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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?

New Review: Axis Suicide Squads

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:39
Fonthill Media's Axis Suicide Squads - German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War by Justo Miranda. Author Justo Miranda has multiple books & publications out on Luftwaffe 'paper-projects' and late war designs. He is a tech drawer and Spanish Air Force Museum advisor. This hardbound book is 224 pages and includes information on both actual aircraft used, and many "paper projects". The cover flap reads "This book details the designs of all German and Japanese aircraft, examining the suicide bombers and aerial rammers deployed as desperate measures to counter the Allied advance. Axis Suicide Squads is an in-depth history of the tragic necessity for such drastic countermeasures; it contains comprehensive technical information relating to each machine and detailed, hand-drawn diagrams depicting the mechanics of how the aircraft functioned." This is a great summary of what this book is all about. read more View the full article

Second Original Aurora Frankenstein Restoration

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:33
Refining my technique here with the face and hands. Learning more and more each time I do one of these old monsters! Unfortunately all of the built ones I got were not good dismantling candidates, so I try and fix gaps and misalignments as best I can.

New Review: Tru-Color Paints - Dunkelgrau, Dunkelgelb (x3) & RAL 7008 Gray Green

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:25
I have heard of Tru-Color Paints probably a year ago by now. They have an extensive line of railroad and car paints and they are continuously expanding their military line (aircraft, naval, armor). I've heard good things about them and I was interested to try them out. But honestly, the price was putting me off a bit. When I had the opportunity to review a few free samples, I jumped to it. This review covers Tru-Paint TCP 1445 RAL 7021 Dunkelgrau, TCP-1446 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #1, TCP-1447 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #2, TCP-1448 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #3, TCP-1449 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #4 and TCP-1449 RAL 7008 Gray Green. The first thing you notice about these paints is that the bottles are larger than the standard hobby bottles; they come in 1 oz and 2 oz. That means their smallest bottle has about twice (or more) the paint from most hobby paint manufactures. Consider that fact when you think on their price; I was not doing that while looking at the paints in the hobby store. read more View the full article

New Review: US Light Tank M3 Stuart Late Production

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:09
When I was younger my comics of choice were of the Military persuasion and one of my favorites was The Haunted Tank which initially featured an M3 Stuart blowing away Tigers with it's 37mm. I didn't realize the issue with that but I loved the stories and so started my love of the Stuart. As I got older I turned to more history books and read about the Honey used by the British in the desert and the US in Tunisia. When the new Tamiya kit showed up it just had to be built even though I haven't built a 35th scale tank in, cough, 40ish years. read more View the full article

Hasegawa's 1/48 F-22 Raptor with Accessories

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 08:35
This is the start of the Hasegawa 1/48 F-22 Raptor. I will also be using Ares resin cockpit and Eduard photo etch to detail this kit. The F-22 Raptor is fourth generation in stealth aircraft technology by the USAF. It is the first operational aircraft to combine super cruise, super maneuverability, stealth, and sensor fusion in a single weapons platform. The Ares resin cockpit required the removal of the dash hood/HUD panel so that it can be replaced by the resin part. The nice thing about resin parts is they have much better detail than the injected plastic kit parts. The cockpit tub just required a couple of photo etch parts like the pedals and levers then was painted. For the resin dash I found a photo of the F-22 dashboard for the F-22 simulator. Using Adobe Photoshop I cut and sized the screens to make decals for the resin dash. Once the decals were applied and coat with clear gloss, the dash buttons and controls were painted. The ejection seat was painted and detailed with the Eduard photo etch parts. After installing the seat into the cockpit tub the cockpit was weathered with dark gray pastel chalk. The dash was then installed into the fuselage and resin details were added to the fuselage for the canopy mating hooks. Next I will be working on the main bomb bay section. For more photos see my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-f-22-raptor/

