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New Review: Scale Aircraft Modelling, December 2017 Volume 39, Issue 10

Tue, 2018-05-08 13:04
You may remember I was a bit confused by the extra 8 pages in the middle of the last issue I reviewed. This month my habit of reading everything in a magazine paid off. In the Editorial Gary indicated that the extra 8 pages are for subscribers as a extra thank you for fronting up for a year's sub. This month the extra pages cover the Sub-Cutaneous which is not the name of the 8 pages but an article on Colour. A build of a couple of 1/144th scale Vampires. A page of aircraft model pics from the US Nationals in Omaha (I would have liked these to be part of the regular magazine, but I might be a bit biased). The last 3 extra pages cover a nice build of the Hasagawa 32nd scale A6M5c Zero. So what is in the rest of the magazine? Quite a bit as usual. read more View the full article

New Review: Cromwell vs Jagdpanzer IV: Normandy 1944

Mon, 2018-05-07 21:57
David R. Higgins is the author of several military history books, including five previous titles for Osprey's Duel series. These include King Tiger vs IS-2 (Duel 37), Mark IV vs A7V (Duel 49), Jagdpanther vs Su-100 (Duel 58), Panzer II vs 7TP (Duel 66), and M48 Patton vs Centurion (Duel 71). David has also authored books for Osprey in the Raid and Combat series. David authored a hardcover book for Casemate in 2010: The Roer Battles: Germany's Stand at the Westwall, 1944-45. David has been prolific in periodicals, having written nearly 50 articles for magazines such as Strategy & Tactics, Armchair General, World at War and Modern War, and has appeared on television's 'Greatest Tank Battles'. David attended the Columbus College of Art & Design and received a BFA from Ohio State University. He currently lives in New Albany, Ohio. read more View the full article

New Review: Saab J 21 Air Intake

Mon, 2018-05-07 21:38
Want an easy upgrade to any 1/48 Saab J 21? Step right up to the new Quickboost Saab J 21 air intake set that provides a beautiful replacement to what is supplied in the kit. As a bonus, you get two air intakes! That's right! You will find that this honey of a kit is so good you will want to build a second. The parts are packaged in the standard Quickboost re-closable packaging with a paper stiffener along with the description card. These parts are specific to fit the Pilot Replicas accurate and highly detailed 1/48 Saab J 21 A-3 injected plastic kit. A promised future release of the Saab A 21 will also use the same air intake. I believe this currently is the one and only kit release of a Saab J 21 in 1/48 scale, but I can't promise you there is not a vacuform kit out there somewhere. read more View the full article

New Review: Tamiya German Self-Propelled Howitzer - Wespe "Italian Front"

Mon, 2018-05-07 00:53
The Kit The Wespe was in production from February 1943 until June 1944 by taking a Panzer II chassis, moving the engine to the front right and adding a fighting compartment with a 105mm howitzer in it. read more View the full article

New Review: Tornado exhaust nozzles

Sun, 2018-05-06 23:22
This update set is typical Aires, coming in a sturdy plastic package with foam backing and instructions tucked in between the cardboard back and plastic. First impression is how crisp the detail is on the internal afterburner nozzles and after burner cans. Mold release is non-existent however I still recommend washing the resin before use. Compared to the Revell kit parts, the Aires set has a finer detailed afterburner fuel manifold & flame stabilizer at an astonishing degree of detail. One word or warning as you will see in the pictures, be very careful when removing the excess material. I used a belt sander and trimmed to what appears correct in the instructions and it gets very thin. Portions of the burner ring backing vanish just leaving the fine webs of the fuel manifold. This will allow you to see right through the part until it is installed on the kit. I fine-tuned removing the back of the part with 600 grit wet/dry sand paper so be very careful. read more View the full article

New Review: Eagle Cals Bf-109G-6s

Sun, 2018-05-06 21:58
The Bf-109G-6 was the most produced variant of the iconic German fighter and as such the paint schemes on it were varied and could get quite interesting. That is where this sheet comes in. Eagle Editions is known for its Luftwaffe releases and Jerry Crandall is world renowned for his expertise on the Luftwaffe. So it is with that information that I am always eager for each new release. This decal sheet does not disappoint. The Bf-109 is my favorite aircraft and a popular modeling subject. With the release of the Eduard and Zvezda kits recently and even more recently the Tamiya one there is no lack of plastic to add these decals to. read more View the full article

WW2Japanese propellers

Sun, 2018-05-06 20:15
I am currently building the Hasegawa 1/48 scale Ki 100 tony. Pretty simple build. There is a question I have and I just want to make that I am correct in my thinking. The instructions say to paint the prop black. Maybe I am wrong but I think black is the wrong color. The color I normally use for Japanese props is White Ensign Models red primer which is a mahogany color. Also, the instructions say to paint the prop tips in yellow. I may be mistaken again but only USAAF and RAF prop tips were painted yellow.

