I’ve been building models since a wee boy, minus a long gap between 18 and 40, thanks to my late uncle Paul who worked for Revell in Venice, CA in the 50's - 60’s and, later, AMT models. In those days, the family Christmas tree was always loaded with kits underneath much to my delight, but it drove my mother nuts who viewed them as dust collectors, sadly enough.
I’m a retired self-employed graphic artist and have always been into aviation art. I’ve designed logos and images for air museums all over the U.S. as well as illustrated a line of WWII war bird t-shirts that made the rounds in museum gift shops and aviation catalogs. Many of my built models provided the inspiration for those designs.
I’m married, have two girls each married to Costa Rican’s. I live in Santa Cruz, California.
Although I’ve never flown a plane, I have sat in a P-51cockpit.
The DB-7B/Boston Mk III was the exported British version of the Douglas A-20C mid-1941. So many Bostons were modified and assembled on British airfields and elsewhere that it can be difficult to pinpoint the actual airframe model just by [...]
Aoshima has long produced excellent curbside car kits that are superbly engineered and a heck of a lot of fun to build. I had to take a break from building nothing but airplanes over the last three years and this was the perfect remedy. I [...]
The Beechcraft model G17S was the last of the Staggerwing series and approximately 20 of these were built between 1946 -1948. Staggerwings are considered one of the world’s most beautiful vintage planes. A grand total of 781 of various [...]
The Boeing Stearman is probably the most well recognized biplane of all time with plenty still regularly flying today since its inception in the mid 1930’s. Used by the military during WWII, the PT-17 was the primary trainer for both the [...]
Thought I would pass this on.
The IA-58 Pucará is an Argentine ground attack/counter-insurgency aircraft manufactured by Fábrica Militar de Aaviones (FMA) and capable of operating from less than ideal airstrips that were too short or rough for jet fighters. Pucarás [...]
“Major Walter "Nowi" Nowotny (7 December 1920 – 8 November 1944) was an Austrian-born German fighter ace of World War II. He is credited with 258 aerial victories in 442 combat missions. Nowotny achieved 255 of these [...]
This is my first Dora Wings kit, which is produced in the Ukraine. I really enjoyed building this P-43 Lancer. It’s very well executed for the most part but one has to keep in mind this is a limited run model with delicate recessed panel [...]
This is Eduard’s 2019 release of their superb 1:48th Fw 190A-8 dressed up as “Blue 4” W/Nr.350189, 12./JG5 based at Herdla, Norway in Spring of 1945. Eduard says this plane was photographed on several occasions, but darned if I could [...]
For over 20 years I’ve been lusting after a jig to hold my model airplanes in place so I can work on them without gumming up everything with fingerprints, glue splotches, errant paint and breakage. I was just too cheap to buy one. I [...]