A Modeler’s Essential Helper (His Pets!)

In keeping with the silliness of International “If Pets Had Thumbs” Day on March 3rd (and my 15% Off Decals & Reference Material Sale), I’m kicking off this thread on modelers’ best friends.


This is my cat Zen at age 20.  I lost him a while back to plain old age, but we sure had a good time for two decades. He was certainly more trustworthy than my ex-wife, who I still lovingly refer to as “The Defendant!”   I’ll post a pic and story a little later of my 120 lb Akita, Bernie, and the single time one of my pets really messed up a model project.

Please share pics and stories of your own “essential helper.”

Dave Klaus

A trip to the past and a screw-up in the present update!


Finally being able to cut enough tape 5mm wide to mask off the P-51A’s yellow wing stripes, a near perfect Olive Drab over Neutral Gray spray job was done yesterday……and then I went and screwed it up and that still hasn’t been fixed! I had started applying the yellow bordered star insignia and went and re-read some of my research material and found reason to abandon the yellow insignia on the wings….yes on the A-36’s but not on the fighter versions. I was able to remove and replace the one on the wing bottom but removing the top one took the paint off down to the white primer that had been used under the yellow!

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In the pictures towards the end the masking job to repaint that one wing is shown and the last picture shows primer applied as even after sanding the error down, the olive drab repaint didn’t look right so, for now, the primer is being used to build it up. Tamiya spray is great but it is so thin that you really have to prepare the surface!

Later last night I had to make a decision to continue trying to fix the broken Revell H-19, shown in the picture with its smaller Italeri replacement done last year, or give up and scrap it. It got scrapped, saving a few small pieces, “just in case” and stored in the box with a couple of later releases of that kit, but not in the same markings nor with the floats. I haven’t really decided on whether or not to build those, but one is started.

Evidence of tube glue, probably the famous DUCO appears on the parts once it was broken apart, as is my vivid teenage imagination from sixty years ago by the WAFB, crudely painted on the bottom of the destroyed engine compartment, which stood for Wrexham Air Force Base, our farm where I lived being named Wrexham, and my room full of models was the base! [Ed. note: Now THAT was the joy of modeling!!!]

Even when this was newly built I wasn’t happy with the floats alignment and after a recent break of the very brittle plastic support struts and even replacing some with metal ones, I just couldn’t get it to look right, so it had to go.

The 1955 copyright on the inside of the fuselage was when I probably built this, as I built them as soon as they came out back in those days. It was also when I started dating my wife! She has been putting up with this hobby a long time!

100_3161This Swadar kit of a Bell 47 was about two years old when that Sikorsky got built, and the pair of Swadar ones I have joined a few earlier helicopters I already had on the shelf even then but those rare birds are now long gone! Ever hear of a model company named “Helicopters For Industry”? I had a pair of their product, before they sold their molds to Aurora. They shared shelf space with wooden Strombecker planes!

The pair of Swadars had been under light restoration and today the canopy on this one was glued back on after a final polishing. The plastic itself is going bad, having white swirls, probably distress cracks inside, that can’t be polished out or coated. Speaking of coating, the yellow over the national insignia is remains of a varnish put on years ago to protect the decals! Some of the yellow was removed, as much as could be, and I haven’t yet decided on replacing the one remaining insignia, as it is an example of what they were originally like.

The other Swadar, on floats, had one side of the clear bubble cut out about thirty or more years ago, and it was a rough job to say the least. Once that is cleaned up and the canopy polished it will join this one on a top shelf of old models.

Now back to the screwed up P-51A wing……

– Dick Hague

A conundrum is not a form of birth control update!

I can only guess at the number of times I have read in a model train or model airplane article where the builder states relative to the amount of detail built into a model that will not be seen on the finished article, “At least I know it’s in there!” That my friend, is a conundrum! I have a neighbor that loves to use that word but too bad he won’t get to see me use it as he is not a model maker and therefore will not get this update!

100_3101Well don’t expect me to solve that conundrum here either, because it seems lately I have been putting stuff in models that only I know for sure that it is really in there, but I will tell you one thing, a seat belt here in one of these models is installed backwards and that tiny little end, which must be about 1/128” wide, doesn’t look much different either way, but I had to fight myself to not pull it out and have a “do over”!  I can bet some smart assed modeler will be blowing these pictures up and trying to find it, but I don’t care!!

I had hoped to get a few models finished by this update but I just kept jumping around, working on interiors and some “new” old kits, and just had too many pictures that needed to be dumped from the camera. I had hoped to do a little spraying today, the local temp getting over forty but I just didn’t have the right things ready.

