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Volume 11, 2007

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11 issues, 54 articles

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December 2007

Modelling Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk. XIX - The Complete Conversion Guide for 1/48 Scale (Part 1 - Conversion)
Jim Kiker's comprehensive two-part feature covers all the aspects of converting the Spitfire Mk. XVI kit into this photo-reconnaissance version.

Modelling Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk. XIX - The Complete Conversion Guide for 1/48 Scale (Part 2 - Detailing and Finishing)
Authentic markings make Jim Kiker's photo-reconnaissance Spitfire unique.

Harry Parker's Checkertailed Mustang - Tamiya P-51D - With Some Advice
Clever construction tips and some amazing masking enhance the Tamiya's popular Mustang kit. By Tom Gronczewski.

Dragon's 1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw 190A/F - Bang for the Buck Part VII
Rafi Ben-Shahar shares the wisdom gathered from building a few dozen Focke-Wulf Fw 190s.

Constant Commitment to Excellence - Impressions of Czech Modelling Ingenuity
Mark Davies explains his admiration for Czech Master Resin kits.


November 2007

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - Pavla 1/72 Douglas O-46
Mark Davies' returns this month with a model of USAAC's last observation aircraft.

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - Fouga Magister - Airfix or Heller?
A comparison of two classic kits of an iconic French jet trainer. By Mark Davies.

Accurizing Dragon's Messerschmitt Me 262A: Bang for the Buck - Part VI
Rafi Ben-Shahar reveals all the tricks required to improve Dragon's Me 262 beyond the more modern Tamiya kit.

Lend-Lease Aircraft in the Fleet Air Arm - Part 3
Raul Hrubisko concludes his series of American aircraft in FAA service with Corsairs, Avengers and Dauntlesses.


October 2007

Modelling the Hunting Russ Mk II
A subject which you are almost guaranteed to know nothing about, expertly modelled, detailed and weathered by Stellan Englund.

'Major' Strategy? - A Simple Vignette in 1/35 Scale
Maurice Mofett is back with a vignette of officers' casual chit chat.

In the Praise of Shipbuilding...
Rafi Ben-Shahar reveals the real difference between aircraft and ship modelling.

Lend-Lease Aircraft in the Fleet Air Arm - Part 2
Raul Hrubisko's continues his collection of American aircraft in FAA service with Kingfishers and Hellcats.


September 2007

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - Special Hobby Vought SB2U-1/2 Vindicator
Mark Davies' 100th completed model is something personal, and a project which stretches back 35 years in time

Lend-Lease Aircraft in the Fleet Air Arm - Part 1
Raul Hrubisko's gargantuan task of modelling all British combat aircraft continues - this time with American aircraft in FAA service.

Tamiya T-34/75 Mod 1943
Learning by doing with the help of an old Tamiya kit with the quality of Soviet steel. By Jesper Knutsson.

Bf 110G-2 and Fatal Flaw: Bang for the Buck - Part V
"Bang for the Buck" series continues: Rafi Ben-Shahar demonstrates how to avoid expenses on shape correction sets.


August 2007

Camouflage & Markings - William Dunham's Thunderbolts
Aircraft of one of the most famous Republic P-47 aces analysed by Tomasz Gronczewski.

Junkers Ju 88 and Aires Resin, 3-in-1 Style
Continuing his "Bang for the Buck" series, Rafi Ben-Shahar shows how to economise on Czech resin detailing sets.

Torpedboot. Deutsche Kriegsmarine
An average Heller kit transformed by a few simple modifications. Model by Ulf Lundberg.

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - Czech Master Resin 1/72 Ikarus IK-2
Probably an aircraft that you haven't heard about, modelled and described by Mark Davies.

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - Go With the Floh (Elf 1/72 Kit)
Another model by Mark Davies this moth, arguably the ugliest (or cutest) of World War II biplanes.


June 2007

Abbazia of Chiaravalle - Group Project of a Lifetime - Part 1: The Brick Machine
The construction of 1/25 Cisterian abbey involved 13 modellers for 33 months. Described by Moreno Bartolucci.

Abbazia of Chiaravalle - Group Project of a Lifetime - Part 2: Every Window Tells a Story
Every window of the Cisterian Abbey in Chiaravalle prompted a unique scratchbuilt solution.

