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  1. Great story. I don't remember if I even knew to use the decals. But the tube glue... haha thats when I knew the model was done- when the tube was empty. :lol:
  2. Mine was the Hawk Vanguard satellite. I probably built it around 1967-68 on my kitchen table, and got it from a tiny Mom & Pop dept. store in the neighborhood. My next was the US Moon Ship from the same little dept Store. The one that basically spheres in a frame. Then I went on to build whatever I could - planes, tanks, before I saw my first Aurora Monster and dinosaur kits. Then I built just them. Sadly it's all gone. As I got older (13-14) Dad thought it a good idea to give the "toys" to my younger cousins. So that was the last I saw of them. Luckily the Vanguard and the Moon Ship were both repopped within the last year or so. You know I have 'em both on the top of my To Do pile.
  3. I agree with Robin and a few others. As a child of the 60's I too miss the LHSs, but access to kits, supplies and information are better than before. Since I build Real Space models I used to have a choice of 3 or 4 models to choose from. Now with these garage kit businesses popping up, I have dozens of choices. The resin garage kits are also important in that I have a chance to get a kit of something obscure that would never pass the accountants attention in some of these BIG model Co.'s. I can order a kit (that never would have been on the shelf of a little hobby shop) from the Czech Republic,or Japan have have it at my door in a week or so. Buying from Amazon I can order my Vallejo paints or some 1/4 round styrene rods on a Monday afternoon and the box is on my doorstep Wednesday morning. If I need information I don't have to wade thru magazines to see if there's an article about it in a back issue of FSM, or other the like. I can simply go to one of the many online forums and get the info I need. I f I want to see how a technique is done, You Tube is my friend. Put what you're looking for in the search box and you'll find at least 10 modeler's videos all willing to show you how it's done. Oops it's a video from Germany?! No problem, hit the cc: button and the audio is automatically translated. So while the brick and mortar stores are going away, I think the hobby is as strong as ever. What we *need* to figure out is how to get the kids to put down the electronics and pick up a model!
  4. Maybe some of these pics might help? http://www.helmo.gr/index.php?option=com_deeppockets&task=catContShow&cat=24&id=2092&Itemid=35
  5. The decals coming out of the water will be wet, and just make sure that there is some water on the model where you want them to go. This should give you plenty of time to get it where you want. Then I always take a Q-Tip and not rub, but roll it over the decal to get the excess water out. Anyway, just my 2 ยข.
  6. Thanks. Shane's kits are very easy to work with. All the parts slot into place and the seam lines - if you can find 'em - are tiny. Shane likes the larger sizes - 1:15 + , so you'll need a bit of shelf space. :D
  7. Hey, looks good to me. Every once in a while you have to ignore all the after market parts etc... and just "slap one together." What scale is it?
  8. IIRC Fantastic Plastic also had a version of the X-15 Delta wing, but Allen is redoing his excellent site and I'm having trouble finding it at the moment. Edit: Found it -- http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/X-15DCatalogPage.htm
  9. Thanks, Dick. I go back and forth about painting them a little "drab" or to give it the Luis Rey treatment. It is a relative of Ankylosaurs. But Edmontonias are nodosaurs, and have shoulder spikes and no club tail, while Ankylosaurs had large bony scutes and the club tail (but no spikes).
  10. Thats a very cool idea!! Beautifully executed too!
  11. Hey Gang, A little dinosaur for ya, from me and Cretaceous Creations. When I took the pics they eyes were still wet, so they have the devilish look with no pupils. I'm working on the base now.. Thanks for lookin'.
