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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.

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

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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.  

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

Next update will be Friday.

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.  

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

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.

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

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

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

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.  

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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