I am on mission. I want make scale and 3D models of the aces of WWII. Recently, I achieved a modeling dream. I finished making 3D models of four major U.S. WWII fighters in the markings for the top aces in each plane.
I have a great 1:48 Academy P-47D kit with a figure for "Gabby Gabreski" to make. It is up there on my assembly line. I was able to use the decals, as I do with the other 3D models, to make texture maps in Photoshop.
All of the 3D models were created in Strata 3D.
I'm a collector and now have 1:48 scale model kits and figures for several other aces including:
The 3D is great fun. You can make action scenes and animate the models.
My last scale model and figure I made was "Joe Foss'" Wildcat. That was neat project. I did a story on him for my CAF newsletter. The decals were custom-made.
So I am getting there. I have a ways to go. Definitely a worthwhile goal.
Photos and text © by Konley Kelley