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I'm a pensioner who used to build models as a teenager. Now that I'm getting paid not to work, I'm taking up modeling again after a 45 year recess.

Mr Goodwrench Goes to WarEduard 1/48 FM-1 Wildcat

My latest attempt at model building is this 1/48 scale Eduard FM-1 Wildcat. Of the six or so different paint schemes, I chose this one representing VC-1 stationed on the USS Block Island (CVE-21) in 1943. On May 29, 1944, Block Island was [...]

Bunker Hill TBM-3 Avenger

This is the second of two kits I bought at an old-fashioned hobby shop in Staunton, VA (the first was an Academy SDB-1 Dauntless). If you’re in the area, I highly recommend stopping by and looking at their stock. The shop is in downtown [...]

Academy/Accurate Miniatures USMC SBD-1

This is my interpretation of the Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless by Accurate Miniatures/Academy. I really liked this kit a lot, mainly because it fit together well and had an almost extreme amount of interior detail (a lot of which I can't see, [...]

100 Ans de Le MansSauber-Mercedes C9

Here's the final result of my attempt at building the Tamiya 1:24 scale Sauber-Mercedes C9, the winner of the 1989 Le Mans race, as my entry in the Le Mans 100 year anniversary group. This is a very well-engineered kit that builds into a [...]

Ferrari 288 GTO

Another kit given to me by a friend 30+ years ago for being an usher at his wedding included this Burago Ferrari 288 GTO. I started the kit shortly after the wedding, but didn't complete it until recently. The body is made of cast metal [...]

1986 Toyota Supra

A friend gave me this kit 30+ years ago for being an usher at his wedding. He chose the '86 Supra from Testors/Fujimi because, at that time, I owned a 1987 Supra. The model sat in its box until earlier this summer when I decided to build [...]

Yet Another Special Hobby 1/32 Whirlwind

Here’s my attempt at building Special Hobby’s 1:32 scale Westland Whirlwind. The Whirlwind is a handsome ship (in my opinion) that doesn’t look much like anything else that took to the air in WWII. It has that characteristically [...]

Pocher 1:8 1907 Fiat F-2 Race Car

I bought this kit when I was in high school back in the early 1970s. I was browsing around K-Mart one afternoon when I stumbled upon this Pocher kit for the unheard of price of $20; a savings of $80 over the usual price of the kit. Back in [...]

North American F6-D

Presented for your consideration is my build of Tamiya’s P-51 D/K Mustang in 1/32 scale. This is the first model that I’ve built in this scale since I was a teenager. Back then, to teenager me, the bigger the model, the better. Of [...]

Shangri-La P-51B Mustang

Here's my take on Don Gentile's P-51B Mustang "Shangri-La" based on Tamiya's 1/48 scale kit. This rendition does not include all of the "kill" markings and shows the spinner with the two-tone red/white finish as the [...]