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  1. 2 points
    This week’s update on the PZL-23B covers the fuselage and wing details. I assembled the wings and then added the photo etch details like the entry steps and hand holds, wing joint covers, and aiming scales to the nose. The engine was then mounted. I needed to paint the base coat on the fuselage prior to mounting the exhaust as it runs along the fuselage. The underside was painted using light blue and the top was painted olive drab. The two color reference photos depicted a panel pattern on the wings. I duplicated this by adding a little green drab to the paint and painted the alternating panels on the wing tops. The main landing gear shrouds house landing lights. The kit provided the clear covers for them but no details behind them. It was just an open hole. I used a clear sprue from my scrap bin that was fit into the hole. I trimmed it flush then drilled into it with a drill bit to make the reflector. Then a smaller drill bit to make the bulb area and finally a tiny one to simulate the filament of the bulb. Stay tuned as next week as I apply the decals and final paint to finish this unique Polish aircraft. You can see all the details and photos from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-pzl-23b-karas/
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    Finally the last of my Christmas presents came in. This is several sets of 1/72 scale resin tracks for a few different tanks. I got these to replace the tracks on several of my older models that lost them for whatever reason. I also got the AMX-30 tracks to replace the horrible ones on my French AMX-30 from Heller: That's it until my birthday....
  3. 2 points
    If we didn't try new things, judging would still be 6 AM Saturday morning with the venue closed all morning instead of someone saying "Hey why don't we judge Friday nights?". One of the best ideas ever. If you are not changing, you are dying a slow death. Sure, some things don't work but many do. Some great ideas. Dave
  4. 2 points
    I agree....nostalgia builds are fun, and you can even limit what you do to them to make them a bit more "authentic" to their past. Look at some of the builds Ron Bell has posted here for very good examples. Here's my rebuild of the old 1/48 Aurora Me-109....which I built a few years ago to commemorate (and duplicate) my very first model build...minus the gluey fingerprints! GIL
  5. 2 points
    I agree. Back in 2003 when I chaired the Nats in OKC, everyone I talked to said a slide show at the awards ceremony just couldn't work with programs available at the time. Guess what. We figured it out and the slide show came off without a hitch, WITH the program everyone had failed with before OKC Metro. Never be afraid to try something new and different.
  6. 2 points
    I heard "if it ain't broke don't fix it" from my Dad starting about age 12. He was a mechanic and that was his frame of mind: cars either worked or were broke, and if they were broke you put them back the way the manufacturer built them. He sent me off to engineering school, where we learned that the people who designed things were constantly innovating and making tradeoffs trying to make things work better, because their competitors were doing the same thing. It's not obvious to me that everyone who didn't win would leave on Saturday morning. Many attendees would have already made travel plans, bought banquet tickets, raffle tickets, tour tickets, have non-refundable hotel reservations, be waiting for the vendor clearance-sale, or want to take one more circuit through the contest room. A modeler with vendor-money left in their wallet isn't about to leave. As long as there is stuff to do on Saturday afternoon there is no real reason to pack up early. There would be a tendency for non-winners to start packing up around 3-4:00 PM Saturday afternoon to beat the rush, but you could minimize that by having some "big event" about that time: a big name seminar or a pre-awards happy hour that was already included in the price of registration, so that people would want to stay for what they had already paid for. I'll be the first to admit trying this would be an experiment; we wouldn't know if it would work or not. That is the nature of innovation: you study it as well as you can and make contingency plans, but in the end you don't know if it works until you flip the switch and see what happens.
