Friday, June 23, 2017

Great Source of Kit Information

Every wondered if a model kit was worth buying?  Was it a newly released kit or just a re-box of an old kit from the 1990's? If it was a re-box, did they fix or add anything?  For those answers check out the website Scalemates. This site must have every model kit ever made. Put in a kit name, or a subject name and you will get a list of kits that match. You get timelines for the release of the kit, kit reviews if any have been done, photos of the model if they have been uploaded by readers and other info related to that kit.

Here is the scoop on the ICM  T-34/76 kit Ron Craig finished and brought to the meeting earlier this month. It is a new tooled kit and not a re-box. Check it and the Scalemates site by clicking this link.


Interesting, if you can't find the ICM kit, look for the Revell version! Same kit, their box. Who would know that?

-Bob Walls

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gene Rasmussen's Progress Report

Here's what Gene has to say about his Tamiya Bradley.

" Today, after fighting with decals that I found can't be seen  anyway, I completed the interior, upper and lower hull with the exception of the machine guns, so I won't break them off while doing the exterior.I put two decals on the fire extinguishers, to find out only one is remotely visible. After 30 hours, the other  one stuck to my finger and I tossed it.

The tracks were Futured (sprayed with Pledge Floor Wax), then sprayed with dark steel. They at least don't look as much like vinyl. So now it's all exterior parts and additions to go!"

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bradley Decal

During our Monday meeting, Gene showed off his Bradley and he wanted to warn everyone that the interior decals are very small.

Gene says, "Note arrow pointing at the decal? That decal is about the size of the SIDE of a dime. It disappeared within an hour to who knows where!"

Sunday, June 11, 2017

2018 ODO: Weekend Warriors

Is scale modeling just one of your hobbies among many? Is your life so crowded that your available scale modeling time is limited? Then we have the answer for you!

The 2018 ODO will debut four "Weekend Warrior" categories: Aircraft, Military Vehicle, Automotive, and All Other. Each of these categories are "all scales, all types."

Note that to enter these categories, the modeler must NEVER have won ANY award in ANY category at ANY IPMS-, AMPS-, or NNL-sanctioned event.

So . . . no excuses. Ready those entries and become one of our first Weekend Warriors!

Friday, June 9, 2017

2018 ODO: Photos in Time

While you've seen this in other contests as a special or theme award, the 2018 ODO is giving this its own permanent category with first, second, and third place awards!

We all have that favorite photo tucked away that we look at and wonder, "Gee, wouldn't it be fun to make a model of that?" Here's your opportunity to replicate that photo and enter your model in the "Photo in Time" category.

Entries may be any subject and any scale. The photo or photo copy you're depicting MUST be exhibited with the entry--photos on electronic devices will NOT be accepted. In addition to the usual judging criteria, entries will be judged on how well they accurately replicate the subject of the photo.