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@lgardner Louis Gardner

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I’m a retired Fire Fighter. I’m also a US Army veteran (tanker) serving in M-60A1 and M1-A1 series tanks. My hobbies include restoring old Mopar muscle cars from the late 1960’s and early ’70s. I enjoy building aircraft in 1/48 & 1/32 scale, along with 1/35 Armor. I especially like the WW2 stuff. I built my first model (Revell 1/32 P-40 “Flying Tigers” version) when I was 8 years old. I currently have about 600 kits ( of which about 1/4 are built).

Family, Friends, Food, Florida and Flying but not necessarily in that order…..

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with Jaime Carreon and Joe Caputo (fellow Imodelers) for the very first time in person. The misses and I headed to New Smyrna today with Jaime and Joe............ The first stop was a great visit at American[...]

Happy Thanksgiving! Revell 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf-110 a blast from the past…

Here in the USA we are having our Thanksgiving Day Holiday. This is a day where we are supposed to be thankful for the blessings we have, and to celebrate the first "meal" shared with the Native Americans by the Pilgrims. It also gives the banks[...]

Eagle Cal #157 Spitfire Mk 1a Decals Review

Recently there has been a lot of excitement with Tamiya announcing an all new tool Spitfire Mk 1 in 1/48 scale. But do we need another Spitfire model? After looking at the various photos of the plastic trees, and a video review online, I'm going[...]

1/48 Tamiya Messerschmitt Pre-Production Me-262 “S” (Werknummer 130006), “VI + AF”

Here's another article that I hope you enjoy....................... This time it's based on Tamiya's excellent Me-262 in 1/48 scale. This model was started as I was "hitting the wall" and getting bogged down with research on the group of 4 Ta[...]

Tamiya 1/48 FW-190 A3, Werk Number 223, Hans “Assi” Hahn, Gruppenkommandeur III / JG 2

This is something that I have been meaning to do for a while... I'm finally posting the last FW 190 from the series of four planes that I built for the Kasserine Pass Group Build. Thanks again Dave Thomas, @davidathomas for coming up with the [...]

“Year of the Cat” Group Build recap………………

I am pleased to announce the recap of our recent Group Build called the "Year of the Cat". The Chinese traditionally have calendar years named after animals, such as the rooster, monkey, dog, etc. There is not a "Year of the Cat" however[...]

1/48 Tamiya FW-190 A4, as Flown by Leutnant Eberhard Von Burath, Adjutant 1 Gruppe / JG 1

Staying hot on the heels of these FW-190 postings, I'll add another one of my recent builds... lets keep it rolling! This model was built as part of a four plane build that I did for the recent "Kasserine Pass" GB that was the brainchild of my[...]

1/48 Tamiya FW-190 A8, “Otto Kittel” 2. JG 54, Black 1, Werk Number 690 282

Here's a model that I completed several months ago, during the Kasserine Pass Group Build, when I built a series of four different FW-190's. This model is painted as a "What if", since I didn't find any photos of the actual plane he flew on hi[...]

Kasserine Pass Group Build, Monogram 1/48 scale He-111-H, “S7 + ZA” Stab / St.G. III North Africa 1942

I would like to start off by stating the Kasserine Pass Group Build was very enjoyable for me. David A. Thomas, (the founder of this group), was there with guidance and words of encouragement throughout the building process. I wish to thank Da[...]

Kasserine Pass GB: 1/48 scale Tamiya FW-190A , Oblt. E. Rudorffer, CO 6 / JG2 Tunisia

Better late than never they say........who ever "they" are. Here it is finally. This is the Tamiya FW-190 A-3 kit, that I updated to make it look like a later A-4 version with a few simple modifications. These are all covered in the construct[...]