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Gary Brantley and Carlos Cisneros are now mates.
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July 07, 2017

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Updated: January 06, 2017
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Robert W Martel Real nice job Gary! The plane is a beauty and good photography too! Goes along well with the rest of your builds. Nice Work !!
27. June at 06:31:02
Kerry Cox Gary, I am in total agreement with all the other comments here. :)
You have bought out that "Grunt" look about the 'Fury' and your detailing is wonderful. :)
Real eye candy for sure.
27. June at 06:36:06
Dale Marston Nice. The Fury is one of my favourites.
27. June at 12:10:07
Alistair Graham Nevertheless despite your misgivings I think it looks very nice.
27. June at 15:06:05
Clifford Keesler It looks great.
28. June at 00:20:57
Gary Brantley Hey, many thanks Robert, Kerry, Dale, Alistair and Clifford! I've been away for a while and was surprised and pleased to see all those nice comments. How nice of you to stop by and take time to reply! :)
06. July at 15:11:32
Stephan Ryll Great lookin Bird
07. July at 21:10:04
Gary Brantley Thank you Stephan! I appreciate the comment a lot. :)
07. July at 21:11:49
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June 05, 2017

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Updated: June 04, 2017
04. June at 17:32:24 Share
Martin Oostrom Gary, these are some very nice birds. They survived well :)
I really like the Dauntless
04. June at 21:53:32
Gary Brantley Thanks for taking time to comment Martin! I appreciate your interest my friend. :) Yeah, they're all old builds but somehow they keep soldiering on. Pretty good "four-footers" I guess...
04. June at 22:00:54
Gary Brantley Martin, a few more Dauntless pics have been added.
04. June at 22:12:06
04. June at 22:41:32
Gary Brantley :). You're welcome!
04. June at 22:49:44
J W Hi Gary - whilst the models, setting and photos are all outstanding, is there any tricks to make the tyres look just a bit more realistic? I'm not nitpicking, I'm simply interested if there is another way - besides spending a small fortune on aftermarkets, or perhaps sanding the bottoms a bit? Any ideas, anyone?
Cheers 'mate,
05. June at 09:41:21
James C Awesome looking builds Gary. If I had to pick a favourite, I'd probably go for the P-40. Very cool!
05. June at 12:54:57
Spanjaard nice pics Gary, as usual :)
05. June at 13:05:08
Gary Brantley Thank you gentlemen! I appreciate that you had a look and left your comments. Yes, JW, the tires should've been sanded on the bottom. I have done that on some builds, I guess that's just a weakness of mine that I didn't do all of them that way. You might note that the Spitfire has after-market "flattened" resin wheels/tires. Is it hard to tell? Twenty five years ago, I just didn't understand how important that one step must be. I swear I'll never NOT sand a tire bottom again! Scout's honor? ;)

James, I still like that old P-40 as well. There's just something about the "stance" that makes me grin every time I look at her. The P-40 had a rough an' tumble look about her and that "built-in headwind" of a chin gives it that predatory look. That Zero was taken to school one day for a model demonstration in class. I transported it to and fro in a big VCR box. A dumb ass custodian at school stuck his hand down into the box as I was carrying it back to my car. I was telling him not to do it but couldn't prevent his hand from just flattening that Zero. I was so pissed! The landing gear just never did look right again. My models were shown to hundreds of young teens but the only damage came from that moron. :(

Spanjaard, thanks brother, some of them look pretty good. I thought the SBD photographed well at the airport too. Believe or not, I still have some models that haven't been out there yet. I guess there will be more to come... :).

Thanks again!
05. June at 13:33:27
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May 23, 2017

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Updated: May 01, 2017
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Colin Grace Impressive work Gary!
20. May at 13:17:34
Gary Brantley Thank you Colin! I'm glad that you liked her! :)
20. May at 14:28:12
Clifford Keesler Yea the tip tanks are missing a couple of fins. As soon as my Canberra is finished, I will be starting a 1/32 scale Widow maker.(F-104G).
21. May at 01:55:31
Gary Brantley This Testors kit was basic to say the least. :) I'm looking forward to seeing your 104 when it's done!
21. May at 03:01:31
Clifford Keesler Thanks Gary. I suspect it will be a rather long build. At what I paid for it, I defenitley want to take my time and do it right. LOL.
23. May at 05:56:38
Gary Brantley Well, that's right then, I completely understand Clifford. Take your time please, I know the wait will be worth it! :)
23. May at 14:20:16
Clifford Keesler I will post regular build threads.
23. May at 21:45:41
Gary Brantley Cool! I'll be watching for it. :)
23. May at 22:05:13
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April 11, 2017

