This kit was an unintentional acquisition, part of a large swap. Prior to the build I had stayed away from vacu-form kits/conversions, convinced that I’d run out of talent shortly after unwrapping the boxes. (see WIP). Motivated by the subject […]
Modeling by Bryan W. Bernart
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Ah jus’ loves me a model airplane…
Fell in love with Airfix 1/72, and some larger stuff as a kid, and by 18 was on to other endeavors. Re-discovered the hobby in 2004, as I needed something to do. I build WWII aircraft 1/48, pretty much OOB, and accept the contents of said box without resorting to blueprints. OK, so I’ve built a few turkeys, and am reluctant to weather my work to a great degree,but every build gets a little closer to being “there”.
Professionally, I have been involved in the yachting industry on a global basis in any number of positions, and currently build things for people by turning expensive rough lumber into dust, noise and shape. Mid 50’s . Single.
Xuntong’s first effort is my rendition of a Soviet Pacific Fleet member from 1946. Too late for the second World War, it served in several eastern bloc air forces in a number of roles. While mostly a pleasure to build, […]
An alternative on an appropriate day. When paint goes bad and decals go awry. Never, never, never say die. Cheers to all of you fellow inmates and assorted lunatics!
Representing an aircraft from VT-83, USS Essex (CV-9), April, 1945. A very well engineered kit and enjoyable build. Model Master enamels used throughout and constructed out of the box with the exception of the pilot’s seat belts, which are, you […]
Third member of the ten buck crew is this beast. Basically a MiG-23 with the exception of the nose and engine intakes, both modified for lower, slower combat. This qualifies as a toy as the wings are engineered to move, […]
The second of the ten dollar specials, this was originally intended to be the basis of a serious NMF effort-until I found it was smooth as a baby’s behind as well. I really was hoping for engraved panel lines-this is […]
Another recent Revell re-box of an old Monogram kit, and the result of an urge on my part to discover jets and venture into post WWII aviation modeling. One of my search parameters was that ten dollars was all I […]
A different sort of challenge for a guy that builds airplanes, Jordan Grand Prix’s first entry into the Formula One wars. Powered by a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated 670 bhp Ford V8 linked to a 6-speed Hewland/Jordan manual gearbox, the […]
One that almost became the second occupant of the shelf of doom. Why, you ask? I was about half way through when Tom Cleaver published his authoritative “Frankenspit”, and I knew all was lost. Eventually built OOB, it came together […]
A very effective and versatile weapons system, and found mounted on everything from battle cruisers to railroad cars. Normally fired in diagonal pairs, it’s Mauser 20mm cannons could spit out 800 rounds per minute. Emergency mode allowed all four to […]