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1/72 US Military Helicopters

New Forum Posts - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 18:32
I am modeling US military helicopters in 1/72. I have almost all of my models, but I am having difficulties with finding two models. One is the Hughes TH-55 Osage, of which Special Hobby made a model in the late 90s. The other is the USCG Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican. Whirlybird from UK makes a pricey resin kit, so I am trying to convert a Revell USAF HH-3E Jolly Green Giant to an HH-3F. I have found conversion kits from Hawkeye Models in Australia, Air-Graphics in UK, and Model Alliance. I have not found sources to get these other than the manufacturers, which are expensive to buy and ship, and take long waits to get. Does anyone know of a US dealer which carries these kind of kits? I would also like to buy Whirlybird's USCG Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard but would prefer it from a US dealer for similar reasons.

Armies of the Great Northern War 1700-1720

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 16:18
Product Image Review Author:  Dave Morrissette Osprey Publishing

Osprey is renowned for their concise histories of the rarer conflicts around the globe. This edition covering "Armies of the Great northern War:1700-1720) is just such an edition, covering the Great Northern War which was fought in the Baltic region and ranged all the way from Norway to southern Ukraine. In the end, it led to the destruction of the Swedish Empire acquisitions in the war of 1618-48 as well as transformation of Russia under Peter the Great. The book is 48 pages in the standard Osprey size and is illustrated with color plates, maps and text describing all the combatants and battles.

Chapters included are:

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • The Russian Army
  • The Swedish Army
  • The Saxon Army
  • The Polish and Lithuanian Armies
  • The Danish and Norwegian Armies
  • The Hanoverian Armies
  • The Prussian Army
  • The Holstein Army
  • Cossack, Tatars and Danubian Principalities
  • Select Bibliography
  • Plate Comments
  • Index

From a history perspective the chronology, with a map from 1700 to 1720, details the skirmishes of the conflict as well as highlighted historical points and people. The remainder of the book covers each individual army, the number of combatants, their composition, and other details.

For example, looking at the section on the Hanoverian Army, it starts with a discussion of the history of the duchies involved and their combining to the Duchy of Hanover. It follows with a breakdown of the regiments and battalions supplied and type of troops they were such as Dragoons, line infantry etc. to give the reader a feel for the size of the fighting force. This general format is repeated for each army.

Each group is represented in smaller pictures but also in wonderful full color plates with a commentary section in the back describing each soldier and his uniform. The soldiers are numbered by plat to avoid confusion. I included four of these plates as examples. The artwork is stunning and great reference for figure painters. 

Whether you are history buff, figure painter or just looking for a good read, this book has you covered and is most definitely recommended. 

My thanks to Osprey Publishing for the opportunity to review it!

SAC USMC AH-1Z Landing Skids (Academy)

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 15:54
Product Image Review Author:  Will Kuhrt Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thank you to Phil and Bill for all that you do managing and providing review opportunities! 

Recommended kit:  Any 1/35 Academy AH-1Z

Reviewer's Comments:

This landing skid set from SAC is a direct replacement for the kit parts. The white metal casting is superb as is usual for SAC.  The kit consists of five parts:  two main skids, one tail skid, and two skid braces.

Instructions are not provided, but they are not required since the parts are intended to be direct replacements for the kit parts. The parts are very nicely detailed, and clean. There are no mold seams visible, and no sanding or filing was required.  

Prior to painting it is recommended to wash the parts with a mild detergent solution to remove any remaining mold release. I would recommend using a gel-type of CA adhesive to bond the parts together. 

 This landing gear set is highly recommended for its excellent quality and simple installation. It will absolutely provide a more robust base for your AH-1Z model. 

Thank you for SAC for the honor to review the fantastic accessory and thank you to IPMS for the opportunity.

