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Repair Assistance Needed

IPMS/USA Forum - Wed, 2018-10-17 11:39
Hi all, I received a phone call from a 78 year old gentleman in Norwich, NY. His grandson damaged a Sopwith Camel model...knocked the top wing off...and he needs it repaired. Wingspan of the model is approximately 15" and was purchased ready built. It is not a kit. It isn't practical for him to ship it to me in Texas for repairs, so I would like to put him together with someone in the Syracuse/Norwich/Binghamton area who would be willing to do the repairs for him. Anyone interested, please reply to my email at tennexican@gmail.com and I will provide the gentleman's name and full contact information.

To all the gizmologist- how to wire an aircraft

IPMS/USA Forum - Wed, 2018-10-17 11:14
This is for all the gizmologist out there whe randomly run wires all over an aircraft. This is how real aircraft are wired. All carefully run and orderly. Bundles properly secured and tied. The is a rewire job on a KC-135R

Albatross D-V

IPMS/USA Forum - Tue, 2018-10-16 23:15
This is the Eduard weekend edition Albatross D-V kit built OOTB with the kit markings. I did this one so I could knock the "mauve scheme" off of my bucket list! I did paint the red trim on the tail instead of trying to use the kit decals there. Ceramic Wonder Wire was used for the rigging. The Eduard Albatross is typical of most all their WWI kits; well detailed as kitted and true to fidelity to scale. Where they fall down in comparison to the "older" biplane kits we grew up with (that were not so nice) is that they're harder to build. The "scale pins" on the cabanes and V struts make it difficult to get positive fit and alignment. They're engineered towards accuracy, not towards being builder friendly, especially to the biplane novice. That said, it makes for an attractive model to put on your shelf when done! Critiques, comments, and questions welcome, as always! GIL

Moto, Civil, Sea

IPMS/USA Forum - Tue, 2018-10-16 16:04
Moto: 1/6 or 1/8 or the ever-popular Protar 1/9 scale of modern street bikes, with a distinct preference for Indians (Roadmaster, plox!), KTM & BMW adventure bikes and Triumphs Civil: A real 1/144 CV-880 & 990. The most beautiful airliners to ever grace the skies. The Glencoe rehash is OK, but c'mon, man. Sea: A modern 1/350 N/S Savannah; a selection of modern big-name cruise ships in 1/700 - RC, MSC, Norwegian, etc.; 1/350 modern European river cruise "longboats"

P-47D centerline drop tank

IPMS/USA Forum - Tue, 2018-10-16 09:35
Hello all. I'm building the Academy P-47D 1/72 bubbletop. Doing "No Guts No Glory" from 78th FG 84 FS. Microscale sheet 72-886. Thinking of arming it with 2-500lb bombs on the wings and a paper drop tank on the centerline. On my attachment, I mean the 200 gal belly tank. I know you don't see a lot of bubbletop D's with the centerline paper tank. Does anyone think this is incorrect? thanks

New Review: Tru-Color Paint Set- Armored: Olive Drab: 1939-1956

IPMS/USA Forum - Tue, 2018-10-16 00:54
Tru-Color Paint was formed in 2008 by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, both of whom come from extensive backgrounds in formulating paint on the commercial scale. They set out on their own to develop this paint line of solvent based paint by reformulating the old Accupaint formulation to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying. They currently offer over 600 colors offered with more to follow. Sets and single bottles are available and include lines for railroad, automotive, and military aircraft and armament lines. The specific set I tested was specifically for armored subjects painted olive drab from the years 1939-1956 and include the following colors in 1 oz. bottles: read more View the full article

New Review: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt “Bubbletop”

IPMS/USA Forum - Tue, 2018-10-16 00:29
Christmas came early this year for me when I received the email that this beastie was available for review. I am incredibly thankful to Kinetic Models for providing this kit for review and to the review corps higher-ups for trusting someone brand new to the group for having faith in me to not only build this thing, but in a timely manner to boot. It is a re-kitting of the Vintage Fighter Series kit released in 2008. I won't say the ride was completely smooth...but it was a fun ride regardless. read more View the full article

Miss Pumpkin Witch: WIP

IPMS/USA Forum - Mon, 2018-10-15 13:43
After every build I usually clean up around the desk, and I notice this little mini which had fallen on the floor and got covered by a box. She's Miss Pumpkin Witch, from The Predastore. Since Halloween is right around the corner I decided to move this model to the front of the line. The 1/35 mini is part of the pin-up limited edition series. Mine was number 18 of 200. The model comes in 3 parts - the body/pumpkin, the arm with the knife, and the hat. As usual it's starts with a two tone priming - And then a base coat. What you're seeing here are the stocks before trying a smoky color. That ended up not working and decided to just take it easy and make a very pale purple stockings - Here we have a few highlights on the pumpkin, skin and dress. I also started detailing her face. WOW it's tiny! Thanks for looking.

New Review: British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy's "Black Battlefleet"

IPMS/USA Forum - Mon, 2018-10-15 09:44
Osprey's newest addition to the New Vanguard series tackles one of the revolutions in naval construction and warfare - the ironclad. In one of the slimmer editions of this series, this volume follows the tried and true formula of the series. Using a mix of original artwork and contemporary illustrations, the author examines the origins, armor, ordnance, propulsion and crew accommodations on early British Ironclads. Unfortunately, if you are looking for service histories of the ships of the Black Battlefleet, they are not included in the narrative. That is the only disappointment in this volume. read more View the full article

New Review: Northrop Delta Mk. II/III

IPMS/USA Forum - Mon, 2018-10-15 09:21
THE KIT The kit consists of five light grey styrene sprues and one clear unit. Many parts, especially on Sprue D, are listed as not to be used. Some bombs and racks are also provided on Sprue G, but there is no reference in the instructions as to which variants carried them. More good fodder for the spares box. The parts are well molded with very little flash, although the window openings required a little bit of trimming. Concerning the window arrangement, there is apparently another version of this kit with a straight row of rectangular windows, but this one had four square and four round windows, plus some oddly shaped windows by the cockpit, and, of course, the pilot's windshield. There is adequate interior detail, including a complete cockpit, some rear cargo compartment detail, including radios, a seat, and several cameras. There is even a machine gun mounted in a ventral position. I can't imagine why this was installed, but I included it in my model read more View the full article