Spencer Pollard will be returning to a full-time editing role when he takes the helm of ADH Publishing's Model Airplane International magazine next month. We'll have more news about this in the coming month.
Testor's ScaleWorkshop presents a new MausWerx Video tonight, in which Dekker Zimmerman describes fading of camouflage paints using the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush. To view this 6:05 minute video, simply press the play button on the screen below:
Sprue Brothers Black Weekend Sale is on from now ntil 11:59pm CST, Sunday 30 November2014, during which time you'll receive an additional 20% off the everyday discounted price on all model kits for any order over US$25.00. No coupon required - just add to cart and the discount will be automatically applied
We continue to replay some popular Testors Scaleworkshop "How To" videos, this time with a guide to pre-shading. To watch this seven minute video, simply click the Play button on the screen below (please note that this video was made eight years ago, pre-HD on YouTube. One day I'll go back and re-record these!).
Vintage Fighter Series will be releasing a 1/24 scale P-47M Thunderbolt before Christmas. This will include seatbelts from RB Productions, PE Engine wiring harness plus detail sets, 3x decal options, and a signed profile from RUSS S. KYLER – pilot of HV-J ‘LORENE’ based at Boxted. We'll have photos and more information closer to release.
Another hectic and fantastic weekend at ScaleModelworld over the last two days. I'll be writing up a detailed report and posting photos in the coming days. Highlights included Airfix's announcement of new-tool 1/72 scale Henikel He 111 and Defiant kits, the Zoukei-Moura Ho 229 (that had all flown out the door before the queue was halfway there), the Fly 1/32 scale Arado Ar 234 (looked very impressive), and a bunch of new announcements from kit, accessory and decal manufacturers.
Another very impressive announcement from the weekend was AIMS' 1/32 scale Junkers Ju 388 conversion. A test casting was assembled on the AIMS table, and it looked great. John will be pre-order deposits on the 388 so he knows how many to order from the factory. To reserve youra, please send £20.00 Stirling via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org before 10 December.
7 November, 2014
Well, I have arrived safely at Telford and have already caught up with many modellers here. I took a bit of footage of setup at ScaleModelworld 2014 tonight too. To view this new Testor's ScaleWorkshop video, simply press the Play button on the screen below. More news, photos and videos in the coming days:
For the information of our Australian visitors, the ACTSMS Canberra model show will be held on 15 and 16 November 2014, featuring model displays, competitions, a swap 'n sell, and a dinner on Saturday evening. A number of local and interstate traders will be selling kits, books and modelling accessories throughout the weekend. As 2014 sees the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, we’re commemorating this important event with a special Scale ACT ’14 WW1 modelling category! There'll be special prizes for this category. For more information, visit http://www.actsms.asn.au
5 November, 2014
I'll be starting the long journey from Sydney to Telford today, and will be reporting news and new releases from ScaleModelworld 2014 this weekend. In the meantime...
With only a week left until ScaleModelworld, final preparations are being made for this huge annual event. Hosted by the International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS), the two day exhibition at the The International Centre in Telford, UK, on 8th and 9th November will become the temporary home of over 5000 plastic models of all scales. Nearly 1000 of those models will be competing for the top honours in our international championships. In 2013, more than 10,000 modellers from all over the UK, Europe and the rest of the world attended Scale ModelWorld and this year looks set to attract just as many visitors. On display will be scale models of everything from aircraft to tanks, ships to cars, figures and science fiction. The models will vary in era from historic subjects to up to the minute examples in many different scales and themes. With over 150 different traders booked to attend, you will be able to find just about anything and everything you have ever needed for the hobby. Come and talk to the guys from Airfix and see their latest releases. Check out the Revell stand before starting on the vast array of specialist vendors from across the globe. New kits and old kits, conversion sets, paints, tools, reference material and specialist items from all over the world will be found on the trader tables. There are many other features too - a major themed display to commemorate the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has been two years in the planning and will provide the centrepiece of the event. A rare version of the Chieftain Tank will also be on display for the weekend, continuing our policy of providing full size exhibits to complement the miniature versions. Our friends the Daleks will be making a welcome return to the event, patrolling the aisles and generally playing on their notoriety whilst also raising funds for their chosen charity (a Dalek with a heart?). The show opens to the public at 10.00am on both Saturday and Sunday and is open until 6.00pm on Saturday and 4.00pm on Sunday. Airfix are running a junior 'Make and Paint' event on both days, so bring the kids along and they can have a go at building a kit from the vast Airfix range - all provided free of charge by Airfix themselves.
ADH Publishing has just released two new books. The first is "Building Tamiya Armour Kits in 1:35". This new book brings together five detailed features that will show what is possible from this extensive range of kits. In so doing, it offers hints and tips, detailed step-by-step guides and written descriptions on all manner of techniques from basic construction, through detailing, painting and realistic weathering. This is available now from ADH Books' website.
We continue to replay some popular Testors Scaleworkshop "How To" videos, this time with a guide to post-shading. Here is Part Two, covering application of the technique. To watch this 3:08 video, simply click the Play button on the screen below:
We continue to replay some popular Testors Scaleworkshop "How To" videos, this time with a guide to post-shading. Here is Part One, covering the theory and some application. To watch this 4:01 video, simply click the Play button on the screen below (please note that this video was made eight years ago, pre-HD on YouTube. One day I'll go back and re-record these!).
The latest book from ADH Publishing, "How To Build Revell's 1:32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa", is now available. Jim Hatch examines Revell's model in detail, describes construction of the model with plentiful photos and points out the areas of the kit that may be improved and corrected. This new book is printed on high quality paper and features an exhaustive step-by-step guide to construction, plus a painting and weathering tutorial. A number of essential reference resources are also included. More than 200 photos, a reference guide and photos of the kit sprues are all included – a must have before you build the model. You can order yours right now from ADH Books' website.
For the information of our Australian visitors, Wagga Wagga and District Model Club will be holding its 30th Annual Show and Expo on the weekend of 18 and 19 October. More details may be found on their website.
We have Part Two of my 2006 Testor's ScaleWorkshop video guide to painting model aircraft interiors. This installment covers cockpits. To watch this 2:27 video, simply click the Play button on the screen below.
15 September, 2014
Mark Davies presents a new Construction Feature on the new Airfix 1/72 scale Tiger Moth. 16 images of the model under construction and complete are included.
Rob Baumgartner reviews Encore Models' 1/32 scale Blue Max Pfalz, which includes extensive resin and photo-etched parts plus two figures. Images of all the plastic and resin parts, the photo-etched fret, marking options, decals and box top are all included.
Brad Fallen reviews Eduard's 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G Royal Class. 84 images of the plastic, resin, photo-etched and self-adhesive parts, decals, 109 wreck relic (with certificate of authenticity and history booklet), beer glass, coaster and box art are included.
‘How To Build The Leopard Family In 1:35’ by Spencer Pollard is now available. This is a comprehensive guide to modelling this famous vehicle in its many forms. Along with the work of the author, you will also find guest features from Brett Green, Marcel Jussen and John Murphy, whose combined talents help tell the story of the seven models, including the Leopard 1A3, 2A4NL, 2A5, AEV, 2A6 and as a specially extended section, the incredible Canadian, C2 MEXAS. Each of the chapters tells the story of a model using in-depth construction and painting guides, as well as hints and tips on detailing, conversions, sculpting and figure painting. Add to that some exclusive, full-sized reference material and the reasons to add this book to your library are there for all to see.
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.