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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.

Last Project of 2022

I'm posting this today, on December 31st, having just finished this project last week. After seeing all the articles on what folks have built this past year, I wanted to get the article finished so I can get "credit" for a [...]

SU-100 Facelift

When I was a kid back in the early 70’s, one of my older brothers was into motorized toys. He had the airplanes on strings that went round in big circles, a little gas-powered ATV, and this 1/25 scale Tamiya tank which had a battery [...]

AMT Puller Tractor "Blazing Bison"

After I finished building my Massey Ferguson puller modification to the old Ertl 1155 kit, I really wanted to build a truly Modified puller tractor. I assumed there were no kits available since I had not run across one, and so would have [...]

Revell GMC truck kit-bash

So I had a couple of kits sitting around that I bought for parts for other projects, the Revell GMC Pickup that I bought strictly for the chrome wheels, and the Ertl barge wagon I bought for the running gear. I wasn't planning on doing [...]

MF 1155 Pro Stock Puller

Hello all, this is my latest attempt at building a modified pulling tractor from one of Ertl’s old line of late 70’s tractor kits. This particular Massey Ferguson kit was actually marketed as a “pulling tractor” and came with [...]

IH 1466 Puller

The seed for this project idea came when I was building the prior IH 1466, and noted that the tractor looked pretty cool without the cab on. Looking around at IH 1466 photos on the internet, I came across a number of tractors set up for [...]

The Ultimate Dive Bomber

In this article I must confess to a bit of profound ignorance. Up until recently I was under the mistaken belief that the dive-bomber concept was obsolete by the end of WWII. I thought that the rise of powerful fighter aircraft carrying [...]

Revell Deutz D30 with scratch-built mower

The latest edition to my 1/25 tractor collection is the Deutz D30 from Revell. This is the second entry in their "press-fit" tractor series (the Porsche was the first), and is a nice kit. Hopefully there will be more of these [...]

Scratch-built Gravity Wagon 1/25

I wanted to add some implements to my tractor collection, but the only ones available from the Ertl Blueprint series were plows and barge wagons. I got the John Deere plow, but I didn't particularly want the barge wagons, because they [...]

AMT Bulldozer 1/25

This is the AMT kit that was originally titled "Caterpillar D8H" but has been re-released as the generic "construction bulldozer." It's a great kit, very detailed, and very much capable of even more scratch-building [...]