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Airfix 1/76 Crash Tender into GS body with improvised trailer

IPMS/USA Forum - Wed, 2020-08-05 19:28
After I finished a major project, I was casting around for something easy to get into. Poking through my stash, I came across my Airfix Emergency set with a K2 ambulance and Austin K6 Crash Tender (firetruck). At the same time, my eye fell on a box of left over 'stuff' from my Airfix Airfield Resupply and Bedford Truck sets. I had not used the long bed in the Bedford truck set, so I checked to see if it could be mated to the Austin K6 frame and, what you know, it could. It took a little doing, like lengthening the wheel wells and some other things, but it fit nicely. I also found a short bed in the Resupply set left over, so that was bodged into an improvised trailer. It turned out a lot better than i thought it would. The first pic is what the K6 kit is supposed to build up into.

F 18 VFA-146

IPMS/USA Forum - Tue, 2020-08-04 22:12
Yeah, another completed aircraft build. I've said this before but I'll say it again so that everyone knows my abilities. I'm primarily a car builder. Been around cars/race cars my entire life so I know where everything goes. So, when it comes to building and detailing it pretty much comes natural. Aircraft, however, a whole different scenario. I have to do research for every build and hope that I get it right, or relatively close to right. The technical aspects of building aircraft are totally different than car/truck subjects. I am in total awe of so many aircraft builders and their abilities to get the finishes/weathering just right. So, with the disclaimer out of the way here is my latest build. F-18 VFA-146 Blue Diamonds using a Revell kit along with Twobobs decals. I'm trying to add the appropriate paint details and still trying to get the whole weathering techniques down. Still a ways off on that. All that aside I am happy with the results and think it looks good on the shelf.

1/72 US Military Helicopters

IPMS/USA Forum - Sun, 2020-08-02 18:32
I am modeling US military helicopters in 1/72. I have almost all of my models, but I am having difficulties with finding two models. One is the Hughes TH-55 Osage, of which Special Hobby made a model in the late 90s. The other is the USCG Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican. Whirlybird from UK makes a pricey resin kit, so I am trying to convert a Revell USAF HH-3E Jolly Green Giant to an HH-3F. I have found conversion kits from Hawkeye Models in Australia, Air-Graphics in UK, and Model Alliance. I have not found sources to get these other than the manufacturers, which are expensive to buy and ship, and take long waits to get. Does anyone know of a US dealer which carries these kind of kits? I would also like to buy Whirlybird's USCG Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard but would prefer it from a US dealer for similar reasons.

2020 Chapter awards?

IPMS/USA Forum - Sun, 2020-08-02 12:54
What’s happening with the chapter awards for the 2020 year: Website, Newsletter, Member, and Chapter of the Year? Being announced this year or will they be deferred to next year too?

Nats 2020 Gallery

IPMS/USA News - Sat, 2020-08-01 23:32

Based on a member suggestion, we have created a page for members to submit images of their (planned) National Contest entries. This gives members an opportunity to show their hard work and creativity for models that would have been brought to San Marcos this year. You'll find the posting information in the Forums. You may submit images and info for any intended 2020 entry. This gallery is for display purposes only, no judging will take place.

1 new photo (August 1)

IPMS/USA Gallery - Sat, 2020-08-01 11:02
IPMS/USA Gallery

1 new photo (August 1)

IPMS/USA Gallery - Sat, 2020-08-01 10:26
IPMS/USA Gallery

1 new photo (August 1)

IPMS/USA Gallery - Sat, 2020-08-01 10:26
IPMS/USA Gallery

1 new photo (August 1)

IPMS/USA Gallery - Sat, 2020-08-01 10:25
IPMS/USA Gallery

1 new photo (August 1)

IPMS/USA Gallery - Sat, 2020-08-01 10:23
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