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VOLUME 14, ISSUE 12 • DECEMBER 2012

THE CORSAIR
President’s Message NOVEMBER CONTEST WINNERS
Photos courtesy Jim Hough
Greetings fellow Modelers,
The holidays are upon us and this meeting will be the
last of 2012 so please remember to re-up your club dues.
Also please be sure to sign up for the club Christmas
Party so we can forward a headcount to the Deer Valley Airport
restaurant. See Chuck’s Christmas Party info article for details.
To be awarded at the Christmas Party will be the
Modeler of the Year and Member of the Year.
Modeler of the Year is determined by our monthly club contests.
Member of the Year is chosen from the members who
have gone above and beyond in service and volunteerism to
promoting our club and our hobby. Nominations will be
accepted at this meeting see any of the club officers with your
choices.
Our Scale Model Clinic article is now up on the IPMS-
USA Website and here’s the link: http://www.ipmsusa3.org/
gallery/v/events/2012/ModelClinic/ Hasegawa 1/72 F4U-1A by Gary Thomas

This month’s club contest is Out of this World: Real


Space, Rockets, Missiles, UFO’s, Sci-Fi and fantasy, Futuristic
Movie Models, post apocalyptic vehicles.

Merry Christmas and Happy Modeling, Keith Pieper

INFORMATION REGARDING
CHRISTMAS PARTY ON PAGE 4

Czech 1/48 F3D Skyknight by Keith Pieper

I November 2012 Meeting Pictures .................................... 2-3


N Raffle Update ........................................................................ 4
Upcoming Events ................................................................. 4
T
H Club Officers ......................................................................... 4
I Book review .......................................................................... 5
S MB Seat aftermarket review ................................................. 6
I Review continued plus RR car ............................................ 7
S Tucson contest swap meet ad ............................................ 8
S Fisher Body ad and IPMS ad ............................................... 9
U Hobby Shop info………………………………………………...10
E
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Hasegawa 1/72 F4U-1D by Gary Thomas Academy 1/48 P-38J by Todd Mohs.

Special Hobby 1/72 Seafire FR 46 by Jim Pearsall Hasegawa 1/72FW-190 by Todd Mohs

Italeri 1/35 Maultierw/Panzerwerfer by


Dragon 1/35 Jagdtiger by Don Stewart
Charles Stewart
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More November pictures...

1/72 RF-5 unknown builder


TBD Devastator unknown builder

Betty Bomber unknown builder F8F Bearcat

BT-13 Standard D-25


Above three pictures were taken by Brian Baker at this years Copperstate Fly In at Casa Grande
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"The following items for this month's raffle (Ho! Ho! Ho!) from item A through item E
and including item H are all brand new unopened subjects. Item A: 1/72 Italeri F-16
with special Dutch markings, Item B: 1/72 Trumpeter CH-47A Chinook, Item C: 1/48
Airfix BAe Hawk T Mk I, Item D: 1/48 Eduard P-39Q Airacobra Weekend Edition,
Item E: Zvezda 1/35 BM-13 Katyusha, Item F: 1/72 Revell Leopard A5 AWS, Item G:
1/429 box scale Revell USS Arizona--This is a classic kit and very appropriate for the
coming Pearl Harbor Day: this is still a very good model and can be enhanced by
Gold Medal Models PE (not included) made specifically for this item, Item H: two
large posters depicting Avengers and Devastators from Torpedo Squadron 8 at Mid-
way. These posters were on display at the last meeting and drew a lot of attention; they are nicely done and two will be
raffled. Special thanks to the following who donated or subsidized Modelzona and the regular club raffle: Avalon Books,
Hobby Depot, Dewayne Kolstad, Dave Weitzel, Ted Dansby, Jim Pearsall, Craig Pierce, Jim Stute, Hal Sanguenetti and
Mike Cholewa." Dave: Christmas party info will be in separate email. Chuck L. g, VP, Craig Hewitt IPMS

