JULY 2010
The Monthly Newsletter of the Craig Hewitt Chapter
June ‘10 Meeting Pictures ................................ 2-3
Upcoming Events ................................................. 4
Club Officers ......................................................... 4
Platz F-22 decals by Jim Pearsall ....................... 5
Don Madison reminisces about his father ......... 7
Eduard F-22 masks by Jim Pearsall ................... 8
Aircraft Detection Before Radar: Pt. 1 ................ 9
Pavla 1/72 Lorna by Carmel Attard ................... 10
Support Your Local Hobby Shop!..................... 12
Kevin Wenker’s 54mm Admiral Nelson figure was the
winner of the “Rule Britannia” contest in June.
President’s Message
Sorry I missed the June meeting but I was out of
town escorting my lovely daughter down the aisle.
It’s a tough time but a wonderful time for every dad
who goes through it. Ask me sometime when you’ve
got a couple of hours and I’ll tell you all about it. I
understand Jim Pearsall did a masterful job filling in
and that Jim Fry’s talk was interesting as well.
Thanks, guys.
Well, I hope you’re ready for it because we’re 28
days away from the IPMS/USA National Convention
as of Tuesday. It will be the culmination of three
years of work for a fair percentage of the
membership who have made up the organizing
committee. I believe we’re ready and I believe it’s
going to be another successful show, a credit to the
people involved.
I’ve had several discussions lately with a variety of
people and they’ve stirred a question in my mind.
Why do we choose to build the types of models we
build? Why do we sometimes narrow our focus to one
type of automobile or one country’s armor or aircraft
from one conflict? What makes us specialize in
figures in the uniforms of the armies of the
Napoleonic wars? Why do science fiction ships
instead of real naval vessels? In fact, why build
models at all? I know my reasons (well, at least I
think I do), but what are yours? That will be our topic
of discussion at the meeting.
Our contest this month is “Summer Cruise Night.”
Bring your convertible and cruise 7th Ave. Open
cockpits, topless armor, boats as well. Come on out,
put the top down, join us for some fun just talking
about modeling. See you Tuesday.
Steve Collins
IPMS Phoenix/Craig Hewitt Chapter
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May 2010 Meeting
The highlight of the June meeting was listening to Jim Fry relate his experiences
flying for the U.S. Navy. We appreciate Jim taking the time to talk to us, and we
appreciate his service for our country.
The monthly contest was “Rule Britannia”. There were a ton of entries, but for
the second month in a row, Kevin Wenker dominated the contest. His 54mm figure
of Admiral Sir Lord Nelson was beautifully painted.
The National Convention is getting closer, so if you want to get involved get in
touch with either Dick Christ or Steve Collins. The National Convention is a huge
event, and we will need lots of help to make it run smoothly. If you want to help
out at the Convention get in touch with either Chuck Ludwig or Carl Armelin. They
are the Volunteer Coordinators and they will definitely find something for you to
do! Keep an eye on the calendar to see where the next planning meeting will take
To see more pictures from the meeting, visit the Gallery on our website at
Jim Fry makes a point.
Jim Pearsall’s 1/72 Airfix Canberra PR.9.
Dale Mickley built this 1/20 AMT Snowmobile.
John Kienitz built this beautiful Jaguar GR Mk.1 from the
1/72 Hasegawa kit.
This 1/72 Airfix Mark 1 tank was made by Jim Stute.
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More June Pictures
Keith Pieper placed his 1/72 DML Challenger II
precariously on this 1/72 scale embankment.
Chuck Ludwig’s 1/72 Hasegawa P-51B in
British markings.
Gary Thomas did a nice job on the classic 1/72
Airfix Westland Whirlwind.
Mike Mackowski built this
1/144 Revell Space Shuttle with boosters.
Brian Baker brought in this 1/72 Airfix Avro 504N.
This 1/144 Bandai
Blitz Gundam was
built by James
Jim Fry’s 1/48 Special Hobby Fairey Barracuda.
