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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.

1:48 Accurate Miniatures F3F-1

Here's my attempt at the 1:48 Accurate Miniatures Grumman F3F-1, and it's built straight from the box. The only thing I added was the antenna wires. The kit is a real jewel - any flaws are mine alone. Accurate Miniatures was my favorite model co[...]

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat, converted to a -5.

I converted the venerable Arii/Otaki F6F-3 to a -5 by filling in the rear quarter windows, sanding off the exhaust fairings, and added sheet plastic to depict metal plates fixed to the underside of the flaps (which protected the fabric-covered f[...]

Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1 Corsair

Here's my version of Tamiya's 1/48 F4U-1 'birdcage' Corsair, finished in the nondescript markings of a Marine squadron based in the Solomons in 1943. This build was almost straight 'out-of-the-box' - the only things added were seat belts, and s[...]

Monogram 1/48 TBD Devastator

Here's my Monogram TBD, still a terrific kit despite its age. I added lots of scratch-built details, seat belts and a few photo-etched pieces to dress up the cockpit, a vac-form canopy, and enclosed the wheel wells. The decals from the spares [...]

Monogram 1/48 SBD-3 Dauntless

I built this Monogram Dauntless many years ago, and it I think it was the first time I used an aftermarket resin cockpit (Missing Link, maybe?). I tried to make it look more like a -3 by adding a spinner cut down from the Monogram SB2C Helldiver[...]

1/48 Hasegawa F-8E MiG-killer

Here's one of my collection of US Navy MiG-killers, a 1/48 Hasegawa F-8E Crusader. I finished it in the markings of 'Nickel 103', an F-8E from VF-211 off USS Hancock, flown by Cmdr. Hal Marr. He shot down a MiG-17 on 12 June 1966, which was the [...]

1/48 Monogram F-8E Crusader, converted to a DF-8A

Here's my attempt at backdating the 1/48 Monogram F-8E Crusader into a DF-8A drone controller/utility aircraft from the Naval Missile Center at Point Mugu, California during the late '60's-early '70's. I started this project ten years ago, but s[...]