  12. Thanks guys, I have a narrow field of what I like to build, but what they are are pretty different. Hi Gil, that's a 1:72 kit from Anigrand. But took they out of their catalog when I ordered. They must have pulled the mold out, saw it was no good, and discontinued the kit. They replaced my order with something I already had, without letting me know (not cool) but I was able to unload it. Anyway the one I'm building, is from ebay. It's all because I saw an image similar to this, and thought the orange was pretty unique -- But as I started the research, I found from a NASA site that it was really supposed to be red. I guess the museum got the plane with the paint really faded, and instead of looking it up, they just kept painting it orange. Here it was in its heyday --
  13. I also got the Columbine with instructions and decals. 1:144 isn't my scale for planes either, but I too will build it especially after taking the USAF tour, getting into the Presidental hangar and seeing the real thing. :D
  14. We in the hobby talk a lot about the aging of modelers and the impact on IPMS and the larger hobby, so it would be nice to have some data to watch any trends. Let's start collecting age as soon as possible. Steve We're getting into a sidebar here but the problem of getting the "youngsters" involved is at the local level. All you have to do is read some of the sci-fi forums around the net. You read accounts time after time of 20-30 somethings "kids" coming to a local meeting with their Gundam, Ma.K, X-wing, etc... and having the "old" guys who are huddled around the 10th Bf-109 on the table look down their noses at the kid's model. The comment is something to the effect of "You'd be a good modeler of you built something real." This, of course, gets read by 100s of people on the forum who pass the story around, and soon IPMS is known as a club of old grouchy guys. So it's incumbent upon the "old guys" at the local level to keep their mouths shut, and accept the kids model whether they think it's junk or not.
  15. Hi all, I've been interestingly reading for the past 4 pages. IMHO we are just going round and round. I'll volunteer to be the a-hole for a minute and say "so what" to all of this. The west coast guys want a show? Let 'em have it. IMHO again, since IPMS/USA has done away with the rotation system it looks like the club just looks at profits. It's common knowledge that many members won't travel far for "The Show", and prefer to wait for it to come to them. So is that a reason to keep it in the most dense part of the country? Nope. Even tho the cost of living is different around the country, it's 2015; everyone knows that the Convention Cmte. isn't going to get rooms for $69 anymore. Everyone realizes that certainly places charge for parking. Unless we're a club of Sheldon Coopers adjustments can be made. And really "The Show" is only 4 days. So saying there are fewer people west of the US's center point - besides having to have a Hotel(s) and a Convention Hall -- Occasionally is it *really* a big deal if the Org makes $5K v. $20K? Occasionally is it *really* a big deal if there's 800 models v. 2K models on the tables? Occasionally is it *really* a big deal that there is only one organized tour v. four? Occasionally is it *really* a big deal if the choice of the banquet is chicken or chicken? I jest a bit but, If it comes down to making a dues paying section of the Org happy in that they get to participate in "The Show", Is it *really* a big deal where It's held anywhere in the country? My answer is none of that is a big deal to me. IMHO occasionally a "smaller" show isn't going to ruin the Org.
  16. The "issue" "per se" was how many women there were. A member was talking to some of them and it turns out that there was going to be almost 20K of them. Forget about using the elevators in a timely manner - forget about using any of the restaurants in the convention center/ hotel and in the nearby area. When I opened the blinds in my room in the morning and looked out, all you saw out in the streets were a sea of pink T-shirts. :D There was so many of them that I believe they also used the Arena that was a few blocks away. Seems there was also 2 bookers for the hotel/convention center and apparently they didn't talk to each other which led to the overlap.
