Decals Matter, Yo

For October’s Sprue Cutters Union, The Combat Workshop asks: Whether it’s a part of the assembly process, a finishing technique, or a particular tool, what do you think are the essential aspects you cannot afford to cut corners on during a build? Holy shit! I could go on and on about various imperatives and areas…

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…

On the Bench: 1/32 HK Models B-25J Mitchell

The North American B-25 Mitchell The North American B-25 Mitchell was a hard-ridden workhorse of World War II that gained instant fame in early 1942 as the plane that carried out the daring Doolittle Raid over Tokyo. I won’t bother recounting the versatile bomber’s history here – suffice to say it served in a variety…

On the Bench: 1/350 BB-56 USS Washington

The USS Washington – BB-56 Guadalcanal is usually associated with Marines and bonzai charges, but it was the Navy that bore the brunt of the casualties in the waters off the island. And it didn’t go especially well. Thanks to Marine control of Henderson Field, and the heroic efforts of the Cactus Air Force, the…

Captured Butcherbirds

Came across this amazing decal sheet from Karaya while browsing eBay for another project. And I just had to have it. For the blue A-5 if nothing else. Man, Karaya hasn’t done too much as of yet, but when they do something, it’s interesting. Captured 190s. A sweet resin Shvetzov M-82FN radial for Zvezda’s LA-5FN….

On the Bench – A Fine Pair of Jugs

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt What can I say about the P-47 that hasn’t already been said? It’s my favorite plane. It’s a bruiser of an aircraft, with eight .50 cal machine guns and  a staggering capacity for absorbing damage and staying in the air. It’s been too long since I’ve built a Jug, so how…

Tamiya Spitfire Mk.VIII Build Report 4: Decals and Details

With the Spitfire painted, things have been coming together rather quickly. There are a ton of small parts to contend with in this kit, but by this point in the process, they’ve mostly been attached somewhere. But after paint, I added several more that had been waiting their turn. The fuel gap, .303 machine gun…

On the Bench: 1/48 ICM LaGG-3

The LaGG-3 In the summer of 1941, Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, the full-scale invasion of the Soviet Union. While it’s not exactly true that the Soviets were caught with their pants down – they were already ramping up production of the legendary T-34 and Il-2 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft, among others – they were…

Tamiya Mosquito NF.II Build Report 3: Do-Over

I have – I wouldn’t call it a philosophy, exactly – but I have a perspective when it comes to building models. With every kit, something, somehow, goes wrong. . And minimizing or overcoming the mishaps is every bit as crucial to turning out a worthwhile model as painting, assembly, decals and weathering. Well, the…

Shipping Vagaries

On November 28th, smarting from the more-or-less loss of the Monogram P-47, I ordered a set of aftermarket decals for Col. David Schilling’s “Hairless Joe” from everyone’s favorite massive online importer/distributor/retailer, Squadron. The next day, I ordered an out-of-production Tally Ho! decal sheet for Henry Brown’s P-51D, “The Hun Hunter ~ Texas” from Hannants. Squadron…