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Restored Aurora Frankenstein

Sun, 03/31/2019 - 13:55
Here’s another save from the attic. He’s been stripped and reassembled where necessary and primered then hand painted. No airbrushing in this piece. Last pic is what I started with.

Hello from Atlanta

Sat, 03/30/2019 - 21:50
I'm coming back to the hobby after a hiatus. The last time I built anything, the internet existed but the world-wide-web did not. There wasn't any online shopping back then. Now, I'm amazed at all the stuff I can find out there. There's even a new genre or two (giant robots? really?). I used to do a lot of WW2 and modern era aircraft, but since returning, I've done some more fictional subjects. I've done a couple of Warhammer kits and a few kits based on anime subjects (but not the giant robots). I've not given up on the kits based on real subjects, and will probably return to them at some point. I'd describe myself as a "casual" modeller, I'm not interested in winning or even entering any contests. I learn something new with every kit I put together and I suppose that's what I'm looking for.

2019 National Convention Hotel UPDATE

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 10:04
Folks...We have now sold out THREE hotels near the convention center and just opened a block at a fourth. We have 25 rooms available at the Staybridge Suites, which is directly across the street from the convention center. In fact, other than having to go outside and cross the street, your room will be closer to the convention action than a room at the Marriott. The rates are a little higher than the other hotels, but you can cram more guys into a room there (each one has a queen sized pull out for instance) and breakfast is included. The rates are $154 for a "studio" and $164 for a "double suite", and parking is $9 per day. Check the convention website here: http://ipmsusanationals.com/Chattanooga/Accommodations.aspx Also, if you've already made a reservation at the Staybridge (or know someone who has) PLEASE contact me at mmoore1132@gmail.com. If you contact me before May 1st, I can get your reservation transferred into our block. If your room rate is higher than the convention rates, the hotel will honor the convention rate; and if your current rate is lower, the hotel will honor your current rate. But in either case, if I can get your reservation moved into our block by May 1st, the convention will get credit for the room nights, which is really important. I know many folks have made reservations there already, so please, please, please, let me know if you have so I can confirm it with the hotel! Thanks, and see you in August! Mike

Dmold Modelworks

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 15:35
Has anyone successfully ordered from Dmold Modelworks (dmoldmodelworks.com)? Dmitri shows 3 parts I'd like to order but, every time I check the website (which is every few days), they're out of stock. He is responsive to emails but, won't take a pre-order and can't or won't tell me when the parts I'm after will be available.

New Review: Brengun 1/144 US Staff Car

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 01:09
The vehicle: In December of 1941 the US Government put all manufacturing on a wartime footing. Many of the factories which had been producing civilian cars went over to producing Jeeps, pickups, cargo trucks, ammo carriers, tanks, guns, and other wartime necessities. There were still a few assembly lines which continued to produce a few cars, and most of these were sold to the Army or Navy for use as "staff cars". Because it wouldn't do for someone as important as an Admiral or General to ride around in a canvas topped jeep. It might seem that it was tough on civilians to not be able to get a new car, but with gas rationing they couldn't drive much of anywhere anyway. The Kit: read more View the full article

New Review: Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka K1 KAI Model 43 “Two Seats”

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 00:52
If you are looking for a rather unique kit to add to your late-WWII collection of 1/72 scale Axis aircraft, Brengun has come through with a trainer variant of the Ohka rocket plane. The relatively small parts count makes this a quick build, but some experience with small photoetched parts will be beneficial. Modelers with some experience with small parts and working with plastic to improve the fit of parts will enjoy this build. Built by Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho, 45 of the K1 version of the Ohka (Cherry Blossom) were built to train the future Kamikaze pilots of the rocket-powered plane. A forward tank was loaded with water to simulate the warhead weight on the combat aircraft, which was then dumped before landing. Requiring a speed of 130 mph to land the trainer, it was a difficult plane to land for the inexperienced pilots. read more View the full article

I've made some pretty weird models in my time

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 23:23
I was going through sorting photos last night and realized that over the last 20 years or so, I have done some pretty weird models. I've done my fair share of "normal" models as well, but here are some of the strangers ones for your enjoyment.

