Thanks to veterans everywhere


The price of something is determined ultimately by how much you are willing to pay for it. The price of freedom is a high price, because it is paid for in lives. Lives spent in service, and often lives lost in service.

Today is a day or honoring those veterans who served for the cause of freedom. A day of remembrance for the prices paid for the freedoms we have. It’s not about politics or policies today. It’s simply about taking the time to recognize and give honor to those who sacrificed so much, so that others may live in peace.

Thank you veterans. May God bless each of you and your families. And a special thanks to those who are still serving.

And to my brothers and sisters who wear the Airborne beret- AIRBORNE!

Readers’ Gallery: Brett Grogan’s 1/48 ProModeler P-51B/C


Agape forum member Brett Grogan (CharlyGnarlyP290) shared this great looking P-51. Awesome work Brett!

After long last, my P-51 is complete.

Considering I haven’t built an aircraft kit in a very long time, it didn’t turn out too bad. I am pleased with it. Not satisfied, but pleased.

Anyway, here it is in its imperfect glory. Again, I do like the way it turned out, and I learned a few things, and have some goals for next time.

Readers’ Gallery: Joe V.’s 1/48 Hasegawa F-16CJ


Agape forum member Joe V shared his completed work on this IAF F-16. Great work!

My first modern jet in over 20 years.

I am not a fan of modern aircraft, specially the pointy kind. This was part of a group build some pals and I were doing.  I am not going to bore you with the WIP.   Let me tell you, I had a heck of a hard time staying focus on this.  This is NOT my cup of tea.

Here is my finished product.

I am happy with the results.

Readers’ Gallery: Honza Knetl’s 1/72, RS Models Henschel Hs-132A


Agape forum member Honza Knetl shared this great looking German jet from RS Models. Great work as always, Honza!

Only one prototype was build, and as far as I know, never flew. But it existed. It was supposed to be a dive bomber, with pilot laying in the canopy with head forward. This position should have allowed him to survive conscious 9g, the construction of the plane should have withstanded even 11g (some sources say even 12g). When the first prototype was almost ready for the tests, Soviet army came and occupied the factory.

RS Models produce two different boxes with together 10 schemes. One is a real scheme, the rest are what-if. One box is with BMW-003 engine (this one), other box is with Jumo 004 engine which was never used.

I wanted to make the real German plane, but as two friends of mine were quicker and I need to build it for RS Models (and they don’t need more models with the same camouflage), I had to choose some what-if scheme. I chose the Soviet one.

This kit was extremely easy to build, I didn’t have any big problems.

Readers’ Gallery: Al’s 1/72 Airfix Vulcan


Agape forum member Al (Pruz) posted these pics of his finished Vulcan model. Every time I see one of these, I think of the James Bond movie “Thunderball”. Great work Al!

Living in Farnborough (UK) you can almost get used to the weird and wonderful flying over your house every two years. This year we were very pleased to see the return of the Avro Vulcan XH558, the only example flying and maintained by the efforts of a group of private enthusiasts and fundraisers.

My mum asked me to build her one and presented me with the kit a couple of weeks ago. And here is the finished product!

The nose is remodelled from the kit to represent the current look of XH558. The only addition to the kit was Freightdog exhausts for the Olympus 201 engines fitted to XH558. Luckily I wasn’t short of reference pics, friends had taken some excellent pictures of it.

A fantastic relic of a fine British legacy, now sadly declined like much of our manufacturing and engineering history :( But in case you’ve never heard it, here’s the noise!

Readers’ Gallery: Paul Wilsford’s 1/32 Hasegawa P-40K


Agape forum member Paul Wilsford (FMTango) shred photos of his completed large scale P-40K. Great work Paul!

Hyde’s Harlot is finished. I chose not to weather it because I didn’t want to. I may do that at a later date.

Readers’ Gallery: Aaron Long’s 1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109G-6


Aaron Long (RonnieRex) posted his results in the forum of this wonderful build of Hasegawa’s Bf-109G-6. Looks great Aaron!

Here is Hasegawa’s 1/48 109G-6. I built the Hasegawa along side my Eduard 109 to be able to compare between the two. I had read all the reviews and critiques on the new Eduard, but I wanted to see that the two planes looked like side by side on the bench and on the display shelf. While I found the two to be very close to MY eye without significant display differences, I also had a lot of fun building this kit as well.

