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New Review: F-16 & F-16XL Fighting Falcon Gallery

Fri, 2018-07-06 07:44
The F-16 is another fighter on my all time favorite aircraft list for not only it's performance but also, it's use by many countries around the world (yes, I love small air forces). The Montana Air National Guard received the Fighting Falcon to replace the 106s and they looked good with the C M Russell skull on the tail while I lived in Great Falls. Then I moved to Salt Lake City and was just south to the home of the 16 at Hill AFB so I have seen them in the air and close up many times. Richard Marmo once again gathers a bunch of great shots of this bird in it's many forms and puts them together on one CD. The disc is in HTML format and while it does require an internet browser to open you do not need an internet connection. Richard has collected almost 900 photos on this CD. These are from Lockheed Martin, the US Air Force and other parties and while some have been seen before there are many are new to me. read more View the full article

New Review: P-39K/N

Wed, 2018-07-04 21:49
History: The Bell P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service when the United States entered World War II. The P-39 was used by the Soviet Air Force and scored the highest number of individual kills attributed to any U.S. fighter type in the Eastern European theatre. Other major users of the type included the Free French, the Royal Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces and the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force. Designed by Bell Aircraft, it had an innovative layout, with the engine installed in the center fuselage, behind the pilot, and driving a tractor propeller via a long shaft. It was also the first fighter fitted with a tricycle undercarriage. Although its mid-engine placement was innovative, the P-39 design was handicapped by the absence of an efficient turbo-supercharger, preventing it from performing high-altitude work. As such it was rejected by the RAF for use over Western Europe but adopted by the USSR where most air combat took place at medium and lower altitudes. read more View the full article

New Review: The German Soldier’s Pocket Manual, 1914-1918

Wed, 2018-07-04 21:29
With the centennial anniversary of the end of the "war to end all wars" approaching on November 11, Stephen Bull adds this new pocket manual to the list of Osprey publications covering this period. This new book, which is compiled using excerpts from the German Army as well as from the intelligence sections of the British and American armies, describes German tactics throughout the war. It is an interesting read on a fascinating period in history as the militaries of the world were developing new weapons and tactics at an incredible rate. read more View the full article

New Review: International Tank Development Since 1970

Wed, 2018-07-04 21:16
About the Author Historian and author Alexander Ludeke's main interests are the military and the history of technology. He has an extensive image library, which includes numerous illustrations, a selection of which can be found in this Fact File. Overview A great upheaval in tank construction took place in the 1970s, as new combat techniques, helicopters, weaponry and new types of ammunition reduced the value of a conventional combat battalion. Nevertheless, complete new developments are rare and in this book, Alexander Ludeke looks at the most important developments that have taken place since 1970. Contents read more View the full article

New Review: The Marmo Method Modelbuilding Guide #4 - How To Make Your Own Decals

Wed, 2018-07-04 07:41
First off I am not a big fan of ebooks. Sorry but I am old school and prefer the feel of the paper itself. However, I am a big fan of info on the internet and do have a few ebooks on my Kindle so there is always a chance for me. That said, Mr. Marmo's book on making your own decals really interested me as I have a bunch of decals I need to make for certain projects and even though I shelled out for a nice laser color printer and picked up some decal paper I really didn't know where to start so let's take a look at what Richard says. This ebook is 65 pages long (a little too much for me to print it out, remember, I love paper) and covers the subject in pretty good detail. The chapters cover the equipment needed (scanners, cameras, printers, etc.), decal paper, fixatives, capturing the image, restoring old decals, what about the missing white, resizing, creating a new image, printing the decal, sealing the decal, applying the decal, alternate techniques and some links. read more View the full article

Frontiart new prodcuts release

Tue, 2018-07-03 21:26

25 Contest Fuengirola - Un sol de ciudad - Spain

Tue, 2018-07-03 17:22
Here the models presented in this contest are shown in the best possible way. https://youtu.be/Ikd6zxn_RbU I hope you like it

Good Evening from Saratoga Springs, NY

Mon, 2018-07-02 23:20
Hello...name's Mike. I live on a horse farm just a few minutes away from the Saratoga battlefield. My wife and daughter are seriously into horses which makes my hobby of modeling a very inexpensive comparison

Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 6 Is Available

Sun, 2018-07-01 18:37
Installment #6 of the Kinetic E2C 2000 build series has been posted in the Builds Sub-Forum. All comments welcome.

Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 6

Sun, 2018-07-01 18:33
Hi all, It's been a while, but here's the sixth installment on the E-2C. Here I needed a little more seam work than just a light touchup. So, as I frequently do in order to protect adjacent detail, I laid down a couple of strips of blue masking tape before sanding the seam. With the seam taken care of and the tape removed, I still needed to finish the seam with 600 grit or so sandpaper. Going that fine wouldn't have any deleterious effect on the surrounding detail. Taking a break from the fuselage, the side windows and overhead hatches were tinted a translucent gold color by mixing a combination of Tamiya X-22 Clear, X-26 Clear Orange and X-24 Clear Yellow acrylic, along with the tiniest dot of X-19 Smoke acrylic. This was strictly an eyeball mix. When I had something that looked right, the windows and hatches interiors were airbrushed while they were still on the sprue. Next up is attaching the outer wings. Believe it or not, they slip right into place with minimal adjustments. Here you can see how the finished installation looks. And yes, the fold joint forms a perfectly smooth connection as it should. I ran into something when installing the horizontal tail that I didn't expect. When you're holding the part in place before applying solvent, the locator pins fit as they should and you can hold the horizontal in the correct position. But, as soon as solvent is applied, the little beast wants to cock to one side. I wound up having to use a rubber band to hold it in place and even then I wound up checking, rechecking and making minute adjustments until the solvent set so that the entire tailplane would be correctly level after final assembly. I have no clue as to why it behaved that way. All I can say is watch it!

