Monday, 1 June 2020

June 2020 IPMS Ottawa On-line SHOW & TELL

Welcome to IPMS Ottawa's second on-line SHOW & TELL, which allows club members to show off their completed work despite not being able to attend group meetings.

Each member is invited to send in up to three photos of a model, and some text.



Russian CADS-1 Kashtan Close-in Weapons System (Takom 1:35)
The Kashtan is a Russian CIWS consisting of twin 6-barrel 30mm Gatling Guns and up to eight short-ranged surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). The Takom kit represents the original Kashtan system fitted on a number Soviet-era Russian Navy ships, such as the Kirov class nuclear-powered cruisers. Newer Russian Navy ships are being fitted with the upgraded Kashtan-M. The biggest difference between the two variants is the tracking radar antennas and the electro-optical devices.
I started and finished this model during IPMS Ottawa’s Blitz Build in May. It was not the intended model for the Blitz but after horrible things going wrong with the original entry, I pulled this one out around 10pm Sunday night, 26 hours before the end of the of the Blitz. I managed to complete it with about five minutes to spare.  The kit went together rather well; however, every part needed TLC to remove seamlines. There are a lot of details that could have been added to the kit, such as cabling and hydraulic lines. The only detail I added was the building of an optical device behind the only clear piece in the kit. I used AK Real Color paint for this build except for the red on the display base which was a mix of Vallejo Model Air Fire Red and German Red Brown. I think that Takom’s color choice for the main grey (FS35495 Light Grey) on the Kashtan is questionable. The weapon system is typically the same color as the parent ship and FS35495 is far too light for Russian Navy ships. Not having available an appropriate grey in the AK RC line I was using, I darkened with a bit of AK RC Rubber Black. Other than some pre-shading, I did not do any weathering, preferring the clean look of system on display at an exhibition.
Bill Eggleton

This is a model of Haro, a spherical floating helper robot that appears in many Gundam shows, from Bandai. This kit was molded with clear orange parts as a limited, exclusive item. It was a very simple kit with about 30 parts on two multi-coloured sprues, though polishing out some ejector pin marks on the clear plastic was difficult and annoying. I painted everything except for the clear parts. The second picture is him next to two other Haro variants I had done previously.
Brian LaTour

This is a 1/14th scale bust of the future Queen Elizabeth II in her ATS uniform in 1945 from 9th Gate Miniatures. It was given to me for Christmas, and done for the blitz build. The cast was excellent, and came in two pieces – a body and a head – with two head options (with or without hat).
I chose to do without hat to avoid having to do any masking, and because I felt the hair contributed to the likeness and didn't want to cover it up. I painted it by starting with a zenithal prime, doing a messy wet-blended basecoat with a brush, then went over it with airbrush glazing using very thin coats of paints and washes to smooth out the brush strokes. This is a quick way to get smooth blends as well as intense shadows and highlights. I did the head and the body separately so I didn’t have to do any masking, then once the airbrush glazing was done, I glued them together. I then did the details with the brush and mounted it on a resin plinth.
I’m currently working on an article on it, so stay tuned to future issues of RT…
Brian LaTour

Ferrari 308 GTB (Monogram 1:24)
This model dates from the late 1970’s. When I purchased this model from the sale table at Hobby House, it had been badly started and needed help. I gathered up all the pieces and started work on the kit, but misplaced some major pieces during a move (found them 11 years later), and finally finished it during the pandemic.
Body wise, the kit is mostly out of box, though I had to trim back a massive front air dam. Paint is Tamiya TS-56 Orange, which is their equivalent for McLaren Orange (send the EMTs over to the Jones house, Terry’s gone into shock). The wheels, tires, and brakes were sourced from a Rosso Ferrari 512TR kit, and the wheels were painted metallic black. Interior is stock, using Tamiya paints. I am glad to finally get some of these older builds finished and off the pile.
Ken Nesbitt
Ferrari 308 GTB (Monogram)

