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  1. 2 points
    The MK44 Queens 'B' Knight is a variant of the MK44 designed and released as a kit by Takaaki Saito of LoveLove Garden. I was enamored with the design when I saw the first images he posted of the master. I picked this kit up as a Christmas present to myself at the end of 2017. It took a few months before I could build the kit but it wet together quickly once I started. The Hasegawa MK44 line of kits are a breeze to build and the resin add-ons from the LLG kit make this a unique looking mecha. The only change I made was adding the shoulder armor plates from the GrobberHund Altier to the hull sides and replacing the kit hand with an unused claw from the KingKrote kit. A couple of smoke launchers were drilled out and wires are from 0.015" solder wire. The model was painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with oils, enamels and pigments. I made extensive use of oils to filter the base colors and add some interest. Additional images can be found here: MK44 Ausf G Queens 'B' Knight
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    This was another model from a newly rediscovered part of my stash. It's the TIE Experimental from Trilliance Models. Seems Trilliance is long gone and lucked out and the original artist who drew it up commented that it was one of the craft invented for the video game Xwing Alliance. It was made up as a droid fighter, as the pod with the window is loaded with technology (no room for a pilot), and the other side just has a big cannon. Anyway as the first "Empire" ship done in a long time I just took it easy. It's painted with light gray with a black wash to show the details and a lighter drybrush for the highlights. Thanks for looking.
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    This is the 1/35 scale Junk Tank Rock LT-7. An obscure very limited run garage kit from the 2008-09 time frame. Maybe less than 100 were ever kitted. The designs only exist as kits; there was never an anime or manga. Construction was very straightforward as there were only 26 parts used in the build. I added a few greeblies and replaced the molded in handles on the fuel drum with PE and added a few tie down loops. Airbrushed with Tamiya. Paint was chipped with the HS technique. Markings are airbrushed with Montex masks and still need to be worn.
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    Has to go to Steve and ALL the member volunteers of the area chapters that selflessly gave of their time and effort to put on another STELLAR show!!!!!
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    After many hours of trimming, folding, and bending the numerous photo etch parts for the fuselage are now installed. Some minor finishing and some minor filling then the fuselage will be ready for painting. Still have some items left to build and detail like the main rotor, doors, and the machine guns. See all the numerous build photos at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mh-60k-blackhawk-soa/
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    Mark, Thanks for your quick response. The first photo you, or one your helpers, posted in response to my request was of Dick Montgomery- one of my favorite IPMS friends.😀 On 2nd look also seeJim Pearsall, another IPMS Buddy, hard at work. Well Done.👍 ENJOY.
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    Adding D-connectors to rear of console. This where two cables will serve as connections between console and the control box (under display table). I have been cannibalizing old TV sets, computers, etc., to get extra parts for the diorama. Here I am making a bracket for a nice pair of TV speakers. These will be required for sound effects such as an alarm bell, fog horn, and diesel boat engine. The museum president suggested to take photographs of the console re-wiring. So kids will get an idea what is inside the console. I opened my big mouth and suggested to replace the front panel with a thick clear Perspex sheet. So now the console too will become a diorama of sorts on its own. After cutting out the speaker slots, The console interior got sanded and painted for a cleaner presentation.
  8. 1 point
    Mark, I'm delighted to see the excellent photo postings (Quantity, Coverage and Quality) this early in the Convention. It's a real gift to those of us that didn't make it this year. I would like to see more People (visiting tables, viewing models, visiting each other, etc.) as it makes me feel like I'm there seeing old friends. Enjoyed working with you at previous conventions and feel your being there this year is helping the response significantly. Hope to see you in Nooga' next year. THANK YOU,
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    The KV-7 was a prototype design that never made it into production. It was an early attempt to increase firepower against light defensive positions. The first iteration was a triplex design with a single 76mm gun flanked by two 45mm guns. This approach performed poorly in trails and it was decided to evaluate twin 76mm guns and drop the 45mm entirely. Trials didn't go to well for the twin mount either and the project was eventually cancelled. The effort wasn't a total loss, the concept eventually evolved into the SU-152. Trumpeter's kit adds a couple of new sprues to its basic KV-1 kit. The new parts aren't particularly impressive and the old parts are starting to show tool wear with some pitting and excess flash and still those damn ejector pin marks in the tracks. The base kit assembled quickly but it was only after I posted images online that I became aware of the myriad of accuracy issues with the kit. Trumpeter really dropped the ball on this one. I think they must have used World Of Tanks as their technical guide. The kit has the following errors: Incorrect roof layout Incorrect acorn periscopes Gun mantle is the wrong shape Gun shield is too thin and missing many details Casemate is placed in the wrong location - too far back Hull top armor plates are wrong size and location Nose edge armor plate is missing weld details Uses incorrect armored periscope guards Wrong transmission deck Incorrect road wheels Incorrect return rollers Missing gunner's sight opening and armored cover Incorrect shape on appliqué armor plate Incorrect fender configuration Incorrect gun barrel shape After I found this out, I set the kit aside for a while. Over the following months, I would work on it for a little while and then box it up again. I wanted to smash it with a hammer many times. Eventually I dragged it out and finally made a go at it. I reworked and scribed the roof plate and added missing bolt details. I realized there was far too much work to be done on the model to make it accurate, so I decided to add my own errors to the kit. I added a spare armored MG turret from the KV-220 model and the missing periscope guards sourced from the spares. I wasn't too happy with the MG copula periscope guards so I designed new ones in CAD and had Shapeways 3d print new ones. Here it is with a base coat of green: Currently it has brown camo pattern and awaiting weathering. Link to KV-7 Development History
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    Thank you, Peter. Yes I agree. Figures are needed. I'll find the time.
