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New Review: AGM-154C1 Block II Joint Stand-off Weapon

Sat, 2018-06-30 08:33
Eduard has produced a beautifully cast 1/48 version of one of the most current US Military's air-delivered weapons - the AGM-154C1 (Block II) Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW). read more View the full article

New Review: Airfix McDonnell Douglas FG.1 Phantom 1:72

Fri, 2018-06-29 00:49
History: (From the Airfix site) With regard to aircraft that have operated from the decks of a British aircraft carrier, there can be little doubt that the McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 was the most spectacular. Purchased to replace the Sea Vixen in the role of all-weather fleet defense, the Phantom was the largest and heaviest aircraft ever operated from a British carrier and required a special breed of airmen to fly them. read more View the full article

A nostalgic look back at model building …

Thu, 2018-06-28 16:15
… from the pages of Sports Illustrated (!): https://www.si.com/vault/1976/01/05/557898/its-a-small-world Bruce Culver, extensively quoted in the article and known to many IPMSers as an authority on German armored vehicles, now lives in Fort Worth.

New Review: M60A2 Patton Early Type

Wed, 2018-06-27 19:29
Introduction: Without giving a lengthy history of the M60 Patton the following is a short summary of the M60A2. The M60A2 nicknamed the "Starship" grew out of the development of the M60A1 with a CVWS (Combat Vehicle Weapons System) turret firing a 152mm conventional round. Planning began in the late 1950s. These were initially named the M60A1E2 then later standardized to the designation M60A2. Production was ended in 1975 with a total production run of 526 vehicles. In the advertising literature AFV Club states this new kit features: read more View the full article

Classic airframes 1/48 P-12e

Wed, 2018-06-27 19:18
I wanted a little bit of a challenge after a Tamiya 1/72nd P-51 I got exactly what I asked for. Challenges Vallejo Olive Drab and Tamiya rattle-can Camel Yellow colors were the only simple items. The basic parts all had flash,All need some sort of work Struts needed trimming and pins inserted for support. Landing Gear parts were all needing trimmed and adjusted and I think I still missed the mark. Rigging was all steel wire to simulate the metal braces I will say the resin engine cylinders needed minimal cutting. I did add Albion tubing and copper plug wires Tons of stuff but just posted Final results Cheers Bill

Airfix Wellington Kit Order

Wed, 2018-06-27 13:05
Hi All When i travel to the US Nationals I normally bring an empty case for my purchases to come home in. For that last few years I have offered to bring the latest Airfix release's with me as a service to other modellers. In the next three weeks Airfix should be releasing the new 1/72 scale Wellington here in the UK. Cost should be in the region of $40 dollars would there be any interest in this or any other Airfix kits for collection at Phoenix? If you want to post your requirements I will see if i can source. But as this could get expensive and I only have one empty case, please only ask if you are 100% sure you can collect at Phoenix? David Francis Editor SAMi

Update on M42 Duster!

Tue, 2018-06-26 17:28
With MANY thanks to Mark Aldrich for his most generous donation, our local Vietnam Veterans will soon have an extremely nice model of an M42 Duster to look at in our club's display case at the local VA Hospital. The model is a very highly detailed kit from AFV Club, and it was quite the challenge to build. Construction/gluing is now complete, with painting and weathering to come next. Minimal or no flash on all parts, and the fit was usually real good with a few exceptions. I can easily recommend this kit to others. Please check out the photos, with one additional photo of four "Sandbox" vehicles I added to the display case last week. As I was re-arranging the display case for the new models, a nurse stopped and said: "Oh, I've noticed new models from time-to-time, but I have never before seen someone open the case and put them in. Thanks for doing this for our vets." Made my whole day--maybe the week.

For modelers of Southwest Airlines …

Tue, 2018-06-26 17:13
Detailed info on Southwest's colors and logos can be found in Southwest's Brand Style Guide, a 184-page PDF which can be downloaded here: https://swa.adcompliance.com/SWA_Docs/Brand_Style_Guide.pdf

Greetings from Virginia

Tue, 2018-06-26 12:05
Just a friendly hello. New to the forums. As for interests. Aircraft. All eras. Most scales. It’s more about subject matter than collecting all in one scale ( for me) Ships- Mostly 1/700, But my eyes have been protesting, so I am venturing into 1/350th and beyond. Sci-fi- Star Wars since the day in 1977 I saw the original New Hope after standing in line for over three hours. The remainder is vehicles AFV, all the way to Model T. Tracked or wheeled.... I am an avid WWII PTO reader, and beyond. Anything non- fiction peeks my interest. Don’t watch television, but I do like PC gaming. That’s about the entire package contents.....I look forward to talking with all of you....


Tue, 2018-06-26 10:34
Hi … Some of you have been asking me what Kyle Lord has been doing on my USS ESSEX model that I bought from Art Rohloff via STEELNAVY last year. Kyle bought a house late last year and he finished four plane kits for me, a T-33, F-106A, a F4-U1D and a repair job on a Sea Hurricane MK. IIc. Last week, he got back to work on my USS ESSEX again. He started by gluing the missing pieces onto the bow and stern. A few more pieces to go then the deck can go on pretty soon. I also plan to progress on the island. He also attached the gun emplacements onto the deck. I also got 3 out of 4 prop shafts on, for some reason the fourth one isn’t long enough so he’ll find a piece of styrene rod and extend it. The deck has not been glued in yet, it’s just there for mock up purposes. He plans to paint the deck before attaching it to the hull. Up next will be painting the hull red and priming the deck and spraying the deck Blue. He said, Bottom paint is on, it’s Tamiya Hull Red with a couple drops of white, as the hull red is really a dark brown. The island is primed and ready for deck blue on the horizontal surfaces. Up next I will be masking the red, then priming the remainder of the hull and the deck in preparation to do a run of deck Blue. Here are some photos: ESSEXBUILD24 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr ESSEXBUILD25 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr ESSEXBUILD26 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr ESSEXBUILD27 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr ESSEXBUILD28 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr ESSEXBUILD29 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr ESSEXBUILD30 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr ESSEXBUILD31 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr ESSEXBUILD32 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr ESSEXBUILD33 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr ESSEXBUILD34 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr Tim

