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Been modeling since 1971. Mainly RAF and USN, but I've been known to stray into other genres

A-1H Details: ‘Lieutenant America’

I shot these pics of a restored A-1H, "Lieutenant America", at Lonesome Pine Regional Airport in Wise County, Va., back in 2011.For a restoration, this Skyraider compares well to photos from Wayne Mutza's book on A-1's in [...]

Tamiya German Field Commander, 1/16 scale

Tamiya has been making a fair bit of hard currency over the past couple of decades with their 1/16 scale series of plastic figure kits, and their German Field Commander offers a mix of good detail and marginal parts fit. Molded in # parts [...]

Tamiya A-1H Skyraider 1/48 scale

Everyone knows about VA-176's 'Bumblebee' MiG killer, with its giant killer bee artwork, but the first USN Skyraider to shoot down a MiG-17 seems to be lost in the shuffle. Tamiya's A-1H USN kit, fortunately, includes markings for VA-25's [...]

Aeroclub/Airfix Spitfire Mk 21

This is a conversion of the Airfix Seafire 46/47 using the old Aeroclub Spitfire Mk. 21 conversion set. The conversion uses the extended kit wing, landing gear, exhausts and miscellaneous parts along with Aeroclub's fuselage, radiator [...]

ICM 1/48 Spitfire F. IXA

Remember the days when we Spitfire enthusiasts thought we were in hog heaven with Mk IX releases from Occidental and ICM? Well, that's been almost two decades and a blizzard of Eduard IX/VIII releases later, but here's an ICM Spit I [...]

Airfix 1/48 Bf 109E-1

A bargain compared to the Tamiya and Eduard Emil kits, if only for the optional parts. You can do just about every major E subtype from the parts in the box. There are a few minor let downs. The propeller blade shape us a tad dodgy, and [...]

Eduard 1/32 Bf 109E-3, Weekend Edition

Even with whatever Trumpeter and HobbyBoss may have released, the Eduard series of Bf 109Es are just about the best available in 1/32 scale. They do require careful fitting during assembly, but your reward is a model with very little [...]

Pacific Coast Models 1/32 Spitfire Mk IXc

It may not have all the bells and whistles of Tamiya's 1/32 Spitfire IX, but the Pacific Coast Models kit gives you a pretty accurate Mk IX without having to worry about a stratospheric parts count. While in many ways a limited-run kit not [...]

Revell/ProModeler P-47N, 1/48

One of two 1/48 injection-molded P-47N kits out there (Academy's N coming out around the time this one came out in the late 1990s), the ProModeler kit was repopped a few years back by Revell. While it's the most accurate N kit in outline, [...]

Revellogram A-4E Skyhawk

The classic Monogram A-4E/F Skyhawk still lives 36 years after its initial release. Yeah, the Hasegawa kit may offer finer details and cleaner moldings, but you can do a lot with the Monogram kit too. Revell's most recent repop of this [...]