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  2. It's a way to see it ..For me your are quite a motivation to do more ..Oh well, , I'll try to keep busy in mid-time.. hope everything is fine on your side !!
  3. Wait for you?? Dude, you are so far ahead of me I'm looking at you coming up behind me to pass me a second time already! More to come soon, although it might be awhile. I got a perfect storm of stuff starting that will keep me away from the bench for at least a week, maybe longer.
  4. The work to increase my collection continues as two more vehicles roll off the assembly line for delivery to their respective armies. This first one is the SS Models second kit of the 1/72 scale M274 Mule, only I sourced a recoilless rifle from the spares box to make this a Marine Mule. Otherwise, everything is built as is from the box: And to give you an idea of how tiny this models is, here it is posed next to a Number 11 Exacto blade: And yes, there were at least 20 parts in the kit, not including the photo-etch, which has four parts attached. The second model I finished is a kitbash of the Trumpeter 1/72 scale T26-E4 Pershing to make it a T26-E4 Super Pershing. All of the add on armor, the stowage rails on the back and the capacitors on the top of the turret were scratch built by myself. It was the only way to get this in my collection, so I bit the bullet and got it done. I've since been informed that this particular tank is supposed to have the split loader's hatch, but I'm done and it's gonna stay inaccurate. I also took a bit of artistic license and added a couple stars to it, figuring if they were taking this into combat to try it out; they'd want the stars so this would not be taken out by 'friendly fire'. Here it is ready for delivery to my US Army: I don't know where that shiny spot came from in the second pic, it sure doesn't show to the Mk I eyeball, so I'll have to go over that with some more dullcote. Easy fix. Thank you for looking in, comments are welcome.
  5. After some long and sometimes difficult effort my Tamiya 1/72 scale Japanese PT-15 has been completed and is now ready for commissioning. There are a few parts that are still missing, but they are minor enough I can overlook them until I fond them. Here she is ready for delivery to my Japanese fleet: Thank you all for looking in, comments are welcome.
  6. Here is my latest aircraft completed this month. This is the ancient Matchbox kit of the Swedish SAAB J-29 in 1/72 scale. I used the kit's original decals to complete it. Sprayed with a rattle can of metallic aluminum: Thank you all for looking in, comments are welcome!
  7. Thanks folks, No I have some options to try out. Cheers
  8. project # 9 (JUL 19th )..Today ,I continue adding rivet ! If you like to view the complete WIP of this project , just follow this Google link : https://photos.app.goo.gl/UEdzA9FAzTufmBEU7 If you are curious and like to see more of the cranes I have built over the years , just follow this google link to my personal page .. https://photos.app.goo.gl/xFwsvFEZCuN5ukJB6 Hope youl,le like it ! Jmarc
  9. here is the update on the 2 ongoing C-130 projects ..You'le notice there is only one images available on each project , you can view more of the update picture of each projects on the Google link PROJECT # 1 EC-130V version ... (JUL 19th ) ..Today , I continue the enhance the panel lines ! Like to view the complete WIP of this project ,follow this Google link .. https://goo.gl/photos/jxfUh5Muw34MqsRY7 Enjoy and it's an 'rendez-vous' next week for more .on this particular project..!.
  10. UPDATE # 32 Hi , here a pic of the project i completed this week..it's in 1/48 scale PRESENTATION BASE FOR THE WWI AIRFIELD RAIL BUGGY https://photos.app.goo.gl/mzzBBq5WxJKEVh1v9 PRESENTATION BASE FOR THE NATO TRAILEUR https://goo.gl/photos/Huqcgx7BobNoEBSs6 EDUARD WWI MECANICS X 2 https://photos.app.goo.gl/EPzVy61DDpcKAh398 Like to see what I have completed so far this season(2024) , just follow this GOOGLE link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/i4zDpQbmY5qENSmV6 Like to see more of my previous completed projects in 1/48 scale ..................... Like to see what I have completed in 2023 season (100 projects) , just follow this GOOGLE link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/sBr6P2kZXZedUQhV7 Like to see what I have completed in 2022 season (148 projects). just follow this Google link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/aY5nhWFbhBh3VA2S6 Like to see what I have completed in 2021 season (110 projects). just follow this Google link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KszWEo2c9QT5RMGNA Like to see what I have completed in 2020 season (65 projects) ,just follow this Google link : https://photos.app.goo.gl/e4xhKXkQZmqdxwu48 Like to see what I have completed in 2019 season (35 projects) ,just follow this Google link : https://photos.app.goo.gl/nu4YRwUuE6yuWxLT6 Like to see what I have completed in 2018 season (52 projects) ,just follow this Google link : https://photos.app.goo.gl/dgegdRPaYR3VLHwm9 Like to see what I have completed in 2017 season (33 projects) ,just follow this Google link : https://photos.app.goo.gl/qjSfLvyMCPDpg5EH7
