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1/10th figure start

18 hours 9 min ago
Here is the beginning of a new figure. When completed it will be a 1/10th bust of a US Army soldier from the Vietnam war around 1968/69 time frame. I used the old Monogram 1/10th Vietnam war statue as my base. The different colors are from various types of plastics melted, such as the orange, blue, and pink are from use razors, the green is a plastic spoon, and the rest are from sprue. The helmet is molded from plastic forks. This is intended to be a SBS to show another way to use left over plastic (sprue).

New Review: L-39 Evolution Albatros Limited Edition

Sat, 2018-11-17 23:28
Eduard has released a limited edition version of the L-39 release before. The main kit is the Special Hobby L-39 with the addition of resin, photoetch, masks and limited edition decals for two special version markings. In the box is; 3 x Light grey Sprues (one varies from the illustration in the instructions) 1 x Clear Sprue 1 x Film sheet 1 x Large decal sheet 1 x Mask sheet 1 x Photoetch detail set 22 x Resin parts 1x Instruction booklet The kit consists of 3 main sprues; the sprues are very typical of Special Hobby product and are made from a soft plastic. The decals allow you to finish the aircraft in two different versions, L-39C RA1039K Aero Jet Club (Civilian version from Russia 2005) and L-39ZO Hungarian Air Force 2005. I decided that I would build the Aero Club one due to the nice looking Dragon decals. read more View the full article

Academy 1/48th scale CH-53E Super Stallion

Sat, 2018-11-17 19:56
https://www.flickr.com/gp/159342774@N07/igm586. Helicopters dominate my model collection. I modified the cockpit, .50 cal, and the rotor head. I decided to tone down the black decals that represent the nonslip surface. I misted them with light ghost gray. I bought this at a local model contest for a really good price. I opted to fold the rotors to save space. Overall, the construction went well. No issues. Of the helicopters in my collection, this is, by far, my favorite.

New Review: The Battleship Bismarck (Anatomy of the Ship)

Sat, 2018-11-17 17:00
"Sink the Bismarck" was the very first war movie I ever saw as a young lad, with my Scottish Father telling me it involved "the greatest naval engagement undertaken by the Royal Navy in the Second World War". The Bismarck, one of two Bismarck-class battleships laid down by Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, was fast and extremely powerful, armaments wise. She had a very short career, undertaking only one offensive operation, in May 1941, codenamed Rheinubung. Together with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, Bismarck sailed into the Atlantic on a mission to block shipping carrying supplies to Britain. Obviously, this was something the British were determined to stop, and so the Royal Navy sent forces to try and intercept the German ships, including the battleship HMS Prince of Wales, and the battlecruiser HMS Hood read more View the full article

1:24/1:25 1956 Volkswagen Beetle

Sat, 2018-11-17 11:57
Hi all - Anyone know of a plastic or resin model kit of a '56 Volkswagen Beetle? Retired firefighter finally getting back into the modeling world. Thanks in advance for any & all replies. Happy Modeling!!!

New Review: Eduard 1/48 Bf-109F Overtrees and Overlept details

Sat, 2018-11-17 00:34
Bf 109F-4 PE-set 1/48: https://www.eduard.com/store/eduard/bf-109f-4-pe-set-1-48.html Review Eduard Models has been releasing "Overtrees" and "Overlept" versions of their main boxings "Profipack" and "Weekend". Let me cover the differences among the boxing types: read more View the full article

New Review: Su-35S AL-41F1S Exhaust Nozzles (Hasegawa)

Thu, 2018-11-15 23:36
This is the third set of Amigo exhaust nozzles I've reviewed, and this set exhibits the high quality I saw previously. It is designed for Hasegawa's 1/72 scale Su-35S Flanker and is a "drop-in" for the kit's exhaust pieces. However, Amigo chose to represent only the articulated position of the exhausts while the kit has the option of both articulated and in-line positions. read more View the full article

