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@craigindaytona Craig Abrahamson

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Retired (’06) Florida Corrections Officer Sgt., DOB 7-19-46, residing in Port Orange, FL, and a New England (MA) transplant in ’85, a widower, one son, (Chris, a border patrol agent in AZ), and a life-long modeler. Main area of interest is aircraft (40’s – 60’s), although some of the ‘newer’ stuff still catches my eye now and then. I’ve also done NASCAR, armor and a few “floaty things” just for some diversity.
Builds I have NO interest in are airplanes with more than one wing and/or rigging, boats that have sails (and/or rigging) and figures (I suck at painting any kind of figures). Like to travel, am a fair photographer, weekly (or in some cases, ‘weakly’) poker player and an excellent couch potato – my TV time is extensive when not doing “Mr. Mom” stuff.
EDIT: Since I’ve become alone recently, my modeling interest(s) have dropped off dramatically and I no longer have the desire nor the inclination to dabble in plastic modeling any longer. That may change in the future, but I don’t foresee anything happening in that regard. I still look in on other modelers here and will continue to add my .02 to most postings. My email is: [email protected]

Trumpeter 1/48th F9F Panther

What with the recent postings of Panthers, I couldn't help but post an old build I'd done some time ago (I wanted to jump on the proverbial band wagon of the "Year of the cat" GB). I guess you could've call this a “work in progress”, because I w[...]

Z-M 32nd A-1J Skyraider

Had this one for a little while and got a little burnt out on Phantoms, so I decided to go ahead and add it to the Z-M Navy version I'd done way back when (I think it was my first ever iModeler post come to think of it). Anyhow, pretty much the [...]

Yes….a Phantom – but it’s the last one for a while

Tamiya's 1/32nd scale F-4J. And wouldn't ya know - after I [thought] I was finally finished, THEN I noticed that I forgot to paint the NMF section(s) on the elevators. Dammit! Oh well, that shouldn't be too difficult to remedy if I'm careful w[...]

Oh No….Not Another One..!! (addendum)

This is the old ('98) Revell boxing of "Showtime 100" F-4J Mig Ace in 48th scale (which is obviously not the scheme I chose to do). This is quite a difference from the Z-M kits. The fuselage halves were were one solid piece - nose cone, tail hoo[...]

I can’t help myself….

I got Phantom Brain-Lock I think. Yes....it's the other 48th scale Z-M F-4. A little easier this time after "gong to school" on the other one just before this. Free hand camo (sorta). Rattle can paint job with some carefully placed pieces of 1" [...]

Not another Phantom…!

A quick 2-3 day build followed by another quick set of (indoor) pics - and it unfortunately shows! How does one "weather" a really dark gray airplane? Dunno? Me either apparently. It turned out pretty bad - as is painfully obvious. Even for me[...]

Z-M 48th F-4 Phantom

The term "over-engineered" is often used to describe some manufacturing techniques lately. I can't really say that this is the case here, but it did seem (at least to me), that Z-M made this kit a little more 'complicated' that it had to be. Alt[...]

Hasegawa 48th scale Phantom

This was a bagged kit (no instructions/decals) and something I wanted to get outta the way before starting on the two Z-M F-4's I've yet to begin. I didn't spend a lotta time in detailing and I did absolutely NO weathering, staining.....nuttin'.[...]

Tamiya’s F-4C/D Phantom II (added 7 more pics)

I finally got some time at the bench this past month. I'm planning on taking some better photo's outside in the sun tomorrow and editing the article in order to add them then. Stay tuned. They'll be (hopefully) more Phabulous Phantoms added to[...]

Group Build Entries

Although I didn't have the time to complete anything new, I wanted to participate in some way to Louis's Midway group. I hope these reposts "fit the bill". Thanks for your indulgence in my procrastination.