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USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73), Hasegawa 1/350

In 1944, a journalist traveling aboard the USS White Plains wrote, “A jeep carrier bears the same relation to a normal naval vessel that is borne to a district of fine homes by a respectable, but struggling, working class suburb. There is a de[...]

Are you a Blochhead? Bloch 152, France 1940….

Azur's rather nice kit of the ill-fated Bloch 152, a machine rushed into service to fast with too many flaws. Always one to build weirder 1/32 kits, I picked this one up at the '05 Nats, and built it around '08. It has a resin cowl and engine th[...]

Kitbashing a 1/48 Spitfire XIVc

In 1/48, there is no really good injection-molded kit of the Spitfire XIV. The Academy kit is too deep in side profile, as well as way too "fat" in plan view between the trailing edge of the wing and the tail surfaces. One can get the really e[...]

1/72 Revell F-111 (prototype)

While the others were old, this one is ancient. Some of you will remember Revell's "frameable box art" series. This was one of those. Accurate or not , how often do you get to do a Navy "Vaark", especially one with moveable wings ! Not a b[...]

1/48 He-280

The Heinkel He-280 was the world's first twin engine jet fighter. She flew in early 1941 and proved she was a real thoroughbred, but was shelved due to military jealousy. You see, Willie Messerschmidt was in tight with Goering, and Heinkel was[...]

1/350 HMS Warspite by Academy

HMS Warspite was the most decorated ship in the history of the Royal navy. Fighting all the way from Jutland in WWI throughout WWII, she was in more violent engagements than any other battleship of the modern era. Launched as a member of the Q[...]

1/35 SU-85 by Italeri

The Russians quickly realized the advantage of assault guns as anti-tank weapons. After all, their tanks were being eaten up by the German Stug series. Thus the excellent T-34 had its turret removed and a new upper hull citadel designed to car[...]

1/48 Fairey Firefly MK I by Grand Phoenix

The Firefly was a replacement for the Fairey Fulmer shipboard two-seat fighter. The British felt that over water flights were too exhausting, so they added a navigator / observer to share the load with the pilot. This may have provided some le[...]

1/350 Roma by Trumpeter

There are some moments in human history characterized by the drama of a noble vessel going down in horrible disaster. Such was Titanic. Such was Hindenberg. Fewer folks know the story of Roma. She was the last of her class to be completed [...]

SR-71 Flown by Lt Col B.C.Thomas USAF (ret)

I built this model for Col. Thomas. He is a member of our "Military Mafia" lunch group. Col Thomas has flown a number of USAF a/c including the U-2, B-57, C-130, and many more. His all time favorite airplane is the SR-71. He is the highest time [...]