This was a fun build! I've never had much luck with Academy's decals, so when I found the cool Hawaii ANG sheet, I was set.
Although maybe basic by some standards, I think the cockpit builds up nicely after a wash and drybrushing. Same with t[...]
an old Monogram Razorback,finally finished as a British Thunderbolt.
Hope you like it.
This is the old Monogram kit. Originally released in 1967, I built this one from a 1993 reissue. I robbed the big Lockheed wing tanks from a Tamiya kit, and relocated one bomb to the centerline station. The big fuel tanks are a common sight o[...]
This is my latest off the bench and one that gave me lots of problems. Most if not all of the issues were self inflicted. The kit supplied cockpit is OK but wanting more I found a True Detail set a.k.a. Victor, that I was really happy with and [...]
This is the 43 year old Monogram “Razorback” that was based on their 1967 “Bubbletop” kit. I found this original 1977 issue of the kit at a recent show and bought it for $5. The deal of the century! I realized while building it that it is the[...]
Latest off the bench is LTC Robert Rowland's "Miss Mutt" which also carried the marking Pride of Lodi, Ohio. Rowland's birth place was in fact Lodi, Ohio, where he was born in 1917. He graduated in 1935 and then attended Ohio State University an[...]
Back in 2007 I found a photo of this P-47D Thunderbolt and I bought a kit of it. The decals came from "AeroMaster Decals." When we moved from Colorado in 2016 to a town near the Los Angeles area of California, the model was placed in one of m[...]
At the end of the year, it's always nice to see everyone's , 'Year in Review'!! I do have a couple that are close, but they won't count, because this article deals with completed kits.
All these kits are 1:48 Scale, from multiple [...]
A 1/48 scale Tamiya kit build of Major George Bostwick's extremely colourful P-47M 'Hotrod' Thunderbolt as it was in mid-1945 after shooting down a Messerschmitt Me-262A jet. To celebrate this feat, it was marked with the addition of a black cow[...]
My friend, the late Archie Maltbie, had a pretty interesting D-Day story. That day he flew his first combat mission, as a pilot in the 365th "Hellhawks" Fighter Group of the 9th Air Force. From my article in this month's Aeroplane Magazine: