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The Duke Finishes One in November

Sun, 11/24/2019 - 18:07
Hello everyone. Awhile ago; I thought I'd finished my Nagmachon, but when I took the pics I noticed a few things. So, at first I was going to post this pic: But then I noticed the crooked box on the side of the fender. Not good. Then when I wanted to post this pic: ...I noticed the black smudge on the back of the armor. So, I came up with an idea.... And now I can finally post the officially finished model. Here it is with the box fixed in front: And now for my solution to the black smudge. I decided to make it look like someone took a shot at it: And the final view: I tried to get a closer pic of the 'damage' but couldn't get the camera to focus on it. This was the best I could do: That was the first time I'd ever done battle damage like that before. I'm pretty happy with it. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.

Godzilla!

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:23
I picked this one off the shelf as I saw it as a fast little build. Sculpted by Troy McDevitt, is a very nice caricature, with one two bubbles on two of the teeth, and seam lines that were nearly invisible. The part fit very well and only a little bit of Aves was used along the spines, and where the spines met his tail. After that it got a coat of Vallejo Air NATO Black as a primer. I like the NATO Black because to my eyes it looks like there a little green in it, and models don't just look black. After that it got a drybrush of a mid range gray. while that was drying I got out some Ivory and painted the teeth and eyes. Then some Gray Green for the toe and finger nails. I also mixed some of the Gray Green with the Ivory, and painted his gums. Liking the new Godzilla I had the idea to have his spines light up in that blue white coloring, so sprayed the edges a wide swath of dark blue. Leaving the blue to dry , I went back and gave the teeth a was of Nuln Oil. The eyes also got dots of Gory Red. From there I went back to the spines, and gave a smaller edging with a light blue. When that dried, I had an even lighter blue that went in a smaller strip along the spines. To finish it off a added dots of white to tallest spines. To finish him off, his teeth got a dry brushing of Ivory. Done, nice and easy. Thanks for looking.

COPPA and modelbuilding videos on YouTube

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:15
If anyone reading this enjoys watching kit buildups or kit reviews on YouTube, you need to watch a video that can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXHYVWyAGcE&t=11s Why? Because the Federal Trade Commission has just announced that starting January 1, 2020 any video that is identified as made for kids but that they believe is not made for kids, the creator of that video will be fined $42,530 PER VIDEO. Incidentally, a kid is defined as anyone under the age of 13. So why should that matter to us? Because two of the categories that they will be especially focusing on will be arts & crafts and toys. Modelbuilding, scale models and model kits are all too often classified by those who do not know what they're talking about as arts & crafts or toys. Rather than spend a lot of time and space recapping information that is already on YouTube, I'd suggest you watch the video...and others...then reply to this post. By the way, if you think this doesn't affect us, it does. We're a family friendly organization, we want to attract kids so they become modelbuilders and kids watch YouTube in droves. If they can't find videos about modelbuilding, we lose a very valuable source that may expose them to scale models for the very first time. Anyway, watch the video and let me know what you think.

American Horror Story: Pepper

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 22:15
With the table cleared it was time to dive into the pile again for some new kits to work on. This time I pulled out two, both from Gillman Productions. The first is Pepper from the series American Horror Story, and the Freakshow story. We find the kit is similar to Twisty from the same show with a sort of carnival base. The kit comes in only 3 parts - the head, bust, and base. Every so often you'll get a cool illustration from Mark Van Tine, the sculptor! Base colors added. except for the ice cream (at the time I was still researching that). ;) (EDIT: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla) ;) First highlight added, and epoxied the bust to the base. Starting with the face this session, I gave the usual black eyes to start and also some Beige Red for a base to the skin. Some Reikland Fleshshade was added as the shadows and then some more speckled around the face. Then some Beige Red was speckled on top. A mix of that paint with some of Vs Basic Skin tone followed, and then a final of just the Basic Skin tone. Having a look the actress' blue eyes were left and I used Azure for the base color of the irises. With that I was done. Thanks for looking.

I'm excited that I just received my IPMS number today, #51818. Now, just have to find

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:11
I'm excited that I just received my IPMS number today, #51818. Now, just have to find an active club in my area of south-central Kansas.

