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Krylon and Rustoleum Equivalents

Mon, 2020-05-04 15:29
Not sure if this goes in the Tips & Techniques forum or not, but here goes. Some time ago I was reading a thread about the Model Master line of colors slowly going away and someone mentioned that Krylon made a flat olive drab that you could buy at Home Depot. I was able to find this and it matched both my MM bottle Olive Drab and my Tamiya spray so that was a good tip! So that got me thinking what else might be out there and I bought a couple more as listed below: Krylon Matte Glacier Gray, approx. FS 36628, similar to Camouflage Gray (FS 36622). Rustoleum Light Gray Primer, approx. FS 36300, similar to Dark Ghost Gray (FS 36320). Krylon Matte Vintage Blue, approx. FS 35550, similar to Model Master Duck Egg Blue (FS 35622); Model Master 2 Blue (FS 35414), Flanker Pale Blue (actually a semi gloss) and French Light Blue Gray. I approximated the FS equivalents against my FS595B from 1989 so your interpretation may differ. Also, my 'similar to' suggestion is what I would use as I build only for myself, not competition, so these are 'close enough' for me! I'm sure there are others out there; does anyone else have a similar list?

USS Reliant: "To fill or not to fill, that is the question"

Mon, 2020-05-04 11:14
Having just primed my 1/1000 kit of the Reliant and looking it over for defects, I realized how deep the panel lines on the saucer section are and how deep they would be in actual size. Planning on using Polar Lights Aztec decal sheet and wondered how well the would work on the current surface. So even though it was suppose to be an easy project I now am thinking about filling the panel lines ( as the AMS Borg would say: Resistance is futile) So just wondering what other builders have done. Eric

Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire - painting tiny pieces

Mon, 2020-05-04 10:46
Rookie and old person trying to build this beautiful model and made the mistake of thinking larger scale models means larger pieces - big whoops there! In the very first step the instructions are telling you to paint the radio black and all of the knobs/dials red. The knobs/dials are barely visible to the naked eye and I quickly realized the need to magnify. Even so, when I simply touch one of them with the tiniest brush I own the color spreads out and it is ruined. Any advice on how to paint these tiny pieces would be most welcome. If this post belongs in a different forum please let me know. Thanks, Stuart

Acurate Minitures F-6B WIP

Sun, 2020-05-03 17:35
Gil Hodges photos of the AM P-51B he posted recently got a fire lit under me to really start working on this kit. The biggest problem I have currently is lack of work space. It's too hot outside to work in the shed. A TV tray will have to suffice until the temperature drops in about 6 months. The PE is the Eduard set for the Tamiya P-51B but, for the most part it works nicely. The seat belts are put together. I'll install the stick & seat after painting the fuselage. No sense in breaking the stick if it's avoidable.

Plastic Sails

Sun, 2020-05-03 11:35
I am building the US Constitution and am at the point of deciding to build it with Sails or just the standing rigging. Could somebody direct me to where I can find a Video or at least some information on installing the plastic sails. There is nothing that I have found on this subject. Please I am interested in hearing from anybody who has used the Plastic sails supplied in the revelle kit 1/96 scale. I am not interested in making my own as I am to old and have limited resources. Thankyou

Tamiya 1/12 Lotus 49 Assembly Instructions Needed

Sun, 2020-05-03 08:34
Hello, Can anyone help me locate a place to purchase English or multi language assembly instructions for this Lotus 49? If you could use same for FW 14B or 641/2 I have those. Best regards -- Rick Gamble


Sat, 2020-05-02 21:29
This is another kit in my stash so long I no longer remember who it was produced by. I'm sure after a few people see this, they will know and tell me. Anyway, I'm guessing it's a 1/10 -15th scale kit that came in 2 parts - the animal and the base. The only thing was that three of it's feet are attached to the base. They didn't line up so you had to do the best you could and then start sculpting with the Aves. You can also see all the repairs made. I really dislike when the sculptor/producer try to "help us out" by getting rid of flash or seam-lines - especially when they are aggressive about it. Base can be seen in the background While beginning to prime in noticed an imperfection that turned into a big bubble on the edge of it's frill. Despite me not liking the scales just being small tube marks pushed into the clay - it did make the repair a little easier to hide. First round of priming revealing more ankle work needed. Was going to leave it at this point, but felt I needed to do a little more... Added a little more color, defined the eyes, and emphasized the muscles a little more. I also added some foliage to the nest material, and also created two bushes to finish it off. Thanks for looking.

