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Wed, 02/28/2024 - 17:42
HI ! Here another project I have done in the past , they are 2 version of the WWII ROTACHUTE project , If you like to view more pics of them ,I have set up an GOOGLE page for them , Just follow this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ALafmnLudm1LSja87 Enjoy ! Jmarc

Question about Tamiya Spray Paint over Decals

Tue, 02/27/2024 - 12:48
I am finishing an Alan Kulwicki Hooters car. The car is painted with Tamiya paints. I have applied decals from an unknown aftermarket maker and probably can't replace the decal sheet. But now that the decals are on I see Tamiya has a note on the spray can cap reading to not apply on decals. Does anyone have advice for me on what will be safe to overcoat the decals?


Sat, 02/24/2024 - 09:08
HI ! Here another project I have done in the past , using the TARMAC resin kit , if you like to view more pic of it , I have set-up an Google page for it , Just follow this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Jp1S6AshUryqf1Ma8 Enjoy ! Jmarc


Sat, 02/24/2024 - 09:04
HI ! Here another project I have done in the past , it's an 1/48 airship , sadly It got damage on it's way back from a model show a couple year back now I got to find the courage to repair it , if you like to view more pics , I have made an Google page for it ,here the link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wX8bMZ2RoPm5PtnX2

JAXCON 2024 pics!

Sun, 02/18/2024 - 17:52
JAXCON 2024 was a record breaker! We had 124 people put 601 seriously fine entries on the tables. We had so many very nice models that we ran low/out of medals and may need to mail out some to some winners after we resupply. That's a problem that's really a blessing! Anyway, below are some overall pics from the show. Hope you enjoy. Questions welcome! The 1/72 Panzer diorama in the center of the display won Best Diorama, built by Dave Russow. This was the Best Detailed award winner, with a lit hangar deck and opened phot-etched speed brakes on all of the Dauntlesses! This 54 Panel Van was Best Automotive and Best Gloss Finish winner. This amazing collection of 1/72 F-15 Eagles was built by Ken Belisle. This was the Best Aircraft and Judges Grand Award winner, built by Ken Friend. Gil

Italeri 1/12 F-16 Cockpit

Sun, 02/18/2024 - 12:53
As I finish my 1/16 Sopwith Camel Diorama I decided to tackle this model. Both painting all of those knobs, toggles, switches, etc. and applying some very tiny decals has really challenged me and the result is cool, albeit from a comfortable distance, which is how it will be viewed so I get it. I have mixed brush and airbrush painting on large parts that should have all been done with the airbrush but I'm still getting used to using to it. I can certainly see a marked difference in quality since I have not mastered a light hand when brush painting large surfaces. I included a close up of the seat to ask some advice (you knew it was coming). There is an intentional large gap at the top of the cushion(?). This is not an error as shown on the photograph on the box where you see a change in texture/color. However, the instructions are completely silent on this and I struggled for a bit trying to figure out how I could have screwed it up before I looked closely. I've come to the conclusion that I should fill the gap with putty and try to model/paint the texture (I'll need good luck for that). Does anybody have other thoughts? Also, any advice on how to improve painting the details on the panels would be most welcome. Thanks for looking.

Bill Door and the Death of Rats

Sat, 02/17/2024 - 17:36
Just finished this figure from George Stamov. It's the Death character from Terry Pratchett's book Reaper Man. Figure is approximately 90mm. I hope to add some stalks to the ground cover that looks like it was harvested if I can find something that looks right. Eric t

1/48 Academy CH-46 A/D

Sat, 02/17/2024 - 11:12
This is the first of two special builds. In July of this year the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) is holding their National Convention in Madison, Wisconsin. This is only a couple of hour drive from my home. I am building two different projects and depending on their outcome I will be taking one or both to the convention. So for the first build I am using Academy’s 1/48 CH-46A/D - U.S. Marines –Vietnam kit. The scheme will be from HMM-165 also known as the “White Knights”. They were based at Chu Lai Combat Base in central Vietnam from 1966 thru 1968 then transferred to the USS Valley Forge LPH-8. I will be super detailing the interior using scratch building techniques and adding LED’s/Fiber optics to illuminate the aircraft. The Eduard cockpit photo etch set will also be used and will be modified for illuminating the instrument panel. I will be having it displayed on a base representing a typical air field from the Vietnam War. Starting off the build I first worked on the rotors. I opened up the holes on the parts of the hubs. With the hubs assembled I filled in the mold marks with putty and then added the 30 gauge wire for the hydraulic lines and some photo etch parts for the mounts. The hub was painted flat black as well as the underside of the blades. The topside was then painted olive drab. The reference photos showed red seals for the joint where the rotor blades pitch. I used red paint to represent these. I finished off the rotors with decals from the kit. I set aside the rotors and am now starting on the interior walls of the crew/cargo area. There are quite a few mold marks on these that needed to be filled before I can start detailing. I also compared the walls with numerous reference photos. There are quite a few things that need to be relocated and added. As soon as the putty is cured I will begin the correction and adding details to the port wall first. You can see the start of this project in the build log at: https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-ch-46a-d-helicopter/

CUSHMAN in 1/48

Sat, 02/17/2024 - 07:49
HI ! Here another project I have done in the past , If you like to view the complete WIP on this project I have set up an GOOGLE page for it , Just visit this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ffTqSeXU4rvNutHz1 Enjoy ! Jmarc