  7. 2 points
    Work continues on the PZL-23B. This week the cockpit and interior are together. The kit comes with a few resin parts like parachutes and radio equipment. Putting the walls and cockpit tub into the fuselage was a little tedious keeping the sections aligned but everything fit well. I added some 32 awg wire for cables and wires to the equipment. One thing to note is the rear gun. I had built up the rear gunner seat with the gun but once it was installed in the fuselage it was difficult working on the kit because of how delicate the assembly was. I would recommend leaving the actual gun off until near the end. With the interior completed I am now working on the lower gondola and the landing gear. You can see all the photos and details from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-pzl-23b-karas/
  8. 2 points
    Here's a trip down memory lane for you modelers "of a certain age". This kit was first released in 1958 and It was state of the art at the time. It has decent engraved panel lines, was light on the rivets (but I sanded them off anyway), and had the embossed decal locators, which had to be removed. I replaced the gear doors as the kit ones were just too thick and the decals are cobbled together from my spares as the ones in the kit were much too yellowed to use. The finish is Alclad over some panels primed in flat and the rest in gloss black. It I could have produced this model and taken it to a contest in 1959, I might have won something, but today, it's just a nostalgia piece, but it was fun to build.
  9. 2 points
    Here is another 2020 completed build. This build started life as a Jimmy Flintstone resin body and interior and morphed into what you see here by utilizing a lot of scratchbuilding and kitbashing. I used more different materials on this from brass, resin, styrene sheet, old necklaces for chain, Bic pens for exhaust stacks and a little bit of 3D printed parts.
  10. 2 points
    The Hasegawa 1/48 AH-64D Apache longbow is now complete! As typical with most Hasegawa kits this one went together very well. The kit decals that I used worked very well and the IPMS 2010 convention decals worked out perfectly. The detail of the kit is very good by itself. The photo etch set add the super detailing and the Master Model chain gun is great. If you are looking for a nice kit of the AH-64D, this is the kit I would recommend. Thanks for following along. See you next week for the next build. You can see the entire build from start to finish in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-apache-longbow/
  11. 2 points
    Another step on my journey down the road of the old Aurora WW I kits. This is their DH-4. It comes with the four bladed prop instead of two and with the dual rear Lewis guns. That gun mount was disliked by the gunners as being bulky, hard to bring to bear and used up a LOT of ammunition. I added my usual basic interior, but the rest is OOTB.
  12. 2 points
    Hard to believe how old this kit is, but you made it great. Your motto should be MAGA 'Make Aurora Great Again".
  13. 1 point
    Nick I disagree with your interpretation of the “GSB / 123 “ survey The survey was only a question regarding methodologies. There was nothing that implicated “drastic change”. The distribution of results was virtually 50/50. Apparently interest is equally strong on both sides of the issue. The number of survey responses (~500) was greater than the number of votes received by most officers in the last E-board election. ( * )Should we now interpret what that means regarding interests ? I will not pretend to be an interpreter of the ~4000 members of IPMS or their voting interests. I disagree adamantly that the results were “predictable”. I am hoping people were done kicking this on the forum where debate has been accomplished "ad infinitem". The last posts on these topics were back in October 2019. The subject in this posting is "Placing of notifications during the IPMS Nationals". Could we please stay on subject? Let’s move forward. Bill
  14. 1 point
    Since there's a new 1/48 B-17G being released, I decided I needed to build my old Monogram kit! Model was built OOTB. Decals are from PYN-UP. Kept the weathering on the lesser side since this was a low-time plane that flew only about 10 missions. This kit takes some elbow grease and planning, but still goes together well for its age. By the way, the wayward gun barrel on the top turret has been repaired! Didn't get every result I'd hoped for with this build, but I finally have this nose art I've wanted on the shelf! Comments, questions, and critiques welcome! Cheers! GIL
  15. 1 point
    Wow! Stunning work man, those landing lights are wicked cool!
