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Vehicle for new diorama is almost finished

New Forum Posts - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:52
I’ll post the finished pics of the vehicle here, and eventually I’ll post the finished diorama on that board. It’s taking me a while to finish this because I have found the World War Toons line. This project keeps getting interrupted with those...lol, im sure you understand what I’m talkjng about. Anyway, if you are a purist, don’t look any further as this is completely in the realm of fantasy. Theme: what would a monster/zombie hunter truck look like if it was in the 1950’s? I still have a way to go before being finished, but here is some progress.

The Latest On Testors...Straight From Rustoleum

New Forum Posts - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:00
It is now 10:41 a.m., October 28, 2019. I just got off the phone with Rustoleum and here is what I learned: 1. The Bulletin about Testors going away is fake and they are still trying to track down who posted it. Rustoleum didn't say so, but I would suggest the idiot is in a world of hurt whenever he or they are caught. 2. It is TRUE that international distribution will end EXCEPT for Canada. Again, Testors products will continue to be distributed in the U.S. AND CANADA. 3. It is TRUE that Aztek Airbrushes are gone. 4. It is TRUE that Metalizer products are gone. 5. The ONLY link for current Testors products is https://www.rustoleum.ca/product-catalog/consumer-brands/testors/ 6. The familiar testors.com websie does NOT show the correct current product line. 7. The Testors link at the bottom of the Rustoleum home page is NOT currently correct. At this time, it takes you to the old testors.com home page. 8. Having been made aware of the link/website problems, Rustoleum will be working to correct them. 9, Rustoleum stated during our telcon that Model Master is not going away any time soon, but colors that do not sell will not be continued. What that means for anyone's favorite color I can't say since I have no idea what their criteria for sales volume is.

Read n' Reviewed: The Iran Iraq War 1980-1988 Modern Conflicts Profile Guide Vol. IV from AK Interactive

The Modelling News - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 07:54
Clayton loooves those profile books - so when AK Interactive brought out their new book on the Iran-Iraq Wars with a book packed full of profiles and pictures of these vehicles in the desert battles who better to read and review it? See what he thought in our story today...
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Pics from Orangecon

New Forum Posts - Sun, 10/27/2019 - 01:49
Had a great time in Fullerton. Got to see my oldest, visited 3 air museums, did a day at Disney and helped judge at the show. Good seeing the Duke and meeting others from the club and even talked to George with Tamiya who was in the Vendors room. https://photos.app.goo.gl/iz9Vjmgk87TXnu6m9

Tin Tin - planes, trains, ships, & automobiles

New Forum Posts - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 20:17
has anyone copied a mode of transport from the Tin Tin series? there seems to be so much inspiration, and there's a member on Britmodeler hooked on Wallace & Grommet, that I started wondering. ps: camels & elephants don't count!

Best of the Best- Top Gun

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 10:46
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Ok to start off, WOW!  Now that I got that out of the way Fightertown Decals always produces great sheets with multiple marking options.  This one is one of the best yet.  This was previously released but this set has been adjusted to fit the Tamiya kit, as well as, any other F-14/F-18 kit, and this sheet even includes some new aircraft.

'Top Gun'- the movie, has produced more dreams in the minds of little kids of my generation than any propaganda movie ever.  I know I was in love with the high speed, low level flying and the good story.  Okay so it wasn't believable, but it was a good story.  Anyhow the aircraft, especially the F-14, was the actual star of the movie.  With the new Top Gun 2 being made currently the interest is sure to grow again, even if Maverick will be flying an F/A-18.

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Tomcats at War-Pt 2- F-14B/D Bravo Delta Showboats

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 10:32
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Navy jets can be boring in their all grey color schemes, however, that is not always the case.  The CAG birds tend to get the full color treatment, hence this sheet and the title of Showboats.  These aircraft sported all kinds of markings at different times in their lifecycle. 

With the release of the Tamiya, and now the AMK F-14 Tomcat kits, there is a need for some colorful markings for them.  Fightertown Decals has the answer for those markings.