Q-Men F-35B Lightning II

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 14:59
Product Image Review Author:  Dave Morrissette Kitty Hawk

QMEN is part of the Kitty Hawk Panda family and specializes in egg planes - planes shaped like an egg. These have been around from many manufacturers and are simplified versions of the real plane. In this case the plane is 19 parts and the pilot is an additional 13 plus a resin head. And the pilot is a kitty cat! There is even a tail and ears sticking out of a nice rendition of the F-35's special helmet. The kit is meant to be snap fit and the tolerances are pretty tight so it all works. More on that later. The parts are well molded with no flash. Great color instructions and painting guide come with it and there is a sheet of water slide decals. 

Construction starts by adding the intake inserts to the bottom of the lower fuselage. I snapped these in and glued. Fit was excellent. I glued the top of the plane to the bottom and then the two tails. No putty and a tight fit. I separated the landing gear doors and the struts and was pretty much ready for paint. One of the options was for a Blue Angels version of the F-35 so that's what I chose. I painted the blue using Xtracolor then let dry overnight and started work on the pilot.

The pilot is built in sections from 10 parts. Several were left off as I wanted the pilot seated. The color scheme for the pilot is standard flight suit but I wanted Blue Angels so blue jump suit and yellow helmet. The seated pilot has the bottoms of the boots and the tail left off (the ears still stick out of the helmet though!)

I masked the plane and shot the cockpit gray and wheel wells white and exhaust Tamiya gloss silver. Time for decals. The decals on the flat surfaces conformed well but the larger ones were a little difficult. Also, if the yellow overlapped like the nose and behind the canopy you could see the line. The instrument panel and cockpit also get decals. The pilot gets 13 decals alone giving the suit have seams and pockets. Many disappeared over the blue.

The pilot was added and cockpit flat-coated. The canopy was masked and added. I didn't like the decal overlap and density, so I painted on all the top yellow and gloss coated it. In hindsight, I should have masked and sprayed almost all of it. I added the gear doors and struts and then the wheels and it was done. While definitely a beginner kit, it was a lot of fun. Plus, cats flying airplanes, cool! A couple summary notes, once the parts were painted, the fit was tight in some areas like the instrument panel and landing gear doors. Nothing a modeler can't handle but just a note to be prepared if working with kids.

Highly recommended to all those who want to have fun modeling. My thanks to QMEN and Kitty Hawk for such a fun kit and to IPMS/USA for the chance to build it.

SMS Seydlitz 1/350 Barrels

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 13:22
Product Image Review Author:  Frank Landrus Master Model

SMS Seydlitz was a battlecruiser of the German Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy), built in Hamburg.  She was ordered in 1910 and commissioned in May 1913, the fourth battlecruiser built for the High Seas Fleet. She was named after Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz, a Prussian general during the reign of King Frederick the Great and the Seven Years' War. Seydlitz represented the culmination of the first generation of German battlecruisers, which had started with the Von der Tann in 1906 and continued with the pair of Moltke-class battlecruisers ordered in 1907 and 1908. Seydlitz featured several incremental improvements over the preceding designs, including a redesigned propulsion system and an improved armor layout. As with the rest of the German battlecruisers that survived the war, the ship was interned in Scapa Flow in 1918. The ship, along with the rest of the High Seas Fleet, was scuttled in June 1919, to prevent her seizure by the British Royal Navy. She was raised on 2 November 1928 and scrapped by 1930 in Rosyth.  SMS Seydlitz armament included ten 28cm (~11") SK L/50 guns, twelve 15cm (~5.9") SK L/45 guns, twelve 88mm (~3.5") guns, and four submerged 50cm (~19.7") torpedo tubes. The torpedo tubes are not included. Two of the 88mm guns were removed in 1916 and replaced with high-angle 88mm Flak L/45 anti-aircraft guns.

