Wednesday, June 1, 2022

FB-111, 1980s

Monogram's 1/72 EF-111 kit, molds from 2001. Modified a bit to be an FB-111, because I prefer the FB's color scheme.  As usual, minimal decals, handpainted acrylics,  and dry pastels.


Tuesday, May 31, 2022


Some recent planes, all done with dry pastels over handpainted craftstore acrylics. Their soft-edged modulated finishes make for a soothing ensemble: 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022


 Another turkey bone confection finished. Inspired by lionfish, although that may not be discernable.

A-6 Intruder, 1965

 AMT/ Hasegawa's 1/72 kit, molds from 1968. Southeast Asia camouflage in lieu of typical grey/white US Navy scheme, based on a photo and illustrations I found online. I ad-libbed the camo pattern. Underside finish is local flat white spraypaint. Camouflage is pastel chalk over brush-painted craftstore acrylics. Original kit decals were too old to use, so I went with less-old ones from the scrapbox. They aren't a historical match with the paint scheme, but I like to go with what I have on hand. The inelegant refueling boom was deliberately omitted.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Afghanistan 2007, EA-6B Prowler

This started off as an A-6 Intruder, but then I left the mostly-completed kit in the sun and it melted. Had this old (1979) Matchbox 1/72 Prowler in stash, close enough. As usual, craftstore acrylic paints mostly brushed on by hand. Masking the dark-brown bits done with local (Ecuador) Play-Doh knockoff. Weathering with finger-applied pastels. Decals from the discard collection. They don't really go together, but I like the look. I left the refueling boom off of the nose. I can't stand that clunky thing.


Sunday, April 3, 2022

F4-U Corsair

 Revell's primeval (1970) 1/32 Corsair. Dark blue topsides are airbrushed Testor's Enamel Blue. Middle blue is a mix of craftstore acrylic Midnight Blue and White. Undersides are local spraycan Flat White. Wheel wells' Zinc Chromate Yellow is craftstore acrylic Spanish Olive. Such a pretty thing.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Central Europe, Spring 1945:

Shrine from scratch using balsa leftovers from plane model. Round base is one plastic bowl piece atop another, sprayed flat black. Local dirt and pampas grass. Russian (well, Soviet) soldier by DML Dragon.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022


 This little scooter-craft will be part of a pair of vehicles that will use many bones from a single turkey. 1/35 scale pilot magically makes the whole thing 1/35 scale.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Crabclaw Scooter

 Another nice set of turkey bones. A mix of Polynesian crabclaw sails and outrigger canoes; offshore catamarans, ideas about whalebones. 1/48 scale helmsman from the junkbox. Two weeks.