- 1/32 Hasegawa Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate
- 1/32 Revell Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6
- 1/32 ProModeller Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4/R6
- Panda’s Pz.38, Great Wall’s MiG-29, Eduard’s hot new Spitfire and more in the Reviews section
On the Bench
- 1/32 Academy F-16D Block 52+ – Polish Air Force
Part I | Part II| Part III
With the cockpit sorted, it’s time to move on to the build portion of the build.
Overall, Trumpeter’s kit is straight-forward and hiccup-free. Still, there are a few areas to watch out for, and it’s probably a good idea to have a sanding stick or five on hand.
Salting the Shock Cone
Before construction can really begin, there are a few central bits that have to be sorted out. Namely the cockpit, engine, gear bays and the MiG-21′s distinctive shock cone. This cone can move forward and back, essentially regulating airflow into the jet engine. The MiG-21F-13 has a noticeably smaller shock cone than later Fishbeds such as the MiG-21MF and MiG-21bis, in large part because later variants placed the radar behind the cone.
For this particular build, the shock cone required some serious weathering.
Here’s how I tackled it. Read more…
The Challenger continues!
In Part 1, the Challenger itself got built and received it’s initial paintjob.
In Part 2, I shifted direction to work on the display base.
This Part 3 has been a long time coming, as the Challenger got sidelined for a time so I could focus on finishing off the Me 262A-2a. In this build post, it’s all about the weathering, and making a second attempt at a display base. Read on! Read more…
Part I | Part II| PART III
It’s amazing how our tastes and interests change over time, isn’t it?
When I was a kid, the vast majority of the models I built were jets. Mostly 1/72 scale. It was only relatively late in the game – into junior high and high school, that I really started getting interested in World War II subjects. And even then, I kept building jets right up until I wandered away from the hobby. In fact, I’m pretty sure this 1/48 A-7E Corsair II was the last kit I completed in my first modeling “career”.
When I came back to modeling in 2010, I found I had no desire to build modern jets. None. Zero. Instead I found myself drawn to World War II and then Great War aircraft. Modern stuff, I figured, was all boring, naptime gray, and didn’t have the same historical import as subjects from the two most important conflicts of the 20th century.
Then, somewhere along the way, I began to get some small urges. I think Eduard’s MiG-21 line might have had something to do with it, or the glimpses of some stellar builds on various contest tables. I snagged a handful of modern 1/48 jets…but never touched them.
Last year, things came to a head. I decided that, damnit, I was going to build a jet. And more than that, I was going to build it in 1/32 scale. I even started accumulating a stash of 1/32 jets. Then I started working on Academy’s F-16I Sufa kit, and it was a slog from the start. Nothing went right, and I daresay it stole so much of my momentum that it kept me from at least one and maybe two more completions in 2013. After fighting it for something like two months, I finally said enough, and put it away in such disgust that I decided to abandon 1/32 jets and sell off my small stash of them.
Instead, I opted for 1/48 as my scale of choice for jets. Started snagging some kits with the proceeds gained from selling off the 1/32 stash, even.
Between family and work commitments, I can really only realistically make it to two shows per year – the Austin SMS show in October and San Antonio’s ModelFiesta, which went down yesterday.
If I’m honest, this year’s show was slightly disappointing.
On the contest side of things, the categories continued to be entirely unpredictable. Last year, 1/32 was packed with jets, props, and several Wingnut Wings WWI-era jobs. To the extent that several outstanding builds were completely shut out.
This year? There were something like nine entries? And half of them were mine.
1/48 scale fared really well this year, though, with lots of strong entries across both props and jets. And armor continued to be arguably the most represented category. There were cars and ships and sci-fi things, too, but those just don’t capture my interest.
Here’s a selection of the entries:
Ultimately, I came away with five awards.
In 1/32 , I also had a bit of fun with my poor French P-47. The drive to San Antonio managed to knock the cowl loose, leading to some quick field repair.
In 1/48 props, I got totally lucky. The field was split three ways, between Axis, British, and Other. I’d grabbed my P-51D Mustang on a whim, and it ended up taking 3rd in the Other category. Not too shabby considering the competition.
In armor, my 1/16 Pz.38(t) took 2nd in the split category of “Axis Light Tanks”. I’m just happy – it beat the other 1/16 Pz.38(t)!
On the vendor side of things, the tables were frustratingly light this year – particularly in terms of aftermarket. I miss Victory Models, with their routinely amazing selection of high quality decals and aftermarket. They weren’t at Austin, either, so perhaps they’ve pulled out altogether from the show thing.
Despite the weak showing, though, I still managed to find some excellent deals on 1/48 jets.
Overall, maybe not as overwhelming as it’s been in years past, but still a fun show with some very solid entries. I’m sure next year will see some of this year’s empty categories completely flip-flop, too, so there’ll probably be a good two dozen entries in 1/32…
It’s time to wrap this puppy up! The 262 has been a long time building, and finally, in Part IV, it all comes to completion. Strap in – here we go!
In Part III, I walked through my technique for masking and painting the putty lines on the Me 262. The result exceeded my expectations:
Part IV promises to be a longer post, bringing the build to a conclusion, or very near to it. Buckle up, and let’s dive in.
I dropped out of modeling around 1995, just as the internet was starting to become a thing. So when I came back in 2010, I was blown away by the sheer amount of scale modeling stuff that was out there on everyone’s favorite series of tubes.
My other interests – photography and music, cars and books and movies – had all moved online in increments, but for me, modeling was removed from that evolution. Seeing how well it acclimated to the internet, and how much I gained from all the various tips shared, is a big part of why I started this blog in the first place. To do my bit.
Lately, something similar’s been happening with Facebook. There are hundreds – probably thousands – of excellent modeling pages worth following, but finding them in the first place can be a bit hit or miss. So I figured I’d put the question to those of you who follow Doogs’ Models – what other modeling pages do you follow on Facebook?
Combined with some suggestions of my own, the following is a list of scale modeling pages worth your time. Of course, it’s almost certain that I’ve missed a ton of great pages, so leave a comment here or on the Facebook page if I’ve overlooked something. Read more…
The Combat Workshop‘s ”Sprue Cutters Union” is akin to a group build, only with blog posts instead of builds.
This week’s topic:
Show us your photo studio
A few months ago, I wrote a post about the evolution of my photo studio, so it seems a bit silly to rehash the same ground.
Instead, I think I’ll use this space to give an overview of what I use now, how I use it, and why.
Let’s start with the all-important capture devices. Read more…