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US Soldier 1846

Sat, 05/02/2020 - 19:30
Here are a few shots of my latest 1/10th work. It is a bust of a US soldier during the Mexican American war of 1845

Matchbox 1/76 Diamond T Tank Tranporter

Sat, 05/02/2020 - 16:49
This kit has been sitting started in my stash for literally years. With my current covid confinement, I pulled it out and finished it off. It's OOTB with the exception of hollowing out the trailer ramps and chocks as I have seen in photos. Makes it more interesting I think. I also added all the stowage to fill up all that space in the back of the truck and on the trailer and the glazing in the truck windows. Left the driver side one part way down. Kit was typical Matchbox. Detail was a bit mushy and fit was problematic in places. But it's the only injection molded one in this scale, so it's your only choice.

Larger Serial Numbers/Letters for 1/48” Scale Tempest II

Sat, 05/02/2020 - 14:24
I am converting a Napier Sabre powered Eduard 1/48” scale Tempest Mk. V to a Bristol Centaurus radial engined Tempest Mk. II. Due to illnesses in the family, I have not had the time to research the online hobby shops lately. I am just now getting the chance to do that. The letter and number decal sheets I have are simply not big or quite accurate enough to cover the bottom port and starboard wing areas. I could modify the decal sheets I have by grafting pieces of other decal sheets to the ones I have. Rather than do that, does anyone know offhand where I may find more accurate lettering/numbers online? Many thanks guys and stay safe. Mark

Returning to Hobby/Newbie

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 16:03
I used to build diaramas and models as a kid and teenager but got away from it now for many years. However, now that I am semi-retired, I am getting much more interested in taking up the hobby again! I have started by reading up on techniques, tools, airbrushing,etc. If anyone can recommend publications, clubs, etc. I would appreciate it. I have joined the IPMS/USA but no one has replied to my email inquiries regarding the chapters. Thanks to everyone and I look forward to my "new" hobby! Dave Lowry Hayward, California

Wanted: Instructions for C&H Aero Miniatures 1/48 TF-102 resin conversion set for Monogram F-102.

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 22:35
Particularly the 1:1 scale drawings for the different shapes of the vortex generators placed around the front and rear frames of the cockpit canopy, as well as any info on their placement. Thanks in advance.

Wanted: Instructions for C&H Aero Miniatures 1/48 TF-102 resin conversion set for Monogram F-102.Wanted:

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 22:35
Particularly the 1:1 scale drawings for the different shapes of the vortex generators placed around the front and rear frames of the cockpit canopy, as well as any info on their placement. Thanks in advance.

LED lighting in models

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:25
I'm new to this forum. I would like to apologise in advance for my dumb noob question. I have recently become interested in adding LED lights to plastic model kits. I was just wondering if you needed a special model meant for this, or if basically any kit can be modified to do this.

Decals Needed

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 21:07
Hi everyone. I just recently acquired a kit of the Revell U.S. Army Redstone Missile and unfortunately the decals are totally shot. Was wondering if anyone might have a spare decal sheet or could possibly print me out some. Any help would be most appreciated. Miles

Newbie Here

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 21:00
Hello all. I've been modeling for many, many years. Been in a couple other forums in the past but never really got to involved. Hopefully I can change that this time around. My interest are military aviation and armor kits. Look forward to chatting with some of you in the near future. Matter of fact I'll be posting a request here shortly. Miles