New Review: AN/ALQ-131 (deep) ECM pod

Tue, 2018-06-26 09:30
The AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasures pod is used by the US Air Force, the Air National Guard and several US allies. The pod is a modular design that can be configured to address a variety of threats. It is cleared for use on the F-4, F-5, F-16, F-111, A-10, F-15 and C-130. This set depicts the deep version of the ALQ-131 pod, often seen on an outer wing pylon of an A-10 or sometimes a C-130. The set is very straightforward consisting of the pod, two mounting lugs and a decal sheet. The castings were very crisp with no flash anywhere. Take care in separating the mounting lugs from the pour stub as they are very tiny and prone to launching themselves into the unknown (I am still looking for one of them). I ran the bottom of the surviving lug over a piece of sandpaper taped to a sheet of glass to smooth and level out the cut I made removing it. I used a sharp razor saw to remove the pod itself from the pour stub as well and then cleaned up the attachment points with a fine sanding stick. read more View the full article

New Review: AN/ALQ-131 (shallow) ECM pod

Tue, 2018-06-26 06:54
The AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasures pod is used by the US Air Force, the Air National Guard and several US allies since the 80's. The pod is a modular design that can be configured to address a variety of threats. It is cleared for use on the F-4, F-5, F-16, F-111, A-10, F-15 and C-130. This set depicts the shallow version of the ALQ-131 pod, often seen on the centerline pylon of USAF F-16s or an outer wing pylon of the A-10. I was also able to find a photo online of one mounted under the forward fuselage of an Australian F-111. The set is very straightforward consisting of the pod, two mounting lugs and a decal sheet. read more View the full article

A few questions

Mon, 2018-06-25 18:40
If you are a member of ipms canada is that good for registration? Also, what is the daily entrance fee? Thanks

New Review: USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642)

Mon, 2018-06-25 18:14
The Ben Franklin class was composed of twelve submarines, SSBN-640 to SSBN-645 and SSBN-654-659. The class was an evolutionary development from the earlier Lafayette-class of fleet ballistic missile submarines. This class can easily be identified by the fairwater planes' location halfway up the sail; the Lafayettes and James Madisons had the fairwater planes in the upper front portion of the sail. In 1993, Kamehameha was converted to a Dry Deck Shelter/swimmer delivery platform, reclassified as an attack submarine, and given hull number SSN-642; her ballistic missile capability was removed and thereafter she carried only torpedoes as armament. Following conversion, she was transferred to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for the remainder of her operational career. She holds the record for the longest service life of any nuclear submarine--nearly 37 years. Kamehameha's sail with fairwater planes, the upper half of her rudder, her bust of King Kamehameha I, a koa plate, bow and spear, and the wardroom monkeypod wood table are stored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. read more View the full article

New Review: Panzer I & II – Blueprint for Blitzkrieg 1933-1941

Mon, 2018-06-25 17:44
Pen and Sword Publishers has added to their TankCraft Series. Volume Number 7 titled: Panzer I & II - Blueprint for Blitzkrieg 1933-1941 by Robert Jackson. This softbound book is 64 pages. Included are some nicely done color profiles, many period wartime photographs, a summary of variants and some description of development, along with a section devoted to modeling the Panzer I & II. The book starts with some background on German armor development but quickly gets into the Panzer I & II design and development. The variants of each model are discussed and photos of many of the examples are included. A separate section includes later war variants which used the Panzer I & II chassis for other vehicles. For example the Marder and Wespe. The book is well illustrated with some photographs I have not seen before. The color profiles were done just for this publication and are a nice touch for the book. Table of Contents: read more View the full article

New Review: Fw-190D-9 Propeller

Mon, 2018-06-25 17:24
Quickboost, an Aires Resin division, continues to produce quick and simple resin upgrades for a wide variety of subjects. The detail parts are crisply cast and often add to or correct kit items. This review covers replacement propeller blades for Hasegawa's 1/32 Fw-190D-9. In overall dimensions, length and width, the kit and resin parts are very comparable with maybe .001 difference in length. The portion that differs is at the propeller base. The kit part starts to widen just a few millimeters from the base whereas the Quickboost parts taper more gradually and better match online profiles of the actual blades. read more View the full article

P-51B "Peg'o'My Heart"

Mon, 2018-06-25 16:41
Hi … Does anyone know if there is a decal sheet in 1:72 for a P-51B named "Peg'o'My Heart"?

New Review: MD3 Ground Power Unit

Mon, 2018-06-25 15:47
The MD-3 Ground Power unit is a portable generator designed to provide either DC or AC power to aircraft while on the ground. It is powered by a 180 hp Continental engine to drive its generators. Its initial design was for the B-47 aircraft but it can also be used for other cold war era planes such as F-84, F-86 through to F-4 Phantoms from 1960 to 1970, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. read more View the full article