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Election Time Line

Sun, 05/09/2021 - 11:17
When will the list of candidates for all offices be posted on the IPMS Forum? That would allow members to ask questions of the candidates When will voting begin? When does voting close?

Replacing a broken clear part on a Trumeter Kit

Sun, 05/09/2021 - 11:14
I need to replace the windscreen, part #24 on the Trumpeter 32nd TBM-3 Avenger kit, kit # 2234. Any suggestions?

M1025 Humvee - Iraq February 1991 - Tamiya 1:35

Sun, 05/09/2021 - 04:07
Hi all, That's my latest AFV work, a little vignette about: M1025 Humvee-16th Military Police Brigade - Operation Cobra - Iraq February 1991 I hope you enjoy my job ???? by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

Hello from Rome (Italy)!!

Sun, 05/09/2021 - 04:01
Dear All. I am Rodolfo an "old" (aged is more correct ????) modeller from Rome(Italy). It’s great to be here!

1/48 Monogram OA-4M Skyhawk

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 23:15
This was a 10-day "quickie" build that I started during the "Skyhawk" week on the D&S FB page. This was the only major variant of the A-4 I didn't have on my shelves already, is a simple build, and so I decided (in my best Cleavon Little) to "whip it out"! The build is OOTB, with the only problems encountered of my own making (like cracking the fuselage seams while trying to shove a paint handle up the tailpipe.... ). One little "cheat" you can see is that instead of bothering to fill and sand the round mold marks inside the flaps (there's 5 of 'em!), is that I used a pin to make screw heads and turn them into "inspection panels"...... The only other trick used on this build was to drill and pin the bombs and missiles for better security in the future during handling. 80s Monogram decals are notorious for problems with the milky white adhesive used at that time. However, I have to say that these kit decals went down superbly, defying all of my expectations! I did use VERY warm water to soak them off of the sheet, and also used a brush to remove that milky adhesive from the backing paper before applying the decals, so maybe that helped. I used Future as the gloss coat too, and perhaps that contributed to their blending in and laying down so well. In any case, the decaling stage was a very pleasant surprise on this build! Questions, comments, and critiques welcome, as always. Cheers! Gil

What are they smoking at REVELL

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 18:58
I built a model of the USS CONSTITUTION and after spending a lot of time on that project. I found their was a problem with their moulding process. You can check out my other posts. After struggling with that kit. I though it would be nice to build the CUTTY SARK. WRONG WRONG WRONG!! Checkout the attached picture. The masts are not right. I checked the plans and reviewed my work and it is impossible that I made a mistake. The two masts fit in two holes in the deck that are configured in such a way that they can only face the directions shown. Is it possible that Revell employees are smoking dope? Any Ideas?

Camel Towing and Salvage WIP

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 17:35
The 1/20th Hasegawa Maschinen Krieger Camel converted to a towing and salvage vehicle. The sphere is Alclad clear blue over gold and the body is clear green over stainless steel. The waldo is scratchbuilt. Way more work to do. Dak

Monogram 1/48 AV-8A Harrier WIP

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 18:29
This is Monogram’s 1979 issue 1/48 AV-8A/GR.1 Harrier kit. Of the Harriers in 1/48 available at that time (Tamiya & Airfix), this was the best kit out there of the subject. It’s only shortfall compared to the other two is in ordnance included. This kit has been in my stash for nearly 40 years, being one of my “original stash kits”. So it is time to change that. I’ll be using this decal set for markings options http://www.caracalmodels.com/products/images/cd48027profiles1.jpg The cockpit has very fine raised details, and is pretty decent, considering it’s age. Back from when Monogram was setting the standard in 1/48 detail. So far I have added the base colors using Humbrol enamels (go figure). Being that these were built in the UK, they were originally produced with BSC colors, which only changed when they were overhauled later in their service lives. Aside from decals and ordnance, this will be an OOB build. The kit does not appear to need any major additions or replacement of details.

