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Ron Bell

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About Ron Bell

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  • Birthday 06/05/1948

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

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  1. This is Matador's resin offering of this APC. Their castings are pretty nice but can get a bit rough and they will never be accused of being "shake and bake" kits as the fit is pretty iffy and there were no instructions in the past few I have done, so guessing what some parts are is fun. But, they offer many subjects that no one else does and when done carefully, they make nice display models. The only thing I did with this one was add wire steps/handles on the right side for roof access. Funny, there were locator holes for them, but no parts and with no instructions, no advice to make them out of wire. Also added the stretched sprue antennae.
  2. What Rusty said. Most have never been to a national contest and all they know about IPMS is second hand. I can think of no way to change such misperception except to have them attend a national, judge and see how we do it. Nothing else will change their minds. What sort of PR campaign could we have? Take out ads that say "we don't count rivets". There's just no way to convince them without first hand experience. I share your frustration, but I just don't see what we could do.
  3. Obviously a labor of love with a beautiful outcome.
  4. The PC 10 was Model Master Green Drab. The linen was also Model Master, but i can't remember it's name. 'Course, Model Master Enamels are now out of production, but you can still find some on the interweb.
  5. I'm still at it with these old Aurora WW I biplanes. Found this one at a local show and it's bit rarer than others so I snapped it up. It's the Monogram boxing, so the decal locators were removed from the molds, which made life a lot easier. The only thing I did was add a basic interior and drill out the exhaust pipes and Lewis guns. The kit has a four bladed prop, which was only used on Brisfits with a particular engine. In addition, it has a dual Lewis gun mount, which the gunners did not like as it was bulkier and heavier and more difficult to bring to bear on a target. Anyhoo, here 'tis.
  6. This is another in this range of OO/HO scale locomotives. The kits are very old and had a lot of flash, sink marks and mold seams. Fit is problematic as well. I removed the molded on handrails and piping on the engine and replaced it with brass and/or aluminum wire. From what I've heard, the markings aren't accurate, but I build these for fun, not accuracy.
  7. You should contact Marie, our office manager, who handles membership to make sure she has your address, etc. correct. Reach her at manager@ipmsusa.org
  8. Judges comments may not help the, say, top five or so modelers in a category, but as anyone who has judged for long can attest, in a category of for example 20 entries, there may be 4-5 that are considered for awards. The others probably have many and/or obvious faults. These are the people that could learn from such comments. Obviously, they didn't consider that gapped seam on the top important or just didn't notice. Now they know and in the future can pay attention to it. They've learned "what judges look for". Another side of this is I have heard some really stupid comments during judging, national and otherwise and I've been at it for over 30 years. Those wouldn't help anyone.
  9. Don't think so. I believe they were "inspired" by the what was known as the "Liberty Tank", like this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_Mark_VIII
  10. This is the first tank designed that took crew comfort into account. The engine bay was separated off from the crew compartment by a bulkhead that kept the heat and exhaust away from them. Designed at the very end of WWI it did not see service in that conflict, but remained a mainstay of the Royal Army for may years afterwards. Matador's resin kit has six or seven main parts and then the smaller detail ones. The tracks are length and link out of resin. The casting was excellent with no warping, bubbles or short shots, but fit was very problematic, many parts needing modification to go where they were suppose to go. When complete, however, it is a great addition to any early armor collection.
  11. Aurora had several generic bases it included in its WW I biplane kits. They included a separate little medallion with the subjects name to attach to the base. That's the little disc in the photos.
  12. I've gotten attached to these old kits. Very basic, but fun builds. This one had the raised decal locators that needed to be sanded off and I added a basic interior. The scheme is of an American 28 of the 213th Aero Squad. based in Florida in 1919-20.
  13. Had a bit of fun with this. Used left over bits of wood decking from another kit to give the ship a "real" wood deck. Replaced the catwalk with thinner stock and veneered it as well. Replaced the kits smoke stack and other piping. Replaced all masts, spars and davits with rod stock and brass wire. Added PE railing and rigging from stretched sprue and a new wooden plaque for a base. Fun little project.
  14. Caught a few glimpses of this film yesterday and one shot caught my eye, While they were over Tokyo, there were a couple of stock footage shots of a B-25 with white engine cowling fronts flying at low altitude. What caught my eye, at least I think it's what I saw, was that the B-25 had a nose turret similar to that which the PB4Y2 mounted. Was I seeing things?
  15. First off, don't rule out Revell. Like I said, it they had had the opportunity,, I'm sure they would have made good on the part. 99% of the time, their kits are fine. I'd say if you're interested in a particular subject, post a note here asking what kit people recommend. You'll et lot's of responses.
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