Sunday, January 31

An expanded & revised "The Messerschmitt Me 262 - A Complete Guide To The Luftwaffe’s First Jet Fighter" from Valiant Wings & at a discount for a short time...

Valiant Wings have gone back to where it all began in a totally rewritten, updated and much-expanded edition of their very first book in the Airframe & Miniature series. "The Messerschmitt Me 262 - A Complete Guide To The Luftwaffe’s First Jet Fighter" is in the same format as their current Airframe & Miniature series & includes a set of 1/48th scale plans & much much more. See more about this title & how to get this book at a discount for a  short time in our preview...

Saturday, January 30

After a tease...the full-fat Italeri catalogue for 2021/22 emerges...

Last week they gave us the "Model kit preview", but today we get the whole enchilada - the big tamale - the full 2021/ 2022 Catalogue from Italeri. They have some very interesting new items coming to us this coming year. Some larger & smaller scale bits that we might have missed out on duing last year's disrupted schedule. See what you can pick out as their newest amongst this lot in our preview…

Friday, January 29

What a load of rubbish - bins...Miniart take out the trash with their latest useful kit...


MiniArt continues to fill the void only filled before in resin with these new rubbish bins in injection moulded plastic. If I ever need to throw my 32nd scale dragon P-51D kit in the bin, well, these are the ones I would use. Seriously though, we look at them today in our preview...

Thursday, January 28

Build review Pt. II: 1/35th scale Model T Ambulance 1917 (early) WW1 AAFS Car from ICM Models

Today we have the second part of Andy King's build of ICM's 1/35 Model T Ambulance 1917 (early) WW1 AAFS Car. He has already built it up, but now he paints, weathers & dirties up this is lovely WWI ambo to a high quality standard. See how he did it in his article...

Tuesday, January 26

Preview - Miniart's new T-34/85 Plant 112. Spring 1944 Interior Kit

We see more innovation and attention to detail with Miniart's new T-34/85 Plant 112. Spring 1944 Interior Kit that is slated to come within the next few months. We have details of the new kit in CAD and marking /colour choices in our preview...

Monday, January 25

Preview of Italeri’s model kit preview & new items for 2021

Italeri has some very interesting new items coming to us this coming year. Some larger and smaller scale bits that we did not expect or think about but we are most glad to see them coming and some we have expected for a while. See what you can pick out as their newest amongst this lot in our preview…

Sunday, January 24

(84!!) New resin & PE details, wheels & weapons from Res-Kit in January...

There are is a massive load of new update sets with resin & PE details, new wheels & weapons from Res-Kit in January. Most of the eighty-four (84!!) of these are in 1/48th scale, although there are some 72nd & 1/144th sets thrown in as well. See what is new from res-kit this month in our preview...

Friday, January 22

February's kits for 2021 from Trumpeter - on tracks, rotors & an Iron-hull...

Three new kits from the Air + Sea in February's new items from Trumpeter. We have boxart, sprues and colour choices of the kits in our preview...

Wednesday, January 20

Two new figures in ARTO Productions excellent range in our preview...

A.R.T.O. Production is a new company making 1/35th scale resin figures of some very popular German subjects from WWII while making a name for themselves as a new and top-quality figure making company. We have some new information about these two new figures and the artist's inspirations our preview...

Monday, January 18

Test Kit Dry-Fit Review: 48th scale Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker-D from Minibase

Gary Wickham was happy to recently receive the last test shot of Minibase's forthcoming Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker-D in 48th scale injection moulded plastic before the kit goes to the public. We have seen a lot of hype & a few myths & uncertainties about this kit around. Gary clears that all up & shows us just how this kit builds up in his extensive dry-fit build review...

Saturday, January 16

Preview: AK Interactive & ABT 502s latest tools, masks, books & materials for January 2021...

AK Interactive's January 2021 releases have some interesting learning, reading, oil painting and the tools to get the most out of your own modelling work (and a mug for your tea afterwards). We have pics, prices, links and info in our preview...

Friday, January 15

Two new figures in 1/16th scale from Alpine Miniatures in January...

At least one of these figures from Alpine Miniature's January releases is a bust! The other one being a full body sculpt - both with an amazing eye on quality and detail. We look at them in our new item preview...

Thursday, January 14

MiniArt's new 35th scale Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf. H Krupp-Grusonwerk. Mid Prod. Aug-Sep 1943. Interior Kit

A large percentage of the Panzer IV H were constructed at the Krupp-Grusonwerk plant in the period of August through September in 1943. MiniArt has recreated this variant, with a full interior in a super detailed kit in 35th scale. W have the colour variants, some of the features and a little on the Panzer IV H in our preview...

Preview: Airfix 2021 Catalogue in digital form...

Airfix has listened to modellers and produced a catalogue for 2021. Although a lot of these items are known to modellers or are existing stock, it is always interesting to look at what's new and what you knew in their brochure...

