July 31, 2014

Links, Web Gems & Other Digital Delights: AK Interactive on You Tube

AK Interactive have recently launched a new You Tube Channel the trailer promises Advance Techniques, Detailed Guides, Quick Tips & Tricks, Weathering Tips and Tutorials among other things. 

Just posted are Why Ak Acrylics Are Better Part 1 & Part 2 in which they show how AK's acrylics work. "Our new developed formula with ultra high coverage is created to make modeling easier than ever. We will show how they work on a PT-76, without priming nor diluting the acrylic. In the second part we will show some tips on weathering over the PT-76 and how AK's acrylics are used to give a really rusty look. This is a quick look to what can be done with AK's products!!!! ...more to come soon."

Also just posted and the most useful of thew bunch is 

AK159 Metal Burnishing Fluid
"Check Out How Ak 159 Metal Burnishing Works, It Acts In Just 30 Seconds"

With AK's reputation and quality products this looks like a promising new channel and one worth subscribing to.

July 25, 2014

Figure of the Week #60: Airfix 1/32nd Scale Plastic Cowboy

Our newest FOTW is this menacing looking cowboy and comes from Airfix and their wonderful Cowboys set. Airfix first released the Cowboys, Indians and 7th Cavalry sets in 1974-76. These are arguably, the finest sculpted 1/32nd scale plastic figures ever made. The sculptors at Airfix were able to get dynamic figures out of the two dimensional limitations of injection molding with their attention to detail, perfect proportions, and realistic poses. Any one of the poses in this set are worthy of the FOTW designation but this has always been one of my favorite ones. 

The sets were the first to include mounted figures and separate saddles. This set had yellow plastic Cowboys and saddles with grey horses. There were ten separate foot poses including a Sheriff, two mounted poses and two different horse positions (the horses would be the same for all three of the American West Series sets). When this set was re-released in 1995 it had four figures only and was moulded in olive green which is pictured here.

Airfix Cowboys Box Catalog 51465

Airfix is probably second only to Marx in popularity, these figures are highly prized by collectors. Airfix made many different series of 1/32nd scale plastic figures including WWII troops, Modern troops, American West, Spacemen and even Soccer players.

Visit http://www.airfixtoysoldiers.com for a great fan sight of the entire 1/32nd scale Airfix range.

July 23, 2014

Model Paint 42 - A database of over 4000 paints from 16 manufacturers designed just for modelers.

Model Paint 42 is a neat little iOS app for modelers. It features a powerful database of the more popular model paints in use today with nearly 4000 swatches!

Model 42 Selling Points:
- Never forget a color again and use this handy app when you want to find similar colors if the one you want is not to hand or out of stock. You can search across all the paints by color, name, code, manufacturer, finish (e.g. gloss, matt), paint type (e.g. acrylic, enamel) and paints you have in stock.  You can choose which ranges you want shown and in which order too so your favorites are always close to hand

- Contains lists of paints including the reference, name, part number and the color sample. You can see details of each paint plus equivalent colors from all the included ranges. Or you can select to see equivalents from only the ranges you have switched on, the same medium or the same finish. You can see details of each paint plus equivalent colors from all the included ranges. 

- All paints have optimised for use on the iPhone and iPod touch. Includes a list of equivalents for many of the paints.You can create your own lists from any of the colors, annotating the list and each color. Some examples are a list of paints used on a particular model and the parts that they were used on, a list of paints you have, a list of paints you need and so on. You can make notes against the list itself or the individual colors and you can sort the lists and colors any way you want.
- Paints within ranges can be sorted by reference, name and color (warm to cool). Paints you have added to any of your stock lists are indicated in the ranges, the equivalents and the search results so you can see what paints you have when you do a search. Saves a lot of wasted money buying the same colors twice and handy when you go shopping (you can have a shopping list too)!

- Paints can be found by searching for names and reference numbers and by the color itself using a color selector and from narrow to wide search ranges. You can look for similar colors within the same range or go to another range and search that one.

