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Thursday, 18 December - at 15 KM² is Chouteau Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Carmel J. Attard builds another nice vacuform kit, the TWR 1/72 DH.104 Dove/Devon .

KIT PREVIEW:  A very detailed modern military vehicle, the new Panda 1/35 Cougar 4x4 MRAP .

DECAL REVIEW:  A sheet with many options for the Hobby Boss kit is Furball Aero-Design 48-025: Iron Tadpoles (A-6A/B).

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the large Zvezda kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 72099: Mi-26 Halo Landing Gear

BOOK REVIEW:  A super story of German WWII special forces is Osprey's Behind Soviet Lines.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Tom Cleaver built the Classic Airframes 1/48 Brewster F2A-1 Buffalo for today's article from the archives.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest. Only two weeks to go to get in your entry.

FUND DRIVE: The Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM funded.

Wednesday, 17 December - at 1.3 KM2 is Hans Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  George Komatsoulis keeps things nautical with his superbly done Heller 1/150 'Passat'.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another kit that has been in the stash and as yet unpreviewed, the Pacific Coast Models 1/32 Macchi C.205 'Veltro'.

REVIEW:  For their second set on the subject, Furball Aero-Design 48-024: Air Wing All Stars (Super Hornets Part 2).

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Hasegawa kit,  Scale Aircraft Conversions 72098: Su-35S Flanker Landing Gear

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A kit that is not bad for its age is the Tamiya 1/50 F1M2 'Pete'.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest. Only two weeks to go to get in your entry.

FUND DRIVE: The Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM funded.

Tuesday, 16 December - at 260 KM2 is Niue  -- map  

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Spahr has another of is superb ship builds today, the Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast .

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit I have never seen built is the AMT 1/24 Ferrari 250 GT SWB.

DECAL REVIEW:  For fans of the Super Bug, Furball Aero-Design 48-023: Air Wing All Stars (Super Hornets Part 1).

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Tamiya kit,  Scale Aircraft Conversions 72097: F-16C Falcon Landing Gear

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Grenville Davies has our item from the Archives with his Academy 1/48 F-117A.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

FUND DRIVE: The Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM funded.

Monday, 15 December - at .81ha is Hog Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Donald Zhou starts us off this week with his build of the big Trumpeter 1/32 AD- Skyraider .

KIT PREVIEW:  A nearly 60 year old kit is the LS 1/72 Ki-109.

DECAL REVIEW:  Another nice special scheme set is DXM Decals DXM41-4115: 1/48 Mirage 2000D - EC 3/3 60 Years.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This mask set is for the Hasegawa kit, Furball Aero-Design FMS-008: F-18F Super Hornet  . 

BOOK REVIEW:  An excellent title that sets the record straight on many accounts is Aircraft Pictorial #7: F4U-1 Corsair Vol 1.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  C Wayne Sharp put a lot of work into his Academy 1/48 EF-111A 'Raven'.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Arma Hobby announces a new TS-11 kit  "designed and printed using 3D technology". Yellow Wings Decals has its annual sale. 

FUND DRIVE: The Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to Llarry Amrose for his generous assistance.

Friday, 12 December - at 90 KM2 is Tofua -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor builds a kit from the 60's, the Monogram 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice looking kit for the night fighter fan is the new  ICM 1/48 Do-215B-5 Night Fighter.

DECAL REVIEW:  A must have for the 1/48 USMC F-4 builder is Furball Aero-Design 48-012: USMC Rhinos.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the new Trumpeter kit,  Scale Aircraft Conversions 48276: A-37 Dragonfly Landing Gear

BOOK REVIEW:  A superb unit history with tons of photos is MMP Books' Bomber Aircraft of 305 Squadron.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Dan Lee has today's look into the archives with the Monogram 1/48 F-106A.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is the latest news from Dragon Models USA.

FUND DRIVE: The Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to Anonymous in Nebraska, Thomas Hall, Glen Cannon, and Peter Kwong for helping out.

Wednesday, 10 December - at 18 KM2 is Barter Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver builds a nicely done one-off, the Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F-3S Wildcatfish.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson returns to Luftwaffe subjects for this installment of Slipping the Bonds

KIT PREVIEW:  Adding to their growing Stormbird catalogue is the Hobby Boss 1/48 Me-262B-1a .

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice special schemes sheet is DXM Decals DXM41-4114: 1/48 JASDF F-4EJ kai - 301 Sq 40th Anniversary.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Kitty Hawk kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 48275: F-35C Lightning II Landing Gear

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Tim Mansfield built the now venerable Hasegawa 1/72 F-106A Delta Dart.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is what's on the way from Kitty Hawk.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Less than $100 to go.

Next update is Friday.

Tuesday, 9 December - at 13.39 KM2  is Foa--  map

KIT REVIEW:  Richard F builds the very nice little Trumpeter 1/72 Hongdu JL-8/K-8 Karakorum .

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice kit with figures is the Master Box 1/35 Hitching a Ride (SdKfz1).

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice option for the Roden kit is Caracal Models CD 72027: C-123B Provider.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Hasegawa kit, Furball Aero-Design FMS-007: F-18E Super Hornet

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Emilio Diaz built the huge Trumpeter 1/32 F-105G Thunderchief.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. This year's goals are in sight.

Monday, 8 December - at 16 KM² is Blakeley Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  George Oh starts us off with something fun, the old Airfix 1/72 A6M2 Zero.

KIT PREVIEW:  A rather large and complex kit is the Bronco 1/35 'Buffalo' 6x6 MPCV w/ Slat Armor and Spaced Armor.

DECAL REVIEW:  A second sheet for the old Lindberg kit is Yellow Wings Decals 48-085: USAAC P-6E #2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the GWH kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 48274: F-15 Eagle Landing Gear

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Another kit that builds better in one's memory is the Revell 1/72 F-105D Thunderchief.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is the latest from Masterpiece Models.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Less than 100 to go.

Friday, 5 December - at 58.75 KM² is Barra -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor has been on a small P-40 kick, so here is the venerable Hasegawa 1/72 P-40N Warhawk.

KIT PREVIEW:  A rather rare AFV is the new Dragon 1/35 Panzer VI(P).

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice new sheet for the Delta Dart, Caracal Models CD 48061: ANG F-106 part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Hobby Boss kit, Furball Aero-Design FMS-006: A-6 Intruder

BOOK REVIEW:  The next title in their Combat Aircraft series is Osprey's F-105 Thunderchief MiG killers of the Vietnam War .

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Tom Cleaver built the Hasegawa 1/48 F-104G Starfighter.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is the latest from Dragon USA.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. This year's goals are in sight.

Thursday, 4 December - at 51.5 MI² is Speedwell Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Scott Lyle builds a superb diorama focusing on the Dragon 1/35 Panzer III ausf H.

KIT PREVIEW:  A new kit that has recently arrived on these shores, the Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift FR.5.

DECAL REVIEW:  Designed for the Lindberg kit, Yellow Wings Decals 48-084: USAAC P-6E #1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice set for the big Revell kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 32091: Beaufighter Landing Gear

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

DECAL REVIEW II:  Another special schemes sheet is DXM Decals DXM41-7112: 1/72 JASDF Matsushima AB F-2B Anniversary

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Still a nice kit that I think is currently boxed by Italeri, the AMT/ESCI 1/72 F-104C/G .

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. This year's goals are in sight. Thanks to Kevin Moro, Tony Hodun, and Edward Kinsel for their generous assistance.

Wednesday, 3 December - at 364 KM2 is Lanai -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Spahr comes into the light and builds the GWH 1/144 TSR.2.

KIT PREVIEW:  Their next addition to the Sea King line is the Cyber-hobby 1/72 SH-3H Sea King.

DECAL REVIEW:  For some Falcons of a different color, Caracal Models CD 48056: F-16 CAS Vipers.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the big Trumpeter kit, Furball Aero-Design FMS-005: A-3 Skywarrior

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Jared McIver tackled the Revell 1/48 F-102A Delta Dagger.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Still a little over 200 short of the goal.

Tuesday, 2 December - at 46 KM2 is Rotuma  -- map  

KIT REVIEW:  Richard F knows a nice pair when he sees them, so it is with the Dragon 1/144 F-18E Super Hornet/F-18G Growler.

KIT PREVIEW:  Their latest Phantom boxing is the Hasegawa 1/48 F-4EJ kai 'Sea Camouflage'.

DECAL REVIEW:  A perfect sheet for the recent Airfix kit, Iliad Designs 72013: Pre-War Hurricanes.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the new HK Models kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 32090: Do-335 Landing Gear

BOOK REVIEW:  Another winner is the Valiant Wings Publishing: Bristol Blenheim.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Les Dorr Jr built the venerable Hasegawa 1/72 F-102A Delta Dagger.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. This year's goals are in sight.

Monday, 1 December - at 120 KM2 is Pavuvu -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Peter Burstow begins our week and month with a very nicely done Eduard 1/72 Sopwith HS .

KIT PREVIEW:  Another great addition to their Zerstorer collection is the CyberHobby 1/48 Bf-110E-2/trop.

DECAL REVIEW:  This sheet is for the recent Revell kit, Yellow Wings Decals 48-082: USN N2S-3.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Hasegawa kit, Furball Aero-Design FMS-004: F-8 Crusader

CD/DVD REVIEW:  Their first photo CD dedicated to this aircraft is Aero Research's F-18 Hornet part 1.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

DECAL REVIEW II:  A very nice special markings sheet is DXM Decals DXM41-7114: 1/72 JASDF F-15J Eagle (ACM 2013).

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Dimitriy Levin went Canadian with his Monogram 1/48 F-101B Voodoo, eh?

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is what is coming from Kitty Hawk. Noy's Miniatures announces a new base and backdrop.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. This year's goals are in sight. Thanks to Ray Whitton and Robert Faulks for helping out.

Friday, 28 November - at 35.5 KM2 is Kunoy -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor builds a nice kit that doesn't cost a lot, the Academy 1/72 P-40M Warhawk.

KIT PREVIEW:  Coming soon to your store shelves, the GWH 1/48 F-15C Eagle (MSIP II).

DECAL REVIEW:  A welcome sheet for Spitfires rarely modeled is Iliad Designs 48028: Spitfires over India.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Academy kit, Furball Aero-Design FMS-003: F-4 Phantom II

BOOK REVIEW:  A book that lives up to its superlative reviews, Casemate Publishing's Fabled Fifteen.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Ben Brown did a nice conversion article to make his Monogram/Fox 3 studios 1/48 F-100F Super Sabre.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Hobby Link Japan is having a black Friday sale from now until 2 Dec Japan time. Visit them at this link.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are about 250 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Marc Schattenberg and Lars Rühmann for helping out.

