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October 24, 2020

Nice

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:39 pm
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I am David and I have a decal problem.

July 14, 2020

KY ANG P-51

Filed under: Kentucky,Modeling — dknights @ 4:50 am
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Everyone knows the Roswell, NM UFO event.  In these times the general public thinks of it as the first of the great post-WWII UFO incidents.  Less well known is an incident that occurred 6 months later near Bowling Green, KY and involved the crash of a KY ANG P-51.  Read here. (h/t Jim Bates)

January 6, 2020

Another decal sheet

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I need another decal sheet like I need a hole in my head.  Yet, I think I’m going to have to pick this one up.  I am a sucker for P-51s in ANG markings and in smaller air forces markings.

November 30, 2018

Welcome home, Captain

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A hero returns home, finally.

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

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:24 am
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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.

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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

P-51 INANG

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

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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.

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