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Last Updated
April 5, 2017

Hobby
                          Fan M56 Scorpion

Finally got my modeling fingers on a long-awaited subject - the M56 Scorpion airborne tank destroyer...
Academy
                          M12 155mm Gun Motor Carriage

Academy's M12 155mm Gun Motor Carriage model has sat forgotten and unfinished since 2000. Upon discovering it while looking for some (still) missing detail part, I decided to return to it and finish the project...
Bronco
                          Ford GPW Jeep

An outstanding 1:35 scale rendering of the WWII Jeep, Bronco Models' kit is a little over-engineered in some places and a complicated build at times, but it turns out to be a wonderful miniature in the end. I turned this kit into a simple representation of a subject I've wanted to do for a long time - the US Army's gift to Admiral Nimitz in Hawaii. It is reported that the Admiral loved his Jeep, and it was a common sight around Oahu...
Tamiya
                          Gama Goat Ambulance

The next Gama Goat for my collection is Tamiya's M792 Ambulance...
M4A1E8(90) Assault Tank

Another hypothetical Sherman Tank I've always wanted to model for my collection, this M4A1E8 Medium Assault Tank is equipped with the long-barreled 90mm gun from the Super Pershing as an answer to the German King Tiger in a protracted World War II...
M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo

Finished 11/5/2015: I have always wanted to model the Sherman Jumbo for my collection. Naturally, I couldn't settle upon a standard Jumbo though. I'm modeling the unusual tank called "Aquino". Tasca/Asuka's M4A3E2 Sherman Assault Tank is a great model kit, and leaves the modeler plenty of room to customize and add additional details...
Vietnam Gun Beep Mr Nice

Finished 3/3/2017: A grail kit of mine was someone, anyone, producing a 1:35 scale kit of the Dodge M37 Cargo Truck. Roden comes out of the stable first, with a wonderful rendition that I quickly dove into as soon as released. I converted my first one into a representation of a Vietnam convoy escort truck - "Mr Nice". I was not disappointed in how it turned out...
AFV Club M24 Chaffee Light Tank -
                            Italeri

Representing an all-time favorite military vehicle of mine, Italeri's M24 Chaffee Light Tank represents of of their all-time best AFV miniatures. With a little extra effort and patience, it builds into a fine representation of the real vehicle...
M4(90) Sherman Medium Assault Tank

Finished 6/20/2015: A longtime subject I've wanted to add to my collection of Sherman Tank models, this is a representation of the proposed 90mm Gun equipped M4 - often called "Sherming". I am building a model of the only Sherman modified using the turret from the M26 Pershing, #30103950, which was a Chrysler-built Sherman M4(105) Howitzer Tank in June 1944 into what it might have looked like accepted into service during a protracted World War II.
M4A1(76)W Sherman In The Mood

Finished 12/30/2015:I spent 2015 pulling old and forgotten projects out of storage to finish them up. I started this one several years ago, but only pressed on to finish one of two Dragon Operation Cobra Sherman kits as one I wanted to do for a long time...
Hobby
                          Boss F3H2M Demon

As if I didn't get enough challenges working with their earlier FJ-4B Fury Bravo kit, I had to get at least one of their Demon fighter interceptors on my workbench. I love this period of American military aviation, and just had to have one...
Fine
                          Molds TIE Advanced

Can't really call yourself a Star Wars modeler if you don't have at least one of the TIE Advanced kits in your collection. Fine Molds' model kit is tiny, detailed and a joy to build. Messing around with mine, I only decided to light the thrusters with fiber optics...


Finished 2/25/2015: For many modelers, there is a bin, box or shelf where projects go, often sitting for a very long time in various stages uncompleted and nearly forgotten. Sometimes it's like Christmas when you discover something there long forgotten. I realized it has been many, many, many years since I finished a WWII German subject when I found my little Sd.Kfz.1 Type 87 Volkswagen Kafer (Beetle) sitting in a plastic box, waiting for some attention...



Finished 4/5/2017:Building another AFV Club 1:350 scale Gato-Class Fleet Submarine reminded me of the challenge and frustrations found in working with such small parts. This time around, I still didn't experience a lot of fun working out the photoetched parts, wishing they had been offered in styrene. The second version of the Gato-Class (1942) in my collection is a reprentation of USS Cavalla...
M38
                          Willys Model MC Jeep

Another long time project slowly coming together. The M38 Willys Model MC Jeep is a must-have for any collection of Jeeps used by the US Military. I work on mine between other projects mostly as a tool for relaxation more than anything else...
Tamiya 35350 M10 Mid-Production Tank
                            Destroyer

Finished 3/3/2017: A long time coming, many armor modelers wished Tamiya would produce a new M10 Tank Destroyer to finally put their old one away for good. Though simple in some respects, the new Tamiya model is engineered for easy assembly and a bit less cleanup than other recent efforts in this scale. I was encouraged to fill up some of the voids with extra detailing to help bring it to life..
Dodge
                          WC-54 Signals Truck

Another miniature for my growing collection of T-214 series of WWII Dodge Trucks, this WC-54 is being converted into a Signals Truck. The base kit is from Bilek, and is a joy to work with. I am improving the kit with Skybow Wheels and other items to raise the level of detail, and intend to keep the roof section removable...
Mirror
                          Models' Diamond T Wrecker

One of finest detailed and most challenging truck models I have ever undertaken. I find it exhausting and thrilling all at the same time - and I'm only making progress in small steps...


Finished 11/8/2012: Another home IPMS Chapter's group build, celebrating a recently deceased member's favorite aircraft, we all selected versions of the venerable F-4 Phantom fighter bomber to model in honor of him. Mine represents the best looking (in my opinion) scheme worn by this aircraft, an F-4G "Wild Weasel"...


