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King Air and Falcon pilot. I build mainly in 1/48th and 1/72nd scales, with some experimentation in 1/32nd scale. i do not have a fetish for fully detailed wheel wells, opened engine compartments, or painstakingly detailed cockpits and ejection seats. I focuses mainly on the basics of construction with the emphasis on eye-catching paint schemes. As fate would have it i have one of the largest collections of almost-finished models in the Pacific Northwest.

I specialise in WWII and later USN subject matter as well as first and second-generation jet aircraft.

Also, i'm Nuttier than a Box of Frogs. i like cat videos and sarcasm, and i do not always parse my words as carefully as i should.

The Somewhat Unappreciated Hasegawa F6F Hellcat

I've been away from iModeler for quite a while, but I haven't been sitting idle. I've been tinkering with several "Shelf of Doom" projects in various stages of construction, and i decided to rebuild and repair a favourite of mine [...]

Sister Squadrons

This project began shortly after i took GYPSY 203, a VF-32 Tomcat built for John Lawler, to the IPMS Nationals in Phoenix. Having enjoyed building the Tamiya Tomcat, i wanted to build one for myself. I was inspired by an issue of SCALE [...]

A Tomcat for John: GYPSY 203

Well, it only took about 18 months but i managed to finish another model. Here is the Tamiya F-14A, done up in the markings of one of my former teachers from VF-32, "Big John" Lawler. John was one of my CFI instructors at [...]

A Corsair for Bob

This is a project i'd been working on for about a year and a half. Many of you out there are already aware of the backstory behind this and i can't promise that there will be any value added by repeating it here, but you never know. This [...]

A Good Year for Corsairs

Here is my 32nd scale Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage, built to depict the prototype Goodyear FG-1 built in Akron Ohio and first flown in about June of 1943. Goodyear missed introducing the Corsair during the earlier Blue Gray and Light Gray paint [...]

ALMOST as good as the 32nd scale Tamiya Corsair…… The 72nd scale Tamiya Corsair

Following on James Kelley's excellent article on the 32nd scale Tamiya Birdscage, and because i am totally bereft of originality, i thought i'd post an article on my latest labour of love. This is my latest 72nd scale Corsair, Number 3, [...]

“RIDE NUNC” (Laugh Now). (Hasegawa F-8E Crusader, 1/48th scale)

This is the story of a 15-year-old running joke between Myself and the Vice President of North American Sales at Gulfstream. Raynor Reavis knew that i was a model builder, and asked me if i would build a model of the mount he flew in [...]

First of the Vero Beach Projects- The Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat (1/48th Scale)

I'm not sure what i can say about the Tamiya F4F that hasn't already been said by others. It marked Tamiya's return (in a BIG way) to the 48th scale aircraft segment, it filled a ginormous gap in WWII Naval Aviation subjects (and spelled [...]

Tamiya 1/48th Scale F4U-2, “BLACK GEORGE” VMF (N)- 532, South Pacific, 1944

This is the Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair, built with the optional conversion parts to do an F4U-2 Night Fighter. It's the third 48th scale WWII Pacific Fighter i've finished, dating back around mid 2007. It's also the first model i [...]

Worst of the Best? Or: How i rescued a discarded model from certain destruction (Tamiya F4U-1D, 1/72nd Scale)

When was the last time you saw someone build a Brewster Corsair? The story of this model begins in failure. I had gotten this model almost ready for the "Fiddly Bits" in 2004 when it suffered a catastrophic structural failure at [...]