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Wed, 2018-08-29 16:20

New Review: Aires Lysander Mk. III Control Surfaces (elevators and stabilizers)

Wed, 2018-08-29 16:03
IPMS/USA thanks the Aires team once again for sending us this simple, excellent item for use on a kit, in this case the Eduard (formerly Gavia) Lysander Mk. III. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... This set consists of eight resin parts to replace the kit's solid, neutral position Horizontal Stabilizer and Elevators. There are two elevators with leading edge, two stabilizers with concave aerodynamic coves for accepting the elevators, and four hinges. I liked this set because it gives the kit a more natural look.. Even with aerodynamic mass balances at the end of the leading edge tip of the elevators (which is what those bulky "tabs" on the front of the elevator are, (To prevent damaging and even dangerous "buzz" or "Flutter" in flight, which can rip the control surface off), elevators frequently do not have a neutral "sit" on the ground. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Albatros D.V 1/48th scale

Wed, 2018-08-29 15:48
Brief History The Albatros D.V was a fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Air Service during World War I. The D.V was the final development of the Albatros D.I family, and the last Albatros fighter to see operational service. Despite its well-known shortcomings and general obsolescence, approximately 900 D.V and 1,612 D.Va aircraft were built before production halted in early 1918. The D.Va continued in operational service until the end of the war read more View the full article

New Review: British Secret Projects 2: Jet Bombers Since 1949 Author: Tony Buttler

Wed, 2018-08-29 15:31
Tony Buttler was born in 1956 and joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist. For nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, with this book being his twenty-sixth major release. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines. read more View the full article

New Review: AMX Leclerc Series 2 Main Battle Tank

Wed, 2018-08-29 15:23
From the Tamiya USA website: This modern Tamiya classic, originally released in 2005, has been updated with plastic road wheel parts in place of the original's die-cast components. The Leclerc features a 4-stroke V8 diesel allowing a top speed of 72km/h on road and 50km/h cross country, and is equipped with a French-built 120mm, L/52 smoothbore cannon. Series 2 tanks have an air conditioner to cool the computer system as well as several other improvements. The kit comes packed in Tamiya's standard, strong box, with each sprue individually packed in its own plastic bag. A nice touch is a folded black and white sheet that provides French tank history and technological data on the various systems that make up this advanced tank. It is repeated in four languages on each page. read more View the full article

Avatar's AT-99 Scorpion

Wed, 2018-08-29 14:23
These helicopters drew my attention right away while watching Avatar. There was two types, the Scorpion and the Samson. The Scorpion is shown below. The Samson has a V shaped rear stabilizer. Fantastic Plastic really got into the movie and produced a number of kits based on the movie. I wanted the one Trudi flew for a vignette, but picked the wrong one. No matter the vignette will continue without Trudi. At a recent local model club meeting, one of the guys there said that he had this model and it was so difficult that it stopped him dead. Having the same model, I was interested in seeing what was going on with this kit, so I took it out of the stash. Upon opening it I saw immediately what he was talking about. What a mess! There is flash everywhere - not including the flash that keeps small parts together, which I think is good. But the other stuff. Every part is going to need attention. Then there are these big blobs where the mold had previously been ripped away, so the next pour fills these voids with resin. One such piece is shown - Even the flat pieces have this odd wrinkled look to them - This was really disappointing. I really like FP, but this has to be the worst kit I got from him. But having gotten in to garage kits in the mid 90's I am familiar with kits that were basically lumps of resin. Starting with the hull, which had that odd wrinkles what should be smooth parts there was a lot of shaving, dremeling, and sanding to be done. Then some of the panel lines were incomplete, and bubbles in some of the smaller protuberances. Additionally of of the boxy pieces that were molded on to the hull were very soft or misshapen. I cut them off and will replace them later on. This caster, MMI, has some nerve giving these parts to FP as "professional" work. After four hours of work I had 4 parts together - More soon. Stay tuned.

