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Ron Bell

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  1. WildBill, overall, it fit fine. The plug for the ventral turret was the trickiest because you had to be vey precise in cutting the kit parts so the conversion parts would fit. The nose and tail were just straight cuts along a panel line.
  2. This is a real not-so-golden-oldie. The original kit dates from the early 50's, but this is the Atlantis re-release. It's not up to the standard of their M-46, but it's a fun build. Forget accuracy. Other than getting the general shapes correct, all the detail is missing and/or wrong. However, in their defense, they did not exactly have access to detailed drawings and photos at the time, only blurry images taken by military attaches at parades. The Russians never used the Stalin III in its intended role. Closest it got was its use on the Chinese frontier as a dug in pill box. Shortly after the war, it morphed into the T-10 and then the T-10M. It did scare NATO into developing the British Conqueror and the US M-103 to counter it. It was used in action in the Near East and in the Indo-Pakistani wars. This is it OOTB with the exception of replacing the grab handles on the turret as they are such a prominent feature and I also added the retainer straps, end handles and filler caps on the fuel tanks as they were pretty bland without them. The track sag is not an attempt at realism, but rather was needed as the tracks are too long, so I had to take up the slack somehow.
  3. We set it up in the venders' room so that people have access to it even while judging is going on. There are usually 15-20 models for sale. They don't go for a lot, but somewhere in the $5-20 range. Last year the club made over $250. The people that buy them are usually kids, people with kids, people that just like whatever the subject is but don't/can't build, modelers that need certain parts from that subject. We make periodic announcements about it during the show to stir up interest.
  4. I have a display case I got when a local store went belly-up. To me, the process of building is more important than the finished model, so after admiring my handiwork for a while, I need more space for a later effort. When the case gets full, I thin it out and donate the overflow to my club's local contest which has a silent auction of completed models. I get space and the club makes money. Win/Win.
  5. This is the M+E Models conversion set mated to a 2nd generation Airfix Lancaster. You get a new nose and tail as well as a plug for the ventral turret and a page of decals. From what I've been able to gather, these used the paddle bladed props, so the ones in the kit shouldn't be used. I got a set of the other props from a friend. It sat on the shelf for a few years as the decals shattered when put in water. Then I discovered that the new Airfix Whitley kit comes with BOAC markings. I know they're not correct, but they look fine and what's more, they fit. Finish is SNJ polished with their polishing dust with the exception of the control surfaces.
  6. Remember these? This the the dawn of armor modeling in the 50's. Aurora had a series of 1/48 tank kits that included the Stalin III and Churchill, which wouldn't be modeled in any scale for literally decades. This is the Atlantis re-release of the M-46 Patton. It's actually the second re-release as Aurora modified it's original molds to more closely represent an M-46 and not an M-26 Pershing. The detail is on the sparse side and the turret MG is cartoonish, but over all it does look like a Patton. Fit is horrendous and there was lots of flash and mold seams. But with work, it looks presentable. This is OOTB (I did drill out the gun barrels and had to retexture the turret after I fixed the huge top/bottom seam) built as a pressure reliever for a larger project I was in the midst of. The paint color was MM Green Drab, but with weathering and washes, it looks more brown than green.
  7. Try contacting Bill Devins. He was in several episodes. He might have access to some/copies.
  8. Contact the office manager at manager@ipmsusa.org. She's the one maintaining the mailing list and can get you a replacement.
  9. Robert, Welcome back! We have a very active modeling community here in Columbus. We have a good club and meet the second Sunday of each month at the Westerville Library. Please, consider this an invite to join us. HOWEVER given the current Covid-19 business, the library is closed, so we won't be meeting until it re-opens. You can find out more about us on our FaceBook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/100922699967667/ including meeting times/dates.
  10. This is the Revell 1954 release of the F-94C. The original release had one-piece wings and no landing gear. I blanked off the intakes and exhaust and the gear wells and replaced the gear doors as they were much too thick. The markings are just whatever was in my spares box as the ones in the kit were very yellowed. Finish is Alclad over gloss black. The panels were done with dull coated or sprayed decal film. I think the basic finish is too glossy. It's "polished aluminum". Next time I'll try a different color. Slowly but surely I'm getting the hang of these natural metal finished a/c.
  11. This is a resin kit from Retro Tracks, a Belgian company. It's a very nice casting that went together pretty easily. The challenge was that camo in 1/72. It doesn't look too bad in the photos, but in person, it's kind of rough is some spots. The vehicle itself was not a roaring success. As a tank, it was a miserable failure. It was front heavy, the chassis was overloaded and it was underpowered However, it proved useful on occasion as a sort of proto-assault gun (that's a French 75 in the nose) and as mobile artillery. It was declared obsolete immediately after the war and discarded.
  12. Please contact our office manager as she is the keeper of that list. There are many rasons why such things could occur ranging from just not telling us of a change up to human error. Please be part of the solution and let her know at manager@ipmsusa.org
  13. Just for future reference, you can reach any of the ipms officers via their email listing on the ipms web site under "about" and then "officer listing".
  14. Here's another "golden oldie", the Revell 1954 kit of the F7U-3M. I used a German re-release, which was good because it had a much nicer decal sheet. The kit was the original molds, however, raised panel lines and decal locators galore. All were sanded off and some amount of putty was used to get a good joint for the vertical tails and the wing to fuselage joint. The canopy, though nicely molded, was too wide for the fuselage, so I had to shim out where it mated to the fuselage. I closed off the jet intakes, but that was pretty much all I did. I tried Tamiya rattle can AS-12 silver as I was told it made a good natural metal. Suffice to say, it doesn't. Looks like silver paint. I took some clear decal paper and painted it several different shades of silver and cut it into various shapes for panels. Doesn't look as good as I had hoped. That new decal sheet was very good and all that stenciling breaks up some pretty large barren flat planes. It was a challenge, but also fun. You really use whatever modeling skills you have to get these old guys into shape. Kind of like me at the gym, a lot of effort but in the end, you're still an old guy and the "newer" ones look better without even trying. This particular a/c was assigned to a missile test squadron. That's why the Sparrows are painted orange and white with the black stripe.
  15. Wild Bill, The red is just Testers enamel Insignia Red out of the bottle. Nick, The cockpit floor is the kit part. Its probably wrong as the floor was more likely just plywood, but a wash and a dry brushing and it at least looks interesting in there.
  16. Since it's metal, you want something with more "tooth". An acrylic might not adhere well Try something simple, like Tester's enamel primer. Stir it well and thin it with their thinner,. Experiment on a scrap piece of metal first. If you thin it to a good consistency, it should settle our well. When thoroughly set ( a couple days) try wet sanding it very lightly with 600 or higher grit sandpaper to feather out any edges.
  17. Ron Bell

