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@mrocs2000 Derek Bowen

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Army engineer officer with 20+ years in service. Currently living in Korea. I've always been fascinated by military aircraft and go to every aviation museum and airshow whenever possible. I ran across some YouTube videos on scale model building and decided that this would be an interesting hobby to pick up so I started my model building adventure in December 2021. My interest is currently 1/48 scale WWII aircraft but I definitely want to build a series of Korean War aircraft in the near future.

Tamiya 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat

This is the 4th model in my model-building career so my learning curve is still nearly vertical. I could only find one grainy photo of a plane from VF-22 (USS Independence) so this is my interpretation of the plane's paint scheme from [...]

Eduard 1/48 P-39Q Airacobra

This is the third model in my model-building career. This P-39 represents the 46th fighter squadron that was stationed at Kanton Atoll from the spring of 1943 through December 1943. The sand and light blue camouflage pattern was painted [...]

SB2U-3 Vindicator (1/48 Scale, Academy Hobby): Review & Advice Needed on my Second Model Kit

This Vindicator represents one of the USMC planes stationed at Midway Island that participated in the Battle of Midway. The white "stripes" are medical tape the crews used to patch the canvas exterior and the grey lines around [...]

1st Model Kit- Need Help & Feedback

This is my very first model kit (1/48 scale Academy P-40) so my learning curve is vertical at the moment and some things I couldn't figure out at all. I use mostly Mr. Color paints. Please provide suggestions/feedback on how to improve. [...]