Thursday, September 7, 2017


Assembled the pilot halves which took a lot of white glue to fill in the gaps and smooth out the seam lines. Just coated the figure with Tamiya fine primer during my lunch break and will start painting tonight.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Landing Gear Strut Cover

The F4U Corsair has covers on the wheel struts which for this kit are also in green cardboard so like the landing gear doors I have replicated them in basewood.

Honestly I would have done this yesterday but I have been having issues with my hands going numb for the past few weeks. If I work more than 10-15 minutes I start to have a lot of pain in my arms so I have been limiting my scale modelling activities. I am currently waiting for an appointment with a specialist to get it checked out, suspect a nerve is getting pinched. Just hope I don't have to reduce even more how much time I can spend on my hobby.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Landing Gear Doors

Just like the landing gear wheel wells the landing gear doors are also in green cardboard to my disappointment. So today during my lunch break I went to a local hobby store and picked up a 1/32" sheet of basewood which was the thinnest piece of wood I could find that was fairly ridged. And unlike the kit which is made of balsa, basewood is stronger, perfect for the cardboard parts I want to replace. All I had to do was trace out the parts and use a sharp xacto to cut the pieces.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wings Covered

With the landing gear wheel wells completed I proceeded to finish covering the wings with tissue. I left the middle section uncovered until it is attached to the fuselage.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Landing Gear Wheel Wells

The kit suggested to use cardboard that was supplied to make the landing gear wheel wells. I started adding more detail by making my own boxed off areas where the landing gear struts would go, just above the green cardboard. Will then use the panel lines on the cardboard as a template to add styrene strips then paint the interior green. Took a while to get to this point since the kit plans are designed for both static and flight versions and the directions are not very clear requiring a lot of analysis.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Revell P-51D Mustang

This week I took a trip to New York State and picked up a nice 1/48 scale Revell P-51D Mustang from,Wal-Mart for only $10 USD ($13 Cdn), what a deal! I verified at a local hobby shop and on eBay and the same kit would go for at least twice the price so I am pretty happy with what I will be adding to my stash. I normally prefer a higher quality kit but at this price I just couldn't pass up the deal.

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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Started work on the fuslage, always enjoyed doing such sections as flat wooden parts become a three dimensional object.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Starting a New Build...

Started building a new kit today, decided to commence with the planes vertical and horizontal stabilizers.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Weathing (again)

With the U-96 reassembled I decided to keep the weathering much simplier. While some of the Tamiya Panel Accent Color remains I did not want to add more so I used a staedtler 0.05mm black marker to add hole markings accorss the hull which I think turned out pretty good.

Monday, May 8, 2017

New Decals

Fortunetly for me the base decals came in English and German. While I preferred the word "U-boot", the word "Submarine" will have to do if I want to correct the weathering error I committed a few days ago.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Weathering Disaster...

After spraying a glossy clear cost to seal up the decals it was time to weather the kit. Seeing all the rivets along the hull I figured that this kit would be a great candiate to try out the Tamiya Panel Accent Color. While instructions were vague I looked at several videos online and used some thinner to clean it up with some q-tips but was not getting great results. I decided to buy some Tamiya X-20 Lacquer Thinner and try again the weathing but to my horror I noticed that the paint started to come off as well as the decals in the base! Even the glue started coming off which is wht the conning tower and railings are all detached!

I suspect that the gloss coat got worn off but my several attempts to remove some of the Tamiya Panel Accent Color which led to the paint coming off. I also think that this kit is perhaps too small for the Panel Line Accent Color as there are only a few millimeters between each row of rivets along the hull. I have never scrapped a kit and I don't want to begin today! I guess this is a nice learning experience...

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Added the decals to the vessel... I really like how the base sticks out, chose the German writing. I was hesitant about the U-96 blue swordfish logo as I found it to be the wrong color but after verifying several reference photos it appears to have changed color through various deployments so I decided to leave it as is.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Deck Accessories

Glued the cannons and railings, realling like the net cutter on the bow. Painted the top of the cannons a dark grey using a toothpick.