Article Directory: Aviation

Building, painting and finishing aircraft models of all scales.

A-M 1/48 SBD-5 Dauntless

Another OOB build of one of the best OOB kits ever released, the Accurate Miniatures SBD-5 Dauntless in the markings of VMSB-232 during the Central Pacific Campaign. Following the successful taking of Kwajalein in the Marshalls, the other Japan[...]

A-M 1/48 SBD-4 Dauntless

One of the last releases by "real" Accurate Miniatures was the SBD-4, which differs from the SBD-3 primarily by having the same prop as the SBD-5, and was also provided with these decals to do a VS-41 Dauntless from the Ranger during Operation T[...]

1/48 Battle of France Spitfire I

This is an almost self-building Tamiya kit. Painted and finished with Humbrol enamels and Superscale decals. The only thing I really added to this one was a set of Eduard belts.

AZ 1/48 Ki-48I “Lily”

Oddly misshapen and a labor to build. One of two kit options,this example fought in the CBI theater, based somewhere in Thailand, 1943. The other kit option, another Thailand based Ki-48 , was evidently shot down over Rangoon by the AVG. Some sa[...]

Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SB2U-3 Vindicator

SB2U-3 of VMSB-231, flown by 2nd Lt Sumner Whitten with gunner Sgt Frank Zelnis, who survived the squadron's attack against the Japanese fleet on 4 June 1942. The next day 2nd Lt. Robert Vaupell flew Whitten's airplane for the attack on the Jap[...]

Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SB2U-1 ‘Vindicator”

This and the SB2U-3 are the last ones for 2012. Done back in 2005, using the Yellow Wings Decals "Dive Bomber" set to do the airplane from VB-3 that was used when LCDR Joe Blake (Fred MacMurray) took LT Doug Lee (Erroll Flynn) for his first air[...]

Roden 1/48th Gladiator Mk.II in Finnish Service

The Roden Gladiator is one of their better 1/48th biplane kits, owing mainly to the parts being a bit more robust than most of their WW1 kits. This model represents GL-255, a machine belonging to LeLv 26 flown by 44-victory Ace Sgt. Oiva Tuomin[...]

1/32 Hasegawa P-40 Kittyhawk Mk.1 “London Pride”

This is 1/32 Hasegawa P-40 Kittyhawk Mk.1 finished with the markings of “London Pride ” (AK772 GA-Y) from No.112 Squadron RAF (Shark Squadron) during spring of 1942 in Gambut Libya . This Kittyhawk was flown by P.O. Burney & Sqn Ldr. Clive C[...]

Hasegawa/Aires 1/32nd Messerschmitt Bf109F-2

The Aires set requires a bit of careful measuring and test-fitting, corrections to the propeller blade tips, tailwheel, and supercharger intake. The oversized tailwheel was sawn from the yoke and replaced with a thinned G-6 tailwheel, the blades[...]

Hasegawa 1/32nd Messerchmitt Bf109G-6r6/Trop

This model features Cutting Edge Cockpit and Exterior Detail Sets and an Eagle Editions Spinner. Paints used were Floquil RLM74/75/76 and Reefer White, decals are a mixture of Aeromaster and Eagle Editions. In the markings of 7./JG-27 during t[...]