Master Model is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland. Their lines include exquisitely detailed photo-etched and white metal replacement parts for aircraft and ships in the most commonly produced scales.  This Master Model set provides a huge leap over any of the injected molded parts available on any 1/350 kit.  Most ship gun barrels are over-scale due to the limits of injection modeling, not to mention successfully removing the sprue attachment points and sanding down the mold seams.  [Please note that the green background photos are courtesy Master Model].  If you look close you can also see that the barrel tip flare is reproduced on the 88mm barrels.

Notable is the thin re-sealable pouches that Master Model uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the re-sealable package securely.   You will want to be careful handling these parts due to their small size, making them an easy sacrifice to the carpet monster.  Another caveat is that the smaller gun barrels are really thin and can be accidently bent.  I've had this happen before in 1/350 scale, but not to worry, it can be fixed.  Placing the gun barrel in between a smooth flat set of tweezers will straighten out the tip.  Just be extremely gentle so you don't break it when you gently roll it so that it is straight once again.

This Master Model set provides you with 30 turned aluminum and brass barrels, two metal paired barrel and ten resin parts.  The ten 28cm SK L/50 guns are in aluminum with the remaining barrels in brass.

The ten 28cm SK L/50 guns will require you to be able to drill a 1.0mm (0.0394", a #60 carbide drill bit is 0.0400", a #61 carbide drill bit is 0.0390") hole through the resin parts.  The metal barrels themselves fit a bit loose in the resin parts, so you will need to be careful on making sure the completed assembly is straight.  The resin parts are a direct replacement for Hobby Boss Part J4.  I would note that clean-up of the resin parts is really not necessary since they will be hidden inside of the turrets.  The twelve 15cm SK L/45 barrels are a direct replacement for Hobby Boss Part J20.  Six of the 88mm SK L/45 barrels are a direct replacement for Hobby Boss Part K29.

The two deck-mounted 88mm Anti-Aircraft barrels will require careful following of the instructions.   You will need to cut off the barrels of Hobby Boss Part J19 as shown in the instructions.  I would use a photoetch razor saw to cut off the plastic barrels.  You will also need to be able to drill a 0.4mm (0.0157"; a #78 carbide drill bit is 0.0160", a 1/64" carbide drill bit is 0.0156", and a #79 is 0.0145" carbide drill bit) hole to accept the machined brass barrels.  I would recommend using a smaller drill bit than required and then move to the next larger size if needed.  This will help ensure a tight fit.  It is also critical to make sure the drill bit is properly centered in all three axes.  Just follow the instructions and each gun barrel will only take a few minutes to complete. 

Be sure to use your favorite thin CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin or brass.  Due to the size of the parts, this is one set where you don't want to use a gel, or thicker super glue.  You will also want to be careful painting the parts to retain their sleek nature.

Highly recommended!  This set is a super upgrade over the injected kit parts.  These machined aluminum and brass barrels eliminate the need to deal with mold seams and sprue connections.  They also present a more accurate barrel tip.  This set would also probably enhance the resin Combrig and Iron Shipwrights 1/350 kits of the SMS Seydlitz.   This excellent set will easily enhance your 1/350 SMS Seydlitz battlecruiser.

Thanks to Master Model and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this set.

2020 Chapter awards?

New Forum Posts - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 12:54
What’s happening with the chapter awards for the 2020 year: Website, Newsletter, Member, and Chapter of the Year? Being announced this year or will they be deferred to next year too?

REVELL HAWKER TEMPEST: WORLD WAR II LAMINAR FLOW FAST FIGHTER

Scale Model News - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 06:10

YESTERDAY, WE LOOKED at the Team Tempest future-fighter project. Today we look at the Revell 1:32 scale kit of the original Hawker Tempest, of World War II vintage.Read more »
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HMS Lord Nelson 1/350 Barrels

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 00:13
Product Image Review Author:  Frank Landrus Master Model

