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.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

2018 ODO: Gundam Style!

Start working on your robot suits--Gundam mania is hitting the 2018 ODO!

That's right, beginning with next year's ODO, Gundam aficionados will have their very own category with first, second, and third place awards for any scale Gundams. 

Start building!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2018 ODO: Contestants' Choice Award

Yes, you read that correctly. The 2018 ODO will feature a Contestants' Choice award. All modelers entering the contest will receive a ballot on which to vote for their favorite entry. The winner, chosen by his fellow entrants, will receive one of the 2018 ODO Special Awards!

Just another reason to get those entries ready for February 24, 2018!

Stay tuned to this blog for further announcements of awards, categories, and rules for 2018.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Another Bradley Joins the Herd

Gene Rasmussen has joined the Bradley Group Build.

Gene states:

"My Tamiya M2A2 Bradley IFV  1/35th scale

For someone who did two armor kits in the 70's, this is getting a bit ambitious! Getting add ons for example. Planned out interior that would need the basic color, did that first along with all interior sprues. 

Got the driver seat and part of station in, ramp assembled, and exterior single color parts going on. The road wheels got their first coat on Sunday waiting on last extra to arrive."

Here are some pictures of Gene's progress so far.

If you have not started your Bradley, still time to get one done by August 12th.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Another Bradley Enters the Group Build

Alex Valz is working on the Meng Bradley M3A3 w/BUSK III.  Here's his comments on the Meng kit and how the build is going. 

"So far I am on step 18 and, as you can see, I have constructed one set of tracks.  As the vehicle has armored skirts, I will not have to build the entire side but may have to add some more to this side.  We'll have to see.  So far the kit fits like a glove.  It's sort of like building Tamiya with more detail. Loving it so far.  The color is Testor's Acryl Armor Sand (4711), which may be a little light but I will darken it with washes and pigments. The periscopes I have painted with Tamiya clear red darkened with some clear green.  That makes a nice dark red."
Kit Box Art
One track run and hull

Close up of the driver's hatch

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bradley Stowage Kits for your Group Build Project


Once you get you Bradley built and painted, you might want to give it some stowage.  Pictures show various amounts of duffle bags, sleeping rolls, back packs, tarps, spare road wheels, ration boxes, etc.  Since the M2 Bradley was home to eight guys, they need a lot of stuff and not much room inside. The M3 has less crew, but even less space due to the extra anti-tank missiles it cares. 

One thing I have noticed in today's kits that differ from my early days of Monogram Tank kits in the 1970's is that most manufactures are loath to supply stowage outside of a few extra Jerry cans. If your kit is lacking in this area check out the following aftermarket items with my comments.

1/72 Scale

There are two good sets by Legend

The first set is for the Revell M2 (LF7203) but would be helpful with any Bradley in this scale. It is a little light on stowage items, but does come with a PE set. Unfortunately, the PE part for the bottom of the turret basket did not really fit my Revell kit. And as a replacement part, if you plan on putting anything in the turret basket why put this in when it won't be seen?  The side stowage cage may test your PE skills. So I give this set a B Grade due to having fewer resin parts.  This item is available from Spruebrothers or on eBay for about $8-$9.

The second set (LF7205) does not list a kit, but the Dragon kits are most likely the one it was meant for. Many of the parts would still be useful on any M2A2. There is no PE with this set, but lots and lots of stowage items. To offset no PE, this kit has a large part which represents the large side basket full of stowage. No need to assemble the frame as in LF7203.  I give this set an A Grade. You can find this on eBay or Spruebrothers and the cost is $12 or so.  

The Legend sets are well molded and have great detail. Not a single air bubble in my two sets. It will take some heavy sawing to remove the  the pour gates  as most are rather large compared to the actual part.


Verlinden set 1969

This set is out of production and Verlinden is out of business so  you'll have to search eBay.

It contains a very robust PE fret with  two side baskets and one large side stowage cage. These will take some work in bending/folding/soldering/gluing, but should be easier to work with since the PE is much thicker. The resin parts contain about anything you have see riding on the outside of a modern armor vehicle (except for an Igloo Ice Chest). It includes Infantry and Tanker helmets.  The Jerry cans are the water version. My set was purchased used from eBay and a few pieces had chips from rattling in the box. But there were NO air bubbles, the pour gates are small and all the parts look very nice.  I give this an A Grade. Expect to pay $24 or more.


Legend makes several  Bradley related items including road wheels, ERA blocks and stowage  in 1/35. While I have not seen these in person, I would say  they are  worth buying as all the other types of  Legend items I have bought have been very good. Be warned, the cost of some of these sets can be about what your kit cost.  It may be worth hunting eBay for the Verlinden set.

-Bob Walls

If you have Group Build photos or updates feel free to email them to IPMSRICHMOND@GMAIL.COM

Monday, May 29, 2017

Four Bradleys and a Second Cousin

My efforts so far on our Bradley Group Build. I have started with four 1/72 kits. One by Dragon, two by Trumpeter, one by Revell.  All have  the turret and hull completed with a base coat of their primary color.
The Dragon M3A2 still has some ERA blocks to be added to the hull. The kit has no interior but has some nice detail.

The first Trumpeter is a M2A2.
These two versions  both look very similar and the only real way to tell the difference in real life is the interior and the rear top hull hatch.  Both are painted in desert sand.

 The interior on the Trumpeter kits are nice.

The next  Trumpeter is a M2, one of the early versions of the Bradley.  This one will have a MERDC camo pattern. The base coat is  olive to be followed by a dark green plus black and tan "squiggly splotches".

The final one is a Revell  M2A2 which will have a Nato three color paint scheme; Green, red brown and black. This was the standard European NATO pattern during the Kosovo deployment.

Finally a British Cousin to the Bradley, the Warrior. Manufactured by the same defense company.  Notice the family resemblance?? This is the Revell 1/72 Warrior painted in .
If you have not grabbed a Bradley kit, there is still time. The 1/72 Trumpeter kits are very nicely done and readily available. I'd pass on the Revell Bradley kit, unless it is all you can find. It is okay, but not up to the Trumpeter and Dragon.  The Dragon kits are hard to find and a little pricey. I have not seen the Zevezda 1/100 scale kits. I hope someone grabs one and builds it.  Ron Craig, sounds like it was meant for you.

Bob Walls

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bradley Group Build: Additional Reference

Another site, courtesy of Bob Walls. Good interior photos at the bottom. Make sure to give it time to load.

US - M2A2 ODS Bradley IFV

Additionally, Gene Rasmussen sent the following interior pics of an M3A3: