It’s hard to think of a definition of the word “hero” that doesn’t fit Jeff Ethell. The guy single-handedly dug back into the history of World War II and found the color photographs that had been taken of aircraft, many of which were taken by Americans using American Kodachrome film, which means that the colors …

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Now hear this. Looking at the bottom of the Hellcat, you notice one thing. That’s alotta white. White paint is supposed to be yet another bug-bear for brushpainters, and is supposed to send me crying for my airbrush. Not so fast. In this photo, which I’ll reproduce here in addition to the wonderful Cinerama version …

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I was posting my “Gallery II” post when a thought struck me (and almost knocked me down I’m so sensitive). Why do I ALWAYS give so much undue credit to the kit maker? The kit maker didn’t make the model, I did. I’m going to make a point of not ALWAYS referring to the kit …

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One of the really, really troubling aspects of modern American capitalism is the lack of any long-term planning in a lot of businesses. I don’t mean that all American businesses are focused on the here-and-now to the exclusion of everything else, but enough of them are to make me wonder just what’s going to happen …

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There is an old, old saying that there is always somebody better than you. This is particularly true in the field of video production. Owen here is a the creator of Quick Kits, which produces some of the most mind-blowing videos I have ever seen. Not just the most mind-blowing videos on plastic model kits– …

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Is it Hobbyboss or Hobby Boss? I’m officially declaring “who cares?” and throwing a burial shroud over the whole thing. Unfortunately, I can’t flip from one crazy name to the other without goofing up some kind of search engine. So excuse me for a minute while I google…   Huh. It’s Hobbyboss. Who knew? Anyway, …

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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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The Sonic Scrubber is one of the finest tools available for its unintended purpose. As a cleaning tool, it’s very bad. Just bad. But as a plastic model sander, it’s amazingly good. It takes all of the drudgery out of sanding a model, and that’s something that I really, really appreciate. “Rubbing down,” when we’re …

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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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