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1/48 ID vacuform FJ-1 Fury

Sun, 01/31/2021 - 22:15
I can still vividly remember 40yrs+ ago when my very first vac kit showed up in the mail...the Dragon Model Works 1/48 FJ-1 Fury, ordered from Brookhurst Hobbies as I recall. Amazingly, I was able to get it built despite my lack of experience and having to scratchbuild and scavenge things from the spares box, including all of the markings. Unfortunately, it "died" in one of my many moves over the decades, and I eventually replaced it with the 1/48 Czech Models limited run injection kit, which is still on my shelf today. This is the original vac FJ-1.... Last year I managed to pick up the 1/48 ID vacuform kit of the FJ-1 Fury, and decided to celebrate 40yrs of vacuform fun by building it again. Fun, you say? Well sure! By building that one vac, it opened up an entire world of vacuform and resin kits, enabling me to build subjects that were otherwise unobtainable for the next 20-30yrs. And THAT, has been worth all of the extra cutting, sanding, and scratchbuilding needed on those kits. As a plus, those "skills" could easily be applied to any other kit! I finished the new 1/48 Id Models vacuform FJ-1 Fury this afternoon....I put it in USN reserve markings to set it apart from the Czech kit on the shelf in fleet markings. I used Czech model resin interior parts, tip tanks, gear doors, and tail planes to save myself building time. I also opened the canopy and added the clear glass tips to the tanks and the tip tank lights (missing from the Czech kit altogether). The landing gear is "Frankensteined" from the spares box with the Czech kit resin tires. The starting place... Ready to begin... Interior work....note that the intake tube has a carved slot to add an engine compressor face. You can also see the epoxy putty added to strengthen the wing and tail roots (as well as add backing against over-sanding) and the where the nose weights were added. The assembled and primed model...note that more epoxy putty has been used to create the instrument coaming, the decking under the canopy has been built, and the vac canopy cut apart... The gear bay, boxed in and detailed. Noe the sockets added for the gear. The main gear is a spare brass set (P-51), and the nose gear built up from "parts"... And the finished pics.... Not a "contest" result, but a great walk down memory lane for me to celebrate and replace my very first vacuform with another like it. Questions, comments, and critiques welcome, as always! Cheers! Gil

AMT 1991 Chevrolet 454 SS

Sat, 01/30/2021 - 22:45
These trucks have always been an interest of mine as they were a sleek looking truck with an out with an "in your face" and bold appearance. Although not fast by any means with 230 horsepower, they were aggressive looking, were among the fastest O.E.M. trucks out there at the time and they set the stage for the muscle trucks that followed in the years to come. It took me around 5 months to complete this one with most of the challenges being paint and the ending assembly of installing the body onto the frame. With a few pitfalls to work around it was a good kit to work with overall.

Going to Vegas for sure now!

Sat, 01/30/2021 - 17:06
Just got scheduled to get the vaccine tomorrow. I guess I will be back to somewhat of a normal life by the end of March so I will be good to go to Las Vegas! Looking forward to it. Now I just have to get a model built!

The Duke's First Models for 2021

Sat, 01/30/2021 - 00:41
Well, despite many issues and setbacks, as well as a delay from spending time with Family in Florida, I managed to pull these seven armor models over the finish line; just squeaking them in before February hit. Here they are in no particular order. All of these are in 1/72 scale.... of course. S-Models M5 Stuart light tank: This was done in fictitious markings due to losing the original kit decals. Gonna have to find them if I plan on building the second one in this kit and make it French. Airfix M551 Sheridan light tank in Fort Knox Armor School markings: This one can also be classified as a Shelf Queen finally completed as I started this at least two or three years ago. S-Models Australian Turreted M-113 APC: I love the Snoopy on this one. Trumpeter Russian BTR-70 Early: This vehicle wasn't a Guards vehicle originally, but I decided to take some creative liberties and promote it to a Guards vehicle. Trumpeter BTR-70 Late: ACE Ukrainian BTR-3K Anti-tank Vehicle: This one has the digital camouflage decals. They were quite easy to put on, easier than some of the assembly I had to do. And finally my Dragon/Corporal Overby Conversion kitbash of the Israeli M-51 Sherman: This one gave me extreme difficulties when it came to getting the bogies glued in and lined up properly. You can see how difficult it was by how badly I failed. I also took a little liberty adding the .30 caliber machine gun to the turret. I figured the Israelis would have done that at least once. Okay, those are my first seven models finished for the year. They aren't the best I've done but they are done and on the shelf. Thanks for looking in, comments are always welcome.

