Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It's Here: 2018 ODO Brochure

The full 2018 Old Dominion Open brochure is now available! The link has been added to the 2018 ODO page above and a link is also at the end of this post. Click it for the official rules, categories, and all forms. Be sure to mark your calendar now!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Groundwork Tip

I found a light-weight modeling clay called Modelite made by Cra-z-Art. It is a finer and easier to use Playdoh-like material which air dries. It dries softer than Playdoh and has a little give to it when dry. I rolled out a ball of it in a zip lock bag to a uniform thickness and applied it over the base. I first built-up  the base with cardboard pieces to reduce the amount of Modelite clay I would need. I also cut holes in the base so the model's wheels would be lower.  

The base is far  from finished but you can see how this might work for your next model project. Mine is a 1/35 Trumpeter SFOR USMC LAV-25 stuck axle deep in mud.

Crayola makes a version of this and probably others. Whichever brand you buy make sure it feels soft when you squeeze the bag. 

It does dry-out if left open, so store it in a zip lock bag.  I got mine at the local craft store next to the Playdoh.  -Bob Walls

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Next Meeting: October 9, 2017

The next meeting of IPMS Richmond will be

Monday, October 9, 2017
6:30 p.m.

Smoketree Community Center
11100 Smoketree Drive
North Chesterfield, VA 23236

This will be a "movie and build night" so be sure to bring your current project to work-on while you watch a movie!

The October edition of our newsletter, "Spare Parts," may be accessed from the link at the top of the page.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

October 7: IPMS Hampton Roads Kit Swap Meet

New IPMS Region 2 Chapter

The following message was received from Tim Ward:

To all members of IPMS Region 2:

Please join me in welcoming IPMS Lehigh Valley to IPMS Region 2.  Club President and Chapter Contact John Mattaboni has received official notification from John Noack, Director of Local Chapters, that their club is now a chartered member of IPMS.

John and his new club will be meeting at the A.C. Moore Center in Allentown, PA twice monthly.

More details to come.

We look forward to working with John and his club members to make IPMS Region 2 even better.

Look forward to seeing you in the near future at the next show.

Tim Ward

R-2 Coordinator

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

HobbyTown USA Fall Model Contest

HobbyTown will hold their fall contest on October 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at all five Virginia locations. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Looking for an interesting project? How about this for a Picture in Time Category?

This has to be the most unlikely "hot rod" a motor pool ever put together. 

 Good description and conclusions by posters to the site.  One suggests:

" my opinion is that they had reversed the drive train. Rear axle under the engine and the front diff was placed where the rear axle was originally attached. The crew compartment was reversed. the driver is now over the front axle and sat on the right side."

For more info click this link to G503 Military Vehicle Forum.

Korean War Armored Jeep with 3 machine guns and a Recoilless Rifle

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Not Exactly Plastic Model related but interesting to think about these.

From a quick search of Google looking at mechanical/science magazine covers from the 20's-40's.

  How many of these anticipated inventions actually made it? More than you might think.

Click on the Facebook link below  to scroll through a album of inventions from the "future".  

Face Book pictures 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Next Meeting: September 11, 2017

The next meeting of IPMS Richmond will be

Monday, September 11, 2017
6:30 p.m.

Smoketree Community Center
11100 Smoketree Drive
North Chesterfield, VA 23236

Be sure to bring all your finished and in-progress models for Show-and-Tell . . . let us see what you've been working on!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Test of Four Acrylic Primers

After reading some comments on a model forum about acrylic paints and primers, I made up my own test.  I sprayed Vallejo Gray Primer (V), Badger Stynylrex Gray Primer (S), Tamiya Flat FX-63 Panzer Gray paint (T) and AK Dark Yellow Primer (AK).  I let them cure for 4 days. 

