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British Escort Carriers 1941-45

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/17/2019 - 23:15
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Osprey Publishing just released a new book devoted to the Escort Carriers under British Flag during World War 2. Still this book has a few paragraphs devoted to the first two Escort Carriers under Dutch Flag. They had (Dutch) Fleet Air Arm Flights detached to them, under operational control of the British, so I think they count as 'British'.

This book is relatively short at 48 pages but don't let the relatively small thickness of the book fool you. The book is packed with information. It clearly describes the need for air cover for convoys and how out of necessity many merchant ships were converted to operate as a 'proof of concept'. Once the value of the Escort Carrier was proven, the larger US industrial capacity provided the vast majority of the Escort Carriers under British Flag.

The book is broken down in the following sections.

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Boeing 737-800, -8 MAX, -700 Landing Gear

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/17/2019 - 22:17
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The Aircraft

Boeing's 737-700, -8MAX and -800 are medium sized "single aisle" jet airliners.  They are easily identifiable by their single winglets, which first appeared on the -700.  Later 737s have a double winglet.  

I chose the 737-800 because it's the variant used by QANTAS, which I flew from Melbourne to Cairns Australia in the spring of 2019.

The Scale Aircraft Conversions Set

You get two sets of gear parts in this set.  This could be useful if you decide you also want to do a -800 or even a -8MAX.  The parts are all white metal, and they fit nicely in place of the kit parts.  


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MMP Books Single #5, MiG-17F/Lim-5

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/17/2019 - 20:28
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This is the 5th of the MMP Single series.  This book is for the modeler who is going to build this aircraft.  There's no real text, other than the photo captions but there's a bunch of good information to help build and detail a MiG-17F.

The first 5 pages are line drawings in 1/72 and 1/48 scale.  Then 4 pages of detail drawings of canopy, landing gear, instrument panel, and aircraft construction detail.

There follows 8 pages of black/white photos of aircraft details and in service.  Finally, 3 pages of color photos, and a large 3-view of a Lim-5 in full color which takes up the last 3 pages.

The photos give a very good idea of what the aircraft looked like when in service, and the color photos are wonderful in that they give good color info on the cockpit interior.

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F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (shark nose versions) - F-5 E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm gun barrels

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/17/2019 - 18:47
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This was done in conjunction with the Platz 1/144 F-5E/N kit which I also reviewed.  

This set consists of a brass pitot, two 20mm guns, and a fairing which can replace one of the guns.

The upgrade is pretty simple.  You get a .3mm drill.  Remove the kit pitot and drill a hole there.  The guns require a little more work, as there isn't a good place to start drilling.  I began by using a #1 blade to dig the guns out, then drilled the .3 mm holes.  Then I installed the pitot and the guns.  I had to use a little filler under the guns to get them looking good.  

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AOA Decals VF-154 Black Knights

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/17/2019 - 16:29
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All Phantom Fans have heard of the famous VF-154 Black Knights. This decal set from AOA provides an excellent set of four markings for the F-4J during the 1970's. This sheet covers one Navy fighter squadron - VF-154 Black Knights - when they operated the F-4J Phantom in the 1970's. From the AOA website:

Marking Options Included:

    1. USS Ranger [Vietnam] (1970-71) - standard scheme 
    2. USS Ranger [Vietnam] (1972-73) - CAG & standard scheme 
    3. NAS Miramar (1977-78) - CAG scheme

AOA states that there are markings for the centerline fuel tank for the 1972+ period. You will notice that the fuel tank is quite visible on the illustrations of the F-4J provided by AOA in the packaging.

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Four new kits with sprues, colours & boxart for November from Trumpeter

The Modelling News - Sun, 11/17/2019 - 12:14
Four new products from Trumpeter should be hitting the shelves of your local hobby shop this month. A big German taking a dive, a cargo lorry with a special mission, John F Kennedy takes to the waves again and a truck with a severe leak out the front end? See what we mean as we look at the boxart, decal and marking choices and sprue layout in our new item preview for November.