    tank tracks

    Keith, Would like to help, but you're going to have to be a little more specific than "won't work" before anyone can. How don't they work?
  18. If you put out notices of who the 1,2,3 winners are on Sat. morning, almost every other model in the room will be gone by noon, people will not stay Sat. night in the hotel reducing the number of used, but required, room nights, and the only people at any awards presentation that night will be those that won the 1,2,3 awards, and remember many of those will be people that have won multiple awards, so the number present will be much lower than the actual number of awards and it will be even harder to meet any food/beverage requirement of the venue. And all those people won't be in the venders area spending money on Saturday and then what vender is going to travel all that distance and pay those rates to set up for such a short period of sales? I base that on 40 years of national convention experience and what I've seen at local contests that use a similar approach, i.e. my own club . We place the 1,2,3 winners on the table then open the room up and wait a bit before we read the other awards. When people see they have not won, they pack up and leave. By the time we finish those awards, the room is mostly empty. For us, it doesn't matter as it's only intended to be a one day, drive in show anyway but imagine the impact on a what is suppose to be a national event. You either accept the convention as a gathering of people who love models and modeling and want to meet and be with other modelers, or it's just a big model show with a venders area. If the former, then you can go Gil's way and emphasize comraderie and have a banquet with a speaker on Friday and an awards ceremony a la Chattanooga on Saturday. If all you want is a big model contest, put out the awards on Sat. morning and watch everyone leave, but don't expect it a second time 'cause where are you going to find a venue that you can do that in that you can afford and where is the club that wants to put all that effort in for very little return. It's the IPMS/USA National Convention. It's a convention. It's a gathering, not just a model contest. If that doesn't appeal to as many people now as it use to in the past, maybe it needs to be smaller, not larger. In some ways, maybe those few guys who got together for dinner long ago in Chicago had the right idea. Just people gathering together to enjoy each other and their shared hobby. Here's a weird idea. Similar to the British show, Scale Model World, mix our venders up with the models. Maybe have a row of venders, then the aircraft categories, then another row of venders and another group of categories and so on. Maybe place aircraft heavy venders near the aircraft and automotive venders by the automotive categories. Maybe we need to rethink the whole thing, but then maybe we don't mess with something that seems to be working just fine. This is off topic, so forgive the tangent, but I spent 22 years in IPMS national leadership positions pondering all this stuff and it still sticks with me.
  19. It's kind of an F-84F after it's been on Weight Watchers. Just doesn't look as "hefty" as it should.
  20. Here's a trip down memory lane for you modelers "of a certain age". This kit was first released in 1958 and It was state of the art at the time. It has decent engraved panel lines, was light on the rivets (but I sanded them off anyway), and had the embossed decal locators, which had to be removed. I replaced the gear doors as the kit ones were just too thick and the decals are cobbled together from my spares as the ones in the kit were much too yellowed to use. The finish is Alclad over some panels primed in flat and the rest in gloss black. It I could have produced this model and taken it to a contest in 1959, I might have won something, but today, it's just a nostalgia piece, but it was fun to build.
  21. This is one of the best resin castings I have ever seen. The detail is amazing, there were no bubbles or short shots, no globs and the detail went all the way down to the floor inside. One rear fender was broken, but a spare was included. It's OOTB with the exception of some of the stowage on the inside. The Windsor Carrier was made in Canada using parts from the ubiquitous Universal carrier in an attempt to produce a larger, more powerful vehicle. It was all that, but it was also found that it had some mechanical problems. Only about 500 were produced and the 21st Army Group used them to tow 6 pdr. AT guns in Europe.
  22. Richard, if you contact the Regional Coordinator for Region IV, your region, he can get you a list of IPMS members in your area that are not affiliated with a chapter. It may be a source of recruiting for you. Contact Paul Helfrich at paulhelfrich@yahoo.com
  23. 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. 😮
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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