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New Review: Ammo by Mig Jimenez One Shot Primer

Sat, 2018-03-31 08:32
Ammo by Mig Jimenez has released a new line of primers that are formulated to be applied in one layer or "One Shot" as the bottle says. Ammo says this is formulated with a high gripping power that is self-leveling. They come in larger 60 ml bottle. It can be sanded after drying for 24 hours, does not need thinning, is non-toxic and has a no drip cap. I must not be pouring it incorrectly, because I had a lot of drips, then it splattered when I closed the lid. I wish it came in eye-dropper style bottle like their paint does. I tested the black #2023 and the grey #2024. read more View the full article

New Review: Norton Commando PR 750cc Motorcycle

Sat, 2018-03-31 08:25
Introduction: I was very excited to have the opportunity to review this kit. I love the older motorcycles and this kit did not disappoint. According to www.Scalemates.com, the kit is a new tool. But I believe it is a reboxing of the old Protar kit from the 70s line the Norton Manx kit. The kit is definitely a product of the 70s era. The term "agricultural" came to mind as I was examining the sprues. Not to say it's a bad kit at all...far from it, but it was tooled back in the day and it is not shake and bake. The kit comes on seven sprues and has two substantial rubber tires that hold their shape well. There are a large number of screws in various sizes as well. An interesting feature of the kit is the hoses. They are pre-formed in soft pliable rubber. No measuring, no cutting to length. There are a few minor sink marks on some of the body panels, but they are able to be sanded out with no filler. On to the build!! read more View the full article

Russian T-80 From the Duke

Sat, 2018-03-31 02:14
I had some time this past week and focused on getting a few quick projects done. This one just got finished. 1/72 scale Modelcollect Russian T-80UM1 Main Battle Tank: Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.

South African Mirage From the Duke

Sat, 2018-03-31 02:11
1/72 scale Matchbox kit of a Mirage IIICZ assigned to No. 2 Cheetah Squadron 1964: Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

New Review: Ferrari SF70H

Sat, 2018-03-31 00:58
From the Tamiya America website: The SF70H, the 63rd single-seater designed and built by Scuderia Ferrari, was born out of major regulation changes, with wider tires and cars, plus larger diffusers, meaning that the cars have more aerodynamic down force and greater mechanical grip. Fittingly for the hybrid machine named to commemorate Scuderia Ferrari's 70 years of racing, the SF70H showcases the team's innovation throughout its design. A lengthened nose and arrow-shaped front wing are a consequence of the regulations, as are the fin on the engine cover, and aero appendages ahead of the air intakes on the side pods. Behind the driver the roll-hoop, which incorporates the engine air intake, was completely redesigned. Sebastian Vettel started 2017 in style with victories in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and in Bahrain. He and Kimi Raikkonen also recorded 1-2 finishes in Monaco and Hungary. While ultimately pipped to the season's Championship titles, the SF70H was the focus of attention for millions of racing fans across the globe including Ferrari's loyal Tifosi. read more View the full article

New Review: SAC Metal gear for the Valom B/RB-45A/C Tornado

Fri, 2018-03-30 17:11
IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it for review. This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the 1/72 Valom B-45 series. (Yes Mrs Robinson, there was an aircraft named "Tornado" before the "Tornaaaahhhdo" in the European sense.) This SAC gear is extremely simple, much like the kit itself. As a note, the Valom B-45 kits are easier to build than the other 1/72 B-45s out there as well... even though it is also a short run style kit, the quality is much more refined. SAC's set is comprised of six parts... and are quick additions. read more View the full article

New Review: #10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford Fusion

Fri, 2018-03-30 16:46
With her Indy car win in Japan in 2008, Danica Patrick has become a house-hold name in racing and a celebrity based on her clever add campaign with Go Daddy, one of her past sponsors. In 2010 Danica moved to Nascar and although she hasn't won any races she has claimed pole position and led a number of laps. She has proven her ability as a racer and follows in the footsteps of Shirley Muldowney and the up and coming Cortney Force. This kit represents one of Danica's 2017 cars sponsored by Aspen Dental. Running under the Ford Banner for the Stuart-Hass racing team, the car is shaped to represent the Ford Fusion. All the teams ran the Roush-Yates FR-9 engine that season. This 358 CI engine was equipped with fuel injection and were restricted by a plate on the intake manifold to 850HP. read more View the full article

