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Seymour Johnson F-15E at Langley AFB, Hampton, Virginia

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:28
Sometimes everything falls into place. Nikon D80 with 300mm f:4.0 ED AF. Thirteen years ago this week.

Monogram 1/48 Do335 Out of the box (1974)

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 09:11
Here's is Monograms version of the Do335. First issued in 1974 this kit has re-issued many times. I built out of the box but worked on getting the seams around the upper nose and engine panels. I took my time with it and tried to make as clean a model as I could

nothing to see

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 08:53

Two kits for sale

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 22:24
I have for sale.... Panzer III L Tamiya #35215 Box is open, but sprues are sealed $25.00 shipped Tiger I Gruppe Fehrmann, Essel 1945 Special Edition Academy #13299 Box is open, but sprues are sealed $40.00 shipped If interested Email t55mbt@outlook.com or Message Billy

Hasegawa 1/72 USAAF Fuel Truck (1974)

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 19:24
Here's a simple out of the box build of Hasegawa's kit #MB-021. Only thing I did was add a clear plastic windshield and fill the fuel tanks with lead to give the model some heft and allow the tires to sit evenly. In the background is Airfix's control tower and Academy's B-17g. Photographed with a Nikon 950 coolpix. I think it would be an easy fix to replace the overscale headlight protectors with stretched sprue. I'll try that next time.

What's the best way of mounting bulged resin tires so that they sit right?

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 19:09
I have a problem gluing the wheels so that the flat part sits correctly. It I use CA glue it sets to quickly and if I use something else it does not set at all. Any suggestions? Thanks, David

Coming soon to an outlet near you - Steve Ginter to release the North American B-45 Tornado book by Geoffrey Hays

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 14:30
Steve Ginter’s Air Force Legends series introduces volume 224, North American B-45 Tornado by former USAF Museum senior staffer, Geoffrey Hays. Geoffrey is also the author of the popular Air Force Legends #215 Boeing B-50 Stratofortress. (I have no associaton with the author other than being long time modeling friends.) A concise text, supported by insightful captions, covers operational and hardware details from its development as our first jet powered bomber to the atomic role to unit assignments and deployments. This 262 page volume features: 262 Pages, 267 drawings, 355 photos, and 95,763 words in 12 Chapters. 15 color aircraft images Color drawings of 33-unit insignia of units known to have flown the Tornado 4 pages covering scale models of the Tornado from 1956 List and details of all known accidents List of tail numbers of RB-45Cs assigned to Yokota AB, Japan which flew tactical missions over North Korea and Manchuria as well as highly classified strategic reconnaissance missions deeper over the Peoples’ Republic of China and the eastern USSR during and after the Korean War. List of tail numbers of aircraft assigned to units supporting NATO from the UK List of tail numbers of RB-45Cs which flew Peripheral Aerial Reconnaissance Missions in Europe (missions flown from 35 to three nautical miles of denied airspace, sometimes into denied airspace) List of tail numbers of all armed Tornados in The Far East Air Forces and United States Air Forces Europe. List of tail numbers of Tornado that penetrated denied airspace including the Soviet Union in 1952 and 1954 Details of B-45A, B-45C and RB-45C design, production, performance, payload, endurance, and operations. A section on the configurations, colors and markings of all RB-45Cs which were based at Yokota AB, Japan during the Korean War and for a few years thereafter.

Vintage Kit: Matchbox Me110 (PK-115) 1976

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 14:08
this is Matchbox's kit of the Me110 and is built out of the box with only changes being the decals. It was first released in 1976 and unlike earlier Matchbox releases this kit has mostly fine panel lines unlike the deep engraving or earlier kits.

Roommate Sought in Las Vegas

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 14:04
I am flying in from St. Louis on Wednesday morning 18 August. Flight, car rental, and convention registration all done. Just need a roommate to share room cost. I have an early flight on the Sunday morning after the convention (22 August). Anyone of you who can help, please let me know as soon as you can. If you have a room already, let me know the cost that I will help out with for you. Thank you in advance. Bob

What’s the latest Journal issue to be received by everybody?

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 14:51
I may have sent my renewal in too late to get it. ????

Vintage Kit: Airfix Me-262 (1960)

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 12:48
When the new Airfix Me262 came out I built the original version from Airfix for a fun comparison. It is built out of the box and the decals are from the new Airfix Me262. For a 61 year old mold it does hold up. The last photo shows the new and old kits.

Old Airfix Gloster Gladiator, 1/72.

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 09:51
I got this kit in a grab bag of kits I bought. It's from the 1956 molds and even had the pilot's head molded in halves integral to the fuselage sides. There are many inaccuracies and omissions, so to build it 'right' would be a real waste of time as there are now many other much better representations, including Airfix's own excellent re-tooled one. But I decided to do it just for fun, so I did it as a desk model and since it was to be in flight, I added the 'spinning' prop. I also rigged it, which was not called for in the instructions, and added the antenna, which you may notice is the wrong configuration, but since there were so many other 'problems' and it was simpler to do this way, I settled for it amongst all the other inaccuracies, which includes the markings. The kit's decals were useless, so I got some out of the spares box. They actually belong to a Hawker Fury of First Squadron, but hey, in for a penny in for a pound, inaccuracy-wise.

