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RODEN, the leading Ukrainian scale model kit manufacturer, has confirmed three upcoming releases for November which includes the long awaited Gloster Gladiator MK1.
Legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier Saturday for what he said was the last time, more than a half-century after he became the first person to accomplish the feat.
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Cobra Company is at it again with a new resin detail set. The cockpit set is designed to fit the ESCI and Italeri 1/48 Mirage F1 and is available immediately.
Want something new in your WWII A/C collection? Buy the PZL P-11 C Polish fighter - first in battle with german fighters in September 1939 , made in 1:48 scale from Mirage-Hobby .
Academy has confirmed two upcoming releases on their forums. The two kits mentioned are a 1/32 F-18 Hornet and a 1/72 F-8 Crusader.
Want to build aircraft in 1/72 scale that were/are engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom? Two Bobs has stepped forward to offer more Enduring Freedom decal sets in 1:72 scale. These sets are for the same squadrons that are produced in 1:48 scale.
Mike Grant Decals has released a new range of 1/144 scale aircraft markings. Aircraft for which these markings are to be used for include the B-24 Liberator, B-29 Superfortress and MIG-23 Hellfighter.
Tiger Werke, a company started by Jef Verswyvel, has launched it's new web site at www.tigerwerke.com. A new line of resin and multi media kits is presented for Armor modelers. The site will feature articles and lots of color pictures for the enthousiasts.
The Polish company "JADAR" is releasing a 7 barelled 30 mm GAU-8 Cannon for the mighty 1:32 Trumpeter Warthog.
Ever wanted to re-create Doolittle's raid? Well Trumpeter is giving you your chance to fill the flight-deck of the CV-8 Hornet with B-25's and all in 1:350 scale! They also have a few kits that will please Gulf War era builders.
Trumpeter has released news concerning kits to be released later this year.
If you've been wanting to build an aircraft precisely modeled after those flying missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom or in response to the World Trade Center attacks-now's your chance. Twobobs Aviation Graphics has decal packages available in 1/48 scale for those squadrons flying missions at home or abroad after September 11, 2001.
Verlinden is releasing some great add-ons for tankers in November. Items include; an M5 Recon/Command interior & exterior for the Tamiya kit, stowage pieces for the M5, US tanker figures reading mail, and other 1/35 scale WWII items. Civil War fans will also enjoy the 8 inch Armstrong Rifle Confederate with a figure included.
Amtech has recently announced their upcoming releases for 2003. All of the kits are manufactured with new steel tooling and etched panel lines.
Ukrainian manufacturer OKB-144 has just released a great model kit in1/144 scale, a Soviet three-engined civil aircraft. This kit will be produced as "limited edition".
Announcing Quartermaster's Depot! The newest scale model accessories store on the Internet. We have just opened for business and currently offer a line of American,
British, Canadian and German Second World War posters, D-Day Maps, Modern Maps,
WWII Newspapers, WWII German Magazines, and three styles of Camouflage nets, all
in 1/35 scale.
Cobra Company has relased the 540 Rotor Replacement Set. This resin replacement set replaces the improper rotor system used on the Italeri 1/72 UH-1C (kit #050).
Pacific Coast Models has announced the upcoming release of their latest kit, the 1/48 scale Macchi C.200 serie VII-one of Italy's most widely used fighters. This is a plastic injection kit produced with newly designed molds.
The USS Gettysburg (CG 64) entered service with the US Navy in 1993, as part of the Ticonderoga class. This kit features highly detailed radar towers and antennas, full deck detail, helicopters, boats and armament. The kit measures 18 3/4" long and is recommended for modelers age 10 and older. The kit is widely available as of this report.
TwoBobs Aviation Graphics has announced the release of a new product line in the form of Limited Edition Lithographs. The initial offering is an F-16B from Edwards Air Force Base.
Following the successful release of the 1/48 Messerschmitt Me262 A-2a w/ Kettenkraftrad, Tamiya is proud to present yet another aircraft/ground vehicle set: the 1/48 scale F4U-1D Corsair (Item 61061) with the all new 1/48 “Moto Tug.”
In their continuing series of WWII 1:35 figures, Alpha Image has announced a new set of German figures. The figures are standing in casual poses and consist of two high ranking officers and two combat soldiers. We look forward to seeing more of these figures (painted!) soon.
