Kit: Rosemont (1:72)
This is the Rosemont AEG J1 all resin kit. A joy to build to say
least. The molding is superb, and everything you need to build it is
box...including excellent decals for one version.
This is one of my favorite methods for masking.
The kit went together with no problems at all. Model Master and
AeroMaster paints were used. Windsor Newton oils enhance the panel
lines. I did
substitute contrail strut stock for the kit supplied resin struts.
The model is
rigged with Ethicon .005 stainless steel.
Special thanks to Barry at Rosemont for the opportunity to build
little gem, and to Diego Fernetti for his invaluable assistance in
additional reference photos, and information.
Kit: 12 Squared (1:72)
The kit was a
"started" gift from my mentor Ken Henderson back in '94. I have had this
kit laying in a box since then. I needed something quick and easy to finish
up 2005. This was perfect. I have about four hours invested in this model.
It is painted in RLM colors, rigged with Ethicon stainless and edged with a
Sharpie marker. The national markings are Americal Gryphon.
Kit: Meikraft (1:72)
Meikraft Dornier D.I. Built out of the box. P/e ehhaust was discarded, and a new
one scratched out of brass wire. P/e seat was replaced with a generic Roseparts
Kit: Pegasus (1:72)
This is the Pegasus Halberstadt DII. Typical "soft" plastic...poor instructions,
and excellent decals.The level of detail was far superior to any Pegasus kit I
had built before. Only lead foil seat belts have been added to the interior.
Construction was very straight forward, and only a small amount of superglue was
needed as filler on the bottom of the fuselage. The lower wings were "pinned"
with brass rod in four places.
The cabane struts, tail skid supports, and rudder supports are .020 evergreen
rod stock. The outer struts are from the spares box. Thank you Roden!! They were
an exact fit.
The model is fully rigged with Ethicon stainless steel, and painted with Model
Master paints. The colors used were rust, Euro 1 Dk green, wood, radome tan for
the CDL, and insignia white. The engine (which is white metal) was painted steel
and given a wash of black water color paint. It stained the paint, and built up
nicely in all the "nooks and crannies" of the engine. The model itself
was coated with Future and given an artists oil wash just to enhance the ailerons,
and the fuselage details.
All decals are from the kit, although the white backing was cut away and only
the crosses themselves were used on the upper and lower wing.
Construction from start to finish took three days. The model is quite "nose-heavy"
due to the metal engine, landing gear, and wheels. The kit prop was replaced with
one from the spares box. My reference photo showed the arc of the prop well over
the top of the upper wing. The kit prop barely made it to the leading edge of
the top wing.
Kit: Phoenix (1:72)
This is the Phoenix release (Blue
Ryder) vac kit of the Junkers J2. An odd looking plane to say the least. Often
referred to as the "Tin Donkey".
The kit was a very simple build. All the white metal parts that originally were
included in the kit had been lost. New Landing gear, prop, roll bar, and wheels
were all either scratched or taken from the spares box. The national markings
are Americal Gryphon, and the numbers are a hodge podge from various sources.
The large "E" is actually a number 6.
Thanks to Dave Rhuling for the kit, and the technical help.
Kit: Roden (1:72)
Inspired by Bill Powers, I undertook this project.
This was built OOB with only seatbelts added from lead foil.
Floquil RLM 73, ModelMaster RLM75 and RLM 65 were used for the colors. The kit decals finally reacted after four applications of CHAMP setting solution.
Total time spent building and painting this model was less than ten hours. It was masked with silly putty.
Looking forward to tackling the short version.
Thanks to Bill Powers great article, I was able to convert this kit to a short
fuselage version. I also borrowed his color scheme.
Other than shortening the fuselage by 5/16" this is an OOB project. A
totally different color scheme was employed on this model for something
different than the first D1 build.
Lead seatbelts were added and ethicon stainless was used for the bracing on
the l/g. The model was masked with silly putty.
An acetate windscreen was scratched and added.
Kit: Eduard (1:72)
The rudder fin support struts were tossed, and new ones were scratched from
evergreen strip stock.
The top wing profile was corrected thanks to Dave Rhuling.
The model was masked with silly putty. Eagle Strike five color upper and
lower lozenge was used. The rigging is Ethicon stainless
Construction time from start to finish was 5 days. Special thanks to Dan Hartz
for the Rimmel profiles and Andrei Koribanics for the hand made decals.