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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.

1/72nd 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[...]

1/48th Monogram B-26 Invader As A JD-1

Many years have gone by since the 1/48th Monogram B-26 Invader kit was first released yet that kit is still remarkable and many markings options exist for building it. I decided to build this one as a JD-1, the Navy version. It's finished in the[...]

1/48th Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair

More and more I find myself building to model a plane that appeals to me as a result of seeing it in a photo. That was the case in my FG-1A build. The actual plane was FG-1A 13374 which was a stock Goodyear Corsair modified to flight test the to[...]

1/48th Monogram SNJ-4 In The Markings Of MAG-11

Although the 1/48th Monogram SNJ / T-6 Texan kit has been around for several decades, it's still a fine kit to work with. I built this model several years ago in the markings of Marine Air Group (MAG) Eleven. I've included a photo of the plane I[...]

1/48th Hasegawa F6F-3 Hellcat

When I saw the actual photo of this plane, I just knew I had to build it. Other than the quite unusual white paint trim, it's pretty much a standard WWII tri-color Hellcat. I know it was from a Navy squadron but I have yet to identify which one.[...]

1/48th Tamiya F4U-1A ‘Sally’

Years back, I read an article in Air Classics telling the story of 'Sally'. That Corsair was a salvage job constructed from the remains of several Corsair hulks from the boneyard by mechanics of Marine Service Squadron Eleven out in the South Pa[...]

1/48th Hasegawa F4U-5 In The Markings Of VF-44 In 1949

I just finished this Corsair yesterday. It's the 1/48th Hasegawa F4U-5 done in the 1949-era markings of VF-44. The kit is very well engineered with the exception of the fitment of the cowling where it joins with the fuselage. The cowling has thr[...]

1/48th RF-101C Conversion

This RF-101C Voodoo was originally built several years ago. It got damaged a while back when I dropped another model on it while re-arranging my model shelves. The horizontal tails, one of the dive brake doors and one of the flaps were also knoc[...]

1/48th AD-5 Skyraider

Hello Folks, here's my latest just off the building table. It's an AD-5 Skyraider built from the 1/48th Revell kit. As many of you know, that kit is a re-release of the old Matchbox kit from back in the 70's. The advantages of working with the R[...]

1/72nd P2V-5 Neptune Conversion

I wanted to build an earlier version of the P2V Neptune and selected the 20mm cannon armed P2V-5 as my subject. The Hasegawa 1/72nd P2V-7 kit was the starting point and I used the fine Falcon P2V-5 vacuform conversion set for the major modificat[...]