Thursday, 27 November - at 87.2 KM2 is Martha's Vineyard -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Spahr has another of his great nautical subjects today, the Orange Hobby 1/700 HMS Ocean.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice limited edition kit from a few years back is the Hasegawa 1/72 P-40N Warhawk "337 FG 502FS".

DECAL REVIEW:  A nicely done sheet for the Monogram kit is Yellow Wings Decals 48-080: USMC SNJ-3 - 1942.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Hasegawa kit, Furball Aero-Design FMS-002: F-14 Tomcat

BOOK REVIEW:  Beginning a new series, here is Valiant Wings Publishing: BV-141.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

DECAL REVIEW II:  A very nice special markings sheet is DXM Decals DXM41-4221: 1/48 JASDF F-2A Viper Zero (ACM 2013).

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Tom Cleaver managed to wrestle the Trumpeter 1/32 F-100D Super Sabre into submission.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  A bit early due to the holiday, here is Dragon USA's latest update.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a little under 300 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to David Johnson and Jean-Jacques Bastien for helping out.

Tuesday, 25 November - at 88 KM2  is Pebble Island--  map

KIT REVIEW:  George Oh has today's feature article, a Luft '46 subject, the Special Hobby EWM A-4b & A-9.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit I know I've been waiting a long time for, the Hasegawa 1/72 EA-3B Skywarrior 'VQ-1'.

DECAL REVIEW:  Designed for the Revell kit, here is a look at Starfighter Decals 144-202: Tomcats in Color Part 1,

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A most useful item for the Kitty Hawk kit is Furball Aero-Design FMS-001: TF-9J Cougar

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Despite its raised panel lines, the Heller 1/72 F-94B Starfire is still a nice kit. 

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Kitty Hawk is now shipping their OV-10D and Cougar MRAP.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a little over 300 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Curt Osterheld for his assistance.

Next update is Thursday

Monday, 24 November - at 120 KM2  is Kolombangara--  map

KIT REVIEW:  Carmel J. Attard starts off our week with his nicely done Matchbox 1/72 PB4Y-2 Privateer.

KIT PREVIEW:  The latest in their 'Jeep with stuff' series is the Bronco 1/35 British Airborne 75mm Pack Howitzer and 1/4 Ton Truck with Trailer.

DECAL REVIEW: Another great multi-aircraft sheet, this time with six options, Wolfpak Decals 72-078 'Moody Blues'

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice set for the Monogram kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 48273: F-4 Phantom II Landing Gear

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Our look into the archives is the Testors/Hawk 1/72 XF-92A .

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Time is running out to get your signed copy of Fabled Fifteen.

Friday, 21 November - at .2 KM2  is Souda island--  map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor builds another forty year old kit, this time the 'Matchbox 1/72 A-4M Skyhawk .

KIT PREVIEW:  If you like big military vehicles, you'll like the Dragon 1/35 SdKfz 7 8-Ton Half Track (1943 Production).

DECAL REVIEW:  A most welcome sheet for the Hobbycraft kit, Yellow Wings Decals 48-051: Seversky P-35

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the new Trumpeter kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 48272: F-106 Delta Dart Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

DECAL REVIEW II:  A nice special markings sheet is DXM Decals DXM41-4219: JASDF F-4EJkai (ACM 2013).

BLAST FROM THE PAST: John Doerr has our look into the archives with his Revell-Monogram 1/48 F-89C Scorpion .

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a bit over 500 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Philip Laskey for helping out

Thursday, 20 November - at 142 KM² is Wallis & Futuna -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Staying somewhat nautical for the week, here is Frank Reynolds' Revell/Monogram 1/48 PBY-5A Catalina.

KIT PREVIEW:  Take a trip into a possible future with the Wave 1/20 SK 362 Panzer Spahwagen 'OSKAR'.

DECAL REVIEW:  Another welcome sheet for the old Monogram kit, Starfighter Decals 72-145: Boeing F4B-4 part 4

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the big Trumpeter kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 32089: F4F Wildcat Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW: Another great read and I'll guarantee you'll learn something from Osprey's Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Another resin prototype was the Anigrand Craftworks 1/72 XF-88 Voodoo.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is the box art from the next Kitty Hawk release.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a bit over 500 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Richard F, Jeff Simpson, and Brian Tenhage for helping to reach this year's goal.

 

Tuesday, 18 November - at 30 MI² is Pine Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Something fishy has been going on at Frank Spahr's workbench; the Lindberg Tuna Clipper.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson does an F-4 for this installment of Slipping the Bonds

KIT PREVIEW:  For those who like field artillery, the Dragon 1/35 10.5cm LeFH18/40.

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice selection of subjects from 'secret' squadrons is Wolfpak Decals 72-077 'Bandits'

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Kinetic kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 48271: Sea Harrier Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Sometimes you just have to try something other than polystyrene when you want a certain subject, such as the Anigrand Craftworks 1/72 XF-87 Blackhawk.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a bit under 700 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Michael McDaniel and Fred Duley for helping to reach this year's goal.

Next update is Thursday

Monday, 17 November - at 75 KM2 is Con Dao -- map

KIT REVIEW:  George Oh begins our week with his nicely done  1/400 'Red October' Submarine.

KIT PREVIEW:  This is a neat special scheme limited edition kit, the Hasegawa 1/72 F-15J Eagle '60th Anniversary'.

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice warthog sheet for 1/72 modelers is Caracal Models CD 72020: ANG A-10C

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A super display base for the big scale modeler is Masterpiece Models 1/32 Soviet airfield base.

BOOK REVIEW: The latest edition for figure fans is Scale Model Handbook: Figures vol 12.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: From the archives, here is Tom Cleaver's Hasegawa 1/48 F-86 Sabre 'Korean War'.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Cooper's Models is having a half off sale. Here is a link.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are over 700 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Richard Barber for his generous support.

Friday, 14 November - at 3 KM2 is Fakaofo  -- map  

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor enjoyed building the Hobby Boss 1/48 EMB-314 Super Tucano.

MM FEATURE: Here is the latest installment of Silver Rails.

KIT PREVIEW:  Like your armor large? Then consider the Dragon 1/35 ISU-152-2 155mm BL-10 Cannon.

DECAL REVIEW:  Their first 1/72 sheet in a couple of years, Yellow Wings Decals 72-038: 4x4 series 2

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another resin bit for the Eduard kit, Ultracast 48265: Spitfire IX bulged upper cowling   .

BOOK REVIEW: The latest in their Combat Aircraft series is Osprey's S.79 Torpedo Bomber Units .

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Just to show it was almost impossible for him to do a 'normal' model, here is Greg Ewald's Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is what's on the way from Dragon Models USA .

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are over 700 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to James Maas for his generous support.

Wednesday, 12 November - at 72 KM2 is Hydra -- map  

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver has our mid-week update with the Hobby Boss 1/48 Bv-141B.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another of their fine MRAP kits is the new Panda Hobby 1/35 M-ATV MRAP with Crows II RWS.

DECAL REVIEW:  A superb sheet for your next Crusader, Furball Decals FD 48007: MiG Masters, F-8 in Vietnam

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  For the Kinetic kit, here is Scale Aircraft Conversions 48271: Sea Harrier Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  C.Wayne Sharp did a nice job with his ProModeler 1/48 F-86D-35 Sabre

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a little under 800 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Harald Wallutt for his support.

The next update will be Friday

Tuesday, 11 November - at 3.4 KM2 is Pratas Island -- map

A salute to fellow veterans on this Veteran's Day. Thank you for your service.

KIT REVIEW:  Stephen Foster went the extra mile when building his Airfix 1/72 Albatros D.Va.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson returns to the Luftwaffe for this installment of Slipping the Bonds

KIT PREVIEW:  A very nice modern ship kit that won't overwhelm your display shelf, the new  Bronco 1/350 Type 056 Corvette.

DECAL REVIEW:  A very nice sheet for early war Dauntless fans, Starfighter Decals 4808: Dauntless at War, SBD-3s Jun-Nov 1942

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Here is another great tarmac section with a background, Noy's Miniatures 1/72 Israeli Air Force tarmac and background.

BOOK REVIEW: A book that is not only an interesting read, but has a ton of great photos; Specialty Press' Collecting Vintage Plastic Model Airplane Kits.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A model that has gone to the plastic pile in the sky, the Heller 1/48  RF-84K Thunderflash

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a little over 800 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Paul England for his support.

Monday, 10 November - at 21 KM2 is Nauru -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Reynolds starts us off with the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Vb/trop. Seems like Spits are quite popular as we've had a lot of them in the last several weeks.

KIT PREVIEW:  For those who like big planes but don't have big display space, a nice addition is the new  GWH 1/144 Victor B.2.

DECAL REVIEW:  A rather impressive special scheme is DXM Decals DXM41-7109: 1/72 Mirage 2000D - EC 3/3 60 Years. 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another nice upgrade part for the Eduard kit is the Ultracast 48264: Spitfire IX flat upper cowling.

BOOK REVIEW:  Jean-Paul Poisseroux takes a look at a great book on type now gone from service, Zéphyr Editions MIRAGE F1 ESCADRON DE RECONNAISSANCE 2/33 SAVOIE.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  From our archives, the Italeri 1/72 F-84F Thunderstreak. 

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is what's on the way from Kitty Hawk.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a little under 900 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down.

Friday, 7 November - at 60 KM2 is Tyuleniu Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor builds a kit he was looking forward to doing, the Kitty Hawk 1/48 F9F-8T Cougar .*

KIT PREVIEW:  A very nicely done large scale kit is the new Kitty Hawk 1/32 OV-10D 'Bronco' .*

DECAL REVIEW:  A most welcome sheet for Hun fans, Caracal Models CD 48064: F-100D/F in Vietnam pt 1. 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  An excellent item for those tired of model-created dust, the Masterpiece Models Sandbox.*

BOOK REVIEW:  A super book on one of Germany's more under-rated tanks, Osprey's Panzer 38(t). *

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  From our archives, Tom Cleaver's  Revell 1/48 F-84E Thunderjet. 

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest. Here are the results from the Matchbox  contest

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is DragonModelsUSA's latest update of coming attractions.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a little under 900 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Stephen Sundberg for his assistance.

