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@jkelleycrna James Kelley

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US Navy 1984-1988
US Army 1999-2008

Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D Corsair

*This is a re-post of an article I did many years ago, when I started writing "review" articles for a large, international modeling society, and before I became jaded with the entire process. Sadly, I cannot find but 2 photos of the completed pr[...]

Trumpeter 1/32 F6F-3 Hellcat

Background The Grumman F6F Hellcat was a fighter aircraft descended from the earlier F4F Wildcat, but was a completely new design sharing only a familial resemblance to the Wildcat. Some tagged it as "Wildcat's big brother". The Hellcat and the[...]

Tamiya 1/24 Renault Alpine 110C

Tamiya's Alpine 110C, built OOB. Engine was airbrushed with Testor's Metallizer Aluminum & Tamiya Clear Blue, then given an acrylic wash. Frame and interior airbrushed with Polly Scale Engine Black. Exterior was painted with Tamiya Metallic [...]

Hasegawa 1/32 Bf-109K-4

As the Second World War drew to a close, the last primary operational Bf 109 fighter variant, the K-4, was introduced to the skies. The Bf 109K-4 was a pressurized-cabin, high-altitude capable fighter-interceptor that would draw to a close Mes[...]

Mitsubishi A6M5 “ATAIU”

Technical Air Intelligence Units (TAIU) were joint Allied military intelligence units formed during World War II to recover Japanese aircraft to obtain data regarding their technical and tactical capabilities. The first such unit, know[...]

1/24 Italeri 1933 Cadillac Towncar

Had it not been part of General Motors, Cadillac might have perished in the Depression, a time when few could afford -- or wanted to be seen in -- big, expensive automobiles no matter how superb. Unlike independent Packard, which was [...]

Tamiya 1/72 Aichi M6A1-K Nanzan – Seiran Kai

Nice little kit, with very nice detail. Only complaints are the windscreen and canopy fit. Generally pretty poor. A little filing here and there got them both to settle down OK. I am not happy with the antennae (EZ Line). Admittedly, I rushed it[...]