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  1. What is there to say about the Sopwith Camel? It is one of the iconic aeroplanes of WWI, probably the most well known from the Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force to even the novice aviation buff. And helped out no doubt by a certain cartoon beagle and his never ending quest to defeat the Red Baron. This is Monogram’s 1979 retool of Aurora’s 1956 vintage kit. I added a few bits to the interior, and detailed a few exterior bits. Rigging is steel wire and EZ Line, paints are Xtracolor, Humbrol, and Testors enamels. Decals are by Eagle Strike for a Camel from 45 Squadron flown in Italy in summer
    3 points
  2. This was one of the short run kits from RS Models in 1:72. My penchant for the odd was a little off in that this plane wasn't that weird and it actually got made. The so called "weird" part was that they install a jet engine in the rear. The Luftwaffe didn't go for it because of the expense, but a few were made for other countries. And here it is all done. The instructions said the paint was RLM 02, but my phone had other ideas. Thanks for looking.
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  3. My wife just told me not to take up ship building.🤣
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  4. Finished my 1/48 Monogram B-24J "Dragon and His Tail" this evening. I used Kit Worlds decals, and unfortunately, they caused me several headaches! The first, and worst problem was they tended to curl under the edges as you removed the backing paper. Luckily, they are a little thick and I was able to use a knife tip to save the big ones. However, the thin wavy tail curled up into a tube and "died"! So, I had to paint the flowing tail part, from just forward of the waist window on back. That said, once the decals were on they did suck down on the surfaces pretty well. Thankfully, I'd decide
    2 points
  5. Finishing up the WNW H-B W.12. Using resin for the water. The top layer will be artist gel to crate some wave action, Figures are from Wings Cockpits. As you can see in the photo, there is a crewman standing on the float pretty much how these will be posed. Dak
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  6. Hi, In this diorama, I tried to portray the battle of Hue City scene of Stanley Kubrick's cult movie "FULL METAL JACKET". First of all i apologize for my bad english. Scale 1/35 M41 Walker Bulldog Tamiya 35055 Figures US Armoured Troops Tamiya MM217 Hope you like it.
    2 points
  7. That is pretty impressive Dave. I missed that one for some reason. Now you got me thinking.
    1 point
  8. The 1/20th Hasegawa Maschinen Krieger Camel converted to a towing and salvage vehicle. The sphere is Alclad clear blue over gold and the body is clear green over stainless steel. The waldo is scratchbuilt. Way more work to do. Dak
    1 point
  9. I hear ya Mark. The modeling muses are not always calling me either to my workbench when I have nothing else going on. Or when they do, my progress is minimal... I’m still working in the cockpit here.... Finished up the ejection seat and I started adding the Airscale instrument decals to the panel The IP decals are going to be something of a slow process...
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  10. These arrived in the mail. They will come in handy on my current Harrier project and many other 1/48 jet projects in the future.
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  11. Now that they pay me not to show up to work for the rest of my life, finding time for the workbench isn’t that hard for me to do. It just a question of what else do I have planned to do for that particular day.
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  12. I’ve got an oil wash done in the cockpit and have started on more detail painting... I have some instrument decals on the way for the IP.
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  13. What?! You don’t have any USMC Harriers in your collection?! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot my friend.;) You need to correct that ASAP!
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  14. Thanks Joe. You know me and my affection for the older kits.
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  15. Thank You James for your Reply. However I am perplexed by the lack of "Official" replies to queries from IPMS Members. Correct Answers in any case are not necessarily "Official" answers. Sincerely Bill Dedig
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  16. I airbrushed on the topcoat a little while ago, and I’m calling this one done. It’s not perfect, it’s not contest material, but it is finally finished. I’ll get a thread up later on of proper all around view photos in the finished build section.
    1 point
  17. Oh yeah! It truly does help in everything too, especially in these times! Looking forward to seeing you in Vegas!
    1 point
  18. That has got to be the absolute best pitch for volunteers I've ever seen! Bob, you're brilliant! I'll have to see if I can volunteer for something.... provided that I can go!
