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Perseus and Medusa

IPMS/USA Forum - Fri, 2019-02-22 13:07
In an effort to collect Medusa kits whenever possible, I came across this kit at a not so recent JerseyFest (or was it the old Resintopia?). The kit came fro the Morland Studios. The kit comes in 6 parts plus a 60mm round base and the figure is scaled to 32mm. Following the card, I tried to copy the image. The small size of kit was a real trial to my limited abilities. The sculpted base comes in 2 parts, and they are made to attach together, but sitting on the round base, there was extra room. I decided to fill the black base. In the pic you can see gray Aves to fill the basesplitting the difference between rocks and sea. I also used V's Plastic putty to fill the seam between the monster/sea and the rocks. I made the tip of the snout of the monster shades of gray as if it was turning to rock, again a la the Clash of the Titans remake. Don't know how well that comes across being so little of the monster is seen. From there, I concentrated on the TINY details for the figure. There was no decal for the shield, so I tried my best, thinking of the Clash of the Titans remake, and painted on a scorpion. Finally adding some gloss to the scene, and gluing Perseus in place, I was finished. Thanks for looking. Size comparison to a Quarter

New Review: Sherman Tanks (U.S. Army, North-Western Europe, 1944-1945)

IPMS/USA Forum - Fri, 2019-02-22 09:05
Introduction The aim of this innovative new series is to provide modelmakers and tank enthusiasts with a new standard of primarily visual reference of both full-size tanks and their scale models. Each book will contain detailed technical information imparted through drawings and photographs while the meticulously researched full-color profiles will provide a complete reference for paint schemes and markings, in addition every volume of TankCraft series will feature summaries of design histories and operational careers, and reviews of available kits. Each book is devoted to an iconic tank type - chosen for its popularity as a modelling subject - and the series will provide coverage across a range of different criteria, showcasing the best of the world's tank types and providing invaluable insight and guidance for modelmakers. The Author read more View the full article

ModelFiesta 38-Thanks to the Vendors and Participants

IPMS/USA Forum - Thu, 2019-02-21 15:28
You can view the "Winner's List" slideshow by visiting alamosquadron.com. 55,000 square feet of vendors and contest tables.....714 entries. Thanks to the vendors and thanks to the contest entrants. Lots of great models, lots of vendor items changing hands and expanding someone's stash.....


IPMS/USA Forum - Thu, 2019-02-21 15:24
Attention all IPMS/USA members. Find below the official survey of the membership to ascertain the preference of judging systems. THIS IS A SURVEY TO SUPPLY CURRENT INFORMATION TO THE E-BOARD. There is NO effort I am aware of, to change the way IPMS/USA judges our contest. This notice is to educate, inform, and promote discussion by the membership. As part of the survey, we have provided descriptions of both GSB and 123 systems that will be included in the April/May issue of "The Journal" with a survey card. There will no voting here or on the web site. Voting will take place as mentioned, via a survey card in the April/May issue of "The Journal" and at the nationals in Chattanooga this summer. The survey, questions, and GSB description were composed by a group of volunteers with oversight from Ron Bell, while the 123 description was composed by Mark Persichetti, Head Judge for IPMS/USA, and the NCC. SURVEY QUESTION TO IPMS/USA MEMBERS: Some of our members have requested data regarding the judging method used at the National Convention Contest. Please check ONE of the options below that you prefer. 1/2/3 - Models compete against the others in a given category. Only the top three models in each category are identified and awarded. G/S/B - Models compete against an objective standard of quality. Multiple awards may be given within each category. IPMS/USA Membership # _____________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Why We Judge IPMS/USA National Contests The Way We Do (1-2-3) Definition: Currently, model entries are evaluated based only on the entries in that year’s contest - comparing them only to each other. Entries aren’t compared to any “ideal”, “perfect-model”, or “national-standards” criteria. Nor are entries judged, based on any perceived personal expertise of the entrant (“beginner/advanced/master modeler”). Judges are your IPMS peers, who volunteer a portion of their convention time to support the contest. They follow the guidelines in our Modeler's Guide To IPMS Contests. On average, we get 204 judges each year to cover 2,350 model entries. They ‘score’ an average of 600 winning models. Want to require those 204 to spend three times longer at their tasks, to ‘score’ all 2,350 models? Currently, any judge can leave comments on any entrant’s model-entry sheet; want to require them to leave comments for all 2,350 models? Are you going to make the commitment to help accomplish that task? Recording results for just the 600 winners now requires 8 staff, transcribing scoring from just 200 sheets of paper, to provide entrant and model names for those winners. They work all Friday night and into Saturday until Banquet time. To do the same for 2,300 entries, are you ready to sacrifice your own convention time to help do that task? For cost efficiency and planning, the 1-2-3 system pre-defines the maximum number of awards to be purchased and presented: 200 categories X 3 awards in each = 600 awards. G-S-B method leaves open the count of potential awards to be purchased (from 0% to 100%), for approximately 2,350 entries each year. How many ‘extras’ of each award level should a host chapter plan to order, ‘just in case’? Just one per category (200 more)? Two or more per category? 2,350 awards – just in case? Our convention attendees want a ‘contest’. How many ‘For Display Only’ entries do you ever see at any of our conventions? Critiquing entries to determine 1-2-3 vs G-S-B rankings is a distinction without a difference. Want to be the one of the few entrants not even good enough to earn a Bronze award – ‘not up to national standards’? Our current processes are predictable and efficient. Our contest results and awards are a fair recognition of our entrants’ outstanding model-making accomplishments. The volunteer efforts of the judging corps are effective, without overwhelming our available judges. Our current system isn’t ‘broken’ and doesn’t need to be ‘fixed’ – unless what you ultimately want is for every contest entrant to always be a winner! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ OPEN JUDGING (GSB) Definition: Judging teams will utilize the “open judging” system for assessment of each entry and may award a Gold, Silver, or a Bronze medal based on the degree to which that entry meets the craftsmanship standards set forth in the IPMS/USA Competition Handbook. The judges may award more than one of each medal in each category. Advantages: All entries of sufficient merit will be recognized; eliminating the need to “nit-pick” good entries in order get down to just three awards It will reduce the competitiveness of our National Contest (for which we have been criticized by some) since entrants will not be competing with each other. Judges will provide constructive comments for the builder on the entry form, where appropriate, to encourage he or she to improve their building skills. The incorporation of judges in training, the selection of “Best ofs”, special, theme awards, the collating of results, as well as the announcing of awards at the Banquet will be done as it is now.

