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Virginia Beach is an ideal venue for this years' IPMS USA Nationals.
The Pavilion Convention Center is located just a few miles from NAS
Oceana. The main route to the Convention along the I-264 is
constantly overflown at low altitude by Navy Tomcats and Hornets.
These antics are quite a show by themselves!
Thursday morning saw a few remaining vendors arrive, including
AMtech with special prices on their beautiful 1/48 scale Ta 183 at
USD$20; and P-40E at USD$10. There will be more news from AMtech in
tomorrow night's update.
New products noted today include WWII US Navy Flight Deck in 1/48
scale from Just Plane Stuff in their new lightweight resin and Blue
Angels "Hornet's Nest" decals for F/A-18s from CAM Decals.
Aviation Usk of Nebraska announced the release of the Aviation Usk
kit line under the Xotic-72 label. Four of the original Aviation Usk
1/72 scale releases have been reworked and repackaged to the
standard of current MPM releases. There will eventually be fourteen
models in the Xotic-72 series.
Three of the first four kits are presented in injection moulded,
limited run styrene by MPM featuring finely engraved surface detail;
with resin and/or brass parts, new markings, very clear vacform
canopies and enhanced instructions. The main parts of the remaining
kit are produced in vacuum formed plastic sheet with details in
These first four releases are the Savoia-Marchetti SM-84, the
Dornier Do 22, Fokker T-V and Fiat RS-14. Detailed reviews of these
kits will appear on HyperScale in the coming weeks.
Today also saw the commencement of the Seminar programme, including
this afternoon's HyperScale reception. A packed house
enthusiastically contributed to a boisterous and enjoyable session
between 5:00pm and 6:30pm. It was great to put faces and voices to
so many of HyperScale's visitors names. I would like to thank
everyone who so kindly contributed to the presentation of the wonderful signed drawing
of Gabby Gabreski and his P-47. This picture will hold pride of
place in my basement office.
Tomorrow promises to be just as busy as the first two days. Stay
Keep in touch with news at the Nationals
via daily updates on HyperScale.
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