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Scale Model Podcast Ep. 30 – Scott Hards – Mecha, Not Gundam

Scale Model Podcast - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 22:00
Welcome to the Scale Model Podcast. 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 favourite podcasts are found including iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher as […]
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New Forum Posts - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 17:33
When is craftsmanship more important than accuracy? (Putting seat belts in backwards simply because they look good that way.) How do you tell the difference? How do people feel about a model "looking good" but being totally inaccurate in multiple aspects?( An A6M5 Zero, armed with Sidewinder missiles, in Dutch markings, being flown by a Russian unit in the Battle of Britain) At what point should the builder take aesthetics into consideration. (Yes, the color is right, but it is just ugly.) Should aesthetics be more important than trying to make the model accurate? (Like putting a Ford engine in a Dodge because you think the detail looks better.) Having had some interesting discussions with people about accuracy and craftsmanship, I have come to believe many talk about these things, but are all on different pages about how they should be applied to models and contest judging. Thoughts? Dak

Build Guide Pt II: MiniArt's 35th scale Focke-Wulf Triebflügel Interceptor

The Modelling News - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 07:53
Andy has finished construction of Miniart's 35th scale Vertical interceptor that never was - the futuristic Focke-Wulf Triebflügel. See how he finished construction and detailed this kit up so very nicely before paint & weathering in today's story...
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1/72 Academy F-8C Using Muroc Models Conversion

New Forum Posts - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 00:32
For those who might be interested :BUILD THREAD Here are the finished pictures of my 1/72 scale Muroc Models F-8C conversion of the Academy F-8E kit, with raised wing and dropped flaps and slats: Had a few little glitches here and there, but I'm glad to have it in the collection! Thanks for looking in... Ed

Douglas D-558: D-558-1 SKYSTREAK AND D-558-2 SKYROCKET

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 23:47
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This is the 12th book in the X Planes Series and covers the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak plus the D-558-2 Skyrocket.

The book covers the full development of the Skystreak and Skyrocket and the history of the testing and progress they made. 

The book chapters are:

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Masterpiece Models Scale Ruler MMR 35

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 23:15
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Masterpiece Models has provided a useful tool - a 1/35 scale ruler. This is one of a series that also includes 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scale. These cover all the major model kit scales. They are made from acrylic sheet, 6 inches long, 1/16th thick, and laser engraved.

This is a very useful tool when modelling and can be used for checking part are too scale, for scratch building kit parts, and diorama parts. 

The ruler is clear which also makes it easier to use and see what your measuring.

I will now source the other rulers in the series as I can see so many uses for these.

Thanks go to Masterpiece Models for providing this tool for review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

Installing treads?

New Forum Posts - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 13:00
Recently retired and able to spend time building models and have a question on installing treads onto model tanks. The one-piece vinyl type; pinned joint. I have had issues breaking running gear trying to install the treads after pinning; is there a trick to this or should I wrap the tread onto the running gear and then join the ends?

What team are you on? Five new marking choices in six different themes in Wingnut Wings limited edition Albatros kits

The Modelling News - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 10:04
Wingnut Wings has six special limited edition Albatros kits on the way - each with a different theme of markings for this aircraft and five choices in each of the new style boxings. See exactly what they are offering in these kits in our preview...
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Bandai Gundam Gusion Rebake HG 1/144

New Forum Posts - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 13:37
Built this mainly to get back into the swing of using my airbrush. Gundam kits are usually easy builds so I could spend more time working with the magic paint spitter.

Source for Wonder Wire

New Forum Posts - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 11:37
I'm trying to find a source for Wonder Wire, also known as ceramic fiber for rigging.

SBD Dauntless: Douglas’s US Navy and Marine Corps Dive Bombing in World War II

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 10:03
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I have been interested in the SBD Dauntless for as long as I have been modeling. In these 20+ years, I have collected any book on my favorite aircraft as I could grab up. For as long as I have been modeling, I have also come to appreciate David Doyle's excellent reference books on all matters of military subjects and they have become a go-to source whenever I wanted to learn more. The fact that his expertise could be married to the Slow but Deadly in the form of a new book on this truly significant dive bomber makes me truly happy. The fact that the book contains so many photos I have never seen makes things even that much better.

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Preview: Takom's 35th scale King Tiger (Late) 2 in 1

The Modelling News - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 09:59
It had to happen soon enough - the mighty King Tiger from Takom is coming to us, with a two in one boxing of the kit with no interior for those who like to get straight into the painting & weathering exteriors!. We have a provisional shot and some info on the Tiger II that never was in our preview...
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Letters from a Lancaster Gunner

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 09:52
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This book is not your typical historical account toting statistics, data charts, and emotionally detached accounts of RAF Bomber Command operations. I admit there is nothing wrong with those types of books- they have their place, and I have enjoyed them in the past when researching and educating myself for a build or idea. This is a narrative that is based on letters between a young, hopeful RAF turret gunner named Joseph 'Mac' Thompson and his family- mainly letters home to his mum. The book is written by his niece, Helen Thompson.

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MiG-21MF Fighter-Bomber etch set

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 09:42
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This set is designed to be used on Eduard's MiG-21MF "Fighter-Bomber" kit that was released by Eduard last fall.  The set provides full color replacements for the cockpit walls, consoles, canopy rails, canopy and the instrument panel.  It also includes a several pieces for the ejection seat harness, the "Odd Rods" IFF antennas and static dischargers.  

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Preview: Takom's new 35th scale Russian Navy AK-130 Automatic Gun

The Modelling News - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 09:26
Takom has just sent news of not one, but two big automatic guns in an automated turret that will blow your shi - ship clean away - the deadly double-barreled AK-130 Naval Gun of the Russian Navy is the subject of their soon to be released new boxing coming soon...
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