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Lead wire for detail work/scratch building

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 11:00
Got it from Cabela's, 6 spools, 0.1 to 0.35, should last you a lifetime, and it's priced just a bit over $20. https://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=744541&type=product&WT.z_btnclk=YMAL-744541&WT.z_pg_ref=prd744646 Happy modelling!

Contest Awards

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 20:59
Hi guys and gals, I have taken over as contest director of my chapter for the remainder of the year due to our elected official being unreachable. I have been tasked with doing some research into possibly converting from our current "1st, 2nd, and 3rd place" awards to a "Gold/Silver/Bronze system. I understand that some of our USA clubs are already doing this and I would like to know who they are, how they administer it and score it. Are there more than one Gold/Silver/Bronze awards per category as long as the models meet the Judging criteria/scoring? Inquiring minds want to know... Thanks in advance!

Greetings From Heartland Hobby Wholesale

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 16:35
Hello everyone, and greetings from Lincoln, Nebraska! My name is Trevor Harm, and I have been a long time enthusiast for car models in particular, and have recently began working my dream job - Selling plastic models! My goal is to keep the hobby alive and as strong as possible, so I am reaching out to invite any hobby shop owners, or independent dealers to get in touch with me to see what we can do to help. We offer a flat, low free shipping rate (no percentages based on your volume), and give the most generous payment terms in the industry. Feel free to reply here, or email at trevor@hhwonline.com, or FB: Hobby Trevor Thanks for your time! Trevor Harm - Heartland Hobby Wholesale

Badger Renegade R1V

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:17
Good day fellow modellers, Anyone did some upgrades to the trigger? The one on my Badger is clumsy, not moving smoothly, feels like moving in steps. I'm used to my Iwata Eclipse HP-CS, the trigger is smooth and nice, full control. I picked the Badger as it comes with 0.2 nozzle, great for finer work, but with this trigger is very hard to control the flow. I don't know if mine is flawed or this is how they come. Any input greatly appreciated! Regards, Cezary

Remembering Founder Jim Sage

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 19:49
Found at a local hobby shop's going-out-of-business sale: A KP Il-10 kit sent to Jim by a Czech modeler during the Cold War. (Photo by Scott Copeland)

Kitty Hawk F2H-2P Banshee Camera Setup

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 18:48
As I posted some time ago, the camera setup in the Kitty Hawk Banshee kit doesn't resemble any aerial camera I ever saw. The mounting rack is a tubular affair with 3 vertical positions & several oblique positions. Attempting to scale it down to 48th scale is beyond my abilities & the tubing is thin enough I suspect it would be almost impossible to replicate. So, since the rack isn't visible once the access panels are closed, I figured it wouldn't make that much difference. Photo #1 is the original setup built as supplied in the kit. Photos #2 & 3 are my solution This is a fairly typical setup for a mapping mission. The cameras are from a CMK resin kit designed for the Tanmodel RF-84 but, they're the right scale and very similar to the cameras the Banshee would have carried. All that's required now is some paint & permanently mounting the cameras.

Hypersonic and RB Productions at Chattanooga

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 18:01
Just to let you know theses two companies will be sharing the SAM Publications stand at Chatanooga This from Hypersonic Hi all, its the first time for me making the trip to the US and attending the IPMS Nats there. I'm really looking forward to this event and I've now opened the option for placing a show pre-order. I highly recommend doing this as I'm of course limited in the merchandise quantities I can bring. Please select the option "personal pickup/show" in the delivery tab and after placing your order I will give you a 10% refund on your purchase. Any items currently listed out of stock can be added if you contact me by email, web contact form, Facebook or here. The only items exempt from pre-ordering are the clear resin canopy sets. I will bring a fixed amount of sets, which will include the brand new A-3 Skywarrior Version canopies, and sell on a first-come-first-served basis. Place your pre-order at hypersonicmodels.com and check facebook.com/hypersonicmodels for updates. I'm looking forward to seeing and meeting many of you at the show. Cheers, Jeffrey

1/48 Eduard J-35 Draken

Sat, 07/06/2019 - 15:52
The next build is the 1/48 scale of Eduard’s Limited Edition J-35 Draken Swedish Fighter. The J-35 entered service in 1960 and served as an interceptor for many years. It served in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Austria until its final flight in 2005. The scheme I will be doing is the J-35F from the F10 wing based in Angelholm-Barkakra during 1989 and flown by Cpt. Vincent Ahlin. The limited edition issued by Eduard includes many photo etch accessories and a few resin parts like the ejection seat, wheels, and various add-ons for the fuselage based on which version you build. The decals allow you to build a version used by each of the countries that flew them. Starting with the cockpit tub I added the photo etch accessories and detail painted some areas. There are a few photo etch accessories that go on the port fuselage cockpit wall then the tub was installed and the fuselage was assembled. Follow along on my blog in the build log section – https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-j-35-draken/

Mad Lab Models Godzilla

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 22:17
My latest build: Godzilla from Mad Lab Models sculpted by the late Mike Parks. Hand finished in acrylics, artist inks and pigment powders. The goo on his foot is 5-minute epoxy painted in Tamiya clear red. Thanks for looking!

Latest build... DaiKaiju Gigan

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 16:13
Just finished my latest piece. This is a vinyl kit of the 1972 Gigan suit from "Godzilla On Monster Island" a.k.a. "Godzilla Vs Gigan". Kit stands about 12" tall and was finished using acrylics and artist inks. Base was scratch built. Thanks for looking!

Salute from Carol Stream, IL

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 12:02
Good day fellow modelers. Coming back to the hobby after the long break, the pigments in my Tamiya jars sat in the bottom for too long...Just want to say hello, and as always, happy modeling! Regards, Cezary.

Atlantis Mini's Sphinx

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 16:02
One of the two mythological creatures I got from Atlantis Miniatures (not the same as Atlantis Models) is the Sphinx. This is a well done 7 piece gray resin kit. There's no flash, or no bubbles. Adding paint, the obvious reference is a lion so I used V's Beige, with the German Brown Black for the mane. Then I added Citadel's Reikland Fleshshade over the body and their Nuln Oil over the mane. Once that was dry I added bad the Beige but as a drybrush. The main got a dry brush of V's Beige Brown. The wings got the same treatment of the beige and Reikland Fleshshade. This time the heavy drybrush was with V's Foundation White. Later on I added a second go round of white to the upper wings and V's Brown Wash to the deepest areas of the wing folds. The brick piles got a coat of V. Game Color Plague Brown, drybrushed with beige and highlighted with a beige/white mix. The ground work was some simply with V. Tan Primer over some Mod Podge which had the Chinchilla dust sprinkled on it. I also added a few extra bricks out of the same sized balsa lumber. With that I was done. Thanks for looking. My obligatory size comparison pic.

Fantastic Mary Rose Model by Jim Baumann

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 15:13
If you want to see a fantastic model made from the little Airfix kit, have a look at the one Jim Baumann has built. It looks like one of those exquisite miniatures that the late Derek Hunniset used to make.

Lack of gun ports in wings of early Aleutian P-40Es?

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 02:47
Hello, I've been musing myself with building an Aleutian P-40E... Looking at various photos of early 343FG/11FS aircraft, namely aircraft No.49, and asking this question on P-40 Warhawk and Britmodeller forum, I was given information that early P-40Es had gun barrels flush with wing leading edge, which were then taped-over to reduce drag. But how come the photos below show nothing (no tape, no holes, no nothing)? Were the photos maybe re-touched by a wartime censor? https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/P-40/343FG/images/Curtiss-P-40E-Warhawk-343FG11FS-Y49-Aleutian-Islands-1942-02.jpg https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/P-40/343FG/images/Curtiss-P-40E-Warhawk-343FG11FS-Aleutian-Islands-1942-02.jpg https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8b/4e/3e/8b4e3eff19b82dc9948d665c437bbed2.jpg Any help or advice on the appearance of these gun-ports is most welcome. Regards, Aleksandar

Hello from (IPMS) Serbia!

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 15:37
The name's Aleksandar (Alex), And I'm a member of IPMS Serbia. My interest is WWII aviation in 72nd scale, Looking forward to tips and discussions. Cheers!

Greymatter 1/32nd scale FW-190D-13 Conversion - Caveat Emptor

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 14:03
Hope this is the right forum - I purchased a Greymatter 1/32nd scale FW-190D-13 through Ebay ($35 plus $7 shipping from UK) a couple weeks ago - although some of the parts were useable, the fuselage parts were not, as they were warped and too flimsy for use. Sought replacements - or partial refund. Seller refused, after many excuses (and negative feedback on ebay). Caveat emptor. Best regards, Paul in SF Not the first time people have had problems with this vendor re this item: viewtopic.php?f=149674&t=227626&p=22553 ... r#p2255384

1st ID Vietnam

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 18:56
Here are some updated pictures of a figure I've been sculpting for sometime now. It is a 1/10th scale bust using the head of the old Monogram "Three Brave Men" as the base. Except for the grab handles on the AN/PRC radio it is made of discarded plastics, sprue, razor handles, ant thing that will melt. The link is to the how to work with plastic. Hope you enjoy.

How to Remove Super Glue

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 18:41
It's a sticky problem. https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/a28172758/how-to-remove-super-glue/

Decals Numbers and letters in red

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 17:53
I have just completed a Lockheed A-12 in 1/72 scale. I need red decals or dry transfers in red for the tail numbers. I can't seem to find USAF style numbers anywhere. Any suggested sources? This is all that's stopping completing the aircraft. I'd appreciate help here. Thanks. Bob Walker IPMS 17121


Tue, 06/25/2019 - 15:41
So in Phoenix there was some campaigning for the 2021 Nats and Omaha. Is this a for sure thing or will there be some decisions made this year?