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New Review: Tu-22M3 NK-25 exhaust

Tue, 2018-11-13 15:59
IPMS/USA gladly welcomes the return of the Advanced Modeling/Amigo team for sending us this new-technology set; their lineup continues to grow! And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... Advanced Modeling/AMIGO (Hereafter referred to as AM for simplicity) is a Russian company specializing in modern Soviet and Russian aircraft accessories; their first items released a few years ago were weapons, and they have recently branched out into other items, in this case, an upgrade to Trumpeter's 1/72 Tu-26M3 NK-25 Bomber kit exhaust, augmentor tubes, and afterburner nozzles. read more View the full article

Hetzer Late - Academy, 1/35

Tue, 2018-11-13 15:59
Hello friends! Here are some pics of my old works, I hopeyou like them. Hetzer Late - Academy, 1/35 - "Eastern Front, Unit Unknow" Regards! Rodolfo

New Review: M54A2 5-Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck

Tue, 2018-11-13 15:36
Background Excerpted from Wikipedia: The M54 5-ton 6x6 truck (G744) was the basic cargo model of the M39 Series truck. It was designed to transport a 10,000 lb., 14-foot long cargo load off-road in all weather. In on-road service, the load weight was doubled. The M54 was the primary heavy cargo truck of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine forces during the Vietnam War and was also used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and ARVN forces. The M54 truck was used as the base vehicle for Gun Trucks during the Vietnam War. Field-applied armor added protection to the Gun Trucks, and armament consisted of various combinations of weapons including M60s, .50-calibre machine guns, XM 134 miniguns, and anti-aircraft weapons such as the quad mount .50 cal. machine guns. Early 2 1/2 ton trucks proved inadequate leading to their replacement by M54 five-ton cargo trucks. AFV Club's M54A2 Kit read more View the full article

New Review: American Tanks and AFV's of World War II

Tue, 2018-11-13 14:58
I've been waiting for a book like this for a long time - an inexpensive, comprehensive and readable book on US Armor in WWII. Prolific author Michael Green's latest release covers just about everything that rolled on track and sported a big white star. While there are images of war in this volume, this book is more informative than sexy - perfectly suitable as a go-to resource for research, as well as an easy read next to the fireplace. read more View the full article

New Review: RU-8D “Seminole”

Tue, 2018-11-13 14:38
Introduction The U.S. Army RU-8D Seminole (not to be confused with the Piper light twin of the same name) was based on the Beechcraft Model 50 Twin Bonanza, first flown in 1952. The Army version modeled in this kit takes a civilian aircraft, strips the luxury interior out and loads the inside with radio receivers and festoons the exterior with antennas to fulfill the signal intelligence mission. Used extensively over Vietnam, the Seminole crew would home in on enemy radio transmissions with the goal of pinpointing the position of those units. These underappreciated units provided critical intelligence to units on the ground. I was pleased to see a model company honoring this often lonely and forgotten mission with this model. Build read more View the full article

New Review: Guerrilla Nightmare: Luftwaffe Stukas at War Against Tito’s Partisans in Yugoslavia, 1941-1945

Tue, 2018-11-13 14:19
In most World War II publications, there is very little mention of the events surrounding the war activities occurring in the area in and around Yugoslavia. While the Luftwaffe did not have a dedicated permanent base, they were effective against the partisans that comprised the Communist-led resistance in occupied Yugoslavia led by Marshal Josip Broz Tito. For five long years, the Stuka units in Yugoslavia battled the partisans, considered by many to be Europe's most effective anti-Axis resistance movement in the war. The book is arranged into twelve chapters which chronologically covers the various operations during the war. Coverage starts during the initial stages of the battles with Operation Marita in April of 1941. German, Italian, and Hungarian air forces banded together in the assault on Yugoslavia. Coverage continues with Operations Weiss and Schwarz (Case White and Black), the goals of which were to depose Tito and put an end to the partisan opposition. These battle instead proved to be a turning point towards partisan control of the country. read more View the full article

New Review: CN7: The Inside Story of Donald Campbell’s Last Land Speed Record Car

Tue, 2018-11-13 13:57
This is a reprint of the original edition first published in 2010 in Veloce's Classic Reprint Series. The author's biography is available on the Veloce website above and is as follows: "Donald Stevens was born in the East End of London, but grew up in Haywards Heath, the Sussex market town to which he was evacuated in 1939. In his early teenage years he became fascinated by aeroplanes and other machines, and on leaving school began training as a mechanical engineer. At 19, he joined the newly-formed design consultancy Norris Brothers Ltd as its first employee and became a member of the design team for Donald Campbell's Bluebird hydroplane (K7). Following National Service in the RAF, Donald became project coordinator for the design and construction of the Bluebird car. This is his first book." I was unable to locate if Donald Stevens has written any subsequent books, but you can see Donald on youtube.com discussing this book. read more View the full article

