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  1. Welcome everyone 🙂 I would like to show you my latest model of a racing plane Brown B-2 "Miss Los Angeles", made from scratch in 1/32 scale : A group photo with my other racing models: Best regards, Marcin 🙂
    3 points
  2. I completed this build yesterday afternoon. Built in three monthly four hour Zoom session for a So Cal AMPS online 12 hour build challenge. This is the Hobbyboss 1/35 Land Rover Defender Ranger Special Operations Vehicle, built OOB, aside from swapping out the shovel and water cans for US types instead of the British types that came in the kit. I used Tamiya Rubber Black over a Tamiya lacquer flat black base, and Vallejo color for detail items such as seat cushions, weapons, and stowage. Weathering is AK Pigments, Middle Eastern Soil Thanks for looking. Comments and critters are welcome. ;)
    2 points
  3. Although 1/48 aircraft are my primary gig, I do build 1/48 armor every so often. Our club currently has a "50 Shades of Gray" build theme going so I decided to tackle the old 1/48 Bandai Panzerkampfwagen IV Aus D; rubber band tracks and all. The kit comes with some interior parts.... I enhanced it by adding the radios and coaxial machine gun breach on the right, and some rudimentary (but not "accurate") controls for the driver on the left along with the instrument cluster on the top of the transmission housing. I also built up a floor and ammo rack behind the driver as the kit had nothing but the circular turret floor. I left out the kit engine as I closed up the engine inspection hatch on the back and it wouldn't be seen. I decided not to try to add any stowage or extra tracks except for what the kit provided. Other than that, I just tried to add some color variations and some moderate weathering since these were mainly used in the first half of the war. On to the finished pics! Considering my lack of true experience with armor, this suits my shelf just fine and also satisfies the club theme. Critiques, comments, and questions welcome! Thanks for looking! Gil
    2 points
  4. Hello all! Just signed up for this site to tell you all about this build. This is my third model kit ever (and my first since I was in middle school about a decade ago, and I didn't even paint those except for some spray dirt and sand). Got the itch to build another one after my roommate got himself a model of the HMS Endurance (much more detailed than what I'll be building, needs three kinds of glue for Pete's sake!). So, I decided to build something cool: being the Francophile I am, I settled on the Char 2C. I hopped on Scalemates, and saw pretty much the only 1:35 2C is the one by Meng. So, that's what I ordered delivered from the local hobby shop. A few weeks later, it arrived, and I began the several months of building (significant delays occurred on account of also taking 18 credit hours at the same time). Reviews of this thing already exist on the Internet, so I won't bore you too bad with the details of the build process. Box: First thing to do was the 74 (!) road wheels - surprisingly not bad. I found I got into a rhythm - oversanded a few, but when that happened, because the wheels are symmetric, I just hid that by placing it on the inside. Most of the rest of the build was fun and easy, at least until I got to the engine compartment... Painting those exhaust pipes and outlets and then gluing them on wasn't easy (still developing the requisite patience) - wound up accidentally wiping off the paint a lot, then the glue got stuck to my fingers, and then wiped off the paint... vicious cycle. But it got done. Also, those tiny little pipes were annoying as heck - some of them broke coming off the sprue, and lining them up with the holes on the main model was delicate work. Not easy. I decided to paint it up like No. 93 "Alsace" (the one on the box) - Lansing (as far as I can tell) doesn't have a model shop that's better than a Hobby Lobby, so that's where I went. The light brown I got was a lot darker than what this called for, but I made do. I'm still a complete noob at modelmaking - and I didn't know priming models was a thing until after I already bought all my paints - and this is all brush painted. I still think this came out alright. One last note is the tracks... putting the links together wasn't bad. But my goodness, actually attaching them to the tank is the devil's own work. When I tried putting it together with the recommended amount of links, I could get the two sides to touch, but not actually link without popping another connection apart. Then when one link popped too many times, it would get stripped, and wouldn't hold anymore. Not to mention, other parts of the tank broke - when I tried placing it on its side, both the side machine gun barrels snapped off, and eventually, I accidentally put too much force in the wrong direction and the entire right front sprocket snapped off! Fortunately, I was able to place it back without too much difficulty, but it took everything I had not to scream when it snapped - this was frustrating! What I wound up doing was placing an extra link on each side and placing some model glue on the track, fixing it to the wheel, to get rid of the extra sag. Overall, with the exception of the tracks, this was an enjoyable build that I think came out alright for a newbie like myself. Now that I'm home for the summer I have access to actual hobby shops with a decent paint selection, and I will actually prime my next model! I've got a HobbyBoss Csaba on order, I think I might do a few Hungarian builds next. Any feedback on this build would be appreciated!
