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New Review: Kriegsmarine Searchlight Set

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:48
Background (from The Battleship Bismarck, By Stefan Draminski German battleships and heavy cruisers were equipped with seven searchlights for illumination at night or in poor visibility conditions. They were produced by Siemens-Schuckertwerke and had a diameter of 1500 mm. Three signal lamps were also provided: one on either side of the admiral's bridge, and one on a platform at the base of the mainmast. Veteran Models Searchlight Set provides seven 1540 mm searchlights and three signal lamps, both with transparent plastic lenses. The kit includes extremely finely cast resin parts with amazing detail, and a small photoetch fret, also with amazing detail. The resin pieces are exquisitely cast with virtually no imperfections. There is some minor flash on the parts, but no bubbles or voids. Some of the resin and photoetch pieces are extremely small and delicate. Each searchlight assembly includes 18 parts and is built in six steps. The searchlight can be assembled with a movable lamp assembly or it can be fixed in place. read more View the full article

New Review: The Essential Buyers Guide, Ford Mustang, Fifth Generation/S197 2005 to 2014

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:38
It's nice when a product delivers what it promises as this book does. As the title implies this is a buyer's roadmap to purchasing a fifth generation (2005 to 2014) Ford Mustang also known as the S-197 bodied cars. Mustang fans were thrilled when this body style was reveled in 2004 because it harkened back to the sharp angular lines of 1965-67 Mustangs that established the "Ponycar" paradigm. The 2011 model year was especially anticipated as it marked the return of the 5.0 liter V8. As the proud owner of a 2013 Mustang GT as well as a lifelong fan of this iconic car, I was intrigued by what this book offers. read more View the full article

Yak-7A / Yak-9DD

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:29
I'm working on these 1/48th kits by ARK Models, which apparently were previously ICM kits. But the landing gear for both are puzzling me. Every photo and diagram I've found, including those of Kagero's Yak-1, Vol. 1 & 2, show the half-fork of the main gear facing toward the aircraft centerline, while the kit parts have them toward the gear doors/wingtips. Can anyone give me definitive input on this? Thanks.

KV ZIK-20 Soviet SPG Concept

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 10:14
I have been working on this for the past few months. This is my attempt at the KV ZIK-20 SPG. A concept that only got as far as a wooden model. The design came out of the same program that ultimately lead to the KV-14/SU-152. The development history can be found here:ZIK-20: Assault Alternative The goal was to mount a 152mm gun into the hull of a KV-7 since that design path was a failure. It's a questionable design. Most of the ammo was stored in the floor which made it uncomfortable for the crew and the fuel tanks were mounted in the in the front corners of the casemate which would make things unfortunate for the crew. It has a crew of 6 with four crammed into the slab sided fighting compartment. I created the 3D CAD drawings in SolidWorks based on the few drawings of the ZIK-20 that are available. Most of them don't match up to one another so I had to adjust some of the features to line up. As far as I know, there is no top down drawing of the roof plate. The locations for the top hatch, vent, and rotating periscope, and fuel caps are interpreted from cross-sections. I added the periscope sketches where possible, added a second crew hatch and rear loading hatch to make life easier for the crew.

News:OTB 47: Lets just chat about nothing but Models!

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 07:50
In this Episode Dave, Ian and Julian are joined by Chris Dowsett to talk about nothing……thats' right no subject this week just a chat about whatever ticks our fancy so long as it is model and model related. Link to Podcast. View the full article

1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Street Rod Show Car

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 14:48
I could have titled this post as "The Rest of the Story." In the November/December 2018 issue of the IPMS Journal, my article on building the AMT 1/25 kit of the 1972 Chevrolet Blazer was printed. Along with the story of building the Blazer, there was a secondary short amount of text on building the MPC Car Trailer as found in the old MPC 1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic and a brief comment on the car that would be on the trailer. In the magazine, you saw this picture: Now you get to see what was missing . . . because it wasn't done. Now it is. Comments welcome. Ed

New Review: How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:52
Veloce Publishing has issued a number of books in their SpeedPro Series that illustrates practical automotive performance tips and advice. This softcover book conations 96 pages of honest and engaging information on "How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car." It is first and foremost a primer that shows you how to enter the field of long-distance endurance racing on a budget but it also has information and close-up photos of the kinds of modifications that can be used to recreate an authentic replica of those spartan race cars in scale. The book is British-centric and many of the automotive terms like bonnet and windscreen (just as the races are) are prevalent but are easily understood from context so it's still a pretty easy read. read more View the full article

New Review: Academy F/A-18C

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:37
The Boeing (formerly McDonnel-Douglas) F/A-18C is an improved version of McDonnel-Douglas' F/A-18A, which in itself was developed from the Northrop YF-17 lightweight fighter prototype. Academy's 1/72 F/A-18C is a faithful reproduction of the actual aircraft, although the details in the cockpit and the gear wells is sparse. The fit is generally excellent, with several seams, notably around the intakes (parts B16 and B17). Be careful when assembling the sides of the fuselage (parts B1 and B2), as it is very easy to misalign these parts. One other tricky assembly is the main landing gears, as each main gear leg has a smaller actuating cylinder that needs to be installed at the same time, and the best way to do this is to dry fit both pieces and once the alignment is correct, apply glue. read more View the full article

New Review: Academy F/A-18C

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:36
The Boeing (formerly McDonnel-Douglas) F/A-18C is an improved version of McDonnel-Douglas' F/A-18A, which in itself was developed from the Northrop YF-17 lightweight fighter prototype. Academy's 1/72 F/A-18C is a faithful reproduction of the actual aircraft, although the details in the cockpit and the gear wells is sparse. The fit is generally excellent, with several seams, notably around the intakes (parts B16 and B17). Be careful when assembling the sides of the fuselage (parts B1 and B2), as it is very easy to misalign these parts. One other tricky assembly is the main landing gears, as each main gear leg has a smaller actuating cylinder that needs to be installed at the same time, and the best way to do this is to dry fit both pieces and once the alignment is correct, apply glue. read more View the full article

Looking for Journal Article

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 08:32
I'm looking for a scanned copy of the Chip Jean T-33 Article in the Jan/Feb 2012 Journal. If any of ya'll have that issue & would be willing to email it to me, I would appreciate it. I was assigned to the 48th FIS from '83-'85 and spent many hours in the back seat of our T-birds shooting pictures of our F-15's. Now I have the Great Wall Hobby & the old Hawk/Testor's T-33 kits to build & would like to have a copy of the article for detail information. email address is nicksr1125@gmail.com.

Restored Aurora Creature

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 10:37
Stripped and restored this original Aurora. Missing tree and snake but I’ll find originals for it. First pic is what I started with.

Making Laser, IR sensor, and FLIR Canera Lens'

Sat, 03/09/2019 - 11:01
Many modern weapons like missiles and bombs have a sensor on the nose for Infra Red (IR), Laser, or GPS guidance. Typically the sensor is mounted behind a coated lens to protect the sensor and allow it to have a wide field of view. Many times modelers paint them using gloss paint. The tutorial on my blog will show you how to replicate the coated lens appearance. https://davidsscalemodels.com/tips-and-tricks/how-to-make-laser-and-ir-sensor-heads/

AFV U-2A Dragon Lady

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 19:37
Got my kit of the AFV U-2A Dragon Lady today. From the reviews I've read online there are some inaccuracies in the canopy, nose, & intakes. That's okay. It looks like it will make up into a very nice model. There is an extra cockpit tub & Q-bay cover indicating there may be more versions in the works. I'd like to see at least a U-2C & TR-1/U-2R. What makes this kit really sing to me is the inclusion of a full camera set including the trolley and the canopy cover. The only negatives I've noticed is the canopy cover doesn't show any fabric texture. The few times I saw a U-2 during my Air Force career it looked like the canopy was made of canvas fabric which has a fairly heavy texture. It would have shown very nicely in 1/48th. Secondly, the instrument panel is only a piece of clear plastic. There is no decal to put on the back to show instrument faces. While this kit is fairly far down on my build list, I"m looking forward to working on it. Hope Eduard or some of the other resin parts companies come out with some goodies for it.

Press & Seal

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 18:22
Have any of ya'll tried Press & Seal to mask areas of a kit when you're painting a kit? It has low tack & looks like it would be quite useful to mask larger areas.

Close Encounters

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:29
I found this little reissue kit while at Yay Monsters looking for something else. Not many Close encounters kits around, and being small I figured it filled a little niche. The kit comes in 4 resin parts a length of wire and a length of clear rod - Being I want the mother-ship metallic, I primed the ship parts in gloss black. Devils Tower got a black primer and increasingly lighter drybrushing of gray. The ground area got the same treatment with brown. I added some green turf to imitate the surround trees and then, I felt to make it a little more accurate, I pulled up some trees and added that runway. I also cut a few tiny pieces a square stock and added them as buildings. The kit gives you a length of wire for all the antenna, but I felt that wire too thick. I happened to have some thin styrene rod, so I used that instead. One thing I discovered thankfully before it was to late, that if looking at the photo on the instructions, it shows one part sitting into the next, and the next. But no! The middle part sits back to back with the smallest part. This gives you the little alcove for the "city" part. If you build this kit watch for that. Looking at the ship you see zillions of lights all over it including what looks like city lights on certain parts. So I went into zen mode and painted in zillions of dots in blue and white. The dots are way out of scale but - - whadda ya going to do?

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