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New Review: Franklin's Indians: Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles B. Franklin designer of the Indian Scout and Chief

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:55
This book was first published by Panther Publishing in 2011 and Veloce Publishing Limited did a facsimile reprint in February 2018, this review is about the reprint. What we have is a biography of Charles B. Franklin, an electrical engineer, motorcycle racer, designer of Indian motorcycles and an overseer of the Indian Company racing teams. This book extensively covers the years from 1903 thru 1932 and with a wide geographic expanse well, from Ireland to Britain, then Europe and America with side excursions to Australia and back to Europe. A comprehensive account of his life and achievements to the sport of motorcycling has not been available until now. read more View the full article

New Review: M16 rifle Vietnam War - Eduard

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:33
This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 American Vietnam War Era M16 rifles in 1/35 scale. This was the most common rifle used by the Americas and it comes in two variants (4 of each) plus 4 magazines. The set contains the following sets; 8 x Resin M16 rifles (4 of each of the two variants) 4 x Resin magazines 1 x Colored Photo etch sheet 1x Instruction sheet The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the rifles and comes in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light colored straps for variation. The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas. read more View the full article

New Review: AK 47 Assault Rifle - Eduard

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:20
This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 Russian AK 47 rifles in 1/35 scale. This is the most widely used assault rifles in the world. The set contains the following sets; 8 x Resin Karabiner 98k's 4 x Resin Magazines 1 x Colored Photo etch sheet 1x Instruction sheet The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the rifles and comes in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light colored straps for variation. The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas. Summary read more View the full article

Journal

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:12
I'm new to the IPMS since the beginning of the year and I've yet to receive the journal. Is it digital or do we get physical issues? Thanks in advance.

Where is the Judging Survey?

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 08:33
Other than an announcement by Rusty on the Steel Navy forum and a discussion on this forum of the pros and cons of judging systems, I can find no link to the actual survey itself. Shouldn't this be posted prominently on the web site? I don't believe in conspiracy theories, but why has it not received more publicity?

New Review: Su-30MKK Flanker G Landing Gear (HB)

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 01:31
IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed. Consisting of 7 separate well-cast white metal parts, this gear is the usual replacement for the kit gear. Hobbyboss provides excellent kits with great detail, but usually has some things simplified. In this case the landing gear has everything it needs attached to the main gear, and as to the nose you add kit shimmy dampers, doors, and taxi lights. The FOD/Mud Guard is supplied with the set as well. read more View the full article

New Review: Air Combat: Dogfights of World War II

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 00:50
This is a new, hardbound publication that is comprised of the contents of four previously-released volumes in the "Duel" series from Osprey. This compendium is edited by Tony Holmes, and includes: Part 1 (by Tony Holmes), Channel Clashes: Spitfire II/V vs Bf 109E (Duel 67) Part II (by Edward M. Young), Hell in the Pacific: F4F Wildcat vs A6M Zero-sen (Duel 54) Part III (by Dmitriy Khazanov & Aleksander Medved), Air War in the East: La-5/7 vs Fw 190 (Duel 39) Part IV (by Edward M. Young), Ill-Fated Defense of the Home Islands: F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 'Frank' (Duel 73) This book has been produced to very high standards, and it was a joy to hold and read through. The hard binding is extremely sturdy, and all pages have a nice semi-gloss finish that just looks and feels first-rate. Color paintings and profiles are done to a high standard as well, and photos are clearly printed. read more View the full article

New Review: Casemate Scale Plans Messerschmitt Bf 110 C & D 1/32

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:55
This publication, with illustrations by Maciej Noszczak, is an MMPBooks publication and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP books are characterized as being of very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the Ju-88A. There is no text other than captions for the drawings. read more View the full article

New Review: The Russian Battleship Marat

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:54
Kagero's The Russian Battleship Marat is one of the latest in their Super Drawings in 3D series. This edition is in their standard 8.25" x 11.75" format softbound publication that is 68 pages (excluding covers). This volume starts off with seven and a half pages of historical text followed by 61 pages of color 3D illustrations. There is also a Centerfold full of line drawings (~26.6" x 19.0") that starts with profiles at 1/350th scale and goes up to 1/50th scale for the details. I counted 117 color 3D illustrations along with one table. There are no current nor period photographs. read more View the full article

