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  2. Brilliant fix! That cable trough replacement panel looks like it was molded right in. Exceptional work David!
  3. Wow, brilliant work John! You really did exceptional work on this toon; making it look very toon!
  4. Welcome John! This is a great place to be. Please feel free to post any pics of your work, we love looking at models here. Also, be generous with any questions you have, everyone here would be thrilled to help you though a roadblock. So, what do you prefer to build? How long have you been building? Have you looked into or joined any of the local clubs in Tennessee? The Chattanooga guys just put on a magnificent Nationals in August.
  5. And for out desert tan tanks, in the motor pool, the sun faded the top surfaces and any side surfaces that got direct sunlight. The side that was shielded by another tank or faced away from the sun looked very yellow compared to the sun faded bleached look of the upper surfaces. One tank, one paint scheme, two different shades.
  6. Hello everyone. I’m a new member from TN.
  7. INTERNATIONALLY CONNECTED MODELERS GROUP – ICMG ICMG Concept Overview and Program Introduction The Willow Run Bomber Plant (WRBP) IPMS/USA Chapter has developed and is introducing a new IPMS Chapter Outreach Pilot Program called the: “Internationally Connected Modelers Group” (ICMG) We are proud to announce that both IPMS/UK West Suffolk and the Norfolk Scale Model Group are now officially partners in the “Willow Run Bomber Plant – West Suffolk/Norfolk ICMG”. As a new IPMS Chapter, WRBP saw the importance of not only promoting the art and craft of model building, but also the importance of promoting the historical connections that our neighbor, the Willow Run Bomber Plant, had to its role in World War Two. With this idea in mind, WRBP looked for a Real World connection to other modelers in another country that Willow Run, Ford-built, B-24s also historically effected. One of the largest “War Time Consumers” of Willow Run B-24s was the USAAF 8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, based out of Suffolk and Norfolk Counties in the United Kingdom. WRBP contacted the Gary Wenko, IPMS/UK International Contact Person, about the possibility of our Willow Run Bomber Plant Chapter connecting and informally communicating with IPMS UK Branches in areas that had B-24 Liberator bases during WW2. The idea was to have a connected community history, because, in our case, Willow Run built over 8000 B-24s, of which a large number to England. We received very positive interest from two IPMS/UK Branches in England. Both are in the epicenter of Liberator Country – Norfolk (RAF Horsham St Faith) and West Suffolk (RAF Sudbury). Again, our primary goal was to have not only a model connection, but also a real historical connection that our two counties and communities share. The connection that WRBP made is unique to our Chapter, but our reasoning and methodology can serve as a template for other IPMS Chapters to follow. Primary Goals of the ICMG are: 1 Connect IPMS/USA Chapters to IPMS Chapters/Branches in other countries that have a direct historical connection to that particular IPMS/USA Chapter’s historical location or name. These connections could include such things as: famous people same city or regional name civilian and/or military manufacturing industries military training or deployment bases areas of combat action many other types of direct historical connections (or any others we did not think about). The most important part is that both Interconnecting Chapters have something historically in common and can build a connection on that. 2 Create a conduit for the exchange of information thru models, building techniques, personal interactions, and even live history exchanges ( i.e. – WRBP IPMS can’t go to the Imperial War Museum, but a connector in West Suffolk is a volunteer there and take pictures I need for my project. Alternatively, someone in Norfolk is building a USAAF Recon Mossie and needs pictures of the one located at the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio. A WRBP connector can get his/her car and go take some pictures for him at the AF Museum). 3 Build international friendships and relations, with BOTH individual IPMS members and IPMS Chapters, thru the one hobby that truly does not have any borders. See the list of countries below. 4 The key to the working success for this program is that it has to be self-initiated by individual Chapters. IPMS Chapters interested in the ICMG Program know their local roots, history, and historical connections to the World better than anyone does. Interested Chapters would have to find overseas Chapters that they would like to interact with and reach out on their own behalf. The World is the only limit. One obstacle to considered though, is there needs to be considerations for language barriers. If language is a barrier, for that first contact, with other international IPMS chapters, Google Translator can be a great tool to start the process. We are hoping that the framework presented here will provide the opportunity and encouragement for other IPMS Chapters to reach out and connect with International partners in history, as well as our hobby, and build a World Wide lasting “International” Plastic Modeler Society friendship. For more information on the ICMG Pilot Program or if you have questions – Contact Joe Rivers: ICMG Contact at wrbpipms@gmail.com
  8. Nice job on a fun project.
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  10. I had several projects going the other day, and I wanted something that would be a “one day build” just to give me a break from the longer running projects. These kits are just the ticket. They are fun, and literally a “one day build”
  11. I had several projects going the other day, and I wanted something that would be a “one day build” just to give me a break from the longer running projects. These kits are just the ticket. They are fun, and literally a “one day build”.
