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New Review: The Russian Battleship Marat

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:54
Kagero's The Russian Battleship Marat is one of the latest in their Super Drawings in 3D series. This edition is in their standard 8.25" x 11.75" format softbound publication that is 68 pages (excluding covers). This volume starts off with seven and a half pages of historical text followed by 61 pages of color 3D illustrations. There is also a Centerfold full of line drawings (~26.6" x 19.0") that starts with profiles at 1/350th scale and goes up to 1/50th scale for the details. I counted 117 color 3D illustrations along with one table. There are no current nor period photographs. read more View the full article

New Review: Super Drawings in 3D: OSA-Class Missile Boat

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:38
I would like to thank Kagero for this review sample read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard PE Zoom Set for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:22
Contents Description This PE set includes a small PE fret with all of the pilot's instrument panel and side panels along with the rear cockpit (radar operator's position) many panel faces. A pair of rudder pedals is also included. A three-page set of instructions is included that locate each panel face and indicate where the raised detail included on the kit parts must be removed. The PE parts do not include adhesive on the backside, and therefore the modeler must carefully glue each part in place. I took the plastic kit parts as indicated on the instructions and removed the raised details with a micro-chisel and sanded the rough surfaces with a medium grit sanding pad. Once the surfaces were smoothed, I washed the parts in warm water and a mild detergent, scrubbing the surfaces and nooks and crannies with an old toothbrush. After rinsing the parts I allowed them to thoroughly dry. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Steel Seat Belts for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:16
Product Description This set consists of a small steel fret with seat belts for the pilot and radar operator. It is small fret, but it does the job. I removed each part using PE shears and buffed the small spur off with a medium sanding pad. None of the painted surfaces were marred in this process, but nonetheless care is still required to avoid possible damage. I used Gator glue to attach the belts to the seats and allowed the glue to dry thoroughly before carefully bending the parts to fit the contours of the plastic parts. Again, a small dab of Gator glue was use to fix the ends of the belts in place. I feel the Eduard steel belts are a bit easier to bend than the older brass belts and conform to the seat profile quite nicely. Conclusion The steel seat belts are a very nice addition to most any kit, especially when the canopies are posed open. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Photo-Etch Set for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:43
Contents Description This three-piece PE set includes a small PE fret with all of the pilot's instrument panel and side panels along with the rear cockpit (radar operator's position) many panel faces, plus two frets for parts for the wheel wells and miscellaneous exterior details. A pair of rudder pedals is also included. A four-page set of instructions is included that locate each panel face and indicate where the raised detail included with the kit must be removed. The instrument panels PE parts do not include adhesive on the backside, and therefore the modeler must carefully glue each part in place. The Cockpit read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Die-Cut mask for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:32
Contents Description This mask set is provided on a small Kabuki-like tape material that is die cut, and includes an instruction sheet for locating the individual pieces on the clear parts of the Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7 kit. This set also includes masks for the canopy and windscreen interior. This will be my second Tamiya Heinkel He-219. I used the earlier version of an Eduard mask on the canopies and was satisfied with the results. The original masking set included masks for the exterior surfaces only. I looked forward to see how the new product would perform. A small instruction sheet is provided with diagrams locating each mask for the multipaned canopy. Where the use of a liquid masking is required is also identified. The instructions walk the modeler through the process step-by-step which can be quite useful when there are many panels to mask. Application read more View the full article

New Review: Brengun 1/72 TU-160

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:18
First things first: a hearty "Thank you" to Brengun for providing IPMS USA this little gem for review. We cannot function as well without our manufacturers support, and we sincerely appreciate Brengun's provision of items to review. Thanks also to John and Phil for finding and distributing these items. This set provides minor detail work for the Trumpeter TU-160. Big kit. Big. Particularly if the wings are in the parked and ready to take off position with flaps and slats out. Makes a B-1 look like an F-15 when parked next to a "Bone". The engines are massive, the jet carries a lot, and the White Swan is impressive from any angle. read more View the full article

