2021 Indianapolis Roscoe Turner IPMS Show – 1/72 Scale Models

Yesterday marked the first IPMS show I was able to attend since the beginning of lockdowns.  Ironically the last show I attended was also hosted by the Indianapolis IPMS chapter over thirteen months ago.  The club moved the contest site to the Boone County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Indiana.  The new venue provided ample space to spread out and increase the size of the contest and vendors’ areas and still provide for wide isles.  There was considerable pent-up demand, this was Indy IPMS’ biggest show on record with 119 vendor tables and 904 contest entries!  Everybody was happy to get out and had a great time.  Several categories were just overwhelmed, single engined aircraft in 1/72 and 1/48 scale each had over three dozen entries!  It was great to catch up with everyone and it was a fine day out!  This is just a sampling of what was on the tables.

Additional photographs here: https://imodeler.com/2021/04/2021-indianapolis-roscoe-turner-ipms-show/

World famous podcasters Mike & Dave from Plastic Model Mojo recorded their episode 36 from the event, their new show will drop Friday.  All Plastic Model Mojo podcasts available here:  https://www.plasticmodelmojo.com/


Mike (R) & Dave (L) from Plastic Model Mojo

2020 Indianapolis Roscoe Turner IPMS Show – 1/72 Scale Models












































More pictures of other subjects and scales posted here:  https://imodeler.com/2020/03/2020-ipms-roscoe-turner-indianapolis-model-show/

Listen to Mike and David discuss the 2020 Roscoe Turner IPMS Show on Episode Seven of the Plastic Model Mojo podcast here:  http://www.plasticmodelmojo.com/

2019 Year in Review

Happy New Year!

I started this blog in November of 2018.  The first several weeks were spent trying to figure out how to make a WordPress blog work, and then trying to settle on specific content within the topics of modeling and military history.  I realized I would need to impose some sort of structure on myself or the results would be chaotic, and I also set a goal of posting each day.  Faithful followers may have already determined the pattern, even if it is not followed absolutely.

Mondays are book reviews.  My teenage daughter sees this as proof of early onset dementia.  “Why would anybody ever write a book report if they didn’t have to?”  Forty-nine were posted in 2019.  I hope to improve my writing skills with this exercise.

Tuesdays and Thursdays I have posted completed models.  These have been split between armor and aircraft for the most part, but there are many more aircraft in the display cases and I will soon run out of old-build vehicles to post.  Some change will be needed but I’m not yet certain what it will be.  New completions will help.

Research topics are posted on Wednesdays.  Sometimes this is simply a collection of interesting pictures, and there are many more color photographs from the Second World War than is generally realized.  Other posts are the result of digging into a topic and piecing together a narrative of sorts.  Here you see what sort of rabbit holes I’ve managed to fall into.

On Fridays I post what’s on the bench.  Usually.  Some of the build logs are older forum posts which were ruined by the infamous Photobucket Phiasco and resurrected here.

Women Warriors usually get posted on Saturdays.  I love the vintage recruiting posters.  This is an easy post to put together as it doesn’t require a lot of detailed writing or research.

Walk arounds are Sundays.  I try to take pictures at museums or airshows which show details useful for modeling.  Another easy post to put together for the weekend, but I hope my fellow modelers have found something useful there from time to time.

Model shows are something I really look forward to, I generally get to about half a dozen each year.  Posting pictures from the shows shuffles the routine a bit but it’s always nice to see what people bring to the tables.


2019 was the first complete year for the blog.  I am happy to report that I managed to make a post each day in 2019, so 365 posts.  The blog received 27,174 views and 7,303 visitors.  WordPress attributes views to the home page or archives as a separate total, obviously people visiting are looking at individual posts but exactly which ones are not identified.  If a visitor enters the blog through a specific post (like from a link or a search) those views are attributed to the post.  By those imprecise metrics, the most popular post was “The B-17E and the Myth of the Bendix Ventral Turret” with 969 views.  Plus whatever was accessed through the archives.

