Story by: Werner Kampfhofer
Photos by: Wolfram Bradac
On 8.Jun.2002 an international plastic model exhibition took place at the technical museum in Brno (CZ). The show has been organised by the local clubs KPM Brno, DDM Junior Brno and the technical museum. After the first shock caused by the exchange rates we soon got another one caused by people in soviet WWII uniforms who were located with weapons and equipment at the entrance of the exhibition. Luckily these women and men did not belong to a unit which was not informed about the end of the war, but were from a group of local reenactors and responsible for tickets-sales. The show consisted of the model exhibition with contest, kit-sales, airbrush and RC-model presentations. It was not possible to visit the museum.
Digital Dioramas, a new Webzine dedicated to the art of the diorama, launched today with it's Premier Issue
. The site is the brainchild of David Yarnell of Philadelphia, PA. Along the way he has recruited help from an array of modelers across the globe including Michael Sheads, Michael Woodward, Keith Forsyth, Charles Latham, and many more.
The VLS Corporation, home of many well known brands like Warriors, Custom Dioramics, Trakz, and Techstar among others, has unveiled it's new Web site at www.modelmecca.com
. The site features a very clean and polished design. Access to their vast array of inventory through their online store. And special pricing through plans like the Master's Group.
Hasegawa has several interesting aircraft kits scheduled for release in June. First off is a 1/48 scale SBD-3 Dauntless from the battle of Midway (item number 09430). Next is the P-38L Lightning flown by Maj. Bong. Also in 1/48 scale (part number 09429). The Japanese forces of WWII is represented with the Mitsubishi A6M5b Zero Fighter, Type 52 OTSU. This 1/48 scale kit represents a plane from the 166th Fighter Squadron (part no. 09428). Read on for the Modern releases.
Fine Molds has announced plans to build a 1/72 scale version of Obi Wan's Jedi Starfighter from Star Wars Episode II. This will be the third in their series of highly detailed ships from the Star Wars saga. Prior to this model they have release a T.I.E. Figther and X-wing Fighter, both in 1/72 scale. The Jedi Starfighter will include the hyperspace drive unit which allows the ship to travel at hyper-light speeds. The projected release date is July of 2002.
Just when you thought it was safe to peek into your storage room, Jack whips up another new release. This latest, is a three man recon team form the IDF. It is called "under fire" and I can say I love it, since I did not sculpt it! I asked my sculptors to work hard for realistic poses. I don't care how long the figures take as long as when I get them, I want to paint them yeasterday! I like em, and I think you will too. Check out the image here!
We would like to invite you and your friends to Hungary. Our Club the Red Devils Modeler Club is organizing the 9th Red Devils Modelshow. This is the biggest Hungarian exhibition and competition in this year from 23 to 25 of August. Over 40 categories, separated figure contest in 17 figure-categories.
PanzerNet has posted some excellent pics of an event in their backyard, Concurso AMT, Torrent (Valencia) 2002. You can view them here
. The event looks to have attracted modelers from all over Europe.
Now it was for the second time that this big German exhibition and contest took place at Nürnberg/Germany. It seems that the troubles that led to the relocation from Erding to Nürnberg have not yet been overcome. Some well-known German modelers did not show up. But despite this the quality of the exhibits (especially on Sunday) was very high. Due to the fact that this was a two days event, at Saturday there were not so many models yet in the competition, but already all of the traders were present. This was an “offend” to all of the visitors, who tried to avoid getting poorer and poorer after buying kits after kits…. So “thank God it’s Sunday” was the motto for all those, who were eager to be able to see more high quality competition models (, which showed up finally,) instead of spending the day with shopping again!
Photos can be seen at:www.panzermodellbau.com
William De Coster (www.prinzite.com
) has contributed over 100 photos
from the Lier (Belgium) 2001 event. There is a wide assortment of photos here including, armor, figures, and aircraft. The 2002 event will be taking place on December 8, 2002 in Lier (near Antwerp). The event generally sees more than several hundred entries and even more visitors. For more information see the IPMS Lier
This was one mighty fine place to be. If you were anywhere else in the universe, you made a mistake! Besides the consumption of exceedingly good French cuisine, served by glamorous, long legged French demoiselles, and copious amounts of the national beverage, you also missed out on the rantings and ravings of mad Jack and company discoursing on everything from the creation of the univers to........modellisme. The competition was top notch as you will see. The company was the 3 star variety, and a grand time was had by all. I HONESTLY consider this one of the finest, and certainly the most fun shows in town! .
