Sunday, December 3, 2017

Getting there...

Tamiya Mosquito in progress. Under the gun as usual, it has to be done for Thursday.

PRU Blue is Tamiya XF-18 Medium Blue.  Decals are a mix of Eagle Strike, Barracuda, with serials from the kit.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

And this is why I never get anything done!

Aka how I get easily distracted...

So there was I was reading Facebook and the above picture showed up in my feed.  Canadian Sherman tanks with green and tan camouflage and the Canadian flag?  Hold on, wasn't the Canadian flag introduced in 1965?  What were Sherman's doing in Canadian service that late?

A little online researched turned up that these Shermans were part of the Ontario Regiment (RCAC) based in my hometown of Oshawa, Ontario.  It also noted that the Regiment operated Shermans until 1972.  Wowie.  Further researched turned up the following picture...

Those gates look familiar, isn't that the Parkwood Estate is Oshawa?  Indeed it is.  These photos were all taken on September 11, 1971, when the regiment paraded in honor of R. Samuel McLaughlin’s 100th birthday.  (McLaughlin was a Canadian industrial titan and honorary Colonel of the Ontario Regiment.)

So now I have to build one of these Shermans.  Looks like I am looking for a M4A3 "Easy 8."  But what scale?  Trumpeter does one in 1/72.  Hobby Boss does one in 1/48.  Tamiya does one in 1/35.

1/72 Pros:  Matches most of the aircraft.  Pretty cheap kit.  Not too many parts.  (And if I want to expand the armor collection Dragon makes a Churchill.  (A tank I'm oddly attracted to.))

1/72 Cons:  Tiny.  It will be hard to see the little maple leaf which is a feature of interest.

1/48 Pros:  Decent size.  Matches a few of the 1/48 fighters.  Not too expensive.

1/48 Cons:  None noted, but it I want to expand the collection I don't think anyone does a Churchill.

1/35 Pros:  It is Tamiya.

1/35 Cons:  Expensive and a totally new scale that doesn't match any of my airplanes.

Oh, man, I don't need this kind of distraction!  I guess check back to see what develops on the armor front.  (And if anyone has any suggestions about the appropriate scale, let me know.)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

AScaleCanadian on Twitter

For reasons unknown, AScaleCanadian in now on Twitter.  Why?  I dunno, but follow along at @AScaleCanadian to see if Twitter is of any value.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SAMI Canadian Wings #1: Maple Leaf Mustang

Pretty excited that my Airfix Mustang 4 article is appearing in December 2017 issue of Scale Aviation Modeller International.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Project Welcome Home

Boeing B-52G s/n 59-2584 "Midnight Express" has been a resident of Paine Field, Everett, Washington, for almost three decades since its retirement from SAC. Delivered to KPAE by the USAF in 1991, it appears it was originally planned as the centerpiece of a branch of the Museum of Flight that was mooted to be built. That never happened and the B-52 has been sitting on the field - occasionally moving locations - with many questioning how long the Stratofortress would survive in one piece. Thankfully, the Museum has unveiled their Project Welcome Home which would see the B-52 moved to Seattle and displayed as part of the outdoor Vietnam Veterans Air War Commemorative Park near the Duwamish River.

Recently, the B-52 was moved to Kilo 6 and repainted in the SIOP scheme it wore when flying as part of Operation Linebacker II over Vietnam. Now the hard part begins...moving the airplane to Seattle.

Modelers Note: You want to build a B-52 in 1/72? Ok, crazy person. Your choices are the Monogram B-52D from the 70s or the newer AMT kits of the B-52H and B-52G; now boxed by Italeri. I've not seen any of these kits...even though I lusted after the Monogram kit as a child...but I hear the AMT/Italeri kits need some work. Modelcollect has announced a new tool B-52H, but no plastic has been displayed.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Kittyhawk - Done!

A quick snap of the Academy P-40N Kittyhawk completed as RCAF 877/T of 132 Squadron.  I'll post up glamour shots and a full article in three months when it returns from display at the Museum of Flight as part of the US Aircraft in Foreign Service display.