  16. 1 point
    Hello It has been 14 days since I started and I Figured it was time for a few notes. Besides the decals are now drying on my F-15. Why did I start this conversation ? Three main Reasons I absolutely despise the need to run on Saturday evening after the awards to see the winning entries and congratulate those builders. I do not believe the 1-2 second photo and the Miniature Picture in the Journal is enough to take a good look at the Judged winners. After attending the Telford World Model Expo, I found the ability to see who and what was awarded was fantastic. Clubs needing to be "Guiana Pigs / Lab Rats" is not really a needed concept. There are three major shows that post their award winners before the end of show...Scale Model World (Telford), Eday(Czech Republic) and Scale Model Challenge (as mentioned by Mr Bonnani above). Attendees leaving early has been mentioned in posts above and as I stated in my opening post ,there are way to many reasons for my time spent at the convention, contest results are not one of them. As mentioned above, all the factors involved in attending a IPMS convention preclude departing early (Travel Plans,Vendors,Comraderie, ETC ETC). Couple of people have mentioned Surveys, but in the next breath note that they are mostly futile.(PS..Survey of Forum respondents is 2 against and 7 Interested) As a previous Product Manager , I suggest put the concept to a test and review the results. If Good- it remains, If bad- remove and continue. Again as mentioned above ,things have been tried, failed, modified and implemented, without the failure of the IPMS convention. I do not believe The IPMS Nations are "Not Broke" rather I would like see them as a "Work in Progress" and looking at the worldwide modeling community learning from each and continue to grow the US Nationals . As we would say at Product Management "sooner or later you have to shoot the engineers and build the product"...I would like to move this idea forward to IPMS Leadership. Any Ideas How ? Have enjoyed the conversation. Best Regards Bill
  17. 1 point
    Great discussion and I like the idea of placing "Award Winner" type business cards next to models that have placed. It doesn't explicitly state what they've won, but indicates to the general public this is an award winning model. Is this a new concept? No, Scale Model Challenge (Europe's premier show) puts out cards every year, example below. Guess what? Everyone still goes to the awards show regardless. The notion that everyone would leave the show early on Saturday is completely unfounded. Why would I leave the Nationals early? I've bought the banquet ticket when I pre/registered, booked a hotel room to check out Sunday, and have a travel arrangements for Sunday. Would I change my plans because I didn't win? Would other people adjust their schedule to leave Saturday by noon if they didn't win? I highly doubt that. As mentioned, it's the Nationals, it's a convention that's more than just a contest. Using a local show to state people would leave early is not a comparative example. It's not even apples to oranges but apples to chicken wings. Attendees at local shows are predominately local (within a few hours driving), the sooner the show is over the earlier they get home. The Nationals is a completely different scenario. The majority of attendees aren't local (my hypothesis based on attending the last 10). The thought of 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' is the worst way to view any business, event, or situation. It's been proven countless times that adage is the reason things die off. I don't think anyone is saying the system is broken, we're just saying there's room for potential improvement that benefits attendees. Like everything else in life, the show evolves. A small step was indicating the Best of's. This same discussion of 'it'll be the death of the show' was stated. Guess what? People love it. A simple suggestion by a long standing member of the society shouldn't be destroyed on arrival. Let's have an open ongoing discussion.
  18. 1 point
    Managed to find a rare CollectAire resin 1/48 FH-1 Phantom and built it. Typical of CA resin kits...plenty of fit problems and needing a LOT of gel superglue and epoxy putty to fill and smooth the wings (designed to be folded) and nose parts (designed to be open and show the guns). The real problem is that the kit decal sheet fractured on me. They were high quality InvisaClear decals that I've never had a problem with before. I was able to save a couple of small ones and replace (mostly) the rest from the spares box, but that really sucked my enthusiasm right out of the room. After that, I just finished it up, minus seat belts, antennas, and wing lights just to get it done and over with. The markings represent the Flying Leathernecks jet demo team. The good news is I have a rare addition to my 1/48 collection with the first Phantom...but it ain't going in any contests! Here's a few pics of the build and the finished model. Anyway...onward and upward! Comments, critiques, and questions welcome, as always! GIL
  19. 1 point
    Many years ago, prior to 1977, I got this 1/72 scale Monogram Tomcat F-14 kit as a birthday gift. I've stumbled across it once again and wonder if it's worth building or one of those old kits "not worth the glue or time"? https://www.scalemates.com/kits/monogram-5992-tomcat-f-14a--161285 As a kid, I don't recall much issue with it besides my using white gloss Testors paint from a small dime bottle and it looking like crap, but that was 40 years ago. It's not my normal modeling genre any longer, but the nostalgia sets in.