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Pictured here are the pair of XP-56 models, P-35A and P-51A, and the Republic of China’s AT-3 trainer. A just bought copy of Air Forces Monthly had a crash picture of one of these destroyed in a mid-air collision with another AT-3. Not shown are the underway Bell YFM-1B Airacuda and the pair of P-43 fuselages, not one of the better kits of this fighter that was a stepping stone between the P-35 and hugely successful P-47 Thunderbolt!

100_3100It seems that one of my modeling goals has taken the lead in that I have worked on many USAAC/USAAF/USAF fighters lately, but sadly still haven’t had any completions since the P-75’s! Glad I’m not getting paid to do this! If I was I would have quit by now! At least I can claim a tip from this last batch of stuff, although it is something I have been doing for a while I don’t think I have ever put it into a tip.

100_3109Tip#1….I don’t know why kit makers do this as in a 1/72 model it doesn’t make much difference between this and a well inscribed instrument panel and a decal that fits well over it, but they keep including a photoetch part along with a photo negative of the instrument faces themselves. In this picture of the three paint stirring sticks, itself the subject of a great tip on tools, are, first, a just white sprayed photo negative, painted on the backside of course, another photo negative ready for spraying, and some black sprayed photoetch panels ready to peel off the double sided tape that is holding all of them to the stick. Let enough tape hang off the end so it is both easier to peel off the stick and the painted item!

100_3110In the next picture, on the left, the photo negative has been cut out and glued to the plastic panel, which here is a bad example as it is a very odd shape for a panel but that’s what it looked like in a P-35! Cutting this out is not real critical, just keep it centered. The photo etch metal part going over it is where you need to have done a good job trimming it off its sheet.

Here I have used Gator acrylic glue to attach the photo negative. I will coat the back of the photoetch piece with PSA, Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, and being very careful, place it over the negative making sure that the instrument faces align with the etched part’s holes. The end result will look good, but just about the same as a molded panel with decal, just a lot more work!

To tell the truth, with this cold outside and even a space heater near my modeling desk, I just haven’t felt warm enough to be doing any of the work needed to finish any of the nearly completed models now surrounding me there! Maybe that is old age or maybe it is just seeing some shiny new model nearby that distracts me….like the new Airfix Swift that I didn’t picture or mention here…….and then that well along Blenheim!

Later……think I  need a fix, an Airfix!

Want to find something? Then lose something else update!

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In looking to finish something, in this case, a pair of Seamews, the main thing I needed to do was to glue on the props. Well, that was last week! In going back and looking at pictures of things that had been on my desk, hiding in the background, and maybe where the props had been mistakenly put, I went through all the pictures of the Seamews under construction.

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One of the last active models had been the XP-55. Nearby were a pair of XP-56 models, which in resting up from the prop hunt, took up a couple of days modeling activity, getting them to the stage pictured. Miss Kitty thought I should build models that looked more like airplanes!

100_3071 (3)Following her meowing, I returned to the Blenheim, and finished the cockpit section and attached it to the assembled wing and fuselage. Of course this followed some more online research, as the seatback for the observer just didn’t look right painted the same interior green. Never finding a color illustration, nay, only a drawing of this seatback really, looking at the kit part it just couldn’t have been made of metal and painted green, so I carefully painted around the belts with the same leather color used on the rest of the seats in the cockpit.

100_3077 Resuming the hunt for the missing props got boxes cleared off from in front of the display cases holding the HO car models so I took the opportunity to add the recently bought Fords and the Hudson to the case. Not finding the props in any of the boxes they were put back in front of the cases. Going through another stack of boxes looking for the props I discovered in a box holding a Special Hobby Breda 88 light bomber was also an Italian Ro.57 twin engine fighter.

A few minutes earlier I had come across another Ro.57 kit, this time still in its own original box! Wow, I had lost track of what I had and at first cursed myself for the unjustifiable expenditure on such an obscure bunch of aircraft. Then I looked at the paint schemes offered by the kit…….with some minor changes in the landing gear a major change came in the appearance of the aircraft via its paint schemes between the prototype and the series production versions! My mind would have exploded trying to decide which of those to build should I only have had one of them!

I had to do some preliminary assembly of the Breda and the pair of Ro. 57’s, and a start was made on a pair of the latter’s resin engines. Of course the entire day spent cleaning up and gluing twenty-eight radial engine cylinders to the pair of crankcases just bored the hell out of Miss Kitty and she finally fell asleep out of boredom! Her snoring alerted me to the possibility of finding a hidden tip in this activity!


