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F4D-1 Skyray Part 3 - The Finish

Published: May 11, 2013
Company: Fisher Model and Pattern

After Dave Morrissette performed his construction magic, he returned the subject to me for paint, decals and find assembly. I cannot say enough about the quality of this kit and it’s all there. The only items used other than kit supplied were “Remove Before Flight” ribbons and intake covers.

As to paint, I wet sanded the entire model with 600 wet sand paper followed by Alclad II grey… more

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F4D-1 Skyray Part 2 – The Build

Published: April 11, 2013
Company: Fisher Model and Pattern

The first thing to realize when building a resin kit is you have to read and reread the instructions. Paul Fisher does an excellent job of not only writing the instructions but also adding tips, painting instructions, and any other needed information for the build.

First, the main wheel well bays needed to be cleaned and the openings trued up. The gear bays were then glued in place.… more

Airbrush Set

Alclad II Accurate & Precise Airbrush Sets

Published: December 27, 2012
Company: Alclad II

  • Accurate airbrush ( ALC 9200 ) $ 69.99
  • Precise airbrush ( ALC 9220 ) $ 79.99

Alclad II has brought to market two styles of airbrushes manufactured by one of the well known airbrush suppliers. The brushes bear the Alclad II trademark. There are two models available, both single action with internal mix. These are offered as complete sets that include the following:… more

Detail Package

A-4M Skyhawk PE Slats and Flaps Sets

Published: December 5, 2012
Company: Eduard

I am reviewing these as one set, because if you want to use one, you will certainly want the other.

A… more

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F4D-1 Skyray Part 1

Published: November 24, 2012
Company: Fisher Model and Pattern

Being a fan of large scale planes (1/32 and above), I was excited when Paul Fisher from Fisher Model and Pattern announced an impending 1/32 F4D-1 Skyray. No one else would have the tenacity and devotion to make one, and as a fan of US Navy planes, this was a dream come true for me. The plane itself has not been made in 1/32 before and is a welcome addition. This is going to be a multi-part… more

Mask Packaging

B-25 Replacement Gun Barrels and Canopy Masks

Published: February 10, 2020
Company: Profimodeller

  • Masks - 32-079, $4.75
  • Gun Barrels - 32-080, $42.50

New from the Czech Republic come two very interesting additions to the all new H-K B-25J kit. While the kit gun barrels are acceptable, the enhancement that this product supplies is spectacular in comparison. These precision machined parts are jewel-like. The barrels themselves are two-part arrangements that consist… more

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B-25J Mitchell ‘Glass Nose’ Part 3

Published: February 3, 2020
Company: HK Models Co.

There comes the point in every model when all the “necessaries” are installed on one side of the fuselage, waiting only to be joined with the “blank” half and that is where the trepidation sets in. I have built large scale planes that have had ¼” or more gaps requiring grinding, fitting, uncementing, and copious amounts of profanity... Well, Hersch, not in this case. In fact, aside from the… more

Product Line

Alclad II Candy Enamels

Published: June 21, 2012
Company: Alclad II

All new from the elves at Alclad II, a new line of finishes (this time, enamels with a mineral spirits base) primarily for automobiles, and trust me when I say, you need to try these for yourself. First up, a bright silver base has been created that may be sprayed DIRECTLY on to the plastic, without primer. I must admit that I was somewhat skeptical until I tried it, and it is, without a doubt… more

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B-25J Mitchell 'Glass Nose' - Part 2

Published: May 20, 2012
Company: HK Models Co.

I’ve always liked to let the pictures tell the story, but in this case, they can’t show you what a spectacular fit everything is in this kit. I must give them an A+ for pre-planning and engineering here. Every piece just click fits into where it was supposed to without issue, with only one exception.

The fix for this was simple and took less than 3 minutes to fix. The wings mount to… more

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A Modelers Guide to the Sabre and Fury

Published: May 20, 2012
Book Author(s): Jay Sherlock
Company: Aero Research

New from Aero Research comes another in the “Modelers Guide” Series, and this time it’s the Sabre and Fury that undergo Jay Sherlock’s microscope. Soft cover (spiral bound) with 152 pages of tech data, kit reviews in all scales, model changes and options that include explanations on the various wing changes to Sabres and Furies. There are also numerous photographs, both in color and black and… more