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.
Wow it is Sept 1st already. Today we have the Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet. VFA-81, the Sunliners participated in the 1st Gulf War in January 1991.
Operating off the USS Saratoga (CV-60), CVW-17 air wing. Flown by Lt Nick Mongillo with part of [...]
A follow up to the Crusader mini group build we had earlier in the month, I have here the excellent Academy 72nd scale Crusader. Using the Eduards zoom cockpit set and an Aeromaster sheet for the USMC markings. This build I was able to dep[...]
So to add another Crusader to the mix. This one is using the Kendall wing fold set and cockpit upgrade set. The only thing I didn't do was adjust the incorrect stance of the main gear. I configured this for a ground attack mission. My inte[...]
This is my contribution for this little mini unofficial P-40 group build. This is my first P-40 that I picked up at a show in Ct. back in the mid 90's. One of a few early P-40 kits to come along. I built this around 98-99 or so before I re[...]
This is my first first attempt at building a Trumpeter kit and I chose a good one. This project started back in 2012 for the ARC 100th Anniversary USN Group Build. It was one of several projects that was started for that GB, this representin[...]
The 56th Fighter Group, 61st Fighter Squadron were tasked with support of the D-Day invasion flying 8 missions on the first day. Throughout the month of June missions were mostly ground attacks, interdiction and to destroy the Germans ability t[...]
Staying in the Korean War theme, this is Monograms kit in 48th scale. A nice build, even with the raised panel lines, it is a fun kit to build. A straight forward build only aftermarket used were Super Scale decals for VF-123, Blue Racers, US[...]
This is AMT/Ertl's original boxing of the Tigercat, the tools now owned by Italeri and since reboxed under their brand with minor improvements. The AMT kit is notorious for the awful tires used which would literally melt the wheels after awh[...]
Spitfires and Typhoons Oh my! Since we are on the WWII RAF mode, I will toss in with the Hurricane Mk.IIc, this is the original boxing from Hasegawa when it first appeared in the early 90's. One of those kits which did not go straight to th[...]
My 1st attempt in doing a bare metal finish was on Monograms F-86. Using Alclad Aluminum and Anthracite Grey for the gun port panel. Aeromaster decals and True Detail wheels are the only AM used on the kit. A fun build and applying a difficul[...]