High Plains Modelers

High Plains Gazette
Region X Newsletter of the Year 2011

Volume 2, Issue 5

January 2013

Christmas Party Recap
By Jeff Brown We had a fun Christmas party at the Golden Corral. Plenty of food, some laughs, and a lot of dirty present thieving going on. I was lucky enough to take home a Skyhawk. Actually I have wanted to build one for a long time, but I never seem to have the high bid on eBay. Perhaps two of the funniest things of the night were Paul stealing gifts from his table only (my guess is he ate too much and couldn’t move) and Larry and Gary fighting over the Roman Warship (which both of them served on). I wish the weather had cooperated a bit more since it kept a few people away. But all in all we had a wonderful time. I have an idea, let’s do it again next year! By the way, technically this was the last meeting for our outgoing President and Secretary, and in all honesty Larry and Marc deserve a round of applause for their hard work this past year. We also welcome our new regime. President Michael Adams (Mr. Prez), Vice President Jeff Brown (Miami Vice), Secretary Chris (Ted) Nugent, and Treasurer Randy (Railroad) Robinson. Of course I took several pictures (see photo section), and I for one hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you all again in 2013!
IPMS National Update Book Review by Pablo February Calendar IPMS Membership App

Happy New Year!!! We are now just 7 short months away from the National Contest!

Inside this issue:
November Meeting Notes Christmas Party The Carpet Monster

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Mayan Apocalypse, Maybe Next Time
By Jeff Brown
Well, hopefully we all survived the impending doom of December 21, 2012. For those who were crushed by the meteor, or burnt by the super volcano, or abducted by aliens (hopefully they don’t probe you too deep Larry), or froze to death during the ice age, or drowned in the biblical flood or became irradiated after the fallout from all the atomic wars, shame you aren’t around to enjoy this month’s issue of the Gazette. As for the rest of us, we have a great 2013 planned. In seven months the IPMS National Convention will literally be here. That means no time to waste for you who hope to enter and win something. One more thing, if the Mayans couldn’t even predict their own demise, what makes you think they could predict the end of the world?

What’s New This Month:
 Thunderbolts  Part 7 of George’s Build  IPMS National Update  Wildcats of VF-3  The real USS Arizona  Pictures of Models

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The Carpet Monster: Editor’s Opinion
By Jeff Brown (Editor) As I write this month’s edition, I am struck by the fact that many people who don’t build models have no clue what we are saying when we talk about “the carpet monster” and “sprue” and other words we use that are not in the general publics every day lexicon. I had a friend ask me what I meant by “The Carpet Monster”, he thought it was something kinky. So I thought I would write this article in layman’s terms so that the general non-model building public will understand what we are saying. Model: In most cases it is a box of little plastic pieces that when assembled should resemble something real. It is not a hot woman we are seeing behind our wives back. Sprue: Is the frame of plastic that the model pieces come on, it is not the name of a difficult woman. Ejector Pin Marks: Are the little circles that are left on the parts when they are molded and are annoying to sand down. They have nothing to do with drugs. CA: Called by many names in the outside world, basically this is super glue. It does not mean California. Pin Vice: Is a tiny hand held drill for making holes in the model that the Ferrari he is working on, it isn’t a “real” Ferrari. The Carpet Monster: Is the carpet, which is the enemy of every model builder who has one installed in their home. It has nothing to do with, well, use your own imagination. So, hopefully this clears up some of the stuff we are discussing, so the next time you are at a party and some guy is talking about the model he is working on, the difficult sprue, trying to get rid of the ejector pin marks, because the CA won’t hold and having to use a pin vice and airbrush to make it look good, then he is running low on thinner which he needs so his Ferrari will be perfect and he hopes he doesn’t run into the


“We use these to make models look good and coincidentally so do professional photographers. ”


the manufacturer for one reason or another decided to omit from the original design. Once again has nothing to do with drugs. Airbrush: We use these to make models look good, and coincidentally so do professional photographers. Thinner: We use this to both thin paints and clean brushes. It has nothing to do with losing weight, in fact if you come to a meeting and join us for dinner afterwards you’ll notice we aren’t worried about that. Ferrari: When someone who can barely afford to take his family to McDonalds is overheard talking to his friend about

The Carpet Monster

A Pin Vice

carpet monster you will know what he means, and won’t jump to conclusions that he is related to Hugh Hefner in some way.