Sat, 02/17/2024 - 07:43
Hi ! Here another project I been working on these days, Using the FUJIMI kit I decided to detail it a bit and a twist by converting another one to the SCOUT version !..I'm in the cockpit so far !.. If you like to view the complete WIP ont this project ,I have set up an Google page , just visit this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/VU21aeXKGvcLE2UG6 Enjoy ! Jmarc


Sat, 02/17/2024 - 07:38
HI ! Here another project I have done in the past it's the JAPENESE version of the SG-38 german glider , If you like to view the WIP on this project , I have set up an GOOGLE page for it , Just follow thisd link: https://goo.gl/photos/DL9WkzAmEhMBC1Pt6 Enjoy ! Jmarc

Late 70's Mid 80's Gran Prix kits

Fri, 02/16/2024 - 06:02
Other than the NASCAR kits, there weren't any 80's Gran Prix kits in stock form. There weren't any 78-80 models kitted (to the best of my knowledge. It took forever to finally get the 83-84 Cutlass (thank you Revell)! I would really love to build a street version of the Gran Prix 2+2 fastback!

Still not finished from '23...

Wed, 02/14/2024 - 19:59
...or maybe it was '22... Mr. BUFF works the room, at a recent club meeting. The AMT/ERTL/Italeri "Early G-model" kit, backdated for Linebacker-II, with a custom tail stinger and more... Mr. BONE awaits inspiration, with a couple of DIY 3D printed bits in play... Unlike her bro's here, Connie is not 1/72 scale, but that wonky 1/800... Pegasus SVA.5 is farther along, but still stalled at the need-a-jig phase... ...and a pesky MiG, from the old, nay "vintage" Hasegawa kit.


Mon, 02/12/2024 - 13:05
Hey everyone! Longtime lurker and figured I should probably sign up for the forums and be an active member. I've been building models off and on for the last 25 years and recently coming back from a long hiatus. I primarily build cold war jets but I also will build others that catch my eye. Looking forward to posting more and interacting here on the forums!

Italeri 1/48 S-3B Viking

Mon, 02/12/2024 - 13:02
This is the third kit I've built after coming back from a long break. I tried some new techniques I hadn't tried before such as tinting the clear canopy and black basing. I used some aftermarket decals this time which gave me some trouble. I started with the red lightning bolts and learned they don't mix well with micro-sol and micro-set as they started peeling. The decals for the walkways on the wings and top of the fuselage also kept breaking and not fitting right. Overall though I am happy with the end result.

New Tool Caddy

Sun, 02/11/2024 - 20:10
I recently purchased two tool caddies form Charliesplasticmodels. These come in a couple different forms, are $10 each, and I have found them extremely useful for corralling many frequently used tools, glues, files and paint brushes together in one space. They come in two varieties each of both "tool" and "finishing" caddies. Just thought I would pass this along... https://charliesplasticmodels.com/product-category/3d-printing/

ICM 1/48 Spitfire HF. VII

Sat, 02/10/2024 - 21:12
So I started this kit back in November 2011 for a Spitfire GB on FSM. Needless to say it did not get finished in a timely manner, and was resumed and sidelined multiple times over the years. A few months ago I decided to knuckle down on this, and this past week I was finally able to get it over the finish line finally yesterday. This is ICM's 1/48 kit, and there are parts in there to make many different variants of the late Merlin Spitfires. The kit includes a nice engine on its mounts, but that is also the kit's weakness, as the cowling cannot be built around the engine. I was able to get the bottom and side panels on, but not the top... This boxing also included a set of ground crew and standing pilot figures, along with a few accessory items. I added an Eduard PE seat harness, and replaced the kit decals with a set from Aeromaster. Paint used were Humbrol Enamel (underside) & Acrylic (topside) for the main colors. All in all this was a nice kit, and I do look forward to doing another with the engine fully exposed, and adding some plumbing to really dress it up nicely! Thanks for looking, comments & critiques are welcomed.

GO-KART in 1/48

Sat, 02/10/2024 - 07:46
HI ! Here another project I have done in the past , If you like to view more pic of it, I have set-up an GOOGLE page for it, just follow this link: https://goo.gl/photos/81kq2ZKJ6JBSox678 Enjoy ! Jmarc


Sat, 02/10/2024 - 07:43
HI ! Here another project I have done in the past , it's the TAMIYA GOLIATH with a little twist and modification !.. If you like to view more pic of the project ,I have done an GOOGLE page for it, Just follow this link: https://goo.gl/photos/L9UCzPjZGpBAzkkr6 Enjoy ! Jmarc

Highway Pioneers plastic question

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 14:54
Sometimes I'll pull an ancient kit from the stash and see what I can make of it. I have started a Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers Fiat tourer, date on the instructions is 1953. Someone had started it, but the well dried glue residue peeled off easily. I tried Testors and Tamiya liquid cements, neither would bite into the plastic to make a joint. The instructions said to use "model airplane cement" or acetone. I tried the acetone, which bit into the plastic, but I question the strength of the joint. The plastic seems slicker and different from styrene, so I'll try ABS cement next. Has anyone else ran into such a situation? Any ideas?