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@frank-cronin Frank Cronin

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I have been building models since I was six. I stopped for a period of time while in the USMC and then when I got married. I have been married for 55 years and have two grown daughters with their own families. I returned to modeling in 1968 and had as my mentor, Stan Staples. I am retired from the CHP and enjoy my time modeling and spending time with my family.

Year of the Cat

This is an out of the box Eduard kit of the F6F-3. This is a very nice kit with the exceptions of the decals. I had a problem with some of them wandering and warping all over the place. I managed to save the significant decals for this particula[...]

Year of the Cat

this is the Hobby Boss F8F-1 straight from the box. A great build and I think the Hobby Boss kit is a wonderful kit of their aircraft. I used the kit decals and they represent an A/C of VF-3 flown by Lt A.M.Granat in 1946.

“Midway Group Build” F4F VMF-221

I have not posted for some time and I just wanted to get back into the groove with this add to the “Midway Group Build”. Midway was such an important battle in WWII that I just had to add this as my homage to all those that lost their lives in t[...]

Cant z 50

This is another restoration for the same gentleman collector I have been working with for several years. I am submitting it as another post for the "Water Wings" Group. I am again going to try to post all the photos at one time but if that does [...]

Air France Catalina

This is another addition to the “Water Wings” Group that I did a while back. Bear with me I will have to enter each photo individually to post them. Hope it works. This is another restoration of a model for the gentleman that collects airline a[...]

B.O.A.C Short “Hythe”

This was not a kit and I restored this within this last year but I am submitting it anyway to the Water Wings Group build. The short "Hythe" was the civilized version of the Short Sunderland. It was brought into service by B.O.A.C. in 1946. For[...]

Saro S. 45 Princess

I completed this model about a month ago so I hope it applies as my contribution to the "Water Wings" group build. This is a Cloudbreak Models, 1/200 resin kit of the Sanders Roe S.45 Princess. It is a finely moulded model with good detail for [...]

P-47D flown by F/O Charles A.Wambier of the 355th FG, 358th FS on December 30,1943

This model depicts the P-47 that was being flown by F/O Wambier when he was shot down by an FW-190 of JG-26. On December 30,1943. He was returning to his home base after a bomber escort mission. Also downed on this flight was another P-47 of t[...]

P-47D flown by Captain, Carl F. “Cully” Ekstrom, 355th FG, 358th FS.

Captain Ekstrom 358th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, on his fifty first combat mission, was killed in action 30th December 1943 flying P-47D serial no. 42-8526. He entered the Service from North Dakota. He was married to his wife Myrtle[...]

Hasagawa P-3 Orion of VP-19.Flown out of Moffet Field , CA during 1977-78.

This is the very old 1/72 Hasagawa kit. That was done in the late 70’s. It was attached to VP-19 and was stationed at NAS Moffet Field in Sunnyvale, CA. The kit shows it’s age but was still a very good kit for the time. I believe this kit is st[...]