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New Review: Brengun German Rocket V-2 /A4

Mon, 2018-06-25 00:55
The Missile The V-2 was the first operational ballistic missile. It didn't use an aiming system as such but was launched in the exact direction of the target. The engine was cut off when the missile was at the correct speed and altitude to allow it to coast to the target. The 2150-pound warhead could do a large amount of damage, and, unlike the V-1 there was no way to intercept a V-2. A V-2 was also the first vehicle to go into outer space, reaching an altitude of 100 km. (62 miles). The V-2 was a "vengeance" weapon, to answer the Allied bombing of German cities. The main targets were London, Antwerp and Liege. Over 3000 V-2s were launched against these cities. The Kit read more View the full article

Awards Banquet

Sun, 2018-06-24 14:47
I am considering going to the banquet this year, but have some questions on the Italian Buffet. First what is featured with the buffet (the photo showing the entrees is out of focus)? And second, how is the buffet to be served, at the table, or self serve? Thanks, John walker

Airfields, rather than aircraft....

Sun, 2018-06-24 01:19
I build 1/35 armor, and am starting on a Jeep, WWII. To make a bit different, I'm adding a snow plow. To make it more different, I thought I'd do it as a airfield support jeep, possibly painted in yellow (as a number were). Then I had a panic thought -- did the US build forward airbases where snow would be an issue (besides Iceland, the Kuriles, etc.) Was snow an issue in England? Can any of you air boys give me some guidance? Thanks!

New Review: Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-18

Sat, 2018-06-23 00:28
There's a sort of strange fascination within modeling circles for World War 1, which is hardly surprising. Taking place a hundred years ago now, it was a transitional period for the world at large on a number of levels - monarchies and ancient empires were crumbling, most of Europe was evolving sluggishly from a agricultural to an industrial base, and militarily, generals were still fighting 18th century wars with 20th century weapons. Dennis Showalter delves into one major aspect of this war with intense academic furvor - the actions of the German high command and the ways and means of their decisions that hammered a generation of Germans and paved the way for the following war with a certain grim inevitability. If you're looking for a light skimming over the topic of the German war machine for the First World War, this ain't it. read more View the full article

New Review: US Airborne Soldier versus German Soldier

Fri, 2018-06-22 17:44
During the earlier stages of WW2, the German military demonstrated a new approach to warfare never really encountered before - the airborne assault force. In hotly contested battles in places such as Norway, Denmark and Belgium, they proved the effectiveness of a shock force that could appear virtually anywhere at virtually any time. It wasn't that long before the Allies took note and created their own versions of this elite force. Two units in the United States - the 82nd and 101st became the first large-scale units to develop the tactics and weapons necessary to serve as effective combat units in areas where they were likely to be surrounded and outnumbered by the enemy with little chance of immediate reinforcement. read more View the full article

New Review: Tankcraft T-34

Fri, 2018-06-22 17:24
Pen and Sword has started a new series of publications related to Armored Fighting Vehicles (TankCraft Series) and this book is the fifth installment in the series. It covers one of the best WWII-era tanks: The Soviet T-34. The book is broken down in the following chapters. Introduction Development and Design The T-34 in detail Camouflage and Markings Model Showcase Modelling Products Into Service and into Action Enter the T-34/85 The T-34 in Action after the Second World War The first 3 chapters tell the story of the T-34, going back to the origins of the design in the Christie Tank and its design evolution, culminating on the 3rd chapter where the tank is described from the mechanical, defensive, offensive and even living conditions point of view. read more View the full article

My pets story: Koenigsegg one:1 in 1:8 and carbon gold

Fri, 2018-06-22 00:46
My best collection, I show here for sharing with you all guys here.

JTNCA Walker

Thu, 2018-06-21 17:37
This is a limited run garage kit from a little known series Junk Tank Rock. If you are not familiar , JTR - it's an obscure series of garage resin kits and were only available from a one day event called Wonder Festival held in Japan. This is a very limited run garage kit from the 2008-09 time frame. Maybe less than 100 were ever kitted. The designs only exist as kits; there was never an anime or manga but the line has had influence far beyond it's limited run. You know those wasteland airplane/cars you see online and at model shows? That was started with this series. The figure is from Evolution miniatures slightly modified to fit the opening. I acquired this kit as part of an estate sale from a fellow MaK fan in Australia that passed away earlier this year. I never mat Daniel but have known him online for years. His presence will be missed in the Mak community. This one's for you Dan!

Chapter Meeting Calendar

Thu, 2018-06-21 13:54
Would anyone out there be interested in a Chapter Meeting Calendar? https://calendar.ipmsusa3.org/chapter-meetings Eric

On-line hobby shopping is about to get a bit more expensive.

Thu, 2018-06-21 12:55
The Supreme Court today has ruled that ALL states may charge sales taxes on out-of-state online retailers and other remote sellers. Up to now, sales taxes could be charged only if the seller had a physical presence within the state where the customer resides.

