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  1. Finished this one up today. This is a pretty good kit, that certainly looks like a Liberator when done. The Davis Wing contour on the top of the wings at the root is missing; which is odd because they got the offset leading edges of elevators and rudders correct! The fit over all is good, except for the fit of the gear bays in the wings, which are too thick and require significant thinning to close the wings up. The ailerons and flaps are designed to be trapped when building the wings, but the hinges can be clipped so they can be added later. The kit has over 20 sprues and LOTS of heavy sprue connections and nubs on the parts. You'll need a very good set of nippers and #11 blades to trim all of the parts. Also, many of the connectors run OVER onto the gluing surfaces, making for extra trimming to make parts fit properly. There two other significant engineering anomalies to work around. The first is to clip the top off of the stem from the nose gear fork so it can be added later in the build. The other is the need to clip two big pins inside the wings (top and bottom) so that the wings can be built and then slid OVER the wing spar. The instructions would have you build the wings around the spar making for a massive assembly to handle for much of the build. Doing this mod allows the fuselage and wings to be assembled and painted separately, which eases things greatly. The fit of the wings to the fuselage is very good, by the way! The kit has plastic landing gear, which appear to be robust enough to support the model. However, Aercraft Models makes brass replacement gear and would be a better idea over time. The weakest area of the kit is the rubber tires, which fit their hubs horribly. I heartily recommend the Eduard resin tires if you build this kit! The detailing is good throughout, except for the radio room and the nose. The radio room only has 2 small windows, and the details aren't missed there. The lack of detailing in the nose is baffling. The instructions only show a seat and an ammo box, even though a Norden bomb sight IS in the kit (along with some other "J" parts); and do NOT tell you to add it. I built up a structure for the sight and added extra kit parts to at least detail the nose area. Here are some in progress pics with comments to better illustrate.... I used tape tabs to mark the numerous sprues, making it much easier to find them during the build... The kit cockpit deck is good. I cut the kit decal and used it on the main instrument panel. The blue throttle handles are PE parts, which are easier to apply if they're cut apart. This shows the upper nose gear installed on the nose gear floor. Cutting off the very top of the stem to the nose gear fork/mud guard allows it to be slid in later. Typical waist area detailing... This shows how much grinding/trimming I had to do to make the gear bays fit. You can also see the 2 large pins/sockets that need to be removed to allow the assembled wings to fit over the wing spar. This shows how I first installed the bomb sight (rebuilt a higher support structure later) and the kit parts I added to detail out the nose. I weighted the model with lead fishing sinkers that could be smashed flat/shaped to fit. You can also see the full bomb load added into the well detailed bomb bay. The kit glass is very clear with sharp framing that allows masks to be cut on them using Tamiya tape and a NEW #11 blade (wore out 5!). The turrets are well detailed, though the interior parts for the rear turret need some trimming to get it to close. It also has an unsightly seam on the top center that I hid with a bogus center line frame. Enough in progress pics.... on to the completed model Gil !
    4 points
  2. Here's what I completed in 2022...9 pieces (1.3/month). Certainly not as prolific as my years in the 2000s, but I've learned to slow down and address the minutia more closely. Still, I feel like the older I get, and the more experience I gain (20+ years not counting the 10+ as a kid) the worse I get. I suppose with my busy work schedule and Homelife, 9 is pretty damned good. Goals for 2023 include mastering the Cameo Silhouette 4 plotter/cutter, as the plan is to mask/paint as many markings as possible. Also, a 1/32 Bf-109 extravaganza with all the Barracuda Cast resin detail parts made for this particular kit. Cheers!