The Howling Man

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 11:56
Today's subject is another from MoonDevil Studio. It's the Howling Man, from a 1060 episode of the Twilight Zone. From IMDB: Just looking at the sculpt you get to see how the story ends. The kit comes in the usually 2 parts, the bust and the base. The kit is typically well done and only the slightest seamline is seen across the slicked back hair. Looking at images of the actor, Robin Hughes, the first obvious thing is that it's all in B&W (Duh, it was 1960, Kev...). My first idea was to paint it up that way. But it was only a few days after JerseyFest (where I got the model) that someone else posted on the FB GK groups his version which was in B&W. So I decided to go with color. Next thing to think about was what is the coloring. Looking at the film still, it looks like the actor has no coloring makeup, and his shirt is black and his cape is alsodark with a light color stripes, and cowl. I remembered a movie memorabilia auction where Dracula's cape was up for bid. The cape as you would expect was black, but the inside was a salmon color satin! I decided that my devil will have the same. If it's good enuff for Bela, it's good enuff for the Howling Man... But first comes the primer. And then I decided to make him a red devil. It wqas at this point I decided that I would work on my OSL. Not show is I started by using my "red" paint set, and started at one end with a dark purple color. This will be my deepest shadow. I started with a flesh color which would give me the salmon color, but decided to add some pearlizing additive to make the cowl shone a bit. But the pearl flecks are in a white medium, not clear. This turned the salmon color a little beige. Hmmm do I want the pearl, or do I want the salmon color. I chose the shine so my cowl became this beige color. In retrospect I should have darkened the shadows of the cowl more as I was going, which would enhance the shine. I tried after 90% of it was done, but was afraid of ruining what I had done so far, and chickened out spraying the shadows darker. The cape was black, the shirt was German Gray, and the chain was brass, which IMHO looks more like gold and the gold paint does. The base was gray which Black Gray in the cracks, and the lettering was the same Scarlet that was the highest highlight of the face. With that I was calling this done. Thanks for looking.

Please Help Need Cutty Sark plans

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 22:12
I have a Cutty Sark kit missing the plans. I believe that it is a very old kit as I cannot locate it in the downloads section of Revel. If you have a set and can help me or maybe you have downloaded them and would be able to forward me a copy I would be forever in your dept! THE KIT # IS 0399 Thank you

1/35 MRC OH-58D 'Black Death'

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 20:48
Here is the Kiowa Warrior from MRC. Great build. Very wordy directions, but comprehensive. I also used the Zactomodels exterior details. I added some seat belts, a CAR-15 on the IP.

Poe's X-Wing Fighter

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:12
Finished this one up today for our club build. This is the Revell snap-tite 1/48-ish kit, which I was overall impressed with. The kit fits VERY well, with no slop in the parts once they're in place. The cockpit is nicely detailed and the canopy crystal clear. The parts break down on lines that match paint lines, so not much in the way of seams is visible when completed. The X-wing can be open or closed. The only oddity is that the nose gear can be retracted, but there's no option but on or off the model for the main gear, which means I left them off for the "in flight" attitude on the stand. The stand is from the spares box, and NOT in the kit. The only major thing I did was rebuild the wing cannons with plastic, aluminum, and steel tubing. Even though the kit ones came cradled in a clear support box, they were still rather bent. Other than that, I painted and washed various details and put some belts on the kit seat. The only complaint I can make on the kit is the type of plastic used to mold it. It's somewhere between rubber and styrene....the mold lines are tough to scrape off (much like a car kit tire) and tubular parts cannot be simply bent back straight. They're also harder to drill through, the plastic being more "gummy" during drilling. That said, it IS workable, but doesn't react like your typical injected styrene does. The kit doesn't come with a pilot, and is meant to display on its gear. However, that makes opening the wings up problematic, as the main gear is then canted awkwardly. The kit has some nicely molded details between the wings I wanted to show, so I grabbed a stand from the spares box and put it in flight attitude. By the way...the kit has a gimmick, in that the cockpit is molded as part of a sound box/device. If you push down on the R2 it'll play cannon fire! Anyway, this was a quick build, yielding a cool looking model that allows me to have one to put in our club display at the local library next January, coinciding with the release of the new Star Wars movie around Dec/Christmas. Comments/questions/critiques welcome! GIL

Obtaining replacement parts from Takom Models

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 11:22
I recently contacted Takom Models in an attempt to get a replacement part. I started by going to their Facebook page, and contacting them through Messenger. I made contact with someone at that location, and explained my need. The person on the other end replied with an e mail address similar to the main company e mail address. I then sent my request to that address. It's been about 5 days, and I've yet to get a reply. My question is; Has anyone tried to obtain a replacement part from Takom, and what kind of customer service can I expect? Thanks for providing whatever info you can!!! Doug

Will the IPMS homepage ever have an announcement for the 2020 convention?

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 00:46
I see (at least on my computer) that the IPMS home page is promoting the 2019 convention - any ideas when the 2020 convention will move into such a place of prominence? Regards, David Doyle

Membership renewal

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 20:31
Sent my renewal submittal Oct.9th- have not received any confirmation or new card-as of today.. sent emails requesting status with no replies. Can someone follow up with this? Thranks. Respectfully...

