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1/48 Eduard FW-190A-8

Sat, 2018-04-07 08:34
Started on a 1/48 FW-190A-8 from Eduard. I will be using Cartigraf's Top Color # 38 decal set. Started on the main cockpit last night. Mostly assembled, just need to do some weathering/highlighting. More build photo's at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/fw-190a-8/

New Review: Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal Spring 2018 Vol 49/1

Fri, 2018-04-06 16:42
C&C Spring 2018 Vol 49/1 is now available. For those not familiar with Cross & Cockade International, it is the journal of "The First World War Aviation Historical Society". As such, the publication focuses on aviation topics associated with World War 1, and an in-depth study of the historical aspects of aviation in World War 1. Those historians with an interest in the history of World War 1, especially related to aviation, will find C&C to be a gold mine of information. For modelers who enjoy building aircraft of World War 1, C&C is packed with excellent photographs, full color illustrations, and detailed information about the aircraft used. read more View the full article

New Review: USN Missile Cart w/Figures

Fri, 2018-04-06 13:24
Videoaviation is an Italian manufacturer of superb aircraft accessories, ground support equipment and figures in all three popular scales. I have had the luck to review a few of these and have always been impressed by the excellent casting and design of their kits. This newest set, a 1/32nd scale US Navy MHU-191 Missile cart and two ordnance man is excellent. The set consists of parts for a MHU-191 cart set up for missile transport. There are two ordnance men in different poses. All parts are cast in light tan resin with crisp details and minimal seams. Parts breakdown is as follow: * Missile cart- seventeen parts plus decals * Ordnance Crew #1- four parts consisting of body, head and both arms * Ordnance Crew #2- four parts consisting of body, head, satchel and right arm read more View the full article

New Review: 1/32nd Scale RAF Pilot (1960’s)

Thu, 2018-04-05 19:06
PJ Productions from Belgium is well known for their wonderful resin figures and accessories. This instance is a RAF pilot in flight suit from the 1960's in 1/32nd scale. The kit includes four resin pieces with the body being one-piece cast and the arms and head separate. Casting is good with a slight amount of flash and is all done in cream colored resin. The box is your instructions as far as color for the pilot and his uniform. Assembly is first with the casting lines being removed from the arms and these were attached to the body. The head can remain separate for painting if desired. Fit is good, so it can be added later. There were slight seams at the arm and I used glazing putty smoothed with lacquer thinner to eliminate the seams. read more View the full article

New Review: 1/32nd Scale RAF Pilot in Tropical Clothing (WWII)

Thu, 2018-04-05 18:51
PJ Productions from Belgium is well known for their wonderful resin figures and accessories. This latest kit is a RAF pilot in tropical flight clothes from the WWII era and is made in 1/32nd scale. The kit includes five resin pieces with the body being one-piece cast and the arms and head separate. Note that there is a separate piece for the oxygen hose and it is small and between the head and left arm. Don't mistakenly throw it away. Casting is good with a slight amount of flash and is all done in cream colored resin. The box is your instructions as far as color for the pilot and his uniform. Assembly is straightforward. Get rid of the casting blocks and seams by gently scraping. Glue the arms onto the body. I used glazing putty smoothed with lacquer thinner to eliminate the seams. I added the oxygen hose which fits into the hose molded into the body and runs to the side of the mask on the face. read more View the full article

New Review: Mud and Water

Thu, 2018-04-05 01:54
Ammo by Mig Jimenez is expanding their line of acrylic diorama products with these products; Dry Earth Ground #2101, Dark Mud Ground #2104 and Slow River Waters #2204. These products come in a large mouth, 250ml plastic bottle. The Dry Earth Ground is a tan, gritty paste like it has fine sand in it. The Dark Mud Ground is a dark brown, smooth paste. The Slow River Waters is a slimy green gel. The bottle says you can pour this, but it seems way too thick to do that. Here are the descriptions from Ammo's website to explain each product better: read more View the full article