    4 points
  3. The model was painted with Tamiya rattle can Deck Tan topside and Neutral Gray underneath. The top side was then heavily post shaded with Tamiya lacquer Light Sand, and a "mist" coat of Tamiya lacquer Deck Tan was applied to tone it back down. Tamiya rattle can Gloss was used before applying the kit decals, which are quite good. That said, it did take a new bottle of Solvaset and some patience to get the fuselage roundels to suck down over the waist window wind guards. I panel lines were done with pencil, which was then smeared with a wet finger for weathering. MIG brown pigments were applied in the same way for more weathering, along with some selected silver chipping. Tamiya rattle can Flat sealed everything. This thing is HUGE.... tough to get good pics of it overall, so please excuse the background stuff! Comments, critiques, and questions welcome! Gil
    4 points
  4. Here's the complete collection of the Palmer Plastics/LifeLike/Encore artillery models. I'm sure the scales vary from gun to gun, but I think they are around 1/12. Kits are ancient, like 1959, primitive, rough, etc. I did them mostly OOTB but filled in open spaces, sanded off bulky detail, etc. etc. Interesting voyage into modeling history and something a bit different. From left to right they are a naval 24 pdr, revolutionary war cannon, civil war cannon, Gatling gun and WW I 77mm. The 24pdr is red because the Brits painted all their below deck guns red to hide possible blood, the revolutionary war gun is light blue because Washington decreed that all US artillery be painted that shade to honor their ally France, the civil war gun is bright green because there was no standard color and I had some on the shelf, the Gatling is white to simulate one I saw in a turn of the 19/20 century photo of a US battleship's deck that had one stowed on board probably for landing parties, and the 77mm WW I gun is in camo typical for that era.
    3 points
  5. Found these two figures by Nuts Planet and finally figured out where to use them. A back alley in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The wall was made with AK interactive carving foam, the debris came from a variety of sources. The car is from Takom. Graffiti is also from AK. The door is too big. Somewhere along the line, I got careless and switched the Murphy's rule around and accidently used the 1/32nd side when measuring. Well, Duh! Dak
    3 points
  6. Tried to take some more "professional" pics of the B-24D, since it's size makes it hard to get a seamless background. Here a few, for what their worth.... Gil
    3 points
  7. The year is coming to a close in just a few days. This year I completed eight builds. The first build completed was the Trumpeter 1/350 USS Hornet CV-8 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. This build was for a museum to display during a celebration in April. It included fully detailing and illuminating the hangar deck and displaying the ship at sea. The full build can be seen at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-350-uss-hornet-cv-8-doolittle-raid/ The second build was a Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Razorback. This was a commission build. The aircraft was fully detailed and custom decals were made replicating the “Gail Ann” of the 381th Fighter Group, 19th Fighter Squadron at Isley Field, Saipan. It was mounted in an acrylic case with the base representing the airfield. The full build can be seen at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-p-47d-razorback-gail-ann/ The third build was the Trumpeter 1/48 C-47. I converted this to the R4D-5 called the “Tropical Tilly”. This was tribute to the aircraft used in the 1952 Sci-Fi classic movie called “The Thing from another world”. The build incorporated a resin conversion kit to add on the snow skis, scratch built interior to match the movie, and was mounted on a base covered in snow to replicate the scene when they first arrived at the “Thing’s” flying saucer. The full build can be seen at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-r4d-5-tropical-tilly/ The forth build was the Brengun 1/48 MQ-8B Fire Scout. This was the first full resin kit I have built. The Mq-8B is a U.S. Navy helicopter UAV drone built by Northrop Grumman. The full build can be seen at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-mq-8b-fire-scout-drone/ The fifth build was the Revell 1/48 F/A-18E super hornet. I built this as a tribute to my old U.S. Navy squadron VA-37. When I served with them