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National Convention 2020 Updates and Communication

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 14:25
Greetings all, As I mentioned at the awards ceremony at Chattanooga last weekend I will be maintaining several communication methods in the coming months leading up to next year's convention: 29 July - 1 Aug at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in San Marcos, TX. First, if you would like e-mail updates directly from me I will be sending these out as important information becomes available and confirmed (hotels, registration, etc). Many of you signed up on our e-mail distro list we had at the 2020 table in the main hallway of the Chattanooga Convention Center. For those of you who were not there, or missed the opportunity to give us your e-mail, please send me an e-mail at "director.nats2020@gmail.com" with the subject "E-mail Distro Add" and I will add you to my distro list. I will also be posting updates to two social media sites: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IPMSUSA-National-Convention-2020-451660115577640 Twitter: @2020Nats All information pertaining to next summers convention (i.e., website) will be located here: http://www.nats2020.com. As information becomes available and confirmed I will add it to the site. And finally, I will be posting major announcements here on the forum as well as checking it (almost) every day for any questions about next year's convention. Best Regards, Len Pilhofer

In need of a judges feedback for OOB rules

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 00:02
I really need some clarification on IPMS's Out Of The Box rules. A: For my first question, you can see there is OK bolt detail on this frame, the problem is, there is a lot of filling and sanding that will need to be done in this area to correct the frame and what little bit of detail there is will be lost. What I am asking; can those bolt heads be sanded off, and after all the filling and sanding is done, be replaced with new bolt heads using plastic hex rod? B: This question is similar to my first, except this time, the bolts are just a lump with no hex detail. Can those be sanded off and be replaced with new bolt heads using plastic hex rod?

The Notable Aircraft of George E. Laven, Jr

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 23:17
Members 2,217 627 posts Gender:Male Location:Marietta, Georgia USA Interests:1/72 US military aircraft and small scale r/c aircraft. Report post #1 Posted 10 minutes ago I am not really certain where to post this, as it is more of a collection than anything else, and all of the models have been seen before. It is however my desire than all the information gathered and posted about these aircraft should be in one place that all modelers who wish to duplicate any of these models, may find the necessary info and some pictures or mentioned references, and in some cases, original artwork that can be downloaded. I sort of stumbled across George Laven while researching builds of various colorful aircraft. I soon realized that this one guy was responsible for an awful lot of them, and wondered, "who WAS this guy"? There's not a lot out there, but I'll give a brief bit of what I've found. First, "Stars and Bars -- A Tribute To The American Fighter Ace 1920 - 1973", by Frank Olynyk, ISBN I-898697-17-5, copyright Grub Street London, 1995 states " George Laven joined the Army Reserves and served as a Flying Cadet beginning Dec 30, 1940....was commissioned a 2nd Lt. and rated a pilot Aug 15, 1941 at Luke Field, AZ... was promoted to 1st Lt. June17, 1942 and sent to the Aleutians, Alaska, assigned to the 55th FG, 54th FS.... (and more). Where he is first found in a P-38E, named "Itsy-Bitsy": Build Thread Here This aircraft has at least two known pictures, one on the flight line in Alaska, and one at the San Antonio, Tx airfield, where he flew the aircraft from Alaska for repairs, and a brief holiday. Interestingly, "Stars and Bars" (above) states that he had earlier flown this same aircraft on what they quote as the longest over-water attack mission to that date, 8 hrs 45 mins, or 600 miles from Umnak to Kiska, where he claimed his first kill, sharing a Kawanishi 97 flying boat, which was on the water -- later dis-allowed. Then he appears again, still in the Aleutians, flying his second P-38E, also named "Itsy-Bitsy": Build Thread Here While the blue color seems highly suspect, much discussion and analysis of Life Magazine photos of this aircraft (including color-correcting the photos) failed to yield any explanation. So, it is painted, as it appears. Next, Laven was promoted from Captain (Oct 8, 1942) to Major (July 19, 1944), and sent to HQ 49th FG in the Phillipines on March 3, 1945, where he flew a Lockheed P-38L-5-LO, "Itsy-Bitsy II". It should be noted that the girl he married had this for a nick name, while his familial nickname was "Butz". Anyway, his P-38L, names "Itsy-Bitsy II": Build Thread Here In this aircraft, he shot down the last kill of his unit, an Emily, on April 26, 1945, which would be his last. Nominally his 5th kill, but since the first would later be dis-allowed, turned out to be his fourth kill. Laven was promoted to Lt Col on Sept 7, 1945, and when next we see him, he is in Maine, flying a Republic F-84B, named "Itsy-Bitsy III": Build Thread Here He is next seen flying two or three F-84E aircraft, and on Aug 1, 1951, he was promoted to full Colonel. The most colorful of his three F-84E's is shown here: Finished Pics Here Next we find Laven in maybe the most colorful USAF aircraft ever, a North American F-100C: Build Thread Here This model is a heavily modified Trumpeter F-100C kit, and it was a boat-load of work! Later, he also had a Lockheed F-104C painted to order here: Finished Pics Here It should be noted that the Brass was very unhappy about this paint job, and was eventually ordered "de-tuned", so Laven can be seen in F-104's with at least three sets of markings. It should also be noted that his aircraft at the time were kept "squeaky clean" and highly polished, as he was known to attend an airshow or two... Next Laven was chosen to receive for the Air Force it's first Phantom, dubbed the "F-110A", which was in fact a standard Navy-type F-4B, which the Air Force flew around on public relations tours, until their own real version, the F-4C could be delivered. Here is the F-110A: Build Thread Here And we come to (chronologically) the last major aircraft type tied to Laven. As commander of Clark Field in the Philippines, he flew a flight to Vietnam, where at the last minute, and not planned to include him originally, he was placed in charge of the the first F-100 mission into Laos, to bomb a North Vietnamese ground-to-air missile defense site, which mission turned into such a snafu -- NOT LAVEN's FAULT -- that in the time honored military way, Laven got the blame and was axed from his job! Anyway, only one known photo of the takeoff on that last mission of his is currently known to exist, and this is my interpretation of the F-100D flown by Laven that day: Build Thread Here Again, another Trumpeter kit, with many mods! Anyway, Laven stayed on with the Air Force, finally retiring in June 1969. He was later hired by McDonnel Aircraft, and McDonnel-Dougles, as their representative to the Israeli Air Force. He died Feb 16, 1995 in San Antonio, TX. Oh, and one last thing -- he was known for fast cars (wrecked his DeLorean at high speed) and strange cars: Well, I am not claiming that George E. Laven Jr was the best airman, or the best pilot, or anything like that. But I am claiming that he may be the most flamboyant American flyer; not a Chuck Yeager, but my hero nevertheless, and we should all be thankful for his 30 years of service defending freedom -- as well as all the others sort of like him, fighting the unsung fight. Ed Ellickson

