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Problem with casting in resin

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 14:34
G'day. I bought the Micromark resin casting kit to cast some seats. I was able to make a master using the rubber latex material, however, after the resin casting "cured," it came out a powdery white, and crumbled. Needless to say the castings weren't usable. Any guidance on this? I'm assuming the Parts A and B were not poured out in specific equal parts. Thanks! Joe Vattilana

Troop Transport

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 14:12
This kit has been in my stash for a very long time. So long in fact that it outlasted the producer - Two Fat Guys. Sidebar: one of the guys went on to form JPG Productions. The 1:2256 scale model came in 7 or 8 parts (I forget now) and was very easy to clean up and get ready for building. The parts went together effortlessly. Looking at images from the Phantom Menace movie, it had this beige, almost rust looking color. What I decided to do was start dark and then mask off sections which would be panels. Then sprayed a lighter color. I did the masking and painting for a number of levels until I had my lightest color. Then removed all the masking tape. Thankfully no paint peeled off from this procedure. This made the wings look "busy." Then I weathered the ship. Then it sat and sat. I knew I wanted to do a little vignette of when the ships landed in the forests of Naboo. finally when I found time, I took an open ended box from Michaels which I turned over and used for a base. Then I took 3 different sized dowels (one size was wooden cotton buds) as the trees. I used cut up pieces of the fiber hanging basket liners as branches. When that was done I added two different times of ground foam as leaves and I finished it up by gluing the ship in place. Thanks for looking.

Alclad paint, 1st time user.

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 11:29
I normally use Tamiya silver decanted out of a spray can to airbrush aircraft . I have never use Alclad paint before. I’ve heard a lot about them. Are they easy to use, and worth the effort? How well does it stand up to washes . Thanks in advance. Christopher

Sailing ship without sails?

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:48
I'm building the Revell USS Constitution and am thinking of finishing it with full rigging but without the (vacuformed) sails provided in the kit. I like the look and I've seen some models displayed like this but am wondering if real ships would have 'bare spars'. Just looking for opinions; would it be more 'correct' to try and simulate furled sails? How would one go about that?

Hasegawa's 1/32 F6F-3/5 impressions

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 16:04
Just received from my supervisor Hasagewa's 1/32 F6F-3/5 Hellcat. From what I can tell, it's an old mold but still looks pretty cool. Has anyone built this particular model and if so what are your impressions?

Monogram HU-16 Albatross

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 09:27
The ancient Monogram HU-16E Albatross, built OOB. Markings are USCG early 1960s, from the Print Scale sheet. The mold dates from 1957, kit was real pain to build. I glued the “moveable” gear in the down position to make it sturdy, and added some lead shot to keep the nose down. Paint is Tamiya white and some of my hoarded MM “Coast Guard Red-Orange” from their discontinued Marine colors line. All the orange bands and black stripes were painted- lots of masking there! I was impressed with how well the Print Scale decals went down over the big rivets... DUKW is the Italeri kit, in USCG colors from the same period....also OOB. Photo courtesy of Pip Moss.....

Cyana and her dragon

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 01:19
This is an Ouroboros Miniatures, Cyana. she was first covered with Tamiya Fine White Primer, airbrushed mix of white, red and yellow Model Master Enamels for the skin base, Vallejo acrylic for the hair, tunic, jewelry, dragon and rock, shaded with oils and finished with Model Master Dull coat. Thanks for letting me share!

1/48 Tamiya P-38F Lightning

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 19:48
After standing in the lobby in Chattanooga for over an hour waiting for my chance to get the early white box release, I figured I better go ahead and build the dang thing! This was an OOTB build, except for adding some Eduard seat belts. The markings are all from the spares box, except for "Pudgy". I drew those letters on yellow decal sheet and then cut each out individually. Not perfect, but close enough for Gil World! The red and white markings were all painted. The markings are for McGuire's P-38F that's depicted on the cover of the "P-38 in Action" book. All in all this kit is da bomb! The main landing gear doors are engineered so that they simply slide into place, no glue needed! Same for the drop tanks when added to their pylons! If you want to build an early Lightning, I highly recommend you give this one a try! Questions, comments, and critiques welcome, as always! Gil

