“”Ice Cubes” is copyrighted by Capt. Harold Thomas III and is used with his permission     

on the Illinois River                                           Havana, Illionois



February 9, 2018

F-16 Engine Assembly

F-16 Engine Assembly













The engine for Tamiya’s F16 is literally a model within a model. It’s meant to be removed. It slides in, twists, and locks in place. There are about 50 parts to it, representing about 30 hours of work over a month and a half.


Primed with Mr Surfacer 1200 followed by an acrylic Gloss Black, which gives the surface the look of depth. I painted in with Alclad chrome, dark aluminum, and a mixture of aluminum and jet exhaust.



F-16 Engine AssemblyAt least 2 coats of Alclad was sprayed on, letting it dry a couple of days between each coat. Then I put diluted Future floor wax on top. The yellow I used was Floquil Reefer yellow, by far the best yellow I’ve come across.


If you didn’t know it was plastic, you’d swear it was metal.

Future Releases has info from Future Releases has info from Riich Models – – Bandai – – Kittyhawk Models- – Tamiya – – and not much more

Energy is eternal delight.” ~  ~ William Blake


February 2, 2018

Tamiya Zeke

By Harold Clement


I pre-shaded the panel lines on this 1/48 Tamiya Zeke black and misted very fine coats of paint on to the wing and fuselage. I used Model Masters Imperial Japanese Navy Gray and Sky


Tamiya Zeke

The prop is silver on the front and black on back. The reason for the black paint was so pilot wouldn’t become hypnotized watching the blades spin around.


Tamiya Zeke

To simulate the powder burns by the guns and the exhaust on the bottom, I used my wife’s eye shadow.


Tamiya Zeke


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


“Mighty things from small beginnings grow.” – – John Dryden