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Tuesday 17 July

KIT REVIEW:   Nicolai Plesberg builds an oldie for us today, the Hasegawa 1/72 Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star.

KIT PREVIEW:  Not a new kit, but a nice one is the Special Hobby 1/72 Hornet F.3/4

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   A welcome new sheet for the Academy kit is  Caracal Models CD 48111: FB-111 Dark Varks.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  The books in this series are really superb. Here is the next offering;  Osprey's The History of the Panzerjäger Vol 1.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Here is another nice Greg Ewald build from the archives; the Bandai M61A5 Main Battle Tank “Semovente” Phantom Element .

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting has been tallied.  You may now start submitting your entries for It Floats

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 

Monday 16 July

KIT REVIEW:   Ben Brown builds a model of an aircraft I always like to see done, the Monogram 1/48 F-105D Thunderchief.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit I am very pleased to see being done is the AMK 1/72 L.29 Delfin.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   A great new sheet for the B-52 modeler is Caracal Models CD 144005: B-52H Stratofortress.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:    This nice set is for the Minicraft kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 14428: DC-8 Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Here is the latest from IPMS Canada;  Random Thoughts 40/2.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Bill Michaels has our look back with his Arii 1/100 Super Valkyrie VF-1S.

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is closed.  You may now start submitting your entries for It Floats

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 

Friday 6 July

Modeling Madness will be on Summer Break until 16 July

KIT REVIEW:   Frank Spahr provides us with another of his wonderful ship builds. This time, it is the Atlantic Models 1/350 HMS Glamorgan. *

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit I am very pleased to see being done is the Tamiya 1/24 Porsche 962C. *

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   For the soon to be released Minicraft kit, we have Caracal Models CD 48082: T-34 Mentor.*

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:    This nice set is for the recent AMK kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 72160: L.29 Delfin Landing Gear. *

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A welcome addition to an excellent series of books is MMP Books' Finnish Bomber Colours: 1939-45.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Here is a look back at Vince Hoffman's Cutting Edge 1/144 R7 ICBM.

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is closed.  You may now start submitting your entries for It Floats

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 

Thursday 5 July

KIT REVIEW:   Tom Cleaver shows that some kit makers include bits for other variants that are not used in a particular boxing. This allowed him to model the Eduard 1/48 FW-190A-6.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit I am very pleased to see being done is the Kitty Hawk 1/32 F-5E Tiger II.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   A nice older sheet for the F-4E is Aeromaster 48-304: Air War over Vietnam - Korat Phantoms .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:    This nice set is for the AFV Club kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 48356: IDF F-CK-1C/D Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  The initial book in their 'Camera On' series is MMP Books' Camera On #1 SdKfz 6.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Continuing with the Sci-Fi oldies is the  Polar Lights 'Lost in Space' Robot .

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is closed.  You may now start submitting your entries for It Floats

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 

Tuesday 3 July

KIT REVIEW:   Pablo Calcaterra does his third AVG build. This time the Trumpeter 1/48 P-40B Warhawk.

KIT PREVIEW:  Lee Fogel previews the venerable Lindberg 1/64 B-17G 'Nose Art Edition'.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   A nice sheet for the Accurate Miniatures kit is Aeromaster 48-292: Carrier Based Avengers Part 4.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:    This nice set is for the Wingnut Wings kit: Scale Aircraft Conversions 32133: Junkers D.1 Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   This book is not only a great read, but a superb reference as well. Osprey's American Tanks and AFVs of WWII.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   George Oh has today's oldie with his AMT Klingon Battle Cruiser.

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is closed.  You may now start submitting your entries for It Floats

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.   

Monday 2 July

KIT REVIEW:   Ben Brown starts off our month with his nice build of the F-RSIN 1/144 Dassault Falcon 20.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit I am very glad to see done is the Sword 1/72 TBM-3W "Guppy".

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   This is an older sheet for the J2M3 Raiden, Aeromaster 48-286: Empire Defenders part 3.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Part of their Spotlight On series is Stratus' Grumman F-14 Tomcat.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A superbly built and photographed kit was Frank Spahr's Revell 1/110 Jupiter C with launch pad.