Link here:  https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/the-b-17e-and-the-myth-of-the-bendix-ventral-turret/


Models Completed

Thirty total this year, which is about average all things considered.  Subjects were about evenly split between aircraft and armor, with the scratchbuilt Los Angeles class submarine thrown in for good measure.  Everything was built to 1/72 scale as is my preference.  The mosaic has a picture of each build, if you want to see more finished pictures or the construction posts just enter the descriptions in the search bar to the upper right and it will take you to the posts.



Here’s the list:

Academy B-17C/D Flying Fortress

Academy B-17E Flying Fortress

USS Indianapolis (SSN 697) Scratchbuilt

Eduard MiG-15 x4

ICM Ki-27 Nate x2

Mania Ki 27 Nate

LS Ki-15 Babs

Ostmodels Resin Char 2B French Super Heavy Tank

Ostmodels Resin SMK Soviet Super Heavy Tank

AER SRL Moldova PARM-1 Soviet Aircraft Repair Truck

AER SRL Moldova ZIS-5 Soviet Anti-Aircraft Truck Conversion

Airfix Defiant Mk.I

Airfix Hurricane Mk.I

Airfix Spitfire Mk.Ia

Airfix B-17G Flying Fortress

Airfix C-47 Dakota

Zvezda IS-2

Zvezda ISU-152

Zvezda T-35

Trumpeter KV-1

Trumpeter KV-2

Trumpeter T-34/85

Dragon T-34/76 Mod 1943

UM BA-9 Armored Car

UM T-34/76

UM SU-100


Panzer Vor!

I have managed to use up just short of 18% of the photo storage capacity for this blog, so we should be good to go for the next few years at least.  I have enjoyed putting this together, and have enjoyed hearing from other modelers and discovering other blogs.  A big thank you to all who have visited here, commented, followed, or linked.  And a big shout out to David Knights ( https://dknights.wordpress.com/ ), without whose support and advice early on it is likely that I would have simply deleted this blog in frustration.  It’s all David’s fault, so blame him!


May you all live long enough to build every model in your stash!

2019 IPMS Cincinnati Model Show, 1/72 Scale Entries And More, Part 2



The LA Boat, Gato, and Type VII are all 1/72 scale, an interesting comparison on the same table.











The photograph behind the model made for a simple but rather nice display!

Best Armor was this WWI Liberty truck in 1/35.

Best Aircraft and Best of Show was this very nice Bristol.

Little Joe in 1/144 was very nicely done.

1/48 scale single engine.  All scales were well represented, 460 models were entered in the contest.

Madame Zora was a figure bust, the booth and associated details were added by the builder to enhance the display.


2019 IPMS Louisville MMCL Model Show, 1/72 Scale Entries

Pictures from the Louisville 2019 IPMS model show hosted by the Military Modelers Club of Louisville (MMCL) yesterday.  This is always a great show, and this year saw one of their biggest contests with 360 entries.  This club is famous for their hospitality and also for their raffle which is arguably the best in IPMS Region 4.  A great day out and the unofficial start of summer, here is a selection of some of the 1/72 scale entries.

As an aside, it has become somewhat popular in the mainstream media to repeat the narrative that the federal government has neglected infrastructure maintenance here in the U.S.  Speaking solely from my own experience yesterday, I can offer an empirical datapoint to the contrary.  My route from Yorktown to Louisville was about 175 miles (280 km) but I encountered numerous and extensive highway renovation projects along the way.  Long stretches of I-69 and I-65 were being widened and improved, and many areas not currently under reconstruction on those highways had only recently been renovated.  Numerous notices warned of detours in both Louisville and Indianapolis for additional projects which were not along my route.  The bridge on I-65 spanning the Ohio River into Louisville is new, as is the “spaghetti bowl” of highways feeding it.  The small bridge across the raging White River close to my home is also being renovated.  Quite a bit of highway maintenance is being conducted.  Maybe I’m just special but I doubt it.

All that aside, here are some great models to enjoy!