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Aircraft Modeling / MPM P-63 Kingcobra
« on: October 05, 2014, 04:31:17 PM »
Here's an old kit I've had in storage for years:

This MPM offering is not for the faint-of-heart, but still it is buildable. It's a typical limited-run kit and requires a good bit of work. Also I'll be using other kits and SAC landing gear to enhance the build. I started working on this so many years ago.......

Aircraft Modeling / Ju-87B Airfix 1/48
« on: October 02, 2014, 03:37:56 PM »
Here is my latest project on the workbench, the Airfix Ju-87:

This is a fair kit, not high-tech nor completely devoid of detail. The molding does require quite a lot of cleanup as most parts have more flash along the edges than we are becoming accustomed to nowadays. Certainly not the worst kit, but more like the kits of old.

More photos later, though no pictures of the early stages were taken. I'm still deciding on a paint scheme....... :-help

Aircraft Modeling / Eduard I-16 Type 24
« on: September 07, 2014, 04:40:01 AM »
Here's another sweet little Eduard jewel that was on great discount! I had no strength to resist another I-16..... :-jump

Just a few minutes and the wing was assembed and fuselage trial fitted. The first Eduard I-16 I built didn't fit perfectly due to a slightly warped fuselage half. This one is perfect and all slides together beautifully:

Aircraft Modeling / Trumpeter MiG-3 1/48
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:06:11 PM »
Time for me to begin this little gem, the early MiG-3 from Trumpeter. So far, the detail is very nice and I think this will be a wonderful out-of-box build for me!

Aircraft Modeling / AMTech Hs 123 1/48
« on: June 16, 2014, 03:16:43 AM »
Here's a start on another WWII era biplane that I've often wished to build, the Henschel 123. While browsing about, I found a package sale of three AMTech (ESCI, Revell, and Italeri also released this kit) Hs 123s. These also include three full resin cockpits by Black Box. Two comprehensive decal sheets and two sets of unspatted landing gear finished the deal.

The first item on the agenda was to set out one of the resin cockpit sets and clean the pour stubs from them. These are beautiful pieces, expertly mastered and poured. The instructions tell where to trim inside the cockpit and after doing so I can confirm that these fit GREAT!:

Then the cockpit components received a coat of RLM02 and while that was drying I glued the wing parts together:

Aircraft Modeling / Josef Priller's Bf-109E
« on: May 01, 2014, 07:20:01 PM »
I've had an Eduard Emil Weekend Edition sitting on the shelf for some time. I have also had an old reference with the common photos of  Priller's E-3 and have always wanted to build this one. So, here goes, with only a couple of photos of the early stages. We've all seen the Eduard kit built so no reason to bore you with that part......

Aircraft Modeling / Nichimo Kawasaki Ki-45
« on: April 10, 2014, 04:08:44 PM »
Time to start something new (but very old). Several years ago I bought a large quantity of old kits at an antique store and this Nichimo Ki-45 was among them:

As you can see, the box is in pretty rough shape and there was even some water damage from wherever it was stored. Inside is a partially-started airplane that the first owner had started on so many years ago. He/she had built the wings, engines and nacelles:

 They also laid out where to put frames and stringers in the fuselage and then got this far before putting the kit away for future finishing:

So, my task is to finish what was first started by the original owner. They gave me a good starting point!

Aircraft Modeling / Trimaster He-162 1/48
« on: April 04, 2014, 06:51:46 AM »
Last spring I was able to finally find the old Trimaster He-162 at a good price, so it went into my Luftwaffe stack:

This is a really nice little model! Lots of PE parts and much nicely detailed white metal items, too. So simple to build, this is going together very rapidly. First I built up the instrument panel parts, partially of cast metal, plastic, and photoetched instrument panel and rudder pedals. The ejection seat is nicely cast in metal also. These parts all were given a coat of RLM66, then the main landing gear bay was built up. The engineering of this little jet is quite nice--the seat, nose gear strut and instrument panel parts all add to the weight needed to keep it sitting on the tricycle gear. There is a well made metal plug that fills the nose of the fuselage and finishes the weight needed. Once this was ready the RLM02 was sprayed on the gear bay and fuselage and the fuselage halves were then joined. All of this took so little time, and the fit was quite nice. Finally in this first session I put the cowling sections together:

Aircraft Modeling / MiG 21F-13 by Trumpeter
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:40:23 PM »
My desk is clear of projects right now and I can start this project. This is a kit that has been on my "to-do" list for some time, the Trumpeter F-13 in 1/48. I have always liked the thin lines of the early MiG 21! Just a few photos of the trees and other items:

Aircraft Modeling / Eduard Fw 190 Wooden Flaps 1/48
« on: January 20, 2014, 04:58:12 PM »
Here is a short review of another of the fine Eduard PE products. I apologize for not building and reviewing this sooner, I was sent this set many months ago....... ;)

Here we have a beautiful set of wooden flaps for the Eduard Fw 190D kit. As most of you know, the manufacturers substituted wood for aluminum on many late-war Luftwaffe machines, and the landing flaps on the Focke-Wulf fighter were redesigned to accomplish this.

