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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).

Review: 1/32 Aviattic decals review for a Wingnut Wings Fokker D-VII "Seven Swabians"

The Fokker D-VII just happens to be my favorite German aircraft from the First World War. As a little 8 year old kid I can remember building the "ancient" (by today's standards) Aurora 1/48 scale model and the strange green [...]

Flight 19 Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary Group Build A pair of Airfix 1/48 P-40’s and a 1/48 Hasegawa A6M-2

I have been extremely busy with all sorts of full scale life lately, and I have not had much free time available at the work bench. Because of this, I was not able to fully complete these models before the December 7th deadline. Sorry. [...]

70 years ago today. 1st LT Michael Rebo, shot down over North Korea. MIA for many years, and a childhood friend of my Dad

This is one of those things that you want to do... no, scratch that. This is something that I just HAD to do once I heard about the events that unfolded on this day over North Korea. I owe a sincere thank you to Jim Burke, who operates [...]

Upcoming Group Build “Imperial German Air Force and Luftwaffe” Starting on May 1st

Here is the official announcement ! I have leaked it out to some of you and I have received a tremendous response. So without any further delay, I will officially start the new "Luftwaffe" group build on May 1st. Some of you [...]

Empire of Japan Group Build has been extended !

I have been corresponding with some who have projects underway where there was a concern about not making the April 3rd deadline. So I have decided to just remove the deadline altogether. This will remain open for us to use as we have [...]

1991 Desert Storm Air War. 30 Years ago today. Monogram 1/48 F-117 “High Tech” kit Toxic Avenger

Hard to believe this event happened 30 years ago... but it did. Time sure flies, and it flies by even quicker the older you get. 30 years ago today I was in the US Army recruiter’s office filling out paperwork trying to get back [...]

How to make a convincing looking fabric covered interior using tissue paper

Most of you know that I have a soft spot in my heart for any aircraft that has two wings, and is mostly covered with fabric. Last night I had a good idea (at least I thought it was), and I wanted to share this with you all. A while ago [...]

Empire of Japan Group Build, 1/32 Hasegawa Ki-44-II Hei, Shoki “Tojo” of the 246th “Flight Regiment”

This is a plane that I recently finished up. It was built as part of our "Empire of Japan" group build. This build was started after a small cleaning accident occurred. I keep most of my stash model kits stored on wire rack [...]

“Flight 19 Lost Squadron 75th Anniversary Tribute” Accurate Miniatures TBM-1C Avenger as FT-81

First off, I want to thank all of you who held off posting your articles so we could keep our Flight 19 builds together. That was very kind of you and considerate... Flight 19 ... The "Lost Squadron" was previously introduced [...]

Korean War, Battle of Chosin Reservoir, LT/JG Thomas Hudner and ENS Jessie Brown Medal of Honor Mission Dec. 4th, 1950

This is a build that I have wanted to do for many years now. It covers a story that some of you will recognize right away. Some of you may not. Please read along with me and I'll explain. Be warned, some of what I'm going to be telling [...]