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Tuesday 15 January

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee shares his superb build of the MPC 1/72 Space 1999 Mk IX Hawk.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice looking kit of a limited production aircraft is the Trumpeter 1/72 Nanchang Q-5Yi.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.            

DECAL REVIEW:  A handy sheet of the F-86 fan is Caracal Models CDB 48002: USAF F-86 Buzz Numbers

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set will also fit the new Tamiya kit;  BarracudaCast BR 48389: Bf-109G Wheels - ribbed tire and plain hub.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another well done book on the 'backwater' front of WWII is Osprey's B-25 Mitchell Units of the CBI

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.              

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Wyll Jones built the AMT 1/25 General Lee (Dodge Charger)

MM CONTEST:   Voting is underway for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. Today is the last day. 

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Monday 14 January

KIT REVIEW:  Emmett Baker builds an old favorite, theMonogram 1/48 P-51D Mustang.

KIT PREVIEW:  Their latest limited edition of this kit is the Hasegawa 1/72 F-14A Tomcat 'Top Gun'.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.            

DECAL REVIEW:  A first from these folks is Starfighter Decals 2401: Mercury GT-40 Mk.II

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Wingnut Wings kit;  Scale Aircraft Conversions 32139 AMC DH.2 Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.              

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A fun build was your editor's Arii 1/32 1957 Daihatsu Midget

MM CONTEST:   Voting is underway for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. Tomorrow is the last day. 

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

 

Friday 11 January

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor clears a kit from the 'shelf of doom', though it has taken months. Here's the Italeri 1/72 B-25B/C Mitchell.

KIT PREVIEW:  A fairly recent release is the Airfix 1/48 Sea Fury FB.11.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.            

DECAL REVIEW:  Moving to 1/48 scale for their stencil sheet is Euro Decals 48118: Tornado GR.4/4A Stencils

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   Another nice set for the 1/32 modeler is BarracudaCast BR 32358: FW-190A-6 thru A-9, F, D Mainwheels - Ribbed.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   For their second compilation volume, here is a look at Scale Model Handbook: Theme Collection #2

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Russ Bundy produced a super model using the Bill Jorgensen 1/24 1977 Foyt/Coyote

MM CONTEST:   Voting is underway for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. 

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

Thursday 10 January

KIT REVIEW:  Chris Mikesh provides a delightful article on his build of the Revell 1/72 Hawker Tempest V.

KIT PREVIEW:  Their reputation is kept going with this new kit, the Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire I.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.            

DECAL REVIEW:  Their second sheet for this Sword kit is Caracal Models CD 72083:  FJ-3 Fury part 2

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   Adding to their figure sets we have  Master Details 32064: 1/32 USAAF Waist Gunner .

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   I love this series as they always cover neat stuff. Osprey's Superguns 1864 - 1991 is no exception.. 

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Blair Stewart did great work building the Accurate Miniatures 1/24 Corvette Grand Sport

MM CONTEST:   Voting is underway for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. 

INDUSTRY NEWS:    Coming soon from Specialty Press.  

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

Tuesday 8 January

KIT REVIEW:  Blair Stewart does nice work with the old ESCI 1/48 F-86E Sabre.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson heads to the Pacific for today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:  The second boxing of this kit is the Airfix 1/48 Tomahawk Mk.II.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DECAL REVIEW:  A welcome sheet for those building this big plane is Euro Decals 32118: Tornado GR.4/4A Stencils

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   Another of his superbly printed display platforms is Noy's Miniatures 1/144 Soviet/Russian bomber tarmac.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next up in their Squadrons series is RAF-in-Combat's Squadrons #30: Spitfire V - Belgian & Dutch Squadrons

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today's offering is one of my first metal car kits, the FDS 1/43 Cooper F.1 (1959)

MM CONTEST:   Voting is underway for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. 

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

Monday 7 January

KIT REVIEW:  Francisco Santoro begins our week with his Hasegawa 1/72 Kyushu J7W1 "Shinden".

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice limited edition offering is the Hasegawa 1/144 YS-11 'JMSDF 61 Sq'.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DECAL REVIEW:  This great set is for the big Trumpeter kit:  Caracal Models CD 48137: EKA-3B Skywarrior 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   A superbly cast set for the Tamiya and other kits is BarracudaCast BR 48388: Bf-109G Wheels - smooth tire and ribbed hub.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Always welcome, and this time moreso, is IPMS Canada's Random Thoughts 40/4

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: A neat smaller scale car kit is the Tamiya 1/48 Citroen 11CV

MM CONTEST:   Voting is underway for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. 

