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Friday 23 February    

KIT REVIEW: It has been a long time since your editor has built a kit from this company;  the Eduard 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat 'Weekend Edition'.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice rebox is the Tamiya 1/35 AMD 35 French Armored Car .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  A super new sheet for the Hasegawa or Italeri MC.205 is Stormo 48008: Italian, German and Croatian Aces 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Designed for the Avant Garde kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 48346: Kfir C.2/C.7 Landing Gear.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Here is a look back at Tom Cleaver's Tamiya 1/48 Jagdpanther (late).

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

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

Thursday 22 February    

KIT REVIEW: Tom Cleaver adds to his collection with another Mauve 1/48 P-40N Warhawk.

KIT PREVIEW:  A well done short run kit with lots of detail is the Arma Hobby 1/72 PZL P.7a.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  This sheet is for the Monogram/Promodeler kit:  Aeromaster 48-143: Heinkels at War.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Designed for the Revell kit, BarracudaCast BR 32338: Spitfire IX cockpit door with crowbar .

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Another welcome addition to their Duel series is Osprey's Zeppelin vs British Home Defense.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today, it is Hank Gruben's Italeri 1/72 Sd.Kfz 186 Jagdtiger.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

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

Tuesday 20 February    

KIT REVIEW: Dan Lee has an adventure building the Hasegawa 1/72 ASF-X Shinden II (Ace Combat).

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice addition to their Limited Edition series is the Hasegawa 1/72 G4M2A Model 24 'Betty' - The Air Fight over Philippines.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice older sheet for the Tamiya Ki-46 is Aeromaster 48-262:  IJAAF Fast Recon Dinahs part 1.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Designed for the AMG kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 48346: Kfir C.2/C.7 Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A nice Tamiya 1/35 JS-3 Stalin  from Olivier Lacombe, who is now flinging  passengers through the sky. (Perhaps 'flinging' isn't the right word...)

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:    Announcing the next title from Valiant Wings.

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

Monday 19 February    

KIT REVIEW: Michael Rohde has today's feature article with his build of the Tamiya 1/48 Aichi M6A1 'Seiran'.

KIT PREVIEW:  A recent kit of the early Yak-1 for the 1/72 fan is Brengun 1/72 Yak-1 (1941).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  The older sheet for today is Aeromaster 48-241:  MiG-21s - Cold War Fishbeds.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Designed for the Revell kit, you could probably use this on others; BarracudaCast BR 32336: Spitfire IX seat with backpad and armor .

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Peter Hobbins takes us back with his  Roden 1/72 IS-3 'Stalin'.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

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

Friday 16 February    

KIT REVIEW: Often times, your editor is inspired by a movie. So it is with today's BanDai 1/72 Sanka B.

KIT PREVIEW:  Donald Zhou shares his thoughts on the Takom 1/35 M9 Armored Combat Earthmover.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  An older sheet that would look nice on the Hasegawa kit;  Aeromaster 48-174: Ki-84 Special Attack Squadrons.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Designed for the Sword kit, this set should make it a bit sturdier; Scale Aircraft Conversions 48345: Lightning T.4/5 Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A well written book that offers the complete combat history of the plane is MMP's Gloster Gauntlet.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today, we have Mark Davies'  Italeri 1/72 IS-2.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Wayne McKee for his welcome support.   

Thursday 15 February    

KIT REVIEW: Tom Cleaver has today's feature article with his Tamiya 1/48 P-47M Thunderbolt.

KIT PREVIEW:  For those of us with a masochistic streak, the Mach 2 1/72 Falcon 20 (Norwegian Air Force).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  An older sheet with some nice markings options is Aeromaster 48-168: Ki-45 Empire Defenders.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Designed for the Trumpeter kit, but you can also use it on the Special Hobby P-36; BarracudaCast BR 32329: P-40B/C mainwheels (smooth tire).

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  The latest in their New Vanguard series is Osprey's Soviet Destroyers of World War II.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  From 2006, the Tamiya 1/48 Jagdpanzer 38 (t) 'Hetzer'.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Wayne McKee for his welcome support.

