This is a blast from the past. This is the 1/48 scale ESCI/Ertl Beechcraft G17S Staggerwing. This is the first real corporate commuter aircraft with its beautiful lines, enclosed cabin and retractable landing gear. For a complete construction review of this model click here... Beechcraft G17S Staggerwing 9/5/03

This is a difficult aircraft to categorize, is it civilian or military? Nearly half of all produced went to military service for utility and Search and Rescue operations. In service around the world since 1952 and still highly sought after today due to it’s ruggedness and reliability. Originally designated the ‘King Beaver’, from Hobbycraft, this is the 1/48 scale De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter

In 1933 the de Havilland Company designed the DH.89 Dragon Six as a replacement for its current short haul small passenger plane the DH.84 and styled it after their larger four engine DH.86 Express. With the outbreak of hostilities in 1939 the DH.89 was impressed by the British Military as the de Havilland Dominie. After the war it returned to civilian use and continues to fly today. New from Isradecal here is the 1/48 de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide. 9/1/2012

Design work began in 1924 on what was to be one of the largest luxury aircraft of the century and also one of the largest failures in aviation engineering. Claudius Dornier did not want to risk the success of this project with unproven ‘modern’ technology and this is exactly what caused its ultimate failure. With three decks of opulent luxury and twelve engines driving it this aircraft was indeed a sight to behold. Its outdated design and lack of weight control robbed it of its power and range. Take a look at the 1/144 scale Matchbox offering of the Dornier Do-X. 10/16/05 Construction completed 5/26/2009

I believe that this aircraft designed and produced by Douglas in the 1930s was a milestone in aviation history. This was the aircraft that really made passenger air travel practical. It was not the largest or the fastest aircraft at the time but its combination of economy and reliability resulted in an average cost of four cents per mile to operate verses the then standard of seven cents per mile. Currently out of production this is the 1/48 Revell-Monogram Douglas DC-3.

This cute little amphibian was originally developed in 1935 by Fairchild to service the Pan American feeder routes in South America. Only eleven aircraft were ever manufactured but they all lead very interesting lives. Some performed liaison duties while others were used for SAR functions. The model itself was manufactured by two companies and other than some details is, in truth, the same kit. Here I take a look at the Azure boxing (with resin details) of the Fairchild F-91. 12/4/05

Designed from a Swiss made jet fighter this small passenger jet went into production as the Lear 23 and became a pioneer in the entirely new field of business and personal jet aviation. They made small passenger jets affordable for corporations and some private individuals and opened an entirely new market that has been populated by several manufactures of small business jets. Lets take a break for military models for a moment and check out this hot little corporate transporter, the Gates Learjet 35/36. 1/22/06

Designed in 1936 and manufactured from 1937 until 1945 this amazing little amphibious seaplane acted as the primary Grumman Goose utility plane for the Navy and provided a rugged and dependable means for many private airlines to service out-of-the-way areas around the world. Still in service in the twenty-first century, here is the new Czech Model 1/48 scale Grumman JRF Goose; 1/21/04
Construction completed 3/22/04

I just love Sikorsky aircraft. I see Igor Sikorsky as one of the truly great developers of commercial and private aircraft in twentieth century, not to mention his work with helicopters. Here is Czech Master’s resin 1/72 scale S-38. The S-38 and S-39 flying boats captured America’s imagination and captured mine also. For a complete construction review of this model click here...Sikorsky S-38
Updated 12/14/03

The Shavrov Sh-2 served throughout the Soviet Union as a utility transport, for liaison, and as a trainer, and for many years Shavrov Sh-2 was used on fishery protection duties and frontier patrol work. Series production began in 1934 and was terminated two years later in 1936. The aircraft was so popular with pilots that in 1939 production was resumed and over 700 examples were ultimately manufactured. During the winter months it could be equipped with skis and was found to be not only of simple construction but very reliable. Join me in the construction of this little Shavrov Sh-2 aerial ambulance. 11/17/07 Construction completed 11/17/07

This baby is a ‘Looker’ with style. Built to go the distance with grace and elegance. We have to get into the ‘way back’ machine to take a look at this 1970s kit of Eddie Stinson’s aviation legend – the Stinson SR-9 Reliant. Produced and distributed by AMT this is not up to 21st century standards of modeling but it is a good place to start with an aircraft that is a shining example of pride and excellence in craftsmanship. This is the SR-9 Reliant 2/19/04

Designed by Walter Beech and Herbert Rawdon for the 1929 National Air Race in Cleveland Ohio this sweet little racer really put the hurt on the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy when it soundly thrashed both of their front line combat interceptors. Only six of these were ever built but they helped to change the face of aviation around the world. An excellent beginners kit and good for the accomplished modeler as well, from Testors Corp., this is the 1/48 scaleTravel Air Mystery Ship.


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