Casting Clear Resin Canopies

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 16:04
Hello, I won't repeat it all here, but here's a link Casting Canopies that I experimented with, a few months ago, which may be of interest to some. I'll reply to any questions here, however. Top are the original parts, bottom row are the resin copies. If you check it out, be sure to read all the way to the bottom, as the first product attempt was not successful! Ed

2019 IPMS National Posters & Stickers still Available!

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 14:06
Hope everyone had a great time at the 2019 Nooga Nats. If you missed the 2019 IPMS Nooga Nats Posters, they are still available for $20 (see attached image) FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the Continental US Poster is 18in x 24in - suitable for a standard frame (frame not included) Send Paypal payments along with your address to the artist, Michael Mattheiss - msmattheiss@gmail.com Checks are also accepted - email msmattheiss@gmail.com for address For addresses outside the Continental US - email msmattheiss@gmail.com for shipping costs before ordering. “Mikey” stickers are also Available! (see attached image) Minimum order for stickers only is 3 for $12 - they are $4 each after FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in the Continental US Individual stickers can be purchased at $5 each with purchase of poster. 1941 Mikey Beetle Mikey Towing Mikey D-Day Mikey Time Travel Mikey Apollo Mikey thanks Michael

Wanted : Heller 72nd scale Arc-En-Ciel

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:33
If anyone has this old Heller kit I'd be interested in buying or trading for it. I have many OOP car and aircraft kits if anyone is interested. C. Davis IPMS/USA #3687

