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    With the national called off, I got busy doing some figure painting. The busts are from Nuts Planet, and Youngs miniatures. The girls with the goggles is Honey Bee and I have no idea what company made her (she was a gift). I cheat and use Archer eyes and some other decals on parts of the figures. I did paint the leopard skins on the Hussars free hand. I do make my own bases. The armor I did with Alclad. The rest is oils over enamels. The Opalinski brothers are real people that are also characters in some books by Eric Flint. Dak
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    Both of my metal F-104s together
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    Thanks for the comments Gil! Much appreciated! I'm really just doing it for fun. I build cars planes and whatever I feel like, I just enjoy building! Here is the F-104 I just built using real aluminum hand cut panels. I just enjoy challenging myself.
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    I have finished the Mohawk. This was a difficult kit to build. The fit requires a lot of work especially the canopy sections. The decals were also difficult to get them to sit down. They did not soften easily with decal set/solvents. Even with a base coat of Future they did not adhere or conform well to the surface details. The photo etch and resin accessories worked and fit well. If you build one of these the instructions state to use 19 grams, you need closer to 24 grams to keep it from sitting on the tails. Aside from the difficult issues it is a good representation of a unique aircraft. Thanks for following along. You can see all the photos and details from the start to finish in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-ov-1c-mohawk/
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    Yeah, another completed aircraft build. I've said this before but I'll say it again so that everyone knows my abilities. I'm primarily a car builder. Been around cars/race cars my entire life so I know where everything goes. So, when it comes to building and detailing it pretty much comes natural. Aircraft, however, a whole different scenario. I have to do research for every build and hope that I get it right, or relatively close to right. The technical aspects of building aircraft are totally different than car/truck subjects. I am in total awe of so many aircraft builders and their abilities to get the finishes/weathering just right. So, with the disclaimer out of the way here is my latest build. F-18 VFA-146 Blue Diamonds using a Revell kit along with Twobobs decals. I'm trying to add the appropriate paint details and still trying to get the whole weathering techniques down. Still a ways off on that. All that aside I am happy with the results and think it looks good on the shelf.
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    Indeed, may the Lord bless Bill's family and friends with a flood of loving memories through this tough time. I was acquainted with Bill having first met him at the Dayton USAF Museum fall airplane contests back in the '80s, and then buying his vacuform kits and conversions from him when he vended at shows. He was a fine gentleman and a VERY good model builder, whether he was building one of his vacs, or tricking out one of the old Monogram kits he helped design back in the 60s. We've had a richer hobby experience due to Bill's input into the hobby both at Monogram and with his line of vac kits. I'm going to miss chatting with him at shows! I 'm attaching some pics of the kits of his I've built....and I still have several in the stash too! Gil
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    Welcome! I can commiserate when a project goes sideways....but just remember it's still only a model! You can start again from scratch if you think something can't be salvaged, or take a little time off like you did and have at it again. Those dioramas look pretty good to me! Glad to have you here plugging away with us! Gil
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    Wow, welcome to the Forums; what an amazing 'calling card' you posted in that first diorama! Beautiful work! The KV diorama was looking good too, too bad that can't be recovered. I also build 1/72 scale armor; I do my armor exclusively in that scale so I can appreciate your work on that KV immensely. Welcome once again! I look forward to seeing more of your work.
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    Hi All, Here is my second all metal skin Starfighter, this version is from Dagnang AB in Vietnam 1968. Once again each panel is hand cut from aluminum sheets. This was my first attempt at a real metal skin aircraft, lots of experimenting on this one! I finished this model about 6 months ago.
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    In an attempt to enlarge my Medusa collection I picked up the offering from Greenwell Studio quite a while ago. Looking for something to build, I dug deep and pulled this out of my stash pile. First thing I noticed was that her snakes were really tentacles. OK... Close enuff, lets get on with it. In the kit there were 3 tentacles that had to be glued on to the head, with no readily apparent place for them. First job was to find an old pic that gave me a clue. Base colors started - Working on the tentacles - Didn't like the purple on the tentacles, and also changed a few other things. Worked on the eyes and of course goofed one of them up. The R eye is a two timer. 😉 But all done.
