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Roden 1/72 Rolls Royce armored car

Mon, 2018-02-19 20:17
Thiis is a nice kit, but needs close attention to fit and seams. I replaced the fighting compartment doors with thinner sheet stock, cut out the turrent hatches and made replacements from sheet stock and thinned the radiator doors and detailed their inside. Added interior as well, which like most a/c models can't be seen. Irish flag is from paper and sharpie markers. DSCN4855 by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/156489113@N02/

Warhammer 40K Ork Battlewagon part 1

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:19
Hello friends These are my first steps in the world of Warhammer, I decided on this model that I found very original. Here you can follow step by step the assembly of the model in an easy way and explained in the best possible way. https://youtu.be/KSm93OYm7f8 Greetings and I hope you like it

New Review: Nakajima Ki43-II & Ki44-II with Fuel Truck (2 kits) Limited Edition

Mon, 2018-02-19 00:10
History This Limited Edition kit from Hasegawa allows the modeler to produce an interesting diorama related to the Akeno Flying School as it existed in December of 1943. The Akeno Flying School was located on the island of Honshu, south of Nagoya and east of Osaka. It was called the Supreme Flight Training School for the Imperial Japanese Army. Lots of photos of aircraft that were used during training at Akeno include many fighters from the Ki-27 to the Ki-100. By December, 1943, Japan was seriously in need of new pilots. A series of conflicts with opponents across the area of operations had ground down the Japanese Army Air Service and replacements were desperately needed from schools like Akeno. This limited edition kit combo features two aircraft, a Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa and a Ki-44 Shoki, plus a TX40 Fuel Truck. Also included are several figures and a small four wheeled push cart. read more View the full article

Blizzcon has snow and lots of models

Sun, 2018-02-18 21:53
True to its name, Blizzcon in Columbus, Ohio had snow falling in the afternoon. Hardly a blizzard as none of it stuck, but it was snow. We wound up with 622 entries, up quite a bit from the last few years and a full vendor's room. Don't know about photos as our regular photog was filling in for our regular guy who runs our silent auction. We also signed up 5 new national members using this program: http://www.ipmsusa.org/member_services/membership_recruitment.shtml Contact our office manager and she can send you some extra Journals to use for samples and brochures to hand out. Print off the forms and sign and sign them up at the show. If every show in the US recruited 3-5 members, imagine the spike in membership! All it takes is one guy sitting at a table for a few hours. Don't know how it could get any easier.

IJN cockpit colors

Sun, 2018-02-18 14:05
I'm starting Hasagawa's SHINDENKAI bomber and want to get the interior colors correct given the large cockpit windows and nose gun glass.

New Review: Testbeds, Motherships & Parasites: Astonishing Aircraft From the Golden Age of Flight Test

Sun, 2018-02-18 11:27
Frederick A. Johnsen recently retired from a lengthy career at the U.S. Air Force Flight Test Center and NASA's famed Dryden Flight Research Center, both located on the historic desert site known as Edwards Air Force Base. During his time there, Johnsen amassed a wealth of knowledge related to the Golden Age of Flight Test Research at Edwards. He has written numerous books about aircraft and aviation history, including: Thundering Peacemaker: The B-36 Story in Words and Pictures (1978); Bombers in Blue: PB4Y-2 Privateers and PB4Y-1 Liberators (1979); Darkly Dangerous: The Northrop P-61 Black Widow Night Fighter (1981); F4U Corsair with Rikyu Watanabe (1983); B-24 Liberator (Warbird History, 1993); Douglas A-1 Skyraider: A Photo Chronicle (1994); B-24 Liberator: Rugged But Right (1999); Lockheed C-141 Starlifter (Warbird Tech V 39, 2005); Captured Eagles: Secrets of the Luftwaffe (2014). read more View the full article


Sun, 2018-02-18 06:35
I am about to start building the Eduard Royal Class FW-190A early birds. What are the Pros and Cons with this kit, if any. I also have all the aftermarket items.

