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January 18, 2018


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August 25, 2017

The SS-4

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Alabama modeler and doctor, Dr. David Geldmacher ,has started blogging.  I highly recommend you visit his blog.  What the good doctor has done is embarrass the heck out of me.  He has managed to post more actual modeling content in the last three weeks than I’ve managed to post in the last 6 months.  I post a lot of links to modeling news and interesting current events, but I’ve gotten away from actual blogging about building models, which is the reason that I started this blog in the first place.  Well I am rededicating the blog to that purpose.  I’ll still post the other stuff, but there will be a lot more model building stuff too.

The SS-4 is a Soviet Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile.  It was one of the missiles at the heart of the Cuban missile crisis.  This model covers a couple of modeling interests for me.  I like to do missiles and spacecraft and the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis are subjects I am interested in.

Luckily for me, the Canadian company, Belcher Bits, has come out with a resin kit of the SS-4.  I managed to pick a copy up at the IPMS/USA Nationals in Omaha in July.  As you can imagine, there aren’t that many parts to the kit, since, like most missiles, it is little more than a tube on top of a launch platform.

The parts are well molded  in gray resin.   They are well detailed with engraved panel lines.  There ares some mold lines and pour plugs to remove, but nothing beyond the ability of most every modeler.  However, some of the missile body parts have locating keys that could be mistaken for pur stubs.  Don’t remove these by accident.  There are also a few seam lines that must be sanded down.

The kit doesn’t come with decals, which makes sense because the SS-4 doesn’t seem to have any markings in operational service.  However, I may add a few stencils just to break up the overall Russian green color scheme.

Now for some additional preparation of parts and then the assembly begins.

January 16, 2017


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December 27, 2016

Magazine review: IPMS/USA Journal Vol.28 #6

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The latest issue of the Journal is out.  Frankly this is the best issue in a number of years.  This has nothing to do with my having a book review in the issue and one of the other articles has previously appeared in MMCL’s Tactical Notes.  If you aren’t a member, join IPMS/USA now.

October 19, 2016

Magazine review: RT Vol.38 #3 (Fall 2016)

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The latest issue of RT rolled in a week or two ago and though I read it right away, I’m just getting around to doing the review.

Heck, these reviews of RT could be on autopilot now.  Every one is the same.  It’s a great magazine; you should join IPMS/Canada.

Well, it is true for this issue as well.  We get part two of Jim Bates Canadian Hurricane article as well as decals to make a few of the aircraft profiled.  There is also a nice build of a series of Canadian Sherman variants.  As I’ve said so many times before, it is a great magazine; you should join IPMS/Canada.  Plus, free decals!!!

October 11, 2016

Cincinnati 2016 Model Contest

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As always, Cincinnati was an enjoyable show.  Vendors, entrants and models were all down a bit, but not much.  Weather was beautiful which may have enticed some people away.  I am concerned about sliding vendor participation at all shows.

Here are a few models from the show.





























June 1, 2016

Free decals

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and an interesting article series, if you join IPMS/Canada.

May 24, 2016

IPMS Canada

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IPMS Canada produces, IMHO one of the finest modeling magazines out there, RT.  This issue soon to come out contains an article by “friend of the blog” Jim Bates.  Now would be the time to join.

December 21, 2015

Magazine review: RT Vol.37 #4 (Winter 2015)

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Christmas came early this year as the Winter volume of RT came in the mail on Friday, December 18th, 2015.  Since I had a getaway weekend planned, I took the issue with me, assured that I would find the time to get it read.  In short, it is another good issue.  The guys from the Great White North continue to put out the finest volunteer modeling magazine out there.  This issue wasn’t quite as good for me as it had less 72nd scale content than normal, yet, like all issues of RT, I read every article, not just the ones that involved 72nd scale.  I know I have said this before, but RT reminds me of what the early FineScale Modeler used to be.

I know I’ve said it before, but if you aren’t a member of IPMS/Canada, you should be.  Join today!

August 27, 2015

Magazine review: RT Vol. 37 #1 (Spring 2015)

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I skipped reviewing this issue when in arrived.  I read it right away, as I always do, but I simply failed to review it like I normally do.  That was a mistake on my part.  This is especially true since there is a lot of 72nd scale content in this issue.

There is a beautiful build of a 72nd scale F-86D make from the Special Hobby F-86L.  That article illustrates onne of the great things about RT.  The balance of text and photos is just perfect.  Also, the reference to the photos inn the text really helps the reader understand the build.

There is also a conversion of the Italeri DC-3 into the Basler BT-67 “turbo Dakota” conversion.  This was the best Canadian subject at the 2014 IPMS/USA National Convention.  I saw the model at Norfolk and it was very impressive.  I’ve always wanted to build a BT-67,

For the WWI modeler, there is a beautiful build of the Roden SE-5a.  This is not the easiest kit in the world and the builder does a great job.  (There is also a build of a 48th scale Fokker E.V, but we won’t talk about that.)

Future IPMS/USA President Ron Bell did a nice article converting a 76th scale (hey, its almost 72nd) Fujimi Cromwell into a Canadian Archer 17-pdr SPATG.

As always I recommend joining IPMS/Canada, if you aren’t already a member.

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