New Review: B-52D/F Stratofortress

Fri, 2018-03-30 10:49
History: The B-52 is arguably the best bomber ever made. First deployed in 1955 as a high altitude "atomic bomber" later versions of it are still in use today. The kit: Inside the box you will find 8 sprues of light grey and clear injected plastic. An 8-page instruction manual and a nice sheet of decals. Basically, only the fuselage halves and sprue F are new to this kit as everything else comes from, and is marked, for the B-52H kit. The one minor hitch here is that the very fine panel lines in the wings do NOT match those on the fuselage as these are more Matchbox like. The decal sheet is very nice and in register. read more View the full article

MÖRSER KARL on railway carrier Hasegawa 1/72

Fri, 2018-03-30 10:44
Hello friends Although the scale 1/72 does not usually work, with this model I had no choice because of lack of space thanks to its actual size. This German mortar attracted my attention when I saw it and I decided to do it. The hasegawa kit comes quite well and its size could be worth it. https://youtu.be/FKrT3_sobfY Greetings and I hope you like it

Warhammer 40K Ork Battlewagon part 2

Fri, 2018-03-30 10:37
Hello friends In this second part we continue with the assembly of pieces and painting of wheels and chains. I am very happy with this model because it is very well detailed panels and has many mounting options. https://youtu.be/DJ25sCPvpyw Greetings and I hope you like it

1/48 Revell F-15E Strike Eagle

Fri, 2018-03-30 05:24
Working on the Revell F-15E Strike Eagle kit. This is my first build for my new website ( https://davidsscalemodels.com/ ). Using the Eduard cockpit detail kit, Quick Boost ejection seats, and the Ares resin Turkey Feather exhaust. The cockpit is looking good. I had to add a spacer under the resin seats to raise them to the proper height. The Ares resin exhaust cans are built and detailed.

New Review: Oilbrushers

Thu, 2018-03-29 23:57
Ammo by Mig Jimenez has developed a line of oil paints that are already thinned and come in a clear bottle with a brush attached to the cap. Here is their description for these oilbrusher: read more View the full article

1/48 Ju-52/3m Converson

Thu, 2018-03-29 22:51
Has there ever been a set to add the forward/cockpit gunners position to the Monogram 1/48 Ju-52? Love to do one for a Norwegian campaign aircraft.

Is this a chance to revitalize the hobby?

Wed, 2018-03-28 11:00
For years, there have been two related themes in the modeling world: Graying and other interests killing it. I can recall reading an article in 1982 saying that the new video game craze was going to be the death knell to scale modeling. At our get togethers, meetings and shows, grand-parents far outnumber grand-children. Many of us got our start in building cars, especially colorful race cars. Corporate greed in the form of licensing fees has all but destroyed that side of car building. There seem to be more re-releases of kits I built 50+ years ago than anything new on the shelves. Add to that, a generation that seems to have not joined the car culture. And many of those who do build cars want every contest to have a gazillion car categories and they avoid events that don't cater to them. The escalating price of decent aircraft and armor and the complexity of these kits aren't a big draw for newcomers. Good figure kits, too, are quite pricey. I'm am not familiar with ship quality and price, but I'm guessing they are similar to the other groups. Again, here, I see rereleases I built in the early 1960's. There may be hope for the hobby. Maybe even a chance at rejuvenation. Gundam. If you've been in a hobby store recently (dumb question here, right?) you seen the brightly colored boxes of frenetic things from Ban Dai. Every store owner in my area sys the same thing. They can't keep them on the shelves and a whole new generation is buying them. These are based on Japanese anime like series and are the big battle bots in the Pacific Rim movies. There are about 1200 kits in the line up ranging from $10 to $260. Most are snap tite and don't require painting. The engineering is outstanding. One sprue may have several colors. All are articulated once built and poseable after assembly. Think GI Joe with more and better joints. I was in my LHS a few weeks ago and a young man was getting a couple hundred dollars of Gundams for his birthday. This year, we introduced a Gundam class and we promoted it at the fall shows. The first time ever, we had 37 entries in the class, fully 10% of our entries. There were young people in the contest room! And they hadn't been dragged their by their parents! Three of our vendors had good selections of these kits including one who had only Gundam kits. They all did very well. So, I'm tossing this out to the local, regional and national powers that be. Open yourselves to this. Promote it as part of your shows. Reach out to a new audience. Maybe, we can get these people to join and help the local and national memberships grow, keep our LHS's solvent and keep the hobby alive longer.

