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Delta Air Lines DC-8-71

This is a 1/144 Minicraft kit, finished straight from the box. It is the 295th DC-8 built. It was delivered to Delta as a -61 model on 19 July 1967. In 1982, it was modified to -71 standards with the addition of modern CFM56 turbofan engines.[...]

Nakajima Ki44 Shoki (Tojo)

Here's one of Hasagawa's Tojo subjects in 1/32, with an Eduard Big Ed set. I particularly liked the Eduard detailing for the engine, undercarriage, and cockpit. The masking set was also useful. There were numerous other minute pieces that I used[...]

The only UH-1B gunship left, and it’s a HA(L)-3 Sea Wolf!

I now know what the WW2 guys feel like when they see a P-51 or an F6F or one of the other machines from their youth. Was out at Chino today, and all of a sudden I hear the unmistakeable WHOP-WHOP-WHOP of a Huey, and then over the hangars an OD H[...]

World War in a “Z” (with apologies to Brad Pitt)

This is the Hobbycraft Canada 1/48th Dornier Do-17Z, German medium bomber. Because the earlier version had a particularly narrow fuselage, it was sometimes called the Flying Pencil. I think the Z transformed it into the Tadpole! Though the fas[...]

Speaking of the Academy Phantom

Here is the cockpit, not the greatest pictures, but you can see how I modified the left hand RIO pit to more closely resemble the real thing, the front pit is pretty close. One thing that I noted and corrected in the back, but not as much in th[...]

1/48 Monogram B-25J Mitchell Bomber

The Monogram B-25 series was "state of the art", before the Accurate Miniatures versions, and still builds up into a decent replica, for half the cost. Mine was straight OOB, using the kit decals. It comes with a fairly complete interior, at l[...]

1/32 Hasegawa Focke Wulf Fw-190A-5

This is recently finished 1/32 Hasegawa Focke Wulf Fw-190A-5 with the markings of 5.JG 54 flown by Lt Emil Lang in Eastern front during the summer of 1943. Lt. Emil Lang accumulated 173 aerial victories , 144 of which were gained on the Eastern[...]

P-51A at Chino last weekend

This is the Planes of Fame P-51A Mustang, in the markings of "Mrs. Virginia" of the 1st Air Commando Group; the original was flown by their legendary commander, Colonel Phil Cochran. Phil and the Air Commandos were immortalized in the comic str[...]

48th Scale Lockheed Martin T-33 T-Bird/Shooting Star

Just completed this Academy kit OOB for a Gatormodelers display of Florida aircraft that will be in the main library for the month of November here in Gainesville Florida. One of the most well-known jet fighters and trainers in the history of [...]

AH-64 Apache

I don't really think this machine needs much of an introduction! Here it is equipped with sidewinder missiles in 1:32nd scale. The kit is an old Revell kit from 1986, I managed to get it for twenty quid on E-bay! The seatbelts are aftermarket ho[...]