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58th Shizuoka Hobby Show 2019: Modelling hall picture Gallery Pt 2.

The Modelling News - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 00:48
Today we present our second and final gallery of models from the model hall at the 58th Shizuoka Model Show. There was so much to see there and so many great models we split this gallery into two - see the rest of the cream(and a little of the weird and wonderful) from the big show on the weekend in our tour of the hall floor.
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Scale Model Podcast Ep. 20 – Shows and More Shows

Scale Model Podcast - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 21:25
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 favorite podcasts are found including iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher as […]
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Legends of Warfare P-47 Thunderbolt

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:32
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Among the iconic aircraft of World War II, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt not only was physically the biggest single-engine fighter, it also had and enormous impact on history.

P-47's were flown by 132 US Army Air Force squadrons during the Second World War, but they were not flown only by Americans. The Aircraft also served with sixteen British Royal Air Force squadrons and four French squadrons, as well as Brazilian, Chinese, and Mexican squadrons attached to US units. The Soviet air force also prominently flew Thunderbolts, through the exact number of squadrons equipped with the massive fighter is uncertain.


The Author

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Scale Motorsport is alive and kicking!

New Forum Posts - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:48
Scale Motorsport has just announced a new super detail set for the Revell GT 40 kit. It is not on their web site yet, but it is up on their facebook page. No information about what will be included but if I know Matthew Wells(and I do) it will be outstanding! Glad to see new product coming out! It has been a while.

Flight Craft 14: Messerschmitt Bf-109

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 00:22
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The Bf-109 is an iconic fighter of the Third Reich.  Developed in 1935 the single engine monoplane fighter struck fear into the enemies of the Reich until the end of the war.  Continuously developed throughout the war the fighter even survived the fall of Germany in the air forces of Spain, Czechoslovakia and ironically the fledgling Israel. 

This softbound book contains 80 pages of high quality paper and 100 color illustrations and pictures.  The book includes a variety of black and white historical images, as well as, a number of contemporary color photos not just of the Bf-109 but also its opponents.   There are eight pages of color profiles that are quite nice and run the entire production from the first 109 to the last Spanish and Czech ones.

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Res Kit P-51 Mustang Wheel Set

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 00:00
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Res Kit offers a wide variety of resin parts and bits for a large number of aircraft in 1/48th, 1/72nd, and 1/32nd scale. This review looks at the set of wheels for a P-51 in 1/48th scale. The product is not specific to any particular P-51 kit and therefore, can be used on any 1/48th P-51 that is in your "stash".


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58th Shizuoka Hobby Show 2019: Modelling hall picture Gallery Pt 1.

The Modelling News - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 19:00
You can keep your major announcements of kits you would find out about a few days later from a buddy anyway - the main modeller's hall at Shizuoka Hobby Show is really where it's at! In here are THOUSANDS of models from enthusiasts all over the country wh bring them to exhibit - We have two galleries - the first today with a random-ass selection to show you what you saw or might have missed at the event - Enjoy!
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: Desert Storm Eagles-When Eagles Fly, MiGs Die

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:58
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The F-15, no other aircraft in history has been as successful in air-to-air engagement, as the Eagle.  Prior to Desert Storm, the Eagle was used successfully by the Israelis but had been unproven in use by the US Air Force. 

The F-15C is a beautiful aircraft and during Desert Storm it proved itself so successful scoring 32 aerial victories of the 41 victories achieved by the US forces. 

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World War Toons British Infantry Tank A12 Matilda II

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 08:56
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Here is another caricature tank from Meng Models. These models are obviously targeted at kids, but many of us "serious" modelers are finding them to be fantastic "breaks" from our usual in-depth subjects. I am seeing them on the contest tables as well.

The kit comes in a strong end opening box with a colorful painting of a British Matilda. All the sprues, instruction manual and tiny decal sheet are located within a single plastic bag.

All the parts show a good amount of detail, and it is intended to be a "snap fit" model. The instruction manual is easy to follow, but the painting and decal diagrams are very small and quite dark, making it a little difficult to determine decal positions and color demarcation areas. There are two decal schemes offered: a British tank in the Caunter paint scheme and a captured German tank painted in Panzer Grey.

