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Panzer IV A

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 09:20
Just finished the Dragon Panzer IV A for the invasion of Poland. Used Fruilmodel 36 cm tracks which I’ve had since 2003. I actually started the kit in 2013. Time to finish it. The model is classic DML and not perfect by any means. The figure in the cupola is from a DML set and the standing guy is from Alpine. Paint scheme is the brown on grey. Tamiya paints with lacquer thinner were used. Dak

Special Hobby 1/72 Vautour IIN

Sun, 01/22/2023 - 18:31
An interesting build... not one of my best but, still a fun build. Interesting subject.

Major "King" Kong from Dr. Strangelove

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 10:27
90mm resin kit from "Government Issue" circa 2004, bought at a Noreastcon back then and started early this month.

The Duke's Shipyards Launches the First Ship For 2023

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 22:50
Thanks to a busy Hobby Day weekend, I was able to finalize the construction and finish on the Trumpeter 1/700 scale USS Sacramento AOE-1. This isn't as well done as I'd hoped to make it, it just kept fighting me. I was constantly breaking off parts along the hull! I'm happy with the model as it is now. It sits well on my shelf of completed models: This model even came with a 1/700 scale forklift along with the two helicopters: That's all for now. I hope to get a few more ships launched this month, but it might not happen until another month or two. Thank you for looking in, comments are welcome.

The Duke Finishes the First Vehicle in 2023

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 22:43
Thanks to a busy Hobby Day weekend, I was able to bring this over the finish line. This is the 1/72 scale Roden kit. It is a tribute to Reed West, one of my friends and fellow modelers who passed away last year. This was one model he had started but never finished. This is the second FWD 3-ton carrier I've built, so this one is a convertible: It isn't as great as it would have been if he'd finished it but I'm thrilled to have brought one of his projects over the finish line and to life. It is a worthy addition to my collection. Thank you for looking in, comments are welcome.

Bandai Gundam the Origin Master grade RX 78-2 Gundam (rollout color custom)

Mon, 01/16/2023 - 13:48
Hi here is one one of my completed builds I did late last year. The base model is the MG RX 78-2 Gundam in the rollout color scheme. I have info relating to my build process linked here. There is a lot of info so linking it to my Instagram is much easier. Hope you enjoy the build https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck82CI8vJst/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Luke AFB Air Park

Mon, 01/16/2023 - 13:03
Yesterday I went with a friend out to Luke AFB and during our visit, took him by the Air Park display of aircraft types that have been flown at the base. They could use a few more types from the early years at Luke, but it is still a very nice collection.

Finally! Some Auto category definitions!

Mon, 01/16/2023 - 02:30
After 7 years of politicking, proding and cajoling, the auto categories have true definitions for each category. You have no idea about how happy this makes me! IPMS owes the group that wrote them seven years ago, a big thank you!

Gaspatch Henschel Hs-123 B1

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 21:11
This is my first completion of the year. I started it on December 28 so you can see it is a quick build. I was very impressed with the fit of the model and the only problem was getting the windscreen in place. paints used were mostly Tamiya with lacquer thinner. The decals went on ok but did need a setting solution. After dull coating, I found a few tiny silvering spots and fixed them with a drop of MEK. The figure is from Aero Bonus and was made to look a bit like Adolf Galland. The markings are for his aircraft in 1939 during the invasion of Poland. The scheme is the prewar RLM 61/62/63/65 splinter pattern. I recommend the kit. Dak

G J's Hobbies and Crafts Query

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 15:39
Wasn't sure where to put this query, but I think General Modelling is about as wrong as anywhere else..... Friend of mine in Britain recently started an Airfix 1/72 Puma helicopter kit. Inside was a cash receipt for a store named GJ's Hobbies & Crafts from 1982. There's a tax line on the receipt which precludes it being from the UK and our guess is that it's from the US. Searching the internet turns up a GJ's Hobbies in Endicott New York, which has since closed down. Is this the same store and does anyone have any thoughts or memories of a GJ's Hobbies & Crafts in the '80's?

Palmer/LifeLike/Encore artillery model collection

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 08:47
Here's the complete collection of the Palmer Plastics/LifeLike/Encore artillery models. I'm sure the scales vary from gun to gun, but I think they are around 1/12. Kits are ancient, like 1959, primitive, rough, etc. I did them mostly OOTB but filled in open spaces, sanded off bulky detail, etc. etc. Interesting voyage into modeling history and something a bit different. From left to right they are a naval 24 pdr, revolutionary war cannon, civil war cannon, Gatling gun and WW I 77mm. The 24pdr is red because the Brits painted all their below deck guns red to hide possible blood, the revolutionary war gun is light blue because Washington decreed that all US artillery be painted that shade to honor their ally France, the civil war gun is bright green because there was no standard color and I had some on the shelf, the Gatling is white to simulate one I saw in a turn of the 19/20 century photo of a US battleship's deck that had one stowed on board probably for landing parties, and the 77mm WW I gun is in camo typical for that era.

