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New E-Book Is Available

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 11:11
I am proud to announce that my latest E-book is now available. The attached image should give you all the information. Any questions, don't hesitate to reply in this thread or send me a private message. And since a functioning hyperlink can't be inserted into an image, here are working links for your choice of E-book formats at smashwords.com or a printable PDF at scalepublications Now, who do I contact to submit a review copy?

‘49 Mercury Club Coupe Weathered

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:58
Made this for another modeler friend. Not perfect, but I’m learning.

New Review: R.M.S. Titanic (Olympic, Britannic) - masts set

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 23:35
I would like to thank Master Model for this review sample. Master Model continues to "turn" out metal details for the ship modeler and this one is indispensable. For anyone who has tried to work with tall thin masts made of plastic in small scale, the mast either end up being too thick so they don't bend or too flexible if they are to scale. The solution is either wood or metal for thin masts that don't bend, but the trick is achieving the required taper with this material. If you are not a machinist, skilled at turning wood or brass, Master Model comes to the rescue. read more View the full article

WTT: 72nd scale Nimrod MR.1 vac

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 14:15
1/72 Formaplane Nimrod MR.1 vacuform kit Prefer to trade for any of these: 1/72 Hasegawa A-1H Skyraider 1/72 Tololoko KTO Rosomak Wolverine AFV (Afghan ISAF, typ.) 1/72 ZSU-23-4 Shilka 1/72 Toxso SCUD missile AFV

New Review: French Battleships 1914 - 45

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 00:15
Despite having produced the world's first ocean-going ironclad warship in 1859, the Glorie, the French Navy (Marine Nationale Francaise) entered the twentieth century unsure of its direction and at the mercy of confusing political demands. It was left with a hodgepodge of capital ships at the end of the nineteenth century few in number and facing obsolescence. It took the emergence of Germany's Imperial Navy, the Mediterranean threat from Italy and Austria-Hungary, as well as its traditional rivalry with Britain's Royal Navy to shake the French Navy and the Marine Ministry from their stupor and confusion, and institute a program leading to the development of modern battleships. Divided primarily into four sections, this edition of Osprey's New Vanguard naval series describes: 1) the development of France's three pre-WWI classes of dreadnoughts and pre-dreadoughts; read more View the full article

New Review: Brengun P-39 D/F/K Airacobra

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 23:36
The Aircraft The Bell P-39 Airacobra was a beautiful design. It had an innovative layout for the fuselage, with the engine mounted in the center fuselage, behind the pilot. The P-39 was also the first US Fighter with a tricycle undercarriage. With these advantages came one large disadvantage. The engine did not have a turbo supercharger, which prevented the aircraft from performing well at high altitude, above 12,000 feet. Because of this, the RAF rejected the P-39. The Soviet Air Force did accept the Airacobra, as most of their combat took place at low to medium altitudes. The P-39 also had a solid weapons system. The central mounted engine allowed the mounting of the T9 37mm cannon in the nose. This weapon could penetrate 8 inches of armor at 500 yards. read more View the full article

Frankenberry Rises

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 22:08
I took a Monogram Illuminators Frankenstein Kit and made a darker Frankenberry than the cartoon drawing on the cereal box. I was going to have him either holding a box of the cereal, or make a big cereal box in place of the tombstone. Then I decided to let the model tell a story and have a spray painted “X” through the “stein” part of Frankenstein’s tombstone, and a spent rattle can lying on the ground.

Chris New Member from Las Vegas

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 21:50
Hello just joined. I’m a retired and disabled US Navy veteran and I do model building for therapy and of course fun. I will build any scale really and sometimes even mix. I like to do unique one off projects, mostly monster and Sci fi builds. I scratch build a little and really enjoy the challenge. I’m getting away from cars, but I’m currently doing a ‘49 Mercury Coupe for a friend. Looking forward to this forum and learning.