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Brengun 1/144 Exhaust Nozzles for the AV-8B/GR7 Harrier

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 08:50
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The Aircraft

Harriers are famous for being able to take off and land vertically.  Of course, taking off vertically with a full combat load isn't practical, unless your mission is to drop a teacup of napalm just off the airfield border.  Nevertheless, the Harrier has been successful, and it's because of the ability to adjust the exhaust to vector it through the nozzles to allow downward as well as normal push for vertical and normal flight.


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The entire kit is two sets of nozzles, one forward, one rear, left and right sides. 

I used the Dragon AV-8B kit for this review, and the nozzles fit in the Dragon fuselage with no modification.


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Brengun 1/144 Renault FT-17 Tank

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 08:36
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The Vehicle: 

The Renault FT (the 17 was added after World War I) was the first modern tank to reach production.  The big advance over previous armored vehicles was the armament in a fully rotating turret, which allowed the tank to shoot without maneuvering.  There were over 3,000 FTs built in France during the war, and there were 950 M1917 light tanks built in the United States.  None of the US built tanks were completed in time to see action in the war, but France lent 144 FTs to the US Army in mid-1918.


There were many users of the FT, including Afghanistan, where 4 were discovered by US Forces in 2003, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, and 19 others, including Nazi Germany.


The Kit:


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Stug III 75mm Assault Gun

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 08:26
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The recent re-release of Airfix's catalogue of 1/76 AFVs has generated a bit of a buzz among Airfix fans, many of whom grew up building these little gems as lads. Now, as adults, these kits bring back memories of the simpler times with the re-boxing of these little beauties. I never had much of an opportunity to build Airfix kits in my youth, I don't remember them, or their many American boxings being available in my local hobby shop. However, coming back into the hobby as an adult, I've really taken a liken to many of Airfix's recent offerings, as well as a few of their golden oldies.

These "Vintage Classic" releases from Airfix, fit both categories. They're old molds repackaged into the new box with newly printed decals, and most important of all, new tracks. The kits come packaged in the now familiar side-opening red box, but feature the artwork on the original packaging. In the case of the Stug III, the artwork is more of a fiction piece, showing a Stug III and infantry charging down a sand dune as U.S. troops assault the beaches from landing crafts.

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Mothers Day Mousling

New Forum Posts - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 20:10
She's from the Reaper Miniatures Mousling series. Thanks for letting me share!

Preview: Miniart's new 35th scale Focke-Wulf Triebflügel takes off at Shizuoka

The Modelling News - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 20:02
A surprise announcement at the Shizuoka Hobby show was from MiniArt - The new kit of the Focke-Wulf Triebflügel in 35th scale was there in all its glory - proudly erect! We have now the full set of images and info of the boxart, sprues, aircraft colour schemes and feature set in our new item preview...
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Some pictures are better when they are moving - Short vignettes of the 58th Shizuoka Hobby Show 2019

The Modelling News - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 06:03
We took some of the short and not so short vignettes fo videos showing those things in the modelling hall that are just plain better in video. See our short - shorts to see if there is anything you would have missed at the show.
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Nats Ships Category Missing??

New Forum Posts - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 20:33
Noticed that the category for "Commercial Ships" is not listed for the 2019 Nats. Was it removed from the contest or just a mistake on the category listings? If it has been removed, then what category would a 1/400 Titanic be entered?

Scalpel Blades

New Forum Posts - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 19:54
Looking for a source for a specific scalpel blade. I'm not sure where I got the top blade but, it has a different curve from the standard one below it. The bottom 1 has been cut off to fit my graphic arts handle. Anybody have an idea?

Airfix School Class Locomotive

New Forum Posts - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 09:22
This is another in this range of OO/HO scale locomotives. The kits are very old and had a lot of flash, sink marks and mold seams. Fit is problematic as well. I removed the molded on handrails and piping on the engine and replaced it with brass and/or aluminum wire. From what I've heard, the markings aren't accurate, but I build these for fun, not accuracy.