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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 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 [...]

1/48th Revell EA-6A

Here's my attempt to build the Revell EA-6A Electric Intruder. I always liked the black tail markings with the white 'CY' and the Playboy bunny used by VMCJ-2 (and later re-designated VMAQ-2). I've had that Revell kit in my stash for quite [...]

1/48th Tamiya P-47D 42-29173

I Just finished building this 1/48th Tamiya P-47D in the markings (Rain-Dear) flown by Lt Clark Bresmeth of the 510th FS while stationed in France in the Autumn of 1944. That Tamiya kit was a dream to build and quite well engineered and [...]

I/48th Monogram F-102A

This F-102A was built pretty much out of the box with the exceptions being an Eduard PE seat belt and after-market decals from Draw. A trouble free build but I was surprised at how big that finished model is. The gray paint was MM enamel [...]

1/48th Hasegawa F4U-4 (Hybrid)

Having seen a photo of a F4U-4 Corsair in unusual markings I was motivated to attempt to model that plane. The final shot in this presentation is of the actual plane used as the basis of the build. That Corsair was a F4U-4 from VBF-81 in [...]