New Review: Super Drawings in 3D: OSA-Class Missile Boat

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:38
I would like to thank Kagero for this review sample read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard PE Zoom Set for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:22
Contents Description This PE set includes a small PE fret with all of the pilot's instrument panel and side panels along with the rear cockpit (radar operator's position) many panel faces. A pair of rudder pedals is also included. A three-page set of instructions is included that locate each panel face and indicate where the raised detail included on the kit parts must be removed. The PE parts do not include adhesive on the backside, and therefore the modeler must carefully glue each part in place. I took the plastic kit parts as indicated on the instructions and removed the raised details with a micro-chisel and sanded the rough surfaces with a medium grit sanding pad. Once the surfaces were smoothed, I washed the parts in warm water and a mild detergent, scrubbing the surfaces and nooks and crannies with an old toothbrush. After rinsing the parts I allowed them to thoroughly dry. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Steel Seat Belts for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:16
Product Description This set consists of a small steel fret with seat belts for the pilot and radar operator. It is small fret, but it does the job. I removed each part using PE shears and buffed the small spur off with a medium sanding pad. None of the painted surfaces were marred in this process, but nonetheless care is still required to avoid possible damage. I used Gator glue to attach the belts to the seats and allowed the glue to dry thoroughly before carefully bending the parts to fit the contours of the plastic parts. Again, a small dab of Gator glue was use to fix the ends of the belts in place. I feel the Eduard steel belts are a bit easier to bend than the older brass belts and conform to the seat profile quite nicely. Conclusion The steel seat belts are a very nice addition to most any kit, especially when the canopies are posed open. read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Photo-Etch Set for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:43
Contents Description This three-piece PE set includes a small PE fret with all of the pilot's instrument panel and side panels along with the rear cockpit (radar operator's position) many panel faces, plus two frets for parts for the wheel wells and miscellaneous exterior details. A pair of rudder pedals is also included. A four-page set of instructions is included that locate each panel face and indicate where the raised detail included with the kit must be removed. The instrument panels PE parts do not include adhesive on the backside, and therefore the modeler must carefully glue each part in place. The Cockpit read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard Die-Cut mask for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:32
Contents Description This mask set is provided on a small Kabuki-like tape material that is die cut, and includes an instruction sheet for locating the individual pieces on the clear parts of the Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7 kit. This set also includes masks for the canopy and windscreen interior. This will be my second Tamiya Heinkel He-219. I used the earlier version of an Eduard mask on the canopies and was satisfied with the results. The original masking set included masks for the exterior surfaces only. I looked forward to see how the new product would perform. A small instruction sheet is provided with diagrams locating each mask for the multipaned canopy. Where the use of a liquid masking is required is also identified. The instructions walk the modeler through the process step-by-step which can be quite useful when there are many panels to mask. Application read more View the full article

New Review: Brengun 1/72 TU-160

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:18
First things first: a hearty "Thank you" to Brengun for providing IPMS USA this little gem for review. We cannot function as well without our manufacturers support, and we sincerely appreciate Brengun's provision of items to review. Thanks also to John and Phil for finding and distributing these items. This set provides minor detail work for the Trumpeter TU-160. Big kit. Big. Particularly if the wings are in the parked and ready to take off position with flaps and slats out. Makes a B-1 look like an F-15 when parked next to a "Bone". The engines are massive, the jet carries a lot, and the White Swan is impressive from any angle. read more View the full article

New Review: Brengun 1/72 TU-160

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:16
First things first: a hearty "Thank you" to Brengun for providing IPMS USA this little gem for review. We cannot function as well without our manufacturers support, and we sincerely appreciate Brengun's provision of items to review. Thanks also to John and Phil for finding and distributing these items. This set provides minor detail work for the Trumpeter TU-160. Big kit. Big. Particularly if the wings are in the parked and ready to take off position with flaps and slats out. Makes a B-1 look like an F-15 when parked next to a "Bone". The engines are massive, the jet carries a lot, and the White Swan is impressive from any angle. read more View the full article

New Review: Building Concorde: From Drawing Board to Mach 2

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 00:42
Tony Buttler was born in England in 1956 and completed his education at Prince Henry's Grammar School in Eyesham. He joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist and for nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Tony left High Duty Alloys in 1993 Buttler and enrolled at Loughborough University, earning his Masters Degree in Archives and Library Studies. He subsequently became a freelance aviation historian specializing in the design and development of military aircraft. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, with this book being his twenty-seventh major release. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines. His special interest in one-off prototypes and research types made co-authoring X-Planes of Europe a particularly enjoyable task. read more View the full article

King Tiger w/ Interior

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 18:25
Well, I've seemingly lost what's left of my mind. I'm starting on the journey to build the Meng King Tiger (Henschel) with the added interior, and workable tracks. Tonight, I'll start scraping the road wheels, and getting parts cleaned up. Wish me well.

News:Online Voting for IPMS/USA Executive Board is Open

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:19
Online voting for the IPMS/USA Executive Board is now open - this also includes the GSB/123 Survey. View the full article

Letter & Number Decal Sheets

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 09:48
Some years ago Aeromaster & Microscale produced letter & number decal sheets. Does anybody know if those are still in production or if another company is doing something similar?