Burl Burlingame tells us that IPMS Hawaii has revived its newsletter, Pacific Modeleer, and is making
it available to all in a modern format. The latest issue is available in iBook
format, free from the Apple iBook store. Just search there for "Pacific
Modeleer." Apparently it performs really well on iPads, not so well in other formats, but
it's a toehold. They hope to publish 10 times a year, all free via iBook downloads.
I am pleased to announce HyperScale's brand new 1/144 scale Group Build and Picture Posting Forum, sponsored by Minicraft. Not surprisingly, the subject of this Group Build is 1/144 Scale Kits. Let's see your construction photos as you build your 1/144 Scale kits from all eras, and of any subject, military or civil. We'll look forward to seeing photos of models that you have already built too. You can find the new Forum to the left in the Forum Sidebar (if you don't see the link there, try hitting the "Refresh" button on your browser), or by following this link.
I also spent a bit of time yesterday cleaning up the HTML on a few other Forums, fixing anomalies like incorrect meta tag titles and making the 1/72 scale Group Build Forum window open with the sidebar like all the other Forums.
Following a spate of Spam postings on HyperScale's Ship Chat and Car Chat Forums, and unanimous support for taking positive action, I have introduced a login requirement for those Forums. This should end these annoying postings. If you already have a Network 54 login with HyperScale Group Membership (i.e., you can already post to Plane Talking), this login will work in the other HyperScale Forums too. If you are logged in on Plane Talking, you will stay logged in for the other Forums too.
The second most popular Testor's ScaleWorkshop video, with more than 160,000 views, is presented this week. This is Testor's ScaleWorkshop #40b - "Painting Model Aircraft Interiors Part Two - Cockpits", originally posted in 2006.
We have a list of Airfix's planned 2012 fortcoming releases, including 26 images of all the newly tooled kits and accessories The list includes an entire new range of 1/48 scale military vehicles, figures buildings and accessories.
The third most popular Testor's ScaleWorkshop video, with more than 140,000 views, is presented this week. This is Testor's ScaleWorkshop #40a - "Painting Model Aircraft Interiors Part One - Wheel Wells", originally posted in 2006.
From now until midnight on Sunday, December 18th, Barracuda Studios is having a Holiday Thank You sale. All orders, both domestic and overseas will be shipped postage free until Sunday at midnight Pacific Standard Time. It's our way of saying thanks to all of our customers for their support for the last 3 years. Sale includes all products currently available on the Barracuda Studios website.
The fourth most popular Testor's ScaleWorkshop video, with more than 100,000 views, is presented this week. This is Testor's ScaleWorkshop #34 - "Post-Shading for Scale Models", originally posted in 2005.
Valiant Wings Publishing has a Christmas offer on their Airframe & Miniature series. Order the Me 262 and Typhoon books together before the end of January and get 10% off the overall recommended retail price. This bundle is a main featured product on the Valiant Wings home page.
For our New Zealand visitors, I will be attending a "Meet and Greet" event at Modelair's Auckand shop on Wednesday 30 November from 11.00 am until 2.00 pm to help celebrate their 10th anniversary at the Newmarket location. Stay tuned for more news about other guests at the function. The address is 12 Kent Street, Newmarket. I look forward to catching up with HyperScale's Kiwi visitors next week!
In tonight's Testor's ScaleWorkshop video, Joe Brown from ADH Publishing interviews Roy Sutherland, who talks about his forthcoming Barracuda Studios resin upgrades for Tamiya's 1/32 scale P-51D Mustang, and his new book "Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks". If you cannot view the video below, just follow this link to see it direct on YouTube.
Joe Brown from ADH Publishing shot a few videos while he was at ScaleModelworld, the IPMS UK Nationals at Telford last weekend. The first of these, Testor's ScaleWorkshop No. 90, is an interview with Scott T. Hards, CEO of HobbyLink Japan, who discusses the 2011 earthquake, its effect on HLJ, his attempt to save his Bandai Saturn V rocket, and more.
Marcus Nicholls has sent 24 Preview photos of the contents of the new Zoukei-Mura 1/32 scale A-1H Skyraider. Marcus has already started cutting parts off the sprue for a future article in TMMI. Now that will be worth seeing.
Freightdog Models has sent Preview information and images of their new releases including a 1/72 scale SR.53, a Spirfire PR.XI conversion with Post-War Danish decals, a counter-factual Hawker P.1130 conversion, a multi-media conversion to produce a Grumman Avenger ECM.6 and a 1/48 scale Blue Max Sopwith Comic night fighter. All of these new releases will be available at ScaleModelworld in Telford this weekend.
I must apologise for the appearance of pop-up ads on HyperScale's Forums in the last several hours. It seems that Network 54 could not process my credit card overnight, my time. As a result, they cancelled the Premier option, which blocks ads and adds features. As soon as I woke this morning I saw the problem and changed the credit card details. Sorry for any inconvenience or temporary blindness from the flashing ads!
More than 90 Testor's ScaleWorkshop videos have been uploaded since April 2002, and even some of the older ones continue to be popular today. For the next ten weeks I will be posting a countdown of the Top 10 most-watched Testor's ScaleWorkshop videos.
Today's video is the tenth most viewed, Testor's ScaleWorkshop Video No.5 - Masking Model Aircraft. This was originally posted in 2002.
On Missing-Lynx, I have posted four photos and a brief description of my Bronco 1/35 scale Hotchkiss H39. A detailed article on this model will appear in Issue 68 of Model Military International magazine, available in early November.
Phil Parsons reviews KP Models' 1/48 scale Sukhoi Su-25 UB/UBK, upgraded with resin and photo-etched parts plus colourful new markings. 37 images of the kit's plastic and multimedia parts, decals and box top are incuded.
If you are in the Los Angeles area next Saturday, Roy Sutherland, Mark Glidden and myself will be at Brookhurst Hobbies, Garden Grove, from 3:00pm for a meet-and-greet and informal book launch. Check out Brookhurst Hobbies' website for more details. We'll look forward to seeing you there!
Glen Porter reviews the new 1/72 scale Airfix Hawk 81-A-2 (P-40B) including a surface detail comparison with some other recent Airfix releases. 16 images of the kit parts, decals, marking scheme and box top are included.