I’ve been doing modelling for about 15 years now, having returned to the hobby I dabbled in as a kid. It was a steep learning curve but the Internet was a huge help in picking up tips and techniques and figuring out where to get the necessary tools. Now armed with several airbrushes and a spray booth, I feel reasonably well equipped to work my way through my growing kit stash. Luckily, I have just enough space for a good sized pile of kits, collecting being one of the great secondary pleasures of this hobby.
I build mostly 1/32 and 1/48 aircraft but also some 1/35 armor (WWII and Modern) and am now branching out into 1/200, 1/350 and 1/700 scale ships and subs. I also have a couple of the 1/72 giants, the U-Boat VIIC and the Gato under assembly, as well as an S-Boat.
As for my life outside the hobby, I am a teacher and one time administrator with a strong interest in history, particularly family military history, which has led me to archival research and regimental reunions to interview veterans. . I also enjoy international travel, cycling, hiking and archery, among other pastimes. I also love motorcycles but can’t afford one currently.
Here is my Iraqi Army T-72M completed as part of the Gulf War/Desert Storm Group Build. I corrected the 1/35 Tamiya kit with a more accurately-shaped SBS resin turret, including supplied photo-etched details for the searchlights and stowage bo[...]
Here is my attempt at modeling the CF-104 Starfighter in 1/48th scale. This is my one and only Bare Metal Foil model - it was pretty labor intensive but worth the effort. I applied the BMF panel by panel and mostly used Matt Aluminum but also[...]
Here is my Tamiya Mitsubishi G4M1 "Betty". This was a fairly long project, partly documented in the Empire of Japan Group Build (so I will keep description here to a minimum). It is finished in Tamiya XF-11 JN Green, XF-64 Red Brown and XF-12 [...]
Here is a build that was a real learning experience for me. I built it out of the box without photo etch and used the kit decals with serial number rearranged to represent an aircraft of Coastal Command - flown by Flight Lieutenant Nunn of 235 [...]
Here is Trumpeter’s massive, over-engineered, but still impressive P-38J Lightning in 1/32nd scale. Some of you may know that this is not an easy kit. The sheer size of it, coupled with the fact that you need a ton a weight in the nose to get[...]
This is my build of the Tamiya 1/48th P-47D Razorback. Tamiya’s p-47s must be some of the best kits ever produced. No need for a lot of photo etch in the cockpit , which has excellent detail OOB. I did add a few small things, however. As u[...]
Here is my build of the Hasegawa 1/48 scale Hawker Typhoon 1B. This is a great kit, even with nothing added. I used aftermarket decals for an aircraft of 137 Squadron RAF, June 1944 operating over Normandy. I also went with the Eduard flap set,[...]
Here is my Hasegawa Ki.84 Hayate “Frank” in 1/48. I will one day get to the 1/32nd version so I am re-examining this earlier build and I decided it was worth a few pictures. For this build, the two challenges for me were getting the IJA green [...]
This is the Dragon M-26 Pershing in 1/35. I used Bison decals for a vehicle of the 73rd Tank Batallion, Korea 1950. I have always liked the look of Korean War Pershings and Pattons, especially with later track, so I had to build this one.
This is the Tamiya 1/48 F-4U1a Corsair – an older build of mine when I first tried out Lifecolor Acrylics. These went on very smoothly but tended to clog the airbrush until I got them thinned correctly. The color differentiation between the no[...]