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Building models since age 7 (except for a short respite in my military years). Enjoying it now more than ever. I build across the spectrum but am biased towards towards historical miniatures and military vehicles.

Tamiya 1:48 U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8

The M8 Howitzer was a self-propelled infantry support gun based on the M5 Light Tank chassis that was used by the US during World War II in both the ETO and PTO. It was also used by France during WWII and after the war was deployed to [...]

ICM 1/72 BM-21 Grad

In my long ago stint in the military I was an expert at identifying all vehicles and aircraft in the Soviet arsenal. At that time the BM-21 was a fearsome weapon and there was no equivalent in the U.S. inventory. When I saw the recent [...]

A Build for a Friend

Focke-Wulf Fw190 D-9 (motorized), Fujimi, 1:48 For many years my friend Mike hosted monthly working meetings of a small group of modelers with a common interest in historical miniature figures. Those meetings were fun, informative and [...]

Comet Tamiya 1:35

Another great kit from Tamiya. As with his all of their newer kits, this one is essentially flawless. Similar to other recent Tamiya kits, the crew figures in this kit are a real step above what Tamiya produced in the past. It was a fun [...]

A Blast from the Past, M-109 1/48 Atlantis

In my youthful early modeling days I think I built the entire Aurora 1/48 armored vehicle series. I remember them being pretty decent (for the time) easy-to-assemble kits. They were pretty enjoyable projects. I remember the M109 kit, [...]

Crossing the Dnieper

I was working on this 1/48 dio in tandem with my Getting Some R & R dio. The basis is the June 1944 Red Army crossing of the Dnieper River as part of Operation Bagration, which destroyed Germany's Army Group Center and brought the [...]

Getting Some R & R, 1/35 dio

This project has been "in-work" for quite some time. I picked up Monroe Purdu's New Paint kit at a historical miniature show back in the late 1990s even though I didn't have a specific dio concept in mind. I was heavily into [...]

Char B1 Bis 1/35 Tamiya

Started off 2023 with ambitions to build some dios and more substantial displays. I began with a real jewel from my stash -- Tamiya's 1/35 Char B1 Bis. As expected with Tamiya kits,this is a real beauty. A flawless kit of a very unique [...]

2022 Builds

For me, scale modeling in 2022 had some highs and lows, but mostly highs. It was one of my most productive years—13 kits (15 if you count some figures thrown in). I finished more kits in 2020 by doing a lot of no-frills Covid shutdown [...]

Eduard 1/72 Avia S-199 ERLA canopy Profipack

I finished out the year with one great kit--Eduard's Avia S-199, Profipack. I've only done a few Eduard kits, though my stash has more than a handful. This one has all the bells and whistles that Eduard can offer; great molding and fit [...]