And while we're on the subject of the Whiteside family, we have this beautiful little Heller 1:72 Curtiss SBC-3 Helldiver built by Gerry Whiteside. Gerry built the model OOB with Starfighter PE rigging and a combination of Microscale and Starfighter decals to portray an aircraft from VB-4 Tophatters to contribute to the Museum's Tophatter Squadron build.
Continuing in 1:72 scale we have this very nice Ju-87C built by Ken Kelly. Ken started with the Airfix kit of the Ju-87B, and started his conversion by clipping about 3/16" off of the wingtips to transform it into the carrierbourne version of the venerable Stuka. Ken also scratchbuilt the tail hook as well as internal structure to the radiator. To top it off, Ken sanded off all of the heavy raised details, thinned the overscale control surfaces and completely rescribed the model. Ken continues to claim that his models are brush painted with Polly scale paints, but I think he's been using an airbrush all along.
Rounding out the 1:72 builds is this Matchbox P-12E built by Dave Fuller. Dave originally intended to have this model completed for the Matchbox theme, and then the Between the Wars theme, but managed to miss them both. The kit was built OOB with Starfighter Decals representing an aircraft serving with the 16th Pursuit Group in the Canal Zone, circa 1934.
We finish out the Show and Tell with a trio of 1:48 models built by Joe Hegedus.
In a somewhat uncharacteristic move, Joe brought along this decidely non-glossy sea blue, F6F Hellcat. Joe started with the Hasegawa kit, applied the striking tri-tone scheme, and then went further into uncharted territory and applied some very subtle weathering over aftermarket decals.
Rounding out this Show and Tell update is Joe's very nice Monogram OA-4M Skyhawk. No, that isn't a black and white picture, we actually have a third non-GSB build from Mr. Dark Blue himself finished in the standard gray over gray lo-vis scheme found Skyhawks from this era. Joe added outer weapons pylons from a Hasegawa A-4 to complete this otherwise OOB build.
That's at least three months now that we have failed to see an unweathered, factory finish clean, glossy sea blue model from Joe. On top of that, he has actually been seen bringing British and Japanese subjects, a sailing ship, and even (gasp) a car! What can this be attributed to? Is there a worldwide shortage of Testors no. 1717? Has the news of the demise of the Twinkie gone to his head? Is it yet another sign of the coming apocalypse? We'll find out next month, same Bat time, same Bat station.