6/23/2020 - I have added images of my new RC build - the as of yet unnamed 10 hatch coaster from Model Slipways. So far I have been working on it a few hours here and there, but hopefully will have it ready for paint in the next week or so. Pictures will be added to the construction gallery of the build process.
5/21/2020 - New Star Wars builds and real space builds have been added. The 1/144 AT AT, and 1/72 X-Wing (ROS, Poe's Orange Leader) and Iden Versio's Inferno squadron TIE. Real space builds include 1/72 Mercury Atlas - Friendship 7 and 1/72 Apollo XI moon landing - Columbia and Eagle with Buzz and Neil.
I also added images of the Airfix 1/72 U-2 (an A and C) as well as the O-2 Skymaster. Also added were images of Italeri's RF-84. Somehow these old builds were not photographed and uploaded.
5/3/2020 - May the Forth be with you... well almost. I have added some more Star Wars builds from Bandai. They are the 1/5000th Star Destroyer (with lights!), the 1/144 Lando Millennium Falcon (from Solo), and the 1/10,00th (??) Death Star II. All on the SciFi builds page.
4/21/2020 - Hopefully everyone is staying healthy and well during this pandemic. I have seen that keeping busy has been a challenge for some - not me thankfully. I have added more 1/72 builds to the Aircraft page. They are the Italeri RAH-66 Comanche, Academy Ah-64D Longbow, Eduard Mig-21 and 4 (yes 4) different Italeri B-58 Hustlers. The Hustlers were done using a combination of kit and aftermarket decals. I have a TB-58 in my stash to build as well at some point.
3/26/2020 - Well I had one project finished, but with the way things have been lately and a lot of time on my hands, I now have much more than that. They are all on the aircraft page. Completed builds include; KA-50 Black Shark, Mi-24 Hind, T-6G Texan, C-130J Hercules, F-117 Night Hawk. There is one more I have yet to take pictures of. Its Minicraft's 1/144 757-200. I picked up some Draw decals for the Aer Lingus green scheme. The completed model is destined to be hanging in my classroom once I am able to get back into the building and this whole social distancing thing is done.
2/26/2020 - I have a few black projects coming up, and didn't want just a solid mass of black plastic. With these two builds I tried a few different pre and post shading ideas and techniques. One is the B-57 from Italeri and the other is DML's P-61.
1/6/2020 - Added a few new builds on the Aircraft page. Both in 1/72. One is the Monogram A-1E Skyraider in all its SEA Glory, and the other is something I have never built before - a helicopter! Its Italeri's 1/72 H-19 Chickasaw. Goofy but appealing all in one. I also added images of the inside, since I put a lot of work into it.
12/15/2019 - Today images of some smaller (if that is even possible) 1/72 builds are up. The F-86f from Academy and the Bell X-1 from Tamiya. Both were a lot of fun to build, and went together really easily. The only issue being masking the window on the X-1. Both are on the aircraft page.
11/25/2019 - Well I finally got around to taking pictures of some recent builds... and in the process noticing that I missed and messed up some stuff. Uploaded pictures of the F-15E, F-84 and F-51 all in 1/72 scale are on the aircraft page.
9/10/19 - I just added some images of the 1/72 builds of the MENG F-102 and the Monogram F-101. Guess I was in a century series mood the last few weeks. Now before anyone goes banana crackers about the color on the F-102.... hear me out; I did some research as I wanted one that was close to the example at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. I saw that there were a few in a metal finish in the Minnesota Guard, so I went for it. I think it looks pretty sharp. I have another one for the ADC gray (even though I wanted to do SEA Cammo on it...) which will get completed at some point.
8/2/2019 - Life... sometimes it can be amazing, others it kicks you when your down. It has been a tough few months, resulting in a lack of builds or desire to build. I forced myself to try a build but it was a disaster - so I wont be posting it here. Thankfully with the help of friends, family, co-workers, my students and doctors, I am ready and anxious to pick up where I left off !
I have added a few images of builds that I have completed recently (in the last month or so) - All 1/72 scale aircraft. They include, Academy's OV-10 Bronco, Italeri's B-57G, Hasegawa's Su-27, and Zveda's MiG-31. All of the images are on the aircraft build page.
I also just finished Meng's F-102 (case xx) which I will add once I take pictures of it.
11/20/2018 - Added some more Star Wars kits from Bandai. The 1/12 R5-D2, Kylo Ren and General Grievous , and the 1/72 B-Wing from SDCC with its lights. They are on the Space and Sci-Fi page.