Two More Tanks from the Duke

Sat, 2018-02-17 14:24
Just recently I was able to finish two more tanks this month. This first one is the Modelcollect T-80U main battle tank: The second one is the IBG Japanese Type 89 Late tank: You can see I added the Japanese flag to the side. Hopefully no more confusion about this being a Japanese tank.... Here's an overhead shot to show more of the camouflage pattern: Yes, one of the hatches is missing. Someday when I find it I'll add it to this tank. Until then, I'm declaring this done. Just for fun, here's a couple shots of this tank next to the Type 89 Early so you can see some of the differences: Finally, a shot of these two with a no. 11 Exacto blade to show how small they are: That's all for now. I also finished two aircraft, feel free to check them out in the Aircraft Forums. Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

The Duke's First Aircraft for 2018

Sat, 2018-02-17 14:10
Here are my first aircraft that I finished in 2018. First up is a Hobby Boss F-15 E Strike Eagle. I kept this one clean since no ordinance was included in this model. Time to get another one that I can loads up with bombs. Until then, here is this one: Next up is the F-102 Delta Dagger I built for the "Charlie Don't Surf" campaign on the Modeler's Alliance Forums: There they are, my first aircraft in 2018. Hopefully I'll be able to finish a lot more in the coming months. I also finished a couple tanks, so feel free to go check them out in the armor forums as well. Meanwhile, thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

Panzer Kampfwagen IV Ausf.D Tamiya 1/35

Sat, 2018-02-17 13:26
Hello friends, here I bring you another German vehicle. The Panzer Kampfwagen IV Ausf.D made from the Tamiya house at 1/35 scale. The kit has included 3 figures which have been made included in the model. https://youtu.be/ab0IKGWWHsQ Greetings and I hope you like it.

New Review: Detail & Scale Colors and Markings Series Digital Volume 3 U. S. Navy F-14 Tomcats, Part 2: Pacific Coast Squadrons

Sat, 2018-02-17 09:13
Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for bringing another tremendous digital resource to the modeler. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching colors and markings of my favorite jet of all time, the F-14 Tomcat. A very significant plus of this updated version is that the entire history of all the Pacific F-14 squadrons, including TOPGUN/NSAWC and evaluation squadrons, is now available in a single publication. Overview read more View the full article

New Review: Flak 18 Cannon Barrels

Sat, 2018-02-17 08:38
Master Model from Poland specializes on brass and resin drop-in replacement parts. In this case there are 4 parts: two barrels and two flash hiders for the Flak 18 used in Ju-87G, but also seen in Bf-110, Ju-88 and other airplanes. The turned brass parts mean that no mold line is present and that alone is enough of a reason to consider upgrading your kit. Another reason is the beautiful perforated flash hiders and the hollow gun barrel end, which adds realism to the airplane weaponry. Assembly is straightforward and simple. First you superglue the flash hider to the gun barrel. Then you remove the plastic gun from the plastic part and make a small hole (1 mm in diameter) to mount the brass gun barrel. I would personally leave the barrel off the model until the very end. Not only that means less masking (for painting), it also ensures the barrel won't get knocked off the model during handling. You can see from the pictures that the replacement parts are vastly superior to the original part. Recommended to modelers of intermediate experience, due to the need to perform minimal surgery to plastic parts. read more View the full article

Oshkosh M-978 Heavy Fuel Tanker

Fri, 2018-02-16 13:41
Years ago our Chapter had a building theme of "It Ain't My Type." We were supposed to build a model that was in an IPMS/USA Class where we would not ordinarily enter a model. Each member had to identify the Class(es) he did not like to build in, and then pick a kit and build it during the year. I do not know much about military vehicles, so I do not build tanks, field guns, railroad mortars, softskins, etc. I do like automotive subjects, however, and the nearest thing I could find to automotive in military vehicles was this truck kit. The kit represents a series of Firsts for me. This was my First true military vehicle. It was my First 1/35 scale kit. It was my First attempt at a three-color camo paint scheme. And it was NOT my First model to not be finished by the build deadline. Almost fully painted and detailed, it went back into the box and waited for me to tinker with it off and on for almost ten years. Last August, I was burned out on airplanes from the seven I built for The Magnificent 7's project, so I opened this box and decided to finish the assembly before beginning some new model. The camo scheme was the biggest challenge for me. The decal sheet had decals that spread across several color fields, and the lettering changed color in the middle of words, like "FLAMMABLE" for example. I tried to use the camo layout presented in the instructions, but the scheme did not match the provided decals. I had to draw a revised camo scheme onto the kit's pieces that was close to reference photos I had from the internet and also adjusted to accommodate the decals. Thank goodness there were reasonably close Model Master paints available for airbrush application. I actually liked this kit in spite of its flaws and complications. I have the Italeri sister kit of the Oshkosh M-977 Flatbed in my stash, but this one will get corrected resin wheels and tires and lots of Eduard photoetch details (which I have in the box). Some day I might even build it. Ed

