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  1. Well, once again it's time for the year-end ritual of tallying up the builds. I have more completed than actually built this year, as I dug in and finished a couple from the Shelf Of Doom along the way. Some are unusual subjects or even conversions; some are almost out of the box. In some cases, I had to develop my own artwork, which I have included in the build threads for any who may be interested. And now, the ledger: First off, a Shelf of Doom completion, the Nostalgic Plastic resin rendition of Anigrand.'s 1/72 YF-102A prototype: This was done for a Shelf Of Doom type group build over on ARC: YF-102A Build Next up is the 1/72 Matchbox RF-101A, with some much-needed refinements: This was done on BritModeler for a Matchbox Group Build: RF-101A Build Next, the aged 1/72 Monogram P-36 kit, done up as a P-36A: This was also a model started years ago, but completed only this year: P-36A RFI Next we have the brand new (at the time) 1/72 Hasegawa F-35B in Marine Corps markings, with a couple of tweaks: This was sort of a kit review, with a few small mods for realism: F-35B Build Then the 1/72 Maintrack XF-88 vacuform kit done up as the rarely-seen XF-88B: There were more than a few challenges with this one! XF-88B Build Now, as another years-old project, we have the conversion of the Tamiya F-84G to an F-84E, this time in the most colorful livery of the several F-84E's flown by George E. Laven: The actual mods to convert from a "G" to an "E" model are covered in the build thread. As you might imagine, the extensive decals were the hard part here! F-84E RFI It was about here that I realized that I had become a George Laven groupie, and that I'd just have to do all his major models! Next up, the Muroc Models conversion of the Academy F-8E Crusader in 1/72, backdated to an F08A (F8U-1 in old Navy-speak): The Build and RFI are combined here: F8U-1 Build & RFI Back to George Laven again, this time for his most colorful 1/72 Revell F-104C: He had a couple of other renditions of the F-104, but I thought this one was the "bees knees": F-104C Build Then, another Laven aircraft, this time his First P-38E #76, from the RS 1/72 P-38E kit: Build thread for this one is here: #76 P-38E Build And now for the second less-known of Laven's aircraft, the F-84B, "Itsy-Bitsy III", this time a conversion of the Heller 1/72 F-84G: There were several steps to the conversion, as well as the custom artwork. All are to be seen here: F-84B Build Another of Laven's birds, this time the 1/72 Hobby Boss P-38L-5-LO done up as "Itsy-Bitsy II": The arrow in the pic, and other mods are explained in the build thread, found here: P-38L-5-LO Build Next, the least-known of Laven's aircraft, this time a modified Trumpeter 1/72 F-100D kit done up as the aircraft which Laven flew, leading the first F-100 mission into the north, during the Vietnam War: The tiny white stripes between the colored stripes probably did not exist in real life, but as the only known photo of this aircraft known to exist is terrible, I took the liberty. Anyway, here's the build thread: F-100D Build Now something a little different, this time Anigrands 1/72 resin XF-84H Thunderscreech: This was another "Shelf Queen" and as such, not a lot of build to show, but here's the RFI: XF-84H Done And finally, to round up the year, an addition to my Wild Weasels collection, a 1/72 Monogram rendition of Thorenson's Medol-Of-Honor mission F-105F Thunderchief: This was just about "out-of-the-box" with some aftermarket decals and weapons: F-105F WW Build I hope you enjoy these models as much as I did researching and building them, and a Happy New Year for your modeling efforts!!! Ed
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