  20. 1 point
    I love the story that went with this; it really brought the model to life even more. You did a sensational job on that painting. I believe you captured the look of Crim's mount very well.
  21. 1 point
    Excellent read and a great looking model to boot! I think you may be a little too harsh on yourself as that NMF looks pretty good to me, especially since it's an Iwo bird exposed to some tough weather and coral runways. I really like the Alclad metallics, but you need to MIST them on and build the color up. It doesn't work as well if you apply them in a regular "wet" coat like most paints. You might also try the AK metallics....just as forgiving, can be taped over; but it doesn't need a primer under it and can be sprayed in a more normal manner with good results. I've found them to be a bit easier to use than Alclad, though both can give a really good NMF. Congrats on a super looking build and thanks for sharing! GIL
  22. 1 point
    No one asked us to try anything regarding the slide show in '03. Everything we did was of our own accord and we kept the 2nd VP informed. I agree that host chapters should not be "lab rats". We chose to be "lab rats", because we knew where the problems occurred previously. I was so concerned about the show failing that we held a Saturday 2000 slide (2000 slides) show at a local church using the exact set up we would be using at the Nats. It went flawlessly and we got to see some cool model slides.
  23. 1 point
    Okay, are you talking about the many small individual track links that make up one side of the tank track, you know, like gluing 100 of them together to form one side? Or are you talking about two long pieces of vinyl tracks which uses two per side for a total of 4 pieces of vinyl track? I'm not familiar with that particular kit. Many current kits include the tiny multiple pieces that form the track. Here is a link to an old track tutorial. https://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=1737 But there are several kits that use two long pieces of vinyl track to make up one side of the track. Italeri's Leopard 2 comes to mind.
  24. 1 point
    This is a 3D printed1/35th Cape Buffalo figure from Shapeways. I'd post bigger images , but the forums is only giving me .71MB to work with. The figure comes as one piece molded in white. The hunting rifle mon the ground is an old H&R white metal casting with a lead foil strap. The animals weigh in at about 2000lb and often kill more people than Lions or crocodiles. Dak
  25. 1 point
    Very cool. I too like seeing "not the same ole stuff..." Bravo!
  26. 1 point
    Happy New Year everyone! I posted already the completed Russian Glider in the Aircraft Forums already. Now here are the other models I finished, all vehicles and all Russian! To start, I finished two more Aerosans for the game I plan on doing. Here are the two 1/72 scale RS-8 GAZ 98K Aerosans by ACE: Moving on, I was able to get some armor done as well. This first armor one is the Modelcollect 1/72 scale Russian BMP-3 Early model APC: Next is another APC, this time the Zvezda 1/72 scale T-15 Armata APC: That APC was developed from the hull, suspension ans engine of the T-14 Armata main battle tank. Finally another Zvezda 1/72 scale kit of the BMPT Terminator AA and AT vehicle: Now I can move on to all seven of the big Russian eight wheeled trucks I've been doing. First is the most colorful one. This is the A&A Models Russian AA-60 Airfield Fire Truck and Rescue vehicle: Next up is Modelcollect's 1/72 scale Russian 9K728 Iskandar K cruise missile truck: Now Modelcollect's 1/72 scale KZKT 7930 Heavy Cargo Truck: Now the Modelcollect 1/72 scale MAZ 7411 Heavy Cargo Truck: Another MAZ truck; the Modelcollect 1/72 scale Russian 56K6E 'Baikal' Air Defense Command Post: A Third MAZ truck, the Modelcollect 1/72 scale Russian A-222 130mm Coastal Defense Gun 'Bereg': And the final MAZ truck is the Modelcollect 1/72 scale MAZ 7410 Tractor with the CHMZAP-9990 Trailer: And here it is with a load. It isn't the load that comes with the model; I still have to build that. It shouldn't be long, but at least this truck is done: And that completes my listing of the first models I completed for this new year. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.