Tuesday 13 February    

KIT REVIEW: Today we feature the work of 14 year old Jacob Hendershott and his Revell 1/48 A-10A Thunderbolt II.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson provides a different perspective in today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice addition to their small military scale is the Hasegawa 1/200 C-40A Clipper.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  A nicely done sheet is Aeromaster 48-188: Fiat CR.42 Collection.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This is a pretty hefty set; Scale Aircraft Conversions 72153: B-2 Spirit Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Another of their superb photo CDs is Aero Research's P-3 Orion part 2.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  This 2005 article is Greg Ewald's  Hasegawa 1/72 GMC Cargo Truck.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

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

Monday 12 February    

KIT REVIEW: Scott Lyle flags off this week with his superlative Monogram 1/48 B-17G Flying Fortress.

KIT PREVIEW:  An inexpensive short run kit that will take a bit of work is the Sky High 1/72 T-34C (VF-101).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  This older sheet is for the Ki-44;  Aeromaster 48-170: Tojo Collection part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This nice set is for the ICM kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 72152: FW-189A-1/2 Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  This edition may well be one of their most ambitious:  Valiant Wings Publishing: Bf-109 Late Series (F-K).

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   From way back in 2010, the UM 1/48 GAZ-MM truck.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

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

Friday 9 February    

KIT REVIEW: Joel Hamm does another F-86, this time the Heller 1/72 F-86F Sabre.

KIT PREVIEW:  The latest in their 1/48 military line is the Tamiya 1/48 German Heavy Tractor SS-100.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  One in their series for 109Es is Aeromaster 48-248: Marauding Emils part 3.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This nice set is for the Italeri  kit and others who have reboxed it, Scale Aircraft Conversions 72151: T-45 Goshawk Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Here is a look at the second installment on this vehicle:  Osprey's Sturmgeschutz.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   An oldie from Blair Stewart, who builds armor MUCH better than I, is his Dragon 1/35 Flakpanzer 38(t) Ausf L.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

INDUSTRY NEWS:    On the horizon from Valiant Wings.

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

Thursday 8 February    

KIT REVIEW: Donald Zhou adds to his NCC-1701 collection with the AMT 1/1400 Enterprise E "First Contact".

KIT PREVIEW:  A fairly recent release and one that looks pretty simple is the Roden 1/144 C-141B Starlifter.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  Something that is always  nice to have around; Aeromaster 48-244: RAF late war fighter roundels.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This nice set is for the Valom kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions 72150: B-45 Tornado Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   One that hasn't been around for a while is the ESCI 1/72 Fiat-Ansaldo M13/40 .

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

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

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

Tuesday 6 February    

KIT REVIEW: Zach Pease shares his build of the Zoukei-Mura 1/32 P-51K Mustang IV.

KIT PREVIEW:  Probably the best kit of this aircraft in this scale is the Academy 1/72 OV-10D 'Desert Storm'.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice one for P-47 fans is Aeromaster 48-250: Thunderbolts Galore V.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice set for the newer Eduard kit is  BarracudaCast BR 48355: FW-190A/F/G exhaust.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  This is a super book that tells the whole story of this rather unremarkable aircraft, Kagero's Dornier Do-22 .

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   From the late, great Greg Ewald is the Dragon 1/35 E-100 Heavy Tank 'Nachtjager' .

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

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

Monday 5 February    

KIT REVIEW: Richard F starts us off this week with his Pit Road 1/700 JMSDF D.E. Chikugo.

KIT PREVIEW:  A look at the original boxing; Fujimi 1/72 F-86F Sabre "MiG Killer".

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.     

DECAL REVIEW:  Continuing with nautical presentations: Aeromaster 48-149: F4F Wildcat Collection part 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice set for the Airfix or Bronco kit is BarracudaCast BR 48330: P-40B/C Main Wheels.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Their next book on less widely used types is RAF-in-Combat's Squadrons #23: The Republic Thunderbolt II.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Today it is Bill Michaels' nicely done Italeri 1/72 DUKW.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

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

Friday 2 February    

KIT REVIEW: Your editor manages to complete his first kit of the year and it is the Takom 1/35 M3 Lee (early).

