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New Review: F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet Landing Gear (Hasegawa)

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 08:39
A nice addition to Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) already impressive array of aftermarket landing gear is the set for the F/A-18 A, B, C, and D. The parts are made of white metal and include three separate landing gear pieces, as well as a metal tree with two landing gear support pieces. A few mold seams are apparent on the shock absorbers of both the main and the nose gear, but they can easily be sanded or scraped off carefully with an X-Acto knife. Be careful to not bend the soft metal when cleaning up the parts. Also, the molded plastic nose gear cover that comes in the Hasegawa kit will have to be glued to the metal. A touch of super glue does the trick. I primed the gear with Vallejo black primer before painting them in flat white. If no primer is used, the base color easily rubs off the metal. After the white dried, I painted the exposed shock absorbers a metallic silver, according to reference photos. Hasegawa's wheels were then super glued to the gear pins. read more View the full article

New Review: 34/85 Zavod 183 Mod. 44

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 08:25
INTRODUCTION You can't enter a discussion of World War II tanks that made an impact on the course of the war without the T-34 coming up somewhere along the line. While it was a surprise to the Soviets to see their "allies" attacking, the grit and determination of Soviet industry did not leave the attacks unanswered. While it may not be as aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, the design of the sloped frontal armor, rough weld lines, and wide tracks to accommodate Mother Russia's terrible winters made it more than able to be up to the task of staving off German armor. Starting out with the 76mm cannon to fight off the Panzer III's and IV's of the time, the advances in design allowed for a new turret to house the much more powerful 85mm long barrel gun- which was more than a match for the dreaded Tigers and Panthers. WHAT'S IN THE BOX read more View the full article

New Review: Xuron Model 2175 ET Professional Sprue Cutter

Sat, 03/02/2019 - 10:02
Our good friend and supporter Abby Robey of Xuron supplied several new tools to us for review. Up first is this sprue cutter. Like all of Xuron's tools, this is a finely crafted tool that will deliver years of service if properly used. That means plastic only - the fine cutting edges are shaped to deliver a near-flush cut on soft plastic - use them on metal and you'll damage that edge. I did a test cut on a standard sprue runner from the Eduard Spitfire I'm reviewing - take a look at the results in photo 3. Even on a relatively thick piece of styrene, the tool delivers a near-perpendicular cut through the runner. Moving on to "normal" usage, I removed one of the horizontal stabilizers from its tree - note (photo 4) that the resulting cut is almost perfectly flush. Cleaning up parts is my least favorite part of building; these cutters will reduce the magnitude of that tedious task. Highly recommended! read more View the full article

New Review: Xuron Model 2175 ET Professional Sprue Cutter

Sat, 03/02/2019 - 09:52
Here's the second review of some new tools from our friends at Xuron up in Saco, ME. The Photo-Etch Tool Kit consists of three discrete tools: Model 9180ET Professional Photo-Etch Scissor Model 450 Tweezer Nose Pliers Model 575 Micro Bending Pliers read more View the full article

New Review: Smolensk 1943: The Red Army’s Relentless Advance

Sat, 03/02/2019 - 00:04
Osprey's Campaign series of books is a well-established line covering some of the more famous campaigns in military history. The series started 29 years ago with the Normandy landings and with this installment, Smolensk 1943 being one of their latest releases. read more View the full article

New Review: The Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings; Vol. 4, Against Soviets

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 23:49
Following up the first three in this series, The Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Volume 1 Early Years, Volume 2 "Great War", Volume 3 "Red Stars", comes MMP's latest tome. This book, focused on 'Against Soviets' is the final volume in the series. The author leans heavily on Russian private archives, as well as archives, libraries, and museums. The book is a nice hardbound, with a nice glossy cover, and 128 pages on high-quality stock with a matt finish. Mainly clear black and white period photos are supplemented with modern day color photos, color period posters and postcards, colour side and top views, and colour unit emblems and personal markings. The text is in English and quite readable. I counted 173 black and white photographs to go with an additional 21 color pictures. There were 79 color side profiles and another 51 color drawings highlighting markings details. read more View the full article

New Review: Before the Birth of the MBT - Western Tank Development 1945-1959

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 23:35
According to the Kagero website, this book is the first in a short series looking at the major developments of battle tanks by Western nations in the years following the end of the Second World War up through to the present day. This volume is a good mix of B&W images, design sketches, as well as a color photo section and selection of color profiles. There is no real order of chapters the book follows. After a brief introduction paragraph, the overall majority of the book just delves into a general overview of the "Iron Trinity"- Firepower, Protection, and Mobility. The book then shifts into how late war versions of the Sherman, including the Easy Eight, were primarily used for training and continued to be used up until the time of the start of the Korean War. During this time, the M24 and M26 started to make their presence known, but not in as sufficient numbers as the military would've hoped. Photos early on in the book switch between training photos and in service shots from the Korean War. read more View the full article

Wanted - IPMS 2010 Convention Decals 1/48 AH-64D

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 15:41
I am looking for a set of decals for a 1/48 AH-64D that were available from IPMS at the 2010 convention. Or if you have one of the Two Bob's 1/48 decal sets for AH-64D Helicopter. Please contact me. Thanks for looking.

