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After building models for over 40 years I quit in October, 2016. I have 284 models here at home with 300 awards. I have written several dozen model stories for 5 websites and 4 monthly newsletters.

A P-51D called “The Duck. “

The very first photo was all I had of this real P-51D. With a good background in "ART" I drew a larger drawing of the duck and had a friend make me a decal. I built this model in 1997 for one of my clients. I added several [...]

My real ’64 Pontiac Bonneville

I bought this car new for 4 grand in the fall of 1963. I never found a model of it when I got into model building in 1984...it would have made a beautiful model.


Here's my Typhoon photo taken from my WW-II Scrapbook, that has the white spinner.

British Typhoon

A very nice model by Monogram that I built back in 2007. I wonder if the kit is still out there as it was a joy to put together. All I really wanted to post was the first two photo's showing how I applied two colors of paint on the [...]

Scribing Templates

The Blue ink on the aluminum says: APRIL 17, 1997 and today is November 7, 2020. All I do is flatten the 0.05" thick aluminum can material then draw on my pattern with a pencil, then scribe it in with my pin vise that has an [...]

Decal Silvering

Back in the early 1980's I just cut out the decals and put them in water, then slid them onto the model. A decade or more later I started cutting around each number/letter, including the insides of the letter [...]

1/72 scale “skyray. “

I forgot who made this kit for sale. Its' been 18 years since I put it together and I don't think I had any building problems. These 5 photos are all that I have of the jet. I was informed at a IPMS/USA San Jose, California monthly club [...]

My model awards 1986-2016

I got into building plastic models with my son and a grandson in late 1977. We went to the 1986 IPMS/USA National Convention down in San Diego, California and we won some awards at the show. My son and grandson quit building models around [...]

1/72 Scale F-107A Jet

I drove down from San Jose, CA to the airplane graveyard that was near Tucson, Arizona in 1986 and took lots of photos, not knowing that someday there would be a plastic kit of this F-107A jet. The first 4 photos are the ones I took and [...]

1/144 Scale Grumman X-29

I like unusual looking airplanes and Grumman sure made one with this X-29. I wonder where is X-1 to X-28 ? This model was a charm to build, but I do not recall if I did much research. The photo's do not show hardly any flashing on this [...]