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  1. Actually, though James is close, I was fired as RC-11 for vocally (here on the DF) opposing the Eboard's proposal at the time to force ALL Regional contests to be 1-2-3 shows. I knew there were some GSB shows around the country who hosted Regionals from time to time, (Pittsburg, etc.), including one show in my R-11 that I rotated the Regional through every 3-4 years. Their rule, if implemented, would have hampered RCs from having more clubs to pick from, would have prevented clubs with years of successful contest experience from hosting a Regional, and all despite IPMSUSA having no financial stake in ANY of the shows. I wrote my dissenting opinions on this forum under my name only as an IPMS member and never as "RC-11". The irony was that after I was fired, the rule was never implemented! Oh well! If there's anything to take away from the above, it's simply that we as members have the obligation to oppose what we see as poor decisions made by the Eboard. We have a more limited ability than the Journal editor or the president, since they have columns. However, you can send them emails, inform your fellow IPMS club members (at least the ones interested in the running of IPMS) to be sure they're aware of issues, and contact your RC to let him know where you and your club stands on things. If you attend the Nats, I encourage you to attend the IPMS business meeting because it's your one chance to stand up and question Eboard members face to face to let them know that although they are in office, they are accountable to the membership. IPMS is like any other club, locally and nationally. Only a very few of the entire membership are interested in how things are run and/or volunteer to help run them. That's not going to change and those who volunteer have to accept that (which is why the President's labeling everyone else as "freeloaders" was a waste of time). It's even more frustrating when this is all about running an "hobby" organization who's sole purpose is supposed to be to help the members have fun. That, however, doesn't make any of these issues we have to tackle unimportant to those of us who want a better IPMS in the future. We'll just have to suffer through some rough times before we get back to the fun! Gil
    3 points
  2. Sorry Andrew, but I must strongly disagree with you in this case. 1) I understand that most of the membership doesn't follow and isn't interested in "politics" in IPMS. In the past, especially back in the days of the Update and Quarterly, politics were MUCH more prevalent than they have been the last 20 years in the Journal. BUT, there has come a time where there's too much going on and too much at stake to allow the important issues, controversies, and poor policy decisions recently made by the Eboard to slide by under the radar. The Journal is the ONLY IPMS item that goes out to each and every member, and thus it should be used to be sure the membership is aware of what's happening, IF they bother to read the column. 2) The editor has already been taken to task (and I believe rightly so) for not challenging the President's recent column where he called local IPMS club members who didn't join IPMSUSA "freeloaders" before actually including it and printing it. His failure to challenge the President before printing it meant there was one less filter that might have prevented unneeded backlash against IPMS, especially on the internet. The fact that he's standing up now is a sign he realizes he has an important obligation to YOU and the rest of our members to be sure you have information that is being swept under the rug by the Eboard and that most members are not aware of. He also realizes he may face consequences from the Eboard in doing so. He has an obligation as the editor of the official IPMS USA publication to be sure all members are properly informed of pertinent, important IPMS issues. The members can then decide whether or not they agree with him once they've been so informed. 3) I can vouch personally for Chris and his true concern for the future of IPMS. He and I have little in common personally outside of an interest in model building and the hope that we can steer IPMSUSA back onto a road with fewer controversies and better policies going forward. He does not overreact and if you go back and read his columns he does not inject politics into the Journal. In fact, if anything, he tries to motivate members to be better builders, build more models, and find ways to have more fun in IPMS. The very fact that he DID inject politics into his column means YOU should be very concerned because he felt he HAD to do so. It IS that bad. 4) As for using his column as "his personal sounding board"' THAT is his privilege as EDITOR. In fact, it is what he does in every issue whether it's his opinion on a show, a modeling trend, or in this case raising the alarm to the problems that the Eboard have created and their potential disastrous consequences in the next year, especially for the Madison Nats. And whether he uses his page to talk about modeling, or to try to make you take note that YOU need to pay attention to what's going on inside IPMSUSA with the NCC, and other controversies; it's his page to use and it doesn't take away from the regular content of the Journal. It's not like the old days where they had to print page after page of "letters to the Editor", which did indeed affect the modeling content in the publications. I fully understand you find the injection of politics into our modeling Journal distasteful. Knowing Chris, he gave it hard thought before he did so. He did so believing that things are bad enough that SOMEONE needs to stand up, raise an alarm, and call EVERY member's attention to the situation as best they can. I'm sure he finds it regrettable in having to do it. I applaud his display of backbone in standing up the the powers above him (the Eboard) in calling them out and shedding light on everything that's gone on in the last year. I, like you, am sorry that it's come to this, but he was right to do it. Gil Hodges
    3 points
  3. (NOV 23th ) .. Today , I sanded the work done last time and continue to repair the front fuselage section ! 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 GEAR ,LEFT STABILIZER + CREW LADDER parts .. 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
    2 points
  4. Yeah, Gil used to be the RC for Region 11. Then he was fired by either Jack Kennedy (then President) or Dick Montgomery (then DLC). I was Secretary at the time and this EB member NEVER got the straight story as to who ordered it & why... the reason (as I remember being told) was all about daring to defy the 1-2-3 judging system and experimenting with G-S-B.
