Nothing Much Going On
Or in other words, I've got a full plate today with things that have precious little to do with aviation or model airplanes, so it's going to be a short one. Regardless of that, we still oughta do something, so here are some odds and ends to start the week:
All We Need is For Him to Start Another Project!
About 18 years ago I began building a 1/48th scale Heller RF-84F. It was a pretty neat kit for its time, although it's somewhat less so nowadays---time and technology have largely passed it by. Still, the Thunderflash was a pretty significant airplane in its day and even though you'd hope that in this New Golden Age of Plastic Modeling somebody, preferably somebody mainstream, would see fit to issue a brand new, state-of-the-art kit of the RF-84F, it probably happen any time soon. That leaves us with Heller to fill the gap.
There are a couple of different ways to approach a project like this. One way is to take the superb if aging Monogram F-84F and graft the RF nose and wings to it. That's a possibility, but not this time. This time it's going to be the straight Heller kit, since it's already been started and most of the bad places sanded out. How do you feel about building that dinosaur?
There's Good News to be found regarding that old Heller offering, you know. It isn't a bad kit. It isn't a real good one either, but it's not so bad that it can't be built with a relative minimum of hassle, and there's lots you can do with it. There's a resin set by somebody (I can't remember who, though) that replaces the entire cockpit (the kit's major shortcoming) and also spiffs up the intakes a little, and another French company (FM, I think) did a re-issue of the Heller model but with the addition of photoetch and resin. I haven't seen that one either and I'd have to tear my existing Thunderflash apart to utilize the new components anyway, so what you're probably going to see here is an excercise in 1980s modeling! All the big pieces are together (have been for years, remember?) so it ought to be a quick project, one that we'll probably kick off in a day or so. And we'll proceed once you stop laughing about that "quick" part. I shall serve no model before its time...
It's a Good Day For a Hun
Remember that part, really early on in this adventure, when I said I got by with a little help from my friends? Here's proof; a couple of really nice photos of the F-100 from the collection of valued friend Jim Sullivan. Enjoy!
It's Just a Big Ol' Truck, That's All
The fighters, bombers, and attack aircraft get the glory. The transports keep their more flashy cousins in the air. Let's take a quick look at a couple of classic transports:
Photo and caption removed due to possible copyright issue. pf 07 Apr 2010
Progress on the Scooter, By Jingo!
Yep; hard though it might be to believe, that A-4C that's been languishing on the bench for the past month made it out of the paint shop yesterday! Somebody call the headline news! Hot diggedy!!! (Does anybody know if that's really how you spell "diggedy"? That's the problem with using that sort of slang...)
Anyway, the Scoot's all nice and gray, with white undersurfaces and red in the appropriate places. It's beginning to look a whole lot like an A-4C, ya'll! There's a tiny, almost negligible, amount of touch-up to do, then it'll get a gloss coat (I use Testor Metalizer Sealer for that sort of thing; never did like the notion of spraying floor wax on a model airplane!) and some stickies. I still haven't figured out who's bird I'm doing yet, but there are a couple of strong contenders under consideration. I also haven't found that accursed Hasegawa Weapons Set with the MERs, sway braces, and MK 82s yet (you wouldn't believe how much stuff is in that attic of mine!) but that's apparently the remaining stumbling block of any great significance, although you should never deny me the chance to snatch defeat straight out of the jaws of victory. I've done it before; got the tee-shirt to prove it!
One thing, and it's a neat reason to keep your collection in a constant scale; right now this minute that Scooter's sitting on my workbench next to a P-38G that's awaiting a canopy. The P-38 is, by any standard, a big fighter, but it doesn't look like that parked next to the A-4. I won't say the Hot Rod dwarfs the P-38 or anything absurd like that, but almost any military jet is big compared to the tactical stuff of the WW2 era (we aren't counting Folland Gnats here, so please don't write me about that particular airplane, ok?) and sometimes the difference is pretty dramatic. If I can remember to do it I'll photograph those two airplanes sitting together so you'll understand what I mean!
Here's An Airplane I Dropped
Be good to your neighbor. We'll see you again real soon!