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Monogram 1/48 A-7B

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 15:29
This is the last aircraft model that I started and completed a few months back. It’s the old Monogram A-7B. I did a few add ons in the cockpit, and changed out some of the kit ordnance using Hasegawa items based off of photos that I found online. Markings are from a couple decal sheets that I cobbled together to build a VA-95 bird off USS Midway during Operation Linebacker in Spring and Summer of 1972.

Heller 1/35 Somua S35

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 14:23
New kid in town again, so I figured I’ll jump in with both feet. This is my most recent armor build completion. It’s the old Heller kit built mostly OOB. I did add cast armor surface texture to the hull and turret using Mr Surfacer, some scribing to replace or enhance kit details in a few spots, and replaced the co ax machine gun barrel with some Albion tubing. I painted with Humbrol enamels, used the kit decals, and used Model Master acrylics for the weathering dirt & dust.

Heller 1/35 Somua 35

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 14:23
New kid in town again, so I figured I’ll jump in with both feet. This is my most recent armor build completion. It’s the old Heller kit built mostly OOB. I did add cast armor surface texture to the hull and turret using Mr Surfacer, some scribing to replace or enhance kit details in a few spots, and replaced the co ax machine gun barrel with some Albion tubing. I painted with Humbrol enamels, used the kit decals, and used Model Master acrylics for the weathering dirt & dust.

North Africa Air War, November 1942

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 14:11
Ok, being a new kid in town I’ll play along with some theme photos. These are builds from a couple of years back, AMT’s 1/48 P-40F, and Airfix’s 1/48 BF-109F, both marked as in North Africa during that time.

Cold War US APCs & SPGs

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 13:42
We now have nearly every main production variant of the Pershing/Patton family in 1/35 injection plastic, aside from the original basic M48. But how about the other AFVs of mechanized combat arms, the infantry and artillery that served alongside the Patton’s during the 50’s and 60’s before the M113 and M109 came into service? The M75 and M59 APCs, the M53 and M55 SPGs, the M114 and M56 would all be great to have to sit alongside the Patton’s.

1/29 X Wing

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 10:47
F/S U.S. only (Big box) Big 1/29 Revell Snap Tite Max T-65 X-Wing. Pre-Painted as Luke Skywalker's Red 5. This is the largest injection molded kit of a T-65. I have read reviews stating this as 1/29 and or 1/30th. This would fit in right next to your 1/32 F-14, 15s etc. There are many fantastic 3D printed upgrades for this kit on Shapeways (308bits) and Falcon3Dparts. Revell released this kit at 100.00 years ago. It was out of production and soon became a high price collectible. Revell Germany recently repopped it and it retails for $160! Here's your chance to get one of these at a more down-to-earth price 60.00 plus shipping The Revell Box is long and wide. I can repack the bagged parts into a smaller box to save on shipping. PayPal CONTACT ME DIRECT at licin at comcast.net

Greetings From New Zealand

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 16:29
Hi All, Greetings from the "Antipodes!!"???? For the past few years, I have been modeling Model Ships, (Wooden), and am about to embark on the Academy 1/400 Titanic, 1/400 Anniversary Edition. This will be a great primer for PE. I have a 1/200 Bismark and 1/72 Type VII U Boat waiting in the wings with PE Detail-Up sets after the Titanic. Looking forward to posting on this site, researching/learning the ropes, (PE), and advice from your good selves. Cheers and Regards, Harry.

Greetings From New Zealand

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 16:27
Hi All, Greetings from the "Antipodes!!???? For the past few years, I have been modeling Model Ships, (Wooden), and am about to embark on the Academy 1/400 Titanic, 1/400 Anniversary Edition. This will be a great primer for PE. I have a 1/200 Bismark and 1/72 Type VII U Boat waiting in the wings with PE Detail-Up sets after the Titanic. Looking forward to posting on this site, researching/learning the ropes, (PE), and advice from your good selves. Cheers and Regards, Harry.

