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SAS Gunner North Africa 1941

Mon, 2018-09-03 14:15
Hello everyone. This is my first kinda commission build. A marketing agency for Testors asked our club to paint a figure for their office using only the six paints in a figure painting set they're putting out and which had to be done by 08/31/18. I'm the only one in the club that does figures to it fell to me. I chose a DEF models British SAS Jeep Gunner in 1941 North Africa with his pet monkey (I guess a Barbary Macaque) that with the theme on the packaging. The six colors were Model Master enamels Olive Drab Semi Gloss, Burnt Umber Flat, Burnt Sienna Flat, British Crimson Flat, Cobalt Blue Flat and Skin Tone Light Flat. I got the colors by using lots of mixing with Burnt Umber for the black and Skin Tone for the white. I kept only the white for the eyes by masking them and using the background white primer. The metal for the gun was done using the Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna and Cobalt Blue Flat. This was actually pretty fun. Usually for a figure like this I would use block color enamels finishing with oils, which would take about 60 years. With just the six colors and a looming two week deadline the painting moved along really fast. I was also fortunate that this was an excellent sculpt that let me paint it is several sections and so I didn't have to mask and wait for a lot of drying. Thanks for letting me share.

Purchasing past issues of the Journal

Mon, 2018-09-03 11:47
Good morning, I was wondering how I should go about purchasing past issues of the Journal. I can see the covers and article contents, but there is no link to add them to a Cart. I was a member in the 60s and 70s, but dropped it as new interests intervened. I re-upped in the 20-teens, and would like some specific back issues. While a couple of issues came out relatively recently, I don't remember the articles listed. And obviously there will be some from between the 70s and 20-teens that I would want. I saw a comment on a 2017 posting listing Jim Pearsall and the office manager, Marie, but how does one contact them? Many thanks, Alan

IPMS UK Scale Modelworld Show 2018

Mon, 2018-09-03 03:15
The big one is on the weekend of 10th and 11th November at Telford Internationa! Exhibition Centre UK. Hope to welcome visitors from across the pond to this fabulous show!

New Review: Sturmgeschutz, Vol. 1, Legends of Warfare

Mon, 2018-09-03 01:31
David Doyle is a well-known author of over 100 books published since 2003, covering a wide range of military subjects. Adding aircraft and warship subjects to his already lengthy list of published books covering military vehicles, Doyle's portfolio of publications continues to expand rapidly, while maintaining the highest degree of quality, accuracy, and depth of coverage. read more View the full article

New Review: Special Hobby P-40N with CMK Add-On Parts

Sun, 2018-09-02 21:23
The Aircraft The P-40N was in several respects the final and some would say the definitive P-40 Warhawk or the Kittyhawk Mk. IV. The most distinguishing feature was the extended canopy, which provided the pilot with a much better view from within the canopy. While it can't be seen from the exterior, this model of the P-40N was powered by the Allison V-1710-87 engine. The Kit This kit was a pleasure to build and estimated to take only 20 hours to complete, appears to match the published dimensions in all respects, and provides an attractive addition to the Warhawk or Kittyhawk family of kits (not counting the CMK after-market items noted below). The Build read more View the full article

New Review: Charlie Company’s Journey Home

Sun, 2018-09-02 20:14
Charlie Company's Journey Home THE FORGOTTEN IMPACT ON THE WIVES OF VIETNAM VETERANS I found this book to be a compelling read on several levels. It is written about the lives of women who were involved with and or married to the men who served with Charlie Company, 4thof the 47thInfantry, 9thInfantry Division, stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. It is certainly a book full of statistics, averages and other data to provide the reader with a great deal of insight into what life was like for the very few wives already married when their husbands were preparing to go into combat in Vietnam in early 1967. As a nation, we seemed to overlook the terrible toll--mentally and physically, that the women who stay home pay. read more View the full article

New Review: We March Against England, Operation Sea Lion 1940-41

Sun, 2018-09-02 18:33
It's June of 1940. The Wehrmacht has just crushed the armies of Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The British Army has escaped across the Channel from Dunkirk, and they've left a lot of equipment behind, not to mention a goodly number of soldiers. Germany has to get their act together in France, prepare for occupation of those conquered territories, and then there's the thought of what to do about England. This book is not the usual Osprey book we review here at IPMS USA. It is mostly text, with only a few pictures thrown in. It covers the period from June 1940 to July of 1941. After this, Sea Lion became a moot point, as the Wehrmacht had their hands full in the Soviet Union. CHAPTER LISTING read more View the full article

