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ANONYMOUS ISN'T

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 17:46
On all the contest entry sheets, we fold our names under to make things anonymous. Isn't this silly? A Chattanooga, I watched dozens of people turning over the sheets to see who built something, The judges have to look to avoid sweeps. So why not just leave the name out in plain sight? It would make it easier to get to know other members, too. If the idea was to make it so the judges had no idea who built something and are impartial, it is a total failure. Particularly since so much stuff is on the web and in magazines. Lets stop this silliness if for no other reason than to protect the models. How many times do judges have to shift a model off an entry sheet to read the builder's name!? Thoughts? Dak

Good Grief Charlie Brown

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 16:56
This is a kit by Good Fellas Resin, designed to pay tribute to an artwork by Max Dunbar. It's an adult, post apocalyptic, Charlie Brown and Snoopy - It was a well engineered kit, and a pleasure to build and paint. Thanks for looking.

New 2020 Room Block Opening Time/Date

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 13:52
Greetings All, First off, my apologies for the hiccup this past weekend on the room block opening. I was on the phone with our group room coordinator at the San Marcos Embassy Suites this morning and they are ready to release the room block to us tomorrow, Tues, 10 Sept, at 3PM central time (4PM Eastern, 2PM Mountain, 1PM Pacific). Before the end of today (Monday, 9 Sept) I will update the website (http://www.nats2020.com/registration_pages/hotels.html) to reflect the link with instructions to the Embassy Suites room block. If you click on the link before 3PM central tomorrow and try to make a reservation it will say the hotel is “sold out”. This just means the room block is not open, not sold out. There are plenty of rooms available - very close to the original 260 in our block, minus some I have carved out for IPMS E-Board and other staff. I have heard a few were able to make reservations but I‘m not going to dwell on how…the point is a vast majority of the rooms are open. Also, I requested more rooms to be available at the convention rate on Tues, 28 July. Embassy Suites stated they can support this. I will be on the phone with our group room coordinator tomorrow right before 3PM (Central) to make sure this goes off without a hitch. The mistake I made this time around was arranging for the rooms to open on a weekend, and if there is a glitch no one is around to address it until Monday. My bad…I’ll remember this the next time I head-up a convention (sarcasm inserted here). You will see another e-mail/forum/FB post from me in a day or two on how we are going to handle the sold-out hotel (once our block is depleted) to ensure those that want a room can get one if someone cancels before June 27th. Too much detail for a single e-mail and I wish not to confuse the subjects. As always, send me any questions you may have (director.nats2020@gmail.com) and I’ll do my best to find an answer. -Len

Exciting news from Eduard regarding their P-51 family!

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 18:35
Link to article here.

In-Flight Model Category Question

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 07:37
Tried searching the forums about this but my efforts weren’t productive Why “gear up” when it comes to this category? Interested in the logic/reason. Normally you are airborne when weight off wheels. Gear could be down or in transit soon after rotation or on final/in the pattern. I called “airborne” to CATCC each Case III carrier launch. I guarantee I was airborne (I’m still alive), but I was still waiting for three up indicators and the red light to go out in the gear handle (gear was still in transit/raising). More curious than anything. I’m interested in doing a launching IAF F-4E with gear in transit. Tried searching the forums about this but my efforts were poor. Why “gear up” when it comes to this category? Interested in the logic/reason. Normally you are airborne when weight off wheels. Gear could be down or in transit soon after rotation or on final/in the pattern. I called “airborne” to CATCC each Case III launch. I guarantee I was airborne, but I was still waiting for three up indicators and the red light to go out in the gear handle. More curious than anything, appreciate any insight. Cheers Collin

K5Y1 Willow by Nitto 32nd scale

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 17:13
I acquired this kit in Dec, 1978 and its been sitting on my stash shelf until April/May of this year. The kit supplied metal rods to use as rigging and that worked out fairly well.

Why you no update your calendar?

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 13:49
Free advertisements. Put your club contest on the contest calendar. Many there are a year old! And the 2020 Nat's isn't on the calendar yet, either. Just wondering why clubs don't take advantage of free press.

Delay in Room Block Opening

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 10:31
Greetings all, Unfortunately, we have run into some bumps-in-the-road with our room block with Embassy Suites. Specifically, it was not opened today like they had assured me it would be. I have phone calls into the manager’s office with assurances that someone would call me back today (Saturday, 7 Sept). In the meantime, I am going to hold off posting the link to the convention-specific reservation site with our contracted rates until I get the situation resolved. I will send out another e-mail and forum post with a new date and time that the room block will be opened for all to make their reservations. I apologize for this inconvenience. This is my number one priority in the coming days to get this sorted out. -Len Pilhofer

Czech TNH 1/48 Tamiya

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 15:22
OK, its not a real TNH, but the Tamiya 1/48 Panzer 38(T). The tank was developed in Czechoslovakia just before the war started. As a matter of fact, it wasn't even in service yet when the conflict began, so this example is rather spurious in its markings. The Germans thought so much of the vehicle they modified them slightly and equipped whole armored divisions with them (Rommels 7th in France for one) right up to the Russian campaign. The 37mm gun was as good or better as that mounted on any German tank at the time (with the possible exception or the Mk IV, but that 75mm was a short barreled infantry support weapon and besides that there were very few of them, even in France.) the armor was comparable and it was very dependable. The camo is typical per-war Czech camo. The little flag on the turret is from my imagination. I can't find many photos of pre-war Czech armor in Czech service, but it seems logical they would have some sort of national markings on their vehicles. I did this one strictly OOTB. These 1/48 Tamiya kits are just a delight to build. Fit is excellent and detail is very good. Tjhe length and link tracks are nicely done, but can be fiddly to get right and you can see a couple of my problem areas if you look closely. If you're not an armor builder but wonder what all the fuss is about with armor models, give one of these 1/48 kits a try OOTB. I bet you'll have fun with it.

