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Tamiya 1/48th Spitfie Mk 1a

Thu, 2019-02-28 17:50
N3200 sank in the sand and was recovered in the 1980s, then restored to flying condition. Dak

Tamiya 1/48th Spitfie Mk 1a

Thu, 2019-02-28 17:47
N3200 on the beach. I sank in the sand and was recovered in the eighties. Later restored to flying condition. Dak

H-34 us Marine Helicopter

Wed, 2019-02-27 20:13
I just finished building my 1st model after a 70 year hiatus. Since I worked on the H-34 that was the first model I chose. As I got up to bring the model out to show my wife my sleeve caught on it and it fell to the floor demolishing the tail rotor and blades. I kinda got it glued back but if anyone has parts and pieces available which includes the tail rotor blades and rotor head to glue them back. Man everything was so pristine. Grrrrrrr. The kit was an MRC/Gallery p/n 64101 0r 02. I couldn't find this old model anywhere. Can anyone help out?


Wed, 2019-02-27 20:02
As the name implies when in the Marines in the very early 60s I was a mechanic on the UH-34 helicopter. I also love the F4U Corsair. Just got back into modeling after many years. I have to say it has come along way from the old wooden models I built in the late 40's

TOS USS Enterprise 1:600 with internal lights - build log

Wed, 2019-02-27 13:59
Hi - I started working on the USS Enterprise 1:600 scale model from Revell a month ago and decided to document the progress online in my blog. So far I have eight entries and am just now starting with the soldering of the internal lighting. Check it out if you like. https://geekjournal.ch/uss-enterprise-build-part-1/

News:New Podcast: OTB 46: Space models science only, no fiction.

Wed, 2019-02-27 07:44
Space!! In this Episode Dave, Ian and Julian are joined by Troy Henderson discussing building space models. In this fascinating episode we will try and cover off what models are available for you to build and how to build them. We will also be looking at what is new in the modelling world as well as doing a little bit of house keeping from the last episode and some listener mail. Link to Podcast. View the full article

Harry and the Hendersons

Tue, 2019-02-26 11:50
I have to say that this movie is in my top ten of favs. The roll of Harry was played by Kevin Peter Hall, a 6'9" actor whose other character of note was The Predator. Our kit comes in 2 pieces- the bust and the base. Molded and casted by Gillman Productions, there is only the smallest of evidence of a seamline across the back of Harry's head. There were no obvious bubbles anywhere on the kit. On the bottom of the base, sculptor Mark Van Tine was kind enough to give me an autograph, along with a little illustration.

Any IPMS in Maine that can help a guy out with finishing his dream?

Mon, 2019-02-25 21:29
All, Found this story on Facebook and figured if there were any members up his way that can contribute some time it would be worth it. https://bangordailynews.com/2019/02/24/news/midcoast/maine-man-looking-for-a-steady-hand-to-help-him-finish-one-last-world-war-ii-diorama/?fbclid=IwAR29qA3kq12ZeDFZdVtP7NlDSpLMyitkg5tgqFvCORePDQfNuULZytaUNvE Phil

New Review: Kriegsmarine Observation Equipment Set

Sun, 2019-02-24 13:00
Background For directing the 38cm and 15cm guns, Bismarck was equipped with three armored fire control posts (in the conning tower, on the foretop, and on top of the aft superstructure. The main and aft control posts were equipped with 10.5m rangefinders, while the front control post received a 7m rangefinder. Each station was also equipped with optical target givers (Zielgeber C/38 S), two pieces in the aft post and three each in the fore and main posts. Binocular columns were also probably placed in the fire control posts. Veteran Models provides a diagram of the Bismarck showing possible locations for the equipment. The Battleship Bismarck By Stefan Draminski Veteran Models Kit read more View the full article

New Review: Tru-Color Paints

Sun, 2019-02-24 12:48
Tru-Color paint was started in 2008 when Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, armed with a desire to improve the Accupaint formulas, set about to formulate a new model paint. Both gentlemen have extensive experience formulating commercial paints, so they brought their knowledge and experience to bear in the model world. The goal was to produce a paint that was a solvent-based formula with a quick drying time and a glossy finish. The result of their efforts is Tru-Color paint. MSRP: $5.69 / 1 oz., $10.25 / 2 oz. Eleven years on, and 600 colors later, they are still expanding the line of paints. The initial batches were targeted at model railroad enthusiasts. These paints are airbrush ready and replicate hundreds of colors that have seen the light of day. In addition to the airbrush-ready paints, Tru-Color also offers matte airbrush-ready paints and brush-able matte paints. As the years have passed, the offerings have expanded to include ranges for other genres of models: read more View the full article

Perseus and Medusa

Fri, 2019-02-22 14:07
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)

Fri, 2019-02-22 10:05
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

Thu, 2019-02-21 16:28
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.....


Thu, 2019-02-21 16:24
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

Wed, 2019-02-20 01:25
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

Tue, 2019-02-19 10:26
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

Tue, 2019-02-19 00:50
Introduction read more View the full article

New Review: Corsair: Vought’s F4U in World War II and Korea - LEGENDS OF WARFARE

Tue, 2019-02-19 00:06
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

Mon, 2019-02-18 12:54
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

Mon, 2019-02-18 12:41
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