Moebius 1971 Ford Ranger Review by Rick Hopkins

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By Rick Hopkins
This review is for the new release of the Moebius 1/25th scale 1971 Ford Ranger pick up truck.
This kit is well worth the cost, it’s super detailed in every way! I’ve built three of these kits now and all of them fit together very well with the exception of the tailgate halves (need to sand the two halves before fitting together) and the wind-shield fits a little tight between the roof and cowling (be careful so as not to snap the clear plastic.)
Also, the body texture itself is a little rough,  it’s not real smooth like most models I’ve built in the past. to fix that, all you need to do is spray on a couple coats of primer and sand it before you do final paint. On my two kits you see here, I scratch built two different camper shells **not included in kit**
The kit is very accurate to the real truck… I had a real one of these back in the 80’s and this kit is dead on! Great job Moebius!
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Revell 1:25th scale 1950 Ford F-1 kit By Rick Hopkins

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Here is an old one for you guys…Its a reissue of the old Revell 1:25th scale 1950 Ford F-1 kit.  This model reissue is of the street rod version but it does come with some of the old stock parts like the steely wheels, and hubcaps. It does have the old flathead block and some of the other parts but it replaces the flatheads with two chrome Hemi type heads and a three carburettor intake.
The body and chassis parts are moulded in crisp white plastic with red lenses for the chrome tail-light plus the clear parts for the windows and headlights. All the parts seem to still be pretty crisp with hardly any flash even after about 10 years since the model was first released.
The model went together fairly well as expected but I did do some altercations to make it personalized. I blacked out two of the kits really nice pop-in white wall tires and then added rust, dirt and grim along with a few parts box extras in the simulated wood bed.
Well after all these years of building planes, tanks, figures and a load of other type of models this 1:25th scale model kit just reminded me how fun and rewarding it could be! I recommend this kit to the pro or the novice….it’s a great kit either way!

Too Late for Jake, but At Last a Train in Sterling

Richard Jacobs pauses just before returning to the nursing home after the last railfan outing of his life. He would die nearly two weeks later. Richard Jacobs pauses just before returning to the nursing home after the last railfan outing of his life. He would die nearly two weeks later.

A westbound manifest freight cruises through Sterling on a late Sunday afternoon on the day of Richard Jacob's funeral. A westbound manifest freight cruises through Sterling on a late Sunday afternoon on the day of Richard Jacobs’ funeral.

Richard Jacobs wanted one last outing in Sterling. It would not be an easy one to arrange.

Cancer was eating away at his body and he could not move on his own. Nonetheless, he arranged for a specially-fitted van to take him to Sterling on a Wednesday for one more outing with the Loopers, as the group that gathers there weekly calls themselves.

He made sure that I knew about his planned outing and I said I would be there.

Given Jake’s condition, it wasn’t a sure thing that he would be able to make it. The date was set for Wednesday, June 10.

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Tamiya 1/48 Panzer IV late production Tamiya #23584

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Tamiya 1/48 Panzer IV late production Tamiya #23584 by Rick Hopkins
I’ve just finished building not one, not two, but six great little models.
They are the new release of the Tamiya 1/48 Panzer IV late production Tamiya #23584
This model is superbly detailed in every way. Even though this is a smaller scale Tamiya has put every effort in making this model accurate and fun to build.  The tank comes molded in a desert tan with two metal tubular weights that fit into plastic sleeves on the inside. The kit also has the little rubber type grommets for you to use on the main gun hub and the front drive sprockets.
The kit supplies all plastic (no rubber style) (14 pc each side) track system that are made to be easily put together and in every case on these six models that track length came out perfect ! The kits are also made so you can add or take away the side armor on the turrets and the hulls during your build so you can make it look factory fresh or battle damaged? I also added weathering but straight from the box is cool too! On the six I’ve done here I made each one a little different that the others just to make them look more realistic….after all no two tanks where the same!
 I found these kits to be a lot of fun and when I was done I have some great little replicas of the WWII German Panzer IV (late production)

