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Read n' Reviewed: Damaged Magazine Issue 07 from AK Interactive

The Modelling News - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 10:46
"Damaged" magazine from AK Interactive is already seven issues in, and this magazine seems to have six new builds of completely different models that look to show the modeller how to make their own kits better and maybe a little different- Chucky certainly looks damaged! Let's see how this issue fared in our review...
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New to this forum and plastic ship/aircraft modeling

New Forum Posts - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 10:39
Hello everyone, my name is Stuart. I am a 61-year retired military aircraft and ship enthusiast. Now that I have the time I am anxious to dive into plastic modeling and have purchased three models to get started. These are the Tamiya 1/350 Enterprise, the Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire and 1/32 Mustang. I did not want to complicate the post with the specific aircraft models . . . yet ☺️ I have completely read all three sets' manuals and have, probably justifiably, come to the conclusion that I may have started too "big". However, what's done is done. I did build plastic sailing ships and planes when I was a kid but college and then fill-time work ended that entirely. I've found You-tube videos about building these models but was looking for advice that anyone would offer to a newbie that overstepped in terms of complicated models.

OTB 65: Much ado about nothing

On the Bench Podcast - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 07:03

Dave, Ian and Julian just shoot the breeze about kits that they have purchased, kits they have built or are building as well as attending to some questions asked in listener mail segment and what is new in the modelling world.

Don’t forget to checkout our new show sponsor Scale Modellers Supply and their great range of SMS Paints.

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Micro Template Scriber

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 23:43
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UMM USA has come to modelers rescue with another excellent tool, this time, the Micro Template Scriber. As the name describes, this tool is used to scribe using templates to replicate specific shapes being added to a model or to fix what was lost sanding and filling. Modelers have used many things in the past to do this same task- needles, line engravers, etc., and each has their drawbacks. UMM has produced a Template Scriber designed to fix these problems. The engraving tip is hardened tool steel to make sure the edge stays crisp. It is very fine and will glide around the interior of the template. Very importantly, the handle is ergonomically designed and has a grip to avoid slipping and allow even pressure to keep lines consistent.

Use is simple. Place your template in the correct place and ensure it doesn't slip (taping into place is an easy way to do this). Hold the tool perpendicular to the surface in all axis and initially apply very light pressure as you follow the template's shape. Increase the pressure and repeat until increasing pressure until you get the shape you need. A little sanding to deburr and you're done.

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Third Generation Scriber SCR-03

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 23:21
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I have been using UMM scribers for quite a while now. I use it for scraping seams and engraving panels lines eradicated by sanding and filling. Its design is multipurpose, and I love it. That was the SCR-01 original scriber. Since that came out, Jon has come out with an SCR-02 and now, an SCR-03 version. The newest version is longer and thinner than the originals providing even better access to tight corners.

The part itself is manufactured from hardened tool steel and has a matte finish. One end is a sharpened hook for scribing panel lines and the other end is a flat blade which also has an edge to it. Overall length is 5.5 inches which is comfortable to hold in your hands and makes it very maneuverable even with my small hands.

The UMM web site listed above lists its possible uses as scribing panel lines with push and pull techniques, removing pin marks, trimming flash, trimming stretched sprue, deburring, piercing, scrapping, carving etc.

I highly recommend the video showing the original tool being put through the paces.


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Read n' Reviewed: Marines - Vehicles of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)

The Modelling News - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:42
The mighty Marines of the 24th expeditionary Unit are the subject of the latest book from author Ralph Zwilling and Pla Editions. Will this pictorial special to wake your diorama dreams? We have read it and written our thoughts in today's review...Read on... »

How to Get Published in the IPMS Journal - ?

New Forum Posts - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 21:24
Is there a gouge here for accomplishing this? Thought I had seen one awhile back, but can't find it now. Reason for this question is that a member of our chapter sez he's tried to work this with "them" and just gets the sound of crickets. Good dude; superb modeler and chapter member, so there's no weird attitude-issue in play; just frustrated. Apparently barking up the wrong tree - ? What are we missing?

Lancaster Mk.1B - Part 3 of 3

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 18:11
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Down the home stretch!  Last time we had just completed the wings, tail, fuselage, nose and wheel-wells, leaving just the final assembly and finish for the last segment of this three-part review.  To recall: I chose to display only the port wing's inboard engine detail, and to cover up the remaining three engines.  Otherwise, the aircraft is built up from the box with the exceptions of a set of brass gun barrels, and a set resin control panels and accompanying decals.  The brass barrels will be part of a separate IPMS review.

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IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 17:50
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The Eduard Mirage IIIC is a well-known kit, first released in the mid-2000s. Despite being 15-yr old molds, they hold well the pass of time and it is nice to see it re-released. It sure builds into a nice replica of the French interceptor.

The kit comes molded in light grey plastic, with a total of 167 parts in 8 sprues, plus a small sprue of clear parts. The decals are printed by Eduard, they are opaque, shiny and in register. This boxing also includes pre-painted photoetch and pre-cut masks. As an add-on, this kit also includes resin parts for the upgraded airframes which used the ATAR 9C engine.

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T-34/122 What-If

New Forum Posts - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 11:59
I stared this project in 2017 and it sat on the shelf of shame in the primer stage until a month ago when I finally dusted it off to finish. I based the turret on this drawing... but updated the design to have later type production features. The unique turret parts were designed in 3D CAD and printed by Panzer Concepts. The mine roller is the old MB models white metal and resin garage kit. It required more work than the whole rest of the model to clean up. Model is detailed with Royal Model PE and Resin set, Fruil tracks, Eureka tow cable, and an Evolution figure. Additional images can be found here: T-34/122