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Just for fun Su-100 in 1/72 by Armourfast

New Forum Posts - Tue, 12/31/2019 - 10:14
I've had several more intense modeling projects recently, so I wanted to do something just for fun. I had picked up this kit at Scale Model World in the UK and decided to have a go. i've never done an Armourfast kit before, thinking them too simplistic but in all fairness, they are aimed at the wargaming market and a quick build and are well suited to that. However, besides the tracks, which are very simplistic, it was fun to work on and built up into a nice model. Fit was very good with only a tiny bit of putty needed at the top/bottom hull joints. What detail there is is pretty nicely done and it would be easy to 'dress up' this model. You get two kits in each box, so I may pass the other on to someone who's looking for a bit of stress relief.

UGears Monowheel

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 12/30/2019 - 18:12
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And now for something completely different! UGears contacted us and offered to send a number of kits; I believe this is the first review of the group.  UGears is a Ukrainian company started in 2015, and UB LLC are their US Distributor.  Their extensive product line is well worth taking a look at if you're a fan.

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Henschel Hs-129B-2/RIII - Part 1 -Cockpit, Engines and Fuselage

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 12/30/2019 - 17:44
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Zoukei-Mura's latest Release in 1/32nd scale is a Henschel Hs-129 B-2/RIII. The Hs-129 was a WWII version of the modern A-10 and was designed to and good at killing tanks. Inside the box, you will find 18 sprues in light brown with excellent engraving, no flash and also one small sprue of clear parts. There is also a set of masks and decals for one set of markings from 4(Pz)/Sch.G2 in Libya February 1943.

 

For those that have never built a Zoukei-Mura kit, their philosophy is to show the entire kit so that this kit includes all the interior stringers plus all the fuselage internals, highly detailed engines and parts. This does raise the parts count to 428 and the builder has the choice of many open panels or closed.

 

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Airfix Tiger 1 “Early Version”

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 12/30/2019 - 13:02
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Airfix doesn't have much of a history creating 1/35th scale armored vehicles (in fact, none) so I was a bit surprised to see them leaping into this particular market with a series of famous tanks all in one fell blow.  Turns out that Airfix is doing what so many other manufacturers are doing - reboxing other manufacturer's models under their brand name.

In this case, it's a reboxing of Academy's Early Tiger 1 model with interior.  I can think of a few reasons why this would be a good idea, although this one leaves me a bit nonplussed.  The Academy kit is still quite available on the internet and the prices are comparable, so I can only assume that Academy kits are hard to come by in Great Britain.

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F4U-1A Corsair VF-17 “Jolly Rogers” Part 2

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 12/30/2019 - 12:32
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HGW Models has been putting out some interesting stuff lately, and this latest set of markings will prove useful to anyone (like me) who has a soft spot for Corsairs.  In this second set catering to VF-17, five birds are presented, with all the bells and whistles, including national markings and full stencils.

The decals are clean and crisp with excellent registration, and copious documentation is provided, including all five aircraft in four-view drawings, which seems a bit redundant given then all five aircraft are very similar in appearance.  Still, you can't ding a company for being thorough.  Separate drawings are provided for all interior and exterior stenciling, so if you screw this one up you've really got no one to blame but yourself.

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RB Productions Wood Airbrush Stencils

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 12/29/2019 - 12:34
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Price: RB-T028: EU7 (approximately $9.23) plus S&H; RB-T043: EU9 (approximately $11.87) plus S&H

First off, my apologies to the good folks at RB Productions for a late review.  RB were present at this year's Nationals in Chattanooga and were kind enough to provide us with a number of samples including these two delicate p/e stencils.  Each is a carefully etched piece of brass material, the smaller measuring 2" by 3" and the larger, about 4" by 3".  They are easily bent in either axis which comes in handy for use on contoured surfaces, and I suppose one could cut them into smaller sections for use on cockpits.  (Beware of some very sharp and fragile edges, however).

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Brassin Panzerfaust 60

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 12/29/2019 - 09:37
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This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 Panzerfaust 60 anti-tank weapons used by Germany in world war two.

The set contains the following sets;

  • 6 x Resin Panzerfaust 60 (in unarmed condition)
  • 2 x Resin Panzerfaust 60 (in armed condition)
  • 1 x Decal sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove

The parts once painted, and decals added make a very realistic Panzerfaust.

Summary

This is a great set for adding very detailed rifles to any model that needs it.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Brassin Sten Mk.II Submachine gun

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 12/29/2019 - 09:23
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This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 British Sten Mk.II submachine guns as used by the British during world war 2. This was the most common submachine gun used by the British and this set gives you parts to make two variants (4 of each) plus 4 magazines.

The set contains the following sets;

  • 8 x Resin Sten guns
  • 4 x Resin magazines
  • 4 Straight tube stocks
  • 4 formed tube stocks
  • 1 x Colored Photo etch sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the Sten guns. There is also a mix of two straps for both versions of the Sten guns.

The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic Sten guns when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas.

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Hobbyboss' two new products for a whole new year...

The Modelling News - Sun, 12/29/2019 - 06:22
With the end of the year already upon us (what the??)  - Hobbyboss already has the sprues, colours, decals and boxart on display of their new pair of January 2020 models. Our preview of them is today's story on the news... 
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Wanted: Windsock Datafile 146 - Pfalz D.XII at War

New Forum Posts - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 12:49
Anyone have a copy they'd be willing to sell of this? Windsock Datafile 146 - Pfalz D.XII at War. I already have Datafile 41 on the D.XII but would like to acquire this one too. Cheers! --Bob Steinbrunn IPMS/USA 3345

Preview: MiniArt's 1/35th scale WWI era British Military Lorry B-type

The Modelling News - Sat, 12/28/2019 - 07:18
MiniArt continues to build on their WWI and Type-B series lines with this - a new truck from the first world war era that were converted from the B-type bus. See how they have built on their moulds to make a brand new vehicle in our preview...
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