues utilizing this set. When Tamiya released their 1/48 scale F-14A (kit 61114), which I immediately had to add to my stash, the parts layout led me to believe that a "D" model would likely follow. Just in time for the 2018 IPMS Nationals, Tamiya did indeed release kit 61118, of the ultimate F-14, which was also quickly added to my stash. While Tamiya did a fine job in rendering the cockpit and canopy details in plastic, this PE set makes quick work for representing the various panels with pre-painted items, and improves and also adds details to the canopy. read more View the full article

For Sale: Entire Model Collection

Sat, 2019-01-19 17:00
I'm selling my entire collection of scale models. There are 400 kits in total (90% planes 10% cars etc). My asking price is $2,800. I would like to sell the whole lot to someone instead of piecing them out. However, if you're only interested in buying a few kits please comment/message me the kit name and your price and we can go from there. Imgur link contains all 16 photographs of my collection: Imgurlink.scalemodels
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