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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

  • The Aftermath of Dunkirk, Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

    The Aftermath of Dunkirk, Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

    June 25, 2022

    Reviewed by: Orlando Reyes
    Company: Pen & Sword

    The book is divided into seven chapters with an introduction. The pictures are located between chapters and they pertain to what is explained in the previous chapter. The first chapter talks about Hitler's decision as to why he halted the German Army and the consequences of this action. The second chapter then moves to the decision of the British to save as many fighting men as they can through Operation Dynamo. The third chapter talks about the POW'S, as well as the massacres at Le Paradis and Wormhoudt. Lost equipment Is addressed in chapter four, and Chapter five deals with the debates conducted in The British Parliament. Chapter Six deals with Dunkirk and the British press. While chapter seven deals with both Operation Cycle and Operation Aerial.

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  • A-20 Pin-Up Nose Art Pt III

    A-20 Pin-Up Nose Art Pt III

    June 24, 2022

    Reviewed by: Allan Murrell
    Company: Foxbot

    This is the third part of a series of A-20 Pin-Up Nose Art sets of decals in 1/72 Scale. I was going to do a product review only but once I saw how nice these were I broke out an old Matchbox A-20 from my stash to use these in a real build.

    In the packet is:

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  • FAUN L900/D667 Hard Top Cab

    FAUN L900/D667 Hard Top Cab

    June 22, 2022

    Reviewed by: Dan Brown
    Company: Das Werk Scale Models

    The FAUN L900 was in production from 1937 to 1939. They were primarily used by the German Army as tank transporters. The heavy Faun L900 with the 10to sd.Ah. 115 Trailer could transport two Panzer I's or II's and the other early war smaller and lighter tanks and AFV's. The heavy Faun L900 had a max cargo capacity of 10,000 kg and at the end of the war they were still in service. The large numbers of these vehicles that were available in the post-war period combined with their utility meant that quite a few were converted for civilian use. This new release from Das Werk covers the hard top version of this vehicle.

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  • Erbsenmuster Pea Dot Camouflage Paint

    Erbsenmuster Pea Dot Camouflage Paint

    June 19, 2022

    Reviewed by: Eric Christianson
    Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

    The AMMO range of acrylic paints for figures has recently been expanded to include two new sets of paints specifically designed for the late war German Eichenlaubmuster ('Maple Leaf') and Erbsenmuster ('Pea Dot') camouflage schemes, the latter of which is the subject of this review.

    Opening the box reveals a set of six industry-standard 17ml. 'eyedropper' style bottles of high-quality acrylic paint from their Ammo line. The assumption is that the paint set would serve as a one-stop shop for producing the intricate uniform pattern that bears its name. These complex schemes have been a favorite for military figure painters and armor modelers alike.

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  • Waffen SS Autumn Camo German Eichenlaubmuster Paints

    Waffen SS Autumn Camo German Eichenlaubmuster Paints

    June 19, 2022

    Reviewed by: Eric Christianson
    Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

    The AMMO range of acrylic paints for figures has recently been expanded to include two new sets of paints specifically designed for the late war German Eichenlaubmuster ('Maple Leaf') and Erbsenmuster ('Pea Dot') camouflage schemes, the former of which is the subject of this review.

    Opening the box reveals a set of six industry-standard 17ml. 'eyedropper' style bottles of high-quality acrylic paint from their Ammo line. The assumption is that the paint set would serve as a one-stop shop for producing the intricate uniform pattern that bears its name. These complex schemes have been a favorite for military figure painters and armor modelers alike.

    more...
  • How to Make Vignettes – Basic Guide

    How to Make Vignettes – Basic Guide

    June 19, 2022

    Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney
    Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

    Ammo by Mig is a well-known provider of all sorts of modeling supplies, from paints to weathering powders to tools. They also publish a fairly extensive library of 'how-to' type of books, such as this example.

    Printed on good quality, glossy paper and bound between stiff, glossy boards, the publication values of this book, as with others I have seen from Mig, are quite high.

    This particular book is written by Artur Miniszewski, an established figure painter and diorama builder. He also has a company, Mantis Miniatures, which produces resin figures and accessories. As can be expected, both Mantis and Ammo products feature prominently in this guide.

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