  27. 1 point
    Another recently completed build. This is another scratchbuilt/kitbashed creation using a resin body that I created along with a 3d printed chassis and lots of scratchbuilt, resin cast and aftermarket components. The subject matter is a phantom designed race car using homemade printed graphics along with decals from numerous other decal sheets. This was my first attempt at building a full blown detailed pro mod with a turbo setup. Lots of learning as I went figuring out all of the plumbing and detailing nuances. At first glance it may appear to be rather busy in regards to the added details but as you look at it closer I feel that it represents the look pretty accurately. There is well over 1,000 individual pieces in this build with a build time of about six months.
  28. 1 point
    Happy New Year everyone. It is a good year for me so far. This is one of the 13 models that I finished yesterday. It is a 1/72 scale Russian Troop Carrying Glider from WWII. It is a short run kit from Eastern Europe and was a bit tough to get together and paint. This bird fought me all the way to the finish line: There it is, a model of something I never knew ever existed. I'll have to do more research on this to see how it was used. Meanwhile, enjoy! Afterward, feel free to check out my latest vehicles to see the rest of what I finished. Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.
  29. 1 point
    After standing in the lobby in Chattanooga for over an hour waiting for my chance to get the early white box release, I figured I better go ahead and build the dang thing! This was an OOTB build, except for adding some Eduard seat belts. The markings are all from the spares box, except for "Pudgy". I drew those letters on yellow decal sheet and then cut each out individually. Not perfect, but close enough for Gil World! The red and white markings were all painted. The markings are for McGuire's P-38F that's depicted on the cover of the "P-38 in Action" book. All in all this kit is da bomb! The main landing gear doors are engineered so that they simply slide into place, no glue needed! Same for the drop tanks when added to their pylons! If you want to build an early Lightning, I highly recommend you give this one a try! Questions, comments, and critiques welcome, as always! Gil
  30. 1 point
    Nicely done David.
  31. 1 point
    Looking forward to the show Gil.
  32. 1 point
    When you say "Category winners", I take it you actually mean GENRE winners, such as Best Aircraft, Best Armor, etc.....as a category winner is actually whoever gets a 1rst place, but that the judges put down a generic "nationals winner' card beside the 3 models that placed in each category so people can see what won, but not necessarily know their order of placement...right? Personally, I have no problems with your basic proposal....It solves the problem of having to take a lot of extra pics and then also get them ordered correctly for the presentation at the banquet, as well as shortening the awards program itself. However, I can HEAR the screaming from some because you're robbing them of their recognition and 15 minutes of fame! After all, this is the IPMSUSA NATIONALS, and as winners in the BIG time, they deserve BIG TIME recognition! Keep in mind (in case you didn't know) that we evolved to where we are today. There was a time when there were NO pics of any winners, just the reading of the winner's names. But then a club took slides of the 1rst place winners, got them developed, and showed pics of them. The next evolution was taking slides of ALL the winners. And thus we got to where we are now....only digital photography has at least made the picture taking SO much easier! Your attitude on attending the show and the banquet are spot on...as any of us who have regularly attended the Nats knows. But, "we" are only probably a 3rd at most of those attending the Nats. Almost 2/3rds are people who only make it when they can drive to it, and thus don't as readily see the benefits of staying as long as you can, or paying a bit extra for a meal so you can mingle with your friends and make new ones. In my experience, you cannot convince that other 2/3rds to join us. I'll put a counter-proposal in another reply below.... Gil
  33. 1 point
    I have the kit. Got a good deal at my local shop for about $60. I plan on starting it tonight, so we will know soon how well it goes together. Good or bad, I will have another article for the Journal. Dak
  34. 1 point
    Here are two of the awards I got from Spruefest 2020. They had split the 1/72 scale armor category into Wheeled and Tracked. I got these awards: Third Place 1/72 scale Tracked: Third place 1/72 scale Wheeled: This was a tremendous surprise given the quality of the models on the contest tables. Thanks for looking in.
