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Desert Rose

Beyond being historically important aircraft, Spitfires are just beautiful. I find that their iconic design emerges best with the desert camouflage, especially with the color scheme of the Polish Fighting Team. Possibly this is because of the b[...]

How-to: Getting that worn look to an aircraft’s camouflage using dry pigments

A wee tutorial of getting that worn look to an aircraft’s camouflage by working with dry pigments. This is part of an ongoing video blog by Mr. Gary "Making Models Again" Bottoms. Example kit in this case is the Airfix 1/72 Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib[...]

Weathering the Airfix 1/72 Hawker Typhoon MkIb

A wee tutorial of sorts on one of the methods I use to age an aircraft's airframe. The finished article (more…)

Hasegawa F-8H Crusader

Here is the Hasegawa F-8 done as an F-8H using the full Cutting Edge conversion set and Meteor Productions decals. There's an old saying that "it's better to be lucky than good." The Chance Vought F-8 Crusader series was not only lucky, but go[...]

“Le Crouze” – the last Crusader

Here is the Hasegawa F-8E Crusader modified to be an F-8E(FN)/F-8P, using the Cutting Edge slats and flaps, dive brake, and cockpit, with decals from MDC. By 1962, the Marine Nationale was undergoing rapid modernization, with two new aircraft[...]

Monograms 1/48th Ling Temco F-8E Crusader, USN, Vietnam

So to add another Crusader to the mix. This one is using the Kendall wing fold set and cockpit upgrade set. The only thing I didn't do was adjust the incorrect stance of the main gear. I configured this for a ground attack mission. My inte[...]

OK, I’ll play along! Monogram 1/48 scale F-8 Crusader

Inspired by the last few posts, here is my Monogram 1/48 scale F-8 Crusader. I used the Cobra Company landing gear set and resin ejection seat, some foil from a wine bottle to make a simple seatbelt harness and I used stock decals that had been[...]

Another 48th Scale Monogram F-8 Fan

I bult this model some time ago, but it is still one of my favorites. The panel lines are pencil and the kit is built basically out of the box. Lots of decal work and some light weathering. The seat is resin.

Revell 1/72 PT-109

Since watching "McHale's Navy" and the movie "PT-109" when I was a kid, I've been fascinated with PT boats. I decided I needed a change of pace and this was what came of it. The kit is the oldest in Revell's inventory, having been introduced i[...]

1/48 Firefly FR.4

This is the recent Special Hobby kit finished as a Dutch Navy example based in New Guinea. These were the last Fireflies in service anywhere, and were replaced by Hawker Hunters in 1962. The model assembles extremely well and really puts Speci[...]