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  19. I found the recent posting of a prototype F-94C interesting. A company named Calspan in Buffalo operated a hybrid that has an F-94 front end on a T-33. I have attached a picture, article on its history and retirement. FYI. Good project for using a Heller F-94 and T-33 to create it. FYI
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  20. Wow, I've been so busy I don't know how I got this work done, but here it is, my latest progress from the past couple weeks. All of this is armor again; as well as one car. I'm just trying to get a few things off the bench and on the shelf. I'm getting eager to get back to my Antonov; but I need to clear a few things first. Before I get to them though, here is something I found while I was cleaning the bench up. This was a raffle prize I got that had three Monroe Perdue bases inside for 1/72 scale models. Here they are after priming and painting the black border on them:
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  21. So yesterday I did a couple of small additions that I needed to do before final bits of rigging. First I added some control line horns to the ailerons that were not molded in place, but needed in order to properly add those lines. I made them up from small pieces of aluminum rod then flattened and filed them them to a more airfoil shape once glued in place. I also attached the control line thru the rudder using EZ Line and CA. No rigging today as my fine motor skills are toast after a long bike ride this morning... tomorrow I’ll resume the rigging, and possibl
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  22. This week’s update on the 1/72 Hasegawa P-2H Neptune (P2V-7) I was able to get the fuselage together evenly after many hours of sanding and shaping. I then masked off the white sections and base coated it white. While it was drying I then assembled and detailed to radial engines and propellers. After the fuselage dried the white areas were masked off. I then assembled the canopy and scratch built the overhead console. I used some spare photo etch levers and made some of the panels to match the reference photos. The canopy was them masked with kapton tape and installed. With the radial engines
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  23. Adding another of those odd little models to the collection, may I present the Lockheed YF-97, later known as the YF-94C. I've never seen one built, so I decided to give it a shot... For those who might be interested, the build thread for this model is HERE Without further ado, the pics:
    1 point
  24. Thanks guys, I just love this P-80, T-33, F-94, etc. jet family. Hope to build one of each type, if I last that long! Ed
    1 point
  25. Today I added the bracing wires on the stabilizers next up, the flying surfaces control lines on the tail. That is gonna take some finesse...
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  26. Thanks guys. Gil: well, the kit is resin so there are those issues. But I guess the biggest issue was instead of the resin parts being on a stem attached to the pour block, these were directly on the block. So it was sweat inducing cutting thin parts like the landing gear from the big pour block. Thankfully nothing broke. 😉
    1 point
  27. Simply superb! Love the dynamic poses of the figures! Gil
    1 point
  28. Here is the follow up. The figures in place and the water surface textured with acrylic gel. Dak
    1 point
  29. One step at a time here. In today’s session I finished up the wing rigging. Except for one wire on each wing that I can’t add until I have the landing gear strut assembly glued in place. Which I have left off for ease of handling up to this point. Next stage will be the tail area. Once I have that completed, I’ll add the landing gear and the final wires up there. In the meantime... More progress to show hopefully tomorrow...
    1 point
  30. Hello! I am Jared. Non-standard, sci-fi/what-if designs that look believable, intrigue me. Friends convinced me to turn this mech into usable model kit instead of keeping for myself just one copy. Months and months later here it is. A technical rescue machine 5DR code-named "Rescue Labor". It's a unit coming from alternative Soviet universe, which I hope will grow ;). 1/35 scale, 20cm height. 330 resin parts and 95 metal parts, decals and large assembly manual. Not a 3D print, parts have no artifacts or a need for sanding. Miniature of a mechanic is an integral part of the works.
    1 point
  31. Next update on my Camel with a bit more progress. I rigged up the cross wire braces on the cabane and wing struts using some .008” steel wire. This took about and hour and 45 minutes or so over a couple of sessions. I’m not sure how many more sessions that it will take to fully rig this Camel...
    1 point
  32. Beautiful work! This is gonna look fantastic with the pilot on the float.
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  33. I stopped building decades ago, now it's time to clear out the house a bit. I have for sale a complete set of IPMS/USA publications from Volume 12 through volume 23 of the Update/Quarterly format plus Volume 1 of the Journal format. IPMS/USA was in trouble during the last years of the Update / Quarterly format, so these are incomplete; Vol 22 has issues 5&6 of hte update combined, Volume 23 only has 1 Quarterly and 2 Updates (1/2 combined, 3/4 combined), and I am missing issue 4 of the Journal. I don't think the missing issues were published, but can't swear to it. $40 + shipping.