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Mike Hinderliter built this 1/72 Academy F-117.
Ethan Dunsford’s 1/48 Tamiya M-10.
Upcoming 2010 Monthly Contests
July - “Summer Cruise Night” Bring your convertible and cruise 7th Ave. Open cockpits, topless armor, boats as well.
August - NO CONTEST because it is a day before the Nationals starts. You may still bring a model in to display and
earn 2 points.
September - “Weathered Hulks” Best weathering.
October - "Scratch Building" Best model involving scratch building.
November - “Prototypes and Famous Firsts” Includes Prototypes & first in a series.
December - “Monogram’s Golden Age” Any Monogram kit from 1945 through 1980.
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Tuesday 6th, 7pm - Craig Hewitt Chapter meeting at American Legion Post #1. Contest: SUMMER CRUISE NIGHT..
Saturday 10th, 8:30am to 1 pm - Plastic Model Swap Meet at the Postal Workers Social Hall, 3720 W. Greenway Rd.
Admission - $3.
Tuesday 3rd, 7pm - Craig Hewitt Chapter meeting at American Legion Post #1. NO CONTEST.
Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th - 2010 IPMS/USA National Convention in downtown Phoenix. Visit www.ipmsusa2010.org
for more info.
The club meets at 7pm on the
first Tuesday of each month at
the American Legion Post #1 in
Phoenix. Check the club website
at www.ipms-phoenix.org for
more meeting info.
American Legion Post #1
364 N. 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
The post is located South of I-10
just a few blocks North of Van
Buren. Look for the huge American flag.
Chapter Officers
President.....................Steve Collins................ president@ipms-phoenix.org.......................(623) 877-4631
Vice President............Jim Pearsall.................. vice_president@ipms-phoenix.org..............(623) 583-2308
Secretary.....................Chuck Ludwig............. secretary@ipms-phoenix.org .......................(480) 982-0485
Treasurer ....................Keith Pieper................. treasurer@ipms-phoenx.org.........................(480) 994-2263
Chapter Contact.........Dick Christ................... chapter_contact@ipms-phoenix.org............(480) 983-7131
Member At Large......Sam Bueler .................. member-at-large@ipms-phoenix.org..........(480) 612-1257
Webmaster .................Don Crowe .................. webmaster@ipms-phoenix.org....................(623) 872-6151
Newsletter Editor.......Keenan Chittester........ newsletter@ipms-phoenix.org.....................(480) 706-8178
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Platz 1/72 F-22A In USAF and JASDF Service
Item # NBM21
by Jim Pearsall
The Aircraft
The Lockheed-Martin F22A Raptor is a “fifth
generation” fighter, with high
performance, agility, stealth
technology and multi-role
capability. Boeing builds the
wings and aft fuselage, and does
the avionics integration.
Lockheed-Martin builds the rest
and does final assembly. The
Raptor has been in the USAF inventory since 2005, and is
replacing the F-15C Eagle as the USAF’s main air
superiority fighter. In its’ first exercise deployment,
Northern Edge in 2006 in Alaska, the F-22s scored 108
simulated kills, with no losses against F-15 and F-16
Congress recently voted to stop funding for the F-22
project in the 2010 budget, but even so, the aircraft ordered
in 2009 will still be built. Which means that there will be
more Raptors at more bases. Right now, F-22s are based at
Langley AFB, Virginia, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, Tyndall
AFB, Florida, Eglin AFB, Florida, Nellis AFB, Nevada, and
Holloman AFB, New Mexico. Look for F-22s to be based at
Hickam AFB, Hawaii.
The Decals
When I buy decals, I look for:
· Interesting subjects, multiple aircraft.
· Markings not available in kits.
· Good, complete instructions.
· Good quality printing.
· Price.
This sheet gets an A on three of
the criteria, a B- on instructions,
and a D on price. The markings
are for:
·Langley, (FF, 2 aircraft).
