iModeler Aviation

Building, painting and finishing aircraft models of all scales.

“Cobra II” P-39 air racer – 1946 Thompson Trophy winner

"Cobra II” at the 1946 Thompson Trophy Race: The P-39 known as “Cobra II,” was a Bell P-39Q-10BE, AAF 42-20869, assigned to the 430th Army Air Force Base Unit, Ephrata AAB, Washington, a Combat Crew Training Station, in April 1944, assigned to [...]

1/48th F-104C

Here are a hand full of photos of my Hasegawa, 1/48th scale F-104C. It depicts FG-891 of the 479th Tactical Fighter Wing. Because of it's colorful scheme, this Starfighter is probably one of the most photographed airframes. What can I say abo[...]

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum – Tiger Moth Flight and Visit #1

As things start opening up, I was lucky enough to be able to book a flight as a passenger on a de Havilland Tiger Moth at The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario - First time taking a flight other than being an airline passeng[...]

Hasegawa 1/72 T-33A Shooting Star “6th Wing Last Flight”

This was supposed to be a quick build to restore mojo and get something finished off my bench. It turned out that the tooling is from 1969 so there were quite some work to complete the build of this bird.... The kit is from 2001 with Cartograf[...]

Samurai Phantoms! For Phantom Phanatics only…

The gentleman who manages the Asian Air Arms special interest group sent me the following email and the photos that accompany this post, asking for help getting the word out about this resource for Phantom modelers. As a phellow Phantom phanati[...]

Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka Fine Molds 1/48 for The Empire of Japan Group Build

A while back I started building Kamikaze machines for the 'iModeler goes to The Movies' group build. A thread can be found there that shares some views and history around two modern Japanese films (The Eternal Zero and For Those We Love) that r[...]

From “Panic Fighter” to Smokey Joe”: CA-13 Boomerang from Special Hobby.

Probably many people will recognize themselves when I describe the reasons for my interest in model aircraft construction as follows: the fascination of flying meets (technical) history and stories, combines with historical biographies and fates[...]

Mitsubishi G4M1 “Betty” – Tamiya 1/48

Here is my Tamiya Mitsubishi G4M1 "Betty". This was a fairly long project, partly documented in the Empire of Japan Group Build (so I will keep description here to a minimum). It is finished in Tamiya XF-11 JN Green, XF-64 Red Brown and XF-12 [...]

1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109 F-2 II./JG 53 “Peter”

This is 1/32 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 flown by II./JG 53 Heinz Bretnütz May-June 1941 while the unit was still based at St Omer Arques in France. After market parts are: Aires cockpit set Aires Wheel well parts Aires wheels Decals: Xtr[...]

Korea – The Forgotten War GB. North American F-82G Twin Mustang

The F-82 was originally intended as a long range escort fighter, intended to shepherd B-29 raids to Japan beyond the range of the P-51 Mustang or P-38 Lightning. That role went out the window with the end of WWII, and those F-82's that had alre[...]