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PJ Productions 1/72 F-48F Thunderstreak -- Re-issued!!

New Forum Posts - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 21:56
Just a heads up for those who may be interested. PJ Productions has released their Thunderstreak, this time with Euro markings, but who cares?!! I had one on back-order at Hannant's in GB, and they sent me one of the first ones. If you'd like one, get your back-order in now. They're expensive, but if you're a 1/72 guy, this is considered the best F-84F of this size... I have started a work in progress thread over on Britmodeler.com, which will also be kind of a kit review. Ed

Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 23:43
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Ian White was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1947 and educated at secondary schools in Rotherham and later in Ilford, Essex. He joined the Post Office Engineering Department in August 1963 as an apprentice and later served as a technician in the City of London. In 1973, on promotion to engineer, he was appointed to the Post Office's Air Defense Group in London to provide landline and ground to air communications for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the UK, Germany and Cyprus.  In April 1984 he joined the Company's Defense Sales Organization as a Senior Systems Engineer and later as an engineering manager. The final three years were spent as a liaison officer within the defense and law enforcement community. Ian retired in May 2000, following which he attended Anglia Polytechnic University (now Anglia Ruskin University), Cambridge, as an undergraduate history student. In 2003 he was awarded an honours degree in Modern European History. Ian joined the Royal Aeronautic Society in 1977 as an Associate, before being appointed an Associate Member (AMRAeS) in 1984.

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Scale Model Podcast Ep. 30 – Scott Hards – Mecha, Not Gundam

Scale Model Podcast - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 22:00
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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New Forum Posts - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 17:33
When is craftsmanship more important than accuracy? (Putting seat belts in backwards simply because they look good that way.) How do you tell the difference? How do people feel about a model "looking good" but being totally inaccurate in multiple aspects?( An A6M5 Zero, armed with Sidewinder missiles, in Dutch markings, being flown by a Russian unit in the Battle of Britain) At what point should the builder take aesthetics into consideration. (Yes, the color is right, but it is just ugly.) Should aesthetics be more important than trying to make the model accurate? (Like putting a Ford engine in a Dodge because you think the detail looks better.) Having had some interesting discussions with people about accuracy and craftsmanship, I have come to believe many talk about these things, but are all on different pages about how they should be applied to models and contest judging. Thoughts? Dak

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

The Modelling News - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 07:53
Andy has finished construction of Miniart's 35th scale Vertical interceptor that never was - the futuristic Focke-Wulf Triebflügel. See how he finished construction and detailed this kit up so very nicely before paint & weathering in today's story...
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1/72 Academy F-8C Using Muroc Models Conversion

New Forum Posts - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 00:32
For those who might be interested :BUILD THREAD Here are the finished pictures of my 1/72 scale Muroc Models F-8C conversion of the Academy F-8E kit, with raised wing and dropped flaps and slats: Had a few little glitches here and there, but I'm glad to have it in the collection! Thanks for looking in... Ed

Douglas D-558: D-558-1 SKYSTREAK AND D-558-2 SKYROCKET

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 23:47
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This is the 12th book in the X Planes Series and covers the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak plus the D-558-2 Skyrocket.

The book covers the full development of the Skystreak and Skyrocket and the history of the testing and progress they made. 

The book chapters are:

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Masterpiece Models Scale Ruler MMR 35

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 23:15
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Masterpiece Models has provided a useful tool - a 1/35 scale ruler. This is one of a series that also includes 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scale. These cover all the major model kit scales. They are made from acrylic sheet, 6 inches long, 1/16th thick, and laser engraved.

This is a very useful tool when modelling and can be used for checking part are too scale, for scratch building kit parts, and diorama parts. 

The ruler is clear which also makes it easier to use and see what your measuring.

I will now source the other rulers in the series as I can see so many uses for these.

Thanks go to Masterpiece Models for providing this tool for review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

Installing treads?

New Forum Posts - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 13:00
Recently retired and able to spend time building models and have a question on installing treads onto model tanks. The one-piece vinyl type; pinned joint. I have had issues breaking running gear trying to install the treads after pinning; is there a trick to this or should I wrap the tread onto the running gear and then join the ends?

What team are you on? Five new marking choices in six different themes in Wingnut Wings limited edition Albatros kits

The Modelling News - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 10:04
Wingnut Wings has six special limited edition Albatros kits on the way - each with a different theme of markings for this aircraft and five choices in each of the new style boxings. See exactly what they are offering in these kits in our preview...
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Bandai Gundam Gusion Rebake HG 1/144

New Forum Posts - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 13:37
Built this mainly to get back into the swing of using my airbrush. Gundam kits are usually easy builds so I could spend more time working with the magic paint spitter.

Source for Wonder Wire

New Forum Posts - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 11:37
I'm trying to find a source for Wonder Wire, also known as ceramic fiber for rigging.

SBD Dauntless: Douglas’s US Navy and Marine Corps Dive Bombing in World War II

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 10:03
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I have been interested in the SBD Dauntless for as long as I have been modeling. In these 20+ years, I have collected any book on my favorite aircraft as I could grab up. For as long as I have been modeling, I have also come to appreciate David Doyle's excellent reference books on all matters of military subjects and they have become a go-to source whenever I wanted to learn more. The fact that his expertise could be married to the Slow but Deadly in the form of a new book on this truly significant dive bomber makes me truly happy. The fact that the book contains so many photos I have never seen makes things even that much better.

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Preview: Takom's 35th scale King Tiger (Late) 2 in 1

The Modelling News - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 09:59
It had to happen soon enough - the mighty King Tiger from Takom is coming to us, with a two in one boxing of the kit with no interior for those who like to get straight into the painting & weathering exteriors!. We have a provisional shot and some info on the Tiger II that never was in our preview...
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Letters from a Lancaster Gunner

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 09:52
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This book is not your typical historical account toting statistics, data charts, and emotionally detached accounts of RAF Bomber Command operations. I admit there is nothing wrong with those types of books- they have their place, and I have enjoyed them in the past when researching and educating myself for a build or idea. This is a narrative that is based on letters between a young, hopeful RAF turret gunner named Joseph 'Mac' Thompson and his family- mainly letters home to his mum. The book is written by his niece, Helen Thompson.

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