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Review: P-47 Thunderbolt “Bubbletop” (Yellow Series #6123)
By Pablo Bauleo

High Plains Gazette

The P-47 “Thunderbolt” went through a major design upgrade in 1943, when its canopy and back fuselage was modified to be a “bubbletop”. Based on the information in the book the ‘inspiration’ for this modification was the RAF Hawker Typhoon. This book covers all the “bubbletop” production variants from P-47D-25 to the final version, the P-47N,

and production variants. There are plenty of historical pictures for each variant including foreign operators and post war operators and even a few historical color pictures too. The second part of the book is a “walk around” of different P-47 preserved in museums. The walk around is neatly organized by

Through the pages of the book 1/72 scale line drawings are included. As a bonus, the book has 1/48 and 1/32 scale line drawings in separate fold out sheets. This is the “2nd Edition” of the book, which says it is “expanded” but as I don’t

Masterbox Domestic Animals

“This is the “2nd Edition” of the book, which says it is “expanded”

Profile of a Thunderbolt

“fuselage”, “tails”, “landing gear”, “engine”, etc. Finally the book has artist’s color profiles for 38 airplanes. Some of the drawings are only side views, but others include top views as well. The color profiles shows the markings of the USAAF, several Air National Guards, and several foreign operators like RAF, Italian AF, Mexican AF, Nicaraguan AF, Iranian AF, Ecuadorian AF, Yugoslavian AF, Chinese AF among others.

have the 1st edition, I cannot tell which sections have been expanded. Modelers will find very useful the walk around and line drawings, while the color profiles are a source of inspiration for future builds. Recommended to all “Jugs” enthusiasts. I would like to thank Mushroom Publications and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

“Modelers will find very useful the walk around and line drawings.”

Thunderbolts on the ground.

including all the related prototypes. The first section of the book is dedicated to technical details on each prototype

IPMS 2013 National Contest Update
This Update is pulled from the contest website. Happy New Year! Work is progressing nicely in preparation for the 2013 National Convention. You will start to see more updates and additions to the website regarding sponsors, vendors, and other informational updates. Registration forms and the online store are being finalized. We will add the form and links to the store as soon as they are ready.
August 14-17, 2013 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado.

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Volume 2, Issue 5

Detailing Dragon’s M-16 GMC Part 7
Detailing Dragon’s M16 Multiple Motor Gun Carriage Kit No. 6381 PART 7: A Diorama Becomes a Vignette

while the diorama idea was a bust, the basic model was OK and might be a candidate for a vignette. Planning started with a trophy base I purchased from a local awards vendor (Photo 3). It just fit

Damage to the original diorama base.

By George Slack When you last looked at this project, disaster struck when a large chunk of the groundwork broke free from the diorama base during photography (Photo 1). Although I used the same materials to repair the break as were used to

“...we were the only country to never lose a battleship in ship to ship combat .”


regularly adopted by soldiers not issued those uniforms. Crew members from knocked out tanks were often reassigned to other duties until replacement tanks were available. Unfortunately, there seem to be few photos of M-16’s in action during the Normandy campaign so determining the exact uniform worn by the 197th AAA (Mobile) is nearly impossible. I liked this figure so I went with it. The figure’s few mold seams were removed, then it was washed and primed. The detail is some of the best I have ever seen on any figure, resin or plastic (Photo 7). My uniform references are almost entirely for German forces so I used the box art as a painting guide. The figure was

The base after repairs but before washes were added. I was never able to match the groundwork color well enough to risk using this base.

A 7½ x 7½ inch walnut finish trophy base purchased from a local awards dealer.


The groundwork in progress. Most of the vegetation has been added, washed and drybrushed.


create the groundwork, the various washes applied to the groundwork rendered the repair quite visible and not at all a suitable base for a contest entry (Photo 2). This setback, coupled with the High Plains Gazette suspending publication, shelved this project for nearly a year. Last summer, the editor mentioned that he planned to restart the newsletter and asked if I would finish the M-16 build series. I looked at what I had completed so far and decided that,

the model and had enough height to make this vignette stand out from the others on the display table. The groundwork was built and painted using the same techniques and materials described in Part 6, with tape protecting the edges of the base (Photo 4). After I was happy with the groundwork, I added a custom name plate (Photos 5 and 6). Custom nameplates are available at most award and trophy dealers for a modest price; this one was about $15. I still wanted a figure to provide scale and my choice was Alpine’s WW2 US Tank Crew # 1. Some modelers may criticize this choice as the figure is wearing tanker’s overalls, but Bill Mauldin complains in Up Front that “cool” combat gear was

The nameplate sourced from the same dealer who supplied the trophy base.

