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Poe's X-Wing Fighter

New Forum Posts - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:12
Finished this one up today for our club build. This is the Revell snap-tite 1/48-ish kit, which I was overall impressed with. The kit fits VERY well, with no slop in the parts once they're in place. The cockpit is nicely detailed and the canopy crystal clear. The parts break down on lines that match paint lines, so not much in the way of seams is visible when completed. The X-wing can be open or closed. The only oddity is that the nose gear can be retracted, but there's no option but on or off the model for the main gear, which means I left them off for the "in flight" attitude on the stand. The stand is from the spares box, and NOT in the kit. The only major thing I did was rebuild the wing cannons with plastic, aluminum, and steel tubing. Even though the kit ones came cradled in a clear support box, they were still rather bent. Other than that, I painted and washed various details and put some belts on the kit seat. The only complaint I can make on the kit is the type of plastic used to mold it. It's somewhere between rubber and styrene....the mold lines are tough to scrape off (much like a car kit tire) and tubular parts cannot be simply bent back straight. They're also harder to drill through, the plastic being more "gummy" during drilling. That said, it IS workable, but doesn't react like your typical injected styrene does. The kit doesn't come with a pilot, and is meant to display on its gear. However, that makes opening the wings up problematic, as the main gear is then canted awkwardly. The kit has some nicely molded details between the wings I wanted to show, so I grabbed a stand from the spares box and put it in flight attitude. By the way...the kit has a gimmick, in that the cockpit is molded as part of a sound box/device. If you push down on the R2 it'll play cannon fire! Anyway, this was a quick build, yielding a cool looking model that allows me to have one to put in our club display at the local library next January, coinciding with the release of the new Star Wars movie around Dec/Christmas. Comments/questions/critiques welcome! GIL

TMN On Tour: Telford Scale ModelWorld 2019

The Modelling News - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 09:29
We love to show photos of modelling shows - they are a great place for inspiration, and maybe - just maybe - you might even see your own model kit on TMN that somebody has enviously snapped! Thanks to our roving reporter Juraj Jankovič for taking these pictures of the show to present to you today in the news...

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Preview: Das Werk's new 1/35th scale Salvenmaschinenkanone SMK 18-Typ 2 in plastic, CAD & in history.

The Modelling News - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 06:42
Das Werk has a new kit on its books - aa bad-ass looking AA gun called the 2cm Salvenmaschinenkanone SMK 18 - Typ 2 - this one, like the previous 3cm Flakvierling 103/38. This 35th scale kit features EIGHT 2cm barrels and looks even more capable. See a little about the kit and the gun itself in our preview...
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Tempest Mk. V Landing Gear

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 23:19

This white metal landing gear set was specifically designed as the replacement for the latest 2019 Eduard model of the Tempest Mk.V.  There are now two such kits as single kits and dual kit 'Royal Class' boxing affording the modeler to build several of the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC).

The SAC gear provides the modeler with a replacement while metal landing gear set, including the main gear and the rear tail strut.  One great advantage of the SAC metal gear is their ability to be bent where necessary to more accurately sit on the gear.

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USAF B-1B 34th BS “Thunderbirds”

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 09:05
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Academy Model Kits is adding to their 1/144th scale bomber fleet with the addition of a Rockwell B-1B Lancer.  Academy's previous foray in 1/144th scale aircraft kits was with a B-47 kit.  This B-1B is the sixth, depending on how you count them,  1/144th scale B-1. Lindberg, Minicraft, Panda/Dragon, Monogram, and Revell have all had offerings of this aircraft in this scale.

However, Academy's 'Bone' is newly-tooled and molded in multiple colors of plastic so it can be built without the use of paint. The fuselage and other aircraft parts all molded in gray, with the landing gear in white plastic, and the wheels and engine exhaust nozzles in black. (Operational B-1's are overall gunship gray with white wheel wells and ordnance bays.)

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Lancaster B Mk.III Dambuster – Part 1 of 3

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 11:28
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In 2012 Hong Kong models entered their first  1/32 scale model the B25J Mitchell and since that time modelers have been seeing a long line of 1/32 scale kits, multiple B25s, B17E, F and Gs, the Dornier Do 335A and B and the De Havilland Mosquito B Mk. IX/ Mk. XVI and Mk. IV Series II. Now we have the Avro Lancaster B Mk.I which has been reviewed by IPMS member Eric Christianson this year, and of course the Lancaster B Mk.III Dambuster that I am reviewing now.

