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@ssgt Jay Mitchell

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I’ve been building models , on & off, for over 50 years . Some years it was more off than on. It seems amazing to me that I’m old enough to have had a hobby for more then half a century. Time has slipped away.

World War 2 aircraft , early jet fighter planes up thru the Century series and also World War Two warships, especially submarines and destroyers, are my main interests. Kits outside of those parameters somehow find their way in to my stash and eventually on to my workbench.

Primarily an OOB builder, I try to do my best with what’s in the box. However , I do use aftermarket decals sometimes.

It seems that my interest is mainly in older kits, especially Monogram & Revell models. 1/48 and 1/32 are my preferred scales for aircraft.

1/32 Revell Ju-87B Stuka

This was built as part of the Desert Air War group build . There are several great builds going on in that group . There are many interpretations of this particular aircraft. After much looking around the internet and looking at photos of [...]

1970’s survivor

This Monogram F-100D Super Saber is my oldest model airplane . I built it when it first came out in the late 1970s when I was in high school in Monument, Colorado. My Badger Wren airbrush was used to paint it with Polly S paints . I’m [...]

Messerschmitt Bf-109

After reading the terrific book ,”Star of Africa”, by Colin Heaton & Anne-Marie Lewis, I was struck with the desire to build a model of Yellow 14 , Hans Marseille’s 109F. This Monogram Promodeler/Hasegawa 1/32 Bf-109G-4 was a [...]

1/32 609 Squadron Spitfire MkIA

This is a Revell/Hasegawa Early Spitfire. The box was dated 2000. I found it on the consignment table at the local hobby shop. I was inspired to build this by an EAA video of a man named Bob DeFord who built a full sized Spitfire from [...]

1978 Monogram ME-262 Revisited

This was my 7th and last build for 2020. This kit's box and instruction sheet had a copyright date of 1978. The decals were in poor condition and not useable. Fortunately I had some decals from an Italeri kit. It was built out of the box [...]

MiG-3

This recently completed 1/48 MiG is my first & only Trumpeter kit. I was impressed with how well the parts fit, it was an extremely easy model to build, almost like it wanted to be built. The decals were also very nice. David Mills [...]

Miscellaneous

Here are a few miscellaneous aircraft photos from my collection that I’ve been adding to for over 30 years.

A-7 Corsair II

These A-7s belonged to the Colorado Air Guard’s 140 TFG and Oklahoma’s 138 TFG. A-7s were the first live aircraft I worked on as an “ Airframe Repair Specialist”, as the Air Force liked to call people like me. The aircraft with [...]

F-100 Super Saber pictures

A beautiful member of the Century series of fighters. Except for the Thunderbird aircraft, these are all Air Guard airplanes.

My Photo collection

I started collecting photographs of aircraft in the 1980s when I was in the military. at the time I had access to hundreds of old Negatives snd also a fully equipped darkroom. Since then I just get them when I happen to come across [...]