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In Their Own Words


A7 Corsair
by Jose Rodarte “The kit, which was easy to put together, was painted using Testors Light Flat Gray. The decals were for the New Hampshire Air National Guard.

 

Academy 1/72 Piccadilly Lily B17G by Scott Scalfani: “The photos also showed plenty of oil streaking from the engines, which ran dirty after a couple of hours.”

 

Alpha Centauri UFO Short Range Saucer by John Daniel: “It’s a fairly simple kit to build; it didn’t have many pieces to it.”

 

Assembling a Figure by John Alberts: “First off, I do not like figure kits to have many parts. My preference is to have a single casting with maybe just the arms to attach. Assorted bits and pieces turn me off. If having plenty of parts to a kit is what interested me, I would build a plane or tank model before a figure kit.
Bf110 by Claude Zeringue: “Here’s a shot of a work in progress on my workbench: a 1/32 Bf-110.”

 

Academy 1/32 F-18 Hornet by Jack Hollander: “The wings were primed with Floquil Primer, than airbrushed with a lightened up Ghost Gray.”

 

Academy M997 Ambulance by Mike Goodwin: “I built this kit out-of-the-box, without any extra details.”

 

Academy 1/48 Su27 Flanker by Jack Hollander “Who would have though Academy would put out such a nice kit. The Flanker was easy to build and gave you plenty of detail, including photoetched parts.”

 

Academy 1/32 Su27 Flanker: by Tommy Hecker: “This was then weathered with the Tamiya “D”set of weathering pastes. I made up different shades and it doesn’t come off once you put it on.hint198a

 

Academy Ju87G-1 Stuka by Richard Reggio: “Before painting the canopy, I applied the Eduard canopy mask.”

 

Academy 1/35 Merkava IV by Wayne Frolich: “One of the nice thinks about this model is that it comes with individual track links.”

 

 

AFV Club 1/35 Bofors by Gil Gonsoulin: “A warning: dry fit the pieces together before you glue. In some spots the instructions leave a little to be desired”

 

Airfix Javelin by David Burke: “I had to cobble together some decals and I added the odd detail here and there, such as the ejection seats.”

 

AMT Federation AAT tank by Bill Wolfe:”The instructions call for a hard line mask, but when do I ever follow instructions?”

 

AMT 1/35 T55 by Mike Goodwin: “I based coated it with Russian Army Green, following up with Vallejo Iraqi Sand.”

 

Andrea 54mm Sir Edmond Hillary by Chuck Theidel: “I used a combination of Enamels and Acrylics to paint him.” (This model is on display at the Hub.)

 

Bambiraptor Feinbegri by Mike Wohl: “Bambiraptor Feinbegri is a relatively recent fossil discovery from the cretaceous geologic era.”

 

Bat boat by John Provenzano: “I like all the Batman movies. I tried to build all the items in the movies. ”

 

Bronco 1/35 Diana by Gil Gonsulin: “The 1/35 Bronco Diana ain’t for the faint of heart. It makes a nice model, but it’s a fight.”

 

Roden 1/48 Bristol F2B Fighter by Shane Trosclair: ” I used Model Masters Olive Drab for the wings, Tan for the bottom, and Gunship gray for the nose.”

 

Carter & Crowley F-105 Pilot by John Alberts: ” “I added a Magic Sculpt epoxy putty patch to each shoulder–one patch is the famous “100 Missions over North Vietnam” whint159born on left sleeve.”

 

CMK Japanese Scarecrow Troops by Leo Cox: “In the art of deception, the Japanese used scarecrows and “Quaker Canons” to try to fool the Americans into thinking they were more numerous than they really were.” – – Leo Cox

 

CSS Hunley by Shane Trosclair: “This is a cut-away version that lets you see what the inside of the sub looks like.”

 

DH-2 by Joe Weathers: “The cylinders of the engine are made out of 5/16 inch set screws; the prop was carved from laminated basswood.”(This plane is on display at the Hub.)

 

DML Chosin Reservoir Jeep by Gil Gonsoulin: “Western Electric #12 cord was used to wrap around front bumper. It’s stranded and you can pull one strand out to simulate smaller diameter rope.”

