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@jkelleycrna James Kelley

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US Navy 1984-1988
US Army 1999-2008

Tamiya 1/48 Kawasaki KI-61-ID Hien (Tony)

The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (飛燕, "flying swallow") is a Japanese World War II fighter aircraft. Used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service, it was designated the "Army Type 3 Fighter" (三式戦闘機). Allied intelligence initially believed K[...]

1/48 Tamiya Focke-Wulf FW-190F-8

I haven't built one of these in awhile, so I decided to just relax and have some fun with it. Aside from a little putty around the area where the cowling meets the wings' leading edge, this kit goes together very well. The markings are for the w[...]

1/48 Airfix P-51D Mustang (Filletless Tail)

1/48 Airfix P-51D Mustang (Filletless Tail). This project was the subject of an IPMS/USA review article that can be found here:

Tamiya 1/48 North American P-51B Mustang

This is one of those projects that started out great, but ended on a not-so-high note. I was very happy with the construction, paint, and weathering. Alas, when I took the 26 year old decals out of the water, they shattered into a million pieces[...]

Sweet 1/144 Type 96 Carrier Fighter (A5M4)

I started this project yesterday, and finished it up this afternoon. As with all of Sweets' kits, I loved it. A relaxing (mostly), easy build and 4 really cool livery. The model was airbrushed with Alclad II White Aluminum, and Gunze-Sangyo acry[...]

Revell 1/144 BaE Harrier Gr. 7

I finished this up a week or two ago. It's built OOB and weathered with Ammo by Mig Oilbrushers. The hangar backdrop is from Coastal Kits.

A Pair of Pint-Sized Pioneer Ponies

Second & Third completion for 2021. The ubiquitous Sweet Mustangs in 1/144. This project was primarily an exercise in oil weathering, in particular, MiG Oilbrushers. Overall, I'm pleased with the results. Gunze-Sangyo paints, stretched sprue[...]

“It’s a bomber, it’s a bomber…!”

October 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of Motörhead’s iconic third album Bomber. An absolute rock’n’roll classic from start to finish, raging through Dead Men Tell No Tales, Stone Dead Forever, Sharpshooter and (of course) the rollicking [...]

Tamiya 1/48 P-38F Lightning “Texas Terror/The Mad Dash”.

This was the last project completed in 2020 for me. Built completelyOOB except for some fine solder used as the antenna stay, and, of course, Eduard seat harness. Airbrushed in Tamiya acrylics, and weathered with Ammo by Mig enamel washes & [...]

Raid Hot Mama: Tamiya 1/48 P-47D “Razorback”.

Tamiya 1/48 kit, built OOB with the exception of Eduard seat harness. Gunze-Sangyo aqueous acrylics used. SuperScale decals. P-47 Thunderbolt 42-27181 coded 2Z-D. White theater recognition cowl band. John Drummond held the rank of captain and p[...]