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New Review: AK 47 Assault Rifle - Eduard

New Forum Posts - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:20
This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 Russian AK 47 rifles in 1/35 scale. This is the most widely used assault rifles in the world. The set contains the following sets; 8 x Resin Karabiner 98k's 4 x Resin Magazines 1 x Colored Photo etch sheet 1x Instruction sheet The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the rifles and comes in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light colored straps for variation. The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas. Summary read more View the full article

Hasegawa June 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 13:23
Hasegawa June 2019 Releases

    Boeing 747-400 “The Demonstrator”
    Scale … 1: 200
    part number … 60
    model full length … 350 mm
    model full width … 324 mm
    2019 is 50 years from the 747 first flight! Reproduction of the 747-400 Demons trainer, which was called “High-tech Jumbo” and was active in the 90’s .

    F-4EJ Kai Super Phantom “302 SQ F-4 Final Year 2019”
    Scale … 1: 48
    part number … 132
    model total length … 402mm
    model full width … 244 mm
    302SQ F-4 Retirement commemorative color is reproduced in 1/48 scale!
    Decal (marking)
    JASDF Seventh Air Corps 302th Flight Squadrant F-4 retirement paint painting machine “428” (Beiri Base 2018-2019)

    F-4N Phantom II “Jolly Rogers VF-84”
    Scale … 1: 72

    Japanese Navy Carrier Carrier Akagi Full Hull Version
    Scale … 1: 700
    part number … 222
    model total length … 372.5 mm
    model full width … 60mm

    Add the newly developed ship bottom parts and reproduce the full hull condition!
    The basic ship bottom parts are integrally molded! The girder parts are inserted inside, and the parts around the bilge keel and screw are separate parts.
    Wooden display base and aluminum name plate are included!
    By incorporating the “Akagi Detail Up Parts Set (Model No .: 30036)” released simultaneously,
    it is possible to make it into a full-detailed Akagi.

    Kawasaki T-4 “Air Self-Defense Force
    Scale … 1: 48

    Japanese Navy Destroyer Yukuun & Fuun (Yukumo type) & Asakumo (Aoshio type) “Kisuka Island withdrawal operation”
    Scale … 1: 700
    Successfully completed withdrawal of all the Kisuka Island garrison
    “Yukmo“, “Fuun“, “Ashio” 3 ships set that participated in the “Kisuka Island withdrawal operation” (Operation No. 2) called a miracle operation !

    Additional plastic parts
    Special-type freighter
    Mount with slope

    J-35F Draken
    Scale … 1: 72

    Kyushu J7W2-S Local Fighter Shinken Kai “Night Fighter”
    Scale … 1: 48

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    Journal

    New Forum Posts - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:12
    I'm new to the IPMS since the beginning of the year and I've yet to receive the journal. Is it digital or do we get physical issues? Thanks in advance.

    Where is the Judging Survey?

    New Forum Posts - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 08:33
    Other than an announcement by Rusty on the Steel Navy forum and a discussion on this forum of the pros and cons of judging systems, I can find no link to the actual survey itself. Shouldn't this be posted prominently on the web site? I don't believe in conspiracy theories, but why has it not received more publicity?

    Preview: An all-new 35th scale U.S. Medium Tank M4A3 (76) W from Meng Models

    The Modelling News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 07:42
    Meng has joined the party for the most produced - maybe hoping their brand new M4  Sherman might get sold in similar numbers to it's WWII counterpart  - We have news about this first in a series of Shermans from Meng in our preview...
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    Su-30MKK Flanker G Landing Gear (HB)

    IPMS/USA Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 01:31
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    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 7 separate well-cast white metal parts, this gear is the usual replacement for the kit gear. Hobbyboss provides excellent kits with great detail, but usually has some things simplified. In this case the landing gear has everything it needs attached to the main gear, and as to the nose you add kit shimmy dampers, doors, and taxi lights. The FOD/Mud Guard is supplied with the set as well.

    This SAC set adds the usual structural strength to the weakest part of most models: The landing gear. Cast tough yet malleable white metal, it addresses any concern for splayed and failed landing gear for Hobbyboss' SU-30MKK.

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    New Review: Su-30MKK Flanker G Landing Gear (HB)

    New Forum Posts - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 01:31
    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 7 separate well-cast white metal parts, this gear is the usual replacement for the kit gear. Hobbyboss provides excellent kits with great detail, but usually has some things simplified. In this case the landing gear has everything it needs attached to the main gear, and as to the nose you add kit shimmy dampers, doors, and taxi lights. The FOD/Mud Guard is supplied with the set as well. read more View the full article

    Air Combat: Dogfights of World War II

    IPMS/USA Reviews - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 00:50
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    This is a new, hardbound publication that is comprised of the contents of four previously-released volumes in the "Duel" series from Osprey. This compendium is edited by Tony Holmes, and includes:

    • Part 1 (by Tony Holmes), Channel Clashes: Spitfire II/V vs Bf 109E (Duel 67)
    • Part II (by Edward M. Young), Hell in the Pacific: F4F Wildcat vs A6M Zero-sen (Duel 54)
    • Part III (by Dmitriy Khazanov & Aleksander Medved), Air War in the East: La-5/7 vs Fw 190 (Duel 39)
    • Part IV (by Edward M. Young), Ill-Fated Defense of the Home Islands: F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 'Frank' (Duel 73)

    This book has been produced to very high standards, and it was a joy to hold and read through. The hard binding is extremely sturdy, and all pages have a nice semi-gloss finish that just looks and feels first-rate. Color paintings and profiles are done to a high standard as well, and photos are clearly printed.

