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New Review: Me 262 B-1a/U1

6 hours 35 min ago
New (to me) from Eagle Editions' "EagleCal" line is this 1/48 scale sheet of decals for the Me 262 B-1a/U1 night fighter. There is a copyright of 2016 on the instructions, but this is my first exposure to this sheet. As with any other EagleCal product, my first impressions are that this is another high-quality product. Opening the ziplock bag, one finds a single, full-color instruction sheet wrapped around a decal sheet (with a protective slip of tissue paper). Three subjects are covered: two operational Luftwaffe night fighters and one a/c that was captured by the US. Aircraft markings in this sheet are: "Red 10", W. Nr. 110635, NJG 11 "Red 8", W. Nr. 110305, NJG 11 "Ole Fruit Cake", W. Nr. 110306 (captured by Watson's Whizzers) read more View the full article

New Review: “From Moscow to Stalingrad” by Yves Buffetaut.

6 hours 44 min ago
The book goes into great detail German Campaign on the Eastern front 1941 to 1942. It covers Germans path from Moscow to Stalingrad which was full of successes and failures for both the Wehrmacht and the Red Army. I found this book very interesting and fascinating. It was full of such a lot of information and some fantastic photographs that I had never seen before. This whole period of World War two was full of problems created by Hitler's obsession that he knew better that his high command. occasions. There are lot of pictures and illustrations that make the book even more interesting. I recommend this book to everyone with a deep interest the war. The only downside was it could have had a little insight into the actions it fought from an eyewitness perspective to give it more feeling. read more View the full article

New Review: Cross & Cockade International Summer 2018 Volume 49/2

7 hours 1 min ago
The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Summer 2018, features a front cover photograph of a 2F1 Camel taking off from the Firth of Forth. The inside and outside rear cover features a series of four photographs depicting the launching of a 2F1 Camel from a turret platform (Probably the HMS Barham). If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue. Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front. read more View the full article

Best clear flat you've ever used

Fri, 2018-07-20 19:29
Evening all,What is the best clear flat coat that you have ever used? I typically use Testors dullcoat in a rattle can, but lately it seems to not be drying as dead flat as in years past. I shake the snot out of the can for a couple of mins to make sure that its thoroughly mixed, but when it dries its more akin to a satin coat. I put my Leopard 2 that was finished about 2 years ago next to a Marlet and Alfa class sub that we're flat clear coated this week and it is night and day. The Leopard is flat as flat can be and the Martlet and Alfa all have a satiny shine to them. So basically, any thoughts on what I'm doing wrong? And as the title suggests, what is the best flat you've ever used? i'd like to try something else. Thanks all

Oline sign-up for Seminars???

Thu, 2018-07-19 16:08
I've searched & searched, and aside from the couple of extra-cost airbrush seminars, I could not find any way to sign-up for the 2018 seminars online in advance. Is there a way to do this? Or do I need to wait until I actually get there on Wednesday? Then, how does it work? First come first served? Draw names from a hat? Please explain how this works! Thanks!

Flash Gordon's rocketship

Thu, 2018-07-19 11:48
For an upcoming local IPMS contest called "rivets" I dug this one out of the stash and built it up. It's pfrom Fantastic Plastic and goes together like a dream. The large window is perfect for showing off the main console. It also has another panel of dials and buttons in the back, that, once close up will never be seen again, but I painted nonetheless. Thru the window - Yeah there was a few scratches in the raw resin, that I didn't see. By the time I did I was so far along that I told myself "Next time..." I had an oops and lost one of the fins for the ship. How do I lose something that big!! (shrug) So I made a new one. Painted gloss black primer, I then hit it with Vallejo's Silver, from their new metallics line . Thanks for looking.

Tour Registration not working

Thu, 2018-07-19 09:23
Anyone know why the Pima tour registration is not working? The link takes me to the IPMS store, but there is nothing on the page. I just got cleared yesterday from the Pima lady, and she said there were plenty of spots open for both 10:00 and 2:00, so I don't think tour is closed. thanks Michael

R&J Enterprises 50% off sale

Wed, 2018-07-18 12:53
R&J Enterprises web store still has a large volume of inventory to sell off since the passing of it's co-owner, Rich Sullivan. I have been asked by Joy Sullivan to pass the word the store is selling the remaining inventory at 50% off the original price. Some of the lines include Aber, Eduard, limited Voyager, RB, Rubio Barrels, Brach, Resicast, Ultracast, DES, resin figures, many books, plastic kits and other products too many to list here. Fruil tracks are sold out but some Model Kasten tracks remain. You can visit the web site for more info, www.rjproducts.com, or call Joy at 360-796-3828, email rj@rjproducts.com. This store specialized in 1/35 armor related products. Thanks, Mark Ford

Question about decal sheets for 1:72 F-86 kits

Tue, 2018-07-17 15:06
Howdy-Doo Guys, Hey, I just ordered a 1:72 HOBBYBOSS F-86 off Amazon. It comes with German markings. Can anyone direct me to a sheet for USAF Sabres? Ciao Bella

