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New Review: Russian Kashtan CIWS

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 19:05
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

Brengun's Zeppelin Rammer

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 20:14
The second kit for the bench probably has to be the smallest 1:72 scale kit I ever built in the form of Brengun's Zeppelin Rammer. There is a little discrepancy between the info on the box and whats being said on the Luft '46 site. The site says: This project was first proposed in November 1944. The "Rammer" was to be towed aloft by another fighter (most likely a Bf 109). Once released, the pilot was to ignite the solid-fuel Schmidding rocket, accelerating to 970 km/h (602 mph) and then launching its 14 R4M rockets at the target. A second pass was then made, this time making a ramming attack with its reinforced wings. It was calculated that at the attack speed the aircraft could cut cleanly through the tail section of a B-17 without great loss of speed or stability. After attacking, a gliding landing was to be made on a retractable skid. Looking in the box, Brengun gives you enough parts to make two Rammers. The back of the box gives you 3 paint schemes, sort of indicating that it saw service. I chose to create the 3rd option - The Trudi - from late in the war. The second two apparently were named. The middle one is Anna. What Brengun lacks in attachment points, it makes up for in detail. The plane has quite an extensive amount of PE for such a small plane. while the Luft '46 page says that it had a rocket motor, the Brengun box says it was a glider, and no rocket motor is included. The plane is also supposed to land on a skid. While there is also no skid included, if you look closely at the panel lines you see this off panel on the bottom. It is the retracted skid. I guess if someone wanted to do micro surgery, that skid could be set up in landing mode. My eyes aren't good enough for that. The cockpit is the first thing that needs to be tackled. For such a small plane it includes a full seat, a stick and a small instrument panel, with 3 indentations for gauges. The insides was painted gray with a dark wash. The seats were highlighted with VMC Red Leather, and then washed with Citadel's Agrax Earthshade. the foot pedals are painted silver according to the directions. Too bad 99% of it won't be seen after the canopy goes on. Closing up the fuselage and getting rid of the seam line, the only other thing that has to be done is glue the vertical stabilizer to the tail. The wings are one piece each - Putting the remaining part together I should have attached all the PE. But I got carried away and started painting. The scheme I chose was RLM 82 (lightened a bit) and a black nose. The instructions say the underside of the wings are to be RLM 83, which looking it up is also green, but the painting guide on the box shows, that I think it's meant to say RLM 76 or 77. I have 76 and that's what will go on there. Check back for the PE installation and my idea for a little vignette. Thanks for looking. The canopy is only sitting in place in this pic.

New Review: F4U Corsair (Folding Wing)

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 19:32
The F4U Corsair was first deployed in 1943. Because of the long nose, which made forward visibility for carrier landings a problem, Corsairs were given to the US Marine Corps. The Marines did a pretty good job with the Corsair, getting an 11 to 1 kill ratio. Corsairs were used as a ground attack and air support aircraft and continued like this into Korea. HobbyFan is a Taiwanese company which produces several lines of models. AFV Club has armor in 1/35 scale, but also 1/350 and 1/700 ships and aircraft in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144. THE KIT read more View the full article

New Review: B-25C/D Landing Gear & Ballast

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 19:19
The B-25 came into the public eye in a big way when a guy named Doolittle lead an attack on Japan not long after Pearl Harbor giving America a major morale boost. This year Airfix released a new kit of the C/D version of the Mitchell and it looks like a very nice kit. Scale Aircraft Conversions continues to release new landing gear sets trying to keep up with the plethora of new kits coming out from all manufacturers. This set comes not only with replacement parts for all 3 gears in the new Airfix kit but also replacements for some of the floor and bulkheads in the nose to assist with trying to keep this bird on all three legs. The parts are direct replacements for the kit parts. There are the usual mold lines to clean up just like on the kit parts. read more View the full article

New Review: Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 18:10
Dennis Oliver, in conjunction with Pen and Sword Books, has released another one of his very popular TankCraft series; this one covering the German Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer. Written specifically with the modeler in mind, Mr. Oliver has packed these handy books with enough combat history and technical data to be of interest to the non-modeler as well. Several of these populate my modeling library, although I've started to buy the electronic Kindle versions as well, so I can zoom in on various images while the e-Book lays flat on my workbench. read more View the full article


Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:24
This build is part of a Challenge in the FB group Figure Model KIts. The idea is to pick a kit that has been on The Pile "forever" and to finally build it. I chose Gillman's Jotnar. It's not my oldest, but it has been hanging around for a long time. The figure comes from the finale scene in The Troll Hunter. I really like this film even though everything is Norwegian, and you have to read the English subtitles. It's a movie based on the newly popular genre of "found film footage." These students were making a documentary, when they fall upon a real troll hunter, follow him and thin is accepted to join him as he goes around the country doing his job. The character in the movie poster is our Jotnar - The kit comes in 7 parts (the base isn't shown) - the body/head, 2 arms 2 legs and the tail. The parts were very clean, and the seam lines almost invisible. A little Aves was used to mate the parts - The problem I encountered with kits like this, is the color. If you search for the Jotnar, all the images look like the movie poster, in that it was filmed in this predawn, cloudy looking blue light. So do I paint it blue or do I paint it as if it were in normal light? I found this image and decided to go the way it would look in normal light - From there I needed to add some snow to him and the base. Since he's enormous, trees and shrubs have started growing on his back and head. I added some Woodland Scenics turf foam, and some tiny roots from real plants to mimic trees. The base title card was painted with the colors seen in the movie posters. Thanks for looking.

New Review: Bf-109F TFace Masks

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 23:42
I've always painted the outside of my canopy framing the interior color first and then painted the exterior color. This ensured that the interior color showed through the canopy. But there was always one thing that bothered me a little bit, the color was always glossy. Well it must have bothered Eduard as well. Enter the new range of TFace Masks, which provides masks for the interior and exterior canopy framing. This particular set is designed for the Bf-109F series of Eduard models, both the F-2 and F-4. The masks are made of the infamous Kabuki tape so they are flexible and very easy to use. There are instructions to show you which masks to use where, including which is the inside masks and which are the outside ones. Placing the masks is fairly easy but care has to be exercised when adding them to the interior as there are no panel lines to follow. I recommend that you add the interior masks first and then the exterior ones. Placing the exterior ones is easy enough. read more View the full article

New Review: Lockheed P-38J Lightning

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 22:14
Minicraft produces a variety of aircraft kits in 1/48th, 1/72nd, and 1/144thscale, but I always associate them with the wide variety of 1/144thplanes they offer. Over the years, Minicraft has released and re-released this version of the P-38 a number of times. Many times it's just a new boxing, or has a different decal scheme, but every time it's been the same kit. The kit itself was originally the Crown models mold, and like Helen of Troy had a face that launched a thousand ships, it appears that Crown has the mold that launched a thousand boxings of the P-38. The last time I built this kit, it was packaged in a Minicraft/Academy boxing, but the original "new tool" is from 1975. Since that time, this kit has been sold by Crown, AHM, Revell, Minicraft/Academy, and finally Minicraft Model kits. This version is the first to include new parts in the form of a pre-painted canopy. read more View the full article

Hello Mike A thought from a Senior modeler(65). Any concept of posting notices with A

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 16:31
Hello Mike A thought from a Senior modeler(65). Any concept of posting notices with Award Winning models for viewing Saturday during Show hours. 1. Cards with models stating Award Winner. (1a) Not what the award is ,only that it is a winner. 2. Concerns about Banquet attendees are mute as awards are announced after Banquet. 3. Models leaving if not winners is a risk but as a National attendee I am there for the whole convention ,not just winning an award. (3a) Registration rules state models are not to leave showroom until after Awards ceremony. 4. Allow much more review of show results, rather than just a brief slide photo and glimpse before packed Saturday night. 5. This method of display has been accomplished in numerous shows worldwide, including World Model Expo in Telford England. Cheers Bill

New Review: Tru-Color Weathering Paint Set

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 07:07
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 weathering and include a sample of their masking frisket papers as well as the following colors in 1 oz. bottles: read more View the full article

New Review: F4U Corsairs Whistling Death Decals

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 06:56
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: Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 Expert Kabuki Masks

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 06:48
The Tamiya Bf-109G-6 is a great model kit. It comes with its own masks but they are not pre-cut nor do they stick to the compound curves very well. Kabuki tape masks work so much better and if they are pre-cut they are the answer to the shortcomings. New Ware Masks are the answer to those issues. This set is pre-cut on Kabuki tape and provides nearly everything that you'd want to mask off on the kit. More items are included than what is included in the kit. The masks are printed on a 39,5x111 mm sheet of Kabuki tape. As you'd expect, masks for the canopy are provided as is the normal but unlike the kit masks, this set includes masks for the inside AND outside canopy framing. But this set doesn't stop there. There are masks included for the spiral, the wheels, the radiator faces and all the other clear parts. The one thing not provided is masks for the wingtip lights. The instructions are printed on a single sided sheet of paper. Step 1 is the interior masking and Step 2 is the exterior. The spinner decal is broken down into three pieces just like the kit decals. read more View the full article

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

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 23:22
Per Wikipedia, the AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING targeting pod is an advanced precision targeting pod system currently operational with a wide variety of aircraft worldwide. The targeting pod contains a high-resolution, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor that displays an infrared image of the target to the aircrew. It has a wide field of view search capability and a narrow field of view acquisition/targeting capability of battlefield-sized targets. The pod also contains a CCD camera used to obtain target imagery in the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum capability. They are currently in use in over 20 countries in the world. read more View the full article

