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VF103 - F14 TOMCAT ''Jolly Roger'' TAIL TIP

16 min 14 sec ago
Good day to all I’m in the process paint the tail tip of a F14 from the VF103 Jolly Roger, is there any one that can provide the official (federal standard reference if feasible) yellow color used by the US Navy? Thank you in Advance Andrea

New Review: US Flush-deck Destroyers 1916-1945

5 hours 8 min ago
Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy! Mark Lardas is a real "rocket scientist" who has worked on Space Shuttle analytics and navigation. He is also an accomplished author with at least ten books on naval topics, and a model maker as well. See his website for more details (www.marklardas.com). New Vanguard 259 covers the large number of WW I era US Navy destroyers known as the flush-deckers and four-pipers, another overlooked topic. Like other Osprey books, this issue is 48 pages (not counting the front/back covers) -enough for an excellent synopsis of design, characteristics and historical highlights of these warship classes. read more View the full article

New Review: Brengun – Japanese refueling cart

5 hours 22 min ago
Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases from Brengun with this Japanese refueling cart for use with Japanese WW2 Air forces. These were used to manually pump fuel for military logistics operations. The detail quality is great; there is a lot of easily removable flash and no other noticeable imperfections. The parts once removed from the mold base are ready to assembly. The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal and added to the assembly. The Assembly is quick and easy. Please be care cutting the parts as I did find a few air bubbles in the cart frame which did lead to a couple of breaks that need repairing. The Axle is not numbered on the instructions and this is in fact part number 5. I was a little disappointed that the rubber hose was not including in the kit. The final part is painted as shown in the box and looks great as an addition to any diorama. read more View the full article

New Review: OH-6D "Winter Camouflage"

11 hours 53 min ago
First flown in 1963, the HUGHES OH-6 is a light observation helicopter capable of carrying four at cruise speeds of up to 135 knots. The type is also known in the civilian world as the Hughes 500 series. A number of countries used the OH-6 including the Japanese Self Defense Force who used aircraft built under license as the OH-6D by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. That version is represented in this kit. This is a limited-edition kit and comes in the now common Hasegawa top open box with a photo of the real thing on it. Inside you find high quality parts typical of this company with restrained panel lines and very good fit. Six resin parts are included that consist of antennas and a supplemental tail light assembly. read more View the full article

Timeframe for Pima Tour?

Sat, 2018-05-26 21:46
Hi! The wife and I are in the process of getting all our ducks in a row for Nats..looking forward to a fantastic week! We've registered for the Pima tour, and would like to take the AMARG tour as well. This of course has to be reserved in advance through Pima's website due to security considerations. They offer two tours that day: one at 11:00 am and another at 2:00 pm. Which would be better? I'm afraid if we took the earlier tour we'd miss lunch at the museum (we've already bought the box lunches) but is the later tour too late? What time does the bus head back to Phoenix, and if we take the 2:00 pm AMARG tour would we get back to the museum in time? Thanks! Steve Nelson IPMS#30925

Planet Models' Horten HO VII

Sat, 2018-05-26 11:44
Ok, I swear this is my last Left '46 kit for a while...

New Review: Panzer IV 1939-1945

Thu, 2018-05-24 00:25
"The Panzer IV - Panzerkampfwagen IV - was one the foremost German fighting vehicles of the Second World War, and this volume in the TankCraft series is an ideal introduction to it. With detailed captions, text and illustrations the book tells the story of the technical development of the Panzer IV and the numerous variants that went into production. In addition it describes how this vehicle evolved from infantry support to become the backbone of the Panzer units. It was modified and upgunned to face ever-increasing enemy threats, and it proved to be so diverse and effective that it earned a unique tactical role on the battlefield. A large part of the book showcases available model kits and after market products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales. Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also examined in order to provide everything the modeler needs to recreate an accurate representation of the only Panzer that stayed in production throughout the war." read more View the full article

Pick Up with Rockets

Wed, 2018-05-23 23:34
Had to make some changes along the way but happy with the results.

Vindicator

Wed, 2018-05-23 20:01
Real Life has kept me away from the workbench over the last 7 months, but more free time recently allowed me to finish the Accurate Mini kit of the Vindicator.

New Review: Tanks of the USSR 1917-1945

Wed, 2018-05-23 00:44
I've always been a major fan of Russian armor, and have built an embarrassing number of Russian armor kits over the years. Don't ask me why. In any case, information for some of the interesting designs the Soviets have come up with over the years can sometimes be a bit sparse on the ground. Research being the vital aspect of modeling that it is, anything new in the field is always welcome. Pen-and-Sword out of England now offers a lovely resource in their Fact Files series called "Tanks of the USSR 1917-1945" which covers the raw beginnings of the Russian armored forces to the stage where it becomes a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. This book covers everything from the first FT-17 based copies all the way through the heaviest, most formidable tank the world had seen up to that point - the revolutionary JS-3. read more View the full article

New Review: Water Pump Set

Tue, 2018-05-22 23:23
I must confess a high level of personal modeling interest in well-made accessory sets like this. As a lover of all things dioramic, I am always on the lookout for fiddly bits that will add that extra level of interest to a scenario in the making. This set is just such an example. MiniArt continues to provide us with set after set of delightful, well made bits, and this one offers some really useful items. There seems to be a movement these days to not considering your Tiger or Panther tank really complete without a bucket hanging off the rear end, and this kit comes with no less than eight (plus three pails) of the finest buckets I've literally ever seen in this scale. Coming in two styles - three, if you count the pails, they feature such details as weld seams and fine stamped ridges. Also included in the kit is the village pump, which has a posable handle and a separate metal drain, a wash basin and a couple of milk or water pails with lids. Frankly, there isn't a thing in this set that isn't useful. read more View the full article

