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.
Aviation Usk was a short run maker in Usk, Nebraska. Their boxes were colorful and they always included a candy treat inside and a short note. Just like Rareplanes and other vacu-form makers they made kits of unusual subjects. I have no [...]
One thing about the Lindberg kits I have built is that the parts fit properly. All I did to this kit is open up the closed engine face and add a spare engine, some guns and an antenna. Everything else is out of the box. I did use the [...]
This kit was going into the dumpster and the hobby shop owner asked if I wanted it. It had been started with tube glue. The cockpit and nose guns were firmly glued in place. Yet I took this and another 1/32 kit home. Having never built [...]
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This is a copy of the Aurora LIS Robot and is made in a hard tan plastic. As a copy the parts need careful clean up and alignment. The toughest job was getting the seams taken care of and finding color [...]
One this kit I used a replacement Falcon vacu-form canopy, a prop and wheels from the Academy kit. Paint by Tamiya. Even thought it is over 60 years old it does scale well on a Bentley plan. This was a simple and fun build.
When I looked at the kit I knew there was something wrong with the nose outline so I sat aside. Later at a show in a sale box there a resin nose by DB Productions for the Airfix Defiant for $1. I remembered my Airfix kit so I bought and [...]
Here's the vintage Hasegawa that is still being sold today. I finished it in April and on this one I photographed it outside using a Nikon film camera. An Eduard mask made it so much easier in painting the model. I did correct the [...]
This is another one of my out of the box builds. It is the 1/40 Skyraider. Note, It is not a box scale kit. Revell issued other models in this scale including all their armor kits from the era. I tried to post the building process but [...]
The box art on Revell's early 1960s kits was top notch including this one. Most of us kids learned of Flak Bait and it's exploits from the small blurb on the instruction sheet. On this kit I did some minor updates since I had extra [...]
This is the Airfix Do217 first issued in 1960. It came packaged in a small box and molded in light blue plastic. The model is built as the instructions indicated without alterations and painted with the paints recommended by Airfix. The [...]