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The “Bucket List” gets smaller still –

Although this wasn’t our first balloon ride (our 2nd), it was nonetheless a marvelous experience. The early morning lift-off wasn’t wasn’t our “thing” – oh-dark-thirty arrival time due to the calm wind conditions – but we survived and beat the […]

Another one off the “Bucket List”..

While in Sedona, AZ, I (we) had the opportunity to take a ride in an open cockpit bi-plane (a Waco). Once around the field with breath-taking views for a mere $150. My first time in the type. Straight and level, […]

1/35th scle Iwo Jima Diorama in progress

Iwo Jima, the volcanic island that still smelled like rotten eggs was the subject of one of the worst battles of WW2 that lasted over 5 weeks was the request of a new customer with Hobbies in a Barn. Armed […]


I previously posted photos of a specimen build of the Trumpeter 1/32 Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1, the late-war Luftwaffe night fighter. Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1a/U1 I mentioned that I intended to ‘de-construct’ the model in part, and use it in […]

November iModeler random award !!

Yesterady, the postman came with a parcel… and yes!! it was the iModeler november random award!! I noticed I was the lucky winner a bit late, because I was out for some weeks. But, all is well if it ends […]

Advanced Diorama Techniques and Secrets

With the idea of dioramas being the best way to show off your models the 1/35th scale diorama shown here is an advance technique example of how I build to suit custom orders at Hobbies in a Barn. Starting with […]

SBD-4 Dauntless Hasegawa 1/48

The Hasegawa Dauntless model has been blamed to have a lower quality than the Dauntless series produced by Accurate Miniatures. The last one are still avaiable under the Italeri and Academy brands. With all the issues about the accuracy and […]

Battle at the Ruins

I used the theme of Monte Casino for this diorama and with the old Italeri Building ruins and Church ruins I came up with the defenders finding better cover after the bombings of the mountain. The DML figures are from […]

Desert Duo

The British SAS and Long Range Groups often worked together as a team and disrupted the DAK in all instances. The diorama suggests a hasty return to friendly territory after such a raid. As with most of my dioramas I […]

1/48 CAC CA-13 Boomerang

When Australia became involved in the Pacific War in December 1941, the Royal Australian Air Force was ill-prepared, to say the very least. With Australia’s main combat forces deployed to North Africa and England, it was clear that there was […]