The kit consists of one fret of PE parts and an excellent instruction sheet. The first photo shows one flap and flap-well built up and the other on the fret for comparison. Also, the first flap has been removed from the lower wing part of the airplane kit. This is typical Eduard construction--you just remove the part from the fret and bend the parts as needed. The ribs in the flap-well look complicated but this is quite easy to shape, they bend into position after making the "box" of the larger part. Same with the flap itself--simply bend along the scribed lines, following the instructions, and then use CA glue to bond the part along the joint line. Last step on the PE parts is to add the actuating eccentric to the center of the flap and apply a small trapezoidal doubler to the inner skin.

So, the easy part is done! Now we move on to the styrene modifications. These changes are called out on the instructions and consist of thinning the surfaces where the new flap-well will mount. The lower wing requires a deep "shaving" of the plastic and so do both upper wing panels. Eduard has made the flap-wells very deep, just like the real airplane, so this is why you must trim considerable material from the wing parts. Both fuselage halves also must be trimmed where the flap-well will sit as do the inboard gun bay parts. On this photo you can see the trimmed areas marked with small black x letters.

Further updates will come along during aircraft assembly!

Aircraft Modeling / Bf 108 Eduard Weekend Edition
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:16:19 PM »
My workbench is somewhat free of space in one small area so I'm finally starting this little Eduard Taifun:

This is the Weekend Edition without PE or upgraded decals, but it is still a very, very nice kit in my eyes. First steps were to assemble the small jewel Argus engine and then build up some of the assemblies for painting:

Aircraft Modeling / A-20 Time
« on: December 19, 2013, 06:45:13 PM »
I have some free time coming up during the Christmas week, so I decided it was a good time to finally start this kit. I've had two A-20s in storage for many years, one of the earmarked for this project. This will be another of my Tunisian/North African collection, being an A-20B of the 47th Bomb Group. My father often mentioned the Boston bombers that flew over his positions in North Africa. Both RAF and USAAF versions to him were simply Bostons. When we talked about the identity of the various airplanes it was always interesting that he never used the American number designation if there was a British name for the same airplane. He could run off the string of names such as Spitfire, Hurricane, Boston, Baltimore etc. but never even mentioned the U.S. letters except for the P-38. The method of naming airplanes was simply easier to the average ground-pounder, I reckon! :-ok

Here's the beginnings of this old AMT kit:

Aircraft Modeling / 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A-2
« on: November 28, 2013, 06:17:12 PM »
Here's another of my kits purchased at great discount. This one was missing the electric motor parts to drive the propeller and I didn't want that anyway, so everyone gains!

No in-progress photos since the camera was being repaired then, but this is typical Tamiya. The fit is beautiful with almost no filler used anywhere. I did replace the main gear wheels with resin replacements since the kit parts are quite undersized. Also I used the excellent Eduard cockpit PE set and this fit so nicely.

More pictures of the finished machine later.

Aircraft Modeling / Luftwaffe Mustang
« on: November 25, 2013, 02:32:09 AM »
Here's an old 1/48 Monogram P-51B that's been unbuilt in my collection for twenty odd years. I pulled it out last week to make some room and decided to put it together for "old-time sake". This is another of those old Monogram kits I built as a child and I still like building it, even if it has raised panel lines. For fun I built the first known P-51B made airworthy and evaluated by the Luftwaffe. Nothing but out-of-the-box here and some spares box decals. Very relaxing for me! :-cool

Combat Warplanes / Warplane No. 06 B-58 Hustler
« on: November 19, 2013, 12:33:31 AM »
Here is a short review of the latest book from the Violaero series, Warplane No.06 Convair B-58 Hustler.

Authored by our own Nico Braas, this latest volume in the Warplane series is a great addition for anyone's library, but especially for those who are keen on learning more about the delta-winged B-58. The book is 48 pages plus covers packed with photos, many of which I have never seen before, and great text to go with the photos. Additionally there are a number of great profiles by Srecko Bradic and several technical drawings of the airplane and its component parts. The coverage Nico gives of the development aircraft is excellent, as is his description of the various weapons/fuel pods that could be carried by the Hustler.

In addition to normal operational use of the B-58, a section is devoted to the "dark side" of B-58 ops, the many accidents that occurred during its short service life. This was a supremely demanding machine and had an accordingly high accident rate--I think this is the most complete listing of the accident airplanes and their crews.

Also, as is usual with the format Nico employs, he gives us a current listing of the still-existing airframes and their locations.

I can't write this review without relating a short talk I had with a former B-58 pilot a number of years ago. He told me he never let down his guard when flying a B-58 and didn't know if he'd do it again if the opportunity arose. I asked him why he transitioned from his other flying assignment (B-47s) to the B-58 and he grinned........"Heck, I wouldn't have ever passed up the hottest thing in SAC when it was offered!"

This is a great book and I can't recommend it too highly! You can get your copy here:

Many thanks to Lanasta and Nico Braas for this review sample.

P.S. I apologize to the publisher and author for the lack of photos here--my camera is currently being repaired...... :-wall :-red

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