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Retired (March 2019) after 30 years in outdoor education, but still work part-time in the field.
Born on RCAF base Baden-Söllingen, Germany home of 4th Fighter Wing where my dad, Aldo Sr., was a meteorological officer and my mom was a nurse.
Live in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada (near Toronto).
Interested mainly in WWII aircraft in 1/72
*Other hobbies: hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, camping, guitar and mandolin.

Spitfire IX, Royal Egyptian Air Force, Kovozavody Prostejov (KPM) 1/72

Does the world need another Spitfire Mk IX kit, especially short run, when there are so many mainstream kits out there? Probably wouldn't have purchased the kit, but my buddy won it at a model show raffle, and it's not his scale. This [...]

Yak 3 in 1/72 Revell (Zvezda)

After spending way too long on the last couple of builds (mostly do to self-inflicted problems and mistakes) I wanted something quick and easy, so scanning the stash, the Yak jumped out at me. Apparently you can do it as a snap-together [...]

Fortress II RAF Coastal Command1/72 Academy

Took way too long on this one, getting frustrated with too many oops's. Kit decals (disintegrating decals were saved with a coat of Testors decal spray) CMR resin bomb-bay set (although the kit set is pretty good) Perspex nose window [...]


My grandson sent me this and I just had to share it with all you good people. Happy modeling!

Mustang I, 1/72 Italeri, RCAF 414 Squadron, F/O Hollis Hills

Hollis Hills was an American flying with the Royal Canadian Air Force, and this aircraft, with Hollis at the stick, was the first Mustang to score a victory, over an FW-190, above the beaches of the disastrous Dieppe raid, a dark day for [...]

Supermarine Batfire Mk. I

While the whole world was embroiled in the dark days of WWII, in Gotham City a battle still raged for the soul of the Metropolis. Bruce Wayne had the resources to battle the endless parade of archvillains, but how to best use his wealth? [...]

Creating Prop Blur with Photoshop

I've only built a couple of wheels-up, in-flight models, and have used clear acetate for the prop spin. However, I have admired many of the great "flying" models posted by the "experten" of the iModeler community. [...]

Spitfire Mk ITamiya 1/72

My First Tamiya kit. Figured my skill level was progressing enough to do it justice. Level of detail for 1/72 blows me away. Really challenges the extremes of my psychomotor skills painting all the tiny cockpit items. Tried to paint [...]

2020 Vision

Happy New Year Fellow Modelers. Did short articles on some of these, but the Twin Otter and Mosquito are technically works in progress as they are meant to be in dioramas for display at an outdoor education centre (they are posted in [...]

A Heller of a Spitfire

When I started going to model shows with my modeling guru Archaeo Bob, prior to restarting the hobby, I picked up a lot of $5 specials from the vendor tables. Came to realize you definitely get what you pay for when it came to actually [...]