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deep intake for Platz/Italeri X-47B , 1/72, Mixvs MinimaX

Wed, 2020-12-02 16:33
Hello, today I made my first cast of the deep intake for the Platz/Italeri X-47B in 1/72. The parts are rebuilt parts of the original kit with an additional fan for the F110 engine. They need only little work for removing the casting seams. Orders can be done via, PM or facebook. PS: The next item will be the Nozzle and the APU exaust. cheers Alex

Chuck Contrino, new member from Brooklyn, NY

Wed, 2020-12-02 12:06
I made models as a kid, took a long time off, and have gotten back into the hobby over the last few years. The kits and materials have come a long way since I was first making models, a long time ago. I'm enjoying learning new tricks.

USS Florida, SSGN 728

Tue, 2020-12-01 21:00
After a lengthy break in modelling I was able to start again. Thought I'd do something easy, so I took my USS Ohio off the shelf of doom and started working on it again. I decided I wanted to convert it to a SSGN and went with the USS Florida (the only Ohio class to fire shots in anger). Aftermarket prop from G-factor, Nameplate, stand, Dry Dock Shelter and SEAL Delivery Vehicles via Shapeways, and 7 shot rocket launcher ends from the Testors NATO Armament set. More challenging then I thought, but she is finished.

WTB Nuclear Power Plant Card Model

Mon, 2020-11-30 23:59
I'm looking for a paper model kit of a pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant. The kit was published in Germany by Kraftwerk Union AG for KWU, the German power utility, and is 1/350 scale. Here's a photo:

Nuclear Power Plant Card Model

Mon, 2020-11-30 23:59
I'm looking for a paper model kit of a pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant. The kit was published in Germany by Kraftwerk Union AG for KWU, the German power utility, and is 1/350 scale. Here's a photo:

Academy 1/35 M151A1 WIP

Mon, 2020-11-30 23:26
I’m feeling the modeling urge flow again to start a new “quick” build to knock out before the year ends, so I started this little one on Saturday evening. After two hours I had the engine, suspension/drivetrain, and most of the main basic assembly completed I should have construction done in a few more days then be on to painting immediately after that...

USS Arizona funnel question

Mon, 2020-11-30 16:54
I have purchased a 3D printed funnel for the 1/350 USS Arizona to replace the hobby boss kit funnel, just ready to add photo etch railing etc. I was wondering how sailors would get to very top of funnel??? Seen no blueprints that show ladder(s) in this area, but I have seen ladder(s) on the front of the funnel on 1/200 scale models of the USS Arizona! Does anyone have actual pictures that show the ladder(s) on the front of funnel, in it late 1941 reconfiguration? or is this how model builders think it should have been????

Las Vegas Lawn Dart in 1:72

Sun, 2020-11-29 01:06
Here's my latest completion: the FROG re-pop of the Academy F-16C Block 52. The kit's overly-pointy nose was replaced with a Wolf Pack nose. Also lending a hand was a Wolf Pack burner and tailpipe, Aires cockpit, CMK main gear bay, and Master Models pitot, AOA probes and static discharge wicks. To get a Night Vision Goggles-compatible canopy, I swapped the tinted kit canopy from one from an old Hasegawa kit. The paints were a mix of ModelMaster and Humbrol enamels. Weathering was applied with a Payne's gray sludge wash, followed by the application of fluid leaking with a Staedler .05mm pigment liner, and finally pastels once the flat coat was on. All the ordnance - save the Hasegawa ACMI pod - came from the kit. The decals are from TwoBobs for 91-0362, which has served at Nellis AFB (right by Las Vegas!) at the USAF Weapons School for its entire career. This is how it appeared in 2006.

Monogram 1/48 A-7B

Sat, 2020-11-28 15:29
This is the last aircraft model that I started and completed a few months back. It’s the old Monogram A-7B. I did a few add ons in the cockpit, and changed out some of the kit ordnance using Hasegawa items based off of photos that I found online. Markings are from a couple decal sheets that I cobbled together to build a VA-95 bird off USS Midway during Operation Linebacker in Spring and Summer of 1972.

Heller 1/35 Somua S35

Sat, 2020-11-28 14:23
New kid in town again, so I figured I’ll jump in with both feet. This is my most recent armor build completion. It’s the old Heller kit built mostly OOB. I did add cast armor surface texture to the hull and turret using Mr Surfacer, some scribing to replace or enhance kit details in a few spots, and replaced the co ax machine gun barrel with some Albion tubing. I painted with Humbrol enamels, used the kit decals, and used Model Master acrylics for the weathering dirt & dust.

