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Tiertime Cetus MK3 extended 3D printer

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 01:12
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If you have ever been interested in 3D printing, then this printer will get you started. 3D printers take a plastic filament material and melt it into an extruding nozzle, then ejected on to a moving build plate forms an object, so as the material cools it hardens. 3D printers can use several materials to melt plastic and create objects of different plastic type materials.

I have no experience with 3D printing but have always been intrigued about the idea.

I have experienced times when a special tool or part would be good to have, but there is nothing available. Now if I think about the part I can design it and at the same time learn a new skill of 3D printing. I will be honest and say the kicker for designing a part was the last time I knocked over my Tamiya cement bottle and said to myself, I wish there was something I could put the bottle in to keep from tipping it over. Guess what my first design and project was with the 3D printer.

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The Research Squad, Panther Project Volume 2 - Engine & Turret

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:14
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The second volume of Panther Project follows the Restoration process of the Engine and Turret process along with its connected systems, information on Zimmerit. Some very nice Hull walk around along with interior photos, there are 440 photographs that make up this book along with some nice technical drawings of components.

Contents

Before they dive in on the restoration there are several pages on the History of the Panther tank along with the usual introduction. The rest of the book is broken up by each year on restoration 2007 2009 2013 2017 and 2018 and at the back are some references and technical drawings for the restoration process. Each chapter is broken up by what job is being done and gives the page numbers for easy reference. I'll be posting a picture of the index page as there is a lot of work going into each section.

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Bf-109T-2

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:03
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Messerschmitt developed the Bf-109T, based on the Bf-109E series, for operations from the aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin", when it was being developed and built in the late thirties. Although the ship was launched in 1938, the carrier, which was to have had a capacity of 40 aircraft, was never completed. A second carrier, the Peter Strasser, was started but never launched. It was scrapped in 1940. The Graf Zeppelin was retained, and work resumed briefly in 1942, but eventually, it was stopped in 1943. Specialized folding wing JU-87B's and Bf-109T's were developed for these ships.

The Bf-109T-0 prototype was followed by ten pre-production Bf-109T-1's, converted from E-3's. These had extended, manually folding wings and carrier tailhooks, catapult spools, and tailwheel locking devices. A unit, JG 186, was formed for their evaluation, but the project was shelved. Sixty Bf-109T-1's had been ordered from Fieseler, and after on-again-off-again development, Fieseler was eventually instructed to complete all of the T-1's as land-based aircraft without the carrier equipment, under the designation Bf-109T-2.

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German Staff Cars/ Cabrio(let)

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 16:16
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Longtime readers of  IPMS/USA reviews will know that I tend to prefer the tiny stuff. So it shouldn't come as too big a surprise that when Brengun released some accessory items for those of us that build in a diminutive scale (1:144) that I put in my bid for this kit review. 'Kit Review' may be too strong a phrase as these small German Staff Cars 3D printed, in resin, and come as one piece. The only assembly of the actual car is to remove it from the casting block. It should be noted that these cars represent an Opel Admiral Cabriolet, circa 1938.

 

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AK Interactive Tracks & Wheels

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 13:50
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Tracks & Wheels is part of AK Interactive's Learning Series of books that are profusely illustrated how-to guides that include step-by-step instructions on how to assemble, paint, and weather kits. Other titles in the learning series include:

  • Metallic Paints
  • Flesh & Skin
  • Realistic Wood Effects
  • Panzer Crew Uniforms Painting Guide
  • Modern Figures Camouflages
  • Photoetched Parts

Tracks & Wheels includes in-progress photos and descriptive text explaining each of the steps in assembling, painting, and weathering kit track & wheel subassemblies. The techniques are demonstrated using photos and text by artists and expert modelers. The photos are very clear and explain each progressive step in painting & weathering techniques and includes tips on tools to use. The book includes photo examples of models and actual vehicles to illustrate weathering using the various techniques described in the book. Most of the products used in the book are from AK Interactive.

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Ju 88 Aces of World War 2

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 13:30
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Robert Forsyth, born in Berkshire, England, has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe since his school days. Based in East Sussex with his wife, he runs an aviation and military publishing business full-time. He has written articles for the magazines Aeroplane , Aviation News, FlyPast, and The Aviation Historian, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the latter publication. He is the author of several hard bound books, including: JV 44 - The Galland Circus (1996), Battle over Bavaria - The B-26 versus the German Jets (Classic, 1998), Mistel - German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945 (Classic, 2001), Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerikabomber (Classic, 2006, with Eddie Creek); He 162 Volksjager (Classic, 2009, with Eddie Creek); Heinkel He 111 (Crecy, 2014); Junkers Ju 52 (Specialty Press. 2015, with Eddie Creek).