Gary Brantley and James C are now mates.
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March 24, 2017

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Updated: January 31, 2017
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Clifford Keesler I always thought it was a nice kit. Wish Revell would up-date and re-release a lot of the old Monogram kits, especially the 1/48 F-89 Scorpion.
19. March at 02:57:57
Gary Brantley You're right, many of their old kits would be outstanding with some updating. That Scorpion is in my stash in it's current state; I'd love to see a "modern" version. And, the old Monogram P-40B may still be the most accurately shaped War Hawk in 1/48 scale.
19. March at 05:07:38
Clifford Keesler I just did a Monogram P-40B not to long ago, used the PE set for the Acadmey P-40 and re-scribed the raised panel lines. Did it in LT. George Welch's markings from Pearl Harbor.
19. March at 23:04:11
Gary Brantley I'd love to see it Clifford. Could you please post some pics here on Scalemates?
Here's a look at my Monogram P-40, built probably nearly 25 years ago now:
20. March at 01:14:50
Clifford Keesler If you go to my albums, I think it is on here.
21. March at 17:58:05
Gary Brantley Ah, so it is. It looks fine Clifford. Looks like those Monogram seams gave ya a hard time tho'. ;).
I haven't done much re-scribing of panel lines. Man, I'd rather poke my eye with a hot needle than re-scribe an entire model. :). Kudos to you Clifford.
22. March at 00:05:23
Clifford Keesler I have gotten to where I re-scribe almost all of the Revell/Monogram kits now, each one gets a little better. I buy a lot of them, the wife has a fit when I tell her I want to spend 50-90 dollars on a kit. Every once in a while I can talk her into 30.00-40.00. Although she did buy me the 1/32 Itareli F-104G. LOL.
23. March at 20:06:02
Gary Brantley All my built planes and all the stash are 1/48. I guess that's evidence of my extreme OCD :) It would bother me if they weren't all the same scale when displayed. I know...OCD at work!! ;)
I have so many kits left to build, but still I buy more. A ninety dollar kit would buy me a nice MiG-25/31 wouldn't it?
24. March at 03:37:19
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March 22, 2017

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Jens A beautiful cat
18. January at 21:05:14
Gary Brantley Purrfect comment Jens! :) Thanks so much for taking time to have a look, and leave a comment!
18. January at 21:12:06
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22. March at 15:04:16
Spanjaard good choice :)
22. March at 20:09:05
Ken Erikson She looks great. Awesome job on the base too.
22. March at 20:25:54
James C Another beauty Gary. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has trouble modifying tyres. My problem is wearing them down too much, or not enough and rarely getting them even so that it will sit level. :S
22. March at 20:27:54
Erik Leijdens Very beautiful Wildcat Gary! One to be proud of
22. March at 21:12:40
Gary Brantley Thank you gentlemen! I'm glad you stopped by and had a look. I appreciate your generous comments too! :)

Yeah Spanjaard, a fresh new"look". After all, it is spring now (at least here in Texas ;)

James, I hear ya brother! Same problems I have with the tyres. :(

Ken, that base was the result of somewhat of a happy accident, or discovery I should say. I came across a spray can of car trunk paint in a bargain bin at an auto parts store. I hoped it would look sort of like asphalt or concrete and I'll be damned if it wasn't pretty close. I've had that piece of Masonite for years now and it's survived many photo sessions at airports!

Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement Erik!
22. March at 22:21:11
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March 17, 2017

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Scott Dutton Have to ask, how is it done. The tarmac I think is a model product/paperwork? But the hangar, a real hangar photoshopped in or a model. Really is excellent.
17. March at 12:43:44
Gary Brantley The "tarmac" is a piece of 1/4" Masonite board. It's sprayed with a car trunk(boot?) paint that gives it the speckled, concrete look. The tar-strip "joints" are drafting tape and the oil spots are thinned enamel. The board is placed on a folding card table, with the model on top. The table is placed at various spots at the Cameron Municipal Airport, utilizing whichever back ground I choose. My camera is on a tripod, placed at scale "eye-level"". I use the self-timer for all but the overhead shots. By manipulating the position of the model on that table and the distance from the camera, I change the perspective of the photograph. Sometimes, it works quite well. Of course, with digital photography, one can take a whole bunch of pics in search of a few good ones.

