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US Air Force and Navy Lettering

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 19:53
Can you letter me if there is a computer program I can down load to be able to print Numbers and letters in U.S. Air Force and/or U.S. Navy style for making decals. If so where can I get it? Robert C. Walker IPMS 17121 [email protected]

Member contact information

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 11:28
Recently I sent out 9 letters based on member contact information I received from my regional coordinator. One letter came back as 'undeliverable'. One person replied that he hadn't been a member of IPMS since 2015. For a third, a family member notified me he'd died two years ago! Understand, my concern is not with the regional coordinator; he's been helpful and responsive. My concern is that our membership information (addresses, current status, etc.) could be so inaccurate as to have a 33% error rate. Does anyone have insight?

Gundam Red Astray Hi-Resolution kit

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 10:58
Here's my WIP at hand. The Gundam Red Astray, Hi-Resolution version. It is a gorgeous kit right out of the box, given the fact that Bandai made all sorts of efforts to get a kit which you can just build, no need for painting if you don't want to. Still missing the decals.

Thank you sir! Yes i have attended a few meetings and I love it. It's my first ever c

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 21:16
Thank you sir! Yes i have attended a few meetings and I love it. It's my first ever club so very excited about that

Hungarian aviation enthusiast looking for help

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 15:09
We recently received this request from the point person for a new Hungarian Aviation museum. He's looking for help with models or sponsorships. If interested in helping him with his project, please contact him using the info found below. --------- Forwarded message --------- From: Madalin Marian <[email protected]> Date: Sun, Mar 1, 2020, 6:40 PM Subject: Fwd: Replica Request for Museum Greetings. I am opening a new aviation museum in my country called Bucharest Aerospace Museum (google it). The museum is entirely nonprofit. I was wondering if you want to be added on the sponsors list below. www.aerospot.eu/?lang=en Can you make/build for me an aircraft replica or mockup as donation to put it up on display ? Thank you. MARIAN +40751657933 phone/Whatsapp

Missing Journal Copies

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 09:31
I've managed to move 3 times in the last 6 months which would explain part of the problem but, I haven't received the November/December & January/February issues of the journal. Forwarding requests are apparently being ignored by the post office. How do I get replacement copies?

Revell 1/60 (ish) F7U-3M

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 14:47
Here's another "golden oldie", the Revell 1954 kit of the F7U-3M. I used a German re-release, which was good because it had a much nicer decal sheet. The kit was the original molds, however, raised panel lines and decal locators galore. All were sanded off and some amount of putty was used to get a good joint for the vertical tails and the wing to fuselage joint. The canopy, though nicely molded, was too wide for the fuselage, so I had to shim out where it mated to the fuselage. I closed off the jet intakes, but that was pretty much all I did. I tried Tamiya rattle can AS-12 silver as I was told it made a good natural metal. Suffice to say, it doesn't. Looks like silver paint. I took some clear decal paper and painted it several different shades of silver and cut it into various shapes for panels. Doesn't look as good as I had hoped. That new decal sheet was very good and all that stenciling breaks up some pretty large barren flat planes. It was a challenge, but also fun. You really use whatever modeling skills you have to get these old guys into shape. Kind of like me at the gym, a lot of effort but in the end, you're still an old guy and the "newer" ones look better without even trying. This particular a/c was assigned to a missile test squadron. That's why the Sparrows are painted orange and white with the black stripe.

1/48 Gloster Javelin FAW.9/9R

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 16:02
This build is the Airfix 1/48 Gloster Javelin FAW.9/9R. A few years ago I helped a gentleman who was doing 1/16 and 1/8 scale figures of fallen police officer with creating and scaling the patches and badges for all the uniforms so that decals could be made. I was able to get them scaled for both scales for him. A few weeks later a package arrived and it was this kit. The message inside was from him thanking me for all the work I helped him with on the patches and badges. Fast forward to present day I decided to make this my next build. The aircraft even in 1/48 is huge. The details of this kit are great. The surface details are very crisp. I will also adding the Eduard photo etch detail set as well. Starting with the cockpit, I assembled and painted the seats then added the numerous photo etch details. The cockpit tub was painted and the photo etch was added. Everything fit very well. The cockpit tub was then assembled to the forward section of the fuselage. Starting on the engines and main fuselage next. You can follow the build at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-gloster-javelin/

Table Saw Recommendation Wanted

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 04:00
trying to decide which miniature table saw to buy. any suggestions welcomed; thanks.

