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  1. Too late. I've already built and am using a 1/72 B-25. Also, the B-25 will be modeled in a in-flight display. Really? How?
  2. I'm currently in the process of building a humorous PBJ B-25 model diorama as described here: http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,32551.0.html But what I really need help and opinions on is this: Center fuselage uncertainty for my PBJ B-25 I am very undecided on whether to add white sponge (bread) pieces on the top and bottom of the center fuselage so as to give a better impression of a "whole" sandwich or not. If I do add "bread" pieces to the center fuselage, It means having to work carefully around the cockpit windows, upper gun turret, lower fuselage bomb bay doors, etc
  3. I've often heard in the last 2-3 years that there was supposed to be a 1/1000 scale USS Akira Star Trek starship kit to come out supposedly from Polar Lights. I've heard rumor after rumor after press release after........etc., etc., etc., but no such kit in that scale has come out yet. Has anyone else heard any new information?
  4. Probably a stupid question, but I need to ask as I'm not very knowledgeable about WWII and propeller aircraft. I'm in the process of building a 1/72 scale B-25 Mitchell and am planning to buy and use PropBlurs photoetch spinning props on the kit. If I were standing in front of a real B-25 and it was starting up it's engines, then which way are the props spinning? Clockwise or counter-clockwise?
  5. Ok, I made some "spinning" props from Evergreen 015" thick clear plastic sheetto use for a B-25 bomber I'm building, then roughed them up with sandpaper to give the illusion of a spinning effect. But I still want to add more detail. I'm not sure how to best explain next what I want to say, but how do I add the effect of spinning black props on the discs? Should I drybrush some black strokes on the discs to represent the spinning blades? And if I do, Should it be done on both sides of the disc? I see people make 1/700 and 1/350 "spinning props" all the time for aircraft for carrier kits, but I'
  6. I recently had a really crazy idea, but I'm not sure if it'll ever come to fruition. For the last 2 years, I have been so enraptured with the history, and the model building of, a HMS Habakkuk ice aircraft carrier. The 1/700 scale model is done and already in the MW gallery back in June this year. http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/misc/whatif/habakkuk-700-em/index.html But now, I seem to be turning my thoughts to a bigger and far crazier future "possible" project: A 1/350 (Almost 6 feet long!) scale Habakkuk carrier, but detail the heck out of it and show the FULL interior from
  7. Does anyone know where I could find some large thin plastic glow in the dark/flourescent sheeting? Probably 1/4" thick, and about 2 feet x 3 feet or thereabouts in size. Though I'm willing to work with just about any size sheets or thickness. Also, Was there ever a product called "Lightsheet" long ago? Has anyone ever heard of something called that? Any help, plus links to resources, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  8. Are there any IPMS rules regarding using/not using chemicals, sprays, solvents, etc. on models to enhance the appearence and/or create other special effects? I'm not talking about paints here, but something else. For example: Let's say a modeler builds a diorama of a farm that has an apple tree orchard. And then that modeler might use some sort of "apple scented spray" or air freshener, etc. to spray on the apple trees as an added "special effect" to make the apple orchard a bit more realistic so to speak. Are there any rules against such substances?
  9. Yeah, sorta like that. But rather a modeling museum dedicated to ALL aspects of modeling and model building, not just a single subject.
  10. Chances are, I've been drinking too much Mountain Dew tonight and this may sound odd, but what if there was a museum dedicated to the history and showcasing of everything that had to do with model kits? Things like: * Showcasing the history of box art. * Showcasing and telling about how model kits are produced. * A "research library" in the museum where the public could browse through hundreds or thousands of books and magazines on armor, ships, model building techniques, etc. * Special rooms or galleries dedicated to Scratchbuilding, Tools & Supplies, World War 1, World War II, Armor
  11. Just thought I'd share my pics I took from the Region 5 IPMS Butch O'Hare Contest & Show down in Chicago from November 13th. If I remember correctly, a modeler took 1st Place and Best Ship awards in the Ship/Nautical Catagory for a French sailing vessel. Best Diorama, People's Choice Award, and 1st Place award went to a Creature from the Black Lagoon diorama. Not sure who else got what. I don't keep track that much of awards. Sorry. But anyway, here's the pics I took from that show: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v216/icy...pmsboh11132010/
  12. When displaying extra information, pictures, etc. on a base next to your model, How much is too much? Or when is enough not enough? For example, I took my Habakkuk carrier to a contest yesterday. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/icy...10/DSC03591.jpg I have the main Habakkuk model on the base, a Essex carrier and German uboat for scale reference, a cutaway section showing the interior of the Habakkuk hull, the name plaque, and two small notes describing the cutaway section, and also the other models for scale reference. I suppose that seems like enough, even though I wished I cou
  13. What Testor (or other brand) spray or bottle color would come close to matching the Tamiya TS-33 Dull Red spray color? The lower hull on my Habakkuk model is the TS-33 color. And I need to paint all the engine propulsion pods similarly, but the closest I seemed to get is Testor MM Acryl Insignia Red #1705.
  14. I usually prefer a BB gun myself. LOL. Anyway, thanks for the welcomes, guys. As for some samples of work I've done in the past, here's a link to my gallery pics over at Modelwarships.com. Probably the best model I ever built had to be the USS Montana battleship I built for my best friend which you can see in that gallery. http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/us...user-index.html As I probably mentioned before, I like to build stuff nobody has seen or heard of before. I just don't like to build something "straight" from the box and am always looking for new ways to use decals, extra
  15. Hello everyone. My name is Eric and I'm from southeast Wisconsin here in the U.S. Been building models since I was about 12 or 13, though the results at that early age were "miserable" as I was too eager to put kits together and play with them. But now at the age of 40, my skills have improved immensely and I've been going to contests, recently joined the Billy Mitchell model club here in Milwaukee, and finally joined the IPMS in mid May. :) I hope to make lots of friends here and learn lots of great modeling tips and advice. As for what model subjects interest me, I'm mostly into Sci-fi,
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