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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 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 the Airfix kit to[...]

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 parts when[...]

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 myself [...]

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 their weight! A[...]

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 (wh[...]

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 Norwa[...]

Focke-Wulf 190A-9, 1945

Yet another oldie! This is Otaki's 1/48 FW-190A-8 that I originally started as just a 'paint mule' to try out a paint mix. One thing lead to another and, well, here you are. I added details to the cockpit, belts from aluminum tape and solde[...]

HS-129 Panzerjager, heavily worn Kursk warrior.

This is an old 1/48 Esci HS-129 I'm trying some heavy wear technique's on. I scratch built an interior and gun sight based on photo's. Rescribed and riveted the airframe, and started by painting portions with Tamiya's acrylic Titanium silver. T[...]

Yet another 109E – Airfix 1/48 Bf-109E-7 trop

This is Airfix's 1/48 BF-109E-4/7. It's a nice easy kit and fairly well detailed. (not as nice as Eduard's, but not as expensive, either!) The main issues were overly long landing gear legs, wrong canopy, prop could use replacing, and thin but [...]

Eduard’s 1/48 BF-109E-4 “Adolf Galland”

This is Eduard's excellent BF-109E-4 'overtree' with Eduard 'Zoom' photo etch, finished as Adolf Galland's aircraft, using 'Aeromaster' decals from their 'Galland special' sheet, and painted with Tamiya acrylic's, and weathered with oils and pas[...]