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  1. Just make sure you have some debonder handy. 😁
    5 points
  2. Here's everything y'all need to know pertaining to Madison's 2024 Nats at this point. We are still a long way off, although there's much work to be done between now and then. This is, of course, Mad City's first National Convention. The clubs in the region are excited, and the team is enthusiastic and full of great ideas to make the attendee experience memorable and enjoyable. We'll do our utmost to implement whatever additional amenities we can without losing our mission focus of accomplishing all of the boiler-plated tasks required of every national convention. That being said, we're already getting negative feedback from people..."It's too far", "I hate the Wisconsin Badgers", "I got a DWI up there in 1987, so I'm never going back to Wisconsin", (yes, these are real) etc... Please keep in mind, we have a job to do, and its not an easy one. If you choose not to attend because you hate the Wisconsin Badgers (and I'm a NY transplant, so enough of that) or it's too far for you to travel, that's on YOU, not on US. We're sorry that we're way up here in the frozen tundra of the Midwest. Regardless, no matter where the National Convention happens, it inevitably becomes a very long drive for someone. If you choose to make that LONG journey from where ever you are, we will do our best to make it a wonderful experience for you and your families. Now...back to work... Jeff Herne 2024 IPMS National Convention Chairman Region 5 Coordinator IPMS 2024 Madison_Final_Ver.pptx
    4 points
  3. I attended and judged in Omaha (but not any of the BKB cats). My observation was that the a/c BKB cats were populated about the same as the old OOTB cats were, though it did seem to me that they seemed to be broken out a bit more, making for more BKB cats than OOTB cats. Personally, I like the idea of limiting what kits can be used and making the rules for building "stricter". I've watched the chief judges cave and allow more and more "exceptions" in the old OOTB categories for decades, not to mention the growth of the gray areas with the addition of the multi-media kits that muddied up the original idea of separating those who do NOT want to add buku details from those who do. The new BKB cats eliminate all of those problems. If the kit qualifies as a "basic" kit, you build what's in the box, NO exceptions. If you don't like to build that way, then build anything and compete in the general cats. It' was also kind of cool (imo) to see some older Hawk and Monogram kits battling it out among themselves on a very level playing field, without Eduard or Special Hobby kits with resin and pe getting in the way. Gil
    4 points
  4. To Scott & Nancy Hackney and the team at Ft. Crook, bravo on the excellent nationals this year in Omaha. Your team should be very proud. Thanks to all the vendors, seminar presenters, podcasters and IPMS/USA members who attended. Your support is greatly appreciated. I look forward to next year in San Marcos. Have a great week. Happy modeling Dave Lockhart IPMS/USA President (678) 620-8417 ipmspresident@ipmausa.org
    4 points
  5. I’ve built a couple of these in the past. They are relatively cheap, and easy to build. You can buy most of the material from any home improvement store. I use Lowe’s (they offer a military discount with an I.D.). The scene that my diorama depicts is a fully armed F-18 taxing towards a catapult for launch, with the aid of a plane director. Aircraft routinely taxi over the arrestor cables to get to the catapults. SUPPLIES: These are the following item that you need. 1. 2’x4’ 3/4” CDX plywood. The going price for a 2’ x 4’ sheet right now is around $34 dollars. . I build large bases. I can usually cut two bases out of one piece . You can build several small diorama bases out of a 2‘ x 4‘ sheet. 2. 3M 100 grit sandpaper pack. (Paint section)This is the easiest way to simulate the nonskid surface. (Ground based runways, Taxiways as well)3. Loctite contact adhesive. (Paint section) (To glue the sand paper to the plywood. 4. 3/4” high oak trim. (For a finished edge on the plywood) 5. Wood stain for the oak trim. ( paint section). They sell very small cans. Polyurethane clear coat (optional) 6. Miter box and miter saw. To cut the oak trim. (Tool world section). 7. Trim nails to attach the oak trim to the edge. (Hardware section). 8. Wood glue. (To spread on the edge of the plywood before you nail the oak trim to it, paint section) 9. Nail set. To counter sink the trim nail heads just below the surface. (Tool World section). 10 Felt pads. Put these on the bottom of the plywood so that it can be easily slid, or picked up.(Hardware section) These are the following model supplies that you will need; 1. Tom’s Model Works aircraft tie downs. They come in different scales. 2. Paint to airbrush the lines on. Either enamels, or acrylics. 