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  2. Colleagues! Club Plastmaster began preparations for the SIBERIAN MODEL SHOW "PLASTMASTER-ALTAY2020" September 18-20. I invite you to take part! You can come to me in Siberia! You can send your model by mail! I invite IPMS / USA to make an exchange, nominations, prizes. I propose to make the general nomination "MEETING ON ELBE". In the nomination: Any equipment of the USA, USSR in the Second World War. We have already exchanged nominations with Italy, Argentina, Mexico. News can be viewed on the website: ipms usa, SIBERIAN MODEL SHOW " ПЛАСТМАСТЕР-ALTAY2020", facebook.com .
  3. Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for the kits plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape. This set includes twelve parts, the two centerline main gear struts (front and rear), retract and bracing arms, landing light, and outrigger gear. All the main gear, various linkages, and outriggers are exact copies of the kit parts with most of the mold lined cleaned up. read more View the full article
  4. Every once in a great while you run into something in the modeling world that really makes you stand up and take notice. I think Master Models has finally hit about the limit of size feasibility in the scale business - 1/35th scale empty .30 caliber shells that are literally on the edge of visibility for an old coot like me. This package comes with 25 pieces that are absolutely remarkable for their size and detail. Despite their minuteness, they're not just little pieces of brass rod, but actual shells with rims and a shell opening on one end. I honestly don't know how they are even capable of manufacturing something this small - they're smaller than grains of rice and are closer to the size of (hope this isn't too disturbing) head lice. As you can see, they're hard to photograph because they're so small. Absolutely amazing! read more View the full article
  5. I'll be the first to admit that I haven't used a lot of Brengun products over the years. This has nothing to do with their quality - more like modeling inertia. Often by the time I see a need for additional detail on an aircraft kit, I've reached the point of impatience where I simply want to get the thing done. This has not always worked in my favor. An area where 1/32nd scale kits, especially older ones, often let the modeler down is in the area of the gun sight - one of the most visible aspects of any cockpit from the era. Due to the limitations of injection molding, these are often represented by little more than lumps of plastic with only the faintest resemblance to the real article. Brengun has done something to fix this problem. read more View the full article
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  7. Fly Models has released a multimedia kit of a very obscure subject: The "Rotachute". This aircraft was a combination of an autogiro and a parachute, intended to deliver airborne soldiers to the battlefield in an alternative way to the parachute. From what I read online, the main reason behind this aircraft was due to a shortage of silk during the war. You can find some other interesting stories about this contraption online, including pictures of the prototypes being towed by different trucks (diorama anyone?). In a diminutive open-side box you get 14 injected plastic parts and 9 photoetch ones. There are no clear parts as the original aircraft had none. The decal sheet is miniscule. While the box calls this model "Rotachute Mk.IV", it might be possible to build the Marks III and V from this box. read more View the full article
  8. Fly Models has released a multimedia kit of a very obscure subject: The "Rotachute". This aircraft was a combination of an autogiro and a parachute, intended to deliver airborne soldiers to the battlefield in an alternative way to the parachute. From what I read online, the main reason behind this aircraft was due to a shortage of silk during the war. You can find some other interesting stories about this contraption online, including pictures of the prototypes being towed by different trucks (diorama anyone?). In a diminutive open-side box you get 14 injected plastic parts and 9 photoetch ones. There are no clear parts as the original aircraft had none. The decal sheet is miniscule. While the box calls this model "Rotachute Mk.IV", it might be possible to build the Marks III and V from this box. read more View the full article
  9. sprueguy

    Jacob Marley

    Great color scheme
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  11. Roktman

