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M4A3 Sherman 105mm Howitzer

Wed, 03/10/2021 - 19:44
Hi Fellas: Tamiya oooooooooold really old Sherman M4A3 105 mm Howitzer just for the fun of it. Lot of stuff can be done to correct here and there, adding PE, changing wheels for AFV, and hull from Italeri, etc..but forget it, this is a build to have fun, so is going out of the box, except for the metal barrel of course. Here was my start during the spare time in the week. The kit is done in a few hours.

Wanted: Super Scale F-16A Decals 48-0278

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 10:43
I’m looking for SuperScale F-16A decal set 48-0278. If the full set is not available, at least the portion with all of the markings for the 401st TFW F-16A Block 15, “El Cazador”.

WANTED: "Fighter Training at Santa Rosa Army Air Field, 1942-1945" book

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 01:34
Hi everyone! This is probably a long shot, but it's worth a try. I'm searching for a specific book that was reviewed by an IPSM member (Brian R. Baker, 43146) a while ago titled "Fighter Training at Santa Rosa Army Air Field, 1942-1945" by Douglas D. Olson. It was written in 2007. I've searched the internet high and low, and I can't find anywhere to purchase it. Out of the research I've done, I've discovered that Mr. Olson passed away in 2012, and that two public libraries in California have copies of the book (I live in Oregon). Does anyone know of any (preferably available) copies of this book? My grandfather was stationed at Santa Rosa Army Air Field from mid-1943 through roughly October 1945 as a fighter aircraft armorer, so it would mean a great deal if a copy could be located. If anyone knows anything about this, please let me know. Thanks so much!!

RAF Squadrons 185 & 249

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 15:01
I’m researching RAF Squadrons 185 & 249 as they served in Malta. Specifically, I’m looking for profiles and camouflage/color information for aircraft BR112 as flown by Sgt. Claude Weaver, and BR323 as flown by Sgt. George Beurling. I appreciate any information you might share.

Supermarine Seafire in the Mediterranean?

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 09:24
Does anyone know whether the Supermarine Seafire was involved in the defense of Malta, such as convoy protection? I would appreciate any information available.

Enamel Paint Desert Question

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 09:39
CAUTION - WHINEY COMMENT FOLLOWS: Been away from this forum for a bit, so apologies if I missed the answer to this question: Is it true that Revell is planning to fill the enamel-market void left by the departure of Modelmaster? Got some RUMINT on this at our brick-n-mortar LHS. Good news: I just saw some enamels listed with a Revell label on Kitlinx, which might be it. Bad news: Do they really have to sell it in (re-labeled?) Humbrol-style tinlets? Am trying to imagine a more cumbersome paint container. Maybe they should try the little blob-tube that Heller used for glue? Or fill up a ping-pong ball with paint? A thin, plastic craft-bag? Paint-ball ammo?

USS Constellation Decals

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 08:34
I am building the old Hasegawa F-4J Phantom, "Showtime 100". I have the original kit decals plus the Microscale Set 48-300. All the decals are old, and I am using the Microscale to supplement the kit decals. The small kit decals (stencils) have all performed well, but the larger decals will sometime crack or roll over on themselves. The "USS CONSTELLATION" decal applied to the right side of the aircraft went on without a problem. The left side decal cracked in three places and parts folded over, resulting in an unusable decal. Dose anyone have a set of the kit decals that they are willing to part with? or can you point me where I can find a replacement? Microscale offers a set of letters that may work, so that could be my fallback. I am happy to compensate for the decals. Any help you may offer will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help,

VASA downloadable painting guide

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 05:31
Having looked at Artesania Latina's big wood Vasa kit on their website, they have free down loadable instructions and painting guides for their kit. Their rigging guide within their instructions is comprehensive so anyone building the Airfix of Revell kits could use this and down scale them to suit. The biggest bonus is Artesania's painting guide for the carvings and figure work on their kit that could be used as a guide for painting the plastic kits as well. They reference all the paints with their respective RAL numbers. Vasa modellers will find this painting guide probably the best available so far.

Plastic Posse Podcast group build: Revell Tie Interceptor 1/90

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 12:11
Plastic Posse Podcast has started a new group build, Tie Fighters of any make or scale. I've joined with a Revell Tie Interceptor in 1/90 scale. I documented the start in this video: Now on to some painting....

