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@dbdlee Dan Lee

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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.

Matchbox SLUF or more politely known as the A-7D

I built this old Matchbox 1/72 A-7D OOB except for the decals because I was annoyed with working with uncooperative resin and PE pieces as well as stubborn paint jobs that weren't going anywhere. Also wanted to practice working on SEA [...]

"Houston, we have a problem." 1/350 Moebius Discovery

The USS Discovery One with the registry number of XD-1 was originally planned as the first manned mission to Jupiter. With the discovery of TMA-1 on the moon in the year 1999, the mission profile was changed from an exploration of the [...]

Review: 1/48 Great Wall Hobbies Mig-29 9-12 Early Review

Introduction The MiG-29 9-12 aka MiG-29A “NATO Code Name: Fulcrum” was originally thought by NATO as the lightweight companion fighter to the Su-27 in the Soviet version of the F-X fighter program and the equivalent of the F-16 in [...]

1/72 Hasegawa VF-1S Gerwalk Mode Model

In the early 1980s, the Harmony Gold Company decided to import the classic Japanese anime Super Dimensional Fortress: Macross series over from Japan and bring it to North American TV as an action adventure series for kids 8-15. However [...]

1/48 Fine Molds A5M2b Claude

Just some photos from my recent build of a Fine Molds A5M2b Claude. Very easy kit to build and no major issues. I really enjoyed building this one. I'll write a full article soon (too busy.) To get the slight gold/yellow tone of the [...]

1/12 Bandai Boba Fett

Boba Fett is one of the most popular Star Wars characters. At the time of the original trilogy no one knew anything about him, but what the fans mostly knew about him was that he was one bad mother (shut your mouth) of a bounty hunter [...]

1/48 Grand Phoenix FJ-4B (sort of ish) Fury

The FJ Fury series was originally a straight winged naval fighter designed and built by North American Aviation which was the basis for the F-86 Sabre. The later marks of the Fury added swept wings (based on the F-86 wing), more powerful [...]

1/32 Wingnut Wings Sopwith Triplane (Collishaw Edition)

Raymond Collishaw was a top Canadian RNAF/RAF ace pilot who along with the plane he flew and his famous "Black" Flight helped the British recover from the demoralizing days of "Bloody April" in 1917. His personal [...]

Academy 1/700 USS Enterprise aka The Grey Ghost aka The Big E

Today is the 79th anniversary of the climatic day of the Battle of Midway so here is a review of a build in honor of today. FYI, I did publish the original photo as part of my collection of PTO models but did not submit the entire review [...]

1/35 Tamiya Cromwell

The Cromwell came out of the requirement for a replacement for the Crusader which the British High Command knew wasn't going to be enough. Nuffield's A24 design was originally picked as the basis for the Cromwell, but it was powered by [...]