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Ron Bell

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  1. Just hand painted with old Testor's "Brass" paint. Note that the one on the blade at 1-2 o'clock is on the wrong edge! Didn't see that until I uploaded the post. 😮
  2. Another step on my journey down the road of the old Aurora WW I kits. This is their DH-4. It comes with the four bladed prop instead of two and with the dual rear Lewis guns. That gun mount was disliked by the gunners as being bulky, hard to bring to bear and used up a LOT of ammunition. I added my usual basic interior, but the rest is OOTB.
  3. Duke, You are something else. You are a perfect example of one who really enjoys our hobby. And all those trucks would seem to be based on the same frame. Russian frugality at its best.
  4. Nice kit of a rare vehicle, but lots of clean up of flash, seams and rough surfaces. 3 pdr. detail is a bit mushy, but I can live with that. Fit overall is pretty good, although you do need to test fit everything to make sure. i added a few little things to make some aspects more logical or complete. They were actually pretty successful. However, the weight of the armored body and crew of seven(!) took it's toll on the springs and axels. They were used as "heavy" armored cars and assigned one per squadron of other armored cars, which were only armed with machine guns.
  5. Yes. It's a small resin kit.
  6. I'm not on the board anymore, so I don't have any answers, but for the ad manager, President, DLC and the Office Manager all to not reply is extremely odd and perhaps speaks more to an email problem in some way rather than a lack of response. Let's see what Dave's pinging does.
  7. I've had several more intense modeling projects recently, so I wanted to do something just for fun. I had picked up this kit at Scale Model World in the UK and decided to have a go. i've never done an Armourfast kit before, thinking them too simplistic but in all fairness, they are aimed at the wargaming market and a quick build and are well suited to that. However, besides the tracks, which are very simplistic, it was fun to work on and built up into a nice model. Fit was very good with only a tiny bit of putty needed at the top/bottom hull joints. What detail there is is pretty nicely done and it would be easy to 'dress up' this model. You get two kits in each box, so I may pass the other on to someone who's looking for a bit of stress relief.
  8. Another in this line of kits. Only added a very basic interior. Had to replace the kit's decals as they were browned than the paint I used on the fuselage.
  9. This was just for fun. It's a seven part kit that is surprisingly nicely cast. It could liven up a 1/144 scale airfield diorama.
  10. Kit is in HO scale, which is 1/87. The track is just a section of HO model rr track cut down to fit.
  11. Took a break from some longer term projects. Thought this would be a quick build/finish and it was. Ancient kit, needed some clean up, but really not that much. Replaced the molded in hand rails, but that's all. It's pretty cute. As usual with close up photos, you find the things you need to fix, and I will.
  12. Its Testors Aluminum. Just shows what lighting can do to color in a photo. I screwed up the footstep decals that came with the kit, so I customized ones from an old Matchbox Wellesley kit to at least look the part.
  13. Don't know if you have much experience with Valom kits, but they are about two steps above a limited release injection molded kit. Parts look good, but fit is iffy. Clear parts well done, but seldom fit. Much PE included that is small, fiddly and can't be seen. However, they make kits of subjects no one else does, Enter the Bristol Bombay. First flown in1935, it was designed as what was then known as a bomber/transport. It could do either but neither really well. It did serve as a bomber in the near east and Ethiopia and as a transport all over Europe. It was similar in capacity and performance to a Ju-52, which was also designed to be a a bomber/transport. Its greatest claim to fame was that this aircraft type changed the course of the war in North Africa. When Auchileck was sacked, Gott was named his successor and immediately flew to the front in a Bombay,, which was subsequently shot down, killing Gott and leading to the appointment of Montgomery and we all know the story from there. The kit is done OOTB and I even left out much of the interior as it just couldn't be seen. The clear parts for the windows were omitted as fit was problematic and I did them with Krystal Kleer with a coat of Johnson's Klear. Weathering, shading was done with pastels. Looks like a Bombay, but will never win any contests.
  14. Contact John Heck at artdirector@ipmsusa.org. He's the guy that actually puts the mag together and I know he's always looking for material.
  15. Duke, keep it up and you'll need a semi to get your collection to the next nationals! That turret would make a cool diorama.
