Modeling by Drew Tarter


Hasegawa 1:48 F6F-5 Hellcat

by Drew Tarter on October 27, 2016 in Aviation -- 29 Comments

Here’s my latest build, hot off the bench – Hasegawa’s 1:48 F6F-5, the “10,000th Hellcat” boxing. The Hasegawa kit can be made into a fine model straight from the box, but I made a few additions and corrections. Good points […]


Tamiya’s 1:48 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

by Drew Tarter on August 11, 2016 in Uncategorized -- 24 Comments

I used the terrific 1:48 scale Tamiya kit to build “White 23”, the F4F-4 that Lt. Cdr. John Thatch flew on June 4, 1942 during the battle of Midway. Thatch flew this plane, BuNo 5093, when he shot down three […]

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1:48 Arii F4U-1A Corsair, Kepford’s “White 29”

by Drew Tarter on October 5, 2015 in Aviation -- 40 Comments

Here’s my rendition of the Arii (originally produced by Otaki?) 1:48 scale F4U-1A Corsair. Even though it’s well over thirty years old, the Arii kit builds into a nice Corsair. The good points are very accurate outline and shapes, finely […]

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My Monogram Crusaders

by Drew Tarter on August 3, 2014 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

Since everyone is posting their Monogram F-8’s, I decided to throw mine into the mix. These have been posted before, so I apologize in advance for the re-runs. First up is a Monogram F-8E converted to the later J model. […]

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1/48 Hasegawa F4U-4 Corsair

by Drew Tarter on October 3, 2013 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

Here’a another one of my older builds, Hasegawa’s 1/48 F4U-4 Corsair. Released in 1981 (over 32 years ago!) the Hasegawa -4 features good fit, excellent overall shape and outline, raised panel lines for those who care (I do not), and […]

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1/48 Accurate Miniatures TBF-1C Avenger

by Drew Tarter on August 28, 2013 in Aviation -- 17 Comments

Accurate Miniatures’ Avengers, along with their SBD Dauntless and F3F series, are among the best 1/48 scale aircraft kits ever produced. Everything – from surface and interior detail to fit of the parts – is about as good as it […]

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1/48 Hobbycraft F7U-3M Cutlass

by Drew Tarter on August 14, 2013 in Aviation -- 21 Comments

I built the 1/48 Hobbycraft Cutlass many years ago, and so far it’s my first and only attempt at a natural metal finish. The Cutlass had a very short career in the fleet for several reasons, mainly due to it […]

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1/48 Revell Sikorski H-19

by Drew Tarter on August 7, 2013 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Here’s the ancient 1/48 Revell Sikorski H-19 rescue helicopter that I built many years ago. The overall shape of the kit looks very accurate compared to photos I’ve seen, but detail is basic or completely lacking in most areas. Fit […]

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1:48 Monogram A-4F Skyhawk

by Drew Tarter on August 4, 2013 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

Here’s one of my older builds, the Monogram 1/48 A-4E Skyhawk, that I convertted to an -F. I think the Monogram Skyhawk is is second only to the Hasegawa A-4’s, and is probably the best A-4 for the money. The […]

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MiG-killing Skyhawk: Hobbycraft’s 1/48 A-4C

by Drew Tarter on June 22, 2013 in Aviation -- 17 Comments

Here’s the 1/48 Hobbycraft Skyhawk, the A-4C ‘Vietnam’ boxing. The Hobbycraft A-4C is a decent rendering of the venerable Skyhawk, and will provide a fair example of the A-4 out of the box, with generally good fit. But it has […]