they were flying A-7E Corsair II’s. Right after I left the squadron they were re-designated as VFA-37 and were flying F/A-18C’s. A few years ago they upgraded to the F/A-18E super hornets. This build utilized some resin accessories to add details. The full build can be seen at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-f-a-18e-super-hornet-from-vfa-37/ The sixth build was the ICM Do-17Z WWII German light bomber of the Kampfgeschwader 76 (KG 76) stationed in France during August 1940. The full build can be seen at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-do-17z-2-german-light-bomber/ The seventh build was the ICM 1/48 C-18S “Magic by Moonlight” Air show Aircraft. The aircraft was also nicknamed the “Beech Twin 18”. The pilot, Matt Younkin performed aerial stunts at many air shows. One of the most visually stimulating displays was Matt performing his stunts at night with all the lights (plus extra lighting) turned on. With that in mind, I built this “in flight” and used many LED lights, some fiber optics, and created the smoke trail to replicate the aircraft performing its visually stimulating night time routine. The full build can be seen at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-c-18s-magic-by-moonlight/ The eighth and last completed build was the Great Wall Hobby 1/48 P-61B. The P-61 nicknamed “Black Widow” was the first aircraft specifically designed to be a night fighter. It was built by Northrop at their Hawthorn California facility. The aircraft was used in most of the theaters during the war. The scheme for this build was the “Lady in the Dark” which is “unofficially” credited with the last Allied air victory before Japan surrendered (VJ day) in 1945. For this build I used the Eduard “BigEd” detail set which has eight photo etch sheets to detail this kit inside and out. The full build can be seen at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-p-61b-black-widow-lady-in-the-dark/ I am currently working on the Trumpeter 1/32 A-7E as a tribute to the squadron I served with and will be making this my commanding officers aircraft. It is being fully illuminated with LED’s and fiber optics. This will be the first build to be completed in 2023. The build is currently at its sixth week. You can follow along at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/1-32-a-7e-corsair-ii-va-37-the-bulls/ To preview some of the builds planned for 2023, I have some commission builds. So far one is the 1/35 scale of the Jupiter 2 space craft from the TV series “Lost in Space” which will utilize the light kit and a sound board designed for the kit. Another commission build will be a 1/48 AV-8B Harrier to be built representing a special flight for the client. There will be lots of other regular builds as well. Have a Happy New Year!
    3 points
  8. Just wanted to show you the latest additions to my 1/32 military aviation “museum”. When I look at the models y’all post it makes me pause - but what the heck. I still have to rig the Stearman Kaydet Biplane (ICM) and the Sopwith Triplane (Wingnut Wings). The ceramic wire I purchased is too thin for the 1/32 scale. Recommendations? Both of these models went together well. The decals provided with the Kaydet were very troublesome and I had to use paint to “fix” a few of them. They take quite a while in the water. The TBM Avenger (Trumpeter) was the most challenging model I have built (of course there have only been 11). The color markings in the instructions were inconsistent to say the least. I had to use online model paint conversion charts to determine the color and the codes in the plans appear to sometimes refer to one brand of paint versus another. For example, if I went by the code in the instructions I would have painted a detail “tan”. However, every photograph I could find online showed this particular detail interior green. This happened a total of three times in the plans. Also, the photo etched parts along the “seam” of the folded wings were very tough to attach and I could not get the wings to seat cleanly when unfolded. Thus, the folded wing display. I had to do a lot of dry-fitting and sanding in several areas of the build. Great news for me though, the boss has approved the purchase of an airbrush so those ever present brush streaks will soon be a thing of the past. I’ll have to do a lot of research on the best airbrush to start with. Recommendations are always welcome. As always please feel free to critique. Hope you don’t mid but I also added the current status of my museum.
