Author Archives: RBeach

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Winner of Club Build Challenge: ‘Build a P-38 Any Which Way But Loose’
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The club 2014 Build Challenge was completed on 21 November with 7 entries and two incomplete WIPs available for inspection.  The completed entrants were: Mike Schine – P-38 Lightning (1:48 scale, Hobbyboss) Tom Kean – F-5A Photo Lightning (1:48 scale, … Full Article→

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Kit Smash! or “Making a mountain from a mole hill” – Pt. 2
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Tail Surfaces:  After cutting apart the P-38 kit’s tail booms, I was left with four vertical tail surface halves, each with good sized gaps to be filled, both from the opening for the horizontal tail and from the trimmed boom … Full Article→

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Kit Smash! or “Making a mountain from a mole hill” – Pt. 1
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Challenge: Turn a 1/48 scale P-38 Lightning into an experimental WWII Japanese fighter plane. For the November 2014 Club Theme Challenge, we decided to “compete” using any scale or make of P-38 kit, built to any result (in other words, … Full Article→

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Applying a Natural Metal Finish Using Aluminum Foil
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Skills Demo presented by Bob Bradford Bob Bradford presented a demonstration of the technique he uses to apply aluminum foil to his models to replicate the unpainted natural metal aircraft finishes used by many air forces over time. He had … Full Article→

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‘Build a P-38 Any Which Way But Loose’ – Club Theme Event
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At the November meeting, the club will host a themed display of models, all constructed from the same basic starting point: a kit of the P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft of World War II fame.  What the builder makes of their … Full Article→

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HobbyTown USA (Newport News) – Shop Report
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A relative newcomer in the Northside area hobby market, the Newport News HobbyTown USA store has still been located in the Denbigh Crossing Shopping Center for at least eight years after leaving an original location on Warwick Blvd.  Fairly standard … Full Article→

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Denbigh Hobby Center (Newport News) – Shop Report
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An example of the ‘classic’ Local Hobby Shop (LHS), family owned & operated Denbigh Hobby Center is located in Newport News, VA and has been in continuous operation since 1976. Located in a corner storefront nearby to the Big Lots … Full Article→

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Ed’s Hobbies (Closed) – Shop Report
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UPDATE 2 October 2014: Sad news, Ed has closed his shop as of the end of September, 2014. [originally published 6 August 2013]: Recently opened in the Red Mills Commons shopping complex by owner Ed Dalton is “Ed’s Hobbies“, where … Full Article→

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Product News: Handmade Wooden Propellers
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Recently, I read an Aeroscale review of some very high-quality, handmade wooden props produced by ‘The Micro Group, LLC’ company. They looked very impressive and so, being curious, I sent an email inquiry to Craig Rosner, the company proprietor. He … Full Article→

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P4M-1 Martin Mercator: Kit Review & Build – Part 2
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1:48 Scale Martin P4M Mercator by RCM (Robert’s/Combat Models) Order via website: www.combatmodels.us (kit 48-020 w/ resin detail set)  $59.95 plus shipping Part 2:  After my initial impressions of the Combat Merc, I have decided I would just “go for … Full Article→

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