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Ron Bell

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    Columbus, Ohio
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    Braille scale British armor, classic kits, just getting in to ships.

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  1. Here's the finished product. It has many flaws, but given what I started with, I think it looks pretty nice.
  2. This kit's molds originated in 1961 and have been passed down through several manufacturers. The one I started with was a LifeLike kit. It's molded in grey and brown styrene with a short piece of brass(?) chain. It's incredibly inaccurate and has lots of flash, mold seams and sink holes all over it. But I wanted a desk model not a museum piece, so accuracy wasn't a top concern. The trail had rows of really large, mushy looking rivets all over it and some lumps where handles should have been. The rivets were removed and replaced with SIG RC model aircraft rivets. The handles are from wire. One wheel had a HUGE sink mark right in the middle of the hub, so that was dealt with and a new nut made from plastic.The rims were extremely beveled to aid in getting the part out of the mold, so that had to be all sanded down and removed and new rims made from plastic strip. The magazine was hollow, so I had to fill in the center and removed the lumpy handle they provided and made a new one. The ends of the gun barrels were extended past the end cap by inserting plastic rod. I added the storage boxes on the the axle from scratch. Finally, a traversing spike locator was added to the back of the trail. This is the model before primer and is just sort of bodged together with some pieces that would not stay in place left off, so there are probably lots of mistakes yet to find and correct.
  3. Very nicely done. I hate vacu-formed canopies as I can never get them cut correctly or fitted into place. Your's looks great. As to the "splotches", try using those tiny "foam on the end of a plastic stick" things (don't know what they call them). They come in a blister pack hanging around the other modeling supplies. They should be just about the right size you need and having them on the "stick" makes them easy to use. Or if you need larger, try the cosmetics section for eye make-up applicators.
  4. Mountbatten would be proud. Good job on both.
  5. Just getting those old Airfix decals off their backing and on the model is an accomplishment to be proud of, Duke. Nice trio.
  6. This is the 1964 re-boxing of the unchanged original 1960 Aurora kit. No wheel wells, so I painted them in rather than go thru all the cutting and filling in to make them. The fit was surprisingly good and with attention, the seams were minimal. The panel lines were engraved by the same guy that did the early Matchbox kits, if you know what I mean, but at least there were no raised decal locators. It did take a whole lot of weight to keep it on its legs instead of its tail. The decals are from Skylancer and were beautiful.
  7. 1/48th. No interior, of course.
  8. This is the Atlantis re-issue of the 1954 Aurora kit of the Piasecki HUP-1 helicopter, known in the US as the "Retriever". I did it almost all OOTB but added clear styrene in the styrene windows as they provide none, I added the exhaust on the port side and I used Caracal decals for a Canadian HUP-2 because I liked that scheme, but I'm not gonna lose any sleep over the slight differences in types. Building these old kits is downright fun.
  9. I'm a bit of a throw-back and go old school with stretched sprue. Heat it, stretch it to the appropriate thickness, let it cool, cut it a tiny bit longer than needed, glue into place with a drop of white glue. When dry, if it is sagging, put a toothpick in a candle flame and let it light. Blow it out and then place the rigging line into the smoke (or visa versa). Slowly draw closer until the sprue snaps tight. Get too close and it melts, but it's easy to start over and no harm done. Some sprue stretches better than others and maybe best of all, it comes in all sorts of colors. This is the 1/72 Contrail Vacuform Wildebeest.
  10. AZ makes kits of subjects others don't and that's the only reason I build them 'cause they are only about 1-2 steps above limited run injection kit quality. They usually include some PE and their decals are good, but the plastic is rather soft, fit is 'iffy' and there is much clean up involved. However, if you stick with it, you can get decent/good results. This is OOTB but I left off the tiny screens that fit in front of those intakes aside the radiator as I just couldn't get them to go on correctly.
  11. Gotcha! Technically, since it was produced by GM, I suppose this is really an FM-2. I'd love to drive down the road with a car like this. It's done from the Round 2 re-release of the AMT Three in One kit. I used the custom bucket seats and added belt harnesses and painted the interior chromate green.
  12. SLC was the reason why IPMS/USA established a convention fund so such losses could be avoided at future conventions. I, too, would love to go to NOLA, but the big convention hotels on Canal Street are very expensive and the suggested Higgins hotel has nowhere near the space required. The East Coast would be nice, but again, prices there are very high. As a matter of fact, the prices in ALL of the larger cities are pretty much out of our reach. We have a better chance in the second tier convention cities or their outlying districts. And remember, there has to be a large enough group of members in the area that want to take on this task. There are other convention alternatives, all of which have been beaten to death on this forum at one point or another, that could be used, but I don't know if the membership is ready for any of them.
  13. The one hotel was already sold out when I originally posted and the other quoted me a rate of over $250 night.
  14. I had done the old Hasagawa Grant ages ago. The turret on the model is tragic in shape and size, so I tried my hand, poorly as it turned out, on making a new one. Years went by and I decided I wanted a bettter Grant in my collection, so I purchased the Mirage kit. While having a MUCH better turret, the hull was ill fitting and needed much fiddling and putty and when completed, didn't measure up to what I was looking for. So, enter the old Hasagawa kit. The hull is nicely done and fits much better. Drawbacks are the tools are molded in place and the three piece transmission cover is poorly represented, so I used the Mirage turret on the Hasagawa hull, reworked the transmission cover using the Mirage bolt flanges, used the Mirage PE brush guards on the headlights and added the tail lights from the Mirage kit (missing altogether from the Hasagawa one), added cast texture to the turret and transmission cover, cut out the engine intake and added the grill from some PE I had, drilled out the barrels of the 75 and 37mm guns, added the sand shield rails and handles to the side doors and the rear engine door access door, used the Mirage tracks and added the antenna. The markings represent a Grant of the Queens Bays at the Battle of Ghazala in 1942.
  15. As the two hotels adjacent to the convention center are sold out, I called the Hampton Inn and Suites across the street. There is currently no convention rate and the rooms go for around $250 a night. I think I saw where you were working on getting a convention rate there. If so, how are you making out with that?
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