Tip #1….While I wouldn’t advise breaking a tool just to see if you can find another use for it, a broken tool sometimes is perfect for a totally different job than its original purpose! With fourteen molded holes in each engine center crankcase a few will still be needing cleaning out of resin before the cylinder heads can be inserted. I didn’t have a proper size drill bit in my model tools but it just happened that the triangular shaped file I was using, whose original pointed tip had bee n broken off years ago, was the exact size and shape to route out the holes of excess resin! Perfect, and I didn’t cut myself with the razor saw until the twenty fourth of twenty eight cylinders was cut from the pour stubs! Bleeding prevented me from going on to the second kit’s engines so I went to bed.

This morning  I resumed the prop search and realizing that the DeHavilland Sea Venom, half built and in the way during most of the prop search, might be a clue as to where the props were as the parts for it were also missing! As I was cleaning out a chair containing who knows how much stuff, my foot hit something underneath, and guess what it was?!? The first thing was the fuselage to a C-135 “Aria”, the modified KC-135 with a huge radar nose for tracking missiles but it had pushed a box that made some “parts” noise, and it was the box with the Sea Venom and the missing Seamew stuff!

Oh yeah, lots of other stuff got worked on during this search, including a start on a P-35 new tool kit plus a few other exciting but bypassed kits that just have to be done including some old Monogram DC-3’s and a recent Airfix Canberra Pr.9 model, well along but stopped for some reason.


Stay tuned! Later…..need another cup of coffee to counteract that Mrs. Fearnow’s can of Brunswick stew!

Happy New Year in the Year of the Shackleton update

A very Happy New Year to you as I run out the door to buy a lottery ticket!……Well I might but it’s way too cold outside for that so maybe I will just claim some type of physic rights on a statement I made in the last update! In the last update I mentioned Airfix’s surprise announcement of their forthcoming MR2 Shackleton kit and said that it complements the former Frog, now Revell Germany, later version of it.

The last thing that popped up on my computer as I went to shut it down and go to bed after my evening photoetch party was the 2015 Revell announcements which included the issue of the AEW2 Shackleton! Shackleton was definitely in the air! I seriously doubt that any cross licensing between Airfix and Revell is going on, but then who knows?! I can’t believe that an almost identical, and somewhat esoteric kit, will come out from the two mainstream kit makers at the same time, but it has happened before. We do live in strange times!

In fact at first I thought that it was just a reissue of the Frog one until I looked again this morning while going back to see if any more info on the new 1/72 C-54 kit had appeared. I had gotten so excited over that one that I had just glanced past the Shackleton announcement! Of course the C-54 will also spawn a civil DC-4 kit next year but I bet the decal makers will beat Revell to that version. I flew on a DC-4 from Lackland AFB to Lowery AFB back in late 1959 and the round windows had black rectangles painted around them to make it look like the later DC-6! The right inboard engine streamed oil back over the cowling all the way and the second half of my flight didn’t get there until a couple of days later. When they got there they told us that the right inboard engine had quit about fifty miles from takeoff in Texas!


With spraying delayed by below freezing temps the last thing painted that way was these four yellow booster rockets for the Bloodhound missile. I don’t like this shade of yellow, Camel Yellow it is called, so when I restart painting I plan on either pure yellow or chrome yellow.


I mentioned in the last update working on the XP-55 and here it is up on the gear. I need to do some paint touchups to the gear and wheel wells and the prop assembly and forward elevator need to go on plus of course the decaling. They don’t include the distinctive “Ascender” decal that goes below the cockpit. I hand painted the OD over the green already over the canopy, using an acrylic so I could touchup by scraping to get clean lines. Here that has been done plus the clear areas have had a drop of Future spread around each pane to make it a little clearer. This is one of MPM’s early kits and I wouldn’t be surprised if a new one is released in the future, maybe even this year! The best part of this one is the interior if you can get past that canopy!

100_3060Tip #1….First one of the new year and kind of lame, but any tip is good if it solves a problem or makes something easier! This piece of masking tape with some gray paint on it had been used to hold the flat pieces of photoetch provided for the gear doors of the XP-55. The other side of the doors had been previously painted with the interior green color. Just be careful not to bend these thin parts when removing them from the tape.

