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@bentwing Jim Sullivan

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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.

1/32nd FG-1A Corsair

I suspect most any modeler who has been at it for a while decides to take on a challenge to do something a bit off the beaten track. I've always been attracted to the F4U Corsair and have lost track of how many of them I've built over the years.[...]

1/48th Hasegawa P-40N

Built pretty much out of the box except for seat belts and TD wheels, this P-40N was a smooth, trouble-free build. After-market decals were used to mark the plane as one flown by the 8th FS Commander Ernie Harris. He scored 10 kills in that Warh[...]

1/72nd Minicraft PBM-5 Mariner

I found the Minicraft PBM-5 to be an enjoyable build but not without its challenges. For the most part, the kit is nicely engineered with clean crisp parts and finely recessed panel lines. On the negative side, I found that the PBM-5 is a re-pop[...]

IPMS Gastonia, NC Show 4-29-17

Here are a few of the models seen today at the IPMS Gastonia, NC Show. There were just over 450 models displayed including aircraft, ships, armor, figures, cars and more. Since I lean toward aircraft, most all of the photos I shot were planes. I[...]

1/48 HobbyBoss Early F4U-4

More often than not I now find myself building a model based on some photo that grabs me. Such is the case with this Corsair build. I used the HobbyBoss F4U-4 with the curved windscreen or as HobbyBoss calls it, the early version. The model is i[...]

More Hellcats…

To join the Hellcat parade, here are four from my shelves. Pic #1 1/32nd Hasegawa built as a F6F-3 Pic #2 1/48th Hasegawa F6F-3 Pic #3 1/48th Eduard F6F-3 Pic #4 1/48th Hasegawa F6F-5

1/48th Hasegawa F4U-5

I Just finished this 1/48th Hasegawa F4U-5 in the markings of VF-41 as seen aboard USS Midway during a Med cruise in 1950. The model is finished in Model Master glossy sea blue over-sprayed with Testors clear gloss. The decals were dug out of ye[...]

1/48 Special Hobby F2G as XF2G-1 14692

While bringing the F2G Corsair into production, Goodyear modified a number Corsairs with different components that would be used on their production F2G's. The R-4360 was test fitted and flown on a F4U-1. Some components tested on other Corsairs[...]

1/48th AMT F7F-3N Tigercat

I found this F7F-3N AMT kit to be a smooth build with no noticeable problems other than those that were self-inflicted. Despite filling the nose with lead, I found the model to be a dedicated tail-sitter. AMT must have been aware of that as they[...]

1/72nd Hasegawa P5M Marlin

This is my 2010 build of the old 1/72nd Hasegawa kit of the P5M Marlin patrol seaplane. It's built just as it came in the kit with the exception of the markings which were replicated from a photo. The kit itself is old dating back to the late 60[...]