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Building "outside the box"

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

You might not believe this, but I get bored. Day in, day out, after 40+ years of model making it can get a bit stale seeing the same old thing on every website and contest table, hanging from the cieling or in my own display case.

Just last night at my local bar I was asked what my favorite airplane was and nearly got punched when my answer was NOT the P-51 Mustang. Like any model builder, I like the Mustang, but other than a few racing variants I am not likely to ever build another.Too many much more intersting and worthy subjects await us out there in history land. The menu is vast, if you're willing to look around and do some research.In this case, google really IS your friend.

The model pictured above is a perfect example of what keeps me interested in this wonderful passtime.Built over in the UK by James Hatch, this is the Hong Kong Models Gloster Meteor F.4 plastic kit in 1/32 scale, converted to the two seat T.7 trainer using  my resin conversion set available on this very website.

Besides being an exquisite example of the model builders craft, this build is of a unique moment in the life of an historic aircraft, finally restored to flying status , but before the inevitable re-paint as a service machine.

The finish, consisting of different types of primer and raw metal offers the builder a very challenging and eye-catching alternative to the usual stuff, and assures a model that will be an instant stand out on any contest table and in any display. You can't miss it.

It will make you think. It certainly got me all fired up when I saw it. I've been lucky enough to be around a fair number of for-real aircrat assembly lines as well as warbird restorations, and there's no shortage of otherwise boring subjects from all eras of aviation ( and automotive ) history that could be built like the model above, somewhere along the way from a pile of bits to flight...Maybe even a Mustang!


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Thank You!

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work. I had to put in years of time and hard work into my Parker Hail Repair business, so I know first hand how big of an accomplishment all if this really is.

Such a great model

The article really inspired me to do better at my work .

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The article really also inspired me to do better at my work Auto Detailing.

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When not working on a re roofing west palm beach I enjoy building these types of models. Thank you

My favorite hobby

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I felt the same way

I felt the same way. For me, if you really have that passion to do that one thing push and think outside the box. Nothings impossible if you believe in yourself. By the way, does anyone here from San Jose, CA looking for quality tree trimming services? please reach out, we are glad to help.

Looks Good!

This is a quality model! It can be tough sticking to a single hobby for so long but congrats on the dedication. It really shows a powerful level of discipline.



Oh! great I love this model.

Oh! great I love this model.

Thank You!

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work. I had to put in years of time and hard work into my Parker Hail Repair business, so I know first hand how big of an accomplishment all if this really is.


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Oh! Nice POST I love it!

Models did it for me

Models were my first foray into cars. I actually learned about car parts from models before becoming a mobile mechanic in La Palma, CA. Now I own the business.

Same here

I'm also into car models but haven't tried to venture yet and make that hobby a business. My co-workers at Avondale Fencing always recommend me to do it as a sideline. But, I'm still thinking if it is feasible and profitable.

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Pretty cool post. It’s really

Pretty cool post. It’s really very nice and useful post. Keep it up!!

This is a great site, full of

This is a great site, full of good info and advice. Thanks for sharing!

The models here look like full size planes and cars - amazing.

Blown away by the detail of these models. Unbelievable care has to be taken when building these.....just like the care we'll take when making repairs as a mobile mechanic in La Palma, California.

Gorgeous!! Love this edition.

Gorgeous!! Love this edition.



Absolutely fantastic posting!

Absolutely fantastic posting! Lots of useful information and inspiration, both of which we all need!Relay appreciate your work. With game, you can give a striking new look.

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Nice information and thanks for sharing this to us.

I agree with you

It's a beautiful model.

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Very good post!

Very good post!

We deal with models too.....just human ones

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Great post!

Great post!

Historically Cool

I do like the idea of building a model of the way this particular plane looked at that moment in history - has a lot of character to it! Thanks for sharing.


Awesome, Right?

Like you I also love that idea. Anyway, aside from the plane model signifies a moment in history, I appreciate his talent. It's not easy to create miniature plane models that would appear like how the exact plane looks.

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Great share! Thanks for taking the time-appreciate it!

It is indeed a great share. I

It is indeed a great share. I like how the author is thinking and I'm surprised by the 40+ years of his experience of plane model making. Thanks for sharing and please contact us if you need a quality, efficient concrete repair for your home needs in Lakewood, Colorado.

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Wonderful article and I enjoyed the read. Thanks a lot.

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Great article. I really

Great article. I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you


It was a great read. I like how the author is thinking outside the box. With such a new tiny plane model came out. Thanks to the author for sharing with us his experience in making tiny plane models and cheers to both of you. By the way, if you're seeking for quality fencing services in Centennial, Colorado, opt for this fence builder near me for quality, efficiency, and affordability.

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