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1/72nd Minicraft PBM-5 Mariner

by Jim Sullivan on June 29, 2017 in Aviation -- 28 Comments

I found the Minicraft PBM-5 to be an enjoyable build but not without its challenges. For the most part, the kit is nicely engineered with clean crisp parts and finely recessed panel lines. On the negative side, I found that […]

IPMS Gastonia, NC Show 4-29-17

by Jim Sullivan on April 29, 2017 in Show Reports -- 14 Comments

Here are a few of the models seen today at the IPMS Gastonia, NC Show. There were just over 450 models displayed including aircraft, ships, armor, figures, cars and more. Since I lean toward aircraft, most all of the photos […]

1/48 HobbyBoss Early F4U-4

by Jim Sullivan on March 15, 2017 in Aviation -- 28 Comments

More often than not I now find myself building a model based on some photo that grabs me. Such is the case with this Corsair build. I used the HobbyBoss F4U-4 with the curved windscreen or as HobbyBoss calls it, […]

More Hellcats…

by Jim Sullivan on December 7, 2016 in Aviation -- 22 Comments

To join the Hellcat parade, here are four from my shelves. Pic #1 1/32nd Hasegawa built as a F6F-3 Pic #2 1/48th Hasegawa F6F-3 Pic #3 1/48th Eduard F6F-3 Pic #4 1/48th Hasegawa F6F-5

1/48th Hasegawa F4U-5

by Jim Sullivan on August 7, 2016 in Aviation -- 24 Comments

I Just finished this 1/48th Hasegawa F4U-5 in the markings of VF-41 as seen aboard USS Midway during a Med cruise in 1950. The model is finished in Model Master glossy sea blue over-sprayed with Testors clear gloss. The decals […]

1/48 Special Hobby F2G as XF2G-1 14692

by Jim Sullivan on October 22, 2015 in Aviation -- 32 Comments

While bringing the F2G Corsair into production, Goodyear modified a number Corsairs with different components that would be used on their production F2G’s. The R-4360 was test fitted and flown on a F4U-1. Some components tested on other Corsairs were […]

1/48th AMT F7F-3N Tigercat

by Jim Sullivan on September 4, 2015 in Aviation -- 42 Comments

I found this F7F-3N AMT kit to be a smooth build with no noticeable problems other than those that were self-inflicted. Despite filling the nose with lead, I found the model to be a dedicated tail-sitter. AMT must have been […]

1/72nd Hasegawa P5M Marlin

by Jim Sullivan on March 30, 2015 in Aviation -- 43 Comments

This is my 2010 build of the old 1/72nd Hasegawa kit of the P5M Marlin patrol seaplane. It’s built just as it came in the kit with the exception of the markings which were replicated from a photo. The kit […]

1/48th Monogram B-26 Invader As A JD-1

by Jim Sullivan on January 27, 2015 in Aviation -- 39 Comments

Many years have gone by since the 1/48th Monogram B-26 Invader kit was first released yet that kit is still remarkable and many markings options exist for building it. I decided to build this one as a JD-1, the Navy […]

1/48th Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair

by Jim Sullivan on December 1, 2014 in Aviation -- 30 Comments

More and more I find myself building to model a plane that appeals to me as a result of seeing it in a photo. That was the case in my FG-1A build. The actual plane was FG-1A 13374 which was […]