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  1. Oh to be an armor builder....so many parts to assemble....but so few seams to fill! Nice solution to that end seam! GIL
  2. Nice! That windshield glass is amazing, and helo glass is one of the toughest things. Congrats, and thanks for sharing! GIL
  3. Finished this one up today for our club build. This is the Revell snap-tite 1/48-ish kit, which I was overall impressed with. The kit fits VERY well, with no slop in the parts once they're in place. The cockpit is nicely detailed and the canopy crystal clear. The parts break down on lines that match paint lines, so not much in the way of seams is visible when completed. The X-wing can be open or closed. The only oddity is that the nose gear can be retracted, but there's no option but on or off the model for the main gear, which means I left them off for the "in flight" attitude on the stand. The stand is from the spares box, and NOT in the kit. The only major thing I did was rebuild the wing cannons with plastic, aluminum, and steel tubing. Even though the kit ones came cradled in a clear support box, they were still rather bent. Other than that, I painted and washed various details and put some belts on the kit seat. The only complaint I can make on the kit is the type of plastic used to mold it. It's somewhere between rubber and styrene....the mold lines are tough to scrape off (much like a car kit tire) and tubular parts cannot be simply bent back straight. They're also harder to drill through, the plastic being more "gummy" during drilling. That said, it IS workable, but doesn't react like your typical injected styrene does. The kit doesn't come with a pilot, and is meant to display on its gear. However, that makes opening the wings up problematic, as the main gear is then canted awkwardly. The kit has some nicely molded details between the wings I wanted to show, so I grabbed a stand from the spares box and put it in flight attitude. By the way...the kit has a gimmick, in that the cockpit is molded as part of a sound box/device. If you push down on the R2 it'll play cannon fire! Anyway, this was a quick build, yielding a cool looking model that allows me to have one to put in our club display at the local library next January, coinciding with the release of the new Star Wars movie around Dec/Christmas. Comments/questions/critiques welcome! GIL
  4. Dang Nick....learn the difference between a VALID question and a complaint.....All of us know how well our volunteers do. Gil
  5. He does have a point though....going on 3 months after the Chattanooga show and it's still on the main page where the 2020 show should be by now....Sure there's plenty of time, but it does beg the question, especially if their website is up and running. GIL
  6. Since there's a new 1/48 B-17G being released, I decided I needed to build my old Monogram kit! Model was built OOTB. Decals are from PYN-UP. Kept the weathering on the lesser side since this was a low-time plane that flew only about 10 missions. This kit takes some elbow grease and planning, but still goes together well for its age. By the way, the wayward gun barrel on the top turret has been repaired! Didn't get every result I'd hoped for with this build, but I finally have this nose art I've wanted on the shelf! Comments, questions, and critiques welcome! Cheers! GIL
  7. Nice progress Duke! This is the first time I recall you mentioning losing a part. It's probably happened before, but what's amazing to me is that with the myriad of projects you always have going it's not a regular occurrence! GIL
  8. Absolutely gorgeous, and a great rep of the Korean war for your collection. Congrats! GIL
  9. This IS a "gray" area, but I've always felt that those of us who build military subjects generally are paying homage to the courage shown by the combatants, be they ours or the enemy. Any TRUE, objective historians realize that most combatants from any time are merely caught up in it, many with little to no choice. Yes, there are those who fought for terrible causes and were fanatical believers in those causes, and some of those people and subjects should give us pause when it comes to building something representative of THEM personally. Luckily, those horrible people tend to actually be few and far between, and not representative of most of the world's combatants. Thus, we can build things that represent their bravery and their sacrifices, while we acknowledge that some of those items were used for less than honorable causes. As for some of the far less noble and more controversial subjects, what is the motive for building them? IF it is to preserve an example from history that should NOT be forgotten, and that should be used as a lesson for us to learn from; then perhaps it has merit. But then again, is a model show the type of place for that? You can build it for a museum, or perhaps even a school classroom, but I'd question displaying it among groups of models that are the products of a "relaxing hobby". Time and place lend context to what you build and display, and should be considered. After all, you may like to build and paint risque figures, and while your skills may be relatable to all the other genres, they're not truly a part of what should be on general display at any "normal "plastic" model show. In today's age, I think too many people overthink this. Too many people look for things that they may disagree with or that may "offend them"; and what's worse, believe they should force their own world views on everyone else, even at the expense of ignoring true history that we need to learn from. The bottom line is did you INTEND to build something in order to offend people or ++++ them off? If so, then you picked the wrong modeling subject! If not, then chalk it up to someone ele's inability to cope with the real world and their overthinking what's simply a hobby. GIL
  10. I love the fact you're doing a lot of this work with elbow grease! Your skills rock! GIL
  11. I'll echo the Duke's praise.....great looking NMF and very colorful scheme. Congrats, and thanks for sharing! GIL
  12. Nice ones! Thanks for sharing! GIL
  13. The key to the GSB consistency that everyone would hope to get and IPMS would need to have is the same as it is for 1-2-3: training! GSB judging isn't really any different since judges are looking at EXACTLY the same basics as in 1-2-3. So, the judges don't need training on WHAT to look for. What they'll need is experience in changing their thought process from "elimination from competition" to "grading up or down" on what they see. Models that are easily eliminated in a 1-2-3 show will have obvious flaws that will keep them from getting a medal in GSB. Models that don't "make the cut", but take some observation and thought MIGHT get a bronze, or nothing after some debate among the team. Models that "make the cut" in 1-2-3 are almost certainly bronze/silver level models, especially in a competition as tough as the Nats. Oddly, gold medal models are the easiest, as their outstanding characteristics jump out at judges, just like any model you'd be thinking "okay, who's taking 2nd and 3rd in this category, since this is the obvious front runner"...or you'd be leaning towards nominating for a "best of" in its genre. Is GSB still subjective? Yes, no less so than 1-2-3. Judging in GSB will STILL be questioned, and the answers will STILL be the same...change the 3 judges judging and you'll likely get a somewhat different or slightly different result. BUT, the one thing that can be said about GSB is that NO ONE will "lose" to anyone else. Another plus is that no matter HOW many times you hear someone's name winning a medal, it will never keep anyone else from having their own shot to win theirs! So, that "the same guys always win" lament will fade away once everyone understands GSB judging. The things I've cited above, and the change of the thought process for the judging is why it's so important for GSB to be mastered at the Local and Regional levels first. Not only does it give those judges experience, many of them are IPMSUSA judges and thus take that experience to form a "core" that can make GSB successful at the Nats, IF that ever happens. GIL
  14. Good looking build of yet another British plane I've never heard of! I like the step here "footsteps" on the wing tops...What color is that finish? It's sort of tan, but at the same time seems to have a metallic sheen too. GIL
  15. Agreed, very impressive! Glad to have you back in IPMS and here in the mad-house with the rest of us inmates! Make yourself at home and don't be shy! GIL
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