Retired US Navy Senior Chief working as a production supervisor in Seattle.
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 [...]
With the demise of Revell (Monogram) and the uncertainty of whether some of the old Monogram (and Revell) kits will still be available in years to come, I have taken to picking up ones I think are less likely to be re-popped. I figure the Tom D[...]
As I have stated here before, classic Monogram kits are my drug, and Emil at Skyway Models in Seattle is my pusher! For me the older the release the better, originals are best if they are not too spendy. So when I went to buy super glue and pr[...]
One thing I must say about Tamiya, really they know how to engineer a kit. The cockpit is a marvel of simplicity. Just enough detail where aftermarket is not really needed. I did tone down the decals for the screen displays, as really if the [...]
I first encountered the F-14 Tomcat in The Mediterranean as an Airman Apprentice assigned to the Line Division of "Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Hundred Twenty Four" VAW-124 the world famous "Bear Aces". It was at night, I had nev[...]
This must be a record for me at least since I was young, 4 kits done in 3 months! All fun, all straight out of the box (well I did plug wires on the dragster) and I did my best to not stress out over perfection. The last one is AMTs Silhouette[...]
Well here is progress on my AMT Silhouette, this time pictures taken with my trusty digital camera and processed with "pictures" on my new MacBook Air. The iPad...well I should have liked it, but I hated it! Well hate is strong, I just didn't [...]
Ok, so I started my Silhouette and am trying out pictures and posting with my new iPad. So far just the engine, brush painted with testors GM engine red. I was surprised how well it brush painted. Chrome was touched up with a Molotow chrome pen.
Well this has to be a record for me, at least in the last couple of decades, 3 models since Christmas and ready to start another. So MPCs Don "Snake" Prudhomes' Yellow Feather 1972 Top Fuel dragster. The kit itself was, as is often the case wi[...]
Ok, so my goal was to build the 4 kits I had been given as gifts before building any others. The Pan Am 2001 Clipper was first, next I chose one of the sillies kits I've ever build, straight from the "Rat Fink" craze of the 1960s Hawks' "Digger[...]