11/12/2018 - Added some Star Wars kits from Bandai. The 1/12 Boba Fett, and the 1/72 B-Wing and Resistance X-Wing in Blue 2 markings. They are on the Space and Sci-Fi page.
11/3/2018 - I have uploaded some of my recently completed builds - all 1/72 scale aircraft. They include the Italeri B-26K Counter Invader used in Vietnam, an Esci F-5A Tiger - the kit might be older than me too! I also added Trumpter's F-100C, which used some of the worst decals I have ever seen - and its actually the second time I built the kit!
10/20/2018 - Added better (more clear?) pictures of my 1/20 and 1/72 scale Bandai Star Wars builds.
10/8/2018 - Added pictures of Hasegawa's 1/72 A-1H Skyraider in SEA camo. For whatever reason this airplane/scheme has always been one of those "must builds" in any scale - and now I have a 1/48 and 1/72 version. To me its the epitome of the air war in Vietnam, and the link between the hell on the ground and the fight in the sky.
9/24/2018 - Images of the Douglas RB-66B Destroyer in 1/72 scale have been added. It was an Italeri kit and went together well. I finished it off in its SEA cammo scheme.
9/15/2018 - Added some pictures of the smallest airplane I could have possibly built - EVER! Its Academy's 1/72 Cessna A-37 Dragonfly in all its South East Asia cammo.
9/9/2018 - Pancakes' done! Added images of the 1/72 Hasegawa XF5U-1 "Flying Pancake".... quite the unusual airplane!
9/3/2018 - Added images of my finished Special Hobby 1/72 P-59A. Another beast of a kit - poor fits galore- but its the only game in town. I think it came out pretty good considering. I think I am most annoyed that I had added the recommended amount of weight - maybe more - and it still is a tail-sitter in the case... oh well...
9/2/2018 - Added a few images of my newly finished 1/72 F-84 Thunderstreak. Not the best Italeri kit... raised panel lines, no real detail - and the "cockpit" was missing.. but it looks the part, and with some added weathering and a few bombs from the spares, it looks well worn.
Its been a busy summer - but not building. I was able to spend 4 days at the Air Force Museum in June/July and ended up shooting over 3100 pictures with a friend of mine. Its been a challenge going through them and picking out my favorites!
6/24/2018 - Added images of the finished 1/72 A-10 in its Euro I scheme. If I build another one of these, I would leave the vertical tails, and pylons off the kit until final assembly. The wrap around camo scheme made painting a bit tricky with these in place. Im still very happy with how it came out in the end!
6/18/2018 - Updates have slipped my mind! I had taken pictures of my latest builds but forgot to upload them ere. The images added are of my 1/72 F-16D, 1/72 A-6 Intruder and 1/72 F-80 Shooting Star. On the bench is a 1/72 A-10 in Euro I camo. I hope to have this done within the week.
I have also added a page for the new RC build I am embarking on - my 10 Hatch Motor Coaster. Its still in the early stages but this time next year she should be ready for launch!
4/25/2018 - Added images of 3 new 1/72 scale aircraft. They are the F-104 Starfighter, the Mig-29 Fulcrum and the F-117 Nighthawk. The Starfighter is my first natural metal finish ever (and thats weird to me because I have been building for over 30 years), and the Mig is my first Mig! Well might have to add more metal birds to the collection.
3/24/2018 - Was trying to keep the updates about a month apart, but had a bit of an OOPS with one of the builds I was working on. This update includes images of Trumpeter's 1/72 scale F-105 D and G models. The single seat fighter bomber, and the two seat wild weasel. I also added pictures of my 1/72 scale Hasegawa F-15c, and F-16c and some of the 2nd tank I built a 1/35 Panther D.
2/3/2018 - Added 9 images of the Revell/Monogram 1/48 Scale F-15E Strike Eagle. It was built with a bunch of things learned over the past year or so, and is only my 3rd or 4th airplane in the last 6 years or so (been busy building other things). Im pretty happy with how it came out, and was even happier giving it to a friend who is an Eagle fan.
I also added images of the 1/12 scale First Order Executioner and C-3PO Bandai kits. I tried to get a nice finish on C-3P0, to give him the look of weathered shiny metal. Overall I am pleased with how it came out too. The kits are a blast to build, and are a lot of fun to weather too.
I also have begun to separate out the builds onto their own pages, so more images will be added of older models as well.
1/4/2018 - Added 68 images of various Star Wars builds; Figures and star ships. I also added an image or 2 of my only armor build (Hetzer's gonna hetz! - sorry WOT reference!)