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  1. 2 points
    Lousy modelers need an organization to help them rationalize their lousy results! l
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    It is not a micrometer that careful, competent and scrupulously objective judges use to assess alignment. (A micrometer is used to measure the thickness of an item.) Rather, most of us use a hem measurer to, as always, compare one model to another. Such a measurement should not nor would not disqualify a model on that basis alone in the hands of a conscientious IPMS judge. It would permit he or she to decide which models achieved the best alignment AS ONE OF THE SEVERAL CRITERIA that the IPMS Judge's Handbook mandates that we use to evaluate entries. As the hem measurer is brutally objective, it also helps to put the lie to the opinions of those less than careful judges who stand ten feet back from table and swear that a model is out of alignment. A quick application of the hem measurer will prevent this modeler's entry from being unfairly eliminated from competition by sloppy, lazy judges. The hem measurer is an excellent way to make rapid and very accurate assssments of alignment. As usual, if mistakes are being made in its application, don't blame the tool. Blame the workman! Nick Filippone, Senior National Judge
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    The new Airfix kits are quite possibly the best value around, dollar for detail. Lot's of detail, inside and out with alternate version parts. One problem they all have is that the molds are cut from CAD drawings and have extremely fine tolerances. So much so that the finest mold seam line or sprue attachment point or tiniest of misalignments can keep fuselage halves from closing over detailed interiors. You have to check and re-check as you go along and even then, go real slowly when you are inserting major parts into the interior to make sure everything fits around them. This is a kit where lots went wrong, the most visible of which is the light tan on the top came out too greenish and the brown came out a too bright reddish brown. It's not terrible, but it wold never pass muster at a serious contest. But, take a look at it here to see what this new Airfix kit is all about. The nose section is a separate unit that is glued to the rear fuselage at the wing root. This was done to facilitate Airfix being able to use more common parts for its Mk I version with a different nose section. Due to those close tolerances, you can get some pretty hairy to fill seams right up next to the glass parts. Which brings me to the last failing, the order of assembly. They say to assemble the entire rear of the aircraft including the wing to fuselage joint, then add the completed front section. After wrestling with all these joints in two of these kits, I suggest you build it in the more traditional left-right halves. Then join the top of the wings to its joint to ensure you've got a tight fit, then add the bottom of the wing structure. I think you'll get fewer hard to fill seams and better alignment this way. Some Edward PE parts were added to my landing gear bays as well.
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    After some long hours, she finally done. The only thing that I forgot were seats for the Crew Chief/Gunner. Scratch built one, and stole a seat out of a Blackhawk kit. I went a little heavy on the weathering. Those Marines are a dirty bunch. Decals were a mix of some that I bought, and some out of my leftover decal box. They went on fantastic with some Solvaset. Now all that's left to do is go downstairs, and have a glass of my favorite bourbon by the fireplace.
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    Meng 1/32nd Komet with Aries figures ( I think). Dak
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    I do not know if you understand how a hem measurer works when assessing alignment or even if you understand what most judges mean by proper alignment. By setting the bottom of the hem measurer on the surface of the table adjacent to whatever structure on the airframe you are examining ( usually wing tips and horizontal elevator tips but occasionally underwing stores or propellor spinners), adjusting the cursor to the height of that structure and then moving it to the other side, those structures are either at the same height or they are not! If the heights are equal, those structures and the model are considered to be aligned. If not, they are considered not aligned. WHY they are not aligned is unimportant in judging ( except perhaps when many entries are misaligned and one is trying to decide whose error is less egregious ) although it is usually easy enough to spot the cause once one has been " tipped off" as it were by the hem measurer. I am not sure how your aircraft plotter works but if you are holding it up in mid-air and not resting it on a level surface, it is affected by slight movement by the holder and his or her subjective idea of what is horizontal. Also, without some type of gradation marks for vertical height, even if resting on a level surface, I cannot see how height can be assessed other than by " eyeballing it." In my experience as I pointed out above, that is not a reliable technique. Your plotter is also limited by its fixed width in the horizontal plane. Since models vary greatly in span, unless vertical gradations, even if they were there on the plotter, are exactly apart the same distance as the structures being compared, one still would have to guess to some extent that the heights off the table are the same. For judging purposes, the hem measurer does not even need any gradations or units of measure. The cursor either hits the structures on each side at the same spot ( aligned) or it does not ( out of alignment.) Nick
