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Updated: December 03, 2017
Project: Douglas A-4B, VA-12 Part Two in scale 1:72
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23. November 2017 at 14:58:30 Share
JOHN THOMAS I have started Part Two of my A-4 project. The Airfix's A-4B will be my base kit for all of the remainder parts of my projects. I will modify this kit as required to make up the A-4A,C, E,F,L, and M, by kit bashing other A-4 kits and some resin parts. Part Two is the A-4B which will be mostly right out of the box with only a few added details.
23. November 2017 at 15:14:10
JOHN THOMAS A few new photos up today
25. November 2017 at 15:58:21
Christian Bruer Nice start with the Scooter, I'll take a seat to follow any further progress
25. November 2017 at 20:47:21
JOHN THOMAS Christian, Thanks more photos soon
26. November 2017 at 03:10:49
JOHN THOMAS New photos up today. Most of the painting is done
28. November 2017 at 15:07:13
JOHN THOMAS New photos up today. I have sprayed on a coat of clear stain and have started weathering
03. December 2017 at 15:10:44
Christian Bruer Nice progress John
03. December 2017 at 16:57:10
JOHN THOMAS Christian, Thanks
03. December 2017 at 16:59:00
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JOHN THOMAS added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: December 03, 2017
Project: Douglas A-4A VA-83 Part One in scale 1:72
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JOHN THOMAS A few new photos up today. painting is going slow. I have started Part Two the A-4B, photos up soon
19. November 2017 at 14:02:22
JOHN THOMAS A few more photos up today. I have been testing a new clear coat before I continue with weathering, decals and detail painting. I have got some
"Liquitex" 237 ml bottle of Gloss, Matt and Satin Clear Varnish and sprayed it thru my airbrush unthinned at 20 psi. So far so good. I have had no problem spraying it and it dries fast. Next I am going to try some decals to see how decals set and sol affect it, will let you know.
22. November 2017 at 14:55:56
JOHN THOMAS I added a few new photos today. My test of "liquitex" clear varnish is going well, the decal test was nice and the decal set and sol did not harm the clear coat. I will use this on all of my A-4's.
23. November 2017 at 15:54:18
JOHN THOMAS Some new photos up today . I started painting and most of the major work is done. Just a few tough ups and some details to paint before clear coats
27. November 2017 at 15:09:31
Greg Baker Your pace sometimes amazes me, John. You seem to breeze through things that take me days or weeks to accomplish... usually with poorer results. Watching with keen interest.
27. November 2017 at 16:33:26
JOHN THOMAS Greg, Thanks. Some projects goes smooth and others can be a drag. The A-4s part one and two are going well so far. Started the painting on both parts. For me painting is the hardest part of a project. Once I get pass the painting stage I am greatly relieved. The A-4s are going quite fast and I have started part three the A-4C which will require a nose job. Will post up some photos of part three soon.
28. November 2017 at 02:31:52
JOHN THOMAS New photos up today. Most of the painting is done. Will try out the "Liquitex" Clear Satin before starting weathering
28. November 2017 at 15:06:19
JOHN THOMAS New photos up today. I have sprayed on a coat of clear stain and have started weathering
03. December 2017 at 15:22:43
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JOHN THOMAS added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: December 03, 2017
Project: Douglas A-4C, VA-76 Part Three in scale 1:72
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29. November 2017 at 14:55:05 Share
JOHN THOMAS I have started part three of my A-4 project. Part three is the A-4C. I will convert the Airfix A-4B kit to the "C" with the help of a resin nose conversion. The A-4C had a 9 inch longer nose and some minor changes to the cockpit and airframe. Much of the same work that I did for the A-4B build will be done for the A-4C.

The marking I chose for the A-4C has a very special distinction VA-76, AC #685 has the only A-4 Mig Kill of the Vietnam War. Ted Swartz of VA-76 on May 1, 1967 got a Mig 17 Kill. Not only did he get a Mig Kill, he did it NOT with the 20mm guns but with a salvo of 5 inch Zuni rockets.
29. November 2017 at 15:42:24
JOHN THOMAS Please note in photo no.3 the A-4C tail is shown a green, this is incorrect, It's Black as shown in the first photo. The Mox 600 numbers had black trim colors.
29. November 2017 at 15:54:36
JOHN THOMAS New photos up today. Most of the major construction is now done. My A-4 projects has been going quite fast. I have Part One and Part Two ready for clear coat.
30. November 2017 at 14:52:35
JOHN THOMAS New photos up today. I have started painting.
03. December 2017 at 15:06:21
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November 28, 2017

JOHN THOMAS added a new project.
Status: Work in progress | Scale: 1:72 | Albums: 1 with 71 images
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November 23, 2017

JOHN THOMAS added a new project.
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November 16, 2017

JOHN THOMAS added a new project.
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November 03, 2017

