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I mostly do 1/48 USN and British Commonwealth aircraft, all eras. I also have a weakness for WW1 German planes and 1/700 ships.

1/48 Supermarine Walrus.

This is the new Airfix kit built pretty much out of the box with the exception of Classic Airframes decals and Eduard seat belts added. I also had to drill a hole and fabricate an antenna post on the top of the rudder. Odd that this was missing[...]

Monogram Devastators.

With all of the excitement this week about the Lexington find, I was inspired to dig into my deep storage facility in search of the blue/gray VT-8 TBD you see here. I ‘ve built five of these kits since they came out in 1974. The blue one is num[...]

Battle of Kasserine Pass G.B. – 1/48 North American F-6A Mustang.

This is the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 scale kit. I picked up a Model Alliance decal set for RAF and Commonwealth fighters in the Med several years ago and wanted to build this particular aircraft first. The Kasserine Group Build gave me the per[...]

1/48 Gloster Meteor F.8

This is the second issue of the recent Airfix kit. It includes markings for two RAAF 77 Sq. Korean War veterans and a Dutch aerobatic team example. This issue also differs from the initial RAF release in that it includes eight 60lb. rockets. [...]

1/48 Dassault Rafale B

I told you I liked the Rafale! This is the Revell kit of the French Air Force 2 seat model issued in 2008. I snagged it at a vendors table at the Butch O’Hare IPMS show in suburban Chicago this past November. The kit includes a set of six GBU-1[...]

1/48 Dassault Rafale M

This is the very nicely molded Revell kit. The Rafale is my favorite modern jet and the kit has been in my stash for years. I waited to build it until I found an eye catching set of markings to liven up all of that gray. Xtradecals 48-001 “Wor[...]

1/48 Yak-28P construction photos.

I hope you guys find these pics useful should you choose to build this kit. One thing that I forgot to mention in the main posting is that the long radome is a tad wider then the fuselage where it joins. Some careful sanding fixes it quickly, [...]

1/48 Yak-28P

This is the new Bobcat (former Xuntong)Models kit. This kit was a real surprise and a treat. I never expected to see a high quality, 1/48 Firebar kit, but here we have it! The model really went together well and is nicely detailed. It looks [...]

1/48 Morane-Saulnier “N”

This is the Eduard kit built straight from the box. Stainless steel wire rigging, lead sheet seat belt, painted with Humbrol enamels. You could call the “N” the world’s first fighter plane. Enjoyable project if you can find a kit. I don’t thi[...]

1/48 Sukhoi Su-11

This is the recent Trumpeter kit. This project was just plain fun! I never thought we'd see a mainstream Fishpot, let alone three. Trumpeter has kitted the -9, -9UM, and the -11 that you see here. I was fascinated by this plane as a kid, when [...]