The RealMREd's 2019 Build Roundup...

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 01:23
I've been so busy the last few months that I forgot to post the old 2019 build log. Not as many as some years, but I believe that some are interesting. First one last year was the Hasegawa F-100A Spectre, as the last aircraft of my Col. George E Lavin, Jr collection: Build Thread Here: Next, I bit off a pretty good chunk, the conversion of a Monogram 1/72 F-105D to the YF-105A: YF-105A Build Thread Next, another one that had been on the back burner for a long time a YRF-84F Thunderflash prototype conversion: YRF-84F Build Thread Next, what started out as a YB-40 conversion, but ended up as an XB-40 conversion, instead: XB-40 Build Thread Next,the XP-58 Chain Lightning: XP-58 Chain Lightning Build Thread Then, the Muroc Models F-8C conversion of the Academy F-8E Crusader: F-8C Build Thread Last, but not least, the Re-issued and re-mastered F-84F from PJ Productions: F-84F Thunderstreak Build Thread And that was all that got completed in 2019 by yours truly. Ed

1/72 ZM Ho 229

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 22:16
Plan to do diorama later.

Operation Paper Clip 1/72 ZM Ho 229

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 22:16
Plan to do diorama later.

Mall Mecha in Jan/Feb Journal

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 21:56
A big shout out to Jerry Escobedo-Sainz for his diorama of the Odaiba Gundam display! I visited the site back when they had the RX-78 Gundam, and have to say Jerry captured the scene to a tee! He even did the little bus gift shop! The current Unicorn Gundam that resides there does a light show in the evenings, which the Gundam did not. When the RX-78 first went on display, it looked kind of like an amusement park prop, but details and stenciling were added by the time that I saw it, and it looked pretty realistic, especially the inner joint mechanisms. I’m sure the Unicorn Gundam has the same level of detail. 60 foot tall Mobile Suits may be impractical in real life, but there is an ongoing project in Japan to make a full scale Gundam “move”. How far they take it is open to question, but I hope they can show skeptics like myself that they can do it. BTW, I have to comment on the negativity that this model genre gets. I was also a “scale only” modeler once, and thought the Japanese anime kits were just dumb junk. But after I built my first Gundam kit back in the early 1980s, I was hooked. I still build scale kits, but the Gundam and other anime kits also get into the mix. There is no difference to me - they are all plastic models. They can look spectacular finished using current weathering methods. Time and again I have heard the old trope that plastic models should only represent actual, historically significant machines, and nothing else. I have had that told to my face verbatim at an IPMS meeting. That is total bunk; those little plastic planes fired no shots and won no wars. Gunpla is here to stay, and Jerry’s diorama proves that very good models can be made from them.

Help with primer.

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 12:37
I am fixing a couple of Lionel tanker cars for a friend. I am using strip styrene but I have also had to grind/sand through areas of the aluminum. Would any of you be able to point me to a brushable primer that settles down and leaves a smooth finish. Thank you all. Regards, JD

Detailing for C-5B, B-2 Spirit, KhAI-3, Su-27, MiG-29, S-3A/B, SR-71A etc.

