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Greg Baker added a new photoalbum.
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New: 18. January at 03:14:35
Project: Tintin - Final Pics
23. December 2018 at 01:45:27 Share
Julian Herrero aka Yuri Awesome,,,, very good and unusual collection
23. December 2018 at 05:33:03
Greg Baker Thanks Julian! It is a little different, but I'm having fun! ;)
23. December 2018 at 08:06:30
Martin Oostrom It's a joy to behold!
23. December 2018 at 10:43:00
Christian Keller Very special collection, i love these storys of tintin
23. December 2018 at 11:11:02
gorbygould Amazing collection of tiny little gems. I love that Alfa Romeo.
23. December 2018 at 11:17:43
Alec K Great collection Greg
23. December 2018 at 11:47:53
Uwe Kaeding Great collection Greg - but why is the Chipmunk labelled from The Broken Ear?
23. December 2018 at 12:53:20
Tom Magnifique mate!
23. December 2018 at 13:00:11
Julian Herrero aka Yuri That's all about fun .... Greg ... or shiuld be ;)
23. December 2018 at 20:06:31
Christian Bruer Great collection of an interesting subject. Love it
23. December 2018 at 20:45:03
Greg Baker Sorry, nothing really new to see here. I just updated the album to add my latest two Tintin builds, the Scrap Rail Car from "In the Land of the Soviets" and the Loch Lomond Whisky tanker from "The Black Island". Thanks Uwe for pointing out that the Chipmunk was mis-labeled. It's been corrected.

Also, since I wanted to share this, I thought this album might be the best place to do it. I just finished watching a bio-graphical documentary on Herge called "Tintin et Moi". It's in French, with English subtitles for those who need them. It's a fascinating look at the man behind the art and the stories, but also the level of attention to detail, naive propaganda, political satire, and personal demons he put into them. Even if you're not into comics for kids, it's an interesting look at a man's life-long attempt to escape from his own grey mediocrity.

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18. January at 03:26:27
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January 17, 2019