·Holloman, (HO, 2 aircraft)
·Edwards, (ED, 1 test aircraft)
·Elmendorf, (AK, 3 aircraft)
·Nellis, (WA, 1 aircraft)
·Tyndall (OT, 1 aircraft)
Also included are “what if” HH
markings for Hickam and a set
of Japanese Air Self Defense Force markings, in case the
US decides to sell the Raptor to foreign users, which hasn’t
happened yet.
There are enough “common” decals, such as US Stars,
refueling point indicator, ejection seat triangles, etc. to do 3
complete US F-22s, and the Japanese makes 4.
Of additional interest is that included with the JASDF
markings are 2 sets or squadron markings, both left and
right side for their fighter squadrons. Unfortunately these are
subdued, and I can’t find any F-4s or F-15s that don’t use
full-color markings.
Unique markings get a good grade. Italeri’s F-22 has
markings for two Edwards test aircraft, Revell has markings
for Langley, Tyndall and Elmendorf, and HobbyBoss has
markings for Elmendorf. Aero Plast of Poland also has a
1/72 F-22 kit, but I can’t find any markings info.
The instructions are pretty good. It was somewhat
difficult for me to determine where some of the “common”
markings go with a fairly small picture to work from. The
numbering of the
decals on the sheet,
using squadron/group
numbers to refer to
the decals is brilliant.
Since I did the 7th FS
aircraft, all the decals
specific to this model
were 7, 7A, 7B, 7FS,
etc. The scrap views
of the tail and
forward fuselage,
where the specific
I was lucky
enough to find that
Holloman is very
proud of their Raptors, and have a comprehensive photo
album on their website. While the “artsy” photos don’t
always show all the markings, they do mostly validate the
markings on this decal sheet.
Let’s check quality…
Decal Application
I used the HobbyBoss kit for this review, because I’m
also reviewing the Eduard masks for the HB Raptor. At this
point I’ll also throw in another “attaboy” for Platz. Their
color instructions are superior to HobbyBoss’s, in that the
grays that Platz recommends appear to have the right
contrast, and are much closer to what’s seen in the photos on
the Holloman web site. I did the major assemblies, but left
off the vertical tails, as they would be a bear to work with,
since they’ve got that angle. The model was painted and I
applied a coat of Future.
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There are a lot of decals to apply, so it doesn’t pay to be in a
big hurry. I got pretty tired of sitting hunched over a saucer
of water.
After setting overnight, I installed the rear stabilizers,
and applied a coat of acrylic clear flat. The decals merged
right into the paint job, looking “painted on”. I then finished
the kit by installing the landing gear, canopy, weapons bay
doors, antennas and nose probe.
Overall Assessment
Recommended. These are high quality decals, and they
allowed me to build a Raptor from Holloman, and still be
able to do two more, for whatever base takes my fancy. Or
fantasy, if I decide to do the JASDF Raptor, just for fun.
The decals are printed by Cartograf of Italy. They’re
perfectly on register, and the colors (even though it’s mostly
gray and black) are solid. The decals come off the backing
paper cleanly, and are not fragile. The markings did not roll,
fold, crack, tear, or otherwise act up as I applied them. A+
for quality.
Applying the decals took 3 sessions. Most of the work is
on the vertical tails, and I did part of the markings, then
came back and finished when they were dry. The same
procedure was followed with the fuselage/wing assembly.
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Don Madison Reminisces About His Father
My father, Donald T. Madison, was born in Bethlehem, PA in May of
1930 and served in the Air National Guard as a driver at Dover AFB. He was
my inspiration and mentor in all things modeling. Ironically he wasn't a big fan
of plastic modeling. He liked to make his own drawings/plans and start with
sticks and glue. I can remember many a garage with unfinished planes
resplendent with fly strips hanging from them.
