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Chris Bucholtz

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  1. Actually, more detail parts in a kit makes it HARDER to compete in contests, because there's more things you need to get right. Judge enough and you'll see plenty of anti-gravity photoetched seatbelts, resin sidewalls pulling away from the fuselage sides, and badly-cut vacuformed canopies. Detail parts give you more ways to screw up.
  2. Here's my latest completion: the FROG re-pop of the Academy F-16C Block 52. The kit's overly-pointy nose was replaced with a Wolf Pack nose. Also lending a hand was a Wolf Pack burner and tailpipe, Aires cockpit, CMK main gear bay, and Master Models pitot, AOA probes and static discharge wicks. To get a Night Vision Goggles-compatible canopy, I swapped the tinted kit canopy from one from an old Hasegawa kit. The paints were a mix of ModelMaster and Humbrol enamels. Weathering was applied with a Payne's gray sludge wash, followed by the application of fluid leaking with a Staedler .05mm pigment
  3. Oh! Oh! I know how to do this! 🙂 The optimal length for an article is 2500-3500 words. Your editor often goes over that, much to the consternation of the art director, but generally, if the words tell a good story AND there are enough good photos to support it, we make it work. The rough ones for us are short articles with a ton of great photos, or long articles with a paucity of photos. As a writer by trade, I suggest you make an outline. It makes it really easy to write without forgetting things during the process. You want an introduction, something to explain why you chose to bu
  4. Oooh! This would make a great article in the Journal! (Not just saying that because Niki Lauda is a hero of mine or anything!) -_Chris
  5. Not to speak for the e-board, but the DLC and regional coordinators had a Zoom meeting last week that helped firm up the candidates. So draw from that what you will. 🙂
  6. Your metaphor is faulty. If you suffer lung damage from inhaling too many paint fumes, it's terrible - but it isn't contagious to others. Wearing a mask in a pandemic is less to protect you than to protect OTHER PEOPLE. If I have to explain to you why it's important to care about other people, we really don't have anything to talk about.
  7. "Why being required to wear a mask upsets so many, ....is such an unbearable burden....I will never understand." Agreed. It's meant to protect others, in case you're infected and don't know it. To me, not wearing a mask is like purposely farting in public, only with possibly fatal consequences.
  8. I started this just after my daughter was born. It was fraught by so many frustrations she's six now (and she herself nearly totaled the model just after painting started!). All the gory details will be in the Journal at some point. This is a historic plane - the first mount of Sergey Kramerenko, the first pilot to score five victories over enemy jets (so, the first jet ace).
  9. This is the Platz 1:72 kit with Eduard photoetched interior panels, modified control columns, and True Details seats. I added wiring the seats, scratch-built the canopy piston housing and the canvas cover over the rear panel from CA-impregnated tissue paper, and cut the kit canopy. The wheel wells were detailed and the airbrakes were re-built and their bays were detailed. Anti-torque scissors were stolen from an F-80 photo etched sheet. The decals were sourced from 14 different sheets from Iliad, SuperScale, Fox One, AeroMaster, an Italeri B-66, and even a MicroScale railroad sheet. Weathering
  10. Wilhelm Hippert greets the pilot of his seventh victim - Roden Fokker D.VIIF with Mini Art Spandaus, PART photoetched parts and decals from Print Scale. The figures are a mix of 3D-printed items, Quickboost and W+D Models. Built as a gift for a friend - I'm carrying the diorama cross-country to Washington D.C. on Sunday!
  11. This is the fifth Tamiya P-47D I've built and I may soon start to get them right. This is the plane flown by Gene Martin, 379th FS, 362nd FG; the decals came from the Barracudacals sheet. The plane has the correct flat floor for the P-47D-30 (from Obscureco), compressibility flaps and re-located landing light (via Quickboost) and a Curtiss Electric Asymmetrical Propeller (pilfered from the Revell kit). The guns came from Quickboost, as did the engine, and I swapped an Eduard instrument panel for the kit's part. A resin gunsight and scratch-made mount are under the windscreen. I know G
  12. If so, the Journal has an offer you can't refuse. I have the Master Details He 111 cockpit set siting here and you can have it if you can do a write up (650 words!) of the cockpit, or if you'd like to do a full build article for the Journal (which would be super awesome). I got it as a review sample and, since I don't have the kit, I'm not the guy to review it. But if you build 1:32, you may be the one. First come, first served. Postage paid!
