The Southern Maryland Scale Modelers meet every third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. We currently meet at the NSi, 21513 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, Maryland.

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, July 20, 2014

July Meeting

July Meeting

 

Prodigals, visiting and returning



Tim Holland (left, above) is on holiday from his gig in England, and Collin Tatusko (right, above) has returned from his latest adventure. Andy Frill has also returned  home from The Sandbox but I was not able to get his picture. We are all glad to see Collin and Andy home safe and look forward to Tim returning home from England permanently, which should be sometime next year.


The Winner!



 

The July build theme was "Lend-Lease" and Dan Yakel won the Titanium Clamp Award for Best Theme Model. His model depicts a Sherman M4A3 76mm in Russian service. Dan added an aftermarket aluminum barrel to the 1/35 scale Dragon kit, which he nicely finished and weathered. Congratulations Dan!
 
 
 
Joe Hegedus participated in the theme with a Hellcat II in Fleet Air Arm service (above, left).  Joe built the 1/72 scale Academy kit OOB except for the propeller which came from a Hasegawa box. He used Eduard decals to depict an aircraft operating with the British Indian Ocean Fleet. Parked next to Joe's Hellcat is a non-theme item, a P-12E built from a 1/72 scale Matchbox kit. Built OOB, Joe used Starfighter decals and rigged the biplane using 0.015" wire.
 
 
 
 
Brent Ledig rounded out the July theme builds with his P-40E. Though the plane has US markings it was being flown in Chinese service, and the group consensus was that it qualified for the theme. Brent built the 1/32 scale Hasegawa kit OOB and creatively used a craft store picture frame to achieve a striking display.
 
 

Non-Theme Builds

 
 
 
Joe Hegedus also displayed this 1/72 scale P-6E Hawk. Joe added interior detail to the Monogram kit and modified the landing gear to represent a later configuration. Starfighter Decals provided the markings and the rigging is 0.015" wire.
 
 
 
 
 
The first of three biplanes that Jon Wright brought to the table, this 1/72 scale Tiger Moth was built OOB from the Airfix kit.
 
 
 
 
Jon built this F3F-2 OOB from the Special Hobby kit.
 
 
 
This Sopwith Salamander was built OOB from the 1/72 scale Roden kit. Jon says this subject will be included in a diorama for a future theme build. We can't wait to see it!
 
 
 
Dan Yakel built this Jagdpanther from a 1/35 scale Dragon kit to depict a subject from Pz. Jg. Abt 654. Dan used Silly Putty as a masking medium to paint the camouflage, and highly recommends the technique. Between AFV projects, Dan cleanses his palate by building airplanes. Lurking behind the Jagdpanther is a 1/48 scale Hasegawa Hs-129. Dan is converting it to a B2 R2 version, which packs a 30mm cannon.
 
 
 

 
 
Collin Tatusko displayed this nicely finished A-7E Corsair II built from the Hasegawa kit. He said it took more than a year, but it's "Finally finished!"
 
 
 
Collin also displayed this 1/72 scale SH-60B, built OOB from a HobbyBoss kit.
 
 

 
Jim Rotramel built this MiG-21bis in Afghan markings from the 1/48 scale Academy kit. Jim sorta went nuts on this project. He used an aftermarket pitot tube, bombs and rocket pods from the Eduard Brassin line, CMK wheel wells, Equipage wheels, Wolfpack afterburner, Eduard fuel tank, KMC cockpit, and homemade decals. AMS, it's a wondrous affliction!
 
 
 
"Cowboy" John Bray calls this subject "In to the Little Big Horn Valley, 1876". John Painted up a General George Custer 12" figure from Six Gun Legends and added scratch built holsters. The horse is a modified Marx toy to which John added a scratch built 1874 McClelland saddle so that the General can ride comfortably to his destiny.
 
 
 
 
Ryan Jeffers displayed this 1/48 scale Mosquito NF Mk II built from the Tamiya kit. Ryan enhanced the build with Eduard details, a Squadron canopy, Barracuda decals, and a Quickboost gunsight. In addition to the aftermarket embellishments, Ryan corrected the wing aerials, scratch built and rigged the landing gear fenders, and back dated the radar set to a Mk IV configuration. Not quite up to Jim's level of AMS, but getting there.
 
 

 
Steve Lucianetti Built this F-18F from the 1/72 scale Hasegawa kit. Inspired by a poster in his office, Steve added 4 Harpoon missiles under the wings and created the VX-23 markings using an inkjet printer.
 
 

Next Month

The next meeting will be on August 21 and the theme is "Amnesty".  If you have completed a project that was not done in time for a previous theme month, you have another chance to win the coveted Clamp Award. See you there!
 
