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Revell 1954 release F-94C

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 10:10
This is the Revell 1954 release of the F-94C. The original release had one-piece wings and no landing gear. I blanked off the intakes and exhaust and the gear wells and replaced the gear doors as they were much too thick. The markings are just whatever was in my spares box as the ones in the kit were very yellowed. Finish is Alclad over gloss black. The panels were done with dull coated or sprayed decal film. I think the basic finish is too glossy. It's "polished aluminum". Next time I'll try a different color. Slowly but surely I'm getting the hang of these natural metal finished a/c.

Need to contact Gil Hodges Jax, FL

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 22:10
Recommended I contact you re: kits here on SSI, GA. Pls email back. Thank you.

2020 Convention Items Now On-Sale

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 22:03
The 2020 convention items are now up and for sale on the IPMS web store. They can be accessed via the various pages of the convention website - www.nats2020.com - or directly via https://www.shopipmsusa.org/category-s/106.htm. Convention pre-registration will stay active and accessible via these web links until the 16th of June at a price of $55 for adults. After that registrations may be purchased on-site at the convention at a cost of $65 (for adults). While the planning committee is keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation across the country and especially here in Texas we are continuing planning for the convention. As usual, please send any questions to me at [email protected]

1/48 F-86E slat-winged Saberjet conversion

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 21:55
I wanted to build a Korean War F-86E in 1/48, but since they had a non-6/3 slatted wing, and NO 1/48 kit is made that way, you have to convert an "F" back to an "E". There are several resin conversion wings made...but most are put of production, all are hard to find, and they're all expensive. You can use a Revell F-86D Sabedog wing, but I chose a cheaper route, using an old Entex/Marusan F-86D Saberdog wing, which is a much cheaper way to go and doesn't sacrifice a truly nice kit. This is the 3rd time I've done this...having built an "A" and another "E" several decades ago...so this isn't anything new for me. The Entex wing is requires some modification to fit the Academy "F" fuselage I used for the conversion. The "belly" is too deep and has to be flattened significantly. This means you'll sand completely through the kit plastic, so the interior has to be backed with epoxy putty. In the pics below you can see the large patch of Apoxy Sclup I used for this. As you see, the wing has separate flaps, ailerons, and slats. This is a kit molded in the 60's, so the parts do require a lot of clean up, and they need to be modified to be added later in the build instead of being "trapped" while building the wing. The Academy center wheel wells were also transplanted to make up for a lack of detail in the Entex wells, along with the addition of plastic card and some tubing to act as gear sockets. You can see the large area of epoxy exposed by flattening the belly of the wing in the pic above. Once modified, it actually fit very well on the Academy fuselage. In any case, the filling and sanding needed to smooth it in is nothing compared to the previous work! The rest of the build is very straight forward, and for the most part was OOTB for the rest of the model. I was going to use Alclad metalic paints, so I sanded everything glass smooth, rescribed the wing, and then shot a coat of MM gloss black enamel (thinned with lacquer thinner) as a primer base. Alclad Aluminum was then misted on in several coats till I got the look I wanted. The wing center panel was painted dark aluminum, while the tail and gun panels were painted Magnesium. I wanted to do Clifford Jolley's "Jolly Roger" from the Korean War, so I painted the yellow and black stripes instead of using the provided decals. The decals were applied directly over the Alclad, and are a combo of Aeromaster and Academy kit decals. Although this conversion takes a lot of elbow grease, it's not really all that tough to do. I've wanted this Korean War F-86E on my shelf for a long time, and now I finally have it! Question, comments, and critiques welcome, as always! Gil

Retro Track 1/72 St. Chamond WW I Tank

Sun, 03/15/2020 - 06:59
This is a resin kit from Retro Tracks, a Belgian company. It's a very nice casting that went together pretty easily. The challenge was that camo in 1/72. It doesn't look too bad in the photos, but in person, it's kind of rough is some spots. The vehicle itself was not a roaring success. As a tank, it was a miserable failure. It was front heavy, the chassis was overloaded and it was underpowered However, it proved useful on occasion as a sort of proto-assault gun (that's a French 75 in the nose) and as mobile artillery. It was declared obsolete immediately after the war and discarded.

Retro Kit 1/72 St. Chamond WW I Tank

Sun, 03/15/2020 - 06:59
This is a resin kit from Retro Tracks, a Belgian company. It's a very nice casting that went together pretty easily. The challenge was that camo in 1/72. It doesn't look too bad in the photos, but in person, it's kind of rough is some spots. The vehicle itself was not a roaring success. As a tank, it was a miserable failure. It was front heavy, the chassis was overloaded and it was underpowered However, it proved useful on occasion as a sort of proto-assault gun (that's a French 75 in the nose) and as mobile artillery. It was declared obsolete immediately after the war and discarded.

US WWII Insignia questions

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 19:57
I'm working on some 1/32 armor and motorcycle figures and have questions on the rank insignia. What colors were the chevron rank patches? I've seen yellow on dark blue as well as silver. Was there a 'standard'? Were the rank patches worn on both sleeves or just one? If one, left or right? Thanks, as always.

