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Wanted: Military Modelling/History Related Books

8 hours 56 min ago
Hi all, As both a modeller and a bookseller, I have a special interest in acquiring (for resale) military modelling/history related books. Typically, I am looking for buys of a hundred plus books or more (for some higher end titles I can be flexible on that). I am in the greater Chicagoland area so typically would be looking for books within, say 50 miles of Chicago; however, for the right collection I would be willing to travel further. Reply to this thread if interested in discussing further. Thanks much! Best, Thom

Hello from the Chicago NW Suburbs

9 hours 4 min ago
Hi all, Just joined IPMS. I do not belong to a local group yet, but should be making that happen soon. I build 1/72 scale armor, typically trying to add at least a bit of scratch built detail into each kit. It's been awhile since my last build. One of the reasons I joined was to try to get myself back to it. Best, Thom

The Duke's Latest April Model

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:16
Here she is, my latest model finished this month. This is the Monogram 1/72 scale Space Shuttle with Boosters finally completed. I did her up as the Columbia: This model is over two feet tall. I placed a 12" ruler next to this model to show how big this is: This thing had been a problem sitting on my workbench for the longest time. I'm so thrilled to have finished it! Now I have a different problem: Where am I gonna put this?

Stubo II

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:47
This was a model I've wanted to get out of my stack for a while. The Stubo II is a Fantastic Plastic offering, that comes back in stock every once in a while. It's another one of the German WW2 planes that never made it off the drawing board. I *really* like this genre!

What's up with Hyperscale?

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:18
As of this morning the Hyperscale forum does not recognize my ID or password. Anybody know what's going on over there?


Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:44
This is a what-if build but based on actual documents and plans. The idea comes from a drawing I found in the WOT book on the development of the SU-152. Apparently 152mm wasn't enough and they wanted to jam a 203mm howitzer into the fighting compartment. Crew comfort and ammo stowage with the 152 was bad enough so yeah, cram something bigger in there. This is all well and good but I don't have a Su-152 in the stash but I do have a Tamiya JSU-152. It's partially started kit I received as a gift. I used the drawings found in the WOT book and created the 203mm barrel in SolidWorks. The part is designed to fit the Tamiya JSU-152 kit. This is the layout I sent to Shapeways.

New Review: Kagero Top Drawing 57 Messerschmitt Bf 110 Vol 1

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:58
The book provides great detail drawings of the Messerschmitt Bf 110 which was a work horse for the German Luftwaffe. I found the drawings in this book to be fascinating and show many of the variants of this very versatile aircraft. Along with the many outline drawings (both 1/48 & 1/72 scale) there are 10 very nice profile drawings. Also include in the book is a mask for the Eduard 1/72 BF 110 C/D/E kit. There is also a pull out 1/48 scale plan drawing. I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the BF 110 and a must for modellers. Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them View the full article

AF museum video of FW 190 D cockpit

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:27
Ok, they must have some time on their hands at the museum today. This is the second video release in the last hour.

AF museum video of Messerschmitt 262 cockpit

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:15
I follow the Air Force museum Face book page and they just posted this video of the cockpit of their 262. I was somewhat taken back by the simplicity of it. I suppose that is because I am more use to cockpits that have more Nav/aids. At any rate, enjoy.

Latest Incarnation of Future. Is Pledge "Revive It" the same stuff?

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:22
It appears that Pledge is continuing to change the name of what we have known as Future, with the latest being Pledge Revive It Floor Gloss Original. Anyone know if this stuff is the same as our old, reliable Future or Pledge Multisurface?

Wanted: Modeler to assemble 1/48 kits

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 16:38
I do hope this is allowed in this section, apologies if not. I am looking for someone to assemble on 1/48 military kits on a commission basis. I would do them myself but due to work, family, etc I just do not have the time for the assembly stage. These kits would be used for wargaming purposes so would not need interiors modeled nor would I need them painted as I can do that. The majority of these kids are high quality and probably not to difficult. Some examples of kits I am needing assembled: Tankmania PT-76 Gaso.line kits (T-62, some french ones) Tamiya Mi-24 I have no idea what a rate would but am happy to well compensate someone for their time. Thanks, Casey


Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:25
From the author's website: Although only 100 examples were produced, the 155mm Gun Motor Carriage M12 served with distinction as an infantry-support weapon and in particular as a bunker-buster during the U.S. assault on the Siegfried Line in the winter of 1944-45. Spread through 144 pages, almost 200 photos, nearly evenly divided between photos of the sole surviving example and vintage development and combat photos, including numerous previously unpublished images, chronicle the history of this pioneering self- propelled gun and its companion M30 ammunition carrier. What's Inside... read more View the full article

New Review: Real Colors of WWII Aircraft, Limited Edition

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 01:15
This massive tome landed in my mailbox courtesy of the fine folks at AK Interactive who have also provided us with multiple samples of paint, brushes, weathering media and the like. This is the icing on the cake for any modeler of American, Russian, Luftwaffe, or British aircraft of the WWII period. The book is divided into 4 sections accordingly, with sub-sections for the various branches (e.g. USN, USAAF and/or time periods such as pre-war, early and late war and again, where appropriate, operational theatres such as Tropical and Mediterranean areas). read more View the full article