Restored Aurora Mummy

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 18:55
Here’s an original that I stripped and rebuilt as best I could, then re-painted.

Dr Smith/B9 Robot Transplant

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 16:36
This was a fun one. Used some various parts and stock styrene rods to make the connections of the heads.

New Review: Tiertime Cetus MK3 extended 3D printer

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 01:12
If you have ever been interested in 3D printing, then this printer will get you started. 3D printers take a plastic filament material and melt it into an extruding nozzle, then ejected on to a moving build plate forms an object, so as the material cools it hardens. 3D printers can use several materials to melt plastic and create objects of different plastic type materials. I have no experience with 3D printing but have always been intrigued about the idea. I have experienced times when a special tool or part would be good to have, but there is nothing available. Now if I think about the part I can design it and at the same time learn a new skill of 3D printing. I will be honest and say the kicker for designing a part was the last time I knocked over my Tamiya cement bottle and said to myself, I wish there was something I could put the bottle in to keep from tipping it over. Guess what my first design and project was with the 3D printer. read more View the full article

New Goodyear Blimp Kit

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 22:01
From Faller, N-scale (1/160);

And now for something completely different …

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:37
Build a model of a machine used to make model kits: See here (ebay) if interested. I have no connection with the seller: https://tinyurl.com/y6le6atr

New Review: The Research Squad, Panther Project Volume 2 - Engine & Turret

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:14
Introduction The second volume of Panther Project follows the Restoration process of the Engine and Turret process along with its connected systems, information on Zimmerit. Some very nice Hull walk around along with interior photos, there are 440 photographs that make up this book along with some nice technical drawings of components. Contents Before they dive in on the restoration there are several pages on the History of the Panther tank along with the usual introduction. The rest of the book is broken up by each year on restoration 2007 2009 2013 2017 and 2018 and at the back are some references and technical drawings for the restoration process. Each chapter is broken up by what job is being done and gives the page numbers for easy reference. I'll be posting a picture of the index page as there is a lot of work going into each section. read more View the full article

New Review: Bf-109T-2

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:03
Messerschmitt developed the Bf-109T, based on the Bf-109E series, for operations from the aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin", when it was being developed and built in the late thirties. Although the ship was launched in 1938, the carrier, which was to have had a capacity of 40 aircraft, was never completed. A second carrier, the Peter Strasser, was started but never launched. It was scrapped in 1940. The Graf Zeppelin was retained, and work resumed briefly in 1942, but eventually, it was stopped in 1943. Specialized folding wing JU-87B's and Bf-109T's were developed for these ships. The Bf-109T-0 prototype was followed by ten pre-production Bf-109T-1's, converted from E-3's. These had extended, manually folding wings and carrier tailhooks, catapult spools, and tailwheel locking devices. A unit, JG 186, was formed for their evaluation, but the project was shelved. Sixty Bf-109T-1's had been ordered from Fieseler, and after on-again-off-again development, Fieseler was eventually instructed to complete all of the T-1's as land-based aircraft without the carrier equipment, under the designation Bf-109T-2. read more View the full article