3. Tape to paint the lines. 4. Some type of string to simulate the cable. I used Model Shipways. 5. Scrap photo etch. (To simulate the leaf springs that keep the wire suspended above the deck). CONSTRUCTION: 1. Choose the size of your base, cut to size. A good manual hand saw can be used, with good results. Make sure to draw the outline of the base on the plywood using a pencil and ruler. Make sure everything is square. 2. Prep the sandpaper to glue on to the plywood. Take a piece of sandpaper, and turn it, print side up. Take a ruler and draw intersecting lines. Where the lines intersect, is where you will punch a hole in the sandpaper so that you can glue the tie down in the center of the hole. 3. Glue the sandpaper to the plywood once all of the holes have been punched. It’s a good idea to take a ruler and draw a starting line on the plywood to line each piece of sandpaper up. Take painters tape and mask off the surrounding area of the plywood that you do not want to get contact adhesive on. Spray both the plywood and sandpaper with adhesive and wait 3-5 minutes. Line up the edge of the sandpaper on the line that you’ve drawn on the plywood. Press the sandpaper firmly down on the plywood. When all of the sandpaper has been attached, take superglue and glue each tie down in the center of each punched hole. 4. Airbrush various shades of gray to get the desired base color. 5. Once dry, measure and tape off the lines you wish to put on. 6. Add oil and grease stains once everything is painted and dry. 7. Stain and attach oak trim to the edge of the plywood. If anyone is interested in building one of these, and you have questions, feel free to message me. I’d be glad to help.
    4 points
  6. And they might just be shocked at how well they do there. Wouldn't that be interesting?
    4 points
  7. ...will go live and open for reservations on SATURDAY, September 3rd at MIDNIGHT, central time. I will link the reservations web page Embassy Suites has created for us to our web site - www.nats2023.com - that morning before the rooms go "live". Any updates or changes that I learn of I will post here as soon as I am aware of them. -Len Pilhofer
    3 points
  8. Here you go >> https://news.ipmsusa3.org/news/2022-national-contest-preliminary-list-winners
    3 points
  9. Well it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go cat go! I’m calling this beast finished. Dragon’s 1/35 M48A1, (Magach boxing) done up as Elvis’s ride in “GI Blues”. Markings are cobbled together from what I have in my decal bin. The TC figure was originally from the Academy KIFV, modified slightly. And I made up a simple base for it as well… Thanks for looking, comments and critiques welcome… Thank you very much… 😉
    3 points
  10. We are locked in for 2-5 August of next year (2023) in San Marcos, Texas. -Len
    3 points
  11. The FB discussion turned into a rant session with too many people complaining about BKB with a follow up statement saying they don't enter that category anyway.
    2 points
  12. This is the 1/35th Nuts Planet Heavy Gunner (@$18.00). Since there is no back story or information in the kit, I felt I was free to develop the figure in my own way. The logo came from a set by Matho Models as are the sign and caution tape. The 12.7mm machine gun is quite nicely done and the perfect tool for combating NYC rats, don't you think? The small green blocks are Claymore mines for fending off large groups and possibly the cockroaches. Dak
    2 points
  13. After getting some other projects out of the way, I decided to finally tackle this one. The kit itself went together very well without any issues. I was pleasantly surprised to see how detailed the gear bays were. I added Aires cockpit ,Reskit wheels, PJ Productions resin pilot, and SAC metal landing gear. Everything was pre/post shaded using Tamiya Acrylics. I took a different approach to the base. I normally use sandpaper to simulate the surface. Because the original decking was constructed of planks, and later covered with a non slip surface, I used plastic sheet with strips cut into it so that you could see the planks through the new surface. Any feedback is much appreciated. Cheers Chris
    2 points
  14. This is the Glencoe re-release of the Adams kit. Fit was actually pretty good, although the launch pad posed a few problems here and there and the railings are pretty thick. You get two sets of markings. One for a USAF experimental bird with a pitot at the top and some to show the missile in UK service. I modified the nose cone into what was known as a "non-ablative re-entry" type, whatever that means and if I even have that term correct. Suffice to say its flatter with a more pointed top. The launch base is actually incorrect for the British missiles, but it suited Adam's purposes as it was also used in their Vanguard missile kit. It was a fun build and looks pretty good when completed. I made the concrete pad out of a piece of sheet plastic.