Returning to IPMS/USA

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 13:59
Hello everyone, Ive been building plastic models since I was a small boy and never really stopped. I build mostly military models:land, air, & sea, and also dabble in sci fi and real space kits. I was in IPMS/USA from the mid 70’s thru mid 80’s, but then let it laps while I was off working for Uncle Sam (although I continued to build models). Fast forward to about 15 years ago and I joined OC/IPMS and had a ball there with a great group of modelers. Recently with all the lockdown madness I decided to rejoin IPMS/USA. I am now retired and have plenty of time to partake in this great hobby. I’m looking forward to getting to know the folks here.

Broken piece - need advice to fix

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 13:23
Good morning - the first photo shows a broken piece that happened when trying to complete a wheel assembly. The left wheel in the third photo was a success. The piece is so flimsy. Should I punt and just write this off as another mistake? I would love to hear thoughts on how you would proceed with this. Thanks, Stuart

Submitting a Journal article

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 23:17
So my buddy says I “have” to write up an article for IPMS ???? I finally told him I’d give it a shot. Haven’t found anything yet on how to do that, although I have to admit it’s been a casual search. ???? How do I go about submitting an article for the journal? I could also use a guide on the requirements for an article.

Zvezda Customer Service Excellence!

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 14:07
I just wanted to provide a shout out to Zvezda and their Graz, Austria Customer Service section on their quick response and quick fulfillment of a missing part! I have Zvezda kit number 7214, Ka-27 Helix A, and lost part 4C (left cockpit door/window), and e-mailed the Zvezda sales & marketing (contact info below). Lirije Zogaj quickly replied to my initial e-mail (25 October) on 27 October. After e-mailing my address, I received my replacement part (actually, the entire three-piece sprue) yesterday, 18 November. I have already sent a thank you e-mail to them. Just wanted to give credit where credit is due! Paul Zvezda Contact: Lirije Zogaj -- ZVEZDA sales & marketing c/o Hobby Pro Marketing GmbH Am Leonhardbach 7 8010 Graz / Austria Tel : +43 316 323400 Fax : +43 316 323119

getting back into the hobby after a decade

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 18:44
Restarted the hobby a few months ago. Joined IPMS in the spring, and looking foward to Vegas (birthday weekend)

Off the wall idea

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 18:15
I have a Tamiya M16 halftrack that's missing the quad .50's Been thinking about the Germans capturing it and replacing the damaged .50's with a 20mm flak gun Would a quad 20mm be too big?

Armor & accessories for sale/trade

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 21:00
WW II 1/35 PAK Decals German/Axis allies tanks vehicles national insignia #35003 $10.00 + shipping 1/35 Trakz WW II German Tigers in Italy TX #0079 $7.00 + shipping Concrete Dragon Teeth- Tiger Model Designs #TWS 1018 2 sets $10.00 per set + shipping 7.5cm Pak 40 Tamiya #35047 $5.00 + shipping German machine gun troops Tamiya #35038 $5.00 + shipping US Combat Group Set Tamiya # 35080 X 2 $5.00 each + shipping ICM Panhard 178 AMD-35 #35373 Box open, but sprues are sealed $20.00 + shipping Modern Soviet D-74 122mm Field Gun Trumpeter #2334 $20.00 + shipping IDF Shot Centurion - AFV Club AF35159 $30.00 + shipping Soviet 85mm D44 Divisional Gun Trumpeter # 2339 Comes with ammo $15.00 + shipping Will trade for 1/35: German tanks, assault guns, flak guns, antitank guns, ETC. Soviet KV 85, 100mm anti-tank gun, 122mm field gun, 152mm howitzer, ETC. I'm in Texas Email t55mbt@outlook.com or Message Billy

Gator Glue

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 13:10
Just in communication with Gator Glue. GG is an acrylic-based glue that is often used to attach clear parts or replace small window glass in airplanes, ships, etc. Kenny, the proprietor/owner/creator, of this glue has indicated that he will cease the manufacture of this excellent glue. It seems that the damage and devastation for this season's hurricanes are at fault. You might want to visit your LHS (local hobby shop) TODAY and procure a couple of bottles of this excellent product while it is still available.

