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  1. Here is a PDF of the Mad City Modelers IPMS/USA National Convention Proposal for 2024. View the full article
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Martin Company: Roden Summary Let me start by sending sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Valery Grygorenko the illustrator for Roden Models. I learned through my local hobby shop that he was killed in the ongoing war in Ukraine Like most Great War fighters this is a relatively uncomplicated kit. There are some issues that one needs to be careful with during construction, but nothing so complicated that an average modeler cannot overcome. One of the biggest trouble spots was with shallow or limited gluing surfaces. So have your CA cement handy for this one. Background more...View the full article
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Taylor Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez A new, welcome release from prolific AMMO by Mig Jimenez, is this four-color acrylic paint set labelled for World War II Japanese Infantry. The paint comes in 17ml plastic bottles, complete with a stirring ball, in a clear plastic clamshell box. Also included is a color two-sided label with a very well painted World War II Japanese soldier with color callouts for the paints provided. While the paints can be procured individually, the four major colors are included (and most likely cheaper than buying them individually). The following paints are included: more...View the full article
  4. Reviewed by: Hub Plott Company: Kagero Publishing This volume covers the Fw-190D and Ta-152 variants. It is presented in the familiar fashion of this publisher, with a column on each page in Polish and English. Captions and drawing explanations are also in both languages. Text and photos make up the first seventy-five pages of this volume. These pages cover both technical development, changes between variants, and operational use. A serial list of all productions as well as some of the most successful pilots are also covered. There is a wealth of scale drawing both in the book as well as a couple of extra loose ones. The four pages of diagrams showing all the changes from the basic A9 version into the Ds and Ta-152s are quite illuminating. The color profiles are beautifully done as is always the case with this publisher. more...View the full article
  5. Reviewed by: Allan Murrell Company: Kagero Publishing This is the 82nd book in the Kagero Monographs series covering aircraft in details photos and diagrams. This book covers the Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets. The book provides great detail drawings of the Super Hornet. I found the drawings in this book to be fascinating and very detailed, ideal for any modeler as reference materials. The photographs are extremely good, many I have never seen, and provide great details for super detailing any scale model of the aircraft. Along with the many photos there are outline drawings, schematics, and very nice profile drawings. The cockpit instrument outline drawings are also a great addition, it would have been great to also include a color photo next to these for reference, but this is a minor issue. more...View the full article
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Martin Company: ICM Summary This can be considered a “diorama-in-a-box,” in that it contains everything one would need to create a nice airfield diorama. There are some frustrating fit issues, so I would recommend this kit to any modeler with a good dose of patience. Background The Spitfire MkVII airframe was based off of the MkV. It incorporated the improved Merlin 61 series engine. It was designed as a high-altitude interceptor and thus had a pressurized cockpit. It also had extended wing tips and the later large (pointed) rudder. more...View the full article
  7. Here is the preliminary list of winners for the 2022 IPMS/USA National Convention contest. If you have any feedback about corrections or questions, please direct them to NCC@ipmsusa.org so the NCC can address them directly. View the full article
  8. Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy Company: Mortons Books Contents more...View the full article
  9. Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy Company: Pen & Sword Publisher’s Notes “A comprehensive, accurate, and academically-supported reference of all of the major military and paramilitary camouflage patterns that have been in use around the world from the end of World War Two to today. This book will be a one-stop, generalized reference illustrating as many patterns as have been researched into the present time period. It will surpass all previous efforts. In addition to color tiles illustrating camouflage patterns it will include photographs of the designs actually being worn by military and paramilitary personnel, something few other references have done in suitable combination.” more...View the full article
