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I'm presently 76, 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 53 years; we have two grown children and one cat whom we adore.

Hasegawa 1:48 Bf 109 K-4

I'm not a huge 109 aficionado, but I wanted to do something with RLM 81 Brown-Violet, and I wanted something on which to try out my recently acquired Paasche Raptor airbrush. I settled on the venerable Hasegawa kit, one of two or three in [...]

Airfix 1:48 Hawker Hunter F.6

Not a long story to tell for this one. The Airfix 1:48 Hunters are pretty nice kits; they've got some clever engineering, especially in the intake area, although it's not done with the finesse one would find in a recent Tamiya kit. I added [...]

Tamiya 1/48 scale Kawasaki Ki-61-1 Tei Hien

I finished this on February 1, 2024, just about a month after completing the Tamiya 1/48 F-14A, which I thought, given its size and complexity, was the best engineered kit I had ever built. Well, this Ki-61 is obviously smaller and [...]

Kittyhawk Mk. Ia in 1/48 scale

I built this back in 2018, but just came across it during some tidying up and thought it might be worth sharing. It's the venerable AMT/Ertl P-40K kit, released in 1996, the second of their own moldings for a semi-modular series of the [...]

Eduard Weekend 1/48 Avia B.534/III

Developed in the early 1930s, the B.534 made its service debut in the Czechoslovak Air Force in 1935. At the time, it was one of the most advanced biplane fighters of any nation. Its license-built Hispano V-12 engine gave it a top speed of [...]

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 [...]