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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.

The Latest On Testors...Straight From Rustoleum

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:00
It is now 10:41 a.m., October 28, 2019. I just got off the phone with Rustoleum and here is what I learned: 1. The Bulletin about Testors going away is fake and they are still trying to track down who posted it. Rustoleum didn't say so, but I would suggest the idiot is in a world of hurt whenever he or they are caught. 2. It is TRUE that international distribution will end EXCEPT for Canada. Again, Testors products will continue to be distributed in the U.S. AND CANADA. 3. It is TRUE that Aztek Airbrushes are gone. 4. It is TRUE that Metalizer products are gone. 5. The ONLY link for current Testors products is https://www.rustoleum.ca/product-catalog/consumer-brands/testors/ 6. The familiar testors.com websie does NOT show the correct current product line. 7. The Testors link at the bottom of the Rustoleum home page is NOT currently correct. At this time, it takes you to the old testors.com home page. 8. Having been made aware of the link/website problems, Rustoleum will be working to correct them. 9, Rustoleum stated during our telcon that Model Master is not going away any time soon, but colors that do not sell will not be continued. What that means for anyone's favorite color I can't say since I have no idea what their criteria for sales volume is.

Pics from Orangecon

Sun, 10/27/2019 - 01:49
Had a great time in Fullerton. Got to see my oldest, visited 3 air museums, did a day at Disney and helped judge at the show. Good seeing the Duke and meeting others from the club and even talked to George with Tamiya who was in the Vendors room. https://photos.app.goo.gl/iz9Vjmgk87TXnu6m9

Tin Tin - planes, trains, ships, & automobiles

Sat, 10/26/2019 - 20:17
has anyone copied a mode of transport from the Tin Tin series? there seems to be so much inspiration, and there's a member on Britmodeler hooked on Wallace & Grommet, that I started wondering. ps: camels & elephants don't count!

The Latest On The Death Of Testors...Some True, Some Maybe Not

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 23:30
Today I stumbled across a post on the Oldie & Goldie Scale Models Facebook Group. Someone had posted an alleged Product Bulletin that was addressed to all Testors Distributors. Subject was the end of an era. If you want to look at the Bulletin yourself, go to Facebook and search for Oldie And Goldie Scale Models. Some are claiming that it is fake news and others don't know. BUT at least one person stated that what they did know...from a separate source...was that Rustoleum was definitely dropping Aztek Airbrushes along with the International and Military colors. Since the above info was impossible to verify, I went to Rustoleum's Testors website to see what, if anything, had changed. Here's what I've discovered: 1. Aztek Airbrushes are no longer listed. 2. There are 20 One Coat Lacquer Spray colors (19 colors and Spray Wet Look Clear 3. Dullcote & Glosscote are still available in both spray and bottle. 4. The entire Metalizer line is gone, including Metalizer Sealer and Thinner. 5. Acryl acrylic is still available as follows....but the number of colors is diminishing: Flat: 34 colors + clear flat Gloss: 18 colors + clear gloss Semi-Gloss: 10 colors 6. Model Master enamels are still available...kinda, sorta...as shown below: Auto enamels: Gloss: 29 colors Military enamels: Flat: 27 colors Gloss: 2 colors Semi-Gloss: 1 color Figure enamels: Flat: 5 colors Semi-Gloss: 3 colors Stain: 2 shades International Military: WW-II US & United Kingdom: Flat: 4 colors Gloss: 1 color US Military: Flat: 2 colors Gloss: 2 colors Semi-Gloss: 3 colors WW-II German Luftwaffe - RLM & Panzer : Flat: 2 colors Semi-Gloss: 8 colors WW-II Italian/Japanese/Russian: Flat: 2 colors Semi-Gloss; 1 color Modern Armor Gulf War/Nato/Russia: Flat: 1 color Semi-Gloss: 1 color Since I started writing this post, all comments relative to the presumed Product Bulletin have been removed. I wouldn't be surprised if the Bulletin image disappears before long, especially if it is fictitious. Still, the list I have provided is taken direct from the Rustoleum/Testors website...essentially straight from the horse's mouth. I'll try to contact Rustoleum the first of next week to see if I can get any updated information.