Abbazia of Chiaravalle - Group Project of a Lifetime - Part 3: Bringing It All Together
More about the Chiaravalle Abbey project - from masonry work to bells and even a CD player.

IDF F-16A Fighting Falcon - Or: Bang for the Buck Part III
Rafi Ben-Shahar continues his series on modelling economics.

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - MPM's Boulton Paul Defiant
Mark Davies reflections on building an accurate 1/72 replica of the one-of-a-kind turret fighter.

Camouflage & Markings: Elwyn Righetti and his P-51
"King of the Strafers" of the 8th Air Force and his P-51D researched and drawn by Tomasz Gronczewski.


May 2007

Eduard's Ferocious Camel - Building Eduard's New Sopwith Camel Kit
After some troubles, Tomasz Gronczewski turns this 1/48 kit into a beautiful model.

Mistels Galore! - Variations on the Theme of Dragon's Mistel Combo
Rafi Ben-Shahar shows how to model the various versions of the German beast.

Camouflage & Markings - A Question of Polish Khaki
Camouflage colours of the pre-war Polish Air Force analysed by Andrzej Boniukiewicz.

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - CMR's 1/72 Westland Welkin
Another impressive resin model from the workshop of Mark Davies.

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - Eduard's Little Lavochkin La-7
Mark's second model this month turns out to be a really easy build.


April 2007

Special April update: IPMS Open 2007

IPMS Open 2007 Photo Gallery
Complete photo report from this year's national competition of IPMS Sweden. By Magnus Fridsell.


March 2007

Wasting Time, Isn't That What a Hobby is For? - Dermatt Aircraft Kits
Building a biplane kit from Plastiques Dermattt is almost guaranteed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. By Kai-Mikael Jää-Aro.

Big, Bold, Beautiful - Building Matchbox 1/72 Scale Handley-Page Victor
Jan Forsgren turns this old Matchbox brute into an award-winning replica.

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - Frog Bristol 138
Mark Davies traced back one of Frog's most unique subject choices. How does the kit look today?

Perfecting the Griffon Spitfire - Academy 1/48 Spitfire XIVs and KMC Correction Set
Rafi Ben-Shahar explores the value of resin correction sets.

Creating a Savoia-Marchetti S. 73
Björn Bäcklund re-creates an Italian trimotor airliner.


February 2007

1/32 Hasegawa P-26A Peashooter
Mikael Östberg builds one of Hasegawa's top kits of the 1970s.

Tech Tips: Exposing Engines on Aircraft Models
Rafi Ben-Shahar shares his experience with aftermarket engine sets.

“Bonjour Madame” - 1/35 Scale Diorama
A simple diorama setting can bring new meaning to vehicle models. By Maurice Moffett.

Fiat CR 42 Falco (J 11) in Detail
A walkaround of the world's last biplane fighter. By Magnus Fridsell.

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - Novo (ex-Frog) Bristol 138A
Another esoteric subject choice in 1/72 scale from Mark Davies.

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - Kopro Avia BH-3
Another Mark's kit choice from the Golden Era of aviation.

January 2007

GMC Water Tank Truck - Part 1: Enjoying Italeri's Oldie But Goodie
A few simple modifications can do wonders to the Italeri's venerable GMC truck. By Frank Glackin.

GMC Water Tank Truck - Part 2: Weathering and Diorama Base
In part 2 of his article, Frank Glackin describes the weathering and the scenic setting for his model.

47 Miles of Scratchbuilding - Part 1: Modelling the History of the Miles Aircraft Company
Raúl Hrubisko's newest project demonstrates that in modelling, everything is possible.

47 Miles of Scratchbuilding - Part 2: From Mile Magister to Supersonic M52
More scratchbuilding, kit bashing, cloning and sheer modelling joy. By Raúl Hrubisko.

Quarter-scale Citroën 11CV - An Afternoon Kit from Tamiya
The new 1/48 cars from Tamiya are a child's play to build. By Anders Isaksson.

Bang for the Buck Part II - AmTech Series of Curtiss P-40 Warhawks
Rafi Ben-Shahar search for good but inexpensive kits stops at AmTech 1/48 Warhawk.

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - RS Models A.V.I.A. FL.3
Another one of Mark's esoteric subject choices in 1/72 scale.

Mark's Model Plane Miscellany - Avia Beriev MBR-2
Another odd kit choice this month is this clunky Soviet flying boat.

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