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New Review: F4U Corsairs-Whistling Death

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 18:26
If you really, I mean really like research, then you know the passion that comes with it. Well so does Fundekals. Their latest release is on the F4U Corsair. This is their second Corsair sheet and it is full of goodies too. First off, did I miss something? I only got decals. There are no instructions with this sheet. No, that is the norm for Fundekals. To save printing costs, and subsequent costs to you, you can download the instruction booklet online. You can save it and/or print it. The amount of research into the booklet is worth the price of admission. The decals themselves are printed by B.O.A. so you know they are world class. They are thin, opaque and in register. The sheets are mostly white markings but there are some colorful personal emblems included for the aircraft. The second sheet is the geometric markings for one of the subject aircraft. read more View the full article

New Review: The Complete History of U.S. Cruise Missiles

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 18:25
Bill Yenne has written more than three-dozen books on historical topics, as well as several novels. He has contributed to encyclopedias of both world wars, and has been featured in documentaries on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, and ARD German Television. The Wall Street Journal notes that Yenne writes "with a cinematic vividness," and Gen. Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, called Yenne's recent biography of Alexander the Great, the "best yet." Yenne's books have been included in Amazon's "100 Best Books of the Year." read more View the full article

New Review: BL 755 Cluster Bombs

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 18:05
IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set for use with many UK fighter aircraft. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... An extremely simple, but useful upgrade of any kit utlizing these unique cluster munitions. Consisting of four bomb bodies with fins cast in place (THANK YOU EDUARD), and four sets of fusing windmill vanes. I have only seen one or two sets of these bombs in plastic from modeling companies, and usually these wind vanes are molded as circles. Yep, circles. Kinetic's bombs have actual vanes, but they are subject to the limits of plastic injection; the resin on Eduard's set is far better! These vanes look the part and are delicate but take the minor sanding of the backside to remove the pour stub well (if you do it carefully). Also included are accurate decals. read more View the full article

New Review: AN/ AAQ-28(V) Litening pod

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:53
IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... An extremely simple, but useful upgrade of any kit needing this pod. Consisting of a resin main body, a resin seeker head, and two different tail vent plates in Photoetch, I had this one knocked out in a couple of hours. First is minor prep; removal of the seeker head was simple, and the same for the main pod body. Careful use of thin superglue ensured the end plate stayed in place, and the seeker head just snaps into place. read more View the full article

New Review: 1/350 Russian AK-630 with Bass Tilt Radar

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:45
Veteran Models in Taiwan has been producing finely detailed multi-media aftermarket replacement parts for ship modelers for quite some time. Nicely crafted, their parts are a significant upgrade to model warships. They started in 1/350 Modern USN systems and have since branched into other Navies. Now they are offering modern Soviet/Russian systems. If you have noticed Soviet and later Russian ships are busy, some would say crowded, with sensors and weapon systems. While functional, none of these are elegant in design, and the number of each provides redundancy to ensure survivability and reliability. Each one is hodge-podge of small detail not easily duplicated in the ejection molding process, no matter how sophisticated the molds. So Veteran Models move into this area is welcome by at least this modeler. read more View the full article

New Review: CMK Ki-61-1 Control Surface Set

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 13:38
History: The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits. What you get: 7 crisply molded resin parts (Rudder, ailerons and horizontal stabilizers) along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. Some of these parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them. Construction: Construction begins with some surgery to the kit. You will have to carefully remove the ailerons from the kit parts B10 & 11 and the rudder from A1. The rudder was simple and the easiest to do but the ailerons were a bit troublesome. The instructions have you making too deep of a cut and removing too much of the wing. Luckily, I saw this before cutting. Another thing I noticed about not only the ailerons, but the rudder also is that they are a bit undersized. The rudder was a little too thin as are the ailerons. The horizontal stabilizers went on without a hitch. read more View the full article

New Review: Heinkel He 111 Volume I

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 08:59
The Heinkel He-111 is one of the most iconic symbols of World War Two, as well as a major feature of the Battle of Britain. The aircraft was developed under the guise of a passenger airliner as most of Germany's other armaments at the time. During the late 1930's the aircraft and its German aircrews participated in the Spanish Civil War and the He-111 began its wartime career. During World War Two various modifications were made throughout the aircraft ranging from the cockpit layout, wing shape, engines, offensive and defensive capabilities and many more. The aircraft was the second most produced bomber aircraft of the Luftwaffe behind the Ju-88 and served in the Spanish Air Force until 1958. The are only 4 surviving aircraft remaining in various museums around Europe. read more View the full article

New Review: IDF M-109 Doher 1993

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 08:45
The M109 is an American made 155mm self propelled howitzer that was first used in the early 1960s. It has been extensively upgraded to remain in front line service and extensively exported to U.S. allies around the world. Israel fielded the M109A2 variant in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 as the Rochev and in the early 1990s the IDF began to modernize this vehicle using the M109A6 as a guide. The designation of the updated M109 Rochev was Doher and the vehicles remain in service today. This new injection molded kit from AFV Club is the next in the line of recent releases of their M109 line. read more View the full article

1/48 Hobby Boss FM-1 Wildcat

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 07:49
For my next build I am building the 1/48 Hobby Boss FM-1 Wildcat. I have already completed the cockpit and starting work on the engine and landing gear bay. So far this looks like a nice kit. The details provided in the kit are pretty good. Only accessory used on the cockpit was some photo etch seatbelts. You can follow the build on my blog at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-fm-1-wildcat/

