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  2. Mark Deliduka

    my dad drove one of these

    Brilliant! What a fantastic idea for a diorama. The execution was exceptional as well. Way to go man! I gotta say, for a minute there when I saw the tank; I was wondering how old you really are if your dad drove one in the war. LOL! Then I saw it was the name of the diorama!
  3. Mark Deliduka

    BeutePanzer KV-5

    Amazing work! I never knew this tank existed. Thanks for edjimicating me! LOL! Looking forward to seeing it in paint.
  4. Mark Deliduka

    The Duke Completes More Armor

    Hey all. This is my latest armor models to be finished. I am so thrilled to get these off the workbench. First off is the 1/72 scale Hobby Boss German Br-57 Panzerlok armored engine and tender. It was sprayed with a base of Panzer dunklegelb and later hand painted with the two other camouflage colors. I tried weathering with a dark brownish color at the base to reflect the dirt and coal debris that would have been kicked up during use or weather: Next up is my 1/72 scale WWI US Army 8-inch Howitzer by Roden. Again this was sprayed with a base coat, then hand painted with the camouflage pattern. I lightly weathered this as I figured it would have been well cared for. Now I have something to hitch up to my FWD 3-ton ammo carrier: It is far from my best but I did what I could with such a difficult model. I'm glad it is done! And finally, this is Finished Model Number 1500! This completed model brings my entire model collection to the 1500 count milestone. It is the 1/72 scale RPM MACK cargo truck, late version done in US Army colors. This model also brings my total armor/vehicle count to 745 now. Here it is all ready to be delivered to my US Army: Don't ask me why the tilt still looks semi-gloss; I shot that puppy with dullcoat several times. I might have to try again. Well, that's all I have for now. I might get a few more finished by the end of the year so stay tuned. Meanwhile, comments are welcome, thanks all for looking in.
  5. Mark Deliduka

    The Duke's Latest Helicopter

    Hello all. After some time, I now have another finished model to show. This is the Hobby Boss 1/72 scale HAP Tigre done up in Australian markings. This bird was masked with Silly Putty and sprayed with Model Master enamels. Here she is ready for delivery to my Australian Army: That's all the aircraft I've gotten done so far. Thanks everyone for looking in, comments are welcome.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Dakimbrell

    re: Judging was: Haters group

    Nick, While I like accuracy, it is pretty absurd to think it can be achieved at our level of model work. Accuracy as you describe requires extreme information. That is not available to most of the people nor are thy interested. There are simply to many variables to consider and even top people writing the books make mistakes. For example, you do an airplane with interesting markings in a photograph. Are those markings the same on the other side? With only one picture, you can’t know. Or there is a tank with a distinct feature. Maybe it got knocked off in the first few minutes of battle. Years ago, a guy kept telling me the measurements in several books were wrong on tanks. He had been measuring them in museums where they were missing parts. The books took those parts into account, he did not. The old 1/48th Lindbergh F-86 still looks like an F-86. If the difference in scale measurements is 5% or less, humans can’t normally see it. Dak
  8. Mark Deliduka

    re: Judging was: Haters group

    Gil, Nick; I want to judge on a team with you two guys! What a scream that would be!
  9. Mark Deliduka

    Airfix TSR2

    Magnificent job man! I have the 1/72 scale model of this plane and someday I might just get started on it. I'm just concerned about the white coat in it.
  10. CMK has produced a very nicely detailed set of block treaded wheels for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits. The supplied items include the block tread tires and separate hubs in two options. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits, these wheels should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40/Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market, for a smart upgrade to lackluster kit wheels. The wheels are nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Tread detailing is fine on the tires, as are the two supplied options for the separate spoked or closed hubs. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints. read more View the full article
  11. Nick Filippone

    re: Judging was: Haters group

    I demand I high degree of precision to my judging as in everything else I undertake! I apply the same degree of precise scrutiny to every entry in every category I judge. "Eyeballing it" is imprecise and therefore unfair to the entrant. My personal experience is that people who criticize precision in judging and prefer sloppy judging work are likely sloppy in there own judging and therefore modeling. They don't want their own sloppy entries scrutinized too closely for obvious reasons, so, likewise, they do no want anyone else's scrutinized too carefully either. Craftsmanship and precision are synonomous. In a conscientious workman, they never take a day off! They are applied by him or her uniformly and consistently to everything he or she does. I am painfully aware that we now live in a mediocracy where the so-so is considered praiseworthy, However, I was better brought up than that. Nick Filippone, Senior National Judge
  12. ipmsusa2

