Under the banner of “better late than never”, I want to show my prize for the August Random Winner Award. It’s my first Airfix kit and it’s a beauty! I am so looking forward to building this one. Thanks iModeler! […]
Modeling by Gary Brantley
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I’m a social studies teacher at a small, rural Junior High School in central Texas. I’ve been teaching for 16 years, having started this career at age 45. Prior to that, I was a professional painter and prior to that, a sheet-metal mechanic/tinsmith. I am married (almost 38 years now), and my wife and I have two grown children, Ann, 35, a financial advisor and Carson, 33, a CAD draftsman. Our kids have now provided us with two brand new grandsons, Ann and her husband Robert had a baby boy on August 11, John Carlos (“Johnny”) and Carson’s wife delivered their baby boy, Sullivan (“Sul” or “Sully”) on December 18. Needless to say, they are both beautiful babies and yes, the grandparents are somewhat STOKED, lol!
My other hobbies include shooting and collecting firearms, music, reading and hot-rod cars and motorcycles. I also assist (read: doing the heavy lifting, lol) with my wife’s antique business.
When I was 13-14 years old, my family and I lived in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, where my Dad worked for ALCOA. My passion then was slot car racing! I had two commercial tracks within 100 meters/yards of our house.
Last week’s trip to the Cameron Airport involved five models and none had been photographed out there before. Although it was really hot, I managed to get a few pics of each plane. Both of these are ancient 1/48 Monogram […]
The model is the Monogram 1/48 Mirage 2000, the instructions are dated 1986. I built the kit somewhere between ’93 and ’95. It had never been photographed at all until last Tuesday. When it was built way back then, I […]
This is my second Tamiya kit to finish and it was well-engineered and thoughtfully designed. I started this Skyray about three years ago, only to put it aside about half finished. I returned to it about a month ago and […]
I have always loved the lines of the Northrop F-5A. Sleek and elegant with that great area-ruled fuselage, it is a real classic. This model is the one that was built concurrent with my Iraqi MiG-21MF. The kit is the […]
Inspired by the outbreak of Desert Storm, or Gulf War One, I built this MiG-21MF in Iraqi markings and camouflage. So, it’s been languishing in the display cabinet since way back then, with no airport pictures taken. Even though it’s […]
This is an older build that I finally got around to photographing last Thursday. I took it and several other models (see the Bell AH-1S Cobra) to another small-town airport, the Coffield Regional Airport in Rockdale, Texas, about 20 miles […]
Here’s a build that’s 15-20 years old but I had never taken it to the airport until last Thursday. It’s the old Monogram kit from 1986 and mine is painted in Israeli livery. It’s pretty much OOB but I did […]
I thought I had posted these pics before but it seems that I haven’t. With that in mind, Tom Cleaver’s generous compliments in the “Monograms at the airport” thread” moved me to show the few pics that I do have […]
In keeping with recent contributions, here’s a collection of some of my 1/48 Monogram planes all photographed at the Cameron, Texas airport. I think most have been previously seen here as individual posts but here they are as a group. […]