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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).

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[...]

“Kasserine Pass” Afrika Korps Tamiya 1/35 Panzer III L, 10th Panzer Division, Tunisia, February 1943

Here it is............... I finally finished this one and have the time to post it. This one will be my 101st article here on Imodeler. Beware, there is one graphic photo in this article, that has a dead German soldier in it. He was presu[...]

Kit Review – 1/48 Tamiya 61117, Messerschmitt Bf-106 G6, Part 2 of 2

Here it is................hot on the heels of Part 1. This article has a special meaning for me, since it will be my 100th article posted here on Imodeler. Many thanks go out to Martin and his extraordinary team. The first article dealt[...]

Kit review – 1/48 Tamiya 61117 Messerschmitt Bf-109 G6, Part 1 of 2

Once I saw that Tamiya was going to be releasing a new 1/48 scale kit of the Bf-109, I knew that when it arrived at the nearest Hobby Store I had to purchase it. This is a kit that I have been waiting for a while now. After opening the box, I th[...]