I am just getting back into modeling after a 20-year break. Trying out lots of new ideas and techniques and learning a ton. I'm currently interested mostly in modern military aircraft and space.
My iModeler posts can be found, usually with a bit more detail, at my blog.
The OH-58 Kiowa is a single-engine, four-blade helicopter designed for the US Army primarily as a scout aircraft. In addition to its observation role, the OH-58D is capable of carrying munitions on two hard-points and performing direct [...]
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-blade, twin-engine utility helicopter originally developed for the US Army in the mid-70’s. It serves primarily as a troop carrier (fitting 11 combat-ready soldiers) and logistic support aircraft. [...]
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a primary fighter-bomber and ground attack aircraft during WWII. Produced between 1941 and 1945, it made use of the newly-developed turbosupercharger engine which gave it good high-altitude performance. [...]
The General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drone is a medium-altitude, long-range remotely piloted aircraft used by the United States Air Force and CIA from 1995 to 2018. Widely deployed, the Predator saw extensive use in Afghanistan hunting [...]
In May of 1960, Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union by an S-75 Dvina surface-to-air missile. This incident starkly revealed the vulnerability of U.S. aerial reconnaissance to Soviet air defenses, and [...]
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II was introduced in 1962 as a high-speed, long-range interceptor for defense against Soviet bombers. Thankfully, this role never needed filling and instead the twin-engine F-4 went to Vietnam as a [...]
“After the flight our superiors at NASA let us know in no uncertain terms that non-man-rated corned beef sandwiches were out for future space missions.” – Gus Grissom, Gemini 3 astronaut
Project Gemini was the decisive series of [...]
The LTV A-7 is a subsonic, carrier-based attack aircraft developed in the 1960’s for the U.S. Navy as a replacement for the (still relatively young) A-4 fleet. Vought based its proposal for the A-7 on its successful F-8 Crusader, with [...]
The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was introduced in the 1950’s as a carrier-based, light attack aircraft for the US Navy and Marine Corps. It served in the ground attack, close air support, and light bomber roles for the US military, retiring in [...]
“I’m a hell of a lot cooler than you guys. Why don’t you fix your little problem and light this candle?”
So remarked Alan Shepard, first American in space, as he sat inside his tiny Mercury capsule on May 5th, 1961, atop a Redstone [...]