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@robgenev665 Robert Knaack

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I’ll build anything, but primarily WWII Navy aircraft, with a particular interest in transition aircraft from just prior to the war starting – the stuff that was obsolete but went to war anyway.

Curtiss F6C-3 Hawk

The Curtiss F6C Hawk played an important role in the development of the tactic of Naval dive-bombing. The following comes from the book, "Destined for Glory: Dive Bombing, Midway, and the Evolution of Carrier Airpower" by Thomas Wildenberg: "Th[...]

Ertl Massey Ferguson 1155 1/25

The crown Jewel of my tractor collection is this Ertl kit from the late 70's. I built it first time when I was just a kid and did a lousy job (I glued the cylinder heads on backwards and ended up cutting them off with a hot knife to fix them!),[...]

Heller Ferguson TE-20 with scratch-built blade

This is the latest edition to my small-but-growing tractor family, Heller's excellent "Little Gray Fergie". This little tractor was an enjoyable kit, lots of detail and no problems in assembly. You can position the front wheels and the hydraul[...]

Helldiver Conversion

The inspiration for this project was the photo of torpedoes being loaded onto Helldivers of VB-2 on the U.S.S. Hornet. The aircraft in the photo is the SB2C-1C version of the Helldiver, and since I had a Pro-Modeler SB2C-4 kit that I had bought[...]

John Deere 310

This is the latest edition to my tractor collection, Ertl's John Deere 310. As a kid, I always wanted this kit, but never found it in the hobby stores I had available to me. I recently found this original 1975 kit on eBay for reasonable price,[...]

Museum Piece

This is my fourth and final(!) Lindberg Jenny project. It was love at first sight when I discovered the internet photos of Curtiss Jenny 4983 at the Air and Space Museum - the paint scheme, the unique markings, and the weathering all appealed t[...]

WWII Navy flight trainers

I'm nearing the end of my Navy dive bomber collecting spree, having just received a Vac Wings BT-1 in the mail, so I turned my attention to Navy trainers for a bit before starting that project. I was pleased to find the following kits were avai[...]

John Deere 4430

I grew up on a farm with green tractors, and as kids my school mates and I used to have tug-of-wars over whether John Deere or IH were the better tractors. Sometime around my early teens I built the Ertl Massey-Ferguson 1155 tractor which was a[...]

The Navy’s worst aircraft

The Brewster SB2A joined the Navy in 1943, but had so many deficiencies that it never served in combat. It was considered "under-powered and poorly constructed" and was only used for training by the Navy and Marines. But since it was a WWII di[...]

Boeing F4B-4 dive-bomber

Built from 1928-1935, with tube steel fuselage, wood wings with fabric covering, ailerons of corrugated aluminum. The US Navy began heavily investigating the tactic of dive bombing in the 1920s and 1930s. Of aircraft in current service at the ti[...]