Lots of kits for sale

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 01:34
Resin Spacecraft Creation Models 1/350th Savanna Class DY-588 series SS New Zealand (Botany Bay) new in sealed box $150.00 Filmy Girls 1/6th Stella new in box $225.00 Filmy Girls 1/6th Aurora new in box $225.00 ? 1/48th? UFO Interceptor new in box $40.00 Space & Sci Fi Airfix 1/144th 6171 Orion (2001) Parts confirmed $30.00 AMT/ERTL 1/6th 8784 Darth Vader Parts sealed $25.00 Fine Molds 1/72nd SW-16 Darth Vader's TIE Fighter $20.00 Monogram 1/144th 6060 First Lunar Landing - Heritage Edition Parts sealed $30.00 Monogram 1/144th 5082 Apollo Saturn V Rocket + Moebius Ranger adapter Some parts sealed $50.00 Navy DML 1/350th 1002 USS Ohio Parts sealed $30.00 Trumpeter 1/700th 5706 US Battleship BB-64 Wisconsin 1991 Parts sealed $20.00 Auto AMT 1/25th AMT-620 White Freightliner $30.00 Hasagawa 1/24th CF-3 Italya Reynard 89D F3000 $20.00 Hasagawa 1/24th CF-5 Wacoal Dome Reynard 89D F3000 $20.00 Hasagawa 1/24th CF-18 Wacoal Dunlop Lola T90-50 $20.00 Tamiya 1/20th 20040 Newman Haas K Mart Texaco Lola T93/00 Ford $20.00 Aircraft Academy 1/72nd 12529 USN F-4j VF-84 Jolly Rogers $25.00 Airfix 1/72nd 255 Beagle Basset 206 Parts confirmed $15.00 Airfix 1/72nd 392 H.P. Jetstream Parts confirmed $15.00 Airfix 1/72nd Vickers Valient $60.00 Airfix 1/48th 7106 Supermarine Seafire FR46/47 $20.00 DML 1/72nd 2508 YF-22 Lightning 2 Parts sealed $15.00 Eduard 1/72nd 708 Bf 110 G4 Parts sealed $20.00 Frog 1/72nd F239 DeHavilland Hornet F.Mk.3 Parts confirmed $15.00 Fujimi 1/72nd H-8 British Phantom F-4K Yellow Bird $20.00 Fujimi 1/72nd H-22 MiG-21 SMT Humpback $20.00 Fujimi 1/72nd H-22 MiG-21 SMT Humpback $20.00 Hasagawa 1/72nd 1989 Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden Type 21 & A6M5c Zero new in sealed box $30.00 Hasagawa 1/72nd 601 F-16A Plus Parts sealed $10.00 Hasagawa 1/72nd 720 Tornado GR Mk.I "Desert Storm" new in sealed box $15.00 Hasagawa 1/72nd 2817 F-104S/G Starfighter $15.00 Hasagawa 1/48th 9148 Messerschmitt Bf109G-14 Parts sealed $25.00 Heller 1/72nd 248 PZL P11c $5.00 Hobby Craft 1/72nd HC1343 "Vietnam" Caribou Parts sealed $25.00 HUMA 1/72nd Dornier Do 27 Parts sealed $10.00 HUMA 1/72nd Bucker Bu 131 Parts sealed $10.00 HUMA 1/72nd DFS 230 Parts sealed $10.00 Italeri 1/72nd 1118 CG-4A Hadrian Parts confirmed $15.00 KP 1/72nd IL-10 Avia B 33 $3.00 KP 1/72nd AVIA CS-199 $3.00 Matchbox 1/72nd 40418 McDonnell RF-101 B/F-101 F Voodoo $10.00 Matchbox 1/72nd PK-551 Victor K.2 $25.00 Monogram 1/72nd 5206 F-16XL Fighter Parts sealed $25.00 Monogram 1/48th 5429 AD-6 Skyraider (broken 20mm part in bag) (broken 20mm part in bag) $10.00 Monogram/Pro Modeler 1/48th 5936 Messerschmitt Me 410B-1 Parts sealed $30.00 Pioneer2 1/72nd Fokker D-XXI $3.00 Revell 1/72nd 4455 F-89d Scorpion Parts sealed $15.00 Revell 1/72nd 4397 Fairey gannet AS Mk.1/4 $15.00 Tamiya 1/48th 61082 Messerschmitt Me262 A-2a w Kettenkraftrad Parts sealed $30.00 Testors/Italeri 1/72nd 689 Northrop F-5F Tiger II $20.00 Trumpeter 1/48th 2807 Curtis P-40B Warhawk Tomahawk IIA bonus main wheels and decals Parts sealed $20.00 Armor Academy 1/72nd 13411 M1126 Stryker $15.00 Airfix 1/76th 2312-6 German Recce Set $7.00 ESCI 1/72nd 8606 Panzer IV $7.00 ESCI 1/35th 5012 British Camp Rest Area new in sealed box $5.00 Hasagawa 1/72nd Starter Truck Toyota GB $7.00 Heller 1/72nd 198 AMX 13 Parts sealed $7.00 Matchbox 1/76th PK-171 Sd.Kfz II/7.5cm PAK40 $15.00 Matchbox 1/76th PK-176 CHAR B.1 bis/Renault FT 17 new in sealed box $15.00 Revell 1/144th 3350 US Army Vehicles Parts sealed $5.00 Trumpeter 1/72nd 7225 M4A3E8 Tank (T66 Track) Parts sealed $15.00 Trumpeter 1/72nd 7225 M4A3E8 Tank (T66 Track) Parts sealed $15.00 Prices don't include shipping. Shipped from 84118. Usually sent Priority mail. Gladly accept Paypal. Let me know if interested and I will package them up and get you a shipping cost. Can add pictures as requested.

