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Homemade Decals/Transfers (the old-fashioned way)

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 22:03
This is how it was done prior to the introduction of after-market decals, home computers and graphics software, ALPS printers, and blank decal paper.. From the "Model Talk" column by Geoffrey Norris, RAF Flying Review (International Edition), May 1960, p. 45. "You need: a sticky label like those used for re-addressing envelopes*, some clear varnish (I used Humbrol), and ordinary plastic enamels. Working on the sticky side of the label, coat the approximate area of the transfer with clear varnish and allow to dry. Then trace the design onto the varnish. paint it in, and allow to dry again. Another coat of clear or matt varnish on top of this will help strengthen the transfer, but it is not strictly necessary. Once this is dry you can proceed as with an ordinary transfer. One last word of advice: these transfers need a lot of soaking and do not slide so easily as those bought in kits. But they certainly stick on the model very well indeed." Having done this many tines after discovering this process, I can testify that it does work quite well. My "clear varnish" of choice in those days was Pactra Clear Gloss enamel, Humbrol being somewhat hard to find in the US in the early 1960s. *Note: this is a gummed label with "lickable" or water-activated glue, NOT the pressure-sensitive adhesive variety.

New Review: US Armor Display Base 2

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 10:26
Coastal Kits is based in Lancashire, UK, and began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012. Since that time, their business has grown and concentrates almost exclusively on printed display bases for just about any type of model you ever wanted to build in just about any scale. Looking thru the offerings on their website is almost overwhelming there are so many choices, and they will even custom-make bases. The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board, which feels like a rigid mousepad. The material is basically a waterproof plastic, with a printed display on one side. The pre-printed image is a high-quality image on a laminated, wipeable matt vinyl surface which, according to Coastal Kits will not raise or bubble like it was printed on paper. read more View the full article

New Review: R.M.S. Titanic (Olympic, Britannic) - masts set

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 10:11
The tragedy of the Titanic sinking is legendary and needs no introduction. For those of us who are, or will build the 1/350 Minicraft Titanic kit, this mast set is a cause for celebration! I have personally had this ship kit half built and left for a good number of years. I had already scratch built many items to adorn the bridge, grand staircases, and other areas, as well as acquiring about every brass photo-etch set and even a wooden deck set. When I saw this Mast set show up for review, I had to have it and hopefully kick start my enthusiasm to finish this long drawn out build! Goodness knows how much grief I've gotten over the years from my wife and model buddies about when the Titanic will be finished! Master continues to build on their extensive offerings, and this brass mast set is every bit as spectacular as other Master Model brass and photo-etch sets I've had the pleasure of using. read more View the full article

New Review: The Forgotten Dead

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 09:54
This book describes Exercise Tiger, the rehearsal for the American D-Day landings on Utah Beach in Normandy. The training exercise occurred on the Devon and Dorset coasts of England around the village of Slapton Sands on April 27, 1944. Almost 1000 American soldiers and sailors died during the exercise, which was later covered up by officials embarrassed by the fiasco. This book describes the effort of author Ken Small to uncover the truth about the deaths of the soldiers and sailors and to ensure their sacrifice would never be forgotten. First published in 1988, the book has been updated and re-published in 2018. Chapter 1 The Forgotten Dead Describes the impact on the residents of Slapton Village both before and after the training exercise. Chapter 2 Exercise Tiger read more View the full article

GT Resin Seamless Intakes

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 21:56
I ordered a couple of GT Resin seamless intakes for Academy & ZM F-4's from Sprue Brothers. I know the Hasagawa version requires some surgery on the fuselage. Would like to hear pros & cons.

New Review: F-14D Tomcat- Part 3- The Finale

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:17
I originally meant to split this into two parts but once I got started, I couldn't stop. So, let's finish off this magnificent kit. Last we left off, the airframe parts are together and ready for paint. read more View the full article

USA Logo usage by chapters/members

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:26
Are there any restrictions for the use of the IPMS/USA logo in any chapter or individual member usage, outside of trying to profit from its use?

WTB: Victory Productions 1/48 NASA/Air Force decal set VPD48005

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:20
Like the heading says, I am in need of the 1/48 Victory Models decal set of NASA/Air Force markings. Please let me know if you have a set that you would be willing to part with, because I am seriously Jonesing to build this particular F-104 scheme using the Hasegawa kit.

Greetings from Marietta, Georgia!

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:11
Hello friends! My name is Martin Hatfield, and I have been serving as the current president for the Marietta Scale Modelers chapter here in Marietta, GA. for just a little over four months. I just wanted to finally get myself onto these here forums, and get my name out there for those of you who may be visiting or even living in the area. Our chapter will be one of the many local chapters that will be assisting with the Chattanooga Nationals next year, and I look forward to the chance to meet as many of you that I can.

