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 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. 

Friday 5 July*

Modeling Madness will be on summer break next week and will return 15 July

KIT REVIEW:  Joel Hamm tackles another prewar resin kit, the LF Models 1/72 Consolidated A-11.

KIT PREVIEW:  Probably the best kit of this plane in this scale is the Special Hobby 1/72 Arado Ar-96B-3.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Five great options in Iliad Designs 72012: Naval T-birds.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   For their next photo CD offering, we have Aero Research's Piston Engine Transports.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Another older article is the Airfix 1/72 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 Nicholas Rosso for helping. We have reached 50% of this year's goal. 

Thursday 4 July

Modeling Madness will be on summer break next week and will return 15 July

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver adds to his growing collection with the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire I/Ia/IIa .

KIT PREVIEW:  Their second boxing is the Azur FRROM 1/72 Super Mystere B.2 'Late'.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A most welcome new sheet for the Roden kit is Iliad Designs 48035: O-1/L-19 Bird Dog.   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   This set is for the venerable Hasegawa kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 72168: Kawanishi H8K1 Beaching Gear. *

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   The latest in their Duel series is Osprey's Tempest V vs FW-190D-9.         

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Here is Fred Krause's  Hasegawa 1/48 A-7D Corsair II

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to CO from CA for helping us reach 50% of this year's goal. 

Tuesday 2 July

KIT REVIEW:  Andrew Garcia has today's feature with his very nice build of the Airfix 1/48 Walrus Mk.I.

KIT PREVIEW:  A recent acquisition is the Takom 1/35 T-54B.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  An airliner sheet that may or may not still be availble;  Underworld Decals ACA-10: Frontier Airlines 737-200.   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   This set is for the Modelsvit kits; Scale Aircraft Conversions 72167: Su-17 Landing Gear.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Now for the Air Force verion; the Fujimi 1/72 A-7D Corsair II 

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to CO from CA for helping us reach 50% of this year's goal. 

Monday 1 July

KIT REVIEW:  Donald Zhou starts off our week with his build of the Tamiya 1/35 M40 “Big Shot” .

KIT PREVIEW:  There latest release is a pretty incredible kit that even includes metal tracks; the Panda 1/35 9A310M1 Telar w 9M38M of 9K37M Buk-M1.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice new sheet for the SBD is Starfighter Decals 48-13: Dauntless at war in the Pacific 1942-43.   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For the Zvezda kits; Scale Aircraft Conversions 14430: Boeing 737-700/800/8Max Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   For their next release in this new series is Mushroom Models Publications' Single 02: PZL P.11c.         

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Today's blast is the Fujimi 1/72 A-7B Corsair

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  40% of this year's goal has been met.

Friday 28 June

KIT REVIEW:  Ben Brown adds to his GT collection with the Fujimi 1/24 Porsche 911 GT3R (997).

KIT PREVIEW:  Hot off the presses, so to speak is the Azur FRROM 1/72 Super Mystere B.2 'Early'.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  For their second roundel sheet, we have FRROM FROX02: Belgian Roundels 1940 and earlier.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in their Campaign series is Osprey's The Long March 1934-35.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Over 20 years ago, I built the Revell 1/48 A-6E Intruder .

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.   Results of the Airliners contest have been posted

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  40% of this year's goal has been met.

Thursday 27 June

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver does the Airfix 1/48 Tomahawk II as a 112 Squadron aircraft.

KIT PREVIEW:  Mark Hiott shares his impressions of the Valom 1/72 He-119v5.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Sheets like this can often be quite handy; FRROM FROX01: French Roundels 1940 and earlier.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A new series is Mushroom Models Publications' Single 01: Bell P-39Q Airacobra .         

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Peter Fey did an in-flight Monogram 1/48 EA-6B Prowler .

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.  Results of the Airliners contest have been posted

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  40% of this year's goal has been met.

Tuesday 25 June

KIT REVIEW:  Francisco Santoro shares his build of the Airfix 1/48 Canberra B.(I)6/B.20..

KIT PREVIEW:  Their second release of this kit is the Tamiya 1/48 Fieseler Fi-156C Storch: Foreign Air Forces.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A rather old sheet is Detail & Scale 0348: F-14 Tomcat - Su-22 Killers.   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   Next in their large scale bomber crewmen is Master Details 1/32 USAAF Tail Gunner.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Not the best kit of this plane in this scale, the Revell 1/72  RA-5C Vigilante .

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to David Wilson for helping.  40% of this year's goal has been met.

Monday 24 June

KIT REVIEW:  Mark Joyce begins our week with the Anigrand 1/72 Beech XA-38 ‘Grizzly’.

KIT PREVIEW:  A fairly large kit of a plane that is on its way to being replaced, the Hasegawa 1/72 Su-33 Flanker D.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  This sheet is to replace the yellowed KP kit decals;  APC Decals 72008: Avia C-2 .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Adding to what has become a popular series is RAF-in-Combat's Squadrons #34: Spitfire II - Foreign Squadrons.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Tom Cleaver has today's oldie with his Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk conversion.

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  40% of this year's goal has been met.

Friday 21 June

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor completes another Shelf of Doom kit. This one is the Dragon 1/35 5cm PaK 38.

KIT PREVIEW:  A neat looking short run kit is the Kora 1/72 SNC-1 Falcon in Latin America part 1.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Another oldie is Aeromaster 72-142: F2A Buffalo Collection part 1.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Their most recent edition is Mr Black's Scale Model Handbook: Figures #24.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Today we have Vic Scheuerman's Matchbox 1/72 A-4M Skyhawk.

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is the next new figure for the folks at Master Details.       

