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Ron Bell

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  1. The one hotel was already sold out when I originally posted and the other quoted me a rate of over $250 night.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Some logistical drawbacks of buying generic medals are where do they get stored, and if a facility is found, how many are shipped every year to the host chapter and how many of each, and then, of course, the host has to ship any excess medals back for storage or possibly to the next host. If we could be assured that most winners are looking for the recognition and not necessarily a plaque or medal, we could just use certificates printed off by the host by type, G, S or B, as needed, but I can't see that as happening.
  5. Just a suggestion. The dates of the convention are not shown on the Homepage. It might be helpful if they were.
  6. Just FYI. If you kept your name badge from the national convention, take out the inside card and your CDC covid vaccination card fits in it perfectly. You should not laminate it as it may need to be updated, so this protects the card without hindering any future processing.
  7. Out of curiosity, I counted the steps from my room to the registration area. The total was 650. Times 3 feet per step yielded a journey of 1/3 of a mile each trip. Do that twice in a day (minimum) and you walked a mile and a third just to get to registration, never mind steps in the venders' and contest rooms. At least the venue was carpeted. On concrete, that could have put a serious hurt on the feet. Next time we have such a venue, I'm going to rent a golf cart and charge for rides to the convention area. I should make enough to cover my venders' room expenses anyway. 🛺 😀
  8. I know others have said it in other posts, but I thought it would be nice to have a specific topic for this. I've seen quite a few conventions from the inside and out, and this one was a winner. Thank you, Las Vegas, for a wonderful convention put on under very difficult circumstances. All the applause at the awards ceremony were well deserved and well earned.
  9. Just FYI for future conventions, on Saturday morning there was a judging team available to give you feedback on your models. They would not have compared them to any other models and would not have know what the actual judges of your models saw, but they could have given general feedback from a judging point of view.
  10. I was trying to find a way to kill some time before the nationals as I didn't want to start a big project and then leave it for a week or so, so I dug around and came up with this. It's a old, bagged kit that I got as part of a job lot of kits I bought. The decals were unusable, so I had to find some alternative a/c to build. I didn't want to do the usual shark mouth deal nor the three color camo job, so I looked around and found this, a Russian P-40B painted in a not usually seen way. I did it OOTB as I didn't want to make more of it than it is, but did replace the guns and added the vane antenna. The markings were scrabbled together from my spares. It's obviously no contest winner, but it was a fun little diversion from a bunch of scratch building, detailing or wrestling with PE parts.
  11. Rigging is stretched sprue. You get it taught by lighting a match and then blowing it out and putting the line to be tensioned in the smoke. It springs taught as it shrinks. It takes a bit to get the hang of it and you may melt a few lines, but they are easily replaced.
  12. I'm a fellow 'nostalgia modeler" and can attest to the fact that it's still possible to have actual 'fun' building a model instead of wrestling with a bunch of tiny detail parts and fiddly photo etch stuff. Great job on the B-26. Let's see more.
  13. I got this kit in a grab bag of kits I bought. It's from the 1956 molds and even had the pilot's head molded in halves integral to the fuselage sides. There are many inaccuracies and omissions, so to build it 'right' would be a real waste of time as there are now many other much better representations, including Airfix's own excellent re-tooled one. But I decided to do it just for fun, so I did it as a desk model and since it was to be in flight, I added the 'spinning' prop. I also rigged it, which was not called for in the instructions, and added the antenna, which you may notice is the wrong configuration, but since there were so many other 'problems' and it was simpler to do this way, I settled for it amongst all the other inaccuracies, which includes the markings. The kit's decals were useless, so I got some out of the spares box. They actually belong to a Hawker Fury of First Squadron, but hey, in for a penny in for a pound, inaccuracy-wise.
  14. I'm reading Holland's "Sicily '43". In a chapter entitled "Airpower", he tells a story of a pair of Spitfires out of Malta equipped with "auxiliary fuel tanks that could be discarded ..." I'm no aircraft expert, but I don't recall ever hearing mention of Spits being so equipped nor seen a photo of one. Anyone out there have more info on this?
  15. I started working on this as "stuff" dried/set on another model, then got caught up in it as it was turning out pretty nice. Typical Frog kit with few parts and no interior detail, so I painted up the crash test dummy like pilot they provide just to fill in the space. For it's age, it's a nice little kit and was actually fun to build with few hassles or problems.
