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Friday 17 November   

KIT REVIEW: Michael Rohde presents his very nicely done Special Hobby 1/48 IMAM Ro.44.  *

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their efforts from the late 90's is the Tamiya 1/48 M6A1 'Serian' .*

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW: An excellent pair of options for the big Trumpeter kit is FCM 32022: VAQ-132 Scorpions. *

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A fascinating look into what might have been, Crecy Publishing's French Secret Projects 2.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Caz Dalton has our oldie with the Lindberg 1/48 X-3 Stiletto.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

INDUSTRY NEWS:   Here is info on the latest figure from Master Details.  Eagle Editions is having a sale. 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Tom Adams for helping out. Currently we are running a bit under $1100 behind this year's goal.  There is still a bit less than two months to go so the goal can be reached.

In the nearly 23 years I've been doing MM, I've not taken any extended time off. I need a vacation to allow me to catch up on many things I've been putting off around the house. Next update is 27 November after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thursday 13 November   

KIT REVIEW: Tom Cleaver returns after a long absence and presents the Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson does another nice 109 in today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice older kit that won't break the band is the ESCI 1/72 Panzer III N.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW: Here is a nice sheet for the Italeri kit; FCM 32021: Mirage IIIEBR.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Another excellent read in their Duel series is Osprey's B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44 'Tojo'.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   From a decade ago, the Golden Age 1/72 Bell X-2.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Tom Adams for helping out. Currently we are running a bit under $1100 behind this year's goal.  There is still a bit less than two months to go so the goal can be reached.

Monday 13 November   

KIT REVIEW: Frank Reynolds adds another big scale kit to his collection with the Revell 1/32 Bf-109G-10

KIT PREVIEW:  Rick Reinbott has today's preview with the Nichimo 1/35 Jagdpanzer IV/70  .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW: AContinuing with the oldies is Aeromaster 48-138: Butcher Birds part 1.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  An excellent photo book on this important type;  Frontline's Junkers Ju-88: The Early Years.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Today's oldie from the archives is the  Eduard 1/48 X-1.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Dan Kruszynski for helping out. Currently we are running a bit under $1200 behind this year's goal.  There is still a bit less than two months to go so the goal can be reached.

Friday 10 November   

KIT REVIEW: Your editor has a relatively quick build for today, the Meng 1/72 Kayaba Ku-4 Katsuodori

KIT PREVIEW:  This new kit looks like a superb build, the Panda Hobby 1/35 M1 Abram.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW: An older sheet for the early B-24 is Aeromaster 48-115: Ploesti Raiders part 2.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A very nice addition to RAF-in-Combat's catalog is Allied Wings #20: Lightning F.1.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Brian Baker did a flight of fancy with his 1/72 WWI Experimental Fighter.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently we are running a bit under $1200 behind this year's goal.  There is still a bit less than two months to go so the goal can be reached.

Thursday 9 November   

KIT REVIEW: Dan Lee has today's feature article with his AFV Club 1/35 FV101 Scorpion

KIT PREVIEW:  Their latest aircraft release is the Kitty Hawk 1/35 AH-6J/MH-6J 'Little Bird'.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

DECAL REVIEW: This one is on FW-190As, Aeromaster 48-111: Butcher Birds part 4.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Another superb book from their New Vanguard series is Osprey's US Navy Escort Carriers 1942-45.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Tom Cleaver did a bit of conversion work to produce his Tamiya 1/48 Wildcat V .

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Steve Borque and Jim Chirm for helping. Currently we are running a bit under $1200 behind this year's goal.  There are still two months to go so the goal can be reached.

Tuesday 7 November   

KIT REVIEW: Frank Reynolds continues with is big 109s. This time it is the Revell 1/32 Bf-109G-6/R6 trop

KIT PREVIEW:  This one is really short run, the Interavia 1/72 Sukhoi Su-1.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

DECAL REVIEW: Back to the oldies we have Aeromaster 48-109: Reich Defense part 6 - Doras .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This nice set is for the ICM kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 48342: MiG-25 Foxbat Landing Gear

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A fascinating subject if you like small air forces is Kagero's Bulgarian Air Force in WWII.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Brian Baker showed us what modeling was like before styrene with a Balsa Lockheed Vega 'Winnie Mae'.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Kerry Hendricks and Cory Ransom for helping. Currently we are running a bit under $1200 behind this year's goal.  There are still two months to go so the goal can be reached.

