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Retired A&P. My main interest is !:48 WWII and pre-war Golden Age aircraft, but I sometimes build in other scales if the subject matter interests me.

PT-217 Twin Kaydet

Here's what happened when I tried to build two Revell PT-17s at the same time. I spent more time sniffing glue than reading instructions and things got a bit confusing...whatever, As I was thinking about all the thousands of future [...]

Heinkel He-46C-1.

Here’s my Heinkel He-46C-1. a resin kit from Planet Models in Condor Legion livery. Built mostly OOB, I just added some seat belts and stainless bracing wire on the struts. Model Master paint and kit decals. An easy build. In 1931 the [...]

Spanish Emil

I recently built a couple of models from Wingsy Kits and was impressed with their quality and detail. I didn’t have a 109E in my SCW collection, so decided to do another Wingsy kit. A few Bf-109E-1s and E-3s arrived in Spain just [...]

Curtiss CW-22B

Here's my CW-22B from Dora Wings in 1:48. It was a fairly easy build, it just needed a little thinning of the cockpit tub at the rear for a good fit. I used a section of an old bomb to make a spacer between the engine and firewall, as I [...]


Here's my early P-47B from Dora Wings in 1:48 I finished awhile back and just got around to taking some photos. This is one of their better kits in my opinion, everything fit well except the top and bottom wings at the wing root. The [...]

Witchcraft, The Enchanted Liberator

Here’s my build of “Witchcraft”, the enchanted B-24H Liberator of the 467th Bomb Group. The kit is Monogram’s 1:48 B-24J that I picked up at a bargain table for $5.00 at a contest a few years ago. There were no decals, and someone [...]

P-40M-10-CU 43-5925

This is the story of Curtiss P-40M 43-5925, which was part of a lend-least shipment to the Soviet Union in late 1943. It was given Soviet markings and designated "White 23" and was assigned to the 191st IAP (Istrebitel'ny [...]

De Havilland DHC-3 Otter

Here’s my build of the Hobbycraft DHC-3 Otter in 1:48. It was a garage sale kit that a friend sent me. I decided to build it as a Civil bush floatplane. The DHC-3 was developed by De Havilland Canada in early 1951 as a larger and more [...]

It's a HEMI!

Here’s my latest build, the Halberd XP-47H conversion. It’s an awesome conversion, the Halberd fuselage and Tamiya wings, spars, tailplanes, cockpit and canopy are all a perfect fit. The recent post by Tom Clever covers the history of [...]

Curtiss CW-21B

Here's my latest Dora Wings build, the CW-21B in 1:48. The CW 21 was an effort by Curtiss pre-war to provide a lightweight interceptor based on their earlier CW-19 trainer with a high rate of climb and decent top speed. It lacked armor [...]