New Review: Brengun C-130 E/H engine set

IPMS/USA Forum - Wed, 2019-02-20 00:25
Brungen is a new company to me, but what I have seen they are producing a wide range of unique resin and photoetch accessories in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 as well as 1/144. These nacelles were previously produced by Attack Squadron (Arma Hobby) and that product line was sold to Brungen, which is a big relief to C-130 fans. read more View the full article

New Gallery Admin

IPMS/USA Forum - Tue, 2019-02-19 09:26
Hi Folks, Is anyone interested in becoming the new Gallery Admin for IPMS? If so, please let me know. Thanks, Eric

New Review: Osprey Division Leclerc Column & Free French 2nd Armored Div, 1940-46

IPMS/USA Forum - Mon, 2019-02-18 23:50
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New Review: Corsair: Vought’s F4U in World War II and Korea - LEGENDS OF WARFARE

IPMS/USA Forum - Mon, 2019-02-18 23:06
I really like the LEGENDS OF WARFARE series of books. These 9" by 9" hardback books cover aircraft, armored vehicles and ships in 112 pages filled mainly with good sized pictures. This one is on the F4U Corsair from prototype through WWII, Korea and afterwards. There is a quick introduction followed by chapters on each of the production versions, in this case, the prototype XF4U-1, the F4U-1 "Birdcage", the -2 nightfighter, -1A with the raised canopy, the 20mm armed -1C, the -1D which was the most common version used during WWII, -4, -5, AU-1 ground attack version, -7 used by the French Navy, and the F2G. read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-21MF Wheels

IPMS/USA Forum - Mon, 2019-02-18 11:54
When Eduard released its 1/72 MiG-21MF kit last summer it also released several resin and photo-etch sets to go with it. One of the sets is a package of resin wheels. The set provides two sets of main wheels (one with solid wheel covers, the other with spoked wheel covers) and two nose wheels. The instructions note that the solid wheel covers were seldom used on the MF version of the MiG-21, so check your references to see which type the aircraft you are modeling has. I used the spoked set and I have put the other set aside on the assumption that the MiG-21MF is just the first of a MiG-21 series by Eduard, therefore it will come in handy later on. read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-21 Landing Gear

IPMS/USA Forum - Mon, 2019-02-18 11:41
This set is designed to fit Eduard's new MiG-21 kit. The package includes two complete sets of gear, so you can outfit two kits. Each set includes left and right main gear legs (with helpful tabs marked "L" and "R" at the top), a scissor link for each of the main gear struts, two main gear retraction struts, and two-piece nose gear. The parts are drop-in replacements for Eduard's kit parts, although I had to do a little filing and sanding to get the kit wheels to slide onto the main gear axles, which are keyed just like the kit parts to ensure that the wheels are correctly orientated. I also had to do some work on the scissor links to get them to fit correctly as the gap in the center of each connection point was a little narrower than the mounting points. The castings are nicely done and require just a little clean up on the casting seams. I cleaned the seams up using a Xacto knife and sandpaper. I then used a brass wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel tool at slow speed to polish up the struts and finish smoothing out the casting seams. read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-21MF Pylons

