1/35 Tamiya Challenger 1, Part 1

The last few months have been tough ones. After finishing off the Hasegawa Ki-84 toward the end of October, I hit a rocky patch marked by an ultimately losing battle with Academy’s 1/32 F-16I Sufa kit. The Trumpeter Me 262 lives on, but I’m currently stuck waiting for some materials before I can move it…

On the Bench: Dragon 1/35 Pz.Kpfw.VI Tiger I Ausf.E

Once upon a time, I built armor on a regular basis, often side-by-side with an aircraft build as a way of switching things up. In the nine months or so this went on, I managed to knock out a Tamiya M4 Sherman, AFV Club Achilles IIc, Dragon Panzer IV Ausf.G and a Cyber-Hobby Panzer III…

Choosing a Big Cat

With the end of the Panda Pz.38(t) build in sight, I’m cautiously lifting my eyes to the next build(s). While I waffle on aircraft (I’m leaning toward a MiG-3 and an He 162A-2), I have to say, the Pz.38 has re-ignited my long-dormant interest in armor. I’d been planning to follow up the 38 with…

On the Bench: 1/35 AH-1W Supercobra

I’ve had some weird modeling urges of late. Jets. Ships. Helicopters. Well, when I scored a backup 1/35 MRC/Academy AH-1W at ModelFiesta for a paltry $15, I decided, what the hell, it’s time to put one of these to the test. To be honest, I have little-to-no idea what I’m doing. The extent of my…

At Long Last, Some Armor Back Up in Here!

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I’ve touched an armor kit. I think it’s about time I remedy that and polish off one of my long-languishing builds. But which one? The Tasca M4A3(76)W Up-gunned Sherman… …or the Trumpeter KV-2?

2011 Year-End Retrospective

If I had to sum up 2011 in a single word, I’d probably go with “grinding”. This has been a year. Two job switches. A layoff and a month and a half of unemployment. Building a house. A move (which we’re still recovering from!). A November of aggravating ailments and injuries. The hottest summer ever…

Dragon T-34/85 Build Report 1: Construction

I’ve already written about the T-34 and my initial impressions of the Dragon kit, so I figure I may as well jump straight to the meat of things. This kit is extremely…decent One thing about building a stupid amount of armor back-to-back-to-back – it definitely gives you a better sense of the differences between kits….

Four Down

Finished up main construction on Dragon’s T-34/85 tonight: That makes tank number four of my tank binge. Number three – the Cyber-Hobby M4A4: Number two – Trumpeter’s KV-2: And number one – the Tasca M4A3(76)W Sherman: Stay tuned for a full write-up of the Dragon T-34, as well as the next tank in line.

Let’s Finish Out Tank Time!

With the bench increasingly packed away, I’ve been spending my modeling time building tank after tank to the painting stage, then moving on to the next. So far I’ve tackled Tasca’s M4A3(76)W Sherman, Trumpeter’s KV-2, Cyber-Hobby’s M4A4 75mm Sherman, and now I’m working on Dragon’s T-34/85. But I still have a few weeks before the…