    2 points
  5. Here's some items that have been gifted to me. First, from a very generous Canadian, here are 100 3-D printed chairs in 1/72 scale. Some are complete, others will need to be assembled: Thank you Jean-Marc! One of my fellow Orange County IPMS friends gifted me these and more: In addition to the above, he also gifted two, possibly three other 1/72 scale P-51D models in baggies,, all complete. I'm planning on keeping the P-38 (it's already started as you can see soon in my next tour) and the egg plane. I'm still debating whether I'll build the P-51B, but all the -D Mustangs I'd like to sell. Anyone want a herd of Mustangs, give me an offer. Try not to low ball me too much though; we are insolvent here and I could really use the money. That's all for now. I'm going to go prepare for the next Maddog Manufacturing tour now.
    2 points
  6. Fine piece of building, Richard! Nice and clean!
    1 point
  7. It's time to tackle another figure from The Thing series - this time it's Bennings. George Bennings was a meteorologist stationed at American Antarctic research station, U.S. Outpost 31. The character appears in the 1982 film The Thing and was portrayed by actor Peter Maloney. This is another excellent kit sculpted by Yagher and produced by Gillman Productions. The kit is in 1/4 scale and comes in 4 parts - the bust the two hands and the base. After a quick clean up, the parts were assembled and then, after priming, game the skin areas the "pinkle" (Groundeffected's word for the purple pink color) and red. After that, the flesh color was added, and then a sprinkle of dots of Reikland Fleshshade was added. Surprisingly (not) I didn't take many WIP pics. But looking at the film grabs, he's see with and orange vest, and then an olive green parka, with a darker green lining. The fur around the collar looks to be a gray color. The base shows him on the snowy rock outcropping with some gas cans and 55 gallon drums in thew scene. For whatever reason I assumed the cans were diesel, and looking up the color codes diesel is put in a yellow can. So that's what I did. But thinking back, with how fast the Bennings-Thing creature was set on fire, the fuel was probably just gasoline... Oh well. So before I knew it, I was done. Thanks for looking.
    1 point
  8. You are right ..and it's not over yet ..lol....!
    1 point
  9. This has been a good month for my Motor Pool. Today, my Swedish Army takes deliver of four different variants of light tanks. First is the Strv M/38: The Strv M/39 is next: The Strv M/40K: And the Strv M/40L: All these 1/72 scale tanks were made by IBG and assembled and painted by me. Finally, my Syrian Army takes delivery of this Trumpeter 1/72 scale Syrian BTR-70 Late: And there is all my armor for May. Thank you all for looking in, comments are welcome.
    1 point
  10. PHASE 2' of the project ... (MAY 28th ) ..Today , I completed the pilot control panel of both versions and glued it into place ! If you like to view the complete 'WIP' of this project , just follow this GOOGLE link. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ecy4whWjJ1SYax6t9 A big Thank you for following the project it's more than appreciated. hope my weekly update meet your expectation ! ! Enjoy .. and it's an 'RENDEZ-VOUS for more .... Jmarc
    1 point
  11. Yes I make the decals myself.
    1 point
  12. here is the update on the 2 ongoing C-130 projects ..You'le notice there is only one images available on each project , you can view more of the update picture of each projects on the Google link PROJECT # 1 EC-130V version ... (MAY 24th ) ..Today , I continue the enhance the panel lines and completed the decals on the dish finally drill a hole in the bottom of the dish ! Like to view the complete WIP of this project ,follow this Google link .. https://goo.gl/photos/jxfUh5Muw34MqsRY7 Enjoy and it's an 'rendez-vous' next week for more .on this particular project..!.
