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Why do you build what you build
Posted by Peaches on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 12:19 AM

This is going to sound like a weird question, but why do you build the models that you do.  For me, I try to build the models that I put gas on, which is why a lot of my on deck's are heavies as I was stationed at a heavy base and that's what we normally put gas on, outside of the transient aircraft that came on base.  Is it looks, difficulty or what not.  

 

Edit:If any of y'all come across a KC-10 kit (think Revell made it) let me know....

WIP:
Academy F-15 (1/72)

On Deck 

MH-60G 1:48 (Minicraft)

C-17 1/144

KC-135R 1/144

Academy F-18(1/72)

Ting Ting Ting, WTF is that....

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Posted by steve5 on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 12:29 AM

I have alway's loved the sea , unlike most of the people on that forum I wasn't in the navy , only ever did a bit of sailing , I love learning the histiory , and I really like the fact  , kit's like the victory , soleil , constitution , take about a year [ for me ] to do .

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Posted by modelmaker66 on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 12:44 AM

I build what appeals to my eye and what would be both challenging to a to paint and finish and rewarding when completed. Kind of like people with cars, it's all in the lines. I build mostly air and armor for the challenge of weathering well and the accuracy of a used item. No ships and rarely autos, they look too clean. Great question though! Thanks.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 8:41 AM

I build a particular genre for any of several reasons.  I started with planes- they were the most widely kits available when I was young, and during the war years (WW2) the fighter aces were the big heros tracked in the newspapers.  I built ships because I was an avid reader of the Hornblower novels.  I built cars because my dad was a race driver.

Other genres I picked up for various reasons.  I may have read a history book or novel about a different branch of service.  Or, I may have been at a contest and saw a model that was terrific but not of a genre that I don't usually build.  That model led me to try on.  Some clubs I belong to have challenge contests to get folks to try a new genre and I am a sucker for those :-)

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 12:38 PM

Peaches

This is going to sound like a weird question, but why do you build the models that you do.  For me, I try to build the models that I put gas on, which is why a lot of my on deck's are heavies as I was stationed at a heavy base and that's what we normally put gas on, outside of the transient aircraft that came on base.  Is it looks, difficulty or what not.  

 

Edit:If any of y'all come across a KC-10 kit (think Revell made it) let me know....

 

My "speciality" since 2006 has been Regia Aeronautica Italia (RAI) simply because I'd decided to build one or more of as many if not all available 1/72 scale injected plastic & resin model airplane kits this air force operationally employed between 1935 and 1943, including not operationally accepted aircraft & prototypes. By 2020 I probably will have built "all" of them after that will consider other national subjects.

Why I like RAI modeling subjects above all others is singularly because of the Profile Publications The Macchi C.202 No. 28 1964 booklet cover art, consider it the most inspirational aircraft art piece - for me. I'd purchased a copy of No.28  around the time I'd build my first Air Lines (FROG) C.202 kit; the FROG kit remains my "go-to mental candy" whenever I pine to build a "one day wonder".

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 12:45 PM

As a kid, I built the kits that were available to me in the 60s & 70s; cars, planes, spaceships, tanks, dinosaurs, superhero and monster figures and an occasional ship. Model subjects were varied because that's what the local stores carried.

But building tank models was more interesting to me. It got me interested in tanks. That facination with tanks probably effected my decision to become a tanker.

So, I started building US Army tanks and military vehicles, leaning heavily towards vehicles I had trained on and crewed myself or Soviet tanks that were our adversary. One of my HMMWVs was actually the subject of a Revell of Germany kit that I used for umpire duties during REFORGER 1990.

Also as a kid, my favorite TV show was Star Trek and the original Star Wars movie (aka A New Hope). Building kits of those spacecraft were a lot of fun and is still one of my favorite subjects to model. The quality of these kits have improved significantly from the original Star Trek AMT kits and MPC Star Wars kits.

I will still build the occasional ship, car or plane, but tanks and sci-fi are my main interests.

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Posted by patrick206 on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 1:47 PM

Pretty much anything with wings or rotor blades. Built one ship, Revell Lionfish sub for a friend who served on one. Really like bi planes, the rigging is a challenge I enjoy. That takes care of summer building.

