All About that Base

Bases have never really been my thing. In part, I think, because the focus of my modeling has typically leaned more toward aircraft, where bases are mostly an afterthought. But there are two other factors at play. One, I’ve never felt like I have a head for picturing and executing bases. Whenever I’ve tried, I’ve…

1/35 Takom Type 69-II – Part 1 – The Build Up

My taste in armor subjects has evolved substantially since I got back into the hobby – away from World War II and toward the tail end of the Cold War. Judging by the kits that have been arriving on the scene over the last few years, I’m not alone in that shift, either. Newcomers Meng,…

2014 – The Year in Review

2014 is just about in the books, and so it’s time for that annual tradition – the “Year in Review” post. Looking back at 2013, it’s striking how far I’ve come in a year. Life remains hectic, but in a far more settled manner. No layoff. No shattering of routines to make way for a…

1/35 Trumpeter T-80BV, Part 4

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | PART 4 In Part 3, I took the airbrush to the T-80BV for its distinctive camoflage. Now it’s time to cover off on markings, weathering, and final touches.

1/35 Hobby Boss T-26 Mod. 1933, Part 1

At the beginning of April, Large Scale Modeller kicked off its first armor-only group build, focused on the Eastern Front from Barbarossa to Kursk. After batting around the idea of another T-34, I decided I’d go in a different direction and build a Soviet light tank instead – the T-26. Hobby Boss – which, along…

1/35 Trumpeter T-80BV, Part 3

Welcome to the Main Event The T-80BV has been a slog of a build up to this point. Not a bad kit, by any means. Far from it, in fact. But still, the complexity and the high parts count make it rather…involving. Now, the building is (mostly) done, and it’s time for the fun. When…

1/35 Trumpeter T-80BV, Part 2

The T-80BV build continues. In Part 1, I tackled the tracks and running gear. This time around, it’s all about plowing through construction to get to the part I really enjoy – painting and weathering. If you want the TL;DR version – this kit is a slog. It has a ton of parts, many of…

1/35 Trumpeter T-80BV , Part 1

  Back in December, I pulled Tamiya’s Challenger 1 from the stash on a whim. Modern armor isn’t exactly my thing, but building the Chally has certainly piqued my interest to a certain degree. So I’ve decided to keep the modern thing going with Trumpeter’s new 1/35 T-80BV kit. And, because the kit only includes…

1/35 Tamiya Challenger 1, Part 3

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.┬áIn…

1/35 Tamiya Challenger 1, Part 2

I can count the number of bases I’ve built with one hand. Hell, with one finger. When I was a kit, I made a very poor water base for Monogram’s OS2U Kingfisher. It was my first and last foray into placing a build into its natural habitat. For 2014, I aim to change that, beginning…