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    Some food for thought. IPMS has about 4000 members down from a high of 7000 about 20 years ago. The general modeling population of US alone, based on numbers from Revell is about 50-60,000. So while we may talk about the rules and craftsmanship, we are a minority of the model builders in the US. If we want to grow, we need all parts- craftsman and fun builders. For me, I have seen people take out micrometers and measure the two wingtips of a plane and disqualify based on the fact they are a millimeter off. That does no one any good. In either case, IPMS supports all of it. 220 plus clubs with IPMS members and many not. Contests open to everyone except the Nats. It is all good Dave
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    It has been a while since I have seen a thread this judgmental! Everyone builds for their own reasons and nobody shares your exact reasons for building. I will repeat that, nobody shares your exact reasons for building. There is a psychological theory that identifies this. It is called the illusion of central position. It says that we all believe that we are normal and everyone has the same experiences and beliefs as ours. This is the illusion or delusion if you will. Each of us builds to satisfy something internal and none of us is trying to satisfy the same thing. The "haters" group you mention are probably right-brained people. More artistic and creative. They enjoy creating something that doesn't exist. They don't care that it wouldn't work in the real world, only that it is from their imagination. A large portion of IPMS tend to be more right brained. More technical and analytic. They want things to be orderly and precise. Just look at IPMS judging criteria. The judging criteria are all about building technical skill with not the slightest nod to originality or pure creativity. It is quite rare in IPMS for a totally creative model to win except in a specific class. This has been a complaint from automotive builders for years. Artistry is not considered. I do not say any of this to be critical, only as an observation for the divide that separates us. To paraphrase, we are a people divided by a common hobby. Neither side is "right" for anyone other than themselves. Recognize is and get along. Try to force your opinions on others and suffer.
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    I agree Dave. We used to have a modeler in our group (he passed away) who built models that couldn't "compete" in a contest, but he didn't care. Seams not or poorly filled, less than perfect paint finish, decals, etc. He built models "his" way and enjoyed the hobby as much as anyone in the club and we welcomed his contributions as much as anyone else's.
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    This type of attitude is pretty common... it runs along the lines of "To justify what I like, I have to hate/insult/denigrate what you like." As an example, "I like Star Wars, but Star Trek sucks." and by implication, so do you. This is pretty difficult to counteract as trying to address it head on only solidifies their opinions. The thing to do (and I may not get this quite right) is to find out the what, where, why and how the other person likes Star Wars, without getting sidetracked into anything involving Star Trek. If they try to go negative, steer it back towards their positive feelings/thoughts about Star Wars. Do not at anytime talk about your opinions of either Star Trek or Star Wars. Only focus on them and their thoughts and feelings. If they persist in going negative, you'll probably get no where and will need to move on. But if you can get them to open up and get some actual, positive reasons for liking Star Wars, at some point you may be able to say, "Oh I see why you like it. Those are many of the very same reasons I like Star Trek, but I can appreciate that Star Wars is something you really seem to enjoy." Let them be happy about enjoying Star Wars on its own and realize that fact. Perhaps then they'd understand your appreciation of Star Trek. Now this is not an easy thing to do - and the fact that I even wrote this out would confuse the heck out of some of my friends, but so be it... Anyway.... I may add on to this later, but I need some sleep. Eric
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    My intentionally tongue in cheek remarks were less for your benefit and more for that of the other veterans of this Forum who will easily recall how many times the OOB category debate - ad nauseam- has been beaten to death over the years. I meant no offense. If your post does not ignite yet another discussion whose repetitiveness will be exceeded only by the ennui it will engender in those of us who have suffered through it so many times before, I will be simultaneously very surprised and overflowing with Christmas Joy. Nick " I've heard it all a million times before" (apologies to Petula Clark) Filippone.
  12. 1 point
    Is glorious model of heroic space traveler of Soviet workers' paradise!