New Review: Brengun 1/72 TU-160

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:16
First things first: a hearty "Thank you" to Brengun for providing IPMS USA this little gem for review. We cannot function as well without our manufacturers support, and we sincerely appreciate Brengun's provision of items to review. Thanks also to John and Phil for finding and distributing these items. This set provides minor detail work for the Trumpeter TU-160. Big kit. Big. Particularly if the wings are in the parked and ready to take off position with flaps and slats out. Makes a B-1 look like an F-15 when parked next to a "Bone". The engines are massive, the jet carries a lot, and the White Swan is impressive from any angle. read more View the full article

New Review: Building Concorde: From Drawing Board to Mach 2

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 00:42
Tony Buttler was born in England in 1956 and completed his education at Prince Henry's Grammar School in Eyesham. He joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist and for nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Tony left High Duty Alloys in 1993 Buttler and enrolled at Loughborough University, earning his Masters Degree in Archives and Library Studies. He subsequently became a freelance aviation historian specializing in the design and development of military aircraft. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, with this book being his twenty-seventh major release. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines. His special interest in one-off prototypes and research types made co-authoring X-Planes of Europe a particularly enjoyable task. read more View the full article

King Tiger w/ Interior

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 18:25
Well, I've seemingly lost what's left of my mind. I'm starting on the journey to build the Meng King Tiger (Henschel) with the added interior, and workable tracks. Tonight, I'll start scraping the road wheels, and getting parts cleaned up. Wish me well.

News:Online Voting for IPMS/USA Executive Board is Open

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:19
Online voting for the IPMS/USA Executive Board is now open - this also includes the GSB/123 Survey. View the full article

Letter & Number Decal Sheets

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 09:48
Some years ago Aeromaster & Microscale produced letter & number decal sheets. Does anybody know if those are still in production or if another company is doing something similar?

New Review: Axis Suicide Squads

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:39
Fonthill Media's Axis Suicide Squads - German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War by Justo Miranda. Author Justo Miranda has multiple books & publications out on Luftwaffe 'paper-projects' and late war designs. He is a tech drawer and Spanish Air Force Museum advisor. This hardbound book is 224 pages and includes information on both actual aircraft used, and many "paper projects". The cover flap reads "This book details the designs of all German and Japanese aircraft, examining the suicide bombers and aerial rammers deployed as desperate measures to counter the Allied advance. Axis Suicide Squads is an in-depth history of the tragic necessity for such drastic countermeasures; it contains comprehensive technical information relating to each machine and detailed, hand-drawn diagrams depicting the mechanics of how the aircraft functioned." This is a great summary of what this book is all about. read more View the full article

Second Original Aurora Frankenstein Restoration

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:33
Refining my technique here with the face and hands. Learning more and more each time I do one of these old monsters! Unfortunately all of the built ones I got were not good dismantling candidates, so I try and fix gaps and misalignments as best I can.

New Review: Tru-Color Paints - Dunkelgrau, Dunkelgelb (x3) & RAL 7008 Gray Green

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:25
I have heard of Tru-Color Paints probably a year ago by now. They have an extensive line of railroad and car paints and they are continuously expanding their military line (aircraft, naval, armor). I've heard good things about them and I was interested to try them out. But honestly, the price was putting me off a bit. When I had the opportunity to review a few free samples, I jumped to it. This review covers Tru-Paint TCP 1445 RAL 7021 Dunkelgrau, TCP-1446 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #1, TCP-1447 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #2, TCP-1448 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #3, TCP-1449 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #4 and TCP-1449 RAL 7008 Gray Green. The first thing you notice about these paints is that the bottles are larger than the standard hobby bottles; they come in 1 oz and 2 oz. That means their smallest bottle has about twice (or more) the paint from most hobby paint manufactures. Consider that fact when you think on their price; I was not doing that while looking at the paints in the hobby store. read more View the full article

