Thursday, 2 May 2019

May 2019 IPMS Ottawa Model Contest

It was a dark and stormy night, with freezing rain and flooding throughout the Ottawa region.

FIRST PLACE

This is the very old (1956) Aurora model of a Chinese JUNK sail boat. It was part of their warships of the world series, despite showing a trading cargo boat. It came from the Bill Wilson collection. For a model tooled in 1956 it is surprisingly good.

The word "junk" may be derived from the Chinese word  meaning boat or ship or sailing vessel, but more probably from a Malay word for boat later used by the Chinese. Generally it means a boat with fully-battened sails. The type reached its apex in the 15th - 17th century. The basic wood colour is Vallejo's mahogany weathered with oil pastels. The plastic masts were replaced with wooden masts, then it was fully rigged. Lanterns with lucky Chinese sayings were built and hung.


Chinese Junk

Chinese Junk

Chinese Junk

Chinese Junk

Chinese Junk

Chinese Junk

SECOND PLACE

Forward Commander Sorscha Kratikoff "For the Motherland" - a bust of a favoured character from the battle universe. This is a four-piece resin bust from Privateer Press in about 1:11 scale. Beside her is a smaller full figure model in 30mm scale. Note the icicles.



Forward Commander Sorscha Kratikoff - "For the Motherland"

Forward Commander Sorscha Kratikoff - "For the Motherland"

Forward Commander Sorscha Kratikoff - "For the Motherland"

Forward Commander Sorscha Kratikoff - "For the Motherland"

Forward Commander Sorscha Kratikoff - "For the Motherland"

Forward Commander Sorscha Kratikoff - "For the Motherland"

Forward Commander Sorscha Kratikoff - "For the Motherland"

THIRD PLACE

RB-79 Ball Gun (Twin Blue set) from Bandai in 1:144 scale. Background added.



RB-79 Ball Gun

RB-79 Ball Gun

RB-79 Ball Gun

RB-79 Ball Gun

RB-79 Ball Gun

RB-79 Ball Gun

 OTHER ENTRIES

Imperial Japanese Army, Ho-Ni self-propelled gun

Imperial Japanese Army, Ho-Ni self-propelled gun

Imperial Japanese Army, Ho-Ni self-propelled gun

Imperial Japanese Army, Ho-Ni self-propelled gun




This is a Heller 1:450 scale model of the French galley ship La Reale (1694). It was finally decommissioned in 1720. It took a team of 360 rowers (all slaves and prisoners of war) and two massive diagonal sails to keep the ship moving in the Mediterranean Sea. Over 57 m in length and the pinnacle of galley technology, this flagship of the French galley fleet was hopelessly outclassed by full sailing ships armed with many more cannons. The last great sea battle between galleys took place off Cape Matapan (southern Greece) in 1717.
 

La Reale Galley

La Reale Galley

La Reale Galley

La Reale Galley
Only remaining part of La Reale, in French Maritime Museum, Paris

This is the 1:288 scale kit from Eastern Express of the gigantic strategic bomber called the Tupolev Tu-160 White Swan (Белый лебедь).
The USSR designed and built some 36 of these bombers, which are now operated exclusively by the Russian air force (after they bought a number from Ukraine in exchange for writing off gas bills).
The aircraft first flew in 1981 and entered service in 1987. The type has been used in combat, striking targets in Syria in the past few years. All remaining in-service aircraft are based at Engels Air Force Base in Engels, Saratov Oblast, Russia.
The aircraft shown here is the short-lived Ukrainian Air Force version then sold to Russia in about 1998 in exchange for gas debts.


