Modeling by Mike Maynard

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Retired military, ship model buff, former train nut.

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Stinson RQ-1 XR3Q-1 RELIANT

by Mike Maynard on April 30, 2015 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

Only one Stinson Reliant served with the US Coast Guard, being commissioned during 1935, serving until 1941. The Service used the aircraft as a flying “Radio Test” bed for long distance aerial radio communications, a novel idea in the 1930’s. […]

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Grumman HU-16 ALBATROSS, “The Goat”

by Mike Maynard on April 25, 2015 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

The HU-16 first flew in 1947, designed as a replacement for the PBY “Catalina” amphibian. The US Air Force puchased it’s first example in 1949 with the US Navy taking delivery of the amphibian in 1949. The US Coast Guard […]

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Fairchild C-123B “Provider” aka “The Naples Clipper”, 1959

by Mike Maynard on April 18, 2015 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

The C123 “Provider” was based on a cargo glider the XG-20. It’s development had the aircraft as a powered assault transport powered by two P&W R-2800-83 and then powered by four J47 turbojets. The first contractor was the Chase Aircraft […]


V-2, American Style

by Mike Maynard on March 16, 2015 in Diorama -- 12 Comments

The Nazis poured a substantial sum of money and committed a large amount of personnel in the V-2 (also known as the A-4) program. Over 2,600 rockets were launched at London and Antwerp and the loss of life was high. […]

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TERRIER, U.S. Navy Surface to Air Missile, 1956

by Mike Maynard on March 5, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 13 Comments

The TERRIER missile was a supersonic beam riding anti-aircraft missile with a 10 mile range. It was launched by a solid fuel booster (blue section) and propelled by a solid fuel sustainer rocket (yellow section). The Terrier was 15′ in […]


Grumman S-2 “Tracker” Target Tug

by Mike Maynard on February 18, 2015 in Aviation -- 18 Comments

The Grumman S-2 was the first aircraft designed from the beginning for the Navy’s antisubmarine warfare carriers, whose mission was the destruction of submarines in high priority areas. First flown in 1952, S2F-1S went to the first operating squadrons in […]

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Piasecki HRP-1 “Flying Banana” 1948

by Mike Maynard on February 9, 2015 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

A helicoper, such as this, has a peel…. OK, so much for whirly bird humor. Helicopter models are not as exciting to build as a fighter or bomber but they have a certain attraction especially colorful helos that are used […]

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Saunders-Roe SR.A/1 “The Squirt”

by Mike Maynard on February 4, 2015 in Aviation -- 18 Comments

This “vacuform” model was built back in the days without the aid of the internet. I think it was offered by Rareplanes, and was a product of the 1970’s. LIke all vacuform planes of the era, it was a simple […]


The Mysterians!

by Mike Maynard on January 29, 2015 in Sci-fi -- 22 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, […]