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Video Tutorials for Armor Modelling by Martin Kovac

New Forum Posts - 4 hours 23 min ago
In case you haven't heard about it yet, Martin Kovac has been putting out some very informative videos on all aspects of armor model building. Great stuff and worth a watch. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNM5EknY1XBA9buLmJqYLdw/videos

Read n' Reviewed: Model Aircraft Extra No. 1: Building the Focke Wulf Fw190 from MA Publications

The Modelling News - 4 hours 39 min ago
The team from Model Air Publications, lead by Andy Evans has collected the works of thirteen (I know a lucky number) model builds of the famous Focke Wulf Fw 190 into one publication in the first of a new series of special editions. The aim of this new series is to compile some of the best model builds of the same type into the one volume, and what better place to start than the popular "Wurger" huh? We have the new publication and have read it, so why not let us tell you what is inside in our review? Go on - let's do it...
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Werewolf

New Forum Posts - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 22:08
I don't even remember who the manufacture was. She is just something I have been keeping busy with before the National. The shirt say I love BBQ.

New Kits from Clear Prop

Model Builder International - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:47
New Kits from Clear Prop

Clear Prop is a new company from the Ukraine that has released its first 3 kits and has another kit in 2 scales coming soon.

Their products can be seen and purchased on their website: https://clearpropmodels.com and they have a Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Clearpropmodels/

They have an interesting idea about 3 different levels of complexity in their kits, a little like Eduard with their Weekend, Profipack etc boxings.
They came to the conclusion that for experienced modelers it is necessary to create kits which include all additional parts in order to create a model that will replicate the original as much as possible. Such kits have been called “EXPERT” and include plastic, resin, and PE parts. The other types of kits will be “ADVANCED” and “STARTER” options, which will remove the resin and PE which will allow for a lower cost of the kit for the consumer.

The first three models available are:

Gloster E28/39 Pioneer Expert kit in 1/72:

This kit is designed for experienced modelers. It is fully equipped with various accessories that will help you to improve the final result – to create a copy of this aircraft that will repeat the original as much as possible.

There are 2 versions of model assembling:
1) with the opened cowling and engine inside or
2) without the engine, which can be displayed on the special service stand.

Markings are provided for all possible schemes.

Colored and detailed assembly manual will make the assembly process easy and enjoyable. And the box will serve as an excellent organizer which will be handy during the assembly process.

plastic parts – 91
resin parts – 18
photoetched parts – 39
brass parts – 1

Tu-143 Reys Advanced kit in 1/72:

This kit is designed for advanced modelers. It is fully equipped with various accessories that will help you to improve the final result – to create a copy of this unmanned reconnaissance aircraft that will repeat the original as much as possible.

There are 3 versions of model assembling:
1) in flight with a JATO booster on display stand;
2) on the chassis;
3) on the transporting cart
In any of these three options, you can use either the nose equipped with the film cameras or TV
cameras payload of your choice.

Markings are provided for four different schemes.

Colored and detailed assembly guide will allow you to build this elegant model in one breath and decorate your exposition.

plastic parts – 55
photoetched parts – 5
brass parts – 1

A5M2b Claude early version Expert kit in 1/72:

This kit is designed for experienced modelers. It is fully equipped with various accessories (resin, PE and brass parts) that will help you to improve the final result – to create a copy of this aircraft that will repeat the original as much as possible.

There are 2 versions of model assembling:
1) with the opened cooling gills using resin parts or
2) with the closed cooling gills using plastic parts.

Markings are provided for four different schemes.
A colored and detailed assembly manual will make the assembly process easy and enjoyable. And the box will serve as an excellent organizer which will be handy during the assembly process.

plastic parts – 92
resin parts – 33
photoetched parts – 60
brass parts – 2

I’ve added extensive images of the 3 kits to the gallery at the bottom of the article.

Next month, two more kits will be released – Ki-51 Sonia in 1/72 and 1/144.