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is closed.  You may now start submitting your entries for It Floats

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 

Friday 29 June

KIT REVIEW:   Your editor provides a look at one of his rebuild/upgrades, the Monogram 1/32 Lola T-70 .

KIT PREVIEW:  A very large kit with a ton of weapons is the Kitty Hawk 1/48 Su-34 "Fullback" .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   A nice new sheet with over a dozen options is FCM 72046: F-5B/E/F.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Their next photo compilation is Aero Research's Ag Aviation #3.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Here is a look back at Lorraine Johnson's Polar Lights Jetson's Space Car.

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is closed. 

INDUSTRY NEWS:   Master Details is having an Independence Day sale.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Tom Goulding for helping

Thursday 28 June

KIT REVIEW:   Tom Cleaver adds to his 190 builds with the PCM 1/32 FW-190A-4.

KIT PREVIEW:  A very nice looking new kit is the Kitty Hawk 1/48 F-101B Voodoo.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   A most welcome new sheet that has motivated this modeler is Starfighter Decals 72-157: F4D-1 Skyray.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Bit of a flight of fancy with the Hypersonic Drone.

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is closed. 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.   

Tuesday 26 June

KIT REVIEW:   David Cummings really does a fine job with his Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1 Corsair “Birdcage” .

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson continues with his great computer art work with today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:  One that I bet a few of us have in our stash, the Tamiya 1/72 F4D-1 Skyray.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   For the 1/48 modeler, FCM 48051: A-20B/C/K .

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   From back in 2003 we have Corrie Bergeron's Games Workshop Warhammer Dwarf Gyrocopter.

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is closed. 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.   

Monday 25 June

KIT REVIEW:   His second AVG build in a series is Pablo Calcaterra's  Hobbycraft 1/48 P-40B/C.

KIT PREVIEW:  Francisco Santoro previews a kit from when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the Revell 1/72 Ta-152H-1.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   For the 1/72 modeler, Euro Decals 72114: US Low-viz insignia and data.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A new book with a well done combination of history and images is Casemate's From Moscow to Stalingrad.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Another nice Dan Lee build, the  Polar Lights 1/1000 USS Enterprise.

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is closed. 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.    

Friday 22 June

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor builds a kit that took a lot longer than initially anticipated, the Brengun 1/72 Yak-1 (1942).

KIT PREVIEW:  Another older metal car kit is the FDS 1/43 Ferrari 330P4.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   Adding to their growing line of big ship decals, here is Starfighter Decals 350-54: USS Nimitz CVN 68 1975-1983.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A fun build was the Polar Lights Dick Tracy Space Coupe

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is closed. 

INDUSTRY NEWS:   New from Master Details.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.   

Thursday 21 June

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver builds a kit that has been around for a bit, Dragon 1/48 Ta-152H-0.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that was first released in 1954 is the  Revell  B-25 Mitchell.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   A nice sheet for your Special Hobby or even Revell or Airfix kit is FCM 72045: A-20B/C/K .

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Hank Gruben built the AMT USS Defiant (converted USS Enterprise).  

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is closed. 

INDUSTRY NEWS:   Hobby Link Japan is having a summer sale. Visit this link for more info: https://hlj.com/summer-sale-2018 .

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Peter Burstow for his assistance.   

Tuesday 19 June

KIT REVIEW:  Ben Brown builds the fairly new Hasegawa 1/144 Embraer E170.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that, as far as I know, has not been done by any other, at least in this scale, is the ESCI 1/48 MS.502 Criquet .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:   A nice sheet for your AM kit is Aeromaster 48-290: Carrier Based Avengers part 2.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   This Airfix 1/76 Bloodhound Missile was built by Greg Ewald.  

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is underway until 20 June (which is tomorrow). 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.   

Monday 18 June

KIT REVIEW:  Francisco Santoro shares with us his build of the Hasegawa 1/48 FW-190A-5.

KIT PREVIEW:  This is an older kit but still well worth building, the Tameo 1/43 Williams-Renault FW 12C.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:  Something we all can use from time to time is Euro Decals 48114: US Low-viz insignia and data.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A great read on a conflict I knew nothing about is Mushroom Model Publications' The Forgotten War of the Royal Navy: Baltic Sea 1918-1920.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Dan Lee built the AMT/ERTL Klingon Bird of Prey.  

