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New Gallery

Tue, 2018-02-13 11:47
Eric has the new gallery up and running! BIG KUDOS for that. Remember that this gallery is for you! If you have ANY pictures you would like to see posted there, please contact me at tacomaipms@comcast.net. New Gallery


Mon, 2018-02-12 23:40

M60A3 DUALTEX camo info ?

Mon, 2018-02-12 13:30
I have the Tankograd book "MASSTER-MERDEC-DUALTEX" and it interests me bigtime. I've already done a M163 in the MASSTER scheme and am looking at doing a M113A2 and/or M60A3 in the DUALTEX scheme. Might anyone have or know if there is schematic on how they were supposed to be painted? Anything similar to what was done for the MERDEC schemes, I have that already. 've already looked on the net and found a few photos but nothing that really helps me much. Thanks, Tim

New Review: Rolling Thunder 1965-68 – Johnson’s Air War Over Vietnam

Mon, 2018-02-12 00:23
Richard Paul Hallion was born in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 1948. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1970 with a B.A. and followed up with his Ph.D. in 1975, again from the University of Maryland. He was a curator of science and technology at the Smithsonian from 1974 to 1980. He has worked with the Air Force Flight Test (Edwards AFB), the Aeronautical Systems Division (Wright-Patterson AFB), the Army War College, and many other aeronautical institutions. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Member of the Order of Daedalians who has flown as a mission observer in a wide range of military aircraft, including the Vietnam-era AH-1, Canberra, C-1, C-130, C-141, C-5, F-104, F-105, F-4, F-111, O-2, P-3, CH-46, SH-3, and UH-1. He has authored many articles and books, with his first book being published in 1972 by Macmillan: Supersonic Flight: Breaking the Sound Barrier and Beyond. read more View the full article

Past Builds

Sun, 2018-02-11 23:59
Some of my older builds:

Record JAXCON 2018 in the books!

Sun, 2018-02-11 21:43
I have to start by touting our club members for all of their hard work and dedication towards making Jaxcon the success we all enjoy! We set a new record of 120 entrants who put 583 entries on our tables! I'll have a link to pics of all the models later this week, but in the meantime, here are the BIG winners from Jaxcon 2018! Best Gloss finish Best Camo Best NMF Most Detailed (low boy Semi truck) Best A/C Best Armor Best Automotive (1/43 scale!) Best Nautical Best Figure Best Space/Sci-Fi Best Diorama Judges Grand Award winner The crowds were great, the vendors area sold out, and 2 of our vendors actually sold out their tables (to other vendors there) before 10am! Hope you can join us for the fun next February for Jaxcon 2019! GIL


Sun, 2018-02-11 18:56
We are in the process of developing the RAF camouflage colors used in WWII plus the green used on the interior of the plane. At the current time we have 8 colors that have been identified to us as being the most useful colors that should be brought onto the market: Medium and Dark Sea Gray, Azure Blue, Dark Green, Interior Green, Dark Earth, Light Aircraft Gray, and Sky Blue Type S. Should there be any other color(s) that should be added to this list ? Are there any RAF WWII modelers out there that would like to help us develop these colors by evaluating R & D samples of the colors ? We would be sending 3-4 colors at a time with up to 2-3 shades of each to evaluate. You would get about 1/2 ounce of color to try. All would be air brush ready and have a matte to flay finish (if they need to be glossy for any reason you need to tell us that !). We would also send some thinner and acetone for clean up. Please reply to this thread to contact us via email for further information. Martin Cohen Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 email: tru.colorpaint1@yahoo.com

The Duke's First Models in 2018

Sun, 2018-02-11 16:55
After a few weeks of constant repairs, I finally got ahead of the broken parts and completed the Airfix USAAF resupply set. Since these are four individual vehicles, I'm posting them as individual models and counting them as such as well. Here they are.... First is my Cushman Model 39 Package Car: That Cushman is only about an inch long.... Next is my Chevrolet M-6 Bomb Service Truck: Here is the M-5 Bomb Trailer that the Chevrolet pulls: And finally here is the Autocar U-7144-T Tractor with F-1 Fuel Trailer: I didn't weather these much, given how they spent most of their time on paved runways and inside hangers. I am glad they are finally finished now. Next I'll be finishing up the RAF resupply set.... That's all for now. Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