Wednesday, 5 November - at 3.43 KM2 is Delos -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver continues his run of Spitfires with the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire I.

KIT PREVIEW:  A very nice kit for those who like towed artillery,the Riich 1/35 US 57mm Anti-Tank Gun.

DECAL REVIEW:  More kitty goodness with the Furball Decals FD&S 4805: Blue Angels Cougars . 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Revell kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 48270: Panavia Tornado Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Still a very nice kit, the Academy 1/72 F-84E/G . 

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest. I predict a low turnout for this one as most modelers will have to actually build for it rather than just pull something from the shelf. Next in the series is TV & Movies.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a little under 900 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down.

Next update is Friday

Tuesday, 4 November - at 4.2 KM2  is Manihiki--  map

KIT REVIEW:  Jon Hudak returns after a bit of an absence with his Hasegawa 1/72 Yak-3.

KIT PREVIEW:  For folks who like really small scale models, the Bronco 1/350 AH-1W SuperCobra.

DECAL REVIEW: A very nice sheet for NavAir fans is DXM Decals DXM41-4125: 1/48 VF-103 F-14B Tomcat . 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice upgrade bit for the Eduard kit is Ultracast 48263: Spitfire IX tubular exhaust.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Lee Kolosna has today's oldie with the Monogram 1/48 F-80C Shooting Star. 

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest. I predict a low turnout for this one as most modelers will have to actually build for it rather than just pull something from the shelf. Next in the series is TV & Movies.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is your chance to get a signed copy of Fabled Fifteen.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a little under 900 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Ray Clithero and Lawrence Cherniak for helping reach our goal.

Monday, 3 November - at 314 KM² is Amchitka  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Dave Cummings begins our week with his nicely done Special Hobby 1/48 I-15 'Spanish Civil War'.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another well done German early war vehicle is the Dragon 1/35 SdKfz 10/4 fur 20mm FLAK 30.

DECAL REVIEW:  Their second sheet for the big Academy kit is Caracal Models CD 72026: PBM Mariner Part 2.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A very nice display platform for your next Soviet jet kit is the Masterpiece Models 1/48 Soviet airfield base.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  For today's look into the archives, the Tamiya 1/48 F-51D Mustang. 

MM CONTEST: Entries are now being accepted for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest. I predict a low turnout for this one as most modelers will have to actually build for it rather than just pull something from the shelf. Next in the series is TV & Movies.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Arma Hobby announces a new 1/72 PZL P.1 kit.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are a little under 1000 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Richard Roy, David Cummings, Michael Kippenhan and Rollie Legaspi for their support.

Friday, 31 October - at 294 KM² is Bonaire -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor does another Luftwaffe subject, this time the Hasegawa 1/48 Bf-109E-4/7 'Jabo'.

KIT PREVIEW:  Be ready for the Apocalypse with  Master Box 1/35 'Zombie Hunter - Road to Freedom'.

DECAL REVIEW: Another very nice special scheme is DXM Decals DXM41-7108: 1/72 JASDF F-4EJ kai - 301 Sq 40th Anniversary.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another nice upgrade part for the Eduard kit is Ultracast 48262: Spitfire IX flared exhaust . This set allows installation after the fuselage halves have been joined.

BOOK REVIEW:  A well written addition to their 'Campaign' series is Osprey's Kursk 1943.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Expecting the unexpected, we have Greg Ewald's imaginatively painted Testors 1/72 YF-23A. 

MM CONTEST: Voting is Closed for the Matchbox Contest. You can send in your entries for the S.E.A. 1920-1940 Contest on Saturday.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Dragon Models USA has their latest update of coming items.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are over 1100 short of this year's goal and the days are winding down. Thanks to Richard Tremblay for his support.

Thursday, 30 October - at .6 KM2 is Jabat Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Reynolds goes super size with his Italeri 1/72 Sunderland I.

KIT PREVIEW:  For those who want their death tubes big, here is the Dragon 1/350 USS Florida (SSGN-728).

DECAL REVIEW: A superb set for the Kitty Hawk kit is Furball Decals FD&S 48001: Air Wing all stars - Cougar Training CAGs.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another nice upgrade part for the Eduard kit is Ultracast 48261: Spitfire IX cockpit door with crowbar.

CD/DVD REVIEW:  Another great photo CD is Aero Research's USN/USMC Collection #7.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   From the archives is Carmel J. Attard's Italeri 1/72 YF-22A Lightning II. 

MM CONTEST: Voting is now open for the Matchbox Contest. Last day to vote is today.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is the latest book information from Valiant Wings.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are under 1200 short of this year's goal and time is running out. Thanks to Fabio Hirai for his support.

Tuesday, 28 October - at 23 KM2 is Cunda  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver does another nice kitbash to make the Airfix/Aeroclub 1/48 Spitfire PR XI.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another of their nice airliner kits is the Roden 1/144 Boeing 720B.

DECAL REVIEW: A most welcome sheet for the Academy kit is Caracal Models CD 72015: PBM Mariner Part 1.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  The first of many upgrade bits for the Eduard kit is Ultracast 48260: Spitfire IX prop and spinner.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Steve Eggers has today's build from the archives, the Monogram 1/48 F-20A Tigershark. 

MM CONTEST: Voting is now open for the Matchbox Contest. Last day to vote is Thursday, 30 October

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are just under 1200 short of this year's goal and time is running out. Thanks to Ralph Fenstermaker for his support.

Next update will be Thursday.

Monday, 27 October - at 1.2 KM2 is Alto Velo Island -- map  

KIT REVIEW:  Otis Goodin begins our week with his superb Wingnut Wings 1/32 Pfalz D.XII.

KIT PREVIEW:  Peter Burstow takes a look at another oldie, the Matchbox 1/72 P-38J/L Lightning.

DECAL REVIEW: A great sheet for the Hasegawa kit is DXM Decals DXM41-4118: 1/48 JASDF Matsushima AB F-2B Anniversary.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another of their fine upgrade parts is Ultracast 48259: Me-262 Seats.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Dan Lee built what is apparently the best selling kit ever, the Testors 1/48 F-19 Stealth Fighter. 

MM CONTEST: Voting is now open for the Matchbox Contest. Last day to vote is Thursday, 30 October

INDUSTRY NEWS: Coming soon from Kitty Hawk. Here is what's next from GWH.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are just under 1200 short of this year's goal and time is running out. Thanks to Scott Vomacka, Anyonymous in OZ and Marco Neri for their generous assistance.

Friday, 24 October - at 3.2 KM2 is Taongi Atoll -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor  takes a trip down memory lane with the Frog 1/72 Hornet F.3.

KIT PREVIEW:  For those into busts, here is a look at MJ Miniatures 1/12 Viking Warrior, 9th Century.

DECAL REVIEW: A very nice new sheet for the Revell kit is Caracal Models CD 48063: Stearman PT-17/N2S.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Alex Sidharta has today's archival article, the Hasegawa 1/72 F-18F Super Hornet. 

MM CONTEST: Voting is now open for the Matchbox Contest. Last day to vote is Thursday, 30 October

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is the latest update from Dragon USA.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are just under 1400 short of this year's goal and time is running out. Thanks to Bill Michaels for his donation.

Thursday, 23 October - at 60 KM2 is Tyuleniu Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Carmel J. Attard adds to his Da-glo collection with the Matchbox 1/72 AT-11 Kansan.

KIT PREVIEW:  Inspired by a recent Frog preview, Peter Burstow shares his outlook on the Hasegawa 1/72 P-38 F/J/L Lightning.

DECAL REVIEW: Another colorful sheet is DXM Decals DXM41-7115: 1/72 JASDF F-2A Viper Zero (ACM 2013).

BOOK REVIEW:  A truly riveting read is Osprey's Killing Bin Laden - 2011.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Today's look into the archives is Fred Krause's Hasegawa 1/48 F-18C Hornet. 

MM CONTEST: Voting is now open for the Matchbox Contest. Last day to vote is Thursday, 30 October

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are just under 1400 short of this year's goal and time is running out. Thanks to John Sachs for his donation.

Tuesday, 21 October - at 100 KM2 is Yap -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Chris Peachment presents another of his wonderful early aviation builds, the 1/72 McCormick-Romme Umbrellaplane .

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson goes Naval Air with today's Slipping the Bonds

KIT PREVIEW:   A neat sci-fi subject is the  Wave 1/72 MAT Gyro.

DECAL REVIEW: A useful sheet for British aviation fans is Aviaeology AOD72C05: RAF & FAA Serials: 8".

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  For those just wanting to replace the clear bits, here is Pavla V72-114: Zlin 126/226 Canopy.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  CJ Hamilton has today's oldie with his Monogram 1/48 (F)/A-18 Hornet (High Tech Aircraft Series). 

MM CONTEST: Voting is now open for the Matchbox Contest. Last day to vote is Thursday, 30 October

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are just under 1400 short of this year's goal and time is running out. A thank you to Henry Blecha for his generous support.

Next update will be Thursday

Monday, 20 October - at 72 KM2  is Storlandet--  map  

KIT REVIEW:  Dale Rannals begins our week with a bit of a whiffer, the MPM 1/48 P-63H Kingcobra.

KIT PREVIEW:   A good looking modern fighter kit is the Kinetic 1/72 F-16I 'Sufa'.

DECAL REVIEW: A very nice sheet for the Eagle fan, DXM Decals DXM41-4220: 1/48 JASDF F-15J Eagle (ACM 2013) .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A well done upgrade set for the KP kit, Pavla U 72-154: Zlin 226 (C-205) Upgrade Set.

BOOK REVIEW:  Their next e-book is RAF-in-Combat's Squadrons #7: Spitfire 21. This really is a fine series that covers lesser known operational types.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  From the archives is Dan Lee's nicely done Tamiya 1/48 F-16CJ block 50

MM CONTEST: Voting is now open for the Matchbox Contest. Last day to vote is Thursday, 30 October

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are over 1400 short of this year's goal and time is running out. Thanks to Robert MacGregor for his help.

Friday, 17 October - at   .66 KM² is St Ivan Island  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor goes the sci-fi route today with the Wave 1/24 Tachikoma.

MM FEATURE:  Here is the next update in Silver Rails

KIT PREVIEW:   Another really old kit is the AMT/Frog 1/72 P-38 Lightning.

DECAL REVIEW: To go along with the big Beaufighter sheet reviewed earlier, Aviaeology AOD32S02: Beaufighter Stencils 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice set of seats for the Italeri kit is Pavla S 72087: Ejection seats for the B-57.

