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MK44 Saturn Knight

8 hours 36 min ago
This is what I have been working on for the last few weeks. Love these kits. This makes #6. The base kit builds like this: MK44 AmmoKnight. But I glued on a few greeblies and used lots of putty. To get to this point. I'm still tinkering with tiny details but the majority is finished.

New Review: F-4J Phantom II "VF-102 Diamondbacks"

10 hours 44 min ago
This subject needs no introduction or prolonged history so I'll skip it. The kit has been around for a few years in various versions, this time as the short nosed F-4J of the U.S. Navy's VF 102 aka the "Diamondbacks". Having read a lot of great things about this kit I had high expectations and they were all realized when I opened the box. There's a whole lot of plastic in there and it's done to the highest standards. Most important is the one piece upper fuselage that eliminates the tricky gap you'd have otherwise. In fact a closer examination shows that most of the major joint lines fall in places that exist on the real thing making the builders job one of aligning the parts and gluing them. You get a full complement of missiles, iron bombs and drop tanks. The only negative out of the box are some faint mold seams on the canopy parts. Add to that a massive decal sheet with every (and I mean every!) stencil carried on this Navy bird, and you have a complete package. read more View the full article

New Review: Scale Plans Ju-88A

10 hours 53 min ago
This publication, with illustrations by Maciej Noszczak, is an MMPBooks publication and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP books are characterized as being of very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the Ju-88A. There is no text other than captions for the drawings. read more View the full article

JAXCON 2019 model pics!

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 21:02
Jaxcon 2019 was another record setter for us, with 135 people putting 652 entries on the tables! Below is a link to pics of ALL of the models at the show last weekend. Hope you enjoy! https://gallery.ipmsusa3.org/index.php?/category/11518 GIL

New Review: Images of War - M2/M3 Bradley

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 19:34
Here is another great addition to Pen & Sword's Images of War series. In the past, the series had focused on specific battles and campaigns. The shift to specific vehicles is a welcome shift and this book does not let down one's expectations. The book starts out by pointing out the evolution from the M113, the original evolution from the M113, the original armored personnel carrier to the Bradley, named after the famous and well-loved general from WWII, Omar Bradley. The manufacturer of the M113, FMC, developed two vehicles- the XM765 and the XM763 which would eventually morph into the M2/M3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle. The new vehicle began its service in 1981 and variants continue to serve to this day. A total of 2,300 M2s and M3s were eventually produced. Text is in English and there are over 300 color photos in the book, many of which are previously unpublished, as well as tables with, as well as tables with general data and engine data. read more View the full article

New Review: Scale Plans He-111H

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 22:59
This publication is an MMP Books publication distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP Books are characterized as being of very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the He-111H. There is no text other than captions for the drawings. Drawings: read more View the full article

New Review: Scale Plans de Havilland Mosquito Mk VI

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 22:35
This publication is an MMP Books publication distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP Books are characterized as being very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the Mosquito Mk. VI. There is no text other than captions for the drawings. Drawings: read more View the full article

New Review: Tank Craft – Cromwell and Centaur Tanks

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 22:56
This is the 5thbook in the Tank Craft series which details tanks and also covers model kits and accessories to build the tanks covered in the book. This book covers the British tanks - Cromwell and Centaur which were Cruiser type tanks. The Cromwell being one of the most successful Cruiser tanks used by the Allies during World War II. I found this book to be a fountain of information and rare pictures of both tanks. The profile pictures are a particular favorite and awesome source for modelling. The chapters on the different model builds and kits are of great interest and will provide a good resource when modelling these two tanks. I was impressed at the amount of information and history found in the pages of this extremely enjoyable book. The pictures alone are worth the cost of the book. I will find this book indispensible in my library of armor books. read more View the full article


Sun, 02/10/2019 - 22:41
Jaxcon 2109 was another hit, with a record 135 entrants putting just over 650 entries on the tables. Here's a 13+ minute video on U-Tube posted by Tom Jackson showing highlights of the show. We'll have pics of ALL the models here within a week or so, so stay tuned for more! GIL

New Review: Republic F-105 Thunderchief

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 16:10
While the F-4 Phantom is the plane many people think of when they think of the Vietnam War, the F-105 Thunderchief is the one that has always interested me more. Designed to deliver a nuclear weapon in a bomb with a low-level toss bombing attack it instead found itself conducting the majority of the strike bombing missions over Vietnam. Known as the Thud, a description of it's gliding capability or lack thereof, the 105 would not only drop iron bombs on target but also shoot down its share of Migs and knock out SAM sites in the Wild Weasel mission. This 160-page softback book covers the F-105 in full detail from history of the design, it's different versions, a short time as a Thunderbird and its missions in Vietnam. It also provides all the technical information anyone who wants to know more about the plane would need. This is helped by 260 photos in black and white and color. read more View the full article

Shapeways 3D Products Now Easier to Find

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 12:10
It appears that Shapeways has reorganized its website to make items easier to find. Here is a link to the "Aircraft" index page, where you can filter by scale, type, era, and country. Accessories such as engines are also included. There's even a Norden bombsight! https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace/miniatures/aircraft/ There are also index pages for sci-fi, ships, vehicles, trains, and other items. Note: I have no connection to Shapeways or any of the designers whose work is sold there.