New Review: Airfix Hawker Sea Fury FB.II

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 00:48
I've had a couple of Trumpeter and the Hobbycraft versions of the Hawker Sea Fury in my growing stash waiting for a rainy-day project to come around. I really like the brutish appearance of this big five-bladed prop driven monster. I purchased several Barracuda Studios aftermarket goodies for the Trumpy kit to do a colorful Canadian Navy Artic Research version. So, when Airfix announced their version of this aircraft, and it came up for grabs from the kit review stash, I jumped at the chance to do a review build as a warm-up for and comparison to the others. John Noack had been given the Fundekal's Sea Fury Pt. 2 decal sheet at last year's Phoenix Nationals for review. He emailed an offer to use them as I was in the middle of the build. You can find my concurrent review of that sheet elsewhere on the IPMS Reviews website. The Sea Fury's colorful history is well known and extensively documented, so let's get on with my build and impressions of this 1/48 scale plastic version. read more View the full article

New Review: Tempest Mk. V TFace Canopy Masks

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 14:56
One of the greatest things to ever hit the modeling community was the invention of the canopy mask! These unassuming sets have to be the Holy Grail of saving untold hours masking simple and complex canopies! Eduard has supplied canopy masks for many years, and recently they introduced a new line of TFace masks. These include the standard masks for the outside of the canopy and also a set for the inside. The beauty of these is that the canopy frames can be painted their respective color on the inside. This results in a more realistic look and no tedious masking to remove glossy frames. I used the TFace masks on Eduard's new Tempest Mk V. The inside of the canopy was masked off and painted black, while the outside received the camouflage colors. My canopy is quite small, but the inside painted areas can still be seen. The masks for the sliding canopy fit perfectly, but I thought the inside masks for the windscreen side glass were a little large. read more View the full article

New Review: Tempest Mk. V LööK 1/48 – Instrument Panel and Harness

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 14:50
The "LooK" instrument panels sets are a welcome addition to the ever expanding offerings from Eduard. They provide the modeler with a ready to use panel. To compliment these, they are accompanied by a set of steel pre-painted seat belts. These two items will really set a cockpit apart and take it to the next level from the standard kit parts. When the IPMS offered Eduard's latest releases for review, I requested the Tempest Mk V along with this set. My intention was to use the LooK instrument panel and seat belts. The Tempest kit was the ProfiPACK that included a color photo etch (PE) instrument panel. Eduard's new PE instrument panels come complete with clear gloss over the instruments. No more having to carefully add tiny clear gloss drops to simulate glass instrument lenses. The LooK instrument panel likewise includes clear "glass" over the instruments. read more View the full article

New Review: Hawker Tempest Mk. V Gun Bays

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 14:37
The recently released Eduard Hawker Tempest Mk V really sets a high standard for all other 1/48 scale Tempest's. While building this kit, I included the Eduard gun bay which took it to an even higher standard! Gun bays are provided for both wings, but I decided to only use the right wing parts. Now I have a spare set for another build. The set includes resin and photo etch (PE) parts. They are very nicely packaged in zip-lock bags, within a cardboard box and protected by soft foam. All resin parts are attached to pour stubs or resin supportive framework. They were easily removed with careful use of a razor saw and gentle sanding. I managed to break a delicate cross member part beyond repair and replaced it with sheet plastic. read more View the full article

New Review: Tempest Mk. V wheels late

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 11:48
These Hawker Tempest resin wheels replace the already nice kit plastic wheels. The stand out features are the extra detail on the rims and tire side walls, flat spots and they are single pieces. The kit wheels are supplied in two halves to be glued together and the seam dealt with. The resin wheels just have to be removed from the resin pour block with a razor saw. This is located under the flat spot. If you are careful cutting it off, you only need a few swipes with a sanding stick to smooth out the cut, and the wheel is ready for paint. Paint masks are supplied and fit nicely, resulting in great looking wheels that really compliment Eduard's superb Tempest Mk V model. These are a direct fit replacement, although I found the axel holes needed to be opened a little for a good fit. My thanks to Eduard and the IPMS for the opportunity to review this fantastic product. View the full article

New Review: HMS Illustrious

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 11:37
History: The Illustrious class was a class of aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy that included some of the most important British warships in World War II. The 1st ship in this class was HM Illustrious. She was laid down on 27th April 1937, launched on 5th April 1939 and commissioned on 25th May 1940. The Illustrious class relied on their anti-aircraft armament and the passive defense provided by an armored flight deck for survival. In the Illustrious class, armor was carried at the flight deck level and formed an armored box-like hangar that was an integral part of the ship's structure. This armor scheme was designed to withstand 1,000-pound bombs. The flight deck had an armored thickness of 3 inches. read more View the full article

New Review: Abandoned Little Treasures

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 11:19
Courtesy of the AK Interactive website: As the title suggests, Abandoned Little Treasures is a book that offers you detailed descriptions of how to create models of various abandoned objects. Following the concept of the best sellers Extreme Reality, we release this new super-book. The best modelers from around the world share their scratch-building, painting, and extreme weathering techniques in richly illustrated step-by-step articles. Amongst the subjects covered, you will find a tank, an aircraft carrier, a WWI airplane, a sci-fi vehicle, a tractor, a building, and a few others. This book shows us how realism can be achieved in scale modeling and will be a good experience for our next projects, 136 pages of quality modeling! Included in this publication are detailed articles for modeling abandoned versions of the following: Tiran 4 Tank Broken Ambitions. IJN Carrier Amagi, Kure Harbour, 1946 AEG G.IV Game Over (Pacman) Paper Compressor Star Wars AT-AT Stalinets S-65 Tractor Rail Station read more View the full article