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Will the IPMS homepage ever have an announcement for the 2020 convention?

New Forum Posts - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 00:46
I see (at least on my computer) that the IPMS home page is promoting the 2019 convention - any ideas when the 2020 convention will move into such a place of prominence? Regards, David Doyle

Membership renewal

New Forum Posts - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 20:31
Sent my renewal submittal Oct.9th- have not received any confirmation or new card-as of today.. sent emails requesting status with no replies. Can someone follow up with this? Thranks. Respectfully...

AGM-114 US Navy Wheel Chocks WWII

IPMS/USA Reviews - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 19:31
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Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. In this review, we will look at a set of wheel chocks, the packaging, and parts, and take a look at the finished wheel chock.

The packaging contains parts for two wheel chocks modeled after those used by the U.S. Navy during World War II. In the images associated with this review, one is labeled as, "Product Packaging". Take a look at that image to see how the product is packaged. The product instructions are placed behind the white sheet inside the baggie. Included with this review is a snapshot of that instruction sheet. It's clear, simple, and easily understood with a quick glance.

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Mission Models Paint, Part 4 (Clear Primer)

IPMS/USA Reviews - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 19:10
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This is the fourth of a four-part review of Mission Models Paints.

Clear Primer

Why Clear Primer?

That is the question I asked Jon Tamkin owner of Mission Models Paints at the Chattanooga IPMS Convention. John looked at me for a second and I saw just a slight smile starting to emerge from the side of his mouth as if to say here is a whole new chapter in the Mission Models Paint story. After a conversation with him about the primer, I am inclined to agree with him.

What is Clear Primer

When I first heard about the Clear Primer, I was thinking to myself the primers I use are to check for defects on the model and can correct them with a little sanding. So how could a clear primer help with that?

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Read and Reviewed: How To Work With Colors & Transitions with Acrylics from AK Interactive

The Modelling News - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 07:07
Clayton has been doing a little more figure painting as of late - so this new book from AK Interactive called "How To Work With Colors & Transitions With Acrylics" seemed like a great book to advance his skills, but would it be everything he needed to learn more? See what he thought in his review after he read the book. 
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1/48 Monogram B-17G Mount-N-Ride

New Forum Posts - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 22:24
Since there's a new 1/48 B-17G being released, I decided I needed to build my old Monogram kit! Model was built OOTB. Decals are from PYN-UP. Kept the weathering on the lesser side since this was a low-time plane that flew only about 10 missions. This kit takes some elbow grease and planning, but still goes together well for its age. By the way, the wayward gun barrel on the top turret has been repaired! Didn't get every result I'd hoped for with this build, but I finally have this nose art I've wanted on the shelf! Comments, questions, and critiques welcome! Cheers! GIL

Decal Review: 1/48th scale "Sweet Fourteens" from Exito Decals

The Modelling News - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 08:16
Exito has released a new set of 48th and 32nd scale decals to suit your late model spitfires - Three very nice schemes were picked, but how are the decals and the other selling point - the included references supplied with the kit? Gary investigates in his review...
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OTB 66: So you want to build an armour kit?

On the Bench Podcast - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 06:39

Dave, Ian and Julian are joined by Robert to have a chat about building armour kits.  We have a swag of listener mail to deal with and of course whats new in the modelling world.

Our European correspondent Mike reports in with a lead up for Telford.

Don’t forget to checkout our new show sponsor Scale Modellers Supply and their great range of SMS Paints.

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Hauler – Baggage Carts

IPMS/USA Reviews - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 00:06
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Hauler has provided another addition to their great Diorama releases. This is two Baggage Carts (Wire Mesh Containers) for use anywhere. They are like ones used at Airports, Train stations, in factories etc.

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal and added to the assembly. You can build two complete assemblies with this kit.

The kit contains One Photo etch sheet, eight resin wheels and an instruction sheet.

The Assembly is quick and easy with no real issues, as long as you are experienced with Photo Etch parts.

The final part is painting which is free for you to do as you please. I chose a medium grey as used at most post war airports around Europe.

Thanks go to Hauler for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Quickbuild: KittyHawk's 1/48TH SCALE UH-1N Twin Huey.

The Modelling News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 07:35
Both of our Andrews have shown us a little more about the Kittyhawk 1/48th scale UH-1N Twin Huey. Andy Moore has shown us all about the kit in his "In-boxed" article, and now it is Andrew Perren's turn to show us just what the kit builds up into with a few sidesteps along the way in his build article, here today on the news...
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1/72nd Airfix USAF F-86

New Forum Posts - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 18:10
Shiny Korean War veteran Alclad for Metal sections over Gloss Black Tamiya Decanted. Painted Yellow and Black ID Bands and nose. Older Microscale Decals used.CMK Interior was beautiful .Sorry I couldn't photo well. Airfix Kit was highly rated but my opinion is Hobbycraft and Fujimi are better F-86 kits. Airfix was missing some basics,Upper inlet,Upper fuselage panel, Side small Vents, Under-nose lights, nose radar scribing. Most of these were added but not all. Some small issues on the wings ,so 3ft is a good viewing distance. There is no dark area in front of gun panel, just a photo lighting issue. Thanks for Looking Comments always Welcome Bill D

Canfora's "On Display 5 – German Tank Killers" - on sale & on discount for a short time in our preview...

