Hellcats of the Navy!

I’m thinking of building a model of the Hellcat pictured above. This is a “factory fresh” example with red-outlined national insignia and no squadron numbers or little Japanese flags or anything else to indicate bloody action in the Pacific. This is more like “peaceful flight over California” or something like that. Building this model will
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When I first had a chance to see a real warplane up close, I was surprised to see that the 20mm cannon did not produce a smoke stain that trailed back from the gun port. I had been programmed by years of reading model kit magazines to expect to see a big, dark stain aft
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The plastic model kit business is a bit of a mystery. On one hand we have what appear to be a “few” fanatics who demand “realism” from plastic kits (who are assumed to be a trifle “odd” as people). On the other hand, we have a (possibly imaginary) population of “normal folks” represented by Auntie
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All of my models are built from kits. The kits are created by somebody else, probably in another country, and I, basically, finish a job started by somebody else. That’s what this is, and the people who do this understand the role that they play in the process. It creates a little “weirdness” from time
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I have to admit that the title “Scholarship in Model Building” sounds weird to me. Putting the two idea together seems a bit peculiar, in some way. Of course, that is the essence of the problem that I’m going to write about today. In addition to the many, many peculiar qualities shared by we few,
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When I have tried to explain what I do on a model building forum, I usually end up describing exactly what’s often called the “Be a Kid Again” group build. “Go for it kids! Relive your childhood before you discovered how to do real modeling! Build a model with just a paintbrush! No masking! It’ll
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The biggest problem faced by anyone who tries to do trailblazing work is a lack of credibility. It’s not that people don’t believe you, it’s that they can’t figure out a way to trust information coming from just one source. One of the great things about our modern academic system is the way the new
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I’m currently writing a guide to brush buying. This will go up tomorrow. I’m also trying to learn a few things about customizing this blog. But no amount of wishing will make it happen. So I’m currently spending time and energy trying to figure out, for myself, some of the “basics” of WordPress blogging. For
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There are an infinite number of bad ways to do something. There are an infinite number of good ways to do something. But there is usually only one “right” way, and that’s a problem. The “right” way to build a plastic model is to spray on the paint with an airbrush. As I explained in
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Painting a plastic model used to be a kind of rite of passage. A little kid (me at the age of six) would not paint a model. Too messy and slightly dangerous. But by the age of ten a boy is on the verge of manhood (to echo the sexism of the time) and is
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