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    Remember when kits had maybe a dozen or so parts? Remember when there were actual instructions that used real words to convey how to put together the model? Remember how nothing fit right? Well, here's a prime specimen. I got this in a sort of 'grab bag' purchase and after a few frustrating outings on more modern kits, I decided to just build it and have a little old fashioned modeling fun. It's OOTB with two exceptions. One is I sanded off all the raised panel lines. The second is that I blanked off the inside of the nose intake so you can't look all the way through the a/c. Fit was as you would expect it, but with careful prep and assembly amazingly little putty was required. The finish is Tamiya rattle can AS-12 Metalic Silver. The decals were way far gone, so I used some from the spares file. Took quite a bit of weight in the nose to get it not to sit on it's tail, but it was fun, didn't fight me and could have been an award winning model at a 1963 model show, which is when the kit came out.
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    Each one is terrific! Bravo!
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    Thanks Mike. I don’t know if we’ll ever do it again, but it was an honor and a thrill to do it last year. I’m glad you enjoyed it. mike
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    Okay, here it is a week later and I actually have something to show for it. This is another small update for this week. First, I painted the propellers for the A-400 in basic black: And that's all I did on that plane. I guess I was too interested in moving forward on the An-124 instead because I kept going back to it. To wit: While chatting on the phone with someone, I picked up the one wing and started dry fitting the wing fences and engine pods, mostly to see what kind of adjustments I was going to need to do to make them fit: Well, I took some time to make whatever adjustments were needed and the next day, I found myself pulling out my two-part epoxy and gluing them all down. I started with the wing fences first as two of them on each wing needed to be fit under the rear of the engine pods: You can see just how big those wings are. They are overhanging my workspace by half! The next day; after letting the wing fences dry overnight, I added the engine pods: They are still drying there, later I'll have to do some filling and other repair work due to some issues with fit and my not paying enough attention to what I was doing till too late. Meanwhile, I decided to finish the nose section as well. I needed to cut two sections out of the bottom for the nose landing gear. I did that and then proceeded to glue in the nose gear 'bay'... such as it is: This is all you can see of it from the other side. I guess there is no room for hanging gear doors, so this is what you get: Hey, at least I don't have to worry about detailing it! LOL! Now all I need to do is find the missing nose gear strut so I can finish building it.... Oh, I also have to remember to put the ten pounds of nose weight in there so this will sit properly. Now that the wings are done I can actually paint these and the tail feathers a light grey as called for in my chosen paint scheme. After all that work on this monster Russian, I was finally done with planes for a bit. Back on Monday, it was actually cool enough to open my window to vent my airbrush. I jumped at the chance to finish the camouflage on the tank transporters. They were already masked with the Silly Putty so I loaded and shot the brown color onto the tractors and trailers. First the tractors.... And then the trailers: Then I moved and/or added more Silly Putty to cover the brown spots: After that I shot the final green color on top: A day later I peeled it all off and was pretty pleased with the results: You can see I also lost the trailer hitch pad on the HEMMT tractor. Man, I cannot catch a break! Time to rob another kit for one! There is still some additional painting and touch ups to be done, but these are getting very close to the clearcoat and decal steps. Finally! Also, I shot a base coat of green on the BTR, but didn't shoot any pics of it. I'll try to remember to post them in the next update. And that is a full account of my last week at the workbench. It ain't much, but I'm happy. Hopefully there'll be more to see next week. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.
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    Gil - Outstanding work on your Fury. The natural metal finish is superb. To me, the best feature is the folding wings; I'm so used to looking at USAF Sabre airframes, that the folding wings offer a unique look. The other thing I noticed is that the Fury's wings seem wider chord-wise than the Air Force version. You had some panels under the fuselage, aft of the airbrakes; assume that is where the arrestor hook was stored? My high school physics teacher, Col Jeff DeBlanc was a Marine aviator, and he flew one of these jets. During World War II, he flew Wildcats as part of the Cactus Air Force and received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Guadalcanal campaign. If you have access to the History Channel's "Dogfight" series, his story is in it--highly recommended!