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is underway until 20 June (which is Wednesday). 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.

Friday 15 June

KIT REVIEW:  Mark Joyce does an incredible job with the paint scheme on his Special Hobby 1/72 B-18 Bolo “Pre-War Service”.

KIT PREVIEW:  Those who like show rods may like the AMT/Ertl 1/25 Ice Cream Truck.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice sheet for the P-51B/C is Aeromaster 48-288: Mustangs Forever part 3.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A fairly nice missile kit was the Anigrand 1/72 Atlas ICBM. 

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is underway until 20 June. 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  

Thursday 14 June

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver builds the recent Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-14 .

KIT PREVIEW:  An interesting couple of additions in this boxing of the Academy 1/72 F-18F Super Hornet 'VFA-103 Jolly Rogers'.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice sheet for the J2M is Aeromaster 48-287: Empire Defenders part 4.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A most interesting addition to their Photosniper series is Kagero's Hungarian Armored Forces of WWII.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Mike Dudek  built the Revell AG 1/18 Star Wars AT-RT (All Terrain Recon Vehicle). 

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is underway until 20 June. 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.

Tuesday 12 June

KIT REVIEW:  Nicolai Plesberg shares with us his build and modifications of the Italeri 1/72 RF-84F Thunderflash.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson moves to a Mossie for today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:  Not a new kit, but one that hasn't been previewed before, the Tamiya 1/48 P-51B Mustang.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.         

DECAL REVIEW:  Moving to some more modern subjects is Wolfpak Decals 72-117: Aces High.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Here is the next book in what is really a great series:  Stratus Publications' Polish Wings #24: MiG-19F/PM & MiG-21F-13.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Dan Lee's  AMT Imperial AT-AT is today's article from the archives. 

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is underway until 20 June. 

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

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Kevin Dolin for helping out.

Monday 11 June

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee builds the fictitious Fine Molds 1/48 R3C-0 Seaplane Fighter from “Porco Rosso”.

KIT PREVIEW:  A Jurassic kit (in styrene years) that still builds into a nice model is the Hasegawa 1/48 F4U-4 Corsair.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  I love multi-subject sheets such as the new Wolfpak Decals 72-116:Release the Hounds.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A superlative compilation of articles is in Osprey's Warship 2018.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Mike Kleber  kicks off another section of oldies with his Real Space 1/144 Ares I launch vehicle. 

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is underway until 20 June. 

INDUSTRY NEWS:   If you are a fan of the B-24, you need this.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.

Friday 8 June

KIT REVIEW:  Michael Rohde provides the Special Hobby 1/48 Fiat CR.32  to finish up our week .

KIT PREVIEW:  Not a new kit, but a nice boxing with extras is the Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1D Corsair w/ Moto Tug.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice Tiffie sheet is Aeromaster 48-283: Storms in the Sky part 3.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Mark Hiott  built the ZZ Modell 1/87 ZIS 151 Transport Vehicle with P-15 Anti-ship Missile.

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is underway until 20 June. 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Mark Joyce for his help.    

Thursday 7 June

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver builds one that he has done a few times and really likes, the Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt 'Razorback'.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit from 1977 is the Revell 1/48 Mercedes 540-K.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  Quite a few interesting options on Aeromaster 48-281: Fighting Polikarpov I-16s part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   Another for a Wingnut Wings kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 32132: LVG C.VI Landing Gear .

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in their Duel series is Osprey's Cromwell vs Jagdpaner IV.   

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Ian Sadler  did some kit bashing to create the Allan 1/35 Zil rocket launcher.

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting is underway until 20 June. 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to David Cummings for his help.  

Tuesday 5 June

KIT REVIEW:  George Oh has today's feature article with his nicely done Lindberg 1/390 Q-Ship.

KIT PREVIEW:  The last of the line is kitted as the MPM 1/72 Boston IV/V (A-20J/K).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice Thunderbolt sheet is Aeromaster 48-277: Big Beautiful Jugs Part 3.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For the Wingnut Wings kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 32131: Sopwith 5F.1 Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in the series is RAF in Combat's USN Aircraft 1922 to 1962 Volume 6.   

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Mike Moore's Tamiya 1/35 Willys Jeep is today's article from the archives.

