Friday, July 12, 2019

YouTube Suggestion

I'm a procrastinator, so often instead of using my free time to actually build models, I end up surfing YouTube and watch others build their models. I call this research...or maybe education...it isn't procrastination...no seriously, it isn't. Anyway, I recently ran across the Night Shift channel.  While it is all 1/35 scale tanks, I enjoy the irreverent humor (something missing from many modelers) and might have even learned something aka wasted way much time. I think his chipping/distressing technique might work well for an Afghanistan based CH-147 Chinook I have planned as a future project.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

2019 Tacoma Freedom Fair


An airshow over Commencement Bay is just one portion of the July 4 Tacoma Freedom Fair, but it certainly is the most interesting part! A few photos of of this years event, which returned in force after a short absence.

Ace Maker II (N133HH) is an ex-RCAF CT-133 Silver Star (CAF 133452).


The Marines brought an AV-8B Harrier to the event.  The hovering is really only a party trick, but it is a very cool party trick. The Navy provided a EA-18G Growler from NAS Whidbey Island as pictured in the header photo.



The F4U-7 Corsair (N1337A/BuNo. 133722) from the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Oregon.




The ex-RCAF Kittyhawk (N940AK/AK940/RCAF 1058), also from the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Oregon, makes a dirty pass.




It was pointed out by the commentator that both types were flown by Tacoma native Pappy Boyington.  No idea if that was on purposeful choice by the airshow organizers or just a happy coincidence.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Reed Oak 1/72 RAF figures


Once again, the most excellent proprietor of Model Paint Solutions, Dr. Model Paint (aka John Miller), has posted one of my articles. However, in the editing process one of the figures was dropped from contention; the RAF WAAF. To make amends, I have posted some photos of the unprepared WAAF figure. It is hard to express just how impressive the detail is on these figures.



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Model Tip Time


Tired of destroying brushes to apply Mr Surfacer? Want to avoid pulling out the smelly lacquer thinner.  Disposable eye liner brushes. 100 from Amazon for under $10.


Monday, September 17, 2018

A Kill in the Morning


Title: A Kill in the Morning
Author: Graeme Shimmin
Publisher: Transword Publishers

I don't get to write much about fiction on this blog, but as I have mentioned before I enjoy old English paperbacks. While "A Kill in the Morning" is a reasonably new book...it was published in the U.S. in 2015...it certainly has the tone, and graphic design, of older pulp faction novels.

I was hipped to "A Kill In the Morning" a couple of weeks ago on Twitter. It is set in the 1950s when Germany controls Europe and England tries to keep their Empire afloat. Part 007, part alt-history, it is big silly fun - with the expected femme fatales - and often based...or imagined...on true events and personalities. It includes cameos by Nazi flying saucers, Guy Gibson, the EE Canberra, Fairey Rotodynes, and a supersonic Vulcan development in both civil and bomber guises. I might quibble with a paradox or two at the end, but hey, saying any more would give it all away.