    2 points
  9. Ten weeks into the Corsair project and I have completed all of the under wing stores. The aircraft will be armed with two AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles, twelve Mk-82 Snake eye bombs mounted on MER’s, and six M117 bombs mounted on TER’s. The inboard hard points will hold the drop tanks. Starting with the AIM-9B’s I cut off the nose and scratch built the IR sensor windows. These were them built up and painted. The MK-82’s required a lot of putty around the fins due to gaps. The M117’s only needed a little putty along the seams. I then built up the MER’s and TER’s and painted them. The kit supplies decals of the placard’s for the ordinance and the mounts. However, I decided not to use them. The decals are very poor for 1/32 scale and the registry of the decal printing is off. The placards look more like blobs rather than actual placards. This was strange as I typically work with 1/48 scale aircraft and similar decals were legible at the smaller scale. I will most likely seek out better quality decals which can be applied later. I then mounted the bombs and missiles onto the racks and painted the drop tanks. I am getting ready to install these onto the aircraft and then do some final weathering. Next I will be getting the display base detailed and wired for the lights and power. More details and photos can be seen from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/1-32-a-7e-corsair-ii-va-37-the-bulls/
    2 points
  10. This is a nice 75mm kit from Mercury Models, and st in a fine gray resin. I figured any wood would have been dried and weathered, so painted the walkway and railing as if it had been out in the sun for decades. The total height including the base made from a wooden coaster and some Sculpt-a-mold is 150mm. I included a US Quarter with the last image as a size comparison. Thanks for looking. 🙂
    2 points
  11. Beautiful model. How do you create the photo plate for the base?
    2 points
  12. For the ninth week of the A-7E I completed the base coat of paint then added the decals. The decals proved to be challenging. These were made by Cutting Edge many years ago. (I obtained my set from Ebay a few years ago). The decals were very delicate. The “bull” for the tail cracked into different sections. So the decal needed to be carefully placed and aligned the sections. The rest of the decals went down well. I then added the custom numbers and pilot name. With all the decals applied I then added some light weathering to the panel lines, landing gear bays and wheels. Finally, the aircraft was sprayed with a clear coat to seal everything. Next I built up the Head-Up Display. To add the glow of the HUD I panted the base using glow in the dark paint with a coat of Tamiya clear green paint and then the clear lens supplied with the kit. The kit provides the photo etch sides for the HUD glass. Instead of using the kit HUD glass I cut a piece of clear acetate for the HUD glass. The photos of the HUD illuminated looks much brighter than in reality. This will now illuminate the HUD when the lights are turned down and add to the other illumination already installed. I then painted the windscreen and installed it. The canopy part had the notorious seam down the center. This was sanded and polished. The kit photo etch includes the mirrors and handle for the main canopy so these were installed as well. This basically finishes the aircraft itself. Now it is onto the ordinance and drop tanks that will be loaded on the aircraft. Once these are built, painted and detailed I can then start on the display base. Looks like I am only a few weeks away of completing this project. More details and photos can be seen from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/1-32-a-7e-corsair-ii-va-37-the-bulls/
    2 points
  13. Excellent work. Assume that's 1/48? Here's the ancient Airfix 1/71. Primitive and basic, but still looks good on a shelf. I always liked the looks of that aircraft.
    2 points
  14. My entire batch of completions in 2022. Pathetic but it's better than zero. Eduard 1/48 Bf109G-10 Weekend Edition - Save for the gap at the end of the upper cowl it's an excellent kit. Get one! Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Bubbletop - I can't add much to the reputation of this kit. It's not perfect but the issues are few and easy to fix. At 20 years old she is still the best of the bunch at this scale. Tamiya 1/48 T34/85 - A total slammer of a kit. It is easily a one-day build if you choose to do so. Ciao!
    2 points
  15. Greetings All, I thought I would try something different and produce a video of the latest updates to the 2023 Convention. I have posted it to both YouTube (linked here) and also to the convention's FaceBook page. I'll be producing more of these in the coming months and as we get closer to the convention.
    2 points
  16. Hi Mike. Yes, we will be posting the attending vendors very soon. In fact, I asked our vendor coordinator a couple of days ago to get me the current list as I hope to have it up on our website by the end of this month (January 2023). We'll have both a list of vendors with links to their respective websites (if they own one) as well as a floorplan of the vendor rooms with who will be at each table. Best Regards, Len
    2 points
  17. Gil & Mark, thank you. Gil, it’s not that I was unhappy with the pattern, I just didn’t get enough green in there on the first go around. I’ve been plucking away at this one as well as my Mig-3. Just had the usuall holiday interruptions to slow me down. I went back and touched up the paint, enlarging the green areas. I really do like using the Vallejo Model Air paints due to their no fuss. At least minimal fuss in my experience anyways. One thing that I did have to go back and do afterwards though was paint the red squadron stripe around the rear fuselage, as I did not realize that there was no decal on the sheet I’m using for that. It would have been much easier for me to paint that area red first then mask off the stripe before the camouflage paint afterwards. Anyways no big deal doing it afterwards. I also gave this a nice coat of Tamiya Gloss getting her all ready for decals. Decals will be applied tomorrow. With a little luck and no interruptions, I should hopefully have this across the finish line before New Years strikes.