Consignment for painting (1) or (2) 1/32 Tamiya pilot figures

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 10:54
Hi, Wanted to reach out to see if anyone has a little bit of time to paint a figure for a fee. See attached details. Please contact me at seanw248@gmail.com

Consignment for painting a 1/32 Tamiya pilot figure

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 10:51
Hi, Wanted to reach out to see if anyone has a little bit of time to paint a figure for a fee. See attached details. Please contact me at seanw248@gmail.com

AMK - 1/10 Little Boy atomic bomb model kit

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 11:11
Hello, I would like to present you the model kit of the first atomic bomb used in combat, the infamous Little Boy. It is an artisanal production in 1/10th scale made in 3D printed PLA. The design is based on John Coster-Mullen’s book "Atom Bombs, The Top Secret Inside Story of Little Boy and Fat Man", therefore, the dimensions are spot on. This kit does not only depict the right proportions of the weapon but gives the possibility to the model maker to show the internals. Here are two videos of the unboxing and assembling of the kit : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AslfAbyU7VU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvOQ6-vtcvQ Thanks for watching, Antoine.

Hello from France

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 10:51
Hi, My name is Antoine, I am 43 and have built model kits for 37 years. My very first model kit was a landing craft, I do not remember the brand nor the scale. I built it with my dad, I was 6. I live now near Paris, I am married, 3 children. Time just flies... I registered to present you my project, I will post a thread about it. Thanks for reading me. Antoine.

Hasegawa 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 18:42
After a nearly 2 1/2 year hiatus from scale modeling, I chose this project to blow the dust off of my creativity. All told, I spent about a month from start to completion. This model depicts a Bf 109G-6 of 7./JG3 -White 10 + Black I, Bad Worishofen, 1944. The venerable Hasegawa kit speaks for itself, and there is no issues with assembly. In fact, there was no filler needed anywhere on the airframe. The only aftermarket I added was an Eduard PE seat harness. Chrome Bare Metal Foil was wrapped around the hydraulic oleo struts. The markings were from an 18 year-old Cutting Edge (Meteor Productions) sheet. Back in the day, Cutting Edge decals were my go-to for aftermarket markings. This sheet, however, gave me fits. The spiralschnauze would not lay down, so I substituted it with one from an old Eagle Strike sheet. After, of course, sanding the spinner clean and repainting/glossing. The meteors fractured in several spots, necessitating touch-ups with white paint. But, the strangest thing was the fuselage Balkenkreuze-both sides, after being set with Mr. Mark Softer, and clear coated, weathered, and semi-gloss coated-lifted from the plastic and bubbled up! Granted, the Mr. Mark Softer was maybe 6 or 7 years old, and there was not much left in the bottle, so that may have played a factor. So, I stripped the fuselage of those two decals, cleaned up the areas, re-painted the areas, re-glossed the areas, and used the kit’s markings. These performed well. The antennae wire is stretched sprue. Having not completed (or really worked on anything for that matter) for nearly three years made this project a humbling experience. There’s a lot of room for improvement, and I have a lot of work to do in the future. Thanks for looking…

