Call Me “Bud”

I’ve bitched before about the sorry state of P-51B kits in 1/72 scale and how I think that the old Monogram kit is still the best (even if it’s pretty bad) because it’s the only one that gets the wing shape right. I had a photo of Bud Anderson’s “Old Crow” and I had some
Complete Reading

During the year that I wasn’t blogging I built six models. This one was based on a photograph of an actual Bf-109G-10 that was crash-landed in Switzerland near the end of the war. It looks like the pilot decided that discretion was the better part of valor and hoofed it. I have already complained about
Complete Reading

This is the Hobby Boss Hellcat that fell victim to the horrible misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. On my workbench during a brain fart. I went ahead and painted it to match a photo from one of Jeff Ethell’s books. The color is U.S. Navy Blue Gray. This is
Complete Reading

Some images shot on my ancient camera. I’ve been thinking about launching a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy a new camera. I wasn’t kidding about the camera thing. Yaller Dawg decals. WATCH THAT PROP!!! I think this aircraft was probably painted up in “warpaint” as a publicity stunt to show off North American
Complete Reading

I built this Airfix Spitfire back in the Spring of 2010. It’s due for an upgrade. It’s a conversion to a Spitfire IXe, made from the Airfix kit by clipping the wings and moving the cannon and the associated bulges. A detailed, step-by-step description of the build is here. But there were several things about
Complete Reading

Here’s Kidd Hofer’s P-51B built from the old Monogram kit and built “wheels up” and put on a stand–just like in the old days. I finally decided to take some bombs I had in spares box and attach them. The bombs in the kit were 250 lb. bombs and I wanted to show the larger
Complete Reading

“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.
Complete Reading

Finished. At long last. This was the longest project I’ve ever tackled, and it will be a good long time before I take on another one like it. I’m much more interested in aircraft and the history of aviation. Sailing ship models are inherently complex and difficult. Even if you just build the kit out
Complete Reading

I have a few jet fighter models. Airfix 1/72 Lightning. Fujimi 1/72 RF-4E. Revell 1/72 F-22 Raptor. Academy 1/72 F-16C.

I think I’m reaching the point with this model where I’m losing my ability to make good decisions because I’m facing two classic obstacles that tend to destroy one’s ability to think. One, I’m up against the limit of what I can do, and two, I’ve already made some mistakes that I can’t undo. One
Complete Reading

Create Account



Log In Your Account