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The Duke Finishes Three in March

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 16:24
This month was a tough month to get anything done but here I have finally gotten a few more models finished. Let's start with the 1/72 scale ESCI Canadian Leopard 1A3 that I finished for the Micro Model Month Campaign here on the Alliance: Not bad for an ancient kit released in the 70's... Next up is the Zvezda 1/72 scale Russian 2S19 Self Propelled Gun: That is one monster gun! Finally, here is the Takom 1/72 scale US Army D-9 Bulldozer that came with the M-1070 tractor and M-1000 trailer: Looks like the dullcoat was still a bit wet on that first pic. Finally, here is a shot of the business end of that dozer. Let me know what you think: And that is all so far. There are a few others that might be brought across the finish line in a few more days, but just in case they aren't, you can at least take a gander at these. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.

First tank ever built -- in a 48 hr group build

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 15:32
Hi all, Like a challenge so I joined a 48 hour group build the other weekend, and decided to go for a Tamiya 1/48 Sherman "Easy Eight". First time ever I built a tank. And first time in a time limited group build. The part count was a little .... high for a 48 hour build. But the kit is just great. See the result here: And the build here: Please hit the like button, and leave your comment.

IPMS USA Journal

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 10:12
Just curious about the timing of when I receive my journal issues. I just received the Jan/Feb 2021 issue yesterday (Mar 29th) and similarly received the Nov/Dec 2020 issue in late January 2021. While it’s not a problem for most of the articles I do notice references in the Nov/Dec to “hope Santa IS good to you” and dates for the RiverCon show in the Jan/Feb issue have passed. Is this standard practice for the journal to be a month late? Tim

Packing Contest Models for Air Travel

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 06:28
Anyone here have any experience with packing models for air travel? I am thinking about flying to Las Vegas for this year's Nationals. Looking for tips in this area. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.


Sat, 03/27/2021 - 19:37
Hi, In this diorama, I tried to portray the battle of Hue City scene of Stanley Kubrick's cult movie "FULL METAL JACKET". First of all i apologize for my bad english. Scale 1/35 M41 Walker Bulldog Tamiya 35055 Figures US Armoured Troops Tamiya MM217 Hope you like it.

Spits with auxiliary fuel tanks?

Sat, 03/27/2021 - 08:52
I'm reading Holland's "Sicily '43". In a chapter entitled "Airpower", he tells a story of a pair of Spitfires out of Malta equipped with "auxiliary fuel tanks that could be discarded ..." I'm no aircraft expert, but I don't recall ever hearing mention of Spits being so equipped nor seen a photo of one. Anyone out there have more info on this?

I wish....

Fri, 03/26/2021 - 16:48
...There were the entire bunch of Mad Max vehicles available in 1/35 or 1/24 scale: Immortan Joe's Gigahorse Doof Wagon Nux's Chevrolet Coupe Rictus Erectus's Big Foot The Buzzard Excavator Imperator Furiosa's War Rig

1/72 F3H-1N Demon Conversion of Emhar F3H-2N-- Blue Navy

Fri, 03/26/2021 - 14:17
Number 3 for 2021 is a conversion I started right after the Emhar kit first came out, which then rested on the Shelf of Doom ever since. Here's one for the Gipper: For those who might be interested, the build thread is HERE I am posting the final pics of the model: This model was on the Shelf Of Doom since shortly after the kit came out (2004?), and I'm glad to have finally bitten the bullet, and now have it to add to the collection. I hope some of you out there will give one a try! Ed

IPMS publications for free

Wed, 03/24/2021 - 14:17
Ancient modeler (ex-IPMS #4802) downsizing and seeking to send his collection of IPMS publications to a new home. Includes a folder of very early (1960s-70s) News Sheets, IPMS Magazines etc.; Quarterlies Vol. 1 and 2 reprints (1965-66); then mostly complete Quarterlies Vol. 8 (1973) through Vol. 23 (1989) and Journals Vol. 1 through 16 (2004). I'd like to keep the collection together. You can have them for free if you pay the shipping. Contact me through my website at www.carlmolesworth.com/about.

New Member, Old Guy

Mon, 03/22/2021 - 17:39
Greetings all from Southeast Michigan: I am a brand new member to IPMSUSA, something I realize I should have done decades ago, but nonetheless, I finally decided to make the move. Being 66 years old means, well, a few things; more available time at the modeling bench thanks to retirement, needing ever more magnification to see what's ON the bench, and like all of you, facing challenges in finding where to put the stuff I make. But I've definitely got the bug...bad. My dad passed on the genetic material that I now have for this hobby; he used to make kits himself back in the paleozoic era of the early 60's and I clearly remember some of the aircraft models he made that were hung from my bedroom ceiling, there until my brother and I knocked them down from horsing around. We used to make our models together back then, and when we broke them or got new ones we kept a huge spare parts box that we'd franken-glue new stuff together, kit bashing to our hearts content. No airbrush or hardly even paint back then, just Testor's glue and crazy imaginations. Dragsters with 6 or 8 jet engines, for instance, figures with 3 heads or animal/human hybridized concoctions, trucks with wings, etc., each one a different make or even scale. We didn't care and it didn't matter. It was decades later, after my own family was established that I re-discovered the old styrene aroma that so captivated me when I was young and I renewed my deep fascination with building, but now with much more patience, ability, and resources available to me than I ever dreamed possible. So today the dream lives on; I love being at the bench and can easily find myself squirreled away in my basement for 5-6 hours at a stretch fiddling over some cranky P.E. laced sub-assembly procedure until I can hold it up and crow with victory at what I've done. I don't have a huge stash like many of you have, but I keep trying.

