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The IPMS San Diego met on February 22 at the Girl Scout Center, located 1231 Upas St. in San Diego.

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Attendance was better than last month, thanks to a dryer weather. A good number of models were brought for Show 'n Tell.

President Rex McCoy gave a memorial tribute to Craig Burke who passed away earlier in the month. A number of members recounted colorful anecdotes in memory of Craig.

Rex also gave a presentation on how to build clear Plexiglas show cases such as this one, protecting his 1/200 scale Gato Class Submarine by Rich Models. The Plexiglas is available from specialized plastic stores, as is the Weld-on glue. Rex uses corner clamps to hold the pieces together while capillary-gluing them and allowing the glue to set.

For the sub, Rex used a base coat of dull red overall, a dark flat black on the bottom of the hull, and a lighter flat back on sides and upper hull. The red just pops through the black, particularly in nooks and crannies.

Dan King's Red Baron is the result of a San Diego Model Car Club common kit built. The modified 1/24 Monogram kit has been bashed with an AMT Double Dragster kit and a Double Engine Dragster from Firewall Forward. The body and interior are retained from the Red Baron kit, and all the paint came from Tamiya's spray cans.

David Nielsen brought his 1/700 Type VII U Boat from AFV Club that he had set in EnviroTex Lite clear gel. Unhappy with the air bubbles that got trapped in the gel, David set the "block"' in a wooden frame, showing just enough of the gel side to see the hull of the sub.

Also from David, this Kharkov Patrol is a 1/35 kit from Jaguar, painted with Vallejo Acrylics and oils, with markings from Archer Fine Transfers.

VP IPMS Denver Matt Levesque, who visited our club last month, was present again this month and brought two "Paper Panzers", an E25 and a Porsche Jaguarundi, both easy built 1/72 kits from Pegasus. Matt replaced the Jaguarundi's lifting eye on the hull and turret with brass wire, the main gun with plastic tubing, and added a turret MG-34.

Jerry Jackson stripped and repainted a 1/48 scale Airfix model of a BF-109 F4 that he had built in the 1980s. Sanding the original paint meant that the panel lines needed to be rescribed, while new decals were used to complete the project.

Ethan Idenmill brought his Dragon 1/700 scale USS Oliver Hazard Perry, enhanced with TMM and TMW photo etched parts and painted with Vallejo Acrylics. Ethan was disappointed when the flat coating caused some of the paint to bubble.

Ethan has also started work on a Star Wars Imperial AT-ST, in "box scale" by AMT. The kit has no interior, and Ethan plans to detail the exterior.

Gary Heintz is working on an F-86, a 1/72 scale Airfix model that is painted in gloss black enamel and ready for sanding and polishing.

Gary is also working on a 1/72 Hasegawa model of a Beaufighter Mk 20, so far coated with white gloss primer from a Fusion spray can.

Richard Abraham has built a 1/48 scale Kinetic model of a S-2E, with markings of the Uruguay Navy provided by FCM Decals.

This representation of a futuristic German Army/Infantry unit in Afghanistan is the work of Robert James, from a 1/35 Koboyota/Academy kit, with a Lynos battlesuit re-designed into a German "Grendel" mech unit, fighting along 3 members of the German Army's Special Forces Unit in Afghanistan.

Fred Fimbres brought an original drawing of a C-124 aircraft.

Mike O'Leary showed two brand-new 1/32 scale models from Wingnut Wings, a Fokker D. VII and a Sopwith Triplane, both featuring decals that reproduce the aircraft camo and wood texture, and packed with such details that make after-market kits totally unnecessary.

Mark Knowlton is building a 1/48 scale Testor/Fujimi F-14A for his brother-in-law and his son, still early in the built but already with nice cockpit detail.

Our thanks to all who participated!

International Plastic Modelers Society • San Diego Chapter • For Modelers, by Modelers