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    New Review: Air Combat: Dogfights of World War II

    New Forum Posts - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 00:50
    This is a new, hardbound publication that is comprised of the contents of four previously-released volumes in the "Duel" series from Osprey. This compendium is edited by Tony Holmes, and includes: Part 1 (by Tony Holmes), Channel Clashes: Spitfire II/V vs Bf 109E (Duel 67) Part II (by Edward M. Young), Hell in the Pacific: F4F Wildcat vs A6M Zero-sen (Duel 54) Part III (by Dmitriy Khazanov & Aleksander Medved), Air War in the East: La-5/7 vs Fw 190 (Duel 39) Part IV (by Edward M. Young), Ill-Fated Defense of the Home Islands: F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 'Frank' (Duel 73) This book has been produced to very high standards, and it was a joy to hold and read through. The hard binding is extremely sturdy, and all pages have a nice semi-gloss finish that just looks and feels first-rate. Color paintings and profiles are done to a high standard as well, and photos are clearly printed. read more View the full article

    Scale Plans Messerschmitt Bf 110 C & D

    IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:55
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    This publication, with illustrations by Maciej Noszczak, is an MMPBooks publication and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP books are characterized as being of very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the Ju-88A. There is no text other than captions for the drawings.

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    New Review: Casemate Scale Plans Messerschmitt Bf 110 C & D 1/32

    New Forum Posts - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:55
    This publication, with illustrations by Maciej Noszczak, is an MMPBooks publication and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP books are characterized as being of very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the Ju-88A. There is no text other than captions for the drawings. read more View the full article

    The Russian Battleship Marat

    IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:54
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    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.

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    New Review: The Russian Battleship Marat

    New Forum Posts - 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

    Decals from the book “Mit der Kamera an der Front’

    Model Builder International - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 18:35
    Decals from the book “Mit der Kamera an der Front’

    This sheet contains decals for 8 Bf 109E and Bf 109F aircraft from Vol 1 of the ‘Mit der Kamera an der Front’ recently published by Luftfahrtverlag-Start. We reviewed the book here.

    Luftfahrtverlag-Start occasionally does limited run decal sheets of aircraft, and submarines, from their publications. Usually, the print run is 500 copies, and once they’re out of stock, that’s it. The decal sheet is printed by Cartograph.

    The decal sheet uses crosses and balkenkreuz from the kit you’re using and adds to it the items you will need to model the aircraft. The instructions show you where the emblems are to be placed and also gives you the colours used in the paint scheme of the aircraft. The camouflage schemes are all the standard ones. There is also a small black and white image of the aircraft in question taken from the book. Theatre bands, such as yellow for Russia, are shown in the image given of the aircraft. The decals will work on any manufacturer’s kit.

    The decals cover:

    • Bf 109 E-7, Grey 15, Calais-Marck, Aug 1940
    • Bf 109 E-7, Grey 2, Calais-Marck, Mar 1941
    • Bf 109 E-7, Grey 5, Greece, May 1941
    • Bf 109 E-7, Brown 3, Russia, Jul 1941
    • Bf 109 E-7, Black 3, Rumania, Aug 1941
    • Bf 109 E-7, Chevron 3, Rumania, Aug 1941
    • Bf 109 E-7,  Black 1, Rumania, Sept 1941
    • Bf 109 E-7, White 9, Russia, Dec 1941
    • Bf 109 E-7, Grey 5, Russia, Dec 1941
    • Bf 109 E-7, Double chevron, Russia, Dec 1941
    • Bf 109 F-4, Double Chevron Jun 1941, Major Gollob
    • Bf 109 F-4, Double Chevron Jun 1941, Major Gollob

    The quality of the decals themselves is very good, as you would expect from Cartograph. The whites look good and the other colours are vibrant.

    Conclusion
    The decal sheet is highly recommended and will allow you to build some unique aircraft that you won’t see anywhere else.

    The decals cost 19,50 Euro + shipping. If you buy the book and the decal together, it´s only 17,50 Euro – and you get free shipping.
    The decals are available on their website on this page.

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    Super Drawings in 3D: OSA-Class Missile Boat

    IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:38
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    I would like to thank Kagero for this review sample

     

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

    New Forum Posts - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:38
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    Hasegawa's colourful, varied & novel in our June release preview

    The Modelling News - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:17
    Hasegawa always has a bunch of kits coming out every month, some we have already seen, and some are a little "samey" but we try to pick out the best of what is on the way to show you - we found some interesting bits in June's items are in our preview...
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    Eduard PE Zoom Set for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

    IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:22
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    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.

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

    New Forum Posts - 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

    Eduard Steel Seat Belts for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

    IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:16
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    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.

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