New Review: AH-64D Longbow Apache

Sun, 2018-02-11 16:55
The Boeing AH-64-D Longbow is a twin-turbo shaft attack helicopter with a nose mounted target acquisition and night vision systems which makes it incredibly destructive. Longbow-equipped Apaches can locate up to 256 targets simultaneously within 50 km; the fire control radar is able to crush the enemy beyond sight range. Upon opening the box, I found there to be 4 sprue's - 3 grey and 1 clear. Also included were the instructions for five different markings and stencils plus a decal sheet. The first thing I always do is to remove the clear sprue and pour future over them. This will stop a lot of problems later. Inspecting the rest of the grey sprue's I found no sink holes on the outside of the parts, but there were a few on the inside that were not going to be seen at final display. read more View the full article

Maddog Manufacturing 2018 Production Line

Sun, 2018-02-11 16:32
After an interesting start to the New Year, I finally managed to get some bench time; mostly thanks to my monthly St. Crispin's Irregulars Hobby Day. Here is where I am now. I finally completed my decals on the F-102 Delta Dagger. Now I can dullcoat this and complete the final details: Next I finished all the crazy stencils on the F-15E Strike Eagle. Now I can finish the rest of the decals and move forward on this: Next I started a helicopter that was given to me by a friend and fellow IPMS member. He knew I had wanted this helicopter and he got it for me. This is the EH-101 Merlin Royal Navy bird. I was so excited about building this, I had almost forgotten to take pics! Here is the first pic I took, showing the entire interior assembled together: Later I dry-fit this inside the fuselage to see how it fit. I was quite amazed at how well this fell together: Finally, here's a shot of all the fuselage components sitting together: One thing I like about this is that they give you an operational hinge on the tail to fold it. They also make the main rotors foldable too! Moving on, I also started one of my Christmas presents, the Mitsubishi F-2A. I started with the cockpit of course. It's a very simple affair: I then added all the main gear well walls and such, as well as the main intake scoop on the front of the lower fuselage: I had also assembled all the missiles and drop tanks for this too, but I didn't shoot pics of them. Moving on to my armor, I was able to accomplish the following work.... Here is where I was with my USAAF resupply set. I had finished dullcoating these after applying the decals: Later on, I added the cab tops and the wheels to all of these: After this, I tried to complete all of them with the final details and such, but every time I tried to move forward; something broke off. When I fixed that, something else broke off. I spent two weeks re-fixing broken things before I finally got this whole set finished. Finished pics to be posted soon. Moving on, I finally installed the tracks on the Japanese Type 89 Late: After that, I painted the tracks a flat black; added the tools, the machine guns, and a couple small roadwheels that had fallen off. Then I added the decals before dullcoating this little beastie: Due to the confusion many people have had thinking that the white stars are American markings; I've decided to add a couple small Japanese flags to the sides of this tank behind the hull numbers so people won't question why a Japanese tank has US markings. It may not be accurate, but at least it will help people understand it is a Japanese tank. You will see them in the completed pics of this tank; which will hopefully get done in a couple more days. Finally, I took the time to complete the photo-etch on the Russian T-80U that I'd started and set aside some time back. Here it is with most of the photo-etch on it: Later on when all that was dry, I went back and added the two flaps on the front of this tank, as well as touched up a few other areas: Now to get this primed and ready for paint. I believe I'll be brush painting this the whole time as I'm concerned that the Silly Putty masking will remove some of this photo etch; especially the flaps on the turret and the two front flaps under the front of the hull. After all this time and effort, I don't want to take any chances. Well, that is my small update for now; hopefully it is the first of many to come. Stay tuned for more and thanks for looking in, comments are welcome. EDIT: Please add a "preview" button to these Forums. That way I'll be able to see if my pics load okay. Also, I'll be able to see which ones don't load when I have a lot to post. Thanks!

New Review: Revell USS Oriskany

Sun, 2018-02-11 01:00
HISTORY The Oriskany (CV34 ) was an Essex class carrier, laid down on May 1, 1944, and launched on October 13, 1945. She was too late for World War II, and construction was suspended in 1946. Construction was restarted in 1950. Oriskany was commissioned on September 25. 1950. She was built as a straight deck carrier, and served in the Korean War. Oriskany went to San Francisco in 1956 for a complete refit. The wooden deck was removed and a new aluminum angled deck installed. The hydraulic catapults were replaced with more powerful steam catapults. Oriskany was recommissioned in 1959. Oriskany served off Vietnam for six cruises. Her most famous pilot was Lt Cdr John McCain, who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, and was a POW until 1973. John McCain is now senator from Arizona. read more View the full article