  35. 1 point
    This is the Platz 1:72 kit with Eduard photoetched interior panels, modified control columns, and True Details seats. I added wiring the seats, scratch-built the canopy piston housing and the canvas cover over the rear panel from CA-impregnated tissue paper, and cut the kit canopy. The wheel wells were detailed and the airbrakes were re-built and their bays were detailed. Anti-torque scissors were stolen from an F-80 photo etched sheet. The decals were sourced from 14 different sheets from Iliad, SuperScale, Fox One, AeroMaster, an Italeri B-66, and even a MicroScale railroad sheet. Weathering was limited to a wash and some scuffing on the non-skid panels. I finished it just in time for a club contest - but, since only four or five people finished their T-33s, the contest was moved to March!
  36. 1 point
    I'll throw my opinion to the problem. For a definative answer check with Dave Kahn (head armor judge) and/or Mark Persichetti (head judge). I have tried to get the NCC ahead of the 3D printing issue before we are met with the problem of a major 3D project dropped on the table and what do we do now? First of all - parts are parts, be they plastic, resin, metal, wood, paper, or are 3D printed. Paragraph I.4 addresses 3D printed KITS, not parts. A totally 3D printed kit may not be considered as scratchbuilt, even if done at home by the CAD designer. It may be entered in the appropriate standard category. Paragraph II.3; the use of 3D printed parts disqualifies the entry from being considered using scratchbuilt parts, rather they are considered as commercial parts. Even if they are printed & used by the CAD designer. Paragraph II.5 identifies the criteria for armor conversions, either scratchbuilt only (228) or kit-bashed/commercial (229). Categories 200-C Closed-top AFV through Korea, Allied. Generally a safe choice as long as the subject is a real-world thing. Real-world conversions do not have to be entered in a conversion category. 228 AFV Conversions Scratchbuilt. Not a valid choice since 3D parts are not considered scratchbuilt. 229 AFV Conversions Kit-bash [Commercial] Conversions. A safe choice since 3D printed parts are considered 'commercial' parts. 821 Hypothetical, Kit-bashed/Scratchbuilt. If your entry is a hypothetical, non-real-world subject this is the place for it to go. This would of course invalidate the 200-C or 229 choices above. This category is for both scratch-built and kit-bashed (i.e. commerical) entries. Ed Grune -- NCC Head Ship Judge
  37. 1 point
    Wow! How did I miss the awesome finish (pun intended) to this project!? That's a lovely build that's presented in a superb manner. I admire your dedication to the polishing....10hrs is a LOT of elbow grease to apply, but the result certainly shows! Congrats on a super looking build and thanks for letting us ride along! Gil
  38. 1 point
    Happy New Year! This will be my first build of 2020. It is the Hasegawa 1/48 AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopter. I will be adding details from the Eduard photo etch cockpit detail set, the Master Model chain gun detail set and using the decals from the IPMS 2010 National Convention. This set covers the AH-64D Apaches from the 1-285 Aviation Battalion of the Arizona Army National Guard. The specific aircraft will from Charlie Company Lobos. Starting with the cockpit, The Eduard set comes with placards for the display screens for the dash. These were cut out and trimmed to fit. A few photo etch accessories were added to complete the dashes. The control pedals and seats were then added to the cockpit tub. The cockpit tub was then installed into the fuselage along with the engine and base of the rotor assembly. You can follow the build in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-apache-longbow/
  39. 1 point
    My thoughts as to the reason some regionals are two days and some are one is the cost of renting the venue, cost of a hotel room (and if they can get a discount for the rooms) and what there is to do in the area. I know at my old club in the bay area of California it was really hard to find a venue that didn't break the bank for the club just for our one day contest. I realize that California is not the normal for costs but still that's the main issue for clubs. Also if there is nothing to do outside hanging around a contest for 2 days I would just go for 1 day. Yes, you can say there are seminars but still if none interest me then I won't go for 2 days. There is also the issue of getting enough volunteers to run a 2 day contest. I've only been to one contest in the area I currently live in but still at that one they were still having trouble finding enough people to judge the contest. I joined a team so we had 3 people but at times had only 2 because of one person being entered in a category we had to judge. Just my two cents. Eric
  40. 1 point
    Way cool, Kev! It almost looks like she is being "hatched" out of the 'egg' pod. The colors look great for what it is. Bill
  41. 1 point
    Fantastic effects there. I just can't shake the thought that it could'a been the ghost of Bob Marley...different story...
