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Updated 14 April 2001

The Russians Are Here!!

I am pleased to announce that my Russian kits have arrived. They came from Russia and it only took a month to get from there to here. The web site that I found these kits on is at: http://www.aviapress.com/viewallkits.htm

I ordered three airline kits and a military kit. The airline kits are the Yak-40, Tu-104 and Tu-334 with the military kit the S-37 Berkut (the new Sukhoi forward-swept wing fighter). The airline kits are 1:144th scale while the military fighter is 1:72nd scale. I am very pleased to get these kits, and will enjoy building them. I have just finished the Yak-40 and have a review posted. 

Current Information:

I am very excited and happy to announce that I now have pictures for many of the airplanes on this site. I will continue to be updating the various sections, but for now, I have some pictures for each model, or at least most of them. 

I will continue to update the rest of the sections as time goes on. Once I finish all the reviews, I plan on updating the current projects section on a more routine basis. I do apologize for not updating the current section, but the work of all the reviews is keeping me away from that. Never fear though, I am still building kits day in and day out. Thank you.

Background Information:

I began building models at age 10 with my first model being a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber from World War II  1/72nd scale. I had always been interested in aviation when I was young and was always fascinated when I drove past an airport. As airplanes took off and landed, I watched them with intent, but I never imagined that that interest might someday become not only a hobby, but a career.

In the past I had watched specials on TV with my dad about Midway, Korea, Vietnam, and other events in history, but when I saw the A-6 and fell in love with it. I bought the plane and my parents helped me set up a work bench in our basement in Illinois. It took me some time and some screw-ups, but I eventually finished it and ever since, it has become a hobby.

I am now 24 and have built well over 400 models in various scales and configurations. In 1:72nd scale, I pretty much have the entire United States Inventory in the Navy and Air Force, and even aircraft from days past. 1:48th scale is a different story, I have fewer in number, but the detail is extremely accurate. Finally, I have a nice collection of aircraft in 1:144th scale, the bulk of these are airliners.

Over the years I have accumulated more models than I know what to do with. The 1:72nd scale models are at my parents house in my old room. I have a majority of the 1:48th aircraft adorned on shelves in my current room. All the 1:144th models are hanging from my ceiling, and luckily my roommates put up with my hobby and have allowed me to place my naval fleet of an aircraft carrier, destroyer, battleship, and submarine in our living room.

Some might ask why? The answer is simple, each model is challenging, and I like to see what else I can do to it to make it look more realistic. Hopefully this web site will help the new and old model builder alike see what I have done and get new ideas for their own models.

You will find more info in the following locations:

Current Project:

This page is currently not being updated due to the updating of the Commercial and later on the Military galleries. Please be patient. In fact, any new models that I work on will be placed in the appropriate categories. Until I complete the update, this page will have information on any new kits that I see and/or have bought.

Photo Gallery:

In this photo gallery, there are pictures of some of the planes that I have reviewed. Also, there are other pictures that I have taken at different airports and air shows, so sit back and enjoy. Now Open.

Personal Accomplishments:

In 1999 I entered a local model contest and came away a winner. I decided to put in three airliners (A330, DC-10, and L-1011) since few people see these. I also entered a BF-110 and an S-3. I came away a winner with a 1:48th Ju-52/3m Transport worth about $50. So all in all the contest was worth my time, and if there are contests near you, I suggest to enter....

In 1999, I entered a few photos into the annual Aviation Week & Space Technology photo contest. Each year AW&ST sort through hundreds of pictures to see who is truly the Best of the Best in aviation photography. I am proud to say that one of my pictures was chosen in the Civil category. It is a picture of a De Havilland Beaver on floats. I will of course enter next year, so airplanes worldwide, watch the birdie....

For the past 5 years now, I have entered photographs in the Iowa State Fair and each year I have either been displayed or received an honorable mention. This year I was once again displayed, with a picture from Seal Rock, California. I will continue to enter contests to increase my understanding of photography and aviation.

New Additions:

Just so everyone knows what is going on with this site, I plan to add some new additions to the model information. Under the categories of Commercial and Military, I will be writing articles on each of the aircraft that I have and give reviews on them as well as why I chose to buy and paint them in their liveries. This will be a long process, but I do hope to start in the next few days on this. Just remember that with over 200 models in this home, it will take a while.

New Information:

I recently found a great site that has a variety of Russian military and commercial aircraft. For those of you who are looking for these kinds of kits, go to: http://www.aviapress.com/viewallkits.htm

Also, for other commercial models, the one site that I always check is Airline Hobby Supplies located at: http://www.airline-hobby.com/

 

Featured Airplane:

Boeing B737-300 (Southwest - Pigskin One)

 

Updates:

Boeing B747-300 (Ansett Australia - Olympics 2000) 

Boeing B737-300 (Southwest - Arizona)

Yakolev Yak-40 (Czechoslovakia Airlines)

Tupolev Tu-334 (Aeroflot)

Sukhoi S-37 'Berkut' (1:72nd)

To come in 2001 and beyond:

Tupolev Tu-104 (Aeroflot)

Tupolev Tu-154 (Aeroflot)

Boeing B-29 Super Fortress

Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker

Boeing B747SP   

Boeing B747-200 (E-4B)

Boeing E-737 (Turkey or Australian Air Force) 

The Old Continental Fleet:

     Boeing B707-320

     Boeing B727-200

     Boeing B737-200

     Boeing B747-200

     Douglas DC-9

Thanks for all support and feedback, enjoy the site.

 


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