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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

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[...]

Peerless/Max 15CWT CMP truck with 6 Pounder anti-tank gun

This is the ancient Peerless/Max 1/35 15Cwt CMP that was originally released with the 6 Pounder anti-tank gun. The kit dates back to 1974 Painted and marked as the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, 12th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Artillery co. - It[...]

Adolph Galland’s final ride – Monograms 1/48 ME-262

I thought I'd share another completion from last year. Monograms 1/48 262 done up as Galland's aircraft from JV 44 - Rescribed as required (real aircraft had panel lines, joints, rivets filled and sanded smooth) - Open engine panels and gun bay [...]

Classic Airframes 1/48 Do17Z-2

With ICM's Dornier 17z having been out for a while, I thought I'd revisit Classic Airframes 1/48 Do17Z-2. It’s completed as a machine belonging to 9/KG 76, Corneilles-en-Vexin, France, July 1940 using Techmod sheet 48009 (great decals!). It requ[...]

Flying Dragon – P-38 Lightning of the 459th FS, Burma

This is the old 1/48 Monogram P-38 Lightning updated somewhat. I started the kit because I had the original Aeromaster decal sheet with the dragon's mouths done in the wrong colors (later printings had a correction sheet) The result was the Drag[...]

1/48 HE-111H-2 Monogram’s classic revisited

With the arrival of ICM's much anticipated kit, I thought it only fair to revisit Monograms version from the '90s. With a scratchbuilt interior (most of which can't be seen) some detailing on the gear, engines and an open canopy, the old Monogr[...]

Flying artillery! The Mosquito XVIII TseTse in 1/48

Airfix's 1/48 kit of the Mosquito FB VI converted to a Mk XVIII 'Molins' 57mm sub hunter. The main gun was a standard British Army 6 pounder anti-tank gun, fitted with an auto loader and could fire 25 rounds in 20 seconds! The .303 machine gu[...]

1/48 Canadian CF-5D – an old school kitbash

Here's an oldie from over 20 years ago. It's a 1/48 Testors F-5A wings and fuselage, a Monogram cockpit section (heavily modified) and canopy, with the nose and tip tanks vacuformed over balsa wood masters. Everything was rescribed, and detail[...]

1/48 FW-190D-11, JV 44, “A Wulf in Parrots clothing”

This is the Hobbyboss FW-190D-11 in 1/48. Its a nice kit, with good engineering and crisp, delicate recessed detail. It requires a little modification to be an accurate D-11 (mis-located wing guns, no upper or lower wing bulges, upper gun cowl [...]