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting starts Today. 

PHOTO TIP:  This installment is on fixing your focus issues.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  

Monday 4 June

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee built the rather unusual Fujimi 1/25 James Bond Sub Car.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice modern jet kit is the Academy 1/72 F-18C 'VMFA-212 Lancers' .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice sheet for your big Monogram bomber is Aeromaster 48-274: B-29s over Korea Part 3.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For the Eduard kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 72-159: MiG-21 Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another great title in their New Vanguard series is Osprey's Italian Cruisers of WWII.   

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Bob Swift provides our oldie with the Airfix 1/76 British Mk.I tank (male).

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest voting starts Today. 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Bo Roberts for his welcome assistance.  

Friday 1 June

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor actually finishes something, the UGH Models 1/350 Centauri Liner.

KIT PREVIEW:   Ryan Koschatzy has today's preview with the rather odd AMG 1/35 BT-102 'Spheroid'.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  Another nice Thunderbolt sheet is Aeromaster 48-276: Big Beautiful Jugs Part 2 .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For the Eduard kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 72-158: Spitfire Mk.IXe/XVI Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Their next photo CD is Aero Research's Museum and Display Aircraft #3.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Ryan Koschatzky has today's entry, the Italeri 1/35 US 2 1/2 Ton Truck (WWII).

MM CONTEST:   Bf-110 Contest are closed. Voting starts Monday. 

INDUSTRY NEWS:   Here is the latest offering from Noy's Miniatures.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  

Thursday 31 May

KIT REVIEW:  Andre Botto shares his build of the Revell 1/72 P1Y-1/2 'Ginga'.

KIT PREVIEW:   Another nice Claude boxing is Fine Molds 1/48 A5M4 'Claude' - Soryu Air Group.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  For those who like their big Monogram bombers we have Aeromaster 48-206: B-24 Liberators over Europe Pt 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For the Italeri/Testors kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 72-157: SR-71/YF-12 Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A well done book that is not what you might initially think: Haynes T-34 Tank.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Mike Dudek built the Tamiya 1/48 Universal Carrier.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.   Last day for entries is TODAY. 

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Masterpiece Models is offering a resin 1/35 Waco CG-4A.

PHOTO TIP: 1st installment

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  

Monday 28 May

KIT REVIEW:   Dan Lee does a very nice job on his Matchbox 1/72 B-17G Flying Fortress.

KIT PREVIEW:   A nice looking kit is the Eduard 1/48 Mirage IIIC 'Weekend Edition'.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice sheet for late war P-47s is Aeromaster 48-276: Big Beautiful Jugs Part 2 .

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another well done photo CD is Aero Research's Museum and Display Aircraft #3.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Here is a look back at Greg Ewald's Dragon 1/35 Tiger I (late).

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.   Last day for entries is Thursday. 

INDUSTRY NEWS: Master Details is having a sale on its figures.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to David Brinkmeyer for his welcome help.

Need some more full build review articles.

Thursday 24 May

KIT REVIEW:   Otis Goodin does his usual superlative work on the Wingnut Wings 1/32 Fokker D.VII (alb).

KIT PREVIEW:   Another robofighter fro the Macross universe is the Hasegawa 1/72 Macross Plus YF-21.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  Though designed for the Hobbycraft kit, you'll want to use your Eduard version with Aeromaster 48-280: Fighting Polikarpov I-16s Part 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For their Mirage IIIC kit is Eduard FE396: Mirage IIIC Weekend.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  One of the first armor kits I ever built was the Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I Ausf E .

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.   Just a week to go for entries.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Master Details is having a sale on its figures.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Bruno Muller, Thomas Hayden and Christian Compagnion for their welcome help.

Note that the next update will be Monday, 28 May. I have a raft of medical appointments/tests today so won't have time to work on the site. 

Tuesday 22 May

KIT REVIEW:   Randy Lutz shares his very nice build of the Nichimo 1/48 Ki-51 'Sonia'.

KIT PREVIEW:   A nice kit of an often overlooked WWII type is the MPM 1/72 A-20B Havoc "MTO".

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  Another older sheet which woud be useful for the new Airfix kit is Aeromaster 48-215: Sea Fury Collection.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   The latest in their Airframe Album series is Valiant Wings Publishing: Heinkel He-162.  