    2 points
  5. I was merely defending him on the grounds that as Journal Editor he has an obligation to the membership to put things in his column, and the right to do so, including his own personal opinion. Also keep in mind that IF he happens to want to agree and support the current Eboard he has both the right and ability to do so in the Journal, even if others have a contrary opinion to his op-ed. I too missed the Nats this year and thus have written my opinions based solely on what I've read here and on the IPMSUSA FB page. My comments and positions are easy to find and I'll stand by them based on the information I've been aware of as of today. I do not support the Eboard, their actions over the last year, nor the direction they've decided to hijack and take IPMS towards. That's why I've been vocal here on those issues. The fact Chris has a larger "bully platform" is something he's earned through decades of service to IPMS, so I will not begrudge him that advantage. While it's always nasty to have dirty laundry aired publicly, that doesn't mean it should be shied away from. If Chris did indeed print only one side of the story, got some facts wrong, or only gave part of the picture then he should indeed be called out for that. As I mentioned above, there is no "letters to the Editor" anymore (and I agree with that policy) so it seems that THIS DF and the IPMS FB page is where members will have to fight back if they feel the need to do so. Does his column serve a purpose other than to start a pot that was simmering boiling again? We'll see. In my own opinion, I'd like to see these issues confronted and solved NOW instead of letting them fester for 6 months only to have them ramp up again just before the Nats. THAT has more potential for a larger disaster than getting things in the open and tackled now when we have the time to do so. I fully agree that whether we get the problems solved or not, NONE of this will make IPMS look attractive to non-members. But it IS an opportunity, IF we were to handle this in an open and fair way, to show others that IPMSUSA is an organization with integrity that is worth supporting and being a member of. We can only hope we can do so. Gil
    2 points
  6. Andrew, Gil. It's very hard to take what the Editor says if he wasn't even at the event. It all amounts to he said she said. But I'll defend his right to say what his take on the situation. But I will say to little and too late. IPMS better get their minds wrapped around the social media is here to stay. IPMS is living in a vacuum. Editorials go to members and members post or share these on social media and non members alike. The whole world wide modeling community reads and passes on what is printed in the Journal. The membership will suffer over the continued conflict with IPMS. Editorials like this do nothing to help at all. Just my 2 cents. Ron Thorne Jr Head bottle Washer.
    2 points
  7. Good call by the Editor to rehash these past months hog wash by dragging it back out into the society with his latest Editorial We all moved on... As a dues paying member, I don't agree with the Editor using MY magazine as a personnel sounding board. Keep it modeling related.
