Thursday, January 14

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

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...