Aircraft Carrier Deck Construction

Mon, 2018-11-12 22:40
https://flic.kr/s/aHskGWzTAC. I started building these a few years ago. All of the supplies can be picked up at any home-improvement store. I can make them any size I need. I purchased the tie downs from Tom’s Model-works. I use Testors Model Master enamels, and Tamiya acrylics to paint them. I normally use Hardwood Floor Sanding paper. I’ve just recently started using regular sand paper from Lowes. The scale your displaying, will determining what grit of sandpaper you will use . If I want a tarmac display for a 1/144th scale jet, I use 220 grit. If I want a carrier deck for a 1/32nd scale jet, I use 80 grit. Once I’ve determined the size I need, I cut 3/4” plywood to that size. (Lowe’s sells 4’ sheets). After cutting the plywood, I sand the top surface with an orbital sander. This will help the sandpaper stick to the plywood better, once you’ve applied contact adhesive. Set the base aside. For Tarmac bases, it’s easy. Just cut your pieces of sandpaper to fit the base. I use a utility knife with heavy duty blades to cut the sandpaper. When you cut the sandpaper, you need to cut it on the paper side. It’s much easier to cut, and your blades will last much longer. When you have your pieces cut, vacuum the top of the base that the sandpaper will be glued to. This will help adhesion. Spray both the top of the base, and the back of the sandpaper with contact adhesive. I usually let mine sit for about 5 to 10 minutes to tack up. When the times up just take the sandpaper and press it down on the base firmally. Once completed, sit the base aside so that it can dry. Once dry, I airbrush the colors that I want. You can use blue painters tape to put lines on. Once the painting is done, I put decorative trim on the edge of the plywood to give a finished look. I buy oak shoe stripped from Lowes to do this . The Aircraft carrier basis are basically the same construction. The only difference is that you have to establish a grid system on the back of the sandpaper for the tie-downs. I use an architectural steel ruler to establish my grids on the back of the sandpaper. Where the two lines meet, is where a hole needs to be punched in the sandpaper. I use a drive pin punch set, a heavy hammer, and on old nylon cutting board to punch a hole in the sand paper. Once the holes have been punched in the sandpaper, attach it to the plywood just as you would for a tarmac base. Once the sandpaper has been attached and it’s completely dry, I take a center punch to make an indention in the middle of each circle that I punched out This gives the hole some depth. The plywood is very soft. Then you take the tiedowns from Tom’s model works and glue them on top of each punched hole. I used styrene sheeting to make the catapult for my F/A -18D Hornet. Any additional questions, feel free to ask.

Wash vs. Tamiya Accent

Mon, 2018-11-12 20:47
Hi, new to the hobby and watched a few videos where after painting the modeler washed the entire model. So I bought Tamiya Black and Brown Accent. Is Accent the same as a wash? Should I just use Accent to highlight welds, rivets and around hatches? What is the best method to give an M109 in Vallejo Sand base color a nice weathered look? Thanks for reading

Hello from Louisville KY

Mon, 2018-11-12 15:40
The Hello!. My name is Chris Bowling. I’ve been building off and on for the past 10 years or so. My favorite subject to model is anything having to do with aviation, especially helicopters. I have done some NASCAR models for relatives and friends. I rarely do any armor, however it does sometimes spark my interest. I’m pretty much old-school when it comes to paints , and finishes. I mostly use enamel’s. The past three years or so I’ve started playing with acrylics. My favorite mediums to use when finishing models are artist oils thinned with mineral spirits for pin washes, in crushed pastel chaulks to replicate lube and oil stains. I’m very excited to be a part of this group. I look forward to seeing all the fantastic marvelous on the site. I currently belong to the Military Modelers Club of Louisville.

Hello from Olive Branch

Sun, 2018-11-11 22:55
Hi y'all! Just joined and looking forward to seeing all the good work here. I'm a recovering NASCAR modeler back into aircraft with a recent interest in the military aviation history of the West Tennessee/East Arkansas area.

New Review: Spitfires Markings Part 1

Sun, 2018-11-11 18:35
The Spitfire, never has there been such an iconic fighter for a country than the British thoroughbred. Not to be overlooked Fundekals has done up a new sheet on this fighter that covers no less than TWELVE Spitfires from the Mk.I to the Mk.XVIe. The decals come in a large ziplock type bag. They are on two decal sheets. One is the individual aircraft and fuselage markings and the other has the wing roundels. They are printed by B.O.A. The decals are world class with perfect register, good color saturation, thin and a joy to work with. read more View the full article

New Review: F4U Corsairs-Whistling Death

Sun, 2018-11-11 18:26
If you really, I mean really like research, then you know the passion that comes with it. Well so does Fundekals. Their latest release is on the F4U Corsair. This is their second Corsair sheet and it is full of goodies too. First off, did I miss something? I only got decals. There are no instructions with this sheet. No, that is the norm for Fundekals. To save printing costs, and subsequent costs to you, you can download the instruction booklet online. You can save it and/or print it. The amount of research into the booklet is worth the price of admission. The decals themselves are printed by B.O.A. so you know they are world class. They are thin, opaque and in register. The sheets are mostly white markings but there are some colorful personal emblems included for the aircraft. The second sheet is the geometric markings for one of the subject aircraft. read more View the full article