Enzo Ferrari WIP

Sun, 03/21/2021 - 21:26
Tamiya kit with Master Box and DEF figures. Not finished, yet. I'm waiting on some details to arrive in the mail. Dak

Enzo Ferrari WIP

Sun, 03/21/2021 - 21:25
Tamiya kit with Master Box and DEF figures. Not finished, yet. I'm waiting on some details to arrive in the mail. Dak

Enzo Ferrari WIP

Sun, 03/21/2021 - 21:24
Tamiya kit with Master Box and DEF figures. Not finished, yet. I'm waiting on some details to arrive in the mail. Dak

Can someone PLEASE provide me with a point of contact to determine whether someone re

Sun, 03/21/2021 - 19:05
Can someone PLEASE provide me with a point of contact to determine whether someone received and acted on my change of address form? I haven't seen the IPMS Journal for a while and suspect my change of address may have been lost somewhere in cyber space. Thank you very much. chuck

1/144 AMP B-2A Spirit Stealth Bomber

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 09:23
For my next build this is the 1/144 AMP B-2A Spirit Stealth Bomber. This is another build for a local client. I will be mounting it in one of Grandpa’s Cabinets display cases. (https://www.grandpascabinets.com/model-display-kits/ ) The kit comes with four different aircraft markings of New York, Indiana, Arizona, and California. I will be using the “Spirit of California” for this build. The kit has very good details for such a small scale. I will also be using Metallic Details photo etch set to detail some of the areas. To start off I assembled the cockpit and used the kit decals for the instrument panel and side/center consoles. The seats were assembled and I used thin strips of Tamiya tape to make the seat belts. The nose gear bay was detailed with some photo etc parts. The rest of the landing gear bays will be detailed later as the photo etch details run between the bay doors and the bays. I would like to note that the parts require a lot of clean up due to mod seams and minor flash on many of the parts. However with all the seams and flash cleaned up the fit is very good. I assembled the bays and closed the bomb bay doors as this will be mounted inside the case. I then built up the intakes and exhaust so I can assemble the main fuselage. While reviewing the instructions, I found out there is an error in them. The instructions call out to assemble the intakes and mount them to the outside intake panels then install them from the top. While checking the fit into the fuselage I quickly realized the intake assembly cannot fit in from the top. You need to install the intake assembly from the bottom then the outside panels from the top. Surprisingly it all fits together very well. With the intake assemblies, exhaust, landing gear bays, and cockpit installed the fuselage was them assembled. The fit of the fuselage halves after cleaning up the seams and flash is great. There are no gaps at all. I then installed the windscreen to the cockpit and used kapton tape to mask it off. The kit comes with a mask set but they seem slightly undersized for the windscreen. The kapton tape was trimmed to the edge of the frame. With the fuselage assembled I am starting on the landing and wing assemblies. Check out the build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-144-b-2a-spirit-stealth-bomber/

Party Girls

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 16:04
These are two Masterbox figures in 1/24th to go with a car model I am currently working on. I haven't seen many done, but they look pretty good when you get them together. There are a bunch of men and women in the series, mostly in modern attire. As you can see, the one girl comes with a mobile phone. MB never quite matches their box art and they have some seams and flash. I used a hot knife to enhance the hair. These are all done in enamels. Dak

When is the 2022 convention in Omaha?

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 20:01
My wife and one of her girlfriends are talking about a post-pandemic family trip for July 2022 to Orlando. What are the dates of the convention in Omaha so I can get it on the calendar before they firm up the trip dates?

In need of a canopy for the Academy CH-53 e

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 15:48
Hello fellow modelers! I am in the middle of a build of the Academy Ch-53 E (kit 12209) I rode in these bad boys when I was a USMC Lieutenant about 30 years ago. Somehow, I managed to spill something on the canopy (part E1) and now the canopy is toast. Not sure what it was, but my utility sink is right next my modeling bench. I contacted MRC and they no longer have a spare parts stash as they sold the franchise. I have reached to to Academy in Korea as well. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can get this part? Without it this build is headed to the bone yard. Thanks!

ICM Replacement Parts

Sun, 03/14/2021 - 20:07
I have an ICM 1/48th scale O-2A Skymaster that I've managed to mangle both props (parts A15 & 16) & part A54. I emailed icm@icm.com.ua 2 weeks ago asking how to get replacement parts. Still haven't gotten a reply. Anybody have an idea how to get the parts?


Wed, 03/10/2021 - 22:37
This is another kit that was deep in the pile. My favorite Cryptid, Mothman! I'm surprised I waited this long to build it up. I picked this up from Jean StJean Studios. It came in 5 parts of gray resin. There were very few noticeable seam lines, and clean up was very quick. Now, the typical description of the monster is a black being with wings, and bright red eyes. But being that a lot of nice detail was sculpted into the wings, I couldn't just leave the entire thing black. The wings had "eyespots" on the inner and outer wing, so I mimicked the eyes with some of V's Black Red. Toward the top of the "eye" I lightened the red a bit. Then there was this crosshatching along both sides of the wings. I gave that some light gray on the outside and a darker gray on the inside. From there the body was painted in V's Black Gray, and then highlighted with some Medium Dark gray. The creases got a was of Nuln Oil. But then I didn't want it to be too monotone, and gave the whole thing a misting a Army Painter's Blue tone with the airbrush. The eyes were painted gloss black, in prep for V's White Aluminum, and then some Transparent Red. The base is rubble with the creature perched on some of the iron bridge remnants. I have the rubble a few browns and blacks, and the iron was painted steel, with a few different rust colors. I then added dots here and there of the Molotow Chrome for sparkle. I looked up and found an image for the newspaper for the day the Silver Bridge collapsed. As soon as I get more ink for my printer, ???? I'll print that out an add it to the rubble. Thanks for looking.