New Review: German Assault Pioneer Team & Goliath

Thu, 2018-04-05 01:40
Summary Tamiya has recently released their own boxing of the diminutive Goliath tracked mine. The kit comes complete with two mines and control boxes, tethered by steel wire to one of three highly detailed figures. Molded in crisp, yellow plastic, the contents of the box are typical of Tamiya kits, and the three figures are just about as good as it gets in terms of detail and craftsmanship. History The Goliath tracked mine - (Leichter Ladungstrager Goliath or Goliath Light Charge Carrier) was a name given to two German unmanned, disposable demolition vehicles used during World War II. These were the electrically powered Sd.Kfz. 302 and the petrol-engine powered Sd.Kfz. 303a and 303b. The -302 is the version represented in the Tamiya kit. read more View the full article

The Punisher Bust

Wed, 2018-04-04 19:43
I picked up this piece from Troy McDevitt Studios at last years JerseyFest. It's part of his Comics series. The base is a stack of comics where the cutouts correspond to the bust you get. He's got about 10 available and I just heard he'll have 7 more soon. Anyway, the kit was flawless and I had a great time painting this one up. Thanks for looking.

Black Hills Veterans Day Classic

Wed, 2018-04-04 09:13
Thanks to Chris for the pictures..... https://gallery.ipmsusa3.org/index.php?/category/5594#content

Hasegawa F2A Buffalo WIP

Wed, 2018-04-04 08:25
Some scratchbuilding in progress, using some old Reheat PE and strip styrene as well as Eduard fabric belts/harness. Just drilled out the Inst panel with some .010 rod and a drop of Future for "glass"

Why the yellowing over time

Tue, 2018-04-03 20:21
Years ago I built a F6F Hellcat. At that time I used Testor's Master Model Enamel paints and used Testor's Semi gloss Lacquer spray for the clear coat. Over time where the white paint is the paint has yellowed. Is the yellowing on the enamel white paint or the Lacquer clear coat? Is the enamel paint out gassing and causing the lacquer to yellow over time? What can I do(if anything) to remove the yellowing? Thanks.

Focke Wulf FW 190-A3

Tue, 2018-04-03 19:34
Tamiya's FW 190-A3, Eduard' PE cockpit, Eduard's Canopy Mask, True details Wheels, Master Model Gun Barrels, Vallejo Paint, AK Panel Line Wash.

Kawasaki Ki 61 "Tony"

Tue, 2018-04-03 19:26
Hasegawa's 1/48 Ki 61 "Tony". Eduard's PE cockpit, True Details Resin Wheels, Quickboost resin exhausts, Eduard's Canopy Mask. AK paint, Panel Line Wash.

Heinkel He 162-A2 "Salamander"

Tue, 2018-04-03 19:19
Tamiya's 1/48 He 162-A2. Eduard's PE cockpit, Eduard's Canopy Mask, True details Resin Wheels. Master Model Pitot tube and Gun Barrels. AK paint, Metallizer, Panel line wash.


Tue, 2018-04-03 18:19
The Kit The Eliminator was built for the rock band ZZ Top and has been featured in many of the band's videos. It's a sleek hot rod made from a '32 Ford Coupe in bright red with the ZZ Top logo on the side. The Revell kit of this car is faithful to the original with decals for the side logos and logos even molded into the valve covers and air cleaner on the engine, which is nicely detailed and with the addition of an ignition system would display very well with those logos highlighted in red. The interior consists of a seat, nicely detailed dash and steering column with the floor pedals molded into the floor pan part. Details of the upholstery are given in decals, which adds a nice touch. There are 70 parts in total molded in red, clear and chromed and four nicely detailed rubber tires. A younger modeler could build this kit without paint as it is molded in the prototype's color with the chrome accents, but the advanced modeler will want to add a higher gloss finish. Assembly First off let me admit that I am not a car modeler. read more View the full article

