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New Review: Beechcraft Bonanza F-33

Tue, 2018-04-03 01:00
The Beechcraft Bonanza was developed and first flown in 1947 in the "V" tail configuration. In the mid 50's the design was changed to include a conventional empennage, consisting of vertical tail and horizontal tailplane. This model was called F-33. This 1/48 scale Bonanza has been around a long time through several different model manufactures, in the "V" tail set up. I remember building it years ago. I think I donated it to my high school that had an aeronautics program. read more View the full article

New Review: AN/ALQ-184 (short) ECM pod

Mon, 2018-04-02 23:39
The AN/ALQ-184 is an electronic countermeasure pod carried by a variety of military aircraft and commonly seen on the F-16 and A-10. The ECM pods function is to jam and deceive the enemy radar. Eduard is known for a wide variety of high quality resin, photo etch and full kits. The AN/ALQ-184 Is part of their "Brassin" line which is a multi-media product that includes resin, photo etch and appropriate decals. This product is cast in gray resin and bubble free with a small pour block that you can clearly define where the part is and what resin needs to be cut away. There are two photoetch frets, however only one is needed. Detail is basic, but they do not require much detail. The decals are nice, however some of the sections are joined with lengthy clear carrier film. Most modelers will simply cut that part away so it is not an issue. read more View the full article

Canadian Husky From the Duke

Mon, 2018-04-02 21:40
Here is my latest armor model. ACE 1/72 scale Canadian Husky Recovery Vehicle: That's all for now. I'm so glad I finished another one. Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

Displaying

Mon, 2018-04-02 20:34
I need some suggestions please. I only build aircraft in 1/48 scale. The planes are displayed in my basement on wooden shelves mounted on the walls of the basement. My collection of built aircraft is exceeding 200+. I used to be able to keep up dusting off the planes. But my collection is growing so large so that I cannot keep up with the dusting off. I need to display my models better than having them on wooden shelves exposed to getting dusty. I looked on line and I cannot find any good clear acrylic floor model display cases. I do not want to spend a arm and a leg(no more that $500/case). I also cannot find any large enough for 1/48 scale bombers(these plane can take up a lot of space). I now I could scale down to 1/72nd. I prefer 1/48th scale. Any ideas?

DeHavilland Mosquito B Mk. IV - Bomber

Mon, 2018-04-02 20:17
Tamiya's Mosquito Mk. IV bomber. Eduard's PE cockpit, True details resin wheels, Testor's enamel paint. One of my older builds.

Hawker Typhoon Ib "car door"

Mon, 2018-04-02 19:57
Hasegawa's Hawker Typhoon Ib bubble top. Eduard's PE cockpit, Resin wheels, Resin Bombs, Eduard's Canopy mask. AK paint, AK wash.

Hawker Typhoon Ib "bubble top"

Mon, 2018-04-02 19:57
Hasegawa's Hawker Typhoon Ib bubble top. Eduard's PE cockpit, Resin wheels, Resin Bombs, Eduard's Canopy mask. AK paint, AK wash.

Aichi B7A2 Ryuseikai "Grace"

Mon, 2018-04-02 19:40
Hasegawa's Grace. Eduard PE cockpit, Resin Wheels, Eduard Canopy mask AK paint, AK panel line wash.. Japanese canopies would be would be tedious "greenhouse canopy" without Eduard's canopy mask, saves a lot of time.

Nakajima C6N1 Saiun "Myrt"

Mon, 2018-04-02 19:40
Hasegawa's Myrt. Eduard PE cockpit, Resin Wheels, Eduard Canopy mask AK paint, AK panel line wash.. Japanese canopies would be would be tedious "greenhouse canopy) without Eduard's canopy mask, saves a lot of time.

Williams Bros 1/72 C-46 Build Series, Part 17 is available

Mon, 2018-04-02 18:15
Installment 17 of my 1/72 Williams Bros C-46 build is now available in the Builds Sub-Forum. Comments welcome as always.

Williams Bros 1/72 C-46 Build Series, Part 17

Mon, 2018-04-02 18:10
We are now at the penultimate installment. With the exception in installing the radio wire and posting beauty shots, this Williams Bros 1/72 C-46A is finished and I'm exhausted!! The nearly finished C-46A with all markings applied. For this particular scheme/time period, the only underside marking is a national insignia on the underside of the starboard wing. Though it's hard to see in this shot, due to being washed out by the camera strobes, the model still has a glossy finish from the markings being sealed with a final coat of Future. With the flat coat on and the window masking stripped, the C-46 is almost ready for the showcase. It's been a long and winding road for a very challenging kit, but the end result is very satisfying. And, as I said in the beginning, it's the only game in town if you're looking to add a 1/72nd scale Commando to your collection. So buy a kit along with the aftermarket parts and have at it. The landing light holes are filled with Gator's Grip Acrylic Hobby Glue. When it dries, a clear landing light lens will be the result. Nearly. After the Gator's Grip dried, I added a top coat of Future (PFM) to function as a final lens. By the way, this is a very close shot that makes the black deice boots look rough and grainy instead of its actual appearance.