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    Gil - Thank you for your thoughts on my model. What's amazing to me is that despite the fact I have very little patience with things like computers at work, I had a lot of patience with this kit, despite all the setbacks. I learned a lot, which I think helps me to be a better modeler. I came to one realization though--the hard truth is that at this rate, the stash will not be done....take care and see you at a Nationals!
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    The X-47B is now finished! First I need to bring up another issue. As I was applying decals a fellow modeler commented on one of the Facebook groups that the “Beware of Blast” decals were misspelled. I had already put the decals on the aircraft. So I looked at them and they say “Be Were of Blast”. They were carefully removed and I made my own with the correct spelling. Lastly I used some clear sprue trees and made the wingtip lights. These were shaped, sanded and polished. I trimmed the molded in one and put the clear ones on and painted them with Tamiya clear red and clear green paints. The overall kit was very good. It would be better but the decals being off register and the misspelling. For fit it was very good and the instructions were well thought out. The decals actually applied well. They do give you options for different schemes, however they only give you instructions for two schemes so you are left with a few decals with no reference to designate where they go. One final note, when I was reviewing the photos I took I kept thinking that the front on shots remind me of the alien fighters in the movie “Independence Day” with the intake looking like the front windscreen. Thank you for following along with the build of this unusual aircraft. You can see all the photos and details in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-x-47b-ucas/
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    Nice stuff. Next year in Vegas Dave
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    The 1/35th AFVCLUB Centurion Mk 3 in in the winter of 1950 Figures are from Miniart. Stowage is Squadron, cooking gear Miniart. Fire pit scratch work. Snow is spackling powder. Dak
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    Thanks Gil! You should see the monster they are going on! Man, I can't wait to get them painted and on the fuselage. Stay tuned, more to come.
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    Hi friends, Here is my fun little Willys Jeep. Always wanted to build this little Tamiya kit. Kit is pretty much straight from the box except for the engine wiring. This kit took me 3 days to build and weather. Hope you enjoy! Rick
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    Greetings thanks for all the comments. Gil This is the 1/72nd Scale Armakit. It was a fantastic kit across the board. The elevators were separate. Thanks for Looking Regards Bill
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    This week’s update on the X-47B UCAS covers the detailing of the bays. After I use wire for the cables and hydraulic lines I used some styrene rods for the large hoses. For the orange hose I used foil tape for the clamps. I used some black vinyl tape and foil tape to make the hose connector on each one. Towards the aft I sleeved the shaped styrene rod with a braided sleeve and foil tape for the connectors. I assembled, painted and applied decals to the JDAM bombs. The decals that come with the kit had the white base slightly off register from the colors. The decals are also a little on the thicker side so they required a little more solvent to conform and lay down. This kit does not come with any clear parts. I trimmed off the upper and lower wing tip lights so I can make my own lenses. The base coat of painting was done and all the gear and bomb bay doors were painted. The instructions call out to use gunship gray but all the reference photos show the aircraft was painted dark ghost gray. The tail hook was painted and installed and the JDAM’s were put in the bays. I am working on the numerous decals then onto the final assembly and details. You can see all the photos and details in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-x-47b-ucas/
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    Hey Gil, these are 1/32 scale Itialeri kits. They are ok, they lack detail so be prepared to do some scratch building. thanks Gil!!
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    Completed for the Britmodeller 80th Annie. Group Build The Arma kit was fantastic. Such a well engineered model. Complete out of Box with Uschi antenna only add on Painted with Vallejo Air and over coated with Future and My Hobby GX 113 Flat Thanks for Looking Comments welcome Cheers Bill
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    This is from the old Airfix Refueling set. Between this model, with has the twin axel in the rear and the earlier Airfix Matador with the 5.5" gun, which has a single axel, you have all sorts of possibilities for conversions. This one, however, is pretty much OOTB. I did replace the rear doors out of sheet plastic as the kit ones would have looked out of armor plate. I also "busied up" the pumping equipment as that supplied with the kit is a little sparse. Only other additions are headlights, which the kit omits, and glazing for the windows.
