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Tru-Color Paint NATO & Modern Armor

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 13:38
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Tru-Color Paint was formed in 2008 by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, both of whom come from extensive backgrounds in formulating paint on the commercial scale. They set out on their own to develop this paint line of solvent-based paint by reformulating the old Accupaint formulation to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying. They currently offer over 600 colors offered with more to follow. Sets and single bottles are available and include lines for railroad, automotive, and military aircraft and armament lines.

The specific set I tested was specifically for NATO and modern armor and includes a sample of their masking frisket papers as well as the following colors in 1 oz. bottles:

  • TCP-1410: NATO Green
  • TCP-1411: NATO- Military Brown
  • TCP-1412: NATO Black
  • TCP-1413: OIF- Desert Sand
  • TCP-1414: Tan Camo for Vehicles
  • TCP-1415: Seafoam Green for Vehicles


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USSR M10 “Lend-Lease”

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 13:19
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In today's review we will be doing a Soviet Union Lend lease M10, This Tank was originally released back in 2014 for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion with that being said this new release does have a few things differently such as the decal sheet and the Soviet figures.

Let's start will the Hull, This kit does offer the interior which is very nicely detailed.  Some of the fit needed some work such as the 4 Sponson containers on the sides of the tank. The diamond blade deck was a very tight fit and required some additional sanding to sit in with ought bending the deck. My only real complaint is the lack of an engine for the build.  The outside of the Hull is also very nicely detailed with all the little details that are added plus the molded-in features such as the weld lines and positionable crew hatch's.

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Detail & Scale F-8 & RF-8 Crusader Digital Volume 8

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 12:47
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Itunes Digital Book


Kindle Digital Book


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Cross & Cockade International Spring 2019 Volume 50/1

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 14:56
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The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Spring 2019, features a front cover photograph of Josef Csatek and Andreas Dombrowski of Flik 29 in front of Albatros D.III 53.24


The inside rear cover features three period black and white photographs of the BE 12 airframe construction details. The outside rear cover features an investigation into a possible photograph of Captain R.M. Foster's Sopwith Camel "C 61" (top).  The one verified photograph of "C 61" is included at the lower right, along with two additional photographs of 3N Squadron Sopwith Camels.


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Rutan Quickie

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 11:55
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Burt Rutan's name has become synonymous with innovative, unconventional aircraft designs built with efficiency and safety in mind. Types like the Varieze, Varviggen, and the Voyager all shared a common platform utilizing a canard or small wing ahead of the main wing. Wanting the promote safety, the principal behind the canard was the forward smaller wing would stall before the larger rear wing protecting the pilot from loss of  control during the critical takeoff and landing phases of flight. The construction of these designs incorporated a composite structure of a foam core wrapped in fiberglass. This structure was not only strong but it was very aerodynamically clean. These designs could attain cruise speeds faster than most production designs with a fraction of the horsepower. That brings us to the subject of this review. The Quickie was built around an 18 hp Onan engine. Rutan along with Tom Jewett and Gene Sheenan wanted to build a low cost, low power single seat design. With a wingspan of 16 ft 8 in and length of 17 ft 4 in, the Quickie is tiny.

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P-40 Wheels – Cross Tread

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 11:39
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Czech Master Kits, CMK, have released a really nice P-40N kit recently and a ton of aftermarket items for it and other P-40 kits.

This set is one of several replacement tire kits and features the cross thread pattern which resin is probably the best medium to capture this detail.

The set includes two main wheels and tires with alternate hub detail parts.  The cross thread pattern is really well done and I could not find a molding blemish or bubble in the castings.  These are direct replacements for the kit items.

These wheels will really add detail to one of your P-40 builds.  Just make sure to check your references to make sure you use the correct hub and type of threads.

Thanks to Special Hobby and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

P-40N-5 through N-40 Seat

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 23:56
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CMK, Czech Master Kits, has released several resin seats designed to fit their numerous P-40 kits. This one is designed for their new P-40N. The set includes 1 part, the seat.  This is a direct replacement for the kit part.  The detail is crisp and it should look nice settled in the cockpit.  There are no seatbelts molded onto the seat so you can easily use your favorite option.

This is another quick and simple addition to your P-40N.

