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Who am I:

       I am 50+-year-old Industrial Engineer/Manager responsible for the development and implementation of chemical coating-removal systems aimed primarily at the automotive, medical and military industries. I am married with three children, two cats and live in Sandusky Ohio, the Roller Coaster Capitol of the World.



What this site is about:

       I remember the first model that I built. My father gave me a Revell submarine kit for my birthday in 1969. I clearly recall the two of us sitting at the dining room table with one of those orange tubes of Testors cement putting that thing together. It was an excellent bathtub toy for many years. Prior to that my older brother had entertained my sister and myself with aerial operas involving a 1/48 scale Monogram SBD Dauntless and a Monogram Corsair - I still have those two planes, dusty and worn but laden with memories that can never be replaced.
       Many times while shopping e-bay I've wondered what a particular kit consisted of or how good the detail of casting was or even if a particular kit had raised or recessed panel lines but could not answer these questions until I actually opened the box. While surfing various forums I would see common questions asked many times by modelers just beginning the polystyrene adventure, looking for clues to decaling, weathering and detailing. This site is dedicated to answering some of those questions. While I do not consider myself to be an exceptionally skilled modeler, I have picked up a few tricks over the last thirty years of modeling and will share them with you. Included here are full build reviews, in box kit reviews, construction tips and gallery photos of kits I have built. Most of these are 1/48th scale World War 2 aircraft. Also included here are a variety of links to on-line modeling forums, review sites, internet hobby shops, aviation art sites and real aircraft reference sites.

       This site is a work in progress. I hope that you find it as enjoyable as I have.

       Last updated 02/16/2015.



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And now, for the good stuff,

The keel was laid down 23 May 1900, she was launched in 1901 and entered service in 1904. On 27 May 1905 the Japanese Navy sent her to the bottom. It was a really short service life of the lead ship for the pre-dreadnought battleship line of the Imperial Russian Navy. Here is the Zvezda 1/350 Battleship Borodino.
01/26/2015 Construction Update 02/16/2015

The Esmeralda was designed as a Naval training vessel for the Chilean Navy with her hull being laid down in 1946. After several construction delays and negotiations with Spain the ship was completed and christened in 1953. The ship was and is still used as a goodwill ambassador for Chile however as a result of its history it often draws protests from human rights groups when visiting foreign ports. Chilean Navy Esmeralda. Construction Completed 1/12/2015

At the end of WW1 Germany had no Destroyers in its inventory. By 1934 they had begun design and construction of modern destroyers and issued them general classification based on the year of design such as 34 or in the case of this kit, 36 with letter codes for major changes within the design series. Here is a gallery of my construction of the Trumpeter 1/350 Narvik Class Destroyer 36B Z-43 . Construction Completed 12/21/2014

Built by Fokker this unusual push/pull configuration was an attempt to overcome the problems of asymmetric flight commonly found in twin engine aircraft. After eleven flights totaling about four hours of flight time the landing gear was damaged during a rough landing and the project was shelved. Here we have RS Models very first offering in 1/48 scale, the Fokker D-XXIII.
9/10/2014 Construction Complete 11/05/2014

After the first Cylon War the Empire continued to develop the Raider but moved in a new and unexpected direction. Colonial defenders were unpleasantly surprised when the new blended biomechanical Raiders made their appearance over Caprica. This was more a trained animal than a piloted vehicle and more than capable of confronting the current series of Viper in both space and atmospheric flight. Let us take a look at the 1/32 Moebius Models Late Model Cylon Raider. 7/17/2014 Construction Update 12/28/2014

 




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