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I'm retired after a long public service career. I've enjoyed model building, seems my entire life. It was only after a visit to the Evergreen air museum in McMinnville years ago that I discovered the world of IPMS shows, and a bunch of model geeks that share my beloved hobby. I've never looked back. This is just plane fun.

Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair 1/48 Scale

When Tamiya came out with their excellent Corsair, I had to jump at the chance to build one. Of coarse this led to another and another, and so on. You know how that is ! Plenty has been said about the kit, over the last few years so I'll [...]

Tamiya 1/48 scale F4U-1 Corsair

The Tamiya Corsairs are know as one of the best kits of this legendary aircraft, and rightfully so. They are fun to build, and create a very good representation of this aircraft. This particular model represents an F4U flown by Major [...]

Spitfire MK VIII 1/48 scale

For years modelers dreamed of a well engineered 1/48 Spitfire model that was accurate and well detailed. Finally, Eduard answered those calls with a very nice kit, and have continued to entertain us with various versions of this iconic [...]

Tamiya 1/48 scale Spitfire MK V

I'm back !, I cannot believe its been over a year since my last posting. I always new that moving to a new home would take time to make the move and set up shop again, but as with any big event in a persons life you try to get back to [...]

Tamiya 1/48 scale Spitfire MK V, racer

This little Spitfire was purchased at the end of WWII by co-owners Horace Hopkins and Copper W. Danielson (C.W.) , and flew out of the Bernard airport in Beaverton Oregon. Originally used as a motion picture prop is was soon modified to [...]

Hasegawa 1/48 Scale P-39

This is the wonderful Hasegawa P-400 / P-39 kit (depending on what box art you buy, the kits are the same, other than decals). The kit was a lot of fun to build, it goes together without any problems and with a few added details, [...]

Year of the Cat Group Build. 1/48 scale Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat

When Louis announced this group project I had already been eyeballing my trusty old Tamiya kit that had been sitting on shelf for some time. This was just the excuse I needed to get it going. I choose to go with the classic pre-war/early [...]

Hasegawa 1/48 scale Nakijima Ki-43 II

I found a diagram of this aircraft years ago and always thought it to be an attractive scheme. I stashed it away in my reference box. A box of ideas for someday / maybe. Not too long ago I found myself with a 1/48 scale Hasegawa kit in my [...]

Hasegawa 1/48 scale Henschel HS 129 B-3

The Henschel HS 129 B-3 nicknamed "PanzerKnacker" (Tank Cracker) (I wish I had heard this name years ago, I would have used this to nickname some friends / co-workers !). The B-3 version was the latest/ last version packing a [...]

Tamiya 1/48 scale Bristol Beaufighter MK VI

Aircraft: No. 604 Squadron, Scotland 1943-45 Years ago (probably decades ago) I managed to grab a copy of the two volume set of Edward Jablonski's book, Airwar. I remember this was the first time I had ever seen or heard of the [...]