  13. Here's the Tamiya 1:72 F4U-1D Corsair MOSTLY finished (missing details like the spine antenna, underwing landing light, position lights on the upper wings, photoetched control actuators - y'know, stuff only we modelers would spot!): I finished it at 4:15 before the 5 p.m. set up for the Aces Symposium at the Oakland Air Museum last week, featuring Alex Vraciu, Archie Maltbie, Ted Crosby and Dean Caswell, whose plane this is. There are no decals for VMF-211's 183; I made the numbers from two SuperScale sheets that had "33" four times on each sheet in the proper stencil size. I cut the
  14. I've been researching and writing about the 362nd Fighter Group since 1997 or so, when we used Damon Rarey's archives to create a sheet for the 1998 Nationals of the planes featuring nose art painted by his father, George Rarey. The group association is disbanding, so I started this page on Facebook: http://www.facebook....2ndFighterGroup To perpetuate their memory. A new decal sheet will be coming out shortly with two schemes that were on that 1998 sheet and three new schemes ("Bonnie Lynn," "Super Rabbit," "Kentucky Colonel"), and I have a book all written and awaiting additional pho
  15. Here's the gory details: Those are PART photo-etched dive brakes, with scratch-built actuator mechanisms inside them. Themodel has Quickboost elevators, an interior made with PART, Jaguar and Tom's Modelworks components, Pavla sliding canopies, Quickboost wheels, Aires machine gun barrels, and some scratchbuilt details, like the pilot's single wide lap belt (shoulder straps didn't arrive until August 1942!). I wired the kit engine, and added the generator from the top of a control column from the spares box. The decals are from Starfighter (B-8 from their F11C sheet and the LSO stripe and
  16. An update - my wife (!) went over to the Hornet and cajoled the ship's staffers - the models are now aboard, and I will go in at oh-dark-thirty Saturday to formally set up the display! Modelers make things come together...
  17. Here's the SBD-3 Dauntless I wasaiming to have finished by today for the USS Hornet Midway display: Hey! It's done on time! Only problem: the people on the ship who contacted me about this and were supposed to set it up for installation today are apparently on vacation. Ugh...
  18. \ Yep. It's in the One True Scale. :) When I had it in gray, I thought, "man! The Japanese figured out that aerial camouflage thing early!" Then I put on the bands and the Hinomarus and thought, "man! Those Japanese were just SPOILING for a fight in 1942...!"
  19. Here's my latest: an A6M2b flown by Lt. Iyozoh Fujita at the Battle of Midway: This is the nicest kit I've ever built. The fit's excellent, and there are provisions for variations in the A6M2b production run. I just wish I had another one! The engine isbashed together with the kit crankcase, an Engines and Things set of cylinders and a scratch-made ignition harness. The cockpit was jazzed up a bit with extra wiring and a Quick Boost Type 98 reflector gunsight. Brake lines were added to the gear, and some screen and a strut were added to the scoop under the nose. The decals came from A
  20. I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago to get an e-mail from a trustee from the USS Hornet Museum, based in my home town. He was reaching out to Silicon Valley Scale Modelers, which is based about 35 miles away, and he himself was pleasantly surprised to find out I lived 1000 yards from the ship! Anywa, they needed models for a tribute to Stephen Jurika, specifically a TBD-1 Devastator and a B-25B Mitchell, both in 1:48. I now have TWO TBDs on my desk awaiting delivery, built by a modeler who had Jurika as a teacher (!), and I'm picking up the B-25B at the Stockton contest on Sun
  21. Hi, Chuck! I'm the regional coordinator for this part of the country - hopefully, I'll see you at a show out here soon. If there's anything I can help you with, let me know! --Chris
  22. Just to amplify what's already been said: be proactive with security. If you ask them to be extra-gentle, and explain to them what's in your carry-on and where you're going, you'll be very surprised at how accomodating they'll be (and how interested, too - I almost missed a flight once because the TSA folks all had to see what wa in my bag). Don't make things adversarial, and generally things are easier. For the record, I've flown to 14 of the 15 nationals I've attended. Building 1:72 means I can get four or even five models in a medium-sized athletic bag (purchased in the UK 16 years ago
  23. Which shows why there's always such a debate about the colors under these windows (see also: P-47s). The way to think about is, what would be easier to paint in 1:1 scale? Sweet B model, David. Very nice. We should work up a collection of Flying Tigers' P-40s from the various people we know for the nationals someday! --Chris
  24. Mark quotes my book very accurately! And I quoted Lynn Ritger. Actually, a book called "Kidd Hofer: Last of the Screwball Aces" brought to light the circumstances of his actual demise, which were as weird as the pilot himself!
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