Greg Baker added a new photoalbum.
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Martin Oostrom Just punch a hole in your tamiya extra thin cap. Let evaporate for a couple of minutes. Add flame and enjoy! :D
16. January at 22:31:59
Peter Hardy Available at all good hobby stores near you!
16. January at 22:38:58
Uwe Kaeding Oh, now this one looks interesting. Are you going to get your lighting fix by setting it on fire? Also, are you looking for some of those ships from Daniel's link in 1/72 now? :)
17. January at 06:38:56
Greg Baker You've sussed it out Uwe... this one's bringing the fire and water... by way of LED lights and silicone caulking (mixed with blue paint). And you know what they say, where there's fire... there's cotton. ;)
17. January at 07:01:31
Greg Baker So... tonight was the Goldilocks of silicone water... no blue... too much blue... just enough blue (and a dash of green). I'm not sure if I'm quite happy with the effect yet, but I have a giant tube of silicone caulking... I can make a few test runs I think.
17. January at 15:40:59
Martin Oostrom Depends on where the lifeboat is. Deep sea is more blue than shallow waters. Tropics are more clear than North Atlantic. Can't go wrong if you do it Greggish!
17. January at 15:45:03
Greg Baker LOL... I do it that way EVERY time... ;)
17. January at 16:00:00
Martin Oostrom You could try GregStyle or Modèle á la Greg next time ;)
17. January at 16:49:12
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Greg Baker added the Zvezda Medieval Life Boat (1:72) to his stash.
1:72 Medieval Life Boat (Zvezda 9033)
Medieval Life Boat
Zvezda 1:72
2015 | Changed box
17. January at 11:54:31 Share
Greg Baker added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: January 13, 2019
25. November 2018 at 07:19:09 Share
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Greg Baker I should also mention, I kind of started my blog after getting a bit of inspiration from Rajesh Sinha's awesome blog The Transport Journal - - it's an engineering blog that has a special section devoted to the various modes of transport in the Tintin albums. He started with cars, then moved on the trains, ships and now airplanes... fascinating to read up about the real-world inspirations.
14. January at 03:19:22
Greg Baker Hey Chris - thanks for checking out the blog~ I'm not really sure talented is the right word for it. I just don't often take 'no' for an answer. So I just started looking around for alternative ways to accomplish what I wanted to build as models and learned (and continue to learn) new skills along the way. The Tintin rocket clock is a favourite of mine. Even just building the rocket, which you'd think would be easy enough, was difficult. The shape is very subtle, but it's not just a tube with fins... and it's not even just a V2 with a checkerboard paint job.
14. January at 03:24:36
Peter Hardy Well, Elon Musk has been reading your blog obviously! He has done a 1:1 scale of Tintin's moon rocket.
14. January at 03:27:20
Greg Baker I'm proud of the rocket because of the manual skill, but then also learning the programming to turn on and off LED lights in a sequence so that they represent the digits of the countdown clock was a challenge. I almost started the countdown at '9' because of the challenges I had with multiplexing. That's basically turning each of the digits on and off so fast that the human brain thinks there's two of them - which is why the clock looks so funny in most of the final pics... you can fool the brain, but not the camera. After I finally got it all together, with one button to turn on the warning lights, then arm the countdown, then start the countdown, and then reset the whole thing, I showed it to my 9-year-old son... and he said "but what does it do?" I think he was expecting an actual launch... ;)
14. January at 03:29:57
Chris Greathouse well.... we're waiting :P
14. January at 05:19:46
Greg Baker Heh... perhaps some day. I have thought about adding some sound effects though. In the meantime my Tintin list just grew. I had more fun than I thought with this rail tanker, so I just upped the ante and added a "Mogul" Class 76000 (B.R. "Mogul" Class 76000 (Kitmaster 30, 1:76) to my wishlist. It's probably NOT a train that would've been rolling around America in the early 1930s, but it's the train that IMHO looks the most like the one featured in Tintin in America. Uwe actually reminded me about that one during my short Rail Car build. So yes, I will include the small dynamite cart as well. ;)

1:76 B.R. "Mogul" Class 76000 (Kitmaster 30)
14. January at 05:51:45
Martin Oostrom According to the most trustworthy source of all, Wikipedia, the last was produced in 1910 in the usa. It is plausible that there could have been a few in use twenty years later.
14. January at 13:13:39
Richmond Very nice
17. January at 10:37:26
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Greg Baker added the ACE Traction Avant 11CV in 1:72 to his wishlist
1:72 Traction Avant 11CV (ACE 72273)
Traction Avant 11CV
ACE 1:72
2009 | New tool
17. January at 03:28:06 Share
Greg Baker added the Hasegawa Mercedes Benz G4/W31 in 1:72 to his wishlist
1:72 Mercedes Benz G4/W31 (Hasegawa 31128)
Mercedes Benz G4/W31 German Army
Hasegawa 1:72
31128 (MT28)
1991 | Changed box
17. January at 00:38:55 Share

January 16, 2019

Greg Baker added a new photoalbum.
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Greg Baker No exciting update today. The railing needs to be thicker, so glue, clamp.... glue, clamp... glue , clamp.
15. January at 15:27:19
Chris Greathouse What are you gluing to the railings to make them thicker?
15. January at 16:49:02
Greg Baker Some polystyrene strips. I didn't check the size since it just needs to look right (enough), but I think they're probably 2.5x1.5x30 or 3x2x30 mm. I have a whole drawer of various polystyrene tubes, rods, beams (U/H/L shaped), and strips. They are extremely handy when trying to scratchbuild just about anything.
15. January at 23:14:40
15. January at 23:52:51
Michael Hickey Another interesting build from Greg, looking good.
16. January at 00:08:12
Greg Baker Thanks Michael! I always say, if you can't be good... at least be interesting! :D

