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@ssgt Jay Mitchell

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I’ve been building models , off & on, for over 50 years . For many years it was more off than on. Primarily I’m interested in World War 2 aircraft , early jet fighter planes up thru the Century series ( also aircraft such as the A-7D Corsair , F-16 , and F-5E , that I actually worked on or was around in the military) and World War Two warships, especially Japanese destroyers.

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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 scratch.[...]

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 and I f[...]

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 @davem ha[...]

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 “970” on its inl[...]

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 them. Tha[...]

Messerschmitt 110

Originally this 1/48 Fujimi Bf- 110 was to have the mouth marking on the nose, but the decal wouldn’t lay down nicely on the compound curved nose. I found some photographs in a book that showed a similarly painted aircraft with the spade marking[...]

Monogram P-47 Thunderbolts

A few years ago I came across some P-47 decal sheets that had some nose art I really liked. Inspired by my daughter , Erin’s , interest in wolves, I built the one with the coyote first. Recently I completed ““Dallas Blonde”. Both came from Barra[...]

Spitfire Mk VIII

Recently I completed an Arii Spitfire Mk VIII. The MkVIII is my favorite version of the Spitfire and as fate would have it, there was this one waiting in my stash of unbuilt kits. It was the first time I had made extensive use of paper masks for[...]
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