HMS Lord Nelson was a pre-dreadnought battleship launched 04-September-1906 and completed in 1908. Her sister ship in the class was HMS Agamemnon also launched 23-June-1906 and completed in 1908. The delays between launching and completion of both ships was due to the diversion of their 12" guns to the completion of HMS Dreadnought.  She was the Royal Navy's last pre-dreadnought. The ship was flagship of the Channel Fleet when the First World War began in 1914. Lord Nelson was transferred to the Mediterranean Sea in early 1915 to participate in the Dardanelles Campaign. She remained there, becoming flagship of the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron, which was later re-designated the Aegean Squadron. After the Ottoman surrender in 1918 the ship moved to the Black Sea where she remained as flagship before returning to the United Kingdom in May 1919. Lord Nelson was placed into reserve upon her arrival and sold for scrap in June 1920.  HMS Lord Nelson armament included four 12" Mk X guns, ten 9.2" Mk XI guns, twenty-four QF 12-pounder 18 cwt guns, two 3-pounder guns, and five 18" torpedo tubes. The torpedo tubes are not included.

Master Model is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland. Their lines include exquisitely detailed photo-etched and white metal replacement parts for aircraft and ships in the most commonly produced scales.  This Master Model set provides a huge leap over any of the injected molded parts available on any 1/350 kit.  Most ship gun barrels are over-scale due to the limits of injection modeling, not to mention successfully removing the sprue attachment points and sanding down the mold seams.  You can see this in the pictures below [Please note that the green background photos are courtesy Master Model].  If you close you can also see that the barrel tip flare is reproduced.

Notable is the thin re-sealable pouches that Master Model uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the re-sealable package securely.   You will want to be careful handling these parts due to their small size, making them an easy sacrifice to the carpet monster.  Another caveat is that the smaller gun barrels are really thin and can be accidently bent.  I've had this happen before in 1/350 scale, but not to worry, it can be fixed.  Placing the gun barrel in between a smooth flat set of tweezers will straighten out the tip.  Just be extremely gentle so you don't break it when you gently roll it so that it is straight once again.

This Master Model set provides you with 46 turned aluminum and brass barrels, two metal paired barrel connector pins, and fourteen resin parts.  You do get eight 3-pounder barrels in this set which corresponds to the Hobby Boss instructions that call out for sixteen QF 12-pounders and eight 3-pounders.  The eight 3-Pounders are depicted in the instructions as being installed on each of the eight gun turrets.

As shown in the instructions, you will need to cut off the barrels of the twenty-four QF 12-pounder 18 cwt guns, two 3-pounder guns.  I would use a photo-etch razor saw to cut of the plastic barrels.  In the end, both guns should be ~11.4mm long.  You will also need to be able to drill a 0.4mm (0.0157"; a #78 carbide drill bit is 0.0160", a 1/64" carbide drill bit is 0.0156", and a #79 is 0.0145" carbide drill bit) hole for the QF 12-pounders and the 3-pounders.  In both cases, I would recommend using a smaller drill bit than required and then move to the next larger size if needed.  This will help ensure a tight fit.  It is also critical to make sure the drill bit is properly centered in all three axes.  Just follow the instructions and each gun barrel will only take a few minutes to complete. 

The four 12" Mk X guns, ten 9.2" Mk XI guns will require you to be able to drill a 1.0mm (0.0394", a #60 carbide drill bit is 0.0400", a #61 carbide drill bit is 0.0390") hole through the resin parts.  The metal barrels themselves fit a bit loose in the resin parts, so you will need to be careful on making sure the completed assembly is straight.  I would note that clean-up of the resin parts is really not necessary since they will be hidden inside of the turrets.

Be sure to use your favorite thin CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin or brass.  Due to the size of the parts, this is one set where you don't want to use a gel, or thicker super glue.  You will also want to be careful painting the parts to retain their sleek nature.