    3D printer for Modeling

    I have done resin castings of various subjects over the years and have sold many of them thru my Modelers Weapons Shop website. While 3D printing has tremendous potential for the modeler, particularly when it comes to aftermarket parts, you still need rather deep pockets. It just isn't there yet for most of us, but it's coming. For the moment, creating your own pattern in order to produce resin copies is still the best way to go. At the moment. And I say that despite the fact that I start salivating every time I see a new 3D printer show up on MicroMark or the DaVinci website. And consider one more thing. Unless you want to spend the money and time to learn CAD, you'll still need to create an original pattern that can be scanned to create the STL file that the 3D printer needs.
  13. IPMSUpdates

    New Review: Karabiner 98K

    This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 German WWII Karabiner 98k rifles in 1/35 scale. This was the most common rifle used by the Germans in WWII. The set contains the following sets; 8 x resin Karabiner 98k's 8 x resin bayonets 1 colored photoetch sheet 1 instruction sheet The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photoetch parts form the straps for the rifles and come in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light-colored straps for variation. The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas. Summary I would recommend this great set for adding very detailed rifles to any model that needs it. Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them. View the full article
  14. Dakimbrell

    OOB question

    Gil, If you took the time to read my earlier posts, you would see I have already emailed the NCC regarding the matter. Additionally, you will see I have no problem if they do not agree with my reading f the rules. I simply will not bring the model aircraft to the contest. The rules clearly state the figure would not be judged unless in a diorama or vignette category. Since the actual model is not altered in any way, I fail to see this as a problem, myself. As to your remark, you know this is blatantly untrue. Over the years, the rules have changed allowing things not in the box to be added. And the type of models being entered reflect this, also. So, please explain how a figure that cannot be judged effects the judging of a model? Are you saying all figures should be excluded from all categories because they might effect the judging? I'm not sure I understand this remark. I do not want to put this model up against the "honchos" as you call them, which is the reason I sent the NCC an email. Do not get angry because I found a loophole in the rules. I ALWAYS make sure my entries conform to the rules and I have repeatedly emailed the NCC for clarifications. As I said, if I can't enter the airplane in OOB, then I simply won't enter it. I was not planning on doing so before I discovered the loophole, so it is not a problem. I will continue to build and display my works as I see fit and if they do not conform to the rules, then I don't enter them. I am not whining about how unfair it all is, merely trying to take advantage of a loophole. Do you think figures included in the kit should be judged in OOB? I would think as part of the kit, they should be. Dak
  15. ghodges

    Airfix TSR2

    The Saint! Nice build and great to see what might have been! GIL
  16. ghodges

    re: Judging was: Haters group

    Guys: THIS is why IPMSUSA gets the bad rap it does....rivet counters, color Nazis, and judges who are too intent on finding EVERY little flaw on an entry. I'm all for assessing basic alignments, but rarely see the need for any device to actually check it. It's very simple....if it looks out, it IS out, especially if and when confirmed by your fellow teammates. But, if I THINK it may be out, but it's very tough to tell and hard to see, then it's too small an error to concern myself with. It may or may not be a flaw, but if so, is a VERY minor one and in my mind NOT a difference maker! When we start zeroing in on such minutia we forget our job: judging CRAFTSMANSHIP! Which model displays that in the overall highest manner by comparison to those in its category? If you simply look for errors you lose the big picture. Just as any model can be more than the "sum of its parts"; it can also be more than the "sum of its flaws"! GIL
  17. ghodges

    OOB question

    DAK: I will stand by my own opinion that while you may be within the letter of the OOTB rules, you're violating the spirit of the category. Since you've been "entering models for 50yrs" then you surely realize that the OOTB categories were created for the purpose of not having to go head to head with the honchos (which you admit IS your purpose). It's a place for people to compete against each other with ONLY what comes in the box, and nothing else. You get to choose "the box" you go with, but since you chose one without a pilot, why should you be condoned or given a pass for adding one from elsewhere? That said, as Jim pointed out, we're merely giving OUR opinions, and NONE of them matter. What you need is for Bill Devins or Mark Persechetti to chime in with a definitive DECISION (versus our opinions). Once more, this is a sore spot with me, as I believe if you're Head Judge or the Chief Judge you should be here no less than twice a week just to look for topics like this where their expertise is needed. Perhaps one of them will chime in here by next Monday, but if experience holds true....don't hold your breath! That said, there's nothing to prevent you from emailing the NCC and asking them the question and asking for a "ruling". Since you don't want to waste your time, and you don't seem to want to accept the advice or criticism from the experienced judges who have chimed in here, that would seem to be your best course of action. Good luck! GIL
  18. Roktman

