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@jkelleycrna James Kelley

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US Navy 1984-1988
US Army 1999-2008

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[...]

1/48 Hasegawa F6F-3 Hellcat

I decided to pull the venerable Hasegawa kit out of the pile and slap it together. I started about 10 days ago, and had it built in about 4 days. The rest of the time was spent painting and weathering. As ususal, it's built OOB. Tamiya acrylic [...]

1/72 Tamiya Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik

I recently did an in-box review of this kit for is the finished product. The kit is engineered very well, as one would expect from Tamiya. Interestingly, I found the plastic to be slightly softer than what I am used to from the[...]

1/35 DML Sd.Kfz. 184 Schwerer Jagdpanzer “Elefant”

Here is another model I built a few years ago. This was DML's "Premium" kit - I don't even remember why it was called that. The zimmerit was applied and sculpted from two-part epoxy putty (Tamiya), using a homemade tool I fashioned out of scrap[...]

1/48 Eduard Focke-Wulf FW-190A-8

Here's one that i built a few years ago, when the Eduard kit was released. I remember there being some online angst regarding the thickness of chord around the vertical tail empanage. I found it to be pretty much accurate based on my own researc[...]

IPMS Three Rivers: TRICON 2013 Part II

Here are a few more photos from Saturdays show...since the 24-pic limit was reached on the other post. :)

IPMS Three Rivers: TRICON 2013

Saturday, March 23 saw another enjoyable TRICON come and go. There were 72 entrants, and 253 models on the tables. Lots of deals were to be had at the vendor tables, as most were independent sellers "thinning the herd". A steady stream of enth[...]

iModeler Review: Tamiya 1/72 Ilyushin IL-2 Shturmovik

A few months ago, Tamiya released what is, most likely, the new standard for 1/48 IL-2 Shturmovik. The kit has thus been lauded for its engineering, beauty, and ease of assembly. There was also, as I remember, a bit of controversy regarding[...]