I started taking the models put there, and also at a neighboring small-town airport in Rockdale, Texas, because I really suck at indoor photography. ;). Out there, I can't beat the beautiful natural light and what better setting for an aircraft but the airport? Well, airborne comes to mind but that's usually the "last resort",after ultimate frustration takes over! :). Thanks again Scott!
17. March at 13:03:27
gorbygould It certainly works really well Gary. For most of your models it gives them an extra added burst of 'realness' that would be very difficult to simulate indoor.
I have a small airport about fifteen minutes drive from where I live, but you aren't allowed anywhere near the hangers. :(
Because of your photos, I have considered making a 1/48 hanger – maybe a future project.
17. March at 13:27:47
Gary Brantley The reason that I drove over to the Rockdale airport was to get some variety in the background. I do get bored with our little airport at times. I have modeling friends here in the States who are amazed at my ease of access to the airports around here. Once my purpose is explained, it's been smooth sailin'.

Making a 1/48 hangar would be a great project gorby. That should be interesting, and inspiring; hey, give it a go!
17. March at 13:42:45
Scott Dutton Thanks for explanation
17. March at 13:45:23
Gary Brantley You're welcome Scott, hope it helps! :)
17. March at 13:53:03
Timothy Heimer Great work! great imagination!
17. March at 15:16:28
Gary Brantley Thanks Timothy, I'm glad you stopped by and I appreciate your comments. :)
Great motivation for me for sure.
17. March at 15:38:40
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March 10, 2017

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Oliver Petrosino Looks very good, congrats!
09. March at 09:37:33
Gary Brantley Cortex and Oliver, many thanks for taking a look at the MiG-21, and I appreciate your comments too!
09. March at 14:32:07
James C Another awesome looking model Gary, even if it is an oldie.
Every time you post a build of a kit that I have in the stash, you make me want to dig it out and make a start on it.
Really inspiring work mate and great photography as always.
09. March at 20:00:50
Gary Brantley Man, I appreciate that so much James! Those comments of yours are inspiring in and of themselves; and I find lot's of inspiration these days here on Scalemates. I try to make those old kits look pretty good and some have held up okay over the years. I think a really great modeler could work wonders with that old OEZ kit. I'd love to see what you could do with one! Thanks for the kind comments mate! :)
09. March at 20:22:19
Arash Zakeri Very nice
09. March at 21:39:29
Gary Brantley Thank you Arash!
09. March at 21:59:17
Es-haq Khosravi Excellent job!
10. March at 05:30:05
Gary Brantley Much appreciated Es-haq, thanks for commenting! :)
10. March at 06:32:47
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March 09, 2017

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Erik Leijdens Another great build of the greatest small fighter! I can remember Dutch NF-5's flying over my home when I was a kid. Always had a soft spot for it, time to build one!
08. March at 18:40:34
Gary Brantley Thank you Erik! I hope to see you build an F-5. It should be an inspiration for all of us!! :)
08. March at 18:51:18
Spanjaard nice model, and excellent photography :)
08. March at 22:57:00
Maciej Bellos Great result Gary!

Erik,in 1991 some of those NF-5s ended up in Greece, 10 single seaters and 2 two seaters. They were the last F-5s of any kind in the Greek Air Force to be retired in 2002.
08. March at 23:20:08
Alec K Great model and great outdoor photography, Gary. I am really enjoying these "blasts from the past" of yours
08. March at 23:58:26
Gary Brantley Thanks Spanjaard, Maciej and Alec! I'm glad you took a look and left those generous comments. Alec, I'm so glad you're enjoying these older builds. Believe or not, I still have a few from years back that haven't been to the airport yet. That should change before too long! Thanks to you guys again! :)
09. March at 00:44:14
Gauge1TrainsDK That first picture looks absolutely real! I am very impressed :)
09. March at 01:27:57
Gary Brantley Thanks a lot Gauge! Much appreciated. :)
09. March at 01:54:42
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March 05, 2017

Gary Brantley and Tim Annear are now mates.
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Updated: February 28, 2017
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gorbygould I like your take on one of my all time favourite aircraft Gary, but again, you can see how much your modelling has improved – your Hurricane is streets ahead.
28. February at 20:48:35
Spanjaard nice. and really good photography.
28. February at 23:38:24
Gary Brantley Gorby, thanks; I'd love to build a newer Me-262, my all-time favorite aircraft. I thought she photographed well considering the age and pedigree of the kit. Thanks for the Hurricane comment as well.