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery. Apologies for being so tardy in updating this and the previous contest. Life sometimes interferes with the best plans.       

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  40% of this year's goal has been met.

Thursday 20 June

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver adds to his Spit collection with the Airfix  1/48 Spitfire FR.XVIII.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that wasn't what I'd hoped is the Zvezda 1/72 Su-34 'Fullback'.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Another nice sheet for something a bit different is APC Decals 48119: LB-77 (He-111) .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   The latest in their Duel series is Osprey's Walker Bulldog vs T-54 (1971-75) .        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Carmel J. Attard did one of his rare big scale builds with the  Hasegawa 1/32 A-4K Skyhawk .

INDUSTRY NEWS:  More new stuff from Valiant Wings    

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery. Apologies for being so tardy in updating this and the previous contest. Life sometimes interferes with the best plans.       

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  40% of this year's goal has been met.

Tuesday 18 June

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Spahr shares with us one of his somewhat rare non-nautical builds, the ICM 1/24 Ford Model T Fire Truck.

MM COLUMN:  George Paterson moves to early USN jets for today' Slipping the Bonds.

KIT PREVIEW:  An interesting recent kit for those who like crewed planes is the Hasegawa 1/72 Japanese Navy Airmen Set.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  For the very nice Special Hobby kit is APC Decals 48125: Avia B-33/IL-10.    

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Fred Krause has today's oldie with his Monogram 1/48 TA-4J.

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery. Apologies for being so tardy in updating this and the previous contest. Life sometimes interferes with the best plans.       

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks.  40% of this year's goal has been met.

Monday 17 June

KIT REVIEW:  Pablo Calcaterra has today's feature article with his Hasegawa 1/48 A-4C Skyhawk #C-324.

KIT PREVIEW:  Mark Hiott tells us about the Kits Remembered 1/300 German Imperial Warship.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Five nice options are in Euro Decals 72117: Panavia Tornado GR.4/4A .   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Today it is RAF-In-Combat's USN Aircraft 1922 to 1962 Volume 7.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  More Scooter stuff with the Hobbycraft 1/48 A-4E/H Israeli Skyhawk.

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery. Apologies for being so tardy in updating this and the previous contest. Life sometimes interferes with the best plans.       

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Stephen Sundberg for his help.  40% of this year's goal has been met.

Friday 14 June

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor finishes another SOD kit and wonders why he bothered. Here is the M News 1/72 P-51H Mustang.

KIT PREVIEW:  A very nice addition to their line is the Tamiya 1/72 Bf-109G-6.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Eight great options in Wolfpak Decals 72-127: Roll them Bones.   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Today it is Mr. Black's Scale Model Handbook: Theme Collection #3, a great compilation of past articles.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Moving up a scale from yesterday's blast, here is the Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E/F Skyhawk.

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.       

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Douglas Cleland for his help.  40% of this year's goal has been met.

Thursday 13 June

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver adds to what must be a huge collection of these by now, the Eduard 1/48 FW-190A-8 .

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their more recent releases is the  Eduard 1/48 FW-190A-2 .        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  An interesting sheet for that Monogram kit you have in your stash is APC Decals 48126: Texan.  

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Here is one from the last century, the ESCI 1/72 A-4E Skyhawk.

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.       

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Kerry Hendricks for his support.  40% of this year's goal has been met.

Tuesday 11 June

KIT REVIEW:  Ben Brown presents another of his very nice GT racers, the Fujimi 1/24 McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

KIT PREVIEW:  A fairly nice reboxing with some very interesting markings options is the SMER 1/72 Avia C-2 .        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Their next new sheet with seven options is Wolfpak Decals 72-126: SHARUR.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For the Copper State kit we have Scale Aircraft Conversions 32147: Nieuport 17 Landing Gear and V struts.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today we have Tom Cleaver's Hasegawa 1/48 A-4C Skyhawk.

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.      

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Monday 10 June

KIT REVIEW:  Chris Mikesh starts us off with another of his classics from the 60s, the Revell 1/72 Fiat CR.42 Falco.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another of their Limited Edition kits, this one from 2007, the Hasegawa 1/72 F-18F Super Hornet "Low Visibility pt 2".        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice sheet for the 1/72 builder is APC Decals 72124: Lavochkin La-7 II .  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For the new Z-M kit we have Scale Aircraft Conversions 32146: Ki-45 Toryu Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   An updated edition adding 12 years worth of information and over 120 pages is Midland's Sukhoi Su-27/30/33/34/35 .        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Here is William Alcott's Fujimi 1/72 A-4B Skyhawk 'Mavericks'.

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Friday 7 June

KIT REVIEW:  Today is the 5,000th full build review article for MM. Your editor has today's article with the very nice, fairly old and fairly easy to build Heller 1/72 Arado Ar-96B.

KIT PREVIEW:  A classic NASCAR racer is the Revell 1/25 'Fireball' Roberts' 1957 Ford.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Something a bit different for a He-111 is APC Decals 72120: LB-77 .  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For the new AFV kit we have Scale Aircraft Conversions 48369: Lockheed U-2A Landing Gear.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Bob Laskodi's Hasegawa 1/72 KA-3B Skywarrior  is today's article from the archives.

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Thursday 6 June

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver continues with his Mossie builds with the Airfix 1/48 Mosquito PR.XVI .

KIT PREVIEW:  Another nice markings option is in the Doyusha 1/100 DC-3 (Ethiopian Air Lines).        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  This sheet would be a nice option for the Tamiya kit;  APC Decals 48101: K-65 Cap.  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:   For the new Eduard kit we have Scale Aircraft Conversions 48368: Hawker Tempest Landing Gear.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   From the earliest days of MM is Robert Shockley's Revell 1/68? A-3 Skywarrior.     

