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Project 667 Delta Sub Kit - Maybe?

New Forum Posts - Fri, 12/27/2019 - 21:18
Just saw a 1/350 Delta (-III) Soviet sub kit advertised for Zvezda 4Q19 - and now the ad is gone. Does that mean: 1 - Just not gonna make 2019 "so...gimme a minute" or 2 - The CONUS distributor syringe will not accommodate or 3 - Cancelled due to lack of interest? Sure do hope it's not #3. I really want one of these menacing, iconic Cold War monsters. Any wisdom here?

1/35 Russian Air Defense Weapon System 96K6 Pantsir-S1

IPMS/USA Reviews - Fri, 12/27/2019 - 13:13
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The Pantsir missile system is a family of self-propelled, medium range surface to air missile systems.  The 96K6 Pantsir-S1 is a combination of the 2K22 Tunguska missile system with a KAMAZ-6050 8x8 cross country truck.  The turret is equipped with two 2A38m 30mm AA guns and 12 57E6 series surface to air missiles.  This vehicle has been exported to number of countries including Syria, Serbia and Iraq and it has participated in combat operations in Syria and Ukraine. This new kit from Meng is one of three modern kits to represent this interesting vehicle.     

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Flexible Scribing Ruler

IPMS/USA Reviews - Fri, 12/27/2019 - 12:35
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UMM-USA continues it tradition of innovative and useful tools with part MN040, a Flexible Scribing Ruler. What comes in the package it a 6.5-inch-long thin stainless steel ruler. I say ruler but there are really no demarcation lines on it like what is usually thought of as a ruler. But that does not affect its use at all. This can be used in combination with any of the UMM-USA scribing tools or the Template Scriber. The ruler is 0.08mm (about 0.003 inches) thick and is very flexible and strong and can work on curved surfaces.


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Rapidograph pens or felt tip?

New Forum Posts - Fri, 12/27/2019 - 11:27
I just finished reading Chris Bucholtz' article about his 1/72 Fokker D-VII diorama and he mentioned using a rapidograph pen for the figure details. I had not considered that before! While I do some 1/72 figures - mostly pilots for aircraft models; the majority of my figure work is in 1/32 scale for armor models. This epiphany suggests using pens for eyes and facial detailing, uniform piping, buttons, ribbons, medals etc. Sounds like I will be able to get sharper details with the pens as opposed to paint brushes, sharpened toothpicks etc. So, just looking for other input. What size pens are used? What about felt tip markers? Can one purchase a color assortment in one size pen or marker or do they need to be sourced individually? Thank you

Hauler HLX48392 JGF Sd Type 16 Wheels

IPMS/USA Reviews - Fri, 12/27/2019 - 08:33
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Hauler is offering a set of replacement wheels for the Tamiya Sd Type 16 in 48th scale.

The Hauler wheels are boxed in a study cardboard box and stored in a small zip lock bag within. There are eight wheels contained in the box, two wheels marked as "A", two as "B", two as "C", and two as "D".


There are no "instructions" contained in the box, nor is there a need for an instruction sheet.


The wheels are each attached to an individual block of resin with the alpha I.D. for that wheel molded on the resin block. The wheel can be quickly removed from the resin block with a razor saw without any damage being done to the tread on the tires.


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Brengun BRL48118 F4U Late Ribbed Thread Wheels Set

IPMS/USA Reviews - Fri, 12/27/2019 - 08:26
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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 tires for 1/48th F4U Corsairs. This set of tires is labeled as "Late Ribbed Thread (Late 50s) Wheels Set". If your Corsair is modeled after an aircraft in use in the late 1950's then these wheels are for you!


The product package will be very familiar to Brengun fans. The envelope consists of a clear material which allows for an excellent view of the two tires within. The familiar red Brengun data card and a piece of thick black cardstock keeps the wheels safe from harm.


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Brengun BRL48113 F4U F6F Diamond Tread Wheels Set

IPMS/USA Reviews - Fri, 12/27/2019 - 08:20
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As with most Brengun wheel sets, this set arrives in a clear plastic "sleeve". Within are the two sprues with the tires and rim covers for those tires. A small paper serves as the instruction sheet. A thicker rectangle of black paper gives the plastic "sleeve" more rigidity, protecting the 4 resin parts.


The instructions are very useful, showing the angle of the landing gear struts to the "ground", giving the modeler an "assist" in getting the flat surface of the tires and the gear legs in the proper position.


The tires are cast as a single piece, avoiding any seam along the circumference of the tire where it to be molded in halves. It will be necessary to clean up portions of the tire tread where it is attached to the sprue. A quick scraping with an Xacto blade will effectively remove any flash.


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1/72 Academy P-40N - "Burma Banshee"

New Forum Posts - Fri, 12/27/2019 - 06:15
This is my last build for 2019. It is Academy’s 1/72 P-40N. My Niece got this for me Christmas 2018. I wanted to make this special. After months of planning what I wanted to do with it I decided to make it one of the Burma Banshee’s P-40’s. I chose to do the “White 27” of the 88th FS/ 80th FG based in Karachi, India in 1944. I always like the P-40 and many of them have the shark mouth nose. The Burma Banshee’s all used large skulls on the nose making them unique looking. This will be mounted in a display case so that I can display it on my desk at work. For detailing I purchased the photo etch set, a Merit acrylic display case, and a set of Rising Decals Burma Banshee’s part II. The decal set includes 7 different aircraft from the 88th, 89th, and 92th fighter squadrons. To start with I cut out the vents on the nose to add the more realistic photo etch versions. The side walls of the cockpit were then painted and detailed with photo etch accessories. The dash and seat was detailed and I installed the P-40N-5 rear cockpit section. The kit includes both the N-1 and N-5 sections so all 7 decal set aircraft can be built. The fuselage was assembled. I drilled out the gun barrels and added a brass pitot tube on the wing. The kit pitot looked way too large for the scale. I started to add the landing gear doors and the kit doors were way too thick. I used some sheet styrene and cut my own. Next up will be the painting and decaling. You can see all the photos and details in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-72-p-40n-burma-banshee/

