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A-10A THUNDERBOLT II (WARTHOG)

1/72: Hasegawa #K17

Year Built: 1989

Notes:  The Warthog is an amazing aircraft and is one of my favorites.  This 'A' model kit has a good level of detail, especially considering how long the molds have been around.  The fit is good, and I don't recall any major issues or problems with the kit.

I took the photos outside as you see them, but used Photoshop to remove the model stand from the images.

AH-1T SEA COBRA

1/72: Italeri #168

Year Built: 2004

Notes:  This is a average kit that had some alignment issues with detail that was generally pretty soft.  Something just looks off with the engine housing area that I couldn't put my finger on.  The paint job is supposed to be a camo scheme that the Marines have used during and after Desert Storm, but I used the wrong color for the darker shade.  Ooops.

I took the photos outside as you see them on a cardstock base representing the deck of a ship.  Guess there should be water in the background instead of desert huh?

AH-4A APACHE & OH-58D KIOWA

1/72: Hasegawa #425 & Italeri #185

Year Built: 2000

Notes:  These are both average kits, and I just did an average job building them to be honest.  I built the diorama to represent a typical 'Hunter/Killer' team of the late 80's, where the Kiowa would spot and lase targets and the Apache would fire Hellfire missles from a semi-concealed position a couple of miles away.

I took the photos outside as you see them.  I used Photoshop to remove the stands.

CF-18 WILD WEASEL

1/72: Italeri #016

Year Built: 2012

Notes: Another of my Wild Weasels.  This one is a conceptual Canadian F-18 configured for the SEAD role.  I figure sooner or later our friends to the north will need them.  This was a nice kit but I had some fit issues with the gear doors.  It's designed to be built with the gear down, so I'm not surprised when the doors don't fit the openings when I close them all up.  I miss the days when aircraft kits came with stands so you could pose them in flight.  They are airplanes after all....

F-4G PHANTOM WILD WEASEL

1/72: Hasegawa #Ka8

Year Built: 2001

Notes:  This was a fun kit to build.  I've always liked the Phantom, and the Wild Weasel has always held a special place in my heart being that I was an Air Defender my first tour in the Army.  The fit and finish of the kit was excellent.  All of the ordinance came from a Hasegawa accessory kit.

I took the photos outside as you see them.  The base is cardstock printed to resemble tarmack.

F-14B TOMCAT

1/72: Hasegawa #K113

Year Built: 1995

Notes:  This was a decent kit, with functional swing wings. I don't remember it causing any particular issues.  I'm afraid that it hasn't survived the multiple moves over the years.

I took the photos outside as you see them.  Wrong background for a carrier deck, but I live in a desert....

F-15E STRIKE EAGLE

1/72: Hasegawa #540

Year Built: 1992

Notes:  This kit was the first Hasegawa kit of the Strike Eagle.  Fit and detail was really good, except it would have been nice to have better locating pins for all of the cluster bombs.  I ended up drilling out and pinning each bomb.  It was a pain but I still have all of the bombs attached after 24 years!

I took the photos outside as you see them.  I used Photoshop to remove the stand.

F-16 COCKPIT

1/12: Esci #2990

Year Built: 2008

Notes:  This was a fun kit to build.  I enjoyed the detail of such a focused area. The fit and finish of the kit was excellent.  I built this during the planning stages of my simpit, and it served as a reference point for some parts of that project. I wish someone would come out with a line of all of the modern aircraft 'offices'.

F-16C FIGHTING FALCON

1/72: Hasegawa #603

Year Built: 1999

Notes:  I've always liked how this kit turned out.  It didn't win any awards, but I am happy with it.  It's a good kit with nice detail.

I took the photos outside as you see them.  I used Photoshop to remove the stand.

F-105G THUNDERCHIEF WILD WEASEL

1/72: Airfix #5024

Year Built: 2006

Notes: Yes, another Wild Weasel.  This is one of the original Weasel variants designed specifically for the SEAD role during Vietnam.  This was a nice kit to build, but was pretty basic.  I did some light weathering to give it that lived in look.  These are huge aircraft in real life, and I think this kit did a good job of capturing the right look and feel of the real craft.

F-111A  DIORAMA 'QUITTIN TIME'

1/72: Esci #9068

Year Built: 2002

Notes: This Esci kit wasn't the best kit in the world of the F111, so I thought I would hide a lot of it inside my old Revell 'Shelter and Ground Plate' kit.  The shelter looked a little thin based on what I saw on bases in Germany, so I made it more of a hardened concrete shelter by covering it in some self hardening clay.  I added vehicles, figures, and bits and bobs from several accessory kits I had lying around.  The tarmack is cardstock, and the grass area is plaster covered with static grass.  You can't tell from these pics, but there is lighting inside the hanger and on top of the tow tractor that acutally works.

I shot some of the photos outside in direct sun to give them a more realistic look.  I think they ended up looking more like bad spy pictures from the early 80s...

F-1117 NIGHTHAWK

1/72: Testors #654

Year Built: 1999

Notes: This was a very simple kit with few parts.  But with the design of the airframe, there isn't much on the outside to model, so I guess that is what should be expected.  Fit and detail was good.  I had an old poster I used as a background for the photos.  While there wasn't much lighting over Baghdad on the first few nights of the Desert Storm airwar, it kind of gives you that feeling.  Artistic license!


