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1/32 Czech Model F-80C Shooting Star

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 19:43
This was a difficult build because it's a limited run style kit. It does have some very nice resin and PE details, but very few locating pins, fair to poor fit, and you really need to deviate from the instructions to get the best results. The kit decals are one of the better items included, though I only used the data, stenciling, modexes, and stars. The nose art and others are from an aftermarket sheet. Here's a link to the in progress shots on Agapemodels if you want to see how it was built: https://www.agapemodelersforum.com/index.php?topic=23336.0 I used AK metalics Aluminum for the overall finish and then did the varying panels with Alclad Dull Aluminum. The red is Testsors (small bottle) enamel thinned with lacquer thinner. I made the gun barrels from steel tubing. I'm happy with the result, but I can't really recommend this kit to others unless you have some experience with limited run kits, vacs, or resin kits. There's a lot of re-engineering and alterations needed to get the best result. Comments, questions, and critiques welcome, as always. Cheers! GIL

Last Exile Vanship

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 13:24
This is Hasegawa’s Vanship in 1/72. https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0q5oqs3qcpRtc A Vanship is a flying machine from the anime TV series “Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing”. I actually saw the model first and was intrigued by the design, so I watched the series. It’s pretty good. What attracted me by the design was the mix of retro styling combined with a sci-fi element. It’s similar to steampunk, but instead of victorian era designs, this is looks more 1930s or so. I used Mr Hobby Surfacer for the primer. The metal bits towards the front were done using Mission Models chrome over Tamiya gloss black. I kept the coverage thin to make the metal look dark. The metal bits at the rear were done using various Testors/Model-Master flat metallics dry brushed over Tamiya flat black. (I’m experimenting with various ways to simulate metals). The red and white bits were painted with Mission Models paints and then covered with Tamiya’s clear gloss. I used no clear coat over the metal bits. This is the first model I’ve done that needed to be finished glossy. All my previous stuff were finished in flat, and while there may have been an intermediate gloss coat for decals and/or weathering, I didn’t really care how good the gloss looked because I was just going to spray over it in flat. Not so on this model; the subject is supposed to have a gloss finish. While the result isn’t terrible, it certainly doesn’t look like it’s going to ripple if it’s touched. I’ve seen much better gloss coats, albeit on larger scale models. I tried using a bit of Novus #2 on the gloss coat, with no effect. That Tamiya gloss dries hard.

Color question

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 12:24
I recently started building Takom’s Krupp 420mm Howitzer (Big Bertha) and one of the schemes is for a gray, green and brown version. Im hoping someone can steer me towards which gray the German military used during WW I. It looks a bit like the early WWII gray seen on German Armor, but I don’t know. Any help you all could offer would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!!

Detailing sets for B-1B, MIG-25, MD-87, TU-134, IL-62; Tiny Tim rocket and U.S. tents

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 08:50
Selling the last released detailing sets of Metallic Details: Jet nozzles for aircraft model B-1B Lancer (Revell) in scale 1/48 - $44.50 Set contains 26 resin parts (16 main parts of the nozzle and 10 sprues with rods) for detailing of jet nozzles. Air intakes for aircraft models MiG-25 (ICM) in scale 1/48 - $18.25 Set contains 4 resin parts and photoetched board (53*145 mm) for detailing of air intakes for aircraft models MiG-25 (ICM). Seat belts for aircraft models MiG-25 (ICM) in scale 1/48 - $6.85 Set contains photoetched board (25*32 mm) for detailing of seat belts for aircraft models MiG-25 (ICM). Detailing set for aircraft model MD-87 (AMP) in scale 1/144 - $8.00 Set contains 1 photoetched board (35*47 mm) for exterior detailing. Detailing set for aircraft model Tu-134 (Zvezda) in scale 1/144 - $8.00 Set contains 1 photoetched board (35*47 mm) for exterior detailing. Detailing set for aircraft model IL-62 (Zvezda) in scale 1/144 - $12.55 Set contains 1 photoetched board (70*70 mm) for exterior detailing. Antennas and sensors of Soviet civil aviation in scale 1/144 - $4.56 25 pcs. Tiny Tim rocket in scales 1/48 - $8.55 Set contains 4 resin parts and 16 photoetched parts for building 2 rockets Tiny Tim. Tiny Tim rocket in scales 1/72 - $5.70 Set contains 4 resin parts and 16 photoetched parts for building 2 rockets Tiny Tim. U.S. WWII universal trailer Mk. 2 in scales 1/48 - $16.00 Set contains 24 (2*12) resin parts for building 2 trailers. U.S. WWII universal trailer Mk. 2 in scales 1/72 - $9.15 Set contains 24 (2*12) resin parts for building 2 trailers. Tiny Tim with trailer in scales 1/48 - $12.30 Set contains 16 resin parts and 8 photoetched parts for building 1 rocket Tiny Tim and 1 trailer. Tiny Tim with trailer in scales 1/72 - $7.45 Set contains 16 resin parts and 8 photoetched parts for building 1 rocket Tiny Tim and 1 trailer. U.S. WWII Small wall tent in scale 1/72 - $10.30 1 pcs. No Assembly required. U.S. WWII Pup tent 2 x in scale 1/72 - $4.60 1 pcs. No Assembly required.

