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@camaro1 Jack Mugan

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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.

Field Trip

Recently I made my fourth visit to the Dulles Museum. Well, that’s not the real name; it is officially the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum/Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, but that’s way too much to remember, so I just refer to it as th[...]

Verlinden 48th Scale Carrier Deck Equipment

A few years back Verlinden Products brought out several pieces of carrier deck equipment that really got me excited. I like to display my models in their natural environment when possible. I found these to be excellent examples of equipment comm[...]

Monogram’s 48th Scale F-106

One of Monogram's nicest kits. This is OOB, painted with Model Master Aircraft Grey. I penciled in the panel lines to help break up all that grey paint. This is another of my favorite Century Series Fighters.

An Oldie But Goodie 48th Scale Panther Jet

The Panther Jet has always been one of my favorite ever since I built the Monogram Speedy-Built kit back in the day. Just like the cars in the fifties, these jet where just plain down-right beautiful.

Remembering General Robert Scott

Several years ago I stopped at the Warner Robbins Museum in Georgia and had the opportunity to meet General Robert Scott. I had read his book God Is My Co-Pilot while in my teens and this was a very special moment for me. Of all the models I hav[...]

48th scale North American F-86D Sabre Dog

This model represents the first production single seat fighter to which air-to-air missiles replace the classic gun armament. The Monogram kit is built out of the box and I do not recall any fit issues. I used several shades of Alclad paint loo[...]

Son of Cobra II

Cobra II underwent several modifications including an engine change to the V-1710-143/145(G6). This engine was developed for the P-82 Twin Mustang. Charles "Chuck" Brown, an Allison test pilot, flew the re-named Cobra KF-1 in the 1948 Thompson, [...]

Airacobra of a different color

Just thought I'd add something different to the Airacobra love fest. Test pilot Tex Johnson won the 1946 Thompson Trophy Race at an average speed of 373.908 mph.flying this aircraft.

How I started counting rivets….

I really like natural metal schemes and became a big fan of Allclad paint because of their color range and drying time. Then one day I ran across Mike Grant's website and saw he was offering rivets as a decal sheet. I hadn't had much luck with t[...]

Grumman OV-1A Mohawk

It was the Eduard cockpit set that inspired me to build this model…. That and the fact that I had access to the real aircraft. The American Wings Museum is located in the Twin Cities in Minnesota and was created by Mike Langer, who was a member [...]