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New Review: Minicraft 1/144 TBF Avenger

Wed, 2019-01-30 07:37
THE AIRCRAFT The Grumman Avenger (TBF) was first used at the Battle of Midway. It was a carrier based torpedo bomber, but was also used as a light bomber, carrying one 2,000 pound bomb or 4x 500 pound bombs. The Avenger was the heaviest US single engine aircraft of WW 2, weighing in at 400 pounds more than the P-47. In 1943 Grumman began phasing out Avenger production in favor of Hellcats. Production was taken over by Eastern Aircraft, a division of General Motors. The designation for these aircraft was TBM. There were 4,600 TBMs produced, but most of the aircraft used in WW2 were TBFs. In June of 1943, George HW Bush, the future president of the US was shot down over Chichi Jima, parachuting from the TBF and landing in the Pacific Ocean. He was rescued by the submarine Finback, and later received the Distinguished Flying Cross. read more View the full article

Northeastern Alberta

Mon, 2019-01-28 15:52
Hi! My name is Chris and I've just joined up. Chris

1/48 Prototype F-16A

Mon, 2019-01-28 08:10
Built this from the OLD 1975 Tamiya F-16A kit (with the left/right fuselage halves). Good kit for its age, OOTB except for the main gear door actuators. Since the kit is closest to being a prototype, I did the "cloud scheme" of the 2nd one built. This is the first F-16 I've ever built in spite of several in the stash for decades. I also have "C" almost done. Pics of it soon! GIL

New Review: Eduard Mask for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Mon, 2019-01-28 00:41
Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this masking set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale-modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Weekend L-29 Delfin

Mon, 2019-01-28 00:33
Eduard Models has repacked the very good AvantGarde AMK L-29 in 1/48 scale. Eduard provides a striking Tiger finish, with decals for each stripe. It also offers a photoetch fret and masks, but these add-ons are not part of the original Weekend box. They are items FE903 and EX596. I had the opportunity to review the extra items together with the Weekend box, so I went ahead and review them all together. I really like that Eduard now is offering PE and Masks in the same month that they release a Weekend item. That truly allows the modeler to customize the level of detail he or she wants to use in finishing the model. In the box you find 4 sprues (one clear) of the recently released 1/48 AMK L-29. You find what you can expect of a brand new mold: no flash, sharp panel lines, small sprue gates, firm but not brittle plastic. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard 1:48 Fw 190A-2 ProfiPack

Mon, 2019-01-28 00:19
History: The first prototype of the Fw 190 took to the air on June 1st, 1939 but due to some minor faults (Ok, so there were enough problems that the RLM halted development) it was not accepted into the Luftwaffe until 1941. June 1941 saw the Luftwaffe accept the first 100 Fw 190A-1s that were armed with four 7.9mm MG 17s. November of 41 saw the next version, 190A-2, introduced with two MG 17s and two MG 151s of 20mm caliber in the wings. Part of this series received an additional pair of 20mm MG FFs. The A-2 was powered by the modified BMW 801 C-2 engine and problems with the engine rear bank of cylinders overheating were finally solved by the simple introduction of a ventilation slot on the two sides of the engine cowling as in the A-1 version. read more View the full article

Rivets on the Testors HH-43 Huskie

Sun, 2019-01-27 17:06
I'm starting work on the old Testors Huskie, and from a competition standpoint, could the rivets remain on the model or should they be sanded off? It IS a 1/32 scale helicopter, and close up photographs show rivets. Thanks all. Joe Vattilana IPMS 4375

Help. Do I need to putty the wings on a Mustang?

