Modeling by Steve E

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I’m originally from Texas. After high school, I enlisted in the Air Force as an Aircraft Avionics Guidance and Control Specialist. After basic training, I reported to Keesler AFB, Mississippi to learn my job. After eight months of tech school, I reported to my first assignment at Dyess AFB, Texas working on C-130H aircraft in the 463d TAW, 773 ALS. Later the 463d was inactiviate and the 7 Wing and the 40th Airlift Squadron stood up. While at Dyess, I participated in OPERATION DESERT STORM, SOUTHERN WATCH and FLOWING PEN.

In 1996, I was reassigned to Robins AFB, Georgia to stand up the new 93rd ACW and the E-8C JSTARS. While at Robins, I deployed to support the first use of JSTARS in a Red Flag exercise and OPERATION DESERT FOCUS.

I left the Air Force in 1999 and returned to Texas to work at Bell Helicopter’s Military Aircraft Assembly Center as a Flightline Electrician on the MV-22B Osprey. During my time as a flight electrician, I delivered nine Low Rate Initial Production, two Engineering Manufacturing and Design-Return to Flight prototypes, 12 Block A MV-22 and the only Additional Test Asset (ATA) CV-22B to the Air Force. During my last four years at Bell, I was a Senior Reliability Engineer on the H-1 Upgrades Program (UH-1Y/AH-1Z). After almost 12 years at Bell Helicopter. I briefly went into flight simulation as a reliability engineer at FlightSafety International. I returned to Bell Helicopter and the H-1 Upgrades Program. I returned to reliability engineering, but an opportunity presented itself in H-1 Upgrades Military Training. Given my unique experience with flight simulators and the aircraft, I was a perfect fit for this position. I feel a lot of pride supporting the warfighter.

I am married to a great woman who understands my passion for this hobby. I have a bachelors degree in business management with a minor in aerospace control systems and a masters degree in computer information systems.


T-70 X-Wing Fighter – Ralph McQuarrie Throwback Scheme

by Steve E on September 7, 2016 in Sci-fi -- 8 Comments

Last Christmas I received both the X-Wing and the First Order Tie Fighter kits. I’m kind of on a Star Wars building kick at the moment and decided to pull this one out of the stash and get started on […]


In Progess: Revell Star Wars The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon – Snap Tite Max Kit

by Steve E on August 21, 2016 in Sci-fi -- 12 Comments

My son’s 7th birthday was recently and he got a Hobby Lobby gift card. When we went to pick something out, he wanted the Revell Snap Tite Max The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon. Overall, it doesn’t seem to be too […]


1/48 Strombecker X-1B Restoration

by Steve E on April 11, 2015 in Aviation -- 16 Comments

It’s not quite finished, but thought I would post anyway. I got this model off ebay. It was an estate sale purchase. I paid way too much for it, but I like the old dogs and it is an original […]


C-130H “Damien” – 40th Airlift Squadron “Screaming Eagles” – 1/72 Italeri E to H conversion

by Steve E on December 19, 2014 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

Here is a in-flight depiction of one the C-130H models (74-1666 -“Damien”) that I worked on while I was assigned to the 40th Airlift Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas. All wing, squadron, nose art and tail numbers were all custom printed […]


1/48 General Dynamics F-111A Prototype RTD&E #1

by Steve E on April 11, 2013 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

This is the old Monogram, ex-Aurora, F-111A Swing Wing Fighter kit. I back dated the kit to represent the first RTD&E aircraft. Backdating the aircraft wasn’t that hard. The major modification is the fuel dump area in between the two […]


Sinar Fleet Systems – TIE Advanced X1 – ~1/32 Scale

by Steve E on April 11, 2013 in Sci-fi -- 2 Comments

This is the original 1977 MPC release of Darth Vaders TIE Fighter. The kit, being an original release went together very well! The biggest draw back of this kit is that there is a warp molded into the kit that […]

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OH-58D Kiowa Warrior – Kuwait International Airport – Desert Storm 1991

by Steve E on April 11, 2013 in Aviation -- 2 Comments

This is the Academy 1/35 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. This was probably the hardest helicopter model I have ever built. It has excellent detail and comes with excellent weapons. I added wiring to the aft cabin avionics LRUs. This model is […]