Tamiya P-51D Build Report 3: Blue-Nosed Bastard

I’ve had something of a man-crush on John C. Meyer, the CO of the 352nd fighter group, ever since watching the Dogfights episode “The Legend of Y-29”. If you’ve never seen it, or Dogfights, well…   You can also see the rest of the episode (YouTube divides it into 8 parts) HERE. When I got…

Cyber-Hobby Panzer III Ausf.L Build Report 2: Paint

Considering how long the Vorpanzer sat in the building stage, it’s absolutely zoomed through paint! Priming As per usual, I started with primer. For the Pz.III, I opted for Model Master enamel primer for two reasons: 1. Of the primers I use, it’s the only one that doesn’t need a polishing sand 2. With the…

Tamiya Spitfire Mk.VIII Build Report 3: Paint

It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but the big Spitfire Mk.VIII is finally going under the airbrush. Stupid Hot Building kits in the garage, in Texas, during the height of summer introduces some serious environmental challenges. Obviously the heat, and the fact that even the slight effort of masking a wing or…

Color Accuracy…

I’m not too much of a stickler for getting the exact right shade of a color. Heck, I have no right to be. I build World War II machinery, at a time when the olive drab could be any color anywhere between green, yellow and brown, when stocks of red might be supplemented by barn…

Dragon Panzer IV Ausf. G Build Report 2: Principal Painting

With the main structure of the Panzer IV built, it’s time to move on to painting. This particular Panzer served at the Battle of Kharkov in the spring of 1943, and wore a factory applied winter whitewash over the recently adopted dunkelgelb (dark yellow) base color. While I had planned to try the “hairspray technique”,…

Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup Build Report 4: Painting the Pup

The Pup – and I have a feeling any Wingnut Wings kit, really – isn’t the kind of model that you slap together and churn out in a few weeks. The intricacy of the build, the rigging, and the need to paint so many subassemblies to their final point before assembling the entire aircraft pretty…

Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup Build Report 1: With the Grain

During World War I, the oneupsmanship in the skies over the trenches was intense. During this nascent period of military aviation – when some of the early war aircraft still used wing-warping to maneuver – even small innovations could yield a substantial combat advantage, at least until they were duly copied by the other side….

Techniques: Drybrushing

As an aircraft modeler, I’ve been acquainted with drybrushing for a good long time. It’s one of those techniques that I employ on almost every build, particularly as a way to add detail to cockpits, or subtle paint chipping to propellers, the leading edges of wings, and other bits where aircraft usually exhibit wear. But…