I used:

  • Cooper Details cockpit and prop spinner
  • Cooper Details wheels
  • Eduard PE wheel bays
  • Quickboost exhaust
  • Master barrels
  • EZ Line (not installed till after these pictures)
  • Lift Here decals

Photography by Jason Brewer of Brewer Models.

Readers’ Gallery: Aaron Long’s 1/48 Eduard Bf-109G-6


Agape forum member Aaron Long posted this great build of Eduard’s much discussed new Bf-109G-10 kit. It looks great Aaron!

All done!  I really enjoyed building this one despite what people have said about it.  It builds into a very nice replica of the 109.  Thanks to Anders Hjortsberg for the inspiring profile.  Thank you Jason Brewer of Brewer Models for the awesome pics.  The kit was built out of box (including all decals) except for the EZ line.  It was painted with Model Master enamels for the RLM 74/75/76.  Vallejo was used for the RLM 04, 70, and Tamiya for RLM 66.  The RLM 24 was a Tamiya mix.

Photography by Jason Brewer of Brewer Models.

Readers’ Gallery: Brian Scott’s 1/48 Tamiya P-51D


Agape forum member Brian Scott (F-104nut) shared his awesome P-51. Looks great Brian!

Finally a second model completed off the shelf of doom. Decals are from Eagle Strike and painted with Tamiya Paints .  This is my forth 352nd FG build with two more in the works.

Readers’ Gallery: Vin’s Hasegawa A6M5c (Type 62) Zero


Agape forum member Vin (iwragg) posted this wonderful “what if” build of a zero to the forums. Great work Vin!

This is basically a “what if”, that at least was produced into two squadrons, and if the Allies invaded the Japanese home islands, they would most likely encountered this in a fighter bomber/ground support role. Sort of reminds me of the CAC Boomerang and F4U Corsair, may be they learned something from their defeats. The base kit is the Hasegawa Type 62 Zero, with brass guns and a late war harness added. For the first time I masked and airbrushed markings on, rather than use decals. John at Showcase Models suggested a lacquer aluminum paint by Gunze. He strongly suggested using this with Gunze Lacquer thinner. This was first drying, and I was able to apply acrylic paints over this, then chip the paints to reveal the natural metal. Japanese in 1943 did not prime their aircraft, hence deterioration and chipping are required for a late war look. Gunse paint was used, colors were aluminum, semi gloss black, IJN Green, IJN Gray and Mitsubishi interior green.

Readers’ Gallery: Michael Grosbach’s 1/48 Classic Airframes Fiat CR.42 (Swedish J11)


Agape forum member Michael Grosbach (Michael G) shared these photos of his awesome conversion build of Classic Airframes CR.42 into a Swedish J11 floatplane. Great work Michael!

The Kit

Had this snazzy old kit for a couple of years, and I recall the resin and photoetch was a bit daunting to me back then; it was also a bi-plane which set it on burners further back in build-order…so I saved it. I have put together a set of 3 kits to represent Sweden’s ‘interim’ solutions, consisting of (in a time sequence of use) a Gloster Gladiator, this CR.42 kit, and a Seversky P-35. This is the first kit of the set I have worked on.

Historically, the Swedes received 72 CR.42 aircraft, redesignating them as J11 for their hastily constructed air force, from 1940 to 1941. Apparently, no countries would provide aircraft to the small, mostly neutral Swedes in those onset days of WW2, other than the Italians. Volunteering soldierly help to the Finns in the Winter War with the Soviets in ‘39, it would seem their soon-to-be air efforts were mostly resisitance-based, being a country somewhat sandwiched between the great forces, and blockaded – fuel supply shortage being a significant hindrance.

Having built one other Classic Airframes kit (a BP Defiant,) this CR.42 kit shows similar characteristics in sprue parts with much flash to clean up; 2 vacu-canopies (in the likely case you split one while trimming); good decals (though I did not use them here); a few well assigned resin parts; and a nice photoetch set for both interior and exterior features. The instructions are well arranged, but may leave you questioning how some of the crudely formed pieces are supposed to align with each other – that is, once the flash is cleaned off so you can see what you are actually working with. But with care, the pieces do clean up pretty well, just know that the connection points from the sprue often ‘bleed’ over well onto the piece in an intrusive manner so care is needed in fine trimming to get a good part result. Read more

Kit Preview: Trumpeter’s 1/48 Westland Whirlwind


I’ve always thought the Westland Whirlwind was one of the coolest looking airplanes of World War II. Of course, “cool looking” doesn’t count for much in combat. Problems with the aircraft, much of it centered around it’s engines, prevented it from making much of an impact.

