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  • 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 Ship - HMS Belfast, Nathanael Jansen

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

  • 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

  • IPMS Nationals 2022

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  • 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

  • 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

  • Anime Mosaic

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  • 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

  • Y-Wing Mosaic

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  • 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 Figure - Orc Impaler, by Greg Cihlar

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

  • 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

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

  • WWII USN Crane Barges II YD98

    WWII USN Crane Barges II YD98

    August 17, 2022

    Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD
    Company: Lion Roar

    Thanks to DragonUSA for supplying the resin/PE set for review and IPMSUSA staff for handling the request and publishing this review. Special thanks to Dave Morrissette who forwarded this kit to me after I and everyone else refused to review it in 2014. I said it would take me a while to get to it, but better late than never! Apologies to DragonUSA for the delay. YD98 is still available!

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  • Tempest Wheels, Early and Late

    Tempest Wheels, Early and Late

    August 17, 2022

    Reviewed by: Paul Bradley
    Company: Brengun

    The new Airfix 1/72 Tempest V kit is very nice but, in some areas there's a slight lack of detail and sharpness. These two new releases from Brengun/Hauler in the Czech Republic can fix one of those areas of weakness.

    Cast in Brengun's standard medium grey resin, there are two different items - what they term Early and Late Wheels. What this means is reality is that early Tempests had Typhoon main wheel hubs with 5 spokes. Sometime in the JN-series, this changed to a new 4-spoke design, but the exact cut off is not known. What is known is that the first 50 Tempest Vs (JN729 to JN773 and JN792-796) were built using the centre-sections from a cancelled Typhoon contract, so it would make sense that they, at least, had the 5-spoke wheels.

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  • Gotha G.IV, G.V Photoetch (Roden kit)

    Gotha G.IV, G.V Photoetch (Roden kit)

    August 16, 2022

    Reviewed by: Samuel Manriquez
    Company: Brengun

    Brengun is very well known for their wide range of photoetch and resin sets for aircraft. They also produce 1/72nd and 1/144th scale model kits.

    This photoetch set for the Roden Gotha G. IV and G.V includes replacement parts for the yoke, guns, instrument panel, and radiator. Additional parts include propeller details, bomb racks, skids and gun swivel ring. I was building the G.V and I was surprised to see that the bomb racks and skids for behind the landing gear were not used.

    The photoetch bends well on the fold lines and is not too thick to look out of scale. Painting is tricky on the mesh fins mounted near the rear gunner as the holes will plug easily.

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  • RAF Aircraft of the Cold War, 1970-90

    RAF Aircraft of the Cold War, 1970-90

    August 16, 2022

    Reviewed by: Paul Bradley
    Company: Key Publishing Ltd

    Subtitled 'Air-to-Air Images,' this book by Key Publishing is a photographic collection of such images of the RAF during the Seventies and Eighties, a period marked by tensions between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in which the RAF was a major player in the defense of Western Europe through its forces in the UK and West Germany.

    Author Tony Paxton was a frontline RAF fighter pilot and was seemingly never without his camera, as all the 200 or so photos in this book are all by his hand. Most are of excellent quality, given the limitations of film types of the period, and many are produced full page and in full colour.

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  • RAF Aircraft of the Battle of Britain

    RAF Aircraft of the Battle of Britain

    August 16, 2022

    Reviewed by: Paul Bradley
    Company: Key Publishing Ltd

    The Battle of Britain was, it can be reasonably argued, the battle that saved Western Civilization over 80 years ago during World War II, and so is rightly lauded even at this time. There have been many books written about the battle, so what does this new book from Key Publishing bring to the table?

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  • British Fighters of the 1970s and ‘80s

    British Fighters of the 1970s and ‘80s

    August 16, 2022

    Reviewed by: Paul Bradley
    Company: Key Publishing Ltd

    The latest in Key Publishing's 'Historic Military Aircraft Series', this slim volume looks at the McDonnel Douglas Phantom and English Electric Lightning in RAF service during the '70s and '80s when they were the mainstays of Britain's air defence commitment.

    As explained in the introduction, author Chris Goss inherited the photo collection of noted aviation author and artist David Howley, who many will recall for his colour profile paintings for many modelling and aviation magazines. This book features 180 of Howley's photos, mainly in colour and mostly of good quality. Most are taken at airshows but there are also some 'in service' shots dating from his time as an RAF Warrant Officer.

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