 

Dragon 1/35 Pak 40 by Donn Cross: “I used Mig Pigments for weathering – – mud on the wheels, graphite on the metal parts like the breech”

 

DML Night Fighting Panther by Thomas Alwell: “The Ambush-Scheme dots were put on with a small paint brush. For the Mud I used Tamiya flat Earth paint mixed with Tamiya putty and baking soda.”

 

DML 1/48 Me262 by Scott Sclafani “This aircraft was chosen because of it’s very colorful paint scheme and much photographed camouflage pattern. Most late war 262s were left in a one color dark green on all upper surfaces.”

 

Dragon 1/144 King Tiger Tank by Robert Caruso “I weathered it up and added some scenery to the base. It makes for a really neat little scene”

 

Eduard 1/48 Albatross D V by Shane Trosclair: ” I built it pretty much straight out of the box. ”

 

Emhar 1/72 WWI Tanks by Mike McCasland: “Here are a trio of Emhar 1/72 WWI tanks. They were built straight out of the box.”

 

1/72 Esci T34/76 by Robert Caruso “This T34 has been knocked out and abandoned. Some extra details have been added such as tow cables.”

 

El Viejo Dragon 120mm Roman Signifer by Bob Caruso: “Each signaler (staff) was different. They were used to give signals to the Legions during battle. It also made them the number one target on the battlefield as their enemies attempted to eliminate the Romans “Command and Control” structure first.”

 

English Electric Lightning by Jack Hollander: “Before spraying the Alclad I brushed Future Floor Wax on with thick brush. If you don’t put a barrier between the plastic and the Alclad, the Alclad will attack the plastic.”hint127c

 

French Navy Etendard Pilot by John Alberts: “The figure itself was painted using oil paints.”

 

Flying Pancake: “I’d forgotten all about that model until Shane Trosclair brought in one model he recently finished: the Flying Pancake manufactured by Sword Models. ”

 

Fujimi BMW Z4 by Lionel Davis: “ Decaled in the markings of the Goodsmile Racing Team, I built this Fujimi 1/24 model straight out of the box.” – – Lionel Davis

 

German Mercenary by Mike Wohl: “The hardest part of the whole figure for me was her wheel-lock pistol. I have a very hard time with non-organic forms and especially with anything machined.”

 

German Mine Clearing Vehicle: by Gil Gonsoulin: “The German’ made only one of these vehicles, whose purpose was to clear minefields”

 

Greg Boyington’s AVG P-40 by Britt Vallot: “The hardware surrounding the engine is almost entirely scratch-built from brass rod and brass and aluminum tubing.”

 

Gundam Gunner by Ricardo Azurdia :”To simulate peeled metal, I dabbed Chrome Silver on with a sponge brush.”

 

“Hang ’em High” by Roger Swanton :”Here’s a model by Andrea based on the Clint Eastwood movie “Hang ’em High.”

 

Hasegawa 1/72 F4U Corsair by Mike Goodwin: “I sponged the leading edge with “blue and silver” and “siena and silver.”

 

Hasegawa 1/48 Bf 109E-4 Trop by Irvin Kohler: “This Hasegawa kit is an excellent rendition of the famous Bf 109.

 

Hasegawa Bf109F-2 by Irvin Kohler: “The Fritz (Bf109F-2) was painted with Testers Model Master Acrylic.”

 

Hasegawa 1/32 Me Bf109-G6 by Jack Hollander: “The colors that I used on this G6 are Testors Model Masters RLM74, 75, and 76. I had to lighten the shade of the Grau Violet.”

 

Hasegawa 1/32 F-4J by Al White “This is a 1/32nd scale Hasegawa F-4J. All decals are stock that came with the kit.The tail rudder was painted according to a photograph from Marine Squadron Markings.”

 

Hasegawa 1/48 F-14 Tomcat by Jack Hollander “What you’re looking at is the second version of the paint job I did on the F14. I didn’t like the way it turned out after the first time I painted it so I stripped the entire model using Castrol Super Clean.”

