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The Howling Man

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 11:56
Today's subject is another from MoonDevil Studio. It's the Howling Man, from a 1060 episode of the Twilight Zone. From IMDB: Just looking at the sculpt you get to see how the story ends. The kit comes in the usually 2 parts, the bust and the base. The kit is typically well done and only the slightest seamline is seen across the slicked back hair. Looking at images of the actor, Robin Hughes, the first obvious thing is that it's all in B&W (Duh, it was 1960, Kev...). My first idea was to paint it up that way. But it was only a few days after JerseyFest (where I got the model) that someone else posted on the FB GK groups his version which was in B&W. So I decided to go with color. Next thing to think about was what is the coloring. Looking at the film still, it looks like the actor has no coloring makeup, and his shirt is black and his cape is alsodark with a light color stripes, and cowl. I remembered a movie memorabilia auction where Dracula's cape was up for bid. The cape as you would expect was black, but the inside was a salmon color satin! I decided that my devil will have the same. If it's good enuff for Bela, it's good enuff for the Howling Man... But first comes the primer. And then I decided to make him a red devil. It wqas at this point I decided that I would work on my OSL. Not show is I started by using my "red" paint set, and started at one end with a dark purple color. This will be my deepest shadow. I started with a flesh color which would give me the salmon color, but decided to add some pearlizing additive to make the cowl shone a bit. But the pearl flecks are in a white medium, not clear. This turned the salmon color a little beige. Hmmm do I want the pearl, or do I want the salmon color. I chose the shine so my cowl became this beige color. In retrospect I should have darkened the shadows of the cowl more as I was going, which would enhance the shine. I tried after 90% of it was done, but was afraid of ruining what I had done so far, and chickened out spraying the shadows darker. The cape was black, the shirt was German Gray, and the chain was brass, which IMHO looks more like gold and the gold paint does. The base was gray which Black Gray in the cracks, and the lettering was the same Scarlet that was the highest highlight of the face. With that I was calling this done. Thanks for looking.

Please Help Need Cutty Sark plans

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 22:12
I have a Cutty Sark kit missing the plans. I believe that it is a very old kit as I cannot locate it in the downloads section of Revel. If you have a set and can help me or maybe you have downloaded them and would be able to forward me a copy I would be forever in your dept! THE KIT # IS 0399 Thank you

1/35 MRC OH-58D 'Black Death'

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 20:48
Here is the Kiowa Warrior from MRC. Great build. Very wordy directions, but comprehensive. I also used the Zactomodels exterior details. I added some seat belts, a CAR-15 on the IP.

Poe's X-Wing Fighter

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:12
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

Obtaining replacement parts from Takom Models

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 11:22
I recently contacted Takom Models in an attempt to get a replacement part. I started by going to their Facebook page, and contacting them through Messenger. I made contact with someone at that location, and explained my need. The person on the other end replied with an e mail address similar to the main company e mail address. I then sent my request to that address. It's been about 5 days, and I've yet to get a reply. My question is; Has anyone tried to obtain a replacement part from Takom, and what kind of customer service can I expect? Thanks for providing whatever info you can!!! Doug

Will the IPMS homepage ever have an announcement for the 2020 convention?

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 00:46
I see (at least on my computer) that the IPMS home page is promoting the 2019 convention - any ideas when the 2020 convention will move into such a place of prominence? Regards, David Doyle

Membership renewal

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 20:31
Sent my renewal submittal Oct.9th- have not received any confirmation or new card-as of today.. sent emails requesting status with no replies. Can someone follow up with this? Thranks. Respectfully...

1/48 Monogram B-17G Mount-N-Ride

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 22:24
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

1/72nd Airfix USAF F-86

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 18:10
Shiny Korean War veteran Alclad for Metal sections over Gloss Black Tamiya Decanted. Painted Yellow and Black ID Bands and nose. Older Microscale Decals used.CMK Interior was beautiful .Sorry I couldn't photo well. Airfix Kit was highly rated but my opinion is Hobbycraft and Fujimi are better F-86 kits. Airfix was missing some basics,Upper inlet,Upper fuselage panel, Side small Vents, Under-nose lights, nose radar scribing. Most of these were added but not all. Some small issues on the wings ,so 3ft is a good viewing distance. There is no dark area in front of gun panel, just a photo lighting issue. Thanks for Looking Comments always Welcome Bill D

Was the Red Baron a serial Killer?

