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VENDOR List- updates?

Thu, 2018-05-17 19:40
Can we have an updated list, please? I’m hearing rumors but need verification. Thanks.

New Review: Focke Wulf FW-190A-4/5 Landing Gear

Wed, 2018-05-16 23:52
Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces white metal replacement gear for a variety of popular model kits from a variety of manufacturers. The white metal replacements are normally a one-for-one replacement with the plastic parts provided with the kit. Some landing gear sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear, tail gear and wheels. In some cases, inaccuracies in the original kit gear are corrected, but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts to ensure ease of use. The quality of the parts is normally spot on, or even better than the kit parts, and since the replacement parts are made of white metal, they provide the additional benefit of improved strength. read more View the full article

US Marine 1776

Wed, 2018-05-16 19:49
These are a few update pictures of a Cont. Marine firring from the fighting top. This coat of paint is used to find flaws in the sculpting and is not ment tobe a primer coat.

One Ocean Method for your Ships

Wed, 2018-05-16 13:32
Hey Gang, I just saw this on You Tube the other day and thought it pretty neat. I'm not a big ship builder, but I have one ship kit that might benefit from this approach.

New Review: USS Richard B. Russell SSN-687

Wed, 2018-05-16 09:13
"They saved the best for last." The USS Richard B. Russell (SSN-687), named for the Georgia senator who served his state from 1933 to 1971, was the 37th and final boat of the Sturgeon class, and was the ninth long-hull version of the class. Built in the Newport News Shipyard, her keel was laid 19 October 1971; she was launched 12 January 1974, and was commissioned 16 August 1975. She was decommissioned 24 June 1994, and was scrapped through the Ship and Submarine Recycling Program between 1 October 2001 and 3 January 2003. Powered by an S5W reactor, the boat could travel at speeds of 15 knots surfaced, and 25 knots while submerged. The crew complement was 126, and she was armed with four 21-inch torpedo tubes. read more View the full article

New Review: B-24D Liberator "Moby Dick"

Wed, 2018-05-16 09:06
The B-24 was produced in greater quantities than any other aircraft in WWII. The B-24D was the early version of the B-24 having served in all theaters of operation. The United States Navy, United States Army Air Force, and many allied air forces units employed the B-24D worldwide. This B-24 kit from Minicraft features a new 'D' fuselage and greenhouse nose with high quality Cartograf decals. The markings are for two 8th Air Force aircraft that served with the U.S. Army Air Corp. When you open the box you'll find thirty-eight light gray plastic bits with fourteen clear plastic parts. You won't be using all of them but you can build the model either in-flight or on the ground. If you choose to do the in-flight version (blade-less spinners and retracted landing gear) you'll need to supply your own stand or you can get one from Minicraft for that express purpose. read more View the full article

New Review: Werner Wings 1/32 (limited edition) Steve Ritchie and Friends Decals

Wed, 2018-05-16 08:49
IPMS/USA recognizes one of our own, Floyd Werner, for providing this sheet set for review and I personally applaud our reviewer corps leadership, John Noack and Phil Peterson, for sending them to me for review. Floyd is well known for his expertise in the WWII Luftwaffe genre, as well as his personal exploits flying Snakes in the U.S. Army. This sheet was sponsored by Kitty Hawk, the much-maligned (but in my opinion) EXCELLENT company which provides us with products which would NEVER have seen the light unless they took the plunge. So you have to work to make them to personal standard? Huff... part of the price of admission. ( I swear if you give these guys a new, free Lexus they'd complain about the new car smell) read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard A-4E Masks

Wed, 2018-05-16 08:20
If you want to make life a little easier when masking and painting canopies and wheels, you may want to check out the line of masks produced by Eduard. This particular set is made for the Hobby Boss A-4E (kit 81764), and provides masks for the windscreen, canopy, and wheels/tires. The precut masks are easy to use, so modelers with a little experience placing items in exact locations will have no issues with this set. After seeing the decals provided at the IPMS Nationals last year, I decided that I needed to add an A-4E Skyhawk to my stash, and being a relatively small plane, 1/48 scale seemed appropriate. Hobby Boss had recently released their kit of the E model, so it was an easy decision when I saw one on the Squadron table. My late father in law was a Naval Aviator, and he flew some A-4 missions in Vietnam, including Iron Hand, so this will a bit of a tribute to him once built. read more View the full article