Thanks to Special Hobby and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Fine Brass Chain

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 23:37
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Czech Master Kits, known as CMK, is one of the prolific model companies out of the Czech Republic releasing full kits and aftermarket parts for aircraft, AFVs, ships, figures, and more.

This includes a series of brass chains which are listed as Fine (72ndscale), Medium (48th) and Coarse (35th).  This review covers the Fine version of these products as I build mostly 1/72ndscale kits. What you get is a very nice chain in brass that is 30cm long (almost 12 inches).  The links are 2mm long and 1.2mm wide.  The quality is high. You can either use the chain at its full length or cut it into smaller sizes for different uses.

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Brengun 1/144 Spitfire Wheels

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 23:56
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Here's another nifty little "add on" or "fix-it" for your 1/144th Spitfire.  The envelope contains 18 main wheels for Spitfires.  I had to look closely, but there are 3 different types of tires in the envelope. There are 6 with no tread, 6 with a tread that runs around the tire, and 6 with a diamond tread.  When I said I looked closely, I had to use the headband magnifier to see the tread.  But they are there.

As far as using these wheels, they're slightly better in quality than the wheels in the newer Spitfire kits such as Eduard or Mark 1 so you may want to replace the kit items.  But if you're looking at one of the "older" kits (Crown/Revell/Academy), the Brengun wheels are far superior. And then there's another need for wheels.  The wheels are sometimes knocked off the landing gear, or they just get lost.  These are the wheels you need.  

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Redstone Launcher

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 09:19
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Be aware that ordering the kit direct from Horizon will entail a postage fee. Horizon is located in Australia. Also note that Horizon is offering reduced pricing for their other 1/72nd scale spacecraft kits.

The kit instructions can be downloaded at https://www.horizon-models.com/1-72-redstone-launcher

Horizon Models has, in the last few years, has established itself as a source of superior models of launch vehicles for both unmanned and manned space flight.

The Redstone Launcher will be my third Horizon model and hopefully, it will not be my last. This, kit, however, is the final release in the Redstone series according to Tony Radosevic, the Managing Director or Horizon Models.

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KC-10 Extender

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 00:39
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Caracal Models is one of the leaders in aviation decals offered in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale with many unique subjects never offered before now. The KC-10 is not a new subject, however it has been a long time since this subject has been available. With that being noted, older decals may not be reliable and the quality of printing is also in question.

Printed by Cartograph, the single sheet is printed perfectly with the small markings are very fine and easy to read. Markings included from unit markings at March, Travis, Barksdale, McGuire and Seymour-Johnson. With these six different markings, there are three different color schemes with a clear guide on the time frame the color applies to. There are instructions consist of eight color sheets that clearly show placement of markings for the six subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied. There is a note on a suggested FS blue color which is the one used on the decal sheet so those two will match.

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Mercedes-Benz SL 230 Series 2001-2011

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 10:26
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This publication is one from a series of books covering the Mercedes Benz SL series by Veloce Publishing.  It is a 208 page hardcover book, printed in 25cm x 25cm (9.75" x 9.75") format.  Publication date was February, 2015.

Other publications in this series are:

  • Mercedes Benz SL R130 Series 1989-2001
  • Mercedes Benz SL & SLC 107 Series 1971-1989
  • Mercedes Benz SLK R170 Series 1996-2004


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M3A1 Scout Car: The US Cavalry’s Primary Reconnaissance Vehicle in World War II

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 10:16
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David Doyle's latest book is one of the latest entries in the 'Legends of Warfare' series with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The first Ground book focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book was on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books were are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3). This tome is the ninth release in the Legends of Warfare - Ground series.


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Fundekals F4U & FG Corsairs part 2 Whistling Death

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:27
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Originally conceived and developed as a carrier-based fighter for the United States Navy, the F4U Corsair was initially adopted by the US Marine Corps as a dependable and extremely lethal land-based fighter-bomber.  The Corsair's unique and innovative configuration incorporated engine oil coolers in the inboard wing sections, with the resulting airflow through them making an unmistakable whistling sound, audible over the sound of the engine and firing of its guns.   So predominant and unnerving was this sound to the Japanese forces on the receiving end of Corsair wrath that they dubbed the Corsair "Whistling Death."  Designed and manufactured by Chance Vought under the designation F4U and license built by Goodyear as FG-1, Corsairs became the staple of Marine Corps fighter units in the Pacific Theatre from 1942 until the end of World War II in 1945.  Rugged, fast, dependable, and robustly armed, Corsairs continued service as fighter-bombers into the jet age through the Korean War.