JOHN THOMAS added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: January 01, 1970
Project: VA-12 A-4B Skyhawk in scale 1:72
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11. June 2017 at 16:07:33 Share
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JOHN THOMAS Rafael, Thanks
11. July 2017 at 13:56:20
JOHN THOMAS New photos up today. Have not done much modeling the pass few weeks but now have got back to it. Have the airframe painted and have started the weathering. I like to do most of the weathering before decals. Just put on first coat of gloss on today, more to come.
22. October 2017 at 13:40:56
Łukasz Gliński Nice progress
22. October 2017 at 15:07:35
Stephan Ryll Nice progress so far John
22. October 2017 at 15:17:11
JOHN THOMAS Thanks Lukasz and Stephan
22. October 2017 at 19:33:01
Oleg Smilyk Great work!!!
22. October 2017 at 19:59:39
Benoit Mathier Following ;) Looking good so far. Now soon on to the decals
03. November 2017 at 12:06:25
JOHN THOMAS Oleg, thanks. Benoit. I had to fix some seams and the weathering is a little more heavy then I would like so I am redoing the paint and weathering a bit. I hope to get to the decals soon.
03. November 2017 at 13:44:00
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November 02, 2017

JOHN THOMAS added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: November 02, 2017
02. November 2017 at 13:20:38 Share
JOHN THOMAS Part two of LOST and FOUND up today. The collections are part of the Blue Angles Model Fest from 1995 to 2000.
02. November 2017 at 13:24:02
02. November 2017 at 14:14:28
JOHN THOMAS Thanks Spanjaard
02. November 2017 at 16:49:55
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JOHN THOMAS added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: November 01, 2017
01. November 2017 at 00:54:37 Share
JOHN THOMAS I have posted some found old snap shots of some contest photos from back in the mid 1990's. Not the best of photos. The contest is the Blue Angles Model Fest held at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola Florida in the mid 1990's to early 2000. Saddly the contest tis no longer held at the Museum. The collection is of Grumman Aircraft, the F4F, F6F, F7F and the F8F all at 1/72 scale. the kits used for the collection were Academy, Hasegawa and Monogram. I used a very cheap single action airbrush and hand painting using the old Patra and Testor's first Acrylic Paints. This collection is from around 1995. Most all of the planes are out of the box with a few with folded wings and some posed in flight. The first photos is of my work bench which is my kitchen table, it's a good thing that I am single. This was my work bench from 1991 to 2003. All of the models where built on this table. I will also post parts 2,3, and 4 in the next few days. THe photo are scan you need to scrow down to see them, please do.
01. November 2017 at 01:02:27
JOHN THOMAS Sorry scroll drown
01. November 2017 at 01:43:06
Greg Baker That's nice work! I love the F7F with folded wings! Too bad the images aren't larger... guess I forgot what it was like when you had to wait for the end of the roll before you could get some pictures. ;)
01. November 2017 at 05:45:05
Spanjaard when you scan, you can probably place the picture on top and limit the scanned area to just the picture instead of a full page (It will also scan faster since it will not scan a complete area). If the software does not allow that, you can always crop the pictures to the right size ;) then they will look better.
just trying to help :)
01. November 2017 at 07:15:47
JOHN THOMAS Thanks Greg and Spanjaard. I am going to rescan, crop and repost them. I should have done this before. I said I was going to have parts 2,3 & 4 but now I will just post one large part 2 stay tuned. Greg you are right, all of these photos are before I got a digital camera. Sadly none of the models have survived, I only have the bases.
01. November 2017 at 13:37:52
JOHN THOMAS I have rescaned and crop the photos way better, Thanks Spanjaard for the help.
01. November 2017 at 13:55:34
Greg Baker Oh, heck. Yeah, much better. I'm sad to hear none of the models have survived... there must have been quite a massacre though, 'cause there's quite a few there.
01. November 2017 at 14:58:26
JOHN THOMAS Greg, It is sad, After moving around several times most of the planes got broken. One of the dum things I did was to glue them to the base, Bad Idea. In part two up soon I gave away most the the planes. And I wish I had did detail photos of the builds. I cant remember how I did the wing folds. Will have to reinvent
01. November 2017 at 15:31:11
Spanjaard pictures look much better now. sorry to hear about the fate of those models.
02. November 2017 at 01:30:09
JOHN THOMAS Spanjaard thanks. It is sad but now I dont know were I would place them. Thanks again for the help with the scan info.
02. November 2017 at 02:12:13
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August 04, 2017

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Updated: January 01, 1970
Project: A-1H Skyraider in scale 1:72
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JOHN THOMAS Added a few more photos of the weapons, prop, landing gear and doors and drop tank. Most all of the small bit are done. Just the canopy and final weathering and adding the small bits to the aircraft to do. More photos up soon.
19. July 2017 at 15:40:55
Christian Bruer Very nice extra details John
20. July 2017 at 20:20:41
21. July 2017 at 09:31:17
JOHN THOMAS Arash, Thanks
21. July 2017 at 14:54:02
JOHN THOMAS Christian, thanks again
21. July 2017 at 14:54:46
Burkhard D Nice work 8)
21. July 2017 at 19:39:21
JOHN THOMAS Burkhard, Thanks
22. July 2017 at 04:17:06
JOHN THOMAS New photos up today. I have the landing gear glued on also the gear doors and tail wheel. Need to do some final weathering, paint the canopy and add the weapons.
04. August 2017 at 14:22:40
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July 23, 2017

