Model Airplanes and Ships

 One of my great loves, Making and painting models 

  Also check out my model of the Battleship Missouri 

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As you can see my main focus in models is the WWII era. I think this was the high water mark in the design of beautiful propeller aircraft.  Of those the F4U Corsair was the finest.

  Corsair Wheels down

Here you see, hanging from the cieling of my studio part of my collection of 21st Century large scale models which I have assembled and carefully airbrushed. I liked the "war weary" look rather than the "just out of the factory" style preferred by many. With aging, chipped paint, oil streaks and gun port wear I can give the airplane character that is hard to do with shiny and new.

 Heres a side view of the Corsair showing it's distinctive three tone camo paint job. This was used by the Navy carrier based planes as well as Marine units . The white tape job forward of the cockpit prevented fuel from being blown back over the canopy from the forward fuel tank. 

The Focke-Wulf 190 was a sleek and deadly fighter that took it's share of allied aircraft over Germany. 

  Check out the Wheels Down Displays  to see them on the ground in static display , pilots included.

 Who doesn't love the quirky lines of the famed P-38 fighter.  I used D-Day markings and an all metal look to show it off to best effect. In the background you see some of my collections of antique guns and Indian artifacts. 


   The lean, graceful lines of the ever popular Spitfire are shown here. Squadron markings and ensignia of the Royal Airforce set off the drab camo paint job. In the background you can see the tail of the next airplane, the hog of a beast, the P-47 Thunderbolt

  This allied airplane was called "the Jug" for its ungainly look and huge size. This one is painted in the olive drab scheme with checkerboard detailing.


Later the razorback look was changed for the bubble top canopy resulting in a much sleeker and nicer looking airplane I did this one in D-Day markings and all natuaral aluminum finish. 


Another nemisis of the allied fighter, Germany's early entry the venerable ME 109. Similar in many ways to the Spitfire it's main adversary it has the sharklike profile of a water cooled engine type.

   Wheels Down Displays