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  2. Roktman

    Airfix 1/144 Great Western

    Nice! VERY nice!
  3. Roktman


    Looking good!
  4. Roktman


    This is an approx 1/3rd scale kit I obtained from Mark Warthling. It comes in 9 parts - the head/body, the stone arm, 2 sets of horns (long and short - I chose the short), a base and two name plates. The arm, base and one of the name plates are in translucent resin in case you want to light the kit. Once again it was a case of me jumping into things before taking the start image, but you'll see the clear resin along the way. I started with a tan primer, glued the horns in and then painted the face red. Reddened the face, and painted the hair black - When it came to the arm, I looked around and it was no where to be found. I contacted Mark, and for a little fee he was able to get me another. How can something that big go missing? I have no idea... Here you can see the translucent hand. Anyway, in the background you may be able to see I added a darker brown shadow to parts of the jacket. What I did to highlight the black hair was to use a little blue in it. All shirt references showed it was black, so I mixed a little blue into that to compliment the hair. You can also see the translucent base and the arm with primer. I also painted the zipper steel, and the little emblem on the pull the new Molotow Chrome. That stuff is amazing. Next was tackling the Dark brown leather collar and straps. You can see in the background the arm got it's coat of red - While I thought of it, I painted in the eyes. Hellboy had yellow sclera, with a light brown iris, and then the black pupil. With the squint the model has I just left of the sclera color... I fixed up the coloring on his head and now I'm happy with it. Hellboy is now complete. I didn't mention the base, but being translucent it calls out to be lit. Never having done lighting, I left it open for lights down the road. What I did tho, was dremel out more material in the symbols, and then seeing a miniatures trick I got some matte Mod Podge and mixed it with black craft paint until it was *dark*, then I painted thickly on (avoiding the symbols) the base. Does well with light blocking. It was crazy how many images I went thru before I found an definite image of the emblem on his sleeve. Only found one. Thanks for looking.
  5. Rusty White


    The only reason I watched the "Clooney" Batman movie was I downloaded it from Rifftrax for a laugh. If it weren't for the jokes and riffing in the background, I would have switched it off after ten minutes, and it was still terrible to watch all the way through. Sorry for wandering off topic, but that movie(?) was awful.
  6. RGronovius


    I saw the Bale Batman as trying to make the world less of a cartoon like the final Batman and Robin movie (George Clooney) and trying to explain how he got his skills and where his wonderful toys came from. I really enjoyed Ben Affleck's Batman, too bad he's retired his character. The DC Shazam/Captain Marvel looks like they are going back to a very live action cartoon world like Batman Forever and Batman and Robin movies.
  7. Introduction The Stryker has been in service with the US military nigh on fifteen years and up until now, it was at best simply able to provide defense against enemy infantry with its .50 caliber machine gun. In its newest iteration, the M1296 Stryker Dragoon IFV, it has been upgunned to a 30mm version of the 25mm Bushmaster gun used in the Bradley vehicles. While no match for heavy armor, it is capable of keeping enemy APCs occupied so the main battle tanks can duel unhindered. Panda Hobby's recent release of this newly revised version of the Stryker proves to be a decent mix of beautiful fit with some over-engineered assemblies to make one feel challenged during the build. Match that with an occasional error in the instructions and you'll feel the need for care and patience, but you will be rewarded with a very nice build in the end with your perseverance. read more View the full article
  8. The German Panzer V Panther, next to the Tiger, is probably one of the most popular and recognizable tanks of World War II. Academy has released the G version of this iconic tank in an all new tooled kit. This version is from very late in the war, about January to April 1945 timeframe. Inside the large box is five bags of sprues, two instruction sheets and a small bag of decals and photo etched sheet. The F sprue is attached to the C sprue. There are four sprues of link and length tracks and four of the D sprues which is mainly road wheels. I like that the sprue letters are molded as cut outs, not the raised letters as usually. This makes it much easier to find and read these letters. Eight clear poly caps are included, but only two used. The decals sheet is three turret number options and four German crosses. The photo etched is engine screens and bolt heads. The instruction sheets are quad folding, with 16 assembly steps and eight painting/decal options. read more View the full article
  9. noelsmith


    Thanks Nick. All has been revealed!
  10. Yesterday
  11. Wolfman63

    1/48 Tamiya AR-196A Seaplane with Eduard Details

    More work done on the Tamiya 1/48 AR-196A float plane. I have completed most of the cockpit and installed it in the fuselage. The fit was a little difficult. The top of the cockpit walls fit fine but I had to twist it a bit to align it. If you ever go this route don’t install the cockpit to one side then join the fuselage. Put the fuselage together then install cockpit from bottom. I made a couple of shims to keep the cockpit floor square to the top. I then started on the engine. The part with the pushrod’s had one pushrod that was “short shot” in the mold. I trimmed the nub and scratch built a new one using some stock styrene rods. The photo etch details and wiring were added and painted. After reviewing some photos of the real engine I used 32 gauge wire to make the oil return line. I cleaned up the cowl parts (the seams and a little flash) then installed the engine. The photo etch set also comes with the front cowl mounts. It was tricky getting them mounted the correct height so they would meet the cowl edge correctly. Once I finish cleaning the outside of the cowl and the assembly mounted to the fuselage I will be starting on the wings. You can see all the build photos from the start at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-arado-ar-196a/
  12. Mark Deliduka