Ryefield Models 1/35th scale M4A3 76W HVSS Sherman

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 23:58
If you want an extremely detailed Sherman, this kit is a must have. The price that I paid (my wife) was well worth it. There are ALOT of parts in this kit. Because I'm going to use this one with the other two that I built in a diorama, I decided to cut open the Turret and Hull so that you can see inside. So that you can see everything , I used a multi-colored mini LED set. I've never added lighting to a model before. With the help of my son, I got a crash course in soldering. The LED's that I am using have two different colors in one "bulb". White for non-tactical, Red for tactical. The controller for the lights, has 8 different settings to choose from. (It even has one setting for Disco Tech). I'm also adding lighting in the hull. I painted the interior Tamiya flat white. I added chipped paint (Tamiya Metallic Grey) with a torn up make up sponge. After it dried, I shot DullCoat on everything. I then applied Tamiya brown accent color to all the detail. Once it dried, I used mineral spirits to scrub away the excess wash. The engine compartment will be open with two mechanics working on it. A third mechanic will be driving a jeep with all their tools. This process has been a long one, but well worth it, I think. If anyone sees anything out of place, or incorrect, please let me know. Chris

2021 Nationals Model Registration now available

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 18:35
Just itching to start filling out all those model registration forms for all those National Contest winners? Wait no further! Although Event Pre-Registration does not open till April 1st, 2021 you can get a head-start at filling out all those pesky model registration forms now. Just click here: https://www.natslv2021.com/modelregistration follow the instructions to the fillable PDF's we provided, complete the forms, save them to your PC, print them and bring them with you to the convention. You'll save a lot of valuable vendor room shopping time! Thanks and see ya at the Nats! Bob

Panel seams on a 1/72 Tiger Moth

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 18:12
Working on Airfix 1/72 Tiger Moth. The seams on the panels of the flying surfaces are quite visible on the actual aircraft. I made an attempt on the stabiliser to see if I could mimick these with some alu tape. See attached picture where half is done. I'm thinking it is too much, too bold. What is the opinion of the experienced people in the forum? Should I continue or redo? I can't cut the tape thinner. Thanks for your input and views. // Viktor

Wanted: AMT/Round 2 1/48 F-16A decals

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:59
I’m looking for the complete decal sheet from the Round 2 issue of the 1/48 F-16A kit, kit no. 820, that has the markings for Luke AFB and the ND ANG F-16As

Space Tug

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:31
Did someone make a model of a space tug? For example, such as in the picture. Where are you looking for blueprints? What difficulties can I expect? Can I get by with just photos and renders?

V2 launch control vehicle

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 17:11
Just got done with the Trumpeter kit in 1/35th. Alpine figures and one from Tamiya looking out the hatch. Dak

Looking for AMT Freightliner FLC Semi Tractor 1/24 Model Kit Amt1195

Sat, 02/20/2021 - 20:10
Hey all, looking for the AMT Freightliner FLC Semi Tractor 1/24 Model Kit Amt1195. Can find it online for about $100 but I'm new to modeling and think that's a little much. Friend of mine started a trucking company about a decade ago and this was the 1st truck he bought, wanted to surprise him with a gift.

