I'm on my way to Canada at the moment for the HeritageCon show in Hamilton this weekend. I look forward to seeing some of HyperScale's visitors there!
In today's Squadron ScaleWorkshop, I take a look at the test shots of Tamiya's forthcoming 1/35 scale M3 Stuart tank. This is an all-new offering and has nothing in common with Tamiya's 1970s vintage kit. To view the five minute video, just click the screen below or take the YouTube option to view a high definition version:
Valiant Wings Publishing has made the following announcements: "Airframe Extra No 9-North Africa Campaign is now on press and is expected to be with us next Wednesday. I have attached some sample pages that may be of interest to your readers/followers. The revised edition of Airframe Album No 2-The Hawker Sea Fury will be arriving with us this Thursday. All pre-ordered copies will be in the mail the same day. We will be announcing our next Airframe Album title over the coming week."
Albatros Productions has also just published a very limited third edition of their first Wingnut Wings Modelling Special on the Gotha G.IV. It is available now from their web store at www.windsockdatafilespecials.co.uk
5 March, 2018
I'll be receiving a new computer in a day or two, and I will be handing this one back today so we may have a day or two without updates, depending on when the new one arrives and how long it takes to set up.
In the most recent Squadron video, Jef V. builds the ICM 1:32 scale Polikarpov I-16 Rata. To view the 21:30 minute video, just click the screen below or take the YouTube option to view a high definition version:
In our first Squadron ScaleWorkshop video for 2018, we take a high resolution browse around the sprues of Meng's spectacular new 1/35 scale U.S M911 C-HET (8x6) & M747 Heavy Equipment Semi-Trailer. To view the 5:52 minute video, just click the screen below or take the YouTube option to view a high definition version:
Valiant Wings Publishing has announced that Airframe & Miniature No 8 - The de Havilland Mosquito Part 1 - will be reprinted as it sold out quickly at the end of 2017. Copies will be available from February 8th. Valiant Wings also have a full programme of eight new and revised titles planned for 2018. Each one will be announced prior to publication.
Tonight I review Eduard's 1/48 scale L-29 Delfin ProfiPACK. This is a rebox of the lovely AMK kit with all of Eduard's extra goodies included. 19 images of the plastic and photo-etched parts, decals and box top are included.
Vintage Fighter Series has announced their next injection moulded 1/24 scale kits will be the F4U Corsair and Spitfire Mk.XII. We'll have more information and images as they come to hand.
15 January, 2018
Just an update on the Forum page loading issue. The new owners of the Forum hosts, Tapatalk, contacted me late last week and reported that they had fixed the speed issue but other problems (such as the missing Search buttons on several Forums) could not be fixed as the software is now too old. Page loading speed was much better for a short time but within a day it was back to the slow loading that we have all exprienced over the last couple of weeks. I have asked Tapatalk to address the speed issue again, but I suspect that the Network 54 software is just too old. Tapatalk is planning to migrate the Forums to a new platform and I have now asked that this move be prioritised. I apologise again for the delay and the inconvenience.
I must again apologise for the slow loading pages on HyperScale's discussion forums recently. I have sent multiple reports to the provider but haven't had a reply yet. I am now actively looking for an alternative Forum provider, although this won't be a fast process, and I have deep regrets about losing 20 years of history here. I'll keep everyone posted.
Welcome to 2018 - HyperScale's 21st year online! Thanks to all of HyperScale's visitors for continuing to drop in and participate in the Forums and on the webzine side of the site, and to all of our wonderful sponsors for their ongoing support. Thanks also to Corbin Haldane for supplying the new 2018 HyperScale banners - a long-standing New Years tradition!