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Tuesday 4 June

KIT REVIEW:  Dan Lee does a nice helo for us with his Hobby Boss 1/72 Ka-50 Black Shark.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice looking kit for the big scale plane builder is the Special Hobby 1/32 Mohawk IV.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice option for your next German trimotor is APC Decals 72114: D-52 BL SNB .  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Today, it is Tom Cleaver's Tamiya 1/48 A-1 Skyraider.   

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Thomas Goulding for his welcome help. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Monday 3 June

KIT REVIEW:  Ben Brown begins this month's offerings with his Platz/NuNu 1/24 BMW M6 GT3.

KIT PREVIEW:  Their latest release is something a bit unusual, the Croco 1/72 Lockheed YO-3A 'Quiet Star'.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Adding to their basics decals is HSB 72001: Canberra B.6 - French Air Force.  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another nice title from their Images of War series is Pen & Sword's Fallschirmjäger 1937-41.       

BLAST FROM THE PAST:    Triet Cam provides today's oldie with his superb Hasegawa 1/72 A-1H Skyraider.  

 MM CONTEST:  Accepting Entries for Towed Artillery.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Christian Compagnion and Stephen Drago for their help. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Friday 31 May

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor finishes another one and a short run kit at that. Here's the Amodel 1/72 DH-104 Sea Devon.

KIT PREVIEW:  This one is still floating around under, I believe, the Italeri label. The ESCI 1/48 Mirage IIIE.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Sometimes you don't need much for a model. Such is the case with HSB 32003: YF-110/MiG-21F-13.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:    Steve Budd did the Verlinden Viking Raider - circa 900 AD.  

 MM CONTEST:   Voting is closed for the Airliners contest. Coming 1 June is Towed Artillery.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Fabio Hirai for helping out. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Thursday 30 May

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver does another nice single engine prop kit today, the ICM 1/48 Mustang I.

KIT PREVIEW:  A neat kit that has been around a long while in a variety of liveries is the Doyusha 1/100 DC-3 (SMB Stage Lines).        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice sheet with a couple of options is APC Decals 72104: Avia C-2/Ar.96B.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:    Jeff Simpson has today's blast with a neat p.e. figure,  Mikro man “Video Game Player”.  

INDUSTRY NEWS:  More new stuff from Croco    

 MM CONTEST:   Voting is closed for the Airliners contest. Coming 1 June is Towed Artillery.  

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Calvin Gifford for helping out. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Tuesday 28 May

KIT REVIEW:  Pablo Calcaterra has today's feature article with his Revell 1/48 B-17F Flying Fortress.

KIT PREVIEW:  It is nice when short run kit makers improve their wares. So it is with the Croco 1/72 Nakajima Ki-34 (updated preview).        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Another nice older sheet is Aeromaster 72-134: Hurricanes at War part 1.  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A nicely done reference/model book is Pen & Sword's Tank Craft #2: Sherman Tanks of the British Army & Royal Marines.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:    Today is it Steve Budd's Horizon 1/5 Velociraptor.  

 MM CONTEST:   Voting is closed for the Airliners contest. Coming 1 June is Towed Artillery.  

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Monday 27 May

KIT REVIEW:  David Cummings begins our week with his build of a fairly old tooling, the Lindberg 1/48 Fairey Flycatcher.

KIT PREVIEW:  What may well be their first 1/72 kit is the Takom 1/72 Hanomag SS100 w V-2 and Meillerwagen.  .        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice older sheet is Aeromaster 72-123: Empire Defenders - Ki-45 Collection Pt 2 .  

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Wyll Jones did a nice figure set, Dragon 1/35 US Marines, Iwo Jima 1945

 MM CONTEST:   Voting is closed for the Airliners contest. Coming 1 June is Towed Artillery.  

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Friday 24 May

KIT REVIEW:  Joel Hamm finishes up our week with his Kora 1/72 Seversky BT-8.

KIT PREVIEW:  This is the latest from Kitty Hawk, the Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1N Twin Huey.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Here is another older sheet I ran across while looking for something else, RepliModel 01: 1/48 F-104G Starfighter.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Les Dorr did the very nice Master Details 1/32 USN/USMC Aviator (1930's). Bit of a plug for MD, but their figures really are superbly done. 

INDUSTRY NEWS: Master Details is having a Memorial Day Sale.      

 MM CONTEST:   Voting is closed for the Airliners contest. Coming 1 June is Towed Artillery.  

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Stephen Prior for assisting. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Thursday 23 May

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver continues with his Mossie constructs with the Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito B.IV.

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their weekend edition kits is the Eduard 1/48 FW-190A-3.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Here is an older sheet I found while looking for something else, Repliscale SP-003: F-102 Delta Dagger.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Greg Ewald always came up with something neat. In this case it was the EDU Science Tyrannosaurus Skeleton.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Great stuff for the 1/72 modeler on the way from Croco    

 MM CONTEST:   Voting is closed for the Airliners contest. Coming 1 June is Towed Artillery.  

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Tuesday 21 May

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Spahr works his magic on the Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1.

KIT PREVIEW:  Adding to their tanker kits is the Minicraft 1/144 KC-135A.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice set for the big Trumpeter kit is Speed Hunter Graphics 32008: A-10 Thunderbolt II   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  For this installment, we have Drew Nix's MiniArt 1/16 Spartan Hoplite, 5th Century BC .

 MM CONTEST:   Voting is closed for the Airliners contest. Coming 1 June is Towed Artillery.  