 

Hasegawa 1/48 F15 Eagle by Jack Hollander: “t’s painted in the Lizard camouflage pattern using European Dark Green, Medium Green and Euro Dark Gray.”

 

Hasegawa 1/48 Tony by Scott Scalfani: “After letting it dry for 3 days, I oversprayed it with Japanese Army Green using the Paasche airbrush with an H-1 tip.”

 

Hasegawa 1/48 A-1 Skyraider by Al White “The parts fit together with some trimming. The decals were easy to apply with no tearing or distortion.”

 

Hasegawa 1/48 P51 Lou IV by Scott Sclafani: “This is a model of Lou IV, a fighter from the 361 st Fighter Group of the 8th Air Force flying out of Bottisham, England.”

 

Hobbycraft 1/48 P26 Peashooter by Jack Hollander: “There’s not much to say about it except that it was a really neat kit.”

 

Hornet Model’s 1/35 Russians by Bob Caruso: “Hornet Models makes a bunch of these soldiers in 1/35 scale and are somewhat typical in what one would see during the word28aperiod.”

 

Italeri 1/32 F104 Starfighter by Jack Hollander: “”The decals were exceptional and there was a lot of them. Made by Cartograph, the clarity is such that you can read even the smallest print.”

 

Italeri 1/35 Sahariana by Scott Nicolich: “The rust on the pieces in and around the engine compartment were painted with Rustall.”

 

Intruder Cockpit by Jack Hollander: “There are about 17 instrument decals to punch out. After affixing them, I glossed over with Future floor wax.”

 

Kaiser Wilhelm I by Bob Caruso: “The Andrea blue I used is a fantastic color and behaves like a real good enamel that never dries glossy…ever.”

 

King Tiger by Lane Lore: “My dad helped me with the zimmerit using modeling putty and a broken piece of a hack saw blade.”

 

King Tiger by Thomas Alwell ” It is is a very cool kit to build. It’s detail is very good and has good potential for interior detail. Iit also comes with 88mm rack’s. I used photo etched parts from Eduard and a Jordi Rubio gun barrel. The Zimmerit is from Cavalier and fit’s very good. ”

 

Lunchbox by John Provenzano: “I liked Lunchbox because it actually had a motor so I pulled it out and asked my dad to get it for me.”

 

Martin T4 Torpedo Bomber: “Joe Weathers builds models out of balsa wood and showed us the really clever way he built the folding wing on a stick-and-tissue Martin T4 Torpedo Bomber”

 

Martin T-4 Torpedo Bomber – part 2: Dragon’s Breath:  “The fuselage is painted and the custom made decal is in place. And here’s the tale of how it was done.”

 

Me 262 by Joe Weathers: “This is a scratch built 1/16 scale Me 262 – a variation on the old-style stick and tissue model.”

 

Meng 1/35 D9 Bulldozer by Gil Gonsoulin: “And when you get to Step 26, do a Knight’s move: jump over it until you’re ready to tackle some serious modeling.”

 

Mercedes 300 SL by Shane Trosclair: “I built this model of a Mercedes 300SL straight out of the box.

 

Mirage 1/400 German Type VII Submarine by Bob Caruso “I cut the sub (1/400 scale kit from PST) in half at an angle and put the front top 3/4 of it on a wood base covered with sculpted styrofoam.”

 

 

Mongol Rider by Mike Hall: “Words cannot do justice to this figure painted in different hues of brown.”

 

Monogram 1/48 Avenger by Jack Hollander: “Unlike the Accurate Miniatures kit, it does not have split doors.”

 

Monogram 1/48 F16 by Shane Trosclair: “This is the prototype of the F16 – – than known as the YF16 – – as it came out of General Dynamics.”

 

Monogram B-58 Hustler by Jack Hollander: “For an older kit, Monogram’s 1/48 B58 Hustler went together quite well. There was also plenty of detail on the landing gear.”

 

Monogram F-86 Sabre Dog by Walt Moore: “This model’s most complex aspect is in the decaling. This is “Stencil Mania”! There are 120 separately numbered stencils, many of which are multiples. These stencils are all readable under a low power hand held magnifying glass.”

