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Tamiya 1/32 Mk XVIe Spitfire 349 sqdn

May 26, 2016 in Aviation

I know it has been aeons since I have posted anything worth while that I would consider finished or that may be shown here in these pages. The last time I completed this model was a few years ago and it turned out rather hum drum. Then a few months back a good neighbor of mine and an acquaintance of both Greg and me went out to do some catting about town and wound up at a small store called the Hussar. This kit was there from an estate sale and I was able to talk him down to a more acceptable price. I put off starting this until I was sure that I would be dedicated to the build and try to right some wrongs that I committed and omitted those years ago.

One of the issues I had with this kit was the engine compartment and the fit of the side panels and those issues did not actually go away for me but I did manage to get around a few of them and continue on. While you cant see in these pictures the ignition wiring I did happen to make them from some scavenged copper wire. and the only other non kit item I added were some Barracuda Studios resin valve covers which fit rather nicely but are hidden under the top engine panel so it is a moot point.

Anyway, I do hope you enjoy the photos and as always comments are welcome,

TMF 2016 show (Tulsa Modelers Forum)

April 10, 2016 in Show Reports

It was one of our most attended shows in the last couple of years. There were tons of entries and if you were anywhere near Tulsa I am sorry that you missed it. I did get three kits that were loaded with tons of resin and p.e. The resin is Vector and all the Big Ed sets you can lay your hands on for $140.00. The Jewel of my haul was the P-40N that I have been trying to get for the past three years.

The rest of the pics are in no particular order.

I have found some more pics of Saturday’s show. I apologize if there are some repeats.

Thank you iModeler

February 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

My daughter came by and told me that I had a package. Even though she lives about two miles south of me and since I am house bound most of the time she does that as a service to my wife and I, after all we were the ones that taught her how to use a knife and fork.

I was excited to see that I finally have a Seafire. I always wanted one of these and finally have one in my grubby little paws. I have always thought that the counter rotating props and the Griffon engine were extra cool.


My old eyes

February 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

I shared with you guys about my eyes being really hosed up and this past Friday I had strabismus surgery on my right eye. I cant see how little kids can get this surgery and bounce right back. This involves cutting some muscle tissue on the side of the eye so the eye is mostly straight.
It’s sort of painful the first day out of surgery and after that it feels as if you have a welding arc burn. It has been two days now and it is feeling better but I still have a bit of a goopy feeling with some small headaches that I am sure will be gone in a couple of days.

I will no longer have to wear the 3/4 inch thick glasses and after I get a new script I should be good as new.
These small minimally invasive surgeries on geezers my age is hard to recover from. Not like I was in my 40’s.

Now back to modeling tomorrow.

Modeling on the cheap

January 7, 2016 in How-to

I have always been looking to get hobby and modeling supplies with out paying out the nose with internet prices being what they are so I thought I would share some of the things that I buy and use exclusively.
You may recognize some of them and I doubt that our friends from over seas may have such things available to them but maybe they have it by a different name.

One of the many products that we all use at one time or another is good ole Tamiya Extra thin cement. This comes in a 40ml bottle and usually runs from 4 to 7 dollars depending on where you are. This is a mixture of MEK, TCE and other chemicals of which I can not remember right now. Now here is a product that has the same chemicals (solvents) that is in the Tamiya product but at 118 ml and $2.00 a bottle is a better bargain all around. Beauty secrets fingernail polish thinner. The operative word here is thinner and not remover.

This stuff goes into the empty Tamiya bottle and you have about three times the use from one bottle that you have with the Tamiya product. The only time I buy the Tamiya stuff is when I need a new applicator brush.

The next product is something a watch maker friend of mine turned me on too last year and I find it a grand substitute for Tenax and Plas-T-Weld.

This stuff comes in all sizes and viscosities. It is just as hot as Tenax and the other but with a 4 oz. can you get almost forever use out of. Scigrip Weld-On #3 very fast set and I mean very fast set. Mine came with an applicator bottle but that bottle is for more of an industrial application.