  11. Nice, kind of a shame he drew the short straw.
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  13. WWWWWWWWWWWait FOR MEEEEEEEE !...Another interesting and motivating tour..Keep them coming never have anough !.. GO,GO,GOOOO
  14. Thanks for following this WUIP , it's quite appreciated ! MONOGRAM 1967' CORVETTE (JUL 18th)...Today I completed the inner hood details ,sanded the door and gave it a coat of paint , I also assemble the wheels and sanded the soft roof !! If you like to view the complete WIP of this project ,just follow this Google link : https://photos.app.goo.gl/DdU4H41zKGfVMHDF6 ..If you like to view some other 30 x 1/48 car stuff I have built over the years here a link https://photos.app.goo.gl/gqaZ1RBkqgSZPhVo7 ..Hope youl'le enjoy following this WIP ! Jmarc
  15. project # 9 (JUL 18th )..Today ,I complete the modification of the boom and continue adding rivet ! If you like to view the complete WIP of this project , just follow this Google link : https://photos.app.goo.gl/UEdzA9FAzTufmBEU7 If you are curious and like to see more of the cranes I have built over the years , just follow this google link to my personal page .. https://photos.app.goo.gl/xFwsvFEZCuN5ukJB6 Hope youl,le like it ! Jmarc
  16. Time for another short tour of Maddog Manufacturing today! Anyone wishing to join this one, feel free to board the trams and remember to keep all arms and legs inside at all times. Our first stop in the Hangar, has a couple projects going. In this first bay, we got the interior of the Cessna 172 painted up and the instrument panel detailed: Later it was fitted inside the fuselage. You'll note I tried something different, masking the windows before installing them: This will be painted and decaled later. In the next bay, we got the pilot figure of the Swedish Tunnen painted, as well as some other cockpit detail: Later, all was closed up, masked, and shot with silver basecoat. Decals went on next: Yes, those are the original kit decals. They went on surprisingly well considering their age. However, some still required some 'persuasion' in the form of Tamiya Extra Thin cement. In this final bay, we didn't get much done on the JRS-1, but the main canopy was masked and installed. A few more detailed parts to add and this will be ready for basecoat: While that was drying, we decided to get the engines installed inside the cowlings: And that is our tour of the Hangar for now, on to the Shipyards. Here in the first slipway, we are starting a new destroyer for a Group Build for anything that floats on another boards. This is what was chosen: The keel was laid down and the bridge sections and forward superstructure were built up. The rear stack and structure are only dry fit at this time: It doesn't show here but the rear superstructure is cemented down and additional detail parts were added. We're hoping to get paint on this soon: In the next bay, we have been trying to get this massive Japanese PT boat out of the slipways and out to her base so extra work has gone into this. First off, all the railings have finally been rigged: Later, all the extra additional parts were added to the superstructure. The main mast is only dry fit here for removal to prevent breakage later: This is when I realized that the one side of the superstructure was missing parts that would normally block the view of the interior, so we scratched up some bulkheads for that side. It's a good thing I hadn't glued down the main superstructure: After that was trimmed and painted, windows were installed and some additional touch up painting was done: Superstructure was then re-installed in a dry fit and additional hull detailed were painted. There's still lots to do on this but it is getting closer to being done: The frustrating thing about this is it gives me stickers, not decals and they are all on a single piece of glossy plastic. I'm not sure what to do about that at this time. Anyway, that concludes the tour of the Shipyards; now on to the Motor Pool. In the Motor Pool here, we have been trying to get things caught up on some projects, and started a couple more. In this first bay, we finally managed to get the superstructure of this French gun fully assembled. It took a bit of a fight, with us having to remove almost all of it and rebuilding it: Later we installed all the broken wheels back on and then added the tracks when they were dry: We may get this painted soon, along with about seven other projects. In this next bay is another project I've been wanting to do for a good long time. It was about time to start on this US Marine M274 Mule with a recoilless rifle on it. Basic assembly was easy: This model is barely an inch long. Later I'll post a pic of it with an Exacto blade so everyone can get an idea of how small this is. Later on the detail parts were added and the photo-etch parts installed. After they were dry, we started on the photo-etch railing around the bed: Eventually, the railing got installed all the way around: The recoilless rifle was only dry fit so off it came to be painted separately, while we painted the rest of the vehicle: That one is about ready for completion. That being said, let's look into the next bay where we started a German flatcar again, only this one is sporting a 128mm anti-aircraft gun. The bogies were started first, we did one, then the other: There are some extremely delicate pats in there that don't necessarily fit well in that so you can see why we delayed doing the second one for a bit: After that the basic flatcar was assembled: While that was all drying, we started on the gun, making the barrel first: Several detail parts later and after the trunnions were built, this gun is starting to look like an AA gun: We then built the mounting box for this and dry-fit it on the flatcar: The gun mount was the added to the gun sub-assembly and now it's looking more like it should: Again it's only dry fit so we were able to get some additional parts on it to complete the sub-assembly: Finally, we got started on trying to replicate a wood colored base. I'm only partially pleased with the result; more experimentation will be needed: And that concludes our tour of Maddog Manufacturing once again. Thank you all for joining the tour; I hope you enjoyed it. Comments are always welcome.