Thankfully, wartime performance does not prevent the airplane from being kitted!

Trumpeter has released Westland’s twin-engined fighter, and it looks pretty good in the box. Read more

Build Report: 1/48 Classic Airframes Spitfire Mk. Vc “Yankee Spitfires”- Part Two


In 2011 I built Classic Airframes 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vc “Yankee Spitfires”. While I did get it together, I was not really pleased with the fit of the kit. It was only after I finished the model that I read Brett Green’s review of the kit, with some helpful tips that I really could have used ahead of time.

Fast forward to 2014… basically, now. :) I picked up a new set of decals from Rising Decals, Yankee Spitfires in the MTO. One of the schemes showed a Spitfire Mk. Vc in an unusual three color camo. As soon as I saw it, I realized I wanted to build that kit- now. But where to find a Spitfire Mk. Vc? Read more

Build Report: Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk. VII


Hasegawa’s Spitfire Mk. VII is very much like their Mk. VI I recently built- take an existing kit, add a few parts, and you have a “new” kit. In this case, the base kit is Hasegawa’s Mk. IX kit.

While much has been written about the shape of fuselage for the Hasegawa’s Mk. IX being incorrect, it doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a very fun build, and to all but the most boffiny of Spitfire boffins, it looks the part. You decide for yourself of course, but I have built several, and really enjoy them. Read more

Readers’ Gallery: Aaron Long’s 1/48 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf-109F-4


Agape forum member Aaron Long (Ronnie Rex) shared his photos of this awesome Messerschmitt build. Aaron used Model Master, Gunze, Vallejo amd Tamiya paints, as well as a True Details cockpit and wheels. Awesome work Aaron!

Memorial Day means remembering the history & the heroes

Back in the late 80’s, the CAF flew their B-29 (Fifi) and B-24 (Diamond ‘Lil) into the Tallahassee, FL, USA airport. I went out to see them.

When I was standing under the B-29, there was an old man in a wheel chair sitting under it, just looking up. An older woman, presumably his wife, was standing off to the side. A family was near him, and he started talking to them. His speech was slurred, which I guessed was from a stroke. The family seemed annoyed he was talking to them, and moved away. He hushed up.

I felt bad for the way they treated him. So I walked over, and standing under the open bomb bay, I said “Sure looks like they could hold a lot of ordnance in there.”

And in his slow, hard to understand speech, he started talking.

I listened as this man- this hero- told stories of being a bombardier on a B-29, of living in the South Pacific, of raids over Japan. He’d met “Tennessee” Ernie Ford, who he said was a -29 bombardier, too.

He recalled some of the people he knew, just first names, like Charlie and “ole Bud” and “some kid from San Diego”. Some of them brought tears, and others laughs. I honestly got teary eyed myself at times.

He even told about some odd group called the 509th Composite group, and he described to me watching a plane take off on the morning of August 6th- and he dramatically paused and said “That was the Enola Gay that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.”

We talked a little more, and I thanked him for the stories and for all he did.

That family who was to busy to listen to an old man slowly tell his tale never knew what they missed. They were in the presence of a hero, a real hero, and ignored it because of a little slurred speech and some liver spots.

They were free because of what that man- and others- did for them.

Memorial Day is about remembering…. the history, the heroes, the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our country. Remembering the history too. Why they gave it all. It may be a little too easy to just see a veteran, or their tombstone, and say “It’s great they fought for us.”

They left behind family, friends, innocence. brothers, sisters, children. A lot didn’t come back.

And it’s about honoring. Stopping and thinking about that the freedom we enjoyed came at a price. Too many times the younger generations forget this. Doing so, eventually, is at their own peril. Freedom has a price. It has a cost.

Our freedom in this country shows that. Look at the history. Our comfort came at a price.

Just as our freedom from the sting of death came at a price, through the blood of Jesus.

Today is Memorial Day. It’s for remembering the price paid for freedom. Someone had to lay down their life. Take some time to thank a veteran. And to thank the Lord for the ones who aren’t here.

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