Tag Archives: It-Flys

Angle of Attack (AoA) Decals
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“Black Ponies and More” 1:32 scale USN & USMC Broncos in the Vietnam War ($22) It was a bit surreal for me to discover a previously unknown decal maker while on Britmodeller.com forums, then visit the AoA site to see … Full Article→

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Accurate Miniatures 1/48th “Doolittle Tokyo Raid” North American B-25B Mitchell
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I obtained this kit (#3430) soon after its release in 1999.  Construction, however, was finally started in January 2012.  Overall, the kit was excellent, but it had a few inaccuracies.  In a nutshell, the B-25 Mitchell had a glorious, historically … 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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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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SH-2F Walkaround c. 1988
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This gallery contains 43 photos.

This gallery is a collection of images I took while serving with the US Navy’s premier SH-2 squadron, HSL-34 (Green Checkers.)  It was one of our line aircraft plus a few taken of a static display aircraft at an airshow … Full Article→

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HH-2D Seasprite Helicopter Walkaround
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This gallery contains 238 photos.

This set of images provides a detailed walkaround of the the HH-2D airframe held at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  Many of the images include a ruler for sizing purposes with multiple views & closeups, useful as … Full Article→

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SH-2F Landing Gear set from Scale Aircraft Conversions
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Metal parts upgrade for the 1:48 Kitty Hawk kit Sometimes we get into a mindset and forget that we’re (usually!) talking with actual people on the “other end” of things. Case in point is when I recently offered my Seasprite … Full Article→

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SH-2F Seasprite Helicopter
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This gallery contains 258 photos.

This series of images is of the SH-2F airframe (BuNo. 149026) being used as a ‘gate guard’ at NAS Norfolk, Virginia.  Most were taken in 2013 though the more ‘colorful’ paint scheme was from a couple of years earlier.  Keep … Full Article→

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Vacuform Aircraft Modeling – Part 4
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Basic Techniques (Con’t) My basic method of removing parts from the ‘backing sheet’ is outlined below.  However, there are actually some things you want to do prior to removing the parts, if you follow best practices.  These would include: Washing … Full Article→

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