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@jaquadis Kipling Mitchell

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I have been a model maker for over 40 years.

1/48 Scale Monogram Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

The Monogram Wildcat is a Wildcat, but I am not sure which one it is. Is it a Wildcat F4F, or a Wildcat FM 1? The FM 1 was made by GM, and the F4F by Grumman. The tail looks tall, like the FM series, and there are only 4 machine guns in the wing[...]

1/48 Scale Monogram B-17G Flying Fortress

The Monogram B-17G was the first big multi-engine aircraft model that I ever built when I was a kid. It was big and it had a lot of guns. The bomb bay could not be displayed open, but that was never a concern back then. Also, it had ground crew [...]

1/48 Scale Monogram Spitfire Mk IX

The Monogram Spitfire Mk IX is an extremely simple kit, ala the Monogram Zero or BF-109. But not only is it a good-looking aircraft overall (who does not love the thoroughbred look of the Spitfire), it was for a long time, the only Spitfire that[...]

1/48 Scale Revell P-40E Warhawk

The P-40E Warhawk that is currently put out by Revell is, in fact, a true Revell aircraft kit. I had never built this model as a kid, as it was Revell, and not Monogram (back in those days, there was brand loyalty, especially with aircraft model[...]

1/48 Scale Monogram P-47D (Razorback)

The Monogram P-47 Razorback has always been an impressive model to me, good detail for the time, without any of the toy like action of earlier kits. Plus, it is a Thunderbolt! Next to the B-25H, this is one of my favorite aircraft of all time. [...]

1/48 Scale Monogram F6F-5 Hellcat

The Monogram F6F-5 Hellcat is one of those 1960’s aircraft models that had working parts (in fact, this model was made the year I was born, 1963). The wings fold back, the wheels move and can be retracted, and the arresting hook can come out of [...]

1/48 Scale Revell He-111 H-4

The Heinkel He-111 is a more modern molding from Revell. The original model came out in 1995, and it was heralded as being a rival to anything Tamiya or Hasegawa were putting out at the time. I did get one back then, but I had yet to build it. F[...]

Monogram 1/48 P-39D1 Airacobra

The Monogram P-39 Airacobra kit was first put out in 1969. At that time, it was one of the most detailed kits out there, and in some respects, still is. It can be built into a number of different versions, and is very well engineered. It had bee[...]

Monogram 1/48 A6M5 Zero

The Monogram A6M5 Zero is a very simple model. It has no real cockpit detail, a one piece canopy, and you can see through it looking from below through the wheel wells, when the landing gear is down. But when I was 14 years old, I won my first l[...]

1/48 Scale Monogram P-51D Mustang

Well, after over 40 years of building aircraft models, I finally got around to doing one with a natural metal finish. I have always had reservations about doing NM, as I am a brush painter, and I have always heard that you will have to use rattl[...]