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@mercenarymodels Joe Bianco

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I'm an architect who actually started my career building architectural models. I began building back in the Revell, Monogram, and Aroura days starting out mostly with ships. When a certain T.V. show came along, featuring F4U Corsairs, I started building airplanes focusing on WWII subjects. As I get older I enjoy building models for myself as well as for others. Occasionally I'm lucky and get paid for my works but most of the time I build for free. It just depends on the situation. I also have found the joy and value in model photography. Every model I've built has been broken in some way or the other so having nice photographs of my hard work has been rewarding in many ways.

Check out my website and let me know what you think. It's continually a work in progress.

Tamiya 1/35 scale M577 Command Vehicle

This weekend I presented this 1/35 scale M577 Command vehicle commanded by Cpt. Michael B. Hartgraves (my Father-in-law) who served with the 11th Armored Cavalry Division, Vietnam in 1969. This was an 80th birthday present my wife and [...]

Tamiya 1/48 Aichi M6A1 Seiran

This is a model I built over 20 years ago inspired from a color (not colorized) photo I found on the internet of an Aichi M6A1 Seiran sporting a unique paint scheme. The plane was found damaged after the war by US occupation forces. The [...]

Chuck Yeager’s P51D Mustang Glamorous Glen III

I finished this Tamiya P-51D Mustang in Chuck Yeager's markings. I was thinking this would be a quick build (and it should have) but it ended up taking me almost three months. The model is built straight out of the box. Markings were [...]