Breaking News: Atlantis Models acquires Revell tooling in USA

Wed, 2018-08-29 13:17

New Review: Afrika Dual Combo

Tue, 2018-08-28 23:31
The German African campaign started with the landing by the Afrika Korps to help out the Italians. This harsh environment seesawed back and forth. This allowed the Bf-109 to evolve from the Emil and to the Gustav. Special Tropical variants were developed for the aircraft. It is with this Eduard has released this boxing. This boxing includes the Friedrich and Gustav variants. The box top is a beautiful painting of Marseille's F-4/Trop and a beautiful G-2 with mottled camouflage. Very motivational. The box itself is a sturdy cardboard box. Inside the box are lots of light grey sprues. There are two of each sprue, I and H, which are the common sprues for the entire F and G line. There are two sprues that feature the unique fuselage and wings for the aircraft. You are able to build one F and one G model. You can't build two Fs or two Gs. Two clear sprues are there as well for the canopy. There will be plenty of leftovers on the G sprue. read more View the full article

New Review: Spitfire Mk IX Exhaust – fishtail openings

Tue, 2018-08-28 23:06
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 fishtail 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. Ugh. Enter Quickboost. read more View the full article

New Review: WWII German Infantry-Driver for Kettenkraftrad

Tue, 2018-08-28 22:55
IPMS/USA thanks the Aires Aerobonus team once again for sending us this simple, excellent items for use in a diorama setting . And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... This set consists of one perfectly cast figure of a Kettenkraftrad driver. These vehicles were used on many German airfields later in the war to move smaller aircraft around the local flughafen. (One of these also served as a "Rabbit" decoy in the movie "Saving Private Ryan" in the last battle scene). Not much to say here: It's simple but can be done to excellent standard if you have the tools, time, and skills. With my painting ability, I could do a lot better, but I'm on deadlines. You get the idea. Paint, wash, highlight, done. I just love micro photography too: shows up every grain of resin dust that I can't see with my old eyes... read more View the full article

Kit Boxes damaged more frequently in shipping

Tue, 2018-08-28 14:46
There seems to be an increasing trend by the online stores and Ebay sellers to disregard the beautiful box art of the kits when selecting and packaging ordered product. I love the box art as much as the kits themselves. There is a large amount of effort that goes into the design of these boxes, yet online stores do not care. This is another downfall of losing the local retailer. I'm refraining from online purchases now especially ones where I desire very nice undamaged box art. I returned a 1/32 Tamiya F4u-1A Corsair the other day where the seller promised the box was like new and he'd package it well. The kit came packaged in a box no bigger than the kit box itself. Needless to say it was damaged. I returned it for a full refund. Those boxes are beautiful, I don't want a damaged one. It's one thing if I'm paying yardsale prices at a local show where I'm less picky about the boxart, but if I'm buying new, I want the box art to be nice. Imagine all the "Apple" folk purchasing new iphones and ipads in damaged boxes - would they complain?

Paint booth

Mon, 2018-08-27 16:49
Thinking about buy the 15 x 20 standard paint booth from Micro Mark. Any own one and have a opinion about it. Thanks, Eric

The Duke's Ten Latest Models. Armor here.

Mon, 2018-08-27 14:43
Here is my latest ten models I just completed: These are the armor and vehicles from that above pic. First is the 1/72 scale Russian ZIL-5 truck with the wooden cab from AER Moldova I think: Next up is another truck. This is the Revell of Germany 1/72 scale German MAN 5-ton General Purpose Truck: Another German vehicle, this is the Revell of Germany 1/72 scale German M-109G Self Propelled Gun: Finally, here is my Roden 1/72 scale WWI British Vauxhall Ambulance: That's all I have for now. I also finished four aircraft and two helicopters so feel free to go check them out in the Completed Aircraft Forums. Meanwhile, thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

July/August Journal

Mon, 2018-08-27 14:30
Just wodering if anyone has received their July/August Journal yet. Seems like it’s running a little late this time. Thanks Rocky

The Duke's Ten Latest Models. Six Aircraft Here

Mon, 2018-08-27 14:17
After all this time, I can finally show some finished models. These are all ten of the models I just finished: These are my completed aircraft finished up just yesterday, starting with my helicopters: First up is my British Gazelle, an ancient 1/72 scale Airfix kit. After fighting me for awhile, I finally managed to finish this: Next is my Special Hobby 1/72 scale AH-1G Marine Cobra from Vietnam. This was one tough build as it was so delicate everywhere! I finally got this finished: For my aircraft, my Italian Air Forces now has two new aircraft to add to their line up. First is the Italian Navy AV-8B Harrier in 1/72 scale by Hasegawa: Followed by an Italeri 1/72 scale Italian F-16 Fighting Falcon: Finally, my US Navy now has two mew F-14 Tomcats on active duty. Both of these 1/72 scale aircraft came in the same box as a dual kit from Hasegawa. This first one is an F-14A Tomcat from the Jolly Rogers: Followed by the F-14B Tomcat, also from the Jolly Rogers: These are my latest aircraft. None of them are truly contest worthy, but I'm thrilled to have finished them up and I'm very pleased with the look of all of them. I also finished four armor models as seen above in the top pic. Feel free to go check them out as well. Meanwhile, thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

