The 2001 IPMS/USA Convention was well attended by a wide variety of
vendors. Here is a look at the news by vendor (the hyperlinks in the title
and text will take you to their respective websites):
The folks from AirConnection
had their large displays full of the Aber line of armor photo-etched
detail sets. One of the latest releases is the SdKfz 138/2 late version
Hetzer detail sets in 1/35 scale. We'll take a closer look at this one
Alasdair Johnston was showing off the six CD-ROM titles that are produced
under the Tamiya banner - Supermarine Spitfire, Messerschmitt Bf109,
North American P-51 Mustang, PzKpfw Tiger Tank, T-34 Tank and Sherman
M4 Tank. The video collections, virtual views, diagrams, color schemes,
etc., on these CD-ROMs are great interactive references for your favorite
Whenever the Tamiya/USA folks would fire up their 1/16 RC Tiger I
with its digital Maybach engine roaring, Alasdair was able to counter
the threat with the sounds of T-34s and/or Shermans on the prowl. The
vendors room was a fun place to hang out.
On the upcoming release list, look for the Panther and Tiger II titles
to be released before Christmas, and the Focke Wulf Fw190 and Messerschmitt
Me262 to be available early next year.
A-M was present to close out their remaining inventory of kits and
decals. Many of the talented folks behind A-M have formed a new group,
the HobbyKit Association, to seek out and preserve as many kit molds
as possible and to work with the hobby industry to help ensure the health
and growth of our hobby. We'll hopefully have some good news soon about
the future of the existing A-M molds soon as well as more details about
the molds for the unreleased A-M subjects.
Eagle Strike Productions is the exclusive US importer of this excellent
line of detail sets. On display was the upcoming 1/48 B-25 Mitchell
cockpit detail set for the Accurate Miniatures kit.
Airwaves displayed their wide range of photo-etched and resin detail
sets. Included were their latest releases including the Sea King conversions
many of you know by now, Alclad II is now produced in the US. The owner
was present to show off the product line and give everyone tips and
tricks on using the product.
Also on display were the four new color metalics for scale automotive
(and other) applications. He has indeed found a way to recreate the
multicolor effects when viewing the model from different angles. More
on this next month.
The new Aviation Usk was present with a wide range of their wares.
The new owner is as enthusiastic about the hobby and providing exciting
products as the original Aviation Usk. To prove the point, the next
five releases from Usk are:
1/72 I-152 (July)
1/200 Shuttle C Conversion (August)
1/72 Hawk 75 (September)
1/144 Hope Spaceplane (October)
1/72 Bf109G-6 (November)
1/72 Mew Gull (December)
Belcher was present to show off his great line of resin kits, conversions
and decals. His latest kit release is the Westland Lynx in 1/48 scale.
This is the Royal Navy version and the details are nice. We'll be taking
a closer look at this kit next month. Also on display were the two newest
decal releases - Canadian F-104 and Canadian F-101. The printing, color
and registration on these decals are spot-on!
Black Box was on hand to display their impressive array of cockpit
detail sets and to show off their cockpit for the new Trumpeter 1/32
C&H Aero Miniatures
John Carlton and Novus Henry were showing off their stunning line
of 1/48 scale conversions. These conversions take a stock Monogram or
Hasegawa kit and converts it into a two-seat trainer or special mission
variant, as applicable. Unlike some other conversion sets, these provide
all of the parts (and decals!) needed to create the variant in question.
They were displaying their latest release, the TAV-8B which sports
a new nose and tail for the Monogram AV-8B kit. Their next conversion
will be the TA-7 Corsair II.
was present at the show representing the CAM line. As you'll recall,
the TAC Scale Dynamics molds were sold to CAM and these detail sets
and weapons are now available from CAM. CAM has also expanded this line
with a set of 1/32 AGM-65 Mavericks, 1/32 F-14B/D (GE F110) Nozzles
and a 1/32 F-15I Conversion. Also on display is their new 1/48 and 1/32
Blue Angel markings for the Hasegawa kits.
Bringuier was there with a wide range of his kits. Just a day into the
show, the new 1/48 Lockheed Hudson Mk.Is arrived. Here is another beautiful
kit that will be available in different versions in the near future.
