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  1. The other alternative--one I favor, and one I've discussed on this forum before--is to limit out of box models to being just that--out of the box. Period. No added seat belts, rigging, spark plug wires, etc., unless it comes in the kit and is shown on the instruction sheet. Aftermarket decals should be allowed, but that's as far as it really should go. People then argue along the lines of "well, the model will seem to be lacking if I don't add seat belts" or "it won't be accurate if there are no railings" (that one still confuses me, since, last time I checked, accuracy was not a jud
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  2. There's one other lesson I've learned over the years about buying model kits...... My very first Nats was in Atlanta in 1978. I didn't even know they had a vendors area and sold models! Talk about the gates of heaven opening up for me..... Anyway, I found a 1/48 Aurora SBC Helldiver...at that time the ONLY game in town for that subject in 1/48, AND Aurora was "out of production". The guy wanted EIGHT DOLLARS for it!! Now remember, this is 1978....you could still occasionally find Aurora stuff on the shelves in old hardware stores and dime stores for their original prices of anywhere
    3 points
  3. Nope, not that. Nor is it even pining for the fjords. It's a late business.
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  4. No no Squadron's not dead, it's, it's restin'!
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  5. The Stuka aircraft is just about done. After I finished the weathering, decals, and top coat done I detailed and painted the canopy frame and then installed the canopy. The antenna line inside the canopy was made with 32 AWG wire. The antenna line from tail to mast was done with some EZ-line. The aircraft was then set aside (more weathering to be applied once it is set on the base) . I then started on the portable generator for the display. For the engine I added the fuel line and ignition wires. The cable to hook up to the aircraft was part of the kit. I painted it German Gray and weath
    2 points
  6. I'm seeing varying posts, but no definite answer. The last post I saw said "change of ownership"....but who knows what that means, even if it's true? They had a %70 off sale last week, which is probably why the warehouse is empty. The problem now is how do they start back up IF there is a new owner and wants "Squadron" to continue"? The brand had lost so much of it's shine and reputation over the last 10yrs due to slip-shod service that I'm not sure the name has any value anymore. There was a time when both their brick&mortar stores and their mail order were THE place to go to if
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  7. Hah! Preposterous. Nothing is too expensive... As long as my wife doesn't find out. Actually, I like the way Pete frames his answer around relativity. Between a large stash, lots of reference material and aftermarket "stuff", I'm sure I've spent "too much". But my hobbies before modeling were drag racing, muscle cars (primarily 67-68 Camaros) and building (and rebuilding) race engines, transmissions and rear ends...and all the associated tools and space. When kids started to come along (4), I had to change hobbies. So the expense of modeling in (mostly) 1/35th scale, relati
    2 points
  8. Vinyl kits. Don't like the fish Dave
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  9. 2020 1. 1-10-2020 Israeli Skyhawk 2.2-22-2020 B-25 Wolf Wagon 3.3-21-2020 P-51H PA_Ang 4.4-7-2020 PA ANG A7D 5.04-22-2020 303Sq Spitfire MkV 6.04-25-2020 FW 190D-9 7.05-10-2020 C-46 Yost Pilot 8.5-15-2020 Israeli Mystere 9. 06-04-2020 Hartmanns F-86 10. 06-24-2020 A-10C D-Day Anniv. 11. 07-20-2020 VMA-211 Red tail 12. 07-23-2020 2011 Tiger Tornado
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  10. Greetings, The launch of event pre-registration has been rescheduled February 1st to April 1st, 2021 to allow for the continued stabilization of the Covid-19 situation. We feel this postponement will allow for a greater confidence in those planning to attend The Very Best of the West National Convention. Convention planning continues to progress ahead of schedule, vendor table sales continue to be brisk with less than 30 tables (out of 320) left for sale, room reservations continue to come in and as of this date far exceed our original expectations (of 1,600 room nights) for a total
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  11. After discussion with Forum/IPMS leadership it has been decided that The Bull Pen section of the Members Forum will be deleted. This action is taken to keep our Forum in line with its stated purpose as well as the the purpose of the IPMS. Model on!
