Over the coming months I will be re-posting some of the most popular Testors Scaleworkshop "How To" videos, starting with my 2006 guide to painting wheel wells and cockpits. Here is Part One, covering the materials used and techniques to paint wheel wells. To watch this 3:19 video, simply click the Play button on the screen below.
Thanks to all of our HyperScale visitors, August 2014 has seen the largest number of page views on the Plane Talking Forum since HyperScale began more than 15 years ago. The total page views for that Forum alone was in excess of 2.5 million for the month of August.
I have linked the new Missing-Lynx WWI Review and Gallery indexes to the main Review and Gallery pages.
Tamiya has announced several new kits and accessory sets for release later this year, including an all-new 1/35 scale Jagdpanzer IV L/70, a motorised 1/35 scale Char B French tank, and a brand new set of WWII Japanese soldiers.
Today marks a remarkable milestone from Mark Davies - his 500th review on HyperScale. I'd like to thank Mark for all that hard work from his first HyperScale review in 2008 until today. I hope that we will see another 500 of Mark's thorough and forthright reviews on HyperScale over the coming years!
Valiant Wings Publishing announces that Airframe & Miniature No 7-The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Radial-engine versions (including Fw 190A, B, C, F, G & S)-A Complete Guide To The Luftwaffe’s Butcher Bird by Richard A Franks is now available. They have also reprinted Airframe & Miniature No 3-The Focke-Wulf Fw 190D & Ta 152. Both books are also available directly from Valiant Wings as a special Focke-Wulf bundle at £31.95 for the pair - a £4.95 saving on individual retail prices.
Valiant Wings has also advised that The Hawker Typhoon book (Airframe & Miniature No 2) is almost sold out, so if any of your readers need a copy for their big Airfix kit build this will be their last chance to get a copy. Once it has gone, it has gone (I neglected to add this great one-stop book to the References list in my "How to Build" Typhoon book too - sorry about that Richard and Mark!).
Wingnut Wings has just released two versions of the DFW C.V in 1/32 scale. The DFW C.V was arguably the single most important German aircraft of the First World War. The entire reason for military aviation at the time was to support the war on the ground and the most significant way to do this was through reconnaissance and artillery observation. A skilled artillery observer in a wireless equipped two-seater could kill more enemy with his index finger in a few minutes than the most skilled fighter pilots could in a lifetime and the DFW C.V was the most prevalent front line German two-seat aircraft of the war.
The Airfix 1/24 scale Typhoon is arriving at UK hobby shops this week, and a number of HyperScale visitors have already received this magnificent kit. Also available right now is my new book on building the Airfix 1/24 Typhoon. This book features an exhaustive step-by-step guide to construction with additional modelling contributions by Marcus Nicholls and Chris Wauchop as well as reference photos and how to get the very best from your big Tiffie. Enjoy!
And here's another real treat for fans of modern armour - a 'how to' modelling guide on the Leopard tank family. There are some stunning builds in this production from Spencer Pollard (you know him, right?) as well as Marcel Jussen, John Murphy and Brett Green. This book is well worth adding to your modelling library! It's just £12.95 plus postage. Orders being taken now at:
My latest book, "How to Build the Airfix 1:24 scale Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib", has just arrrived at ADH Publishing's UK office. Pre-orders will be shipped over the coming days, and you still have time to order the book in tme for the release next week of this highly anticipated and very impressive kit. The book features detailed text and hundreds of photos documenting the kit contents and step-by-step construction, plus a stunning paint job by Chris Wauchop and an alternative approach to the interior by Marcus Nicholls. You'll also find history of the Typhoon, a walk around of the sole surviving example, and a summary of the best Typhoons available in all the major scales. All this for £12.95, available to order now from ADH Books' website.
In tonight's Testor's ScaleWorkshop, Dekker Zimmerman from Maus Werx presents a four minute video showing how to use Testors Model Master Oil and Grease Stain. To view this video, simply click the screen below. Maus Werx instructional DVDs, tools and accessories are available for view and for purchase direct from their website.
In tonight's Testor's ScaleWorkshop, Dekker Zimmerman from Maus Werx presents a six minute video showing how to get the best out of your Testor Aztek A470 airbrush by the correct setup and adjustment. To view this 6 min 24 sec video, simply click the screen below. Maus Werx instructional DVDs, tools and accessories are available for view and for purchase direct from their website.
The 19th Annual Western Canadian Regional Model Contest will be held this Saturday, 7 June, at the Alberta Aviation Museum. This year's theme is theme is D-Day and the IPMS Chapter is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Roy Sutherland is this year's special guest and he has produced a unique Canadian decal sheet that will be supplied free of charge to everyone who enters.
For our Australian visitors, the 2014 Australian Model Expo will be held over the Queen's Birthday weekend, 7-9 June, at the Sandown Park Exhibition Centre, Springvale in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The National Open plastic model competition is conducted during the Expo and covers nearly all categories including Aircraft, AFVs, Cars, Trucks, Science Fiction and Figures. Kit distributors and retailers will show latest releases along with a variety of model club and hobby displays. A 'Swap & Sell' will be organised for Monda. I'll look forward to seeing you there!
