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Building, painting and finishing aircraft models of all scales.

Tamiya F4F Wildcat

by Gary Brantley on December 3, 2012 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

I’ve built about 40-45 1/48 model aircraft over the last 25 years (yes, I am the world’s slowest builder, lol) but this Wildcat was my first Tamiya kit. I finished it last year and I have to say that all […]

Imperial Defender – Nichimo Ki45Kai Toryu “Nick”

by Brett Peacock on December 3, 2012 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

This is the older Nichimo kit, built largely OOB with Aeromaster decals (Imperial Defenders) I chose the allover Army green machine over the more conventional Grey and green blotch as it gives the aircraft a very different look. The Homeland […]

1/32 Trumpeter F4F-4 Wildcat

by Rob Colvin on December 3, 2012 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

Mostly OOB, I added the fuel tank under the cockpit floor. You can’t really see it unless you look through the windows on the lower fuselage, but I know it is there….lol. Paint is Mr. Color, and floquil. Decals by […]


by Seth Marshall on December 3, 2012 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Here is another old build, this time a 1/32 Hasegawa Ki-84.

Not Yet a Thunderjet: Heller 1/72 XP-84 Conversion

by Kevin Thompson on December 3, 2012 in Aviation -- 3 Comments

The old 70s-vintage Heller F-84G Thunderjet in 1/72 was converted to represent the prototype XP-84 by cutting the wingtip tanks off and making new tips with styrene sheet, removing the canopy framing and smoothing out/polishing the canopy, and extending the […]

Special Hobby 1/48 Fiat G.55 “Sottoserie 0″

by Kevin Thompson on December 3, 2012 in Aviation -- 2 Comments

This kit I did about four or five years back, when it was first released. As a big fan of Italian planes, it is interesting to compare the G.55 to the Macchi C.202 and C.205. The G.55 went into service […]

A Trio of Hasegawa Macchis

by Kevin Thompson on December 3, 2012 in Aviation -- 2 Comments

Hasegawa’s 1/48 scale Macchi C.202 and C.205 kits are probably the best 1/48 kits of any WWII Italian aircraft to date. Accurate, well-detailed and well fitting, there are many different decal options available for this series of kits. I did […]

Italeri 1/48 Macchi C.200 Saetta

by Kevin Thompson on December 2, 2012 in Aviation -- 4 Comments

Italeri’s 1/48 Macchi 200 Saetta (serie VII) is a welcome release. Previously, there was the old Artiplast (later SMER) kit in 1/50, and Czech short-run derivatives such as Pacific Coast Models (which is also good, but resin and PE fiddly). […]

Hobby Boss 1/48th F4F-3 Wildcat ‘Wake Island Defender’

by Erik Wade Whipple on December 2, 2012 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

This model went together with no trouble at all. The fit was very good and I experienced no problems with alignment. Paints were Floquil Navy Blue Grey, and US Navy Grey mixed with Concrete from their Railroad Colors line. I […]

Confederate States Air Force Mirage F-1

by Gary Brantley on December 2, 2012 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

What if? What if the Confederate States of America had survived the American Civil War? What if the CSA had survived right up into the present? Well, that’s the premise behind this aircraft. I created a scenario in which today’s […]