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Friday 23 August

KIT REVIEW:  Joel Hamm does another of his short run builds, the Kora 1/72 Curtiss Wright SNC-1 Falcon.

KIT PREVIEW:  For the Star Wars fan we have the Bandai 1/48 Snowspeeder.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.              

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in their new series is Mushroom Models Publications' Single 07: Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless .          

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  One of Tom Cleaver's older builds is the Hasegawa 1/48 A6M2-N 'Rufe'.    

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is the latest from Barracuda Studios     

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.       

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Thursday 22 August

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver builds his third Airfix 1/48 Spitfire XIVe and provides guidance on how to do it right.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice kit that has been around for a bit is Tamiya's 1/48 Mosquito B/PR.IV.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.              

DECAL REVIEW:  Another welcome reprint is Furball Aero-Design 48-025: Iron Tadpoles (A-6A/B).   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in their 'Duel' series is Osprey's German Flak Defenses vs Allied Heavy Bombers.          

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Bill Koppos shared his build of the Tamiya 1/32 A6M2 Zero.   

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.       

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Tuesday, 20 August

KIT REVIEW:  John Summerford builds the somewhat difficult Dora Wings 1/72 Bellanca CH/J-300.

KIT PREVIEW:  Not a new kit but supposedly the best of the batch is the Revell 1/72 Tornado GR.1.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.              

DECAL REVIEW:  A most welcome reprint is Furball Decals FD 48016: Man Eater SLUFs .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Their latest 3D Monograph is Kagero's Gloster Gladiator.          

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Part of a kit line that has to have made them a lot of money is the Hasegawa 1/48 A6M2a Type 11 Zero.   

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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

Monday 19 August

KIT REVIEW:  Carmel J. Attard shares his build of the Aeroclub 1/72 Venom FB.1.

KIT PREVIEW:  Their most recent Limited Edition of this kit is the Hasegawa 1/72 S2F-1 Tracker "JMSDF 51 Squadron".

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.              

DECAL REVIEW:  Another great sheet from these folks, this time for the Deuce; Furball Decals FD&S 48017: USAF F-102s.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A significantly revised edition is Mushroom Model Publication's Boeing B-17 in RAF Coastal Command Service.          

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.           

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  One of their many boxings, the Sweet 1/144 A6M2b Zero.   

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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Friday, 16 August

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor manages to finish yet another kit. This time the Minicraft 1/144 KC-135R.

KIT PREVIEW:  An older kit that is still quite nice, the Italeri 1/72 EA-6A Intruder.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.              

DECAL REVIEW:  A great set for the 1/48 modeler is Furball Decals FDS 4816: Colors & Markings of US Navy Tomcats .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in their plans and photos series is Mushroom Models Publications' Single 06: Me-262A.          

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.           

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Tom Cleaver did today's oldie, the Classic Airframes 1/48 A5M4 Claude.  

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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Thursday, 15 August

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver is pretty jazzed about the new Eduard 1/48 P-51D Mustang .

KIT PREVIEW:  A rather welcome reissue that undoubtedly saddens the epaid price gougers is the Revell 1/72 Hunter FGA.9.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.              

DECAL REVIEW:  A very welcome downsizing of a 1/48 sheet is Furball Decals FDS 7201: Colors & Markings of US Navy Tomcat Part 1.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   The first in a new series is MMP's FV4201 Chieftain MBT.          

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Bill Koppos did his usual super work on the Special Hobby 1/32 A5M2 'Claude' .  

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Latest on a new book from Valiant Wings     

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Michael McDaniel and Frank Dalton for breaking the drought.  

Tuesday, 13 August

KIT REVIEW:  Brian Baker tells us of his build of the ERTL/ESCI 1/72 DC-3A.

KIT PREVIEW:  John Summerford shares his impressions of the Kinetic 1/48 M-346 Master.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.              

DECAL REVIEW:  For the 1/72 builder we have Leading Edge 72-95: 60 years of NORAD CF-18A.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A great addition to their New Vanguard series is Osprey's Russian Battleships & Cruisers of the Russo-Japanese War.         

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.          

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Todays peek into the archives is Allan Wanta's Siga 1/72 AM-1 Mauler.  

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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Monday, 12 August

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee begins our week with his nicely done Anigrand 1/72 A2D-1 Skyshark.

KIT PREVIEW:  Not exactly their finest hour is the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Vc/Seafire III.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.              

DECAL REVIEW:  Another interesting selection is in Wolfpak Decals 72-129: Isn't it a Daisey.   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For the new Trupeter kit, we have Scale Aircraft Conversions 72169: Tu-128 'Fiddler' Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Their latest monograph is Mushroom Model Publications' P-51B/C & F-6C Mustang.         

