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  1. There's a lot to be said for those old Aurora WWI kits. They may not be as detailed as today's kits, but they're MUCH easier to build, and most of them have good outlines. Your prop and the drybrushing on the engine really came out nice! But no machine swirls on the cowl?? 😜

    Nice build Ron!


    GIL :smiley16:

  2. 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!




  3. 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 :smiley16:

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  4. 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 :smiley16:

  5. 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  :smiley16:

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  6. First, this was my comment on FB.....

    Chillax....I was pleasantly surprised that GSB had (essentially) an equal number of people advocating it as 1-2-3, especially considering the legacy of decades of 1-2-3 shows. However, the ONLY way GSB becomes the predominate system at the Nats in the future is for it to FIRST become the predominate system at Locals and Regionals, and get all the bugs worked out there. IF, and when that's done, we can actually discuss changing the Nats. Until then, 1-2-3 WILL be the system for the Nats.

    But, here's what the survey says to ME, after some further thought...

    GSB should NOT have had 50% "support" in this survey. 1-2-3 is, for all practical purposes, THE contest system in IPMS. It's the system that IPMS shows have used for 50yrs. It's the system the majority of EVERYONE is most familiar with, whether or not they're IPMSUSA members or not. So, in my view, the survey results should have been 350-400 for 1-2-3 and 150 or less for GSB. No one would have been surprised or questioned the survey IF that had been the result. And IF it had, those same people saying "the survey is all sound and wind, signifying nothing", would be using the survey to say that the discussion is done and GSB has no support!

    Instead, they say "only" 10% responded and THAT signifies nothing. Actually, since the history of IPMSUSA elections and surveys is one of having a VERY low response percent of the total membership, it actually says that the USUAL number of members responded; (the usual members who actually have an interest and care about the future of IPMSUSA) and thus the consensus of opinion among those who do the voting and keep IPMSUSA afloat is that there is room for discussion of GSB as a valid alternative to 1-2-3 as a contest system within IPMS.

    Personally, I DO NOT want the Nats to have to change to GSB. I want the NCC to WANT to adopt it after GSB has become the "norm". I want them to go to successful Local and Regional GSB shows and have the people ask them why they're so slow to accept what most members truly want: Recognition of craftsmanship without the need to "beat" the model on the table next to it. The desire to win an award at NO ONE'S expense. And, the knowledge that if you do NOT get an award, YOU are the only one responsible for that failure.

    Yes, there are logistical hurdles in GSB to be overcome, and THAT is why it's important to do that at the Local and Regional level. There are also ingrained, stubborn attitudes that have to be overcome before GSB could be accepted. They cannot be overcome by discussion or theories on line. They must be changed by experience with GSB, which is why (again) it must be first proven at the Local and Regional shows. And IF it cannot be done successfully at those levels, then GSB will either slowly die out, or it will merely be used as a valid system for smaller shows, and the NCC need never have to consider it for the Nats! Cheers!


    GIL :smiley16:

  7. Welcome Stuart! Glad to have you here with us and your questions are exactly what this forum is for!

    You're not the first modeler, newbie or not, to bite off more than they can chew. However, "chewing" a bite at a time is exactly the right idea and process. Let me see if I can help a bit here....

    1) You're looking at the overall, BIG picture of HOW MUCH you have to do in order to complete the model....step back, relax, and instead start to look at it as a series of sub-assemblies that need to be built step by step and don't even try to picture being done.

    2) Pick ONE of those models and start it! Personally, I suggest one of the planes, as they'll have fewer pieces, and larger pieces that are easier to handle than those in the ship kit.

    3) You've already read the instructions, but now go back and really study the one you pick to build. Use a pen or marker to make notes where you need to, such as what color goes where, especially if all they use is "number codes"  for the colors.

    4) Both the Spitfire and the Mustang are great kits, but decide NOW whether you want to get any aftermarket extras for them. The same goes for decals in case you want to build a plane with different markings than came in the kit.

    5) Paint small parts on the trees, before removing them if you can. This helps avoid loss and they're easier to hold. Make notes of parts you can assemble before having to paint. Getting some gluing and assembling done, even if it's only 2 or 3 steps or sub-assemblies will help you feel like you're making progress.

    6) Work on it when you feel like it, and not because you feel you "have to". It's ok to take a night, or even a week off if it keeps you relaxed and having fun when you do work on it.

    7) Eventually all of your work will start coming together and you'll "get 'er done". Unless you have a contest date to try for, don't set any deadline to finish....just let it happen. Don't worry if it takes months. That's quite the norm for most builders around here!

    8-  When you come to a specific problem or area in question, go to the topic area that applies to your model and ask that question there (not here). You'll have a much better chance of getting an answer faster and from someone probably experienced with your kit.


    Hope this helps! Remember the bottom line is to have FUN. That's what we're here to help you with!


    Gil :smiley16:


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