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Done - 1/72 Conversion of Lockheed YF-97/YF-94C

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:42
Adding another of those odd little models to the collection, may I present the Lockheed YF-97, later known as the YF-94C. I've never seen one built, so I decided to give it a shot... For those who might be interested, the build thread for this model is HERE Without further ado, the pics: A fairly simply conversion. I hope you'll try one yourselves! Thanks for looking in, Ed Quote "Dispensing the Tribal Wisdom since before there WAS a Tribe!"

Gator's Masks and More update

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:48
Hello friends. Just a quick note that Gator's Masks and More is now Gator's Model Studio. I had to get out of the masks business after we lost our house in Hurricane Laura but Gator's Grip Hobby Glue is still available. I also have another couple of products coming on line soon. My new web address is - https://gatorloup.wixsite.com/gators-model-studio Thanks for your continued support! Kenny

putty or epoxy recommendation

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 16:13
I have a part for a chair that I need to make and thought making it out of putty or epoxy may be a good way to do it. I am looking for some suggestions on material. I was going to make a mold from one of the others that is still good. The part is a plastic piece that goes on the bottom of the chair. (Part no longer available from the manufacturer). These sit outside so between UV rays and age, they have dried out and discenigrate when you sit on a chair. The key is to be strong enough to hold our weight but have some give so they don't scractch our deck (made from composite plastic boards) and hopefully hold up to UV rays. Suggestions are appreciated.

JAXCON 2021 PICS

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 16:03
We held Jaxcon 2021 yesterday and had a good, if less than normal turnout. We found a new venue, but the only date they had was April 10th, so we only had 5-6 weeks to get it put together. That meant that there was only "FB advertising" and "word of mouth" to invite people; and since we were not on anyone's "calendar", quite a few regulars attendees had previous plans. And, of course, there are many people who are not ready to deal with crowds even as the "pandemic" trends down. We had a full, sold out vendors area and 50 contest entrants that brought just over 250 entries for the model tables. Our new facility was the North Jacksonville Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, which is a BEAUTIFUL, slightly larger room. We also had opening and closing prayers, as well as a 10min. Christ-centered "devotional" mid day as a part of renting their hall; which seemed very well received. Here's 2 links....one to the winners, and one to the rest of the pics in general. Hope some of YOU can make it to Jaxcon 2022! Winners https://postimg.cc/gallery/DTS72kc Show pics https://postimg.cc/gallery/zG8psFj Cheers! Gil

1/192 SCALE USS CHOCTAW (1862-1865) NOW AVAILABLE!

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 23:03
The loooong promised 3D printed kit of the USS Choctaw ironclad ram is now available from Flagship Models. Price is $170.00 plus shipping and worth every penny. Incredible detail abounds such as iron plating, doors (with hinges and other detail), full blown photo etch sheet, 3D rendered instructions, painting guide, real Mahogany masts, detailed paddle wheels, boat davits and other parts metal cast at correct scale, not to mention the Choctaw is full hull. This model isn't intended for beginners, but anyone with experience working with multi-media ships should have no problems. If you want correct era 3D printed figures to go on your Choctaw to add some life, we can help with those as well. For all the info., check out the Flagship Models web site.

What makes it a figure diorama?

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 21:18
This diorama has a total of 25 figures and it is my intention to enter it as a figure dioramas, large composition. Does anyone see a problem with that? Dak

COMPLETED: Tamiya 1/48 Scale P-38G

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 21:09
Hot off the bench! P-38G Lightning "Miss Virginia" 339FS 347FG 13AF Flown by Lt. Rex Barber during Operation Vengeance on April 18th, 1943 Tamiya Kit #120 1/48 Scale OOB except for Master gun barrels

Calling All Opinions!

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 10:58
Hi all, At the risk of wearing everyone out asking for opinions, I have finished revising my Scaleworld website...at least until your opinions show up. I'd appreciate it if y'all would check out the site...you can find it HERE...and need your opinions/critiques on it's overall appearance, how it works and more. Please be as specific as possible. Thanks in advance.

Las Vegas Message Board

Sun, 04/04/2021 - 22:15
If you guys want the absolute most informative info about what's going on , in, and around Las Vegas....this is your place: https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php

ICM Chernobyl Gaz Radiation Monitoring Unit 1986

Wed, 03/31/2021 - 22:30
ICM's imaginative subject matter drew me in on this kit, especially the included figures and graphic background image of the reactor in flames. Note the guy inside the corrugated tin checkpoint hut; my picture is not very good but he's sitting at a table with a phone to his ear, probably trying frantically to get intel from someone. The kit goes together quite well but I'm a sucker for post WWII Soviet military or regime, take your pick. It was pointed out to me by another modeler that the insignia on the cab door is incorrect; that is a Ukranian national flag emblem and this is a Russian truck.

