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OTB 67: From the stash

On the Bench Podcast - 2 hours 38 min ago

G'day Benchers!  Unfortunately I've been called away to assist with fires in New South Wales so we are not able to bring you our usual show. But fear not I’ve dug deep into our “stash” to bring you the interview with Richard Alexander from Wingnut Wings.  We will be back with our regular programming in a fortnight so in the meantime enjoy and stay safe.

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COPPA and modelbuilding videos on YouTube

New Forum Posts - 3 hours 23 min ago
If anyone reading this enjoys watching kit buildups or kit reviews on YouTube, you need to watch a video that can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXHYVWyAGcE&t=11s Why? Because the Federal Trade Commission has just announced that starting January 1, 2020 any video that is identified as made for kids but that they believe is not made for kids, the creator of that video will be fined $42,530 PER VIDEO. Incidentally, a kid is defined as anyone under the age of 13. So why should that matter to us? Because two of the categories that they will be especially focusing on will be arts & crafts and toys. Modelbuilding, scale models and model kits are all too often classified by those who do not know what they're talking about as arts & crafts or toys. Rather than spend a lot of time and space recapping information that is already on YouTube, I'd suggest you watch the video...and others...then reply to this post. By the way, if you think this doesn't affect us, it does. We're a family friendly organization, we want to attract kids so they become modelbuilders and kids watch YouTube in droves. If they can't find videos about modelbuilding, we lose a very valuable source that may expose them to scale models for the very first time. Anyway, watch the video and let me know what you think.

A new set of 35th scale US Tankers in summer gear from Alpine Miniatures

The Modelling News - 4 hours 59 min ago
Alpine Miniatures has supplied hungry modellers with two more 35th scale figures this month. A brace of US tankers in summer weight uniforms - one inside and the other outside the tank should enhance most dioramas - we have them both in our new item preview...
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Preview: Alpine Miniatures 1/35th Fallschirmjäger Division Set - Limited Anniversary Edition

The Modelling News - 8 hours 34 min ago
A special set of four figures is due for release about now from Alpine Miniatures. This set is a limited release featuring four Fallschirmjäger figures that have been until now only available in sets of two or individually. Always highly sought after, we know you will be interested in these and we show you them in our preview...
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Scale Military Modeller International, July 2019

IPMS/USA Reviews - 13 hours 40 min ago

One of my favorite start of the new month activities is to head to Barnes and Noble on a Friday afternoon and peruse the new model magazines. I usually only buy one or two each month, but it is part of my routine. Apparently though, my solitary habits aren't enough to sustain the space on the shelves as my local shop isn't stocking much as of late. So I was happy to see this sample of SMMI show up with another review. Here's the breakdown of what's inside:

T-34 Captured -- looks at Robin Gilby's 1/35 ICM Pz.Kpfw T-34-747(r)-- more so an overview of the painting process with no real in-build photos...describes paint and weathering stages.


The Desert General-- Modelers Masterclass article on Robin Gilby's 1/35 Tamiya Leclerc Series II build-- this one describes the actual build, but again- photos only represent the tank during the painting and weathering stages.


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Fieseler Fi 103 / V-1 ‘Hi-Tech’

IPMS/USA Reviews - 13 hours 50 min ago
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Based off of the 2018 tooling of the Fi-103, Special Hobby has recently released another kit with some welcome extras to allow the builder to display the V-1 on its handling dolly. This configuration would make for a really cool little vignette or diorama if the builder so desired. Rest assured, the kit can also be built in the flight configuration as well.   J


Special Hobby has added 12 additional resin parts along with a few photoetch details. The resin parts are used to build the exposed Argus Pulsejet engine as well as one of three options for the nose of the airframe.  The three nose options include a ground cover that was used to protect the nose of the aircraft, the normal nose, or what I believe to be some sort of guidance or detonation control or possibly other instrumentation mounted in the nose.  As I planned to have the Fi-103 on the ground dolly I thought the cover made the most sense.   


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JASDF T-1B Trainer

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 23:28
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The Fuji Heavy Industries T-1 series of aircraft was the first aircraft entirely designed and built in Japan following World War II. The T-1B has a Japanese-designed and built engine, which is the only change from its predecessor, the T-1A. Externally, there is no difference between the two models. The T-1A first flew on January 19th, 1958. A total of 66 aircraft (of both types) were produced, and the type was retired in March of 2006.