Jules also showed off a new line of decals for the Hudson.
While each kit continues to have several aircraft marking options
inside, the aftermarket decal industry is no longer as quick to release
decals to complement a new kit release. These new decals from Classic
Airframes are printed by Microscale and will be available at the same
time as the new kit releases, giving us some great kit subject options
Collings & Chris Miller had a great display of their products installed
in their targeted kits, including the (relatively) new Blackhawk Detail
Set in the MRC 1/35 kit. They also had their latest conversion &
detail set - UH-1C Huey Hog release for the 1/48 Monogram Huey on display
(we'll be reviewing this in August). The great news is that their two
1/48 Sikorsky Seahawk kits are now available - the SH-60B and SH-60F.
These are multimedia kits with the fuselages and the majority of details
cast in resin. Upcoming kit releases will include the HH-60H and Coast
If you saw their booth, you were immediately struck with the vast
number of resin ship and armor kits that this prolific manufacturer
produces. On closer inspection, you saw that the quality of their resin
castings is outstanding. Among their new releases include the 1/350
USS Arizona, 1/350 USS Vestal and a 1/35 T1E2 Light Tank.
Future releases include:
USS North Carolina 1/350
USS Arkansas 1/350
Fletcher-Class Destroyer 1/192
HMS Queen Elizabeth 1/350
USS Langley 1/350
had a full table displaying built-up examples of their entire 1/32 resin
aircraft line-up. It was obvious from the beginning that the owner is
enthusiastic about the hobby and his product line. They were also showing
off a new conversion for the 1/32 Revell Beaufighter kit which provides
accurate exhaust collector rings and baffled exhaust stacks.
the release horizon for Craftworks:
1/32 A5M4 Claude
1/32 T-6 Texan
1/32 He162 Volksjager (w/open engine bay!)
1/32 D3A1 Val
Will Robinson. If you happened by his seemingly innocent table unprepared,
you walked away with one or more of these conversions. Thom Morton has
created some masterpieces!
If you are a 1/48 USN WW2 aircraft builder, Dangerboy is where you
need to be. His only product line (currently) is wingfolds. Unlike the
wingfolds from other manufacturers, however, this conversion replaces
the entire kit wing and the entire wingfold assembly takes less than
a minute to assemble. Yet the detail is equal (or better) to the competing
(and more complex) conversions. He currently has conversions for:
1/48 TBF/TBM (Accurate Miniatures)
1/48 F4U-5/-7/AU-1 (Hasegawa)
1/48 F6F Hellcat (Hasegawa)
1/48 F4F Wildcat (Tamiya)
Detail & Scale, Inc
Though Bert Kinzey didn't have a booth in the vendors' room, this
information is definitely newsworthy. While the current series of Detail
& Scale titles will likely continue to be published with Squadron/Signal
Publications, look for Bert to offer future titles on CD-ROM.
Well it is official - Gaston Bernal has shifted his flag from Aeromaster
to Eagle Strike! And with the move comes a great deal more flexibility.
If you've been out to their website, you'll see that they'll be expanding
on 1/32 scale offerings (something that Aeromaster was reluctant to
do) and even venturing into 1/24 scale! In another smooth tactical move,
Eagle Strike has become the exclusive US importer for the outstanding
Aires line of detail sets/conversions.
The upcoming releases:
1/72 Skyraiders (AD/A-1)
1/48 American Jabos - Thunderbolts Parts 3/4/5
1/48 Skytrain at War (C-47)
1/48 Fokker D.VII Part 2
1/48 Wild Weasel F-4G
1/48 Augsburg Flyers - Bf109F/G
1/48 Spitfire V/VIII/IX
1/48 Jagdwaffe Over the Sahara
1/48 Polikarpov Pe-2 Part 1
1/48 357 FG P-51B/C
1/48 F-86D Sabre Parts 1/2
1/48 Tomcat Part 9 (F-14)
1/48 Carl Vinson Hornets (FA-18)
1/32 Kosovo Falcons (F-16)
1/32 MiG Fighters of the World - MiG-21 Parts 1/2/3
was on-hand with boxes full of their great photo-etched details as well
as stacks of their kits. Sharing the stage with their latest offering,
the P-39 Airacobra, was a test shot of the next Eduard kit release -
the 1/48 Bf108 Taifun.