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Construction Review: German Luftwaffe Cadets (1939-1945) in 32nd scale from ICM

The Modelling News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 05:03
Today Gary reviews ICM's German Luftwaffe Cadets in 1/32nd scale from ICM Models. He has just the right aircraft to put these next to - so see if he thinks these are winners or not or whether they just won't get off the ground in his construction review...
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Kagero TopDrawings #68 Curtiss P-40

Model Builder International - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 20:30
Kagero TopDrawings #68 Curtiss P-40

The TopDrawings series of books are smaller books that supply line drawings in 1/72 and 1/48 along with some colour profiles and other drawings.

This book is about the Curtiss P-40 B, C, D, E, and variants. There are many 1/48 and 1/72 line drawings of the various models inside. There are also 6 colour profiles in the centre of the book and the rear cover and an A4 colour poster.

The book info…

  • Author: Mariusz Łukasik
  • ISBN 978-83-66148-18-5
  • 28 pages
  • drawings sheets A4
  • poster A4
  • 6 color profiles
  • Matte coated paper
  • Format (sizes): A4 (210×297 mm)
  • Booklet binding

There is no masking foil in this book

The book starts off with a short overview of the development of the aircraft and the different versions. Then it gets straight into the 1/48 drawings with the original design of the prototype. It goes through the different variants and outlines the changes to each version. It also covers the Tomahawk and Kittyhawk. Most of the views are port side views, but there are also starboard views and views from above and below along with partial views of interesting parts. Wing and fuselage profiles are also shown. Towards the back of the view, we move to the 1/72 views and each view has grey shaded areas that show the changes from the previous version. These changes are also described in the text.

The colour profiles are nice and large and the descriptions are informative. They are of interesting aircraft too. The colour poster is of a P-40B in combat over Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941.

If you want to do something a bit different with your P-40 then this is a perfect book for you to get your external details just right.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$21.30.

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Updated the hangar bay decals

New Forum Posts - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:21
I have updated my Aircraft Carrier Hangar Bay decal sets and added a couple of Wasp class LHD Hangar sets. See my posts in the For Sale Section Aircraft Carriers: https://forum.ipmsusa3.org/topic/20918-for-sale-1350-us-navy-modern-carrier-hangar-bay-decal-sets/ Wasp Class LHD's: https://forum.ipmsusa3.org/topic/21138-1350-wasp-class-lhd-hangar-decal-sets/

Updated the hanagar bay decals

New Forum Posts - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:21
I have updated my Aircraft Carrier Hangar Bay decal sets and added a couple of Wasp class LHD Hangar sets. See my posts in the For Sale Section Aircraft Carriers: https://forum.ipmsusa3.org/topic/20918-for-sale-1350-us-navy-modern-carrier-hangar-bay-decal-sets/ Wasp Class LHD's: https://forum.ipmsusa3.org/topic/21138-1350-wasp-class-lhd-hangar-decal-sets/

1/350 Wasp Class (LHD) Hangar Decal sets

New Forum Posts - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:08
I have made a decal sets for 1/350 Wasp class amphibious assault ships (LHD’s) These sets include the signs, logo’s and safety stripes needed to detail the hangar bays. These are printed on clear film decal paper. Each decal must be trimmed before dipping in water. The stripes are cut to width due to the various stripes used throughout the hangar bays. The price is $25.00 per sheet. Free first class shipping worldwide. https://davidsscalemodels.com/decals/1-350-wasp-class-lhd-hangar-bay-decal-sets/

Trumpeter Aug 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 18:10
Trumpeter Aug 2019 Releases

MAZ-537G Late Production type with ChMZAP-9990 semi-trailer
Item No.: 01065 Scale: 1:35

PHL-03 Multiple Launch Rocket System
Item No.: 01069 Scale: 1:35

Russian 5V28 of 5P72 Launcher SAM-5 “Gammon”
Item No.: 09550 Scale: 1:35

Russian BREM-1 Armoured Recovery Vehicle
Item No.: 09553 Scale: 1:35

HMS Kent
Item No.: 05352 Scale: 1:350

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OCONUS Members - Europe

New Forum Posts - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 16:19
Wondering if there are any members located in Europe that would like to try to get together. I am in Stuttgart, and would love to meet up with other IPMS/USA members that want to have a "quasi-meeting" to attend. Anyone interested can feel free to e-mail me (e-mail in my profile). Thanks! Paul