  17. Hehe be careful. It never seems to work out for the people with the Slim Jims. :D
  18. Looks great! Excellent job. It's amazing how much detail Games Workshop can pack into these little models.
  19. Well, as with most of my models, I could tinker with them forever. So to combat that I've decided to call the Snowman done. The newer steps from where I left off was to paint the names on the base in Vallejo's Old Gold. This way it matches the red and gold of the Monk's prayer beads that are lying nearby in the snow. I then took Woodland Scenic's Snow and after applying thinned white glue, sprinkled a heavy coat in the snowy areas leaving the rocks clear for the most part. Out of the jar this snow is quite powdery, so I left it out of the footprint, as that snow would have been compresses and looking different. Here's the finished model - - Thanks for lookin'
  20. While he was waiting he suffered a fall and the toes of one foot were taken off. Thank goodness the break was clean and I was able to reattach the toes with little or no hassle. I did notice what looked like a tiny stress crack in the leg and quickly fixed it with the Vallejo Plastic Putty. I'm really starting to like this stuff! I also added another highlight coat to his fur. Afterward I gave his fur another mat coat to protect what I've done. If I learned nothing else from hanging out at The Clubhouse it is to protect my work. While the body was drying, I turned my attention to the base. The rocks have already been done in shades of gray, but to give it a cold feel I gave some shadows with Army Painter's Blue Tone. This stuff is a very nice wash. I'm anxious to try the others in a little set I bought. More on those at another time. John Dennett, the sculptor for Moon Devil mentions he includes a little easter egg in some kits he does. This time around - - spoiler alert - - -he sculpted in a set of prayer beads used by the Nepalese monks. More soon... Thanks for lookin'
  21. Being a big fan of cryptozoology (yeah I'm that guy) goes perfectly with John Dennett's ongoing series of "Crypto Legends" kits. So far he's released The Jersey Devil, the Loch Ness Monster and the Abominable Snowman. At a recent Jersey Fest, I picked them all up, but dived right into the Snowman. I gave the Snowman a first coat of primer, and then realized that I got carried away and should have assembled him first. DOH! Too anxious! So then next I drilled some holes for the 2 part epoxy. I saw another modeler's post that instead of adding pins to tabs he would drill holes into the tab as well as the corresponding female part. His theory was if you put enough epoxy into the female part then the epoxy will be forced into the drilled holes creating a well attached figure. It worked for him so I thought I would try it too. I did include a pin in one of the feet (that had no tab) for extra stability. While I was priming I also primed the large base. The base is supposed to represent some rocks and snow. So I primed the rocks gray, and the snow - white. I will enhance the rocks with paint and then flock the snow part. But that's later. Then I had to fill the seams. For this I used my indispensable Aves Apoxy Sculpt. I really enjoy filling seams of organic creatures much more than say planes etc... ;) Came out like this - - I did the inside of the mouth and glossed it all. I also got carried away and did the rest of the face. I then glossed the eyes (not sure it I like em) and epoxied the face to the body. Here he is so far - - More later... Thanks for lookin'
  22. Roktman

    AHS:F Twisty

    Thanks guys. It was a fun build. Gillman Prod., does have a nice offering of kits in the horror vein. I also have his Pepper and the sculpting is amazing. She has an Irish Sweater on, and I cannot fathom how MVT sculpted that... Dennis, agreed. LOL. If there was any clown to be afraid of, it's this guy.
  23. Agreed Rusty. I build aviation and chose 1:72 to be my standard scale because a) I don't have too much shelf space, and b) if I built in 1:32, I'd feel obligated to add in more detail and hence more times for me to screw it up. BTW, the ship is one good looking model. It would be interesting if we ever found out what the judges saw didn't see in it. There was a time, at a PHX Nats IIRC, that they had a few judges set up at a table in a sort of seminar style, and ppl would bring their models to be critiqued. I don't mind constructive criticism and would love to see this feature be a permanent feature at the Nats. From what I read too many ppl go home miffed not knowing why their model was not chosen... Sorry don't want to hijack this thread.
  24. Congrats on the wins! Very nice job. Looks to be an awesome saturn V!
  25. Thats very cool, Mike. If I were to think of it I also would leave the fingerprint. Maybe even dry brush it a little to show it off. I have nothing from when I was a kid. My dad thought them a waste of time and as I got older (15 or 16) the "toys" either were thrown away or given to my younger cousins to play with. But I definitely do remember by first builds. The first one was the Hawk Vanguard satellite that was recently repopped. I'm sure the clear parts of that had all kinds of finger prints on it. I was the type of builder where when the tube of Testors glue was empty - I was done. Haha. The other was US Moon rocket - the one with the spheres and rails? That was also recently repopped. And I bought them both ...again. Those were built when I was 7 or 8 in 1967-8. I also remember, thanks to Mom, I had quite a collection of the Aurora Dinosaurs and Monsters as well as tanks, cars and planes. I used to build anything that my little neighborhood Mom and Pop Dept. store had.
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