Replacement resin tyre set for the Ural 4320/BM21 kits. These are resin cast slip ons I'll post photos this week. But they are yummy!! I've already put into production the next three sets. Due out in May will be DCWP 012 Gaz 66 replacement resin tyre set, and DCWP 013 BTR 152 Replacement tyre set.
I just wanted to alert the 10 or so people who signed up on the site from Monday thru mid-day Wednesday that you will unfortunately have to do so again. And I am very sorry about the loss of any posts you may have made on your first time around. This site has been up for about 4 months and this is the first time we have had to restore and older version of the database. Hopefully it will be the last time. Rest assured we are working on a system were the sites database and core files will be backed up regularly.
Wolfram Bradac, of "The Luftwaffe in Scale" (www.rlm.at
), has taken some amazing pictures of a model contest in Mosonmagyarovar, Hungary (April 12 & 14, 2002). There are two pages of photos. Make sure to click the link at the bottom for the armor photos. There are some truly awesome dioramas there by Dietrich Wolf, George Schachinger, and our own Werner Kampfhofer! Here is the link
The National Cemetery Administration (NCA), a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!), are partnering to undertake a project to inventory and document for the first time an estimated 300 major monuments dedicated to fallen soldiers. The monuments are located in more than 100 NCA cemetery properties across the country. NCA will provide volunteers with inventory forms and instructions, cemetery maps, and 35mm film. Volunteers will be required to take photographs and measurements and perform some basic research. Volunteers will be responsible for supplying their own 35mm cameras, the cost of film development, and personal transportation.
TAMIYA/CON 2002 has come and gone. You can check out the results on the Tamiya homepage or here
. Taking home the highest honors of Best Finished, Most Creative, Director's Choice, and Master Modeler from Tamiya/Con 2002 were Steve Kays, Gene Kozicki, Dennis Weaver, and Dale King, respectively.
Lou Masses will be the guest host of the first Figure Chat. He will be discussing figure painting techniques, tips, and answering your questions. So mark the time and date. Set your alarms for Monday, April 15th at 21:00 Eastern Standard Time (US). The event will be held in the Chatter-box "The Barracks".
I have been keeping an eye on the expired domain list lately for "modelmaker.org". It's available, but I have decided to pass on getting it. Too busy with other things to make use of it. I thought I would share the news of this with the community though in case someone else wants it. There are also some other model related names that I saw today. All these domains were available as of this morning (in other words no one owns them right now). You can register domains through DirectNic (www.directnic.com) for only $15 a year. Read on for the list.
IPMS Lier Convention 2002 will take place sunday 08-12-2002, in cultural centre "De Mol", Lier, Belgium. The theme for this years contest is (battle) damage. There will be various international traders. For more information visit our website www.ipms-lier.be.tf
Just received news about what appears to be a SUPER fantastic, cool, (well you get the idea!) trans kit for the Italeri M984 series. I think this one is destined to be a winner, and I'll update you when I receive the kit which is in the post. Just couldn't wait to share the good news. The set is done by a Flemish modelling club here in Belgium. Mastered by Dirk at pro-art models. A work of art it is. Cast in yummy white resin, this looks good enough to eat! I'm going to rake in a few for my shop as well. These are the kind of kits that make the modelling world buzz and humm. Looking eagerly forward to their next release.
The IPMS Fort Worth Scale Modelers are holding the 2002 SuperCon on August 10th at the Arlington Community Center in Vandergriff Park. Squadron Mail Order will also be holding it's Open House during the same weekend in Carrollton, Texas.(which is about 30 miles away). For more information please read on and or check this link
We shall be participating at a show in the lovely Payerne Valley in Switzerland. The show shall take place the last week-end of August, 2002. It is organized by Heer Schulé of the Payerne tourist board, and it is always a fun time. Fondue and Swiss french on ice.
