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About Propellerhead

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    Canopy Polisher
  • Birthday 05/03/1965

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    Arnold, CA
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    A modeling omnivore with a strong bias towards aircraft, real space and Sci-Fi subjects.

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  1. Thanks! It was not exactly the "slammer build" I was looking for - because Kitty Hawk. But it was liberating nonetheless.
  2. That sounds cool! It was fun deciding which tail symbols I was going to choose for it even though at this fictional point in the war the USN would've been using letter codes on the tail. But where's the fun in that?
  3. Fantastic! I also have the strategic bombing trio sitting in my stash (Academy B-1B & B-52H and the AMP B-2A).
  4. "And now for something completely different..." You have paper panzers and Luft '46. Why not BuAer '46? This is Kitty Hawk's 1/48 scale Chance Vought XF5U-1 done up as if it was serving on the Hornet, CV-12 and the invasion of the home islands was underway. This was meant to be a fun build where I didn't need to stress about accuracy or perfection. As Kitty Hawk kits go, it's not bad, but it certainly still has the KH "aroma" (sprue gates badly located, odd part breakdown, fit was difficult in p
  5. When I bought most of my stock of Evergreen I had no idea where it would end up or what I'd need. It's amazing what one can do. The base for this 2001 EVA pod is pretty much all Evergreen sheet, strip and rod. The raised platforms are foam core boxed out with Evergreen sheet and the box is half of a wristwatch box. The "lid" is thick Evergreen sheet. The walkway is 400 grit sandpaper with strip stock cut on The Chopper and "painted" with a silver Sharpie. And the accumulating stockpile that creates the new and helps stuff fit...
  6. Thanks! Yeah, I practically rebuilt the S-IVB on Realspace's Saturn IB years ago. Learned a lot with that one. I'm doing work to their Saturn I Block 2 as well. It's almost like sculpting an elephant. Just remove the stuff that doesn't look like an elephant until it's done.
  7. And the fabrication hits keep on coming... I'm building the later version of the X-2 with the nozzles. The kit has none of that and none of the associated plumbing. I thermoformed the nozzles using Evergreen tubing, the burner on my gas range and the end of an appropriately sized steel nail set. I held the nail set in a set a Vise-Grips, heated it up and pushed a section of tubing onto the pointy end to form truncated cones. Some cutting, sanding and "lathe" work using a drill gave a number of them that would work. I also laminated Evergreen
  8. Another thing to add to the list of wrong on this kit...the canopy. It should interface to the cockpit something like this: It doesn't so I got out the tools... I don't think I can replicate all of the detail in the Mel Apt/Ivan Kincheloe photo, but I'd like it to be removable and fit into the fuselage. After trimming and extending the canopy I realized that the canopy glass is engraved wrong. It would end up too low and there would be no frame below it after I worked on the lower edges to make it fit. Look
  9. I switched the photos over to Photobucket. Let me know if they play better for you now. Thanks!
  10. The Landis and Jenkins books are simply the pinnacle of X-Plane porn. The X-Planes Photo Scrapbook also provides more X-15 goodness plus other X-Planes and non-X coded aircraft (i.e. lifting bodies).
  11. Sweet! Great builds. I really like the stencil font you used on the base.
  12. October, bummer. I suppose he has to do a major rework to get it out of the Haynes format into however Crecy's titles look. This may give me an excuse to keep my shelf queen RealSpace build of the IB Block II on ice.
  13. A long time ago in a stash far, far, away... I bought the 1995 boxing of this kit and the aftermarket sometime back then. I finally decided it was far too long since I built something swinging a propeller. There are some things I wished had worked out better, but many lessons were learned - and relearned. True Details cockpit True Details diamond tread wheels Eduard canopy masks SuperScale Decals - 48-555 P-51B Mustang Aces, Hovde, O'Brien, Meyer Alclad II Metallics
  14. And...we're back. I had to drop this and all other projects to prepare our house for sale, relocate ourselves and the modeling cave. Sow's ear projects like these can crush the mojo, so to christen the new cave I decided to finish a P-51B project first and then unbox Project X-2. Here's part 1 to catch-up what happened before I boxed it up last year. The theme of this post is “one of these things is not like the other.” The main landing skid bay consists of…well…just a mounting plate for the white metal landing skid gear. So I boxed it in with Evergreen and putty to
  15. I've had the RealSpace Models Block II in progress for a while now. I've had similar challenges, but it's better than starting from scratch...maybe. Anyway, that's the delusion I'll operate under for the time being.
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