  16. Mike, Yes, white can be tricky. Only way I can get it right is that since white covers so poorly and you may have different colored things on your model such as fillers, PE parts or other colored plastic, to get one color that the white can cover, first apply a light grey primer, then a coat of FLAT white that covers the primer evenly. When that is set, if it is at all rough, go over it with either very fine sandpaper (600 grit or higher) or very fine steel wool being careful to avoid burning through the white. Gil Hodges has even been known to use a small piece of burlap as a buffer as it is soft yet has just the right amount of "grit". When you've removed any orange-peel, apply fine coats of gloss white until a nice even color is achieved. As painters say, keep a wet edge. If you apply gloss white over gloss white that has started to "skin" over, it won't mix with then paint already applied and will sit on top and may orange peel. Then leave it alone for at least a day so the top coat can set. It's a little involved, but does produce an even coat of white. You can use this same procedure for other "problem" colors such as red or yellow, just use the flat version of those colors for the coat between the primer and top coat.
  17. In keeping with their tradition of designing particularly ungainly aircraft, this was the British Army's heavy lift aircraft during the Cold War. Don't let the scale fool you. In 1/144 it has a 13 inch wingspan. That would be 26 inches in 1/72. A Halifax in that scale has a 15 inch wing span, so that gives you a point of comparison. It was a BIG aircraft. It could carry cargo and/or paratroopers. Google it and see how the troopers loaded and jumped. Weird, but it worked. The kit was typical MIkro Mir, a mix of nice molding, decent fit, but vague instructions as to what went where, especially when it came to the PE parts. It comes with a pretty detailed, at least for this scale, flight deck and cargo area. The rear clamshell doors have interior detail as does the fuselage, so if you can find some 1/144 scale British troops or vehicles, it could make a neat diorama. I was going to do mine buttoned up, so I just left all that out simplifying assembly greatly. The decals were just outstanding, being opaque, thin and tough. They settled down nicely. This was obviously going to be a tail sitter, so I made sure to have plenty of weight in the nose area, but even with that, it still settled on its hind end, so I had to make a prop for it out of an old clear plastic stand.
  18. This is pretty silly and I'm sure is just a typo, but is pretty ironic. Did anyone really read the title of this thread? Accuarcy? Made me giggle.
  19. Let's use armor as an example. A given judge may be an "expert" on the M-4 Sherman. He knows every nut and bolt on every variant and judges Shermans accordingly. However, he doesn't know squat about German tanks, so he can't/doesn't judge accuracy on them. Is it fair that the Sherman is judged for accuracy and the Panzer IV not? Our members build such a bewildering number of types and sub-types of variants of so many different subjects that we can't have judges that are experts on everything so that everything is judged the same, so to be fair, we shouldn't judge it until we're down to maybe the top few that are the same quality assembly-wise to try to pick the winner. At that point, judging teams will usually call in "so and so" because he "knows" the subject better than anyone on their own team to help with accuracy.
  20. Not many kits of this vehicle around, so I jumped on this when I found it. One tricky part was the car itself is done in two halves, front and back, making for a long seam all the way around the middle of the car. It filled in pretty well, but took some doing to make it "go away" as is always the case with seams on flat surfaces. Also, if you put the provided spring parts on the locators called out, the body winds up way too high. Removing the locators brings everything into alignment, Just noticed that I forgot to paint the search light lens. Oh well. Back to the work bench. Looks nice when done and fills a niche in my modern British vehicles collection.
  21. Excellent work. Just for comparison, here's the first model of this vehicle in 1/35/2 scale, the old Monogram one. What a difference 40 years makes.
  22. Nice idea, if you have a printer that could do that, which I don't. But thanks anyway.
  23. I have an Eindekker with no markings and can find no, I repeat, no, aftermarket early WWI Maltese cross decals in 1/48. I found 1/144, 1/72 even 1/24 and 1/32, but no 1/48. Anyone know of any or have a spare set from a kit? If not, this one goes back on the shelf unfinished.
  24. Not common place, but it there is no other way to tell one model's flaws from another, yes, it may happen. They are cautioned to use extreme care and use it as a last resort, but yes, they may do it. Remember, these are 3D representations of prototypes, so must be judged in the same dimensions.
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