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Osprey- US Soldier vs. Arikakorps Soldier- Tunisia 1943

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 00:42
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From the publisher's website:

Operation Torch, launched on 8 November 1942, landed Anglo-American forces in Vichy-controlled Morocco and Algeria to create a second front against the Axis forces in North Africa, catching Rommel's German and Italian forces in the claws of a giant pincer.

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German Tank Destroyer Marder III M “Normandy Front”

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:35
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This kit represents the final Marder series of tank destroyer, the model M, that was used in Normandy during the D-Day operations. This version of the Marder was the most produced by the Germans during World War II. Tamiya has taken their kit # 35255 Marder III M from 2002 and added some new parts and figures. Gone are the one-piece rubber band style tracks being replaced with two sprues of link and length tracks. These new tracks make up two sprues that also include new drive sprockets and a dozen 7.5cm rounds to fit into the side ammo bins. A new sprue with four new figures, helmets and headsets is included. The new instruction sheet is in booklet style, not the older Tamiya trifold style. This is nice and helps in referring to different assembly steps - just flips the pages, not the whole sheet. There are 12 pages consisting of 22 steps in the instructions. Along with this is a separate color page showing one Normandy Marder on both sides. This is used for a painting guide and where to place the five decals. Another four-page history booklet is enclosed.

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NAA B-45 Tornado

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:27
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Kev Darling is an aviation historian, writer, and publisher based in South Wales.  He served in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft engineer for nearly 30 years, from June 1973 to March 2003.  He has written at least 30 books since 1987, working in the RAF Illustrated series, Crowood Aviation series, Crowood Combat Legend series, Specialty Press' WarbirdTech series, as well as Guideline's Warpaint series. 

 

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Hasegawa Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO-MR

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 19:20
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This is a review of the Hasegawa Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO-MR.

 

Engine: No engine.  It's curbside kit.

 

Interior: Interior is wonderfully engraved and the supplied upholstery decals fit well.  Didn't even have to paint some of the parts.

 

Body:  Body was crisp and clean with no flash.  I had hoped to just polish the plastic but there were swirls in the roof so it had to be primed and painted.  I used Tru-Color sun orange which is pretty darn close to factory color.

 

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Hauler Sd.Kfz.9 Famo

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 00:06
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Hauler produces photo-etched and resin upgrade sets for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, and dioramas. They also produce a few resin kits. Their products are in most of the common scale sizes, 1/72, 1/48, and 1/35, but they also have items in common railroad hobbyist scales.

This small sheet of photoetch provides upgrades to Revell's 1/72 Sd. Kfz. 9 FAMO (03141) kit. The Revell kit is nicely detailed on its own, but for those of us wanting to reallydetailthe kit, Hauler provides this nice set of photoetch. The photoetch comes with a small instruction sheet listing each Revell part number to use, and instructions on whether something needs to be modified or replaced entirely. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.

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Avia S-99/C-10

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 19:58
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At the end of the war, Czechoslovakia needed airplanes and they were already building Bf-109s in the Diana works so it was logical to continue to build them for their own country.  These were built with DB-605 engines.  They would continue to build them until a fire at the engine storage facility and factory.  Then they decided to switch to the Jumo engine and created the Avia S-199.  What makes a Diana G-10 is a unique aerodynamic fairing, as well as, the shorter landing gear and the bigger balloon tires with the associated large bulge on the wings. 

The Eduard Limited Edition boxing of the Avia S-99/C-10 is actually a Bf-109G-10 by another name.  This boxing comes in a sturdy cardboard box with a colorful S-99 on the box top.  Inside is what really matters though, and it does not disappoint. 

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Bf-109G-10 Mtt Regensburg

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 19:41
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Eduard continues its way through the development of the Bf-109.  Their latest offering is the Bf-109G-10 produced at the Regensburg manufacturing facility, of which 130 were built.  This particular variant comes with the small bulges on the wings but large asymmetrical gun cowlings with a long tail wheel. 

