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  2. Thanks a lot Gil. Means a lot coming from you. Chris
  3. ICM has made something of a name for itself in recent years by releasing some of the nicest WW1 figure sets available on the market. Along with infantry figures, they have started releasing machine gun sets with crew, which is certainly an appropriate addendum to their WW1 line. Their excellent MG08 is actually available with two separate crews - one appropriate to its World War I use and another for its later utilization during World War II. Although tasked with providing information on the WW2 version, I actually had both in my kit collection, so could make some comparisons. read more View the full article
  4. The book is big and looks great from the moment you hold it. The first of two volumes, the book delves into great detail of the development, service, and full history of the III (Germanic) SS Panzerkorps, from its formation to the Autumn of 1944. This unit was made up of various nationalities of Germanic volunteers. It was an elite unit that fought in many engagements from Croatia to Leningrad and, as will be told in volume two, it was one of the final defending units of Berlin. I found this book so informative and full of facts and details I was never aware of. The book is full of amazing photos of the men, machines and battles of this unit through the history of WWII. These would be great as reference for any modeler or historian. read more View the full article
  5. This was the first time I have had a chance to read/review one of MMP's "Single" series books. The idea behind these books (more like booklets) seems to be to get right to the point and show scale plan views, photos, profiles, etc. This volume covers the Polish WW2-era fighter PZL P.11a, predecessor to the more numerous PZL P.11c. read more View the full article
  6. History: This book covers the development of bombers from the beginning of World War II, showing how the advances in technology resulted in better performing aircraft, especially due to more powerful reciprocating engines and the introduction of jet power plants. The earliest development of jet engines occurred in Germany, and they were the first to introduce operational jet fighters and bombers towards the end of the war, although they did not appear in sufficient numbers to make any difference in the outcome. However, the British and Americans also developed jet fighters, and the end of the war, and subsequent occupation of German facilities by advancing American, British, and Soviet forces resulted in a tremendous transfer of German technology to the Allied Powers, the result being an acceleration of the development of jet fighters and bombers in the U.S., Britain, and the Soviet Union. In addition, the development of the atomic bomb significantly affected the design and development of jet bombers after the war. read more View the full article
  7. Glad you've joined us Julio! I'd also like to invite you to come to Jaxcon in 2 weeks (Feb. 8th) here in Jacksonville FL, only 4 or less hours from you! Settle in and make yourself at home here. Cheers! GIL
  8. Casemate Publishers bring us a book from Polish editorial Kagero, covering the IAI Nesher / Dagger/Finger. The book was written by Salvador Mafe Huertas and his dedication and passion for the topic transpires in each page. A little bit of history in the airframe names: The Israelis named Nesher to their Mirage V. When transferred to Argentina - with some electronic changes- they were renamed "Daggers". After the Falklands War, almost all the Daggers were upgraded to have an electronic package like the Kfir and renamed again as "Fingers". In Argentina, the Daggers and Fingers (an also 'Maras') often were referred to as "Mirages" or member of the Mirage family. The book is broken down in the following sections. read more View the full article
