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Amphibious Forces in Action

Lessons from the decade-long conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and newer concerns over Iran, China and the Middle East, are prompting the Pentagon to rethink military strategy. One new focus is its amphibious operations — making soldiers seaworthy, and using positions on the water to better support combat on land.

Titanic 100 years Anniversary

April, 2012 marks the centennial of the most (if not the most) disastrous cruise liners tragedy in history. To commemorate its centennial, the folks over Rapid recreated the sinking of the Titanic with two 1:350 scale model kits from Academy. Lots of preparation went thru for little over a minute of footage. They did the heck of a job and even if ships is not your favorite subject in scale models, this is one we strongly recommend to see. Not also you get to see the video, but also they took the time to document some behind-the-scenes to show us how they did it.

Kudos to the folks at Rapid for such a nice project.


How they did it:

Academy 1/35 Merkava Mk. IV LIC

As the building our Tamiya 1:35 scale British Challenger 1 MK.3 comes to an end, the next build will enter the work-in-progress queue being the Israeli Merkava MK. IV LIC (Low Intensity Conflict) from Academy Models. As must of you might know, this kit does not include rubber tracks. They have been molded instead in styrene with some sections actually being single links to be assembled. Tamiya’s Sturmgeschutz III in 1:48 scale, happens to include styrene tracks as well.

Although is a highly recommended kit, I have mixed feelings towards styrene tracks in 1/35 scale. Who doesn’t love those nice metal tracks from Friulmodels? Friulmodels has a new set of tracks available for the Merkava IV, but here at Model Kits Review, we try to deliver models built out-of-the-box with little to no after market add-ons so readers can see what can they get straight from the box..

Fortunately, Academy has provided us with some nice tutorial videos to assemble the track links on their Merkava Mk. IV. After scanning the QR Code from the box, it took me to their site where besides the tutorial video below, you can also find the following videos to put together your 1/35 Merkava Mk. IV LIC:

  • Track Assembly
  • Etching Assembly
  • Painting
  • Painting Track
  • Painting of rubber wheels
  • Complete Model

Note from the Author
If you have a Smartphone, cilck here to enlarge the picture and scan the QR Code.

To see this model built, click here.

We Remember, Video

Video Description:
We Remember” was performed live at the ICAS Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. This video was produced to be projected on the screens behind¬† Dwayne O’Brien while he sang this song. I found this video very moving and I wanted to share it here with fellow model builders, family and friends with great appreciation for the hobby or American History. To all those who went airborne to defend what many take for granted, our salute from Model Kits

Red Tails HD Movie Trailer

From George Lucas and Lucas Film, this is the Red Tails Theatrical Movie Trailer in HD with a release date of January, 2012.

Trailer 2 of Red Tails the Movie

Red Tails Movie Poster

XP-59, America’s first jet plane

XP-59, America’s first jet plane

Bell XP-59 Airacomet
Span: 45ft 6in (13.87m)
Length: 38ft 2in (11.63 m)
Height: 12ft 4in (3.76 m)
Powerplant: Two General Electric I-A’s (each 1,250lb (567kg) thrust)
Maximum speed: 404 mph
Weight: Empty 7,320lb (3,320 kg), Loaded 12,562lb (5,698 kg)
Armament: 2x 37mm cannons
Range: 400 miles