“The Falls” is copyrighted  by Karl Keller and is used with his permission.

Great Smokies National Park     Gatlinburg, Tennessee

February 22, 2019

Mardi Gras Mambo

While the rest of the world is hard at work, we’re about to enter a period of non-stop partying and parades which start in earnest this weekend and run through March 5 – Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras Mambo

One of our customers provided the table decorations for the NOMTOC (New Orleans Most Talked Of Crew) Carnival Ball – one of the many ‘krewes’ that parade. These miniature representations were made out of balsa wood by J&S Galleries, 3801 Jefferson Hwy, 504 952-9163

Mardi Gras Mambo

As we hang up our “CLOSED” sign on Mardi Gras, enjoy your time behind a desk; we’ll be thinking about you!  . . . . . Not really.

Mardi Gras Mambo

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

Future Releases has info from Bandai and Meng

February 19, 2019

Real Colors

We just got in AK Interactive’s new line of Real Colors for aircraft. It’s an acrylic lacquer that AKI says you can thin with water. We’ve been testing it in the shop and can attest that water easily cleans the brush. We’ve also found that it brushes on smooth leaving no brush marks and dries really fas

Some of the things that AKI says about their paint: Can be diluted with their own thinner or the ones from other brands and types: acrylic lacquer thinner, non-vinyl lacquer thinner, alcohol, water – – – Paint adheres and dries perfectly with a soft matt finish – – Holds firmly all kind of Weathering effects

February 15, 2019



by Jack Hollander

The Vigilante is the plane that scared the Russians so much that it caused them to develop the Mig 25.

Tumpeter’s kit went together quite easily and the panel lines nicely done. You’re given all the external weapons, but they not necessary for this version (A5 C version). The strobes were for nighttime photography and the rudder is one piece and it swivels.


The tail cone for internal weapons bay on the real aircraft pulled down for nuclear weapons dispersal.

The gap you see in the model is just like the gap in the real plane – so don’t fill it.

There are a couple of things you should keep in mind. Be sure to follow the building sequence; if you don’t, you could be in for a few surprises. Put the nose wheel landing gear in before you finish the fuselage.


Also, some of the molding seams needed to be sanded away. A word of caution: the forward canopy is very delicate. All in all, the Vigilante was a good fit all around.

“”Quarter Light” is copyrighted by William Wolfe and is used with his permission     

  New Orleans, Louisiana