I took Same said friends advice and bought a better set of tweezers of which I paid about $15.00 shipped from eBay. They are the surgical and jewelers type and came in a nifty storage case.

It has all kinds of uses here.

The next item are sanding sticks. I get mine from the same beauty supply store that I buy my “Xtra Thin” from and they run about one to two dollars less than model designated sanding sticks.

These come in all kinds of grit sizes from real coarse to extra fine and you can even get some chamois buffing ones that I use for polishing canopies. I understand that there may be a need to get into fine and small areas so I just get the mini sanding sticks from Flex-i-file or Alpha Abrasives.

I needed a new set of saw blades that I can use for any resin so RB productions had this set at Sprue Brothers at a good price. The only reason I don’t cut up those nail boards is because I have no safe way to do so but I am content to buy from other souses.
The saw blades fit in a small Xacto handle or you can buy a set of pe handles that are proprietary to the saw blades.

There you have it. All in a nut shell. If you have any things that you use to cut the cost of the hobby bill or anything that may be a handy item please share, we would be grateful to hear of it.

Teeny, tiny small parts

January 3, 2016 in How-to

How do you sand down the small tiny parts that are impossible to hold between your fingers. That escapes me just as much as seeing said same parts.

1/48 Tamiya A-1H (VF-75 Sunday Punchers)

August 26, 2014 in Aviation

It has been quite a while since I have posted any of my builds, to tell the truth, I haven’t really finished many in the past few months. This is sort of a get my mojo filter clean and see if I can get back in the swing of things.

I chose this scheme because I thought I had seen plenty of that bees business end for quite a while and really, even though a prop plane shot down a Mig, it wasn’t the first time. The kits went together really well even though there were a few issues caused by yours truly. The decals are from Eagle Strike and were a very good set. They responded very well to a moderate application of Micro-sol and Solvaset.

I used a mixture of Vallejo and Model Master acrylics and for the primer a few shots of Rust-o-leum white primer which is very fine and cheaper than a 4 oz can from the LHS. The Camera is a Canon EOS T3 with the 18-55 mm kit lens.


1/32 Hasegawa P-47- 40 Slick Chick

March 24, 2014 in Aviation

I was doing this as a buddy build on a private forum that I belong to and I thought I would share. This took me about o month and most of it was trying to decide what scheme to go with. I was going to to the set up with the spike but that proved to be quite difficult for me to cut the mask so I chose the early one instead.

I have been really enamored with this Jug since I was about 9 years old I just like the way the dorsal fillet made the plane look. Now that this is done I will find a place for it next to all my other recent builds. Thanks for looking.

Hasegawa 1/32 FW 190 D-9 Jabo

January 6, 2014 in Aviation

I have an ongoing and serious infatuation with a few different planes from the Luftwaffe 190s and 109s, He 111 and He 219 etc.etc.etc. I found this on eBay for a real nice price, almost half the retail so I jumped on it. There are few differences in the Hasegawa kits of one model of aircraft and the other but this one has a newly molded fuselage, an engine plug since there isn’t an engine in the kit, a choice between two canopies and a resin bomb.

So in order to go the route of not building OOB I chose a set of decals from Eagle Editions and attempted to replicate Hans Dortenmann’s red 1. From what I gather this plane has quite the history with Hans and had changed squadrons a few times. I suppose that this is the last 190 that he flew. I only say that because I really didn’t do too much research in his history.

Well, here it is, although I should have really paid attention to some details as I got close to completion. I hope that you like it.

1/32 Zoukei-Mura P-51

December 22, 2013 in Aviation

This isn’t one of my best efforts to date. I fount that this kit id surely meant to be displayed guts showing. I had nothing but fit issues through out the entire build. I think the next Mustang I’ll build will be the Tamiya. I can’t really blame the kit entirely because most of the bad construction and painting is my inattention to details. That happened because I did become frustrated with it.
I chose the livery because you hardly see any one post anything from the 79th. I think this is quite a striking scheme. You see Sneebo on the front because Lt D.S. Sass was a former cavalry officer. I don’t know if he ever got any victories but at this point it’s sort of moot.