Sun, 11/03/2019 - 18:23
The Baron, stalked his prey and attacked from behind and kept trophies of his kills. Just like a serial killer. Is it appropriate to do a model of a serial killer's stuff? I was looking at the contest rules and those that have won over the years and wonder what most serious members think is an inappropriate model or contest entry. Personally, I'm an artist at heart and find very few things offensive enough to be band or remove it from a contest. However, I am aware others may not feel that way. So, what offends you and why? Would a model of one of the 9/11 planes be ok? If so, how is it different from the plane that sank the Arizona? Is a model of Timothy McVeigh's Car ok form the National? If not, why would a model of Hitler's big six wheeled car be ok? We do swastikas and naked girls all over airplanes, but showing a dead body seems to upset many. Seems strange to me. Thoughts? Dak

1/72 PJ Productions New Tool F-84F -- Done!

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 15:48
For those interested, F-84F Build Thread is HERE I am posting up the pictures of the finished model, with a little embellishment to the kit: Thanks for looking in! Ed

Paint fuselage color?

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 09:02
I introduced myself in the appropriate forum admitting that I am a “newbie” since it has been many years since I attempted to build a plastic model. Also, I overstretched myself by starting with the Tamiya 1/32 P-51D. As suggested by a responder to my “introduction” I read all of the instructions and highlighted areas where I am confused and there are many unfortunately. I hope to figure most of them out as I work through the model but I have to ask the following. 1. ”When no color is specified, paint the item with fuselage color.” There are variations for painting the fuselage, correct? Can someone please help me out and let me know which color should be used for the unspecified items. There is one in the very first step of the engine assembly. The main fuselage color according to the paint schemes appears to be Tamiya AS-12. Is this the color I should use? 2. To that end, is there a “non-spray” equivalent to AS-12? If the answer to the first question is yes it does not seem practical to paint such small pieces with spray paint. I do hope this is the correct forum for these questions. If not please let me know and I will cut-and-paste these into a new topic in the correct forum. Thanks in advance for your patience in answering such basic questions. Stuart Montgomery

From the War Room

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 17:10
1/48 Accurate Miniatures Wright Patterson AFB P-51 NA prototype 1/48 Ta 1831/48 prewar Tamiya Zeke

Hello from SE Texas

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 23:45
Hello all my name is Dan, I renewed my IPMS membership today, I was President with the now defunct IPMS Texas Outlaw Modelers back in the early 1990's. I build aircraft and armor. My profile pic is my P-61 diorama in 1/48. We do 3-d printing and are trying out some new alternatives to casting resin. This is our latest creation a 1/8 scale Hiroshima bomb. My son downloaded this from CGtrader and printed it in gray PLA (100 pieces +) and I applied some Iwata airbrush magic to it. It has 2 LEDs in it.

Vehicle for new diorama is almost finished

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:52
I’ll post the finished pics of the vehicle here, and eventually I’ll post the finished diorama on that board. It’s taking me a while to finish this because I have found the World War Toons line. This project keeps getting interrupted with those...lol, im sure you understand what I’m talkjng about. Anyway, if you are a purist, don’t look any further as this is completely in the realm of fantasy. Theme: what would a monster/zombie hunter truck look like if it was in the 1950’s? I still have a way to go before being finished, but here is some progress.

The Latest On Testors...Straight From Rustoleum

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:00
It is now 10:41 a.m., October 28, 2019. I just got off the phone with Rustoleum and here is what I learned: 1. The Bulletin about Testors going away is fake and they are still trying to track down who posted it. Rustoleum didn't say so, but I would suggest the idiot is in a world of hurt whenever he or they are caught. 2. It is TRUE that international distribution will end EXCEPT for Canada. Again, Testors products will continue to be distributed in the U.S. AND CANADA. 3. It is TRUE that Aztek Airbrushes are gone. 4. It is TRUE that Metalizer products are gone. 5. The ONLY link for current Testors products is https://www.rustoleum.ca/product-catalog/consumer-brands/testors/ 6. The familiar testors.com websie does NOT show the correct current product line. 7. The Testors link at the bottom of the Rustoleum home page is NOT currently correct. At this time, it takes you to the old testors.com home page. 8. Having been made aware of the link/website problems, Rustoleum will be working to correct them. 9, Rustoleum stated during our telcon that Model Master is not going away any time soon, but colors that do not sell will not be continued. What that means for anyone's favorite color I can't say since I have no idea what their criteria for sales volume is.

