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@navairfan Drew Tarter

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I started building models of all types when I was around eight years old, but had stopped building by the time I got to high school. I returned to the hobby after college, and now build 1/48 scale US Navy and Marine Corps subjects exclusively. I have a long -term project to build as many US Navy MiG-killers as I can.

My builds for 2017

I managed to complete three kits this year, which is pretty good output for me. All are 1/48 scale. First was the Eduard F6F-5, finished in the markings of VF-27 deployed aboard USS Independence in July of 1945. Second was a heavily-modified Mon[...]

1/48 Hobbycraft T-33/TV-2D Naval T-bird

My last build was an extensive reworking and upgrading of the 1/48 Monogram F-8E Crusader. The kit fought me the entire time, plus I made a lot of frustrating mistakes. So this time, I wanted a quick, relaxing, trouble-free build, before moving [...]

Monogram 1/48 F-8E, MiG-killing Crusader

My latest effort is the old, but solid, Monogram 1/48 F-8E Crusader. This classic from Monogram features average fit, with (mostly) accurate outlines and shapes. It has raised panel lines, which also appear accurate compared to drawings and pho[...]

1:48 scale Eduard F6F-5 Hellcat

Here's my latest effort, Eduard's 1:48 scale F6F-5 Hellcat 'Weekend Edition' (which, ironically, took me six months to complete.) The Eduard series of 1:48 scale Hellcats were hailed as the best in scale when they were released in 2008. They ar[...]

Hasegawa 1:48 F6F-5 Hellcat

Here's my latest build, hot off the bench - Hasegawa's 1:48 F6F-5, the "10,000th Hellcat" boxing. The Hasegawa kit can be made into a fine model straight from the box, but I made a few additions and corrections. Good points are excellent parts [...]

Tamiya’s 1:48 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

I used the terrific 1:48 scale Tamiya kit to build "White 23", the F4F-4 that Lt. Cdr. John Thatch flew on June 4, 1942 during the battle of Midway. Thatch flew this plane, BuNo 5093, when he shot down three Zeros in one of the classic fighter c[...]

1:48 Arii F4U-1A Corsair, Kepford’s “White 29”

Here's my rendition of the Arii (originally produced by Otaki?) 1:48 scale F4U-1A Corsair. Even though it's well over thirty years old, the Arii kit builds into a nice Corsair. The good points are very accurate outline and shapes, finely recesse[...]

My Monogram Crusaders

Since everyone is posting their Monogram F-8's, I decided to throw mine into the mix. These have been posted before, so I apologize in advance for the re-runs. First up is a Monogram F-8E converted to the later J model. I used Superscale decal[...]

1/48 Hasegawa F4U-4 Corsair

Here'a another one of my older builds, Hasegawa's 1/48 F4U-4 Corsair. Released in 1981 (over 32 years ago!) the Hasegawa -4 features good fit, excellent overall shape and outline, raised panel lines for those who care (I do not), and very basic [...]

1/48 Accurate Miniatures TBF-1C Avenger

Accurate Miniatures' Avengers, along with their SBD Dauntless and F3F series, are among the best 1/48 scale aircraft kits ever produced. Everything - from surface and interior detail to fit of the parts - is about as good as it gets in injected [...]