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New Review: UH-1D Big Ed Set

Fri, 2018-05-04 01:08
As someone who was very involved in developing the Kitty Hawk UH-1D, I know of some of the shortcomings of the kit. Some things that were not able to be addressed or were caused by the limitations of the plastic. Some things are just better in photoetch. read more View the full article

WIP US Marine 1776

Thu, 2018-05-03 23:22
Here are a few WIP of a Marine I'm working on. The figure is 1/16th and made entirely out of sprue. I wish my photography skills where better. They look better finished

New Review: P-40B Warhawk Cockpit Set

Thu, 2018-05-03 18:20
The new Airfix P-40B is an excellent example of the iconic fighter made famous by the Flying Tigers. The kit is nice but there are some things in the cockpit that need to be 'fixed'. Aires has released this new cockpit set for the kit. read more View the full article

New Review: F-14A Tomcat Beaver Tail

Thu, 2018-05-03 11:43
The Tamiya F-14A Tomcat set a standard for plastic model kits. If there is a drawback it is that the aircraft can only be built as a very early Tomcat. Some things that need to be addressed to change your Tomcat to a later A model and B model is the so called Beaver Tail, as well as, the chin pods and gun vents. Quickboost addresses all of these areas with individual upgrades. read more View the full article

New Review: Ju-87B Seat with Harnesses

Thu, 2018-05-03 08:50
Quickboost has produced replacement seats with molded on harnesses for the Hasegawa 1/48 Ju-87B kits. The resin replacement is a simple drop-in for the kit's plastic parts. The supplied item includes both the pilot and gunner seats cast in resin. There is no modification required to the kit parts to use these resin replacements. A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate rendition of the Stuka's seat assemblies. Check your references for the appropriate seat to use. 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. Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Quickboost for the opportunity to review this item. View the full article

New Review: PBY Catalina Radar Housing

Thu, 2018-05-03 08:38
Quickbost has produced a replacement "football" radar antenna housing for the Academy 1/72 PBY Catalina kits. The resin replacement is a simple drop-in for the kit's plastic parts. There is no modification required to the kit parts to use these resin replacements. A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate rendition of the radar antenna housing assembly. Check your references for the appropriate seat to use. 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. Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Quickboost for the opportunity to review this item. View the full article

Hello from Eastern Iowa

Wed, 2018-05-02 16:20
Hello. I attended my very first model show, Fleacon 14, a couple of weeks ago and have decided to join the IPMS. I had a wonderful time and hope to enter my first models next year, if I don't go to another regional show, probably NIMCON 7, before then. I hope to become active with the local group, the Alexander Lippisch Chapter, if my health permits. I've been a lurker on the forum here for a couple of years, but had not signed up before.

Futuristic Moon Suit

Tue, 2018-05-01 12:56
Another future retro build that I just finished is Futuristic Models' Moon suit. It's a resin kit with resin clear parts (as opposed to vac form). It has the usual seamlines that need to be smoothed but otherwise a fairly easy build. The build diary starts here: LINK The only downside was the "brim" of the top piece was so thin that it almost broke away from the "cap" a few times. The other was the decal was *so* thick that it looked like a sticker. I trimmed it close but in a few pics, not close enuff. Anyway, thanks for looking.

New Review: M-Class British Submarine

Tue, 2018-05-01 10:24
Overall Summary I recommend this kit for any collection of unusual submarine models. This kit is for intermediate-skill modelers, and will result in a very nice representation of an M-class submarine that served in the Royal Navy in World War 1 and shortly thereafter. Assembly was straight forward, with no major problems. No alignment pins or sockets are present in the kit design, and many parts may require addition of shims, spacers, pins or wire for positive location. This is not a detraction from the kit, but something to think about when you start assembly. The resulting model looks proper in comparison to photographs and references. read more View the full article

New Review: SSN-637 USS Sturgeon

Tue, 2018-05-01 10:15
Overall Summary I recommend this kit for any collection of USN submarine models. This kit is for intermediate-skill modelers, and will result in very nice representation of any of the short-hull Sturgeon class attack submarines that served in the U. S. Navy. Assembly was straight forward, with no major problems. No alignment pins or sockets are present in the kit design, and many parts may require addition of pins or wire for positive location. This is not a detraction from the kit, but something to think about when you start assembly. The resulting model looks proper in comparison to photographs and references. read more View the full article

