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Odinn, Viking god

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 14:52
Here is a recently completed build. I'm not a very prolific figure builder but I still like to dabble in them with the hopes that each next build might be better than the last. This is a Hi-tech Miniatures item of the Viking god Odinn. It's meant to be a gaming piece but I simply like them as display items.

2020 Embassy Suites Stand-by List

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 12:05
Greetings All, As expected, the Embassy Suites room block sold out very quickly…in about 4 hours to be exact. There are still rooms available at the overflow properties: Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Candlewood Suites. I am having problems with the link Haven Management (owner of all 4 overflow properties) gave me for the Country Inns and Suites. I have a note into their room block manager to get back with me on these issues. So, for the time-being, I am not activating this link on the Nats 2020 webpage. I will activate it as soon as the issues are resolved. As a reminder, we will be running a shuttle service between the four overflow hotels and the Embassy Suites during the entire time of the convention. We envision it running between 8 AM and 8PM daily during all 4 days of the show. Other stops will include downtown San Marcos as well as the Premium and Tanger Outlet Malls just to the south of the Embassy Suites and San Marcos Conf Center. As we get closer to convention time next summer, I will put details on the website pertaining to the shuttle schedule and specific stop locations. Our group rooms coordinator that is managing the Embassy Suites room block for our convention will be sending me weekly reports between now and next July on the number of rooms available at the end of each week. More specifically, as those of you that have reservations and then need to cancel because of various reasons, I will see those rooms at the end of each week. For this reason, I am starting a stand-by list for those of you who could not get an Embassy Suites room but still wish to have one come convention time. If you wish to be on this list, please send me an e-mail (director.nats2020@gmail.com) with the subject: “Embassy Suites Stand-by List” and I will add you to my spreadsheet (name and e-mail). I will then send this spreadsheet to our group rooms coordinator at the Embassy Suites at the end of every week. If you are in need of cancelling your reservation at the Embassy Suites please send me an e-mail first (director.nats2020@gmail.com) before you cancel online and I will immediately pass your cancellation request to our group rooms coordinator at the Embassy Suites. She will in-turn send you an e-mail with your cancellation confirmation number and then take the next name off of the IPMS supplied spreadsheet and send that next person an e-mail with a reservation number as well as a phone number to call to link your credit card with the reservation number in order to hold the room. For those of you reading this e-mail/post I ask that you spread the word with other members in your chapters so that if they do have a room and are not on my distro or read the IPMS forum, they know to e-mail me if they wish to cancel. As usual, please send me any questions you may have and I’ll do my best to find you and answer. Best Regards, Len Pilhofer

ANM66 2000 lb bomb USA

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 22:22
I've been looking for WWII (although stocks were used until the 1960's) AMN66 2000 lb bombs in 1/72 scale. As far as I can find, no one makes any, nor do I know of a kit where any have been provided. I was wandering whether anyone out there might know of a near-sized smaller type bomb in 1/48 or 1/32 scale? As near as I can find, the bomb I'm looking for would have an L.O.A. of real 90.4", which in 1/72 works out to 1-7/16" or 34.5mm. The length of the bomb body only is 70.00" in real life, or 1-1/8" or 21.5mm. The diameter of the bomb body is 23.3 inches in real life or just a hair over 5/16" or 8.5mm or thereabouts. What I am trying to do is substitute on of the larger scales' smaller bombs for the 1/72 2000 pounder. It looks like this (not to scale): I'm wondering if anyone out there knows of a 1/48 or 1/32 scale smaller poundage bom that looks like this at is fairly close to the dimensions given above, that I could substitute for 1/72 2000 pounders. Appreciate any ideas or leads, as I need two of these... Ed

1/48 Hasegawa F-8E Crusader VF-111

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 05:28
This next build is Hasegawa’s 1/48 scale F-8E Crusader. I chose this so that I can add it to the F-4B, F-14A and the F-5E that I built previously where they all represent the VF-111 Sundowners squadron. I will be using the VF-111 “Mig Killers” decal set from Cutting Edge and the Ares resin cockpit set to complete the details. Starting with the cockpit tub I started with the few photo etch parts then moved on to the detail painting of the fine details. Then the side walls were detail painted. The ejection seat was detailed with photo etch accessories and painted. The dashboard was built from the photo etch and attached to the resin hood. The cockpit was then all assembled. I compared the resin cockpit to the fuselage and started trimming the fuselage to accommodate the new resin cockpit. More photos in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-f-8e-crusader-from-vf-111/

Ryefield T-34/D30 122mm

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:00
For those Interested it is available on EvilBay and at Sprue Brothers.

