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MiG-21MF Fighter-Bomber etch set

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 09:42
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This set is designed to be used on Eduard's MiG-21MF "Fighter-Bomber" kit that was released by Eduard last fall.  The set provides full color replacements for the cockpit walls, consoles, canopy rails, canopy and the instrument panel.  It also includes a several pieces for the ejection seat harness, the "Odd Rods" IFF antennas and static dischargers.  

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Preview: Takom's new 35th scale Russian Navy AK-130 Automatic Gun

The Modelling News - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 09:26
Takom has just sent news of not one, but two big automatic guns in an automated turret that will blow your shi - ship clean away - the deadly double-barreled AK-130 Naval Gun of the Russian Navy is the subject of their soon to be released new boxing coming soon...
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Gepanzert Graben Gehhilfe or “Armoured Trench Walker”

New Forum Posts - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 07:49
It’s the summer of 1916 and the battle at the Somme front continues. Each day, both sides of the trenches send men into No-Man’s Land in attempts to gain an advantage in the stalemate that has gripped everyone in chaos. Artillery, machine guns, and gas attacks have managed to whittle away troops hunkered down in their muddy habitats and despair grows by the minute. Flechettes and grenades rain down from fragile aircraft above the trenches. The Huns have heard rumors of a new rolling terror being designed and looming ahead from the British lines. Words like "armour" and "tank" have been in the wind, but how these things would evolve and what troubles they might bring were still just speculation. Joseph Vollmer, one of Germany’s foremost automobile designers, would eventually be tasked with designing a response to these tanks- which were first introduced in September of that year. However before all of that would occur, a young aide to Kaiser Wilhelm with a mind for science would awaken from a strange dream. Recently, the aide had accompanied the Kaiser on some visits to field hospitals at the front in the hopes of boosting morale. Erich Eisenfaust had witnessed the horrors these men had endured- with bullet wounds, shrapnel, and damaged lungs from gas attacks, these men had literally been through hell. These images stayed with Erich for a long while after and his mind began to try to devise some sort of means of these men to be better protected. In his dream, he saw armoured men advancing on enemy trenches, untouched by machine gun or rifle fire. Encased in their iron suits, they were also impervious to gas attacks. He was reminded of knights of old in their suits of armor and went to the local farrier who was a friend of his. After some afternoon discussions and multiple sketches and designs, they created something that might turn the tables in their favor- the Gepanzert Graben Gehhilfe or “Armoured Trench Walker” i used the MaK Melusine figure as the main resources, but added bits from Wingnut Wings kits to provide WWI period pieces to it, including most of the aerial suit parts. The tavern is from Verlinden and is inhabited with lots of spare parts...

New book preview: Accion Press' new "Airplanes in Scale: WWI"

The Modelling News - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 07:06
Accion Press has made quite a few very nice modelling books, giving us a journey right from the start of diorama, AFV, figure and now WWI Aircraft being the focus. We have some images from the new book and a synopsis of the contents in our preview...
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The Thing's MacReady

New Forum Posts - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 21:29
Talk about a blast from the past. This is another that has been on my shelf since 2012! Sculpted by Chris Elizardo, and produced by "Teddy Novak". It came as a one piece bust approx 1:4 scale. With no eyes, It was also another easy one to do. Using the following image, I matched up the colors the best I could. First step, as usual was to get the base colors down - A few days later, I was able to get another session in and get the bust finished. I was thinking about added the snow and what not, but decided to keep it simple. Thanks for looking.

Read n' Reviewed: Dioramag Vol. 3 from Pla Publishing

The Modelling News - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 09:49
The people at Pla Publishing have their third Dioramag volume out for a little while, and we thought it only right and proper to secure a copy so we could show you a little more of what is inside. See what we thought after we read it in our review...
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1/32 scale ruler (with metric conversion)

IPMS/USA Reviews - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 00:55
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IPMS/USA thanks Masterpiece models for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one of their unique (and very useful) tools.  I understand this was one of the items debuting at the Nooga Nats...  Lucky you guys!  And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me for a review opportunity.


This is a clear ruler, approximately, well, ok, it's actually exactly six inches long end to end.  It is, however, a simple concept.  Making accurate measurements for larger kits on a clear (Styrene or Lexan, I can't tell) ruler.  VERY nice.   


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Dusty LAV

New Forum Posts - Wed, 09/25/2019 - 22:24
Good evening, Have you noticed that most of the time LAV models aren't really all that dusty or dirty? Particularly the tire sidewalls? Well, I stumbled across an LAV operating in Afghanistan that looks like the paint shop was spraying dust. The tire treads and the sidewalls are pretty much the same color. For what it's worth, here's a photo that surfaced on Quora. Despite the fact that my primary interest is aircraft, this shot intrigues me to the point that I just might try building a model to match.

VIDEO: A Lifelong Love With Flight Led to This Man's Record-Breaking Collection of Model Airplanes

New Forum Posts - Wed, 09/25/2019 - 15:32
Interesting video on: https://gizmodo.com/a-lifelong-love-with-flight-led-to-this-mans-record-bre-1838451132 Eric

Dry-Fit Review: 48th scale Focke-Wulf Triebflügel from Amusing Hobby

The Modelling News - Wed, 09/25/2019 - 07:47
Amusing Hobby's new 48th scale Focke-Wulf Triebflügel was a bit of a surprise when announced last year - them being only an armour model maker before this time, it seemed a surprise to go with such a radical subject. The more you think about it, the more it fits into a lot of what Amusing Hobby has done with their armour kits - what-if subjects. Gary has taken on their new kit, see what he thinks of it as he puts it together in his dry-fit review...Read on... »

Vietnamese Spads (I)

IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 09/25/2019 - 06:25
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This particular sheet is part one of AOA's Vietnamese Spads series.  They offer this sheet in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale.  The subject options on this sheet are:


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OTB 63: Injection moulding and 3D printing: manufacturing a model kit.

