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November 2, 2018

For Jim Bates

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A post just for Jim.

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June 14, 2018

Norway

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Nice articles on a Norwegian ace and Little Norway in Canada.

April 3, 2018

Magazine review: RT Volume 40 #1

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In past reviews I’ve said just about all I can say about RT.  It is, IMHO, the best non-commercial modeling magazine out there, and in fact is one of the best magazines period.  It is the only modeling magazine that I read all of the articles regardless of subject or scale.

This issue is no different.  In addition to an excellent article on building the 72nd scale Airfix Spitfire PR.XIX, there is an article on building and improving the Italeri Italian manned torpedo from WWII.  There is also build article on a 1/144th 727 airliner.  Finally there are two articles on the RG-31 Nyala, MRAP/ wheeled APC.  The first is a history of the vehicle, with a focus on its use by the Canadian armed forces, while the second is a construction article using the Kenetic kit as the starting point.  Both are excellent reads, even for a non-armor guy like myself.

Highly recommended.

Canadian Delta

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The Canadian version of the Delta is almost here.  I am not sure if it will have the floats or alternate tail.  I can’t wait.

March 29, 2018

2018 Modeling #24

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Date: 3/24/2018

Time 3:26 p.m. to 5:35 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (3.15 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 29.78 hrs.

Marathon Saturday modeling session with guest modeler Scott “Skippy” King.  Since the Platz T-33 is on a deadline to get finished, I devoted all my time to it.  Got the seams filled and smoothed.  Refilled them and they are ready for final sanding.  This one should be ready for paint before too long.

Unfortunately, this is it for March.  Due to circumstances, I won’t be able to model for the first part of April.  I am now averaging less than 120 hours for the year. Given other changes in my life, I don’t see this getting better later in the year.

The ugliest aircraft

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The TBM-3W Guppy may not be the ugliest aircraft ever made, but it is certainly in the running.  Now Sword is making a kit of it.  Canadians will be happy.

March 2, 2018

2018 Modeling #18

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Date: 2/28/2018

Time 10:15 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. (.58 hrs.) and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (1.0 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 21.22 hrs.

With this entry, February is in the books.  As I predicted, I couldn’t keep up the January pace. I got in 12.99 hours in January and this dropped in February to 8.23 hours. I am on pace for 127.32 modeling hours for the year.  At an average of 40 hours a model, this will have me completing only 3 models in 2018, well below my goal of 5.  Depressing.

This session was spent mostly drilling holes in the hull of the T-34/85 for the grab handles, which I am going to make out of fine wire as the plastic ones in the kit are too chunky.  I also got the major components of the T-33 together and used plastic strip to fill the gaps created by the odd engineering choices made by Platz.

Here is where the models stand at the end of February.

February 26, 2018

2018 Modeling #16

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Date: 2/24/2018

Time 1:40 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. (.5 hrs.), 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 (.5 hrs), 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (1.0 hrs)

2018 Total time: 18.39 hrs.

Finally got back to the bench after 10 days away.  Sadly, my prediction that February would not be as modeling intensive as January is coming true.  Worked on both the T-33 and the T-34/85.  Both are progressing well.  I suspect that as I predicted, the T-33 will require about 40 hours total to finish.  The T-34/85 won’t take that long.  Pictures with the next update.

January 28, 2018

2018 Modeling #10 & #11

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Date: 1/25/2018 & 1/27/2018

Time 6:50 p.m. to 7:40 a.m. (.84 hrs.) & 9:30 p.m. to 11:05 p.m. (1.58 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 11.82 hrs.

Photos.  Finally we have some photos.  Even thought the Platz T-33 I am building is for a display case, I am taking some time detailing the cockpit.  The reason I am doing it is I wanted to take the opportunity to try out some new techniques, and this is perfect, since I don’t care how the cockpit turns out on this one.  I used Mr. Color RLM 66 to paint the cockpit.  This is the first time I’ve used this paint since it isn’t readily available here.  I must admit it sprayed well, and it was very durable.  I used a dot filter over the cockpit color to break up the monotone.  It worked out quite nice, though the bright yellow I used as one of the colors was a bit stronger than I would have thought.  I then used Roy Sutherland’s Future wash technique on the cockpit.  I didn’t add enough pigment in retrospect, but I think the way the technique works and will use it in the future. (pun intended).  Here is a crappy cell phone photo of the finished product.

 

I also began work on a Trumpeter T-34/85.  I want to do a Bay of Pigs Cuban T-34/85 to go with the SS-4 I completed earlier.  I have just started the kit.

T-34 lower hull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next post will contain some depressing analysis of my chances of completing 5 kits this year.

January 23, 2018

Longshot

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I read this story in mid-2017 when it first happened. A canadian sniper team achieved a kill at a range of 2 miles.  Yes, you read that right, TWO MILES.  This story emphasizes how hard that is to do.

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