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    Hello, Here is a commission build for Jay Ward the head of Pixar animation. This is my interpretation of what the real Doc Hudson car would have looked like. This model has real metal trim and bumpers. I also created custom decals for this build. Rick
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    Here is my 1/48 Scale CH-46E "Lady Ace" another commission build for my friend that flew her in Afghanistan. Scratch built seats and wiring. Custom designed decals to match his exact copter.
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    Hi All, Here is another recent build. The old faithful P-51D! This build is done in real aluminum skin. Took about 200 hours due to the real metal, that always adds about 100 hours onto the build time lol! Hope you like her. Rick
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    Thanks Gil...hahaha I guess I need to add that in lol, I use a spray on adhesive and some other tricks. I hate bare metal foil so I have come up with my own process.
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    Dave, A great job, on a very rough kit. You hit this one out of the park. I built this one a few years ago. Very disappointed with the quality of the kit. I’ll probably never build another Roden again. Congrats Chris
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    You will not believe how my luck has held out on this project! I posted earlier today that my final quest was for a folding tail and folding main rotor blades for the SH-60B. Tonight I was searching on Bing for images of the SH-60B and any detailing kits. I happened upon an image of the Sea King SH-3 #66 that extracted the capsule on Apollo 13. Clicking on that, I found an article from 2016 by Tommy Thomason (Brit, I think) about converting this model to a US Sea King. The model comes with both folding tail and folding main rotor blades. He added some tips on making this more accurate. I found the model on e-bay and bought it. It will provide the same appearance that I had planned for the SH-60B. I now have my complete collection of US military helicopters in hand or on order! I now need to proceed at full speed to build all these models. Thanks for all your help, and I hope my experience may help some of you doing similar models.
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    Just goes to show; you don't always have to have tanks and Germans to make it interesting, great work!
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    That was a great show, and a great time. Man, I miss all you goofy SOBs... 😕 Allowing myself to be selfish here...the only pics I have from 2019 are my own entries that I pulled off of various sites or forums...I never find time for photos, and one of our club members (Southern Maryland Scale Modelers) in front of our club entry (NASPLANE).
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    And here's how it looks when done.....seems the site is limiting how many I can post now... This model represents an A-18 Shrike II of the 13th Attack Squadron @1937.... Question, comments, and critiques welcome! Gil
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    Simply look on ebay.... https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR2.TRC1.A0.H0.X1%2F35+kitchen.TRS0&_nkw=1%2F35+kitchen&_sacat=0
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    Hello, I won't repeat it all here, but here's a link Casting Canopies that I experimented with, a few months ago, which may be of interest to some. I'll reply to any questions here, however. Top are the original parts, bottom row are the resin copies. If you check it out, be sure to read all the way to the bottom, as the first product attempt was not successful! Ed
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    I think what we have here is a "failure to communicate". This could have been a more positive experience for all concerned and with a more positive outcome than I believe will be derived from any continued commenting on this thread. Tom's appearance on the forum after a self-described average of two visits per 365 days with a question indicates that he has an apparent lack of interest in this forum, matched by a documented lack of participation on this forum. Clearly, those two characteristics (lack of interest, lack of participation) will will bring about the change that Tom seeks. Lesson # 1: Invest time, treasure, and talent in the change you seek. Tom's post was characterized as a "scold" by one reader, and with a "I agree with your comment" by another member. Both Gil and Nick routinely post on the forum so they have made that investment of time and talent in the forum as a communication device. (Please note that it is not significant if you agree or disagree with their message, the point is that they spend time and talent by posting in the forum, something which Tom does not currently do.) Clearly, as evidenced by the opposite reactions manifested by Gil and Nick, the original point Tom was trying to make (an assumption on my part that his goal was to get a link to the Forum relocated in a more visible location on the IPMS home page, and to encourage the launch of some form of group build) was re-directed by Nick's post which challenged the language of the post rather than the goal. Lesson # 2: Stay on topic and don't make the assumption that a person is a forum-terrorist until they prove it. Lesson # 3: The person making the original post has a small window of opportunity to respond positively, and to redirect the thread back to the original intent. Doing so indicates that they are, indeed more interested in their stated goal and are not about to pull the pin on a forum grenade. Failing to do so will result in a continuation of a tedious, pointless, and mundane argument. Lastly, and most importantly, all current participants and any future participants in this thread can quite simply think be they type, making sure that they focus on Lessons 1 and 2. And now we will see who starts talking about Group Builds and Forum links, and who continues to pointlessly focus on negativity. I'll add to the conversation by stating that: Regarding the forum link, p erhaps adding a link to the forum in a more conspicuous location on the Home Page will increase traffic flow on the forum. Perhaps it won't. If it is technologically feasible then what's the harm in experimenting? It will be several months before the numbers indicate any change in forum participation, but change takes time. Regarding a group build............Tom, what do you have in mind as a subject?
