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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.

2016, A year in review

Well I was able to complete 4 of the 12 subjects in 2016, though I was also able to start 10 of the 12. With 4 new projects on the bench with 3 older projects still on going. Even one unplanned build was completed. So all in all it was a go[...]

1/48th Hasegawa F6F-3 Hellcat USN PTO WWII

Late in the Hellcat mini informal GB, is one that I built when the kit was relatively new from Hasegawa. Around 1997 I built this one back in the day when the world wide web was still growing. The days when Fine Scale Modeler, Scale Modele[...]

1/72nd Revell McDonnell Douglas F-101B Voodoo Texas Air Guard

The excellent Revell F-101B new tool kit first appeared in 1993. Can you believe how old it is now. This one I've had this long as I bought in Hobby Haven in Milford, Ct when it was first released by Revell. I was TAD at Sikorsky Aircraf[...]

1/72nd Fujimi F-4G Phantom II, Wild Weasel, Gulf War 1991 USAF,(F4GB)

This GB was an excellent idea from Greg Kittinger, though not part of the build plan for this year, it did allow me to squeeze it in though and it was a pleasure to be able to complete it. I had at first to start working on the Academy ki[...]

1/48th Tamiya Kawanishi Shiden N1K1 “George” PTO WWII

An excellent fighter in the hands of a skilled pilot. A design that has it's origin from the Kyofu seaplane. Kawanishi saw the potential in it's performance on paper and with that and without the authorization of the Navy decided to build a[...]

Hasegawa 1/72nd P-3C Orion VP-1 US Navy

It is an early Sunday afternoon, as a VP-1 P-3 heads north just west of the Oregon coast, 12 miles out. The vast Pacific glistening as the sun starts to set. Cruising at angels 4 engines 1 and 4 are shut down, it has been a long day. Wit[...]

Tamiya 1/48th Fw190A-3, JG26, 1942 ETO

The Fw-190 was a fearsome fighter in the hands of skillful pilots such as Josef "Pips" Priller. As Hptmn with JG26 in the summer of 1942 flying the A-3 variant of the 190. JG26 converted to the more capable Fw-190 replacing the 109's in ear[...]

Where it begins-The man hut

What is the perfect workshop that is away from the house. Assembling and painting takes place here in my little shop. Some of the stash is here as well. Only drawback is that there are no comms in the shed. Something I will plan to add dow[...]

Hasegawa 1/48th McDonnell Douglas F-4G Phantom II USAF 1991

An inspiration with the current Phantom Group Build, this Phabulous Phantom was started around 2007 and completed about 3 years ago. The F-4G Advanced Wild Weasel was from the 81st TFS, 52nd TFW were based out of Spangahlem AB, Germany and w[...]

Tamiya 1/48th A-10A Thunderbolt II “Sandy” USAF January 1991

It is early morning 21 January 1991, the 4th day of the war as an F-14A+ launches from the USS Saratoga. Piloted by Lt Devon Jones and RIO Lt Larry Slade for an escort mission of an EA-6B Prowler of VAQ-132. The task was to escort the Prow[...]