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New Review: Sd.Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit decal set

Sun, 2018-09-16 08:51
This is a Zimmerit Decal set for the Meng Model Sd.Kfz. 182 King Turret (Porsche Turret) kit TS-037. The set contains one sheet of textured decals and one instruction sheet. Zimmerit was widely used on the early King Tigers. These decals will make adding the Zimmerit a lot easier. The decals are printed onto one sheet with the patterns in relief. Individual decals are supplied for all the various areas of front, Sides and rear armor. The turret has the most decals to ensure all the areas are covered properly. The textured pattern is very nicely raised on the decals and looks very good once applied. It is highly recommended to primer coat under the contoured areas especially. read more View the full article

New Review: American Woodies 1928 - 1953

Sun, 2018-09-16 00:02
Veloce Publishing continues expanding its line "Those were the days..." this time with a book devoted to the American Woodies. While the book title says "1928-1953", it does provide some history prior to those years, going all the way back to 1886. The first chapter describes the origin of the woodies or "station wagon", a sort of railway station shuttle to your vacation hotel. The second chapter describes how Ford led the way on making the Woodies popular and the last two chapters covers the immediate pre-WWII years and the immediate post-WWII years. The book is not meant to be a detailed recount of every "Woodie" out there, nor a source of detailed information for a restorer. It is more of a gallery of pictures, some details and stories leading to how the Woodies became an icon of the '40 and'50s. You will find Fords, Hudson, Chryslers, Studebaker, Crosley and more. read more View the full article

New Review: USS North Carolina (BB-55) From WWII Combat to Museum Ship

Sat, 2018-09-15 08:48
David Doyle has written over 100 books, mostly on military subjects, including a Squadron At Sea book about the North Carolina from 2011. This book is one of the Legends of Warfare - Naval series for Schiffer Publishing, a well-researched history and photo album of America's first "modern" battleship - USS North Carolina, BB-55. Since the North Carolina is a museum ship anchored off Wilmington, North Carolina, most of the book is a color photo tour of the ship inside and out. This book is an excellent resource for modelers of the North Carolina and of WWII US Navy common fittings. read more View the full article

Region 12 convention post poned

Fri, 2018-09-14 17:28
Hello everyone the Spartanburg Scale Modelers decided on the 12th that the convention has been postponed due to the storm until October. Sorry to get a post up so late already the storm has claimed 3 lives along with 87 accident in North Carolina We will update no later than Thursday September Thanks Tim Kirkland

New Review: OKB Grigorov Soviet Heavy Tank SMK

Fri, 2018-09-14 00:03
OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria that you may not be too familiar with. The company focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales, and they have an extensive list of products available. They produce full resin kits with photo-etch enhancements, as well as resin, photo-etch, and white metal conversion pieces for other models. More recently, they began producing some plastic AFV kits. read more View the full article

Follow up question about Micro Mark paint booth

Thu, 2018-09-13 14:56
Picked up the 15 x 20 paint booth and just put it together. Looks like I'm going to need an extra light source. The product description says an under the cabin light fixture can be fitted. Has anyone done this and how did you mount it. Thanks, Eric

New Review: FuG-220 Lichtenstein SN2

Thu, 2018-09-13 13:10
Brengun continues to expand its line of accessories this time with the FuG-220 Lichtenstein SN2 antenna set for Luftwaffe Night Fighters. The fret includes 4 sets of dual antenna dipoles, including the dipole braces/frame and a set of re-enforcements to connect the brace with the nose (applicable for the Ju-88). This particular antenna set is appropriate for any 1/48 Ju-88C/R/G, Me-110G, He-219 or Ta-154V15. It should be noted that for the Me-110 and He-219 you will need to slightly modify the parts, only using the antenna dipoles. The fret design is very smart, locating all the attachment points at the end of the dipoles, making removal from the fret simple and preventing the dipoles or the dipole braces from having any minor blur that would need to be removed. read more View the full article

New Review: Campaldino 1289 The Battle that made Dante

Thu, 2018-09-13 13:02
This publication is available in three formats, all of which are available on the Osprey Publishing website. The paperback version, 9781472831286, is listed at $24.00. The eBook (ePub), # 9781472831279 is listed at $19.20, as is the eBook (PDF), # 9781472831262. An offer of a substantial savings exists for the reader who wishes to buy both the print version and either of the electronic versions. The discount is 25% off! This publication identifies the causes of the battle at Campaldino, the economic, social, political and religious issues that defined the conditions in northern Italy in the late 1280's. In addition, the book addresses the impact that the battle had on a well-known poet of the time, that being Dante. The authors indicate that Dante's "Devine Comedy" can be viewed as framing Dante's description of pain and suffering in "Devine Comedy". read more View the full article

New Review: 1957 Chrysler 300C

Thu, 2018-09-13 12:52
Engine: There was little flash on the engine parts with excellent details. You get just a basic Hemi engine. Interior: Deep engraving can be seen on the door panels making it easy to detail paint. Seats and side panels are separate pieces from the floor. I used a Testors flat tan and flat black as called for on the detailed instruction sheet. Body: The body went together very well with no adjustments necessary. My choice was to go with the Tru-Color artic white paint to maintain the factory stock look. read more View the full article

For Sale: Selling My Kit Collection

Thu, 2018-09-13 08:27
Selling some of my collection of plastic kits. This is just a small sample... more to come later There are lots of data entry and research to do to get it in Excel Price (negotiable) + Shipping I can send pictures of box conditions when asked....

