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Why charter a club?

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 10:57
Looking through the IPMS website, I was trying to find the answers to three basic questions, and came up empty: 1. How does a club become chartered? 2. What are the benefits of doing so? 3. When a new member joins, does the IPMS do anything to let either the individual or local chapter know about each other? Now in regards to questions 1and 2, I have to admit I didn’t read the constitution and bylaws - but if that is the only place the answers are posted, then that needs to be fixed, IMO. In regards to my third question, I am guessing the answer is “no”. I realize there may be privacy considerations about sharing the new member’s contact info with local clubs, but maybe there could be a checkbox to let the new member opt-in to share an email address with local clubs. Maybe it is posted and I’m looking in the wrong place? -Bill

LF: 1/72 individual Falcon canopies + other 1/72 bits

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 06:41
Hello, Not being a fan of buying the entire canopy set an then use just one or two canopies from it, I was wondering, if someone would have these Falcon canopies listed below as spare, and would be interested in selling them: Defiant canopy from set No.2 Ar 234B canopy from set No.6 Barracuda canopy from set No.9 A-20C canopy from set No.10 SB2C canopy from set No.11 D3A1 canopy from set No.18 Ar 196 canopy from set No.21 Fw 189 canopy from set No.21 Wellesley canopy from set No.22 LeO 45 & 451 from set No.26 Bréguet 693 from set No.26 C-46 canopy from set No.27 Maryland canopy from set No.30 T-6A/D canopy from set No.30  Also looking for these various parts: Hurricane Mk.I Early 1/72 vac canopy from Sword kit (if someone has decided to use a plastic replacement, or wants to trade with me for new tool Airfix one) Engine front hub from Sword's 1/72nd Re.2002 (i can even copy the part and return the original to You) F-4U Birdcage Corsair decals for "Tojo eats sh*t" machine from Barracudacals #72010 or #72152 P-47N decals for "Red-E-Ruth" machine from Kits-World #172083 (even only nose-art) Ju87B-2: just the emblem and letters for 8./STG2 machine from Xtradecal #X72249 set Ju88A-4: just the emblem and letters for any of the first two options (or even better, both of them - KG51 and/or KG30) from EagleCals #153 set Mig-3: "Za rodinu" (Print Scale set #72-283) Ki-46 III Dinah: Eduard photo-etch set (Cat.# 72358) Bf109G-6: Only these two emblems from the new Tamiya kit #60790 Payment in advance via Paypal Thanks for looking!

1/72 XB-40 Bomber Escort Conversion

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 00:44
Well, as noted in the build thread HERE: Here are the final pics of the B-17 that started to be converted to a YB-40, but ended up as the XB-40, something you may not have seen much of before! Thanks for looking. See you next time, Ed


Wed, 08/07/2019 - 15:32
Hi Guys My Wife just surprised me and told me we are going to the Nats. It is on my bucket list to go to one more since I haven't been to one since about 2000-2001. Anyway I won't be entering anything and I noticed daily admission is $12 but in the past I always pre- registered and I see pre-registration is closed. so how much is it to register at the door and will my wife be able to accompany me into the contest room vendor area? TIA Max Bryant #25146

Trunk load of kits for sale at the 'Nats

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 01:04
I've got a truck load of kits for sale, 1/32 aircraft, armor, some sci-fi/fantasy, army trucks, just an odd ball assortment. If you can't find something to buy you're not trying! This is only one of 4 boxes I'm bringing. I expect to stay through Sunday.

M-A-L Hobby Shop closing

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 11:48
Those of you familiar with the Dallas-Fort Worth area will know of M-A-L Hobby shop in Irving, which has been at the same location since 1948 and which has also been a vendor at many past IPMS national conventions. I just learned this past Saturday that owner Ed Seay Jr, was diagnosed with dementia a little over a month ago and is now in a long-term care facility. The business had apparently been affected by his condition for some time. Another local modeler reports that the building has been sold and will be transferred in phases. The N-track railroad club which is in one of the 4 or 5 store fronts will have 18 months to make other arrangements. Local modelers and friends of Ed have been working there for the last four Saturdays cleaning out the back warehouse and have found lots of old new stock items which either Ed Sr or Ed Jr put away and forgot. A hundred or so Squadron In Action and Detail & Scale books will be going to Half Price Books, with the proceeds to go to support Ed’s care. A lot of original material has been donated to the Frontiers of Flight museum in Dallas. I had not seen Ed in about 6 weeks, and he seemed to be his usual self then, so I was stunned and truly saddened at the news when I visited the shop last Saturday. Back in the '70s, I and other modelers in Wichita Falls made regular monthly visits to M-A-L. Its closing marks — for all of us who knew Ed and his father and mother — the end of an era.

Looking for Roomie in Marriott - N/A

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 08:57
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Looking for Roomie in Marriott

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 08:57
My Roommate for the Convention at the Marriott has had to Cancel just now. I'm looking for someone to share (or alternatively take(???)) my room for Wednesday through Saturday nights at the Marriott If interested Please call ASAP; 1 (410) 392-4135 - Voice not Text Ralph Forehand IPMS/USA #1592 ; Proud Life Member

Lost IPMS membership card.

Sun, 08/04/2019 - 13:36
I seemed to have “misplaced” my membership card. Who do I contact for a new one? Regards Christopher

A Brief Lockheed P-38 Reminder

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 23:40
Hi all, I assume we've all heard about the forthcoming 1/48th P-38G/H from Tamiya. If y'all are looking for a slew of P-38 reference material in one place, including 517 photos, I would remind you of my Lockheed P-38 Photo Gallery CD-ROM. It even includes some 40 photos of the XP-58 Chain Lightning. You can get all the information here. Oh, yeah, shipping is included in the price.

