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February 8, 2019

A Delta on floats?

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Looks like we are going to get a floatplane version of the RCAF Delta.

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January 15, 2019

Resin Texan

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Grand Models ( a new company to me) has announced a resin Texan T Mk 1. (the modern aircraft, not the WWII trainer.)  Markings will be for the RAF, RCAF and RNZAF.

January 11, 2019

Canadian Typhoon pilot

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Great interview with a Canadian Typhoon pilot. Part 1 and Part 2.

November 2, 2018

For Jim Bates

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A post just for Jim.

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.

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