Author Archives: Frank R

Meeting Changes due to Covid-19

The Arlington Heights Public Library has been closed due to the state efforts to manage the pandemic.  McKinstry club meetings will be cancelled until the library reopens.  The March, April, and May meetings have already been cancelled. Meetings through August … Continue reading

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Repairing, Cleaning, and Polishing Clear Parts

Repairing, Cleaning, and polishing clear parts and canopies. by Dave Kopielski I have had a few requests on how I get my canopies so clear looking. Many times the clear parts in kits can get scuffed in shipping if they … Continue reading

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Invasion Stripes

Invasion Stripes How to paint D-Day markings on your Thunderbolt by Ed Mate The first step is to determine where the stripes go. There is an “official” placement, but if you can check photos, you may find your subject has … Continue reading

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Superdetail Conversion – Trumpeter 1/350 Nimitz to Carl Vinson

Superdetailing the Carl Vinson in 1/350 scale by Dave Kopielski I started with the Nimitz model and converted it to the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 as she was at the start of the 1983 world cruise (her maiden deployment).  All differences … Continue reading

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Frankentanken

Frankentanken by Ed Mate The 108 gal. paper tanks in the Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt kits are decent, but the modeler is challenged with cleaning up the seams on the nose and tail without destroying the fine raised detail. On … Continue reading

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Marine Models USS Philadelphia 32 pounder Carronade

Marine Models USS Philadelphia 32 pounder Carronade by Glenn Estry Marine Models USS Philadelphia 32 pounder Carronade. I won this kit (sight unseen) in an auction with a high bid of $20. The kit is from 1947, a 70 year … Continue reading

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Meng P-51D Mustang in 1/48th Scale

Meng P-51D Mustang in 1/48th Scale by Mike Hanlon Since released in 1995, the Tamiya P-51D Mustang has been benchmark for 1/48 Mustangs kits.  A simple and rewarding kit, it is not without its flaws and before talking about Meng’s … Continue reading

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