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.          

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A very large chunk of resin is the Anigrand 1/72 AJ-2 Savage.  

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Last donation 23 July

Friday, 9 August

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor builds the rather nice Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-46-III.

KIT PREVIEW:  Here is another nice boxing of the Platz 1/144 F8U-2 Crusader.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  An incredible new set for the 1/48 builder is Leading Edge 48-95: 60 years of NORAD CF-18A.   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For the new Airfix kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 48371: Spitfire XIV Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   An excellent reference for the military modeler is Casemate's US Army Vehicle Markings 1944.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Joel Hamm has today's oldie with his Ace 1/72 AF-2S/SW Guardian.  

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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

Thursday, 8 August

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver does a nice conversion for us; the Airfix 1/48 Meteor NF.11.

KIT PREVIEW:  A most welcome new tool kit is the Fine Molds 1/72 IJN Carrier Fighter Zero.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  More neat options for the 1/72 modeler in Wolfpak Decals 72-128: Giant Voice.   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   This rather complex set is for the Airfix kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 48370: Blenheim I Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Here is a look at the next edition, Osprey's Battle of Berlin: 1943-44.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today, we have Triet Cam's Monogram 1/48 A-37 Dragonfly.  

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running.  Last donation 23 July

Tuesday, 6 August

KIT REVIEW:  Michael Rohde has today's main article with his Trumpeter 1/48 Whirlwind I.

KIT PREVIEW:  Their latest Limited Edition for this kit is the Hasegawa 1/72 F-14A 'VF-84 Jolly Rogers'.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  This nice sheet is for the Trumpeter kit: Caracal Models CD 48157: L-39 Albatros.   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   This hefty set is for the Academy kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 35005: AH-1Z Landing Skids.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  The oldie is Martin Sczepan's Academy 1/72 A-37B Dragonfy.  

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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Monday, 5 August

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee does a neat scheme on his Hasegawa 1/48 CF-104 Starfighter.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that was first tooled 30 years ago is the Revell 1/72 Tornado F.3.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  This nice sheet is for the quarter scale modeler; FCM 48050: Lynx/Super Lynx .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Here is a look at the next edition, Start's U-Boot im Focus #17.         

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.          

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today it is Joel Hamm's Chemica 1/72 Vultee A-35 Vengeance.  

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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

Friday, 2 August

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor has finished a very nice fitting kit, the Azur/FRROM 1/72 Super Mystere B.2 (early).

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit whose origin dates to 1971 is the Union 1/24 Ferrari 512S.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Their second Blackbird sheet is Caracal Models CD 48101: SR-71 Blackbird part 2  .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A much anticipated new book is Valiant Wings Publishing: Spitfire part 2.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today's archival offering is your editor's Pro Modeler 1/48 A-26B  Invader.  

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Latest info from Valiant Wings    

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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

Thursday, 1 August

KIT REVIEW:  Carmel J. Attard provides us with another of his nice vacuform work. This time it is the Esoteric 1/72 Fairey IIID.

KIT PREVIEW:  An older kit is the Minicraft 1/72 PV-1 Ventura (early).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  It is great to see a sheet covering this subject:  FCM 72048: Lynx/Super Lynx .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Their next volume in this neat series is RAF in Combat's Fighter Leaders #7

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  From Tom Cleaver we have his Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SBD-5 (A-24B).  

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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

Tuesday 30 July

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee shares with us his very nicely done Airfix 1/48 Gnat T.1 .

KIT PREVIEW:  An older kit is the Hasegawa 1/72 Tornado GR.1 "RAF/RSAF".

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A very nice new set is Caracal Models CD 48100: SR-71 Blackbird part 1 .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   This next CD should prove popular; Aero Research's A-4 Skyhawk part 4.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  From 1996 we have the AMT 1/48  A-20G Havoc

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Now at the printers from Valiant Wings    

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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

Monday 29 July

KIT REVIEW:  John Summerford did a very nice job on what is a difficult to build kit, the Dora Wings 1/48 Vega Gull.

KIT PREVIEW:  Their latest 109 release is Fine Molds 1/72 Bf-109G-6 "Regia Aeronautica".

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A welcome sheet for 1/72 Eagle Modelers is Caracal Models CD 72087: F-15 'The Early Years'.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in their new plans and photos series is Mushroom Models Publications' Single 04: P-51D-10.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Pat Cauthery's Matchbox 1/72 Boston IV is today's oldie. 

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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Friday 26 July

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor doesn't build all that many resin kits as they take him an age. However, here is one, the Croco 1/72 RU-8D Seminole  .

