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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.

“Flattery” 1929 Ford Pickup

Well I’m back again, have been busy with a lot of projects. I got another request to build of all things, a 1929 Ford. This time it is a pickup truck. This request differs from the “Little Woodie from [email protected]#$%.” In that this request is from a v[...]

The little Woodie from H#@%*

This is a study of what not to ever do and I did it. I almost took a trip to the GG Bridge, not for me, but to thrown this POS over the side and into the Bay. I got a call to build a model of a 1929 Ford woodie. It is an AMT 1/24th scale kit. [...]

D-Day plus 20 days. P-38J 55th FS, 20th FG

P--38J, 42-67916 KI * S of the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, 8th AF. Kingscliffe UK. This Lightening, “California Cutie” was flown by 1st Lieutenant Richard O. Loehnert. I was unable to find any information on Loehnert in an effo[...]

D-Day C-47A of the 94TCS / 439TCG at Devon U.K.

This aircraft was flown by the Group Commander of 94TCS / 438TCG, Colonel C. H. Young. The painting on the nose of the aircraft is of a sailing ship named Argonia. Argonia was the hometown of Colonel Young. I have the utmost respect for the pilo[...]

B-26B “I****s Delight” 575th BS / 391st BG

This aircraft is reputed to be the “scruffiest” Marauder of them all and had there been a contest for the worst one it would have won. I have shown wear on this model but it is nothing compared to photos of the real airplane. I used Aero Master [...]

1/48 AMT Douglas A-20

this model represents an A-20 of the 66th BS of the 416 BG it was the the former, "Miss Laid" which was the first A-20 to complete 100 missions without a failure or an abort. In lieu of this accomplishment it was re-names "La France Libre" at a[...]

Monogram 1/48 F-8E Crusader

This Crusader is of "Double Nuts" flown by CAG of CVW-5 aboard USS Hancock (CVA-19) in 1966. The kit is a 1/48 Monogram F-8E. I dropped the flying surfaces and raised the wing section. I also used AeroMaster decals," Colorful Crusaders II" # 48-[...]

FJ-3M Fury of VF-124

This is the ESCI 1/48 kit dated 1983, of the FJ-2/3 Fury. Up to the point of the release of the Collect-Aire Models, kit in 1997 this was the only game in town for a Fury in 1/48. Still today I know of no other kit in 1/48 of this airplane and n[...]

MACH 2 1/72 Vickers Viscount

The person that I built This for is a close friend of the owner of MACH 2 and has asked me to build quite a few of this companies kits. I compliment MACH 2 for the fact that they have introduced quite a number of very interesting subjects. Tha[...]

P-51D 55th FG, 343FS Flown by Capt. Robert E. Welsh (6 victories)

This is a Monogram 1/48 P-51 that I built in 1976. This is just one of many Monogram Mustangs that I have built over the years. All things considered the Monogram kit is still one of the best for overall outline and quality and was superior for [...]