New Review: CMK Ki-61-1 Cockpit SET

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 02:49
History: The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits. What you get: 17 crisply molded resin parts and a clear film of instrument faces are provided along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. Some of these parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them. read more View the full article

New Review: CMK Ki-61-1 Armament Set

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 02:41
History: The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits. What you get: 11 nicely molded pieces make up this set. You are given two gun bays, ammo chutes, receivers' and doors for the wing guns. Also included are wing tanks which are much better detailed than the ones provided in the kit. The instructions are on a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of paper. read more View the full article

Missing Instructions

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 14:54
I am looking for a set of instructions for Dragon kit no# 6253 Tiger I late Production 3in1 (2005). If anyone knows where there is a online readable copy or can make copies, I am willing to pay.

3D printer for Modeling

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 13:42
Hi all. First off, I apologize if my question has already been posted but since I'm new to the forum and the IPMS, having just becoming a new member maybe you all will cut me some slack....LOL... Just kidding of course. My question is this...I just purchased a 3D printer, hoping it would help me in my modeling. Is anyone aware of sites, people, etc. that post STL files or other 3D printer files for modeling? Such as aftermarket parts for models. I'm definitely not that artistic and just a newbie when it comes to CAD programs and such. There might even be a place here in the forum for such things but being new just haven't discovered it yet. Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide to help and point me in the right direction. HAPPY MODELING!!!

New Review: Blenheim Mk IV Mask set for Airfix Kit (new tool)

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 10:01
One of the bug-a-boos of a lot of aircraft models for me is all that glass that needs to be masked in order to paint. I've read several tutorials and tried lots of methods, but it's all tedious and with my skill level brings about at best mediocre results. Then along comes pre-cut masks and my life is changed. read more View the full article

New Review: Russian AK-630 with Bass Tilt Radar

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 09:48
Veteran Models in Taiwan has been producing finely detailed multi-media aftermarket replacement parts for ship modelers for quite some time. Nicely crafted, their parts are a significant upgrade to model warships. They started in 1/350 Modern USN systems and have since branched into other Navies. Now they are offering modern Soviet/Russian systems. If you have noticed Soviet and later Russian ships are busy, some would say crowded, with sensors and weapon systems. While functional, none of these are elegant in design, and the number of each provides redundancy to ensure survivability and reliability. Each one is hodge-podge of small detail not easily duplicated in the ejection molding process, no matter how sophisticated the molds. So Veteran Models move into this area is welcome by at least this modeler. read more View the full article

New Review: F-16C Alaskan Splinters Part II

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 09:33
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 covers a highly desired subject of Alaskan aggressor aircraft. This Alaskan part II increases the variety of markings including the current colors which two are single color with one all black and the other all gray which was used for ferry flights to Eielson. The sheets are printed perfectly with the small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. There are three full (front and back) color instructions 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. read more View the full article

New Review: The “Einheits-Diesel” WW2 German Trucks

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 09:22
This photo album is packed with 120 photos and is part of MMP books Camera On series of photo books. Author Alan Ranger uses photos taken by regular German soldiers of vehicles both before and during the WW2. Ranger attempts to show a more personal view of the vehicles through the eyes of the soldiers that lived and worked with the Einheits Diesels. The photos are all in black and white and many have only recently become available. The photographs are in most cases clear, but many are low contrast, typical of personal photos of the time. read more View the full article

New Review: Centurion Mk. III Photoetch Detail Set

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 09:08
This is a Photo etch set for Tamiya Centurion Mk III 1.35 Model kit. The set contains the following sets; 2x Photo Etch Sheet 1x Film 1x Instruction sheet This photoetch set replaces a lot of the simple molded on details and improve the kit immensely. The parts are very easy to attach and form with only a few issues and points to be aware of being encountered during the complete build. The first one was you need to use Kit part A13 to form the photo etch replacement Item 28. I would also suggest that when attaching the item 109 handles that you pre-drill holes for them sit in. I added a pick axe head as one is not included to replace the one you remove during the build. Remember to fill the holes not required, most are indicated in the instructions but a few are missed. I also added a Sledge hammer to replace the one you remove during the build. read more View the full article

C2-class U.S. Navy cargo ship

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 20:50
Back in the 1950s, I traveled with my family on several occasions on freighters between either New York or Baltimore and San Juan, PR. In fact, in 1959 when we moved to PR for what turned out to be nine years, we took a freighter. Once the jets appeared and airfares took a comparative nosedive, we switched to flying and that was the end of my freighter experience. I'd love to see a kit of a C2-class Navy cargo ship (which these freighters had started life as) in either 1/700 or 1/350 scale, preferably the latter. Resin would be okay but I'd prefer injection-molded. And along with the wartime Navy version, I'd like to see a version released as a 1950's freighter like the ones I sailed on. Preferable markings for the latter would be for either the Alcoa Steamship Company or the Bull Line, which were the two companies whose ships I traveled on.

Journal back issues wanted

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 20:34
Due to a recent flooding event in my house, some of my IPMS/USA Journals were damaged beyond usability. According to the national office, back issues of these are no longer available, so I'd like to buy copies of these that are in good condition. Volume 26, Nos. 4, 5 and 6 Volume 27, Nos. 1, 2 and 3