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New Review: He 219A-0/A-2 Gun Barrels

Mon, 2018-05-28 19:44
This is another high-quality resin aftermarket product from QuickBoost and their parent company Aires. These gun barrels are a simple replacement for the 1/32 Revell He 219 barrels. They are attached to a resin stub, and each gun will need to be removed with a razor saw. All the barrels show fine detail and hollowed barrel ends. Per the QuickBoost instructions when using Part # 2 (that replaces kit part # F41), the outer two barrels need to be removed. QuickBoost shows where to cut with the use of indentations in the stub. This is also shown in the Revell instructions. These guns will be used in the forward fuselage belly. The two guns that were removed can be used in the upper fuselage gun pack if required. Part 1 is a wing root mounted gun and replaces Revell kit # G50. read more View the full article

New Review: Building the Wingnut Wings Junkers D.1

Mon, 2018-05-28 19:04
This is the sixth, and latest, in Albatros' series of "Windsock Centenary WW1 Modeling Specials," each dedicated to building specific Wingnut Wings Kits The booklet itself is done to very high publication standards, featuring 44 full-color, glossy pages within covers of slightly thicker stock. In keeping with the format of the series, this book covers a step by step build of WNW's latest release, the Junkers D.1. There are also scale plans, a collection of photos from a special archive, and a nice appendix. read more View the full article

New Review: Focke Wulf Jet Fighters

Mon, 2018-05-28 15:43
Justo Miranda is well known for his books on Luftwaffe paper projects and designs, having published many soft cover and hard cover books on these subjects. His background as a tech drawer and advisor to the Spanish Air Force Museum have aided in the quality of his books. This book covers the jet fighter designs of Kurt Tank and Focke-Wulf. It is divided into 29 chapters covering the jet designs that were proposed in WWII and beyond by the company and Mr. Tank. Focke Wulf, producers of the superb Fw-190 and its derivatives were probably "saved" by their decision to go with a radial engine design thus not being in direct competition with the favored Messerschmitt Company for inline engines since by winning the 1936 fighter competition meant it had first priority for advanced inline engines. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard MiG-15UTI PE Set

Mon, 2018-05-28 00:32
This is the photoetch upgrade set for Eduard's 1/144 MiG-15 UTI kit, stock number 4444. The PE fret contains parts for the cockpit, undercarriage doors, wing fences and antennas. The PE is done concurrently with the kit build, as the tiny parts in the cockpit are just too small to manage while the parts are mounted inside the fuselage. The cockpit upgrade consists of instrument panels, control sticks, side consoles, and seat belts. The additions to the cockpit make it stand out and look really good. I did not use the wing fences. I just don't have the skill with the glue to make these look convincing. I have done this before with other kits, and the bottoms of the fences always look blobby, with areas not well connected. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard MiG-15UTI

Mon, 2018-05-28 00:11
The Aircraft The MiG-15UTI is the two seat trainer variant of the MiG-15 fighter from the Korean War. It has been produced by the USSR, Czechoslovakia (S103), Poland(Lim-2), China (JJ-2 / Shenyang FT-2). The MiG-15 UTI has been used by a lot of countries, including the United States, which uses it as a test pilot trainer for foreign students. The Eduard instructions provides 8 sets of markings, 2 Czech, and one each from USSR, Finland, Indonesia, Syria, Iraq and Algeria. The Kit The kit contains two complete UTIs. The fuselage top and wing are one piece, with the fuselage bottom separate. This sure makes it easy to get the wing sweep and angle correct. There is a cockpit and a canopy mask, which is marvelous. The vertical tail and horizontal stabilizers are three separate parts. read more View the full article

VF103 - F14 TOMCAT ''Jolly Roger'' TAIL TIP

Sun, 2018-05-27 12:23
Good day to all I’m in the process paint the tail tip of a F14 from the VF103 Jolly Roger, is there any one that can provide the official (federal standard reference if feasible) yellow color used by the US Navy? Thank you in Advance Andrea