Tamiya canopy masks?

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 02:15
I'm currently building Tamiya's latest Spitfire, #61119. I've liked every Tamiya kit I've built so far, really good quality stuff. The same is true here, except for one bit. The kit comes with a "masking sheet" for the cockpit canopy. I've gotten to the point where I need to mask the canopy for painting and after a few minutes of picking at this masking sheet, I realized it's just a piece of masking paper with some lines printed on it. It's not pre-cut. I think the modeller is supposed to go over the lines with a knife and cut them out. Needless to say, I was really disappointed. I've put in an order for a proper set of masks from Eduard, but I was curious if this was how Tamiya provided masking sheets for all the other models that have them?

2019 IPMS National Convention Poster!

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 16:18
Hey y’all, I’ve had a fun time creating the artwork for this year’s 2019 IPMS National Convention. I hope everyone enjoys it. If you do, please come by my booth (1900 block) and purchase the official 2019 IPMS National Convention 18x24 poster (limited supply). There will also be some “Mikey” stickers as well. This show has the feeling of greatness. Looking forward to next week. See y’all there! Mike Mattheiss PS, be sure to buy the t-shirt as well near the registration area! (limited supply)

Tamiya Valentine Mk II

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 21:09
Keeping busy before the National Convention. Threw the Tamiya kit together OOB as a prize cow. Fits superbly,; no putty. Kit figures could be better done than I did. I didn't like the markings in the kit and used a set out of the MiniArt kit. Dak

Cutty Sark hull

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 18:19
Have got the hull glued together here on the Cutty. I’m going to order the wood deck for it

Mirror Models CMP 60L British lorry in captured Afrika Korps markings

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 17:09
This was a tough kit to build. Fit issues everywhere (and I do mean "everywhere"!). Still, I made some field modifications after looking through several Afrika Korps photo references. I replaced the canvas framing over the bed with brass rod and used brass tubing to replace the drive gears underneath. I painted it with Mission Models paints, using the hairspray technique to show the underlying original British factory paint (an olive green). The cargo consists of a severed tail from a 21st Century Toys Me-109 in North Afrika markings, several resin 55 gal. drums and a couple tarps made from Aves Apoxie. Various bits and bobs completed the build. It will be part of the Afrika Korps group build at the Chattanooga Nationals soon. Stop by and give it a look!

New, Old member from Mississippi

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 05:15
Hello all. It’s been about 10 years or so, I’ve just recently rejoined. So I’m Patrick from Mississippi

Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 01:38
Hello all. Just rejoined IPMS/USA after a 10 year absence. With that said, I’m starting Revells 1/96 Cutty Sark. First time for me doing a sailing ship I’ll post pics of my progress on it

Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop"

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 18:53
This build is the Tamiya 1/48 scale P-47D Thunderbolt “Bubbletop”. It will be detailed with Eduard’s Big Edition photo etch set. For this scheme I will be using the brand new set of decals from Thunder Cals. This is their latest set featuring P-47D’s from the European Theater. I will be doing the “Ozark Queen” of the 84th FS/78th FG from the 8th Air Force. It was flown by Captain Alfred F. Eaton in the summer of 1944. You can check out the details of their new set on their website at https://thundercals.com/48006-78th-fg-365th-fg-bubbletop-and-razorback-tbolts-new-decal-announcement/ As typical with aircraft builds, it all starts with the cockpit. While the Tamiya cockpit is highly detailed out of the box, Eduard does add some placards and fine details that further enhance the cockpit. Once the cockpit was built up I started preparing the fuselage to install the cockpit. Eduard does provide an interesting add on. Typically the intercooler on 1/48 scale P-47’s has an opening that just goes into the fuselage and is typically open. Eduard actually includes all the duct work to the intercooler. It is difficult to photograph but I was able to just get a good angle to show it. If you want to see more photos and follow along check out my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop/

The Death Of Testors Continues...Step By Step, Bottle By Bottle

Sat, 07/27/2019 - 19:27
In case you've been checking the Testors.com website and wondering why it hasn't been updated for God knows how long, here's why. The current Testors website is located on the Rustoleum website at https://www.rustoleum.ca/product-catalog/consumer-brands/testors/ and if you're still a user of Model Master Enamels, you aren't gonna like what you find. As of this moment, here's the categories that are listed for enamels and the number of colors available: Model Master Enamels Flat colors: 27 Gloss colors: 2 Semi-Gloss: 1 Figure Enamels. Believe it or not, they also lumped naval enamels under the figure enamels heading. Figure colors: 6 Naval colors: 4 International Military Enamels WW-II US & United Kingdom colors: 5 U.S. Military Colors: 7 WW-II Luftwaffe & Panzer colors: 11 WW-II Italian/Japanese/Russian colors: 3 Modern Armor/Gulf War/Russian colors: 2 Auto Enamels Automotive colors: 27 And if that isn't enough, there is one category of paint that is completely missing: Metalizer. Not only is Metalizer gone, so is Metalizer sealer, which is a perfect neutral clear coat that can be brushed over decals without having to spray the entire model. Things don't stop there either. Four days ago, Michael McMurtrey listed 76 acryl colors that were being discontinued. Today, the new testors website listed only 62 colors and some of those were also on the discontinued list. Richard Marmo

Hobby Boss M35 ADGZ-STEYR

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:15
Just finished the Hobby Boss kit while waiting for leave for the National. The figure is from Platoon. Dak