UPCOMING EVENTS
DECEMBER 2012
 Tuesday 4th, 7pm - Craig Hewitt Chapter meeting at American Legion Post #1. Contest: Red, White
and Blue.
 "Christmas Mouse says ,"Sign up, if you already have not done so, at the Dec. 4
meeting for the Craig Hewitt IPMS Phoenix Christmas party. The party is Saturday
December 15 at the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant 702 W. Deer Valley Rd (NW corner
of Deer Valley Rd. and 7th Ave.) The location is off I-17. The restaurant has a web site
(www.DeerValleyAirportRestaurant.com)with map. The party begins at 6:00 PM. The
menu consists of 5 choices of entree including roast chicken, roast turkey, hot beef
sandwich, ham steak or spaghetti. Side dishes are potato, vegetable, soup or salad,
mini loaf, soft drinks and cake. The entire meal including tax and tip will be $18 payable
at the restaurant. We ask you to please sign up in advance so the restaurant can be
prepared. The program will consist of a raffle (what else?) and presentation of awards
to the Modeler of the Year and the Member of the Year. This is a low key affair so no
need for elitest attire. If additional info is needed, call Chuck Ludwig @ 480-982-

CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 15TH

The club meets at 7pm on the


first Tuesday of each month at Chapter Officers
the American Legion Post #1 in
Phoenix. Check the club website President.............................. Keith Pieper .....................president@ipms-phoenix.org
at www.ipms-phoenix.org for Vice President..................... Chuck Ludwig .................vice_president@ipms-phoenix.org
more meeting info.
American Legion Post #1 Secretary ............................. Doug Solomon ................secretary@ipms-phoenix.org
364 N. 7th Ave. Treasurer ............................. Bill Sanborn .....................treasurer@ipms-phoenx.org
Phoenix, AZ 85003 Chapter Contact.................. Bill Dunkle.......................chapter_contact@ipms-phoenix.org
The post is located South of I-10 Member At Large............... Sam Bueler ......................member-at-large@ipms-phoenix.org
just a few blocks North of Van
Buren. Look for the huge Webmaster .......................... Jim Pearsall ......................webmaster@ipms-phoenix.org
American flag. Newsletter Editor ............... Keenan Chittester ............newsletter@ipms-phoenix.org
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BOOK REVIEW

Book Review

Naked In Da Nang
A Forward Air Controller In Viet Nam

By Mike Jackson and Tara Dixon-Engel


Forward by Frank Borman

“Naked in Da Nang is a tribute to all the men who flew and fought”
Brig. Gen. Steve Richie, USAF (Ret.)

I appreciate well-written books about aviation, especially when the author can put the reader in the cockpit during the action. This is one
of those books.

The book begins with the author waiting to except an award, seated in the Veterans Hall in Columbus, Ohio. The story unfolds as a flash-
back, starting with his arrival in Viet Nam, as he steps off an airliner at Cam Ranh Bay into a world unlike anything he had ever known.
Two weeks later that same green kid started the first of his 210 combat missions, climbing into his twin-engine O-2A, pushing up the
throttles, and coolly initiated a takeoff roll that would place him directly over some of the most heavily defended turf in the history of
warfare.

The job description for a FAC Pilot as described by the author,…. “FACing was not a job for the faint of heart or the slow of wit or, in
my case, the sound of mind. FACs hugged the Earth, plodding along at ridiculously low levels to direct air strikes, observe troop move-
ments, gather intelligence, and/or choreograph search-and-rescue missions. The FAC had to be a master of multitasking long before
computers popularized the term. We were the traffic cops of Southeast Asia, telling everyone where to go, when to go, how to get there,
and what to do once they were there. We were everybody’s eyes and ears, everybody’s link to one another”

The author shares many of his experiences, in the air and on the ground, good and bad, serious and funny, and a lot about himself in the
process, as he weaves his personal history throughout the story. He gets into some of the politics of the time, hard not to do when talking
about that war, while keeping the dialog with the reader upbeat and fast paced, but always giving the reader as much as he can about liv-
ing and fighting the war in Viet Nam.

The story chronicles the author’s experiences of the 366 days he spent in combat 1971-72, which included the massive NVA Easter Of-
fensive. He was also part of the team of FACs who managed the rescue of BAT-21, immortalized in the movie of the same name.

A damn good read…… Jack Mugan


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REVIEW
PJ PRODUCTIONS 1/72 MARTIN BAKER MK. 4 SEAT FOR MIRAGE /JAGUAR

PJ Productions for providing the seat, and to Steve Collins and IPMS/USA for letting me do the review.

Resin Seat for Mirage/Jaguar


1/72
Jim Pearsall IPMS 2209
721209
MSRP: $4.15
Review Type: Aircraft
Product Type: Details
Company Info: PJ Productions
Company Website URL: http://www.pjproduction.net/product/nouveau-721209-martin-baker-mk4/)
Provided by Title: PJ Productions
Provided by URL: http://www.pjproduction.net

I have built several PJ Productions kits, done at least one of their conversions, and a number of their detail parts. I have real respect
for Phillipe’s ability to produce a really good resin product.

