Pro Scale 1/72nd scale FW-190A North African paint scheme and markngs
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Old Monogram kit Curtis P-40 AVG/Flying Tigers
Another view of the Monogram Spitfire. Used authentic paints, or so I thought, until I started seeing photos posted, Wish I had these decals again and I would repaint the model.
Supermarine Spitfire Battle of Brittain markings Sky Decals, 1/48 Monogram kit
F4U1 Corsair in paint scheme and markings for Major Gregory (Pappy) Boyington VMF-214, the Black Sheep
Below, another angle on the Corair. You can see, I am still applying the decals here,
Friday, June 18, 2010
Early work on the paint scheme, you will see what a difference finding images on line made in getting the colors right for this model.
The first thing I do, after making sure all the parts are in the kit, is go on line and begin to look for both unique paint schemes as well as details and information to make my model come to life. I can hear someone now asking, why information what difference is it what unit or squadron a tank, aircraft ship or figure represents?
Well it doesn't matter so much about a squadron or unit so much; however sometimes an aircraft, say the B-24 Liberator, may have been painted with orange and green stripes on the wing and fuselage. Yet there may have been a B-24 that had bright colored circles of Red and Yellow and Blue.
The point being, if I only went with the first paint scheme out of the box, I very well may have been bored with it and it would sit around collecting dust.
An example with me, when I got my mpc JU-52 several months back, I looked at it and thought I remember there being a version of the Ju-52 in North Africa, and yet the kit had no such markings or paint schemes. I went on line and searched hard and long, and I found not just a paint scheme for the model, serving in Italy in 1943, but I found photos of the interior, which helped me do some interior painting and detail work on the 40 year old model.
First look at the model, old decals look good, but aren't usable due to age, the styrene is clean as ever and holds up remarkably well for being nearly 40 years old.
Below, another look at the parts right out of the box, and those instructions that were simple to follow
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Airfix really revamped and added details that had been missing on the old mpc kit. This shows a Stuka in standard North African paint scheme, with Italian markjngs. Italy did have Ju-87's but not until 1943 and they were painted the standard German two tone green and Sky Blue color scheme and used in Sicily.
Above, original box art from the old mpc PROFILE SERIES kit of the Ju-52. This is still a favorite, even though it is out of production. Thank heaven for e-bay.
Since I was eight years old, I have been into scale model building. For me this began with me watching my dad work on scale model kits on Saturdays. I would sit patiently and watch as my father would build a B-17 or P-40. Maybe I would have the opportunity to paint the kit or add the decals.
When I was 14, I began to build models myself, and it has been an adventure ever since. Back when I began, I built two companies models; they were mpc and Revell. At first Revell only offered one set of decals and a single paint scheme with their kits, but they had a wide array of kits on the market.
MPC on the other hand had what were known as the Profile Series, you got three sets of decals and three different paint schemes.
Part of the fun with mpc was deciding which version you would build. The decals sometimes were the most colorful part of the kit.
Several years ago, I was forced to abandon my entire collection. I could taken only five completed kits, and the handful of unbuilt kits I had at the time.
I lost every MPC kit and Revell kit I had built, what made this really bad, was that mpc was no longer producing hardly anythjng by this point and Revell had long since stopped producing their kits.
I began to slowly rebuild my collection, and one of the most recent kits I built was an old mpc kit, that I bought off of e-bay. The kit was of the Ju-52 and I added a few details to it.
I found that Airfix was the parent company of the mpc line in the US, and just recenly built the Airfix kit of the Ju-87.
Above are some photos of these models. Note I will add more and include some how to's as I go along.
My question to any of the scale modelers out there, do you remember the old mpc profile series kits? What was your favorite kit, and what kit that was never released would you have liked to see mpc produce in the profile series, if they were still around today?