JOHN THOMAS will attend SVASMCON 33 2017
SVASMCON 33 2017
US 16. September 2017, in Sharon PA
23. July 2017 at 03:29:42 Share

June 19, 2017

JOHN THOMAS added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: May 02, 2017
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Brian Eberle For the next few weeks, I live a few miles from this museum. If you want a photo of something, speak up and I'll try to share it here. The offer runs through the end of May. Beyond that, I am gone.
03. May 2017 at 13:48:20
Rex If you are talking about the pics of LN-19, that is a real scheme,,,,,,,because it is a solid green color in standard Marine helo color. Look at the wall, you can see shadows and highlights all over the room, from the building's overhead windows. Now, I agree completely if you meant that those shadows inspire a Whif of a two-tone camo.
03. May 2017 at 18:03:58
Łukasz Gliński Indeed, this is exactly what I meant :)
03. May 2017 at 18:19:44
Stephan Ryll thank´s for sharing
03. May 2017 at 19:16:29
Bill Spargo Great photos, thanks for sharing John
04. May 2017 at 06:31:21
JOHN THOMAS Thanks all
04. May 2017 at 14:15:58
Arash Zakeri What a nice place
19. June 2017 at 15:49:41
JOHN THOMAS Thanks Arash
19. June 2017 at 17:58:07
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June 11, 2017

JOHN THOMAS added a new project.
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May 14, 2017

JOHN THOMAS added a new project.
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May 04, 2017

JOHN THOMAS added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: November 20, 2016
20. November 2016 at 15:20:14 Share
JOHN THOMAS FIFI is the only flying B-29 in the whole world. It is not a War Vet and did not see any action. It was built in late 1945 and was used in training State side. It came to Pittsburgh for a visit in mid June this year and for $600 dollars you could go for a ride. I did not have $600 dollars but it went up full each time. I could not get any flying photos this day as the weather turned bad later in the day. Note how dull the Aluminum Finish is
20. November 2016 at 15:40:24
gorbygould Love looking at your photos John. Seeing a B-29 is the main reason I want to go to the 'American Air Museum' in Duxford (England) I think it's the only one in Britain.
20. November 2016 at 15:56:09
Marcel Klemmer Thank you for the sum of interesting picutures. I think the FIFI is still not the one and only B-29 in the air, the second is the B-29 DOC. And now I have to explanin my wife a trip in the US.... :)
20. November 2016 at 15:56:14
Bill Spargo Great photos of this special bomber, thanks for sharing John
04. May 2017 at 06:36:33
JOHN THOMAS Bill, you are welcome
04. May 2017 at 14:13:06
Holger Kranich Are you the stately guy on pic 14, John?
04. May 2017 at 14:41:46
JOHN THOMAS Holger, no not me. I am taking the photo
04. May 2017 at 18:52:50
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April 20, 2017

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Updated: January 01, 1970
Project: P-47D Thunderbolt in scale 1:72
1:72 P-47D Thunderbolt (Academy 2175)
22. January 2017 at 14:58:33 Share
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JOHN THOMAS David, Thanks
14. March 2017 at 15:28:57
Greg Baker I've tried looking for a paper punch and found many... in rainbows, shamrocks, teddy bears, stars... basically all the lucky charms... but no straight up round ones. The only one I've found is a binder 3-hole or single punch. It makes great holes, but the punched out bits are useless.
15. March 2017 at 00:34:18
JOHN THOMAS Greg, for the paper punch try looking in the scrap booking area also try looking in the Leather working section of a good art and craft store, you may found some there. I have had no problem with my punched disk. I us thin plastic card.
15. March 2017 at 15:23:29
JOHN THOMAS Hi all, It's been over a week from my last post. I have some new photos up today. Started the Weathering of the P-47 with washes and some light silver chipping. I used Flory Models "Dark Dirt" Wash for the first time. I liked how it turn out. next up Future Clear coat for decals. More photos up soon.
16. April 2017 at 20:12:30
JOHN THOMAS New photos up today. I have the Future Gloss Coat on, I will let it cure for 48 hours before decals also been doing work on the small bits
19. April 2017 at 16:41:54
David Thor Looking great, love the fine details you are adding. Keep it up! :)
19. April 2017 at 19:57:14
Spanjaard looking really good!
19. April 2017 at 20:18:45
JOHN THOMAS Thanks, David and Spanjaard
20. April 2017 at 13:56:13
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April 19, 2017

JOHN THOMAS and Brian Eberle are now mates.
19. April 2017 at 16:10:13 Share

February 04, 2017

JOHN THOMAS and Gary Brantley are now mates.
04. February 2017 at 15:52:02 Share
JOHN THOMAS will attend IPMS THREE RIVERS TRICON 2017
IPMS THREE RIVERS TRICON 2017
US 25. March 2017, in Allison Park Pa
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January 22, 2017

JOHN THOMAS added a new project.
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1:72 P-47D Thunderbolt (Academy 2175)
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