I have posted a short Testor's ScaleWorkshop video showing the Tamiya's forthcoming 1/35 scale Mark IV Male tank in action at Tamiya's Shizuoka headquarters last week. To play this 20-second video, simply click on the secreen below:
I was planning to take some video of the amazing display area at the Shizuoka Hobby Show public days last weekend, with more than 8,000 models on the table, but the crowds were so big that it was not really practical. Instead, in the latest Testor's ScaleWorkshop video, here are some impressions of the Flea Market that runs over the two public days. To view this two minute video, simply click the screen below:
The next Testor's ScaleWorkshop video from last week's Shizuoka Hobby Show is entitled "Armour Release Highlights". This video focuses on new military release announcements. A full report of military releases with photos will be posted in the coming days. To play this five minute video, simply click the screen below:
I'm back from the second Trade Day at the Shizuoka Hobby Show, and our new Testors ScaleWorkshop video is "Shizuoka Hobby Show 2014 - Rough Cut #2", Aircraft Kit Release Highlights. As the name suggests, this one focuses on the aircraft related releases. With the public days to follow, there will be more video footage and a show report with photos in the coming days. To play this six minute video, simply click the screen below:
15 May, 2014
Greetings from Japan, and the first day of the Shizuoka Hobby Show! Our Testors ScaleWorkshop video today is "Shizuoka Hobby Show 2014 - Rough Cut #1". This video mainly focuses on today's new military release announcements from Tamiya. More to follow in the coming days, including additional video footage and a show report with photos. To play this three minute video, simply click the screen below:
I am on my way to Japan at the moment. I will be attending Tamiya's new product launch at their Shizuoka headquarters on Wednesday, then I'll be visiting the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2014 from Thursday to Saturday. Stay tuned during the week for news and images from Shizuoka!
Valiant Wings Publishing advise that Airframe Album No 4 – The Westland Whirlwind-A Detailed Guide To The RAF’s Twin-engine Fighter by Richard A Franks will publish week commencing May 19th. Valiant Wings are extending their pre-order postage offer and prize draw offer with a chance to win a Trumpeter Whirlwind kit to May 25th. What’s more we are making a set of 1/48 scale plans for the Whirlwind available for all customers who have pre-ordered a copy. The Westland Whirlwind-A Detailed Guide To The RAF’s Twin-engine Fighter retails at £15.95 RRP. Order before May 25th and get £2.00 off post and packing, a chance to win a free kit PLUS a free set of scale plans.
I'll be heading off to Japan next week for the 2014 Shizuoka Hobby Show. Stay tuned for news of new and forthcoming releases.
Floyd Werner advises that he will be selling a very limited edition of 50 1/32 scale Werner's Wings Avia S-199 Series One conversions (i.e., a different version to the earlier release) at the IPMS USA Nationals from 6 to 9 August.
5 May, 2014
I'm back! Doing a bit of catching up today but regular HyperScale programming will recommence tomorrow.
I've been kept pretty busy here in Beijing for the last couple of days (full report to follow upon my return), but I wanted to post the last few updates from Eduard on their brand new 1:48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6, due for release tomorrow. Here are the latest; with more to follow tomorrow:
Dennis Oliver advises that the latest Oliver Publishing title, STUG: Assault Gun Units In The East, Bagration to Berlin, Volume II, is complete. This book is based on the usual format of 13 full colour pages featuring over 30 different vehicles, highlighting the colours and field modifications that make these late-war assault guns so interesting. Add to that organisational charts and unit histories and this book finishes what Volume I began. Copies of the book will be available in the first weeks of May and may be ordered direct from ADH Publishing
Tonight I'll be heading off to Beijing for the 2014 Hobby Expo China, where I will be attending the Meng Model stand along with Adam Wilder, David Parker and Kristof Pulinckx. I'll be reporting back from the show with news and images of new and forthcoming releases. Stay tuned!
I just received the following message from Wingnut Wings: "Overnight a website error caused several of our models to wrongly appear as sold out. While all our models are limited and will eventually sell out, these models are still currently available as of 1 April 2014;
Almost certainly more models will appear to be sold out in error over the next few hours. Hopefully we will have this fixed some time today (New Zealand time). We apologise for any concern that may have been caused. If this website error caused you to place a panic order and you wish to cancel it for a full refund please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order details."
Do you remember Eduard's ‘Achtung Spitfire’ campaign from last year? Well, now Eduard is back with a similarly intensive information stream regarding the forthcoming Eduard new tool 1/48 scale Bf 109G-6 kit. If you are ready to learn as much as possible about this exciting release, then make sure you regularly visit HyperScale's Plane Talking Forum. We will be making TWO information posts daily from 1 April to 1 May, 2014. Check your Six!
MENG and AFV Modeller have announced a new collaboration with MENG becoming the exclusive title sponsor of AFV Modeller and AIR Modeller Magazines. This will mean more in depth coverage of the exciting new Meng releases and interesting modelling activities organized by both parties. To celebrate this, the next issue of MENG AIR Modeller will include a complimentary decal sheet with additional markings for the MENG 1/32 Me 163 B.