Platz's T-1B kit faithfully reproduces Fuji's T-1B and is molded in light grey plastic. There was no flash on my sample, and the panel lines are crisp and recessed into the plastic. One downfall of the kit is the instructions, which are in Japanese save for the aircraft information and step titles. However, you can easily follow them with the clear assembly drawings.


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OKB Chelomey 16KhA Priboy

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 23:20
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Brengun has released a few different kits of the OKB Chelomey 16KhA Priboy in several scales. This is the latest version which is in 1/72 scale. This was a Winged missile based on the V-1 German flying bomb. Russia build various designs based on the V-1 from 1945. In 1947 the Russian government ordered this version to be used as air launched missiles and as target drones.

In the box is;

  • 1 x light grey Sprues
  • 1 x Decal sheet
  • 1x Instruction booklet

The sprue is well molded with very little flash and great detail.


First is the construction of the pulse engines, these did not align very well.

The next stage is the fuselage joins need a little filing and you need to be careful lining it up correctly as there are no alignment pins.

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American Horror Story: Pepper

New Forum Posts - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 22:15
With the table cleared it was time to dive into the pile again for some new kits to work on. This time I pulled out two, both from Gillman Productions. The first is Pepper from the series American Horror Story, and the Freakshow story. We find the kit is similar to Twisty from the same show with a sort of carnival base. The kit comes in only 3 parts - the head, bust, and base. Every so often you'll get a cool illustration from Mark Van Tine, the sculptor! Base colors added. except for the ice cream (at the time I was still researching that). ;) (EDIT: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla) ;) First highlight added, and epoxied the bust to the base. Starting with the face this session, I gave the usual black eyes to start and also some Beige Red for a base to the skin. Some Reikland Fleshshade was added as the shadows and then some more speckled around the face. Then some Beige Red was speckled on top. A mix of that paint with some of Vs Basic Skin tone followed, and then a final of just the Basic Skin tone. Having a look the actress' blue eyes were left and I used Azure for the base color of the irises. With that I was done. Thanks for looking.

Shafrir 2

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 20:47
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Eduard continues to expand its Brassin line, this time with the release of the Shafrir 2 missile in 1/48 scale. These Israeli-built missiles have seen widespread service with the IDF, plus it has been exported to many countries in Latin America (I know of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and perhaps other countries as well).

I have to say that I like the new packaging of the Brassin detail sets. Now they are released in a clear plastic hard blister instead of a thin cardboard box. This new packaging protects delicate resin parts from being bent in transport.

This set provides you with two missile bodies, 8 fins, 2 pylon racks, clear resin for the IR sensor plus resin and photoetch parts for the sensor cover. Also a small decal sheet is provided.

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F-5 E/N Tiger II

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 20:39
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The Northrop F-5 was designed by Edgar Schmued, who had previously been at North American, and was responsible for the P-51 and F-86.  The idea for the F-5 was to produce a lighter, less expensive and more maneuverable fighter, going against the 1960s trend of bigger, heavier fighters.  The F-5 has been successful, used by more than 20 foreign operators, as well as the US Navy, as an F-5N aggressor aircraft.


Platz produces model kits, but they also sell a large number of "foreign" kits, ie not from Japan in their store.  The web site says this kit is produced by Platz.  The box says F Toys/Platz. 

You get two aircraft in the box, and decals for 3 planes. 


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I'm excited that I just received my IPMS number today, #51818. Now, just have to find

New Forum Posts - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:11
I'm excited that I just received my IPMS number today, #51818. Now, just have to find an active club in my area of south-central Kansas.

North American B-25B, C, and D Mitchell Decals

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 09:21
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Iliad Designs is a company based in Ottawa Canada. They offer decals, aircraft color charts, and publications. This time around we'll take a look at their decal sheet for the B-25B, C, and D models. There are five different aircraft represented on this sheet. My modification comments are based on using the Airfix B-25 (kit # A06015). See my separate review of that kit on this site.

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North American B-25C/D Mitchell

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 09:11
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So often we see warbird models built to represent the battle-tested mounts of our aviation heroes. The subject of this review, the B-25 is certainly no stranger to famous pilots and war theaters. Underrepresented are the aircraft chosen for less glamorous tasks like domestic patrol, supply runs and training. With the help of Airfix and Iliad Designs, I have attempted to address that.

Airfix's rendition of the Mitchell has been around for a bit so I won't give you a parts tour. Suffice to say, it lives up to the standard of the new generation Airfix kits. Recessed panel lines, detailed interiors, poseable control surfaces and hatches are features of this release. Fit and finish is almost too good in that a coat of paint seems to interfere with it. The bottom line, with proper care you can build a great model out of the box.

