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North American Aviation P-51B/C & F-6C Mustang

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 09/22/2019 - 10:08
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This tome is the latest in the Yellow series of aircraft monographs. Originally in a smaller format, ~6.3" by 9.3", the Yellow series seems to have migrated to the "Big Yellow" series in a new larger A4 (~8.25" x 11.625") size. Lately, it seems that the "Big Yellow" series has become just the Yellow series, but has retained the larger A4 format.

MMP was founded in 1996 by Roger Wallsgrove, to publish "Mushroom Model Magazine". This quarterly modeling magazine was developed from "Mushroom Monthly", a club newsletter which ran from 1985 to 1995, achieving a worldwide reputation for quality articles, fearless and honest reviews, and a great sense of humor.  From 1997 the magazine was produced in collaboration with Robert Peczkowski and Artur Juszczak (Stratus), which meant a big leap in print quality and design.  MMP expanded into book publication in 1999, and since then they have built up a list of books on aircraft and aviation, naval, military vehicles, and military history. MMPBooks are distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. 

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Review & Build Guide Pt II: 35th scale Leopard 2 A7+ German MBT from Meng

The Modelling News - Sun, 09/22/2019 - 04:33
Having already made Meng's previous 2A7 kit here on TMN, we thought Andy Moore would be perfect to go up a notch (or a "+") & take on Meng's new 35th scale Leopard 2 A7+ German MBT. He has already shown us the build & box contents, but today he paints, weathers & finishes his kit in a great second part of his guide...

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M551 Sheridan - Legends of Warfare series

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 09/22/2019 - 00:00
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In the introduction to one of David Doyle's latest offerings, he writes: The M551 Sheridan is often referred to as a light tank, but in actuality it was an armored reconnaissance/airborne assault vehicle. The M551 was designed to be a lightweight, amphibious, air-dropable vehicle armed with a massive 152 mm gun that doubled as a rocket launcher. The gun launcher was designed to fire the MGM-51 Shillelagh antitank missile, or 152 mm conventional rounds with a combustible cartridge case. The vehicles saw extensive use in Vietnam, Operation Just Cause in Panama (where they saw their only combat air drop), and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The Sheridan ended its service with the US Army masquerading as Soviet Bloc vehicles at the National Training Center.

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Hypersonic F-4 Phantom Stabilator Upgrade

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 18:29
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From the website:

Hypersonic Models are currently located in Sennan City, Osaka prefecture, Japan, and products are manufactured, packed and shipped from there. All items for sale here are original Hypersonic Models' products, we don't act as re-sellers for other brands' or companies' products

This is an upgrade set for Zoukei Mura Phantoms. With the kit, the stabilators can only be mounted in one position (neutral). With this set, you can set the stabilators in any one of three possible positions of your choice and improve the detail on the stabilator pivot cover plates as well. Also included are the reinforcement "fish" plates found on Air Force Phantom stabilators (not found in the ZM kits). Photos show how a "pitch up" and "pich down" position looks like before the PE cover plates are installed. Note this set does not make the stabilators movable, after all we modelers don't build "toys".. After the position is selected, everything has to be glued in place.

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Chieftain British Cold War Main Battle Tank

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 18:12
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This is another book in the Tank Craft series which details tanks and also covers model kits and accessories to build the tanks covered in the book. This book covers the Chieftain a British Cold War main battle tank. The Chieftain was designed in the late 1950's as the replacement for the successful Centurion tank. It was believed to be the best tank in service with the NATO allies during the 1960's and 70's.

I found this book contains so much detailed information and pictures of the Chieftain and its variants. The Profile pictures are a particular favorite and has given me a few great ideas of the color schemes for when I build my Takom and Tamiya Kits.

It covers the use of the tank during the Iran- Iraq war and the Gulf war.

The chapters on the different model builds and kits are of great interest and will provide a good resource when modelling this tank.

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Standard B “Liberty” with WWI US Infantry

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 17:58
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This is the third release of ICM's excellent kit of the Liberty B Truck. This release includes four figures of WWI soldiers that are extremely well sculpted and detailed.