Not much of an update today, basically just cut a few more strips and got half of the posts done. It takes some work to cut them precisely enough to fit, but not have much of a gap. It's pretty easy to make one cut too many, so I took my time.
16. January at 15:38:34
Martin Oostrom Columbus would not be pleased with how you are treating his Niña ;)
I am!
16. January at 18:11:29
Peter Hardy I always tell my grandkids, " If you can't be good, don't get caught"!
16. January at 18:32:56
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Greg Baker added a new photoalbum.
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Lode Schildermans Dave, I think you're absolutely right. It is an art to look it easy when it is not
15. January at 05:47:08
Timothy Heimer Nice work Greg!! Awesome
15. January at 23:01:01
Greg Baker Thanks guys. I really only skip over the tedium... like sanding down the epoxy spats. I was only able to get one done last night before my mental strength ran out and I switched projects. It looks a bit funny with one giant foot and one normal foot right now. :P
15. January at 23:07:37
Peter Hardy There are a hundred one liners to respond to that Greg but, I am going to demonstrate my new-found maturity by withholding all of them!
15. January at 23:11:12
Greg Baker I'm struggling between trying to goad you into breaking your vow of maturity, and applauding it...
15. January at 23:18:15
Peter Hardy Rise above it Greg, rise above it.
15. January at 23:21:42
Alec K Awesome job Greg. The amount of patient sanding time on this baby must be considerable. The results will be worth it
16. January at 12:28:51
Greg Baker Speaking of sanding... a bit more on the spats. But besides the propeller, that's the las of the major components that needed crafting. Once they're smooth, then the plane should be ready for some paint.... finally.
16. January at 15:45:39
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Greg Baker added the MACH 2 Convair C-131 D in 1:72 to his wishlist
1:72 Convair C-131 D (MACH 2 GP.051)
Convair C-131 D
MACH 2 1:72
2013 | New tool
16. January at 07:00:48 Share

January 15, 2019

Greg Baker added the Zvezda Medieval Life-Boat (1:72) to his stash.
1:72 Medieval Life-Boat (Zvezda 9033)
Medieval Life-Boat
Zvezda 1:72
2007 | New tool
15. January at 03:03:29 Share

January 14, 2019

Greg Baker added the Zvezda Medieval Life-Boat in 1:72 to his wishlist
1:72 Medieval Life-Boat (Zvezda 9033)
Medieval Life-Boat
Zvezda 1:72
2007 | New tool
14. January at 06:06:47 Share
Greg Baker added the Dapol BR Standard Class 4 Mogul in 1:76 to his wishlist
1:76 BR Standard Class 4 Mogul (Dapol C59)
BR Standard Class 4 Mogul
Dapol 1:76
C59 (C059)
199x | Changed box
14. January at 05:35:06 Share
Greg Baker added the Kitmaster New York Central Hudson in 1:76 to his wishlist
1:76 New York Central Hudson (Kitmaster 34)
New York Central Hudson
Kitmaster 1:76
196* | New tool
14. January at 05:21:07 Share

January 13, 2019

Greg Baker added a new photoalbum.
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Tom Super cute! I want one.
12. January at 18:10:16
12. January at 18:19:45
Peter Hardy ... and, in 24 hours! ????
12. January at 22:25:53
Greg Baker Would've been less if I had rushed the "waiting for paint to dry" time, but I figured there was no real upside to doing that.
13. January at 00:48:28
Peter Hardy LEGEND!
13. January at 01:55:41
bughunter Quick and cool
13. January at 22:42:13
Greg Baker That's what she said... :P
13. January at 22:57:49
Peter Hardy In your dreams!
13. January at 22:58:51
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January 12, 2019