Pacific WWII B-25 J " The Strafer" 1/32 HK model kit

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 10:20
Hi to all, I present my latest work performed with the MWP technique (Metal Work Panels) or with the complete covering of the model with aluminum panels (self-adhesive tape). This is the Hong Kong Models kit for the 1/32 scale B-25 J Mitchell 'The Strafer' model: the kit has been further improved with the following optional accessories: The version chosen (optional Zotz Decals) is the following: North American B-25 J Mitchell "Lady Lil" (correct nose for this version ) Hong Kong Models kit 1/32 scale model - version: 498thBs "Falcons", 345bth Bomber Group " Air Apaches" 5th AF in Philippines, May 1945 image posted for exclusive technical and historical reference for this thread this is the technique (sample from the wip) used to cover the model with ultra-thin and self-adhesive aluminum panels (MWP technique) : Happy surfing: cockpit interior (extracted from wip): below you can better appreciate the metal oxidation process on the engine nacelles (extracted from the wip): internal bomb compartment (extracted from the wip): Thanks for the attention. for more info & pics :http://www.adventurephotomodels.com George

Decal Sheet Info Wanted

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 08:16
I recently purchased the DetailUp 1/35 US, German uniform insignia decal sheet, 63335C, and am looking for a reference sheet. The decals have ID numbers that must be contained someplace. The seller could not help me. Please see attached; any help is very much appreciated! Thank you DetailUp 63335C US German Decal Sheet.docx

Testors...And Confusion From Rustoleum

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 12:33
I just got off a phone call to Rustoleum. Believe it or not, they are now claiming...at least the lady I spoke with...that Rustoleum has not dropped Testors or Model Master! When you find the Testors link on their website, which is at the very bottom of their home page in fine print, the link takes you to the familiar testors.com website, showing all of the usual line of paint...including the entire range of enamels, acrylics and metalizers. According to the lady, she states that all of the colors are available, except for a few colors that were discontinued due to lack of demand. If that isn't enough, the reason all of the colors...including the ones that were discontinued...is because a quantity of them are still in the warehouse since all of the paint is manufactured to have a five year shelf life. When I told her that I have personally had unopened bottles that were less than a year old go bad, she repeated her mantra...sounding like a robot voice...that the paint has a shelf life of five years but that they paint I referred to may have been kept in storage for an extended time before it was put out for sale. More interesting is that the direct link to the Rustoleum version of the Testors website...corrected to show the available products after announcement Rustoleums (actually RPM) purchase of Testors is no longer accessible. That link gets a 404 page. Considering that Model Master is no longer available in the local shops and the online shops show most or all of the Model Master line as out of stock or simply not listed, you have to wonder why the canned statement from Rustoleum?

Replaced my Monogram P-40B....1/48 Airfix P-40B

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 15:07
I had some damage to my Monogram P-40 in my Pearl Harbor collection so I decided to Replace with Airfix P-40 in 1/48. This is one very nice Kit. Built mostly out of box except Gun Sight,Uschi Antenna and Eduard Seatbelt. Really enjoyed this kit and fit was mostly great with a few areas only needing a little sanding and dry fitting. Painted with Vallejo Air colors OD and Neutral Grey. Over-coated with Future for Gloss and decanted Dullcoat for final finish. Used some Tamiya weathering powders to "dirty her up". Kit decals were great and no problems. I used gloss black on Props and buffed with Uschi Chrome powder. Hollowed out exhaust and gun barrels with no issues . Thanks for Looking and Comments Welcome Cheers Bill D