Modeling by Rick Wilkes

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Destination Unkown

by Rick Wilkes on December 11, 2014 in Sci-fi -- 18 Comments

This is the Pegasus 1/144 scale Luna Rocketship kit. I has 11 or 12 parts as I recall and no fit issues. I started this kit the same day as the Airfix Stuka I did for the BoB group build […]

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Battle of France/Battle of Britain Group Build – Tamiya 1/72d Spitfire Mk.I

by Rick Wilkes on November 24, 2014 in Aviation -- 27 Comments

Finally finished this morning, Not much to tell that wasn’t in the WIP blog.except for the propeller. I took Seamus’s advice and used the “PropBlur” brass parts to make a mask the airbrushed the prop on to a clear disk. […]

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Battle of France/Battle of Britain Group Build – Airfix 1/48 Ju87B-2 Stuka

by Rick Wilkes on November 3, 2014 in Aviation -- 26 Comments

Here’s my Stuka 3 days late. The modifications I made to the kit are: True Details brass set and other parts used to dress up the cockpit. Kit canopy cut into sections, windscreen and pilot’s canopy used as masters to […]

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Battle of France/Battle of Britain Group Build – Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk I

by Rick Wilkes on October 31, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 31 Comments

After an emergency canopy repair,(which I will try again later), here’s it is. Paints are all Polly Scale acrylics, the decals are from the kit and the weathering is oil washes, Mig pigments, etc. After seeing the great work Seamus […]


The A Shau Valley, March 10, 1966, Rest in Peace Col Fisher, January 11, 1927 – August 16, 2014

by Rick Wilkes on August 27, 2014 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

Because of Col Fisher’s passing I decided to share with you the story of a model I built and the experience I had because of it. I do not tell this story often, it’s not really about me but what […]


Another P-40 – Trumpeter 1/48 Curtiss 81-A2 Warhawk

by Rick Wilkes on July 9, 2014 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

I finished this about 2 years ago, using the Kits World decals for “Tex” Hill’s aircraft, & Gator Masks for the camouflage. I rebuilt the cockpit to the proper depth using a combination of kit parts, True Details resin, Eduard […]


D-Day Group Build – 1/48 Wildcat V

by Rick Wilkes on July 6, 2014 in Aviation -- 24 Comments

Here we are a month after D-Day and I’ve called this one done. I must admit I’m unsure if this aircraft was used at Normandy or only at the invasion of Southern France (Operation Dragoon 15 August ’44), but be […]

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Trumpeter 1/48 Vampire FB Mk. 5

by Rick Wilkes on December 17, 2013 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

As a memento of the IPMS/UK 50th Anniversary Tour, and being unable to model a massive bout of constipation, and unwilling to spend £40 for one of the Alleycat kits, I purchased the new Trumpeter Vampire FB Mk. 5, when […]


Anigrand resin 1/72d North American AJ-2 Savage

by Rick Wilkes on July 28, 2013 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

Another recent escapee from my “shelf of doom” is this 1/72d scale AJ-2 Savage. I picked up this kit at the last IPMS/USA National in Columbus Ohio and worked on it off and on till last month when I decided […]


Aurora SBC-3 Helldiver

by Rick Wilkes on June 7, 2013 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

Out of the box expect for the prop which was lost, raised detail removed and marking from Yellow Wings Decal sheet for the movie Dive Bomber. Purchased in 1984 finished in 2007. Rick