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Old 09-03-2023, 02:07 PM
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Hi Don;

The color was a Royal Navy blue. Memory doesn't allow recall of the manufacturer, but the model wasn't the epitome of accuracy. It was just a matter of liking non standard Spitfires.

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Old 09-13-2023, 12:22 PM
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Hi All;
You don't see a lot of these around. Some years back there was a friend who had a pen pal in Europe. They had a swap arrangement, American kits which were hard to get over there, for European kits and accessories. When he had extras or didn't want a kit, they were passed along to me. This is one of them, a basement produced 1/72 scale Grigorovich M-5 flying boat, circa 1913-1927. It was injection molded with more flash than kit and very difficult to get together. Never the less when it was cleaned up and assembled, it was a rare and handsome example of Russian WWI aviation. It is delicate, but has held up very well since the 1980's.
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Old 09-15-2023, 05:53 PM
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Very nice model. There are very few flying boat models from this era in any media. It's their complexity that scares both designers and builders.
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Old 09-18-2023, 09:32 AM
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Hi All;

Under the computer counter are six boxes of models built years ago. Just didn't have the will power to discard them, the time to refurbish them or the space to display them. Here's an old Aurora Lockheed F-90 penetration fighter in 1/48th scale. Actually it's a couple of scales depending on whether you mean the wing span, the length, or the average of both. Still it was a classy looking machine, but it was obvious that the engines might die of exhaustion trying to get up to the speed that was hoped for. The other is a very early FROG Supermarine Scimitar. It was one of the earliest injection molded plastic kits, a very simple one in 1/72nd scale. It flew during the years when designers hadn't quite got the hang of making carrier planes go supersonic. The design history is rather interesting as the machine grew out of a concept based upon a straight wing, v-tailed, landing gear less carrier aircraft. There were 76 production machines. The Scimitar was fast, heavy and very accident prone. Elegant design though.

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Old 09-19-2023, 09:05 AM
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Absolutely Fantastic;

Wow, so many items impress me, but the Fletcher in Frigid waters painting gives me a shiver, it really conveys the bleakness of the North Atlantic patrols.
I could look at the Flower class corvette for hours and still find something new to gawp at. And, well, I have always been a sucker for seaplanes & flying boats especially if they saw service in WW1 or WW2.

Thank you for sharing your priceless collection
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Old 09-20-2023, 11:14 AM
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Hi All;

Here's another one from the boxes, somewhat battered but still interesting. This one was almost a real aircraft, dating back to 1957. It got to the mock up stage, but cost and technological problems shot it down before it was actually built. It pioneered titanium fabrication and dual-cycle propulsion systems. Predicted speed was close to 2000 MPH, altitude above 47,500 feet. Not particularly maneuverable though. It's a 1/72 scale vacuform model of the republic XF-103.

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Old 09-24-2023, 12:04 PM
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Hi All;
Here's a Minicraft Y1-B-17 in 1'72 scale from sometime in the 1990s. It was built out of the box with no alterations. What's interesting is the paint job. It was painted with Floquil Railroad Colors Platinum silver. No masking tape was used. I was experimenting with the idea of adding one or two drops of black paint to the original aluminum and bouncing the mixture off a filing card at low pressure. It had a lot of thinner and came out like a mist. The effect was rather pleasing and saved a lot of time messing around with masking tape.
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Old 10-01-2023, 02:42 PM
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Hi All;
This is an Monogram 1/48 scale PBY conversion. It was originally a PBY-5A amphibian. It was converted to a PBY-4 flying boat. The entire rear of the model was rebuilt. First the bug eye machine gun mounts were removed, The area filled and replaced with sliding panels. The landing gear arrangement was removed. plate over and filled, then smoothed. The tail fin and rudder were discarded and the rounded assembly scratch built and faired into the fuselage. Why do something like that? Easy the colorful paint scheme, brilliant colors and markings. In photo 1r, the exotic tropical trees in the background are dill plants in the back yard. It was a challenge, but a lot of fun. Though the model is long gone it is a rewarding build and a fond memory.
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Old 10-06-2023, 03:15 PM
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Hi All;
I'm going through the process of slowly cleaning off the models on the shelves in the shop. Here is a Lockheed P-38H in 1/48 scale. Don't recall the manufacturer, but it wasn't one of the mainstream companies. I've always preferred the looks of the early versions simply because they had the elegant streamlining of the design. Photo 2r shows the model half dusted and wiped down. Photo 4r is a close view to show how much dust had accumulated even on the antenna wires. Photo 6r shows it from the top, all cleaned up. Photo 7r is a front view looking up. The last shot shows the underneath of the model. It was built straight out of the box with no attempt to go nuts with super detailing. It wasn't a particularly difficult build, just a relaxing weekend job. One thing about polystyrene models is that they continue to out gas as the years go by, and become very brittle with age. It becomes easy to break small parts while cleaning them up. If the model isn't over coated when you finish the build, the decals tend to dry out and flake off.
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Old 10-16-2023, 02:51 PM
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Hi All;
This is terrible one forty eighth scale kit of a terrible aircraft, the Curtiss XP-55 Ascend-er. There were three aircraft tested between 1943 and 1945. It had some very nasty handling characteristics and wasn't even competitive with standard WWII fighters.Two crashed and one wound up in a museum. Can't recall the name of the company that made this model. It was very hard to get together, not very accurate and there wasn't much for detail. The canopy was very thick, semi opaque and the fit was so poor that it would never seat properly, although I really didn't find it worth a lot of attention. It was purchased because it was so odd. It was taken out for cleaning and cleaned up rather nicely. Picture 4r shows it at the height of fuzziness. Photo 5r is a top view. The aircraft had ailerons on the wing just inside the fins. The kit did not. Picture 6r is a port side view, which doesn't look too bad. The last shot, is a starboard view. For some reason the decals on this side held up pretty well.
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