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Heavy equipment operator in a gold mine. Strictly 1/48 aircraft with a penchant for oddball schemes

Eduard 1:48 Spitfire Mk.VIII (Weekend Edition)

It's an Eduard kit, say no more. Markings are for 31st Fighter Group, 308th Fighter Squadron "hack"- HL✪R, s/nJF470, Italy 1944-45. An area of concern that is well mentioned is the two piece upper cowl panel which needs to have [...]

Tamiya 1:48 Mitsubishi J2M Raiden ("Lightning Bolt")

This is my take on a legendary J2M Raiden. You've probably seen other builds, profiles and decal sheets of it. Someone heard it from someone else who heard it from another builder who saw a picture of it. This aircraft served with the [...]

Tamiya 1:48(50) Nakajima Ki.84 Hayate(Gale)

The latest off the bench, Tamiya's ancient(1973) Ki.84, Allied code name "Frank". The aircraft served with the 58th Shimbu-Tai, Kyushu, Japan, May 1945. A great kit that went together fast. It has a combination of raised and [...]


The old but gold kit depicting one of the aircraft flown by Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin. He scored 48 victories while flying P-39's including this one. Bio here...(link) Can't say enough about the fit of the aircraft, a bit of filler [...]

Monogram 1:48 Boeing B-29 Superfortress

I had no intention of building this but trying to sell this online was not an option. The shipping costs alone are astronomical. So, given my penchant for oddball schemes, how to make one of 3790 NMF B-29's different. The first 40ish were [...]

ITALERI 1:48 Lockheed S-3B Viking

Been a while since I've posted anything, in a modelling funk. This is an Esci/AMT repop. The kit went together pretty well but pay attention to the instructions as Italeri mis-numbers several parts; they are pretty easy to figure out [...]

Tamiya 1:48 KAWANISHI N1K1-Ja SHIDEN TYPE 11 (George)

N1K1 from the 402nd Fighter Squadron, 341st Fighter Group. This is a very nice kit with great fit and low parts count. When I opened the kit I set myself a challenge; finish a kit in under a month. If you discount the 10 minutes it took me [...]

AIRFIX 1:48 SPITFIRE MK.I (Kit Number A05115A)

I built this in tandem with the build I posted yesterday using the earlier and slightly easier to build kit. This is the other famous 57 OTU aircraft, LV⦿N, s/n AR212. I shamelessly copied from yesterdays article...Innards were painted [...]

Airfix 1:48 Spitfire Mk. I (Kit Number A05126)

The newest Mk.I kit with the fuel tank cover and landing gear issues. Other than that, a great kit. This is WZ⦿H of 19 Squadron, Duxford, 4th May 1939. Innards were painted with Tamiya XF-71 Cockpit Green. Masking tape harnesses. The [...]

ACADEMY 1:48 Grumman TBM-3 Avenger Kit Number #12285

I've had this kit for a long time; it's an Accurate Miniatures re-pop. I've been wanting to do this as an Atlantic Scheme and settled on this version. The thing that delayed the build for years was the lack of information on the underwing [...]