  17. R/C canopy glue has always been a go to for me. Dries perfectly clear, cleans up with water, tacks up pretty quickly and doesn't fog clear plastic. Not sure what more you could ask for.
  18. I rejoined IPMS after reading this request. I'm ready to provide some tips that I have found very helpful in the scratch building at I do.
  19. Clear Gorilla glue is good also but it has a tendency to run so the application has to be limited. Two part clear epoxy is also good. I let it partially set up and then press the glass into it. Both hold really well.
  20. The ebook “Building the Zoukei-Mura Ta-152H in 1/32 Scale” is a part of the Scale Modelling Guide Books from KLP Publishing in Australia. This is an impressive publication with 167 pages full of pictures and great modeling ideas. The Ta-152H model from Zoukei-Mura in 1/32 scale is the subject of this publication and was built, painted, and finished by John Kim. He backdated the H1 (Super Wing Series No. SP2) kit to the earlier H0 version. Although Zoukei-Mura released the H0 model later, John did not have access to that model at that time. The book consists of seven chapters: View the full review
  21. Thanks for following this WIP, it's quite appreciated ! (JUL 17th) today ,I continue working on the wing structure !! If you like to view the complete WIP , just follow this Google link to my personal page: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Fm7KhpkxPh9sV2ou9 Hope youl,le enjoy following this tread ! Jmarc
  22. Hi ! In early 2000, a friend of mine gave me this partly built kit ..I unbuilt it and started to work on it so far I manage to do the exterior details and cockpit also started to work the inner wing details ... If you like to view the complete WIP , I have set up an Google page for it just follow this link : https://photos.app.goo.gl/Fm7KhpkxPh9sV2ou9 Hope youl,le enjoy following this tread ! Jmarc
  23. project # 9 (JUL 17th )..Today ,I continue adding rivet and decided to modify the top H beam ! If you like to view the complete WIP of this project , just follow this Google link : https://photos.app.goo.gl/UEdzA9FAzTufmBEU7 If you are curious and like to see more of the cranes I have built over the years , just follow this google link to my personal page .. https://photos.app.goo.gl/xFwsvFEZCuN5ukJB6 Hope youl,le like it ! Jmarc
  24. Magnificent! Thank you for the memories too! Beautiful work!
  25. Hey, no-one started a "hey, where are all the convention photos?" thread yet. Oh......... 😄 Have a fun time, guys! Don't forget to stop by the Phoenix Scale Publications stand, where David will have some delectable British treats.
  26. The people that put the National Convention together do a lot of work and work with hotels so we have places to stay, so I don't want to cut in here and tell you about ways to save money so please delete this thread if it is out of line. Check out Air BnB for lodging needs when you go to the National Convention. Many times you can rent a whole house for the same price as the rooms that are available. Or if you are a single person looking for a deal, some people rent out a room in their house for super cheap. The main drawback is transportation. You don't get to stay right near the event. Example: 2 years at the Omaha Nationals. I decided to go last minute and I was traveling alone, no time to find roommates. I rented a room at this sweet oldd ladys house for $40 per night. It was like 10 miles from the convention, but the room plus Uber rides and I still saved money. Example: This year some friends and me are renting a house. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights total is $600 for a 3 bedroom house. So $150 per night is getting us a house. We aren't sharing a hallway, or walls with other people. We each get our own bedroom. The only down side is we are not right downtown by the convention. I just wanted to put this out there. I wanted you to know that if the price of the trip is holding you back, there are ways to save money.
  27. Not an easy scale to get all that done. Fine work!
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