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Clever free iPhone app with modeling uses

Mon, 2018-03-19 13:47
For those of us of advanced age (!), reading the small print or seeing small details can be a problem. Magnifier Flash turns your iPhone into a magnifying glass that allows you to zoom an image up to 6x, illuminate it with the iPhone's built-in flashlight, and save the image for reference. You can find it at the App Store. Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in the application or Apple Computer.

how to get the metalic look on model cars

Mon, 2018-03-19 11:28
Hey there again you guys have been very helpful with the chrome issues, now I have another question would anyone know where can I find the metallic powder to put in the clear coat to get the metallic look I have seen on a few models.thank you Ronald

Some released detailing sets of Metallic Details

Mon, 2018-03-19 09:42
Selling the last released detailing sets of Metallic Details: SR-71 Blackbird. Landing gears (Testors/Italeri) in scale 1/48 - $50.00 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing of central and front landing gears: wheel wells, struts, wheels, landing gear doors. Detailing set for Zvezda kit "Boeing 737" in scale 1/144 - $13.55 Set contains parts for detailing the exterior of the aircraft. Detailing set for Zvezda kit "Boeing 767" in scale 1/144 - $13.55 Set contains parts for detailing the exterior of the aircraft. Detailing set for aircraft model Boeing 747 (Revell) in scale 1/144 - $27.00 Set contains parts for detailing the exterior of the aircraft. Ejection seat K-36DM in scale 1/72 - $4.00 The set contains resin (5 pcs) and photoetched (8 pcs) parts to build 1 seat. MiG-23. Jet nozzle (Trumpeter) in scale 1/48 - $17.00 Set contains 9 resin parts. Two versions in one set. MiG-25 RB/RBT. Jet nozzles (ICM) in scale 1/48 - $22.00 Set contains 14 resin parts.

1/48 A-26B Invader (Memorial build)

Mon, 2018-03-19 05:44
Just completed a 1/48 A-26B as a Memorial to a friends father who passed away last month. I was able to gather information that he was a crew chief of an A-26B at the Marianna Army Air Field in Florida at the 137th Training Command in late 1944 until the command was shut down after VE day.

New Review: MIniArt Bundeswehr Tank Crew

Sun, 2018-03-18 14:32
MiniArt is a Ukrainian company specializing in 1/35 figures and some vehicle kits. The figures tend to be packaged in groups with unique poses or unusual subjects. Over the years, they have become one of the leaders in injection molded figures, and more recently, they have started issuing sets of modern military figures. This kit is one of their newer releases and features figures to be posed with modern German AFVs. The kit includes five figures in various poses, and includes a female crew member representing many modern armies that have women serving in combat roles. The four male figures are posed in a standing position that is meant to be posed in the turret hatch of the vehicle. The female figure is posed sitting. read more View the full article

New Review: B-2A Spirit Landing Gear 1/72 for Modelcollect

Sun, 2018-03-18 14:10
This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the Modelcollect 1/72 B2-2A Spirit aircraft. The white metal parts are good but I found that the kit parts had a better defined details. They are an acceptable replacement for the already well details kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts. The parts include the main two gear struts which replace part numberA27, Front strut which replaces part number C29 and support strut which replaces part number C32. The parts are well cast; you do need to sand off the few cast seams and metal pour points. The main struts were a little twisted and needed strengthening to allow the correct installation. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were easy to assemble. The only issue I did have, was getting the main landing gear lights part number A21 to adhere to the white metal. I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well detailed kit. Thanks go to Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them. View the full article

WANTED: KC-135 Airwaves PE # AEC72100

Sat, 2018-03-17 21:45
Hello folks. I’m trying to find someone who may have a 1/72 KC-135 Airwaves Photo Etch set # AEC72100 for sale. So far, I’m on back order lists, scoured Ebay, Amazon and did generic searches. I know I’ll get one eventually from one of the back orders but I’d like to get it sooner as I’m already in the building process of this KC-135A. Thanks!

New Review: 1980 Jeep Honcho “Ice Patrol”

Sat, 2018-03-17 17:40
This is a review of the Revell '80 Jeep Honcho "Ice Patrol" kit. Engine: There was little flash on the engine parts but there is also very little detail. You get just a very basic engine with a way oversize fanbelt. Interior: Only faint engraving can be seen on the door panels making it very difficult to detail paint. The kit does have 2 different decals for the gauge cluster. Body: The body went together pretty well. The rear portion of the box is a separate piece that I didn't care for, but it fit very well. You get a choice with decals in either blue tone or orange. My choice was the blue to go along with the Tru-Color metallic bright Atlantic Blue paint. The inside of the box was painted with Rustoleum texture paint for a spray in bedliner look. The kit comes with a toolbox, 2 gas cans and a snowmobile. Once assembled, the sled won't fit in the box of the truck with the tailgate up. read more View the full article

help with model cars and dealing with chrome parts

Sat, 2018-03-17 13:46
Hello there to all car modelers thinking about changing my modeling interest to cars but would like to know before I do how do you car guys and gals deal with the chrome parts on the sprues, once removed there will be a spot or other areas that will need to be cleaned up and will show bare plastic, my questions do you remove/ or strip all the chrome then clean up the imperfections like mold lines etc. and then re-chrome the parts if so which is the best re-chrome paint, case in point the revell T-bucket which has a lot of chrome in the kit how to go about building that kit the right way, I would appreciate any help in that area, P.S. I know Donn Yost is a very car modeler and tried to ask him the same questions but he will help me unless he soo busy that he no time to reply back to me thank you Ronald


Sat, 2018-03-17 12:38
I need some tips please with natural metal finishes. I dread making a model with NMF. The problem I have is when I use a wash and then remove the wash I always seem to remove the metal color down to black base coat. I use AK washes on top of xtreme metal or Vallejo metallics Any ideas what I am doing wrong? I have an F-86 in the stash but thenplane has NMF, so I keep putting the build off. HELP!!!!

