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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.

Revell 1/25 Dodge Magnum SRT8

Some friends in a club in southern Florida were having a group build. I thought it would be fun to give them some support, and add to their total number of entrants. Unfortunately, mine will only be pics, and not there in person, but it's th[...]

1/72 LS Mitsubishi Ki-46 “Dinah”

Mitsubishi Ki-46 "Dinah" Japanese Army Type 100-2 is the full name given on the old box. The "Dinah" was a recon/trainer aircraft, and one of WWII Japan's nicest looking aircraft. I continued my venture into WWII Japanese aircraft with this [...]

Fujimi 1/70 Kawasaki KI-61 Hien (Tony)

This ancient kit (note:1/70) was given to me by a "friend" who had no need to add this relic to his collection and chose not to throw it away. Since I had no WWII Japanese aircraft in my 1/72 collection, I thought I would play around with some [...]

Matchbox (now Revell) 1/72 Twin Otter

I built this one several years ago, and was very pleased when it was re-released. It's a nice, little kit, with plenty of options. Long nose (shown), short nose, wheels, ski's, and floats. Being Matchbox (or ex-Matchbox/Revell), most of you k[...]

Classic Lindberg Coastal Patrol Boat with Conversion to Viet Nam Era PGM

The Lindberg Coastal Patrol Boat, which I had posted much earlier, was a good beginning for this conversion. Reference material was somewhat limited. The Squadron publication, "Riverine" by Jim Mesko, gave me a decent start. The back cover s[...]

Matchbox 1/48 AD-5 Skyraider

I chose the AD-5N (A-1G), VA(AW)-33, USS Forestal, USN, as my first attempt at this ancient kit. At the time I built it, we were lucky enough to even have it, let alone aftermarket parts... During it's "lifetime", I've seen it go from a $10-12[...]

Lindberg 1/82 Tugboat

When my wife picked up a Lindberg Tugboat for her collection, I noticed the scale was close to the "1/72" boats I had been doing. I thought I'd give one a try, however I didn't want to do the usual, colorful boat on the boxart, and I wanted it[...]

Trumpeter 1/72 Antonov An-2 Colt/Nanchang Y-5

The book "Aggressor aircraft" by Chuck Stewart has a chapter titled "The real thing". There's a picture with the caption: "In March 1988, the Defense Test and Support Evaluation Agency (DTESA), at the direction of the Pentagon's Operationa[...]

Thanks, again, iModeler! 1/48 Eduard F6F-3 Hellcat “Weekend Edition”

Photo caption reads: F6F Hellcat civilian aircraft is in flight. June, 1970, Charles F. Willis, then Alaska Airlines' Board Chairman, with his F6F-3 "Little Nugget" painted in his airline's colors. The big jetliners were emblazoned with "Golde[...]

Testors Weird-ohs “Hodad Making The Scene”

"Lookin' good is OK, but can he ride the tall wave? All the chatter comes easy, but the surf's for the brave", or so the box art says.... Our 13 year old grand daughter, Kim, is visiting from Texas. With a model club meeting coming up, my wi[...]