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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

2022 IPMS/USA National Convention Logo


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

  • U.S. Vietnam Ammo Bunker, Type III

    U.S. Vietnam Ammo Bunker, Type III

    May 18, 2022

    Reviewed by: Ben Morton
    Company: Tiger Werke

    Ammo bunkers were used in Vietnam at Fire Support Bases-FSB (artillery emplacements) for the storage of ammo, powder, and fuses. Built with any available material including 105mm wooden ammo crates, metal culverts, PSP, or wooden planks these ammunition bunkers were everywhere a FSB was located. Some of these structures were also used as personnel shelters.

    Tiger Werke has done the modeling community a service by providing not one but three different style of ammo bunkers that are suitable for any 1/35 scale Vietnam-era fire base diorama or vignette This particular review revolves around TW-35217, the Type III Ammo Bunker. This style shows a section of culvert stacked with sandbags protecting a small bunker that was constructed from empty, wooden ammunition crates.

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  • US Vietnam Ammo Bunker, Type I

    US Vietnam Ammo Bunker, Type I

    May 18, 2022

    Reviewed by: Ben Morton
    Company: Tiger Werke

    During the Vietnam War the U.S. Army established fire bases in various locales to support the far flung forward operating /patrol bases set up to...well...patrol the country side. The fire bases were locations where emplaced artillery, either towed or self-propelled, could rain artillery fire down on unsuspecting enemy combatants and the occasional, errant water buffalo.

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  • US Vietnam Ammo Bunker Type II

    US Vietnam Ammo Bunker Type II

    May 18, 2022

    Reviewed by: Ben Morton
    Company: Tiger Werke

    Tiger Werke is adding to its line of resin diorama accessories with a U.S. Vietnam Ammo Bunker. The company has two other types of ammo bunkers available but this missive is only concerned only with the Type II version.

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  • B-26K Counter Invader with USAF Pilots & Ground Personnel

    B-26K Counter Invader with USAF Pilots & Ground Personnel

    May 18, 2022

    Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth
    Company: ICM

    ICM Is a Ukrainian company who has really made a name for themselves in the plastic model community. An informative history of the B-26K Counter Invader is included on the cover of the instruction manual and I took a picture of so it could be read there.

    The model was contained within a very strong, lid opening box. The sprues were found inside several plastic bags which protected the parts. Three instruction manuals and two decal sheets were laying in the bottom of the box. In my edition a single sprue of US Pilots and Ground Personnel were included, as well as US Aviation Armament (four sprues), both in their own bag.

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  • Atlas A400M

    Atlas A400M

    May 17, 2022

    Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth
    Company: HMH Publications

    The Airbus Atlas A-400M is a 4 engine, turbo prop, military transport filling a place (size wise) between the Boeing C-17 and Lockheed's C-130. It is operated by the French, Italians, Britain and others.

    This soft cover book is made using high quality paper and is superbly put together. It shows the aircraft in its various air force colors, variants and an extensive pictorial excursion around it. There are hundreds of beautifully detailed photographs of every part of the A-400M, from close ups to action shots of the aircraft on the ground and flying.

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  • Images of War The Waffen-SS In Normandy 1944

    Images of War The Waffen-SS In Normandy 1944

    May 17, 2022

    Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender
    Company: Pen & Sword

    Pen & Sword Books are not new to the plastic modeling industry. The UK based publishing company has been around since 1990 while churning out titles covering subjects from military, aviation, maritime and including other areas of history.

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