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@konda24 Joe Caputo

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Retired, Ocala Florida resident since 1978. I build 1/72 and 1/48 aircraft primarily, but delve into 1/144th. 1/72 (or close) Boats, 1/24th cars, 1/32-35th and assorted stuff, fill in the gaps, and prevent “burn-out”. I’m a member of IPMS since 1983, a currently an officer in our local chapter. My current collection is over 400 on the shelf, and an equal number in my stash. I’d like to be able to share “the good, the bad, and the ugly”, with my fellow modelers.

1/72 Airfix RAF Rescue Launch (“Whaleback”)

This is the OLD Airfix kit which has been around since the 60"s. It's been reboxed many times, but the molds are the same. It's small next to the Vosper, and PT Boats, but has a unique shape, giving it the "Whaleback" nickname. The kit can be [...]

Monogram 1/48 Vought Kingfisher

The ancient Monogram Kingfisher is still a very nice kit. The boxart on Revell/Monogram's last re-issue is an artist's conception of the aircraft in the photo, I discovered well after I had started my kit. My interpretation of the same aircraft [...]

My contribution to the Lewis Jaime Joe trilogy…

My contribution to the Lewis-Jaime-Joe trilogy from last week. As you can see, most are "detail shots" of the various aircraft we were privileged to get near. If there are any questions about what you're seeing, please refer them to Lewis or J[...]

1/48 Piaggio XSP-2 “Super Veloce” (1938)

Piaggio started in the aeronautics field in 1915. As with most Italians, racing was in the blood. The 1920s served as an important time in the company's history when, Piaggio Aero brought on Giovanni Pegna and Giuseppe Gabrielli, two aeronautic[...]

Nose art group build…

Inside the fuselage, it says, Revell, Inc. Venice, Calif., Copyright 1954. No doubt a re-pop. I built it as a 12 year old (and still have it). I thought I'd give it another try. Actually, the box art got me again. The nose art group build s[...]

the story so far…

Subject: the story so far........ The year is 1949, and the Goodyear Trophy Races, are at their peak, with speed records being set almost weekly. The "stars" of the "show" are what's now known as the "Goodyear Midgets" Tony LeVier, a test pil[...]

IMC 1/72 Mig-21D “all weather fighter”

This is another model that's older than most of you. The Mig 21D is one of the IMC "Battle Damaged Series", which you could build "stock" or as a "battle scarred veteran". It included parts for both, including two port sides, one of which was [...]

1/72 Airfix Stormovik

Like it's builder (me), this model is an antique. It seems I've been going through a stage of doing old kits, that are fast and relatively easy. I've ignored my WWII Japanese and Soviet aircraft in the past, and I'm starting to fill that void[...]

Lindberg 1/48 Convair XFY-1 VTO “Pogo”

Trivia question: What post WWII US Navy aircraft had no tail hook or wing walks? Thanks to Jaime, I finally took this one from the stash and got busy. What was supposed to be a "group" build, sort of went by the wayside, with a couple of the [...]

Hobbycraft 1/48 Hawker Sea Fury F.B.Mk. II

Everyone who has built this kit knows how basic it is. My first attempt ended up in the standard paint scheme of the period (grey, duck egg, w/stripes). I bought this kit already started, The fuselage halves, including the prop, were glued to[...]