    1 point
  13. Here is the update on the ongoing B-1A HYBRID ..Youl'le notice there is only one image available you can view more of the update picture of the projects on the Google link ! (MAY 22ndh ) .. Today , I continue the work in the side access panels ! If you like to help out on this projet I need these ... : from the REVELL 1/48 B-1 LANCER stenciling for the WHITE prototype aircraft, this was on the decal sheet of the first edition of the B-1 kit.. I'm also seeking the NOSE WINGLETS + LEFT TAIL STABILIZER .. used parts are welcome as long they are useable ! A big thank you for helping out , without your help I won't be able to do a good job on the project !... ..If you like to view more WIP of this project and 2 other 1/48 B-1 bombers ,This is 'PHASE 2' by the way follow this Google link https://goo.gl/photos/QkeSiGZuvcRfG7yV7 Enjoy and it's an 'rendez-vous' next week for more on this particular project..!. Jmarc
    1 point
  14. A kit match up. The Satellite Shuttle meets the "Everything is Go!" launch pad. This is a re-imagining of the space shuttle. It's all out of the box with the exception of removing the wings from the first stage booster because as we now know, such wings in the atmosphere serve no purpose other than to add drag to a booster. I cut down the shuttle's base plate so it would fit on the launch platform. The vehicles are painted as I have seen NASA launch site vehicles in photos. The decals are a mix from both kits and the spares box.
    1 point
  15. The German Army set up a special program to get captured tanks (Beute-Panzer) back into service. A 1941 initiative directed a flamethrower to be installed on the French Char B1 bis. The conversion replaced the 75mm main gun with a flame thrower while the turret retained the 45mm gun. The model depicts vehicle number 23 from the 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen. In April 1942, a Beute-Panzer-Kompanie was created for the division. These Pz.Kpfw.B 2 were used in fighting partisans in the Balkans. They were eventually traded in 1943 to a different division and replaced with the Panzer 38(t). The markings for this vehicle come from the Echelon Fine Details decal set. These decals were kindly donated as they have been out of print for years. This build uses the excellent Tamiya Char B1 bis with the Blast Models resin conversion for the flamm-panzer. There are a few details missing from the Tamiya kit and the Blast conversion has some accuracy and molding issues which I corrected with some scratch building and custom 3D printed parts. I also used the Eduard PE set for the Char B1 bis. Model is painted with Tamiya acrylics, weathered with oils, enamels and pigments.
    1 point
  16. Hi. My last racer, Polish PZL P6, made from scratch in 1/32 scale, from National Air Racers in Cleveland 1931 More on the topic here: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/84035-pzl-p6-1931-from-scratch-scale-132/ Best regards, Marcin IPMS Polska
    1 point
  17. My earliest issue is from '83 so I've been a reader for a long time, except the period when they didn't have cars due to the separate mag. I hope they will stay around and stay in print but a lot of things are going digital. Apparently the cost of paper has skyrocketed. When "Amazing Figure Modeler" went digital they changed from quarterly to bi-annual but doubled the pages. The articles are great, there are often links to videos by the writers and the pictures are better than in the printed magazines. The downside (sides) are that you have to scroll around through the page, worry about the tablet if you're carrying it around and you can't roll up a tablet. (or swat spiders with it)
    1 point
  18. Hey Gang, Just ran across this and thought it pretty interesting. Have a look - https://artsandculture.google.com/story/aQXh00Xq8_VJJg
    1 point
  19. These were actually finished a little more than a week ago, but you know how Life messes with you. Anyway, here are my latest aircraft finished in May. The first one: 1/72 scale Trumpeter Tu-16 Badger going to my Egyptian Air Force: This one was masked with Silly Putty to achieve that three-tone camouflage pattern. This next one is also the 1/72 scale Trumpeter Tu-16 Badger, this time it is going to my Iraqi Air Force: After the base color was added, I free-handed the splotches using my airbrush. There you have it, my newest models, a brace of Badgers. All comments welcome, thank you to those who looked in to comment. Stay tuned, more to come.
    1 point
  20. This is a very nice kit with little clean up and goes together quite easily. However, when I changed my work space lighting from incandescent to LED I found out that what I had thought was dark grey in the full color painting guide was actually dark green! Too late. Also, all went well, even with the generic PE railings and stretched sprue rigging until the only decal on the ship, the side number, silvered on me. Again, oh well. It was never intended to be a contest contender and looks nice next to all my other RN destroyers.