On the Bench Podcast - Tue, 09/24/2019 - 20:00

Dave, Ian and Julian and joined by special guest Will Pattison to discuss how model kits are made……we do a deep dive to discuss the engineering behind injection moulding and finish up looking at 3D printing.


We also have our listener  mail segment and whats new in the modelling world.

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Ep. 4 Leia

New Forum Posts - Tue, 09/24/2019 - 13:04
After finishing the involved Charlie Brown model, I was in need of something simpler. Since it was new, I immediately thought of Good Fellas Resin's new offering- Ep. 4 Leia. Few colors, few parts = perfect. One thing you notice right away is the very good likeness. There was a while there where no kit/toy/action figure really looked like Carrie. This one is VERY good. Clean up was really quick. I found that MicroMarks Panel line Scriber works nicely for getting rid of any flash between the hairs. Base coating and first highlights done. Her costume ended up with 3 different layers of color as did her hair In the final session I was able to add two highlights to her hair. A coat of Satin went over it to give it a slight shine. Speaking of shine, I then used V's Metallics clear gloss, which in my opinion is the "glossiest" gloss out there, and gave the eyes two coats. Her arm nestles into position nicely without glue, so I just sat it there. This removal option will come in handy if and when I need to transport her. The final thing to do was to glue her head in place. With that, I was done. Thanks for looking.

Tamiya US Motorcycle instructions

New Forum Posts - Tue, 09/24/2019 - 08:25
I have kit no. 3584, 1/35 US Military Police Set (WWII motorcycle), that I bought years ago and the instruction sheet is in Japanese. I am looking for a copy in English. Photocopy acceptable. Thank you.

Fokker F27 Friendship

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 09/24/2019 - 08:22
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Italeri have re-released this 1991 kit with new decals the decal options include three airlines - Air UK (1985) Canyon Eagle Airlines 1998 and Schreiner Airways (1966). 

The twin-engine Fokker F-27 was designed during the fifties by the Dutch Aircraft Manufacturer to provide a successor to the old DC-3 that were still in service since the second world war. It was a great commercial success for airlines and military use.


In the box is;

  • 4 x white sprues (one varies from the illustration in the instructions)
  • 1 x Clear Sprue
  • 1 x Large Decal sheet
  • 1x Instruction booklet

The kit consists of 4 main sprues, very well molded with very little flash but a few large ejector pin marks on some parts. I decided that I would build the Air UK aircraft as I worked with Air UK in the past on a few projects interior projects.

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Team Factory: Carrier Air Wing Eight at War – Operation Inherent Resolve 2017

IPMS/USA Reviews - Tue, 09/24/2019 - 08:11
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Last summer Furball Aero Design released a set of decals for Carrier Air Wing Eight during its participation in Operation Inherent Resolve in 2017.  And what a set it is, providing markings for five F/A-18F's (VFA-213), eight F/A-18E's (VFA-31 and VFA-87), three F/A-18C's (VFA-37) and two EA-18G's (VAQ-131) and include the markings for VFA-87's F/A-18E that shot down a Syrian Su-22 on June 18, 2017 (both before and after) and its wingman.  The decals are on two sheets and appear to include enough stencils for 3 models (2 Super Hornets/Growlers and one Legacy Hornet (F/A-18C). 


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Read n’ Reviewed: Model Aircraft Extra: Building the Messerschmitt Bf 109

The Modelling News - Tue, 09/24/2019 - 02:18
The team from Model Air Publications, lead by Andy Evans has released the second in the series of new "Model Aircraft Extra" series, and smartly on another popular subject of the Luftwaffe. So that meant "Building the Messerschmitt Bf 109" therefore was the next in Paul Lee's reading cue, he has finished the book, and now thought he would show you a little and tell some more of what he thought about the book in his review...
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Spitfire Mk. IXe/XVI Landing gear

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 09/22/2019 - 11:09
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This set includes two complete sets of landing gear for Eduard's recent Spitfire Mk. IXe and Mk. XVI kits.  Each set is comprised of 5 pieces: two main struts, two scissor links, and a tailwheel with the strut.  The parts are drop-in replacements for the kit parts.

As the struts are small and space around them on the casting tree is pretty tight, the first thing I did was to use a razor saw to separate the parts from the casting tree.  To keep myself from getting confused, I removed one set only so that I could match the parts up with the ones left on the casting tree and keep left and right straight. 

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MiG-21MF Fighter Bomber cockpit

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 09/22/2019 - 10:35
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Last summer Eduard released its much anticipated MiG-21MF kit in 1/72 scale.  The initial release (the "Interceptor" version) represented aircraft manufactured at the Gorky factory.  The second release was for MF's manufactured earlier at other factories (the "Fighter Bomber" version). As with the Interceptor kit, in conjunction with the release of Fighter Bomber kit, Eduard also released a separate resin cockpit set for the earlier model MiG-21MFs. 

The set includes nine resin parts, a color photo-etch fret and an acetate sheet with 2 heads-up screens and is intended as a complete replacement for the kit cockpit and ejection seat.  As you would expect with Eduard, the resin parts are beautifully cast with exquisite detail and the detail on the photo-etch set is crisp and sharp.

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