Syndicate content
The Forums
Updated: 41 min 49 sec ago

Broken piece - need advice to fix

Mon, 2020-11-23 13:23
Good morning - the first photo shows a broken piece that happened when trying to complete a wheel assembly. The left wheel in the third photo was a success. The piece is so flimsy. Should I punt and just write this off as another mistake? I would love to hear thoughts on how you would proceed with this. Thanks, Stuart

Submitting a Journal article

Sun, 2020-11-22 23:17
So my buddy says I “have” to write up an article for IPMS

Zvezda Customer Service Excellence!

Thu, 2020-11-19 14:07
I just wanted to provide a shout out to Zvezda and their Graz, Austria Customer Service section on their quick response and quick fulfillment of a missing part! I have Zvezda kit number 7214, Ka-27 Helix A, and lost part 4C (left cockpit door/window), and e-mailed the Zvezda sales & marketing (contact info below). Lirije Zogaj quickly replied to my initial e-mail (25 October) on 27 October. After e-mailing my address, I received my replacement part (actually, the entire three-piece sprue) yesterday, 18 November. I have already sent a thank you e-mail to them. Just wanted to give credit where credit is due! Paul Zvezda Contact: Lirije Zogaj -- ZVEZDA sales & marketing c/o Hobby Pro Marketing GmbH Am Leonhardbach 7 8010 Graz / Austria Tel : +43 316 323400 Fax : +43 316 323119

getting back into the hobby after a decade

Mon, 2020-11-16 18:44
Restarted the hobby a few months ago. Joined IPMS in the spring, and looking foward to Vegas (birthday weekend)

Off the wall idea

Fri, 2020-11-13 18:15
I have a Tamiya M16 halftrack that's missing the quad .50's Been thinking about the Germans capturing it and replacing the damaged .50's with a 20mm flak gun Would a quad 20mm be too big?

Armor & accessories for sale/trade

Wed, 2020-11-11 21:00
WW II 1/35 PAK Decals German/Axis allies tanks vehicles national insignia #35003 $10.00 + shipping 1/35 Trakz WW II German Tigers in Italy TX #0079 $7.00 + shipping Concrete Dragon Teeth- Tiger Model Designs #TWS 1018 2 sets $10.00 per set + shipping 7.5cm Pak 40 Tamiya #35047 $5.00 + shipping German machine gun troops Tamiya #35038 $5.00 + shipping US Combat Group Set Tamiya # 35080 X 2 $5.00 each + shipping ICM Panhard 178 AMD-35 #35373 Box open, but sprues are sealed $20.00 + shipping Modern Soviet D-74 122mm Field Gun Trumpeter #2334 $20.00 + shipping IDF Shot Centurion - AFV Club AF35159 $30.00 + shipping Soviet 85mm D44 Divisional Gun Trumpeter # 2339 Comes with ammo $15.00 + shipping Will trade for 1/35: German tanks, assault guns, flak guns, antitank guns, ETC. Soviet KV 85, 100mm anti-tank gun, 122mm field gun, 152mm howitzer, ETC. I'm in Texas Email t55mbt@outlook.com or Message Billy

Gator Glue

Wed, 2020-11-11 13:10
Just in communication with Gator Glue. GG is an acrylic-based glue that is often used to attach clear parts or replace small window glass in airplanes, ships, etc. Kenny, the proprietor/owner/creator, of this glue has indicated that he will cease the manufacture of this excellent glue. It seems that the damage and devastation for this season's hurricanes are at fault. You might want to visit your LHS (local hobby shop) TODAY and procure a couple of bottles of this excellent product while it is still available.