The base and completed groundwork ready for the model and figure.

painted with acrylics; I custom mixed the colors and used several filters with dry brushed highlights so I can’t provide much information about the actual colors used. I originally purchased this figure because one of the head options was the knit

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“ I’m pleased I was able to share its creation with you.”

Detailing Dragon’s M-16 Part 7 Continued
cap so despised by General Patton. Somewhere in the intervening year between when the project was suspended and restarted this head disappeared. Since I had to go with the head 7 painting faces, the head was attached with white glue, As my techniques improve (or when I find the alternate head) I can removed and either repaint or replace this head. In fact, the figure itself was not glued to the base in hopes he can be removed for repainting at a later date (Photo 8). Both model and figure were attached to the base just in time for our club’s annual contest (Photo 9). How did it fair? Not as well as I hoped, darn it. A last minute decision to add a rifle rack beside the driver’s seat (scavenged from the Tamiya jeep kit) left a glue spot I thought I had properly repainted. The judge’s flashlight revealed otherwise, there was still some gloss by the base of the rack. The guns on the left side of the turret also came loose and weren’t aligned properly. With lots of outstanding halftracks entered this year, 8
The painted figure has been attached to the vignette. By drilling out the right boot and the groundwork a metal pin could be used to secure the figure to the groundwork without glue. Carefully embedding the figure into the wet groundwork ensured he would stand naturally but could be removed for a better paint job in the future.

The finished project ready for the contest table. Not a prize winner but a satisfying project none the less.

The figure primed and ready for painting. Tamiya light gray surface primer was used over the bare resin.

wearing a helmet, and since I’m not all that good at

those flaws knocked my entry out of the medals. Even so, this was a rewarding; if sometimes frustrating, project and I’m pleased I was able to share its creation with you.

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Volume 2, Issue 5

Ferdinand/Elefant Detail In Action
By Jeff Brown The book “Ferdinand/ Elefant: Detail In Action” by David Doyle is a nice addition to the library of the German armor modeler. It is packed with 80 pages of drawings, photos and information on the Ferdinand and Elefant tank destroyers. This book also contains a small part in the front covering the Porsche Tiger, which was the predecessor of the Ferdinand/ Elefant. In fact Ferdinand Porsche designed the suspension of these three behemoths. My favorite part of these In Action books is always looking at the pictures of the actual vehicles during the war. From these photos you can get a sense of how used these tanks were, and how the paint schemes look as compared to the museum specimens. I enjoyed looking at the photos of these giant monsters. An interesting comparison is the photos of the damaged Ferdinand #501 as seen during its capture and in modern times at the museum. U.S. Army Ordnance Museum. If you look at the pictures of the captured Elefant you will notice that the U.S. Army has no interest in painting authenticity, and this example should not be used by model builders for the paint job. I laughed when I realized that we actually hold ourselves to a much higher standard when recreating history with our models than many museums do. All in all this is a very nice book on the Ferdinand and Elefant. I recommend it to anyone who has one of these kits sitting at home, or if you like German World War II armor. I would like to thank Squadron/MMD and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Ferdinand/Elefant Detail In Action

“... you will notice that the U.S. Army has no interest in painting authenticity”

“...we actually hold ourselves to a much higher standard when recreating history with our models than many museums do.”