1/48 "Ford Nose" B-24J Liberator

Wed, 2018-09-12 23:07
This is the Koster vacuform conversion. It entails replacing the entire kit nose with the vac nose parts. The Koster kit also comes with complete sets of clear parts to replace/improve the kit turrets, side windows, and canopy. It has resin parts for the nose and tail turret interiors as well as metal guns. It also comes with a great decal sheet that gives you two choices of markings for a Ford Nose Liberator. The Monogram B-24J is still a great model even though the molds are now 40+yrs old. It has a ton of interior detail, much of which won't be seen after it's closed up inside. Its overall fit is good, but not great; and does require some TLC, test fitting, and elbow grease to erase the seams, especially on the nacelles. It features raised panel lines, but they are actually a more accurate representation of the lapped panel joins on the real B-24. I didn't bother to rescribe the model, opting to simply replace lost lines with a #11 blade and then enhance those with pencil panel lines. The kit features excellent engineering and wing to fuselage fit that allows you to assemble, paint, and decal the wings and then add them at the end of the build. You could even leave them off for easier transportation if you wanted. This is essentially where most of the work is on the model.... The fit was good, but I did have to do some shimming around the bottom bomb aiming window. You can also see the resin turret interior parts. The advantage of the vac nose and tail turret parts is that they put join lines along painted frame lines (the kit turrets do not). Their down side is that they're a bit too big and take some finesse and adjustments to make them fit in place. This pic shows the kit canopy taped in place, but in the end I opted for the vac canopy. Also, the small side windows are filled with Micro Krystal Clear as a "mask" for construction and painting. After the model was painted and decalled, they were torn out and new clear windows made using more Krystal Clear. Here are the pics of the finished model.... This is one of the tougher conversions I've ever built, mainly due to having to piece together 2 and 3 piece vac clear parts for the nose and tail turrets, and then fill, sand, and polish them! Thank God for Future! The external differences for this version are sort of subtle, consisting of the bubble side nose windows, a smaller bomb aiming window, the small side bottom windows, and the "S" panel line where it was grafted onto the fuselage. The fuselage side guns are also sealed closed. Think I'll build a couple of easier kits next! Comments, critiques, and questions welcome as always! GIL

Putty, Putty, Who's Got The Putty?

Wed, 2018-09-12 19:51
A rather interesting problem has recently surfaced. My tube of Squadron White Putty went bad in the tube. Picked up a new tube...new package, redesigned tube layout...and when I opened it the putty wasn't putty. What I got was a watery fluid instead of the usual solid putty that should have been about the consistency of thick/stiff toothpaste. The shop where I bought it gave me another tube. Same result when opened, only this time it was a hazy gel. As a backup, I stopped by an auto supply to buy my old reliable spot 'n glaze putty. The counter guy didn't know what I was talking about and finally showed me to the Bondo area. Fine, I thought, since Bondo is one of the companies that makes the putty. What I thought was a tube of the putty came with a tube of hardener so you had to mix them. According to the guy, no one carries the putty any more except for shops that sell to professional auto body shops. Finally went to another auto supply and they actually had another version that was actually had what I was looking for. Had to find it on my own, though, because this counter guy...when I said putty...looked like a deer caught in the headlights as he repeated putty with a question mark. He had no clue. Bottom line is that you normally used the red spot 'n glaze putty as I do, you'd better lay in a few extra tubes. I suspect the stuff's going to become a little hard to find. Incidentally, Testors used to offer a red putty that was exactly the same as what I was looking for. They no longer offer it, of course.

1/32 Boeing P 12 E

Tue, 2018-09-11 22:12
Here is my next airplane project. I primarily build automotive subjects so when it comes to aircraft my skill set may not be that of some better aircraft builders but I still have fun with these builds and I love the history behind so many of these builds. This is a 1/32 scale Hasegawa Boeing P 12 E biplane. It will be pretty much out of the box with added Yellow Wings decals

S&M Models 1/76 Stalwart

Tue, 2018-09-11 13:54
If I had to guess, I'd guess that this kit originated from the JB Model company. It's molded like their's are, it used clear parts for the entire cab as their's did and it has the same level of detail. I've heard JB had planned a Stalwart but never got around to it. If so, then it's a good guess this is it. The kit is released by S&M Models. Aptly named as assembling it was an exercise in Sado-Masochism. There are no locating pips, holes, ribs, grooves or anything. They give you measurements as to how far back from the front of the vehicle the suspension should be and you have to transfer that to your kit parts. The cab's slab sides are joined by beveled edges, not butt joints. This would seem to make getting seamless corners easier, but since the parts are clear, you have to be extremely careful of alignment as you can't see the parts very well, they being clear. And for some reason, they did not mold the holes in the backs of the tires so you can put them on the axles. You have to drill them out. There is a tiny PE fret with the cage for over the exhaust, head light guards, wheel hubs and a windshield wiper. S&M has the kit in several variants, but all are basically the same. The only difference being the presence of the on board crane or not. With the exception of the cargo, which came from the spares bin, mine is out of the box and has it's flaws, but doesn't look too bad if you don't look too closely.

