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@mcsmith1964 Michael Smith

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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.

1/700 Dragon USS Arizona (BB-39) – construction update

I've had this Dragon kit of the Arizona in 1/700 for longer than I can remember.  I started it years ago resigned to handpainting it, and it looked so awful after the first coat on the deck and hull that I gave up. With my airbrushing kits a tad[...]

1/700 Minicraft Titanic

My son Parker and I picked up the outstanding new Minicraft 1/700 Titanic at the grand opening of Marshall's new Hobby Lobby recently, and I'm thoroughly enjoying finally getting to work on a waterline Titanic, especially one in my favorite scal[...]

Meng Warship Builder Lexington

I enjoyed taking a break from serious warship modeling with this adorable little anime-ish Lexington (CV-2) by Meng. The kit is well-designed and not a quick build by any means. I have always liked the Lexingtons in prewar colors, so I decided[...]

75th Anniversary – Doolittle Raid: 1/72 B-25 Doolittle Raider

I realized the day before April 18, 2017 that the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid was coming up the next day - and I was close to finishing my 1/72 B-25 in Doolittle Raider markings. The kit is out of the box but with aftermarket decals [...]

75th Anniversary – Battle of the Coral Sea: 1/700 U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2) & 1/72 Leppla/Liska VS-2 SBD

I finished two models to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, which concluded with the sinking of the U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2) on May 8, 1942. The ship is a 1/700 scale U.S.S. Lexington(CV-2) by Trumpeter. The only[...]

1/600 Aurora USS Enterprise (CV-6)

My Memorial Day build commemorating all those that have served our country this year is an appropriate one - the legendary CV-6, U.S.S. Enterprise. Winner of 20 Battle Stars, a Presidential Unit Citation and a Navy Unit Commendation, the Enterp[...]

75th Anniversary – Battle of Midway: U.S. Navy Aircraft with 1992 Autographs

This post was a little early on my weblog, but late to this build (I just saw it a few days ago) , but to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway net month I modeled one of each of the three types of carrier planes that operate[...]