Future postings here will include In Progress as well as Completed projects from my workbench. An occasional kit review is also possible.
Beginning work on the Hasegawa 1/48 TA-4J Skyhawk. Kit instrument panels have pretty good detail.
Quickboost resin Skyhawk seats with belts and custom mixed colors. Much improved over the kit seats. I have since improved the black stripes on the face curtain pulls with Fine Line Faber Castel India ink markers. Great tool for this application.
All together makes up a nice cockpit!
And now, to prove that I actually do occasionally finish models:
Monogram 1/48 F-105D Thunderchief finished as “My Karma” using Two Bobs decals and Model Master enamels. The entire kit was rescribed and a few bits of Eduard photo etch added to the exterior. The cockpit was replaced with the True Details resin set. The wheels are Royale Resin. The finishing touch was a pair of Eduard BRASSIN resin AGM-12C Bullpup missiles.
I love the “old” Monogram kits. Some of them are still the best available option for the subject and scale. And if you are inclined, your imagination can really get a workout. Such as with the iconic Monogram 1/48 F-19 Stealth fighter:
Sometimes you need a straight up, out of the box, low intensity, high enjoyment build. I used some decals scrounged from the leftovers box, and Alclad II paints to simulate the heat effect on the exhaust. The kit was built for a Monogram Models Memorial contest celebrating the long glorious history of an iconic American model company that is now gone but not forgotten. Ah, the memories.