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@mcsmith1964 Michael Smith

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Interested primarily in WW II aircraft carriers in 1/700 scale, but branching out lately into some 1/72 aircraft, starting with carrier planes but more recently RAF and Luftwaffe as well. And hoping to get somewhere on my backlog of Star Trek kits A scratchbuilt launch umbilical tower for my 1/200 AMT Apollo/Saturn V is my white whale.

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New CSM, LM and S-IVB parts for 1/200 Apollo 11 LUT project

For the past few weeks I've usually gotten one more swing arm for the LUT up each weekend, with corresponding work to the pad base.  But for the past several days the pad and the mobile launcher have taken a back seat to improvements to the AMT [...]

Saturn V Mobile Launch Tower – swing arms

I got back to work on the LUT yesterday, intending to complete some piping, continue work on the launch pad support stands, and start figuring out how to model the swing arms. The first two were straightforward, but the third involved what I enj[...]

1/700 U.S.S. Fletcher (Matchbox) – weekend rebuild

I've had this old Matchbox 1/700 Fletcher destroyer model for at least 25 years.  I had built it partway down to the detail parts and left it, as shown in the picture to the right (no U.S. flag).  Last weekend I decided that I wanted to take on [...]

Saturn V Mobile Launcher – hard stand support pedestals

Most Saturn V mobile launcher/LUT models use the LUT to show off the crawler/transporter that transported the complete stack from the VAB to Pad 39, as shown above. As handsome as this, I decided to show my LUT on the pad instead for two reason[...]

Saturn V Launch Umbilical Tower fueling pipework

The various pipes needed to fuel the Saturn V ran up Side 2 of the LUT, attached to a frame, as shown in the B&W photo of LUT #1 during construction (the foreground is LUT #2). I started working on adding this frame last week (closeup and [...]

Progress on the 1/200 Saturn V Launch Umbilical Tower (LUT)

After several weeks off I finally got a day in the model workshop yesterday, which extended late into the night and several more hours this afternoon. While I made some progress on the 1/700 Hood and Arizona, the giant leap, to borrow a phrase, [...]

1/700 Dragon USS Arizona (BB-39) – construction update

I've had this Dragon kit of the Arizona in 1/700 for longer than I can remember.  I started it years ago resigned to handpainting it, and it looked so awful after the first coat on the deck and hull that I gave up. With my airbrushing kits a tad[...]

1/700 Minicraft Titanic

My son Parker and I picked up the outstanding new Minicraft 1/700 Titanic at the grand opening of Marshall's new Hobby Lobby recently, and I'm thoroughly enjoying finally getting to work on a waterline Titanic, especially one in my favorite scal[...]

Meng Warship Builder Lexington

I enjoyed taking a break from serious warship modeling with this adorable little anime-ish Lexington (CV-2) by Meng. The kit is well-designed and not a quick build by any means. I have always liked the Lexingtons in prewar colors, so I decided[...]

75th Anniversary – Doolittle Raid: 1/72 B-25 Doolittle Raider

I realized the day before April 18, 2017 that the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid was coming up the next day - and I was close to finishing my 1/72 B-25 in Doolittle Raider markings. The kit is out of the box but with aftermarket decals [...]
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