  12. This week’s update on the E-2D conversion covers more differences between the E-2C 2000 to the E-2D. After I assembled the fuselage and added weights to keep the nose down, I detailed the nose gear bay with the photo etch details. Moving forward I had to modify the top scoop. It has a second smaller scoop for the RPCS on top of it. I used some styrene sheets to rough it in and then some putty to blend it to the scoop. I used some spare photo etch pieces to fill in the brass coolers. I then attached the upper center section of the main wings. As you can see the fit is not very good. There are huge gaps at both ends. This required a lot of putty to fill them in. Once filled and sanded I attached the upper scoop. The next major difference is the cable trough on the fuselage. The “D” does not have one. So the trough was cut out and a piece of sheet styrene was formed and glued in. The entire section was covered with a thin coating of putty. I then sanded it to shape and scribed in the panel lines. On the rear of the fuselage is another fairing for the PTS and the fairing and head for the EMIRS. I added the photo etch details to the tailhook bay and now I am starting to scratchbuild the fairings. You can see all the details and photos from the start on my blog at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-northrop-grumman-e-2d-conversion/
  13. In all seriousness, it is all over. Thanks to everyone who attended, competed, vended, spoke, and displayed models! We wouldn't and couldn't have done it without all of you! I know that following these shindigs there are always a few standard questions. One is how big was it? In our case, 961 registrations (as near as I can tell, 3rd biggest ever). 450 vendor tables (most ever) and roughly 5000 models on display (again, most ever). While breaking records wasn't the goal going into this, it was kinda fun. It was also rewarding being able to give back to so many folks who've given so much to us, and me in particular. Thanks to all who came for trusting us to do our jobs, I hope we didn't let you down. Now, the one thing that everyone wants to know...who won? Here's a link to the awards presentation that Vlad spends an inordinate amount of time putting together in between judging wrapping up and the awards on Saturday night. Thank you for all that work Vlad!
  14. Seems to be a lot easier to get than 501 (c)3 status.... A description is posted here on the AMA website. It obviously talks about AMA-chartered clubs, but seems applicable to any hobby club...., https://www.modelaircraft.org/sites/default/files/505-a.pdf Does IPMS track this info, perhaps as part of the rechartering process? I’m hoping to hear from some who have already been down this road....
  15. Agreed. And I would suggest that sloppy construction would be at the head of the list. Just because someone produced a fabulous model or diorama, that doesn't mean it should get a pass for glaringly open seams, glue smears on a canopy or window or a thumbprint in the paint. O.K., I'm being somewhat facetious, but you get my point. At the opposite end of the spear would be those details that are kinda, maybe, probably wrong but that fall into the artistic license category. For example, a tow chain that's just a tad too, big or small for a tank or truck.
  16. I basically have said this numerous times, but immediately get told we don't judge any of this, which is nonsense. Which is why I started this string in an effort to get people to discuss what elements are important and why. Tor example, accuracy and authenticity imply slightly different things. That you have a client that wants something a particular color is not an issue here...perhaps not even relevant. That is a whole different ball game from doing a model for a contest. Instead of satisfying one person, your are trying to satisfy several who all have a different opinion. First, there is yourself...what color looks correct to you. Then there are the judges who may disagree and those that are sticklers for that mythical perfect color. And everyone may be wrong anyway. Hinze the wisdom of not judging shade of color. But that does not mean some things are not simply wrong. Dak
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  18. David, "we" was intended as a generic inclusive term. Each person has their own standard, as it should be. Unless I have a client who obsesses over a specific color or tone...and I had a Star Trek fanatic who did..."good enough for government work" is close enough. I have stated many times in columns, articles and print books that we as modelbuilders build representations, not replicas. It would be impossible to do otherwise due to reduced scale, manufacturing limitations, etc. The object, if we're honest with ourselves, is to create a finished model that looks like the real thing as much as possible. This applies to both standalone models and dioramas/vignettes.
  19. Maybe you did, but I haven't worried about the exact color since 1976. Even though the Haze Grey was manufactured in a modern plant under peace time conditions, we still mixed the cans of paint to ensure consistency. Anyone that thinks there is an exact shade of paint beyond a color chip, is living in a cloudy cookoo land. The true check of a beginner is the "What is the best shade of...."question. The smaller something is, the darker the same shade of paint will look on it. I always find it a bit silly when a friend uses a real car paint on his model. Dak
  20. Thanks for the awesome compliments guys! Michael, I agree; they sure were lazy back then when it came to determining the shape and dimensions of this model. I appreciate very much your great compliment. Christopher, thanks! I am happy with the final result, despite having a warped fuselage half.
  21. I would be interested. I will have some free time coming up during Thanksgiving Break and Christmas Break... might be able to do it on a Saturday before then.
  22. And to think we wear ourselves out trying to match an "accurate color chip" on our computer screens when no two screens will produce identical colors. Got an actual color chip? Then we have to determine how long it's been exposed to the sun...or artificial light...or out of the light...or..... The bottom line is that no one...not even the experts...can tell you anything beyond what the color is supposed to be. The reality, Robin, is your situation and thousands more like it. The best any of us can do is get as close as possible and leave it at that,.
  23. When we painted our M60A3TTS tanks, we often mixed different colors of paint to make it last. It never seemed like we had enough of the brown paint. So sometimes we'd pour some tan or black into the brown to make it last. While all tanks got the same base coat of forest green, the brown would then vary from an earth or baseball mitt leather brown to a kind of olive brown.
  24. Holy smokes! For as fast as you built it, it turned out great. As slow as I am, there’s no way I could have done it. Congratulations Mark.
  25. I have often wondered how both Airfix and Revell could have screwed up their 1/72 P-51D kits from those years so badly. They look almost like some kid's badly drawn version of the airplane. Surely there were some more accurate references available back then. Your model turned out far better than that kit deserved.
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  27. What can I say, David. Everything you and I say...as well as everyone else who has commented on this thread...is absolutely correct. Which comment/observation applies depends on the particular moment and the specific project's reason for being.
  28. People get different signals from IPMS. On the one hand, we say build what you enjoy and do your own thing. Then we do the contests and get very picky about what gets trophies. The guy who did a lot of work.....but got all sorts of stuff wrong from authenticity to basic craftmanship.... wonders why he didn't win anything. Why is filling a seam so important? Look at all that detail I added! Look how big my diorama is! Dak
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