Weekend Build Ready for Decals

Weekend BuildLeft SideRight Side Three Pictures of my ‘weekend build’  Took longer then a weekend but was happy overall with the quality of the Edmond Weekend Build Kit.  Parts fit well together and instructions were understandable.

Still the canopy and the undercarriage cause me problems.  I built it first then painted it.  Mixed feelings about building first then painting.  Though it fits together nicely that way painting, and the handling of the model was something I did not like.  I used gloves to avoid finger oil on the model, which helped a little.  Painting the details after built was a challenge, but that but will continue to improve as I build more models.  Now to add the decals.

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Photos for 2014 contest posted

IPMS/USA was kind enough to post the photos from our 20 September show on their website.  If you’d like to check out the models we had and see our winners, please visit:


Thanks, and save the date for next year–19 September 2015.  The theme will be 1940, and include the Fall of France and the Battle of Britain.  Start building!

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2014 Contest Results posted

The results  from the 20 September contest in Leavenworth Kansas are now posted in the Contest Results page.  Congratulations to all of you who came and competed, and we hope to see you next year on 19 September 2015.  A special thanks goes to our sponsors for the various categories as well as the vendors who make the contest so worthwhile– and get us in hot water with our sponsors–but it is totally worth it!

Here’s the link to the results page

Congratulations to all!


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Building Models of different quality

I have found that building older models that I moved all over the place while I was in the military, provides me a chance to work on many skills newer models do not. Some include making new pieces, heavy filler work, sanding (A Lot), figuring out what the instruction sheet really is trying to tell and show you buy the printing, and the recovery of old decals.
I am not complaining, rather I am taking these efforts as training sessions so when I work on newer models with new aspects, I am rather founded in the basics of model building.
Wondering what other people think about building older kits and if there is any value in building them at all?

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Contest today!

20140920_100935Everything is going well, with the vendor room full and the models and modelers coming in. Hope to see you here at the Heritage Center.

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IPMS Prison City Model Contest, 20 September

Well, it is finally here!  Our annual model show at the Heritage Center, 109 Delaware Street in Leavenworth is this Saturday, 20 September.  Doors open for registration at 9:00 a.m. and registration closes at 12:00.  Judging is from 12:00 to 2:45, and then the awards presentation is at 3:00 p.m.

We’ll have vendors, a raffle going throughout the day, and the Heritage Center is cooking food and pies for those who don’t want to leave for lunch.  The Heritage Center is located in downtown Leavenworth, and there are numerous restaurants within walking distance.  For those coming with a spouse, next door is the CW Parker Carousel Museum, and not one but TWO new sewing shops, opened within the last month on our main street.

There is a bicycle race beginning at 8:00 nearby and last year much of the parking directly across the street was full in the early morning but there are numerous other lots within a one block radius.  The bike racers are an early morning bunch, and the lots emptied out by 9:30.

Hope to see you all there.  Remember, this year’s special theme is the Great War.

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Finished the P-40 B I was working on. Over all a nice build. P-40B


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Updated Newsletters and in-progress build

The newsletter archive has been updated with missing newsletters from 2011, 2013, and all of 2014 uploaded.  These are the monthly newsletters we send to our members.  If you would like to get on our email list, please drop me a line.

You’ll notice that we are missing some newsletters.  These are either in between editors and no newsletter was published, or I didn’t keep a copy.  If you have one of the missing issues, please send me a copy.

Also, if you have been following along with Curt Pangracs’ build of the M2A3 Bradley, he’s placed more photos and narrative of where he is on the build.  Enjoy!


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Chapter meeting, 18 June

Well, despite our meeting day being the 199th anniversary of Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, somehow we Bonapartists will pull ourselves together for our monthly chapter meeting.

We have a lot going on.  Doug Hall will do the demo on his using paperclips to reinforce plastic pieces, and we’ll be discussing the various contests that our club members went to over the last few weeks and their results.  We’ll also discuss our contest, and nail down some final details.  And don’t forget to bring those models you are working on, or just completed– we love to see other modelers’ work and get some inspiration.

You may also notice a few minor changes to the website as I play with the format to improve its readability.  We have also added a work in progress build log by Curt Pangracs as he works on Meng’s new M2A3 Bradley.

Hope to see you all at the meeting!

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Meeting reminder, 19 March

The Prison City Model Club will be having its monthly meeting on Wednesday, 19 March at 7:00 pm.  We’ll be having it at our normal location, the Leavenworth Public Library. We’ll discuss the Great Plains/AMPS contest this past weekend, show off our projects under construction, and we’ll even be having a demo on using the dot filter technique. Hope you can join us!

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