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@eb801 Eric Berg

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Been building models forever, minus a long gap between then and now, thanks to my late uncle who worked for Revell in Venice, CA in the 50’s and early 60’s. The Christmas tree was always loaded with kits underneath much to my delight.

E of J Build: Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate

The internet is awash with Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (Frank) kits in all scales and brands. Judging by the multitude of completed Hayate photos out there, it seems to me this well designed fighter is just as popular as the Zero, the only other Japan[...]

PTO/VJ Day: Remembering Ike Kepford

I may as well jump in on this bandwagon honoring the 75th anniversary of VJ Day that marked the end of fighting in the PTO. Here's my tribute to Ike Kepford who was the Navy's highest scoring WWII F4U ace with 16 victories. I built this Tami[...]

Modelsvit 1:48 P-51H ANG

The P-51H was the last and a completely different version of the Mustang, redesigned in an effort to reduce weight and increase speed. Tom Cleaver built this Modelsvit kit back in January and has the P-51H’s history down plus some good construct[...]

Uh oh, another 1/48 Airfix P-40B and then some…

For my second shelter in place build, I decided to go with George Welch’s P-40B Warhawk. I presume most of you iModeler flyguys have already built squadrons of early Warhawks or Tomahawks by now and/or are familiar with the history of Welch’s b[...]

1/48 Eduard P-51D “Doll” Numero Uno.

Here’s my first shelter-in-place build: This P-51D (Eduard’s “Frenesi” boxing) represents the very first marking of “Big Beautiful Doll”. There were six different “Doll” schemes painted on the two Mustangs flown by Col. John Landers, who transi[...]

1:48 Hasegawa Hurricane Mk.IID “Tank Buster”

The Battle of Britain proved that the Hawker Hurricane Mk.I’s days as a front line fighter were numbered. Along came the improved Hurricane Mk IIA series in 1942 with the ability to use newly developed interchangeable wings. The airframe’s new r[...]

1/48 AMtech Ta-183 Huckebein – “The Troublesome Raven”

A lot of us styrene addicts have purchased models with the intention of building them right away that end up sitting on the stash shelf for years - even decades. That’s been my relationship with AMtech’s Ta-183 Huckebein, the one and only kit th[...]

1:48 Airfix Spitfire FR. Mk XIVe, Kuala Lumpur

This sortie worn Spitfire FR. Mk. XIVe is modeled after one assigned to the 28th RAF Squadron in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya mid1946. I used Hannants Xtradecals, sheet X48127 for the markings. Much has been written about this latest Spitfire n[...]

Ebbro Hondajet 1/48

This past March I was browsing around a LHS in Hong Kong and this kit leaped off the shelf at me. The Hondajet is Ebbro’s first venture producing a plastic airplane kit and first time I had seen it. Until that moment, I had never heard of a Hon[...]

1:48 HobbyBoss F8F-1 Bearcat “Beetle Bomb” Blue Angels

Here’s my grimy looking Blue Angels’ F8F-1 “Beetle Bomb” Bearcat circa late 1949 as it might have looked after a hard weekend working an airshow. Note the attached photo of the actual plane. By early 1948 the Blue Angels were flying four blue F[...]