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

Friday 4 January

KIT REVIEW:  Nicolai Plesberg does another double with the Skunkmodels Workshops 1/48 MQ-9 Reaper.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that I somehow missed when it was released is the Special Hobby 1/48 D.558-1 Skystreak.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DECAL REVIEW:  A comprehensive sheet for German Phantoms is Caracal Models CD 48136: Luftwaffe F-4F 'Norm 81' 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   A superbly cast upgrade set for big scale Wildcats is Master Details 32063: 1/32 58 US Gallon Drop Tank

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another great issue is Scale Model Handbook: Figures #23

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: A very cool large scale multimedia build is Blair Stewart's Revell 1/6 Chevrolet Corvette 327 Fuel Injected Engine.

MM CONTEST:   Voting is underway for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. 

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

Thursday, 3 January

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver begins our year with the Airfix 1/48 Blenheim IF.

KIT PREVIEW:  A most welcome new release for modern military modelers is the Panda 1/35 M1296 Stryker Dragoon IFV.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice new sheet for the Kitty Hawk kit is Caracal Models CD 48073: RF-101C part 1 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   Building a large scale early190A? Consider adding BarracudaCast BR 32357: FW-190A-1 thru A-6 wheels

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   This latest CD is one of their more popular subjects:  Aero Research's Aggressors #4

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Today's oldie is from 2003, the ESDO 1/43 Chaparral 2A.

MM CONTEST:   Voting is underway for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. 

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Brett Mason, Neil Walsh, and Anonymous in SoCal for their support.

Friday 21 December*

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee takes us into winter with the  ICM 1/16 Night King .

KIT PREVIEW:  Not a new kit, but one that looks very nice in the box, the Lindberg 1/25 '34 Ford Pickup.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DECAL REVIEW:  A most welcome new sheet is  Caracal Models CD 72076: FJ-3 Fury part 1 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   Another nice resin set is BarracudaCast BR 48356: FW-190A-1/A-5 mainwheels.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   An excellent addition to their Combat series is Osprey's US Marine vs German Soldier 1918.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: A real oldie from me is the Revell 1/25 1993 Trans Am Rain-Ex Camaro.

MM CONTEST:   You may start voting in the A-4 Skyhawk contest. Voting closes on 15 January.

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

This is the last update of 2018. MM is taking a break until after the new year. Thanks to you all for helping to make this last year a good one.

Thursday 20 December

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver adds a few extra bits to make his ProModeler 1/48 FW-190G-8 .

KIT PREVIEW:  Drew Pratt tells us about a neat set, the MiniArt 1/35 Railway tools and equipment.      

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DECAL REVIEW:  A sheet that ties in with yesterday's offering is Wolfpak Decals 72-123:Cruising 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   A new release and a set that will fit the recent Tamiya kit is BarracudaCast BR 48387: Bf-109G Wheels - ribbed tire and ribbed hub.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: This neat little car kit was part of a FW-190 kit, the Hasegawa 1/48 BMW 327 .

MM CONTEST:   Entries Closed for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. 

INDUSTRY NEWS:    Here is a link to what's new from Special Hobby

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

Tuesday 18 December

KIT REVIEW:  Joel Hamm treats us to another of his builds with the KP 1/72 Piper L-18C .

KIT PREVIEW:  A nicely molded large scale figure that is not connected with any series is E-2046 1/6 Yamashita's Sapphire.     

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DECAL REVIEW:  Another great selection of subjects in Wolfpak Decals 72-122:Passing the Test 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   This set is for the 1/72 modeler; BarracudaCast BR 72353: FW-190A-1 thru A-5 Mainwheels.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   An excellent addition to their Campaign series is Osprey's Tsushima 1905.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Frank Spahr treated us to his Airfix Wallace and Gromit Anti-Pesto Van.

MM CONTEST:   Entries Closed for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. 

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

Monday 17 December

KIT REVIEW:  Torben Plesberg begins this week with his Airfix 1/48 Buccaneer.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another of their Limited Editions is the Hasegawa 1/72 F-18F Super Hornet .     

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DECAL REVIEW:  Here is a look at this year's 'thank you' sheet:  Wolfpak Decals 12-18: Thank You 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   A superbly cast set for the new Airfix kit is BarracudaCast BR 48350: Sea Fury Cowling Upgrade.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A nice compilation of articles is in Scale Model Handbook: Theme Collection #1

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Switching to things on wheels, we have Mark Hiott's SMER 1/24 Alfa Romeo 156.

MM CONTEST:   Entries are Closed for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. 

