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    Just about a year ago we as a society gathered in Chattanooga TN. The world has turned upside down since then. With all the modeling shows being cancelled. I would like to suggest that we take a look back and share some stories and pictures. It would be a great feeling to remember the fun and models. Looking forward till we meet again. RONBO. Head Bottle Washer.
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    Wow, great pics, including a number of models I hadn't seen before! Gil, thanks for posting the pic of my collection. I've been looking but I don't see any pics I took of my own collection from there. Still, here are some of mine. A great collection of dinosaurs: Something I want to try with my P.1000 Ratte in 1/72 scale: Nice collection of rockets; I believe they are all in 1/144 scale: I believe this was a Miscellaneous Category winner: Not my Dora, but well done indeed. I commend this modeler for the fortitude in finishing this massive 1/72 scale model: 1/72 scale with a scratch-built turret from PVC pipe: A beautifully rendered 1/72 scale engine from the acommpanying pic: A great what-if battleship and escort: And of course, the theme of the whole show: More rockets, all in 1/144 scale. I'm trying to do a display like this in 1/72 scale: Two beautiful masted ships: Brilliant display of Egg Planes, Ships and Tanks: That's what I have for now. I got more to post later if anyone wants to see more.
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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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    I'll play... My models on display. The Hasegawa Beaufighter illustrates part of my "Model Building 101" seminar, as does the Revell Voodoo. The other two were long-term projects that finally got off the bench and on to display bases--the Hasegawa F-111F was built as "KARMA-52", the aircraft lost during Operation EL DORADO CANYON, and the ER-2 is Special Hobby's kit. They're all in 1/72 scale: The helicopters--four Hasegawa UH-1H Iriquois, and an Italeri OH-6A Cayuse and CH-47 Chinook (backdated from CH-47D to a CH-47C "Super C") for the Fire Support Base RIPCORD project, then still in progress. If you want to see the completed project, we have a Facebook page dedicated to the project, and it is also going to be the centerpiece for the Vietnam display at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum in Columbia, SC. The helicopters are a tiny part of the 1/72 scale diorama, and were built by various members of the clubs involved. I built one Huey and the 'Hook, and painted all of them. Decals, like most everything else on the project, were bespoke--Jodie Peeler did the artwork, and Michael Portaro of IndyCals printed them. (You IPMS/AMPS dual citizens are reading about it in the latest issues of the Boresight.) I can't knock anybody who puts together a display featuring the High Hatters. Insanity in brass.
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    I pulled this one out of the stash as it looked like a quick build. Yikes was I wrong. Tho the kit looked good while on the sprue - no flash, delicate panel lines etc... It had one big flaw. Being a jet you see a rounded intake and exhaust. But the top of the plane is nearly flat. So all the rounded supports on top need to be cut away. I didn't want to just cut it all away, so it became cut a bit, try a fit, cut some more, try a fit... Ugh. I got the front and rear all set but it still wouldn't close up. Then I discovered that with the engine running straight thru the plane and the cockpit off set, the kit puts the cockpit and wheel well one over the other. This means I need to break out the dremel again and carve down both components. Tho it didn't need it, I added some of those Liquid Gravity beads. Finally it was time to combine halves and get some paint on. Since no prototype existed, they offered two variations of '46 German colors, a US capture scheme as well as a soviet scheme. I chose one of the German ones. Adding a few other details, like the wheels, I was done. Thanks for looking.
