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Everything posted by cheveuxroux

  1. Nice work on the figure. Very interesting and useful description of how you did the painting. I viewed the movie recently on the local Chicago station but that wasn't the only Christmas related appearance by the actor. One of my favorites: The Avengers Too Many Christmas Trees also had an appearance- again Dickens themed- by Mervyn Johns
  2. Really nice work; especially the old Sopwith - perhaps in danger from "Man's Best Friend"πŸ˜‰ and the Testors/Italeri 1/35 M47 's paint job that reminds me I haven't visited the First Division Museum since before the COVID lock downs.
  3. Definitely shows off the clean lines of that aircraft !
  4. Ron Bell's Aurora (Atlantis)1/48 M-46 Patton looked so nice, I bought the re-issue at Hobby Lobby for the closeout half price. Just when I'm gonna get the opportunity to build and paint it................πŸ™„
  5. I've heard a number of reports over the years that police departments are not legally responsible for protecting citizens Adding to that information - the increase in crimes around urban areas since March 2020 doesn't help. I do wonder if a local prosecutor may try to hold the security company's client responsible for any injury or death resulting from a break in. So far I have been unable to google any comments on that situation. A Security Company should , however, provide one extra legal layer between the client and those who are committing a crime ; better than an arrest for being directly responsible for what happens. Hopefully the security companies won't be stretched thin by area crimes.
  6. OMG.......I bought that Aurora Gotha re-issue version in a K-Mart back during the heyday of the Disco era. ...........also bought the K & B version but didn't build them as I had little info outside of the Profile Publication. Unlike the above hyperlink- I had to buy my copy at either Stanton Hobby in Chicago or Al's Hobby in Elmhurst - both long OOB. Plastic of my K&B version is blue and black while the plastic of my Aurora boxed kit is dark green and black. Based on what you were able to do with that Aurora Camel, the Gotha ought to be a smashing addition to your collection when complete. Aurora’s 1/48 Gotha G.V Bomber Review with Kit Release History
  7. Unfortunately, I am also aware of the risk of being hauled into court by either the injured individual or family members. I first learned of that in the mid 1960s as a child when an attorney gave my father advice about what he could do to protect his family in a similar situation; the only solution was moving. Chicago pays out a LOT of taxpayer money in lawsuits against the city.
  8. I am very sorry to read of what has been happening to ipmsusa2 A lot of that has been happening in the Chicago metro area starting in AD 2020 and two local TV stations have decided to broadcast early to mid 1970s Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and Charles Bronson movies . As for homeless: Since the Covid Lock Downs- in the Chicago suburbs - I have been seeing old cars filled with trash bags of possessions and sometimes an aluminum and fabric lawn chair or bicycle strapped to the roof; the occupant sitting nearby under a sheltering store roof overhang. FWIW.......before setting any traps for critters, you might want to consult with an attorney about what legal problems may arise from such devices as I am reminded of various articles over the years: Booby trap killing echoes textbook case Just sayin' I Hope your situation improves.
  9. Looks really nice to me! I don't know enough about variants, but the first image that came to mind was a scene in the movie Bridges at Toko-Ri as the carrier was being maneuvered in port using the Skyraiders
  10. If that's the reason, I look forward to more chrome in future builds. πŸ˜‰ Both of you do a great job on your builds ! πŸ™‚
  11. By Grabthar's Hammer ! I can almost see those cute little aliens - with the really pointy teeth- now ! Looks great ! I gotta try that window technique for my old 1960s era Aurora and Lindberg kits at home awaiting rebuilding.
  12. I had the AURORA P-38 kit molded in OD in the 1960s, and the AURORA British Spitfire molded in that blue plastic. Looking forward to the restoration.
  13. Wonderful work on that old kit ! What did you use for the rigging and what method did you use to obtain the taught rigging ?
  14. Carlos Abe Shikes and Joseph Giammarino ran AURORA when the kit was originally designed and produced. I built a lot of their model kits as a child and have a few un-built Monogram re-issues purchased at Chicago area IPMS contests waiting for me to finish home remodeling.
  15. As far as I am concerned...............the completed kit looks much, much better than the result Abe Shikes and Joseph Giammarino would have expected to see at the time the kit was designed.
  16. Nice work ! I've never seen the kit outside the box and it looks really good! Been seeing a number of old kits built up in the forum looking far better than the age of the molds would suggest.
  17. Very nice work; especially the instrument panel ! I remember seeing the kit box on shelves in many, now long closed, Chicago area hobby shops but never saw the actual kit.
  18. Nice seeing something pre-war German civilian. I could be tempted by the Typ 170V Lieferwagen if I didn't have unbuilt kits waiting for either finishing or display space.
  19. Looks nice ! I don't see much in the way of civilian water craft models. The Puerto Rican flag was a nice touch and using the water balloon rings was an excellent idea ! I hadn't realized how old the molds were. Looks like those old Aurora model airplane kits finished - or being finished by other IPMS forum members - now have some company. Thanks for posting the photos. Really great seeing it !
  20. DANG ! Quite a change from an Aurora kit. Nice work !
  21. I used bottled Testors paints back in the swinging '60s as that brand was the only paint sold at the local five and dime. Didn't have an air brush until mid-high school. I like the dry brushing on the engine detail. Looking forward to see if you add rigging; I never did I am not even certain the Aurora kit instructions showed rigging.
  22. Per recent news reports, I expect federal, state and local regulations regarding Covid-19 and it's mutations to control gatherings of people for the foreseeable future despite the promise of vaccines. I am a registered geezer ; sez so on my property tax bill. and most of the IPMS local members that I have known since the early 1970s are at least a decade or more older and fall into the most at risk category. Generally, chapters held meetings in public buildings and were able to recruit as well as obtain funds via local contests. I just checked the website of one of my local Chicago area chapters and note that there is no mention of any potential meetings for this year due to Covid. I am presuming that the financial may be more of a problem without local contests - while the minimum number of members should not be a problem unless dues from all members cannot cover chapter financial commitments. My question is this: What is the minimum required ( financial payments to IPMS National and number of members ) for a chapter to maintain it's status as an official IPMS USA Chapter?
  23. Kind of ironic about Squadron as Covid-19 lock downs prompted even more people to buy on-line. Since March last year I have watched on-line bid prices of almost everything ranging from second hand model kits of almost every type; medium format and large format film cameras; silver face 1970s stereos, Reel 2 Reel and cassette decks with prices seeming to go crazy compared to the low pre-lock down days- and with no apparent end in sight.
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