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Phishing try thru the IPMS

Thu, 2018-12-20 10:37
I just got a message from IPMS that "afraideye" post in the About the IPMS National Convention. It appears to come from - forum_admin@ipmsusa3.org . It offers me the opportunity to buy "fake money, passports, IDs" etc... At first I thought it was coming from "me" so I changed my password and was going to alert you all, not that I thought any of you was looking for fake passports, but don't click out of curiosity. Thats when I saw the user name. Mods/Admin you may want to look for Afraideye to see if he's hiding in the forum, or is it completely bogus - thought it really looks like an IPMS forum notice. Be wary.

Devonoan Tadpole Specimen

Tue, 2018-12-18 16:26
This is an interesting little kit from Garage Kits.US. It's my first what if kit... what if before coming in contact with the Creature from the Black Lagoon the scientists found some of it's tadpoles first. The kit is just 2 parts - the head and body, and then the curly Q tail. The kit also comes with a jar and lid to further the specimen feel. Knowing the colors for the Creature, I looked at the kit and the head seem to have little detail vs. the body which has very nice armored scales. I felt the head needed my squiggle pattern to give the animal some life under the skin - Looking good so far, then an unexpected heavy shot of light green on the forehead obliterated most of the squiggles.

TBF frustrations

Tue, 2018-12-18 00:57
Dear Friends at Squadron, I purchased a Trumpeter TBF Avenger in 1/32 scale but, much to my annoyance, the kit came without a list of paint colors required to finish the model. I have attempted to get help from Trumpeter but they just sent me a guide to painting the exterior, which I already have. I am wondering if any of my fellow modelers has a list of colors for this plane with Tamiya paint colors that I can order via mail. I communicated with Stevens International, which distributes Trumpeter in the U.S., but they told me the colors referred to in the instructions are Humbrol, albeit with no names, just numbers. According to a posting on the internet from another frustrated purchaser of this kit, the references are to Gunze-Sanyo, not Humbrol. I am wondering if maybe someone has an instruction sheet from another airplane model from Trumpeter that depicts a U.S. Navy plane from the same time period that actually has the colors described accurately. That would mean something like an F6F Hellcat or an SBD Dauntless. These are both models that Trumpeter has modeled in 1/32 so the colors would probably be exactly the same. If someone can scan the instructions with the correct color list, and sent it to me via email, that would be a huge favor and make me a happy guy. Paying over $100 for a highly rated model only to find the instructions are scanty at best is intensely frustrating. I am living in Guatemala where there are no local hobby shops I can drop into to shop for the right paints so I need someone in the U.S. to give me a hand with this. I wrote to Trumpeter and got zero help, just a copy of a sheet depicting the external colors which I already had. Your help is greatly appreciated. I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year season. Thanks very much and my greetings from Antigua, Guatemala. Andrew Winters

FINISHED Gallery 1/350 USS Wasp LDH-1

Tue, 2018-12-18 00:43
COMPLETED! Here are some pictures of my USS Wasp that finally got finished since starting it in 2014. There are pictures in the "On the bench" from the beginning of this build. I thought that this would take me about a year to build when I first started it. A lot of things put this build on hold for long stretches of time. I would work on it here and there every couple of months. I always wanted to get it done and I felt the model poking me in the back of the head when I would start something else. I would go back for awhile and then just stop for long stretches. I finally realized I was about 85 to 90 percent done after getting the island completed last February. I spent three months putting PE on that section with nothing really to see that would change how it looked to me. I finally stopped and took a real hard look and was amazed at all the little detail that was added. I couldn't see the forest for the trees up to that point. After stepping back and really assessing what was left to do I just hunkered down and went at it. I got burned out on making helicopters and putting decals and details on them. I added lights to the hangar deck and wet deck. I added more PE on this ship than on all of my other ships combined. Was it worth the time and monotony? MOST Definitely. I am really happy how it turned out because it came out how I pictured it to be when I started it. It took it's toll on me but it made me a better modeler because of it. So here are some pictures of the USS Wasp LHD-1 Any and all comments welcome. Bill