    2 points
  15. I know it's August, but I did complete these two on July 31st. These are my latest helicopters: AH-1G Early model by Special Hobby: AH-1G Late by AZ Models: I don't know how accurate these are but I did my best to at least utilize the early parts on the early version and the late parts on the late version. Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.
    2 points
  16. I guess I'll post up the first topic for this 2022 nats thread lol... I just want to give kudos the the Omaha guys for a great convention! I had a blast and loved the area and the accommodations as well. Easy to get around and a nice venue. I originally wasn't able to attend this year but due to a series of unusual good fortune it allowed me to attend at almost literally the last minute. I'm glad I did. If (when?) you guys hold it again at the same venue, I WILL be there. Again great job guys. Two thumbs up. That sometimes fickle dude, Brian
    2 points
  17. Finished the 1/48 Tamiya F-4B Phantom tonight. I added the Eduard “Space” 3D printed colored resin cockpit placards to the interior. It also has pe for the kit seats, but I used a couple of spare resin seats instead. Otherwise, this was an OOTB build. This is a very good kit, though I question the method Tamiya chose for adding the outer wing panels and the way they designed the tail planes to be added to the rear of the model. It all “works” ok, but just seems overly complicated. The canopies include interior side rail and bulkhead details, and are engineered to fit firmly at the correct open angle (the kit has a complete closed canopy too). The gear doors and landing gear are all very well engineered with positive, firm attachment points. I used Furball markings for VMFA-122 so I could finally have a Marine F-4 on my shelf once more, and also so I could hang a gun pod from the spares box underneath! The wing tanks and Sidewinders are from the kit, but the TERs and bombs are from a Hasagawa weapons set. All in all, this was a good experience, though I’d rate their F-14 kit as slightly better from an engineering standpoint. Now to pick up that new P-38J and see how IT stacks up! Gil
    2 points
  18. I think it's done now. Well, not really as I have forgotten the pitot tube. I guess it had an early air data computer. I painted the stainless areas around the cowl flap gills and installed some brass rod for the guns. The XP-72 was going to have only six 50's instead of the usual 8 and the inner one was located further back in the wing. Also, if it had gone into production it would probably had the same wing as the P-47N. The last photo shows it with the ProModeler P-47N. What a couple of brutes!
    2 points
  19. Having been at the 2007 Anaheim Nationals and worked it, the issue with the computers was simply that the hotel hosting would not allow us to use our registration program on their computers. Otherwise it was going to be an additional $1800.00 charge. We found out too late that we couldn't bring in our own computers that had all the registration information, or again: an additional charge. Therefore we had to use their computers and hand enter everything since they would not allow our software on their computers. There were other issues but I'm still trying to recover from Covid and don't have the energy to go over them now.
    2 points
  20. Go back to when you were a kid and modeling was really fun. The airplanes/ships/cars on your shelf gave you hours of imaginative fun as you pictured yourself in the cockpit or on the deck or behind the wheel. Here's one built like that, complete with swivel stand, courtesy of Atlantis models. The spinning prop is an addition, but that just seemed appropriate to a 'flying' airplane. It was a fun build.