    2 points
  8. This kit has been in my stash for a long time. After first seeing it, I had to have it, but once a copy was mine I didn't think I could do it justice, and put it in my pile. The mark on the kit says 2013. While I consider myself a pretty good novice, I thought I would give it a try. And the timing was right as my model club (the BPMS), was asking for a kit I would build as part of my pledge. This is where you pledge a model to build in January and by October, you have it finished. Back to the kit. This is another from John Dennett's Crypto Legends series. As mentioned the sculpt is outstanding. I don't think anyone has measured the JD, so I have no idea of the scale of the kit. It comes in 10 pieces and a base, made from very clear cream color resin. Here and there you see a hint of a seam line, but a minute or two of scraping and it was gone. Not having an idea about the devil color yet - most images on the net have it back or a dark color - and I'm kinda tired of too many of my horror models dark - I decided to work on the base first. Being the Devil is always pictured in red I thought I would use reds and browns. Tho for the wings I tried to mimic a little translucent skin - Being that the Devil is supposed to be prowling the NJ Pin Barrens, Dennett put a few pine cones on the ground. But taking it up another notch I thought it cool to cut the bristles of a disposable paint brush - they were tan after all - and use them as pine needles. I sprayed a heavy layer of hair spray on the base (protecting the water area) and started cutting. I didn't notice right away, but the bristle turn out to be transparent when seeing just a piece of one. Arrrggghhh! I figured it would be a bigger headache trying to collect up all the pieces that were now covered in a still drying hairspray, that I decided to just paint each "needle" one at a time. Ugh... Something I saw on YouTube of a guy building an airplane was to get all the instrument details in a cockpit, he painted the whole thing a dark color and then when the paint dried, he lightly scrapped the instruments revealing the lighter color plastic, then he could paint that button whatever color he wanted. I thought "Why couldn't I do that with all the text?" Turns out you can. The white resin looked too stark, so I added some Vallejo Yellow Ink, and now it really pops . With a few other tidbits to neaten things up, I was finished. Thanks for looking.
    2 points
  9. I finally wrapped this one up yesterday. I set out on this thinking that it would be an easy change to alter this kit from US to IDF configuration. It turns out that what was envisaged as a quick few weeks build turned into something quite a bit more involved. Part of that was me, increasing the detail on the TOW system and the radios, and of course modifying the stowage of most everything else in the vehicle. From looking at photos, it looks like the IDF modified these jeeps several times over their service lives, and I went with something of a mid life configuration, based upon photos from Lebanon in 1982/83, combining features seen on several different TOW jeeps. I used AK Real Colors for the IDF Sand Gray and Humbrol & Vallejo for most all of the detail work. Thanks for looking... comments and critiques welcome...
    2 points
  10. HI Here a project I did a while back , I done this one to celebrate my 500th win in the modeling world, I use the HASEGAWA EGGPLANE SPOOK figure and modify it a little , scratch the medals and award plaque ..and voila !, If you like to see more pics and the WIP on this one , I have made an Google page for it , here it is : https://goo.gl/photos/ghZxyLijupGPU6ar7 Enjoy ! Jmarc
    1 point
  11. GGGGGGGGGGGGGreat details pics you got there !
    1 point
  12. This is Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid girl. She's a resin kit almost 8 inches tall. I painted her with acrylics and pastels. I tried to give the sweater/dress and boots some texture with the airbrush. Steven
    1 point
  13. I bought John Dennett's latest Christmas Carol bust too late to get it finished for last year. So I wanted to make sure I didn't miss out this year. It's Michael Dolan as the 1951 Ghost of Christmas Past. My dilemma with this one was all the white on white on white. So the skin was done only slightly lighter and gave the hair and robe a "ghostly" blue tint. Thanks for looking.