News:Scale Model Podcast Ep. 15

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 19:48
Welcome to Episode 15 of the Scale Model Podcast. Sponsored by Goodman Models. In this podcast, we aim to entertain, inform, and promote the hobby of scale model kit building with interviews, reviews, and news about the hobby. The Scale Model Podcast currently is recorded biweekly and is available where your favorite podcasts are found […] Link to Podcast. View the full article

JUDGE'S FEEDBACK

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 17:42
I was reading the "survey" and one thing I am personally opposed to is feedback comments from the Judges. It has NEVER been a good experience for me and if there was a specific place on the form for judges remarks, I would scratch through it. All the criteria used by judges is well know and easily accessed by the public. It is also doubtful any defect...."a seam on the wing", for example...will ever be changed on a finished model. At least not on mine. Having been a judge many times, I have often found a model that did not win, was not a bad work. It simply lacked something intangible which is virtually impossible to convey to a disgruntle modeler. Try explaining that the model is to clean and neat. Or that it is over weathered. Model building is an art and perfection is not an option. All I want from the judges is fair and experienced judging. Dak

Matador 1/76 Medium Mk C

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:00
This is the first tank designed that took crew comfort into account. The engine bay was separated off from the crew compartment by a bulkhead that kept the heat and exhaust away from them. Designed at the very end of WWII it did not see service in that conflict, but remained a mainstay of the Royal Army for may years afterwards. Matador's resin kit six or seven main parts and then the smaller detail ones. The tracks are length and link out of resin. The casting was excellent with no warping, bubbles or short shots, but fit was very problematic, many parts needing modification to go where they were suppose to go. When complete, however, it is a great addition to any early armor collection.

2019 Convention updates

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 13:04
All, While we've been quiet on the website front, we have been very busy behind the scenes. Registration is now live. We have a link to the IPMS store shopping cart for on-line registration, and we have a fillable PDF downloadable for those who prefer to register by mail. Model registration will follow later. We've announced two off site events. One is a tour to the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville AL, the other is a BBQ dinner at the Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga. Both of these will be excellent activities. Check the site for more info on both. We've got a list of vendors who have reserved tables posted. It's a MONSTER list and it's turning into a historic vendor hall. The current record for vendor tables at a Nats is 424 in Atlanta in 2005. We currently have 431 tables reserved. With 5 months to go before the convention, even with some drop outs we really like our chances for setting a record for number of vendor tables. In a huge change from past conventions, we are going without a banquet. See the website for more details, but we're going to have a $5 desert reception to be followed by the awards. We should have seating for over 1000 for the reception and awards, and we're really hoping to have a huge party to wrap up this year's convention. We also have a rather extensive list of seminars that we're working on. Topics and presenters are currently listed on the website, and a schedule will follow soon. Finally, for now, we are really trying to emphasize display only models. We want to see as many as folks are willing to bring. Again, see the website for details. Any questions? Let me know. My email is on the Home page of the Convention Website! Thanks Mike Moore 2019 Convention Chairman

Vanguard and Explorer 1

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 22:10
Created by Rob Schorry, and casted by Real Space Models, the kit are 1/24 models of Vanguard and Explorer1. Sometimes 1/24 will get you a giant vehicle and sometimes the tiniest thing. I think this is the smallest model I ever built. ;) LOL Doing Vanguard first, the kit comes in 2 parts of resin and 6 pieces of wire. All that needs to be done is sand down the sphere halves a little (I guess I could have gone a little further but didn't want to ruin it). After sanding, the parts were glued together, and then it was ready for paint. I didn't have any gloss primer so I used regular black. When that was dry, I applied some gloss, getting it ready for the Molotow chrome Paint Pen. The chrome is terrific!! Instructions say to leave the solar cells black, so the next and final thing is to glue the 6 pieces of wire in place. And that's that. Explorer 1 next... It's an excellent addition to my early 1/24 set of probes. Thanks for looking. You can find a pic of it here:

New E-Book From Richard Marmo Coming Soon

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 15:44
Just a quick post to let y'all know that my latest Marmo Modelbuilding Guide will be available within the next few days. #9 in the series, this one focuses on the 1/32nd Revell AH-!G HueyCobra. That's right, the one first released in 1967 and still the only 32nd scale kit ever produced of the original AH-1G design. The Guide adds a Cobra Company aftermarket cockpit and rocket pods, along with a scratchbuilt revetment wall to form a Viet Nam vignette. One more thing. The Guide subject wears the familiar SEA three tone camouflage. As far as I've been able to determine, only four Cobras ever carried that scheme.

