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

Ads on TMN? Help the site - click on them!

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

Thursday, December 31

Preview: New Abrams Squad Mag & two new books for the new year from Pla Editions...

Pla Editions has three new publications just in time to kick of 202. Issue 34 of "Abrams Squad" is of corse on the way, as well as a reference book covering Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) “Iron Horse”, 1st Cavalry Division of the US Army & book featuring the trators of the eastern bloc in modelling and dioramas. See more about each of them in our preview...

Monday, December 28

Preview: MiniArt's 35th scale Austin Armoured Car 1918 Pattern. Japanese Service. Interior Kit

Miniart have released their Austin Armoured Car in another version, this time in Japanese service with a full interior to match it. We have some pictures of the real thing and the kit in our preview...

Sunday, December 27

Build review: Titanic Seal & Iceberg Scene from Suyata

Will Vale has the mind and a talent for creating the unique, so when he saw the novel, new "cute" kit of the Titanic (with seals and icebergs included) from Suyata, his interest piqued. Will has built the kit to show you what's inside and how the model builds in his construction review...

Saturday, December 26

Masterbox 2021 January kits - on a horse and not so far away...

Masterbox always brings us something unique and different from the normal with evocative artwork to accompany their kits. They start off 2021 with two new models in different scales depicting interesting scenes in plastic. See what's new in our preview...

Thursday, December 24

Preview - A new Mig-25PD "Foxbat E" in 72nd scale from ICM

ICM plastic model kits has news of an addition to their recently released Mig-25 series of kits in 72nd scale to make the Foxbat that most of us are familiar with, the cold war nemesis, the  Mig-25PD or "Foxbat E". we have cad images and boart and a little on this variant in history in our preview...

Monday, December 21

2021 is already looking up - with three new releases from Takom...

The hits keep on coming fro everyone this year - but we have good news about 2021 already with three pretty cool looking new kits in different areas of interest from Takom. See what we know about tooth of the kits in our preview...

Sunday, December 20

Sad news: A fire at Eduard's warehouse in the Czech Republic...

We don't really like to post news about bad news, but the fire at Eduartd's warehouse is something we thought you should all be aware of. We have a message from Eduard in our story...

Friday, December 18

"Tw-In-Boxed": 1/35th scale Austin Armoured Car 3rd Series & 1918 Pattern from MiniArt

MiniArt surprised us all recently with the dual release of their two Austin Armoured cars, the 3rd Series & 1918 Pattern kits in 35th scale. The intrepid Andy Moore has them both, and in the interests of fairness to each kit, he is building both of them in a forthcoming article. But today -  he looks at the contents of both kits & examines them in detail in his dual review...