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I am twice-retired. I retired as an Air Force pilot (C-141) & instructor pilot (T-37, C-141) in 1993. I spent the next 20 years teaching high school social studies & also as an adjunct instructor at a local junior college. I retired from high school teaching in 2015 & taught my last college class in the spring 2016 semester. I currently teach two adult education classes each semester for a local school district. I began modelling when I was a kid and continued until the 1980s when my flying began to make my modelling time nonexistent. This trend actually got worse when I became a teacher. Now that I have time to model again, I find myself trying to sort through the many new techniques & tools available now. Over the years I kept buying kits, but not building them because they were easier to move while still unbuilt in the box. So now I have a two-car garage completely filled with unbuilt airplanes, armor, ships, space ships, and a few cars. I am now building my way through this cache of thousands while still selectively buying new kits. I am also two-thirds complete on an HO Scale train layout and I just started a small N Scale layout. :o)

Blast From the Past: Atlantis (Revell) F11F-1

This is a "new" kit from Atlantis, which is actually the 1956 Revell 1/54 model of the "short-nose" F11F-1 Tiger used by the Blue Angels in the 1950s. Atlantis has been re-releasing old Revell kits for a while, at [...]

1/77 Monogram Trimotor

I was looking for something inexpensive that I could use as a pallet for some painting and weathering techniques that I wanted to try. I found this ancient (originally from the 1950s) kit in my local hobby shop for sale for a few bucks on [...]

1/144 Minicraft C-54/DC-4 in Early SAS Colors

I don't normally build airliners, and I never build anything that has a natural metal finish, but I wanted to do something for the SAS 75th Anniversary Group. I had the Minicraft C-54 kit lurking around, and I was able to find some decals [...]

1/72 Special Hobby Tachikawa Ki-54 Hickory

I am always looking for something a little different to build, and I was pleased when Special Hobby recently released this new model. The new Special Hobby kits have a very good reputation, so I was eager to build this plane for the [...]

Airfix 1/48 P-40 – Luke Army Air Field

I had heard great things about this kit, and I was looking for something a little different to do with it. When you search for P-40s on the internet, one of the first photos that comes up is a P-40CU that was used as a trainer at the [...]

A and A Models 1/48 Me-209V4

Hello everyone. I built this unusual plane for the Luftwaffe Group Build. This plane was designed from the start to break the speed record, which it did in 1939. The Me-209 held this record until 1969. As the war progressed, the [...]

Atlantis 1/40 Nike Hercules

I wanted to find something a little different to build for the "Imperial German Air Service / Luftwaffe Group Build May 1st, 1910, to Present Day", and I discovered the Nike Hercules (MIM-14) surface-to-air missile was used by [...]

1/32 Spanish Bf-109F-4 from 21st Century Toys

This is a model that was built from a kit from 21st Century Toys. In case you have never heard of them, this company made "die-cast", already built and painted model aircraft in 1/32 and and 1/18 scales in the 1990s. They later [...]

1/72 Hasegawa Mirage F.1C in HAF Colors

I don't normally build 1/72 models, but I was inspired to build this kit by the cool photos posted by Spiros (@fiveten) of Greek F.1CGs. I happened to have this model in my stash, but I added some XtraDecals for the HAF markings, as well [...]

1/48 Trumpeter Vampire FB Mk 9

I actually started this model around 5 or 6 months ago for the De Havilland Group, but life jumped up and bit me on the backside. The virus got bad here in Texas and really slowed things down. Then my daughter had a baby (our first and [...]