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Markings of WW II USAAF Jeeps

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 12:25
A friend of mine has a 1/35 die-cast model Jeep and wants to decal it as a Jeep that might have been assigned to his father, a 7th AF B-24 pilot based on Saipan, and is wondering what the bumper markings might have been on such a vehicle. He asked me, but I’m out of my element here so am asking the experts. This begs the question: Who actually “owned” USAAF vehicles? The base motor pool? The Base Unit? The Group? The Squadron? Would a Jeep have been permanently assigned to a Group or Squadron? Or would it have have been drawn from the motor pool as required? And, finally, who makes suitable 1/35 letter/number decals for such markings? Thanks in advance for the help.

Walt Fink's DT-33, 1963

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 15:14
This is the Platz 1:72 kit with Eduard photoetched interior panels, modified control columns, and True Details seats. I added wiring the seats, scratch-built the canopy piston housing and the canvas cover over the rear panel from CA-impregnated tissue paper, and cut the kit canopy. The wheel wells were detailed and the airbrakes were re-built and their bays were detailed. Anti-torque scissors were stolen from an F-80 photo etched sheet. The decals were sourced from 14 different sheets from Iliad, SuperScale, Fox One, AeroMaster, an Italeri B-66, and even a MicroScale railroad sheet. Weathering was limited to a wash and some scuffing on the non-skid panels. I finished it just in time for a club contest - but, since only four or five people finished their T-33s, the contest was moved to March!

1/32 Roden L-19 Bird Dog instruction sheet

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 16:46
I am in need of the instruction sheet for the 1/32 Roden L-19 Bird Dog with fixed gear. I have the float plane version that I would like to convert to fixed gear. The parts are included in the kit, I just need to know how they all go together. Also, if anyone is interested in the floats, I have them available for the price of postage (instructions included). Thanks for the help.

Aurora 1/48ish Dehavilland DH-4

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 10:49
Another step on my journey down the road of the old Aurora WW I kits. This is their DH-4. It comes with the four bladed prop instead of two and with the dual rear Lewis guns. That gun mount was disliked by the gunners as being bulky, hard to bring to bear and used up a LOT of ammunition. I added my usual basic interior, but the rest is OOTB.

Ideas for my Little Boy Diorama

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 12:16
Planning a test stand or Tinian Island bomb pit for my 1/8 scale 3 D print of atomic bomb. Here is the working micro Geiger Counter for it. IMG_0139.MOV

MAiM's Hammerschlag

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:49
This is another kit from deep in the stash. I'm guessing I saw it on FB somewhere, had to have it, and then buried it in The Pile. LOL

Gun opening “boots” on turrets

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 20:13
I need to simulate the ? canvas flexible boots or covers that protect the front of the turret where the gun comes through- in 1/700 scale. Any suggestions? Thanks. Nick Filippone

More of the Duke's First Models of the Year

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 21:23
Happy New Year everyone! I posted already the completed Russian Glider in the Aircraft Forums already. Now here are the other models I finished, all vehicles and all Russian! To start, I finished two more Aerosans for the game I plan on doing. Here are the two 1/72 scale RS-8 GAZ 98K Aerosans by ACE: Moving on, I was able to get some armor done as well. This first armor one is the Modelcollect 1/72 scale Russian BMP-3 Early model APC: Next is another APC, this time the Zvezda 1/72 scale T-15 Armata APC: That APC was developed from the hull, suspension ans engine of the T-14 Armata main battle tank. Finally another Zvezda 1/72 scale kit of the BMPT Terminator AA and AT vehicle: Now I can move on to all seven of the big Russian eight wheeled trucks I've been doing. First is the most colorful one. This is the A&A Models Russian AA-60 Airfield Fire Truck and Rescue vehicle: Next up is Modelcollect's 1/72 scale Russian 9K728 Iskandar K cruise missile truck: Now Modelcollect's 1/72 scale KZKT 7930 Heavy Cargo Truck: Now the Modelcollect 1/72 scale MAZ 7411 Heavy Cargo Truck: Another MAZ truck; the Modelcollect 1/72 scale Russian 56K6E 'Baikal' Air Defense Command Post: A Third MAZ truck, the Modelcollect 1/72 scale Russian A-222 130mm Coastal Defense Gun 'Bereg': And the final MAZ truck is the Modelcollect 1/72 scale MAZ 7410 Tractor with the CHMZAP-9990 Trailer: And here it is with a load. It isn't the load that comes with the model; I still have to build that. It shouldn't be long, but at least this truck is done: And that completes my listing of the first models I completed for this new year. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.