New Review: A-36 Apache/P-51 Mustang Canopy Masks

Fri, 2018-02-16 11:11
Brengun, based in the Czech Republic, is known for producing a range of photo-etched and resin accessories for airplane models. They also produce a small number of 1/72nd and 1/144th aircraft model sets. One of their latest airplane kits is the North American A-36 Apache. With the release of this new kit, they have added a number of accessories for it including additional photo-etch details, a vacuform canopy, and these painting masks for the canopy. The A-36 Apache was a dive bomber version of the P-51 Mustang. It was based on the fuselage of the P-51A, but with completely redesigned wings strengthened to support the added stress of dive bombing. Since the main difference between the P-51A and the A-36 is the wind design, this mask set would work with both the P-51A and the A-36. I used mine on the A-36. read more View the full article

New Review: A-36 Apache USAF

Fri, 2018-02-16 10:28
Brengun, based in the Czech Republic, is known for producing a range of photo-etched and resin accessories for airplane models. They also produce a small number of 1/72nd and 1/144th aircraft model sets. One of their latest airplane kits is the North American A-36 Apache. The A-36 Apache was a dive bomber version of the P-51 Mustang. It was based on the fuselage of the P-51A, but with completely redesigned wings strengthened to support the added stress of dive bombing. Also, to aid in dive-bombing, rectangular slats were added to the upper and lower parts of the wings. Approximately 500 bombers served in units in the Mediterranean Theater and the China Burma Theater. The kit comes in a side opening box, with full color cover art of an A-36 in action on the front and painting and decal instructions for six different aircraft on the back. The painting instructions provide a four-sided view for each aircraft option. The parts are molded on 3 sprues of brown plastic, with a small sheet of photo-etch, one clear sprue, and a resin air intake. A small set of decals and a short instruction manual round out the kit. read more View the full article

ModelFEST 2018 April 7/8 Melbourne FL. The IPMS Region 11 Contest for 2018!!

Thu, 2018-02-15 23:23
We are inside of TWO months until ModelFEST 2018! The IPMS region 11 show for 2018! Make your plans to be at this show! You are not going to want to miss this! Hosted by IPMS Space Coast on April 7th and 8th 2018 at the spacious 12000 sq. ft. Melbourne Auditorium in Melbourne Florida. (625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne FL.32901) Featuring: - A full IPMS model show with 63 categories and nearly 400 models from some of the best builders in the southeast! - A huge 80 table vendor room to fill your modeling needs. - A snack bar on Site so you won’t go hungry taking in all of the great modeling activities! Vendor tables are still available now for the following prices - Single tables are $45 per table - 2-4 tables are $40 per table - 5 + tables are $35 per table Now is the time to become a vendor! Tables are still available! Don’t get left out! Reserve your tables now for choice locations as they are selling fast! Download and fill out the vendor form attached in this email and contact me at either 426hemiterp@gmail.com or superb426@earthlink.net for payment instructions. Also, rooms are available at the nearby Residence Inn (1430 Babcock St. Melbourne FL. 32901) for $129 (800) 321-2211 or (321) 723-5740 Use rate code "IPMS Space coast; NLT 15 Mar 2018" to reserve your room For further information about ModelFEST 2018. Please visit the IPMS Space Coast ModelFEST 2018 website at http://www.ipmsspacecoast.com/modelfest-2018.html There you may download contest flyers, categories lists, directions and vendor registration forms. For those who have been to our shows in past years, We want to say thank you for your support of ModelFEST. And for those who will be joining us for the first time, Welcome! We hope you have a wonderful time! If you still have any questions about ModelFEST 2018 please feel free to contact us as we are here to help. IPMS Space Coast President: Rick Ostman rickostman@yahoo.com IPMS Space Coast Treasurer: Chuck Smith bcsmith@cfl.rr.com IPMS Space Coast Webmaster: Andy Caldwell 426hemiterp@gmail.com or superb426@earthlink.net 2018 Show Flyer 09192017.pdf 2018 ModelFest Directions.pdf Categories ModelFEST 2018.pdf Vendor Form 09192017.pdf