Detailing for F-35B, B-1B, Yak-130, Su-34, Su-35, F/A-18F, MiG-25

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:15
Selling the last released (August 2019) detailing sets of Metallic Details: - Exterior detailing set for aircraft model F-35B (Kitty Hawk, 1/48) - $49.30 Set contains 3 resin and photoetched parts (58*140 and 112*140 mm) for exterior detailing. - Interior detailing set for aircraft model F-35B (Kitty Hawk, 1/48) - $13.45 Set contains photoetched parts (140*44 mm) for interior detailing. - Detailing set for aircraft model Yak-130 (Zvezda, Kitty Hawk, 1/48) - $29.15 Set contains resin and photoetched parts (68*46 mm) for detailing of aircraft model. - Detailing set for landing gears of Su-34 (Kitty Hawk, Hobby Boss, 1/48) - $17.95 Set contains 2 resin and photoetched parts (141*57 mm) for detailing of landing gears for aircraft model. - Detailing set for landing gears of Su-35 (Kitty Hawk, Great Wall Hobby, 1/48) - $15.00 Set contains photoetched parts (140*47 mm) for detailing of landing gears for aircraft model. - Nose landing gear door for aircraft model F/A-18F (Hasegawa, Revell, 1/48; 1/72) for Hasegawa kit in scale 1/48 - $4.15 for Revell kit in scale 1/48 - $4.15 for kit in scale 1/72 - $3.40 Sets contain photoetched parts for detailing of nose landing gear door. - Detailing sets for aircraft model B-1B Lancer (1/72) Nose cone - $3.40 Jet nozzles - $39.20 Sets contain resin parts for detailing of nose cone and jet nozzles. - Detailing sets for aircraft model MiG-25 (1/72) Air intakes - $15.70 Wheel bays - $10.10 Exterior - $6.75 Interior - $4.05 Seat belts - $1.15 Sets contain photoetched parts for detailing of air intakes, wheel bays, exterior, interior and seat belts.

Blood Rage's Fenrir

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 17:16
This miniature was used to break my dry spell. It is Fenrir from the game Blood Rage. Looking up a Timber Wolf, he was painted with more or less the same colors. Being a Norse game, I added some dead grass and of course snow. This snow was the first time I used the snow from Precision Ice and Snow. Two thumbs up from for for that stuff!! He painted up easily so there's no WIP pics. Thanks for looking.

Confessions of a contest judge...

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 16:37
If you are putting your airplane on a mirror base, make sure the underside is as flawless as the top. With 3112 entries, the judges will bump stuff that has inconsistent seams and such. Dak

Confessions of a contest judge...

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 16:34
I was one of the judges at Chattanooga. With 3112 entries, it required some serious work to pick the top entries. For dioramas, don't try to put EVERYTHING into a scene. Less is better. Consider how the main subject got into position; tanks, airplanes, and artillery are not weightless and need to be moved. Remember, gravity is a heartless master, this on a ramp or slope roll down hill. Dak

I need a advice

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 06:39
Hi guys, I'm a new member. I want to buy a car via https://incacar.com/used/cars/aston-martin/dbs/2010-ASTON-MARTIN-DBS-585989/ but I´m a bit worried about that, just if they are reliable. Is there someone who knows them, or bought a car from them? What do you think about that? Thanks for answers.

Confessions of a model judge

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:00
I was judging at the Chattanooga show and the most common flaw we found on 1/72nd scale armor was crooked tracks. This seemed to be a problem on about half of what we looked at. Tow in; tow out and floating roadwheels. Also, if you are super detailing your 1/35th tank, make sure you drill out the machine gun barrels. Dak

My Newest E-Book Is Now Available!

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 22:54
Just a quick note to let y'all know about my latest e-book in The Marmo Method Modelbuilding Guide series. This one is #9 and is titled From An E-Book To A Hard Copy (or How To Print A PDF). Most of us 'older' modelers actually prefer a publication we can hold in our hands and that's the whole purpose of this installment. Now you can save money on the e-book but print any part or all of it whenever you want to or need to. Anyway, you can find the full particulars here. Check it out and let me know what you think. BTW, it's only 99 cents.

Thanks to the Chattanooga Team

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 17:39
I had the chance to attend the Chattanooga Nationals last week and I wanted to congratulate Mike Moore and his team for an outstanding show. The venue was superb with plenty of room for the contest and vendors--never seen so many models in one place! I also had the opportunity to attend Bryant Dunbar's Grex airbrush class, and that was first rate, both in terms of the instruction and the "goody bag" they provided...learned a new technique and more about my airbrush. On a personal note, I wanted to thank the gentleman who was working the information/registration desk a couple of hours before the dessert social last Saturday. Unfortunately, I didn't get his name, but he really helped me out of a bind by providing me with replacement tickets for the event. I misplaced the ones I purchased, and went down to see if I could get two additional tickets. He could have said no, or you have to pay for them again, all within his right...but he didn't. He gave me the tickets without even checking the registration to confirm payment--just took me at my word. In my mind, this was "above and beyond" customer service. It may have been a small thing to your staff, but it was a big deal to me. It's this type of experience that makes me proud to be an IPMS member. Postscript: After attending the awards show and getting my models back to my room, I found my folder with the tickets...plan on keeping them as a reminder of a great show. Again, Mike and team, thank you for hosting a fantastic event. I know it was a lot of work and you had a number of big item issues to deal with, but you still had the time to work the details and take care of the people who attended your show. Sincerely appreciate your efforts, and I wish you continued success! Best Regards - John

Waytago, 'Nooga!