New Review: US Light Tank M3 Stuart Late Production

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:09
When I was younger my comics of choice were of the Military persuasion and one of my favorites was The Haunted Tank which initially featured an M3 Stuart blowing away Tigers with it's 37mm. I didn't realize the issue with that but I loved the stories and so started my love of the Stuart. As I got older I turned to more history books and read about the Honey used by the British in the desert and the US in Tunisia. When the new Tamiya kit showed up it just had to be built even though I haven't built a 35th scale tank in, cough, 40ish years. read more View the full article

Hasegawa's 1/48 F-22 Raptor with Accessories

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 08:35
This is the start of the Hasegawa 1/48 F-22 Raptor. I will also be using Ares resin cockpit and Eduard photo etch to detail this kit. The F-22 Raptor is fourth generation in stealth aircraft technology by the USAF. It is the first operational aircraft to combine super cruise, super maneuverability, stealth, and sensor fusion in a single weapons platform. The Ares resin cockpit required the removal of the dash hood/HUD panel so that it can be replaced by the resin part. The nice thing about resin parts is they have much better detail than the injected plastic kit parts. The cockpit tub just required a couple of photo etch parts like the pedals and levers then was painted. For the resin dash I found a photo of the F-22 dashboard for the F-22 simulator. Using Adobe Photoshop I cut and sized the screens to make decals for the resin dash. Once the decals were applied and coat with clear gloss, the dash buttons and controls were painted. The ejection seat was painted and detailed with the Eduard photo etch parts. After installing the seat into the cockpit tub the cockpit was weathered with dark gray pastel chalk. The dash was then installed into the fuselage and resin details were added to the fuselage for the canopy mating hooks. Next I will be working on the main bomb bay section. For more photos see my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-f-22-raptor/