There are a lot of great pictures and information in the book which will give you an insight into the making of these tank destroyers. The book also contains photos of museum pieces from the Kubinka Tank Museum in Russia; and the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum. I enjoyed reading the part about the Elefant in the

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The Real Heroes Didn’t Come Home
By Jeff Brown

High Plains Gazette

When the United States entered World War II we had eight aircraft carriers. Each carrier contained a fighter squadron. VF -3 (or Fighting Squadron Three as it was called at the time) had I don’t 18 brave piknow but lots at the it takes a outbreak of special the war and kind of was assigned hero to to the USS climb in Saratoga, CVthe cock3. On Decempit after ber 7, 1941 having VF-3 was in two carriSan Diego, ers sunk Standing, l to r: Mason, Clark, Sellstrom, Eder, Johnson, Lackey, picking up out from Haynes, Stanley, Peterson, Dufilho, Lemmon. Sitting: Morgan, some extra under you. Vorse, Lovelace, Thach, Gayler, O'Hare, Rowell Wildcats, and What departed for struck me Pearl Harbor as interafter news of on the deck of the Lexingesting in a morbid way was the attack. The Saratoga ton and took a photo. Durreading the history of this was hit with a torpedo in ing the next three months squadron, and realizing these pilots would that almost 2/3 of them fight at the Battle of were killed in action. the Coral Sea (May 1942), where the The good news for us modLexington was sunk elers is that there are and the Battle of plenty of Wildcat models Midway (June out there to create the 1942); this time on planes these heroes flew in. board the USS Yorktown (CV-5), which was sunk during the battle.
Lt Cmdr. John S Thatch and Lt Butch O’Hare off Hawaii in 1942

was transferred to the USS Lexington (CV-2) while the Sara was laid up for repairs. On March 5, 1942 the pilots of VF-3 sat down

fices more ships would have been lost at both battles. These men were the first Navy heroes of the war, and included the first Navy ace, and Medal of Honor winner, Butch O’Hare.

Lt. Edward H. “Butch” O’Hare (note the censored insignia)

“...11 of these 18 young men would never return home”

January 1942, and VF-3

11 of these 18 young men would never return home. However, without their sacri-

VF-3 World War II Squadron Patch

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Photo of the Month for October

Phot0 courtesy of the Government of Germany and the Bundesarchiv. An Italian Macchi Mc202 Folgore

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Model of the Month for October

Fine Molds 1/48 TIE Fighter

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December Model Gallery
Photos by Jeff Brown and Gary Moore

Gary’s Model Room

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IPMS/USA is the United States Branch of the International Plastic Modelers' Society, whose roots can be traced to the startup of the first IPMS National Branch during the 1960's in Great Britain. In 1964 a US-based modeler applied for a charter to start the US Branch. In the ensuing 4 decades, IPMS/USA has become a 5,000 member, all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the modeling hobby while providing a venue for modelers to share their skills in a social setting, along with friendly but spirited competition in the form of local, regional, and national contests and conventions. As this is written, there are over 220 active US chapters (including groups in Canada and the Philippines as well as one "cyber-chapter" existing entirely on the internet). These chapters are organized into 13 geographically-determined Regions, overseen by Regional Coordinators. The IPMS/USA Executive Board, made up of elected and appointed members, serves as the overall governing body for IPMS/ USA. IPMS/USA produces the Modelers' Journal, an allcolor magazine supplied to our members 6 times each year. Sample copies of the Journal are available upon request, and you'll find several cover shots elsewhere in this handout. In addition, IPMS/USA maintains one of the largest and most-visited public websites in the modeling community (www.ipmsusa.org). Members and visitors can view product reviews, chapter and contest information, see examples of members' work, and view images of contest, museum walkarounds, and the like. A members-only Forum allows discussion of specific topics of interest amongst our membership. The remainder of the website is open to the modeling public and sees thousands of hits weekly. From: www.ipmsusa.org

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High Plains Gazette

High Plains Modelers
Meetings are the last Tuesday of the month at The Ranch in Loveland. They start at 7pm and end around 9pm. Editor: Jeffrey Brown jgdtiger007@yahoo.com President: Michael Adams Vice President: Jeffrey Brown Treasurer: Randy Robinson Secretary: Chris Nugent

Our club has plastic modelers from Northern Colorado, mainly from the Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont area. We also have a few members from Wyoming. Honestly, if you need an excuse to get away from home a few days a month, join our club. Your skills will improve and you will have a few laughs. Stop by a meeting, the first one is free!

Website http://ipmshpm.blogspot.com/

Next Meeting January 29, 2013. 7pm at The Ranch.

Classifieds and other Happenings
For Sale or Trade: . *** Posting Ads are free for High Plains Modelers Members to post items for sale or trade. If you are not a member of the club it cost $2 to post an ad which goes towards our annual club contest.


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