Modeling by Mike Maynard

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Retired military, ship model buff, former train nut.

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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 [...]

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Lockheed XF-90 Penetration Fighter 1949

by Mike Maynard on February 28, 2014 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

The XF-90, a experimental aircraft, was an example of Kelly Johnson’s Skunk Works. Designed as a long range escort fighter that could accompany the B-36 intercontinental bomber, changing technology had the jet redesigned as an interceptor. Only two examples were [...]

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The Dromedary: 1953 Kenworth COE

by Mike Maynard on February 21, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 14 Comments

The American Highway Safety Administration defines a dromedary (“drom”) as a “box, deck, or plate mounted behind the cab and forward of the fifth wheel on the chassis of the power unit of a tractor/semi trailer combination”. Swedish truckers often [...]


11″ Dahlgren Naval Gun 1/16 Scale

by Mike Maynard on February 4, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 14 Comments

The Dahlgren Cannon was chosen by ship designer John Ericsson to arm his breakthrough design of the ironclad USS MONITOR. The MONITOR’s 29′ revolving turret carried two of these huge rifled guns that were capable of firing a variety of [...]


General Aviation PJ-1 “FLYING LIFEBOAT” 1932

by Mike Maynard on January 22, 2014 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

Known for many years by the US Coast Guard aviators as FLBs-Flying Life Boats-the five flying-boats manufactured specifically for the service marked the swan song of the American Fokker company(absorbed into the General Aviation company). These flying-boats were delivered during [...]


US Air Force Brings down UFO

by Mike Maynard on December 24, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 7 Comments

[Associated Press EST 1200] Today it was learned that a US Air Force jet, scrambled to intercept an object of unknown origin, crashed into the object in the skies over Maryland and forcing it down. Early reports are unclear but [...]

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Royal Air Force Rescue Launch, 1943

by Mike Maynard on December 19, 2013 in Ships -- 15 Comments

Built by the British Power Boat Company, the 67′ Air Sea Rescue “Whaleback” boats were used by the RAF in WWII to rescue downed pilots. The design of these rescue craft was an adaptation of a motor gun boat developed [...]

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The Micky-Dink, 1929

by Mike Maynard on December 11, 2013 in Uncategorized -- 9 Comments

The economic crisis following the end of WW1 had many railroads looking for an alternative to empty passenger trains running on branch lines. The rise of automobiles combined with improved roads and highways cut deep into passenger traffic of the [...]

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Scallop Trawler WILLIAM C BAKER, 1962

by Mike Maynard on November 26, 2013 in Ships -- 12 Comments

A type of boat found in every New England fishing port, the WILLIAM C BAKER was typical of wooden commercial draggers of the era. Referred to as an “Eastern Rig” (East coast design) or “Side Trawler”, this class of vessel [...]


YAMATO, World’s Largest Plastic Ship Model…

by Mike Maynard on November 18, 2013 in Ships -- 8 Comments

…at least in 1970 it was. When stationed in Boston, Massachusetts I took a walk to the local hobby shop and purchased this kit. At a whopping’ 40″ in length, the YAMATO was a handfull as I carried it back [...]