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January 19, 2018

The passing of a hero

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I meant to post this last year.  One of the American volunteers that help found the Israeli Air Force passed last year.  In addition, Mitchell Flint was also a US Navy flyer in WWII. He flew the F4U with the US, and the Avia S-199, Spitfire and Mustang in combat with the Israeli Air Force.


October 12, 2016

Model photography

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I’ve been practicing with the camera to see if I can get a bit better results when photographing my models.

I’ve determined that my main issue isn’t lack of photography skills, but a lack of model skills.








September 11, 2016

P-51s in ANG service

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I have a special interest in ANG aircraft.  This blog, which is neat in some many respects, has a great article on the P-51 in ANG service.

July 18, 2016

Decal review: Iliad Decals ANG Mustangs #72011

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Decal review: Iliad Decals ANG Mustangs #72011

I love the new Airfix 72nd scale aircraft line.  They are very nice, simple but well detailed models for an excellent price.  I also have an abiding interest in Air National Guard (ANG) aircraft.  I hope eventually to build one ANG aircraft from each of the 50 states plus DC and Puerto Rico.

Bob Migliardi, the man behind Iliad Decals came out a few years ago with a 48th scale sheet of ANG markings for P-51s.  An embarrassing amount of begging followed, with me pleading with Bob to shrink the sheet down to 72nd scale. (God’s One True Scale.)  Either Bob got tired of my pleading, or he ignored me completely but decided it made good business sense to release the sheet in 72nd scale. In any event, a 72nd scale version of the sheet follow.  I got one immediately.

By shear serendipity, Airfix released a new kit of the P-51 in 72nd scale.  It is a beautiful kit.  While it might not be quite as nice or detailed as the Tamiya version, it is very nice and only $7.95 as compared to $25.00 for the Tamiya.  Clearly the modeling gods wanted me to start my ANG collection. (On a side note, my collection actually started 25+ years ago when I built the Hasegawa F-106 in Massachusetts ANG markings.  Sadly that kit didn’t survive my subsequent moves.  However, again proving the modeling gods love me, Meng has just released a new kit of the F-106.)

The kit went together very well. (Look for a subsequent kit review in the near future.)

The sheet has markings for P-51s from the Indiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, South Dakota and Missouri.  I decided on Indiana because of my proximity to the state of Indiana.  The decals are in register and the colors are excellent.  The decals are very thin.  Since I was putting the decals over a silver/bare metal surface, I was concerned that the carrier film would show on the kits surface.  I need not have worried, the carrier film disappeared completely with the application of the Micro Sol, Micro Set system.

Given how nice the decals are, and how easy and cheap the Airfix kit is I can see myself building more aircraft using markings from this sheet.  The sheet is $12 and can be purchased directly from Iliad on their website, http://www.iliad-design.com/

January 1, 2016


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Finished this at the end of 2014, but had to do some repair work and just got photos of it.





















November 28, 2015

Long term project

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:37 pm
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One of my long term projects is to build one aircraft of an ANG unit from each of the 50 States and Puerto Rico.  With having completed an Indiana Air National Guard P-51 and with Meng announcing  a new F-106 kit, my interest has been rekindled.  So far, this is what I think I’d like to build for selected states:

Indiana     P-51

Michigan, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Montana, Florida, California  F-106

Texas, Pennsylvania   F-102

Kentucky RF-4C

New Mexico F-16

I am open to suggestions for the rest.

August 10, 2015

2015 Modeling report #20

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:32 am
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Date: July 10th, 2015

Time:  10:00 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. (Time: 1.25 hrs)

Yearly total: 27.04 hrs

I meant to put this report in when it occurred in July, but I kept putting it off and forgetting.  I actually got a bit of modeling done, and it felt good.  Reminded me of why I like the hobby and why it is so sad that I get to do it so little.  Started fixing the decals on the Airfix Mustang and did a bit of work on the Takom Siege gun.

January 21, 2015

2015 Modeling report #7

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Date: Jan 18th, 2015

Time:  8:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m (Time: 2.0 hrs)

Yearly total: 12.85 hrs

I swear I am going to add photos to some of these reports.  I got a good two solid hours in, working on the Airfix Hurricane for the Battle of the Barristers and worked on the Takom Skoda gun.  Both are progressing nicely.  I managed to screw up the recently completed Airfix P-51 when moving it to take photos, so now I have some minor repair work to do.  This will put off the beauty shots of it.

January 11, 2015

GHI model base

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:21 pm
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Well, the first one of 2015 is done. Well, I wish I could count a base as a finished model.  This is the former Max Model (now GHI Models) base that I picked up a year or two ago.  It is very nice and will make a nice base for my Indiana Air Guard P-51.  I think the wash I used on it was a bit too dark. (I used the MiG Dark Wash.  I wish in retrospect I had used the Neutral Wash.) I did a dot filter on it, but I think the Dark Wash overpowered it.  I will paint the edge black, but other than that, it is done.

GHI resin base

GHI resin base

January 7, 2015

2015 Modeling report #3

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Date: Jan 6th, 2015

Time: 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Time: 1.0 hrs)

Yearly total: 4.85hrs

Worked on the final touches on the Airfix P-51.  Hope to get some time to take portraits this weekend.  Now, do I count that as modeling time?  Also, began work on an Airfix Hurricane Mk. I.  More about that later.

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