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I like aircraft, cars, armor, ships and figures. I'm always interested in finding new techniques to try. I am a long time IPMS member, currently belonging to four chapters here in Florida. I spent many years in Minnesota. I belonged to the IPMS chapter, Twin City Aero Historians, and I am now a life-time member. These days I rarely compete, but build mostly for my own enjoyment.

I retired in 1995 from a career in advertising and marketing. I was born in Pasadena California, but grew up in Nebraska and Colorado. I spent my service time with the US Coast Guard in New England which included a trip to Greenland.

I have been married to the same woman for 55 years and we raised two children. Our daughter was in the Navy where she met her husband who has since retired as a Master Chief. Both are living in Maryland and work for government contractors. Our son was also in the Navy and now works in computers and lives and works in the Fort Lauderdale area. We have 4 terrific grandkids. One granddaughter in a Captain in the Army, one grandson is going to school here in Fl, a granddaughter is going to school in Boston and the other granddaughter is attending Drexel in Philadelphia.

Bits and Pieces….Odds and Ends

Soon after retirement I found myself hanging out at at local hobby shop, the kind that had hundreds of models hanging from the ceiling. The owner and I thought it would be cool to have plane being shot down with a real ten foot trail of [...]

Another 48th Scale Monogram F-8 Fan

I bult this model some time ago, but it is still one of my favorites. The panel lines are pencil and the kit is built basically out of the box. Lots of decal work and some light weathering. The seat is resin.

Building the 1/8th Scale Tamiya Suzuki RGV-L

There is something to be said about building out of one's comfort zone. I know absolutely nothing about racing motorcycles (and still don't), but I have seen some built here on imodeler and thought they looked incredible. So when I ran [...]

One more time…. the Mauve 48th scale P-40N

The third time is a charm. I could not pass up the opportunity to do a P-40 in a natural metal finish either.

Building the Curtiss Ugly Duckling

The first 48th scale kit of this aircraft I owned years ago was an all resin kit, and the name of the manufacturer now escapes me. I know I traded it off quite a few years back. I also know the real aircraft was a real dog, and the Navy [...]

Finished The 48th Scale Kitty Hawk F-94C Starfire at Last.

I really like aircraft from this era. This Kitty Hawk kit was fun to build for the most part. The cockpit comes with some PE parts which dress up the office nicely. I found the fit to be generally good, with the exception of the canopy, [...]

Building my collection of General Scott's aircraft

I am well into building a collection of General Robert Scott's aircraft. He is probably the only aviation icon I have met in person, so this has been my motivation to start this project. All will be in 48th scale.

Monogam 48th Scale F-15 Eagle

I had this model in the work in progress group a while back and saw a request for more photos and to put it in the headlines section. I scratched everything in the cockpit behind the seat. You can see that I used a good amount of resin [...]

Academy 48th Scale F-4B Finally Complete

It's hard to believe it was seven months ago that I posted some in-progress photos on this project. There was a lot of decal work even before I added the Mike Grant rivets. I liked the kit and built it OOB.

Bye-Bye Corsair

I took a few pictures the other day of a Corsair model I had built a few years ago before it left for it's new home. A friend wanted it for his Grandson and had me add his nickname onto the model. This was built during my weathering [...]