2016 November Meeting Notes

November 18, 2016 McKinstry Meeting
Theme: Radial Engines Post-WWII

Notes by Paul Gasiorowski and The Tick

Attendees were: Frank Ress, Paul Gasiorowski, Jim Batchelder, THE TICK, Charlie Scardon, Steve Kumamoto, Dan Paulien, Carl Geiger, Mike Hanlon

There were not so many members at the November meeting so we had some extra time. After the business part of the meeting was finished, we discussed many subjects – “stuff” like Mike Hanlon’s tanning salon visits and the annual Butch O’Hare contest. It appears the contest rules have changed up over the years. The Tick mentioned he would try to get a set of the rules via Bill Soppet, but of course that likely won’t happen because the Tick always has “other stuff” on his mind…

Since there was plenty of time, Mike Hanlon tried to use as much of the evening as he could to talk about his current build, knowing full well that he had a longer leash than usual. 2016-nov-meeting-01

Yes, he really pushed it, to the point Charlie indicated he couldn’t handle it any more.
Hanlon went on, and on… and on…



Charlie, exhausted, took a nap… and Hanlon continued to drone on. Droning on… extolling how great his craftsmanship has become and the virtues of the kit itself.







One of the guys had a tube of lipstick so… Like who knew the Tick was an artist? 2016-nov-meeting-02WE WON’T identify what member was thoughtful enough to have lipstick, but Charlie is grateful that it wasn’t a Sharpie.





Butch O’Hare Award


After Hanlon ran out of words… discussion turned to the display table McKinstry had at the annual O’Hare show. Our club was deemed to have the best display and rewarded with the Butch O’Hare “Best Club Display 2016 Award” for the 3rd year in a row.  A three-peat! We expect this feat will generate as much buzz for the club as it did for the Bulls.

For his time and energy organizing this project, the McMembership presented the plaque to Paul Gasiorowski.. WELL done, Paul!

Those who loaded the table (and behind it) included James Batchelder, Paul Gasiorowski, Carl Geiger, Mike Hanlon, Steve Kumamoto, Ed Mate, Dan Paulien, Frank Ress, Charlie Scardon, and the Tick.

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There was some discussion of ideas for next year’s show. Comments included the idea that we have a THEME or two to put on the tables.

Paul suggested airliners, or 144 scale jets. Of course, he’d have to supply most of the models in these categories – he says he has 6 or so. Sounds like his memory is going, or that he’s estimating only 6 to throw off the wife.

Another suggestion was to get away from Thunderbolts, we had plenty at this years table. We should be more diverse to try to be best of show again in 2017. Hmmm. It might be a challenge for some members to come up with anything OTHER than T-bolts; can a leopard change it’s spots?

Library Display


IPMS McKinstry put up our annual display at the library. This time around, the theme was Pearl Harbor. Included were models of aircraft and ships present plus several books, a map, and other information describing the attack.

Thanks to the club members who provided items and helped set up the display: Brian Gardner, Paul Gasiorowski, Steve Kumamoto, Frank Ress, Charlie Scardon, and Dan Paulien.

Models for the VA

Paul Gasiorowski collected models and supplies for distribution to Hines VA Hospital, Maywood, IL. and the Lovell VA Administration, Naval Station Great Lakes. In all, Paul delivered over 60 kits to each plus modeling supplies. I don’t have a complete list of those who donated, but the Santa list did include Brian Gardner, Paul, Steve Kumamoto and Frank Ress.

A-1H Skyraider, 1/48th, Tamiya, built by Norris Graser

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Model Master 34079 green, 30219 tan, 36622. Gunze 34102 green. AeroMaster decals for SPAD. DAD ~ CO’s a/c 6 SOS.

F-86D Sabre, 1/72nd, Hasegawa, built by Steve Kumamoto

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Built many moons ago, out of the box with MicroScale decals. Overall Floquil silver. Markings are for F-86D-45 4th FIS at Misawa. Steve thought this was a nice, solid kit.

Hurricane Mk-1a, 1/48th, Airfix, built by Mike Hanlon

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Italeri paints: dark earth, Middlestone and azure blue. Mike used AeroMaster decals for an aircraft based at Malta.

These planes had special tropical filters installed. Mike had to do some surgery to bring the airplane up to date. There were some fit issues, and the armor plate behind the seat was glued in first, then he shoved the cockpit into the fuselage from the bottom.

F-82G Twin Mustang, 1/72nd, Monogram, built by Steve Kumamoto

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68th FS. Markings represent the 1st air to air kill during the Korean War, downing a YAK 11. The 1st 3 enemy a/c shot down in the Korean War were by 68th FS F-82’s.

Prototype XP-82s, P-82Bs and P-82Es retained both fully equipped cockpits so that pilots could fly the aircraft from either position, alternating control on long flights. Later night fighter versions kept the cockpit on the left side only, placing the radar operator in the right position.

Sea Fury, 1/72nd, Hobbycraft, built by Charlie Scardon

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Gunze Sangyo paint. Kit decals. Photo-etched metal included in the kit for antenna, cockpit details, and seatbelts. The wheel wells had very little detail.

PB4Y-1, 1/72nd, Minicraft, built by Charlie Scardon

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Built out of the box and in post war reserve markings for San Diego that sent to Alaska on a special deployment (hence the red high-visibility paint). Decals were from a variety of Superscale sheets. See Charlie’s kit review for additional background on the kit and Charlie’s build.

