Painting Tamiya’s 1/32 F4U-1 Corsair

With each new build, I try to push myself outside of my comfort zone (RELATED: Where the Magic Happens) in at least one area. Test a technique. Try a new paint. Experiment a little. But every so often, a build comes along that’s more than that. That kicks me into an entirely new level of…

1/32 Trumpeter Me 262A-2a, Part IV

Part I | Part II| Part III | PART IV 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! Picking Up In Part III, I walked through my technique for masking and painting…

1/32 Trumpeter Me 262A-2a, Part III

Part I | Part II| PART III At last, we come to the reason I cracked this kit open in the first place. When I first stumbled upon Me 262A-2a Wk.Nr. 111712, I was intrigued by the unfinished appearance of bare metal covered in a latticework of putty. I’d seen this on other late-war Luftwaffe…

1/32 Trumpeter Me 262A-2a, Part II

Part I | Part II| Part III It’s been some time since this blog has visited the long in-progress Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a. In Part I, I walked through some early test-fitting and the build-up of the cockpit. Part II is usually all about the construction, but honestly, the 262 built rather fast and uneventfully. So…

Poland on Ice

I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to…well you get the idea. My first go at a modern jet, a Polish F-16D built from Academy’s 1/32 F-16I Sufa, has felt cursed from the start, when the Eduard PE turned out to be such a bust. From that point, the only luck I’ve had with…

1/32 Trumpeter Me 262A-2a, Part I

Part I | Part II| Part III When the Academy F-16 build began running into roadblock after roadblock, I started searching about for something else to share the bench. And damn did I ever vacillate. Until I somehow stumbled upon this profile of a Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a: It seems this particular specimen was left abandoned…

1/32 Polish F-16D Block 52+, Part II

Part I | Part II| Part III This Kit is Cursed You know those kits where nothing seems to go right? Not because it’s a bad kit, not because it’s fighting you in any specific way, just…because. That’s where I’m at with this F-16. There’s nothing wrong with the plastic per se. Some of the…

1/32 Polish F-16D Block 52+, Part I

Part I | Part II| Part III I haven’t built a modern jet since I was a kid. Well, not counting the mini-MiGs, which I don’t. What happens in 1/144, stays in 1/144. Since coming back to modeling, I’ve been largely focused on World War II, with some deviations into the Great War. I haven’t…

1/32 Ki-84 Hayate, Part III – Weathering

Part I | Part II| Part III In Part I, the Frank got built up. In Part II, it got painted. Now, it’s time to move into weathering and wrap-up. Salt Weathering I knew way back when I cracked the box that I wanted to subject this build to salt weathering. This is a process…

1/32 Ki-84 Hayate, Part II – Paint

Part I | Part II| Part III | Part IV In Part I, the Frank got built up. Now, it’s time for paint. Brain Teaser From a process perspective, the Ki-84’s scheme is a rather complex one. You have the yellow leading and trailing edges on the wings. The fat red hinomarus surrounded by the…