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P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubble Top" (Set of 2)

IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 11/27/2019 - 06:35
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Platz has been a consistent supplier of new review kits to us, and I'm pleased to be able to review this recent release.  Newly tooled and boxed, this kit is a joy to build with 4 great marking schemes available to share between the two complete models. Let's dive in.

All parts are crisply molded with very nicely engraved panel and control surface lines.  Instructions are in full color.  The instrument panels are molded in clear plastic - when removing these from the sprue, be careful not to confuse the gunsight with the sprue - I accidentally clipped off the first gunsight in error when cutting parts.  I used a toothpick to add white dots to the back face of the panel and then overpainted with black, resulting in a nice-looking panel (very little of which is visible once you button up the cockpit.)  I added thin masking tape strips simulating harnesses, but again, you won't see much with a closed canopy. I considered slicing one of the canopies open but didn't want to risk the damage; one could add more detail if desired.

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Me 210/410 Zerstorer Units – Combat Aircraft 131

IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 11/27/2019 - 06:21
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This is another great book in the Osprey Combat Aircraft Series. It covers the development of the 210 and the later 410 aircraft. These were designed to replace the classic Me 110 aircraft.

It was in 1937 that the idea and development started on a replacement for the Me 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer) which itself was just entering service. The new design would have to full fill the role of Destroyer and dive bomber.

The development stages and aircraft variations are very well done including all issues with the Me 210 which was not the success Messerschmitt was hoping for. This was due to a lack of sufficient flight-testing, the Me 210 suffered from bad reputation in respect to its flight characteristics and weak undercarriage. Every detail and stages are covered in great depth. What I found very interesting is the amount of information from the different issues and production locations etc.  

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Build Guide Pt IV: Meng's 35th scale M911 C-HET & M747 Semi-Trailer Finale

The Modelling News - Wed, 11/27/2019 - 06:13
Andy Moore has finished the great big MENG M911 C-HET & M747 Semi-Trailer in 35th scale in the sixth part of his guide with tips on construction, painting & weathering tips using AK-Interactive materials...
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Tigers 1 and II

IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 11/27/2019 - 06:10
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Whether I am reviewing his armor books as now, or his aircraft books, like my previous review on the SBD, I am always finding David Doyle's books to be tremendous additions to the reference bookshelf. I find myself referring to them numerous times, whether for my own projects or to check on something for friends asking advice. The best advice, of course, is to buy themselves their own copy of the book...and this Legends of Warfare volume on the Tigers is no exception.

The book is not the end all or be all purchase that you'll never need anything else to buy for the library. It is, however, a good place to start for someone transitioning to armor modeling for the first time, or just looking to build one of the various offerings of Tiger kits available. WWII buffs in general will thoroughly enjoy looking through the texts and various photos. Enough babbling...what's inside Mike?

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Scale Model Podcast EP 34 – Wacky For WingNuts

Scale Model Podcast - Tue, 11/26/2019 - 20:12
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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Hauler U.S Field Safe 1/48 48394

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 11/26/2019 - 11:53
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Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases. This is a 1/48 Scale U.S. army Field Safe from WWII.

Included is:

  • Three resin parts
  • Photo Etch Sheet
  • Instruction Sheet

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal from the resign bases.

The Assembly is quick and easy. Please be careful with the Photo etch interior parts as they need to be assembled as tightly as possible to slide into the safe opening.

The final part is painting.

Thanks go to Hualer for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Preview: Miniart adds accessibility & new colours to their 35th scale Focke-Wulf Triebeflügel

The Modelling News - Tue, 11/26/2019 - 09:43
MiniArt's new boxing of the 35th scale Focke-Wulf Triebeflügel adds a solution to the thought of "how the bloody hell does the pilot get in there" to the kit, not only that, but it adds all-new decals for six Axis machines including a Hydra version for all of those "what-if?" fans out there. Boxart, sprues and markings are all in our preview...
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'WAR OF THE WORLDS' SCI-FI INVASION FEATURES IN MODEL RAIL LAYOUT

