2019 OrangeCon scheduled for Saturday October 12, 2019

IPMS Orange County hosts an annual model contest each October or September called OrangeCon. OrangeCon has proven to be the largest and most respected gathering of modelers and their models in Southern California for more then 20 years. The models displayed cover all types and eras of subject matter. OrangeCon features Vendors and Special Events, but is most for the contest portion of the event with a large number of contest categories as well as special theme awards and as many as 600 entries which is remarkable as it is only a one day event. We invite modelers of all ages and experience to participate in OrangeCon as well as those interested in only viewing the models to attend our event.

Maschinen Krieger Strahl Democratic Republic Deep Recon Suite.

Brief History of Ma.K or SF3D: From Krueger’s Krieger at http://www.maschinenkrueger.com/joomla/

Brief History of Ma.K or SF3D: From Krueger’s Krieger website located at http://www.maschinenkrueger.com/joomla/  “SF3D was a Sci Fi plastic model series which ran during the mid 1980s. The series was created by artist Kow Yokoyama with Kunitaka Imai and Hiroshi Ichimura. SF3D was introduced in the Hobby Japan Magazine as a special monthly installment of scratch built models. Nitto, a small Japanese company picked up the rights to make plastic kits of Kow’s designs. The models produced were very high quality with crisp molding, fine details and they included copper rod, brass tube, spring coils, and photo-etched parts. They were one of the first multimedia kits produced. The series ended after a few years. In 1998, the series was reintroduced by Nitto and Kow under the new name Maschinen Krieger Zbv 3000”.

I have always been a big fan of these kits and story since early 2010 . I found a few images on-line and just started to dig into the story and the kit. With artist like Kow Yokoyama, Kunitaka Imai, Hiroshi Ichimura, and Licoln Wright I just couldn’t believe what they created. Over the years I have drifted in and out of the subject but more and more I find myself being pulled into this wonderful world. So with that I started a new build with a gutted kit I had sitting around that I had removed a few parts from for another kit. This gave me a idea of a deep recon soldier with minimal  equipment for fast movement over great distance, basically a gutted suite for speed and stealth not firepower and strength.

Union Signal Corps 1863

Over the 4th of July weekend I found myself reading a interesting story about Union Signal Corps teams that were at the Battle of Gettysburg. Many of these teams found themselves in some very interesting and important locations during this battle.

 On The second day of the Battle of Gettysburg a Union Army Signal unit was located on top on the hill little round top and they are the ones that raised the alarm that the southern army was pushing that location. I started to think that I would build one of these soldiers taking a break with his signal flag. The figure is from Evolution with a Ultracast head. Signal flag and pole are made from brass rod and lead sheet. The bas will be a hill top over looking the Confederate Army advance.

Banzai Charge Saipan July 6, 1944

I started working on the first of two figures that I will be building for a small scene depicting one of the last Banzai charges of WW2. I will be using a Bravo 6 and Def models figures in this little scene. I haven’t decided on how many figures but I’m thinking three. Above will be the first figure and I hope to have him done soon. Below I have attached a write up from History Channel website (Nov 17, 2009) explaining more about the charge I’m trying to make.

“By early July, the forces of Lieutenant General Yoshitsugu Saito (1890-1944), the Japanese commander on Saipan, had retreated to the northern part of the island, where they were trapped by American land, sea and air power. Saito had expected the Japanese navy to help him drive the Americans from the island, but the Imperial Fleet had suffered a devastating defeat in the Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19-20, 1944) and never arrived at Saipan. Realizing he could no longer hold out against the American onslaught, Saito apologized to Tokyo for failing to defend Saipan and committed ritual suicide. Before his death, however, Saito ordered his remaining troops to launch an all-out, surprise attack for the honor of the emperor.

Early on the morning of July 6, an estimated 4,000 Japanese soldiers shouting “Banzai!” charged with grenades, bayonets, swords and knives against an encampment of soldiers and Marines near Tanapag Harbor. In wave after wave, the Japanese overran parts of several U.S. battalions, engaging in hand-to-hand combat and killing or wounding more than a thousand Americans before being repelled by howitzers and point-blank machine-gun fire. It was the largest banzai charge of the Pacific war, and, as was the nature of such an attack, most Japanese troops fought to their death. However, the suicidal maneuver failed to turn the tide of the battle, and on July 9, U.S. forces raised the American flag in victory over Saipan”.

Base complete and drying

I finished the base last night and it currently is drying. I used Static grass from Woodland Scenic 2mm greens and yellows some small basing rocks and tree from a friend.

I have attached my 11th Mississippi infantrymen and still need to do a bit of weathering to tie him into the base more.  Overall I really enjoyed painting this figure. I still find painting red and yellow extremely difficult.

1/35 Scale 11th Mississippi Infantry 1861 Project

Well, I was all ready to start working on the M41 ARVN tank diorama and decided I need a break from larger dioramas. I really just don’t have the time to work on the tank and the base. Sometimes you just need to work on something small and fun. This brings me to a picture I found a few weeks ago.

As a fan of American Civil War history and modeling I couldn’t pass up this build. I really enjoy figure building and painting. I find the confederate army interesting as a subject. The reason for this has to be the colors of there uniforms and the random look of the soldiers and officers. Colors from union blue, butternut, confederate gray, black, green, white, and even red.

This figure started out as a Mini Soldiers 1/35 scale union officer and will end up as a 11th Mississippi confederate infantry soldier from 1861. I removed the sword and sheath, pistol and shoulder boards and replaced the head. I have started the painting but only have base coats and a wash done.

Art of History Through Miniature Figures

A new book arrived yesterday, “Art and History through Miniature Figures “ by Doug Cohen. As a budding figure painter myself I really found this book interesting and informative. Really like Doug Cohens work and to me Mr Cohen is one of the best figure painters around. I really enjoyed all the sections but the Civil War sections was truly my favorite.

The figure diorama called “Meeting Of The Generals” is my favorite. If you like figures and figure painting go to the Reaper miniature website and in the search box type book, you will truly enjoy this book.

Found a Super Cool Image

I need to make this!!!

As I was looking through a few pages on Facebook today and I found this super cool image.  The picture is blurry but from the description it stated that its a damages M113 being pulled by a M107 field howitzer minus the gun. It also stated the M107 was under repair and was forced into being used as a recovery vehicle.

Not really sure that this is correct as the M107 had a huge spade on the back for recoil of the howitzer when fired. This vehicle has no spade, also the M107 had a bench seat on the rear back corner of the body for the crew. This vehicle doesn’t have this or a few other odds and ends a M107 would have. In my opinion I believe this is the body of a M578 recovery vehicle (M578 shared the same body as a M107) that has had the crane and top structure removed for some reason.