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OTB 73: Kit manufacturers (the good the bad and the ugly)

On the Bench Podcast - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 00:00

G'day Benchers!  Welcome to our latest episode of “On the bench”.  We have our usual listener mailbag along with whats' new in the modelling world. In this episode we have Robert back to talk about the good the bad and the ugly of the worlds kit manufacturers.  

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Build Guide PT II: 1/35th scale M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams US Main Battle Tank from VOIIO

The Modelling News - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 23:21
Andy Moore hs completed VOIIO's new 1/35th scale M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams to a great finish. He has added his own flourishes, fixes and a very convincing weathering, dirt, mud and grime to make this tank look so much more than the original promise. See it come together in the final part of this story...
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Review: Douglas A-26B-15 Invader (World War II)

The Modelling News - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 11:18
Having already taken an in-depth look at ICM's first new tooled B-26 Invader kit recently here on TMN, Gary had more than a passing interest of how the second release would compare to this one. See what is different in this release & how this kit fares in his review...
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Scale Model News - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 08:02

BANDAI HAS WHAT IS probably the best selection of Star Wars kits today, even if there are plenty of competitors out there.Read more »
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M149A2 400Gal Water Trailer

New Forum Posts - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 22:02
I am doing research into 3D printing a 1/35th Scale water trailer, this is initial investigation and just looking for interest in whether I should even attempt it if there is no interest. Initially learning how to design using a parametric modeling program and then get the 3D printer. This subject is usually towed behind a 2.5 Ton 6x6 or the newer FMTVs. This usually is included in the logpacks going to infantry and armor companies(chow and water are almost inseparable and would be a good addition for dioramas or loads for trucks Not sure if I would have Shapeways handle fulfillment or whether I would just produce in the basement. Looking to retire into this in two years to keep me sane. Would like to know if this would be of interest to the Armor community Thanks, David Dodge

1/48 McDonnel FH-1 Phantom

New Forum Posts - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 19:59
Managed to find a rare CollectAire resin 1/48 FH-1 Phantom and built it. Typical of CA resin kits...plenty of fit problems and needing a LOT of gel superglue and epoxy putty to fill and smooth the wings (designed to be folded) and nose parts (designed to be open and show the guns). The real problem is that the kit decal sheet fractured on me. They were high quality InvisaClear decals that I've never had a problem with before. I was able to save a couple of small ones and replace (mostly) the rest from the spares box, but that really sucked my enthusiasm right out of the room. After that, I just finished it up, minus seat belts, antennas, and wing lights just to get it done and over with. The markings represent the Flying Leathernecks jet demo team. The good news is I have a rare addition to my 1/48 collection with the first Phantom...but it ain't going in any contests! Here's a few pics of the build and the finished model. Anyway...onward and upward! Comments, critiques, and questions welcome, as always! GIL

Wasp Flamethrower Jeep

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 10:19
Product Image Review Author Test:  Gino Dykstra

Meng sure does like to pop up now and then with the unique.  This model is a case in point - a model of the single prototype flamethrower jeep developed for the British special services unit referred to as "Popski's Private Army."  Why this particular concept didn't take off isn't really too hard to grasp.  Imagine running around behind enemy lines in a completely unarmored vehicle with several gallons of extremely volatile fluids under pressure in tanks at your back.  A single stray bullet could really ruin the crew's entire day, I would think.  The only effective way to survive a patrol in this contraption would be with the sincere hope that you have the element of surprise.  Otherwise . . .


Meng has made a terrific little kit here of this one-off machine.  The only non-styrene addition is the flexible tubing meant to attach the flamethrower gun to the fluid tank.  Otherwise this is an extremely straight-forward and enjoyable single evening build.

