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April 30, 2010

APMS 2010 (Pt.4) Small scale edition

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I thought I had shot more of the small scale stuff at AMPS, but looking thru my photos, I didn’t. (My bad).  There was a bunch of it on the tables.  In fact my once complaint regarding AMPS is they don’t separate the models by scale when displaying them on the table.  The 72nd and 48th stuff get lost among the 35th scale models.

72nd T-34

A really nice 72nd T-34, with a nice resin stone wall behind it.

Japanese bulldozer

This is the beautiful little Tamiya 48th scale bulldozer.  Nice kit.


This one is in 35th scale, but you don’t often see a T-44.

April 28, 2010

AMPS 2010 (Pt. 3)

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More photos:

Russian Land Battleship

I love Russian Tanks.  They look like tanks.

MMCL gang

What would a show be without a trip to the sports bar.  This is some of the MMCL gang at BW3.


The KV-2 is a favorite.  This one is nice.

British truck

Some sort of British truck


Tankriders in a neat vingette.  Notice the stark style that the figures are painted in.  That seems to be an up and coming style.

April 27, 2010

AMPS 2010 (Pt. 2)

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Ok, more photos:

Desert Matilda

I love this scheme.  This one was nice.

Lebanese M-113

A very nice build.   The base/display was particularly well done.

Burned out

A particularly nice effort to display a burned out and/or rusted vehicle.

Train dio

This same builder did a similar dio last year, also involving a train.


An unusual 88mm mount.  I believe Tony Zadro built this one.

Russian gun

The 203mm Russian gun.  I would like to build this one day.

Another 88

Here is another 88.  Though I don’t build armor much I do like AA/AT guns.

More later.

AMPS 2010 (Pt.1)

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Well, AMPS 2010 is history.  The contest was held, for the second time, at the Victory museum in Auburn, IN.  As I said before, if you haven’t been to the museum, you should go.  It is worth the trip.  The venue is a perfect place for a model contest.  This year the contest set a record with 611 entries.  According to the contest head judge, they even though there were a record number of entries they had no problem judgin them in the time alloted.

Without further ado, here are the some of the photos:

Chess is an Afgan game

I liked this entry.  I wish my photo was better.  The little details were great and it was a great example of how to do a diorama without throwing in a ton of stuff in an attempt to make a scene visually interesting.  Great job.

Comet or Cromwell

I have no idea if this is a Comet or a Cromwell, as I am not up on my British tanks.  In any event, this was a nice little piece.  I really liked the tone and fading on this tank.


A vehicle of the Long Range Desert Group, that much I know.  I wish I had been able to photograph it from the other side.

Russian Jeep

My photo doesn’t do this one justice.  A really nice Russian GAZ jeep.  A great example of how a small piece can really be an eyecatcher.

Monte Cassino

A really nice Monte Cassino (sp?) vingette by Dr. Terry Hill.  One of my few complaints with the show is that the tables were so crowded and close together that it was sometimes hard to photograph the models.

Simple Vingette

Here is another example of how simpler can be better.  A very nice little piece with just two figures and a street kiosk.

SDKFZ something or other

A german armored car.  Very nicely done.  Painted in the popular style for armor models, but not overdone as a lot of pieces done in this style tend to be.

More soon.

July 3, 2009

Russian Tanks

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Here is an interesting set of photos.  Anybody know what model the tanks are?  Look like T-72s to me.

May 7, 2009

April wrap-up

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Well, April was the best month so far for this blog.  It had a total of 483 visitors, averaging 16 visitors a day.  By far the most popular posts were the photos from the AMPS show.  I will try to provide more of those type of posts as I attend more shows.

I was pleased that I have been able to get in more modeling related posts, if not exactly more post of my models under construction.  This is a blog mainly about modeling and modeling related issues, so the trend of more modeling related posts should continue.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by and please come back often.

April 20, 2009

AMPS wrap up

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I had so many good pictures from the AMPS show I had to do a wrap up post and show a few more of them.

The first is a nice PT-76.  I’ve always liked this vehicle.



A diorama of late war German troops and a self propelled vehicle.

German dio

German dio

One of my favorite folks, Rob Ervin of Formations was vending as usual.

Rob Ervin

Rob Ervin

Would you believe this T-34/85 is in 72nd scale?

72nd T-34/85

72nd T-34/85

One of the seminars I attended was given by Taesung the man behind Alpine Minatures.  It was fantastic.  This guy has more talent in his little finger than I have in my whole body.

Alpine's owner

Alpine's owner

Part of a really nice bridge diorama by the president of AMPS, Danny Egan.

Bridge dio

Bridge dio

Even though I am an aircraft guy, I can’t wait for AMPS next year in Auburn, IN.

April 18, 2009

AMPS Day Two

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Well, AMPS 2009 is done.  It was great.  I am going to miss coming up to HdG, but I am looking forward to 2010 in Auburn, IN and rumor has it that 2011 AMPS national will be in Richmond, VA.

Well without further ado here is your day two report.

New World Designs (Chris Morosko’s outfit) was here.  They are coming out with a full resin kit.  Here is a photo of the box art and part of the kit.

NWD box top

NWD box top

and here is part of the kit.

Part of the kit

Part of the kit

A Romanian self propelled gun.

Romanian SPG

Romanian SPG

I nice Grant, or is it a Lee.

Grant tank

Grant tank

Here is a very niced burned out Egyptian tank.  I really liked the burned out technique.

Egyptian tank, burned out.

Egyptian tank, burned out.

AMPS Day One

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Well, I made it to the National AMPS show in Harve de Grace, MD.  Even though I am not mainly an armor builder, I enjoy this show and I wanted to come up here since this may be the last time the show is held in Harve de Grace.  On the non-modeling front, I managed to get some raw oysters at Coakley’s and visited the used bookstore in “downtown” HdG.  So far, a good time and a good show.  Here are some highlights.

An Israeli APC by Tony Zadro.

Israeli APC

Israeli APC

A neat little Japanese tank.

Japanese tank

Japanese tank

A very odd Bulgarian hybrid tank.  Has anone seen this before?

Odd tank

Odd tank

Mr and Ms. Tiger Model Designs.

Tiger Models crew

Tiger Models crew

Tiger Models latest, a Bergpanther interior.

Bergpanther interior

Bergpanther interior

A stunning 1/144th scale Tiger tank.

Tiny Tiger

Tiny Tiger

Here is the view of the vendor room.  Looks the same as every year.  There were two airbrush vendors this year.



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