Saturday, April 15, 2017


Painted the two propellers Tamiya XF-28 Dark Copper. Installed them with tweezers this morning with my 4 year old son Andy watching closely.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Painting the Lower Hull

Finished applying three coats of Tamiya XF-63 German Grey. While I feel the color is a bit dark compared to the box art, when looking at reference photos it appears to be spot on.

I've also installed the hull on the base that I painted Tamiya XF-85 Rubber Black but did not dilute with thinner and am starting to regret it as the brush strokes are evident. I have a spray can of flat black and I am tempted to spray it...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Painting the Upper Hull

I decided not to spray paint the kit as I find it too small so I am trying a new technique which I saw you YouTube where the paint is diluted with thinner to the consistency of milk. I applied four coats to get the upper hull properly covered with Tamiya XF-53 Neutral Grey. Using this diluted paint technique with a wide brush appears to give a paint finish that does not show brush strokes.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hull Assembly

With the two halves of the hull glued together last night I glued the deck to the hull as well as the bow diving planes and the drive shafts in the stern.

Thursday, April 6, 2017


As usual I sign and date the kit I am building but this is the first time that I do this as my first step in the build process. Due to the size of the kit, the smallest model I have built to date I didn't have much of a choice...

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Guillow's Balsa F4U-4 Corsair Unboxing

Unboxing video of Guillow's Balsa F4U-4 Corsair in 1/16th scale. Will be starting construction soon  of this large kit for my youngest son Andy's 5th birthday present (Jan 2018).

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gloss Coat

Spray painted in my garage the motorcycle with two coats of Testers gloss clear coat to prepare the model for weathering.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tamiya's Royal Navy Sea Harrier FRS.1 Unboxing

This is an unboxing of Tamiya's 1/48 scale Hawker Royal Navy Sear Harrier FRS.1 that I did on March 22nd 2016 but only recently finished the video and uploaded to YouTube.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Revell SnapTite Star Wars First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter Unboxing

A little video about the unboxing of Revell's SnapTitle Star Wars First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter. A kit I built with my 6 1/2 year old son Terry and a second one with my 10 1/2 year son Casey during the Christmas holidays.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dragon Deutsche Afrika Korps '39-'45 Series Unboxing

Here is a video of an unboxing of Dragon's "Deutsche Afrika Korps '39-'45 Series" in 1:35 scale. It will be used in a diorama I am working on with Tamiya's 1:35 scale BMW R75 motorcycle with sidecar.