For winter projects I build scale balsa free flight. Prefer old school 1920's thru '50's, mostly from plans available, kits long out of production. My local hobby shop has a great selection of premium balsa and hardwoods in stock.

I'm scouting the wooden boat kits, maybe this next winter I'll take on a kit of the classic Blue Nose. Really want to learn lap strake technique, that looks so elegant to me.

Patrick

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 3:28 PM

Hmmmmmmmm...... "Why" I build what I build. Never really thought much about it. I love to build aircraft (my primary plastic love) because my mom & dad were in the USAF, and I've been hooked on planes ever since I can remember because of them. But, since being a Marine, I try to build USMC aircraft as much as I can. And, that's mostly in the 1/48th & 1/32nd scales, as my eyesight ain't what it used to be, and I seem to shake quite a bit when trying to do small detail work. I also occasionally build cars, tanks, ships, helicopters, motorcycles, and military vehicles to round it all out. Never was a fan of figures, as I can't paint faces worth a darn (how would you even begin to mask them off? Whistling ), but all the more power to those who can. That's a great skill that I wish I had. 

Gary

 

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: 1/48th Academy Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion; 1/48th Hasegawa A-7 Corsair II; 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet; 1/48th Eduard Fokker Dr. 1 Triplane; 1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings; 1/48th Monogram Douglas TBD-1 Devastator; 1/48th Monogram Pro-Modeler A-26B Invader

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

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Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 11:34 PM

My mom used to tell me that she read books to me while she was pregnant with me. I've had a life long fascination with aviation as a result. Caveat - by aviation I mean warbirds; anything else is just a bus with wings, and not very interesting to me.

I built all of the Monogram kits and many of the Revell kits in the late 60s through mid 70s because that was what was available in stores like Bottom Dollar, Target, Sears, Montgomery Wards, and various grocery stores. I might have built a ship or two during those years. I also built many of the Aurora monster/dinosaur kits because, like warbirds, I have always had an interest in dinosaurs and monster movies.

Then along came Star Wars, and I largely switched away from aircraft to sci-fi starships. I remember building all the MPC kits from the first two Star Wars movies, plus all the kits released from Battlestar Galactica, Alien (just the MPC creature figure), Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century, The Black Hole, and Star Trek the Motion Picture. I even developed an interest in installing lighting into these models.

By the time Return of the Jedi came out, I was half way through high school and had been losing interest in modeling. I was more interested in girls and sports and making movies with my 8mm movie camera. Then came college and my earliest jobs. In those years I was aware of this desire to build something. I even remember a recurring dream of being in a store like a Sam's or CostCo (this was before either of those existed, at least in SE Texas), and coming across a row with shelves fully stocked with airplane kits. Those on the bottom shelf were always big ones, kits that would have been larger than 1/24 and were of huge subjects. Weird dream that I had a number of times. Always ended up waking up before I brought anything home. But I guess that was planting a seed in me, and one day in 1995 I came home from a KMart with a bunch of kits. They were all WWII aviation plus one helicopter, an Apache I think. I had returned to my first love.

In the years since then I have tried to build occasionally outside my primary interest. The USS Lexington I built barely counts toward this since it is loaded with a bunch of Wildcats, Devastators and Dauntlesses. I also have a USS Texas to build some day. I built a couple of Monogram car kits, a couple of Tamiya tanks, The Avengers, an Alien, a Creature From the Black Lagoon, etc that have kept me interested and given me some variation from the masking for canopies, assembling bombs, and a few other monotonous requirements of building WWII aircraft.

In short, I build what I love.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 7:23 AM

I build what I build because as my wife says I'm still a kid at heart.  I am constantly looking for the kits i built as a kid for nostalgic reasons I guess . Since i grew up in a rough neighborhood I usualy sequesterd myself in the house and built models to stay out of trouble and found solace in the projects I would do.  An xacto knife-cut finger was a lot better to take than a broken nose or a black eye.

I build mostly WWII and only USA and anything Marines because I'm right proud of my country and thank the good Lord for having born me here.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 9:24 AM

patrick206

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For winter projects I build scale balsa free flight. Prefer old school 1920's thru '50's, mostly from plans available, kits long out of production. My local hobby shop has a great selection of premium balsa and hardwoods in stock.

