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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 F9F-5 Panther

When I finished my Banshee last week and put it in the display case, I realized that I had never shared it’s stablemate the Panther with anyone online. This is the Monogram kit that I think came out in 1990 or 1991. In my opinion, it’s the bes[...]

1/48 F2H-2 Banshee

It must be Banshee Friday! Hot on the heels of Michael’s, here’s mine. I just finished it about an hour ago. This is the disappointing Kittyhawk kit saved by the Rieth Banshee resin correction set. I ran a build log in the aircraft work in pro[...]

Airshow today in Peru, Illinois, “TBM Reunion-Salute to Veterans”.

I spent the better part of today at an airfield in Peru which is exactly 100 miles SW of Chicago. This area is home to some of the most fertile farmland in the world, and some of the nicest people you will meet anywhere. It featured a fly-in a[...]

1/72 Bristol Beaufighter TF.10.

This is the still new Airfix kit. The kit itself is superb, featuring solid engineering and great fit. I finished it straight from the box, including kit decals for 45 Squadron in Malaya during 1949. I did make seatbelts from painted Tamiya tape[...]

1/72 Avro Lancaster B.III

This is the Hasegawa kit that was released around 2005-06. The RAF group build inspired me to refresh my 1/72 bomber collection a bit. This one was too late for the party. I chose this kit over the new Airfix kit simply because it was on sale. [...]

1/35 Cromwell Mk.IV

This is the Tamiya kit that dates from 1997. It’s also the first armor model that I’ve posted here on imodeler. I actually started it several years ago and ran out of steam to complete for various reasons. I spent January happily working away[...]

1/72 Vickers Wellington Mk. Ia

This is the brand new Airfix Mk. Ia/Ic kit. What a treat this one is! Packed into this 1/72 scale Wellington is a complete interior. I built the Mk. Ia version because the extensive fuselage glazing isn’t painted over. I wanted to see how the [...]

1/72 Handley Page Victor B.2 (BS), RAF100 Group Build, 1960’s.

This is the recent Airfix kit, released in 2016. I built it pretty much straight from the box except for the addition of PE detail to the airbrakes. This is a prominent visual feature of the Victor and benefited from Eduard’s brass etch. The mod[...]

1/72 Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley GR.VII, RAF100 Group Build.

This is the new Airfix kit built as an ASW aircraft from 502 (Ulster) Squadron. This particular Whitley was credited with the first successful attack and sinking of a u-boat using airborne search radar. On 30 November 1941, the crew found U-20[...]

1/48 Seafire Ib

This is something I’ve been working on part time over the past year while waiting for things to dry, set, etc...on other projects. It’s a Hasegawa limited edition kit that I picked up awhile back. Basically, it’s their Spitfire Vb kit with res[...]