    1 point
  14. I have a lot to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving Day week, some of which is the progress we made on some of these models that have been fighting me. So much has been done that it's time for another tour. We have kept the Shipyards idle again, so this tour will start in the Hangar to show the progress made on a couple projects. First, we got the decals on the Russian Shtormovik: They went on surprisingly well considering the extensive age of the decals. Now all that is left is the final details before this can be called done. Next, we discovered that the support struts for the wing on the Russian Be-4 were far too short due to the fact that we had to raise the center pylon to keep the propeller from chopping off the nose. So we cut some new ones from strip styrene: The originals are in blue above the four strips. Then; using Silly Putty to hold the fuselage in place upside down, we glued the wing to the fuselage and added the struts: In retrospect, we should have done the same with the outrigger pontoons. I may still do that later.... Moving on, the Spitfire VIII got the decals applied as well: Yes, they silvered quite badly, so that was addressed and the main landing gear and the tail wheel were installed: Getting close on that one. That closes out the tour of the Hangar; as mentioned it was a short one. Now on to the Motor Pool where a lot has been happening. Here in the Motor Pool, we were rocking out getting things done. First, I decided we needed to get a couple of the Shelf Queens out if the Motor Pool and delivered to their respective forces. We started with the Russian fire truck that had been sitting for a couple years. It's an old PST kit which says a lot. It started out getting a new coat of red paint: Next the wheels and some additional parts were added after which some more paint was done on some of the larger new additions: The new parts were painted and other details were painted up as well: That one quickly arrived at the dispersal depot after that. Another Shelf Queen that had sat for three or more years was my Russian SCUD D. I had wanted to finish it alongside the SCUD C I was building in conjunction with it, but the serious lack of the proper parts for the C means it will take too long and there was no reason the-D should sit in limbo with it. First, a couple additional colors were added for a three-tone camouflage pattern; it was hand brushed as I wanted this done quickly and there were too many delicate parts on the launcher arms for Silly Putty: You can see wheels were added as well. The missile was just dry fit for looks. Later the missile was painted, the vehicle was weathered and later some small decals were added after this next pic was taken: This one was sent to the dispersal depot after the last detail parts were added. Concerning the two Russian tracked heavy guns; one was sent to the dispersal depot despite missing a few parts. They are not immediately noticeable, so until the missing parts turn up, it is being delivered. The second one, the 152mm gun was going to be delivered too, but the aiming scope was crooked. When we went to straighten it out, it broke off and disappeared. Since I was already so tired of these two guns taking up space, I scratched a new scope which is highly inaccurate, but screw it! It stays unless and until the right part reappears: Moving on to the next bay, we found the photo etch for the Israeli Sho't Kal Gimel, so it was added to the turret and hull. Here you can see the basket part is partially glued and was glued the rest of the way after the glue dried: The Gimel then got her side skirts on and a coat of paint: The Dalet, meanwhile, had her tracks installed. Yes, I used the Pactra cement on the black vinyl tracks and it held them together perfectly, as if they were made of styrene: With that, it didn't take long to get both tracks on: Later the Dalet got some additional photo etch added that had not been installed before: Back to the Gimel, we installed the crew machine guns and added the barrel decals: The decals were also applied to the rest of the tank and the detail parts painted. This allowed us to send the Gimel to the Dispersal Depot. Finally, in this last bay, we assembled all the major components to the chassis and then painted the camouflage pattern on this cab. It was freehanded with an airbrush because I was just getting lazy at this point and wanted this truck finished: After a clearcoat, the decals were applied: While they were drying, we went to work on the gun stations. They were fairly quick and easy to do, despite having a lot of parts: Some of the last final details were added, including the anti-RPG sheets, the wheels and several additional detail parts: After completing the rear view mirrors, this truck was also sent to the Dispersal Depot. Thank you all for coming in and seeing the latest progress. Pics will be forthcoming of all the completed models, stay tuned for them later. Meanwhile, comments are welcome, thank you for joining this latest tour.
    1 point
  15. Great job, so far, Chris. If you need any photos of one of the shuttles (Discovery), I have 24 Mix photos of a walk around. I have distance shots, but the closeups may be the most valuable to you. Here are some samples:
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  16. Amazing work! That is a fantastic service you are doing for them! Stunning skills too!
    1 point
  17. (NOV 24th ) ..Today , I continue the work on the decals and done 2 rond tops antennas ! 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
  18. The second week of the AV-8B Harrier build started off with detailing and assembling the forward fuselage and mounting the cockpit. The aft fuselage was then assembled and the intake. The forward section was mounted tp the aft section. I then assembled the intake cowl and the exhaust nozzles. Next I worked on the wing assembly. This required a little putty to fill a small gap between the fuselage and wing assembly but the rest of it all fit together very well. I proceeded to add the details to the fuselage like the ducts and the refueling probe. Speaking of the ducts, the two ducts just behind the canopy are too close together on the kit. I previously built this same Hasegawa kit and found out too late that these were in the wrong position. With them in the wrong position it does not allow you to position the canopy in the open position. On this build the client would like the canopy open. After reviewing some reference photos I re-positioned the ducts in the correct location and verified the canopy can be in the open position. The scheme for this is VMA-214 with the triple grey. The underside will be light ghost grey with the upper sections dark ghost grey and a medium grey camouflage section on the upper wings. I am starting to apply the base coat of the paint and then I will be assembling /detailing the under wing stores, weapons, and targeting pod. All the details and photos are in the build log at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/av-8b-harrier-plus-vma-214/
    1 point
  19. WOW,WOW,WOW..that is quite a project !...
    1 point
  20. HI ! Here another project I have done in the past , those are all scratch built , If you like to view more pics , I have set -up an Google page for them , just follow this link: https://goo.gl/photos/T6G3voCSvvLGFUno8 Enjoy !
