B-25 in service with the Peruvian Air Force

20140427-115819.jpgI decided to build a model of the B-25 bomber in Service with the Peruvian Air Force. I had a few references and an old Monogram Snaptite model kit, level 1. I painted the model silver and retouched the surfaces using aluminum foil and a #2 pencil. I also added some weathering effects. I made the decals using inkjet waterside paper. I reproduced the insignia of the plane based on a picture of my dad, Major General (R) Oscar G. Gagliardi Kindlimann, that was taken back in the 50s next to the B-25 Bomber. My dad also provided me with the official specifications of the location of the markings on the plane. Here are a few pictures of the references and the finished model.

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Picture of the B-25 bomber in service with the Peruvian Air Force

Model Kit of the B-25 in service with the Peruvian Air Force.

Model Kit of the B-25 in service with the Peruvian Air Force.

Picture of my Dad next to a B-25 Bomber. My Dad was a fighter pilot with the Peruvian Air Force. Picture taken in the early 1950s.

Picture of my Dad next to a B-25 Bomber. My Dad was a fighter pilot with the Peruvian Air Force. Picture taken in the early 1950s.

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Another view of the B-25 model kit

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B-25 Model Kit – Top right view

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B-25 Model Kit – Top view

Official document from the Peruvian Air Force showing the markings on the B-25.

Official document from the Peruvian Air Force showing the markings on the B-25.

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Building the YF-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter in 1/72 scale

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Revell Kit of the YF-22 in scale 1/72

This was a very easy to build Revell kit. This kit is categorized as a skill level 2. Many parts are snap-on, so this is an ideal kit for someone that is beginning in this hobby. The panel lines are very well done and after painting the model I decided to use a #2 pencil to enhance the detail even more. The clear cockpit has a yellowish color that looks nice on the finish model.

This is a nice looking plane. The YF-22 was a prototype airplane. It was designed to be the most sophisticated and superior tactical fighter in the sky. Two prototypes were built and it won the contest against the Northrop YF-23 and entered production as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. The YF-22 has similarities in aerodynamics with the F-22 but there are some differences in the position and design of the cockpit as well as the tail fins and wings.

Here I am publishing a couple of images of the finished model.

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YF-22 Front Left View – Notice the color of the clear cockpit.

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Top view of the YF-22 – Notice the tracing of the panel lines. Some people may think it is too much, but on this specific model I really like the effect.

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Building a Scale Model of the Original Battlestar Galactica

BattlestarGalacticaI know this model is not really an “aircraft”, but I thought it was a good idea to showcase it on this page. It was a lot of fun building the Revell Monogram Battlestar Galactica Model from the original TV series. This is my first Science Fiction Model and I used many of my weathering techniques to add some effects that will make the model look more realistic. I feel I learned a lot building this model.

I modified this model by adding interior lightning that shows through the tiny windows I drilled in the plastic model of the spacecraft. I also added a flashing blue light with red surrounding lights for the engines. They look really cool. I also added a miniature fan within the structure of the model that generates a sound.
The decals that came with this old model are of really bad quality. I am already planning to remove them and painting them instead.

Here are a few pictures I took of the model with some space and earth backgrounds:

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A Revell Monogram Battlestar Galactica Model from the original TV series. This is my first Science Fiction Model. I modified this model by adding interior lightning that shows through the tiny windows I drilled in the plastic model of the spacecraft. I also added a flashing blue light with red surrounding lights for the engines. They look really cool. I also added a miniature fan within the structure of the model that generates a sound. The decals that came with this old model are of really bad quality. I am already planning to remove them and painting them instead.


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Applying decals to a Plastic Model Airplane

Here is a short tutorial that shows you the basic steps necessary to apply decals to a plastic model airplane:


Step-by-step guide:

  1. To apply decals to a plastic model airplane you will need:
    • Decal Setting Solution
    • Scissors
    • A brush
    • Tissue Paper
    • Water
  2. Pre-cut the decals using scissors or a hobby knife.
  3. One at a time, dip a decal in water for a few seconds until you feel the decal move slightly from the backing paper.
  4. Using a brush apply some setting solution to the area of the model where you are planning to put a decal.
  5. Slide off the decal from the backing paper as you position it on the model.
  6. Using a brush apply more setting solution on top of the decal. Be very careful not to move it while you apply it. Allow the decal to dry. Carefully remove excess setting solution and water from the surface of the model using a tissue paper.
  7. If the surface has many irregularities, like panel lines; you may need to add additional applications of setting solution.
  8. If you see bubbles appear on the decal, you can pick them with a needle or with the point of a hobby knife and then apply setting solution with a brush until the bubble is flattened.
  9. Your model is now ready to showcase.
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Boeing B-29 Superfortress

This Monogram 1:48 scale model kit of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress was modified to include 4 electric motors, internal lights, navigation lights on the wings, blinking tail light, front tire light and a light under the fuselage.
The surface of the model was painted to resemble a metallic surface. Some areas were covered with aluminum foil.

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