Monday 6 November   

KIT REVIEW: Stephen Young begins our week with his Monogram 1/48 P-61A Black Widow

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their early kits and a rebox at that, the DML (Dragon) BA-20 Armored Car.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

DECAL REVIEW: Nice to see this sheet for the venerable Revell kit; Caracal Models CD 48127: H-19 part 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This nice set is for the Meng kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 48341: F-35A Lightning II Landing Gear

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  From their Aces series we have Osprey's Allied Jet Killers of World War 2.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   From 2003 we have Tom Cleaver's Westland Whirlwind I.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Eric Berg, Neil Walsh, John Hernandez, and Brian Von Bevern for their most welcome assistance. Currently we are running a bit under $1300 behind this year's goal.  There are still two months to go so the goal can be reached.

Friday 3 November   

KIT REVIEW: Carmel J. Attard does another nice vacuform kit, the Sanger 1/72 Piaggio Avanti P.180

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that is under most people's radar is the Hobbycraft 1/48 F-94A Starfire.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

DECAL REVIEW: An excellent new sheet for the Italeri kit is Caracal Models CD 48126: U-2S/TR-1A & ER-2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This nice set is for the Tamiya kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 48340: F-84G Landing Gear

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  An edition of superb figure modeling is Scale Model Handbook: Figures vol 19 .

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A fairly nice kit, though not simple to build, was the Matchbox 1/72 Wessex HU.5.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Robert Sanges for his support. Currently we are running a bit less than $1700 behind this year's goal. 

Thursday 2 November   

KIT REVIEW: Dan Lee continues with his Star Wars builds and the Bandai 1/12 Darth Vader

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their earliest releases is the DML (Dragon) BA-20 Armored Car.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

DECAL REVIEW: A new sheet produced in limited numbers is Caracal Models CD 72066: KC-135R Stratotanker pt 2.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Next in their very nice Airfame Album series is Valiant Wings Publishing: Gloster Gladiator.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   From almost a dozen years back, we have Tom Cleaver's Trumpeter 1/48 Wellington IC .

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Jeremy Bensen and Byron Gohl for theirs support. Currently we are running a bit less than $1700 behind this year's goal. 

Tuesday 31 October   

KIT REVIEW: Donald Zhou shares his build of the Revell 1/40-1/48 Plo-Koon Jedi Starfighter

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson does a nice German Phantom in today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that is not for the weak or heart or those lacking skills is the Kombrig 1/700 HMS Majestic.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

DECAL REVIEW: A most welcome sheet for those who have this kit is Caracal Models CD 72051: DHC-4 (C-7) Caribou

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A revised edition with 100 additional pages is Classic Books' Dornier Do-335 'Pfiel'.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   One of their first injected plastic canopy kits was the MPM 1/72 Wellington IC.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

INDUSTRY NEWS:   An update on low stocks from Valiant Wings.  

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently we are running a bit more than $1700 behind this year's goal. 

Monday 30 October   

KIT REVIEW: Stephen Young did a very clean job on his Monogram 1/48 F-84F Thunderstreak

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice kit for the small scale military modeler is the Italeri 1/72 Autoblinda AB 41 .

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice older 109G-6 sheet is Aeromaster 48-105: Reich Defense part 2.  

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Next in their great photo CD series is Aero Research's Eights and Nines .

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Mark Fordham, who has been known to build difficult kits, did nice work on the Merlin 1/72 Westland Wapiti.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently we are running a bit more than $1700 behind this year's goal. 

Friday 27 October   

KIT REVIEW: Another simple kit that took your editor longer to build than expected is the Pegasus Hobby 1/144 Rocket Ship X-M

KIT PREVIEW:  This may have been their first aircraft kit, the Meng 1/72 Kayaba Katsuodori.

DECAL REVIEW:  Another older sheet is Aeromaster 48-104: Havoc Collection  .  

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A well thought out and interesting book is Osprey's USS Constitution: A midshipman's pocket manual 1814.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Here is one from about 8 years back, Carmel J. Attard's Valom 1/72 Supermarine Walrus I.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently we are running a bit more than $1700 behind this year's goal. 

Thursday 26 October   

KIT REVIEW: David Cummings did a superb job building his Trumpeter 1/700 USS Saratoga

KIT PREVIEW:  Kevin Dolin sent me this as he thought I'd like it. He knows me far too well: Creator Works (Hasegawa) 1/72 Space Wolf SW-190 'Yuki Kei Special'.

DECAL REVIEW:  Another older sheet is Aeromaster 48-067: Pacific P-47N Thunderbolts part 2.  

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  I guess you'd call this a trivia book. Sure is fun to read;  1001 Aviation Facts.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Another of his big models was Lee Kolosna's Airfix 1/72 Avro Vulcan B.2.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Glen Cannon for his support. Currently we are running a bit more than $1700 behind this year's goal. 