....

Patrick

 

Check out Penn Valley Hobbies- they have some of the old kits, and companies reproducing kits from some of the old time companies.

Also, sure is a downer to have lost Flying Models magazine, that catered to the non-RC folks like us.  I remember getting that mag back in the fifties, and sure miss it after it went belly-up a couple of years ago.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 9:24 AM

As with most, i build what i am interested in. I have long had a fascination with all things WW2 German. So that shows in most of the kits i build. Beyond that, as a proud Norfolk man i build aircraft based there as well as building modern armour from the finest army on earth and as a Starwars fan of course plenty of those.

And then its what ever subject takes my fancy.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Ju 87G-2

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Posted by Brian Miller on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 10:12 AM

I love ww2 history and I love ships. I don't have much room in my house, so thats the reason I build 1/700 ships. I did my senior project on the history of ships. 

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Posted by armor 2.0 on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 10:22 AM

I build what my billfold allows me to build which isn't much.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 12:34 PM

My interests in subject matter have recently evolved. I was a sucker for anything Luftwaffe but in recent weeks I've started building armor. I find the armor kits can go together more easily and with fewer subassemblies. However, if I really want to become enveloped in a longterm project, I would probably be inclined to build something aircraft related. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: Dragon 1/35 Panther F

On deck: 1/48 Hobby Boss Me 262

In the hole: Probably something in 1/35 scale!

 

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Posted by roony on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 12:35 PM

If it was left to my personal favourites, it would be only aircraft.  I therefore force myself to build ships and land vehicles just to try the other genres.  Force might be a bit too strong of a word.

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Posted by armornut on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 1:30 PM

There's probably something Froydion in my main intrest, SP's,SPAAG's, Artillery, I like the looks of mid range indirect fire semi precision fire power, WWII to the wierd Russian and South African wheeled jobs. I also enjoy support vehicles mostly US modern HEMMT, M1090 etc. I also have an affection for aircraft, the usual WWII AXIS and ALLIED fighters, then the go fasts of the Viet Nam era to present, single seaters mostly with the exception of the EA-6B Prowler, EA-18 Growler. I was in the Navy and do have surface and subs in my collection. Now you know what I build but to ttruly answer your question.....I think these things are cool.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 3:36 PM
I build what interest me in aircraft, armor, ships, cars and Sci-Fi. Mostly I like the lines of the different subjects but sometimes it’s due to its historical significates. I stick mostly with WW2 but not limited to it. I’ll build any genre, any era. It doesn’t matter to me.
Lately I have to be selective due to space.

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Revell P-40B
1/25 Monogram 57 Chevy Bel Air

In Que

1/700 Trumpeter Slava class Russian missile cruiser
1/48 Italeri Hurricane Mk.1 Trop (waiting for new parts from Italy)

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Posted by patrick206 on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 5:15 PM

Don Stauffer

Thanks, Don -

I have used Penn before, nice folks. Also Dare hobbies, Bob Holman and Cleveland. By lightening the old designs, but still strong, I have had some really good flyers. I feel 60 years younger when out in the field launching these old timers, neighbor kids, (some Dad's too,) swarm out to see when I get them airborne.

More than one dog has beaten me to recovery site when landed. That's worse than a hard crash. How's the Badger 200-20 working out for you?

Patrick

 

 
patrick206

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For winter projects I build scale balsa free flight. Prefer old school 1920's thru '50's, mostly from plans available, kits long out of production. My local hobby shop has a great selection of premium balsa and hardwoods in stock.

....

Patrick

 

 

 

Check out Penn Valley Hobbies- they have some of the old kits, and companies reproducing kits from some of the old time companies.

Also, sure is a downer to have lost Flying Models magazine, that catered to the non-RC folks like us.  I remember getting that mag back in the fifties, and sure miss it after it went belly-up a couple of years ago.

 

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Posted by tonka on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 6:20 PM

I alwyas build what I'm in the mood for at the time. i tend to favor USMC figures, vehicles and aircrat given my career in Marines.

