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I'm 70s era kid modeler who returned to the hobby after a long layoff thanks to school and varied attempts at making a career. My build approach is systematic but my subject builds vary on whim as I prefer to dabble in almost anything, but I usually build in aviation and SF.

Most of my reviews are at Modeling Madness.

1/48 Eduard P-51D Mustang Tales of Iwo Jima VLR

The P-51D Mustang is more famous for combat in Europe, but was also used in the Pacific near the end of WW2. After the capture of Iwo Jima by the USMC, the US Army Air Force and USN Seabees worked on turning it into a giant fighter and [...]

1/350 MikroMir USS Thresher

The USS Thresher was supposed to be the lead ship of an upgraded Skipjack class submarine design. Forsaking speed for stealth, the Thresher class (named after a species of shark and the even more dangerous Tambor class submarine, USS [...]

1/72 Hobby Boss U-2A Dragon Lady

INTRODUCTION The U-2 spy plane was originally based on a USAF spec for a high altitude strategic photo recon plane to photograph the USSR and to provide some sort of early warning to prevent them from doing a nuclear “Pearl [...]

1/72 MPC Eagle 4 with Lab Pod and Spinal Booster

INTRODUCTION “Now we're sitting on the biggest bomb man's ever made.” -Commander John Koenig A line which summarizes the late Gerry Anderson's mid 1970s science fiction TV series, Space 1999. I profess that awful and/or cheesy British [...]

1/48 ICM BQM-34A Firebee

A nice simple model of an important drone. The Ryan BQM-34A was the first in a series of drones used for military purposes. They were used for target emulation, high and low altitude recon, ECM, E-LINT missions and defense/radar [...]

1/144 Trumpeter Vulcan B2

The Avro Vulcan was a quad engined delta wing tail-less jet nuclear bomber designed for the RAF. It was part of the trio of bombers that made up the UK's V-Force (V for Vengeance) as part of the UK's nuclear strike force. The Vulcan [...]

1/48 Tamiya P-38J (Robin Old's Scat II)

The P-38 Lightning was originally planned to be a high altitude twin engined bomber interceptor. It was designed by Clarence Kelly Johnson's team with its now famous and unique twin boom configuration around the turbo-supercharged engines [...]

1/48 Eduard F4F-3 Wildcat

The Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat was borne from the failures of the F4F-1 and F4F-2 which was lacking in performance than the winner of the US navy monoplane fighter competition, the Brewster Buffalo. It was quickly ordered by the French and [...]

1/72 Eduard Mig-15 Build

The Mig-15 (NATO codenamed: Fagot) was the premier jet fighter of the Soviet Union during the early 1950s. It was developed out of the ashes of the Mig-9 which was a disaster in part because the designers placed the armament right in [...]

1/72 Arma Hobby P-39Q Old Crow

Bud Anderson (as of this writing) is the last living WW2 ace. He was born in Oakland California and joined the USAAF in January of 1942. He would be one of the best known pilots of the famous 357th Fighter Group and his planes Old Crow [...]