Revell 1966 GTO

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 22:27
Got this kit for Christmas in 2019. I built it but was not happy with the paint job. It looked like I painted it with a crayon. So after my last project, I took it apart and sanded it down to body in white. Original paint job was Testors acrylic blue. The new color is 1 part Tamiya flat aluminum, 1 part Tamiya flat white, 1 part Tamiya nato black, and 1 part Tamiya thinner. The resulting color, which my wife approved, was compounded then waxed. I will include a pic of the original paint job.

Naboo Royal Cruiser

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 22:00
This kit is an oldie from Fantastic Plastic when they did a few Star Wars vehicles. The Cruiser was seen at the beginning of Ep.2, Attack of the Clones. Just by the way it slid into frame and then did the 360 for landing it instantly became my favorite ship of the prequels. Sadly FP got a C&D from Lucasfilm and that was the end of his Star Wars offerings. The 1:288 kit was produced in 2009, and came in 20+ parts including landing legs and a base. I had often thought of molding and casting in metal the spindly looking legs, but with that never happening, I decided to leave it as "in flight." With it in the box for so long I wasn't surprised that one of the wingtips had warped over the years. But the hot water bath quickly fixed that. The fuselage parts were thick and instead of superglue, I used 2 part epoxy. Once glued it was time for the seam filling. Some areas met up better than others. The front was still a bit rough so I glued a half round piece of styrene to the front and filled some more... After leaving it sit for a while, I took another look and decided the panel lines were rough and too deep, more filling. While I was filling and sanding the little scratches and divots - according to the movie this ship was supposed to be chrome - I had to make sure it was as smooth as possible. I saw a You Tube video where this guy tried out a new Rustoleum rattle can called Bright Coat Metallic Finish. And WOW it really looked like chrome! So I decided to try it as well. I gave a shot of the paint to the bullet shaped engine covers and I was very impressed - So after making sure the ship was as smooth as possible, I shot that too. Impressive! Is it perfect? No. But I really like how it turned out. Thanks for looking. A little light blue paint to mimic the engines running. Some gloss black to indicate windows.

2021 Nationals Vendor Update

Mon, 01/25/2021 - 19:37
Effective today we are officially SOLD-OUT of tables in the Vendor Sales Room. To help protect our vendors and attendees we decided to make some table adjustments to the convention room to allow a safer distance between vendor stations. We are confident that the remaining 280 tables will be packed full of the goodies and amazing deals you are all waiting for. A special thanks to all our amazing vendors who signed up early, paid in full and pertinently cooperated with these changes. NOTE - if you are vendor who reserved tables and have not yet paid for them, we regret to inform you that your tables may have been reassigned or eliminated. Please contact Joe Porche, or Vendor Coordinator before making any travel or shipping arrangements. Every effort was made to contact you before making these changes. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in Vegas for the 21' Nats. Bob Lomassaro Event Coordinator

ESCI 1/35 Leopard 2, So. Cal. AMPS 12 Hour Build Challenge

Mon, 01/25/2021 - 15:23
So. Cal. AMPS is doing a 12 hour online build challenge. It’s not so crazy as it sounds- build a model over the course of three four hour build sessions during zoom meetings, one session per month. Previously we had done four hour build challenges, but that limited the choices of kits one could reasonably take on to complete within a four hour window. So for my build I chose the ESCI 1/35 Leopard 2 kit, I will be doing mine as a Dutch Leopard 2, since they had a nice overall Gelboliv scheme Trying to cram a complete build into 3 four hour sessions meant no time to stop and take photos during the first session this past Saturday, so I took the photos this morning due to a busy weekend. I was able to complete the suspension, one side of the link and length tracks, and most of the second side’s tracks I added most of the major add ons to the upper hull, just left off a few bits that would easily be broken during assembly handling... And the turret is about 95% complete. I was not happy with the bore of the main gun tube, so I replaced it with some appropriately sized tube styrene. And here it all is fitted together... looking like a Leopard 2 to me for the most part Not bad for four hours work. Next progress update will be after the February session. We are on the honor system not to work on our projects during the intervening weeks between sessions.

