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Aurora Nieuport 28

Mon, 2019-02-04 10:40
I've gotten attached to these old kits. Very basic, but fun builds. This one had the raised decal locators that needed to be sanded off and I added a basic interior. The scheme is of an American 28 of the 213th Aero Squad. based in Florida in 1919-20.

1/48 F-16C Viper

Sun, 2019-02-03 21:46
Finally finished the Hasagawa F-16C kit.....added a resin seat and resin exhaust. I also had to modify a couple of pylons for the Harms, and actually make the Harms from spare box Shrikes since I'd robbed the Harms and AAMRAMS for my Growler build last year. That's also why it has two sets of sidewinders....the markings are an aftermarket set. The kit itself is quite nicely detailed and fits well. It's essentially their "A" Viper kit with some extra sprues that contain the "C" parts. So now I have two Vipers in my collection spanning from its inception until now after having none for the entire career of the real ones! Comments, questions, and critiques welcome, as always! GIL

New Review: NATO Pilot Walking

Sun, 2019-02-03 19:32
PJ Production is a Belgian company that is self-described as a company who specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at amateurs of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Exterior Details for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Sun, 2019-02-03 13:36
Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world. read more View the full article

Mother of Dragons

Sat, 2019-02-02 16:12
In the mood for another bust, I had Daenerys Targareon (sp?) sitting on the shelf for some time. Produced in white resin, she came in two parts - the bust/base, and a strand of hair. Cleanup was minimal, and any seam marks hidden was easily spotted and eliminated after a spray of primer. I started out with a base coat of Rose Beige for her skin - Her hair is almost white, so I base coated that with a coat of Beige to start. A highlight of Rose Beige + Light Skin tone. Thinking I found the costume that was sculpted, it looked like a blue, and the cape was blue on the outside and I light tan on the inside. Moving on I highlighted the hair with Ivory, added the dark brown eye brows, painted the eyeballs the same color and then painted the base a Basalt Gray. Her lips got a coat of Cavalry Brown, which is really a dark red brown color. I also speckled the base with a lighter gray for interest, and used V's Burnt Iron Metallics for the emblem. The inside of the cape got a beige highlight. I didn't want her cape and dress to be the same color, so I painted over the blue with a turquoise color from Army Painter. On the screen grab, there is a design that looks like lots of little arrowheads. The sculpt doesn't have that, but only ridged stripes. I added another layer of turquoise to them, and then over painted the stripes with a Pearlescent paint to create a little added dimension. Also her green eyes were painted in. You can't really tell but the strand of hair was also added. There was a gap, but some Aves filled the gap with nor problems. I sculpted the Aves to match the existing hair. I added a 3rd highlight of white to the top most part of the hair stands, and after looking it up, painted the dragon on the emblem a red color. Her bottom lip was painted Rose to brighten it. Then I tried something new, I used Vs Metallic Varnish to the lips and eyes. It went on a little thicker than the others and made the eyes look deeper. She was ready for her final matte coat. After a day, I looked at the bust and there was something wrong. She looked ... sweaty. I must have sprayed her with satin instead of matte. There was also something else with the skin tone. It was still too dark. I mixed Light skin tone with Ivory and gave a highlight to only the upper areas. That looked better. Then I made sure I sprayed a matte coat to seal it all in. Thanks for looking.

New Review: Men-At-Arms Series: French Naval & Colonial Troops 1872-1914

Sat, 2019-02-02 10:39
The world's perceptions concerning nationalistic colonialism have virtually reversed over the course of the last century, and the impact of such behavior and its aftermath by mostly European nations on less-developed areas of the world is still being debated today. That being said, for the figure modeler this era in human history is a goldmine of really interesting military uniforms, not least because so many of them combine European and local costumes in truly unique ways. As far as global colonial powers during the 19th century go, France was certainly in the top three, having footholds throughout most of northern Africa as well as IndoChina and elsewhere. They incorporated large numbers of natives to help keep order in these regions, and in the process created some of these fascinating hybrids of dress. I can't think of any other colonial power of the period who embraced this idea quite so enthusiastically, although perhaps the British are a close second. read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-21MF Interceptor cockpit

Sat, 2019-02-02 10:23
Last summer Eduard released its much anticipated MiG-21MF kit in 1/72 scale. The initial release represents aircraft manufactured at the Gorky factory. In conjunction with the release of this kit, Eduard also released a separate resin cockpit set for these late model MiG-21MFs. The set includes nine resin parts, a color photo-etch fret and an acetate sheet with 2 heads-up screens and is intended as a complete replacement for the kit cockpit and ejection seat. As you would expect with Eduard, the resin parts are beautifully cast with exquisite detail and the detail on the photo-etch set is crisp and sharp. read more View the full article

