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New Review: Hasegawa Hitachi Vibratory Combined Roller ZC50C-5

Fri, 2018-03-23 09:06
This is a new tooled Kit first issued in 2017. It is an excellent kit in the Hasegawa range and is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully. In the box is; 2 x Orange Sprues 1 x clear Sprue 1 x Light Grey Sprues 3 x Dark Grey Sprue 1 x length of Hose 1 x Decal sheet 4 x Poly Caps 1x Instruction booklet The sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail. The parts are all molded in the correct colors so if the build is done well there is no need to do much painting. Construction: Stage 1 Assembly begins with the front section of the articulated body. There are a few places you have to be careful to correct assembly the parts. Be very careful to place the decal on part B4, ensure you install part number E-4 to ensure contact with the Roller when it is installed later. Also ensure the correct assembly of parts B13, B14 and B12 as these can be reversed easily. I also have a little trouble with the gaps and alignment of A12, read more View the full article

New Review: Minicraft 1/144 P-51D Mustang

Fri, 2018-03-23 08:49
When Phil Peterson sent out an announcement that there were new items for review, I went to the list with only a certain amount of excitement. There are very few 1/144 scale items available for review, and that's my scale. I was glad to find a new 1/144 item from Minicraft. A P-51D Mustang. I sent an immediate email begging and pleading for this kit. And I got it. And I'm glad I did. About 17 years ago, I met a fellow in Vandalia, Illinois who was a member of the maintenance crews for the 52nd Fighter Group in Italy. He had a photo which was taken in late 1944 of the Group's P-51 Mustangs lined up. The planes all had a yellow tail with the individual aircraft ID letter on the tail. They were lined up to spell VICTORY. There's a book called "Spitfires and Yellow Tail Mustangs" which is a history of this group. I made a copy of this photo, and kept it for all these years. A few years back I started the project of building all 7 of these planes. I finished 2 before I lost interest. read more View the full article

Potential Set Survey Now Live, Tru-Color Paint

Thu, 2018-03-22 20:05
Tru-Color Paint is pleased to announce that the survey to choose what initial paint sets (up to 6) should be manufactured for the IPMS Convention to be held on August 1-4, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. has gone LIVE on our website as of today, 3/22/18. The website address is : trucolorpaint.com/trucolor-paint-release-survey/ Please take the time to fill out the survey. The more information we have on what set(s) the modelers want to have, then those sets will be the first produced for the convention and for sales to your local hobby shops or online stores. Thank you in advance for taking this survey and we look forward to your input. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779 website: trucolorpaint.com

Potential Set Survey Now Live, Tru-Color Paint

Thu, 2018-03-22 20:03
Tru-Color Paint is pleased to announce that the survey to choose what initial paint sets (up to 6) should be manufactured for the IPMS Convention to be held on August 1-4, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. has gone LIVE on our website as of today, 3/22/18. The website address is : trucolorpaint.com/trucolor-paint-release-survey/ Please take the time to fill out the survey. The more information we have on what set(s) the modelers want to have, then those sets will be the first produced for the convention and for sales to your local hobby shops or online stores. Thank you in advance for taking this survey and we look forward to your input. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779 website: trucolorpaint.com

Potential Set Survey Now Live, Tru-Color Paint

Thu, 2018-03-22 20:01
Tru-Color Paint is pleased to announce that the survey to choose what initial paint sets (up to 6) should be manufactured for the IPMS Convention to be held on August 1-4, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. has gone LIVE on our website as of today, 3/22/18. The website address is : trucolorpaint.com/trucolor-paint-release-survey/ Please take the time to fill out the survey. The more information we have on what set(s) the modelers want to have, then those sets will be the first produced for the convention and for sales to your local hobby shops or online stores. Thank you in advance for taking this survey and we look forward to your input. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779 website: trucolorpaint.com

Potential Set Survey Now Live, Tru-Color Paint

Thu, 2018-03-22 19:59
Tru-Color Paint is pleased to announce that the survey to choose what initial paint sets (up to 6) should be manufactured for the IPMS Convention to be held on August 1-4, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. has gone LIVE on our website as of today, 3/22/18. The website address is : trucolorpaint.com/trucolor-paint-release-survey/ Please take the time to fill out the survey. The more information we have on what set(s) the modelers want to have, then those sets will be the first produced for the convention and for sales to your local hobby shops or online stores. Thank you in advance for taking this survey and we look forward to your input. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779 website: trucolorpaint.com

