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Star Wars A-Wing: Decals of the Studio Model
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UPDATE: 11 July 2016 – Added a PDF showing the placement of the decals on the filming model. My latest research effort is for the A-Wing seen in ‘Return of the Jedi‘ (aka Episode VI).  A recent find at Denbigh … Full Article→

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UPDATED: Markings of the SW Millennium Falcon 5-Foot Filming Model
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Updated downloads page 2015-09-10 with all new files (Discard all Prior versions) Over on the “The RPF” fandom modelling forum, there is a great deal of discussion on the specifics of the ‘studio scale’ filming models of the Star Wars … Full Article→

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Millennium Falcon 5-Foot Studio Model Markings Files
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Last Updated 2015- 09 -10 TO DOWNLOAD, RIGHT CLICK ON “HERE” AND SELECT SAVE LINK (OR WHATEVER YOUR BROWSER OFFERS TO SAVE THE FILE)  Be Sure and Delete all prior versions or Ye will surely be Confused! Download the Tracker … Full Article→

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Angle of Attack (AoA) Decals
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“Black Ponies and More” 1:32 scale USN & USMC Broncos in the Vietnam War ($22) It was a bit surreal for me to discover a previously unknown decal maker while on Britmodeller.com forums, then visit the AoA site to see … Full Article→

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Accurate Miniatures 1/48th “Doolittle Tokyo Raid” North American B-25B Mitchell
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I obtained this kit (#3430) soon after its release in 1999.  Construction, however, was finally started in January 2012.  Overall, the kit was excellent, but it had a few inaccuracies.  In a nutshell, the B-25 Mitchell had a glorious, historically … Full Article→

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Product News: Handmade Wooden Propellers
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Recently, I read an Aeroscale review of some very high-quality, handmade wooden props produced by ‘The Micro Group, LLC’ company. They looked very impressive and so, being curious, I sent an email inquiry to Craig Rosner, the company proprietor. He … Full Article→

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P4M-1 Martin Mercator: Kit Review & Build – Part 2
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1:48 Scale Martin P4M Mercator by RCM (Robert’s/Combat Models) Order via website: www.combatmodels.us (kit 48-020 w/ resin detail set)  $59.95 plus shipping Part 2:  After my initial impressions of the Combat Merc, I have decided I would just “go for … Full Article→

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SH-2F Landing Gear set from Scale Aircraft Conversions
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Metal parts upgrade for the 1:48 Kitty Hawk kit Sometimes we get into a mindset and forget that we’re (usually!) talking with actual people on the “other end” of things. Case in point is when I recently offered my Seasprite … Full Article→

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P4M-1 Martin Mercator: Kit Review & Build – Part 1
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1:48 Scale Martin P4M Mercator by RCM (Robert’s/Combat Models) Order via website: www.combatmodels.us (kit 48-020 w/ resin detail set)  $59.95 plus shipping Part 1: First off, let me share with you that this will not be a quick process.  I … Full Article→

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‘Detail & Scale’ Adopts New Publishing Paradigm
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At the recent IPMS/USA Region 2 Convention in Roanoke, I had a wonderful opportunity to speak with Bert Kinsey, the publisher of the famed ‘Detail and Scale’ series of (primarily) aircraft detail & history monographs.  Over the years, the series … Full Article→

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