Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Leopard by Jim Cluse

This 1/35th Esci Leopard built out-of-the-box (save for opening the gun sights) was Jim's first build after a 20-year break from the hobby.  Also, It was his first attempt at replicating camo netting from gauge.  Darned good for a first try, Jim.

Monday, August 6, 2018

M113 by Spencer Freely

This Tamiya M113 in Jordanian marking was done by our youngest member, Spencer Freely.  The model took a silver medal in the Junior Category of the 2018 AMPS International Contest in Dayton.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

M1132 Engineering Squad Vehicle by Chan Jackson

Chan built this M1132 ESV from an already started kit he purchased on Ebay. The figures are from Alpine with the BDU camouflage painted using a sponge technique.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Tamiya Dingo by Stew Langenbeck

Stew improved upon the inaccurate suspension of the Tamiya kit by scratch building a new suspension based on bogies from a Stuart. Parts from three photo etch kits and scratch built accessories were used to add the finer details.  The vehicle was hand painted. The base is foam core, cardboard, papier mache, and paper towels coated with Mod Podge then covered with soil from the yard, talc and baking soda. The ripples in the sand were created using kite string. The figures are from Alpine.

Monday, March 5, 2018

King Tiger by Terry McKeown

Terry built this Dragon Henschel-turreted King Tiger with zimmerit out-of the-box. But given the amount of photo etch and the indy link tracks (90 per side) that are included,  OOB is no small feat. Oddly, there was no machine gun with the kit and Terry had to source one elsewhere. He painted the kit with Tamiya and Vallejo  (for the weathering) acrylics and used Archer transfers for the s.Pz.Abt 505 "Charging Knight" markings on the turret.  Evergreen rod was used for the antenna and the model was placed on a Verlinden base.

British WWI Mk I Tank by Bill Seamon

Bill finished the assembly of this 1/72nd scale MB Models MkI in an hour and the complete model over a three or four day period. He drilled out the gun barrel and used "Moon Sand" micro beads for the mud on the tracks.  Unfortunately, washing the Moon Sand in dishwater detergent didn't thoroughly eliminate their purple color, so even after painting, a slight magenta tint still shows through.  Live and learn.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sturmpanzer IV by Terry McKeown

Terry built this Tamiya "Stupa" out-of-the-box and reported it was a quick and enjoyable build with the excellent fit typical of a Tamiya kit. He applied "peel and stick zimmerit, painted it with Tamiya acrylics and weathered it with oils.  He applied Verlinden decals and placed it on a  Tiger Models resin base.