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New Review: Mercedes-Benz SL 230 Series 2001-2011

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 10:26
This publication is one from a series of books covering the Mercedes Benz SL series by Veloce Publishing. It is a 208 page hardcover book, printed in 25cm x 25cm (9.75" x 9.75") format. Publication date was February, 2015. Other publications in this series are: Mercedes Benz SL R130 Series 1989-2001 Mercedes Benz SL & SLC 107 Series 1971-1989 Mercedes Benz SLK R170 Series 1996-2004 read more View the full article

New Review: M3A1 Scout Car: The US Cavalry’s Primary Reconnaissance Vehicle in World War II

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 10:16
David Doyle's latest book is one of the latest entries in the 'Legends of Warfare' series with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The first Ground book focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book was on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books were are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3). This tome is the ninth release in the Legends of Warfare - Ground series. read more View the full article

New Review: Fundekals F4U & FG Corsairs part 2 Whistling Death

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:27
Background Originally conceived and developed as a carrier-based fighter for the United States Navy, the F4U Corsair was initially adopted by the US Marine Corps as a dependable and extremely lethal land-based fighter-bomber. The Corsair's unique and innovative configuration incorporated engine oil coolers in the inboard wing sections, with the resulting airflow through them making an unmistakable whistling sound, audible over the sound of the engine and firing of its guns. So predominant and unnerving was this sound to the Japanese forces on the receiving end of Corsair wrath that they dubbed the Corsair "Whistling Death." Designed and manufactured by Chance Vought under the designation F4U and license built by Goodyear as FG-1, Corsairs became the staple of Marine Corps fighter units in the Pacific Theatre from 1942 until the end of World War II in 1945. Rugged, fast, dependable, and robustly armed, Corsairs continued service as fighter-bombers into the jet age through the Korean War. read more View the full article

New Review: M3 Half Track

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:17
When I was around 10-11 years old, I got into a small-scale armor kick. The local shop carried Airfix kits and I built a lot of their kits at the time. The first time I built the M3 Half Track it was an MPC release in their Battle of the Bulge Historama kit. Fast forward 45, cough, years later and Airfix is rereleasing many of their kits under their Vintage Classics range. The kit appears to be the exact same plastic first released in 1966 including the 1 Ton Trailer. The kit includes 54 parts molded in an OD plastic. There is a bit of flash but what would you expect from a set of molds almost older than me. The kit includes some nice detail, a driver and one of the nicest small scale .50 caliber machine guns. Decals are included for a M3A1 during Operation Overlord. More about them later. The color scheme is shown in full color in the instructions. Other than that change, the instructions look like they did when I first built it. read more View the full article

New Review: Meng Sd.Kfz. 179 Bergepanther Ausf A

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 00:37
With the development of the Panther and the Tiger 1 the Germans came to the realization that they needed an armored recovery vehicle that could handle the weight of these larger vehicles. MAN was originally tasked converting Panther Ds for use in this capacity. The vehicles selected for conversion had the turret removed and replaced with a central 40-ton winch and a large rear spade to dig the vehicle in. A wooden work platform was built over the winch and a light crane (1500 kgs capacity) was installed on the rear deck. For armament, a 2cm KwK-30 cannon was mounted on the front along with the standard machine gun. This new kit from Meng is the first new modern kit of this interesting vehicle and the first release of this vehicle since the old Italeri kit from the mid-1990s. read more View the full article

New Review: Tempest Mk. V

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:29
The Hawker Tempest Mk V was a follow-on fighter from the Typhoon. It proved to be a superb mid to low level fighter and ground attack aeroplane. This is Eduard's brand new mold of the Tempest and effectively puts their older (but still very acceptable) model, Cat 1169, out to pasture. This is the ProfiPACK which includes color photo etch, masks for the canopy, wheels, lights and walkways, as well as a nice in register decal sheet and a high quality paper instruction book. The ProfiPACK provides the modeler with just about everything needed to build a very nice model out of the box. For this build review, I also used Eduard's resin wheels, exhaust pipes, "Look" instrument panel, steel seat belts and gun bays. For whatever reason, several parts had separated from the sprue trees and some were separated or broken. I have other Eduard kits where everything was intact, so this damage may have occurred in transit somewhere with the extra mailing of the review kit. Everything was repairable. read more View the full article

WANTED: 1/48 Emery Express Citation

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:38
Looking for the 1/48 Hasegawa/Minicraft kit of the Emery Express Citation jet Please contact me at 615-479-7737

Wanted: Military Modelling/History Related Books

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:57
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

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:50
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