Thanks Spanjaard, again my appreciation for taking time to comment! :)
01. March at 01:17:52
Spanjaard 262 is one of my favourite aircraft ever! i have only seen one for real, in Hendon, but that was great.
01. March at 09:44:25
Holger Kranich very cool aircraft and a very cool model!
01. March at 09:55:11
Gary Brantley Spanjaard and Holger, I'm glad that you gentlemen liked her. Thanks for leaving your comments! :)
01. March at 13:57:17
Gary Brantley @Spanjaard- I forgot to ask you, is Hendon an aircraft museum? Thanks, :)
05. March at 14:35:34
Spanjaard RAF museum Hendon? yes, i think it qualifies as air-craft museum :D
Me-262, F-4 Phantom II, P-51D.....
05. March at 14:56:05
Gary Brantley It did sound familiar to me. I may have even seen some photos from there. Sounds like a "road trip" idea to me... :). Thanks my friend!
05. March at 15:18:54
Spanjaard my pleasure :)
05. March at 15:39:35
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March 04, 2017

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03. March at 21:39:42 Share
arne vd burg very very nice build Gary ,i realy like the outside pictures.
03. March at 21:53:53
Spanjaard nice model Gary, and great outdoor photography
03. March at 22:37:15
Erik Leijdens Nice rendition of a Israeli MiG-killer Gary!
03. March at 23:37:05
Gary Brantley Thanks arne, Spanaard and Erik! I'm glad you looked in and left your very nice comments gentlemen. Thanks! :).
Kudos for noticing the kill marks Erik! ;)
04. March at 02:14:18
Tim Annear Another amazing real aircraft put on show. These pictures and your build are wonderful Gary, just wonderful.
04. March at 04:44:07
Gary Brantley Thank you Tim for having a look at my Eagle! Your comments mean a lot me, glad you like the model! :)
04. March at 13:25:59
Burkhard D Very nice and clean build, I like it :)
04. March at 14:08:25
Gary Brantley Thanks Burkhard! It was built so long ago, I can barely remember it. I can't believe how well she photographed in the airport setting. Thanks for looking and leaving your comment! :)
04. March at 14:28:51
gorbygould There are quite a few 'walkarounds' today, and from your teaser pic I thought that this was another one. It looks excellent Gary, you've got the perspective just right on the photos.
04. March at 16:56:07
Gary Brantley Man, I love reading that gorby! Thanks so much for that compliment, I'm glad you posted! :)
04. March at 17:04:18
Murad ÖZER looking lovely with the outdoor shots Gary.
04. March at 17:08:14
Gary Brantley Thank you Murad! That's so nice of you to say! Much appreciated sir . :)
04. March at 18:53:29
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March 03, 2017

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09. January at 15:20:49 Share
gorbygould Looks like you are good at armour as well Gary. I assume that you are first and foremost a plane nut like myself? If so, did you enjoy building the tanks? There are a few WWI tanks that I like, and I have been considering giving it a go, but I'm concerned that all those little wheels will drive me round the bend.
09. January at 17:05:06
Gary Brantley Thank you Gorby! Yes, I am mostly an aircraft builder; this is one of just two tanks I've done. They were a lot of fun and easier than 'planes in my opinion. I do have one other tank in my stash (M41 Walker Bulldog) and probably should give it a try next. I too would love to have a couple WWI tanks in my display... :)
09. January at 17:30:14
James C That's a beauty mate.
10. January at 11:24:09
Holger Kranich Oh armor, Gary? Looks great for a plane modler! This is Tamiyas Panther from the 70´th i guess? There is something with the tracks... But anyway, more heavy metal, please! ;)
10. January at 11:43:38
Spanjaard really nicely done. a good modeller is a good modeller no matter what subject he/she does. and you do it nicely no matter what the subject is :)
10. January at 12:10:13
Gary Brantley Thanks all! My two tanks models are the only models I've ever entered in a contest. The staff at Kings Hobby in Austin, Texas encouraged me to enter them in a model contest in Austin. It was mostly armor kits and there were some breathtaking examples there. Unbelievably to me, my Panther and my Italeri M24 Chaffee both placed third in their respective classes. How's that for beginner's luck?!? Thanks again my friends. :)
10. January at 14:20:11
gorbygould It isn't down to luck Gary.
10. January at 14:31:43
Gary Brantley :). Thanks gorby.
10. January at 15:00:15
02. March at 20:55:16
Ulf Petersen Hi Gary, your Panther looks great!
Just one comment: if you show it in an action situation you should apply at least some dirt and dust to the undercarriage. ;)
03. March at 07:28:43
Gary Brantley Thank you Ulf! Yeah, I tried to toss some sand and dirt onto the tracks when I took the photos, but I guess it's not nearly enough to be really realistic. When I built the model, I never thought I would display it that way. I remember reading a quote from Tony Greenland regarding armor models. Paraphrasing, he said that he was building a replica of a vehicle, not the "terrain" it served in. ;) His fine work was notable for his clean builds. I guess that attitude sort of stuck with me when I did my two tanks. On second thought, the tank maybe should've just been photographed indoors... :)
03. March at 14:27:16
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March 01, 2017

