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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.

1/72 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[...]

1/48 TAV-8S Matador (Harrier)

This is the new Kinetic kit built up as a Spanish Navy example. It’s a really nice model of an interesting subject. First off, the fit of the kit is superb with two exceptions. I used no putty or superglue as filler anywhere, only a tad of Mr.[...]

1/48 F-16C Block 52

This is a Hasegawa Polish Pratt powered Block 52 kit finished as a South Carolina Air National Guard “Wild Weasel”. I built it pretty much from the box with the exception of the following items added: 1.) Quickboost Aces II ejection seat. 2.) S[...]

1/48 Supermarine Walrus.

This is the new Airfix kit built pretty much out of the box with the exception of Classic Airframes decals and Eduard seat belts added. I also had to drill a hole and fabricate an antenna post on the top of the rudder. Odd that this was missing[...]