Potential Set Survey Now Live, Tru-Color Paint

Thu, 2018-03-22 19:57
Tru-Color Paint is pleased to announce that the survey to choose what initial paint sets (up to 6) should be manufactured for the IPMS Convention to be held on August 1-4, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. has gone LIVE on our website as of today, 3/22/18. The website address is : trucolorpaint.com/trucolor-paint-release-survey/ Please take the time to fill out the survey. The more information we have on what set(s) the modelers want to have, then those sets will be the first produced for the convention and for sales to your local hobby shops or online stores. Thank you in advance for taking this survey and we look forward to your input. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779 website: trucolorpaint.com

Nearing The Finish Line

Thu, 2018-03-22 09:25
Well guys I'm getting closer to finishing this F-80B. So far, this is what I have: Cheers, Mark

New Review: The 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich

Wed, 2018-03-21 19:36
The book goes into details of the formation, deployment and combat actions of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich. Das Reich was the first Waffen SS division created and was a major force where ever it fought. The unit as formed in September 1939 as the war began and fought on most fronts from Poland, France, Balkans, Russia, back to France and then back to the eastern front at the end of the war. I found this book fascinating and made me aware of a lot of information I have never read before. Das Reich was a formidable division and prove its worth and bravery on all the fronts it fought. It was used as a firefighting group on many occasions and resisted against the odds on many occasions. There are a lot of pictures and illustrations that make the book even more interesting. I recommend this book to everyone with a deep interest the war and the formation and use of German divisions. The only downside was it could have had a little more details or insight into the actions it fought in, eyewitness/diary type write-ups to give it more feeling. read more View the full article

New Review: Gloster Gauntlet

Wed, 2018-03-21 19:19
This is volume one in the Orange Series from MMP. The Gloster Gauntlet was the last open-cockpit fighter of the RAF entering into service in February 1935. In addition to the RAF, it saw service in the Commonwealth with the South African Air Force, Southern Rhodesian Air Force, and Royal Australian Air Force. Foreign users were Denmark and Finland. The book is broken down into 10 main segments beginning with an Introduction and Development and Production chapters. The original Gauntlet design with the 450hp Bristol Mercury IIA engine but due to this engine's unreliability the Gauntlet lost out top Bristol's own design, the Bulldog. Five years later after steady design improvements and multiple engine installations the Gauntlet now being 40MPH faster than the Bulldog won a production contract. The Gauntlet served the RAF well for about 3 years before in 1938 being removed from frontline service. 616 Squadron still had Gauntlets at the outbreak of WWII! read more View the full article

New Review: Baja Bronco™

Wed, 2018-03-21 19:00
Engine: Beautiful Ford 289 is well detailed and fits together just perfectly. I added ignition wiring, throttle linkage, and fuel line. Interior: Interior is wonderfully engraved just screaming for some detail painting. Rustoleum texture paint was used to simulate a sprayed on durable coating. Body: The body went together very well. The open grille is an impressive piece. Didn't have to grind away the back to open it up. Every piece fits very well. I filled the holes for the outrigger spare tire and put it inside. The fender flares were made with strip styrene and Bondo. I needed wider flares to cover the tires. HOK sunrise pearl was used on the body. Chassis: The frame rails are separate from the chassis pan making for detail painting easier. Front, rear suspension, and exhaust are all separate pieces. Some serious lowering was done to the suspension. Wheels/tires are from the parts box. read more View the full article

Vermont Aiir Natiional Guard

Wed, 2018-03-21 09:29
I live in the state of Vermont. I am starting to build every type of plane the VTANG flew from 1946 to the present. The planes flown would be P-47N, P-51H, F-86D,F-89C,F-94A,T-33,F-102B,B-57B,F-4C, F-16C and in 2019 the F-35. I have rounded up 1\48 scale kits of each along with some VTANG decals. Does anyone know where I can get VTANG decals for the F-89,F-94,B-57 and F-4C? And by the way the B-57B was not used as a bomber but for electronic warfare.

Bf-109 G2

Tue, 2018-03-20 19:53
Here is Hasegawa's 1/48 Bf-109 G2 on the Russian front.

Spitfire MkVb

Tue, 2018-03-20 19:43
Here is Hasegawa's 1/48 Spitfire Mk Vb is RAAF markings with aftermarket Resin, PE and Decals.

Williams Bros 1/72 C-46 Build Series, Part 16 is available

Tue, 2018-03-20 19:21
Installment 16 of my 1/72 Williams Bros C-46 build is now available in the Builds Sub-Forum. Comments welcome as always.