Scale Model News - Tue, 11/26/2019 - 05:54


THIS LAYOUT COMBINES traditional model rail construction with a dash of science fiction. The Edwardian sci-fi story War of the Worlds by HG Wells makes for an interesting, and very different, diorama setting.
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Detailing for Boeing 720, C-5B, Tu-160, DHC-8-106, Harrier GR, B-1B, S-3A/B, Su-34

New Forum Posts - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 11:41
Selling the last released (November 2019) detailing sets of Metallic Details: - Detailing set for aircraft model DHC-8-106 Dash 8 (AMP, 1/144) - $6.60 Set contains photoetched parts for detailing the exterior of aircraft. - Detailing set for aircraft model Tu-160 (Zvezda, 1/144) - $24.20 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing the exterior of aircraft. - Detailing set of wheel bays for aircraft model C-5B Galaxy (Roden, 1/144) - $58.30 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing of wheel bays and landing gear for aircraft model. - Detailing set for aircraft model Boeing 720 (Roden, 1/144) - $13.20 Set contains photoetched parts for detailing the exterior of the aircraft. - Detailing set for aircraft model Harrier GR Mk7/9 (Hasegawa, Revell, 1/48) - $15.40 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing the exterior and interrior of the aircraft. - Nose cone for aircraft model B-1B Lancer (Revell, 1/48) - $9.90 Set contains 1 resin part for detailing of nose cone. - Antennas for aircraft model Su-35 (1/48) - $9.90 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing antennas of aircraft. - Detailing set of wheel bays for aircraft model S-3A/B Viking (Italeri, 1/48) - $60.50 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing wheel bays of the aircraft. - Jet nozzles for aircraft model Su-34 (Kitty Hawk, 1/48) - $35.20 Set contains resin parts for detailing of jet nozzles for aircraft model. - Detailing set for engine "Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior" (1/72) - $5.50 Set contains resin parts to build 1 engine.

Figure Painting Magazine

New Forum Posts - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 11:19
Just curious as to, are there any figure painting magazines still in print?

Just in case you needed a new version - Bronco models new 48th scale P-51D/K in Chinese Service (1949 Parade)

The Modelling News - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 07:13
...And now for something a little different... A new P-51D/K Mustang in 48th scale... - hang on - what makes these a little different? The Mustangs that appeared in the 1949 military parade over Beijing in a show of strength are actually different to most Mustang kits you see as the first release from a model company. See the boxart, CAD drawings & colour profiles of Bronco's new kit in our preview...
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Allan 1/35 Katyusha Scene

New Forum Posts - Sun, 11/24/2019 - 18:40
I built this scene using the Allan 1/35 Katyusha kit and added the Eduard photo etch set. I modified it to appear as if the drivers front tire was off. The figures are a combination of spare parts from my extra parts bin. The ground work was done with celluclay. The figures are painted in oils, the Katyusha in Tamiya paints weathered in oils.

The Duke Finishes One in November

New Forum Posts - Sun, 11/24/2019 - 18:07
Hello everyone. Awhile ago; I thought I'd finished my Nagmachon, but when I took the pics I noticed a few things. So, at first I was going to post this pic: But then I noticed the crooked box on the side of the fender. Not good. Then when I wanted to post this pic: ...I noticed the black smudge on the back of the armor. So, I came up with an idea.... And now I can finally post the officially finished model. Here it is with the box fixed in front: And now for my solution to the black smudge. I decided to make it look like someone took a shot at it: And the final view: I tried to get a closer pic of the 'damage' but couldn't get the camera to focus on it. This was the best I could do: That was the first time I'd ever done battle damage like that before. I'm pretty happy with it. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.

Hauler –Safe 1/48

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/24/2019 - 14:01
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Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases. This is a 1/48 Scale U.S. Safe from Pre -WWII period.

Included is:

  • 13 resin parts
  • Photo Etch Sheet
  • Small decal sheet
  • Instruction Sheet

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal from the resign bases. I did manage to lose the small resin safe handle. So I had to make one myself

The Assembly is quick and easy.

Please be careful with the Photo etch interior parts as they need to be assembled as tightly as possible to slide into the safe opening.

Next is the painting then adding the decals. The Decals did tend to roll up and were hard to place due to this. The addition of the gold bars were a nice touch.

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