    Star Wars Scimitar Bomber

    Thanks guys! 🙂
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  20. Rusty White

    3D printer for Modeling

    I'll forward you my "how to" CD" covering the subject of making molds. It covers all the same techniques I use at Flagship for making the molds here.
  21. Nick Filippone

    3D printer for Modeling

    Ok, Rusty! You have simultaneously shamed me and challenged me. You are right. I need to get over the hump, screw up my courage and cast it. I have done a lot of vacu-forming but it has its limitations. I do want to get into resin casting and your metaphorical glove across the cheek may be just what was called for. Thanks- I needed that! Regards, Nick
  22. Dakimbrell

    OOB question

    Jim, This is the Revell 1/32nd He-162. I has won several awards for finish, but will never see a national because the seat is crooked. The seat and bulkhead are a CMK aftermarket and is molded crooked and I did not catch it until it was too late. Given the three category 137B, 2018 winners, it would never make the final cut, so why waste space in the car? The V-1 is the 1/32nd Bronco kit. Fairly well done, but modified, so it can never be OOB and the figure is clearly not a crewman, so it could be bumped into dioramas. personally, I always want it in Field Rocketry because it was operated by artillery units, but most times, they want to put it in jets, or drones. I choose not to enter them to avoid problems. Dak
  23. Dakimbrell

    OOB question

    Pete, The situation is not the same. In this case, having read the rules, I found a loophole which would allow me to enter a model I had originally not intend to bring along. I have helped sort out the armor at nationals and in those cases the wailing and gnashing of teeth was because people ignored the rules which had been available for a long time. In my case, if the NCC says no deal, then I simply will not bring the model and no hard feelings. Jim, First, I am adding nothing to the model. The figure in no way alters the model and the rules state the figure will not be judged....I am not asking for it to be ignored, merely seeking to confirm my understanding of the rules. As to why I don't think my airplane would be competitive in other categories...…60 years building models, 53 years entering contests, and 40 years judging under IPMS, AMPS and MMSI rules. I am a strong midrange, multisubject, model builder, not a specialist. Additionally, I am a real gambler, not just metaphorically and there are some games I do not play or bets I do not make. At Chattanooga, I expect a strong turn out from Atlanta and most likely the mid west states. My gambling instincts tell me it would be a pore bet to waste cargo space on a model that, at best, would have a one in three chance of placing. My handicapping would only give it a 7 to1 in a regular category. For example, the U-boat is a bit different. The differences between submarine OOB and regular submarine categories is marginal, hence it is a better bet. Dak
  24. Wolfman63

    1/48 Accurate Miniatures B-25B

    On the 1/48 Accurate Miniatures B-25B Doolittle Raider I have detailed and finished the cockpit. Started to paint and detail the bomb bay area. Waiting to assemble the bomb bay until I get to the fuselage so that everything lines up. The kit has a butt fit for the bulkheads so I want to make sure they fit correctly. On the Doolittle raiders aircraft to reduce weight the tail gun and side guns were replaced with broomsticks to reduce weight. However the upper turret still had the machine guns. I am replacing the plastic barrels with photo etch and wire and detailing the turret support. Check out all the build photos on my blog at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-b-25b-doolittle-raider/
  25. RGronovius

    Star Wars Scimitar Bomber

    Nice, an impressive build.
  26. CMK has produced a very nicely detailed resin seat for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40E/K/M & N-1 kits. The supplied items include the seat frame. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40 kits, with some prudent sanding to fit, the seat should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40E/K/M and N-1 kits currently on the market. I dry-fitted to my Academy example (see photos). The seat is nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Ribbed detailing is fine on both front and rear of the seat, and includes molded on harnesses. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints. Highly recommended. Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item. View the full article
  27. CMK has produced a very nicely detailed set of cockpit sidewalls and control column for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits. The supplied items include the left and right cockpit walls and separate control column. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits, this set should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40/Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market, for a smart upgrade to lackluster kit cockpits. I used mine in a Hasegawa P-40E example (see photos). The panels and detailing are nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Framing and instrument detailing is fine on the walls, as is the supplied control stick. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints. Highly recommended. read more View the full article
  28. WildBill50

    Star Wars Scimitar Bomber

    Very creative display. The ship looks great also. Nice job again, Kevin. Bill
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