Review of the Trumpeter 1:24th Bf 109 G-6

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Trumpeter 1:24th Bf 109 G-6 By Rick Hopkins
I’ve recently had the pleasure of building the Trumpeter 1/24th scale Bf 109 G-6 early version. This was a very detailed model kit with loads of options and super detailed parts. The surface detail on the model was also very nice and realistic and made to accurate scale.
This trumpeter kit came with the regular gray plastic fuselage parts and it also came with clear fuselage halves along with other outer items like the lower cowling and rear wings air scoop and more. It also came with two full sets of cockpit canopy class for two different versions.  As normal Trumpeter kits go together great as this one is no exception! I had no problem with parts fit and following the nicely illustrated instructions. The kit comes with pro grade decals but I built this one for Kevin at Mark Twain and he supplied some aftermarket decals to fit his taste and desires.
This is a very well done kit and I highly recommend this one, although it might be a little difficult for the beginner but not discouraged!

New 1/48 scale Tamiya German 3 ton truck (Opel Blitz) By Rick Hopkins

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This review is for the New 1/48 scale Tamiya German 3 ton truck (Opel Blitz) written by Rick Hopkins
The kit is like any other Tamiya kit… its very well done and easy to assemble as well as super detailed in almost every way!
The kit has a fully stocked interior super detailed chassis with real rubber tires. The body lines and engravings are crisp and true to life looking.  The kit comes with several options as far as color and decals.
The two I’ve built here are typical of the vehicles used by the 19th Panzer Division at Kursk 1943
One of the options in the kit is that you can use the cargo area for a troop transport  with seats or all open to use for cargo. you can also use the supplied canvas cargo top or leave it open as I have on these two models.
The kit does not come with any figures or cargo but it does come with a rolled up tarp and the tarp bars for the down top version.
The grill is very realistic with the see through bars (like the 1/35th scale has)
All in all I found the kit to be very nice and well worth the price and time. I recommend this kit to anyone that wants a well detailed model that will look great in there diorama or to just display on there shelf.

The New Worlds Smallest Quadcopter has an Amazing Feature

New worlds smallest quadLooks as though there is a new world’s smallest quad on the market! New Estes TRIM X Quad is only an amazing half an inch. Not only does it have a solid of ten minutes of run time, the new blades make the most cutting of it’s time, literally. The new features of the Estes TRIM X make it completely versatile to cut your nose hairs. Blades designed for cutting those nose hairs, the TRIM X opposite-rotating rotors give you a clean cut finish each time, they are so sharp you will never have to sharpen them.

Key Features
LED light indicates front and back of the heli, and also helps in low light flying
4-channel 2.4GHz Radio with digital trims
Four micro motors
100mAh 3.7V LiPo battery
USB charge cord
One-piece PCB frame
Dimensions: .5 x .5″
Weight: 0.25oz (11.5g)

*Disclaimer: Estes and Mark Twain Hobby is not responsible for any lost quads that are accidentally breathed in or broken when they are sneezed out*

New TRIM X will be available in stores soon starting April 2015!


Happy April 1st  Everyone!

Best ‘Bang for Your Buck’ Chargers

Prophet Sport Plus 50W AC/DC Charger

1.) Prophet Sport Plus 50W AC/DC Charger $39.99

The Prophet Sport Plus is a powerful AC/DC charger, charging up to 5 Amps. This little monster can hold up to all your aerial, surfaces, or aquatic devices. With and addition of a 5 year warranty, the Prophet Sport Plus is at a great price point to keep you up an running.