    1 point
  21. As editor, he has the right to do what he did. As Members, we have the right to criticize him.
    1 point
  22. Chris has an ax to grind. EVERYTHING he said about the person who took the photo in this editorial...IS FALSE. EVERYTHING. But it will go out to the membership at large as gospel because it is coming from the Editor. Somewhere over the last three months of this issue brewing in the Editors head, he missed the FACT that the photographer went to the judges with the issue...even before the "photo", he voiced his concern to the head armor judge...the photo was taken later on as "proof", and then was not put on to "social media" until well after the show. The following weeks saw the letter written by a Sci Fi judge and the controversies that followed it (leading to judges resigning, etc., etc.) we all know the rest. It was done. Over. And now, in the Nationals recap issue, the premier issue of the quartiles, the issues are dragged back into the light for no other reason than for one person to rant on "like a pentulant pre-teen" with a magazine editorial column. As if one column in the Journal hadn't caused enough turmoil, here's yet another. Did we not learn? I've met Chris on occasion at various Nats, purchased his products, and found him to be a smart guy, interesting to talk with, nice gentleman who has done a lot for the hobby and IPMS USA. This editorial does nothing for IPMS USA. ** I do apologize for piggybacking this onto your thread but it seemed the most related to the latest news.
    1 point
  23. Are you thinning paint with that Maker's Mark?
    1 point
  24. So I tore my rotator cuff playing pickle ball and am currently rehabbing from the surgery. After months of not being able to build models it’s time to start up again. Family and friends pooled together and bought me this one as a get better gift and because they got tired of me complaining about rigging the 1/32 and 1/48 biplanes I have built. 😀 I know I said no more large scale planes but I am excited to build this one. Here is what I have completed so far, my usual “please help me” questions are embedded. I hope you don’t mind me sharing the build progress of this one. The rigging of the control cables was interesting but the cord supplied with the model is quite difficult to deal with, it curls and unwinds very easily. The next step is to mount the floorboard to the fuselage with all of the cables in front of and behind the floorboard hanging loose. Any thoughts on how to “manage” these during this stage of assembly? Also, I think my Tamiya clear orange paint must be kaput, it did not go over the wood brown paint very well, you’ll see if you zoom in on that one. The instrument panel gets painted the same way, wood brown under clear orange. The engine went together very well. I researched the Clerget 9b engines on the internet and was frustrated by all of the different colors I saw. Therefore I decided to stick with the colors in the kit instructions, a mixture of silver, steel and gold. The ignition wires took me some time but once I figured out the best method (for me) they went pretty well. You can see my trimming isn’t great but I was worried I would cut something I didn’t want to. This model includes plated parts and the plating must be removed from the cemented surfaces. I learned the hard way that I have to wear gloves when working with these pieces or my fingerprints will be all over them. You can see the marks all over the fuel tank that are my doing. The tape you see at the bottom was used to hold the straps in place while I glued them. How do you guys work with the seams on these plated parts? I don’t think I have a paint that will perfectly match the finish. As usual, I would love to hear (and would greatly appreciate) critical comments and suggestions.
