What I do while I am hibernating…

Having hit the pause button on My Forgotten Hobby III, I have been active in reading what other bloggers have been postings.

Inch High Guy and Plane Dave have been quite active and this has rekindled my interest a little.

However I am in the midst of winter and I feel more like a bear right now. This is about my favorite plane although they called it a beast.

These instructional videos are most interesting to watch as spring is still a long way off…

Vought SB2U Vindicator Color Photographs Part I

Inch High Guy

SB2U-1Vindicator_01Filming is underway for the Warner Brother’s film “Dive Bomber” aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6) at San Diego, the following photographs are from that film. Enterprise has her flight deck stained Mahogany with yellow markings, she would have her deck stained Dark Blue in July 1941.
SB2U-1Vindicator_02An SB2U-1 of VB-3 “Black Panthers” displays the colorful “Yellow Wings” scheme in use prior to December 1940. The white tail indicates an aircraft assigned to USS Saratoga (CV-3).
SB2U-1Vindicator_03A close-up of the nose of a Black Panther SB2U-1, the solid red nose indicating the aircraft of the squadron commander. It would also carry a red fuselage stripe indicating a section leader and wing stripes in the section color.
SB2U-1Vindicator_04A view of the undersides showing placement of the wing insignia. Note the yellow upper wing color wraps around the leading edge of the wing to ensure smooth airflow. The elongated pods under each wing…

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Eduard 1/48 Westland Lysander (Special Duties In France): Part 2

At the end of my previous post, I’d completed the assembly of the cockpit and rear compartment of this aircraft. Some more bits and pieces needed to be modified and detailed before I could begin assembly. First, wheels. The Lysander had a spatted fixed undercarriage, with landing lights recessed into the front of the spats. […]

Eduard 1/48 Westland Lysander (Special Duties In France): Part 2

Eduard 1/48 Westland Lysander (Special Duties In France): Part 1

This is Eduard’s reboxing of an old Gavia kit, which has gone through a number of iterations. This « Limited Edition » contains the original Gavia parts, along with additional parts to build a number of different aircraft, together with Eduard’s resin and photoetch detailing, and a welcome set of paint masks for the extensive canopy. (I’d […]

Eduard 1/48 Westland Lysander (Special Duties In France): Part 1

Painting Japanese Aircraft Markings Now on YouTube — Model Airplane Maker

I’ve uploaded a video with a demonstration of how I make my own paint masks for Japanese aircraft. With the right tools (ie good tape and sharp blades) masks can be made very easily and with complete control. The result are markings that perfectly conform to every surface, panel line and rivet without the need […]

Painting Japanese Aircraft Markings Now on YouTube — Model Airplane Maker

Sd. Kfz. 9 FAMO Halftrack Dioramas in 1/72 Scale

I used to make some in the 1960s, but these from Inch High Guy are impressive…

I present three dioramas (or are they vignettes) featuring Sd. Kfz. 9 FAMO Halftracks in 1/72 scale.  The first is a Planet Models resin kit with Black Dog accessories.  The figures are mainly from Preiser set 72505, augmented with others from one of their Luftwaffe sets.  The crew has taken a break for lunch in […]

Sd. Kfz. 9 FAMO Halftrack Dioramas in 1/72 Scale