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  1. What a beeeeutiful Spit! Thanks for posting. Oldone may have inspired me to do one in red!
  2. Were there any red colored late model Spits?
  3. Oh yes Graeme, picking it up with the rotors was a nerve racking affair, that's why I was happy to mount it to a base!
  4. Wow! Thanks Ken! Yours are beautiful Kamovs! Well, a huey is essentially held together by one nut, referred to as the "Jesus nut!"
  5. Nice P-40! Glad I have this kit! Love the finish!
  6. This is an A-model 1/72 scale KA-26 Hungarian crop duster. Lots of scratch building. Fuel control levers were added, rotor control locks were added in the cockpit as were tape for the seat belts. The rotor assembly was practically rebuilt, control tubes and pitch change links were all replaced by styrene rod. The lifting ring on top of the rotor head was made be a curved piece of wire. The spray bars were built and added, using sprue rod and tiny cut pieces of plastic rod for the spray nozzles. Scale rope was used as the pressure lines to the spray bars while thread was used to simulate the high pressure line to the rear spray bar. The pesticide bin was made from a Testor's Clear Glue cap and reinforced with styrene rod to look like weld. A drive shaft was added to power the pump at the bottom of the bin as were some odds and ends for the loading port. I also opened one of the pods and used a 1/144th radial engine to recreate the 325 hp (239 kW) Vedeneyev M-14V-26 radial engine. I also added copper wire strands to replicate the fire detection system on the inner engine panel. It was then heavily weathered to replicate oil stains. See the link below to see why! Whew! (Side note: My kit caused a squabble among the contest judges, as they never saw a helicopter like this before, so I was awarded silver. However, the gentleman who built the V-22 Osprey seen in the back ground was president of an IPMS chapter and a master modeler himself, told the judges they got it wrong. He then forfeited his first place gold to me! That, in itself, was the greatest compliment I ever received in modelling!) This is one small model helicopter!
  7. F-4J Cabriolet

    Awesome, really catches the moment, especially with the gear tucking up.
  8. UH-1C Huey

    Nice Job! Some 174th Trivia: They were the only unit that was given permission, in writing, to be allowed to wear the Flying Tigers Tiger shark teeth. They got permission in 1966 from COL Robert Scott at a annual Flying Tiger Association meeting. Another interesting point, if the "Colgate smile," ended before the door, the bird was painted before 1970, if the corner of the smile extends beyond the door, its 1970 on wards.
  9. Retro painted EA-6B from the Coral Sea Battle Retro painted F-16 to look like the P-47 "Tar Heel Hal"
  10. Thanks Brian, purely mechanical! For a 50 year old kit, it was very cleverly designed by KSN Midori. These planes are real collector items, but I had two, so why not pretend its 1967, and build it?
  11. TU-95 Diorama

    Thanks Mario for your comments, what is the RFI corner?
  12. KSN Midori was a Japanese Model Airplane company that was in business from the mid 1960s to 1970. Back then, they created what would be today considered "Uber kits." The had magnificent box art and truly advanced and clever 1/28th scale model airplanes. Each of these kits came with an electric motor, mechanical gear box/mechanical computer, which would drive the propeller, operate the flaps (on some kits), and had a drive shaft that rotated the tail wheel for forward taxing on the ground! It even had lighted navigation lights! The batteries were ingeniously hidden in the forward fuselage on a tray that slid out, and were accessed by taking the cowling off. The kit was set in motion by turning the control stick to the center position! I had two of these kits and decided to build one. This kit didn't have the operating flaps and I left the nav lights on steady bright. I tried to build this kit as closely to 1960s standards as I could. I was able to use most of the kits nearly 50 year old decals, but one ripped so I borrowed the fuselage hinomarus from an old Sunny Model, George, that fit perfectly. I had an absolute blast building this kit. I hope you enjoy this! I think if you click on the photos of the prop spinning, it will direct you to the Flickr page and you can see the plane in action. The stand was put under the fuselage to keep it from taxing into other parked planes. Powered tail wheel by drive shaft and pinion gear. I love how the engine coughs and sputters like the real thing running on late war "Marianas gas." Can also see the navigation lights are on.
  13. Check this out Mario, I put four small Doyusha motors meant for their 1/144 kits into this TU-95. Hope you like it.
  14. A-4M Hasegawa 1/48

    Love your build, really has that USMC beefy looking scooter shape. One thing about Photobucket, they will not allow some, or in my case, all my pictures to go on a third party website, unless you spend $50 to update your account. I would recommend Flickr; free, no annoying pop ups, and lets you post to third party websites.