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Bayou St John                  New Orleans, Louisiana


September 23, 2016


The Hopper
















The Hopper is from Industria Mechanika . Designed by Calum Alexander Watt and sculpted by Stefano Bernardi. It’s a 1/35 scale resin kit of some kind of flying vehicle.


The resin casting is very clean with no air bubbles and very little cleanup. I painted it with a combination of Floquil ,Model Master and Tamiya paints.













The camo pattern was applied using Steel Beach Accessories masking vinyl. The decals on the outer hull are the kit supplied ones.

Those on the instrument panels are from various Airscale sets. There was no landing gear supplied with the kit. I kit bashed them using gear from a 1/48 Draken and a 1/32 Viper MKII.














All in all this was a fun build.

Future Releases announced by from Kalmbach Publications – – Hasegawa – – Dragon Models – – Italeri – – Trumpeter – – and more

New Stuff has a listing of what the delivery trucks brought us!

This week’s Video is Ft McComb: An abandoned and overgrown fort in New Orleans East as photographed by Bill Wolfe

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” ~ ~  ~ Albert Einstein 




September 16, 2106


Takom Flak 40 Zwilling


by Claude ZeringueTakom Flak 40 Zwilling


The Flak is the Takom Flak 40 Zwilling 12.8 cm. It was a bear!


Every single component had to be filed, sanded and fitted.

Actually had to drill out the molded pins that hold the gun supports in place and pin them with music wire. It has been a beast!



Photo by Claude Zeringue


This week’s Video is Among the Ruins:  Jerry Kelly, co-founder of Hub Hobby Shop had another hobby in addition to flying radio control airplanes – – he and his wife Joyce were amateur archaeologists.  For a month each summer for over 40 years, they traveled to the Yucatan Peninsula and Central America to document Mayan ruins. The result was thousands of photos and four books for the University of Oklahoma Press. This video highlights some of their work.

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.”  ~ ~ Proverb