New Review: Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib Fuel Tanks

Sun, 2018-07-01 00:10
Chances are, if you model aircraft in any of the major scales you are well familiar with Eduard. Their product range varies from simple photoetched enhancement frets to multi-media kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are amongst the finest in the hobby. Their products may be purchased online through www.eduard.com. I have built a few of their kits and have used many of their accessories over the years. I am even a card-carrying member of the Bunny Fighter Club, which provided me a carrot-themed 1/48 Mig-21 and allows me a modest discount when buying direct. Check the website, and it will make sense. read more View the full article

New Review: Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-19P & PM MiG-21F-13

Sat, 2018-06-30 22:42
Lechoslaw Musialkowski has written two additional books for MMP: Polish Wings 19: Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 & Polish Versions (2015) along with Bomber Aircraft of 305 Squadron(2014). In addition, he has authored numerous monographs in Polish (Wydawnictwo Ministerstwa Obrony Narodowej series), covering the B-25 Mitchell, Catalina, C-47, Boston (Havoc), etc. A native of Krakow Poland, Janusz Swiatlon is an aviation history enthusiast and military modeler. He has retired from the Polish military after serving with the 6th Airborne Brigade. He has a long history of being published as an illustrator and author for many magazines and books from publishing houses as Osprey, Kagero, AF Editores, Chevron, and Mushroom Model Publications. read more View the full article

New Review: Supermarine Walrus Landing Gear (Airfix)

Sat, 2018-06-30 19:33
A newer addition to Scale Aircraft Conversions ever-expanding line of metal landing gear is this set for the Airfix 1/48 scale Supermarine Walrus. Like most of SAC's sets, this is meant as a drop-fit replacement for the kit's plastic landing gear. The set comprises of both main gear legs and the tailwheel (with accompanying fairing). All are made of sturdy, white metal. I could see no appreciable difference in the detail between the kit items and those in this set. They look to be almost exactly the same. If anything, I believe the SAC details were a bit softer than the kit items. read more View the full article

NorthShoreCon

Sat, 2018-06-30 18:29
Thanks to Bob Wilson for the pictures.... https://gallery.ipmsusa3.org/index.php?/category/5637

Holding Down the Nose of Your Plane

Sat, 2018-06-30 17:56
I saw recently an article where the author used self-adhesive weights to overcome the dreaded tail-sitting syndrome of most airplanes. A source was given but, I didn't write it down & don't remember where I saw the article. This morning I stopped by the shop I use for routine maintenance on my car and asked if I could buy some self-adhesive wheel weights. Being a regular customer, the manager gave them to me at no cost. Lesson here is, if you use a particular shop for car maintenance, ask. You might save a few bucks for weights.

1/72 Special Hobby Firefly Mk I

Sat, 2018-06-30 14:38
If anyone is next to me in a venders' area and sees me pick up a Special Hobby kit, please do me a favor and knock it out of my hands. I've built several and they were all the same. Lots of detail, but it's fiddly and doesn't fit very well. The kits are a trial and should only be done if it's the only kit of the subject. Rant off. Mine's in Canadian livery with the ASH radar unit.

New Review: L-29 Ejection Seats

Sat, 2018-06-30 09:08
The Czechoslovakian Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin (NATO code Maya) became the standard jet trainer for the Warsaw Pact Air Forces. First flight was on April 5, 1959. Two-thirds of the over 3,000 aircraft manufactured have served with the Soviet Air Force as its standard basic, intermediate, and weapons platform trainer. The L-29 has seen combat in several wars, notably the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the Nigerian Civil War in the sixties. Many have been sold to the private sector with some performing in airshows and air races. This set is specifically designed for the AMK 1/48 L-29 kit. Of course it will work in the Eduard kit as well since Eduard used the AMK molds for Eduard's enhanced release. I don't have the earlier Planet Models resin kit, but I'm sure these seats will dress it up as well. read more View the full article

New Review: AN/ALQ-131 Countermeasures Pod

Sat, 2018-06-30 08:55
Chances are, if you model aircraft in any of the major scales you are well familiar with Eduard. Their product range varies from simple photo-etched enhancement frets to multi-media kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are amongst the finest in the hobby. Their products may be purchased online through www.eduard.com. I have built a few of their kits, and have used many of their accessories over the years. I am even a card-carrying member of the Bunny Fighter Club, which provided me a carrot-themed 1/48 Mig-21 and allows me a modest discount when buying direct. Check the website, and it will make sense. read more View the full article

New Review: Su-33 Flanker D Landing Gear (Zvezda)

Sat, 2018-06-30 08:41
This set is designed for Zvezda's new tool Su-33 that was released in 2016. The set consists of three parts, the central portion of the nose gear strut and both main gear struts. The nose strut is a drop-in replacement for part C59, the central nose strut and its retraction arm. On the other hand the main gear struts replace several parts as the casting reflects the main gear struts (C81 & C82) with their respective side brace connector (C77 and C78) and an actuator (C74 & C75) already attached. On my set there is a small triangular connection cast between the center of the actuator and the main gear strut, which I assumed was supposed to be there as a brace, but after checking several online photographs of the Su-33 main gear; I discovered that it should not be there, so I will need to remove it. The parts have a slight casting seam on them, but this is easily cleaned up using a sharp Xacto blade and some fine sanding sticks. I then polished the parts using a wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel on low speed. read more View the full article