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FF 07 Almirante Lynch Type 23 frigate (1/350 Trumpeter)

January 9, 2017 in Ships

CNS Almirante Lynch Frigate, 1/350 Trumpeter with generic etch Gold Medals Models enlarged and improved set, Gold Medals Models Naval Ship Decals (1/350-1/400), Testors Custom decal System, scratch with Plastruct improvements for Helicopter AS-532SC Cougar, and invisible thead .004 mm nylon, 300 hours Work, 600 part aprox.

Grumman F9F 8B Cougar, Blue Angels, US Navy Pensacola NAS Florida 1955.

November 13, 2016 in Aviation

1/72 Hasegawa, My first Blue Angel, their seventh, finished in Alclad, MM and Testors enamels with Future over kit decals.

Detail and Scale, F9F Cougar

November 20, 2015 in Reviews

I was also able to secure a copy of the Detail and Scale series on the F9F Cougar a few days ago. Greg Kittinger posted a pretty comprehensive review here, and most of my impressions mirror his. This is my first foray into an interactive e-book and I am pleasantly impressed with the format and the ease with which it can be navigated. The photos are outstanding, and I can assure you you won’t be bored as there a LOT of them. They are supported by pages of informative text, the most interesting to me being the section devoted to the use of the TF-9 as a fast FAC aircraft by the Marines in Vietnam. There are plenty of color drawings, so if you can’t find a scheme that interests you, you’re not looking very hard.

Download from iBooks was simple and effortless and took literally no time at all.

The only downside for me at this point is that the book is in an Apple format, and the only Apple device I own is an iPhone. This somewhat limits the size and detail of both the photos and text due to the small screen size, but that is not at all an unfavorable impression of the book, but rather a limitation brought on by my choice of devices. I am looking forward to seeing this series in a PC or Kindle format, which will surely broaden the audience who will use this book.

Very well written and formatted and I would recommend this book wholeheartedly. Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak have a winner with this one.

As a small personal aside, I remember Bert Kinzey being a member of the El Paso Scale Model Society when I joined the club as a kid in 1970!

iBook review – F9F Cougar by Detail & Scale

November 18, 2015 in Reviews

As I was able to secure the F9F Cougar Detail & Scale eBook offered yesterday, I’m posting my review here. Obviously any serious modeler will be familiar with the printed versions of these books, so as to general content I’ll not comment, but focus on these new e-book versions. These are not just PDF’s of the original print versions, but are in iBook format so are much more interactive and useful.
Viewing on my Mac was not an overwhelmingly “better” experience than thumbing through a print book, since there really were no options to zoom in on reference photos. It did make it easier to load a particular page and have the image standing there before me as reference without having to keep a book open, so easier in that regard to use. However, since I use the smallest laptop, someone with a larger laptop screen or desktop monitor would be able to see more detail as I’m certain the image size would scale to fit the screen.

The iPad is where these iBooks really shine! If you have an iBook account your document is seamlessly available on all your devices, so once downloaded to my Mac, I only had to open my iBook app on my iPad and click on the image of the book in my iBook shelf to download to that device.

Upon opening, there are several pages of added e-book content that provide some hints for navigating and maximizing the iPad format in viewing the content.
Viewing photo galleries is very handy. Click on the image and then swipe away to move through sections of photos, being able to zoom in as required to really see detail.
In several places, there are pages of color schemes or illustrations with call-outs, that at first glance seem too small to read comfortably. However, on the page you’ll notice a tip to touch the images on the page to zoom in, making it easy to see more detail and read the callouts. Very handy.
We just moved 2 weeks ago and because we were downsizing, had to take about 20 boxes of books to used book shops or Goodwill. I appreciate being able to have these very useful reference books in e-format! I will no longer need the storage space to shelve them, they will be devoid of coffee stains, and they are less expensive. Seems like a win-win-win to me!

Thanks Detail & Scale for doing a great job on the conversion, and I’m sure as technology improves, so will their offerings.

Kitty Hawk’s Grumman F9F-8T Cougar in 1/48

October 30, 2014 in Aviation

As soon as I saw the advance notice I put in my order for this magnificent & much neglected model. It seems that most kit manufactures have forgotten about the 1950’s & ’60’s so a Cougar was great news!

It arrived (of course) just after I started to hear comments about ‘buildability’. Nevertheless, since I had already built two Hawk Banshees & survived, I made a start. It is somewhat over-engineered to say the least, but the main problem was the type of plastic used – it just didn’t like polyurethane glues & a letter to Kitty Hawk received a reply confirming that whilst they had had no trouble building their test shots, they had apparently changed the type of plastic in their production run. My understanding is that they will rectify this for future models; I certainly hope so! Anyway, runny CA solved the problem although not all was plain sailing & using CA for an entire model was a new adventure for me.

Since this is not a kit review, I won’t go into all the stops & starts involved in completing my Cougar, but I will say that I will most certainly build the single seater (& their pair of Banshees too), when they hit the market! This build took me three months, which is slow for me, but I am happy with the result. To me it looks every inch a Cougar & that’s what matters! I know the next one will be easier. I hope you like it.


Fisher 1/32 F9F-5 Panther

November 30, 2012 in Aviation

Built OOB….just like the F9F-8 Cougar a fantastic resin kit!!! Paint was Mr Color, and gloss was Mr Color out of the rattle can.


1/32 Fisher F9F-8 Cougar

November 29, 2012 in Aviation

Built out of the box. This is a fantastic resin kit!!!!! Painted with Mr. Color, glossed using the Mr Color rattle can, and the deck is from nautilus models.