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today, we have Tom Cleaver's Tamiya 1/48 Tiger I (early).

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.   

Monday 21 May

KIT REVIEW:   Scott Lyle begins our week with his nice build of the Airfix 1/48 Ju-87B-1 Stuka.

KIT PREVIEW:   A nice kit though it appears you cannot build all the markings options, the MPM 1/72 A-29/PBO-1 Hudson.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  Another older sheet is Aeromaster 48-208: Fighting Camels.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another interesting addition to their X-Planes offerings is Osprey's Bachem Ba 349 Natter.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  David Carley provides our kit from the past with his Airfix 1/76 Tiger Tank.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.  

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  

Friday 18 May

KIT REVIEW:   Pablo Calcaterra refurbishes and corrects his Revell (Monogram) 1/48 P-40B Warhawk.

KIT PREVIEW:   The Academy 1/72 F-18A+ 'VMFA-232 Red Devils'  looks like it will make into a very nice model.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice older sheet is Aeromaster 48-153: RAAF Boomerang Collection.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   The next in their Squadrons series is RAF-in-Combat's Squadrons #25: The Spitfire V - Eagle Squadrons.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A kit that was pretty fun to build was the HR Models 1/72 Tatra O.A.72 vz30 Armored Car.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.  

INDUSTRY NEWS: More good stuff from the folks at Kitty Hawk

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  

Tuesday 15 May

KIT REVIEW:   Francisco Santoro has today's main article with his Revell 1/72 Me 262A-1a.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson continues with his great computer art work with today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:   A very nice looking kit and one that surpasses the Matchbox version is Wolfpack 1/48 T-2C/E Buckeye (Hellenic Air Force) .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.        

DECAL REVIEW:  Hot on the heels of yesterday's review is Aeromaster 48-247: Su-22 Fitter part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   This set is for the GWH kit: Scale Aircraft Conversions 48-355: Su-35S Flaker E Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Jack Bruno built what he considers one of their best kits, the Tamiya 1/35 T-55A.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.  

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Monday 14 May

KIT REVIEW:   Mark Joyce tackled the Valom 1/72 P-75A Eagle.

KIT PREVIEW:  Garth Yu provides his impressions of the MiniHobby 1/350 King GeorgeV.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  A sheet that should work just fine with the Kitty Hawk kit is Aeromaster 48-246: Su-22 Fitter part 1 .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   A great addition to any display is Scale Aircraft Conversions 48-354: He-111H Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   The next in their Yellow series of monographs is Mushroom Model Publications' Republic F-105 Thunderchief.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today's blast is Kevin Krueger's PST 1/72 T-54/T-54A Medium Tank .

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.  

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Friday 11 May

KIT REVIEW:   Michael Rohde builds what is apparently a popular kit, the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire PR.XIX.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another nice boxing is the Special Hobby 1/72 CASA  C.212-100 (Portuguese Tail Art).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  This sheet is for what I believe was Eduard's firs kit;  Aeromaster 48-198: Siemens-Schuckert Collection.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   A great addition to any display is Noy's Miniatures 1/72 PSP/Marston Matting.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in their Airframe Extra series is Valiant Wings Publishing: North African Campaign.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  From a dozen years past, here is the Tamiya 1/48 T-34/76 model 1941 (cast turret).

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.  

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is what's on the way from Panda Hobby.

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Thursday 10 May

KIT REVIEW:   Amazingly, another nice Monogram 1/72 B-36 Peacemaker review. This time from Emmett Baker.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another small scale Can-Am racer kit, the M.A. Models 1/43 1970 March 707.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  Continuing with their stripes packs, these are the broad ones:  Fantasy Printshop Stripes, Part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   This set is for the Eduard kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 48-353: Spitfire VIII Landing Gear .

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   The story of the US Army's post Civil War rifle is told in Osprey's Trapdoor Springfield.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Jim Gross has today's oldie with his UM 1/72 T-34/76 (1943) with cast turret.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.  

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is what's on the way from Valiant Wings

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Tuesday 8 May

KIT REVIEW:   George Oh has today's article and tries a new paint on the Pegasus 1/35 T-800 Endoskeleton.