Lots of kits for sale

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 01:34
Resin Spacecraft Creation Models 1/350th Savanna Class DY-588 series SS New Zealand (Botany Bay) new in sealed box $150.00 Filmy Girls 1/6th Stella new in box $225.00 Filmy Girls 1/6th Aurora new in box $225.00 ? 1/48th? UFO Interceptor new in box $40.00 Space & Sci Fi Airfix 1/144th 6171 Orion (2001) Parts confirmed $30.00 AMT/ERTL 1/6th 8784 Darth Vader Parts sealed $25.00 Fine Molds 1/72nd SW-16 Darth Vader's TIE Fighter $20.00 Monogram 1/144th 6060 First Lunar Landing - Heritage Edition Parts sealed $30.00 Monogram 1/144th 5082 Apollo Saturn V Rocket + Moebius Ranger adapter Some parts sealed $50.00 Navy DML 1/350th 1002 USS Ohio Parts sealed $30.00 Trumpeter 1/700th 5706 US Battleship BB-64 Wisconsin 1991 Parts sealed $20.00 Auto AMT 1/25th AMT-620 White Freightliner $30.00 Hasagawa 1/24th CF-3 Italya Reynard 89D F3000 $20.00 Hasagawa 1/24th CF-5 Wacoal Dome Reynard 89D F3000 $20.00 Hasagawa 1/24th CF-18 Wacoal Dunlop Lola T90-50 $20.00 Tamiya 1/20th 20040 Newman Haas K Mart Texaco Lola T93/00 Ford $20.00 Aircraft Academy 1/72nd 12529 USN F-4j VF-84 Jolly Rogers $25.00 Airfix 1/72nd 255 Beagle Basset 206 Parts confirmed $15.00 Airfix 1/72nd 392 H.P. Jetstream Parts confirmed $15.00 Airfix 1/72nd Vickers Valient $60.00 Airfix 1/48th 7106 Supermarine Seafire FR46/47 $20.00 DML 1/72nd 2508 YF-22 Lightning 2 Parts sealed $15.00 Eduard 1/72nd 708 Bf 110 G4 Parts sealed $20.00 Frog 1/72nd F239 DeHavilland Hornet F.Mk.3 Parts confirmed $15.00 Fujimi 1/72nd H-8 British Phantom F-4K Yellow Bird $20.00 Fujimi 1/72nd H-22 MiG-21 SMT Humpback $20.00 Fujimi 1/72nd H-22 MiG-21 SMT Humpback $20.00 Hasagawa 1/72nd 1989 Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden Type 21 & A6M5c Zero new in sealed box $30.00 Hasagawa 1/72nd 601 F-16A Plus Parts sealed $10.00 Hasagawa 1/72nd 720 Tornado GR Mk.I "Desert Storm" new in sealed box $15.00 Hasagawa 1/72nd 2817 F-104S/G Starfighter $15.00 Hasagawa 1/48th 9148 Messerschmitt Bf109G-14 Parts sealed $25.00 Heller 1/72nd 248 PZL P11c $5.00 Hobby Craft 1/72nd HC1343 "Vietnam" Caribou Parts sealed $25.00 HUMA 1/72nd Dornier Do 27 Parts sealed $10.00 HUMA 1/72nd Bucker Bu 131 Parts sealed $10.00 HUMA 1/72nd DFS 230 Parts sealed $10.00 Italeri 1/72nd 1118 CG-4A Hadrian Parts confirmed $15.00 KP 1/72nd IL-10 Avia B 33 $3.00 KP 1/72nd AVIA CS-199 $3.00 Matchbox 1/72nd 40418 McDonnell RF-101 B/F-101 F Voodoo $10.00 Matchbox 1/72nd PK-551 Victor K.2 $25.00 Monogram 1/72nd 5206 F-16XL Fighter Parts sealed $25.00 Monogram 1/48th 5429 AD-6 Skyraider (broken 20mm part in bag) (broken 20mm part in bag) $10.00 Monogram/Pro Modeler 1/48th 5936 Messerschmitt Me 410B-1 Parts sealed $30.00 Pioneer2 1/72nd Fokker D-XXI $3.00 Revell 1/72nd 4455 F-89d Scorpion Parts sealed $15.00 Revell 1/72nd 4397 Fairey gannet AS Mk.1/4 $15.00 Tamiya 1/48th 61082 Messerschmitt Me262 A-2a w Kettenkraftrad Parts sealed $30.00 Testors/Italeri 1/72nd 689 Northrop F-5F Tiger II $20.00 Trumpeter 1/48th 2807 Curtis P-40B Warhawk Tomahawk IIA bonus main wheels and decals Parts sealed $20.00 Armor Academy 1/72nd 13411 M1126 Stryker $15.00 Airfix 1/76th 2312-6 German Recce Set $7.00 ESCI 1/72nd 8606 Panzer IV $7.00 ESCI 1/35th 5012 British Camp Rest Area new in sealed box $5.00 Hasagawa 1/72nd Starter Truck Toyota GB $7.00 Heller 1/72nd 198 AMX 13 Parts sealed $7.00 Matchbox 1/76th PK-171 Sd.Kfz II/7.5cm PAK40 $15.00 Matchbox 1/76th PK-176 CHAR B.1 bis/Renault FT 17 new in sealed box $15.00 Revell 1/144th 3350 US Army Vehicles Parts sealed $5.00 Trumpeter 1/72nd 7225 M4A3E8 Tank (T66 Track) Parts sealed $15.00 Trumpeter 1/72nd 7225 M4A3E8 Tank (T66 Track) Parts sealed $15.00 Prices don't include shipping. Shipped from 84118. Usually sent Priority mail. Gladly accept Paypal. Let me know if interested and I will package them up and get you a shipping cost. Can add pictures as requested.

New Review: MENG Leopard C2 Mexas with Dozer Blade

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:14
MENG revised its very good 2013 Leopard kit with new parts to build a Canadian C2 Mexas with the option to fit a dozer blade. I jumped at the opportunity to review this kit for three reasons, firstly it's a Canadian main battle tank, it's by MENG and last by far from least is that a fellow Canadian military specialist Anthony Sewards assisted on the kits research. He also highly recommends this kit for its accuracy which is real praise! In the box is; read more View the full article

New Review: SAC Metal gear for 1/48 SU-35

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:55
IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed. Consisting of 14 separate well-cast white metal parts, this gear is the usual replacement for the kit gear. It's been my experience that GWH tends to use a more robust plastic than many other manufacturers, but SAC metal gear is still worthwhile to install. read more View the full article