1976 Ford Granada (Lindberg 1:32)
During the pandemic, one of my goals has been to work on some simple models which I originally built back when I was a child (physically, anyway). I think of these as Woolworth’s builds, because those are the stores where I purchased most of my kits. The closest I came to a big hobby shop was Leo’s in Bell’s Corners, or the Leisure World, and my Mom kept me away from this temptation as much as possible!
This is built out of box. Paint is Testor’s Honduras Maroon lacquer, with Tamiya tan roof and interior. This model holds a significant place for me, as one of these kits was the first model I ever built. I’m glad to have found a replacement, so I can add it to my display case.
Ken Nesbitt 
1976 Ford Granada (Lindberg)

Me-163B Komet (Meng)
1:32 German rocket powered fighter. The Komet was my entry for the Australia Capital Territory Scale Model Society’s (ACTSMS) Blitz Build held over Easter weekend. ACTSMS is IPMS Ottawa’s sister club in Canberra. Having successfully completed a couple of ACTSMS Blitz Builds in the past, I was eager for the Easter weekend. Unfortunately, I chose poorly and was unable to complete the model during Easter weekend. The Meng Me-163B is a very nice kit out of the box providing the modeller with a lot of interior detail, including the rocket engine, and allows the modeller to display it with removable panels and tail. However, as nice as the kit is, it was far too intricate for a Blitz Build, even a four-day blitz. I also ran into some paint issues late in the game. I wanted to try the black basing technique, where you paint the entire model with black and then shade up with the desired colour. The red I chose was Vallejo Model Air RLM 23 (71.003) but after more than a dozen coats, it looked more burnt orange than red and any of the desire colour variation effects I was hoping for using the black basing technique were lost. I threw in the towel on the Blitz Build at this point.
Over the next month and a half, I continued with the model, starting with two coats of Model Master Acryl Insignia Red. This aircraft was only flown once in the red scheme, which coincidently was also the first combat mission of the Komet. Thus, I left the model with a semi-gloss sheen and kept the weathering to a minimum. In my experience, kits with removable panel options do not always look right when closed up if built as such; this model was no exception. So, I decided to display it with all the panels off, which necessitated a display to keep it together in the display case. The kit provided the cradle for the tail and the support for the rocket engine. I scratchbuilt the workbench to place the two panels on. Enjoy!
(Editor’s note: Komet's first regular combat was on 28 July 1944, with I./JG 400 operating out of Brandis, where it attacked two USAAF B-17 bombers unsuccessfully. Missions continued until spring 1945, with only 9 confirmed kills versus 14 Komet’s destroyed. A single pilot got 3 of the 9 kills. A little over 370 Komets were built by Messerschmitt and slave labour.)
Me-163B Komet (Meng)

NAKAJIMA B5N2 (Airfix)
Hello all! Here is my completed 1:72 Airfix Nakajima B5N2"Kate" from the Pearl Harbor Strike force off the Carrier SHOKAKU. It is painted using Model Master enamels and the green was applied with a torn black paint/varnish sponge. Hope you like it!
Terry Jones, IPMS Ottawa
(editor's note: The aircraft was informally called the "kankō " in Japanese, but formally known as the Type 97 Carrier Attack Bomber九七式艦上攻撃機. Over 1100 were built, but none survive.)

P-51 "Phantom Mustang" (Revell)
1:32 scale 50th anniversary kit. Not a easy build, being also mechanical, but lots of fun. Finished this a week before the pandemic.
Marc Racine
P-51 "Phantom Mustang" (Revell)

JJ-5 / FT-5  (Trumpeter)
This is the early Trumpeter 1:32  kit of the Chengdu JJ-5 fighter-trainer as still used by the Air Force of the D.P.R.K. The JJ-5 is an all-Chinese design based on their need in the early 1960s for a training version of the MiG-17. This is a unique aircraft made only in China, and eventually exported to several countries. Over 1050 of the JJ-5 (Jianjiji Jiaolianji meaning fighter-trainer) were built by 1986. It is a twin-seat trainer version of the J-5 designed and developed by Chengdu Aircraft Corp. It combined the J-5 airframe, J-5A airbrakes and the tandem twin-seat cockpit section of the JJ-2 (MiG-15UTI). Export version was designated FT-5. The aircraft is still flown as a primary jet trainer by DPRK’s Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force KPAAF. The model is built and painted to show how it probably looked in about 1990 in full service.
The build took nine days, and this is another in my series of COVID-19 model builds. I bought it as a used kit (missing plans and decals) from Hobby Centre. I added brake and hydraulic lines to the main gear and wheel wells; seat belts and buckles; throttles; and built an entire gun sight with clear head-up display. All instruments are hand-painted, then covered with a clear glue to show as glass. Paint is Vallejo acrylic metal coated with Future floor wax. Decals are from the IPMS Ottawa decal bank.
John Clearwater
DPRK's KPAAF  JJ-5 FT-5 (Trumpeter)