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:52
Just got home from this one and enjoyed it very much. Great accommodations (Staybridge), efficient admin & programming, excellent exhibit hall & vendor set-up, cool seminars and fantastic, inspiring work to see. Through my lens, the Display-Only and the non-banquet dessert-social ideas were very successful. (Only caveat might be to make any awards to previous Nats winners by 'popular vote' only.) Fun-factor: Pegged. Shipped booty: Enroute. Top marks, crew!

Jim in Michigan

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 17:27
Greetings. I’m a new member, getting re-started. I did some RC aircraft building a number of years ago, and recently decided to get into model railroading as an activity with my grandson. Got distracted into building some basic cars and planes with him and helped him with his Pinewood Derby cars. Bought a Paasche H airbrush and learning to use it... recently completed an Estes rocket, and now getting more serious with a ‘65 Mustang kit. I get most of my supplies and models from Model Cave in Ypsilanti, a great place! Hoping to learn more through this forum.

Why charter a club?

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 10:57
Looking through the IPMS website, I was trying to find the answers to three basic questions, and came up empty: 1. How does a club become chartered? 2. What are the benefits of doing so? 3. When a new member joins, does the IPMS do anything to let either the individual or local chapter know about each other? Now in regards to questions 1and 2, I have to admit I didn’t read the constitution and bylaws - but if that is the only place the answers are posted, then that needs to be fixed, IMO. In regards to my third question, I am guessing the answer is “no”. I realize there may be privacy considerations about sharing the new member’s contact info with local clubs, but maybe there could be a checkbox to let the new member opt-in to share an email address with local clubs. Maybe it is posted and I’m looking in the wrong place? -Bill

LF: 1/72 individual Falcon canopies + other 1/72 bits

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 06:41
Hello, Not being a fan of buying the entire canopy set an then use just one or two canopies from it, I was wondering, if someone would have these Falcon canopies listed below as spare, and would be interested in selling them: Defiant canopy from set No.2 Ar 234B canopy from set No.6 Barracuda canopy from set No.9 A-20C canopy from set No.10 SB2C canopy from set No.11 D3A1 canopy from set No.18 Ar 196 canopy from set No.21 Fw 189 canopy from set No.21 Wellesley canopy from set No.22 LeO 45 & 451 from set No.26 Bréguet 693 from set No.26 C-46 canopy from set No.27 Maryland canopy from set No.30 T-6A/D canopy from set No.30  Also looking for these various parts: Hurricane Mk.I Early 1/72 vac canopy from Sword kit (if someone has decided to use a plastic replacement, or wants to trade with me for new tool Airfix one) Engine front hub from Sword's 1/72nd Re.2002 (i can even copy the part and return the original to You) F-4U Birdcage Corsair decals for "Tojo eats sh*t" machine from Barracudacals #72010 or #72152 P-47N decals for "Red-E-Ruth" machine from Kits-World #172083 (even only nose-art) Ju87B-2: just the emblem and letters for 8./STG2 machine from Xtradecal #X72249 set Ju88A-4: just the emblem and letters for any of the first two options (or even better, both of them - KG51 and/or KG30) from EagleCals #153 set Mig-3: "Za rodinu" (Print Scale set #72-283) Ki-46 III Dinah: Eduard photo-etch set (Cat.# 72358) Bf109G-6: Only these two emblems from the new Tamiya kit #60790 Payment in advance via Paypal Thanks for looking!

1/72 XB-40 Bomber Escort Conversion

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 00:44
Well, as noted in the build thread HERE: Here are the final pics of the B-17 that started to be converted to a YB-40, but ended up as the XB-40, something you may not have seen much of before! Thanks for looking. See you next time, Ed

Registration

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 15:32
Hi Guys My Wife just surprised me and told me we are going to the Nats. It is on my bucket list to go to one more since I haven't been to one since about 2000-2001. Anyway I won't be entering anything and I noticed daily admission is $12 but in the past I always pre- registered and I see pre-registration is closed. so how much is it to register at the door and will my wife be able to accompany me into the contest room vendor area? TIA Max Bryant #25146