Greg Baker added a new photoalbum.
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Thomas Bischoff looks much better now
08. May 2018 at 16:18:57
Martin Oostrom You also cut the prop the wrong way? ;)
Very nice as always Greg.
08. May 2018 at 16:36:41
Greg Baker I cut the prop the wrong way? What does that mean?
08. May 2018 at 22:06:08
Martin Oostrom In the book Tintin cuts the prop by hand. But the curve is the wrong way, so when he fires up the engine, the plane moves backwards. Then he cuts another prop by hand :D
09. May 2018 at 04:52:35
Greg Baker LOL! Yes, right! Your comment makes more sense now. I didn't think to do that... now I'm regretting it. :D
09. May 2018 at 05:14:28
Peter Hardy I gotta read more comic books!
09. May 2018 at 05:17:36
bughunter Oh, a wooden propeller That is damn cool, you know. I assume, you used a pocket knife too?
11. January at 08:23:15
Greg Baker Not quite... it only LOOKS like I did. ;) however, there is a direct line between that wooden propellor and one of yours. I hadn't really thought of that as an option until I saw one of your amazing builds. I'm about to attempt it again for my paper-to-plastic Udet U-12 Flamingo build... so we'll see if I learned anything... ;)
11. January at 08:30:19
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January 11, 2019

Greg Baker added the Heller Lockheed L-749 Constellation (1:72) to his stash.
1:72 Lockheed L-749 Constellation (Heller 80310)
Lockheed L-749 Constellation Air France
Heller 1:72
2016* | Changed ???
11. January at 07:18:00 Share

January 09, 2019

Greg Baker added the Airfix Blackburn Buccaneer S Mk.2 in 1:72 to his wishlist
1:72 Blackburn Buccaneer S Mk.2 (Airfix A06021)
Blackburn Buccaneer S Mk.2 Royal Navy
Airfix 1:72
2019* | New tool
09. January at 22:31:48 Share
Greg Baker added the Heller Niña (1:75) to his stash.
1:75 Niña (Heller 80815)
Heller 1:75
2010 | Changed box
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January 08, 2019

Greg Baker added the Airfix Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F 'Fresco' in 1:72 to his wishlist
1:72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F 'Fresco' (Airfix A03091)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F 'Fresco'
Airfix 1:72
2019* | New tool
08. January at 01:17:32 Share
Greg Baker added the Airfix Hawker Demon in 1:72 to his wishlist
1:72 Hawker Demon (Airfix A01052V)
Hawker Demon
Airfix 1:72
2019* | Changed ???
08. January at 01:07:09 Share

January 07, 2019

Greg Baker added the Hasegawa F-100D Super Sabre (1:72) to his stash.
1:72 F-100D Super Sabre (Hasegawa 64772)
Area 88
F-100D Super Sabre "Mickey Simon"
Hasegawa 1:72
2018 | Changed decals
07. January at 08:19:00 Share