    MK44 Saturn Knight

    Wow! That's crazy good! Beautiful blending on that. Looks like you're close to painting now.
  13. BryanKrueger

    MK44 Saturn Knight

    This is what I have been working on for the last few weeks. Love these kits. This makes #6. The base kit builds like this: MK44 AmmoKnight. But I glued on a few greeblies and used lots of putty. To get to this point. I'm still tinkering with tiny details but the majority is finished.
  14. This subject needs no introduction or prolonged history so I'll skip it. The kit has been around for a few years in various versions, this time as the short nosed F-4J of the U.S. Navy's VF 102 aka the "Diamondbacks". Having read a lot of great things about this kit I had high expectations and they were all realized when I opened the box. There's a whole lot of plastic in there and it's done to the highest standards. Most important is the one piece upper fuselage that eliminates the tricky gap you'd have otherwise. In fact a closer examination shows that most of the major joint lines fall in places that exist on the real thing making the builders job one of aligning the parts and gluing them. You get a full complement of missiles, iron bombs and drop tanks. The only negative out of the box are some faint mold seams on the canopy parts. Add to that a massive decal sheet with every (and I mean every!) stencil carried on this Navy bird, and you have a complete package. read more View the full article
  15. IPMSUpdates

    New Review: Scale Plans Ju-88A

    This publication, with illustrations by Maciej Noszczak, is an MMPBooks publication and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP books are characterized as being of very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the Ju-88A. There is no text other than captions for the drawings. read more View the full article
  16. Nick Filippone


    It is just a stupid old vaudeville joke. One guy says “ I am going to get rich. I will buy gloves for $1.00 a pair and sell them for .50 a pair.” The other guy asks “How will you make any money?” The first guy responds, enthusiastically “Volume!” Your perfect description of we modelers’ blinkered financial planning reminded me of this silly old routine. Regards, Nick
  17. noelsmith


    Nick, unfortunately your selling volume to make a profit statement is a bit lost on me.? Please explain. Unless they have become old rarities I have only always managed to sell kits on (usually bought on a whim at the time) at a loss. I am taking about kits that modellers tend to simply accumulate over a period of time and realise they will never build them rather than trading.
  18. Mark Deliduka


    Gil, we have something similar, only we call ours the "Distressed Kit Auction" Kits, tools, parts, or anything else model related are donated by the club members. We offer receipts for those who wish to write the donation off on their taxes as we are still a 501c3; but all proceeds from our auction go straight to the club. We do ours twice a year and it's a great fund raiser for our club (second only to Orangecon) and is also a thrilling and fun meeting.
  19. ghodges

    JAXCON 2019 model pics!

    Jaxcon 2019 was another record setter for us, with 135 people putting 652 entries on the tables! Below is a link to pics of ALL of the models at the show last weekend. Hope you enjoy! https://gallery.ipmsusa3.org/index.php?/category/11518 GIL
  20. Here is another great addition to Pen & Sword's Images of War series. In the past, the series had focused on specific battles and campaigns. The shift to specific vehicles is a welcome shift and this book does not let down one's expectations. The book starts out by pointing out the evolution from the M113, the original evolution from the M113, the original armored personnel carrier to the Bradley, named after the famous and well-loved general from WWII, Omar Bradley. The manufacturer of the M113, FMC, developed two vehicles- the XM765 and the XM763 which would eventually morph into the M2/M3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle. The new vehicle began its service in 1981 and variants continue to serve to this day. A total of 2,300 M2s and M3s were eventually produced. Text is in English and there are over 300 color photos in the book, many of which are previously unpublished, as well as tables with, as well as tables with general data and engine data. read more View the full article
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  22. Nick Filippone


    One member of our club had a solution for this problem. Instead of having to buy kits, we should be able to just rent them. But Noel’s friend’s observation about buying kits then selling them at a loss can be turned into profit with one word - VOLUME! Good luck. Nick
  23. Mark Deliduka

