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Blairmonster from John Carpenter’s “The Thing”

Okay kiddies. How's this for a nightmare inducer. I had more fun painting this darn thing. I had to do a little surgery to it to make it PG13 rated, but that's not really a big "Thing". This huge lump of resin is over 22 inches tall, but only[...]

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[...]

The first P40C restored to flight

These are from April 1998, when the first restored P-40C took flight, flown by Steve Hinton. Pix taken from the open tail of "Photo Fanny" out at Planes of Fame. This is the airplane pulled out of the forest south of Archangel where it crashe[...]

November contest results

The November contest is closed and we are proud to announce the winner of iModeler's first online competition. The 3-week long submission period brought a whopping 180 models to our pages, many more than we ever dared to hope for. With so many [...]

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[...]

Maquette 1/400 Protected Cruiser ‘Aurora’

This was my very first foray into serious AMS. I hand drilled over 400 #80 holes into this ship. Most of those were for the totally scratch built railings. Every stanchion is cut from thin wire and inserted into a hole drilled into the hull t[...]

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[...]