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Baby boomer trying his hand at building models again for the first time. Things have certainly changed since I was 16. Tube cement, small testors bottles of paint and some decals, what more was needed? Started building again in 2009 and have begun learning some new skills and techniques ever since. Have lots of appreciation for those that do excellent work with this hobby, some of the results are truely museum quality. Hope to pass on a love for this hobby to my grandson.

June 6, 1944

The liberation of Europe has begun. The attached link from The National Archives will display General Eisenhower's Order of the Day. RIP my father Paul Bebout, HHC, 1st Bn, 501st PIR, 101st Airborne Division. Your service to our country is recog[...]

1/48 Kakajima Ki-27 (Nate) Empire of Japan GB

This is one of my entries in the iModeler Empire of Japan Group Build initiated by Louis Gardner. There must be lots Japanese subjects in our respective stashes as the response to this GB has been tremendous. I know in my case I needed some rea[...]

Accurate Miniatures 1/48 RAF Mk-II Mustang

This is the old AM P-51A build as a Mk-II Mustang use by RAF 2 Squadron, Beny-sur-Mer, France in August 1944. Apparently only 50 were produced for the RAF and had the up rated Allison V-1710-81 engine and sported four .5 caliber machine guns. Th[...]

Hasegawa Spitfire MK XI PA-944

Another stash reduction build during the pandemic stay at home guidelines. This is my attempt at converting a MK IX Spitfire into a MK XI representing PA-944 used by the USAAF. After seeing the documentary concerning this aircraft, and its pilot[...]

Eduard 1/48 P-400 Airacobra

Latest off the bench is Eduard's kit of the P-400 Airacobra. With lots of spare time, because of the Covid-19 shelter in place orders, I've used this time to reduce some of my stash. Lots has been written about this kit as well as why it's calle[...]

Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1

I do enjoy building other subjects than P-40's especially when an actual person can be associated with a model. This is my rendition of Cpt. Edward"Bud" Shaw's Corsair when he served with VMF-213 with the Cactus Air Force on Guadalcanal. Shaw wa[...]

Hasegawa 1/48 P-40K-1

Just another P-40 from the Bebout Curtiss Factory, this one from Hasegawa. If you've build any of their P-40's you know they use various plug in parts, enabling them to produce several different P-40 versions using a base air frame. Many thanks [...]

AMT 1/48 P-40F ‘Short Tail”

Thought it was time for Tommy's TomaHawk/WarHawk factory to gear up production again. Also because we all seem to have plenty of time here in Ohio for building kits. Took this old AMT kit and added an aftermarket seat, exhause stacks and wheels [...]

Revell 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt

This is my latest off the bench and one that gave me lots of problems. Most if not all of the issues were self inflicted. The kit supplied cockpit is OK but wanting more I found a True Detail set a.k.a. Victor, that I was really happy with and [...]

1/48 Tamiya P-47D “Miss Mutt”

Latest off the bench is LTC Robert Rowland's "Miss Mutt" which also carried the marking Pride of Lodi, Ohio. Rowland's birth place was in fact Lodi, Ohio, where he was born in 1917. He graduated in 1935 and then attended Ohio State University an[...]