USS Kongo

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 20:30
I have always wondered what kind of upfits or refits occurred before the Motion Picture Enterprise hit the big screen so I came up with my version of a "tweener" Kongo represents the time period between the Star Trek tv series and the Motion Picture Enterprise. Kongo has phaser bumps/turrets, a scratchbuilt torpedo pod on the connecting dorsal, the deflector has been recessed into the secondary hull, I painted/added the windows for the arboretum and gave the ship custom nacelle caps at both ends courtesy of JT Graphics. The ship was finished in a 4 color Aztec pattern to more closely resemble her big screen sister.

Doomsday Machine

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 20:19
This is a scratchbuilt "Doomsday Machine" from the original Star Trek TV show episode with the same title. Build is made out of sheet styrene, blue tape, foam board, newspaper, gesso soaked toilet paper and the outerskin is plaster infused gauze (rigid wrap) Light source is a Gemmy holiday light projector I picked up at home depot illuminating translucent piece of plastic from a 3 ring binder. Painted with acrylics. Hope you enjoy! Doomsday 2.MOV Doomsday 2.MOV

Wanted: Monogram 1/48th AT-6 Texan, cheap.

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 18:46
Does anyone have a Monogram AT-6 Texan kit they'd be willing to part with for not a lot of money? Need it for an article in a British magazine...which doesn't pay much. Later, it may wind up as one of my Modelbuilding Guides. Would be happy to mention your name as to how I found the kit. Why not use my own? Simple. I was burglarized a year and a half ago and didn't think they took more than a couple or three kits. Wrong! Went looking for the T-6 today and discovered an entire box...or maybe two...of classic Monogram kits missing!!! Anyway, any help would be appreciated.

Northrop N-9M - Sword 1/72

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 16:55
I recently completed the Sword 1/72nd scale kit of the Northrop N-9M Flying Wing. The aircraft (later, slightly different version N-9MB) has been in the news lately, since the restored prototype, owned by Planes of Fame, suffered a horrific crash, killing her pilot. Description of my model project can be found on my own Web site: https://www.somanyaircraft.com/models/projects/2019/n9m/

The Duke's Last April Model

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 15:33
Finally, this is the last model I completed in April. This is the 1/72 scale IBG Models Hungarian Toldi II. I had finished up painting and detailing the tracks and now this one is done: Now it's time to move on to other projects yet again. Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

Star Trek 1/537 Scale

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 23:48
This is a 537 scale kitbash I did last year. USS Akula is a Lynch Class Light Destroyer. Ship design is by Eric Kristiansen who has published several books on Federation ships and technology, most notably the Jackills Guide to Federation Ships. Akula has custom decals from Jbot, lower deflector dish from Federation Models, scratchbuilt connecting dorsal and a 4 color "Aztec" paint scheme using McKenzie water based taxidermy colors. I also put hatches for "life boats" on this build. I am currently working on Akula's sister ship, a 1.350 scale Lynch Class which I am making my first attempt at lighting ( so far so good! lol)

Hello From South Florida

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 16:58
Hello IPMS! I am a member of Flight 19, Region 11 in South Florida. Have been building since I was 9 or so and like to build most everything but lean more towards SciFi and Star Trek in particular.