    1 point
  34. Thanks all...I lost count of the people who simply THANKED us for HAVING the show! Jim: I do believe the F-18C is the Kinetic kit....and it's also the only one that comes with wing fold option in the kit that I'm aware of. Gil
    1 point
  35. Yes and no. Wound up cobbling up a figure from two different police figure kits. Turned out all right. At least the magazine was satisfied. Here's a couple or three shots of the end result.
    1 point
  36. Did someone make a model of a space tug? For example, such as in the picture. Where are you looking for blueprints? What difficulties can I expect? Can I get by with just photos and renders?
    1 point
  37. Diving back into my stash, I came out with another Fantastic Plastic oldie but goodie. Due to a C&D, all of FP's Star Wars kits are currently retired. The kit is their their Vector Wing fighter in 1:72 scale. It came in 26 parts of white resin, and one clear resin canopy. for the paintjob it was easier to paint sub-assemblies. Tried to shoot the pilot, but ended up illustrating my light weathering. 😉 Thanks for looking.
    1 point
  38. Hi All, Here is my Apollo 11 build. This was built from the vintage Monogram kit. The kit was terrible and I could only really use it for general shapes, most of this was recreated using metal and sheet styrene. I did lots of research and worked mainly from photos. I hope you enjoy! Rick
    1 point
  39. This is a 3D printed1/35th Cape Buffalo figure from Shapeways. I'd post bigger images , but the forums is only giving me .71MB to work with. The figure comes as one piece molded in white. The hunting rifle mon the ground is an old H&R white metal casting with a lead foil strap. The animals weigh in at about 2000lb and often kill more people than Lions or crocodiles. Dak
    1 point
  40. I was one of the judges at Chattanooga. With 3112 entries, it required some serious work to pick the top entries. For dioramas, don't try to put EVERYTHING into a scene. Less is better. Consider how the main subject got into position; tanks, airplanes, and artillery are not weightless and need to be moved. Remember, gravity is a heartless master, this on a ramp or slope roll down hill. Dak
    1 point
  41. This is what I have been working on for the last few weeks. Love these kits. This makes #6. The base kit builds like this: MK44 AmmoKnight. But I glued on a few greeblies and used lots of putty. To get to this point. I'm still tinkering with tiny details but the majority is finished.
    1 point
  42. A Macchi C.200 shot down by an LRDG patrol. This is the pacific Coast kit and is really horrid. There is a HUGE gap at the wing roots and the landing gear has a rotten fit. The resin engine needs lots of detail work. D-Day figures. Dak
    1 point
  43. Needing a break from my figures, I pulled out a relatively recent get from Red Iron Models - it's the Luna 2 . From the site: Luna 2 (E-1A series) or Lunik 2 was the second of the Soviet Unions Luna program spacecraft launched to the Moon. It was the first spacecraft to reach the surface of the moon and the first man-made object to land on another celestial body. On September 13, 1959, it hit the Moon's surface east of Mare Imbrium near the craters Aristides, Archimedes, and Autolycus. From the above, "land" is a relative term. It actually "landed" going full speed. 😉 Inside it co
    1 point
  44. Wasn't sure where to put this but I had to share it. This photo was taken from the street in front of my house 15 minutes ago. Space X launch out of Vandenberg AFB.
    1 point
  45. This is a conversion of the Hasegawa MK44 WhiteKnight. I added a few extra greeblies to the rear torso and scratch built a new gun. This is now my fifth MK44 kit. I love these things. The kit is so well engineered and the design lends itself to customization. Additional images can be found here: MK44 Crusader Knight
    1 point
  46. 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 si
    1 point
  47. I started this one a couple of weeks ago. It's built mostly out of the box with the exception of replacing most molded rivets with after market ones and adding welds made from epoxy putty. I also replaced the plastic tube halves for the tri-tube launcher with aluminum tube. I'm looking at replacing the tri-tube with a box launcher from a prior Goblin build that has fallen apart. Not sure, I like both but only have one kit. :-\ ;D
    1 point
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