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  12. I’m calling this one finished. I built this as a quick project, with minor modifications, so as not to slow me down. I did not correct the rear suspension, which Academy molded as the A2 type, but then again, no one will see that on my display shelf. I painted in the 70’s era MASSTER scheme used in Europe by 7th Army units using Humbrol enamels. Markings are a mix of kit decals and decals from my decals drawer. I tried scratching up the antenna using telescoping brass to better replicate the tapered shape of those things, but it did not turn out as well as I wanted. Better luck next time I gue
    2 points
  13. Yep! Out of the Box should be strictly OOB that includes any crappy decals and therefore just a pure test of model building, painting and decal application. So David I am 100 percent with you on that one! Like you, many modellers build 90 percent OOB and add extra details to enhance their models. At SMW Telford that is classed as kit detailed or something very similar. I would imagine the US Nationals has a similar class category for this. The IPMS UK competition rules can be downloaded from their website if you want to have a look and make any comparisons out of pure interes
    2 points
  14. 1/144 Airfix C9A Nightingale OOB except for Caracal Decals. This was presented to a retired AF Master Sargent.
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  15. Recent build. I kit-bashed the B-29A and the KC-97G to create this KB-50J Superfortress, 420th ARS, RAF Sculthorpe, 1959. Decals are cobbeled together from the parts box and the wingtip hose pods are 136 gallon drop tanks from the Airfix 1/72nd scale P-51D. Tamiya acrylic paints and Future floor wax.
    2 points
  16. Mark, you have not stirred up a hornets nest, just asked a few questions for which you wanted answers. Basically you were looking for clarification about the OOB category about what is allowed or not, As Pete said that the tenet of the Nationals (and for that matter any other competition) is that people generally are honest and abide by the rules.
    2 points
  17. This debate has opened up the inevitable can of worms. But as I see it, apart from paint, Out of the Box should mean exactly that including the kit decals, even if the decals suck as one poster said. If the decals are a bit naff then it should just be a part of the OOB challenge.
    2 points
  18. The Stuka is coming together very well. With the cockpit tub assembled I worked on the instrument panel and pedals assembly. The pedals are photo etch. This was attached to the instrument panel as well as the belly window. For details I mounted the window panel in the open position. The Inside of the fuselage was detailed with photo etch details, weathered, then assembled. There were only a few small areas that required some putty but overall the fit is very good. The wings, rudder and rear horizontal stabilizers were added and the control linkage photo etch parts were added. The kit incl
    2 points
  19. Former Squadron employee Jef Verswyvel had a Facebook video this evening. Squadron/MMD is dead. Kaput. Finished. Gone. Sleeps with the fishes.
    1 point
  20. Where do I begin with this tale? Well, I bought it on clearance at the PX on our base when I was on deployment overseas in 2005. I never built it there, so I shipped it home to build at a later date. It is boxed as a F-35A JSF. Fast forward 2005, and I am now live no near Luke AFB and see F-35s flying overhead nearly every day, so I am inspired to build this. I open up the kit, start doing research, and see that this it is not a F-35 as it says on the box, but is instead a X-35. Or at least it is closer to a X-35A than to a F-35A. The basic airframe lines are the X-35, although it is missing s
    1 point
  21. Kapton is used as an electrical insulator. At one time, it was used for the insulation on aircraft-grade wiring. It is light, but is not able to withstand abrasions, and once scored it tended to split. One airplane I re-wired had wiring that looked like beads on a string... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapton The tape is available through Amazon and several other sources: https://www.amazon.com/Mil-Kapton-Tape-Polyimide-Yds/dp/B006ZFQNT6
    1 point
  22. It comes up now and then, whether it is possible to duplicate vac-u-formed canopies. The answer is yes! I will show you how I do it. First off, the canopy you wish to replicate has to be closed at both ends. If it has already been cut out of it's plastic sheet, you are going to have to devise a way to make it hold a runny sort of product. One way might be to glue plastic pieces to the part that needs to be sealed off, using a glue such as G-S cement, which can later be dissolved with 91% rubbing alcohol, without harming the plastic. BEWARE -- THIS METHOD WILL NOT W
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  23. One small update from yesterday’s work: I forgot to get a better shot to show the sidewall wood grain effort and now that the oil wash on the engine has dried and I do not need to worry about it staining my photo booth, here’s a photo of the engine
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  24. Thank you Chris. I did indeed have some interesting times in my service career. As I’m sure that you did as well. I may have done some things differently if given the chance to do them again, but I would not trade the experience of doing them for anything. I’m kinda funny about “thank you for your service” coming from a fellow army vet. It feels more like thanks for choosing to come along and be one of us. I remember taking turns learning to drive a 113 at Ft. Benning...
