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DUDLEY PROJECT CENTRAL
AIRCRAFT: WW1 - WW2

ALBATROS D.III and SPAD XIII

1/72: Esci 9021 & Academy 1623

Year Built: 1999

Notes:  These are good little kits made in the 80's.  Decent raised detail with a nice impression of the fabric surfaces.  


I shot the last two pics outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stands.

FOKKER D-VII and SOPWITH CAMEL

1/72: Esci 9015 & Academy 1624

Year Built: 1999

Notes:  These are also a pair of good kits made in the 80's.  Decent raised detail with a nice impression of the fabric surfaces.  I did the lozenge pattern on the underside of teh D-VII wings in paint using a stencil I made with an Xacto knife and some painters tape.

I shot all of the pics outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stands.

A6M3 ZERO

1/72: Hasegawa #22

Year Built: 1988

Notes: This was a really old kit that I picked up while in the Army in Germany.  A basic kit that had about 20 parts in it with limited detail.  Instructions had three steps.. like I said... basic.  Decals were somewhat translucent.  Fit was average.

I shot all of the pics outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stand in two of them.

AS 51 HORSA GLIDER DIORAMA

1/72: Testors/Italeri #862

Year Built: 2007

Notes:  This is something I've been interested in ever since I saw 'A Bridge Too Far' with my dad way back when it first came out in 1977.  The kit is okay, but everything is a little thick and lacks fine detail.  I started struggling to finish the concept about half way through the build for some reason, so there isn't enough/correct weathering on the glider, and the diorama itself isn't anywhere near complete.  I hope to come back to it one day and finish it the way I have it in my mind.

B-25H MITCHELL

1/72: Testors/Italeri #877

Year Built: 2001

Notes: I built this as the H version with the 75mm cannon in the nose.  I'm pretty sure none of the H models served in/around Normandy to have the D-Day stripes, but I just wanted to see it that way.  It was a good kit with nice levels of detail and no fit issues that I recall.  I chose to do it in the natural metal finish using Bare Metal Foil.  This was my first attempt at using BMF like this (normally I just used it for small metal bits, chrome car trim, etc) and I didn't do very well with it. 

I shot all of the pics outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stand.

Bf 109G

1/72: Heller #076

Year Built: 1982

Notes: This was a kit that I built while a junior in high school.  For an old Heller kit, it actually wasn't a bad kit.  Looks like there were some wing root issues, but that was likely me and not the kit.  I still have this model, and I can't believe that that it's still in one piece!

I shot all of the pics outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stand.

BLENHEIM MK.1F 

1/72: Frog #190

Year Built: 1998

Notes: This old Frog kit sat in the closet for years before I finally built it.  I built it was it came in the box with Finnish markings and with snow skis.  No, they aren't floats.  For being such an old kit, it had a decent amount of detail, and the raised panel lines were actually really delicate.

I shot all of the pics outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stand.

JU-88 A-4

1/72: Italeri #018

Year Built: 1995

Notes: Good kit with nice detail and recessed panel lines.   Because of all of the complex framing on the canopy, this was my first try at using painted clear decal material to do the framing.  As long as you don't overload the paint, it works out really well.  It was also my first try at the unique squiggle camo scheme.  The lines are just a tad thick, but other than that I like it.

I shot all of the pics outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stand.

JU-897 D-1 STUKA

1/72: Fujimi #F-14

Year Built: 2005

Notes:  This was a fun kit to build that fit together well.  Nice details inside and out with decals were nice and opaque.  No problems I can think of.  I used stretched spru for the antenna.  This is one of my earlier kits where I started to show some real weathering.  I'm happy with how it turned out.  I mounted it on it's stand in the aggressive 'dive bomber' steep dive.


ME-262A SCHWALBE

1/72: Revell-Monogram #5942

Year Built: 2002

Notes:  This was an excellent kit.  I hadn't built a Revell kit in ages and I was plesantly surprised.  Fit and detail were top notch, and the instruction booklet was not only clear and concise, but had lots of reference images in it from real 262's.  Because the kit was such a good one, it overcame my shortcomings and I was able to pull an award for this one at a regional model show in '02.

​In the last six pics I shot them outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stand.  In the very last one i  put my P-47D in the foreground to set up an 'in action' shot.  This is the reverse of the black and white shot in my P-47D album.

Mosquito FB MK.VI

1/72: Testors #60747

Year Built: 2005

Notes:  Probably the best engineered kit I've ever built.  This is also one of my favorite planes in the world.  It's one of those kits where you shake the box and it comes out as a beautiful build.  Lots of detail, everything fits wonderfully, and just a fun build.  I did manage to get some silvering under a couple of the decals, but that was totally my fault for not getting a smooth enough finish under them prior to applying.  

Highly recommended kit!

P-38J LIGHTNING

1/72: Hasegawa #816

Year Built: 2003

Notes:  A nice kit that went together well.  A good level of detail.  No problems that I remember.  I used painted decal material cut to width for the complex canopy framing and it turned out pretty good.

​I shot all of the pics outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stand.

P-47D THUNDERBOLT

1/72: Hasegawa #138

Year Built: 2004

Notes:  A very basic kit that only had about 20 parts.  Fit together fine. I cut and repositioned the control surfaces.  The prop effect is clear sheet plastic cut to 90% of the prop diameter.  Then I chuck it in a Dremel tool and lightly score it and slow speed to give it the blur effect.  No problems that I remember.

In the last four pics I shot them outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stand.  The very last one i made black and white and snuck my ME-262 into the background.

P-51D MUSTANG

1/72: Hasegawa #AP20

Year Built: 1998

Notes:  A nice kit with no issues that I can think of.  My problems arose when finishing the kit.  I chose Bare Metal Foil to replicate the natural metal finish, and I'm not happy with the results.  It was my second time using BMF in such a large application, so I am sure my problems were self imposed.  But, I'm done with it for these type of finishes and will go to painting my natural metal finishes from now on.

I shot all of the pics outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stand.

P-61B BLACK WIDOW

1/72: Dragon #5017

Year Built: 2002

Notes:  This is the Lady of the Dark - Golden Wing Series kit. An excellent kit with lots of detail.  The kit came with photoetch parts, including the antennas on the nose.  Fit together well.  Decals were nice and opaque.  No problems I can think of.

I shot all of the pics outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stand.

SPITFIRE MK IX

1/72: Airfix #02081 Series 2

Year Built: 1995

Notes: Issued as a Special Edition: World War II Aircraft of the Aces - Johnny Johnson kit.  A very basic kit, typical for when it was released in the 1980's.  Fit was fine, decent surface detail.

I shot all of the pics outside as you see them but used photoshop to remove the stand.

TYPHOON MK.IB

1/72: Academy #1664

Year Built: 2004

Notes: One of my favorite kits.  I've always loved the plane (my Great Uncle flew them in WW2), and while it wasn't a complicated or especially detailed kit, it went together well and looked the way I wanted it to when it was done.