New Review: Great Cars – Volkswagen Beetle – A celebration of the world’s most popular car

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 13:36
The book goes into great detail of the development, service, variants and full history of a classic car which is one of the world's most popular cars ever produced. I have always loved this little car, with great memories of traveling in one when I was a child in the Sixties. The book is a wonderful treasure trove of pictures that I have ever seen before and even though I thought I knew a lot about this car it has so much more history and facts I never heard before. Also, it is written by a very professional and knowledgeable author of lots of articles I have read and enjoyed before. The car's history goes back to Wartime Germany in the late 1930s and goes on till today! The car was the brainchild of the great car designer Ferdinand Porsche and was to be the Peoples car of the Third Reich under Hitler, hence Volkswagen (Peoples Car). I found this book fascinating and made me aware of a lot of information I have never read before. The pictures alone are well worth getting this book for. read more View the full article

New Review: Kriegsmarine Fire Control Set

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 13:19
Background German battleships and heavy cruisers were equipped with three armored fire-control posts (in the conning tower, on the foretop, and on top of the aft superstructure. Target selectors around the foretop selected air targets. Each of the selectors, called ZAGs, worked in conjunction with one of the Directors for targeting. Veteran Models Fire Control Set provides 4 - ZAG Light Flak Directors, 4 - Zielsaule C/38 S Night Directors, plus 8 - 1540mm Search Light Directors. The resin pieces are exquisitely cast with extremely fine detail, and virtually no imperfections. There is some very minor flash on the parts, but no bubbles or voids. The eyepieces even have recessed ends! The small photoetch fret provides hand wheels for the Light Controllers and Night Directors, and there are several spares for the extremely small pieces. read more View the full article

New Review: Weapons of the Viking Warrior

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 13:08
Gareth Williams has been a curator at the British Museum since 1996, with responsibility for British and European coinage, about AD 500 to about 1180. Within this area, he specializes in Anglo-Saxon and Viking coinage. Much of his work focuses on the use of coinage as evidence within broader historical and archaeological studies. Gareth has authored at least fifteen books and led several projects at the British Museum, with a "Viking Voyages" exhibition that recently finished a run from March 2015 through February 2017. He has been actively involved in historical re-enactments. Check him out at the British Museum. read more View the full article

New Review: Gold Bars

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 12:55
Hauler produces photo-etched and resin upgrade sets for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, and dioramas. They also produce a few resin kits. Their products are in most of the common scale sizes, 1/72, 1/48, and 1/35, but they also produce a number of other items in common railroad hobbyist scales. This set of resin gold bars is an example of some of the unusual items they offer. The set includes a stack of 12 bars and another four individual bars. All of the parts are attached to their sprue stubs, and you'll need to take care when cutting them off. The stack of bars presented the most trouble for me to get off the stub while keeping the tops of the bars intact. I was able to sand down any imperfections and they came out pretty well. The stack and individual bars represent the "Good Delivery" bars that are very familiar to most of us from television shows and movies. Not sure too many people have actually seen or held one in real life. read more View the full article

New Review: R-3S missiles w/ pylons for MiG-21

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 08:57
The R-3S (AA-2 "Atoll") air-to-air missile was developed by the Soviet Union as their equivalent of the AIM-9 Sidewinder missile. It was used extensively by the Soviet Union on its fighters and it was exported widely to its allies. In conjunction with Eduard's release last summer of its new MiG-21MF kit, Eduard released several photo-etch and resin accessory sets for the kit. This set is actually the combination of two other sets: MiG-21MF pylons (672 184) and R-3S missiles for MiG-21 (672 185). As a result, the set not only provides replacement pylons for all five stations, but also four R-3S ("Atoll") air-to-air missiles and their associated launch rails. Buying this set instead of the other two sets individually will also save you a few bucks as the suggested retail price of this set is $3 cheaper than the combined price of the other two sets. read more View the full article

New Review: F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet Landing Gear (Hasegawa)

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 08:39
A nice addition to Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) already impressive array of aftermarket landing gear is the set for the F/A-18 A, B, C, and D. The parts are made of white metal and include three separate landing gear pieces, as well as a metal tree with two landing gear support pieces. A few mold seams are apparent on the shock absorbers of both the main and the nose gear, but they can easily be sanded or scraped off carefully with an X-Acto knife. Be careful to not bend the soft metal when cleaning up the parts. Also, the molded plastic nose gear cover that comes in the Hasegawa kit will have to be glued to the metal. A touch of super glue does the trick. I primed the gear with Vallejo black primer before painting them in flat white. If no primer is used, the base color easily rubs off the metal. After the white dried, I painted the exposed shock absorbers a metallic silver, according to reference photos. Hasegawa's wheels were then super glued to the gear pins. read more View the full article