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Monday 20 May

KIT REVIEW:  Michael Rohde has today's feature with his Revell 1/72 Supermarine Stranrear.

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their super Formula One kits is the Tamiya 1/20 Honda RA 272.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Another well researched racing car sheet is Starfighter Decals 2403: Ford GT-40 Mk.II  - Daytona 1967   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   This nicely done book is on a subject few think about;  Harpia Publishing's Iraqi Airpower Reborn .   

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.         

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  George Oh provides today's look into the archives with his Marvel Comics 1/9 Silver Surfer.

 MM CONTEST:   Voting is closed for the Airliners contest. Coming 1 June is Towed Artillery.  

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Robert Sanges for helping out. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Friday 17 May

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor completes yet another shelf of doomer. After 4 years, the Kinetic 1/48 Mirage IIIE.

KIT PREVIEW:  John Summerford shares his views on the Dora Wings 1/48 Percival Vega Gull.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A very nice sheet for 1/48 'Fin' builders;  Euro Decals 48117: Panavia Tornado GR.4/4A   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in their Squadrons series is RAF-in-Combat's Squadrons #33: Brewster Buffalo.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today it is another anime figure, the E 2046 1/6 Shion.

MM CONTEST:   Voting is closed for the Airliners contest. Coming 1 June is Towed Artillery

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Thursday 16 May

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver tackles their first 1/48 scale kit, the Zvezda 1/48 La-5F.

KIT PREVIEW:  Wannt go big? How about the Trumpeter 1/32 A-10A Thunderbolt II.        

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Their third new sheet is DXM Decals 91-4235: F14D Tomcat - VF-31 Tomcatters   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A very well done book on armor modeling is Casemate's German and Russian Tank Models 1939-45 .   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today it is Blair Stewart's Verlinden 120mm Squad Automatic Weapon Gunner, 82nd Airborne.

MM CONTEST:   Voting is closed for the Airliners contest.        

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Shervin Shambayati and David Schmidt for helping out. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Tuesday 14 May

KIT REVIEW:  John Summerford did great work building his Planet Models 1/48 Hughes H-1.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice Indy Car kit from the late 1980s is the AMT 1/25 Provimi Veal Lola T-8800.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Their second new sheet is DXM Decals 81-4230: F14A Tomcat - VF-1 Wolfpack   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A great addition to their Top Drawings series is Kagero's Messerschmitt Bf-109G/K.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  From the Ikki Tousen anime series is the E2046 1/7 Ryoufu Housen
(Innocent Pose)
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MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest. Tomorrow is the last day to vote.           

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Tom Berto for helping out. 40% of this year's goal has been met.

Monday 13 May

KIT REVIEW:  Donald Zhou starts us off in a big way with the Bandai 1/48 Star Wars X-Wing (Moving Edition).

KIT PREVIEW:  Today's look in the box is the Eduard 1/48 FW-190A-4.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A new sheet for the Phantom phan is DXM Decals 81-4134: F-4EJ Kai - JASDF 8 Squadron   

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   The next title in their Airframe Album series is Valiant Wings Publishing: Gloster/A.W. Meteor.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today it is Steven Corvi's Hard Hero 1/6 Red Sonja.

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest. Wednesday is the last day to vote.           

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Mark Joyce for helping out. Currently, over 1/4 of this year's goal has been met.

Friday 10 May

KIT REVIEW:  Your editor finishes a very long term build, the Valom 1/72 Fisher P-75A Eagle.

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

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Their second new sheet is Exito Decals 48004: Luftwaffe Ground Attackers 1   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A well done new crew figure kit is Master Details 1/32 Luftwaffe Bomber Pilot.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A nice addition to their Top Drawings series is Kagero's Messerschmitt Bf-110 part 1 .   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  From many years back is the Tsukuda 1/20 Nausicaä and Kai.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is what is on the horizon from Valiant Wings. Coming soon from Leading Edge Models.    

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest.           

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Soles for helping out. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met.  

Thursday, 9 May

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver does another Mossie. This time it is the Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito NF XIII/XVII.

KIT PREVIEW:  Another of their Super Bug boxings is the Hasegawa 1/72 F-18F Super Hornet "VFA-102 50th Anniversary.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A very cool new sheet is Exito Decals 48003: Sexy Spitfires   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the new Airfix kit Scale Aircraft Conversions 48368: Hawker Hunter Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A very cool new camo and markings book is South African Air Force Fighter Colors #1.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  From 'Secret of Blue Water', E 2046 1/4 Nadia Bust .

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest.           

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met.  

Tuesday, 7 May

KIT REVIEW:   Drew Pratt provides something a bit off the beaten path, the Eureka XXL 1/35 Wooden Well.

KIT PREVIEW:  Not quite the improvement I thought from the box top, the Minicraft 1/144 KC-97L.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  This older sheet has several neat options:  Aeromaster 72-018: Ki-43 Hayabusa Collection   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the AMP kit Scale Aircraft Conversions 48367: Sikorsky HO3S and variants.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Today's android oldie could be NSFW;  1/6 MHX-13 Multi (P unit B).

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest.           

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to David Cummings for his generous support. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met.  

Monday, 6 May

KIT REVIEW:   Blair Stewart begins our week with a very complex build, the TAKOM 1/35 Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger w/Full Interior .

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that shows you can make even simple planes complex, the Special Hobby 1/72 Ki-115 Tsurgi.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  An older sheet is Aeromaster 48-337: Me-262 Stormbirds part 4   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the really big HK kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 32145: Avro Lancaster Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A book that is a cautionary tale as well is Pen & Sword's Night of the Long Knives.   

