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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 Mitsubishi A5M4 Claude – Empire of Japan Group Build.

This is the 2016 Fine Molds kit. I can’t speak highly enough about its quality. It’s an outstanding kit in every way. Feel free to check out my build log in the EoJ group build section and you’ll see how nice it is. The Claude was the predec[...]

1/48 Manshu Ki-79b – Empire of Japan Group Build.

This is the new RS Models kit of this unusual little plane. The Ki-79 was a trainer version of the Ki-27 army fighter. It was produced in Harbin, Manchuria by the Manshu Aircraft subsidiary of the Japanese Nakajima company. It was produced [...]

1/48 P-43A Lancer.

This is the new Dora Wings kit. I was happy to see this one released and really enjoyed building it. The model is a high end limited run kit that would be a good choice for someone’s first limited run experience. I built it pretty much out of[...]

1/48 Reggiane Re. 2005

This is the recent Special Hobby kit. This is one of those planes that I’ve always wanted on the shelf and was surprised to see SH and Sword release kits simultaneously. The kit built up very nicely. It features a well detailed cockpit that [...]

1/48 Seversky P-35A.

This is the recent Wolfpack re-issue of the Hobbycraft kit. While it is old, the basic plastic is pretty nice with a few accuracy issues. I remember building the HC P-35 around 1995 and enjoying it, so I thought I’d give this one a go. Wolfpa[...]

1/48 A2N3 Naval Fighter – Empire of Japan Group Build.

This is the new A.B. & K. kit which I purchased direct from the manufacturer in the Czech Republic. This model really came out of left field and represents one of my Holy Grail subjects which I thought would never be kitted in 1/48. I’ve c[...]

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[...]