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  1. Despite difficulties and issues keeping me from the workbench; I still managed to squeeze some time in to finish some up. These are the latest armor models to be delivered to my armies. First up, my United States Army took delivery of this Armory Models 1/72 scale M-41 Walker Bulldog: I know there should be a Ma Deuce on top of that but the resin and photo-etch parts for that were just a bit too daunting for me to try right now. Later, when I can go through my parts stash, I'll find something easier to mount. Next, my Australian Army took delivery of this ACE 1/72 scale Centurion Mk.5LR: My British Army then took delivery of two vehicles. The first one was this ACE 1/72 scale Centurion Mk.5: The second vehicle that they received was this FV-4005 "JS Killer", based on the Centurion Hull: And now back to the bench to see how many more I can finish. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.
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  2. Bob, how long are you waiting to remove the masks? It's best to do it soon after the paint dries on the surface but is still a bit flexible. Peel the masking back parallel to the masked surface, and not at anything like perpendicular to it.
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  3. I purchased both of these kits from a vendor at our clubs annual invitational. Both kits are from Meng. This was my first time building Meng kits, and I must tell you, they were a joy to build. I was very impressed with the level of detail, and how well everything fit together. The base was covered with Stucco repair from Lowe’s. While it was still wet, I pressed the tracks, and mine roller wheels into the mixture. I painted the base with several shades of brown, and sand. Once dry, I applied a wash of Tamiya brown, and black. After it dried, I dry brushed Naples yellow hue for highlights. While trying to simulate the nonslip surface on the top of the turret and hull, I ran into some issues. After talking with some of the armor experts in our club, they pointed me in the right direction. Chris
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  4. Thanks Carlos. Appreciate the comment. The figures finally came in. This one’s complete .
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  5. I am simply posting some pics of a build I completed two years ago. Boba Fett was completed in 2020 and my best friend who I have known since grade school provided me with the 1/6 scale Bandai kit. My friend is a huge Star Wars fan. The model is now in his care. Here are some pics of it:
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  6. So I neglected to add my last few updates here… Firts up, I built the kit crew figures. I love the poses on these guys, very natural then I started priming… not realizing that I had forgotten to add stowage. So I stopped the priming, let it dry, selected some stowage items from my spares collections and epoxied it all in place then the next day I finished up the priming next up, base colors…
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  7. Well I’ve been adding more to the stash since my last update… Since Hobby Lobby was doing their 40% off a few weeks ago, and I had a bit of cash on me, and I’ve been wanting one for awhile now… then I had a $25 gift certificate that I’d won at IPMS for Andy’s Hobby HQ, so another one falls off the wish list and into my stash… and then the seller of this little piece on eBay sent me a reduced price special offer… how could I say no? that’s all for now…
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  8. I thought that 2007 was a great show. Who has all the heartburn about it?
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  9. Words fail me, except to say that models like this are the reason IPMS needs a separate "Real Space" category for the national contest.
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  10. This is the Monogram 1/48 Lunar Module with my scratch built Surveyor ... in a diorama. I used the book Virtual LM and New Ware's update set to build out the LM ... The Surveyor with Pete Conrad ... This was the Diorama ... the base was 24" x 24" IIRC The Surveyor's parts ... ... and done. And a view from the back ... This was another fun model to build! Pete
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  11. Now here is my Christmas presents I ordered for myself. This is round one: Two Dragon Bushmasters: one Australian and one British: One M-1124 MRAP: One IBG Crusader anti-aircraft tank: One Zvezda Russian 2S35 Koalitsiya: And finally my Trumpeter HEMMTT Load Handling System: That's round one in from Freetime Hobbies. Next is my Hobbylink Japan order of four more models that are crossing the Pacific ocean now. I have a couple more I plan on ordering from what's left, if I can.. Stay tuned.
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  12. Here's my 2021 output: Airfix Hurricane Ready for Battle set. The figures are also done but not pictured. A great set. The F-15's are all the 1/32 Tamiya kits, and the Su-27's are the 1/32 Trumpeter kits. These 5 were built to be props for a movie. The A-18 is the 1/72 LF kit, the Me-109V-1 is the 1/72 MPM kit, and to end with a total regression, the Aurora Se-5. I really should spend a little more time on that one, cleaning up the flying wire attachments.
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  13. Yes, they are throwback 19th Century industrialists who care for nothing but lining their own pockets, and 'little guys' be damned. Very unsavory characters. I use torn-up old t-shirts, pillowcases and sheets.
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  14. The two attached hotels continue to be full. The Hampton Inn across the street is not offering a rate. The Comfort Suites room block is also full. That does not mean that Omaha is out of hotels. Here's a short list of hotels within about five of the convention with the the rate for the convention timeframe from Expedia. Hotels with distance from Conference & price during convention from Expedia Hampton Inn & Suites 0.2 $195 Best Western Plus Midwest Inn 2.5 $178 Quality Inn & Suites 1.9 $91 Double Tree by Hilton Omaha Southwest 5.3 $112 Fairfield Inn and Suites Omaha Papillion 4.6 $134 My Place Hotel-South Omaha/La Vista, NE 0.2 $122 Holiday Inn & Suites Omaha I-80 3.9 $148 Staybridge Suites Omaha West 5.3 $147 Hampton Inn Omaha/West Dodge Road (Old Mill) 5.7 $127 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Omaha South 4.6 $132 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Omaha-Millard 2.5 $161
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  15. Most art supply stores carry color mixing wheels, and they can be found on-line. They will not give you such specific mixing data as you are looking for, but they will give you a further understanding of color theory.
