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Airplanes, Rocketry, Missiles, Spacecraft and things that go WHOOSH! in the night.
What's flying around my head at the current time.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

DADDY!!!!!! 

Willow on being brought out from boarding at the vet last Sunday. She just saw us in the front lobby.




I cannot deny that she is MY dog.

Latest Completions 

Ezer Weitzman's "Black Spitfire"



Ezer Weitzman was a fighter pilot, the first commander of the H'eyl Ha Avir (Israeli Air Force), and later Prime Minister of Israel. He flew this plane as a personal transport in the 50s and 60s. Currently on display at the at the Israeli Air Force Museum at Hatzerim AB, just southwest of Beersheba, It still is occasionally flown at airshows.

The kit is the new Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX, probably the best 1/72 scale Spit IX currently available. The markings are from an old Microscale IAF sheet. Paint is PollyScale Night Black with Tamiya gloss clear brushed by hand



This aircraft is also on display at the IAF Museum in Israel. The kit is the old Kovozavody Prostejov (now known as KoPro / KP) 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IXLF from Czechoslovakia. The kit dates back to the 1970s. The decals are from a Czech decal sheet for Israeli Spitfires from the 80's. Paint is standard British day fighter camouflage using Polly Scale paint.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Look to Lockheed for Leadership 

A 31-minute short film made in 1941 extolling Lockheed's commercial aircraft. Footage includes coverage of design and construction. Kelly Johnson makes a cameo and then P-38 appears late in the film in a segment on Lockheed's military work.



And on a lighter note:

These bargains will not last long, so hurry down and buy yours today!



HT: The DEW-Line

Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Kind of Guy 

Although I don't have to be suffering from H1N1, I might have done this at least once.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Impressive. . . 

A Nimitz-class CVN, with air wing made out of Legos.

Lego Super carrier USS Harry Truman

Who Knows What Evil Lurks...? 

You Are 32% Evil

A bit of evil lurks in your heart, but you hide it well.
In some ways, you are the most dangerous kind of evil.
How Evil Are You?

Cynical? Moi? 




You Are 68% Cynical



You're a full blown cynic... and probably even skeptical of these results.

You have your optimistic moments, but most likely, you keep them to yourself.

How Cynical Are You?

Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head 

I don't think I will be able to take the Carnivore Challenge. But it sounds like a tasty pizza. I'd like to try it in one of the smaller sizes.

An Embarrassment, and Damn Proud of It 





I'm an embarrassment to Barack!


I only scored 14 on the Obama Test






Saturday, January 24, 2009

First Completions of theYear 

These are the first two models I've competed this year.

Italeri_1/72_B-26K

Italeri 1/72 scale B-26K/A-26A "Counter-Invader": This kit is a hold-over from last year. Kit decals. Finish is rattle can and Airbrush, then touched up by hand. Camouflage colours are Testor's Model Master and Polly-scale acrylic. Black is spray can from Wal-Mart. OOB except for True Details resin B-26K wheels and Minimeca stainless steely hypodermic tubing for the nose gun barrels.

Revell_1/78_B-57B

Revell 1/78 (Box scale) B-57B "Canberra": The first kit started and finished this year. Original molds for this kit go back to the late '50's. Currently available as an SSP release. This is a 30 year old "Air Commando" series kit bought from the sale table at the LHS. Previous owner had carved the pilot figures out of the one-piece cockpit. Cleaned up seats, added decal parachute harnesses and instrument panels. Some putty and sanding needed to fill seams at wing roots and tail.

Basic black paint again is rattle can from Wally-World. Decals from Italeri (yellow flash on tail) and Airfix (all the red markings)1/72 B-57 kits. The Italeri kit reds were not opaque enough and went almost invisible against the black. National insignia were Microscale. Gloss finish was several coats of Aeromaster clear semi-gloss applied with brush.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A Wife's Perspective 

Why Scale Modeling is a Great Hobby

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Moving Maps 

Animated maps of battles from the "War of Northern Aggression" ;-^) and World War II (Currently, Pacific War only)

History Animated

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