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I'm presently 75, a retired middle school music teacher, musician (cello, conductor), sailor (Pearson 28 in Buzzards Bay, MA), model builder (mostly 1:48 aircraft). I've been married to the same woman for 52 years; we have two grown children and one cat whom we adore.

Kinetic 1:48 CF-188A Anniversary Hornet

My club has an annual group build theme that culminates with a Show-and-Tell display at our December meeting. Our 2022 theme was "O Canada" comprising any subject built by Canada, manned in Canadian service, or manned by [...]

Trimaster 1:48 Fw 190 A-8/R-11

Formed by a number of ex-Hasegawa employees, Trimaster was active from 1987 to 1991. During that time the company produced some of the first “mixed-media” kits with photo-etch, metal tubing and white metal parts along with molded [...]

Monogram/Encore 1:48 A-37B

I've had the good old Monogram kit in the stash for several years along with a copy of the Encore boxing, which is essentially the Monogram plastic with a bunch of resin and PE aftermarket stuff. One of my club members brought a 1:72 model [...]

Eduard Weekend Edition 1:48 SPAD XIII

I built this back in the fall of 2020, but didn't do a decent photo shoot until this past month. It was an enjoyable project, OOB except for some PE seat belts from Eduard. The paint job was complex. Not only are there five upper surface [...]

Revell 1:48 F-84E

I finally got around to this kit, which has been on my to-do list for quite a long time. It's pretty much OOB, but I did use a resin seat from Quickboost. It's probably not quite as pleasant a build as the Tamiya F-84G, and there are some [...]

Eduard 1:48 F6F-3 Hellcat

It had been way too long since I'd built a USN plane in the four-color scheme, so I went with the Eduard kit that's been sitting in my stash for quite a few years. I've done two 1:48 Hellcats in the past: a Hasegawa F6F-3 many years ago [...]

Revell/Italeri 1:72 HO4S-1 Chickasaw

This is the second of the 1:72 helicopters I built for my club's 2021 theme build of Rescue and Recovery. It's mostly the Revell H-19A kit, but I also purchased a copy of the Italeri H-19B kit and used some of its parts interchangeably. I [...]

Tamiya 1:48 P-51D-10-NA

I've been hoarding this kit since the time it was probably the best 1:48 Mustang. Now we have modern new kits like Airfix and Eduard, so I figured I'd better build it before it becomes irrelevant. I had also picked up a couple of [...]

AMP 1:72 scale Sikorsky H-5/HO3S-1

I generally build in 1:48 except for helicopters, for which I stay in 1:72. This is one of two that I've been working on for my model club's annual group build theme, "Rescue and Recovery." It's a Sikorsky H-5, the first [...]

Tamiya 1:48 F-16C Block 32 Aggressor

This is my second Tamiya F-16 and was completed in March 2021. I encountered a few small fit issues I don't remember from the first one, but I still really love this kit: clever engineering, not overly difficult, but still an interesting [...]