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  • 2022 Best of Class, Art Gerber Best Military Vehicle - US FWD Type B Artillery Recovery Truck, by Mi

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    2022 Best of Class, Art Gerber Best Military Vehicle - US FWD Type B Artillery Recovery Truck, by Mike Tsoumpas

  • 2022 Best of Class, Best Ship - HMS Belfast, Nathanael Jansen

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    2022 Best of Class, Best Ship - HMS Belfast, Nathanael Jansen

  • 2022 Best of Class, Best Figure - Orc Impaler, by Greg Cihlar

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    2022 Best of Class, Best Figure - Orc Impaler, by Greg Cihlar

  • Anime Mosaic

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  • IPMS Nationals 2022

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  • Y-Wing Mosaic

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  • 2022 Best of Class, Best Diorama - Battle of Amiens, by Greg Cihlar

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    2022 Best of Class, Best Diorama - Battle of Amiens, by Greg Cihlar

  • 2022 Best of Class, Ken Robert Best Aircraft - Friedrichshafen FF.60, by Steven Hustad

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    2022 Best of Class, Ken Robert Best Aircraft - Friedrichshafen FF.60, by Steven Hustad

  • 2022 Best of Class, Best Miscellaneous - WWII Long Hull (306 ft) US Destroyer Escorts, by Richard Sl

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    2022 Best of Class, Best Miscellaneous - WWII Long Hull (306 ft) US Destroyer Escorts, by Richard Sliwka

  • 2022 Best of Class, Best Automotive - Maserati 250 F1 Racecar, by Nestor Espinoza

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    2022 Best of Class, Best Automotive - Maserati 250 F1 Racecar, by Nestor Espinoza

  • 2022 Best of Class, Best Space or Science Fiction Vehicle - UDK 38 Schenkel, by Bryan Kreuger

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    2022 Best of Class, Best Space or Science Fiction Vehicle - UDK 38 Schenkel, by Bryan Kreuger

  • 2022 Best of Class, Tom Kolk Best Junior Model - Antarctic Observation Ship Soya, by Elizabeth Simon

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    2022 Best of Class, Tom Kolk Best Junior Model - Antarctic Observation Ship Soya, by Elizabeth Simon

Announcements

Here is a PDF of the Mad City Modelers IPMS/USA National Convention Proposal for 2024.

Here is the preliminary list of winners for the 2022 IPMS/USA National Convention contest.

If you have any feedback about corrections or questions, please direct them to NCC@ipmsusa.org so the NCC can address them directly.

Also, here is the gallery for the Awards Presentation Slide Show by Vladimir Yakubov.

News


  • Hornet, Headed for History - Building Trumpeter's 1:350 kit to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, by David Kopielski
  • Cliff Diving In Beirut - Building the 1:35 MiniArt T-54B as an abandoned PLO vehicle, by David A. Kimbrell
  • Well Suited to Fun - Getting your modeling mojo back with Bandai's Gundam Age-1 Normal, by Ro Annis
  • Visibly Impressed - One modeler's history with Renwal's see through model kits, by Dick Engar
  • Outdated but Upgraded - Using aftermarket details to upgrade the 1:48 Hasegawa F-4J Phantom II, by Michael Novosad
  • Dreidecker Duster - Scratch-building the experimental DeKellis Air Truck in 1:72 scale, by Brian R. Baker
  • Adriatic Hummingbird - Helping MiniArt's 1:35 Flettner 282 V-6 Kolibri take flight, by David Kimbrell

New Reviews

  • Ford GT40 Mk.II ’66, Part 2, Chassis

    Ford GT40 Mk.II ’66, Part 2, Chassis

    September 12, 2022

    Reviewed by: Bill O'Malley
    Company: Meng Model

    This Part 2 of the review of Meng's GT40 Mk.II '66 focuses on the chassis & suspension assembly of the Meng kit. Part 1 of the GT40 review included 'What's-In-The-Box' and a comparison of the Meng kit to the previously released Trumpeter GT40 kit.