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AFV Stryker Dragoon

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 10:09
Product Image Review Author Test:  Michael Novosad

Brief History from WikiPedia
The IAV (Interim Armored Vehicle) Stryker is a family of eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicles derived from the Canadian LAV III. Stryker vehicles are produced by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada for the United Staes Army. It has 4-wheel drive (8x4) and can be switched to all-wheel drive (8x8). The vehicle is named for two unrelated U.S. soldiers who posthumously received the Medal of Honorr: Private First Class Stuart S Stryker, who died in World War II, and Specialist Four Robert F Stryker, who died in the Vietnam War. 
In April 2019, the Army decided to add cannon armament to Stryker DVH ICVVA1 vehicles in three brigades; the first is planned to be equipped in 2022

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Bench-Mate Aircraft Jig for 72nd and 48th Scales

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 09:59
Product Image Review Author Test:  Dick Montgomery

Copied from the Masterpiece Models website, About Masterpiece Models, "Masterpiece Models manufactures and sells the highest quality resin assembly kits on the market today.  Featuring kits for a variety of interests including WWII, Vietnam, Sci-fi, and aircraft bases. We have acquired the rights to a large selection of the Custom Dioramics line that are now available through us as resin assembly kits. Our kits are manufactured at our Vancouver, Washington, USA fabrication and casting shop."

Among the items that Masterpiece Models offers is a jig, sized for 1/72nd and 1/48th scale models. There are no assembly instructions, per se, but that is not a problem. There is a 3x4 inch piece of paper included in the box and all that is required to assemble the jig is to reference that picture. If, for any reason, that slip of paper is not present then one can visit the Masterpiece website and find an image there. Or, just view the image of that slip of paper that shows the assembled jig that is included with this review.


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British Battleship vs Italian Battleship The Mediterranean 1940-41

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 09:47
Product Image Review Author Test:  Luke R. Bucci PhD

Mark E. Stille, a retired Commander of the U.S. Navy, and is a prolific writer and enthusiast for WW2 naval history - over 40 Osprey titles. Paul Wright painted the ships on the cover and in the text. Alan Gilliland illustrated the maps, ship profiles and armaments. Maurizio Brescia provided many of the photographs.


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Part 3 Zoukei Mura F-4J Phantom Hypersonic Models Stabilator Upgrade

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 09:39
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Hypersonic Modele Stabilator upgrade $8.67

Hypersonic Models Web Site: https://www.hypersonicmodels.com/products/1-48-resin/

The Zoukei Mura Kit

Refer to Part 1 for the construction of this fine model kit.

There have been a number of positive reviews for the Zoukei Mura F-4 Phantom series of model kits, and I cannot add anything new, other than these are really great kits.  I would encourage anyone interested in this airraft to purchase any Zoukei Mura Phantom.  You will not be sorry. 

Aftemarket Accessories Used

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AL-21F Exhaust Nozzle for Su-24M

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 09:36
Product Image Review Author Test:  Paul R. Brown

This set is designed to be used on Trumpeter's Su-24 kits.  The set consists of 10 resin parts which allows you to assemble a pair of exhaust nozzles for your Su-24 Fencer. Each nozzle set is comprised of a section with the rearmost fan blades, the flame-holder for the afterburner, the exhaust pipe and the rear nozzle assembly.  The set also includes the rear engine bay bulkhead and the oddly shaped section between the two nozzles.


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1 new photo (February 9)

New Gallery Images - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 06:45
IPMS/USA Gallery

Read n' Reviewed: Nuts & Bolts vol 43: Famo’s Sd.Kfz.9 18 ton Zugkraftwagen armoured and unarmoured variants

The Modelling News - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 03:09
Paul has been waiting for this - Nuts & Bolts latest book in their series that featured the heavy workforce of the german armed forces, the Famo Sd.Kfz9 18tonner and its variants. See what he thought of the book and what is inside in his review...

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Swedish Submarine Class Sjöormen

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 00:30
Product Image Review Author Test:  Frank Landrus

The first of the modern type of submarines for the Swedish navy was the Sjoormen class, designed in the early 1960s by Kockums, Malmo, and built by that company (three units) and Karlskronavarvet (two units). The class comprised the Sjoormen, Sjolejonet, Sjohunden, Sjobjornen and Sjohasten. With an Albacore type hull for speed and a twin-deck arrangement the class was extensively used in the relatively shallow Baltic where its excellent maneuverability and silent-running capabilities greatly aided the Swedish navy's anti-submarine warfare operations.

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