Williams Bros 1/72 C-46 Build Series, Part 16

Tue, 2018-03-20 19:04
Hi all. The C-46 finish line is in sight! Here's the latest shots: The completed starboard main gear. I wound up having to apply BSI IC Gel to the mounting edge of the door, then hold it in place with one hand while applying a shot of BSI Accelerator with the other hand. Definitely tricky and I actually had to clean the cured CA on the door and try it again a couple of times before I got it right. To say this approach is tedious is an understatement of the first magnitude! The same technique had to be used on the tailwheel doors, but with the addition of tweezers to hold the doors due to their small size. The same starboard gear installation from a slightly different angle. The photoetch parts add a lot to the gear door detail and the SAC metal gear guarantees the gear won't be collapsing on you. While I did paint the engine cylinders Model Master Steel, no superdetailing was done. With the props in place, most superdetailing would be obscured. These replacement metal props really add a lot to the finished model. Model Master FS37038 Flat Black combined with Model Master Steel and Model Master FS33538 Flat Yellow produced a very nice result. Still have no idea where my client found them. This decal sheet is from the Brett Industries C-46 kit. Produced by Scale-Master, it's a state of the art sheet with markings for four different aircraft. For the subject of this model, all that was needed was the four star and bar national insignia, wing walks and some white tail numbers that my client sent from another sheet. Update from my client: The metal props were produced by a now defunct aftermarket manufacturer in the UK and were specific to the C-46. National insignia and wing walk is seen here on the starboard wing. The Solvaset seen adjacent to the model was used to snug the decals down. By the way, my ebook "How To Make Your Own Decals" covers the subject in extensive detail. You can find a copy of it at Scale Publications.

New Review: Schlacht Bf-109Es

Tue, 2018-03-20 06:33
Illiad Design has recently released an aftermarket decal set covering Schlacht Bf-109Es. The Schlacht units were ground-attack units. I believe their mission was what is now known as "close air support". This decal sheet covers a total of 6 aircrafts and you are provided with enough markings as to be able to model all of them and covering all main fronts during 1941/42: Russia, North Africa and the English Channel. Well done Illiad Design! The airframes cover a transitional period on the standard camouflages during 1941/42. This means some of them are 71/02 over 65 while others are 74/75 over 76. Yellow noses and fuselage bands and rudders add a spot of color to the camouflages. To top it one of the camouflages is in a North Africa scheme of 79 over 76, with a replacement wing in 71/02 over 65. Amazing choices! The decal sheet provides you with squadron emblems (if applicable), fuselage code/letter, Schlacht triangle, unit emblems and swastikas. You will need to provide your own stencils, but those can be easily sourced from the original decal sheet of your model. read more View the full article

New Review: 1/32 USAF Crew Chief "Cold Weather"

Mon, 2018-03-19 23:29
Considered by many to be the backbone of the United States Air Force (USAF), crew chiefs oversee the care and combat readiness of the service's fleet of aircraft. Without the dedication and skill of the crew chiefs and other maintenance specialists, nothing would fly - let alone fight. Regardless of location, season, or time of day, Air Force crew chiefs keep their aircraft combat ready. This excellent figure from VideoAviation depicts a current-day USAF Crew Chief in Cold Weather Dress. Crisply cast in cream-colored resin, the review sample required little clean up or filling. Detail and features for the uniform are accurate to current-issue USAF clothing and were validated by online photos and comparison to actual "live" samples. Accompanied by a folding aluminum ladder, consolidated tool kit (CTK), and a speed handle, this crew dog is ready to compliment any 1/32 model of a modern USAF aircraft. read more View the full article

New Review: Bf 109F/G/E Landing Gear (Edu/AKI)

Mon, 2018-03-19 23:06
IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it for review. This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the 1/48 2016 Eduard release series ME-109F and G models. As such, it covers the majority of '109s' available in the current Eduard catalog. I bought several of these SAC sets when they came out, because I found the kit gear did not like handling on the shelf. The tail wheel assembly was the major culprit, and this set fixes the issue by being robust and able to "give" without snapping. It has the added benefit of being able to be carefully bent back into position if tagged by the cat, dog, angry wife, or husband, etc. read more View the full article

New Review: Hasegawa SP-2H Neptune "New Patrol Scheme" Limited Edition

Mon, 2018-03-19 21:42
Construction Opening the box you'll notice that this is the original 1970s' mold Neptune, and the molds are starting to show their age. Many of the parts had some bit of flash to them. Thankfully though they were very easy to clean up. The second thing you'll notice is that the directions have many photos of Neptune's, but they are of the Japanese version of the aircraft. The build though is the same no matter what version you are doing so no need to worry that the photos don't match the exact aircraft. read more View the full article