this is the mount of Lt. William Leonard as it would have appeared with VF-11 on Guadalcanal June 1943
he graduated Annapolis class of 1938
won his wings in 1940
he was awarded the Navy Cross at Coral Sea
three weeks later he won another at[...]
First off, some pictures of all the sub-assemblies. In two of the pics, the subs are just dry-fitted. All fits well, typical Tamiya.
When Louis announced the group all those months ago, and with its closing date being quite some way distant, I decided to go for three builds. Three kits whose fates were already planned (although the ‘109 E7 Trop’ took a few twists and turns al[...]
When Louis announced this group project I had already been eyeballing my trusty old Tamiya kit that had been sitting on shelf for some time. This was just the excuse I needed to get it going.
I choose to go with the classic pre-war/early war ma[...]
The Monogram Wildcat is a Wildcat, but I am not sure which one it is. Is it a Wildcat F4F, or a Wildcat FM 1? The FM 1 was made by GM, and the F4F by Grumman. The tail looks tall, like the FM series, and there are only 4 machine guns in the wing[...]
Got too busy with the holiday season and also wanted to get one of these posted before the year was over. So, there's no antenna as I couldn't wait for some EZ Line. I should've taken the photos yesterday when it was a little overcast to diffuse[...]
Just completed the Airfix 1/72 F4F-4. Markings depict Lt. "Swede" Vejtasa's white 19 of VF-10 on board USS Enterprise in Oct of 1942 during the Guadalcanal Campaign. Painted with MRP paints. Added gunsight glass, some Eduard PE in the cockpit, L[...]
Warning: This is a lengthier than usual post, so read on at your own peril.
History of the Bird
The P-38M captured my imagination some time ago, and I decided this point in my return to modeling was my chance to act. In fact, my digging ar[...]
I had originally planned to have this build included in my Battle of Midway Hiryu vs Yorktown
adversaries collection, but never got it started before the Midway GB window had "closed"
Hence the Year of the Cat.
I must admit I did not enjoy bu[...]
This is the Hobby Boss kit which I picked from the stash as something easy....... You've probably done that: Parts fit was excellent, detail sharp & restrained but the undercarriage; that's another story; very fiddly & the prop needed so[...]