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    Lilliputian Scale builder/kitbasher
  • Birthday 10/18/1967

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  1. Now that's something you don't see every day! Well done and that color you used is so pleasing to the eye, especially with those red stars! Bri2k
  2. I tried Vallejo Model Color and found them terribly disappointing. With Model Masters acrylics, I often get away with just one coat. Model Color was three or more and still not as good, unfortunately. Then there's having to decant the stuff because they don't sell it in a real paint bottle which I can't fathom because this paint is supposedly made just for brush-painting. If you've got any tips on making Vallejo Model Color work better, I'd welcome them. I still have two full squirt bottles left. Thank you for your advice. I greatly appreciate it! Bri2k
  3. Magnificent and the rigging is especially well done! I've got the 1/72 Airfix version, not sure I'm brave enough to tackle it yet. What a treat to see this beauty and thanks for posting! Bri2k
  4. Can anyone recommend a Model Masters/Testors acrylic replacement for hand-brushing? I've tried Model Color and it was awful, cheap craft-store paints are better if you ask me. I noticed Lifecolor had a good ref from one of you kind folks. Noted and hoping to hear more. Many thanks in advance for the tips! Bri2k
  5. Thanks for the inside scoop. I'm really hoping you're wrong about MM acryl going away. I can still get it on Amazon and a few other sources. There's absolutely no acrylic that hand-brushes like it, even some that say they're formulated specifically for the old hairy stick (looking at you Model Color, just a waste of money). Guess I'd better stock up while I can still get it. Many thanks again for the head's up! Bri2k
  6. While it's well known that the Fokker Dr. I of Red Baron fame started life as an attempt to copy the the Sopwith "Tripe", it's been forgotten that this process worked in reverse. After the debacle that was Bloody April, the RFC asked for a fighter that could match the German Albatrosses responsible for most of the carnage. Four companies submitted sesquiplane designs but the Sopwith firm was first off the mark with a prototype. Unfortunately, there were issues with the motor-mounts for the license-produced Gnome Groan rotary engine and test-flights were postponed until an answer to the excessive vibration could be found. Fortunately one of the true geniuses of the age was able to come up with a solution. Adding motor-mount rocker-arms coated with gutta-percha eliminated the shaking and if high-test fuel was used, this also made for an incredibly quiet ride. So quiet in fact that it was jokingly said the new 'plane could get close enough to the enemy to snoop on their conversations. The aircraft would be henceforth unknown as the Snoopy even though it came out a good four decades prior to the famous comic strip. Agility was enhanced by installing ailerons on both wings. The Snoopy had half the horsepower and armament of the Albatros D.III, but was more maneuverable and far quieter, especially above 15,000 ft. Ace James McCudden stated "When it came to stealth, the Sopwith Snoopy could turnip before the Hun even noticed anyone was there... it was a remarkably quiet machine for general all-round flying. It was so extremely light and silent that after a little practice one could almost land it in a library." Excited at the Snoopy's potential, no time was wasted in getting the prototype to the front where it could be tested under combat conditions. Sadly, results were less than promising. The upper wing lacked a cut-out and upward visibility was somewhat limited but there were plans to correct this in subsequent models. However, the march of progress would quickly over-take the Snoopy and better aircraft such as the "Tripe" would be ordered into production instead. Nothing remains of the Sopwith Snoopy sesquiplane today except this Regretasus short-run kit of which only one is known to have ever been built. To this day the so-called "experts" refuse to believe the Snoopy ever was and insist the whole story is just a dog of comic proportions. This is the 1/72 Revell Sopwith Tripe kit with upper wing from an Avia B 534. The engine, cowling & prop were from a Nieuport 28. The model was brush-painted by hand in acrylics, Poly Scale Hopper Beige and a custom PC 10 mix along with Model Masters Primer Gray up front and Insignia Red on the cowling. Model Masters Sloth Brown was used for the wood accent and the struts were painted Dark Earth. The model was rigged with wire and white glue. Bri2k
  7. That's a fantastic take on one of the truly classic Corsair schemes! Well done! Bri2k
  8. That's absolutely cracker-jack! I really like record-breakers and test-beds. Thanks for cluing me in on another interesting MiG! Bri2k
