Article Directory: Aviation

Building, painting and finishing aircraft models of all scales.

Hasegawa/Aires 1/32nd Messerschmitt Bf109F-2

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[...]

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

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 t[...]

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

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 frame. D[...]

Hasegawa 1/32nd Messerschmitt Bf109G-2r6

The Bf109G-6 "Hartmann Edition" formed the basis for this model. Modifications included an MDC G-2/4 cockpit set, True Details wheels, decals cobbled together from Eagle Strike and Eagle Editions. Tape belts with p/e buckles from the MDC set. [...]

1/48 Hasegawa Ki-45

This was finished earlier this year. It is essentially OOB with the exception of the seat belts, which I made myself. The markings on the aircraft belong to the 53rd Sentai, a unit assigned to defending Japan from attacking B-29s in 1945. The de[...]

Raymond Collishaw’s “Black Maria” – Roden 1/32 Sopwith Triplane

Having trashed Billy Bishop, here's a model flown by the Canadian (and Empire/Commonwealth) Ace of Aces, Raymond Collishaw, whose 60 victories in the Triplane and Camel were fully documented by his squadron mates with whom he flew, and are verif[...]

Roden 1/32 Nieuport 24

The Roden Nieuport 24 kit done as the airplane flown by Charles Nungesser. This airplane is hard to track down because the superstitious Nungesser kept the rudder (with serial "1895") from his Nie. 17 and put it on all his following Nieuports, [...]

1/48 SPAD XIII

This is a DML kit modified to the early rounded wingtip configuration. I built this one last year, finishing it with Humbrol enamels and an ancient MSAP decal sheet that performed as if it were brand new. This was the last old DML WW1 kit in [...]

1/48 F-4J

This is an Esci kit that I mproved with some parts from the spares box and scratchbuilt. These old Esci Phantoms build well, have recessed panel lines, and are pretty accurate in shape. They lack details in the cockpit and afterburner areas. [...]

Messerschmitt 109 E-3 6/JG 51, Werk. Nr: 5057

Messerschmitt 109 E-3 6/JG 51, Werk. Nr: 5057 Oblt. Josef Priller, Oktober 1940 Belgien Decals: Eagle Strike The kit is a Hasegawa 1:32 All lines have been redrawn and tank cover and maintenance, the demarcation lines are sprayed with the airb[...]