Highly recommended!  This set is a super upgrade over the injected kit parts.  These machined aluminum and brass barrels eliminate the need to deal with mold seams and sprue connections.  They also present a more accurate barrel tip.  I must say that in past review of Master Model barrels compared to injected kits, that the injected parts were grossly oversize and 'blobby'. I do have to credit to Hobby Boss that their injected barrels do look better than any I have seen before.  While I don't have the Hobby Boss 1/350 HMS Agamemnon kit, I'm sure this barrel set will work well on that kit as well.  This set would also probably enhance the resin Combrig 1/350 kits of the HMS Lord Nelson and HMS Agamemnon.   This excellent set will easily enhance your 1/350 HMS Lord Nelson battleship.

Thanks to Master Model and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this set.

Focke-Wulf Fw-190 A, F, S, G

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 13:46
Product Image Review Author:  Floyd S. Werner Jr. Kagero Publishing

Kagero has released books of various aircraft in the past.  This is their 12th edition of the Mongraph Specials and focuses on the FW-190 short nosed variants.  The beautifully hard bound book has over 250 pages of high quality paper.  It has all the hallmarks of Kagero's other books. 

 

There are plenty of clear, large pictures throughout the book.  There are also some exquisite color profiles that are an inspiration to any would be modeler or historian.   On top of that there are some first rate line drawings in the book as well as separate 1/48 and 1/32nd scale fold out drawings for the FW-190A5 and A-8 that are absolutely gorgeous.  There are 1/72nd scale drawings included in the book.  Now that all sounds great, so lets see if the contents match the highlights.

 

We start off with the production and history of the type.  Some really good photos of the prototypes are included.  Every variant is covered well from the A-0 to the last one.  Some great crystal clear detail shots are included of the early variants.  Every variant is discussed and each unique change is discussed and often illustrated.  The A series is discussed, then the F which was built off of the Anton, and then the G, which was the dedicated long range ground attack variant.  The final version discussed is the Fw-190S, or trainer version.

 

Following the discussion on the variants, painting and markings are discussed and shown.  This includes a section on exterior and interior colors. Some photos of the various unique markings are included.  One that I've always loved is the 'jawed' A-2 used by JG-1 for pilot training.  It is a simple mouth that even makes the FW-190 seem toy-like.  There are some other unique and peculiar markings shown, some which defy regulations. 

 

Operations in Western Europe are the next chapter.  Here is where the combat career of the fighter is discussed, from its initial surprise to the Brits over the channel to the end of the war.  Units shown   in photos here are JG1, JG2, JG11 and JG26.  North Africa is the next theater discussed.  One aircraft that stood out to me here is the A-5 of Major Herman Graf.  There are other aircraft of the unit shown as well.  No discussion would be complete without the Ostfront.  Again there are plenty of great photos in this section. 

 

The end of the war produced some great color schemes and they are shown in photos. 

 

This portion of the book is rounded out with nine pages of some gorgeous color profiles.  There is plenty of inspiration for the modeler here. 

 

That is just the first 100 pages, not even halfway through the book.  Truly a great reference piece, but let's see what's left.

 

Then there are some production shots and up-close detail shots that will prove invaluable to modelers, especially the landing gear area.  Then we start getting more operational aircraft and this is where the book becomes even more valuable.  All the armament options are shown, as well as, markings from all fronts.  You'd be hard pressed not to find inspiration in here.  Somehow a few pics of some D-9s slipped into this section as well. 

 

More engine detail photos that will be extremely helpful for a modeler doing up an exposed engine are another highlight.  One interesting pic that I didn't know about was that the engine cowling on the A-0 was completely different shape at the front to the production machines.  Some details photos from the Fw-190S are interesting and will prove useful to the modeler.  I've never noticed the grab handle on the cockpit sill before.

 

The rest of the book is a potpourri of excellent period shots and text that highlight the various fronts.  This includes Wilde Sau operations, as well as, fighter bomber and photo recon aircraft. The Mistel and torpedo projects are also highlighted.

 

An appendix with all the serial numbers is included which will prove helpful to the historian.