  9. I've liked Sword since they released their 2-in-1 kit of the 1/72 P-40 "short-tail", two kits in one box with killer decals for a fantastic price! I picked up two of these back when they were available for $25 each. I still have one complete kit left and most of a sheet of decals. Great stuff! Bri2k
  10. If there was a any justice, Boeing would be sued out of existence for such malfeasance. I have yet to see anything that justifies their actions or absolves them of responsibility. A text-book case of terrible, criminal management. Bri2k
  11. Well this might explain why Sprue Bros. has been steadily whittling back their stock of Model Masters acrylics, my go-to paint sadly. When I checked a week ago, no "standard colors" like Flat Black, Insignia Blue, Red & Yellow, etc. These have been out of stock for a year now. If you don't carry my paint, you're unlikely to get my business. Enjoy the Mr Paint! If that stuff worked like Model Masters with the old hairy stick, I might be thrilled too. Bri2k
  12. The Studebaker-Packard Aero Division "SPAD" XSP-1A heavy attack prototype featured large dive-brakes to slow it down (ha ha ha!) in the attack run and had built-in armament of six auto-cannons in the wings and one machine gun mounted between the engine cylinders which was synchronized to fire through the propeller. This gun was usually loaded with tracers for sighting purposes. The XSP-1A was powered by the enormous(-ly over-rated) Bratt & Brittney 11 cylinder radial engine which would become a hallmark in the annals of unreliability. Unfortunately, despite the heavy armament and potent-on-paper power plant, the SPAD XSP-1A would be hampered by kinks that were never quite worked out. This and the fact that hung-over Navy personnel mis-interpreted the SP designation as Shore Patrol doomed the experimental heavy attack plane to ignominy. Unfortunately, by the time the new prototype flunked flight tests, a pre-production batch had already been delivered, perhaps due to a BuAer error. These aircraft were passed on to the Cambodian air force where they served in the "low and slow" interdiction role on counter-insurgency ops. The SPAD XSP-1A is shown here with a unique Cambodian load-out consisting of two specially adapted French Mitrailleuse recoilless rifles along with two 150 kg. bombs and four Mk. 32 HEAT round HVARs. While attrition took its toll, the XSP-1As continued to serve until the very last one was grounded due to lack of spares at the start of the Lon Nol palindrome regime. Unfortunately, the Studebaker-Packard had little parts commonality with its more successful Douglas cousin. However, the obvious influence of the XSP-1A on the Skyraider shows the design's promise even if Studebaker-Packard's execution was poor. Only one SPAD XSP-1A remained when the Khmer Rouge took over and found it derelict in back of the boneyard. As part of their "Year Zero" initiative, the flightless SPAD was hailed by Khmer Rouge defense chief "Ta Mok" or "Brother #5" as the epitome of a classless communist agrarian utopia since despite all its expensive capitalist technology, it was unable to get airborne. Urged by Pol Pot or "Brother #1", the Khmer Rouge's Angkor organization trumpeted the success of the XSP-1A's political re-education with propaganda praising the aircraft's determination to remain ground-bound in solidarity with the proletariat. This was lauded as a shining example of Angkor's ideological superiority. Unfortunately, nothing remains of this almost-historic Studebaker-Packard aircraft today. The sole survivor was obliterated by a mortar round during the 1979 Vietnamese invasion. The cottage industry 1/72 scale Khmer Conversions set is shown here with the Airfix A-1D finished in the markings it wore during its glory days when it could still fly. The set was briefly sold at Aunt Penny's Hobby Emporium in Phnom Penh before it went out of business and only this example is known to have been built. Sadly, it still didn't end out looking like the nice picture on the box. This was a bagged 1/72 MPC/Airfix Douglas Skyraider that was missing the canopy, engine and cowling. A Monogram Banshee canopy and Airfix Devastator engine & cowl were used as replacements topped off with a P-47 prop. The model was brush-painted by hand with acrylics and the decals were all spares. Bri2k
  13. Man I wish I could vote for this twice! Here's what I've got so far, all 1/72 scale: Monogram vs. Revell P-36s Academy vs. Airfix early P-40B/Cs Academy vs. Hasegawa P-40Es Academy vs. Hawk T-6 Texans Academy vs. Airfix F-86s I could also add Matchbox vs. Monogram F4B biplanes. I won't get to all of them, but I'd really like to build the P-36s, P-40B/Cs and Texans. Bri2k
  14. 1/72 Curtiss P-36 made with modern design/tooling. 1/200 B-36, again with modern design/tooling. Will struggle with the older versions until these flying unicorns show up. Bri2k
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