April, 2011

Mikoyan MiG-21

Mikoyan MiG-21

  Mikoyan MiG-21 Famous Russian Aircraft By Yefim Gordon and Keith Dexter with Dmitriy Komissarov ISBN 978 1 85780 257 3 Published by Classic Publications Ltd. Distributed by Specialty Press – $79.95 www.specialtypress.com   Ask me anything about the MiG-21.  I expect that I can find the answer in this book. I consider this 720 […]

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ICM 1:48 Spitfire Mk VII – Build Review

ICM 1:48 Spitfire Mk VII – Build Review

KIT #: 48062 MSRP: $22.95 The kit comes molded in two different grays, which I will refer to as “light” and “medium”. The parts trees will allow you to build not only the VII variant, but the VIII and IX variants of the Spitfire as well. In the box you get 7 gray part trees […]

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Academy 1/72 Me-163 Komet

Academy 1/72 Me-163 Komet

So the Grand Rapids club is having a build where the subject has to fit on a three-inch base (although wings can hang over the edge.) I grabbed the smallest kit in The Stash..the Academy Me-163. Assembly is a no-brainer, with nearly perfect fit. For the cockpit, I didn’t have anything specifically labeled RLM-66, so […]

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Romulan Bird of Prey – 1/2500 – Clare Wentzel

Romulan Bird of Prey – 1/2500 – Clare Wentzel

Romulan Bird of Prey – 1/2500 – Clare Wentzel Star Trek fans follow the various versions of the franchise with great interest and gleefully note any differences between the various versions.  This model of the Romulan Bird of Prey appeared in some of the Enterprise episodes.  That would make it an “early” Bird of Prey […]

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Republic P-43A Lancer – 1/72 – Clare Wentzel

Republic P-43A Lancer – 1/72 – Clare Wentzel

Republic P-43A Lancer Pavla Kit No. 72061 1/72 Scale Background The P-43 Lancer was developed in 1938 by Seversky Aircraft Corp. as a successor to their P-35. The new model was larger overall and featured the Pratt and Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp radial engine with an exhaust driven supercharger. While the airplane possessed good altitude […]

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1:48 Otaki Bf-109 G6

1:48 Otaki Bf-109 G6

4/24/2011 She’s up on her gears!  Landing gear is on, wash applied and just about ready for a flat coat.  Got a couple fiddly bits to put on it before I coat.  I’m still hoping to have it completed for the next model meeting in about 9 days, but only time will tell.  I’m dreading […]

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13th Annual Air Zoo Contest – Annoucement

The 13th Annual Air Zoo Contest will be held on September, 17th, 2011.   This years theme is “Lucky 13”.  Your model just needs to relate to the number 13 in some way to be eligible.  We are in the process of finalizing the details and will be posting the information as it becomes available.  STAY […]

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Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat – 1/48 – Tamiya by Jim Fox

Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat – 1/48 – Tamiya by Jim Fox

Wildcat 77 was flown by James Swett of VMF-221, Marine Air Corp 12, 1st Marine Air Wing out of Guadalcanal. Swett didn’t take long to mark his place in history as an Ace. As a matter of fact, Swett became an Ace in a day on his first mission.  April 7, Yamamoto orders a major […]

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Spad VII – 1/72 – Airfix by Clarence Wentzel

Spad VII – 1/72 – Airfix by Clarence Wentzel

Kit:  Airfix SPAD VII – WW I Fighter Classics Series – 1/72 scale Decals:  “Le Vieux Charles” of Capitaine Georges Guynemer The SPAD VII History: The French industrialist Armand Deperdussin started the famous S.P.A.D. company to initially design and produce a line of streamlined monoplane racers.  When Deperdussin was arrested for a number of questionable […]

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IJN Battleship Yamashiro – 1/700 – Minicraft

IJN Battleship Yamashiro – 1/700 – Minicraft

Laid down:  November 20, 1913 Launched:  November 3, 1915 Completed: March 31, 1917 The Battleship Yamashiro mainly served her time cruising her home waters doing training.  She met her fate on October 25, 1944 when she was gunned and torpedoed by the US 7th Fleet at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. This is an old […]

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