The first picture is the four primers sprayed on white plastic and a toothpick pressed and dragged across all four samples.  They all passed.  The only issue was the tooth pick "polished" a line on each flat paint/primer but left the test primers undamaged.
The next picture is the after effects of doing the same test with a cut piece of plastic sprue.  The Badger Stynylrex shows a little paint scrapped off. The rest passed fine.
The third test was using the end of a metal ruler.  Only the Vallejo passed, while the Stynylrex did better than the Tamiya and AK. A result I did not expect.
The last tests were masking and "rip" off.  First Tamiya Yellow tape was applied and burnished down like you would do when masking a straight line. Instead of pulling it off gently, I pulled it off with a quick pull. The AK pulled up along the line left by the mark made by the steel ruler. I think if the paint was not already been scratched, the AK would have been fine.
The final tape test was with actual cheap painters masking tape. Again, a quick pull and the results were a mess for the AK.  The others test samples did okay.
What does this prove or show? If you let any Acrylic cure, you probably can handle without too much concern and not chip or scratch off the paint.  You can  tape it and certainly if you are gentle, you should be fine removing the tape. 

This is far from scientific and the results would need to be repeated to prove that there was not an oily fingerprint that caused the AK Primer to scratch and then fail under masking. But I think it does prove that if you have been thinking about switching to Acrylic paints and primers (due to the smell, chemicals, clean up, etc), you probably will be safe and happy with the results if you take your time, don't scrape metal rulers over the paint, and don't use cheap painters masking tape!  - Bob Walls

M1 Abrams History and Versions

Bob Walls's nice M1 with mine-clearing thingy
With all the Abrams models floating around, Bob Walls found the link below which discusses the history of the Abrams and all the versions in great detail.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pictures from the Aug 12th IPMS Roanoke Valley Shoot Out Model Contest

For those who missed the show, below  is a  link to the Roanoke Valley website with many pictures of the models on display last week. - Bob Walls


Thursday, August 17, 2017

IPMS Richmond 2017 Group Build

IPMS Richmond displayed their 2017 group build at the Roanoke Valley IPMS Virginia Shootout on August 12. Members building various marks of the Bradley IFV were Mark Groth, Chazz Klanian, Gene Rasmussen, Alex Valz, and Bob Walls.

Kit Build: 1993 Dodge Viper

Chazz Klanian's build of Provence Moulage's 1/43 scale 1993 Dodge Viper:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kit Review: Airfix P-51D

World War Toons--More than Meets the Eye

** NOTE: This post in no way endorses Meng Models **

World War Toons are taking Richmond! Being the trendsetters that they are, Bob Walls and Tom Dailey recently acquired two of Meng's recent World War Toons releases and were seen working feverishly on them at IPMS Richmond's Movie & Build night this past Monday.

World War Toons is an under-development cartoonish FPS game for the PC. Meng is issuing several armor kits representing tanks in the game. They have issued six to-date: Tiger I, Sherman M4A1, King Tiger, KV-2, Panzer III, and T-34/76. All are snap-tite kits requiring no glue. Don't let that fool you, however--with careful construction and a little paint they can be built-up into award winning models (as seen at the Roanoke Valley Shootout).

Tom Dailey's KV-2 under construction.

Bob Walls's Sherman M4A1. Note that he actually finished his kit in under two hours (sans decals and paint)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tamiya / Ebbro Chat

Chazz Klanian came across the following interview published in Model Graphix magazine between Shunsaku Tamiya, President and CEO of Tamiya, Inc. and Makoto Kiya, President of MMP, Ltd. Both companies are major sponsors of the Old Dominion Open and this conversation certainly makes for interesting reading.

Link to the interview

(Links to additional parts of the interview are in the right-hand column of the webpage.)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Estate Sale of Aircraft and Helo kits on Saturday July 29, 2017

IPMS Richmond is helping an estate liquidate a fellow modeler's kit collection. There are over 1000 kits. Many are US NAVY and US Marines WWII to Present.  Also for sale are boxes of decals, and 100's of PE and resin detail parts.  Kits are from all manufactures and in all scales (see link below).  The sale will be held at 10847 Sunset Hills Dr., North Chesterfield, Va. 23236  This is a one day sale starting at 9:00AM and ending at 5:00PM or when all the kits are gone. Prices are very reasonable at 50% or less of retail with 100's of kits marked at $5.00.