  42. 1 point
    Love it - very cool & unusual subject, well done! Wish the pix were a bit bigger.
  43. 1 point
    Not really misleading, IMHO. It is absolutely the 'Super Bowl' as stated elsewhere. Am always stoked to participate, but cognizant of that level of play. Judges: Do what ya gotta do. It's not gonna hurt my feelings, either way.
  44. 1 point
    This weeks’ update on the AH-64D Apache Longbow covers the assembly and details of the fuselage. The landing gear was built and detailed with photo etch. The fuselage had some vents cut out and replaced with photo etch parts. I drilled a hole thru the vent then cut out with a hobby knife and finally shaped with a small file to fit the photo etch piece. The engine exhaust was then assembled and detailed with photo etch. Once assembled the fuselage was base coat painted with the black green color. Have a few more details to add to the fuselage then on to the rotors and chain gun. You can follow the build in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-apache-longbow/
  45. 1 point
    This will be Flagship Models' next, most advanced kit to date; the 1/192 scale USS Choctaw. It will be approx 18" long as a waterline hull option and will include a highly detailed PE sheet and decals. The drawings below are preliminary and yet to show the MANY additional details yet to be added. Price has yet to be determined, and personally I don't care what it is. This is a personal project that I want and I have received a number of requests from fellow modellers of the civil war era that they would like one, so I decided to add it to Flagship Models' line of kits. More as development continues.
  46. 1 point
    I built the old Revell Secretary-class Cutter as the USCGC Duane for our club’s Vietnam war theme. The kit was originally released in 1957 as the USCGC Campbell, in her post Korean War fit. Since the early 80s, the kit has been has been sold as USCGC Taney. I converted the kit to her sister ship Duane as she appeared during her deployment to Coast Guard Squadron Three in ‘68.There is a full build thread over on ModelShipWorld: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/19370-uscgc-duane-by-rcboater-bill-finished-revell-1305-plastic-ca-1980/?tab=comments#comment-591280
  47. 1 point
    Thanx - I really enjoyed that kit and am now motivated to the Buckley Destroyer Escort with this same level of care. Your model added that much more motivation. Lookin' sharp!
  48. 1 point
    Nick, The last paragraph was completely unnecessary and is trolling which violates the forum rules. Have you read the rules? Please do so. Trolling will not be tolerated. That goes for everyone. Play nice fellas.
  49. 1 point
    Here are the final pictures. I want to make a special note to Ron at http://www.grandpascabinets.com/model-display-kits/ His display case is awesome. The fit and finish are first class. If you ever need a display case I highly recommend him. Thanks again for following me through this project. I hope it has inspired others to not be afraid to take on a large project.
  50. 1 point
    Good to see it again. I get a much bigger kick out builds that "shine up" an older kit, as opposed to those that simply take advantage of the state of the art we have these days. I also find myself building more often for nostalgia purposes the older I get. Thanks for reposting! GIL
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