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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!

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[...]

1/48, Airfix P-40B

Hi All, My recent completion of the 1/48, Airfix, P-40B. Other than using an Ultracast seat it was built out of the box, painted with Vallejo Model Air and minimal weathering with artist oils pin wash and dry brushing to highlight. The exhaust[...]

Spearhead signing

Hi All, Today I attended author, Adam Makos’s, book signing at Otto’s book store in Williamsport, Pa.. Adam was there signing copies of his latest book, Spearhead. Also attending and signing was, Clarence Smoyer, WW2 Veteran tanker, and key fi[...]

Tamiya He 162

Hi All, Here’s my 1/48 Tamiya He 162. The build was mostly out of the box with added Eduard seat belts, additional cockpit wiring and canopy framing. The paint scheme was painted using Vallejo Model Air paints and the markings are the kit supp[...]