Monday 24 October   

KIT REVIEW: Brian Baker continues with his love of crop dusters with a Revell 1/72 Stearman PT-17 Tanker

KIT PREVIEW:  A reissue in the Motor City Muscle boxing is the Revell 1/25 1969 Camaro Z/28 .

DECAL REVIEW:  Another older sheet is Aeromaster 48-130: Blue Nose Birds of Bodney.  

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  The most recent CD in their Warbirds series is Aero Research's T-6 Racers 1989/97 .    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Allan Wanta did a very good job on the Sword 1/72 Vought V-173. Alan is one of those folks who seem to have disappeared. Often wonder what happened to those folks. Reminds me of a local guy who was a great modeler and once he got married, his wife forced him to sever contact with all his old friends and I've not heard from or seen him since.

CONTEST:  Accepting entries for the Hurricane Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:   Here is info on what's coming from Kitty Hawk/Panda.  

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently we are running about $1800 behind this year's goal. 

Monday 23 October   

KIT REVIEW: Dan Lee begins our week with his nicely done Airfix 1/48 Spitfire PR.XIX

KIT PREVIEW:  Here is a look at the recent Hobby Boss 1/48 A-4E Skyhawk.

DECAL REVIEW:  A sheet I thought was a bit of a disappointment is Berna Decals 3216: Nakajima Ki-43-II 'Oscar'. 

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A neat resin paper project was the Just Fantasy 1/48 von Braun Interceptor.

CONTEST:  You may start sending in your entries for the Hurricane Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:   Here is info on the latest from Specialty Press.  

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Mike Still for helping out. Currently we are running a bit under $1800 shy of this year's goal.

Friday 20 October   

KIT REVIEW: Your editor decides to try some tankery with the Tamiya 1/35 Panzer II ausf F/G

KIT PREVIEW:  The  Renwal 1/500 USS Springfield is part of Revell's SSP nostalgia releases.

DECAL REVIEW:  The second sheet for the big Intruder is AOA Decals 32-024 VA-65 Tigers Part 2. 

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A fascinating photo book and one right in tune with a current movie is MMP Books' Camera On #3 Dunkirk 1940.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Today we have Mark Fordham's Special Hobby 1/72 Vultee Vengeance.

CONTEST:  You may start sending in your entries for the Hurricane Contest.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to David Wilson and Mark Aldrich for their help. Currently we are running about $1200 behind where we should be at this time of year.

Thursday 19 October   

KIT REVIEW: Ryan Grosswiler has done what looks like a nice short run kit, the Sword 1/72 Ki-102 'Randy'

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson returns to doing Luftwaffe subjects in today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit I vaguely remember being slammed when it was released, though I don't remember why is the Academy 1/48 F4U-4B Corsair.

DECAL REVIEW:  For those who like really big Intruders here is AOA Decals 32-023 VA-65 Tigers Part 1. 

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another Valom kit requirement is NewWare 1/72 B-45A/C Masks.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  An aircraft that often elicits a lot of speculation and discussion is chronicled in Osprey's TSR.2.   

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Candice Uhlir did her usual exemplary work on the TC Models 1/48 Vickers Vimy.

CONTEST:  You may start sending in your entries for the Hurricane Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Master Details is having a 20% off sale. 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently we are running about $1200 behind where we should be at this time of year.

Tuesday 17 October   

KIT REVIEW: Nicolai Plesberg builds the ancient (in styrene years) Hasegawa 1/72 MiG-17PF Fresco E

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice looking older kit that gets reissued from time to time is the  Hasegawa 1/32 Ki-43-II 'Hayabusa'.

DECAL REVIEW:  This sheet covers multiple types: Aeromaster 48-057: Wings over the Sahara. 

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A pricey kit that makes into a nice model was the Anigrand 1/144 Vickers Valiant B.1.

CONTEST:  You may start sending in your entries for the Hurricane Contest.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently we are running about $1200 behind where we should be at this time of year.

Monday 16 October  

KIT REVIEW:  Scott Lyle begins our week with is superbly done Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster B.III

KIT PREVIEW:  A fairly recent kit (in geological time) is the Zvezda 1/144 Airbus A.321.

DECAL REVIEW:  This sheet covers multiple types:  Aeromaster 48-046: US Aircraft in FAA Service. 

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Pretty much a must have item for the Valom kit is Peewit 1/72 Harrow Masks.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Joel Hamm did a nice pair using the MPM 1/72 Lockheed Vega variants.

CONTEST:  You may start sending in your entries for the Hurricane Contest.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently we are running about $1200 behind where we should be at this time of year.

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