A few months ago, Tamiya released what is, most likely, the new standard for 1/48 IL-2 Shturmovik. The kit has thus been lauded for its engineering, beauty, and ease of assembly. There was also, as I remember, a bit of controversy regarding[...]
I bought this old Fujimi 1/48 kit at a model close-out at a Michael's store many years ago. Since I only paid a few dollars for it, when I finally got around to building the plane, 15-20 years ago, I decided to try a bit of customizing. The e[...]
Hobbyboss 1/48 F4F-3 "Early" built by my son, Kyle a while ago. I happen to think Hobby Boss really got this one right, and it really looks spiffy in the early wargames scheme. If I recall this one was a kit provided scheme. Looks cool with a tu[...]
This Greek Army inventory Nieuport 27 captured in airworthy condition at Gaziemir (Paradiso) airfield by the end of Turkish War of Independence in 1922. Named Ganimet-4 (Booty-4) and used for training duties until 1927 in Turkish Air Force.[...]
As much as I love Spitfires, this one took me rather a long time; six month, give or take & I completed a few others while I was having a break. Lovely detail & fit & absolutely spot on for shape & proportion. I kept the cowlings[...]
Remember that F4F-3 I saw in the hobby shop after I finished converting the Tamiya F4F-4 to a -3? Well, I bought one and decided to see how it stacked up against the Tamiya kit.
In my opinion, Tamiya is the better kit. Even though Hobby Boss d[...]
This is one of my very early efforts at building a model seriously.
Otaki does make a really nice Hellcat, even for it's age. With all the posts of some of these older models, it kind of makes me want to do a little refurbishing t[...]
With two other 78th FG P-47s up today, I might as well follow the theme. I've done a lot of studying this past year of these P-47s while writing "Aces of the 78th Fighter Group" (which Osprey will publish this coming fall).
Frank Oiler arrived[...]
Well, yesterday was a busy day at the Cameron airport. I finally had an opportunity to spend a couple hours out there and photographed three more planes. These were the very first digital pics ever of this one, a Republic P-47D Razorback, a 1[...]
Some of our little East Texas Model Builders Club recently built a model to be presented to a friend of one of the members. The pilot flew 135 missions over North Vietnam, out of DaNang, way back when. Two of our guys were able to travel to th[...]