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New Review: Hawker Tempest/Fury and Sea Fury Mks. II/V/VI Early Type Cannons with Un-covered Barrels and Pitot Tube

Tue, 2018-03-13 20:35
Master - Reality in Miniature is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland. Their lines include exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft and ships in the most commonly produced scales. Master has produced replacement cannons of the early type, with un-sheathed barrels for any 1/72 Hawker Tempest early Mk V kits, or early Fury or Sea Fury kits. Also included is a turned brass pitot tube. These items are intended to completely replace the plastic kit parts. My example kit (a Maquette issue from Russia) is a Mk V, and my research indicates it is the correct version that this particular part issue would be appropriate for. read more View the full article

New Review: Hawker Tempest Mk. V Early Type Cannons with Covered Barrels

Tue, 2018-03-13 20:25
Master - Reality in Miniature is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland. Their lines include exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft and ships in the most commonly produced scales. Master has produced replacement cannons of the early type, with sheathed barrels for any 1/72 Hawker Tempest early Mk V kits. This item is intended to completely replace the plastic kit parts. My example kit (a Maquette issue from Russia) is a Mk V, and my research indicates it is the correct version that this particular part issue would be appropriate for. The parts instructions are graphic, with English text. They are easily understood, and offer some important cautions and sequencing for the assembly and use of the parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides a realistic scale-detailed assembly with a significantly improved appearance to moulded plastic kit parts. read more View the full article

New Review: UH-60 or AH-64 Skis

Tue, 2018-03-13 18:46
Werner's Wings is a Baltimore, MD based firm that offers decals and resin detail parts for scale modelers. Founder Floyd Werner has been around scale modeling for many years and is one of the hobby's leading authorities on US Army rotary wing aircraft (not just through modeling, but from years of very personal experience!), and WWII Luftwaffe fighters. A quick search of the IPMS Review or other modeling-related sites will yield plenty of background on his considerable modeling skills and knowledge. Floyd's passion for modeling modern rotary aircraft subjects is evident in this release of resin skis designed to replicate the Landes Airglas skis used on Sikorsky's UH-60 Blackhawk Series and Boeing's AH-64 Apache series in both 48 and 35th scales. The subjects of these sets continue Werner's Wings commitment to providing quality resin and metal detailing sets and decals for rotor-modeling interests. read more View the full article

New Review: Beechcraft 18s Decals

Tue, 2018-03-13 18:23
Iliad Design is an Ottawa, Canada based firm that offers decals and color chart references for scale modelers. The subjects of this set are post-WWII era Beechcraft Model 18s in military markings. Markings are included for three aircraft as follows: SNB-2H Hospital Aircraft based at NAS Jacksonville UC-45J based at NAS Atsugi, mid-1960s AT-7C of an unknown unit, buzz #TB-482, 1946 The sheet is printed in perfect register with very little carrier film border. Colors are bold, and the ink is solidly dense, reducing or eliminating opaque tendencies of the lighter colors. The letter-sized instruction sheet calls out paint colors and particulars for each aircraft. Also noted are the nacelle and leading edge modifications necessary to model the Atsugi bird, and references the Belcher Bits resin parts to complete it. read more View the full article

New Review: Finnish Army K9FIN “Moukari”

Tue, 2018-03-13 18:12
I didn't know this when I started working on this review model, but the K9 is NOT an indigenous design from Finland, but is a South Korean design intended to replace their aging M109 self-propelled howitzers. Finland has a long history of buying military equipment from abroad and making it their own, and this is a good example. First operational in South Korea in 1999, it was picked up by Finland shortly thereafter. Capable of hurling a 155mm shell some 50+ miles, it certainly has proven to be an upgrade from Finland's older SP artillery types. read more View the full article

New Review: Israel IAI Kfir C2/C7

Mon, 2018-03-12 23:46
A little history on this kit. When AMK first issued this kit, Kfir aficionados noticed that the coke bottle shape of the fuselage was not quite looking right. IPMS/USA review the kit here: http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/iai-kfir-c2c7 You can see the shape is flat. SO, AMK fixed it and with this new release, the subtle shape is there. Fantastic! Inside the box, you get 11 sprues of well done grey parts, a clear sprue and 20 weapons all molded as one price and stacked. More on that later. You get a superb decal sheet with marking for six planes: read more View the full article

Williams Bros 1/72 C-46 Build Series, Part 15 is available

Mon, 2018-03-12 23:45
Installment 15 of my 1/72 Williams Bros C-46 build is now available in the Builds Sub-Forum. Comments welcome as always.

