August 2017

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Getting very close to the finish line now. Glare in the photo above makes it look like the pilot is wearing a “bone dome.” Funny. I added the black stripes to the underside of Hofer’s aircraft. This was done with strips of black decal “trim film” and a little Tamiya gloss black on a brush. …

Continue reading Just Kidding: P-51B Part 8

I’m not brush painting the invasion stripes. In fact, I’m omitting them entirely. Some might call this “chickening out” but I prefer to call it finishing the aircraft in the scheme it wore during the majority of its time in service. Yeah, that’s it. I’m basing my decision on various factoids delivered by this article …

Continue reading Big Chicken: P-51B Part 6

I’ve given the model two coats of Vellejo Metal Color (Aluminum). I’m still learning to apply this material with a brush, and because I’m basically inventing all this stuff from scratch, progress can be at what I’d call “a stately pace.” It just amazing stuff. Every time I use it I’m tempted to give up …

Continue reading Planning Stage: P-51B Part 5

I noticed at one of my favorite websites that Eduard has re-released what must have been a good seller for them. A reboxing of Hasegawa’s 1/32 P-40N complete with hilarious “EduArt” on the box top. I’m not going to convince anybody that buxom females are bad for business. But being an old guy and feeling …

Continue reading Eduard’s Eternal Adolescence

Assembling an old model kit (and a lot of new ones) involves carefully aligning the parts, joining them together with a slow acting liquid cement (I like Micro Weld) and then using clamps to apply force to twist, form, press and shape the parts into what they should look like. This photo shows the second …

Continue reading Not Primer: P-51B Part 4

My pilot-painting skills need further development. So do my photography skills. The first thing you need to know to paint a guy is what he’s supposed to be wearing. This pilot is wearing a full leather ensemble from Dicker and Dicker of Beverly Hills. Flying over Germany in 1944 at 35000 feet was either cold …

Continue reading Pilot Project: P-51B Part 3

We’re sailing into uncharted waters now boys. Building with the wheels up removes most of the stuff about model building that I don’t like. No fidgety landing gear. No wheels. No struts. That’s three things right there! I filled the cracks in the gear door installation with Golden’s Molding Paste. I applied it from inside …

Continue reading Zipless Modeling: P-51B Part 2

Here’s Monogram’s old 1/72 P-51B, the kit by which all other kits were measured in 1967. It’s still pretty good. I cut off the prop blades. This model will be an exact scale replica of a P-51B after the prop blades mysteriously fell off. The landing gear doors don’t fit in the closed position–but they …

Continue reading It Begins: P-51B Part 1

This image is from an old Scale Modeler. From 1971. It contains an article on building the old Monogram P-51B in 1/48 scale into a replica of an aircraft flown by Ralph Hofer. Hofer’s airplane (with the “Salem Representative” cartoon mule) is famous just as “Kid” Hofer is a famous ace. Hofer resembles a World …

Continue reading Ralph “Kid” Hofer