Pics from Orangecon

Sun, 10/27/2019 - 01:49
Had a great time in Fullerton. Got to see my oldest, visited 3 air museums, did a day at Disney and helped judge at the show. Good seeing the Duke and meeting others from the club and even talked to George with Tamiya who was in the Vendors room. https://photos.app.goo.gl/iz9Vjmgk87TXnu6m9

Tin Tin - planes, trains, ships, & automobiles

Sat, 10/26/2019 - 20:17
has anyone copied a mode of transport from the Tin Tin series? there seems to be so much inspiration, and there's a member on Britmodeler hooked on Wallace & Grommet, that I started wondering. ps: camels & elephants don't count!

The Latest On The Death Of Testors...Some True, Some Maybe Not

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 23:30
Today I stumbled across a post on the Oldie & Goldie Scale Models Facebook Group. Someone had posted an alleged Product Bulletin that was addressed to all Testors Distributors. Subject was the end of an era. If you want to look at the Bulletin yourself, go to Facebook and search for Oldie And Goldie Scale Models. Some are claiming that it is fake news and others don't know. BUT at least one person stated that what they did know...from a separate source...was that Rustoleum was definitely dropping Aztek Airbrushes along with the International and Military colors. Since the above info was impossible to verify, I went to Rustoleum's Testors website to see what, if anything, had changed. Here's what I've discovered: 1. Aztek Airbrushes are no longer listed. 2. There are 20 One Coat Lacquer Spray colors (19 colors and Spray Wet Look Clear 3. Dullcote & Glosscote are still available in both spray and bottle. 4. The entire Metalizer line is gone, including Metalizer Sealer and Thinner. 5. Acryl acrylic is still available as follows....but the number of colors is diminishing: Flat: 34 colors + clear flat Gloss: 18 colors + clear gloss Semi-Gloss: 10 colors 6. Model Master enamels are still available...kinda, sorta...as shown below: Auto enamels: Gloss: 29 colors Military enamels: Flat: 27 colors Gloss: 2 colors Semi-Gloss: 1 color Figure enamels: Flat: 5 colors Semi-Gloss: 3 colors Stain: 2 shades International Military: WW-II US & United Kingdom: Flat: 4 colors Gloss: 1 color US Military: Flat: 2 colors Gloss: 2 colors Semi-Gloss: 3 colors WW-II German Luftwaffe - RLM & Panzer : Flat: 2 colors Semi-Gloss: 8 colors WW-II Italian/Japanese/Russian: Flat: 2 colors Semi-Gloss; 1 color Modern Armor Gulf War/Nato/Russia: Flat: 1 color Semi-Gloss: 1 color Since I started writing this post, all comments relative to the presumed Product Bulletin have been removed. I wouldn't be surprised if the Bulletin image disappears before long, especially if it is fictitious. Still, the list I have provided is taken direct from the Rustoleum/Testors website...essentially straight from the horse's mouth. I'll try to contact Rustoleum the first of next week to see if I can get any updated information.

Valom 1/72 Bristol Bombay

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 20:49
Don't know if you have much experience with Valom kits, but they are about two steps above a limited release injection molded kit. Parts look good, but fit is iffy. Clear parts well done, but seldom fit. Much PE included that is small, fiddly and can't be seen. However, they make kits of subjects no one else does, Enter the Bristol Bombay. First flown in1935, it was designed as what was then known as a bomber/transport. It could do either but neither really well. It did serve as a bomber in the near east and Ethiopia and as a transport all over Europe. It was similar in capacity and performance to a Ju-52, which was also designed to be a a bomber/transport. Its greatest claim to fame was that this aircraft type changed the course of the war in North Africa. When Auchileck was sacked, Gott was named his successor and immediately flew to the front in a Bombay,, which was subsequently shot down, killing Gott and leading to the appointment of Montgomery and we all know the story from there. The kit is done OOTB and I even left out much of the interior as it just couldn't be seen. The clear parts for the windows were omitted as fit was problematic and I did them with Krystal Kleer with a coat of Johnson's Klear. Weathering, shading was done with pastels. Looks like a Bombay, but will never win any contests.