Military aviation history of Memphis, TN area

Wed, 2018-11-14 11:16
I started an odyssey in 2015 to build a short history of military aircraft that flew in the west Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi area around Memphis, TN. It seems to have birthed around World War II, and it has ebbed and flowed over the last several decades, and it still continues. I have a representation of most all the major places, but the more I do, the more I find! Featured below is the running tally in order of build:

Academy 1/35th scale MH-60L DAP

Wed, 2018-11-14 01:57
https://flic.kr/s/aHskMiaLsj This was a really fun build. Added detail in the cockpit, and crew compartment. Also added detail to the main rotor head, and tail rotor. This model currently resides at the maintenance facility for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Ft. Campbell Kentucky (Thanks to a very good friend and modeler).

Dragon 1/35th scale UH-1N

Wed, 2018-11-14 01:44
https://flic.kr/s/aHskMiakey. This is the project that is currently on my build table. She's a doozy to. I've made quite a few corrections. Corrections made so far: Main rotor head, Tie downs on the tip of each rotor blade, 90 degree gearbox oil filler cap, new drive shaft for tail rotor, corrected tail stinger, corrected anti collision light, corrected FM antenna mount, Added tube framing on 2.75" rocket holder, added detail to cockpit hood, corrected both collectives (added switches), Added attachment points to the landing skids Added drive shaft to main transmission for tail rotor, Added brass screen to the engine cowling, added walls inside engine cowling. I would love for Kitty Hawk to come out with a 1/32nd scale kit of this helicopter.

New Review: Doors Set

Tue, 2018-11-13 23:05
The Matho Models Doors Set includes one photoetch fret about 4 x 6", with seven doors. The fret also includes some miscellaneous hardware including latches, escutcheon plates, door knockers, key holes, and two flower designs for one of the doors. The doors are all different wood door styles and several sizes as follows: Colonial 2-11 x 6-11 Half-glazed panel 2-11 x 6-11 Glazed lite 3-1 x 6-11 Panel door 3-1 x 6-11 Arched top panel door 3-1 x 6-11 Solid door with vision lite 3-6 x 7-0 8 Pane stile & rail 3-4 x 6-11 The door hardware is very small and difficult to work with. I couldn't get the flower designs off the sprue without crumpling them. The door knockers are also very thin, and I mangled one so bad it was unusable. Matho Models provides door hinges as separate sets for mounting the doors. read more View the full article

Harrier Aircraft Base

Tue, 2018-11-13 21:49
https://flic.kr/s/aHskD2BGxc. This is one of the bases that I made a about two years ago. The original base that the model was on, was one of the first that I had built. I was never really happy with it. I’m still working on different techniques to improve the bases. The brass plates came from my local trophy shop. I can take any picture off of the Internet, and they can’t print it,in color , on a plate of my choosing. It’s called the Awards Center here in Louisville Ky. From one 4’ sheet of 3/4” plywood, I can make several bases.

Five More Vehicles From the Duke

Tue, 2018-11-13 19:22
This past week has been a good week for me since I was able to finish a few models at Hobby Day. In addition to one aircraft, I managed to finish these five vehicles. I'll start with the German vehicles I did. First is this Dragon 1/72 scale StuG III Ausf A: The first two pics are terrible, I have no idea why they look so bad. Oh well, I'll just keep trying. I also have no idea why those decals silvered despite y three applications of Solvaset! Man, I just cannot get decals right! Anyway, moving on, these are the three Volkswagen I managed to finish up. These are all 1/72 scale Volkswagens from Military Wheels and they are all less than an inch and a half in length. I only need the ambulance version and I will have the entire set of Volkswagens offered by Military Wheels. Now here are the ones I have finished already: German Volkswagen Type 230/3: German Volkswagen Type 825: And finally the old standard Beetle, the Volkswagen Type 60: And last but not least, I finished up my 1/72 scale Russian ZIS-5 Fire Truck from PST: As you can see (or maybe not) I gave all but the StuG a light coating of road dust to show that they are used, yet well maintained. I hope you enjoy this little lineup. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.

