I returned to modeling several years ago after a long hiatus and courtship with RC scale modeling. I’m an aircraft maintenance control supervisor recently retired from the company formerly known as Continental Airlines. Been fortunate enough to work and fly on several WWII aircraft, which are my favorite subjects, especially the lesser known ones and the ones with oddball paint jobs.
2020 was an odd one for me. After 33 years, my airline job succumbed to the virus and I decided to retire rather than wait it out or take a furlough / layoff and risk losing my benefits. I second guessed that decision for quite a while, but in[...]
The IAR-80 was a Romanian built and designed single seat, single engine fighter that was active during WWII. The airplane came into being due to a requirement for a home defense fighter, though the requirement did not anticipate an entry coming[...]
Here are mine: 1/72 Hasegawa Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien "Tony" 1/72 Academy Consolidated PBY-4 Catalina Revell 1/72 PT-109 Elco torpedo boat 1/48 Tamiya Nakajima A6M-2N "Rufe" 1/48 Tamiya Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate "Frank"
With the indulgence of our group moderator, I present my foray into the dark side of the hobby, resulting from getting bored with running around the living room, model in hand, making airplane noises to the dismay of my significant other. This [...]
The Ki-84 Hayate (Gale) was a Japanese Army single seat fighter designed to replace Nakajima's previous fighter type, the Ki-43. Generally considered to be the best of the Army's fighters, it was powered by a Nakajime Homare 18 cylinder radial [...]
The F-82 was originally intended as a long range escort fighter, intended to shepherd B-29 raids to Japan beyond the range of the P-51 Mustang or P-38 Lightning. That role went out the window with the end of WWII, and those F-82's that had alre[...]
Talk about timing. This one got finished this morning, the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean Conflict. Louis sent the invite to join the group this morning as well, so I guess I'll kick off the forgotten war group build with one of i[...]
Not sure if this is the place to post this, but I didn't see the marketplace in the groups section. I'm looking for some old parts; need canopies for a 1/42 Strombecker / Aurora TT-1 Pinto, and for the 1/48 Hawk / Testors F2H Banshee. Hope som[...]
This started off as my first choice for the Movie group build and was supposed to be the Brubaker Panther from "The Bridges at Toko Ri" until about several others announced intentions to do the same airplane. Not being a herd animal and despera[...]
We have our grandkids for a few days while our teacher daughters prepare for school to start next week. Our granddaughter and my wife toddled off to her gymnastics practice, leaving me with two somewhat bored young boys, ages 7 and 9, who need[...]