Thursday, June 30, 2011


Threw this together to break the monotony of other things I'd been working on. The tiger mouth P-40 is Academy's P-40e straight from the box. The other P-40 and P-47 are older Minicraft kits. The P-40 has a hodgepodge of decals and the P-47 has aftermarket decals. They will be mounted to an in flight base soon as I get some metal rods and something to mount them to.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

F/A-18F "Diamondbacks"

Another recent completion. Italeri kit (which was crap and totally inaccurate but I don't care) and aftermarket decals. The kit came with an aftermarket resin cockpit set when I bought it as well so it's nicely detailed there.

The Duke of Paducah

So I realized I've neglected this for a while. This is the 3rd of the 1/48 B-17s finished about a month ago.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tiger Girl complete

This was supposed to be Thunderbird but the decals shattered. Had these decals left on another sheet so I decided to use them. Technically the aircraft is wrong as Tiger Girl was a late F early G with the chin turret but the F top turret and no cheek blisters. Still turned out ok.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

1/48 Forts update

Construction and major painting complete. Undergoing their clear coat treatment now. In a few days may be ready for decals.

Friday, April 8, 2011

MP4-25 Complete

This thing's not letting me load all the pictures. More pics found here...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Yet another 17!

I picked this up on the cheap and when I got it it was missing a few parts. Most notably it had no wheels. I remembered to look in my spares tonight and lo and behold I had 2 wheels that were very close in size. So I got motivated and threw this together in an evening. Still have some sanding to do but it will be ready for paint soon. There is NO interior so I'll just paint over the windows and then repaint them black, blue, or a steel/silver after it's done. I have decals for "My Devotion" although the model is an early F and MD was a late F model.

Friday, March 4, 2011

17s in progress

Got the wings glued together today. Dry-fit them to the fuselages. I still have to modify the starboard side of the F fuselage to accept the G kit wing so it's not on. The G kits themselves fit perfectly and the wings snap in place with no glue needed. The F model will be glued unfortunately.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

S/Sgt Roy H. Baine - Hero

Miss Prissy was not his plane but that is the paint scheme (or lack of) that their ships flew with. The plane pictured (B-17G 42-102922) did not have a name as far as I have ever determined. It was flown by Karl Hattenhauer and these pictures as far as I know were taken right before the Memmingen mission where 14 of the 26 483rd group B-17s were shot down by a force of about 200 Luftwaffe fighters. It has been recorded as the fiercest air battle the 15th AF ever flew in. In his log he states that their plane 922 was the most shot up aircraft to ever return to the group from a mission and they had no idea how the wing never fell off. During the mission he had 2 confirmed kills and his crew totaled 6 enemy aircraft. 2 members of the crew were injured but continued to fight and earned the Silver Star for their valor. For more info on the mission go here

Current Project

Been working on these since the beginning of the year. They're all straight from the box and will have aftermarket decals. From left to right in the top picture is "Thunderbird", "Snoozin Susan", and "The Duke of Paducah". I have a 4th waiting to be built that will have about as much aftermarket parts as you can buy that I will be doing as my grandfathers plane he flew on during the famous Memmingen mission 7-18-44.