    2 points
  21. Installed Undercarriage (blue paint was just holding the fuselage together while a set the gear)
    2 points
  22. Finished my new display case! It took 10yrs to fill the last case of this size with 112 models. I will feel very blessed if the Lord grants me another 10yrs to fill this one! The only thing left is to buy and install the glass shelves...but that will be done as needed after the bottom of the case is filled up. I think I'll christen the case by building a 1/48 Monogram B-29! GIL
    1 point
  23. If you are planning on driving to next year’s convention in San Marcos, TX, plan ahead and add a couple of days to your itinerary. About 2 hours west of San Marcos is Fredericksburg. It is the site of the childhood home of Admiral Chester Nimitz and is the home of the National Museum of the Pacific War. It is a wonderful museum with a good collection of hardware. IMO, the description of the roots of the war – the conflicts between Japan and China -- are better explained than at other museums such as the WWII Museum in New Orleans. There are also good food and drinks in the area. Fredericksburg is the capital of the Texas Wine Trail. There are numerous wineries, breweries, and distilleries in town and along highway 290 toward Johnson City. While the San Marcos convention will be offering a Fredericksburg tour, it really takes several days to do the area well. Perhaps that is why the museum’s entry is a two-day ticket. There are a number of hotels and B&Bs in the area. Speaking of Johnson City, it is the site of LBJ’s Texas White House. The last time we were there, the buildings were closed and undergoing conservation but driving tours and access to the grounds are available. Out back of the home is the Boeing Jetstar, Air Force One-half, that was used to fly into the ranch. If your significant other is a fan of Chip & Joanne, and all things Magnolia, Waco is about two hours north on I35. Plan ahead to keep SWMBO happy and allow you free rein in the vendor room at the convention. In addition to their Silos, Waco is also the location of the Texas Ranger and Dr Pepper museums and Baylor University. There is construction on the Interstate in Waco which the State says will be finished ‘soon’. (We’ve been waiting for 27 years for ‘soon’ to come.) About an hour east of San Marcos on I10 in Schulenberg is the Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum. Stanzel was one of the major manufacturers of wood and tissue flying aircraft models in the first half of the 20th century. The museum is at their former plant. The museum is only open M/W/F and Saturday so plan your trip accordingly. If you are entering Texas from the northwest at Amarillo, divert a bit south to the Palo Duro Canyon. It is located, appropriately, in the city of Canyon. Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the US (see, everything in Texas isn’t the largest!) The eroded cliff formations called “Mexican Dresses” are spectacular. While in Canyon, check the Panhandle-Plains Museum on the campus of West Texas A&M University. It covers dinosaurs to pioneers, oil to wind energy, Route 66, and the High Plains. My wife and I found it very interesting and were there until they ran us out.
    1 point
  24. Nice work, Ron! According to Scalemates, this is a re-release of the 1977 Monogram 1/618 scale kit.
    1 point
  25. Ed, I know it's an airplane so you're forgiven. It's a Lockheed Jetstar VC-140B ... but that wouldn't stop Boeing from trying to collect trademark fees!! And don't forget about stuff in Houston: JSC & the USS Texas (refit might be finished by next summer) but it'd be neat to see her out of the water, too.
    1 point
  26. Yeah, a head judge doesn't need to be driving after all those post judging beers! LOL!!!
    1 point
  27. I've been working on this one for a week or two, letting an Airfix Victor K.2 rest a bit before I start painting the camouflage. It has a few indefinite fits, especially if you build the long nose version, but everything does finally fit without much seam work so long as you don't hurry. The F8F in the second image is a Hawk kit I built in 1967 and has lasted all these years just as it was built. I used Tamiya AS-12 Silver decanted and Hataka Yellow Orange C006.
    1 point
  28. Thanks, Gil. I'd rather fly well maintained airplanes than tired ones, probably why I have to force myself to weather and stain a lot!
    1 point
  29. “You tell ‘em I’m comin, and I’m bringing Hell with me”. Awesome figure. The eyes are extremely convincing😳. Chris
    1 point
  30. Getting closer. If I was a real modeler I would spend a few more hours on the propellers. The resin parts were pretty rough, by modern standards.
    1 point
  31. Thank you Jim. The issue stemmed from when we first got the contract with them for a Nationals, but it was given to someone else. A few years later, we got it and the hotel was compelled to honor the quote, even though it was far lower than they would have given us. Therefore, in an attempt to recoup some costs; they were putting a charge on anything and everything that they could. Thus the fiasco with the computers.
    1 point
  32. Nice Idea! Reminds me of the scratch built models that appeared after the debut of Star Wars............... Squadron Shop in Elmhurst. Illinois had a 2 foot long model inspired by the blockade runner while another Chicago hobby shop one block south of Belmont- on Cicero avenue - had a Revell X3 modified into a craft similar to the X wing. Looking forward to seeing your completed model.
