IPMS Livonia

Livonia, Michigan, USA
A Proud Chapter of IPMS USA Since 1976

May 2020 Model-of-the-Month Gallery

The following are entries from our May Model-of-the-Month contest.

Voting has closed, thanks for your participation!

You can fin the results of the contest here.




Bill Pelton
M79 Vietnam Grenade Gunner




Bill Pelton
WWII Spitfire


Bill Pelton
FW190 f8
Revell – 1:32 scale
Paint is a mix of stuff in the box



John Wiebel
Rebel Troopers from Star Wars Legion (Game Pieces)
Fantasy Flight Games – Scale Undetermined

These are the Rebel Troopers from Star Wars Legion. They are Green Team (with green helmets), and Blue Team (with blue helmets).  Gamers use techniques like this to distinguish units visually. They are larger then my usual 1/56 scale. But the exact scale is unknown to me. Game companies tend to offer models in millimeters (10, 15, 20, 25, etc). But they are not exact scale, they are a range. So it doesn’t necessarily translate to scale like scale modelers use the term. They are a bit soft as far as plastic goes. Which mean’s the bits don’t break as easily. But it also means the mold lines are much more difficult to scrape/sand without marring the figure.

For these models I was primarily interested in practicing Splinter Camo. I am building a Fallschirmjager Army for Bolt Action and will be doing 50-75 figures for that project, and wanting to get a feel for the technique. I used the Andrea Color Splinter Camo Paint. Due to the scale, I did not attempt to try and shade/highlight the base beige, brown, or green. Nor paint the “splinters”. Instead I painted the three colors, and shaded with water down Army Painter Strong Shade. The balance was VMC. It’s hard to tell in the photos, but for some weapons I painted them black and then used a shading pencil for gun metal.

I used a new flock for the basing/ground cover that gave it more depth.  Typically I use a thinned Elmer’s Glue swab onto base, then dip into railroad grit, knock off excess, let dry, seal with strong tone, dry, and paint brown, light brown, 2 shades of green.  Then dab patches of Elmer’s and flock with static grass.  But that tends to lie flat, the depth is this new flick that is somewhat foamy. The tufts of grass are from a sheet with adhesive, but I use Elmer’s to attach and the X-Acto to press the edges down.  Company is Gamers Grass.  Got at RIW.

I tried to paint non-Caucasian skin (Blue team). It didn’t turn out well at all. The guide I was using used Citadel paints in colors I didn’t have, and my Vallejo colors were not close enough. So I need to rethink that for the next time I try it.



Steve Freeman
QF 6 Pdr Mk. IV
35th scale, Riich Kit # 35018


Royal Canadian Artillery anti-tank regiments were the backbone of tank defense at the beginning of WWII. Initially issued with 2-pounder a/t guns, they were superseded by 6-pounders in 1941, which were again superseded by 17-pounders in 1943. A couple of key actions featuring this weapon:

Ortona, Italy, Dec. 1943: Anti-tank platoons of Seaforth Highlanders, Loyal Edmonton Regiment, and 90th Anti-Tank Regiment supported Canadian attack on city of Ortona. Employed against enemy occupied buildings. Covered infantry and tank advances along the Corso Vittorio Emmanuele. Guns would target walls with armour piercing shells followed immediately with high explosive shells though the breach to burst inside a building.

Nijmegen Bridge, Waal River, Jan. 13, 1945: Engaged German Biber submarines launching mines against the bridge. Destroyed one and damaged a second


Basic build out of box with replacement of equipment tie downs (tape), rolled tarp (tissue paper), and drag rope (thinner twine). Finished with Tamiya mixes of SCC #2 brown and Nobel’s Dark Tarmac #4 blended with Tamiya XF-57 buff filter. Weathered with Tamiya dark panel line accent and AK European Earth pigment


Jim Ashford
F-4C Phantom II
48th scale, Zoukei-Mura

Modified to represent a F-4C Wild Weasel IV, unofficially known as an EF-4C. Added the arrowhead antennas on the nose behind the radome, round antenna on intake trunk under the wing badge on the left side, small round antenna and two small blade antennas added just in front of forward nose gear door. Also added AN/APR-25 scope in rear cockpit. AGM-45 Shrike missiles and launch rails from Hasegawa weapons set, as is the ALQ-87 ECM pod in the right forward missile well. ECM pod attachment and strike camera (left forward missile well) from Monogram kit. Decals from 2017 Nationals decal sheet “SAM Slayers”, represents an aircraft flown by the 67th TFS/18th TFW stationed at Kadena AB, Okinawa. The unit was on temporary duty (TDY) to Korat AB, Thailand October – December 1972 flying combat missions during Operation Linebacker II.


Ian Dow
16th scale, New World Miniatures

Painted with Vallejo acrylics and shaded with oils.  Sword was scratch built due to the supplied sword being too short of handle and blade.  A lot of shading was used to achieve different leather textures.


Keith Parmentier
Brewster Buffalo F2A
1:72 scale, Airfix

Some scratch build elements – Instrument panel (not in kit) cockpit bracing, pilot armor, “moving prop”, wing guns


Chris Wesley
F/A-18e Super Hornet
1/48 Revell

This build was interesting, it wasn’t an overly complicated build, but the sections of the fuselage did not fit together well and needed large amounts of filling and sanding to close the gaps. I went with a non standard paint scheme to give the plane more character (all paint used were Tamiya acrylics) and I built a 1/48 scale aircraft carrier flight deck for general presentation of carrier based planes. Overall this was a very enjoyable build of one of my favorite planes and I couldn’t beat the $8 price tag when I bought it. I wish the kit came with more weapons to help flush out the underside, but the few missiles do give it an aggressive look.