Battery Type: LiPo/NiMH
Charge Rate: 0.1A to 5.0A (50W maximum)
Cooling Method: Fan
Height: 3.03 in (77mm)
LED: Yes
Length: 5.91 in (150mm)
Number Of Cells: 4 – 8 Ni-MH 1-6 LiPo
Output Connector: Banana
Overload Protection: Yes
Peak: Ni-MH: Peak; Li-Po: Constant Current (CC)/Constant Voltage (CV)
Power Input: 100-240V AC & 12V DC
Weight: 24.7 oz (700 g)
Width: 3.81 in (97mm)
AC Power Cord

DC Power Corder with Alligator Clips

Prophet Sport Duo 50w Dual Charger

2.) Prophet Sport Duo 50w Dual Charger $88.99

The Prophet™ Sport Duo charger is ideal for anyone that wants to spend less time charging and more time enjoying their hobby. Perfect for anyone with multiple RC vehicles or models that require dual batteries, the Prophet Duo Sport gets you back doing what you enjoy most. AC powered and featuring a wide range of selectable charge currents to fit your batteries needs, the Prophet Sport Duo is capable of charging surface, air and marine 1-6S Li-Po batteries as well as 4-8C Ni-MH batteries and is backed by a Dynamite 5-year warranty.


Battery Balance Connector: JST_XH
Battery Type: LiPo/NiMH
Charge Rate: 0.1A to 6.0A (Per Channel)
Cooling Method: Internal fan
Display: 4 Digit AlphaNumeric & LEDs
Height: 3.94 in (100mm)
Input Connector: AC cord, detachable, North American plug
Length: 6.50 in (165mm)
Low Input Voltage Protection: Yes
Number Of Cells: 1-6S LiPo, 4-8C NiMH
Output Connector: Banana
Over Current Protection: Yes
Peak Detection: Yes
Power Input: 100-240V AC
Reverse Polarity Protection: Yes
Safety Timer: Yes
Selectable Charge Rate: Yes
Short Circuit Protection: Yes
Thermal Protection: Yes
Weight: 1.5 lb (690 g)
Width: 4.72 in (120mm)

These to chargers are definitely big sellers in our store. Like or comment so we can continue the discussion. What do you think?

New Blade Nano QX 3D

The ultra micro Blade® Nano QX 3D quadcopter breaks the barriers of maneuverability by making high-speed flips, hair-pin turns and inverted flight simple to perform. Intuitive SAFE™ technology delivers smooth flight, self-leveling and multiple flight modes. Clever design and reverse motor technology allows the Nano QX 3D to be strong and light, so there’s almost no penalty for error if you practice aerobatics over plush carpet or soft grass—you’ll have a blast!
Aerobatics Made Easy
SAFE® (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology is a revolutionary electronic flight envelope protection system. This intuitive technology allows the Nano QX 3D to battle windy conditions so that performance is consistently smooth. Regardless of pilot skill level, there’s a flight mode available to suit the way you want to fly instantly.
Stability Mode
Pitch and roll limits are locked to offer a limited flight envelope while electronic self-leveling offers positive stability the instant you release the sticks. You can also flip 360° in any direction at the press of a button.
EVO Mode
Evolve your flight routine at the press of a button with the ability to flip 180-degrees from upright to inverted and back again with ease. The flight controls stay the same, regardless of orientation. Self-leveling and flight envelope limits are maintained.
3D Agility Mode
A true 3D flying experience that offers full-range maneuverability with no self-leveling assistance. When flying upright in this mode, 0–50% throttle is negative thrust and 51–100% is positive thrust.

Key Features

Fully-assembled, no building necessary
SAFE® technology makes it easy to enjoy RC flight and aerobatics
Flip 180–360° in any direction at the press of a button
Fly inverted without having to learn complex control input
Colorful LEDs and high-contrast body help maintain orientation
Tough yet lightweight composite airframe with durable blade guards
Reversible coreless motors deliver positive and negative thrust
Ultra micro 4-in-1 DSMX® receiver/ESCs/mixer/SAFE sensor unit
Replacement rotor blades (included) keep you flying
E-flite® 200mAh 1S 3.7V 30C Li-Po flight battery included
Compact USB Li-Po flight battery charger included
Multi-function 4-channel 2.4GHz transmitter with Spektrum™ DSMX technology included