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

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 1990s? 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!"