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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

MiG-21MF Airbrakes Set

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 01:01
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This set is designed to be used on Eduard's MiG-21MF kits that were released last fall.  The set consists of 6 resin parts - the two forward speed brakes, the large rear speed brake, two inserts for the forward speed brake bays, and the actuator for the rear speed brake.  

The rear speed brake and actuator are one for one replacements for the kit parts and offer nicely refined detail over the kit parts.  

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American Secret Projects 2: US Airlifters 1941 to 1961

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 23:33
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This book is the second in a series on American prototypes and secret projects, the first on cargo aircraft. It covers many different aircraft from WWII types to right up till the early cold war.  The authors were granted an unprecedented level of access to the various manufacturers' archives and the amount of information in the book really shows this! This book covers over 200 designs from the well-known to those beyond obscure.

The book is broken down into nine chapters. The first is a brief overview of the last 80 years of airlift design and usage.

The second chapter covers the design challenges facing aerospace engineers especially when the government demands were outpacing the technology.  Everything from wing placement to cargo door size and placement are discussed. Many other factors such as carrying capacity and range are also covered, as are the advantages of prop, turboprop, and jet configurations both real and perceived.

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ICM Model T 1912 Light Delivery Car

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 00:08
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One of the most numerous and famous cars in world history was the Model T produced by the Ford Motor Company. It became the first mass-production car and was affordable for middle class. The first examples of the Model T were built starting on October 1, 1908. It had a four-cylinder engine of 20 hp. The mass production was launched at the Highland Park Ford Plant, Michigan beginning in 1910. There were 16.5 million cars produced between 1908 and 1927. Model T cars were produced in different types, like the 1912 Light Delivery Cars.


The Light Delivery Car version is another of ICM's excellent series of 1/24 scale Model T kits. Other 1/24 scale Model T kits released by ICM include:

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Plasmo on youtube

New Forum Posts - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 11:57
Do we have any other Plasmo fans? David has a great YouTube channel, and he truly is a master in the art of modeling. I find his videos very relaxing. Any other fans?

Preview: Italeri's new-tool 1/12th scale Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

The Modelling News - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 08:07
We have a new video and pictures of the latest large scale kit from Italeri - an all-new-tool Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza that is coming to our hobby shops in November. See the test kit and some slightly moving pictures in our preview...
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Howdy from TN

New Forum Posts - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:01
Hello everyone. I’m a new member from TN.

Meng World War Toons

New Forum Posts - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 09:44
I had several projects going the other day, and I wanted something that would be a “one day build” just to give me a break from the longer running projects. These kits are just the ticket. They are fun, and literally a “one day build”

Meng World War Toons

New Forum Posts - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 09:42
I had several projects going the other day, and I wanted something that would be a “one day build” just to give me a break from the longer running projects. These kits are just the ticket. They are fun, and literally a “one day build”.

Build Guide Pt III: MiniArt's 35th scale Focke-Wulf Triebflügel Interceptor

The Modelling News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 09:09
Today in the penultimate part of the guide on MiniArt's 35th scale Focke-Wulf Triebflügel Andy paints, weathers & prepares the kit for the final construction with some great skills on display. See how it's done in today's story.

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New Forum Posts - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:12
In all seriousness, it is all over. Thanks to everyone who attended, competed, vended, spoke, and displayed models! We wouldn't and couldn't have done it without all of you! I know that following these shindigs there are always a few standard questions. One is how big was it? In our case, 961 registrations (as near as I can tell, 3rd biggest ever). 450 vendor tables (most ever) and roughly 5000 models on display (again, most ever). While breaking records wasn't the goal going into this, it was kinda fun. It was also rewarding being able to give back to so many folks who've given so much to us, and me in particular. Thanks to all who came for trusting us to do our jobs, I hope we didn't let you down. Now, the one thing that everyone wants to know...who won? Here's a link to the awards presentation that Vlad spends an inordinate amount of time putting together in between judging wrapping up and the awards on Saturday night. Thank you for all that work Vlad!

How many chapters have IRS 501 (c) 7 status?

New Forum Posts - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 23:39
Seems to be a lot easier to get than 501 (c)3 status.... A description is posted here on the AMA website. It obviously talks about AMA-chartered clubs, but seems applicable to any hobby club...., https://www.modelaircraft.org/sites/default/files/505-a.pdf Does IPMS track this info, perhaps as part of the rechartering process? I’m hoping to hear from some who have already been down this road....

Read’n Reviewed: Abrams Squad #30 from Pla Editions.

The Modelling News - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 05:57
Middle age comes fast to modellers - and we are already thirty issues into the modern armour specialist magazine "Abrams Squad". Paul has read his new copy, and he tells us whether he thinks it is growing old gracefully or still up and coming in his review...Read on... »

Scale Model Podcast Ep. 31 Scott Hards Part Duex

Scale Model Podcast - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 22:26
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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Preview: 1/35th scale Sturmtiger crew in action, Western front 1945 (5 figs) from Stalingrad Miniatures

The Modelling News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 04:03
With the latest full interior Sturmtiger kits released on to the market, it seemed only a matter of time before someone smart and good with resin stepped up to the plate and made a crew - Enter Stalingrad Miniatures who has just sent us pictures of their new five-man crew for this little monster. We have a look at them in our preview...
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Anti-Slip Paste

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 19:02
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The anti-slip surface on tanks and airplanes are a unique feature and often not represented, especially on airplanes and helicopters.  In the past the ways to replicate this were barely passable.  Well that has now changed.

Ammo by Mig Jimenez has released not one but, three different versions, of this anti-slip paste.  Of course, there are different scale models and so there are different 'scales' of this new paste.

The first anti-slip paste is in sand color for 1/35th scale.  These would be used on vehicles like the M1 Abrams and Bradley fighting vehicles. 

The second paste is designed for 1/72 and 1/48th scale models, in particular airplanes can benefit from this paste.  The 'grit' is a finer one that is typical for airplanes. 

The third one is a brown color designed for 1/35th scale vehicles. 

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Ladder for F-101 Voodoo

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 18:54
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Plusmodel is located in the Czech Republic and when you visit the company website you are given the option of an English language version. The links above go to that option.

To get some idea as to what products are offered by plusmodel, select the Catalogue option on the home page. The Catalogue lists hundreds of items that can be used as stand-alone models or items, such as the Ladder being reviewed, to enhance a model. My modeling experience with plusmodel products includes only a dozen or so of the aftermarket-type items, and I have been pleased with each of those items.

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Wild Wild West Outhouse

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 18:44
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John Geigle of Masterpiece Models gave us a number of review items in Chattanooga this year and because I love to build the quirky and unusual stuff, I volunteered to do the dirty work (I'm going to try my best to avoid puns during the rest of this review, as difficult as that is for me.) and put this one together.

This kit is provided as a single sheet of laser cut wood along with two small resin hinges.  The wood grain detail is etched directly into each part, and a front and rear mirror image of each component is provided.  First steps are to separate all of the parts from the sheet and glue these mirror images together, which I did using white glue and lots of clamps. Allowing these to dry overnight, I then assembled the entire structure using CA glue, which took about 20 minutes.  I have some small aluminum angle blocks which came in handy establishing the 90 degree corners.  Masterpiece provides internal bracing strips for the walls and door, which add a lot to the look of the kit.

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The Duke's Armor Finished in October

New Forum Posts - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 16:55
It ain't much but I did finish a couple models in October here. It sure felt good too! First is my Modelcollect 1/72 scale NATO MAN Tractor with Pershing II missile that I built as a tribute to my departed friend George Creed: This next finished model is not a vehicle at all, but it is armored; quite heavily in fact. This is the Modelcollect 1/72 scale Austratt turret on Ostwind Fjord: That's all I have finished for now. Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

SoCal AMPS Four Hour Build Challenge

New Forum Posts - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 16:42
At my most recent AMPS meeting we had our annual Four Hour Build Challenge. In this challenge, everyone picks a model they think they can get done in four hours. Hair dryers were provided to speed the drying of paint in order to facilitate things. Any model any scale was allowed, so I chose an ancient blister-packed kit of the Airfix P-51D Mustang. This is the very ancient model that barely resembles a P-51, had no cockpit interior, the decals were quite yellow and it was extremely basic in construction. After three hours and ten minutes, I had this finished: It does look like a child did it, and it has tons of flaws, but it was done in three hours which makes me quite happy. I like it. Thanks for looking in.