Forgot your password?
Posted June 11, 2014
Posted May 31, 2014
Passing this request along to anyone who can help him find this decal sheet...
While doing a lot of research work in the vast WWW for my next project, NASA´s Boeing 737-130 N515NA in scale 1:72, I have found the superb 1/144 decal sheet of the IPMS USA released in 1996 (.
Now, I have the original Monogram-kit from 1978, the appropriate engines are ordered, as well as the book "AIRBORNE TRAILBLAZER: Two Decades with NASA Langley" by Lane E. Wallace. The last items missing are corresponding decals or suitable digital templates.
So, please, can you help me?
I am an enthusiastic model maker of NASA air- and spacecrafts for more than 25 years and over the last two decades, I´ve received a lot of assistance by many NASA Centers and staff.
The results you can see on my own extensive website www.nasa-wings.info!
Any help would be greatly appreciated and mentioned (if wanted) on my website and I assure you that I have absolutely neither commercial intentions nor intentions to abuse any copyrights concerning eventually relinquished documents or digital data .My only wish is to create a new wonderful and worldwide unique model, like my Space Shuttle prototype OV-101 "Enterprise" with cratched tail cone!.
If you have any questions please don´t hesitate to contact me!
With best model making regards,
Michael Kletzsch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted May 13, 2014
Can't wait to read your review, Chris. I was floored when I received mine in the mail. It is currently the largest box in my stash!
Posted May 9, 2014
Just got my own copy of this. Wow! Meng has certainly raised the bar with this one!
in General Modeling
Posted May 6, 2014
Please pass along my congrats to the entire crew for hosting a great show/contest last weekend! I was part of the IPMS Tidewater contingent that "invaded" and we all had a great time.
Posted April 24, 2014
Yep, link and length. Follow the instructions EXACTLY for a perfect fit.
Yes, the stripes were hand painted with a wide, flat brush. Just like the real thing.
Posted April 23, 2014
Thanks Gil. I painted the striping, not the numerals. I opted for a "sloppier" look instead of the nice, straight lines provided by the Tamiya decals. I absolutely fell in love with the Mr. Softer/Mr. Setter line of decal setting solutions. Works much better with the thicker decals a'la Tamiya, Hasegawa.
I put a lot of extra effort into adding details that weren't part of the original kit. Rougher weld beads added, handles added to external gas tanks, periscope added to commander's hatch, scratched tow cable on rear deck as well as other bits and pieces of plastic added throughout. More weathering to come but it's basically 95% done.
Posted April 21, 2014
Nicely done, Bryan! It's funny how these Tamiya 1:48 "quick builds" turn into the basis for a super detailing project, isn't it? My Panzer IV started out the same way and you saw how far I went with it....
I LOVE that barrel! It, in addition to the add-on armor, makes this a really special build, IMO.
Posted April 15, 2014
Thanks for the comments about the whitewash, guys. I credit Mike Rinaldi's Panzer Art1 book for many tricks and tips in achieving this result.
Thanks Rob, Gil.
The rear storage bin is the kit part with some scratch built additions (unseen between the bin and the turret) and photo-etch latches. I had several Eduard sets but ended up picking and choosing between them.
Posted April 13, 2014
Chris...and it's quite a bit cheaper.
Check out their groundwork product Clayshay. I use it and love it.
Posted April 12, 2014
I paint mine on the vehicle. I'm careful, however, not to use too much glue in attaching it so that, when I paint the tools later, I can slip a piece of post-it note paper between the tool and the model to keep the paint where it should be and not bleed onto the model.
Z: this is my third attempt at building a 1:48 KV-1. Keep at it!
Zglossip: Mark and I are buddies. Don't mistake his gibes as the irrational rants from a crazy hermit in the northwest (which, of course, he is). He's just sharing an inside joke with me. I appreciate your kind words about my latest project. Mark is one of many in IPMS who have freely shared their encouragement and opinions with me through the years. They've helped my work improve immensely.
A couple more Apoxie tricks...water and baby powder keeps it from sticking. I used the powder like flour in baking as I rolled out the "dough" before putting it on the model. A quick brushfull of water will take the powder away and allow sticking to commence. I also use a wet finger to smooth things a bit if the layer is too thick. Put a surgical glove on your hand to keep from putting fingerprints on your layer of putty. Practice on an cheap airplane kit (or some other model that's not important to you) before committing to your current project.
Remember, don't rush, it takes a while for the putty to cure rock hard.
Posted April 9, 2014
Chris: I did it with Apoxie putty. I roughed the turret with sandpaper, then applied a thin coat to the surface. I let it dry for 30 minutes or so and worked in the zimmerit pattern over the next 60 minutes or so. Apoxie's great in that you have HOURS to get the pattern right before it cures rock hard.
I saw your M-48 in Fredericksburg last weekend. Loved the build and the way you nailed the color and details...it was a dead ringer for the one in Patton!
Mr. Ford: I was going for a "just okay" project this time. The bent antenna fell off in transit and is being retrieved by the figure who isn't on the base anymore....Make sense?
Mark A.: Thanks! I'm trying to work my way through all the 1:48 projects on my workbench....
Here's my 1:48 Tamiya PzIV J build finished as a Bulgarian vehicle in the post-war years (1946). I added the Eduard zimmerit set on the hull and added my own zimmerit using Apoxie to the turret. An aftermarket main gun and muzzle brake and various bits of brass and photo etch rounded out this build. I've been working on this project for almost two years.
Here's my finished KV-1 with a lot of extras: photo etch fender supports, a metal gun barrel, brass tubing machine guns, copper wire tow cables, headlight lens plus added wiring to headlight and horn. The kit was finished with acrylics. The whitewash effect was achieved by using the hairspray technique and applying it twice to add a bit more depth than with a single coat.
in Photos: On the Bench
Posted March 31, 2014
After all, Mark, it's how you fix misfortunes like this that will separate you from the casual builder. I'm constantly fixing things I've broken....no one knows but me. :m1helmet:
Posted March 22, 2014
Nice work, Chris!
in Tools, Tips & Techniques
How long between your last coat of Future and the application of decals? Lots of different opinions out there, wondered what you do.