Jaguar recently released a double set of vietnam period grunts. They are depicted dispensing with any pretence of any hearts and minds policy. This is more in the lines of S&D mission. These guy's, at first, look a little wierd anatomically, and I'll probably twitch them a little to get the pose I'm looking for, but then again that is generally S.O.P. in my workshop! The equipment and details are sharp, I would however question the tactical logic of standing in the doorway in front of someone about to toss a hot tomatoe into harms way.
Yes, any IDF stuff sets my imagination whizz banging into hyperspace! This extra cool kit comes from Hong Kong Creation Workshop. It includes all that funky ribbed side up-armoured and armoured cuppola package that you have all been secretly admiring in the news footage of recent events (it's ok to like machines they don't have a political stance!!) My wife has been complaing that I'm drooling in front of the T.V.!
It apprears that the guy's over at Warriors have cottoned on to a good thing. In the last few months they have popped several new and exciting sets from the figure oven. These are all based upon the recent events in Afghanistan. The one's that I ran straight out and scooped up were: References 35421/35423/35424/35425/ and 35426. These were all great with a few minor reservations./ I only got one seated guy, and most of the Northern Allaince guy's appear to spend more time on their hind quarters than standing.
Military Hobbies is hosting a trivia contest on their new site. Two (2) winners with most correct answers will be chosen on Friday, April 5th at midnight EST. The winners will receive a one day '10% off - everything in the store' shopping spree! In the case of ties, the earlier entry will be deemed the winner. If you are a member of the sites "Club" you will also get your 5% discount on top of the 10%! You can enter the contest here
Hugh Downs, a northern-California horseman and artist, in collaboration with John Tremelling of Powys, Wales have rather amazingly and very accurately, recreated the figure of Owain Glyn Dwr---armour, horse and all. Downs has taken images of Tremelling as Glyn Dwr and created some computer-generated artwork. You can visit the Web site to see the results and learn more about the project. http://www.hughman.com
Italeri has finally updated it's site with the new catalog for this year! This also includes Dragon/DML, Zvezda and Protar!!!!
Go to http://www.italeri.com
and click on "Products".
The Apparel Store at Armorama.com is now open for business. To get there just use the "Apparel Store" link at the bottom of the Main Menu. You can also just click here
. I hope everyone who can afford one, and is going to AMPS or IPMS Nats can wear their shirts so we can all meet up easier! And even if your not going to those events you can show your pride in your hobby and support the site in the process! My thanks to the site regulars who covered the cost of the embroidery set-up for this project.
On 14 Nov.1965 in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, more than 400 troopers from the U.S. 7th Air Cavalry found themselves outnumbered. Nearly 2000 enemy soldiers surrounded them in a small clearing called Landing Zone, and they had to fight like they'd never fought before.
The AMPS site has put out an update on AMPS 2002 which is being held on April 19-20 in Harve de Grace, Maryland. The event is being held fairly close by The Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG) but there have been increased security changes on the base and they will not be allowing civilians on for tours of the facility. Those carrying valid US Government ID's can gain access however.
In 1932, Section 6, German Army Weapons Bureau was assigned the responsibility to supervise development for a series of half-track towing vehicles. Based on the towing capacity ranging from 1 to 18 tons, this series was divided into 3 levels: light, medium and heavy; to be developed and produced by various automotive factories, all vehicles in this series were given the type classification of sd.kfz.
Some of you may have read about the plan to have available some Armorama Apparel items for the coming Nationals (AMPS and IPMS). I have found a company that does embroidery work and will sell shirts via an online store they will actually set up for us. The logo will be available to put on a variety of shirts, hats, jackets, or what not.
Tamiya unvieled quite a few new military kits at the Spielwarenmesse 2002 Nuremberg International Toy Fair. The full line of releases can be viewed here
at Tamiya's Web site. In summary the new kits include a 1/16 RC M26 Pershing, a 1/35 RC Leopard 2A5, 1/35 German Panzer Recon Team, 1/35 German King Tiger (Ardennes Front), 1/16 German King Tiger Production Turret (Motorized), 1/48 Messerschmitt Me262 A-2a w/ Kettenkraftrad, 1/48 Nakajima A6M2(RUFE), 1/48 Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu Type 11, and a 1/700 German Heavy Cruizer Prinz Eugen.
