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IPMS Journal behind?

9 hours 23 min ago
Just wondering if anyone has received a Journal since the March/April issue or is the Journal running behind. Sorry if I missed something about it being behind if so. Rocky

1/72 Lockheed YF-94D Conversion, finished

Sun, 08/01/2021 - 17:31
As usual, I waited a long time for this model, hoping someone else would jump in, etc. etc. No one else did, so I did, and here is something you won't often see, the YF-94D, which was actually a converted YF-94C in an earlier life. This aircraft was going to be a ground-bashing version of the F-94 series, but that never really got off the ground. This plane and it's single sister ship were used to test the M-61 Gatling gun and 20mm cannon. When these tasks were completed, they were seconded by the Air Force to the Mass ANG for use as trainers. For those interested, the build thread and art work are HERE The pics of old "Pinocchi-nose": Hope that you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed adding this bird to the collection. As usual, while not perfect nor excruciatingly detailed, it's a lot better than the one I had before... Ed

Sir Dog of Madness, come find me at the Nats. We need to catch up old friend.

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 23:37
Sir Dog of Madness, come find me at the Nats. We need to catch up old friend.

The Duke's Finished Tribute Build

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 15:34
It has been awhile, but here is the finished Patton tank that I did for my Tribute Build in commemoration for all the friends I lost this past couple years: Chad Lebo aka Zod Cliff aka New Mex Rich Durham Carl aka Shellback, And Ken Tinsley whom I've heard has not been doing very well. This tank is done as one from his old unit. Here it is my 1/35th scale Dragon M-48A3 Patton tank; the second only 1/35th scale tank I ever built. (My first was a Pz-38t done when I was eight) Yes, the gun does look misaligned in this last pic; it is an optical illusion as I've already checked it for true. This tank will be part of the SoCal AMPS Group Build entry at the Las Vegas Nationals And there it is; thank you for looking in, comments are welcome.

rocket seam lines

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 11:54
Im building a trumpeter sa2 missile and the rocket comes in two halves. I used melted sprue and plastic cement to fill the gap and it worked pretty well. But what grades of sandpaper should I use on the seam line to smooth it out? I used 400,600,800,1000,1200,1500 in that order but are there specific grades that should be used ? or just keep going finer and finer to remove scratches?

Tiger 712 aka 250031

Sun, 07/25/2021 - 21:38
This is the companion piece to Tiger 112 from my Shelf of Woe. 721 is of course the one they brought back to Aberdeen. I depict it here as it was in American hands. The tool clamps are all 3D resin. the stenciling is home made on the computer and should be whiter. Since I can't print white on my computer, I went as close to white I could get and still be able to see it. The main objective was to complete a kit for the abandoned stack. The Lieutenant is an S&T bust with an Alpine head and the driver is a Miniart body with an Alpine head. The B&W picture shows my source of inspiration. The question is whether it is now Allied armor or still German????? Dak

Classic Revell 1/32 P-38J Rescue Kit

Sun, 07/25/2021 - 15:16
This kit was going into the dumpster and the hobby shop owner asked if I wanted it. It had been started with tube glue. The cockpit and nose guns were firmly glued in place. Yet I took this and another 1/32 kit home. Having never built one before I was looking forward to seeing what I could do with it. Lots of filler was used and in the case of the nose gap I used a plastic card shim. With all sanding most of the raised detail was lost. So I re-scribed the kit and it was not that hard at all. I knew I could not get a good natural metal finish with all the scratches on the plastic. So on went the OD and NG. The stripes were easy to do since the width in 1/32 was very close to a roll of Tamiya tape. Painting the wings was easy, but the booms took a bit longer. The biggest problem was getting the stripes aligned. Decals were hard to find for this scale and I settled on a print scale set from one of favorite eBay dealers. The decals were very thin and folded over easily and I lost a couple. I found a photo of the actual aircraft and I noticed the nose cap is a different tone in black and white photos. I could not get a definitive answer if they painted or just natural metal. The decals did not have the inboard letters on the rudder assembly so I cut out a mask and painted it on. It is out of box, or rather out of the dumpster.

Trumpeter 1/200 USS Iowa hull

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 17:36
I was able to find some videos of building this model. Unfortunately I have not found any including posts, etc. that discuss the need to grind and smooth the areas with protrusions. There was a video of a person unpacking the 1/200 USS Missouri and the hull looked perfectly smooth, unlike this one. Is the need to deal with these areas expected and therefore not discussed? Thanks. Stuart

Triathlon Clarity

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 17:44
Just a quick question regarding the Triathlon category (category 830 and 891. I know that the models are supposed to be from three different "classes" of subjects, but are they also supposed to be in the same scale? Thanks!

