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There was a time when I built nothing but aircraft, 20 years ago now. Here's some of my work from then. 

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Thunderbolt Razorback.jpg

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More of the aircraft. My Dad used to sell Pratt& Whitney radial engine parts, so these were on display at his shop. Nowadays, I do cars for the fun of it, but always dug doing the aircraft stuff.

A6M Zero floatplane.jpg

Focke Wulf 190.jpg

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Lockheed T-33.jpg

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Super nice plane builds! WWll planes are just down right sexy!

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You were a talented aircraft modeler. I'll bet you still are! These are very nice!

Like you, I used to consider myself mainly an airplane guy, but for about the last 10 years, I've mainly done cars. They're just more fun, and fewer "rivet counters" ragging on your work. B)

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I would like to build a plane someday.. a military plane.  What is a good kit for a newbie?

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Great job on those planes Spike, and thanks for sharing. I'm a car modeler, however as I've visited a lot of hobby shops over the years a lot of them have had planes hangin' from their ceilings. I already have two and just started a F4U-4 Corsair build.

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15 minutes ago, High octane said:

 just started a F4U-4 Corsair build.

Which kit? I'm a bit of an F4U-4 maven, if I do say so myself. B)

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8 minutes ago, Snake45 said:

Which kit? I'm a bit of an F4U-4 maven, if I do say so myself. B)

The Revell 1/48th scale F4U-4.

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4 hours ago, High octane said:

The Revell 1/48th scale F4U-4.

Ah! The old Monogram kit from about 1964. 

It has its accuracy and detail issues, so I wouldn't advice dropping a bunch of time and aftermarket $$$ on it. But that doesn't mean it can't be a FUN and enjoyable, nostalgia/retro build. I've done two of them, have another one ready to go into the paint shop, and will probably build another one or two somewhere along the line. Have FUN with it and post pics of it when you're finished! B)

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I would have to say that quite a few of the WWII aircraft I have done in the past were Monogram. The Monogram kits were, in fact, the older sixties re-issues, but they are good bang-for-the-buck, and, they take nicely to just a bit of detailing. Of course, I have done some of the import offerings, like Tamiya ( did I spell that right? ), but the inexpensive domestic kits work up very impressive. I had a handle on using my airbrush for the camoflage. Today, doing the hot rods, I just shot right from the rattle can.

I ended up with three glass display cases full of aircraft, maybe 60 different builds, from a little Stearman trainer to the Enola Gay B-29, all in 1/48 scale. Today, they are on display at North Valley Aviation Occupational School, where I also went to school to learn aircraft mechanics. Photo is 20 years ago....

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Nice!  Love them all but that F-80 Shooting Star is really nice!

I used to do aircraft as well but a mix of scales. From 1/32 to 1/48 to 1/72 to 1/100 to 1/144  to oddball scales.

Currently working on my first aircraft model (helicopter) in over a decade.

Thanks,

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That first Build. What a great "Beast".  That plane was never very loved. The short fuselage length kept it from being easy to fly.

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