US Soldier 1846

Sat, 2020-05-02 19:30
Here are a few shots of my latest 1/10th work. It is a bust of a US soldier during the Mexican American war of 1845

Matchbox 1/76 Diamond T Tank Tranporter

Sat, 2020-05-02 16:49
This kit has been sitting started in my stash for literally years. With my current covid confinement, I pulled it out and finished it off. It's OOTB with the exception of hollowing out the trailer ramps and chocks as I have seen in photos. Makes it more interesting I think. I also added all the stowage to fill up all that space in the back of the truck and on the trailer and the glazing in the truck windows. Left the driver side one part way down. Kit was typical Matchbox. Detail was a bit mushy and fit was problematic in places. But it's the only injection molded one in this scale, so it's your only choice.

Larger Serial Numbers/Letters for 1/48” Scale Tempest II

Sat, 2020-05-02 14:24
I am converting a Napier Sabre powered Eduard 1/48” scale Tempest Mk. V to a Bristol Centaurus radial engined Tempest Mk. II. Due to illnesses in the family, I have not had the time to research the online hobby shops lately. I am just now getting the chance to do that. The letter and number decal sheets I have are simply not big or quite accurate enough to cover the bottom port and starboard wing areas. I could modify the decal sheets I have by grafting pieces of other decal sheets to the ones I have. Rather than do that, does anyone know offhand where I may find more accurate lettering/numbers online? Many thanks guys and stay safe. Mark

Returning to Hobby/Newbie

Thu, 2020-04-30 16:03
I used to build diaramas and models as a kid and teenager but got away from it now for many years. However, now that I am semi-retired, I am getting much more interested in taking up the hobby again! I have started by reading up on techniques, tools, airbrushing,etc. If anyone can recommend publications, clubs, etc. I would appreciate it. I have joined the IPMS/USA but no one has replied to my email inquiries regarding the chapters. Thanks to everyone and I look forward to my "new" hobby! Dave Lowry Hayward, California

Wanted: Instructions for C&H Aero Miniatures 1/48 TF-102 resin conversion set for Monogram F-102.

Wed, 2020-04-29 22:35
Particularly the 1:1 scale drawings for the different shapes of the vortex generators placed around the front and rear frames of the cockpit canopy, as well as any info on their placement. Thanks in advance.

Wanted: Instructions for C&H Aero Miniatures 1/48 TF-102 resin conversion set for Monogram F-102.Wanted:

Wed, 2020-04-29 22:35
Particularly the 1:1 scale drawings for the different shapes of the vortex generators placed around the front and rear frames of the cockpit canopy, as well as any info on their placement. Thanks in advance.

LED lighting in models

Tue, 2020-04-28 11:25
I'm new to this forum. I would like to apologise in advance for my dumb noob question. I have recently become interested in adding LED lights to plastic model kits. I was just wondering if you needed a special model meant for this, or if basically any kit can be modified to do this.

Decals Needed

Mon, 2020-04-27 21:07
Hi everyone. I just recently acquired a kit of the Revell U.S. Army Redstone Missile and unfortunately the decals are totally shot. Was wondering if anyone might have a spare decal sheet or could possibly print me out some. Any help would be most appreciated. Miles

Newbie Here

Mon, 2020-04-27 21:00
Hello all. I've been modeling for many, many years. Been in a couple other forums in the past but never really got to involved. Hopefully I can change that this time around. My interest are military aviation and armor kits. Look forward to chatting with some of you in the near future. Matter of fact I'll be posting a request here shortly. Miles

