Random Thoughts 43/2
BY: IPMS Canada
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken - IPMS Canada #5729

It was a great day when the latest edition of IPMS Canada's Random Thoughts arrived in the mails. This is part of the 43rd Volume, which means it has been going on for quite a while. I found this edition to be more interesting than some others for purely personal reasons.

One of these is Steve Sauvé's editorial. It concerns colorized period photos. He opined that there are a lot of them being done and most of them are not done all that well. This will lead the unwary to deciding that the shades provided are accurate, when in reality, few are. I fully agree with this as well has his solution to the issue. That is that the originator state clearly on the image that the image was altered from its original black and white offering. Perhaps some sort of watermark would be appropriate and allow the unwary to avoid any color traps based on these manipulated images.

Second is the opening article by Gary Barling on the AFV 1/35 Centurion. As a child, one of my favorite toys was a Dinky Toys Centurion and its transporter. To say that these went through a lot of dirt campaigns along with a troop of Ben Franklin toy soldiers would be an understatement. The toy soldiers are gone, but the Centurion and transporter, much worse for the wear, are still extant after some 60+ years.

Next is Glen Cauley's article on using pencil graphite as a basis for a gunmetal finish.

This issue includes a decal sheet so the rest of the articles are based on those subjects. The first of those is by Jim Bates on the RCAF's first DHC-1 Chipmunk

Second subject is described by the editor and Mr. Bates and covers the L-19 Bird Dog in Canadian Army service. The sheet provides options for both a camouflaged and silver example.

Craig Baldwin and the editor then cover the loaner F-5As that were provided prior to Canadair supplying the CF-5A (CF-116) to allow pilots and ground crews to get used to the type. The aircraft covered were demonstrators so have a fetching light/dark blue spine.

The final article is on the CH-47D in Canadian service while in Afghanistan. The Canadian government made the premature decision to retire the fleet in the 1990s, so when Canadian Forces got to Afghanistan, they had no large helicopters. CH-47Fs were on order, but would not be available in time. So they bought six from the US Army. The markings provided cover the one that was lost. Lots of good photos for reference.

Another fine edition and one I look forward to every quarter. So, you are wondering, just how do I get this great club magazine. Well, it is simple. Just trade uncolorful money for full color magazines. IPMS Canada is a great group of people so you will be in very good company. Can't get much better than that, eh?

But wait, there is more. If you join, you also get the electronic Beaver Tales delivered straight to your computer, and you can get the periodic decal sheets that are only provided to members. 

July 2021

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