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Gary Brantley and Carlos Cisneros are now mates.
26. August 2017 at 14:10:12 Share

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 2017 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 2017 at 06:36:06
Dale Marston Nice. The Fury is one of my favourites.
27. June 2017 at 12:10:07
Alistair Graham Nevertheless despite your misgivings I think it looks very nice.
27. June 2017 at 15:06:05
Clifford Keesler It looks great.
28. June 2017 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 2017 at 15:11:32
Stephan Ryll Great lookin Bird
07. July 2017 at 21:10:04
Gary Brantley Thank you Stephan! I appreciate the comment a lot. :)
07. July 2017 at 21:11:49
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June 05, 2017

Gary Brantley added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: June 04, 2017
04. June 2017 at 17:32:24 Share
Martin Oostrom Gary, these are some very nice birds. They survived well :)
I really like the Dauntless
04. June 2017 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 2017 at 22:00:54
Gary Brantley Martin, a few more Dauntless pics have been added.
04. June 2017 at 22:12:06
04. June 2017 at 22:41:32
Gary Brantley :). You're welcome!
04. June 2017 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 2017 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 2017 at 12:54:57
Spanjaard nice pics Gary, as usual :)
05. June 2017 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 2017 at 13:33:27
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May 23, 2017

Gary Brantley added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: May 01, 2017
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Colin Grace Impressive work Gary!
20. May 2017 at 13:17:34
Gary Brantley Thank you Colin! I'm glad that you liked her! :)
20. May 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 at 14:20:16
Clifford Keesler I will post regular build threads.
23. May 2017 at 21:45:41
Gary Brantley Cool! I'll be watching for it. :)
23. May 2017 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

Gary Brantley added a new photoalbum.
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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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 at 01:14:50
Clifford Keesler If you go to my albums, I think it is on here.
21. March 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 at 03:37:19
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March 22, 2017

Gary Brantley added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: January 18, 2017
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Jens A beautiful cat
18. January 2017 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 2017 at 21:12:06
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22. March 2017 at 15:04:16
Spanjaard good choice :)
22. March 2017 at 20:09:05
Rusty Ships She looks great. Awesome job on the base too.
22. March 2017 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 2017 at 20:27:54
Erik Leijdens Very beautiful Wildcat Gary! One to be proud of
22. March 2017 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 2017 at 22:21:11
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