This is the 1/25 metal bodied Johnny Lightning kit #6903. It really is a kit. The kit is of the black 1950 Batmobile. I choose to modify it to a 1952. You have never seen a blue Batmobile? Check out Detective Comics #73.
And last but not least, a family photo with the stock 1950 Batmobile.
This is a restoration of the old 1979 Revell issue Ferrari 308 GTB. There is a small lever under the front that is used to raise and lower the headlights. The fit of body parts is good, but not up to today's standards.
The 308 was the same car that was used for the Magnum P.I. series. At the end of each season the previous seasons car was auctioned off. A new Ferrari was used for the new season.
Besides this car not being a Targa top, you may notice small differences in this GTB and the GTS used in Magnum; this is a Euro spec car.
The Ferrari 308 GTB was a mid-engined sports car manufactured by Ferrari in the 1970s-1980s. They made up the lower end of the company's range. The 308 replaced the Dino 246 in 1975 and was updated as the 328 in 1985. The 1975-1977 bodies were made of glass-reinforced plastic, the 1977-1985 bodies were steel.
This is a rebuild of the old 1979 Revell issue Ferrari 365GT4 Berlinetta Boxer. There is a small lever under the front that is used to raise and lower the headlights. The fit of body parts is good, but not up to todays standards.
The Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer was one of a series of cars produced by Ferrari in Italy between 1973 and 1984. They used a mid-mounted flat-12 engine, (Boxer). No Berlinetta Boxers were ever originally sold in North America. However, third parties made conversions and quite a few of them are now in the United States.
This is the 1979 issue Revell kit. There is a small lever under the front of the model used to raise and lower the headlights. This was a restore, not a new build.
The Maserati Bora (Tipo 117) supercar was a mid-engined two-seat coupe manufactured by Maserati. It was powered by a V8 engine. Produced from 1971 to 1978, it has a top speed of 171 miles per hour (275 km/h).
The car has U.S. license plates, but has the Euro spec bumpers. Some owners of the real cars in the U.S. did the same to reduce weight and improve the looks.
The Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler is an electronic warfare aircraft derived from the A-6 Intruder airframe. Development on the EA-6B began in in 1966, it was introduced into service in 1971 and deployed to Southeast Asia in 1972. The EA-6B aircrew consists of one pilot and three Electronic Countermeasures Officers (ECMO), though it is not uncommon for only 2 ECMOs to be used on missions.
This is a EA-6B Prowler serving with VAQ-130 aboard USS Nimitz CVN-68 in 1975.
This is a very old model. The decals have started to yellow. The nice thing about decals is that they can be soaked off without damaging the paint and new ones applied. I will have to start looking for some replacements. This airframe could stand a little repair & replacement.
The BTR-70 is an eight-wheeled armored personnel carrier originally developed during the late 1960s. It was accepted into Russian service and was exported to the Warsaw Pact and other allies. Introduced as a successor to the earlier BTR-60, it most closely resembles a BTR-60PB, with a more powerful petrol engine configuration and armament of a heavy machine gun and secondary PKT machine gun in a roof mounted turret.
Shown with a M1126 Stryker.
I bought the BTR-70 as a built model and added the details that like. This represents one that would have served in Afganistan.
The Fiat-Ansaldo M13/40 was an Italian World War II tank. It was the main tank the Italians used throughout the war. The design was influenced by the British Vickers 6-Ton and was based on the modified chassis of the earlier Fiat M11/39. The name refers to "M" for Medio (medium) according to the Italian tank weight standards at the time, 13 tonnes was the scheduled weight, and 1940 the initial year of production.
I bought this tank built, but I added a few detail touches that I like. It is a nice model.
The Type 74 (74式戦車) is a main battle tank (MBT) of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). It was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a replacement for the earlier Type 61. It was based on the best features of a number of contemporary designs, placing it in the same class as the US M60 or German Leopard 1. Like these designs, it mounts the Royal Ordnance L7 105 mm gun. The design did not enter widespread use until 1980, by which point other western forces were starting the introduction of much more capable designs. (courtesy of Wikipedia)
The Mil Mi-35 (Миль Ми-35, NATO reporting name: Hind E) is a large helicopter gunship, attack helicopter and low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers. It is produced by the Mil Moscow Helicopter factory. NATO calls, the export version a Hind E. This is an upgrade of the Mi-24. The electronics and weapons are the main upgrade.
The Mi-35 is basically the modernized model Mi-24V and is characterized by changes in weaponry, including the replacement of the rotating barrel 12.7 mm caliber machine gun by two 23mm guns. It is also equivalent to the Mi-24VM, which is a conversion kit offered by the Mil factory. The Mi-35 is characterized by an increase in engine power, which together amounted to 4.450 hp. The Mi-35 can reach higher altitudes than previous Mi-24D because of this modification. However there are some features that are specific to the Mi-35. Its main rotor and tail rotor are identical to the latest Mi-28's also from Mil. The weight of the Mi-35 is also lower than that of its predecessors. The Mi-35 is equipped for night fighting, using laser range finder, thermal imager and TV.
And of course, a family photo of the Mi-35 and a Mi-24.
This 1991 Caprice was built to resemble a police 9C1 police car package, for detective use. It was converted from the Revell Fire Chief/Taxi kit. It has license plates for the Pocatello (poke at tello), Idaho Police Department.
I see I have some touch up to do on the back bumper.