New Review: US Flush-deck Destroyers 1916-1945

Sun, 2018-05-27 07:31
Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy! Mark Lardas is a real "rocket scientist" who has worked on Space Shuttle analytics and navigation. He is also an accomplished author with at least ten books on naval topics, and a model maker as well. See his website for more details (www.marklardas.com). New Vanguard 259 covers the large number of WW I era US Navy destroyers known as the flush-deckers and four-pipers, another overlooked topic. Like other Osprey books, this issue is 48 pages (not counting the front/back covers) -enough for an excellent synopsis of design, characteristics and historical highlights of these warship classes. read more View the full article

New Review: Brengun – Japanese refueling cart

Sun, 2018-05-27 07:16
Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases from Brengun with this Japanese refueling cart for use with Japanese WW2 Air forces. These were used to manually pump fuel for military logistics operations. The detail quality is great; there is a lot of easily removable flash and no other noticeable imperfections. The parts once removed from the mold base are ready to assembly. The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal and added to the assembly. The Assembly is quick and easy. Please be care cutting the parts as I did find a few air bubbles in the cart frame which did lead to a couple of breaks that need repairing. The Axle is not numbered on the instructions and this is in fact part number 5. I was a little disappointed that the rubber hose was not including in the kit. The final part is painted as shown in the box and looks great as an addition to any diorama. read more View the full article

New Review: OH-6D "Winter Camouflage"

Sun, 2018-05-27 00:46
First flown in 1963, the HUGHES OH-6 is a light observation helicopter capable of carrying four at cruise speeds of up to 135 knots. The type is also known in the civilian world as the Hughes 500 series. A number of countries used the OH-6 including the Japanese Self Defense Force who used aircraft built under license as the OH-6D by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. That version is represented in this kit. This is a limited-edition kit and comes in the now common Hasegawa top open box with a photo of the real thing on it. Inside you find high quality parts typical of this company with restrained panel lines and very good fit. Six resin parts are included that consist of antennas and a supplemental tail light assembly. read more View the full article

Timeframe for Pima Tour?

Sat, 2018-05-26 21:46
Hi! The wife and I are in the process of getting all our ducks in a row for Nats..looking forward to a fantastic week! We've registered for the Pima tour, and would like to take the AMARG tour as well. This of course has to be reserved in advance through Pima's website due to security considerations. They offer two tours that day: one at 11:00 am and another at 2:00 pm. Which would be better? I'm afraid if we took the earlier tour we'd miss lunch at the museum (we've already bought the box lunches) but is the later tour too late? What time does the bus head back to Phoenix, and if we take the 2:00 pm AMARG tour would we get back to the museum in time? Thanks! Steve Nelson IPMS#30925

Planet Models' Horten HO VII

Sat, 2018-05-26 11:44
Ok, I swear this is my last Left '46 kit for a while...

New Review: Panzer IV 1939-1945

Thu, 2018-05-24 00:25
"The Panzer IV - Panzerkampfwagen IV - was one the foremost German fighting vehicles of the Second World War, and this volume in the TankCraft series is an ideal introduction to it. With detailed captions, text and illustrations the book tells the story of the technical development of the Panzer IV and the numerous variants that went into production. In addition it describes how this vehicle evolved from infantry support to become the backbone of the Panzer units. It was modified and upgunned to face ever-increasing enemy threats, and it proved to be so diverse and effective that it earned a unique tactical role on the battlefield. A large part of the book showcases available model kits and after market products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales. Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also examined in order to provide everything the modeler needs to recreate an accurate representation of the only Panzer that stayed in production throughout the war." read more View the full article

Pick Up with Rockets

Wed, 2018-05-23 23:34
Had to make some changes along the way but happy with the results.

Vindicator

Wed, 2018-05-23 20:01
Real Life has kept me away from the workbench over the last 7 months, but more free time recently allowed me to finish the Accurate Mini kit of the Vindicator.

