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From south central Pennsylvania. U.S. Navy ⚓️ 1965-1969, Retired from industry March 2012, reading World War II and Civil War history, collecting diecast models and building plastic model kits. I like to shoot small bore rifles and revolvers.

Atlantis 1/102 scale PT 207

The U.S. Navy Patrol Torpedo boat of World War II. Referred to as the “Mosquito”. This kit by Atlantis is a re-mold of the old Revell kit copyright 1959. It is 8 inches long. It was missing the windscreen that sits on top of the cabin [...]

Tamiya Vought F4U-1A Corsair 1/48 scale.

I had built this quite a while ago but did not like the orange peel in the paint so I got rid of it and bought this one which took me about four days. Krylon matte midnight ink spray paint bought at Lowe’s. Supposedly the way they looked [...]

A Japanese submarine

By TAMIYA, 1/350 scale. This was the sub that carried four aircraft in the hanger under the conning tower. I chose to not use them. This submarine was to attack the Panama Canal with her aircraft and possibly bomb installations on the west [...]


39”, took me about a week. I did not paint the hull the traditional red, after taping off and getting the black straight, I was not about to push my luck and do the red with a second tape off. The lines are decals from STARFIGHTER [...]

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia

AirFix 1:72 scale model that went together well. The Spitfire gained immortality during the Battle of Britain in the summer and into the fall of 1940. The main role was to intercept and destroy the Luftwaffe’s fighters while the [...]

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 [...]