Williams Bros 1/72 C-46 Build Series, Part 15

Mon, 2018-03-12 23:41
Here's the latest on the C-46: Once the Future has dried, the deice boots were masked off with blue painters tape. Depending on how you like to work, you could mask the boots on the bottom of the wing and then paint'em before... ...tackling the top, leaving the tail surfaces for last. I chose to mask all of the boots at one time and then.... ...spray'em with Model Master FS37038 Flat Black in a single session. By the way, here I'm using a Badger Patriot 105 double action airbrush that I had to buy after losing the needle cap from my Iwata HP-CH airbrush so I could keep working while waiting for a new cap to arrive. With all the tape removed, we have a very nice set of deice boots on the undersurfaces.... ....and on the uppersurfaces. Now to give her some legs to stand on. The tailwheel strut/wheel is a single assembly, so I brush painted the tire first with Pactra M-1 Scale Flat Black or any Scale Black of your choosing. Then the assembly was installed with BSI Super Gold + CA. Don't be surprised if you have to either thin down the mounting shaft or slightly enlarge the mounting hole. The Scale Aircraft Conversions main gear have been completed by the addition of the torque links. When installed, you'll want to make sure that the links point to the rear and the end of the axles to the outside. In this photo, the starboard strut is on the left and the port is on the right. The retraction link in the SAC metal set is where you'll run into trouble. The links are handed, so the mounting recess for the strut connection should be handed as well. Scale Aircraft Conversions has been notified and is checking stock to see how widespread the problem is. If you have one of these problem sets, the solution is easy. Simply drill the mounting recess all the way thru with a .031" (or 1/32") drill bit as I've done in this photo. Note that you only need to do this to two of the links. Here you see the complete SAC starboard main gear properly installed. All it lacks is the wheel/tire and doors And a very tight shot of the same completed assembly. Yet another shot of the same starboard gear from the opposite side. The gear doors laid down on a couple of pieces of tape, just prior to spraying the Model Master FS36270 Neutral Gray. When dry, flip'em over, spray some more Neutral Gray and you're done. All that's left is to install'em. Since you can't stick a toothpick or matchstick thru the axle hole to hold the tire for painting, due to the photoetch outer wheel detail, I used the same approach as the gear doors. Paint was Pactra M-1 Flat Scale Black. Incidentally, that paint hasn't been around for a very long time, but I still happen to have a 35 or 40 year old bottle that's perfectly good. But any Scale Black or Grimy Black paint will produce the same results.

New Review: USN MK83/BLU-110 Bombs

Mon, 2018-03-12 12:50
Videoaviation continues their excellent 1/32nd scale ordnance releases with a set of 4 USN MK83/BLU-110 bombs with light ablative fire-retardant coating used by the US Navy. The set consists of 34 cream colored resin parts perfectly cast: four main bodies, four tail fins, four fuses, four caps, and 18 attachment lugs along with decals. The main bodies are especially impressive. They have a very finely detailed molded on ablative coating. I have not seen this done often but have seen it replicated by modelers using putty or primer and a stiff brush. Ablative coatings are used to protect the explosives from cooking off as quickly if heated and look like rough sandpaper texture. Some great pictures are on the Videoaviation site listed above. read more View the full article

New Review: SAC Kfir C2/C7 Landing Gear

Mon, 2018-03-12 12:34
Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is well known for making replacement white metal landing gear for many, many subjects. This set replaces the main and nose landing gear for the AMK 1/48th scale Kfir C2/C7 kit from AMK. The set consists of seven well-made white metal parts; four are the main gear and three make up the nose gear. The main gear replaces kits parts C54/57 and E19. The nose gear replaces parts C17, 21, and 68. To prepare the parts, I sand off a few small seam lines and the parts are ready. For the main gear, the assembly adds the two white metal parts together and then you complete the assembly with the plastic oleo from the kit. The nose gear is broken down differently than the kit gear. The kit gear has the retraction strut molded in and the remainder of the gear as a single piece. It's easier to see in the reference picture. The SAC parts are easy to prepare and assemble with the biggest thing being the straightening of the strut. I did this by rolling it between two flat surfaces. read more View the full article