  10. Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton Company: Phoenix Scale Publications The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, Real to Replica Blue Series by Phoenix Publications The book is a paper back, has 96 pages and is full of great photos of the Hawkeye. The history of the E-2 Hawkeye is quite extensively covered from the original idea to the variants that have been built, to today’s serving aircraft. Included in the book is a section devoted to the international service of the Hawkeye and a detailed walkaround as highlights of the book. The last section of the book covers building the Kenetic E-2C 1/48 scale model and shows three different nationality versions, the United States, French and Mexican Navy builds. more...View the full article
  11. Reviewed by: Rob Booth Company: Brengun Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales. more...View the full article
  12. Reviewed by: Paul Bradley Company: Key Publishing Ltd The Land Rover was developed in 1947 as a simple four-wheel drive farm vehicle and was created as a way for the British Rover car company to get back into the vehicle manufacturing business following World War II. It was a huge success, not only as an agricultural tool but as a military vehicle and went on to worldwide success as a top level on- and off-road vehicle. The vehicle evolved quickly in its first ten years from 1948-58 as the Series I and until 1971 as the familiar Series II/IIA that was used ion so many safaris, expeditions and in documentary series through the 1960s. It was so popular that this ‘temporary’ solution became a permanent part of the Rover Company’s range. more...View the full article
  13. Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra Company: ICM Firefighting has a long and noble history in the United States, dating back to the 17th century following the burning of Boston in 1631. The first volunteer fire company was established by Benjamin Franklin in 1736 in Philadelphia, and became a model for other colonial cities to follow. 1853 saw the establishment of the first professional fire department in Cincinnati, and thus the modern, fully-paid and professional firefighting force was created. Originally, most firefighting equipment was horse drawn, but the advent of cheap, readily available gasoline-driven vehicles changed that. Enter the ubiquitous Model T, a simple, robust and affordable machine capable of carrying at least rudimentary firefighting equipment and personnel to emergency locations quickly and easily. more...View the full article
  14. Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra Company: ICM Despite the war, ICM in the Ukraine continues to create new and innovative kits for the avid figure modeler. This set, which depicts American firemen from the turn of the last century, is a case in point. Professional firefighting units organized along paramilitary lines first came on the scene around the 1850s, and by the 1900s were equipped in what is now considered classic firefighter uniforms, with their distinctive headgear and rubberized coats and boots. This set represents the more common types of clothing, including both the long and short coats as well as the heavy canvas pants. The figures come on a single sprue with two sprues hosting their fire axes and three-part helmets. more...View the full article
  15. Reviewed by: Paul Bradley Company: MMP Books The Renault R35 and R 40 were French light infantry tanks developed in the mid-1930s and still in widespread service during the disastrous 1940 Western campaign. Lightly armed and armoured, these vehicles were no match for the PzIII and IV of the German Panzer armies. In this book, author Ranger has compiled a surprising number of original photographs taken by German troops in the aftermath of the 1940 Battle of France. Most are reproduced two to a page, and due to the size of the originals, copy quality is mixed, from very nice to poor. There is a short section of photos of Renaults after they were captured and put back into use by Germany in the Balkans. more...View the full article
  16. Reviewed by: David Wrinkle Company: Brengun Upfront, I want to thank Brengun for providing outstanding aftermarket bits for our beloved model kits, and to IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review the Brengun resin replacement wheels. Today’s review represents resin replacement for any 1/72 SBD dauntless kits. This set includes two (2) pair of resin weighted wheels each pair having a different pattern along with one pair of photo-etch wheel covers. As always with this type of model detail set, check your resources for the correct pattern to use on your kit. more...View the full article
  17. Reviewed by: Michael Reeves Company: ICM ICM is one of many model companies based in the Ukraine that have been affected by the recent war with Russia. Based in Kyiv, the company has been active as of late in creating and releasing new products and defying the challenges they face. This kit is a rebox with new parts for the kit released back in 2021. Let’s take a look… What’s Inside the Box The kit comes as the standard ICM kit does—with a colorful box top that slides off of an enclosed brown cardboard box. Parts were packaged well and details were crisp with no flash to speak of. 6 light gray plastic sprues 1 small clear sprue Decal sheet featuring two schemes Instruction booklet Construction more...View the full article