Looking for IPMS USA 2002 National Convention Decal set

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 05:08
I am looking for a decal sheet from the IPMS USA 2002 National Convention. Specifically the VAQ-33 decals. Please contact me if you have one. Thanks!

Estate kits available

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 17:57
My recently-deceased veteran son was an avid model builder and upon his demise in November, 2019 left us with 94 model aircraft kits, and 51 automotive kits (he liked muscle cars). We've completed all necessary notifications to creditors etc, and probate will not be an issue so we are now free to move these kits to whoever is interested in them. The aircraft kits run the gamut from WW2 to late current aircraft; he also obviously intended to build different versions of some of the aircraft since he has two, three, or four kits of the same aircraft with pertinent decal sheets. I used to do a lot of this myself but an essential tremor plus lack of space in our home precludes me from taking over his efforts. I'd hate to toss them into a dumpster - some of them have Squadron/Signal books illustrating various versions of the aircraft he was intent on building. I would like to know if anyone is interested in these kits and books as well. PS he has a considerable amount of paint of various colors we need to move as well. We are about an hour's drive from Jacksonville, FL as re: our location.

Vallejo environmental textured rust.

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 17:49
I’ve always had a hard time replicating rust. I was at the hobby store last week and saw this on the shelf, and decided to give it a try. It’s amazing. When I painted the base, and the turbo chargers, I shot it through my airbrush with no thinning. All you have to do is turn up the pressure a little. After everything was dry, I dry brushed everything with silver. When I prepped the parts, all I did was prime them with Tamiya primer. This is absolutely the easiest stuff to use. Give it a try if you haven’t already. Regards Chris

Coronavirus

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 19:24
In view of the spread of coronavirus and the fact that the World Health Organization has now declared it a pandemic, and in the light of President Trump's message this evening, has any thought been given to cancelling this year’s Nationals?

Ralph, I wanted to thank you for you help in finding the fonts I needed. My grandson

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 18:51
Ralph, I wanted to thank you for you help in finding the fonts I needed. My grandson installed them for me today. Robert C. Walker IPMS 17121

Old Snap Adams/Life Like Long Tom and tractor

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 13:25
I picked up this old kit recently, it appears complete since I went over it with a medium-toothed comb. Anyone ever build this old dinosaur? It's in Revell's military miniature 1/40th scale. I built several of their old kits back in the day, but never this particular kit. Just wondering what to expect. I do have the desire to use tube glue and small bottles of Testors paint to build this kit. Where the instructions in the original kit better than the life like ones? https://www.scalemates.com/products/img/1/0/0/207100-65-instructions.pdf

StugIII Ausf F8

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 17:26
My latest model depicts a StuG III Ausf F8 at Kharkov in the winter of 1943. I started with the Dragon 6644 kit. A very nice representation from Dragon's hay day. I started assembling the Voyager PE Fender set and after about 5 hours I only made it this far. That's enough. I'll stick with the kit fenders. Most reference photos of F8s during winter show fairly intact fenders.

Selling models of all airplanes flown in Iraq War (SF Bay Area)

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 18:08
For a photography project in 2005, I photographed unassembled model airplane kits of every plane flown in the Iraq War (see https://www.artsy.net/joseph-bellows-gallery/artist/william-laven). The kits were photographed with the parts on the trees and I'm now selling all the kits. I bought extras of a few so some boxes are unopened. I'm in Half Moon Bay (an hour south of San Francisco) and am offering all the kits at a garage sale this Saturday, March 14 from 8-1. If you're interested come to the garage sale at 1045 Tunitas Creek Road, Half Moon Bay (8 miles south of town). What doesn't sell on Saturday I will sell after the garage sale, but I will NOT ship anything so you'd have to pick it up in Half Moon Bay (or possibly SF since I go there every few weeks). There are too many models to list, but I am selling them between $1 - $25. You can also PM me at [email protected], but, again, there are too many models to list. If you're near Half Moon Bay it's always a pretty drive to come see what I have as a sort of crap shoot!!

Help with an estate in the Baltimore are

Sun, 03/08/2020 - 14:10
Hello all. You may have seen the post from a family trying to start liquidation of an estate in Maryland. Is there anyone in that area interested in working with the family to get the widow a fair price?

Finding Chapters

Sat, 03/07/2020 - 21:09
How do I find a Chapter around where I live? Mississippi thanks all

USS Arizona question on Dec 02 1941

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 18:53
Where horizontal and vertical surfaces painted blue gray also were captain's gig boats paint blue grey with white tops? Working on Hobby boss 1/350. Any help appreciated ( first post)

Looking for: Afterburner Decals - Lakenheath Varks, F-111

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 11:55
Hello all, I am looking for the Afterburner Decal sheet # 48-054 Lakenheath F-111 Varks set. I'm building a Desert Storm bird for a pilot that flew them back in the day. Any help would be appreciated. Bill

Hotels across the street

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 06:27
What hotels are across the street from the convention spot?