January 05, 2019

Greg Baker added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: January 04, 2019
05. December 2016 at 15:24:19 Share
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Bryn Crandell Very nice. Love the space.
02. November 2017 at 11:49:25
Greg Baker Since Peter asked, I thought I'd update the pics to show off the growing collection and disappearing shelf space. Amazing to see the difference from 2 years ago.
04. January at 12:08:03
Martin Oostrom I remember that stereo! We sold those when I was a bit younger. It packs a very good punch for its size.
I wish I had your space for everything. My desk might be bigger, but that's it.
04. January at 12:12:33
Peter Hardy So the secret is ....... be tidy? Bigger stereo my arse, you're going to need a bigger arpartment!
04. January at 23:17:19
Greg Baker Tidiness is almost always the answer... at least according to my wife. However, she disagrees with your assessment of my space being tidy. The area is actually supposed to be a wine bar, so it's just off the main living room. So my wife found it necessary to hang a bit of a screen to shield it from view. Unfortunately the bigger apartment isn't really in the cards, so I'll just have to stack higher and deeper.
05. January at 00:14:11
Holger Kranich Now this is a nice man cave!
05. January at 05:47:45
Spanjaard room looking better and better :)
05. January at 23:48:19
Daniel Klink Wow!! SO well thought and arranged.. Cool. Like it very much Greg
05. January at 23:50:20
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Greg Baker added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: January 04, 2019
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Peter Hardy It is an ART Greg. I have the same moments, albeit without the creativity! More like painting a wall of a bedroom than your Chapel ceiling. I would love to see how you display your finished works. Might invite myself to dinner one night!
04. January at 11:50:08
Greg Baker Come over anytime! It's not much to look at, but I updated my Man Cubby pics to show how my various projects are piling up. strobez
04. January at 12:13:25
Alec K This is turning out great. The new rigging is definitely superior
04. January at 13:29:36
Greg Baker Thanks Alec! I used stretched sprue in the end, but I have a hard time maintaining a uniform thickness. Then the line kept snapping on me just a millimeter shy of how long it needed to be... sigh. Oh well, it looks alright, so I'm happy enough for a one-off stand-alone project.
04. January at 14:23:03
Bart Goesaert nice work on this one, that engine thing is looking nice, the pilot wouldn't have seen anything yet straight ahead.... You mentioned you hate rigging... well you used the same method I've learned from my father when doing things I hate, try to do them right the first time, then you're finished with it sooner...
04. January at 14:59:29
Erik De Smet I just wondered why you called this project S7 when the kit is an S6 ? Recently I used 0.2 mm nickel Silver thread for rigging my biplanes and it worked well.
04. January at 18:11:22
Greg Baker That's a good idea Erik. I'll try to find some of that thread. The reason I called the project S7 is because it's being built as an entry into a WHIF racing GB on (,45910.0.html). Although modification is not strictly necessary, I didn't want to be held to a "real world" version of the S6, so I decided to give it counter-props, an engine "upgrade" and version of the wing/float radiator system based on the Macchi MC.72. I figured that was enough to push the design into a new iteration. ;)
05. January at 00:50:06
Peter Hardy Well, that would certainly put it in the "What if" category!
05. January at 03:40:58
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January 04, 2019

Greg Baker added the Eastern Express Supermarine S-6B (1:72) to his completed kits.
1:72 Supermarine S-6B (Eastern Express 72257)
Supermarine S-6B
Eastern Express 1:72
200x | Changed decals
04. January at 12:16:28 Share

December 29, 2018

Greg Baker added a new photoalbum.
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Donald Dickson II OK, are there any color illustrations of the plane from the series?
23. December 2018 at 18:19:23
Peter Hardy I hate putting oil on the water (a lie) but as an accredited rivet counter I will point out the preposterous fact that the US Senate has never approved the sale of Phantoms to the Kingdom of Nod, errr Asran. Must have been another of those secret arms deals the US were throwing around way back when.

Apart from that Greg, I like the colour combination and think it looks awesome. Am I to take it that the Kingdom of Nod, errr, Asran was a tropical Monarchy? Carribbean? African? SE Asian? My imagination requires facts, not speculation!
23. December 2018 at 20:58:39
Greg Baker No colour images Don, just B&W, but to my untrained eye it looks like every other Vietnam war era F-4E.

The background on Area 88 is that it's a mercenary airforce fighting the Anti-Government Forces (AGF) in the Asran Civil War. The fictional Kingdom is in North Africa - I like to think of it squeezed in between Libya and Egypt - along the Mediterranean, and the War takes place in the 1978-1983 time frame. Almost all the planes are sourced from "Old Man McCoy", whose tag line is that he can get you anything from a toilet paper to tactical nuclear warheads, as long as you can pay for it. Some of the planes "fall off the truck", some are cobbled together from multiple airframes/engines. So, it's pretty much anything goes as far as I'm concerned.
23. December 2018 at 23:43:53
Donald Dickson II And there you go. It matters little how I see it. It can be anything you like then. The premise of the story almost dictates that nothing is going to be "standard".
24. December 2018 at 00:18:03
Greg Baker Yeah. The colours are going to be limited by my meager knowledge, range of Tamiya acrylics and my patience. For the brown and the dark green I went off the FS codes provided by Platz with the kit painting guide... but then it got more complicated and I just took the path of least resistance. Even though it's fictional, I'd still like to keep it within the range of believability. If that makes sense. That's why I'm happy to get the feedback and advice, even if I choose not to take it necessarily.
24. December 2018 at 00:25:03
Donald Dickson II LOL Well, the light green looks more to be the green used in some African nations planes I have seen and on Israeli planes.