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.        

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Amelia Pearce has today's oldie with her Tamiya 1/35 Mesozoic Creatures.   

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest.          

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met.

Friday, 3 May

KIT REVIEW:   Brian Baker concludes our week with his Hobby Boss 1/72 Ju-88C-6.

KIT PREVIEW:  A kit that will, at times, challenge your eyesight is the Special Hobby 1/72 F-86L Sabre.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A most welcome reissue plus is Leading Edge 48.006: CF-101 Voodoo   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This set is for the Roden kit; Scale Aircraft Conversions 14429: C-133 Cargomaster Landing Gear.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Shawn Payne built the Monogram King Kong .   

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest.          

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met.

Thursday, 2 May

KIT REVIEW:   Today, Tom Cleaver has built the Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito FB.VI.

KIT PREVIEW:  A fairly recent addition to their line-up is the Minicraft 1/144 B-52D/F Stratofortress.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  The last of their large scale Vietnam War Phantom sheets is AOA Decals 32-033: VMFA-232 Red Devils F-4J   

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another useful set for a Hasegawa kit is the Eduard  CX141: Ki-46-II 'Dinah' Canopy Mask .

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A super book that is a great read is Fonthill's Monte Cassino January-May 1944.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  One of my earliest large scale resin figure kits was The Juggler.  

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest.          

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met.  

Tuesday, 30 April

KIT REVIEW:   Dan Lee took a while to build the MPC 1/48 Space 1999 Eagle Transporter.

KIT PREVIEW:  A car kit that even I can finish is the AMT 1/25 'Taz' 57 Plymouth Belvedere.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A super sheet for those who have the early B-17 kit is Starfighter Decals 72-160: Fortress of the Skies part 1: B Models

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  For the 1/48 Hasegawa kit is Eduard  EX193: Ki-43 'Oscar' Canopy Mask  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Their next photo CD is Aero Research's USN/USMC F-4 Phantoms Pt.5  .   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A kit I thought turned out fairly well was the Ultracast 1/32 Japanese Naval Pilot.    

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest.         

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met.  

Monday 29 April

KIT REVIEW:   Frank Reynolds starts us off with another big scale fighter, the Revell 1/32 Bf-109G-6.

KIT PREVIEW:  One of their super racing car kits is the Tamiya 1/24 Porsche 911 GT2 .       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Here is a look at a very nice early Eagle sheet;  Caracal Models CD 48150: F-15, the early years

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Finishing up their recent releases is BarracudaCast BR 48404: Tempest late main wheels (block tread)  

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another 'must have' title for fans is Specialty Press's America's Round Engine Airliners.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  A great build of a less than easy kit is Kevin Krueger's Polar Lights Headless Horseman.  

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest.        

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Suresh Patel for helping out. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met.  

Friday 26 April

KIT REVIEW:   Today's showcase is Otis Goodin's Wingnut Wings 1/32 Salmson 2-A2 “USAS” .

KIT PREVIEW:  A recent buy that was motivated by a decal sheet is the Valom 1/48 BN-2/2A Islander.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Another great sheet for the big scale Phantom is AOA Decals 32-034: VMFA-212 Lancers F-4J

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This mask set is for the Hasegawa kit;  Eduard  CX096: Ki-46-III 'Dinah' Canopy Mask.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Steve Budd did the Testors Grey Alien Figure.       

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest.        

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Richard Smith and Lawrence Cherniak for helping. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met. 

 Thursday 25 April

KIT REVIEW:   Chris Mikesh has a real treat for us, the 1960s Revell 1/72 P-51D Mustang.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nice looking kit is the Monogram 1/24 Lotus Esprit Turbo.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice new Shooting Star sheet is FCM 48052: F-80 & T-33

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Next in their wheel sets is BarracudaCast BR 48403: Tempest late main wheels (smooth tread).

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  Bill Michaels build the Monogram Godzilla.       

INDUSTRY NEWS: Here is the latest from Exito Decals  

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest.       

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met. 

 Tuesday 23 April

KIT REVIEW:   Dan Lee builds an interesting kit, the Skunkworks 1/48 F-16XL.

KIT PREVIEW:  One of the few kits I cannot recommend to most modelers is the Firefox 1/72 Beriev Be-4.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Another cool set for big scale Phantom builders is AOA Decals 32-032: VMFA-323 Death Rattlers F-4B 

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another very useful upgrade bit for the Eduard kit is BarracudaCast BR 48402: Tempest Series I wheels.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  One of my better large scale figures was Double Swords Girl (Sonsaku Hafuku).       

MM CONTEST:   Voting is open in the Airliners contest.      

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met. 

Monday 22 April

KIT REVIEW:   Frank Reynolds starts us off with his build of the Revell 1/32 P-51D-5 Mustang.

KIT PREVIEW:  Tom Hall provides his impressions of the 20 year old Italeri 1/72 Me-210A-1/2.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  If you have the big Italeri kit, you should consider Euro Decals 32121: Mirage III  

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another very useful upgrade bit for the Eduard kit is BarracudaCast BR 48401: Tempest V intake correction set.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:  One of my first figures and hence not that good was Phoenix Miniatures 90mm Freya the Viking.       

MM CONTEST:   You may now start voting in the Airliners contest.      

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to George Ruscoff for helping. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met. 

Friday 19 April

KIT REVIEW:   Your editor finishes another. This time it is the Hasegawa 1/48 Ki-43-II (late).