  9. I'll throw my opinion to the problem. For a definative answer check with Dave Kahn (head armor judge) and/or Mark Persichetti (head judge). I have tried to get the NCC ahead of the 3D printing issue before we are met with the problem of a major 3D project dropped on the table and what do we do now? First of all - parts are parts, be they plastic, resin, metal, wood, paper, or are 3D printed. Paragraph I.4 addresses 3D printed KITS, not parts. A totally 3D printed kit may not be considered as scratchbuilt, even if done at home by the CAD designer. It may be entered in the appropriate standard category. Paragraph II.3; the use of 3D printed parts disqualifies the entry from being considered using scratchbuilt parts, rather they are considered as commercial parts. Even if they are printed & used by the CAD designer. Paragraph II.5 identifies the criteria for armor conversions, either scratchbuilt only (228) or kit-bashed/commercial (229). Categories 200-C Closed-top AFV through Korea, Allied. Generally a safe choice as long as the subject is a real-world thing. Real-world conversions do not have to be entered in a conversion category. 228 AFV Conversions Scratchbuilt. Not a valid choice since 3D parts are not considered scratchbuilt. 229 AFV Conversions Kit-bash [Commercial] Conversions. A safe choice since 3D printed parts are considered 'commercial' parts. 821 Hypothetical, Kit-bashed/Scratchbuilt. If your entry is a hypothetical, non-real-world subject this is the place for it to go. This would of course invalidate the 200-C or 229 choices above. This category is for both scratch-built and kit-bashed (i.e. commerical) entries. Ed Grune -- NCC Head Ship Judge
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  11. In regards to I-4, II-3 and II-5... I have a few potential entries that would I would like some clarification. I design my own parts to be 3-D printed. These are conversions to represent drawing board concepts for WWII Soviet SPGs. The 3D parts are used in conjunction with traditional scratch building techniques. The silhouette is changed substantially from the original kit. How would these be categorized? Would these be entered under 228, 229, 200-C or 821? Thanks, BK
  12. "Pave Hawk" HH-60G This is review part 1 of Kitty Hawk's 1/35 "Pave Hawk" HH-60G Background read more View the full article
  13. Graham M. Simons is an English professional aviation writer, publisher and historian. Graham M Simons is one of the founders of the world famous aviation museum at Duxford near Cambridge. His interest in aviation was piqued watching the making of the 'Battle of Britain' film and from the days when you could go 'aircraft spotting' at London Heathrow and local airports. Graham's engineering background led him to membership of a number of aviation societies, including sitting on the British Aviation Preservation Council. He was responsible for overseeing the restoration of a De Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide airliner to flying condition and placing this aircraft - with official approval -- in the colors and markings of the first aircraft of what was then the Kings Flight. read more View the full article
  14. Contents- This book is a compilation of the 4-view colour profile, scale plans and photo details of the single variant of the Messerschmitt Me 410 A-1. Scale plans in 1/72 ( the Italeri kt is available) and 1/48 (Meng and Revell kits are available) scales plus drawings from wartime technical manuals. Also included are photos of the aircraft details in black and white and colour. The first three pages are dedicated to 1/72 scale line drawings, including right and left sides, plus top and bottom views. These pages include wing details without airbrakes and the forward fuselage details of the BK-5 (50mm cannon) equipped Me 410 A-1/U4. Next several pages including a foldout section for the 1/48 scale drawings. Excellant detail included therein. I especially appreciated the fact the illustrators included the antenna wires layout in the profiles. read more View the full article
  15. Welcome Julio! Glad to see you here. Looking forward to seeing your work.
  16. Hello, I am new to the IPMS site. I am in need of a set of 1/48 KV-2 tracks, preferably Tamiya but Hobby Boss should work too. Is there somewhere to go on the site to locate something like this; I am aware that most builders on this forum are quite accomplished an will swap out the original rubber tracks for metal or plastic link tracks. If anyone has a set or might know where to get them, please IM me. Thanks
  17. Following the changes with Revell USA over the last few years, Atlantis Model Co. has acquired molds of classic Revell and Monogram kits. Some have not been released in quite a long time. The Allison 501 D13 (civilian), or T56 (military) engine entered service in 1954 and is still in production under the Rolls Royce name and designated T56. It was originally developed to power the C-130 Hercules and has since been used in aircraft like the P3-C Orion, Electra, E2C Hawkeye and many others. I understand Atlantis worked to improve the molds. I could see that the molds in this kit had either held up really well, or had some work done to improve and clean them up. read more View the full article
