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  2. Glad to have ya back Carlos! Settle in and make yourself at home! Gil
  3. Wow! Your skills squeezed every last drop of "cool" from that old Aurora repop! Congrats on a super looking model from what is at best a mediocre kit! Gil
  4. Really nice fighting Falcon! If you hadn't specified 1/72, I'd have taken it as bigger with the excellent details and photography! Gil
  5. Here's my latest completion: the FROG re-pop of the Academy F-16C Block 52. The kit's overly-pointy nose was replaced with a Wolf Pack nose. Also lending a hand was a Wolf Pack burner and tailpipe, Aires cockpit, CMK main gear bay, and Master Models pitot, AOA probes and static discharge wicks. To get a Night Vision Goggles-compatible canopy, I swapped the tinted kit canopy from one from an old Hasegawa kit. The paints were a mix of ModelMaster and Humbrol enamels. Weathering was applied with a Payne's gray sludge wash, followed by the application of fluid leaking with a Staedler .05mm pigment
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  7. A really cool subject. Very interesting paint scheme. Good job! Chris
  8. I recently retired and moved right before all this COVID madness started, so that has effected me far more than the virus lockdowns and such. My workbench was not established for a month or so after moving into the new home. The next complication was we moved with only personal items, not our old furniture. So the lockdowns delayed getting new stuff there. Only recently have I started to furnish my new hobby display room, so now when I complete a build that I’ll have somewhere to put it. I haven’t really bought any new kits, as I have a substantial stash (moving helps you realize that). But I
  9. This is the last aircraft model that I started and completed a few months back. It’s the old Monogram A-7B. I did a few add ons in the cockpit, and changed out some of the kit ordnance using Hasegawa items based off of photos that I found online. Markings are from a couple decal sheets that I cobbled together to build a VA-95 bird off USS Midway during Operation Linebacker in Spring and Summer of 1972.
  10. New kid in town again, so I figured I’ll jump in with both feet. This is my most recent armor build completion. It’s the old Heller kit built mostly OOB. I did add cast armor surface texture to the hull and turret using Mr Surfacer, some scribing to replace or enhance kit details in a few spots, and replaced the co ax machine gun barrel with some Albion tubing. I painted with Humbrol enamels, used the kit decals, and used Model Master acrylics for the weathering dirt & dust.
  11. Ok, being a new kid in town I’ll play along with some theme photos. These are builds from a couple of years back, AMT’s 1/48 P-40F, and Airfix’s 1/48 BF-109F, both marked as in North Africa during that time.
  12. We now have nearly every main production variant of the Pershing/Patton family in 1/35 injection plastic, aside from the original basic M48. But how about the other AFVs of mechanized combat arms, the infantry and artillery that served alongside the Patton’s during the 50’s and 60’s before the M113 and M109 came into service? The M75 and M59 APCs, the M53 and M55 SPGs, the M114 and M56 would all be great to have to sit alongside the Patton’s.
  13. One more option is to get some styrene rod of the same diameter to scratch up a replacement section. You can cut away the damaged side, drill out the glue contact points into receiving sockets so that they will not be butt joined, then attach the replacement section. The part will have to support some weight down the road. It looks to be the upper attachment point for the mud flap on a Mosquito landing gear.
  14. F/S U.S. only (Big box) Big 1/29 Revell Snap Tite Max T-65 X-Wing. Pre-Painted as Luke Skywalker's Red 5. This is the largest injection molded kit of a T-65. I have read reviews stating this as 1/29 and or 1/30th. This would fit in right next to your 1/32 F-14, 15s etc. There are many fantastic 3D printed upgrades for this kit on Shapeways (308bits) and Falcon3Dparts. Revell released this kit at 100.00 years ago. It was out of production and soon became a high price collectible. Revell Germany recently repopped it and it retails for $160! Here's your chance to get o
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  16. Wow, great advice gang! I had tried to get back on here last weekend and ran into the forums being down and my ipad doing the same thing to me haha thrilled with all the responses once i got back online. ok off to try an outline since my thoughts truly are all over the place on what to include in the article. I finished up Tamiya’s 1/350 Enterprise complete with hangar bay and full lighting. I’ve seen quite a few of these and alot of them have tons of aftermarket on them and lighting has been talked about. I think what my buddy likes is the focus on out of the box with lots of painting tech
  17. You can also scratchbuild a duplicate from brass rod or wire and tubing in order to replicate the different steps in the diameter. Then plastic to duplicate the crossbar of the A. Can't find brass rod or wire that small? Try music wire. Since it isn't loadbearing, BSI IC-Gel would work to hold things together. In order to have a uniform appearance, build two copies and replace both plastic versions. Hope some of this helps.
  18. US Army enlisted troops in WWII wore their rank chevrons on both sleeves. They are supposed to be centered midway between the elbow and top of the sleeve. Unit patch was worn on the left shoulder.
  19. I’d love to see a new 1/48 Grumman F11F Tiger, preferably the long nose variant. Most of the other USN carrier based jet fighters that served between Korea and Vietnam have been covered in mainstream company recent new tool kits aside from the Tiger.
  20. Mark, I saw your builds in the new Journal, congrats to you on all of them!
  21. Well, life does get in the way of what is important some times. 😜 Welcome back!
  22. Welcome back to the group. Have a nice day. David Von Almen, Gentleman Modeler
  23. The Black Hawk is now finished and ready for display. After detailing and painting the main rotor it was mounted on to the helicopter. I ordered a brass nameplate etched with the information the client wanted and added the Army National Guard logo to a wood plaque that was painted with a desert tan surface and Army green trim. The main wheels of the helicopter were then pinned. I drilled two holes for the pins and glued it down. On the bottom side I added four felt pads so it can be displayed on any surface. While the kit itself had some issues the overall display looks great. This will be del
  24. You may consider this. https://flagshipmodels.com/collections/how-to-cds-and-photo-albums/products/how-to-cd-working-with-photo-etched-parts-by-rusty-white-11-pgs
  25. Hi All, Greetings from the "Antipodes!!"😀 For the past few years, I have been modeling Model Ships, (Wooden), and am about to embark on the Academy 1/400 Titanic, 1/400 Anniversary Edition. This will be a great primer for PE. I have a 1/200 Bismark and 1/72 Type VII U Boat waiting in the wings with PE Detail-Up sets after the Titanic. Looking forward to posting on this site, researching/learning the ropes, (PE), and advice from your good selves. Cheers and Regards, Harry.
  26. Hi All, Greetings from the "Antipodes!!😀 For the past few years, I have been modeling Model Ships, (Wooden), and am about to embark on the Academy 1/400 Titanic, 1/400 Anniversary Edition. This will be a great primer for PE. I have a 1/200 Bismark and 1/72 Type VII U Boat waiting in the wings with PE Detail-Up sets after the Titanic. Looking forward to posting on this site, researching/learning the ropes, (PE), and advice from your good selves. Cheers and Regards, Harry.
  27. Hello everyone, Ive been building plastic models since I was a small boy and never really stopped. I build mostly military models:land, air, & sea, and also dabble in sci fi and real space kits. I was in IPMS/USA from the mid 70’s thru mid 80’s, but then let it laps while I was off working for Uncle Sam (although I continued to build models). Fast forward to about 15 years ago and I joined OC/IPMS and had a ball there with a great group of modelers. Recently with all the lockdown madness I decided to rejoin IPMS/USA. I am now retired and have plenty of time to partake in this great h
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