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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.

Spitfire MK Vlll 145 Squadron. San Severo, Italy, 1943 Flown by Lance Wade

American Lance Wade was a true Yank in the RAF. Near the end of his combat career Squadron Leader "Wildcat" Wade flew a Spitfire VIII with the serial JF472 and the codes ZX-J. Wade made his final claims in ZX-J; 2 Fw190s destroyed on 2 October a[...]

Mitsubishi F1M2 “Pete

This is another right out of the box build even using the kit decals. It is of a "Pete" that was in the Solomon Islands about January 1943. I have no information on the specific Senti but the kit lists the crewmen. They were NAP 4/C Ryoji Asanum[...]

Nakajima KI-84 Frank

This is the Otaki KI-84 Frank built strictly out of the box. I did nothing more than add seat belts. I built it for a gentleman and he wanted it as clean as possible. I did put a few exhaust stains on it but that is about it. I used the kit deca[...]

Hawker Typhoon MK 1B, car door, if 609 Squadron

This is the aircraft of Sq Ldr. R.P.Beamont, leader of 609 Squadron. I have no further information on the details of this squadron or it's leader. This is the Hasegawa 1/48 kit and it was made out of the box with the exception of AeroMaster dec[...]

Spitfire MK VB “City of Winnipeg”

This aircraft was a part of 402 (Canadian) Squadron, based at Horne, England during 1942. It is named for the City of Winnipaeg, Canada which probably donated funds for it's manufacture. The kit is Tamiya's 1/48 and was made out of the box with [...]

Monogram 1/48 AT-6 Built by Stan Staples

I became aware of Stan Staples in 1967. I obtained a copy of a magazine entitled “1001 model airplane ideas, clubs you can join” published by Delta magazines. The purpose of the magazine was to promote an awareness of IPMS. There were a number o[...]

Otaki 1/48 F6F-5 (N) of VF91 (N)

This is a model of an aircraft of VF-91 (N) flown off Bon Homme Richard during the end of 1945. The is an OOB, with the exception of the radar dome on the right wing, Otaki kit. I built this quite a number of years ago and it is showing signs o[...]

Wooden concept models of proposed Orbiter carriers

I was contacted and asked to restore two wooden concept models, I was told, that the models were made by Jack Conroy, the designer of the “Guppy”. Both of the models are very skillfully made and show the real talent and skill of the model maker[...]

Global Hawk and Predator, 1/48 scale

All of the models pictured here are 1/48 scale. It give some idea of the size of these drones. It is interesting to see the size of each drone compared to the AD which is a large aircraft. The Predator is from Bronco Models and the Global Hawk i[...]

My Other “back-house” Workshop

This is my other shop for larger model building and numerous other honey-do projects. I built this quite a number of years ago and just kept adding storage space, counters, and cubby holes. Being a Virgo, all my tools etc, have a place and are i[...]