New Review: UH-1D ARC-102 Antenna Mounts

Mon, 2018-03-12 06:50
Werner's Wings is a Baltimore, MD based firm that offers decals and resin detail parts for scale modelers. Founder Floyd Werner has been around scale modeling for many years, and is one of the hobby's leading authorities on US Army rotary wing aircraft (not just through modeling, but from years of very personal experience!), and WWII Luftwaffe fighters. A quick search of the IPMS Review or other modeling-related sites will yield plenty of background on his considerable modeling skills and knowledge. Floyd's passion for detail in modeling modern rotary aircraft subjects is evident in this release of resin antenna mounts to replicate the stand-off mounts used for the wire antenna array on Bell's UH-1D in 48th scale. The subjects of these sets continue Werner's Wings commitment to providing quality resin and metal detailing sets and decals for rotor-modeling interests. read more View the full article

New Review: Macchi C205 Veltro White Metal Landing Gear

Mon, 2018-03-12 06:37
Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced replacement gear for the Hasegawa/Italeri 1/48 scale Macchi C205 Veltro kits. The white metal replacements are a clean drop-in for the kit plastic parts. I have reviewed several of these replacement gear packages, and purchased many more on my own. I have always found them to be at least equal, and usually superior to the kit parts in detailing, with the added benefit of superior strength. The supplied items in this issue include the two main gear strut and actuator assemblies, and two tail gear struts with the tail wheel molded in place (check your reference photos). Some other SAC packages include replacement main gear wheels, as well, but not the case here. You will need to use the kit wheels or other replacements for your build. read more View the full article

New Review: Kfir C2/C7 Antennas for AMK Kit

Mon, 2018-03-12 01:08
Quickboost, which is part of Aires, is known for their wonderful and simple kit enhancements which are drop in or require slight surgery. This set is for the wonderful AMK 1/48th Kfir kit and is a replacement set of antennae. It consists of six resin parts on a small casting block which replace five of the kit parts. Parts 1,2 4 and 5 are listed as direct replacement while part 3 requires the removal of the molded-on kit part. All of the casting is superb and the parts are finer than the corresponding kit parts. Going through the parts individually: read more View the full article

Scale Motorsport is closing

Sun, 2018-03-11 15:58
Just a heads up for all you automotive builder. As many of you probably know Matthew Wells at Scale Motorsport has had the business for sale for a while. So far no one has stepped up with a good offer. So, he has decided to shut the business down. He is selling off the stock and not reordering any, so if you have something that you would like but have put off buying it, now is the time to act. He tells me that when something is gone, it is gone for good. I sent in my last order to cover all the kits I currently have because I am sure that if I don't and I want it later, I will be stuck with stupid ebay prices. Matthew is a good friend and I expect to see him around contest so it is not the end of enjoying his company, but I will miss Scale Motorsport. Top quality stuff. Sorry to see it go.

Potential Military Paint Sets - Input Needed

Sun, 2018-03-11 13:54
Tru-Color Paint is in the planning stages of developing military paint sets for the modeler. We have about 30 potential sets we could assemble on the drawing board and have produced mock-up art work for all the sets. Our intent is to release 4-6 of these sets at the IPMS National Convention in August of this year. We are requesting the modeler's input as to which of these sets YOU would like to see. Samples of the mock-up sets are attached. These are for the Israeli Air Force Set # 1, U.S. Navy Camouflage Set # 1 and the Metallic Set useful for armor, ship and aircraft models. There will be a poll (or survey) on our website by the end of March showing all of the proposed sets with their composition. We will let you know when the poll is posted on the website so you can vote on the sets we should produce. All military and related areas will be represented - armor, air forces, ships, diorama, figures and detailing and covers the U.S. and Israeli paints (these are the colors currently produced and ready to place into the sets). If you wish to get a jump start on the survey, we can email you a Acrobat file of the description of each set along with their contents. Just let us know if this is wanted by email, this thread or call us. How many manufacturer's request YOUR input on what they should place into production ? Tru-Color Paint listens to our customers and want to be your go to company for accurate, easy to use paint for your models, dioramas, figures, etc. All comments are welcome. Come see us at the IPMS National Convention on August 1-4 in Phoenix, AZ ! Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779 email: tru.colorpaint1@yahoo.com