New Review: Russian 9K37M1 BUK

Fri, 2019-02-01 18:23
The Buk (Beech Tree) missile system is an integrated system of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile systems developed by the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. The Buk system is designed to counter all manner of airborne threats from cruise missiles to unmanned aerial vehicles. This new kit from Meng represents the Buk-M1-2 transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicle. TELAR superstructure is a turret containing the fire control radar at the front and a launcher with four ready-to-fire missiles on top. read more View the full article

New Review: Saab SK 37E Stör-Viggen

Fri, 2019-02-01 18:07
The Saab 37 Viggen was an aircraft ahead of its time. Its designers used an unorthodox construction which enabled the plane to meet all requirements which had been laid on it and in some parameters even surpass them. The Swedish Air Force ordered several various versions of the Viggen jet fighter, its basic design formed a universal platform which, using specialized equipment, enabled the plane to be used for different roles. The first prototype machine took off for its maiden flight on 8 February 1967 with E. Dalstrom at the controls. The aircraft was powered by a Volvo RM8 turbofan, a license-built variant of the Pratt & Whitney JT8D with an afterburner and thrust reverser which, in addition to the double-delta wing design, enhanced the plane's performance the takeoffs and landings on short airstrips. The avionics of the Viggen was state-of-the-art at the time, the Viggen was the first type to be equipped with a computer with integrated circuits. read more View the full article

New Review: Spitfires Part 1

Fri, 2019-02-01 17:15
If you're as big a fan of Spitfires as I am, you're going to REALLY love this product by Fundekals. Labeled "Spitfire Part 1" this product is actually two and a half sheets of decals, packed with markings. Frankly, I've never encountered a more useful decal sheet for Spitfires than this one. Twelve different sets are included in this package (as well as numerous extras) covering everything from Spitfire Mk. 1s from the Battle of Britain to late-war Mk. XVIes. Not only British Spitfires are offered in the mix, but American Eagle Squadron aircraft are included as well. It does NOT, however, include walkways and stenciling, although it does include the gun patches associated with each aircraft. read more View the full article

New Review: Master KTO Rosomak Smoke Grenade Launcher

Fri, 2019-02-01 17:01
The KTO Rosomak is a Polish 8x8 wheeled Infantry Fighting Vehicle. This smoke grenade launcher upgrade set is made for the IBG Models KTP Rosomak Polish APC - "The Green Devil", kit number 35032 and for kit number 35033, the basic Polish APC. It is designed to be used with any Rosomak that have the 30mm turret. This aftermarket kit consists of a resin plate, six brass launcher tubes, two types of resin tube covers and five very small brass rivets. The kit is very well packed in clear plastic bubble pack that is stapled to a backing card. There is a one-page instruction sheet that is inside this backing card. The parts are housed in cutouts in the foam backing, so they are very well secured and easy to see while still packaged. read more View the full article

New Review: Superguns 1854-1991: Extreme Artillery From the Paris Gun and the V-3 to Iraq's Project Babylon

Fri, 2019-02-01 16:35
Steven J. Zaloga was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to John and Muriel Zaloga on February 1, 1952. Steven earned his undergraduate degree cum laude in history at Union College and his Masters' degree in history from Columbia University. He obtained a Certificate in International Affairs from the graduate program of the University of Cracow. He has worked in the aerospace industry for some twenty years as an analyst specializing in missiles, precision-guided munitions, and unarmed aerial vehicles. Steven has served with a federal think tank, Defense Analyses. He was the writer-director for The Discovery Channel's "Firepower" series from 1987 to 1992. He has authored many books on military technology, especially in armored warfare. Steven is a noted scale armor modeler and is a member of AMPS (Armor Modeling and Preservation Society). read more View the full article

New Review: LVG C.VI Landing Gear (WW)

Fri, 2019-02-01 15:26
This is the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) white metal landing gear replacement option for the Wingnut Wings 1/32 LVG C.VI kit. If you have built in 1/32 scale you have probably wondered at some point if kit provided plastic landing gear will adequately support the model's weight. These SAC items are primarily intended to address strength concerns but there are two other major advantages to using their white metal landing gear: First, it is possible to very slightly bend the strut pieces and attached wheels into perfect alignment once installed - to fine tune your alignment after gluing. With plastic, "once glued you're screwed" so to speak. A second advantage of SAC landing gear is that oleos in white metal (although not applicable for this set) can be fine sanded to a very shiny and realistic finish - so no fiddling with bare metal foil or painting is necessary for SAC oleos. Observations These LVG C.VI landing gear pieces match very closely the kit molds. Cleanup is minimal. read more View the full article

New Review: I-16 Type 24/28 Landing Gear (ICM/Rev/Has)

Fri, 2019-02-01 14:59
This is the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) white metal landing gear replacement option for the 1/32 I-16 type 24/28 (ICM/Rev/Has) kits. If you have built in 1/32 scale you may have wondered at some point if the kit provided plastic landing gear will adequately support the model's weight. These SAC items are primarily intended to address strength concerns, but there are two other advantages to using white metal landing gear: You can very slightly bend the main strut into perfect alignment once installed, and oleos (if applicable) can be fine sanded to a very shiny and realistic finish - no need for applying bare metal foil or painting oleos if you're working with white metal. Observations These I-16 landing gear pieces match very closely the kit molds. Clean up is minimal. read more View the full article