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Joe Savlan I love it. #28 in the album is my favorite :)
01. March at 06:04:32
Gary Brantley @Joe. :).
01. March at 06:33:45
Gary Brantley Joe, I believe I'm kinda partial to #19 and #24. I think the plane would look cool under over-cast skies, but sunny works too... :)
01. March at 14:22:49
gorbygould That's probably because it was built beneath over-case skies and lived out most of it's existence under over-case skies, we are taking Britain after all. ;)
01. March at 17:15:59
Gary Brantley Lol! I thought that too gorby. It would only seem appropriate right?
01. March at 17:49:15
James C Nice job on the Hurricane Gary and beautiful photography as usual. Well done mate.
01. March at 21:19:58
arne vd burg Good job Gary
01. March at 21:55:39
Gary Brantley Thanks James and arne! Good to hear from you, thanks for commenting! :)
01. March at 22:16:17
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Gary Brantley and Joe Savlan are now mates.
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February 28, 2017

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James C I missed this one. Again, very nice work mate.
23. February at 04:51:35
Gary Brantley Thanks for looking in James and thanks for the comment as well! :)
23. February at 06:59:48
Gary Brantley teaser changed :)
25. February at 17:19:34
Joe Savlan Super! :)
28. February at 02:31:05
Gary Brantley I appreciate that Joe! Thanks for taking a look at my Tiffie...uh, you know, Typhoon!!? :)
28. February at 02:47:34
Joe Savlan You've inspired me-I have one in 1/72 that's been neglected in my stash :)
28. February at 06:58:30
Joe Savlan By the way Gary, I share your sentiments very much re: time & effort vs time running out. I'm over 50 now and originally every kit was an intended super detail project. I've decided that to build them and improve my skills I had to just go "out of the box" and enjoy the process, saving the all out effort for maybe 1 -2 kits a year. I'm getting more built and getting better at it! Enjoy :)
28. February at 07:13:47
Gary Brantley Hey, I'm glad to help Joe! :). Ya know, it's sort of ironic that as my modeling skills have gotten better as I learn more techniques and "tricks of the trade", the time left to get models finished is running out faster and faster. Aging eyes and hands make it all a bit more difficult but the satisfaction of getting one done is still great. I'm now retired and while I have lots of projects at home and on the ranch, I do have more model building time now so I guess it all evens out in the final analysis. Hey, we're having fun, right?!?! :)
28. February at 14:13:11
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Spanjaard your models inspire me :)
20. February at 20:59:52
ice That's one of those scalemates-moments. You scroll through the timeline, see a pic and think: "Nice - that guy posted a walkaround of an F-18." ...and than you realize, it's just a model. :o
20. February at 21:52:39
Gary Brantley That is so kind of you to say ice! Lol, it's all done with smoke and mirrors :)
20. February at 22:01:44
ice Smoke and mirrors? Tell me - I'm really interested! :)
20. February at 22:08:16
21. February at 01:56:58
James C Fantastic looking Hornet Gary.
21. February at 20:16:36
Gary Brantley Hey thanks James! I'm glad that you liked her. :)
21. February at 20:24:01
Joe Savlan Excellent :)
28. February at 02:32:02
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February 15, 2017

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11. January at 04:10:02 Share
Spanjaard very nice, beautifu rigging.
11. January at 08:16:44
Gary Brantley Thanks, that's kind of you to say Spanjaard! Appreciated much. :)
11. January at 15:02:39
gorbygould Beautiful model Gary - excellent rigging.
11. January at 16:58:15
Gary Brantley Thanks gorby! It was my first attempt at rigging. Soon afterward, I built the old Impact/Lindberg Hawker Fury I. I used a similar technique with that. Last year, a heavy 1/24 resin car kit fell on the Hawker and dislodged every single rigging wire! Arghhhh! I collected then all but haven't made the attempt yet to reinstall them. That's a project for later... :) Thanks again!
11. January at 17:53:17
Stephan Ryll Very nice build
11. January at 19:51:51
Gary Brantley Again, your comments mean a lot Stephan. Thanks!
11. January at 21:11:47
Bernd Müller A fine build and nicely presented. Well done Gary :)
11. January at 21:55:21
Gary Brantley Thanks Bernd! I'm glad that you like her.
11. January at 22:19:21
Antonio De Girolamo Well that's a beautiful Ni17! Great photos, also!
15. February at 12:37:36
Gary Brantley Hey, thanks for taking a look at her Antonio! And, thanks too for leaving your generous comments!
15. February at 13:31:45
Taarna Eckart Nice job for sure, Gary! What are you using for rigging if you do not mind?
15. February at 18:31:13
Gary Brantley Thanks Taarna! I used some very fine guitar string for that. I don't recall what gauge it was, but probably the smallest I could find at the music store. Thanks for your comments! :)
15. February at 18:36:52
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Gary Brantley and Dave Morris are now mates.
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February 14, 2017