- You can choose which ranges you want shown and in which order too so your favorites are always close to hand

Contains paints from:
- AK Interactive
- Akan
- Army Painter
- Citadel
- Floquil
- Gunze
- Humbrol
- Italeri
- LifeColor
- Mig
- Model Master
- Railmatch
- Revell
- Tamiya
- Testors
- Vallejo

Find Model 42 in the app store. a similar app Hobby Color Converter is made for Android phones and tablets. Both apps databases have been update on a regular basis and appear to have strong support from their developers.

July 21, 2014

MichToy's Links & Web Gems: Facebook Finds- Jose Antonio Bustamante 28mm Figure Painter

Stop on over at the  the Facebook page of Jose Antonio Bustamante which features his collection 28mm figures. All kinds of fantastic eye candy and inspiration here as Jose covers just about every time period imaginable all in beautifully painted 28mm miniatures.

Links & Web Gems: Figure Painter Magazine Issue 15 Now Available

Figure Painter Magazine Issue 15 is Now Available for Download

From the publisher-
Welcome to issue 15 of Figure Painter Magazine and we have a tutorial bonanza for you! Five great tutorials including how Sean Fulton converted his Venomthrope, Thor Intararangson painted his Ultramarine’s Space Marine Banner and Martyn Dorey and Shane Rozzell show us how to use model board for making architectural models for our diorama’s.

We also have lots of great reviews of products from Pegaso Models, Scale75, BrokenToad and Another World and kicking off the magazine we have a brilliant Insight interview with Jen Haley!

STILL THE BEST DEAL ON THE WEB! FPM is available as a downloaded PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials and a user gallery. 

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July 19, 2014

Konstantin Krevenko, Director of Zvezda Models has passed away

I'm saddened to report that the director of Zvezda models, Konstantin Krevenko, passed away on July 6th at the age of 52. Zvezda has been the top producer of scale models, war-games and 1/72nd scale figures in Russia for years. They produced a lot of great scale models and historical figures at affordable prices. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Krevenko several years back at the Nuremberg Toy Show and found him to be a warm and engaging man. It has also been reported that he also organized many charity programs for children.

R.I.P. And yet again, we are diminished.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

I just finished this book. One of the best summer reads ever! Can't wait for the movie! A must read...must see!

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine • Winner of the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity,Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

July 15, 2014

Links, Web Jems and Facebook Finds- AMMO Modelling Group

The folks behind AMMO of MIG have started a new Facebook page the AMMO Modelling Groupa place to post your work, ask questions and share your progress and finished models. 

'This is a showcase and a forum for all to use and share. We encourage lively discussions about products and techniques to help everyone achieve their goals for modelling' 

Also stop by the new modeling blog from AMMO founder Mig Jimenez.
Find it Here: MIG Jimenez's Blog

July 14, 2014

AK Interactive July 2014 Releases + Price Reductions

The long awaited DAK Profile book that highlights AK releases for July is now in stock. We are also pleased to announce we were able to obtain new lower pricing on all AK Interactive products and we are passing these savings on to our customers.

The latest publication from AK Interactive is the D.A.K. Profile Guide featuring color profiles, along with brief details about each one, of equipment used by the Deutches Afrika Korps (DAK) between 1941 and the end in Tunisia in 1943. It also includes not only German and Italian vehicles, but captured Allied equipment put into DAK service as well.

Starting with a one page introduction that gives a ‘brief history' of the DAK,  there is then an introduction to discuss variations in paint colors, RAL standards, Italian and Allied paints, the weather conditions in North Africa and of course interpreting largely black and white archive photos.  It then breaks down into sections on Light Vehicles, such as motor-bikes and field cars such as the Kubelwagen and suchlike.  Then Medium/Heavy Vehicles that include a wide variety of German, Italian and British trucks, all in use by the DAK.  Section 3 is on Armored Fighting Vehicles, and these vary from light armored and scout cars such as the Sdkfz 222, AB41, and Dingo through all the many types of half-track and on to SP guns and tanks.  These in turn vary from the little Italian CV33, to Pz I, II, III, IV and Tiger.  Section four is on Artillery, and this includes towed artillery as well as some vehicle mounted Flak guns and which is brought to a close with the inclusion of the colours and markings used on the Fiesler Storch used by Rommel when he was commander of the DAK.  Then finally you have some notes and illustrations on German and Italian markings and some notes on German colors at different stages of the campaign.  Sprinkled throughout are some archive photos, showing some of the equipment featured in the profiles.