  11. 1 point
    Very interesting looking diorama. Well done. Are you going to add a few figurines? I think it would give it some more life and drama.
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    Cut, filed, and Inserted the bridge footings. Added bridge piers. Each set had its own length so as to create the desired curvature of the bridge road. Wood putty was applied around the base of the footings. This is to eliminate any shadows that may suggest that the footing is afloat. Display side walls were added. Girders added onto the piers. It is starting to look like a bridge.
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    I like the looks of your progress. Nice work.
  14. 1 point
    This your first MODEL? I would be intimidated as heck. Good luck and I'll follow along.
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    Hi, Peter, This is a great way to introduce yourself to us. You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and yours is a whopper. I know I will enjoy seeing your work-in-progress pictures. Thanks for alerting us to this project. Welcome to the Forum. Ed
  16. 1 point
    Incredible work! Way to go!
  17. 1 point
    nice likeness, great colors
  18. 1 point
    Matthew Albanese: Modeler & Photographer Matthew Albanese’s fascination with film, special effects and movie magic—and the mechanics behind these illusions—began early. Born in northern New Jersey in 1983, Albanese spent a peripatetic childhood moving between New Jersey and upstate New York. An only child, Albanese enjoyed imaginative, solitary play. He loved miniatures and created scenarios intricately set with household objects and his extensive collection of action figures. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the State University of New York, Purchase, Albanese worked as a fashion photographer, training his lens on bags, designer shoes and accessories—this small-object specialization is known in the retail trade as “table top photography.” Albanese’s creative eye soon turned to tabletop sets of a more wildly eclectic nature. In 2008, a spilled canister of paprika inspired him to create his first mini Mars landscape. More minute dioramas—made of spices, food and found objects—followed. In 2011, Albanese was invited to show at the Museum of Art and Design of New York. His work has also been exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Winkleman Gallery, and Muba, Tourcoing France. Matthew is represented at Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York. See his amazing work at https://www.matthewalbanese.com
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    AFV Club has released the third version of Israeli's rework of the venerable American M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH). This time around we meet the 'Doher', or 'Galloper' - an augmented boxing of their recent 'Rochev Bet' release. The M109A2 Doher was fielded in 1993, eventually replacing all of the earlier Rochev models in active service by 1997. After the active service units received their share, the IDF began to replace some of the reserve units' vehicles. Today one can find in the reserve units both the Doher & Rochev models. read more View the full article
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    The Italeri 1/48 MH-60K cockpit and cabin ready to install into fuselage. Working on the adding details to the fuselage. Many of the vents and grates need to be cut out and replaced with photo etch details. Should be ready to close up fuselage soon. All build photos are at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mh-60k-blackhawk-soa/
  21. 1 point
    I always liked how the smoke from the engines rose faster than the ship did as it went round and round gaining altitude.
  22. 1 point
    Very nice indeed. Superb finish and added detail. Love the flames.
  23. 1 point
    Amazing work! Way to go!
  24. 1 point
    Very nicely done! Love the movie Excalibur! GIL
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    This isn't really a diorama, but it doesn't 'fit' anywhere else. The kit is the Airfix Control Tower and it comes with three figures, no windows and and empty interior. I added "glass' to the windows, blacking out those on the first two floors. I also added checkered linoleum in the controllers area on the top floor. The railings were done with thread to simulate cable, but in real life they were also made from pipe. The Jeep is from Matchbox and is OOTB and the motorcycle is from another Airfix set and is of the rare non-spoked type used during the war to save on materials. This kit could be done up a lot more and would be a nice setting for any WWIi a/c dio set in Britain. You can just see the linoleum in the left hand side of the controller's area. Not sure if this is the Triumph non-spoked variety or the rarer Indian. Both were used by the RAF.