E-Type Jag

Sat, 01/07/2023 - 12:39
Started this project in October of '21. Just started working on it again. These pics reflect the work so far since resuming.

Rusty White has passed away

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 09:03
According to a posting on Hyperscale, Rusty White former IPMS Head Ship Judge and owner of Flagship Models has passed away. The post indicates that Flagship is for sale No other details are given


Wed, 01/04/2023 - 15:43
So I guess this is my first completion of 2023. Although it hardly counts as such. This is the old MPC snap together box scale, (1/54 per Scalemates) All Terrain Scout Transport. I had built the basic kit many years ago and started painting it for an April Fools theme at OC IPMS. But my painting skills at the time were not up to what was needed for the end result envisioned, so I just set it aside partially painted. So yesterday at IPMS Phoenix the theme was Star Wars/Star Trek/Battlestar Galactica and I remembered that I had this one sitting around and decided to finish it up. The kit comes with the armored flaps over the vision ports molded shut, so I created some new ones out of sheet plastic to match the shape, then drilled open the ports. Then I glued the new flaps in the open position and proceeded to do a rapid and complete exterior repaint into a standard Imperial look. Once the painting was done, I added some “glass” in the open vision ports using Micro Krystal Klear, and lastly followed up with some slight weathering. Thank goodness for quick drying Tamiya acrylics with lacquer thinner. Not bad for an afternoon’s work.

Maddog Manufacturing 2023 Grand Reopening

Wed, 01/04/2023 - 13:50
Now it's a new year and the final Pass in Review has been posted. Time to reopen Maddog Manufacturing and show what is happening this year! Before we show all the new construction, we'll recap some of the projects that had been sidelined in the past. In the Hangar we have these projects in the works that I'm hoping we'll finish this year. Frankly I'm tired of their boxes taking up space! In the first bay here we have this monstrosity, the A-400 Grizzly. It's about time to get this bird done: Next is this one, another large plane that needs finishing. This is the C-54 Skymaster that I need to get done: Another long term project that has driven me crazy is this Japanese Shinmeiwa. Time to get this finished: We also have this Russian Shtormovik under construction: Speaking of Russians, we need to move forward on this Ka-29 Helix: And now on to current projects, This is an ancient Airfix F-5B Tiger II with Iranian markings. We started this as a fast and easy going build. Our first Aircraft started in 2023: Another new project started, another big box model. This is Trumpeter's Russian Tu-95 Bear H. So far all we got done was the wings and tail surfaces. That was hard enough! And a final first start for the year is this Revell Concorde I got from an estate sale. This one will be in British Airways markings because that's all that was included in the box. We started with the cockpit on this one: The tail was a separate assembly so that was next: Revell got smart, they had outer wing panels set to glue into the upper wing sections behind the leading edge so no edge seam can be seen. Then the whole sub assembly is attached to the central lower wing after adding the main landing gear bays: The main fuselage is then put together; first by adding the bulkheads they included to allow it to keep it's shape: The tail is just taped on to mock it up and see how big this beastie is going to be. Speaking of mocking it up, here's how the wings and fuselage look together more or less: That's all that's happening in the Hangar, lets go out to the Shipyards... In our Shipyards, we have the following in our slipways. Our biggest project is this USS Enterprise: She's going to move up on the list of models to do first. Meanwhile, another slipway has the USS Sacramento which is very close to being launched: You can see the additional deck fittings that were added to the superstructure. The hull and superstructure or not glued together.....yet. In another slipways we had laid down the keel to another motor torpedo boat; this one from Vospers: So far that where that one stands, it is stalled due to the two-tone paint work on the hull. It involves a curve that I need to replicate on both sides. Hopefully more to come on that soon. Followed by another Vospers boat in the next slipway, this time the Perkasa Motor Torpedo Boat. First the main bridge interior was constructed: Then the outer cabin was completed....mostly: The engine cover was completed next and the whole boat was mocked up: This is gonna be awesome! That's all that's happening in the shipyards now. Let's see what's going on in the Motor Pool. Surprisingly. there isn't anything being worked on from the previous year, save for this commission build of this TKS. It's slowly coming along: The only other projects we started for this new year in the Motor Pool is this Dragon British LRDG truck. The chassis was assembled first: Followed by the main cab: That was mostly done; I had gotten this from a friend's estate who passed away back in August. He did well, but hadn't done the chassis so I had to build that above. Since he had also completed the back bed, I didn't have to worry about it so I shot this pick of all three sub assemblies altogether: Finally there is this little Roden FWD 3-ton ammo carrier. This was another acquisition from the estate and was about half finished. So, we finished it up and got it ready for paint. Since I have one built with the cab cover and cargo cover; this one will be a 'convertible': And that completes this first tour of Maddog Manufacturing during the 2023 Grand Reopening! Thank you to all for coming along and as always, comments are welcome.

