Demo Builds

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

Before I start telling my little story I need to point out that Good Old Mr. Wilson is a character from the comic strip “Dennis the Menace.” The USA version. Like so many other things, there is a totally different version of “Dennis the Menace” in the UK and probably in the British Commonwealth. The …

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“Weathering” can mean a lot of things. Sometimes I do believe that “weathering” reflects the age and the level of hormones within the model builder. The younger and more soaked in testosterone, the more the builder wishes to see blood pouring out of the cockpit and burned bits of the enemy caught in the undercarriage. …

Continue reading Finishing Up: Hurricane Part 14

I applied two coats of the 2 to 1 mix of Future and Flat Base. Attaching and painting the canopy was a real pain. I’m still trying to find a reliable adhesive for clear parts. This was done using the Testors clear part cement. But I had to take extra precautions. I actually installed, removed, …

Continue reading Photo Update: Hurricane Part 13