1/48 Monogram B-17G Mount-N-Ride

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 22:24
Since there's a new 1/48 B-17G being released, I decided I needed to build my old Monogram kit! Model was built OOTB. Decals are from PYN-UP. Kept the weathering on the lesser side since this was a low-time plane that flew only about 10 missions. This kit takes some elbow grease and planning, but still goes together well for its age. By the way, the wayward gun barrel on the top turret has been repaired! Didn't get every result I'd hoped for with this build, but I finally have this nose art I've wanted on the shelf! Comments, questions, and critiques welcome! Cheers! GIL

1/72nd Airfix USAF F-86

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 18:10
Shiny Korean War veteran Alclad for Metal sections over Gloss Black Tamiya Decanted. Painted Yellow and Black ID Bands and nose. Older Microscale Decals used.CMK Interior was beautiful .Sorry I couldn't photo well. Airfix Kit was highly rated but my opinion is Hobbycraft and Fujimi are better F-86 kits. Airfix was missing some basics,Upper inlet,Upper fuselage panel, Side small Vents, Under-nose lights, nose radar scribing. Most of these were added but not all. Some small issues on the wings ,so 3ft is a good viewing distance. There is no dark area in front of gun panel, just a photo lighting issue. Thanks for Looking Comments always Welcome Bill D

Was the Red Baron a serial Killer?

Sun, 11/03/2019 - 18:23
The Baron, stalked his prey and attacked from behind and kept trophies of his kills. Just like a serial killer. Is it appropriate to do a model of a serial killer's stuff? I was looking at the contest rules and those that have won over the years and wonder what most serious members think is an inappropriate model or contest entry. Personally, I'm an artist at heart and find very few things offensive enough to be band or remove it from a contest. However, I am aware others may not feel that way. So, what offends you and why? Would a model of one of the 9/11 planes be ok? If so, how is it different from the plane that sank the Arizona? Is a model of Timothy McVeigh's Car ok form the National? If not, why would a model of Hitler's big six wheeled car be ok? We do swastikas and naked girls all over airplanes, but showing a dead body seems to upset many. Seems strange to me. Thoughts? Dak

1/72 PJ Productions New Tool F-84F -- Done!

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 15:48
For those interested, F-84F Build Thread is HERE I am posting up the pictures of the finished model, with a little embellishment to the kit: Thanks for looking in! Ed

Paint fuselage color?

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 09:02
I introduced myself in the appropriate forum admitting that I am a “newbie” since it has been many years since I attempted to build a plastic model. Also, I overstretched myself by starting with the Tamiya 1/32 P-51D. As suggested by a responder to my “introduction” I read all of the instructions and highlighted areas where I am confused and there are many unfortunately. I hope to figure most of them out as I work through the model but I have to ask the following. 1. ”When no color is specified, paint the item with fuselage color.” There are variations for painting the fuselage, correct? Can someone please help me out and let me know which color should be used for the unspecified items. There is one in the very first step of the engine assembly. The main fuselage color according to the paint schemes appears to be Tamiya AS-12. Is this the color I should use? 2. To that end, is there a “non-spray” equivalent to AS-12? If the answer to the first question is yes it does not seem practical to paint such small pieces with spray paint. I do hope this is the correct forum for these questions. If not please let me know and I will cut-and-paste these into a new topic in the correct forum. Thanks in advance for your patience in answering such basic questions. Stuart Montgomery

From the War Room

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 17:10
1/48 Accurate Miniatures Wright Patterson AFB P-51 NA prototype 1/48 Ta 1831/48 prewar Tamiya Zeke

Hello from SE Texas

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 23:45
Hello all my name is Dan, I renewed my IPMS membership today, I was President with the now defunct IPMS Texas Outlaw Modelers back in the early 1990's. I build aircraft and armor. My profile pic is my P-61 diorama in 1/48. We do 3-d printing and are trying out some new alternatives to casting resin. This is our latest creation a 1/8 scale Hiroshima bomb. My son downloaded this from CGtrader and printed it in gray PLA (100 pieces +) and I applied some Iwata airbrush magic to it. It has 2 LEDs in it.

Vehicle for new diorama is almost finished

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:52
I’ll post the finished pics of the vehicle here, and eventually I’ll post the finished diorama on that board. It’s taking me a while to finish this because I have found the World War Toons line. This project keeps getting interrupted with those...lol, im sure you understand what I’m talkjng about. Anyway, if you are a purist, don’t look any further as this is completely in the realm of fantasy. Theme: what would a monster/zombie hunter truck look like if it was in the 1950’s? I still have a way to go before being finished, but here is some progress.