You get one resin pour with 2 seats and 2 ejection handles. Both of the seats were free of flaws or bubbles, and those fine little han-
dle assemblies were also flawless.

Rather than start from scratch with this project, I thought I would take a Mirage I had built previously and add the PJP seat. I could
have used a Jaguar, but decided that it would be nicer to improve one of my several Mirages. Then I ran into the problem. Three of
the four Mirage kits I’ve built have been PJ Production kits or conversions, and they already had good resin seats. OK, I was going
to use a Dagger I built 20 years ago with Argentine markings from the Malvinas/Falklands war. And to tell the truth, I can’t remem-
ber whose kit it is.

I popped the canopy off the aircraft and removed the seat. Unfortunately it didn’t come out cleanly, as can be seen in the photo.
Also note that the kit seat is remarkably free of any detail.

Picture PJP Parts-2.jpg here

I painted the seat, using the tiny photo on the package as my guide. I left the seat and handle on the pour sprue for ease of handling.
I used Floquil blue for the cushion and Floquil Old Silver for the belt buckles. The rest of the colors were Tamiya acrylics. Every-
thing was brush painted.
Continued next page
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The handle was painted with Floquil Reefer Yellow. The black marks were done with a fine-point Sharpie pen.

When the paint was dry, I removed the seat from the sprue with a razor saw. The only way I could cut the seat was from the outer
edge inward, as the saw blade would hit that fairly fragile handle, and I was afraid of damaging the handle.. This is where the trage-
dy occurred. As the saw blade cut through the last of the seat, it then proceeded to demolish both sets of handles.

Fortunately I still remember the advice of my friend and mentor, George Reny, who said, “There’s nothing you can screw up that
you can’t fix. Sometimes it requires a whole new kit, but you CAN fix it..” I found some tag wire, which was the same diameter as
the damaged handles. I bent it to shape, using a pair of needle-nosed pliers, and painted it yellow with black stripes. I then attached
the replacement handle.

Nevertheless, next time I tackle one of these sets, I will make the first cut through the sprue to separate the seat and handles, thereby
avoiding the problem I’ve had.

A bit of gel-type super glue on the bottom of the seat holds it in the cockpit,. I glued the canopy back on, and it looks really great in
there. A huge improvement.

OVERALL EVALUATION: Highly recommended. I have a number of older kits which could use this type of upgrade for the inte-
rior.

JIM Pearsall

COMING EVENTS FOR JANUARY


Tuesday Jan 8th Craig Hewitt IPMS meeting 7 PM at American Legion Post #1. Contest TBA.
Fri/Sat Jan18/19, Scottsdale, Fisher Body Craftsman Guild reunion. See Ad
Sun Jan 20, Tucson contest and swap meet. See ad.

Another railroad car picture via Keenan Chittster


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5th ANNUAL PLASTIC MODEL SWAP MEET & CONTEST


SUNDAY, JANUARY 20th, 2013 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Located at:
Tucson FOP Lodge #1
3445 N Dodge Blvd

Admission is $2.00 or $1.00 with food bank donation item


~~~ Raffle! Make-N-Take! Contest Awards! ~~~
Come for the fun and great deals!
CONTEST
Contest categories: Autos, Ships, Planes, Figures, Armor, Sci-fi, Dioramas & Juniors (17 & under)
Awards for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place for each category & Best of Show!
$10 entry fee for up to 3 models. No fee for junior entries.
3 model entry limit for everyone - NO EXCEPTIONS!
For more information on contest contact SIG: sigandtoby@q.com (520)575-9045

VENDORS
Vendor tables available by advance reservation:
8’ table for $35.00 until January 1st ($40.00 after January 1st until show)
Table fees must be paid to confirm table reservations
Vendor set-up: January 20th 7:00am – 9:00 am
For more information on vendor tables contact DEREK: 4nagato1@gmail.com (520)425-0209
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FISHER BODY CRAFTSMAN GUILD REUNION


FRIDAY AND SATURDAY JANUARY 18 AND 19 2013
SCOTTSDALE, AZ……….Check out “Deans Garage” for more information

Join the IPMS/USA!


$25 annual membership includes a one year subscription to the IPMS
Journal. Visit www.ipmsusa.org to download a membership form. Or
you can write to:

IPMS/USA National Office


P.O. Box 2475
N. Canton, OH 44720-0475

Membership also gives you access to the online Discussion Forum, where
you can exchange ideas and information with other members of IPMS.
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