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@danfrombermuda Dan DeSilva

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I am born and raised- a BERMUDIAN.
I am a professional artist and an art teacher. I am married and have two miniature dachshunds.
My main areas of interest are USN/USMC aircarft through the ages, but I love all flying things! I hope to start doing some artwork of aircraft, but for now my market is more focused on images of Bermuda.

1/48 Otaki FW190A-8 with help from DML, Airfix, and Tamiya

This is one of those older kits that you buy, and figure you could do something with it, then realize you should have just bought another of the newer kits instead. However, living on an island with no hobby shop, and not being able to [...]

Tamiya FW190A-4 conversion

Hi all, I seem to have picked up a few 190's over the years. This one is the Tamiya FW190A3 converted to an A-4. This airframe makes that conversion pretty easy, as all that is needed is to add an antenna mast on the tailfin. This is one [...]

1/48 ESCI A-4Q conversion

I bought up a lot of 1/48 ESCI A-4's years ago, and was not aware of the issues with the kit. The canopy is closer to the real A-4 than the Monogram canopy, but the exhaust area of the kit, is more of an ogival cross section than the [...]

1/48 Monogram A-4H Indonesia TNI-AU

My third A-4, and last for a little while, is the Monogram A-4E kit with improvements to the kit, and modifications to build it as an ex-Israeli A-4H in service of the Indonesian Air Force- TNI-AU. The first issue to deal with on the [...]

1/48 Classic Airframes IAF TA-4H

Here is my second IAF Skyhawk- a TA-4H. The Classic Airframes kit is quite good- with a few issues. The best part of them is the lack of "step" on the leading edge of the wing, for the slat. on the real plane there is no step [...]

1/48 Hasegawa IAF A-4N

I love the Skyhawk- single seat, two seat, various operators, etc. I initially made the mistake of thinking that you could take the A-4M kit and with decals make it an A-4N. I learned pretty quickly, that not all A-4N airframes had ARBS in [...]

Academy /48 Mig 21SM

As I am not a Mig 21 expert, I will not say that all of what I did on this build, was absolutely correct. I based the markings on a profile (eek) of Mig 21s in Afghanistan in the 80's. I found a KMC Mig21 MF resin cockpit during one of my [...]

Hasegawa 1/72 F9F-8 Cougar

Hi all, Years ago, I carefully sought out 1/72 kits of all the Blue Angels Display aircraft, which led to also looking for 1/72 transport aircraft, then I went on to 1/48...you get the idea. Well, in my focus of getting the 1/72 kits, I [...]

1/144 LS P-3 Orion

In Bermuda in the 80's I was in high school and grew up with P-3 Orions flying overhead. The Atlantic Soviet sub threat had to be monitored, so squadrons rotated through Bermuda regularly. Interesting how there isn't an NAS Bermuda any [...]

1/144 R5D-3 Blue Angels

Here is the Minicraft 1/144 C-54 kit released as the Blue Angels R5D-3. I think this livery is one of the most attractive schemes for Blue Angels logistical aircraft carried. I think it perfectly suits the lines of the aircraft. it also [...]