Facebook Login Test

Tue, 2018-07-17 13:20
Hi, I am testing the ability to sign in using your Facebook account. If you already have an account on the Forums, you can setup Facebook logins via the 'Accounts Setting' menu. See the image attached... Eric

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Tue, 2018-07-17 11:25
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New Review: F-14D Tomcat- Part 2-Airframe and Weapon Construction

Mon, 2018-07-16 13:09
In part 1, (http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f-14d-tomcat-part-1-kit-review-cockpit-and-fuselage), we reviewed the changes that Tamiya did to the kit, built and assembled the cockpit/wheel wells, the wings were attached to the fuselage and the front of the fuselage was assembled. In this part, we'll button up the fuselage and attach the nose, get the intakes installed and prepare the kit for primer/paint. read more View the full article

Making seat belts with cloth tape

Mon, 2018-07-16 07:20
Added a page to my blog on making cloth seat belts for aircraft using fiberglass cloth tape. https://davidsscalemodels.com/tips-and-tricks/making-cloth-seat-belts-for-aircraft/

1/72 Pegasus Boulton Paul Balliol T2

Sun, 2018-07-15 11:10
This is a bagged early Pegasus kit. It comes in 12 injection molded parts and four white metal ones for the landing gear. The canopy is not bad, but a little grainy. No interior. You have to add that and blank off the front intake and the dorsal radiator opening, and make the gear doors from sheet plastic. They don't tell you to make the door for the radiator opening, but it shows in photos and is easy to make. The wings come in two parts each so you could do a folded wing naval version, but it makes getting the dihedral accurate a little dodgy if you don't. Markings are for an RAF machine flying out of Cottesmore in 1961.

KI-98. Somewhere in the Pacific.

Sun, 2018-07-15 06:28
This work I did during the New Year holiday.

New Review: The Spy Toolkit

Sun, 2018-07-15 00:58
The Spy Tool Kit is a great book! It covers the tools and weapons used by secret operating agents working behind the lines for both sides (Axis and Allied) during WWII. It covers the organizations involved, the agents themselves and their training as well as all manner of description of their tasks and goals. All the pictures and devices shown in this book are derived from the National Archive where many of the items are contained. The contents of the book are: read more View the full article

New Review: Spotlight On: Grumman F-14 Tom

Sun, 2018-07-15 00:28
Marcelo Riberiro's biography is displayed on the rear cover below. He is a 41 year old Brazilian journalist who specializes in digital and content marketing. Marcelo began creating aircraft profiles as a hobby in 2003 and has continued to this day where it is now his 'second' job. His favorite subjects are Cold War era aircraft from the Vietnam War to Desert Storm. The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, twin-tail, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft that first flew on December 21, 1970. The Tomcat requirement came after the collapse of the General Dynamics F-111B for the United States Navy. Designed to incorporate the air combat experience against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War, 712 F-14s were produced with the primary users being the US Navy and the Iran Air Force. The US Navy retired the F-14 on 09/22/06 while the Tomcat remains in service in the Iranian Air Force. read more View the full article

PBM-5 Mariner Underwing torpedo racks

Sat, 2018-07-14 19:57
The Squadron/signal BM Mariner in action has an image of underwing torpedo racks fitted to a PB-5 Mariner on page 26. Does anyone else have any sources on what the racks actually look like? Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

Model Display Cases at the GJ VAMC

Sat, 2018-07-14 18:06
The Grand Junction Scale Modeller's Society has been around since the 1970s. At one time, there were 30-40 members in the club, but now we are down to about 10 or so. Even though most of our members are older, we still build numerous models. Once in a great while--when we can afford to--we hold a model show and contest. We get entries from all over the southwest US when we hold one, but a couple of years ago we lost our show venue (building) and have been searching for a new venue ever since. These two display cases (photos below) are our permanent exhibit at the Grand Junction (CO) VA Medical Center, one of the best VA hospitals in the VA system. The cases are both on the second floor of the hospital, in very prominent spots. The first cabinet has recently been updated with several new models of the Viet Nam and the Middle East eras, due to a request from VA management. The second display case contains car models built specifically for inclusion in the case. Our local veterans seem to really enjoy the displays, and we have received several positive comments on our models and themes from the vets and staff. Our donated M42 Duster (thanks to Mark Aldrich) is now on display in a prominent spot on "The Nam" shelf.

New Review: Ford GT: Then and Now

Sat, 2018-07-14 07:49
Veloce Publishing's mission is to "provide books of the highest quality in terms of content, accuracy, presentation, subject range and reader satisfaction to discerning automotive enthusiasts around the world." Ford GT: Then and Now fulfills this mission with a book full of large, clear, high quality photos printed on nice, semi-gloss paper. Ford GT: Then and Now is a photographic history of the Ford GT, starting with the Lola forerunners to the original Ford GT MK I race car in 1964, and continues with the Ford MK II, through the MK IV and J car. The book was first published in June 2006 and this edition is a reprint from June 2017. Unfortunately, the book does not cover the third generation Ford GT currently raced by the Ford racing team in the IMSA GT Le Mans series. read more View the full article