This is very much a book for modelers as well as of interest to historians. As AK Interactive have appropriate paints and weathering materials already in their range, the AKI 550 Africa Korps Colors Acrylic Set, and the AKI 068 DAK Weathering Set this will obviously complement those and intended no doubt to spark some ideas of to encourage you to have a go at some DAK modelling.  With over 170 profiles in the book, there is plenty to choose from.

Now Available

AKI FS-3020 AK Interactive Figure Series: M44 Camouflage Uniform Acrylic Paint Set
AKI FS-3030 AK Interactive Figure Series: Leather & Buckles Acrylic Paint Set 

View & Order New AK Interactive

July 12, 2014

New Lower Pricing on Andrea Miniatures

We have secured new lower pricing on Andrea figure kits and are passing the savings on to you, our customers. Prices have been reduced 5-20% and...don't forget...if you are a registered user (aka Preferred Customer) on our site you will get an additional 10% off all purchases. View our updated Andrea listings HERE

Links & Web Jems: Landships II The World War I Modeling Site

Landships II is a WWI site and forum covering everything from 'landslips' to soft skin vehicles,  o uniforms to weapons and much more including a wealth of historical background and reference. It also includes an area for modelers catering to modeling WW I tanks in small scale that includes getting started in WWI modeling, construction and modeling news. The Landships WWI Forum is very active with well over 30,000 posts covering everything already mentioned and much much more. If you have an interest in WWI this is a must stop at wealth of information. 

July 09, 2014

Follow Our Collection of World War Images on Pinterest

New images are added on a regular basis please follow us on Pinterest

Toys in the Attic - Operation X-500 by Deluxe Reading

The X-500 was one of the most exciting toys ever made. It hit the shelves in the early 1960s during the early years of the space craze/race. This very large, impressive play set was made by Deluxe Reading - which later became Topper Toys.
The X-500 consists of two areas or sections: The Base Defense System of molded red and black plastic with a working control panel of switches, knobs, bells, lights and missiles. It also contained the helicopter landing pad and missile launchers! 

The second section houses your Space Ship Launch area which includes a working elevator to take your astronaut up to the nose cone capsule, a crane to change your nose cones, a moving train to move the nose cones, the control booth, and the ramps and ladders. Figures with the play set included soldiers, astronauts, cameramen, and a dog. 

Operation X-500 was sold in supermarkets and drug stores for the whopping price of $11.88. I distinctly remember seeing it in the Red Owl Grocery store in Duluth which touched off a barrage of ‘I want one’ which nearly drove my mother insane. It took almost a whole week to break her down and she finally put down deposit on one for my birthday. Now we're talkin'! What was that dome-like instrument for, in the center of the control panel? Didn't know - didn't care. It looked so cool! I remember the glee I had in firing those missiles off in all directions, cranking the nose cone up onto the rocket over and over again. Fuel the rocket and 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1…Blast Off! Throw in defending the launch area from the evil commies with the base defense system and you have countless hours of play limited only by your imagination.

Deluxe Reading was a toy manufacturer based in Elizabeth, New Jersey USA which produced toys under several brand names including: Deluxe Topper, Deluxe Toy Creations, Deluxe Reading, Topper Corp., Topper Toy Group, and Topper Toys. The Topper Toys brand was most used in print advertisement and television commercials (children's TV).

July 07, 2014

Links & Web Jems: How Each Of The Great Powers Helped Start the First World War

There is an interesting post on the blog io9 on the start of World War I. June 28th marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian terrorist — an event that escalated into unprecedented global conflict known today as World War I. Most historians say Germany led the charge into war, but seven other powers deserve a share in the blame.  Click here for the complete article

July 05, 2014

Free Downloads from AMMO of MIG

AMMO of MIG now has several PDF's available to download including a complete product catalog.  You will find them on our links page in our Collectors Area. 

AMMO of MIG Product Catalog 2014 w/ step by step
AMMO of MIG Product Guide Acrylic Products #1
AMMO of MIG Product Guide Weathering Products #1
AMMO of MIG Product Guide Aircraft Weathering #1