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    I will limit my model photos and try to go with the Social aspect Pittsburgh Guys "SMOKIN" Great little Italian Restaurant a couple of blocks form convention. Canadians, Pittsburghers, Michigan guys..Fantastic time. One of my Favorite Characters Even the Theme had you smiling Love the creative nature of the modeling mind And the display of unbielievable Talents A bit of work is required,(Not like working in a coal mine work) And Just keep Smiling Cheers Bill D. Pittsburgh,PA
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    I'm sure that you've all heard the phrase "my eyes are bigger than my stomach"? Meaning don't bite off more than you can chew. I've always been intrigued by dioramas. The stories that they tell can be awesome. I've always felt that the best aspect of a good diorama is one that each new time that you look at it you find some new hidden detail that you missed the previous time. I finally decided, a few years back, that I was going to build my first diorama. Being a car guy it almost made sense that I would do a garage with vehicles, tools, supplies, etc. I also like nature so I wanted to incorporate some added outdoors scene as well. So, one thing led to another and the next thing you know my design is way out of control and taking up a tremendous amount of space. It was fun but finding somewhere to store it/display it when it was done was no easy task. I also only took this to one contest after it was done because of the size and weight. Here it is. I framed the garage completely out of wood. Removable roof, real shingles, opening garage door and as much detail as I could throw at it without it becoming too busy. It was great learning experience that mainly taught me that if I ever did any more dioramas, (which I have) to keep the size in check.
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    For my next build I will be building the Roden 1/48 OV-1C Mohawk. I will be detailing it with Eduard photo etch for the cockpit, exterior, and undercarriage as well as Quick Boost resin accessories like the exhaust, accurate propellers, and accurate scoops. This is one of the unique aircraft that you rarely see them built in scale models. Roden makes three versions in 1/48 the A, the C, and the D. I chose the C as it was the more widely used version during the Viet Nam war. The Mohawk's mission includes observation, artillery spotting, air control, emergency resupply, naval target spotting, liaison, and radiological monitoring. Built by Grumman in 1959, it was used for monitoring the DMZ in Korea then used during the Viet Nam war. It remained operational even during Desert Storm and until it was retired in 1996. Starting with the cockpit, I built up and detailed the seats with over 20 pieces of photo etch. The cockpit tub was then assembled and detailed and finally the instrument panel was detailed. The nose gear bay has photo etch details except where the wheel sits so I dug through my extra photo etch bin and located a panel that resembled the reference photo and installed it. I need to do a little more work on the nose gear and bay and look for areas to add some weight so it sits on the gear correctly once built. You can more photos and details in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-ov-1c-mohawk/
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    The build continues on the OV-1C Mohawk. The first thing I did was to detail the nose gear bay with more photo etch so I could install the cockpit/nose gear assembly into the fuselage. Once done, I was able to assemble the fuselage together. The instructions call out to add 19 grams of weight to the nose so the model will sit on the gear rather than its tail. I actually added about 22 grams. Only 15 grams fit in the nose so I added the rest on the sides of the nose gear bay between the bay and fuselage wall. I then began work on the wings. The first step was to cut out the entire main gear bays as these were completely replaced with photo etch parts. The bays were then primed with white primer. The main struts were then detailed with photo etch details. The engine exhaust area was detailed with photo etch and the kit exhaust was replaced with the upgraded resin version. The resin version is a seamless casting and shaped a little better than the kit version. The exhaust was painted then weathered with pastel chalk. The wing halves were then put together and finally the main gear was installed onto the wings. Next up is the tails and fuselage detailing. You can see all the photos and details from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-ov-1c-mohawk/
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    The new 1/72 Airfix Gladiator is a real sweetheart of a kit. No flash and any mold seams are slight and easily dealt with. Fit is as with all new Airfix kits, precise to the point that you need to be very careful during clean up not to remove too much anywhere before checking. I did mine OOTB with the exception of using the S.B.S. rigging wire set. (#72046). It gives you a complete set of rigging all pre-made to the correct lengths. You do, however, need to pre-drill holes to receive the wires, so advanced planning is necessary. As they are made in a silver metal, I painted mine a darker metallic color before cutting them from the fret. Almost all the wires fit spot on, but a few needed a slight bit of tweaking, probably due more to my assembly technique than any error on their part. The only thing missing is the antennae. It would have been nice to get that as well, but it's either easily made or can be omitted entirely from some versions on the a/c. I did mine in the camo of the Swedish volunteer unit that flew for the Finns during their war with Russia. (P.S. Notice how I forgot to remove one of the pieces of masking from the left rear of the canopy. What a twit. Problem has since been solved.)
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