BOOK REVIEW:  A very nicely done how-to book is Andrea Press' Tank Fight, 1916.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Lee Kolosna did a fine job on today's archive article, the Italeri 1/48 F-16B/D Viper

MM CONTEST: Voting is now open for the Matchbox Contest. Last day to vote is Thursday, 30 October

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is the latest update from Dragon USA.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are over 1400 short of this year's goal.

Wednesday, 16 October - at  4.5 KM² is Ulithi -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver adds to the Spits done this week with his Eduard/Airfix 1/48 Spitfire XIVc.

KIT PREVIEW:  Richard F. has today's preview with a look at the Anigrand 1/144 Nimrod MR.2 .

DECAL REVIEW: It is not often we get a modern F-4 sheet, so here is a peek at DXM Decals DXM41-7113: JASDF F-4EJkai (ACM 2013).

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice set for the PJ Production kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 72096: Mirage III/V  Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW:  A well written title from their 'Combat' series is Osprey's US Marine vs Japanese Infantry.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Julien Dixon has today's article from the archives with his Hasegawa 1/48 F-16A Fighting Falcon

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications. Last day for entries is today.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are over 1400 short of this year's goal.

There will be no update Thursday.

Tuesday, 14 October - at  .311 KM2 is West Sister Island -- map 

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Reynolds  builds a postwar Spit using the Revell 1/48 Spitfire IXe.

KIT PREVIEW:  Here is a look at a kit from several years back, the Sweet 1/144 Hurricane I.

DECAL REVIEW: A very nice sheet for the Hobby Boss kit is FCM 48047: Super Tucano part 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice pair of seats for your late model B-57 is Pavla S 72086: ESCAPAC 1C-6 Ejection Seats.

BOOK REVIEW:   Next in their 'Photosniper' series is Kagero's AMX-30 Char de Bataille Vol 2 .

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Steve Eggers built a classis, the Monogram 1/48 F-16A

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications. Last day for entries is tomorrow.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Noy's Miniatures announces a new airfield base scene. Here is book news from RAF in Combat.  

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are over 1400 short of this year's goal.

Monday, 13 October - at  174.4 KM2 is Katchal Island  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Carmel J.Attard  begins our week with his nicely done Matchbox 1/72 T-2C Buckeye.

KIT PREVIEW:  One of two new twin seat variants of this popular British jet is the Sword 1/72 Lighting T.4.

DECAL REVIEW: For the big Revell kit, we have Aviaeology AOD32010: 404 Sq Beaufighters part 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A very nice set for the Roden kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 72095: C-123 Provider Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW:   A book I found fascinating as I worked in the field for several years is Hikoki's 'Listening In' .

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   One of the first kits of this aircraft was the ESCI 1/72 F-16A Fighting Falcon

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications. Last day for entries is 15 October.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are over 1400 short of this year's goal.

Friday, 10 October - at  256 KM2 is Wolin  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor likes E model 109s so here is one, the Airfix 1/48 Bf-109E-1.

KIT PREVIEW:  Keeping things sort of in the family, here is a look at the recent Airfix 1/72 Bf-109G-6.

DECAL REVIEW: A great new set with over a dozen options is Fundekals 1/48 IDF Spitfires.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A very nice set for the Italeri kit is Pavla C 72128: B-57G Night Hawk Cockpit Set.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Kyriakos Labropoulos did a great job on his Academy 1/48 F-15E Strike Eagle

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications. Last day for entries is 15 October.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Dragon USA announces a number of upcoming items.  

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. So far, we are over 1400 short of this year's goal. Thanks to Peter Kensey for his generous assistance.

Thursday, 9 October - at 454 acres is Nine-Mile Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver has today's feature with his Eduard 1/48 Spitfire IXe .

KIT PREVIEW:  Another of their limited edition boxings is the Hasegawa 1/48 F-104G Starfighter 'NATO Fighter'.

DECAL REVIEW: Here is their third super Warhawk sheet, FCM 72024: P-40s Galore.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice metal set for the Wingnut Wing kit is the Scale Aircraft Conversions 32088: Fokker D.VII Landing Gear and Struts.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Dana Griffith built the Italeri 1/72 F-15E Strike Eagle

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications. Last day for entries is 15 October.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Valiant Wings announces a new book series. 

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to David Wilson and Harald Wallutt. So far, we are over 1500 short of this year's goal.

Wednesday, 8 October - at 58 KM2 is Bozcaada -- map 

KIT REVIEW:  Welcome Ryan Grosswiler as he presents his ICM 1/72 SB-2 M100A.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another boxing of their nice early 109 is the Airfix 1/72 Bf-109E-7/trop.

DECAL REVIEW: Paint masks are becoming more and more popular and here is a nice set, Raikisan! Productions A 48005: 1/48 US National Insignia, Late WWII 30" - 50".

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice replacement canopy for the AZ Models kit is Pavla V 72-113: TBD-1 Devastator canopy.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Bob Laskodi went big with the Tamiya 1/32 F-15C Eagle

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications. Last day for entries is 15 October.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 25 September. So far, we are about 1600 short of this year's goal.

Tuesday, 7 October - at 7.1 KM2 is Tulagi -- map 

KIT REVIEW:   Chris Peachment has another of his superb biplane builds with his Omega 1/72 LWF Model V.

KIT PREVIEW:  Here is look at another older kit, the Tamiya 1/700 IJN Shikinami.

DECAL REVIEW:  Another great set of markings for the Academy kit is Aviaeology AOD72031: Venturas in Canada 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A welcome metal set for the huge Airfix kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 24008: Typhoon Ib Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Joel Hamm has today's article from the archives with his Revell 1/72 F-15A Eagle

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications. Last day for entries is 15 October.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Cooper's Models announces two great new 1/72 civil aircraft; a Cessna 195 and 310. Visit them for more info. 

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 25 September.

Monday, 6 October - at 191 KM2 is Mosqueiro -- map

KIT REVIEW:   Frank Reynolds starts our week with his Trumpeter 1/48 Seafang 32.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson goes to the early days of turbine power in today's Slipping the Bonds

KIT PREVIEW:  New to me is the recent Airfix 1/72 Bristol Blenheim I.

DECAL REVIEW:  Another great Warhawk sheet is FCM 72023: 1/14 G.Av P-40s.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Their final new set for the equally new Airfix kit is Pavla U 72-160: Blenheim I Engine Exhausts and Intakes.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Sometimes you just want to have fun, so it is with the Hasegawa F-15 Eagle; Eggplane Series

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications. Two weeks to go to get in your entry.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Cooper's Models announces two great new 1/72 civil aircraft; a Cessna 195 and 310. Visit them for more info. 

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 25 September.

Friday, 3 October - at 15 hectares is Perejil Island --  map

KIT REVIEW:   Your editor does another civil type, the Hasegawa/Revell 1/144 B.737-800.

KIT PREVIEW:  This is a real blast from the past for many of us, the Frog 1/72 Hornet F.3.

DECAL REVIEW:  A 'must have' sheet for any NASA enthusiast is Fundekals 1/48 NASA T-38s .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  For those who just want the gear doors from the previous set, Pavla U 72-159: Blenheim I Main U/C Gear Doors .

BOOK REVIEW:   Adding to their 'Aces' series is Osprey's Spitfire Aces of Northwest Europe 1944-45.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   John Bibay has today's archival article, the Revell 1/48 F-14D Tomcat

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications. Two weeks to go to get in your entry.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Dragon USA has their latest update of coming items. PJ Production announces new pilot figures.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 25 September.

Wednesday, 1 October - at 8.18 KM² is Wotje Atoll  -- map

KIT REVIEW:   Tom Cleaver starts off our mid-week update with the Airfix 1/48 Lightning F.6.

KIT PREVIEW:  Here is a look at what is almost a classic kit, the Hasegawa 1/48 F-16D Fighting Falcon.

DECAL REVIEW:  Finally, a nice sheet for the Academy kit, Aviaeology AOD72030: Venturas in Canada 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This looks like a great set for the new Airfix kit,  Pavla U 72-158: Blenheim I Main U/C Wheel Bays.

CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another disc full of eye candy is  Aero Research's Civil Collection #3.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Dan Lee put forth a heroic effort and completed a Hasegawa 1/48 F-14A Tomcat 'VF-84 Jolly Rogers'

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications. Two weeks to go to get in your entry.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

There will be no update Thursday

Tuesday, 30 September - at 186 KM² is Medny Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:   Carmel J. Attard adds to his da-glo collection with the Airfix 1/72 Gnat T.1 .

KIT PREVIEW:  A new tool kit is the Revell AG 1/72 F4U-1A Corsair.

DECAL REVIEW: A most welcome new sheet is FCM 72022: P-40 Galore.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice upgrade bit for the Revell kit is the Pavla U 72-153: F-89 Scorpion Jet Pipes.

BOOK REVIEW:   A fine addition to their New Vanguard series is Osprey's US Heavy Cruisers 1943-75.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A quite large kit in this scale is Robert Myers' Testors/Italeri 1/72 YF-12A

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

 

Monday, 29 September - at 437 KM² is Siargao -- map

KIT REVIEW:   Richard F begins our week with his nicely done Italeri 1/72 A-129 Mangusta.

KIT PREVIEW:  An interesting subject is the RS Models 1/72 Ju-86P.

DECAL REVIEW: A great new sheet for Italian Tornados is Mission Mark Decals MMD48-002: Tornado IDS.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Continuing bits for the Heller kit, here is Pavla  U 72157: Mirage 2000 Control Surfaces.

BOOK REVIEW:   Here is the first volume of Kagero's Japanese Fighters in Defense of the Homeland, 1941-44.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Another from the archives is Tom Cleaver's Hasegawa 1/48 F-8E Crusader

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

 

Friday, 26 September - at 2 KM² is Bollons Island  -- map

KIT REVIEW:   After months in the making, your editor presents the Azur/FRROM 1/32 IAR-81C.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice looking kit of an even nicer looking flying boat is the Amodel 1/72 Do-26D.

DECAL REVIEW: For the 1/72 Delta Dagger fan, Fundekals 1/72 F-102 part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another welcome bit for the French delta is Pavla  U72-155: Mirage 2000 intakes with covers.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Though perhaps overshadowed by the Hasegawa kit, here is a look at the Monogram 1/48 F-8E Crusader

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Dragon USA has their weekly update of coming items. Panda Hobby has a new web site.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Thursday, 25 September - at .02 KM2 is Roque del Oeste  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Reynolds has today's feature with his Trumpeter 1/48 Attacker FB.2.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson returns to big jets in this edition of Slipping the Bonds

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their many limited editions is the Hasegawa 1/48 Bf-109E-4/7 "Jabo".