Tu-160 White Swan bomber

Tu-160 White Swan bomber

Tu-160 White Swan bomber

Tu-160 White Swan bomber

Tu-160 White Swan bomber

Tu-160 White Swan bomber




Me Bf-109G

Me Bf-109G

Me Bf-109G


Me Bf-109G

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14/U4 9./JG52 White 10 flown by Willi Smelka WNr 511500 27/01/1945


DISPLAY ONLY





WORK IN PROGRESS





Thursday, 4 April 2019

April 2019 IPMS Ottawa Model Contest

Wow, what a great turnout of IPMS Ottawa members and models. We had 44 people at the meeting and a fantastic 31 models in competition. Thank you to everyone. After the group judging there was a discussion of adding simple features to bring a model to life.


FIRST PLACE
MiG-31M by Hobby Boss in 1:48 scale. Out-of-box build, but with added seatbelts. Paints are largely Vallejo, with some Alclad.  Well done!
The MiG-31M (Микоян МиГ-31) was a late-Soviet era project started in 1984 at the OKB A.I. Mikoyan design bureau which called it Product 5. On 21 December 1985 the first aircraft (#051) was test flown by pilot Boris Orlov and navigator Leonid Popov. Only 7 airframes (six flyable) were built at the Sokol aircraft factory (NGAZ) in 1985. The type never entered full production and was not issued to any operational squadrons.
Weathering on the model was kept rather light as it was never fielded to a combat unit and largely remained at Zhukovsky airfield. The aircraft series shared superficial characteristics with the older MiG-25.


MiG-31M Микоян МиГ-31

seventh MiG-31M test aircraft, circa 1986.

MiG-31M Микоян МиГ-31

MiG-31M Микоян МиГ-31

MiG-31M Микоян МиГ-31

MiG-31M Микоян МиГ-31

MiG-31M Микоян МиГ-31

MiG-31M Микоян МиГ-31

SECOND PLACE
Canadian Forces CS2A Tracker by Kinetic in 1:48 scale.
Under "Operation Snowflake" the Canadian military planned and prepared for using Trackers to carry and drop nuclear ASW weapons. Testing was done in the USA in December 1961 and late 1962. Despite not having permission for this covert nuclear weapons programme, the RCN converted six Trackers to carry NuWeps. The project was abandoned when the government refused to acquire the Mk.101 Lulu nuclear depth bomb for the RCN.
The kit had to be converted from the US version to the Canadian version by shortening the fuselage; shortening and moving the bomb bay; changing the rear of the nacelles; adding ECM packages; and adding a new cockpit.

Canadian Forces CS2A Tracker


Canadian Forces CS2A Tracker

Canadian Forces CS2A Tracker

Canadian Forces CS2A Tracker

Canadian Forces CS2A Tracker

THIRD PLACE
Nazi flakpanzer IV anti-aircraft gun mounted on a tank chassis, by Tamiya in 1:35 scale





OTHER ENTRIES


Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Royal Netherlands) Air Force F-104 Starfighter, 
by Italeri in 1:72 scale.

Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Royal Netherlands) Air Force F-104 Starfighter, 
by Italeri in 1:72 scale


Norseman bushplane from the movie Captain of the Clouds, with IPMS Canada decals, 
by Matchbox in 1:72 scale.

Norseman bushplane from the movie Captain of the Clouds, with IPMS Canada decals, 
by Matchbox in 1:72 scale.


Norseman bushplane from the movie Captain of the Clouds, with IPMS Canada decals, 
by Matchbox in 1:72 scale


OO Gundam SD (super deformed) egg kit with extremely heavy weathering and chipping, 
by Bandai in egg scale.

OO Gundam SD (super deformed) egg kit with extremely heavy weathering and chipping, 
by Bandai in egg scale.

Savio Monteiro Acosta, by Privateer Press in 30mm scale

Savio Monteiro Acosta, by Privateer Press in 30mm scale
French B1Bis tank captured and re-used by nazis in 1940

French B1Bis tank captured and re-used by nazis in 1940

French B1Bis tank captured and re-used by nazis in 1940

Russian army T-80BV main battle tank by Trumpeter in 1:72 scale (naturally) 
with lots of thinned parts and added details.

