Saturday, October 17, 2015

Grumman F6F "Hellcat" Paper Model, 1/33 scale

The Grumman F6F "Hellcat" was  a rugged, well-designed carrier fighter which was able, after its combat debut in early 1943, to counter the Mitsubishi A6M Zero. I was instrumental in securing  air superiority over the Pacific Theater in WWII. Flown by the Navy, the Marines, and the British Royal Navy, Hellcats destroyed 5,223 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied navy fighter.

The kit is by Halinski, a Polish company that sets the standard for artwork, detail, and overall quality in paper models. In 1/33 scale, it has a wingspan of about 15 inches. I used an electric fan to spin the propeller.

Vought "Vindicator" paper model

The Vought SB2U Vindicator was a carrier based dive bomber developed for the United States Navy in the 1930s, the first monoplane in this role. Obsolete at the outbreak of World War II, Vindicators still remained in service at the time of the Battle of Midway, but by 1943, all had been withdrawn to training units. This kit, in 1/33 scale, with a wingspan of about 15 inches,

represents a pre-war carrier-based aircraft.

Leopold Rail Gun 1/25 Paper Model

The Leopold was a World War II German rail-mounted naval gun. The model is 1/25 scale, about four feet long. Each railcar is about 15 inches long. It's a work in progress; I haven't finished it and it has been sitting idle for some time, mostly because I have no room to display it.

The wooden decking on the railcars is basswood, railings are plastic rod, there are piano wire details, and everything else is paper. The kit parts come pre-colored, so I just have to color the cut edges and touch up here and there.

Friday, July 2, 2010

"Serenity" from the SciFi series "Firefly"

Paper model from a free downloaded kit.
Model is about 15" long.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Want to Learn More about Paper Models?

I have posted an article about paper models at The article introduces you to the hobby of paper modeling (also called "cardmodeling"). It' lists the advantages of paper models. And it tells you where to find more information and sources for paper model kits — including thousands of free paper model kits.

Check it out. You might find yourself taking up a new hobby.
My Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" paper scale model in 1/33 scale,
built from a
Maly Modelarz kit.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Merlin 45 - Spitfire Engine Paper Scale Model

.Alin Osarik's 1/33 scale Merlin 45 Supermarine Spitfire engine is a free downloadable paper model kit, available here.

I built Alin's Merlin engine in 1/16.5 scale (by printing the parts sheets at 200%). I think I have about 80 hours in it, maybe more. It's certainly not a beginner's project; I had to do some improvising along the way. I found a few minor fit problems but overall it's an outstanding kit.

I used plastic rod for the engine mount, and copper wire, aluminum rod, and aluminum tube for the hoses, lines, and piping. The engine stand is basswood. The builder's plate came from Alin's site. The whole thing sits on a 5x7-inch base. The Spitfire profile in the background is by Croatian artist Vjekoslav Ranec, used with his permission.

Here is the firewall/engine mount assembly before the prime mover was installed. The main engine mount tubes are plastic rod, the stand is basswood, and the lines are copper wire. Everything else is paper.

I'm still in awe of anyone who could build this kit in 1/33 scale!

Thank you, Alin, for a wonderful kit! I want to tackle your Daimler-Benz 601 engine (in 1/16th scale) one of these days, but not too soon. And I'm still thinking about enlarging the 1/33-scale Halinski Spitfire cockpit to sit behind the Merlin.

Added 1 October 08:
Data Plate for a Packard-Built Merlin Engine

Several modelers have asked about the builder's plate I put on the model's base. I thought it came from Alin's Web site but I can't find it there, so I'm posting it here.

The plate is actually for a later variant of the engine, V1650-9 built in the USA by the Packard Motor Car Company. Packard began building Merlin engines in 1940, under license from Rolls Royce. Most of the Packard-built engines went into P-40s and P-51s.

But it's the only Merlin builder's plate I could find and it's mostly illegible on the model. Anyone who wants to quibble about it can write to the Packard Motor Company.

So I suppose, if I add a cockpit to the model, it should be a P-40 or P-51. . . . No, it'll be a Spitfire.