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Hudson Hornet NASCAR

Tue, 2020-08-25 20:32
Hello, Here is a commission build for Jay Ward the head of Pixar animation. This is my interpretation of what the real Doc Hudson car would have looked like. This model has real metal trim and bumpers. I also created custom decals for this build. Rick

CH-46E Lady Ace 1/48 Scale

Tue, 2020-08-25 19:25
Here is my 1/48 Scale CH-46E "Lady Ace" another commission build for my friend that flew her in Afghanistan. Scratch built seats and wiring. Custom designed decals to match his exact copter.

Italian F-104 1/32 Scale real metal skin

Tue, 2020-08-25 11:22
Hi All, Here is one of my latest commission builds for a friend and former F-104 pilot. This represents the exact plane he flew in the early 1990's. This model is covered in actual aluminum panels cut from sheets, not bare metal foil. Decals are custom made for his squadron. The tail section is scratch built to represent the late model 104. I spent around 200 hours on this build. Rick

Rick from Rhode Island Alfa 8C 1/12 Scale

Mon, 2020-08-24 14:14
Hi all, Figured I'd join to get feedback on my builds to see if I should start entering contests. This is my latest build an Alfa 8C in 1/12 scale.

1/18 scale decals for Merit's Dauntless

Sat, 2020-08-22 12:00
Are there any decals or other accessories for the 1/18 scale SBD? Just received the kit and am not sure the decals will hold up. They look ok but it is an old kit. Thanks

Ludwig's Modeler's Library

Thu, 2020-08-20 22:04
I've used Ludwig's Modeler's Library several times over the past few years looking for kit instructions that have come up missing. When I attempted to open it today I got a can't be reached www.cavallar.ch/model took too long to respond error. Have any of you attempted to visit this site lately or know what's happened to it?

Shinmeiwa PS-1Decal Replacement Suggestions?

Wed, 2020-08-19 09:50
I am in the process of building my second Hasegawa 1/72 Scale Shinmeiwa PS-1. (I built the first one in 1974, and it has long been retired to the Boneyard). As you would guess, the kit decals are not that good. I am looking for suggestions as to sources for 1/72 Japanese decals suitable for modern JSDF aircraft. There is lots of WW2 stuff out there and some for smaller more modern Japanese A/C but I can’t find anything for larger aircraft.,, Any suggestions where to look? Thanks for any help, Joe Rivers, President - Willow Run Bomber Plant IPMS, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Completed Military Bust

Mon, 2020-08-17 22:21
I'm giving Aircraft a break for a while, so that I can work on improving my figure painting. In July, I had the opportunity, with 8 other modelers, to attend the Sabot Miniatures Painting Academy here in Louisville Ky. Our instructor for the day, was Brett Avants. Our day started at 7:30AM, and ended around 5:00PM. If your serious about improving your figure painting, or just want to hone the skills you currently have, this class is a MUST attend. Our project for the day was Young Miniatures Siege of Bastogne bust. We learned everything from advanced flesh painting techniques, to simulating woodgrain with different ink colors. A lot of things I had never done before. By the time the class had ended, we all had a mostly completed figure. It was an intense class, but well worth it! Chris

What year is this car

Sun, 2020-08-16 16:06
Can somebody tell me what year this car is. Crazy that they don't put a year in the plans or on the box

