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I'm a long time (old) modeler that started building back in the early 50's. My modeling efforts eventually led me to aviation photography and that eventually led me to aviation writing. I have authored a number of IN ACTION books for Squadron/Signal Publications with a special interest in the F4U Corsair.

1/48th Tamiya F4U-1D as Vought XF4U-3B

Here's my latest model completion. It's the 1/48th Tamiya F4U-1D kit converted to an XF4U-3B. That version was an attempt by Vought to boost the Corsair's top speed by way of a supercharged engine. The plane never went into production as [...]

1/48th Monogram/Hasegawa F4U-5 Corsair

From time to time, when a picture grabs my attention, I often consider attempting to model it. This was the case with the F4U-5 that I wanted to replicate. The Monogram version of the Hasegawa F4U-5 kit was good to work with for the most [...]

1/48th ICM B-26C Invader As Navy XJD-1 Prototype

This 1/48th model came in the ICM box as a B-26C Invader and was modified to represent one of two XJD-1 prototypes (BuNo 57990 and 57991). This 'Navalized' Invader, after further enhancement, would go on to serve under the designation [...]

1/144th Zvezda Boeing 757-200

Here is a model of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign aircraft. I would like to stress that this is a model and not in any way to be seen as a political statement. I just really liked the markings and that big American flag on the tail. When [...]

1/48th Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat

This model has a bit of a story to it. It's a 1/48th Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat that was started over ten years ago by my son who modeled with me for many years starting at an early age. Fast forward to about ten years ago. He had come back [...]

1/72nd Hasegawa RF-101C

I recently acquired this kit and decided to build it as it brought back memories of building one like it four decades ago. I'll call it a nostalgia build. The kit is nicely done with clean crisp molding and little flash other than that [...]

Modelcraft 1/48th UC-64B Norseman

I finally finished this old Modelcraft UC-64B Norseman. I started it at least ten years ago but lost interest in it about halfway into the build. I put the uncompleted model in a box along with all the parts and instructions and slid that [...]

1/48th Hasegawa F6F-5N Hellcat

I wanted to model a between-the-wars (WWII and Korea) Naval aircraft and decided on the night-fighting Hellcat. For the markings, I selected the USMC squadron VMF(N)-114 with the underlined modex 'LK'. the underline was dropped sometime in [...]

1/48th Trumpeter F9F-2 Panther

I just finished building the 1/48th Trumpeter F9F-2 Grumman Panther. It's finished in the markings of VMF-311 as carried by that squadron during their participation in the Korean War. As a side note, the great baseball player Ted Williams [...]

1/48th Hasegawa A-4M Skyhawk

Just finished building this 1/48th Hasegawa A-4M Skyhawk. It's finished in the markings of VMA-311 as seen at MCAS Beaufort, SC. The kit was supplemented with an Eduard color zoom cockpit fret and an aftermarket ejection seat and exhaust [...]