Thursday, April 25, 2013

No Way, Eh!

I actually got the airbrush out and threw some primer at the Hellcat.  Things look ok with almost no remedial seamwork needed.  Heck, at this rate it might turn blue before I depart for Seattle next week.

I tried the new Testors Model Master Lacquer Primer for the first time. It sprayed okay through the Powercat and left a nice flat even finish, but did string a little when sprayed. I was able to remove most of the strings with a quick brush of a large paintbrush and a polish with a Kleenex.  This finish is not as smooth as Mr. Surfacer, but I liked it better than my one experience with the Alclad gray primer.  Overall, Mr. Surfacer and Tamiya Fine Surface Primer are still my primers of choice, but this is an acceptable alternative when they occasionally disappear from stock.

Friday, April 19, 2013

This kinda rocks

The Bomber Command Museum of Nanton, Alberta has a running Bristol Hercules.  Now they just need a Halifax to hang it on...

Monday, April 15, 2013

Flying Heritage Collection Part 2

A few photos from the "old" hangar.

I still think they need to remove the spinner on the Hurricane.

The early Ki-43 is airworthy, but not flown.

I'd love to see the Polikarpov I-16 in the air.

The Tomahawk looks really good in Robert Neale's colours.  (It is interesting to note that Mr. Neale was a native Canadian; born in Vancouver, B.C.)

Ahh, Spitfire.

The Fieseler Storch.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Flying Heritage Collection Hangar Opening

On Friday, I was lucky to attend the Grand Opening of the Flying Heritage Collection's new hangar at Paine Field.  Here are a few pictures.

The newly restored Hellcat had its first flight only a few weeks ago.

I know the scheme is slightly controversial, but I really like the look of the A6M2 Zero.

The MiG-29 is back on display.

This is not a common sight in US flying museums. (The IL-2 is having a little work done on the flying surfaces.)

More of the IL-2. Some inspiration for the new Tamiya kit.