7 Kits For Sale

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 17:48
I have 7 1/48th scale kits that will probably never make it to the bench. They include lots of extras but have been removed from the box due to my limited storage space. Send me an email for a detailed list. Add $10.00 for shipping. Packing will include plenty of bubble wrap to prevent breakage. Prices are negotiable. Most of these came from Sprue Brothers. Eduard Mig-21MF (1199) asking $135.00. Kit includes markings for 39 aircraft and PE cockpit detail in the kit. Also includes GFM landing gear, Eduard resin & PE detail, Master Model pitot & static discharge ribbons, and Quick Boost resin add-ons. Original cost $270.00 Eduard Mirage IIIC Profipack (8101) asking $45.00. PE cockpit detail included in kit. Also includes SAC landing gear; Wolfpack Design cockpit, seats, exhaust; Eduard seat belts & exterior detail; and Master Model pitot. Original cost $97.00 Kinetic E-2C 2000 (48016) asking $90.00. Includes Eduard BIG detail set, SAC landing gear, & resin from Wolfpack Design, Steel Beach Accessories, & Quickboost; Vagabond decal sheet Sprue Brothers handed out at 2015 Nationals. Original cost $184.00 Hasagawa F-18D (PT3) asking $60.00. Metal landing gear & resin seats included in the kit. Also includes Eduard BIG detail set & placards, Wolfpack Design ATARS nose, and Phase Hanger Resin SHAR Pod. Original cost $120.00 Eduard F-86F (1163) asking $50.00. PE cockpit detail included in kit. Also includes SAC landing gear,& Eduard resin wheels. Original cost $92.00 Hobby Boss P-61C (81732) asking $65.00. Includes SAC landing gear, Quick Boost engines & props, and Lone Star Models F-15E Reporter conversion fuselage. Original cost $125.00 Revell P-61A/B (7546) asking $45.00. Includes SAC landing gear, Quick Boost engines & props, and Eduard PE cockpit detail. Original cost $82.00 Also have a Microscale 1/48th scale F4D-1 Skyray kit still in the box. The box is damaged but is still in 1 piece. Asking $50.00. nicksr1125@gmail.com

New Review: German Staff Cars/ Cabrio(let)

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 16:16
Longtime readers of IPMS/USA reviews will know that I tend to prefer the tiny stuff. So it shouldn't come as too big a surprise that when Brengun released some accessory items for those of us that build in a diminutive scale (1:144) that I put in my bid for this kit review. 'Kit Review' may be too strong a phrase as these small German Staff Cars 3D printed, in resin, and come as one piece. The only assembly of the actual car is to remove it from the casting block. It should be noted that these cars represent an Opel Admiral Cabriolet, circa 1938. read more View the full article

New Review: AK Interactive Tracks & Wheels

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 13:50
Tracks & Wheels is part of AK Interactive's Learning Series of books that are profusely illustrated how-to guides that include step-by-step instructions on how to assemble, paint, and weather kits. Other titles in the learning series include: Metallic Paints Flesh & Skin Realistic Wood Effects Panzer Crew Uniforms Painting Guide Modern Figures Camouflages Photoetched Parts read more View the full article

"Airwolf" Bell 222

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 13:50
I have a bookmark to a website (www.airwolf.tv) that had an Airwolf "technical/flight manual," but that site seems to have gone to 404Land. Might any IPMSers have saved said document? I'm also looking for a copy of the studio plans of the aircraft, but all I've found online have been low-resolution partial copies. Anybody got the real deal?

New Review: Ju 88 Aces of World War 2

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 13:30
Robert Forsyth, born in Berkshire, England, has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe since his school days. Based in East Sussex with his wife, he runs an aviation and military publishing business full-time. He has written articles for the magazines Aeroplane , Aviation News, FlyPast, and The Aviation Historian, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the latter publication. He is the author of several hard bound books, including: JV 44 - The Galland Circus (1996), Battle over Bavaria - The B-26 versus the German Jets (Classic, 1998), Mistel - German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945 (Classic, 2001), Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerikabomber (Classic, 2006, with Eddie Creek); He 162 Volksjager (Classic, 2009, with Eddie Creek); Heinkel He 111 (Crecy, 2014); Junkers Ju 52 (Specialty Press. 2015, with Eddie Creek). read more View the full article

Kits for Sale

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 05:54
I have 7 kits I'll probably never get around to that I'd like to sell. Two questions. Is it ok to list them for sale here on the forum? If not, can somebody recommend a website (other than ebay) or other option? The main problem is that they're no longer in the box and most of them have lots of add-ons from Eduard, Wolfpack Design, or other resin companies.