Decals for Sgt. George Beurling

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 16:20
I'm working on a 1/48th Spitfire Mk Vc representing RAF Squadron 249 BR323/S flown in Malta. I'm in desperate need of suitable decals. Can someone please point me to a source?

Instructions Needed: AVM Mirage M-50 Pantera Conversion Set

Wed, 07/21/2021 - 13:19
Does anyone out there have the instructions for AVM's Mirage M-50 Pantera conversion set for the 1/72 Kfir C2/C7 (#AVM 7209)? I purchased this item on ebay some months back only to find the instructions missing. I contacted the maker, one Alejandro von Schwedler G, who informed me that he had lost his original due to a hard drive failure but was "redrawing new instructions" and promised me a copy "in about 10 more days." That was on March 1, and I have heard nothing further from him since, in spite of at least one reminder. So if anyone has this conversion kit, I'd very much appreciate a copy of the instructions. I tried Scalemates, but no joy there. Thanks in advance.

Minicraft Hasegawa 1:32 F4B-4 Kit Instructions

Sat, 07/17/2021 - 10:38
At a recent swap meet, I bought the Minicraft boxing of the Hasegawa 1:32 Boeing F4B-4 kit (JS-066:350). I opened it up to find two copies of the second sheet of instructions, which includes steps 1 through 13, plus the part drawing and part numbers. I have most of the instructions, but not all. Does anyone out there have this kit and can copy the other sheet of instructions for me? It would be most appreciated. Message me for contact info. Bob

Fujimi 1:72 UH-1N Kit Instructions

Sat, 07/17/2021 - 10:32
I bought a Fujimi 1:72 UH-1N kit recently at a swap meet, but it lacked instructions. Anyone out here who has that kit and can copy the instruction sheet for me? It would be most appreciated. Message me here for my contact info. Bob

A Whale of a bomber (A-3B Skywarrior)

Sat, 07/17/2021 - 00:53
Finished my A-3B bomber this evening. Started with the CollectAire 1/48 resin EA-3B, so I had to saw off the plain tail and convert the backside by adding the gun stinger and rear radar bulge. The side door and windows had to be eliminated and the nose "sharpened" a bit too. This is one of CA's better, later edition kits with the wingfold option, dropped flaps and slats, and PE parts for the cockpit. I chose these markings (Caracal decals) to match the CA resin A-5A Viglante bomber (converted from the RA-5C) I'd built some years ago. And in-progress pics... Wing assembly test fitting Tail conversion work Side door and windows filled Engine assemblies The CA resin A-5A Viglante bomber that it matches... Comments, critiques, and questions welcome, as always! Cheers! Gil

Gold, Silver, Bronze Award question for a local contest

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 14:41
Our club is going to hold a contest in 2022 for the first time in over ten years, the club is considering going to gold, silver, bronze system for the awards. The question that I have have is if we go to GSB awards how many of each should we get? 1st, 2nd, 3rd I know we would need one for each category. Any help would be appreciated. John

Saving a Whale

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 23:22
I'm currently building a resin 1/48 A-3B bomber and had to heat up a pot of water to remove some warps. I used the opportunity to grab my old CollectAire resin RA-3B Skywarrior from the shelf where it was languishing. The wing tips had sagged due to the heat in the garage, so I heated 'em up and straitened them back out. The landing gear and doors were long gone, so I filled the wells with epoxy putty and repainted parts of the old model. Then, using the hot water once more, I heated an acrylic rod and bent it to shape so I could mount it "in flight" like a desk model. Here's how it looked on my shelf.... Gear wells filled..... Finished and mounted.... Now I've preserved my Vietnam NOGS scheme Whale for another 20yrs, hopefully! Gil

Site again opening with a calendar instead of home page

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 18:24
I thought this had been fixed. I have cleared my browser cache, so it’s not me!

Site again opening with a calendar

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 18:24
I thought this had been fixed.

Getting closer to Vegas.

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 11:16
Well, I am one step closer to being ready for Nat's. I got the pitot tube ready. One more item checked off the list. FYI the maximum diameter is .025"

Floquil paint

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 13:32
I was working on my entry for Nat's and broke out some of my old Floquil enamel paint(engine black). I had forgotten how great these paints were to use with a brush. Nothing at all like todays acrylics. Even flow, no brush marks, full coverage with one pass, absolutely perfect flat finish. Man these were good paints. Unfortunatly, they are long gone. Anybody out there know if there is anything that comes close??