Industria Mechanika's 1/35 Stransky Girl

Wed, 03/31/2021 - 22:12
I built this several years ago and it included my crude and 1st attempt at a base diorama.

National Museum of Atomic Testing

Wed, 03/31/2021 - 18:15
Just got back from Las Vegas. This was a trip for gambling, a granddaughter's volleyball tournament and sight-seeing. For those going for the first time in August, I can recommend the NMoAT. Take the 202 line bus for $2. The Mob Museum is also good. There is a speakeasy in the basement of the Mob Museum. One thing I found at the NMoAT was this picture of a Ki-61 Tony that was assigned to Kamikazes. I have never seen it before. The artwork is a plane crashing on a ship. Parking is no longer free in the big casinos. They have plexiglass shields up between seats at the gambling tables. I don't know if everything will be the same in August, but many restaurants check you temperature before they let you in. Lots of pot smoking. I smelled it everywhere. Dak

The Duke Finishes Three in March

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 16:24
This month was a tough month to get anything done but here I have finally gotten a few more models finished. Let's start with the 1/72 scale ESCI Canadian Leopard 1A3 that I finished for the Micro Model Month Campaign here on the Alliance: Not bad for an ancient kit released in the 70's... Next up is the Zvezda 1/72 scale Russian 2S19 Self Propelled Gun: That is one monster gun! Finally, here is the Takom 1/72 scale US Army D-9 Bulldozer that came with the M-1070 tractor and M-1000 trailer: Looks like the dullcoat was still a bit wet on that first pic. Finally, here is a shot of the business end of that dozer. Let me know what you think: And that is all so far. There are a few others that might be brought across the finish line in a few more days, but just in case they aren't, you can at least take a gander at these. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.

First tank ever built -- in a 48 hr group build

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 15:32
Hi all, Like a challenge so I joined a 48 hour group build the other weekend, and decided to go for a Tamiya 1/48 Sherman "Easy Eight". First time ever I built a tank. And first time in a time limited group build. The part count was a little .... high for a 48 hour build. But the kit is just great. See the result here: And the build here: Please hit the like button, and leave your comment.

IPMS USA Journal

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 10:12
Just curious about the timing of when I receive my journal issues. I just received the Jan/Feb 2021 issue yesterday (Mar 29th) and similarly received the Nov/Dec 2020 issue in late January 2021. While it’s not a problem for most of the articles I do notice references in the Nov/Dec to “hope Santa IS good to you” and dates for the RiverCon show in the Jan/Feb issue have passed. Is this standard practice for the journal to be a month late? Tim

Packing Contest Models for Air Travel

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 06:28
Anyone here have any experience with packing models for air travel? I am thinking about flying to Las Vegas for this year's Nationals. Looking for tips in this area. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

FULL METAL JACKET - "City Attack"

Sat, 03/27/2021 - 19:37
Hi, In this diorama, I tried to portray the battle of Hue City scene of Stanley Kubrick's cult movie "FULL METAL JACKET". First of all i apologize for my bad english. Scale 1/35 M41 Walker Bulldog Tamiya 35055 Figures US Armoured Troops Tamiya MM217 Hope you like it.

Spits with auxiliary fuel tanks?

Sat, 03/27/2021 - 08:52
I'm reading Holland's "Sicily '43". In a chapter entitled "Airpower", he tells a story of a pair of Spitfires out of Malta equipped with "auxiliary fuel tanks that could be discarded ..." I'm no aircraft expert, but I don't recall ever hearing mention of Spits being so equipped nor seen a photo of one. Anyone out there have more info on this?

I wish....

Fri, 03/26/2021 - 16:48
...There were the entire bunch of Mad Max vehicles available in 1/35 or 1/24 scale: Immortan Joe's Gigahorse Doof Wagon Nux's Chevrolet Coupe Rictus Erectus's Big Foot The Buzzard Excavator Imperator Furiosa's War Rig

1/72 F3H-1N Demon Conversion of Emhar F3H-2N-- Blue Navy

Fri, 03/26/2021 - 14:17
Number 3 for 2021 is a conversion I started right after the Emhar kit first came out, which then rested on the Shelf of Doom ever since. Here's one for the Gipper: For those who might be interested, the build thread is HERE I am posting the final pics of the model: This model was on the Shelf Of Doom since shortly after the kit came out (2004?), and I'm glad to have finally bitten the bullet, and now have it to add to the collection. I hope some of you out there will give one a try! Ed