 

MR Models 1/35 Spiggot Mortar by Bob Caruso “This type of mortar was used by the Japanese for Coastal defense. The sign next to the mortar translates to “Danger”.”

 

Nacht Hexen by Mike Wohl “These were female Russian pilots who flew small biplanes at night over German lines to bomb rail yards, ammo dumps, troop concentrations and the like.”

 

Nauiscaa by Robert Caru
so “My cleaning up process entails picking around all the details such as belts and pouches with homemade tools. I made these tools specifically for the purpose of raising the level of detail to greater sharpness.”hint125a

 

New Hope Design 54mm US Helicopter Crewman, Vietnam by John Alberts: “This figure represents a Helicopter Crewman of the 1st Air Cavalry from the Vietnam war.”

 

New Hope Warrant Officer by John Alberts: “The decal on the helmet is by Verlinden and the grass on the base is colored hemp rope.”

 

Nichimo Ki-45 Nick by Dave Burke: “Technologically it was advanced in its day as far as detail was concerned.”

 

P-61 by Alan Greenstadt: “Sure the P-61 was an important plane, probably the first to really use radar as an effective bad weather/night tool. But is that the reason we all want to build it?”

 

Pegasus Hobby 1/32 Apollo 27 by Brian Hirsch: “The instructions say that the engines are “hyper-dynamo-tension rocket engines with an acceleration rate that staggers the mind” (This model is on display at the Hub)

 

Persian Warrior by Chuck Theidel: “Shading on the Tunic and Shield was done with Raw Umber.”

 

PCM 1/32 Hawker Tempest by Jack Hollander: “This is a bear of a kit to put together. It has a lot of “fit” problems.”

 

R2D2 by Bill Wolfe: “So, making lemonade from lemons, I chose to make it a rust bucket as seen in several reference photos online. ”

 

Revell 1/32 B-52 by Jim Clynes: “The kit is from an old mold and shows some signs of its age. There were some fit problems with fuselage and I had to use putty on the seams.”

 

Pit Road IJA Type 95 Kurogane by Gil Gonsoulin: “If you want to place the machine gun as indicated in the instructions the windshield plastic goes in from the wrong side.”

 

Revell 1/72 German U-Boat by Gil Gonsoulin: “When the flood waters came, the sub went under nine feet of water and stayed submerged for over a week.”

 

Revell 1/72 A4 Skyhawk by Mike Goodwin: “This is the “Free Kuwait” version, painted in military brown and marine sand.”

 

Revell 1/32 AV8B Harrier by Al White “The Harrier AV-8A is another 1/32nd Revell kit. All decals used were supplied with the model.”

 

Revell 1/48 BO-105 Helicopter by Jose Rodarte: “Although this version has been detailed for covert operations, it has also been used as an air ambulance.”

 

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Revell 1/32 F-16 Aggressor by Al White “The paint scheme on this F-16 was one that the Air Force Aggressor squadron and Navy Fighter Weapons School carried for a short time.”

 

Revell 1/32 F6-F by Al White: “Navy squadron VF-6 flew F6F-3s off the U.S.S. Intrepid in late 1944.”

 

Revell 1/32nd F-14 Tomcat by Al White The instructions were easy to follow and all parts assembled with no problem. The national insignia decals are from Squadron Signal Publications and the Squadron markings and all others are included in the kit.

 

Revell 1/32nd AH-64 Apache by Al White ” The model started out as a 1/32nd Revell-Monogram AH-64. It is armed with two Sidewinder missiles and a variant of the Hellfire system for anti-shipping duties while escorting amphibious vessels.”

 

Revell 1/32 F4U-1 Corsair by Al White “The F4U-1 Corsair is a 1/32nd Revell kit. This one shows a little weathering that happened in the South Pacific.”

 

Revell 1/35 FUCH by David Clarke: “”This version is the NBC vehicle which is what the trailing arms do: detect nuclear, biological, or chemical traces. Although the Germans have most of them, there are a few in the US Army and Marine inventory.”