KIT PREVIEW:  Today, John Summerford has a look at the Planet Models 1/48 Hughes H-1 Racer.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A nice sheet for that Tamiya Nighhawk you have in your stash, the Caracal Models CD 48138: F-117

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Next in their large scale bomber crew figures is Master Details 1/32 USAAF Radio Operator.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Fresh from the postman is IPMS Canada's Random Thoughts 41/1.   

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:    Erv Schultze build a very nice EVA 1/32 Eugene Cernan.       

MM CONTEST:   You may now start voting in the Airliners contest.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met. 

Thursday 18 April

KIT REVIEW:   Tom Cleaver continues with his run of Luftwaffe fighters with the Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-4.

KIT PREVIEW:  Today we look at the Trumpeter 1/48 MiG-19S Farmer C .       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  More interesting subjects in Wolfpak Decals 72-125: Last of the Mohicans

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Another fix it piece for the Eduard kit is BarracudaCast BR 48399: Tempest V corrected DH Spinner.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Here is a look at the next in this series:  RAF-in-Combat's Squadrons #32: Spitfire V - Norwegian Squadrons .   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   The Encounter: Bigfoot and Tonto was another of Scott Lyle's imaginative builds.

INDUSTRY NEWS:   Master Details is having a Spring Sale.

MM CONTEST:   You may now start voting in the Airliners contest.    

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to William Gilchrist for helping. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met.

Tuesday 16 April

KIT REVIEW:   Frank Reynolds provides another of his big scale 109s with this conversion; the Revell/Alley Cat 1/32 Bf-109G-12.

KIT PREVIEW:  The latest Limited Edition boxing is the Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-46-III type 100 Dinah '17th Company Independent Flight'.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Another big scale sheet is the AOA Decals 32-031: Phantom Airframe Data (stencil type)

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice set for the new Eduard kit that could be adapted to others is the BarracudaCast BR 48398: Tempest V/VI exhaust.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Today's oldie is the ORI 1/5.5 Emma.       

INDUSTRY NEWS:  An update from Valiant Wings  

MM CONTEST:   Entries are closed for the Airliners contest.    

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Jay Nakasone and Anthony Burt  for their most welcome help. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met. 

Monday 15 April

KIT REVIEW:   Carmel J. Attard does a fairly brief article on his build of the Matchbox 1/72 Wellington V.

KIT PREVIEW:  Known for their 1/144 line of kits, here is a look at the Minicraft 1/144 C-130J Hercules.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  To go along with today's preview kit is Caracal Models CD 144018: RAF C-130J Hercules

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Apologies to Roy for being tardy in posting this one. Here is the first of a series of upgrade bits for the new Eduard kit, BarracudaCast BR 48397: Tempest Seat w belts.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Today we have Erik Wauters' Verlinden 200mm Dutch Grenadier.       

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   Today is the last day for entries.    

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met. 

Friday 12 April

KIT REVIEW:   Your editor builds the last of his stash of Airfix 1/72 F-86F Sabres.

KIT PREVIEW:  An incredible new kit that offers lots of options and a super set of resin figures to boot; the Kitty Hawk 1/35 MH-60L Blackhawk.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A super set for the big scale Phantom builder is AOA Decals 32-030: VF-154 Black Knights F-4J

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   After over a year we now have Start's U-Boot im Focus #16.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Probably NSFW is the 1/6 Dragon Knight Marlene.       

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   Entries have been extended until Monday, 15 April by request.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Otis Goodin for helping . Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met.

Thursday 11 April

KIT REVIEW:   Tom Cleaver builds the Eduard 1/48 Tempest V srs 2 for today's feature.

KIT PREVIEW:  Today, it is the Special Hobby 1/72 Ki-43-II otsu Hayabusa.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Multiple offerings on this sheet:  Wolfpak Decals 72-124: Rebels with a Cause

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another of their fine plans books is Kagero's Top Drawings:  Messerschmitt Bf-109G-5/6/8/12/14.  

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Another neat Scott Lyle figure offering; the Tamiya  “Chasmosaurus” & “Parasaurolophus” Dinosaurs.      

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   Entries have been extended until 15 April by request.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks . Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met. 

Tuesday 9 April

KIT REVIEW:   Frank Reynolds presents another of his large scale builds with the Hasegawa 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf-109F-2.

KIT PREVIEW:  Adding to their Super Bug kits is the Academy 1/72 EA-18G Growler 'VAQ-141 Shadowhawks'.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Tying in with today's book review is Start 1/48 LG 2 Decals

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A fairly complex set for the Kitty Hawk kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 48365: Su-34 Fullback Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Their latest offering chock full of unpublished photos, many in color is Start's Mit der Kamera an der Front -- LG 2.  

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Today it is Christopher LeClair's Countess Karenstein.     

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   Entries have been extended until 15 April by request.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks . Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met. 

Monday 8 April

KIT REVIEW:   Jonathan Prestidge begins our week with his HiPM 1/48 Petalyakov Pe-2.

KIT PREVIEW:  A very neat resin civil aircraft kit is the Croco 1/72 Miles M-65 'Gemini'.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  This nice sheet is for the recent Valom kits, Caracal Models CD 48153: Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  This metal set is for the Wingnut Wings kit;  Scale Aircraft Conversions 32144: Halberstadt CL.II Landing Gear.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A superlative Luftwaffe photo reference book and history is Luftwaffe Gallery: JG 5 - Special Album #4. Many images are published here for the first time.  

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Moving on to figures, here is Scott Lyle's Aurora's 'American Bison.    

INDUSTRY NEWS:  An update on the next book from Valiant Wings  

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   Entries have been extended until 15 April by request.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Richard Smith, Dan Lee, George Oh, and Eivinde Lunde. Currently, 1/4 of this year's goal has been met. 