Warhammer 40K Ork Battlewagon part 3

Sun, 2018-05-06 17:45
Hello friends In this third part we continue with the assembly of pieces. I thought about leaving the figures to make them at the end. In this part you finish cutting and assembling the pieces that are going to be painted together. https://youtu.be/5ZYmzzlmlWY Greetings and I hope you like it

New Review: Fw-190A Exhausts

Sun, 2018-05-06 14:19
Quickbost has produced replacement exhausts for the Hasegawa 1/48 F-190 kits. The resin replacements are a simple drop-in substitute for the kit's plastic parts. The supplied items include all three separate exhaust stacks. There is no modification required to the kit parts to use these resin replacements. The resin parts will need to be cut with a razor saw close to the base of the stacks to fit properly, so use care when removing the stubs. A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate rendition of the Butcher Bird's exhaust assemblies. Check your references for the appropriate placement. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints. Highly recommended. read more View the full article

New Review: United States Camouflage WWII

Sun, 2018-05-06 13:42
This is the 2nd eBook provided by Richard Marmo that I have had the opportunity to review recently. United States Camouflage WWII, is not a book written by Richard, but rather is a book compiled and published by Jay Frank Dial in 1964. Richard restored and enhanced it, and then converted it (with small additions) to PDF format in 2008. According to the promotional blurb, the original book has/had been difficult to locate and was expensive when found. I did a quick search on abebooks and was able to locate a few copies, some cheaper than others (none cheaper than this eBook). The original book had only one production run in 1964 and was never reprinted. read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-31 Foxhound Speed Brakes

Sun, 2018-05-06 13:32
AMK's 1/48 Mig-31 is a kit that, once you see one built, it grabs you. Phenomenal engineering of a large subject is a real show stopper. Even as well designed as the kit is, there is always some room for improvements. Aires to the rescue with a set of speed brakes and pistons as replacements. Inside the package, you will find a left and right speed brake (they are handed so watch for location) and two pistons for support. There are no instructions as these are direct replacements for the kit parts. Preparation consists of freeing the pistons from the casting block and webbing which is easily accomplished with a sharp knife. You can see that the Aires parts (also available from Quickboost as a standalone set) are cast finer especially in the piston parts. A small difference but noticeable. read more View the full article


Sun, 2018-05-06 09:46
Thanks to Roland for the pictures.... https://gallery.ipmsusa3.org/index.php?/category/5600

New Review: USS Thresher (SSN-593)

Sat, 2018-05-05 22:44
I have always had an interest in submarines after visiting the USS Cod in Cleveland. When the USS Thresher came up for review from MikroMir, I jumped at the change. The USS Thresher was the first of the new (in 1961) Permit class subs and had all the modern equipment for the time. She was 279 feet long and nuclear powered. Sadly, she was the first of the nuclear subs to be lost at sea during driving trials when she imploded about 350km east of Cape Cod on April 10, 1963. MikroMir's kit of the Thresher consists of two hull halves split upper and lower, a small PE fret with the propeller and other parts, decals for all subs in this class, two base parts and lastly, a small gray sprue containing the scopes, diving planes and the rest of the parts. Parts are nicely engraved and flash free. I have attached a copy of the instructions also. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Aero L-29 Wheels

Sat, 2018-05-05 21:44
The Czechoslovakian Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin (NATO code Maya) became the standard jet trainer for the Warsaw Pact Air Forces. First flight was on April 5, 1959. Two-thirds of the over 3,000 aircraft manufactured have served with the Soviet Air Force as its standard basic, intermediate, and weapons platform trainer. The L-29 has seen combat in several wars, notably the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the Nigerian Civil War in the sixties. Many have been sold to the private sector with some performing in airshows and air races. This set is specifically designed for the AMK 1/48 L-29 kit. Of course it will work in the Eduard kit as well since Eduard used the AMK molds for the enhanced release. I don't have the earlier Planet Models resin kit, but I'm sure these wheels will dress it up as well. read more View the full article

New Review: The Marmo Method Modelbuilding Guide #6 – Building the Williams Bros. 1/72 scale Curtiss C-46A Commando

Sat, 2018-05-05 21:19
NOTE this item is also available ONLY as an ePub from Barnes and Noble: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/the-marmo-method-modelbuilding-guide-6-building-the-williams-bros-1-72-scale-curtiss-c-46a-commando/titlepage#1 Richard Marmo's name might be familiar to many IPMSer's... he is one of the founding members of the club, and is in fact IPMS Membership #2 !! This is #6 in his series of ePublications, and the first I have had the pleasure to read (and review). Available in several different formats, including ePub and PDF (see links above), this is an 89 page, highly detailed description of how Richard built (for commission) the 1/72nd scale C-46 kit produced by Williams Brothers. read more View the full article

Another South African Mirage From the Duke

Sat, 2018-05-05 18:38
Okay, another finished South African Mirage! This is the old Airfix model that I had built as a French bird in my youth. This one came courtesy of a sale at a garage sale. Built OOB: There are a couple blemishes I need to fix, but I'm calling this one done. Thanks for looking in! Comments are welcome.

Citrus County Library Display

Sat, 2018-05-05 16:56
Thanks to Jim for the pics. https://gallery.ipmsusa3.org/index.php?/category/5599

2020 and beyond

Sat, 2018-05-05 16:31
I know I saw a similar topic somewhere before, but anyways, are there bidders and will 2020 and 2021 be chosen this year or will that be in Chattanooga? Thanks!

New Review: F-14A/B Tomcat Chin Pods

Fri, 2018-05-04 11:47
F-14A/B Tomcat Chin Pod with ECM Antenna read more View the full article

New Review: Renault UE Tank

Fri, 2018-05-04 09:09
This is a new version of the Renault UE Tankette and is the Scout version. This version has two options you can build one which has two machine gun turrets while the other has one machine gun turret and a load carrier at the rear. The kit contains 3 x sprues molded in grey styrene 1 color guide sheet 1 decal sheet 1 instruction booklet. Construction Firstly you must know the instructions are in Polish which will be a problem for a novice modeler, but many will have no real trouble with the instructions. read more View the full article