I’ve long had a particular fascination with WWII aircraft. I think it started when I was 10 and read “Duel For the Sky” by Herbert Molloy Mason. By the time I was 11 I was building models of those planes. Like so many modelers, I drifted away from it after high school. But about 20 years ago, my girlfriend (now wife) gave me a Mustang kit (1/48 Hasegawa) for Valentine’s Day. She knew me well! I took one look at the plastic bits and thought, “this is going to get expensive!”
My interests have grown a lot over the years. Broadly speaking, I love military history. From Ancient Egypt through modern. I also love aircraft and aviation. World War Two holds a special place in my fascination still. As does aviation. So World War II aircraft is sort of the ground zero of my interests. I got back in to modeling I decided to focus my attention mostly on aircraft.
With only one exception to date I work exclusively in 1/48th scale. There are a few exceptions to a purely historic World War II theme. I like “Golden Age” aircraft, and will occasionally build subjects that are pre-war. Although in most cases I build types that did see war time use, I occasionally build examples in pre-war markings. I will also occasionally build “hypotheticals”; that is aircraft in bogus markings, or paper projects that never actually flew. I also have a small collection of vehicles/armor. Ever since Tamiya started doing such subjects in my scale, I’ve enjoyed the occasional change of pace.
I don’t consider myself a “serious” modeler. I like modern, well fitting kits and am intimidated by limited run kits. I’ll sometimes get daring and try something I know to be more difficult, but not often. I mostly love painting and weathering. If you’re more serious about modeling, well I hope you don’t laugh at my efforts. I try to be as accurate as I can, I’ll always try to find the right variant and right details for any subject, but I’m no rivet counter. I do this to have fun. Details are fun to me, but I don’t obsess.
My write-ups will focus on what I found interesting about the aircraft, history, or kit. And I’ll write for the casual observer with an eye towards history more than the modeling “pro”. I hope to catch the reader’s interest, and encourage readers to look deeper on any subject that catches their attention. These write-ups will all be brief; there is always so much more to be said, but my own style is brief and to the point.
My primary purpose in this site is just to have a visual record of my own work. If some of you have fun with me, and want to discuss any aspect of what I’m doing, that’s awesome. I really look forward to the discussion.
Some of you will already know me from Chuck This Blog. Obviously there’s not a whole lot of overlap between these two interests! But I welcome old and new friends alike, and hope everyone can have some fun with this. But I must admit I was never behind any of the design or technical aspects of that site. So this may look simple by comparison. Yeah, yeah, I’m a simple guy, what do you expect?
One thing I would like to add having settled into this site over a couple years now. I will definitely do more museums and events. The museums will usually be my “A Day At…” series, and by events I mean air shows and reenactments. Both are favorite things for me to do, and now with retirement coming fast I expect they will remain a big part of my time.
The other special series to continue will be book reviews. Obviously I’m no pro at these things, but I do read a lot. Any book I review will be something I found interesting or useful, I will not waste your or my time with one-star type things. I also am not likely to do specialized series like Osprey or Squadron books; I read plenty of these, but they are generally basic overviews and not worthy of the energy to review.
In all cases with these non-modeling themed posts the common thread will be military history. Even if I stray from just World War II on occasion. I do have other interests (!) but this site is for military history. The focus of my energy has always been about 2/3s World War II, this site will be more than that but not exclusive.