Various IPMS sites will be updated today

Wed, 2018-03-28 08:32
Some IPMS/USA web sites will be updated today for a security issue. The sites are the Reviews site and the Calendar/News/Member site. They will go offline around noon and should be back online before 4PM Eastern Time. Eric

Airfix 1/48 Walrus, best method for rigging?

Wed, 2018-03-28 05:20
I have been putting off building the new 1/48 scale Airfix Walrus. Rigging a biplane scares me to death! I sure this question has been asked many times? I searched the Web for the best/easiest way to rig a biplane in 1/48 scale. I could try drilling a hole putting the rigging wire through(EZ line) and using Superglue to hold the line in the hole. Drilling a dimple on the bottom wing and then Superglueing the EZ line (pulling it taunt) in the dimple. Is this best/easiest way to rig? Should the rigging be done after painting and decals are put on? If so, how are the dimples handled? I do not want to ruin the paint work by filling and sanding the dimple. Anyone have any ideas on how I should go about this? Thanks.

Blohm&Voss BV-141

Wed, 2018-03-28 02:31
Just ordered the Hobby Boss 1/48 scale Blohm&Voss BV-141 and the after market goodies.. Anyone built this kit? Strange looking aircraft, no wonder why the RLM did not like the design.

New Review: Ammo by Mig Jimenez Catalogue 2017

Tue, 2018-03-27 23:18
This is Ammo by Mig Jimenez's 2017 product catalog (or catalogue in British English since this is translated from Spanish to this). This publication is large, 132 pages of glossy, colorful pages. It starts with a one-page introduction directly from Mig Jimenez. He writes a paragraph that I really think sums up modeling progression: "The difference between an average modeler and an excellent modeler is not based on the tools used by each of them, not is it based on the airbrush, paints, or models that they purchase. What really makes a modeler different from the others is their "experience". The experience is not limited to models but includes all things in life. Experience makes us evolve, improve, move forward, discover new worlds, and take aim at new targets. In short, our experiences make us better in all aspects of life. Everything a modeler needs to make better models can be discovered through experience. Unfortunately for modelers, experience is always linked to time and time is the most limited resource in our lives." read more View the full article

New Review: Faded – The Weathering Magazine Issue #21

Tue, 2018-03-27 23:11
Faded is number 21 in the Weathering Magazine series published by Ammo by Mig Jimenez. They take one topic, in this case faded vehicles, and created nine articles to help the read improve their skill on this topic. There are 70 pages for these nine articles including many high gloss photos. The wide range of subjects should appeal to most modelers. There are three tank articles, a farm tractor, a submarine, a Star Wars A-wind fighter, a car, a railroad tanker car and a Messerschmitt BF109 airplane. One article of an Aussie M1 tank is a work in progress from the magazine before this one, the "Camouflage" issue. Most of the articles use only Ammo by Mig products, but a few use Tamiya paints too. The magazine is in the larger, A4 European style, since it is published in Spain. Since the articles appear to be written by Spanish authors and then translated into British English, some spelling is different than American English. read more View the full article

New Review: Camouflage - The Weathering Magazine Issue #20

Tue, 2018-03-27 23:01
This is 20th magazine in Ammo's weathering line. I really like how they take one topic and run about ten articles to explain how to improve your skill on this technique. The magazine is in the larger, A4 European style, since it is published in Spain. There are 75 pages of high gloss color photos broken down into 11 articles. The article's models range from five armored fighting vehicles, a locomotive, a figure, a submarine and a Sci-Fi Maschinen figure. Each article is six to eight pages long and full of photos detailing the step by step camouflage pattern being used. There is no construction of these kits discussed, it is just all painting and weathering. I noticed that almost all the articles use only Ammo by Mig products. Makes sense since it is their magazine series. read more View the full article