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@v1pro Bob Torres

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I am one of those lucky guys that was able to work in a field that I had an interest on since I was very young. I’ve been working in the aviation field since 1980. I work on the maintenance side, worked at Curtiss Wright (overhauling the J57 for the B-52), I know what is a Pratt & Whitney engine doing at Curtiss Wright but that was how the military contract was set up. That was a pretty cool job with a factory loaded with aviation history. From 1984 to present I work in the airlines. These are the aircraft I have either worked on or provide training: 727, 737, DC-9, MD80, DC-10, A-300, 757, 767 and 777. I have gone through the Boeing Factory training on the 757, 767 and 777. Retirement is just a few years away.

I started building models back in the 1960's. In the 70's and 80's is when I built most of my kits. 1/72 scale, WWII is what I built the most but I do like 1/48 single engine fighters too. I have also built jets from the 50's, a few Sci Fi models and Gemini/Apollo program model kits from Revell and Monogram. My favorite builds were usually old Revell, Matchbox, Frog and Airfix kits that needed work but still showed potential if built out of the box. In April 2020 I made my comeback into this great hobby after 30 years of not building a kit. I am pretty happy to be back.

The Empire of Japan 1919-1946 GB: Hasegawa 1/72 Kawasaki Ki61(Tony)

This is my Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 and it is a very nice kit that was first released in 1973. It is also one of the first kits that Hasegawa made with complete recessed panel lines in which as we closed in to the 80's Hasegawa, Tamiya, Otaki, [...]

My 2021 Builds

These are my builds for 2021. My main goals were to have at least one build for each month, at least one multi-eng plane for the year, at least one vacuform build for the year and to try to have a resin build in which that would be my [...]

Heller's 1/72 Heinkel He-112B0/B1

Heller's Heinkel He-112B, kit No. 240 fist released in 1979. This was a very enjoyable build. It went together with no issues. I used decals from an RS Model kit and insignias from the Heller kit. I found the details to be nice enough [...]

Rareplane's 1/72 Heinkel He-112B

This build was made for a group build called, "in Serving Under Another Flag." and I built Rareplane's I/72 vacuform He-112. This is an early Rareplane kit that was released in 1971. I used the Spanish National markings from the [...]

Helicopters GB: Mach 2's 1/72 Sikorsky S-51

A little history taken from the internet: First flown in 1946 and produced until 1951, the S-51 was Sikorsky's first commercial helicopter. It distinguished itself in the Korean Conflict in search and rescue missions for the US Air Force. [...]

Amodel's 1/72 IAR-80c Kit No. 72168 (2009 release)

Amodel, 1/72 IAR-80c. IAR-80c no. 279, Escadrila 45 Vanatoare, Targsor, Aug, 1943. The IAR 80 was a Romanian World War II low-wing monoplane, all-metal monocoque fighter and ground-attack aircraft. When it first flew, in 1939, it was [...]

FROG 1/72 Me-262A finished as an Avia S-92 Turbina.

FROG, ME-262A, Kit # F248, (1972) On my return back to this hobby, I've been wanting to build a big collection of FROG kits. Since April last year I have built five and restored one. This Me-262 caught my eyes the other day and decided to [...]

Matchbox 1/72 Spitfire Mk. VIII (conversion)

This is Matchbox's 1/72 Spitfire Mk. IX (Pk-2) first released in 1972. In 1973 I built my first Spitfire from Matchbox and loved it. The one displayed here was made in 1984 and I converted it into a Mk. VIII. There was a few things I [...]

The old KP 1/72 Avia CS-199 kit no. 11

This is the older release of KP's Avia CS-199 (1/72) that was released in 1978. Not exactly a kit that falls together and a bit more rougher than my recent KP Arado Ar-96 build. I went on to do some upgrades on fit issues, thinning down on [...]

Heller’s 1/72 Bf-109K converted to an Avia S-199 “Sakeen”

This is Heller's Bf-109K converted to an Avia S-199. An enjoyable build, I took a kit that I was not too thrilled with as a 109K but had some fun making it to something that I like. This was Heller's first attempt (1976, Kit No. 074) to [...]