Finished 11/8/2012: Another home IPMS Chapter's group build, celebrating a recently deceased member's favorite aircraft, we all selected versions of the venerable F-4 Phantom fighter bomber to model in honor of him. Mine represents the best looking (in my opinion) scheme worn by this aircraft, an F-4G "Wild Weasel"...


Finished 8/30/14: Hobby Boss' FJ-4B model kit calls for some extra effort and detailing to make it a decent replica of the Fury Bravo fighter bomber. I set out to build mine participating in my home IPMS Chapter's group build celebrating subjects connected to the mighty USS Hornet aircraft carrier. My miniature represents the aircraft flown by the Commander, Air Task Group 4, embarked on USS Hornet (CVS-12) in 1958...
M561 Gama Goat progress

Finished: 4/19/2015: Tamiya's release of the M561 Gama Goat was much welcomed - more so than the actual vehicle was when introduced to the troops. Nicely detailed, Tamiya left plenty opportunity to add even more details for the avid modeler...
Gato-Class USS Greenling 

Finished 5/8/12: I really like miniature Submarine subjects, but rarely see ones that look like the real thing. There are a lot of vogue techniques out there to hype-up the finish and presentation of models because most of the time, reality is boring. When I approached AFV Club's excellent 1:350 scale Gato-Class Fleet Submarine (1941), I wanted to address the all-black schemes these early boats wore and keep it more realistic (boring) and not stray into the bombastic and overly-rusted examples I've seen. It's not popular in model shows and contests, but who cares...

Dodge WC-64KD Ambulance

Finished 8/31/14: Participating in the 2010 Softskins Campaign over on Armorama.com, I chose to set out on a longtime, always-wanted-to-do, project in creating a Dodge WC-64KD (Knock-Down) Ambulance for my personal collection of Dodge T-214 Series of Trucks from WWII. Here, I am basing my scratch-conversion efforts off Skybow's excellent WC-51/52 3/4-ton Weapons Carrier. After a bit of a delay, I resumed working on my project and decided to incorporate ADV/Azimut's conversion for the old Italeri Weapons Carrier model kit. Another delay, even longer, resulted in unsuccessful attempts to correct warpage problems with the ADV/Azimut resin parts, prompting me to switch gears and reboot the project with a scratch/conversion of the remaining Skybow WC-51 Weapons Carrier parts. I probably should have done this to begin with...

M5A1 Stuart Light Tank "Babs / Paper Doll", Bambiano, Italy 1944. This is a miniature dedicated to my wife for our 15th Wedding Anniversary. Every five years, I build a model that was nicknamed "Babs". This one is an example that served in Italy during the Battle for Monte Cassino in World War II. There is a photo of it in R.P. Hunnicutt's STUART reference book. The model is Formations Model's excellent M5A1 Stuart - with a whole lot of extra items to flesh out the Interior and Engine Deck underneath the Grills - a whole lotta work no one will see or likely care about when it's all wrapped-up. After a lengthy delay, I got back into this miniature...

Finished 5/25/12: My Jaguar Models M551 Sheridan AR/AAV "Hard Core 7" Reconnaissance Tank in-progress - again. I actually began my Sheridan miniature project in 2001 with the old Tamiya beastie. Then, I decided to switch to the very nice looking Jaguar all-resin offering in 2002. If you have ever attempted this model, you'll know all too well about the Road Wheels and individual Track Links. I simply hated the tracks, and let the model languish in a storage bin ever since. Occasionally, I'd take it out and look at it, but put it away until I decided to purchase a set of Fruil white metal replacement tracks - at half the cost of an already expensive kit. Following the disappointment of Academy's new Sheridan model kit, I turned back to my Sheridan, bought the Fruil individual track links, and decided to get back up on this pony for one more ride. Heady with regular progress towards finishing this miniature - I dropped it off the workbench in August 2010. No colorful metaphors, no discouragement - I set out to repair all the damage and continue on. Now, five years later, I decided to remove the tracks and mount the miniature on a new base - models are never really finished...

Finished 4/30/12: Yes, I know, another TIE Fighter! I cannot help it that Fine Molds makes fun models to assemble and finish - the least I can do in appreciation is buy and build the kits, eh? This is their 1:48 scale version, and I modeled it as my envisioning of "Obsidian One". Obsidian Squadron's ships pursued the Millennium Falcon through the Asteroid Belt right after the Rebel Alliance lost their base on Hoth. Obsidian Squadron would later be a part of the Imperial Garrison on Bespin after Darth Vader seized Cloud City from Lando Calrissian. These pilots and their ships were modified for enhanced performance in atmospheres, and I modeled a ground-based version. Later on, reassigned from the Star Destroyer Avenger to Devastator, Obsidian Squadron flew parade around the second Death Star honoring the arrival of Emperor Palpatine...

Bandai's excellent 1:48 scale All-Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) is a miniature Star Wars fans should not pass up. It's got so much going for it, you can't help but have fun working with it...

The Tholian Webspinner is a cool vessel from Star Trek: The Original Series, and updated in Star Trek: Enterprise. This resin version I'm working on is an excellent limited-run kit designed and mastered by Pat Tomlinson.

This is my M4 LaCrosse Guided Missile System in 1:35th scale. It is based on the oft-used AFV Club M35A2 Deuce kit, backdated to the gasoline-powered M35. This Launcher will be "Phyllis", photos of the vehicle helping to make this miniature.

 

A long awaited model kit for classic Jonny Quest fans worldwide, Moebius Models' subject is fun and quick to build. I've got the jazzy theme blaring in my head as I put it together...

Italeri's nice, and overlooked in this age of hyper-detailed model kit, M47 Patton (II) MBT. This is another one I work on between projects and reviews simply because I want a complete series of Patton Tanks in my collection.


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