Monthly Archives: September 2010

Project status Monogram 1/25 1985 Fiero GT


Monogram 1/25 1985 Fiero GT

masking peeled off, starboard

The 1/25 1985 Fiero GT Jean gave me for Christmas needs some instrument panel touch up and all painting the trim painting on the body and its time to do final assembly. A high gloss black goes on the triangular panel behind the side windows, satin synthetic rubber on the rubbing strip along the side of the body, flatter rubberish black around the windows. Then it needs the side, rear and front marker lights, and the various black bits around the windshield wipers.

Monogram 1/24 1985 Pontiac Fiero GT my beige-tone interior

Project Status Monogram 1/48 de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito – Done!


Monogram 1/48 Mosquito
All done now. The last steps were to make and install the main radio mast and the trailing antenna guide for under the observer’s side wall (the kit inexplicably has the trailing antenna mounted in the center of the underside…”

The kit decals make the squadron ID and individual aircraft id look like a thin, white paint, and so I identified a reasonable “light gray” and over painted the thin, white, letters I’m very pleased with the result

Monogram 1/48 Mosquito, completed

Just finished painting the canopy frame. Painted up interior as if it HAD the details inside, very satisfying.
Its all complete, landing gear, doors, bomb-bay doors, canopy, wing tip lamp covers (had to get Revell-Monogram to send me a new set, I lost the originals) Bless them for that- I ordered on their web page and they had the parts in my hand in under 2 weeks. Touchup paint around/over silvered decals is done, it needs the radio antennae behind the canopy and the tube for the trailing wire below the observer’s sidewall (not centered in the fuselage as the kit was made!)

Completed Monogram 1/48 de Havilland Mosquito, starboard fore quarter

Project status Hasegawa 1/72 Vought F8E Crusader


The Hasegawa 1/72 Vought F8E windshield and canopy framing is painted, I sanded/filed the ejection seat to look more like a Martin Baker Mk 5 or 7, need to dress it up with identifiable parachute box, face-curtain handles, center or side handle, 02 bottle, etc. Just like that one I scratch built, uh, 25 years ago 🙂 Maybe just copy it :^) It WAS based on the Famous Aircraft Of The World F8 book’s drawings…, The Y rails, well, maybe measure on the Heller fuselage or another Haseegawa one, or the FAW drawing :^).

Hasegawa 1/72 F-8E Crusader

Its foolish, I’ve got all but 5 or 6 pieces attached, the decals are done for goodness sake… Oh, and I lost the starboard all-flying elevator but made a new one from a chunk of styrene. Sheesh. Ought to take a picture.

Project Status Don Schmenk 1/144 Hawker Sea Fury


Don Schmenk 1/144 Hawker Sea Fury – spinner shaped and painted, tail sanded down, corect dayglo rudder painted in. Need to finish overall Crimson with hard mask for rudder. Get it done!

Don Schmenk's Sea Fury T-20 resin kit

I’m a bit irresolute and keep going back and forth on this… I may have sanded down the rudder again… We’ll get there, one of these days.

Don Schmenk 1/144 de Havilland Canada Twin Otter


Don Schmenk 1/144 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter

May 10, 3010

Seems like I bored out enough holes to epoxy a new set of brass-wire reinforcements or even carbon fiber if I wanted to re-assemble the model. Then wrap-up the finish. Wow, what a learning curve for me!

Using styrene rods to size for brass