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@tail-dragon Colin Latta

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Retired aircraft mechanic (Airlines) and former bush-pilot (Northern Canada).
Have been an IPMS member for 40+ years, and building models (and the stash!) forever

1/48 Mustang 1, AG470, RU*M flown by F/O Hollis Hills, 414 Squadron, RCAF – first Mustang kill.

Here's some photo's of one of my latest, an Accurate Miniatures 1/48 Mustang 1a converted into a Mustang Mk 1 at the time of the Dieppe raid. It's AG470, RU*M as flown by F/O Hollis Hills (an American) flying with 414 Sqdn, RCAF when he [...]

1/48 JU-87R-2 Stuka, Hubert Polz’s desert snake, 6./St.G 2, 1941, Tmimi, Libya

This is my interpretation of Hubert Polz's JU-87R-2 Stuka while stationed at Tmimi, Libya in 1941. There are only a few (4, I believe) photo's of this aircraft, so a lot of the scheme is speculative (even the color of the snake is [...]

Greg Boyington’s ‘photo’ F4U-1a Corsair.

Here's an older build from a few years ago. Otaki's 1/48 F4U-1a. (lots newer kits out there, but, I had this one , and decided to play) I use and spare engine from a Hobbycraft Corsair, an Ultracast seat, A Falcon Vac canopy, aluminum [...]

Classic Airframes 1/48 Blenheim IV.f, 404 Squadron, RCAF 1941

This is Classic Airframes 1/48 Blenheim Mk IV, Finished as a 404 Squadron, RCAF, aircraft flown by Wing Commander Woodruff, and F/S Sims on 18 December, 1941, when they scored this units first air-to-air victory, a JU-88, operating out of [...]

1/48 Spitfire FR XIVe “Bubbletop”, 402 Squadron, RCAF, March, 1945

I've finished my Airfix 1/48 Spitfire FR XIVe, completed as a 402 Squadron (RCAF) machine, March, 1945. As I understand it, 402 was one of two Squadron's to operate the "bubbletop" before the end of the war in Europe. I found [...]

1/48 Spitfire Mk XIVe , 402 Squadron, RCAF

1/48 Spitfire Mk XIVe 'Highback", 402 Squadron, March, 1945 I've finished a Spitfire XIVe highback by converting the Airfix 1/48 Spit XIX without kitbashing. I realize there were easier ways to get there, but I purchased the kit and [...]

RCAF CC-130J-30 'Stretched Hercules' in 1/72

This is a build from this spring - MultiCast's resin conversion (1/72) of the Italeri C-130 Hercules to an RCAF C-130J-30. The MultiCast set is great, beautifully molded, and the decals are world class. I made things more difficult for [...]

The Mouse that roared, Germany's Panzer VIII 'Maus'

This is Dragon's older 1/35th Panzer VIII "Maus" - Germany's 'super' tank from the end of the war. Only a couple were completed, and it was found that they were too big to transport by rail, and no bridge in Europe could support [...]

British Churchill Mk VII, 34. Tank Brig., 107. RAC. Backdating Tamiya’s Korea vintage ‘Crocodile’

Churchill Mk VII early, 34. Tank Brig., 107. RAC This is Tamiya's 1/35 Churchill 'Crocodile' (which is Korean war vintage - high turret bustle, etc) to a WW2 vintage, as seen in the iconic photo's of 'Briton' Opened track covers at turret [...]

Royal Navy F6F Hellcat Mk 1 – Attack the Tirpitz!

Here's my latest completion, Otaki's aging F6F Hellcat kit in1/48. The subject is one of the first Hellcats that went to 800 Sqn FAA, HMS Emperor, and participated in the Royal Navy strikes against the Tirpitz, while she was anchored in [...]