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.
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 MODELER[...]
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 FlightSafety in Flori[...]
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.
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 schem[...]
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, done i[...]
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 Vietnam[...]
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 the b[...]
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 painted wit[...]
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 the wing-fusel[...]