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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.

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[...]

P-40N flown by Lt. Jack A. Fenimaore, 7th FS, 49th FG

I have no further information on Lt. Fenimore but he must have been a good guy because of the name and painting he put on his aircraft. Again,the kit is from Mauve and I found it to be very good. OOB it is good but if one wanted to go hog wild o[...]

P-40N flown by Lt. Joel B. Paris III, 7th FS, 49th FG

Lt Paris was born in Atlanta, GA in 1922. He entered the USAAF in March of 1942 He completed flight training and was commissioned in February of 1943. He was sent to the SWPA and was assigned to the 7th FS, of the 49th FG. He is credited with 9 [...]

A3D-2 Skywarrior of VAH-10 aboard USS. Constellation (VVA-64) 1962

This model is of an aircraft assigned to VAH-10 "Vikings". Commissioned a NAS Whidbey Island, Washington on May 1,1961. VAH-10 was the last HATRON to be activated. It received its first A3D-2's six weeks after being organized. As part of CVG-8, [...]

P-47D Flown by Lt. L.W.Thompson, 510th FS / 405th FG, 9th AF

This aircraft was with the 510th FS/ 405th FG. The 405th transferred to RAF Christchurch, England in March of 1944. After D-Day the 405th went to France and operated out of there until Wars end. The 405th had many P-47's dressed out in very colo[...]

AMT 1/48 F7F Tiger cat

OK, here we go again. Let's see if this works. I built this kit many years ago and found it to be an excellent kit. The only problem I found with it was the rubber tires. I sure that anyone that had built one of these or similar had a problem w[...]

Monogram 1/48 Models done long ago

I dug up these photos of some of the models I did a long time ago. I had a brief time away from modeling and then returned in 1968. My first kit upon my return was the Monogram 1/48 Hurricane. I built it OOB and painted it with gloss paint and a[...]

Monogram Superkits

In the mid to late Fifties, Monogram came out with a series of balsa wood and plastic airplanes called "Superkits". There were six total, P-51, F-84, P-40, Mig15, F-86, and the F4U. They were all in 1/72 scale. It was sort of the predecessor of[...]

Just a little something different…

Normally I do not do any type of figure kits, and quite frankly I don't really like to do them. However these I did for a very good friend of mine. Not only did we work together for many years, we have been very good friends.I did these in excha[...]

SR-71 Flown by Lt Col B.C.Thomas USAF (ret)

I built this model for Col. Thomas. He is a member of our "Military Mafia" lunch group. Col Thomas has flown a number of USAF a/c including the U-2, B-57, C-130, and many more. His all time favorite airplane is the SR-71. He is the highest time [...]