We invite you to join us October 5th 2002 on Open championship of Croatia in plastic modeling. Contest will be in "Elektrotehnicka i prometna skola" (Electrotehnical and traffic school), Istarska 1c, Osijek. You can bring your models from 8-10h, and results will be at 17h. Entry will be 40 kn for modeler. We will organize visit to Sport airport "Osijek-Cepin" where you will able to look and make photos of thier aircrafts.
Well there were a few delays (mostly me) but I have finally tallied the results for judged part of the contest as well as drawn the random results for the book prizes. For those interested I went with a very high tech approach on the random drawing. I typed out the entry titles (not user names) in Word, printed it out, cut them up into strips, and had my wife pull them out of a bowl! We thought about having our 2 year old daughter Emily do the honors but figured she would pull out more than one at a time. As it was she got one of the non-winning entry slips and colored on it with crayon.
Grief is a manufacturer from Mexico that specializes in clear headlight lenses of all colours and various shapes. In addition, they make resin detail parts in 1:35th scale. Their latest offering is product code GF 034 sherman headlight lenses, also in 1:35th scale. This item is for any 1:35 th scale M4 Sherman kit and consists of two 2mm lenses and two resin headlight mounts with blackout lights.
Tamiya will shortly be releasing an ausf. M version of the venerable Marder III series German tank-destroyer. Produced from 1943-1944, the Ausf. M varient was based on the Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) chasis and over 350 were still in-service by the end of the war. This 4 man tank killer is a must for any serious WWII armor builder.
Check you local listings for Band of Brothers. All 10 episodes of the HBO World War II epic are once again playing on HBO signature. The mini-series is due to be released on DVD and video on November 5th. If you have not seen this series, I would suggest picking up the set. It is well worth the price tag.
WOW, and WOW again! I tried building this darned thing three or four times already, and have several ruined Sherman hulks to bear witness! But now Legend Productions has made that a whole lot easier. I picked this conversion up through Blast Models for the reasonable sum of 79 Euros. This is reasonable, when you consider the proportions of the kit. It is also worth an extre 10 % to me just foor being IDF material!
The country that brought you Swiss cheese (big hint there!) chocolate, gold and banking at it's most secret, skiing in St. Moritz, the Swatch wrist watch, and the Red Cross now offers you modellism on an international scale. Euro Miniatures 2002 held in the Fribourg Canton, and the lovely Payerne valley was held in the Payerne community center over the weekend of August 30th to September the 1st.
Looks like fun, sounds like fun, must be fun! Belgiums National Convention 2002 is underway and shall take place on Sunday October 6th 2002 in Roselare Belgium. You will be able to fins that latest heart throb (albeit in plastic!) organized with the participation of numerous traders, this looks to be an interesting event.
A new museum on Cape Cod dedicated to the vast world of scale models. Subsections of the museum are : The National Scale Model Museum and The Scale Model Builders Hall of Fame. Consists of Referance and Resreach library, Art Gallery of related display art, many select artifacts, heavy emphasis on military modeling.
Trackjam Models, specializing in Canadian Armour detail parts, has a new web address. They can now be found at www.trackjam.com. They carry a selection of products from Grief, Hong Kong Creation Workshop, Maple Leaf Models, Model Point, and more.
The 2002 Washington Armor Club and National Capital Model Soldiers Society be holding their annual show September 6-7 at the Sheraton Premier in Tysons Corner, Virginia. The theme for this years show is "D-Day to the Breakout" with judging in thirteen categories including an 'Old Dogs' category where prizes are awarded for work performed on older kits.
We are off to Switzerland over the weekend (neither Kiribati nor Seyschelles!) It looks to be a good fun time all around. This is a weekend long event held every year in the beautiful Payerne Valley, located halfway between the French Jura mountain range and Lausanne. Known as Eurominiatures 2002 and sposored by ARPFAM (now there's a mouthfull!) the Romand (rheto-romantsch language group) Association for the promotion of the Figurine and miniature art.
On Sept. 14 AMPS CT and Eastern Front AMPS will be hosting the third annual regional show, competition and vendor free-for-all at the Wayne, NJ PAL center, from 8AM to 4PMish. Fliers have been heavily distributed saying that the model limit is five. Having "done the math", given the historical turnout, and the new judging system, that would keep us there until sometime Monday, really ticking off the bingo ladies that take over the space at six! (The awards ceremony is held in a different part of the facility) Due to the short duration of the show, we have to reduce this to two models for judging, however we invite modellers to bring up to five for display.
