1/32 Ki-84 Hayate, Part II – Paint

Part I | Part II| Part III | Part IV In Part I, the Frank got built up. Now, it’s time for paint. Brain Teaser From a process perspective, the Ki-84’s scheme is a rather complex one. You have the yellow leading and trailing edges on the wings. The fat red hinomarus surrounded by the…

1/32 Ki-84 Hayate, Part I

Part I | Part II| Part III | Part IV I’d originally planned to follow up my Bf 109G-4/R6 and Bf 109G-6 double-build with Tamiya’s new Corsair, but by the time I was in a place to consider making a move, approximately 7,490 F4U-1 builds were underway over at Large Scale Planes. Can’t speak for…

1/32 Bf 109G-4/R6 “Regia Aeronautica” Part II – Painting

Part I | Part II| Part III | Part IV With my messed up, false-start-happy modelling year, it feels like it’s been months since I’ve thrown real paint at anything. And it kind of has – the last subject to run full-bore through the paint shop was my Pz.38(t) back in early June. So it’s…

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…

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…

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…