1/48 Trumpeter MiG-21F-13, Part II

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….

1/48 Trumpeter MiG-21F-13, Part I

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…

No Quarter

I’m burned out on 1/48 scale. It’s strange. 1/48 is predominantly what I built as a kid. Of the thirty-two kits I’ve built since returning to the hobby around three years ago, seventeen of them – 53%. But I’m tapped out on quarter scale. It hit me as I was wrapping up assembly on Eduard’s…

1/48 Hobby Boss Me 262A-1a/U4 Part IV – Finish Out

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV With the main scheme laid down, I moved on to gloss “Wilma Jeanne” ahead of decal work and immediately ran into problems. I’ve never been able to find a clear gloss that I without reservation love. And yes, I’ve tried almost all of them….

On the Bench: Eduard 1/48 MiG-21MF Dual Build

When I ordered Eduard’s MiG-21MF “Bunny Fighter” last fall, I remember wondering (and probably snarking about it somewhere) who in their right mind would build the garish “Bunny Fighter” scheme. As it turns out…me. My Bunny Fighter happened to arrive as I was outside with the kids, and when my son saw the box art,…

1/48 Hobby Boss Me 262A-1a/U4 Part III – Paint

Part I | Part II | PART III | Part IV The 262’s turn at the airbrush came at a frustrating time for me. On the one hand, I’ve been increasingly falling in love with Gunze paints and their excellent spraying characteristics. On the other hand, issues with paint peeling have massively undermined my trust…

1/48 Hobby Boss Me 262A-1a/U4 Part II – Construction

Part I | PART II | Part III | Part IV Sometimes kits just fall together. I normally associate them with Tamiya, Wingnut Wings and a few other select manufacturers. Trumpeter – and by extension Hobby Boss – have never really fit into that hallowed league, at least in my experience. The two early Wildcats…

Review – Zvezda 1/48 Yakovlev Yak-3

A few years ago, Russian kitmaker Zvezda released a 1/48 Lavochkin La-5FN (soon followed by the earlier La-5), sparking a complete re-evaluation of their reputation and kicking off what’s become a more-or-less steady trickle of new-tool VVS subjects. Considering the dire state of the Soviet VVS in 1/48 scale, even this trickle is a blessing…

1/48 Hobby Boss Me 262A-1a/U4 Part I – Cockpit

PART I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Before diving into the cockpit, I decided to kick off the 262 by cutting off the barrel of the kit’s 50mm cannon and make sure the Master replacement fit. It did! And it’s such a massive leap over the kit parts – more on…

On the Bench: Eduard 1/48 Fw 190F-8

I’ve been jumping all over the place regarding which Fw 190 I wanted to build for the Fw 190 Group Build being hosted over on Finescale. Literally, all over the place, from 1/48 to 1/32, from Tamiya to Hobby Boss to Hasegawa to Eduard, from an A-5 to an A-7 to an A-8/R2, F-8 and…