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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).

Upcoming kit reviews. Meng Dr-1 with MVR bust, and Tamiya P-38H Limited Edition kits

Several weeks ago I received these kits from Sprue Brothers. I was able to get my hands on these two thanks to my loving wife (for putting up with me) and an available balance on a credit card. I also want to thank Paul Nash, @white4freak fo[...]

Empire of Japan Group Build. 1/48 Fine Molds Nakajima “Kikka” Jet

75 Years ago today this plane took it's very first flight. It took a very long time to get airborne, so several days later another flight was made............. or at least attempted. They had installed RATO pods under the wings in an effort [...]

Korea: The Forgotten War group build is now active.

Hello everyone. This is an open invitation to all who want to participate in our Korean War group build. This group build will follow the exact same dates as the actual conflict did. It will start on June 25th, 2020, and will end a little o[...]

Korea: The Forgotten War

Good evening everyone. This is a friendly reminder that our new upcoming group build will start in a little less than a month from now on June 25th. With Memorial Day recently observed here in the USA, there’s no better time than now to post[...]

Fine Molds 1/48 Mitsubishi Ka-14, the A5M ”Gull wing” Prototype

This is my first completion for our ever growing Empire of Japan Group Build. This is the Mitsubishi Ka-14, which eventually because the A5M "Claude". Apparently there were six different prototypes built. Each one was slightly different from[...]

Survey: New kit release “wish list”

Now with the "virus" running rampant, it has caused many of us to stay at home. Some of us are working from home while others are following advice and trying to remain healthy. Then there are some who are at home because they are recovering. [...]

New Group Build announcement, the Empire of Japan 1919-1946

Now that a lot of us are working from home, or have to stay home because of the virus, no time is better than the present to start something new. A few months ago I mentioned this idea for a group build. Here it is.................... and e[...]

Imodeler at the Movies “Victory at Sea” TBM-1C Avenger flown by Lt. Robert Cosgrove 05 November, 1944

When David @dirtylittlefokker mentioned the "Imodeler at the Movies" group build, I was thinking about several different subjects that would fit. This particular plane is one that I have been wanting to build for many years now............. [...]

“Wings of the Emperor”…or “The Empire of Japan” another thought for an upcoming Group Build

In addition to the "Korea the Forgotten War" group build that will last during the exact time frame as the war did, (only 70 years later), here's another one I was thinking about. This Group Build would be called "Wings of the Emperor", or "The[...]

Idea for a new Group Build. “Korea, the Forgotten War”

I have several ideas for future group builds. This is one of them. I will post a different article for each one soon. It will start on June 25th, 2020, and end a little more than 3 years later on July 27th, 2023. This will follow the actual[...]