    Jacob Marley

    Another excellent sculpt from John Dennett and Moondevil Studios. The 1:5th bust was cast in a light green odorless resin. The kit comes in 2 parts - the bust and the base. After washing with warm soapy water, and giving it a coat of primer I wanted to make Jacob the ghost he was when seen in his scene of A Christmas Carol. I had used Citadel's Nihilakh Oxide on the Ghost Lighthouse Keeper and decided Jacob needed the same treatment. But first he needed his earthly colors. As this movie (1952 film) was in B&W, I was free to use whatever I want. So I decided on a white shirt, black jacket, and maroon tie, pale flesh and auburn hair. Ol' Ebenezer looking on favorably From there I started his ghostly change - The purple is masking fluid to protect painted eyes I went back and forth with Jacob adding and subtracting the green and white, until I got a look I liked. The base was painted, and I added a little snow. Done. Thanks for looking.
  12. Thanks Bill. I appreciate the compliment! The bar armor is P/E. It came in the kit. I was very surprised that it went on so well and easy. Thanks again Bill!
  13. Spectacular work man! That burner can is especially impressive!
  14. Hidden in plain view. Nice save. Mark, is the bar armor PE or plastic, you did a nice job on getting that all together. Bill
  15. Nice job, Ron! Maybe I would be able to something like that done in a couple of months. Let's see...seven parts, seven months, that's probably about right for me lately. Any way, very cool. Bill
  16. I have to agree with Mark. The weathering is fantastic. Keep it coming. Bill
  17. Getting closer to completing this F-16C. The base coat of paint for the scheme is done. Missiles and drop tanks have been built, base coat painted and decaled. Added the general decals and the custom made decals for the 61st Fighter Squadron and started weathering the fuselage and more on the tail cone. All the weathering was done with pastel chalk as outlined in my tips and tricks section. https://davidsscalemodels.com/tips-and-tricks/weathering-with-pastel-chalk/ The kit decals are great. They went on and conformed very well to the surface details. Once the weathering is finished the top coat will be sprayed on. Then the canopy will be detailed and installed along with the drop tanks and missiles. Still have to finish the AIM-9M IR sensor head details and the various lights on the fuselage. More photos in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-f-16c-from-the-61st-fighter-squadron/
  18. Welcome to the Forums and welcome to the Hobby! You've done some magnificent work with those dioramas already. I also like how they are depicting events that most people don't show in modeling. Keep up the excellent work and keep posting pics of it here.
  19. Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is a Texas based company that makes white metal landing gear for a vast number of model aircraft in all scales. The idea behind the use of metal over the kit supplied plastic landing gear is strength. Over time plastic can give way under the weight of heavy aircraft models. The metal parts are contained in a clear plastic tray with an attractive color backing showing product details. Examining each item, it was apparent that masters of the original plastic parts were copied and molded into white metal. Corrections or improvements were also made, such as removing the brake lines molded over the oleo struts. The general molding was quite clean, but seams would need to be cleaned up. Working with the white metal and cleaning up mold seam lines is detailed on SAC's comprehensive website. read more View the full article
  20. Thanx - I really enjoyed that kit and am now motivated to the Buckley Destroyer Escort with this same level of care. Your model added that much more motivation. Lookin' sharp!
  21. Welcome Mike! Glad you're here! You share interests with a lot of folks here, and if you're into the 3D printing, you're W-A-Y ahead of me on the modeling curve! Settle in and enjoy things here. Cheers! GIL
  22. My name is Mike Naegle. Just joined IPMS. I am relatively new to modeling. Modeling focus is on WWII Aircraft associated with the Pacific War. I also build Family History Dioramas. My son and I are very interested in 3D Prin ters and creating militarty miniatures. The first images I've uploaded are from a completed diorama where my 3rd great grandfather died after ferrying pioneers across the Mississippi. The second two images are a project I am currently working on that depicts my grandfather's role in WWI.
  23. My name is Mike Naegle. Just joined IPMS. I am relatively new to modeling. Modeling focus is on WWII Aircraft associated with the Pacific War. I also build Family History Dioramas. My son and I are very interested in 3D Prin ters and creating militarty miniatures. The first images I've uploaded are from a completed diorama where my 3rd great grandfather died after ferrying pioneers across the Mississippi. The second two images are a project I am currently working on that depicts my grandfather's role in WWI.
  24. Anyone have a left wing root (upper and lower) parts for the old Revell 1/32 Wildcat they would like to sell? An old built-up model would work as well. I'll pay shipping to Las Vegas as well. Thanks
  25. History: At the end of WW2 Industries within the US were encouraged to design more sophisticated military equipment based on experiences gained during the war. The US Navy Bureau of Ships invited multiple civilian engineering firms to submit proposals for a new tracked landing vehicle (LVT). The Borg Warner Company submitted a design for a new LVT. The prototype was completed in August of 1951. It's large box like structure could transport 34 fully equipped infantry and possessed excellent seaworthiness. The vehicle was designated the LVTP5. Developed concurrently with the LVTP5 was the LVTH6, the support version armed with a turreted 105mm 24L Howitzer. The LVTH6 entered service in 1957 with 210 units produced. no more than 100 rounds were usually carried. Kit: read more View the full article
  26. Thanks Mark- The real test will come on the nose.... Also, as they expand their line, I will certainly get from them any needed colors that MM drops. Ed
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