The Duke Finishes Two in April

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 17:33
I was hoping to get more done, but work and a cold got in the way. Given that, I was able to finish off these two ACE kits. They aren't the best, and are rather crude since they are first run ACE kits, but they are complete. First is the ACE 1/72 scale BRDM AT-1 Snapper anti tank vehicle I built for a Group Build on another Forums. It was the "Goodbye 2020! Leaving you in the dust" Group Build. I finished it up a couple days ago: This next one is the ACE 1/72 scale Opel Olympia staff car. I thought I would do it in a different scheme so I chose the captured US one. Later I noticed that I had already done a captured US one! Fortunately, the other one had the roof up; this one has it down: That's all for this month. Hopefully I'll be able to bring the other models that are close to finishing across the finish line next month. My apologies for the crude pics. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.

1/48 Monogram B-24J "Dragon and His Tail"

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 23:18
Finished my 1/48 Monogram B-24J "Dragon and His Tail" this evening. I used Kit Worlds decals, and unfortunately, they caused me several headaches! The first, and worst problem was they tended to curl under the edges as you removed the backing paper. Luckily, they are a little thick and I was able to use a knife tip to save the big ones. However, the thin wavy tail curled up into a tube and "died"! So, I had to paint the flowing tail part, from just forward of the waist window on back. That said, once the decals were on they did suck down on the surfaces pretty well. Thankfully, I'd decided to paint the rudder and fin stripes, and only had to use the plane numbers from the decal sheet, which also gave me the same problems. The 2nd problem is that the decal is at least 10% TOO BIG. Even compared to the image on the directions you can see it's too tall when applied, and way too long. If the tail decal hadn't become useless, I'd have had to trim at least an inch at the back and it would've been running into the horizontal tails, which it shouldn't. The kit itself is OOTB, except for using a Squadron vac main canopy. The NMF is a combination of Tamiya spray can for most of the model with Alclad Aluminum for the dissimilar panels, all of it over Alclad Gloss Black Primer. This was a tribute build to an artist friend of mine, Warren Kirbo, who built and PAINTED this scheme on his Monogram B-24J back in the mid 70s. This pic shows where the Dragon lost its tail.... And this one shows the completed artwork after painting the flowing tail section.... Questions, comments, and critiques welcome, as always! Gil

Monogram 1/48 Sopwith Camel- Completed

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 22:15
What is there to say about the Sopwith Camel? It is one of the iconic aeroplanes of WWI, probably the most well known from the Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force to even the novice aviation buff. And helped out no doubt by a certain cartoon beagle and his never ending quest to defeat the Red Baron. This is Monogram’s 1979 retool of Aurora’s 1956 vintage kit. I added a few bits to the interior, and detailed a few exterior bits. Rigging is steel wire and EZ Line, paints are Xtracolor, Humbrol, and Testors enamels. Decals are by Eagle Strike for a Camel from 45 Squadron flown in Italy in summer 1918 by Lt. C.M. Masters. posed with my Oeffag Albatross, my first grown up biplane build from a few years ago And ready for the dawn patrol Thanks for looking, comments and critiques are welcome

Around 100 models for sale

Mon, 04/26/2021 - 20:08
I'm helping a friend liquidate about 100 models. Mostly cars and planes and some Heller ships. I have a half dozen already on Ebay. More will be listed as I find the right size boxes. I would be glad to sell directly. I have a fairly complete list I could upload a .pdf of. Pricing would be about ebay prices but you could avoid shipping and taxes. I'm a former model builder so it's a trip back to my youth opening all these boxes. I don't know if the site sends me notifications of responses so I can be emailed at austininfo@austin.rr.com. Thank you.

Tramp Steamer/Hawaiian Pilot

Mon, 04/26/2021 - 13:46
New here. Knowing the classification fits a multitude of ships, I am looking for Liners, Cargo and or Freighters that would fit the bill of the convoy ships of WW2. Have even considered using hulls of other ships to build from scratch. Any help in available kits out there would be a help. The Hawaiian Pilot is a great option but can't find it. But I am not picky. Scale is not an issue. Just not microscopic or something I need to smash a bottle champaign across the bow on. Thanks everyone. My EM: bill.pepper@charter.net


