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@jimh Jim Harley

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Pilot, wannabe guitar player, artist, and happy go lucky. I’ve been out of modeling for a long time. After attending a couple IPMS shows I got the itch. Now, I’m hooked again!

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Salem Representative Tamiya 1/48 scale P-51B Mustang

Salem Representative...Ralph Hofer had a way too short but storied history with the 8th. If you have any interest in Ralph Hofer I highly recommend Troy White's book "Last of the Screwball Aces". On July 2nd 1944, 23 year old Hofer lost his li[...]

USS Saidor VMF-213 Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1D/FG-1D

At the 1976 Rickenbacker AFB Airshow I saw my first Corsair...love at first sight. The Canadian Warplane Heritage had owned and operated her for years before selling her to Brian Reynolds. Brian owns and operates the Olympic Flight Museum near S[...]

86th Fighter Group Archive of the A-36

Around 2009-2010 Collings was searching for a paint scheme for their newly restored A-36. At some point an envelope of photos showed up full of photos from the 86th FG that was based in Italy. The cowling section from TUTU still exists and at on[...]

Cleveland IPMS Show

What a great year for Cleveland...can't believe I'm typing that :) but despite showing up to snow flurries first thing in the morning, the day cleared up and a lot of people showed. 495 models registered in all categories. Since I'm biased tow[...]

F2G “Super” Corsair

I read an interview with Cook Cleland about racing in Cleveland and he said something to the effect "I had to win it, I was mortgaged up to my eyeballs!", that always struck me as funny. He sure fielded some beautiful Corsairs. The decals for #5[...]

P-51 Blueprints

A couple years ago a friend of mine from England was building a full scale P-51 cockpit to display at shows. He was, and still is scrounging as many original parts as he can, but needed the blueprints to build the actual airframe. While any part[...]

From the Cockpit

When I was on the road with Collings I shot hours of video footage. The GoPro camera really opened new avenues of filming. I haven't posted many videos, more or less a lack of time to edit, but I'll slowly add more as time permits. The first vid[...]

Cleveland IPMS Show 11-4-18

After attending the Port Clinton (Toledo) IPMS show a few months ago I checked the schedule for the next nearest show. The Cleveland show was slated to be one of the bigger shows in Ohio so I've been looking forward to it. It did not disappoint.[...]

The Ultimate Stash

Whenever I look at my feeble collection of un-built kits I think of these photos I took at Fantasy of Flight. I like to think of Kermit as any one of us after we hit the Powerball. In addition to the warehouses there are overseas shipping conta[...]

Mustang Exhaust

For me, one of the most intimidating aspects of building a Mustang is the exhaust trail. Merlin's don't really put out black "soot"...they discolor the surrounding metal into a beautiful rainbow with a touch of lead deposits, giving a light grey[...]
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