News:NEW! - IPMS Willow Run Bomber Plant Chapter

Mon, 2018-12-17 10:53
Our WRBP Membership is proud to announce the establishment of the IPMS Willow Run Bomber Plant Chapter on December 11th, 2018. Our Chapter is located in Ypsilanti Michigan - home of the Willow Run Bomber Plant and "Rosie the Riveter". The WRBP Chapter name proudly reflects the history and heritage of Henry Ford's famous Willow Run Bomber Plant, in Ypsilanti Michigan This plant built over 8000 B-24 Liberators in WW2. View the full article

NEW! - IPMS Willow Run Bomber Plant Chapter

Mon, 2018-12-17 07:23
Our WRBP Membership is proud to announce the establishment of the IPMS Willow Run Bomber Plant Chapter on December 11th, 2018. Our Chapter is located in Ypsilanti Michigan – home of the Willow Run Bomber Plant and “Rosie the Riveter”. The WRBP Chapter name proudly reflects the history and heritage of Henry Ford’s famous Willow Run Bomber Plant, in Ypsilanti Michigan This plant built over 8000 B-24 Liberators in WW2. General meetings are held at the UAW Local 898 Union Hall located at 8975 Textile Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Meetings are held on the First Thursday of the Month - Next meeting - January 3, 2019 Meeting time is officially from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, E-mail us at wrbpipms@gmail.com Visit us on Facebook at Willow Run Bomber Plant ipms

New Review: Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 2

Sun, 2018-12-16 22:27
Background The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" has been in service for the Russian air forces for over 40 years. It is a rugged, variable wing sweep bomber that is easy to fly and well liked by the two man crew. Several kits have been produced of this aircraft and recently, the Advanced Modeling Company, a supplier of great resin parts, has released some decal sets that depict the Fencer in modern markings. In accordance with the agreement between Russia and Syria, a group of Russian aircraft were sent to the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, September 2015 to fly in support of the Syrian ground forces. During actual operations, the national insignias and registration numbers were overpainted. This could not be easily removed so areas of lighter gray can be seen behind the restored insignias and numbers on certain aircraft. This sheet contains seven different markings for Su-24s that have been operated out of the Khmeimim Air Base. read more View the full article

New Review: CMK 1/72 P-40 Diamond Tread Wheels

Sun, 2018-12-16 22:23
CMK has produced a very nicely detailed set of diamond treaded wheels for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits. The supplied items include the diamond tread tires and separate hubs in two options. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits, these wheels should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40/Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market, for a smart upgrade to lackluster kit wheels. The wheels are nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Tread detailing is fine on the tires, as are the two supplied options for the separate spoked or closed hubs. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints. read more View the full article

New Review: MiG-21MF TFace Canopy Masking Set

Sun, 2018-12-16 21:46
This is the second masking set designed for Eduard's new MiG-21MF kits. The first set, CX511, provides masks not only for the canopy and the windscreen, but also for the HUD, the underwing landing lights, and the antenna panels on the vertical tail, the ventral fin, the wing leading edges and a number of smaller ones under the wings and fuselage. This set, CX512, adds additional masks allowing you to paint the interior color on the inside of the canopy instead of just on the outside. This will result in a much more realistic finish for the canopy, especially if you are going to pose it open. Like CX511, but unlike many of Eduard's other masking sets, this one does not include masks for the tires or wheel hubs. read more View the full article