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I mentioned the last night’s photoetch party and these last pictures show the results of that, as I used that time to ring in the New Year. Of course this is the new tooled Airfix Blenheim Mk.1 and some Eduard RAF belts added. Each of the two seats got six photoetch parts and I used Mike’s Super Glue to attach them. I had to look at quite a few cockpit pictures of Blenheim interiors on Bing Images to feel I was getting this right. Well, close enough! One thing that surprised me were the amount of bright red and green knobs on cockpit levers on the recently restored Mk.1.

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If I work on it today it will be to brush paint Future over the inner clear surfaces and put some flat finish over the seats which have gotten a little shiny from the glue. Some black touchups to the instrument panel and of course I have to include some red and green dots spread around somewhere! The last thing done before going to bed was a good rinse of the cockpit assembly in some warm water with Palmolive Green dishwashing liquid, my cleaner of choice for washing plastics. Earlier in the evening I had finished sanding the main fuselage assembly and added a few more pieces to it. The next thing to add will be these nose sections.

No New Years modeling resolutions as all of the ones from the last two years are still pending! 2014’s was 2013’s recycled! My main resolution this year will have to be getting some more shelf space as what can I do with all these four engine monsters coming out this year! I still have a Pe-8 to find a spot for plus two almost built C-46’s, which are equal to most four engine planes in size! Since my first airplane model was a wooden 1/72 B-29 I still have to honor that and in addition to that aluminum colored replica I want to do one of the OD over gray early ones, especially the tanker for over the Hump, “Esso Express”. I even have the decals for that one ready to go!

Later…got to find some compatible shelf brackets somewhere. My two walls with the shelving have an obsolete, at least anywhere I have bought samples, brackets and standards, and I sure don’t want to take everything down and start over!

– Dick Hague

Ancient Aurora Kits CAN Be Built!

By Dave McKean


Let me give you some history. I will be 72 in November, and have been a modeler since I was 6 years old, starting with wood models and then plastic when it came around. I’ve built a lot of models in my life, and had bought enough kits to last me through 2 lifetimes, and had stockpiled over 1500 kits. I finally realized that I could never build them before God calls me home, so in 2009 I sold 1000 of the to a collector for his resale. I retained about 500, keeping valuable collectibles.

I really have trouble building out of the box, and found I really liked prototypes, so I have done quite a few, and until the time the Air Force Museum was renovated, I had a 1/72 Republic XF-84H model in their prototype showcase for many years. I bashed an RF-84 kit with just a few photos and it came out very good. I could fill 2 pages with the things I’ve done, but won’t do it here now.


Anyhow, about 15 or so years ago, I decided I wanted to build a 1/48 model of the F4H-1 prototype and looked for something to bash. Of course, there was the Collect-Aire kit, but I couldn’t afford it. I did have the Aurora F-110 kit and took a good look at it and discovered that it had the flatter canopy, a good nose shape, and some other features that were good, so I started bashing it.

Oh, I need to mention that I am a graphic artist that is still working, and that has helped me greatly with my modeling. I didn’t have a lot of reference photos then except for an old RAF Flying Review with an article on the -1, and a color photo on the cover. I sculpted the kit intakes to the curved leading edges, and other details. The cockpit cam from a Monogram Phantom. I masked the red stripes on the fuselage, pieced together decal letters for the serial number block, etc. and detailed the speed brakes, which are dimensional.

My finished model was not the correct gray because the paints were difficult to determine an FS number, so I picked up some spray cans and painted the bird. The panel lines on the plane were hand-scribed with a sharp #11 Xacto blade and a flexible straight edge. You can see some on the fuselage in this photo.


It is now old and weathered, and needs refinished, and when I found your website and you still had some decal sheets available, I bought a set. And that’s why I wanted the book, so I could make the model better.

Now, here are some photos of that finished model that I want to refinish. I’d love to hear your comments, and you are welcome to use them on your website if you wish.

Again, thank you. I hope you don’t find this boring.

Dave McKean

A new meaning to the phrase “I’ve got your six” update!

By Dick Hague

(Every modeling room needs a watchcat [watchdogs tend to be too big to sit on stools], although small parts and bright objects are in some danger!)
The phrase “I’ve got your six” is a great thing to hear if you are in a fighter and another friendly has fallen in behind you to cover you from an attack in your blind spot.

It’s another matter all together if it’s a cell phone call from another modeler telling you he has picked up the six models that you left on the contest tables at a meeting in your haste to get home and out of the cold!

I would like to blame that lapse on the extreme cold for the area and the long drive home but with seventy-five candles going to be appearing on the next birthday cake can’t rule that  factor completely out either!  [Ed note: 75!!  Who among us is building like Dick–most of us haven’t built like this since we were 10!]  Anyway, thanks Scott. I owe you!