Here are a few pictures from tonight's setup and pricing event.

The following link will give you a PDF listing all the kits at the start of this process.

-Bob Walls

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Roanoke Valley IPMS 2017 Virginia Shootout Model Contest Saturday August 12th: Need forms?

If you plan to attend this year's Virginia Shootout you can see and download Categories, Rules, Directions, Forms and the like at the Roanoke Valley IPMS website.

Click to visit IPMS Roanoke Contest Page 

For those who like to fill out and print your registration and entry forms instead of completing them by hand, here are the forms you will need converted to fillable PDF's.  A nice model should have a nice entry form.  Download and Save these two files to your computer and you can type your  information and print them.

Fillable Registration Form 

Fillable Model Entry Form 

Doing these in advance  can save you some time the day of the show and you can make sure they are correct and include all those little things you want to tell the judges. 

IPMS Richmond hopes you attend the Shootout and we look forward to seeing you all at the show. - Bob Walls

Friday, July 14, 2017

Model Forum/Discussion Group Picture Posting Mess

If you visit the various  Model discussion  groups on the Internet, you may be in for a terrible surprise. Photobucket is a web Photo Hosting service that many sites and modelers use to post pictures of their models or modeling topics to the web. At the end of June Photobucket stopped allowing photos on their servers from being posted on "third party" sites. Unless you paid $399 per year. It went from free to "NO WAY JOSE'". That would be bad enough if it only applied to postings after June 28th, 2017. It applied retroactively to any posting done in the past.  So, if you go to sites that exclusively use Photobucket or posts by users who used Photobucket, instead of seeing the pictures they posted, you see this. 

So be careful what "free" services you use.  This does not impact every site or every posting, but it does impact  a large percentage. -Bob Walls

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

IPMS Richmond Club Display Case

We have moved the club display case to the Chesterfield County Airport terminal and it is now pretty close to being full. If club members have commercial or private type aircraft models, please contact Mark Elder to make arrangements to have them put in the display.  We are getting rave reviews form the folks who visit the airport.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

This would make an awesome Photo in Time entry

Looking for a subject to model for the 2018 Old Dominion Open Photo in Time category? All you need is one Sherman kit, some good water modeling skills, two tanker figures and a hill!  This would be as easy as pie for Richard Leininger our resident IPMS Richmond Water Guru.

-Bob Walls

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Wood Look Bases for less than $2.00

So your prized build is finished and you want a base.  If it is 1/72 scale or 5 inches or less, there is an easy and inexpensive way to do your bases. If you have a table saw and some craft paint and want a wood background for your model, then go to to a Big Box hardware store's flooring department and look at their fake wood flooring samples. Most are under a dollar or two. The good ones are made of bamboo and finished to look like something else.  The cheaper ones are particle board and covered with some form of wood like top. They have edges which are made to lock into the next piece.  You will have to saw that off with your table saw. On the particle board ones, use a craft acrylic paint that matches or compliments the top and paint the for edges being careful not to paint the tops. Below is my first attempt where I learned how not to cut and paint these!
This is what the backs of the samples look like.

Cut slowly to avoid damaging the top layer with the wood grain finish.

The size of the samples will limit the size models you can use on these.  But another plus besides price is since they are not real wood with real grain, so if you want to apply a wet ground cover like Celluclay or paper mache' the thin base will not warp.

-Bob Walls

Four Bradley IFV's ready for a Road Trip

Here are four 1/72 Bradleys completed by Bob Walls. All have been weathered and attached to bases.

Trumpeter M2 in Summer MERDC Camo

Revell M2A2 Nato Camo with Legend Stowage

Trumpeter M2A2 with Legend stowage

Still time for any of you Richmond guys who want to join the group Bradley Build.

-Bob Walls