Fokker Dr.1 "Red Baron" (Revell)
1:28 scale kit done up as Fritz Kemp's famous triplane. with his message "Remember Me?"
Marc Racine
Fokker Dr.1 "Kempf" (Revell)

P6M Martin Seamaster (Revell)
Rare. World's first (and last) Flying Boat Jet Bomber.
Marc Racine
P6M Martin Seamaster (Revell)

Handley Page Heyford III (Matchbox)
Vintage , simple, well engineered  perfect-fit kit from the past. Built it when the lockdown started.
Marc Racine
Handley Page Heyford III (Matchbox)

Fokker Dr.1 (Roden)
1:32 scale Fokker Dr.1 done up as 17-victory German ace Rudolf Klimke's crate.
Marc Racine

Fokker Dr.1 (Roden)

Fokker Dr.1 (Roden)

Fokker Dr.1 (Roden)
Airco DH-9a (Roden)
This build was a challenge: 1:48 Roden Airco DH-9 kit scratch-modified into the DH-9a as Roden does not have a kit of the DH-9a. Their DH-9 kits (3 versions) share parts trees with the Airco DH-4 to convert to the "American" version with the larger engine. So, I used those parts and the section of the fuselage with the close proximity cockpits of the DH-9 and 9a and some scrap plastic to make it as accurate as I could with the parts available.  
Covid is making getting supplies a little different; I get my stuff from The Hobby Centre and I send email request, they send me back a bill, I pay it and go pick up my stuff at their door. I don't know what I would have done without them. I have built at least 6-7 models since the lockdown, 
Marc Racine
Airco DH-9a (Roden)

RAF B-12b (Roden)
Flown by Captain N.H. Dimmock, 46th squadron, Biggin Hill, 18 February 1918.
Covid is making getting supplies a little different; I get my stuff from The Hobby Centre and I send email request, they send me back a bill, I pay it and go pick up my stuff at their door. I don't know what I would have done without them. I have built at least 6-7 models since the lockdown, 
Marc Racine
RAF B-12b (Roden)

RQ-7B UAV (Academy)
For the May 15-18, 2020 Blitz Build, I built an Academy 1/35 RQ-7B UAV drone (kit #12117) used by the U.S. Army.  It was a fairly straightforward kit, though I added a bunch of detail along the way and also gave it a digital camo paint job.  The biggest improvements were the addition of spindly wingtip antennae (4), engine details, wire arrestor hook, and other details throughout.  The digital camo paint scheme came about courtesy of Crossdelta decals.  It was a fun yet challenging build, mostly due to its diminutive size. 
Full build:  
Glenn Cauley, IPMS Ottawa
RQ-7B UAV (Academy)

JAGDPANTHER (Meng Toon & RetroKit)
My second toon tank is one of my favourite WW2 AFVs... the Jagdpanther tank destroyer.  The base kit was a Meng World War Toons Panther V (kit #WWT-007), combined with an early Jagdpanther conversion set from RetroKit Models (kit #RTE025). In addition to the conversion, I scratchbuilt fender skirts and also added a 1/35 metal barrel because... well... caricature.  I also tried my hand at an ‘ambush’ camo scheme, which turned out fairly well.  I can easily recommend Meng WWT kits for anyone looking for a fun build. 
Full build: 
Glenn Cauley, IPMS Ottawa
JAGDPANTHER (Meng Toon & RetroKit)