I finished this one on the morning of December 31, 2013. It is the last one for 2013. The first one for 2014 will probably be a 1993 Caprice of the RCMP, that I have been working on with this one.
The Mitsubishi Ki-46 "Dinah" was a twin-engine reconnaissance aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II. I purchased this one built and reassembled it after the USPS was through with abusing it.
I was surprised that this was such a small airframe!
The Mil Mi-24 (NATO reporting name: Hind) is a large helicopter gunship and low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers. It is produced by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and has been operated since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force, its successors, and more than 30 other nations, including the U.S. Soviet pilots called the Mi-24 the "flying tank." More unofficial nicknames were "Crocodile" and "Drinking Glass."
This is a pretty good size model. I don't do a lot of helicopters, but I plan to add an early Mi-24, with the different cockpit/canopy, the Mi-25 and Mi-35.
This is a ZSU-23-4M "Beryoza" (1973) a lightly armored, self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon system (SPAAG)of the Iraq army. It was my second attempt to assemble track link by link. It did take a while, but I like the result.
Earlier versions of the ZSU-23-4 were known as "Shilka"; starting with the "M" variant, they were known as "Beryoza."
This is the F-16B Royal Netherlands Air Force, 313 Squadron, painted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NATO, circa 1999. I am listing this and non-U.S. since they were assembled by Fokker, Netherlands and flown by the Netherlands.
This was a very nice built-up purchased from "squidlips43." It just needed a little maintenance to repair the USPS damage.
This is the F-16N used by the U.S. Navy as an aggressor at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, Fallen, Nevada, (Top Gun). I have some more work to do on it. I would like to add the sensor package that was used on some of these aggressor F-16s.
This was a very nice built-up purchased from "squidlips43." It just needed a little maintenance to repair the USPS damage.
This is a conversion of the 1926 Mack log truck to a 1926 tractor. I built a period correct 5th wheel. The updated headlights and triple tire rear wheels are resin products from Industrial Model Design by Richard Mark. (They are no longer available.)
This truck is meant to look like a used truck that has been pretty well kept up. Remember, in this era things like a roof, head lights, tail lights and other such things were options. The wheels and frame are flat coated; the cab and hood are gloss coated. I thought that might make it look a little more like a used truck. The doors dropped down into the side of the cab. So I only put one coat of gloss coat on the door to make it look a little different since it would have been down and protected from the sunlight the rest of the cab was exposed to.
This is the Monogram kit, built to resemble a tank that may have been seen in Viet Nam.
The M48 Patton is a tank that was designed in the United States. It was the third tank to be officially named after General George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. Third Army during World War II and one of the earliest American advocates for the use of tanks in battle. It was a further development of the M47 Patton tank. The M48 Patton was in U.S. service until replaced by the M60. The M48 served as the U.S. Army and Marine Corps's primary battle tank during the Vietnam War. It was widely used by U.S. Cold War allies, especially other NATO countries. (courtesy of Wikipedia)
This M60 was built by combining the hull, main gun and cupola of the M-60A1 and the turret of an M48. It was an easy fun conversion to create a tank not available in model form. The M-48 hull need not be wasted. It can be converted to a bridge carrier or any number of other vehicles.
The M60 Patton first saw trials in 1957. It was designed to counter British reports of existing Soviet 100mm gun performance and reports of a new Russian tank armed with a 115mm gun. The urgent need to upgrade the 90mm gun in the M-48 Patton, due to the threat posed by newer Soviet tanks starting to equip the Warsaw Pact Forces. The US Army felt improved design provided an increased operational range and mobility, required less refuelling and servicing, and incorporated a 105 mm gun as main armament. The hull was a one piece steel casting divided into two compartments, the crew in the front, and the engine at the rear. (courtesy of Wikipedia)
The Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito was a fast two-engine German night fighter aircraft designed by Kurt Tank and produced by Focke-Wulf late in World War II. Only a few were produced. This is prototype #3 from the Rechlin Test Center, November 1943.
The Messerschmitt P.1099A is another of the “Luft ’46” aircraft, modeled from German designs that were experimental or still on the drawing board at the end of World War II. This particular concept was a heavy fighter based on the Me 262 jet. To the best of my knowledge it was a paper design only.
The Piper PA-48 Enforcer is a turboprop powered light close air support/ground-attack aircraft built by Piper Aircraft Corp., Lakeland, Florida. It was a development of the original World War II North American P-51 Mustang. The Enforcer concept was originally created and flown by David Lindsay, owner of Cavalier Aircraft, in response to the United States Air Force PAVE COIN program, but Cavalier did not have the political clout or manufacturing abilities to mass-produce the Enforcer, so the program was sold to Piper in 1970.
This was converted to a turbo prop Enforcer from a P-51D Mustang. Everything in front of the wings was cut off and lengthened for the turbo prop. The propeller was rebuilt to resemble the square tipped prop the real plane used. Hard points, bombs and wing tip tanks were added. It is not a hard conversion and makes a great addition to the Mustang collection.
This one has been on the shelf so long, I can't remember which kit it is, but I like it in the MiG collection.
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-9, was the first turbojet fighter developed by Mikoyan-Gurevich in the years immediately after World War II. It used reverse-engineered German BMW 003 engines. Categorized as a first generation jet fighter, it was moderately successful, but suffered from persistent problems with engine flameouts when firing its guns at high altitudes due to gun gas ingestion.
Yes, an overall grey is correct for this aircraft.