 

Revell 1/32 P-38J by Al White: “The Revell 1/32nd model had no flash and parts that had a very good fit.

 

Revell 1/48 P38J Yippee by Shane Trosclair:  “It was originally painted Red and had Yippee stenciled on its bottom wing for publicity purposes. ”

 

Revell Horton Go229 by Lee Coll: “Instead of trying to re-create these patterns with freehand spraying with the airbrush, I chose to use masks that were first designed on the computer and laser cut from paper cardstock.”

 

Revell Monogram Ford F150 by Shane Tadlock: “I used the transfer case from the Lindberg F150 and custom built the drive shaft.”

 

Revell Kenworth by Lionel Davis: “I built it straight out of the box.”

 

Revell Stormovik by Will Wright: “The fuselage kept bowing out when I was gluing it, so I rubber banded it together until the joint was solid.”

 

Richard Bong’s “Down Beat”: by Britt Vallot:”To “stress” the wings, I used a grinding stone on my rotary tool to gently carve into the plastic along where the ribbing would be to strengthen the plane.”

 

Roden 1/72 JS3 by Robert Caruso “This model depicts an Egyptian JS3 that has been knocked out in the Sinai Desert. The end of its barrel has been blown up and it has lost the treads.”

 

Roden 1/48 Junkers D1 Late by Scott Nicolich: “For the “mauve” color on the wing, I mixed Napoleonic Violet and British Crimson; military brown for the fuselage; field green; and Tamiya light blue for the underside of the wing.”

 

Royal Model 1/35 U81 Seaman by Robert Caruso “The figure was painted with Andrea acrylics, while the sub was painted with Testors enamel.”

 

Russian Winter by Robert Caruso “This vignette depicts two Germans warming themselves by a stove. This 1/35 scale kit by CMK had most of the stuff cast onto the base.”

 

Scratch Built Tug Boat by Brian Matthews: “It’s 6 foot, 9 inches long and made of 1/8 inch thick plywood, balsa wood, bass wood, and Evergreen Styrene Plastic sheets.”

 

Takom Flak 40 Zwilling 12.8 cm by Claude Zeringue: “It was a bear! Every single component had to be filed, sanded and fitted.”

 

Tamiya 1/32 F-4 Phantom by Bill Clynes: “F-4 Phantom: “I built it straight out box with landing gear up and with pilots in.”

 

Tamiya 1/35 1025 Weapons Carrier by Mike Goodwin: “This Humvee Weapons Carrier was inspired by a picture of on that I saw in a book. ”

 

Tamiya 1/48 BA64 Russian Armored Car by John Daniel: “I repainted this model so many times as it was my exercise in color modulation.”

 

Tamiya 1/35 Fury Sherman Easy Eight by Will Wright: “I modeled the new Tamiya Easy 8 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.”

 

Tamiya 1/35 Panzer II by Scott Nicolich: “Then I used some flat black and burnt umber for paint chipping effect.”

 

Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther by John Daniel “The striped, camouflage paword29aint scheme is of late war vintage. I used Model Master Panzer Yellow, Red Brown, and Green.”

 

Tamiya 1/35 Type 97 by Bill Wolfe This is Tamiya’s TYPE 97 built right out of the box with the exception of an MV lens placed in the head light socket.

 

Tamiya 1/32 F-16 Engine Assembly by Jack Hollander: “If you didn’t know it was plastic, you’d swear it was metal.”

 

Tamiya 1/48 A-10 by Jack Hollander “I decided to go with the lizard camouflage scheme: Euro dark Green, Medium Green, and Euro Gray. Testors Model Masters paint was my choice. Metalizer Exhaust was used for the rear of the engine; the intakes were brushed with Chrome Silver; the bombs, Olive Drab.”

 

Tamiya German Infantryman by Eric Giesler: “I applied the cement to the joints and waited for the plastic to soften and bubble out. Then the plastic was pushed in firmly to eliminate the seam line.”