January 2023 Convention Update

Tue, 01/03/2023 - 22:36
Greetings All, I thought I would try something different and produce a video of the latest updates to the 2023 Convention. I have posted it to both YouTube (linked here) and also to the convention's FaceBook page. I'll be producing more of these in the coming months and as we get closer to the convention.

Triple Bf-109 Build....

Tue, 01/03/2023 - 14:28
There's a local "Bf-109" group build that I decided to join in on since I had several in my stash. I settled on 3 different marks and decided to try to build them all together. They are all 1/48; the Hasagawa Bf-109G-6, the Revell Bf-109G-10, and the Gull Models vacuform Bf-109B-2. I added resin interior parts to the Hasagawa and Revell kits only because they were in the box. Since I had a set of resin slats in the Revell box, I added those to it. I decided this would also be a good time to finally tackle the Gull Models vac as when I examined the bag it was in, I discovered it had many spare parts for the Bf-109 that came from 3 Emils that were destroyed in a shelving collapse years ago that would ease the work and help in detailing for it. On to some in progress pics! This pic shows the Hawkeye resin interior fitted into the Hasagawa G-6 This pic shows the True Details interior fit into the Revell G-10, It needed some Eduard belts added to complete it. This shows the resin slat beds added into the Revell wing and the slats, which have yet to be removed from their casting blocks. The starting point for the Gull Models vac. All of the major parts have been cut from the backing sheet and sanded down. There's 3 canopies to choose from, though it turns out only the "kit" vac canopy can be made to fit. You can also see all of the detail parts readily available for the interior and exterior of the vacuform. The spare parts cockpit sides have been added and the spare floor modified to fit. Here, the vacuform wing has been assembled, sanded, and rescribed. The flap and slat areas have been cut away to allow the addition of the spare flaps and slats. This pic shows the gear bays, which were built up using sections of soda straw for the semi-circular gear leg bays, and strip and sheet plastic for the walls and floor of the tire bays. It also shows the bottoms of the Hasagawa flaps, which had bulges for the "E" wing bottom radiators on their inner halves (radiators not on the 109B-2) that I had to grind off and sand flat. This shows the 3 cooling slots in the front top of the vac fuselage that needed to be added to make it a "B-2", as well as the guns that have been installed. You can also see the screening cut for the radiator chin and the vac chin lip. The 109B-2 had no exterior exhaust pipes, and you can see the exhaust and cooling slot holes added. A closer look will also show where semi-circular depressions have been ground into the sides to represent/better define cooling slots. You can also see slivvers of sheet plastic added to the rear canopy angle to better fit the clear vac part. This won't be rescribed until after its assembled. Test fitting the wings to the fuselage..... both of their exhaust areas have been reworked to allow the fitting of metal Moskit exhausts after all of the painting is done. More pics when they're actually together! Comments, questions, and critiques are welcome, as always! Gil

First completion of the year!

Tue, 01/03/2023 - 11:36
I know this isn't exactly what we expect to see here. Due some serious medical issues in 2022 where some of my fine motor skills are gone, eyesight in one eye significantly degraded and my heart is no longer my friend, I got absolutely nothing done or even started at the workbench, much less finished in 2022. My kids knew how much I missed my modeling so they gave this to me for Christmas. Before you blow off Lego, let me say this. The expert kits have a lot of parts and I mean a lot. This one was just short of 1,800 and all have to be done just right or you get to tear it apart to correct your errors. Just glad to be able to post something.


Mon, 01/02/2023 - 10:37
Do you have a list of vendors and if so when are you going to post it? Enquiring minds want to know! Happy New Year, Mike

Stikpusher 2022, Pass In Review

Sun, 01/01/2023 - 21:28
I had a fairly productive year buildwise for 2022. I was even able to squeeze in one more than last year. My first completion of the year was this Academy 1/35 M51 Sherman Followed by an Italeri Crusader III AA Tank, built in three four hour sessions for completion with 12 hours Next was a “shelf of doom” completion, the Dragon T-72M2, aka T-72B w/ERA and then a Dragon 1/35 M48A1 “Elvis Tank” Then for my wingy thingies First up, a 1/48 Hobbycraft F8F-1B Next was a 1/48 Tamiya F2A-2 And then I was able to finish up these last two on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve…. A 1/48 ICM Mig-3 and another “shelf of doom” project, a 1/48 Monogram P-40B a fine way to close out 2022