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Navy vet, California born and raised. Pretty much came back home after my wonderful adventure in the Navy. Now working in the Automotive industry in the IE in So Cal. Enjoying the So Cal lifestyle. Year around modeling, sports, photography and home gardening. My main subject is Naval aviation in 48th scale. But I don't limit myself as WWII subjects of all nations and aircraft that participated in that conflict I will build as well, some armor, a ship here and there and for a change of pace a car. As a kid that is where it all began with the old MPC Monkee Mobile in 1/25 scale. Thats me in a nutshell.

Review: ICM B-26B Marauder

It has been almost 46 years since Monogram gave us the B-26B/C Marauder. Amt also produced a short wing variant as well. 1978 (the year I graduated from California High in Whittier) is when AMT and Monogram first gave us a Marauder in [...]

Korean War GB: MONOGRAM 1/48 DOUGLAS B-26B INVADER USAF, 1950

My second contribution is actually my first subject to start with for the GB. The Monogram/Pro Modeler Douglas B-26B gun nose variant. I was also building the ICM glass nose variant along side this project. The known issue of the [...]

Review: Eduard's 1/48th Grumman FM-2 Wildcat

When Eduards brought us a new tool F4F-3 Wildcat late last year, we all assumed that as they have with the Zero, Spitfires and the other series of variants they would eventually give us an FM-2. And here we are much sooner than expected [...]

Korea The Forgotten War-Modelsvit N. American F-82G Twin Mustang, USAF

When we planned on the Korean War GB, it was an opportunity to buildsome aircraft and ground equipment other than the well known F-86 Sabre, MiG-15's, Panthers and Sherman tanks. The Korean War made use of what was used in WWII, on both [...]

A Review of 2022

This year seems it was a blur. With uncertainty with the pandemic here not here, masks no masks, economy was in disarray, gas sky high especially here in California. The year was cruising along but in April I received a note from the new [...]

Review: Wildcat Arriving!, A Review of the New Eduard's 1/48 Grumman F4F-3

Ever since building the very good but not perfect Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat back in the mid 90's you would think that they would follow up with a -3 and FM late Wildcat. But no we were just given just the one. Hobby Boss has produced a series [...]

Tamiya P-38F MTO, USAAF 1/48th Tunisia 1943

To say that the Tamiya P-38 was a joy to build is an understatement. Having built the Academy and Hasegawa Lightning's which are good models of the P-38, just that Tamiya had really taken a rather complicated twin boom air frame and made [...]

In-Depth Review: Modelsvit F-82G Twin Mustang, 1/48th scale

Happy New Year everyone. A more detailed review of the long awaited Modelsvit 1/48th N. American F-82 Twin Mustang. Personally one I have been looking forward to ever since it was announced about 2 years ago. Not since the Tamiya P-38 [...]

"ON THIS DAY" 7 December 1941, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. IJN Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" 1/48

It is the 80th year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Though the mission was a success but not the knock out punch that Admiral Yamamoto hoped to achieve. The primary objective was to destroy or put out of action the US carrier [...]

Republic P-47N Thunderbolt, Academy 1/48, PTO

The 318th Fighter Group mainly had a mixed bag of P-39's, P-40's and P-47D's in a training defensive role over the Hawaiian Islands, limited to their range until the US had captured the Marianas. The P-47N first arrived on scene in June [...]