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Spitfire Mk I Landing Gear

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 02:12
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The main landing gear is a single casting similar to the kit's plastic molded part, and the tail wheel is also included. I found a mold seam on the tail wheel and on one leg on the main gear. Both should be easily removed. Both parts appear to be a one-on-one replacement for the plastic kit parts. No fuss, no muss!

I decided to paint the metal parts just for fun and to see the detail once painted and weathered. I started with Alclad black micro filler primer, and allowed that to cure for a day. Next I applied a coat of Alclad dull aluminum. A pin wash of burnt umber oil paint was applied, followed by Testors chrome silver on the oleos. What a difference a coat of paint makes!

If you require a more sturdy landing gear for your new Tamiya Spitfire this is the set you should consider.

Conclusion

I wish to thank Sale Aircraft Conversionsand IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this set of metal landing gear.

Pz Kpfw IV Return Rollers Type I

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 01:47
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Additional information is available on Facebook--https://www.facebook.com/OKBGrigorov/

Background

OKB Grigorov is a scale model manufacturer based in Bulgaria. The business was established in 2003. Their main goal since then is to provide quality models and accessories with the maximum amount of details.

The product line includes several 1/72th scale armour kits along with separate photoetch sets, brass gun barrel and idlers. Also, they offer 1/72 and 1/35 resin armor accessories, 1/350 and 1/700 scale naval accessories, 1/72, 1/48, 1/35 and 1/350 resin and PE AFV sets. Also include is a line of 1/72 scale military weapons. Their product line continues to grow.

Contents Description

The review set includes eight resin return rollers for Pz.Kpfw IV and variants. I found images of the Ausf J variant with steel return rollers in place. Check your references. Their catalog includes four types of rollers for the Mk IV and should meet the needs of armor builders looking to add the correct roller to their subject model.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Pilot

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 17:24
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PJ Production is a Belgian company that is self-described as a company who specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at amateurs of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. 

 

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Bf 109G-10 Mtt Regensburg OVERTREES

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 10:52
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Eduard releases a ProfiPACK of a new kit with all the bells and whistles and at the same time, they release an OVERTREE kit with no bells or whistles.  An Overtree is for people like me who have a lot of decals and don't mind not having the pre-painted fret or the masks.  Now those things are available separately.  Personally, I like the pre-painted photo etch and the masks and since I have a bunch of decals, including leftovers from the ProfiPACK, that I don't mind.  Even the box is devoid of anything that belies the beauty inside the plain white cardboard box.  It just has an end sticker. 

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Bf 109G-10 Mtt Regensburg Photo-etch

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 10:30
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There are some things that just look better in scale thinness.  Eduard agrees and produces a set for their new Bf-109G-10. 

This set is packaged in the standard Eduard resealable package.  The contents are protected by some card stock.  One fret of photo-etch is included in nickel plated brass.  The parts that are very visible are the landing gear doors and flaps.  Both of which will look better in brass than plastic.  The one thing that I think is essential is the wheel wells shroud, which has the cutouts that are on the real plane, not like the kit parts which hints at the cutouts.  There are some other things like a fuselage access hatch, strap for the drop tank and the landing gear plumbing.

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Bf 109G-10 WNF PE-set

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 10:13
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The Eduard OVERTREE and Weekend Edition kits are really nice kits, but I think they benefit from having the pre-painted photo etch in the model.  I personally love the pre-painted photo-etch.  There is detail printed on them that I could never be able to replicate with a paint brush. 

Packaged in the typical resealable package with a card stock protective backing is one fret of pre-painted PE.  This single fret contains many essential interior parts but the biggest impact would have to be from the seatbelts, shoulder harness, and the instrument panel.  Besides these key parts, there are photo etch deflectors for the engine exhausts, as well as, some other panels and rudder pedals.  These parts are all important. There are oil cooler faces as well.  Personally, I don't use them as I like the way that the kit parts look, but that is up to the modeler. 

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MiG-21MF Interceptor ProfiPack

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 08:58
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Last summer Eduard released the first of its 1/72 MiG-21 kits. The kit depicts the MiG-21MF (NATO reporting name - "Fishbed J") aircraft that were built at the Gorky factory. These aircraft were primarily exported to the German Democratic Republic, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. Some of these aircraft were subsequently re-sold or passed on to other countries, such as Mali which acquired several aircraft from the Czech Air Force. According to Eduard's instruction sheet, production only ran for two years before being closed, so only a limited number were actually built.

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