Ray Rimell has wasted no time building the all-new 1/32 scale Wingnut Wings Fokker E.III. We have three images of Ray's Eindecker in the Gallery. The box set is reviewed in Windsock Worldwide Issue 28/5 published next month, along with a full build report and 1/32 scale E.III plans
Tonight I take a first look at a set of third generation test shots of Revell's forthcoming 1/32 scale Heinkel He 219 A. A description of the contents is accompanied by 63 images of the kit's plastic parts and decals. I have also included a couple of photos of my kit in progress.
Michael Szapowalow from AirConnection has advised that he will be printing corrected national markings as an Errata for the incorrectly proportioned markings provided in the 1/32 scale Hussar "P-51D Over the Pacific" decal sets, reviewed last week on HyperScale by Rodger Kelly. Stay tuned for more details of availability.
Following strong positive feedback, the Airfix Group Build Forum has now been expanded to officially include Frog and Matchbox kits. Although there were some arguments for throwing a wider net to include such manufacturers as Heller, I think that the three here represent a certain era and approach, and best represent the spirit of the Forum. I hope this will get you all inspired to dig out your multi-coloured Matchbox and old Frog kits for the Group Build. Enjoy!
We also have three images of Anthony Sheedy's Meng Model 1:35 scale Merkava Mk.3D Early in the Gallery. This model is the subject of a detailed Feature Article in Issue 78 of Model Military International magazine, available this week on newsstands and online.
Squadron has a brand new website with new features and functionality. The search function is a bit different to the old site, but you can still search multiple criteria by typing, for example, the scale and the subject you are looking for in the text box (e.g. 1/72 hellcat).
One of Squadron's new features is Squadron TV, which currently features four videos. One of them is an interview with me while I was at Squadron;s head office in June.
Rodger has also modified his review of Part One in light of Tony Bell's comments on the Plane Talking Forum regarding the proportions of the bars of the national markings. Thanks to Tony for pointing this out.
29 August, 2012
It's deja vu all over again! I have also just finished the Airfix 1/72 scale Messerschmitt Bf 110 C kit, finished as a Benghazi-based night fighter. Five images and a description have been posted to the Gallery.
I have five photos of my newly completed Eduard 1/72 scale Messerschmitt Bf 110 E
in the Gallery. A big article detailing the building and painting of this model, along with a parallel build of the Airfix 1/72 Bf 110 C, will appear in Issue 19 of Military Illustrated Modeller magazine.
Freightdog Models has sent information about new releases including 1/72 sets of drop tanks for Sea Harrier and Skyhawk, F-16 conformal tanks, Matra rocket pods, dropped door and seamless intakes for the new Sword Harrier T.2/4, and a 1/48 set of BAC Canberra B.6/B.(I)8 engine fronts. Images of some of thee are provided on the Preview page.
In Testor's ScaleWorkshop No. 92, Joe Brown from ADH Publishing examines a miniature motor museum, one of the spectacular displays at ScaleModelworld 2011, last year's IPMS UK Nationals at Telford. To view this 3:51 video, simply click the play button on the screen below:
21 August, 2012
Its Emil day! I review Eduard's 1/48 scale Bf 109 E Royal Class, which includes two full kits of any combination of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-1 to E-7 (including Trop and Jabo versions), additional resin and photo-etched parts, a 1/4 scale Bf 109 E instrument panel and a brushed stainless steel mug. Images of all the new kit parts, the decals, instrument panel and the mug are included. I have also added a description of the recent Eduard Bf 109 E-4 ProfiPACK, which shares the plastic and many of the photo-etched parts with the Royal Class kit.
In June I visited the Squadron EagleQuest 2012 show at Dallas. Testor's ScaleWorkshop Video No. 94 is a Postcard from Squadron EagleQuest 2012. To view this 2 minute video, simply click the play button on the screen below:
Our 93rd Testor's ScaleWorkshop video is a tour of the 2012 Western Canadian Regional Model Contest, held in Edmonton Alberta during June. You'll see Spencer Pollard during one of his live demos, Tom Cockle, Ron Volstad, Mark Proulx and more as we walk around the aisles. Simply click the "play" button on the screen below to view the 3 minute 42 second YouTube video.
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We have received details of the forthcoming Memorial Service from Dr Charles Metz's from Molly Metz and Becky Metz Mavon:
"Thank you so much for your kind emails, thoughtful texts, heartfelt cards, beautiful flowers, touching posts, warm hugs, loving thoughts and so much more. We appreciate knowing how our dad touched your lives -- we feel your love and know that this loss is not ours alone. It is clear that, even to the last minute, dad lived with grace and dignity and love in his heart.
Please help us remember, celebrate and honor Charles Metz and his life well lived:
Monday, August 27th at 11:00 a.m.
Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago
Reception to follow."
On the occasion of Swann-Morton's 80th Anniversary, Joe Brown from ADH Publishing has written up a brief history of the company from its origins to the products of today. The link will open a 1 MB PDF file.
On Missing-Lynx, Marcus Nicholls has wasted no time building Tamiya's forthcoming 1:35 scale Elefant. Four images of his model have been posted to the Gallery. This model will be featured in Issues 202 and 203 of Tamiya Model Magazine International.
I am terribly sad to report that Dr. Charles Metz passed away today. Charlie was a regular visitor and an essential participant in HyperScale's Forums from almost day one. He was erudite and enthusiastic, with a broad range of interests and an encyclopaedic library. Charlie brought the disciplines and talent from his lifetime career in academia to this hobby, much to the benefit of many HyperScale visitors over the years. He was generous, lightning fast and reliable with any requests for information. I will treasure my memories of this true gentleman, and I wish to convey my deepest sympathy to Dr. Metz's family and many friends. Charlie, the world was a better place wherever you trod, and your footsteps will linger long after you have moved on. You will be sorely missed.
I had a great time at the Squadron EagleQuest XXI show at the Embassy Suites Hotel near Dallas Fort Worth Airport over the last few days. Thanks to Mike McMahon, the team from Squadron, and to the EagleQuest comittee for their welcome and hosplitality. I will be posting a report on the show plus a Gallery of photos upon my return.
I have arrived in Texas ahead of Squadron EagleQuest XXI from Thursday 21 June to Saturday 23 June at the Embassy Suites DFW Airport Outdoor World Hotel. While I am there I will be presenting a few sessions, including a HyperScale Q&A. More information is offered on the registration form, available by following this link. I'll look forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new modellers.
I am just back in Sydney after a 30+ hour return trip from Canada. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone from IPMS Edmonton for their fantastic hospitality at the 17th Western Canadian Regional Model Contest and during the rest of my stay. You'll be reading more about this in the coming days and weeks.
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