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Hey fellow modelers! Gary, from Williamsport, PA.
I’ve been modeling for roughly 45-50 years, starting with my Dad at the age of 6. My first solo “project” was the Pt-109, probably the Revell kit, and still recall attaching the mufflers upside down….my first lesson in following the instructions. Like many of us in my age age bracket, modeling became a passion in the 1970’s, when I saw my first Shep Paine booklet, included in the Monogram B-17 kit. Yup, that’s what I want to do.
My modeling subjects lean towards WW2 subjects but I throw in some WW1, US Civil War and a few wooden ships, just to keep from getting stagnant. Outside of modeling I keep busy with being a draftsman at Lycoming Engines, (I work to live, I don’t live to work) visiting family, sports (Pens, Yanks, PSU), visiting battlefields, historical sites and museums, hiking, kayaking, snow-shoeing, cooking-grilling.
Hopefully you will enjoy my past, current and future projects posted here on I-modeler.
Thanks! Be safe! Happy Modeling!

75 Years Ago Tribute / On This Day

Hey All! My second, personal, End of WW2, 75th Anniversary tribute build. Also an "On This Day", March 6th, 1945 tribute as well. March 6th marks the 75th anniversary of the famous tank battle that took place, in Cologne Germany, between a G[...]

P-47N…Au Natural!

Hey All, My first post for 2020. Also the first build in my personal tribute to build subjects, used during 1945, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of WW2. This aircraft is the famous P-47N from the 318th FG 333rd FS based at Ie shime, Okina[...]

Moving on to 2020…quick look at 2019

Hey, All! 2019 was a productive year on my modeling bench. I learned from mistakes, tried new techniques but most of all enjoyed each build and tried to keep it fun.....let's remember, though it may be a passion, it's still just a hobby. One t[...]

Sea Fury

Hey, All….Again! 1/48, Airfix, Sea Fury FB.11, Export. My third OOB build but I also used the two Barracuda Cowl sets and Fundekals decals. I normally add some weathering to my builds but this paint scheme looked too nice to dirty up. My only[...]


Hey, All 1/48, Eduard, P-39N. Built completely OOB with added antennas. I encountered no problems with this build and thoroughly enjoyed this kit. Painted with Mr.Colors paints. Lightly weathered with oils for wash and dry-brushing. KEEP IT FUN!


Hey, All 1/48, Accurate Miniatures, P-51A. Built OOB. I decided to separate the canopy into their respective open positions, to show off the kits cockpit. Also, added the antennas. Painted with Mr.Colors paints. Lightly weathered with oils [...]

P-40E Diorama

Hi All, Here’s my latest completion. The Hasegawa, 1/48, P-40E, detailed with a Quickboost engine and CMK cockpit. AK Real Colors were used to paint the P-40. Tamiya’s US Infantry at Rest figures and Jeep were used to create the scene. The c[...]

Spitfire MK.22

HI All, I recently watched the documentary, Spitfire, and of course, I just had to build one. While the early models are “the classics” I favor the later Griffon powered Spits, so I chose the 1/48, Airfix Mk.22/24. While simultaneously workin[...]

BB-64 USS Wisconsin Visit

Hi Fellow iModelers: Today my daughter, Rebekah, and I had the pleasure and honor to visit BB-64, USS Wisconsin, berthed as a floating museum in Norfolk, Virginia at the Nauticus facility. This post somewhat fits in with David's "On This Day" [...]

“Let me at ’em”

Hi All, This vignette, “Let me at-em”, I completed about two years ago, portrays an excited trainee and an old-hand instructor just back from a training flight. The build includes the 1/32, Kitty Hawk, T-6 Texan kit, using the SNJ scheme suppl[...]