U.S. Coast Guard Post War Aircraft
March 19, 2014 in Aviation
I apologise the quality of the photos; the planes are in a museum and I can’t re-photograph them easily. One of my shortcomings as a modeler is my rush to build a model and the failure to take photos as I progress. And when complete, a rush to snap a few pictures before sending the models on their way.
I built these kits over a 10 day period with the intention of completing them prior to the museum’s opening day of May 1st but “dilly dallied” on the builds so I missed the deadline. So the rush was on and my work area resembled an aircraft production line. I picked the easiest kit first to get the line moving. As the main parts (wings, fuselage) were clamped together, the next kit was opened, the glue flowed, plastic was clamped/taped, set aside to dry and the process was repeated. As each kit was opened and started I had to make sure the parts were kept accounted for (and not intermingled). Then back to the first kit, sanding, filling, adding detail and the start of painting. Then over to the computer to make some decals, sanding wood for the base stands, then back to the next kit, well, you get the idea. To facillitae the build process I don’t include landing gear as a rule. I don’t attach radio antennas as a rule either: when models get moved around the display cases the first thing the staff breaks off are the wheels, followed by antennas and then the propeller blades!
All the models are 1:72 and represent types of aircraft the US Coast Guard flew in the period after WWII. None of the kits started out in USCG colors and graphics, that’s part of the fun for me, taking another Service’s aircraft kit and turning it into a representative of the Coast Guard missions.
The kits are:
Hasagawa PBM “Marlin”
Fujimy E2-C “Hawkeye”
Mach 2(I think!) “Hoverfly”
After all the models are assembled and painted I check each one individually for “touch ups” on the paint. For this I shut off all lights in the room, use a pocket LED flash light and my strong eye glasses. I view close-up each model and you’d be surprised how many “imperfections” (and screw ups) I find. And if the truth be known I don’t catch them all!
9 additional images. Click to enlarge