David Caldwell's Display & Reviews

Prudenziati's P51

Here is a display case that David set up in his local libary. Something for those who want to spread the word on Card/Paper modeling to think about.

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I have attached two photos from an aviation display we had in our local library during the month of September. The pictures were taken at the Beaumont Branch of the Lexington Public Library in Lexington, Ky. The F-16 belongs to Terry Norvell, the FG models are mine. The library staff was fascinated by the cardmodels and said the display was very popular. I hope to follow-up by demonstrating the building of the planes during an art and crafts day at the library.

Zio Prudenziati's War Prize Mustang

First, let me say this - I like my models bigger! That being said, let me say this - the fit and design on this itty bitty Mustang is superb. Be assured that this is not a beginner's model. I had to do it twice and I am sure that the third time will be even better. The method of joining seams instead of overlapping them is a challenge, but the result is worth the time to master the technique.

The color scheme and markings are eye catching and the details are excellent. Everybody recognizes the distinctive shape of the Mustang's fuselage. If you don't get the look of that "goldfish belly" scoop right - it won't look like a Mustang. Zio has it just right. The doubling of colored parts to give you the inside and outside of landing gear doors and the multiple parts for the landing gear adds lots of interesting detail to the finished model. The landing gear itself didn't even need a toothpick for strengthening. The prop comes out two-sided, which I think is a plus. The instructions consist of an exploded diagram that provides adequate direction. Some of it you have to ponder a little, but I think that's part of the "Zio" experience.

Any complaints? Well, yes. The wing construction is mystifying. Too many small parts. I am afraid that I am still uncertain about exactly how to attach it to the fuselage in the way Zio intended. I think that the section directly behind the cockpit could use a tab or two to hold the shape. I also need a better method of attaching the prop. Mine had to be glued in place, so it doesn't spin. Will I build more Prudenziati's? You betcha. My plan is to get the CD and enlarge the models by printing them over four sheets instead of one (a poster setting on some inkjet printers). I have tried it with one of Zio's Spitfires and the details hold up very well. It is also big enough for a klutz like me!

Conclusion: I don't recommend this as your first model, but after you get the basics, build one, or two, or one twice. I think you will recognize the talent that went into designing it. When you are done you will have a well-detailed, historically accurate model, a real sense of accomplishment, and an urgent need to build more of Zio's stuff

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Microcomputer Technology
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