Hurricane Mk1

Sat, 2018-03-17 12:23
Amost done the Hasegawa 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk1 with all the after market goodies. Pics coming soon.


Sat, 2018-03-17 10:07
Hello everyone! I’m a new member and just want to say hello to all and introduce myself. I’m a passionate modeler who had left the hobby for the most part while serving 6 years in the Marine Corps infantry & 8 years flying various helicopters for the Army. I’m back into now and primarily build aircraft but enjoy playing around with armor also. When I look at the level of work out there I’m humbled! So many of you do such crazy fine work! I truly enjoy being able to see so many works of art. My most recent build is this 1/72 Hasegawa P-3C Orion. I built it for fellow Veteran and retired Naval Officer who flew them. I added a ton of after market details to include Eduard photo etch cockpit, bomb bay, wheel wells, exterior and weapon sets, a CMR72-DS03 detail kit for the added extended flaps, and custom decals to name a few. Thanks again for the add and I look forward to being active with all of you on this forum. TJ

New Review: SAC Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 Landing Gear (HB)

Sat, 2018-03-17 01:19
IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases of 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 to me to be reviewed. This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the unbelievably huge FW-190A-5 released this past fall. Another simple strengthening opportunity for a heavy kit, with my usual admonition to use metal gear for larger models. Larger models put more stress on plastic than metal. read more View the full article

Hyatt hotel room availability

Fri, 2018-03-16 18:58
As you know, the Hyatt Regency Hotel is our convention hotel. It is located right across the street from the entrance to the convention center. Rooms are going like hotcakes, but we're not sold out. But, that's only because we have a significant percentage of the hotel rooms in our room block. The one thing to be aware of is that king-bed rooms are selling quickly. However, we still have plenty of two-queen-bed rooms available. If you try to book a reservation at the hotel and get a 'no rooms at the inn' type of notice, check what you've asked for, because they king bed rooms will be sold out soon. Just change your request to a queen bed room and you should be able to book your room. If you continue to have difficulties, contact me at conventionchair@ipmsusanationals2018.org or Dick Christ at dick@thehobbydepot.com. We'll help work it out for you. Based on room nights booked, we expect to have lots of people at the convention. We hope you're one of them. See you in August. Steve

1/48 gliders

Thu, 2018-03-15 09:45
How about some well detailed 1/48 Waco and Horsa gliders?

New Review: Scale Aircraft Modelling, November 2017 Volume 39, Issue 09

Thu, 2018-03-15 00:52
I have read Scale Aircraft Modelling (SAM) on and off for many years which is possible because this is the 39th year it has been in production. It is an English publication and, as the name implies, covers aircraft modeling. Normally I purchase my copy at a local bookstore but this issue came directly from the publisher so let's take a look and see what is in store. There are 88 pages counting the inside and outside of the front and rear covers. Not sure what those are counted but have noticed this in other magazines. There is also 8 pages numbered separately in the middle of the magazine with no explanation. One of the first things I noticed is the cover, duh, which has a nice painting of a Bachem Natter in flight. There are also a few pictures of some of the articles inside. read more View the full article

New Review: Zeppelin vs British Home Defence 1915-1918

Wed, 2018-03-14 22:58
If you are a person interested in the Great War, you will likely enjoy this new release from Osprey as part of their "Duel" series of books. In this new offering from Osprey Publishing, author Jon Guttman writes about the attacks of the German Zeppelins on England from January 1915 through August 1918 as well as the British defensive actions against them. Illustrated by Jim Laurier, both the artwork and the photographs tell the history of the Zeppelin and the aircraft used to counter them. Following the Introduction, there are eight chapters, which are titled "Chronology", "Design and Development", "Technical Specifications", "the Strategic Situation", "The Combatants", "Combat", "Statistics and Analysis", and "Aftermath". There is also a "Further Reading" list of books and an "Index". There are 45 black and white photographs along with three in color, as well as 13 illustrations/paintings, and a single color map contained within this publication. read more View the full article

Just wanted to introduce myself

Wed, 2018-03-14 11:51
Hey all from Nebraska, just joined after modeling for a few decades. Looking forward to learning much. Below is one of my latest builds.

New Review: CRP 37 Pylon for Mirage III BS/DS/BJ and Cheetah D

Wed, 2018-03-14 00:47
PJ Production is a Belgian firm that specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at modelers of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. Their lines include fine and accurately detailed cast resin replacement and supplemental parts for model kits in the most commonly produced scales. PJ Productions has produced a resin CRP 37 Pylon for use with Mirage III BS/DS/BJ and Cheetah D aircraft with an RP 825 Drop Tank. (This issue appears to be a separate casting of just the pylon from their set # 481216, which includes the tank). An out-of-box evaluation (see photos) indicates a reproduction of the French manufactured pylon that provides a realistic scale-detailed assembly with the appropriate attachment supports. The panel detailing is extremely fine. read more View the full article

New Review: Hawker Typhoon Bubbletop Canopy

Tue, 2018-03-13 20:43
Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales. Brengun has produced a vac-formed canopy for their Hawker Tempest kit. My example kit (an Academy issue is a Mk V), and my research indicates it is the correct version that this particular part issue would be appropriate for. There are no instructions, and any modeler familiar with vacuum formed canopy parts will have no issues installing this canopy in lieu of the kit part. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides a realistic scale-detailed canopy with significantly improved clarity and appearance to molded plastic kit parts. Note that the casting contains two canopies. One example is for a closed assembly, and the other can be used to pose the canopy in the open position. read more View the full article