Demo Builds

I’ve enlisted in The 2017 “What if?” group build at The Airfix Tribute Forum— mostly in a desperate attempt to build some enthusiasm for model building. We’ll see if this actually motivates me to build a model. Airfix’s old Douglas Invader is a remarkable kit from Airfix’s “Golden Age” (the 1970’s). I’m going to try …

Continue reading Israeli A-26 “What If?”

As I’ve said before (somewhere) building models isn’t something I do for fun. I do it because I have to. It’s like a monkey on my back, man. An evil, twisted monkey that sinks its fangs into me if I don’t get into that man cave and make a model. Here’s FROG’s lovely little P-51A, …

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This Minicraft (Academy) B-24 has the nose molded separately in order to allow the same basic fuselage parts to be used in a variety of different B-24 sub-type kits. But this causes problems. The parts don’t really fit, so you have to do something about it. My approach is to attach any “inserts” early on …

Continue reading Starting Out: B-24 Part 1

I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with the state of “internet” model building, but it has something to do with panel lines. I draw them in using a pencil, which has always been an acceptable method, but nowadays this is frowned upon. “Frowned upon” is the perfect expression of forum disapproval. You post it and …

Continue reading Pencil Panel Lines: P-51B Part 9

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

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