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  1. This is Cromwell’s diminutive 1/76 scale Wehrmacht VW staff car. The kit depicts a KdF Type 60 Volkswagen from 1943, but I built it up as a later Bundeswehr vehicle of the 1960s.
  2. Bundeswehr Käfer (Beetle) Years ago I picked up Cromwell’s diminutive 1/76 scale Wehrmacht VW staff car at a swap meet. The old resin casting was missing its wheels, and the bumper and left running board were damaged... but the unmistakable Beetle shape was there! The kit depicts a KdF Type 60 Volkswagen from 1943, but I plan to build it up as a later Bundeswehr vehicle of the 1960s. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Assembly” of this kit was straightforwar
  3. This is the Life-Like Hobby Kits reissue of Pyro’s U.S.S. Constellation model from 1966. The U.S.S. Constellation is a sloop-of-war, the last sail-only warship built for the United States Navy. Commissioned in 1855, she served for close to a century before finally being retired in 1954. During her long career Constellation performed a wide variety of duties including trade protection, Civil War blockade duty, cargo transport, and as a training ship. She brought humanitarian relief for the 1879 Irish famine, and even served as the reserve flagship for the then-C
  4. So its back on the job with the Constellation’s paint... In what was apparently an attempt to simulate the look of oxidized copper cladding the ship carried when in service, Constellation museum staff have applied an absolutely GODAWFUL blue-green color the to the wood below the old waterline. The copper that once graced the real hull is long gone, although the Pyro model shows it in place. If I stick to my plan to depict the ship as she appears today as a museum, the “copper” detail will have to be painted green. I mixed up a sample and
  5. Hi all! I thought I’d return to a build I began (and suspended) a couple of years ago, Pyro’s U.S.S. Constellation model from 1966. The U.S.S. Constellation is a sloop-of-war, the last sail-only warship built for the United States Navy. Commissioned in 1855, she served for close to a century before finally being retired in 1954. During her long career Constellation performed a wide variety of duties including trade protection, Civil War blockade duty, cargo transport, and as a training ship. She brought humanitarian relief for the 1879 Irish famine, and even serve
  6. Hi all! I thought I’d return to a build I began (and suspended) a couple of years ago, Pyro’s U.S.S. Constellation model from 1966. The U.S.S. Constellation is a sloop-of-war, the last sail-only warship built for the United States Navy. Commissioned in 1855, she served for close to a century before finally being retired in 1954. During her long career Constellation performed a wide variety of duties including trade protection, Civil War blockade duty, cargo transport, and as a training ship. She brought humanitarian relief for the 1879 Irish famine, and even serve
  7. Hello everyone, I just wanted to mention that Kalmbach Publishing this month has released a new modeling book, Modeling World War II in the Pacific, and one of the articles included is my piece on a Fujimi 1/700 scale Japanese Maru-Yu submarine. The Maru-YU class cargo subs were special transports deployed in a desperation program by the Imperial Army (independently of the Navy) to slip emergency supplies to starving troops on remote Pacific islands cut off by U.S. forces. The how-to article for the little diorama is in the book and I can’t republish it here, but I can give you all s
  8. Trumpeter's 1/144 scale LCM(3)! Trumpeter included markings for both a dark blue Pacific LCM and a D-Day boat in grey. I airbrushed it Navy Blue 5-N for the Pacific boat, but I overdid the light grey streaks added for weathering so much that it ended up looking grey. Rather than redo things, I just went with it and added more grey and used the D-Day markings. The only changes I made to the kit were to add a sheet plastic door and handle (the doors weren’t flush-mounted as Trumpeter depicts) and semicircular mounts for the life ring
  9. Eduard MiG-15s! The MiG-15 NO-37 was the mount of Lt. Jaroslav Sramek, 5th Fighter Regiment, Plzen-Line Air Base. On March 10, 1953, Lt. Sramek shot down a USAF F-84 Thunderjet that had intruded into Czech airspace. The other MiG-15 is in the livery of the 29th Guards, Dachang Air Base, China. The Soviet 29th Guards Fighter Air regiment fought in Korean War (with Chinese-marked aircraft) from November 1950 to February 1951.
  10. With the addition of the landing gear, the tiny MiG-15s are complete! The MiG-15 NO-37 was the mount of Lt. Jaroslav Sramek, 5th Fighter Regiment, Plzen-Line Air Base. On March 10, 1953, Lt. Sramek shot down a USAF F-84 Thunderjet that had intruded into Czech airspace. The other MiG-15 is in the livery of the 29th Guards, Dachang Air Base, China. The Soviet 29th Guards Fighter Air regiment fought in Korean War (with Chinese-marked aircraft) from November 1950 to February 1951.
  11. Time for decals; I started with the nonslip walkways on the wings. Eduard provided an amazing six marking options for aircraft from five different countries. And the decals are excellent quality too! I chose a Chinese and a Soviet aircraft. The markings look good, but I found the spartan Soviet set to be a bit plain, so I replaced them with the more colorful ones of a Czechoslovakian aircraft from 1953.
  12. Not if you are a 1/144 F-86!
  13. With the rest of the fittings attached, a quick coat of paint and decals slapped on, the 1/144 scale LCM(3) is complete! Trumpeter included markings for both a dark blue Pacific LCM and a D-Day boat in grey. I airbrushed it Navy Blue 5-N for the Pacific boat, but I overdid the light grey streaks added for weathering so much that it ended up looking grey. Rather than redo things, I just went with it and added more grey and used the D-Day markings. The only changes I made to the kit were to add a sheet plastic door and handle (the do
  14. Painting these birds couldn’t be simpler – Tamiya Bare Metal Silver AS-12 right out of the spray can!
  15. Ok, fast forward – all but a few of the fittings are installed and I’ve started to paint, beginning with the .50 cal machine guns. These are nicely done and there are even two extras, one set of guns molded with the pedestals and two guns with the two-part pedestals separately molded. Cool. I opted for the separate pedestals which are slightly sharper.
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