Hello from Texas

Sat, 02/20/2021 - 15:32
Well.. that was a week, huh? <for historic reference... when one day I look back on this post.. .this was the week I spent 33 hours in the dark with my family while the temperature dropped to 9 degrees F, and I had to melt snow in a catfish cooker to have water to flush my toilet so I didn't waste the drinking water... and thankfully didn't have to burn my furniture like some folks...> Anyhow, as things get back to normal, I decided to join this group. I am getting back into model building after a very long break. This is probably a very common story here, but I did enjoy building scale models into my teens, but I never took it very seriously. Now in my 50's with time on my hands, and infinitely more patience, I find myself exploring various hobbies that have always interested me. I have been playing guitar for about 30 years off and on, and about 2 years ago, I got into building electric guitars. As most people, even if the don't want to admit it, have a "favorite", mine, as you may be able to tell by my moniker, are Fender guitars or parts guitars based on them. This is a lot of fun, but each individual project is very expensive after a while, you discover you can only put so many guitars in a room... ... this brought me back to something I used to enjoy from my teen years. I have always liked cars of the late 60's/early 70's... primarily Fords, and not always the Fords you would think of. My grandfather would almost always get me a large model kit of some sort for my birthday when I was a kid... Once I got a Mack Truck, another time a WWII bomber, and yet another time, the HMS Hood. I also would buy car kits with allowance sometimes. But, I was never big on the details. I never painted them, I never displayed them... I always like the work I put in, but always hated the result. It was "never what I saw on the box" Having had some success building and FINISHING guitars, I recently started thinking about my old model kits, and how much fun I had doing them... and now knowing what I know about paint finishes and sanding, and again... patience, I decided to give this another chance. I am in the beginning phase and certainly not buying expensive tools or rare kits or anything. However, I want to do it right... so, I come to you guys. I will be opening a couple threads in the next day or so. Mostly I will be wanting to know, if I am making an initial investment in painting equipment, my plan is to get an airbrush (would prefer a ready to go kit, even saw some on Amazon... would prefer some input from others... again, I'll start or look for a thread on this). Also, I'll probably spend way more time asking about accurate paint colors for the era and where to find or how to mix them. I have experience using Duplicolor lacquer in rattle cans (Perfect Match) as well as through a sprayer. My current plan is to collect models in two batches... the ones I *really* want to build, and a whole bunch I don't feel too invested in... I am thinking if I can find partial kits or broken models or a bunch of garage sale finds, I can practice finishing techniques on them before moving on to the ones that have meaning to me... if that makes sense. Anyway, thanks for reading this... I am a bit long winded, but I try to make up for it by being interesting. I hope I have been successful here. And, I'll talk to you all out there on the forums.

Do 335 2-Seat Conversion Info Wanted

Sat, 02/20/2021 - 13:38
I have the Airmodel vacuform conversion kit #106 that includes the 2 seat version of the Do-335 fighter that I bought in the '70's. It uses the Lindberg 1/72 kit as the basis (that I also have). Just looking for anyone that might have made this conversion. I cut out the second seat canopy and dorsal fairing and cut a (preliminary) hole in the top of the model. My initial thoughts are that the conversion will involve more that just gluing the conversion part onto the model as the kit instructions say. The conversion part seems too wide based on photos I have of the 2-seat aircraft. At the time, of course, the only kit available of this aircraft was the Lindberg kit, and no 2-seat version. Has anyone tried this? Thanks!

1:32 F-16 Build

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 16:03
Just wanted to show you my progress on the model. I’m going to display the engine on the dolly next to the finished plane. As usual would love to hear comments and suggestions. thanks, Stuart

Star Wars Royal Yacht

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 22:37
Yet another oldie but goodie from Fantastic Plastic' retired line. This is the 1:288 scale Naboo Royal Yacht. It was seen in Ep. 2, when Padme and Anakin went to Tatooine to find Anakin's mother. They then used it to get to Geonosis for the failed attempt to rescue Obi Wan. I picked this one out as I wanted to give the Rust-oleum Chrome paint another go... Only a few parts on this one so it was a super quick build. Once again from sitting in the box for a decade one of the side fins and the ship's top fin had a little warp in it. But what was weird was that as soon as I put each part in the super hot water it straightened out on it's own! (insert eerie music) ???? Once again FP gives you the option for either gear up or down. As I did the last one up, I decided that since this one is a small light model, that I would give gear down a try. With that, the parts that gave me pause was that both sides of each gear bay door was together. So careful cutting was needed to separate then evenly. A score mark made it rather easy. Next was to put on the fiddly rear ramp. I just super glued it to the rear opening and then let it droop to the table. This was the easiest way to make sure it touched the ground. A little side to side straightening, and it was attached. This time I just gave the crafty a spray of the Rust-oleum, and the shine was very good. I think I will pick up some on the metal polish to see what that does to the paint. I primed the base and gave it a shot of V's Engine Exhaust metallic paint. Next was some paint paint for the windows, and I also added some black in the back of the craft so it gave the illusion that there was something more once up the ramp. Thanks for looking.