As I said in a previous post, I spent a lot of time building and finishing models in my previous hobby room. I thought saying goodbye to the old model space would be the tough part. Not even close. It was the act of moving and unpacking, that was the tough part. And pretty much... Continue Reading →
Modeling for a Buck or Two
It's already spring and this year I think I have read some 834 posts stating that the prices of this hobby are 'getting out of hand'. Or, that prices of kits, prices of paints, prices of shipping kits and paints...pretty much everything related to gluing and painting styrene has 'sky-rocketed'. But, let me ask: Is... Continue Reading →
Goodbye, Old Friend
This is my model workshop. Model studio if you like. I built it some 13 years ago when we finished the basement. This was long before Model Airplane Maker was ever a thing and years before the little intern came along. Long before I even knew about the 'social' side of model making. Long before... Continue Reading →
Building my favorite Corsair
I have stated a few times that it was this Okinawa-based Corsair that started the whole fascination with the type. But, I have never attempted to build Bob Klingman's Corsair. Why is that? Oh, reasons I'm sure. That and wanting to avoid checkerboard decals on the cowl. But before the build, let's explain a few... Continue Reading →
Scale Model Soup Steven Is Purging
Two reblogs in one month? This is not like me. Then again, if someone has written something that I enjoy and I can comment about, then why not? I've been following Scale Model Soup for years. Steven posts about builds, shows, and some very clever thoughts about the hobby. My favorite posts of his are... Continue Reading →
IN SEARCH OF THE FORK-TAILED DEVIL
Another interesting Aviation story by Andrew King, always with links to my hometown. To think there could still be parts of a P-38 Lightning scattered about McGregor lake. Just as interesting is the ‘career path’ of these Warbirds – from delivery to the USAF, to surplus-ed Air Racers and finally to Air Survey work.
A quest to find the wreckage of a crashed WW2 P-38 Lightning in the woods north of Ottawa…
During World War Two the German Luftwaffe nicknamed it der Gabelschwanz-Teufel, or “ the fork-tailed devil”. The American built Lockheed P-38 Lightning was aptly nick-named due to its distinctive twin-engine booms and central pilot pod paired with exceptional flight characteristics. The P-38 was a formidable opponent for the Luftwaffe in Europe and for the Japanese in the Pacific, who referred to it as “two planes, one pilot”.
Developed as a twin engined high altitude interceptor to attack hostile aircraft, the P-38 entered service in 1942 and remained in operation with the United States Air Force until 1949. After the war, thousands of P-38 Lightnings became obsolete aircraft as the aviation world entered the jet age. These surplus P-38s were sold off into a variety of new roles including foreign air forces…
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It’s ok to Suck
"Embrace the Suck" is a term I've heard many times in 'other-than-scale-model' settings. It was definitely a saying back when I spent hours and hours sucking wind on my mountain bike. One season, many years ago, I set out to get better and faster. I really wanted to stop walking the bike up steep rocky... Continue Reading →
The Insecure Express to Jerktown
True story: Years ago I was inspired to build a boat. I know, I know... but it was a wild time in my life. You see, I had recently come home from the perfect Hawaiian vacation. So maybe this whole boat thing was a result of my wonderful day doing the Pearl Harbor tour which... Continue Reading →
1/72 AMP X-20: No, it’s a “Dyna-Soar”
Remember that time when money wasn't tight, man-made wonders were constantly being built and funding for every conceivable aerospace program was announced weekly? Yeah, me neither. But I imagine it was like that when the X-20 was conceived and plotted out. The equivalent of five and a half billion of today's dollars was spent to... Continue Reading →
The 2023 Dream Kit List!
After I stifle that last turkey burp and toss that 'ol tree out on the snowbank, my thoughts usually turn to figuring out which day of the week it is. But soon after that, I start to ponder what kits I'd like to see in the future. Now, I know that the rumor mill has... Continue Reading →