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@lgardner Louis Gardner

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I’m a retired Lieutenant Fire Fighter / EMT. 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).

Random thoughts on Japanese colors. The Japanese A6M Zero…Part 1

Japanese A6M Zero Colors.......... Part 1 I recently posted a similar article to this one about WW2 Japanese Aviation colors. It was not completely prepared so I removed the original posting. This is along the same line as my original inte[...]

100 Years of the RAF, Spitfire Mk Vb, 81 Squadron RAF Hornchurch, June 1942 “FL*A” / BM-461 Tamiya 1/48

This one is hot off the press.................. I finished it up just in time to make the deadline for the 100 Years of the RAF Group Build that was the brain child of Paul Barber. @yellow10 Thanks Paul !!! I also want to take this opport[...]

Kit Review: 1/32 scale P-51D-5NA Mustang, Revell of Germany, kit number 03944, Part 2

This is the second part of the kit review as promised earlier. This portion will cover the plastic parts of this big 1/32 scale "early" Mustang D model. Writing up a kit review is surprisingly easy. Now that Martin and his staff have added th[...]

Kit Review: 1/32 scale P-51D-5NA Mustang, Revell of Germany, kit number 03944, Part 1

This kit review will be in two parts. Sadly this one is no longer being produced at the moment. All of the molds have been purchased by a new company when the parent company of Revell went bankrupt a little while ago, so hopefully it will get[...]

Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 Hien “Tony” 244th Sentai 1945, covered using Bare Metal Foil

This is a model that I finished up a few days ago. It also happens to be my favorite Japanese fighter from the War. It's so elegant and streamlined.............. I call it the "Japanese Spitfire". The Tamiya model fit together perfectly, and[...]

100 Years of the RAF… Alan Deere’s Spitfire Mk I “Kiwi”, No. 54 Squadron Tamiya 1/48

This is an article that I have been meaning to post for quite some time now............. My apologies for being so late with getting it done. I built this model as part of a series of numerous Spitfire models for the 100 Years of the RAF Group[...]

Yahu Models Instument Panel Review… Revell of Germany 1/32 P-51D Mustang “early”, and Tamiya 1/48 F4U Corsair

I received these aftermarket instrument panels in the mail a few days ago, and wanted to do a quick review on them. I'll give you two guesses as to what my upcoming plans are for builds in the near future........... :) First up is the 1/32 sc[...]

Kit Review: Tamiya 35346, 1/35 M4A3E8 “Easy Eight” European Theater

As promised a while ago, here it is. This review would have been done a while ago, but "Life" tends to throw us curve balls every once in a while.............. When it does, try to make the best of it. Here's the box art. It shows a HVSS She[...]

2018 – A Modeling Year in Review

Happy New Year everyone! May this year be better than the last, and I wish us all success and health in our upcoming year. We had a lot of wonderful Group Builds that happened this year. To begin with we finished up the Year of the Cat. Then we[...]

Spitfire Mk Vb Tropical, EP-706 “T*L” No. 249 Squadron as flown by George Beurling at Malta

I want to start out by thanking Martin and his staff for hosting such a wonderful website where we can display our work. I also want to thank Paul Barber @yellow10 for coming up with a great idea to commemorate the 100 Years of Service provided [...]