3 1/48 Fokker DR.I Triplanes

Sun, 2018-12-16 21:29
Decided to build some Triplanes all at the same time, as I had 3 of them in the stash. They are the Eduard kit, the DML/Dragon kit, and the old Aurora Triplane (which is actually 1/43). The Aurora kit needed an interior and I add some pe sleeves to the kit guns. I used decals form the spares box to do Voss' Fokker F.I prototype and painted the face on the cowl. The DML kit is very nice, and was built out of the box mostly. It comes with steel pe for the cabanes and gear struts, as well as some additional pe detail parts. These strengthen the kit, but the steel pe is too tough to cut with a knife, so I used nippers. I also didn't want to try rolling the steel pe gun jackets, so I used a white metal Spandau from Aeroclub in place of the kit guns. Markings (again) are from the spares box to do one of Von Richtoffen's Triplanes. The Eduard DR.I has the best detail and best fidelity to scale, but is also the more difficult build. The plastic is soft and the thin parts are easy to break while handling. It also has the worst engineering for the struts and detail parts, making some experience in biplane building a real plus! I used the kit decals, which were one of the best parts of the kit. I experimented with different methods of adding the Olive streaking. The light blue on all three is MM Flanker Blue. Then I used Tamiya acrylic dark green and Khaki to do the streaking. In general, I used a "dry-brushing" approach with a short haired, medium brush. However, on the DML kit, I used a "wet, thinned" method, which gave a satisfying but totally different type of streaked finish. either way works pretty well. Question, comments, and critiques welcome, as always! GIL

Creative Beast's Saichania

Sun, 2018-12-16 15:12
I haven't built a dinosaur in quite a while, and since this one has been on the Pile, I decided it was time to do Creative Beast's Saichania. The Saichania is a robust ankylosaurid dinosaur first found in the 1970s in and around Mongolia and China. It was about 15 ft. long and weighed 2 tonnes. It's know from a number of partial skeletons. The kit is in 6 parts of white resin. There are some flash here and there and one or two pinholes - none of them being in any place of importance. The base is very well detail (as is the rest of the kit). I wanted to keep this model simple so I chose only a few colors - a "burnt flesh" from V's Flesh set, a brown for the top part and a blue gray for the scutes and spikes. To finish it off I drybrushed a lighter gray on the scutes and spikes, some Agrax in the darker areas, and some Sepia on the lighter parts. Thanks for looking

NEW - IPMS Willow Run Bomber Plant Chapter

Sun, 2018-12-16 11:05
Our WRBP Membership is proud to announce the establishment of the IPMS Willow Run Bomber Plant Chapter on December 11th, 2018. Our Chapter is located in Ypsilanti Michigan – home of the Willow Run Bomber Plant and “Rosie the Riveter”. The WRBP Chapter name proudly reflects the history and heritage of Henry Ford’s famous Willow Run Bomber Plant, in Ypsilanti Michigan This plant built over 8000 B-24 Liberators in WW2. General meetings are held at the UAW Local 898 Union Hall located at 8975 Textile Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Meetings are held on the First Thursday of the Month - Next meeting - January 3, 2019 Meeting time is officially from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, E-mail us at wrbpipms@gmail.com Visit us on Facebook at Willow Run Bomber Plant ipms

New Review: Eduard Riders in the Sky 1945 Limited Edition

Sat, 2018-12-15 23:57
Eduard has released a limited edition version of the B-24 Liberator GR Mk VI and GR MK.VIII in the RAF Coastal Command service. The Kit is based on the Hasegawa kit plus two additional Eduard Sprues, Decals, etc. In the box is; 11 x grey Sprues 2 x Clear Sprue 4 Poly caps 1 x Large Decal sheet 1 x Mask Sheet 2 x Photoetch detail set Riders in the Sky 1945 book 1x Instruction booklet 1 Box Artwork Poster The kit options and decals allow building 13 different aircraft, all the choices are great. I opted for the M version, a RCAF aircraft operated in Canada July 1945. The Kit looks awesome in the box and all the additional items make this a great addition to any stash. Construction: read more View the full article

