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Airfix 1/76 Crash Tender into GS body with improvised trailer

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:28
After I finished a major project, I was casting around for something easy to get into. Poking through my stash, I came across my Airfix Emergency set with a K2 ambulance and Austin K6 Crash Tender (firetruck). At the same time, my eye fell on a box of left over 'stuff' from my Airfix Airfield Resupply and Bedford Truck sets. I had not used the long bed in the Bedford truck set, so I checked to see if it could be mated to the Austin K6 frame and, what you know, it could. It took a little doing, like lengthening the wheel wells and some other things, but it fit nicely. I also found a short bed in the Resupply set left over, so that was bodged into an improvised trailer. It turned out a lot better than i thought it would. The first pic is what the K6 kit is supposed to build up into.

F 18 VFA-146

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 22:12
Yeah, another completed aircraft build. I've said this before but I'll say it again so that everyone knows my abilities. I'm primarily a car builder. Been around cars/race cars my entire life so I know where everything goes. So, when it comes to building and detailing it pretty much comes natural. Aircraft, however, a whole different scenario. I have to do research for every build and hope that I get it right, or relatively close to right. The technical aspects of building aircraft are totally different than car/truck subjects. I am in total awe of so many aircraft builders and their abilities to get the finishes/weathering just right. So, with the disclaimer out of the way here is my latest build. F-18 VFA-146 Blue Diamonds using a Revell kit along with Twobobs decals. I'm trying to add the appropriate paint details and still trying to get the whole weathering techniques down. Still a ways off on that. All that aside I am happy with the results and think it looks good on the shelf.

1/72 US Military Helicopters

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 18:32
I am modeling US military helicopters in 1/72. I have almost all of my models, but I am having difficulties with finding two models. One is the Hughes TH-55 Osage, of which Special Hobby made a model in the late 90s. The other is the USCG Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican. Whirlybird from UK makes a pricey resin kit, so I am trying to convert a Revell USAF HH-3E Jolly Green Giant to an HH-3F. I have found conversion kits from Hawkeye Models in Australia, Air-Graphics in UK, and Model Alliance. I have not found sources to get these other than the manufacturers, which are expensive to buy and ship, and take long waits to get. Does anyone know of a US dealer which carries these kind of kits? I would also like to buy Whirlybird's USCG Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard but would prefer it from a US dealer for similar reasons.

2020 Chapter awards?

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 12:54
What’s happening with the chapter awards for the 2020 year: Website, Newsletter, Member, and Chapter of the Year? Being announced this year or will they be deferred to next year too?

Submit Your 2020 Nationals Models to the Journal

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 20:57
Unfortunately we will not be meeting in San Marcos,Texas this year. However, we can celebrate what would have been. Send photos of the models you had ready to take to San Marcos to the Journal! Please include: An image of the model The kit manufacturer Kit name Scale Your first and last name, your city and state, your country if you live outside the United States Send to: artdirector@ipmsusa.org Thank you, John

Roden 1/48 OV-1C Mohawk

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 16:23
For my next build I will be building the Roden 1/48 OV-1C Mohawk. I will be detailing it with Eduard photo etch for the cockpit, exterior, and undercarriage as well as Quick Boost resin accessories like the exhaust, accurate propellers, and accurate scoops. This is one of the unique aircraft that you rarely see them built in scale models. Roden makes three versions in 1/48 the A, the C, and the D. I chose the C as it was the more widely used version during the Viet Nam war. The Mohawk's mission includes observation, artillery spotting, air control, emergency resupply, naval target spotting, liaison, and radiological monitoring. Built by Grumman in 1959, it was used for monitoring the DMZ in Korea then used during the Viet Nam war. It remained operational even during Desert Storm and until it was retired in 1996. Starting with the cockpit, I built up and detailed the seats with over 20 pieces of photo etch. The cockpit tub was then assembled and detailed and finally the instrument panel was detailed. The nose gear bay has photo etch details except where the wheel sits so I dug through my extra photo etch bin and located a panel that resembled the reference photo and installed it. I need to do a little more work on the nose gear and bay and look for areas to add some weight so it sits on the gear correctly once built. You can more photos and details in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-ov-1c-mohawk/

Looking for specific decals

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:53
Hi All - I am working on building the Heller Citroen Fourgon HY model kit. I am wanting to have it as a Vespa scooter repair/sell van. Does anyone know of any company or individuals that might make any Vespa decals in either 1:24 or 1:25 scale? Thank you in advance and have a great one!!! Happy Modeling Greg

looking to Buy AZ Models 1/72 Bf 109 G-10 AZ7501

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 21:46
I'm looking to purchase an AZ Models 1/72 scale Bf 109 G-10 Diana kit # AZ 7501. If anyone has a copy of this kit that they will part with please respond with a price. Thank you, John Walker

Another New Paint Source?