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Now on to modeling! Since getting back to northern VA from the Chesterfield place it has been hard to get back into the swing of things on the modeling desk. Not wanting to touch stuff that required careful handling and too cold to spray outside, the perfect answer was the three Special Hobby P-59 kits that were already started. To paraphrase Chief Wiggam on the Simpsons, about all I can say here is “Move along folks, nothing to see here but test fit, cut, sand, and repeat”!


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Between these three and the two AModel Airacomets there isn’t much to choose from as to which fit better but I like the decals better in the Special Hobby versions, both as to printing and size accuracy. The clear plastic in the AModel ones is very good. All the sawing and cutting to get these five together put Miss Kitty to sleep until the sound of buckshot being spilled on the floor made her take notice
Nothing better than lead to weight the nose of a model so it sits on the nose gear! Since one of the AModel kits will have the observer forward cockpit open that version had to have an extra amount of weight installed further back towards the center of gravity, shown with the shot also in the bottom of the white model.



After some more work to get the two AModel ones up to almost the same level as the Special Hobby trio, the wings were cleaned up and the proper squared off tips required on the versions I am building were installed. For now, all five are back in the box.

With the attention span of a three year old I was now attracted to the two shiny new objects picked up on the “trip of forgetfullness” earlier in the week!


First off was the new tool Airfix Swift kit. Nice, and I am sure there will be a plethora of aftermarket detail parts soon appearing although I doubt if there will be many decal sets due to its short and rather limited service! Throw away your old Hawk Swift kits although I plan on doing a quick build of the Hawk one in the stash to join the other old models on the Hawk shelf.


Now for a “WTF Moment”! Somebody from Airfix will have to explain this! Both Swift fuselage halves contain a pair of what looks like a place where a large sprue was cut off! The picture shows white arrows pointing to these on the left fuselage. These areas will have to be sanded down and filled! Thankfully the only detail in the area are recessed panel lines which can then be re-scribed but this is a mark of some serious screwing up during the tooling for this kit!


While I have enough Tamiya Corsair kits to build curiosity made me pick up the newly tooled Revell 1/72 F4U-1A model. While I still think the Tamiya one is better, this kit is no slouch and I can recommend it, at least from looking at it. Navy VF-17 and Pappy Boyington’s markings are given on a nice looking decal sheet. Wing tips are separate and I would guess that says a future Royal Navy version will appear eventually. I don’t think this has been on any of the other Corsair kits.


Something else unique, I think, is the choice of parts to have open or closed cowl flaps. Another feature, which I hope is unique to just my kit, is the pictured piece of black trash right in the middle of the top clear part of my canopy! This little dot is right in the middle and will totally ruin the canopy if I try to rub it out……been there, done that! Time to see how good Hobbico’s customer service is!




Later….I’ve got some P-40 work to do and I might have a day warm enough to spray outside coming up!


A rainy Monday update and if I can think of it, a tip or two update

By Dick Hague

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Well, pushing got some stuff finished although I made a few mistakes along the way! The biggest one was not putting a gloss clear coat preparation on the A-24 before putting on the decals. I honestly thought about it but the decals were going down so well that I thought it was not going to be needed on the semi-gloss Tamiya OD and gray. It wasn’t until I sprayed over them that the amount of silvering showed up. What am I going to do about it? Maybe hand paint a little OD around the yellow decals on the tail, but probably nothing.


I thought the landing gear on the P-75’s was going to be difficult but it went on fairly easy. I just put five dots of super glue into the wheel well where the five gear parts touched, a dab of Zap, and only had to slightly bend one set on one model to get it aligned. I then went back and added a little more super glue to each contact point I could reach and that was it.

I should have painted the tail wheels on all of these before they went on the models as the black paint on all of them was still tacky when I went to bed last night. Don’t know if my Humbrol flat black tin is going bad or I just laid it on too heavy.


I still need to put another coat of red and blue/green over the nav lights and do a little semi-gloss black touch up on the P-75 props. One of the prop assemblies had to be removed from the resin shaft to get a tighter fit between the front and back halves and I got some super glue remover on a couple of the blades and it damaged the paint.

Tip #1…Don’t let super glue remover touch paint! Ever! But do keep it handy! Getting stuck to the desk is not fun!

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Comparing the donor aircraft to the P-75 itself shows a new wing center section with the P-40 outer wings attached to it. The horizontal tail is wider on the P-75 also, being quite a bit wider than the standard Dauntless tail. The Corsair gear looks very similar but the fairings on the USAF Museum’s recent P-75A restoration look wider at the top portion of the gear’s covers, which considering how much wider the F4U gear was than the P-40’s, it is understandable.

