My friend Mike gave me a Monogram 1:48 AT-6 Texan scale model for my birthday. I loved building this kit. It has a detailed interior and wonderful figures. I painted and decaled it to be an Army trainer. 17,000 Texans were built with many used as trainers before pilots went overseas to fight.

Below are pics of my finished Texan. Unfortunately, she is posed at "I Love Lucy" Airport i.e., on a cutting board in my kitchen in front of my wife's "I Love Lucy" collectibles.

I decided this just wasn't gonna do. I am a 3D artist so I asked myself, "Why not build a 3D airfield?" so I began planning what would become "Whitney Field," a classic 1940's rural Texas Army airfield.

With Photoshop, I posed the Texan at Whitney Field in a few shots below. She looks pretty good, much better than she did with Lucy and Ethel. As you can see, my work on the airfield really "took off" and I even built a unique flight museum. Please visit. The admission is free. This concept lets me put my original 3D models from all ages of flight into one virtual environment. I can also direct people to an art gallery to see other 3D work.

Enjoy your visit to Whitney Field and please drop by the tower to say hello.

"A Texan builds a Texan" wins at Squadron's 2010 Eagle Quest