My First Out of Town IPMS Nationals

Some, perhaps many, of our club members travel out of town to go to and participate in model contests.  Being a certified “home body”, I had never traveled beyond Columbus to attend an IPMS Nationals.  Since the IPMS Nationals were held near Virginia Beach this year, I was able to convince myself and my wife that this location would be an excellent place to vacation and attend the show.  So for the past year, I have saved enough and planned enough that our first vacation in 6 years literally fell together.

A Tale of Two Messerschmittys Part 1

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  It was the age of wisdom with volumes of contemporary research and reference material documenting the Messerschmitt Bf 109.  It was the age of foolishness as modelers debated the length of the actual airframe and which hobby kit manufacturer had accurately captured those dimensions. It was the Spring of hope as Eduard announced their new 109 G releases in 48 scale.  But this hope turned to the Winter of despair as this release did not accurately scale……..”


Here Be Dragons

As a life-long devotee of epic fantasy (The Lord of the Rings  and A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones are my favorites), I'm a big fan of dragons.   So naturally dragons are one of my favorite subjects for modeling.   I've found a surprisingly large number of kits available, and I haven't even done the big "Dragonslayer" kit from Pegasus on hobby store shelves right now.   Here are a few of my recent efforts. 

First, the Dragon from the old Testors/Jimmy Flintstone "Hobby Shop Only" line from the late 90s:

Thoughts Regarding IPMS/USA Membership

It's safe to assume most folks reading this entry have realized the benefits of belonging to a local modeling club, and see value in that membership.  Local clubs provide a unique face-to-face environment where modelers can learn from and share with others, show off their work, stretch their skills in a safe environment, and build friendships with others having similar interests.

Quick tip: Extend the shelf life of Tamiya paints

Tamiya's acrylic paints are usually my first choice when it comes to painting a model. Not only do they airbrush well, but their jars are good quality as well. Have you noticed how Tamiya jars are different from other acrylics in a jar? Their lids are different, and these lids require slightly different treatment. But don't worry, with one simple change in  how you handle the lids, you 1) will improve the jar's seal, 2) will clean the lid less often (if ever), 3) won't spend a penny, 4) will extend the life of your Tamiya (and other brands with similar lids) paint.

WFSM adds RSS Feed to website

As you may or may not know, Wright Field Scale Modelers recently re-launched their website on a new platform. I am pleased to announce that our site had added a new feature: an RSS feed.  If you are not familiar with RSS, it

WrightCon 2015 Theme Announced

Votes have been cast by WFSM membership, and the WrightCon 2015 Theme will be "Battle of Britain - 75th Anniversary," just edging out "Cold War" from among 13 total theme nominations.

Break out the Spits, Hurricanes, -109's, -110's, Stukas, -117's, and -111''s going to be a jolly good show, old boys!

Mummy Monster Machines

One of the interesting backwaters of the styrene model world is the "monster rod," the love child of two modeling crazes of the 60s: far-out  Tom Daniels style hot rods, and all things monsters. Aurora had a line based on the Universal monsters, including "Frankenstein's Flivver," "Wolfman's Wagon," "Dracula's Dragster," and the "Mummy's Chariot," and AMT had a few others including the "Mummy Machine" and the skull-topped "Creepy T."   Related to these were TV tie-ins like the "Munsters Koach" (which actually did appear on the Munsters) and Barnabas Collins's Vampir

My rusty pickup

I recently finished this rusty pickup. I started it when I was in college but it became a shelf queen. WFSM did a shelf queen group build and contest. I didn't finish it in time for the contest, but it is finished. I'll describe the techniques below the pictures, but I don't have any WIP pictures. This is AMT/ERTL's 1950 Chevy Pick Up kit in 1/25 scale. I was inspired to finish this as a beater by my neighbor, who has a 1970s chevy pickup that is sitting in his driveway.

WFSM Launches New Site

WFSM is pleased to announced that its website has been revamped.  While it may not look very different from the original, many new features have been added to make it easier to update and add new content.  The site has moved from static html files to a Content Management System, which will allow the site administrators to manage the site through a web interface (without having to install special software). This will also allow WFSM members to post their own content through the same web interface.