  18. Welcome Julio! Glad to have you with us!
  19. Hello my name is Julio from Perry GA. I'm very excited about being here. I work on mostly ww2 aircraft and armor. I'm looking forward to participating in the forum. Thanks
  20. Assuming that a winning group entry (Cat 850) is superior that all other category winners in the Miscellaneous Class (VIII) it would be awarded Best in Class as a function of the judges assigned to the Miscellaneous Class. These judges brief the Class Judge who acts as a proponent of the entry in further Best in Show determinations Winners of all eight Best in Class awards are then evaluated by the Class Head Judges to determine the Best in Show. The Overall Head Judge's duty here is to wrangle a consensus of opinions among the eight head judges. I can't say that it has never happened, but the Overall Head Judge does not cast a vote to break a tie. This is a function which occurs after the rank & file judges have been dismissed from the contest room. Yes, the winner of any individual category can potentially win Best in Show, but it needs to be superior to to other models in the class and to the other entries overall Ed Grune -- NCC/Head Ship Judge
  21. Brian Lane Herder is a WW2 naval enthusiast and legislative librarian for Kansas state government. Adam Hook did the illustrations and Martin Windrow is the Series Editor. You get a 9.75 X 7.25 inches size paperback book with ten sections. You get 8 full-page, full color Plates (illustration by Adam Hook), 18 full color photos (most not seen before), 25 B&W photos (most not seen before), 7 tables/diagrams. The full color Plates visualize tactics of fleet deployment and attacks, and are the highlight and main reason for reading this book. Almost every page has a photograph or is an illustration, making this book an easy read with eye-catching visuals. Some of the photographs are in color and most have sharp detail. Most photos appear to be presented for the first time. The prose is easy to follow and efficient. read more View the full article
  22. Photoetch Set Review: Bottom Line: Tom's Modelworks supplies a hefty, highly-detailed PE set for the Fujimi family of 12 large, Kawasaki-type Imperial Japanese Navy fleet tankers. This PE set is for advanced modelers with some scratch-building experience. Brief History The Kawasaki type tankers were twelve large (~10000 tons) tankers that were designed in the mid-1930s with the intention of joining the fleet in wartime, to be refitted with underway refueling of warships. Although there were some variations in dimensions from different yards, they were very similar in appearance and performance. Seven were used during the Pearl Harbor attack, and all were extensively used by the fleet, but none survived the war. What You Get: read more View the full article
  23. Per the rules ... I. ELIGIBILITY The IPMS/USA National Contest is open only to members of IPMS/USA or other national IPMS branches. Any current member of IPMS/USA or any other national branch of IPMS is eligible to enter any number of models in the National Contest. To enter the model contest, a member must be individually registered for the convention. This means, if they wish to enter the contest, each member of a Family Membership that so desires must register for the convention separately (this helps eliminate confusion about which of the Family members is the actual contest entrant). A member may also serve as a ‘proxy’ to enter models for an absent member who is not attending the convention. Entry fees for absentee/proxy entrants may be set at the discretion of the Host Chapter. All entries except Chapter/Group entries must be the sole work of the individual whose name is on the model-entry form. Commercially built and/or finished models that do not require significant additional work by the modeler will be ineligible. The answer to your second question is easy. You may make a proxy entry of your friend's model The proxy entry rate is determined by the local committee -- the proxy might not get the decals, pin, and all the hoohaas in the welcome bag. Contact the organizing committee for details. However, your friend - the individual entrant -- must be a current (i.e. active) member of IPMS USA or other national branch for a proxy entry. Membership in a local chapter without being a national member does not qualify as membership under the spirit of the rules. If your friend was an active member at the time of his passing there is no problem. Perhaps check with Marie S at the national office to determine membership status. You may not enter the friend's model under your name as the model is not your sole-work. You may enter the model as a display-only, non-judged entry
  24. John Boyes was born in Edinburgh in 1947. Educated at Rugby School, he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1972 and thereafter pursued a career in the motor industry until his retirement in 2005. He has had a lifelong interest in the history of missiles and published his first book, Project Emily: Thor IRBM and the RAF, in 2008. John followed with Thor Ballistic Missile: The United States and the United Kingdom in Partnership in 2015. He is the treasurer of the Royal Air Force Historical Society and financial controller of the Bomber Command Association, responsible for the financial management of its memorial in London. He has given a number of lectures on Thor and regularly contributed to the British Nuclear History meetings at Charterhouse. He is married and lives in West Wickham, Kent. read more View the full article
  25. The F-86 D was built as a stop gap interceptor while the U.S. developed more sophisticated and mission specific aircraft for that purpose. At the same time, the European NATO operators realized they needed the same type of aircraft and the F-86K was the result. The F-86K differed from its U.S. built examples by installing cannons in lieu of the rockets on the US version. Some plugs were added into the fuselage to maintain the center of gravity. Italy's Fiat company produced license-built versions of the F-86K. Also of note, was the capability of some of these aircraft to carry sidewinder missiles. read more View the full article
  26. That is impressive both the kit and your build.
  27. I am interested in entering a model for a good friend who recently passed away at the age of 93. He was a highly skilled modeler, but to my knowledge ever attended a national convention. I can find no evidence of his membership in IPMS, but if my memory serves me he had been. He was certainly a member in good standing of our local IPMS club. I would like to bring one of his models and enter it in a regular category to honor him. It there any way to do this?
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