Sun, 2019-01-27 16:49
Good Afternoon All, I’m getting ready to start Tamiya’s 1/32nd scale P-51D. I know that when the aircraft were at the assembly plant, the wings were puttied and sanded smooth to reduce drag. Can anyone tell me how much of the wing was puttied, and which areas ?Thanks in advance. Regards Christopher

North American P-51D Mustang wings

Sun, 2019-01-27 16:49
Good Afternoon All, I’m getting ready to start Tamiya’s 1/32nd scale P-51D. I know that when the aircraft were at the assembly plant, the wings were puttied and sanded smooth to reduce drag. Can anyone tell me how much of the wing was puttied, and which areas ?Thanks in advance. Regards Christopher

New Review: The Etruscans 9th – 2nd Centuries BC

Sun, 2019-01-27 10:51
The Etruscans are sometimes regarded as the fore-runners of the later Roman civilization, and they certainly appear to have had enormous influence over the development of that empire, and yet despite this, relatively little is really know today about them. Their language has only ever been partially translated and very little written documentation survives except later tomes by Romans and Greeks which are debatably accurate, to say the least. What is generally believed is that the Etruscans were something of an amalgam culture, having some seafaring antecedents as well as people from the Asian subcontinent and other places (which seems to suggest they were very much a merchant culture with extensive trade routes). However, there are other later writers who claimed they were native to the area of Northern Italy, so go figure. In any case they dominated Northern Italy for around a millennia, and even occupied Rome for a while before going into a steep decline and eventual extinction. read more View the full article


Fri, 2019-01-25 18:05
Takom Strabokran diorama work in progress. Dak

New Tru-Color Releases 1/25/19

Fri, 2019-01-25 16:11
News from our friends at Tru-Color. Contact info: tcpmodelpaint@gmail.com www.trucolorpaint.com March: Military 1451: German Armor: RAL 6003- Olive Green 1452: German Armor: RAL 8017- Rotbrun #1 (Red-Brown) 1453: German Armor: RAL 8017- Rotbrun #2 (Red-Brown) 1118: Kriegsmarine: RAL 7038 Hellgrau 1119: Kriegsmarine: Mittelgrau (Medium Gray) 1120: Kriegsmarine: RAL 8013 Schiffsboden Farbe Rot #5 (Anti-fouling Red) Automobile 655: Spacegrau- BMW, 2008-2012 776: Atlanticblau (Pearlescent)- BMW, 2008-2012 777: Silverstone Silver Metallic- BMW, 2008-2012 Structure/Infrastructure 435: Matte Leaf Light Green 436: Matte Leaf Dark Green April: Military 1454: German Armor: RAL 3049- Red Oxide Primer 1455: German Armor: RAL 8000- Yellow Brown 1046: Teak 1117: Kriegsmarine: RAL 7037 Dunkelgrau 1121: Kriegsmarine: Silbergrau (Silver-Gray) Automobile 652: Indigolitblau- Mercedes-Benz, 2008-2012 791: Chromitblack Pearl- Mercedes-Benz, 2008-2012 792: Sandinbeige Pearl- Mercedes-Benz, 2008-2012 Structure/Infrastructure 447: Matte Light Brown Tree Bark 448: Matte Dark Brown Tree Bark

Completed Revell-Germany 1/32nd scale Westland Lynx HAS.3

Thu, 2019-01-24 23:37
Finally finished. The fit of all the parts on this model were outstanding. Decals were great. Rivets took awhile to put on, but it was well worth it. The entire model was painted Testors Model Master enamels. (Except for the blue cockpit window tint. That was Tamiya Clear Blue.) After I sealed the model with gloss overcoat for the decals, I applied a wash of Lamp Black artist oils thinned with mineral spirits. I let it dry for about an hour. I then took a clean cotton cloth dampened with CLEAN mineral spirits, and wiped off the excess wash. Time to move on to the next one. Regards Christopher

Hello, Is it possible to transfer my subject from the section of ready aircraft model

Thu, 2019-01-24 06:16
Hello, Is it possible to transfer my subject from the section of ready aircraft models to the section with relations during construction. By mistake and my ignorance I have posted a topic not where the pike and this is causing confusion. The subject workshop of Wedell Williams type 45 scales 1/32. Thank you, Marcin