IPMS/USA Forum - Mon, 2019-02-18 11:30
This is another resin set that Eduard released to upgrade its new MiG-21MF kit. The set provides the five base pylons for the MiG-21, two for each wing and one for the centerline station. The pylons are drop-in replacements for the kit parts and require the same holes to be drilled out as the kit pylons do, so no additional work is required to use them. In reviewing the kit's instruction sheet, it states that for the outer pylons, there is a difference between the ones used when weapons are mounted and the one used when fuel tanks are mounted on the outer wing stations. The set does not say whether the set's outer pylons (parts R4 and R5) are weapons or fuel tank pylons, so I checked the instructions for Eduard's R-3S missiles and pylons set (#672 18). This set also lists parts R4 and R5 as being used for the outside pylons to which the missile rails are attached, therefore I assume that the ones included in set 672 184 are also weapons pylons, not fuel tank pylons. read more View the full article

New Review: M551 Sheridan U.S. Airborne Tank (Vietnam War)

IPMS/USA Forum - Mon, 2019-02-18 11:07
Detail up parts are available separately: 12687 - PhotoEtch / Metal Barrel - $18.50 MSRP 12687 - MCI ration cartons - $4.40 MSRP Tamiya has produced a new tooled M551 Sheridan which is a welcome offering of this small but interesting US armor subject. The kit was supplied for review with the two aftermarket items Tamiya released for detail this kit. Detail up parts series 12687 PE with metal Barrel as well as the 12685 U.S MCI Cartons (Vietnam War). In the box is; read more View the full article

New Review: F-15 in Action

IPMS/USA Forum - Mon, 2019-02-18 10:23
I have been buying Squadron/Signal In Action books since they first hit the market back in 1971. They have always been an affordable way to get info regarding the subject that is helpful for the model builder and historian. This is the third issue devoted to the F-15 Eagle. I did get the first version which was number 24 but it is buried in the library someplace so this review will not be a comparison. Aren't you all lucky. David Doyle had done almost 100 books for Squadron continues the success of the series with a very informative and covers the full history of the Eagle from development through the Strike Eagle. The book follows the tried and true style of the In Action series with a small bit of written info followed by tons of pictures with great descriptions. Interspersed among the pages are some line drawings showing either side views of the versions or details such as the ejection seat. read more View the full article

New Review: P-38 Lightning, Vol.1 - LEGENDS OF WARFARE

IPMS/USA Forum - Sun, 2019-02-17 18:41
If you know me, you know that one of my all-time favorite aircraft is the P-38 Lightning. Flown by America's top two scoring aces and used in the famous mission to get Yamamoto (also a good book) the Fork-tailed Devil has always been high on my list and I have built numerous kits over the years. This LEGENDS OF WARFARE book continues the formula of a 9" by 9" hardback book with 112 pages with photos big enough to show details. The Legends format is used with an introductory chapter followed by a chapter on each version. These cover the XP-38, YP-38, P-38, P-322 an export version, D, E, the F-4 photo reconnaissance version, F, G, F-5A and H. The later models will be covered in Volume 2. read more View the full article

For Sale: 1:72 Fujimi Model Kits

IPMS/USA Forum - Sun, 2019-02-17 17:21

New Review: British Army Husky TSV

IPMS/USA Forum - Sun, 2019-02-17 14:41
Background From Meng's Website - High altitude, large temperature difference, dry weather, broken stones and snow, Afghanistan has the harshest natural environment for ground weapons and soldiers. In response, the shrewd British has chosen a special light-weight vehicle for their famous and professional army. The vehicle was derived from the heavy pickup trucks of the U.S. company Navistar. It can be transported by the C-130. It has better cross-country capability than normal wheeled vehicles and can be easily modified. The British Army named this vehicle after the working dog Husky in the Polar regions. read more View the full article

New Review: B-52 Stratofortress: Boeing's Iconic Bomber from 1952 to the Present

IPMS/USA Forum - Sun, 2019-02-17 13:40
The LEGENDS OF WARFARE series of books are very nice. They are 9" by 9" hardback books that cover aircraft, armored vehicles and ships in 112 pages filled mainly with good sized photos. While the B-52 was named the Stratofortress pretty much everyone calls it the BUFF or Big Ugly Fat Fellow (cough). Ok, maybe that last F stands for something else but this is going on a family friendly website. This book follows the normal Legends format with an introductory chapter followed by a chapter on each version. They are the XB-52. YB-52, B-52A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H. A couple of the A models and a B model were modified and used by NASA to drop different projects with the most famous probably being the X-15. While developed for the Cold War the B-52 thankfully never dropped an atomic bomb in anger. Instead it was used to drop iron bombs during the Vietnam War and in Iraq and Afghanistan. read more View the full article