Dreamcatcher has just released two new arabic figures. The first item (Refrence DC 54 011) is a typical arabic figure dressed in Djhellabiya, Kufiya and Aghal. He has his hands (typically) in the pockets of His Ghallabiya (jelhabiya, Ghallabiya ...). The second figure (Reference DC 54 012) is another arabic type, this time wearing a windcheater and carrying a firarm. The public price is 8.70€ (euros) per single figure. We also offer Armorama.com members an additional 10% discount!
Dream Catcher has released a 6 piece set of stowage for modern vehicles. The resin cast items represent the covered rucksacks so often seen dangling from the sides of modern vehicls. Sure it's possible to do them yourself, we are just trying to make life easier at a fair price.
Precision Models of Belgium, and Tiger Werke Products of West Virginia, have some new offerings. The newest releases are a stunnningly appetizing 10.5 cm LeFh18(sf) auf Geschützewagen Hotchkiss 39H (f). This retials for $99.00 U.S. and is available at the following two addresses. The second release from precision models is the equally appetizing 7,5cm festungs PaK 51 L/24 this is a little gem and retails for 45.00 Euros.
We will be unveiling a new look for the site in a week or so. This has been a 4 month project that I am just now finishing up. I would like users that are currently using other themes (aviator, figures) to log-out and re-login. This will restore your selection to the default theme for now. I will be phasing the new site and themes in gradually and for now it would be better if everyone was on the default theme (otherwise you might get errors).
On December 7th, 2002, the Texas town of LaVernia will take a step back in time. A unique living event will take place at 9:30 AM. The year; Late 1944. In this small village, the Axis have occupied the very heart of their center of commerce. The Allies must sweep the town free of these Axis soldiers. The jeeps, the trucks, the armor, the planes will be there.
It wasn't a long drive. Only 200 or so miles from where I live in Charlottesville to Virginia Beach. But after spending 2 and a half weeks on a cross country trip in the first half of July, I wasn't eager to drive a long distance again. My apprehension increased when I hit heavy traffic after Richmond and the 3 hr drive turned into 4 and a half. But from the moment I arrived in Virginia Beach and called up Bryan (Tin_Can) on the phone, it was smooth sailing.
The World Expo Rome 2002 show was held in Rome, Italy on July 12-14th. Eternal, ancient Rome that was the birthplace of western culture, epicentre of world tourism, was the ideal place to host such a global event like the World Expo because of the city's historical and artistic background. The show featured a strong display of talent from all over the globe and photos of the event are now starting to appear on the Internet. You can peruse the following sites...
We're back again with some spiffy keen new releases. A couple of new replacement resin tire sets for the Gaz 66, and the BTR 152/- Zil/157 kits. The two sets are currently available under the following references. See images for details.
Crisis 2002 is Belgiums largest wargaming show, to be held on October 26th 2002 from 10.00 till 17.00 in Antwerp. More than 40 international traders will be present at the show as well as wargaming clubs from 6 countries who will play historical and fantasy demonstration games on 25+ tables. Besides that there is also an open painting competition and a 2nd hand shop. To top it it off there is a fully licensed bar on the premises.
On January 19th 2003, the second edition of "Passion Modelisme" will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. It's a show / contest that centers around 15 modeling clubs. The goal of this show is to promote the passion of model building for everyone, young and old, and to develop interest in this art.

The Peter&Partner Jakarta Model Expo is our annual model festival here in Jakarta, Indonesia, going through 8-14th of July 2002. 150 model kits from our local modelers are displayed with varius models from armor, aircraft to Gundam. Including a giant 180 x 85 cm diorama of massing German armor heading towards the Battle of Kursk.
Modelpoint have just released the first volume of the CD based reference system they have been working on for the past few months. It has a really user friendly menu – just click on the topic – all the pictures are on the right of screen you just click to enlarge & the manual pages on the left. The pictures are either taken by Modelpoint or from official technical manuals or rare archive pictures. I have only dipped into the CD but looks excellent!
DGeraths' Dragon Wagon diorama has won the Best of Show - Contestants Choice Award at the recent IPMS Lt. Alexander Pearson Invitational held on June 15, 2002. More images of this event are on display here. We are all very proud of Dana for his excellent work on this project and for sharing it with us (and other modeling sites) the way he did.
Greg Allan a.k.a. Adam_Baum, the lead core developer and one of the four founding members of the PostNuke CMS Development Project passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. The accident occurred June 16, 2002 near his home in Meaford, Ontario in Canada.
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