Retired US Navy Senior Chief working as a production supervisor in Seattle.
What a fun kit, certainly had some challenges, the biggest being that the instructions have you install the chain and sprockets before you paint the frame. I simply did kind of what you would do on a real bike, separated the chain and slipped t[...]
The Iraqi Freedom cruise saw many firsts for the S-3 community, being the first time squadrons deployed with both the SLAM-ER (standard land attack missile extended range) and Maverick missile. For VS-38 we made history by being the only S-3 sq[...]
First this is a picture from my 2nd cruise in VS-38. We are launching during flight operations during Iraqi Freedom, Spring 2003. I am the guy in the khaki pants, I was flight deck coordinator for the squadron during that cruise. Connie was t[...]
I have a thing for the Panther G, those who followed my now "paused" build of the RFM Panther will understand this. I still plan on tackling that beast again after I figure out how to deal with some of the kits problems, the biggest being the f[...]
What a fun kit! The final assembly fought me a bit as the windshield did not fit well, but I got it in and some future brushed on with a soft brush cleared it up. I left off the radiator that sits in the middle of the body on top, as I felt it[...]
So the T'Rantula is coming along well. The engine is built, and the body assembled and painted Tamiya Candy Lime Green, over Tamiya Gold, both decanted from the spray can. I decided to add some spider webs. The kit comes with one spider web d[...]
I won't be doing a blow by blow, but here is just what the Dr ordered after a long detailed build like the Tomcat I just finished. A good old Monogram Tom Daniel kit...More to come later!
Well here she is, Victory 201 COs bird, VF-84, USS Theodore Roosevelt 1989 Maiden Voyage cruise. This is a wonderful kit, but I would say it is not one of Tamiya's shake-n-bake kits. Like their 1/32 P-51, you really need to pay attention to cl[...]
So I posted on the "other" modeling site and got some mixed answers. I have kinda switched horses in mid stream and plan (unless I don't......!) on making this VF-154 F-14A from my years in CAG 5 aboard USS Independence. The decal instructions[...]
Chuck has an excellent review of this kit today, and I can tell you it builds like a dream. One area it needs attention from though is the seats. I bought Eduard Brassin seats, modified the cushions to the non-ribbed type, added a few missing [...]