I shot these pics of a restored A-1H, "Lieutenant America", at Lonesome Pine Regional Airport in Wise County, Va., back in 2011.For a restoration, this Skyraider compares well to photos from Wayne Mutza's book on A-1's in Vietnam, Bert Kinzey's [...]
Tamiya has been making a fair bit of hard currency over the past couple of decades with their 1/16 scale series of plastic figure kits, and their German Field Commander offers a mix of good detail and marginal parts fit.
Molded in # parts of gr[...]
Everyone knows about VA-176's 'Bumblebee' MiG killer, with its giant killer bee artwork, but the first USN Skyraider to shoot down a MiG-17 seems to be lost in the shuffle.
Tamiya's A-1H USN kit, fortunately, includes markings for VA-25's 'Cana[...]
This is a conversion of the Airfix Seafire 46/47 using the old Aeroclub Spitfire Mk. 21 conversion set. The conversion uses the extended kit wing, landing gear, exhausts and miscellaneous parts along with Aeroclub's fuselage, radiator baths, tai[...]
Remember the days when we Spitfire enthusiasts thought we were in hog heaven with Mk IX releases from Occidental and ICM? Well, that's been almost two decades and a blizzard of Eduard IX/VIII releases later, but here's an ICM Spit I finished bac[...]
A bargain compared to the Tamiya and Eduard Emil kits, if only for the optional parts. You can do just about every major E subtype from the parts in the box.
There are a few minor let downs. The propeller blade shape us a tad dodgy, and the lea[...]
Even with whatever Trumpeter and HobbyBoss may have released, the Eduard series of Bf 109Es are just about the best available in 1/32 scale. They do require careful fitting during assembly, but your reward is a model with very little filler need[...]
It may not have all the bells and whistles of Tamiya's 1/32 Spitfire IX, but the Pacific Coast Models kit gives you a pretty accurate Mk IX without having to worry about a stratospheric parts count. While in many ways a limited-run kit not for t[...]
One of two 1/48 injection-molded P-47N kits out there (Academy's N coming out around the time this one came out in the late 1990s), the ProModeler kit was repopped a few years back by Revell.
While it's the most accurate N kit in outline, it's a[...]
The classic Monogram A-4E/F Skyhawk still lives 36 years after its initial release. Yeah, the Hasegawa kit may offer finer details and cleaner moldings, but you can do a lot with the Monogram kit too. Revell's most recent repop of this classic g[...]