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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]

D-Day builds late to the party…

Although I didn't finish my intended "group build" entry, but in keeping with the recent theme, I submit these older builds for your consideration.

MG42 “Hitler’s Buzzsaw”…

Unfortunately, this was also a big part of the D-Day invasion on the Normandy beaches. Capable of firing at an almost astounding rate, the firing pin was manufactured with a set of roller cams on each side of the bolt carrier, enabling the gun t[...]

1/48th F-4 Phantom

So I'm idling away the time with a Monogram (Revell) F-4 Phantom, (copyright 2010)...and I have another F-4 Phantom (from Revell, so the box says, copyright 1987) so I figure I have mix n' match "extra" parts. Wrong. These two kits - supposedly [...]

Academy 1/48 F4U-4B

This is simply something I put together over the weekend. It's far from Tamiya quality, but I acquired the model in a multi-kit deal and just wanted something simple to occupy my hands/mind over the holidays. Tried a few different things on it a[...]

1/48th Bell UH-1 “Huey”

As is painfully obvious, this kit didn't fit real well for some reason (don't think it was ME - this time). But, as I was almost finished with it when things started to go South, I went ahead and "got her done" this afternoon. All that was left[...]

Revell 1/48th UH-34D Helicopter

This [old] Revell kit didn't have "real" fit issues, but it's certainly not up to what you'd call 'today's standards'. There were several areas that tried my patience when attempting to make everything fit. But it wasn't all that terrible, so I [...]

D-Day build – 1/48th Tamiya Sherman

Finally got some bench time and finished the M4A1 Sherman tank (which, by the way, barely fit in the landing craft - even though they're the same scale). I chose not to weather heavily, as this example was meant to depict a Sherman just arriving[...]

1/6th scale D-Day weaponry (added pics)

The only gripe I have with the manufacturer (Dragon), is the lack of directions. The “instruction sheet” is one piece of paper with a black & white photograph of the assembled model with part numbers and arrows pointed toward the general loc[...]

Monogram C-47….ready for the D-Day drop –

Possibly the consummate D-Day representation. As with the LST, I detest painting figures SO MUCH, that the airplane looks rather "bare" without a load of troops waiting to board, but hey...at least I got the invasion stripes on straight (I think).

D-Day LST in 1/35th from Hobby Boss

This was a pretty straightforward build, being rather ‘boxy’ with no fit issues with which to contend. It is, as you can see, devoid of any cargo at the present (human or otherwise). I’ll have to scrounge around for some [appropriate] 48th scale[...]