This time of lockdown has afforded me a bit more time at the modelling workbench.   This time it was a “distraction” build to get me away from more “serious” projects.   Aside from the Jagdpanther, the King Tiger is one of my fave WW2 AFVs... it was just a bad ass.  I didn’t want to do a 1/35 kit, but rather chose the Tamiya 1/48 King Tiger (Production Turret) (kit #32536) which was close in size to the WWT toon King Tiger which I did a while ago.  I was very impressed with the quality of the Tamiya 1/48 kit!   Other than using a thin resin Zimmerit set from Atak, I had *planned* to do this out-of-box... yes, I was (possibly) serious at the onset.  (UPDATE:  Okay, erm...... maybe NOT an OOB build.)  It gave me a chance to try new building, painting, and weathering techniques.   But oddly enough, for all the time & effort spent on painting wheels and tracks, in the end I slopped on mud & dirt. 
Full build: 
Glenn Cauley, IPMS Ottawa
(editor's note: the informal name was Königstiger (Royal Tiger) which is the German name for the Bengal Tiger, but is properly known as the Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B. It was mis-translated by the Brits and Yanks as King Tiger.)

R.M.S. TITANIC (unknown model company)
This is the simply awful kit from an un-named Chinese company, of the White Star Line's R.M.S. Titanic in 1:800 scale. The kit is moulded in three colours: almost none are usable. Quality of the mouldings is appalling. Detail is bad. Fit is poor. Design concept is ill-considered. Decals are plastic stickers which cannot be used. Every single window or porthole is painted. I built this as another in my series of COVID-19 models (what was I thinking?). The photos are in sepia with an antique aged border to hide all the flaws and give a century-old appearance.
Titanic was one of three sister ships, and was laid down in March 1909 and launched in May 1911. It was completed in April 1912 and sank on it's maiden voyage on 15 April 1912. Poor design; lack of appropriate lifeboats and lifeboat spaces; poor work by Harland & Wolff of Ireland; a major fire in the hull which burned for two days in the yard; and crass corporate disdain for safety by White Star and Bruce Ismay led to the deaths of 531 third class passengers as well as 155 second class passengers (mostly servants). There were 34 Canadians on board, mostly in first class. All Canadians in third class died, as did half of those in first and second class.
John Clearwater

Yak-15-RI-10 “KOMAR” STOVL RECCE-FIGHTER (Aliexpress)
This is another in a series of COVID-19 models built while in quarantine, and was built as part of the long weekend lightning build marathon sponsored by IPMS Ottawa. The Komar was done from start to finish in about 70 hours. Paints are all Vallejo acrylics coated with Future floor wax, and Vallejo washes. Decals are from my own supply. I thank Brian L. for the tips on figure painting.
In 1945 Yakovlev was personally directed by Stalin to produce a jet powered small recce fighter based on the design for the Yak-15. Named the Yak-15-RI-10, and called the Komar (gnat), the tiny aircraft could use very short spaces for take-off, then land nearly vertically. The aircraft first flew in May 1947, and was commissioned into limited service with ground forces' air arms in 1948, but was almost immediately removed from service when Stalin saw it demonstrated at Tushino. (not a true story)
John Clearwater

MiG-25 (Hobby Craft)
This is the very small 1:144 scale Hobby Craft kit of a generic type МиГ-25 MiG-25 interceptor. This is another in a series of COVID-19 models. It was done in under 72 hours just for fun. The MiG-25 was first flown in 1964, and entered combat squadrons in 1970, and was produced until 1984. This was the final aircraft designed by Mikhail Gurevich, and was meant to intercept the new USAF B-70 Valkyrie supersonic strategic heavy bomber (which never went into production). It was the second-fastest production aircraft in the world, and holds several aviation records. Today it is the fastest production aircraft remaining in service. Over 1100 were built in several variants. This is an AIR DEFENCE EMERGENCY SCRAMBLE to intercept incoming US aircraft north of the Kola peninsula in about 1981. The aircraft is part of the 174th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment in Murmansk, and is named Mikhail M. Gromov in honour of the famed Soviet test pilot, long range aviator, and commander.Paint is Vallejo acrylics and decals are from the IPMS Ottawa decal bank.
John Clearwater