KIT PREVIEW:  For the 1/72 armor modeler, perhaps the Italeri 1/72 Merkava 1.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  An older sheet for the WWII USN builder is Aeromaster 48-251: Carrier Based Hellcats.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A neat detail bit are Pacific Monograph's Wingtip Lights. These are precut and ready to install.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Another great book in a long list of fine publications is Specialty Press' Testbeds, Motherships & Parasites.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Martin Szepan has today's article from the archives, the Revell AG 1/72 ATF Dingo 1.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

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

Thursday 1 February    

KIT REVIEW: Tom Cleaver begins our month with an older kit, the Mauve 1/48 P-40N-1.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  An older sheet you may want to seek out,  Aeromaster 48-254: Carrier Based Corsairs 2.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another nice Spit bit is BarracudaCast BR 72342: Spitfire late cockpit entry doors.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A nice book to commemorate the 100th anniversary: Shire's The RAF: 1918-2018.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Tom Roskelly has today's oldie, the Hasegawa 1/72 Crusader MkIII.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest and hopefully I'll find some time to post the first entries!

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

KIT REVIEW: Joel Hamm tackles the Merlin 1/72 FJ-4B Fury in today's main article.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that has had a fairly good reissue run is the Revell 1/72 Junkers F.13 .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  A very special and limited run set is Werner's Wings 3201: Vietnam Ace Capt Steve Ritchie and Friends.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This is quite a welcome reissue:  Medallion Models MM44: P-51/P-51A/A-36 Upgrade .

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  For their second Air Campaign book, we have Osprey's Rabaul 1943-44 .

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Tom Cleaver built the very nice Tamiya 1/48 Cromwell IV.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest and hopefully I'll find some time to post the first entries!

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

Monday 29 January    

KIT REVIEW: Dan Lee provides his take on one of the newer kit releases, the Meng 1/48 P-51D Mustang.

KIT PREVIEW:  Not a new kit, but one that looks to be very nice, the Tamiya 1/24 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  An older sheet you may find worth seeking out is Aeromaster 48-256: Birdcage Corsair Part II.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Any 1/72 RAF modeler should seriously consider BarracudaCast BR 72341: Spitfire four slot main wheels - 3 pack .

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A nice addition to their Combat Aircraft series is Osprey's Savoia-Marchetti S.79 'Sparviero' Bomber Units.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A nice diorama accessory is Italeri 1/72 Country House with Porch.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest and hopefully I'll find some time to post the first entries!

INDUSTRY NEWS:    A welcome reissue from Valiant Wings.

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

Friday 26 January    

KIT REVIEW: Tom Cleaver finishes up our week with is build of the recent Kinetic 1/48 Harrier T.8.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson returns to 109s in today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:  This is the original tooling of the KP 1/72 Piper L-4H Cub.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  Something you might find useful if building the Mikr Mir kit: Saggitarius 025-48: Yak-23 'Flora'.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A most welcome new set is BarracudaCast BR 72331: P-40B/C main wheels.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Bill Koppos built the Tamiya 1/35 Char B.1bis  .

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest and hopefully I'll find some time to post the first entries!

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Bruce Hilton, and Nicholas Roso for helping.   

Still feeling pretty crappy with the flue so it may affect next week's updates as well. Please bear with me on this.

Tuesday 23 January    

KIT REVIEW: Donald Zhou adds to his Star Trek collection with the AMT/Ertl 1/1000 NCC-1701-B USS Enterprise.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another boxing of this very nice kit is the Fujimi 1/72 Ki-43-I Hayabusa '59th Sentai'.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  A most welcome sheet for those who like light planes in the military; Starfighter Decals 72-155: L-4 Grasshoppers.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Another fine reference in the New Vanguard series is Osprey's T-90 Standard Tank.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A nice little kit of a much used AFV, the ICM 1/72 BTR-152 Armored Personnel Carrier.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest and hopefully I'll find some time to post the first entries!

INDUSTRY NEWS:    Here is the latest from Kitty Hawk/Panda.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Rex in TN and Andrew Smith for helping.   