Dual construction Review: 72nd scale Russian Army Tractors Set: KZKT 537L & MAZ 537 from Takom

The Modelling News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 08:59
Takom has taken to releasing some kits alternate to 35th scale if recent - starting with 72nd scale in some well-known and much-loved machines that are already done to death in 35th scale and good on them for trying it. Today Paul Lee takes on a twin tractor tussle with the new set of two kits in a box "Russian Army Tractors Set: KZKT 537L & MAZ 537"...Read on... »

1 new photo (July 13)

New Gallery Images - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 05:39

1 new photo (July 13)

New Gallery Images - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 05:38

2020 Vendor Table Sales at Chattanooga

New Forum Posts - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 17:47
With less than a month remaining until the kick-off of the 2019 convention in Chattanooga, the 2020 convention team is on-deck, warming up, and getting the initial planning underway for the 2020 convention in Texas. The IPMS/USA National Convention 2020 team (aka, Team Texas) will be on hand in Chattanooga staffing an information desk set up with details regarding the 2020 Convention and the surrounding area of central and south Texas. As is standard practice at IPMS/USA conventions we will be selling vendor tables for next year’s show at Chattanooga. We will begin to take reservations with associated table purchases at 10:00AM on Thursday, August 8th at our 2020 Convention table, which will be located in the Prefunction Area immediately outside the Exhibit Halls. The table will be clearly marked with all things Texas. During the late afternoon of Wednesday, August 7th (while the Vendor Hall is still open), several members of Team Texas will be going around to the vendors, introducing ourselves, and making sure all who are in attendance know about our plan to sell tables (given that they plan on coming to San Marcos in 2020). For those vendors that will not be at Chattanooga our website - www.nats2020.com - will also go live with the vendor table sales details above to include a contact e-mail to make such reservations. This e-mail is vendor.nats2020@gmail.com. While work on the website is ongoing, I hope to have it up, with what information we have as of August 2019, before we leave for Chattanooga early next month. For any questions regarding vendor table sales you may use the vendor e-mail above or contact me, the convention director, at director.nats2020@gmail.com. Warmest Regards, Len Pilhofer

A boat & several aircraft are amongst our cherry-picked "Limited releases" from Hasegawa in Sept/ August

The Modelling News - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 12:31
We have ignored the many "re-sale" items of Hasegawa's September items and thought we might show you what they are selling as a "Limited Edition" in their releases of August/ September. See what is coming in our preview...
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Iliad Design 1/48 Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog Decal Sheet

Model Builder International - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 21:05
Iliad Design 1/48 Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog Decal Sheet

This decal sheet is numbered 48035 and arrived from Iliad decals in a stout cardboard envelope. The subjects of this sheet are:

  • O-1A Kansas Army National Guard, 1968
  • L-19 11th Army Aviation Sqn, Pakistani Army
  • L-19 South Korean Navy, early 1960s
  • O-1A US Army Reserve
  • L-19 203rd Recon Airplane Company, An Khe, South Vietnam, 1968
  • L-19 Hoantai, Japan, 1652-54

The set contains just the aircraft specific decals and you would use any stencils from the kit you’re using. You will be able to make all 6 aircraft though – if you have 6 kits available!

The contents of this set are:

  • 1 double-sided colour sheet of instructions
  • 1 21 cm x 14 cm decal sheet

The instructions are clear and simple and give all the extra details you’re going to need to get your build right. The port side views of each aircraft have details against each of them letting you know details about the camouflage scheme used and any idiosyncrasies of the individual aircraft. All the colours used on the aircraft are named. On the reverse side of the sheet are top views of the 6 aircraft showing decal placement on the top and bottom of the aircraft.

The decal sheet, as you can see in the photographs and the video, are perfectly in register, well detailed and the colours look good too. The backing film is minimal to non-existent except in places where it is needed to line text up. Iliad has chosen a diverse range of aircraft to build with a couple of colourful non-green options.

This set is available for $12.00 from Iliad Design’s site.

Conclusion:
This is a very nice decal set with some attractive options for any 1/48 Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog.

Many thanks to Iliad Design for the review sample.

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