“The Rapids” is copyrighted  by  Dan McGovern and is used with his permission.

Great Smokies National Park     Gatlinburg, Tennessee


January 11, 2019

Midway Avenger Diorama

I got the inspiration to do this Midway Avenger diorama from the Osprey Combat Aircraft #16 TBF/TBM Avenger Units of World War 2 by Barrett Tillman. I based my model on the after-action report. Not only did I try to recreate the battle damage to the aircraft, but I also “battle damaged” the crew. The pilot had his right cheek cut by shrapnel. The turret gunner was mortally wounded and the radioman was knocked unconscious.

The hydraulic system was hit, which caused the tail wheel to drop, making the stinger machine gun useless. The cables to the elevator were severed, causing the TBF to lose altitude.

midway avenger diorama

The pilot dropped his torpedo at a ship to try to lose weight. He used the trim tabs to level off and was able to crash land on the beach at Midway Island, when the right landing gear collapsed.

I installed a small electric motor to turn the prop and put an on/off switch on the base.

The weathering and battle damage on the model had to match the reference photos that I had and I tried to copy it as close as I could.

The “ocean” was created by forming the waves with modeling clay and covering with crumpled aluminum foil. A urethane rubber mold was poured. Clear urethane resin was poured in the mold. The underside wascolored blue/green and the waves were highlighted with white. This was glued to a MDF base.

midway avenger diorama

Photos by Mike Rieth

Mike is a professional model builder and can be contacted at mrieth@cox.net or 504 715-6775

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

Future Releases has info from Osprey Publications – – Fujimi – – Dragon models – – and Hasegawa

December 28, 2018



by Scott Scalfani

This is a Hasegawa’s 1/48 scale Kawasaki Ki61 Hei Hien (Tony). To get the authentic looking Japanese camouflage, I first sprayed the entire model with Alclad Silver.

After letting it dry for 3 days, I oversprayed it with Japanese Army Green using the Paasche airbrush with an H-1 tip. This was followed by a thinned Japanese Green with a little white mixed in. The aircraft was than washed with artist oil paint to bring out the panel lines and to blend it together



For reference material, I used a photo of 244 Sendai found on Okinawa. This unit had red tails, except for this one. For some reason it was overpainted, but I left some patches with the red showing through.

The kit comes with a one piece windscreen. I slit it with an Xacto #11 to open it up. Contrary to what some think, the yellow ID line on the leading edge did not have hard edges, so I feathered it.

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

  New Orleans, Louisiana