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Interested primarily in WW II aircraft carriers in 1/700 scale, but branching out lately into some 1/72 aircraft, starting with carrier planes but more recently RAF and Luftwaffe as well. And hoping to get somewhere on my backlog of Star Trek kits. A scratchbuilt launch umbilical tower for my 1/200 AMT Apollo/Saturn V is my white whale.

1/72 SBD-5 DauntlessVB-16, April 1944.

“White 35” was a SBD-5 assigned to VB-16 on the USS Lexington (CV-16) in April 1944. It was flown by LTJG George Blacken & RM Leo Boulanger. I used a 1996 boxing of the Hasegawa SBD-5, which came with decals for White 45 of the [...]

2023 Build Review

After not completing a model at all in 2022, I bounced back this year with 11 builds and two refits of previously completed models, with two of the builds replacements for previously completed models, freeing up space (a new ongoing [...]

HMS Hood - May 1941

After over 30 years, I finally have a good 1/700 HMS Hood. The ship has always been one of my favorites, and I've held a spot at the top of the display case for her for a long time. I had (and still have) the 1/600 Airfix and 1/400 [...]

Scale Modeling Organization, Database, Task Lists and Posting

It's a sickness. It really is. But part of the enjoyment I get out of puttering in my study (and attached model workshop) is organizing my materials. For years I have had relational databases of my library and my files, and I recently [...]

New Build Docks (6 & 7)

I get far more attention online for my build docks than my models - which is usually fair! Back in 1992 when I had some time on my hands after finishing law school and the bar exam and waiting to move back to Marshall to start my [...]

1/72 PzKpfw III Ausf. L.

This is my first tank build since high school - appropriate since attending TankFest last summer. It's a early 1943 Eastern Front version of a Panzer III - Revell 1/72 kit. The paint went on a little dark, and I tried to lighten down [...]

Butch O’Hare F4F-3 refit

In May of 2017 as part of my 75th anniversary of the Pacific War battles of 1942 I built a 1/72 Academy/Minicraft F4F of Butch O’Hare’s F4F from when he won the Medal of Honor for engaging nine Japanese bombers attacking his carrier, [...]

Curtiss P-40B Warhawk

This build is the Airfix kit representing 1st Lt. Kenneth W. Sprankle's P-40B, registration 41-13297, assigned to the 6th Pursuit Squadron of the 18th Pursuit Group based at Wheeler Field on Oahu. Although the kit appears to show the [...]

1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4

I enjoyed my recent build of an Airfix Gustav 109, so when I saw this Emil the other day with Battle of Britain markings I picked it up. Little did I know that unlike the Gustav, AO1008A was an Airfix "new tool" kit. Instead [...]

1/72 F4U-1A Corsair

This was a reprise of the Hasegawa Corsair kit that I built two weekends ago as a F4U-4 flying from Bunker Hill in February 1945 in overall Glossy Sea Blue. This build was an attempt to get a good tricolor scheme down, as well as try out [...]