    Maddog Manufacturing 2019 Production Line

    Okay, here's my latest update, mostly on work I managed to get done at Hobby Day this past weekend. I'll start by posting the pic that was wrong in the previous post. Here is what the truck bed and chassis look like dry-fit together: Anyway, moving on from there, I pulled out my Dark Green and started to shoot just about everything that needs it. After it dried, I neglected to shoot pics; instead I went straight to a lighter green and started to modulate the green on all the single color vehicles. Before I get to that, I'll start with the aircraft I was working on. As I looked over the Israeli Sufa, I noticed a few more gaps and seams that needed filling. Out came the Vallejo acrylic putty and into the seams it went. You may not be able to see the newest seams I filled but now they are all done: Now I think this is ready for paint. I'll have to mask off the canopy first and then shoot it with a primer to actually see what might still need to be filled. Moving on, I started the AH-1 given to me by my friend on another Forum. First was the cockpit: Later I did the engine and transmission cover since closing up the main fuselage requires weight in the nose to keep this bird on it's skids. I didn't have any at the time so I just went ahead with the engine and tranny cover: Moving on to my armor; I decided to start a couple new projects. One was the IBG Hungarian Toldi II tank that has been sitting for awhile. I started by assembling the lower hull and the wheels. I didn't shoot a pic of the wheels, but here is the hull: Then because I didn't want to deal with the suspension, I went forward in the instructions and assembled the turret: My next started project was another IBG model; this time it is the Diamond T wrecker that I've waited so long to get. First was the chassis which was surprisingly easy to do given that there was so much assembly required: Next was the lovely, well-detailed engine that will unfortunately be covered up. But it looks great before it gets hidden: Finally, I started the cab; but I only did the front part of it since I still need to detail paint inside the cab before I close it all up: Now I can show all the painting I did on all this armor. I'll start with the Wrecker cab since I just posted the previous assembly. Here it is painted and semi-poorly modulated: Next I modulated the Russian BREM vehicle. It didn't turn out anything like I was hoping. I seem to be finding it difficult to adjust my air pressure properly. Oh well, at least I had a lot of practice today, starting with this: Subsequent washes and weathering will probably blend that in better. One can only hope. I then shot the cab and front fender of the first Russian tractor: Followed by the cab, fender and tractor bed of the second tractor: I then basecoated and modulated the SA-6 Gainful: Finally, I decided I needed to finish up another short run kit that I'd had sitting for awhile. The Soviet SG-122 got the second run of tracks on the other side, as well as the side armor protecting the gun. I also added some more filler to several seams that I found again: Man that model is crude! Next I assembled the gun. The front plate broke as I was pressing it into place, so I tried to get it sanded as smooth as possible after fixing it again. There was a lot of other areas that needed sanding as well. I then drilled out the gun barrel too, although it is not easily seen in this pic: Here is the whole thing all assembled and ready for paint so far: And finally, I basecoated this and modulated the green on this as well: I find it amusing that the best modulation was done on the crappiest kit! Oh well, story of my life.... Last but not least, I also shot a base coat of dark brown on the IBG Japanese Chi Nu tank. I'm probably going backwards putting the darkest color first, but I started with it. These are the Mr. Color paints specifically for Japanese armor by the way. It's kind of hard to tell in this pic, but this is painted I assure you: And that covers everything I got done on Hobby Day weekend and the rest of this week. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.
  24. Here's my latest.... I managed to only buy one thing at the Military Hobbies Airfix contest because they were also having a "pull your discount from the hat" sale. Mine was 20% off: Earlier that week, I had gotten a package in the mail from a friend on another Forums. It contained this for starters: But it also had these decals: Yeah, I got this started already. Finally, during Hobby Day my friend Harmon walked over to the thrift store next door to our hall and found this item which he gave to me: Imagine finding one of those in a thrift store! Okay. that's everything for now. I gotta go post my latest progress now....
  25. ghodges


    Nothing like that at NATS here in the states Noel....the "stash" sellers usually just buy a vendors table and sell their items. The table costs for the IPMSUSA Nats is too steep for most individuals to do that there, but those types of stash sales make up the majority of all the other local and regional model shows! Our club hosts a "kit auction" each November where people can put what they want up for bid at that meeting, and the club does take a 10% cut of those sales. But, since we do "pay-as-you-go", the seller gets paid as soon as his lot is done, and the club takes its cut at that time. There's no need to "inventory" anything that way. The down side is you're generally only going to get pennies on the dollar for what you sell, but you can also pick up some really great bargains! It's one of the more fun meetings every year! GIL
  26. noelsmith


    At SMW Telford IPMS UK has what is named the Kit Swap area. A bit of a misnomer really as it is basically an organised second hand kit sale area where members can off load kits from their stashes and IPMS UK takes 10 per cent. It is only open to IPMS members from any country on the morning of each day and then also to the general public in the afternoon of each day. All the sale items have to be booked in on special sheets that the organisers use to track both the sales of and unsold models to return to their owners and also to work out payments for sold kits minus the 10 per cent fee. Does IPMS USA run something similar at the US Nats for members stash disposals?I I was standing in the queue awaiting payment for my off loaded items with a friend of mine who jokingly said " I don't know why we do this? We all go out and buy kits, decide they will never be built, and sell them at a loss! "
  27. Bradley25mm

    Tamiya 1/32nd scale P-51D "Glengary Guy"

    Thank you very much Mark!
  28. Mark Deliduka


    Well, I have about 400 models in my stash, but I have about five or six models on the Shelf of Woe, or Doom if you will. I do need to get more of them done. I'm tired of them taking up space in the workbench and hobby room.
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