One of the Duke's First for the Year

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 21:20
Happy New Year everyone. It is a good year for me so far. This is one of the 13 models that I finished yesterday. It is a 1/72 scale Russian Troop Carrying Glider from WWII. It is a short run kit from Eastern Europe and was a bit tough to get together and paint. This bird fought me all the way to the finish line: There it is, a model of something I never knew ever existed. I'll have to do more research on this to see how it was used. Meanwhile, enjoy! Afterward, feel free to check out my latest vehicles to see the rest of what I finished. Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

Fa330 Bachsteize (Wagtail)

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 21:33
Fly Fa330 #32009 The Fa330 Bachsteize (Wagtail) always interested me as a unique aircraft with an equally unique mission. This was towed aloft to about 400ft (120m) by the U-Boat so the pilot could see beyond the horizon view (25 nautical miles) and report any enemy activity. Stored in 2 water tight compartments by the conning tower a team of 3 can assemble and disassemble the Fa330 in about 20 minutes. U-boat commanders disliked the Fa330 as the prolonged time on surface make their boat venerable to an air strike or detection by enemy ships. The Fa330 was abandoned in the North Atlantic due to allied air superiority but continued use in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean. The only recorded successful use of the Fa330 was 5 August 1943 by U-177 on the Indian Ocean off the coast east of Madagascar. Greek merchant ship Efthalia Mari was observed by U-177's Fa330. U-177 proceeded to intercept the Efthalia Mari and sink her with 2 torpedoes. Efthalia Mari lost 1 crew of 43. U-177 did not survive the war and was sunk 6 February 1944 in Atlantic west of Ascension Island by an American P4BY-1 Liberator. U-177 lost 50 crew of 65. Fly's 1:32 offering is a challenging build at best there was plenty of angst and head scratching moments. Almost 50 scratch built parts. This build also gave me an opportunity to practice rigging as a WNW bird will be landing on my bench soon.

Washington DC

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 20:23
I'm from the metro Washington DC area. Raised in Gettysburg, PA. BS from La Roche University (Pittsburgh, PA) and MBA VA Tech. Been stay at home Dad since 2011. Personal goals are to make my wife laugh (she shakes her head and rolls eyes often) and be the best Dad ever to my kids. Coaching my sons ice hockey team (think a bunch of 12 year-olds who skate circles around me) and mastering the backward cross-over is a challenge. A few knee surgeries has put my fitness level to task, working hard for that upward trend. I really enjoy a good maduro and single malt from time to time. Like many of you I've returned to modeling after a long time off in 2012. I'm a continuous work in progress with a primary interest is WWII aviation albeit I do stray from this genre from time to time. My FB link BezoulaBuilds. Look forward to interact with this forum and be a sponge to learn new stuff. I hope I can make significant contributions as well.