Need help with a Tamiya M42 Duster

Tue, 2018-05-01 10:11
OK, gotta tell the story first. I'm a USAF vet, and I belong to a local IPMS Modeling club here in Grand Junction. We maintain 2 display cases for models at the local VA hospital here in town. Recently the VA requested that we add some Viet Nam era and some Middle East (Sandbox) models. We had LOTS of WWII models in the cases, but there are very few WWII vets left, and the vets today are mostly Viet Nam and Middle East vets. So, since I'm about the only armor modeler in our group, I volunteered to build some models for the cases. I've already finished 7 models, and have more to build. But, I'm really trying to do this on the cheap and I'm not succeeding too well. So, I buy this old Tamiya M42 Duster off eBay for cheap for the Viet Nam shelf. Seller says "I can't tell if the kit is complete or not." You know what happened next: Yeah--the kit shows up and it's woefully incomplete. Of course. Two sets of tracks and 3 turrets(?), but no parts from the "B" sprue tree. So while I have some spare parts I don't need, I will simply toss this thing if I can't scrounge up a "B" sprue some where. Tamiya Customer Service couldn't help as the kit was discontinued years ago. Lesson Learned: If the seller says he can't tell if a kit is complete or not, it most likely isn't complete. Buy at your own risk. Duh. So, does anyone out there have an old M42 kit (or a "B" sprue) they don't want? I can pay for shipping, but that's about it. We would like a Duster model, but may have to do without.

New Review: SSBN-598 USS George Washington

Tue, 2018-05-01 10:09
Overall Summary I recommend this kit for any collection of USN submarine models. This kit is for intermediate-skill modelers and will result in a very nice representation of any of the George Washington class submarines that served in the U. S. Navy. Assembly was straight forward, with no major problems. No alignment pins or sockets are present in the kit design, and many parts may require addition of pins or wire for positive location. This is not a detraction from the kit, but something to think about when you start assembly. The resulting model looks proper in comparison to photographs and references. read more View the full article

AV-8B Harrier II Plus Trumpeter 1/32 Engine Finished

Mon, 2018-04-30 10:56
Hello friends, the engine is completely painted and finished in its support on the transport car. This has been a very entertaining work because of the amount of pieces made to scratch and all the information gathered to make the model as real as possible. https://youtu.be/4pa5DXsmifI Playlist of the entire montage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH4NLRAHfk4&list=PLR6SGGlMyWrezl_Al_Bc2pkKFYrMp6HXL Greetings and I hope you like it

New Review: HU-60 “Black Hawk”crew

Mon, 2018-04-30 00:29
PJ Production does an interesting selection of items in resin including aircraft related figures in the more popular scales. read more View the full article

New Review: AMK Israel IAI Kfir C2/C7

Sun, 2018-04-29 23:55
Review read more View the full article

New Review: GBU-43/B MOAB

Sun, 2018-04-29 19:45
The GBU (Guided Bomb Unit)-43/B, MOAB was released by Eduard in 1/72 scale (kit 672160) late last year, and was followed up by this release in 1/48 scale. In U.S. Air Force terminology, MOAB is a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, which is often referred to as the Mother of All Bombs, and for those who build this kit, you will likely refer to it as I do as the Mother of All Brass. The kit looks great built up, but you will want some experience with photoetched brass if you decide to construct one for your collection. I will mention here that it is a good idea to spend some money on your tools from time to time, as I do not know how I would have completed such a project without the Mission Models Etch Mate that I purchased several years ago. read more View the full article

New Review: Su-17/22 M3/M4 Parachute Container

Sun, 2018-04-29 09:05
Confession read more View the full article

News:Executive Board Meeting Minutes - April 2018

Fri, 2018-04-27 13:59
The April 2018 Executive Board Meeting Minutes have been posted. View the full article

News:Executive Board Meeting Minutes - March 2018

Fri, 2018-04-27 13:58
The March 2018 Executive Board Meeting Minutes have been posted. View the full article

New Review: '78 GMC Big Game Country Pickup

Fri, 2018-04-27 01:40
This kit is a modified re-release of the Monogram GMC High Roller kit from 1981 (the parts have a 1978 copyright on them) with differences being different decals and the "Ground Hawg" sidewall markings are missing from the tires. read more View the full article