Pacific WWII B-25 J " The Strafer" 1/32 HK model kit

Wed, 2020-11-11 10:20
Hi to all, I present my latest work performed with the MWP technique (Metal Work Panels) or with the complete covering of the model with aluminum panels (self-adhesive tape). This is the Hong Kong Models kit for the 1/32 scale B-25 J Mitchell 'The Strafer' model: the kit has been further improved with the following optional accessories: The version chosen (optional Zotz Decals) is the following: North American B-25 J Mitchell "Lady Lil" (correct nose for this version ) Hong Kong Models kit 1/32 scale model - version: 498thBs "Falcons", 345bth Bomber Group " Air Apaches" 5th AF in Philippines, May 1945 image posted for exclusive technical and historical reference for this thread this is the technique (sample from the wip) used to cover the model with ultra-thin and self-adhesive aluminum panels (MWP technique) : Happy surfing: cockpit interior (extracted from wip): below you can better appreciate the metal oxidation process on the engine nacelles (extracted from the wip): internal bomb compartment (extracted from the wip): Thanks for the attention. for more info & pics :http://www.adventurephotomodels.com George

Decal Sheet Info Wanted

Wed, 2020-11-11 08:16
I recently purchased the DetailUp 1/35 US, German uniform insignia decal sheet, 63335C, and am looking for a reference sheet. The decals have ID numbers that must be contained someplace. The seller could not help me. Please see attached; any help is very much appreciated! Thank you DetailUp 63335C US German Decal Sheet.docx

Testors...And Confusion From Rustoleum

Tue, 2020-11-10 12:33
I just got off a phone call to Rustoleum. Believe it or not, they are now claiming...at least the lady I spoke with...that Rustoleum has not dropped Testors or Model Master! When you find the Testors link on their website, which is at the very bottom of their home page in fine print, the link takes you to the familiar testors.com website, showing all of the usual line of paint...including the entire range of enamels, acrylics and metalizers. According to the lady, she states that all of the colors are available, except for a few colors that were discontinued due to lack of demand. If that isn't enough, the reason all of the colors...including the ones that were discontinued...is because a quantity of them are still in the warehouse since all of the paint is manufactured to have a five year shelf life. When I told her that I have personally had unopened bottles that were less than a year old go bad, she repeated her mantra...sounding like a robot voice...that the paint has a shelf life of five years but that they paint I referred to may have been kept in storage for an extended time before it was put out for sale. More interesting is that the direct link to the Rustoleum version of the Testors website...corrected to show the available products after announcement Rustoleums (actually RPM) purchase of Testors is no longer accessible. That link gets a 404 page. Considering that Model Master is no longer available in the local shops and the online shops show most or all of the Model Master line as out of stock or simply not listed, you have to wonder why the canned statement from Rustoleum?

Replaced my Monogram P-40B....1/48 Airfix P-40B

Mon, 2020-11-09 15:07
I had some damage to my Monogram P-40 in my Pearl Harbor collection so I decided to Replace with Airfix P-40 in 1/48. This is one very nice Kit. Built mostly out of box except Gun Sight,Uschi Antenna and Eduard Seatbelt. Really enjoyed this kit and fit was mostly great with a few areas only needing a little sanding and dry fitting. Painted with Vallejo Air colors OD and Neutral Grey. Over-coated with Future for Gloss and decanted Dullcoat for final finish. Used some Tamiya weathering powders to "dirty her up". Kit decals were great and no problems. I used gloss black on Props and buffed with Uschi Chrome powder. Hollowed out exhaust and gun barrels with no issues . Thanks for Looking and Comments Welcome Cheers Bill D

Broken Links on Region and Chapter Webpages

Sun, 2020-11-08 23:09
I was trying to look up some chapters to see if they will be having their annual model shows next year and all of the links I tried I keep getting the same message "Sorry, has been banned." Keith Sullivan

1:1 panzer IV track link

Sat, 2020-11-07 17:03
The Tori Factory track link is slightly over size compared to the real thing. Dak