The Modelling News - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 09:54
Canfora Publishing has sent us details of a new book in their popular "On Display" modelling series. With this issue featuring the dreaded tank killers of the German armed forces of WWII. Some amazing models by the top talent in our hobby are "on Display" in our preview
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The Battleship HMS Rodney, 1942

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 23:38
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Casemate Publishers, distributors for Kagero Publications, has added another title to their ongoing series of Super Drawings in 3D. This time they turn their attention to the classic British Battleship, HMS Rodney. If you are familiar with these titles, a ship is rendered in full color, 3D illustrations. Each of these super drawing books provide a short overview of the ship in question specifications and a summary of its operational history before plunging into the illustrations. Kagero also provides a black and white fold out plan of the HMS Rodney. 

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AF-2S Guardian "Submarine Killer"

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 22:20
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I have a love for the unusual Naval airplanes - ones without the glitz and glamour of things like the F-14 Tomcat or F-18 Hornet. When Special Hobby graciously gave a kit of the AF-2s Guardian to IPMS/USA for review, I jumped on it (begged for it)

The Af-2S Guardian was the first purpose-built anti-submarine warfare plane for carrier use to enter the US Navy active duty in 1950. There were actually two planes used for this job- one to carry the large (at the time) radar and detecting equipment and a second plane to carry weapons to destroy the sub. This particular kit is the "Sub Killer" and would carry the weapons. The Guardian was the largest single-engine piston-powered carrier aircraft to see service. Around 200 were built.

Let's look at the kit- Special Hobby is a limited run kit consisting of seven gray and one clear sprue, a single colorized photoetched sheet and lots of resin parts with a nice decal sheet representing two aircraft:

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Was the Red Baron a serial Killer?

New Forum Posts - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 18:23
The Baron, stalked his prey and attacked from behind and kept trophies of his kills. Just like a serial killer. Is it appropriate to do a model of a serial killer's stuff? I was looking at the contest rules and those that have won over the years and wonder what most serious members think is an inappropriate model or contest entry. Personally, I'm an artist at heart and find very few things offensive enough to be band or remove it from a contest. However, I am aware others may not feel that way. So, what offends you and why? Would a model of one of the 9/11 planes be ok? If so, how is it different from the plane that sank the Arizona? Is a model of Timothy McVeigh's Car ok form the National? If not, why would a model of Hitler's big six wheeled car be ok? We do swastikas and naked girls all over airplanes, but showing a dead body seems to upset many. Seems strange to me. Thoughts? Dak

Battle of Berlin 1943-1944

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 13:20
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Attacker's Capabilities

Defender's Capabilities

Campaign Objectives

The Campaign

Aftermath and Analysis

Further Reading



This fine book is yet another in Osprey's Air Campaign series.  It concerns itself with the massive bombing efforts over Germany in late 1943 through 1944.  The author provides an excellent overview it's chronology, including the daylight bombing raids over Berlin, Hanover, Peenemunde, Hamburg, Magdeburg, Stettin, Leipzig, Augsburg and numerous other targets.


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Two mainstays of the cold war in 35th from Hobbyboss in our preview...

The Modelling News - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 08:24
Two of the lynchpins of the communist forces of the last half-century, you will find the Russian KrAZ-260B Tractor with MAZ/ChMZAP-5247G semitrailer & the PLA 59 Medium Tank both saw and continue to see service in many parts of the world until even now. Hobbyboss has made these two new kits in 35th scale. We have sprues, boxart, colours and stats in our preview...
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Rescue Wings UH-60J & U-125A Combination Kit

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 00:28
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Rescue Wings is a Japanese anime cartoon known for its realistic portrayal of the Japan Air Self Defense Force's (JASDF) Air Rescue Wing, in particular the Komatsu Rescue Squadron. The basic plot involves a helicopter pilot's (2nd Lieutenant Uchida Kazuhiro) assignment to the JASDF Komatsu Air Base. This initial series ran for 12 episodes (an additional episode added to the DVD release) and was followed by two manga series and a live-action film. They were created with the full cooperation of the Air Rescue Wing.


This fixed wing aircraft is based on the British Aerospace's twin-engine Bae 125-800 private jet. These aircraft are modified for the search-and-rescue with large observation windows, a marker flare ejection system, a droppable liferaft, and an emergency equipment dropping system.

The kit

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Brengun AGM-114 Hellfire

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 19:22
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Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. Many of these aftermarket items are resin, P.E., or a combination of the two mediums. In this "inbox" review, we will look at the quality of the parts, decals, and P.E. parts as well as the packaging and kit instructions.


Marketed under the "Brengun" label, this review looks at the Brengun BRL32037 AGM-114 Hellfire Missile.  There are 8 Hellfires in this product including PE parts and decals for those eight missiles. The missiles are packaged in a small zip-lock baggie, as is the single sheet of P.E. parts. The kit instructions, printed on a small sheet of paper, and the decals are boxed underneath the missile parts. The sturdy cardboard box is about 3 inches by 3 inches and about 3/4 inch deep.


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