Correcting Hasegawa's 1/72 Finnish Buffalo 239

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 00:34
I was just recently told that Hasegawa got the front end of their 1/72 scale Finnish Buffalo 239 wrong in that it slopes down too much effecting both the fuselage and cowling. I'm told that it matches the F2-2 rather than the F2-1. I'm also told that the 239 had a different engine than the F2-1. I have tried to find a solution online, but no luck. Can anyone confirm that the front end is indeed incorrect in the kit, and if so, is there an article somewhere showing how to correct this? Thanks, John

Tamiya 1/32nd scale P-51D "Glengary Guy"

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 22:52
I choose to do the base first on this build. I'm going to pose the Mustang in a state of Maintenance. The base itself consist of 3/4" plywood covered with cut squares of 80 grit sandpaper. I attached the squares to the plywood with contact adhesive. I painted the sandpaper with Testor's Model Master enamels. I did a pin wash of black artist oils to simulate oils stains. I finished it off by painting cracks with flat black, and applied pastel dust along the joints in the concrete. I found some grass that comes in like a blanket from Germany. It was applied over sanded grout that was painted dark brown. I did some scratch build. (The saw horses, work bench, and the propeller stand) The barrels,and tool box came from Miniart. The plaques were made at my local trophy shop. The figures were a mix of 1 kit supplied pilot, 2 Verlinden, and 2 Ultracast. I have not completed a lot on the plane itself. Its a great kit with loads of options, and the parts fit great. I purchased the plated metal model. Regards Christopher

F9F-5P Progress

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 20:17
Successfully glued the wings on my F9F-5P this afternoon. A little seam cleanup & some putty down the cut line should make it ready for paint. It will never be a contest entry but, that's not what I'm building it for. The cut line is a lot narrower than I expected it to be.

Andrea Fallschirmjäger, 1940 (1/16)

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 15:16
I went to a miniature painting workshop at Andrea in Austin, TX last weekend and am almost done now with what I started. The last figures I actually "finished" were 1/35 and back in the mid-70's. Was fun, I'll do more...

Abrams M1A2 tank in 1:48 scale

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 12:11
I finally finished this baby last night. My first competed build for 2019. It's the Tamiya kit built in Desert Storm scheme. I used mylar for the optics and a resin set from Red Zebra for stowage. I also printed out cardboard boxes for MREs from Freddie's set and assembled them for a neat look that breaks up the stowage on the tank. I added a boom mic to the tank commander with copper wire. I used the hairspray technique on this one and tried to bring out the NATO woodland scheme underneath like the original. It didn't work out too well in that the top coat was very tenacious and didn't want to come off easily. Final weathering with Wilder oils and Flory pigments. I also made use of an item called "ceramic wire" for the aerials. I'm pretty satisfied with this build. The kit is highly recommended.

New Review: USS Carl Vinson

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 10:25
USN Super Carriers and since I wanted a water line model, I added Coastal Kits 1/700 water base that was reviewed previously. I broke the build into separate parts- hull, air wing, flight deck Italeri has released several versions of the US nuclear carriers in 1/720 scale and this latest rebox release represents CVN-70, the USS Carl Vinson which is notably as the carrier to dispose of Bin Laden's body along with supporting the current war on terror. I am big fan of the carrier too as most know as my son was stationed on her for five years. Inside the box, there are 207 parts molded in gray plastic with a large decals sheet printed by Cartograf. The air wing for the ship consists of four- F-14's. one E2C Hawkeye, one SH-3 Sea King, six SH-60's, two A-6 Intruders and twenty one F-18C's. More later one those. There is an option for full hull or waterline also. There is a little flash around some of the smaller parts but it is very minimal. read more View the full article

vendor list/registration

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 10:23
Just out of curiosity, when will the website be updated? Thank you, MIke

New Review: German Tank Destroyer Sd.Kfz. 173 "Jagdpanther Ausf. G1"

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 10:06
Background Of late there has been a plethora of new WW2 German Panther tank kits in 1/35th scale from multiple manufacturers, and where there are Panther kits, there almost certainly will soon be subvariants of the Panther. Sure enough, having recently released kits of the Panther Ausf A and Ausf D, together with a Bergepanther Ausf A, Meng has added to their Panther pride with a Jagdpanther Ausf G1. The Jagdpanther was a devastatingly effective attempt to mount a more powerful 88mm anti-tank gun to the Panther tank chassis, as such a gun was too large to put into the turret of a Panther. Also, producing tracked mobile anti-tank vehicles without the complexity for the need of rotating turrets made such vehicles cheaper to produce both in terms of financial cost, and time/manpower resources. read more View the full article

New Review: Douglas F4D/F-06 Skyray & F5D Skylancer

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 09:52
Guideline Publications newest release is No.117, Douglas F4D/F-6 Skyray and F5D Skylancer. This is a softbound book of 58 pages and is very well illustrated with both color and black and white pictures, line drawings and many color profiles. I love this era of aircraft with lots of colorful schemes in Gull Gray and white. This book is a great reference so let's take a look inside. The book starts with the development and teething problems of the F4D mostly due to the planned engine not being ready and the test engine being underpowered. There are several excellent pictures of the prototype which, interestingly enough, was painted over all Sea Blue. When the fuselage size was increased, and the larger engine installed, the program took off and the shape is one familiar to modelers. The program progressed through carrier trials and acceptance and its eventual deployment. One fact I didn't know is that the F4D held the World Air Speed record of 753 mph on October 2, 1953. It also time to height records and other speed records. All very impressive for what is now one of the lesser jets and especially so with the engine technology of the time. read more View the full article