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Minicraft PB4Y-1 Liberator in 1/72nd scale

Minicraft PB4Y-1 Liberator in 1/72nd scale

by Charlie Scardon



The Minicraft PB4Y-1 kit has been around for some time now and is one of five versions they offer. It was the best B-24 available until the advent of the Hasegawa kit. Minicraft tooled up 5 different nose sections to give the modeler the many options. Other than that, the remaining parts are the same.

What is a PB4Y-1? It is any type of Liberator the navy used regardless of US Army designation. Except for one aircraft (42-78271) all were built by Consolidated at their San Diego plant.



The kit is molded in light grey and clear plastic. The moldings are crisp with only one exception. One propeller hub lacks the detail of the others. I think they failed to finish that one. The other downfalls of the kit are the slightly undersized and tapered engine cowlings, an extra panel line running the entire length of the aft fuselage halves, and the rear turret has a seam running through the glass. At some point, the thrust line was interpreted as a panel line. It is an easy fix to fill it with .010 rod and MEK. Sand it smooth and rescribe the vertical lines. The cowlings are tougher. Short of replacing them I do not have a repair for them. A company called Ron’s Resin used to make cowls for the kit. I purchased a set, and discovered the size problem everyone was having a cow about is not really all that much. But that is modelers. On a built up kit, it is not really that noticeable. Like the 1/48 Monogram B-24 the rear turret has a seam through the Plexiglas. Squadron makes replacement canopy sets for this. The rear turret is a A6A, Squadron B-24D canopy set has the required part.

I decided to make a post-war reserve plane from San Diego in the Arctic markings. The post-war planes had enclosed waist guns. I cut the opening so it was a rectangle. The gun mounts were made out of round rod and the glass was plastic from a Dannon yogurt container.


I used the Squadron canopies. I used my tried and true method of pouring hydrocal into the cavity to reinforce the plastic while I cut them out. The parts were painted before they were cut out. I used Model Master Gloss Sea Blue, for the main coat. The red areas were first painted white and then given a coat of Insignia Red. I had to cobble together decals from a variety of old Super Scale sheets. Good luck with that now, they are very hard to find.

Overall it is a good kit. It has a lot of potential. I have found at least ten different ways to paint them for just operational aircraft. There are a number ways to paint up hacks also.


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Thundercals 48-005 for 1/48th P-47 kits

Thundercals National Insignia and Data Decals for the P-47, No 48-005

by the Tick


48-005 Type 4 national Insignia and data Decals Pt1 for the P-47 Thunderbolt

Besides enough insignia to do 9 complete aircraft in multiple configurations, there is plenty of excess data that you won’t find on most decal sheets, either in the “box” or as aftermarket. Below are a few examples.



Featured are 6 different blade types + an extra 13’ Symmetrical with different data presentation.

There are enough blade specific decals to do 4 sets of each type. Plenty of accurate Curtiss Electric logos and plenty of spare Hamilton Standard logos using gold ink background that makes them stand out.


12’2” A.O. Smith asymmetrical blades complete with fine, twin prop tip stripes


Hamilton Standard 13’ diameter blades, utilizing the most common white data. The image doesn’t do justice to the logo.



A pair of well-done and wired Tamiya engines by Ed Mate.

A pair of well-done and wired Tamiya engines by Ed Mate.

Final touches are the P&W engine data plate

Final touches are the P&W engine data plate









And Pratt & Whitney logo decals.

And Pratt & Whitney logo decals.

There are 8 sets of flap indicators. These are particularly useful for the Tamiya P-47 series as the kit allows for lowered flaps.


Flap indicator decals are not included on the kit decals.

ALSO on this 2 decal set release are 2 different types of landing gear hydraulic data plates, wing gun numbers and red wing root NO STEPs. This decal set and other ThunderCal releases, can be purchased at Thundercals@yahoo.com – 48005, a 2 decal set $22.00ea.

Dealer inquiries welcome.

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2016 October Meeting Notes

October 21, 2016 McKinstry Meeting

Theme: ADC (that’s Air Defense Command, for the acronym-challenged)

Notes by The Tick and Paul

Attendees were: Paul Gasiorowski, Mike Hanlon, THE TICK, Charlie Scardon, Jim Batchelder, Frank Ress, Brian Gardner, Bill Soppet, Lee Lygiros, Carl Geiger, Dan Paulien

F-89J Scorpion, 1/72nd, Revell, built by Charlie Scardon

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Built out if the box. Paints used: SNJ, red and yellow Testors. The Insignia red was applied over Testors gloss white. Depicted in 64th FIS / 10th AD circa 1957. SuperScale Decals.

F-106A, 1/48th, Monogram, built by Norris Graser

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Overall Model Master ADC gray, SuperScale Decals. 5th FIS, Minot AFB, N. Dakota. The 5th flew the F-106 from Feb 1960-April 1985, before re-equipping with the F-15A.

EF-111A Scorpion, 1/72nd, Monogram, built by James Batchelder

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Jim built this version of the Ardvaark out of the box about 30 years ago. He used Model Master paint : 36440 light gull gray and 36320 dark compass gray.


Markings for an a/c based at Upper Heyford, England. 20th TFW / 42nd ECS.

F6F  Hellcat, 1/48th, Hasegawa, built by James Batchelder

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For this build, Jim used Model master gloss sea blue – Eduard Photo Etch and SuperScale Decals.


Markings portray Ens. Donald McPherson VF-83 USS Essex, 1945.

Ki6 Tony, 1/48th, Hasegawa, built by Mike Hanlon

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Mike used IJN grey (Tamiya) for the fabric ailerons Aluminum Alclad (undersides) and just a standard Gunze O.D. (topsides) AeroMaster Decals, 56 Combat Regiment, 1945, Itami Air Base, Japan.  Mike said he had a little difficulty with the wing assembly.

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