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@pb_legend Andrew H

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I am a mechanical engineer by trade, working in the automotive manufacturing sector for a company known globally. This modelling hobby is one of my more stress-free creative outlets, which rewards my love of building and crafting, as well as my curiosity to learn the history and background that can be told about each model subject.

My interests are across the board (ships, cars, planes, motorcycles, etc), but to limit my stash, I've tried to keep my choices to US subjects; 1:48 planes and 1:700 for ships, full hull display. Despite this, the wishlist & stash are growing faster than I can build.

Typically I post builds as I finish them, but I have many older builds that I may get around to sharing at some point.

Douglas F4D-1 SkyrayTamiya 1/48

I'd like to share my most recent completed build, which is another US jet from the 1950s. As you know from the heading, this is the Tamiya F4D-1 Skyray, also affectionately nicknamed the "Ford", a play on the F-four-D moniker. [...]

North American F-86D "Sabre Dog"Revell 1/48

Good day iModelers, today I wanted to share my first completed kit of 2022. This kit is the well known and widely available Revell F-86D in 1/48 scale. This kit is about 20 years old now, but if I didn't know better, I might've guessed [...]

Pearl Harbor GB: Curtiss P-40B WarhawkAirfix 1/48

A happy New Year to all my fellow modelers! This evening (almost midnight), I'd like to share with you my most recent build (and last of 2021 by a hair), which is of course the Airfix P-40B. This kit needs nothing said of it, and I [...]

Trainer: Curtiss-Wright AT-9 Fledgling, "Jeep"Dora Wings 1/48

For whatever reason, this was one of those kits that got my attention from beginning to end, with no other kits interdicting the build process. I was able to complete this one in about 9 days. Here I present it to you, ham-fists and all. [...]

Trainer: Brewster F2A-2 Buffalo – 1/48 Tamiya

So this is the second build that I had promised a few days ago, another kit saved from the proverbial Shelf of Doom. This Tamiya F2A-2 kit, much like the Hobbycraft P-36 that came before, was purchased for something like $6 many years ago, [...]

Curtiss P-36A Hawk – 1/48 Hobbycraft

Good day, and welcome.. Today I've simultaneously completed two builds. The first, this P-36A, has been built using what is one of the few P-36 kits available in 1/48 scale (for now), that is Hobbycraft's boxing from the 1990's. The kit [...]

Korean War GB: Lockheed T-33AHobbycraft 1/48

While browsing the LHS a few months back, I came across two Hobbycraft T-33A's. One was a later variant with the integrated wing fuel tanks, but the other was an early version with the drop tanks hung below the wings, just like an F-80. In [...]

Korean War GB: North American LT-6G MosquitoRevell (Monogram) 1/48

This next completed build has been a work in progress for many months. The kit itself is the "Reno Racer" version of Monogram's venerable T-6 Texan. I found this kit for $6, and a set of Aeromaster decals for just a bit more, [...]

Republic P-47D ThunderboltMonogram 1/48

I've finally completed this kit after a long period of in-process limbo. But first I must briefly explain how this kit came to be on my work bench in the first place. It all started when I purchased a second-hand Hasegawa P-47D, mainly due [...]

Trainer: Northrop T-38C Talon IITrumpeter 1/48

This post will be quick and dirty, just like this build. The kit itself is very simple, as is the airframe. It does have a nice petite coke-bottle shape that most can appreciate, and the model itself scream petite when you pick it up. It [...]