    1 point
  25. And now for our tour of the Motor Pool at Maddog Manufacturing. A considerable amount of progress has been made here. Let's start here with the civilian Ford Stakebed truck, which has been painted with the cream on the cab and truck bed: Later the red trim was added after everything was masked off: That is where we left this right now. Moving on to the next bay we have another Shelf Queen, started about six years ago. Finally found all the missing parts and got all the rest of the main parts installed: Later this truck also got a coat of red, making this almost ready to be declared finished: Moving to the next bay we find the Russian tracked 280mm gun. The main gun has been glued to the carriage and almost all the final details have been added. Some parts and sub assemblies have gone missing, but we're going to continue to work on this until all is found: Later the photo etch was added, bringing this closer to being done: Next to this is the Russian tracked 152mm gun. This was started later, but we now have it catching up to the 280mm gun. First we installed the main gun in the trunnions, and made the hydraulics that raise and lower the gun: We added more details to the main carriage, cemented down the gun and also finished off most of the details on the trunnions, bringing this to the photo etch stage: Photo etch and some final details added next and this was ready for paint: After everything had sufficiently dried, we shot a base of Russian Green on this. It shows much lighter in this pic than it does in real life: The same had been shot on the 280mm gun but I apparently forgot to take pics of that. Moving on, we found another Shelf Queen, this one only two years old. It's the Modelcollect SCUD D TEL that needed some more green paint on additional parts that had been added after it was painted: ' I was going to camouflage this, but I don't want to hassle with re-masking all the windows again. We might hand brush the pattern on it, I'm still trying to decide. Meanwhile, this is ready for further progress.... In the next bay, we have the two Israeli Centurions. This first one, the Sho't Kal Gimmel; got all the detail parts on the main hull and we started on some of the details on the turret: Later we finished all the details on the turret. Here it is all set and ready for photo etch: Interestingly enough; the photo etch sheet for this kit is missing. So, we continued to work on the Centurion Sho't Kal Dalet. Again, most of the turret and all of the hull details were added, just as with the Gimmel: Later the turret was done completely: That thing on the front of this tank is a battering ram. Some Dalets had them so I added this to mine to help differentiate between them. We had the photo etch for this one so almost all the photo etch was added to this: Once everything was dry, we shot a base of Green Drab on this tank. It is still wet in this picture: After this completely dried, we applied a light coat of Israeli Sand Grey over the top, modulating the color for added ascetics. It is real hard to see in this picture, but I assure you it is there: That is where we stopped on these, next up is the most difficult Armory ZSU-23-4 Shilka. First, we did the simple part; adding almost all the detail parts to the upper hull: Then we built the quad guns. They were built on two carriages, two each per carriage: Now, adding these to the turret was a nightmare. There were three parts that you needed to glue together that were so delicate that if you looked at them wrong, they broke....and they were the mounting plates for these guns! So, after three and a half hours of finagling and fighting with this, we finally had this done: Note the one gun wasn't straight. We fixed that but when we went to add the second set of guns; we ended up with this: Yep! Everything fell apart, blowing away three and a half hours of work. While I fought to recover from that frustration, we finished off most of the details on the turret: I figured it would be easier for us if these were added before the guns went on reducing the risk they break. After about another hour and a half of work on the guns, we finally managed to get them installed.....and more importantly, looking correct! Here's a final shot of the upper and lower hulls together (yes the lower hull is under there!) and the turret mounted on the top: That was as far as I wanted to go with that one! It says cooling hoses are supposed to be added and shows a diagram, but after fighting this so hard; those will not be added. Finally in this last bay we have the M1070 gun truck. First off, the last details were assembled and everything was cemented down to the chassis: Next another full shot of green was added: Afterward, we freehanded a camouflage pattern on this, and sprayed the gun box a rusted metal color: We're gonna be clear coating this for decals soon, and then finish off the final details. And that is the extended tour of Maddog Manufacturing Motor Pool. Thank you all for stopping in and remember that comments are welcome.
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  26. That big, ugly thing is Daedon Shoshonenis, an Entelodont that lived in North America from 23 to 18 million years ago. It was a 12-foot-long, 1700-pound monster that was omnivorous, and while it could certainly kill prey it probably did a lot of scavenging, primarily by intimidating other predators, which were largely non-social in North America at the time. Here, one is giving chase to a Parahippus Pawniensis, a three-foot tall horse that was one of the first to have fused lower leg bones for fast running and a single toe/hoof, with vestigial toes. Daedon came from the 1:20 Paleocraft kit, with virtually no modifications. Parahippus started life as a 3D-printed 1:35 "startled plains zebra," which has extra toes added from styrene rod and a new non-striped part job. The base featured plants from Silfor, Scenic Express and an unfortunate bristle brush that happened to be on my workbench at the wrong time.
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  27. EC-130V version ... (NOV 17th ) ..Today , I starter the top fuselage decals and spray some white on a clear decal sheet using a mask ! ! 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..!.