DECAL REVIEW: A nice sheet for the big Tamiya kit is Wolfpak Decals 32-002 'Gunfightin' Eagles' .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This nice set is for the new Airfix kit;  Scale Aircraft Conversions 72094: Blenheim Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW:   Here is a look at IPMS Canada's latest magazine issue; Random Thoughts 36/3.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:    Another nice build from the archives is the Academy 1/72 F-8E Crusader

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  ems.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to James Bacher and Joseph Kim for their help.

Tuesday, 23 September - at 13 KM2 is Corregidor  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Chris Peachment provides us with another neat scratch-built model, the 1/72 Farman Carte Postale.

KIT PREVIEW:  A very neat little resin kit is the SEM Model 1/72 SIAI-Marchetti SM-1019.

DECAL REVIEW: A most welcome sheet for the Revell kit is Fundekals 1/144 C-17 Globemaster III.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A very welcome upgrade set for the Heller kit is the Pavla  C 72127: Mirage 2000C Cockpit set.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Jeff Brundt has today's archival entry with his Revell/Hasegawa 1/32 F-5E Tiger II 'Swiss'

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 8 September.

Monday, 22 September - at 42 KM2 is Savo Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Robert Myers starts us off this week with his Dragon Black Label 1/35 M-103A1.

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their more recent boxings is the Airfix 1/48 Bf-109E-4/Ntrop.

DECAL REVIEW: A superb set of markings for the big Trumpeter kit is Wolfpak Decals 32-001 'Desert SLUFs'.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the recent Airfix kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 72093: Hurricane Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW:   The next title in their Warrior series is Osprey's Soviet Partisan, 1941-44.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Vic Scheuerman did a nice stand model; the Matchbox 1/72 F-5B/CF-116D Freedom Fighter

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 8 September.

Friday, 19 September - at 42 KM2 is Chugul Island -- map 

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor builds a kit that is older than many readers, the  Frog 1/72 Tempest V.

KIT PREVIEW:  A very nicely done short run kit is the RS Models 1/72 P-51H Mustang.

DECAL REVIEW:  Their second Delta Dagger set is Fundekals 1/48 F-102 part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A comprehensive etched cockpit set for their new T-2 is Platz 1/72 Mitsubishi T-2 Detail Set.

BOOK REVIEW:   An excellent book for both builder and enthusiast alike;  Aero Research's Modeler's Guide to the C-130 Hercules part 1.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A kit that took a bit of work but turned out well was the Classic Airframes 1/48 F-5A

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Cooper's Models announces a great new 1/32 La-7 coming next month. Dragon USA has their latest update of coming items.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 8 September.

Thursday, 18 September - at 3.1 KM2 is Isla Contoy -- map 

KIT REVIEW:Tom Cleaver has today's feature build, the Eduard 1/48 Mirage IIICJ.

KIT PREVIEW:  Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Platz 1/300 US-2/PS-1.

DECAL REVIEW:  A great sheet for your Monogram kit is Fundekals 1/48 F-102 part 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Speaking of big Monogram kits, you really need to get the Pavla U 72-156: B-36 Front Gun Turrets & Compartment.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Scott Wirz did nice work on his Matchbox 1/72 F-5A Freedom Fighter .

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 8 September.

Wednesday, 17 September - at 127.4 KM2 is Truk Lagoon -- map

KIT REVIEW: Chris Peachment builds another nice biplane in the form of the AZ Models 1/72 Avro 626 Prefect.

KIT PREVIEW:  Adding to their great Zero line-up is Tamiya's 1/72 A6M3 Model 32.

DECAL REVIEW:  A very comprehensive sheet for the big British bomber is Fundekals 1/72 Vulcan B.2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Big scale modelers should seriously consider Scale Aircraft Conversions 32087: IAR-81C Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW:   A truly outstanding biography is Start's Das Vergessene As.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  From the archives, Fernando Rolandelli built the Hasegawa 1/72 F-4S Phantom II.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 8 September.

Tuesday, 16 September - at 241 KM2 is Stord --  map

KIT REVIEW: Frank (Mr. Spitfire) Reynolds shares a great kitbash article to make the Airfix 1/48 Seafire 45.

KIT PREVIEW:  A super kit of this important and colorful trainer is the Platz 1/72 JASDF T-2 Blue Impulse.

DECAL REVIEW:  This set for the big Starfighter covers active units; Victory Models 32007: F-104 part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Perfect for the big HK Models kits is Master Details 1/32 USAAF Bombardier (Europe).

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Still the best kit of this aircraft in this scale is the Fujimi 1/72 F-4K/M FG.1/FGR.2 Phantom II.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 8 September.

Monday, 15 September - at 3.8 KM² is Susak  -- map

KIT REVIEW: Stepen Foster begins our week with his superlative Pegasus 1/72 Etrich Taube.

KIT PREVIEW:  An excellent new kit for the small scale builder is the Platz 1/144 C-46ECM .

DECAL REVIEW:  A sheet that is sure to sell quickly, Victory Models 32006: F-104 part 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A welcome set for the Kitty Hawk kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 48269: F9F Cougar Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW: Ray Mehlberger has a look at Images of War:  Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1941-1945.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Considered by most to still be the best kit in this scale is the Hasegawa 1/72 F-4J Phantom II.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 8 September

Friday, 12 September - at 11.3 KM2 is Jaluit  -- map

KIT REVIEW: Your editor builds another Minicraft/Hasegawa 1/72 F4U-1 Corsair.

MM FEATURE: Here is the next installment of Silver Rails.

KIT PREVIEW:  A very colorful double kit is the new Platz 1/300 US-2/US-1/1A .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A superbly molded set for the modern AFV builder is Valkyrie Miniatures 1/35 Modern IDF Tank Crew.

BOOK REVIEW: A very nice book on a subject often overlooked is Crecy's The 377 Stratocruiser & KC-97 Stratotanker.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A kit that can frequently be found on the cheap, the Italeri 1/72 F-4G Phantom II .

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is what is coming from Kitty Hawk.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Wednesday, 10 September - at 26 KM2 is San Andres Island -- map

KIT REVIEW: Richard F builds the South American version of the Hobby Boss 1/72 F9F-2 Panther.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that should be popular with both aircraft and armor builders, the  Dragon 1/35 UH-1N 'Anafa' .

DECAL REVIEW:  A very nice set for the Eagle fan, Caracal Models CD 72013: ANG F-15C/D .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice metal set for the Fly kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 48268: Jet Provost/Strikemaster Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW: The latest addition to their Weapon series is yet another SMG, Osprey's MP5 Submachine Gun.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Continuing with archival Phantoms, Simon Hedge built the RF-4E Phantom II .

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Tuesday, 9 September - at 212 KM2 is Yell -- map

KIT REVIEW: Sam Thurman shares his build of the rather large Tamiya 1/32 F-4E (early) Phantom II.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson returns to 1940 in this edition of Slipping the Bonds

KIT PREVIEW:  A surprisingly large kit is the  Hobby Boss 1/48 Bv-141.

DECAL REVIEW:  This set is for the recent Kitty Hawk kit, Caracal Models CD 48052: F-101A/C Voodoo .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice metal set for the new Hobby Boss kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 48267: Bv-141 Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW:  After a brief hiatus, we now have Start's Luftwaffe im Focus #23.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Lee Kolosna did his usual sterling work on the Hasegawa 1/48 F-4C/D Phantom II.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Monday, 8 September - at 13 KM2 is Peleliu -- map 

KIT REVIEW: Frank Reynolds begins our week with his build of the Airfix 1/48 Seafire F.46.

KIT PREVIEW:  This is a nice Sherman chassis SPG variant, the Dragon 1/35 Sexton II with CDP tracks .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another nice set for the Revell kit is Attack Squadron 1/72 F-16 Bulged Gear Doors.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Still a very nice kit when you can find one, the Monogram 1/72 F-4C/D Phantom II.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Dragon USA has their latest update. 

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to Kevin Krajniak for his generous support.

Friday, 5 September - at 429 KM2 is Naxos -- map 

KIT REVIEW: Your editor continues with the transport articles with the Roden 1/144 C-47 Skytrain.

KIT PREVIEW:  Today's offering is an interesting figure set, Masterbox 1/35 "Frau Müller".

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Those who bought the new Tamiya 1/72 F-16C need the Attack Squadron 1/72 F-16 Pylon Set.

BOOK REVIEW:  The start of WWII in western Europe is told in Osprey's Fall Gelb 1940 (1).

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Fernando Rolandelli did great work on his Hasegawa 1/72 RF-4C Phantom II.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Dragon USA has their latest update. 

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

As a reminder, tomorrow is the IPMS Gateway event. Doors open at 9 AM. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 4 September - at 85 KM2 is Rota -- map

KIT REVIEW: Carmel J. Attard must have a lot of display space for his Heller 1/72 C-121J Constellation.

KIT PREVIEW:  Donald Zhou shares his insights on the Trumpeter 1/32 AD-4 Skyraider.

DECAL REVIEW:  This one is for 1/48 modelers, Caracal Models CD 48070: AF-1 (A-4M) Skyhawk.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A most comprehensive set is Fix it WMF 48020: IAF AS.565 Panther Conversion Set.

BOOK REVIEW:  A pretty neat reference book is Flight Recorder Publications' Military Aircraft Insignia of the World.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Still a nice kit, the Fujimi 1/72 RF-4B Phantom II.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Wednesday, 3 September - at 5.3 KM2 is Grimsey --  map

KIT REVIEW: Tom Cleaver has our mid-week feature with the Revell 1/32 Spitfire V.

KIT PREVIEW:  This is a perfect set for the diorama builder, Bronco 1/35 WWII British Airborne Weapon and Equipment Set.

DECAL REVIEW:  Another great ANG sheet, this time for the Delta Dart, Caracal Models CD 48060: ANG F-106 part 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A must for those building a really modern F-16, Attack Squadron 1/72 F-16 Conformal Fuel Tank Set.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Carmel J. Attard did nice work building his Italeri 1/72 Eurofighter EF 2000B.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Tuesday, 2 September - at 13.5 KM² is Butaritari (Makin Island)  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Reynolds  builds the new Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Vb.

