The Southern Maryland Scale Modelers meet every third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at High Tide Games, 22599 MacArthur Blvd, California, Maryland, (San Souci Plaza, between McKay's and Mission BBQ).

We are also meeting online via Zoom most Thursdays at 7pm -- an email is sent to members with meeting info.

Everyone is welcome, all we ask is that you bring a project, finished or not, theme or non-theme to share during our Show-N-Tell discussion. Okay, you don't really have to bring a project...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

138: October Meeting Gallery

The Winner!


Nate Swift was the winner of the prestigious Platinum Clamp Award for the Best Theme Model. Nate built his Airfix A-4P Skyhawk OOB in markings of the Grupo 5 de Caza, Rio Gallegos, in April, 1982. Congratulations Nate!

Ryan Turgeon Showed his in-work project of a Blue Angels "mirror image" pass. The kits are by Hasegawa and Ryan added exhaust nozzles and wheel bays from Aries. This will make for a most impressive display when complete!

There were more Skyhawks on the table. Nick Kessel built the Fujimi 1/72 scale A-4E OOB as a Navy "Top Gun" bird. The camouflaged portion of the paint scheme is the silhouette of a MiG! A unique and unusual scheme well executed by Nick.

Steve Lucianetti built the HobbyBoss 1/48 scale A-4M OOB in Marine markings. Very clean build, Steve!
Andy Frill showed his in-work project, a Hasegawa 1/48 scale A-4E/F. Andy is building this Skyhawk as an A-4F of VA-22. The speed brakes have been enhanced with Eduard PE. The build is otherwise OOB, even using the kit decals.
Doc Haugh showed his in-work 1943 GAZ-MM truck in 1/35 scale. Doc is building the Mini Art kit OOB and says it is highly detailed and a pleasure to build.
Andy White Built the Kitty Hawk 1/48 scale SH-2F Seasprite, adding a Cobra Company interior. The decals are by Caracal.

New Guy Justin Reed showed his first tank model. Justin added a Barrel Depot gun barrel to the Tamiya 1/35 scale M41 Walker Bulldog.


Entrepreneur Angel Garcia Ablanque had two projects on display. The top picture is a 1/35 scale Alan "Beetle" with the CMK repair truck conversion. Angel says the build reflects a late war German civilian who has gone into the truck repair business. The lower picture is of the Tamiya 1/48 scale Komatsu tractor built OOB.


Not a Halloween "Sleepy Hollow" diorama, just a couple in-work figures by Chuck Connor. The guy on the left is a 1/35 scale Mini Art US Army MP. He was included with a boxing of the Harley Davidson WLA US Army motorcycle. The fellow on the right is a Dragon Models 1/16 scale Fallschirmjaeger.

There were two models on display that I have descriptions for but, unfortunately, no picture.

Award winning modeler Nate Swift also displayed the Morser Karl-Great 040, 60 cm self propelled mortar. Nate built the 1/144 scale Trumpeter kit OOB. This was Nate's first 1/144 scale build.

Joe Hegedus showed a Revell 1/72 scale P-47M Thunderbolt. Joe used main landing gear wheels from a Hasegawa kit and Aeromaster decals reflect a bird of the 61 FS / 56 FG at Boxted, UK, 1945.

Hope to see you all at the November meeting!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

137: September Show and Tell/In Progress

The theme of the September meeting was "Naval Aircraft of the 70's".  There were 6 theme builds, 5 completed builds, and numerous in progress builds.

Theme Builds

F-8E Crusader by Jim Rotramel
1:48 Monogram
KMC Cockpit and Nozzle, SAC Landing Gear, Paragon Flaps/Slats, Meteor Intake, Aires Wheel Wells, Modified 2 Sidewinders into AIM-9C's, Home designed rudder decals printed by Barney Kable

F-4J Phantom II by Jim Rotramel
1:48 Monogram

Blue Angels A-4F Skyhawk by Joe Hegedus
1:48 Pro Modeler
Yellowhammer decals to represent 1974 season, scratchbuilt boarding ladder housing

A-4M Skyhawk by Mike Colvin
1:48 Hasegawa

F-4J Phantom II by Gerry Whiteside
1:72 Fujimi
OOB, markings for VF-103 Sluggers, 1972 Vietnam cruise

RF-4J Phantom II by Gerry Whiteside
1:72 Hasegawa
OOB, markings for VMCJ-2 Playboys

Non-Theme Builds

JSU-122 by Dan Yakel
1:35 Dragon
Aluminum barrel, Dragon Magic Link tracks, home made tarp

P-47D Thunderbolt by Joe Hegedus
1:48 Hasegawa
OOB, mix of kit and spares box decals to represent 61FS/56FG aircraft flown by Francis Gabreski, June 1944

Wehrmacht Mounted Infantry by Mike Colvin
1:35 Tamiya
OOB with graphic tape reins and harnesses

UH-60 Blackhawk by Austin Whiteside
1:60 Testors

MiG-25BM by Doc Haugh
1:48 Kittyhawk
Frufru resin nose, scratch built intake trunking, weapons pylons for Kh 58 "Killer" missile

Modern US Army GI by Steve Lucianetti
1:35 Live Resin

In Progress Builds

Hs-129 B2/R2 by Dan Yakel
1:48 Hasegawa

Studebaker US6 Truck by Chuck Connor
1:35 ICM
OOB, enjoyable, challenging build

A-4B Skyhawk by David Fuller
1:72 Airfix
Will have markings for VA-86 Sidewinders from Xtradecal.

Skoda Radschlepper Ost by David Fuller
1:35 Riich Model

Embarassed Builders

Monday, September 15, 2014

136: August In Progress/Show and Tell

The theme of the August meeting was "Amnesty", Any project which didn't make the deadline for a previous theme month.  There was one theme entry, eight completed builds, and eight in progress builds.

Theme build
SMS Emden
by Nate Swift
1:350 Revell of Germany
Wartime paint scheme.  Detailed with Gold Metal Models photoetch

Non Theme builds

Hansa Brandenberg W.29
by Jim Rotramel
1:32 Wingnut Wings
Prop Shop wooden propeller and Master Spandeau machine guns

P-47D Thunderbolt Trio
by Joe Hegedus
1:72 Hasegawa
Three builds representing aircraft from the 56th FG, 61st, 62nd, and 63rd FS.  61st and 63rd markings are by SuperScale.  62nd markings are custom made.

Bride of Frankenstein
by Mike Colvin
1:8 Moebius Models
Out of the Box

Panzer III Ausf. J control tank and Borgward IV Ausf. B demolitions tank
by David Fuller
1:35 Cyberhobby (Dragon molds)
Out of the box.  Painted with Vallejo Acrylics

In Progress builds

by Dan Yakel
1:35 Dragon

Henschel Hs-129 B2/R2
by Dan Yakel
1:48 Hasegawa
Added 30mm cannon

Chevy Nova Prostocker
by Dan Yakel
1:24 AMT
Resin interior, scratch built center console

Messerschmidt Bf-109 G-10
by Steve Workman
1:72 Hobby Boss
Painted as a late war squadron with Cutting Edge decals and PE seat belts.

DDG 1000 USS Zummwalt
by Mike Colvin
1:700 Dragon
Out of box

Embarrassed Modelers