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 16:54
With Testors discontinuing Model Master Paints I just got and email from FIne Scale Modeller about Model Car World Finishes & Resin Replicas offering new paints for military and aircraft models as well as cars. Checked it out. Looks like another viable source. mcwfinishes.com (330) - 830 - 7755 FYI

The Duke Finishes Two in July

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 02:10
Today I finished two model rockets. This first one is the Convair Atlas rocket in 1/72 scale from Horizon Models: This second one is the Mercury Redstone rocket in 1/72 scale with Friendship 7 riding atop it. This is also from Horizon Models: That is all I have for now. Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

The Duke Finishes Another Armor

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 01:54
This is actually a Shelf Queen I found when I was cleaning the desk. All it needed was for the rocket to be added to the launcher and some detail painting to be done. Supposedly it has decals to add but I can't find them or the instruction sheet so I'm calling it done now. It ain't very good but it's done so here it is: Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

Testors Model Master Paints

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 21:41
Are these paints still being produced? There was a comment recently in the forum that the Parent Company had stopped producing them. I ask because I'm having a hard time finding them even on mail order hobby sites.

Scale Auto Magazine Closure

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 14:53
Recently learnt that Scale Auto will be ceasing publication this year October 2020. From what I understand the Auto related subjects will be absorbed into Fine Scale Modeler. I believe that Model Car Builder is still going and is a subscription only magazine in the US and Canada. What is happening or has happened to Model Cars Magazine is anybody's guess. Their forum is very active but is the magazine still going?

1/72 New Airfix Gladiator with S.B.S. rigging set

Sun, 07/26/2020 - 15:58
The new 1/72 Airfix Gladiator is a real sweetheart of a kit. No flash and any mold seams are slight and easily dealt with. Fit is as with all new Airfix kits, precise to the point that you need to be very careful during clean up not to remove too much anywhere before checking. I did mine OOTB with the exception of using the S.B.S. rigging wire set. (#72046). It gives you a complete set of rigging all pre-made to the correct lengths. You do, however, need to pre-drill holes to receive the wires, so advanced planning is necessary. As they are made in a silver metal, I painted mine a darker metallic color before cutting them from the fret. Almost all the wires fit spot on, but a few needed a slight bit of tweaking, probably due more to my assembly technique than any error on their part. The only thing missing is the antennae. It would have been nice to get that as well, but it's either easily made or can be omitted entirely from some versions on the a/c. I did mine in the camo of the Swedish volunteer unit that flew for the Finns during their war with Russia. (P.S. Notice how I forgot to remove one of the pieces of masking from the left rear of the canopy. What a twit. Problem has since been solved.)

model base

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 22:11
I hope someone can help me out with this. At the last Nats there was a vendor that had wooden bases that had a countries flag painted/imprinted on the top. Does anyone know the name of the vendor? Thanks.

VMA 211 Harrier 1/48 Hasagawa

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 11:31
Greetings All I did not want to highjack the Hasagawa Harrier Thread ,so here is my finished VMA 211 Wake Island Avenger. I had to install the gun pods as a Marine Aircraft without weapons seemed "Unnatural". This is probably my final aircraft for this collection. I have 7 Aircraft from the Wildcat thru the F-35 in collection. This is the Hasagawa kit with Super Scale decals,Resin Seat,Resin Exhaust vents, and Flying Leatherneck Det.- Cord. Two tone gray scheme with true Marine Tail.I used Gunze paints for colors and GX 100 clear for decal base and Mr Hobby Matt for final finish Last addition was the Resin FOD covers. The Hasegawa intake has too many issue to be left open and I like a little more colors these add to the aircraft. Thanks for Looking Comments Welcome Regards Bill

RAF Matador Runway Air Traffic Control Van 1/76 - Help Needed

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 14:08
In a recently-acquired Airfix Magazine back issue (December 1966), there is an article describing a conversion of the Airfix Matador to an RAF runway traffic control van. I recall building one that matches this description, but much later, and I also recall a scale drawing of such a vehicle. Said drawing is not part of the article. Could it have been in one of the Bellona print booklets? In any case, I'm looking for a copy of this drawing or similar. All assistance gratefully appreciated.

Detailing for SR-71, F-16, F/A-18C, A320neo, C-121C etc.

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 07:38
Selling the last released (July 2020) detailing sets of Metallic Details: - Jet nozzles for aircraft model SR-71 Blackbird (Testors/Italeri) in scale 1/48 - $61.60 Set contains resin parts for detailing jet nozzles. - Jet nozzle for engine F100-PW for aircraft model F-16 (Tamiya) in scale 1/48 - $17.60 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing jet nozzle. - Engines for aircraft model B-17G (HK Models) in scale 1/48 - $39.60 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing engines. - Detailing sets for Cockpit for aircraft model F/A-18C (HobbyBoss) in scale 1/48 - $17.20 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing interior. - Detailing sets for Exterior for aircraft model F/A-18C (HobbyBoss) in scale 1/48 - $17.60 Set contains photoetched parts for detailing exterior. - Detailing sets for Landing gears for aircraft model F/A-18C (HobbyBoss) in scale 1/48 - $22.00 Set contains photoetched parts for detailing interior wheel bays and landing gears. - Detailing sets for Ladder for aircraft model F/A-18C (HobbyBoss) in scale 1/48 - $4.85 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing escort ladder. - Detailing set for aircraft model Airbus A320neo (Revell) in scale 1/144 - $14.30 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing of exterior for aircraft model. - Detailing set for aircraft models L.1049G, C-121C (Revell) in scale 1/144 - $18.70 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing of exterior for aircraft models.

Scale Models Packard Phaeton

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 09:30

Cutting Edge

Sun, 07/19/2020 - 09:47
There was someone in Germany, I guess had the molds and was making sets and putting them on e-bay. Does soneone know what happen to this person, have not seen them for over a year now.