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    The category is there, if and when members choose to make use of it. It is very democratic. I do not believe it is appropriate to scold the Society for not doing more of what one lone person personally thinks is somehow important! Nick Filippone
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    Review Author: Jim Pearsall Helion & Company THE BOOK Inside the front cover is a listing of other titles in Helion & Company's "Paper Soldiers" series. Interested in the Civil War? Which one, American or English Civil War? They have games for both. Roman legions? American Revolution? Trafalgar? The Spanish Armada? It's all in there. This book is based on H. G. Wells' 1913 book which gives rules for movement and battle with miniature armies. The book is subtitled "A Game for Boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books. " CONTENTS I. ON THE LEGENDARY PAST II. THE BEGINNINGS OF MODERN LITTLE WARFARE III THE RULES The Country The Move Mobility of the Various Arms Hand-to-Hand Fighting and Capturing Varieties of the Battle Game Composition of Forces Size of the Soldiers IV ENDING WITH A SORT OF CHALLENGE APPENDIX: LITTLE WARS AND KRIEGSPIELS Andy Callan's introduction gives a well described summary of what the original Wells book covered and how the Little Wars changed over the years. The little wars started out using a cannon to shoot opposing forces. But the manufacturer changed the design in a cost cutting move, and the cannon became inaccurate. So the rules changed. And changed again as other ideas came in. The rules in the book call for measured movement on the floor, timed moves, and casualties determined by unit type and position, with no chance elements. It's all strategy and tactics, not luck. MY WARGAMING HISTORY I had a bunch of toy soldiers when I was a kid. And at one point I got a toy 105mm howitzer which would fire small wooden bullets. So I set up two sides and shot them with the 105. I didn't like the fact that the small wooden shell would bounce off some soldiers without knocking them over. I graduated up to using those pencils you get at the golf course for score keeping. They worked. Later, I played Avalon Hill board games, particularly Gettysburg. Also, Risk was a favorite. When my friend and opponent (He beat me SO often) Bill Tometich told me that there was a magazine with a game in every issue, I subscribed to Strategy and Tactics Magazine through the 80's. So here we are back at the idea of shooting a cannon at the enemy soldiers on the floor. WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK SPECIAL Peter Dennis does the artwork for this series of books. You get multiple pages of paper figures to use in the games. The idea is to scan and print color copies of the pages onto heavy paper, then cut the figure out and fold it, so the front and back align. I show several pages of figures, infantry and cavalry, plus a Zouave I printed, folded, cut out, and assembled. But wait, there's more! Also included in the pages are a cannon which can be printed, cut out, and assembled. With a rubber band moving the breech, the cannon can fire paper balls at the enemy. So we can go back to the original Wells concept of war gaming. And even more! In addition to the soldiers, cavalry and civilian figures in the book, there is a Martian Tripod, in case you decide to do a "War of the Worlds" scenario. EVALUATION: Recommended to anyone who's interested in miniature war games. This book is a really neat trip back in time for me. The idea of shooting at soldier figures goes back over 60 years in my life. The figures are really well done. I had minimal trouble with the figure I glued and cut out. If I do another, it'll be even less trouble. Also, the introduction by Andy Callan is really nicely done, well written and insightful. Thanks to Casemate for providing the review sample to IPMS. Ed. Note - Unfortunately, shortly after writing this review Jim Pearsall passed away. A long time member and historian of IPMS, a dedicated member of the Review Corps, and friend to us all, Jim will be missed. View the full article
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