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  2. Background One of the most numerous and famous cars in world history was the Model T produced by the Ford Motor Company. It became the first mass-production car and was affordable for middle class. The first examples of the Model T were built starting on October 1, 1908. It had a four-cylinder engine of 20 hp. The mass production was launched at the Highland Park Ford Plant, Michigan beginning in 1910. There were 16.5 million cars produced between 1908 and 1927. Model T cars were produced in different types, like the 1912 Light Delivery Cars. The Light Delivery Car version is another of ICM's excellent series of 1/24 scale Model T kits. Other 1/24 scale Model T kits released by ICM include: read more View the full article
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  4. I subscribe to his channel. Some good stuff.
  5. I'm not sure if I've seen any of his vids. I'll have to go check him out.
  6. Yeah, I might have to start a collection of these egg/toon models. I already have one built and another one in the stash.
  7. Do we have any other Plasmo fans? David has a great YouTube channel, and he truly is a master in the art of modeling. I find his videos very relaxing. Any other fans?
  8. Thanks..... These things are so satisfying to build, and you get instant gratification because the build time is so quick. I’m gonna have to pick some more of these up. You can get them at Hobby Lobby (the only hobby store within an hours drive of me) for $7 if you use the 40% coupon found online.
  9. Ah, yes, those were the days. I used to be able to get DuPont Lacquer in 1/2 pint cans, custom mixed to chips I brought in at my local DuPont paint store. Paint was $3 or $4 bucks or less and the thinner was around $7 a gallon. Painted a lot of models, particularly helicopters for Bell, that way. Then Bell started supplying the real two part urethane out of 55 gallon drums..... Now it's becoming a snipe hunt to find enamel model paint. And expensive, too.
  10. Really? I've been using real car paint for 30 years. Not because it is "the right color" but because it is much cheaper and easier to work with. I have a quart of DuPont acrylic lacquer clearcoat that I have had all this time and it is still good. It is just getting harder to find the real deal lacquer thinner to thin it with. Last gallon of PPG thinner that I bought cost me $85 and I had to go to Arizona to get it, but it is still cheaper, per ounce, than those silly little bottles of "model" paint you buy in the hobby store.
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  12. or an automobile that couldn't be driven because the steering wheel rests on the front seat cushion. or chopped so much the driver would never be able to get into the car.
  13. Excellent! Even with the quick build, I notice that you still improved the finish with some post shading that adds to the overall look nicely. Thanks for sharing! GIL
  14. Welcome to the monkey house John! Glad to have you here with the rest of us! GIL
  15. Brilliant fix! That cable trough replacement panel looks like it was molded right in. Exceptional work David!
  16. Wow, brilliant work John! You really did exceptional work on this toon; making it look very toon!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Hello everyone. I’m a new member from TN.
  20. 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
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  23. 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”
  24. 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”.
  25. 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/
  26. 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!
  27. 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....
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