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New Review: Mig-25 RBT Exhaust Nozzle (for ICM Kit)

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 01:00
Amigo Models is a relatively new company in Russia which has been producing resin aftermarket accessories for modern Russian aircraft in multiple scales. They are perhaps best known for detailed replacement exhaust nozzles. I first became aware of them when they offered a highly detailed replacement set of maneuverable nozzles for the Kittyhawk 1/48 Su-35. This set is designed for the ICM 1/48 Mig-25 RBT. The reconnaissance versions of the Mig-25 have longer exhaust nozzles than the interceptor variants. The nozzles in the ICM kit are correct for the variant but lack detail. Such a large engine begs for the additional detail that an aftermarket company can provide. Amigo does not disappoint and their engines are a small kit in their own right. This is a single medium set, just resin, but the renderings of engine are highly detailed and the moldings are superbly crisp. The components truly look the part. The resin is durable and well packaged. Despite a long trip from Russian via the IPMS-USA review team, nothing was damaged. read more View the full article

How to price collectible models from WWII?

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:17
Hi all, So I have 3 kits that were actually made during WWII. A 1/12th scale US Jeep by a company called West-Craft and 2 kits by Rogers of a 40mm AA Gun (Bofors). The copyright on the Jeep's instructions is 1943 and the guns appear to have been released in 1945. Did find Old Model Kits has the gun going for $89.00 but can't find anything regarding a price for the Jeep. So, anyone have a source for pricing collectible antiques? These images are from the web but I can take pics of the kits if anyone wants more details. Thanks for any assistance or any serious offers.

New Review: Pacific Thunder- The US Navy’s Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943- October 1944

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 23:38
Introduction This book is a fascinating account of the Central Pacific campaign and one of the most stunning comebacks in naval history when in 14 months the US Navy went from the jaws of defeat at Pearl Harbor to the brink of victory in the Pacific. The book's emphasis is on carrier operations and on the air groups of the various fighters and dive and torpedo bombers that were instrumental in sending the Japanese fleet to its watery grave and ensure an end to the Pacific Theater of Operations. The chapters include: read more View the full article

New Review: Brimstone w/AGML III Rack

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 23:03
History and Background (thanks to WikiPedia) Brimstone is an air-launched ground attack missile developed by MBDA for Britain's Royal Air Force. It was originally intended for "fire and forget" use against mass formations of enemy armour, using a millimetric wave (mmW) active radar homing seeker to ensure accuracy even against moving targets. Experience in Afghanistan led to the addition of laser guidance in the dual-mode Brimstone missile, allowing a "spotter" to pick out specific targets when friendly forces or civilians were in the area. The tandem shaped charge warhead is much more effective against modern tanks than older similar weapons such as the AGM-65G Maverick, while the small blast area minimises collateral damage. Three Brimstones are carried on a launcher that occupies a single weapon station, allowing a single aircraft to carry many missiles. read more View the full article

Pfalz D. XII by Wingnut Wings

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 20:27
I've built only a couple of WNW kits but they are excellent kits. The Pfalz kit is no exception. The decals are very easy to work with, the "fit" of the parts is exceptional, and the molding leaves no flash. WNW molded in the connection points for the turnbuckles. I purchased some Gas Patch turnbuckles (again, I've used them on other projects) and they are remarkable. I'll take a little break from models that require rigging, or at least as much rigging as the Pfalz, but my next WNW project will be a Sopwith Pup.

airbrush advice

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 12:07
For you airbrush experts.....what do you use to thin water?

New Review: Wellington Mk. Ia/c Landing flaps

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 09:28
IPMS/USA again thanks the Eduard team for sending us more of their prolific output targeted toward improving already great kits. Thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team... This set for is for the Wellington Mk 1/b Flap and is the now-expected as a norm high-end upgrade to the 2018 release of the new-mold Airfix 1/72 Wellington 1a/c. I consider this an EXPERT level of detail, and I failed BUT read on... I primer painted the unpainted fret, in retrospect, not smart, as the superglue tended to not bond the paint as well as the actual metal. I don't have a good option here, as the glare and requirement to cover up the brass color will come up and require priming after the build. Sigh. Of course, if I had not kept having the tweezers wick up the superglue, then the problem would not be there. Maybe Gator glue would be a better option, as you can at least clean up a bit with water! read more View the full article

New Review: Landing gear for the Minicraft 1/144 DC-8

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 09:15
The Aircraft The DC-8 was Douglas' version of the Boeing 707. I reviewed Minicraft's DC-8-73 back in 2014. You can read the review of the kit here http://www.ipmsusa.org/reviews/Kits/Aircraft/minicraft_144_dc8/minicraft_144_dc8.htm Unfortunately, sitting on the shelf for 5 years has taken its toll on this model. It's still quite good looking, and when Phil Peterson, who manages the sending of review items, said there was a landing gear set available, I took it. When I picked up the model from the shelf to see how tough it would be to remove the original gear, one of the main gear legs fell off. OK, SAC to the rescue. read more View the full article

New Review: EA-18G "VAQ-141 Shadowhawks"

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 08:52
Background The Electronic Aircraft (EA) EA-18G Growler is a modified version of the F/A-18F Super Hornet that is used in a naval strike package to jam enemy radar to make the strike package virtually invisible. The EA-18G Growler had its first test flight in August 2006, the later entered service in the U.S. Navy in September 2009. Our Australian allies later adopted the Growler in March of 2015. This aircraft is also able to provide self-defense with AIM-120 medium range air to air missiles, along with the Super Hornet's speed and maneuverability. With this advanced technology, the Growler blinds the radar and the strike package is able to deliver its weapons with pinpoint accuracy with little or no resistance. In The Box read more View the full article

