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Retired military, ship model buff, former train nut.

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Call For a Taxi–a Space Taxi!

by Mike Maynard on December 18, 2014 in Uncategorized -- 11 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]