    1 point
  21. Badgers? You don't have to show us no Badgers! We don't need to see no stinkin' Badgers! 😁 Sorry.... it was too easy to pass up! Very nice pair duke! I especially like the Egyptian one as it reaffirms that I might have gotten my MiG-21 camo patterns mostly right. Those are impressive in both size and scope of build. Congrats Gil
    1 point
  22. Here's a look at all of the parts that make up the front and rear springs and axles. They are ready for mounting on the chassis. The universal joints are 3D printed from Down Range Productions. They sort of snap together and are easily modified for the driveshafts. The odd thing in the right front is a template for drilling the lug nut holes in the wheels. Each one has 10 lugs so getting even spacing is a bit difficult. A paper template of 10 segments was drawn to scale and taped to a piece of brass sheet. The center hole was drilled first and then the 10 lug nut holes were drilled out afterward. The center plastic piece fits into the center of each wheel which gives the template a positive location for the lug nuts.
    1 point
  23. So I’ve made several small purchases for my 1/35 armor over the past couple of weeks… most for use on current projects… Plus I picked this one up for a generous offer of only paying for shipping… also that same generous Canadian… many thanks Jean Marc! Now I need to get a set of decals for it, as I have something quite specific in mind for this one…
    1 point
  24. Got a small update on progress. Tires and wheels have been cast and work has commenced on the suspension. The rear suspension consists of active springs, torsion rods and two floating axles. The springs are made of strip brass, soldered together at the ends starting with the shortest first. The torsion rods are made of brass tubing. With those done front springs and the front axle will be next. After that the cab will be worked on. One door is done including the brass hinges. The cab itself will take some additional alteration before the doors can be hung.
    1 point
  25. Just finished the 1970's molding of the 1/48 Revell MiG-21PF. It includes a Black Box resin cockpit and Barracuda resin intake cone. The model was also rescribed. The missiles (Soviet copies of our Sidewinder) were taken from the spares box as the kit ones were cruder and their seeker heads made using tinted clear UV cured resin. I also installed MV lenses for the wingtip position lights. I built this simply because I'd seen this scheme elsewhere and wanted to do one for myself. The kit had no nose gear well, so I built one, which also created a nice ledge to mount the nose weights (fishing sinkers) on. The Black Box resin tub and side walls fit in with a little sanding and thinning (it's designed for the Academy kit). I modified the nose intake and the rear fuselage tail exhaust by thinning their interior walls so that both the resin nose cone and the kit exhaust flame holder could be installed from the outside at the end of the building and painting. Close up of the BB resin seat, main IP, stick, and instrument coaming. I used a dot of clear UV resin to simulate the glass on the instruments. My references show that the early PF Migs had a dark interior, so it was all painted dark gray/black instead of the more commonly seen later turquois blue interior colors. The camo pattern was painted using patches and "ropes" of Silly Putty. This made for a tighter camo edge than I could get with my airbrush. I did find that when I went to airbrush on some Future for the gloss coat that it wanted to bead up on the surface, evidently due to some slight residue left on the model surface by the Silly Putty. I wiped it down a bit better and then switched to using Alclad Klear Gloss lacquer and that worked with no problems. The rest of the decalling, finishing, washes/weathering went on without any more problems. As mentioned... this one was built for the paint job. The resin stuff was used simply because it was in the box, purchased some years ago. All in all, I'm happy as this crosses off something I've wanted to do since I originally saw this in a Scale Modeler magazine back in the '70s! Critiques, comments, and questions welcome; as always! Gil
    1 point
  26. 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
  27. Yeah, I always have the Micro Scale liquid Decals Film handy. I figured that I'd test on some of the excess decals that I do not plan to use anyways. I will say that I've had pretty good luck with old ESCI kit decals.... Today after our monthly AMPS meeting here, we made the usual trip to Andy's afterwards where I picked up these goodies... I just can't help myself sometimes...
    1 point
  28. Thank you guys! Phil, I have the decals for it too, I ordered them from Braille Strike and I have a couple sets. I do want to do a separate variant of the PzIV, and I need to get a Jagdpanzer IV and a StuG III to do as well. They will look pretty awesome in my Syrian army!
    1 point
  29. https://ipmsusa.org/sites/default/files/2023_ipms-usa_national_contest_rules.pdf Pages 5 and 6.
    1 point
  30. Somehow, I suspect you might have been forming aluminum sheets on an English wheel and building full size aircraft had you lived in an earlier era. Astonishing work !
    1 point
  31. Holy cow! That is one exquisite build! The metal work and corrugations alone are mind boggling, but when combined with such complex and tough shapes it's a crowning achievement! Thanks for sharing with us! Gil
    1 point
  32. Wow, this is phenomenal! Your multi-hued metal skin is simply stunning! Way to go!
    1 point
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