IPMS LogoInternational Plastic Modelers' Society / USA

IPMS LogoInternational Plastic Modelers' Society / USA



Vickers Vildebeest Mk. III

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:29
Product Image


The Vickers Vildebeeste design originated as a result of  Air Ministry Specification 24/25 for a land based torpedo bomber to replace the Hawker Horsley, with the first prototype flying in April, 1928.  The plane was of all metal construction with mainly fabric cover. Power was provided by a Bristol Jupiter VIII radial engine. Development continued, with the first production models flying in 1932.  The design was upgraded over the years, with 9  Mk. I's (Bristol Pegasus),  30 Mk. II's  (Bristol Pegasus IIM3),  150 Mk. III's  (A Mk. II with provision for a third crew member) and 18  Mk. IV's, (825 hp. Bristol Perseus radial enclosed in a NACA cowling).  In 1931,  Vickers developed a modified Vildebeeste as a general purpose type to replace the Westland Wapiti, and this aircraft, which was essentially similar to the Vildebeeste Mk. II, emerged as the Vincent, with additional fuel replacing the torpedo equipment.

read more

King Brian

New Forum Posts - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 13:49
King Brian is a character from the 1959 Disney movie Darby O'Gill and the Little People. From IMDB.com : The kit was sculpted Joe Laudati and came in 4 parts - His head, body, cape and base. While the figure is cast in resin, the base was cast in plaster. My guess is to give the base some weight, and the figure is dancing, and all the weight is on one foot. Looking at King Brian's costume, the main colors are 3 different shades of green, and then an orange tan for the vest. The shoes looked black, but I thought a very dark brown worked as well. The coins (and crown) were painted gloss black in prep for painting them with Vallejo Metallics Gold. The face was next, and it was impossible for me to find out the actors eye color, so I just defaulted for brown. Most all the colors were painted and when I went to glue on the cape, there was some filling needed. So I broke out the Aves and blended it in. To attach Brian to the base I added a rod thru his heel into the base. To save some weight the cater made part of the base hollow. No worries - the rod will still hold. Thanks Joe for autographing this. For safety, I added a rare earth magnet to his sole and the base. A few tries and it worked fine... until I added the cape. With the cape in place, the balance was lost and wanted to tip over backward. I figured I needed another rod, and to play it safe I thought that I should fill the void in the base with resin, and then add that rod. Check back for the conclusion. Thanks for looking.

Junkers D.1 Landing Gear

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:39
Product Image

A newer addition to Scale Aircraft Conversions large line of metal landing gear is this set for the Wingnut Wings Junkers D.1.

Like most of SAC's sets, this is meant as a drop-fit replacement for the kit's plastic landing gear.  The set comprises of both main gear legs, the landing gear "wing" between the legs, and the main axle.  All are made of sturdy, white metal.

I could see no appreciable difference in the detail between the kit items and those in this set.  They look to be almost the same.  If anything, I believe the SAC details were a bit softer than the kit items.  The "wing" had a bit of a molding mishap and there is some excess metal on the top port side (see the photos).  I think this will be a bit challenging to clean up and retain the details of the rivets and corrugation.  The axle came slightly bent (which I know is common with white metal pieces, but still annoying).

read more

Sopwith Triplane Landing Gear

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:25
Product Image

Yet another addition to Scale Aircraft Conversions large line of metal landing gear is this set for the Wingnut Wings Sopwith Triplane.

Like most of SAC's sets, this is meant as a drop-fit replacement for the kit's plastic landing gear.  The set comprises of both main gear legs, the landing gear "wing" between the legs, main axle, tail skid, and tail skid adjusting piston.  All are made of sturdy, white metal.

read more

F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:15
Product Image

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release, which has very large amount of markings, fifteen to be exact! Each of the fifteen subjects of the 494th Fighter Squadron have colorful nose art that are real attention getters like "Dead Pool" "Texas Ranger" and one of the markings, "2-Oh-40oz" which has an image of a red tail P-51D dropping bombs. The aircraft and nose are included is: 00-3001 "Jenny"; 00-3002 "Devils Darlin"; 00-3003 ""Gears of War"; 00-3004 "Bulls Eye"; 01-2000 "Valkyrie; 91-1311 "Lady Liberty"; 91-1313 "Texas Ranger"; 91-1314 "Chief"; 91-1324 " White Walrus"; 91-1326 "Ravage"; 91-1329 ""Deadpool"; 91-1335 "Megalodon"; 96-1602 "A-Bombinator"; 96-0201 "Firebird" and 96-0204 ""2-Oh-40oz".