But i also like to build old models I built as a kid in 60s.

and I build for others occassionaly , theri ship they served on, car they owned etc.

 

My 'stash' inlcudes figures of all scales, armor, aircraft from WW1 to present, cars, trucks, ships, and space craft.

I do tend to model mostly US and not foriegn vehicles, armor and aircraft.

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Posted by Doc Ward on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 8:01 PM
If you ask my family, I have had a fascination with WWII aircraft for longer than I can actually remember. This may sound odd, but if there is such a thing as reincarnation, I think I may have been a pilot. There are other reasons I make that statement, but it makes me sound odd enough, so I will stop there. So, my favorite subject is WWII aircraft, and I like the 1:48 scale because of the size. Big enough for me to work on successfully, small enough to fit on my shelves. I also do a lot of cars and 4WD trucks. That is a result of growing up in a family and among a group of gear heads. If it is a car or truck I would like to own when I see a kit, I buy it if I can.

Gotta say, doctor, your talent for alienatin' folk is near miraculous.

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Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 8:02 PM

As far as cars go.... I tend to build what I wanted in real life. But could never afford. Or what I thought was cool (funnycars) or cars that went real fast but I was afraid to drive myself (funnycars again ) or even my own versions of "what if's " ( cars that didnt exist but should )

As for ships I have always been amazed by the complex rigging on sailing ships. And any WWII warships... well..... I feel like I'm building history whenever I start one.

Planes also fall into the history catagory for me. I'm building somthing that had a historical impact on the world .

Armor. I havent built a lot of tanks ( I think about 6 or 7 ) but also history in miniature

Trains are probably my favorites. You can build your own "EMPIRE" with model trains. Plus you can play with them ! And a well built steam locomotive is facinating to watch.  All those moving parts working together in sync. It's like watching a clock!

Rockets: I have built a few of these too. The only problem here is if you dont build it right   it dont fly straight.... or explodes !!!  ( The explode part never really bothered me....YAY COOL....SHRAPNAL.... Ouch!... ) Or gets caught in a tree.  Forever out of reach.... and only visable in late autumn/ winter.

 

EDIT:  I have an extreme fasination with WWII German subs. They are elegant looking and deadly at the same time.I have no idea why I like them. You would "NEVER" get me in one....just shoot me on the dock and go on with your buisness.

                      Dont worry about the thumbprint... paint it rust and call it "Battle damage" !

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 9:15 PM

Because I want to...

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Posted by Hunter on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 10:11 PM

Being new I guess anything to help improve my skills. But if I had to pinpoint it to one genre it would be anything WWII. I really want to get to the point to where all my builds are in a dio setting.

Hunter

 

On The Bench: 

1:48th Tamiya Japanese A6M5c Zero (Japanese GB VI)

 

In Que:

Half-Track GB Build

Battle of Coral Sea GB Build

Battle of Midway GB Build

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, September 07, 2017 2:01 AM

Hunter

Being new I guess anything to help improve my skills. But if I had to pinpoint it to one genre it would be anything WWII. I really want to get to the point to where all my builds are in a dio setting.

 

Seems to be quite a few guys wanting to get into Diorama's, it will be nice seeing more of those around. Even just putting a model on a simplke base is a big improvment.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Ju 87G-2

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, September 07, 2017 8:56 AM

Hi ;

 Well , as deduced by my handle , you can see I specialize in tank ships of all types .From a Guinness Tanker , Yup ! Beer , all the way to an LNG carrier .And everything  in between that floats.

  I was raised in a family of Fishing boat owner/operators and train Engineers . Always loved both . I build and then give away my creations . Why ? Well , I get the pleasure of designing and building them and the one who recieves it gets the pleasure of having a model on their shelves you won't find anywhere else .

 I also do unusual civilian small ships and boats . Salvage and Research types . I still build warships occassionaly . they don't hold my interest as well as they used to . Unless , now bear this in mind , They are historic in nature , Not sailing ships though .

