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  1. On 2/19/2023 at 7:06 PM, ghodges said:

    Sweet looking build! That had to be an unwelcome addition to the plane in view of the pilots..... and probably not their idea! Is there any record of whether it actually worked without damaging the plane? Congrats, and thanks for building for the reviewer corp.


    Gil :cool:

    Outside of the info provided in the instructions' intro, I couldn't find ANYTHING about these variants. I think only a few were modified, and they were very difficult to fly. An unsuccessful program. I'm scratching my head over why they didn't just shoot the balloons down like they did in WWI?

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  2. This was built for an IPMS/USA Reviwers' Corps article to be published soon. The kit is very detailed, and goes together well. I added some Eduard PE seatbelts, but otherwise it's OOB. The paravane blade was intended to cut the steel cables tethering the barrage balloons over London during the Battle of Britain. Those crazy Germans and their ideas....









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  3. 5 hours ago, Mark Deliduka said:

    James, that is a highly respectable model count, especially given the incredible quality of all of them! You may feel that your skills are not improving but your work still far outshines mine, even after almost 52 years of continuous building! I can only boast quantity over you; I'll never be able to match this quality! After seeing these, I can't wait to see what you do next year!!


    I love these year end reviews, hopefully more people start posting theirs too! It is such a thrill seeing all the models people built in a year!

    Thanks Mark, your work is great! I love seeing peoples' year-end reviews too.


  4. Here's what I completed in 2022...9 pieces (1.3/month). Certainly not as prolific as my years in the 2000s, but I've learned to slow down and address the minutia more closely. Still, I feel like the older I get, and the more experience I gain (20+ years not counting the 10+ as a kid) the worse I get. I suppose with my busy work schedule and Homelife, 9 is pretty damned good. Goals for 2023 include mastering the Cameo Silhouette 4 plotter/cutter, as the plan is to mask/paint as many markings as possible. Also, a 1/32 Bf-109 extravaganza with all the Barracuda Cast resin detail parts made for this particular kit. Cheers!













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  5. On 12/9/2022 at 12:41 PM, ghodges said:

    Dunno....can't see the problems and I like the oddball scheme with the painted out red surround. Bet it looks great on your shelf! Thanks for sharing!


    Gil :cool:

    Thanks Gil, I appreciate it! Regarding the blue surrounds, I found this:


    "The Insignia Red outline was replaced with an Insignia Blue outline through the amendment of Army-Navy aeronautical specification AN-I-9 on 14 August 1943. This was followed by an amendment to Technical Order 07-1-1, issued on 24 September 1943, for units in the field. On some US Navy aircraft in the Pacific the blue outline was lighter than the insignia blue."

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  6. Tamiya 1/72 Chance-Vought F4U-1A Corsair. Piloted by LT(jg) Doris "Chico" Freeman, VF-17 Jolly Rogers. He would claim two victories with VF-17 and an additional seven with VF-84.

    Improvements include:
    Quinta Studios Cockpit.
    Aires Landing Flaps.
    Ceramic Wire Antenna.
    Blanked off Trailing Edges.
    EagleCals decals.

    The oil tapes and wing walks are Tamiya decals from the kit, and were the worst Tamiya decals I've ever used. Shattered, tore, etc. The oil tapes are silvered around the edges, despite my best efforts. Oh, well...on to the next one.










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