Wednesday, January 13

Preview: The final iteration of Meng's 12th scale Ford GT40 Mk.II 1966 Le Mans 24h in full colour...

We now see the final form of Meng's new Ford GT40 Mk.II 1966 Le Mans 24 hour kit that is just about to hit the market. These new photos show the kit as it will ship -  and they are added to our preview of the kit's features & CAD drawings we have already seen so far...

Monday, January 11

Preview: Three new kits from Hobbyboss in the new year...

Three new kits from Hobbyboss this new year of 2021 - a very fast, very light fighting soft top from the "Brits" A light tank from Soviet times and a paper panzer from the blueprints of the Third Reich are the candidates for this month. We have box art, sprues, marking, decals and everything else inside the boxes of these kits in our new item preview.

Saturday, January 9

Dry Build Review - ICM's 32nd scale Stearman (Boeing) Pt-17/ns2-3 Kaydet

Today Gary Wickham examines ICM's 32nd scale boxing of the Stearman (Boeing) Pt-17/ns2-3 Kaydet in the best way possible - by "Dry Building" it to see how the kit goes together & to check the fit & the accuracy of what is on offer. See how the kit performs & what he thought about it in his review...

Friday, January 8

Preview: Time to get on the tools with Miniart's new workshop kit...

Never one to shirk their responsibilities, MiniArt have taken the "tradie" route with these two blokes whose motto is "If you have a go you'll get a go" and a workshop scene in 35th scale emerges. We look at what is in the kit in our preview...

Thursday, January 7

Preview: Suyata's new "2 in 1" T-90A Main Battle Tank & "Tiger" Gaz-233014 Armoured Vehicle in 48th scale


New-tool 1/48th scale armour looks to be the hot ticket of recent times, with many model companies expanding their ranges in this scale. Suyata is the latest to take on the challenge with a pair of very nice looking Russian modern military vehicles, the T90A & "Tiger " AFV in a combo set boxing. We look at each of the subjects in our preview...

Wednesday, January 6

January's G.I.'s from the Bodi in our new item preview...

The Bodi from Hungary is providing modellers with some warmth (even if you are in the Southern Hemisphere) this January with a pair of  US Military Police & GI set in the Ardennes in 1944. They come complete with a  stove in the set - or just as single figures if you wish. We look at both of them as singles and as a set in our preview...

Tuesday, January 5

Preview: MiniArt's new 35th scale Tramway "X" Series Mid Type Coming Soon:

MiniArt continues to adapt some of their more impressive kits into different variants with all new colours and several details that pertain to this, the mid-production type of their earlier released "X" series trams. We have some pictures of the real thing, sprues, colours decals and the kit in our preview...

Friday, January 1

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Hi TMN fans 😁

A BIG thank you!
First of all, thank you for visiting, reading and coming back to read again and again to this site. When this TMN started up as a bit of a lark about ten years ago, I never would have thought it would still be going so strongly a decade later.

For over ten years, an average of eight hours a day, I (and others) have worked on this site. The funds & the costs 
associated to run it have always come from my own pocket. Until now I haven't used any ad revenue or subscriptions, no patreon (begging) etc. It costs money to run the website as we all know, but more-so time IS money, and time is so much more precious the older we all get.

There has to be some trade off for me after so many hours taken to present a free service for readers. For a long time I have been told to apply adsense to the site as a way of keeping the site free to read. I have resisted this for over a decade as I don't like the look of it so much and the ethos of making it too "commercial". Finally I am seeing sense and trialling Adsense out for a while to see what it is like on the site and the impacts the ads have on our readers.

So - What IS changing at TMN
- There will be ads on TMN
- The ads are generated by Google, so they are safe to click if you are interested in what they are offering.

I have tried to place advertisement content that the readers might be interested in already, and I am sure it will get less intrusive over time as I refine it all to fit the site. I do not much like the look of the ads of the site at all, but over the next few weeks I will try to make it work a little more in keeping with what we all like to see here.

What is NOT changing at TMN.
The service to readers at TMN is not changing in any way, a new story pretty much every day as normal, completely free to you, great builds from our excellent model building team of great people, and lots of news just like every day before this over the last ten years.

If there is anything left, I hope to use some of that revenue to buy kits for our builders to review, so it all is a good thing to trade for a little annoyance in the end.

refuse to charge people for coming to the site. Some sites charge a subscription (pfft!)! Magazines charge YOU for the cost, then they fill them full of ads (Phooey!) Most (almost all) scale model websites, forums and FB and magazines run ads now. TMN adopting advertisements is not as bad as asking the readers to pay for access which is just totally against my beliefs on starting a hobby page to help modellers.

Remember - You don't have to buy anything!
You can help TMN when you come to the site, click on the ad links - you do not have to buy anything and you can close that link straight away if you like. 

BUT - if you at least click an ad for each article you read, it will make it that much easier to bring you more free content in the future.

Again - thank you all! here's hoping for another great decade and more in the future.

Thanks again

TMN founder Adam Norenberg and all who contribute at TMN