Modeling by Erik Wade Whipple

Tamiya 1/48th F4U-1D of VMF-312

by Erik Wade Whipple on July 25, 2013 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

Here’s the second of my recent Corsair projects. Built to represent a USMC Corsair from VMF-312 while based on Okinawa in the spring of 1945. “530” was flown by several pilots, including 1stLt Merritt O. Chance. The rising sun markings […]

Tamiya 1/48th F4U-1D NZ5255

by Erik Wade Whipple on July 25, 2013 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

Here’s my interpretation of NZ5255. Photos indicate that this aircraft wore a faded factory 4-color scheme with plenty of fuel and oil staining. Operated by No.21 Squadron (RNZAF) on Bougainville in the summer of ’44, this aircraft was downed during […]

Eduard 1/48th P-39

by Erik Wade Whipple on June 26, 2013 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Figured I’d join in on today’s “Airacobra-Pa-Looza”. I built this one back in 2005, using Cutting Edge decals to depict a 35th Fighter Group machine flown by Lt. Roy Owen while based at Nadzab, New Guinea during the Fall of […]

What-If Tamiya 1/48th Beaufighter Mk VI with CMK Mk.IIf Conversion Set

by Erik Wade Whipple on April 27, 2013 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

This replica was built in accordance with Ministry of Silly Models Permit No. 001-13. Here’s the short version of the back story on this Beaufighter that I call “The Manta”: In late 1942, when the Polish nightfighter squadrons based in […]

Wingnut Wings Albatros D.V

by Erik Wade Whipple on April 20, 2013 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

This is my first WNW and large scale WW1 build and am very pleased with how easily it all went together. Although the detail that comes in the box is outstanding, I used the following aftermarket products: Pheon Albatros lozenge […]

Hasegawa 1/32nd Fw190D-9

by Erik Wade Whipple on January 2, 2013 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

This kit was built almost out of the box and went together without much assistance from me, the only additions being some light riveting, p/e belts, and brake lines from wire. Paints are Floquil RLM 04 Yellow, 76 Lichtblau, 81 […]

Roden 1/48th Gladiator Mk.II in Finnish Service

by Erik Wade Whipple on December 31, 2012 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

The Roden Gladiator is one of their better 1/48th biplane kits, owing mainly to the parts being a bit more robust than most of their WW1 kits. This model represents GL-255, a machine belonging to LeLv 26 flown by 44-victory […]

Hasegawa/Aires 1/32nd Messerschmitt Bf109F-2

by Erik Wade Whipple on December 30, 2012 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

The Aires set requires a bit of careful measuring and test-fitting, corrections to the propeller blade tips, tailwheel, and supercharger intake. The oversized tailwheel was sawn from the yoke and replaced with a thinned G-6 tailwheel, the blades of the […]

Hasegawa 1/32nd Messerchmitt Bf109G-6r6/Trop

by Erik Wade Whipple on December 30, 2012 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

This model features Cutting Edge Cockpit and Exterior Detail Sets and an Eagle Editions Spinner. Paints used were Floquil RLM74/75/76 and Reefer White, decals are a mixture of Aeromaster and Eagle Editions. In the markings of 7./JG-27 during their posting […]

Hasegawa 1/32nd Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 “Tall Tail”

by Erik Wade Whipple on December 30, 2012 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

A beneficiary of the tail swap I mentioned in a previous article, this one also features an MDC cockpit and wheels, Cutting Edge exhausts, and an Eagle Editions spinner. Paints are Floquil RLM74/75/76, 04 Gelbe, and RLM66 on the canopy […]