INDUSTRY NEWS:    Here is the next neat item from Noy's Miniatures.  

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

Friday 14 December

KIT REVIEW:  Pablo Calcaterra & son add to their Flying Tigers shelf with the Revell 1/48 P-40B Warhawk.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice variant on an early jet is the Azur/FRROM 1/72 S.E. 535 'Mistral'.     

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DECAL REVIEW:  Here is a set of the Hobbycraft kit; Expert's Choice 48-33: F-94B Starfire 

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Len Roberto finishes out our run of items from the Ships archives with his Tamiya 1/350 IJN Yamato.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. Page has been updated. Tomorrow is the last day to submit entries.

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

Thursday 13 December

KIT REVIEW:  Michael Rohde does his usual nice work on the Revell 1/48 C-45F Expeditor.

KIT PREVIEW:  This is the military boxing, the Amodel 1/72 DH-104 Devon.     

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice set for the Atlantis/Aurora kit is Vintage Flyer Decals VFD072-39: Continental DC-9-14/15 .

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Carmel J. Attard has our oldie with his Pavla 1/72 X-Craft Submarine.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. Saturday is the last day to submit entries.

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

Tuesday 11 December

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee does another neat Start Wars subject, the Bandai 1/72 B-wing.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson does a Luft '46 subject in today's Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:  Lee Fogel provides us his insight on the Maquette 1/35 T-26-4.     

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   This set is for the recently previewed Special Hobby kit; PMask Pk72119Y N-3PB.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: From the early days is T.Garth Connelly's Airfix 1/72 Vosper MTB.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the A-4 Skyhawk contest. Updated.     

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

Monday 10 December

KIT REVIEW:  Scott Lyle tried a new technique on his Tamiya 1/35 BT-7 model 1935 that worked very well.

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their earlier kits is the Special Hobby 1/72 Focke-Wulf Flitzer.     

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A nice addition to their Weapons series is Osprey's The Sterling Submachine Gun

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: John Reid has today's oldie with his amazing Sergal 1/78 HMS Victory.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the A-4 Skyhawk contest.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Stephen Towle, Andreas Gordes, and Robert Sanges for their support.

Friday 7 December

KIT REVIEW:  Ben Brown does another nice car model, the Fujimi 1/24 Porsche 917K “’70 Le Mans Gulf Color”.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice kit of a fairly obscure aircraft, the Special Hobby 1/72 Northrop N-3PB.     

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   This set is for the Modelcollect kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 72164: B-52D-H Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another nice selection from their Top Drawings series is Kagero's USS Astoria

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Another of Frank Spahr's superlative builds is the Samek 1/700 HMS Vanguard.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the A-4 Skyhawk contest.     

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

Thursday 6 December

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver finishes another from his 'shelf of doom', the Special Hobby 1/48 Gloster E.28/39 'Pioneer'.

KIT PREVIEW:  Thanks to a sale, your editor picks up an Airfix 1/48 'Boeing' P-51D Mustang.     

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   Next in their metal gear sets for big WWI planes is Scale Aircraft Conversions 32138: Sopwith Triplae Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another winner in their Airframe Album series is Valiant Wings Publishing: Bristol Beaufighter

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Today, it is your editor's Mirage Hobby 1/400 U-1064 U-Boat.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the A-4 Skyhawk contest.     

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

Tuesday 4 December

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee builds the still quite nice Tamiya 1/35 KV-1C.

KIT PREVIEW:  Their next 1/48 release is Fine Molds 1/48 Mitsubishi Karigane Aircraft 'Kamikaze'.     

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A great new book in their Duel series is Osprey's USN Destroyer vs IJN Submarine 1941-42

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Our next submarine is Kelly Jaimison's Revell AG 1/125 U-99 U-boat.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the A-4 Skyhawk contest.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. A big thank you to Michael Kleber and Tom Glowacki for putting us over the top.

Monday 3 December

KIT REVIEW:  Ryan Grosswiler does some extra work on his MPM 1/72 Hudson I/II 'Patrol Bomber'.

KIT PREVIEW:  A very nice kit of a failed weapons system is Panda Hobby 1/35 M8 AGS.     

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.           

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A second volume of this impressive work is Histoire & Collections: French Air Force in North Africa 1940-67 #2

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.             

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Kyle Bodily did his usual masterful work on the Yankee Modelworks 1/350 WWI German U-Boat U-35.

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries for the A-4 Skyhawk contest.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Time is growing short and the drive needs a bit under $300 to meet this year's goal. Thanks to Eric Berg for his help. 

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