KIT PREVIEW:  A fairly recent kit that looks like it might be a good one is the Academy 1/72 F-18E Super Hornet 'VFA-143 Pukin Dogs' .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  This one has a variety of camo options:  Aeromaster 48-210: Spitfires at War part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   This set is for the Trumpeter kit;  Scale Aircraft Conversions 48-352: MiG-15 Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today, it is Ryan Koschatsky's Tamiya 1/35 SU-122 SPG.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.  

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Monday 7 May

KIT REVIEW:   Pablo Calcaterra has today's feature article with his Hasegawa 1/48 Hurricane IIB.

KIT PREVIEW: Here is a nicely done kit for those who want a nice Claude: Fine Molds 1/48 A5M4 'Claude'.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  Six nice options on Aeromaster 48-152: Fighting Lavochkins Part 3.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   This set is for the ICM kit and various reboxings;  Scale Aircraft Conversions 32130: I-16 Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Part of their Images of War series is Pen & Sword's T-54/55: The Soviet Army's Cold War Main Battle Tank .    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A kit I thought was a fairly trouble-free build was the Dragon 1/72 Su-85M.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Kerry Hendricks for helping out.  

Friday 4 May

KIT REVIEW:   An older kit that still makes into a nice model is your editor's Hasegawa 1/48 F4U-4 Corsair.

KIT PREVIEW: Another recently purchased older kit is the Provence Moulage 1/43 Chaparral 2D (Daytona 1966).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  Something from the past is Aeromaster 48-320: Air War over Vietnam:  A-1E.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW: A set you'll want to consider for your Airfix B-25 is Scale Aircraft Conversions 72156: B-25 Mitchell Landing Gear+. Read the review to find out about the +.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A really great read is Osprey's US Flush-Deck Destroyers 1916-45.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  David Carley has today's look into the archive with his Tamiya 1/35 Stug IV.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest

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Thursday 3 May

KIT REVIEW:  Torben Plesberg has today's feature article with his neat Azur 1/72 GAL ST-25 Monospar.

KIT PREVIEW: A very welcome reissue is the Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E/F Skyhawk .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  Something that is super useful are Fantasy Printshop Stripes, Part 1.  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another super photo CD is Aero Research's Warbirds Collection #8.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  It is pretty obvious why a lot of folks build these kits. A look back at the Tamyia 1/48 StuG III ausf B.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.  I've updated the contest page. If you do not see your entry, you may wish to resend.

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Tuesday 1 May

KIT REVIEW:  Carmel J. Attard begins our month with his nice build of the Gavia 1/72 Let-410 Turbolet.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson moves over to the Korean War for today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW: Perhaps a bit of a niche subject, but a nice kit, the Special Hobby 1/72 CASA  C.212-100.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  Perhaps 2% of you will find this useful, Tamiya 12683: 1/72 Ki-61 Camouflage Decals.  

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A nice but somewhat fiddly kit, was the Dragon 1/72 M4A2 (Sherman III).

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest

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Monday 30 April

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee continues with his TV/Movie builds. This time it is the Moebius 1/4105 Classic Battlestar Galactica.

KIT PREVIEW: Here is another resin Can-Am racer, the M.A. Models 1/43 BRM P154.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  Another oldie from the collection is Aeromaster 48-258: Lysander Collection part 2.  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Now this is a great reference book and a 'must have' for enthusiasts;  US Marine Corps Aircraft since 1913.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Here is a look back at Michael Johnson's Trumpeter 1/72 128mm Selbstfahrlafette auf VK2001(h).

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest

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Friday 27 April

KIT REVIEW:  Peter Burstow returns after a hiatus with his nicely done Hasegawa 1/72 E7K1 'Alf'.

KIT PREVIEW: Another of their nice limited editions is the Hasegawa 1/72 A-1H Skyraider w Rocket Pod.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  A sheet I bought to use on my Fujimi and Hobby Boss kits is Print Scale 72153:  CH-46 Sea Knight.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW: There are times when you run across something that is much better than what you have been using. So it is with these Meng Sprue Cutters .

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Blair Stewart has today's oldie with his Tamiya SdKfz 251/9.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is the latest figure from Master Details.

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Thursday 26 April

KIT REVIEW:  Ryan Grosswiler shares what he did to revamp his Fujimi 1/72 Ju-87D Stuka.