Scratchbuilt 1/48 A-18 Shrike II

Sun, 2020-08-16 15:40
First, the most obvious question....WHY? Well, I had an itch to try my hand at a full scratchbuild, having only done heavy conversions with only portions scratchbuilt til now. Second, I love the Golden Age of aviation of the '30s and many of those planes are still not available in 1/48, even in vac or resin. So, I settled on trying to build the Curtiss A-18 Shrike II, a little known twin-engine attack planes from the mid 30s, figuring it's very unlikely to ever be produced "for" me. Only a handful were produced due to Depression era funding and the fast paced changes to aviation at that time. As advanced as it was for the time it was designed (@1935), it was already being obsolesced by the planes that would replace it a mere 2-3 yrs after it was flown in the mid-late 30s...the A-20 and B-25 , which would be capable enough to carry themselves through WWII. References are practically non existent on the A-18. I contacted the National Archives, but was unable to get anything from them, even though my sources say they have the Curtiss archive material. There are none left in the world, so getting "walk-around" pics is a no-go. What's left is about two dozen decent b/w pics, mostly in flight and on flight lines, and woefully lacking of anything truly close up. Also, true scale drawings aren't available. There are some decent simple 3-views, which I enlarged for my use. I also tracked down some flying model plans from the 30s. Although very suspect in many areas, they at least gave me a second "reference". So, once I had those "sized" to 1/48, I jumped in with both feet. Ill use this first post to show some in progress pics..... The basic plans, glued to basswood and rough cut to shape. There's a sheet of copy paper white-glued between the halves of each part to allow them to be separated after final shaping. Much of the final shaping is done. Note the use of epoxy putty (Apoxysculpt) for the wing root filets. It was also used to make the engine nacelles for each wing. Basic parts after separating and priming. The tailplanes were actually cast in resin, another first for me. The cowl mold was made from the end of a large dowel rod. The basic vacuform parts, shot on a machine I borrowed from a friend. I bought an 4'x8' sheet of .03 styrene, cut it into about 18"x24" sections (to fit the machine I had) and vacked as many copies as I could. Note that not all of the parts on each sheet are usable (about 50% waste) Now it's like building any other vacuform model....only cruder! This project gave me a REAL appreciation for the vac Masters like you get with Koster.... Interior parts....I robbed the spare parts boxes whenever possible, but had to scratchbuild some things like the main panel and throttle quad. With no references, I simply built up the interiors to be "period authentic". I make no claims to "accuracy"! The fuselage finally assembled and scribed Main gear well floors with the depressions for the retracted tire (semi exposed as on the B-17). This also shows the main gear, detailed with various bits of rod and punched discs. Some of the fiddly bits....the props are from the spares box, as are the various antennas and the pitot. You can see how the vacked gear doors attach to the gear, which also now have their brake lines. The R-1820 engines are resin items, detailed with some wiring. Here's a rough check of the fit of the engines, cowls, props, and landing gear to see how (and IF) it'll all look when assembled. Now, on to the finished model pics! Gil

Tru-Color Paint Adds Spray Cans

Sat, 2020-08-15 13:47
Tru-Color Paint is pleased to announce that we have added Spray Cans (also called Rattle Cans or Aerosols) to our ever increasing product lines. The first 4 colors to be released on Sept. 1, 2020 are TCP-4000 Black, TCP-4001 Gloss Finish, TCP-4002 Flat Finish and TCP-4003 White. ALL of the Tru-Color Paint Spray Cans will be 4.5 oz. size (as opposed to 3.0 oz. in most hobby paints) so there is more paint available for the modeler. The suggested retail price of each can is $ 10.29. These are perfect to use for spraying larger areas on dioramas. Then on Oct. 1, 2020 the next 4 colors are to be shipped. These are TCP-4004 Matte Rail Brown, TCP-4005 Matte Railroad Tie Brown, TCP-4006 Matte Concrete and TCP-4007 Matte Dark Red Brick. These will be followed by 4 more colors on Nov. 1, 2020 and so on through Oct. 2021. In total there is 48 colors to be added to this new product line, including many specific military and automotive colors such as Anti-Fouling Red, Interior Green, Zinc Chromate, Hemi-Orange, Rust, Matte Steel, Modern Haze Gray, etc. Contact us at tru.colorpaint1@yahoo.com or call us at 714-488-9779 for more information on these products or for any of our many paint products for the modeler. We have also added many new colors to the aircraft and naval ship line of paints.

