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This page was most recently updated Friday, July 21, 2006
Here in the gallery we will share pictures of models which have visited the Modelair
Museum, have been donated or have been built and displayed here. Until I post more
pictures of the "in house" models, this gallery will also include pictures of
models emailed as j-peg attachments to email@example.com
If you have more models than you can display where you live and would like to find
a good home for them, consider donating them to the Modelair Museum. Please write if that
sounds like a good idea.
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Monogram Speedee-Built Models Live Again
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Complete kit reproductions include this Stearman PT-17.
|Ron Anderson is reproducing the classic Monogram
SpeedeeBuilt kits and has added some new ones including a Globe Swift and Fairchild PT-19.
For more info about kits and costs, write firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron built this new production P-40. Nice craftsmanship here,
The Ercoupe has an new plastic cowl, an improvement over the
These three pictures recall the infamous and purely fictional
Messersaki, built and photographed by Hibbonsnuffridge@aol.com
Astute modelers will recognize elements of a Messerschmitt
Me-262, Gloster Meteor (tail) and Kawasaki Ki-64 (canopy). If I missed any, tell me about
As long as visitors know models like this are "creative
non-fiction" a.k.a. FICTION, AeroKnow applauds the initiative, good eyes and humor
evident in creations like this. For examples of my efforts in this line of thinking, visit
my USAF Museum page by clicking here
"Hib" explains, "The Japanese twin-engined
'Tonbo' (Dragonfly, if I got the translation right) jet fighter is a 'what-if' project
based on what would have been needed to thwart B-29 raids on the home islands."
Needed were: 1. high speed to dodge P-51s; 2. long range to permit interception before the
raiders reached the islands and to permit extended time to engage the formations (hence a
larger airframe to accommodate the needed fuel); 3. a primary weapon with enough range to
minimize exposure to B-29s' defensive armament; 4. jettisonable rocket assist under the
fuselage to permit takeoff at high gross weight.
|Michael Luke of Springfield brought one
of the most impressive models I've ever seen over to the collection a few years ago.
I was so impressed, I asked his permission to photograph it, and the results you
||The Aurora 1/48 scale kit of the Gotha
G.IV is almost as famous as the full-scale design which bombed London during World War I.
Michael extensively modified the kit and included all the rigging
details. If I remember right, the insigna and markings were hand painted.
|This underside view shows much of the
underside of the fuselage as it appeared on the full-scale machine. There was no bottom to
most of it so the rear-facing gunner could have a reasonable field of defensive fire.
Note that the tires are accurately depicted as gray-colored, not black. Modern
tires are dyed black.
||Here Michael examines his exceptional
craftsmanship. He's a devotee of World War I aircraft. Interest in World War II is
confined to those flown by Japan and Germany.
We've not had the pleasure of his company at Abe
Lincoln's Air Force meetings.
|Jim from Vermont sent the first model
gallery pic for publication here, a fine rendering of a Turkish Air Force Morane Saulnier
M.S.406 from the Hobby Craft 1/48 scale kit. Jim replaced the kit canopy with a vac from
Squadron/Signal; scratch-built a laminated instrument panel and added masking tape
seatbelts. Nice effort, don't you think?
||This Aurora Fokker Dr.1 was built by
Job Conger about 20 years ago and photographed after it sat on a shelf for four years. I
don't have the talent requisite to do justice to 1/48 and larger World War I models -- I
AM considering specializing in aircraft with 350 or fewer rigging wires, but that limits
my selection to Dr.1s and D.VIIs until someone kits a Dornier D.I in 1/48. In the meantime
we welcome donations of built 1/48 and larger World War I aircraft models for permanent
display in the Modelair Museum.
||Here's an example of what extreme
"pinching" can do to a model. I am a major fan of the artwork of Chris Wren and
Hank Caruso, and hope you agree that it's okay for a normally conscientious historian and
modeler to have some fun with reworking images.
||Here's the conventional view of the
Pictures of Job Conger's models were taken with a Sony Mavica digital camera and processed
using Corel Photopaint 9. The green background is a flannel blanke hung from a wall,
draped over the top of a low book case. Natural lighting from a nearby window is used in
all of his model aircraft pictures.
|This is a solarized version of the Dr.
||A rendition in the slightly psychedelic
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