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M3 Half Track

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:17
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When I was around 10-11 years old, I got into a small-scale armor kick.  The local shop carried Airfix kits and I built a lot of their kits at the time.  The first time I built the M3 Half Track it was an MPC release in their Battle of the Bulge Historama kit.

Fast forward 45, cough, years later and Airfix is rereleasing many of their kits under their Vintage Classics range.  The kit appears to be the exact same plastic first released in 1966 including the 1 Ton Trailer.  The kit includes 54 parts molded in an OD plastic.  There is a bit of flash but what would you expect from a set of molds almost older than me.  The kit includes some nice detail, a driver and one of the nicest small scale .50 caliber machine guns.  Decals are included for a M3A1 during Operation Overlord.  More about them later.  The color scheme is shown in full color in the instructions.  Other than that change, the instructions look like they did when I first built it.

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Meng Sd.Kfz. 179 Bergepanther Ausf A

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 00:37
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With the development of the Panther and the Tiger 1 the Germans came to the realization that they needed an armored recovery vehicle that could handle the weight of these larger vehicles. MAN was originally tasked converting Panther Ds for use in this capacity.  The vehicles selected for conversion had the turret removed and replaced with a central 40-ton winch and a large rear spade to dig the vehicle in. A wooden work platform was built over the winch and a light crane (1500 kgs capacity) was installed on the rear deck.  For armament, a 2cm KwK-30 cannon was mounted on the front along with the standard machine gun.  This new kit from Meng is the first new modern kit of this interesting vehicle and the first release of this vehicle since the old Italeri kit from the mid-1990s.    

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Tempest Mk. V

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:29
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The Hawker Tempest Mk V was a follow-on fighter from the Typhoon. It proved to be a superb mid to low level fighter and ground attack aeroplane.

This is Eduard's brand new mold of the Tempest and effectively puts their older (but still very acceptable) model, Cat 1169, out to pasture.

This is the ProfiPACK which includes color photo etch, masks for the canopy, wheels, lights and walkways, as well as a nice in register decal sheet and a high quality paper instruction book. The ProfiPACK provides the modeler with just about everything needed to build a very nice model out of the box. For this build review, I also used Eduard's resin wheels, exhaust pipes, "Look" instrument panel, steel seat belts and gun bays.

For whatever reason, several parts had separated from the sprue trees and some were separated or broken. I have other Eduard kits where everything was intact, so this damage may have occurred in transit somewhere with the extra mailing of the review kit. Everything was repairable.

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Kagero Top Drawing 57 Messerschmitt Bf 110 Vol 1

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:58
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The book provides great detail drawings of the Messerschmitt Bf 110 which was a work horse for the German Luftwaffe.

I found the drawings in this book to be fascinating and show many of the variants of this very versatile aircraft.

Along with the many outline drawings (both 1/48 & 1/72 scale) there are 10 very nice profile drawings. Also include in the book is a mask for the Eduard 1/72 BF 110 C/D/E kit.

There is also a pull out 1/48 scale plan drawing.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the BF 110 and a must for modellers.

Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them


Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:25
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From the author's website:

Although only 100 examples were produced, the 155mm Gun Motor Carriage M12 served with distinction as an infantry-support weapon and in particular as a bunker-buster during the U.S. assault on the Siegfried Line in the winter of 1944-45.

Spread through 144 pages, almost 200 photos, nearly evenly divided between photos of the sole surviving example and vintage development and combat photos, including numerous previously unpublished images, chronicle the history of this pioneering self- propelled gun and its companion M30  ammunition carrier.

What's Inside...

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Real Colors of WWII Aircraft, Limited Edition

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 01:15
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This massive tome landed in my mailbox courtesy of the fine folks at AK Interactive who have also provided us with multiple samples of paint, brushes, weathering media and the like.  This is the icing on the cake for any modeler of American, Russian, Luftwaffe, or British aircraft of the WWII period.  The book is divided into 4 sections accordingly, with sub-sections for the various branches (e.g. USN, USAAF and/or time periods such as pre-war, early and late war and again, where appropriate, operational theatres such as Tropical and Mediterranean areas).  

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