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- Category: Reviews and News
- Created on Sunday, 01 March 2015 08:27
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I recently bought the Albion Cutter. This tool is a measuring device by Albion Alloys Ltd.
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- Created on Monday, 16 February 2015 09:06
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1/72 Special Hobby B-18 Bolo
Of all of the American bombers of World War II, the B-18 is probably the least known. The story of the airliner turned bomber has languished in obscurity. The few articles that have been written about it have only emphasized its faults and maligned it as a budget bomber with few virtues. The economy minded Congress of the mid thirties chose to fund the twin engined B-18 over the more promising and much more expensive B-17 which the prototype had the misfortune of crashing during testing. When the Air Corps received their speedy and comfortable B-18's in 1937 they seemed cutting edge compared to the Martin B-10 which had been the innovative bomber of the early thirties.
The B-18 had been built using contemporary but dead end design specifications and it soon showed itself to be what it was, an airliner bomber. It had little latitude for future development and thus would not measure up to the B-17, B-24 or the twin engined B-25 and B-26 and its mass production delayed development and production of these more modern bombers that could have made a difference in the grim days following Pearl Harbor. But at the time of Pearl Harbor the B-18 was the most numerous American bomber to be based overseas and proved itself to be useful as a stopgap bomber and jack of all trades until the more modern bombers could become operational. As a stopgap bomber the B-18 left an important legacy. At a time when the B-17 and B-24 could not be spared, it was available in numbers and played a significant role in America's early anti-submarine operations, first off the American and later in the Caribbean.
The Special Hobby kit comes in a medium sized traditional top opening tray top box with a thin cardboard top and a heavier corrugated cardboard bottom. The box top offers some nice artwork. Inside the box one finds a large resealable bag with all of the main sprues, a smaller resealable bag with the clear parts, a small zip lock bag with some resin parts and a small resealable bag containing the decals and a photo etch fret. The main parts are molded in a medium gray plastic and feature recessed panel lines and some rivet and fastener detail. The panel lines are quite fine and not at all like the deep trenches found on some other recent releases in this scale. The surface is reasonably smooth but not polished and a few areas show where the molds were not as smooth as they could have been but these should not show under a coat of paint. There is a light amount of flash on some parts and a medium level of mold separation seams to clean up on some of the smaller parts. There are no alignment pins to be found. As with many limited run kits the sprue attachment point are quite heavy in some places and the mating surfaces would benefit from a light sanding to remove irregularities I found no sink marks or other surface defects on the air frame parts. The fabric surface detail is restrained. All flight control surfaces are molded in the neutral position and the only complaint I have with these are that the joint lines for the control surfaces are a bit shallow which would be an easy fix if this bothers you. There is only one ejector pin tower that may show in the interior but it should be easy to remove.
The interior is provided with a good level of detail, especially the cockpit as can be seen in the excerpt from the instructions shown below. The instrument panel is done sandwich style and a lot of the photo etch and resin parts end up here. Some of them will prove to be a challenge to those vision impaired and ham fisted.
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- Created on Sunday, 08 February 2015 16:10
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- Written by moon puppy
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Modelers' Alliance Modeler of the Month for January is
It's a pleasure to announce Tim (Hood) Alexander as Modeler's Alliance Modeler of the Month for January 2015.
Tim Alexander (Hood) has been sharing with us his amazing journey in building this Shipways kit that resulted in this. 4 years in the building of what started as a Baltimore Clipper, he's now finished that one and moving on to recover another lost kit. He's a long time member and a steady contributor with his builds in progress and always willing to lend some advice to others and ask for help when needed, which isn't often.
Tim has also not been shy about building armor and other subjects.
How about a big round of applause for Hood, Modeler of the Month January 2015
Tim's hobby background...
My life long interest in modeling and all things miniature came directly from my Father. As a small boy I would watch him build, completely fascinated. My favorite memory is looking on in admiration as he worked on a F4 Phantom, probably an old Revell kit in which he hand painted markings. I can smell the tube glue and old Testers paint right now. Maybe it's why the Phantom is my favorite Warplane. All these years later I still admire his work as a gifted watercolor painter.
My modeling subjects vary widely if I see a structure, boat, plane or train I want to see it in miniature. I don't care to keep the models I build, to me it's all about the process and once the work is done I'm satisfied and ready to move on.
Although I enjoy working with kits I am a scratchbuilder at heart.
I'm definitely not a prolific modeler and in the past couple of years my own modeling has taken a back seat to building or restoring models for other people. However In the near future I plan on building a large scale model of the Civil War ram "Choctaw" which will be a keeper.
Some of Tim's work
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- Created on Monday, 02 February 2015 22:32
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Academy 1/48 ROKAF T-50
The T-50 Golden Eagle is a South Korean supersonic advanced trainer developed by a consortium of Korea Aerospace Industries and Lockheed Martin beginning in the late 1990s. The T-50 is South Korea’s first indigenous supersonic aircraft and one of the world’s few supersonic trainers. It made its maiden flight in 2002 and the first of 50 aircraft entered active service with the Republic of Korea Air Force in 2005.
The T-50 advanced trainer program has expanded to include the T-50B (aerobatics optimized), TA-50 (light attack/fighter lead-in), and FA-50 (multi-role fighter). The T-50B’s began service with the ROKAF’s Black Eagles aerobatics team in 2009. In 2011, the first squadron of TA-50’s became operational. The maiden flight of the FA-50 Fighting Eagle, with comparable capabilities to the KF-16, also took place in 2011. Deliveries of the FA-50 began in 2013 and will continue until 2017. KAI and Lockheed are developing dedicated reconnaissance and electronic warfare variants, designated as RA-50 and EA-50 respectively.
The T-50 family has seen some success with foreign orders. Deliveries of the Indonesian T-50I began in 2013 with the last of sixteen aircraft delivered in January 2014. Iraq has announced a contract for twenty-four FA-50’s, designated T-50IQ, with delivery set for 2015 through 2017. The Philippines have also selected the FA-50, designated T-50PH, signing a contract for twelve aircraft to meet their light attack and lead-in fighter training requirement. Delivery is also set for the 2016-2017 period. Additional export orders are being pursued in countries in South-East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the United States T-X program.
This is a complete new mold from Academy. The airframe sprues are found in four plastic bags, molded in a ‘true white’ plastic that almost glows. The decal sheet and clear sprue are each in their individual bags.Discuss this article in the forums (4 replies).
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- Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:24
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:42
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1/72 scale F-35C Lightning II by Orange Model
Compared to the F-35A, the F-35C carrier variant features larger wings with foldable wingtip sections, larger wing and tail control surfaces for improved low-speed control, stronger landing gear for the stresses of carrier arrested landings, a twin-wheel nose gear, and a stronger tailhook for use with carrier arrestor cables. The larger wing area allows for decreased landing speed while increasing both range and payload.
The United States Navy intends to buy 480 F-35Cs to replace the F/A-18A, B, C, and D Hornets and complement the Super Hornet fleet... *
F-35C by Orange Model looks quite impressive out of the box. Brand new mouldings, first kit of this subject in 1/72nd scale.