Friday 29 March*

KIT REVIEW:   Two weeks in a row from your editor. Today it is the Hasegawa 1/72 A-1H Skyraider.

KIT PREVIEW:  A nicely done addition to their 1/48 line is the Tamiya 1/48 38cm Assault Mortar Sturmtiger.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  This nice sheet is for the Revell kit:  Caracal Models CD 144016: KC-10A Extender.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Another fascinating title from this publisher is Helion's Showdown in Western Sahara 1945-1975.   

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   One of my rare hot rod builds was the Monogram 1/24 Ford - ZZ Top

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   Entries have been extended until 15 April by request.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/5 of this year's goal has been met. 

NOTE: MM will be on spring break starting April 1 and will resume publishing on April 8.

Thursday 28 March

KIT REVIEW:   Tom Cleaver offers his opinions on the KittyHawk 1/48 F2H-P Banshee.

KIT PREVIEW:  Adding to their catalogue of unusual types we have the Croco 1/72 Iomax Archangel.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A great sheet for the 1/48 modeler is Iliad Designs 48034: MiG-21F-13

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  To go along with today's preview kit we have the Croco 1/72 Iomax Archangel Weapons Set.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   One of their easy to assemble metal kits, the Testors 1/32 Dodge Viper SRT-10

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   Entries have been extended until 15 April by request.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Mike Wilson for helping. Currently, 1/5 of this year's goal has been met. 

NOTE: MM will be on spring break starting April 1 and will resume publishing on April 8.

Tuesday 26 March

KIT REVIEW:   Scott Lyle presents another of his superb armor builds. This time the Dragon 1/35 Panzer IV Ausf F1.

KIT PREVIEW:  A fairly recent kit that looks quite nice in the box is the Special Hobby 1/72 Ki-43-II ko Hayabusa.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A great sheet for the 1/72 modeler is Caracal Models CD 72080: AV-8B Harrier II Plus

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Now available in PdF format, Aero Research's A-6 Intruder and Prowler #4 .   

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A kit that surprised me when it first came out was the CMK 1/35 Volkswagen Type 82E

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   Entries have been extended until 15 April by request.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Stephen Sundberg for helping. Currently, 1/5 of this year's goal has been met. 

NOTE: MM will be on spring break starting April 1 and will resume publishing on April 8.

Monday 25 March

KIT REVIEW:   Frank Spahr has today's feature article with his superb Airfix 1:440 PS Great Western.

KIT PREVIEW: Today's preview is the just reissued Hasegawa 1/48 F-86F-40 Sabre 'JASDF'.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A welcome updated sheet for fans is Iliad Designs 48005: MiG-19/J-6

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A perfect figure for your huge bomber kit is the Master Details 1/32 USAAF Waist Gunner.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   You can't get much simpler than Testors 1/32 Salt Flats Racer " Turbo-Go"

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   Entries have been extended until 15 April by request.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Keith Weldon for helping. Currently, 1/5 of this year's goal has been met. 

NOTE: MM will be on spring break starting April 1 and will resume publishing on April 8.

Friday 22 March

KIT REVIEW:   Your editor actually finishes something, the Trumpeter 1/48 L-39C Albatros.

KIT PREVIEW: Today's preview is the AMT 1/25 1968 Shelby GT 500.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  For the big Revell kit we have Caracal Models CD 48144: B-1B Lancer Part 2

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in this well researched series is RAF-in-Combat's Squadrons #31: Spitfire V - New Zealand Squadrons.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   This time it is Mark Hiott's Hasegawa 1/24 Taka-Q Toyota 88-C

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Now available from BarracudaCast.   

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   Entries have been extended until 15 April by request.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/5 of this year's goal has been met. 

Thursday 21 March

KIT REVIEW:   Michael Rohde did nice work on his Classic Airframes 1/48 P-6E Hawk.

KIT PREVIEW: Today's preview is the Hasegawa 1/144 YS-11FC 'JASDF Flight Check Squadron 60th Anniversary'.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  To go along with the last review is MYK Decals A48055: Ki-43-II Insignia and caution markings(late)

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A nice reference for the armor modeler is Tank Craft #11 Sherman Tanks.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A very small model is the Attack Hobbies 1/72 Tatra T-97

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Here is what's in the works from Croco.  

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   Entries have been extended until 15 April by request.   

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks. Currently, 1/5 of this year's goal has been met. 

Tuesday 19 March

KIT REVIEW:   Brian Baker builds a real oldie, the KVZ 1/75 An-2 'Colt'.

KIT PREVIEW: A kit that has been reissued quite a few times is the AMT 1/25 1969 Corvair.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  An interesting way of doing decals is MYK Decals A48056: Ki-43-II (late)

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A most welcome updated edition is Valiant Wings Publishing: Hawker Tempest-2nd edition.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Zelkjo Segen did a nice motorcycle, the Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki GSX1100S

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.     

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Kerry Hendricks for helping. Currently, 1/5 of this year's goal has been met.

Monday 18 March

KIT REVIEW:   Donald Zhou begins our week with the pretty large Kinetic 1/48 E-2C Hawkeye 2000.

KIT PREVIEW: Another neat new resin kit for the experienced builder is the Croco 1/72 Miles M-8 'Peregrine'.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A great sheet for the big Revell kit is Start 1/72 Type IX U-boat conning tower markings

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A nice addition to their scale plans series is Kagero's Top Drawings: Focke-Wulf FW-190A.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A nice resin slot car body is the Penelope Pit Lane 1/32 1960 Scarab F.1 Car

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Coming soon from Master Details.  

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.    

