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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 Gloster Meteor F.8

This is the second issue of the recent Airfix kit. It includes markings for two RAAF 77 Sq. Korean War veterans and a Dutch aerobatic team example. This issue also differs from the initial RAF release in that it includes eight 60lb. rockets. [...]

1/48 Dassault Rafale B

I told you I liked the Rafale! This is the Revell kit of the French Air Force 2 seat model issued in 2008. I snagged it at a vendors table at the Butch O’Hare IPMS show in suburban Chicago this past November. The kit includes a set of six GBU-1[...]

1/48 Dassault Rafale M

This is the very nicely molded Revell kit. The Rafale is my favorite modern jet and the kit has been in my stash for years. I waited to build it until I found an eye catching set of markings to liven up all of that gray. Xtradecals 48-001 “Wor[...]

1/48 Yak-28P construction photos.

I hope you guys find these pics useful should you choose to build this kit. One thing that I forgot to mention in the main posting is that the long radome is a tad wider then the fuselage where it joins. Some careful sanding fixes it quickly, [...]

1/48 Yak-28P

This is the new Bobcat (former Xuntong)Models kit. This kit was a real surprise and a treat. I never expected to see a high quality, 1/48 Firebar kit, but here we have it! The model really went together well and is nicely detailed. It looks [...]

1/48 Morane-Saulnier “N”

This is the Eduard kit built straight from the box. Stainless steel wire rigging, lead sheet seat belt, painted with Humbrol enamels. You could call the “N” the world’s first fighter plane. Enjoyable project if you can find a kit. I don’t thi[...]

1/48 Sukhoi Su-11

This is the recent Trumpeter kit. This project was just plain fun! I never thought we'd see a mainstream Fishpot, let alone three. Trumpeter has kitted the -9, -9UM, and the -11 that you see here. I was fascinated by this plane as a kid, when [...]

1/720 USS Ronald Reagan

This is the Italeri kit in 1/720 scale. I haven't had much time to model this summer, but did manage to build this over the last two months. My local hobby shop owner asked me to build it for a customer whose son is currently serving on the sh[...]

1/48 Macchi MC. 205 Veltro

This is the Hasegawa kit from the mid 1990s. They did both the 202 and the 205 back in '94-'95. I built the 202 straight away, and this one ripened in the stash for 22 years. I built it pretty much from the box with the exception of an added [...]

1/48 fw-190f-8

This is the mid '90s Tamiya kit that I'm ashamed to admit has lurked in the bowels of the stash since at least 1996. I've shied away from WW2 German stuff because I've never been very happy with my mottled camo results until recently. I manage[...]