Here is where I am: Competent model building and painting and when the stars align, I might get a result worthy of the display case and a competitive contest entry. I can confidently say given enough time and interest in a subject; I can tame almost any kit. Which is a good thing because I... Continue Reading →
I have to admit: this post has been one of the harder ones to write (and to find images for). The content is not controversial but I am trying to make a comparison which is difficult to support with data. That said, in no way is this post meant to be a declaration of a... Continue Reading →
Does Box Art really sell kits? This seems to be one of those logical things we all believe. In my personal experience, I have only bought one kit because of the box art and that was a long time ago. I am much more likely to buy a kit based on the contents of the... Continue Reading →
Or is 72nd scale in decline? I have listened to some opinions about this in recent podcasts. One of the hosts from the Scale Model Podcast explained that he does not build 72nd because he has trouble seeing the parts. Yet one of the hosts from Plastic Model Mojo boldly claims 72nd to be God's... Continue Reading →
Cold weather is a great excuse to take the little one to the air museum. No matter how many times I go there, I always find something interesting and last time was no different. I found this gem on the bookshelf in the kiddie drawing & reading room: "Model Planes For Beginners" was first printed... Continue Reading →
An excellent article by Andrew King on Ottawa Rewind. This one is about the P-51 Mustangs that once flew over my home town. Actually, just down the road from my home.
I am going to look into getting some of these markings in order to do a “local” post-war Mustang.
Once Upon A Time in Ottawood, our skies above the capital were abuzz with the sound of Rolls Royce Merlin engines, purring from the fuselages of the graceful and iconic WW2 fighter, the P-51 Mustang. After the war, Canada purchased a total of 150 Mustang P-51Ds from the United States for use by the RCAF and at No. 416 “Lynx” Squadron based at the RCAF Uplands Air Base south of Ottawa. This is where the MacDonald-Cartier International Airport is today. Operational for only a few short years between 1950-52, the Mustangs were declared obsolete in 1956 when they were replaced by the Canadair Sabre, and were later sold off to private buyers.
Do any of these remarkable Ottawa Mustangs still exist? I researched some serial numbers of these now sought after Mustangs to see if I could track any of these Ottawa Mustangs down. Selling for around $2-3million dollars nowadays…
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Happy 2020 to you all! I am currently completing a big kit that I hope to write about before the end of the month. But before I get to that finish line, the first week of January is as good a time as any to break out another "Top 5" wish list. Last year's Top... Continue Reading →
There was a post at the end of 2018 but back then Model Airplane Maker was only a few months old at the time. So I am not sure it counted. This time, the site has more than a year under its belt and there is a lot more to say. Speaking of which, I... Continue Reading →
I have previously published a quick and dirty guide to modeling the many US variants of the Corsair in 1/48 scale. In that last guide I detailed the differences between the variants as they were developed. Instead of repeating that information, this guide will have a bit more information about the story behind the use... Continue Reading →
The only time I visited the The National Air Force Museum of Canada was when I did a weekend wine tour in Prince Edward County with my wife some years ago. Admittedly, that holiday was "pre-kid" and the wine was good so I don't recall most of the details. However, Prince Edward County is beautiful... Continue Reading →