Aircraft

Shenyang J-15 Chinese Navy Fighter

Shenyang J-15 Chinese Navy Fighter

  Background During the 1970’s Russia started the development of modern carrier borne fighter aircraft. The Sukhoi design team started with their basic Su-27 Flanker and added such carrier items as tail-hook, folding wings and structural improvements plus a set of forward canard wings to produce their proposal, the Su-33. The Shenyang company of China […]

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Hasegawa F6F-5E in GLORIOUS SEA BLUE…or “Another one rescued from…….wait for it……..THE SHELF OF DOOOOOOMMMM!

Hasegawa F6F-5E in GLORIOUS SEA BLUE…or “Another one rescued from…….wait for it……..THE SHELF OF DOOOOOOMMMM!

This is the Hasegawa F6F-3 that I screwed up while TRYING to remove the plastic for the windows behind the cockpit. After a time…long time, I decided to fix it and build a -5 version. After looking through all of my Hellcat pics one, the -5E, jumped out at me and said “BUILD ME” (Maybe […]

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Pro Modeler & Revell of Germany 1/48 F4U-5N and -5NL in gorgeous GSB!!! OR Two more off the SHELF OF DOOM (add echo effect).

Pro Modeler & Revell of Germany 1/48 F4U-5N and -5NL in gorgeous GSB!!! OR Two more off the SHELF OF DOOM (add echo effect).

I decided since I had two of these kits I would build em both at the same time as it would make things easy…..right? Both are out of box except the True Details cockpits(Very, VERY nice set) and both are in Korean War era markings. Really, is there anything more lovely than Gloss Sea Blue?!!! […]

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Revell 1/48 Messerschmitt Me 410 B-6/R-2……and its canopy from H.E. double hockey sticks!

Revell 1/48 Messerschmitt Me 410 B-6/R-2……and its canopy from H.E. double hockey sticks!

Ok, so maybe the canopy isn’t that bad, but it is a pain and I think over the years it has got worse….much worse! This is the anti shipping version of this aircraft and was so successful that the Luftwaffe built thousands of them…..well maybe only 2 or 3, OK so I exaggerated a bit. This […]

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Italeri 1/32 F-104G or as I like to say..The F-104 “Bat outta…well you get the point.

Italeri 1/32 F-104G or as I like to say..The F-104 “Bat outta…well you get the point.

For some reason the song from Meat Loaf pops in my head when I see one of these and I don’t know why! Well, here it is in all it’s glory. I really hope the AFV kit is better….not sure it can be worse. Do you all remember the Revell 32nd scale kits from the […]

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Hasegawa 1/32 Me 163B

Hasegawa 1/32 Me 163B

For an older kit, it still builds up nice, and the Eduard P/E set adds quite a bit of detail to the cockpit. Yes I know the Meng kit is newer, faster, stronger…er wait, I was just watching the ‘Six Million Dollar Man’! Anyway, I did add some scratch work to the exhaust nozzle as […]

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Airfix 1/72 Brewster Buffalo

Airfix 1/72 Brewster Buffalo

Airfix 1/72 Scale Brewster Buffalo F2A-1/2  Kit#A02050 I got this kit for the “Animal” build challenge in the club.  It took longer than I expected to finish.  I did get it done.   The kit is typical Airfix.  The outside has oversized rivets and raised panel lines.  There is little interior detail.  The good is […]

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Academy F/A-18C Special Edition – Chippy Ho! 2009

Academy F/A-18C Special Edition – Chippy Ho! 2009

History –   The F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engined aircraft designed for both fighter and attack missions.  The initial versions, the A and B (two seat) entered operation in 1981.  The F/A-18C was a visually similar but had a number of improvements related to avionics and weapon carrying capability.  It started production in 1987 and has […]

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“Zombie” 1:72 Scale Republic P-47D-20RE SN 42-76594 by Martin Schultz

“Zombie” 1:72 Scale Republic P-47D-20RE SN 42-76594 by Martin Schultz

Thomas F. Bailey was from Nitro, WV and wanted to be a fighter pilot from the age of 10.   He joined the Army Air Corps after graduating from high school but was too young for the aviation cadet program, so he went to aircraft mechanics school before eventually earning his pilot’s wings and a commission […]

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1:72 P-47D by Martin Schultz

1:72 P-47D by Martin Schultz

8/24/12 Update #4 I’ve inverted the article so the newest stuff is at the top.  Hope it doesn’t confuse anyone.  On to the final assembly!  I used a Burnt Sienna wash on the gear struts,  then attached the wheels and gear doors and  put the plane up on it’s gear.  Then I installed the seat […]

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