Nats 2020: January Update

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 16:53
Nats 2020 – January Update Greetings all…here with an update to what is now a quickly approaching National Convention. In 2019 we could all say “it’s not ‘til next year” but now that it is 2020 the convention will be here before we know it (well, at least for me, anyway). Here is a quick run-down of where we are in the planning: Hotels: The Embassy Suites continues to be fully booked for the duration of the convention – all of the IPMS room block is full. There are still rooms available at the overflow hotels: Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Country Inn and Suites, and Candlewood Suites. I have started a wait-list for the Embassy Suites and as room reservations are cancelled by IPMS members this spring and summer I will work with the Embassy Suites to add wait-list members. I will follow-up with an e-mail to the member with instructions on how to verify your reservation with the Embassy Suites. If you desire to get on this wait-list please send me an e-mail: [email protected] Important: If you wish to cancel your reservation with Embassy Suites please e-mail me first! I will get you a cancellation confirmation number from our group room coordinator at the San Marcos Embassy Suites and it will keep the room from going “live” and able to go to the next person on the wait-list. Vendors: We are about 90% full with vendor table reservations. There are still some tables left. Contact our vendor coordinator – Craig Gregory – at [email protected] if you still desire a table(s). A current floor plan of all vendor locations is available on our website along with a list of all attending vendors (so far). In all, we are going to have 324 vendor tables at the convention. Registration: We are in initial coordination with all the IPMS web store items for the 2020 convention, the most important of these is convention online registration. The team is shooting for March to have the convention registration open for purchase…along with all the related convention items (T-Shirts, tours, etc). We will still have walk-up registration available for those who are not registered by our deadline for online registration…most likely in June. We will post the actual deadline with the web store item when it goes live. Convention Schedule: We have posted our initial convention schedule to the website. It will run similar to past conventions but on the first day, Wednesday, 29 July, we plan on opening registration at 10 AM and the vendor hall at 1 PM. The contest hall – with associated contest registration – will also open at 10 AM. The 3-hour buffer, we feel, will help with the rush to get registered before the vendor halls open to the membership in general. Volunteers: While our target audience for volunteer positions is our local Texas clubs the positions will be open to anyone in IPMS across the country. There are links to our SignUpGenius pages off the main Nats 2020 home page (www.nats2020.com). While the team is still putting together a “thank you” for the volunteers we are leaning toward convention t-shirts for each of the volunteers. Details will be up on the website in the coming month or two. Flying into the convention? We recommend that you fly into Austin, Texas. We will have a shuttle service arranged to get members from Austin-Bergstrom Intl Airport to the embassy Suites and all four overflow hotels on the first two days of the convention: Wednesday and Thursday. Once I finalize the schedule with the shuttle company in the next month or two, I will post it on the Nats 2020 website. I will be communicating with the shuttle company that I envision the shuttle(s) running from noon to about 9 PM each day. Award sponsorships: Around the same time we have the web store items up on the IPMS web site we will have award sponsorship links live as well on the IPMS web store. We encourage all chapters across the country to sponsor a category. Links to these sponsorship items will be up on the Nats 2020 website soon. Contest Categories, Rules, and Forms: We are expecting the updated 2020 contest categories and rules in a few weeks from Mark and Eileen Persichetti. Once I have these, I will post to the 2020 website. Contest forms are already available for download in PDF and Word format from the 2020 website. We will have hard-copy forms on-hand at the contest registration desk at the convention. Theme Awards: The theme award for the 2020 National Convention will be The Six Flags Over Texas. Detail of the awards can be viewed here: http://www.nats2020.com/contest_pages/theme.html. Seminars: We have an initial, draft seminar schedule set-up and ready to go. Once we finalize the seminar schedule I will post to the website. Expect this sometime in the early spring. Tours: We are close to locking-in two tours: One for Thursday (July 29th) to The Alamo and San Antonio Riverwalk and one for Friday (July 30th) to Fredericksburg, Texas and the National Museum of the Pacific War (aka, the Nimitz Museum). We anticipate these tickets to go on sale with the rest of the convention items. If they sell out, we will look to add additional buses to each trip and then open up more tickets for sale. As usual, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] In addition, on the staff page of the Nats 2020 website: http://www.nats2020.com/staff.html we have the e-mail of each of the department heads listed. If you have a specific question for one of those departments, I encourage you to reach out to them directly. The Nats Planning Machine will continue to chug along and gain steam as we approach the summer. ~Model On Len Pilhofer, IPMS #49932 Convention Chair, IPMS/USA National Convention 2020

Beginning of 2020..1/48th Israeli Skyhawk

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 15:40
Mark for the Middle East Group Finished today AZ Skyhawk Vallejo Air Paints from Israeli Box Set Built Mostly out of Box including very good Kit decals Lots of Uhu Tack for worms and Frog tape for masking Thank for taking a look Comments are always welcome Bill D.

1/72 Seabrook armored gun truck

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 07:08
Nice kit of a rare vehicle, but lots of clean up of flash, seams and rough surfaces. 3 pdr. detail is a bit mushy, but I can live with that. Fit overall is pretty good, although you do need to test fit everything to make sure. i added a few little things to make some aspects more logical or complete. They were actually pretty successful. However, the weight of the armored body and crew of seven(!) took it's toll on the springs and axels. They were used as "heavy" armored cars and assigned one per squadron of other armored cars, which were only armed with machine guns.

