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I mostly do 1/48 USN and British Commonwealth aircraft, all eras. I also have a weakness for WW1 German planes and 1/700 ships.

1/48 Civil Ki-15 Babs – Empire of Japan Group Build.

This is the new Fine Molds kit. Fine Molds has marketed three different versions of this model and mine is the third one finished here on imodeler in the last couple of months. We now have an example of each kit posted. No complaints about thi[...]

1/48 F6F-5N Hellcat

This is the Eduard Weekend Edition kit built with a few add ones. The model represents the Hellcat flown by VMF(N)-533’s Captain Robert Baird on Okinawa in the summer of 1945. Baird became the Marines’ first night fighter ace with this plane.[...]

1/48 Thunderbolt Mk. II

This is the old Monogram kit. Originally released in 1967, I built this one from a 1993 reissue. I robbed the big Lockheed wing tanks from a Tamiya kit, and relocated one bomb to the centerline station. The big fuel tanks are a common sight o[...]

1/48 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt.

This is the 43 year old Monogram “Razorback” that was based on their 1967 “Bubbletop” kit. I found this original 1977 issue of the kit at a recent show and bought it for $5. The deal of the century! I realized while building it that it is the[...]

1/48 p-51b

This is an Accurate Miniatures P-51B that has been patiently waiting in my stash to be built for over 20 years. I have to confess that I’m not a huge Mustang fan, but have collected a few of the new Airfix and Eduard “D” models to add to the co[...]

IModeler at the Movies – “Das Boot”.

This is the 1/72 Revell German Type VIIc kit finished as U-96, the inspiration for the movie. I built it pretty much out of the box with the exception of the swordfish decal which came from a German producer named Peddinghaus. They offer an ex[...]

MiG GB – 1/48 MiG-19PM.

This is my contribution to the MiG Group Build that Sebastijan Videc was so kind to start and moderate. It’s an early Trumpeter kit from around 2004 that’s been in my stash since at least 2009. It’s a solid kit that assembled well. Apparentl[...]

1/48 Lockheed F-104A

This is the Hasegawa F-104C backdated to a Tennessee Air National Guard “A” model from the early 1960s. This is one of those planes I’ve always wanted to model but couldn’t get proper decals. IPMS USA came to the rescue this past August by is[...]

Red Arrows and more at the Spirit of St. Louis airshow.

I spent a great day at the Spirit of St. Louis air show in Chesterfield, Missouri yesterday. The Red Arrows put on a great show. They’re about half way through their North American tour. Make a point to see them. The Spitfire in formation with [...]

1/48 Spitfire FR. XIVe

This is my second crack at the new Airfix kit. This one represents an Indian Air Force example assigned to the training center at Ambala, India in 1945. The internet is full of excellent reference photos for these low back Griffon engined Sp[...]