Standard B Liberty WW1 US Army truck

ICM's description of the truck: "The US Army Liberty Trucks produced at the end of the 1st World War were the first attempt in the world to create a standardized range of military vehicles, serially produced by several firms from standardized units.


The most famous were cars of Category B Series 1 with a capacity of 3 tons, which from the beginning of 1918 were produced by 15 American companies. They were hood trucks with an open cab equipped with a four-cylinder engine, a cardon drive of the rear axle with worm gear and cast tires.


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AMC 1/72 Shorland Armoured Patrol Car

New Forum Posts - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 13:49
Not many kits of this vehicle around, so I jumped on this when I found it. One tricky part was the car itself is done in two halves, front and back, making for a long seam all the way around the middle of the car. It filled in pretty well, but took some doing to make it "go away" as is always the case with seams on flat surfaces. Also, if you put the provided spring parts on the locators called out, the body winds up way too high. Removing the locators brings everything into alignment, Just noticed that I forgot to paint the search light lens. Oh well. Back to the work bench. Looks nice when done and fills a niche in my modern British vehicles collection.

Yes it's a new tool 48th scale B-17G in October from Hong Kong Models...

The Modelling News - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 08:06
OK, so this had to happen didn't it? The new kit from Hong Kong Models of their Boeing B-17 scale is coming in the 4th quarter of 2019 - but this one is not in 32nd scale! That is right, the 48th scale B-17 Flying Fortress is on the way from HK...
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The Corr-U-Gator

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 00:27
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When you click the 'About Us' tab on Masterpiece Models website this is what you'll read...

'Masterpiece Models manufactures and sells the highest quality resin assembly kits on the market today. Featuring kits for a variety of interests including WWII, Vietnam, Sci-fi, and aircraft bases. We have acquired the rights to a large selection of the Custom Dioramics line that are now available through us as resin assembly kits. Our kits are manufactured at our Vancouver, Washington, USA fabrication and casting shop."

What they have left out is that this company also has a line of dinosaur stuff: a T-Rex tooth in one to one scale, several different dinosaur skulls (Velociraptor/Triceratops in 1:9th scale), and a superb, 31" Nautilus submarine of Jules Verne fame, to name a few.

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Scale Model Podcast Ep. 29 – Stirred not shaken

Scale Model Podcast - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 21:15
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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DML Jagdpanzer IV L/48

New Forum Posts - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 09:54
Dragon kit with some minor additions to make it an earlier production version. Figures are from Warriors and D-Day. Used Fruilmodel tracks. I'm taking this to San Marcos next year. Note all the foot prints on the vehicle. Dak

"It's rainin' Dongs!" Bronco models new 72nd scale Chinese Dong Feng-1 rocket kit...

The Modelling News - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 05:36
The Chinese copy of the Soviet R2 - which was a copy of Germany's V-2 rocket is the latest kit from Bronco models. Moulded in 1/72nd scale plastic, we have a little on the kit and the stand that accompanies it along with some info about the real thing in our preview...
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MiG First Aid Basics Pigments

IPMS/USA Reviews - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 23:50
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I am often in a quandary with how to begin an IPMS/USA product review (It usually doesn't last too long.) More often than not I'll just use the material that the manufacturers have made available via their websites. So, without further ado, via AMMO/MiG's website:

"Which are the most basic pigment colors a modeler needs to get started? Which are the most used colors across all types of modeling subjects including aircraft, ships, military vehicles, or spacecraft? This set (First Aid Basics) provides the easiest solution to the novice modeler who is just starting in the hobby and does not really know what is needed.

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Takom M9 ACE, the Dust Bunny

New Forum Posts - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 11:28
It was my first time using pigments so I'm not sure I'm 100% happy with the results. The decals are all custom printed. I'm the driver and the bumper number is from the 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. Feel free to offer any criticisms. I at least can use it as a learning tool.

Lots of learning, Aussie shades & some Doozies in September from AK Interactive

The Modelling News - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 11:15
AK Interactive has a large bunch of new items for modellers in September, most of these are already on sale on their website, and we thought you would like a quick preview of them all in one place here in our new item preview...

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