 I have many ironclads built up from salvaged glue bomb clippers and warships . This is where , to me , the fun is . Enjoy what you will , it's a hobby , Right ? Tanker-Builder

 

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Posted by ugamodels on Thursday, September 07, 2017 9:50 AM

Devil Dawg

Never was a fan of figures, as I can't paint faces worth a darn (how would you even begin to mask them off? Whistling ), but all the more power to those who can. That's a great skill that I wish I had. 

Gary

 

"Excuse me sir, do you know how to get to Carnegie Hall? "

"Practice,  practice,  practice "

There is a very good book from a Spanish modeler on figure painting that I don't have the title of at hand. 

 

I type on a tablet. Please excuse the terseness and the autocorrect. Not to mention the erors. 

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Posted by Hunter on Thursday, September 07, 2017 3:52 PM

Bish

 

 
Hunter

Being new I guess anything to help improve my skills. But if I had to pinpoint it to one genre it would be anything WWII. I really want to get to the point to where all my builds are in a dio setting.

 

 

 

Seems to be quite a few guys wanting to get into Diorama's, it will be nice seeing more of those around. Even just putting a model on a simplke base is a big improvment.

 

Very true Bish,

I like the idea of having your model tell a story. With a dio setting you can pretty much do that. Every time I look at your dio's I see the story....for example, your last dio told the story of a battle worn tank crew taking a moment to enjoy some of the simplier things in life. Even if it's just for a moment....they were feeling normal for the time. That's why I will be doing nothing but dio's in the near future.

Hunter

 

On The Bench: 

1:48th Tamiya Japanese A6M5c Zero (Japanese GB VI)

 

In Que:

Half-Track GB Build

Battle of Coral Sea GB Build

Battle of Midway GB Build

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:27 PM

Hunter

 

 
Bish

 

 
Hunter

Being new I guess anything to help improve my skills. But if I had to pinpoint it to one genre it would be anything WWII. I really want to get to the point to where all my builds are in a dio setting.

 

 

 

Seems to be quite a few guys wanting to get into Diorama's, it will be nice seeing more of those around. Even just putting a model on a simplke base is a big improvment.

 

 

 

Very true Bish,

 

I like to idea of having your model tell a story. With a dio setting you can pretty much do that. Every time I look at your dio's I see the story....for example, your last dio told the story of a battle worn tank crew taking a moment to enjoy some of the simpliest things in life. Even if it's just for a moment....they were feeling normal for the time. That's why I will be doing nothing but dio's in the near future.

 

I love doing and enjoy the look of dios, especially the story you are trying to convey. The only real problem for me is space. A plane by itself can sit nicely next to another. I've started to hang my dios on the wall like 3D pictures just so I can do them.

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Revell P-40B
1/25 Monogram 57 Chevy Bel Air

In Que

1/700 Trumpeter Slava class Russian missile cruiser
1/48 Italeri Hurricane Mk.1 Trop (waiting for new parts from Italy)

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Posted by Hunter on Thursday, September 07, 2017 6:16 PM

modelcrazy

 

 
Hunter

 

 
Bish

 

 
Hunter

Being new I guess anything to help improve my skills. But if I had to pinpoint it to one genre it would be anything WWII. I really want to get to the point to where all my builds are in a dio setting.

 

 

 

Seems to be quite a few guys wanting to get into Diorama's, it will be nice seeing more of those around. Even just putting a model on a simplke base is a big improvment.

 

 

 

Very true Bish,

 

I like to idea of having your model tell a story. With a dio setting you can pretty much do that. Every time I look at your dio's I see the story....for example, your last dio told the story of a battle worn tank crew taking a moment to enjoy some of the simpliest things in life. Even if it's just for a moment....they were feeling normal for the time. That's why I will be doing nothing but dio's in the near future.

 

 

 

I love doing and enjoy the look of dios, especially the story you are trying to convey. The only real problem for me is space. A plane by itself can sit nicely next to another. I've started to hang my dios on the wall like 3D pictures just so I can do them.

 

Steve,

Your dio's tell an amazing story. Your water dio's are outstanding!!

Hunter

 

On The Bench: 

1:48th Tamiya Japanese A6M5c Zero (Japanese GB VI)

 

In Que:

Half-Track GB Build

Battle of Coral Sea GB Build

Battle of Midway GB Build

 

 

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