FUND DRIVE: Please donate. Your support keeps this site up and running. Thanks to Phil Hays for helping. Currently, 1/5 of this year's goal has been met. 

Friday 15 March

KIT REVIEW:   Stephen Young has today's feature with his Airfix 1/48 Mosquito FB.VI.

KIT PREVIEW: A neat new kit for the resin builder is the Croco 1/72 Aero Commander 520.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Those who like to build older ship kits will want Starfighter Decals 500-101:USN Cold War Cruisers

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A nice addition to their Images of War series is Pen and Sword's The Desert Air War 1940-1943.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   One of the more complex kits in this scale is the Provence Moulage 1/43 Saleen S7-R

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   

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

Thursday 14 March

KIT REVIEW: Tom Cleaver builds the new Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire I.

KIT PREVIEW: A 1994 release is the Hasegawa 1/48 Bf-109E-4/7trop.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  For the 1/48 modeler we have Furball Decals FD 48-070: Legacy Bug Bandits

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Today's oldie is Shawn Payne's Monogram 1/24 Rommel's Rod 

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   

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

Tuesday 12 March

KIT REVIEW: Frank Reynolds has today's feature with a double build of the Eduard 1/32 Bf-109E-3/7 .

KIT PREVIEW: One of their older releases is the Tamiya 1/100 F-4EJ Phantom II.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Their second car sheet is Starfighter Decals 2402: Ford GT-40 MkIV - Sebring 1967 Winner

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   This edition takes place in Stalingrad: Osprey's German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Ben Brown did a pair of  Revell 1/25 Reynard 98 Champ Cars

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   

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

Monday 11 March

KIT REVIEW: Donald Zhou starts off this week with his Tamiya 1/35 JS-2 (IS-2).

KIT PREVIEW: A rather unusual scale for this sort of subject is the  Hasegawa 1/24 Pkw.K1 Kubelwagen type 82.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  For the recent Tamiya kit, there is Furball Decals FDS 4808: Colors & Markings of US Navy Tomcat Part 1(updated)

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A great first edition is Pacific Monograph's Aero Pacific #1.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Today's offering from oldie land is Mark Hiott's Tamiya 1/20 Renault RE-30B

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Coming soon from Valiant Wings .  

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.   

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

Friday 8 March

KIT REVIEW: A kit I never thought I'd actually finish is the Sword 1/72 FJ-3 Fury.

KIT PREVIEW: A new release is the Hasegawa 1/72 F-14B Tomcat 'VF-103 Jolly Rogers w high detail nozzle parts'.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Speaking of Tomcats, here is one I know most fans will like; Furball Decals FDS 4815: F-14 Tomcat Part VII: Heater-Ferris Camouflage

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   A nice title in their Combat series is Osprey's US Soldier vs Afrikakorps Soldier - 1943.   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Graham Mison has today's older article and it is the Heller 1/43 Porsche 962 (Kenwood)

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.  

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

Thursday 7 March

KIT REVIEW:  Tom Cleaver builds an older kit that he and others think is still the best around for this subject, the ProModeler 1/48 F-84G Thunderjet.

KIT PREVIEW: A very nice car kit for those who like the type, the Tamiya 1/24 NISMO Clarion GT-RLM .       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  Three super anniversary options for the big plane builder is Euro Decals 32120: Panavia Tornado GR.4/4A Part 2

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  Also for the Wingnut Wings kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 32143: Re.8 Late Landing Gear.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   Today, it is one of their easy to build curbsides, the Tamiya 1/24 Porsche 936-78

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.  

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

Tuesday 5 March

KIT REVIEW:  George Oh provides his take on the Academy 1/72 Sopwith Camel.

KIT PREVIEW: Another of their superb rocket kits is the  Horizon Models 1/72 Redstone Launcher.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  This nice set has six options for big scale modelers;  Furball Decals FD 32-004: Legacy Bug Bandits

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice set for the Wingnut Wings kit is Scale Aircraft Conversions 32142: Re.8 Early Landing Gea.

MM FEATURE: Did you Know.      

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   From the dim past of MM, Lee Kolosna's Tamiya 1/24 Porsche 911 GT1

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest.  

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

Monday 4 March

KIT REVIEW:  Frank Reynolds kicks off our week with a nice conversion; the AML/Revell 1/32 Avia S-199 (late) .

KIT PREVIEW: For those who like the challenge of a resin kit, here is the Croco 1/72 Nakajima Ki-34.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A useful set for those who like to build big is Euro Decals 32123: Lancaster 48x24x6 Code Letters

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  For those who like REALLY big kits, Scale Aircraft Conversions 18004: F-18 Hornet Main Landing Gear.

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   A nice small scale resin kit was the Provence Moulage 1/43 Porsche 908/1

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Coming soon from Valiant Wings.  

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest. 

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

Friday 1 March

KIT REVIEW:  Stephen Young did a great job building the Kitty Hawk 1/48  XF5U-1.

KIT PREVIEW:  Donald Zhou shares his impressions of the Tamiya 1/35 M40 “Big Shot”.       

MM FEATURE: Photo of the Day.             

DECAL REVIEW:  A superbly done Tomcat sheet is Furball Decals FDS 4814: F-14 Tomcat Part VI: VF-154

DETAIL SET/ACCESSORY REVIEW:  A nice addition to your Heller kit is Croco 1/72 Alouette III Tropical Filters.

BOOK/CD/DVD REVIEW:   Next in their Air Campaign series is Osprey's Operation Linebacker 1972 .   

BLAST FROM THE PAST:   From the early days of MM, the Revell 1/25 Pontiac Club de Mer

MM CONTEST:   Accepting entries into the Airliners contest. 

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

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