New Review: Tanks of the USSR 1917-1945

Wed, 2018-05-23 00:44
I've always been a major fan of Russian armor, and have built an embarrassing number of Russian armor kits over the years. Don't ask me why. In any case, information for some of the interesting designs the Soviets have come up with over the years can sometimes be a bit sparse on the ground. Research being the vital aspect of modeling that it is, anything new in the field is always welcome. Pen-and-Sword out of England now offers a lovely resource in their Fact Files series called "Tanks of the USSR 1917-1945" which covers the raw beginnings of the Russian armored forces to the stage where it becomes a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. This book covers everything from the first FT-17 based copies all the way through the heaviest, most formidable tank the world had seen up to that point - the revolutionary JS-3. read more View the full article

New Review: Water Pump Set

Tue, 2018-05-22 23:23
I must confess a high level of personal modeling interest in well-made accessory sets like this. As a lover of all things dioramic, I am always on the lookout for fiddly bits that will add that extra level of interest to a scenario in the making. This set is just such an example. MiniArt continues to provide us with set after set of delightful, well made bits, and this one offers some really useful items. There seems to be a movement these days to not considering your Tiger or Panther tank really complete without a bucket hanging off the rear end, and this kit comes with no less than eight (plus three pails) of the finest buckets I've literally ever seen in this scale. Coming in two styles - three, if you count the pails, they feature such details as weld seams and fine stamped ridges. Also included in the kit is the village pump, which has a posable handle and a separate metal drain, a wash basin and a couple of milk or water pails with lids. Frankly, there isn't a thing in this set that isn't useful. read more View the full article

New Review: Ancient Greek Medusa

Tue, 2018-05-22 22:48
MasterBox continues to floor me with their bold choices of modeling subjects (especially figures) and this one is no exception. First of a series of figures based on classic Greek mythology, the Medusa here is created in 1/24th(75mm) scale and is a relatively easy build of a truly legendary icon. Typical of MasterBox figures, there are some discrepancies between the illustration and the sculpture. Unlike most figure manufacturers, MasterBox creates a new figure by first eliciting an illustration. Then the sculptors work on the finished item using the illustration as a guide. In this case, the illustrator created a Medusa that looks something like a sorority girl with a skin condition and a bad hair day. The sculpture, if anything, is actually better, as the features are far more authentically Greek. In fact, the first time I looked at the face she reminded me of the Statue of Liberty, which is itself crafted along the classic Greek standards for feminine beauty. read more View the full article

New Review: F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II

Tue, 2018-05-22 17:49
Two Bobs Two Bobs Aviation Graphics offers decals in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scales for most modern US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps military aircraft. There are also sheets for some Russian, Chinese and British modern jet aircraft. In addition Two Bobs offer a 1/48th scale T-2C Buckeyes and a T-45C Goshawk, a publication and sanding sticks. Their website incudes images of their decals sheets so the buyer will know what is being purchased. One nice feature that I really like is the inclusion of the FS numbers for the various camouflage color schemes on their full color instruction sheets. Decal Sheet Contents read more View the full article

New Review: F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II

Tue, 2018-05-22 17:48
Two Bobs Two Bobs Aviation Graphics offers decals in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scales for most modern US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps military aircraft. There are also sheets for some Russian, Chinese and British modern jet aircraft. In addition Two Bobs offer a 1/48th scale T-2C Buckeyes and a T-45C Goshawk, a publication and sanding sticks. Their website incudes images of their decals sheets so the buyer will know what is being purchased. One nice feature that I really like is the inclusion of the FS numbers for the various camouflage color schemes on their full color instruction sheets. Decal Sheet Contents read more View the full article

New Review: Soviet Rockets RS82

Mon, 2018-05-21 00:48
The RS-82 rocket was an unguided air-to-ground rocket developed by the Soviet Union in the 1930s and used extensively in World War II. The rockets were pretty small, only around 3 inches in diameter and 24 inches long and like most early air-to-ground unguided weapons, their accuracy was questionable at best. As a result they were usually fired in one salvo. They were used on almost every aircraft flown by the Red Air Force during World War II and there are a lot of photographs on the Internet of various aircraft with them mounted under the wings. read more View the full article