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Gary Brantley It sounds like we may have the same pellet gun. It has a "handle" beneath the barrel that cocks it. One cock only, I'd say about 400 fps at the most. Here in Texas, we have Cummins Tool Sales. They travel around the area, setting up displays in a VFW hall or similar. Everything they sell is Chinese made. I paid $19.95 for mine several years ago. I'd say the "killing range" is no more than 25-30 feet. I've eliminated quite a few squirrels with it though, surprisingly. :). I'm thinking of two routes to take: buy an old classic pellet rifle such as a Benjamin or Sheridan, or get a new Gamo air-rifle with a mounted airgun scope. I understand that they are really effective, with around 1100 fps. What do ya think?
13. February at 20:24:12
Rex This is funny,,,,,,,,,my list of "modeling friends" has just shrunk by one person. That is because I didn't know that Gary and Texgunner were the same guy on two different sites. Hiya Gary, from RexCag on SPAM.
14. February at 00:41:16
Scott Hastings Definitely go retro if you can...older stuff is made much better. I bet it would be far more maintainable as well. Both the S or B look great and seem to be a few for sale online as well.
14. February at 02:12:21
Gary Brantley Hi Rex! Hey, weren't you on the FSM forums for a while also? They gave me the boot there back in the fall; life goes on! :)
Yeah, TG is me too. I've just started using my real name now on most forums. It's good to see old friends here too!

Scott, I'm sure that's true and really something to consider isn't it? I'm looking for one that will outlast me and be used by my grandkids! :)
14. February at 02:27:12
Rex Yeah, Gary, I was once on FSM, but, they didn't boot me,,,,,,,,I booted them, lol. There are plenty of forums to go to, I just pick and choose now and stay on the ones that "fit" me,,,,although I might get banned from the Hangar Deck, someday. (haha, a small joke, but, one never knows if he will click the wrong button and lose access to his own site)

I just clicked on your stash on here,,,,,,,,,and almost dropped my laptop, lol. You must have joined here just a short time ago,,,,,,,or you would own more than just ONE book, haha, and maybe a model or 100.

I will watch your posts, and see how that Intruder turns out, etc. Great to see you here.

14. February at 03:05:50
Gary Brantley You too Rex! If you click on "my albums", the Intruder was the first that I posted! Yeah, I haven't been around here that long yet. But I like the place so far. I feel like I'm quite out of my league here though, there are so many great model builders.
14. February at 03:40:13
Alexander G. Wow, that workplace is....compact;P
14. February at 09:11:15
Gary Brantley @Alexander: efficient! :) Thanks!
14. February at 14:16:37
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February 11, 2017

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Gary Brantley I added a pic of the gloss coat.
11. February at 14:53:24
Spanjaard looking good, and by the way, i like the home made seat belts. seriously :)
11. February at 15:28:41
Gary Brantley Thanks my friend. About those belts...ya know, I believe they can be done so that they do look fairly good. The tutorial I followed is on the Flory Models website and they do look good there. The belts in the pic were my first attempt and I was feeling rushed for some reason, and thought, well sod it! Good enough since so very little can be seen in there anyway. BUT, omg, they looked so bad in the close up that I hesitated to post them. I do have some nice PE British WWII belts/harnesses but I wanted to save them for an open cockpit build. At this point, I just want to get the kit finished and move on. Your comment makes me feel better about them anyway. Thanks so much Spanjaard!! :)
11. February at 16:08:32
Spanjaard you are very welcome :)
i am starting to go back to my old habits of scratch-building. true, aftermarket sets may look better. and pre-painted ones even more, and then why not have the model completely done by somebody else....? i have to try and make those belts in 1:48 next time. or when i finish all the after market sets i already purchased :P
11. February at 17:21:20
11. February at 17:40:19
gorbygould Looks like your making a good job of it so far Gary. The seatbelts look fine, everything looks odd when you look too close. It reminds me that another of my weird groups, called 'Grandaddy', have a song entitled 'Everything beautiful is far away'. I learned to do belts from the same site and it isn't my favourite job (that was one of them in the recent Raiden build). Fingers, eyes and patience aren't what they used to be.
I think that white and black are the most difficult colours to do realistically. For black, I use Tamiya XF-69 NATO black, which I think has just the right amount of fade.
I noticed that you are attempting weighted tyres on this one!
I may change my mind, but I'm planning on doing not one, but two Hurricanes after I complete my Stuka.
11. February at 17:40:29
Gary Brantley Isn't it odd how that paint really looked more gray until the Future coat? Is that just a characteristic of flat black enamel or what? I used the Testors 1/4oz bottle flat black for the entire plane and then faded it with shades of gray, mostly Humbrol 32 dark gray. Thanks for the belt comment. Yes, I learned long ago not to get too freaked out using macro mode. It just "reveals" too much, most of which I'd rather not see!