Following that are drawings out of the Luftwaffe pilot and mechanic manuals.  This is really helpful in understanding the aircraft.

 

Now a section for a modeler, are complete 1/48th scale line drawings off all the variants from the A-1 to the A-9. F-3 to F-8 aren't forgotten either.  Every weapons system is shown installed.  These drawings will definitely be a boon to the modeler.  1/72nd scale drawings are included as well.  What is nice about these is that it highlights the differences between each variant as well as the accurate drawings.  The FW-190S is also shown in 1/48th scale.

 

Some absolutely beautiful full color profiles are the final chapter of this book.  These are some gorgeous renderings that will be extremely motivational. 

In the back of the book are separate scale drawings in 1/32nd and 1/48th scale of the major variants.  The 1/32nd shows the Fw-190A-5 and A-8 series on two separate sheets.  The 1/48th scale drawings covers the A-3 and A-8/R8 Rammjager.  These are in addition to the drawings in the book itself. 

 

Overall this is an excellent one place source of information on the aircraft, its pilots, and its operational deployment.  The drawings and color profiles will prove invaluable to the modeler.  It is hard to find any disparaging comments on the book.  I loved if from the beginning to the end.  It is not just a rehash of old photos, there are plenty of new material in there to keep most happy.  Again, I loved the book. 

 

Highly recommended

 

Thanks to Casemate and IPMS/USA for the review copy.  You can obtain your copy by contacting them at https://www.casematepublishers.com/ or your connected book dealer.

Images of War The Destruction of 6th Army at Stalingrad

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 13:35
Product Image Review Author:  Will Kuhrt Pen & Sword

Thank you Bill & Phil for all you do for the Reviewers and for the opportunity to review this publication.

 

Pen & Sword has released another outstanding book belonging to the Images of War series. As with other Images of War publications, it is a photographic essay detailing the pathway of General Paulus' 6th Army annihilation at Stalingrad.

 

The Read

The book begins with a prelude which provides important information about the movements of the three German Army groups in Russia during 1941, and how and why the command chain changed allowing Friedrich Paulus to be appointed command of the 6th Army. Through four chapters, the reader is taken via photographs and text through the struggles of the 6th Army in their quest to fulfill Hitler's misguided dream of conquering Stalingrad and ultimately Russia.

 

Chapter One The Road to Hell is set in spring 1942. It gives a thorough overview of how Hitler was in complete command of the army, his determination to obliterate the Soviet army and the relatively quick, easy successes the German army has having in eastern Russia. It is interesting (and important) to observe in this fine collection of photographs how the German soldiers look relatively clean, have nice equipment, plenty of ammunition, radios and food. As Chapter One leads into Chapter Two, the photographs begin to change considerably.

 

Chapter Two The Siege of Stalingrad begins in August, 1942 when General Hoth's 4th Panzer Army launched an attack against the Russian 64th and 62nd Armies. As this chapter guides the reader through the events of August, September & October, the sense of impending failure is felt as this chapter explains the high cost of human life, the strong resistance the Germans were encountering, and how the Germans were worried about the onset of winter. The accompanying photographs show much more action, and the reader visualizes the rough conditions-the smoke, mud, exhaustion- the Germans encountered.

 

Chapter Three Encircled sets the stage for the end. The XLVII Panzer Corp was quickly dispatched only to find that most of the panzers which had been sitting idle from months had their electrical wiring eaten by mice. Of 104 panzers, 39 were operational, but 34 of those quickly developed electrical problems and were unusable. From this disparaging beginning, the reader is brought to November when the Russian forces mounted an enormous counteroffensive against the Germans called Operation Uranus. This operation ultimately allowed Paulus' troops to become cut off and surrounded. The series of photographs here are all from winter and show haggard, worn-out and splintered German troops. Gone are the images of long columns of marching soldiers and mechanized equipment. Rather, the reader sees small groups of soldiers desperate to hold on with what they have.