New Review: Ancient Greek Medusa

Tue, 2018-05-22 22:48
MasterBox continues to floor me with their bold choices of modeling subjects (especially figures) and this one is no exception. First of a series of figures based on classic Greek mythology, the Medusa here is created in 1/24th(75mm) scale and is a relatively easy build of a truly legendary icon. Typical of MasterBox figures, there are some discrepancies between the illustration and the sculpture. Unlike most figure manufacturers, MasterBox creates a new figure by first eliciting an illustration. Then the sculptors work on the finished item using the illustration as a guide. In this case, the illustrator created a Medusa that looks something like a sorority girl with a skin condition and a bad hair day. The sculpture, if anything, is actually better, as the features are far more authentically Greek. In fact, the first time I looked at the face she reminded me of the Statue of Liberty, which is itself crafted along the classic Greek standards for feminine beauty. read more View the full article

New Review: F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II

Tue, 2018-05-22 17:49
Two Bobs Two Bobs Aviation Graphics offers decals in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scales for most modern US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps military aircraft. There are also sheets for some Russian, Chinese and British modern jet aircraft. In addition Two Bobs offer a 1/48th scale T-2C Buckeyes and a T-45C Goshawk, a publication and sanding sticks. Their website incudes images of their decals sheets so the buyer will know what is being purchased. One nice feature that I really like is the inclusion of the FS numbers for the various camouflage color schemes on their full color instruction sheets. Decal Sheet Contents read more View the full article

New Review: F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II

Tue, 2018-05-22 17:48
Two Bobs Two Bobs Aviation Graphics offers decals in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scales for most modern US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps military aircraft. There are also sheets for some Russian, Chinese and British modern jet aircraft. In addition Two Bobs offer a 1/48th scale T-2C Buckeyes and a T-45C Goshawk, a publication and sanding sticks. Their website incudes images of their decals sheets so the buyer will know what is being purchased. One nice feature that I really like is the inclusion of the FS numbers for the various camouflage color schemes on their full color instruction sheets. Decal Sheet Contents read more View the full article

New Review: Soviet Rockets RS82

Mon, 2018-05-21 00:48
The RS-82 rocket was an unguided air-to-ground rocket developed by the Soviet Union in the 1930s and used extensively in World War II. The rockets were pretty small, only around 3 inches in diameter and 24 inches long and like most early air-to-ground unguided weapons, their accuracy was questionable at best. As a result they were usually fired in one salvo. They were used on almost every aircraft flown by the Red Air Force during World War II and there are a lot of photographs on the Internet of various aircraft with them mounted under the wings. read more View the full article

New Review: Italian Cruisers of World War II

Sun, 2018-05-20 13:17
Mark Stille is a retired Commander of the US Navy and has written a succession of books for Osprey Publishing on naval topics. He continues as an intelligence analyst at the Pentagon. New Vanguard 258 covers Italian cruisers of World War Two, an overlooked topic. This book joints Stille's previous Osprey Vanguard 182 book on WW2 Italian Battleships (previously reviewed for IPMSUSA in 2011). Like other Osprey books, this issue is 48 pages (not counting the front/back covers) - not enough for an in-depth treatment of WW2 Regia Marina cruisers, but enough for an excellent synopsis of design, characteristics and history of each ship. read more View the full article

New Review: Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV

Sun, 2018-05-20 13:07
History The original Blenheim bomber evolved from a Bristol light transport development, probably the first aircraft specifically designed as a high-speed executive transport. Labeled the Model 142 "Britain First", the airplane was displayed at the 1935 Hendon display. RAF leaders immediately saw its potential as a light bomber, and after protracted development, it emerged as the Model 142M, a mid-wing, three place twin-engine bomber with a crew of 3. Only two machine guns were installed, and a total of 986 Mk. I's was produced before it was replaced by the Mk. IV model, of which 2703 were built. read more View the full article

Vlad the Impaler

Sun, 2018-05-20 13:03
Got this little bust from Black Heart Models, known for their 1:1 scale horror busts. He's about 3 in. tall and the paint scheme was based on this pic, and hey the cap is similar - WIPs can be seen on my page. Thanks for looking.

New Review: M113 APC 1960-75

Sun, 2018-05-20 12:53
When you think about armor in the Vietnam war you almost always think about the M113, especially in it's ACAV fit. A vehicle designed to bring the troops close to the battle under some armor protection turned into a combat vehicle This 48-page soft cover book focuses on the use of the M113 during the Vietnam war not only by the US but also the ARVN and Australian forces. The book starts off with design and development that led to the M113 and the major variants of the vehicle which were many including versions equipped with a mortar, flame thrower and Vulcan 20mm cannon. They were also used as Fitters vehicles, Command centers and bride layers. The Combat History section covers operations by the South Vietnamese, US and Australia and ends with a brief section regarding South Korean, Thailand and the Philippines use of the vehicle in country. read more View the full article

Judging Question

Sun, 2018-05-20 12:48
I was over at another forum and in the sci-fi folder where a question was asked. Someone submitted one of the new Bandai Star Wars models for the competition. Now as a sidebar some think these models engineering etc., are miles above other models. Anyway he lost to some mini figure with all the "shadows and highlights painted on." He did say that the armor of the stormtrooper looked so good that he didn't paint it. My lowly opinion (I've only judged on the local level) was that he prolly got "points off" b/c it wasn't painted. I was taught to always paint everything, even if you're covering, in this case, white paint over white plastic. Thoughts from judges?