KA-6D INTRUDER TANKER

1/72: Fujimi # H15

Year Built: 2001

Notes: This was an enjoyable kit to build.  It had good detail, and no fit issues except for the intakes were a bit undersized.  A nice bonus were the two pilot figures included with the kit.  They didn't provide the hose for the refueling basket, but I fashioned mine out of some black electrical wire and it looks pretty good.  

I plan on adding some other aircraft in position taking on fuel at some point. Possibly a Marine A-6 or an EA-6B Prowler.

KFIR C2 

1/72: Hasegawa # B07

Year Built: 2005

Notes: I have been a fan of the IDF and IAI.  This Kfir was a fairly simple build, that didn't have a whole lot of detail to it.  The decals were very translucent.  The camo below them comes right through.  Had I known, I would have put a solid base layer of paint under them.  I also wish I had lightened and weathered the paint job.  It looks way to clean and new compared to any shots of line IAI aircraft I have ever seen.  The desert is tough on paint.


MH-6 LITTLE BIRD

1/72: Italeri #017

Year Built: 2015

Notes:  If I were able to pick one helicopter to fly in real life, this would probably be it.  This is the Italeri AH-6A Night Fox kit, with a couple of troop benches added to attempt to make it an MH-6.  I wanted to do some more to it, but to be honest, in this smaller scale, I'm having problems seeing the details.  I want to do this again in 48th or 35th scale and really do it up right.  The kit had some fit issues, especially with the skids.  Detail was fair.  Overall, great topic, average kit.

MH-53J PAVE LOW II

1/72: Italeri #030

Year Built: 1996

Notes:  Italeri did a good job producing this kit, but I didn't do a good job executing the build.  This was one of those builds where I was really wanting a great piece to be proud of, but it ended up just being a decent 3 foot model.  I even put some detail on the inside of the troop compartment... that I didn't get a shot of.  I will definately be making another of these one day.

MiG-21 PF EARLY

1/72: Fujimi #H26

Year Built: 2006

Notes:  This was a nice kit by Fujimi.  Good detail inside and out, and very few seam issues.  That was a concern for me being that this was my first natural metal paint job using the Alclad paints.  I was very happy with it being a first attempt.  I wish I hadn't messed up the photography... it's always something.

OV-10A BRONCO CDF SPOTTER

1/72: Academy #1665

Year Built: 2009

Notes:  I built this for the Phoenix IPMS Chapter group build project during the 2010 IPMS National Convention.  I can't remember if we won something or not.  The kit was a pleasure to build, and I really liked how the paint scheme looked.  As a matter of fact, I liked the kit so well I built a second one... see below.

OV-10A BRONCO WARBIRD 'RW&B'

1/72: Academy #1665

Year Built: 2011

Notes:  While doing the group build CDF OV-10, I did a bunch of research on the airframe, and started thinking that this would be a great plane to own privately.  It has great STOL performance, can carry passengers or cargo in the rear compartment, and has some decent range and speed.  So, based on that, I came up with a paint job that I thought would look nice if I were to suddenly find myself awash in cash and able to purchase a real one.

S-64 SKYCRANE

1/72: Revell #04471

Year Built: 2009

Notes:  This is my other contribution to the group build for the 2010 IPMS National Convention. This is the updated CH-54 kit with a water tank and snorkel kit that I scratch built.  There were a bunch of fit issues with the kit, but I think it ended up being a reasonable facsimile of the venerable Skycrane.

SR-71 BLACKBIRD

1/72: Testors #674

Year Built: 1997

Notes: This was an fairly good kit with decent detail.  I didn't do the best job with the decals because I didn't get enough gloss under them prior to application... so there is some of the dreaded silvering.

T-2C BUCKEYE

1/72: Revell #4289

Year Built: 2012

Notes:  I built this as a present for a buddy of mine who was a 'Naval Aviator'.  It was a good kit with nice recessed detail and the fit was good overall.  It's from the correct training squadron, but I'm sure he didn't fly this particular aircraft... I would have had to replicate all of the damage, bent wings, etc.  :)

TORNADO IDS

1/72: Esci #9039

Year Built: 1994

Notes: One word comes to mind when I think about this kit... thick.  All of the parts were cast very thick, the canopy was thick, and I ended up putting the paint on way too thick.  I was trying to match the 'desert pink' that the RAF Tornados were painted during Desert Storm, but I missed it by a couple shades.  I think I'll build another one from a different kit maker... one day.

UH-1D IROQUOIS 'HUEY'

1/72: Revell #4421

Year Built: 1998

Notes: Not the best kit.  I had a lot of fit issues, and most of the detail was raised.  I shouldn't have used the lightning poster with this kit... definately not a good fit.

UH-60L BLACKHAWK

1/35: MRC/Academy #2192

Year Built: 2007

Notes:  This is a big kit that will eventually be the centerpiece of an even larger diorama.  I detailed the kit with Eduard photoetch and a Nemrod crew.  You can see in the workbench photo how it will be 'suspended' in the diorama.  I made a 'rope' out of brass tubing that is wrapped in thread.  Once I'm done with the diorama, it will get it's own page on the site with a lot more photos.