Airfix provides two marking options, both shown in full color, four-view drawings with color references. One is a war veteran on a war bond tour in a desert scheme and the other is an antisubmarine patrol aircraft operating out of Tampa Florida. The decals include stencils that I did use along with the aftermarket sheet.

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Standard Nose F-5 Pitot

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 08:29
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The Master products are very fine and well done brass parts to update or repair your kit. In this case, it was an F-5A which I built several years ago, and the pitot tube was badly bent. Also, the guns were barely visible.

This set consists of a brass pitot, two 20mm guns, and a fairing which can replace the left gun.

The upgrade is pretty simple. You get a .3mm drill. Remove the kit pitot and drill a hole there. The guns require a little more work, as there isn't a good place to start drilling. I began by using a #1 blade to dig the guns out, then drilled the .3 mm holes. Then I installed the pitot and the guns. I had to use a little filler under the guns to get them looking good.

I painted the area with the same gray I used to paint the model, then highlighted the guns. I used Testors "Burnt Metal" for these, as I find gun metal to be too dark.

And the project was done. Looks good.

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Dry Fit Review: 48th scale Douglas B-26B-50 Invader (Korean War) from ICM

The Modelling News - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 07:24
He has waited a long time for this, and now Gary has his hands on the new B-26B-50 Invader (Korean War version) in 48th scale from ICM. He has fitted a lot of the kit together and compared and contrasted it with the real thing, now see what he thought and how it goes together in his dry-fit review...Read on... »

First Aid Basic Washes

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 06:45
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For a good long while, Mig Jimenez has been designing and producing products that make modelers lives so very much easier. In the case of this set of washes, AMMO has packaged up a "basic" set that includes an assortment of colors that would fit the bill for anyone trying to create a foundation for weathering their model of any sort. This set provides the easiest solution to the novice modeler who is just starting in the hobby and does not really know what is needed, and adds another tool to the toolbox for the intermediate or advanced modeler.

The set includes the following five washes:

  • A.MIG-1008 DARK WASH

This universal assortment of shades allows for the weathering of practically any genre of model- from dark and streaking washes to rust shades. The package is a convenient solution that provides the user with everything they need to weather any part of the model- from tracks to exhausts to engine to the weathering of the vehicle as a whole.

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USS Tennessee (BB-43) From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa in World War II

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 06:25
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Launched on the last day in April, 1919, and commissioned just over three years later, on June 3, 1920, this sixth vessel to carry the name Tennessee was the name ship of her class (which included her sister, USS California) and the last US battleship to carry 14" guns. In this Naval edition of his extensive "Legends of Warfare" series, author David Doyle provides another extensively illustrated history of this famous warship. While each chapter - covering Construction; Launching, Fitting Out and Commissioning; To War (with subsequent descriptions of her collision with USS California and participation in the action in Surigao Straight); and The End of the Line - includes a brief introductory written description, the bulk of the written information comes as captions to the hundreds of photos (the vast majority in sharp black & white, with four color photos of her following decommissioning).

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RQ-7B Shadow UAV

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 00:15
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The RQ-7B Shadow is a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is currently in service with the US Army and a few other countries. The primary role is reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition. The Shadow may be small in size but its capability rivals the larger platforms. Being small, it can be launched from a trailer mounted catapult and recovered using an arresting gear similar to Navy carrier aircraft. The wingspan is only 14 feet (3.87 m), 11 feet (3.4 M) long and empty weight under 200 Lbs. (77 Kg) and gross weight 375 Lbs. (170 Kg). It is powered by a 38 hp (28.5 Kw) rotary engine (gasoline).

First impression and kit contents

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British Escort Carriers 1941-45

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/17/2019 - 23:15
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Osprey Publishing just released a new book devoted to the Escort Carriers under British Flag during World War 2. Still this book has a few paragraphs devoted to the first two Escort Carriers under Dutch Flag. They had (Dutch) Fleet Air Arm Flights detached to them, under operational control of the British, so I think they count as 'British'.

This book is relatively short at 48 pages but don't let the relatively small thickness of the book fool you. The book is packed with information. It clearly describes the need for air cover for convoys and how out of necessity many merchant ships were converted to operate as a 'proof of concept'. Once the value of the Escort Carrier was proven, the larger US industrial capacity provided the vast majority of the Escort Carriers under British Flag.

The book is broken down in the following sections.

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