Tru-Color Paint Adds Spray Cans

Sat, 2020-08-15 13:44
Tru-Color Paint is pleased to announce that we have added Spray Cans (also called Rattle Cans or Aerosols) to our ever increasing product lines. The first 4 colors to be released on Sept. 1, 2020 are TCP-4000 Black, TCP-4001 Gloss Finish, TCP-4002 Flat Finish and TCP-4003 White. ALL of the Tru-Color Paint Spray Cans will be 4.5 oz. size (as opposed to 3.0 oz. in most hobby paints) so there is more paint available for the modeler. The suggested retail price of each can is $ 10.29. Then on Oct. 1, 2020 the next 4 colors are to be shipped. These are TCP-4004 Matte Rail Brown, TCP-4005 Matte Railroad Tie Brown, TCP-4006 Matte Concrete and TCP-4007 Matte Dark Red Brick. These will be followed by 4 more colors on Nov. 1, 2020 and so on through Oct. 2021. In total there is 48 colors to be added to this new product line, including many specific military and automotive colors such as Anti-Fouling Red, Interior Green, Zinc Chromate, Hemi-Orange, Rust, Matte Steel, Modern Haze Gray, etc. Contact us at tru.colorpaint1@yahoo.com or call us at 714-488-9779 for more information on these products or for any of our many paint products for the modeler. We have also added many new colors to the aircraft and naval ship line of paints.

Spitfire Mk. I Diorama Help

Thu, 2020-08-13 15:59
Greetings fellow modelers! I'm currently working on Tamiya's fantastic Spitfire Mk. I kit in 1:48 scale. I've also installed a motor/speaker/circuit board inside that I picked up from Magic Scale Modeling. It syncs the startup sound of a Merlin to the motor, runs for a bit, then powers down. It's totally plug and play too, which made it very easy to rig up. To hide the power cables going to the battery box, I've decided to make a small vignette or diorama of a grassy airfield. Since the Spit will be starting up, it makes sense to me that the scene should include a few figures and a smattering of ground equipment. To that end, I was able to locate and purchase an Airfix Battle Of Britain kit that includes: ten figures an Albion 3-Point Fueller a Bedford WMD light truck an oil bowser trolley accumulator an ammo cart wheel chocks There's also a Hawker Hurricane in there, but that's a project for another day. In my vision for this project, an RAF pilot is scrambling into his waiting Spitfire while the engine starts up. There's a great "pilot getting into the plane" figure and a ground crew member helping him along. The questions I have are these: Would the Spitfire be plugged into the accumulator while it's starting up? My guess is yes. Where? Would the Spitfire be started before/as the pilot is entering? I'm just curious if it's even a plausible scenario. Would the fuel truck be just hanging around nearby along with some of the other equipment? If the bird is already fueled and taking off, maybe the truck doesn't make the cut into the piece. Is a grass mat the best way to go for a base or would a dirt/mud base with static grass applied on top make for a better presentation? I'd have to get a static grass applicator or lots of those little stick-on grass tufts. I'm open to any help you fine folks can offer. If something I've done looks wonky from a historical perspective, let me know! I'm not a rivet counter, but I also don't want to have the pilot texting on his iPhone as he takes off to fight for the skies of London. If we ever get out of this pandemic, I'd love to enter it at a show. Thanks!

Airfix 1/76 Matador fuel truck

Tue, 2020-08-11 15:01
This is from the old Airfix Refueling set. Between this model, with has the twin axel in the rear and the earlier Airfix Matador with the 5.5" gun, which has a single axel, you have all sorts of possibilities for conversions. This one, however, is pretty much OOTB. I did replace the rear doors out of sheet plastic as the kit ones would have looked out of armor plate. I also "busied up" the pumping equipment as that supplied with the kit is a little sparse. Only other additions are headlights, which the kit omits, and glazing for the windows.

2019 Chattanooga National Convention

Mon, 2020-08-10 15:11
Just about a year ago we as a society gathered in Chattanooga TN. The world has turned upside down since then. With all the modeling shows being cancelled. I would like to suggest that we take a look back and share some stories and pictures. It would be a great feeling to remember the fun and models. Looking forward till we meet again. RONBO. Head Bottle Washer.

