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Russian Brass- detail sets from Master

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Panzerwrecks 19 Yugoslavia

The newest Panzerwrecks volume 19 is available and takes us to Yugoslavia.


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Xoma (Homa) Pigments and Washes

Xoma (Homa) Pigments and Washes

Being a modeler on a very tight budget I'm always on the look out for cheaper alternatives, looking at all the latest and greatest in washes and pigments I've been wanting to give them a try, but, unfortunately, the cost of these products is very prohibitive so I've had to give them a pass. Then a while ago I was browsing through the site of one of the Eastern Europe Hobby shops I occasionally order from, , I had a look under their listing for pigments and came across a manufacturer that I had not heard of before and a web search turned up no information about, which is listed as both HOMA and XOMA on the website and XO-MA on the container. Being significantly cheaper then the popular brands I decided to give them a try so I ordered up 5 of the Pigments, a bottle of pigment fixer, and 3 of the washes.

When they arrived I found that one of the bottles of washes had leaked but much to the credit of the person who packed things, the bottles of washes were individually and tightly wraped in cellophane, very little of the fluid escaped and only the label was damaged.

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Micro Mark Jewelers Miter Jig

While browsing the tool section at Micro Mark last week, I came across the #86485 Jewelers Miter Jig and thought it would be a good addition to my arsenal. The jig is well made, it is hardened steel to allow the use of files to finish up the workpiece. There is a stop bar that can be adjusted for repetitive cuts, it is easy to adjust and removes when not in use. The grooves accommodate either square or round stock easily.

I cut a lot of aluminum tubing building cars and couldn't wait to try it out. A piece of K&S aluminum chucked into the vise.

If you plan to make more than one piece, here is the stop bar installed.

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Zvezda Pe-2 Soviet Dive Bomber 1:48

Zvezda Pe-2 Soviet Dive Bomber



The Petlyakov Pe-2 history begins with a requirement for a high altitude bomber interceptor, the result of which was a twin engine monoplane with a pressurized cabin and a crew of two classified as the VI-100. The prototype was completed in early 1939 but before flight-testing could begin a change in policy brought the cancellation of the high altitude fighter requirement. In its place, Petlyakov was called upon to produce a high altitude bomber. Much of the effort put into the VI-100 was used for the high altitude bomber but before the prototype could be completed, yet another policy change, still in 1939, was made to scrap the high altitude bomber in favor of a dive-bomber. Much of the reason for all of these changes was the result of experiences during the Spanish Civil War. Another factor was that following the signing of the non aggression pact between Germany and the Soviet Union representatives from the Soviet Union were allowed to tour some of the German aircraft plants and one thing they took away from this was the Germany had no high altitude bombers in production. This change brought about a change in designation to PB-100. Since there was no longer a requirement for high altitude performance, Petlyakov dispensed with both the turbo-superchargers and pressurized cabin planned for the VI-100. This was made all the more difficult due to Petlyakov being imprisoned at hte time by Stalin for supposedly delaying completion of the Pe-8 four engine bomber. So the changes were made while being incarcerated. Once the plane had flown successfully Petlyakov was released from prison and the designation was changed to Pe-2.

The test program found the Pe-2 to handle satisfactorily and was stable in its dive bombing performance. Dive recovery was initiated by means of an automatic electromechanical operated device. The Pe-2 was also an extremely rugged aircraft with a safety factor of eleven. It also had a good turning radius that rivaled the new fighters then being tested and with a maximum speed of 540km/h the Pe-2 out flew many of the fighters then in service. By the time of the German invasion 458 planes were already in service. The Pe-2 was produced throughout the war and its appearance changed numerous times due to continuous improvement. After the early series of airframes a modernized version replaced the original hand held machine gun with a rotating turret in the rear portion of the cockpit and more powerful engines were installed. Late variants of the Pe-2 took part in all offensive actions during the last phases of the war, including the Battle of Berlin. By wars end somewhere in the neighborhood of 11,400 had been produced.

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