Valom 1/72 Bristol Bombay

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 20:49
Don't know if you have much experience with Valom kits, but they are about two steps above a limited release injection molded kit. Parts look good, but fit is iffy. Clear parts well done, but seldom fit. Much PE included that is small, fiddly and can't be seen. However, they make kits of subjects no one else does, Enter the Bristol Bombay. First flown in1935, it was designed as what was then known as a bomber/transport. It could do either but neither really well. It did serve as a bomber in the near east and Ethiopia and as a transport all over Europe. It was similar in capacity and performance to a Ju-52, which was also designed to be a a bomber/transport. Its greatest claim to fame was that this aircraft type changed the course of the war in North Africa. When Auchileck was sacked, Gott was named his successor and immediately flew to the front in a Bombay,, which was subsequently shot down, killing Gott and leading to the appointment of Montgomery and we all know the story from there. The kit is done OOTB and I even left out much of the interior as it just couldn't be seen. The clear parts for the windows were omitted as fit was problematic and I did them with Krystal Kleer with a coat of Johnson's Klear. Weathering, shading was done with pastels. Looks like a Bombay, but will never win any contests.

New to this forum and plastic ship/aircraft modeling

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 10:39
Hello everyone, my name is Stuart. I am a 61-year retired military aircraft and ship enthusiast. Now that I have the time I am anxious to dive into plastic modeling and have purchased three models to get started. These are the Tamiya 1/350 Enterprise, the Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire and 1/32 Mustang. I did not want to complicate the post with the specific aircraft models . . . yet ☺️ I have completely read all three sets' manuals and have, probably justifiably, come to the conclusion that I may have started too "big". However, what's done is done. I did build plastic sailing ships and planes when I was a kid but college and then fill-time work ended that entirely. I've found You-tube videos about building these models but was looking for advice that anyone would offer to a newbie that overstepped in terms of complicated models.

How to Get Published in the IPMS Journal - ?

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 21:24
Is there a gouge here for accomplishing this? Thought I had seen one awhile back, but can't find it now. Reason for this question is that a member of our chapter sez he's tried to work this with "them" and just gets the sound of crickets. Good dude; superb modeler and chapter member, so there's no weird attitude-issue in play; just frustrated. Apparently barking up the wrong tree - ? What are we missing?

T-34/122 What-If

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 11:59
I stared this project in 2017 and it sat on the shelf of shame in the primer stage until a month ago when I finally dusted it off to finish. I based the turret on this drawing... but updated the design to have later type production features. The unique turret parts were designed in 3D CAD and printed by Panzer Concepts. The mine roller is the old MB models white metal and resin garage kit. It required more work than the whole rest of the model to clean up. Model is detailed with Royal Model PE and Resin set, Fruil tracks, Eureka tow cable, and an Evolution figure. Additional images can be found here: T-34/122

Plasmo on youtube

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 11:57
Do we have any other Plasmo fans? David has a great YouTube channel, and he truly is a master in the art of modeling. I find his videos very relaxing. Any other fans?

Howdy from TN

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:01
Hello everyone. I’m a new member from TN.

Meng World War Toons

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 09:44
I had several projects going the other day, and I wanted something that would be a “one day build” just to give me a break from the longer running projects. These kits are just the ticket. They are fun, and literally a “one day build”

Meng World War Toons

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 09:42
I had several projects going the other day, and I wanted something that would be a “one day build” just to give me a break from the longer running projects. These kits are just the ticket. They are fun, and literally a “one day build”.

2019 IPMS USA Nationals! LIKE TEXAS,NEW YORK ETC

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:12
In all seriousness, it is all over. Thanks to everyone who attended, competed, vended, spoke, and displayed models! We wouldn't and couldn't have done it without all of you! I know that following these shindigs there are always a few standard questions. One is how big was it? In our case, 961 registrations (as near as I can tell, 3rd biggest ever). 450 vendor tables (most ever) and roughly 5000 models on display (again, most ever). While breaking records wasn't the goal going into this, it was kinda fun. It was also rewarding being able to give back to so many folks who've given so much to us, and me in particular. Thanks to all who came for trusting us to do our jobs, I hope we didn't let you down. Now, the one thing that everyone wants to know...who won? Here's a link to the awards presentation that Vlad spends an inordinate amount of time putting together in between judging wrapping up and the awards on Saturday night. Thank you for all that work Vlad!

How many chapters have IRS 501 (c) 7 status?

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 23:39
Seems to be a lot easier to get than 501 (c)3 status.... A description is posted here on the AMA website. It obviously talks about AMA-chartered clubs, but seems applicable to any hobby club...., https://www.modelaircraft.org/sites/default/files/505-a.pdf Does IPMS track this info, perhaps as part of the rechartering process? I’m hoping to hear from some who have already been down this road....