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February 17, 2017

Trumpeter 1/32 F105D Thud










Trumpeter 1/32 F105D Thud

by Jack Hollander


The nickname of this Thud is “The Polish Glider”, so called because if the plane lost power it went down like a brick


I painted the Thud with Testor Model master Paint in a standard camouflage scheme: Dark Tan, Dark Green, and Medium green; the underside is camouflage gray.


I had to scratch build the left flap because I lost it over the course of 3 Katrina related moves.


Alclad was used on the exhaust and refueling door.

Trumpeter 1/32 F105D Thud









The panel lines are rather subtle and were airbrushed free-hand without masking. I used Floquil weathered black for the panel lines. Maybe I should explain. First, the whole model was primed with a gray primer. I then roughed in the color coats, starting with the Dark Green. It was at this point that I did the panel lines.


At this stage, the whole plane looked black – – the panel lines being the darkest; the overspray lighter.


After it dried, I applied the final color coat, followed by two coats of Floquil Gloss Clear to apply the decals. Floquil Flat was then sprayed over the entire model.


To finish it off, I hit it very lightly with a very fine sandpaper – as though you were running your finger over it. This takes off any high spots and gives the finish more depth.


Trumpeter 1/32 F105D Thud











The landing gear is brass and tends to bow under the weight of the plastic. It looks wobbly, but it’s more stable than you would think. I did drill the metal out and pin it. The bottom of the wheels were flattened by melting them on a coffee pot warmer.

The only aftermarket part that was add was a Black Box cockpit set. Trumpeter also makes a Wild weasel version of the 105, which would have been inserting to build – it’s 2 inches longer.


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

Future Releases has info from Kalmbach Publications – – Airfix – – Accurail – – and more

This week’s Video is How to build and weather a model tank in 7 steps: “In this video I show my process, step by step in how to go about building and then weathering a model tank or armoured vehicle. It’s not strictly a “how-to”, more of a “when should I do this.” ~ ~ Chris Ecker

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” ~ ~ Reba McEntire







February 10, 2017

Chevy Small Block Engine

by Alan Gomez


There were a lot more parts in this 1/6 scale Testors kits than it looks like. I’m guessing that there are well over 100 parts to this Chevy Small Block engine.


Chevy Small Block Engine


The fuel line is 4 pieces; the distributor is 7 pieces, the carburetor is 7 pieces – you get the idea.


Chevy Small Block Engine


The major components came chromed. On most kits with chromed pieces, all you do is scratch the surface of the parts that are to be glued.



Chevy Small Block Engine


Not so with this one – the chroming goes deep, so I had to use super glue and epoxy to stick it together.


This week’s Video is in keeping with the spirit of the season, Mardi Gras Indians: “Each year, The Mardi Gras Indians take to the street of Louisiana, in the Mid-City area and hold a parade.” ~ ~ Bill Wolfe

“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.” ~ ~ Mae West