Jacob Marley

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 14:39
Another excellent sculpt from John Dennett and Moondevil Studios. The 1:5th bust was cast in a light green odorless resin. The kit comes in 2 parts - the bust and the base. After washing with warm soapy water, and giving it a coat of primer I wanted to make Jacob the ghost he was when seen in his scene of A Christmas Carol. I had used Citadel's Nihilakh Oxide on the Ghost Lighthouse Keeper and decided Jacob needed the same treatment. But first he needed his earthly colors. As this movie (1952 film) was in B&W, I was free to use whatever I want. So I decided on a white shirt, black jacket, and maroon tie, pale flesh and auburn hair. Ol' Ebenezer looking on favorably From there I started his ghostly change - The purple is masking fluid to protect painted eyes I went back and forth with Jacob adding and subtracting the green and white, until I got a look I liked. The base was painted, and I added a little snow. Done. Thanks for looking.

Hello from Utah

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:35
My name is Mike Naegle. Just joined IPMS. I am relatively new to modeling. Modeling focus is on WWII Aircraft associated with the Pacific War. I also build Family History Dioramas. My son and I are very interested in 3D Prin ters and creating militarty miniatures. The first images I've uploaded are from a completed diorama where my 3rd great grandfather died after ferrying pioneers across the Mississippi. The second two images are a project I am currently working on that depicts my grandfather's role in WWI.

Hi from Utah

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:33
My name is Mike Naegle. Just joined IPMS. I am relatively new to modeling. Modeling focus is on WWII Aircraft associated with the Pacific War. I also build Family History Dioramas. My son and I are very interested in 3D Prin ters and creating militarty miniatures. The first images I've uploaded are from a completed diorama where my 3rd great grandfather died after ferrying pioneers across the Mississippi. The second two images are a project I am currently working on that depicts my grandfather's role in WWI.

Revell 1/32 Wildcat

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:11
Anyone have a left wing root (upper and lower) parts for the old Revell 1/32 Wildcat they would like to sell? An old built-up model would work as well. I'll pay shipping to Las Vegas as well. Thanks

Temporary glue joint?

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 07:34
I'm working on an Airfix 1/72 B-26 and would like to temporarily attach the engine nacelles to the wings while I paint the top and bottom surfaces. The engines do not fit very tightly and will fall off if I abruptly move the model. After painting, I want to remove the nacelles, install the engines and propellers into them and then finally set them in place. The parting line is a natural panel line and will not need to be filled after painting. So I'm looking for a suggestion on how to do this. Perhaps a dab of white glue? Some rubber cement (Micro Mask)?

LF decals for Williams Brothers 1/72nd scale B-10

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 16:43
I am in need of the Alaska Mission decals from the re-issued 1/72nd scale Williams Brothers B-10. The ones I have disintegrated. I think they are also on an old Microscale sheet. The Alaska markings are all I need. If anyone has a set and willing to part with them, I am more than willing to cover your cost and asking price. Thanks in advance.

Correct white for Thunderbird F-16

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 18:58
What is correct shade of white for base coat ? Insignia white as stated in the two Bob Decal set or gloss white? Am I obsessing here but the called out ins white has a gray tint to it. Here is my photo I took in Houston.

Aurora 148 Fokker Eindekker

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:30
Another in this line of kits. Only added a very basic interior. Had to replace the kit's decals as they were browned than the paint I used on the fuselage.

Matador 1/144 Beaverette

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 08:02
This was just for fun. It's a seven part kit that is surprisingly nicely cast. It could liven up a 1/144 scale airfield diorama.

Revell 1/302 US Coast Guard Cutter Taney

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 09:31
I built the old Revell Secretary-class Cutter as the USCGC Duane for our club’s Vietnam war theme. The kit was originally released in 1957 as the USCGC Campbell, in her post Korean War fit. I converted the kit to her sister ship Duane as she appeared during her deployment to Coast Guard Squadron Three in ‘68.There is a full build thread over on ModelShipWorld: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/19370-uscgc-duane-by-rcboater-bill-finished-revell-1305-plastic-ca-1980/?tab=comments#comment-591280

SCI FI Spare parts- from which kit(s)?

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:42
Any idea as to which kit(s) these parts might go to? Lindberg and Strombecker had a series of space ships that used parts similar to these. Note that the parts are molded in silver and white.

Spitfire Mk V 1/32 scale

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 17:42
Question for everyone.... Is the Hobby Boss Spitfire Mk VB the old Hasegawa kit?