The U.S. SEA FS numbers are (in case you dont have them)
Dark Tan FS 30219
Med Green FS 34102
Dark Green FS 34079
Model Masters makes them. I also have them in Tamiya rattle cans. Havent seen them in Tamiya bottles though.
24. December 2018 at 01:05:33
Martin Oostrom To SEA or no to SEA. I see there's no sea. That acronym made me scratch my head a few times as a former sailor. They call it SEA and there's no blue in sight!
I also found some oil! I had to check google maps for your Kingdoms exact location:,26.3836146,1946695m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=nl (switch to satellite!)
SEA camo would not have been very effective there?
It is the best livery for an F-4 though and I also think yours looks awesome
24. December 2018 at 09:18:05
Spanjaard let's say it came from a tropical country (vietnam?) and they did not bother repainting it, there is a war out there lads, and they are to busy to repaint the flying junk they have :P and of course, the sun can fade the original colors.... so i guess it is pretty accurate :P
29. December 2018 at 23:42:31
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December 28, 2018

Greg Baker added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: December 23, 2018
Project: Studio Ghibli - Final Pics
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Chris Greathouse showed a friend a bottle of 23ml Tamiya paint off my desk, she said that's a pretty small jar... Then showed her your creations and said the bottles in the pics are 10ml, she went nuts at how small they are. She loves Studio Ghibli and says great job!
24. December 2018 at 22:52:53
Greg Baker Heh. I had to put in the Tamiya jar to remind everyone, including myself, of how small these are. Sometimes I look at the pics and wonder how I missed that spot, or why it looks that rough... then I look at them on the shelf and go "oh yeah.... that's why". ;)
25. December 2018 at 00:35:18
JOHN THOMAS Hey Greg, All very cool
25. December 2018 at 01:26:34
Kerry Cox Some use a pencil tip too. :-O ;)
25. December 2018 at 19:48:59
27. December 2018 at 19:46:58
Lode Schildermans Greg, so much your style. Greatly done without limits of imagination. I like it a lot
27. December 2018 at 21:15:18
Greg Baker Heh, thanks guys. I noticed a couple of views on my blog originating from Facebook and I was a bit surprised to see them. Thanks for getting the word out. There is a Miyazaki Modelling group based in Japan that's done some really great stuff as well.
27. December 2018 at 23:56:15
Chris Greathouse Thanks for the site, crazy neat stuff there!
28. December 2018 at 02:35:42
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December 25, 2018

Greg Baker added the Platz F-105D Thunderchief (1:144) to his stash.
1:144 F-105D Thunderchief (Platz FC-8)
F-105D Thunderchief
Platz 1:144
2018 | Changed decals
25. December 2018 at 01:32:21 Share

December 23, 2018

Greg Baker added the Minicraft Model Kits Lockheed L-1049G Constellation "Air India" in 1:144 to his wishlist
1:144 Lockheed L-1049G Constellation "Air India" (Minicraft Model Kits 14460)
Lockheed L-1049G Constellation "Air India"
Minicraft Model Kits 1:144
23. December 2018 at 15:54:22 Share
Greg Baker added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 93 images
In progress
23. December 2018 at 01:43:26 Share
Nils Steyaert love it
23. December 2018 at 09:57:58
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Greg Baker added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 72 images
In progress
23. December 2018 at 02:46:49 Share
Nils Steyaert lovely collection :)
23. December 2018 at 09:56:37
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