 
 
 
 
 




Friday, July 4, 2014

134: In Progress/Show and Tell

The theme for the June Meeting was "Happy Anniversary" with a sub-theme of Normandy, celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy.  There were two theme builds, thirteen completed models, and two in progress builds

Theme builds

C-47 Skytrain
by Brent Leidig
1/48 Revell Monogram
SAC landing gear with Royal Resin wheels.  Tamiya 1/48 Jeep.  Figures from Revell Monogram and Tamiya.

F/A-18E Super Hornet
by Ryan Turgeon
1/48 Hasegawa
Fightertown decals for VFA-14 90th Anniversary










Non Theme builds

Hansa-Brandenburg W.29
by Jim Rotramel
1/32 Wingnut Wings
OOB except for Master Models gun barrels

A6M5 Zero
by Mike Colvin
1/32 Minicraft/Hasegawa
OOB except for the scratchbuilt exhaust

Tiger II
by Mike Colvin
1/35 Tamiya
Aftermarket barrel and figures.  Unit from the Easter Front, Winter 1944

Little Big Horn
by John Brey
1/32 Various manufacturers
68 modified and repainted toy and kit figures in metal, resin, and plastic.  With dust cover, the diorama weighs about 20 lbs.  The single left over Indian figure didn't fit in the diorama.

Type 82 Kubelwagen
by Jonathan Wright
1/35 Tamiya
Eduard photoetched parts

Panzer III J
by Jonathan Wright
1/35 Dragon
OOB with Tamiya Acrylics

F-105D Thunderchief
by Steve Lucianetti
1/48 Hobbyboss (2 kits)
Eduard cockpit placards, Meteor ECM pods, Cobra 3000lb bombs, SAC landing gear, Superscale decals

F4U-1 Corsair
by Alan Hegedus
1/48 Testors
OOB

F9C-2 Sparrowhawk
by Joe Hegedus
1/32 Williams Brothers
Scratch built windscreen and antenna tripods on wings

Boeing F4B-4
by Joe Hegedus
1/32 Hasegawa
Yellow Wings Decals

BF2C-1
by Joe Hegedus
1/32 Hasegawa
Scratch build antenna masts and Yellow Wings decals

F6F-3 Hellcat
by Joe Hegedus
1/48 Hasegawa
Techmod decals for VF-1, USS Yorktown, Phillipine Sea, June 1944

Ghostbusters Ecto 1
by David Fuller
LEGO
OOB











In Progress Builds

1874 McClellon Saddle
by John Bray
1/6 Scratch Built
The finished saddle will be mounted on a modified Marx Toys Johnny West horse from the 1960's with a 12" George Custer figure.

Borgward IV Ausf. B demolition tank and Panzer III Ausf. J control tank
by David Fuller
1/35 Dragon
OOB, painted and weathered with Vallejo Acrylics and Mig Pigments









Embarassed Builders (no info given)




133: In Progress/Show and Tell

The theme for the May meeting was Canadian and Polish subjects.  There were three theme builds, four non-theme builds and two builds in progress.

Theme builds

RF-5 Freedom Fighter
by Steve Lucianetti
1/48 Classic Airframes
Converted to the reconnaissance version of the CAF

CF-188 Hornet
by Brent Leidig
1/48 Hasegawa
Aires Exhaust, Eduard PE cockpit, Quickboost resin seat, Leading Edge Decals for the CAF 100th Anniversary Scheme

Joseph Stalin II
by Dan Yakel
1/35 Dragon
Aluminum barrel, markings represent a unit from the Polish 4th Independent Heavy Tank Regiment









Non-theme builds

M4A2 Sherman
by Dan Yakel
1/35 Dragon
Aluminum barrel, pastel weathering, and Russian markings

Tiger Ausf E
by Dan Yakel
1/35 Dragon
Moulded zimmerit, aluminum barrel, steel cables, Fruil tracks, stretched sprue antenna, pastel weathering

Panther Ausf D
by Dan Yakel
1/35 Dragon
Aluminum barrel, steel tow cables, stretched sprue antenna

Fokker D.VII
by Jim Rotramel
1/32 Wingnut Wings
Other than the cowling and fuselage underside, the entire model is covered in decals.
Aftermarket PE radiator grill, wooden prop, Master Models Spandau guns

















In Progress Builds

AT-AT
by Dan Yakel
AMT/Ertl
OOB build of the AT-AT walker from the Star Wars series

F/A-18F Super Hornet
by Brent Leidig
1/72 Hasegawa
Eduard PE cockpit set, Wolfpack wingfold kit, custom decals for a "What If" scheme.