RS Models B&V Ae607

Sun, 2020-08-09 21:50
I pulled this one out of the stash as it looked like a quick build. Yikes was I wrong. Tho the kit looked good while on the sprue - no flash, delicate panel lines etc... It had one big flaw. Being a jet you see a rounded intake and exhaust. But the top of the plane is nearly flat. So all the rounded supports on top need to be cut away. I didn't want to just cut it all away, so it became cut a bit, try a fit, cut some more, try a fit... Ugh. I got the front and rear all set but it still wouldn't close up. Then I discovered that with the engine running straight thru the plane and the cockpit off set, the kit puts the cockpit and wheel well one over the other. This means I need to break out the dremel again and carve down both components. Tho it didn't need it, I added some of those Liquid Gravity beads. Finally it was time to combine halves and get some paint on. Since no prototype existed, they offered two variations of '46 German colors, a US capture scheme as well as a soviet scheme. I chose one of the German ones. Adding a few other details, like the wheels, I was done. Thanks for looking.

Hilltop garage

Sun, 2020-08-09 11:47
I'm sure that you've all heard the phrase "my eyes are bigger than my stomach"? Meaning don't bite off more than you can chew. I've always been intrigued by dioramas. The stories that they tell can be awesome. I've always felt that the best aspect of a good diorama is one that each new time that you look at it you find some new hidden detail that you missed the previous time. I finally decided, a few years back, that I was going to build my first diorama. Being a car guy it almost made sense that I would do a garage with vehicles, tools, supplies, etc. I also like nature so I wanted to incorporate some added outdoors scene as well. So, one thing led to another and the next thing you know my design is way out of control and taking up a tremendous amount of space. It was fun but finding somewhere to store it/display it when it was done was no easy task. I also only took this to one contest after it was done because of the size and weight. Here it is. I framed the garage completely out of wood. Removable roof, real shingles, opening garage door and as much detail as I could throw at it without it becoming too busy. It was great learning experience that mainly taught me that if I ever did any more dioramas, (which I have) to keep the size in check.

Airfix 1/76 Crash Tender into GS body with improvised trailer

Wed, 2020-08-05 19:28
After I finished a major project, I was casting around for something easy to get into. Poking through my stash, I came across my Airfix Emergency set with a K2 ambulance and Austin K6 Crash Tender (firetruck). At the same time, my eye fell on a box of left over 'stuff' from my Airfix Airfield Resupply and Bedford Truck sets. I had not used the long bed in the Bedford truck set, so I checked to see if it could be mated to the Austin K6 frame and, what you know, it could. It took a little doing, like lengthening the wheel wells and some other things, but it fit nicely. I also found a short bed in the Resupply set left over, so that was bodged into an improvised trailer. It turned out a lot better than i thought it would. The first pic is what the K6 kit is supposed to build up into.

F 18 VFA-146

Tue, 2020-08-04 22:12
Yeah, another completed aircraft build. I've said this before but I'll say it again so that everyone knows my abilities. I'm primarily a car builder. Been around cars/race cars my entire life so I know where everything goes. So, when it comes to building and detailing it pretty much comes natural. Aircraft, however, a whole different scenario. I have to do research for every build and hope that I get it right, or relatively close to right. The technical aspects of building aircraft are totally different than car/truck subjects. I am in total awe of so many aircraft builders and their abilities to get the finishes/weathering just right. So, with the disclaimer out of the way here is my latest build. F-18 VFA-146 Blue Diamonds using a Revell kit along with Twobobs decals. I'm trying to add the appropriate paint details and still trying to get the whole weathering techniques down. Still a ways off on that. All that aside I am happy with the results and think it looks good on the shelf.

1/72 US Military Helicopters

Sun, 2020-08-02 18:32
I am modeling US military helicopters in 1/72. I have almost all of my models, but I am having difficulties with finding two models. One is the Hughes TH-55 Osage, of which Special Hobby made a model in the late 90s. The other is the USCG Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican. Whirlybird from UK makes a pricey resin kit, so I am trying to convert a Revell USAF HH-3E Jolly Green Giant to an HH-3F. I have found conversion kits from Hawkeye Models in Australia, Air-Graphics in UK, and Model Alliance. I have not found sources to get these other than the manufacturers, which are expensive to buy and ship, and take long waits to get. Does anyone know of a US dealer which carries these kind of kits? I would also like to buy Whirlybird's USCG Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard but would prefer it from a US dealer for similar reasons.