New Review: MENG Leopard C2 Mexas with Dozer Blade

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:14
MENG revised its very good 2013 Leopard kit with new parts to build a Canadian C2 Mexas with the option to fit a dozer blade. I jumped at the opportunity to review this kit for three reasons, firstly it's a Canadian main battle tank, it's by MENG and last by far from least is that a fellow Canadian military specialist Anthony Sewards assisted on the kits research. He also highly recommends this kit for its accuracy which is real praise! In the box is; read more View the full article

New Review: SAC Metal gear for 1/48 SU-35

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:55
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 14 separate well-cast white metal parts, this gear is the usual replacement for the kit gear. It's been my experience that GWH tends to use a more robust plastic than many other manufacturers, but SAC metal gear is still worthwhile to install. read more View the full article

The Duke's Armor Finished in April

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:48
After some marathon building over the past couple days, I finally have a few models to show. These are my armor models completed as of yesterday. I have eight of them finally done. First is the 1/72 scale ACE Italian 508CN Coloniale Staff car: My apologies for the poor pics. This is a tiny one and I seemed to have had a tough time keeping steady on this one. In keeping with the theme of tiny vehicles and such, here is my 1/72 scale Airfix British Airborne Jeep from the British Airborne Set: It also came with a pallet to land this thing from aircraft. Here it is sitting on that pallet: This Jeep above was also equipped with a trailer: It was also equipped with a 75mm Pack Howitzer to assist airborne troops with artillery support: Here is the whole British Airborne Set together: Next up, my Japanese Army takes delivery of the 1/72 scale IBG Type 3 Chi Nu Medium Tank: And finally, my Russian Army has taken delivery of three new vehicles. This first one is the 1/72 scale ACE BREM recovery vehicle: It doesn't show well in these pics, but that hook is painted a steel color. I don't know why it shows up this way. Moving on, I also finished up the 1/72 scale Takom MAZ-537 Tractor: Also, in that same kit was the 1/72 scale Takom KZKT-537 Tractor: And that completes my latest run of models for April. I might even have more finished in a week or three. Stay tuned and thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

The Duke Completes a Commission

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:12
Today I finally finished up a commission build for a friend on another Forums. This is the Dragon 1/72 scale F-6F 5N Hellcat night fighter. This is one of nine models I finished up this week. The rest are in the armor forums. Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

Another New E-Book!