New Review: SSN-585 “Skipjack” submarine

Tue, 2018-04-03 17:50
History The Skipjack was a class of United States Navy nuclear submarines. This class was named after its lead ship, the USS Skipjack. The Skipjack's design was based on the USS Albacore design. This new design was maximized for underwater speed by shaping the hull like a blimp. The bow panes were moved to the massive sail to cut down on the flow-induced noise near the bow sonar array. The Kit Opening the box: When I opened the box, the model was packaged with three sprues one for the hull halves, one for the parts to go on the model and a sprue containing the stand the model will be displayed on. Also included was a clear plastic envelope containing the photo etch propeller and the decal sheet. Instructions: The instructions are on a one-piece two-sided paper. There are two hull painting variants pictured on one side of the paper and a 5-step construction guide on the other. Also pictured on the instruction sheet is a layout of the sprue's with parts attached and photo-etch parts. read more View the full article

New Review: T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit, Part 1

Tue, 2018-04-03 17:05
Introduction This is part 1 of the review of MiniArt's T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit. Part 2 will complete the assembly of the turret, tracks, fenders, and the remainder of the kit. This kit is the first of MiniArt's T-55 variants and follows their earlier series of T-44/54 Russian tank kits. Following their previous versions, this kit is first released with full interior detailing. MiniArt has also announced a soon to be released IDF Tiran version of the T-55, and a T-55A Late Mod. 1965. With over 1200 parts, this is an extremely well-detailed kit that is best suited for patient, experienced modelers. MiniArt provides full interior details of the hull, turret, and engine. The drivers' compartment provides some detail, but not as complex as the other areas. There is no detail in the rear compartment for the transmission, oil cooler, fan, etc. There is also no provision for the main fuel tank at the front of the whole. Otherwise, this tank is packed full of extreme detail! read more View the full article


Tue, 2018-04-03 09:43
I really would like to thank everyone for the kind comments made on my aircraft builds. Also, thanks to all the good suggestions to the questions I ask. Living in Vermont, it is a breath of fresh air to talk to fellow modellers who have the same passion about building models that I do. No longer do I have to hear models called toys and I am too old to be making models. I have made models all my life, except the 4 years I was in the Navy(worked on A7-Es).

New Review: CH-47 Chinook in Action

Tue, 2018-04-03 06:30
This latest book in the "In Action" series covers the CH-47 Chinook from prototypes to current operations. The Chinook began as the YHC-1 prototype in 1957. Vertol, which had been Piasecki until 1956 developed the YHC-1A and the YHC-1B. The YHC-1A became the CH-46 Sea Knight, used by the US Navy and Marine Corps. The YCH-1B, which was larger became the CH-47 Chinook. The first half of the book covers development and the various models of the Chinook. The sections are: Development YHC-1B CH-47A ACH-47A Model 347 CH-47B CH-47C CH-47D CH-47F MH-47 The "In Service" section consists of photos with captions outlining the various areas of operation of the Chinook. The CH-47 was heavily used in Vietnam. Later it was used in Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia, in Afghanistan, then Desert Storm in Iraq. read more View the full article

New Review: Ammo Varnishes

Tue, 2018-04-03 01:09
Sealing the paint before decals and weathering a model is an important step in preventing damage the base coat. Ammo by Mig Jimenez has released a line of acrylic varnishes (finishes) that are easy to use and are nontoxic. Here is the description from their catalog: "Varnish application has long been one of the biggest challenges for modelers. Many have ruined a few models due to the use of poor quality or inappropriate varnishes for the job at hand, and the thing is that the varnishing process is an extremely important step of the build. For the first time, AMMO releases a complete varnish range for winning results on each and every model. These acrylic varnishes will allow you to get the best results with both brush and airbrush in a very simple manner. It must be used in thin layers and can be applied directly from the jar without thinning for a perfect finish. When used through the airbrush, we recommend spraying 6 inches (15 cm) away from the surface. It is non-toxic, odorless and dries completely in 24 hours. read more View the full article