Fantastic Four

After much debate on choosing my next builds, I have made my choices. This set of builds are all WWII aircraft. I’ve become addicted to the era as of late, so I’ll take a break on the modern jets.
Now for the kit list. The first pick is Revell’s Stearman Kaydet. A few months ago, I came across a picture of a Stearman painted in a zebra-ish paint scheme. These planes were called recall planes. They were essentially used to bring in all the training pilots that were in the air. When you saw the very definitive paint scheme, you knew it was time to head back to the field. This is gonna be a simple build. I’ll more than likely spend more time on painting than building. So far, I have the cockpit finished and I just glued the fuselage halves together tonight.
My next choice is Academy’s TBF-1 Avenger. This kit was purchased about a year ago and kept getting put off. I figure that now is the time to get it built. I haven’t traveled far into this one yet. It looks like a typical Academy kit so I kind of know what to expect.
The final plane is actually yielding two kits. Also from Academy, I am building two A6M5c Zero’s. At first I was just going to build one in normal Japanese markings. As I was researching colors for the cockpit, I decided that I wanted to build the Akutan Zero. During WWII, Japanese pilot, Tadayoshi Koga, crashed his Zero on Akutan Island in Alaska. As luck would have it, a PBY pilot noticed the wreck and recorded the position of the aircraft. To make a long story short, we recovered the Zero and restored it to exploit the aircrafts weaknesses. So I decided to build the restored version with American markings. Then I got to thinking that I should do a before and after build. That’s where the second Zero comes into play. The plan is to build Petty Officer Koga’s Zero as it would have looked before the crash. The second plane will be the after version in a bare metal paint job. I’ll have to do some more research before I get too involved, though. Some custom decals are probably on the docket as well. I’m looking forward to getting these two added to the shelf.

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13 thoughts on “Fantastic Four

    • It’s really not as hard as it looks. I keep all the respective pieces separated and I always have a kit in the waiting to work on while the others either dry from painting or just need to let the glue set up.

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  1. I’m not in the least interested in model airplanes but I do enjoy your descriptions of what you create and your passion for your project. It’s like looking at my husband concentrating on his model railway – not my cup of tea but I can really appreciate the creativity involved.

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  2. Thanks for liking my blog post on “The Lost Patrol.” You have a cool hobby going! When I was a kid I built a few monster models, which was fun. I’m sure your model-building gives you great pleasure and satisfaction. Keep it up!

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