    2 points
  18. Wow that is magnificent! Brilliant idea and execution! Wow again! I would love to see more closeups on the gun girls as I've never seen those figures before. What stunning work! Now I have to look up Tulsa in 1987....
    2 points
  19. Finished my new display case! It took 10yrs to fill the last case of this size with 112 models. I will feel very blessed if the Lord grants me another 10yrs to fill this one! The only thing left is to buy and install the glass shelves...but that will be done as needed after the bottom of the case is filled up. I think I'll christen the case by building a 1/48 Monogram B-29! GIL
    2 points
  20. I wanted to post some very messy progress photos of my first attempt at rigging a biplane. I decided to start with the Kaydet. I used 0.4 mm floral wire. This converts to 0.015" at 1/32 scale equivalent to 0.48" (12.8 mm). How does this look from a scale perspective only. As you can see I've made a real mess of the job and am going to have to do a lot of cleanup at the locations of the wire ends. One piece bowed. Markings on the model where wire ends need to go have been few and far between. Perhaps I covered them up when I painted. Therefore this was done by sight from the plans and when I looked at it the second time I found several mishaps. I must ask if you use some kind of "jig" to hold the pieces in place while the glue cures. That is the cause of the mess, constantly reapplying CA to the ends of the wires and holding them in place long enough to "stick". I finally tried small pieces of putty to hold the top end of a wire and fix the bottom end with CA where required. This was a mistake since removing the putty in order to apply CA takes more than enough effort to pull the pieces off. I may actually just pull off the wires I have attached, cleanup the model, and start over. they come off very easily. Any and all thoughts would be most welcomed.
    1 point
  21. Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown Company: UMM-USA This is a new riveting tool from UMM-USA and adds to its growing line of modeling tools. The single wheel tool allows you to emboss fine rivet lines on plastic, resin, soft wood, and thin metal sheets. The black handle, about the thickness of a Bic pen, fit well in my hand and was comfortable to use. I experimented with the tool on several different types of styrene and an old plastic kit. I used a thin plastic ruler on the flat surfaces and found that it was easy to emboss a row of rivets. On some pieces of pieces of styrene I had to put more pressure on the tool due to the hardness of the styrene. On curves surfaces I used a thin metal straightedge from an old drafting class – labeling tape would also work well. more...View the full article
    1 point
  22. Period Correct is my standard MO.
    1 point
  23. After 7 years of politicking, proding and cajoling, the auto categories have true definitions for each category. You have no idea about how happy this makes me! IPMS owes the group that wrote them seven years ago, a big thank you!
    1 point
  24. Thanks to a busy Hobby Day weekend, I was able to bring this over the finish line. This is the 1/72 scale Roden kit. It is a tribute to Reed West, one of my friends and fellow modelers who passed away last year. This was one model he had started but never finished. This is the second FWD 3-ton carrier I've built, so this one is a convertible: It isn't as great as it would have been if he'd finished it but I'm thrilled to have brought one of his projects over the finish line and to life. It is a worthy addition to my collection. Thank you for looking in, comments are welcome.
    1 point
  25. Yesterday I went with a friend out to Luke AFB and during our visit, took him by the Air Park display of aircraft types that have been flown at the base. They could use a few more types from the early years at Luke, but it is still a very nice collection.