New Review: Quickboost Gloster Gladiator Cockpit's Door

Thu, 2018-06-21 01:03
If you have a Roden or Eduard 1/48 Gloster Gladiator kit then Quickboost has come through with another nice item to add a little more detail to it. The Quickboost doors are molded well and the detail is a lot crisper than the kit doors. If you are going to detail the cockpit you will want to have the doors posed open so you can see that detail and these will make it look even nicer. I highly recommend these. I would like to thank Aires/Quickboost for supplying this and IPMS for the letting me review this item. View the full article

New Review: Aires Gloster Gladiator Wheels & Paint masks

Thu, 2018-06-21 00:48
If you have the Roden or Eduard 1/48 Gloster Gladiator, Aires has come through with this very nice item to add a little crisper detail to it. The wheels are nicely molded and, with the masks that are provided, easy to paint. I highly recommend these to anyone with this kit. I would like to thank Aires for providing this fine detail set and to the IPMS for allowing me to review them. View the full article

New Review: Gebirgsjager versus Soviet Sailor: Arctic Circle 1942-44

Thu, 2018-06-21 00:03
The grim conflicts that occurred along the edge of the Arctic Circle during World War Two are perhaps one of the least-publicized theaters in that sad war. It's a fact that for someone like me who THINKS he knows history fairly well, virtually everything in this book by Osprey Publishing came as a surprise. Who knew that such struggles were suffered in this treeless, roadless, virtually empty region along the northern edges of Lapland, Finland and Norway? read more View the full article

New Review: Polish Legions 1914–19

Wed, 2018-06-20 14:16
Dr. Nigel Thomas graduated from Tiffin Boy's School, Kingston-Upon-Thames in 1964 and proceeded to attend Manchester University, earning a BA in Modern Languages. He attended Durham University and Newcastle University where he obtained his MA in German History and Literature. He was awarded a PhD on the Eastern enlargement of NATO. Nigel is an accomplished linguist and military historian and formerly a Principal Lecturer in French and German Languages and Politics at Northumbria University, He is now a freelance military author, translator and military uniform consultant. His interests are 20th century military and civil uniformed organizations, with a special interest in Germany, Central, and Eastern Europe. He has written more than 20 books on military history and uniforms, many of them with Osprey. He lives in Tyne and Wear, UK. read more View the full article

Bugatti Veyron

Wed, 2018-06-20 13:13
Surprised that either Revell or Tamiya have not kitted this car in 1/24th scale with full engine detail. There are some ready built models available but no kits. Would make a bit of a change from Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Even a re tooled Jaguar E Type from Revell would be welcome, but this time in 1/24th not 1/25th.

Hannibal of Carthage

Wed, 2018-06-20 13:05
The second bust I picked up with Vlad was Hannibal. He comes from Black Heart Models and is very well done - no bubbles and only the faintest of a seamline. While I would have thought that Hannibal was on Middle Eastern decent (I don't know why) the sculpt is made to looks distinctly African. So that's the way we're going to go. WIP can be see at my page. Here's where I decided to leave well enuff alone. Thanks for looking and CC are always welcome.

Up Date on Scale Motorsport

Wed, 2018-06-20 12:30
I just had a chat with Matthew about Scale Motorsport and have some news. It seems I incorrectly said the business was closing. The business is definitely for sale and he is working very hard to see that it stays around under new owners. He wants the Scale Motorsport traditions and name to continue. They are still open for business and selling product. I will continue to buy their product as I feel it is the best available and encourage others to do the same. For the auto building fraternity, it is an important source of parts and I am hoping it stays around for a long time. My apologies for any confusion my prior posts may have caused.

New Review: FAC & BS BOMBER OSCAR DEUCES USAF/VNAF O-2A/O-2B Skymasters in the Vietnam War

Wed, 2018-06-20 00:56
AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: Continuing their focus on Vietnam War subjects. We sincerely appreciate AoA sending IPMS/USA their latest release for review (and thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending this sheet my way). This decal set includes stenciling for two aircraft, so you can get two, maybe three marking options out of your investment if you are careful. The modeler is up front provided options to build at least two of 14 different O-2 aircraft. read more View the full article

3-D printed models prohibited?

Tue, 2018-06-19 23:01
I got the new Journal yesterday and noted the rule change that (essentially) says that 3-D printed models cannot be entered as scratchbuilt models. However, rule I.4 says "Pre-Production Examples. "Test Shot" or pre-production examples of kits not yet commercially available may not be entered in any national competition for awards" and Rule II.4 says that "Simple conversions may be entered in regular categories. More extensive conversions, however, must be entered in the appropriate conversion category." So, a 3-D printed model is not scratchbuilt, it's not an extensive conversion, it's not a simple conversion, and it's not a "commercially available" kit, so how is it allowed to be entered? KL