Potential Military Paint Sets - Input Needed

Sun, 2018-03-11 13:52
Tru-Color Paint is in the planning stages of developing military paint sets for the modeler. We have about 30 potential sets we could assemble on the drawing board and have produced mock-up art work for all the sets. Our intent is to release 4-6 of these sets at the IPMS National Convention in August of this year. We are requesting the modeler's input as to which of these sets YOU would like to see. Samples of the mock-up sets are attached. These are for the Israeli Air Force Set # 1 and the Metallic Set useful for armor and aircraft models. There will be a poll (or survey) on our website by the end of March showing all of the proposed sets with their composition. We will let you know when the poll is posted on the website so you can vote on the sets we should produce. All military and related areas will be represented - armor, air forces, ships, diorama, figures and detailing and covers the U.S. and Israeli paints (these are the colors currently produced and ready to place into the sets). If you wish to get a jump start on the survey, we can email you a Acrobat file of the description of each set along with their contents. Just let us know if this is wanted by email, this thread or call us. How many manufacturer's request YOUR input on what they should place into production ? Tru-Color Paint listens to our customers and want to be your go to company for accurate, easy to use paint for your models, dioramas, figures, etc. All comments are welcome. Come see us at the IPMS National Convention on August 1-4 in Phoenix, AZ ! Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779 email: tru.colorpaint1@yahoo.com

Potential Military Paint Sets - Input Needed

Sun, 2018-03-11 13:48
Tru-Color Paint is in the planning stages of developing military paint sets for the modeler. We have about 30 potential sets we could assemble on the drawing board and have produced mock-up art work for all the sets. Our intent is to release 4-6 of these sets at the IPMS National Convention in August of this year. We are requesting the modeler's input as to which of these sets YOU would like to see. Samples of the mock-up sets are attached. These are for the Israeli Air Force Set # 1 and the Metallic Set useful for armor and aircraft models. There will be a poll (or survey) on our website by the end of March showing all of the proposed sets with their composition. We will let you know when the poll is posted on the website so you can vote on the sets we should produce. All military and related areas will be represented - armor, air forces, ships, diorama, figures and detailing and covers the U.S. and Israeli paints (these are the colors currently produced and ready to place into the sets). If you wish to get a jump start on the survey, we can email you a Acrobat file of the description of each set along with their contents. Just let us know if this is wanted by email, this thread or call us. How many manufacturer's request YOUR input on what they should place into production ? Tru-Color Paint listens to our customers and want to be your go to company for accurate, easy to use paint for your models, dioramas, figures, etc. All comments are welcome. Come see us at the IPMS National Convention on August 1-4 in Phoenix, AZ ! Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779 email: tru.colorpaint1@yahoo.com

Potential Military Paint Sets - Input Needed

Sun, 2018-03-11 13:45
Tru-Color Paint is in the planning stages of developing military paint sets for the modeler. We have about 30 potential sets we could assemble on the drawing board and have produced mock-up art work for all the sets. Our intent is to release 4-6 of these sets at the IPMS National Convention in August of this year. We are requesting the modeler's input as to which of these sets YOU would like to see. Samples of the mock-up sets are attached. These are for the Israeli Air Force Set # 1 and the Metallic Set useful for armor and aircraft models. There will be a poll (or survey) on our website by the end of March showing all of the proposed sets with their composition. We will let you know when the poll is posted on the website so you can vote on the sets we should produce. All military and related areas will be represented - armor, air forces, ships, diorama, figures and detailing and covers the U.S. and Israeli paints (these are the colors currently produced and ready to place into the sets). If you wish to get a jump start on the survey, we can email you a Acrobat file of the description of each set along with their contents. Just let us know if this is wanted by email, this thread or call us. How many manufacturer's request YOUR input on what they should place into production ? Tru-Color Paint listens to our customers and want to be your go to company for accurate, easy to use paint for your models, dioramas, figures, etc. All comments are welcome. Come see us at the IPMS National Convention on August 1-4 in Phoenix, AZ ! Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779 email: tru.colorpaint1@yahoo.com

New Review: Jeannin Stahltaube Landing Gear & Wire Supts. (WNW)

Sun, 2018-03-11 00:51
Scale Aircraft Conversions produces white metal replacement parts for kit details such as landing gear. This set provides metal landing gear, plow brake, upper & lower cable support struts, and outside wing cable supports for the WingNut Wings 1/32 Jeannin Stahltube plastic kit. These detail parts come in a 2 1/2"x 3 1/2"x 1" blister pack containing eight sprues with 12 parts. Parts include the main landing gear, plow brake, and the upper and lower struts and turnbuckles for the wing rigging cables. read more View the full article

Magach 7C Gimel

Sat, 2018-03-10 21:59
Latest finished work. The rest of the pictures can be found here in the SIG gallery... https://gallery.ipmsusa3.org/index.php?/category/5582