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Friday, April 19, 2019

2019 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (pt 5 of 5)

Now for the last group of 1:72 models from the show. Armor, sub, sci-fi, miscellaneous. Remember that if you want to see the entire album of models, the link is:

That's all folks. I'll post stats from the show when I get them. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

2019 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (pt 4 of 5)

OK, time for some miscellaneous items that caught my eye during my brief tour of the contest tables. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2019 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (pt 2 of 5)

Here is another selection of photos of the 1:72 builds at the weekend show. We'll start off with a group of single engined fighters. One note: given that I was a vendor this year, I couldn't take much time away from my table to graze through the entries. It was pretty much snap - sidestep - snap - sidestep - next category. So there are a lot of items where I didn't identify the kit used. The visuals will have to speak for themselves. 

Once again, I'm not sure this year's show scores very highly on the "unusual models" scale, but the work was very high quality. More tomorrow. 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

2019 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (pt 1 of 5)

Another Seattle show is in the books. It was very crowded. I don't have official attendance or model figures yet, but should get them in the next few days. This was longtime Show Chairman Andrew Birkbeck's last show before he relocates to New Zealand later this year. 

First off, a couple of general crowd shots - and this was in the morning before registration closed. 

Now shots of my two favorites in the show (being a lover of the odd and unusual). An Anigrand C-17 and a Valom Albemarle. 

Tomorrow I'll be back with another group, but we did have something of a similar issue with other shows - too many Bf-109s, P-51s, P-47s, etc. But there were some standouts beyond the herd, which I'll try to showcase as much as possible. 

1:72 armor seemed a bit light this year as well, though I'll have a small selection in part 5. 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Paint session (tires, Eurofighter cockpits, Ms-406)

Amidst the events of this week I was able to spend a few minutes in the garage getting a small paint session completed. Mostly this was just routine smaller items, such as tires for the Tilly truck, the Mc-205 and the Arma Hurricane. But I did get a matte topcoat on the Mc-200, which means it is complete and ready for its writeup.

Also, I found myself with two Eurofighter specials on the boil, and needed to get all the cockpits and interiors painted Dark Admiralty Grey. There are still other Eurofighters in queue (the last two Italian specials from the recent Italeri boxing and the German Ghost Tiger) but they will be waiting until these two are at least mostly completed.

The other color was Dunkelbraun, which I used as the dark brown in French camo schemes. This was applied to the Hasegawa Ms-406. Some seems to have gone on a bit rough (insufficient thinning?) and will need to be evaluated after curing to see if it needs a buff-and-reshoot job.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Content delay

Things have been pretty quiet around here for a few days, and are likely to be so for another few. My wife had her (second) foot surgery on Monday due to the tendon rupturing after the October (first) surgery. Much more complicated this time, much more pain. She basically can't get out of bed for the next 2 weeks, so this comes under the "and then life happened" rules. 

I haven't been out in the garage for a painting session in a while, though I do have a healthy queue lined up when the opportunity presents itself. One completion imminent (Mc-200) and one coming shortly (Tilly truck). A bit of detail painting and construction going on as well, though at a much reduced rate. 

Plus of course the IPMS Seattle Spring Show is coming up in Renton WA on 4-13. I will be acting as a vendor this year, putting some "surplus to requirements" kits up for sale and hopefully gaining a bit of space in the garage. The main prep is to price all of the kits/books/decals and get them packed for transport to the show. 

Here is a link to the show page:  Of course I'd like to invite you to the show if you are within driving distance. It tends to be a large show and always worth a day out. And bring some money!