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Scale Model Podcast Ep 36 A year in review

Scale Model Podcast - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 17:03
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 […]
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AN/ALE 47 Countermeasures Dispenser

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 16:10
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Brengun produces a wide range of unique resin and photo-etch accessories in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72, as well as 1/144.

This item covers a unique subject that will assist outfitting a wide variety of aircraft. There are resin chaff/flare dispensers produced for a specific subject complete with their entire mounting. This accessory will allow the modeler to add it to kits where fidelity is poor or completely missing, as well as add it on aircraft kits where a version specific resin update is not available.

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The Second World War Illustrated – The First Year

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 08:39
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This series by Pen & Sword features photographs from each year of the Second World War. This first volume includes photographs and illustrations of the first year, 1939 to 1940, and covers the contributing factors that led to the outbreak of hostilities. The book includes 750 images and photographs in a picture strip or collage style. It's a quick, convenient, visual history of the first year of World War II. The text is in sidebars or captions for the photos and is easy to read. The text and photos are in chronological order as events unfolded

The book is packed with photos on each page like a collage, and includes captions describing the events and people in the photographs. Maps and illustrations of military movements, reproductions of posters, newspapers, and other historical documents are also included. The images are mostly black and white, but there is a 32-page section of color photos and images in the center of the book.

Description of the chapters and main topics illustrated by the photos and text:

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Scale Aircraft Conversion Fairey Firefly Mk. 1 Gear for Trumpeter

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 08:31
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Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) offers an extensive range of replacement landing gear parts for a wide variety of kits. I have some experience using SAC items to replace kit parts and I've found that the SAC items add strength to the model without sacrificing any of the detail found on the original parts.


This gear set is designed to be used on the Trumpeter Fairey Firefly kit. The SAC product includes seven parts.

  • Port and starboard main gear struts
  • Port and starboard gear arms
  • Port and starboard gear braces
  • Tail wheel. The tail wheel and tail wheel gear "arm" are molded as a single piece.


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Red Nose P-51D-5 Mustang Aces

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 08:23
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I must admit, I am normally against ordering aftermarket products unless I am building a specific piece for a commission build or wanting to recreate a specific aircraft belonging to a specific pilot. I am usually content to stick with what's in the box and adapt as needed. However, when I saw this set was available and was looking up the schemes, I jumped at the chance for something out of the ordinary. This particular set is available in the three major scales of 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32.

Included in the zip-locked bag are schemes for four Italy-based 15th AF aces as follows:

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Fire fighting effects

New Forum Posts - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 19:35
Evening all, Has anyone ever done a diorama/vignette with fire fighting effects? I’m trying to do a crashed Bristol Blenheim with one engine on fire and fire fighters battling it. I’ve got the flames done and I think they look pretty good, but I’m struggling with two items. 1-how to model the water/foam being sprayed from the hose over the engine and wing. I’ve thought about using minimal expanding spray foam insulation or silicone caulk, but haven’t done proof of concepts yet. 2-finding good 1/72 RAF fire fighters. I’ve looked at model railroad scale fire fighters but they all seem to be civilian and not really well done. Also I’ve gone cross eyed looking at Shapeways to see if anyone has uploaded anything of use. Any suggestions? Thanks, Mike

New Ware F-4J/S Canopy Mask for Zoukei Mura

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 18:19
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Company Background

New Ware is a company in the Czech Republic that is well know to spacecraft modelers.  They were new to me.  I looked into their website and the text is a mix of English and Czech, and it is noted that Russian, German and Italian are also spoken. They offer kabuki-type masks for many of the popular scales from 1/24 down to the diminuative 1/144, plus eggplanes.

Their on-line catalog is broken down by scale, with a further breakdown for model kit manufacturer.  Each mask description for the kit noted with details for the contents such as all clear parts, interior (when offered), other clear parts and wheels.

Contents Description

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Brengun 1/144 F-18C/D Wheels

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 17:56
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Brengun produces a wide range of unique resin and photo-etch accessories in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 as well as 1/144. This wheel set is cast with zero flash with prominent pour blocks up half the wheels. The finish is slightly textured but realistic and raised lettering is not visible however in this scale, reading the lettering should not be an issue to most modelers. The tread is not that deep but visible and realistic to 1/144 scale.


