iModeler Aviation

Building, painting and finishing aircraft models of all scales.

Chino’s D4Y3 Judy (WIP)

Some pix of Chino's D4Y3 Suisen (Judy). Terrible weather, but this was the first time she was out in public and got started up, so it was a case of suck it up and unlimber the camera. The airplane will never fly, due to the corrosion in the wi[...]

Tamiya 1/48th F4F-4 with KMC F4F-3 Conversion Set

This Wildcat is finished in the VF-42 markings of the machine flown by Scott McCuskey at the Battle of Coral Sea, while shipped aboard the USS Yorktown. The KMC -3 wings fit very nicely, but cutting and filing the mating surface requires a bit [...]

Koga’s Zero

"ONE OF THE GREATEST PRIZES OF THE PACIFIC WAR." As part of the greater battle of Midway, this Zero flew from the Ryujo and took part in a raid on Dutch Harbor in the Aleutians. The Zero was damaged in that raid and made a forced landing in [...]

Grumman F6F-3 Otaki/Arii 1/48

Started with the best of intentions to be a straight forward OOB build, the urge to add a few extra details began as I realized how well the rather basic kit captured the shape of the Hellcat. The discovery of an aftermarket resin cockpit and a[...]

B-29 “FIFI” walkaround …

She made a stop here in Daytona a few months back. It was the one (and probably) - ONLY time I'll have have this opportunity. I shall now refrain from hogging the forum - for now. Thanks.again for your patience and I trust many of you will fi[...]

A-10 Walkaround pics…

These were taken down in Titusville at one of the Valiant Air Command's annual airshow. Now if I could just get all these people to get outta my pictures - lol Hope these may be of a little help to some of you jet guys - thank you and enjoy the[...]

AD-5 Walkaround pics

I got lucky one day and spotted this down at New Smryna's restoration facility, drove back the next day (WITH my camera this time) and was allowed to wander around on my own and snap away. It was the first time I'd ever actually been this close [...]

LS 1/144 Scale Kawanishi “Emily” Flying Boat

This kit was a total hoot to build. No interior to worry about, just slap it together, and then have fun with the painting and detailing. I added the bracing wires for the wing floats, the two radio antenneas and the totally scratch built rada[...]

A Grumman formation to end all Grumman formations

Back in 1997, various air museums were having "Grumman flights." Out at Planes of Fame, they pulled off the Grumman Flight to end all Grumman Flights: F3F-2, FM-2, F6F-5, F7F-3, F8F-2, and TBM-3. I got this shot out of the waist window of "Ph[...]

Fantasy of Flight (reference gallery)

Also within a relatively short driving distance from my home is Kermit Weeks' museum. Every time I've visited, they've always had one of their airworthy examples flying. The last time it was the Storch. One of the better facilities in Florida[...]