F2H-2 Banshee on USS Essex Korean War Diorama

This photo was the inspiration for creating the diorama using the 1/48th scale Kitty Hawk F2H-2/2P Banshee with my Rieth Creations Resin Correction Set. I found it a very interesting juxtaposition ("primitive" to 1950s modern), how the men were working to strip and clean the 20mm cannons, propped up on ammo cans, on the deck of the aircraft carrier, out in the elements of winter, off the coast of South Korea. Years ago, I had bought the Tamiya WWII U.S. Navy Pilots with Mototug. I always thought it was implausible to have a mission briefing on the deck of the aircraft carrier and not in the Ready Room, so I put it in the stash. For this scene, I had to modify the Naval Aviators, which were w

Making Block and Tackle...The Quick and Easy Way

To make this block for a block and tackle, I used Evergreen .25" (6.3mm) Square Tube, 1/8" (3.2mm) Diameter Tube, 1/16" (1.5875mm) Dia. rod, .020" sheet styrene and 26 gauge floral wire. Cut a .19" (4.8mm) length of square tube. Drill a 1/16 dia. hole in the center of 2 opposing sides. Drill a hole in the top of the square tube for the floral wire. Cut the .020" sheet into a square .1875" x .1875", drill a 1/16" hole in the center. Glue square in the middle of the square tube. Cut 2 pieces of 1/8" dia. tubing .08" (2mm) long. Slide the 1/16" dia. rod through the hole in square tube, add a 1/8" tube, slide through middle styrene, add a 1/8" tube and slide the rod through the other side of the

Making Pulleys... The Quick and Easy Way

When I was working on the 1/96th scale Liberty Ship Model for the National World War II Museum Merchant Marine Exhibit, I needed to make a lot of pulleys in short order. I could have ordered pre-made brass pulleys, but for the number I needed it would have gotten expensive. At 1/96th scale the pulleys were small. This technique can work for larger scales as well. Materials needed are Evergreen or Plastruct I or H beam (depends on the width needed), tubing and thin styrene sheet. Make 3 discs, 2 large and 1 smaller with a hole in the center for the axle pin. Sandwich the small disc between the 2 larger discs on a pin for the axle and glue together. Cut some of the web from the I, H beam to cl

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