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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.

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 The si[...]

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 war ga[...]

1/72nd Hawk F4U-1D

A good friend recently gifted me with an old 1/72nd Hawk F4U-1D Corsair kit. Since I had built many of them in my earlier years of modeling (the original kits came out around 1959), I figured I'd go ahead and give it a shot. The kit is basic-bas[...]

1/48th Academy T-33A

I just completed this 1/48th model of a T-33A that was assigned to the 157th TFS of the SC ANG. They were based at McEntire ANGB, SC. At the time that unit was equipped with the F-102 Delta Dagger. The model is an Academy T-33A which was a fun [...]

1/48th HobbyBoss FM-2

Just finished up with the 1/48th HobbyBoss FM-2 Wildcat. I had problems with the landing gear construction but likely self-inflicted. The FM-2 is finished in the markings of VC-80 while serving aboard USS Manila Bay (CVE-61) in late 1944. The mo[...]

1/48th Hasegawa F4U-7

Here's my just completed model of a F4U-7 Corsair in USMC markings and it's not a 'whatiffer' but modeled after one I saw and photographed at the USMC Museum in Quantico, VA in May of 1967. The Vought F4U-7 was designed for and flown exclusively[...]

1/48th AMT AD-4W Skyraider

This is my third model in support of the Korean War group build.. It's a 1/48th AD-4W Skyraider. The kit was an AMT branded version of the original ESCI model. It was a basic kit with few frills but the shape was good and the plastic well cast [...]

1/48th Hasegawa F4U-5N

This is my second build in conjunction with Louis Gardner's Korean War group build. It's a F4U-5N Night Fighter in the markings of VC-3. The Hasegawa kit was nicely engineered with the exception of the engine cowling mating to the forward fusela[...]

1/48th Monogram F9F-5 Panther

Here's my first offering for the Korean War group build. It's the good ole Monogram 1/48th F9F-5 Panther done in the markings of VF-51 which flew off the USS Valley Forge off Korea in 1953. The build was smooth with the exception of problems wi[...]

1/48th Tamiya F4U-1A

This Corsair is modeled in the markings of VMF-422 as seen on Engebi in May of 1944. The kit was great to work with and went together smoothly with the exception of the joint line where the wing outer panels mate with the wing center section. S[...]