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ANM66 2000 lb bomb USA

New Forum Posts - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 22:22
I've been looking for WWII (although stocks were used until the 1960's) AMN66 2000 lb bombs in 1/72 scale. As far as I can find, no one makes any, nor do I know of a kit where any have been provided. I was wandering whether anyone out there might know of a near-sized smaller type bomb in 1/48 or 1/32 scale? As near as I can find, the bomb I'm looking for would have an L.O.A. of real 90.4", which in 1/72 works out to 1-7/16" or 34.5mm. The length of the bomb body only is 70.00" in real life, or 1-1/8" or 21.5mm. The diameter of the bomb body is 23.3 inches in real life or just a hair over 5/16" or 8.5mm or thereabouts. What I am trying to do is substitute on of the larger scales' smaller bombs for the 1/72 2000 pounder. It looks like this (not to scale): I'm wondering if anyone out there knows of a 1/48 or 1/32 scale smaller poundage bom that looks like this at is fairly close to the dimensions given above, that I could substitute for 1/72 2000 pounders. Appreciate any ideas or leads, as I need two of these... Ed

1 new photo (September 14)

New Gallery Images - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 15:58
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Scale Model News - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 13:02

THERE’S AN OLD AVIATION question that runs, “Why do they put four engines on a 747? Answer: because they can’t fit six…” Well, that doesn’t apply to the Antonov An-225 as it has six engines as standard and holds the record as the largest aircraft in the world currently flying.
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1/48 Hasegawa F-8E Crusader VF-111

New Forum Posts - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 05:28
This next build is Hasegawa’s 1/48 scale F-8E Crusader. I chose this so that I can add it to the F-4B, F-14A and the F-5E that I built previously where they all represent the VF-111 Sundowners squadron. I will be using the VF-111 “Mig Killers” decal set from Cutting Edge and the Ares resin cockpit set to complete the details. Starting with the cockpit tub I started with the few photo etch parts then moved on to the detail painting of the fine details. Then the side walls were detail painted. The ejection seat was detailed with photo etch accessories and painted. The dashboard was built from the photo etch and attached to the resin hood. The cockpit was then all assembled. I compared the resin cockpit to the fuselage and started trimming the fuselage to accommodate the new resin cockpit. More photos in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-f-8e-crusader-from-vf-111/

Ryefield T-34/D30 122mm

New Forum Posts - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:00
For those Interested it is available on EvilBay and at Sprue Brothers.

1/48 Early Maltese Cross decals

New Forum Posts - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 08:15
I have an Eindekker with no markings and can find no, I repeat, no, aftermarket early WWI Maltese cross decals in 1/48. I found 1/144, 1/72 even 1/24 and 1/32, but no 1/48. Anyone know of any or have a spare set from a kit? If not, this one goes back on the shelf unfinished.

Build Guide Pt.III: 32nd scale Nieuport XVII Early version from Copper State Models

The Modelling News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 05:29
Our man Lukas is finished his build of the new Copper State Models 32nd scale Nieuport XVII (Early version) biplane. This part of the story shows how he finished the rigging and final touches in this, the third part of his build guide here on TMN.
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Judging at the Nationals.

New Forum Posts - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 20:35
My first Nationals. Had a great time. Made some new friends, and got a lot of good advice from some fantastic modelers. In reference to judging, is it common place for judges to pick up models off their bases to look at them? Just curious. Christopher

Four new items with sprues, colours & boxart from Trumpeter in September

The Modelling News - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 08:16
Four new products should be hitting the shelves of your local hobby shop this month. All are popular with the military AFV crowd and look to have their own separate audience. See what we mean as we look at the boxart, decal and marking choices and sprue layout in our new item preview for August from Trumpeter.
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Read n' Reviewed: Uboot Im Focus #17 from Luftfahrtverlag-Start

The Modelling News - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 10:44
"U-boot Im Focus" #17 has been released to the public - and we are sure that the U-boat community would be happy to see another volume, but what is inside this issue and how does it measure up to the others in the series? See what we thought after we read it in our review...
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OTB 62: Rivet counters and masking your model.

On the Bench Podcast - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 09:05

Dave, Ian and Julian and joined by Robert to discuss rivet counters. Are they simply white noise to the modelling community or do they infect have an important role to play?  

We will also look at masking you model, the do's and don'ts as well as some tips for a good outcome and of course we have our mail and whats new in the modelling world.

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8 Inch Howitzer M1 WWII

IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 07:21
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The 8-inch Gun M1 was a 203 mm towed heavy gun developed in the United States and was also used in small numbers by the British Army. Serious development began in June 1940 of an 8-inch (203 mm) gun that would have the longest range of any US Army field artillery weapon in World War II. The gun used the same projectile as the 8-inch coastal gun and the US Navy's 8-inch cruiser gun. The M1 consists of equilibrator assemblies, elevating and traversing mechanisms, two single-wheel, single-axle heavy limber, and a two-axle bogie with eight tires and two trails. After 1962 it was designated the M115 Howitzer.


AFV Club Kit

Originally issued in 1997 & reissued in 2000 as the post-1962 M115 Howitzer, this kit release has been modified to the original WWII M1 version with new parts. The new parts include:

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P-51D Mustang

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 20:15
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Nearly every aircraft modeler has at least one iconic WWII P-51 Mustang in their collection.  Based on the quick sell-out of Eduard's recent 1/48 new tooling at the 2019 'Nooga Nats, its popularity is long from over.  The subject of this review however is a diminutive 1/144 scale version of the Mustang produced by Japanese model-maker Platz.

According to their website, "Platz was founded in April, 2000, and is based in Shizuoka, Japan.  PLATZ comes from the term "place" - or to be more precise, a "gathering place" for modelers from various categories to develop and produce something new, something really wanted by the public and moreover, something "we" would also want.

Based on the knowledge acquired with a 20-year experience in the modelling business, we would like to challenge the market with a combination of renovated ideas, technologies and materials.

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Atlas of the Blitzkrieg 1939-1941

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 20:00
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This book impresses from the moment you see it, it's a beautifully bound and printed on very high quality paper! The book is a series of very well detailed maps of the German Blitzkrieg campaigns of the early part of World War two.

The book is split up by each battle front and has detailed maps showing forces locations and make up on all sides. The maps are awesome and the best quality I have seen in a long time. They are not too complicated but give all the information you need to see what the situation was at each point during the campaigns.

The descriptions of the campaigns and each chapter provide a great overview.

The book chapters are:

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New Forum Posts - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 17:46
On all the contest entry sheets, we fold our names under to make things anonymous. Isn't this silly? A Chattanooga, I watched dozens of people turning over the sheets to see who built something, The judges have to look to avoid sweeps. So why not just leave the name out in plain sight? It would make it easier to get to know other members, too. If the idea was to make it so the judges had no idea who built something and are impartial, it is a total failure. Particularly since so much stuff is on the web and in magazines. Lets stop this silliness if for no other reason than to protect the models. How many times do judges have to shift a model off an entry sheet to read the builder's name!? Thoughts? Dak

Good Grief Charlie Brown

New Forum Posts - Mon, 09/09/2019 - 16:56
This is a kit by Good Fellas Resin, designed to pay tribute to an artwork by Max Dunbar. It's an adult, post apocalyptic, Charlie Brown and Snoopy - It was a well engineered kit, and a pleasure to build and paint. Thanks for looking.