KIT PREVIEW:  An excellent kit that has everything you need, Wingman 1/48 F-21A Kfir.

DECAL REVIEW:  Now for a batch of two seaters, Fantasy Printshop 1/72 RAF Hawker Hunters Part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice resin upgrade set is Attack Squadron 1/72 F-16 Fuel Tank Set.

BOOK REVIEW:  Touted as a 'guide to Great Britain's aviation heritage' is Crecy's Wrecks and Relics #24 .

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Dale Rannals built the rather basic  Nichimo 1/48 Aichi E13A1b “Jake”.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Monday, 1 September - at 535 acres is Treasure Island --  map

KIT REVIEW:  Chris Peachment starts off our month with another nice scratch-build, the 1/72 Farman F 190.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another of their very small scale ship kits is the Aoshima 1/2000 HMS Hood.

DECAL REVIEW:  A most welcome sheet for those wanting to do a modern Skyhawk is Caracal Models CD 72025: AF-1 (A-4M) Skyhawk.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A superbly done set of resin cluster bombs is Fix it WMF 48021 SUU-30B/B Bombs.

CD/DVD REVIEW:  A nice addition to their photo CDs and one that fits in with today's Blast is Aero Research's E-2 Hawkeye.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Gordon Zammitt did a fine job on his Heller/Fujimi 1/72 E-2C Hawkeye.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to Christian Compagnion for his welcome assistance. 

Friday 29 August - at 30 KM2 is Ono Island  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor continues with his penchant for short run kits with the Tarangus 1/48 Saab 91B/C/D Safir.

KIT PREVIEW:  One of WWII's more unusual aircraft is the RS Models 1/48 Fokker D.XXIII.

DECAL REVIEW:  This sheet has markings for 32 aircraft: Fantasy Printshop 1/72 RAF Hawker Hunters.

BOOK REVIEW:  A great look at how things can go wrong is Osprey's Carlson's Marine Raiders - Makin 1942. osprey

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Dan Hamilton did really nice work on his Williams Bros 1/72 Douglas World Cruiser.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications. The results from the Battle of the Atlantic Contest have been posted.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Info on the latest book coming from Valiant Wings. Here is the latest update from DragonUSA. Just a reminder that the IPMS Gateway show is next Saturday in St. Louis.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to George Oh for his most welcome donation.

Wednesday 27 August - at 5 KM2 is Robben Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver builds the overscale Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-6.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson does a jet warbird in this edition of Slipping the Bonds

KIT PREVIEW:  A figure set that might draw some additional interest is Masterbox 1/35 "US and German Paratroopers" - Southern Europe 1944.

DECAL REVIEW:  Here is a super sheet for the Luftwaffe enthusiast, Start's 1/48 Gerhard Barkhorn. Fifteen different options.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Tim Campbell is so far the only one to have a Tamiya 1/48 Dewoitine D.520 in the archives.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to John Lipscomb for his donation.

There will be no Thursday update.

Tuesday 26 August - at 4.6 KM2 is Raikoke -- map 

KIT REVIEW:  Chris Peachment scratch-builds another wondrous early aviation type, the 1/72 Farman Flying Fish.

KIT PREVIEW:  Here is a look at the brand new Kitty Hawk 1/48 F-35C Lighting II.

DECAL REVIEW:  A very welcome upgrade item for the new Airfix kit is the Airscale 1/24 Typhoon instrument panel.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Carmel J. Attard built a nice Pavla 1/72 Dewoitine D.510 .

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 19 August.

Monday 25 August - at 330 KM2 is Puna Island -- map 

KIT REVIEW:  Pablo Calcaterra does something a bit different for him, the Airfix 1/72 Angel Interceptor.

KIT PREVIEW:  Their first special boxing is GWH 1/48 MiG-29 Fulcrum (late) "Farewell USA 2003".

DECAL REVIEW:  Once more, a superb selection of subjects on Wolfpak Decals 72-076 'Hauling the Mail'.

BOOK REVIEW:  In my opinion, the best they've done so far, Valiant Wings Publishing: FW-190 (Radial Engine).

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Not an easy build, but one that turned out well, the Classic Airframes 1/48 Defiant NF.II.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. Let me remind entrants that the kit has to be built out of the box with no upgrades or modifications.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 19 August.

Friday 22 August - at 4.5 KM2 is St. John's Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor gets small with the Minicraft 1/144 DC-3.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another excellent German tank kit is the Dragon 1/35 Pz.Bef.Wg.III ausf J.

DECAL REVIEW:  Once more, a superb selection of subjects on Wolfpak Decals 72-075 'Riders on the Storm'.

BOOK REVIEW:  A book that any enthusiast of the type must get is Eagle Editions The Focke-Wulf Ta-152.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Mark Hiott went 'luft 46 on us with the Anigrand 1/144 Daimler Benz Project B.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:   Dragon Models USA has their latest release of upcoming items. Here is what is coming from Kitty Hawk models. A neat book on kit collection from Specialty Press.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Wednesday 20 August - at 56.8 KM² is San Clemente Island  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver completes a considerably delayed build, the Special Hobby 1/48 F2G 'Super Corsair'.

KIT PREVIEW:  A superbly detailed light tanks is the Bronco 1/35 Pz.kpfw.35(t).

DECAL REVIEW:  An interesting selection for the small scale modeler,  Lift Here Decals LH-119 Special: IL-14 & C-47.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A corrected set for the big Trumpeter kit, here is Scale Aircraft Conversions 32084: E.E. Lighting Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW:  More from their Combat Aircraft series is Osprey's AV-8B Units of Operation Enduring Freedom.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Michael Wolf did a very nice job building his Tamiya 1/48 Do-335B-2 Nachtjäger.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Tuesday 19 August - at  390 acres is Wheeler Island --  map

KIT REVIEW:  Chris Peachment scratch-builds another wonderful early airplane, the 1/72 Lee Richards Annular Biplane.

KIT PREVIEW:  A very nice airliner kit is the Hasegawa 1/144 B.737-800 .

DECAL REVIEW:  A superb sheet for the 1/144 U-boat builder, Start's 1/144 Type VII U-Boat Decals.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  For the Kitty Hawk kit, here is Scale Aircraft Conversions 48266: F-101 Voodoo Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Carmel J. Attard built the interesting Xotic-72 1/72 Dornier Do-22.

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. The next one in the series is DC-3/C-47.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. My thanks to David Ward for helping.

Monday 18 August - at 2 KM2 is Malpelo Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Carmel J. Attard begins our week with his very nice Heller 1/72 EC-121 Warning Star.

KIT PREVIEW:  A neat kit of a very futuristic ship, the Black Label (Dragon) 1/700 USS Zumwalt DDG 1000.

DECAL REVIEW:  Another fine sheet for the T'bolt fan is AMDG Decals 48006: Eight Gun Melody part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  For the Hobby Boss kit, here is Scale Aircraft Conversions 48265: YF-23 Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Allan Wanta did a nice conversion to make the Airfix 1/72 Do-17v1 .

MM CONTEST: Now accepting entries into the Matchbox Contest. The next one in the series is DC-3/C-47.

INDUSTRY NEWS:   Some great 1/72 F-16 upgrade bits from Attack Squadron.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Friday 15 August - at 912 acres is Zembra -- map 

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor builds a short run garage kit, the Kiwi Resins 1/48 Percival Mew Gull.

KIT PREVIEW:  An interesting kit for gun model collectors, the Tomytec 1/12 M-240B.

DECAL REVIEW:  Another excellent multi-subject sheet is Wolfpak Decals 72-074 'Running the Gauntlet' .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  For the Freedom Models kit, here is Scale Aircraft Conversions 48264: X-47B Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW:  Another interesting addition to their 'Campaign' series is Osprey's Hong Kong 1941-45.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A rather nice kit that will hopefully be reissued, the Airfix 1/72 DHC-2 Beaver .

MM CONTEST: Voting is now underway for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. Today is the last day to vote.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Dragon USA has the latest update of coming items. Now available from Valiant Wings.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Thursday 14 August - at  3.69 KM2 is Po Toi -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Scott Lyle provides another of his great dioramas, The Battle of France.

KIT PREVIEW:  Don't have room on your shelf for a big ship model? Try the Aoshima 1/2000 USS Essex.

DECAL REVIEW:  A fine new P-47 sheet is AMDG Decals 48005: Eight Gun Melody part 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  For the Zvezda kit, here is Scale Aircraft Conversions 72092: Su-27 Flanker Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Joel Hamm has today's look into the archives with his Airfix 1/72 deHavilland DH-4.

MM CONTEST: Voting is now underway for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. Tomorrow is the last day to vote.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to Scott Lyle for helping out.

Tuesday 12 August - at 1.5 KM² is Swains Island  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee has today's feature article, the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire XII.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that I don't see built all that often, the Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk.

DECAL REVIEW:  Another excellent multi-subject sheet is Wolfpak Decals 72-073 'Raptors Talons'.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the new Hasegawa kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 72091: F-35 Lightning Landing Gear .

BOOK REVIEW:  A superlative book on late 19th Century naval action is Mushroom Model Publications' Sino-Japanese Naval War 1894-95.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Tom Cleaver build the rather complex Eduard 1/48 Airco DeHavilland DH.2.

MM CONTEST: Voting is now underway for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to Rex from TN for his help.

There will be no update tomorrow.

Monday 11 August - at 29 KM2 is Fire Island  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Chris Peachment gets large with the Wingnut Wings 1/32 Sopwith Snipe (late).

KIT PREVIEW:  An older kit is the Academy 1/35 M151A2 'Mutt'.

DECAL REVIEW:  There are many excellent subjects on Start's 1/48 Luftwaffe im Focus Decals.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A model that takes up a surprising amount of space was the Special Hobby 1/48 DFS-230.

MM CONTEST: Voting is now underway for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

Friday 8 August - at 2.4 KM2 is Funafuti --  map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor adds to his collection of this aircraft with the Airfix 1/48 Bae Hawk.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another of their Limited Editions and undoubtedly a kit built by the thousands, the Hasegawa 1/48 F-16C 'Wisconsin ANG'.

DECAL REVIEW:  A most welcome new sheet for post-war P-51s, Mike Grant Decals 72-101: Postwar Ponies.

BOOK REVIEW:  Another fine book on SMG's,Osprey's MP38 and MP 40 SMGs.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Dan Lee did a nice job building his Hasegawa 1/48 D3A1 'Val' - "Pearl Harbor".

