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I'm a retired Lieutenant Fire Fighter / EMT. Prior to working as a Firefighter, I also served in Law Enforcement for several years.

In following with our long line of family military service, dating all the way back to 1776, I'm a US Army veteran (tanker) serving in M-60A1 and eventually the M1-A1 series tanks, but only for a short while. So I'm kind of like "Lt. Dan" from the movie Forrest Gump. However my Dad broke our "family curse" of having members killed in every major conflict that the United States has ever had. He was wounded in Korea, but not killed. Otherwise I wouldn't be here if he was.

My other hobbies include restoring old Mopar muscle cars from the late 1960's and early '70s. I also enjoy building aircraft in 1/48 & 1/32 scale, along with 1/35 Armor. I especially like the WW2 stuff. Lately I have been gravitating towards the First World War 1/32 scale aviation kits though...

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).

Jim Sullivan Memorial Group Build Started !

Hello everyone. This is a short note to let you know it's official. Our website owner / admin Martin (the wonderful fellow who has made Imodeler possible), has kindly given permission for us to have this brand new group build, held in [...]

A Modest Proposal: for a New group build, in Jim Sullivan's Honor

Hello again everyone. Most of you will know by now that we recently lost a great person, and fellow Imodeler who was also a well known and accomplished author. Topping this off, Jim was very passionate model builder too. Jim Sullivan [...]

Korean War Group Update: Reminder, it will end on July 27th, 2023

Hello again everyone. This is just a friendly reminder to let you know that our highly successful Korean War Group will come to a close in late July. This group followed the actual dates of the so called "Police Action", which [...]

1st LT Walter "Tiger" Thomas Mayberry, USMC Reserve, VMF-123 F4U-1 "Birdcage" Corsair Bureau Number 02351, March, 4th, 1944 Tunnel Hill Massacre near Rabaul Tamiya 1/48 Corsair

This is a true story about one of our local hometown "Daytona Beach" men, who went to War, and never made it back home. His name was Walter Mayberry. He was a very gifted and talented "American" football player (not [...]

Christmas Day, 1944 ETO. Major George Preddy "Cripes-A-Mighty III" Revell 1/32 P-51D-5

Hello everyone. This build was done to pay respects to a man who gave his life on Christmas Day, 1944, in the name of freedom. His name was George Preddy, who was a Major in the US Army Air Corps. Tragically he was killed on this day [...]

1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109G10, Werke Number 130 369 of 5 / NJG 11, Fassberg, May 1945 a gift from Tom Bebout

This model was sent to me as a wonderful gift from Tom Bebout. One day he contacted me and asked if I had a Hasegawa Bf-109G-10 in 1/48 scale. My answer was "No, I don't." The very next thing Tom said was, "Well now you [...]

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 [...]