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  28. I know it is November, but these were finished on October 31, and so now I've found some time to post them. For simplicity's sake, they are all listed here. First: a David Brown VIG-1 tractor from the British RAF re-supply set from Airfix: And just so you can see how small this is in 1/72 scale, here's a shot of it with a No.11 Exacto blade: Next is a French AMX DCA anti-aircraft system from ACE: Third is an ancient AMT (formerly ESCI) kit of the M48-A5 Patton tank: The drooping searchlight has already been fixed. This final one is the Hobby Boss Russian T-28 tank; also a Shelf Queen started twelve years ago and finally finished now: That's all for now. Hopefully I'll have at least this many; if not more, completed in November. Stay tuned....
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  29. LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLooking great and well done also Way to go SIR and thank you for sharing it with us, it's quite appreciated !
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  30. James, it is a thrill to see your masterful work again! Magnificent job on that plane! I use the same type of oil wash, Windsor Newton oils mixed in Mona Lisa thinner. Keep them coming James!
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  31. This is a resin kit about 7 3/4 inches tall. I'll probably 3d print a different butterfly for her hair as I'm not crazy about the kit part. I had intended to paint side view butterflies on her shoulders and a spread one on her back like a western shirt but it wasn't fitting well with the open neck so in a panic I switched to the one corner, not realizing that the long eared galoot would cover part of it. The flowers were painted freehand and I used masks for the silhouette of the butterflies and filled in with pencils and a Staedtler marker.
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  32. Thanks Gil. Eastern Front is correct. The wash is Winsor-Newton tube oil diluted with Mineral Spirits. Once it dries I just wipe it off with a Q-Tip or paper towel.
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  33. Greetings This is my last Hartmann aircraft.(for a little bit). I plan on a collection display after contacting "Bases by Bill" for an assist This is the very nice Hobbycraft F-86 Canadair Mk 6 with slated wing. Flown by Erich Hartmann after his rejoining of the West German Air Force. A few additions to kit, sugar scoops on fuselage sides, wine bottles seal seatbelts, scratch-built intake F.O.D. covered added a missing vent on upper port fuselage. The model was completed with Alclad metals over gloss black Tamiya rattle can. Sealed with Alclad Aqua Gloss. Markings are from the Peddinghaus manufacturer. They are a bit of challenge to cut each decal but they work fantastic and settle down super. The clear mostly disappears over the Alclad Aqua Gloss Thanks For Looking Comments Always Welcome Cheers Bill D
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  34. HI ! Here another project I have done in the past , it's the AMT 1/43 kits with some additions and modification , If you like to view the complete WIP on this project , I have set-up a GOOGLE page for it, just follow this link: https://goo.gl/photos/eWtNcMXB2jeganei9 Enjoy !
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  35. Gil, thank you ever so much! Yes, it is a Matchbox Hellcat. It was given to me by a couple friends at my IPMS meeting when I couldn't attend the Distressed Kit Auction. It is a blast! Now to find the colors I need to make it a Fleet Air Arm bird. And yes, I'm looking forward to showing off that Chariot soon. Meanwhile, here's another tour for you to enjoy.... Well we have had a pretty productive week this past week, so now it's time to host another tour of Maddog Manufacturing. The trams are boarding now, so all aboard and remember to keep hands and feet inside at all times. As always, we start in the Hangar. We had a great opportunity to bring out the spray gun and so base paints were shot on all aircraft needing it topside. First were the two Spitfires: Then the Russian Be-4: You can see the paint was a bit too diluted so we took another shot. The second shot was far better: And the Be-4: While we had the better paint in the sprayer, we also shot the Il-2M3: While all that was drying, we switched and shot the final Navy blue onto the Avenger: Later that masking came off that and now the Avenger is ready for clearcoat and decals: Personally, I do not know why the turret frosted like it did. I was certain the masking was sealed properly so I have no idea what happened. I will try to buff it out and shine it as best I can, but I am not going to go to outlandish lengths to make it as perfect as possible. So that is all that has been done in the Hangar so far. You can see everything has been set up for the remaining camouflage patterns before clearcoat and decals. There might be a few aircraft crossing the finish line this month! Since nothing of note has been happening in the Shipyards, we'll move on to the Motor Pool. Here in the Motor Pool quite a bit has been done. To start with, here in Bay One, we found an ancient ESCI kit of a Hetzer that we were trying to sell. The box was busted up, and the thing had no nibbles, even when