New Review: Roman Legionary Versus Carthaginian Warrior

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 23:39
History: Second Punic War 217-206 BC The peace that followed the First Punic War was shallow and fractious, with the resumption of hostilities in 218 BC- sparked by Carthaginian expansion in Iberia- seeing Rome suffer some of the worst defeats in its entire history. The Carthaginian army was a composite affair, primarily made up of a number of levies from Africa and around the Mediterranean, augmented by mercenaries and allies, and these troops crushed the Roman heavy-infantry maniples in a series of battles across Southern Europe. Improvements made to Rome's military, however, would see Roman revenge visited on Hannibal in full measure by Scipio, who would beat the Carthagians at their own game and bring the legions to the gates of Carthage itself. In this study, the epic battles at Lake Trasimene (217 BC), Cannae (216 BC) and Ilipa (206 BC) are explored in detail, supported by carefully chosen illustrations and specially commissioned full-color artwork and mapping. read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-21MF Interceptor Weapons Overtree

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 13:32
In conjunction with the release of its new 1/72 MiG-21 series, Eduard has released an Overtree set of the weapons sprue that is included with its new MiG-21MF kits. In looking at the weapons included on the sprue, I expect that this sprue has been designed to be a common sprue through-out all its planned MiG-21 kits. read more View the full article

A 2018 Review

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 13:31
Just gathered up all the info and despite finishing only 1 kit last Jan., and nothing in Feb., I came back and had a good year. Made a little collage. Thanks for looking.

Mini Hulk

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 13:20
This one came from DcDevitt Studios exclusively for member of his Patreon page who opted for a certain level. Troy does some outstanding work. Anyway here he is. First is the raw resin. Thanks for looking.

New Review: Otto Skorzeny: The Devil’s Disciple

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 12:45
Osprey Publications, the prolific publisher of books related to nearly every aspect of military history imaginable, has in recent years been branching out into more traditional history works. This work is a critical biography of Otto Skorzeny, the man who rescued Mussolini from captivity. The author, Stuart Smith, is a trained historian with a career in business. Using original records and a variety of sources, Stuart has put together a fascinating portrait of a man whose entire career was largely built on one exploit - rescuing Mussolini from captivity in 1943. As his actions in the post-war would indicate, he was also an unrepentant Nazi. read more View the full article

New Review: Pe-2 Peshka

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 12:33
As a little background, the Petlyakov Pe-2 was a Soviet light bomber used during World War II. Pe-2s were manufactured in greater numbers (11,427 built) during the war than any other twin-engined combat aircraft except for the German Junkers Ju-88 and British Vickers Wellington. read more View the full article

New Review: EA-18G “Pew Pew” Growlers

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 12:02
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 has very interesting markings used by VAQ-209 with a "Star Wars" theme on the aircraft. A black/white Darth Vader helmet, the word "VADER" on the spine and VADER 1 on a black fuel tank are on the CAG aircraft. The line jets have a gray/white Darth Vader helmet on the tail. The sheets are printed perfectly without any print register errors. The small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. Stencils and other markings are included for the fuel tanks and jamming pods. There is one (front and back) color instructions sheet that clearly show placement of markings for the three 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

Revell 1/32nd scale Westland LYNX HAS.3

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 01:03
Tail rotor is done. Main rotor head is done. Painted all the bolts on both, sealed them, then applied a wash. Installed the rest of the avionics wiring on the back of the cockpit hood. All that left to do is bundle the individuals wires with black thread. I simply tie one knot, clip off the excess, then put a small drop of superglue on the knot to make sure it stays together. Same as before, put a drop of white glue on your fingertip. Pull the thread between two fingers to coat it with glue. Put it aside for about 5 minutes to dry. Glue takes all the fuzziness away, and adds stiffness to the thread. Tires are done. Seats are done. After I bundle the rest of the wiring, I'll attach the instrument panel. Next thing I'll do is paint the main rotor blades. I won't attach them until the very end of the project. After that, I'll start putting rivets on the tail boom, put PE on the inside halves of the main fuselage, then glue it all together. When everything is final sanded, and cleaned, I'll apply the rest of the rivets before I primer. One thing I did forget to mention about the 9th photo. Its a photo of 2 pieces of thread. The top piece is before glue, bottom is after.


Fri, 01/11/2019 - 10:59
The oldest continuous Regional convention in IPMS USA will be held on 12 and 13 April, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Express in Latham, New York ( just outside Albany). Hours are 12 Noon to 5 PM on Friday, the 12th and 9 AM to 5:30 PM on Saturday the 13th. Please google Noreastcon 2019 or IPMS Northeast New York for show details. You may also contact me directly with questions at <bpbittern@frontiernet.net>. Thank you. Regards, Nick Filippone, Convention Chairman.


Thu, 01/10/2019 - 17:29
All serious model builders have a Shelf of Woe. That shelf (or shelves) of unfinished models. I have about 50 uncompleted projects. How about the rest of you. Here are a few of mine. Dak

Invaders from Mars Monster

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 12:36
This kit represents the monster in the 1986 remake of Invaders from Mars. The monster is a short squatty man in suit costume that reminds me of the Pig Lizard from Galaxy Quest. This monster is another where the stage lighting was so dramatic, that you don't really know what color the monster was, that is, until I found this image - In the end I toned down all the red... The kit comes in 15 parts, plus a number of extra finger claws. The parts fit together pretty nicely. One thing of note was that the main body is hollow cast, and in some spots the wall of the model was so thin, that it was easy to put a took thru it. I actually poked a hole in one spot where the leg belongs. What I should have done was give it a shot of spray foam into that hole, but didn't think of it. In the end I used 5 minute epoxy to get the arms, legs, little claw "hand" and the death ray eye - or whatever it's called. To get the claws on, the tips of the fingers needed a little sanding. The first claw is on. Thankfully there's only 5 more...