Hasegawa 1/32 TA-4J Agressor

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 15:27
Hi all, This was supposed to be a quick build, which it basically was. I started putting things together and before I knew it, it was practically done. I added some seatbelts in the cockpit and some brake lines and such on the landing gear. I also took the step out of the the leading edge slat area (the red area) where the top of the wing transitions to the slat well. The paint scheme came from the Classic Air Frames 1/48 kit. Paints used were Vallejo and Model Master. I resized the CA decal sheet from the kit and printed it on my computer. Overall they came out pretty good. I like the color scheme with the three blues/grays. This kit is ancient but it fit great. The detail is accurate and there aren't a million pieces. What's not to like? Any comments always welcome. Bill

Wood Ships/Rules

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 18:49
At our Annual Show this year a Wood Ship Model was in entered in the Contest. What is stance or Rule for this since we are a "Plastic Model Society? Thanks Dan Bauer

I'm back With A Tiger I, Italeri, 1/35

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 14:22
Hello friends! For take off, I re-started this nice hobby with my Tiger I E/H Italieri, 1/35 (with another parts I will add because in the kit are missing ). The kit coming with regular quality. Version Tank 121 in Tunisia. Almost "Out of Box" in 98%, I added a Jordi gun barrel and grids made by me and the mudguards were replaced, 2nd. box tools added.. I am very happy to return to build again!!!. (Last March 16/2019, I started this kit). After 4.5 years of not building, I feel somewhat clumsy. Finished two days ago. ( know that this tank it not carried the front support for track, but I comited a mistake and I decided to leave it, sorry!). I hope you like it Finally I added a Panzer Commander!. I hope you like it too, thanks! Regards! Rodolfo

Outreach for New Members?

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 11:51
I read the editorial letter from IPMS/Washington DC with great interest. And then it occurred to me; I see ads in the Journal from all kinds of modelling- related businesses, how come I never see anything on their web pages about IPMS? I regularly shop sites such as Squadron, Scale Hobbyist, Hobbylinc, Victory Models, etc. What would it take to have them include a link on their home page to IPMS/USA? I remember a comment some time ago about having small flyers inserted by manufacturers into kits in the past - I remember those. So maybe that's no possible anymore. But surely online retailers would be willing to point customers to the society; it would be mutually beneficial.

Member account for voting, etc?

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:21
I must be missing something, because I cannot find how to get a member account. I registered for the Forum, no problem, but that seems to be a different account altogether (although it does ask for your membership # and you have to wait for the account to be "confirmed"). Thanks, - Ora (#33494)

2 nice 1/144 Minicraft USAF big birds

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 05:34
F/S 2 sealed like new Minicraft Air Force birds. KC-135A Refeuling tanker with New A engine tooling and C-32B Transport Both feature recessed panel lines and Cartograf decals. 34.00 takes em both Please Contact licin@comcast (dot) net I accept PayPal for those who still do things the way we used to, I will take a personal check or money order. Cheers Max Bryant Illinois

Academy 1/35th scale AH-1Z Viper

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 20:54
Gentlemen, If your a rotor head like me, you need to get this kit. I picked it up from my hobby store here last week. Academy did a great job putting this one together. My only issue is the lack of seatbelts. I’ll make some up from my spare parts cabinet. Academy has incorporated slide molding on several of the parts in the kit.( tail boom, weapons pylons). The surface detail is very good, and not over scaled. The fit of the parts is great. Decals are from Cartograf. I’ve already got a lot of the model built, (Thanks to slide molding). The hellfire missiles also come in one piece. The main rotor built quickly, but took a while to paint. The tailrotor, and 90 degree gear box have a lot of detail. I should be done with the model by Wednesday. I’ll start working on the display base Thursday. Regards Christopher.

Special Hobby 1/48 Ju88 Kits

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 16:11
Are the Special Hobby Ju88 kits the same as the ICM Ju88 kits? Thanks, JD

P-51D Question and Help Needed

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 10:41
Hi All: So I want to build a 1/32 P-51D and I want some scheme with invasion stripes. I am by no means a P-51 expert so does anyone have any recommendations of cool schemes with invasion stripes that I could paint it up as? Dave