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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

Colonel John S. Chennault's 'Bengal Tiger' P-40E, Adak, Alaska.

This is another Amtech 1/48 P-40E Warhawk, built at the same time as the Robert L. Scott one (Claire Chennault 'gifted' the former to Scott, and his son flew this one!). Every one of the 11 FS, 343 FG aircraft had a slightly different [...]

1/48 P-40E Warhawk, Colonel Robert L. Scott

This is the Amtech (AMT) P-40E Warhawk, finished as 'Old Exterminator' of Col. Robert L. Scott of the AVG. While the kit itself is an easy build, to bring it up to acceptable standards requires a resin cockpit, wheels, seat, photo etch [...]

Vacuforming canopies, the hard (and slow) way.

After many unsatisfactory attempts, I've found a way to vacuform satisfactory canopies ... ... mount canopy on plasticene .. ... box and make a female mold with casting silicone, using a pressure pot at 40 PSI (eliminates bubbles) ... ... [...]

Tamiya P-51D, 'Petie 2nd', John C. Meyer.

This is the Tamiya 1/48 P-51D Mustang, marked as John C. Meyer's "Petie 2nd". Typical of Tamiya, easy assembly and a nice fit. The only weak points are the wheel well not going back to the spar, and a prop that is too wide and [...]

1/48 P-51 D, 'Miss Marilyn II'

This is the early ICM (Tamiya knockoff) 1/48 P-51D Mustang, marked as "Miss Marilyn II". As an early ICM kit, there were a number of challenges, HUGE sink marks, short shots, incorrect detail parts copied from other kits, and a [...]

Revell 1/144 Type VIIc U-boat, U-96, the 'laughing sawfish'.

This is Revell's original issue Type VIIc U-boat in 1/144. I replaced the ladders and tower handrails with brass wire, thinned the kit winter garden and hull handrails, detailed the guns, and removed the round sockets that were molded on [...]

U-123 , Type IXb U-boat, Operation 'Drumbeat', 1942

Something different for me, I tried a sub! This is Academy's 1/150 Type IXb U-boat that was kitted as a motorized pool toy! It was accurate in size and outline, but very basic, had a huge, square keel to house a single electric motor and a [...]

1/48 Tamiya P-47D 'Gabby' Gabreski's Thunderbolt

With the release of Miniarts P-47 kit, it's time to build Tamiya's 1/48 kit out of the stash. Partially out of the box, just rivetted, wired the engine and brake lines, added the feed lines on the belly tank, a standby gunsight, and an [...]

Grumman Goose (JRF) Mk III, No.13 Operational Training Squadron, RCAF base, Sea Island, B.C.

This is Czech Models 1/48 limited edition Grumman Goose JRF kit finished as an RCAF Goose Mk III. Grumman Goose 941 was flown by No. 13 Operational Training Squadron based at RCAF Station Sea Island, British Columbia. Prior to military [...]

Air raid Pearl Harbor! Tamiya's 1/48 A6M2-21 Zero

This is Tamiya's 1/48 Zero, (originally issued in the 1970's), with some extra detailing on the engine, landing gear, and an Eduard's photoetch cockpit set, with extra detail added. Paints are Tamiya acrylics, weathering with oils and [...]