New Review: Bf-109F-2 Weekend Photoetch

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 23:00
Eduard has a variety of options to build their aircraft. There is the Royal Class, ProfiPack, Weekend, and Overtree options, so depending on your budget or what you like to add there is something for everyone. The Overtree and Weekend releases do not have photoetch parts added. Many, myself included, think that the pre-painted instrument panels are worth the extra cost of these Weekend/Zoom sets. read more View the full article

New Review: Bf-109F-2 Weekend Edition

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 22:27
The Eduard Bf-109F/G series of models are really nice kits. It is nice that Eduard provides a variety of cost options should you want to build one on a budget. The Weekend releases are a bargain, especially if you build it out of the box. Each release has two marking options. Their latest release is the Weekend Edition Bf-109F-2. It comes with decal for two aircraft, one from JG-2 and from JG-54. Both are quite colorful and choosing which to build will be the difficult part. I elected for the JG-2 machine. read more View the full article

New Review: Dornier D0-335 B-6 Pfeil Night Fighter

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 14:24
HK Models has released a 1/32nd scale D0-335 A and B single seat versions of the Pfeil and continues their 1/32nd scale DO-335 releases with this variant, the B-6 Night Fighter. The B-6 was a two-seat version and included radar for use in night fighting American bombers. This was a proposed variant and never built. HK has taken their initial kit and added a second cockpit and the needed radar antennas along with all the existing detail. read more View the full article

New Review: Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936-42

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 09:41
The long held Dutch colony of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) encompassed a huge swath of maritime territory across the southwest Pacific ocean, from the eastern end of the island of Sumatra to the western half of New Guinea, including the major islands of Java, Timor, most of southern Borneo, the octopus-like Celebes, and hundreds of smaller islands in between. For most of its history, the Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) was tasked with internal security, assisting the colonial police services in maintaining order when and wherever necessary. Defense from external threats was the primary responsibility of the Dutch Navy, supporting the far-flung KNIL battalions assigned to strategic areas throughout the colony. By 1936, in the face of growing Japanese expansion in the western Pacific, the KNIL began a five year modernization program that was just beginning to take shape by the time of the Japanese invasion in early 1942. read more View the full article

New Review: Mig-21Bis/Mig-21-93 R25-300 Exhaust Nozzles

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 09:30
Amigo Models from Russia is producing some wonderful after-market resin products for 1/72 and 1/48 aircraft. This particular set is for the Mig-21bis and Mig-21-93 which both use the R25-300 engine. The box contains five resin pieces secured in bubble wrap. These pieces make up the afterburner/exhaust sections of the engine and exhibit excellent detail both inside and out. Although the pour stubs look daunting, I had an easy time cutting the pieces from the stubs with a razor saw. The pieces are not numbered, but the instruction sheet has actual sized drawings to help identify them. After washing the set with soap and water, I spayed on Vallejo primer followed by a couple coats of different Alclad II metallic paints. Dry brushing with acrylic metallic colors added some zip to the finish. Amigo's website provides some photos of the actual exhaust for a color reference. As you would expect with five pieces, assembly is quick. However, I had to do additional sanding on some mating surfaces to get the entire length of the exhaust aligned. read more View the full article

New Review: Centurion Mk III Side Skirts Photo-etch Replacements

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 09:12
This is a Photo etch set for Tamiya Centurion Mk III 1.35 Model kit to replace the Side Skirts. The set contains the following sets; 2x Photo Etch Sheet 1x Instruction sheet This photo etch set replaces plastic molded side skirts provided with the Tamiya Kit which improves the finish kit a lot. The parts are very easy to attach and form with no issues encountered during the complete build. Summary This is a great set for adding additional details for the side skirts to the very old kit from Tamiya. I would recommend this set to everyone who has this kit. Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them. View the full article

Hints for gloss (insignia) white

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 18:04
Hi, I have just started a Trumpeter 1/32 A6 Intruder which was sent by a friend as a gift. I usually do WWII aircraft, and I don't have experience with modeling US Navy Jets. Therefore I need a bit of advice, especially using the gloss (insignia) white for painting the lower parts / undersides. My initial experience with gloss white was not pleasant. I used Gunze Aqueous Hobby color H316 with 50/50 mix with the Gunze's own Thinner (Mr. Aqueous Hobby Color thinner) for acrylics. Unlike my WWII flat grays and greens, this gloss paint was messy, needed much more time to get dry, dried with plenty of fingerprints on, etc., and was also very difficult to clean from the airbrush. Most importantly, I am not happy with its covering properties. Are there any recommendations for getting the best from it (handling, mixing, airbrushing and cleaning tips)? Thank you,