Nats 2020 & COVID-19 Update

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 22:20
The IPMS/USA Executive Board and the 2020 National Convention Planning Committee are still moving forward with planning and on-time execution of the 2020 convention. We are well aware of the plethora of challenges ahead of us in the next 90 days. There are many more unknowns than "knowns" at the moment. However, with the facts on-hand we feel the convention can still be held. The #1 consideration in planning is the health and well-being of all of our members. Some of you have reached out to me stating that since you are in a high-risk age or health group you are not willing to risk being exposed to COVID-19. We fully understand this and agree that if you are in a high-risk category, we feel that you are probably better off not coming even if all restrictions are lifted by late July. I have read many opinions on public forums over the past several weeks regarding the status of this summer’s convention. As a convention planner, the biggest item I pay attention to is the contract that IPMS/USA committed to with the hosting hotel, Embassy Suites, and their parent company, Atrium Hospitality. These contracts are generally written in favor of the hotel, i.e., the financial burden is on the guest (IPMS/USA) to produce the numbers expected for the hotel to make a profit. We could have balked at the contract when it was presented in 2018 but then the week we picked would have went to the next organization looking to host a convention. In other words, we have to play by the hospitality industry’s rules. If IPMS/USA were to back out of the contract without cause the financial burden on our society would be very substantial. Luckily, Embassy Suites in San Marcos is fully aware of the current COVID-19 situation - and in fact they are taking it in the shorts like all other hotels around the country - and have verbally agreed to work with us to execute a successful convention regardless of the contract language. This is good news for IPMS/USA. I am committed to working with Embassy Suites since they have been so good in working with us during the past couple of years to make our show a success. The biggest wild card that both the General Manager (of Embassy Suites) and I see at the moment are government-imposed restrictions on crowd sizes and public gatherings. This is the biggest factor we are keeping an eye on and is what will eventually dictate if we are FORCED to cancel. If there are public gathering restrictions or reductions in maximum occupancy rules in the local city and county, we will assess if we can still execute a convention based on the details of potential restrictions. AS OF RIGHT NOW THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS EXTENDING TO THE DATES OF THE CONVENTION. There may be many opinions and conjecture regarding restrictions in-place during the convention but as of today, they remain conjecture. I am not planning a convention based on conjecture and opinion…only facts. A lot of what the committee will plan in the coming months will be based on the numbers we see for pre-registrations and other convention related purchases. If we see low numbers - like we are seeing so far - we will scale back what we are spending money on. I have no more details on this other than we are looking at options that may produce a smaller-size convention than others in the past. It pains me to plan this way because I think I am the most excited IPMS member regarding this convention but I have to face the reality of what is happening in the world today. It’s not fair but it is happening. We will deal with it. Refunds: If you have spent money so far or if you want to spend money registering in the short-term be assured that IPMS/USA will refund any money if we are FORCED to cancel due to the public gathering restrictions I mention above. Unfortunately, there remain many more questions than we have answers for at the moment. I wish I had a crystal ball that could tell me/us exactly what the conditions on the ground will be this summer...but I don’t…the team has to plan with the best information it has at the moment. This is what we will do. I stand by to answer any questions any one of our members have regarding the 2020 convention. Please e-mail me at: [email protected] Best Regards Len Pilhofer – IPMS# 49932 Director, IPMS/USA National Convention 2020 www.nats2020.com

Just posting here now as I have not accessed my IPMS account in a while. Cheers every

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 16:40
Just posting here now as I have not accessed my IPMS account in a while. Cheers everyone! Hope all are safe and well. chuck

F-105 electronics bays and inspection gaps

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 03:57
Hello I am a modeler from Poland. I would like to make the F-105G model with Monogram with open panels and their visible content (electronics, etc.) However, I do not have access to photos that would allow me to make such bays with the contents ... If someone could help me with photos or information in which publication I can to find such pictures I would be very grateful. Maruda

Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark Original instructions

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 09:06
Are the original instructions for the Revell Cutty Sark better to use for the rigging than the new version instructions?

Detailing for B-17, SR-71, C-141, Su-57, Il-86 etc.

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 03:37
Selling the last released (April 2020) detailing sets of Metallic Details: - Turbochargers for aircraft model B-17 (Revell/Monogram) in scale 1/48 - $14.85 Set contains resin parts for detailing engine turbochargers (for external engine nacelles - 2 pcs; for internal engine nacelles - 2 pcs). - Engines for aircraft model B-17 (Revell/Monogram) in scale 1/48 - $70.95 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing engines, engine hoods, branch pipes of turbochargers. - Detailing set for engine "Pratt & Whitney R-2800" in scale 1/48 - $13.65 Set contains resin parts to build 1 engine "Pratt & Whitney R-2800". - Detailing set for engine "Wright R-1820 Cyclone late" in scale 1/48 - $11.25 Set contains resin and photoetched parts to build 1 engine "Wright R-1820 Cyclone" (late modification). - Jet nozzles for aircraft model SR-71 Blackbird (Revell/Monogram, Italeri) in scale 1/72 - $30.25 Sets contain resin parts for detailing of jet nozzles. - Inlet cones for aircraft model SR-71 Blackbird (Revell/Monogram, Italeri) in scale 1/72 - $25.85 Sets contain resin parts for detailing of inlet cones. - Exterior for aircraft model C-141 (Anigrand) in scale 1/72 - $58.30 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for exterior detailing. - Detailing set for aircraft model Su-57 (Zvezda) in scale 1/72 - $13.10 Set contains photoetched parts for detailing the interior and exterior of the aircraft. - Exterior for aircraft model Il-86 (Zvezda) in scale 1/144 - $20.00 Set contains photoetching and resin (landing lights of front landing gear) parts for exterior detailing. - U.S. Army camp tent in scale 1/72 - $46.20 1 pcs. No Assembly required. - Fascines in scale 1/72 - $16.10 Set contains resin parts. 6 fascines 3 sizes: high (2 pcs), medium (2 pcs), low (2 pcs).

