IPMS LogoInternational Plastic Modelers' Society / USA

IPMS LogoInternational Plastic Modelers' Society / USA



The Howling Man

New Forum Posts - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 11:56
Today's subject is another from MoonDevil Studio. It's the Howling Man, from a 1060 episode of the Twilight Zone. From IMDB: Just looking at the sculpt you get to see how the story ends. The kit comes in the usually 2 parts, the bust and the base. The kit is typically well done and only the slightest seamline is seen across the slicked back hair. Looking at images of the actor, Robin Hughes, the first obvious thing is that it's all in B&W (Duh, it was 1960, Kev...). My first idea was to paint it up that way. But it was only a few days after JerseyFest (where I got the model) that someone else posted on the FB GK groups his version which was in B&W. So I decided to go with color. Next thing to think about was what is the coloring. Looking at the film still, it looks like the actor has no coloring makeup, and his shirt is black and his cape is alsodark with a light color stripes, and cowl. I remembered a movie memorabilia auction where Dracula's cape was up for bid. The cape as you would expect was black, but the inside was a salmon color satin! I decided that my devil will have the same. If it's good enuff for Bela, it's good enuff for the Howling Man... But first comes the primer. And then I decided to make him a red devil. It wqas at this point I decided that I would work on my OSL. Not show is I started by using my "red" paint set, and started at one end with a dark purple color. This will be my deepest shadow. I started with a flesh color which would give me the salmon color, but decided to add some pearlizing additive to make the cowl shone a bit. But the pearl flecks are in a white medium, not clear. This turned the salmon color a little beige. Hmmm do I want the pearl, or do I want the salmon color. I chose the shine so my cowl became this beige color. In retrospect I should have darkened the shadows of the cowl more as I was going, which would enhance the shine. I tried after 90% of it was done, but was afraid of ruining what I had done so far, and chickened out spraying the shadows darker. The cape was black, the shirt was German Gray, and the chain was brass, which IMHO looks more like gold and the gold paint does. The base was gray which Black Gray in the cracks, and the lettering was the same Scarlet that was the highest highlight of the face. With that I was calling this done. Thanks for looking.

Read n' Reviewed: Panzers in Berlin 1945 from Panzerwrecks Publishing

The Modelling News - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 09:31
"Panzers in Berlin in 1945" from Panzerwrecks has hit our book & hobby shops in a second print run. At just under 400 pages from authors Lee Archer, Mario Lippert & Robert Kraska, it is full of detail, maps, illustrations & photos of one of the most desperate battles in history. We have read the book - see what we thought in our review...
Read on... »

Please Help Need Cutty Sark plans

New Forum Posts - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 22:12
I have a Cutty Sark kit missing the plans. I believe that it is a very old kit as I cannot locate it in the downloads section of Revel. If you have a set and can help me or maybe you have downloaded them and would be able to forward me a copy I would be forever in your dept! THE KIT # IS 0399 Thank you


Scale Model News - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 05:49

ENJOY THIS VIDEO giving details of the upcoming 1:72 scale Airfix Avro Vulcan B.2. This is looks to be a very exciting kit for anyone with an interest in military aviation of the Cold War era.

Read more »
Categories: News

Two new figures and some pussies in love from Stalingrad Miniatures in their latest figure set...

The Modelling News - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 03:58
Stalingrad Miniatures has two new figures - plus two feline friends for us in a single set this month. All four of them look like they are just a little distracted from the wartime setting around them. See these two new figures are about in our new figure preview...
Read on... »

Decal Review: 1/48th scale "Last in Line Vol.1" from Exito Decals

The Modelling News - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 07:53
Exito Decals has released two new decal sheets recently, both of them in 48th scale, and while the first set Gary looked at were late-model Spitfires as their subjects, today sees the other side get a run with late WWII Bf-109's thrust into the action. See what he thought about this sheet in his review... 
Read on... »


Scale Model News - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 06:11
THE BUSY HOBBY BOUNTIES store in Singapore recently had a model competition to coincide with the launch of the new Midway movie.Read more »
Categories: News

1/35 MRC OH-58D 'Black Death'

New Forum Posts - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 20:48
Here is the Kiowa Warrior from MRC. Great build. Very wordy directions, but comprehensive. I also used the Zactomodels exterior details. I added some seat belts, a CAR-15 on the IP.

Scale Model Podcast Ep. 33 – Aaron Skinner

Scale Model Podcast - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 20:37
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 favourite podcasts are found including iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher as […]
Categories: Podcasts

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...

Read on... »

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...
Read on... »

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.

read more

USAF B-1B 34th BS “Thunderbirds”

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 09:05
Product Image

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.)

read more