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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.

Did someone say "vintage"?

Here are a few of mine. I like building the older kits, partly for nostalgic reasons and partly because I don't like having to build a landing gear strut out of ten plastic parts and two pieces of photo etch! Lindbergh 1/48 XFY-1 Pogo in [...]

Korean War Group BuildVought F4U-4 Corsair, Hobby Boss 1/72

Sometimes, things that weren't planned work out pretty well, and this was one of them. The spark for this one came from our club's contest theme for this year, Big and Little, in which the subject is built in two different scales with the [...]

IPMS Houston Model Mania!

The Houston, Texas, IPMS chapter will be holding its annual show / contest, Model Mania, on May 6, 2023 at the Stafford Center in Stafford, Texas. The show is open to all model types; aircraft, armor, automotive, naval, sci-fi, etc. This [...]

Cold War misfitTemco TT-1 Pinto, Aurora 1/48

The Temco (Texas Engineering and Manufacturing Company) was based in Dallas, and specialized mainly in producing aircraft parts for various other manufacturers. In the mid 50's The US Air Force issued a specification for a jet primary [...]

Empire of Japan Group BuildMitsubishi J2M3 Raiden, Tamiya 1/48

This started out as a Shelf of Doom build for my local model club as a way of jump starting some projects that had languished for too long. My original SOD is still in the box. This model was started by a unnamed modeler who was getting [...]

Cold War WarriorBoeing B-52, Bomber Command Group Build

When I resumed modeling a few years back, I decided to try to build airplanes that were significant to me, either airplanes I had flown and worked on, or those that just grabbed my attention. The Boeing B-52 holds a special place in my [...]

Cold War what ifHughes XF-11

The XF-11 was a long range reconnaissance aircraft designed by Howard Hughes and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company. Power was supplied by a pair of Pratt and Whitney 4360 radial engines. Although orders were received for 100 aircraft [...]

Donkeys, Rats and Flies, oh my! 1/48 Polikarpov I-16

The Polikarpov I-16 is considered by many to be the first truly modern fighter - a low wing monoplane with an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear. Early models saw combat in the Spanish Civil War, where they were referred to as [...]

A Phantom revisited

Several years ago, I built a 1/48 F-4 Phantom for my good friend Wally, whose dad, Major Tommy Ray Warren, served as a Stormy FAC in Viet Nam. Major Warren lost his life in this aircraft, 66-8820, in January 1970 after being hit by ground [...]

And now for something completely different....

For me, anyway! This is an RX-78-01(N) Local (North American Type) combat robot, or mecha, from the Japanese cartoon series "Gundam". According to the Wiki site, he is 18 meters tall, manned by a single pilot in a torso [...]