New Review: Two Bobs EA-18G “Pew Pew” Growlers

Tue, 2019-01-22 16:55
Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release has very interesting markings used by VAQ-209 with a "Star Wars" theme on the aircraft. A black/white Darth Vader helmet, the word "VADER" on the spine and VADER 1 (white decal hard to see in picture) on a black fuel tank are on the CAG aircraft. The line jets have a gray/white Darth Vader helmet (third decal sheet) on the tail. The three sheets are printed perfectly without any print register errors. The small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. Stencils and other markings are included on a second sheet insert. There is one (front and back) color instructions sheet that clearly show placement of markings for the three subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied. read more View the full article

New Review: Osprey Duel 90 USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine: Pacific 41-42

Tue, 2019-01-22 16:40
This book is number 90 in Osprey's Duel series where they take two opposing forces and compare/contrast them. The two subjects are the Imperial Japanese Navy's submarines verses the US Navy's destroyers. The book explains the develop of both these forces before the attack on Pearl Harbor, then goes into greater detail of the next 13 months of fighting until the end of 1942. The book starts with a four-page introduction detailing Japanese developing submarine tactics of using their force to attack US Navy capital ships in a war of attrition leading up to a decisive grand battle between the fleets. They developed large, fleet submarines that were over 300 feet long and had airplane hangers on them. Whereas, the US Navy's destroyer force was not training is anti-submarine warfare, but rather using their destroyers surface warfare fighters. These two beginning war strategies did not serve either side well the first year of combat. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Wellington Mk. Ia/c Wheels

Tue, 2019-01-22 16:27
IPMS/USA again thanks the Eduard team for sending us more of their prolific output targeted toward improving already great kits. Thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... This set is an upgrade to the 2018 release of the new-mold Airfix 1/72 Wellington 1a/c. Consisting of three parts, it is the two main wheel/tires as one part each, and the single-part tail wheel strut and wheel/tire assembly, and a masking set for same. On the kit the main wheels are split into two halves per old-school molding, which the resin items dispense with, having a casting block on the ground section of the tire. . read more View the full article

New Review: Douglas A-1E “Fat Face” Skyraider conversion for Trumpeter

Mon, 2019-01-21 03:06
IPMS/USA extends extreme gratitude to Paul and Susy Fisher for sending us this excellent set to upgrade the Trumpeter AD-2/6 or A-1H to an A-1E Hallelujah! WE HAVE A LARGE SPAD! And thanks to Phil and John for graciously allowing me to review this set. On the "be patient" side of the ledger, Paul and Susy have had some misfortune by being located in Paradise, California. Although they lost most all their manufacturing capability and personal possessions, they are still here with us, and my last note from him showed he's temporarily out of the business until they can recover with a new place. I expect they will be back. On to modeling: This shall be a basic review of the set as received and built so you can see what is in the box. read more View the full article

New Review: Detail & Scale F4F & FM Wildcat Digital Volume 7

Mon, 2019-01-21 00:48
Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, in a digital format with print-on-demand paperback format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of the F4F & FM Wildcat and variants. Overview The publication is another extraordinary compilation of history, data, and images of a USN aircraft that was critically important throughout World War II. The content is organized into history, U. S. variants, French and British versions, aircraft details, paint schemes, and a very comprehensive and current modeler's section. read more View the full article

New Review: US Navy pilot seated in A/C WWII

Sun, 2019-01-20 14:31
PJ Production is well known for its figures and this time has provided another fine example of military pilots for a specific era. Most often, pilot figures covered are US Army or international pilots. This set is specific to the US Navy which is a nice touch to their ever-expanding product line. The product contains two figures of two different styles with a small amount of flash is on the figures which is simply brushed away while detail is nice and crisp. Both complete figures (less arms), wearing helmets with the goggles up and seat belt harness on. The two have slightly different head positions and the arms only allow for right hand on stick and left hand on a throttle(s). read more View the full article