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@jkelleycrna James Kelley

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US Navy 1984-1988
US Army 1999-2008

iModeler Review: Airfix 1/72 Focke-Wulf Fw-190A-8

Airfix 1/72 Focke Wulf Fw190A-8 Product Code: A01020 49 gray parts 4 clear parts First flying in 1939, the Focke-Wulf Fw190 proved to be an immediate threat to RAF fighters when introduced in late 1941, being faster and more maneuverable than t[...]

iModeler Review: 1/72 Airfix Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR1

Airfix continues the march of turning out industry-standard kits that are economically sound, providing the modeler with the most enjoyment for their hard-earned money. Their most recent release is the Hawker-Siddeley Harrier GR.1. Presented [...]

GO! Tamiya’s 1/12 Yamaha YZR-M1

Tamiya's 1/12 Yamaha YZR-M1 Built OOB using the following paints: Testors MM Acryl True Blue Pearl Testors Metalizers Titanium Titanium Bronze Gunmetal Aluminum Coat Tamiya Acrylic: Black Clear Blue Lots of polishing and waxing between coat[...]

Airfix 1/72 Hawker Typhoon 1B

Built OOB, finished in Testors and Tamiya acrylics. I had planned on mounting bombs instead of rockets, for something a little different. However, I really didn't like the way the bombs ended up looking. I also left off the boarding step, as it [...]

iModeler Review: Airfix 1/72 Hawker Typhoon IB

Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB 1/72 scale Airfix Kit No. A02041 72 gray parts 2 clear parts 2 marking options Airfix kits seem to be getting a little better, and better, with each new release. Having said that, I’ve thought that after Hornsby resus[...]

Tamiya 1/48 North American P-51D Mustang : “Blondie”

North American P-51 D Mustang. "Blondie", as flown by Lt Marvin Arthur,334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group. One of Tamiya's finer kits, I think. OOB with Eduard seat harness. Finished with Testor's buffable Metallizer "Aluminum Plate". T[...]

CyberHobby 1/72 DeHavilland Vampire FB.5

This is the CyberHobby 1/72 DeHavilland Vampire FB.5, warts and all. As previously mentioned in my in-box review, the cockpit is sparse and entirely fictitious. For the most part, construction was straightforward. I filled and sanded out all o[...]

1/48 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf-109K-4

From early 2010... Built OOB. Gunze-Sangyo acrylics. Not much else to add, I'm afraid. Just wanted to post something today and get some sweet, sweet karma. :)

Accurate Miniatures’ 1/48 scale Vought SB2U-1 Vindicator

Here's the Accurate Miniatures Vought SB2U-1 "Vindicator". I started it in 2005, and when I laid down the natural metal finish (Alclad II) to replicate the silver-colored lacquer "dope" used on the fabric, it reacted with the primer I used (Mr.[...]

iModeler Review: CyberHobby 1/72 DeHavilland Vampire FB.5

The DeHaviland Vampire FB.5 is the single-seat, fighter-bomber version of Britain’s second production jet fighter. Powered by the Goblin 2 turbojet , there were 930 built for the RAF, and 88 units built for exportation. CyberHobby (DML) has re[...]