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1/48 Monogram SNJ-6

First completed build of 2023 is a 1/48 Monogram SNJ-6 Navy trainer. 1950's markings from NAS Memphis. Overall the kit went together well and was fun to build. I built the kit out of the box with Caracal decals which were excellent. [...]

2022 In Review

2022 was by far my most productive year in terms of modeling. I think being a part of this community played a big role in that. I was able to complete 12 kits and I think that my skills have really improved thanks to the work of the [...]

Revell/Monogram 1/48 P-38 J "Stinger"

Kit: Revell/Monogram's 1/48 p-38J Decals: Superscale Lighting Aces #48-1179 Paint: Vallejo Weathering: artist oils, weathering powder, chipping fluid, silver pencil Happy Thanksgiving fellow modelers! After a fun time building one of [...]

1/48 Tamiya F4u-1a "Big Hog"

Alas the summer is ending and next week I will be returning to my teaching job (history of course!). Before the school year begins I wanted to finish one more kit- Tamiya's 1/48 Corsair. I started this kit in the spring of 2020 but shelved [...]

1/48 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk. I

Here is my take on the Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk. I flown by Sgt. Tadeusz Andruszkow, No. 303 (Polish) Squadron RAF Northolt Engalnd Sept 1940. Overall a nice kit when finished but I had to really fight parts of it- specifically the [...]

1/48 Monogram P-38L "Pacific Prowler"

I got this Monogram P-38 (1966 issue) super cheap online and couldn't resist the desire to rebuild one of the very first models that I built as a kid. It was a fun nostalgic trip down memory lane, but it took some careful test fitting and [...]

1/48 Airfix Spitfire MK XIV

Here is Airfix's 1/48 Spitfire MK XIV built out of the box with no modifications. Overall it's a nice build experience with the exception of the fit of the "saddle" forward of the windscreen which was terrible and had to be [...]

Revell 1/48 P-40b AVG Flying Tiger

I picked this up in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby for $4.99- Overall it was a smooth build with few problems. Given what I paid for it, I think I got the most out of this classic. I think from a shape perspective it looks just as [...]

1/48 Monogram P-51D "Detroit Miss"

I bought this kit on the cheap from a popular online auction site. The finished product falls into the "6 footer" category. Stay 6 feet back and it looks like a P-51 Step a little closer and you will see the thick decals, poor [...]

Hobbyboss 1/48 P-47D

This kit interested me because of its low price point and generally positive reviews. Yes there are no pylons and a few other accuracy issues but as someone who was just looking to add a P-47 to their collection I wanted to give it a try. [...]