We lived in a rural part of Maryland surrounded by farms. He worked as a
draftsman for the most part, having done stints at Fairchild Hiller with their
STOL strip next to Hwy. 270 where as kids we would hope to see their
corporate plane taking off. Birthdays were rewarded with $5.00 airplane rides
at the Montgomery County airpark where my youngest brother Jim (later to
become a Crew Chief on F-4 Phantoms) pumped gas.
He did many drawings for the Silver Hill facility in Maryland. Most of the
drawings he did for them were three views. He did a series on the early Curtiss
flying boats, the Curtiss Helldiver (right) and NC-4 of trans Atlantic crossing
fame. The drawing below is a scanned copy of the Fairchild FC-2 drawing he
did for them. He did a Mosquito as well, though I don't remember a trip to
Silver Hill for that one. It was there that my dad met Jeff Ethell. Jeff hired my
dad to do a rendering of a Komet attacking a flight of B-17's. The artwork is
probably somewhere in Jeff's estate.
A couple of pictures taken by Don’s father
at the Silver Hill restoration facility.
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Eduard Canopy and Wheel Mask Set
for the 1/72 HobbyBoss F-22A Raptor
Stock # CX249
by Jim Pearsall
of the edge to lift, the toothpick to
further convince the mask to move,
and the tweezers to place the mask.
The material is just translucent enough
to allow you to see the detail of the
wheel under the mask, and this allows
for fairly accurate placement. This
was quite necessary, as I said there’s
no line between the tire and hub.
With the masks in place, it’s the work
of only a few minutes to spray the tire
section black, then allow the paint to
After I finished the first session of
decals, I removed the masks from the
tires, and was very satisfied with the
result. In spite of my fears about the
“fuzzy” edges, there was no need for
any touch up. The masks had held
firmly and cleanly, and the “fuzz”
didn’t show. The wheels were ready
to mount on the landing gear.
This is another of Eduard’s great
mask sets. In this case it’s for the
HobbyBoss 1/72 F-22. I did the
canopy fairly early in the process, and
the wheels while I was taking the
break between applying the Future
coat on the aircraft, before applying
decals. I always leave the
undercarriage, antennas, underwing
stores and other breakable parts off
until after I do the decals, as I hate
having to repair the fiddly bits.
The mask set consists of masks
for both sides of both main gear
wheels, both sides of the nose wheel,
and the edges of the canopy.
The Wheels
This is a fairly simple job using
the masks, but it would have a far
higher level of difficulty if you didn’t
use the mask. HobbyBoss provides
no demarcation between the tire and rim on the wheels, so
my usual trick of spraying the hub, followed by hand
painting the tire, using thin black paint which runs into the
edge of the hub just wouldn’t work. There’s no edge on the
hub! I assembled the wheels, cleaned up the seam and
painted the hubs white.
The Canopy
Note the tools I used for this project. I was a little
concerned with the cutting on two of the main wheels. It
wasn’t as clean as I’ve experienced on past Eduard masks,
and there was a little bit of “fuzz” on part of those masks, on
the edge. I used the curved scalpel blade to get the first part
The canopy mask is less necessary than the wheels, as
HobbyBoss does give a good demarcation between the clear
part and the frame. This canopy could be done with plain
masking tape, especially since this particular aircraft has a
canopy frame which differs in tone from the surrounding
aircraft, and has a one-piece clear section. The color
difference tends to make the seam between the fuselage and
the canopy much less noticeable. If the canopy rail and the
body were the same color, it would be best to apply the
mask and attach the canopy, then clean up the seam and
paint the whole area.
I applied the mask, and then used Tamiya tape to cover
the open spot in the center, rather than the recommended
liquid mask. I put a piece of masking tape across the bottom,
both to prevent overspray inside the canopy and to give me
something to hang on to while painting.
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After removing the mask, I was pleased with the results.
Overall Assessment
Highly recommended. The masks for the main wheels
save a lot of time and effort, and give a very clean result.
The canopy mask is good, and would have been far more
crucial on an aircraft where the canopy and fuselage were
the same color. I am quite happy with the results.
