Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Completed the First Step

Although building wooden models is fun I still prefer plastic kits so I decided to start work on the Revell Bell H-13H Helicopter. Tonight I completed step 1 with to my surprise a fair amount of difficulty. Two of the parts were not easy to instal per the plan and I had to check reference photos to make sure I got it correct. Not a great start to what I thought would be a simple kit to build... In the photo I used a Tamiya paint jar to weigh down the chopper to ensure that the tail section dries straight.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Covering the Fuselage

With the summer here and me being busy with outdoor projects I have not spent as much time as I would have liked to work on covering the fuselage with tissue. With a little persistence I finally managed to get this section completed, up next the wings!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Covering the Stabalizer

Today I started covering the aircraft parts in tissue. I decided to begin with the smallest parts, the vertical and horizontal stabilizers.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A little message

As with all my models I signed it and added a small message for Andy wishing him a happy 5th birthday which will be on January 30th 2018.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wing Edge Sanding

Spent two evenings sanding the wing edges after having worked the over two weeks to build the wings. Had to cut out notches for so that the air intakes fit properly as instructed in the plans.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wing Mid-Section Madness

It required a fair amount of analysis of the plans to get this far of the mid section of the wing. It's the area of the kit I have been dreading the most due to its complex inverted gull wing design. To be honest its not that hard to build, understanding the plans has been a challenge... The instructions themselves are very vague with additional comments in the plans so careful examination of the drawings was required. Despite the slow progress for this section it is coming along well and looks perfect.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fuslage Complete

Completed the fuslage today, plane starting to take shape.

U-96 Photo Shoot


Well today I completed the U-96 and am glad to have accomplished another kit. While this is one of the smallest kits I have built so far I'll admit the low time to build (524 minutes or 8 hours 44 minutes in this case) is attractive versus the typical 30-40 hour range I experience with larger kits however I found it to be less fun to build as the parts are very tiny and there is not as much detail. Weathering also proved to be difficult and I find that on a shelf with other scale models it does not look as impressive due to the small size. Overall I like the kit but would probably prefer building it in a larger scale.


The submarine has been sitting on my workbench for a little while now with only the flag remaining. Its a decal that you fold in two and is supposed to go over a pole but it fell off before I was able to spray a flat coat. I decided to try and just glue (gel) this very thin flag to the pole with super glue and it worked to my surprise. It adds a nice punch of color to this otherwise very bland paint scheme.