Nats 2020 & COVID-19 Update

Sun, 2020-04-26 22:20
The IPMS/USA Executive Board and the 2020 National Convention Planning Committee are still moving forward with planning and on-time execution of the 2020 convention. We are well aware of the plethora of challenges ahead of us in the next 90 days. There are many more unknowns than "knowns" at the moment. However, with the facts on-hand we feel the convention can still be held. The #1 consideration in planning is the health and well-being of all of our members. Some of you have reached out to me stating that since you are in a high-risk age or health group you are not willing to risk being exposed to COVID-19. We fully understand this and agree that if you are in a high-risk category, we feel that you are probably better off not coming even if all restrictions are lifted by late July. I have read many opinions on public forums over the past several weeks regarding the status of this summer’s convention. As a convention planner, the biggest item I pay attention to is the contract that IPMS/USA committed to with the hosting hotel, Embassy Suites, and their parent company, Atrium Hospitality. These contracts are generally written in favor of the hotel, i.e., the financial burden is on the guest (IPMS/USA) to produce the numbers expected for the hotel to make a profit. We could have balked at the contract when it was presented in 2018 but then the week we picked would have went to the next organization looking to host a convention. In other words, we have to play by the hospitality industry’s rules. If IPMS/USA were to back out of the contract without cause the financial burden on our society would be very substantial. Luckily, Embassy Suites in San Marcos is fully aware of the current COVID-19 situation - and in fact they are taking it in the shorts like all other hotels around the country - and have verbally agreed to work with us to execute a successful convention regardless of the contract language. This is good news for IPMS/USA. I am committed to working with Embassy Suites since they have been so good in working with us during the past couple of years to make our show a success. The biggest wild card that both the General Manager (of Embassy Suites) and I see at the moment are government-imposed restrictions on crowd sizes and public gatherings. This is the biggest factor we are keeping an eye on and is what will eventually dictate if we are FORCED to cancel. If there are public gathering restrictions or reductions in maximum occupancy rules in the local city and county, we will assess if we can still execute a convention based on the details of potential restrictions. AS OF RIGHT NOW THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS EXTENDING TO THE DATES OF THE CONVENTION. There may be many opinions and conjecture regarding restrictions in-place during the convention but as of today, they remain conjecture. I am not planning a convention based on conjecture and opinion…only facts. A lot of what the committee will plan in the coming months will be based on the numbers we see for pre-registrations and other convention related purchases. If we see low numbers - like we are seeing so far - we will scale back what we are spending money on. I have no more details on this other than we are looking at options that may produce a smaller-size convention than others in the past. It pains me to plan this way because I think I am the most excited IPMS member regarding this convention but I have to face the reality of what is happening in the world today. It’s not fair but it is happening. We will deal with it. Refunds: If you have spent money so far or if you want to spend money registering in the short-term be assured that IPMS/USA will refund any money if we are FORCED to cancel due to the public gathering restrictions I mention above. Unfortunately, there remain many more questions than we have answers for at the moment. I wish I had a crystal ball that could tell me/us exactly what the conditions on the ground will be this summer...but I don’t…the team has to plan with the best information it has at the moment. This is what we will do. I stand by to answer any questions any one of our members have regarding the 2020 convention. Please e-mail me at: director.nats2020@gmail.com Best Regards Len Pilhofer – IPMS# 49932 Director, IPMS/USA National Convention 2020 www.nats2020.com

Just posting here now as I have not accessed my IPMS account in a while. Cheers every

Sun, 2020-04-26 16:40
Just posting here now as I have not accessed my IPMS account in a while. Cheers everyone! Hope all are safe and well. chuck

F-105 electronics bays and inspection gaps

Sun, 2020-04-26 03:57
Hello I am a modeler from Poland. I would like to make the F-105G model with Monogram with open panels and their visible content (electronics, etc.) However, I do not have access to photos that would allow me to make such bays with the contents ... If someone could help me with photos or information in which publication I can to find such pictures I would be very grateful. Maruda

Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark Original instructions

Sat, 2020-04-25 09:06
Are the original instructions for the Revell Cutty Sark better to use for the rigging than the new version instructions?