Heller 1/35 Somua 35

Sat, 2020-11-28 14:23
New kid in town again, so I figured I’ll jump in with both feet. This is my most recent armor build completion. It’s the old Heller kit built mostly OOB. I did add cast armor surface texture to the hull and turret using Mr Surfacer, some scribing to replace or enhance kit details in a few spots, and replaced the co ax machine gun barrel with some Albion tubing. I painted with Humbrol enamels, used the kit decals, and used Model Master acrylics for the weathering dirt & dust.

North Africa Air War, November 1942

Sat, 2020-11-28 14:11
Ok, being a new kid in town I’ll play along with some theme photos. These are builds from a couple of years back, AMT’s 1/48 P-40F, and Airfix’s 1/48 BF-109F, both marked as in North Africa during that time.

Cold War US APCs & SPGs

Sat, 2020-11-28 13:42
We now have nearly every main production variant of the Pershing/Patton family in 1/35 injection plastic, aside from the original basic M48. But how about the other AFVs of mechanized combat arms, the infantry and artillery that served alongside the Patton’s during the 50’s and 60’s before the M113 and M109 came into service? The M75 and M59 APCs, the M53 and M55 SPGs, the M114 and M56 would all be great to have to sit alongside the Patton’s.

1/29 X Wing

Sat, 2020-11-28 10:47
F/S U.S. only (Big box) Big 1/29 Revell Snap Tite Max T-65 X-Wing. Pre-Painted as Luke Skywalker's Red 5. This is the largest injection molded kit of a T-65. I have read reviews stating this as 1/29 and or 1/30th. This would fit in right next to your 1/32 F-14, 15s etc. There are many fantastic 3D printed upgrades for this kit on Shapeways (308bits) and Falcon3Dparts. Revell released this kit at 100.00 years ago. It was out of production and soon became a high price collectible. Revell Germany recently repopped it and it retails for $160! Here's your chance to get one of these at a more down-to-earth price 60.00 plus shipping The Revell Box is long and wide. I can repack the bagged parts into a smaller box to save on shipping. PayPal CONTACT ME DIRECT at licin at comcast.net

Returning to IPMS/USA

Thu, 2020-11-26 13:59
Hello everyone, Ive been building plastic models since I was a small boy and never really stopped. I build mostly military models:land, air, & sea, and also dabble in sci fi and real space kits. I was in IPMS/USA from the mid 70’s thru mid 80’s, but then let it laps while I was off working for Uncle Sam (although I continued to build models). Fast forward to about 15 years ago and I joined OC/IPMS and had a ball there with a great group of modelers. Recently with all the lockdown madness I decided to rejoin IPMS/USA. I am now retired and have plenty of time to partake in this great hobby. I’m looking forward to getting to know the folks here.

Broken piece - need advice to fix

Mon, 2020-11-23 13:23
Good morning - the first photo shows a broken piece that happened when trying to complete a wheel assembly. The left wheel in the third photo was a success. The piece is so flimsy. Should I punt and just write this off as another mistake? I would love to hear thoughts on how you would proceed with this. Thanks, Stuart

Submitting a Journal article

Sun, 2020-11-22 23:17
So my buddy says I “have” to write up an article for IPMS

Zvezda Customer Service Excellence!

Thu, 2020-11-19 14:07
I just wanted to provide a shout out to Zvezda and their Graz, Austria Customer Service section on their quick response and quick fulfillment of a missing part! I have Zvezda kit number 7214, Ka-27 Helix A, and lost part 4C (left cockpit door/window), and e-mailed the Zvezda sales & marketing (contact info below). Lirije Zogaj quickly replied to my initial e-mail (25 October) on 27 October. After e-mailing my address, I received my replacement part (actually, the entire three-piece sprue) yesterday, 18 November. I have already sent a thank you e-mail to them. Just wanted to give credit where credit is due! Paul Zvezda Contact: Lirije Zogaj -- ZVEZDA sales & marketing c/o Hobby Pro Marketing GmbH Am Leonhardbach 7 8010 Graz / Austria Tel : +43 316 323400 Fax : +43 316 323119

getting back into the hobby after a decade

Mon, 2020-11-16 18:44
Restarted the hobby a few months ago. Joined IPMS in the spring, and looking foward to Vegas (birthday weekend)

Off the wall idea

Fri, 2020-11-13 18:15
I have a Tamiya M16 halftrack that's missing the quad .50's Been thinking about the Germans capturing it and replacing the damaged .50's with a 20mm flak gun Would a quad 20mm be too big?
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