Aircraft Detection Before Radar:
Part 1
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Pavla 1/72 Kyushu Q1W1 Tokai (Lorna)
by Carmel J. Attard
Following the initial
successes by the Japanese
Navy and its air power during
the last war, the Allies in the
South West Asia and the
Pacific area possessed only
the United States aircraft
carriers, along with some
small naval units and
submarines. The submarines
in particular caused serious
losses to the Japanese
invasion fleet and to the transport shipping carrying raw
materials from conquered areas. To eliminate the treat of
Submarines the Japanese in 1942 used a 17-Shi
specification to develop a three seat all metal monoplane
designated Q1W1. This was assigned to KK Watanabe
Tekkosho (later Kyushu Hikoki KK).
The aircraft was to be powered by two low
consumption GK2C Amakaze engines, which gave
maximum endurance at the cost of low cruising speed.
For this mission radar and also a magnetic anomaly
detector were essential and an armament consisted of up
to 500Kg of depth charges and a 7.7mm machine gun
plus provision for a 20mm cannon in the nose. Initial tests
conducted during autumn 1943 proved satisfactory, with
the plane given combat name Tokai (Eastern Sea). Series
delivery started in late 1944 and production aircraft went
to combat units in Japan, China and Formosa. The Q1W2
variant had a wooden rear fuselage; the Q1W1-K was an
all-wood 4-seat variant for radar operators training. To
the allies the aircraft was known as Lorna.
The kit
Moulded in medium grey
styrene the kit consists of 35
injected parts; some 50 brass
etch detail parts, and two
vacform canopies. A
comprehensive instruction
booklet is easy to follow
stage by stage. Complete sets
of decals are issued for two
aircraft. A Q1W1 of
901.,Kokutai, Jokosuka, that
had green upper surfaces and
silver lower, or a Q1W1 finished in overall light grey and
which was based in Formosa in 1945.
Apparently this is one of the early releases of Pavla
models with lots of heavy runners and fining at edges of
parts requiring cleaning up before set to start assembling
the kit. This is done with a sharp X-acto razor saw and a
sharp blade and a flat file for cleaning the parts.
There are no dowel pins to assist in aligning parts
together and unless short tabs are added to assist mating
parts together one needs care when fixing the kit fuselage
parts and wing parts. The Radial engine part item 21 has
to be inserted in the cowling but to do so needs to remove
a 1mm all round in order to fit. A star shaped detail goes
in front which is therefore inserted first to the front of the
radial engine item. Reference material indicated that the
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Japanese dark green. Under surfaces being a mix of
commercial grade silver, few drops of Model Master
clear varnish and one or two drops of white. The kit was
given an overall coat of Johnsons Klear and the decals
fixed in place. Propeller blades and front cover were
brown and yellow decal strips attached to the blades. Kit
was finally given an overall coat of semi gloss finish.
Being a short run kit, the Lorna required a little more
effort to assemble and one should not go about
assembling it overnight. More care and time gives better
results and this model should appeal to anyone who wants
to expand the IJN Pacific air fleet.
two air intakes scopes under the cowling are fixed off
centre to each side., A complete cockpit to house 3 or 4
seats is decorated with brass etch metal items consisting
of instruments to side consoles, foot pedals, control stick,
and instruments panel. Other brass etch detail are also
given for the undercarriage and wing flaps actuators. I
added a hydraulic oil pipe to front of main wheel legs. Six
exhaust pipes made from stretch sprue drawn to 2mm
diameter and cut to lengths of 2mm are fitted around the
rear of engine cowling. Their position is indicated on the
colour side view on the box cover. Two small intake
fairings are added to port side forward fuselage area
beneath the cabin. Filler was needed to wing root joints.
Radar array antennae were fixed to rear fuselage and to
starboard wig tip as the final stage of assembly.
Colour detail
I painted the interior cockpit green and all
instruments in black. Seats were brown with medium blue
cushions while seat straps were light tan. For the upper
camouflage I used Compucolor CA3, which matched the
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