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The Howling Man

New Forum Posts - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 11:56
Today's subject is another from MoonDevil Studio. It's the Howling Man, from a 1060 episode of the Twilight Zone. From IMDB: Just looking at the sculpt you get to see how the story ends. The kit comes in the usually 2 parts, the bust and the base. The kit is typically well done and only the slightest seamline is seen across the slicked back hair. Looking at images of the actor, Robin Hughes, the first obvious thing is that it's all in B&W (Duh, it was 1960, Kev...). My first idea was to paint it up that way. But it was only a few days after JerseyFest (where I got the model) that someone else posted on the FB GK groups his version which was in B&W. So I decided to go with color. Next thing to think about was what is the coloring. Looking at the film still, it looks like the actor has no coloring makeup, and his shirt is black and his cape is alsodark with a light color stripes, and cowl. I remembered a movie memorabilia auction where Dracula's cape was up for bid. The cape as you would expect was black, but the inside was a salmon color satin! I decided that my devil will have the same. If it's good enuff for Bela, it's good enuff for the Howling Man... But first comes the primer. And then I decided to make him a red devil. It wqas at this point I decided that I would work on my OSL. Not show is I started by using my "red" paint set, and started at one end with a dark purple color. This will be my deepest shadow. I started with a flesh color which would give me the salmon color, but decided to add some pearlizing additive to make the cowl shone a bit. But the pearl flecks are in a white medium, not clear. This turned the salmon color a little beige. Hmmm do I want the pearl, or do I want the salmon color. I chose the shine so my cowl became this beige color. In retrospect I should have darkened the shadows of the cowl more as I was going, which would enhance the shine. I tried after 90% of it was done, but was afraid of ruining what I had done so far, and chickened out spraying the shadows darker. The cape was black, the shirt was German Gray, and the chain was brass, which IMHO looks more like gold and the gold paint does. The base was gray which Black Gray in the cracks, and the lettering was the same Scarlet that was the highest highlight of the face. With that I was calling this done. Thanks for looking.

Read n' Reviewed: Panzers in Berlin 1945 from Panzerwrecks Publishing

The Modelling News - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 09:31
"Panzers in Berlin in 1945" from Panzerwrecks has hit our book & hobby shops in a second print run. At just under 400 pages from authors Lee Archer, Mario Lippert & Robert Kraska, it is full of detail, maps, illustrations & photos of one of the most desperate battles in history. We have read the book - see what we thought in our review...
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Please Help Need Cutty Sark plans

New Forum Posts - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 22:12
I have a Cutty Sark kit missing the plans. I believe that it is a very old kit as I cannot locate it in the downloads section of Revel. If you have a set and can help me or maybe you have downloaded them and would be able to forward me a copy I would be forever in your dept! THE KIT # IS 0399 Thank you


Scale Model News - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 05:49

ENJOY THIS VIDEO giving details of the upcoming 1:72 scale Airfix Avro Vulcan B.2. This is looks to be a very exciting kit for anyone with an interest in military aviation of the Cold War era.

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Two new figures and some pussies in love from Stalingrad Miniatures in their latest figure set...

The Modelling News - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 03:58
Stalingrad Miniatures has two new figures - plus two feline friends for us in a single set this month. All four of them look like they are just a little distracted from the wartime setting around them. See these two new figures are about in our new figure preview...
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Decal Review: 1/48th scale "Last in Line Vol.1" from Exito Decals

The Modelling News - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 07:53
Exito Decals has released two new decal sheets recently, both of them in 48th scale, and while the first set Gary looked at were late-model Spitfires as their subjects, today sees the other side get a run with late WWII Bf-109's thrust into the action. See what he thought about this sheet in his review... 
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Scale Model News - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 06:11
THE BUSY HOBBY BOUNTIES store in Singapore recently had a model competition to coincide with the launch of the new Midway movie.Read more »
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1/35 MRC OH-58D 'Black Death'

New Forum Posts - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 20:48
Here is the Kiowa Warrior from MRC. Great build. Very wordy directions, but comprehensive. I also used the Zactomodels exterior details. I added some seat belts, a CAR-15 on the IP.

Scale Model Podcast Ep. 33 – Aaron Skinner

Scale Model Podcast - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 20:37
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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