I turned 64 in December (29th) and yes, my eyes and hands sure can't do the work they once did. I have so many nice kits in my stash, and so few modeling years left, that I feel like I just can't devote the time and effort I once might have and still get many kits built. I guess at this point, I'd rather have more completed models in the display rather than a few super-detailed ones. Quantity over quality? Maybe, but I hope I can maintain a happy "medium" between the two.

Yeah, I thought why not sand the tires on this one. I have done so a few times before, and have used weighted resin sets on a couple. It seems to be a big point with some so why not?

I was planning a Tamiya Meteor F-1 for my next build but I wanted Tamya to send the correct wings. I spoke with their USA customer service but they were not encouraging; said perhaps Japan could provide them but the kit was out of production so cross your fingers. Instead, I'm leaning toward doing the Monogram 1/24 Bugatti Type 34 for a real change of pace. It would be my first car model in 40 years! :)
11. February at 17:55:25
Spanjaard thanks a lot for the link Gary :)
11. February at 18:10:59
Gary Brantley You are most welcome sir!
11. February at 18:15:31
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February 08, 2017

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Michael Hickey Nice D-9.
08. February at 12:42:39
Gary Brantley Thanks for stopping in Michael! I appreciate your comment. For such a crappy kit, it doesn't look too bad when finished. It'll have to do as my FW-190D until I build a better kit. ;)

World War Two was such an incredible "incubator" of technology. Just look at how much the science of aviation advanced from the mid-30s to the end of the war. Bi-plane fighters gave way to jet-powered aircraft, ballistic missiles came into fruition, air to air missiles were in use...well the list of examples is long. There were so many beautiful designs I would be hard-pressed to name a single favorite. My collection is small and I have no Italian fighters other than the Cr-32, and none of their graceful WWII designs. Similarly, my collection of Japanese aircraft is very limited as well. Limiting one's model building to just WWII would be a life's work in itself! Thanks to all of you for the great discussion! :)
08. February at 13:16:31
gorbygould What staggers me Gary, is that from the first powered flight, to something as remarkable as the SR-71 Blackbird was just over 60 years! What an astounding rate of progress! It's just unfortunate that that progress was fuelled by war, or the preparation for war.
08. February at 15:39:54
Gary Brantley Yes, that is sadly true. I find it staggering as well that the SR-71 was built on 1950s technology! But yes, war gave great impetus to expanding technology. National survival does encourage development of the best, and the latest, technology. President Lyndon Johnson was famously quoted as saying, "I for one do not intend to go to sleep by the light of a Communist moon." Beneath that statement lay the fear that our "enemies" were taking the high ground and our survival as a nation depended on denying them that advantage. The result? The American space program began a feverish race to the moon. Since then, all of our human adventure in "space" has occurred about 250 miles above the Earth. Perhaps now, a new incentive is needed?
08. February at 16:40:39
Alistair Graham Nice model, I also like the vintage sepia processing. I agree with the above sentiments on the amazing technological advancement in the war years. Ive often wondered where we would be today if there was no WW1 and WW2. I guess I would nit be commuting to work around tge globe like I do. Unless by paddle steamer! The rate of aircraft advancement can be appreciated by looking at the career of Sir Sidney Camm, involved in the design of Hawker biplanes at the start of his career and on the Harrier jump jet at the end. Amazing
08. February at 20:57:25
Gary Brantley Thanks Alistair! I appreciate the comments, and yes I agree. Camm's career is amazing in it's breadth. My meager collection of 1/48 models includes several Hawker aircraft, starting with the Fury I, and including a Typhoon and a Hurricane, as well as a Sea Fury (that one in my albums here). I guess I should toss in my AV-8B Harrier due to its lineage too. :). Thanks again!
08. February at 21:23:53
Eugen P. I love every Dora But look for weighted wheels. Your wheels looks like an edge of a knife on the floor.
08. February at 23:25:51
Gary Brantley Thanks. Those tires are just over-inflated! ;). I've struggled with getting the flat section "timed" just right to sit flat on the ground. Mea culpa. :)
08. February at 23:31:55
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February 05, 2017