A new Sherman (along with a woman climbing on to a Jumbo for a kiss) from Meng

The Modelling News - Fri, 12/27/2019 - 06:09
A new combo of two separate kits from Meng for all those Sherman and allied armour modellers of WWII - A new kit of the U.S. Assault Tank M4A3E2 "Jumbo" Sherman "Cobra King" & to add to your M4A3 (76) W Sherman,a  new enhancement set of a soldier & a girl "fraternising" along with etched parts for that particular kit. See a little of both of them in our preview...Read on... »

The end of 2019.. BAC 221

New Forum Posts - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 19:23
A 1/144 kit of a really cool British experimental Aircraft I wanted to bring something back from Telford this Year and this kit looked really cool. Since travelling through London baggage space is critical. Smaller is mandatory, This was not a hard kit but there were a few curves tossed here and there. Dry-fitting and Sanding were the word of the day. I added some details to the landing gear such as retractors and braces, using Albion alloys real small tubbing. Kit decals were used and the were mostly very good except the red forward sections on the nose, I used some Vallejo red for touch up. Checking steady-ness of my hands. This was a Beautiful aircraft and I am quite happy with the small version I have. PS the Paint is much smoother than the Magnified photos reflect. Thanks for taking a look and Comments welcome Happy New Year Bill

T-6 Texan/Harvard Gear

IPMS/USA Reviews - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 14:32
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Thanks once again for another great set from SAC, and thanks to John and Phil for sending it out for review. 

Recommended Kits:

  • Heller 1/72 T-6 Texan and any other companies that have released the kit under license such as Encore

The review item is the typical high standard and normal from SAC; a direct replacement for the kit items except these are cast metal.  Consisting of sets of two main gear and one tail gear, there is not much to describe except to remove the parts from the pour runners with side nippers, use flat 220 wet/dry to prepare the cut stub, then install the gear on the model. 

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Read n' reviewed: Luftwaffe Im Focus Edition No. 29 from Luftfahrtverlag Start

The Modelling News - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 07:49
The prospect of a new book from the team at Luftfahrtverlag-Start is always enticing to us, as their work on bringing back the stories of the men and machines of the Luftwaffe in WWII is always engaging and revealing. So much so, we look to see if they can keep up the high standard in every issue. See if they meet the bar or not with this 1944/45 focused special edition issue #29 of Luftwaffe im Focus...
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F-15J Motto Kuma Eagle

IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 12/25/2019 - 09:21
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The Two Bobs website featuring this decal sheet provides the back story for this decal sheet. "2017 marked the 60th Anniversary of Chitose Base in Hokkaido Japan.  To commemorate this event, 201 Squadron, 2 Wing painted an F-15J in this striking scheme.

201 Squadron has a long history within JASDF.  While flying the F-104J, it was responsible for conducting aggressor missions as well as providing ACM training.  Reformed in 1986, the squadron received the F-15J.

Over the last 33 years, the squadron along with the 203rd Squadron, shoulders the responsibility for securing Japan's northern airspace." This information is also printed on the decal instruction sheet.

This decal sheet includes all markings and stencils required for this aircraft.

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FIAT G.50 bis/AS “Freccia”

IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 12/25/2019 - 09:09
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The Fiat G.50 came about as a result of the Italian Air force's need to replace the biplane fighters that had served them well during the nineteen thirties.  The Fiat CR.42 biplane had been an especially successful fighter, and in fact continued in use through most of World War II, but a higher performing monoplane was needed, and Fiat started work on a prototype in 1936 and flew the first prototype in 1937.  Although the aircraft had excellent flying qualities, its bulky Fiat A74 RC38 radial engine produced only 840 hp., resulting in disappointing performance, and the twin 12.7 mm. Breda SAFAT machine guns were thought to be inadequate.  In  fact,  the Air Force considered the Macchi C.200 radial engine fighter to be superior in most respects, but both aircraft were put into production, with most  pilots preferring the Macchi.

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ResKit Soviet Naval Aviation (Pilot and Land Crew WW2)

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 23:55
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ResKit from Ukraine has released a two-figure aftermarket set for the 48th scale aviation modelers. The figures are for a Soviet Naval Pilot and a Land Crew personnel, both of them in a military salute standing position in winter clothes.

You can see in the pictures that the figures as casted have superb surface details and all the folds in the clothing will render beautifully for shadows.  There are no evident bubbles nor holes in the figures, showing the quality of the casting.

There are no instructions, but the assembly is straightforward and there is a color image on the box that guides how to paint the figures.

The casting blocks are somewhat large, but the casting block connectors are small and delicate and will be easy to remove and clean the parts.

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MiG-21bis around the world (Limited edition)

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 23:39
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Eduard has released a limited edition of their great Mig-21 kit. This time the bis version used by other countries with marking for seven different air forces that used the aircraft. 

In the box is; 

  • 8 x light grey Sprues
  • 1 x clear Sprue
  • 1 x large decal sheet
  • 1 x Mask Sheet
  • 3 x Photo Etch detail set
  • 13 resin parts
  • 1x Instruction booklet

While you get 8 sprues, you also get plenty of unused (spare) parts. All the sprues are extremely well molded with very little flash and great detail. The decals allow you to finish the aircraft in 7 different versions and are printed by Cartograf.


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