The Duke Completes More Armor

Sat, 2018-12-15 21:25
Hey all. This is my latest armor models to be finished. I am so thrilled to get these off the workbench. First off is the 1/72 scale Hobby Boss German Br-57 Panzerlok armored engine and tender. It was sprayed with a base of Panzer dunklegelb and later hand painted with the two other camouflage colors. I tried weathering with a dark brownish color at the base to reflect the dirt and coal debris that would have been kicked up during use or weather: Next up is my 1/72 scale WWI US Army 8-inch Howitzer by Roden. Again this was sprayed with a base coat, then hand painted with the camouflage pattern. I lightly weathered this as I figured it would have been well cared for. Now I have something to hitch up to my FWD 3-ton ammo carrier: It is far from my best but I did what I could with such a difficult model. I'm glad it is done! And finally, this is Finished Model Number 1500! This completed model brings my entire model collection to the 1500 count milestone. It is the 1/72 scale RPM MACK cargo truck, late version done in US Army colors. This model also brings my total armor/vehicle count to 745 now. Here it is all ready to be delivered to my US Army: Don't ask me why the tilt still looks semi-gloss; I shot that puppy with dullcoat several times. I might have to try again. Well, that's all I have for now. I might get a few more finished by the end of the year so stay tuned. Meanwhile, comments are welcome, thanks all for looking in.

The Duke's Latest Helicopter

Sat, 2018-12-15 20:55
Hello all. After some time, I now have another finished model to show. This is the Hobby Boss 1/72 scale HAP Tigre done up in Australian markings. This bird was masked with Silly Putty and sprayed with Model Master enamels. Here she is ready for delivery to my Australian Army: That's all the aircraft I've gotten done so far. Thanks everyone for looking in, comments are welcome.

New Review: CMK 1/72 P-40 Block Tread Wheels

Sat, 2018-12-15 14:46
CMK has produced a very nicely detailed set of block treaded wheels for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits. The supplied items include the block tread tires and separate hubs in two options. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits, these wheels should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40/Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market, for a smart upgrade to lackluster kit wheels. The wheels are nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Tread detailing is fine on the tires, as are the two supplied options for the separate spoked or closed hubs. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints. read more View the full article

New Review: Karabiner 98K

Sat, 2018-12-15 00:19
This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 German WWII Karabiner 98k rifles in 1/35 scale. This was the most common rifle used by the Germans in WWII. The set contains the following sets; 8 x resin Karabiner 98k's 8 x resin bayonets 1 colored photoetch sheet 1 instruction sheet The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photoetch parts form the straps for the rifles and come in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light-colored straps for variation. The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas. Summary I would recommend this great set for adding very detailed rifles to any model that needs it. Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them. View the full article

New Review: P-40 E/K/M/N-1 Seat (with belts)

Fri, 2018-12-14 10:45
CMK has produced a very nicely detailed resin seat for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40E/K/M & N-1 kits. The supplied items include the seat frame. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40 kits, with some prudent sanding to fit, the seat should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40E/K/M and N-1 kits currently on the market. I dry-fitted to my Academy example (see photos). The seat is nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Ribbed detailing is fine on both front and rear of the seat, and includes molded on harnesses. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints. Highly recommended. Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item. View the full article

New Review: P-40 Cockpit Sidewalls and Control Column

Fri, 2018-12-14 10:38
CMK has produced a very nicely detailed set of cockpit sidewalls and control column for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits. The supplied items include the left and right cockpit walls and separate control column. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits, this set should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40/Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market, for a smart upgrade to lackluster kit cockpits. I used mine in a Hasegawa P-40E example (see photos). The panels and detailing are nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Framing and instrument detailing is fine on the walls, as is the supplied control stick. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints. Highly recommended. read more View the full article

New Review: Kittyhawk IV Seat (with belts)

Fri, 2018-12-14 10:27
CMK has produced a very nicely detailed resin seat for the 1/72 Special Hobby Kittyhawk IV kit. The supplied items include the seat frame, with the British Sutton Harness molded on. Although made for the Special Hobby Kittyhawk IV kits, the seat should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market. I dry-fitted to my Academy example (see photos). The seat is nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Ribbed detailing is fine on both front and rear of the seat, as are the molded on harnesses. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints. Highly recommended. Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item. View the full article