Novice vender needs help

Sun, 06/13/2021 - 16:50
I am going to have a vending table at the Las Vegas Nationals this year and have never done any kind of vending at all. I'm wondering if anyone could give me an idea of what to expect, what I might need, and any other tips that you think might be helpful to a rank amateur. Many thanks!

1/48 Trumpeter HU-16A Albatross Rescue Seaplane

Sat, 06/12/2021 - 11:54
For my next build I am building the 1/48 Trumpeter HU-16A Albatross. I should note that I have been working on this in the background for a while I was working on the commission builds. The HU-16A is a twin-engine seaplane (originally designated SA-16A) mostly used as a search and rescue aircraft for the United States Coast Guard and United States Air Force. I will be using Caracal decals # CD48047 and using the scheme for U.S. Coast Guard in 1956. I will also be super-detailing the interior. I was able to locate some reference photos of this aircraft from a fellow modeler. One of the first things I needed to do was to add the door from the cockpit to the crew area. I used some sheet styrene and made the window from clear acetate film. The door handles are extras from my photo etch bin. There are two bays on each side of the cockpit bulkhead that have avionics gear. I used more extras from my photo etch extras to detail the equipment and 30 awg wire to cable them. The instrument panel and center console were all hand painted. The flight control wheels had a sinkhole in the middle so I filled them with putty and the made decals of the 1950’s Grumman logo for the center caps. The pilot and co-pilot seats were assembled and detailed with photo etch seat belts. The landing gear bays were assembled extra details were added with 30 awg wire. The floor of the crew area has a path of non-skid as well and tie-down pads for various configurations. I represented the pads with spare photo etch pieces. There are three cots in the mid-section. The kit supplied photo etch pieces but they are flat and difficult to shape to make them look like the real cots. I decided to use some thin cloth which gives them a much better look. I detailed the crew seats with photo etch seat belts and mounted the main landing gear bays. I am starting on the fuselage now. The interior has numerous ejection marks. I filled these with putty so that I have a smooth surface to begin the interior wall detailing. See more photos and details in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-hu-16a-albatross-uscg/

Oranges and Tomatoes

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 18:07
I really enjoyed Chris' Editor's Brief in the latest Journal. I'm not saying our system is perfect or that I haven't seen the odd travesty of judgement. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, I will continue to complain the models were ill judged until I win.???? But most of the biggest critics I have met know little about judging and often can't remember any of the others entered if their favorites didn't win. They never took the time to carefully examine the other entries. Models often look very different when standing up three feet away and down on your knees at 12 inches. But what most don't grok is that we are always comparing Oranges and Tomatoes. Tiger tanks and Shermans. P-51s and Fw-190. Even when they are all Sherman tanks, they are M4A3, M4A2, or Fireflys. We never judge a category of King Cobra Jumbo Sherman tanks from the Meng kit. The judges continually have to juggle all these different kits and subjects choosing which are the best of the entries on that day. The critics also ignore that past performance is no guarantees of future performance. Too many think because their model won at other shows it is an obvious winner at the Nats. I remember one guy bragging about all his previous wins and then not placing at all at the National. As the IPMS judging has matured over the years, I have come to think of it as "free range judging". Not regimented as the numerical systems and more professional than simple popular votes. The system is well balanced and generally produces honest results. It is far better than other types as a contest. Dak

Aurora 1/48 P-38 Restoration Project

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 14:39
This is an eBay purchase of a couplle of built relics and of them being Aurora's P-38 ca late 1950s. It is one of Auroras better kits so I decided to see if I could make a decent representation with the basic parts. It was missing the props and rear tail elevator. I used Monogram parts to replace the missing parts. The props fit as does the tail. So this is where we stand. It will an inflight model. I won't be doing any updates at all, only using the parts provided. The USAF and later National insignia are kinda cool in a weird sort of way. I'll probably sand down the biscuit sized rivets though. David

Walcheren, 1944

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 14:03
AFVCLUB kit with the Resicast Polsten 20mm added. Various figures. Yes, the civilians are being evacuating from an area flood when the dikes were bombed. Dak

Vintage Kit: Revell 1/72 B-26 (1967)

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 07:05
This is an older build I made several years ago. The I did was use an Airfix cockpit. props, and nose cone. I like those cowlings!

3D Pens.........Useful or Not?

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 03:08
Has anyone got a 3D pen? Comments on how useful it might be for modelling and plastics used would be welcome.

Thunderstruck: Tamiya P-47D x 3

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 23:40
I started these three Tamiya P-47D Bubbletop kits a few weeks back. I finally got to sit down and do some detailing the last couple of nights. Amazing what some lead wire and drybrushing can do. Next will be washes and detail painting.