Scratch built 1/25 scale FWD P-2 crash fire truck project

Sun, 01/24/2021 - 12:17
"Kuklinski's Principle of Appearance: A half-built scratch built kit impresses people with your skill; a completed scratch built kit looks just like any other model." I have included a picture of my in-progress scratch built 1/25 scale FWD P-2 crash fire truck. I have been working on this since March, 2020. The body is more of less complete, except for the battery compartment (the opening on the lower, center of the body). Everything is pretty much scratch built. It's about 16 inches long, 5 inches high and about 4 1/2 inches wide. The tires are resin from American Industrial Truck Models, and some parts from the AMT American LaFrance pumper kit (mainly just the seats). The next "adventure" is building the transmission, steering, and engine assemblies. I have more pictures but I can't seem to download them. I have a question for you folks: I need to scratch built two "straight six cylnder" gas engines. Any suggestions on where these can be found, or modified? I may have to scratch build these too.

Using Celluclay for the first time

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 19:39
This is my first time using Celluclay. Up until now, I’ve used pre-mixed sanded grout to simulate dirt. It dries quickly, and dries rockhard . The only drawn back to it, is you cannot add a lot of it to a base. Adds a lot of weight. If anyone has any advice on using CelluClay, I would greatly appreciate any feedback. Chris

1st Completion of 2021

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 16:49
This is the old Academy 32nd scale Nieuport 17. Not a very good kit, and certainly not one of my better efforts, but it was an enjoyable build.

F-16 ADF

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 14:35
I am trying to convert an old F-16A into a F-16ADF I have everything I need except a base for the tail. All the conversion kits seem to be sold out. It's a long shot, but does anyone have a conversion kit they'd be willing to sell? or willing to make a cast so I could form the parts I need?

Trumpeter 1/48 A3D Skywarrior rescued from the shelf of Doom!

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 09:07
Finally, after many years, this is finished. I can say that there were not wo pieces in the entire build that fit together easily. And Trumpeter found ways to take one part and make four out of it. I will say it is a huge plane and I do love Navy schemes. Finished with Squadrons decals Dave

Hello from NY!!

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:42
Hi everyone, I'm 25 years old and I'm from New York/USA.I hope for friendly communication.

PZL P6 NAR 1931 1/32 scale, scratch

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:40
Hi. My last racer, Polish PZL P6, made from scratch in 1/32 scale, from National Air Racers in Cleveland 1931 More on the topic here: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/84035-pzl-p6-1931-from-scratch-scale-132/ Best regards, Marcin IPMS Polska

The Kansas City 2006 Convention

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 17:29
Can someone provide the name of the hotel/convention center which served as home base for the 2006 Convention in K.C.?

Maddog Manufacturing Open in 2021

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 01:35
Hey everyone! Happy New Year and welcome to the new Grand Opening of Maddog Manufacturing for 2021. Most of which I'm going to show right off is work I did just before heading out on vacation back in December. Since it didn't get posted then, I'll be showing it here. So, all aboard the tram and remember to keep hands and feet inside at all times. Enjoy the tour! To start with, these are my most active projects currently going on right now: A lot of the work you see here has already been chronicled, but just before I left, I did some airbrushing of base coats. First I'll show you the work I did on the C-54. I worked on sanding and shaping the cockpit canopy to get it ready for paint: I think it's ready, but I'll have to prime it first to be sure. Then I built all the engines and dry-fit them to the wing nacelles to see how they look: They look great in place, but I had a sneaky suspicion about something so I slipped a cowl on one of them to see how well it fit. It didn't: That is way too far from the nacelle so the engines are gonna take a little finagling before they get painted and closed in behind the cowls. Moving on, here are the pics of that base coating work on my armor and the 1929 Coke Delivery Van... First off, I had the Olive Drab out so I shot the OD basecoat on these models: M-5 Stuart: M-551 Sheridan: M-113 APC with Turret: Next I pulled out the Dark Green and shot it over these: Russian BTR-70 Early: Russian BTR-70 Late: ...and my Russian 2S19 Artillery Vehicle that I'd assembled in 15 minutes some time before: Later I pulled out the Green Drab and base coated the M-51 Isherman: After that dried, I shot a coat of Israeli Armor Sand over this, trying hard to do it light enough for the Green Drab to show through in places: I then changed things up and loaded some red in the brush and shot my 1929 Coke Delivery Van. It was still wet in this pic: Personally I'm not that thrilled with that red, I feel it's too light. I want a darker red on this so I'll be looking for another color to shoot on this. After that, I shot the dark tan over the D-9 Dozer: I'll be doing a dark brown wash over that to make it pop and then after paint the interior, I'll add the windows to this. Then after I weather it, I think it will be done as I don't remember any markings for it. The day before I left, I shot gloss coats over all the above vehicles to prepare them for decals when I came home. Finally when I got home, I decided to tackle the BTR-3K that has the digital camouflage decals included. Alexey had a nice sheet of digital patterns but I feel there could have been more as I didn't have enough for the upper deck in back. Maybe it doesn't need it up there, but I added what I had left after applying them to the sides, front and rear. There was no diagram in the instructions showing where and how to apply them so I winged it. I think it looks pretty good, despite my poor application: And no, I won't paint the remainder on the top. I don't want to deal with masking with multiple strips of tape over multiple layers, even on that small area. It's just going to be dullcoated and weathered after adding any other markings that might go on this. I also decided that after dealing with these, I was going to wait for another day to decal the rest. Okay. that's what I have to show for the start of 2021. Hopefully I can maintain this momentum throughout the year. Thank you for joining the Grand Opening Tour! I appreciate all comments.

General Lee....ish Charger

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 22:03
When I started this build I had no intention of building the General Lee as everyone knows it. I am a Charger fan long before I am a "Dukes" fan but still like the look of the General Lee so I hope I don't hurt any GL purists out there looking on. I built one as a kid and have always wanted to have a second shot at it. Only this time I got to add my own touches to it. I started with the stance. I didn't like the high stance of the Lee at all so I set out lowering a bit all the way around. I also went with wider wheels from the AMT Eckler Corvette kit and used a set of tires(which I turned into Bf G's by way of decals ) from the Revell Challenger T/A kit so I could have a more aggressive look. Secondly, if I had one of these it only makes sense to have opening doors....hence the door handles. Third, I love the looks of the 69 Charger R/T grille.....a true testament to the aggressive looking front ends of the time so I opted to show the R/T grille unobstructed by not installing the grille guard up front. Just couldn't do it guys. Lastly, the GL is NOT an R/T which I simply could not have. If I'm going to build a Charger then it's gonna be an R/T and it's gonna have a 440 and not a 383. You're also not going to find a roll bar or CB radio inside. I love the looks of a factory interior in any car and have always liked the Charger interiors in particular so I couldn't "spoil" any of that. The kit is from Revell. Paint is Testors "Go-Mango" lacquer with Testors "Wet Look" clear. Decals are from the MPC GL kit which was really the only visible part that I took from that kit. The front and rear license plate decals came from Thomas Logan at Speedway Decals. The OOB exhaust tips sucked so I replaced them with aluminum rod cut to length as well as bevel cut and polished. All scripts and details are from the Model Car Garage PE set for the Revell kit.

I need to BORROW a windshield from the Anigrand 1/72 C-17.

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 21:40
I need to BORROW a windshield from the Anigrand 1/72 C-17. I am working on a C-17 for the National Museum of the United States Air Force and somewhere along the line, the windshield went missing. I need to BORROW one so I can make molds and cast a replacement. Your windshield will be returned to you ASAP in the condition you sent to me. The mold making process does not damage the part. Can/will anyone out there with an Anigrand C-17 help me out? Thank you.

IPMS Journal issue due?

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 18:31
Just curious if anybody has received any issues of the Journal after the July/August issue. I know it doesn't show one after that on the website but I would think we should have one or two more by now. I just want to make sure I have no issues missing. Thanks in advance for any reply's about this. Rocky