MM CONTEST: Voting is now underway for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is the latest in upcoming kits from Dragon USA.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Thursday 7 August - at 246 KM2 is Île-de-France -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Ingemar Caisander does an excellent job building the old Revell/Frog 1/72 He-219A-2 'Uhu'.

KIT PREVIEW: Not only Hasegawa does limited editions as evidenced by the Special Hobby 1/72 Sea Fury Mk 11 'FAEC'.

DECAL REVIEW:  Moving to 1/350 scale here is Starfighter Decals 350-22-S: USS Bunker Hill AG-84 - Early 1945

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  For folks who like to use the thinners matched to their paint, here is AK Interactive Acrylic Thinner.

BOOK REVIEW:  A very nice book on early P-38s is Osprey's P-38 Lightning Aces 1942-43.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A nice resin kit that would be perfect for the beginner was the Anigrand Craftworks 1/72 D.558-I Skystreak.

MM CONTEST: Voting is now underway for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Free US shipping for a very limited time from Valiant Wings.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. My thanks to Stephen Sundberg and Edmund Roche for your generous support.

Wednesday 6 August - at 1 KM2 is Pharoh's Island -- map 

KIT REVIEW:  Pablo Calcaterra builds a very shiny Hobbycraft 1/48 Hawk 75-O "Export".

MM FEATURE: More adventures in Japanese N-gauge with silver rails 5.

KIT PREVIEW: Another of their finely done resin drone kits is the Attack Squadron 1/72 MQ-8C Fire-X .

DECAL REVIEW:  A superbly researched sheet for those who like big U-boats, Start's 1/72 Type VII U-Boat Decals

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Tom Cleaver build a threesome, the Classic Airframes 1/48 Hawk II, BFC-2 & F11C.

MM CONTEST: Voting is now underway for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 22 July.

Tuesday 5 August - at 338 KM2 is Lefkada -- map 

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Reynolds does a nice kitbash to produce the Airfix/ICM 1/48 Spitfire XIVe.

KIT PREVIEW: A new kit of a type that is of interest to me is the Tarangus 1/48 Saab 91B/C/D Safir.

DECAL REVIEW:  Proper air group markings are available for your 1/700 carrier with Starfighter Decals 700-105: USS Bunker Hill AG-84 - Early 1945.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Their next paint set continues with German colors; AK Luftwaffe Camouflages 2.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day. 

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Barney Dunlevy did fine work building his Airshow Models 1/32 Christen Eagle II.

MM CONTEST: Voting is now underway for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 22 July.

Monday 4 August - at 388 KM² is Kiritimati  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Chris Peachment delights once again with his scratchbuilt 1/72 Edwards Rhomboidal from 1911.

KIT PREVIEW: A nice looking kit that I waited until it was on sale to pick up, the Zvezda 1/48 Sukhoi Su-2

DECAL REVIEW:  Their final code sheet for Luftwaffe night fighters is Fantasy Printshop 1/72 Night Fighter Grey Codes (3).

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Their next paint set will be quite useful, AK Interactive Clear Colors 1.

BOOK REVIEW:  Another great addition to their Air Vanguard series is Osprey's Junkers Ju-87 Stuka.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day. Anyone having any success with these? They are quite difficult. 

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Your editor managed to subdue the Battle Axe 1/48 Caudron C.714.

MM CONTEST: Voting is now underway for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is another nice conversion from Kiwi Resins. These are on the way from AMDG Decals. More information on the latest coming from GWH.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 22 July.

Friday 1 August - at 206 KM2 is Muhu  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor does a passable job on the MPM 1/72 FW-190v1.

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their many boxings and probably built by the thousands, the Hasegawa 1/48 F-4C/D 'Egypt I'.

DECAL REVIEW:  A really well done sheet for the Viper fan is Caracal Models CD 72019: F-16C/D Vipers - The Next Generation.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  To help thin your acrylics and clean your brushes, AK Interactive Nitro Thinner.

BOOK REVIEW:  Another great issue featuring award winning builds;  Aces High #2: Centennary - WWI .

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Carmel J. Attard did is usual superb job building the Aircraft in Miniature 1/72 CASA 212.

MM CONTEST: Entries are now closed for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. Voting is now underway.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Dragon USA has their update of coming items.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 22 July.

Thursday 31 July - at 3 KM2 is Penguin Island --  map

KIT REVIEW:  Jack Bruno has fun with the Warhammer Red Dragon.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson does a nice 109 in this installment of Slipping the Bonds

KIT PREVIEW:  Donald Zhou takes a good look at the new Merit 1/35 M-19 Tank Transporter w/ Hardtop Cab.

DECAL REVIEW:  A superb sheet for the Sea King builder is Old 66 Decals/Starfighter Decals AD7202: Old 66 .

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Alwyn Broeckelmann did very nice work on the Italeri 1/72 Ca-311.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. Last day for entries is today.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 22 July.

Wednesday 30 July - at 135 KM2 is Christmas Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver builds a popular subject, the Tamiya 1/48 MiG-15bis.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice kit that one doesn't see modeled very often, the Academy 1/72 Bf-109G-14.

DECAL REVIEW:  A great sheet for the Trumpeter kit is Caracal Models CD 48047: USAF/USCG SA-16A Albatross.

BOOK REVIEW:  An excellent book on an equally excellent aircraft, Osprey's RAF Canberra Units of the Cold War.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   David Womby tackled the Eastern Express/Frog 1/72 Canberra B((I)8.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. Last day for entries is 31 July.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is the latest on a new kit from Attack Squadron.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 22 July.

Tuesday 29 July - at 3.7 KM2 is Caroline Island -- map

KIT REVIEW:   Stephen Foster adds to this week's "things with strings" with his 1/72 Sopwith Type 806 Gunbus.

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their many limited edition boxings, the Hasegawa 1/48 F-104G Starfighter "NASA".

DECAL REVIEW:  For the large scale builder, here is Fantasy Printshop 1/32 USAAF/USAF Backing patches.

CD/DVD REVIEW:  The latest disc of eye candy for jet fans is Aero Research's F-16 'Viper' part 2.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Typical of their helo kits, this one took a bit of work, the Italeri 1/72 CH-146 Griffon.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. Last day for entries is 31 July.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Cooper's Models offers a last chance for the 1/32 P-6E. Here is the latest from Mirage Hobby.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 22 July.

Monday 28 July - at 105 KM2 is Madeline Island -- map 

KIT REVIEW:   Chris Peachment builds another early days of aviation type, the AZ Models 1/72 Morane-Saulnier type WR.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another older short run kit that will require some effort is the Octopus 1/72 OS2U Kingfisher .

DECAL REVIEW:  For the small scale carrier builder, here is Starfighter Decals 700-104: Generic Air Group Markings.

BOOK REVIEW:  Another super addition to their New Vanguard series is Osprey's French Tanks of WWII (2).

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Back before Frank Spahr was seduced by the dark side, he built the Italeri 1/72 CANT Z.501 Gabbiano.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. Last day for entries is 31 July.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is the latest tarmac section from Noy's Miniatures.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Friday 25 July - at 67 KM² is Pamban Island  -- map

KIT REVIEW:   Your editor builds a sales table special, the Trumpeter 1/72 IL-28 'Beagle'.

KIT PREVIEW:  Here is a look at a kit from about ten years back, the Hasegawa 1/48 RF-86F-30 'USAF' .

DECAL REVIEW:  A superb set for the recent Kinetic kit is Caracal Models CD 48044: Alpha Jet.

BOOK REVIEW:  For their second great figure book this week, here is Scale Model Handbook: Figures vol 11.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A kit doesn't have to be expensive to make a nice model, the LS 1/72 C5M2 'Babs'.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. About a week to go. Last day for entries is 31 July.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Dragon USA has their update of coming items. Here is the latest news from Valiant Wings.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Thursday 24 July - at 67 KM2 is Rarotonga  -- map

KIT REVIEW:  Pablo Calcaterra builds the much maligned Hobbycraft 1/48 P-40B/C Tomahawk.

KIT PREVIEW:  Somewhat in tune with today's decal review is the Hasegawa 1/72 F4U-2 'Night Corsair'.

DECAL REVIEW:  A very nice sheet with six subjects is Starfighter Decals 72-143:  Bent Wing Birds pt 1.

BOOK REVIEW:  A very nice addition to their Air Vanguard series is Osprey's MiG-21.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A kit that required a substantial amount of time was the Anigrand 1/72 C-141A Starlifter.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. About a week to go. Last day for entries is 31 July.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Wednesday 23 July - at 6 KM2 is Utsira --  map

KIT REVIEW:  For the midweek article, Tom Cleaver builds the Special Hobby 1/48 He-115.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson does some early war stuff for this installment of Slipping the Bonds

KIT PREVIEW:  Their fourth 'Stormbird' kit is the Hobby Boss 1/48 Me-262A-1a.

DECAL REVIEW:  A nicely done sheet is Hi Decal 72-043 IL-28 Beagle.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   John Kauck did a series of Presidential aircraft, including the Minicraft 1/144 VC-137C.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. About two weeks to go.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Tuesday 22 July - at 1.6 KM2 is Isla Palenque -- map

KIT REVIEW:   Stephen Foster does a really old favorite today, the Revell 1/72 Albatros D.III .

KIT PREVIEW:  This is a welcome reissue, the Revell 1/25 BRE Datsun 510.

DECAL REVIEW:  A very colorful sheet is Caracal Models CD 48066: EMB-314 Super Tucano.

BOOK REVIEW:  Their next superb figure modeling book is Scale Model Handbook: Figures vol 10.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Peter Fey built a large stand model using the AMT 1/72 AC-130U.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. About two weeks to go.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Kiwi Resins announces a neat new conversion set. 

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to Scott Nelson for his most generous assistance.

Monday 21 July - at 62 KM2 is Raasay -- map

KIT REVIEW:   Chris Peachment starts us off this week with his RS Models 1/72 Avia Ba.122.

KIT PREVIEW:  Donald Zhou takes a look at the impressive  Meng 1/35 D9R 'Doobie' Armored Bulldozer.

DECAL REVIEW:  A most welcome sheet for the Hasegawa kit is Starfighter Decals 72-144: SOC-1/3 Seagull at War .

BOOK REVIEW:  A great addition to their Combat Aircraft series is Osprey's F9F Panther Units of the Korean War .