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  25. The postman brought this today. Got it off eBay for cheap. I’m planning on using him with my current M47 build.
    1 point
  26. The sarcophagus was a lot of fun Dave
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  27. Last night I began construction. Actually though it was mostly just paint work. First I took a razor saw along the seat to give it some texture to suggest that of the wicker seats actually used. Once painted and with a wash it should look more the part. Then I painted up other cockpit components, and the interior of the fuselage halves. Just getting the base colors on for now. I’m not gonna use the kit pilot, so behind the seat is a glaring empty space. I searched thru my spares/salvaged parts and came up with a fuel tank to fill the void. It somewhat resem
    1 point
  28. Ooo! Ooo! Polish F-14! Right? Excellent build! I like the way the orange accessories contrast with the low-viz camo. Yer off to a great start! Gil
    1 point
  29. This week’s update on the Stuka I finished the fuselage. Once the base coat of paint was completed I used the kit decals for the common decals and then added the home made decals for the squadron markings. The kit decals went on very well and they did not require a lot of solvent to sink into the details. After the decals dried I applied the clear top coat. Weathering was done. I used brown, dark gray, and black pastel chalk for the exhaust staining. In the fuselage I used medium green on the center of the upper panels to add some sun fade and a mix of dark green and black for panel lines
    1 point
  30. I’ll lead off. Here is my build of the Testors boxing of the old Hawk V-1 kit, the worlds first “cruise missile”. Let’s have some photo fun now...
    1 point
  31. I’m just used to calling them MRE when I see the cardboard boxes. A much younger, AND thinner me below. Chris
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  32. You might try mini saw blades for your Exacto. They have very fine teeth and are very thin and come in all sorts of shapes. Several companies sell them. They usually come on something like a PE fret. They are not for the larger plugs you find on resin kits, but work well on flash and in tighter places. Here's some available from Micro Mark Tools.
    1 point
  33. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Work continues on the Stuka. The nose cowl panels have been separated, painted and weathered. The two lower panels that will be on the aircraft fit well once thinned. The panel that goes forward of the sight window did need to be corrected. It did not have the slot for the lower cooler hose. I will be mounting this on a base that will be accessorized to like an airfield. I already have the base. I ordered ICM’s German Luftwaffe Pilots and Ground Personnel set which has 7 figures (it arrived a couple of days ago) and I also ordered the Tamiya 1/48 German Kettenkraftrad whic
    1 point
  34. This year I completed a modest six builds. But I was not able to start building until mid March after getting my workbench set up in my new home, so that works out to one completion every month and a half or so. Of the six, only one was a mostly completed build from a previous year. All the rest were started here, save for one, which was barely started, and I had to go and fix stuff on that one. So here we go: 1, Monogram 1/48 A-7B 2, Tamiya 1/48 DAK Kübelwagen 3, Testors (Hawk) 1/48 V-1 - the rollover build started in another year 4, Heller 1/35 Cha
    1 point
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  36. Oil wash on... Letting it dry so I can clean it up tomorrow
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  37. Started this one while building the Smirnoff Bearcat, and finished it yesterday. OOTB except for cutting and folding the wings, which is a kit option. Painted and marked to match the one on the cover of the SS "In Action/Walkaround" Bearcat book. The kit provides the bulkheads for the wingfolds, and very simplified hinges. But, there's no guideline or "thinning" on the inside of the wings to help make it easier, so you have to carefully follow the wingfold panel lines, and they aren't straight, simple cuts. still, having the bulkheads in the kit makes this option much easier once the cutt
    1 point
  38. Thank you Carlos! it was a oretty good year, despite a number if issues, LOL! Thanks Gil! I only supply to my own military forces! LOL! I've got enough now to be considered a medium sized country. I am having a blast here in Florida; I have already seen most of my nieces and nephews and even met one new grand nephew.