New Review: British Nuffield Assault Tank A.T.2

Tue, 2018-05-15 23:15
The vehicle In order to break into the fortified zones on the European continent, the Allies anticipated needing a new class of vehicles, assault tanks, which placed maximum armor protection at a higher priority than mobility. Nuffield responded with 18 separate designs (AT1 through AT18), each design larger and heavier than the last. The AT 2, the subject of this kit, was never built, but served as a stepping stone to the eventual development of the AT 16, or Tortoise, two of which were built, but the war ended before they were needed. Don't be fooled by what looks like a turret on this vehicle. It's actually a fixed superstructure such as on a Sturmgeschutze. In the AT 2 version, it mounted a 95mm howitzer. The Kit read more View the full article

Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 5 Is Available

Tue, 2018-05-15 22:55
Installment #5 of the Kinetic E2C 2000 build series has been posted in the Buids Sub-Forum. All comments welcome.

Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 5

Tue, 2018-05-15 22:49
Hi all, Here's the latest progress on the Kinetic 1/48th E2C 2000. A recess in the bottom of the fuselage gives you the option of replicating the CEC (Cooperative Engagement Capability). This is the route I needed to go and I didn't anticipate any problem. I was wrong. It turned out that when the CEC insert is properly aligned, there's a .020" gap on the port side. Press the insert down for a tight fit and you wind up with a slight step in relationship to the fuselage. The solution is simplicity itself. All you need is a .020" x .030" Evergreen strip to fill the gap. If you're careful, all you'll need is a very light touch with a sanding stick to blend everything together. Now for the fun...installation of the wing center section. While the center section fits as it should, you won't be able to simply drop it in place and add solvent. In this shot, the center has been installed and snugged down with a couple of rubber bands. Here's a closer view of what it took to attain a proper installation. The aft end of the center section has to be pulled down with a rubber band that wraps around the fuselage. Because of this, you want to make sure the CEC is thoroughly dry before doing so. Then another rubber band goes under the fuselage and up over the wing stubs. Seen from the side, you get a better view of exactly the rubber bands were used to pull the center section down. Also, notice the internal detail thru the crew door. There's no interior detail in the fuselage beyond the cockpit other than this insert that allows you to position the door open if you choose. When everything's dry and the rubber bands are removed, you'll discover two problems in the form of seams that have to be filled. One, the largest, is at the aft end of the center section where you had to use the heaviest rubber band. The other's at the front and doesn't go all the way across. Just like the gap on the CEC insert, a strip of .020" x .030" Evergreen strip solves the problem. And the same thing up front. If you're careful, you'll barely need any sanding at all. The port nacelle is next and you will definitely need more rubber bands. Take a close look at this shot and you'll see that the heavier rubber band goes over the seam between the nacelle and the wing, then under the nacelle. In order to have continuity from the wing to the nacelle without a step, this is essential. Then another rubber band loops under the front of the nacelle,over the wing and under the aft part of the nacelle. This pulls the aft part of the nacelle up into position. Everything fits exactly as it should, but it takes this approach to get it there. Just in case you're confused by my previous description, this side view should help clarify things. I repeated the process for the starboard nacelle and finally wound up with what you see here. When everything dried and the rubber bands were removed, I was looking at a perfectly fitted wing center section and a pair of nacelles. Next installment you'll see how well things worked out before we tackle the canopy.

M-3 allied anti-aircraft gun

Tue, 2018-05-15 20:05
Is there a model kit of the 3 inch, M-3, allied anti-aircraft gun?