    1 point
  26. Looks really good to me - regardless of scale.
    1 point
  27. A little more progress.... This pic shows the first primer coat, after some more sanding. The fit of the wings to the fuselage was very bad, requiring the addition of a lot of ApoxySculp in the spaces inside the wings and the fuselage in front of and behind the cockpit. This was to add some backing in areas that would be sanded through. You can also see the ball of left over ApoxySculp in front of the fuselage. The wing roots required modifying, which meant the flaps had to be extended using the ApoxySculp as well. Here, all 3 109s have been completely assembled, canopy parts masked and added, and primered once again I hope to get their paint jobs on them by next weekend. More pics then! Gil
    1 point
  28. Dear Members, I want to formally introduce the National Convention Steering Committee (NCSC). Formed under the 2nd Vice President, the committee will provide a continuity resource for the society and membership in support of the National Convention. The NCSC's goal is to create and maintain an online resource and standardized process that increases convention bids and enables a seamless transition from year to year for clubs hosting the National Convention. The committee will serve as a mechanism for continuous improvement and capture convention best practices for implementation. View the full article
    1 point
  29. Not bold in tackling a vacuform kit on its’ own, but bold in tackling one as part of a batch build. They just need more effort compared to a current standard injection molded kit.
    1 point
  30. Wow, Gil said it all. I'm just thrilled to see you posting again. I do hope to see you this June in San Diego at the next contest!
    1 point
  31. Really nice stuff as always Paul and I am glad you are back in the Corps. Just one nitpick for you regarding the Airfix Firefly. It shouldn't have the bow machine gun. Airfix got it wrong in the instructions but actually include the part that was welded over the gun mount on the real tank, they just didn't call it out. But then again, you are a plane guy and I love seeing all the armor you did this year. Now we need to get you building some Sci-Fi stuff.
    1 point
  32. until
    Legion Park, 94 W Park Dr,, Spartanburg, SC, 29306 'The forbidden Contest' Will 26 categories of Space, Science Fiction, Wargames, Figures and Junior modeling. Spartanburg Scale Modeler will also have categories that tie in with our Theme of 30 plus year TV/Movies. This will include categories for Aircraft, Armor, Ships Figures and Automotive. There will be Theme awards for Best 'Forbidden Planet', Best Robot from a Movie or TV series, and Best TV/Movie Subject The contest will be judged on the 1st,2nd,3rd IPMS style of judging. Region 12 - Central Atlantic n? IPMS Spartanburg Scale Modelers Tim Kirkland kirklandmr6@aol.com 864 504 0745 https://calendar.ipmsusa3.org/event/forbidden-contest
    1 point
  33. We are shooting for March 1st to have all the registration information, to include proxy entries, up on our website to include prices and the option to purchase them through the IPMS/USA online store. Best Regards, Len
    1 point
  34. Looks like a plastic model to me! Glad to see you've found a way to get around obstacles and build something. Modeling is about having FUN with what you're building, and although it may not be a "traditional" plastic kit, it seems to have served the same purpose. I also got a kick out the detail touch of the banana in the fission drive feeder! Thanks for sharing! Gil
    1 point
  35. This is my last completion of 2022, Monogram’s classic 1/48 early P-40. This one has been sidelined on my shelf of doom for so long that I don’t remember when I started it. A rough guess is that I started it sometime around twenty years ago, give or take a couple of years, and finished it up on New Years Eve, my last completion of the year. I used Cutting Edge decals for Tommy Haywood’s mount, American Volunteer Group, 3rd Pursuit Squadron, early 1942. Paints are Vallejo Model Air that are supposed to be close match for Du Pont colors used on export P-40’s. Personally, based on period color photos, I think that the Earth color is too light and has too much contrast with the Dark Green. I did do a bit of work to add some missing details in the wheel wells and cockpit, as well as some drilling out of muzzles and exhaust stacks. It could sure use a bit more work in the cockpit and wheel wells, but I wanted to get it finished by the end of the year. Not to mention going back and opening up the fuselage again. and my 1/48 P-40 family so far… Thanks for looking
    1 point
  36. Thanks for the kind words Gil! Yeah, I’m a die hard Monogram mafioso when it comes to their 1/48 aircraft. They can indeed be made to shine.