New Review: Heinkel He 177 Units of World War 2

Sun, 2018-09-02 14:45
The title of this recent issue in Osprey's Combat Aircraft series is a bit misleading. While it is called He 177 Units of World War 2, this book is much more comprehensive than that. The entire concept, development and deployment of this interesting aircraft are thoroughly covered. Perhaps the very first paragraph of the book sums up the history of the He 177 best of all: "In the history of aviation, many aircraft, civil and military, have been the cause or subject of tortuous development, heated debate, disagreement, uncertainty, confusion, and often danger." That pretty much says it all for Heinkel's heavy bomber! read more View the full article

New Review: Detail & Scale USN & USMC WW2 Carrier-Based Aircraft, Digital-Print

Sun, 2018-09-02 09:07
Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, in a digital format and now in print-on-demand paperback format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of USN and USMC carrier aircraft of WW2, and comparing it to a more traditional format. The official title is U. S. Navy and Marine Carrier Based Aircraft of World War 2. This review of the e-book and the nearly-mirror equivalent paperback will be in three parts; 1) a general overview of both, 2) content coverage of both versions, and 3) how effective and useful the digital e-book format is compared to the traditional paperback format, from a modeler's perspective. Overview read more View the full article

1/700 WW II HMS Illustrious

Sat, 2018-09-01 15:55
This is a very old kit and needs a lot of clean up to get it to fit. i opened up the stern area to the hangar deck, used PE detail sets for the mast, various radars, the antennae and railings. Also provided were the details for the Swordfish. I added torpedoes to the Swordfish. I substituted some Fulmars I had for the kit's Wildcats. Represented the forward deck windbreaks with decals painted in a slightly darker shade to make them visible, but not stand out too much. Drilled out all portholes. Hollowed out the smoke stack and added a grill on the top. Redid the piping on it as well as the ladders. Substituted life rafts from Shapeways for the kit's molded on ones. Mine had no decals (it was purchased second hand), so I cobbled together some markings from generic stuff I had lying around.

1/32nd .50 cal barrel needed

Sat, 2018-09-01 14:07
Might anyone have in their spares box a single .50 cal barrel, air cooled like was used on bombers, in their spares box? I need 1 for an armor conversion and don't need to buy an entire set. Thanks, Tim

New Review: German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set

Sat, 2018-09-01 09:45
Construction: The Interior kit is includes a lot of steps and refers to what parts/build steps from the main tank kit you need to do to build the whole tank correctly which is a great help and very easy to follow. There are also several parts that will not be used as they are from the other version of the King Tiger with the Henschel turret. Also a very good idea is the amount of painting instruction details given at each of the build stages. Step 1 through 6 - builds parts of the lower hull and suspension real no issues. I would suggest that the part numbers M2 and M6 (stage 3 and 4) at Stage 1 before the cross supports are installed to easy installation. I also found it would be easy to install P50 incorrectly. The part M8 was also a tight fit. The parts Q10 and Q1 need to carefully be installed. read more View the full article

New Review: Mission Models Paint- Part 1 (Thinner, Polyurethane, Primer and Paint)

Sat, 2018-09-01 09:14
Company Overview Mission Model paints - a new way to think about painting. This review focuses on using Mission Models acrylic paints. I will present a ground up approach to the steps I follow to get the best finish from this new line of primers and paints. Mission Models Paints is a relative newcomer to the model paint market with 118 custom colors for armor, ships, aircraft and cars in the line. An additional 75 colors will be added soon. What are Benefits to using the paints? They have a high pigment density, no chemical odor, are easy to work with, and have great opacity with little tendency to run, sag, or spider when sprayed. And, they're environmentally safe. An additional benefit is that when sprayed, more paint is concentrated on the area being painted with less overspray. read more View the full article

New Review: Mission Models Paint- Part 1 (Thinner, Polyurethane, Primer and Paint)

Sat, 2018-09-01 09:14
Company Overview Mission Model paints - a new way to think about painting. This review focuses on using Mission Models acrylic paints. I will present a ground up approach to the steps I follow to get the best finish from this new line of primers and paints. Mission Models Paints is a relative newcomer to the model paint market with 118 custom colors for armor, ships, aircraft and cars in the line. An additional 75 colors will be added soon. What are Benefits to using the paints? They have a high pigment density, no chemical odor, are easy to work with, and have great opacity with little tendency to run, sag, or spider when sprayed. And, they're environmentally safe. An additional benefit is that when sprayed, more paint is concentrated on the area being painted with less overspray. read more View the full article