Some possible ideas for diorama techniques in this new book …

Tue, 2018-05-15 16:32

Two Luft '46 planes

Tue, 2018-05-15 15:36
Hey gang, I have 2 new builds completed or should I say given up on. The Me. 1092 (the light blue one w/dots) was from Unicraft. Anyone who knows Unicraft kits knows it's almost like scratchbuilding the plane. The air intake in the front were simply holes in the fuselage. I had to create some sort of tubes to fill the spot and also double up as the front wheel well bottom. Thin soda straws fit the bill. Then the wheels were in such bad shape - it looked like the resin foamed during casting - that I simply threw them away and got a cheap-o Me.262 kit and stole the wheels and decals. The rear wheels were too big, but I used them anyway, and yeah these kits have no decals. Finally the panel lines were like little Grand Canyons, and I lost count of the times I filled and sanded. I didn't want all my German planes to be the RLM 81 and 82 (how it seems to work out) so I followed a paint job that was in one of the SAMI magazines. Then the dots seemed too dark. Finally I had the brain storm to mist a light coat of the base color and that toned down the dots. I was going to just draw the panel lines on, but was given a pep talk from one of the guys in my modeling club to scratch them back in. BIG mistake. I ruined it in a few places, but I didn't want to fill and sand anymore and just gave up. It's a decent 3 foot model (best seen from at least 3 ft. away). The Lippisch 13.B came from Anigrand and was a bit easier to work with. My biggest problem was again not wanting to use the same camo colors I brightened the light color and darkened the dark color. (I forget the RLM #s right now). But then when I needed touch ups, and why I don't mix paint, I couldn't find the right recipe for the lighter color. I knew I used Flesh, but doing a lot of Figures, I have about 10 Fleshs. (Insert pulling out hair emoji here). After painting the touch up paint about 5 times I found the right flesh, made the mix and just slopped it on. My last step was to stretch some sprue tubing to make the little gun barrels either side of the cockpit. Thanks for looking, but don't look too close.

Hawkers WWII Weather planes in 1/72

Tue, 2018-05-15 11:19
Tornado (Airfix Typhoon plus Maintrack conversion fuselage) Brengun "car door" Typhoon Heller Tempest V Matchbox Tempest II Airfix Sea Fury (rebox of PM kit I think)

IT's Pennywise

Mon, 2018-05-14 13:22
This bust is from the new remake of Stephen King's IT. Another very well done by kit by the Gillman. Being mostly white on white it went very quickly. Hardest part was getting the lines thru his eyes semi symmetrical. - for WIPs check out my post - http://kevtk.blogspot.com/2018/05/its-pennywise.html Thanks for looking.

Paint Rack Multi-brand

Mon, 2018-05-14 12:06
Hello friends, after a long time suffering from the lack of space and the discomfort of keeping the paint cans in boxes I decided to make a small piece of furniture to store the paintings. It has a great capacity and the possibility of being able to store different types of boats and adapt their capacity to the boats that have a specific brand. Made the wooden structure, aluminum supports cut by laser and metallic guides to be able to extract the boats. Greetings and I hope you like it

New Review: Finnish Bomber Colours 1939-1945

Sun, 2018-05-13 11:46
Kari Stenman has authored, or co-authored, aviation books for the past 49 years. He ranhis own publishing company in Finland, focusing on Finnish Aviation History. Many of them were in his Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia series that were originally in Finnish only, but later re-released with Finnish and English text. including: Ilmavoimien Historia 5 - Curtiss Hawk 75A - P-40M (1975); Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia 6 - Messerschmitt Bf 109G (1976); Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia 7 - Venalaiset Havittajat (1977); Red Stars: Soviet Air Force in World WarTwo(1993);Finnish Air Force 1939-45 (1998);Ilmavoimat Vareissa - Finnish Air Force in Colour (2001); Lentolaivue 24 (2001);Luftwaffe Over Finland(2002); Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia 19 - LeR4 (2002); Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia 22 - Koulukoneet (2003); Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia 10 - Bristol Blenheim (2004); Brewster F2A Buff read more View the full article

New Review: 1985 Oldsmobile 442/FE3-

Sun, 2018-05-13 10:53
This is a review of the Revell '85 Oldsmobile 442/FE3-X show car. I built it as a factory stock 442. Engine:Zero to very little flash was on the engine components. Two items I disliked were the valve covers and oil pan molded to the block. Should have been separate pieces. Interior: Extremely distinct engraving on the interior pan. Door panels are separate pieces as are the front seats. The rear seat is molded to the interior pan. Dashboard allows two different decals for the gauge cluster and there's two steering wheels. read more View the full article

"Steve Canyon" Returning to US TV!

Sun, 2018-05-13 07:54
Modelers of a certain age will no doubt recall the 1950s TV series based on Milton Caniff's classic comic strip. Reruns of the series are coming back to television! For more details, see here: http://stevecanyondvd.blogspot.com/2018 ... again.html I highly recommend the DVDs of the series to anyone interested in the USAF of the late 1950s. Note: I have no connection to the Milton Caniff Estate.