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    2015 Best of Class, Best Ship - USS Intrepid CVA-11, by Ryan Labieniec

  • 2015 Best of Class, Art Gerber Best Military Vehicle - M1126 Stryker, by Nathan LaPorte

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    2015 Best of Class, Art Gerber Best Military Vehicle - M1126 Stryker, by Nathan LaPorte

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  • P-47

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  • 2015 Best of Class, Best Automotive - Porsche 917/30, by Steve Bright

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    2015 Best of Class, Best Automotive - Porsche 917/30, by Steve Bright

Announcements

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The website for the 2022 IPMS/USA National Convention is online at: https://ipmsusa2022.com

To All IPMS/USA Members,

Many of us are shocked and saddened by the conflict in Ukraine. Just over a month ago Ukrainians were living their lives in peace and suddenly their cities are being destroyed, fellow citizens are dying, and many are fleeing for safety in bordering countries. Truly tragic and unnecessary.

Ukraine is the home of many great model companies. I've received several emails from IPMS/USA members asking how they can help not only these modeling companies but also those in need in Ukraine.

How can we help? There are many ways. You can contribute individually, as a chapter or in the case of the folks from Red River Modelers, at their RiverCon-2022 show from which they donated 10% ($532) of their proceeds to Samaritans Purse (https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/ukraine response).

There are many organizations which one can donate to. There's a good article from Forbes highlighting how one can donate to those in Ukraine, https://www.forbes.com/advisor/personal-finance/donate-relief-to-ukraine/.

I would highly recommend that one review the organization you want to donate to at this link: Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org/. Charity Navigator shows which groups are legitimate and the percentage of each dollar donated that goes to those in need. During a crisis like Ukraine and other natural disasters, the scammers come out willing to steal money of those in need.

Below is a list of the model companies in Ukraine. No one knows the status of these, but many have been warehousing and distributing their products from neighboring countries like Poland and Hungary.

Finally, there is a UK Publishing Company, Inside the Armor is publishing a book, "Models for Ukraine". All the models in the book were built by Ukrainian modelers. THE FULL PROFITS FROM THIS BOOK will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal to help refugees and civilians in the Ukraine. https://www.insidethearmour.com/product-page/models-for-ukraine-book.

We will keep you all updated if we hear any updates. Let's all pray this conflict ends soon and hope those in Ukraine will be able to start rebuilding their country.

Dave Lockhart
IPMS/USA President
(678) 620-8417
ipmspresident@ipmsusa.org

News


November/December 2021 Cover
  • Warehouse Workhorse - Building the 1:32 Toyota Geneo 20 Forklift, by David A. Kimbrell
  • Model 12 Metamorphosis - Building Special Hobby's 1:72 Lockheed L-12 as a U.S. Army C-40A Electra Junior, by Jack Gilbert
  • TV Star: Galactica - Revisiting the 1970s Battlestar with Moebius' 1:4105 kit, by Ed Wahl
  • Invader, Upgraded - Adding detail to ICM's nifty new Douglas A-26, by Ed Mate
  • Hawker's Handyman - Modeling the Hawker Hart and Demon in 1:72, by Brian R. Baker
  • Capturing Two Tigers - Recovering the 1:35 DML Tiger I "Tunisian Initial" and Cyberhobby Initial Production kits from the Shelf of Woe, by David A. Kimbrell

New Reviews

  • Modern Luftwaffe Vol.1 Acrylic Colours Set

    Modern Luftwaffe Vol.1 Acrylic Colours Set

    May 28, 2022

    Reviewed by: Paul Bradley
    Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

    This is another paint set by the prolific Ammo by MiG concern out of Spain. I'm sure many of you already use these acrylic paints and so are familiar with their ease of use with both brush and airbrush. The featured colours come in the familiar yellow-capped 17ml dropper bottles and include those colours needed for a range of modern Luftwaffe aircraft in the NORM 72 and 83 schemes, such as the Tornado, F-4F, F-104, Alpha Jet and UH-1H. The bottles are contained in a tray inside a sturdy card box that features a summary of the paints included and a nice colour profile of a Tornado.

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  • Ammo Luftwaffe Paints.2

    Ammo Luftwaffe Paints.2

    May 28, 2022

    Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro
    Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

    Looking through the reviews on the IPMS USA website, I saw several about "AMMO by Mig Jimenez" Acrylic Paints and all agreed with my own assessment of this product. Rather than rehashing those reviews, suffice it to say, these are high quality paints, come in a wide assortment of colors, provide excellent coverage, are relatively easy to use either with an airbrush or brush, and are easy to clean up afterwards.

    To complement their "Modern Luftwaffe Vol.1" AIR SET which provides colors for the Luftwaffe's green and black camouflaged aircraft, AMMO released another set for the gray camouflaged aircraft. This AIR SET, "Modern Luftwaffe Vol.2" provides the gray shades of paint used on the Mig-29, F-4F, and Typhoon II.

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  • Messerschmitt Bf109E Landing Gear

    Messerschmitt Bf109E Landing Gear

    May 28, 2022

    Reviewed by: Paul Bradley
    Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

    Scale Aircraft Conversions provides resin and white metal parts for scale model aircraft, most of which are drop-in landing gear replacements.

    The Airfix 1/24 BF109E was first released way back in 1973 but has featured in their range on numerous occasions since, most recently as part of the 'Vintage Classics' range in 2020. As such, the model lacks detail compared to modern kits and any enhancements for the kit are most welcome.

    The Emil's landing gear legs are pretty simple units, and the SAC parts reflect this. With just a little clean-up, these parts are drop-in replacements for the kit parts. The only parts you'll need to use from the kit are the tyres and outer hubs.

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  • Curtiss P-40, 1941-42 55th Pursuit Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group

    Curtiss P-40, 1941-42 55th Pursuit Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group

    May 28, 2022

    Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette
    Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

    Yellow Wings has dedicated itself to US markings during the period from 1930 to 1945 and makes decals specific to that time frame. Many do actually have the beautiful yellow wings from that time period also! This release covers the Curtiss P-40 and specifically between 1941 and 1942 for the 20th Pursuit Group and the commanders aircraft in 1/32nd scale. Markings are included for three aircraft:

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  • Life & Death on the Eastern Front

    Life & Death on the Eastern Front

    May 27, 2022

    Reviewed by: Orlando Reyes
    Company: Greenhill Books

    Let's start by stating that the entire book is collection of color photographs taken by both original cameramen, as well as the regular foot soldier in the field. The photos chosen by the authors are one of the best I have the pleasure of seeing. The book is divided in three sections:

    • The Ground War
    • War in the Skies
    • Behind the Lines

    In turn, each section is divided in subsections. Part One; The Ground War is divided into 11 parts; Part Two; The War in the skies has 5 subsections and Part Three; contains 6 subsections. The Ground War is the largest and consist of 116 pages; The War in the Skies consists of 37 pages, while the section about Behind the Lines is 64 pages.

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  • OPERATION CACTUS - Indian Military Intervention in the Maldives, 1988

    OPERATION CACTUS - Indian Military Intervention in the Maldives, 1988

    May 27, 2022

    Reviewed by: Orlando Reyes
    Company: Helion & Company

    This book is Number 26 of the "Asia War" series. The book is divided into 6 sections, two appendixes, Bibliography and notes. One of the sections is the introduction to Operation Cactus, as well as a small history, and the location of the Maldives Islands.

    This introduction section, introduces you to the Sri Lanka's Tamil insurgents. You are also introduced to the politics, and the economy of the Maldives Islands and the genesis of the Coup.

    more...

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