New Review: Osprey Boer Guerilla versus British Mounted Soldier

Sat, 2018-02-10 15:55
This title is from Osprey's well received Combat Series of books. It is number 26 in the series. From the cover: South Africa 1880-1902 Waged across an inhospitable terrain, which varied from open African savannah to broken mountain country and semi-arid desert, the Anglo-Boer wars of 1880-81 and 1899-1902 pitted the British Army and its allies against the Boer Commandos. Independent and individualistic, the Boers were not professional soldiers but a civilian militia, expert shots who moved on horseback but dismounted to fight. Although the British Army's initial over-dependence on conventional tactics led to a string of Boer victories, the British experimented with mounted infantry units of their own, melding the benefits of regular cavalry mobility and discipline with the advantages of fighting on foot. This fully illustrated study reveals both sides experience of combat in two savage conflicts, from the initial Boer victories of 1880-81 through to the final battles of 1900-02. Review: read more View the full article

Twitter and Facebook

Sat, 2018-02-10 14:35
If you use either of these two social media tools, the Phoenix 2018 convention now has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IPMSNATSPHX2018/ and a Twitter account: @IPMS2018phx Please spread these links, Thanks, Mike Mackowski PS - I'm wrangling the seminars so if any one has a request or offer, get in touch!


Sat, 2018-02-10 10:32
I need help in locating resin tires to replace those rubber tires that come with Trumpter's AD3 Skywarrior. I know Steel Beach made some but are OOP. Thanks.

New Review: GAU 8 Avenger Gun & Pitot PE

Sat, 2018-02-10 09:01
History Developed in parallel with the AX program which eventually led to the A-10 Thunderbolt II the General Electric GAU-8 "Avenger" was designed as a tank killer. The seven-barrel 30 mm cannon can fire over 3000 rounds a minute. When coupled with depleted uranium cored ammunition this weapon can penetrate most known armor. During my time in the USAF I was posted with the 23rd TAC who flew the shark mouthed A-10s of Flying Tiger fame. Part of my duties required maintenance visits to the firing range where I got to see these weapons awesome power first hand. A number of model companies have produced the A-10 in 1/48 scale and while the airframes are very good in most cases the gun is a solid piece without hollow barrels. Scratch building a GAU-8 is certainly possible but not necessary with this masterpiece of an aftermarket set. The Set read more View the full article

New Review: Eduard P-51D Hamilton Standard Propeller

Sat, 2018-02-10 08:51
Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN Hamilton Standard Propeller for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. The set contains: Grey resin components (7 pieces) Etched brass part (1plus spares) A resin assembly jig Upon removal of the components from the package you will notice the great level of detail with the inside of both the spinner front and back-plate boasting some great touches. The blades are great and the shape on these are perfect. The set also comes with a jig to help with location of the blades and is also nice to help hold the assembly if you want to drill a hole in the center for the prop to spin, read more View the full article

Bulma, Son Gokou and Oolong in Kings Ox Vehicle

Fri, 2018-02-09 23:03
From the Bandai Dragon Ball series. Thanks for letting me share!

New Review: Osprey Early US Armor - Armored Cars 1915-40

Fri, 2018-02-09 19:48
This informative and well-illustrated book covers early US armor from steam-powered units in the late 1800s, early armored cars used in pursuit of Pancho Villa, and armored cars in action during the Great War. Armored cars were abandoned prior to World War II in favor of more lightly armored scout cars and half-track cars that would see extensive use in World War II. Prolific author Steven J. Zaloga has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. Illustrator Felipe Rodriguez Nanez works as an architect and computer graphics artist. He combines his experience in CG art and his passion for modelling in his illustrations, where he looks for a good balance between technical detail and craft. Contents: read more View the full article

F14A tomcat engine nozzles

Fri, 2018-02-09 12:18
Hello there I was watching a you tube modeler build a Tamiya 1/48 scale Tomcat and notice he build the engines in two different ways one engine was wide open and the other almost closed since I do not know to much about jets or modeling them is that the correct way to model the engines, forgive me for asking but having the engines look different looks funny If I was modeling a jet I would have the engines the same accurate or not Ronald

Italeri 1/48 UH-1D Huey Build

Fri, 2018-02-09 09:28
Starting Italeri's 1/48 scale UH-1D. Have the pilot/co-pilot seats detailed. I am scratch building the jump seats. The one in the kit are way too thick and not in correct scale. Starting the canvas for the benches today. Here are some pictures of the progress.