 

Chapter Four Destruction of the 6th Army tells the reader how General Paulus was pleading with Hitler that his army was on the brink of destruction. The 6th Army was starving to death, yet Hitler believed they could hold out until Spring. On the morning of January 8, 1943, Russian representatives delivered an ultimatum to Paulus, who submitted it to Hitler, again pleading to be relieved of the situation. Hitler refused. Many important events are laid out in sequence so that the reader understands how the 6th Army finally collapsed, and the horrible aftermath which was to follow.

 

Conclusion

 

As other reviewers have pointed out, the modeling world has an abundant supply of books about German tanks, uniforms, and weapons. These books are indeed valuable references which help model builders create historically accurate models. But the Pen & Sword books, especially the books belonging to the Images of War series, help model builders understand the history behind the models they create.

 

The advantage the Images of War books have, as evident in this latest publication The Destruction of the 6th Army at Stalingrad, is that the reader is able to gain a very complete understanding of history from a combination of quick reads and never-before-seen photographs. I very highly recommend this book.

 

 

Thank you to Pen & Sword for publishing such a fine book, and thank you to IPMS for the opportunity.

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New Gallery Images - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 11:02
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Plastic Model Mojo Episode 17: 1-2-3 & G-S-B

Plastic Model Mojo - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 10:00

Inspired by a hot thread on the IPMS-USA Facebook page, Mike and Dave discuss the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Gold, Silver, Bronze contest formats.

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KITBASHER'S DELIGHT? THE NEW TEMPEST INTERNATIONAL FIGHTER PROJECT

Scale Model News - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 09:10

THE TEMPEST IS going forward as a new project, with a target in-service date from 2035. It will almost certainly replace the current Eurofighter Typhoon fleet, used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and eight other air arms.Read more »
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Improvements for the 48th F-14D & many other new products from Black Dog in 72nd, 35th & 32nd scales this month...

The Modelling News - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 03:04
Black Dog from the Czech Republic has sent out a list of their very latest resin figures, diorama accessories & aircraft conversions to make your modelling just that little easier. If you have a 48th scale F-14 you will be impressed with some of these especially! See them all in our preview...
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Submit Your 2020 Nationals Models to the Journal

New Forum Posts - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 20:57
Unfortunately we will not be meeting in San Marcos,Texas this year. However, we can celebrate what would have been. Send photos of the models you had ready to take to San Marcos to the Journal! Please include: An image of the model The kit manufacturer Kit name Scale Your first and last name, your city and state, your country if you live outside the United States Send to: artdirector@ipmsusa.org Thank you, John

Roden 1/48 OV-1C Mohawk

New Forum Posts - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 16:23
For my next build I will be building the Roden 1/48 OV-1C Mohawk. I will be detailing it with Eduard photo etch for the cockpit, exterior, and undercarriage as well as Quick Boost resin accessories like the exhaust, accurate propellers, and accurate scoops. This is one of the unique aircraft that you rarely see them built in scale models. Roden makes three versions in 1/48 the A, the C, and the D. I chose the C as it was the more widely used version during the Viet Nam war. The Mohawk's mission includes observation, artillery spotting, air control, emergency resupply, naval target spotting, liaison, and radiological monitoring. Built by Grumman in 1959, it was used for monitoring the DMZ in Korea then used during the Viet Nam war. It remained operational even during Desert Storm and until it was retired in 1996. Starting with the cockpit, I built up and detailed the seats with over 20 pieces of photo etch. The cockpit tub was then assembled and detailed and finally the instrument panel was detailed. The nose gear bay has photo etch details except where the wheel sits so I dug through my extra photo etch bin and located a panel that resembled the reference photo and installed it. I need to do a little more work on the nose gear and bay and look for areas to add some weight so it sits on the gear correctly once built. You can more photos and details in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-ov-1c-mohawk/