Your editor has been struck with the flu. Thursday's update is in limbo.

Monday 22 January    

KIT REVIEW: Stephen Foster delights us with another of his early aviation projects, the Scratch-built 1/72 Voisin III LAS.

KIT PREVIEW:  Not a new kit, but one that is still first rate is the Fujimi 1/72 F-86F-30 Sabre 'Skyblazers' .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  Another of their nice event sheets is Starfighter Decals 72-154: Operation Leader- USS Ranger North Atlantic 1943.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  The next volume in what really is an interesting series is RAF in Combat's Fighter Leaders #6.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Mark Smith did a superb job with the Dragon 1/72 M2A2 Bradley ODS .

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest and hopefully I'll find some time to post the first entries!

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

Friday 19 January    

KIT REVIEW: Carmel J. Attard provides another nice vacuform build, the Khee-Kha 1/72 Waco YKS-6.

KIT PREVIEW:  Pretty sure this one is from the 60s, the Lindberg 1/96 Clermont.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  An older sheet but an interesting subject, Aeromaster 48-197: Fokker E.V/D.VIII Flying Razors part 1.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  This one was a really great read;  Osprey's Sagger vs M60 MBT.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A nice little kit that would work on an RAF diorama is the JB Models 1/76 Bedford MK Tactical Aircraft Refueller.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest and hopefully I'll find some time to post the first entries!

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

Thursday 18 January    

KIT REVIEW: Tom Cleaver builds his second Airfix 1/48 P-51D Mustang in as many articles. Guess he likes it.

KIT PREVIEW:  John Miller has a look at a neat short run kit, the The Brengun 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Vb “Messerspit”.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  Those of us who like aggressor Scooters will like Fight's On Decals 48-002 A-4 Adversaries part 2.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A very cool reference CD is Aero Research's Modeler's Guide to Aftermarket Aircraft Decals.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Rick Brownlee did nice work on the Alan Hobbies 1/35 BA-20 Armored Car. As a note, this kit was reboxed by Dragon.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest.

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

Tuesday 16 January    

KIT REVIEW: Michael Rohde builds the newer release of the Revell 1/72 FW-200C Condor.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another quite nice kit snagged from the 'cheap kit' sales, the AMT/ERTL 1/72 A-7E Corsair II.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  A useful sheet with six options is Berna Decals 7238 Ki-43-I Hayabusa.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Something you'll need if you bought the recent Hobby Boss kit is the Quickboost 1/48 A-4 Refueling Probe (late) .

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.     

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A neat little kit for fans of the type, the UM 1/72 Armored Vehicle BA-3.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Lee Kolosna and Bruce Whitney for their most welcome help.   

Monday 15 January    

KIT REVIEW: Dave Cummings begins our week with his Revell (Monogram) 1/48 P-61 Black Widow.

KIT PREVIEW:  Not exactly a new kit, but what short run was like 20 years ago, the HiPM 1/48 He-100D.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  An interesting sheet for the IJAAF modeler is Rising Decal 72070: Japanese Army Aircraft Training Units II.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Their next title in the story of the Convoy Fighter is Retromechanix' Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter Part 2.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.     

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Laurent Moitrot has today's look into the archives with his Italeri 1/35 Autoblinda AB.41.

MM CONTEST:   You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest

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

Friday 12 January    

KIT REVIEW: Carmel J. Attard takes a few bits and some additional work to make a Frog 1/72 Whitley V freighter.

KIT PREVIEW:  Today's preview is another resin car kit, the Record 1/43 Ferrari 365P2.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  J-P Poisseroux shares another special scheme sheet, Syhart Decals Mirage 2000N: EC2/4 'LaFayette'.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A nice addition to a series that seems to be selling well is MMP Books RAF WWII Fighter Instrument Panels.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.     

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Something that may start a conversation is the UM 1/72 Armored Self-Propelled Leningrad railroad car.

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest. Winners have been posted for this and the Lindberg Contest. You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest

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

Thursday 11 January   

KIT REVIEW: There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears, and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call ... The Modeling Zone. Joel Hamm goes there with his Hobby Boss 1/72 F-86F-30.