  16. These are wargamming kits, but are very nicely detailed, especially given their size, and just fall together. They are darn fun to build. The only things I added to these were the fuel lines to the outside tanks and the antennae and pennants. The quarter is there for size perspective.
  17. This is actually a war game miniature and you get three in one box. They say it's 1/72 but next to other 1/72 Sherman tank kits (I know the RAM was it's basis), it's huge! The suspension and tracks are one-piece assemblies, but with the exception of the guide horns not being correct, they are very nice. The gun mount is very simplified as well so I reworked the gun mount adding a gun sight and the control wheels and a gunner's seat. I also added an instrument panel for the driver. And by the way, you get a complete crew and the figures are pretty well done, if a bit plump, but I didn't use them all as it would have been very crowded in there. I also drilled out the gun barrel and muzzle brake, cut open the driver's viewing hatch and replaced it from the spares box and removed the slab molded-on handles on the side and replaced them with wire. The stowage comes in the kit. No decals are provided and I did not have any appropriate ones, so if I do find some later, I'll add them on. I was surprised how nice it looks for a war-game miniature and wouldn't mind trying another of their kits.
  18. You might try mini saw blades for your Exacto. They have very fine teeth and are very thin and come in all sorts of shapes. Several companies sell them. They usually come on something like a PE fret. They are not for the larger plugs you find on resin kits, but work well on flash and in tighter places. Here's some available from Micro Mark Tools.
  19. This is from the dual kit with the Char B1 bis. Before the accuracy police get started, I know it's a WW 2 version, and I know that there were many small and some large changes from the WW 1 versions and that this kit has been called to account for inaccuracies and it's very name has been questioned. However, in general, it looks more like an Ft-17 than anything else on my shelf and fills a hole in my WW 1 collection. I know there are other kits of it out there, but not any to which I have access, so this will have to do. That all being said, it's actually a nice little kit to build, if a bit fiddly getting the hull together in alignment and with no seams. The detail is typical Matchbox in that what there is, is kind of 'mushy' or heavy handed. I added all the tools and the jack from the spares box to busy it up and the camouflage is from a photo I found on the internet. When done, it measures about 2.5 inches long and I think it makes a rather pleasing little model.
  20. Yeah! what he said! (?????)
  21. Heck, they stuck those things on normal trucks, putting it on a half track would be no problem. Have at it.
  22. The greatest part of this is that you can't tell the vacuforms from the Eduard kit. A tribute to your skill. I dabble in vacs and know what it takes to wrestle these things together. Outstanding work.
  23. Duke, You never cease to amaze! I don't think anyone enjoys modeling as much as you. Keep it up and bring 'em to Vegas in 21.
  24. Here's another trip down memory lane. This kit dates from 1970. For those not familiar with FROG, they were making wooden model aircraft kits as far back as the 1930's and were one of the first to transition to all plastic kits. The name, FROG, stands for "Flies Right Off the Ground", as most of their early rubber band powered models did. I had to do a little research as I knew very little about this a/c. It's got an Allison engine instead of the later Merlin and came with two 20mm cannons, although the British models exchanged these for four 50 cal. mgs. From what I read, it was not intended to be a fighter-bomber, rather as a pure fighter, so the hard points under the wings for ordnance were removed. HOWEVER, obviously, Frog intended the kit's parts to suffice for both versions, so they compromised, using the mg wings, but including rather clunky bomb racks under the wings. So, thinking it looked cooler with ordnance under the wings, I ground off the kit's bomb racks and substituted ones from a Blenheim kit. In addition, even though the racks were there the kit did not come with bombs, so I pirated two from the same Blenheim kit. The rest is OOTB with the exception of the decals. The ones in the example I got were too far gone to salvage, so I used ones from the spares box. The invasion stripes are painted on. I don't know how accurate the outline and/or dimensions are, but it looks like a P-51A to me.
  25. Welome to the group, Rene. While covid has things in a knot, please take a moment and go here, https://calendar.ipmsusa3.org/chapter-map , to see if you can find a local IPMS Chapter near you. Most are either meeting with the appropriate precautions, have Zoom meetings, or have established internet groups where they "gather" virtually. Having this local connection can be very rewarding as they share techniques and info about kits.
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