read more

DH 100 Vampire FB Mk.52 Over Northern Sky

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 09:06
Product Image

The De Havilland (English Electric) Vampire was conceived in 1941 and first took to the sky in 1943.  According to Wikipedia it was used by over 30 nations and was last flown operationally by Rhodesia in 1979.  Given the longevity of the Vampire, and its interesting twin boom look I took on the challenge of this build and review.

read more

Consolidated B-24, Vol. 2 B-24G to B-24M

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 08:16
Product Image

This release is Vol. 2 in the Legends of Warfare-Aviation series and covers the B-24 G to the B-24M in nine chapters. There are hundreds of photographs (actually 291 color and b/w photos) in this 128-page publication. The photographs coverage of the B-24 (and derivatives) inside and out. Those who wish to build a highly detailed model of the B-24 will find this publication an excellent and comprehensive resource.

The stunning images are accompanied by a few paragraphs that describe the distinct features of the B-24 variants that are covered (see those variants lists in the Table of Contents below), and with informative captions for each image.


read more

In-Boxed: 1/48th scale UH-1N Twin Huey from Kittyhawk

The Modelling News - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 02:57
The UH-1 "Huey" has always been popular with modellers, and to make sure you get what you want to see we have built both the UH-1D & UH-1Y here at TMN. Andy Moore has the third 48th scale Huey from Kittyhawk and he gives us his observations of the kit and contents in his "In-boxed"
Read on... »

Lynch Class kitbash

New Forum Posts - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 23:45
Cutting up a 1.350 Polar Lights Enterprise kit to make a Lynch Class light destroyer. My first attempt at lighting a kit as well, hope to have it ready for Wonderfest and then the Nats!

Osprey Dutch Navies of the 80 Years' War 1568–1648

IPMS/USA Reviews - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 23:28
Product Image

Military History has always fascinated Bouko de Groot. He earned a BA in Art History and an MA in Egyptology from Leiden University. Bouko de Groot served in the Dutch Army and has authored a number of academic, popular scientific, and business journalistic articles. He spent at least eight years working in Shanghai for IHS Fairplay, publishing daily online maritime news, along with weekly and monthly magazines.  He is Dutch and currently lives in Germany.

Peter Bull graduated from art college in 1979 and has worked as a freelance illustrator for over 25 years. He has created both traditional and digital art for publishers worldwide.  Peter also runs the Peter Bull Art Studio, based in East Sussex, UK, which he founded in 1975.

read more

U-2A Dragon Lady

IPMS/USA Reviews - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 22:33
Product Image

The U-2 is one of those historic planes that many people have heard of whether they are fans of planes or not. From the shooting down of Francis Gary Powers to its long service of gathering intelligence, it has always interested me. AVF Club has issued their first kit of this iconic plane as the U-2A Dragon Lady.

Inside the box, there are eight grey sprues with petit panel lines and no flash, easily the equivalent of top-flight manufacturers. One crystal clear sprue is provided along with a large decal sheet and a nice picture of the box art. There are three options in the box for markings:

read more

HobbyBoss June 2019 Releases

Model Builder International - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:48
HobbyBoss June 2019 Releases

1:72 Kanonen und Flakwagen ITEM No.: 82925

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.VI Sd.Kfz.182 Tiger II (Henschel Feb-1945 Production) ITEM No.: 84532

Paul Tosney – Editor

ModelBuilder International
HobbyLink International
Hoblylink International Shop
eBay Store

Categories: News

Hasegawa's July new & Limited Edition kits - Hasegawa's looking forward (let's hope)

The Modelling News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:03
Hasegawa always has a bunch of kits coming out every month, some we have already seen, and some are a little "samey" but we try to pick out the best of what is on the way to show you - we found some interesting bits in July items are in our preview...Read on... »

Wanted - Furball Aero 48010 1/48 Lo Viz Devil Dog Scooters decal set.

New Forum Posts - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:47
Looking for the Furball Aero 48010 1/48 A-4 Skyhawk, Lo Viz Devil Dog Scooters decal set. I need the VMA-214 decals specifically. Thank you.

Construction Review Pt.II: 1/72nd scale Mikoyan MiG-25RBT Foxbat B from ICM

The Modelling News - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 01:27
Today we give you the second part of Gary Wickham's ICM's new 72nd scale MiG-25 MiG-25RBT Foxbat B build. And with this part he is fully concerned with the painting, weathering and displaying the base on a cool blurred "moving" background. See how he brings it to life in the second part of the build.
Read on... »