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  16. Before you buy more Brawny paper towels, do some research on their parent company, Koch Industries. You may not like what you find. Me, I prefer to spend my money elsewhere.
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  17. This is the 1/10th Alexandros Models bust of the Vermeer painting. Painted with oils. Dak
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  18. All that’s left to do is wait for the plaque to come back from the trophy shop. The diorama depicts a training exercise, in the Golan Heights, in 2016. The turret took the longest to build. A lot of small parts. After construction, the suspension remain completely articulate. If you wanted to pose this tank in mid air during a jump over a small hill, this is Suspension would look extremely realistic. Thanks for following. If you see anything out of place, please leave a comment. Chris
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  19. Well got a couple nice little items from EBay and a very nice ICM kit on Christmas from my wife. The ModelKasten M42 tracks for My T34/85, The Dragon Models Jagdpanther was a nice snag when Seller made a nice offer Same with the R35 and some French Infantry plus other odds and ends.
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  20. 11 completions this past year, about average for me. I'll run them in chronological order. Fuel tanker and Cushman trike from the Airfix 1/72 USAAF Bomber Support Set, done as post-war civvie vehicles: Airfix 1/48 Gloster Meteor F.8: Classic Airframes 1/48 Grumman Widgeon: Airfix 1/48 Spitfire XVIII (converted from the XIV kit): Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Vb: Airfix 1/72 MBB Bo105: Airfix 1/72 Lynx HAS.2: Airfix 1/72 Lynx AH.1: Revell 1/72 F-4EJ, the very basic 1965 kit! SBS Resin 1/72 Farman F.190: Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito NF.XIX, converted from the NF.XIII kit: A pleasing year, I was pretty happy with most of these completions. We'll see what 2022 brings, but I have a number of interesting builds planned. Let's see what transpires!
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  21. David, you mentioned about local hobby shops being passive in the face of ecommerce. They face the same problems as any other retail business. Rents and business rates and taxes ever increasing, Cost of any salaries that have to come out of the business. Buying in stock and waiting for it to sell at a reasonable profit to sustain the business with potential customers often just window shopping, getting straight onto their smart phones to compare on line prices, and ordering from some big warehouse operation instead. Not all small outfits can afford to set up ecommerce themselves as the on costs of having to pay for IT expertise to design and set up a website and maintain it, as well as their own input to keep it always up to date. Are they really passive, or just being steam rolled into giving up against relentless pressure by on line giants and modellers going for the cheaper deals they can get on line? I for one miss a number of local hobby shops disappearing, being able to browse and occasionally meet up with like minded folk in the shop, and owners who were model makers in their own right with their expertise.
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  22. Finito! The Akron Canton IPMS club has a nose-art theme coming up this winter and I was psyched to find something to use! I've had this P-38 in my stash since the Chattanooga Nats and this was the perfect reason to pull it out. I found the Exito decals for Beautiful Lass and it was all the extra graphics they provide that sold me on purchasing them. 5 coats of gloss clear, then rolled some 4000 grit paper on a dowel to sand down the edge of the decal all around to make sure it was perfectly smooth and you couldn't feel the lip from the decal (they are just a tad thick). Then I applied 2 coats of flat clear. By the time it dried the decal edge had totally disappeared. Super happy with this because it was so obvious to start with. I preshaded in a lightened olive drab (used yellow zinc chromate) and then edged it all in black mist to get the varnish effect from the taped seams to show clearly. I modified a brush so it had just a few bristles and did the panel lines in aluminium. Tamiya leaves this center section smooth but the pics show lots of wear so this seemed to create the right affect. I did the exhaust staining with rendered oils. I used ochra, burnt sienna, and raw umber added some oil stains down under as well And a final closing shot. I'm pretty darn happy with this [t$t] I still have some work to do on my assembly methods. Fortunately a little chipping goes a long way to hiding that haha
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  23. Finito! The Akron Canton IPMS club has a nose-art theme coming up this winter and I was psyched to find something to use! I've had this P-38 in my stash since the Chattanooga Nats and this was the perfect reason to pull it out. I found the Exito decals for Beautiful Lass and it was all the extra graphics they provide that sold me on purchasing them. Here's a little background on the aircraft as well. The plane was built by Lockheed in Burbank and shipped overseas disassembled and then reassembled. Lt. John O'Neill piloted Beautiful Lass from March to November 1943 on missions over Rabaul and New Guinea, claiming eight aerial victories during this period. The aircraft was lost on December 28 1943 when pilot Lt. Ormond Powell encountered foul weather and was declared MIA when he failed to return to base. 5 coats of gloss clear, then rolled some 4000 grit paper on a dowel to sand down the edge of the decal all around to make sure it was perfectly smooth and you couldn't feel the lip from the decal (they are just a tad thick). Then I applied 2 coats of flat clear. By the time it dried the decal edge had totally disappeared. Super happy with this because it was so obvious to start with. I preshaded in a lightened olive drab (used yellow zinc chromate) and then edged it all in black mist to get the varnish effect from the taped seams to show clearly. I modified a brush so it had just a few bristles and did the panel lines in aluminium. Tamiya leaves this center section smooth but the pics show lots of wear so this seemed to create the right affect. And that final closing shot…I'm pretty darn happy with this 🍺 I still have some work to do on my assembly methods. Fortunately a little chipping goes a long way to hiding that haha
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