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 18:46
I'm proud to announce my latest E-book. This one is the result of a comment someone on this forum made after my C-46 E-book was finished. To wit: It would be nice to have some reference photos included in the Building Guide. File size limitations prevented that, but I've come up with a workaround. This E-book, intended as a companion to my C-46 Building Guide, contains 49 relatively high resolution historical photos of the C-46A. 22 are operational shots and the other 27 come from the Curtiss assembly line. They've all been enhanced to pull detail out of shadowed areas and can be enlarged at least 200 to 300 percent without suffering pixelation. And if you prefer, since this E-book is offered in PDF format, they can also be printed if you prefer hard copy. Price? $3.99 and can be purchased by going here.

News:Executive Board Meeting Minutes - March 2019

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 08:34
The March 2019 Executive Board Meeting Minutes have been posted. View the full article

Double Skyhawk build

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 21:02
I managed to pick up the 1/48 Eduard edition of the Hasgawa A-4E/F (with all of the "extras") cheap at Jaxcon in Feb. The kit WAS impressive in the box, so I decided to dig right in and build it immediately. BUT, I noticed it had enough pe parts to do two cockpits...so I decided I'd dig out an old 1/48 Monogram A-4E/F from the shelf and build it at the same time. To my delight, when I opened the Monogram box, there were pe parts, resin intakes, resin flaps, and resin seats inside it. So, that settled that! Two Skyhawks to go! The Monogram cockpit had to be modified, removing its molded in seat; and rebuilding the tub to accept the resin seat. That also made it easier to adapt the Eduard pe set for it too.Other than substituting the resin intakes and flaps for the Monogram parts, the rest of the build was OOTB. The Eduard was built OOTB, since it came with pe and a resin seat. The only other thing I did was a LOT of drilling and pinning for the ordnance. I HATE that most bombs and drop tanks don't have better, more secure glue points, making them easy to knock off later (usually when you're trying to hang them on the model!) So, I drilled and pinned all of the MERs, tanks, missiles, and bombs on both kits. It paid off though, as everything got hung in place with nothing coming apart! I'll post pics of the finished models below! GIL

Second Original Aurora Creature Restoration

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 20:48
Here’s another save from someone’s childhood (before pic at end). Stripped, fixed in spots and 100% hand painted back to glory...no airbrushing here. Here’s a few progress pics. Tks for looking and your comments are welcome.

Kits for Sale- 1/48 and aftermarket to start

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 12:21
Greetings all: I have some 1/48 scale to start and some aftermarket to lower the pile in my basement. Any questions welcome. Starting with IPMS- PM me for any details: F4F Resin Wing Folds Lone Star Models 1/48 $30 TBM/TBF Resin Wing Folds Dangerboy 1/48 $40 BMW003 Rocket Engines Highflight 1/48 $20 Me262 Lorin Conversion Arba 1/48 $20 UH-60L Blackhawk Academy 1/35 $75 Cobra Detail and Correction Sets; CE Masks; Eduard PE; One resin door cracked P-39Q- multiple parts and pieces Eduard 1/48 $25 Mirage IIIc Academy 1/48 $10 Ju87B-2 Stuka Hasegawa 1/48 $30 Verlinden Set; QB Seats. Started PBY-5 Catalina Monogram 1/48 $25 Resin Wheels, Vingtor Decals FW190 D-9 Dragon 1/48 $35 Resin Cockpit; Arba Tail SBD-5 Dauntless Accurate Miniatures 1/48 $25 QB undercarriage covers and exhausts Me262A-1a Tamiya 1/48 $20 Bristol Blenheim IV/IVF Classic Airframes 1/48 $40 AH-64D Academy 1/48 $30 Eduard Brass; Verlinden update E2C Hawkeye Kinetic 1/48 $75 QB intake plugs Misc Bingo Decals AV-8B Harrier Hasegawa 1/48 $25 Quickboost Exhausts, SS Decals Do-335A-12 Tamiya 1/48 $60 Paragon Covnversion nightfighter conversion; Verlinden Update P-61A Great Wall Hobby 1/48 $50 F-94 Kittyhawk 1/48 $35 SAC Gear Ba 349A Natter DML 1/48 $10 Ta-152C-0 RV Resin 1/48 $35 RQ-1 Predator Antares 1/48 $25 F9F-2 panther Trumpeter 1/48 $25 Pavla resin cockpit and flaps Dave