Fightertown Decals has produced decals for 14 different aircraft.  Well that isn't quite true.  They provide markings for eight aircraft at different timeframes to show 14 different marking options.  Fightertown produces some great looking Tomcat decals.  This sheet is no different. 

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Ladder for F-22

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 10:23
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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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The Latest On The Death Of Testors...Some True, Some Maybe Not

New Forum Posts - Fri, 10/25/2019 - 23:30
Today I stumbled across a post on the Oldie & Goldie Scale Models Facebook Group. Someone had posted an alleged Product Bulletin that was addressed to all Testors Distributors. Subject was the end of an era. If you want to look at the Bulletin yourself, go to Facebook and search for Oldie And Goldie Scale Models. Some are claiming that it is fake news and others don't know. BUT at least one person stated that what they did know...from a separate source...was that Rustoleum was definitely dropping Aztek Airbrushes along with the International and Military colors. Since the above info was impossible to verify, I went to Rustoleum's Testors website to see what, if anything, had changed. Here's what I've discovered: 1. Aztek Airbrushes are no longer listed. 2. There are 20 One Coat Lacquer Spray colors (19 colors and Spray Wet Look Clear 3. Dullcote & Glosscote are still available in both spray and bottle. 4. The entire Metalizer line is gone, including Metalizer Sealer and Thinner. 5. Acryl acrylic is still available as follows....but the number of colors is diminishing: Flat: 34 colors + clear flat Gloss: 18 colors + clear gloss Semi-Gloss: 10 colors 6. Model Master enamels are still available...kinda, sorta...as shown below: Auto enamels: Gloss: 29 colors Military enamels: Flat: 27 colors Gloss: 2 colors Semi-Gloss: 1 color Figure enamels: Flat: 5 colors Semi-Gloss: 3 colors Stain: 2 shades International Military: WW-II US & United Kingdom: Flat: 4 colors Gloss: 1 color US Military: Flat: 2 colors Gloss: 2 colors Semi-Gloss: 3 colors WW-II German Luftwaffe - RLM & Panzer : Flat: 2 colors Semi-Gloss: 8 colors WW-II Italian/Japanese/Russian: Flat: 2 colors Semi-Gloss; 1 color Modern Armor Gulf War/Nato/Russia: Flat: 1 color Semi-Gloss: 1 color Since I started writing this post, all comments relative to the presumed Product Bulletin have been removed. I wouldn't be surprised if the Bulletin image disappears before long, especially if it is fictitious. Still, the list I have provided is taken direct from the Rustoleum/Testors website...essentially straight from the horse's mouth. I'll try to contact Rustoleum the first of next week to see if I can get any updated information.

Valom 1/72 Bristol Bombay

New Forum Posts - Fri, 10/25/2019 - 20:49
Don't know if you have much experience with Valom kits, but they are about two steps above a limited release injection molded kit. Parts look good, but fit is iffy. Clear parts well done, but seldom fit. Much PE included that is small, fiddly and can't be seen. However, they make kits of subjects no one else does, Enter the Bristol Bombay. First flown in1935, it was designed as what was then known as a bomber/transport. It could do either but neither really well. It did serve as a bomber in the near east and Ethiopia and as a transport all over Europe. It was similar in capacity and performance to a Ju-52, which was also designed to be a a bomber/transport. Its greatest claim to fame was that this aircraft type changed the course of the war in North Africa. When Auchileck was sacked, Gott was named his successor and immediately flew to the front in a Bombay,, which was subsequently shot down, killing Gott and leading to the appointment of Montgomery and we all know the story from there. The kit is done OOTB and I even left out much of the interior as it just couldn't be seen. The clear parts for the windows were omitted as fit was problematic and I did them with Krystal Kleer with a coat of Johnson's Klear. Weathering, shading was done with pastels. Looks like a Bombay, but will never win any contests.

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

The Modelling News - Fri, 10/25/2019 - 09:38
The last part of Andy Moore's flight of fancy in the Focke-Wulf Triebflügel from Miniart in 35th scale is here as promised. He has done a very nice job in finishing it off as you will see in his "how-to" article today...Read on... »