    1 point
  37. Happy New Years and the final update for 2022 with week seven of the A-7E Corsair II build. With the holiday season we had family from out of town visiting and other holiday festivities going on so I did not have a lot of time on the bench. I started by working on the metal landing gear and the resin wheels and tires. The landing gear struts required a little clean up with a fine file. I trimmed and cleaned up the resin wheels and tires. The resin wheels and tires are a lot larger than the kit wheels and tires. I also installed the hard points onto the wing assembly. Next, I sprayed the wheels as well as the avionics doors, landing gear doors, and the underside of the wing assembly with a base coat of white. The tires were painted with Tamiya XF85 Rubber Black. I am now working on masking the fuselage so I can paint the white base coat. Once painted and dried I can then start masking for the gull gray topside. Wishing everyone a safe and happy new years and we will see you all in 2023! Happy Modeling. More details and photos can be seen from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/1-32-a-7e-corsair-ii-va-37-the-bulls/
    1 point
  38. James, that is a highly respectable model count, especially given the incredible quality of all of them! You may feel that your skills are not improving but your work still far outshines mine, even after almost 52 years of continuous building! I can only boast quantity over you; I'll never be able to match this quality! After seeing these, I can't wait to see what you do next year!! I love these year end reviews, hopefully more people start posting theirs too! It is such a thrill seeing all the models people built in a year!
    1 point
  39. That looks like a most excellent year to me! Although the masked and painted markings add much to the finished project, they have to slow you down too. As for getting better with age and experience, I've found that after almost 60yrs of building models I have NOTHING down to a science, so don't feel alone in that! Congrats, and thanks for sharing with us! Gil
    1 point
  40. With or without heels? Nice figures. How many parts?
    1 point
  41. Great action. Awesome atmosphere. I love it. Congrats.
    1 point
  42. This is an awesome build, great detail!
    1 point
  43. Go back to when you were a kid and modeling was really fun. The airplanes/ships/cars on your shelf gave you hours of imaginative fun as you pictured yourself in the cockpit or on the deck or behind the wheel. Here's one built like that, complete with swivel stand, courtesy of Atlantis models. The spinning prop is an addition, but that just seemed appropriate to a 'flying' airplane. It was a fun build.
    1 point
  44. After some time, my shipyards have launched another ship. This one is the Trumpeter 1/700 scale Italian RN Vittorio Venetto battleship: My apologies for the blue tint here. Apparently the background helped blue this out. This is is just in time for my club's theme for this month: Axis warships of WWII. Thank you for looking in, comments are welcome.
    1 point
  45. Have to agree once scales start getting smaller they become quite challenging, On the other hand larger scales have their challenges too. Very nice work Kevin!
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  46. This past weekend, I went with a friend out to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson located next to Davis Monathan AFB. I really have to say “WOW” about that place. It has one of the most comprehensive collections that I have yet seen in an air museum. I’ll share a few photos here some air team aircraft a Tomcat in one of my favorite marking schemes an original Phantom An overview of some of the outdoor displays This C-130 I had to photograph, as it was from the Tennessee ANG, who flew support for my class in Jump School at Ft Benning once upon a time. I had to wonder if I had jumped from this particular Herky Bird. There is even a museum within the museum, dedicated to the 390th Bomb Group, that has a complete WWII history of that Group in WWII. Long story short, I took slightly over 100 photos, and would have taken far more, until my phone battery was on its last legs. Here is a link to my postimage album with the rest of the photos https://postimg.cc/gallery/kXb8R8G If you’re ever in the Tucson area, make it a goal to see this place! It’s an all day affair.
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  47. Even though it was a rained out event I did manage to get several shots. Gerald Yeager, owner of the Military Aviation Museum, on the tarmac. Photos taken with Minolta Autocord 120 film camera.
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