1/48 Early Maltese Cross decals

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 08:15
I have an Eindekker with no markings and can find no, I repeat, no, aftermarket early WWI Maltese cross decals in 1/48. I found 1/144, 1/72 even 1/24 and 1/32, but no 1/48. Anyone know of any or have a spare set from a kit? If not, this one goes back on the shelf unfinished.

Judging at the Nationals.

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 20:35
My first Nationals. Had a great time. Made some new friends, and got a lot of good advice from some fantastic modelers. In reference to judging, is it common place for judges to pick up models off their bases to look at them? Just curious. Christopher

ANONYMOUS ISN'T

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 17:46
On all the contest entry sheets, we fold our names under to make things anonymous. Isn't this silly? A Chattanooga, I watched dozens of people turning over the sheets to see who built something, The judges have to look to avoid sweeps. So why not just leave the name out in plain sight? It would make it easier to get to know other members, too. If the idea was to make it so the judges had no idea who built something and are impartial, it is a total failure. Particularly since so much stuff is on the web and in magazines. Lets stop this silliness if for no other reason than to protect the models. How many times do judges have to shift a model off an entry sheet to read the builder's name!? Thoughts? Dak

Good Grief Charlie Brown

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 16:56
This is a kit by Good Fellas Resin, designed to pay tribute to an artwork by Max Dunbar. It's an adult, post apocalyptic, Charlie Brown and Snoopy - It was a well engineered kit, and a pleasure to build and paint. Thanks for looking.

New 2020 Room Block Opening Time/Date

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 13:52
Greetings All, First off, my apologies for the hiccup this past weekend on the room block opening. I was on the phone with our group room coordinator at the San Marcos Embassy Suites this morning and they are ready to release the room block to us tomorrow, Tues, 10 Sept, at 3PM central time (4PM Eastern, 2PM Mountain, 1PM Pacific). Before the end of today (Monday, 9 Sept) I will update the website (http://www.nats2020.com/registration_pages/hotels.html) to reflect the link with instructions to the Embassy Suites room block. If you click on the link before 3PM central tomorrow and try to make a reservation it will say the hotel is “sold out”. This just means the room block is not open, not sold out. There are plenty of rooms available - very close to the original 260 in our block, minus some I have carved out for IPMS E-Board and other staff. I have heard a few were able to make reservations but I‘m not going to dwell on how…the point is a vast majority of the rooms are open. Also, I requested more rooms to be available at the convention rate on Tues, 28 July. Embassy Suites stated they can support this. I will be on the phone with our group room coordinator tomorrow right before 3PM (Central) to make sure this goes off without a hitch. The mistake I made this time around was arranging for the rooms to open on a weekend, and if there is a glitch no one is around to address it until Monday. My bad…I’ll remember this the next time I head-up a convention (sarcasm inserted here). You will see another e-mail/forum/FB post from me in a day or two on how we are going to handle the sold-out hotel (once our block is depleted) to ensure those that want a room can get one if someone cancels before June 27th. Too much detail for a single e-mail and I wish not to confuse the subjects. As always, send me any questions you may have (director.nats2020@gmail.com) and I’ll do my best to find an answer. -Len

Exciting news from Eduard regarding their P-51 family!

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 18:35
Link to article here.