Another Aircraft From the Duke

Tue, 2018-11-13 19:04
This is the Saunders Roe S.R 53 experimental aircraft I started for the four-hour build night at my AMPS club. Any model could be done for this and I though this low-parts-count model would be easy. It wasn't, especially when it came to the decals. Anyway, it is done now; at least done enough for me. Airfix Saunders Roe S.R-53 experimental aircraft in 1/72 scale: Thanks all for looking in. Enjoy.

New Review: Wing flaps for Hasegawa Ki-61-1

Tue, 2018-11-13 16:17
History: The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits. What you get: What you get: 4 crisply molded resin parts along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. These parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them. Construction: The first thing you need to do is remove the flaps from kit part B10 and thin the undersides of the corresponding areas of parts B11 & 12. This 2nd part is where I totally messed this up due to my not paying attention. I removed the areas totally and this made it almost impossible to build. I managed to get these on and make them look halfway decent, but it could have and should have been better. With the exception of my mistake, these went on pretty easy and look very nice. Conclusion: A very nice set but I would recommend only modelers who have experience with resin sets tackle this. read more View the full article

New Review: Tu-22M3 NK-25 exhaust

Tue, 2018-11-13 15:59
IPMS/USA gladly welcomes the return of the Advanced Modeling/Amigo team for sending us this new-technology set; their lineup continues to grow! And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... Advanced Modeling/AMIGO (Hereafter referred to as AM for simplicity) is a Russian company specializing in modern Soviet and Russian aircraft accessories; their first items released a few years ago were weapons, and they have recently branched out into other items, in this case, an upgrade to Trumpeter's 1/72 Tu-26M3 NK-25 Bomber kit exhaust, augmentor tubes, and afterburner nozzles. read more View the full article

Hetzer Late - Academy, 1/35

Tue, 2018-11-13 15:59
Hello friends! Here are some pics of my old works, I hopeyou like them. Hetzer Late - Academy, 1/35 - "Eastern Front, Unit Unknow" Regards! Rodolfo

New Review: M54A2 5-Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck

Tue, 2018-11-13 15:36
Background Excerpted from Wikipedia: The M54 5-ton 6x6 truck (G744) was the basic cargo model of the M39 Series truck. It was designed to transport a 10,000 lb., 14-foot long cargo load off-road in all weather. In on-road service, the load weight was doubled. The M54 was the primary heavy cargo truck of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine forces during the Vietnam War and was also used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and ARVN forces. The M54 truck was used as the base vehicle for Gun Trucks during the Vietnam War. Field-applied armor added protection to the Gun Trucks, and armament consisted of various combinations of weapons including M60s, .50-calibre machine guns, XM 134 miniguns, and anti-aircraft weapons such as the quad mount .50 cal. machine guns. Early 2 1/2 ton trucks proved inadequate leading to their replacement by M54 five-ton cargo trucks. AFV Club's M54A2 Kit read more View the full article

New Review: American Tanks and AFV's of World War II

Tue, 2018-11-13 14:58
I've been waiting for a book like this for a long time - an inexpensive, comprehensive and readable book on US Armor in WWII. Prolific author Michael Green's latest release covers just about everything that rolled on track and sported a big white star. While there are images of war in this volume, this book is more informative than sexy - perfectly suitable as a go-to resource for research, as well as an easy read next to the fireplace. read more View the full article

New Review: RU-8D “Seminole”

Tue, 2018-11-13 14:38
Introduction The U.S. Army RU-8D Seminole (not to be confused with the Piper light twin of the same name) was based on the Beechcraft Model 50 Twin Bonanza, first flown in 1952. The Army version modeled in this kit takes a civilian aircraft, strips the luxury interior out and loads the inside with radio receivers and festoons the exterior with antennas to fulfill the signal intelligence mission. Used extensively over Vietnam, the Seminole crew would home in on enemy radio transmissions with the goal of pinpointing the position of those units. These underappreciated units provided critical intelligence to units on the ground. I was pleased to see a model company honoring this often lonely and forgotten mission with this model. Build read more View the full article