New Review: GeeBee R2 Racer

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:41
Dora Wings is a relatively new company with a number of low-pressure injection mold releases. I contacted them and we were fortunate to receive two new kits - a P-63E King Cobra (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and the iconic Gee Bee R2 racer. There's plenty of history to be found regarding this little bumblebee of an airplane - maximum sized engine stuffed into the smallest possible airframe - so let's get right to the build. Kit contents include a very nicely detailed P&W Wasp radial, a very complete cockpit section (most of which becomes invisible under the tiny canopy) and a sheet of crisp p/e detail. A single sheet, 4 sided color instruction sheet includes a painting guide, and a sheet of masking media is included to allow you to recreate the scalloped paint scheme. read more View the full article

New Review: Sturmgeschutz, Vol. 1, Legends of Warfare

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 01:29
David Doyle is a well-known author of over 100 books published since 2003, covering a wide range of military subjects. Adding aircraft and warship subjects to his already lengthy list of published books covering military vehicles, Doyle's portfolio of publications continues to expand rapidly, while maintaining the highest degree of quality, accuracy, and depth of coverage. read more View the full article

New Review: The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 01:12
Thanks to Casemate Publishing for the review copy! read more View the full article

Frontier HQ Camouflage Paint

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 21:52
Who remembers this brand of paint? It was manufactured by Frontier HQ, Lancaster, New York. Photos of bottles, if you still have any, and scans of ads appreciated.

Jim, The best way to handle the group is through email. So I'm putting together an em

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:19
Jim, The best way to handle the group is through email. So I'm putting together an email list of the folks who are going to be involved with the proposal. This will allow you to follow along and contribute if you wish. Please forward me an email address for you and I'll add you to the list if you wish. Mine is shipmodeler@sbcglobal.net

Phantom of The Opera

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 14:43
Yet another kit that has been sitting, waiting for paint for a while now. It's Lon Chaney Sr., as the Phantom of the Opera. This is a four part kit - the bust and 3 pieces for the base. Silent Screen Icons also included sheets of miniature music to add to the base. Diving right in, things start with some research and I found that Lon Chaney Sr. had both brown hair and eyes. Being that the film was in B&W, I'm free to paint the figure whatever I wanted, so I used the typical dark suit, ivory shirt, and the reddish tie. Base was painted like a dark dank sewer walls. The sheet music was provided and all I did was give it a wash with Citadel sepia. Thanks for looking.

New Review: USS Missouri (BB-63) Legends of Warfare

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 00:11
David Doyle is a well-known author of over 100 books since 2003, covering a wide range of military subjects. Adding aircraft and warship subjects to his already lengthy list of published books covering military vehicles, Doyle's portfolio of publications continues to expand rapidly, while maintaining the highest degree of quality, accuracy, and depth of coverage. read more View the full article

New Review: XP-1937 Coastal Reconnaissance, Attack and Battery Scout- C.R.A.B.S.

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 23:46
From Masterpiece Models Web Site, the back story is: XP-1937 Coastal Reconnaissance - In 2115 World War IV broke out over the last natural resources. The Earth was divided into three major Confederations: The United Alliance of the Americas, the Euro/Siberian Alliance, and the Middle Asian/African Consortium. 2121 marked a turning point in the War when shoreline installations across the globe, both military and civilian, fell under an onslaught of terrifying proportions. From out of the sea came machines so unearthly in their aspect that even the brightest scientists could only guess that they must be extraterrestrial in origin. They were wrong. The XP-1937 Naval CRABS were the front runners of a New Faction that would bring the Confederations to their knees. XP-1937 Coastal Reconnaissance, Attack and Battery, Scout Specifications read more View the full article

New Review: AGM-154C Block II “JSOW”

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 14:45
-15E, A-10 read more View the full article

New Review: AGM-154A/C Block I “JSOW”

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 14:26
The AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) is manufactured by Raytheon Company and gives a precision strike, launch and leave capability. The JSOW has a stand-off range of around 12 miles when launched at low altitude and around 70 miles when launched at altitude. The weapon weighs around 1,000 lbs. and has different payloads depending on which variant it is. The AGM-154A carries 145 BLU-97 sub-munitions and is used to attack fixed and moveable soft targets such as parked aircraft, trucks, APCs and surface to air missile sites. The AGM-154C is equipped with a 500 lb. blast/fragmentation/penetrator warhead and is used to attack fixed point targets such as buildings and hardened tactical targets. The JSOW uses a global position/inertial navigation system for guidance and the C model has a terminal IR seeker. Over 400 JSOWs have been used in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq since it entered service in 1999. (US Navy Fact File) read more View the full article

New Review: Spitfire Mk. VIII/IX/Xvi Radiator Fairings

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 12:54
This set is designed to replace the underwing radiator fairings on Eduard's 1/72 scale Spitfires. The set consists of two single piece fairings with separate exhaust flaps and a small photo-etch fret of actuators. The kit supplied fairings are constructed from three pieces, two sides and a top (bottom?) which actually fit together very nicely thanks to Eduard's outstanding engineering. This set provides the entire fairing cast as a single unit and thus is a drop in replacement for the kit's three part arrangement. As the left and right fairings are different, Eduard has thoughtfully cast "L" and "R' on the insides of the fairings to assist the builder in keeping them straight when it is time to attach them. Now to just figure out if the L/R applies when the wing is upside down or when it is right side up? read more View the full article