Scania R730 Team Chimera Italeri 1/24 Part 1

Mon, 2018-04-02 12:45
Hello friends, here begins the assembly of my first truck. It's a Scania R730 V8 Streamline "Team Chimera", from the moment I saw it I liked it and I decided to buy it. It is from the Italeri brand at 1/24 scale and it seems that it comes very well detailed with a lot of decals. https://youtu.be/gqYZcCjLrag Greetings and I hope you like it

Airfix Be2C nightfighter

Mon, 2018-04-02 11:19
The Be2C gets a bit of a bad rap in as much as it was very good at what it was designed for when it was designed, but it was used for the wrong purpose way after it shouldn't have been used at all. It was an excellent recon/spotting a/c, being very stable with good range. However, being stable is the last thing you want in a fighter, but with no other designs ready, the British were forced to use it as just that and accordingly they were shot out of the skies in droves. When better designs finally replace it in the front line in France, it found a home for a while with the Home Defense Forces during the first Blitz by Germany's dirigibles. They were modified in some cases with the front cockpit being filled with an extra fuel tank and then faired over. The m/g was also moved to either a mount just in front of the pilot facing up or in the case of this model, into a Ross mount on top of the wing. While they had mixed success, a night fighting Be2C brought down the first dirigible shot down over England, earning a VC for it's pilot, Lt. W. Leefe-Robinson, in 1916. Here's a Be2C piloted by Flt. Sub. Lt. Buck out of RNAS Eastchurch in Sept. 1916. Painted all black with the white of the insignias and fin flash eliminated, and converted with a faired over front cockpit and top of the wing gun mount. The kit is Airfix's new tooled and very nice kit that goes together like a dream.

New Review: AFV Club M109A3/M185A3 Shop Van

Mon, 2018-04-02 01:41
Intro AFV Club released this kit in the fall of last year. This is a variant of their M35x series of 2.5-ton trucks of which the M49A2c 1200 Gallon Fuel truck and the venerable M35A2/3 "Deuce and a half" truck were released. Background read more View the full article

DeathWing Knight

Sun, 2018-04-01 22:23
Latest finished piece.

The I thought it was April Fools Joke Build

Sun, 2018-04-01 11:54
If anyone hasn't subscribed to this guys channel, they should. He's amazing. He goes back and forth between armor and aircraft. Today's build, IMHO, is unbelievable -

Old Dominion Open

Sun, 2018-04-01 09:03
Thanks to Mark Elder for the pictures...... https://gallery.ipmsusa3.org/index.php?/category/5590

Naked Ladies

Sat, 2018-03-31 19:01
I am almost ready to put some decals on a P-40 tail that has some naked ladies for tail art(change of pace for naked ladies nose art). A squadron of P-40s operating in the MTO had some interesting tail art. My question is if I post in the forum the finished P-40 with the naked lady(or naked lady nose art) will I be breaking a Forum rule of posting a plane with a naked lady decal? I do not wish to offend anyone.

New Review: Short Stirling Units of World War 2

Sat, 2018-03-31 15:15
This book is number 124 in the series and covers Short Stirling units in WWII. The Stirling was the first of the RAF's 4 engine heavy bombers of WWII. The Stirling was a big, some would say ugly aircraft. The cockpit sat almost 23 feet above the ground. Designed to fill a 1936 request it was always hampered by having to meet the requirement that it fit within current hangers. The result was a 99 foot wingspan that affected the design's service ceiling and load carrying capacity. The former would lead to large losses from enemy flak. Still the Stirling served the RAF as a bomber from 1940 until the last mission as a frontline bomber for the Sterling in September 1944. But this was not the end of its service. The Stirling also served as a glider tug, paratroop carrier and freighter. The book contains five chapters as well as an introduction and appendices. The introduction covers the development of the type and a brief overview. Chapter one covers the beginning use of the Stirling as a bomber against continental Europe German strongholds and Italy. read more View the full article

New Review: The 101st Airborne in Normandy, June 1944

Sat, 2018-03-31 15:05
Summary This book is a photo essay of the 101st Airborne in Normandy from D-Day through early July 1944. The first of Casemate's Illustrated series, the book has many black-and-white and color photographs, colored vehicle profiles, color photos of key participants, and colored maps. Written descriptions of the 101st units and movements accompany the many photos. The text is fairly brief, and is not meant to be a complete written description of the activities of the 101st. Most of the information is contained in photographs, captions, and more detailed "In profile" articles. The Book's chapters: read more View the full article