CapCon is the first contest I ever went to (2007) and the first contest I ever entered (2009). I still remember being a bit apprehensive bringing my 1/32 Tamiya A6M5 Zero with me to an actual contest with real model builders. I had no idea what to expect and I spent a lot of time and money in the vendor room that day. There was a genuine feeling of happy surprise when they called my name for a 2nd place in the out-of-box category. As you can imagine, this experience only fed my budding interest in this hobby.
I have made it a point to have something to show at each CapCon and I…
Richard Chick Harmer had a close call when an Aichi Type 99 Val from the Shokaku charged up his F4F’s tail…
Its pilot riddled the F4F’s fuselage and cockpit with sixteen to twenty 7.7-mm slugs and severely wounded Harmer in both thighs and left ankle. More bullets bounced harmlessly off the armor plate behind the seat. Hurt and flying a battered airplane about to run out of gas, Harmer veered southeast towards the Saratoga.
Japanese D3A dive bomber being shot down over USS Enterprise during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, 24 August 1942 (Source United States Navy)
Akimoto Tamotsu and Koitabashi Hiroshi flying their D3A carrier dive bomber (foreground) returning to carrier Shokaku after attacking USS Enterprise during Battle of the Eastern Solomons, 24 August 1942
It seems a bit silly to be discussing the virtues of Social Media & scale models in a WordPress blog post. Has Social Media hit scale modeling? Of course it has. Has this been a good thing? Of course it has – even if there are some downsides. I believe one of the biggest changes in this […]