1/48 Eduard MIG-21 PFM - Polish Air Force

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 15:27
Starting the Eduard 1/48 MIG-21 PFM. I will be using the decal scheme for the Polish Air Force. The scheme represents the aircraft as it appeared in 1996. The kit includes photo etch details so no extra accessories were added. To begin I started with the cockpit and the engine exhaust. For the interior color, Vallejo makes a Model Color (70.838) which is a match to the interior color used on the actual aircraft. The cockpit section also has the nose gear bay attached. I detailed the bay walls and assembled them. The dash was multiple layers of photo etch and looks great. The exhaust was detailed with photo etch and then weathered with pastel chalk to add a level of realism. The main landing gear bay was assembled and detailed. I added some 32 awg wire for details. I added some weight to the nose cone so the aircraft would not drag the tail once fully assembled. All of these sections needed to be built so that the fuselage can be built up. Assembling the fuselage was a little tricky for the area around the cockpit. I had to trim the sides of the cockpit floor by removing about 1mm from each side to get the fuselage to meet together. You can see all the build photos in my build log https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mig-21-pfm/

Home Made Spray Booth

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 07:45
For too many years I've had to do airbrushing in the garage which limited me to warmer weather and enduring dust problems. After looking at spray booths on Micromark.com, I decided to build my own. The 1st shot is the prototype made from large cardboard boxes. The 2nd shot is made from 3/8" plywood. I haven't cut holes for the fan or illumination. The box is approximately 24" square but, only 19" deep. I left the sides & bottom the full length to protect the exhaust fan which would stick out about 4" in the back. I can send the list of materials & dimensions if anybody is interested in building their own. Lowe's cut the pieces. I'll cut in the windows & fan hole.

Cylon Centurion Build Log

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 04:01
Hi everyone - I built this Cylon centurion model last December and wanted to share the build log I created: https://geekjournal.ch/cylon-centurion-model-build-part-1/

Tamiya 1/48th Spitfie Mk 1a

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 16:50
N3200 sank in the sand and was recovered in the 1980s, then restored to flying condition. Dak

Tamiya 1/48th Spitfie Mk 1a

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 16:47
N3200 on the beach. I sank in the sand and was recovered in the eighties. Later restored to flying condition. Dak

H-34 us Marine Helicopter

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 19:13
I just finished building my 1st model after a 70 year hiatus. Since I worked on the H-34 that was the first model I chose. As I got up to bring the model out to show my wife my sleeve caught on it and it fell to the floor demolishing the tail rotor and blades. I kinda got it glued back but if anyone has parts and pieces available which includes the tail rotor blades and rotor head to glue them back. Man everything was so pristine. Grrrrrrr. The kit was an MRC/Gallery p/n 64101 0r 02. I couldn't find this old model anywhere. Can anyone help out?

h34mech

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 19:02
As the name implies when in the Marines in the very early 60s I was a mechanic on the UH-34 helicopter. I also love the F4U Corsair. Just got back into modeling after many years. I have to say it has come along way from the old wooden models I built in the late 40's

TOS USS Enterprise 1:600 with internal lights - build log

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:59
Hi - I started working on the USS Enterprise 1:600 scale model from Revell a month ago and decided to document the progress online in my blog. So far I have eight entries and am just now starting with the soldering of the internal lighting. Check it out if you like. https://geekjournal.ch/uss-enterprise-build-part-1/

News:New Podcast: OTB 46: Space models science only, no fiction.

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 06:44
Space!! In this Episode Dave, Ian and Julian are joined by Troy Henderson discussing building space models. In this fascinating episode we will try and cover off what models are available for you to build and how to build them. We will also be looking at what is new in the modelling world as well as doing a little bit of house keeping from the last episode and some listener mail. Link to Podcast. View the full article

Harry and the Hendersons

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:50
I have to say that this movie is in my top ten of favs. The roll of Harry was played by Kevin Peter Hall, a 6'9" actor whose other character of note was The Predator. Our kit comes in 2 pieces- the bust and the base. Molded and casted by Gillman Productions, there is only the smallest of evidence of a seamline across the back of Harry's head. There were no obvious bubbles anywhere on the kit. On the bottom of the base, sculptor Mark Van Tine was kind enough to give me an autograph, along with a little illustration.

Any IPMS in Maine that can help a guy out with finishing his dream?

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 20:29
All, Found this story on Facebook and figured if there were any members up his way that can contribute some time it would be worth it. https://bangordailynews.com/2019/02/24/news/midcoast/maine-man-looking-for-a-steady-hand-to-help-him-finish-one-last-world-war-ii-diorama/?fbclid=IwAR29qA3kq12ZeDFZdVtP7NlDSpLMyitkg5tgqFvCORePDQfNuULZytaUNvE Phil

New Review: Kriegsmarine Observation Equipment Set

Sun, 02/24/2019 - 12:00
Background For directing the 38cm and 15cm guns, Bismarck was equipped with three armored fire control posts (in the conning tower, on the foretop, and on top of the aft superstructure. The main and aft control posts were equipped with 10.5m rangefinders, while the front control post received a 7m rangefinder. Each station was also equipped with optical target givers (Zielgeber C/38 S), two pieces in the aft post and three each in the fore and main posts. Binocular columns were also probably placed in the fire control posts. Veteran Models provides a diagram of the Bismarck showing possible locations for the equipment. The Battleship Bismarck By Stefan Draminski Veteran Models Kit read more View the full article