Chris Wesley
2018 Ford GT
1/24 Tamiya
This was my second Tamiya kit and my third car build ever and boy did I pick a great one!! The Ford GT is one of my favorite super cars and I could not be happier with the build. It took me a little over a week to complete and everything went together perfectly. This was the first kit I painted exclusively with lacquer paints, all from Tamiya spray cans. I went with a dark mica red over grey primer followed by Testors wet look clear coat. To help jazz up the kit I mounted it to a light colored base to bring out the deepness of the red and help it stand out. All headlamps and tail lamps have been individually wired with LEDs which can be seen in a couple of the photos. Overall, I am VERY pleased with this kit and would gladly buy another one or recommend it to any car lover out there.


Chris Wesley
IBO HG Astaroth Origin
1/144 Bandai
This is the high grade Astaroth Origin from a side comic of Iron Blooded Orphans, one of the newest Gundam series. The unique flight mode for this kit really stood out to me and put it at the top of my list of Gundam kits to build. This kit was painted entirely with Rust-Oleum spray paint, two tones of red, and a dark bronze metallic for the inner frame. This kit is fairly unique in the Gundam line as it has a combo weapon that includes a sword, sheath that doubles as a mace and a shotgun. There are only a couple other designs that feature a shotgun in all iterations of Gundam and is always really exciting to see.


Randy Helms
Hamburger Hill Vietnam
1/35, Verlinden
Painted with Vallejo Acrylics, Used Verlinden Decal set for 82nd Airborne patch   



Randy Helms
US Navy “Top Gun”
1/35, Verlinden
Not Much of a assembly, Painted with Vallejo


Randy Helms
US Cobra Pilot
1/35, Verlinden
Not Much of a assembly, Painted with Vallejo Acrylics, Used a Verlinden decal for the 2nd Armored Division patch


Alex Mierzejewski
V2 Rocket with Meillerwagon and SS-100 Tractor early 1945
Wespe Models – Meillerwagon – Resin
Tamiya – SS-100 Tractor – Plastic
Pegasus – V2 Rocket – Plastic
Scratch built Base – Plaster
History – The scene depicts the last two weeks of the 6 1/2 month long V2 rocket campaign (Nov 44/April 45) when elaborate paint schemes were abandoned for overall olive green, shoved out the door, and fired.
After years of testing to perfect the Rocket, over 3,000 V2’s were launched against England and Europe primarily against the port of Antwerp (1,780) killing over 8,000 total in about 6 1/2 Months.
There were 4 Firing battery’s, each Battery could launch up to (9) V2’s per day. This took over 500 Men, 152 Vehicles, 70 Trailers, and 5 Bicycles!
9 launched V2’s could only deliver a total of 7 1/2 Tons of TNT, equaling the bomb load of just one B-17.
The program
Models – All Tamiya acrylic primer, paint products along with weathering pastels were used.
Base Is painted Plaster of Paris in a small wooden base.
The trees are sawed off and painted old wooden paint brushes.
All the ladder rungs on the Meillerwagon were made of scrap wire bent around square stock then cut.
Rocket motor cover made from round plastic with covered with painted tissue paper.
Severe spare parts box use on that Meillerwagon Resin model.
Aftermarket Decals on the V2.
Aftermarket 1/48 scale chains on Meillerwagon and Tractor.
Added dirt and dried Mud.


Erik Hjelmberg
from the Disney fan-fiction Star Wars (there are only three)
1/48, Bandai

Built out of the box, mostly all repainted with the exception of the orange due to lockdown and not having the color, so the orange is plastic with a flat clear coat over it.

Base coated with light gray using AKs weathering paint stencils, to give some variation in color tone before a final layer of paint.

Base is styrene with sculpamold, mig mud, and grout.


Erik Hjelmberg
Fairmile D
1/700, Flyhawk

Seawall and dock came in the kit, the Base styrene

Erik Hjelmberg
2030 USSF M69
1/72, Custom
Started with a Revell Fennek that I picked up for $5.  Cut the roof off, armored it up, added laser cannons etc.  No idea what I was going for, just something cool and sci-fi to use up a kit.   I never would have built but was too cheap to pass up.


Erik Hjelmberg
Toyota GB Starter Truck
1/72. Hasegawa

Box stock, Tamiya paint, styrene and ak mud base

The mud is still a bit wet.  That’s why it’s glossy.  But I’m out of time, and can’t wait any longer.


Robert Helms
American Heroes Desert Storm Bust
1/10, Verlinden

Went together easily, didn’t really have to do much assembly, Painted with Vallejo acrylics, I didn’t use a paint set for the chocolate chip pattern.


Robert Helms
CBR Dress Desert Shield
1/16, Verlinden

This was my first figure with gear and a base all together so It was somewhat a challenge. Painted with Vallejo Acrylics. Spray painted the base Tan and applied a Vallejo wash of Brown and Black over the cracks and used Vallejo pigments for the desert look to the base.