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@flyingwrench G. Ley

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Retired pilot/mechanic

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Monogram’s Mystery Engine

I have a certain fondness for radial engines. This is understandable, seeing as how most of my 2700 hours was spent behind or alongside one or more of these mechanical masterpieces of aeronautical technology. This prompted me to purchase several […]

The First Time

How many remember their first time? No, not that first time, but the first time you sat down with a model kit. Well here is my first time. I was about the age of my avatar when my mother purchased […]

The Airport Rotating Beacon

Every airport diorama needs a rotating beacon. To fill that function, I purchased a Lionel rotating beacon, model 494. However there are many problems with accuracy, as this unit is intended for “O” scale electric train layouts not noted for […]

Completed Hanger

This is one of the three structures in my Caribbean airport diorama that was covered in part in an earlier article. The hanger of course is the centerpiece of the diorama. The weathering is typical of what happens to these […]

The Quonset hut

As previously stated, I try incorporating as many details from my life as possible in these dioramas. Thanks to the Marines, I have intimate familiarity with Quonset, or as the British say “Nissen”, hut and because we used them on […]

Working jackstands

How many of us have asked ourselves, “just how am I going to put that gear retraction test in my diorama? What am I going to do for jackstands?” That was the very question I faced while planning my 1/48 […]

Progress on the latest effort grande

This is a works-in-progress layout to assess initial positioning of structures. It’s like working on a model of an architectural proposal with a lot more detail.The projected cost overruns of this project make it worthy of a government contract. The […]

The Hook Up

This scene is taken from a commercial glider operation I once managed in central Texas, where towering CB’s reign over the plains! The 150 hp, Lycoming 0-320 Super Cub is a pretty standard tow plane, useful for its cost effectiveness. […]

Paper Models

I cannot resist free paper models. Here are a few dioramas from my micro museum, featuring free, online offerings. The Japanese model is the carrier Akagi’s island with deck. The cost of a 1/144 Aichi type 99 “Val” and B5N […]

Haven’t we all encounterd this?

This is a large scale Fokker Dr-1 purchased from an British gentleman. It was shipped with a very heavy base. The base came adrift causing major damage. Von Richthofen’s Fokker was in better shape than this after his fatal crash. […]

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