priced at a buck. So, out it came and the basic first steps were made. You can see here the main lower hull was assembled, but when it came time for the front plate to be installed, it broke while we were cleaning it up. So this is where it stands now: Moving on to the next bay, we have the first shot of green on the base of the Russian 280m tracked artillery piece. Like the aircraft, I didn't like it. Besides, certain pieces were left off so they had to be added before we shot it again. You can see it here with the gun dry-fit into place: Later, the base part got it's second coat: Meanwhile, I felt it was time for the second tracked artillery piece to be started so we pulled out that and assembled the main gun first: Later the base part was started, but a semi-vital piece is missing. I might just say 'screw it!' and move on anyway.... That is as far as we got on that one. In this next bay, we shot the base coat on the French DCA anti-aircraft system. It does NOT look this blue in person: Later came clearcoat, a wash, and decals: This one was later driven out onto the parade ground for breaking in by it's crew. In this next bay, we decided to move forward on the Sho't Kal Dalet by completing the basic turret. For some reason, this turret was far more rough than the Gimmel turret was: Later after some cleanup, the main gun was added to the turret and the fenders were added to the sides: Now this is more or less caught up with the Gimmel. Moving on to the next bay, we have the M48-A5 Patton. The base had already been shot on, so the masking went on and the second color was shot: Additional Silly Putty was added to cover the second color when it was dry: And the third color was shot: When it was dry, I hand painted some black shapes on the edges for the fourth color. They may be a bit hard to see in this pic, they look like shadows: Finally, everything came off when it was all dry: Later a clearcoat and decals went on: After that, some dullcoat was applied, and the final details were added and this was driven off by it's crew for familiarization.... In another bay over here, the M1070 gun truck finally had some progress done. Base paint was applied to the inside of the cab and the outside: The windscreen and side doors were masked off, both inside and out: Finally, base paint was shot on the rear gunner's box, the clear parts and the other sub-assemblies, as well as a lighter OD on the anti-RPG panels: That is where we left that one, but there's more. While organizing my parts, I found a small machine gun turret for my T-28 kit. I had just put that kit up and so I found it again and was able to finally have the whole kit again! This tank had already been basecoated green before the turret got lost, and so now, I am finally able to finish this Shelf Queen after ten years! Silly Putty was added for the second color: Then the tan was shot: Finally the unmasking: This one then got final details added and was then turned over to their crew for breaking in. That's all for today. Nothing esoteric this time, but still hopefully some interesting items in the tour. Thank you all for looking in, comments are welcome.
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  36. Ron's idea could possibly work. All you'd need is someone who still has an unbuilt Czech Model kit with the decals so they could be scanned in, reduced in scale, and then printed on decal paper.... providing you have those capabilities or know someone who does. There would be no "legal" problems as long as the decals were only for personal use and not sold to anyone. As to the color of the numbers on the wing..... Czech Model provides the numbers in Red and Black so you can do your own interpretation of which to use based on period black and white pics from the TV show (there are no color pics evidently). Regulation or not, that tells me there IS some discrepancy as to what the wing number colors actually were for filming the show. Based on the image shown, and comparing the wing numbers to the black wing walk, I chose RED, which more closely matches the cowl trim color too. I did, however, go with the regulation black numbers on the tail and underside. And if it's wrong? Turns out my lackadaisical model shelf police don't care! 😉 Gil
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  37. Hello Dmytro! You may post your photos here, however the FIGURES section of the forum would be more suitable. Excellent work! David
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  38. I bet you numbers are the same if not better. That’s exactly why things are happening now after 50 years. More people are joining, more people are attending, more people are competing. And now that they’re members all the same as us, they want to make things better. If a change such as “head judges can’t arbitrarily override the volunteer judges’ decision with 0 oversight” makes you want to leave… maybe it’s for the best, as that seems awkward for a head judge to be upset about.
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  39. Found it!! After 4 days it made it's way home!!
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  40. I think I have still the set amongst my old decals. I don’t build 1/72 anymore, so you can have ‘em if I can find ‘em.
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