Youth Judging at Model Contests

Mon, 2018-08-27 13:36
I would like to bring up a topic of how we treat the youth categories at contests. The only reason I'm bringing this up is from this past weekend's experience that I witnessed at a show in Alabama (you can look on contest calendar if you need location). I was wondering around the show area while the judging was going on and happened to hear the judges discussing the junior category, there was probably about 30-35 entries to look at so the comment was made by the judge to another club member " I don't know much about what I'm looking at so do you just want me to pick 1, 2, 3". I really couldn't believe what I was hearing. My daughter competes in the youth division because I'm trying to get her into a hobby that don't have a screen on it and she also loves spending time with her Dad.

New Full Spectrum LED Lights

Sun, 2018-08-26 09:58
A revolution in LED lighting is occurring now. One of the big topics at the major photography show this year was RGB LED lights. For the first time, photographers and filmmakers have the ability to precisely control the lighting of their scenes. They are no longer limited to using and mixing color temperatures and gels together to create an entire new spectrum of color and effects in their scenes. An important new tool for modeling and diorama photography! Read my full review on my blog at https://midnightoilstudios.org/2018/08/24/a-magic-light/

New Review: Bandit Sundowners-VFC-111 F-5N

Sun, 2018-08-26 08:45
Who doesn't like the bad guys? I've always had an affinity for them. I wanted to know who they were and how they operated. Well these decals from Furball Aero-Design highlight the 'psuedo' bad guys, the OPFOR or Aggressors as the Navy calls them. The F-5N and F-5F adversaries are some colorful aircraft used to replicate potential bad guys. There are eight aircraft included on this sheet. They have markings that are sure to motivate you to build one of these. These are quite colorful and offer a variety of paint schemes. The decals are packaged in a large ziplock bag with full color instructions for every aircraft. Inside you are treated to high quality paper printed on both sides in beautiful color. Each aircraft has it own page. There are five 8.5 x 11inch sheets. The cover shows the colorful selection. Then the aircraft are shown. There are seven F-5Ns and one F-5F. The back page contains the stencil instructions. read more View the full article

New Review: Do-335A Detail Set

Sun, 2018-08-26 08:36
The Do-335 has been well represented in 1/48th scale with the old, but venerable, Monogram kit and the more recent Tamiya one. Master has had a long held reputation of producing some extremely accurate turned metal barrels and this set is no different. Packaged with a card stock protective backing inside a little ziplock bag are the five beautifully rendered pieces. The nose blast tube is in the front spinner, along with two 30mm cannon barrels on top of the fuselage is included. There is also a pitot tube and FuG-25 antenna. All of them are thin and have no mold lines and are perfectly round. Something I cant do in plastic. The best thing about these sets is that they are stronger and thinner than plastic. The instructions are easy to understand and follow. You will have to drill some holes but the size and location are clearly shown. read more View the full article

New Review: The Panavia Tornado, A Comprehensive Guide

Sat, 2018-08-25 23:00
The Panavia Tornado started out as the MRCA (Multi Role Combat Aircraft). The idea was to apply the latest (1970s) technology to an aircraft which could do a number of jobs, replacing "older" aircraft like the Fiat G-91, the Blackburn Buccaneer, and the Lockheed F-104. The Tornado is a cooperative project, with Britain, Germany and Italy participating in design and production tasks. The only "foreign" user of the Tornado is the Royal Saudi Air Force. This book covers the Tornado through development and most of its service life. The RAF plans to retire their Tornadoes in 2019, Italy retired theirs in 2004. The Luftwaffe may retire theirs in 2025. Or not. The Saudis plan to keep theirs until 2020 or so. All 4 of the users have had combat missions flown by their Tornadoes. A recce mission flown by the Luftwaffe over Bosnia in 1995 was the first combat mission flown by the Luftwaffe since 1945. read more View the full article