Is anyone else having problems with Squadron.com?

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 11:30
In the Christmas 2019 flier I found “Chief Modelers’ Weathering Choice Set” (SQ10215). The set consists of AKI011 White Spirit (35ml) AMIG1206 Dark Streaking Grime (35ml), AKI025 Fuel Stains (35ml), VJ73813 Engine Oil Stains (40ml), ABT005 Smoke (20ml) tube, ABT007 Raw Umber (20ml) tube, ABT070 Dark Rust (20ml) tube, ABT205 Metallic Silver (20ml) tube, (4) plastic paint pots. Hmmmm, that might be helpful. A 20% discount offered through email would cover the cost of shipping. So, I ordered it on 2 December 2019. Nothing happened. I contacted Customer Care 20 December and was informed some of the items were back ordered and would arrive soon. Nothing happened. On 2 January I checked each of the items in the set online and found all were apparently in stock except AMIG1206 Dark Streaking Grime. I wrote and suggested that instead of waiting for that, how about substituting AKI012 Streaking Grime instead? The reply was, in effect, we can do that; we’ll send it out right away. Nothing happened. I keep checking my account to see if the order has shipped. Yesterday I was told they’re still waiting on some items, sorry for the delay. But last night the January 2020 flier arrived, and SQ10215 is right there on page 42 again. A similar thing happened to me a little over a year ago: Ordered a kit using a nice coupon offered through email. Waited. Contacted Customer Care. Told it was on back order, Repeated several times. Eventually the order just disappeared. Are others having similar difficulties? Any suggestions?

Ducati mortorcycle

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 21:39
This is the Tamiya 1/12th Ducati 900SS with the Tamiya Street Rider figure. The pictures make it look a bit better than it really is. I managed to screw up things attaching the windscreen so it has a bad spot. The helmet comes with the figure. I used Alclad on the engine and exhausts. The tires were soaked in Armorall before I put them on the model. The University of Oklahoma markings were made with Woodland Scenic dry transfers. The rider also sports a Oklahoma Historical Modelers Society club logo and nose art on his jacket. Dak

Cape Buffalo

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 21:27
This is a 3D printed1/35th Cape Buffalo figure from Shapeways. I'd post bigger images , but the forums is only giving me .71MB to work with. The figure comes as one piece molded in white. The hunting rifle mon the ground is an old H&R white metal casting with a lead foil strap. The animals weigh in at about 2000lb and often kill more people than Lions or crocodiles. Dak

Italian Flintlock Pistol by Lifelike 1:1 scale

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 13:47
I built this after picking up a kit at the Seattle IPMS show last year. I built it right out of the box just for fun. Sometimes it is good to just put something together and paint it, to remind me why I enjoy this hobby so much.

Question about sealing decals

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 12:16
Doing a USAF Thunderbird, plan on using two bob decals over Tamiya fine white primer as color coat. It is a lacquer formulation, which brand of clear coat is safe to seal decals? I am a retired Chemist so I know it is voodoo science when dealing with chemical formulations. I made the mistake once of trying a generic clear over my Blue Angel F-18 and it ate the decals. It looks like the primer is glossy enough to handle the decals correct? I normally use Future to seal but want to try to avoid it in this build.

MiniArt M3 Lee Late

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 12:51
The M3 Lee is one of my favorite tank designs. I'm not sure why but the funky asymmetry and ridiculously high profile sure make it unique. I started a Tamiya Lee build back in the late 80s but it ended in a withering hail of pellet gun fire and fire crackers. :lol: This is the MiniArt M3 Lee Late - no interior kit. It's build pretty much straight from the box with the excepting of adding a few welds and additional casting marks. All PE is included in the kit. I added copper wires for the lights. The road wheel bogies are a fussy assembly so I glued them together on a flat surface. The tracks are super tedious 79 links per side, my sanity and neck could only manage around 25 at a time so it took many days to get both done but they do remain workable. The fit around the drive sprocket is very tight and can only imagine it is going to get worse with paint. The rear tension wheel is kept loose to tighten the tracks later.