 

Tamiya M1 Abrams by Shawn Levy “This kit was the first M1 kit put out by Tamiya. The real standard M1, as it is known today, had a 105mm main gun, 1500 HP AGT Turbine Engine, and weighed 59 tons. The current 120mm main gun M1A1, M1A1HA, and M1A2 are greatly advanced versions over the standard M1.”

 

Tamiya 1/24 Mobil by Lionel Davis: “This Tamiya 1/24 scale kit was built as an “out-of-the-box” entrant.”

 

Building a 3ID M1A1 Abrams by Brian Cavet “While it’s not perfect, it’s close enough for a good starting point. I did a few minor changes to get it more accurate.”

 

Tamiya 1/32 A6M2b Zero by Jack Hollander: “Another winner from Tamiya is their 1/32 A6M2b Zero. The plane was reduced to size in perfect proportions from the real one and the fit of the pieces was excellent.”

 

Tamiya 1/35 M113 by Sal Provenzano :”Note the concertina wire and chain link fence attached to the front of the vehicle. These were used to dissuade attackers from infiltration at night.”

 

Tamiya 1/35 M577 by Sal Provenzano “This M577 models an actual M577 that served Airborne units in Vietnam, (1968-1972). It was converted into a field ambulance and deployed with support units in order to provide first aid for less than critical wounds, heat stroke, and other minor medical maladies.”

 

Tamiya Skyraider by Jack Hollander: “Bare Metal Foil was used on the leading edge of the horizontal stabilizers.”

 

Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire by Jack Hollander: “The markings and camouflage for this Spitfire is for a Polish Squadron.”

 

Tamiya 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb Trop by Scott Sclafani: “He was an American pilot who was the highest scoring Ace in the RAF until he was killed in Africa in 1943.”

 

Tamiya Steel Wheel Panther G by Donn Cross: “After adding all these parts makes me wonder why I paint it – it just covers up all the work I put in to it.”

 

Tamiya T-74 by Shawn Levy: “This kit was a joy to build. Modern Japanese armor is not a popular subject among armor modelers. Hence, there’s not a lot of publications on them.”

 

Tamiya 1/35 Tiger II by Michael SanMiguel: “”The Tiger II tank, a masterpiece of machinery, was the premier German heavy tank of World War II. The version equipped with the Porsche turret was rarely used, as the variant produced with the more box-like Henshel turret was less expensive and easier to produce.”

 

Testors 540K by Jack Hollander: “Although I mostly build aircraft, I decided to try my hand at a car.”

 

Testors Small Block Chevy Engine by Alan Gomez: “I’m guessing that there are well over 100 parts to this Chevy Small Block engine.”

 

Trumpeter 1/35 Armoured Aerosan by Gil Gonsoulin: “This is the kit of the Trumpeter 1/35 Armoured Aerosan NKL-26 and their WWII Soviet Assault Red Army in winter gear.”

 

Trumpeter 1/32 Mig 3 by Jack Hollander: “I used a pounce wheel to etch the areas that were supposed to have rivets.”

 

Trumpeter 1/32 TMB1C Avenger by Jack Hollander: “The inside of the cockpit is highly detailed and was built using the parts supplied in the kit.”

 

Trumpeter 1/35 SdKfz 7 Half Track by Scott Nicholich: “This 1/35 Trumpeter SdKfz 7  Half Track has a fully workable suspension. Each Track link is three pieces: the link, the pad, and the pad frame.”

 

 

Trumpeter 1/48 Vigilante by Jack Hollander: ” The Vigilante is the plane that scared the Russians so much that it caused them to develop the Mig 25.”

 

US Naval Infantry, Philippines by Chuck Theidel: “1942.There were several things I added to the figure. I swapped out the head for one made by Hornet.”

 

Verlinden Navy Seal by Joe Marcal: “The rest was of the figure was done with Vallejo acrylics. I like the chalky effect when they’re thinned, giving it a worn look.”

 

Welsh Spearman 1280 by Mike Wohl: “Don’t let anyone tell you that busts are as hard to do as full figures – they aren’t.”

 

Westland Lynx by Alan Gomex: “I stepped a bit outside of my comfort zone when I built this 1/144 Westland Lynx that I picked up from a vendor at one of the contests.”