KIT PREVIEW: Sometimes you don't get what you expect. So it was with this Provence Moulage 1/43 Alfa Romeo G.T.A.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  A cool sheet for the 1/144 modeler is Caracal Models CD 144003: B-1B Lancer.  

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Bryan Tucker has today's oldie with the Roden 1/72 SdKfz 231 (8-rad).

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is the latest news from Valiant Wings.

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Tuesday 24 April

KIT REVIEW:  Donald Zhou did an excellent job on his Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 Sherman “European Theater”.

KIT PREVIEW: A fairly new kit is the Academy 1/72 F-15C Eagle (MSIPII).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  A super useful set is BarracudaCals BC72378: Spitfire Late Mark Airframe Stencils.  

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Despite its age, it is still a nice kit, the Tamiya 1/35 Sd.kfz 222 Panzerspähwagen.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.

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Monday 23 April

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee starts us off today with his build of the Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang.

KIT PREVIEW: Donald Zhou provides his impression of the Rye Field Model 1/35 M1A1/A2 Abrams w/ Full Interior.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  Tom Hall evaluates the MYK Design 72082: A6M2b 'Jyunyoh Fighter Group'.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW: A useful set for the new Revell kit is this 1/32 P-51D Mustang Upgrade Set.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Pierre-André Boillat has today's oldie with his Dragon 1/35 Sd.Kfz 184 'Ferdinand'.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.

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Friday 20 April

KIT REVIEW: Ryan Grosswiler  caps off our week with the very colorful Heller 1/72 Caudron C-635 Simoun .

KIT PREVIEW: If you are into small scale racing cars, consider something like the Marsh Models 1/43 Lola T-70 (Team Surtees).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  A set you should have if you do Spitfires is BarracudaCals BC48375: Spitfire Late Mark Airframe Stencils.  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A revised edition with more pages and new kit reviews is Valiant Wings Publishing: Hawker Sea Fury (revised).    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today, it is Blair Stewart's Italeri 1/35 SdKfz 173 Jagdpanther.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.

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Thursday 19 April

KIT REVIEW: Tom Cleaver's  input this week is the new Airfix 1/48 Sea Fury FB.11 .

KIT PREVIEW: Donald Zhou shares his impressions of a monster of a kit, the Bandai 1/72  Millennium Falcon (Perfect Grade).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  Tom Hall provides his expertise in analyzing the MYK Design 72065: A6M5 'Carrier Based Aircraft' decal sheet.  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A book I thoroughly enjoyed reading perhaps because it covers my early days in the Navy is Osprey's US Navy Phantom Units of the Vietnam War 1969-73.    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Bill Koppos provides our oldie with his Bronco 1/35 Adler  armored car.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest. The winner for the Post WWII Japan contest has been posted.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is what's next from Noy's Miniatures. A look at the most recent title from Haynes.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to George Ruscoff for his welcome assistance.  

Tuesday 17 April

KIT REVIEW: Stephen Dearden  builds a kit most of us have only seen in the box, the Monogram USA/USSR Missile Set.

KIT PREVIEW: A nicely done car kit is the Revell 1/25 1962 Corvette.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  Another very useful decal sheet is BarracudaCals BC72376: Focke-Wulf FW-190A/F/D Stencils.  

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Something a bit off the norm was the Trumpeter 1/72 Sd.Ah. 116 tank transporter trailer.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest. The winner for the Post WWII Japan contest has been posted.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks .  

Monday 16 April

KIT REVIEW: Stephen Venters  shares with us his superbly done Nocturna Productions 1/6 Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

KIT PREVIEW: A perfect kit for those AOA decals is the Roden 1/144 AC-119K 'Stinger'.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.       

DECAL REVIEW:  Here is a look at their third great sheet on the 'Claude', Lifelike 48-055: Mitsubishi A5M Part 3.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW: Another nice WWII figure is Rado 35011: After the Battle - SS Pz Grenadier w StG44.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A 'must have' for the Phantom phan is Double Ugly Books: The RF-4B in the Tactical Reconnaissance Role 1965-1990 .    

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A fairly quick build was the Maquette 1/72 SA-2 Guideline.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the Bf-110 Contest.

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