You may have seen the banner on the front page for "The Library". Well it's not an advertisement for another site. It's our new bookstore module. The Library will be where you can look for books, magazines, games, and videos that would be of interest to the Armorama community.
Several hundred modeler's decended on Richmond this weekend for the 2002 IPMS Richmond "Old Dominion Open". The battle-lines were drawn. Tanks were laid down in neat lines facing off against F-14 Tomcats, Kubelwagens, and '57 Chevy's. And the winner was?...
Kencelot has put together another list of upcoming or recent releases. If you have any news of these (or other) kits please post the info below. Thanks Ken!
The Navy and Marines have a new AAAV (advanced amphibious assault vehicle) in the development phases. The project was started in 1988 and is now in the Development & Demonstration phase (as of 2001). This new vehicle has a distinct advantage over the older AAV7A1, that being about up to 19 knots more speed in the water (max 25 knots). The ground speed is roughly the same at 45mph.
From USA Network
Combat Missions pits four elite squads comprised of six non-active military and law enforcement professionals against one another. Comprised of Navy SEALs, SWAT, CIA, Marine Recon, Delta Force, and Green Berets, squad members must use their strength, skills, and wits to compete for bounty — and, more importantly, for honor and pride. Check the USA site
This is kind of dated but the FineScale Modeler
website has a list of models that will be released by Trumpeter in 2002-2003. The article says that all the kits are "new tool" unless otherwise noted.
Italeri has announced three new releases, all tanks. The first is the "Marines M4 Sherman", a PTO M4 with snorkel setup. The second is an "M1 A2 Abrams". And the third is an "M-60 Blazer" of Israeli origin. As far as I could find these kits/molds have not been previously released by Italeri. If anyone has any further info on these kits please comment below (read full story).
Ken Fortier has put together this list of new release armor kits. Some may already be available and others unreleased as of yet. We are planning to add a section to the site to track all new release kits (and perhaps all current releases as well - sort of a kit library).
We have added a new option here on the site. We will be sending out occasional (weekly or bi-weekly) emails outlining some of the recent additions to the site. It will come in the form of an eNewsLetter. The important news is that if you want to receive this eNewsLetter you will need to submit your email address (link is on the left side of the site). Registration to the site does not automatically sign you up for the eNewsLetter.
From The History Channel
On October 4, 1993, the world was witness to the graphic images of dead American soldiers being dragged through the streets in Somalia. What had been planned as a 30-minute military mission had erupted into one of the most intense gun battles of recent U.S. history.
Based on Mark Bowden's best-selling book Black Hawk Down, takes an in-depth look at the Battle of Mogadishu by presenting the first-hand accounts of Army Rangers, Delta Force members, UN officials, and Somali militiamen. Bowden shares his knowledge and research throughout the program, guiding the story from the arrival of the UN peacekeeping force through the events of October 4, 1993.
For encore showtimes please check the listings at the History Channel
Ready to storm the beaches of Normandy and take on a Tiger tank? Electronic Arts is readying a new PC gaming experience called Medal of Honor - Allied Assault. You are Lt. Mike Powell, member of the famed 1st Ranger Battalion. Following your recruitment by the OSS, you’ll battle through over 20 challenging levels, based on historical military campaigns of World War II.
More info/Buy it Now at Amazon.com
I am working on several new additions to the site and wanted to let everyone know about some of what's been going on here since the site went up in mid-December.
The 2002 IPMS National show will be held in Virginia Beach, Virgina by the Tidewater IPMS and the Hampton Roads Scale Modelers. The event will be held July 31, 2002 through August 3rd at the Pavilion Convention Center. All the details of the event are still being worked out but you can find the latest info on the official Web site, 2002nats.tripod.com
I was sent this email from "Aer Colectie", a model manufacturer in Moldova (formerly part of the USSR). They list their new releases in 1/72 Armor as well as a Kursk (1/400) submarine. You can view the entire e-mail, just follow the link below.
I got this rather cryptic email. I hadn't heard of this scale or these manufacturer's before, but I figured someone might find them of interest. I believe the site of origin is www.russianscalemodels.com
. The email follows...
AMPS (The Armor Modeling and Preservation Society) will be holding it's eighth annual National Convention. It will be held at the same location as last year, the Havre de Grace Community Center, on April 19-20, 2002.