Kent Kinal was showing off his line of beautifully detailed resin
engines and details for a variety of British subjects in 1/48 and 1/32
scale. On display were the cockpit and exterior detail sets for the
1/48 Lysander kit.
Here is a fresh new entry into the aftermarket line-up. Fusion was
displaying their new conversion kit that provides a touch of irony.
While there have been several kits and conversions released for Bf109s
re-engined with Merlin power, this conversion puts a Daimler Benz engine
on the Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.V. The conversion comes complete with
a beautiful resin replacement nose, spinner and propeller blades, as
well as decals and an excellent painting profile of the one published
example of this Luftwaffe oddity.
The folks at Fort Duquesne Military Miniatures have starting releasing
the detail sets in their Hawkeye line that were formerly offered as
Cooper Details. On display were the 1/48 Sea Fury detail set and wheel
Koster Aero Enterprises
Bill Koster had his two latest creations on-hand, the 1/48 Lockheed
PV Neptune and 1/48 Fw200C Condor. These are some beautiful models and
one of the Condors was already entered in the contest room - it was
Dave Klaus and his team once again set up an enormous presence in
the vendor room. While Meteor does carry a wide variety of products
from around the world, it is truly awesome to see first-hand just how
many different detail sets and decals that they produce under their
own label. On center stage was Meteor's latest offering, a 1/32 cockpit
detail set for the Trumpeter MiG-21MF Fishbed J kit.
Modelcraft was showing off their new 1/25 scale Chieftain (an updated
re-issue of the Tamiya kit). On their upcoming release list:
1/48 Vought SB2U Vindicator
1/48 de Havilland Twin Otter
1/48 de Havilland Beaver
Bucholtz was showing off several new products, including upgraded main
gear doors for the 1/32 Hasegawa F6F Hellcat and the beautifully cast
corrected cowling for the 1/48 Hasegawa F6F Hellcat.
This small company continues to turn out some interesting subjects.
Their latest kit is the 1/48 Martin PBM-3 Mariner.
R-M was on-hand to display some of their upcoming releases, including
the 1/48 F-86D Dog Sabre and re-issue of the 1/48 F-15E Strike Eagle
in Tiger Meet markings and with weapons. Box art was also on display
to announce a 1/48 F-84E Thunderjet and a 1/32 Fw190F-8.
Skylancer had their new releases on display, including the Avro CF-100
Mk.5 in 1/72 scale as well as the F-84 Thunderjet in 1/72 & 1/48
The folks from Tamiya/USA were showing off the 1/16 radio-controlled
Tiger I and even though I've seen this beast a few times, it is still
impressive. The good news is that the 1/16 RC M4 Sherman is due out
fairly soon. Also on display was the long-awaited 1/32 A6M Zero kit.
These are due in US hobby shops in late July/early August, though examples
are already arriving for those who pre-ordered theirs from Japanese-based
hobbyshops. Beyond the Zero and Sherman kits, however, the Tamiya folks
are not talking about future releases (yet). The only other news was
an example of their new series - re-issued 1/48 aircraft with electric
motors to spin the propellers - in this case an F4U Corsair.
Both Bobs were there to show off their line of aircraft
markings. We'll be talking a look at two sets of F-5E aggressor decals
and an FA-18 aggressor set in the August issue. On the horizon, they
had the artwork on display for the A-4 Skyhawk that had a MiG-17 painted
over the top of it.
Paul Cotcher was present to display his great product line-up and
to show off the new decal releases under the Victory Productions label:
1/48 Late Corsairs (F4U-5/-7/AU-1)
1/48 Blue Angels A-4F & TA-4
1/48 German Luftwaffe & Marine Starfighters
We'll take a closer look at these next month!
That is the news for now. We'll have more coverage of the
hobby industry after the RCHTA show in early September. Stay tuned!