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Replacement canopy

Mon, 2020-03-30 23:07
Hi! First post. I have an Aurora F4H Phantom kit (1961), 1:48 scale that I was in the middle of building but I have lost the canopy for it. Anyone know how I could get a replacement, one piece canopy that will fit? I *think* it was a 'flat' canopy, one of the early F4Hs. Thanks!

soldering Iron recommendation sought

Mon, 2020-03-30 17:28
anyone have a favorite soldering iron with an on/ off switch? under 75 watts is fine - to be used for model electronics. a "soldering station" would also work; I just want an "off" feature. (110v - US mains) thanks


Mon, 2020-03-30 14:11
She is Nocturna, from appropriately Nocturna Models, a stunning 30mm model with excellent detail. Sadly, she's currently OOP. This resin model came in two parts - the figure/base and the top of the cross. Here's the model all primed up. Here I'm starting to work on some base coating. After numerous highlights in the skin, dress and hair. I'm just about done with this one. I bought a few plinths from GreenStuff World, so she'll be glued on to a simple one next session. I also used the smallest grass tufts I had to fill in the ground a bit. All finished with this little mini. It was highly detailed kit and really challenged my steady hands - even with my magnifiers. Thanks for looking. And... my obligatory soda can shot... :lol:

Wanted: 1:72 C-46 Commando decals

Sat, 2020-03-28 18:20
Seeking decals for the Williams Bros. 1:72 C-46 commando. I have the decals with the original (mid-1970s) release, and it has the blue of the US insignia too light. Plus, it's for a natural medal one and I want to do one in Olive Drab over Neutral Gray. I know Caracal Models has a sheet coming out sometime later, but I would like to get something sooner. I am planning to build the C-46 for a chapter display project. Any help in this matter would be most appreciated. Thank you in advance.44 Bob

PayPal issue

Sat, 2020-03-28 13:28
Is anyone else having trouble using PayPal to purchase Society merchandise? I have a PayPal balance I would like to use to pay for my membership renewal, but the checkout page will not link to PayPal and vice versa. I reported this issue to the office earlier in the week, but so far there has been no response.

1/48 Tamiya Brewster Buffalo - VS-102

Fri, 2020-03-27 16:45
This build is the 1/48 scale Tamiya Brewster Buffalo. I will be building it as the US Navy F2A version. The aircraft will represent VS-201 that was aboard the USS Long Island AVG-1. I will be adding a resin engine from Quick Boost as well as Eduard photo etch set. Starting with the cockpit I detailed the side walls and then the seat and dash. The rear bulkhead had 2 injection areas. Not sure why they set it up for the front side instead of the back, but a little putty solved the issue. After the seat and dash were done I detailed the pedals and then assembled the cockpit into the fuselage and put the fuselage together. The fit was good and only required a couple of areas to be filled with putty. Next up will be the building and detailing of the engine. You can see more photos in the build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-brewster-buffalo-vs-102/

Just curious - EBoard meeting no longer held?

Fri, 2020-03-27 14:53
Just curious - Are EBoard meetings no longer held? The last set of minutes is from Sept 2019.


Mon, 2020-03-23 15:28
I live in Wilmer,Texas. My return to modeling since 50 + years has been about a year. I have abused some plastic and paint but am learning. I like the professional approach this site takes. My interest is in German WW II half tracks. With limited money and ability, one model takes me some time. I love it. Thanks for allowing me in. JohntheW and what are tags, and did I get title correct?

Revell 1/48 F/A-18E Superhornet

Mon, 2020-03-23 15:08
Hello...I'm having trouble understanding decal placement on interior of intake assemblies, end of build section 1. Can anyone advise or share a pic? Thanks.

AVRO Lancastrian conversion

Mon, 2020-03-23 12:52
This is the M+E Models conversion set mated to a 2nd generation Airfix Lancaster. You get a new nose and tail as well as a plug for the ventral turret and a page of decals. From what I've been able to gather, these used the paddle bladed props, so the ones in the kit shouldn't be used. I got a set of the other props from a friend. It sat on the shelf for a few years as the decals shattered when put in water. Then I discovered that the new Airfix Whitley kit comes with BOAC markings. I know they're not correct, but they look fine and what's more, they fit. Finish is SNJ polished with their polishing dust with the exception of the control surfaces.

Aurora (Atlantis)1/48 M-46 Patton

Sat, 2020-03-21 10:46
Remember these? This the the dawn of armor modeling in the 50's. Aurora had a series of 1/48 tank kits that included the Stalin III and Churchill, which wouldn't be modeled in any scale for literally decades. This is the Atlantis re-release of the M-46 Patton. It's actually the second re-release as Aurora modified it's original molds to more closely represent an M-46 and not an M-26 Pershing. The detail is on the sparse side and the turret MG is cartoonish, but over all it does look like a Patton. Fit is horrendous and there was lots of flash and mold seams. But with work, it looks presentable. This is OOTB (I did drill out the gun barrels and had to retexture the turret after I fixed the huge top/bottom seam) built as a pressure reliever for a larger project I was in the midst of. The paint color was MM Green Drab, but with weathering and washes, it looks more brown than green.

