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

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  1. Roden 1/72 Rolls Royce armored car

    Second picture is the dash board that is completely invisible when you close it all up.
  2. Roden 1/72 Rolls Royce armored car

    Thiis is a nice kit, but needs close attention to fit and seams. I replaced the fighting compartment doors with thinner sheet stock, cut out the turrent hatches and made replacements from sheet stock and thinned the radiator doors and detailed their inside. Added interior as well, which like most a/c models can't be seen. Irish flag is from paper and sharpie markers. DSCN4855 by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/156489113@N02/
  3. True to its name, Blizzcon in Columbus, Ohio had snow falling in the afternoon. Hardly a blizzard as none of it stuck, but it was snow. We wound up with 622 entries, up quite a bit from the last few years and a full vendor's room. Don't know about photos as our regular photog was filling in for our regular guy who runs our silent auction. We also signed up 5 new national members using this program: http://www.ipmsusa.org/member_services/membership_recruitment.shtml Contact our office manager and she can send you some extra Journals to use for samples and brochures to hand out. Print off the forms and sign and sign them up at the show. If every show in the US recruited 3-5 members, imagine the spike in membership! All it takes is one guy sitting at a table for a few hours. Don't know how it could get any easier.
  4. 3-Stage Ferry Rocket--1955

    Vey nice job on an ancient simplistic kit. I, too, remember that show fondly. Always favored the Tomorrow Land episodes above all others. Nice touch with the railings. Looking at them, just think how huge this thing would have been in real life. I would have given a Saturn V a run for its money!
  5. The dates on their bid for 2019 were August 7-10, 2019.
  6. Gil, Congrats on a great show. Remember when there weren't even 400 models at the regionals we went to, never mind over 500! Good job Jacksonville.
  7. 1/72 Roden 8 inch howitzer with FWD Model B ammo truck

    The camo was done in stages. Everything was sprayed light grey first. Then I masked the lt. grey areas roughly with silly putty and sprayed any other colors that did not touch the grey. These were all enamels. Then, to avoid lifting the undercoats, I brushed on the other colors in acrylics to the approximate demarcation lines, then did the black with a fine brush and acrylic black. Tedious, but it worked
  8. 1/48 M-10 Tank Destroyer

    Those are such nice kits and you did a good job. Nice weathering as well.
  9. This can be purchased as a set or individually. The gun is a very nice, detailed rendering. The iron "tires" on the wheels are done as separate vinyl parts that are too short but with a little judicious stretching and using super glue, they fit. While they are too wide (the real ones did hang over the rims, but not this much), some trimming worked fine. The gun can be built either "in battery" or "in transport" configuration. Unfortunately, they don't tell you that in the instructions. They tell you to glue the gun lock (that thing on top of the trail on the right side) across the box of the trail as it would be in travel mode, which is fine except they also tell you to glue all the gun mount and site parts in place which locks the gun in a firing position. To put the gun out of battery, you would need to not glue the gun mounts or the sight until the gun lock is in place and you can set the gun on it and the glue the rest in position. Let's just say they are typical Roden instructions. As to the truck, I've built a LOT of small scale models and this may be the fiddliest I've ever done. Many parts are smaller than the sprue gates and extreme care must be taken in their removal and clean up. The undercarriage is quite detailed, but the instructions are poor. However, the illustrations of the parts are rendered very well so you can use the pictures to identify parts and locations. The caisson is very delicate. I broke one axel without even knowing it. All told it makes up into a very nice little display and would lend itself well to a diorama.
  10. Flying to Nats

    I carry my entries in what was called in the day a Train Case. It's a small suitcase with a handle on the top. It fits nicely under the seat. Got it at a flea market or garage sale. I've also jerry rigged boxes to do the same task when I needed a skosh more room with a make-shift handle. I make sure my entries are secure inside and put it in a tub to go through the xray machine as those lead flaps at the openings can turn a light article like this topsy-turvy with disastrous results to the contents. If your item has ANY metal in or on it, it may catch their eye and you'll have to open it up. Whatever you use, ensure that it can be opened and closed easily and the model seen without obstruction, just in case. Only problem I ever had was when I learned the lesson about the lead flaps and when I once took a white metal kit, which caused the xray thingy to blink. That case never leaves my side.
  11. This may be a long shot, but how about asking a Norwegian? You could try posting this on the IPMS/Norway Forum at: https://www.ipmsnorge.org/forum/index.php
  12. Looking for Nieuport 28 decals

    PM me with a price and where/how to send payment.
  13. Looking for Nieuport 28 decals

    Robin, I'd be interested in both, but really in the decal sheet. Let me know. Ron
  14. There's more involved than just the size. Where are the injection gates? How are the interior pieces engineered cause if they are done differenlty the PE might not fit. Are the details all shaped the same? Is there as much room in the "X" kit cockpit as there is in the "Y" kit to fit in the PE whosywhatzis. I've experienced this with photo cut masks as well. You'd think the window pattern and shapes at least would be the same between two kits of the same thing by different companies, but nope. Its pretty much trial and error.
  15. Looking for Nieuport 28 decals

    Does anyone have the sheet of decals that came with the Glencoe release of the Aurora Nieuport 28 that they are willing to part with for a reasonable amount? PM me if you do. Thanks.