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  • USN Mk. XIII Torpedo

    USN Mk. XIII Torpedo

    September 10, 2022

    Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette
    Company: Brengun

    The US Navy's most common aerial torpedo used in WWII was the first purpose built torpedo for use in aircraft (but they were also used on PT boats. Brengun's kit comes with twelve photoetch parts and three resin parts. The kit comes with two options- the early configuration which is a standard looking torpedo and was used from 1935 until 1942. The second option was a later configuration with breakaway plywood nose (often called the pickle barrel) and plywood tail used from 1942 until 1951. I opted for the late version for variety.

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  • US GP 100lb AN-M30A1 Bombs (6pcs)

    US GP 100lb AN-M30A1 Bombs (6pcs)

    September 10, 2022

    Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette
    Company: Brengun

    Brengun continues to release wonderful aftermarket add-ons to enhance 1/48th scale planes. In this set, there are six complete AN-M31A1 100 lb bombs which were used by fighters, bombers, or attack aircraft. They were in use for a long period of time and covered WWII to Korea and further.

    Inside the package are six perfectly cast bomb bodies in Brengun's dark gray resin. Simply cut from the pour block and you are set to add the photoetch. There is a complete photoetch sheet which has the bomb fins, the nose fuse and the rear plate and tail fuse. You will need a 0.5mm rod to add the tail fuse also. Lastly, the decals are included and have the nose and tail yellow bands, marking for the tail and two for the body. The decals are crisp.

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  • Lavochkin LA-5 Vol. II

    Lavochkin LA-5 Vol. II

    September 9, 2022

    Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker
    Company: Kagero Publishing

    Historical Background

    This is volume 2 of a series of publications providing the history of the development of the Lavochkin La-5 series of fighters used by the Soviets and their allies during World War II, or what they called the Great Patriotic War. The author goes into great detail describing the technological development of the type, and its engine, providing very intricate details of what went wrong during developmental testing, and how the problems were either ignored or solved. For a reviewer such as myself, this information is completely understandable, but for a non-pilot, it might be a little over complicated.

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  • The Fairey Firefly - A Detailed Guide To The Fleet Air Arm's Versatile Monoplane

    The Fairey Firefly - A Detailed Guide To The Fleet Air Arm's Versatile Monoplane

    September 9, 2022

    Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker
    Company: Valiant Wings Publishing

    Historical Background

    The Fairey Firefly was originally conceived in the late thirties as a carrier based fighter for the Royal Navy. It was built as a two seater because the authorities felt that a single pilot would not be able to navigate and fly under combat conditions at sea. While other similar aircraft, notably the Defiant and Blackburn Skua and Roc had power operated turrets, the Firefly dispensed with these, and throughout the protracted development of the type, the rear gun was never adopted for widespread use. Performance, however, was exceptional, and the type was ready for limited service in 1942.

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  • MKXVII Depth Charge Mk 54

    MKXVII Depth Charge Mk 54

    September 9, 2022

    Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette
    Company: Brengun

    Brengun adds to its catalog with Attack Hobbies re-release of the Mk XVII depth charge in 1/48th scale. The set contains the parts to make and mark two depth charges along with the pylon for mounting. Inside the set, you will find two well-cast depth bomb bodies and nose fuse stalks in gray resin, a photoetch sheet containing the parts to make two pylons, the fuses for the bomb, and a small decal sheet for the one marking on the depth charge.

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    I just managed to squeeze this fourth one over the finish line before October. It was fairly easy to do so I pressed on. This is the Dragon 1/72 scale M-1128 Stryker MGS, the second of... more »
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    Hi IPMS Members, I have enclosed the results of the 2022 IPMS Nationals Post-Convention Survey. Thank you to the 347 respondents that shared feedback on their show experience. Your feedback... more »
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    From the Tokyo Hobby Show, Tamiya just announced a new tool 1/48 F-35A. Should be a massive improvement on currently available kits and with lots of potential international markings options, it... more »
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