KIT PREVIEW:  An interesting kit that seems to be an upgrade is the Mikr Mir 1/48 Yak-23.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  J-P Poisseroux shares a nice decal sheet, Syhart Decals 72/48-085 F-4D Phantom II N.D. ANG.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  The last of their new metal gear sets is Scale Aircraft Conversions 32127: Jeannin Stahltaub L Landing Gear and Wire Supports.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A campaign about which I knew very little is chronicled in Osprey's The Hindenberg Line 1918.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.     

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Blair Stewart did a nice Maquette 1/35 ASU-57 SPG.

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest. Winners have been posted for this and the Lindberg Contest. You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest

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

Tuesday 9 January   

KIT REVIEW: Donald Zhou  continues with his build of large scale aircraft with the Trumpeter 1/32 A-6E/Tram Intruder .   

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson returns to Thunderflashes in today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:  The next offering in their 1/48 'Fitter' series is the Kitty Hawk 1/48 Su-17/22UM-3K.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice sheet to go along with the previous data set is Print Scale 72160:  US Navy A-7 Corsair II part 1 .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  The next metal gear set is Scale Aircraft Conversions 32126: DH.9a Landing Gear for the Wingnut Wings kit .

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  The first title in a welcome new series is Osprey's Battle of Britain 1940.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.     

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Llarry Amrose built the Mirage 1/72 AT-1 Assault Gun.

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest. Winners have been posted for this and the Lindberg Contest. You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest

INDUSTRY NEWS:    A bit of additional info on the upcoming F-5E from Kitty Hawk.   

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

Monday 8 January   

KIT REVIEW: George Oh  begins our week with his Airfix 1/72 Whirlwind I.   

KIT PREVIEW:  Most companies are doing quite a few large kits. So it is with the Italeri 1/32 Mirage IIIE/R .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.    

DECAL REVIEW:  A useful sheet for the 1/72 USN builder is Print Scale 72170:  US Navy A-7 Corsair II Stencils.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This new set is for the very large HobbyBoss kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 18003: FW-190A-5 Landing Gear .

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  The latest from IPMS Canada is Random Thoughts 39/4.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.     

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A neat little resin and p.e. kit is Steelwork 1/72 1937 Chevrolet Armored Car .

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest. Winners have been posted for this and the Lindberg Contest. You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest

INDUSTRY NEWS:    A bunch of new goodies for you from BarracudaCast.   

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

Friday 5 January   

KIT REVIEW: Dale Rannals  shares his first figure build of the year, E2046 1/6 Calne Ca Prisoner and Paper Plane Version .   

KIT PREVIEW:  Fujimi doesn't release a lot of new airplane kits. This one is fairly recent, the Fujimi 1/72 Ki-43-I Hayabusa.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW:  This set is for the Valom kit: Caracal Models CD 72069: RB-45 Tornado  .

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This new set is for the Airfix kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 72149: Me-262 Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Another interesting title from their Warriors line is Osprey's British Tank Crewman 1939-45.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.     

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Sjon van der Heiden did the Bandai 1/48 88mm FlaK 18.

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest. Winners have been posted for this and the Lindberg Contest. You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest

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

Thursday 4 January   

KIT REVIEW: Pablo Calcaterra  does another Argentine AF plane from the 80s with the Italeri/ESCI 1/48 Dagger.   

KIT PREVIEW:  If you like modern AFVs, then you will very much like the new Panda Hobby 1/35 Husky Mk III VMMD w/GPRS.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW:  Their second P-2 sheet is Caracal Models CD 72057: P2V Neptune part 2.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  From their New Vanguard series a title where I learned a great deal, Osprey's Early US Armor: Armored Cars 1915-40.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Moving now into military vehicles for the past blast, we start with the Ace 1/72 52-K Soviet 85mm Heavy AA Gun.

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest. Winners have been posted for this and the Lindberg Contest. You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest

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

Tuesday 2 January   

KIT REVIEW: Mike Dudek  has today's main article with the Tamiya 1/700 Russian SSGN Kursk.   