    1 point
  33. Chris, Before judging I heard you talking to another modeler about how you made the Enterprise the way you did so you can take it around to schools and open it up to show them the insides. You mentioned that you knew it would not win many awards due to the massive seams in the deck for opening the ship. Other than the seams, I think your ship looks really nice. I didn't actually judge it as I judged two other categories so I'm not totally sure. If you are interested in the ship doing better at contests you may want to try what some armor modelers do and find a way to attractively open up the deck pieces to display the hangar deck at contests. From what I could see the hangar deck looks clean and detailed. I can't take credit for having this idea as another judge I was talking to about your ship came up with it. Whatever, more awards or just a unique way to display a carrier, it might be something to think about. Steve (also used to have the nickname "Mongoose")
    1 point
  34. That rope looks just like steel cable!
    1 point
  35. Looks great to me, a lot of nice work here. I like the carrier deck!
    1 point
  36. Here's the current progress, lots of time fixing seams, rescribing and fixing goofs on scribing, and other various don't want them theres:
    1 point
  37. So, there I was, TINS, talking to Lockhart at the Eduard booth around 1330 yesterday, about the big secret regarding the bid when the guy behind him says "My club in [censored] is bidding for 2024" Dave just shakes his head andsays "well, you didnt hear it from me" So much for the big secret. It lasted all of about half an hour after the show opened!!
    1 point
  38. I don’t know if Seattle or Portland would be good choices due to current situations in either city. But perhaps some other Pacific Northwest locales that are more stable would be good.
    1 point
  39. Highlander, I believe all the numbers you are asking for are available from the 2nd VP in a chart that he keeps. The only one he might not have is the number of times the room block number needed to be bumped. I'd also comment on your first question with the reply any good lawyer would give, "It depends". If the venue is in a separate convention center, it might be one number or maybe might not apply at all. If it's the hotel's venue, it depends on what the cost of that venue is and how much the hotel is willing to subsidize your event. It's hard to get a real "average" as in many cases it's like comparing apples and oranges. In any case, contact the Second VP, John Bonnani, here ipmsusa2ndvp@ipmsusa.org for a copy of the chart I mentioned. If it has been kept up to date, there's a LOT of info there.
    1 point
  40. Started on some external piping / greebles. Trying to use the existing lumps and bumps on the F-111 to attach them too or run them from/to.
    1 point
  41. I've attached the Laser Cannons to the Pylons for stations 3, 4, 5, & 6 (the pivot pylons) Not sure if the cannons will need to be shortened to make them look more believable, I just wonder that as they are not rear mounted wings like the X-Wing that the Cannons may appear a little out of proportion, I guess we'll see when complete. Also started the cockpit build.
    1 point
  42. And so, it begins. The first incision has been made into the upper backbone of the F-111 to install the Astromech socket. Making final adjustments for the height of the droid using spare parts inside the F-111 Fuselage just forward of the Wing Pivot mechanism.
    1 point
  43. Wow, sensational! Thank you for the step-by-step as well. Way to go!
    1 point
  44. Yes, I judge AND I contribute regularly to the Journal. I have also manned the morning after table and told everyone what they are doing wrong,wrong, wrong. 😉 Still, I saw something last year that made me wonder what some of the judges were thinking. I’m not as interested in why I didn’t win—-I am more than aware of my short comings—-but why some things did. Things I had looked at earlier and dismissed. But that’s the way it goes. Dak
    1 point
  45. This is the Citadel Models gas pioneer trooper with some Jon Smith rats. Dak
    1 point
  46. This month has been a month of completing a couple of shelf queens, with possibly more on the way. This has been under construction for more than five years. The Maddog Manufacturing Shipyards has launched this RAF Rescue Launch for shakedown cruise and delivery to my British Navy: That is the ancient Airfix original issue of that kit in 1/72 scale. It took some doing, and some parts are still missing but for a started kit that I got in our Distressed Kit Auction, it looks pretty good to me. Thanks for looking in.
    1 point
  47. I continued with my little project of working on these old artillery kits. This is the LifeLike release of the what they call a WW I 75 mm. It bears little resemblance to a French or post war US 75 and looks more like, but not exactly like, a German WW I 77mm. It has elements of all those guns. Given that, and the fact that the mold was a mess with almost as much flash and mold seams as parts, with careful assembly and an interesting paint scheme, it can build up into a nice desk model. In the photos, if the wheels look a bit out of whack, some of that is camera distortion, but they were out of alignment. A little 'gentle persuasion" and they are better now.
    1 point
  48. AFVCLUB kit with the Resicast Polsten 20mm added. Various figures. Yes, the civilians are being evacuating from an area flood when the dikes were bombed. Dak
    1 point
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