Cape Cod MA

Fri, 2019-02-01 10:01
Hello there from Cape Cod MA! I've been modeling for about a year now. So far, I've built mostly gunpla, but I have two jets I got for Xmas that I'm psyched to build. What's your favorite part of a build? I love the actual build itself. Adding some detail here, sanding off nubs there... it's a blast and very relaxing for me. Not that I don't love the whole process! Painting's a blast, and detailing is almost Zen sometimes. I just joined IPMS, and I'm excited to get to know the community. All the other modeling communities I've joined (on Reddit, Instagram, etc.) have been supportive and positive, and I'm sure this'll be no exception. I've found that modelers are some of the nicest people around. Attached are a few pics. Have a great day everyone!

New Review: 48 Reichsverteidigung Profipack Dual Combo

Fri, 2019-02-01 01:10
Eduard's new dual combo Reichsverteidigung (Defense of the Reich) profipack combo set is the newest way for Eduard to show off their new tool Fw-190A and Bf-109G kits. This dual combo is a perfect way to experience the new tooling and as a bonus you get an Eduard print of an fw190 racing away from a pursuing p-51. read more View the full article

ModelFiesta-38 San Antonio, Tx Feb 16th

Wed, 2019-01-30 13:12
ModelFiesta-38 Feb 16th at San Antonio Event Center, San Antonio, Tx 9a.m.-Awards Ceremony at 4:30p.m. ModelFiesta 38 is rapidly approaching and this year the option to pre-register your entries is being offered. It’s an easy process and user-friendly. Use this link and follow the directions describing the e-paperwork that you can email to the Event Director. http://www.alamosquadron.com/registration-documents.html The ONLY paperwork that needs to be returned via email is the Model Registration Summary Form. Fill out this document completely but leave the Contestant Number at the top right BLANK...ModelFiesta staff will assign this number to you and fill this part in. Upon completion, email the Model Registration Summary Form to mfdirector@alamosquadron.com. Receipt of your Summary Form will be acknowledged, and additional information will be provided to you regarding your entry forms within a few days to include your Contestant Number. Please remember to bring your Model Registration Summary Form and one Individual Model Registration Form with you on Contest Day. Please feel free to ask questions about the Pre-Registration process, or about the event in general, by emailing those questions to ModelFiesta Director at mfdirector@alamosquadron.com One quick F.A.Q…… can I add or delete entries after I’ve submitted the Model Reg. Summary Form via email? Answer: You sure can! It would help our Pre-Registration Staff if you were to send an edited Model Reg. Summary Form after you’ve made those edits.

New Review: Vietnamese Spads (2)

Wed, 2019-01-30 08:05
The Vietnamese use of the Skyraider during the conflict is much the same as the US. It used the Spad, or Sandy, in close air support and Combat Search and Rescue. The Tamiya kit has been out for quite some time now and we've never really had a wide variety of options to mark it with. Well AOA has fixed that. This is the second sheet designed for the Tamiya Skyraider. These decals will fit any model of the Skyraider with just a little bit of trimming on the fuselage stripes. They are purposely slightly longer to work that way and you may need to trim them to fit. read more View the full article

New Review: Vietnamese Spads (1)

Wed, 2019-01-30 07:56
The Vietnamese operated the AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders alongside their US counterparts. The Spad, or Sandy, was actually developed in the waning hours of WWII. It saw service in Korea and Vietnam. Capable of carrying a variety of ordnance and still having long loiter times the Spad was a vital part of the Air Rescue operations of the US and Vietnamese. Close air support was the name of the game and the Vietnamese were sold Skyraiders and they used them as effectively as their US counterparts. The Vietnamese deployed the Skyraider in a variety of paint schemes. This first sheet covers the Skyraiders from 1962 all the way up to 1971 with some really colorful schemes. read more View the full article

New Review: Panda Hobby 1/35 M-8 Armored Gun System

Wed, 2019-01-30 07:49
In the 80s, the U.S. Army began to look for a light tank to replace the M551 Sheridan. Specifically, the Army was looking for an air-deployable tank to support its airborne Divisions and to replace their TOW anti-tank HMMWVs. In 1992, the Army selected United Defense's vehicle designated XM8-AGS. Six prototypes were made and the M8 began trials. The basic armor package of the M8 is made of welded aluminum alloy, designed for rapid deployment and was capable of being airdropped from a C-130. There were 2 additional levels of modular armor planned for the vehicle depending on the threat level of the operating environment. Each additional level obviously increased the weight of the AFV, which decreased it's "air mobility", but still kept it light enough that at its maximum armor protection, up to 5 could be delivered via air landing on a C-5 Galaxy. read more View the full article