KIT PREVIEW:  If you like modern AFVs, then you will very much like the new Panda Hobby 1/35 M1235A1 Maxxpro Dash DXM.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW:  A most welcome sheet for an often overlooked kit is Caracal Models CD 72055: P2V Neptune part 1.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  This month's photo CD is Aero Research's Mustangs.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  An interesting kit of a popular sports plane is Miku Models 1/72 Zlin 526A.

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest. Winners have been posted for this and the Lindberg Contest. You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest

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Monday 1 January   

KIT REVIEW: Frank Spahr  kicks off the new year with his superbly done Hasegawa 1/48 SH-3H Sea King.   

KIT PREVIEW:  For their second big scale kit, here is a look at the Azur/Frrom 1/32 IAR-80A.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW:  Their second sheet is for the first model of the big Roden kit; Caracal Models CD 144008: C-5A Galaxy.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  A very well done title in the Duel series is Osprey's Sea Harrier FRS.1 vs Mirage IIIE/Dagger.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Larry Cherniak has today's oldie, the Models & More 1/48 Yokosuka MXY7 'Ohka' Model 22.

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest. Winners have been posted for this and the Lindberg Contest. You may send in your entries for the Post WWII Japan contest

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Stephen Towle, Neil Howard, and Stephen Sundberg for their generous support.  

Friday 22 December   

KIT REVIEW: Your editor  finishes the year with the Hasegawa 1/32 Ki-43-II 'Hayabusa'.   

KIT PREVIEW:  A rather impressive looking kit is the recent Takom 1/35 M3 Lee (early).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW:  First sheet I've seen for the new Roden kit is Caracal Models CD 144006: C-5B/M Galaxy.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  Another very interesting book in a growing series is Crecy Publishing's British Secret Projects 1.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Carmel J. Attard has today's oldie from a decade back:  the J & L Aircraft Models 1/72 Yak-40 .

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. All future donations this year will go towards next year. Thanks to Stephen Towle for his generous support.  

Modeling Madness ends its publishing year today. Next update is after the holidays on 1 January. I wish you all the very happiest holiday season.

Thursday 21 December   

KIT REVIEW: George Oh builds what is truly a vintage kit, the Revell 1/72 Morane-Saulnier Type N.   

KIT PREVIEW:  An interesting subject for the S/F fan is UGH Models 1/350 Centauri Liner.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW: A nice bonus for the year's end is Wolfpak Decals 12-17: Thank You.

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice set for the Hasegawa kit and recommended by doctors! The Eduard  FE511: SH-3 Interior set. 

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Continuing with the Yaks, we have Mark Fordham's A-Model 1/72 Yak-21 .

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. All future donations this year will go towards next year. Thanks to Burkhard Domke for his generous support.

Tuesday 19 December   

KIT REVIEW: Dale Rannals has built the very nice Trumpeter 1/700 Battleship Roma

KIT PREVIEW:  Still the best on the subject in this scale; Fujimi 1/72 A-7E Corsair II .

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW: Another great selection of subjects is in Wolfpak Decals 72-113: Fighting Cocks.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  These are quite well done photo books:  Frontline's Combat over the Mediterranean .

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Carmel J. Attard built the interesting looking 1/72 Yak-17 UTI.

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. All future donations this year will go towards next year. Thanks. 

Monday 18 December   

KIT REVIEW: Nicolai Plesberg shares his build of the still nice Monogram 1/48 Typhoon IB.   

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

KIT PREVIEW:  Tom Hall provides a rundown of the Hasegawa 1/72 A6M5 type 52 variants.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.   

DECAL REVIEW: This new sheet is for the ICM kit;  Iliad Designs 48033: Beechcraft C-45s.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:  An interesting addition to their Weapon series is Osprey's The 'Broomhandle' Mauser.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Here is Drew Nix's Pioneer 1/72 Yakovlev YAK-15 “Feather”.

MM CONTEST:  Voting closed for the Hurricane Contest.

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. All future donations this year will go towards next year. Thanks to Harald Verweij, Harry Crumpacker, John Sachs, and Robert Funk for kicking off the 2018 drive. 

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