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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).

MiG Group Build, North Vietnamese MiG-17, 1/48 Hobbycraft / War Eagle

Our MiG Group Build is underway, and there are a lot of great builds happening right now.......... I have several MiG-15's that I'm about to wrap up. I built this one on a whim, and had not originally intended to do so. This model was based of[...]

R.I.P. Mrs. “Billie” Bailey… beloved wife of our good friend Jeff Bailey

Hello everyone. I have some bad news to share with you. In case you have wondered why Jeff has not been posting on Imodeler recently over the past few days, this is why. Jeff is one of our "regulars", and a very good friend of mine. He is a[...]

On this Day, Oct. 3rd, 1944. A tribute to Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Bricen Jr. 445th Bomb Squadron, 321st Bomb Group Revell B-25J 1/48 scale

Exactly 75 years ago today, while flying over Italy in the top turret of a B-25 J-1 named "Evora", this young man was killed. This was his 58th Mission. He just had his 22nd birthday a few weeks earlier on September 14th, 1944, and he left be[...]

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[...]