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Obtaining replacement parts from Takom Models

New Forum Posts - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 11:22
I recently contacted Takom Models in an attempt to get a replacement part. I started by going to their Facebook page, and contacting them through Messenger. I made contact with someone at that location, and explained my need. The person on the other end replied with an e mail address similar to the main company e mail address. I then sent my request to that address. It's been about 5 days, and I've yet to get a reply. My question is; Has anyone tried to obtain a replacement part from Takom, and what kind of customer service can I expect? Thanks for providing whatever info you can!!! Doug

Osprey B-58 Hustler Units by Peter E. Davies

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 11:06
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Hearty thanks to Osprey for sending IPMS USA one more of their first-class reference books to review, and thanks to John and Phil for the opportunity for me to do something different in reviewing... READ ON!

I have been asked on numerous occasions about what I like to read.  I am so busy building and painting and doing "the day job" that I find it hard to define.  I like modeling trade magazines for learning what is the new "Shiny thing" that has come along, and also little frammazamits coming available to budget for.  I also read of the world we live in (THE EPOCH TIMES comes to mind) or a foot-thick manual on how to save a marriage (yep, me too). 

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Ammo's seven new products for November in our preview...

The Modelling News - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 03:24
AMMO has some great new books, new paints and a big box o' solutions for your latest projects that have just hit the market. They look pretty sweet to us, so we thought you would want to see them in our preview...

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Will the IPMS homepage ever have an announcement for the 2020 convention?

New Forum Posts - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 00:46
I see (at least on my computer) that the IPMS home page is promoting the 2019 convention - any ideas when the 2020 convention will move into such a place of prominence? Regards, David Doyle

Membership renewal

New Forum Posts - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 20:31
Sent my renewal submittal Oct.9th- have not received any confirmation or new card-as of today.. sent emails requesting status with no replies. Can someone follow up with this? Thranks. Respectfully...

AGM-114 US Navy Wheel Chocks WWII

IPMS/USA Reviews - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 19:31
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Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. In this review, we will look at a set of wheel chocks, the packaging, and parts, and take a look at the finished wheel chock.

The packaging contains parts for two wheel chocks modeled after those used by the U.S. Navy during World War II. In the images associated with this review, one is labeled as, "Product Packaging". Take a look at that image to see how the product is packaged. The product instructions are placed behind the white sheet inside the baggie. Included with this review is a snapshot of that instruction sheet. It's clear, simple, and easily understood with a quick glance.

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Mission Models Paint, Part 4 (Clear Primer)

IPMS/USA Reviews - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 19:10
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This is the fourth of a four-part review of Mission Models Paints.

Clear Primer

Why Clear Primer?

That is the question I asked Jon Tamkin owner of Mission Models Paints at the Chattanooga IPMS Convention. John looked at me for a second and I saw just a slight smile starting to emerge from the side of his mouth as if to say here is a whole new chapter in the Mission Models Paint story. After a conversation with him about the primer, I am inclined to agree with him.

What is Clear Primer

When I first heard about the Clear Primer, I was thinking to myself the primers I use are to check for defects on the model and can correct them with a little sanding. So how could a clear primer help with that?

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Read and Reviewed: How To Work With Colors & Transitions with Acrylics from AK Interactive

The Modelling News - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 07:07
Clayton has been doing a little more figure painting as of late - so this new book from AK Interactive called "How To Work With Colors & Transitions With Acrylics" seemed like a great book to advance his skills, but would it be everything he needed to learn more? See what he thought in his review after he read the book. 
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1/48 Monogram B-17G Mount-N-Ride

New Forum Posts - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 22:24
Since there's a new 1/48 B-17G being released, I decided I needed to build my old Monogram kit! Model was built OOTB. Decals are from PYN-UP. Kept the weathering on the lesser side since this was a low-time plane that flew only about 10 missions. This kit takes some elbow grease and planning, but still goes together well for its age. By the way, the wayward gun barrel on the top turret has been repaired! Didn't get every result I'd hoped for with this build, but I finally have this nose art I've wanted on the shelf! Comments, questions, and critiques welcome! Cheers! GIL