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

Part I | Part II| Part III | Part IV Welcome to Part IV of the MiG-21F-13 build. At the end of Part III, the Fishbed was painted, chipped, and had just had the markings masked and sprayed.   Now, it’s time to continue the journey with some weathering. Wash & Strut Handling the MiG-21…

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

Part I | Part II| Part III At last! Welcome to this build’s big moment of truth. Making this: Look something like this: Or…similar. While I was tempted to go for 100% fidelity…the “AMS” side of the Force…I have found that stressing so much about complete accuracy doesn’t really do anything except suck the fun…

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…