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I don’t think the forward fuselage on the silver P-75A model is very accurate. The canopy looks more like a P-47 bubble than the rather narrower and taller USAF Museum example. There were also fit problems and lack of positive locations for the canopies of both models, but at least they are done!


I will take all five models with me tonight but leave them in the carrying case and let Kevin decide if and when to use them in his talk.

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The day after the night before and three tips update

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In pushing to get a couple of models finished for the model club meeting last night I almost had one of those “man caused disasters”! I was moving a jar of sticky adhesive, the kind you can use to hold something temporarily, lifting it by the top, which wasn’t screwed down but the stickiness made it seem so, and as I moved it to the back of my desk the bottle fell off! It missed the A-10 and P-65 but filled a cup full of He-115 parts, including an already masked multi-pane canopy. I had to clean up lots of parts and skip a few finishing touches on the two planes I did take to the meeting.

Today I put those finishing touches on, including a wire antenna on the P-65 and painting the noses of the A-10’s  bomblet dispensers, and posed them for their “Official” finished the thing pictures, shown here!







The first picture is the bottom of the P-65 prior to the gear being added. The second picture is the first tip!


Tip #1…I got this one from Ken Robert


! He told me that if you have any of the old Poly S paint of the color called “Graphite”, treasure it, for it is great for painting radial engines. When it dries, the pigments make recessed detail move to dark and the higher parts look more silvery, as if it was doing a wash on itself. Here in the picture I have painted the previously aluminum sprayed C-46 engines on the left with the graphite. The ones on the right are just the aluminum spray. They do look darker and I suspect that once they are inside a cowling it will be even more pronounced. Thanks Ken!


Tip #2…This is what a circle cutter looks like. I bought it a while back to mask roundels that I wanted to paint. Here I am cutting masks to cover a previously painted engine inside a cowl. The first cut I tried free handed with scissors, and it was too small but I used it to mask the engine inside the cowl in case my outer mask leaked. I ended up hand cutting a second one, just in case!


Tip #3…I use a variety of clips to hold things, including clothes pins but discovered you can reverse a clothes pin and hold something in reverse! I couldn’t hold these cowlings by the edge while spraying them and my usual way to do something like this would be to have put something through the prop shaft hole, like a long paint brush handle, several of which I have cut off old brushes that I no longer use. I took out a pair of my clothes pins and found out I could squeeze them slightly open and then stick the end into the cowlings, and when released they expanded  to hold the cowls! I then used my alligator clips glued to the end of bamboo cooking spears to hold the clothes pins while spraying!


Next are a few more pics of the P-65 in final assembly, and then an old school move! Older modelers are well familiar of the phrase “Place a heated blade against the axle and flare it to fix the wheel” and here that exact thing is being enacted! I was a little uncomfortable having a fire on my desk full of flammable materials but when I was into my heavy smoking days 10,000 packs of Marlboro’s ago, there was always a fire there!


Those P-65 wheels rotated so good that on the way to the meeting it rolled into the A-10 inside the carrying case! On the way back I had Styrofoam peanuts that were converted into wheel chocks to hold it back! It hit the A-10 hard enough to get black paint on the yellow spinner!

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Here is the box that the F7F, built as the P-65, came in. Great box art. I couldn’t resist the close up picture of a mostly artistically inspired painting!


I wasn’t happy with how the antiglare panel looked on the P-75A so I masked it off again tonight and repainted it, shown here under heavy masking. It looks more like the real one in the last picture but I am not sure how much the kit catches the real one’s forward fuselage. I will know more when I get the prop on it tomorrow.

Here are the finished pics of the A-10 and P-65 and the pics of the entire build will get moved into a set of folders for finished models.

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I did a little rearranging of my desk to accommodate a parts drawer set that had been on a cabinet beside me and used that space on the cabinet to place a second case to hold my HO scale vehicles. I had thought about that space in the center of the desk to hang a flat screen TV when my old tube one went bad but I figured that I couldn’t see it straight on because of the lamps and it would be better off on the side like it is now.


The A-24 and SBD are moving right along although the SBD may still end up as another A-24 if I want to use that Costa Rican insignia decal, but that has low priority behind the first A-24 and the two P-75 models, shown here test fitting the clear canopies.

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Later….been getting a lot of typos I have had to go back and correct so I must be getting sleepy!