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@bmolloy Emmet Molloy

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U.S. Navy 1965-1969, Retired from industry March 2012, reading, hunting, collecting diecast models and building plastic model kits.

Revell 1:48 kit of the U.S. Marines F4U-4 Corsair VMA-332, USS Bairoko (CVE-115)

At Korea, July 1953. This is the second assembly of this model in approximately 6 months. Only on the other one, I used the decals for the Black Sheep Squadron VMF-214. I wanted to see if this purchase required as much cutting, sanding and [...]

The fleet submarine USS Bowfin (SS-287)

This is from the old Lindberg kit, first introduced in or around 1948. I found this at an Ollie’s Outlet store in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. It was intended to be the USS Gato with decals and the name on the box, but I thought it to be [...]

Tamiya kit, U.S. Navy, USS Fletcher (DD-445)

Another very good quality Tamiya model. I tried to follow the instructions carefully, but got the bridge platforms on the wrong sides. But it was too late to correct my mistake after realizing it because the glue had dried, so I added some [...]

Revell Caribbean Pirate Ship

This was the version that Revell produced in 2006. They called it their Caribbean Pirate Ship, but I believe it was based on a Disney movie from long ago. This came with a bottle of “glow in the dark” green paint if one chose to [...]

Tamiya kit, 1:48 F4U Corsair

A very easy kit to build with good decals also. I actually used three different Testors paint colors on the main body of this model. I added the skull and crossbones decal to the tail because I had it left over, even though I am aware [...]

Lindberg kit, USS Nautilus (SSN-571)

This kit was first introduced in the early 1950’s and is still apparently in the same mold configuration. I had recently ordered it through Amazon and the two hull sides came a bit warped but some rubber bands helped to hold the sides [...]

Revell F4U-4 Corsair VMF-214 “Black Sheep” Squadron, off the USS Sicily (CVE-118) Korea 1951

This model was ok to build but the wing to wing roots presented a problem in the fit of them. But with patience, I finished it. The decals are of good quality and I had extras which I reapplied two times because I had the wrong placement [...]

Revell USS Arizona (BB-39)

A good model to paint and assemble but required some cutting to fit the deck to the two piece hull. About 20 hours to paint and assemble using Testors paints and Tamiya extra thin cement.

Tamiya 1:48 P51-D Mustang kit

This is a kit that almost puts itself together. Fine Tamiya quality as usual with good decals. About 20 hours to paint and assemble using Testors spray and bottle paints. Instructions are easy to follow. I used Tamiya extra thin cement [...]