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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 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[...]

1/48 p-40n

This is the old AMT kit from the mid 1990s. All of the AMT P-40s are still solid kits. Each seperate version also has its issues. The cockpits are weak, but the canopies build up well in the closed position. The surface detail is very nice on[...]

1/48 p-40b

This is the latest, and greatest P-40 kit. The brand new Airfix P-40B! What's not to like about this one? I built it out of the box including using the excellent decals provided for Lt. Welch's Pearl Harbor a/c. I mixed the cockpit's "Curtiss[...]

1/48 E.E. Canberra B.2

This is the recently reissued Airfix kit finished as a 1970s era Rhodesian example. It's a simple, straightforward kit to build. As it is a bit light in details, I installed an Eduard PE instrument panel and cockpit set, along with a True Deta[...]

1/48 F-89C Scorpion

This is the Revell kit from 1999. It was a modification of the original F-89H released around 1989. This is one of those kits that I kind of wanted, but passed up when they were available. Naturally, I've really wanted one for the last few yea[...]