3-Stage Ferry Rocket--1955

Thu, 2018-02-15 23:15
I am old enough to have seen the original March 9, 1955, Tomorrowland episode "Man in Space" on Disneyland. This was the show hosted in part by Wernher Von Braun to introduce the elements of space hardware needed to put us in space and to then build in orbit the rockets needed for both Moon and Mars missions. The key launch vehicle was the 3-Stage Ferry Rocket, which actually was in four stages. The delta-wing glider could return through the atmosphere after a deceleration burn, leaving the single-motor third stage in orbit to be recycled into one of the future ships to be built. The delta wing shape was recommended by the Disney artists who thought it looked more modern (and easier to animate) than Von Braun's earlier design with huge wings that he had proposed back in 1952 in his Collier's magazine articles illustrated by Chesley Bonnestell. Strombecker produced a kit of the rocket, no doubt a scaled down version of the Disney studio model, and I had to have one and build it. I was in high school then. The model survived for many years, but it was destroyed in a house fire. In 1993, Glencoe Models reissued the kit and, again, I had to have one. I took this simple kit and decided to make it hard. The Glencoe kit included the bland smooth-sided octogon base, but I remembered (or thought I did) that Strombecker had included either decals or paper panels for the sides of the octogon to give the impression of structure. I wanted structure, so I made my own with Evergreen H-columns, C-channels, and square strips. The service gantry was a long tapered pole with a single elevator guide on the back. Neither Strombecker or Glencoe did the service platforms correctly; the Disney model had cantilevered flat walkways with simple open pipe railings to keep people from falling over the edge. The kit's platform walkways have solid sides, so I added some PE model ship railings for added visual interest (and safety). The elevator itself is a simple open basket riding up and down the pole. The decal sheet had markings for several combinations of the ship. Use the XR-1 or -2 or -3 markings for the passenger glider. The CR-1 or -2 or -3 markings are for a wingless dry cargo stage that would stay in orbit and get reused there. The Scale Master Invisa-Clear Decals were 25 years old and took forever (10 minutes or so) to release from the backing paper, and two of the images shattered and could not be saved. Enjoy this revisit to the past that was two years before Sputnik I and the beginning of the real age of man in space. Ed

Bandai Zaku II

Thu, 2018-02-15 20:28
Dirty ol Zaku. The background is a calendar photo by Charles Gurche.

Shipping paint by air; one manufacturer responds

Thu, 2018-02-15 16:00
Modelers often ask, "Why can I buy Brand X paint here in the U.S. but not Brand Y?" I emailed Sovereign Hobbies asking why it was possible to purchase their Colorcoats paint here in the U.S. but not certain other brands (i.e., Hannants' Xtracolor). This is the reply from Sovereign's James Duff, posted here with his permission: "Flammable liquids are, like many substances which have properties beyond completely inert (such as explosives, infectious substances, etc) classified as Dangerous Goods by IATA who administer the rules that all vaguely 21st century civil aviation national bodies follow. A similar rule set exists for sea transport. "Flammable liquids actually aren't such a big deal as explosives and biohazards but in common with them, all such cargo must be correctly manifested and packaged in accordance with strict rules. The packagers need to have certificates to prove they have been trained etc. A stack of paperwork is required for each such item of cargo describing the contents and the conditions under which it can become unsafe (temperatures, etc). Knowing this the cargo handlers can load the aircraft keeping potential fuel sources like Colourcoats away from potential ignition sources in the aircraft. "From our point of view, none of this is difficult - we just get a Dangerous Goods shipping specialist to do it. We send them our goods, Material Safety Data Sheets and our trade customer's shipping address and they do all the IATA certified packaging and paperwork then book it onto an airline then have it delivered to the door once across the water. "Unfortunately it's expensive. The paperwork is the expensive part. It costs hundreds to get a single 14ml tinlet onto an aircraft. Believe it or not, sea cargo is worse. Having paid for the paperwork the rest of a typical trade order is a relatively small incremental cost. If around 1000 tinlets are ordered, the shipping cost is in the order of $550 US. The bigger the order, the smaller the shipping burden must be carried by each tinlet's retail price once in the USA. "What Hannants lacks is trade customers to bankroll the shipping cost and distribute from a central location in the USA nowadays (they have said as much in the public domain). A single tin of Xtracolor could easily be sent legally to the USA, but it would cost around $400 delivered with $397 of that the one-off Dangerous Goods shipping paperwork! "The frustrating thing for all of us making solvent or oil based model paints is that liquids with very similar ignition characteristics can be sent easily in the regular post if it says "Nail Polish" on the label instead of "Model Paint". The postal companies just seem to lack any competence in their safety departments having suffered many a tedious conversation. They are unable to understand the MSDS and that they have precedents set in nail polish. Sadly us modelling companies lack the lobbying weight that the cosmetics industry has. "I hope this answers your question. "Kind regards, "James Duff Sovereign Hobbies Ltd"

Jaxcon 2018 video

Wed, 2018-02-14 23:47
Thanks to our member Chris Causey, you can glimpse all of the models at our show as well as get an idea of the fun we had! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6XxjNFHmRk Enjoy! GIL