In-Flight Model Category Question

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 07:37
Tried searching the forums about this but my efforts weren’t productive Why “gear up” when it comes to this category? Interested in the logic/reason. Normally you are airborne when weight off wheels. Gear could be down or in transit soon after rotation or on final/in the pattern. I called “airborne” to CATCC each Case III carrier launch. I guarantee I was airborne (I’m still alive), but I was still waiting for three up indicators and the red light to go out in the gear handle (gear was still in transit/raising). More curious than anything. I’m interested in doing a launching IAF F-4E with gear in transit. Tried searching the forums about this but my efforts were poor. Why “gear up” when it comes to this category? Interested in the logic/reason. Normally you are airborne when weight off wheels. Gear could be down or in transit soon after rotation or on final/in the pattern. I called “airborne” to CATCC each Case III launch. I guarantee I was airborne, but I was still waiting for three up indicators and the red light to go out in the gear handle. More curious than anything, appreciate any insight. Cheers Collin

K5Y1 Willow by Nitto 32nd scale

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 17:13
I acquired this kit in Dec, 1978 and its been sitting on my stash shelf until April/May of this year. The kit supplied metal rods to use as rigging and that worked out fairly well.

Why you no update your calendar?

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 13:49
Free advertisements. Put your club contest on the contest calendar. Many there are a year old! And the 2020 Nat's isn't on the calendar yet, either. Just wondering why clubs don't take advantage of free press.

Delay in Room Block Opening

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 10:31
Greetings all, Unfortunately, we have run into some bumps-in-the-road with our room block with Embassy Suites. Specifically, it was not opened today like they had assured me it would be. I have phone calls into the manager’s office with assurances that someone would call me back today (Saturday, 7 Sept). In the meantime, I am going to hold off posting the link to the convention-specific reservation site with our contracted rates until I get the situation resolved. I will send out another e-mail and forum post with a new date and time that the room block will be opened for all to make their reservations. I apologize for this inconvenience. This is my number one priority in the coming days to get this sorted out. -Len Pilhofer

Czech TNH 1/48 Tamiya

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 15:22
OK, its not a real TNH, but the Tamiya 1/48 Panzer 38(T). The tank was developed in Czechoslovakia just before the war started. As a matter of fact, it wasn't even in service yet when the conflict began, so this example is rather spurious in its markings. The Germans thought so much of the vehicle they modified them slightly and equipped whole armored divisions with them (Rommels 7th in France for one) right up to the Russian campaign. The 37mm gun was as good or better as that mounted on any German tank at the time (with the possible exception or the Mk IV, but that 75mm was a short barreled infantry support weapon and besides that there were very few of them, even in France.) the armor was comparable and it was very dependable. The camo is typical per-war Czech camo. The little flag on the turret is from my imagination. I can't find many photos of pre-war Czech armor in Czech service, but it seems logical they would have some sort of national markings on their vehicles. I did this one strictly OOTB. These 1/48 Tamiya kits are just a delight to build. Fit is excellent and detail is very good. Tjhe length and link tracks are nicely done, but can be fiddly to get right and you can see a couple of my problem areas if you look closely. If you're not an armor builder but wonder what all the fuss is about with armor models, give one of these 1/48 kits a try OOTB. I bet you'll have fun with it.

Consignment for painting (1) or (2) 1/32 Tamiya pilot figures

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 10:54
Hi, Wanted to reach out to see if anyone has a little bit of time to paint a figure for a fee. See attached details. Please contact me at seanw248@gmail.com

Consignment for painting a 1/32 Tamiya pilot figure

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 10:51
Hi, Wanted to reach out to see if anyone has a little bit of time to paint a figure for a fee. See attached details. Please contact me at seanw248@gmail.com

AMK - 1/10 Little Boy atomic bomb model kit

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 11:11
Hello, I would like to present you the model kit of the first atomic bomb used in combat, the infamous Little Boy. It is an artisanal production in 1/10th scale made in 3D printed PLA. The design is based on John Coster-Mullen’s book "Atom Bombs, The Top Secret Inside Story of Little Boy and Fat Man", therefore, the dimensions are spot on. This kit does not only depict the right proportions of the weapon but gives the possibility to the model maker to show the internals. Here are two videos of the unboxing and assembling of the kit : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AslfAbyU7VU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvOQ6-vtcvQ Thanks for watching, Antoine.

Hello from France

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 10:51
Hi, My name is Antoine, I am 43 and have built model kits for 37 years. My very first model kit was a landing craft, I do not remember the brand nor the scale. I built it with my dad, I was 6. I live now near Paris, I am married, 3 children. Time just flies... I registered to present you my project, I will post a thread about it. Thanks for reading me. Antoine.