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Airfix 1/72d F4F-4 Wildcat …Year of the Cat & 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway(late)

by Rick Wilkes on September 17, 2017 in Uncategorized -- 28 Comments

I had originally planned to have this build included in my Battle of Midway Hiryu vs Yorktown adversaries collection, but never got it started before the Midway GB window had “closed” Hence the Year of the Cat. I must admit […]

Hasegawa 1/48 SBD-3

by Rick Wilkes on June 7, 2017 in Uncategorized -- 18 Comments

It’s been so long ago that I built this kit I can only be sure that it was before Y2K. As punishment for my sins I decided that I would see if I could add enough detail to a Hasegawa […]

Airfix Dogfight Double 1/72 F4F-4 Wildcat vs B5N2 Kate

by Rick Wilkes on June 7, 2017 in Uncategorized -- 12 Comments

This display represents the factual interception of LT Tomonaga Joichi, commander of the Hiryu’s Air Group by LCDR James Thach commander of the Yorktown’s Air Group. LT Tomonaga led the Hiryu’s second strike force of 10 Kate’s and 6 Zeros […]

1/72 Fujimi D3A Val dive bomber

by Rick Wilkes on June 7, 2017 in Uncategorized -- 9 Comments

This model is marked as the aircraft of the commander of the dive bomber squadron on the IJN Hiryu, LT Kobayashi Michio. He led the Hiryu’s first attack of 18 Val’s & 6 Zeros that launched at about 1045. After […]

Skymax 1/72d TBD-1 & Airfix 1/72d A6M2

by Rick Wilkes on June 7, 2017 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

I’ve decided to concentrate on the history rather than the models in my Midway GB posts. 12 TBD-1’s of VT-3 led by LCDR Lance E. (Lem) Massey spotted the Japanese carriers at about 1015. Initially the Zeros were kept at […]

Destination Unkown

by Rick Wilkes on December 11, 2014 in Sci-fi -- 20 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]