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iModeler Review: Tamiya 1/72 Ilyushin IL-2 Shturmovik

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[...]

Fujimi FW-190D-9 “Black 10″

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[...]

Thought the Wildcat thing petered out, eh? My Kid’s F4F-3….

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[...]

Booty Nieuport 27C1 Converting Hobbycraft kit in 1/32

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.[...]

Tamiya Spitfire Mk.IX. 1/32nd. scale.

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[...]

1:48 scale Hobby Boss F4F-3, “Wildcat”

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[...]

It’s another 1:48 scale Otaki F6F-3, “Hellcat”

Hey folks, 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[...]

Another 78th FG P-47 – Frank Oiler’s “Eileen” – 1/32 hasegawa

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[...]

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt “Okie”

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[...]

Pilot Presentation Model

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[...]