Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

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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Starting Out: B-24 Part 1

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 […]

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Salem Representative: P-51B Part 10

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 […]

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Big Chicken: P-51B Part 6

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 […]

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Planning Stage: P-51B Part 5

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 […]

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Not Primer: P-51B Part 4

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 […]

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