2020 Convention Room Reservations...And Other Topics

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 13:48
Greetings all, I hope most of you have decompressed after a most excellent convention in Chattanooga just a few short weeks ago. As promised here is the first update of many regarding next year’s national convention in San Marcos, TX. First, the question that I know is on many people’s minds is “when do rooms open up”? The IPMS-specific room reservation links - that give you the convention rate - will go live next Saturday, September 7th at the following time: 11:00AM Eastern 10:00AM Central 9:00AM Mountain 8:00AM Pacific The links will be on the convention website: www.nats2020.com/registration_pages/hotels.html. There will be links for the Embassy Suites plus all four overflow hotels. If you missed my presentation at the Chattanooga convention, I announced that we will be providing a shuttle bus to run (free of charge) on all four days of the convention from approximately 8AM to 8PM each day (we will work to move the last time back to later in the evening on Saturday to take into account the awards banquet). This shuttle will run a loop between the Embassy Suites, the four overflow hotels, downtown San Marcos, and the Premium & Tanger outlet malls. Right now, we’re anticipating it will stop at each location at least once an hour. Speaking of shuttles, we will also be providing a free shuttle service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (i.e., Austin, Texas) to the Embassy Suites and overflow hotels on the Wednesday and Thursday of the convention (July 29th and 30th). This shuttle will make a run once every 2-3 hours starting at noon and make the last run around 9PM. We will have a small welcoming team staffed by the IPMS Austin Scale Modelers Society to greet convention guests and direct them to the shuttle bus stop. If you make reservations with Embassy Suites there will be an option to select parking for $10 per night. Disregard this as parking is free; it is in the contract with IPMS/USA that guests will not be charged for parking. In-room Wi-Fi is also included in the price of the room as per the contract. Theme Awards: We are close to getting the wording down for the theme awards and I will post these to the web site soon (before the end of September). Theme awards will be listed under the “Contest” page of the 2020 Nationals website: www.nats2020.com/contest.html. The details on our various staff members is up on the website as well. For questions on specific areas of the show you may reach out to each of them: www.nats2020.com/staff.html. We will be diligently working on adding details to the website in the coming months once these details are ironed out. We expect show registration to begin in early 2020 to include banquet tickets, tour tickets and various seminars that will require tickets (only a few). The staff is also working on details of the t-shirts as well as the possibility of hats (still weighing this one). Of course, pins and decals are in the works and we will have final designs and products in the spring of 2020. Feel free to reach out to me at this address (director.nats2020@gmail.com) with any questions you might have. If I have an answer, I will most definitely share it. If I don’t, I will work to find the person that does. I will post updated details to the website as well as: Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/IPMSUSA-National-Convention-2020-451660115577640 Twitter: @2020Nats Please feel free to forward this e-mail to as many IPMS members that you know and that would appreciate this information to include any of your internal club e-mail distributions. I will continue to add names to my personal distro list for the 2020 show…which as of the time of this writing is over 350 members. Finally - I sent the above note to all of you that sent me your e-mail address. I got about a 10% bounce back from all the addresses I have collected. If you did not receive an e-mail check your spam filter and ensure it is set to receive e-mails from "director.nats2020@gmail.com". I will continue to add names and send out e-mails in the coming year as details are finalized. Best Regards, Len Pilhofer IPMS# 49932 Director, IPMS/USA National Convention 2020 www.nats2020.com

Canopy lettering decals

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 18:45
I am currently building a 1/48 F-14 Tomcat for my son and want to put his name on the canopy. What decals should I use to customize this and what size?

FS: 1/32nd F4B-4 with LSM Cockpit Set

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 16:52
I have an original boxing of Hasegawa's 1/32nd Boeing F4B-4 along with a Lone Star Models resin cockpit set I would like to sell. The box, although original from the late 1970's is in pretty good shape except for some masking tape on the sides that whomever had this kit before me (I bought it off a vendor table years ago) put on it. The contents are still sealed in their original baggie and the parts have no flash since it is an original molding. The decals have yellowed and probably unusable, but Microscale did a sheet for this model and I think Yellow Wings has some alternative decals as well. I will also include a Lone Star Models resin cockpit set that replaces all of the kit parts. I am asking $45 + $12 postage within U.S. for the complete package. I can be contacted direct at bfwaechter@aol.com. Thanks. Boyd Waechter, IPMS #1282 Katy, TX.

Aurora 1/48 Nieuport 11

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 15:58
I've had this one done for a while and just got around to rigging it. Usual out of the box with a minimum interior added. The decals were way gone and I didn't want to spend stupid money for new ones, so these are spurious markings I cobbled together and a paint scheme that is an amalgam of several I have seen. The rockets were used to shoot at zeppelins and observation balloons, but most sources cannot site where one was actually shot down with them.

ARE WE PICKY, YES; TOO PICKY, NO

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 17:42
I have addressed this question before, but here is a perspective from the Chattanooga show. We were working on armor and the particular category had three very nice pieces. The problem was which was going to be 1st place. The favorite was a very nicely detailed model and we were about to go with it until I noticed this beautiful work was flawed by a very basic item....the builder had not drilled out the M2 machine gun barrel. A truly trivial element, but it was inconsistent with rest of the work. A massive amount of work and such a simple thing overlooked. It got a 2nd, so it wasn't thrown out as some assert. We were a team of four, three regular judges and a trainee. The category was 1/35th armor so you expect a certain level of basic work. All three of the top models were very, very good. None of the models were thrown out for trivial details, each was looked at very carefully, but at some point we had to start splitting hairs. So, yes, we were very picky, but no more than we needed to find a top winner. Dak

Special Hobby 1/72 Blackburn Roc

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 09:08
This is a typical Special Hobby mixed media kit. Mostly injection plastic parts with some for inexplicable reasons in cast resin and a small PE fret. the instructions are vague at best. Some confusion arises as this is based on their Skua kit and there are some parts not used and others that are substituted for other parts. It goes together pretty well and has a detailed cockpit, but the canopy is molded in one piece so it is pretty invisible. One problem, however, was that the quad mg's mount was wider than the slots in the turret, but when you cut it down to fit the turret, it's too narrow to span the turtleback fairing behind the turret. That's why the guns are up in the air on mine. In reality the a/c was a complete failure, even as a target tow. It did, however, have one confirmed kill while escorted by several Skuas, a Ju-88 in Norway. Speaking of Skuas, that last picture is with an old Frog Skua for comparison.