KIT PREVIEW:  An oldie from the 60s is the Revell 1/25 Beatnik Bandit.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  An incredible set for the large scale modeler is Euro Decals 32122: F-15C - Oregon ANG 2016 Special .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   This is the best reference ever done on this little known aircraft; Mushroom Model Publications' The Curtiss-Wright AT-9 - The other Jeep.         

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Another nice pre-war model is the MPM 1/72 Northrop A-17

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

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Thursday 25 July

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver builds the Eduard 1/48 FW-190D-11 for today's feature article.

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

KIT PREVIEW:  This is not a new kit, but it looks like a nice one; the Revell 1/48 Tornado GR.4.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  This is a very nice sheet for those who like big 1/72 models; Caracal Models CD 72077: B-52 Stratofortress part 1 .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in their Aircraft units series is Osprey's Do-17 units of WWII.         

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Mark Fordham has today's oldie with his Merlin 1/72 A-12 Shrike

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. We have reached 50% of this year's goal. Thanks to Thomas Hayden for his help

Tuesday 23 July

KIT REVIEW:  To commemorate tomorrow's anniversary of the Apollo 11 return, we have Frank Spahr's superlative Revell 1/540 USS Hornet (Apollo 11 Return).

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice rebox with extras is the Italeri 1/48 Mirage IIIE (30th Anniversary).

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  For the MPM/Special Hobby kit we have FCM 72047: Gloster Meteor (Brazil).   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   The second title in their new Land Craft series is Pen & Sword's Land Craft #2 M2/M3 Halftracks.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Wayne Hui put a lot of work into his Monogram 1/48 A-10A Thunderbolt II

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. We have reached 50% of this year's goal. 

Monday 22 July

KIT REVIEW:  George Oh begins our week with his build of the 1/50 SZD-48 Jantar sailplane.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another of their Limited Edition kits is the Hasegawa 1/72 YF-4E 'Edwards AFB'.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  For the recent Roden kit is Caracal Models CD 144021: C-133 Cargomaster.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A great read from their X-Planes series is Osprey's Jet Prototypes of WWII.         

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: A resin kit of the loser to the A-10 is the Anigrand 1/72 YA-9A

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Harald Wallutt for his help. We have reached 50% of this year's goal. 

 Friday 18 July

KIT REVIEW:  In commemoration of this weekend's 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Christian Bruer presents his superbly done Dragon 1/72 Lunar Module and CSM.

KIT PREVIEW:  A neat kit of a weapon that never made it into production, the Amusing Hobby 1/35 Rheintochter R-1.

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A super sheet for the Airfix and CA kit is FCM 48054: Gloster Meteor.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   From our friends at IPMS Canada, here is a look at Random Thoughts 41/2.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: A kit that is still quite nice is the Hasegawa 1/72 AV-8B Harrier II

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Edmund Roche for his welcome help. We have reached 50% of this year's goal. 

Thursday 18 July

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver builds another nice Airfix kit. This time it is the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire F.XIV.

KIT PREVIEW:  Today, it is the Roden 1/48 L-19/0-1 'Bird Dog'.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A second nice sheet for early B-17s is Starfighter Decals 72-161: Fortress of the Skies part 2: C/D Models.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   For their third excellent plans books we have Mushroom Models Publications' Single 03: Hurricane I.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: A kit that was a bit of a challenge, but turned out well was the Czech Model 1/48 A-8 Shrike

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. We have reached 50% of this year's goal. 

Tuesday 16 July

KIT REVIEW:  Donald Zhou builds for us the AMT 1/25 Batmobile (Tim Burton).

KIT PREVIEW:  Mark Hiott tells us all about the Modelsvit 1/72 Bartini Beriev VVA-14.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A sheet I'm very pleased to see done is Caracal Models CD 144019: C-9 Nightingale/Skytrain II .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   First in a new series is Pen & Sword's Land Craft #1 The Jeep .         

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Andreas Gordes built the somewhat difficult Trumpeter 1/32 A-7E Corsair II

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.    

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. We have reached 50% of this year's goal. 

Monday 15 July

KIT REVIEW:  Carmel J. Attard begins our week with a nice vac; the Rareplanes 1/72 PV-2 Harpoon .

KIT PREVIEW:  John Summerford shares his impressions of the Dora Wings 1/72 Bellanca CH/J-300 .        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A welcome new sheet for your C.A. or Airfix kit; FCM 48053: Gloster Meteor (Brazil).   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in their New Vanguard series is Osprey's British Escort Carriers 1941-1945.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Lee Kolosna has today's oldie with his Hasegawa 1/48 A-7E Corsair II

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Bill Retoff for helping. We have reached 50% of this year's goal. 

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