1/48 Italeri UH-60/MH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

Fri, 2020-11-06 15:36
For my next build I am building the 1/48 Italeri UH-60/MH-60 Black Hawk. I will be building this on commission as a UH-60L of the Illinois Army Air National Guard. A few years ago my company used to have a picnic lunch around the 4th of July in our parking lot during work. At these picnics we typically had government officials and military personnel give recognition for the work we do. The military personnel would arrive in a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter and land in the parking lot. I have quite a few reference photos of these from over the years. Anyhow, one of the Back Hawk pilots (who landed in our parking lot a couple of times) after completing his service now works at my company and wants a model built of the particular Black Hawk he piloted. The kit will be detailed using Eduard interior and exterior photo etch sets and custom decals for the scheme. I started with the crew cabin. The seats in the kit are basic looking. Since the seats are removable on the real helicopter they are mounted using cables and turnbuckles. The cables are mounted under the seats. To replicate these I used 30awg wire and made decals for the canvas flags. The seats were then detailed with photo etch seat belts and buckles. Once the crew seats were completed the cockpit was next. The instrument panel for the kit lacked details and the decal for the panels was basic. The photo etch requires the top of the instrument panel to be trimmed off. The panel modified and the photo etch pieces were applied. The pilot and co-pilot seats were then detailed with photo etch pieces. While reviewing reference photos I noticed the back of the pilot/co-pilot seats was a first aid pack. Using the photos I created a small 3-D file and 3-D printed the packs. These were then painted and mounted on the backs of the seats. I am now working on the crew cabin roof, engine, and tail rotor assemblies so I can assemble the fuselage. You can see more photos and details from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-uh-60l-black-hawk-helicopter/

The Russians Are Coming

Thu, 2020-11-05 16:54
This is a mid-production Hummel of the 4th Panzer division abandoned on the retreat in to Courland peninsula in the spring of 1945. The DML kit with for Stalingrad and one Alpine figures. There is an interior in the lower hull which has a splendid horror story behind it. But for that you will have to read the Journal article whenever it comes out. Dak

Wanted - Sky Models decals

Tue, 2020-11-03 08:17
I'm looking for Sky Models decals #48-021, #48-036 and/or #48-037 (any and/or all). Thanks for any help.

Wanted - Sky Models decals

Tue, 2020-11-03 08:15
I'm looking for Sky Models decals #48-021, #48-036 and/or #48-037 (any and/or all). Thanks for any help.

Siege of Bastogne diorama

Mon, 2020-11-02 18:13
I've always wanted to do a winter diorama. This diorama will depict tanks on a road march, with the M-10 in the lead. The Panzerkampfwagen will be knocked out on the side of the road. The jeep will be by the Sherman tank, while the "higher-ups" go over battle plans on a map. I still have to do a white wash on the panzer IV. The jeep and driver are both Tamiya. The stowage on the jeep is a mix of Value Gear, and Verlinden. The Sherman is Tamiya. I applied a "hasty" camo scheme with a make-up sponge. Stowage was a mix of, Tamiya, Value Gear, and Verlinden. The trap cover was tissue paper soaked in Elmers glue. The figures are Tamiya, and Dragon. I used Hornet heads on three of the figures (Ones standing on the back deck). The M-10 and figures are Tamiya. Stowage was Value Gear. The tarp was tissue paper soaked with Elmers glue. For this white wash, I sprayed the enitre model with hairspray, to simulate chipped, worn whitewash. After the white paint dried, I took a Q-tip soaked with water to remove the white in spots. I normally don't do Armor. If anyone see's anything out of place, or incorrect, please let me know. Thanks Chris

1/48 Fokker D-VIII Razor triple-build

Sun, 2020-11-01 19:10
Finished my 3 1/48 Fokker D-VIIIs; 2 are Koster vacuforms and the other is the Eduard kit. The "bumble bee" scheme is actually the only true WWI scheme...the other two are "whiffers" based on internet images, and thus may be bogus. But, I already had a Koster D-VIII in the over-all lozenge finish, so I opted for 3 painted versions. The vac kit details are partially scratchbuilt (cockpit stuff) with spare parts engines, wheels, and props. The Eduard is OOTB. Pics of the construction..... The trio of Razors.... The Eduard kit.... The Koster vac in Udet's markings.... And the Koster kit in an internet scheme (so it must be true!).... I made no attempt to build these to contest standards....they're merely shelf fodder. But, it did allow me to clear 3 from the stash, and since Bil Koster passed away not long ago, it's sort of a tribute to him as well. Comments, critiques, and questions are welcome, as always! Gil

91 Elliott IROC Daytona

Mon, 2020-10-26 20:50
Another completed build. This one actually started over 7 or 8 years ago. Part of my crazy 2020 plan was to concentrate on finishing older started builds before starting on anything new. This started as a True Value plastic promo which I combined with an AMT Nascar kit for the chassis, suspension and engine with lots of added extra details.