Modeling by Mike Maynard

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Retired military, ship model buff, former train nut.


The Mysterians!

by Mike Maynard on January 29, 2015 in Diorama -- 21 Comments

Love them or hate them, TOHO Company movies of the 1950’s were popular in Japan and the USA. Films like Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Battle in Outer Space and King Ghidorah generated huge revenues for the Japanese film studios. Every movie […]


We Came In Peace

by Mike Maynard on January 21, 2015 in Diorama -- 21 Comments

July 20, 1969. A little over eight years since the flights of Gagarin and Shephard, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. A number of model companies offered models to commemorate the Apollo program, issuing kits of the Saturn V rocket, […]

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Burn Up That Quarter Mile…Monogram’s “Forty Niner” Dragster

by Mike Maynard on January 13, 2015 in Cars & Motorcycles -- 17 Comments

On a visit to my folks house (where I grew up) I came across another piece of my childhood, the remnants of a “Forty Niner” rail dragster. In the early 1960’s Monogram offered a line of 49 cent car kits, […]

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Call For a Taxi–a Space Taxi!

by Mike Maynard on December 18, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 13 Comments

This Monogram kit was released during the hey-day of space models in 1959. Designed by Willy Ley, the 1:48 scale model is a depiction of a space “Taxi”, or space tug to be used in moving cargo and passengers around […]

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The Dodge Power Wagon, Coast Guard Rescue Unit, 1950

by Mike Maynard on November 26, 2014 in Diorama -- 11 Comments

Four wheel drive vehicles are common place today but in the post WWII era they were a novelty in the motoring world. Companies like the Willys Motor Company were quick to seize the importance of their famous “JEEP” in the […]

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The Mack “Hoover Dam ” Dump Truck and Marion Steam Shovel, 1931

by Mike Maynard on July 9, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 9 Comments

I’m not really a truck or car modeler, but once in a while I like to build something different. I’ve always been a fan of construction equipment, especially older, cable operated excavators. There’s not much in the way of steam […]

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You call-We haul! USCG 41′ Utility Boat 1976

by Mike Maynard on May 23, 2014 in Ships -- 11 Comments

In retirement I’ve been catching up with building models of units I served on while on active duty. My latest build is a 1:16th scale model of a typical USCG 41′ utility boat. Found at every Coast Guard station, the […]


UFO’s–Serious Business!

by Mike Maynard on May 16, 2014 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

At least they were to a young modeler in 1958. The Lindberg “Flying Saucer” was a big deal to me and was my first model I was allowed to build all by myself. Like many kids of the 1950’s, I […]

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The Mother of All Plastic Ship Models-Revell’s USS MISSOURI

by Mike Maynard on April 29, 2014 in Ships -- 15 Comments

As you work on your current plastic kit consider this; there was a time when these prototypical miniatures didn’t exist. At least not in plastic form. How interested would you be in a hobby that offered little in the way […]

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U.S. Coast Guard Post War Aircraft

by Mike Maynard on March 19, 2014 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

I apologise the quality of the photos; the planes are in a museum and I can’t re-photograph them easily. One of my shortcomings as a modeler is my rush to build a model and the failure to take photos as […]