The Man from the Sky

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 23:27
Took this kit out of the pile as it's something different. I don't have any Mad Max on my shelves...until now. This is a 1/4 scale Gyro Captain from Sean Kyle Studios. It came signed and with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Mine is #6. It comes in about 5 parts. There are a bubble or two. But all in all a nicely done kit. One thing tho - there looks like a little blob of flash in the bag of parts. DON'T throw it out! It's actually his cigar!! LOL. If I have to find one thing to critique it would be the auto-gyro's propeller. It looks to be cut out of thin sheet styrene. The cutting was a little uneven, but the main problem was I couldn't straighten it out. It had a little bend it it that was there to stay. It was no problem at all to cut a new one out of slightly thicker styrene, making both blades the same. The sculpt is a very good likeness of the actor Bruce Spence. I started out by priming, and then started laying in the base coat. There were a few images online that I thought made him have a pasty appearance. So the paint went on a little light. Later on I saw other images that showed him with more "color." I'll address that later. While that was drying, I turned my attention to the propeller. As was said it was shaped a little wonky, but the big problem was the curve in the styrene. I was no problem to draw and cut out another. Turning back to the bust I added a little more depth to the colors, tanned him up and gave the engine base a metallic shine. Then I decided that the craft would have minimal care, and after seeing a how to about busted up metal I tried that on the engine. The other thing I was going to do was paint a nice wood grain on the propeller. But I found one image that showed it well, and no wood grain. It was colored black and a dark red. So that's the way I went. A little gloss to the goggles, and eyes and I was done. Thanks for looking.

Online Clubs?

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 09:02
Are there any online only IPMS clubs or clubs with a healthy online component? I'm interested not only because of the current pandemic threat, but also because I'm not physically near any club. I'd like to just meet up with some model makers and talk about what we're doing these days. An hour or so on a video chat would be fun - just to see people and swap some build stories. I work from home, so I do a lot of video meetings already. Occasionally having one about something fun would be great! Is there anything like that currently? If not, is anyone interested in one?

Trying to find USS Reliant info

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 17:37
Managed to pickup Polar Lights 1/1000 USS Reliant kit at an auction really cheap. Since I got so cheap I bought the Polar Lights Aztec decal set for the kit. Had hope the decal set would give a better paint guide, no such luck. Kit instructions say to paint the kit white but I'm not sure that's the right color, I'm thinking something more on the lines of off white. Also, looking at some photos of the ship online the recommended colors don't quite match up. Anyone know of a good site for the color scheme for the ship or how they painted the kit? Thanks, Eric

The Nerds of Neon Have Seen the Signs!

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 12:45

Revell, 1/80, Northrup Scorpion, circa 1955

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 19:13
This is the 1955 Revell 1/80 Northrup Scorpion. Always liked the look of this plane. For as old as it is, it went together pretty well. All I did was remove the decal locators. The panel lines were finely engraved, so I left them. The kit decals were badly yellowed, so I could only use a few of them, so the markings are whatever I was able to cobble together from my extras. I found the little scorpion decal in my stash. I figured it would look good and it does, at least I think so.

Pz. Kpfw. T-70 743(r)

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 13:16
I've always liked the Soviet Light Tanks, especially the angled ones like T-30, 40, 60 and T-70. I picked up this kit last year at a swap meet for $10. I already had the Aber PE set because I used the bins for the SU-76i. The kit bins are pretty bare so I just left them off. I found a photo in German service with missing bins as reference. $10 kit. Aber PE and Jordi Rubio Barrel. The barrel cost more than the kit. I believe theses really are some of the smallest parts I have ever worked with.