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Ron Bell

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Yeah! what he said! (?????)
  6. Heck, they stuck those things on normal trucks, putting it on a half track would be no problem. Have at it.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I have used Woodland Scenics "Snow". After its in place, you can experiment with using hairspray on it to add different glosses/crusts.
  12. I was working on the Airfix Buffalo kit with the jeep 'passenger', but I wanted to do the Buffalo as an ambulance vehicle, so I needed to figure out what to do with the jeep, if anything. Then it hit me, why not a Jeep ambulance? A quick internet search produced a score of possible variations on this theme, so I chose one and had at it. The stretcher support frames are plastic rod stock with the exception of the curved one in the front, which is from brass wire. I sistered in a dash panel from another kit as the Airfix one is blank, a different steering wheel and column, brake, clutch and accelerator pedals, gear shift levers and used a different seat as the kit one was pretty plain looking. The stretchers are rod stock wrapped in masking tape with tape straps. The flag was printed from the internet onto regular paper and cut to fit the thin rod stock pole. The extra stowage was from the spares box. The decals were translucent, so I cut out circles of white decal that I applied first, which brightened them up. For an afterthought of a project, I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
  13. Andy, Glad to have you. You don't mention if you've actually joined the society. If not, I'd encourage you to do so and find a local chapter to join as well. You can learn so much more in person (virtual or otherwise) than by just looking. Ron
  14. Remember when kits had maybe a dozen or so parts? Remember when there were actual instructions that used real words to convey how to put together the model? Remember how nothing fit right? Well, here's a prime specimen. I got this in a sort of 'grab bag' purchase and after a few frustrating outings on more modern kits, I decided to just build it and have a little old fashioned modeling fun. It's OOTB with two exceptions. One is I sanded off all the raised panel lines. The second is that I blanked off the inside of the nose intake so you can't look all the way through the a/c. Fit was as you would expect it, but with careful prep and assembly amazingly little putty was required. The finish is Tamiya rattle can AS-12 Metalic Silver. The decals were way far gone, so I used some from the spares file. Took quite a bit of weight in the nose to get it not to sit on it's tail, but it was fun, didn't fight me and could have been an award winning model at a 1963 model show, which is when the kit came out.
  15. Hey Bob, note that this kit also originated at Stanton Hobbies! It may have sat on the shelf right next to your B-36.
  16. I got a couple of this series released by Aurora back in the 60's (63 to be exact for this one) and decided to do it as a nice desk model. It doesn't come with any landing gear, so that was actually and easy decision. Of course, in 1/175 this was a very basic kit with rather large trenches for panel lines. I filled all those and sanded everything smooth.The finish is Alclad polished aluminum. The decal were a total loss, so I just cobbled some together from my spares. I dressed up the base a bit in the hopes that it will be a bit more stable as it's pretty wobbly on it's own. I included a shot including the box top and the box end with the price tag of $.39.
  17. Amazing that "thing" got to the moon and back, well at least to the orbiting command module anyway. A labor of love, I assume, and it shows. Very nice work.
  18. Just plain excellent. Outstanding workmanship.
  19. Probably in this region, time-wise. 1973.
  20. They would have refueled the a/c as soon as it landed for a quick turn around. So, unless the a/c just landed, the fuel truck would be gone by the time of the next scramble, again unless that happened almost immediately, in which case the armorers would also still be there re-loading ammo.
  21. This is from the old Airfix Refueling set. Between this model, with has the twin axel in the rear and the earlier Airfix Matador with the 5.5" gun, which has a single axel, you have all sorts of possibilities for conversions. This one, however, is pretty much OOTB. I did replace the rear doors out of sheet plastic as the kit ones would have looked out of armor plate. I also "busied up" the pumping equipment as that supplied with the kit is a little sparse. Only other additions are headlights, which the kit omits, and glazing for the windows.
  22. After I finished a major project, I was casting around for something easy to get into. Poking through my stash, I came across my Airfix Emergency set with a K2 ambulance and Austin K6 Crash Tender (firetruck). At the same time, my eye fell on a box of left over 'stuff' from my Airfix Airfield Resupply and Bedford Truck sets. I had not used the long bed in the Bedford truck set, so I checked to see if it could be mated to the Austin K6 frame and, what you know, it could. It took a little doing, like lengthening the wheel wells and some other things, but it fit nicely. I also found a short bed in the Resupply set left over, so that was bodged into an improvised trailer. It turned out a lot better than i thought it would. The first pic is what the K6 kit is supposed to build up into.
  23. How much for all the bagged kits in one lot?
  24. Yeah, lots with the applicator, but not many with the bottles.
  25. Just FYI, this apparently includes Testors liquid cement. I have found all sorts of uses for this stuff. It's hard to find in the glass bottle, even on the internet, but if you like it, look hard and stock up when you find it 'cause it's going away.
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