New Review: Bf-109G-14 Profipack

Sat, 2018-09-01 08:50
The Bf-109G-14 was an attempt by the Luftwaffe to standardize fighter production of the G-5/G-6. It failed to do that but the G-14 was a good aircraft and served from 1943 until the end of the war. This is a natural progression for Eduard and its much respected Bf-109 series of models. Like the real thing, it is essentially a G-6 with just as many options for equipment and markings. This ProfiPack follows the other releases which contains four light grey plastics sprues and one clear styrene sprue. My example did have minimal flash and my wings were slightly misaligned in the mold but it was all easily taken care of with a knife and sanding sticks. As a ProfiPack it also has a pre-painted photo etch fret and a set of masks. Decals are printed by Eduard and includes markings for five aircraft, as well as, stencils for one aircraft. The markings are colorful and the problem will be to decide which one to do. I was really looking forward to the G-14 release as it allowed the modeler to use late war colors. read more View the full article

New Review: Spitfire Mk IX Cockpit Door

Thu, 2018-08-30 13:18
IPMS/USA thanks the Aires team once again for sending us this simple, excellent item for use on a kit, in this case, a Quickboost spitfire pilot entry door replacement for the new-mold Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk V through IX. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... This set consists of one detailed entry door and a crowbar. The door is detailed enough you can leave the crowbar out (which I understand was a frequent option) if you so desire. The door contains frame and latch details, the torque tube with detailed U-drive section, and stringer detail. Simplicity is the byword... leave on the pour stub, spray with your favorite lacquer primer, then paint with interior green and carefully weather and wash. Remove from the pour stub CAREFULLY, as the crowbar mounts and door latch is delicate but still strong. Install on your model, and touch up paint. DONE! read more View the full article

New Review: Spitfire Mk IX Exhaust - Oval Openings

Thu, 2018-08-30 12:53
IPMS/USA thanks the Aires team once again for sending us this simple, excellent item for use on a kit, in this case, a Quickboost engine exhaust replacement for the new-mold Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk V through IX. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... This set consists of two exhaust banks. This set is the oval/round openings version, and is perfectly designed to install in the Revell new mold 1/32 Spitfire Mk V through IX series. Why buy? The kit items come in halves, split down the middle, and therefore have an almost impossible to fill seam which destroys the detail. Uhg. Enter Quickboost... The castings are perfectly formed, and have excellent weld detail along with deep exhaust throats. All you have to do is Primer, Paint on the pour stub, then remove with a knife or razor saw for assembly/installation preparation. These are designed to be installed after the model is assembled... I used Tamiya spray primer gray, painted afterwards with Vallejo steel, then weathered with steel and red-brown mixture, and a black wash with light dust for engine Lead exhaust staining. read more View the full article

New Review: Bf-109G-6s

Thu, 2018-08-30 12:45
The second new release from Eagle Editions in their EagleCal line of decals is aimed at the Bf-109G-6. With the release of the Tamiya kit and the previously released Eduard and Zvezda kits there is no shortage of plastic to put these on. While I'm only reviewing the 1/48th scale decals, they are also available in 1/72nd and 1/32nd scales. The Bf-109G-6 is a favorite amongst modelers and model manufacturers so the big thing is which markings to add to yours. EagleCals has you covered with this release. Packaged in a ziplock baggie, you get 11x17 instruction sheet printed in full color. The profiles are on the cover but inside of the cover are larger versions. The artwork is done by James Bentley. The artwork is superb and the drawings are quite nice and reproduced well. Inside you can find the written interpretation of the camouflage and aircraft. The other page has the stencil placement instructions. The back cover has the plan view of the upper wings and a section of the lower wing . read more View the full article

75 gal. Drop tanks for P-51A

Thu, 2018-08-30 10:16
Can anyone provide insights into the plumbing? I see lots of variations in online search. Thanks.

Jim Woody

Wed, 2018-08-29 19:25
This afternoon I got a call from Lindy; a call I dreaded, but knew was coming... Jim passed away peacefully this afternoon about 1pm PDT. We are diminished by his loss. I have lost one of the best friends a guy could ever hope to have.
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