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“Ghost Ship” is copyrighted by Rodney Junker and is used with his permission.

Carrollton Gauge, New Orleans


May 27, 2016

Soviet Motor Torpedo Boat


soviet motor torpedo boat by Gil Gonsoulin



The G5 Soviet  Motor Torpedo Boat was designed by Andrei Tupolev. It looked like a large float that would be used on a float pane. The boat was constructed of duralumin which made the boat light. However, duralumin is highly susceptible to galvanic corrosion when used in salt water.


soviet motor torpedo boat


During the summer the boat could only be kept in the water for 5-7 days. In the winter it could be increased to 10-15 days. After that they would have to be removed  from the water and the hull would need to be treated with anti-corrosion measures.


soviet motor torpedo boat



The boats were fast with a top speed of 52 MPH. But the minimum speed of 21 mph created a problem when mooring. They carried two torpedoes and a variety of machine guns and/or rocket launchers.


soviet motor torpedo boat


The kit is from Merit. It is well molded with good details. No interior is supplied , which leaves some very large gaping holes looking all the way through to the bottom of the boat.


soviet motor torpedo boat


I could not find any pictures of the interior. So you have to use your imagination and make the interior from your parts box. Since no figures are provided, it’s another trip back to the parts box.


soviet motor torpedo boat


The model was painted with Tamiya and Floquil paints and weathered with Model Master and Ak paints. Water effects were done using various Liquitex products.

Photos by Jeff Junker

New Stuff shows some of the items that have arrived this week

Future Releases announced by Minicraft – – Masterbox – – Roden – – Airfix – – Accurail – and more

This week’s Video is Realistic Model Weathering Techniques – Mud Tutorial: “Here is my simple, cheap but very realistic way I achieve MUD :). This is my most enjoyable part of any build.”

“Never go to bed mad — stay up and fight.” – – Phyllis Diller




May 20, 2016

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by Will Wright







I modeled the new Tamiya Sherman Easy Eight after the one in the movie Fury. For my inspiration I used the scene right after the Tiger scene where it’s going down a little road. Then it kills the Tiger.


Some extra parts that I added were a 30 cal next to the commander’s hatch, extra jerry cans, and a lead from a mechanical pencil for the antenna.


Easy Eight


I also left off the frontal armor as though the Sherman was grazed by a Tiger round.

Tamiya Nato Green, Olive Drab, and Silver were the paints I used.


Fury Sherman Easy Eight


Weathering on the track and wheels was done with Plaster of Paris mixed with sand from the backyard and tinted with brown acrylic paint. I also put real oil on the intake grills.


fury sherman


Photos by Jeff Junker


This week’s video is Working with Decals: “This video takes a look at the basic steps that I use in placing decals on a model. I’ve separated the process into three sections: Tools, Preparation, and  Application.”
Get a hobby, they said. . . . It’s relaxing, they said . . . ”  – – John Harmon