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@luftwaffe-birdman Walt Babst

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I started building when I was in the fifth grade and continued through college. After that life got in the way, but I never lost the desire to build again and about fourteen years ago I started building again. I build almost exclusively 1/48th scale aircraft and armor from WWII (especially german), but do love the new 1/32 scale aircraft kits by Tamiya and am currently building the Spitfire Mk IX.

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Eduard (Academy) 1/48th P-38H a Twin Dragon

Its been a while since I have posted here, I have been busy with work, passing some tests for work, and taking classes for my pilots license. During my free time I have tried to get some model time in and finally finished my first of the year[...]

Dirty Dora by Accurate Miniatures in 1/48th Scale

This is the Accurate Miniatures B-25 “Dirty Dora” kit. After seeing one built at a show I knew that I had to have that kit and that I would build it if I ever got it. Fast forward a couple of years, and doing a little trading on another site,[...]

Tamiya 1/48th Do-335 Defense of the Reich

As a follow up to my Do-335 I built another one of these model kits. This time I thought I would do it up as a defender of the Reich in the last days of the war. I added drop tanks and also scratch built the boarding ladder. I thought it [...]

For Stearman Lovers Everywhere

As winter turns into spring (sort of) here in Washington, it is time for our Stearman's annual inspection. Good thing that way we know it will be safe for a sunny season of flying. Since all the access panels are removed I thought I would tak[...]

Tamiya 1/48th Do-335 Arrow Nachtjager

Inspired by Erich's excellent rendition I thought I would add my own version of this "hypothetical" aircraft. It will have some of you seeing doubles, but I think its cool. I have always enjoyed seeing how two different modelers will approach[...]

1/48th Bandai SdKfz 232 Fulfilling an Old Modeling Adage.

There is an old adage that if you spend the time to build an old difficult kit then a mainstream model company will release a new state of the art version of the kit soon after. Now, I am not going to say it’s true, but I’m not going to say i[...]

Monogram 1/48th PBJ-1H (B-25H) Landing on ShangriLa

As kid I loved the line of Monogram 1/48th scale aircraft models. Their bomber series let you build highly detailed good looking models that represented the planes that won the war in Europe and the Pacific. I always liked the B-25 G & H m[...]

1/48th Tamiya P-47D, Ole Cock III

This is my P-47 that was built out of the box except for the decals which are from the Wolf Pack series by Aeromaster. I have always loved the P-47 and when I was a kid I built at least a half dozen of the Monogram kits and painted them up fro[...]

1/48th Tamiya Bf-109E-4, Making a Sheep Rancher Angry

I have posted this elsewhere previously but in the spirit of 109 madness occuring on this site I thought I would post here. This is again the wonderful and enjoyable Tamiya kit. The markings are purely fictional, I just really liked the weepin[...]

1/48th Tamiya Mosquito, Sea Mosquito Conversion

After seeing the video of the restored Mosquito, KA114 posted by the editor, I thought I would post my Mosquito build here. I don't build much British, but I do love the Mosquito and think that it is one of the best looking aircraft ever produc[...]
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