    1 point
  39. Since I'll be on vacation in Florida until January 12th, I won't be working on anything until then so this is it. I only finished 33 this year, but that is what I get for starting five multi-engined aircraft that took so much of my time. Anyway, without further ado; from the beginning of the year till now, here they are: 1/72 scale Russian Troop Carrying Glider from WWII: Two 1/72 scale RS-8 GAZ 98K Aerosans by ACE: Modelcollect 1/72 scale Russian BMP-3 Early model APC: Zvezda 1/72 scale T-15 Armata APC: Zvezda 1/72 scale kit of the BMPT Te
    1 point
  40. People who knowingly cheat don't care if the victory is "hollow". However, I do not automatically assume anyone is cheating. I am just making the point that the complexity of modern kits makes it extremely easy to change or add detail without being noticed. Also, models today are much easier to build as "correct" or as award winning models than those from the early days of OOB forty years ago. What is the point of OOB any longer? Originally, it was to give people a chance to compete without having to rebuild half a model just to be on even ground. Now days, that is no longer the issue. He
    1 point
  41. Actually, more detail parts in a kit makes it HARDER to compete in contests, because there's more things you need to get right. Judge enough and you'll see plenty of anti-gravity photoetched seatbelts, resin sidewalls pulling away from the fuselage sides, and badly-cut vacuformed canopies. Detail parts give you more ways to screw up.
    1 point
  42. I think this category causes more questions than any other, but in my mind it is pretty clear. Build the parts that came in the box, according to the directions in the box. Add any paint or decals you would like and you are okay. Try to tap dance around the rules and you are not. If the instructions tell you how to build rigging or seatbelts, follow the instructions and your fine. Granted IPMS category rules have some exceptions by class but you push the boundaries of these at your own risk. Last, keep it simple and show off your basic modeling skills.
    1 point
  43. I know that engine... 😉 Wheres the rest of it Joe?
    1 point
  44. It may not look like much progress, but I finished up the detail painting that I need to do before gloss coat for decals, washes, etc....
    1 point
  45. This week I worked on building and detailing the cockpit on the Stuka. Once the ejection holes were filled and sanded I added the photo etch details. Some reference photos I found online included a B-1 Stuka that was found in a forest and was getting ready to be restored at a museum. The photos show the cables and wiring had a yellow and white covering. I then added some yellow and white cables using 30 AWG wire. I routed them the same way the reference photos had them routed. The cockpit walls were then weathered using pastel chalk. The instrument panel was then detailed with photo etch
    1 point
  46. Mark and Joe, thank you! I’m glad that you’re enjoying this project! Today’s progress update... I spent way more time masking with Silly Putty than I did airbrushing paint, stirring and thinning paint, and cleaning my airbrush... Man is that a task to use Silly Putty on such a pattern, I think that I need to buy another egg or two of the stuff... Humbrol enamels: First color, Matt Brown 186, which is supposed to be a good match for Earth Red FS 30117 Second Color, Matt Forest Green 150, which is supposed the match Forest Green FS 34127 I already know
    1 point
  47. Hi to all, I present my latest work performed with the MWP technique (Metal Work Panels) or with the complete covering of the model with aluminum panels (self-adhesive tape). This is the Hong Kong Models kit for the 1/32 scale B-25 J Mitchell 'The Strafer' model: the kit has been further improved with the following optional accessories: The version chosen (optional Zotz Decals) is the following: North American B-25 J Mitchell "Lady Lil" (correct nose for this version ) Hong Kong Models kit 1/32 scale model - version: 498thBs "Falcons"
    1 point
  48. Al ( and all) I've been screaming this for the longest. But who am I? ;) Frequenting forums other than this one, You read time after time how these "kids" (I'm also a graying 58) bring their Gundam or Star wars starship to a local meeting only to be scoffed at. And what do they do? They go home and never come back. While Regionals and Nationals have a good mix of other than military kits from the young'uns, IMO the local level is where the problem is. The oldsters that sit there and discuss the 50th Bf-109 on the table to death and scoff at an A-Wing are the problem. Whether one thinks
    1 point
  49. Yes, I am fairly knowledgeable on modern US armor, having spent nearly thirty years of my life on various military vehicles. I often get bogged down trying to replicate details or idiosyncrasies of the actual vehicle I crewed. Building something not my lane helps me get through ruts. I don't care much about accuracy when I am building an X-wing or an F-15 for that matter. I don't care if someone builds an M1A2 in USMC markings, or if they paint it pink. I don't think someone needs to know the history of the craft they are building. If it interests them enough to build it, they might just
    1 point
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