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Gary Brantley Very interesting John. Either one of those stories sounds plenty hairy to me. :) Imagine that view over Everest?!?!? Wow. I'm gonna do a little research about that B-36, may be the Dayton bird. Where in the world would one display a B-70 in 1/48 if a 1/72 is 2 feet long? It seems I may have seen a scratch-built Valkyrie in that scale though...
05. February at 05:18:24
JOHN THOMAS Gray, a 1/48 scale XB-70 would be truly something. I dont know if there is a 1/144 or 1/200 scale XB-70 I will have to check it out. I would do one at that scale.
05. February at 15:49:54
gorbygould I've seen a 1/48 Valkyrie online, HPH Models do one:
XB-70 Valkyrie (HpH models HPH 48039L, 1:48)

1:48 XB-70 Valkyrie (HpH models HPH 48039L)
05. February at 17:01:41
Gary Brantley Hey gorby, that is amazing. It would appear to cost $683.24. Wow. It would have to be a meter long wouldn't it? Maybe more? And I would display it where? Lol. I worry about having a place for all my other 1/48 aircraft, but that one? Oh my.... :) Thanks for the head's up my friend!
05. February at 20:36:25
gorbygould We can only dream...
05. February at 20:39:43
Gary Brantley dream the impossible dream! :) Well, "improbable" at least...
05. February at 20:43:03
gorbygould I'll go with 'impossible'. :(
05. February at 20:49:57
Gary Brantley heh, heh, true for me too in all fairness. ;)
05. February at 22:47:50
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February 03, 2017

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Stephan Ryll Very clean build
02. February at 20:06:57
Gary Brantley Thanks for the kind comment Stephan!
02. February at 21:22:54
Thomas Mayer It turned out ok? Man, it´s a beauty!
02. February at 21:56:56
Gary Brantley @Thomas: :)
02. February at 22:01:06
Choppa Nutta Nice looking :)
02. February at 22:03:43
Gary Brantley Thanks Choppa! Appreciated!
02. February at 22:13:29
Choppa Nutta and well photographed too, it presents well :)
02. February at 22:47:48
Gary Brantley Thanks; I think the airport makes a great setting for photographing the models. I'm fortunate to have easy access to it for these photo shoots. It's hard to beat the natural light as well. :)
03. February at 01:44:17
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January 29, 2017

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gorbygould Looks very good Gary, it looks very believable. I also like 'what if' and 'Luft 46' subjects.
09. January at 17:59:08
Gary Brantley Thanks a lot Gorby! I sure appreciate your comments. I like those subjects too. In fact, my Ta-183 is in queue for a start soon. I just can't decide of which paint scheme to choose. :)
09. January at 18:38:35
Holger Kranich Hi Gary,

you surprise me again with a nice build! The chipping around the exhaust nozzle looks awesome to me! I didnt knew that a jet propelled version of the Shinden was planned, but i´m not deep in japanese aircraft of WWII.
09. January at 18:53:31
Gary Brantley Holger, thanks for replying to my post! I have another of this kit in the stash and maybe someday I'll get the radial-engined prototype built. I understand that the prototype did make three short test flights in the waning days of WWII.
09. January at 18:59:22
gorbygould I just missed out on an 'AMTech' Ta-183 on Ebay last week – it went for silly money. Have you got the AMTech or the Tamiya?
09. January at 19:02:41
Gary Brantley Mine is the AMTech issue. I did buy a resin nose for it, with a deeper intake trunk. It's a sweet little kit. :)
09. January at 19:26:44
Holger Kranich I just saw you are on SPA Modeler, too? Never saw ya there but i visit very seldomly there. Thomas M. is a good mate from me. He is here too ;)
09. January at 20:00:17
Gary Brantley Yeah, I've "met" Thomas here already! He's an incredible modeler. There's a good little group on SPAModeler. I hope to see you there some day. Cheers!
10. January at 00:58:31
Holger Kranich In march i meet him again for a whole week of hardcore modeling! Cheers!
10. January at 10:14:57
Gary Brantley I found a couple pics of the conversion "in progress" and added those.
29. January at 01:15:10
Ben STONE Nice work. I've got the 1/48 Zukei Mura kit of this waiting to be started
29. January at 02:19:19
Gary Brantley Thanks for taking time to comment Ben. I really appreciate it! :)
29. January at 04:10:25
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