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    For my next build I am building the 1/48 Hobby Boss FM-1 Wildcat. I have already completed the cockpit and starting work on the engine and landing gear bay. So far this looks like a nice kit. The details provided in the kit are pretty good. Only accessory used on the cockpit was some photo etch seatbelts. You can follow the build on my blog at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-fm-1-wildcat/
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    Hello friends! Here are some pics of my old works, I hopeyou like them. Hetzer Late - Academy, 1/35 - "Eastern Front, Unit Unknow" Regards! Rodolfo
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    Ok, I finally got some shots yesterday of the model that I liked. First of all credit where credit is due. The decals are from Warbird and Ed got me some of the first one out there. That inspired me to try and get this done for Nat's which I did. This is a unique display that I have never seen before and have wanted to try for years. It uses a model cut in half and mounted on a mirror. There are obviously issues with photographing such a model. I solved those by placing it on a our patio table and using the real sky as a reflection. I also positioned it so I could get different effects from the sun and shadow. The last photo shows how the photo was arranged. I really like the way the photos look.
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    This build is part of a Challenge in the FB group Figure Model KIts. The idea is to pick a kit that has been on The Pile "forever" and to finally build it. I chose Gillman's Jotnar. It's not my oldest, but it has been hanging around for a long time. The figure comes from the finale scene in The Troll Hunter. I really like this film even though everything is Norwegian, and you have to read the English subtitles. It's a movie based on the newly popular genre of "found film footage." These students were making a documentary, when they fall upon a real troll hunter, follow him and thin is accepted to join him as he goes around the country doing his job. The character in the movie poster is our Jotnar - The kit comes in 7 parts (the base isn't shown) - the body/head, 2 arms 2 legs and the tail. The parts were very clean, and the seam lines almost invisible. A little Aves was used to mate the parts - The problem I encountered with kits like this, is the color. If you search for the Jotnar, all the images look like the movie poster, in that it was filmed in this predawn, cloudy looking blue light. So do I paint it blue or do I paint it as if it were in normal light? I found this image and decided to go the way it would look in normal light - From there I needed to add some snow to him and the base. Since he's enormous, trees and shrubs have started growing on his back and head. I added some Woodland Scenics turf foam, and some tiny roots from real plants to mimic trees. The base title card was painted with the colors seen in the movie posters. Thanks for looking.
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    Great work and idea Kev! Definitely a change of pace from real space modeling. Have fun modeling Mike
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    Great job. Great execution. Bill
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    Great piece lots of action...
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    Wow! In a word: dynamic! Nice work and excellent execution of the idea! GIL
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    Most of my attention for this build has been directed at the "victim" B-17 - Because of the windows, the interior was painted. When closed up you can't see in...🙄 More damage Zinc chromate color has been added as an undercoat in prep of the hair spray and salt techniques. A tube was added to act as a brace for the rod connecting it to the base/ Olive drab color added
  22. 1 point
    After every build I usually clean up around the desk, and I notice this little mini which had fallen on the floor and got covered by a box. She's Miss Pumpkin Witch, from The Predastore. Since Halloween is right around the corner I decided to move this model to the front of the line. The 1/35 mini is part of the pin-up limited edition series. Mine was number 18 of 200. The model comes in 3 parts - the body/pumpkin, the arm with the knife, and the hat. As usual it's starts with a two tone priming - And then a base coat. What you're seeing here are the stocks before trying a smoky color. That ended up not working and decided to just take it easy and make a very pale purple stockings - Here we have a few highlights on the pumpkin, skin and dress. I also started detailing her face. WOW it's tiny! Thanks for looking.
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    Like all Air Force pilots of the era, T-38 was the fastest. Loved that bird. From there went to KC-135A's -- Big jets
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    The M42 Duster is finished! It will go into the GJ VAMC display case later this week, at which time I'll take some photos of our 2 cases and post them here. The Duster was a challenging build, but turned out pretty nice! I added an M60 instead of the .30 cal MG and also a few pieces of stowage. Weathering was purposely kept to a minimum, and all the interior photos of the turret I found showed that everything was painted OD. The decals (except the stars) were from that Tamiya kit that I have now disposed of. Please check out the photos and tell me what you think.
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    This isn't a historically accurate build. I took some liberties and mated a reworked split hatch turret to a production hull. I picked up the Tamiya Pershing and AA Super Pershing resin conversion for cheep at a swap meet. The casting texture on the AA turret was so nice (except for the pin holes that keep popping up) I had to use it. I also used the front armored plates and skipped the rest. I used a Black Dog resin set for the fender stowage and used misc. stowage and epoxy putty for the rest. The barrels are RB models, track tool and tool box handles are TMD. PE is a combo of Eduard and scratch. The tracks are Fruil and they only included two lefts so I'm a little bummed by that. It's not technically accurate but I've been having fun with it.