I've been building models off and on since about 1960.  After a long stretch away from building I started again in early 2004 and have really enjoyed myself.  I don't claim to be an expert by any stretch of the imagination and build primarily for my own enjoyment.  Some of these models have been in a couple of shows though, and they were able to hold their own.

Over the years I have built models of various subjects, including cars, ships, and other types of aircraft.  These days I build primarily fighter aircraft from WW-II, Korea, and Viet Nam but that, of course, is subject to change at any time.  These are the models that I have built, or in some cases started and not completed, in the past couple of years.

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SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE MK. I 1/32 Scale Revell-Monogram Kit January, 2004
This is the first model I built for about 15 years and it shows it!  The construction is OK but there are some problems in the paint and not a lot of detail.
CURTISS-WRIGHT P-40B WARHAWK / TOMAHAWK MK. II 1/32 Scale Trumpeter Kit Jan-Feb, 2004
This was my first Trumpeter build and all in all it went together quite well.  It could use some additional weathering and paint detail, but it worked out pretty decently.
REPUBLIC F-105G THUNDERCHIEF "WILD WEASEL" 1/32 Scale Trumpeter Kit Apr-Aug, 2004
This is Trumpeter's large F-105G Thunderchief (two-seat "Wild Weasel") and it turned out quite well.  The construction is tedious because of the quantity of parts and the level of detail, but all it requires is patience.
McDONNELL-DOUGLAS F-4E PHANTOM II 1/32 Scale Tamiya Kit Jul-Oct, 2004
For 40 years the F-4 has been my favorite jet fighter.  This Tamiya kit is the latest of a long line of Phantoms that I've built over the years.  I really wish I had kept all the others I have built.
FAIRCHILD-REPUBLIC A-10A THUNDERBOLT II 1/32 Scale Trumpeter Kit Oct, 2004 - July, 2005
The A-10 is a unique aircraft and this one is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.  A difficult model to build but it finally came together and looks pretty decent.
McDONNELL-DOUGLAS F-15C Eagle 1/32 Scale Tamiya Kit Under Construction
Nothing says Air Superiority like the Eagle.  In my opinion it is everything that a fighter should be, and this is my tribute to those who fly and maintain them.
REPUBLIC F-105D THUNDERCHIEF 1/32 Scale Trumpeter Kit Sept, 2005 - June, 2006
I built the 2-seat "G" version last year, and this is the single-seat "D".  It is being built for a friend who flew one in VietNam and is being built as the aircraft that he flew.
BOEING F-15I RA'AM 1/32 Scale Tamiya Kit Next On The Bench
I have wanted to build an F-15 in Israeli Air Force camouflage colors for a long time, and this is my chance!  The F-15I Ra'am (Thunder) is very similar to the US F-15E Strike Eagle, and this model will use the Tamiya F-15E as a base.

ON HOLD OR IN THE STASH
These models are on hold for some reason or just in the stash to be built when I have time.
VOUGHT F4U-1D CORSAIR (On Hold) 1/32 Scale Trumpeter Kit Feb, 2004 - ?
This model is currently on hold.  The actual construction is about 80% done but I made some mistakes on the paint and haven't gotten around to fixing them.  It's a good model and I'll get around to finishing it one of these days.
NORTH AMERICAN F-86F (On Hold) 1/48 Scale Academy Kit Mar 1, 2005
I haven't done much on this one yet.  I started working on it and then went back to try and finish my A-10.  It is one of the models that I'm still working on though, and it will get built.
WILLIAMS RACING FW24 1/20 Scale Tamiya Kit May 9, 2005
I was at Hobby Lobby and happened to notice this one.  I felt it would be a nice change of pace to build a car again so it's on the bench.  I don't have a page set up for it yet but will get one put together as the model progresses.

MODELS I'D LIKE TO BUILD ...
This could turn into a never-ending list, but these are the ones that I keep thinking about.
More Teeth! -- I've always been fascinated by aircraft with shark's mouth markings.  I have recently started building models of them, and the P-40, F-105, F-4, and A-10 shown above all have these types of markings.  There are several more models around with teeth on them, and aftermarket decals for several others.  I'll just have to hunt them down and see what I can do about building them all.  If you know of any good ones, drop me An Email
Lockheed P-38 Lightning -- The P-38 in This Image is pretty much what I'd like to do.  I've always thought the P-38 is a great airplane, and they only look right to me in natural metal finish.
North American P-51 Mustang -- The Mustang has been my favorite for as long as I can remember.  Maybe a toss-up between it and the Phantom, but those two are of different vintages.  I built many models of the Mustang as a kid, but haven't built one in a long time.  Perhaps it's getting close to time for another one!
McDonnell-Douglas A-4 Skyhawk -- Not sure what it is about the Scooter, but it has a unique quality that has always intrigued me.  Perhaps it's the arrogant stance it takes on that spindly looking nose gear, or perhaps it's the thought of a bantam weight fighter in the heavy weight field of Viet Nam.  Regardless, it's a Very Cool Airplane and I'd like to build it one day.

REAL AIRPLANES
Not models, but real airplanes
Planes I Have Flown! -- Photos of airplanes that I have flown.

Airshow Photographs -- Photos of airplanes that I took at various airshows.

OTHER MODELING PAGES
Lots Of Modeling Links
My collection of links from around the web
Which Airbrush?
My take on which airbrush is right for you
Thinning Paint
My take on how to thin paint for airbrushing
Airbrush Pressure
My take on how much air pressure is needed for airbrushing
Airbrush Troubleshooting
My take on airbrush troubleshooting
Airbrushing Air Sources
My take on air sources for airbrushing
Cleaning Airbrushes
My take on how to clean an airbrush
Panel Line Washing
How I Apply Panel Line Washes
Decals
How I Apply Decals
Miscellaneous Tips
Miscellaneous painting and building tips I've run across
Scale Conversions
Online scale conversion form for modelers
Forum Etiquette
My ideas on how to behave on a forum
Paint Types
Laquer, enamel or acrylic?
By Robert Foster
Toxicity of Modeling Chemicals
By Gip Winecoff
Swanny's Models
Many excellent tips and links  Well worth the visit
Aircraft Resource Center
Plenty of walkarounds and links for the aircraft guys
Brian's Model Cars
Lots of tips and tutorials for the car builders
     

ACRYLIC PAINT INFORMATION
In addition to the pages listed in the table above that pertain to painting, the links below pertain specifically to painting with acrylics.  Many of them link to web sites that manufacture artist's acrylics so the information on the sites is related primarily to that type of paint.
Technical Notes on Drying
The Acrylic Drying Process from Golden Artist Colors
Airbrush Tips Volume I
from Golden Artist Colors
Airbrush Tips Volume II
from Golden Artist Colors
The Acrylic Book
5mb PDF file from Liquitex Acrylics
Golden Artist Colors
Main Web Site
Liquitex Acrylics
Main Web Site
Createx Colors
Main Web Site
 
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