New Review: The Complete History of U.S. Cruise Missiles

Sun, 2018-11-11 18:25
Bill Yenne has written more than three-dozen books on historical topics, as well as several novels. He has contributed to encyclopedias of both world wars, and has been featured in documentaries on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, and ARD German Television. The Wall Street Journal notes that Yenne writes "with a cinematic vividness," and Gen. Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, called Yenne's recent biography of Alexander the Great, the "best yet." Yenne's books have been included in Amazon's "100 Best Books of the Year." read more View the full article

New Review: BL 755 Cluster Bombs

Sun, 2018-11-11 18:05
IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set for use with many UK fighter aircraft. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... An extremely simple, but useful upgrade of any kit utlizing these unique cluster munitions. Consisting of four bomb bodies with fins cast in place (THANK YOU EDUARD), and four sets of fusing windmill vanes. I have only seen one or two sets of these bombs in plastic from modeling companies, and usually these wind vanes are molded as circles. Yep, circles. Kinetic's bombs have actual vanes, but they are subject to the limits of plastic injection; the resin on Eduard's set is far better! These vanes look the part and are delicate but take the minor sanding of the backside to remove the pour stub well (if you do it carefully). Also included are accurate decals. read more View the full article

New Review: AN/ AAQ-28(V) Litening pod

Sun, 2018-11-11 17:53
IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... An extremely simple, but useful upgrade of any kit needing this pod. Consisting of a resin main body, a resin seeker head, and two different tail vent plates in Photoetch, I had this one knocked out in a couple of hours. First is minor prep; removal of the seeker head was simple, and the same for the main pod body. Careful use of thin superglue ensured the end plate stayed in place, and the seeker head just snaps into place. read more View the full article

New Review: 1/350 Russian AK-630 with Bass Tilt Radar

Sun, 2018-11-11 17:45
Veteran Models in Taiwan has been producing finely detailed multi-media aftermarket replacement parts for ship modelers for quite some time. Nicely crafted, their parts are a significant upgrade to model warships. They started in 1/350 Modern USN systems and have since branched into other Navies. Now they are offering modern Soviet/Russian systems. If you have noticed Soviet and later Russian ships are busy, some would say crowded, with sensors and weapon systems. While functional, none of these are elegant in design, and the number of each provides redundancy to ensure survivability and reliability. Each one is hodge-podge of small detail not easily duplicated in the ejection molding process, no matter how sophisticated the molds. So Veteran Models move into this area is welcome by at least this modeler. read more View the full article

New Review: CMK Ki-61-1 Control Surface Set

Sun, 2018-11-11 13:38
History: The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits. What you get: 7 crisply molded resin parts (Rudder, ailerons and horizontal stabilizers) along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. Some of these parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them. Construction: Construction begins with some surgery to the kit. You will have to carefully remove the ailerons from the kit parts B10 & 11 and the rudder from A1. The rudder was simple and the easiest to do but the ailerons were a bit troublesome. The instructions have you making too deep of a cut and removing too much of the wing. Luckily, I saw this before cutting. Another thing I noticed about not only the ailerons, but the rudder also is that they are a bit undersized. The rudder was a little too thin as are the ailerons. The horizontal stabilizers went on without a hitch. read more View the full article

New Review: Heinkel He 111 Volume I

Sun, 2018-11-11 08:59
The Heinkel He-111 is one of the most iconic symbols of World War Two, as well as a major feature of the Battle of Britain. The aircraft was developed under the guise of a passenger airliner as most of Germany's other armaments at the time. During the late 1930's the aircraft and its German aircrews participated in the Spanish Civil War and the He-111 began its wartime career. During World War Two various modifications were made throughout the aircraft ranging from the cockpit layout, wing shape, engines, offensive and defensive capabilities and many more. The aircraft was the second most produced bomber aircraft of the Luftwaffe behind the Ju-88 and served in the Spanish Air Force until 1958. The are only 4 surviving aircraft remaining in various museums around Europe. read more View the full article

New Review: IDF M-109 Doher 1993

Sun, 2018-11-11 08:45
The M109 is an American made 155mm self propelled howitzer that was first used in the early 1960s. It has been extensively upgraded to remain in front line service and extensively exported to U.S. allies around the world. Israel fielded the M109A2 variant in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 as the Rochev and in the early 1990s the IDF began to modernize this vehicle using the M109A6 as a guide. The designation of the updated M109 Rochev was Doher and the vehicles remain in service today. This new injection molded kit from AFV Club is the next in the line of recent releases of their M109 line. read more View the full article