Sun, 04/25/2021 - 23:25
Hi all. Little help needed. I've got this thing about having crew figures in my built models. For me they make the model. Well I've got a couple of Atlantis HUP-2 helicopter kits that are lacking in that department. There's not much detail in the cockpit to begin with and felt that a crew figure or two couldn't hurt. Does anyone have some spare 1/48 scale seated aircrew they could spare for a fellow modeler? Thanks, Miles

New Member. Bill from Alabama

Fri, 04/23/2021 - 21:26
I have recently retired from my second job and have pulled the tarp off the model hobby. Old ships and the sea are my second loves. But like most of us, we have one main love that keeps us busy. Family. I have spent some time searching for merchant ships of the Tramp Steamer classification. I know there are many types of Liners and Cargo ships that were offered into service in the late 30's and 40's for the war effort and ideally, there is no official designation of a Tramp Steamer. Some years ago Revell or Lindberg offered a nice set of 3 ships in one box. No longer to be found or made. There are manufactures of models out there that can make a buck if they would bring back some of these nostalgic models. The Antique Flea Markets can't keep real Nautical items on the shelves and have a hard time finding them. Looking for Liners and or Cargo ships...Tramp Steamers that would have been a good U boat target. Talking to a friend last week, he gave me your info. Said this site has helped him with his questions. Modeling in the south is a tough nut to crack if you are looking for information. By the way. I married a Grand Rapids girl. If this helps, I will be grateful. Thanks for your time guys. Be safe. Bill

2021 National Convention - Call for Volunteers.

Fri, 04/23/2021 - 17:12
It is time for all able-bodied modelers to step up and do their patriotic duty. Volunteers are need to fill the ranks and defend YOUR national convention against our mortal enemy - CONVENTION CHAOS! Basic training is fast and simple, casualties are expected to be low and you'll even get a nice clean brand-new uniform (Nats T-Shirt). The time to stand back and wait for the 'other guy' to man your place at the parapet (or model registration, security, raffle sales, etc) has passed. We need YOU! Those that stand with us upon National Convention day, go by, from this day to the end of the week, without our being remembered: we few, we crazy few, we band of brothers —for whoever commits his time with me that day shall be our brothers. However humble his modeling skill, this day shall grant him nobility. https://www.natslv2021.com/volunteer ????

Dragon 1/700 ship models

Fri, 04/23/2021 - 07:51
Dear All, At a model fair some time ago I have bought 1/700 models of Dragon 7052 (USS San Diego) and Dragon 7088 (USS Livermore and USS Monssen). Unfortunately I only recently discovered that the building instructions of these models were missing. I contacted Dragon, but so far I have not received these instructions. Could anyone here help me, please? Kind regards, PieterO


Mon, 04/19/2021 - 21:31
This was one of the short run kits from RS Models in 1:72. My penchant for the odd was a little off in that this plane wasn't that weird and it actually got made. The so called "weird" part was that they install a jet engine in the rear. The Luftwaffe didn't go for it because of the expense, but a few were made for other countries. And here it is all done. The instructions said the paint was RLM 02, but my phone had other ideas. Thanks for looking.

Hello from Warsaw

Mon, 04/19/2021 - 14:26
Dear All. I am Jared, from Warsaw (Poland). Favorite topics include non-standard, sci-fi or what-if designs that look believable. I work from scratch with the help of computer or kit bashing when tired of staring at the monitor screen. Because I release kits, sometimes it's so much work that I only light-paint the stuff and let others to enjoy the paint job. ???? It's great to join the forums! Cheers.

A huge detailed Soviet (resin) mecha

Mon, 04/19/2021 - 10:22
Hello! I am Jared. Non-standard, sci-fi/what-if designs that look believable, intrigue me. Friends convinced me to turn this mech into usable model kit instead of keeping for myself just one copy. Months and months later here it is. A technical rescue machine 5DR code-named "Rescue Labor". It's a unit coming from alternative Soviet universe, which I hope will grow ;). 1/35 scale, 20cm height. 330 resin parts and 95 metal parts, decals and large assembly manual. Not a 3D print, parts have no artifacts or a need for sanding. Miniature of a mechanic is an integral part of the works. Hope you like it. It's a honor to be part of this forum. /Jared/