Russian army T-80BV main battle tank by Trumpeter in 1:72 scale (naturally) 
with lots of thinned parts and added details

Russian army T-80BV main battle tank by Trumpeter in 1:72 scale (naturally) 
with lots of thinned parts and added details

Pfalzgraf Otto-Heinrich, Elector Palatine, 1502 – 1559, by AMAI in 1:12 scale

Pfalzgraf Otto-Heinrich, Elector Palatine, 1502 – 1559, by AMAI in 1:12 scale

Thar be dragons!, by an unknown Chinese company in resin in about 1:75 scale.

Thar be dragons!, by an unknown Chinese company in resin in about 1:75 scale

Bristol Blenheim Mk.V, by MPM in 1:72 scale

Bristol Blenheim Mk.V, by MPM in 1:72 scale

Bristol Blenheim Mk.V, by MPM in 1:72 scale

Nazi Biber (Beaver) #87 midget submarine, by Special Nay in 1:72 scale. 
The torpedoes are missing because the cat ate them.


Lifeboat "Stranded at sea", in 1:700 scale

Lifeboat "Stranded at sea", in 1:700 scale

RCAF C-47 from the CE&PE in 1950, with IPMS Canada decals, 
by Airfix in 1:72 scale.

RCAF C-47 from the CE&PE in 1950, with IPMS Canada decals, 
by Airfix in 1:72 scale.

RCAF C-47 from the CE&PE in 1950, with IPMS Canada decals, 
by Airfix in 1:72 scale

Barchino M.T.M. Italian explosive speedboat, by Italeri in 1:35 scale with a 
completely scratch built interior, built by Fearless Leader
Barchino M.T.M. Italian explosive speedboat, by Italeri in 1:35 scale with a 
completely scratch built interior, built by Fearless Leader


Lockheed 10 Electra by Williams Bros in 1:53 scale from the movie Casablanca
Decals from the IPMS Ottawa decal bank and registration lettering printed on clear decal sheet.

Lockheed 10 Electra by Williams Bros in 1:53 scale from the movie Casablanca
Decals from the IPMS Ottawa decal bank and registration lettering printed on clear decal sheet.

Lockheed 10 Electra by Williams Bros in 1:53 scale from the movie Casablanca
Decals from the IPMS Ottawa decal bank and registration lettering printed on clear decal sheet.

Royal Navy Westland Wasp, by Paramount in 1:50 scale

Royal Navy Westland Wasp, by Paramount in 1:50 scale

Bleriot IX monoplane, by Pyro Models in 1:48 scale

AEG G.IV by Classic P)lane (vacuform) in 1:72 scale, depicting the exact one 
in the National Aviation Collection.

Bristol Fighter, by Aurora in 1:48 scale

Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, by Lindberg in 1:48 scale, marked to match the example 
in the National Aviation Collection.

Fairey Swordfish with folded wing, by Hobbycraft in 1:72 scale

Heinkel HE-162-A-2 Volksjager, by Dragon in 1:72 scale

Nieuport 17C as flown by Billy Bishop, by Academy in 1:32 scale

Sopwith Snipe 7 F.1, by Blue Max in 1:48 scale

ME0163B Komet rocket plane by Hasegawa in 1:32 scale

Lancaster bomber, by Airfix in 1:72 scale

Lancaster bomber, by Airfix in 1:72 scale

Avro 504K, by Aurora in 1:48 scale



Ford F150 long cab truck (did this exist in 1975?)

Ford trucks

Ford trucks

CLUB MEMBERS AT OTHER CONTESTS

Six IPMS Ottawa club members travelled to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton to participate in Heritagecon-13 on Sunday 24 March 2019. Medals were won by several members, as was a special theme prize - the Antonov Award for best Ukrainian subject: a Tupolev Tu-160  White Swan (Белый лебедь) by Eastern Express in 1:288 scale


Winner of the 2019 ANTONOV AWARD for best Ukrainian subject at Heritagcon-13, Sunday 24 March 2019 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton Canada, a Tupolev Tu-160 White Swan strategic bomber.