  18. Reviewed by: Chris Gibson Company: Hobby Boss Brief History The Messerschmitt Bf109 is probably one of the most well-known WW2 fighter planes ever made. Also the most prolific at 35000 produced. They were produced well into the 1960s by the Spanish Air Force and by Czechoslovakia. It was a plane developed in1934 by Willy Messerschmitt to a Luftwaffe specification for a high performance single seat fighter. The Bf109 was, in essence, the smallest airframe that could be wrapped around the most powerful inline engine and still carry a useful armament load. The first prototype flew in October of 1935, powered by a British Rolls-Royce engine, the Jumo engine not being ready at that time. The Jumo powered Bf109B entered service in 1937 and was used in the Spanish Civil War. more...View the full article
  19. Reviewed by: David Wrinkle Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions Upfront, I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing outstanding aftermarket bits for our beloved model kits, and to IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) metal gear. Today’s review represents a direct drop-in replacement for the 1/72 Hasegawa Avenger TDM/TDF line of kits. This set includes five (5) parts to include: both main gear legs and their accompanying pistons, and the tail wheel for the Hasegawa kit. more...View the full article
  20. Reviewed by: Frank Landrus Company: Doll and Hobby Background Doll and Hobby GA is a specialized hobby distributor focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and comic related model kits. They carry the latest releases from Moebius Models, Round 2 (AMT, Polar Lights, MPC, Lindberg) and more. They focus on subjects like Star Trek, 2001, Space 1999, classic monsters, and comic book heroes. Their warehouse is located in Lawrenceville, GA, just east of Atlanta. Owned by Steve Iverson who purchased the company from Frank and Joanne Winspur in 2018. Steve Iverson might also be familiar since he also owns CultTVman’s Sci-Fi Modeling. more...View the full article
  21. Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD Company: Kagero Publishing Bottom Line: Volume 2 of the WW2 German Kriegsmarine battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau focuses on the career and appearance of DKM Gneisenau. Volume I gives more info on Gneisenau than anything previous – an extensive narrative history along with many B&W photos, a section of high-quality, large-scale photographs, stunning 3D graphic “visualizations” of her various fits, two large foldout sheets of 1/200 line drawings (four sides), a foldout sheet in 1/72 scale for the floatplanes and 3D glasses for the 3D photos. A modeler and historian could not ask for better references. Background more...View the full article
  22. Reviewed by: Hub Plott Company: Pen & Sword The P-51 Mustang. An icon of WWII held in the same esteem as the Spitfire, Thunderbolt and Hurricane by enthusiasts and historians alike. Aviation historian martin W, Bowman has compiled a wonderful album of photos of all marks that saw combat, from the P-51A to the F-82G. Some of these photos will be familiar to all, but many are new or have seldom been seen. There are nine pages of introductory text that give a brief overview of the history of the mustang from April 1940 when NAA proposed a new design to the British through its final military service with the Dominican Air Force, last flight of which occurred in 1984. more...View the full article
  23. Reviewed by: Mr. Paul Dunham Company: Tamiya Tamiya’s new 1/35th scale figure kit “U.S. Infantry Scout Set” includes plastic parts for making five U.S. army WWII infantry figures. The kit comes in a 10” by 6” by 1 1/2” top-opening box. The box contains four sprues of plastic parts, a double-sided instruction sheet, and water-slide decals. Sprue CA and sprue CB provide the weapons and accessories. The weapons included are: an M1918 BAR with choice of open or closed bipod, an M1 carbine, two M1 garand rifles, an M1A1 thompson, two bayonets, three knives, and six hand grenades. more...View the full article
  24. Reviewed by: Frank Landrus Company: Cross & Cockade International Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front. more...View the full article
  25. Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender Company: Gallery Models Part One Who is Gallery Models? The following statement was sent to me by a Model Rectifier Corporation (MRC) representative upon requesting a short synopsis of who Gallery Models is, “Gallery Models is a concept developed by Model Rectifier Corporation (MRC). The first model was developed in 2009 together with prominent designers, artists, mold-makers, historians, and modelers. The central idea propelling Gallery Models is to select subjects that will challenge the hobbyist’s imagination and building skills while providing detail and enormous intrinsic kit value. Gallery’s selection includes helicopters, armor, and ships.” Debra more...View the full article
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