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:09
Selling the last released (February 2019) detailing sets of Metallic Details: - Antennas for aircraft model C-5B Galaxy (Roden, 1/144) - $9.00 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing of antennas for aircraft model. - Detailing set for aircraft model B-2 Spirit (AMP, 1/144) - $13.45 Set contains photoetched parts for detailing of exterior, bomb bay and landing gears for aircraft model. - Detailing set for aircraft model KhAI-3 (MikroMir, 1/72) - $4.40 Set contains photoetched parts for detailing of exterior for aircraft model. - Landing gears for aircraft model Su-27 (Academy, 1/48) - $29.70 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing wheel bays and landing gears of the aircraft model. - Exterior for aircraft model Su-27 (Academy, 1/48) - $25.30 Set contains photoetched parts for detailing exterior and air intakes of the aircraft model. - Exterior for aircraft model MiG-29 (Great Wall Hobby, 1/48) - $12.10 Set contains photoetched parts for detailing of exterior, landing gears, air intakes and cockpit for aircraft model. - Rotating propeller 56-66 mm (1/48) - $19.80 Photoetched part simulating a rotating propeller (airscrew) of aircraft. Designed for propellers with diameter of 56-66 mm (the part is cut to the required diameter). - Bomb bay for aircraft model S-3A/B Viking (Italeri, 1/48) - $55.00 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing wiring, bomb bay, 4 torpedoes Mk-46, torpedo holders of aircraft model. - Nose cone for aircraft model SR-71A Blackbird (Italeri, 1/48) - $29.70 Set contains resin parts for detailing of nose cone for aircraft model. - USN loading cart, torpedoes Mk-46 and Mk-54 (1/48): * U.S. Navy torpedo loading cart - $13.20 * Torpedoes Mk-46 - $13.20 * Torpedoes Mk-46 for helicopters - $13.20 * Torpedoes Mk-54 - $13.20 * Torpedoes Mk-54 for helicopters - $13.20 * USN loading cart with torpedo Mk-46 - $14.40 Kits contain resin and photoetched parts for assembly of U.S. Navy torpedo loading cart and torpedoes Mk-46 and Mk-54.

M149A2 400Gal Water Trailer

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 22:02
I am doing research into 3D printing a 1/35th Scale water trailer, this is initial investigation and just looking for interest in whether I should even attempt it if there is no interest. Initially learning how to design using a parametric modeling program and then get the 3D printer. This subject is usually towed behind a 2.5 Ton 6x6 or the newer FMTVs. This usually is included in the logpacks going to infantry and armor companies(chow and water are almost inseparable and would be a good addition for dioramas or loads for trucks Not sure if I would have Shapeways handle fulfillment or whether I would just produce in the basement. Looking to retire into this in two years to keep me sane. Would like to know if this would be of interest to the Armor community Thanks, David Dodge

1/48 McDonnel FH-1 Phantom

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 19:59
Managed to find a rare CollectAire resin 1/48 FH-1 Phantom and built it. Typical of CA resin kits...plenty of fit problems and needing a LOT of gel superglue and epoxy putty to fill and smooth the wings (designed to be folded) and nose parts (designed to be open and show the guns). The real problem is that the kit decal sheet fractured on me. They were high quality InvisaClear decals that I've never had a problem with before. I was able to save a couple of small ones and replace (mostly) the rest from the spares box, but that really sucked my enthusiasm right out of the room. After that, I just finished it up, minus seat belts, antennas, and wing lights just to get it done and over with. The markings represent the Flying Leathernecks jet demo team. The good news is I have a rare addition to my 1/48 collection with the first Phantom...but it ain't going in any contests! Here's a few pics of the build and the finished model. Anyway...onward and upward! Comments, critiques, and questions welcome, as always! GIL

Revell/Germany 1/144th scale Airbus A380-800

Sat, 02/08/2020 - 21:15
She’s a big one

Colors for the Polish 7TP light tank

Sat, 02/08/2020 - 11:30
G'day- I have a (Polish kit) of a 1/35 scale 7TP light tank. They reference colors of Olive green (khaki), dark brown, sand yellow (ochre), and dark grey. Would anyone know what paint colors to use for these (preferably enamels)? I have very limited knowledge on World War II Polish tank colors. Thanks! Joe Vattilana

Keith Martin

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 18:05
Hi: I am new to armor scale modeling. I am retired and 65 years old. I have built model ships most of my life. I am really looking forward to modeling 1/35 and 1/16 scale armor. I have already bought about 10 tanks to start with. I have just bought my first airbrush setup to paint with hopefully. I will probably have a lot of questions. Keith