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Hi my name is David, I'm originally from the West Texas town of El Paso and I'm currently living in Hampton, Virginia next door to Langley Air Force Base, I've been building models since my old man brought home a Revell 1/82 or so A3J Vigilante. I remember him saying, "wait for the glue to dry!", I was so eager to play with it. I must have been 5 or 6 at the time. Ever since then I've been hooked by scale modeling. Now I'm more a collector (some would say a sick hoarder) than builder I still enjoy modeling very much.

Some of my models are recent builds and some are old, but I don't think that matters. I'm a photographer and have worked as one professionally and currently I work for a camera manufacturer assisting customers. I grew up building Airfix kits sold under the MPC label in the US. I'm a film shooter but do have digital cameras as well.

From the Archive: Airfix/MPC 1/144 Boeing 727.

This is another of one of my rescued birds. I bought this kit for $1 at a model show in Richmond, Virginia; although already started it looked like it could be saved. The biggest issue were the misaligned fuselage halves and It took [...]

Matchbox 1/72 Beaufighter Mk X

It's been a while since I've posted here; I did take a small hiatus from modeling and I've returned to it recently. I recently finished the Matchbox Beaufighter. It was a fun build. The kit is an early one with multi colored plastic [...]

SMER (Heller) 1/72 Hurricane Mk IIc

This kit sat in my bagged kits box and every time I picked it up I thought to myself that I must build it. Well I did. The kit is the Heller Hurricane issued by SMER and includes a small photo-etch (PE) fret. Every time I tried to use [...]

Classic Kit: Airfix #387 1/72 Junkers Ju 88 A-4 Tweaked Just A Bit

This is original Airfix 1/72 Ju88 molded in light blue plastic. Since I've built the Revell 1960s version I decided to give this kit a go. First off the clear parts are not. They are thick, scratched and difficult to mask. That left me [...]

Classic Kit: Matchbox 1/76 Jadgpanther Tweaked Just a Bit

I really like Matchbox 1/76 armor (armour) kits. The kits were made by a different hand because they do not exhibit the heavy engraving of their aircraft kits. This is my second attempt at building this kit. I used pastels to dust it up [...]

Classic Kit: Airfix Lockheed Hudson I Kit 05034

Last year iModeler member Tom Bebout sent me some classic kits with the request I would build them. I told him I would and here is the first one of them. It is an older Airfix kit with the original first issued in 1963 as kit 386. As I [...]

Classic Kit: FROG 1/72 Ta-152H Tweaked

I first heard about the Ta-152 in the popular magazine "1001 Modeling Ideas" around 1972 in an article on how to build one using parts from various Lindberg kits. The article showed by using the Lindberg FW190D how to begin. The [...]

Short Run Kit: WK 1/72 Heinkel He70

I don't remember how I ended up with this kit and I'm not familiar with WK models. The plastic was hard reddish brown with a rough surface just like early MPM kits. Maybe MPM made the molds for the kit. It did sit on the to do pile in [...]

Classic Kit: Airfix 1/72 Vought F4U Corsair No. 115 1964

This is an older build but I did document the building process. I had spare parts from Hasegawa and True Details that I used to add detail. I used a Squadron vac-form canopy as well. As can be seen the clear parts are dismal as is the [...]

Classic Kit: Aurora 1/48 P-38 Restoration

This is a labor of love. I wanted to see if I could build a broken relic into something presentable. I learned about the P-38 when I build this kit as a child and I would fly it around outside shooting down me109s and what have you. The [...]