Westland Wessex helicopter.

Fri, 2020-03-20 22:12
I started on this kit several weeks ago. Its from Fly Model company of the Wessex helicopter in 1/32 scale. I am doing a subhunter version. My dream is to use this kit and do an H.34 in Vietnam markings. I was all set to take photos of the real helo at a museum for the nose measurements but sadly the Corona virus hit us so no visit allowed.

Missing Journal

Fri, 2020-03-20 17:19
Am I the only one who has not yet received the January-February Journal? And where is my renewal notice?

IPMS 2020 National Convention Registration Forms

Fri, 2020-03-20 17:17
I have had some problems downloading the exact registration form for the 2020 Convention. The model registration forms printed well but not the registration form. I planned to use snail mail this time as I am not sure my home computer will last another few weeks due to it’s age and inevitable replacement. Thanks. Mark

Wanted - Adventures in Scale modeling VHS

Fri, 2020-03-20 16:09
Wanted - Adventures in Scale modeling VHS 1,2 or 3. Been looking all over can't seem to find them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Hello from columbus ohio

Fri, 2020-03-20 10:02
Hi all I'm Robert i live in Columbus Ohio. I work 6 to 7 days a week and i just got back into modeling i like sci-fi models and model planes decided to get in to modeling to help with my stress and to relax Thanks

T26E4 Super pershing vignette

Thu, 2020-03-19 20:00
Hobby Boss kit with MiniArt commander (with Alpine head), Alpine driver, and MK35 MP. Stowage gear is from Squadron. The pigeons are from MiniArt. Kit has all the armor and stowage baskets. Fit is very good. Tracks are from the kit and are single link, snap together. They work very well. Sorry the images aren't bigger, but I only was allowed .61MB. Dak

Photography at Nationals.

Thu, 2020-03-19 17:00
I just go a new camera and was thinking of volunteering for the photographing crew in San Marcos. Before I went to all that trouble I thought I would ask what format the contest prefers and how they want to download them. I have a new Sony Alpha 7II and wanted to practice before hand if they accept me as a volunteer.

The Duke's Armor Finished in March

Thu, 2020-03-19 16:19
Hello everyone! After a couple weeks of busy work in the Hobby Room, I was finally able to get all these vehicle models finished. Here they are in no particular order... First is the US Army receiving the Trumpeter 1/72 scale M-1117 Guardian armored car: Just for fun, here's a shot of the Guardian next to the vehicle it was built to replace: Next are all my latest Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces vehicles that my Japanese Army is taking delivery of. First is the three Half Ton Trucks that came in one Fujimi box with instructions on how to make three different versions. Here are the three versions: Half- Ton Truck Cargo (all back seats folded to hold cargo): Half-Ton Truck Liaison (rearmost seats folded, back seats down for VIPs): Half-Ton Truck Light Scout/Communications (All seats down for crew; radios mounted in back, covered to protect radios): Next are a couple Light Armored Vehicles that I've always wanted since I saw the 1/35th scale ones. Now I have two of them in 1/72 scale in one Fujimi box: First is the battlefield liaison LAV: Next is the Forward Scout/Communications LAV: Another Fujimi model with two vehicles in the box. This is the Type 87 Self Propelled Anti-aircraft gun system. I was able to make an early type and a late type. they are mostly differentiated by the style of smoke dischargers on the turret. Type 87 Early: Type 87 Late: I know the guns look misaligned in some of those pics. I double and triple checked them, it's an optical illusion caused by the angle of some of the camera shots. Finally, my last finished models so far. Also from Fujimi, and also two kits per box. These are the Type 99 155mm Self Propelled Guns. I made one an operational vehicle and the other a training vehicle for training new crews. Otherwise there was no other real differentiation between them aside from some details on the turret roof. First the Type 99 Operational gun: And finally the Type 99 155mm training gun, which is fully capable of combat: And that completes the list of models I finished now. With all the self quarantining I'll be doing, I foresee another large number of finished models next month too. Meanwhile, thanks for looking in, comments are always welcome.

Gundam RX-78-2 Ver 3 Limited Edition

Thu, 2020-03-19 15:39
Ok, so this little gem (in 1/100 scale), is a kit I won as part of the Gundam Grand Prix event that was sponsored by the local anime-japanese-otaku yearly convention "San Japan", here in San Antonio, Texas. I won the kit thanks to the famous Odaiba diorama y'all saw on the latest IPMS Journal. It is a limited, exclusive and special edition of the originator of all the Gundam things: the RX-78-2. In this case, the plastic sprues are clear and translucent, and some parts are colored (the original plastic is colored, not that Band ai colored them after the "imprint"). It is only sold at "The Gundam Base", the Gundam mega-store in Japan. But you can buy it on-line, or buy the regular version with normal plastic sprues. Just look for "Gundam RX-78-2 Ver. 3". Enough. Now photos. Photo of me, the Odaiba diorama and the RX-78-2 kit.