These wheels are for the "legacy" hornets which differ from the "Super Hornets". Each tire has a slight expanded section for weight on wheels. Depending on your kit, the hub may need to be opened up or drilling the hub deeper to attach to your landing gear. Brake calipers are clearly visible on the main wheels however the outboard features, holes and rim fasteners are a little blended and not that crisp compared to larger scales.


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Scale Model News - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 07:31

BEST WISHES TO ALL OUR READERS and have a truly excellent scale time over the festive break. And of course, we also wish you a prosperous and productive 2020.
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Preview: The new 35th "Megatron" Challenger 2 TES From Ryefield Model

The Modelling News - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 05:05
The Challenger II TES or "Megatron" as it is called is the subject of the latest 35th scale upcoming kit from Ryefield Model. We have some images of the boxart,  colours, CAD drawings of the kit and sprue break up in our preview...
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1/192 scale USS Choctaw FIRST LOOK!

New Forum Posts - Sun, 12/22/2019 - 20:39
This will be Flagship Models' next, most advanced kit to date; the 1/192 scale USS Choctaw. It will be approx 18" long as a waterline hull option and will include a highly detailed PE sheet and decals. The drawings below are preliminary and yet to show the MANY additional details yet to be added. Price has yet to be determined, and personally I don't care what it is. This is a personal project that I want and I have received a number of requests from fellow modellers of the civil war era that they would like one, so I decided to add it to Flagship Models' line of kits. More as development continues.

Classic Revell Submarine Quextion

New Forum Posts - Sun, 12/22/2019 - 18:33
Ahoy, ship dudes - I've always dug that odd-scale Revell USS Growler kit (1/180-ish?) and built it twice as a kid. Would like to build it again, this time as SS-377 in her WWII configuration: A Balao class boat launched in DEC 1944, that was rebuilt after the war as a Guppy-II. Nautilus Models offers those nice resin sails/mods for this kit and there are some others emerging on Shapeways. Not sure how to pick the most accurate variant, cuz' the ship's pix don't seem to show any differences...that I can detect. Suggestions-???

Walker Bulldog vs. T-54

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 12/21/2019 - 10:19
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Osprey's Duel series is a well-established line of books providing an overview of machine-on-machine combat action from design and development through combat.  The books include a thorough analysis of the elements which affected the overall outcome of specific battles.

This volume focuses on some lessor known armor actions of the Vietnam war.  When we think of the battles in Vietnam, we generally don't think about armored warfare, we tend to focus on guerilla warfare, aerial bombardment, and helicopter assaults.  However, near the end of the war there were few battles featuring rather extensive use of armor by the North (PAVN) and South (ARVN) Vietnamese armies.  The ARVN's main armor component was the M-41 Bulldog light tank, which by the early 70s had been long since retired by the U.S. Army.  The PAVN had supplies of Soviet T-54s, and Chinese produced versions of the T-54.

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Sherman Tank, Vol. 2

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 12/21/2019 - 10:11
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Sherman Tank, Vol. 2, is the second book in David Doyle's Legends of Warfare series on the Sherman Tank. The first volume of the series covered the Sherman M4A1 Tank in several variations.  This Volume 2 covers the Sherman M4 medium tank, which is a welded hull, radial engine-equipped tank. The M4 was the predominant US tank in WWII until late summer 1944 when it was replaced by the M4A3.

The M4 was used by both the US and British forces in Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. The M4 went through three major hull designs, multiple turret designs, and was armed with 75mm or 105mm guns.

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HMEE-1 (High Mobility Engineer Excavator)

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 12/21/2019 - 10:01
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The HMEE-1 is an armored backhoe loader designed for high speeds in order to self-deploy with military convoys, and capable of towing heavy loads with good off-road mobility. It is based on technology from the JCB Fastrac tractors. The maximum speed of the HMEE is 60 mph on improved roads and 25 mph on secondary roads. Wikipedia

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