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Tom Cleaver did one of his rare multi-engine builds with the Heller 1/72 Super Constellation.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. About two weeks to go.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Cooper's Models announces a great new 1/32 MiG-15

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Friday 18 July - at  20 KM2 is Elafonisos -- map 

KIT REVIEW:   Your editor builds another airliner, this time it is the Hasegawa 1/200 Boeing 737-400 'Solaseed Air'.

KIT PREVIEW:  Finally, a proper injected kit of this variant, the Sword 1/72 Lighting T.5.

DECAL REVIEW:  Another nice accessory sheet is Fantasy Printshop 1/32 Prototype markings.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   John Kauck did a very nice job on his Minicraft 1/144 C-118A.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. About two weeks to go.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Dragon USA has their update of coming items.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Thursday 17 July - at  1.8 KM² is Martin Garcia Island  -- map

KIT REVIEW: Jack Bruno continues our tank run with his Tamiya 1/35 Panzer IV ausf J .

KIT PREVIEW:  Here is one from way back, the Supermodel 1/72 Reggiane Re.2002 'Ariete'.

DECAL REVIEW:  A very nice sheet for the Italeri kit is Caracal Models CD 48065: Blue Angels C-130.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Carmel J. Attard did a nice pair of kits for this one, one of which was the Pavla 1/72 Cessna UC-67 Bobcat/Crane.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest. About two weeks to go.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Wednesday 16 July - at 45 KM2 is Great Keppel Island  -- map

KIT REVIEW: Robert Myers builds the very nice Bronco 1/35 M-22 'Locust'.

KIT PREVIEW:  Though not a brand new kit, it is a recent arrival at the LHS, the Revell 1/32 Bf-109G-10 (Erla)

DECAL REVIEW:  For those who like really small scale Tomcats, here is Starfighter Decals 350-100S: VF-84 Jolly Rogers, 1980.

BOOK REVIEW:  A superb reference book with great photos and some controversial info is Hikoki's Soviet & Russian Military Aircraft in Asia.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Probably the nicest Minicraft kit I've built was the Minicraft 1/144 C-54 Skymaster.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Tuesday 15 July - at 180 KM2 is Niihau --  map

KIT REVIEW: Jonathan Prestidge continues his 1/48 military builds with the Hobby Boss 1/48 M4A4 Sherman (mid-production).

KIT PREVIEW:  A most welcome new kit is the Kitty Hawk 1/48 F9F-8T Cougar.

DECAL REVIEW:  Their next set of letter/code sheets is Fantasy Printshop 1/72 Night Fighter Grey Codes (2).

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Now available for the large scale builder, Propblur 1/32 propellers.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Andrew Garcia did a lot of work on his Monogram 1/48 AC-47.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to Anthony Stachiw and Richard Schrum for their most welcome assistance.

Monday 14 July - at 26 KM2 is Saint Pierre -- map

KIT REVIEW: Chris Peachment builds another of his great early aviation subjects, the 1/72 1901 Gustav Whitehead.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another of their interesting figure sets is the Master Box 1/35 Somewhere in the Middle East (present day)

DECAL REVIEW:  Their next set of air wing decals is Starfighter Decals 700-103: USS Enterprise AG-20/AG(N)-90 Markings 1944/45.

BOOK REVIEW:  Some books are 'browsers' and such is the case with Frontline Books' The American Arsenal.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Alwyn Broeckelmann did a nice job on the older Airfix 1/72 DC-3/C-47.

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is some great news from IPMS Canada.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Friday 11 July - at 8 KM2 is Farquhar Atoll -- map

KIT REVIEW: Your editor builds a vehicle for this week's offering, the Tamiya 1/48 US 2.5 ton 6x6 Airfield Fuel Truck.

KIT PREVIEW:  For those who don't want to spend money on what they don't need, the Eduard 1/72 MiG-15 bis (Weekend Edition).

DECAL REVIEW:   Moving up a scale, here is Fantasy Printshop 1/48 USAAF/USAF Backing patches.

BOOK REVIEW:  A fascinating read and part of their New Vanguard series is Osprey's Axis Midget Submarines.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Not the most accurate model, but one that can look fairly nice is the PM 1/72 C-45.  

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Dragon USA has their update of coming items. Here is the latest from Master Details.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to an anonymous donor from London and Stephen Prior for their generous donation.

Thursday 10 July - at  55 KM2 is Amsterdam Island -- map 

KIT REVIEW: Pablo Calcaterra builds a nice Malta-based model using the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire V/trop.

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their early kits is the Trumpeter 1/72 IL-28 Beagle.

DECAL REVIEW:   A useful sheet for RAF fans is Fantasy Printshop 1/72 Night Fighter Grey Codes (1).

BOOK REVIEW:  A nice set for plan fans is Mushroom Model Publications' Scale Plans #3: MiG-15.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

KIT PREVIEW II:  Another interesting figure set is the Dragon 1/35 German Infantry Bivouac .

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   John Kauck did his Minicraft 1/144 C-32A in an 89AW scheme.  

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 30 June.

Wednesday 9 July - at   136 KM² is Principe  -- map

KIT REVIEW: Tom Cleaver builds the Eduard 1/48 Bf-109E-7/trop for his mid-week feature.

KIT PREVIEW:  Ray Mehlberger takes a look at the Gunze Sangyo 1/35 8.8 cm Pak 43/41 Antitank Gun.

DECAL REVIEW:   A neat idea for a decal sheet is Fantasy Printshop 1/72 USAAF/USAF Backing Patches .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the really big Kinetic kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 24007: P-47D Thunderbolt Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW:  A great addition to their Weapons series is Osprey's Soviet Submachine Guns of WWII.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Greg Ewald built the Anigrand 1/144 C-17 Export Version (RAF).  

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 30 June.

Tuesday 8 July - at  .93 KM2 is Kili Island --  map

KIT REVIEW: Carmel J. Attard builds a real oldie, the Aurora 1/70 Hiller X-18 Convertiplane.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson returns to the first big war for this installment of Slipping the Bonds  

KIT PREVIEW:  A very nice, but somewhat pricey new kit is the Airfix 1/72 C-47 Skytrain.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the new ICM kit, the Scale Aircraft Conversions 48263: Do-215 Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

KIT PREVIEW II:  Another interesting figure set is the Master Box 1/35 Accident: Soviet & Germans - summer 1941.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A kit from 14 years back that I get asked about all the time is the Hasegawa 1/200 KC-10A.  

MM CONTEST: Entries are being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 30 June.

Monday 7 July - at  6 KM2 is Bikini Atoll  -- map

KIT REVIEW: Chris Peachment starts us off with his build of the new Airfix 1/72 Tiger Moth.

KIT PREVIEW:  Judging by the number of e-mails I get regarding this aircraft, this should be welcomed by many modelers, the  OZ Mods 1/72 Pilatus PC-9.

DECAL REVIEW:   An excellent sheet with 27 different options is Xtradecal X48047: Bae Hawk T.1/T.1a .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the new Sword kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 72090: Lightning T.4/5 Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW:  From our friends at IPMS Canada, here is Random Thoughts 36/2.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Here is Tom Cleaver's build of the Inpact 1/48 Bristol Bulldog.  

MM CONTEST: Entries now being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Last donation 30 June.

Friday 4 July - at 3.4 KM2 is Desroches Island --  map

KIT REVIEW: Your editor builds an airliner, the Hasegawa 1/200 Boeing 737-400 'Skynet Airways'.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another nice variant kit is the Dragon 1/35 StuG III ausf G mid-1943.

DECAL REVIEW:   Not forgetting the Luftwaffe, here is a look at Xtradecal X72197: 70th Anniversary D-Day part 4.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Their first new metal set this month is the Scale Aircraft Conversions 72089: C-47/DC-3 Landing Gear.

BOOK REVIEW:  A book I found totally fascinating is Hikoki's Early Soviet Jet Fighters.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A kit from the archives that was a bit of a challenge was the Airfix 1/48 Buccaneer S2/S2C/S2D/S50.  

MM CONTEST: Entries now being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Dragon USA has their weekly update of upcoming items.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Thursday 3 July - at 196 KM2 is Grand Cayman --  map

KIT REVIEW: Chris Peachment did a nice job with what is a really old kit, the Monogram 1/24 Kurtis Kraft Racer.

KIT PREVIEW:  Dedicated airliner fans should be pleased to have the Amodel 1/144 IL-14P.

DECAL REVIEW:   Moving to the USAAF, here is Xtradecal X72196: 70th Anniversary D-Day part 3.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Tom Cleaver has today's oldie with his build of the Tamiya 1/48 Buffalo I.  

MM CONTEST: Entries now being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Wednesday 2 July - at 88 KM2 is Ascension Island  -- map

KIT REVIEW: Tom Cleaver does a quite nice conversion to make the PCM 1/32 Hurricane II.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nicely detailed kit with lots of options is the Hobby Boss 1/48 A-6E Intruder.

DECAL REVIEW:   A superlative set for the quarter scale builder;  Impact Decals 48-007, Marine Corps Spirit of '76.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another of their excellent sets is the AK Interactive Landing Gear Weathering Set.

CD/DVD REVIEW:  Their next title has more images than any of their others; Aero Research's Unlimited Racer 1986-1996.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Mark Fordham did a nice job building his Pegasus 1/72 Bristol M.1C.  

MM CONTEST: Entries now being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is the latest kit from OZMods. Photos of the new Kitty Hawk F9F-8T. Cooper's Models is accepting pre-orders on the new 1/32 P-6E.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going.

Monday 30 June - at 339 KM2 is Nuku Hiva -- map*

KIT REVIEW:  Robert Myers does a rebuild using his Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 Sherman.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another nice Japanese tank kit is the Dragon 1/35 Type 95 Light Tank 'Ha Go' late.

DECAL REVIEW:   A set that has a lot of multi-engine options is Xtradecal X72195: 70th Anniversary D-Day part 2 .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Their final new set moves up a scale; True Details 1/16 Nuts & Bolts.

BOOK REVIEW:  A new title in their Men At Arms series is Osprey's The Spanish Civil War (1) Nationalist Forces.

MM FEATURE: Question of the Day.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Here is a look back at the Classic Airframes 1/48 Brewster Model 239 Buffalo.  

MM CONTEST: Entries now being accepted for the Battle of the Atlantic contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Dragon USA has their latest update.

FUND DRIVE: The 2014 Fund Drive is now underway. Please help keep MM going. Thanks to Robert Sanges for his help.

Please note that over the next several weeks, I'll be skipping an update here and there while I take care of some long overdue housekeeping.

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