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What is it? A Bird, A Plane… No, the 2016 Club Build Challenge
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The latest club model build challenge was completed at the November meeting with five entries on display.  Originally scheduled for October, the low meeting attendance made pushing the Challenge to the next meeting a reasonable move for those present. As … Full Article→

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Kit Smash! or “Making a mountain from a mole hill” – Pt. 2
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Tail Surfaces:  After cutting apart the P-38 kit’s tail booms, I was left with four vertical tail surface halves, each with good sized gaps to be filled, both from the opening for the horizontal tail and from the trimmed boom … Full Article→

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Kit Smash! or “Making a mountain from a mole hill” – Pt. 1
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Challenge: Turn a 1/48 scale P-38 Lightning into an experimental WWII Japanese fighter plane. For the November 2014 Club Theme Challenge, we decided to “compete” using any scale or make of P-38 kit, built to any result (in other words, … Full Article→

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Vacuform Aircraft Modeling – Part 4
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Basic Techniques (Con’t) My basic method of removing parts from the ‘backing sheet’ is outlined below.  However, there are actually some things you want to do prior to removing the parts, if you follow best practices.  These would include: Washing … Full Article→

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Vacuform Aircraft Modeling – Part 3
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Basic Techniques Don’s Model Works, home of the late Don Bennett’s vacuform kit outlet (now taken over by his son Chuck) has an excellent writeup of the method similar to the one I use in removing and cleaning up vac … Full Article→

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Vacuform Aircraft Modeling – Part 2
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What is a Vac kit – really? In the context of this series, a ‘vac’ kit is where the primary components are manufactured using a vacuum molding process.  Instead of parts formed from the injection of ‘molten’ polystyrene plastic under … Full Article→

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Vacuform Aircraft Modeling – Part 1
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Part 1 – Personal View As a child, I thought of a ‘model kit’ as a box of injection molded plastic parts attached to molding ‘runners’ or ‘trees’ (commonly called ‘sprue’), molded in a ‘color’ to match the desired paint … Full Article→

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Brass Railing Replacements for the Revell 1:72 Type-7 Model Kit
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A Report to the Cabal: Here’s a brief article on how to use small gauge brass rod/wire and a purpose built assembly jig to form railing elements unique to this little submarine model.  For those of you wishing to subject … Full Article→

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