1/48 VMFA -211 F-35B "Wake Island Avengers"

Tue, 2018-09-11 09:33
This is my next to last build for the VMF(A) -211. I had custom markings created for this aircraft as it belonged to the Commander. I loved the RAM Decals from WOLFPACK...These were absolutely perfect This was a very well engineered model and defects were self induced. I didn't have the heart to load up the wings with racks. So I left her stealthy. I have completed the Wildcat,Skyraider,Skyhawk,Harrier,and the F-35B. The CF markings are a Little large on the tail but not detracting. Last project for this group is the F4U-1D Corsair. Start Tonight Thanks for Looking Comments are always welcome Cheers Bill

New Review: German 30mm Autocannon Mk 103

Tue, 2018-09-11 06:35
I'm not sure I need to discuss the utility of having a really good rendition of the German Mk 103 cannon available in this scale. It was used on a number of aircraft - slung under the wings of tank-destroying Fw190s and Hs129s, mounted in the Do335 and the Horton Flying Wing, and even used in a fair number of ground mounts. This 30mm weapon was not to be trifled with. It is, however, a fairly difficult shape to successfully mold using the standard styrene molding processes. Master from Poland has come to the rescue with a lovely little kit from their Air Master series. The kit supplies two complete barrel assemblies, including the barrels and adapters in brass and two variants of the complex gun muzzles in resin. As can be seen, assembly is very straight-forward and the enhanced detail a true delight. I like the brass barrels, as it renders the assembly much stronger than it might have been if the barrels were resin. The delicacy of the muzzle detail is a eye-popping enhancement to any aircraft you care to add these to. For me, it's going to be the Fw-190. Fun! read more View the full article

New Review: A6M5c Zero Type 52 Gun Barrels

Tue, 2018-09-11 06:25
I love a quick fix. Lord knows there are plenty of labor-intensive so-called "fixes" out there in the modeling market (some photoetch sets spring immediately to mind). Quickboost, at least in this lovely little detail set, does all the heavy lifting for the modeler. If you have the old Hasegawa 1/32nd scale Zero, the limitations of the molding process definitely shortchange the weapon systems of this classic craft - no fault of the manufacturer. Quickboost offers this simple, beautifully crafted set to bring this older model into the 21st Century. It also offers a similar set (QB 32 153) for the newer Tamiya offering. Comprising five gun barrels - three machine gun caliber Type 3 and two 20mm Type 99-II cannon - this set is a direct replacement for the kit parts. Molding is exceedingly fine and without any blemishes or mold lines. Each gun features an open muzzle and the cooling holes in the machine gun barrels are beautifully reproduced. read more View the full article

New Review: The History of the Panzerjager

Mon, 2018-09-10 23:52
According to Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This law describes the action of warfare as well, and so when the Allies introduced the revolutionary “tank” onto the battlefields of Western Europe in 1916, the opposing German forces quickly attempted to blunt the tank with the introduction of anti-tank weapons together with dedicated anti-tank units, known as Panzerjagertruppe. During the Second World War the anti-tank units were known as Panzerjager, or “Tank Hunters”, a separate arm of the Wehrmacht dedicated to the destruction of enemy tank forces. These troops utilized a wide variety of weapons, from man portable items such as anti-tank rifles, to towed artillery pieces such as the 3.7cm PaK and 8.8cm Flak 18, and self-propelled weapons such as the Panzerjager 1. read more View the full article

Scania R730 Team Chimera Italeri 1/24 Part 4

Mon, 2018-09-10 13:03
Hello friends, we continue to assemble the model, the engine is finished, the interior of the cabin is made and the decals are placed. You start painting exterior panels with Zero-paint. https://youtu.be/RpOTJsws1js Greetings and I hope you like it

New Review: Ju 87B-2/ R2 Zoom

Mon, 2018-09-10 10:24
The ZOOM series of photo-etch from Eduard features the absolutely essential parts to upgrade your model. Typically, it includes the things in the cockpit that provide dramatic impacts such as the pre-painted instrument panel and various other knobs, buttons, and stuff in the cockpit. It is packaged in a resealable packaging. The set includes one fret of nickel plated pre-painted brass. The detail contained in the pre-painted parts is phenomenal. The detail that is painted is better than I could ever do. Some like it and some don’t. I love it. In addition to the instrument panel are rudder pedals, radio faces, and all the little parts that are in the cockpit area. The amount of detail contained is impressive, to say the least. Adding this set to the kit cockpit elevates the cockpit to the level of some resin sets. You will need another set, the seatbelts (set FE895) to complete the interior. Even so, this set will dramatically add to your model with minimal cutting. If you are going to buy one set, or in this case two, for your Stuka this is that set. Another great set from Eduard. Highly recommended View the full article