The main advertising banner position for Missing-Lynx's Axis Forum is vacant and available for the first time in more than a decade. If your company is interested in sponsoring this busy, high profile Forum with a banner at the top of the page, please contact me via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
In our final Squadron ScaleWorkshop video for 2017, I describe the 21 aircraft models, military vehicles and figure sets that I have completed this year. To view the ten minute video, just click the screen below or take the YouTube option to view a high definition version:
The January issue of Military Illustrated Modeller is available now. This special issue includes big Build Features on two of the most anticipated releases of 2017 - the Revell 1/32 scae P-51D Mustang and the Tamiya 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6. If you plan to build either of these iconic models, grab your copy now from Doolittle Media's website!
Christmas Day / Boxing Day 2017
Wishing all of HyperScale's visitors a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season. We'll still be around over this period, so check in as usual for our regular updates.
Valiant Wings Publishing
advises that Airframe & Miniature No 11 - The Messerschmitt Bf 109 Late Series is now at the printers with all preordered copies to be posted on 14 December . The book has been expanded to 240 pages, however the cover price remains at £19.95 RRP. You can still pre-order at a special price of £18.95 with discounted postage up to 13 December.
For the first time, the main advertising banner position for Missing-Lynx's Axis Forum is vacant and available. If your company is interested in sponsoring this busy, high profile Forum with a banner at the top of the page, please contact me via email on email@example.com .
I have been overwhelmed by responses to my request for new reviewers. Thanks to everyone who has contacted me. It might take me a few days to work through the emails but thanks to all who have offered.
I am looking for a couple of additional regular HyperScale reviewers, located in Australia to keep postage costs manageable. I'm hoping to find a couple of experienced modellers who can take their own good quality photographs and can turn reviews around quickly. I'm particularly interested in finding a 1/72 scale specialist. Please drop me a note on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss in more detail.
In tonight's Squadron ScaleWorkshop video, I show how the engine cowlings are posed either closed or open on Tamiya's forthcoming 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6. Lighting is a bit muddy in this one - I'll know better next time! To view the six minute video, just click the screen below or take the YouTube option to view a high definition version:
For the information of our Australian visitors, the ScaleACT model show will be held in Canberra this coming weekend, 11 and 12 November 2017, featuring model displays, competitions, a swap 'n sell, and more. A number of local and interstate traders will be selling kits, books and modelling accessories throughout the weekend. For more information, visit http://www.actsms.asn.au
In the Gallery, I present four images and a description of my Tamiya 1/48 scale SS-100 Heavy Tractor. This is abrand new kit and a great little crossover subject, as it was commonly used to tow heavy aircraft at Luftwaffe airfields.
A test shot of Tamiya's forthcoming 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 arrived here yesterday. I have made an 11 minute video examining the plastic parts and discussing the contents and options of this eagerly anticipated release. To view the video, just click the screen below or take the YouTube option to view a high definition version:
HyperScale's Forum Search feature appears to be working again now. If you are still having trouble, try clearing your cache (deleting your history). If anyone is still having problems with Search, please let me know.
Eduard's brand new 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-4 arrived here yesterday, so tonight's Squadron ScaleWorkshop takes a close-up look at the contents! This is an all-new kit with nothing at all in common with the previous Eduard 1/48 scale Fw 190 A kits. To view this 10 minute video, just click the screen below or take the YouTube option to view a high definition version.
Test shot sprues for Revell's forthcoming 1/32 scale P-51D Mustang arrived here yesterday, so tonight's Squadron ScaleWorkshop will take a close-up look! To view this 8:38 video, just click the screen below or take the YouTube option to view a high definition version.
I have just had news that my latest book, "How to Build Tamiya's 1:32 F4U-1A and F4U-1D Corsair" is due out at ScaleModelworld in November and may be pre-ordered now. We provide an exhaustive step-by-step illustrated guide to building and detailing Tamiya'a 1:32 scale F4U-1D and F4U-1A, offering plenty of inspiration with two different configurations and colour schemes. Chris Wauchop has built the F4U-1A while I have tackled the F4U-1D. We also have a bonus Chapter on building Tamiya’s 1:48 scale Corsair family, offering some tips for painting pilot figures and including a close-up look at a Corsair under restoration.