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  1. thegreatpumpkin

    IPMS/AMPS East 2010 call for judges

    Hi All, IPMS/AMPS EAST 2010 is fast approaching on September 24-25, 2010. This will be a first for the show, now being held for 2 days! For more info on the show itself, go to: . WE NEED JUDGES! For those of you who have attended the extravaganza, you’ll...
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    IPMS/AMPSEast 2009 call for judges

    Hi All, IPMS/AMPS EAST 2009 is fast approaching on September 26, 2009. For more info on the show itself, go to: We’ll be having all the usual fun: seminars, vendors and the contest. Which brings me to my next topic: the contest. WE NEED JUDGES! For those of you...
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    Decalcomaniacs! reissues: BEF & T-72's

    Hi All, Sometimes, things just get lost in the shuffle. This time, I lost 2 sheets of decals off the E-bay store! So, I’ve re-listed them. The two sheets in question are British Markings #1: The BEF, 1940 and T-72’s Around the World. As is customary, they will be selling for US$10 apiece...
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    IPMS AMPSEast 2009 is looking for some good judges

    Hi All, IPMS AMPSEast 2009 ( is now just a little over 2 months away. That being said, we are looking for judges! Last year we had 254 models. For the AMPS style of judging this was a mammoth task which we were hard-pressed to accomplish. I'm trying to prevent a repeat...
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    My built collection

    Hi Guys, Call it spring cleaning, but I've been kicking around the idea of re-arranging my built model collection. The collection's home is in my dining room, specifically in the china cabinet and a show case from a now-closed hobby shop. My very understanding wife likes it that way as is...
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    CAMS info

    Hi Guys, I'm interested in finding out about the CAMS show (I know it just happened, but I'm thinking about next year). If anyone has a link to the hosting organization's webpage, I'd be most grateful. Regards, Georg
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    My current build: Char B1 bis, Free French forces, 1944

    Hi Guys, I'm not sure if this the right forum for this, but here's my latest project. It's for the Bob Lessels memorial competition on Track-Link. This year's theme is NWE 1944. Since the French Army was reconstituted as the country was liberated, any and all equipment was impressed into...
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    italeri sd kfz 234/1

    svinehunden, The build looks good so far. The Italeri kit is an oldie but goodie. Have you considered painting the tools and other on vehicle equipment with slightly different colors than the vehicle? It's a bit of artistic license, but I find that it helps to break up look of the model and...
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    King Tiger group build?

    HWR MKII, Yes there were standard camo patterns for KT. Starting in the late-summer/early fall 1944, most, if not all German AFV's began to sport factory applied camo schemes. We know the scheme today as the "Ambush" scheme (which looks SO cool on the KT!). Anyway, the Germans played around...
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    Mark IV female dirigible tug

    Bobman, It's not going to be 3 feet long. R-23 was about 530 ft long, that works out to about 15 feet in 1/35 scale! I'm just going to build the nose. Regards, Georg
  11. thegreatpumpkin

    1/35 Lil Panzer 11

    Re: Lil Panzer 11 Speedster, I'm going to be the poop on this one. The model looks great, but unfortunately, according to current research, never could have existed. There are 3 items which conflict: the camo scheme, the vehicle type and the divisional symbol. The 2 tone brown and gray...
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    What If Sd,kfz,17++

    Speedster, Actually, they did, sort of. The Germans did build an SdKfz 251/23 which was an ausf D version with the turret off an SdKfz 234/1, which is slightly different form the one you used. You could do this one up as prototype or research vehicle. Regards, Georg
  13. thegreatpumpkin

    Mark IV female dirigible tug

    Sidney, The Royal Navy used this thing as a tug for moving their dirigibles around. It was kind of a mobile mooring mast. Regards, Georg
  14. thegreatpumpkin

    Mark IV female dirigible tug

    Hi Guys, One thing I forgot to mention was the decals. Made them up on my Alps using the pictures as a guide. I know this is a shameless plug, but I run a decal company called Decalcomaniacs! ( and I specialize in rare, off-beat and uncovered (by the big guys...
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    Mark IV female dirigible tug

    Hi Guys, I got some time tonight to take some pictures of the finished model. The model was preshaded with black automotive primer. It was painted with Tamiya Khaki with greater and greater amounts of Tamiya buff added with my Iwata HP-BCS airbrush at about 40 psi. The paint was thinned to...
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    Mark IV female dirigible tug

    Elend, I eyeballed the dimensions using the length of the tank as a guide. I built it from the top down: I made the top "cap" first. Then, I cut the legs from Evergreen angle strip and secured them in modeling clay blobs. I glued on the cap and then bastard-cut all the other parts from...
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    Mark IV female dirigible tug

    Scott, I just got the nickname back in April. I was at the AMPS Nationals in MD and bought one of Chris Mrosko's "Eat, Drink, Model" shirts (it happens to be orange). I happened to be wearing a pair of black jeans that day and about dozen people remarked that I looked like a pumpkin (I'm a...
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    Mark IV female dirigible tug

    Hi All, Here's my latest build (actually at the time of this post it's done, but I haven't taken any pictures yet). It's a Mark IV (female) being used by the Royal Navy as dirigible tug! It was just SO weird that I had to build it. The kit is the one by Emhar. The tracks are from Model...